New Scientist did manage to get Dr. Toby Heys, Leader of the Future Technologies research center at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, to speculate on what kind of device could possibly do what’s being reported in Cuba. Heys said that sound waves below the human range of hearing could theoretically cause damage but enormous subwoofers set to extremely high volumes would be required. The only other possibility he was aware of is directing ultrasound into the ear cavity, but he says this would have to be highly targeted with a clear path from the device to the victim’s ear. “It is all very Philip K. Dick territory,” Heys told New Scientist, acknowledging the tinfoil hat-nature of the circumstances.
I kept having exciting daydreams, hoping to see one of these big old American original classics doing a tire-slaying smokey burnout in the middle of the Malecon with waves crashing in the background. But then it occurred to me that no Cuban in their right mind would waste tires so frivolously. The simple fact that the roads are in such a state of decay, to the point that speeds are dictated more by the ruts and potholes than the marked signs. Most of the best old cars were piloted around gingerly, 30 to 40mph, by their middle-aged Cuban padrones. When tourists jump out of classic taxis, the drivers always reach across to the passenger side to keep the door from being slammed too hard. They close those doors like it’s a baby’s bedroom and the kid has just gone to sleep.
This is the right half of a photo of many of the news staff sometime in the 1970s. The left half of the photo is on the previous page. Although the list of names follows, you can hold your cursor over each person for his or her ID .
Front row, seated: Chuck Hemrick, Photographer; B. J. Caldwell, News Secretary; David Little, Photographer; Andrew Schorr, Reporter.
At desk, from left: Doug Mayes, Anchorman; Jim Thacker, Sports Director.
Standing, clockwise from left: Mike McKay, Weatherman; John Wilson, Anchorman; C. J. Underwood, Carolina Camera Reporter; Mike Cozza, Reporter; Rich Mortenson, Assignment Editor; Bob Taylor, Sports Reporter; Unidentified intern; Terry Lorch, Photographer; Tina Young, News Assistant; Gail Harris, Reporter.