Short Takes: News From All Over: February 16, 2006

February 16, 2006

| February 2006

Just Over the Horizon
By Sharon Weinberger, Defense Technology International
The US Air Force is developing technology that would actually allow it to control the weather. Military scientists have been experimenting with plasma technology that would "reconfigure the ionosphere" for military purposes. The idea is to sneak up on enemy fighters and change the atmosphere to prevent them from receiving satellite signals. (Thanks, Defense Tech .) -- Bennett Gordon

The Night the Lights Went Out
By Maya Schenwar, AlterNet
Starting February 15 a group in Chicago will begin a monthlong electricity fast aimed at highlighting the daily realities of life in Iraq. The action is part of the Winter of Our Discontent, a 33-day food fast going on in Washington, DC. Both fasts are calling for full war reparations by the US to Iraq. -- Nick Rose