Monday, September 19, 2005

Yellow journalism: alive and well in 2005.

That "10,000 dead" has been revised down to "less than 1,000."

For reference, that compares to 35,000 dead in Europe from... a heat wave. That's right, a natural "catastrophe" that can be handled with air conditioning killed more than 35 times as many people among our oh-so-enlightened socialist transatlantic neighbors as a Category 5 storm here in the US did in a deathtrap city built below sea level, even with an incompetent disaster response.

Let's see, 35,000 people times $179 each for their own, personal 8,000 BTU air conditioner gives me... $5.5 million. That's what it would have cost to save every single person who died from excess heat. And that assumes no one was willing to share.

And people think America has problems.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, this math assumes that you could have pre-identified the 35,000 who were going to die, or else millions of air conditioners would have been needed. Oh, and there is the small expense of energy needed to actually OPERATE the air conditioners. Even the cowardly act of building a straw man to knock down requires a little thought, genius.

11:08 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...

Identifying the people: easy. Those in frail condition. We do it here all the time. It's called a "heat advisory."

Energy neded to operate them for a week: negligible, in a scale of millions of dollars.

Debunking your comment: easiest of all. I intentionally gave each person far more AC than they needed just so people like you would fall into the trap of assuming they NEED that much.

Thanks for stopping by!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Yeah, but Dave, there is no anti-American or anti-Bush significance to those heat wave deaths so they have no relevance.

Much like this story of prisoner abuse that I blogged about today. Do you think the left will hammer on these abuses for months on end? If not, why not?

1:30 PM  

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