Sunday, March 02, 2014

Den with Assange

There are two, maybe two and a half, people whose book recommendations I treat as gospel, and last year one of them issued a command to read Joanna Russ’s On Strike Against God

This year I tend to follow commandments to read articles along these lines as voluntary redundancies and other option for waiting room for God are offered around Media Dragon ...
The ego comes first. Julian Assange loves noise, glamour, fame, spectacle. But truth and authenticity? His psychology doesn’t allow for that... Assange and his journey taken over by Snowden (den means a day in Slavic)

 For those reasons, the few criminologists who do attempt to study these misdeeds acknowledge the thorny methodological problems associated with examining “a secret world” to which they have no access. Of course, that hasn’t exactly stifled their ambitions.

A group of researchers at the Center for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University in the U.K. has recently analyzednewspaper articles, court records, and a series of “off-the-record” interviews with informants “who have, or who had, direct knowledge of contract killings” in order to construct what they term a “typology” of British hitmen. For the record, these social scientists “define a hitman as son who accepts an order to kill another human being from someone who is not publicly acknowledged as a legitimate authority regarding ‘just killing’.” The results of their detailed search of British cases that matched this description in the period between 1974 and 2013 only turned up 27 contracted hits or attempted hits “committed by a total of 36 hitmen” (there was only a single “hitwoman”), but the researchers used the sample to tease out the details and profiles of typical killers-for-hire.