Tag Archive: Guerre

1er Septembre 1939 : le début de la fin

“En attaquant la Pologne il y a 70 ans, le 1er septembre 1939, l’Allemagne a ouvert le chapitre le plus tragique de l’Histoire européenne.” Angela Merkel.

Reste à savoir si l’Allemagne n’a pas ce jour-là signé l’arrêt de mort de la civilisation européenne : incapable d’agir, paralysée par le spectre du retour du nazisme, l’Europe renonce aujourd’hui à protéger ses propres peuples et défendre sa propre culture, y compris contre des idéologies ouvertement fascistes.

Ici, une affiche de propagande nazie datant de 1943, intéressante par sa composition. Le texte dit : “L’ennemi voit vos lumières. Blackout !”


Encore des badges militaires de mauvais goût

À rapprocher de ceux-là, qu’étaient quand même nettement plus drôles.

Parce que c’est drôle

Voici une image animée qui m’a bien fait rire aujourd’hui, alors rions ensemble:
http://img2.pict.com/f9/a2/ab/1342447/0/a4oihl.gif. Il faut suivre le lien car blogger a apparemment un soucis avec les Gifs animés.

We pwn (subtil jeu de mots – encore !)

Je vais peut-être arrêter de vous l’indiquer à chaque fois que je fais un jeu de mots plus ou moins douteux dans le titre, vu que c’est quasi tout le temps.

C’est pas vraiment tout récent mais c’est quand même la super classe :

D’après le site et comme j’ai la flemme de traduire :

This Glock pistol is mounted in a Cornershot system. The complicated gadget holds a camera just below the gun, and has an LCD display on its side. That feature allows its users to peek around corners without exposing themselves to enemy gunfire. It is also equipped with a laser sight, which makes aiming it much easier. Cornershot makes similar systems for grenade launchers, AK-47s and even paintball guns. Cornershot: $5,500 – 11,000.

Voilà en gros ça sert à nettoyer dans les coins. Idéal pour les femmes de ménage en zone de guerre. Par contre vu le prix j’espère que ça fait briller en plus de nettoyer.

Un technicien de surface israélien avec des origines portugaises nous fait le plaisir d’une démonstration :

On ne mets pas ses mains sur les carreaux !

Bon alors évidemment c’est très utile mais pas très fun.
Dans un style beaucoup plus rock’n’roll, il existe ça :

Encore une fois, trop la flemme de traduire :

Gunmakers at Knight’s Armament Company made this concept gun as somewhat of a “joke,” building it in their spare time after work.
It was designed to have the ergonomics of a chain saw, and the firepower of a SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon). It’s based on the idea that heads up displays no longer require a gun to be held up to the face for aiming. Theoretically, this type of grip could be applied to many different weapons in the future.

Voilà donc en gros l’arme se tient comme une tronçonneuse, avec visée électronique intégrée à un casque type headset. Idéal pour les bûcherons qui veulent couper leur bois sans bouger de leur fauteuil. Pour ceux qui auraient encore du mal à visualiser le truc y a une vidéo qui se trouve ici, sans la visée électronique mais comme c’est un bon ricain qui tire j’imagine qu’il s’en tape de ce qu’il dégomme.

Guerre et canapé

Il pleut il pleut bergèèèèère

Parfois les idées les plus simples sont… comment dire… peut être pas les meilleures mais en tout cas les plus marrantes à découvrir des décennies plus tard. J’en veux pour preuve ce plan d’attaque de l’armée britannique mis au point pendant la seconde guerre mondiale: faire pleuvoir des aiguilles de machines à coudre empoisonnées sur l’ennemi, rien que ça. Dans la pratique, il s’agissait de lâcher des bombes contenant 30 000 aiguilles chacune à haute altitude, de cette manière une aiguille pénètre le corps humain jusqu’à être arrêtée par un os. L’armée britannique envisageait vers la fin de la guerre toutes les possibilités pour écourter le conflit, malheureusement les aiguilles de machine à coudre représentaient un coût trop important pour effectivement être utilisées comme arme biologique.

De toute manière l’armée allemande se munissait de dés à coudre

Vous trouverez l’article complet ainsi que d’autres photos plus joyeuses les unes que les autres ici: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1195603/War-poison-dart-How-Britain-planned-rain-death-Nazis.html?printingPage=true

L’art de promener son bambin #2

Pentagon Pushes Soldier Telepathy Program

Jeanne d’Arc, es-tu là ?

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other’s minds.

At least, that’s the hope of researchers at the Pentagon’s mad-science division Darpa. The agency’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $4 million to start up a program called Silent Talk. The goal is to “allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals.” That’s on top of the $4 million the Army handed out last year to the University of California to investigate the potential for computer-mediated telepathy.

Before being vocalized, speech exists as word-specific neural signals in the mind. Darpa wants to develop technology that would detect these signals of “pre-speech,” analyze them, and then transmit the statement to an intended interlocutor. Darpa plans to use EEG to read the brain waves. It’s a technique they’re also testing in a project to devise mind-reading binoculars that alert soldiers to threats faster the conscious mind can process them.

The project has three major goals, according to Darpa. First, try to map a person’s EEG patterns to his or her individual words. Then, see if those patterns are generalizable — if everyone has similar patterns. Last, “construct a fieldable pre-prototype that would decode the signal and transmit over a limited range.”

The military has been funding a handful of mind-tapping technology recently, and already have monkeys capable of telepathic limb control. Telepathy may also have advantages beyond covert battlefield chatter. Last year, the National Research Council and the Defense Intelligence Agency released a report suggesting that neuroscience might also be useful to “make the enemy obey our commands.” The first step, though, may be getting a grunt to obey his officer’s remotely-transmitted thoughts.

Katie Drummond and Noah Shachtman

L’armée américaine fait des pieds et des mains

The first phase of the Pentagon’s plan to regrow soldiers’ limbs is complete; scientists managed to turn human skin into the equivalent of a blastema — a mass of undifferentiated cells that can develop into new body parts. Now, researchers are on to phase two: turning that cellular glop into a square inch of honest-to-goodness muscle tissue.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) just got a one-year, $570,000 grant from Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky research arm, to grow the new tissues. “The goal is to genuinely replace a muscle that’s lost,” biotechnology professor Raymond Page tells Danger Room. “I appreciate that’s a very aggressive goal.” And it’s only one part in a larger, even more ambitious Darpa program, Restorative Injury Repair, that aims to “fully restore the function of complex tissue (muscle, nerves, skin, etc.) after traumatic injury on the battlefield.”

Muscles are, of course, famous for their ability to regenerate; they’re broken down and rebuilt with every gym workout. But when too much of a muscle is lost — either from injury or illness — “instead of the regenerative response, you get scarring,” Page says. He’s hoping to get a different result, by carefully growing fresh muscle, outside the body.

Step one will be trying to get those undifferentiated cells to turn into something like muscle cells. That means making sure the cells have myosin and actin — two proteins that are key to forming the cellular cytoskeleton, and to building muscle filaments. Then, Page and his team will try to get those cells to form around a scaffolding of tiny threads, made of biomaterial. Exactly what will be in thread, Page isn’t quite sure — maybe collagens, maybe fibrinogens. It’s one of many mysteries to unravel, as his team tries to grow body parts from scratch.

Ça me fait penser à ce Japonais qui a inventé une imprimante à organes. Laquelle avait l’air plus aboutie que ce projet.

Spécial dédicace eSM

In his just-published book, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, best-selling author Neil Strauss schools us on what to do, if everything suddenly goes to hell. Strauss has spent the last several years training to become a full-fledged survivalist — learning how to live off the land with D.I.Y. weapons, homemade solar stills, debris huts, and hot-wired cars. He talks to Danger Room about how he got his new skills. And in an exclusive video, Strauss shows what to do, if you really need a knife — and all you have is a cigarette.

Next is an interview between Neil Strauss and Danger Room reporter:

DR: At the top of the new book, you introduce us to Mad Dog, a guy who can “chop wood, make fire, forge weapons, kill his own food, and defend himself with his bare hands. In other words, he could survive on his own, without AT&T, without Exxon, with McDonald’s, without Wal-Mart, without two and a half centuries of American civilization and industry.” When did you decide that you wanted to be like Mad Dog, instead of like Mystery? And why did you decide that living with the help of modern government and society was such a bad thing?

NS: There’s school and then there’s life. And the former doesn’t really prepare you for the latter. So I sought out people like Mystery and Mad Dog – experts in their respective fields – to teach me the skills and elements of my own life that were lacking.

As for when I decided to learn to be independent of the system, I think it happened over the last eight years, watching helplessly as everything that we thought could never happen in America suddenly started happening. So I decided to take control over my own life, and become as self-sufficient, independent, skilled, and experienced as I could. That journey still continues today.

DR: So what skills did you start getting first? And what’s the “philosophy of the sphincter?”

NS: Originally, I fell in with a group of people known as PTs [“permanent travelers”], who have made themselves citizens of not any particular country but of the world. So I began by getting a second passport and setting up a backup life offshore.

Then I turned to the survivalists, who told me I needed to start with an “urban survival kit,” which they defined as a cell phone, an ATM card, and a pistol. And since I only had two of those three things, I learned to shoot at a place called Gunsite, which is where I learned the philosophy of the sphincter.

The basic idea is that, in a high-pressure situation, the first thing that happens is people get nervous and uptight. And as soon as your sphincter tightens, as the metaphor goes, it cuts off circulation to your brain. So one of the best survival skills you can have is the ability to quickly and coolly assess a situation rather than panicking and doing something stupid.

DR: Guns are nice. But let’s say you don’t have a sidearm handy. What kind of weapons can you make yourself, in a hurry?

NS: I learned how to use my hands, knives, and bottles. But the class of people who may be best at turning limited resources into dangerous weapons are prisoners. So, mostly from them (and from a martial arts expert named Tom Kier), I learned how to turn ordinary objects like cigarettes and credit cards into knives.

When you discover how easy it is to make weapons, you realize how useless the security measures in airports are. For example, you can’t bring a snow globe on an airplane, but you can bring a knife sharpener, which can easily be used to turn items in the gift store into knives.

Oh, and by the way, guns aren’t nice…

DR: Let’s say you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. And there’s no food or water in sight. What are some things you can do or build, to survive?

NS: As part of my training, I actually went into the woods with nothing but a knife and experienced this. For food, you can forage for edible plants (or, if necessary for your survival, animals). For water, you can create a solar still, which creates water through condensation — or you can get water through wild grape vine and certain other plants. For fire, the technique of rubbing sticks together really works if you understand and practice the technique properly. And for shelter and warmth, you can build a debris hut out of sticks, dead leaves, and grass. That’s basically all you need to survive.

DR: Sounds like if you’re a country boy, you’re in pretty good shape if things ever go to hell. Anything us city kids bring to the game?

NS: That’s a good point. A lot of the wilderness survival skills I learned don’t take into account that, in America today, there’s little actual wilderness left. So I took a class called Urban Escape and Evasion. As the teacher put it, “Once you learn lockpicking, the world is your oyster.” He also taught car hot-wiring, evading pursuit vehicles, and, as an exam, handcuffed me, put me in a trunk, and told me I had to escape.

It was one of the coolest classes I’ve taken in my life. If I’d known these skills in high school, I definitely would have been expelled.

DR: It seems like the quest to become the ultimate girl-catcher and the quest to become a bona-fide survivalist are both, ultimately, about the same thing: Power. And control over your own life.

NS: That’s true about having control over my own life. It was about getting over my own fears, whether of women or of all the newspaper headlines about the economy and terrorism and crime. I didn’t want to feel helpless in the face of things that terrified me just because I didn’t understand them. So I decided to understand them.

As for power, that sounds like something insecure people seek in order to gain superiority over others. People who have actual confidence don’t need to prove themselves in that way. So what I’ve really sought, in both books and in life, has been that confidence, which is best achieved through experience and, if all goes well, success.

DR: You start out the book in a downright apocalyptic mood. Since then, the Dow has probably fallen a couple of billion points. Are you still feeling gloomy?

NS: Actually, I feel much less gloomy and anxiety-ridden than when I began the book. What most of us fear is the unknown, and we fret about what’s going to happen. So I took each worst-case scenario to the extreme, and experienced many of the things that used to make me anxious.

For example, to get disaster, emergency, and stress experience, I became an EMT and joined a search-and-rescue team. So when disasters happen now, instead of running away, I’m running towards them and trying to take the skills I learned and be of some use to the community. I think that, if there’s a silver lining in the dark cloud that is the economy right now, it’s that hard times bring people closer together. Now is the time to get to know your neighbors. You never know when you may need them.