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    rjnerd, Oh Mary Oh, walk2live, Catte Nappe

    I've been pondering the same type questions all week.  Here's another one I have no answer to.

    Why, as a society, we seem to live in fear of lone bombers with back pack bombs that have a minute chance of coming within 100 miles of us, but we think nothing of having adults and children live next door to a bomb everyday, that is big enough to blow us away 10 times over?

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:54:16 PM PDT

    •  becuase it won't happen to us (2+ / 0-)
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      rjnerd, white blitz

      and that's how we make our living. We know what it is, we are used to it.

    •  We are very bad at relative risk (0+ / 0-)

      Lots of people are afraid of getting on an airliner, but think nothing of driving.  Yet the risk of driving is double that of flying. (per hour basis).  

      This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

      by rjnerd on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:03:59 PM PDT

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      •  Better chance of dying in a car accident on the (0+ / 0-)

        way to the airport. I tell people that, and then they say "Well, when I'm driving, I'm in control and I'm more comfortable. I'm not in control of the plane"

        Fair enough, but then I say if you're just driving along minding your own business, and a drunk driver doing 80 on the wrong side of the highway hits you head on, you're not exactly in control.

        Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in this country. No one thinks twice about getting into their car every day.

        When people are finished talking to me about their fear of flying, they're usually not over their fear of flying, but now have a fear of driving too ;)

        "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

        by yg17 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 05:48:14 AM PDT

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