Because it's worth saying again, dammit.
Some of you may have encountered this before. I myself am pulling it from the ever-absorbing Get Your War On
I was browsing this weekend.
Last night I was watching The Fog Of War
, starring SF hometown-boy-made-good, Cal alumni and Eagle Scout Robert Strange McNamara
. Good film. Plenty that could be said about this, but what got my wheels spinning were the clips of Agent Orange dropping on the jungles of Vietnam, and the bizarre thought that we should find ways to slaughter ourselves that don't leave war zones as indefinitely fatal, toxic wastelands.
Which puts me in mind of DARPA, the good folks who brought you, you know, the internet, and by extension, this blog. They're proud as can be of their Self-Healing Minefield
. A self-healing minefield! What a great idea! Blow up some tanks, kill some infidels, maybe the odd curious civilian, sure, but after the war, they turn themselves off! No more danger! Just a barren field full of deactivated armamenture.
No, no of course what they invented was a way for landmines to GET UP AND WALK TO AN EMPTY SPOT
whenever their brethren left a hole by blowing someone up. Sandia labs
and Lawrence Livermore
have been a big help, of course.