Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
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On assessing risk

People are notoriously bad about assessing risk.  Consider this commentary:

And now, only one senior al Qaeda leader left - CNN.com

Here's the key passage for me:

"Lone wolves inspired by jihadist ideology have managed to kill a total of 17 Americans in the United States since 9/11, according to a tally maintained by the New America Foundation.

Meanwhile, 54 Americans are reported to be killed every year by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, to the average American, lightning is about 30 times more deadly than jihadist terrorism."

It's important to keep risk and threat in perspective. 
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