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Fun with Numbers!

Posted on the 01 August 2014 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Michael L.
numberHeya, kids, here are some numbers that I find interesting and that you might find interesting, too.
Daily Kos Israel-related pieces thus far in 2014:  385
Daily Kos Syria-related pieces thus far in 2014:   143
Thus a 2.7 to 1 greater interest in the Arab-Israel conflict among "Kossacks" than in the Syrian civil war during the current year.
Estimated casualties in current Gaza-Israel conflict:  1,500
Estimated casualties in current Syrian civil war: 150,000
Thus the catastrophe in human lives in Syria is approximately 100 times more devastating than in the Gazan conflict.
100 x 2.7 = 270.
This means - in a crude, but nonetheless ethically significant calculus - that "Kossacks" demonstrate 270 times more interest for every Gazan life than they do for every Syrian life.
That is a rather large number, don't you think?  If it had worked out to, say, 3 or 4 times more interest in Gazan lives than Syrian lives, it might have made some sense, given the media play that the Arab-Israel conflict generates.
But 270 to 1?
That seems rather... disproportionate.
Don't you think?

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