The National Weather Service desires to purchase 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets. [NB-- this number was derived by adding those in three separate solicitations by the General Services Administration on behalf of the NWS for 16,000 rounds, 24,000 rounds and 6,000 rounds respectively, to be purchased along with 500 paper targets (the subject of a separate solicitation) and shipped to various addresses in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida and New Jersey.] Here is the link for the solicitation.
The .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets are, according to the re-bloged article, "noted for their strength." According to an article in Business Insider
, also noting the solicitations, hollow point bullets are designed to expand when they enter the body, causing as much damage as possible to internal organs and tissue. They've been illegal in international warfare since 1899.
Assuming that the National Weather Service proposes to use the desired hollow point bullets to combat the Demon Global Warming, the solicitation makes sense. The Global Warming Demon is too big and too powerful to kill with carbon exchanges, human sacrifices atop Mt. Gore or apparently even with ordinary ammunition. The big question is, shouldn't the NWS be seeking Krypton cased bullets because the GW Demon has Superman-like capabilities? What else could the NWS intend to use them for? Target practice? Assuming that the 46,000 bullets hit the 500 targets, that's ninety-two bullets per target. If I tried to hit such a paper target by firing my BB air pistol at it at five paces, there would be little left of the target after the first couple of dozen shots. And I am one of the world's record-holding worst shots.
Kinda makes a fella wonder.
UPDATE from Business Insider
The order was attributed to the National Weather Service and received quite a bit of attention.
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We talked to Scott Smullen, the Deputy Director of NOAA Communications & External Affairs who says the announcement is a mistake and is apparently being corrected at the time of this writing.
From Scott's email:
Due to a clerical error in the federal business vendor process, a solicitation for ammunition and targets for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement mistakenly identified NOAA's National Weather Service as the requesting office. The error is being fixed and will soon appear correctly in the electronic federal bidding system. The ammunition is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies and it will be used by 63 NOAA enforcement personnel in their firearms qualifications and training.
That's a relief. I had thought that maybe the National Weather Service was getting serious about killing the Global Warming Demon.