Re: The "Fear Industrial Complex" (remember SARS?)
- From: "Nahshon Evren" <f***adoodledoo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx's>
- Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 19:50:02 +0200
Newsrooms are full of English majors who acknowledge that they are
not good at math, but still rush to make confident pronouncements
about a global-warming "crisis" and the coming of bird flu.
I agree that global- boring looks more andmore like the Y2K scare
Bird flu was called the No. 1 threat to the world. But bird flu
has killed no one in America, while regular flu -- the boring kind --
kills tens of thousands. New York City internist Marc Siegel says that
after the media hype, his patients didn't want to hear that.
That's not the point, the point is that this strain kills in a matter of
anyone it infects; 'flu doesn't, and could if spread wipe out a third of the
population of the planet
Here's another example. What do you think is more dangerous, a
house with a pool or a house with a gun? When, for "20/20," I asked
some kids, all said the house with the gun is more dangerous. I'm sure
their parents would agree. Yet a child is 100 times more likely to die
in a swimming pool than in a gun accident.
So what's your point ? Anyone can play games with statistics
Parents don't know that partly because the media hate guns and gun
accidents make bigger headlines. Ask yourself which incident would be
more likely to be covered on TV.
Guns because guns are shot by people, swimming pools are relatively neutral
on the whole
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