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Age Demographics of US Casualties in Iraq

Age Demographics of total US Military Casualties in Iraq

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Statistics as of June 2, 2007:

< 22 years old - 827 deaths 22-24 - 946 deaths 25-30 - 929 deaths 31-35 - 362 deaths > 35 – 416 deaths
Total 3,480 deaths

Sources:

Military Casualty Information

Operation Iraqi Freedom – Military Deaths – All

Military Race/Ethnicity Survey

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Civilian Death Statistics in Iraq & Afghanistan Compared

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Interesting Statistical Comparisons

Every 9.62 days, there is an equivalent amount of casualties in Iraq & Afghanistan as September 11th.

There are 9.65 Virginia Tech shootings in Iraq & Afghanistan everyday.

There are 1.61 Madrid bombings in Iraq & Afghanistan everyday.

In 11 days as many Iraqi & Afghani civilians are killed as the entire amount of American military personnel killed since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2002 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Note: There is some discrepancy between various sources on the amount of civilian casualties since the US-led invasion in March 2003. A study in October of 2006 listed over 650,000 killed (see Washington Post article below) while other sources vary from 400,000 to just over 60,000 (see British-government funded Iraq Body Count below). I computed 250,000 by averaging several sources, though I personally feel this is a low number.

Update: The differing methodologies among these studies led to these wide variations. For example, the lowest figure from IBC is based solely on media reports of violent deaths, while the Lancet study surveyed random families in Iraq and includes non-violent war related deaths, such as those dead to lawlessness and collapsed infrastructure. I computed 250,000 to use as a useful estimate by averaging these sources, though I personally feel this is a low number when talking about the impact of the US invasion on Iraq.

Sources

Forgotten victims by Jonathan Steele, the Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/comment/story/0,11447,718647,00.html

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan, Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_casualties_of_the_U.S._invasion_of_Afghanistan

Iraq Body Count, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/.

Iraq death toll ‘soared post-war’, BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3962969.stm

Casualties in Iraq: The Human Cost of Occupation, Antiwar. http://www.antiwar.com/casualties/

Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 by David Brown, Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/10/AR2006101001442.html

July 7 London Bombings, Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings

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Rudy Giuliani or Vampire?

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It’s Rudy Giuliani, creepingz on ur democracies!!!

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United We Stand — Moonbounce Edition

As I was reading my daily liberal periodical, I came across an article about Hillary Clinton’s latest fundraiser / block party in downtown DC. While the article was rather mundane, a particular snippet caught my attention:

The elements for a youthful event were all there: a juggler, face-painting (a custom Hillary heart design was available), blow-up Uncle Sam dolls, the vendor selling Red Bull and, of course, the “United We Stand” moon bounce.

There is a United We Stand moonbounce. Repeat, there is a mother fucking United We Stand MOONBOUNCE. And I have been lucky enough to find a picture of this travesty to humanity and all things decent:

United We Stand — Mounbounce Edition

If we keep up at this pace, I’ll be seeking Osama Bin Laden for intellectual guidance in the near future. Bonus: Check out this choice Washington Post photograph of kids at the Hillary

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