Military test centre for frikkin’ laser cannon opens in Hampshire

UK arms giant QinetiQ has opened a new ‘centre of excellence’ for the development and testing of cutting-edge laser cannon. The new facility, named Dragonworks, will be an operational playground for lasers designed for the military.

 

Among other things, the facility in Farnborough, Hampshire boasts a dedicated clean room for assembling laser weaponry, as well as “the UK’s only Reflective Hazard Assessment Tool” (RHAT), designed to examine how laser energy is reflected from different surfaces.

The first key project to be undertaken at Dragonworks will be the assembly and testing of the Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) currently being developed by the UK’s Dragonfire consortium. Components are set to arrive in early 2018, when QinetiQ will begin building the weapon’s laser source, the company said on its website.

Testing of the prototype will begin on UK ranges in 2018, climaxing in a major demonstration in 2019, the British government said in September. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dragonfire-laser-directed-energy-weapons
Once the characteristics of the laser have been figured out, the LDEW is to be installed on a warship, The Register reported.

Peter Cooper, the Project Technical Authority in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which manages the Dragonfire contract on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, said that the new facility in Farnborough is “a key step in delivering the Dragonfire project and reflects the continuing UK MOD investment, supported and enabled by industry funding, amounting to tens of millions of pounds in UK industrial skills and capabilities and underpinning UK prosperity.”

In September of last year, the British government said that a £30 million ($40 million) deal for a new laser, which could “transform weapons technology of the future and the development of the UK’s first laser weapon,” had been finalized. Financial support comes from the government’s new £800 million ($1 billion) Innovation Fund, which is also sponsoring research into “cutting edge anti-missile systems, tiny insect-inspired surveillance drones, quantum gravitational detectors, advanced protective materials, and airborne threat-targeting laser weapons.”

It is hoped that a novel laser weapon could “complement or replace existing weapons systems with the potential for significant benefits.”Such a weapon could be employed to protect the UK’s land and maritime forces, including ships, from such threats as “missiles or soldiers from enemy mortars,” according to a government statement.

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STRANGER THINGS HAPPENED From mind control, brainwashing and monsters — theories claim Stranger Things happened in REAL LIFE in a secret government project

MONTAUK BOYS & GIRLS, MONARCH PROGRAMMING: SPINE-chilling stories about the sinister goings-on at Camp Hero air force base in Montauk have long been the stuff of local legend.

Since the Seventies, tall tales have surrounded the derelict facility in Long Island, New York.

 Netflix sci-fi hit Stranger Things strikes a similarity to the Montauk Project

Most concern the US Government’s top secret Montauk Project — which, so the stories go, involved kidnapped kids, mind-control experiments, time travel, psychic brainwashing, aliens and a petrifying, other-worldly beast.

If this all sounds familiar to fans of Emmy-winning Netflix sci-fi hit NETFLIX Stranger Things that’s because the experiments which allegedly took place in Montauk are an inspiration for the show.

Stranger Things, which stars Winona Ryder, 45, and returns for a second series on October 27, was originally titled Montauk.

But creators the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross, ditched that name and transferred the setting to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. They declined to explain why.

The Camp Hero base in Montauk was allegedly the home of the sinister project

The Camp Hero base in Montauk was allegedly the home of the sinister project

 

Series one centred on a missing boy trapped in another dimension, a powerfully psychic girl called Eleven who escapes from a secret Government research lab, and dark experiments which unleash a terrifying monster that stalks the town.

It sounds far-fetched but has chilling echoes of real-life reports surrounding the Montauk Project.

Preston Nichols, from Long Island, claims he was an electrical engineer in Montauk in the early Eighties.

He said: “I found myself on this screwball project which became known as the Montauk Project.

“We began to look at how you could interface minds with computer systems, the idea being you could fly a fighter plane by pure thought.

“But it soon evolved into developing a mind-control device. They wanted to flip a switch and have everyone respond to a computer programme.

“While they never found a signal that worked universally, they were able to target individuals very well.

“Later it was discovered that if the individual whose mind was powering the machine could think of other time periods, this machine could generate a vortex there — essentially a time machine.”

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMM! TIME TRAVELERS OF MONTAUK PROJECT & THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT!

It is claimed the Montauk Project grew out of the Philadelphia Experiment in 1943, which allegedly was to make the US Navy Destroyer USS Eldridge invisible to German radar.

But conspiracy theorists say the ship temporarily vanished into a different dimension or time, along with its crew, who later reportedly suffered psychologically damaging effects.

Afterwards, it is claimed, experiments into the uses of electromagnetic forces continued at the Government’s energy lab Brookhaven, in Long Island.

In his 1992 book, Montauk Project: Experiments In Time, Preston claims that Congress became wary of developing mind-control techniques and shut down the research. Yet the military took up the baton and allowed scientists to shift their sensitive work to the then defunct Camp Hero.

 Preston Nicholas claims tests were made on locals to alter their behaviour

Preston Nicholas claims tests were made on locals to alter their behaviour

Preston said: “What better place to disguise a black-ops, secret project than a disused base at the tip of a peninsula which had always been disguised as a fishing village.”

Crucially, the former base had an obsolete Sage radar tower, which broadcast the frequency needed to affect human consciousness.

Preston claims programmes to alter behaviour were tested on the locals.

He told how two-hour crime waves would be triggered or teenagers were prompted to congregate. Other signals caused animals to charge into the town, or shut down car electronics.

 The Duffer brothers originally named their hit Netflix show Montauk

The Duffer brothers originally named their hit Netflix show Montauk

Most sinister of the experiments was the Montauk Chair — essentially a mind-reading device. Preston says he operated it, often working with a psychic called Duncan Cameron.

He said: “The computer would produce a digital representation of what the person in the chair was thinking about.”

He claimed the subject could think of a solid object and the transmitter would make it appear on the base from the ether, sometimes solid and at other times transparent.

Another experiment, the Seeing Eye, involved Duncan clutching a lock of someone’s hair or a personal belonging, concentrating on them and claiming to see through their eyes, hear through their ears and feel through their body.

 Preston Nichols said they were able to create portals in time, like the one Eleven enters in the sci-fi hit show

Preston Nichols said they were able to create portals in time, like the one Eleven enters in the sci-fi hit show

 Paul Monte, 59, grew up in the Montauk area and says there was once an unidentified flying object above Camp Hero

Paul Monte, 59, grew up in the Montauk area and says there was once an unidentified flying object above Camp Hero

A remarkably similar experiment is performed on the kidnapped girl Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, in Stranger Things.

Preston said of Duncan’s powerful abilities: “He could actually see through other people, anywhere on the planet.”

Preston claims these mind-bending feats eventually led to the ability to create portals in time and to journey to other eras and other dimensions — as well as to Mars.

He wrote: “Those who travelled through the vortex described it as a peculiar spiral tunnel that was lit all the way down.

 Preston Nichols claims psychic Duncan Montauk was able to unleash a monster through the portals they created

Preston Nichols claims psychic Duncan Montauk was able to unleash a monster through the portals they created

“As one started to walk down, he would suddenly be pulled through it. It propelled one out the other end, usually in another place.”

He added: “I was considered too valuable to the technical operation and was not allowed to travel through the portal.”

Preston claims the project was halted when Duncan unleashed a monster through the machine — again, much like Eleven does.

He wrote: “Duncan let loose a monster from his subconscious. And the transmitter actually portrayed a hairy monster. It was big, hairy and nasty . . . it showed up somewhere on the base. It would eat everything it could find. And it smashed everything in sight.”

 Camp Hero has been the home of many urban legends for the locals

Camp Hero has been the home of many urban legends for the locals

Preston claims he was then ordered to smash the equipment that powered the Montauk Chair, in an attempt to destroy the beast.

Employees were subsequently brainwashed to forget what they had experienced there and, in 1984, the lower levels of the base were filled in with cement.

Over time Preston claims he was able to reclaim his repressed memories and write about what happened. Others have since come forward and talked about their part in the weird experiments.

Stewart Swerdlow, 50, who lives in Michigan, has long claimed he was one of the “Montauk Boys” who were allegedly snatched and used in mind-control tests.

 

 In recent years, many people have come forward and said they were snatched and put through mind-control experiments

In recent years, many people have come forward and said they were snatched and put through mind-control experiments

Stewart said: “When the experiments started they’d target ‘expendable’ boys like orphans, runaways or the children of drug addicts. The kind of kids no one would really come looking for.”

Others have talked of how up to 100,000 boys were subjected to horrific abuse at Montauk over a 13-year period.

Stewart said: “The aim was to fracture your mind so they could programme you . . . they would change the temperature from very hot to very cold, starve you then over-feed you.

“I remember being beaten with a wooden pole. And they loved to hold your head underwater until you nearly drowned. That was effective — it makes a person likely to listen to and obey their ‘rescuer’.

 Stewart Swerdlow, who said he was experimented on at Montauk, claims they often kidnapped orphans and runaways

Stewart Swerdlow, who said he was experimented on at Montauk, claims they often kidnapped orphans and runaways

“They also used LSD to put our brains into an altered state.”

Stewart, who claims that boys died during the project, also alleges that he witnessed sexual abuse used as a torture method.

Perhaps the most outlandish of his claims is that these boys were sent down the time-travel tunnels.

Stewart, who is now a paranormal researcher, said: “I went to Mars and back to Biblical times.

 Mind control programmes were developed in the 1950's by the CIA but were halted over ethical concerns

Mind control programmes were developed in the 1950’s by the CIA but were halted over ethical concerns

“In the early days, as they were perfecting the co-ordinates, a lot of boys were simply lost. They used other expendable people like homeless people. I still have nightmares about it today. I wasn’t there when the Montauk Chair was shut off but I felt it, like I had suddenly been unplugged from electricity.”

Given that Stewart, Preston and others also claim beings from other planets took part in the research, it is easy to see why the Montauk tales developed such a cult following among paranormal enthusiasts.

No paper-trail has ever been established showing who funded the supposed experiments at Montauk.

In 2015, filmmaker Christopher Garetano, 40, made the documentary the Montauk Chronicles.

 In Stranger Things, Eleven is sent into a sensory deprivation tank to communicate with a monster

In Stranger Things, Eleven is sent into a sensory deprivation tank to communicate with a monster

He told said: “I grew up in New York but spent my summers in Montauk. There were always stories of paranormal mysteries . . . I found them funny and didn’t believe them.

“After film school I had the idea to make a film and interview some of these men myself.

“There have been some extraordinary claims made, but the more I have researched the more I’ve begun to believe it is not so ludicrous.

“We know there was military interest in paranormal phenomena. Project Stargate, which began in 1978 and was later declassified, looked at whether psychics could perform ‘remote viewing’ and ‘see’ events from great distances.”

 Stranger Things focuses on dark experiments which unleashes a horrifying monster

Stranger Things focuses on dark experiments which unleashes a horrifying monster

Referring to the CIA’s mind control programme, begun in 1953 and halted in 1973, he added: “MKUltra used vulnerable people, like prisoners. So why is it so far-fetched that orphans or runaway boys would be targeted? They seem exactly the sort of subjects who would be easy to take. And Montauk would be the ideal facility, in the winter it is like a ghost town.”

Montauk has not been able to shake its reputation for mysteries.

 The second series of Stranger Things returns on October 27

The second series of Stranger Things returns on October 27

Paul Monte, 59, who is President of the local Chamber of Commerce, said: “Locals don’t mind the stories, we all talk about them. I even had my own encounter with an unexplained flying object in the sky over Camp Hero many years ago.

“No doubt stories have been embellished, but I don’t doubt that things went on there in the Cold War years. Even today, the base is patrolled and watched . . .

“They obviously don’t want people in there even now.”

Stranger Things star leaves talent agency after sexual assault allegations against agent

Stranger Things star leaves talent agency after sexual assault allegations against agent

Allegations were made against his former agent Tyler Grasham.

Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has left talent agency APA after sexual assault against his former agent Tyler Grasham came to light.

14 year old Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler on the hit Netflix show.

As reported by E Online, earlier this week former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman posted the allegations against the agent on Facebook. In the post Lipman alleged that ten years ago Grasham  gave him alcohol while underage, and sexually assaulted him. A second man, editor Lucas Ozarowski, has also made allegations against the agent.

This comes a fortnight after The New York Times published multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.

Deadline reports that according to a source, the allegations are “the reason” for Wolfhard’s departure.

Wolfhard has been widely praised for the move.

Metropolitan Police Sink to new low In Spycop Scandal

Victim who was duped into two-year relationship ordered to pay shameful Met’s £7,000 court costs

AN ACTIVIST who was deceived into a relationship with an undercover police officer has been ordered to pay £7,000 to cover the Met Police’s legal bill for the 2015 court case relating to the scandal.

Helen Steel is one of eight women who was a victim of the spy cop scandal in which police spies infiltrated campaign groups and trade unions.

Over a 25-year period, at least four other women brought civil claims against undercover police officers who had deceived them into relationships.

There were continual cover-ups over the numbers of police spies who exploited the female activists.

Ms Steel first met John Dines at a London green activists’ meeting in 1987 and, throughout their two-year relationship, knew him as John Barker — but found that he lied about his name, age and background. Police had given him the identity of a dead child.

Only by tracking down Mr Dines last year did she receive an apology and admission that he had been a spy.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad, which targeted protest groups until it disbanded in 2008.

In 2014, a court ruling allowed the police to maintain that they would “neither confirm nor deny” whether cops were spies and Ms Steel launched an appeal, which she lost.

At the time, she said she felt angry at the continuing cover-up and “the fact that they can have the audacity to claim that the relationships were genuine in any way.

“There is no way anybody would consent to a relationship with somebody if they knew they were using the identity of a child who had died, if they knew that they were there to spy on them, if they knew that everything about that person was fake.”

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith branded the Met Police shameful.

He praised Ms Steel for her tireless campaigning and said: “The Met Police have already given a public apology, admitted it was human rights abuse and admitted the identity of John Dines.”

An ongoing inquiry into undercover policing — originally led by Christopher Pitchford and now overseen by Sir John Mitting — was launched in 2015 in which Ms Steel is a core participant. But it is yet to take evidence from witnesses.

A friend of one core participant proclaimed they were “flabbergasted at how much control the police have over the evidence and over the process.”

And Mr Smith accused the police of “using tactics to stifle the public inquiry.”

'Police spy' John Barker/ Dines and activist Helen Steel during their 'relationship' in 1990

Falling for him: Happy Helen with John, a police spy

At the time, the Met police, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency were all represented by their own barristers and solicitors at preliminary hearings.

But the inquiry only paid for one legal team for the victims, though there were 178 organisations and individuals involved.

The letter, from Weightmans LLP, demands that Ms Steel pay the five-figure sum by Wednesday and informs her that she was sent reminders in August and September 2015.

Ms Steel took to Twitter to express her dismay, saying: “Morally bankrupt Met Police sent spycop John Dines to invade my life and privacy. Now demand I pay them £7,000 for seeking to expose that!”

Crooked coppers conspired with cartel to steal drugs and sell them on

They planned to used marked police car to rob drugs courier

Two bent coppers plotted with a drugs cartel to use a marked police car to steal drugs and sell them on.

Both men, based at Perry Barr police station, have been convicted of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply, misconduct in public office and conspiracy to steal.

Bent Officers

Constable Wahid Husman, 48, and his award-winning colleague Tahsib Majid, 36, intended to sell the drugs they stole to an organised crime network to distribute to its street dealers.

Husman pleaded guilty at the start of his trial while Majid was convicted following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court which concluded today.

In 2009 Majid was awarded a police medal for his part in controlling thousands of excitable fans during a JLS Christmas Lights switch on concert that turned to chaos leaving several fans with crush injuries.

Majid was also convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information while Husman admitted a series of conspiracies to commit misconduct in public office by accessing secure police systems for the benefit of drug dealers.

Five other men, who are not police officers, admitted offences including possession of drugs, conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiring with Husman to benefit from his access to sensitive police information.

The pair were snared in February 2017 when more than £7,000 ($ 8,976) in cash in Husman’s home and drugs in his shed.

Bad Cops

“There is absolutely no hiding place for corrupt officers.”

Prosecutor

Paul Lodato, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “These two men were experienced police officers who abused their position of trust to work with criminal gangs to arrange for the supply of drugs.

All defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

Most Facebook friends are false friends

You can only count on about four of your friends, and most don’t even care if anything bad happens to you

Most of your Facebook friends don’t care about you and probably wouldn’t even sympathise with your problems, according to a new study.

Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends. But people can only really depend on four of them, on average, according to new research.

Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, undertook a study to find out the connection between whether people have lots of Facebook friends and real friends.

 

He found that there was very little correlation between having friends on social networks and actually being able to depend on them, or even talking to them regularly.

The average person studied had around 150 Facebook friends. But only about 14 of them would express sympathy in the event of anything going wrong.

The average person said that only about 27 per cent of their Facebook friends were genuine.

Those numbers are mostly similar to how friendships work in real life, the research said. But the huge number of supposed friends on a friend list means that people can be tricked into thinking that they might have more close friends.

“There is a cognitive constraint on the size of social networks that even the communication advantages of online media are unable to overcome,” Professor Dunbar wrote wrote. “In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships require at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them.”

Facebook friends tend to organise in different layers, the research claims. About five people will be in the first and closest one, then 15, 50 and 150 different friends will be in each of the groups as they move further out.

Can You Point Out North Korea On A Map Without Picking Canada Instead?

America, please don’t bomb Canada.

With the United States and North Korea engaged in a war of words that could possibly turn into a real war (with nukes), it’s probably not great that so many Americans can’t point to North Korea on a map.

The current tensions have been inflamed by tough words from both sides as North Korea threatens to shoot a missile into the waters around the American territory of Guam.

With all the sabre-rattling going on, a new poll suggests that almost two-thirds of Americans view the pariah state as a “very serious threat.”

Jimmy Kimmel hit the streets of Los Angeles to ask average Americans if they could find North Korea on a map. The results were not encouraging.

 

Most people interviewed said the US should consider taking military action against North Korea. Except they didn’t necessarily know where that was

People pointed to Europe.

The Middle East.

Or somewhere around Central Asia.

But way too many people thought North Korea might be located in Canada.

Nope!

America, please don’t bomb us.

Don't bomb anyone, if you can help it. But especially don't bomb Canada. Please.

Don’t bomb anyone, if you can help it. But especially don’t bomb Canada. Please.

So here’s the real test. Can you find North Korea on the map?

  • Where is North Korea?

 

Bomb shelter sales boosted by North Korea threat

Businesses across the United States — and Japan — are reporting an increase in sales of bomb shelters and other survival items as rhetoric over nuclear weapons ramps up.

North Korea: Circled below

 

It’s time to remind them who they work for!!

The government has been accused of “squandering” £1.6 billion in taxpayer money on failing anti-drug policies after its own report showed illegal drugs remain widely available on Britain’s streets.

The audit, which has gone largely unnoticed, was published last month.

As the government released details of its new drug strategy, it also put out its evaluation of how the 2010-2016 plan went – hidden at the bottom of the page.

The report was not mentioned by any minister in a Home Office press release, or in the parliamentary debate the following week, or in any media coverage until the Times picked it up on Tuesday.

The report says the strategy to reduce illicit and harmful drug use, launched by Theresa May when she was home secretary, has largely failed.

Despite extensive resources being used to tackle drug use, consumption had remained stable since 2010, it said.

While the report notes some enforcement activities can contribute to the disruption of markets, it found they are resilient and can “quickly adapt to even significant drug and asset seizures.”

It found actions by the police and government often had little impact as drugs are “still widely available to those who want them.”

“The UK illegal drugs market is extremely attractive to organised criminals as the prices charged at street level are some of the highest in Europe, and sufficient to repay the costs of smuggling drugs into the UK,” the report said.

It suggested that the most beneficial ways of reducing harm might be to continue tackling the most violent dealers, adding that enforcement efforts “may be” effective in suppressing emerging markets.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation says the report is a “damning indictment of the UK’s enforcement-led approach to drugs; not only its failure and futility, but its counter-productivity.” It adds that if the government was “trying to keep this document under the radar, they did a good job.”

In a blog on the foundation’s website, head of campaigns Martin Powell says the key focus of the new enforcement strategy is to “reduce crime and restrict availability.”

“Here is a formal review saying the past strategy did nothing of the sort, has no prospect of doing so – and in crucial respects, actually made things worse.

“It describes how we are squandering £1.6 billion [US$2.1 billion] a year enforcing the drug laws, including making seizures of drugs and assets, with little effect on street prices or availability.

“All while fuelling drug market violence, and harming the young and vulnerable for criminalising them. And for what?”

He says that the Home Office clearly does not want proper research and evaluation because “they know what it will reveal.”

“The path to a better drug policy is clear, but if a damning evaluation and record drug deaths isn’t enough to prompt even a meaningful review of the options, then what is? We can see the cost of failure in the human tragedy all around us: The government must be called to account.”

“It’s time to lead with our hearts, our heads, and with policy that actually works.”