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Apr 4

Schools crack down on video streaming (York, Ontario)

Global National Video News Report - March 2014

One Ontario school board has decided students have crossed a line with their technology. They're streaming so much video, from sites like Netflix and YouTube, they're using up most of the district's bandwidth. Jennifer Tryon reports.

Mar 9

Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields - a Neuroscientist's views

TECHNICAL SEMINAR on Environment and Health

Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields - November 2, 2013
Olle Johansson holds a PhD. in the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden)

Feb 12

The Dangers of "Willful Blindness"

TEDX - Margaret Heffernan (includes transcript)


" . . . What the research shows is that some people are blind out of fear. They're afraid of retaliation. And some people are blind because they think, well, seeing anything is just futile. Nothing's ever going to change. If we make a protest, if we protest against the Iraq War, nothing changes, so why bother? Better not to see this stuff at all. And the recurrent theme that I encounter all the time is people say, 

"Well, you know, the people who do see, they're whistleblowers, and we all know what happens to them." So there's this profound mythology around whistleblowers which says, first of all, they're all crazy. But what I've found going around the world and talking to whistleblowers is, actually, they're very loyal and quite often very conservative people. They're hugely dedicated to the institutions that they work for, and the reason that they speak up, the reason they insist on seeing, is because they care so much about the institution and want to keep it healthy. . . 

"Willful blindness is a legal concept which means, if there's information that you could know and you should know but you somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you're willfully blind.  You have chosen not to know. . .

"We all enjoy so many freedoms today, hard-won freedoms: the freedom to write and publish without fear of censorship, a freedom that wasn't here the last time I came to Hungary; a freedom to vote, which women in particular had to fight so hard for; the freedom for people of different ethnicities and cultures and sexual orientation to live the way that they want. But freedom doesn't exist if you don't use it, and what whistleblowers do, and what people like Gayla Benefield do is they use the freedom that they have. And what they're very prepared to do is recognize that yes, this is going to be an argument, and yes I'm going to have a lot of rows with my neighbors and my colleagues and my friends, but I'm going to become very good at this conflict. I'm going to take on the naysayers, because they'll make my argument better and stronger. I can collaborate with my opponents to become better at what I do. These are people of immense persistence, incredible patience, and an absolute determination not to be blind and not to be silent. 

"When I went to Libby, Montana, I visited the asbestosis clinic that Gayla Benefield brought into being, a place where at first some of the people who wanted help and needed medical attention went in the back door because they didn't want to acknowledge that she'd been right. I sat in a diner, and I watched as trucks drove up and down the highway, carting away the earth out of gardens and replacing it with fresh, uncontaminated soil. 

"I took my 12-year-old daughter with me, because I really wanted her to meet Gayla. 

"And she said, "Why? What's the big deal?" 

"I said, "She's not a movie star, and she's not a celebrity, and she's not an expert, and Gayla's the first person who'd say she's not a saint. The really important thing about Gayla is she is ordinary. She's like you, and she's like me. She had freedom, and she was ready to use it."

Also Margaret Heffernan: DARE TO DISAGREE

Feb 12

Here we go again

"New" MTHR report claims no health effects from cell phones, etc. (Magda Havas - EMF Facts Consultancy)

N.B. "MTHR" = Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research.  The "new report" was presented in 2012 . . .

"Whenever I occasionally see a newspaper headline proclaiming new research has found that mobile phones are perfectly safe for everybody my first thought is: is it industry funded and secondly, who is evaluating the research. . . .

"Considering the MTHR reports limited reference base; its reliance on government and industry funding, both who are promoters of RF technology; its avoidance of mentioning contrary findings such as from Hardell's group; an inevitable scientific bias by inclusion of ICNIRP / IEMFP and like minded members; and its use of questionable provocation studies, this report is more spin that science. Rather than being a new "state of the art" scientific review the 2012 MTHR report is but just another industry influenced spin designed by its limitations to give a false sense of public health safety on behalf of the telco industry where none exists."

Jan 27

The Dogma

Richard H. Conrad Ph.D. - A full review of the smart grid program and can be used as evidence and submissions when dealing with public utilities, court actions and hearings.

The following article could be included in communications to Public Utility Commissions and others making decisions on the Deployment of Wireless Smart Grid Technologies, or used as part of court submissions." 

"These groups defend their dogma by discounting all evidence to the contrary without honest consideration or scientifically valid rebuttal. This may have begun as blind ignorance, but now, now that they have been fully informed of facts, it is outright dishonesty. A litany in service of power and profit. They adhere to and defend their absurd dogma vehemently in spite of scientific logic based on truth. Remember, they feel it is their duty and obligation to increase profits for themselves and their shareholders. They think that they cannot afford to even consider that there are real health effects for fear it will bring their house of cards tumbling down. Do not let them mislead you. All of their arguments are based on fear and hollow logic, and devoid of the actual reality of the situation . . . .

Jan 20

What's Hidden Among the Internet of Things

CBC: The Current January 20, 2014


"We text with it, download with it, buy with it, sell with it, play with it and work with it. And now, it may be payback time. Today we look at how the Internet of Things may be poised to tell tales about us over the web.

"We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us." Marshall McLuhan,
Philosopher of Communication Theory

"One of the less popular rides at DisneyWorld is the Carousel of Progress. It features a shiny, optimistic vision of the future that includes voice-activated appliances. . . .

"There's a lot of consumer interest in these new gadgets - but also privacy concerns. Last week, Google bought Nest, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for more than 3-Billion-dollars. Days before that, Google was found in violation of Canada's privacy laws. And its move to get a foothold in the smart gadget market caused an outcry in the tech world.

"Today, we're asking where all this technology is heading, how we can benefit and what we may lose in the process.

"Robert Platek is the CEO of Sensor Suite, a technology system that lets building owners get real-time alerts about their properties over their smartphones. It's currently in use in 30 buildings across Toronto. Robert Platek was in Toronto.

"Avner Levin is the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University. He shares his insight on how to protect ourselves and our data from the Internet of Things. Avner Levin was in our Toronto studio.

"Christine Rosen is a fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank in Washington. . . .

Jan 20

Fridge sends spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets

BBC - Junk email The fridge was one of 100,000 devices used as part of the spam attack

"A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets.

"The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign.

"Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets.

"The attack is believed to be one of the first to exploit the lax security on devices that are part of the "internet of things". . .

Jan 11

Desperately seeking white zone (Trailer)

En Francais with subtitles

Published on Jan 8, 2014
"I'm still in shock, this film is amazing!" 
"A film which is full of sensitivity, hard-hitting statements and enlightening conclusions"

"Thanks to the current explosion of artificial electromagnetic waves, some people are seeing their lives seriously affected - both socially and as far as their health is concerned. They are known as "electrohypersensitive". They have to protect themselves against mobile phone technology but where can they go? Marc Khanne, the film's creator, spent 3 years researching this issue and interviewed over 60 people affected. Before we question the validity of what they have to say, what if we took the time to really listen to them?"

Robin des Toits
Desperately Seeking White Zone with english subtitles (58 minutes in length + 4 bonus films and print material) +contact for public performances:  http://www.electrosensitive-white-zone-ehs-film.com  

Dec 21

10 Kids' Holiday Gifts to Avoid

Canadians for Safe Technology Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday season

" . . . As families across Canada are busy making and checking their Christmas wish lists, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) offers important tips to help parents make informed choices when buying the safest gifts possible for their children this holiday season.

"Personal electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are becoming increasingly popular gifts, even for very young children. Many parents assume that if toys and gadgets are in the marketplace, they are safe for their children. However, parents may be surprised to learn that many of these devices, which rely on Wi-Fi technology that can pass through concrete and steel, may not have undergone sufficient safety product testing. C4ST is concerned that manufacturers and retailers are marketing this potentially unsafe technology to children as young as two years old.

"As the use of these devices increases, so too does Canadians' exposure to wireless radiation from technology. Many studies, including one conducted by the World Health Organization, have indicated that direct, long-term contact to wireless radiation is biologically harmful and can potentially have damaging health effects. A recent Swedish study, published in the International Journal of Oncology, correlates mobile and cordless phone use to malignant brain tumours.

"C4ST advocates for the safe use of technology. To help achieve this, C4ST has offered a list of the top 10 wireless-based devices that parents should avoid buying for their children this holiday season:

  1. Ubooly 
  2. Leap Pad Ultra 
  3. VTech InnoTab 3S 
  4. VTech InnoTab 2 Baby 
  5. nabi jr. 
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids 7.0 (Wi-Fi) 
  7. Fun Tab Pro 
  8. Meep X 2 
  9. Tabeo 
  10. Polaroid Kids Tablet 2

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