Friday, January 26, 2007

Cooking Lessons ...

Raytheon have just announced the arrival of a breed of rioter repellant - both singular and plural.

"The Silent Guardian is", say the manufacturer, "revolutionary less-than-lethal directed energy application that employs millimeter wave technology to repel individuals or crowds without causing injury." They carry on with some superb 'wordsmithery', explaining their new weapon (sorry - deterrent): "Silent Guardian produces precise effects at longer ranges than current less-than-lethal systems and provides real-time ability to establish intent and de-escalate aggression."

The idea is that this truck-mounted piece of trickery sends out a 360-degree mini-microwave signal that heats the skin of an individual up to 54C (130F) which penetrates less than 0.5mm of skin. They claim that it avoids injury, although long-term effects are not known. Goodie. Makes me feel SO much better as the French will probably give their police force take-home versions.

So, anyone going to an anti-G8 or WTO rally in the future, here's today's top tip: while shouting your hate-ridden slogans at the intended government minister/CEO or billionaire, keep some microwave food in your inside pocket ... let it cook while YOU do!



Blogger Joker said...

So instead of being locked up, you'll just be subject to home bound testing of new equipment?

Saturday, January 27, 2007 12:04:00 am  
Blogger Stu said...

It just the idea of "long-term effects are not known" that worries me. Suppose you're too young to remember the 'Ready Brek' tv commercials ...?

Saturday, January 27, 2007 6:47:00 am  
Blogger Joker said...

Maybe...Just because I'm young doesn't mean you can be ageist (sp?)...*cough*

Sunday, January 28, 2007 1:47:00 am  

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