: On Wed, 15 Aug 2007 18:18:21 +0000, Androcles wrote:
: > :: > : > Killer laser:
: > : >
: > : >
: > : > Legal? I think not.
: > :
: > : Why not? It would certainly be illegal to SELL such a
: > : product without the appropriate warning stickers,
: > : certifications, and such, but making one of your own
: > : from readily-available components? How is that
: > : illegal? Doesn't even look like all THAT powerful
: > : a laser.
: > : I know how to make any number of pretty damn
: > : dangerous gadgets from items available for purchase
: > : in any decent hardware store...but would it be
: > : illegal for me to do so, in general? (Ignoring, for
: > : the purposes of this question, the creation of certain
: > : controlled materials such as explosives.)
: > :
: > I'm with you. It is illegal to drive on the right in my country.
: > Certainly anything is legal in most countries unless there is
: > a specific law against it.
: > Is a book of matches a controlled material?
: > It is after all an incendiary device. So is a cell phone...
: A book of matches and a burning cigarette can make a dandy time-delay
: fuze. ;-)
Yep, but a cell phone with a broken incandescent light bulb and a
match head resting against the filament is better, you only need
call its number to control when it goes off. It's no secret, Al Qaeda
used that for the Spanish train bombings
Yep, but what middle school student with an IQ of greater than 80
doesn't know this?
In point of fact, those middle school students whose hope is to go on
to a first rate college would laugh at you with your matcheads and
filaments. Most would realize that you couldn't set off a high order
detonation with a filament and matchead. Most of these kids would have
the brains to call Uncle Steve, who works in the mines somewhere in
West Virginia or Pensylvania and have him send them a half-diozen #6
electric blasting caps to play with, and yes, they are capable of
initiating a high order deteronation.
I't ain't rocket science!
Another uncle, a guy that lets say is Ralph, swipes fom the mine and
send then 6 stick of Dupont Extra Dynamite, and he ships them by
Back in the late 1950s, while in college I actually witness this
taking place, and guess what, the explosives where harmlessly
detonated for education and recreatinoal purposes.
If you believe that the same thing does not go on today, then you are
very naive. The governmnet has absolutely no infuence on this flow of
explosive materials....and I would say that this continues without any
downside. Heck, the Pennylvania and West Virginia Coal Miners
would...I really don't want to say what they would do to demonstated
terrorists, so in my mind they are defenders of our national security.
Still, they regard explosives as simply teaching materials, but
realize that if a terrorist were to get their hands on such material,
people they love could be hurt or killed. Lemme tell you: If I were a
terroist and a thereat to the US, I'd really hope that the government
captured me first, because if these simple patriots laid hands on me,
only DNA would identify my body parts distutributed over 6 states, or
under a boulder dropped into a mine shaft than can never be moved.
Realize that many of these guys are more sopisticated than you might
at first imagine.