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Violent Cities

This story caught my eye: San Pedro de Sula (Honduras) is the world’s most violent city. I’ve long taken an interest in knowing what city is the most violent in America (probably because my root town, Detroit, always contends for that top spot), but I’d never given any attention to what cities in the world are the most violent. Here’s the rest of the top ten list:

2. Acapulco, Mexico
3. Caracas, Venezuela
4. Tegucigalpa, Honduras
5. Torreón, Mexico
6. Maceió, Brazil
7. Cali, Colombia
8. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
9. Barquisimeto, Venezuela
10. João Pessoa, Brazil

Forty of the top fifty cities are in Latin America.

Boy, nothing like giving the anti-immigration crowd some powerful anecdotal ammunition (not to mention the anti-Catholic crowd).

My daughter is supposed to go to World Youth Day this summer in Rio de Janeiro. I’m a bit worried, yes. But then again, Rio was recently ranked the world’s happiest city. Link. (Quote from another site, which I won’t link to, since it triggered a malware warning on my computer: “In first place, not surprisingly, is the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil known for stunning beaches and sweeping city views. The city ranked high with its culture and shopping centers and outdoor attractions.”)

The study on city violence, incidentally, ranked New Orleans the most violent among all U.S. cities (ranked 17th).

Decent Late Night

“Several states are now looking into the possibility of taxing marijuana as a source of revenue. That is so typical of the government, isn’t it? Trying to squeeze blood from a stoner.” Leno

“This is crazy. The justice department is saying that President Obama can order drone strikes on American citizens, that he can do that. In a related story, this is the last Obama joke I’m ever doing on this show.” Conan

“A new report by economists lists the world’s most expensive cities. It turns out the most expensive city is Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo unveiled their new tourism slogan today. Their slogan is: ‘Tokyo: We’ll leave you brokeo.'” Ferguson