Technological Mental Fornication

 

From Strategy Page:

LRAD is basically a focused beam of sound. Originally, it was designed to emit a very loud sound. Anyone whose head was touched by this beam, heard a painfully loud sound. Anyone standing next to them heard nothing. But those hit by the beam promptly fled, or fell to the ground in pain. Permanent hearing loss is possible if the beam is kept on a person for several seconds, but given the effect the sound usually has on people (they move, quickly), it is unlikely to happen. LRAD works. It was recently used off Somalia, by a cruise ship, to repel pirates. Some U.S. Navy ships also carry it, but not just to repel attacking suicide bombers, or whatever. No, the system was sold to the navy for a much gentler application. LRAD can also broadcast speech for up to 300 meters. The navy planned to use LRAD to warn ships to get out of the way. This was needed in places like the crowded coastal waters of the northern Persian Gulf, where the navy patrols. Many small fishing and cargo boats ply these waters, and it’s often hard to get the attention of the crews. With LRAD, you just aim it at a member of the crew, and have an interpreter “speak” to the sailor. It was noted that the guy on the receiving end was sometimes terrified, even after he realized it was that large American destroyer that was talking to him. This apparently gave the army guys some ideas, for there are now rumors in Iraq of a devilish American weapon that makes people believe they are hearing voices in their heads. 

This made more sense when an American advertising firm recently used an LRAD unit to support a media campaign for a new TV show. LRAD was pointed at a sidewalk in Manhattan, below the billboard featuring the new show. LRAD broadcast a female voice providing teaser lines from the show. The effect was startling, and a bit scary for many who passed through the LRAD beam. It appears that some of the troops in Iraq are using “spoken” (as opposed to “screeching”) LRAD to mess with enemy fighters. Islamic terrorists tend to be superstitious and, of course, very religious. LRAD can put the “word of God” into their heads. If God, in the form of a voice that only you can hear, tells you to surrender, or run away, what are you gonna do?

Seems like we need some of these at Gitmo, with a deep-voiced Arabic-speaking voice-over talent saying:

“Mohammed, this is Allah.  You’ve been a very bad boy, Mohammed.  My justice upon your ass is going to hurt!  But if you bring the infidels Osama’s head when they let you out I might have mercy on your scraggily ass.  Oh, one more thing.  Leave the goats and little boys alone from now on, capiche?”

The implications are mind-fuc mind-boggling!

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10 responses to “Technological Mental Fornication

  1. LOL!! The mind-picture you painted is killing me! 😀

  2. There are advantages and disadvantages to believing in a religion that promises a heavenly reward if only you would blow yourself up.

    Belief can be powerful or it can be crippling. Depends.

    And this, again, spells out the strength of a republic. The strength of a republic, let alone this Republic, is not based upon the leaders but upon the individuals that see an opportunity and take it. People work together, not because the government tells and coerces them into doing so, but because people want to work together for the betterment of humanity, including their own families.

    The role of a leader should be harness this power, not try to negate it or restrict it or try to dampen it down by telling people not to do what they know is right. A leader that will not use his position to focus the cleverness, strength, audacity, indomitable will, pride, anger, hate, and love of his people for the benefit of all, is no leader worth speaking of. A leader that cannot is incompetent. A leader that will not is something else.

  3. Yeah, ymar, our leadership sucks.

    OK.

    What have we accomplished with that admission?

    We get the leadership we deserve. Or most of us do. Speaking for myself, I think I deserve a helluva lot better leadership than what I’ve been getting.

    IMHO.

  4. Maybe we need to rely less on leadership from slick politicians whose only real skill is getting elected and more on ourselves, and our friends, and other people who want what we want.

  5. What have we accomplished with that admission?

    We know that if we can convince the President to trust the people that are competent and can do the job, which are NOT his advisers or other bureacrats in government, then most of the problem will solve itself.

  6. The President is necessary because he is the focus for the nation’s will and energy. The man itself has little to no power, determined by his charisma and connections of course, but the office has a shatload of power given that it collects the will of 300 million people.

    Guerrilla and irregular fighters know that eventually they will have to take the open field against the enemy and defeat them decisively. That is the end objective, and that can’t be done without an actual army and actual Official power. If you have no choice and can’t beat the media occupation, then do hit and raids. But that won’t win you the war. America didn’t win the Revolution through guerrilla tactics alone, after all. We had to defeat some of Britain’s regulars in the field.

    They were kicking our asses up until the War of 1812, though.

  7. The President is gone in 13 months. You and I and people like us can’t convince him of much at this point. He is what he is, what is done is done, what has yet to be done remains undone. We can keep rowing, we can join the melee struggling for the tiller, or we can jump overboard. I may have my gripes with the course he has set, and the heavy seas, and the small catch, but he kept the boat afloat when we holed our hull. I’m going to keep rowing.

    Most of his advisors have jumped ship already. Who, specifically, has proven themselves competent and able to do the job? Name some names.

    Irregulars don’t have to evolve into Mobile Warfare. They can keep up a low intensity conflict for a generation.

    The French fleet defeated Cornwallis.

  8. “With LRAD, you just aim it at a member of the crew, and have an interpreter “speak” to the sailor.”

    Wow, sounds like something my old XO would’ve liked to have on the boat to yell at us hapless Junior Officers. I can see this thing being totally abused, but a cool device nonetheless.

  9. Your old XO yelled at you? How insensitive!
    What boat was that, LT?

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