ar243 t1_jeb2z1f wrote

Very interesting. Thanks for the insight.

Just curious, what did you do in Iraq? Like were you a tank commander or a cook or a logistics officer or something?

I was born in 1996 so I didn't really understand what was going on in the middle east at the time we invaded.


ar243 t1_jc0k9uu wrote

Yeah, Kent, Bellevue, and Seattle are three entirely distinct cities.

Seattle is relatively normal, Bellevue is almost entirely inhabited by millionaires and wealthy Chinese exchange students, and Kent is where you live if Tapout tshirts and monster energy drinks are a daily part of your life.


ar243 t1_jb26smq wrote

The problem is that OP is comparing two different things.

One is the sum of all deaths year round, the other is a single event that lasts for a few hours to a few days at most.

The other problem is exposure. Most people drive every day, but most people aren't in a natural disaster every day.

It's just a bad way to compare data.


ar243 t1_jb00ix9 wrote

It's a good graphic visually, but the data comparison had too much cherry picking for it to be a good infographic overall.

And the fact that it's about a very hot topic debate (at least within Reddit, where users typically have a very hostile aggressive stance towards car ownership) just makes me think it's pushing an agenda at the cost of accuracy.


ar243 t1_jazznaq wrote

Think of it this way: Would you compare all tornado deaths in 2022 to the worst hurricane of all time? Probably not, because that's a bad way to compare two things.

Also, a car is much, much, MUCH less dangerous than any of these. Would you rather spend five minutes in a flood or five minutes in a car? The only reason cars are so high is because we spend 100,000x more time in a car than we do in an active natural disaster. Not to mention cars benefit us by transporting us, while there aren't a whole lot of upsides to natural disasters.

Also, you are awfully rude.


ar243 t1_jaykaj8 wrote

This infographic is misleading.

Comparing the worst event of a particular category to the summation of all events in another is not a good comparison at all, and is misleading.

A better comparison would be to compare the worst car crash in history to the worst tornado in history.

Or, if you want to continue using running totals, just use the total number of tornado deaths in 2022 compared to the total number of automotive deaths in 2022.