It seems like an employee at the US consulate in Guangzhou heard himself losing his marbles. Seriously.
As reported by The Guardian, dutifully echoing and reinforcing a The New York Times article, he had “been hearing sounds like “marbles bouncing and hitting a floor” since April last year.”
I can only assume that when he jumped up to scrabble around gathering them up back into their jar, that they were already quite gone.
But it doesn’t end there.
This, also from the “The Guardian” – US state department officials said on Wednesday it had sent “a number of individuals” from its consulate in Guangzhou back to the US for “further evaluation and a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms”
Further to that, Mike Pompeo has announced the formation of a task force. And similarities to an incident in Cuba last year when claims of sonic attack were laid, have been, or are being, investigated.
And we put these people in charge and grant them immense measures of power?! Seriously?!!
Anyway. How can I, in light of all this nonsense, resist putting in a link from a more innocent period of my addled youth?
I don’t want to diminish the idea that sound can have profound psychological effects – there’s white noise and all sorts. And even, arguably, workers outside the window jumping around with pneumatic drills; roosters going off at four in the morning; commercial radio – these things might be thought of as ‘sonic attacks’. But the idea that Chinese and/or Cuban fellas are standing around with some dish like pointy device or whatever…I guess the operators wear headphones?
This whole thing’s right up there alongside the variation of the wicked witch with poisoned apple thing – y’know, the specially trained toxic door handle operatives? Oh hang on, lots of people believed that one. So… if people believed that one do they also believe this one?
Hmm, maybe that’s why we come to have little bands of people in charge throwing their power and paranoia around the show.