2010年05月31日

「切り裂きジャック」研究生の殺人容疑


Student of Homicide Is Charged in Three Murders
( New York Times )

In a grisly case that British newspapers have compared to the
Yorkshire Ripper murders of the 1970s, the police on Thursday charged a 40-year-old man pursuing a Ph.D. in 19th-century homicides with the murders of three women identified by the police as prostitutes.

The man charged with the killings, Stephen Griffiths, is a former van driver with a psychology degree who was enrolled in a postgraduate course in criminology. The Times of London reported that he had told a neighbor in Bradford, the rundown industrial city in West Yorkshire where he lived until his arrest on Monday, that he was studying for “a Ph.D. in murder and Jack the Ripper,” the pseudonym given to the unidentified serial killer of prostitutes in London’s Whitechapel slum district in the 1880s.

But it was the resonance of another serial murder case involving a man from the Bradford area that helped make the latest killings a newspaper sensation. In a case that terrorized much of northern England and led to years of inquiries about police investigative failures, Peter Sutcliffe, the so-called Yorkshire Ripper, was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women, including several prostitutes, and of attempting to murder 7 others.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・grisly ぞっとさせる、恐ろしい
・prostitute 売春婦
・criminology 犯罪学(crime:犯罪)
・rundown 価値を下げる、衰えさせる
・convict 有罪と宣告する、受刑者


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2010年05月28日

虫でさえ・・・


The leopard cannot change his spots.

ヒョウはその斑点を変えられない。
(ことわざ)


Even a worm will turn.

虫でさえ立ち向かってくる。
(ことわざ)

2010年05月26日

携帯電話が伝える北朝鮮の秘密


North Koreans Use Cellphones to Bare Secrets
( New York Times )

North Korea, one of the world’s most impenetrable nations, is facing a new threat: networks of its own citizens feeding information about life there to South Korea and its Western allies.

The networks are the creation of a handful of North Korean defectors and South Korean human rights activists using cellphones to pierce North Korea’s near-total news blackout. To build the networks, recruiters slip into China to woo the few North Koreans allowed to travel there, provide cellphones to smuggle across the border, then post informers’ phoned and texted reports on Web sites.

The work is risky. Recruiters spend months identifying and coaxing potential informants, all the while evading agents from the North and the Chinese police bent on stopping their work. The North Koreans face even greater danger; exposure could lead to imprisonment ― or death.

But the fact that such news is leaking out at all is something of a revolution for a brutally efficient gulag state that has forcibly cloistered its people for decades even as other closed societies have reluctantly accepted at least some of the intrusions of a more wired world.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・defector 離反者、亡命者(動詞:defect)
・evade 避ける、よける、逃れる
・exposure さらすこと、(秘密などの)露見、暴露(動詞:expose)
・gulag (旧ソ連の)矯正労働収容所
・cloister 修道院(に閉じ込める)、回廊
・reluctantly 不承不承に、しぶしぶ


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2010年05月24日

韓国軍艦「天安」の沈没


The Sinking of the Cheonan
( New York Times )

Nearly 60 years ago, the Korean War concluded with an armistice. North Korea’s attack on a South Korean navy ship, which killed 46 sailors, is a reminder of the continued fragility and danger of that less-than-peace.

The two Koreas have more than one million troops on their border and the North has thousands of artillery tubes pointed at Seoul. With an erratic (that’s generous) leader like Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, the risk of miscalculation is very high. The fact that Mr. Kim also has nuclear weapons makes it all the more frightening.

South Korea deserves credit for its prudent response to the late March sinking of the Cheonan, which was sailing in disputed waters. Instead of lashing back, it assembled an international team of experts to determine the cause. On Thursday, the government produced forensic evidence that a torpedo sank the ship, including part of a torpedo propeller with what the investigative team says is a North Korean serial number.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・artillery 大砲、砲兵隊
・lash むち、激しく打つ
・assemble 集める、組み立てる
・forensic 法廷の、法医学の
・torpedo 魚雷


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2010年05月21日

言語が創った「孤独」という言葉が・・・


Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.

言語・・・言語が創った「孤独」という言葉が語る、一人であることの痛み。そして、言語が創った「孤高」という言葉が語る、一人であることの栄光。
(パウル・ティリッヒ)


※ solitudeにはlonelinessがもつ寂しい気持ちは含まれない、そうです。でも、「孤高」じゃやりすぎだなあ。


Blessed are the Geeks, for they shall internet the earth.

幸いなるかな、コンピューターオタクたち。彼らは地を受け継ぐであろう。
(戯言)

※聖書の言葉のパロディです。



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