our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a


Estimated percentage change since 2000 in the U.S. defense budget, not including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan : +80

Number of American civilians who died worldwide in terrorist attacks last year:  8

Minimum number who died after being struck by lightning : 29

via HARPER'S INDEX, January 2011

sources: 1 U.S. Department of Defense;
2 National Counterterrorism Center (McLean, Va.);
3 National Weather Service (Silver Spring,