I was just crunching some numbers, and this is what I come up with...
if you find a flaw, please let me know.
California 2004 est. population: 35,893,799
California homicides 2004: 2,394
35,893,799 divided by 2394 = 14,993
Your chances of being murdered in California: 1 in 14,993
Troops in Iraq 2004: 152,000(est.):
Troop deaths (Am + Br) 2004: 905
152,000 divided by 905 = 168
Your chances of being murdered in Iraq: 1 in 168
14,993 divided by 168 = 89.24
I would conclude that you are 89.24 times more likely to die in Iraq
Is this correct?
That is why articles likle this:
don't really impress me, for you are only getting half the
information with a spin on it to minimize the actual risks and damage.