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The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Earlier, this year, a Mexican think tank — the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice — released a study ranking the world’s most violent cities in 2011, and the results were astonishing.

The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America.

The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21.

Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 was in Europe or Asia, despite great unrest in those regions.

The ranking is based on murder rate per capita in 2011.

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

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Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.50

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

49. Durban, South Africa

Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.54

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

48. Baltimore, United States

Homicides: 195

Inhabitants: 620,961

Murder rate: 31.40

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

AP Photo/Antonio Sierra

Homicides: 198

Inhabitants: 630,174

Murder rate: 31.42

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

46. Panama, Panama

46. Panama, Panama

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Homicides: 543

Inhabitants: 1,713,070

Murder rate: 31.70

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

44. Mosul, Iraq

43. St. Louis, United States

43. St. Louis, United States

Homicides: 113

Inhabitants: 319,294

Murder rate: 35.39

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Homicides: 381

Inhabitants: 1,050,930

Murder rate: 36.25

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

39. Curitiba, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

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Homicides: 720

Inhabitants: 1,890,272

Murder rate: 38.09

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

38. Monterrey, Mexico

Homicides: 1,680

Inhabitants: 4,160,339

Murder rate: 40.38

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

Homicides: 1,514

Inhabitants: 3,529,138

Murder rate: 42.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

36. Macapá, Brazil

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 499,116

Murder rate: 45.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

35. Pereira, Colombia

35. Pereira, Colombia

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Homicides: 177

Inhabitants: 383,623

Murder rate: 46.14

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

34. Cape Town, South Africa

Homicides: 1,614

Inhabitants: 3,497,097

Murder rate: 46.15

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

Homicides: 550

Inhabitants: 1,169,808

Murder rate: 47.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

32. Recife, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.23

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

30. Detroit, United States

Homicides: 346

Inhabitants: 713,777

Murder rate: 48.47

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

29. João Pessoa, Brazil

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Homicides: 191

Inhabitants: 389,674

Murder rate: 49.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

27. São Luís, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

AP Photo/Raphael Alves-A Critica, File

Homicides: 1,079

Inhabitants: 2,106,866

Murder rate: 51.21

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 427,789

Murder rate: 52.60

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Homicides: 621

Inhabitants: 1,120,718

Murder rate: 55.41

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

AP Photo/Efrain Patino

Homicides: 335

Inhabitants: 597,385

Murder rate: 56.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

Homicides: 2,037

Inhabitants: 3,574,804

Murder rate: 56.98

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

21. New Orleans, United States

Homicides: 199

Inhabitants: 343,829

Murder rate: 57.88

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

18. Veracruz, Mexico

Homicides: 418

Inhabitants: 697,414

Murder rate: 59.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

17. Vitoria, Brazil

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 1,685,384

Murder rate: 67.82

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

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Homicides: 299

Inhabitants: 439,362

Murder rate: 68.05

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

Homicides: 307

Inhabitants: 445,343

Murder rate: 68.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

14. Medellín, Colombia

Homicides: 1,624

Inhabitants: 2,309,446

Murder rate: 70.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

13. Culiacán, Mexico

13. Culiacán, Mexico

AP Photo/Guillermo Arias

Homicides: 649

Inhabitants: 871,620

Murder rate: 74.46

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

A member of the Mara 18 gang in Guatemala

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Homicides: 2,248

Inhabitants: 3,014,060

Murder rate: 74.58

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

11. Cali, Colombia

11. Cali, Colombia

AP Photo/Inaldo Perez

Homicides: 1,720

Inhabitants: 2,207,994

Murder rate: 77.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

10. Belém, Brazil

10. Belém, Brazil

AP Photo/Lucivaldo Sena

Homicides: 1,639

Inhabitants: 2,100,319

Murder rate: 78.04

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

9. Durango, Mexico

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

Homicides: 690

Inhabitants: 831,693

Murder rate: 82.96

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

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Homicides: 990

Inhabitants: 1,128,152

Murder rate: 87.75

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

6. Caracas Venezuela

Homicides: 3,164

Inhabitants: 3,205,463

Murder rate: 98.71

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

Homicides: 1,123

Inhabitants: 1,126,534

Murder rate: 99.69

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

4. Acapulco, Mexico

4. Acapulco, Mexico

AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez

Homicides: 1,029

Inhabitants: 804,412

Murder rate: 127.92

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

3. Maceió, Brazil

3. Maceió, Brazil

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Homicides: 1,564

Inhabitants: 1,156,278

Murder rate: 135.26

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

2. Juárez, Mexico

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 719,447

Murder rate: 158.87

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In a Historic Move, Vote to Federally Legalize Marijuana to Take Place in Congress—This Week

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
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Washington, D.C. — As countless individuals across the land of the free are rotting in cages for possessing a plant deemed illegal by the government, a historical bill is making its way through Congress that could change everything. A congressional committee reportedly plans to vote on a bill this week that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). But that is not all. It would go one step further and seek to undo the horrific damage caused by the state’s war on this plant.

According to the legislation, the act would:

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More than 5,000 birds die suddenly from a mysterious death

Wildlife experts are trying to understand the cause of the massive deaths of birds on the shores of Sambar Lake – India’s largest salt lake. 

Sambar Lake is located 80 km southwest of Jaipur (Jaipur). It covers an area of ​​190 to 230 square kilometers, depending on the season.Many migratory birds, marsh birds, gather at the lake shores at certain times of the year (Wader), flamingos, storks, ducks and dozens of different species. But, about two weeks ago, locals often began to see carcasses of birds.

To date, more than 2,000 dead birds have been found on the coastal stretch, about 12 km wide, and more than 5,000 on unofficial ones. According to locals, the former lively shores of the lake have now become a bird cemetery, among which there are rare species.

According to one resident, there are so many bird carcasses in some places that they look like a large pile of manure from afar!

The cause of the death of the birds has not yet been clarified. They were not killed with a firearm or other weapon. No wounds or signs of disease were found on their bodies. Large piles of dead birds in one place indicate that they died suddenly, exactly at the same place they were in groups overnight.

Local ornithologist Abhinav Vaishnav tells reporters:

“We have never seen anything like this here. About 5,000 birds have died here from a mysterious death …! “

Environmentalists and animal rights activists have voiced several versions of the mass deaths of birds – from a severe hailstorm to pesticides used in nearby agricultural fields. There is also a version for mass infection.

But for the locals, all of these versions seem like a pitiful attempt to put what’s going wrong. For them, such bird death is a mysterious and abnormal phenomenon.

Ramesh Chandra Road says:

“I have not seen anything like this in my 40 years of service in the forestry department. At first, I also thought it might be due to hail, but here every year there are strong hail storms. I also don’t believe in the pesticide version. No trace of them was found in the water samples. “

Some of the dead bird carcasses were sent for analysis to a laboratory in Bopal.

The locals gather the rest of the carcasses in piles, then bury them in deep holes near the beach.

Expect to be informed if further information is available on what is happening.

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Former Apollo Astronaut Pushes for International Commitment to Protect Earth from Killer Asteroids

There are few astronauts more respected and remembered than those who served on the Apollo missions – thirty-two military jet and test pilots who made or died training for the three-man Apollo missions that eventually sent humans to the Moon and back. When they have spoken – about space travel, the Moon, future missions, UFOs and other subjects – the world has listened. Rusty Schweickart, the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 9, spoke recently about the need for an international commitment to protect Earth from killer asteroids. As usual, his comments are worth listening to.

“During the Apollo 9 mission we were dark-adapted for an experiment, looking at the spectacular night-time Earth, watching weather fronts, thunder storms and lightning, a really great sight out of the window. Then, who knows who said it first, but one of us said they saw a little flash down there and someone else says ‘yeah, I saw it too,’ but you wouldn’t have mentioned it if the first person hadn’t said it. And then we realized: that was a meteor, burning up below us. Wow, below us – which meant it came down through our altitude!”

A close encounter of the worst kind – an asteroid impact in space – instead became an experience that forever influenced Russell “Rusty” Schweickart. When he was selected in 1963, Rusty Schweickart was a unique member of NASA Astronaut Group 3 – the fourteen astronauts selected by NASA to succeed the two-man Gemini missions in the three-man Apollo flights that would eventually lead to a walk on the Moon. Those names are well-known to the public today — Collins, Cunningham, Gordon, Aldrin, Cernan, Chaffee to list a few – but back then they were better known in the military as fighter pilots and test pilots. Schweickart was an experienced Air Force pilot, but he was also a research scientist at the Experimental Astronomy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fields of upper atmospheric physics, star tracking and stabilization of stellar images.

Astronaut Group Three announced on October 18, 1963. They are (seated, left to right) Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., William A. Anders, Charles A. Bassett II, Alan L. Bean, Eugene A. Cernan, and Roger B. Chaffee. Standing (left to right) are Michael Collins, R. Walter Cunningham, Donn F. Eisele, Theodore C. Freeman, Richard F. Gordon Jr., Russell L. Schweickart, David R. Scott and Clifton C. Williams Jr. (Credit: NASA)

The 1969 flight of Apollo 9 was the first flight of the lunar module, piloted by Schweickart, and the first spacewalk of the Apollo missions, also by Schweickart. During a recent ESA Open Day at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC technical center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, the former astronaut heard about the latest plans to stop asteroids like the one the Apollo 9 crew encountered before they destructively impact Earth. In 2022, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test will hit the smaller member of the Didymos binary asteroids. Then, if approved this month by Europe’s space ministers, the ESA’s Hera mission will perform a close-up survey of the asteroid and crater after impact. Schweickart says he likes the idea of a multi-spacecraft mission rather than a single asteroid-seeking rocket.

“And one of the key unknowns of the kinetic impactor technique is a term we call ‘beta’ – when we hit the asteroid, how much stuff is going to come flying off? If it’s moving at greater than escape velocity, then that adds to the momentum shifting the orbit, boosting the technique’s effectiveness. That factor depends on the asteroid’s composition and structure, and we need a close-up look to find out what that is.”

In 2002, Schweickart helped found the B612 Foundation (named for the planetoid in The Little Prince), whose primary mission is “protecting the Earth from asteroid impacts and informing and forwarding world-wide decision-making on planetary defense issues.” Since asteroids can hit anywhere on Earth, Schweickart has long advocated international cooperation in both deflecting space rocks and in determining which ones to hit. He sees the NASA/ESA tandem as the first example of this cooperation. Unfortunately, we’re barely into asteroid defection business and have no idea what an impact will do – it could actually push the space rock into a higher likelihood of impact.

“In that case the observer spacecraft would have another job to do – to switch to gravity tractor mode, using altimeters and ion engines to stay just away from the asteroid, and nudge its orbit enough to miss the keyhole as well as the planet.”

Astronaut Rusty Schweickart (Credit: NASA)

Rusty Schweickart makes it sound so easy and doable, but the former Apollo and Skylab astronaut knows the dangers of space. He was the backup pilot for Roger B. Chaffee on Apollo 1, which ended in the tragic deaths of the crew members in a ground test accident. He also knows how expensive a worldwide asteroid deflection system would be and how difficult it is to get nations to agree on anything, let alone unseen dangers from outer space. That’s why he stays involved in both the technology and the politics of space.

At 84, Rusty Schweickart is still influenced by that near-impact experience on Apollo 9. For that, we should all be grateful.

Source: Mysterious Universe

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