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Jul 26
2014

FCC's Exposure Standards: "Out of Date and Inapplicable"

US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards - Take Back Your Power

"Birds have "nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death"

Includes VIDEO


"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.

"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a Federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: . . .




Jul 21
2014

"I banned laptops in the classroom after it became common practice to carry them to school. When I created my "electronic etiquette policy" (as I call it in my syllabus), I was acting on a gut feeling based on personal experience. I'd always figured that, for the kinds of computer-science and math classes that I generally teach, which can have a significant theoretical component, any advantage that might be gained by having a machine at the ready, or available for the primary goal of taking notes, was negligible at best. We still haven't made it easy to type notation-laden sentences, so the potential benefits were low. Meanwhile, the temptation for distraction was high. I know that I have a hard time staying on task when the option to check out at any momentary lull is available; I assumed that this must be true for my students, as well.

"Over time, a wealth of studies on students' use of computers in the classroom has accumulated to support this intuition. Among the most famous is a landmark Cornell University study from 2003 called "The Laptop and the Lecture," wherein half of a class was allowed unfettered access to their computers during a lecture while the other half was asked to keep their laptops closed.

"The experiment showed that, regardless of the kind or duration of the computer use, the disconnected students performed better on a post-lecture quiz. The message of the study aligns pretty well with the evidence that multitasking degrades task performance across the board. . . .

"I had one small suggestion, which I will implement the next time I teach (and for that class, I will generally continue to have the laptops closed): I will require my students to read some of the studies I've alluded to in this post, to help them understand why I'm doing what I'm doing and to get them to think critically about the use of technology in their lives and their education.

 "We're not all that far along in understanding how learning, teaching, and technology interact in the classroom. Institutions should certainly enable faculty to experiment with new technology, but should also approach all potential classroom intruders with a healthy dose of skepticism, and resist the impulse to always implement the new, trendy thing out of our fear of being left behind."

The New Yorker Article in full




Jul 20
2014

Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Hazards and Solutions

NEWSLETTER April - June, 2014 - Professor Girish Kumar, Electrical Engineering Dep't IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India

Mobile Phones and Public Health - Myths and Reality

  • Ionizing vs Non-Ionizing Radiation- DNA Damage and Cancer
  • Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Effect on Infertility 
  • Cell Phone Radiation Effect on Hearing Loss 
  • Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Effect on eyes (Vision Problems)  
  • Global Studies 
  • Various Health Problems and More




Jul 19
2014

Doctor's Information Package

Addressed to Medical Professionals. Useful to all. Updated July 19, 2014

The following package is for those who wish to approach their doctors with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiation.  It contains links organized into specific health effect categories.  These links can be printed out according to personal areas of need or concern, and used to start a dialogue with doctors who may not as yet have associated certain health conditions with EMF or RF exposure.  

The introductory letter on pages 1 and 2 contains a link to the entire list, and may be useful to your doctor as a reference tool. 


"Dear Medical Professional:

"Your patient has asked us for support in providing you with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, recently reclassified by the WHO/IARC as a Class 2B, possible human carcinogen.

"This WHO risk category also includes lead, DDT, chloroform, and dioxane, and is relevant to all wireless devices emitting radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, including cordless phones, cell phones, IPads, Wi-Fi routers, wireless games, baby monitors, and smart meters . . .

"Many doctors have already given medical advice to their patients by way of a medical letter or note on a prescription form stating that the patient should avoid, for medical reasons, living in a residence or residential complex at which a wireless meter is operating in order to maintain their health or avoid aggravating a medical condition. This medical advice stating the health condition and advising the patient that they should avoid ongoing exposure to wireless radiofrequency and smart meter emissions will allow your patient to participate in the Human Rights Action currently underway. We are hopeful that the individual's right to protect their health as advised by their medical doctor will be upheld by the Human Rights Tribunal, and this forced exposure within their own home to undesirable microwave radiofrequency emissions will be replaced with reasonable and respectful accommodation by BC Hydro . . . "

Information categories contained in this package: 

  1. Microwave Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation - General 
  2. Smart Meters
  3. Interference with medical devices / Smart Meter Risk
  4. Children
  5. EHS/ES - Electrosensitivity
  6. Diabetes
  7. Heart
  8. Tinnitus / Microwave Hearing / Dental Effects
  9. Sleep and Insomnia
  10. Infertility / Sperm Damage
  11. Cell Towers - Applicable to constant low-level exposures
  12. Cell Phones
  13. Published Articles
  14. BEES - This section included due to potential impacts on human health from loss of bees and pollination
  15. Lawsuits, Scientific Statements and Letters
  16. Cancer
  17. Brain Function / Epilepsy / Alzheimer's / ALS
Also available:

Open Letter to GP and Other Medical Colleagues  January, 2012
Guidelines for Doctors
AAEM calls for Caution (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)




Jul 14
2014

BC Health Authority misleading the public, hiding behind an outdated guideline.

Letter to Governments - Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in B.C.

We need to put pressure on our provincial health authorities to help protect us and our families from the RF proliferation and to stop misleading us by saying that everything is fine.

 " . . . This is outrageous. The public is being lulled into believing that the wireless gadgets they love and that they give their toddlers are safe. This is wrong - both in fact and morally.

"It is time for the provincial government to take responsibility for stopping this exposure. It has the duty to protect our health and it has the right to establish exposure limits that are precautionary.

"I ask our elected officials to review this information and join together to demand that correct information be given to the public. Demand that our health authorities do their jobs, tell the truth, and stop misleading the public.

"For additional reference please consider a letter signed 52 world renowned experts, asking for Health Canada to finally acknowledge the evidence that many other countries have based their guidelines on: http://c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scientific-declaration-to-health-canada-english.pdf

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble




Jul 11
2014

Wireless radiation exposure code fails to protect Canadians

CTV interview with Frank Clegg (July 9, 2014)

. . . "Our very strong message is that this safety code fails to protect Canadians from their own cellphones," Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST, told an Ottawa news conference.

"It fails to protect children from all-day WiFi in schools, it fails to protect anyone from a cell tower or a smart meter that may be located across the street or outside the window of their home or office building." Safety Code 6 was first developed before the Internet existed, Clegg said."

CTV INTERVIEW with Frank Clegg




Jul 7
2014

Volkswagen - Eyes on the road

An important and powerful reminder

Kudos Volkswagen. What a brilliant way to communicate how risky it is to use mobile phones while driving.




Jul 3
2014

Escape the Internet at the Faraday Cafe

Video: Internet-free Vancouver cafe will be a refuge from the tyranny of digital signals scooper@theprovince.com

"Social Artist Julien Thomas is opening the Faraday Cafe, a pop-up coffee shop at 434 Columbia Street near Gastown. The goal is to offer an oasis in the city from the invasion of the internet by utilizing a Faraday Cage to repel outside electrical signals. It could be argued that when we go out to dine or drink we ought to share the experience with the friends surrounding us, and perhaps even strangers in the vicinity. At least, that's how it used to be. But more and more, faces stuck to phones, we share public outings through our digital devices, chatting with humans we may never meet in the flesh, and ignoring people within speaking distance.

"Julien Thomas, a Vancouver construction worker by day and social artist by night, has erected a digital-signal-repelling cafe in Vancouver's Chinatown in an effort to draw people back to people, and the traditional cafe scene. The Faraday Cafe -- which will be open for just two weeks -- is named after the Faraday cage, a device used in lab settings that blocks out electrical waves through the use of conductive material.

"Thomas feels -- and says he senses many others do too -- that something has been lost in the past few years. Wherever we are, we feel compelled to text or answer texts, tweet selfies, and constantly document our existence in the virtual world. Even if we aim to be alone and contemplate private thoughts, we're just an incoming text away from distraction.

"There is a whole generation of people in this country that don't remember what life was like before Facebook," Thomas said in an interview Wednesday. "I think people are looking for opportunities to opt out and leave their phones behind."

"Thomas was rushing to put the final touches on his cafe space, a white-walled room filled with aluminum window mesh. He and an architect partner had found that blocking out electromagnetic signals was harder to do than they had imagined.  

"A flowing and multi-layered design of mesh walls and corridors provided the most visual appeal, but in testing several days ago they found that very small folds and gaps in the unboxy design allowed Internet signals to invade the room.  

"So Thomas had to improvise, and constructed a "cage" in the centre of the cafe which will be truly digital signal free.  

"Thomas said the purpose of his cafe experiment is not really to promote "anti-phone" culture, but to get people thinking about seeking pockets of freedom in a wired world.  

"He feels that using special architectural materials to block out virtual reality is taking the explicit no-phone policies already enforced in some venues, such as theatres or galleries, to the next level.  

"When we can be reached at all times, I believe privacy is a privilege," Thomas said. "People will want to go places where they can't be reached, where Google can't track them."  

"The Faraday Cafe, at 434 Columbia Street, will serve artisanal coffees by donation and feature special events and DJs, from July 3-16.

scooper@theprovince.com

Video: Internet-free Vancouver cafe will be a refuge from the tyranny of digital signals




Jul 2
2014

Wake Up People!

Letter from Jerry Flynn - Ex-Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Specialist

ZigBee-compatible devices and gadgets you need to know about:

If you allow a smart meter in/on your home, once the second transmitter inside is activated (the "ZigBee" chip which electric utilities never mention and don't want you to know about), you, your loved ones, your pets, your plants . . . and all of your neighbors will be exposed to unfathomable amounts of 'new' harmful, chronic, low-level, pulsed, non-thermal microwave radiation from the following, and more!

See for yourself at: www.zigbee.org

You should also note that all of this 'new' radiation is on the same frequency your microwave oven operates on to cook food and heat liquids. Do you really want this to happen to your children and grandchildren? If you remain silent now, it will be too late - and futile - for you to complain later. . . .




Jul 2
2014

Long-time Wi-Fi Safety Fears (Australia)

VIDEO of television report: Protect Your Family From EMF Pollution

"Around the world, an increasing number of countries are banning or warning against the use of Wi-Fi in schools."  Pippa Gardner reports.

"The downside of Wi-Fi in schools is showing up more and more in the press. What this excellent report from Australia misses is that most of the children are affected biologically by the microwave radiation from the Wi-Fi routers, but only a few show symptoms right away. Take a look for yourself . . . 




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