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NYC, less crime, fewer baddies in jail

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by mrskeet410, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. mrskeet410

    mrskeet410 TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    From the Wall Street Journal -

    "What cities can learn from NYC's safest decade

    Recently, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the latest crime statistics for New York City, numbers that capped what he called the "safest decade in recorded city history."

    The dramatic drop in New York's crime rate has become a phenomenon that its citizens take for granted. Between 1990 and 2011, the homicide rate in the city dropped 80%, the robbery rate fell 83% and the burglary rate was down by 86%. Auto theft has been banished to the endangered-species list, with a current rate of about 6% of the 1990 level. Nor is this profound change just the wishful thinking of police statisticians; it has been confirmed by independent measures such as auto-insurance claims and data from other levels of government...

    New York's anticrime record has a lot to teach the nation. Over the past 20 years, the city has seen no major changes in the factors so often cited as the "root causes" of crime. Unemployed young men, single-parent families, educational problems, illegal drug use—they all remain. Other cities are now starting to implement policies similar to CompStat, and the preliminary indications are that New York's success is contagious. It's a new chapter for urban life in America."
  2. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Interesting history facts about vinegar that I never knew!

    Such as the below which is a cut and paste from the above link:

    Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years. It just might be the world's oldest ingredient!

    The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking/food preparation and cleaning/disinfecting.

    World Renowned

    The International Vinegar Museum is in Roslyn, South Dakota.

    The International Vinegar Festival is held every June in Roslyn, South Dakota.

    The Pride of the South

    Consumers in the South buy and use more white distilled vinegar than in any other region of the country.

    There she blows!
    Adding vinegar to baking soda produces a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide. This combination is often used to make a do-it-yourself erupting volcano.

    It’s magic…
    Pearls melt in white distilled vinegar.

    An egg softens in white distilled vinegar because the acetic acid dissolves the eggshell.

    Immersing a chicken bone in vinegar for 24 hours will make it rubbery.

    A Breath of Fresh Air
    An open dish of white distilled vinegar will help remove paint smells from a room.

    Secret ingredient
    Salad dressings, sauces, marinades, ketchup, mustard, and pickles are all made with white distilled vinegar.

    From the Garden

    Vegetable vinegars are made with potato, cucumber, beet root, and tomato.
    Herb vinegars include thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, garlic and mint.
    The most popular herb-flavored vinegars use thyme and oregano.

    A Fruity Twist
    Fruit vinegars include apple cider, coconut, fig, black currant, pear, prune, raisin, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, peach, pineapple, and cherry.
    Cider vinegar is made from apples and is the most popular vinegar used for cooking in the United States.
    Raisin vinegar is produced in Turkey and used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

    Germany, Austria and the Netherlands make vinegar from beer.

    Sweet Treat
    Italy and France produce a rare honey vinegar.
    Cane vinegar, made from sugar cane juice, is popular in the Philippines.

    Healthy Hints
    Soothe a sore throat with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water and honey.

    Soak your feet in white distilled vinegar to stop athlete’s foot.

    Drink a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to stop the hiccups.

    Pantyhose last longer when rinsed with water containing 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar.

    Massage white distilled vinegar into your scalp, rinse, then wash with regular shampoo and watch dandruff disappear.

    The Cat’s Meow
    Spray white distilled vinegar on furniture to stop the cat from scratching it.
  3. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I bet Mrs. Keet uses vinegar/water on a regular basis...
  4. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Looks like Al Gore will have to go find a job.

    Copy and paste.

  5. bt994ever

    bt994ever TS Member

    Mar 26, 2011
    Maybe the crime did decrease. Either that or a bunch of police officers got fired.
  6. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Vinegar for skunks is worth a try... I wonder what pepper spray would do? I would want the stream so I could stay back 15-20 feet vs. the cone pattern! LOL...
  7. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    The Long History of Garlic

    The word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning "spear leek." As a culinary and medicinal plant, garlic spread in ancient times to the Mediterranean region and beyond.

    Early Use of Garlic. Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes by more cultures than any other plant product or substance. The first recorded use was by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, in the regions of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

    History of Garlic in Egypt. Archeologists have discovered paintings of garlic, dating back to 3200 B.C, in Egyptian tombs, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Egyptians worshipped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of Tutankhamen. A recently discovered Egyptian papyrus dating from 1,500 B.C. recommends garlic as a cure for over 22 common ailments, including lack of stamina, heart disease and tumors.

    Garlic was so highly-prized, it was even used as currency. Although the Egyptians worshipped garlic, they also had a strong aversion to cooking and eating it. They did apparently feed garlic to the slaves building the pyramids to increase their strength.

    The ancient Israelites were fond of garlic long before Moses led them out of Egypt. In the Mishnah, a collection of Jewish traditions incorporated into the Talmud, the ancient Hebrew writers refer to themselves as "the garlic eaters." On their way to the Promised Land, the Jews lamented the absence of garlic, as well as other foods from Egypt.

    History of Garlic in Ancient Greek and Roman Life. Many other ancient civilizations, including the Romans and Greeks used garlic to boost strength and prevent diseases. In ancient Greece and Rome, garlic enjoyed a variety of uses, from repelling scorpions to treating animal bites and bladder infections to curing leprosy and asthma. It was even left out as an offering to the Greek goddess Hectate.

    Early Greek military leaders fed garlic to their troops before battles to give them courage and promise victory. The Greeks fed their athletes garlic to give them strength for the Olympic games. Garlic was also often used to help heal battle wounds.

    Hippocrates, who lived 460 to 370 B.C. and is considered the father of western medicine, was said to have used garlic to treat cancerous tumors. He recommended garlic for pneumonia and other infections, digestive disorders, as well as using it as a diuretic and a substance to improve menstrual flow.

    History of Garlic in the Far East. Although highly regarded as a medicine in eastern cultures, garlic was not used as a food. The Buddhists avoided eating it as did some Hindus.

    The ancient Indians valued the medicinal properties of garlic and thought it to be an aphrodisiac. But it was not considered to be suitable food for the upper classes, who detested its strong odor. It was also forbidden by monks, who believed it to be a stimulant that aroused passions. Widows, adolescents and those who had taken up a vow, or were fasting, could not eat garlic because of its stimulant quality.

    This attitude changed with the centuries and by the period of Muslim rule, garlic, ginger and onion were, and continue to be, an indispensable part of cuisines of South Asia.

    Garlic also has a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. This ancient Indian healing system used garlic as a medicinal plant which could warm the body, improve blood circulation, and cure digestive problems.

    History of Garlic in the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, garlic was thought to combat the plague and was hung in braided strands across the entrances of houses to prevent evil spirits from entering. We also know that monks chewed on garlic cloves to protect themselves from the plague.

    Many cultures have used garlic for what they considered its magical powers, perhaps owing to its reputation as a preventative medicine. European folk beliefs considered garlic as a substance that could protect against demons, werewolves, and vampires. Garlic could be worn, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.

    History of Garlic in Western Cultures. Garlic was used as a medicine against plagues that struck London in the 17th century and France in the 18th century.

    In New England, during colonial times, garlic cloves were used against smallpox, rheumatism, intestinal worms and whooping cough sufferers.

    Louis Pasteur recognized its antiseptic properties in 1858, and Albert Schweitzer used garlic for dysentery.

    For many years, garlic was shunned as a food by the western cultures such as England and America because of the odor it left behind. In seventeenth century England, garlic was considered unfit for ladies and anyone who wished to court them. It was avoided in America until the 20th century, when a huge influx of immigrants allowed garlic to slowly gained a foothold in the American palette.

    Garlic Achieves Popularity in the 20th Century. Although initially used almost exclusively in ethnic working-class neighborhoods, by 1940 America had finally embraced garlic, recognizing its value not only a seasoning, but as a major ingredient in recipes.

    In World War II. garlic was dubbed "Russian penicillin" because it was used by the Russian army to fight infections on the battlefield. It was also widely used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during both World Wars.

    Today, garlic is recognized worldwide as an extremely nutritious addition to any diet. Over a thousand papers on garlic health benefits have been published since 1950.
  8. John Galt

    John Galt TS Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Garlic and vinegar together would be a great thing but I don't have any recipes for this combo. Anybody got any?
  9. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    We will have to save that for another thread if you catch my drift....
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