0.2916% –or– I always knew you were stupid. I never believed you were evil.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Let’s say you worked your entire life to save $1,000,000. A cool million. And when you went to your bank to take that money out, they handed you $2,916. That is the ratio—minimum ratio—of the cost of damages done 7 years ago today to the cost of what we’ve done and will continue to do in response. 11 September 2001 cost, at most, 0.3% as much as we’ll spend in our manifold, pointless, impotent reponses.[1]

Weigh further–

3,000 lives.

Some buildings worth 0.3% the cost of going to war over them.

5,000 dead servicemen, contractors, and journalists so far.

More than 50,000 wounded.

2 ruined countries and the uncountable billions of dollars of waste that go with that.

Up to and perhaps over 1,000,000 dead.

5 million refugees.

7-fold increase in world-wide terrorism.

Bill of $1,000,000,000,000 so far, $2,400,000,000,000 eventual total looking quite solid.

Loss of habeas corpus.

The extra hours at airports we all could have been working or enjoying ourselves instead.

$4.00 gasoline.

…and you know you can fill in plenty more.

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