Skip to main content


Showing posts from 2015

DRAFT : #ChicagoIguala

#ChicagoIguala (twitter) refers to the trade corridor connecting two battlefields in the narcotics wars - one in Mexico. One in Chicago. A unique attribute of markets along the corridor is the frequency of violence, shooting, and unsolved murder. From that perspective, #ChicagoIguala is shorthand for a multi-year, transcontinental murder mystery involving 100s of thousands of Americans. It's also a symbol for state complicity and corruption in extrajudicial killing, kidnapping and disappearances. It's code for "a blackout in our history".

A road map or way finding tool (of sorts) to American security. I hypothesize that insecurity and security are decided in these towns. These are selected by two different methodologies right now: US comes from FBI Table 6 2014 and is sorted for homicides per capita per square mile - a density of homicide metric (source)pan American data comes from Seguridad Justicia y Paz 2014 (source

For example, from a town connected by interstat…

# 2014 Great Lake Homicides : 896

Together, these 5 cities on the Great Lakes summed 896 homicides in 2014 per FBI. The red marker is Gary, Indiana: Lake County Sheriff John Buncich attributed the violence to gangs fighting over drug customers, some coming in from out of town, mostly to buy marijuana. He said gangs sometimes spin off and form smaller factions, battling within just a few blocks and complicating police work.
"The weaponry they are using is ridiculous," Buncich said. "The amount of firepower is ridiculous."Read the whole thing. Gary guns also show up at 19% of Chicago murder scenes
Presumably, Chicago traders acquire Gary, Indiana guns for Sinaloa drugs and/or proceeds from the same?

original data source:
FBI Table 6 2014

American Drug Markets

Density of American Homicide

This is a map of 28 cities within the United States. (28 is an arbitrary number.)

It plots homicide per capita per square mile. These cities have the most homicide per person per square mile.

What does that even mean?

I'm not sure - and if anyone knows of a proper name for this metric, please let me know.

FWIW I consider it the "density" of homicide - where density is both social density (ie "per capita") and geographic density (ie "per square mile").

I think those attributes of homicide express important social attributes of violence, like proximity and intensity. In these 28 cases, where the social fabric in real physical space is most "war-torn". Where killing hits "closest to home". Where there are witnesses and bystanders to murder.

Clicking on the city will show the underlying calculations and the rank of the city. I will try to clean those up - this is a work in progress. Feedback and questions are welcome.

For future work: …

Operation Anvil

Latest homicide map is linked here.

Overall goal: explain why the Americas have such low rates of successfully prosecuted murder compared to EU and APAC.

And why - as murder rates declining - are solved murder rates declining in the United States?

For a quick summary of the state of homicide within the United States:

To start: where are the murders?

Latest homicide map is linked here.

Next, I want to map stories to these cities. Later, add more data sources (eg, unsolved murder data).

STORY about Operation Anvil in Honduras:…

Interactive Map of the 50 Most Violent Cities in the World

As measured by murder rate, these are the most violent cities in the world, excluding "war zones". Please click here for an interactive version. Please click here to read about the source data.

Please click here

Data source (accessed November 2015) :

Country Level Pivot:

Honduras0.12% Venezuela0.07% El Salvador0.06% Brazil0.05% South Africa0.04%

LEAP Nomination

I recommend Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) because they work on the root cause of the most pressing health, security, and civil rights subject in the United States: the war on drugs.
Recent CDC data shows that heroin use now qualifies as an epidemic. The Center attributes the heroin boom to the prescription opioid boom of the last 20 years. The drug war approach disables the most vulnerable from finding help.
Prohibition's emphasis on arrest yields an exceptional imbalance: the US has 5% of the world's people, but 25% of its prisoners. Incarceration does not rehabilitate offenders. Quite the opposite. Data clearly shows that the incarcerated are at higher risk for re-admission - and that their families, especially their children, experience higher risk for incarceration.
That dynamic is a clear and present national security risk, including to California. Just this last weekend, in Chicago, more than 50 people were shot. For the second straight weekend. That city a…

Merida War Memorial


In recognition of Memorial Day, I am working on the peace to conclude a long North/South American war. To that end, I joined the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition team raising money on CrowdRise. My goal is to raise $1,000,000.