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Death vans and rainmaking machines

Think twice before you step inside
Two interesting articles by Calum MacLeod in USA Today:

1. China rolls out the big guns, aiming for a dry Olympics
About the rain making technology used in Beijing and other parts of the country to artificially stimulate rainfall. Excerpt:

"I don't feel like God, says fruit farmer Yu Yonggang. I'm just an ordinary worker." But he has a miraculous sideline, making rain with artillery shells and forming part of the world's largest rainmaking force.

See also Danwei: The machine Beijing uses to make rain

2. China makes ultimate punishment mobile
A look at new developments in the way China handles the death penalty and executions. Excerpt:

China [has started meting] out capital punishment from specially equipped "death vans" that shuttle from town to town.

Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van...

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Whatever happened with the good old fashioned firesquad?

I used to love the smell of gun powder fired from AK47 assault rifles mixed with prisoners' blood in the air before any major holidays.

Now, executions look more like going give blood donation at the United Blood Service's blood mobiles.

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