In The News ∞ Silence is Golden

Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison

I like checking Yahoo news because I find it a great mental exercise to try and decode what is actually being said by all their amazing headline articles. Case in point from today. “Celeb couples who don’t want kids” with the header photo of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Here’s another great one “Woman becomes a mermaid”.  On March 1 Yahoo had this article up about a gun that can literally shut you up by shutting down your speech function through delayed auditory feedback to the brain. Maybe not surprisingly, the gun is said to have been developed in Japan.

Nice black box.

From the article: The developers say the gun could be used for seemingly innocuous purposes, such as enforcing rules requiring library patrons to keep quiet. It could also see action during large meetings when it is important that onlookers not disrupt the speaker…The free speech implications of the speech jammer are somewhat disconcerting…Political rallies and other protest gatherings could easily be quieted…should law enforcement or other agencies decide to equip themselves with the technology.

Interesting research. I wonder who paid for it?  Doesn’t the technology pictured look a little clunky and outdated?   I’m not convinced that’s the newest model in the line. I have heard many times that the technology we are publicly introduced to is 10 to 20 years behind that which is kept under wraps.

Here is a compilation video of the babbling reporter incidents which have occurred in the past year or two ( made by youtuber Trample on Snakes).  Surprisingly, there is even footage from a 50’s game show where the same gurgled speech happens.  A lot of the people putting together these videos think this is evidence of the reptilian nature of the reporters themselves.  I think the gun above may help explain part of this mystery.

About motherbarbarian

White female, mother, trying to find the answer to the universe. Maybe write some wrongs.

Posted on March 5, 2012, in Civilization, Freedom, In the News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great blog beginnings! I wish you all success in your creative and critical thinking journey.

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