Slutkin believes that violence spreads like a disease, and that we should be approaching it in the same way that we fight outbreaks of illnesses like the flu or tuberculosis.
“I just began to look at graphs and charts and maps like any epidemiologist would, and it just appeared to me the same way,” he says. “It was behaving the same way as other infectious disease problems. So, it was interesting enough to say, ‘What if we look at this in that way and began to treat it in that way?’”
Slutkin found in his research that acts of violence spread through a community in clusters and rise and fall in curves almost exactly like cases of diseases during an epidemic. He also observed that, regardless of environmental conditions, the strongest predictor of a violent incident was a previous case of violence.
“If you have all of these things that people keep talking about — poverty, and the schools are lousy, and fathers aren’t around, all of those things — but there isn’t exposure to violence, then you don’t get violence,” he said. “It’s the same thing, if you have housing projects and there’s bad circumstances and crowding and nutrition’s bad and no one brings in AIDS or no one brings in flu, it doesn’t just spontaneously come.”
Even Osnos of The New Yorker has been doing fine reporting .. here he lays out a few Russia related questions that need answering.
Sessions is in the uncomfortable position of standing in contrast to his own prior statements. In 1999, Sessions spoke in favor of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, saying, “The chief law-enforcement officer of the land, whose oath of office calls on him to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, crossed the line and failed to defend and protect the law. . . . It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth.” His words are relevant now.
Children in the US are beginning to add the word "someday" to the end of the Pledge of Allegiance. Some conservative types will be offended . they could go back the the original that omits any reference to a God and talks about my flag rather than the flag (that came during the Cold War when we hated the godless communist Russians).
Perhaps the best would be a hybrid of the original with someday tacked on..
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all... someday