Iraqi Deathtoll

January 11, 2008

There have been 151,000 violent deaths in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to a study published on the Jan. 9 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new survey conducted by the Iraq Family Health Survey “for the purpose of estimating mortality between January 2002 and June 2006,” yields yet another number to the already conflicting reports from other groups such as Burnham, which estimated 601,027 violent deaths, and Iraq Body Count, which estimated 47,668.

The range in estimates may be the result of different subject pools. In other words, some reports might feature data from more (or less) violent areas in the country.

Here’s a map that shows the number of households surveyed in each of Iraq’s 59 regions (determined by the IFHS) for this latest survey.

(The new study has “a purported 95% confidence interval of 104,000 to 223,000″ deaths.)

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Of Kings and Ringtones

December 5, 2007

And finally…

The latest craze in ringtones? The King of Spain!

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Thinking about getting a new nativity scene for your home this Christmas?Leave it to the Neapolitans to come up with some of the best ideas for an off-beat look at this tradition made popular by St. Francis Asisi in 1223.

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Memo to Kelly

December 5, 2007

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly might want to look to India for a model to keep New York’s Finest in top shape.

The regime? Yoga and Bhangra.

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Santa Claus Tracker

December 5, 2007

Christmas is fast approaching and we all want to make sure Santa doesn’t forget about us.

The NTS, or North American Aerospace Defense Command Tracking Service, was created in the mid-50s to track Santa as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve. Read and hear about how it all began.

And now, you can now track Santa in 3D, starting at 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, by downloading Goggle Earth.

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Well, somebody had to do it

November 11, 2007

Why not the King?

After President Chavez criticized former Spanish President Aznar, the current Spanish President Rodriguez Zapatero, a socialist with very different views from those of the conservative Aznar, defended his countryman by saying that President Aznar was chosen by the Spanish people.

This response, however, was not good enough for Chavez who kept interrupting. Until finally, a voice of reason rose from the crowd…

“Why don’t you shut up?,” the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, told President Chavez.

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Sometimes dying is a bitch

November 11, 2007

Some of these are funny, others sad and tragic, but most of them are CRAZY.
2spare.com lists the Top 25 Craziest Deaths (in the last 100 years) and Famous Last Words.

Here’s a taste:

Frank Hayes, jockey, suffered a heart attack during a horse race. The horse, Sweet Kiss, went on to finish first, making Hayes the only deceased jockey to win a race. (1953)

Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan.

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