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July 9th, 2007

02:45 pm: Day One - Packing
I was up at 7am, having had about six hours of sleep, and did the last minute things and waited for the packers who arrived at 8:30am. They were a nice couple of guys, although one of them packed my shoes! (I'd said not to pack anything on the shelves in the closets because it won't bother either the flooring or painting guys and my shoes are in a cardboard cubbyhole thing up there.) He got them back out. He also packed the bookshelves his way instead of mine, so the to-be-read books are all mixed in with the others. That means I'll have to deal with them instead of setting my Boy Scout on them. I slept about 90 minutes while they were here, I just couldn't stay awake. I never read the paper last night, so I'm most of the way through now, plus there's today's. They left about 1:30pm, taking the Gatorade with them.

Giorgio stayed out the entire time, checking back and forth between the guys, and coming back to sit with me or in the castle. Spirit came out while they were gone for lunch and I'm not sure where she went, but every time she came back to me, I had to "pet" dustbunnies off her. Shiva didn't come out until after the guys left, and he's been on top of every box. Tomorrow, I have to trap them in the guest bathroom (with water, food, litterbox, and blankie) right away. If I have to catch them, I'm in trouble. The boxes are in places that keep me from getting into some parts of rooms.

I expect to nap some more today. I don't think I'll be able to swing my sleeping schedule around to the workers. It's a Code Orange day today, so I'm staying in.

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02:51 pm: Did Rudy Really Decrease Crime in NYC?
An interesting article in yesterday's WashPost says "probably not." There are stunning charts that show that crime has followed lead in houses and atmosphere -- just 20 years later.

The theory offered by the economist, Rick Nevin, is that lead poisoning accounts for much of the variation in violent crime in the United States. It offers a unifying new neurochemical theory for fluctuations in the crime rate, and it is based on studies linking children's exposure to lead with violent behavior later in their lives.

What makes Nevin's work persuasive is that he has shown an identical, decades-long association between lead poisoning and crime rates in nine countries.


The graphics for the US, Canada, and Britain.

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