We’re fearing fear quite a bit now

This theme can be found all over the web, especially among security folks.  Anyone that can do basic math can work out for themselves their chance of death from terrorists vs. their morning commute, for instance.  And yet, the underwear pants on fire guy, who caused no casualties, got weeks of media coverage.  Tom Engelhardt provides a good current summary:

Under the circumstances, you would never know that Americans living in the United States were in vanishingly little danger from terrorism, but in significant danger driving to the mall; or that alcohol, tobacco, E. coli bacteria,
fire, domestic abuse, murder, and the weather present the sort of
potentially fatal problems that might be worth worrying about, or even
changing your behavior over, or perhaps investing some money in. 
Terrorism, not so much.

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