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Mar 1
2015

Global Smart Meters Roll-Out And Serfdom Of Humanity

SMART METERS AND WOLVES' SHEEP PEN - By Mario Dufour and Esse Nemo

Mario Dufour is a Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Uruguay. He worked in Canada, Honduras, Haïti, Cambodia and in Nunavik in 90's and 2000's. Occasionally, he writes articles or editorials published in alternative monthly magazine Le Couac.

PART ONE: Global Smart Meters Roll-Out And Serfdom of Humanity

PART TWO: Smart Meters, The Meshed Network




Feb 15
2015

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars': study

CTV News / Steele on Your Side (2015)

According to the European think tank IDATE, over 420 million connected vehicles will be produced by 2018.

(Washington-AFP)

"Virtually all "connected cars" on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a U.S. senator said Monday. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity and Internet access available on the vehicles opens up security gaps that could be exploited for malicious purposes.

"The study found these security weaknesses in "nearly 100 percent of cars on the market" and noted that most automobile manufacturers were unaware of or unable to report on past hacking incidents.

"The senator's staff, which collected data from 16 major auto manufacturers, cited earlier studies on some vehicles which showed how hackers can get into the controls of some popular vehicles, causing them to suddenly accelerate, turn, de-activate brakes, activate the horn, control headlights, and modify the speedometer and gas gauge readings.

"The report also noted that many of these connected cars collect data on driving that could be kept in violation of privacy.

"It said that the "alarmingly inconsistent and incomplete state of industry security and privacy practices" raises questions about the need for new U.S. rules from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or other federal agencies.

"Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions," Markey said in a statement.

"Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected."

"The report said the manufacturers appeared to take little or no action following disclosures from researchers in 2013 and 2014 about these vulnerabilities. . . .

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Feb 4
2015

Taiwan orders parents to limit children's time with electronic games

The Telegraph - Parents in Taiwan face hefty fines if they let their offspring spend too long gaping at televisions or playing video games

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  • Children under two banned from using electronic devices in Taiwan 
  • Parents who allow children to use iPads and smartphones face fines 
  • Under-18s are only allowed devices for a 'reasonable length of time' 
" . . . The new law means that iPads, smartphones and televisions are now listed alongside cigarettes and alcohol as restricted.

"The new law was originally proposed by Taiwanese MP Lu Shiow-yen, who said his intention was to protect young people by stopping them using electronic devices for more than 30 minutes at a time, The Telegraph reports.

"Research published in December last year found that 7.1 per cent of the population in Asia is addicted to the internet. . . .

THE TELEGRAPH

"Parents in Taiwan are now legally obliged to stop their children spending too much time using "electronic products" such as video games and televisions.

"Under rules passed last Friday by Taiwanese politicians, children under the age of two should be completely banned from using electronic devices, Xinhua, China's official news agency reported. Meanwhile under-18s should not be allowed to "constantly use electronic products for a period of time that is not reasonable". It means electronic products are now listed alongside cigarettes and alcohol as potentially dangerous vices.

"The new regulation is the brainchild of Lu Shiow-yen, a Taiwanese member of parliament who said his intention was to protect young people by stopping them using electronic devices for more than 30 minutes at a time.

"Parents who break the rules can be hit with fines of up to about 1,000 pounds although it remains unclear how authorities will determine what amount of time is unreasonable. . . .

"Taiwan is not the first Asian country to take action against the apparent perils of addiction to the internet and online games.

"China, which now has 648 million internet users, at least 24 million young "web junkies" and a rocketing number of internet addiction camps, has spent years trying to devise measures to help goggle-eyed children.

"In 2010, Beijing introduced rules requiring games companies "to develop techniques that would limit the gaming time of minors in order to prevent addiction", according to Xinhua. . . .




Jan 7
2015

An Electronic Silent Spring - Katie Singer

Katie Singer at the IFG.org Teach-In "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth" held at Cooper Union in New York City October 25-26, 2014.

This is a talk given by Katie Singer, the author of "An Electronic Silent  Spring."  A transcript of the talk is included HERE.







Jan 1
2015

My Digital Addiction

Aljazeera - How is our need to be constantly connected impacting our lives and could a digital detox be the solution?

"Al Jazeera's Phil Lavelle is constantly connected, and can rarely be found without his face buried into one of his many mobile devices. He diagnosed himself as a digital addict - after researching the symptoms online, of course - but now feels the need to disconnect.

"We follow him as he checks into a digital detox facility and attempts to adapt to a life without his devices. Along the way, we explore the modern phenomenon of digital addiction. . . .




Dec 9
2014

Ho, Ho, No! Why Electronic Gadgets are Not Kids' Toys

Environmental Health Trust and Grassroots Environmental Education

"With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those clamoring to now stuff their kids' holiday stockings with their low priced electronic gadgets would do well to read the fine print that comes with all these toys, advises Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a group promoting safer phone use. A growing number of experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns that the young brain needs more time on their parent's lap and less time on the phone's app.

"We all need to "#PracticeSafeTech," advises EHT's President, Dr. Devra Davis." What may be appropriate for adults may not be at all suitable for toddlers with their more rapidly growing brains and bodies." Would you give your child the keys to the car or a shot of whiskey just because she really wanted it?

"Thanks to low competitive pricing, what was once out of price point is now affordable. Retailers are going all out to make owning the latest mobile phones affordable with free equipment provided that parents pay long term contracts? After all, mobile phone prices have dropped or in some cases, free - making them easier to gift. "What harm could it do to youngsters to have such a cool, hot gadget--especially if they can use it to learn to read, see movies, or just stay connected with friends via social media? The answer is: plenty," advises Dr. Davis. . . .




Nov 18
2014




Published on Dec 5, 2013

This is an excerpt from a short film I'm making about people who suffer from controversial condition Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).  

A version of this video and my photographs were shown on the Guardian website and the story and my photos were published in the Weekend Magazine on the 30th March 2013.

You can view the portraits from the project on my website - thomasballphoto.com

For details on future screenings and exhibitions keep a look out on my blog thomasballphoto.wordpress.com




Nov 17
2014

An Electronic Silent Spring

Book by Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring - Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits

"Society has received profound benefits from electronics. We have developed and marketed electronic technologies [that emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR)] without recognition or regulation of its effects on human health or wildlife. Katie Singer's book, An Electronic Silent Spring, and this website are dedicated to encouraging recognition that EMR can harm people and wildlife; to protective solutions for the public health and our ecosystem.

"While they operate, mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, iPads, cellular antennas, Wi-Fi, compact fluorescent lights, transformers and "smart" utility meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at frequencies and amplitudes that are not found in nature. An Electronic Silent Spring describes how wildlife and peoples' health are affected.

  1. The book reports on peer-reviewed studies that show that EMR-exposed tadpoles die, aspen tree seedlings wither, bee colonies collapse, birds crash into antennas and white stork mates fight.
  2. Signals emitted by metal detectors, "smart" utility meters, hybrid cars and other common electronics can shut off a medical implant. While the FDA regulates microwave ovens (whose signals can interfere with cardiac pacemakers), no agency regulates cell phones, which operate closer to the body, with more power and at the same frequency as a microwave oven. Geophysicist, electrical engineer and implant patient Dr. Gary Olhoeft explains the issues. 
  3. Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard pediatric neurologist, and Cindy Sage, MA, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and others explain why exposing children to Wi-Fi may lead to autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns pregnant women and children not to use cell phones. 
  4. Federal regulations protect the engineering needs of electronic devices and telecom companies. Federal law prohibits local officials from refusing installation of a cell tower based on health or environmental concerns. The book explains federal policies, which do not recognize that EMR can harm health. 
  5. Underwriters Lloyds of London and A.M. Best advise companies not to insure against damages to health caused by wireless devices. This book presents the peer-reviewed studies underlying analysts' concerns. 
"Katie Singer's An Electronic Silent Spring also offers an extensive solutions section for policy makers, telecom and utility companies, schools, civic groups and individuals who want to reduce EMR emissions and exposure.




Nov 11
2014

Olle Johansson's views on EHS, handicap laws and regulations 2014

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Experimental Dermatology Unit

" . . . I say there must be an end to nonchalance, lack of consideration, indifference and lack of respect on the part of society. Never accept discriminatory treatment or an insulting special treatment. Stand up for others' rights and in this way you'll stand up for your own future . . .




Oct 20
2014

Digital Dementia - Current Concerns

Dr. Manfred Spitzer: The too frequent use of digital media reduces the mental capacity of our children

by Dr. Rudolf Hansel, qualified psychologist, Lindau/Germany

  • Psychiatrist and brain researcher Manfred Spitzer warns parents and educators 
  • From digital media to digital dementia 
  • Media usage from toddler to adolescent 
  • A TV screen is neither a good babysitter nor a good teacher 
  • Early childhood television viewing, multi-tasking and attention disorders  
  • Insomnia, depression, addiction and physical consequences 
  • Computers and Internet in the classroom 
  • Media literacy as meaningful as alcohol competence 
  • Digital games affect school performance, social contacts and the relationship with parents and friends 
  • Social Networks: Facebook instead of "face to face" 
  • Media consumption in the home to be limited to the minimum




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