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Patt Morrison for January 17, 2012




The Costa Concordia cruiseship lies on January 15, 2012 in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13.
The Costa Concordia cruiseship lies on January 15, 2012 in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13.
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The sinking of the Costa Concordia has garnered plenty of press, much of it focused on survivors’ stories and the still-unfolding details about Captain Francesco Schettino’s culpability, with plenty of references to the Titanic. How does an event like the sinking of the Costa Concordia happen in 2012? Plus, Americans love statistics, but don’t have much of a head for them, or we’d know that 20 percent of the budget does NOT go to foreign aid and that there AREN’T 70 million illegal immigrants living here. Today on Patt Morrison: our woeful knowledge of our own numbers and the implications of that ignorance on public policy.