Crime falls despite recession and other odd stats making news

According to the British Crime Survey, the overall risk of being a victim of any crime in England and Wales has  hit a historic low – despite fears that the severe economic downturn would create a “tidal wave of crime.” The data mirrors U.S. crime stats that came out in December, which show a similar decline. (Press Association)

New York had fewer traffic fatalities  in 2009 than it did at any time since 1910, when getting run over by a horse was commonplace. (New York Times)

Minnesota saw new HIV infections rise 13 percent in 2009, “the biggest increase in 17 years.” (Star Tribune)

Labour party supporters in Britain are less supportive of economic policies which aim at redistributing income to the less-well off than they were 16 years ago, when Tony Blair took control of the Labour Party – 38 percent to 51 percent. (Daily Telegraph via British National Attitudes Survey)

2,423,995 people died in the U.S. in 2007, but there were almost twice as many babies were born. (Dr. Murray Feingold, Gatehouse News Service)

New Jersey is facing a doctor shortage: “The projected shortfall is 2,835 doctors – 1,006 which will be needed in primary care, and 1,829 specialists.” (

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