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6 comments on bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23709471

And not only have participants of war been so often admired, as this wise Frenchman alludes to here, but damn business can be great with it as well.... “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” #Voltaire
&zerotoinfinity 2013-08-25 14:24:11

I'm sure #Dick_Cheney does..and his glass is full of the blood of innocents.
&neo 2013-08-25 13:50:31

#Dick_Cheney and his cronies definitely should on occasion be raising a glass to Maxim.
&zerotoinfinity 2013-08-25 13:42:45

The Maxim Gun was the weapon of choice of the late-Victorian and Edwardian era, bringing industrialised efficiency to the business of killing people. The early beginning of the modern #Military_Industrial_Complex.
&neo 2013-08-25 12:26:03

Love this from the article: "Maxim, on the other hand, had come to Britain from America, where he had made enemies by arguing with Thomas Edison over who invented the light bulb, and generally making a nuisance of himself."
&zerotoinfinity 2013-08-25 06:35:34

Great story. Why would he just disappear after perfecting it? Could he have any idea what his invention would lead to?
&zerotoinfinity 2013-08-25 06:20:50