I went to get a Mammogram yesterday. I am of an age now that I must do this yearly. I don't really mind. It's better than losing one. Many women find them uncomfortable and some even experience a measure of pain, but I just cut down on caffeine and chocolate for a few days prior to the test and I'm fine.
Anyhoo....there was a dearth of reading material in the waiting room, I had a choice of watching a soap opera, reading the Senior Resource Guide or a magazine I assumed was about mountain climbing. It had a woman climbing a mountain on the cover and was titled "Sierra". In case y'all haven't snapped, yet, it's the 'zine for the Sierra Club.
This is not a magazine I read on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever read it before. BUT, never let it be said I have a closed mind. I even had the receptionist Xerox a copy of a page so that I could share a blurb with y'all.
This is from the January/February 2007 issue and was written by Dashka Slater. It is titled "Mean but Green"
Weapons will still kill and maim, but at least they won't pollute, thanks to a new green-guns initiative from BAE Systems, one of the world's biggests arms manufacturers. Concerned that the poisons in its bullets "can harm the environment and pose a risk to people," the company has invested in lead-free bullets, hybrid tanks, quieter bombs, and low-volatile-organic-compound explosives, and is even composting explosive material. As for the irony in the ecofriendly move, BAE says there is none.
"No irony"? Sweet Shivering Shiva! I almost don't know where to start this little piece is so full of irony. "Poisons in bullets can harm ...and pose a risk to people" isn't that the freaking point?!?!?! Causing harm and posing a risk are why bullets are part of a weapons system.
"Lead-free bullets" somehow telling a bad guy "I'm gonna pump you full of environmentally friendly lead-free recycled metal-composite " just doesn't have the same zing to it as "I'm gonna pump you full of LEAD".
"Hybrid tanks" OMG, I can hear Patton, Rommel, and even Monty screaming curses from the other side, when they aren't laughing their collective arses off! I'm not even gonna say anything else. I grew up in Killeen, right there w/ Ft. Hood. Home of the 2nd Armored Division. I KNOW I have some military readers, Please give us the benefit of your knowledge and expertise and wit.
"Quieter bombs" oh yeah, we've needed those for a looong time. We certainly don't want to contribute to noise pollution while we're BLOWING THINGS UP!
"Low-volatile-organic-compound explosives" Excuse my stupidity, or lack of education, but isn't the point of an explosion to be VOLATILE? Would someone with more understanding of this, GBro maybe, you've got the credentials, explain that premise.
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