That is not a joke, CIA agents would dose each other as pranks.
Dumb. Sad. Deeply cruel.
The generally casual way it is discussed here is not surprising.
In 1962 Tusko the elephant was given 297mg (yes, milligrams, not micrograms) of LSD by CIA-funded quacks who were trying to simulate "musth" in the hope that it could be used to weaponize elephants for sabotage in south-east Asia (hint: Vietnam war in progress).
We now know that 297mg of LSD will kill an elephant.
In case you think I'm making this up, the original paper was published in Science: West, LJ; Pierce, CM; Thomas, WD (7 December 1962). "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: Its Effects on a Male Asiatic Elephant". Science. 138 (3545): 1100–3. It's online here (account needed): https://science.sciencemag.org/content/138/3545/1100
The facepalm I'm having at the moment would make Patrick Stewart jealous.
I misread that as μg and had to do a double-take.
That's...that's like several entire music festival's worth of LSD.
When I called the CIA researchers "quacks" I did so for a reason: when tox testing, it is customary to start with a minimal dose then increase it progressively until it exhibits a measurable effect, not start with a huge overdose!
297mg is one thousand times the typical dose sold for black market acid in the mid-1960s, per wikipedia:
(As an elephant weighs on the order of 20-50 times as much as a human, administering a thousand times a typical human dose was ... inadvisable to say the least.)
... along with a boat load of Thorazine followed by a tranquilizer.
Seeing/knowing how much secret service orgs (of all countries) value human life (near-zero), I will go ahead and assume that somewhere in Moscow there is a hole with 100 dead cats.
I'm pretty sure there are a few barrels full dead cats and dogs sitting in the back of shelters all over the USA right now. Waiting for their turn through rendering plant shredder.
By the middle 1920-ies there were quite a lot of stray cats and dogs in the Moscow (y'know, after all those events in the span of 1914-1922), and then the city management finally got means and funds to do something with it. So I assure you, there are a lot of holes with hundreds of dead cats in Moscow (and other cities too), without any secret orgs involved.
Seems like a textbook case actually.
Maybe it's just Baader-Meinhof syndrome, and it's all conincidental, but it's still super strange.
Men in Black memory flash
Video of an alleged Russian spy whale: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48090616
And a fascinating report about how this works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA1qPdeeJ5s
Also, I hope anyone looking for a band name is taking note of this project's name.
By the way, on the off chance that anyone reading this was involved in or has a friend or family member involved in this kind of work, please let me know if you think they might want to talk to me! I'm currently interviewing people. Contact info in my profile.
Take the common attitude to somewhat more contemporary conspiracy theories... They seem far more believable than a scheme like this. Yet the government appears to ratify this story.
Might it not just be a more sophisticated layer of misinformation?
- now your enemy is complacent, secure in the knowledge that you are super super dumb
- now your enemy is on the lookout for dog and cat listening devices rather than the 5th generation bird listening devices
- now your enemy is indeed paranoid about any stupid animal roaming about and has to meet in enclosed spaces
- you, knowing that experimenting on cute cats is unethical, seek to terminate the practice by devising an experiment that fails so embarrassingly as to never be tried again
a small thread from 2019: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19353746
and another from 2009: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=907190
and for all the ethical quanderies of the military and intelligence offices, projects like this are one area where they excel. looking at the internet, GPS, etc. and my own experience with some of those departments
(And given me an opportunity to make another one!)
Really, though, ... there's worse things tax dollars have been spent on in the 1960s: