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January 23, 2010

Airborne Laser (ABL) Engages MARTI Target

DrewM: "Seriously, if you only watch one airborne laser test video this year, this is it. It's like the Enterprise firing its phasers."

Also: Army betting big on laser weapons.

The U.S. Army is betting big on laser warfare -- designing, testing and perfecting ultra-precise weapons based on devastatingly powerful beams of light. And given recent developments, it's only a matter of time until the military has in its arsenal a weapon that until now has been the staple of science fiction -- the ray gun.

Set your phasers to kill.

I am all in favour of laser weapons, don't get me wrong. But the money would be better spent educating American children in the ideals of the Founders including and especially their martial virtues. The armories of the West are not the problem. There are no weapons to save your families without the will to use them, only booty for the treasure-stores of the colonists.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 23, 2010 08:23 AM


The problem these days is that they do get educated in the ideals of the Founders, but with the caveat that the Founders were wrong.

Similar things happen in Canadian education, which is why schoolkids learn about the perfidy of smallpox blankets, but nothing at all about the evils of pre-contact nations, like the slaveholding Haida and Tlingit.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2010 03:48 PM

"There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous men." Heinlein?

Posted by: dorkafork [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2010 11:36 PM