[FoRK] Corruption, was: Re: From Meccania to Atlantis

Reese howell.r at inkworkswell.com
Thu Jan 7 11:19:26 PST 2010

On 07-Jan-10 04:29, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Time, Jan. 11, 2010, pgs. 14-15:
> "$35 Billion: Amount of money embezzled or misused by Chinese officials 
> from January to November 2009, according to a government audit."
> "461: Number of murders in New York City in 2009 as of Dec. 27 -- the 
> fewest since the city began keeping records in 1962."
> "150: Estimated number of U.S. Ponzi schemes that collapsed in 2009, up 
> from 40 in 2008."

WRT #2: See this from a very recent NRA newsletter:

> Last week, the FBI issued its preliminary 2009 crime report, showing
> that the number of murders in the first half of 2009 decreased 10
> percent compared to the first half of 2008. If the trend holds for the
> remainder of 2009, it will be the single greatest one-year decrease in
> the number of murders since at least 1960, the earliest year for which
> national data are available through the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
> Also, the per capita murder rate for 2009 will be 51 percent lower than
> the all-time high recorded in 1991, and it will be the lowest rate since
> 1963-a 46-year low. Final figures for 2009 will be released by the FBI
> next year.


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