South Africa is one of the most criminally violent countries. With around 50 murders, 100 rapes, nearly 400 armed burglaries and over 500 violent assaults recorded every day, it is not surprising that as many as eight out of ten South Africans feel unsafe walking in their own districts after dark.
— And it used to be worse: since the end of apartheid in 1994, the murder rate has fallen by half. Yet such improvements are marred by the appalling number of police officers being accused of serious crimes. (via theeconomist)
Surveys in Japan have suggested that women who work full-time then go home and spend another 30 hours a week doing the housework. Their husbands contribute an unprincely three hours of effort.
The idea that some shadowy group or other is running things for their own benefit, not that of the ordinary working man, is the constant solace of the unsuccessful.
— A new book explains why national disasters are likely to call forth particularly wild conspiracy theories. The alternative explanations, of incompetence or inherent vulnerability, are simply too painful to bear. (via theeconomist)