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Old 01-02-2016, 12:50 AM   #21
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Just a thought, but I think ethnically and culturally homogenous societies seem to be the happiest and most peaceable. Obviously that's not a description of the US of A. Diversity has its advantages as well, but tranquility is not one of them. IMO.
Cannot be the answer as Canada has a very diverse society without the high homicide rates.

Watch any movie and see what answer the hero has for solving conflict, then think how if you lived in Canada, you can easily reach for a bat/knife/club. It does not feel the same and its not what the hero used....

Easy access can lead impulsive folks to bad actions.
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Cannot be the answer as Canada has a very diverse society without the high homicide rates.

Watch any movie and see what answer the hero has for solving conflict, then think how if you lived in Canada, you can easily reach for a bat/knife/club. It does not feel the same and its not what the hero used....

Easy access can lead impulsive folks to bad actions.
Hm, wikipedia says 19.07% of Canada's population is of a "visible minority" -- black, East Asian, South Asian, Arab, etc., etc. The demographic numbers in the entry for the US says 62% of our population is white non-Hispanic. The numbers don't correspond directly, but I surmise from them that the US population is twice as ethnically diverse as Canada's. Wikipedia isn't the last word on such research, but ...

I do agree that Canada is a peaceable country, and I've always felt safe there (although I did get panhandled pretty aggressively once in Vancouver).
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:56 AM   #23
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Start out the new year on a positive note:

26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better - Vox

Question: If a gloom & doom type clicks on this link will it make them gloomier or happier?
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Unfortunately there is evidence to the contrary - but I'll trade some time for happiness.



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"The End of Doom," by Ronald Bailey, is another uplifting book. He focuses on how current trends of human innovation and technology are likely to improve the big world problems of today (ecology, human population growth, etc.).

I definitely recommend that book and Plinker's, "The better Angels of our Nature".
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In other good news. the Condor population is increasing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_condor

California condor that helped save species returns to wild - Houston Chronicle

Fascinating story, IMO. One of the big causes was the consumption of lead in the animals they ate (it sounds like they are still WIP in banning lead bullets in the areas Condors are being released to) . They were all rounded up, brought into captivity so they could increase reproduction rates ('stealing' the egg for incubation would trigger the Condor couple to produce a second egg). Low reproduction rates in the wild (one chick every two years), and not reaching reproduction age until ~ 6 YO makes them very sensitive to any sudden hits to the population.

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