Monthly Archives: January 2006

Crisis (2006)

“This work, entitled Crisis  functions as a chronology of the world financial system in the 1990s. It attempts to situate the Argentinean revolt within the general framework of a worldwide economic cycle – essentially the period of so-called globalization, from 1989 onward. In the lower third of this long, lateral graphic chart, you see three horizontal axes corresponding to events within the three great currency zones of the Yen, the Euro and the Dollar, with a special bar devoted to the management of the IMF, above, and a line showing the frequencies of so-called “payment incidents,” or delays in the reimbursement of the Argentinean debt, below – a line which also serves to mark political events such as the election of Menem in 1989. The middle section of the chart widens the focus to look at strikes and riots against privatization processes across the entire world, in the year 2002. The top section unfolds beneath the phrase by Michael Linton, the inventor of the Local Exchange and Trading Systems (or LETS), who speaks of “money as an information system for recording human effort.” Their top section relates the development of alternative monetary systems over the decade of the 90s, culminating in the spectacular expansion of the Argentinean Red Global de Trueque system in the years of the crisis. In short, this chronology looks both at the failure of the financial markets, and at the popular responses to these failures – in an approach very close to the logic of the “double movement” described by Karl Polanyi. The first part of the chronology deals with the restructuring of the Japanese and American banking systems in the early nineties, after the first round of financial expansionism during the preceding decade. Then we see the tumult of great Asian crisis, with the radical inflation that hit the currencies of the East Asian region, after years of excessive speculation on the “tiger”economies. The crisis began with an attack on the Thai currency, the bhat, which rose from 30 to over 50 for one US dollar, as you can see in the suddenly rising jagged line of the chronology. Even worse was the case of the Indonesian rupee, marked at the height of its inflationary climb with the head of the authoritarian leader Suharto, who would fall along with the precarious living standard of the Indonesian people. But the graphic chart shows very clearly that the capitals fleeing the speculative krach of the East Asian economies found a perfect new home on the US stock market, where the values of companies like WorldCom and Enron shot up precipitously at the end of the millennium, before falling dramatically when the new economy bubble finally burst in mid-2000. There’s a perfect correlation, at this point, between the fall of the Northern stock markets and the rise in the “payment incidents”affecting the reimbursement of the Argentinean debt. The world economy is so tightly integrated that the long process of Argentina’s economic decay enters its crisis at the very moment when the American bubble bursts. The same line of rising “payment incidents” shows the key events in the social history of those tumultuous months: the corralito – or the closure of the Argentinean public banking system, before the currency’s radical devaluation – the withholding of a final loan by the IMF, the flight of De la Rua, the formation of the Piquetero Bloc of unemployed industrial workers, etc.” (Brian Holmes, 2005. Extract of “Remember the Present, Representations of Crisis in Contemporary Argentina”)


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Woodpecker signal (Spectral Investigation Collective – Bureau d’études, 2006)

What is Woodpecker ? The term Woodpecker refers to the high-power OTH  radar which operated in Europe during the years 1976  – 1986. The signal from the Chernobyl-2 OTH station  (C-2) is pulse-modulated at a rate of several times a  second [most sources state 10 pulses per second],  sounding like a woodpecker. The radar was observed  using three repetition rates: 10 Hz, 16 Hz and 20 Hz.  The most common rate was 10 Hz, while the 16 Hz  and 20 Hz modes were rather rare. The pulses  transmitted by the woodpecker had a wide  bandwidth, typically 40 kHz.  Also in the 2000s on the HF bands, over-the-horizon  radars from other countries, using other pulse  frequencies, have been audible. The 10-Hz  Woodpecker was, and will be remembered as a unique  phenomenon that generated more interference  reports and speculations than any other radio  emission.  When it first began operations, the transmitter  interfered with several communications channels,  including emergency frequencies for aircraft on  transoceanic flights. Subsequently the operational  practice was modified so that the radar skipped these  critical frequencies as it moved across its operational  spectrum.  When the transmissions were first detected in the  West, some suggested that the Soviets were  developing a new radio system for communicating  with strategic submarines. Others suggested that it  was designed to detect and track low-flying aircraft or  missiles. Far less plausible theories extended to  suggestions the Soviets were trying to modify the  weather; experimenting with radio waves to control  human behavior; or developing a weapon to shoot  down nuclear-tipped missiles.  (source : ABM AND SPACE DEFENSE A. Karpenko  Nevsky Bastion, No. 4, 1999, pp. 2-47 and The Woody  Woodpecker Story by Väinö Lehtoranta)

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Latvian Electromagnetic pollution (Spectral Investigation Collective – Bureau d’études, 2006)

Do you know anything about electromagnetic radiations in Latvia?

The small town of Skrunda, 150 km from Riga in Latvia, was the site of two HEN HOUSE radars built in the 1960s. Construction of the Dnestr-M radar, which was stationed in the trans-polar area (RO-1 in Murmansk) and Latvia (RO-2 in Riga), began in 1963-1964. On 15 February 1971, the RO-2 node was put into operation, the first radar station of the system. This date is considered to be an official beginning of Russian early warning system organization.

Construction of a PECHORA [Daryal]  class large phased array radar at the  so-called “northern center” began in  1984. The 60-meter structure was to  have been one of the most  important Soviet stations for  listening to objects in space. The  Skrunda PECHORA radar building  was destroyed by explosive charges  on 04 May 1995. A similar station  under construction in Baranovichi,  Belarus, will resolve all the  problems caused by the closure of  the Skrunda station.

The Skrunda station created a  strong electromagnetic  radiation zone. During recent  years several studies on impact  of radiation on environment  and humans have been  performed in the territory of  Skrunda Station. At the same  time biological beings were  prohibited from staying for  longer periods of time in a 300  m zone area around locators  during the operation of the  station. In the direction of  radiation any building was  prohibited in an area of 1500 m

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