The alpha male brings his own particles

We may yet see a scheme like this:

A long time ago, one of Reason magazine’s writers suggested that Israel could secure its borders against the more common sort of invaders and terrorists by making them radioactive, such that anyone who attempts an unauthorized entry would be fried as he did so. At the time there were practical problems that made such a project dubious of completion, but the fundamental idea — make the border automatically hostile to life — remains attractive.

Today it could be done rather easily, and at a modest cost compared to the complete militarization of the border. Indeed, it could be incorporated into President Trump’s proposed wall. Don’t bother climbing over or tunneling under it; either way you’ll get a lethal dose of neutrons. Anyone who did manage to cross would be easy to detect by his, ah, glowing personality.

Of course, if you’re a traditionalist, you may prefer the Hungarian approach.


  1. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2018 · 5:04 pm

    Yeah, and then we have the neat trick of glowing lizards and birds that drop dead out of the sky….

  2. hollyh »

    26 October 2018 · 8:10 am

    fj- good point, why don’t they think these things through? Similar to the bright idea of using bird-modeled drones, to spy on bad guys. What could go wrong with that? hmmmm….like, maybe the bad guys would start shooting all sorts of birds out of the sky?

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