Introducing "The Nine-Eleven" and checking Biden's math
Let's start measuring inflation in Bidens.
If I'm trying to be as charitable as possible to Biden, 14.2 does round to 15 if you either round up or you round to the closest multiple of 5.
This is great. And terrible.
My assumption is someone did the math correctly and then the speech writer said, "15 sounds much better than 14, lets go with that" knowing full well no one in the mainstream media would actually check the math. Maybe the original text of the speech said "about 15" but grandpa Joe (or the voice in his ear) just went with "15". To be honest, I am surprised there was actual data behind the talking point. Most of the time there is not.
How does many 9/11s does Jesus’ crucifixion make?
Since it’s all 9/11 all the time now, perhaps we should update the calendar system.
I think the time factor has to be worked into it somehow. Part of the shocking aspect of 9/11 or 10/7 are the fact that they happened *all at once*, basically. (Besides the collapsing buildings, of course.) So the Jan 6 comparison works because it was a one day event. The Iraq war, as horrifying as the numbers are, did occur over a longer period. Which is a sort of grinding horror all its own, but has a different flavor. More like a plague or famine, than a volcano eruption.
I'm not sure exactly how to achieve this factoring in, but I felt it reasonable to mention.
But I don't think it's a fair 911 comparison unless it all occurs on the same day by the same small group of people. That is what makes 911 such a dramatic event, after all. So, Hamas on 10/7/23 is reasonable to measure in 911 units. As is Pearl Harbor. That event was 1.8 dead per 100K population, thus it 1.7 911's. You could look at the sinking of the Lusitania as another such event. Waco, OK City, Ruby Ridge are all fair comparisons. So is the Khobar Towers bombing. Etc etc .... what this makes clear, if we are looking at one day events by a small group of people, Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, 911, and Hamas on 10/7/23 really stand out. And all of them are dwarfed by Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."
Fifth Annual Message to Congress (December 3, 1793)