02/07/2012

What's Worse, Terrorism Or Bees?

What Is Worse, Terrorism Or BeesI know that you can use statistics to prove whatever point you want. Only 52% of all stats are independently sourced. That means nothing, but it proves my point by proving my point. But here's a stat that tells us something.

Bees and wasps have caused as many deaths in the UK as terrorism in the past decade. An independent watchdog has looked at the figures and worked out how many deaths certain things cause.

Some people have used this information to say, "Look, we need to get a sense of reality in this country. Yes, terrorism is bad. Put it in perspective, though, and you'll see we shouldn't let it rule our lives and our news agendas."

Wise point? No. Wrong. It's the other way round. We need to realise the bees are trying to bring us down.

"Oh, but they're harmless little things," people say. No they're not. Did you know, in the last decade bees and wasps have killed as many Brits as terrorism? And it's time we did something about it.

Some say these attacks are caused by our bee policy. We invade the bees' home territory to get to the resource that they have and we want, honey. But what else are we meant to do? We need the honey and if we don't make sure the flow of this precious, viscous liquid is maintained we'll see the price of honey rocket.

I realise that big business plays a role here too. Some large honey corporations probably have too much sway with our governments and that means the lives of bees often come second to the pursuit of profit. But killing innocent British citizens isn't the way to make that stop. We need to open a dialogue.

That's not as easy as you'd imagine. The problem with bees is that their leader is hard to find. She lives deep inside an intricate network of tunnels.

It can't just be about the honey. The wasps are killing us too and they don't even have the natural resource. They must be ideologically opposed to our way. I guess it doesn't help that some small minded Brits think wasps and bees are all the some because they look similar.

The report said, "The annualised average of five deaths caused by terrorism in England and Wales over this period compares with total accidental deaths in 2010 of 17,201, including 123 cyclists killed in traffic accidents, 29 people drowned in the bathtub and five killed by stings from hornets, wasps and bees."

Does this information mean we should be less sensationalist about terrorism? Yes. Does it mean we should worry about the bees? Maybe. The the real worry is that if the terrorists and the bees team up, and have a bath, we're screwed.

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