Re: Human lives: Do the math (was: Impact on history)

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Sep 17 2001 - 12:36:54 MDT

> You're forgetting American math. Americans value
> an American life at something like 1000 times the
> value of a Third World life.

Well if we valued American life the same as others, you could do the math like
At 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, a rental truck packed with homemade explosives
detonated just outside the busy Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma
City. That bombing claimed 169 lives. One man was executed for this act of
terrorism. That puts the ratio of terrorist to victims at 1 : 169.
If the number of lives claimed by the September 11, 2001 atrocity is 4,901
then the same ratio would require the execution of 29 terrorists.
Nineteen of the terrorists are already dead. (Being smarter than Timothy
McVeigh, these 9-11 terrorists avoided the discomfort of capture and
So, does that mean we have nineteen down and ten to go?

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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