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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Russia was "the main suspect" in what the CIA called "mysterious attacks" that led to "brain injuries" in U.S. personnel in Cuba." Rumors of sophisticated microwaves or other electromagnetic weapon were likely used on the U.S. government workers" and that Russia likely engineered the attack. These rumors were repeated by US broadcast networks. Turns out the sounds the embassy personnel complained of hearing match those made by a species of Caribbean crickets during mating season, not a weapon cooked up in the Kremlin. The sounds of the short-tailed cricket (Anurogryllus celerinictus) matches, in exquisite detail, in duration, pulse repetition rate, power spectrum, pulse rate stability, and oscillations per pulse... This provides strong evidence that an echoing cricket call, rather than a sonic attack or other technological device, is responsible for the sound in the released recording.



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Its amazing how many stories are just a bunch of BS.


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This impacted more than only US diplomats though, only stating that to diminish the accusation that it is some type of US disinfo campaign. Canadian diplomats were severely injured as well.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-08 12:08 AM | Reply

Soooo.... let's get this straight; Glenn Greenwald decides that a non-published, non-peer reviewed "scientific article" by no one anyone ever heard of that he links to a partial abstract of worthy of being the basis for a million word rant that says he is brilliant and everyone else is stupid.

Got it.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-08 12:58 AM | Reply

Here's the article about the paper Greenwald says all but proves it was crickets.


That's not what it says.

"Mr Stubbs said that his conclusion does not rule out an attack on US diplomats. But he said the sounds linked to the initial complaints may have been a "red herring".

"It's entirely possible that they got sick with some other completely unrelated thing that was not a sonic attack, or that they were targeted in some other way," he said.

Dr Douglas Smith, who led the medical examination of the US diplomats, questioned how much a single recording could reveal about the experience. Some patients did not report hearing anything unusual, he noted, while others heard a range of sounds.

"It could be like a low-tone motor, or metal scraping, or like driving in a car with the back window open," said Dr Smith, director of the Centre for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Smith would not rule out the possibility that some diplomats might have heard crickets but said that had no bearing on the real damage they have suffered.

"These patients have gone through a lot," he added. "I would like to know what the sounds are, but for us the more important thing is really what's going on in the patients' brains and what we can do about it."

Typical Greenwald.... find a molehill, make a mountain, claim superiority.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-08 01:20 AM | Reply

Greenwald's only claim is a powerful correlation between recordings made, when diplomats complained was a tinnitus condition, was in fact horny crickets. What is even more clear is that there is no evidence of Russian dirty tricks, as widely alleged.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-08 08:01 AM | Reply

I find it tough to believe that crickets caused TBI and concussion-like symptoms. People have lived among crickets for too long for this to only become an issue in one specific instance targeting multiple diplomats from multiple countries.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-08 08:18 AM | Reply

tinnitus condition

That is definitely understating traumatic brain injury. Many people are still KO'd and have returned to work.
An article on the Canadian diplomats still reeling from their exposure to "crickets:"

Cricket sounds causing nosebleeds? Lol, I find that tough to believe.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-08 08:22 AM | Reply

Have not* returned to work.

And what about the "cricket attacks" against diplomats in China? Are these weaponized crickets, or are hundreds of locals quietly suffering from similar impairments due to crazy cricket sounds...?

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-01-08 08:24 AM | Reply

Time to rethink and revise your defense of Russia, BayViking.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2019-01-08 08:38 AM | Reply

The article clearly connects tinnitus symptoms to crickets without closing the door on other problems for which no plausible explanation is offered. The point is, we don't know and jump to erroneous conclusions.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-08 01:21 PM | Reply

I find it difficult to believe that investigators believe that nonsense. More likely, the Cubans were given some sort of device by the Russians which the Trump administration doesn't want to acknowledge.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2019-01-08 01:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1



I find it difficult to believe that investigators believe that nonsense. More likely, the Cubans were given some sort of device by the Russians which the Trump administration doesn't want to acknowledge.
#10 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-01-08 01:23 PM

That is the most plausible way to look at this attack.

Concussive tissue damage implies encountering a pulse weapon at a specific distance, like feeling the explosion from an IED leaves signature damage at a distance.

#11 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-01-08 08:22 PM | Reply

Soundwaves are not just sound, they are also pressure.

#12 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-01-09 10:08 AM | Reply

Who hasn't had their brain microwaved? Bunch of BS.


#13 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 03:24 PM | Reply

Rat, try an experiment. Put your head in a microwave and run it for 5 minutes.

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-09 03:25 PM | Reply

#14 You know who told you to say that? Yeah. Can't remember, can you?

#15 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 04:09 PM | Reply

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