Tear Gas by Anna Feigenbaum. Short history of tear gas, explaining how it went from a battlefield weapon to a supposedly humane form of crowd control.
Somewhat interesting, especially in the details of how the military-industrial complex actually operated, with close informal links between public and private sector helping them work together.
However there's nothing terribly surprising here. It's more or less a case study of how the establishment works
What I'm Watching
Saw French-language war movie Days of Glory / Indigènes on disk, about Algerian recruits fighting in WW2. Pretty good. Starts out as a fairly conventional war movie, but gradually increases the content about the level of prejudice they face, which escalates as they fight within France itself.
The action scenes are decent but not exceptional. Some of the examples of prejudice are infuriating especially the censor destroying the love letters.
Overall, worth watching, but not mindblowing.
Politics. Mexico's Zapatista rebels, 24 years on .
Sci/Tech. Robonaut to return from space.
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