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MIT Research: Aluminum Beanies Not Effective Shield Against Radio Signals

Maybe it's not just fluoridated drinking water and the radon in your basement that you have to worry about now. It would probably make more sense to cover this "news" in a bit less than five months, say around the end of March, but I can't wait that long to let you in on this.

The Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie (AFDB) Web site explains how to build your own AFDB, which it says "can shield your brain from most electromagnetic psychotronic mind control carriers." It advises readers to make their own and not buy commercial AFDBs, which it warns "may contain backdoors, pinholes, integrated psychotronic circuitry or other methods that actually promote mind control."

Not so fast, say Ali Rahimi from MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and his associates Ben Recht, Jason Taylor and Noah Vawter from the MIT Media Laboratory,. Their Web site, On the Effectiveness of Aluminum Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study describes the result of using a network analyzer to measure the shielding effectiveness of the AFDB. The measurement techniques are not clearly defined and somewhat suspect, especially since measurements of multiple helmets showed a 30 dB amplification at 2.6 GHz and a 20 dB amplification at 1.2 GHz.

Zapato Productions rebuts the MIT measurements, explaining, "only psychotronic energy can affect the brain in any coherent manner." He explained that simple EM fields have only trivial effects. These might cause indistinct sensations of a supernatural presence. He added that electromagnetic energy had to be converted into psychotronic energy before distant mind control forces could gain access to the brain's neural network in order to implant and extract thoughts.

If you are feeling a bit down, perhaps even paranoid, an AFDB (even reading about them) might just help! How effective is your AFDB across the radio spectrum? Don't forget to read the fine print and check out the references.