Meet Alex Han

In These Times is growing: We’re excited to announce that labor organizer and activist Alex Han has joined us as the new Executive Director.

U.S. Military Drops the “Gay Bomb”

Emily Udell

In a hilarious BBC news report, it is revealed that the U.S. military considered developing a "'gay bomb,' which would make enemy soldiers 'sexually irresistible' to each other." The rationale?The plan for a so-called "love bomb" envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale. The report also highlights other "weapons" researched and scrapped by the Pentagon: *A chemical weapon that would make enemy troops a magnet for swarms of angry wasps or rats *A weapon designed to inflict a rank and lasting haliotosis on enemy troops, preventing them from hiding in civilian populations *A "Who? Me?" bomb that would provoke flatuence among enemy soldiers

Emily Udell is a writer for Angie’s List Magazine in Indianapolis. In 2009, she finished a stint drinking bourbon and covering breaking news for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. Her eclectic media career also includes time at the Associated Press, Punk Planet (R.I.P.), The Daily Southtown in southwest Chicago, and Radio Prague in the Czech Republic. She co-hosted and co-produced In These Times’ radio show Fire on the Prairie” from 2003 to 2006.
Get 10 issues for $19.95

Get the whole story: Subscribe to In These Times magazine.