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The Toddler Menace?

Ruben Bolling
© Ruben Bolling

Another sendup of one of my favorite ironic things – how Americans are scared shitless by relatively minor risks, while ignoring other risks that kill orders of magnitudes more people all the time.

We are willing to spend trillions of dollars fighting this thing called “terrorism” (despite the fact that we aren’t even very good at defining what it is), but refuse to spend money for things that would save far more lives. Like making sure everyone has health insurance.

Or how about launching a war on cancer? You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack. Hell, we lose more people to suicide every year (41,149) than we have lost to terrorism in our country’s entire history, but we seem unwilling to spend money on mental health services.

And then there are shootings by toddlers, and death by furniture.

But things can change. I was going to mention car accidents, but Obama just announced he plans to spend $4 billion for research projects and infrastructure improvements for driverless cars. That could save 25,000 lives a year.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Oh, cancer is easy. Ban second hand and third hand cigarette smoke and ban the carcinogens we put on the crops. Round up is banned in Europe. Last year a beautiful sweet loving cat died from carcinogens on crops. She was feral and in the fields for years and years. Any weed killer has to be a carcinogen as it kills cells.
    In 2010, I lost my gorgeous sweet poodle to lung cancer from cigarette smoke at the groomers. She would still be alive today.

    Monday, January 18, 2016 at 4:03 am | Permalink
  2. redjon wrote:

    Statistically, a person in the USA is much more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. Make what you like of that bit of information.

    Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Redjon, only because your chance of being killed by a terrorist are so low. Police officers are in the same category as furniture and toddlers.

    Monday, January 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Permalink