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September 25, 2009


Guardian, UK - Only a few hundreds protesters took to the streets of Pittsburgh to mark the opening day of the G20 summit of world leaders, but the police were taking no chances. Sonic weapons or long-range acoustic devices have been used by the US military overseas, notably against Somali pirates and Iraqi insurgents. But US security forces turned the piercing sound on their own citizens to widespread outrage. Pittsburgh officials told the New York Times that it was the first time "sound cannon" had been used publicly. . . It is feared the sounds emitted are loud enough to damage eardrums and even cause fatal aneurysms.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

More weapons added to the arsenal of the jack-booted thugs. That was painful to listen to on my laptop... can't imagine being there.

September 25, 2009 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw some pictures today of some dishes about 3 feet across, mounted on fork mounts, being manipulated by the Honduran military outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa. The commentary implied that these could be the same sound weapons used in Pittsburgh. Just another example of the "advances" in technology that are making the world a much worse place to live in.

September 25, 2009 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh's G-20 story: Take an expressway from town and disappear into desolate 'hoods and encounter the civilization of menace. Pittsburgh, a dual city! The glass wonder of PPG Place and/or the G-20 Summit is a faded memory. Here in the 'hood lives lie abandoned as far as the eye can see.


That is: For the most part, African-American Pittsburgh seems to be invisible, not only to the public relations hucksters who tout Pittsburgh's successes, but we are equally invisible to the protesters.

Certainly, black Pittsburgh is as proud as anybody in that the black President we worked so hard to elect has selected Pittsburgh as the host of the G-20 Summit. We even enjoy the re-invention of Pittsburgh from a dirty, smoky steel-churning history to the bright, clean, green financial success that the business leaders and politicians boast about so loudly. Nobody is more proud of the Super Bowl winning African-American coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin. But none of that feel-good stuff erases the pain of the stubbornly high unemployment among African American young adults and the staggering dropout rate for young black males from the public school system.

September 27, 2009 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the big deal? As long as you don't do stupid things like trying to make the world a better place to live in, you have nothing to worry about.

September 29, 2009 10:24 AM  

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