Sometimes there is too much rain for the earth to absorb resulting in pools of stagnant water and flooding.
Sometimes after a huge feast we are so stuffed we literally cannot take one more bite.
To make foie gras, farmers (cruelly) ram rods down the throats of ducks and geese to force feed them till they can barely stand up.
This is where much of humanity is right now with technology. We are saturated with 24/7 “connectivity” in the name of “progress”, “convenience”, or “public safety”. We cannot take even one more bite.
“While telecom companies are moving full speed ahead to put up millions of small cell towers for their new 5G (fifth generation) cellular communication system in the United States, the public is waking up to the fact that 5G has not been proven safe for human health.”
Conclusion – Thinking about the Future
“Please give serious thought to not getting on the 5G bandwagon. There will be massive advertising campaigns in the months and years to come, designed to get everyone to switch over to 5G phones. You don’t have to bite the bait. 4G smartphones and 3G phones for voice and texting are adequate for everyday use.
We don’t need 5G technology to live happy and productive lives!
You might even consider whether this is a good time to just turn off your cellular service and live a less hectic life. You could join the small minority of people who are minimizing their microwave exposure by simply living without a cell phone of any type.
It is important to consider that the demand for better cellular service is not coming from consumers, but from mega-corporations who are trying to create a market for a new set of products.
It’s not really about better service, but about greater profitability for corporations who don’t mind killing off people with microwave radiation in order to turn greater profits.
It is also about creating a system that will enable central control over every aspect of human life.
5G is not a vision of something better, but an omen of something much worse.”
Heart-warming way to begin the New Year!!
May the “woes” of technology stocks plummeting fuel our awakening to the beauty and glory of the Natural World, and our connection to one another, the earth, and to our deepest yearnings.
Envisioning a year of awakening.
With much gratitude to Environmental Health Trust for this compilation of local ordinances
LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICIES & ORDINANCES TO REGULATE AND CONTROL WIRELESS FACILITIES SMALL CELLS
“From coast to coast local governments are taking action to protect their communities from the unfettered deployment of 4G and 5G “small cell” wireless facilities. Several cities are passing ordinances that strictly limit the buildout. Many policymakers ask “What are other cities doing?”
This page is a compilation of top examples of what cities are doing to protect their communities. For each city we provide a short synopsis along with a link to download the ordinance or policy. Scroll down to see the City and policy. Please download and share these examples with your community. “
With much gratitude to Americans for Responsible Technology for this model ordinance. PLEASE SEE THE JANUARY 2019 GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION’S UPDATE COPIED BELOW.
Sample Small Cell Code for Villages, Towns and Small Cities
“We’ve collected the best ideas from cities and towns all over the country that are pushing back against the FCC and the unfettered rollout of small cell wireless facilities.
If your town is receiving requests from wireless carriers or antenna construction companies for permission to construct small cell facilities in public rights-of-way, this document is what you need to get started with your own code to protect property values, privacy, safety and public health.”
December 30, 2018 (Updated January 3, 2019)
With much appreciation to Dr. Moskowitz from EMR Safety for this comprehensive overview of the year.
“This year the U.S. government disbanded with many environmental protections and paved the way for industry to intensify its exploitation of the environment at the expense of planetary health. The telecom and wireless industries have benefited from the government’s abdication of responsibility to protect the public’s health. State and federal governments have conflicts of interest — on average, 19% of your cell phone bill is devoted to taxes and fees in addition to the taxes that corporations pay.”
Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Jan. 25th, 2010 | Christopher Ketcham
This 2010 article documents the history of suppression of evidence regarding health effects from RF/microwave radiation (wireless radiation). Article includes cell towers and WiFi as well…but obviously, not “small cells” outside our homes. With 5g, the corruption and suppression is now on steroids.
The public must insist on safe technology, and not settle for the wireless infrastructure that industry and government are ramming down our throats.
Wireless is unsafe, unreliable, energy consumptive, invades our privacy, and puts us all at risk for devastating cyber attacks.
All communities must insist on safe, fast, reliable, energy efficient and cyber secure fiber to all homes, schools, and businesses. Wireless should be reserved for short calls when out-and-about, and text messages.
The bulk of all data transmission must be sent and delivered through wires, and not sprayed through the air wirelessly.
Please also see the following, more recent article for more on big Telecom and the science:
Challenge to FCC’s 5G Network Order Moves to Ninth Circuit Jan. 11th, 2019 | Bloomberg Law
A challenge by dozens of cities and counties to a Federal Communications Commission order aimed at speeding up the deployment of 5G network infrastructure is back in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Jan. 10 granted a bid by San Jose, Calif. and other local governments to transfer the case to where they had originally sued. The court also denied their bid to stay the FCC’s order pending the litigation. The order is set to take effect in part on Jan. 14.
The transfer is “huge news,” Robert (Tripp) May, counsel for the League of California Cities and several other local government petitioners, told Bloomberg Law Jan. 11.
“Between the two, I would take the transfer over the stay seven days a week,” May, a telecom partner at Telecom Law Firm PC in San Diego, said. Petitioners now can ask the Ninth Circuit to halt the order, even after it takes effect, May said.
San Jose and 22 other cities and counties sued to overturn an order restricting how much local governments can charge wireless carriers to process applications for small cell equipment that’s critical to 5G. The order also imposes deadlines for cities to grant or deny the applications.
More local governments, as well as Sprint Corp., AT&T Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., later filed separate petitions against the order in other federal circuit courts. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the petitions and chose the Tenth Circuit to hear the case.
The petitioners argued that the Ninth Circuit should hear the case because the FCC order ignores a Ninth Circuit interpretation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The law says governments can’t stop entities from providing telecom services. The Ninth Circuit has held that an entity must show “actual or effective prohibition” to allege a violation.
The FCC’s order essentially says that if a city makes it harder for a carrier to provide telecom services, that amounts to a prohibition, May said.
The FCC and the wireless carriers had opposed the cities’ bid to transfer the case. Spokespeople for the FCC, Sprint, and Verizon declined to comment. AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a Bloomberg Law request for comment.
The main case is City of San Jose v. FCC, 10th Cir., No. 18-9568, 1/10/19.
Two days after Christmas arguments spiraled out of control in millions of households around the nation. Which bozo cut the wire to the internet? Who disconnected the router and the Xbox? Who dinged the remote controller for the game boy? Far more serious than these domestic squabbles is the fact that thousands of emergency […]
Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder & President of Environmental Health Trust & Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University
Ricocheting off last week’s Internet outage where thousands of 911 calls failed, and in some places medical records were inaccessible, Dr. Devra Davis examines our current dependency on wireless.
“industry seeks the cheapest, quickest, and most profitable path, which has directly led to both our growing wireless dependency and the latest outages.”
“Tim Schoechle, a former industry network designer, powerfully documents, in his report on The Future of Landlines and Networks, open public access to the internet is essential for our security and safety. The Century Link outage provides compelling proof that such access can never be met through wireless systems. Wired systems are faster, more secure, reliable, energy efficient, and safer than wireless. Wired lines provide quicker safer ways to download and share information, that cannot be disturbed.”
“U.S. networks are privately controlled. Although hundreds of millions have been provided to underwrite secure copper lines and optical fiber systems, much of that money has been diverted to wireless systems that are prone to hacking and doomed to extinction.”
“It’s time to take a new look at all of this, before we find out that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.”
Washington DC is Ground Zero for the Race to 5G
but is the American Public Fully Informed? Oct. 19th, 2018 | Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH | Thrive
J.C. Dvorak didn’t mince words when he reported on some of the failings of 5g.
Shortly thereafter, “both Dvorak and his article were summarily removed and replaced with ‘What is 5G’ –an article boasting of growing markets for 2019.”
In this excellent “Thrive” article, Dr. Devra Davis segues from Dvorak’s dismissal, and touches on many of the key points of why we need to change our trajectory regarding Internet and Telecommunications technology.
“When it comes to networks, just as with bridges, it’s far better to construct it correctly now rather than be forced to repair avoidable damages later.”
Coverage of the recent Pima County 5g Awareness Coalition Public Forum. Links to videos et al.
High exposure from cell tower near schools resulted in delayed fine and gross motor skills, spatial working memory, and attention in school adolescents compared to students who were exposed to low RF-EMF.
Study as described in title.
CYBER SECURITY AND PRIVACY
Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not Jan.7th, 2019 | Anick Jesdanun | AP News
“’It’s decentralized surveillance,’ said Jeff Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington-based digital privacy advocate. ‘We’re living in a world where we’re tethered to some online service stealthily gathering our information.’”
Some of these “conveniences” follow:
“As for that smart toilet, Kohler’s Numi will respond to voice commands to raise or lower the lid — or to flush. You can do it from an app, too. The company says it’s all about offering hands-free options in a setting that’s very personal for people. The toilet is also heated and can play music and the news through its speakers.”
“The research firm BI Intelligence estimates that by 2020, three out of every four cars sold worldwide will be models with connectivity.”
“Consumers can decide not to enable these connections. They can also vote with their wallets, Stephens said.”
“I’m a firm believer that simple is better. If you don’t need to have these so-called enhancements, don’t buy them,”
Hyperdrive Your High-Tech Car Is a Magnet for Hacking
Carmakers are beefing up security measures as hackers take smart cars for a ride Dec. 17th, 2019 | Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg
Cyber attacks add to the growing public mistrust of Internet-connected cars and “things”.
“As more cars connect to the web, cyberattacks go through the roof.”
“…risks around vehicle cybercrime are only going to get worse.”
“Each new service connected to a vehicle is a new potential entry point for hackers,”
I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country. Jan. 8th, 2019 | Joseph Cox | Motherboard
“If there is money to be made they will keep selling the data.”
“Your mobile phone is constantly communicating with nearby cell phone towers, so your telecom provider knows where to route calls and texts. From this, telecom companies also work out the phone’s approximate location based on its proximity to those towers.”
[Please note that with 4g/5g towers in front of our homes, data tracking capability from cell towers will be far more granular than depicted in this article!!]
“Although many users may be unaware of the practice, telecom companies in the United States sell access to their customers’ location data to other companies, called location aggregators, who then sell it to specific clients and industries.”
“In the case of the phone we tracked, six different entities had potential access to the phone’s data. T-Mobile shares location data with an aggregator called Zumigo, which shares information with Microbilt. Microbilt shared that data with a customer using its mobile phone tracking product. The bounty hunter then shared this information with a bail industry source, who shared it with Motherboard.”
“Locating a phone can cost as little as $4.95 each if searching for a low number of devices. That price gets even cheaper as the customer buys the capability to track more phones. Getting real-time updates on a phone’s location can cost around $12.95.”
“Wireless carriers’ continued sale of location data is a nightmare for national security and the personal safety of anyone with a phone. When stalkers, spies, and predators know when a woman is alone, or when a home is empty, or where a White House official stops after work, the possibilities for abuse are endless.”
20,000 Satellites for 5G to be Launched Sending Focused Beams of Intense Microwave Radiation Over Entire Earth Jan. 13th, 2019 | John P. Thomas | Health Impact News
Wish this were a bad dream we could awaken from…but alas it’s not. Yet there’s still a chance we can create a better tomorrow for us All. If we can awaken in time.
20,000 satellites are slated to be deployed in the next few years, raining down radiation upon the earth. These towers will complement the increasing densification of our neighborhoods with 4g/5g “small cells” next to or near our homes rendering our environments extremely hazardous to both humans and wildlife.
“As bad as these small cell towers might seem from the standpoint of constant exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation in close proximity to the source, perhaps an even more alarming prospect will be the beaming of millimeter length microwaves at the earth from thousands of new communication satellites.
The total number of satellites that is expected to be put into low and high orbit by several companies will be 20,000 satellites.”
For information about ways you can help (for those in the US), please send an email to email@example.com.
The Internet of Bodies: A Convenient—and, Yes, Creepy—New Platform for Data Discovery Jan. 7th, 2019 | Anick Jesdanun
(This is for real!)
PRESENTING: THE INTERNET OF BODIES (IOB)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now onto and inside the human body, becoming the Internet of Bodies (IoB)
“Is being tracked by the phone in your hand or the watch on your wrist really that much different than being tracked by a device right next to your watch or your phone that just happens to be under your skin?”
“Heverly notes that legal issues abound, including product liability, various other torts, and even bankruptcy and debtor-creditor issues as he pondered repo agents coming to repossess the embedded Internet of Bodies devices of those unable to pay their IoB bills.”
“The Internet of Things is becoming a weapon against both consumers and national security.”
What happens when a parrot buys a kettle on Amazon
January 12th, 2019 | My Broadband
“The African grey species, which is renowned for its ability to mimic human speech, successfully ordered fruit, vegetables, ice-cream, a kettle, light bulbs and a kite.” (Maybe soon the parrot will figure out how to turn the dumb thing off!!)
The bulk of the article goes on to discuss the legal ramifications of someone making an unauthorized purchase on an Alexa device. Would the owner be legally liable to pay for it?
But what’s completely overlooked in the article is the sheer insanity of an everything Internet-connected world which will be disruptive in ways unimaginable. It seems that might be a more significant takeaway from this story.
Oops! Autonomous robot struck and ‘killed’ by a self-driving Tesla in Las Vegas ahead of CES
• Accident occurred on Paradise Rd in Las Vegas as engineers transported bots
• One of the Promobots stepped out of line and into the roadway, where it was hit
• Tesla Model S was operating autonomously, though a passenger was on board
“Accident occurred on Paradise Rd in Las Vegas as engineers transported bots
One of the Promobots stepped out of line and into the roadway, where it was hit
Tesla Model S was operating autonomously, though a passenger was on board”
David Shepardson Jan. 1st, 2019 | Business News
Soli radar will operate in the 57- to 64-GHz frequency band at higher than current allowable power levels…(if I understood correctly).
LIABILITY and PROPERTY VALUES
Property Values Declining Near Cell Towers
When it comes to cell phone towers, there is increasingly the perception that a family does not want to live next to one. There is good reason for this as the research on health effects shows.
Excellent resource with a slew of articles, videos and studies related to declining property value around cell tower installations.
4g/5g cell antennas in front of our homes = highway robbery by Telecom companies for their benefit at our expense.
Do we really want to subsidize Telecom companies to the tune of thousands of our hard-earned dollars.
Boggles the mind how our government is allowing Telecom to deploy “small cells” outside our homes when no insurer wants to cover health effects from non-ionizing radiation.
“The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage.”
“We will not
a) make any payment on your behalf for any claim, or
b) incur any costs and expenses, or
c) reimburse you for any loss, damage, legal expenses, fees or costs sustained by you, or
d) pay any medical expenses”
For more please also see, https://ehtrust.org/?s=liability+insurance
My field research shows that children as young as six are among those risking their lives amid toxic dust to mine cobalt for the world’s big electronics firms
Oct. 12th, 2018 | Siddharth Kara | The Guardian Modern-day slavery in focus is supported by Humanity United
“Elodie is 15. Her two-month-old son is wrapped tightly in a frayed cloth around her back. He inhales potentially lethal mineral dust every time he takes a breath. Toxicity assaults at every turn; earth and water are contaminated with industrial runoff, and the air is brown with noxious haze. Elodie is on her own here, orphaned by cobalt mines that took both her parents. She spends the entire day bent over, digging with a small shovel to gather enough cobalt-containing heterogenite stone to rinse at nearby Lake Malo to fill one sack. It will take her an entire day to do so, after which Chinese traders will pay her about $0.65 (50p). Hopeless though it may be, it is her and her child’s only means of survival.”
The Ecological And Human Rights Impacts Of New Technology Jan. 12th, 2019 | Julian Vigo | Forbes
“There is much documentation of the negative social impacts of this mining that extend far beyond child slavery and civil wars.””…children living in the mining district had ten times as much cobalt in addition to other far more dangerous minerals in their urine as children living elsewhere, far higher than the acceptable limits set under EU regulations.”
5g and the IoT are clearly not the direction we should be headed.
If you’re not in you can’t win.
Please give this opportunity from IARC your consideration.
Time is short.
This does not bode well for the 5G roll-out.
Building the markets for the many diverse IoT applications is a long-term project and will take many years or decades—and much of it does not require 5G since it can be done with 3G, 4G or even other alternatives (e.g., fiber and WiFi). A lot of it can be done with cheaper wireless alternatives and I would say that most of the industrial stuff does not even need to be wireless. The connected car or driverless car is mostly hype, unnecessary, uneconomic, and is a completely undefined market. The “smart city” applications mostly do not require wireless. Also wireless “smart city” sensors or low power energy harvesting sensors would not use 5G anyway due to their power or cost constraints.
I conclude that now is the time to strike against 5G. It is weak. Through local pushback, legislation, and pressure on multiple fronts, the wheels can come loose on this Juggernaut by highlighting the risks and scaring off the investors. At the same time we can push for the alternative of community fiber which will be far better for everyone for many reasons. Fiber is where the investment should go.
The “Big Hangup”/”Smartphone Overload!” article may seem a bit misleading, but if you read between the lines, it is clearly defensive, even in the title. Basically it says “don’t look to smartphone sales to carry the 5G market.. look to something else..” But everything else is nascent and undeveloped. This is key to understanding the situation.
The WSJ print edition version of the article today included three important charts that tell the story of declining smartphone sales. Unfortunately the version that is downloadable from the WSJ website did not include these charts, although they are visible in the “digital replica” version. I have pasted them into the attached .pdf of the article after page 4 for you. One chart shows change in global smartphone shipments peaking in 2014 and now at close to an all-time low. Both Samsung and Apple have taken huge hits on their stock price because of this decline. There is no solid basis for 5G growth and investment without smartphone sales. The other stuff will take years to established a market.
If you have not met before, please allow me to introduce you Sarah Aminoff. I met Sarah through the Generation Zapped film, she is one of the people in the montage of those with microwave sickness.
She has worked very hard in California to raise awareness, and is responsible for the San Francisco Unified School District teacher’s union recently adopting an EMF resolution.
She is now working on other ways to help get word out on the need for technology safety, and the Sierra Club suggested she do a PSA with children affected by EMFs. She is now exploring the possibility of doing so.
If you have a child with microwave sickness and would like to help with this project, please reach out directly to Sarah via the email below.
Thanks, as ever, for your time and consideration.
Cecelia (Cece) Doucette, MTPW, BA
Technology Safety Educator
YouTube EMF Talks
I live out in the country now and am (happily) on the other side of the digital divide. The drawback is there is no fiber or cable where I live. But unfortunately, the way things stand at the present moment, if there were fiber, there would likely be one or more cell towers near me. But since I don’t have fiber, I must resort to satellite for access to the Internet, therefore, I never watch videos from my home as they spew boatloads more RF than text. All to say, I haven’t watched the following video.
In Israel, parents are fighting to have a cell tower that is right beside a high school removed after learning that nearly 60% of the kids attending suffered health problems consistent with exposure to microwave radiation. They held a 3 month strike to emphasize their concerns. Below is a 1½ minute YouTube explaining their battle and concerns.
MESSAGE FROM ARTHUR FIRSTENBERG
You know that under current law we have not been allowed to protest the erection of cell towers, even near schools and in residential areas, based on health concerns. Well, the very first lawsuit addressing this issue by contesting the constitutionality of the 1996 Telecommunications Act was filed in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 21, 2018 by Arthur Firstenberg and others.
Among other items, the lawsuit requests the court to declare that “environment” does not mean “health” in Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Further, the lawsuit argues that:
134. The FCC has no statutory authority over human health, and its RF (radio frequency) exposure guidelines are neither mandatory nor enforceable.
135. The FCC has stated repeatedly that its RF exposure guidelines are procedural only and serve only to determine whether an FCC licensee must file an Environmental Assessment or not. Non-mandatory regulations cannot have preemptive effect. Yet, Section 704 gives these regulations preemptive authority, prohibiting States and local governments from adopting any regulations more stringent than those adopted by the FCC.
136. Section 704 prohibits States and local governments from providing any remedy for injury by RF radiation without providing a substitute federal remedy. This prohibition violates Substantive Due Process because it forecloses any and all remedies for injury by RF radiation.
143. Section 704 violates the First Amendment right to Free Speech.
145. Section 704 deprives persons threatened with injury of the right to be notified, of the right to participate in the decision, of the right to protest that decision, of the right to appeal that decision, and, when they are injured, of the right to tort relief or any remedy whatsoever for their injuries.
146. Section 704 violates the First Amendment Right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances.
You can read the full court document here: https://www.emfconsultant.com/upload/Doc%201%20-%20Complaint.pdf
If you’d like to support this lawsuit, you are gratefully invited to make a tax-deductible donation to the Cellular Phone Task Force at this site: http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/donate/
To be successful, this lawsuit, as well as the International Appeal to Stop 5G, needs financial support. To help us get this support, we are looking for a person experienced at raising funds. A prospectus is being prepared which will detail the funds needed, and the commissions the fundraiser will receive. If you, or anyone you know, can raise funds, and believes in this cause, please let me know, or contact Arthur directly at firstname.lastname@example.org His phone number in New Mexico is 505-471-0129.
If you have not yet read or signed the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space, you can do so here: https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/
I hope 2019 brings each of us peace, joy, happiness, good health, and wonderful surprises!