Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Monday, May 09, 2011
They call them "Deathers", apparently
That is to say, silly conspiracy theorists who don't believe that Osama bin Laden is dead. But what's the suitable pejorative for people who believe that ObL is dead, but did not die in the Abbottabad raid? For example, if someone found himself being drawn toward the following theory:
1) That ObL was living in a house that looked rather more like a prison than a mansion; specifically, that it rather looked as if he were being treated in the way in which medieval warlords used to extend hospitality to high-value captives.
2) That if I were a high-ranking "rogue element" in the ISI (NB: the ISI has "rogue elements" like the Sorbonne has "French elements"), I might certainly hang on to Osama bin Laden without any particular plan as to what to do with him, pending a bigger prize than the $25m reward or pending my acquisition of a convincing explanation of how I got him.
3) That if on the other hand, my high value captive were to die on me of kidney failure, there would be little to do except get on the telephone and offer the USA first refusal on the body; if on the other hand I was the USA I might very definitely be tempted to save a bit of national pride with a bit of security theatre.
4) And if I were a US intelligence organisation doing something of the sort, I would make damn certain to a) rub out anyone who might at a later date want to gainsay myself and my co-conspirators, and b) get rid of the body pronto tonto, saving only a small and indubitably genuine sample of tissue (taken elsewhere than the kidneys) for indisputable verification purposes.
I offer this conspiracy theory as open source, for the community.
this item posted by the management 5/09/2011 11:50:00 PM