Risk of Terrorism

The fail-safe excuse any government official will give to you as a justification for their horrific treatment of peaceful people is “terrorism”. The cowards in government can stand behind that word, which works as some kind of ‘accountability shield’. They strip you of your rights, your dignity, your clothes (TSA body scanners), and even your life… but it’s okay… because when it comes to “terrorism”, better safe than sorry, right? Well, here are a few facts about your actual risk of death by terrorism.

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  • Omais
  • September 24, 2011, 8:32 am
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    These are statistics though. Statistics can be written to form the most devious misconceptions...

    For example:

    You can say there is a 0.01% of the human population will die per minute - based on death rates compared to the entire population: 6.6 billion people.

    Statistically and mathematically, this means that 66 million people die a minute. Does that actually mean that if you count to 60 seconds, 66 million people will die?

    No. It's an average based on passed events.

    Just as easily, no people could die for 60 seconds, but then 132 million people will die in the second minute. This can be stretched to whatever proportion you like.

    Mathematicians see this as: 132mil per 2 min = 66mil per min. Of course, this is not true, It's 0 for 1 min, and 132mil for the other minute.

    But still, this then gives us our (incorrect) statistic: 66,000,000 / 6,600,000,000 (dying per min/total pop) = 0.01% of the population will die per minute.

    In the same way, you can say that on average in 1 hour 40 minutes (100 minutes), 66 million will die a minute. But look at it from a different perspective.

    NO-ONE dies for 99 minutes.
    In the 100th minute and 59th second - the entire human population dies.


    So, we can say that in 100 minutes, 6.6billion people die. - assuming that not enough people are born within the last second, the entire human population becomes extinct.

    Divide 6.6 billion people by 100 minutes = 66 million a minute (average). Mathematically, still only 0.01% of people are dying per minute.

    Sticking with this mathematical approach, the human population will survive because more than 66 million babies are born a minute. However, we know that it would not mean the survival of the human race because the population ACTUALLY died out within a second.

    Yet, by choosing your numbers carefully, you can make a statistic sound as threatening or as pathetic as you like. Just like I did then.

    You can say 0.01% die within a minute
    or you can say
    100% die within 100 mins

    Mathematically, these are both true, but they still contradict each other,



    Today's lesson: NEVER TRUST STATISTICS

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    You go tell that to the families of the 3,000 people that died on 9/11. You go tell that to the family of the people who died in the London bombings.
    It doesn't happen very often because there are so many precautions to stop it from happening.
    If everywhere you went there were people stopping you from getting heart disease or cancer or drowning then they wouldn't happen so often either.
    This is stupid and so are your statements above the image.

    • TryThat
    • September 24, 2011, 8:40 am
    - BlurrySours September 24, 2011, 9:32 am
    I agree. Check my comment explaining how statistics can be bent to show whatever meaning you like.
    - SkinnyBill September 24, 2011, 9:40 am
    Yes, let's all let the TSA pat us down to protect us. While they're at it, they should put cameras in our homes to protect us from burglars, and we should have to wear helmets at all times to protect us from meteors.

    Freedom > security.
    - Ertrov March 8, 2012, 8:33 pm
    Ok. Well when a terrorist attack hurts or kills somebody you care about come back & tell me that.
    - TryThat March 9, 2012, 2:50 am
    I will. Unlike some people, I can keep my rationality from overcoming my emotions.
    - Ertrov March 9, 2012, 10:16 am
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    When 3000 people die, it's a disaster. The hundreds of thousands who die everyday are a statistic.

    When you do the math, terrorists are pretty insignificant compared to other causes of premature death.

    • Ertrov
    • March 8, 2012, 8:35 pm
    America is a bigger danger to itself than "terrorists" are. 3000 died on 9/11. Far more die per year due to lack of healthcare, piss poor gun laws, gang violence. To quote Jon Stewart: "Al-Qaeda wishes it could kill as many people as our gangs!"

    To raise the bar even more, lets throw in deaths from natural disasters all over the world. Maybe this is just because I'm Canadian and probably lack some perspective, but when you stack up every disaster/war/terrorist attack that happens on a global basis, you kind of wish Americans would get over 9/11. Yes, those people didn't deserve what they got, but America has done FAR WORSE to other countries. I'm taking a CIA history course right now (not claiming to be an expert) but the more you look at declassified CIA documents, the more you realize the US fucked the world during the Cold War (Rigging elections, military coups, backing brutal dictators, all to "contain communism.") All of these documents are readily available online, if you're interested.

    Sorry to info dump you Ertrov, but I thought some of this was relevant while on the topic of 9/11
    - CrazyJay March 9, 2012, 6:21 am
    Exactly. USA is a massive threat to itself, people can carry guns & be legal. Therefore in order to stop things such as 9/11 happening again, people are security checked all the time to stop people abusing these laws & hijacking planes & killing people.
    - TryThat March 9, 2012, 7:12 am
    Okay, I will give you that. I really should have been clearer about what I meant earlier, cause I think we're likely on the same page. Airport checks, fine. I don't like being treated like a criminal but I get it. Wire tapping, spying, hidden cameras= Not cool. We should acknowledge why the Taliban came to power (CIA backing in the 80s) and why they attacked (American military presence in middle east) instead of just panicking. Does this sound more reasonable? (Better to just delete my old comments and condense my points in to one comment than instigate a flame war, right?)

    As for my bit about "Dying for freedoms" that was meant more as an attention grabber and it worked. I apologize.

    Also, if you don't mind me asking, is 9/11 personal for you? (Did you lose someone?) Because CIA meddling in other countries is personal for me. My Aunt lived in Chile during the military Coup against Allende.
    - CrazyJay March 9, 2012, 7:20 am
    9/11 isn't personal for me. To be completely honest (will probs get hate for admitting this) I made my original comment 5 months ago for points. I knew a few people would uprate it... IDC about points anymore so now I am arguing about what I think is right.

    I am all for being able to do whatever I want without anybody knowing about it because I know I'm not going to blow shit up.
    I am from UK, cameras are everywhere in built up areas, it is kinda annoying but I don't really care because I'm not doing anything I shouldn't be doing & those cameras can be used to find out people are doing bad things.
    - TryThat March 9, 2012, 7:47 am
    Until the government decides that something you're doing is bad, and then they already have the cameras and security measures to stop you. Big government is a bad thing.
    - Ertrov March 9, 2012, 10:19 am
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    The closer to the bottom you get the more precautions you have that prevent them from happening yes you are more likely to have a heart attack or die of cancer but there aren't many ways to prevent them, yes you can try and avoid the things that play a hand in having or getting the thing that could kill you but it's lucky if you don't get or have them in this day and age.

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    it is more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash, so someone messede up lol
    and I saw some didnt like it, but well its true 3000 who died 9/11 are not a lot compared to how many people died on that day because of car craashes, hunger, war and so on. People just have a different feeling when someone kills innocent people just because of dont know, than when people die because of a little mistake or something.
    I still dont see why someone gets mad its not like the statistics say you wont die because of a terrorist attack, it just tells you calm the fuck down and dont act like everyone with a beard is going to blow himself up, you rather die on your way to work.

    • Vans
    • March 8, 2012, 8:30 pm
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