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One nation may attack a competitor covertly by bacteriological means...

Below is a piece of an amazon review (By "Mr Stash") for Zbigniew Brzezinski's book "Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era". I haven't read it and don't own it. I'm almost tempted to buy it (despite it's cost of about $45) but I definitely wouldn't want Zbigniew Brzezinski to earn my money.

http://www.amazon.com/Between-Two-Ages-Americas-Technetronic...

Interesting on page 57 'By the year 2018, technology will make available to the leaders of the major nations, a variety of techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised. One nation may attack a competitor covertly by bacteriological means, thoroughly weakening the population (though with a minimum of fatalities) before taking over with its own armed forces. Alternatively, techniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm..."
(Has the world already gone way beyond this?)

Continuing on page 57

"a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations" (page 57):

"In addition... future developments may well include automated or manned space warships, deep-sea installations, chemical and biological weapons, death rays, and still other forms of warfare--even the weather may be tampered with.*

"In addition, it may be possible--and tempting--to exploit for strategic-political purposes the fruits of research on the brain and on human behavior. Gordon J. F. MacDonald, a geophysicist specializing in problems of warfare, has written that timed artificially excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth.... In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period.... No matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades."




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Michael Nystrom's picture

Kevin - thanks

I noticed that the book is pretty old - published in 1982. That is why is so expensive - it is no longer in production, and no Kindle version, either.

The review you posted is pretty fascinating. I wouldn't be surprised if some of this is already in use. This part made me think of Americans' crappy diet:

One nation may attack a competitor covertly by bacteriological means, thoroughly weakening the population (though with a minimum of fatalities) before taking over with its own armed forces.

I can't find it right now, but Andy Xie has argued that American supremacy is ending simply because the population is obese and unhealthy. How can you remain a superpower if your citizens have no stamina. Here is something, but it wasn't what I was looking for:

http://english.caixin.com/2012-08-22/100427051.html?p3

Pete_J posted a video the other day called "The Perfect Human Diet" which compares the US food pyramid to a diet used to fatten livestock!

Secret warfare... I wouldn't doubt it. Did you see Ender's Game? If you haven't read the book or seen it yet, it has got a real trick ending.

Anyway, interesting post. Thanks. I only noticed it because the book showed up in the bookshelf on the side ---> Weird cover. A blank orange box.

What do you make of it?

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

I did find a video on YouTube though

I haven't watched it yet but there's a 2 part video about the book:

Part 1 of 2

http://youtu.be/9lcsFTuTRtI

Part 2 of 2

http://youtu.be/7juoL6SlVbw