2019 most dangerous U.S. cities

This article is dated December 2018, and it’s based on 2017 data, but whatever. 🙂 RoadSnacks has a similar list here, and here’s USA Today’s.

"”This list was created based off information from the FBI’s crime statistics which were gathered from US cities with a population over 100,000 between January 2017 and June 2017. The data looks specifically at the amount of violent crimes in a city which includes rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. It’s important to note that the data used to create this Uniform Crime Report is collected voluntarily by police forces in cities across the country and not every city or state chooses to participate, so this list doesn’t necessarily give the full picture. However, it does give a big picture look at some of the more dangerous cities which can be helpful for people who are planning their next big city vacation in 2019.”"

Winter oranges in Nebraska



Nebraska retiree uses Earth’s heat to grow oranges in snow… See youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk

Winter temperatures in Alliance, Nebraska can drop to -20°F (the record low is -40°F/C), but retired mailman Russ Finch grows oranges in his backyard greenhouse without paying for heat.

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Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour” to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.

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Riva, a beautiful young “black ops” agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own “asset” just to prove she can. When he loses his job and girlfriend, she thinks he’s putty in her hands. But when he tries to go out with a bang, she’s afraid she’s overplayed her hand. Will either one of them survive?

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For most people, winning $300 million in the lottery would be enough. They would buy a big house, travel the world and retire. Not Benny. He decided to take the money and run… for President. The house he had in mind was the White House. He didn’t want to travel the world so much as save it… from politicians. Retire? “I’ll retire when I’m dead!” he would say, not realizing so many people had a retirement plan in mind that would make him very dead. Welcome to the world of politics, Benny.

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Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn’t anticipate Venelia and the Dynamos. The what?

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Another day in paradise, day 2751

Sitting here looking at James (not his real name) to my right. My workday would be sooooo much better if I could ignore him, but, being in the cubicle across the aisle, I can’t. For those new to this space, James is an idiot. Literally. Okay, “idiot/savant” might be more accurate. He is wicked smart when it comes to computer programming, but I’m pretty sure he is a CIA human science experiment gone horribly wrong. Luckily, he’ll be leaving in 25 minutes.

We have flexible schedules here in “paradise” (not really paradise, but in fact the “shared services” division of a healthcare company). When he’s here (he wasn’t yesterday because he likes to skip Mondays and Fridays as often as possible) James usually leaves at 3. I guess he gets here at 6:30 in the morning, though no one else in the reporting department gets here early enough to verify that. I usually arrive by 7 and leave by 3:30, though today I missed that crucial 5-minute “departure window” and arrived around 7:30. Amazing. Leaving 10-15 minutes later than usual makes me 20-30 minutes later. It normally takes 45-50 minutes to get to work, 50-60 minutes to get home.

My wife and I had moved out to one of the southern suburbs a year and a half ago to put me closer to my office, only to have the office almost immediately move to within a few miles of where we used to live! Amazing! It pretty much sums up how out-of-sync I am with this company, though. But, hey, it could be a lot worse.