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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

(originally launched into cyberspace on 06/29/2007)

Dear Subscriber,

I've been surprised by how blunt I can be, and still not offend
most of you. So far my most effective offending-you message seems
to be my message about how the Constitution didn't work. (Around 40
people unsubscribed after that one.) But that's still well under 1%
of the list, so you people apparently have pretty thick skins. So
I'll try again:

If you live in the U.S. and worry about terrorism, you're a
gullible bonehead. It's getting pathetic how easily the government
and the media can lead the American public around by their
emotions, in any direction they choose. "Oh my gosh, I'm scared of
global warming!" "Oh my gosh, I'm scared of gun violence!" "Oh my
gosh, I'm scared of terrorism!" The general public worries about
and is scared of whatever they're TOLD to be scared of. A
particularly hilarious parody of this fact can be found here:

There you can see a string of politician rhetoric which is
OBVIOUSLY designed to SCARE you. Politicians are constantly talking
about terrorism, and how they neeeeeeed more power to combat it.
But, even accepting on blind faith the government's version of what
happened on 9/11 (which I don't), is fear of terrorism rational?

Statistically, no. I hate to mess up their mind control by citing
facts, but the following site gives some basic statistics about
causes of death in the U.S.

Assuming the stats in 2003 weren't drastically different from the
preceding years, here are a few facts that you should keep in mind:

1) In the last decade (1997 to 2007), you had about a 1/100,000
chance of being killed by a terrorist attack. (That's the
population of the country divided by the number of people who died
on 9/11/01).

2) In the last decade, you were about 170 times as likely to be
killed in a car accident as you were to be killed by a terrorist
act. Let's do a little graphic to illustrate the ratio:

Killed by terrorists (1997-2007):
Killed in car crashes (1997-2007):

(So are you 170 times more scared of driving than you are of
terrorists? I am.)

3) In the last decade, you were as likely to drown in your bathtub
as you were to be killed by a terrorist act. (Where is the clamor
for "bathtub control"?)

4) In the last decade, you were twice as likely to die from cold
weather as you were to be killed by a terrorist act.

5) Last, but not least, in the last decade you were more likely to
killed by a terrorist act. Don't believe me? Look at the bottom of
that page, under the Orwellian heading "legal intervention." (347
events per year adds up to well over 3,000 in a decade.)

(Yes, I know that using the word "you" is a bit of an over-
generalization, since people in different categories obviously have
different risks, but you get the point.)

People are constantly telling me how we neeeeeeed "government" to
protect us (a topic I'll discuss more soon). When the government,
with the help of the mainstream media, is constantly telling you to
be SCARED of things--except for itself, of course, which is what
you SHOULD fear--and then painting itself as the solution to all
those problems, it's no wonder so many people think we need it. All
our lives we've all been bombarded by the propaganda of tyrants,
telling us that the world would be CHAOS if they aren't given the
power to protect us. Even a lot of pro-freedom people still have a
ways to go to overcome that indoctrination.


Larken Rose