A commenter suggested that lower crime is caused by less environmental lead.
The contention of the article is that lead damages children’s developing brains, causing lower IQ and more impulsive behavior. And that lead is still a problem because there is still a lot of lead paint out there, and lead emitted by cars using leaded gasoline still lingers in the soil.
If you believe that even relatively low levels of lead are very bad for children, then there are some simple steps you can take to protect your own children.
(1) Don’t live in a house that was built before 1978, because that’s the year that lead paint was banned, and you can never be certain about how much lead might be hiding in older houses.
(2) Don’t live in neighborhoods that had a high amount of automobile traffic before the 1980s, because there will be higher levels of lead in the soil in such neighborhoods.
Thus you should do the opposite of the bobo dream of living in an charming old townhouse in a gentrified “walkable” neighborhood (because ironically, walkable neighborhoods have a higher density of automobile traffic). A house in a post-1978 suburban subdivision is where you want to raise your children. Or a post-1978 house in the country.
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The problem with the lead-causes-crime theory is that there are possibly many confounding factors involved. Lead exposure is correlated with poverty because poor people (until the recent trend of bobos gentrifying those neighborhoods) live in old buildings in dense neighborhoods. And environmental activism which caused reduction in lead also correlated with other liberal politics that results in young children not being well disciplined in schools, leading to them becoming criminals when they grow older.
Orthodox rabbi and karate expert Gary Moskowitz was known as Rambowitz by fellow New York City police officers when he was worked as a cop.
A hundred years ago, regular international travel was an activity only for the extremely wealth, and even then they’d only travel between established areas like the United States and Europe. Visiting Africa for fun was limited to the extremely adventurous and well-funded, such as Teddy Roosevelt.
It should also be noted that you needed a lot of free time to travel back then, because an ocean voyage from New York to London took a week. But the interesting thing about the rich back then is that they had more free time than today’s rich, because today’s rich are busy working while yesterday’s rich placed greater value on leisure.
Today, the bobo class views international travel as an essential activity in order to achieve self-actualization. Thus I pick international travel as an example of the hedonic treadmill, in which something unavailable in the past suddenly becomes essential when it becomes more widely available. But not too widely available because it has to be expensive enough to keep the riff-raff away. There’s no self-actualization to doing something that every blue collar worker can do.
Sarah Palin was criticized by liberals for not having any international travel experience. Although I faulted her for being a moron who was unable to instill good values in her kids (especially the one who got pregnant), I never held her lack of international travel against her, because I wouldn’t expect a public servant from a small town in the middle of nowhere married to a blue collar worker to be able to afford to go on expensive international vacations with her large family.
How do liberals who view international travel as essential for self-actualization reconcile that with their belief in global warming? Several international plane flights quickly add up to and exceed the amount of fossil fuels burned in a typical year of driving by Midwestern proles in their pickup trucks.
De Blasio will re-instate Willam J. Bratton who was the commissioner back in the early 1990s. I was almost sure that De Blasio would pick a black man for the job.
De Blasio must have been worried about the competency of all the black men on his shortlist.
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Is it possible that her fiancé is this Harvard undergrad Yale PhD and young professor of Economics at Columbia University, Chris Conlon?
Yes, I am pretty sure. It took a lot of advanced web sleuthing to figure that out also. They have kept their engagement very low key.
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Yes, it’s a mixed marriage. He’s a Harvard grad and she’s a Princeton grad.
Yet another “science” article in the NY Times that ignores the effects of genes and social class.
According to the article, “babies born to mothers who eat a diverse and varied diet while pregnant and breast-feeding are more open to a wide range of flavors. “
This is no doubt a true correlation, but there’s absolutely no reason to think that a woman can magically change what her offspring will want to eat by changing her diet while pregnant.
A “diverse and varied diet ” is positively correlated with both IQ and social class (which themselves are highly correlated with each other), so I think it’s far more likely that high IQ causes one to eat a more diverse and varied diet, as well as social pressure from having higher-social-class friends and family.
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Meanwhile, my sister is agitated that her kids won’t eat anything besides chicken nuggets. My advice is to give them nothing but chicken nuggets until they are ready to broaden their palates, but she won’t take that advice.
Another NY Times article about how it sucks to live in one of the new oil boomtowns.
According to the NY Times, the knockout game is a myth, but crime in oil towns in the northern plains is real “Crime has soared as thousands of workers and rivers of cash have flowed into towns, straining police departments and shattering residents’ sense of safety.”
The article goes on and on with crime story after crime story. The message is clear. Fracking is bad for everyone.