Despite all one hears about evidence-based-policy-making, its striking how people attach seemingly arbitrary significance to some events rather than others. So some deaths, for example, generate a big story and calls for action and not others. I was reminded of this in a piece below from Andrew Gelman's blog:
An article in The Guardian says;
David Champion, director of automobile testing for Consumer Reports magazine, said the core problem of faulty Toyota accelerators had been linked to 19 deaths in a decade, amounting to two a year of the 40,000 people killed annually on American roads.
"I find it a little odd that we're going to have a Congressional hearing to look at those two deaths out of 40,000," said Champion.