I am still mulling this, but a few things stood out so I figured I'd share.

From the NYT (Look! I can cite something that isn't the Chronicle.)

"A young black man being shot to death by another black man who is an acquaintance continues to be the most “typical” homicide in the United States, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigations report released on Monday that showed an overall drop in violent crime for the second year in a row."

80% of the US population is white, but about half the homicide victims were black.

53% of those arrested for homicide were black

"While Mr. Carter of the F.B.I. declined to discuss crime trends and the reasons for them, he speculated that better medical care in recent years has spared some assault victims from being listed eventually as homicide victims."
I am still mulling this, but a few things stood out so I figured I'd share.

From the NYT (Look! I can cite something that isn't the Chronicle.)

"A young black man being shot to death by another black man who is an acquaintance continues to be the most “typical” homicide in the United States, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigations report released on Monday that showed an overall drop in violent crime for the second year in a row."

80% of the US population is white, but about half the homicide victims were black.

53% of those arrested for homicide were black

"While Mr. Carter of the F.B.I. declined to discuss crime trends and the reasons for them, he speculated that better medical care in recent years has spared some assault victims from being listed eventually as homicide victims."
Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
  • Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

    Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
  • From here:
    As of today, 113 US troops have died in Afghanistan so far this year. Last year 111 US troops were killed. (5 in 2001, 30 in 2002, 30 in 2003 (May of 2003 was "Mission Accomplished", by the way), 49 in 2004, 93 in 2005, and 88 in 2006). Currently there are some 33,000 US troops stationed there.

    In other news, as of September 7th, Oakland has had 96 homicides this year.

    During their awesome streak in 1988-1990, average game attendance at the Oakland Coliseum ranged between 28,239 and 35,805.
    From here:
    As of today, 113 US troops have died in Afghanistan so far this year. Last year 111 US troops were killed. (5 in 2001, 30 in 2002, 30 in 2003 (May of 2003 was "Mission Accomplished", by the way), 49 in 2004, 93 in 2005, and 88 in 2006). Currently there are some 33,000 US troops stationed there.

    In other news, as of September 7th, Oakland has had 96 homicides this year.

    During their awesome streak in 1988-1990, average game attendance at the Oakland Coliseum ranged between 28,239 and 35,805.
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