500 to 1 on a dirty bomb

500 to 1 on a dirty bomb
: Forget a futures market in terrorism, which caused such a hubub today. What they should do is allow Vegas gambling on terrorism.

Bets, anyone:

: Chance a dirty bomb will be used in the world: 500 to 1

: Chance a dirty bomb will be used in the U.S.: 1000 to 1

: Chance a biological weapon will be used in the world: 5000 to 1

: Chance of an Palestinian human bomb in next week: even

: David Weinberger has more.

  • Mitch H.

    [squint]
    So what’s the difference? I mean, besides the way that futures trading is capitalistic and respectable, and Vegas-style betting is corrupt and dodgy.
    The funny thing is, gambling is one of those bizarre religious hang-ups that I retain, even in my “enlightened” agnosticism – gambling! bad! Hell, I don’t even do fortune cookies – my subconscious is convinced that it’s divination and thus wicked. Stupid subconscious…

  • Soren Ryherd

    And if we catch a suicide bomber betting on themselves, ala Pete Rose, we do what? Ban them from suicide bombing for a couple of seasons?
    The International Terrorist Players Association will raise holy hell…