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Friday, February 16, 2007


Causes of death

It's a subject I've been writing about since 2003 - how does "terrorism," on which the U.S. is fixated (and spending trillions under the guise of "fighting" it), compare to other sources of death?

On last night's Colbert Report, Lance Armstrong added one more set of statistics to the list. 560,000 Americans (and obviously many times more people worldwide) will die of cancer this year. According to Armstrong, 200,000 of those could be saved simply by applying existing medicine and technology, without a single new discovery. He didn't give an estimate for the cost, but I feel confident in guessing it would be vastly less than the money being spent to kill Iraqis and Afghans. And with just a fraction of those cures, more lives would have been saved then will be killed by terrorists in all of recorded history (not counting the terrorists who dropped atomic bombs on Japanese cities and firebombed Japanese and German cities).

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