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  •  it is (4+ / 0-)
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    Mnemosyne, capelza, sofia, kurt

    a disgusting, dehumanizing term, and the people who came up with, and use it, are disgusting dehumanizers.

    •  Maybe not ... (2+ / 0-)
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      snakelass, capelza

      ... if it refers to individuals 'squirting' out of a building under attack and not what happens when someone is struck by fire. Odd metaphor, but not sanguinary.

      From Mayer's article:

      In the last week of September alone, there were reportedly four such attacks -- three of them in one twenty-four-hour period. At any given moment, a former White House counterterrorism official says, the C.I.A. has multiple drones flying over Pakistan, scouting for targets. According to the official, "there are so many drones" in the air that arguments have erupted over which remote operators can claim which targets, provoking "command-and-control issues." General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the defense contractor that manufactures the Predator and its more heavily armed sibling, the Reaper, can barely keep up with the government's demand. The Air Force's fleet has grown from some fifty drones in 2001 to nearly two hundred; the C.I.A. will not divulge how many drones it operates. The government plans to commission hundreds more, including new generations of tiny "nano" drones, which can fly after their prey like a killer bee through an open window.

      Remember when Dr. Strangelove was a comedy?

      Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

      by adios on Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 08:16:21 PM PDT

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    •  Shrapnel (1+ / 0-)
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      Shrapnel, which most of this type of ordnance is designed to produce in quantity, acts like a knife, and is made that way purposely. The results can be a 'multiple stabbing'.
      Hell, I have handgun ammunition designed to expand, fragment, and unfold cutting edges.

      •  Why on earth would you have such a thing? (0+ / 0-)

        Hell, I have handgun ammunition designed to expand, fragment, and unfold cutting edges.

        "Victor Laszlo, the purest of heroes..." - Umberto Eco

        by VictorLaszlo on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 04:17:32 AM PDT

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