Well done to designer Melanie Patrick.

The ‘Gross Miscalculation’ infographic on Iraq death toll has made the ‘Information Is Beautiful’ Awards shortlist.

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The designer is Melanie Patrick, and the entry is called ‘Gross Miscalculation’.

Here it is, in all it’s horrifying glory:


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1/25th of all Iraq War fatalities have occurred in the last 6 months?

According to this article in the Guardian newspaper, one of many newspapers which uncritically and editorially accepts the IBC figure of 100,000 – 120,000 killed by violence since 2003, there have been 4,000 deaths since April of this year in Iraq.

Amid worst violence since 2008, many fear country is returning to same level of killing that drove it to brink of civil war…


A wave of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 53 people on Sunday. The recent increase in violence, the worst since 2008, has raised fears that the country is returning to the level of killing that pushed it to the brink of civil war after the 2003 US-led invasion. More than 4,000 people have died since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to the UN.

So let’s just ‘do the math’:

100,000 total / 4,000 since April = 25.

So, according to the oft-repeated calculus that the death toll in Iraq after 10 years of war and a full blown invasion by a military coalition of the most powerful armies in all history followed by a protracted civil war could very easily be the same or lower than the death toll from 2 years of sectarian fighting in Syria, that same calculus would seem to indicate that as many as 1 in 25 of the victims of the Iraq War have lost their lives in the last 6 months…?

Professor, can we start back at the beginning again?

My sums hurt.

L’esprit d’Escalier and David Jowlyvitch on BBC Question Time

I’ve been to Question Time before.

I had my hand up the whole time, but only really got to shout (you did hear it on the program) to suggest that the NeoCon being interlocuted by Teresa May should be held down and waterboarded ‘for science’, since he was so keen to defend it as ‘not torture’ and ‘something tv actors have done’ in his apologia for the warmongering of his fellows across the pond and their love for military euphemisms like ‘extraordinary rendition’ and ‘collateral damage’.

You did hear the kerfuffle on the broadcast, honest. All ur anarchy is belong to us.

But, alas, this evening I was not there.

Had I been there, Oh! Comrades…

I would have gone to the studio with a printout of this:,3604,945381,00.html

And got my mug in frame and on mic, and verily, would I testify, brother!

“(Holds up article) Can you zoom in on this?

This is an article by David Aaronovitch from April 2003, the disastrous, criminal campaign in Iraq *just* underway at this point, jingoism and missile blueprints in the Warmongers Gazettes, video of smart bombs flying down Iraqi drinking straws on the evening news, embedded reporters and, crucially, a war which he supported, in which he boldly states his truth:

‘If nothing is eventually found, I – as a supporter of the war – will never believe another thing that I am told by our government, or that of the US ever again. And, more to the point, neither will anyone else. Those weapons (WMD’s) had better be there somewhere’ ~ David Aaronovitch, April 2013

And yet here is David Aaronovitch cheerleading YET ANOTHER war, based on zero actual evidence except the say-so of the long since proved craven and mendacious Establishment, who lied and lead us into that Iraqi horror in the first place. There is, at this point, NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE – unless, of course, you trust your Government.

Well, which is it David? Those WMD’s were never found – and yet you still trust the ones who prosecuted that war to lead you into another without showing a shred of believable and concrete evidence as would be required in any court.

Everybody using Libya as an example of a jolly good prang for our boys, needs to check out how Libya is doing right now. Jus’ sayin’.

And can we just rewind to that moment, a few minutes ago, where David Aaronovitich, the jowly man sitting here engorged from suckling on the pustulent festering teat of that carbuncle on the social fabric that is Rupert Murdoch and his grotesque Empire, admonishing the UK PUBLIC that THEY should ‘rethink’ the way they deal with those who are merely *accused* of a sexual crime?

I, and the audience, loved that bit.”


Yeah. If I’d gone, I’d have gone like that.

Considering War in Syria, without Counting the Bodies…

Joe Emersberger, who inspired the crowd-fund project that lead to the ComRes poll which this site is about, has written a great piece for Truth-Out about how the ‘calculus’ of which the warmongers and their stenographers speak does not, regrettably, include the number of dead victims of the Iraq invasion and occupation.

The point being, of course, that if the (already war-weary) public had any clue (which they don’t) of the true horrors of the neo-con adventures in the Middle East, they would have considerably less enthusiasm than the recent polls have demonstrated.

And the violence continues…

At least 14 killed in car bombs in Baghdad:

Five car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 80, Iraqi police sources said, with one attack close to the “green zone” diplomatic complex.

One bomb exploded just 200-300 metres outside Baghdad’s international zone, close to Iraq’s foreign ministry, killing four and wounding 12 people, the sources said.

The central zone is a highly fortified area of the capital housing western embassies including the US mission. The nearby foreign ministry has been a frequent target of attacks.

Iraq is experiencing some of its worst violence since US troops left 18 months ago, with Sunni Islamist militants including al-Qaida waging an insurgency against the Shia-led government.

Multiple car bombs explode each week, killing scores of people, and the government has launched a security crackdown to try to round up suspected militants.

Thursday’s attacks targeted districts in central, eastern, northern and southern Baghdad, including Shia areas, police said. One bomb, on a trailer carrying gas cylinders in al-Shurta al-Rabaa district, killed four and wounded 18.