Excerpt from SUPERFREAKONOMICS:
"From 2002 to 2008, the United States was fighting bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; among active military personnel, there were an average of 1,643 fatalities per year. But over the same stretch of time in the early 1980s, with the United States fighting no major wars, there were more than 2,100 military deaths per year. How can this possibly be?On an unrelated note...
For one, the military used to be much larger: 2.1 million on active duty in 1988 versus 1.4 million in 2008. But even the rate of death in 2008 was lower than the certain peacetime years.Some of this improvement is likely due to better medical care. But a surprising fact is that the accidental death rate for soldiers in the early 1980s was higher than the death rate by hostile fire fore very year the United Stats has been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. It seems that practicing to fight a war can be just about as dangerous as really fighting one.
And, to further put things in perspective, think about this: since 1982, some 42,000 active U.S. military personnel have been killed-- roughly the same number of Americans who die in traffic accidents in a single year."
I just watched The Perfect Getaway this week. The movie over all is lackluster, but the ending was kind of cool. However, I am now in love with Timothy Olyphant. He's been in tons of movies (Live Free or Die Hard, Hitman, Catch & Release, Rockstar, Dreamcatcher, Go, the Deadwood TV series, and coming soon... The Crazies), but this one... Mmmmm Mmmmm MMMMMM! Yummy!