Extremely Loud

Author: Juliette Volcler
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595588736
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Extremely Loud from the Author: Juliette Volcler. In this disturbing and wide-ranging account, acclaimed journalist Juliette Volcler looks at the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals, and law-abiding citizens. During the 2004 battle over the Iraqi city of Fallujah, U.S. Marines bolted large speakers to the roofs of their Humvees, blasting AC/DC, Eminem, and Metallica songs through the city’s narrow streets as part of a targeted psychological operation against militants that has now become standard practice in American military operations in Afghanistan. In the historic center of Brussels, nausea-inducing sound waves are unleashed to prevent teenagers from lingering after hours. High-decibel, “nonlethal” sonic weapons have become the tools of choice for crowd control at major political demonstrations from Gaza to Wall Street and as a form of torture at Guantanamo and elsewhere. In an insidious merger of music, technology, and political repression, loud sound has emerged in the last decade as an unlikely mechanism for intimidating individuals as well as controlling large groups. Extremely Loud documents and interrogates this little-known modern phenomenon, exposing it as a sinister threat to the “peace and quiet” that societies have traditionally craved.

Drago S Journey

Author: Lewis S. Delameter
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462007031
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Drago S Journey from the Author: Lewis S. Delameter. It is 2050 and after years of denial, it had become a grim reality. The Earth was dying. With limited time to find and establish another habitable planet in one of the many universes, the leaders of the New Interplanetary Space Agency finally overcome aging issues and decide to send a group of fifteen young orphans into space to carry out the mission. Eleven-year-old Drago and the other orphans from around the world are happy to leave their old lives behind as their ship hurls through space. With three adults on board as their guardians, all seems to be going well some ninety days into their journey—until one of the scientists charged with watching the universe through the Hubble telescope notices an anomaly. Unfortunately, the blur on the telescope lens is not a piece of space fuzz as he had hoped—it is a monster wormhole that has consumed the ship, sending the innocent children on board into a different galaxy and toward an unknown planet. As the ship enters its landing orbit around a strange planet, Drago and the space orphans have no idea they are about to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Can Science End War

Author: Everett Carl Dolman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745685994
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Can Science End War from the Author: Everett Carl Dolman. Free-roaming killer drones stalk the battlespace looking for organic targets. Human combatants are programmed to feel no pain. Highpower microwave beams detonate munitions, jam communications, and cook internal organs. Is this vision of future war possible, or even inevitable? In this timely new book, Everett Carl Dolman examines the relationship between science and war. Historically, science has played an important role in ending wars – think of the part played by tanks in breaching trench warfare in the First World War, or atom bombs in hastening the Japanese surrender in the Second World War – but to date this has only increased the danger and destructiveness of future conflicts. Could science ever create the con-ditions of a permanent peace, either by making wars impossible to win, or so horrific that no one would ever fight? Ultimately, Dolman argues that science cannot, on its own, end war without also ending what it means to be human.

Allora Calzadilla

Author: Jennifer Allora
Publisher: Jrp Ringier Kunstverlag Ag
ISBN:
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Allora Calzadilla from the Author: Jennifer Allora. Puerto Rico-based American and Cuban-born Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are known for their playful, socially-involved, sound-based installations, videos and performances. This well-designed volume presents recent works that investigate how power, militarism and war are encoded into sound.

The Language Of Empire

Author: Lila Rajiva
Publisher: Monthly Review Pr
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The Language Of Empire from the Author: Lila Rajiva. Under the rule of Saddam Hussein, the prison of Abu Ghraib (the Father of the Raven) was a place of ill omen, notorious for horrific suffering and torture and mass executions. After the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. military made Abu Ghraib one of the major detention centers for Iraqis suspected of sympathizing with the resistance. The revelations since April 2004 of systematic torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib have not easily been assimilated into the mythology of the U.S. "war on terror."The Language of Empirefocuses on the response to these revelations in the U.S. media, in congress, and in the larger context of U.S. global politics and ideology. Its focus on the media is a prelude to showing how the language of multiculturalism, humanitarianism, and even feminism have been hijacked in the cause of an illegal and brutal imperialist war.The media have colluded with the Bush administration in manipulating images of the U.S. occupation of Iraq in such a way as to present it as a clash between civilization and barbarism, and in selectively using legal and procedural issues to distract from the basic criminality of the invasion itself. The circuitous logic through which U.S. imperialism presents itself as a defender of legality and democracy is exposed for all to see in this important and timely work.