Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Laser Weaponry Now A Lethal Reality Of 21st Century Warfare


The bright laser dot.  It used to be, it marked the immanent target.  Not anymore.  Like the smart IoT-style networked collection of information, simultaneously recording and uploading even as it collects, I foresee the effect of these weapons hard to disentangle from intent.  If you see that dot, you may be looking not just at a target in the not-too-distant-future -- you may be seeing what happens to such targets in the oh-so-recent past...





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