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Should we be mad or sad at stupid parents?

We’ve already seen the damage that a combination of lies, misinformation, and stupid people can do, thanks to the actions of one man followed by a load of anti-vaxers (and bandwagon jumping celebrities who saw a way to get a lot of free publicity by ‘educating’ their moronic fans, and advising them not to vaccinate, like them).

Years of damage need to be undone, as vaccination depends on a population participating, and the lies of one man’s discredited report have disrupted that.

If you haven’t heard, there’s no link between autism and vaccination!

There’s a similar mythology spread by some, based on belief rather than evidence, that certain types of radio emissions are harmful.

As usual, they emphasise their nonsense by claiming children are at risk, and trying to shame anyone who doesn’t support their dogma.

Reading some of their nonsense, they’ll even try to scare non-believers by listing the same hazards for non-ionising radiation (ie radio waves) as for ionising radiation (ie nuclear radiation).

It’s hard to fault uneducated parents who are confused, and think they’re doing the right thing. On the other hand, it gives the loonies credibility and traction, and as we saw in the case of vaccination, CAN cause actual harm to others.

Those of working/trained in these industries and subjects can only look on, and shake our heads as we read news such as…

Parents remove children from island school over 5G mast

I suspect a study of such reactions would show more verifiable damage from such responses than could be shown (via factual data) to be due to any of the supposed harmful effects being claimed via belief rather than independently verifiable scientific evidence.

It should also be realised that such actions could hinder testing of secret/covert projects which can’t be tested in public.

Death Ray

Death Ray

Tin foil wrapped kids

I wonder if those same ‘caring and concerned’ parents realise that we live in a world saturated by radio waves of all frequencies, covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Just taking them away from ONE transmitter is not going to prevent them being permeated by such signals.

See, for example: Revealed: 5G rollout is being stalled by rows over lampposts 

Maybe they don’t have any lampposts on the island 😉

I wonder if anyone has told them about Cosmic Rays, constantly bombarding us all 24/7, and which ARE dangerous if they hit a cell nucleus, and can cause mutations. Don’t tell them that despite the number, few such collisions cause harm, but they do happen. Better to tell them that nothing stops Cosmic Rays, not even the whole of the planter Earth – they just pass straight through it (and you if you’re standing in their path).

Those parents will have to wrap their kids in tin foil to protect them (even though it doesn’t work, but don’t tell them that either).

Think of the children

Think of the children

While many think wrapping things in tin foil stops electromagnetic radiation getting to them, in the belief that it forms a Faraday Cage around them, sadly, that’s not the reality, and it takes a lot more than that to do the job.

In fact, even genuine Faraday Cages, or screened rooms, don’t work unless very carefully designed, built, and maintained.

Rooms costing tens of thousands of £££ can be defeated if not.

This was one of my businesses, and we once found such a room installed in Faslane (yes, THAT Faslane) and completely ineffective.

The failure was not found by tests (which apparently the room passed on first installation) but when someone noticed the painters finishing the cosmetic part of the install were… LISTENING TO MUSIC ON THEIR RADIO!

In a screened room – no one can hear a radio.

Technically, everything was correct – apart from some corrosion/oxidisation which had developed on the edges where the walls and doors contacted one another, due to the time it took to build the room.

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19/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pssst!… Want to know some secret French stuff?

Antenna tower

This sort of story always has me near helpless on the floor with laughter…

Those who, in theory at least, should be a lot smarter, have yet to grasp the concept of how the greatest creator of publicity for something, anything, is to demand it is given privacy.

The French Secret Service is certainly a stranger to the concept, as are most people who demand privacy. After all, isn’t the best and cheapest way for a waste-of-skin celebrity to get their unwanted faces plastered across the media for them simply to start up some gripe about not being given privacy?

In this case, the French seem to be demanding that Wikipedia take down a page (from 2009, four years ago!) that they seem to have suddenly developed some sort of phobia over:

French agents at the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), apparently turning their attention to Wikipedia for the first time in years, demanded last month that the Wikimedia Foundation delete an entry about a military radio relay station written in 2009.

When Wikimedia refused, the DCRI approached a French man with administrative editing rights on Wikipedia about taking down the page. The man told them that he had no involvement with the page’s creation or hosting. And that his mother told him not to talk to strangers.

Via French Secret Service Freaks Out About Seemingly Nonexistent Military Secrets On Wikipedia | Gizmodo UK

There’s even a video of the chief of the radio relay station, station hertzienne militaire de Pierre sur Haute, giving an interview about the station’s operations, and taking a reporter on a tour of the facilities.

This one warms up a sore spot I have, and would almost post a pic just to get revenge, but the house and location are too recognisable and the incident too recent – I just had an altercation with a home owner who came running up to me and asked me what I thought I was doing. I though I was standing in a public street taking photographs of some interesting decorations, but he seemed to think I was taking pictures of his house, was interfering with his children (who were at school at the time of day concerned), and even threw worrying his wife into the pot at one point.

I pointed out, and showed him (aren’t digital cameras wonderful?) that I had not even caught his hovel in any of my shots, let alone take any pictures of it, but regardless, we did not part the best of friends.

Yes folks… there are still nut jobs out there, fuelled by the dregs of the media and their alarmist stories carrying tales of evil people openly carrying cameras in public.

Just wait until they learn about miniature hidden cameras and phones that have cameras built in, and can even take moving pictures, so people can wander about taking covert pics and not even be noticed.

 

 

08/04/2013 Posted by | military | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wartime snap goes public after 65 years

troopsSomething I often wonder about in recent times is how the plethora of imaging devices now in the hands of the public would be dealt with if some circumstance meant we were ever to descend into a time of war similar to that of World War II.

A couple of things brought this to mind again, firstly when I read that are actually countries around the world that outlaw the ownership of GPS (Global Positioning Sytem) receivers, and phones that incorporate this feature either have to be crippled to disable the feature, or  country specific model has to be produced without it. Apparently one such country is Egypt, and it’s the military that pulls that particular string. If you’re rich though, you just smuggle the latest fully functional phones in, so nothing new there.

More relevant was the story of a photograph taken in 1942, of a 19 year old WAAF wireless operator  (at the nearby Tain range) while a British propaganda film was being made in Portmahomack. The film, Before the Raid, was produced  for the Ministry of Information and released in cinemas in 1943.  The film shows a Norwegian village under occupation, and was directed by Prague-born Jew Jiri Weiss, who had been forced to leave what was then Czechoslovakia when the Germans took over in 1938. Locals played the part of extras, had to sign confidentiality agreements, and were sworn to secrecy. Shooting the filming in such a remote location meant the area could be controlled, and reduced the possibility of alarm being caused by someone not involved catching sight of German troops apparently carrying out operations in the area.

The picture shows the uniformed operator relaxing in a seaside port with a fisherman and a German soldier in uniform.

One difficulty concerned the developing and printing of the photograph. Had it been dropped off at the local chemist for processing, it would undoubtedly have been reported to the police. It seems this problem was overcome when the film was passed to a friend who worked in aerial reconnaissance.

Had it been discovered by the authorities at the time, all those involved would almost certainly have been charged under secrecy law then in place.

As an example of what could happen, when the film was later shown in Portmahomack, a local soldier in the audience was startled by the appearance of familiar faces, andbegan shouting “They’re not Norwegians, that’s so-and-so from the Port”, which led to the arrival of the military police and his removal from the cinema.

BBC video report of the story.

08/12/2008 Posted by | World War II | , , , | Leave a comment

Inverlair Lodge for sale

 

Inverlair Lodge

Inverlair Lodge via The Unmutual Web Site

Inverlair Lodge is one our more interesting subjects, having taken part in the secret training operations carried out in the isolation of Scotland during World War II. This past history was to become the inspiration for the 1960 television series, The Prisoner.

If you have a spare £1 million (at least) or so, then Inverlair Lodge, and its surrounding estate could be yours. Details of the lodge and the sale can be found in the related pdf document, which has some excellent pictures and details of the site.

Sadly, the brochure also contains the following carefully worded myth, no doubt added with an eye on raising the profile of the lodge and possibly boosting its desirability and price:

It is reputed that Rudolph Hess, Deputy Leader of the Nazi Party was imprisoned in Inverlair following his crash landing near Glasgow in May 1941 on his secret mission to Britain.

Take it from your scribe, the chance of Rudolf Hess ever having been anywhere near the house are as remote as a summer without rain in Scotland. You’ll find a short itinerary of his visit to Scotland, together with the dates and places he is known to have been moved to and been held at, on our Rudolf Hess Flight page. Quite why anyone would have moved him there and back given the remoteness of the location and travel time involved is one mystery, while the other would be where they would have found the time anyway, between his arrival and fairly rapid despatch to London.

In 1941, the lodge was requisitioned and became one of the facilities operated by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II, and was known as No.6 Special Workshop School, part Inter Services Research Bureau (ISRB),

SOE (and SIS or MI6) planned many secret operations in enemy territory during World War II, and it was inevitable that there would be occasions where volunteers would refuse to take part once they became aware of the full details. Some were unable to kill when the occasion was reduced to a one-on-one scenario, as opposed the anonymity of a battlefield exchange. With information being released on a Need to Know basis, their training meant that they were in possession of highly classified and secret information relating to pending missions, and could not be allowed to return to public life, where a careless remark could have compromised their secrecy. Inverlair Lodge became a detention or internment camp where such individuals could be accommodated, safely isolated from public contact. Conditions there were described as luxurious, and the lodge was even said to provide a safe haven for former agents or spies, who could not risk being seen in public, for fear of being recognised and killed in retaliation for missions they had carried out.

George Markstein, who worked with Patrick McGoohan on the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, has told of how he learnt about places such as Inverlair Lodge during the war, when he was a journalist, and there can be little doubt that the discovery influenced the design of the fictional Village in which the series was set. Commenting on the residents “They were largely people who had been compromised. They had reached the point in their career where they knew too much to be let loose, but they hadn’t actually done anything wrong. They weren’t in any way traitors, they hadn’t betrayed anything, but in their own interest it was better if they were kept safely.

05/09/2008 Posted by | World War II | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Scottish UFO document release due

ufoInterest will be high in the coming weeks, as the National Archive prepares to release hundreds of MoD documents relating to UFO sighting reported across the country.

The files date back more than 10 years, and contain information relating to sightings reported by the public, together with any pictures or drawing they provided at the time, and a reference to any nearby air activity that may have been taking place at the same time. The files do not contain any scientific data, and the MoD has concluded in the past that such sighting can usually be attributed to natural phenomena, or known activity, leaving very few that may really be described as ‘unidentified’, but there are a few.

Bonnybridge is likely to feature significantly in the files, as this has been credited with being a hotspot for such activity, but one can help but wonder why the same people succeed in making sightings, and just why aliens (if we assume them to be the owners/source of the sightings) should be quite so careless as to let themselves be seen at just one spot, if they can hide themselves so well elsewhere. Ditto if it’s the military, employed in covert activities.

The sightings may be unidentified, but that doesn’t mean they don’t take place, nor does it make them alien, or conspiracies,

04/03/2008 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HMS Dasher, Mincemeat, and Jack Melville

HMS DasherIn typical style, an apparently simple page addition eventually managed to gobble up almost two weeks worth of playtime on the Main Site.

Already recognised as a problematic event, the disaster that sank HMS Dasher in the Firth of Clyde on March 27, 1943, should have been a fairly straightforward addition to our content. Instead, the usual criteria of locating at least three independent accounts that related the subject to a reasonable degree of agreement turned into a major exercise, and revealed that the sinking of HMS Dasher, although significant in itself, would play a crucial part in one of World War II’s most important operations, and save some 30,000 Allied lives thousands of miles away.

Although no specific cause was determined, HMS Dasher is known to have been lost to a massive explosion that occurred on board, just after 16:40, as flying exercises for the day were coming to an end, and the last aircraft were being refuelled. The ship was lost in minutes, and 379 of her crew of 528 were lost, leaving only 149 survivors. This was the second greatest loss of British life in home water during the war, following that of HMS Royal Oak torpedoed in Scapa Flow, when 833 were lost from a complement of 1,234.

Finally given official recognition in 2004, the identity of the body used in Operation Mincemeat, popularised in the 1956 film “The Man Who Never Was”, was confirmed to be that of John ‘Jack’ Melville, one of those lost in the disaster on the Clyde. Operation Mincemeat was a deception designed to divert enemy attention from Sicily to Greece, thus diverting their resources from the Allies’ true landing site. This was achieved by planting false documents on a dead body, and arranging for it to be found by an enemy agent operating in Spain.

Thanks to the film, which had a cameo appearance from Ewen Montagu (a key member involved in Operation Mincemeat), and the lack of any official information until 2004, the events of the film have generally come to be taken as accepted fact, and that the corpse of Major William Martin was that of Glyndwr Michael. Although there are inconsistencies in this story, in the absence of anything else, its portrayal in the film, Montagu’s part in the film, no denial (or endorsement) by the authorities, it still remains largely accepted as a true account and explanation for the body used in nearly all the sites giving an account of Operation Mincemeat (our review having taken place in late 2007).

Much has also been made of the secrecy that surrounded the loss of HMS Dasher, and criticism levelled at the authorities for it, however this seems to be something of a sensationalist claim. By comparison with the loss of HMS Royal Oak, lost in home waters to a successful German operation, which would be reported and hailed as a victory, the loss of HMS Dasher, and so many lives (recall, only exceeded by those lost from HMS Royal Oak) in home waters to an accident, would seem to something that could have been seized on as a tremendous propaganda opportunity by the enemy, and the secrecy associated with the event is not only understandable, but essential in time of war, something the later critics may have forgotten was taking place at the time.

20/11/2007 Posted by | Lost, Naval, World War II | , , | 1 Comment

   

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