Armes douces / Soft Weapons

October 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

yellow_gasYellow Gas, oil on panel, 30 x 40

Les médias sociaux ont donné aux activistes un outil de communication qui ouvre la porte à des avancées politiques importantes.  En même temps, le développement d’armes “douces” pour le contrôle des foules permet de supprimer les troubles civils de façon moins perceptible.

Social media has allowed activists access to mass communications, and thus greater possibility of real political gains. At the same time, the development of “non-lethal” weapons for use in crowd control and against civil unrest allows dissent to be suppressed less conspicuously.

From Harpers Magazine, October 7, 2015:”The Soft Kill Solution”

“Although the 1925 Geneva Protocol prohibits the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons — including “tear gas” — in warfare, certain “riot-control agents” have long been used in domestic law enforcement.”

Still_life_with_tear_gas_canisters_and_rubber_bulletsStill Life with Tear Gas Canisters and Rubber Bullets
Oil on panel, 24 x 18″

From Harpers Magazine, October 7, 2015:”The Soft Kill Solution”
“In addition to such well-known non-lethal technologies as rubber bullets, pepper spray, and Tasers, researchers are investigating many other, more exotic approaches to crowd control: the LED Incapacitator, or “puke ray,” which uses pulsating multicolored lights to produce vertigo and nausea; MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio), which uses a beam of microwaves to induce uncomfortable auditory sensations in the skull; and the Pulsed Energy Projectile, which uses a burst of infrared laser energy to create a “plasma pulse” around the target, overwhelming his or her nervous system.” water_canonWater Canon, oil on canvas, 40 x 30” SOLD

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