Project 313 – Post No. 124

In general, people are very bad at assessing risks. There are people spending extra money buying non-GMO organic locally grown lettuce and think nothing of driving over the speed limit or letting their car maintenance lapse. 

In the year following the 9-11 WTC attack, people opted to drive as opposed to flying and there was a resultant spike in traffic fatalities. We currently worry about terrorist attacks but more people die in their bathtub than die in terrorist attacks (here in the US).  

People rail against guns, but for people between the ages of 1 and 44, the number one cause of death is accidents. By my definition, accidents are preventable . . . but you don’t see big demonstrations to abolish accidents. 

And it’s not only deaths . . . permanent injuries are another result of accidents. Lives are drastically changed because of accidents. But, we think nothing of driving and texting, speeding, crossing the street while distracted, and so on. 

Here’s a statistic from a few years ago:

In 2012, the most common accident leading to death both among men and women was stumbling or falling. Stumbling was the cause of death for every second accident mortality and 1,156 persons died from stumbling. Stumbling accidents have increased in absolute numbers by 40 percent in the past 20 years.

Think about that next time you want to rail against GMOs or worry that fluoride is a danger to your health. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 124

I sure wouldn’t want to mee these guys in a dark or even well-lit alley, I tell you what. 

The English language is a dynamic thing and there’s often the opportunity to apply new meaning to old words and even to make up words. 

Personally, I like making up words. 

There is something to be said for using a word with a specific definition when communicating ideas or information. Accuracy is the prerequisite to good communication; we need to understand each other if we are to exchange ideas.

That said, there are occasions when words with the desired meaning don’t exist and we must rely on multiple words or longer sentences to express ideas. 

I just don’t see why I can’t make up a word where one doesn’t exist. I mean, new words are added to the dictionary each and every year. Who makes them up? Who gave them the authority and if they have it, why can’t I do it as well? 

Truthfully, I do it all the time and no one has ever castigated me . . . not that it would do any good if they did. 

Anyway, let me wrap this up by offering up a . . . Night Vision Image of Gecko Family Party.

Night Vision Image of Gecko Family Party

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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11 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 124

  1. You would fit in nicely in Wales, most of the Welsh language is made up. In Wales a microwave oven is a popty-ping!


  2. Emily Scott says:

    If you’re quoting from this data, doesn’t ‘accidents’ include homicides, so that would include death by guns? and

    It looks like we should all give up driving, sports and having an intimate partner, as well as stumbling.


  3. disperser says:

    Well, I wasn’t going to make this about guns but . . .

    The first link is just infographics and it lumps stuff together. The second link (CNN article) draws preferred conclusions but they do link the PDF. But, read carefully what they say and then look at the statistics (open the PDF). See if you can detect a bias in reporting. They specifically mention guns, even for suicides.

    Side note: suicide rates throughout the world are fairly consistent as a percent of the population regardless of the availability of guns.
    The EU has a higher rate of suicide than the US. for instance.

    If you open the PDF linked in the CNN article and scroll down to pages 13 and 14 they break down the numbers by intentional and unintentional. Also look at the difference in homicides numbers when grouped 10-19 year and age (1,963) and when grouped 15-19 years of age (1,816).

    Understand that’s also a form of emotional manipulation. The first number conjures up 10-year-olds getting killed and that has more of an emotional impact on readers than the 15-19 years of age group because people tend to focus on the lower age. That’s why I always suggest looking at the raw statistics. And yes, the CDC does have agendas based on their stated policies.

    In fact, everyone who mines the raw numbers can arrange them to their preference so if you want to formulate your own opinion just based on raw data, go into the FBI crime statistics and get the breakdown by specific age, race, and reason (hint, drugs and gangs account for a lot of homicides).
    These tables are already set up:

    Again, the tables in the PDF linked in the CNN article have the number for unintentional deaths (4,999 for ages 10-19) versus homicide (1,963 for ages 10-19) versus suicide (2,553 for ages 10-19). If you go into the FBI statistics, you can also get a breakdown on the tools (guns, knives, baseball bats, etc).

    People can certainly focus on guns if they want to . . . but then one might need to explain why this:

    I remember reading there was talk of banning knives.

    Just for background and for information (click to open in a new window):

    Just as a reminder, this post is primarily to alert about people’s poor risk assessment practices. Obviously, if someone lives in a crime-infested area one will be more worried about getting shot (or stabbed) than stumbling when rushing home before it gets dark.


  4. Great post, Emilio! :-)

    Eons ago, someone told me that when people are murdered it’s most often by someone they know well…most car accidents happen within 2 miles of home….and many people die from accidents inside their home. So I said, “Yep. That’s why I hang around with strangers and I never go home.” Ha! :-D

    PHOTO: HA! I was thinking they looked like fun guys!
    CARTOON: Good one! I like to make up words, too! Maybe “ratified” means the junkyard got a cat and the cat eliminated all of the rats. ??? 🐱 🐀
    DOODLE: Oh, those wild gecko parties!

    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…it would be quite a project…but YOU could make a Made Up Word of the Day calendar! Ha! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Carolyn.

      The murder statistic is why I refrain from making too many friends . . . and I’m extra careful when at home.

      They might look like they’re fun guys (not fungi) but if you notice, they’re displayed with shrunken heads. Plus, they just look shifty to me.

      As for new projects, I’m already swamped . . . hmm . . . it does sound interesting, though.

      . . . hmm . . .

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