Today's story was shared by many regular readers here, and all of them are asking the same question.  We'll get around to asking that question, but first a thank you to all of you who shared the story. The story itself is... well... concerning. Or at least in my case, it gives me a severe case of Angst and Weltschmerz:

Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Army Contract For Augmented Reality Headsets

Now, while you're waiting for your latest Windows "update" to download, ponder this:

Microsoft has won a government contract to build augmented reality headsets for the U.S. military, the company and the Army separately announced Wednesday, securing a deal expected to bring in roughly $22 billion for the software giant over the next decade.

Microsoft said the headsets would be based on its HoloLens technology, which was originally developed for video games.

The headsets would be part of what the military refers to as an Integrated Visual Augmentation System, which projects contextual imagery and information in front of the user’s eyes.

The Army said the technology could help soldiers improve situational awareness, target engagement and decision-making skills “against current and future adversaries.”

Stop and ponder that for a while. The US Army wants virtual reality headsets to project "contextual imagery and information" to the user's eyes in order to "improve situational awareness" and "target engagement" and - get this - "decision making" skills.

Regular readers here know that mind manipulation technologies and techniques are a "favorite topic" with me, "favorite" not in the sense that I like the idea, but because the technologies have been taken far beyond what the popular imagination likes to believe. I have written a book about them, including about the evolution of a technology that allows people to read the "interior conversation" of an individual by looking at the brainwave templates associated with particular words. I call them "encephalographic dictionaries." I also reviewed technologies in that book (Microcosm and Medium, at Lulu) that allow the same word templates and even emotional templates to be modulated into microwaves and broadcast directly into someone's brain.

And "virtual reality" headsets strike me as a perfect cover to do this under the guise of "target acquisition" and "enhanced situational awareness" and so on. Indeed, the army and DARPA (the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Agency as we like to call it on this site, after a suggestion by J.B.) have already talked about such headsets using "encephalographic dictionaries" (and other "techniques") to communicate telepathically.

So now here's my real problem, and the core of today's high octane speculation: under such outside influence, could a soldier be induced to commit war crimes? Say someone surrenders, but one receives an order to "take no prisoners"?  Research seems to suggest that the answer in many cases is yes. And in any case, if one is wearing a "virtual reality headset" one may be able to externally alter the "environmental" situation as presented to be more threatening than it actually is.

And then there's the problem of Microsoft itself, designers of the world's worst operating system...

...imagine entering a particularly difficult firefight, and then seeing "please be patient, we are updating your system..."

So we come to the question so many who sent the story to me suggested: what could possibly go wrong?

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Richard on April 8, 2021 at 2:04 am

    It would seem that ‘Pandora’s Box’ has long since been reduced to fibers, particles, and ash as it joins that famous ‘can-of-worms’ euphemism in vestigial memory.

    When one considers that this [virtual reality] stuff is, essentially, active modeling, a form of practicing and repetition of a skill set in abstract form, it does not seem as threatening until the imagination throws in a few presumptions of how to further get results applying a similar skill set. Exercise, war games, drills, and a few other useful terms fall into a common word basket that the subject begins to use or is subject to being used by that collection. In some ways, it comes down to managing those singular and multiple word baskets toward an end goal amidst a plethora of probability. One chooses self management to any stranger no matter what disguise they suggest.

    There would seem to be a large quantity of variables just as there are many variants to a lot of words for differing sentence constructions. It does not take much to get superfluous with any one basket of words when Broca’s area, Wernicke’s area, the Brain in the center, and the sensory apparatuses are let loose with a basket of words and word parts.

    A dictionary is a volume of words and letters arranged in linear fashion from A to Z. Each properly spelled with well meaning uses and suggested phrases that include grammar. No revelation there. A novel is a volume of words, too, but with a dictionary of words re-arranged to imply a situation that draws into it, perceptions some real and others imagined. Again, no revelation, but my, oh, my does it get noisy with chemical, electrical, and magnetic signals.

    Context is important among such noisiness. It establishes some orderliness within chaos. Best to be managed by the owner of that cranial cavity that that word wrestling match is afforded not just free rental space in the gray matter. Control rather than be controlled – presumably, the goal of such cognitive exercising one hopes.

    What the [Army] seems to suggest with this virtual (fiction) reality technology is to better prepare the soldier through some level of familiarity (modeled experience) for their probable scenario encounter that yields direct sensory information input of facts of a situation that surround the individual. Neurolinguistic – phonetic – acoustic variables must work together with the non-verbal inputs of sight, smell, tactile pressures, proprioception (body relationship in space), balance or equilibrioception, voluntary muscle movements (closely related to proprioception), thermoception (heat / temperature), nociception (pain awareness), gravity, and others.

    The Ancient’s and Ancient Egyptians, the wisdom keeper’s, put forth that the individual has 360 senses which were passed along through oral teachings. The hieroglyphs, incantations, and rituals bring more along than shunted realizations of Being with only those five Aristotelian senses most folks take for granted.

    In some ways, it might add to the greater training event as well as reveal how malleable the trainee is for future development. One item that is not mentioned are the preparatory measures toward the aging process and the changes imposed on the ongoing training of the military member. Another might be, what or how can this type of involved training preset an individual for deeds they’re not aware. In the past, chemicals have been used. “Do the senses suffer a level of atrophy without use once exposed or a level of over sensitivity from heightened exposure or even altered exposure?” “Will the trainee learn the difference between indulging and training (exercising) their senses once introduced or exposed?”

    • anakephalaiosis on April 8, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      Martial arts in Scythian YOGA are paradoxes:

      Strength vs speed.
      Focus vs dispersion.
      Drive vs idleness.
      Position vs balance.

      It means, that there are eight parameters, that are a cognate with Ashtanga Yoga.

      The paradoxes, that went missing in eastern tradition, are still at large in Scandinavia.

  2. anakephalaiosis on April 8, 2021 at 1:37 am

    YOGA is said to be a cognate with English yoke, that expresses the idea of bringing together.

    Exactly “what” is joined, is lost in eastern traditions. Reconstruction shows, that to be “diametrical oppositions”.

    It is always the paradoxes, that break down mental barriers, and open the doors of perception.

    In Sun Tzu’s warrior training, crisis is both danger and opportunity:

  3. zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you Doc. You got me digging a bit more again.

    Haven’t heard out Brendon O’Connell for months. His take: Israel, Russia, China and Iran are working the Belt and Road and running cv1984 to take down the US to complete the Bunting clover leaf. He blames CAF and Whitney Webb for being limited hangouts. That remains to be seen and depends on what info they have access to. Whitney Webb’s career has so far been as suspect as Robert David Steele’s. Either way, access to info via limited hangouts vs access to silly implausible lies makes me listen to and evaluate all the limited hangouts I can.

    Meanwhile, BOC brings out excellent insights from Nicki Raapana on Amatai Etzioni (Werner Falk), Communitarianism (not socialism nor communism), IOT, Smart Cities, Surkov’s work for Putin paralleled in US last 2 years (at least), Solar Winds hack bringing the coming cyber / grid attack, and on. More and more, looks like war – probably one that takes out Taiwan and Intel’s competition to give Intel a chance of survival.

    Man I miss Goshawks. Curious how much longer I can be here too. Thank you all. Excellent insights.

    Interesting that BOC puts much faith in Patrick Bergey and Steve Bannon (at least up until Bannon was arrested and stopped speaking out directly against Hewhomustnotbenamedrottenchildren projects)

    • anakephalaiosis on April 8, 2021 at 12:53 am

      Full hangout would be wearing masonic apron in public, and that is going full Baalim.

      Bureaucrats are limited, by their handlers’ instructions, within their mental borders.

      That is why YOGA is effective, by confronting physical limitations, to expand mentally.

      That is how the Scythians overcame the Assyrians. The rest is battle-ax in history.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 8, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      Secure cloud environments?
      Whitney Webb is interesting.
      Where does she get her info?
      Anytime anyone gets a lot of press from out of nowhere?
      I thought she’s good/but this video[above ZDB link] cast seeds of doubt.
      Pentagon clouds/designed in Israel; made in China.
      High-tech technology, has been shifting to an Israel base; under the “offshore to China” umbrella[according to video].
      He concludes w/a true statement, “It’s an interesting time.
      It’s a barroom brawl and I don’t know whose who in this damn zoo”.
      He adds, “Rothschilds can’t rely on humans to fulfill his plans.
      He’s got to have robots”.
      At 1:22:00, is the quote of Russian Boris Berezovsky’s secret plan to have Putin divide Russia into basically Two Party States. You read that paragraph and it’s goal looks just like what the USSA is becoming.
      The plan held; by switching locations; from the former USSR to the coming USSA.
      “The underlying aim is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a state of destabilized perception, in order to manage & control.”
      It’s the Bankster’s stupid!

      Thanks ZDB, for an interesting; different point-of-view video.

  4. anakephalaiosis on April 7, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Warrior education is actually YOGA, in its original Scythian form.

    Biblical seal breaking is about producing the perfect warrior.

    It is the diametrical oppositions, that trigger the paradoxes.

    Siegfried breaks the seventh seal.

  5. Billy Bob on April 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    The military needs toys to attract the boys, especially gamers.

    • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      From the land of much farther along that we suspect:
      Welcome to Chicago’s MASS VR
      This is a 3 year old mktg video.

      Curious that I found that video when I was looking for one I saw a few weeks ago showing a warehouseman in US suiting up in VR gear set to run a robot remotely in a warehouse across the globe. His avatar robot in some colonized country’s warehouse allowed him to supervise employees with a physical presence and to perform some minimal menial tasks. Like putting a box on a shelf.

    • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Getting more obvious daily why and how all internal combustion engines are being replaced with electric.
      Anyone seen the lawnmower section at a hardware store lately? More than half electric mowers.

      • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 11:20 pm

        Those classic automobiles can’t be hacked/switched off.

        • Roger on April 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

          Or lock your breaks up in heavy traffic on the interstate in the midst of a super heavy rain. Or prevent your breaks from working in same conditions going across an interstate bridge and suddenly having to slow down because everyone ahead of you is coming to a standstill because they can’t see in a super heavy rain. Got to love those viper towers. Remember years ago dodge recalled my year truck because people’s stereo amplifiers custom additions were triggering their anti-lock break systems by giving off certain frequencies. That was in 2000 just imagine everything they have access to now. Strange how the breaks are only effected for about a minute than work fine afterwards and never give you problems again unless conditions are just right. Might be coincidence and something wrong with my breaks but I couldn’t find anything and I keep them in good condition.

      • Richard on April 8, 2021 at 2:07 am

        Have a corded electric mower. Been using them for years.

      • OrigensChild on April 8, 2021 at 8:04 am

        I guess it depends on where you are in the country. Where I reside there are more farms and wide open spaces. We see some electric yard devices here, but there is still a heavy demand for gasoline powered equipment. There is often too much yard for one of those dinky things.

    • anakephalaiosis on April 7, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      Desktop generals always think they are in control. They hide behind rank.

      That is why honor is taken off the table, by highest degree of mockery.

      Genocide obliterates both the enemy, and his biological infrastructure.

      Best of blades cuts both ways.

  6. marcos toledo on April 7, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Anyone familiar with The Outer Limits episode Soldier based on a Harlin Ellison short story of the same name. That is what came to mind when I read this post and the helmet control the wearer’s mind as well.

  7. Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Not a T.V., nor radio fan.
    Through THE WEEK’s propaganda rag, I just learned that Larry McMurtry, who wrote one of my favorite books, Lonesome Dove – passed away. This is relevant for several deep reasons.
    One) The medium of story telling. From my perspective; every time a technology replaces the communication medium, something unquantifiable in lost in transition; or what I termed: Lost In Translation.
    Previously, in oratory times[before Guttenberg]; there was a “village story teller, who would travel telling stories. He would be a master in reading his audience; telling stories for his listeners to imagine a different world; one where the Villager were “free” and themselves, had changed the world better for better of all, including their children[complex story, made simple here for context].
    When writing came[mass printing of books]; the storytellers were now “writers”. Too many were commercialized writers. Sort of like the Beatle’s ‘Paperback Writer’.
    >Fast Forward to today, and you have the scientist writing whatever the job pays for. You get the idea. The medium has changed from; imagine making the world better, to one a TINS one[there is no alternative.
    The written Medium; has now become, Lost In Translation: digitized.
    Two) Now, that digitized medium is once again morphing into it’s deadliest manifestation to date: virtual reality. In a word, suicidedly addictive[everything is context, including virtual context].
    “He stepped into the living room and found Ambrose at his desk, connected to a sizable rig by a cheap neural cap and gloves. At some point the poor emaciated body had slipped out of the leather chair, and Ambrose’s skeletal frame now knelt in front of the impressive console as though in supplication. Dremmler’s[a real human detective in a transhuman world] theory was that AltWorlders did it[a #1, and a #2] before death, no longer aware of even the most basic realities of their bodies as they slipped deeper into an irresistible fantasy.”
    Ironically. McMurtry said of Lonesome Dove, “All I had wanted to do was write a story that demythologized the West. Instead, it became the chief source of Western mythology. Some things you cannot explain”.
    To today’s post..

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      Oh God!
      I’m just started reading this & I can see young minds in school being “taken for a ride”. Implicit in that gangster slang/ride is… no return.
      Yes, the student body will return; but the mind is going to be…
      “spaced”[sci-fi term for ejecting “problem”
      out from the safety of the spaceship, into deep space].

      Now I’m into the mind reading aspect and have to wonder which Frankenstein is going to be the worst: The USSA or China?
      No matter what; the loser is definitely human. Or, was human?

      Now, at the point where the kindle your reading, changes the meaning of the author’s intent; exactly 180 degrees. In this case, the Army’s headset changes the image to one the soldier is “trained” to kill.
      Same thing; the reality’s context is being changed in one’s mind.

      In the battlefield, w/your life depending on a flawless Microsoft operating system; are odds, no one in their “right mind” would take.
      But w/the Army’s headset on; the ‘right’ mind, is ‘left’ defenseless.

      Now; not only is the soldier’s body fodder;
      his mind, is microwave scrambled.

      The military option for a young mind;
      is looking like the nuclear option – FUBAR!

      • anakephalaiosis on April 7, 2021 at 10:20 pm

        Perfect killer mode is the broken sun, a great ball of fire.

        It is Bardic, to break the sun, and that is kundalini rising.

        Rabble-rousing words carry thought, intent towards flashpoint.

        Verbal ecstasy breaks the sun.

  8. zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Medium time frame, this tech feels like a step for removing humans from the kill chain entirely.
    Every physical and mental skill expressed digitally has an AI looking over our shoulder learning that skill from us.
    The term exponential growth in skill and experience comes to mind.

    • RRoss on April 7, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      Sounds like the command chain
      needs human dronology boots on the ground to assess conditions in real time which gives them (command) the ability to control, and activate orders from up the chain of command in real time. Depends on how these “headsets” look where they will be used. Information could be sent and received. There would also exist the capability to transfer maps/ locations, infrastructure information, collaborative team holograms for repair/or destruction of equipment etc. Headsets would have facial recognition and rapid ability to recognize faces. Given that these headsets present holographic imagery the battlefield would increasingly have no human judgment allowed as AI or command would “collaborate” with the soldier. A General’s dream purchase.
      I find it disturbing to ponder the affect on combat soldiers in the long run. If this is what they will be used for. If enemies/other humans could be made to “look” like something other than human?
      Well. The entrance of AI and holograms on the battlefield? What could possibly go right?

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 7:49 pm


  9. dioscuri on April 7, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    A great deal of these ideas are old, like decades old. I’ll cite 1981’s Looker by Michael Crichton. The company in the film is briefly stated to make HUD (Heads Up Display) units for the military. There’s also Brainstorm 1983, essentially using VR (in the movie it’s supposed to be brain recordings) for either other people experiences or, drum roll please, military training.

    And of course none of this covers the fact that VR is like super lame.

    • Richard on April 8, 2021 at 2:14 am

      One might include that “Scanners” set, too, with the use of [Ephemeral] a drug one psycho-pharmacist in the series developed. This stuff has been decades in the making.

  10. Michael on April 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Wonderful! Did Catherine get any confirmation on the Israeli-Microsoft operations backdoor connection? It may prove very dangerous for all involved if we have a military that uses equipment that is susceptible to foreign influence (via hacking). It seems like 22 billion is a lot of Moo Laa for equiptment that would “not” be used in combat situations.

    • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      Prompted me to search through some of Brandon O’Connell’s videos. Have not seen them for awhile. That guy just keeps getting darker. I think the threat of backdoors you outline is very much past tense. That makes the question more about how and if we can remove such doors. Ever.

      • OrigensChild on April 8, 2021 at 8:12 am

        Yes. Backdoors is one of the reasons I posed the Trojan reference below. Those pesky horses have a way of getting through gates with deadly effects.

        • Robert Barricklow on April 8, 2021 at 11:44 am

          Not only inherent w/in the “system”; but also written in.
          [back doors]
          The internet as a whole; is full of holes[back doors].
          By design.
          If it ain’t crooked; “they” don’t want it, and it will not be built.
          [At least, by the establishment]
          This makes money more viable, and valuable.
          For a crooked system;
          money greases those wheels of organized crime.
          W/O the crooked money[debt based private cartel fiat]
          the crooked system would come screeching to a halt.

          For example,
          It was cocaine kept the banks going for a long time.

  11. zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    What are the odds that something goes wrong and we can deal with it?
    Gonna take a lot of smart people getting a whole lot smarter.
    Here we go:

    • Michael on April 7, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      Interesting post. Vitamin D and Ivermectin. I did notice he was very hesitant an nervous to answer public questions.

      • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 5:03 pm

        I did not get that. I thought he was hurried to keep concise. I’ll listen again.

        Curious how Roger Hodkinson is doing and if Dr Cole will go the same way.

      • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 5:40 pm

        Wonder who the woman hosting this was. He thanked the Lt Gov of Idaho for inviting him. I did get that he was nervous about public speaking and that he was avoiding going over his alotted time.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      “… for I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal hostility
      against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
      Thomas Jefferson.
      So starts the video, and it is stellar.
      Thanks for the link ZDB

  12. Joseph Aiello on April 7, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like the high tech version of the $500 toilet seat.

    • DanaThomas on April 7, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      I think so too, this will never be used in any operational situations.

      • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 5:01 pm

        Or it already is.
        Have ya seen what pilot’s helmet input outputs are like now days. Tank drivers and drone operators get interesting too.

        • Richard on April 8, 2021 at 2:17 am

          Especially, drone drivers and pilots.

    • OrigensChild on April 8, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Without question this project does have a rewards component to friendly corporations for political purposes. Such is always the case for fascism. This mechanism is the legal form of a cabal.

  13. Christine M. on April 7, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Interesting the virtual headset is pushed out at the same time as the Armys very own vaccine is in development, as they announced phase 1-2 human trials this week. Army is also seeking pharma partnership for commercial use, so it seems they are in it for the money too. Likely there is more to this than biopreparedness. Get ready for a whole level of super soldier robots..

  14. KSW on April 7, 2021 at 10:08 am

    On one hand, if the technology can mitigate the psychological trauma of the soldier I’d be in favor of that. I’ve seen, up close and personal, the long-lasting severity of that kind of trauma of returning soldiers. However, I imagine that is not at the top of their priority list. I’d prefer no war at all. Also, how long before these make it to SWAT units in our towns? And does the fact that they are contracting out headsets mean that the chip implant technology isn’t as imminent as we imagine? Or, is the military just testing the headsets (to be passed along to police units) while awaiting the more sophisticated implants? One way or the other, things are progressing in a disturbing way.

    • Roger on April 7, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      I feel for the drafted soldiers but not the ones who signed on because they are really mercenaries. If you keep it real they are not serving the country they are soldiering for a paycheck. And our overseas engagements are not for world security or even domestic security but are for profit and special interest corporate global dominance. Now I don’t blame people for choosing this career for the money, adventure, and lifelong medical benefits but I do like to keep things real and in a more accurate perspective. Also sugar coating what they will be doing and actually are in order to get them to sign up is why there are so much trauma afterwards. They did not know what they were really signing up to be and do otherwise they would not have done it. And if they do choose to do it knowing the real risks and amoral reasons behind what they were helping accomplish then they only have themselves to blame for losing their gamble if physically injured. And if they agree to kill innocent people including kids for corporate greed and power than they better be able to live with it afterwards.

      • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 4:59 pm

        That’s a much clearer perspective on what causes shell shock than what Tavistock has sold as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
        At its core is guilt. Guilt comes packaged a number of different ways. It always includes inadequate prep for trauma. Adequacy is determined after the fact by results.
        This feels like a step toward replacing humans with AI after AI has had enough time to train through the humans in the helmets (and chips) as well as a step to objectify the humans. A helmet or chip that distorts reality perceived provides a layer of guilt protection. How long before we are all as free of liability as a pharma company?

        • Foglamp on April 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

          We have known for years that replacing humans with AI on the battlefield is well under way. The Joint Assistant for Development and Execution (JADE) AI system has been “mastering the human domain” for nearly a decade, taking care of designing operations and tasking resources, while – both in the air/space, on/under the sea and on the ground, autonomous weapons platforms are replacing boots on the ground. These systems dispense with a lot of touchy-feely inconveniences, like guilt.

          • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:42 pm

            Yes Foglamp,
            I just posted the book that brings that right into sharp focus; Ted Russ, Spirit of the Bayonet.

          • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 9:48 pm

            Inconveniences, like guilt.
            Well said Foglamp.

        • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:39 pm

          ZDB, that is the questioned addressed
          in a recent 2020 fiction book by Ted Russ, Spirit of the Bayonet.

          • anakephalaiosis on April 8, 2021 at 2:03 am

            Pendragon is NOT guilt-ridden, because unrestrained consciousness has not a care in the world.

            Sentimentality is bottomless self-pity, that is less about morality, and more about epistemological crisis.

            Man’s flesh simply stops functioning, when deprived of sustaining life-support.

            Death is moving on.

      • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:35 pm

        I hope the character of the soldier has not fallen to such levels.
        But, if the current course being set; isn’t changed, then… ?

        • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 9:58 pm

          Some serving are aware of demoralization efforts – the kind that ruined McCain (more than he already was before capture). More are finding out about Uri Bezmenov.

      • Tulips Moran on April 7, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        Really??? You “feel for the drafted soldiers but not the ones who signed on “. The US has a voluntary military. They all “sign on”. Drafts only took place six times in American history – Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and II, Korean War and Vietnam conflict. In fact the draft was abolished when the troops were removed from Vietnam. You ought to refresh your American history and read about the Tuskeegee Experiments and then come back and tell us your feelings towards using our military as experimental guinea pigs.

        • zendogbreath on April 7, 2021 at 9:56 pm

          Gotta agree in that I feel for all of em. Draft may have ended. Economic drafts are stronger. Spent 12 years touring highschools for local blood center. One third of our blood supply used to come from high schools. The poorest high school’s had in house recruiting sgt’s acting as unpaid faculty. They ran the blood drives with laptops and way too personal info on every kid in the building. The nearest tough neighborhood HS had a third of their kids in JROTC. For most that is their only route out. One of the MOS’ with highest suicide rate is recruiter. Wonder what these two concepts tell us. I also have family serving. Just about everyone (even those pushing critical race theory) believe in the mission, whatever that mission may be. One such believes Iraq had WMD’s. Can’t get an answer as to why Cheney never let the public find that out. So we are talking about compelled folk (not just profiteers) who truly believe they are virtuous.

        • kim on April 7, 2021 at 10:13 pm

          Just so happens, the Military is using Women now as their Guinea Pigs, all sorts of Breast Cancer Research. Women in Combat for Clinical Trials.

          Dave Martin does some serious digging here. Tax Payer dollars for research and Private Corporations reaping the benefits! All very shady!

        • Roger on April 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

          It’s not just the military they use as guinea pigs; they use everyone.

      • OrigensChild on April 8, 2021 at 8:22 am

        Though I agree with the spirit of your observation, I do question the distinction between drafted and voluntary service. In some areas military service is the only viable “career choice” available–especially if one has an eye on early retirement and maintaining local roots with potential employment options. The best way to draft someone is to incentivize enlistment.

      • KSW on April 9, 2021 at 11:17 am

        I understand what you’re saying. There is still an air of “service to the country” that some people still hold as well as many other factors why someone would join the military. It’s different today than it was during WWII though. The psychological affects of the training and action is significant. The company I worked for had a merchandising director who was in the reserves. He left for a long term assignment (about 5 years ago) and upon his return he couldn’t assimilate back into the sedate corporate structure — everyone had difficulty with him — he was fired because he threatened the CEO with bodily harm after a weekly director staff meeting. It was very clear he was not the same individual who had left 3 months prior.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      The “usual suspects” trajectory of this technology does not bode well.

  15. Foglamp on April 7, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Anyone know whether this kit is intended for combat use, or only training, please?

    • Roger on April 7, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      I doubt anyone would trust it in combat so I would suspect training. I took it to mean training.

      • Roger on April 7, 2021 at 2:29 pm

        Now if the goggles had built in night vision and range finding capabilities as well as communications aspects it might be useful until the enemy hacked into your system and start giving you bogus data and orders. Losing your pariphial vision would likely cost lives in daylight hours and if wearing it interrupted a soldier’s sixth sense somehow it may cost a lot of lives. You know like when you just know someone is looking at you with some sort of intent and can even sometimes feel exactly where they are located and what they are about to do. That unexplainable phenomenon saves more lives than can be counted and if it gets suppressed by this tech than it might not be worth the trade.

        • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

          That’s the danger.
          And w/the leadership the USSA has today;
          one wonders who is doing the hacking?
          [think Pat Tillman/Michael Hastings]

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      At least, that’s where it’s going.[IMO]

  16. OrigensChild on April 7, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Well, you nailed the first but not the second. That question? Is this yet another piece of battle equipment that we will receive for our military that is manufactured in China? Maybe the US military should ask the captain of besieged Troy’s armies on the evening before the fall.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Loved it!
      So true!

  17. anakephalaiosis on April 7, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Six million whatever is real in one’s mind.

    Gas chamber is a carousel in Disneyland.

    Pinocchio picks his nose with a flagpole.

    Microsoft Mickey Mouse reality!

    • Robert Barricklow on April 7, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      Loved your, “Pinocchio picks his nose w/a flagpole.” !

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