The Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy — this time from the side of our arms manufacturers — finally think they have an electronic bomb.
And they’ve bragged about making and changing history in a p.r. video with only, ahem, one thousand some views as of yesterday.
Boeing can’t show you the Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, in their dog and pony show video with the Air Force Research Laboratory. But they can show you old computers blinking in a narrow view (’the monitors shown in the video at Boeing’s announcement of the tests only shut down for a few seconds’ reads one piece of Plaster Caster press).
And lottsa animated footage of an animated missile flying over a city.
So the astute viewer, not a stenographer journalist unfamiliar with the long history of these things, will be prepared to ask questions like:
What’s the range when the target PC is interrupted for a few seconds?
What’s the size of the weapon?
What tactical advantage is gained by making the lights and PC monitors in select buildings blink while an unopposed missile is flying overhead?
If it is envisioned as “invaluable against enemy infrastructure like radar and missile launch sites” how is it superior to an ordinary anti-radiation homing or direct attack weapon with longer range?
And if it as short range as exhibited how can it be used as effectively in air defense suppression?
Questions, questions! Why must you ask so many questions? Can you not see, Dick, how Air Force, Boeing and Raytheon boffins have shaken the pillars of science with their work in secret military labs? Surely this will get them to a Nobel ceremony.
Tell it to the Plaster Caster tech press and the guy at Aviation Week. He’s been telling everybody the electronic rays are here for years.
Anyway, that’s where all the easily overawed ass-kissers of military electrical engineers are.
When you make the world a better place rather than make something for trivially annoying people who can’t effectively fight back to charge off on the taxpayer, send me an e-mail.
Invariably, what now happens is that something will be sold to the military that’s an expensive dud, or nearly so. Like the Sheriff, aka the infamous pain ray, brought to you by many of the very same people.
And that’s the purpose of the video — to sell it.
Here’s Boeing bragging about their efforts to clean up a river their factory polluted in Washington. Alongside the CHAMP missile that has allegedly changed the world.
Savor that “made history and stands to change the world” bullshit in the CHAMP commercial. Then look at what some really famous Nobel laureates did once here.
Not quite the same. Something seems … different.