Crime

The iPhone Crime Wave

What Gotham's gobbled Apples reveal about the nation's falling crime rates

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During the last 20 years, law enforcement officials, criminologists, journalists, and other cultural observers have attempted to solve the mystery of the nation's declining crime rates. Was the post-1990 drop in murders and other serious crimes due to new police tactics that concentrated resources in unsafe neighborhoods? Maybe. Was it longer prison sentences? The waning crack trade? Increased availability of abortions? Maybe, possibly, perhaps.

Bucking the trend, New York City in 2012 experienced its first overall increase in major crimes in 20 years. But this time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have decisively fingered the culprit: It was Steve Jobs. Or, rather, the devices Apple produced under his watch.

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics, there were 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than there were in 2011. (These numbers compare the first 51 weeks of each year.) The rise in the total number of Apple-related thefts —which occurred during burglaries, robberies, and grand larcenies —exceeded that number. (The NYPD keeps track of seven categories of crime that it deems "major." They are murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto. It keeps track of three categories of crime that it deems "minor." They are petit larceny, misdemeanor assault, and misdemeanor sex crimes.)

 "If you took out thefts of Apple products—not Galaxies, Samsungs—just Apple products, our total [major] crime rate would be lower than it was last year," Bloomberg told the New York Post

Presumably New York City's criminals are snapping up iPods, iPhones, and iPads not because they prefer Apple's battery life management over that of its competitors but because the resale market for Apple devices is robust and predictable. According to The Wall Street Journal, high tariffs in countries like Brazil can drive up the price of a new entry-level iPhone 4s to $1,000, so used ones go for as much as $400 there. Here in the U.S., secondhand dealers buying in bulk on Craigs­list pay as much as $500 for a used iPhone 5. Demand is strong. Resale prices are high. There are millions of iPhones out there, but unlike so many other products in our age of plenty, they have not yet become too abundant to steal. 

With other brands, theft is an iffier proposition. That snatchable seven-inch non-Apple tablet could have an initial retail price anywhere between $99 and $499, and there may not be much of a secondhand market. This magnifies crime's inherent risks: No one wants to be the chump who earns a stretch in the Big House for strong-arming some cheapskate out of what upon closer inspection turns out to be a Nook Simple Touch. 

Can New York City's Apple- picking epidemic tell us something about crime in general? Most theories about America's long-term crime trends share a common characteristic: They attribute the drop to some factor that has depleted the nation's supply of criminals. One theory, for example, holds that because individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 tend to commit crimes at higher rates than people in other age groups, crime started dropping when the country's median age began to rise, thus leaving fewer young people per capita to commit crimes. Another theory stresses the correlation between crime and high levels of lead in the bloodstream. When leaded gas was banned, this theory suggests, childhood exposure to high lead emissions began to drop as well, which eventually led to fewer adults with the sort of neurological damage that is associated with criminal behavior. 

None of the major crime hypotheses pays much attention to the ways in which the material landscape of America has changed. Yet such changes obviously have at least some impact on crime. 

Car theft wasn't a problem until cars were invented. Apple theft barely existed in New York City a decade ago; according to Ray Kelly, the police department recorded just 86 Apple-related crimes in all of 2002. Since then, the company has made its products so portable they're nearly ubiquitous in public, thus prompting New York City's criminals to thug different. (On a more positive note, subway thefts involving boomboxes, Sony Walkmen, and evening editions of the New York Post are doubtlessly on the wane.)

But if a new, highly desirable product can lead to a dramatic increase in crime, perhaps the opposite is true as well. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "there was a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States from 1990 through 2010," exactly the same time in which the country began to experience a dramatic decrease in crime rates. Like the drop in crime, the rise in obesity has provoked many hypotheses but few definitive answers. One credible notion, however, is that waistlines have grown out of increasing affluence and abundance. Food got cheaper and far more accessible. Entertainment options and labor-saving devices proliferated. Life got easier, more convenient, and in many ways, far more pleasurable—so much so that we tend to opt for seconds of everything (more pizza, more video games, more social networking) as long as it doesn't require much exertion. 

Think about the ways life has changed since 1990, and specifically about the ways these changes affect young men, who historically have been the cohort most likely to commit crimes. TV sports programming has expanded exponentially. Video games have become far more plentiful and immersive. Hip-hop evolved into a multibillion-dollar lifestyle industry encompassing music, fashion, and more. The Internet provided free universal porn. The rise of big-box retailers like Walmart and Target made a wide range of goods increasingly affordable. 

Given that millions of well- paying jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors have been lost during the last 20 years, and that this loss has its greatest impact on the prospects of young men, these consolations may seem meager. Yet look at how young men are expressing their discontent. Murder rates have dropped. Rape rates have dropped. Property crimes have dropped.

Maybe this is all because of lower lead levels. Or maybe, in the same way that technologically driven abundance has made us fatter, it has also made us more content, giving us more opportunities for self-expression, more opportunities to develop meaningful social connections, and more material goods that are so easily obtainable that they blunt the economic imperatives of crime.

Consider what's happening in New York City with all those non-Apple devices. Physically, they're no harder to steal than Apples, and there are plenty of them to be found on New York subways. Yet because many non-Apple devices are so inexpensive, they are relatively easy to replace (or perhaps easy to live without), undermining the gadgets' value from the thief's perspective. So even as these items proliferate, the rate at which they get stolen is actually dropping.

Apple, meanwhile, is an ironic outlier. The creative tools with which it equipped the world's designers, developers, and media producers played a crucial role in enabling our new world of super-affordable material wealth. Yet despite the increasing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads, worldwide demand for these products remains so strong that they're still not universally accessible. As a result, they're still worth stealing.

Of course, if theft of Apple devices increases so much that their air of exclusivity begins to seem like a design flaw, a solution is readily at hand. By flooding the market with bargain-bin iPhone knock-offs, the company could instantly protect its marquee products in ways that anti-theft apps like "Find My iPhone" would be hard-pressed to match. In the end, abundance is the most powerful form of security.  

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  1. There’s some speculation that the reduction of lead in the environment also contributed to the decrease in crime.

    1. I should RTWholeFA before commenting.

    2. Reduction of lead in the environment….cite?

        1. I am skeptical.

          1. Must be all the paint chips you’re eating.

  2. What is this bait and switch? I was drawn in to read about the Big Apple’s big Apple problem, only to get paragraph after paragraph hypothesizing why everyone in America is a fatty these days.

    Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, has the proliferation of handheld video recording devices like the iPhone mayhaps added to the numbers, in that there are recordings of criminal activities leading to more reporting perhaps and more police following up possibly?

  3. I’ve noticed the crime rate is inversely correlated to government spending.

    Government spending goes up as it gives its citizenry more and more free shit. When given free shit there is no longer a reason to steal. I mean why would I steal and risk being caught when the government will do it for me without repercussion?

    SO:

    Yay, government spending. It solved our crime problems. And if we just spend moar, we can clearly eliminate crime.

    Why do libertarians support crime?

  4. OK folks. You’ve read the epic rants. You’ve heard rumors that it was being produced. Now, it is reality. Sloopy and Banjos have made hipster, artisanal mayonnaise! Here is a photo of the first batch.

    http://media-cache-lt0.pintere…..15e893.jpg

    It is good, too. So send them an e-mail, order some, eat it, tell your friends, and make them eat it too.

    1. Mayo is pus, pure and simple.

      1. Oh, yeah? Well, you’re pus!

        1. No, YOU’RE pus, pus!

          1. Hey! Hey! Settle down. We’re all pus.

            1. It’s pus all the way down.

              1. That’s why I don’t eat that mayo shit.

                A friend of mine from Bocuse taught me the right way to make it fresh during one of my visits to Lyon- we used free range eggs from a local farmer, Provencal oil, the whole bit. Know what? It was still pus. Just really expensive pus.

                1. BTW, to be clear, I support artisianl food stuff, even when it’s pus; I truly wish you the best of luck with this. My wife (also a libertarian, ahem) makes ciabatta, baguettes, and even German rye bread, all of our mozzarella and ricotta, and managed to whip up a pretty impressive first try at requeson. Grows all our veggies in our back yard.

                  Given that we live in IL, no way she’s ever going to try to sell any of it.

                  1. Nice. I love a nice, fresh, crusty bread. Unfortunately, my wife comes from the land of rice, so she doesn’t know how to bake. I’d learn if I had the time.

                    1. It really couldn’t be easier than this, I’ve made better bread using different methods, but this hits the sweet spot on effort and quality.

                    2. Thanks! I’ll check it out.

                    3. You eat bread? you monster.

                    4. Artsanal bread even. I’m waiting for the oven to preheat to throw some Kamut loves in (bit of an experiment to take to Easter).

                    5. In our house, I’m the one in charge of the rice-based stuff. Mrs. OMWC is great with wheat products, but relies on me for Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Indian. She is sadly cilantro-intolerant, but has a chile tolerance which makes up for that.

                      And she also thinks mayo is pus.

                    6. Is she one of the unlucky few for whom cilantro tastes like sucking on a bar of Dial soap?

                      I’m like that. If a recipe calls for cilantro and I use 1/5th of what’s called for it’s okay and adds flavor; any more and the food tastes like shampoo.

                      I also have a very high tolerance for heat, wonder if it’s connected?

                    7. Intolerance for cilantro? That’s a crying shame.

                    8. Yeah, I think it’s a genetic taste-bud thing. To me, too much and it tastes like soap.

                      A tiny amount is good, though.

                    9. It appears that white privilege ends at cilantro.

                      Like I said, I think it’s more of a sensitivity thing. I like it, and can taste it if there is a small amount.

                      As how some people think that frank’s red hot is unbearably hot.

                    10. Same here. Raw cilantro tastes like soap to me.

                    11. She says Ivory soap, very specific about it. Now I discount the chile-cilantro thing since they are natural partners in so many spicy cuisines. Not to mention my own love for both.

                      Kills me, since I make a really, really mean Thai jungle curry.

        2. When are you going to start making urban honey?

        3. What’s the shelf life like on the flavored mayos?

        4. You’re just mad that Michigan is still playing while tOSU went home. I’d gloat about that if I were a Michigan man, but I’m not.

      2. Mayo is love, mayo is life.

        1. Mayo is pus.

    2. Thanks, man. Yes, we’re quite proud of our creations.

    3. Do they have the proper government permits and licences to be selling hipster foodstuffs?

      Has the FDA inspected it? I think not.

      BTW, I’m sure it cannot compare with Miracle Whip.

      1. BTW, I’m sure it cannot compare with Miracle Whip.

        I sure hope not.

        1. Only monsters would refer to Hellmann’s mayonnaise by any other name. 🙂

          1. They’re west coast; it’s Best Foods over there.

            1. Uh, don’t you think I knew that? That’s what the smiley was for.

              1. ::shrugs::

      2. Seriously though, good luck being a food-production startup in this regulatory hell.

    4. Not a mayo guy, but I might try some if you made it the proper libertarian way.

      Did you make sure to grow your orphans for 48 days before grinding them into the mayo?

      And tell me you remembered to add the tears of oppressed feminists for that salty touch.

      1. Time out: The orphans also need to be properly strapped down so that their muscles atrophy and become soft and pliant.

        If we’re going to do this, let’s do it right.

        1. This is important. I hate it when I make cream of orphan and it turns out gristle-ly.

          1. It won’t be gristle-ly if you remember to boil S L O W L Y.

    5. You know, you don’t have to leave the image its original size. Does anybody have a monitor with that ridiculous a resolution?

      1. Serious question: What size would be optimal? I’m not technically proficient, so I never considered resizing photos. Thanks.

        1. At the very least, under a megabyte. It should be possible to get images quite a bit smaller. For example, somebody used this JPG of Pussy Galore in another forum. 475*413 pixels, and a whopping 38 KB.

          (By the same token, PNG generally shouldn’t be used for photos because it takes more memory to display photo-type images than JPG without much increase in quality.

        2. I usually make mine so they’re around 800 pixels wide. Also, you need to rotate it 90 degrees clockwise.

  5. Gotta love CBS’ fuck you to tennis fans. Because the meaningless first two minutes of a college basketball game are more important than the climax of the tennis match they cut out of.

    Of course, if tennis players like Murray and Ferrer, and especially Nadal and Djokovic, would obey the rule on time between points and not chronically fucking waste time and bitch when they get a time violation warning, the matches wouldn’t spill over into the next scheduled program.

  6. Lots and lots of fans showed up to the Michigan-Florida game disguised as empty seats. Pretty embarrassing for a big Elite 8 game.

    1. The Michigan fans are probably drunk from partying the entire night to celebrate the defeat of Ohio State.

      1. I am sad.

        Fuck Michigan!

        1. No SEC chump for Florida to beat up on today; they’re playing a real team now, and it shows.

          1. NO MY BRACKET! I HAD A CHANCE, I WAS A CONTENDAH!

    2. Dude, it’s fucking Cowboy Stadium. For basketball. You take those endzone seats you better bring some 10×50 binocs.

  7. Given that millions of well- paying jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors have been lost during the last 20 years, and that this loss has its greatest impact on the prospects of young men, these consolations may seem meager. Yet look at how young men are expressing their discontent. Murder rates have dropped. Rape rates have dropped. Property crimes have dropped.

    I’d say it’s simply because in the end the country is still far more prosperous than it was 20 or 30 years ago because of technology. It not only creates material wealth, but it simply makes people happier to have an entire world at their fingertips.

    Yeah, politicians like to invoke stories of hopeless people on unemployment but the fact is a lot of them aren’t desperate, befuddled maybe, but they can still move back in with mom and dad or get temp work even if its beneath the dignity they earned with their sociology degree.

    1. But we manufacture more than ever. And export more than ever.

      1. Yeah, it’s just that the manufacturing doesn’t require workers and is more mechanized. Complaining about this would be like complaining that more efficient barrel making put coopers out of business.

        1. Or looms putting weavers out of…
          Oh, wait!

        2. It is a primary reason UE remains high. We just don’t need those assembly workers anymore.

          The real growth industries like biotech and semis don’t need them either.

          1. But Obama said we were turning around!

            1. No! No! He said he would arrange for us to get a reach around. But I’m not holding my breath.

          2. That’s a blatant lie. Unemployment is high because overregulation isn’t allowing new businesses to open up. We had some of the lowest peace time unemployment rates in our history in the ’90s and throughout the 2000’s, up until the crash. By claiming it’s the result of manufacturing not hiring, you get to shift the blame from Obama and Democrat policies that have kept unemployment high (Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and the hyper-regulation at the state level) and claim that it’s a structural issue that has nothing to do with them.

            1. Oh, bullshit. We are lightly regulated here in the USA according to Heritage and Bloomberg. No decent company gives a fuck about Obamacare as they already offer HI.

              Dodd-Frank raised capital standards and little else in terms of regulation.

              Quit listening to wingnut radio.

              1. Palin’s Buttplug| 3.31.13 @ 3:53PM |#
                “Oh, bullshit. We are lightly regulated here in the USA according to Heritage and Bloomberg”

                Dipshit, what’s cherry-picking paying these days?

                1. US #4 in regulatory freedom – behind three pint-sized countries.

                  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/…..icker.html

                  1. Oooh! Loook! Dipshit found a cherry!
                    Go fuck your daddy.

                  2. Question: Are we more or less regulated than we were when our economy was better? Virtually everyone is more regulated now than they were even 20 years ago.

                    More importantly, most of the regulations in America DON’T OCCUR AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. They occur at state level and localities, and what’s destroying businesses in many areas of this country, particularly California, New York, Illinois and the cities, are state and local regulations.

                    This reminds me of when people claim ‘America has low taxes!’ and don’t take into account sales taxes, gas taxes and income taxes levied by states and localities. You do realize that those things matter, right moron?

                    1. Annual federal regulation costs about $1.75T, that’s equivalent to 13% of GDP.

                      And here is a chart (using White House numbers) showing how much it’s increased compared to Clinton and Bush.

                    2. Annual federal regulation costs about $1.75T, that’s equivalent to 13% of GDP.

                      Even that number is too low.

                      The costs of paying for an out of control tort system and avoiding lawsuits is another 10-15% of GDP and then there are is the accounting sector that would be 1/10th of it’s current size without ridiculous tax codes.

                      All totaled government interventions is sucking up 60-65% of GDP.

                    3. then there are is the accounting sector that would be 1/10th of it’s current size without ridiculous tax codes.

                      Who wants to bet on whether Ernst and Young are lobbying for VAT in the USA?

                    1. The Economist disagrees with Bloomburg and the World Bank.

                      You want to just get into a contest to see who can find the most random citations?

                    2. Contrary to what has sometimes been misreported, the use or importation of chewing gum is subject only to fines; it is not and has never been an offence punishable by caning.

                      Awesome – I’m booking my tickets now!

                2. We’re lightly regulated compared to worldwide hyperregulation. Being one of the better houses in inner city Detroit isn’t something to be proud of.

                  Also of note: Every country ahead of us on the Heritage rankings is doing better than us, most of the countries behind us are far worse. Which tells me that we should be more like the countries ahead of us (the ones with more economic freedom) and less like the ones behind us (those with less.)

                  “No decent company gives a fuck about Obamacare as they already offer HI.”

                  Rich companies might not, but potential small businesses operating on razor thin margins sure as shit do. And guess where most of the job creation occurs? Small businesses! Maybe if you stopped sucking Soros’ cock and took a minute to wipe his jism from your lips, you’d realize that very little job creation comes from Google. Most of it comes from some burger joint on the corner that no one has ever heard of, and they are being obliterated by Obamacare.

                  1. I know I’ve won when you guys whip the Soros strawman out.

                    A burger joint or dry cleaner can hire 49 FTEs before they have to worry about the health of their employees.

                    1. And the cost of that 50th is MASSIVE. Jesus, Shrike, your entire argument consists of strawmen, waffling, namedropping George Soros and Warren Buffet, and whining when anyone makes fun of God King Obama.

                      Your argument about U.S. regulations relative to the rest of the world, at a time when the rest of the world is in a state of low growth rates and economic collapse, basically means that you think we’re the prettiest girl in the leper colony.

                      And you think you won with that? Sweet Christ, you’re delusional.

                    2. There is no expense in offering your little worker bees a HI program to buy. It is like the guy from Popeye’s Chicken said “Fuck it, they won’t sign up anyway. Let them pay the penalty/tax”.

                    3. Palin’s Buttplug| 3.31.13 @ 4:33PM |#
                      “There is no expense in offering your little worker bees a HI program to buy”

                      I didn’t edit that at all; dipshit posted exactly that.
                      Pathetic.

                    4. There is no expense in offering your little worker bees a HI program to buy.

                      Wow….

                    5. That must be why converting workers to part time is all the rage these days – because there’s no added expense in offering health insurance.

                    6. “because there’s no added expense in offering health insurance.”
                      Absolutely none! Why, toss some pixie dust in the air, and presto!

                    7. Those cherries don’t have to pick themselves when dipshit’s around!

                    8. I think he’s picking dingleberries if anything.

                    9. To shrike a dingleberry is pretty cherry.

            2. Regulatory Freedom in the 50 states:

              http://freedominthe50states.org/

    2. I doubt any research has been done, but historically the group likely to commit crimes, particularly the ones we’re interested in that involve damage to the life/health or property of another, are young males. Young males are also the biggest players of video games. The rise of video games as an entertainment medium would seem to correlate well with the drop in crime rates. Perhaps those evil violent video games are actually saving us from crime?

    1. “Patrick? *slurpslurpslurpslurp*”

    2. That was really rad.

      It’s no wonder Epi has such a man boy crush on Wesley.

      1. No response from Epi – has anybody checked Warty’s basement?

        1. He’s probably been fappin’ to that video all day.

          That’d be my guess.

  8. Given that millions of well- paying jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors have been lost during the last 20 years, and that this loss has its greatest impact on the prospects of young men,…

    Most manufacturing jobs were not well paying and many of them were dirty, dangerous and mind numbingly boring. There is absolutely no reason to believe that those jobs are inherently better than the ones that replaced them. In fact, logically those jobs were worse.

    And do you have any citation that the number of construction jobs today is lower than it was in 1992? It’s declined in the last 6 years or so but that was from an unsustainable housing bubble level.

    1. I’d be interested in those numbers too.

      It seems a given that there was once a high paying manufacturing job available every American; no one is challenging that.

      I find it hard to believe that there were once enough “stand there and do one thing all day” jobs to allow every American to buy a house, 2 cars, health insurance, retirement and send their 2.3 kids to college

      1. “I find it hard to believe that there were once enough “stand there and do one thing all day” jobs to allow every American to buy a house, 2 cars, health insurance, retirement and send their 2.3 kids to college”

        The twenty-year span after WWII was pretty generous for semi-skilled industrial workers. There was near zero competition for American manufactures and the prices and wages reflected that.
        “Imported” cars were limited to sports cars, American steel and the US machine tool industry pretty much dominated those world markets, etc.
        So if it didn’t do all of what you ask, it got close.

        1. Standard of living have improved immensely in the 65 years since WWII ended.

          The crappy houses that auto workers in the 50s could afford wouldn’t be fit to house pets today. And auto workers were the royalty of factory workers. Most of them had crappy jobs that they hated and barely scraped by.

          The idea that life was so much easier then is a laughable myth. That the myth is promulgated by the socialist left today is incredibly ironic since their big pushes in 60s and 70s were all a reaction to the corporatist policies, inequality and conformism of the early post war decades.

        2. I’m just wondering if the supposedly high wages are a myth in themselves.

          Imagine not having cable, internet, cel phone to pay for. And most kids weren’t expecting to go to college so there’s another cost gone.

          And how much of a percentage of the population then, if you adjusted for inflation, would be able to have the amount of purchasing power of one of today’s average workers?

          The numbers for this stuff may not even be out there, but they should be as so much of our politics is devoted to returning to some golden age that may have never existed.

          Also, what you say must be taken into account as well. We weren’t manufacturing giants because of some mythical work ethic, or high level of skill. We had virtually no competition for la couple of decades.

            1. Twenty five cent gas is great, unless you make a buck an hour. To compare we’d have to know how long it would take a worker to earn enough to buy a gallon.

              And if you, on average, spend 20% more on your house now, but get 50% more of a better home then you’ve come out ahead.

              The numbers out of context seem great, but more info is needed to decide which is better.

              1. I’m not arguing that the standard of living was better at the time, just pointing out that the lack of competition allowed a *lot* of semi-skilled to make ‘way more than they can now.
                The costs of that labor has been competed downward by trade, cheap shipping and automation.

            2. For me, it’s largely pre- vs post-Internet. My life circa 1990 was little different from 1970 – a few more cable channels, that’s about it. Of course I wasn’t on my own until 1990 so I can’t really make too much out of that theory.

              1. Houses and apartments were larger in 1990 than they were in 1970. Automobiles were better in every way, safer, more comfortable, longer lasting; a car in 1970s likely had a crappy radio and 8-track as standard issue. In 1990 it had a CD player and ‘surround sound’ speakers.

                Food was better in 1990, for most people, than it was in 1970. The variety carried by grocery stores was larger, fresher and cheaper. The same was true of prepared food with the number, quality and variety of restaurants increasing dramatically in those 20 years.

                The sectors of the economy that have not seen dramatically increased quality and lower prices since 1970s are education, healthcare and the legal system. — All dominate by government.

  9. Happy Birthday Christopher Walken

    1. That was awesome.

      When real aloud, the lyrics to pop music are really bad. It’s hard to believe that someone at one point wrote that crap down on paper and thought it was good.

  10. Sidney Crosby out with a broken jaw, doctors say it could be weeks before he’s able to complain again.

    1. Goddammit.

      He’s the leagues leading crier and we can’t whine without him.

      1. The only time I was ever really tempted to hit a woman was when my ex-wife once compared me to Danny Ainge.

        It was a long silence.

    1. For fucks sake would people design their websites so that you can read the text even if you don’t have images loaded.

  11. BERLIN ? An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany.

    1. Pretty sure the commenter’s figured it out:
      “A day early, folks”

      1. The commenter’s what figured it out?

        1. OK, Ted:
          “Pretty sure the commenter has figured it out”
          Better now? Sheesh….

  12. Sugar leads to obesity, or does it?

    1. That link doesn’t work, but my God, I could read the headline.

      1. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/wor…..r-mum-died

        “Police initially estimated she had been dead for five days before the discovery, but Zieser said on Wednesday it may have been two to three.”

        It sounds like the boy was not being fed properly before she died. How could he have not eaten for 2-5 days and been this malnourished? Obviously I wouldn’t want to go a few days without food, and it would sure as hell be bad for you, but it shouldn’t have resulted in him being that under weight.

    2. it worked on preview

  13. 3 strikes

  14. What’s more annoying, being out of Easter Eggs or Jacques Villeneuve?

  15. Mark has nothing.

    Nothing, except, oh yeah, the points for second place.

    Weber has had plenty of time to establish himself as the Number One on that team, and HE COULDN’T. Too bad. I’m pretty sure he has had opportunities to do a Hamilton and move to another team, but he stays right where he is. Funny.

    If Vettel had crashed himself or both of them out of the race, that would be a different story.

  16. Hey everybody. I havent been able to post in a while. i am still alive and would like to send a hearty fuck you to every one… even fatty loving john.

    1. Welcome back, broseph.

    2. I didn’t notice you were absent.

    3. Who are you again?

  17. Bernie Ecclestone may be talking about his successor.

  18. The cause is obvious: the city’s Apple control laws are being undercut by lax laws in other states. Those darn Apple nuts!

    1. “Those darn Apple nuts!”
      New Starbucks flavor?

  19. my classmate’s mother-in-law makes $85 an hour on the internet. She has been without work for 5 months but last month her pay check was $18468 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site and go to home tab for more detail— http://goo.gl/XjdQI

  20. They are just waiting for the right event to trigger a “national security emergency” so they can declare martial law

    1. Eat two Italian subs and a hard boiled egg before going on set and let the gassy digestive track express itself without any inhibitions?

  21. Wow, I really hope that Louisville player is okay. Scariest basketball injury I’ve ever seen.

    1. Got it here, in the background: http://www.sportsgrid.com/ncaa…..re-injury/

      1. Well thanks, we haven’t had Easter dinner yet and I’ve lost the better part of my appetite.

      2. I haven’t watched it. Is it worse than Joe Theeeeeseman’s injury?

        1. Ah, you can barely see it. His tibia split up and one of them is trying to hit the road.

  22. Bernie Ecclestone may be talking about his successor.

    At least it’s not his daughter.

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