Vision for a Different Way Forward

Vision for a Different Way Forward

Telecom begs (buys?) government officials – say they need more towers to “meet public demand.”

Laws are enacted to speed the build-out of towers and antennas.

Our rights are diminished, we have less of a say.

Towers come up and life moves on. 

And the cycle begins once again ad fin-i-tum.

Consumption spirals upward, while the well-being of humans, wildlife, and our precious Earth spirals downward. Profits go up, while quality of life goes down. And many of us are left longing for a taste of the way our soul knows and wants things to be.

The current and aggressive push by the Telecom industry for wireless “small” cells is much like an ambitious start-up company wanting to build a huge warehouse in the hope they will some day “grow into it”.  5g “small” cells are being put in place to “house” the hoped for massive explosion in wireless data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT).  Once the infrastructure is established, the sky is the limit for what new gadgets and applications the private sector can dream up to fill the airwaves, collect our data, and dangle before a susceptible and largely, tech-addicted and unaware public.

From predictions of Artificial Intelligence surpassing and destroying humans, to health and environmental impacts worsening due to the huge increase in wireless radiation; from cyber attacks on the grid now inevitable, to the exponential increase in electronic waste as every discarded “thing” makes its way to the ranks of e-waste — The future does not look promising.

Can we forge a different path forward and write a different story?  I would like to believe we can.  But we will need to approach this from four angles simultaneously:

1. Educate the public about the true costs of 5g and the Internet of Things

The true costs of 5g, and its partner in crime, the IoT, include

  • Health, from the soup of harmful wireless radiation we will be immersed in 24/7, due to “small” cells, and all the Internet connected “things”, devices, appliances, sensors, machines, robots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence…and let’s not forget microchipped humans and animals.
  • Environment, with the increasing loss of birds, bees, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife
  • Cyber Security, with estimates ranging from $6-11 trillion for the cost of trying to secure the ever changing, and impossible-to-secure IoT
  • Privacy, from every Internet connected “thing,” device, appliance, sensor, machine, robot, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and microchipped humans and animals, collecting boatloads of our personal data to be shared with marketers, government, and law enforcement
  • Energy consumption, where the footprint from energy needed to produce and run all these wireless IoT products and platforms, will likely exceed the hoped for, and hyped about, energy saving technologies the IoT promises
  • E-waste, much of which is sent to the far East or Africa where it pollutes the air, water, and ground of remote villages, and where workers earn a dismal day’s pay by dismantling our toxic e-waste largely with the use of crude tools or by hand
  • Conflict minerals, which are used in nearly all our technology, and in the last 20 years, have contributed to the death of 5-6 million men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Effects on our brains and humanity, with suicide rates, depression, anxiety, autism, and ADHD now reaching epidemic proportions due to both the radiation exposure and excessive screen-time use.
  • Ethics – Could something be awry that we are now considering a new human rights law to “remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological and organic”?
  • Job loss, with predictions as high as 50% job loss due to the IoT
  • Decline in property value – would YOU want to buy a house with a cell tower beaming radiation through the bedroom window?

2. Cultivate the sweet point of satiation

There is a three-word phrase from the Hebrew Grace after meals that religious Jews recite after eating a full meal: “V’achalta, v’savata, ou v’rachta,” which roughly translates as “And you shall eat, and you shall be satiated, and you shall bless.”  We must reawaken and cultivate in ourselves the notion of sweet satiation – the place of just enough not one ounce too much, nor one iota too little…but perfectly enough. Then as we go about our days “consuming” food, experiences, relationships, and all that life has to offer, we may feel less of an urge to take more than we need.

3. Redefine “progress”

As we settle into the sweet point of satiation, our notion of progress can then gently find its way from more, faster, bigger and new, to kinder, more abiding, deeper, and more fulfilling.

4. Know there are safer and more wholesome alternatives

We can envision a better tomorrow than what industry is offering us today.  Fiber is faster, safer, consumes about 25 times less energy, and is far more cyber secure than wireless.  If we shift to using Fiber for the vast majority of our Internet and Telecommunications needs – thus relegating cellphones to short, on-the-go communications, and emergency response where needed – we will be removing or lessening the impacts of almost all the downsides of 5g and the IoT.  By so doing, we not only protect ourselves, our families, and our environment, but we will get the added benefit of becoming reacquainted with ourselves, others, and the present moment.

If we stay the course and demand safe technology, industry and government will have no choice but to deliver.  And we will once again reclaim our treasured and sacred inheritance of true connection and Presence.

Blog post by Kate Kheel  
September 21st, 2017 

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Message from Arthur Firstenburg on The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

Message from Arthur Firstenburg on The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

Dear Friends,
After I sent out my last newsletter (almost two years ago), warning about plans to WiFi the earth from space, I dedicated myself to publishing my life’s work, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life. After much difficulty, the book was finally released on Earth Day of this year. It is “easy to read, hard to put down, sublimely poetic, and scientifically rigorous,” says architect Jennifer Wood. “A mind-blower,” writes psychologist and author Chellis Glendinning.
If you have not yet read it, this book is different. It will alter the landscape surrounding our issue and make it possible for legislators and judges to change course. Although it has been selling well in our circles, it now needs to come to the attention of the mainstream press and the medical and scientific establishments, worldwide. I am meeting with a publicist later today. In light of what is happening (see below), the publicity campaign is essential and urgent. It will cost money; please donate what you can on our website: http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=196. Unless we win not only hearts, but minds, of ordinary people, we will win some skirmishes but lose the war. And the stakes are far too high and too imminent.
Smart everything, but…
My colleagues around the world — the small dispersed cadre of activists fighting desperately to prevent 5G from breaking out everywhere — are working tirelessly, without enough support and with precious little money, to educate members of Congress and members of Parliament, who are just as addicted to wireless technology as their constituents. 5G, for those who don’t yet know, is the two-letter word for an audacious plan to “educate” everything you own and buy: expect “smart” cities, “smart” cars, “smart” businesses, “smart” homes,” “smart” clothing, “smart” hairbrushes, “smart” milk cartons, and “smart” diapers.
In the U.S., industry organizations like the CTIA and the Wireless Infrastructure Association are intensely lobbying Congress and state and local governments to abolish all zoning laws that regulate antennas and towers. The number of wireless sites needed for 5G is mind-boggling, with experts predicting a small cell tower on every block in every city, others predicting cell sites in most buildings, and some predicting ten billion cell sites in the world in just a few years.
Three bills are pending in Congress to facilitate this: S.19 (the “MOBILE NOW Act”), S.88 (the DIGIT Act), and S.1682 (the AIRWAVES Act). Eleven states have already passed laws abolishing zoning regulations for small cell towers in the public rights-of-way: Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Delaware and North Carolina. Similar bills are pending in California, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. A similar bill became law just last week here in Santa Fe, New Mexico (see below).
Although the 5G standard has not even been released yet, Verizon is already testing a pilot version of it in eleven cities: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Chinese telecom giant Huawei, together with Telus, has already achieved speeds of 30 gigabits per second in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Bell and Nokia have achieved high speeds in the 73 GHz frequency range in Mississauga, Ontario.
And for those who are still under the illusion that fiber optics is a substitute for wireless, the wireless industry itself is investing billions in fiber: it is the only way they will be able to build a 5G network with fast enough speeds. Telus, for example, is investing one billion dollars on fiber in Vancouver alone in order to support the necessary wireless speeds.
Don’t forget about the satellites!
The threat from space, even though it is actually greater than the threat from 5G on the ground, is still not much discussed, even in our circles. In part, this is because everyone is so occupied with preventing zoning regulations from being abolished and antennas from sprouting outside their front doors. But in part, it is because outer space is still out of mind and few scientists, let alone the public, understand the grave implications of having ten thousand microwave antennas directly in the magnetosphere. See chapter 9 (“Earth’s Electric Envelope”) and chapter 17 (“In the Land of the Blind”) of my book.
OneWeb’s first 720 satellites were approved by the FCC in June. So many satellites are being contemplated by so many companies that NASA is partnering with private industry to create orbiting factories that will manufacture satellites on a continuous basis in space using 3-D printers.
Efforts to get this issue before the United Nations have been fruitless up to now, but they must continue.
Fiasco, and opportunity, in Santa Fe
Last week, the Santa Fe City Council faced down more than 150 angry citizens and unanimously passed its own 5G ordinance, 9-0. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and their contractors and vendors, are salivating. It is a calamity, and an opportunity. In addition to all the fundamental issues that exist elsewhere — health, safety, environment, due process, free speech, etc. — there were numerous violations of procedure having to do with ethics and conflicts of interest. The Mayor’s mother and two brothers own several radio and cell towers. The wife of one of the bills’s sponsors, who is also the person who made the motion to pass it, is a telecom lawyer. The City Attorney was caught in a number of lies. Some of you have seen the email that I sent out last Thursday to my Santa Fe list. We also have issues of historic preservation: Santa Fe is America’s oldest capital and second oldest city, and the entire downtown area and its surroundings consists of historic districts. Well, this bill also makes cell towers in the public rights-of-way exempt from our historic preservation ordinance.
As soon as the minutes are adopted next Wednesday, the bill becomes law. We are preparing a lawsuit, and when we go to court, we are prepared to challenge the constitutionality of section 704 of the federal Telecommunications Act, which prohibits the regulation of cell towers on the basis of health. A local radio host said before the vote that section 704 should be overturned, and that Santa Fe could be ground zero for a legal challenge if this bill passed. Again, this will require money.
Donations are needed for both projects that I have discussed in this email: paying a publicist, and paying our lawyers. Anyone who can assist us with fundraising for either or both projects, please contact me immediately. Donations can be made on the Cellular Phone Task Force’s website (see link, above). Or, checks can be sent to:
Cellular Phone Task Force
P. O. Box 6216
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Anyone who can assist with these campaigns in any way, please email or (better) call me.
Arthur Firstenberg
(505) 471-0129

CONSUMERS ACTION NEEDED TO PASS PA HB1564 SMART METER OPT-OUT BILL INTO PENNSYLVANIA LAW ASAP

Subject: PASMA ConsumerAction4 HB1564

Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness * PASMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 9, 2017

Contact: Tom McCarey Telephone: 610-687-7607

CONSUMERS ACTION NEEDED TO PASS PA HB1564 SMART METER OPT-OUT BILL

INTO PENNSYLVANIA LAW ASAP

During the past six years, PA House Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Robert Godshall, whose son Grey works as a Project Manager for Exelon/PECO, has prevented numerous AMI Smart Meter Opt-out bills introduced from EVEN being called to the floor for a vote! In essence, Chairman Godshall has prevented Pennsylvanians from exercising their constitutional rights to redress government for what citizens feel are harsh and threatening issues created by the PA PUC’s erroneous interpretation of HB2200/Act 129 (2008) affecting personal health, property safety and privacy rights from the mandated imposition of AMI Smart Meters for electric, natural gas and water utility services.

Chairman Godshall must be sanctioned and/or forced to recuse himself from chairing the current opt-out bills [HB1564, HB1565, and HB1566] before the 2017-18 legislative session in Harrisburg.

Furthermore, the PA state legislature and the PA Attorney General must undertake a thorough and independent investigation of Chairman Godshall’s constitutional-contradictory actions in preventing opt-out bills from being enacted when, in fact, he is on public record published to the contrary during discussion of HB2200 wherein Godshall said,

“In this case are we not taking the choice away from the consumer by saying you have to put this in service in your district rather than you may or you have a choice? Are we not saying that you must do it? We are taking that choice away from the consumer, I believe, and I would have no problem with this if we do it on a choice basis, as you used the word “choice” before. We are taking that choice away.”

       Source:  February 11, 2008 as published in PA House Journal PN 3218, page 390

Who changed Godshall’s mind? PA state legislators must correct the untenable and even life-threatening situations Godshall’s DELIBERATE and apparently devious actions have created for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, many of whom suffer with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI), as the medical profession calls it, cancers, heart patients whose pacemakers are impacted electronically by AMI SMs’ microwaves, autistic children who are impacted more dramatically than healthy children, plus a host of other health issues the American Academy of Environmental Medicine states are impacted/affected by EMFs/RFs as listed on their website https://aaemonline.org/pdf/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf .

Consumer Action Plan

All Pennsylvanians should be inundating their members of the PA House (General Assembly) in Harrisburg demanding the following sanctioning actions be taken against Chairman Robert Godshall:

  1. Impeachment for interfering with Pennsylvanians’ constitutional rights; and

  2. Forced recusal for Chairman Robert Godshall from chairing the House Consumer Affairs Committee legislative actions regarding AMI SM bills HB1564, HB1565, and HB1566.

No More AMI Smart Meter Lies

Harrisburg state agencies and legislators offices have been known to say that consumers are not complaining about the AMI Smart Meters! That’s an unmitigated, bald-face lie! With the above Consumer Action Plan working its way through the offices, committees and halls of the PA state legislature General Assembly, legislators will know just how much Pennsylvanians care; want their constitutional rights respected; and receive an AMI SM opt-out bill passed immediately, if not sooner.

PA Legislators Co-sponsoring HB1564: Sponsors 29

The Honorable Mike ReeseMreese@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Karen BobackKboback@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Rosemary M. Brown< Rbrown@pahousegop.com>,
The Honorable Vanessa Lowery-BrownVbrown@pahouse.net,
The Honorable George DunbarGdunbar@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Joe EmrickJemrick@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Matt GablerMgabler@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Mark M. GillenMgillen@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Seth M. GroveSgrove@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Adam HarrisAharris@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Kristin Phillips-HillKhill@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable R. Lee JamesRljames@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Rob W. KauffmanRkauffma@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable John A. LawrenceJlawrenc@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Daryl D. MetcalfDmetcalf@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Carl Walker MetzgarCmetzgar@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Brett R. MillerBmiller@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Bernie O’NeillBoneill@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Jason OrtitayJortitay@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Joseph A. PetrarcaJpetrarc@pahouse.net,
The Honorable Tina PickettTpickett@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Harry ReadshawHreadsha@pahouse.net,
The Honorable Greg RothmanGrothman@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Rick SacconeRsaccone@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Curtis G. SonneyCsonney@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Craig T. StaatsCstaats@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Justin M. WalshJwalsh@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Judy WardJward@pahousegop.com,
The Honorable Ryan WarnerRwarner@pahousegop.com,

How to Contact Your Member of the PA House (General Assembly)

http://www.house.state.pa.us/ click on “Find My Representative” (left-hand side)

Share this information with media, press, family and friends.

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.