“5G is going to be disaster squared.” – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt,
Technology is Destroying Our Kids’ Empathy 1 minute video
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Also, if you want to just use the SafeG banner on your website, that would be most helpful as well in getting the branding out there. Also, if you want to just use the SafeG banner on your website, that’s another option as well. The HTML for the banner is on the website under “Resources”. No need to ask permission…just use it as you see fit. The sizing can be adjusted to fit your website design.
FEATURED: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations:
Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC
August 12, 2019
On August 8, 2019, the FCC published a news release in which Ajit Pai, the FCC chairperson, issued a proposal that the FCC not change its existing radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits. He also proposed to gather public comment on rules to determine compliance with the exposure limits and establish uniform guidelines to ensure compliance.
The press release makes the following claims:
“The FCC sets radiofrequency limits in close consultation with the FDA and other health agencies. After a thorough review of the record and consultation with these agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones,” said Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology.
As Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC, “[t]he available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits…” and “[n]o changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”
Unfortunately, these assertions do not reflect the state of the scientific literature regarding RF health effects, nor do they adequately reflect the public comment received by the FCC over the past six years regarding RF exposure limits for Proceeding Number 13-84.
The FCC has no health expertise and relies upon Federal health agencies, especially the FDA, for advice about RF exposure limits. However, these agencies have lacked the requisite expertise to provide this guidance as their RF health experts retired or took industry jobs. In the past decade, these agencies have failed to monitor the vast and growing body of peer-reviewed research that documents adverse health effects from low-intensity exposure to radiofrequency radiation. Rather, the Federal government has increasingly relied upon advice from engineers and scientists with conflicts of interest and industry lobbyists.
For an index of key submissions to the FCC regarding RF exposure limits and RF health effects since mid-2012, go to:
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley
ANTENNAS AND TOWERS Helios Towers mulls listing at possible USD 3 bln valuation – report Monday 12 August 2019 | 09:25 CET | News
Helios Towers is reviving plans for an initial public offering, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its advisers are resuming preparations for an IPO that could value Helios at about USD 3 billion and it is considering filing for the share sale as soon as this year, they said. The tower owner is weighing London and Johannesburg as listing venues, though it has not made a final decision, one of the people said.
In March 2018, Helios announced its intention to carry out an IPO in London and Johannesburg to let shareholders such as Soros Fund Management reduce their stakes. It quickly abandoned the plans with little explanation, saying two weeks later its owners had decided against a listing despite receiving “considerable interest” from potential investors.
Any deal would add to the USD 1.8 billion of IPOs by telecommunications-related companies this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Helios was one of a number of tower owners, including fellow African operator IHS Towers, that abandoned listing plans in 2018.
CELLPHONES: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Review 5G is great — if you can get it
At $1,299.99, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is almost stupidly expensive. But if you do decide to fork out all that money, you’re getting a glimpse into the phones of tomorrow. 5G speeds are genuinely intoxicating – downloads are instant, and streaming is effortless. But can 5G speeds justify the $300 premium over the S10 Plus? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review.
The S10 5G is Samsung’s first stab at a 5G phone – and the Korean company has decided that bigger is indeed better.
The S10 5G gets a whopping 6.7-inch screen, with even Samsung’s own marketing spiel describing it as “massive.” While thegets a 4,100 mAh battery, the S10 5G gets a 4,500 mAh. The S10 5G also gets six cameras – four on the rear, and two on the front.
But does all that extra hardware make the S10 5G a good phone? And, if so, can it justify its enormous price tag?
5G connectivity is the S10 5G’s biggest selling point. Having used the S10 5G for a week in and around London on the, we found the 5G network to be fast – and noticeably faster than 4G for more data-heavy tasks. Everything seemed so much easier.
However, the times where we actually had a 5G connection were infrequent, to say the least. Most of the time, we were stuck using a 4G or 4G+ connection – and when you’re looking down at your phone, knowing it could do better if it wasn’t being held back by the infrastructure, it feels disappointing.
So, isIf you live in a city where you can get a reliable 5G connection — and you can only get 5G in cities — then the S10 5G is fairly enticing. If you don’t live in a city with a strong 5G connection, we wouldn’t bother.
CELLPHONES: Baguio sends clear message to pedestrians using cellphones
More than 20 people were reprimanded for using their cellphones and gadgets while walking in public in Baguio City on Saturday.
The local government has been strictly implementing the “Anti-Distracted Walking Ordinance” in the city. Under the measure, using cellphones and other handheld devices while along city sidewalks and pedestrian lanes is prohibited.
The ordinance was approved last week of July.
CELLPHONES: On the Record: What’s holding up hands-free cellphone ban? Massachusetts (very short video segment)
distracted driving accidents up 170%, 19 states have this legislation
CELLPHONES: The Most Persistent Troublemaker In Massachusetts Classrooms? The Cellphone
CELLPHONES: Mobile phones, cordless phones and rates of brain tumors in different age groups in the Swedish National Inpatient Register and the Swedish Cancer Register during 1998-2015
CELLPHONES: Microwave Emissions From Cell Phones Exceed Safety Limits in Europe and the US When Touching the Body Om Gandhi
CELLPHONES; Cell Tower Cancer Clusters 5 ½ minute video (from Resonance)
CELLPHONES: Better cell phone coverage vs. neighbors worries. Where do you stand?
Briley and two neighbors of the site asked if the tower will be collapsible.
“I wouldn’t want it to fall on homes,” he said, pointing out that collapsible towers are exempt from setback requirements.
Neace said once the tower was approved, the next step will be to meet with building officials, test soil conditions and come up with the final design.
Neighbor Jack Schuller questioned why during a recent revision of the ordinance, a ban against cell towers being 200 feet or closer to a residential property line was removed.
He said the proposed tower “virtually is in my neighbor’s back yard.” That neighbor also expressed concerns to commissioners.
Dodge said the revision occurred during a routine revamping of the ordinance with all of the proper publications and hearings, and had no direct connection to the AT&T application.
“As we were reviewing, we felt that the ordinance in place was too restrictive and we got a legal opinion that it was against federal statutes and we cannot be stricter that those (and telecommunications regulations),” he said.
SCHOOLS: And for 10 years, Swisscom has been installing wired Internet connections in Swiss schools for free. Why not wireless? As company spokesman Carsten Roetz wrote in an e-mail, “because there’s no reason to put a radiation source that isn’t absolutely necessary in schools.” Of Switzerland’s 6,800 schools, Roetz estimates that fewer than 100 have opted for wireless connections.- Sara Gabriel to Wired Schools
Schools differ on cellphone policies for students
SCHOOLS: Stronsay Junior High: School faces boycott over phone mast health fears
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SCHOOLS: South Africa is getting new ‘technical’ schools – here’s what you need to know
SCHOOLS: Buffalo schools to give thousands of homes free Wi-Fi to close digital divide
EMF: Documentary “An Invisible Threat” Investigates Conflict of Interest among Telecom, Politicians, and Scientists
ENVIRONMENT: Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act
(I can’t help but think that the wireless industry needs this)
FCC: White House proposal would have FCC and FTC police alleged social media censorship
FCC: Court deals blow to FCC’s bid to speed 5G rollout
FCC has tried to cut red tape
FCC: Court Vacates FCC Dereg of Cell Tower-Site Reviews
Vacates and remands that portion of larger deregulatory order back to commission
Turns out the race to 5G can’t run roughshod over the landscape, at least as the FCC has proposed it.
In a partial defeat for the FCC and a victory for localities trying to retain their authority over cell tower placement and impact, a federal appeals court has ruled that the FCC did not justify its deregulation of small cell site historic and environmental reviews and has vacated that part of a larger wireless deployment deregulation order.
Over the objections of local government officials and the reservations of Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,to streamline the path to small cell deployment, including the part on site reviews, billing it as crucial to the rollout of 5G wireless service, an FCC and Trump Administration priority.
The FCC argued that such reviews were not statutorily required, would impede the rollout of 5G networks, and that their costs outweighed any benefit. But as with many FCC decisions, opponents went to court.
That court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit*, said it did not buy the FCC’s argument that such reviews “pose little to no cognizable religious, cultural, or environmental risk,” in particular given “the vast number of proposed deployments and the reality that the Order will principally affect small cells that require new construction,” the court said.
The court found that the FCC did not adequately address the potential harms of deregulation or the benefits of environmental and historic-preservation reviews, particularly for Indian lands that “may include Tribal burial grounds, land vistas, and other sites that Tribal Nations…regard as sacred or otherwise culturally significant.”
For that reason, the court said, the FCC’s regulatory order on small cells is arbitrary and capricious. (It did not vacate the changes the FCC made to tribe’s participation in the reviews).
The court vacated that part of the order and remanded it back to the FCC, which could try to better justify it.
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma and supporting intervenors had challenged the order.
“This confirms that the FCC cannot just scream “5G” to justify ignoring its duties to Tribal Nations and to the environment,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Georgetown University Law Center, a lawyer who represented the challengers. “The decision does give the FCC more latitude than we would prefer on some of the mechanisms for tribal review, but we will deal with that on the remand.”
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel saw it a bit differently.
“The court just vacated a large part of the FCC’s 5G deployment strategy,”” she said. “For those paying attention, that means the agency tasked with the future of connectivity didn’t get it right. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and do better.”
MORE AT LINK
Appeals court halts FCC red-tape cutting quest
Appeals court ruling undercuts FCC’s plan for speedy 5G rollout
Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation
Pai tried to kill environmental and historic-preservation review of small cells.
Appeals Court Issues Mixed Decision on Small Cells
Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers, August 12, 2019
A federal appeals court agreed with the FCC Friday on some portions of its small cells order from 2018, and disagreed on others.
Telecom Alert–DC Circuit Remands Order on Small Cell Reviews; FCC Proposes to Maintain RF Exposure Safety Standards; Senate Bill Proposes to Eliminate NEPA for Federal Projects–Vol. XVI, Issue 32
National Law Review, August 12, 2019
DC Circuit Remands FCC Order on Small Cell Reviews
5G OPPOSITON, ACTIVISM
5G: Technology is Destroying Our Kids’ Empathy 1 minute video
Published on Aug 7, 2019
On August 26, 2019, tens of thousands are gathering. Save your spot for 5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability:
In this clip, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, founder of Sophia Health Institute, speaks with Josh del Sol on our kids’ worst technology addiction.
5G: 5g Towers Near Me – An Evolving Guide To Locating 5g Cell Towers
5G: MARK STEELE – ‘JUSTICE IS COMING’ – 5G FIGHT BACK TIME
1 hour video
includes Patrick Wood at 9 minutes
( I did not listen to the whole thing but its quite a rant)
5G; Is this the truth about 5G? Translated from Greek
5G: Los Altos bans ‘node’ antennas for the most part in residential areas
5G CANADA OPPOSITION PAPER IN FRENCH: 12 pages
5G: South Wales Creatives Against 5G
5G: Opinion: We must suspend and review 5G roll out
5G: Berks County commissioner voices concern over 5G deployment
Christian Y. Leinbach said studies should be done on the safety of allowing the technology’s radiation-emitting transmitters on utility poles and buildings.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
President Donald Trump says the race to build 5G is one America must win and building high-speed networks across the United States will transform .
(I could not open it. maybe try searching under title of article. I am getting locked out of a lot ot sites )
5G INDUSTRY POLITICS:
has been going on for decades, from the earliest services to every network that ends in a ‘G.’ Now 5G is in the process of rolling out, and new concerns are being raised.
The next-generation mobile network is reviving discussions about health risks, including cancer. While scientists continue their research, one U.S. government agency is is making their stance clear.
After six years of public input and reviews, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a ruling on the safety of 5G. Not only that, the commission has also responded to cancer fears surrounding old and new smartphones.
The FCC rules on the safety of 5G
Most studies over the years have found that there is no connection between cellphones and brain cancer. So what is it about the technology that stokes cancer fears?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that no conclusive connection between brain cancer and mobile phone use has been found because the gadgets emit non-ionizing radiation, which is low frequency. For reference, household items like microwaves also emit non-ionizing radiation.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, ionizing radiation is high frequency which is why patients and technicians wear lead vests during procedures like X-rays, where that energy is emitted. Too much exposure to ionizing radiation can cause cancer.
And that brings us back to the FCC’s recent ruling. Like everything that’s come before, the FCC says the nation’s 23-year-old safety limits for radio-frequency exposure will be left unchanged even with 5G. The agency said current exposure levels for cellphones and other radio frequency devices remain safe.
5G health controversy
First, 5G operates on higher radio frequencies than older cellphone standards. However, these higher frequency waves can’t travel long distances or pass well through objects.
To compensate, antennas will have to be installed every 500 feet on average. Soon, there will likely be a 5G antenna on every lamp post you see. This means our exposure to radio frequency radiation will be higher than ever.
Remember we’re not just dealing with cellular signals. We’re also constantly bombarded by radio-frequency radiation from other appliances including Wi-Fi routers and Wi-Fi enabled gadgets.
The Federal Drug Administration finds that despite 5G current data suggest that the cellular industry’s radio frequency safety limits are still acceptable. The agency does add the caveat that it will continue to review future studies.
One thing researchers do agree on is that the most significant health. So drop the phone and buckle up. Buckle up mentally too, because high-speed 5G is the future.
Yes, cell phones do affect your health
Several studies have looked at whether cell phone use increases the risk of developing brain cancer and researchers all basically say it doesn’t. But our smartphones are definitely affecting our health and taking years off our lives in a way we didn’t expect. Smartphones have been connected to raising stress levels and that affects almost the entire body.
LINKS TO: Yes, cell phones do affect your health
No, it’s not brain cancer. Several studies have looked at whether cell phone use increases the risk ofand researchers all basically say it doesn’t.
Oh, but our smartphones are definitely affecting our health and takingin a way we didn’t expect. Smartphones have been connected to raising stress levels and that affects almost the entire body.
THE 5G PRICING RACE TO THE TOP
How do you put a price on a telecoms spectrum license? Chinese operators have picked them up for free — part of. Yet in parts of Europe recent auctions have been so expensive that at least one company has had to cut shareholder dividends. In the U.S., where President Donald Trump has declared that “the race to 5G is a race that America must win,” spectrum licenses are being sold at historically low prices.
The answer to the question will determine not just the future of the technological resource — referred to as the “lifeblood of the mobile industry” — and the operators themselves, but will also have a major impact on the next stage in the development of the digital economy.
5G: What is dual connectivity and why is it important for 5G?
5G: Fundamental changes ahead as ground systems prepare for constellations, 5G Communications satellites and their ground segments will play important roles in 5G networks, said Lluc Palerm-Serra, Northern Sky Research senior analyst. “5G opens a window of opportunity for the satellite industry to be integrated with the general telecom ecosystem,” he added.
To make that integration successful, though, ground systems will need to be extremely flexible and adaptable. Terrestrial communications networks rely on software to reconfigure themselves based on demand. Increasingly, individual satellites and constellations rely on software to adapt to changing conditions.
“If you have software-defined networks feeding us on the ground and the payloads or the constellations changing on a regular basis in space, if the ground system is this static entity between the two it’s going to be the bottleneck,” said Greg Quiggle, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions product management vice president. “For the industry to be a good alternative to terrestrial networking, it’s really important that the ground system make that leap forward.”
The goal is to establish ground systems that can dynamically change their configuration without changing hardware, said Christopher Richins, CEO and co-founder of RBC Signals of Redmond, Washington, a startup that offers satellite communications infrastructure as a service.
5G: FIVE CHALLENGES OF WIDEBAND 5G TEST
5G: On 5G wireless, economic growth, Huawei, and security: A long-read Q&A with Roger Entner
Shane Tews: Can you elaborate on how devices will become both smarter and dumber at the same time as a result of 5G?
Roger Entner: If the device has no connection, it becomes dumber because it’s less powerful — because all the computing capabilities will move to the cloud. When the device connects to that data center in the cloud, you can do all the computation there. So instead of having one processor in your phone, you have hundreds and thousands of processors through the cloud computing network that can do all of the work that your phone currently does, just 100 to 1,000 times faster. And with that, you don’t need the same capabilities on your phone anymore because you’re outsourcing it to the cloud.
5G: Pentagon plans to ask for more money for 5G
HEALTH: Low vitamin D levels linked to non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease
Summary: Vitamin D supplementation may help reduce some of the non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
In an Acta Neurologica Scandinaviastudy of 182 patients with Parkinson’s disease and 185 healthy controls, patients with Parkinson’s disease had significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. Also, patients with lower vitamin D levels were more likely to fall, and to experience sleep problems, depression, and anxiety.
HEALTH: Blue Light Is Causing The Human Eye to Attack Itself
The NTP has a new abstract about the RFR studies published on Aug 2nd, 2019. I noticed in the final technical report in the conclusions on the rat study published Nov 1st, 2018 the wording on the malignant glioma was ‘considered’ to be from RFR. This new page says ‘ The incidences of malignant glioma of the brain were also related to RFR exposure.’
Although, they left out their usual scale of ‘some evidence,’ this is right after the ‘clear evidence’ statement and is very suggestive of that to someone who’s not willing to fight against it.
The NTP is hard at work on RFR 2.0. We shall see what is coming.
HEALTH: “Electrosmog” – controversial shielding products and Harmonizer
Translated from German
HEALTH: Cyril Smith has done immense and impressive studies on the relationship between vital processes (life) and i.a. electrical phenomena (electromagnetism).
His book “Electromagnetic Man” shows the existence of our innate electrosensitivity. (See also the work of Björn Nordenström and Robert Becker).
His research into Homeopathy demonstrates ways in which cell functioning, body chemistry and body electromagnetism can be seen to be connected.
On this site you can find the following article and notes:
Human Electromagnetic Sensitivity (2000)
The Autonomic System and Electrochemical Sensitivity(2005)
The Autonomous Nervous System and Electromagnetic Sensitivity (2007)
His Course in Homeopathy can be found here (on:)
Bibliography on Electrical Hypersensitivity and Water Phenomena
Cyril W. Smith, Honorary Senior Lecturer (Retired),
University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT, England.
HEALTH MOLD: Clinical Diagnosis of the Dampness and Mold Hypersensitivity Syndrome: Review of the Literature and Suggested Diagnostic Criteria
HEALTH MERCOLA: Most popular articles of 2019
The top three dangers of LED lighting are:
Danger No. 1 — They deteriorate your vision as they emit excessive amounts of blue wavelengths and fail to counterbalance with regenerative frequencies. They have very little red in them and no infrared. When you’re exposed to higher blue light frequencies, they catalyze excess reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, which damages your eyes in several ways. It also affects your sleep.
Danger No. 2 — They increase oxidative stress and potentially introduce cellular damage while causing mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic disorder and cancer via suppressed energy production.
A molecule called cytochrome c oxidase, involved in mitochondrial energy production, creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) or cellular energy, and ATP is needed to fuel all your cells. In fact, it’s crucial for survival — you can’t live without it. But LED light exacerbates chronic disease by suppressing ATP production.
Danger No. 3 — They inhibit your sleep. Electronic screens are a major culprit, but research shows that LEDs of all kinds suppress production of melatonin, and therefore sleep, which can damage your body in ways you may not be aware of. In fact, looking at an electronic device within an hour of going to bed can delay sleep for an hour or more, and TVs can’t filter out blue light. Installing a blue light filter on your TV screen can help.
3. Cell Tower Removed From Schoolyard Due to Cluster of Cancer Cases and Have You Seen the Safety Warning Hidden Inside Your Cellphone? — School children in Ripon, California, being diagnosed with cancer sparked a new dialogue about whether electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from Sprint cell towers was the culprit. Naysayers said the towers emitted less radiation than government standards prescribed, but the evidence remained.
If you’re familiar with EMFs, you know the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) guidelines are outdated, and worse, much of the research was bankrolled by the industries standing to make a profit from them. While denying any harm being done, Sprint agreed to move the towers, but that doesn’t negate the fact that wireless 5G towers are the next phase coming out, touted to make data speeds 100 times faster.
However, there are downsides, according to CBS News, which noted that “5G requires the installation of new equipment across the U.S. All of the companies that provide wireless service are building their own 5G networks.”3 In addition, the first 5G towers were slated for installation in several U.S. cities as of late 2018.
The industry plans to erect about 300,000 new antennas — about the number of cell towers put in place over three decades. Then they have to be not only closer to users, but while relatively smaller, much closer together, experts explain.
Denial from Dana Farber Cancer Institute:
HEALTH: Does WiFi Exposure Lead to Cancer?
So far, there is no consistent evidence that WiFi routers or WiFi-powered devices increase cancer risk. Despite low-frequency EMFs being classified as possibly carcinogenic, researchers have not observed a direct connection between these devices and cancer. The best way to protect yourself from radiation emissions from routers and electronic devices is to minimize exposure.
HEALTH LIFESTYLE: MANILA — Netflix has acquired the international rights to stream the Filipino film “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi” starring Kapamilya actress Sue Ramirez.
Translated as “The Girl Allergic To WiFi,” the sweet, romantic comedy film produced by Cignal Entertainment, October Train Films and The IdeaFirst Company will be available on the popular streaming platform starting August 21. It will be available globally except in China, Taiwan, Japan and India.
It is also the first title from media giant Cignal Entertainment to be shown on Netflix.
Directed by Jun Robles Lana, “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi” follows the story of Norma, a popular girl in high school who ends up being diagnosed with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Disorder (EHS).
Unable to use or be around any gadget, Norma is sent to a remote location without any mobile signal to help her recuperate from the rare condition. Unfortunately, the long distance as well as the lack of communication with her boyfriend puts a strain on their relationship.
The film, which also stars Jameson Blake and Markus Paterson, had its theatrical run during the 2018 Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
“I am excited that our film will reach the diverse audience of Netflix,” director Lana said.
“The younger viewers will see themselves in the characters and perhaps wonder what it’s like to be suddenly disconnected from the digital world. …Older viewers, meanwhile, will see the nostalgia and see how life, and love, survived without technology,” the director added.
PPP review: ‘Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi’ sends powerful message
Nerdy introvert and social media hermit Aries (Jameson Blake) is smitten with the quirky wide-eyed beauty of Norma (Sue Ramirez) from the first time he saw her on campus. He never got the guts to tell her what he felt for her, and just admired her from a distance. Aries was shocked to learn that Norma already had a boyfriend — a popular basketball jock and (unfortunately) his very own older brother, Leo (Markus Paterson).
One day, Norma had a nosebleed and felt very ill. All the tests at the hospital had normal results. When it seemed that she was experiencing a hypersensitivity to electromagnetic radiation from WiFi signals, Norma had to retreat to her grandmother’s house six hours away from the city to escape her curse. This forced leave away from online technology would make Norma realize who really loved her more.
The senior actors stay mainly in the background here. Boots Anson Roa played Norma’s kind grandmother, who kept her colorfully bohemian house stocked with relics of the past (typewriter, tape recorder, gramophone, etc… all in perfect working condition). Yayo Aguila played Norma’s supportive mother, with a subdued Kiko Matos as her second husband Joey. Lee O’Brian and Candy Pangilinan played Aries and Leo’s parents. One interesting detail I noticed in the credits was that Iza Calzado provided the voice of the GPS navigation.
It was writer-director Jun Robles Lana’s bittersweet exploration of this technological phenomenon that distinguished this film from other rom-coms. This had a lighter, more youthful tone than his other films I had seen before, but the incisive social commentary Lana is known for remains clear. Some situations may come across as corny or even cliche, but the beautiful cinematography and those Keiko Necesario songs in the soundtrack give this one a different vibrance.
This movie delivers an important message about our interpersonal relationships and how the Internet and social media had eroded on them. At this point, you really have to make a conscious (and practically Herculean) effort to disconnect yourself from the virtual world in order to connect yourself to the real world. This film will make you reflect on how to nurture the relationships that you value most — the old-fashioned, low-tech way. Life need not be empty without WiFi. 7/10
This review was originally published in the author’s blog, “Fred Said.”
POLITICS: The world is uniting for international law, against US empire
“We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures.“
(article is about Venezuela but it would be great if this expanded to wireless policy too)
PRIVACY: Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don’t Need to Store So Much Customer Data Wyden sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint urging them to reduce the time that they retain sensitive customer data.
SECURITY: New Pentagon report shows how restricted Chinese IT products routinely enter US military networks
SURVEILLANCE: CBP Plans to Use Facial Recognition For ‘All Passenger Applications’
Customs and Border Protection plans to significantly ramp up its use of facial recognition technology as part of a broader effort to upgrade its systems for vetting international travelers.
WARFARE UK: MOD to develop cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons
The Ministry of Defence is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons which have the potential to revolutionise the battlefield.
WARFARE: The Mind Has No Firewall (!998)
The human body, much like a computer, contains myriad data processors. They include, but are not limited to, the chemical-electrical activity of the brain, heart, and peripheral nervous system, the signals sent from the cortex region of the brain to other parts of our body, the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that process auditory signals, and the light-sensitive retina and cornea of the eye that process visual activity. We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated. Examples of unplanned attacks on the body’s data-processing capability are well-documented. Strobe lights have been known to cause epileptic seizures. Not long ago in Japan, children watching television cartoons were subjected to pulsating lights that caused seizures in some and made others very sick.
Defending friendly and targeting adversary data-processing capabilities of the body appears to be an area of weakness in the US approach to information warfare theory, a theory oriented heavily toward systems data-processing and designed to attain information dominance on the battlefield. Or so it would appear from information in the open, unclassified press. This US shortcoming may be a serious one, since the capabilities to alter the data- processing systems of the body already exist. A recent edition of U.S. News and World Report highlighted several of these “wonder weapons” (acoustics, microwaves, lasers) and noted that scientists are “searching the electromagnetic and sonic spectrums for wavelengths that can affect human behavior.” A recent Russian military article offered a slightly different slant to the problem, declaring that “humanity stands on the brink of a psychotronic war” with the mind and body as the focus. That article discussed Russian and international attempts to control the psycho-physical condition of man and his decisionmaking processes by the use of VHF-generators, “noiseless cassettes,” and other technologies.
An entirely new arsenal of weapons, based on devices designed to introduce subliminal messages or to alter the body’s psychological and data-processing capabilities, might be used to incapacitate individuals. These weapons aim to control or alter the psyche, or to attack the various sensory and data-processing systems of the human organism. In both cases, the goal is to confuse or destroy the signals that normally keep the body in equilibrium.
This article examines energy-based weapons, psychotronic weapons, and other developments designed to alter the ability of the human body to process stimuli. One consequence of this assessment is that the way we commonly use the term “information warfare” falls short when the individual soldier, not his equipment, becomes the target of attack.
SMART CITIES: How to prioritize people over tech when planning smart cities
Deploying innovations is difficult, but community involvement can be key to efficiency, says smart cities research specialist John Harlow.
SMART THINGS AND UTILITIES
SMART PRODUCTS: 5 bits of tech to change your life: From smart mirrors to self-watering plant pots
1. SMART MIRROR – read itinerary for day as you apply make-up, Alexa enabled to control with your voice
2. SMART YOGA MAT tells you when you are out of alignment
3. SLEEP TRACKER via Wifi, next to your bed
4. PARROT POT waters plants
5. BABY MONITOR that snaps on clothes
SMART: BREAST PUMP THAT CONNECTS TO YOUR PHONE
The world’s first silent wearable breast pump.
Fits in your bra, and your life.
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SMART METERS: Guidelines need to be updated
Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:00 am
In his perspective “refuting concerns about Wi-Fi” (Leader, July 31), retired physicist Bill Kaune points to safety guidelines set by the FCC assuring us that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by our RF-transmitting electric meters and other common wireless devices is not harmful.
Thousands of studies and hundreds of reputable scientists around the world have invalidated those guidelines since Mr. Kaune retired two decades ago. Why? FCC guidelines only consider thermal effects—how much your skin heats up when exposed to EMR. But it is now understood that the heating of tissue is not the main problem with microwave radiation; these frequencies affect our bodies in other significant ways.
WSU Professor Emeritus Martin Pall estimates that FCC acceptable levels are 7.2 million times too high. In a 2018 paper he identifies attacks on our nervous systems, DNA damage, and cancer-causing mechanisms, among other issues. Dr. Pall further states that pulsing wireless devices, like our utility meters, are damaging not only due to radiation: “the pulsations and the polarization make these EMFs much more biologically active.”
So why hasn’t the FCC updated its 1996 guidelines to reflect alarming, more current research about technologies to which we are increasingly being exposed?
An investigation by the Harvard School of Ethics answers that question in a 2015 report “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Industry Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates.” In chapters like “Just Don’t Bring Up Health,” and “Wireless Bullies and the Tobacco Analogy,” Harvard’s comprehensive exposé documents FCC corruption in great detail.
While many continue to deny health impacts from the wireless explosion, a segment of our community has asked our PUD to provide a safer, non-transmitting, non-pulsing utility meter option—analog meters. A policy is currently being developed to allow meter choice for customers with health concerns about our current RF-transmitting meters. Ana Wolpin
SMART METERS INDUSTRY CLAIMS: The Benefits of Smart Meters
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has authorized the state’s investor owned utilities to replace conventional customer meters with Smart Meters in order to give consumers greater control over their energy use. Smart Meters enable a utility to provide customers with detailed information about their energy usage at different times of the day, which in turn enables customers to manage their energy use more proactively.
Smart Meters are being rolled out nationwide and internationally. According to the Edison Foundation, more than 8 million Smart Meters have been deployed by electric utilities in the U.S. and nearly 60 million should be in place by 2020. In California, the CPUC authorized Southern California Edison to install approximately 5.3 million new Smart Meters, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) 1.4 million electric Smart Meters and 900,000 natural gas meters, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) approximately 5 million electric meters and 4.2 million natural gas meters.
The benefits of Smart Meters to customers, the state, and utilities, include:
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UTILITEIS CA: West Coast Utility Commissions – Wildfire Dialogue
The Public Utility Commissions from Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and British Columbia will convene an all-day public workshop regarding wildfire risk. The workshop will feature participants and experts, who will share their perspectives and evolving approaches to address rapidly changing wildfire risk aggravated by climate change and other factors. This dialogue will focus on impacts to energy utilities, customers, and communities, as well as lessons learned by western states to help manage and mitigate wildfire risk.
When: Friday, August 16, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97232
UTILITIES FLORIDA: Florida cities call for stronger utility energy savings targets
Florida cities and counties are going to bat for their residents and pushing for utilities to set stronger energy savings goals. Utility efficiency programs are a critical tool supporting local government efforts to improve sustainability, reduce emissions, and promote job growth. But as cities and counties are working to ramp up energy savings, utilities are going backwards.
The Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) we reported that energy savings goals for Florida utilities shrank significantly to about 10% of prior targets. The Commission revisits energy savings targets every five years, and this time around, it’s even worse than before. In fact, four of the seven Florida utilities subject to FEECA have proposed goals of zero for the years 2020-2029.(PSC) to adopt goals for utilities to increase energy efficiency and conservation efforts. In 2014,
Local governments are taking notice. In a series of resolutions and letters to the PSC, Florida cities and counties are calling for far more ambitious energy efficiency targets that align with local targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.
UTILITIES FL: JEA seeks alternatives to address efficiency constraints
The largest municipality in Florida has issued an invitation to negotiate for strategic alternatives which will help the utility to remain relevant today, tomorrow and in future.
Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) is seeking proposals from companies to address constraints hindering the municipality’s growth.
JEA is facing critical revenue losses due to the rollout of energy efficiency and distributed energy resources programmes, new disruptive technologies, competitors, government constraints, customer demands and other forces reshaping the utility industry.
UTILITIES KANSAS: Solar power users celebrate KCC ruling
Solar advocates celebrateto exempt certain customers from fixed charges. (KSNT)
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