Wednesday, July 05, 2006


The Mean
Streets
Of Europe


I will rip your Being from your Becoming, as soon as I am finished smoking this cigarette.






We Americans are used to thinking our country is crimeridden. But, as this post showed the other day, when it comes to crime, we can't keep up with Europe:


Murder and manslaughter in the U.S.: 16,137 cases in 2004 (5.5 per 100,000 inhabitants). Percent change compared to 2003: -2.4

Murder and manslaughter (moord en doodslag) in Belgium: 959 cases in 2004 (9.1 per 100,000 inhabitants). Percent change compared to 2003: +11,12


Yes, that's right, even though we are all armed to the teeth, you are 84% more likely to be murdered in Belgium than you are in the United States of America.