Counters - US Casualties

Description: From DemocracyWidgets.org, this widget shows the current number of US fatalities in the Iraq war. It is the first in a planned series of widgets related to the war. I hope this brings awareness to the steadily growing loss of human life. Data courtesy of iCasualties.org.
Author: hode
Version: 1.1
New in v1.1: Reduced file size & clickable links on back.
Uploaded on: January 23rd 2006 at 4:48 AM
Rating: (3.62 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 508 (all versions), 453 (this version)
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Great little widget, perhaps it will encourage some americans to stand up against their Orwellian government… or one day the author of this widget will be punished for thoughtcrime!

If I was Bush I couldn't sleep anymore. First, because of my incompetence to listen to secret service experts there's 9.11., then, because of my reaction, thousands of people die (Afghans, Iraqis and Americans - moslems, jews and christians).
I doubt there have been a lot of american presidents with more blood on their hands in the history of the US…

Posted by: Halix on Jan 21, 06 (9:20 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Wow! This widget is great! People die in war and now we can watch the number grow right in our dashboard. Can you also make one that lists Iraqi citizen fatalities caused by suicide bombers? That number is even bigger than the US fatalities number and should help even more people hate Bush. Oh, wait...
(Functionality ** | Design *** | Creativity *)

Posted by: darkstream on Jan 21, 06 (1:08 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Darkstream you are more than welcome to create that widget. I'm surprised that you take offense to a widget that allows people to keep track of American casualties. Seems like a pretty important and useful widget...

Posted by: Danosaur on Jan 21, 06 (4:14 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Darkstream: If you are interested in civilian casualties (as we all should be), let's include that even far larger number created by US and UK aerial bombardments. The conservative estimate of epidemiologists (and I am an epidemiologist) as published in The Lancet, was 100,000. And please don't parrot the talking points about the alleged "flaws" of this study unless you know the technical aspects of it and have actually done field epidemiology. If you want a good refutation of those critiques you can go to the Deltoid blog of Tim Lambert for the details.

Posted by: Revere on Jan 21, 06 (6:04 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Oh please, not ANOTHER one of these rediculous widgets...

Posted by: SiliconX on Jan 22, 06 (1:21 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

While we sit comfortably in America with our gas-guzzling cars and video ipods, this is a good reminder of what is happening to our selfless fellow citizens so that friends of neo-cons can profit. SiliconX-- I'll forgive you for calling this reminder of the sacrifice of our brave soldiers who were misled into war "ridiculous." Your inability to spell is likely an indicator of your general lack of education, probably from the funding cuts motivated by other politicians and corporate interests who wish to keep people as uninformed and uneducated as possible while tax dollars benefit them. Or, perhaps from education in a religious school were you learned more about intolerance, violence and trite explanations of the beginning of the earth in the name of God and Christ of course, than about pesky little subjects like Science, Math, History, Grammar and Spelling.

Posted by: Ginsburg on Jan 22, 06 (6:06 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to have accidently used an "e" instead of an "i" when spelling the word "ridiculous," a mistake I realized only after posting the comment. Because of this simple typo I must not know how to spell and thus I am uneducated in all fields of study.

Your logic astounds me.

Posted by: SiliconX on Jan 23, 06 (12:53 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Thanks for all comments. The ratings seem to be along party lines, but if anything I'm glad that people are talking.

Is there a multilingual user that can verify any of the localization translations? I used sherlock...

Posted by: hode (developer) on Jan 23, 06 (4:18 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Excellent idea for keeping us mindful of the number of lives that are lost. But there is a missing function here...how many innocent Iraqis have died and continue to die each day because of the American invasion and "occupation" or "liberation". depending on your politics?

Perhaps Iraqi civilian deaths could be added to the widget to give us a complete count of lives lost as this thing grinds on in Iraq?

Posted by: tookay on Jan 25, 06 (1:40 AM) for version 1.1 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Good point, but if you're going to include that statistic, you're also going to have to include the number of innocent people that Saddam killed while in "office."

Posted by: SiliconX on Jan 25, 06 (1:21 PM) for version 1.1 (current version)  

But then there'd have to be a widget that tracked all of the people the U.S. government indirectly slaughtered by placing dictators in power . . . oh wait, the U.S. government helped Saddam rise to power through the work of one George H.W. Bush as the director of the CIA.

Posted by: Ginsburg on Jan 25, 06 (7:04 PM) for version 1.1 (current version)  

Good idea about the counter for the number of people Saddam was responsible for killing, SiliconX. Only problem is, the counter for the total number still dying each day has already passed that number and continues to grow. I believe tracking changing data is the purpose of an updating widget.

Posted by: tookay on Jan 26, 06 (12:11 AM) for version 1.1 (current version)  

Put this widget on your web page:

http://www.democracywidgets.org/?p=19

Posted by: hode (developer) on Jun 16, 06 (7:54 PM) for version 1.1 (current version)  

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