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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Run Him Through with Your Spear, Patroclus 

Via our distinguished colleagues at Cursor: Through an FOIA request the Sunshine Project uncovered a 1994 USAF proposal to develop a chemical weapon that would theoretically undermine "discipline and morale" in enemy units by exploiting the same tendencies that were believed to enhance "discipline and morale" in ancient Greece:
One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.
The estimated budget was $7.5 million -- one half of the President's original tsunami-relief proposal -- which, at 1994 prices, would have bought quite a bit of amyl nitrate.

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