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August 10th, 2006 - Open Knowledge

Aug. 10th, 2006

10:11 pm - Killer Bunnies

Killer Bunnies via kindofstrange.

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10:13 pm - Not-Boring Soccer

I find watching most professional sports about as exciting as watching astroturf grow.

However, I found photos of this soccer game quite compelling.

Via stmachiavelli.

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10:17 pm - Dead Rising

Zombie aficianados might want to take note of this clip from Dead Rising.

Via ernunnos

10:24 pm - God is imaginary

God is imaginary via herbaliser.

Succinct rebuttal to the usual claptrap.

10:25 pm - Dune Buggy + Paraglider

I'd love to try flying a parabuggy some day.

10:47 pm - Deer kill as many people as terrorists do...

A False Sense of Insecurity?


"Throughout all this, there is a perspective on terrorism that has been very substantially ignored. It can be summarized,
somewhat crudely, as follows:


Assessed in broad but reasonable context, terrorism generally does not do much damage.

The costs of terrorism very often are the result of hasty, ill-considered, and overwrought reactions.


Until 2001, far fewer Americans were killed in any grouping of years by all forms of international terrorism than were killed by lightning, and almost none of those terrorist deaths occurred within the United States itself. Even with the September 11 attacks included in the count, the number of Americans killed by international terrorism since the late 1960s (which is when the State Department began counting) is about the same as the number of Americans killed over the same period by lightning, accident-causing deer, or severe allergic reaction to peanuts.

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...it would seem to be reasonable for those in charge of our safety to inform the public about how many airliners would have to crash before flying becomes as dangerous as driving the same distance in an automobile. It turns out that someone has made that calculation: University of Michigan transportation researchers Michael Sivak and Michael Flannagan, in an article last year in American Scientist, wrote that they determined there would have to be one set of September 11 crashes a month for the risks to balance out. More generally, they calculate that an American’s chance of being killed in one nonstop airline flight is about one in 13 million (even taking the September 11 crashes into
account). To reach that same level of risk when driving on America’s safest roads — rural interstate highways — one would have to travel a mere 11.2 miles."

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