Jeremy Zilar
Since 2003
Works in Brooklyn United States of America

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Re: microwave weapon tests revealed


What happened to the old 'water gun' technique...
Maybe they worry that people would come out and try to riot, like
playing in the sprinklers.
The military has this idea that they have to punish the deviant. bad bad
person! No! ZAP! POW!

Maybe the answer is to play some Neil Diamond at incredibly high
volumes, and have the soldiers break out into a choreographed dance
routine. Throw them off a bit.

Wouldnt it be nice if we provided postive reinforcement...
-jeremy

Patrick Lichty wrote:

>probably eminent domain.
>
>What I'm waiting for is someone with a generator, an old Amana Radarange, a vacuum cleaner hose, a pringle's can, and some tinfoil to be standing in the riot crowd, aiming at the operators.
>
>By the way, mirrors work pretty well, too.
>
>---- ryan griffis <grifray@yahoo.com> wrote:
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>
>>so, does this mean the 95-gigahertz band is unlicensed?
>>
>>Begin forwarded message:
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>>>http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18725095.600
>>>
>>>New Scientist
>>>23 July 2005
>>>
>>>
>>>Details of US microwave-weapon tests revealed
>>>
>>>VOLUNTEERS taking part in tests of the Pentagon's "less-lethal"
>>>microwave weapon were banned from wearing glasses or contact lenses
>>>due to safety fears. The precautions raise concerns about how safe
>>>the Active Denial System (ADS) weapon would be if used in real
>>>crowd-control situations.
>>>
>>>The ADS fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam, which is supposed to
>>>heat skin and to cause pain but no physical damage (New Scientist, 27
>>>October 2001, p 26). Little information about its effects has been
>>>released, but details of tests in 2003 and 2004 were revealed after
>>>Edward Hammond, director of the US Sunshine Project - an organisation
>>>campaigning against the use of biological and non-lethal weapons -
>>>requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.
>>>
>>>The tests were carried out at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque,
>>>New Mexico. Two experiments tested pain tolerance levels, while in a
>>>third, a "limited military utility assessment", volunteers played the
>>>part of rioters or intruders and the ADS was used to drive them away.
>>>
>>>The experimenters banned glasses and contact lenses to prevent
>>>possible eye damage to the subjects, and in the second and third
>>>tests removed any metallic objects such as coins and keys to stop hot
>>>spots being created on the skin. They also checked the volunteers'
>>>clothes for certain seams, buttons and zips which might also cause
>>>hot spots.
>>>
>>>The ADS weapon's beam causes pain within 2 to 3 seconds and it
>>>becomes intolerable after less than 5 seconds. People's reflex
>>>responses to the pain is expected to force them to move out of the
>>>beam before their skin can be burnt.
>>>
>>>But Neil Davison, co-ordinator of the non-lethal weapons research
>>>project at the University of Bradford in the UK, says controlling the
>>>amount of radiation received may not be that simple. "How do you
>>>ensure that the dose doesn't cross the threshold for permanent
>>>damage?" he asks. "What happens if someone in a crowd is unable, for
>>>whatever reason, to move away from the beam? Does the weapon cut out
>>>to prevent overexposure?"
>>>
>>>During the experiments, people playing rioters put up their hands
>>>when hit and were given a 15-second cooling-down period before being
>>>targeted again. One person suffered a burn in a previous test when
>>>the beam was accidentally used on the wrong power setting.
>>>
>>>A vehicle-mounted version of ADS called Sheriff could be in service
>>>in Iraq in 2006 according to the Department of Defense, and it is
>>>also being evaluated by the US Department of Energy for use in
>>>defending nuclear facilities. The US marines and police are both
>>>working on portable versions, and the US air force is building a
>>>system for controlling riots from the air.
>>>
>>> From issue 2509 of New Scientist magazine, 23 July 2005, page 26
>>>
>>>
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riot gear


Riot gear.
Wow... You know I had this "assumption" that once my generation reached
an age where they were put in charge to make decisions concerning the
world and others that, they would finally do things "right."
I guess I have the wrong understanding of "right."

The other part of me wants to know how these things were made... and
what effects they have on human tissue.

Another part of me wants to interview the people who made it, as well as
the people who they tested it on.

-jeremy

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid/07/21/0141214&from=rss

http://news.com.com/Riot+control+ray+gun+worries+scientists/2100-7337_3-5796749.html?tag=nefd.top

http://www.sandia.gov/news-center/news-releases/2005/def-nonprolif-sec/active-denial.html

DISCUSSION

montage video projection


hey all!

So i am loooking into doing a large video projection project, on 3
screens. All 3 screens might have everything from live straming video to
images to projections of actual things that are going on in the space.
I keep getting conficting suggestions about what to use to diplay all of
this. People keep telling me to use Montage, and then others tell me
that Montage is a hack program and should be avoided at all costs.
As i do some research on this, because i know nothing at the moment... I
thought i would put the question out to you all.
Curious if there are answers within the rhizome community.
thanks.
-jeremy

DISCUSSION

Re: wifi cactus ?


this is really the most inspiring thing that has happened to me in a
long time.

loz from provisoire wrote:

> wifi cactus
> what happens ? my cactus is going wifi ?
> http://provisoire.net/wificactus
>
> since two or three weeks I note a strange change in my cactus, maybe
> is wifi influence of my network or just mimetism, I don't know but I'm
> sure I've never seen this before...
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> Loz from provisoire.net (net artist)
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DISCUSSION

Re:


> right now, the biggest obstacle we face are that everyone in an
> office sits in front of a computer and most find them pretty boring.
> folks aren't exited or imagining what else you can do with computers
> besides what they think the machines are for. even video (which many
> consider cutting edge) is an amazingly narrow use of technology)

Great comment!
It would be nice if we used our time to create things that made people
excited about learning and interacting with the world. It would be nice
if I could remember more often that that is the goal.