Tax dollars


The so-called “Gay Bomb” is far from the only bizarre non-lethal weapon that the Pentagon has considered. In fact, it’s an area rich in wacky ideas, and I recently stumbled across another curious idea: Smart Non-Lethal Bullets. These would apparently leave their targets battered and bruised but also, oddly, laughing.

These bullets, developed under a 2002 project, would have a soft nose that collapsed upon impact. Instead of penetrating like a normal bullet, they would deliver a substantial (but non-lethal) impact and also burst open to release a chemical agent – proposals include laughing gas or malodorants.

“Essentially this non-lethal weapon will allow the military to “punch,” slap and hit an individual repetitively from a distance and in a manner, which provides no injuries”, claims the original proposal. The chemical payload should then either incapacitate a target or drive them away in a non-lethal fashion, it adds.

    Found by Bubba Martin.

  1. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    Okay… Why should I be concerned that my tax dollars are going into this.

    When I consider the billions upon billions wasted on dumb ass programs, not to mention the billions in irresponsible deficit spending on this boondoggle war that has destabilized the Mid-East and destroyed American credibility overseas… …why should I fret that a tiny fraction of a fraction goes to someone who is gonna try out some whacky idea about non-lethal bullets.

    I never trust these stories to get it right. They’ll make it sound like some nutbag idea, but if we sat around a table with whatever engineers are trying this idea out, it would probably seem pretty rational to any of us.

    Sure… if my tax dollars are to be wasted, waste them on things designed to NOT kill people.

  2. hhopper says:

    Okay… Why should I be concerned that my tax dollars are going into this.

    Because it didn’t work and was a waste of $100,000. All the useless experimental programs like this eventually add up to big bucks.

  3. lance says:

    here look at this one: US planned to nuke the moon

    [Please use for overly long URLs. – ed.]

  4. Alex Killby says:

    This is actually a good idea. There’s plenty of situations where killing isn’t necessary in the military, this just makes NOT killing more of a convenience for them.

  5. Mister Mustard says:

    OFTLO, I don’t agree with you about the horseradish, but I agree with you about this.

    This program and 10,000 like it add up to a tiny fraction of what Dumbya has spent destabilizing the middle east and destroying America’s reputation around the world. At least this doesn’t kill Americans, unlike Dumbya’s trophy war.

  6. ChrisMac says:

    #1- Excellent comment

  7. ZeOverMind says:

    A lot of these concepts sound pretty farfe\tched when they were first proposed. My father used to work at the Pentagon in the 50’s and he told me that they had a book called CDOG – Combat Development Objectives Guide. One of the scariest ideas that he had read at the time was the concept of building a bomb that would kill people and leave the buildings intact. Almost 30 years later did the US announce the development of the Neutron Bomb. Another interesting concept: How about a weapon that would change people’s minds?

  8. BubbaRay says:

    #8, RBG, thanks for the links, now bookmarked, maybe I can figure out what half of the acronyms on this blog represent!

    #3, lance, from your referenced article, “The explosion would obviously be best on the dark side of the moon…”

    Whenever I read an article that references the “dark side of the moon” I want to cry. The moon rotates on its axis once every 27.3 days and has no “dark side.” But the morani considering the proposition scare me if they don’t even know what “dark” means. 😳

  9. bwaymark says:

    If its possible to have a gay bomb, is it possible to have a straight bomb as well? Could you imagine what would happen in the extreme right got a hold of that?

  10. Mister Mustard says:

    RBG, OFTLO is “oh for the love of”.

  11. hhopper says:

    When I first logged on here, I did the same thing as you RBG. Then it suddenly occurred to me one day that OFTLO was #1!!!!

  12. RBG says:

    11. No it can’t be. OFTLO is all capitalized. “RBG”, what’s that?

    RBG ;^)

  13. hhopper says:

    RGB is Red, Green, Blue.

    Lets see, RBG… Real Bad Guy?? 🙂

    Or it’s Morgan Stanly on the AMEX.

    Or Random Black Guy.

  14. BubbaRay says:

    #14, Hop, I hope it’s not Really Belligerent Giant !!

  15. Billy Bob says:

    If you mix the gay bomb and the laughter bomb together, do turn everyone into Richard Simmons?


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