Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dead goats and brown notes

So I'm reading this book, "The Men Who Stare At Goats", which, may I add, is not about men with certain unwholesome predilections toward livestock. Rather, it's about a supposedly super-secret project of the military known as "Project Jedi", which in the 1980s tried to train soldiers to become "supersoldiers" with superpowers including
  • being able to enter any room and instantly be aware of every minute detail
  • psychically spy on enemies and ascertain their thoughts and movements
  • causing a goat's (or presumably, an enemy soldier's) heart to burst by staring at it

One of the documents cited in the book is a US Air Force report entitled "Nonlethal Weapons: Terms and References", which makes for, let's say, very interesting reading. Some of the more bizarre concepts mentioned were
  • Death Hologram - Hologram used to scare a target individual to death. Example, a drug lord with a weak heart sees the ghost of his dead rival appearing at his bedside and dies of fright.

  • Hologram, Prophet - The projection of an image of an ancient god over an enemy capitolwhose public communications have been seized and used against it in a massive psychological operation.

  • Obscurant, Smoke-Colored - Colored smoke concentrations produce greater initial psychological and panic effect than white smoke. Caucasians are said to have a greater repugnance to brilliant green smoke, which is associated with disagreeable personal experiences such as seasickness, bile and vomit. Negroids and Latins are declared to be most adversely affected by brilliant red. Rioters confronted with a strong concentration of colored smoke fell, instinctively, that they are being marked, or stained, and thus they lose anonymity.

  • Acoustic Bullets - High power, very low frequency waves emitted from one to two meter antenna dishes. Results in blunt object trauma from waves generated in front of the target. Effects range from discomfort to death. A Russian device that can propel a 10-hertz sonic bullet the size of a baseball hundreds of yards is thought to exist.
and my personal favorite
  • Acoustic, Infrasound - Very low-frequency sound which can travel long distances and easily penetrate most builings and vehicles. Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential organ damage or death may occur.
Because of that one specific side effect, this tone has been nicknamed "The Brown Note".

I see that Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" even recreated The Brown Note to test it's, uh... loosening powers, shall we say. I missed the show so I don't know if there was a cleanup in Aisle 5 or not...

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