dangerous places

The How Stuff Works site has published an article called What’s the most dangerous place on earth? What is interesting (and sad) is that the main reason a place is considered dangerous is not the climate, or the presence of dangerous critters, but rather the presence of dangerous humans.

Grandpa Richard continues to bemoan the fact that so many “humans” live well outside the tenets of the Golden Rule. For those not sure what I mean by the Golden Rule – Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

What is even worse is that while there are out-and-out crooks who have no excuse for their wayward ways, many humans hide behind an excuse based on religion. I do not believe that any religion would teach the abuse of innocent people, no matter what the cause. And how does one explain things like rape on religious grounds.

As part of the above article, I noted this piece of info. Using a 2008 FBI crime report, Forbes Magazine recently released its list of America’s most dangerous cities. By compiling rates of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, it came up with the following:

1. Baltimore, Md.
2. Nashville, Tenn.
3. Charleston, S.C.
4. Little Rock, Ark.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Stockton, Calif.
7. Las Vegas, Nev.
8. Miami, Fla.
9. Memphis, Tenn.
10. Detroit, Mich.

The same study found that all of these cities have one thing in common — they are all transit points for Mexican drug cartels [source: Greenburg].