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Week 58

12.09.02

Well, here it is the 21st century, where it's all about carbombs versus Predators.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/
2002/021117-muav01.htm

When you think about it, this Al Qaeda guy in Yemen was basically riding in a "car bomb" without the, uhm, voluntary suicide.

http://www.strategypage.com/onpoint/
articles/20021106.asp

http://efreedomnews.com/News%20Archive/
Terrorists/predatorabu_ali.htm

Everybody and his sister is going to make these flying robots now. All shapes and sizes.

http://www.uavforum.com/vehicles/
overview.htm

Like the "Black Widow", a flying saucer six inches across. Maybe it'll pack a single-shot .22 and blow somebody's head off.

http://www.uavforum.com/vehicles/
developmental/blackwidow.htm

 

12.10.02

Al Qaeda is way into martyrdom per se. It doesn't make any tactical sense for three suicide car bombers to blow up one hotel. Shouldn't three guys have blown up at least three hotels? And how come it took Al Qaeda 19 guys to bag two skyscrapers, four airplanes and part of the Pentagon? If Al Qaeda had 19 Tim McVeighs and Unabombers on the loose in the USA, blowing up important buildings and people and then hiding and running away, man, the Administration would be coming out of its skin by now.

http://allafrica.com/stories/
200211290030.html

 

12.11.02

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/
Lab/3993/SR71.html

The problem with these secret aviation projects is that you have to change all your blueprints if the President mispronounces an acronym.

 

12.12.02

The world probably doesn't have any "Black Mantas," which seems kind of a shame as they are right out the Gernsback Continuum.

http://www.area51zone.com/aircraft/
blackmanta.shtml

http://www.fas.org/irp/mystery/tr3a.htm

 

12.13.02

http://cartome.org/shaheed-missing.htm

http://europe.cnn.com/2002/US/Northeast/
09/18/sept11.statue.ap/

There is something remarkably unpleasant and creepy about these pious mourning-shrine phenomena. It reminds me of bin Laden's weird habit of  spending most of his working time in camps and hospitals.  It's all about the clean white bandages and the charity. Oh yeah, you bet it is.

http://www.inq7.net/brk/2001/sep/25/
brkpol_9-1.htm

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/
2822693.htm?template=contentModules/
printstory

 


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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