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Last year I understood Melania Trump’s White House decorations. This year she has replaced the birches with blood-red cones, as a matter of fact, she has splashed red just about everywhere, with gold taking second place. It is something from Transylvania [in the Middle Ages], not Slovenia or the US. It is reminiscent of a bronze age battlefield.

Take a look at this CNN video:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan about the tear gas used against migrants at the US-Mexico border, after President Trump claimed border agents used a “minor form” of tear gas.

CS “gas” is an aerosol, not a gas. The active ingredient is 1% 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile [C10H5 ClN2] which is a crystal that clings to mucous membranes causing the burning, tearing eyes and difficulty breathing. You need to wash off the crystals with cold water, and wash your hair and clothes, also with cold water. Heat will release the crystals and effectively “gas” you again.

Commissioner McAleenan calls CS a “less lethal” form of force, rather than a nonlethal form. He is acknowledging that small children and people with respiratory problem can be injured or killed by the aerosol, as is noted in the manufacturer’s instructions for the product.

November 27, 2018   7 Comments