The US military, for about a million or so rounds now, has been testing what it calls a "green" bullet. Before you think fashion designers have taken over the world, the bullet is so called not because of its fetching verdant coloration, but because it is a tungsten/nylon alloy (When there's a non-metal involved is that even an alloy? Anyone?) and is supposed to do less harm to the planet than all this lead we've been flinging at each other for fucking centuries. You could make the argument that the quickest way to stop lead seeping into the dirt and groundwater would be to stop hurling it at the living things which populate it's surface, but there are gun manufacturers who need the cash, and regime change to be wrought, so we'll just glaze over that. Now, though, military scienticians are discovering that tungsten seeps into the gorund faster than lead, and can even facilitate the spread of lead into the water. This is how the military tests things. Go out, try it, if you fuck it all up to be damned, stop - and we'll try something else. Sounds kind of like Iraqistan, doesn't it? Ah, the military mind.
In other news, the London bombings of late have led Tommies and Bobbies to gun down a Brazilian man in the street, search one guy because he was fat, and finally led to some arrests, and tangentially, to the seeming shutdown of the IRA. This is good news. Probably. The IRA declared a cease-fire back in '94, and in '97, economic development began to boom surrounding the movements of Sinn Fein's new political mainstreaming, but rarely has a statement issued by the IRA been so unambiguous. Maybe. Check this guy out. If he strikes you as being a legalistic dickhead - well, he kinda has to be, since this is how you deal with a terrorist organization that's been active in your country for decades. Can you imagine that here in the States? Before you try, let me pitch some evocative place names at you - Oklahoma City, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Texas. So - cautious optimism seems to be the order of the day on this one.
Finally, in related news, it seems that the Briton bombers are not devout Muslims looking to fuck shit up, as we white folks are often wont to believe. They're pissed about the Iraq war, and they wanted to draw attention to that. Blowback, folks. How many terrorists has Monkeyface created this week? You know, you see sites like this one that give up-to-the-moment stats on the war dead - what about a counter that scrolls for every young person who gets motivated to blow up stuff because of our imperialist warmongering and sabre-rattling? Anybody want to design that for me?
"Imperialist warmongering and sabre-rattling." Wow. I promise to get a job soon.