From this WSJ story on why crime rates are so low, despite what your favorite rapper has been telling you. When considering all the reasons I can live around the corner from a massive housing project in Bed-Stuy, and not really worry about my safety that much, I hadn’t considered unleaded gasoline. This is bizarre, but more a much more comforting answer than the one provided by Freakonomics: that Roe v. Wade made for less unwanted babies, which led to less crime.
What’s fascinating is that Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, and the new regulations on lead in paint and gasoline passed in 1974. The two studies deal with just about the same exact time period, which is awesome. They seem to explain a bit too much away, but I find these sort of hyper-reductive theories fascinating. They’re a sobering reminder of the limits of consciousness and free will — great Tuesday reading!
And, perhaps, there was always something to be said for the Miasma theory of the ghetto.
spotted via Kottke.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
OK, so I added the “no homo,” but that’s a really funny Justice Scalia quote from the NYT story about the SCOTUS decision to make California release 30,000 prisoners.
Ha! These are some great finds, though they make me sad. While I’m positive 4LOKO was paying artists to rap about them (I know for a fact they sponsored bands in Brooklyn, and that’s proof enough for me), I’d definitely say none of these have any corporate influence behind them.
They’re depressing because they’re a reminder of how much large corporations dominate so many aspects of our lives. Though maybe that’s pessimistic, and these videos could be seen as subversive in a way: using uptight corporate strip mall stores as the setting for the hoodest behavior imaginable. But, nah, not really.