One-third of us are dying, one-third of us are fleeing, and one-third of us will be widows. (Friday, December 01, 2006)
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News roundup by Jim GalasynIraq Front NewsFriday, December 01, 200652 bodies found in different districts of BaghdadThu, 30 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMTA total of 52 bodies, with gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture, were found in different districts of Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.Scores more bodies found in IraqThu, 30 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMTAt least 80 bodies - many with gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture - have been found in Iraq in the past 24 hours, officials have said. Iraqi security officials said they had recovered at least 52 bodies scattered around the capital, Baghdad.MNF: 28 bodies found south of BaqubahThu, 30 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMTIraqi army soldiers found 28 bodies in a “mass grave” Wednesday south of Baqubah, Iraq. Elements from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi army, with support from Coalition Forces...identified the possible grave site28 bodies found in mass grave in IraqThu, 30 Nov 2006 23:07:48 GMThttp://topix.net/r/0VbzvuDGWNRuDkXS1vjkys5t6=2BP8ETp=2BXxCY1YlAnCCudnB4D5otQz07qwkWdjV0EV3QoL4BkfxqhsTILtcYFJQ=3D=3DThe U.S. military in Iraq says coalition troops have found 28 bodies in a mass grave near the restive city of Baquba, north of Baghdad.14 Kurds found murdered in northern IraqFri, 01 Dec 2006 17:21:57 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061201/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestkurdIraqi police have found 14 Kurdish farmers murdered in a field near the Syrian border.Twelve killed in Iraq clashesFri, 01 Dec 2006 10:48:43 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061201/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestbaghdadTwelve Iraqis have been killed in a series of attacks around Iraq.MNF: Four Mosul citizens killed, 29 injured in suicide attackFri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMTIraqi Police successfully engaged a suicide car bomber attempting to breach an entry control point leading to a police station in the Al Dawasa neighborhood Wednesday...killing four Mosul citizens and the suicide car bomber and injuring 29.U.S. and Iraqi forces fight gunmen in capitalFri, 01 Dec 2006 14:02:05 GMTIraqi troops backed by U.S. attack helicopters fought militants for several hours in central Baghdad on Friday as new figures showed a leap in the number of Iraqis killed in violence in November.Fighting in Baghdad kills 3, wounds 11Fri, 01 Dec 2006 06:20:30 GMTIraqi forces backed by U.S. helicopters swept through one of the oldest areas of Baghdad on Friday in house-to-house fighting that killed at least three Iraqis and wounded 11, police said.Attacks target outdoor markets in BaghdadFri, 01 Dec 2006 11:02:51 GMThttp://topix.net/r/0VbzvuDGWNRuDkXS1vjkys5t6=2BP8ETp=2BXxCY1YlAnCCsize=2BLorsb3MIRrp4djvSSNmwO2oGe4ehSbmEBqMXf5J8CMmCFPZSrrbP1=2F9eNZBqoZEFWpQ=2FhXYbreVgiVA=2FBKoeqgjLkReOUVSns0BCJVQ=3D=3DEven as Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted raids to quell widespread violence, attacks shattered outdoor markets in two sections of the capital Friday.CommentThree killed in Baghdad market blastFri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMTA car bomb has blasted Baghdad's celebrated pet market, killing three people and wounding 22 others. The Ghazil market is a popular spectacle on Fridays.Two US soldiers killed in BaghdadFri, 01 Dec 2006 11:53:17 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061201/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestustollTwo more US soldiers have been killed in action in the war torn Iraqi capital Baghdad.MNF: MND-B Soldier killed in BaghdadFri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMTA Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldier was killed during combat operations here Nov. 30.Bodies pile up in Baghdad as Bush meets MalikiThu, 30 Nov 2006 14:37:19 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061130/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestBaghdad's overflowing morgues have welcomed another grim daily harvest of bullet-riddled corpses as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met US President George W. Bush and vowed to halt the violence.Iraqi soldier killed in clashes with gunmenFri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMTClashes erupted between gunmen and the Iraqi army in central Baghdad, in which one soldier was killed and nine wounded, including five soldiers, the Interior Ministry said.Gunmen Kidnap Soccer Official in BaghdadFri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMThttp://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ_SOCCER_KIDNAPPING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-12-01-12-34-03Gunmen have kidnapped the Sunni head of one of Iraq's leading soccer clubs, an official said Friday, the latest in a series of attacks against sports figures amid spiraling sectarian violence.Pa. soldier died from 'huffing' in IraqThu, 30 Nov 2006 21:49:28 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061130/ap_on_re_us/guardsman_huffing_deathA Pennsylvania National Guard soldier found dead in his room in Iraq in March accidentally killed himself by inhaling gases from a container of pressurized air to get high, an Army investigation concluded.Soldiers in Iraq take on new roleFri, 01 Dec 2006 21:07:20 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061201/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_iraq_militaryNormally, U.S. soldiers train to fight, not to train.Security developments in Iraq, Dec 101 Dec 2006Dec 1 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1700 GMT on Friday.*indicates new or updated entry.
*MOSUL - Fourteen labourers kidnapped from a farm near Sinjar, northwest of Mosul, on Thursday have been found dead in a wheatfield, a local official said on Friday.
*BAGHDAD - Police said they found 20 bodies in different parts of Baghdad on Friday.
*MAHMUDIYA - Three mortar rounds hit a residential area in Mahmudiya south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding four, police said.
*RASHIDIYA - Mortar rounds hit a residential area of Rashidiya north of Baghdad, killing four and wounding three.
BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed two suspected insurgents and detained 27 others in raids in towns north and south of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.
SAMAWA - At least two policemen and one civilian were killed and 31 wounded, including three policemen, in clashes between Mehdi Army fighters and police in Samawa, 270 km (168 miles) south of Baghdad, on Thursday. Police said the clashes continued on Friday.
BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 13, police said.
*BAGHDAD - Clashes erupted between gunmen and the Iraqi army in central Baghdad in which one soldier was killed and nine people wounded, the Interior Ministry said. The Defence Ministry said 43 people had been captured and weapons seized.
KIRKUK - A suicide car bomber targeted a U.S. patrol, killing two civilians and wounding four in the northern city of Kirkuk, police and hospital sources said.
LATIFIYA - A roadside bomb exploded near a minibus, killing one person and wounding four in Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, on Thursday evening, police said.
BAGHDAD - At least three people were killed and 22 wounded when a car bomb blasted a crowded pet market in central Baghdad, police sources said.
BAGHDAD - A security detainee died on Thursday at Camp Cropper, a detention facility at Baghdad airport, from what appeared to be natural causes, the U.S. military said in a statement.
BAGHDAD - U.S. ground and air forces killed 14 insurgents and wounded two after they attacked their convoy with machinegun fire in southwest of Samarra 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed in combat in Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
SAMAWA - Seven mortar rounds hit a residential neighbourhood in Samawa 270 km (168 miles) south of Baghdad, on Thursday, killing two people and wounding 13, police said.
JURF AL-SAKHAR - A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol, killing one civilian and wounding three in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar 85 km (53 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.Iraq ministry forms unit to monitor newsThu, 30 Nov 2006 23:51:26 GMTIraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday it had formed a special unit to monitor news coverage and vowed to take legal action against journalists who failed to correct stories the ministry deemed to be incorrect.Rice: US has made mistakes in IraqDec. 1, 2006Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she is certain the United States has made mistakes in the Iraq war, but the world will have to wait until she is out of government to learn what she thinks they were."As to whether the United States has made mistakes: of course, I'm sure we have," Rice told interviewer Saad Sillawi of the Arabic satellite television station Al-Arabiya. "You can't be involved in something as big as the liberation of a country like Iraq, and all that has happened since, and I'm sure there are things that we could have done differently."She told Sillawi, however, that the Bush administration is looking ahead, not backward.Bush backs Iraq PM, says no U.S. "graceful exit"Thu, 30 Nov 2006 09:05:23 GMTPresident Bush strongly backed Iraq's prime minister on Thursday, saying Iraqi forces would be trained more quickly to take over security and Washington was not seeking a "graceful exit" for U.S. troops.Bush hails Iraq PM as 'right guy' for jobThu, 30 Nov 2006 16:01:21 GMTUS President George W. Bush has vowed to speed up transferring security duties to the embattled government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, praising him as the 'right guy' for the job and saying there will be no 'graceful' exit from Iraq.Bush says Iraq reviews will not tie his handsThu, 30 Nov 2006 16:49:16 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061130/ts_afp/usiraqpoliticsbushUS President George W. Bush has warned against expecting that high-profile reviews of his Iraq war-fighting strategy would change his approach or lead to a 'graceful exit' of US forces.Bush cautions against US 'graceful exit' from IraqFri, 01 Dec 2006 13:43:43 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061201/pl_afp/usiraqpoliticsbushUS President George W. Bush warned against expectations he will lay out plans for 'a graceful exit' from Iraq, as news reports said the independent commission looking into Iraq policy will call for a 2008 withdrawal of US combat troops.Bush to take weeks to decide Iraq policy: officialThu, 30 Nov 2006 19:14:13 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061130/pl_nm/iraq_bush_hadley_dcPresident Bush will take weeks rather than months to start making changes in Iraq policy after he receives high-level recommendations on the conduct of the war, his national security adviser said on Thursday.Iraqis could assume security by June 2007 - MalikiThu, 30 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMThttp://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-11-30T180019Z_01_N30183040_RTRUKOC_0_UK-IRAQ-MALIKI-FORCES.xml&WTmodLoc=HP-C3-World-2Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday that his country's forces would be able to assume security command by June 2007 -- which could allow the United States to start withdrawing its troops.General Says US Already Implementing Iraq Panel's Reported Recommendations01 December 2006The commander of coalition forces in northern Iraq says the reported conclusions of the high-level Iraq Study Group in Washington reflect what his troops are already doing, and also reflect the goals already set for continuing to transfer security responsibility to Iraqi forces. Congress created the study group to assess the situation in Iraq and make recommendations to lawmakers and the Bush administration. The commander spoke via satellite from Tikrit, Iraq to reporters at the Pentagon, and VOA's Al Pessin reports.According to news reports based on leaks from the Iraq Study Group, its report next week will call for U.S. combat troops to end their direct involvement in fighting in Iraq by early in 2008, if conditions in the country permit.Speaking from northern Iraq Friday, Major General Benjamin Mixon said U.S. troops in his area are already working toward that goal."I think it certainly reflects what we're doing now, and I can only speak to Multi-national Division North, but I can certainly see great a opportunity to reduce the number of combat forces on the ground in Multi-national Division North, and turn more responsibility over to Iraqi security forces," he said.General Mixon says he expects to turn over control of all the Iraqi forces in his area to the Iraqi defense ministry by next March, as planned.He says the Iraqi forces are improving in capability every day, and he says that could mean fewer U.S. combat troops in northern Iraq well before 2008, perhaps by next summer."There'll be decisions made, I'm sure above my level, where we may see reductions in the numbers of forces that are on the ground, and certainly an increase in those that are in a role of advising the Iraqi security forces," he said. ...Iraq pullout date 'unwise': British FMFri, 01 Dec 2006 14:22:37 GMThttp://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061201/wl_mideast_afp/mideastarabreformiraqBritish Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said it would be 'unwise' to set a date for a foreign troop pullout from Iraq.W.House Will Defy Democrats on Security: RepublicanNovember 30, 2006WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration is unlikely to allow the incoming Democratic majority in Congress to learn details about its domestic spying program and interrogation policy, a Republican senator said on Thursday.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who has criticized the Bush White House's secrecy about national security issues, said he would welcome detailed congressional oversight of the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping.``It would be ideal,'' said Specter, whose committee was blocked by the administration this year from conducting a full review of the program, despite an outcry among some lawmakers that the spying was illegal.``We have to really get into the details as to what the program is, as to how many people they are tapping, what they're finding out,'' he told an American Bar Association conference on national security.But he said he had ``grave reservations'' that Congress would end up getting the information from the administration.The eavesdropping program, which was exposed by The New York Times nearly a year ago, allows the NSA to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens without first obtaining a warrant.Specter and other critics say the program has violated U.S. laws, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which requires warrants for all intelligence surveillance.The Bush administration contends the program is legal, narrowly focused on suspected terrorists and authorized by President George W. Bush's constitutional powers as commander in chief.When his Republican party was in control of Congress, Specter launched an unsuccessful legislative bid to have the program reviewed by a secret federal court.Now, after victory in the November 7 election, Democrats will take control next year and are vowing to press the White House for greater cooperation on domestic spying as well as the CIA's detention and treatment of terrorism suspects.``Only then, can we conduct thorough oversight of these programs and determine whether they are legal,'' Sen. John Rockefeller, incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a recent statement.But Specter said such oversight may not succeed.``I look forward to what will happen next year on that subject. I have grave reservations as to how successful we will be here, given the administration's unwillingness to share those secrets,'' he said.The Pennsylvania Republican said the White House was also unlikely to divulge details about its treatment of detainees to the Democratic-controlled Senate intelligence and armed services panels, despite lingering concerns among lawmakers that U.S. interrogations could still violate torture protections.``We still haven't resolved the issue of torture,'' Specter said. ``The new leadership on armed services will be pushing a lot harder for answers. What they will get remains to be seen. I would expect the president will resist giving information.''Is Iraq a civil war? Scholars say yes. Media debate it.Thu, 30 Nov 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe Christian Science Monitor - Bit by bit, the mainstream media are referring to the war in Iraq as a "civil war" in news coverage. NBC News took the leap on Monday. The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have made the switch. Other news organizations are still using "sectarian conflict" or "on the verge of civil war," but are actively debating using the more loaded term, which the Bush administration still eschews.Plans for Iraqi forces vagueThu, 30 Nov 2006 13:20:33 GMTPresident Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both told an anxious world Thursday that they want to speed the handover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces as a way to calm the country. But neither gave a clue as to how they might accomplish that difficult task.Corzine, in Iraq, says U.S. must stay for nowThu, 30 Nov 2006 07:44:12 GMThttp://topix.net/r/0VbzvuDGWNRuDkXS1vjkys5t6=2BP8ETp=2BXxCY1YlAnCCu48oXL9N5fVedf7=2Ft8duiHabYW7MbASII=2BYJNsU7jG1hW1emhBdvfnu13Vy8LvdfelTeNCp9B10eWKH64PKB=2FfdFn9Iq2PDmW=2Bz8v4Rox81w=3D=3DCalling Iraq 'significantly more unstable' than he imagined, New Jersey Gov. Corzine during a tour of the troubled region yesterday said that U.S. soldiers should not leave just yet.CommentThe Abominables of The New Republic -- Getting away with murderNovember 29, 2006I find it almost impossible to write another post about our nauseatingly immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq. I've made my views clear, and offered numerous reasons for my conclusions. See, for example, "No Way Out – But Out," "A Genuine Mission Impossible," and "Get Out Now: Just Do It." And "The Missing Moral Center: Murdering the Innocent" concerns the moral dimension that almost every pundit, and the vast majority of Americans, adamantly refuse to acknowledge to this day.I offer the following comments about the Symposium of Wise People offered by The New Republic only as an exercise in what perhaps should be called the sociology of the banality of evil. These are the Wise People who make murderous catastrophes of this kind possible. Even at this late date, they are incapable of acknowledging and admitting what they have done. For some additional commentary on this TNR collection of abominables, see Spencer Ackerman here and here, and IOZ.I want to make a few observations about Peter Beinart's piece, since Beinart is one of the so-called "opinion leaders" endlessly encouraging the Democrats to adopt a more "muscular" foreign policy. One might be pardoned for having thought that the Democrats hardly needed encouragement on this point: from World War I (from which sprang the endless train of horrors that still consumes us today), through Korea, Vietnam, and Clinton's beloved, "humanitarian" bombing campaigns and their attendant lies, the Democrats have never been shy about murdering people who don't threaten us. Today, we have a number of prominent Democrats who are more hawkish about Iran than even Bush can credibly be at the moment (including Hillary "Bomb 'Em Yesterday, AKA Torture" Clinton). I still think it almost certain that Bush will find his warmongering groove in the next year, and Bombs Over Iran will shortly follow. No national Democrat will oppose him, not in any way that matters or deters him. Ah, but Beinart isn't concerned with the facts or the reality of the matter, you see. Oh, no: he is concerned, as are all such Establishment types, with how Democrats are perceived. Too many people think of the Democrats as "weak," and that needs fixing. For a discussion of some of Beinart's deeper analytic inadequacies and dishonesties, see this earlier piece.Beinart was, of course, a major booster of the invasion of Iraq. Let us be precise: Beinart strongly urged the invasion of a country that had not attacked us, and that did not threaten us. This is the advocacy of illegitimate, immoral, and illegal aggressive war. Let us always remember the exact nature of the crime involved.But now Beinart's heart breaks:"I can't even imagine Iraq anymore. It exceeds my capacity to visualize horror. In a recent interview with The Washington Post's Anthony Shadid, a woman named Fatima put it this way: 'One-third of us are dying, one-third of us are fleeing, and one-third of us will be widows.' At the Baghdad morgue, they distinguish Shia from Sunnis because the former are beheaded and the latter are killed with power drills. Moqtada Al Sadr has actually grown afraid of his own men. I came of age believing the United States had a mission to stop such evil. And now, not only isn't the United States stopping it – in some important sense, we are its cause."No, Beinart: not "in some important sense." The United States government and its military are the cause – in every "important sense." And the U.S. government was aided and abetted by Beinart and his fellow warmongers. But the collective "we" is critical to Beinart's purposes, since he is determined to avoid accountability at every turn. That "we" carries profound meaning. As Hannah Arendt observes: "[W]here all are guilty, no one is." The "we" washes Beinart clean of sin, or so he hopes. ...Our HonorNovember 29, 2006Began then abandoned three attempts to write about Iraq, or what's left of it. Maybe I've hit a wall when it comes to the war, or maybe there's nothing left to say. When I read all the reports and analysis about the slaughterhouse we helped to erect, I feel paralyzed. I don't know how others can keep offering opinions about this human disaster. At this point, especially for Americans, we should be shamed into silence.Which is not to suggest, of course, that people do or say nothing about the war. Pressure to find alternatives to the present madness must be maintained, or else it'll never end. Perhaps what I'm trying to say is that I no longer have anything to add to the chorus. I feel somewhat guilty about this, being a political blogger who's expected to pop off at daily headlines. But that's where I'm currently at, for what it's worth. Besides, there are others, like Juan Cole and Patrick Cockburn, who keep their eyes and ears on the chaos. And my pal Jon Schwarz, who knows quite a bit about US involvement in Iraqi affairs, from pre-Saddam time to now, will always have something to say. Though how he keeps his sense of humor about it eludes me.I will offer this: the notion that the US held "honorable intentions" as it tore the lid off of Iraq is not only self-serving piety, it's a widespread sociopathic delusion. Yet, US politicos from Chuck Hagel to Russ Feingold utter this line whenever possible, keeping a straight face while another thousand or so Iraqis are blown to bits, and a few dozen more US soldiers and Marines have their heads, arms or legs blown off by IEDs, or are felled by snipers. "Honorable"? Are you fucking kidding me? Criminal would be the first word out of my mouth, but then, I'm not trying to appease the fantasies of the political elite nor those among the greater mass who seriously buy into this insane logic. Recall that Richard Nixon called for "Peace With Honor" in Vietnam, then invaded Cambodia and Laos while continuing to rip apart Vietnamese society. If I was someone who lived in the crosshairs of US foreign policy and heard American politicians talk about "honorable intentions," I'd either start building a bomb shelter or pack what I could grab and hit the road.It's one thing for domestic Phalangists to engage in such rhetoric. Many of them believe that the Creator of the cosmos wears a red, white and blue robe, speaks English as a first language, and cares about the outcomes of football games. Of course they think that whatever we do is "honorable." Many of them are out of their minds. But for liberal Dems like Feingold to speak this way is another matter entirely, that is, if one takes Feingold seriously as a Beltway mover and shaker, which he is. Either he really believes that unilateral military assaults that result in hundreds of thousands of corpses are "honorable" gestures, however mistaken, or else he's just yanking the rube chain in a cynical effort to appear decent and reasonable. If it's the former, then he too is lost in a delusional fog. If it's the latter, then he's only making matters worse by not speaking clearly and realistically about the system that makes disasters like Iraq possible, if not inevitable. Either way, libs love Russ, and oftentimes speak the same way (a la Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz and Randi Rhodes -- three prominent examples of liberal decay). And since Feingold represents the furthest reaches of permissible progressivism, that means you and I, Sonsters, are screwed and roasted on a stick.I didn't promise an upbeat post.It's too bad that the United States isn't a single person. If it were, it would've been locked away in solitary confinement long ago, after the authorities found a mass grave in its backyard with more bodies rotting in the crawl space and a few survivors chained to the basement wall. In that instance, we could dismiss its claims that it was acting "honorably" toward its victims as the ravings of mad killer. Unfortunately for us, we are it.Tim Lambert on the Lancet studyDecember 1, 2006"Main Street Bias" paper: Too much has been made of the claims about main street bias in the new Lancet study -- if you do a few calculations you'll find that even if it exists, it doesn't make much difference. As Jon Pederson said:Pedersen did NOT think that there was anything to the "Main Street Bias" issue. He agreed, I thought, that, if there was a bias, it might be away from main streets [by picking streets which intersect with main streets]. In any case, he thought such a "bias", if it had existed, would affect results only 10% or so.But now Johnson, Spagat and co have put together a working paper where they argue that main street bias could reasonably produce a factor of 3 difference.How did they get such a big number? Well, they made a simple model in which the bias depends on four numbers: ...Statistics and the Scale of SocietiesOctober 12th, 2006How many people are murdered in the U.S. every day? How many people die in car accidents every day? How many people die of heart disease in the U.S. in a year? What about the number who die for any reason at all? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, do you have immediate, confident intuitions about what the answers must be?The Lancet paper by Burnham et al. study estimates about 655,000 excess deaths in Iraq for the period of March 2003 to July of 2006, of which about 600,000 are directly attributable to violenc
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