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Week 62


Oh, those'll be cute. Teensy, nanotech, nuclear weapons.



The thing I like best about these Blackhawk guys is that they are burstingly violent, paramilitary and macho, yet none of the stuff they sell is dangerous. It's all, like, nice sturdy gloves and bags.



Why involve a national army when you can just hire a discreet military-solutions corporation?

"No one has ever carried a gun while at MPRI," says Harry Soyster, a company spokesman who is a retired lieutenant general and a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. "Sure, it gets in the way of business every now and then, but that's all right."

They're even into submarine ops? Yipes!

Mercenaries, the new wave




South American guys who are petrified by Airscan:



Check out these weird beltway bandit astroturf outfits. Quickly defunct, but they weren't wasting any time.

"Alliance for Homeland Security"

There is no there, there.

Thank goodness these hustlers are no longer at home; they probably got their Star Wars cash and ran off in a blaze of paranoia.

This flash part is the best. Musta cost 'em a small fortune, but when you're fleecing the taxpayer, the sky's the limit.


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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