The Donkey Is Sleeping Today

Dr. Strangeloud (Or “How I Learned To Stop Worrying at the G20 and Love the Acoustic Bomb”)

In Civil Liberties, G20, Police State on July 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

The G20 always brings out the best in new technology to break up those incendiary gatherings of radical leftists and their Captain America shields. One of my favorites which came to the fore in Pittsburgh last September is the LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device.)

This is one hell of a speaker. It goes beyond eleven. To put into perspective how loud this sucker is, the dulcet tones of an Iron Maiden reunion concert are a mild 110db; a 777 jet engine on the avgas-perfumed tarmac of LAX is 130db — also the official threshold of pain — which is where most “loudness” charts top out:

The LRAD maxes out at a volume of 146db and, like the Ginsu 2, that’s not all — the LRAD can wreak havoc with your eardrums and cause permanent hearing damage with ear-splitting bursts up to 151db! So, the LRAD is literally off the charts.

Note: A hunting rifle is louder. It tops out at around 163db. Reality check, we’re now comparing a “legal” crowd dispersal sound cannon used by police in the US and Canada to a hunting rifle. My father-in-law lost hearing in his left ear with a shot from a hunting rifle. The LRAD is slightly quieter than that. Thank god for small favors.

Here’s the baby in action at the Pittsburgh clambake with an introduction featuring the extras from “Brazil”. Roll 212:

What spooky-ass dystopian sci-fi film does that remind you of? If you guessed “ALL OF THEM” you win.

Survival Tip: If you find yourself in harms way, for example at the 2011 G20 in France — the friendly folks at Top Bits tech community have given a few tips on how to survive and thrive in an LRAD attack. (SPOILER ALERT: it rhymes with blearblugs.)

But here at TheDonkeyEdge we think outside the blearblugs, and have a suggestion for the LRAD corporation: tone it down, dudes. You don’t have to be loud to disperse a crowd. We’ve put together a little demo for you of what we’re calling the “W”5000, the most lethal left-wing, commie, hippie crowd dispersal sound cannon you can imagine. Watch:

Nobody will lose their hearing, only their minds.

–       SH

(h/t to the folks who shot this video and to the gang at Crooks and Liars for calling Hillary Clinton out on not recognizing this for what it is. Read it here.)

  1. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  2. […] devices. They were on the forefront of using the sonic pain ray, the LRAD (which we posted on here), as early as 2005. Since we don’t have an NFL team, I guess it’s good to be first in […]

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