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30 June 2006

One Percent Right

I just read about VP Cheney's absurd "one percent rule", that if there is a 1% chance that some devastating attack COULD happen, we should defend ourselves as if it WILL happen.

The corollary for Cheney is: focus 100% of your resources on that 1% event if it will enrich you somehow.

This is Glenn Greenwald's comment:

"And where did the "one percent doctrine" go when it comes to the threat posed by global warming? With respect to that threat--like the threat to New Orleans--the Bush administration seems to have long ago adopted the "ninety-nine percent doctrine", i.e., if a threat has a 99% chance of materializing, we must base our policy around the assumption that it will NOT occur." from www.glenngreenwald.blogspot.com

So well said. It's as if the legalistic standard of plausible deniability has become the political standard for behavior.

=GL

3 Comments:

At 1:42 AM, Blogger Dr. Gravity Love said...

"The corollary for Cheney is: focus 100% of your resources on that 1% event if it will enrich you somehow."

I should say, focus 100% of PUBLIC resources on that 1% event if it will enrich you somehow!

=GL

 
At 2:11 AM, Blogger Kim said...

It's also institutionalized paranoia.

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Kahneman

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