I am very skeptical about this. Researchers claim that violent crime is linked to consumption of lead.
Among the most startling findings:
* A pair of studies by economist Rick Nevin suggests the nation's violent-crime rate in the second half of the 20th century is closely tied to the widespread consumption of leaded gasoline.
* According to Nevin, the trend lines match almost perfectly -- Leaded-gas use climbed in the 1940s and fell in the early 1970s; 23 years later, rates for violent crime followed in near unison.
* Its gradual demise in the 1970s, he says, did more to stop violent crime among people who came of age in its wake than any social policy.
So why is violent crime more predominant amongst men? Why is it more predominant amongst lower socio-economic groups? And why is it once more on the rise in the US?
And what the heck happened HERE?
The researchers "stunning trendline" also matches the rise of welfare and fatherless families and the increasingly liberal justice approach, causes which have far more plausibility.
A bit of Aussie low bastardry
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