The New Sound of Crowd Control
An LRAD is a long-range acoustic device, a powerful portable speaker designed to scare people away with sound, and it’s becoming increasingly popular among police departments. It is often described by critics as a sound cannon, offering a user “the ability to issue clear, authoritative verbal commands, followed with powerful deterrent tones.”
One popular device, the LRAD-100X, was used in Ferguson, and on two days last week, it was used to warn off demonstrators in New York City protesting the death of Eric Garner. According to its manufacturer, the LRAD offers police “near instantaneous escalation across the force protection spectrum” to “shape the behavior of potential threats.”
What would that sound like?
Unlike a conventional speaker, which uses electromagnetism vibrates a diaphragm to amplify sound, the LRAD uses piezoelectric transducers to concentrate and direct acoustic energy. Inner and outer transducers bend and vibrate to create sound waves that are not completely in phase with each other. This creates sound waves that cancel out those in the outermost edges of the beam. It also creates a sound that is “flatter” than usual, with minimal dispersion as it propagates. The LRAD’s sound waves also interact with the air in ways that create additional frequencies within the wave, thus amplifying the sound and pitch. This allows for voice commands—pre-recorded and played off its built-in MP3 player, or spoken by an officer into a microphone—at a volume meant to be intelligible 600 meters away.
The machine’s “alert mode” is its deterrent feature. Imagine pressing your head against the hood of a car while its alarm is going off. Permanent hearing loss begins with a sustained sound that’s louder than 90 ?dB SPL—for example, a subway train 200 feet away—but you won’t start to feel immediate pain until 120 decibels, about the loudness of a shotgun blast. At 160 dB—a little less loud than a rocket launch—your eardrum will burst.
The tones of the LRAD can reach as high as 152 decibels—20 to 30 dB louder than a bullhorn—which can easily cause permanent can easily cause hearing damage. It’s a siren that makes the adjective “earsplitting” much less of a metaphor.
Much more on this found at the Motherboard.
No more swimsuit competition for Miss World.
The organizers of the event—which first took place in 1951—want Miss World to be “more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen,” which means no more strutting around stage in skimpy bathing attire. There will still be a “beachwear” segment in the competition, however, with the requisite critiques of contestants’ fashion.
The Rules of War Need Updating
The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refugee who enjoyed the hospitality and protection of the Australian government.
That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the murder of 145 people at an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Many of the dead were children. Press reports said Pakistani Taliban fighters burned a teacher alive in front of children and beheaded some of them. A Taliban spokesman said they were exacting revenge for a major operation by Pakistan’s Army to clear Taliban strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border.
How is the West responding to these and other atrocities? More importantly, how is the Muslim world responding?
In the United States, we have been preoccupied with a one-sided and incomplete report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee that details some of the enhanced interrogation techniques used in the aftermath of 9-11 to extract information from prisoners confined to Guantanamo prison and other facilities run by the U.S. government. Supporters of those techniques assert they saved lives by thwarting more terrorist attacks; detractors assert the opposite.
In Britain, the Army has issued new guidelines for interrogating suspected terrorists. They include no shouting, no banging of fists on tables and no “insulting words.” If Britain had employed those techniques during World War II, Hitler’s face might be on the British pound note, instead of the Queen’s. When I was in the U.S. Army, drill sergeants frequently yelled at me and they pounded more than tables.
Are we fighting a war, or trying to win “Miss Congeniality”?
Every time we witness these attacks, the apologists here and abroad are quick to issue the familiar excuses. This doesn’t represent true Islam, which they say is a religion of peace. These are “lone wolves” (lone rats would be a better designation; wolves at least have some nobility attached to their species). ISIS openly campaigns on the Internet to attract more “lone wolves.” In the end, it doesn’t matter whether one person or an army of Taliban terrorists kill you. You are still dead.
Continue reading this HERE.
Double-Stacked Nothingburgers – Most Ridiculous Media Driven Story of Year – Sony Cancels Release of “The Interview”…
Hollywood pulls the release of a movie that no-one was going to go see and the lapdog media goes bonkers. Goes to show us all how the media are intrinsically driven by Hollywood nonsense.
Imagine if PBS announced the cancellation of Masterpiece Theater because of scheduling conflicts with Monday Night Football + irate fans making threats. Yeah, we’d all laugh – out loud. But for some reason people are freaking out over Sony’s decision to cancel a flop before it flops. Go figure.
(ps. Hollywood shouts Aieeee “terrorism, terrorism”… I smell a taxpayer bailout)
With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.”
In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.
“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.
“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” it continues. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
The studio did not say it would never release the picture theatrically. Insiders tell Variety Sony is exploring all options, including offering the picture on premium video-on-demand as a way to recoup at least some of its investment.
Much more to read found HERE.