Update from What is 5g, July 19th, 2017

Update from What is 5g, July 19th, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Public Service Announcement FBI 

CONSUMER NOTICE: INTERNET-CONNECTED TOYS COULD PRESENT PRIVACY AND CONTACT CONCERNS FOR CHILDREN  July 17th, 2017.

“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”

Commentary: Looking forward to the day when the FBI extends this public service announcement to all IoT “things”!!!
https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170717.aspx

 

WiFi Refugees  July 17th, 2017, Alexey Brazhnikov.  Russia Today TV (RTTV).  Showing tomorrow!!!

Trailer for documentary about EHS that I believe will air starting Wednesday, July 19 on Russia Today Television.  Watch ‘Wi-Fi Refugees’ on July 19 on RTD website and on RT’s live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page.

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https://www.rt.com/shows/documentary/396570-electrosensitive-people-waves-technology/

 

Local Leaders Express Disappointment as Assembly Committee Sides with Corporate Interests over Citizen Control City, County Officials vow to continue fight against SB 649
Every state has a League of Cities that may prove extremely helpful in opposing the Telecom power grab of local zoning rights in your state. The following is a strong statement put out by the League of California Cities:
“A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called ‘an audacious power grab’ by Telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies.”
“Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.”
http://www.cacities.org/Top/News/Press-Releases/2017/Local-Leaders-Express-Disappointment-as-Assembly-C

 

 

HEALTH

Discussion with Emilie van Deventer on the status of the Environmental Health Criteria  July 18th, 2017, Dariusz Leszczynski.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
“At the recent BioEM2017 meeting in Hangzhou, China, I spoke at length with Emilie van Deventer (EvD), Head of the WHO EMF Project, about the current status of the work on the Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) for the RF-EMF….Below is what I got to know and what I did not get to know from Emilie van Deventer, in our face-to-face discussion in Hangzhou and subsequent e-mail exchange…”
https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/discussion-with-emilie-van-deventer-on-the-status-of-the-environmental-health-criteria/

 

5G And The IOT: Scientific Overview Of Human Health Risks  Environmental Health Trust.

If someone asks you for just one link on the health impacts of 5g and the IoT, this would be a great one to share.
https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-networks-iot-scientific-overview-human-health-risks/

 

Electromagnetic fields may act via calcineurin inhibition to suppress immunity, thereby increasing risk for opportunistic infection: Conceivable mechanisms of action  June 28th, 2017?, O. Johansson, P.R. Doyon.
“It is hypothesized here that, depending on the parameters, one of the means by which long-term electromagnetic field exposure has the potential to eventually lead to immunosuppression is via downstream inhibition of the enzyme calcineurin — a protein phosphatase, which activates the T-cells of the immune system and can be blocked by pharmaceutical agents.”
http://www.medical-hypotheses.com/article/S0306-9877(17)30171-8/fulltext

 

Resources to Share with Parents and Schools compiled by Parents for Safe Technology
Excellent compilation of resources on wireless to hand out to neighbors, schools, health care practitioners, elected reps etc.
http://www.parentsforsafetechnology.org/resources-to-print-out.html

 

The Invisible Rainbow. A History of Electricity and Life  Book by Arthur Firstenberg
“In The Invisible Rainbow, Arthur Firstenberg bridges the two worlds. In a story that is rigorously scientific yet easy to read, he provides a surprising answer to the question, ‘How can electricity be suddenly harmful today when it was safe for centuries?’”
http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=1427

 

Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?  July 14, 2017, Julie Depenbrock.  NPR Ed.
Commentary:  Glad to see that NPR is finally covering cell towers on school grounds in what appears, at first blush, to be reasonably fair coverage. That said, the article concludes with EMF “expert” McCormick’s statement, “Even 30 meters away from a tower, children’s exposure to RF would be ‘almost zero.’”  Judging from measurements I have taken, this statement seems inaccurate.
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/14/535403513/cell-towers-at-schools-godsend-or-god-awful

 

WiFi Refugees  July 17th, 2017, Alexey Brazhnikov.  Russia Today TV (RTTV).  Showing tomorrow!!!
Trailer for documentary about EHS that I believe will air starting Wednesday, July 19 on Russia Today Television.  Watch ‘Wi-Fi Refugees’ on July 19 on RTD website and on RT’s live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page.

https://www.rt.com/shows/documentary/396570-electrosensitive-people-waves-technology/

 

WILLIAM REA, MD, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CENTER, WIRELESS POLLUTION: THE EPIDEMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY
“Meet Dr. William Rea, founder of the Environmental Health Center in Dallas. Originally a cardiac surgeon, he founded the leading environmental medicine clinic in the U.S. in 1978. Here you will hear this thoughts on risks from electromagnetic fields and how he and his colleagues work to lower electrosensitivity in patients.”
http://manhattanneighbors.org/rea/

 

Science Fair Project:  Smart Card? A Study of ElectroMagnetic Fields Produced by RFID Transmitters
“As RFID technology is becoming more integrated into our daily lives (office buildings, shipment tracking, theft prevention, passports, credit cards, transportation systems, etc.), it is even more important to understand the possible health risks from the EMF emitted by RFID transponders. This experiment tested the EMF to determine the overall safety of these devices.”
https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/smart-card-electromagnetic-fields/

 

Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006   Caspian Report
Recommendations: “1) Further microchipping of humans should be immediately discontinued; (2) Implanted patients should be informed in writing of the research findings and offered a procedure for microchip removal, and (3) Policy makers should reverse all animal microchipping mandates.”
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Microchip-Induced-Tumors-in-Lab-Rodents-and-Dogs-A-Review-of-the-Literature-1990-2006-by-CASPIAN.pdf

 

Two other links about microchip implants in animals: 

 

    • CASPIAN’s September 9, 2007 Press Release:
      “Microchip Implants Cause Fast-Growing, Malignant Tumors in Lab Animals”
  • Original AP Article:
    “Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors,” by Todd Lewan, Associated Press

 

A bit off topic, but of interest:  

 
World Life Expectancy  Website with comparative data by country on causes of death.  Some results were surprising, for example, the US ranked quite low on strokes relative to other countries!!
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/our-purpose

 

 

ETHICS OF THE IOT, and JOB LOSS

 

These commuters are implanting microchips in their hands to replace train tickets  June 14th, 2017.  Channel 4 News.
Commentary:  In my humble opinion, microchips have no business being implanted into animals or humans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RkePQTiY1o

 

Elon Musk likes most technology, but he wants one sector regulated  July 16th, 2017, Jake Jones.
Musk warned that the hyper-competitivenesss of the Tech Industry could push developers to work on A.I. before their competitors. And ‘If that happens without any kind of oversight,’ Musk said, ‘It could pose the greatest risk we face as a civilization.’”
“And Musk isn’t the only prominent techno-wiz to warn us about A.I. Stephen Hawking has said he believes artificial intelligence could ‘spell the end of the human race.'”
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/16/elon-musk-likes-most-technology-but-he-wants-one-sector-regulat/23032997/

 

…and another perspective:

 

ELON MUSK’S FREAK-OUT OVER KILLER ROBOTS DISTRACTS FROM OUR REAL AI PROBLEMS  July 17th, 2017, Tom Simonite.
In warning about future end of humanity scenarios resulting from AI, Elon Musk risks overlooking the shorter term problems from AI that need to be addressed now.
https://www.wired.com/story/elon-forget-killer-robots-focus-on-the-real-ai-problems/

 

…And then again another opinion:

 

Can we build AI without losing control over it?  Oct. 19th, 2016, Sam Harris.  TED Talks.
“Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nt3edWLgIg

 

…and then Stephen Hawking on AI:

 

Stephen Hawking: Out of Control Artificial Intelligence(AI) Will Control Mankind!  May 20th, 2017.
“Stephen Hawking issued a stern warning on Artificial Intelligence(AI)”Out of Control Artificial Intelligence(AI) Will Control Mankind!” He said it would take off on its own, redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate and surpass the human evolution exponentially.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svz7m6dLiPg
Commentary:  Whatever your take, it seems that barreling headfirst into AI is shortsighted.

 

Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?  Jul 16, 2017, Andrew Keen.  Crunch Network.
“’This is code red, a firehose, a tsunami, that’s coming our way,’ he said about the impact of new technology on jobs and inequality. So is Newsom right? Is the job of entrepreneurs and technologists, in his words, to ‘exercise their moral authority’?”
“To answer this question, and to talk more generally about the impact of AI on employment, I sat down with the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Andrew McAfee.”
“Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Here McAfee is unequivocal. Absolutely not, he says. Over the next fifty years, he acknowledges, the economy will become ‘massively automated’, but at the same time society will have had half a century to adapt itself to the march of the robots.”
Commentary: Personally, I don’t share McAfee’s optimism, but am sharing this piece anyway!  Hope he’s right and that we don’t destroy Life in the interim.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/16/does-silicon-valley-have-a-moral-responsibility-to-stop-developing-robots/?ncid=mobilenavtrend

 

Goodbye Loneliness, Hello Sexbots! How Can Robots Transform Human Sex?  July 17th, Reneeta Das.  Forbes.
“…we believe that by the end of the 2020s robots will be as ubiquitous as cellphones today.”
“…why the high demand [for sexbots]? To search for the answer, we delved deeper to understand the types of users for these products, categorized by the reasons they seek comfort in robotic arms….”
“While users could add their own requirements to her personalities, it comes with five pre-programed personalities–Frigid Farrah (reserved, shy), Wild Wendy (outgoing and adventurous), S&M Susan (ready to provide your pain/pleasure fantasies), Young Yoko (barely 18 and waiting for you to teach her) and Mature Martha (very experienced and would like to teach you). It can be bought for a starting price of $9,995, but it is somewhat of a mystery when it will be available. Eva, on the other hand, is being promoted as the first robot with full body movement capabilities, and is priced lower than the others–between $8,000 to $10,000.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/reenitadas/2017/07/17/goodbye-loneliness-hello-sexbots-how-can-robots-transform-human-sex/#424b177876e3

 

Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”  Tony Fadell, one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone, mulls design’s unintended consequences.  Katharine Schwab  Co.Design
“Fadell, who founded the smart thermostat company Nestin 2010 and who was instrumental in the creation of both the iPod and later the iPhone as a senior vice president at Apple, has done more to shape digital technology than many of his peers. But in a recent conversation at the Design Museum in London, Fadell spoke with a mix of pride and regret about his role in mobile technology’s rise to omnipresence.”
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90132364/nest-founder-i-wake-up-in-cold-sweats-thinking-what-did-we-bring-to-the-world

 

And…a bit off topic, or then again, maybe not: 

 

Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign  July 14th, 2017, Brody Mullins and Jack Nicas
“Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/paying-professors-inside-googles-academic-influence-campaign-1499785286

 

 

TAKE ACTION

 

Local Leaders Express Disappointment as Assembly Committee Sides with Corporate Interests over Citizen Control City, County Officials vow to continue fight against SB 649
Every state has a League of Cities that may prove extremely helpful in opposing the Telecom power grab of local zoning rights in your state. The following is a strong statement put out by the League of California Cities:
“A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called ‘an audacious power grab’ by Telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies.”
“Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.”
http://www.cacities.org/Top/News/Press-Releases/2017/Local-Leaders-Express-Disappointment-as-Assembly-C

 

Tampa sets 120-day moratorium on permits for 5G wireless antennas on city rights of way  July 13th, Richard Danielson. Tampa Bay Times.
“With wireless companies saying time is of the essence, the City Council voted Thursday to enact a 120-day moratorium on accepting new applications to put 5G wireless antennas on city rights of way.”
http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-city-council-to-vote-on-pausing-permits-for-5g-wireless-equipment-on/2330223

 

Editorial: California should butt out of cities’ deals with telecom companies  July 16th, 2017,  East Bay Times Editorial Board. East Bay Times.
“A state bill that would give huge telecom companies a financial break and unprecedented rights to use public property at almost no cost is sailing through the Legislature this summer.
Why? Money, of course. Telecom companies measure profits in the tens of billions. California lawmakers understand this, so that’s whose side they’re on. The bill sailed through the Senate. Now it’s up to the Assembly to stand up for communities — particularly low-income neighborhoods — that will be harmed by it.”
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/16/editorial-california-should-butt-out-of-cities-deals-with-telecom-companies/

 

Brain Cancer Survivor Testifies Against Small Cell Rollout. (Learn more at  https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-internet-everything/)
Testifying against California’s bill SB 649, this brain cancer survivor implores the legislators to oppose this bill.
Commentary: Beyond my comprehension how any legislator could vote in favor of SB 649 after hearing this testimony.
https://www.facebook.com/EHTrust/videos/1581879261830532/?hc_ref=ART2kJg2gD0uRYv00lpgVBF9KLZSsjTY1WDbWV50GmGKOeZhver0tZsIxqaXWCtjZek

 

Wooster law director informs council about Franklin County cell tower decision  Law director informs city council of decision  June 12th, 2017, Steven F. Hiszai
“Applebaum was referring to the legal battle stretched out across the state of Ohio as more than 90 municipalities have joined in several lawsuits alleging the state Legislature breached the Ohio Constitution when it tucked new regulations overseeing small cell tower facilities into a puppy mill bill.  ‘I’ve never seen cities band together to generate lawsuits like this,’ Mayor Robert Breneman previously told council.
http://www.the-daily-record.com/local%20news/2017/06/12/wooster-law-director-informs-council-about-franklin-county-cell-tower-decision

 

‘Twitter and Tear Gas’ Looks at How Protest Is Fueled and Crushed by the Internet  July 6th, 2017, Bruce Schneier.  Motherboard.
“‘The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest’ is the book’s subtitle. The power of the internet as a tool for protest is obvious: it gives people newfound abilities to quickly organize and scale. But, according to Tufekci, it’s a mistake to judge modern protests using the same criteria we used to judge pre-internet protests. The 1963 March on Washington might have culminated in hundreds of thousands of people listening to Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, but it was the culmination of a multi-year protest effort and the result of six months of careful planning made possible by that sustained effort.”
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43dx3j/twitter-and-tear-gas-review

 

 

E-WASTE

 

Why You Should Take Disposal of E-Waste Seriously  July 13th, 2017, Anurit Kanti.  Business World.
“The generation of e-waste is set to exponentially increase, given that more and more of technology becomes obsolete with rapid technological progress.”
http://www.businessworld.in/article/Why-You-Should-Take-Disposal-of-E-Waste-Seriously/13-07-2017-122078/
Also see, http://businessworld.in/article/-90-Of-E-Waste-Is-Recycled-In-Environmentally-Crude-Manner-/15-07-2017-122193/

 

The Oncoming E-Waste Hell  Aug. 8th, 2016.  WeAreChange.
“How are the west’s ‘recycled’ TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRiCdM_qGhw

 

How criminals could be spying on you inside your own home through household gadgets linked to the internet – including your TV, baby monitor and even your KETTLE  July 11th, 2017, Tom Rawstorne. Daily Mail.
“Footage from private security cameras from more than 500 sites across the UK – including businesses and homes – is being broadcast on a Russian website.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4686872/How-criminals-use-household-gadgets-spy-you.html

 

 

PRIVACY

 

Public Service Announcement FBI 

CONSUMER NOTICE: INTERNET-CONNECTED TOYS COULD PRESENT PRIVACY AND CONTACT CONCERNS FOR CHILDREN  July 17th, 2017.
“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”
Commentary: Looking forward to the day when the FBI extends this public service announcement to all IoT “things”!!!
https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170717.aspx

 

Government “Searches” Conducted Using Smart Meters Considered “Reasonable” by Industry Proponents  June 4th, 2017, K.T. Weaver.  Smart Grid Awareness.
“So what the parties of APPA, EEI, and NRECA are saying is that whatever government bureaucrats in collusion with their corporate partners determine to be a “means of advancing significant government interests” or the “promotion of legitimate government interests,” [emphasis added], then that justifies you forgoing your constitutional right to privacy.”
https://smartgridawareness.org/2017/06/04/government-searches-using-smart-meters-considered-reasonable/

 

The 5 worst big data privacy risks (and how to guard against them) CSO from IDG.  July 14th, 2017, Taylor Armerding.
“It [Big Data] can also lead to big privacy problems. By now it is glaringly obvious that when people generate thousands of data points every day — where they go, who they communicate with, what they read and write, what they buy, what they eat, what they watch, how much they exercise, how much they sleep and more — they are vulnerable to exposure in ways unimaginable a generation ago.
http://www.csoonline.com/article/2855641/privacy/the-5-worst-big-data-privacy-risks-and-how-to-guard-against-them.html

 

 

Message from Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness (PASMA)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2017
 
WHAT CAN PENNSYLVANIANS DO ABOUT THE UNTENABLE SMART METER HEALTH HAZARDS AND THE PA PUC’s ACT 129 TYRRANY?

PASMA has been hearing almost constantly from customers who refuse AMI Smart Meters on to their electric service about harassment techniques from several electric utility companies across Pennsylvania. The tactics employed are not in keeping with either U.S. or Pennsylvania Constitutional guarantees to life, liberty and the pursuit of safety insofar as citizens must be provided with choice in the matter of how modern electric service impacts their health.

The mandated retrofitting of AMI Smart Meters, which pump out 2.4 plus gigahertz (A Gigahertz [GHz] is a frequency equal to one billion hertz or cycles per second) onto in-wall, 60-Hz-rated-electric wires (fire hazard?), has caused much suffering for those who either are electromagnetically hypersensitive (EHS) or exhibit idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI)—the medical diagnosis; suffer with chronic diseases, e.g., cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, etc.; children on the Autism Spectrum; those who suffer with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), plus an entire host of illnesses affected by non-thermal radiation microwaves from AMI Smart Meters.

A classic case regarding EHS was that of the late Susan Kreider, RN, who suffered terribly as a result of previously having been damaged during nursing school from vaccinations she received in order to complete her studies.  Nurse Kreider filed a formal case and lawsuit with the U.S. Vaccine Court and after sixteen years was paid a monetary settlement.  As an apparent result of Nurse Kreider’s impaired immune system, she was left with certain health issues that were exacerbated by EMFs/RFs emitted by the AMI Smart Meter PECO retrofitted on to her home’s service.

Nurse Kreider passed into spirit life November 10, 2016 after a long, frustrating legal battle to keep the analog meter she was forced to put on to her home service in order to be able to live in her house!
Susan represented herself pro se before the PA Public Utility Commission’s Administrative Law Court.

However, some very damning information has surfaced in the form of Majority Chairman, House Consumer Affairs Commission Robert W. Godshall’s letter dated October 7, 2015 addressed to Gladys M. Brown, Chairman, PA Public Utility Commission (a copy PASMA has obtained).   In the two-page, four paragraph letter, Rep. Godshall seems to be sticking his nose where it does not belong and he should have known better than to write such a letter.  That interference by Godshall was address in Secretary of the PA PUC Commission Rosemary Chiavetta’s letter to Godshall dated October 7, 2015 wherein Chiavetta said:

“Since this matter is still pending a final decision by the Commission, and Chairman Brown and the Commissioners will be voting on the final adjudication of these matters, they are prohibited from responding to your letter due to the statutory prohibition on ex-parte communications at 66Pa.C.S. Section 334(c).  Please be advised that your comments will be served to all parties in this proceeding, and will be made public in the Commission’s record at the above docket numbers.”

Chairman Godshall is infamous for his callous remarks to constituents and others that he would never report out of committee numerous AMI Smart Meter Opt-Out Bills introduced over the last 6 years by PA legislators to correct the inhumane interpretation by the PA PUC of Act 129, which mandates people must gamble with their health and possibly become sick in order to have electric service in Pennsylvania.

However, if customers refuse an AMI Smart Meter, they receive cut-off threats and repeated harassment that their service will be disconnected, even though all their bills are paid in full. That should be illegal and prosecutable at law for harassment and threats, because Pennsylvanians understand that Act 129 (2008) was written, voted upon and signed into law as an OPT-IN Bill with no Opt-Out clauses necessary!  See HB2200/Act 129 (2008) §2807(f)7(2)(i) “Upon request from a customer that agrees to pay the cost of the smart meter at the time of the request.”

Furthermore, presenting a pro se case before the PA PUC Administrative Law Court seems to be nothing short of a sham exercise since the final decision is made by the Commission members, and not the Court, according to Secretary Chiavetta’s letter to Godshall dated October 7, 2015.

It’s time PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the PA state Legislature get involved in investigating the problems the PA PUC, Chairman Godshall and utility companies have created for thousands of Pennsylvanians who want nothing more than to live peacefully without being subjected to non-thermal radiation EMF/RF waves, which are documented scientifically to damage human health in various and sundry ways.

WHAT CAN PENNSYLVANIANS DO ABOUT THIS UNTENABLE HEALTH HAZARD AND UTILLITY TYRRANY?
Send formal complaints NOW to the PA PUC; the PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro; and the Pennsylvania Office Of Consumer Advocate, 55 Walnut St., 5th Floor Forum Place, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1923—Phone number 800-684-6560; FAX 717-783-7152; email consumer@paoca.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a member of PASMA, please call Tom McCarey at 610-687-7607.

Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities on 5G “Small Cells”

Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities on 5G “Small Cells”

Please see the message at the link below from Ronald M. Powell (retired U.S. Government scientist; Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University) to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities urging them to oppose the expansion of cellular technology, especially 5G, on health grounds.

 

The proponents of expanding cellular technology, especially the new Fifth Generation (5G) of cellular technology, are endeavoring to use each level of government to bar lower levels of government, as well as communities and individuals, from resisting the installation of 5G cell towers right in front of homes and businesses, including yours.  This one-page document explains why you should oppose this assault on local rule on health grounds.  The footnotes point to sources of additional information.

 

Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. —  Please Oppose 5G –  http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Please-Oppose-5G.pdf


Links to the two Documents by Ronald M. Powell cited in footnotes in his message. 

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds – https://www.scribd.com/document/339826676/Why-We-Should-Oppose-5G-on-Health-Grounds

The Health Argument against Cell Phones and Cell Towers – https://www.scribd.com/document/320935636/The-Health-Argument-against-Cell-Phones-and-Cell-Towers

 

 

 

Debunking the Self-Proclaimed Debunker

Debunking the Self-Proclaimed Debunker

By Kate Kheel, March 13, 2017

The Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC), a Maryland state organization dedicated to protecting children from hazardous environmental exposures, recently released precautionary recommendations regarding WiFi in schools.   Shortly thereafter, an OpEd piece about these recommendations appeared in the Baltimore Sun.  The article, titled Recommendation to limit Md. School Wi-Fi based on ‘junk science’ by reporter Alex Berezow, was so filled with misleading and slanderous statements that it wreaked of a money trail behind the article. And here it is.

In a short video clip, reporter Alex Berezow shared a bit about himself. He explained he was a Senior Fellow at the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) and as a journalist, the areas he liked most covering were biology, epidemiology, and health.  He explained, “I also do my fair share of debunking of organic food and anti-vaccine myths and other anti-chemical myths – and so it’s a mix of bio med and debunkery.”

It turns out that the organization Berezow works for, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), has a self-proclaimed mission to counter activists that seek healthy and non-toxic living for all.  According to their website,

“Activist groups have targeted GMOs, vaccines, conventional agriculture, [that is, Monsanto, factory f and agribusiness] nuclear power, natural gas, and ‘ chemicals,’ while peddling health scares and fad diets. Worse, they have attacked the credibility of academic and private sector scientists, undermining the integrity of the scientific enterprise, by claiming unless they are funded by the government their work is illegitimate.” 

ACSH also boasts that a letter they sent to Columbia University demanding that Dr. Oz be removed from their faculty, got “national attention” – but thankfully, Dr. Oz still holds his position at Columbia University.

Apparently, ACSH stopped disclosing the sources of their funding over 20 years ago, but a short Google search led to a 2014 Mother Jones article about ACSH –  Leaked Documents Reveal the Secret Finances of a Pro-Industry Science Group.  This article presents a veritable laundry list of donors and doesn’t paint a very pretty picture of the inner workings of the Council:

“ACSH’s donors and the potential backers the group has been targeting comprise a who’s-who of energy, agriculture, cosmetics, food, soda, chemical, pharmaceutical, and tobacco corporations. ACSH donors in the second half of 2012 included Chevron ($18,500), Coca-Cola ($50,000), the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation ($15,000), Dr. Pepper/Snapple ($5,000), Bayer Cropscience ($30,000), Procter and Gamble ($6,000), agribusiness giant Syngenta ($22,500), 3M ($30,000), McDonald’s ($30,000), and tobacco conglomerate Altria ($25,000). Among the corporations and foundations that ACSH has pursued for financial support since July 2012 are Pepsi, Monsanto, British American Tobacco, DowAgro, ExxonMobil Foundation, Phillip Morris International, Reynolds American, the Koch family-controlled Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the Dow-linked Gerstacker Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and the Searle Freedom Trust.”  

Further inquiry into Berezow’s quest to debunk revealed a recent article he had written about Dr. Joel Moskowitz (Ph.D), Director of Berkeley School of Public Health – UC Berkeley Psychologist Joel Moskowitz Is Cell Phone, Wi-Fi ‘Truther’

In this article, Berezow ridicules Dr. Moskowitz’s laudable push to get the California Department of Public Health to release a document containing safety guidelines for cell phones, which had been withheld from the public for seven years.  Berezow mockingly writes,

“On his website, Dr. Moskowitz promotes media stories that cover the supposed link between harmless kinds of electromagnetic radiation and cancer. It appears that needlessly scaring parents is how this professor of public health spends his free time.”

As it turned out, thankfully – and to Dr. Moskowitz’s credit – a few days after Berezow’s article, a California judge ruled that the recommendations were to be released. No comment to date from Berezow.

Berezow – quite the prolific reporter – wrote another piece entitled, Infographic: The Best and Worst Science News Sites, which has a graph of science news sites graded according to their “fundamental trustworthiness”.   BBC received a very favorable rating from Berezow which led to checking out what BBC had to say about precautionary measures regarding children and WiFi.  Turns out they have a very different take on this than Berezow.  Click here for their excellent 2014 video documentary on WiFi (15 minutes).

In theory, an organization can publish articles that are unfavorable to those from whom they receive funding. ACSH argues this point stating that  “…the sources of our support are irrelevant to our scientific investigations.”

So let’s see if the Op Ed piece indeed is truly objective or if perhaps it’s serving as a mouthpiece for industry.

Berezow criticizes CEHPAC for the use of the term “radiation.” “‘‘Radiation’ is a scary word,” he explains, and CEHPAC shows a “fundamental ignorance of scientific terminology.”

“It’s [the word ‘radiation’] so scary to so many people that even hospitals try to avoid using words like it, including ‘nuclear.’ For instance, the machine that we call MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is similar to a machine used by chemists called NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) to determine molecular structure. The word ‘nuclear,’ however, scared patients, so hospitals dropped it. A similar phobia exists over the word ‘radiation.’

Restated, Berezow is arguing that because radiation is a “scary” word, CEHPAC displayed a “fundamental ignorance of scientific terminology”  by using this term in their recommendations to describe the frequencies and pulses of radiofrequency microwave radiation that emanate from WiFi routers, tablets, and cell towers.

”The title of Berezow’s article states that the CEHPAC recommendations were based on “junk science.”

Following are a few links to some of the science submitted to CEHPAC in public comments that presumably were the “junk science” on which CEHPAC relied for their recommendations:

Behavior and memory – https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/TaylorPASSession.pdf

Autism – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24095003

Sperm damage – http://www.reproduction-online.org/content/early/2016/09/06/REP-16-0126

Brain damage – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775055?dopt=Abstract

And of course, another “junk science” study CEHPAC based their recommendations on were the Partial findings from the $25 million NIEHS/NTP Study, released in May 2016 – the largest study to date the NTP has ever conducted on anything! This study showed showed a significantly higher rate of Glioma and Shwannomas of the heart in rats exposed to 2G cellular radiation. The findings were dose related, and corroborate similar findings in humans with heavy cellphone use. This study comes on the heels of thousands of other peer-reviewed studies showing harm from non-ionizing radiation. For a sampling of some of these studies, click herehere, and here.

Finally, click here for an International Appeal from over 230 scientists calling for better protection from “non-ionizing radiation” (is that a scary term??) – And please do check out Dr. Ronald M. Powell’s Message to Schools and Colleges about Wireless Devices and Health along with his bibliography of further resources.

After reviewing the science, you can decide if Berezow’s OpEd piece was about  “junk science” or was an example of “junk journalism”.