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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Damon Condemns Palin

Actor Matt Damon speaks out on the Republicans' choice of hockey-mom Sarah Palin for VP. Damon compares her rise to a 'really bad Disney movie' and says it's crazy that this woman could become President. (Sept. 10)

3 comments:

  1. Tony Kondaks2:51 AM

    Matt Damon says in the video that if you look up the actuarial tables there is a one in three chance that McCain will die within the next four years.

    Damon then boldly challenges us to "do the actuarial tables".

    Well, I did...and Damon is off...WAY off.

    The actuarial tables supplied by the U.S. government indicate a one in seven chance, NOT a one in three chance.

    Take a look at http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html

    If you add up the four years for males from ages 72 to 75 you get 0.151985 which translates to about 1/7th or one in 7.

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  2. Fact Checking Damon on McCain's life expectancy:

    Can McCain Survive the Presidency? Life expectancy: 87.9

    Gawker: John McCain's Life Expectancy: "A cursory glance at the statistics shows that a 72-year-old male has a 3.3% chance of dying within the year—and a relatively modest 15% likelihood he won't last the four years of a presidential term. So, Matt Damon: about half right. Hey, that's not bad for a Hollywood actor!"

    McCain's Life Expectancy "John McCain has a 20% chance of dying before his first term would be complete, and a 44% chance of dying before the end of his second term.

    At least, that's my best calculation according to actuarial tables. "

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  3. Damon says, "I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, that’s an important…I want to know that. I really do. Because she’s going to have the nuclear codes. I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. "

    Snopes says: FALSE

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