Thursday, June 21, 2007

Relative vs. Absolute

While perusing the January 22d, 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report, I came across a five-page article about the "heavy price" that the State of Vermont has paid in war dead in Iraq. The article's hook was that, as of Jan. '07, the per-capita number of Vermont deaths was far higher than that of any other state, at around 3 deaths per 100,000 residents, very nearly double the median for the ten-highest states.

But what was the total number of Vermonter deaths ?
Twenty - about what you'd get in a bad bus crash, but spread out over more than three and a half years.

Further, as of the time of publication, no Vermonter had died in Iraq for nearly six months.


Unrelated, but also in the same issue of the magazine, pollster John Zogby reports that, among Democratic Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton appeals most to Americans who would like to see a Reaganesque or FDR-ian person elected in '08 - and that about a quarter of Americans would like to see a new Reagan, and another quarter a new FDR, combining for a slim majority.


Blogger erp said...

Hillary Clinton appeals most to ... Americans [who] would like to see a new Reagan [or] FDR ...

Illustrating with exquisite clarity that those polled have absolutely no idea what Hillary, Reagan or FDR are about.

June 21, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger David said...

Good for Vermont.

June 21, 2007 11:11 AM  

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