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MIT Researchers on Radio Shielding

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government’s invasive abilities. We theorize that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

From “On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study.” Clearly, they’re government funded, and trying to get people to take off the hats with their claims that effective shielding may “enhance the government’s abilities.”

[Update: while I simply theorized about the researchers motives (a despicable tactic, really) Zapato does some, umm, serious analysis in “AFDB Effectiveness.”]

One comment on "MIT Researchers on Radio Shielding"

  • gwen says:

    That means only the expensive alternatives are left,metal mesh composite clothes manufactured for soft anti-emissions enclosures and hard to obtain.
    ps aluminum foil is STILL good for anti-stungun usage as are the metallized mylar films(less useful).

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