A New Use for Laser Pointers

The print edition of this article in the WSJ about the riots in Iraq included this photo, captioned Antigovernment protesters aimed laser pointers at Iraqi riot police during a confrontation in central Baghdad on Monday. Maybe the folks in Hong Kong could use a shipment of laser pointers.

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

10 thoughts on “A New Use for Laser Pointers”

  1. It’s not surprising that Hong Kongers are using laser pointers given the Iraqis are using them. Lasers over a milliwatt or so are certainly capable of causing eye damage, especially for dark-adapted eyes. The cops are not wrong to classify lasers as weapons when used this way. Blinding weapons are prohibited by the Geneva Convention so they are worse than bullets according to international law.

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  2. drlorentz:
    It’s not surprising that Hong Kongers are using laser pointers given the Iraqis are using them. Lasers over a milliwatt or so are certainly capable of causing eye damage, especially for dark-adapted eyes. The cops are not wrong to classify lasers as weapons when used this way. Blinding weapons are prohibited by the Geneva Convention so they are worse than bullets according to international law.

    So pictures of Nancy Pelosi are against the Geneva Convention?

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  3. 10 Cents:
    So pictures of Nancy Pelosi are against the Geneva Convention?

    Not just Nancy’s pictures. Better throw in Nadler and Schiff too. The floor is open for other suggestions.

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  4. Just to add some trivia to this post. The TASER didn’t come from the word LASER but from a book in the Tom Swift series. TASER means Tom A Swift Electric Rifle. I am virtually tasing DocLor for being cruel. “My eyes! My eyes!”

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