Woohoo, It’s the Future of War! – BlackListedNews.com
Since the beginning of human history, humans have bickered constantly over territory, resources, and power. Now, with the possibility of a right-wing Mormon space cadet taking up residence in the White House before the year is out, the Muslim world ready to riot at the upload of a shitty YouTube video, and the advent of peak oil threatening industrial civilization as we know it, it seems likely that the skies will be full of unmanned drones rather than peace doves for a good while longer.
To make matters worse, the people who decide how the world’s militaries spend their money are throwing enough currency to fill an atomic crater at the “coolest,” most futuristic technologies available, like kids on a sugar rush in an expensive, dangerous arcade. According to one US Army researcher, “You have to beg for money for things like beanbags or acoustics. But say it’s for a laser or a lightsaber, and money is no problem.”
The United States spends more on its military than the rest of the planet combined. About $80 billion of that is poured every year into research and development. As a result, American military research has been pioneering the future for decades. The future arrives first through American war. The Pentagon and its R&D arm—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA—are credited with having funded the development of the internet, nuclear power, space travel, and a host of other game-changing scientific breakthroughs that have gone on to obliterate both military and civilian conceptions of reality.
Given that the future’s due to arrive any second now, here’s a forewarning of what those guys have been working on recently.
SUPERSOLDIERS AND CYBORGS
From the Nazis’ infamous Lebensborn program to the CIA’s illegal MK-Ultra project to “the men who stare at goats,” attempts to create so-called “supersoldiers” through eugenics, genetic engineering, brainwashing and paranormal and occult means have existed for decades. Today, the Pentagon spends $400 million a year striving to develop the next generation of superhuman warfighters.
With America getting fatter and its military desperate for lithe recruits to fight a disastrously unpopular war, obesity in the States is rapidly becoming an issue of national security. But forget swing dancing classes and crash dieting—a DARPA program called “Metabolic Dominance” is threatening to wipe out the $64 billion weightloss industry overnight. The project is exploring ways to more efficiently convert body fat into energy and suppress hunger, so that soldiers can fight longer and live for up to five days without eating a single meal.