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Rearrange the Face of the FBI Crime Clock

The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]

Supplement the FBI Crime Clock with a few Ticks of your Own

The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:

One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 [...]

The Other Shoe: Massive Surveillance Network in Manhattan

Somebody drove an SUV up slightly onto a curb in New York City over the weekend, tried to light it on fire, and failed.

Maybe the person doing this was trying to scare people (“terrorism” is our modern word for “trying to scare people”). Maybe he was deranged. Maybe he was a prankster. We don’t [...]

We’re At Risk!

Every time I get a paper cut on my hands, I’m at risk of dying from an infection that progresses to gangrene. I don’t respond, however, by taking a constant regimen of antibiotics, just in case I get a paper cut. My body’s semipermeable borders put me at risk, but I’m okay with that. [...]

Poison Food, Poison Talk, and Poison Policy

People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society. [...]

What Have Air Pilot Guns Done For Americans?

The greatest violent threat from a weapon to an American commercial flight since the passage of the law allowing pilots’ guns on board airplanes has come from one of those guns. It’s a powerful example of how the extreme measures the Homeland Security regime has taken in order to help people feel safe have actually put Americans in harm’s way. [...]

Piegorsch Research Showing Risk of Terrorism For US Cities Is Hype

If Walter Piergorsch actually based his research on historical facts of what bioterrorism has been in the United States, he wouldn’t have ever said that railroads, natural environment or critical industries in a city would be a factor. Think about it: When has a bioterrorist attack in the United States targeted a railroad or used a railroad as a means of pathogen dispersal? [...]

Hey Liberals! The Terrorist Threat Is Real!

Over the history of the USA, more people have been killed by alligators, cougars and grizzly bears than have been killed by terrorists. We don’t need special legislation to protect us from cougars, grizzly bears and alligators by establishing a spy network of video cameras to watch over every street in every town in the United States. For the same reason, we don’t need the FISA Amendments Act. [...]