The US is funneling phat cash into <a href='http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10805240/from/RSS/">directed-energy weapons</a>--a.k.a., Photon Torpedos, laser rifles, DEATH RAYS, and zappers. This only makes sense, though. It's about damn time. Fuck flying cars...it's 2006 and I don't have a handheld laser blaster. That's just wrong.