Monday, February 9, 2009

A COP IS MORE LIKELY TO KILL YOU THAN A TERRORIST

Eye Wash Station - After 9/11, the fear of another attack on U.S. soil cleanly supplanted the fear of having one's penis chopped off by a vengeful lover in the pantheon of irrational American fears. While we're constantly being told that another attack is imminent and that radical Islamic fundamentalists are two steps away from establishing a caliphate in Branson, Missouri, just how close are they? How do the odds of dying in a terrorist attack stack up against the odds of dying in other unfortunate situations?

The following ratios were compiled using data from 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control was used.

You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

You are six times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

You are eight times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

You are nine times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

You are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

5 Comments:

At September 10, 2009 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Some citations sure would be nice.

 
At September 10, 2009 4:02 AM, Blogger Mat said...

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At September 10, 2009 4:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its simple math - why don't you do it yourself?
divide the amount of people who die from those types of deaths and divide it by the total of people who die from terrorism...

http://www.calculateforfree.com/
in case you need a calculator.

 
At September 10, 2009 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because according to this, you are 10 times more likely to die in an airplane accident then a car crash, which is some serious miscalculations.

 
At September 15, 2009 4:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The airplane statement is being compared only to terrorist attacks involving airplanes, while the car crash statement includes all terrorist attacks.

But yeah, citations are a good thing.

 

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