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On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, MIT ^ | 17 Feb 2005 | Ali Rahimi, Ben Recht, Jason Taylor, & Noah Vawter

Posted on 11/20/2005 7:31:30 PM PST by SERKIT

Abstract

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 speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

(Excerpt) Read more at people.csail.mit.edu ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: aluminum; fnord; foil; hat; helmet; tinfoil; tinfoilhat
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Scientific review of the true effectiveness of a tin foil hat.
1 posted on 11/20/2005 7:31:32 PM PST by SERKIT
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To: SERKIT

So the government WANTS us to wear tinfoil hats!!! They've really pulled one over on the fringe groups.


2 posted on 11/20/2005 7:33:46 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: SERKIT

We coulda saved them a whole buncha money!


3 posted on 11/20/2005 7:33:57 PM PST by calrighty (. Troops BTTT)
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To: SERKIT
LOL:

The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ''radio location'' (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, [3]). The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations. It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.

4 posted on 11/20/2005 7:35:24 PM PST by GOPJ (Frenchmen should ask immigrants "Do you want to be Frenchmen?" not, "Will you work cheap?")
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To: scott7278

Or maybe they don't really want us to wear them, and they're using MIT to put out a bogus study.

It's a conspiracy involving conspiracies.


5 posted on 11/20/2005 7:35:40 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: scott7278

The only way to prove or disprove this is to do more intensive studies. I'll go apply for some government grants today!


6 posted on 11/20/2005 7:37:31 PM PST by al_again
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To: SERKIT

They weren't making them right.

The frame must be shaped in an inverted double-reverse pentagram, with a Star-of-David placed at the crest.

Use platinum, if you have it.


7 posted on 11/20/2005 7:38:17 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("I was born a Democrat. I expect I'll be a Democrat the day I leave this earth." -Zell Miller '04)
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To: SERKIT

Don't let this information get out to DU. You might actually see them wearing the damned things.


8 posted on 11/20/2005 7:38:21 PM PST by Firefigher NC (Volunteer firefighters- standing tall, serving proud in the tradition of Ben Franklin.)
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To: SERKIT

save


9 posted on 11/20/2005 7:38:40 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>)
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To: SERKIT

lol, ping


10 posted on 11/20/2005 7:39:08 PM PST by HawaiianGecko (Facts are neither debatable nor open to "I have a right to this opinion" nonsense.)
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To: calrighty

Gettin' my Christmas decorations ready to decorate my foil hat now. Be Prepared.


11 posted on 11/20/2005 7:42:08 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SERKIT

I'm not listening... tra-la-la-la-la.
12 posted on 11/20/2005 7:42:30 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: SERKIT
Question Professor...Did they construct said helmets shinny side out?
13 posted on 11/20/2005 7:42:58 PM PST by tubebender
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To: scott7278
So the government WANTS us to wear tinfoil hats!!!

Not the government! The alien overlords.

14 posted on 11/20/2005 7:43:58 PM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: al_again
The only way to prove or disprove this is to do more intensive studies. I'll go apply for some government grants today!

Wear your foil helmet! Or not.

15 posted on 11/20/2005 7:46:25 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: SERKIT

Wait a second...

one of the researchers is named ALI RAHIMI.


16 posted on 11/20/2005 7:46:52 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: SERKIT
Notice that this deals with ALUMINUM foil! A casual mistake? An inadvertent slip-o'-the-tongue? Careless proofreading? I don't think so.

It's obvious that Someone wants us to put our trust in aluminum foil.

Isn't ALCOA a member of the Council on Foreign Relations?

17 posted on 11/20/2005 7:47:36 PM PST by IronJack
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To: MEG33

Ready when you are!


18 posted on 11/20/2005 7:49:11 PM PST by calrighty (. Troops BTTT)
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To: SERKIT

"Ahhhhhhhhh-soooooo"

19 posted on 11/20/2005 7:50:17 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: SERKIT

Forwarded on to friends... Love posts like this, thanks!


20 posted on 11/20/2005 7:50:49 PM PST by kingu (Draft Fmr Senator Fred Thompson for '08.)
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To: SERKIT

I have quite an assortment of tinfoil hats myself. And yes I do have a Coast to Coast AM subscription.


21 posted on 11/20/2005 7:51:06 PM PST by cyborg (I'm on the 24 plan having the best day ever.)
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To: Zacs Mom

I'll bet that the sorting hat put him on the short bus out of town.


22 posted on 11/20/2005 7:53:17 PM PST by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: SERKIT

It does my heart good to see 251+ views in 10 minutes with over 20 replies. FR rocks! Thanks for the comments.


23 posted on 11/20/2005 7:54:55 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: SERKIT
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24 posted on 11/20/2005 7:55:42 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy (Those who beat their swords into plow shears….will plow for those who don’t.)
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To: calrighty

Sometimes it is a bit difficult to make these seasonal changes with my hat..but Christmas is easy. I do keep one to work outdoors in just in case..nothing fancy..The one I freep in made for comfort..It is highly effective, though.

I am noting with interest all improvements. It may be a winter project.

:)


25 posted on 11/20/2005 7:58:51 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SERKIT

They just don't want us to know how easy it is to make them.

To see for yourself what they're hiding about aluminum click here: www.johnf-ingkerry.com


26 posted on 11/20/2005 8:02:09 PM PST by spinestein (Forget the Golden Rule. Follow the Brazen Rule.)
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To: spinestein

http://www.johnf-ingkerry.com/


27 posted on 11/20/2005 8:04:06 PM PST by spinestein (Forget the Golden Rule. Follow the Brazen Rule.)
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To: SERKIT

Been my experience that within the conservative movement there are a lot of tinfoil hatters ;-)


28 posted on 11/20/2005 8:04:24 PM PST by cyborg (I'm on the 24 plan having the best day ever.)
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To: SERKIT
For all helmets, we noticed a 30 db amplification at 2.6 Ghz and a 20 db amplification at 1.2 Ghz, regardless of the position of the antenna on the cranium.

As they say, these frequencies are in the keeping of MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. Need I say more?

Well, actually not. All I have to do is think it and the boys in Langley get it on tape. You have to keep them on their toes - I like to visualize Helen Thomas in a leather corset or Teddy Kennedy in a thong. Michael Moore in spandex. HOW ABOUT IT, YOU BLACK HELICOPTER GUMMINT EAVESDROPPERS? HAD ENOUGH YET??

29 posted on 11/20/2005 8:04:50 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SERKIT

I don't know why I have a gut feeling on this, but I do. I'm guessing real tin works better than aluminum, and lead works better than both.


30 posted on 11/20/2005 8:05:40 PM PST by bvw
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To: Billthedrill

ROFLOL!


31 posted on 11/20/2005 8:08:53 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SERKIT

Saved to my newbie file..in case they need instruction.
;)


32 posted on 11/20/2005 8:14:57 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SERKIT

33 posted on 11/20/2005 8:18:13 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate". NYTimes)
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To: SERKIT

They work great if you ground them with a 30 foot logging chain.


34 posted on 11/20/2005 8:26:26 PM PST by mfulstone
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To: daughterofTGSL

ping!


35 posted on 11/20/2005 8:27:17 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: IronJack

I has to be aluminum foil since there never has been such a thing as tin foil.


36 posted on 11/20/2005 8:34:10 PM PST by tomh68
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To: IronJack
Excellent post. Peeps are playing fast and loose with terminology here. Is TIN foil even available these days? For that matter, has it ever been? Aluminum would seem to have a near-monopoly these days.

Now, about your screen name, IronJack: do you have a conflict of interest here?

37 posted on 11/20/2005 8:43:52 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (I've upped my standards! Up yours!)
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To: SERKIT; Billthedrill; aculeus; dighton; general_re; Lijahsbubbe

38 posted on 11/20/2005 8:55:56 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: scott7278

My local WalMart sells a small roll of ALUMNINIUM FOIL for $0.62. It's the perfect size for a hat. If everyone would make their hat from this roll, we could stop global warming by not wasting material from the larger rolls of foil. I keep several of these small rolls on hand in my home and vehicles for emergency use and for distribution to all the deserving females who may be in my vicinity during an unsuspected attack of propoganda by the unkind others.


39 posted on 11/20/2005 9:25:55 PM PST by skeptoid
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To: SERKIT
Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals.

But what about telepathy? Does tinfoil block telepathy or not?

Leave it to a bunch of engineers to spend a fortune testing the wrong question!

40 posted on 11/20/2005 9:32:04 PM PST by irv
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To: SirKit

Here you go!


41 posted on 11/20/2005 9:37:08 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: bvw
"I'm guessing real tin works better than aluminum, and lead works better than both."

Lead works best when skin diving.

42 posted on 11/20/2005 9:37:52 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: SERKIT

What stuff. Of course the hats work.

This is just another sloppily executed DARPA disinformation project.

The conclusive rebuttal is here.

http://zapatopi.net/blog/?post=200511112730.afdb_effectiveness


43 posted on 11/20/2005 10:15:12 PM PST by TChad
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To: SERKIT
Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

Well thanks alot for that information, how very helpful of them to let me know after all these years.

44 posted on 11/20/2005 10:42:57 PM PST by Pagey (The Clintons ARE the true definition of the word WRETCHED!)
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To: Old Seadog

Hey -- I've worked in a lead shielded rooms a bunch of times. The first time -- at some quasi-national lab -- my boss stripped the lead out of the walls, made it into diving weights and sold them at his dive shop. His dive shop office annex was his office at the lab anyway.


45 posted on 11/21/2005 5:10:53 AM PST by bvw
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To: tomh68
I has to be aluminum foil since there never has been such a thing as tin foil.

So, they've gotten to you too.

46 posted on 11/21/2005 5:14:44 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Kirkwood
You should never leave the house without first checking for the presence of Black Helicopters...


47 posted on 11/21/2005 6:12:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: IronJack

Sorry, you're wrong. Tinfoil was a precursor to aluminum foil. It was stiffer and harder to use and gave food a slight taste if tin so it was discontinued in favor of aluminum.


48 posted on 11/21/2005 8:11:52 AM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: SERKIT

1) only use the aluminium from beer cans
2) have the cans beaten into shape of your head
3) do this (by someone you trust, like an ex-wife, any inlaw or teenage son) directly on your head
4) trust the goverment.
5) beleive everything on DU. (repeat this until you get it right)

Thank you
Teddy (the Swimmer) Kennedy for king campaign.


49 posted on 11/21/2005 8:19:58 AM PST by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: IronJack
This is not a response that I expected. Maybe a response that one would get in Yahoo chat. I am a retired executive in the Aluminum industry,so have I have some knowledge of the metals industry. Just trying to point out that tin has never been made into foil.
50 posted on 11/21/2005 9:47:55 AM PST by tomh68
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