RIP Philo

Terrorist pick their target based on their earnins potential

http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/13/magazines/fortune/pluggedin_murphy_terror.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2007031311

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They test this proposition using a data base of 148 Palestinian suicide bombers from 2000-05. And they find that older and more educated suicide bombers are assigned to higher-profile targets, kill more people, and are less likely to fail or be caught. In short, there is a match between human capital, in this grossly distorted sense, and the desired goal.

And as for the bombers themselves, these authors argue that the bombers have made, what is for them, a rational choice: There is enough moral, psychological and sometimes financial payoff from the act of killing many people to offset the economic loss of their death. Therefore, the terrorist manager assigns the most deadly tasks to the highest-caliber people; otherwise, they will not bother. In an awful way, it makes sense, and it seems to be true. Caught and failed suicide bombers are conspicuously less educated than those who carry out their tasks.
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Which target will Bill Gates need to go after?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 19th, 2007 5:06pm
In other words, the best suicide bombers are
a) smart, and
b) get things done.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 19th, 2007 5:13pm
That means Joel is hiring for...
Permalink son of parnas 
March 19th, 2007 5:13pm
Now it makes sense why he wrote some posts with Hebrew in it and tried to make sense of some blog post with a Hebrew methodology, all after writing a book on usability!
Permalink Send private email Senthilnathan N.S. 
March 19th, 2007 5:21pm
It means they're acting rationally. Figure out the measurement of spiritual returns, and the market is transparent.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 19th, 2007 5:27pm
> It means they're acting rationally.

Then every action is rational because it means the person values it more than an alternative.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 19th, 2007 5:46pm
Yes. If not weighing values against benefits/costs, consciously or not, how else do people make decisions?
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 19th, 2007 5:52pm
----"Which target will Bill Gates need to go after?"------

Himself?
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 19th, 2007 6:10pm
Good to know that suicide bombing is rational. I keep telling people that the reason I am a serial rapist and murderer is because it makes logical sense. Now maybe people will believe me.