Help! My congressman dreams of infinitely deadly weapons

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

“(US Rep Chris) Gibson, a Siena College and Cornell University graduate who spent 24 years in the Army, including four combat tours in Iraq, says he knows the value that coatings and composite materials developed using nanotechnology can have on weapons, making them lighter and more durable and dependable. He gained much of that knowledge working as a military fellow with the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
‘The possibilities are nearly limitless,’ he said.
Nanotechnology is developed at the molecular level and advances have huge implications not only for the electronics industry, but also in medicine and defense applications.”
–Larry Rulison, in the Albany Times-Union, Friday, May 13.

I’m concerned … that our local congressman lies awake at night thinking of infinitely deadly weapons. Also … we should count all the money steered to nanoscale research … there are something like 40 research centers in the U.S. … when we talk about our annual military budget. And we should talk about military aid to other countries, too, and include that when talking about our military budget.
It seems like … we are in some sort of arms race again.
Now … India Today reported this week that, “Physical elmination of bin Laden is only news for the Americans, but many people outside America want the elimination of the policies which may produce more bin Ladens.”
— Hamid Mir, Geo TV, Pakistan, reportedly the only media personality to interview Osama bin Laden after 9/11.
Somehow … we need to work cooperatively with other countries and deal with anti-American feelings. Actively and very visibly promoting weapons development doesn’t sound friendly. Using a disproportionate amount of energy compared to the rest of the world doesn’t seem like a very good example, either.
It’s not all on Gibson nor was it all on George W. Bush. We need to be conscious as citizens of the world of the decisions we make regarding use of our resources and growth of our communities. The choices we make shape our nation and the perception of those in other countries. I know it isn’t that simple. Yet we should be actively looking for ways to be better citizens of the world and not simply a bully.
Furthermore, the nanotechnology/medicine link in the Times-Union article should alert people to the fact that research is being done that will lead to microchipping human beings (and indeed, chips are being tested on volunteers). One day these “medical microchips” may include mood regulation … is this far from “thought control?” Do we want our tax dollars going this way?


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