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Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:37 PM

You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist


It drives me nuts to read that people list Terrorism as the biggest threat to their safety. It's hardly a blip on the radar screen compared to most real threats like driving.


Snip> Consider, for instance, that since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have been no more likely to die at the hands of terrorists than being crushed to death by unstable televisions and furniture. Meanwhile, in the time it has taken you to read until this point, at least one American has died from a heart attack. Within the hour, a fellow citizen will have died from skin cancer. Roughly five minutes after that, a military veteran will commit suicide. And by the time you turn the lights off to sleep this evening, somewhere around 100 Americans will have died throughout the day in vehicular accidents – the equivalent of “a plane full of people crashing, killing everyone on board, every single day.” Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus at Princeton University, has observed that “[e]ven in countries that have been targets of intensive terror campaigns, such as Israel, the weekly number of casualties almost never [comes] close to the number of traffic deaths.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/11/23/youre-more-likely-to-be-fatally-crushed-by-furniture-than-killed-by-a-terrorist/

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Reply You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist (Original post)
Quixote1818 Dec 2015 OP
99th_Monkey Dec 2015 #1
Jester Messiah Dec 2015 #2
sarisataka Dec 2015 #5
artislife Dec 2015 #9
Live and Learn Dec 2015 #3
yeoman6987 Dec 2015 #7
Live and Learn Dec 2015 #10
treestar Dec 2015 #4
mrdmk Dec 2015 #6
Egnever Dec 2015 #8

Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:46 PM

1. Yah, but the MIC can't gin-up endle$$ war-for-profit against furniture. Big difference. -nt-

 

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:52 PM

2. Oh crap! Ban all furniture!!!

 

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Response to Jester Messiah (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:58 PM

5. Beat me to it /nt

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Response to Jester Messiah (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 10:02 PM

9. That's it.

 

Only rattan and cushions from now on!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:55 PM

3. Exactly. nt

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:59 PM

7. Yeah except for the at least 5,000 Americans who have been brutally murdered by terrorists

 

I'm sure their families aren't as easy peasy about it. Auto accidents are just that accidents. Terrorist attacks are not accidents.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 10:03 PM

10. We are talking about irrational fear not the morality of murder.

Though, I might remind you that we have killed many more over there and yes, many of them were innocent victims.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:56 PM

4. It's an excuse for racism and xenophobia

If they can claim that fear, they can rationalize treating Muslims differently. Or so they think.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 09:58 PM

6. Did have a 500 lbs fireproof safe in mind for Christmas


Maybe should take that off of the list...

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 10:02 PM

8. The TV in general drives me nuts these days

 

I used to love tv, used to have it on in the background 24/7. Now days I have it on for more than 10 minutes and I want to start slapping people.

Thank god for the internet.

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