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May 04, 2011

Who shot bin Laden?

He is a Robert E. Howard character in Tom Clancy drag.

His hands will be calloused, Smith says, or just plain “gnarled,” as Marcinko puts it. And “he’s got frag in him somewhere,” Marcinko says, using the battlefield shorthand for “fragments” of bullets or explosive devices. This will not have been the shooter’s first adventure.

Related: Finding bin Laden with ecosystems geography. This is the Frank Herbert version of the same story.

Their prediction of a town was based on a geographical theory called “island biogeography”: basically, that a species on a large island is much less likely to go extinct following a catastrophic event than a species on a small one.

“The theory was basically that if you’re going to try and survive, you’re going to a region with a low extinction rate: a large town,” Gillespie says. “We hypothesized he wouldn’t be in a small town where people could report on him.”

More on island biogeography.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 4, 2011 07:04 AM