The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.


Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.”

They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck.

“This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.”



So, my cousin-in-law threw her sister a Harry Potter themed bridal shower this past weekend. It was crazy intricate, and I was put to work making signs, hanging fabric, and other assorted tasks as soon as I stepped through the door the day before the party.

Some of the highlights include:

•Potions class, where you made your own tinted and scented lip balm

•Herbology, where you blend teas and dried fruit for custom tea bags

•A bar serving wizarding drinks such as butterbeer and firewiskey.

•Chocolate frogs of assorted flavors.

•Lots of HP-inspired food including Hagrid’s sausage casserole with a giant talon stuck in it.

•A pensieve station where you put memories of the couple or advice onto scraps of parchment, then into little jars

•Flying keys, each one a functional bottle-opener except for the special key that unlocked a prize

•Moving wizard portrait of groom that was twenty minutes of him sitting there, put on loop.