Plane Travel Less Risky than Choking to Death on Pretzel

You are more likely to choke to death on a pretzel than to die in a plane crash. With just one fatal accident for every 16m passengers flown, 2017 was the safest year ever for air travel. But one area of concern relates to the danger that drones pose to aeroplanes. A recent report found that drones buzz too close to planes about 250 times every month. Although light, they are capable of harming an airliner’s engine, wing or windscreen

Global Warming, God and the “End Times”

For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are seen through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. Others believe that global warming is evidence that the world will be ending soon, and that we don’t need to worry about global warming in light of the approaching apocalypse.

.. One in seven Americans think it is definitely (7%) or probably (9%) true that “God controls the climate, therefore people can’t be causing global warming.”1

How to Invent A Middle-Class Tax Hike

A case study in how Washington math distorts reality.

But in some earlier years Joint Tax shows tax increases. For example: In 2023 the average tax rate for folks earning $20,000 to $30,000 would increase to 4.2% from 3.7% under present law, or so the budget lords say.

Recall that the Senate bill repeals the ObamaCare penalty on folks who decline to buy health insurance. This “saves” money under the Senate’s bonkers budget rules. Joint Tax assumes the following:

Some folks may choose not to buy ObamaCare, though the plans and relevant subsidies will still be available. As a result of all this human freedom, some taxpayers may not claim the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits. Presto! A Republican tax increase on the poor and middle class.

.. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania exposed this logic: “Let’s imagine somebody qualifies for unemployment insurance” but chooses not to sign up. Then they wouldn’t receive unemployment benefits. “Did that person just get a tax increase?”

The answer is so obvious that only intelligent people could get it wrong.