"Sonic attacks" on US embassy in Cuba may actually have been insecticide poisoning

Since 2016, American and Canadian diplomats at an embassy in Havana, Cuba have suffered neurological problems thought to have been caused by mysterious "acoustic attacks" from some sort of sonic weapon. While several theories have been posited about the cause of the so-called Havana Syndrome, a new scientific study suggests that the sickness may be related to insecticides used in Cuba to combat mosquitos and stop the spread of the Zika virus. — Read the rest

That mysterious so-called "sonic attack" on US Embassy in Cuba shrunk the brains of American diplomats

In recent years, American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba have been targeted with mysterious "sonic rays" (edit: actually there is no evidence that they were intentionally subjects to sonic rays). The attacks have caused the brains of the diplomats to shrink, according to a paper just published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. — Read the rest

The Cuban "sonic weapon" attacks may actually have been "bad engineering," not attacks

Last year, US and Canadian diplomats and their families in Cuba suffered from weird illnesses that led many to speculate about a "sonic weapon" of some kind. After analyzing a reported audio clip of the mysterious sound released by the AP (below), University of Michigan computer scientist Kevin Fu and his Zhejiang University colleagues Wenyuan Xu and Chen Yan suggest that the source may have been accidental interference between ultrasonic signals. — Read the rest

U.S. embassy employees in Cuba deafened by mysterious sonic weapon

Two employees at the US embassy in Havana have been sent home after suffering hearing loss from a silent "acoustic attack."

From http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/politics/us-cuba-acoustic-attack-embassy/index.html:

The sophisticated device that operated outside the range of audible sound was deployed either inside or outside the residences of US diplomats living in Havana, according to three US officials.

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Those weird sonic attacks at U.S. embassies? Microwave weapons, experts say.

Remember the stories over the past year or so about mysterious attacks at U.S. embassies harming diplomatic staff and their families? William J. Broad's story in the New York Times today reports that doctors and scientists are now coming to the conclusion that microwave weapon strikes capable of causing "sonic delusions" and brain damage are to blame.

Victims of mysterious attack at US embassy in Cuba now have "brain abnormalities"

Twenty-four US government officials and their relatives were subject to a series of unknown, invisible attacks on the US embassy in Cuba starting last year. Doctors who examined the victims say the people have suffered brain injury as a result.

From The Guardian:

Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several US officials said, describing a growing consensus held by university and government physicians researching the attacks.

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Is there a secret energy weapon causing headaches, nausea, and other ailments among American diplomats and spies?

We've posted before about the possible "sonic attacks" on the US embassy in Cuba that left American and Canadian diplomats with neurological problems. Spies have reported similar phenomena in Moscow hotel rooms and elsewhere around the world. In GQ, Julia Ioffe dives into "The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion" suffered by CIA operative Marc Polymeropoulos. — Read the rest

Breaking a 18th C cipher reveals hidden history of Freemasonry and freethought

Noah Shachtman's long Wired feature "They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside," tells the intriguing story of the cracking of the "Copiale" cipher, a strange text left behind by a mid-18th-century secret society called the Oculists. The Oculists had formerly been remembered as being concerned with performing and perfecting eye surgeries, but the Copiale cipher revealed them to have been either spies within Freemasonry, or Freemasons who'd formed another secret society to record and safeguard Mason rituals in the face of persecution from the Catholic church. — Read the rest

When RealNetworks Settled on DVD Copying, We All Lost


RealNetworks just screwed us all by settling lawsuits in which it might have lost–but which might also have given some new life to fair use for digital media.

The post-RealDVD world means that unless there's a major change to the law surrounding copy protection, there will never be a legal way to perform legal acts of copying or shifting protected movies, music, and games. — Read the rest