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JM Ashby
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In other news, the House Intelligence Committee has expanded their Russian interference investigation to include Cambridge Analytica, the Trump campaign's data and voter targeting firm.

Meanwhile, the FBI has charged a man for trying (and failing) to bomb an airport in Asheville, North Carolina. The criminal complaint says the man, Michael Christopher Estes, was "getting ready to fight a war on U.S. soil."

Finally, the Associated Press has obtained a recording of the mysterious signal that US embassy personnel in Cuba have been assaulted with. You can listen to it at their website. It should be safe to listen to. I listened to it.

To me it sounds like a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) used for crowd control, but it's actually quite complicated according to the Press.

A closer examination of one recording reveals it’s not just a single sound. Roughly 20 or more different frequencies, or pitches, are embedded in it, the AP discovered using a spectrum analyzer, which measures a signal’s frequency and amplitude.

To the ear, the multiple frequencies can sound a bit like dissonant keys on a piano being struck all at once. Plotted on a graph, the Havana sound forms a series of “peaks” that jump up from a baseline, like spikes or fingers on a hand.

“What it is telling us is the sound is located between about 7,000 kHz and 8,000 kHz. There are about 20 peaks, and they seem to be equally spaced. All these peaks correspond to a different frequency,” said Kausik Sarkar, an acoustics expert and engineering professor at The George Washington University who reviewed the recording with the AP.

  • It couldn’t have been the Cubans who did this noise disruption thing. The only people who have anything to gain from destroying the new relationship with Cuba is Russia. But since Trump is Putin’s useful idiot, he’s blamed Cuba and pulled our people out. Is there no end to the havoc this imbecile will visit upon us?

    • David Greenberg

      I lived in Italy for four years and the Italians frequently used the following saying: “people get the government they deserve “. It’s clear if we don’t get to the polls and get others to the polls, we are going to have the same horrific results. It seems evident that there are many more people who don’t want the trumps and republicans, but Dems seem unable to get their people to vote. And the answer to your rhetorical question is, there is no end to the havoc this asshole and his supporters can wreak as long as he holds this office. Shame on this country for allowing it to happen.