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The US Department of Defence (DOD) has put forward a plan to develop biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialised seeds, meaning that when a bullet degrades, a plant will grow in its place.

The US Army currently manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of bullets per day in training exercises. The ground, over which these projectiles are fired, often becomes littered with cartridge cases and sabot petals, on the surface or even several feet underground. These components take hundreds of years to degrade, and there is no clear way of finding and eliminating all used projectiles from battle or training grounds.

The DOD says that these biodegradable bullets can be manufactured from water bottles, plastic containers and any other composite or plastic product available on the market. The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has demonstrated that the bioengineered seeds that can be embedded in the resulting composites, and will not germinate until they have been in the ground for several months.

The seeds are said to grow into environmentally friendly plants, removing contaminates from the soil and consuming the biodegradable components of the bullets. They are also harmless to animals, allowing them to be consumed with no ill effects.  

Likely taken during Operation Tungsten, a sailor of the Royal Canadian Navy looks aft from HMCS Algonquin’s deck, toward what would be the King George V-class battleships HMS Duke of York and HMS Anson - ca. April 1944.

Sourced from: Department of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada.

Because their only policy positions are more tax cuts for the rich, cutting or eliminating government agencies and programs that the Koch Brother’s do not like nor want, more wasteful spending on Department of Defence projects that we do not need, more money to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Captain Wales and Captain Matthew Stubbs prepare a 1st Aviation Regiment Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger for flight at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory. Picture: © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

one thing that i really want to see in aou is steve and tony being the actual leaders of the team LIKE WE WERE PROMISED. the biggest thing going from movies to comics for me was how efficient and methodical the avengers are. they function like an actual organisation – there’s ID and official statuses and methods of communication in times of crisis, there’s groups split off into smaller teams/locations, there’s liaisons with SHIELD, with the DOD, with the UN, there’s actual grounding in how superheroing in the real world might function.

and steve and tony are the ones at the head of that leading the team. no, tony isn’t a natural born and bred leader, but he’s steve’s partner and his right hand man for a reason. he’s also more than just the money or the financier of the team. he strategizes, he plans, right beside steve. he coordinates with the defence department, with the UN, with all sorts of government bodies and media and especially the groups that don’t like what the avengers are doing. when people look to blame the avengers, they blame tony stark first. which is why having a mutually supportive partnership, as well as the backing of the team, is so extremely important.

i want to see that in aou, where the real world ramifications of what the avengers are and what they represent are innately linked to how much the story actually functions in a 21st century context. instead of say, wasting screentime on explosions and hulkbuster scenes, i want to see the politics behind how the avengers work and how matters of accountability/secrecy/sacrifice come into play and how that affects the team. or maybe i’m just going to be bitter to the end of time idk

Paratroopers of the 1st Canadian Parachute battalion on a Churchill tank: Privates E. D. Aziz, P. G. Mulroy, Sergeant G. H. Jickels, Privates L. O. Fuson, J. Humeniuk, G. M. Brown, R. H. Carlton. Greven, Germany, April 5th (or 31st March), 1945.
Photo by Charles H. Richer. Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada, PA-142610.