1. “Dictators rely on D.C. front men
Professors and lobbyists tout Central Asia’s autocrats in Washington
2. “Future Riot Shields Will Suffocate Protestors with Low Frequency Speakers
Future Riot Shields Will Suffocate Protestors with Low Frequency SpeakersIt’s not the first crowd control tool to use sound waves, but Raytheon’s patent for a new type of riot shield that produces low frequency sound waves to disrupt the respiratory tract and hinder breathing, sounds a little scary.
Crowd control tools like the LRAD Sound Cannon emit bursts of loud and annoying sounds that can induce headaches and nausea. But Raytheon’s non-lethal pressure shield creates a pulsed pressure wave that resonates the upper respiratory tract of a human, hindering breathing and eventually incapacitating the target. The patent points out that the sound waves being generated are actually not that powerful, so while protestors might collapse from a lack of oxygen reaching their brains, their eardrums won’t be damaged in the process. Phew!
And like Roman soldiers joining their shields to form a large impenetrable wall, these new riot shields can actually be networked together to form a larger acoustical horn, vastly improving their range, power, and effectiveness. There’s no word on what the long-term medical implications might be if you find yourself on the wrong side of one of these shields. But I imagine the unpleasant experience is not unlike being force choked from afar by Darth Vader. ”
3. “America’s Future: Russia and China Use Copyright Laws to Crush Government Criticism
America Mimics Russia, China, Iran and Malaysia
Leading American Internet businessmen warn that the draconian anti-piracy bill copyright on the verge of being passed by Congress would let the US government use censorship techniques “similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”
If you want to know what the United States would look like after these bills are passed, just look at what’s been happening in Russia. The Russian government has been crushing dissent under the pretext of enforcing copyright law.”