The August 2011 issue of Scientific American has an article entitled “How New York Beat Crime” that discusses how in the past two decades New York achieved the largest and longest sustained drop in street crime ever experienced by a big city. It has nothing to do with solving underlying problems of income inequity, poor education or improved housing, though obviously it would be excellent to solve all of those issues, too.
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A few years before the Peace Corps assigned me to St. Joseph’s College, Sasse, in West Cameroon, Father Cunningham, a Mill Hill missionary, was made principal of the school and ordered to take back control from unruly students. Father Cunningham hired Mr. Tansinda to be Master of Discipline. The two of them figured out who the trouble makers were. They expelled some and allowed the rest to stay after being caned, for this was a boarding high school for about 400 boys in the British tradition.
Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, is one of the developers of the Real Age test on the Internet. You know your chronological age, but go to www.realage.com and take the test to find out what your “real age” is. The test tells you how well you are taking care of yourself. Your lifestyle – what you eat, how much you exercise and so on – can make you more vulnerable to degenerative diseases of age such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke or dementia. Or it can make you much less vulnerable.