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Putting Things in Perspective

thyla wrote the following as part of a discussion thread springing from this post by rachelmills:

link: http://www.livejournal.com/community/libertarianism/353970.html#cutid1




If you'd like some numbers on acceptable risk as it applies to dying from a direct result of a terrorist act in the United States, here they are -

1 in 88,000 of a terrorist attack
1 in 1,500,000 of a terrorist-caused shopping mall disaster assuming one such incident a week and you shop two hours a week
1 in 55,000,000 in a terrorist-caused plane disaster assuming one such incident a month and you fly once a month

And to put those numbers in perspective, lets look at your chances of dying some other way -

1 in 55,928 of death by lightning
1 in 20,605 in your clothes igniting
1 in 10,455 of dying in your bathtub
1 in 10,010 by falling from a ladder or scaffolding

(...)


That's right, you are 983 times more likely to die of lightning than a terrorist attack. What constitutional freedoms would you like to give up so you can avoid dying of lightning?

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saint_monkey
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
very strangely, and totally unrelated, i just got done posting a set of similar statistics in response to the ban on ephedra. did you know that bush has executed exactly as many people as have died of ephedra related issues?
kmo
Dec. 30th, 2003 09:45 pm (UTC)
I did not know that
Can't say that it surprises me though.
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kmo
Dec. 30th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
lightning
That's wild.
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