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May
10
2010

Attack of the Killer Toaster Ovens

Just how much should we spend to defend ourselves from terrorist attacks?

There is a general agreement about risk, then, in the established regulatory practices of several developed countries: risks are deemed unacceptable if the annual fatality risk is higher than 1 in 10,000 or perhaps higher than 1 in 100,000 and acceptable if the figure is lower than 1 in 1 million or 1 in 2 million. Between these two ranges is an area in which risk might be considered “tolerable.”

There is more chance that you will be killed by a kitchen appliance than by a terrorist.

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one response to Attack of the Killer Toaster Ovens

Matt May 11, 2010

I had no idea deer were such a threat! Perhaps if they were taught to be more careful, there’d be fewer deadly accidents.

http://xkcd.com/293/

I wonder if Foreign Affairs is doing a disservice by leaving out stuff like:

% chance terrorist nuke attack * project casualties
etc.

Maybe it wouldn’t change the numbers much, but it’d be good to see them not change much.

I haven’t yet formed an opinion about them, I subscribe on me kindle.

See also http://tinyurl.com/2drpgr2

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