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Oct 28
2014

New FCC Ruling (USA)

October 17, 2014

All,

Most depressing. The following ruling was adopted by FCC on Oct. 17th, 2014. Anyone who questions what Tom Wheeler is capable of at that agency needs to just look at the rah-rah language of this document and the rationales. DAS is as bad as smart meters re: a new layer of ubiquitous RF. Creates significant harmonics on lines, too. This ruling essentially guts any local/state control over DAS systems.

Note in the Executive Summary, p. 15, #31 how they include in the DAS definition transceivers located at hub sites (cell towers). Although this ruling may reduce the number of new macrocells, it is also a backdoor to further preempt local tower siting control if DAS is part of the system. Very clever. This ruling also now excludes colocation of new systems on towers and buildings from further local review. That means wherever towers or roof-mounted antennas already exist, anything can pile on without additional state or local control. Add to this the fact that no one monitors for compliance with FCC standards, and the problem is obvious.

With this ruling, DAS is now categorically excluded by FCC from RF, NEPA, and Historical Preservation review, and Environmental Impact Statements. In hilly terrain where people were finding some RF-free zones, DAS will fill that in, quite cheaply for the telecoms. Note in the beginning how AT&T and Verizon are shifting to DAS. It was because of this pending ruling that AT&T put many cell tower proposals in abeyance. Their macrocells will be more carefully chosen now but the tools to challenge a bad site have just been neutered at the federal level.

This industry has been salivating for these waivers for a long time. They needed Wheeler, more public pressure for coverage, and the tech embrace of DAS by the big players (prior they only liked towers which no longer can handle the traffic) to get it. And with the FCC reviewing its RF standards with a likelihood of making them more lenient, they will have what they want. Macro and mico-cells will be able to put out more RF, less substantive review and/or ability to challenge in court, and no one can stop it without direct legal challenges to the FCC -- not easy to do. And the industry got it with no liability to themselves.

This is what happens when RF is waived off the table.

Blake Levitt




Oct 10
2014

Petition to support Prof. Johansson  

Nine days ago [came] news of a second plan to reduce the space allocated to Asst. Prof. Olle Johansson, by the administration at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.  

Two years ago Prof. Johansson was forced to destroy 12 wire cage trolleys of research and equipment when his and his work were down-sized. This second attempt to down-size, yet again is being spearheaded by Asa Garmager, Head of Administration.  

These changes may be related to the appointment of a No. Two pro-business administrator: "Alexander von Gabain's long-term experience and international reputation in academia, biotech industry and institutions facilitating innovation are prone to bolster the "knowledge triangle" that encompasses research, education and business, with the entrepreneur in the driver's seat." 

http://ki.se/en/news/karolinska-institutet-recruits-international-top-innovator-and-business-developer  

Commenting on the proposed changes at the Karolinska Institute, Dr. George Carlo of the Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington D.C., said, "I have had the illuminating pleasure of collaborating with Professor Johansson over many years. His science is impeccable, his sense of right and wrong extremely keen, and his willingness to stand up publicly for what he believes is far beyond admirable. I can only imagine the value he brings to students and researchers who he has mentored over the years. He has been and continues to be a credit to the Karolinska Institute and to all of us who are fortunate enough to stand beside him in work. I don't know the internal politics of what is going on at the Karolinska Institute, but knowing the man as I do, something is certainly fishy."  

Further support for Johansson came from Dr. Dimitris Panagopoulos, at Demokritos, in Greece. His original support from 2012 as well as his recent latest demand to protect Johansson are attached.  

The following three individuals are directly responsible for Prof. Johansson's situation:  

Sandra Ceccatelli, Department Chair, 
Phone: 08-524 875 76 
Fax: 08-33 03 56 
E-mail: Sandra.Ceccatelli@ki.se 

Asa Garmager, Head of Administration, 
Phone: 08-524 878 55 
Organizational unit: Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), C4 
E-mail: asa.garmager@ki.se  

Christina Ingvarsson, HR administrator, 
Phone: 08-524 878 80 
Organizational unit: Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), C4 
E-mail: Christina.Ingvarsson@ki.se  

It is our responsibility to support Prof. Johansson as one of the pioneering voices who continue the struggle to protect humanity in the face of an industry with tremendous resources and power.  

Please contact the Karolinska and register your concerns. 

Kind regards, 
John Weigel 
Ireland 


From Professor Olle Johansson:

I have recently received quite a few letters, telephone calls, and e-mails about a recent rumour, around my person, on the Internet.  

Unfortunately, the rumour is correct. I have been asked by my department to once more downsize the remaining space I have, due to my lack of funding to cover the space rent. It will, of course, hamper me even more.

The loser is, however, not I, but people in need of support and answers; concerned parents worrying about the ever increasing amounts of EMFs in schools and daycare centers; cancer victims; persons with the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity and their relatives; and so forth.  

People have already engaged in very generous and kind ways, for which I am deeply indebted. Among the letters sent to my administration and telephone calls made to the very same, I can draw your attention to this recent petition.  

With my very best regards, 
Yours sincerely
Olle

(Olle Johansson - The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute 171 77
Stockholm Sweden)

Further examples of Professor Johansson's influence:

Olle Johansson "Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields"  (Open Mind Conference in Denmark)

Dr. Olle Johansson: a Neuroscientist's Views on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields - (Barcelona, Spain)

Expert Panel Review Safety Code 6 - Olle Johansson

CBC Interview with Olle Johansson on Wi-Fi in Schools

Seletun Declaration Announcement by Olle Johansson PhD




Oct 10
2014

Resonance - Beings of Frequency

(documentary film) by James Russell (Official)

Comment: This may be one of the most important documentaries ever made. You will need almost 90 minutes to watch the entire film, but it is time well spent. Anyone using wireless devices should watch this film.



RESONANCE is an eye opening documentary which reveals the harm we are doing by existing in an ocean of man made wireless frequencies. 

Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in. 

By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. 

Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing. 

Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn't exist for more than a second. 

This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically. 

Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth's natural resonance. 

To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the effects of which we are just starting to see and feel. 

Mast Sanity: http://www.mastsanity.org/

Film Synopsis




Oct 1
2014

Freiburg Appeal 2012

International Doctors' Appeal updated from 2002

Please forward this to as many medical doctors as soon as possible.  Forward as well to family, friends and acquaintances.  The doctors' signatures are valuable tools for affirmative action regarding wireless smart meters and other wireless technologies.

Doctors' Appeal
Doctors' Appeal
Signing the Appeal
Freiburger Appeal 2002

"Ten years ago, physicians of the Freiburg Appeal called on their colleagues, the public, and the politicians and health officials in charge because they were deeply concerned about the health of their fellow citizens. This Doctors' Appeal, in which they strongly warned about the dangers of wireless radiation, was translated into many languages and supported by more than 1000 physicians and more than 36,000 people worldwide. 

"Over the past decade, the evidence of serious risks has been increasing and accumulating worldwide. As physicians, we observe a clear increase in health symptoms when radio-frequency exposure levels increase with regard to distance and time--especially in the case of heavy cell phone use, and in the vicinity of DECT cordless phones, Wi-Fi, and cell towers--including problems falling asleep and staying asleep, chronic fatigue, headaches, migraine, vertigo, tinnitus, unhealthy blood pressure levels and arrhythmias, concentration and memory problems, learning and behavioral disorders, a more frequent incidence of ADHD among children. And numerous studies of independent scientists have now confirmed many of these observations made by physicians. 

"In the wake of the Freiburg Appeal, twelve other doctors' appeals requested overdue precautionary action in response to this worrisome situation--but so far in vain. The signatories of those appeals could rely on a professional Code of Ethics that requires a physician to participate in maintaining the natural basis of life regarding human health. The authors of this International Doctors' Appeal are guided by the same Code and today ask for your support. 

"We encourage you to sign the attached appeal and ask you to forward this appeal as well as our information portal to other colleagues."




Sep 27
2014

WHO Knew: The Elephant in the Room

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. . . .




Sep 13
2014

Introduction

  • Austria (Salzburg and Styria) 
  • Bulgaria 
  • People's Republic of China 
  • India 
  • The Russian Federation 
Spectrum Use, Exposure Risk and Best Practice
  • 60 GHz Radiation 
  • Terahertz Radiation - T-Rays 
Managing Risk
  • United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 
  • Council of Europe 
  • European Environment Agency 
Creating a Sustainable Future through Intelligent Risk Management

References




Sep 13
2014

Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

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. 




Sep 9
2014

MOBILIZE: Official Trailer

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. 



Documentary/Environmental/Social Issue
84 Minutes
USA
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.




Sep 1
2014


Aug 21
2014

Court Raises Bar for Least-Intrusive Means Test

Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article

  • Court Case Illuminates Problems of Time-limited Permits
  • Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings 
"American Tower V. City of San Diego also addresses the issue of whether or not a public hearing should be required under California state law for a change to an existing antenna structure. Wireless advocates hold that legislative language in Section 6409(a) that "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request" precludes the need for a public hearing.

"The court states that the automatic approval of American Tower's applications without a hearing would deprive landowners of their property rights and would violate due process.

"[American Tower] claims that the automatic approval of its conditional users permit applications would not constitute a substantial or significant deprivation ... because the facilities are already in existence, their continued presence cannot possibly deprive adjacent landowners of any property rights," the court wrote. "This argument ignores [American Tower's] obligation to return the sites to their original condition now that the original conditional-use permits have expired by their terms.

"Dozens of antennas perched on hundreds of feet of towers alongside hundreds of square feet of equipment shelters may not seem like a cognizable impact to [American Tower], but we believe most landowners would beg to differ," the court added.




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