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January 15, 2005

BBC News is Great
 
Compared to the US media, British media outlets (such as BBC, The Guardian, etc) are a million times better in purveying news and information without spinning it to fit their agendas. This is not to say that they’re perfect as media outlets, but they’re definitely much better than their American counterparts.
 
They’re also much funnier. The great Omar Ashrafi (who still hasn’t sent me any biryani reviews) sent me this following BBC article that I couldn’t help stop laughing and being disgusted at… simultaneously. The link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4174519.stm. I only had a few comments to add, which are in italics in the body of the article below.
 
 
US military pondered love not war
 
US Air Force B-52 bomber
The unconventional proposals were made by the US Air Force
The US military investigated building a “gay bomb”, which would make enemy soldiers “sexually irresistible” to each other, government papers say. (was such a bomb dropped over San Francisco?)

Other weapons that never saw the light of day include one to make soldiers obvious by their bad breath.

The US defence department considered various non-lethal chemicals meant to disrupt enemy discipline and morale.

The 1994 plans were for a six-year project costing $7.5m (7.5 million dollars wasted on such a retarded project… that’s what my tax dollars went for. I guess that’s why they have those bumper stickers that say, “Don’t steal, the government hates competition.”), but they were never pursued.

The US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called “harassing, annoying and ‘bad guy’-identifying chemicals”. (I’d like to meet these “brilliant” fellows who came up with these bright ideas…)

The plans were obtained under the US Freedom of Information by the Sunshine Project, a group which monitors research into chemical and biological weapons.

‘Who? Me?’

The plan for a so-called “love bomb” envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a “distasteful but completely non-lethal” blow to morale.

Scientists also reportedly considered a “sting me/attack me” chemical weapon to attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats towards enemy troops.

A substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight was also pondered.

Another idea was to develop a chemical causing “severe and lasting halitosis”, so that enemy forces would be obvious even when they tried to blend in with civilians.

In a variation on that idea, researchers pondered a “Who? Me?” bomb, which would simulate flatulence in enemy ranks.

Indeed, a “Who? Me?” device had been under consideration since 1945, the government papers say (wow, what kind of Poindexter came up with that idea… and what kind of government officials had to be that idiotic to consider the idea for more than 50 years).

However, researchers concluded that the premise for such a device was fatally flawed because “people in many areas of the world do not find faecal odour offensive, since they smell it on a regular basis” (hahaha, I’d love to read those research reports…).

Captain Dan McSweeney of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at the Pentagon said the defence department receives “literally hundreds” of project ideas, but that “none of the systems described in that [1994] proposal have been developed”.

He told the BBC: “It’s important to point out that only those proposals which are deemed appropriate, based on stringent human effects, legal, and international treaty reviews are considered fordevelopment or acquisition.” (so nuclear weapons, neutron bombs, agent orange, and other WMD’s that the US has routinely used over the ages and continues to use in its theatres of war passed these “stringent” reviews for making sure human rights were upheld?)

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