June 22, 2012

Numbers Stations

Some Friday creepiness for you.

What is a numbers station, and how does it relate to conservative politics?  According to Wikipedia,
A numbers station (or number station) is a type of shortwave radio station characterized by their unusual broadcasts, which consist of spoken words, but mostly numbers, often created by artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters, tunes or Morse code. They are transmitted in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually female, although sometimes men's or children's voices are used...

It has been reported that the United States uses numbers stations to communicate encoded information to persons in other countries. The State Department operated several stations, such as KKN50, that broadcast similar "numbers" messages.
Here's a news item from a few years back discussing numbers stations.  From Cuba, to the CIA to Israel, Sweden and the Lincolnshire Poacher (an English numbers station), these things are still out there.

So what does this have to do with conservative politics? Not much really, unless of course president Obama wins re-election and short wave radio becomes the only way to communicate for the last of the true freedom fighters in America. Some on the fringe right seem to think this sort of outcome is not as far fetched as you'd think. But it is far fetched. And if it really isn't, well fringe guys, you're welcome for the idea on how to communicate under the new overlords.  But really, I just thought it would be cool to share a video or two on an odd subject.

Still interested?  Here's a lecture at Delft University in the Netherlands on Numbers Stations (in English).

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