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I superimposed a map of homicides (denoted by pins) in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area so far in 2018 (source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive) with a map of the 2016 median household income in the area (source:  The city limits are outlined in red.  As of this writing, there have been 75 homicides this year in the Pittsburgh area.

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Median household income in the yellow areas is $100,000.  In the medium-to-dark-green areas, it is $150,000 or more.  In the medium-to-dark-orange areas, it is $50,000 and less.

It may not be news that poorer communities have higher homicide rates* but Pittsburgh’s intermingling of poor and affluent neighborhoods illustrates this pretty vividly.


* As the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in 2014: “Persons in poor households at or below the federal poverty level … had more than double the rate of violent victimization as persons in high-income households. … The overall pattern of poor persons having the highest rates of violent victimization was consistent for both whites and blacks.”
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[To be read slowly, along with the music…]

He’s the man,
the man with the megabucks,
he pays to hush.
And those small fingers
beckon you
to look past the man he is
and vote for him!
Hateful words he will pour in your ear
and his lies will play into your fears.
For his crony fools know when he twitters
It’s the kiss of death from
Pretty girls,
beware of his grab and hold —
his hand is cold!
He will promise to make us all great —
what he does best is make us all hate.
As his lawyer knows (or really, his fixer),
it’s the kiss of death from
John McCain
is free of this petty troll.
He has no soul!
His heart has a hole
Lowly troll…
He loves gold,
his name spelled in gold.
Lowly troll…
He’s so cold!


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Cursors, Foiled Again by CHCollins

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