Her encampment is 'an old patio umbrella draped in a white plastic sheet secured with binder clips. It is flanked by two large boards with messages in capital letters: BAN ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR HAVE A NICE DOOMSDAY and LIVE BY THE BOMB, DIE BY THE BOMB. This rudimentary shelter has been positioned outside the White House for more than three decades. It is a monument itself now, widely considered the longest-running act of political protest in the United States, and this woman, Concepcion Picciotto — Connie, as she’s known to many — is its longest-running caretaker.' [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 6, 2013 -
The Navy has spent seven years testing out the components of a way-futuristic weapon: a shipboard cannon that blasts bullets over vast distances at hypersonic speeds using bursts of electricity. ... The Navy released video of the first tests, viewable above, on Tuesday. The dramatic mini-inferno in the wake of the slug fired from the railgun is the result of “1 million amps flowing through” the gun, said test chief Tom Boucher, the hypersonic speed of the shot, and the actual aluminum of the bullet — “reactive in the atmosphere” — burning off.
posted by Trurl
on Feb 28, 2012 -
The B53 wasn’t just any old megabomb. It was the first bunker buster. U.S. nuclear doctrine called for it to be delivered over suspected underground Soviet command-and-control facilities. The dumb bomb wouldn’t destroy them so much as it would destroy everything remotely near it, leaving — literally — a smoldering crater. That was the U.S. plan for “victory” in a nuclear war right up until the implosion of the Soviet Empire. (related) [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Oct 25, 2011 -
In 2015, if all goes well, the USS Gerald R. Ford
, the most powerful warship
, will begin service
in the U.S. Navy - retiring the venerable Enterprise
(CVN-65). Though displacing the same 100,000 tons as her Nimitz-class counterparts, increased automation will let her operate with hundreds fewer crewmembers. Capable
of launching 90 planes, including the F-35C Lightning II
, on 220 sorties a day, she will defend herself
against anti-ship missiles with the Raytheon RIM-162 ESSM
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Oct 30, 2010 -
Though President Obama has signed no laws since taking office that prohibit gun purchases and ownership, that hasn't stopped permit applications and weapons sales in the United States from rising through the roof and worried state legislators from passing laws
they wouldn't otherwise pass, which greatly ease access and allow carrying weapons in, among other public areas, city, state and national parks
. Schools may have to get their kids prepared.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Feb 23, 2010 -
Wanna get nuked? the Active Denial System
[just say no?] was launched yesterday - its a microwave ray gun that makes people feel like they're going to catch fire. Wasn't there a ray gun at a certain point in a book we trashed
a while earlier?
posted by infini
on Jan 25, 2007 -
Metal Storm Limited
specializes in weapon systems featuring rapid fire electronically fired bullets, up to 1 million a minute. The weapons platform can be used to make the worlds strongest handgun
as well as be used to equip unmanned drones with firepower. The most frightening of which is perhaps the "dragonfly" micro copter
. Their site has a number of videos
showcasing some of the various weapons applications.
Metal Storm has been around for a while, without getting a product to market, but with a recent influx of funding
it doesn't look like they are going to go out of business any time soon.
posted by reverendX
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Sound to make an army flee
A NEW sonic weapon being developed for the Pentagon makes use of one of the most fearsome sounds known to humans: a baby crying.
The article also talks about use for crowd control. If I were a club owner, I'd buy one so that everyone clears out expiditiously. Clear them out like cockroaches when the lights come on!
posted by Modem Ovary
on Jun 25, 2002 -
This amazing weapon
was fired by a helicopter into the third floor of a building and was so accurate it actually decapitated its target without harming the other tenants.
posted by semmi
on Aug 28, 2001 -
Cell Phone Guns Discovered.
“We find it very, very alarming,” says Wolfgang Dicke of the German Police union. “It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone.”
posted by pnevares
on Dec 5, 2000 -