Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Technology Du Jour From EE Times, comes an article --> Microwave beam weapon reportedly to be deployed in Iraq <-- suggesting that the US Military has a microwave-based crowd control weapon. Basically the microwaves heat the water under the skin, causing pain, and forcing the targets to flee the area being "beamed." Interesting but ugly stuff...

Word Du Jour Kleptocrats: From Word IQ: (sometimes Cleptocracy) (root: Klepto+cracy) literally means rule by thieves. It is a pejorative, informal term for a corrupt form of government and represents an extreme form of the use of government for rent seeking. In one blogger's opinion --> Top Ten Kleptocrats of recent times

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