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New Math

Thursday, November 10, 2005

A friend whose son is serving in Iraq has made a 22-month comparison of the firearm death rate of troops in Iraq (60/100,000) with that of Washington, DC (80.6/100,000) and, given that you are 25 percent more likely to be shot and killed in America's capital, concludes that "We should immediately pull out of Washington."

Could similar calculations be the answer to questionable recent events in Myanmar? Or is it really astrology? Just a couple years ago Myanmarians -- Burmese was so much easier to write -- were fleeing to Bangladhesh for comfort. Bangladesh!