Regular site visitors and subscribers know that I usually have way too much fun with statistics… but here’s one I might just leave alone. According to a “think tank” in Australia, Maine is is the most peaceful state in America. There was lots of good news… including the “fact” that the United States had (in 2011) the most peaceful year in twenty years. It probably helps that across the country the murder rate is down 50% from 1991.
I can’t share too many more statistics without starting to question the conclusions, but there are some interesting numbers. One estimate says that “the average taxpayer pays $3,257 per year on violence and violence containment, while the total economic cost is $460 billion.” I think I’d rather go back to “Maine is the most peaceful…”
This morning as I gaze out the window it’s quite foggy… after a drenching rain there’s this sense of potential… you just know that when the sun comes out the grass is going to come tearing out of the ground so fast we’ll be able to hear it squeaking… the trees have that “fat” look that means any moment the leaves will burst open…
All is well in this corner of the world.