With the nation freaking out about "some loser who got on a plane with
a bomb in his underwear," Firedoglake notes, it's helpful to offer some
numerical perspective about the dangers
we face. Counting right-wing violence, 16 people in the U.S. have died
of terrorism this year. In comparison, 45,000 died because they lacked
health insurance and 600 died from salmonella poisoning. Health care,
it's clear, is beyond us; next up, salmonella.