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It is certainly plausible that depressed police budgets, if sustained, could have an effect — some research shows that adding police officers can reduce murders and other serious crimes — but last year, at least, there did not appear to be any relationship between budget changes and increased murder.

It may seem as if the cuts in police budgets were in response to the defund movement. But the changes in budgets last year were relatively normal for times of economic distress. During the Great Recession, for example, between 19 percent and 47 percent of these 105 agencies reduced their budgets each year, according to census data compiled by PoliceScorecard.org.

A Pew Research report in 2016 found that “voters are usually more likely to say crime is up than down, regardless of what official statistics show.” For decades, Gallup has asked people whether they think there is more or less crime in the U.S. compared with the year before. The question has been asked almost yearly since 1996, and every year except for 2001 the public — usually by overwhelming margins — has said crime has increased.

Why overall crime fell while murder increased

Nationwide, crime declined consistently for a quarter-century starting in the early 1990s. But for a large share of Americans, perceptions didn’t keep up with reality. In the quiz, only about four in 10 readers knew that the national murder rate last year was lower than the 1990 rate.

Former President Donald J. Trump repeatedly criticized Chicago, saying it was “worse than Afghanistan.” And conservatives have long depicted Chicago as a crime capital. The reasons could include an opportunity to fault President Obama for not keeping his home city safe and to argue that gun restrictions are not able to stop violent crime. Defenders of those restrictions point out that nearby states have lax gun regulations and thus undercut Chicago’s efforts.

In general, Republicans have found big liberal cities inviting targets for criticism as part of racial politics.

The rise in murder rate for 2020 is expected to be around 25 percent, the largest increase in U.S. history, in records dating to 1960. That equates to roughly 20,000 murders last year.

There are 2 billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years old. How many children will there be in the year 2100, according to the United Nations?

The author says the view that divides the world in two groups of “developed” and “developing” nations is outdated and suggests replacing that line of thinking with the four income model. Sometimes well-meaning, well-educated people in level 4 see people in levels 1, 2, and 3 and don’t really understand there are some important nuances there.

Edit: Since commenters have been asking for more information about the book I am including what I wrote elsewhere here:

Looks like this picture was taken from the book “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling

That's what Oregon Trail taught me anyway.

Everyone died of dysentery back then.

In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school?