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Posted on Sep 18, 2006
Terror odds
From Wired News

Wired News put together a chart that compares the odds of being killed by a terrorist in the United States to other causes of death. Apparently, we’re much more likely to die from hernia.

  • Or, as Nora Ephron put it in “Sleepless in Seattle”: It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband when you’re over the age of 40.

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    Flu, hernia, or police more likely to kill you than Al Qaeda Ryan Singel at Wired News has produced an insightful little chart that compares the odds of dying from a terrorist attack to other causes of death in the United States. According to this data, Americans are more likely to be killed by a policeman than by a toothpaste-wielding foreign jihadist. Snip:

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    By GW=MCHammered, September 19, 2006 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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    You are more likely to die by your own hand, suicide, or entirely by doctor error than by terrorism, automobile accident and homicide combined. Best to care for one’s mental and physical health.

    15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi, as is Osama binLaden. What nationality are most suicide bombers in Iraq? Most come from Saudi Arabia and Jordan – known from suicide notes, video admissions, and family member confessions. So what makes more sense, overthrow Iraq’s dictatorship or Saudi Arabia’s? An equal response to 9/11 would lead to 80% of our War on Terrorism being fought in Saudi Arabia.

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    By harald hardrada, September 18, 2006 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment
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    hilarious—got to give nora ephron credit

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    By jimmy the greek, September 18, 2006 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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    wanna talk odds ? i’ll tell ya what will kill you-leaving boy bush in office. especially if you’re in the mid east. or a kennedy. or a beatle. or paul wellstone.

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