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A shocking expose on corruption within World Health Organization ranks, relating to scientific causality of harm from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) Author: Susan D. Foster MSW - March 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014 was a very strange day in London. Only the weather was predictable. A cold rain fell as a dais of scientists faced a room full of reporters in the Royal Society Library's Special Events Room on Carlton House Terrace. With its pillared roots going back to the 1600s, the Royal Society Library had welcomed scientists from all over the world for centuries.
"On this day, two scientists distinguished themselves as authors of the thick, glossy tome that was almost the biggest presence in the press briefing. Co-authors Prof. Bernard Stewart, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Christopher Wild, PhD, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) esteemed International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) prepared to tell the world we are on the verge of a cancer tsunami. World Cancer Report 2014 was nearly six years in the making. IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO, and a core part of their mission is to disseminate information on cancer. They gather information, frequently classify the risk level of various substances, and share that news with the world. This day the news was daunting.
"Cancer rates are growing at such a rapid pace that we cannot treat our way out of this global health crisis. We must focus on prevention on a massive scale, Drs. Wild and Stewart announced to the gathering of just over 25 reporters. The human and economic catastrophe awaiting the world, with healthcare costs spiraling out of control, was described in great detail in the massive report these two men had just completed. The 650-page book, the first World Cancer Report since 2008, painted a dim picture for the world.
"Reporters gathered at the press briefing heard the numbers and the implications were clear. . . .
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Risk Awareness article - first posted November 2013
This information should be sent to every MP, MLA, every media person - asking why so little is being done about the interconnectedness of the electricity grid. With every major US agency warning that a catastrophe equal to or worse than a nuclear fallout will happen if the grid is interconnected, why aren't governments taking precautionary steps to ensure that utility systems are not so vulnerable?
"According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation's power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a tree branch triggered one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history affecting around 50 million people; about a year ago, the effects of Hurricane Sandy caused widespread outages in NYC. Today, the electrical power grid continues to be a prime concern for the government and private utility companies. The grid's problems handling "natural disasters" make the threat of sustained and purposeful disasters even more disconcerting. Possible man-made threats stem from cyber attacks as well as electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The DOE is not alone in its concern; a recent survey by National Geographic revealed citizens do not have confidence in the grid's security or in the government's level of readiness. Three-quarters of the survey's respondents expect the U.S. to face a "catastrophic cyberattack" during their lifetime, and over 50 percent believe the U.S. is unprepared for such an attack.
The DOE-sponsored study shows a number of ways in which power-grid networks are vulnerable to foreign or domestic threats. Indeed, North Korea is currently pursuing EMP technology and views cyber attacks as general-use weapons to target key institutional and infrastructure systems. Iran and various non-state actors could also pose a direct threat to U.S. grid security.
Importantly, investing in security means investing in people. U.S. power companies should provide continuous cybersecurity training to personnel to improve grid security. Instead of top-down mandates, Congress should empower local and private entities to educate citizens and employees in cybersecurity.
Grid security also depends on a culture of leadership. This means educating executives and company boards about cybersecurity. A recent Ernst & Young survey shows senior business leaders' increasing involvement in cybersecurity. An upcoming Heritage report will focus on how to encourage utility leaders to learn about cyber threats and improve grid security.
Heritage's report will also show the need for information sharing to reduce costs and minimize threats to businesses, while increasing an executive's decision-making abilities. Congress should build off private initiative and enable effective information sharing about the current threats against the power grid.
Congress should thoughtfully address these issues before the lights go out.
Brett Ramsay is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.
Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation
Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue.
Director/ Screenwriter: Kevin Kunze
There are 6 billion cell phones worldwide, but what do we really know about the long-term health effects from this technology? Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation including cancer and infertility. This thought- provoking film examines the most recent scientific research, the challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation, and the pervasive influence cell phone companies have in our society.
Filmed over three years, Mobilize features interviews with experts from the following organizations and universities: Apple Inc., the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Cancer Institute, the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, Yale University, Harvard University, USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Virgin Mobile.
Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article
WASHINGTON Aug. 8 2014
The brain tumor cases awaiting a Washington DC judge's ruling are now cleared to proceed to trial as the judge deemed the science strong enough to merit going to trial. This is a monumental decision.
"A Washington D.C. superior court ruled that five scientific expert witnesses can testify for consumers suffering from brain tumors allegedly caused or promoted by cell phone use . . .
"Judge Frederick H. Weisberg who is presiding over 13 consolidated lawsuits against the telecom industry ruled that experts met the Dyas/Frye legal standards and can offer testimony related to injury causation and health effects. The court held evidentiary hearings in December 2013 and January 2014 and reviewed hundreds of exhibits.
"Judge Weisberg noted that while the court did not decide the issue of whether cell phones cause brain tumors new scientific studies and information have emerged recently. His order referred to a May 2014 French case-control epidemiological study that found support for "a possible association between heavy mobile phone use" and brain tumors.
"Each of the plaintiffs in the litigation suffers from a brain tumor or is suing for a family of someone who died of brain cancer. . .
Excellent graphic example of the dangers of Smart Meters and wireless radiation. First posted January 11, 2014
Launch July 2014 - The Mobile Operators Association has struck a deal with National Parks England to provide improved mobile coverage for the benefit of local communities
Link to The Telegraph: National Parks [U.K.] to get mobile signal boost
"England's National Parks are set to benefit from improved mobile coverage, following an agreement between National Parks England the Mobile Operators Association, which represents EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
"The aim of the deal is to help communities living in National Parks to benefit from consistent high quality mobile connectivity, while minimising any adverse environmental impacts.
"Operators will be encouraged to share masts where possible, and come up with alternative designs and innovative proposals to enable networks to be deployed in an manner that protects the rich wildlife and cultural heritage of the parks.
The agreement was launched by government ministers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
"Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. Related Articles Android L vs iOS 8: what is different? 09 Jul 2014 Post Office to enter mobile phone market 08 Jul 2014 Microsoft's Lumia 930 receives UK launch date 07 Jul 2014 Mobiles 'could be barred from flights' if not charged 06 Jul 2014 Veho: portable smartphone chargers HSBC
"They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years. The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks."
"Environment Minister Lord de Mauley added that National Parks are living, working places, worth more than Â£4bn to the national economy. It is therefore essential that businesses and homes in the parks have access to 21st century communications.
"This spirit of cooperation is exactly what is needed to bring modern technology to remote areas so we can close the digital divide and help grow our rural economy," he said.
"The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England, including Broads Authority, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities.
"Exmoor's National Park Officer, Nigel Stone, said that National Park Authorities have developed good working relationships with the installers of mobile phone networks, and welcome interest from mobile operators."
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 . . .
Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.
"The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by 2019 in a billion pound programme to stop gas and electricity bills being estimated.
"Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which communicate remotely from households to energy companies.
"The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24 hours a day and cannot be turned off. Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage collected by smart meters could give clues about people's way of life, such as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the programme getting "bogged down" in lengthy legal disputes.
"There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of smart meters in the US and Canada.
"About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.
"Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home. Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.
"In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their homes.
"Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine's opposition to the devices.
"Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say whether smart meters will come with health warnings.
"Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: "We believe people will benefit from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory."
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