"Terrible shots" would be an understatement

Take the following number: 39.4%.  Keeping it in mind, click here & watch the video, then come back.  I’ll wait.

At 2:29 in the clip, there’s a table shown of deaths during the occupation of Iraq:

Note that it’s broken down by who it is — coalition troops, Iraqi forces, civilians, combatants of the other side.  According to the “rules” of war, that third category is supposed to be a no-go area, to be avoided.  Yet, add up the other categories & divide the result by the grand total of deaths, and you get 0.394, which is 39.4%.

That is the percentage of dead that were actually attacking each other.  In other words, throughout that war, all assailants involved have been more likely on average to kill non-combatants.

You have that kind of performance in sports, they generally tell you to stop shooting.  Or send you packing.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect us idiot naked apes took games more seriously than each other’s lives…


About b-psycho

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2 Responses to "Terrible shots" would be an understatement

  1. Todd S. says:

    Well, to be fair, if you had a .394 batting average you’d be in the hall of fame.

  2. B Psycho says:

    That kind of thing is why I never understood the screaming about steroids in baseball. No matter how juiced you are, you still have to hit the ball.

    Speaking of which, I remember in this book I read about mercenaries in Afghanistan & Iraq that a lot of them roid up too. A bit weird when you consider it’s not like they’re engaging in regular hand-to-hand combat.

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