Patricia Burke – Aug 13, 14, EMF TECH and UTILITY NEWS OVERVIEW (USA)

Patricia Burke – Aug 13, 14, EMF TECH and UTILITY NEWS OVERVIEW (USA)

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Alliance for Natural Health has a 5G action item today, under 5G

EVENT: Thursday, 15th August at 12 noon EST (9 AM PST or 5 PM GMT) Lloyd Burrell interviewing author Martine Negro.

For my next interview I’m delighted to welcome veteran Oriental mind-body health practitioner Martine Negro.

Hacking The Wellbeing Code – Through Energetic Intelligence

https://www.electricsense.com/hacking-wellbeing-code/

EVENT: 5G CRISIS  free on-line summit

The 5G Wireless Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-5g-wireless-crisis-awareness-accountability-summit/5683693

 

 ATTACHED I (Lloyd) am proud to send you the attached paper on Carcinogenicity; Children and Reproduction; Related Observations, Implications and Strengths of Current Evidence;  Challenges to Research, from Rapid Technological Advances; Gaps in Applying Current Evidence; and Policy Recommendations on the Evidence to Date.

Tony Miller, led our group and deserves special congratulations (ab.miller@sympatico.ca).

Feel free to forward this paper on to anyone you feel will be interested.

I would appreciate any comments you may have.

With my best regards, L. Lloyd Morgan Senior Research Fellow

Environmental Health Trust, http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/

AND:
Risks to Health and Well-Being From Radio-Frequency Radiation Emitted by Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices

Miller AB, Sears ME, Morgan LL, Davis DL, Hardell L, Oremus M and Soskolne CL (2019) Risks to Health and Well-Being From Radio-Frequency Radiation Emitted by Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices. Front. Public Health 7:223. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00223.

Open access paper: http://bit.ly/2TsUNlN

ATTACHED SMART METERS AMI: Attached are PUC testimony of atty and CPA Fred Swartz showing that the customers of Alliant Energy (one of the main IOU’s in Wisconsin and Iowa) will lose $150 million over 15 years with Alliant Energy’s AMI program, and that Alliant’s claim that it will gain $78 million are not accurate.  3 documents

 

RESOURCE:  Many good artcles!!!!
EMR Aware Newsletter – July August http://www.emraware.com/newsletter_july_august_2019.html

AI: AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data

Pay for the data and store it in a blockchain-protected system.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/ai-researchers-have-a-plan-to-pay-patients-for-data/

ANTENNAS: Panicked Nuns’ Island residents afraid of cell phone antennas fight to have them removed

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/08/12/news/panicked-nuns-island-residents-afraid-cell-phone-antennas-fight-have-them-removed

CELLPHONES SCHOOLS WIFI CHILDREN

CELLPHONES: Cellphones in jails – Hi-tech, hand-held gizmos to track presence of e-gadgets

These high-end gadgets can detect electronic items like mobile phones even if switched-off and hidden behind bricks and concrete

The days of prison inmates using cell phones to plan and execute crimes, issue threats and make extortion calls from behind bars may soon be over in Uttar Pradesh.

The Yogi Adityanath government is all set to procure and deploy state-of-the-art Non-Linear Junction Detectors (NLJDs) in prisons across the state, officials said. The move follows the installation of mobile phone jammers and solar power systems to keep these jammers running 24×7, installation of CCTV cameras, pressing hand held, deep search metal detectors, as well as pole metal detection systems into service in jails.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/cellphones-in-jails-hi-tech-hand-held-gizmos-to-track-presence-of-e-gadgets/story-Mwe0qWVSj1H7ZXg3qkT20J.html

CHILDREN: Psychologist gives advice for parents on managing children’s cellphone use

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/psychologist-gives-advice-for-parents-on-managing-childrens-cellphone-use

CHILDREN: Petition to Pampers: Stop wireless diapers!

https://www.change.org/p/pampers-tell-pampers-wireless-smart-baby-diapers-are-not-safe-6b007537-5f8e-410e-9c8c-6da0eed287f5

CHILDREN: Chronic Childhood Conditions: Exploring Causations & Solutions – Carla Atherton – 1 of 10  29 minutes video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8NmO-5ENuk

Chronic Childhood Conditions: Exploring Causations & Solutions – Richard Lear – 2 of 10  20 minute video

Richard is founder of Search for the Cause; founder of Heroics; and Chairman of Greenwave, which offers power line EMI (dirty electricity) filters and meters for homes, schools and business. He has worked in the technology space since 1992 and has founded five Silicon Valley-based businesses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax8D84R3KU4

SCHOOLS: Should there be a law against cellphones in schools?

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/should-there-be-a-law-against-cell-phones-policies-in-schools

ECONOMICS: 

The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy 1 ¾ hours

INDUSTRY

Published on Feb 13, 2018

The global economy is in crisis. The exponential exhaustion of natural resources, declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality, forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? In this feature-length documentary, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new economic system.
A Third Industrial Revolution is unfolding with the convergence of three pivotal technologies: an ultra-fast 5G communication internet, a renewable energy internet, and a driverless mobility internet, all connected to the Internet of Things embedded across society and the environment.
This 21st century smart digital infrastructure is giving rise to a radical new sharing economy that is transforming the way we manage, power and move economic life. But with climate change now ravaging the planet, it needs to happen fast. Change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX3M8Ka9vUA

FCC: FCC Authorizes $121 Million In Rural Broadband Funding In 16 States

Public Notice  |  Federal Communications Commission Description: https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/f2egfHXUhWEE1JF3ZuKB3OkMv2zao5Owfc_frWFUt8J7ig0J-iqexO9-pOZQN3WqQmo8B4k8cbrlUWlewjnKQMgZ8xOUI7HO-i8f3g8G0kXpl6xo5Q=s0-d-e1-ft#https://www.benton.org/sites/default/files/external-link-small.png

The Federal Communications Commission authorized over $121 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 36,579 unserved rural homes and businesses in 16 states, representing the fourth wave of support from 2018’s successful Connect America Fund Phase II auction. The FCC has already authorized three waves of funding in May, June, and July. Aug 12’s action brings total authorized funding to over $924 million, expanding connectivity to 342,097 homes and businesses; additional rounds will be authorized in the coming months. Funding applications approved by the FCC Aug 12 include:

  • Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries, which is owned by the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is receiving $4.1 million to deploy service to 849 homes and businesses on the Wind River Reservation in WY, all of which will get access to service delivering Gigabit speeds
  • Tri-Co Connections is receiving $32.3 million to deploy Gigabit service to over 7,015 homes and businesses in rural PA over its fiber network
  • Midcontinent Communications is receiving $39 million to deploy service to 9,371 homes and businesses in rural MN, ND, and SD, all of which will get service delivering speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream/20 Mbps upstream
  • Citynet West Virginia will receive $6.5 million over the next decade to deliver Gigabit service over its fiber network to 898 homes and businesses in rural WV

https://www.benton.org/headlines/fcc-authorizes-121-million-rural-broadband-funding-16-states

FCC: Keetoowahs lead successful challenge to FCC rule

A Tahlequah-based tribe triumphed in its challenge of a Federal Communications Commission rule found by a federal appeals court to have circumvented historic preservation and environmental laws.

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians led the legal challenge to the rule that would have exempted from tribal consultation provisions the siting of small cell towers. The rule was adopted in March 2018 in an effort to modernize “wireless infrastructure regulations” and facilitate “network densification” and the expansion of 5G networks.

“Those financial incentives are gone, and we expect our fee restrictions to continue greatly diminishing unnecessary and costly delays,” Carr said. “I’m also pleased that the court affirmed our accelerated timelines for reviews. Already, these reforms have resulted in significant new builds.”

It is unclear as of press time if the ruling was retroactive in respect to any consulting fees for projects that had yet to be paid to tribes before the case made its way into court.

“When we consulted we sent a crew of qualified people out, so we were earning our money. It made a tremendous economic impact on our tribe,” said UKB Assistant Chief Jamie Thompson, who has also been heavily involved in the case. “Therefore, I hope that these inspections can be retroactive because we have documented every one that came through since this case started and since our funding was shut off. We’ve completed them, we just haven’t been paid for them.”

https://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/news/keetoowahs-lead-successful-challenge-to-fcc-rule/article_ac685999-6b69-50e7-b37d-7c41e51ae4ba.html

FCC: US court hampers FCC small cell plan

US judges delivered a blow to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to cut red tape around the deployment of small cells, ruling installations could not bypass environmental and historical preservation reviews.

A US appeals court, which had been considering proposals designed to speed-up deployment of technology deemed vital to 5G networks, concluded: “The Commission failed to justify its confidence that small cell deployments pose little-to-no cognisable religious, cultural or environmental risk, particularly given the vast number of proposed deployments”.

The judges did, however, pass several provisions in the FCC’s wider proposal. These included clauses preventing parties demanding upfront fees before reviewing proposed sites, and an accelerated timeline for reviews. Some elements of the FCC’s plans were not addressed in the case.

https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/us-court-hampers-fcc-small-cell-plan/

5G: ACTIIVISM, CAUTION, OPPOSITION

5G Crackdown? AUGUST 13, 2019 ACTION ITEM

More and more concerned citizens are asking tough questions about the safety of 5G wireless networks. Are big tech companies trying to quash their dissent? Action Alert!

Over the last few months, we’ve been reporting on the planned deployment of 5G wireless networks and some of the health and safety issues that are being swept under the rug by telecom companies and their enthusiasts in the government. Some communities, like Sacramento, California, have already seen the installation of “small cell” towers near homes. When activists in Sacramento started speaking out, it appears as though YouTube and other sites have silenced their criticisms of 5G.

Noah Davidson, an activist in Sacramento, noticed his young nieces started experiencing health problems after Verizon installed a small cell just 45 feet from their home. Other members of the community also started experiencing adverse effects after small cells were installed. Davidson has worked to start a grassroots movement to raise awareness about 5G in the community and to work with telecom companies to establish an opt-out program for those who do not want 5G in their neighborhood.

In so doing, it appears as though Davidson has incurred the wrath of the Internet censors. His account wasapparently suspended, without explanation, by YouTube. One of the two videos on his YouTube account was footage of Sacramento activists speaking at a city council meeting. This seems deeply suspicious. YouTube is owned by Google, a company that we know is aggressively censoring content on dubious grounds. It doesn’t seem outlandish to conclude that Google and YouTube are quashing dissent about a technology they want to see implemented across the United States.

Activists are not the only ones advising us to pump the breaks on 5G. A group of hundreds of scientists from around the world recently sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of “serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.” The scientists explain that EMF “affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines,” causing increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in free radicals, genetic damage, changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

We must keep speaking out about this crucial public health issue in defiance of the censors and the crony capitalists railroading us into accepting this technology with no questions asked.

Our previous articles have covered some of the other dangers associated with 5G networks. For example, 5G utilizes millimeter waves—a shorter wavelength than the current 4G networks in use. Millimeter wavelengths have been used in crowd control devices that shoot high-powered millimeter waves that make the target feel like their skin is burning. Other research has shown that our sweat ducts can act like antennas for the shorter millimeter waves, meaning we absorb more of this energy into our bodies.

Keep in mind that we will be exposed to EMF generated by wireless devices on an unprecedented scale for two reasons. First, short millimeter waves cannot travel as far as longer waves, which is why many more “small cell” units must be installed to create a 5G network. Some neighborhoods would see dozens of small cells installed, all of them emitting microwave radiation. Second, the sheer number of wireless devices will increase. More and more systems are becoming wireless, or will become reliant on wireless technology. “Smart cities” will use wireless networks to collect and analyze data about the environment, traffic, water, transit, lighting, waste management, security, and parking. Millimeter-wave-emitting devices will saturate our environment, and the fact that we’re plunging head-first into deploying this technology without knowing the health consequences is shocking.

Action Alert! Write to the FCC and Congress, urging them to stop the spread of 5G until its safety can be determined. Please send your message immediately. 

CLICK BUTTON AT LINK TO SEND

https://anh-usa.org/5g-crackdown/

5G: Judge Overturns 5G Deregulation Court Case – FCC Still Wants to Install It Everywhere Despite Increasing Opposition and No Proof It’s Safe

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/judge-overturns-5g-deregulation-court-case-fcc-still-wants-to-install-it-everywhere-despite-increasing-opposition-and-no-proof-its-safe.html

Re-posting: Guest Blog from Dr. Don Maisch, Australia: ‘Are community concerns over the 5G network rollout based on unfounded anxiety or valid evidence?’

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/guest-blog-from-dr-don-maisch-australia-are-community-concerns-over-the-5g-network-rollout-based-on-unfounded-anxiety-or-valid-evidence/

5G: 5G cell towers could be coming to your front yard. Here’s why Pensacola can’t stop them

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2019/08/13/pensacola-5-g-cell-towers-city-says-has-no-say-over-small-cell-nodes/1989821001/

5G: Federal 5G Rules Raise Concern for Berks County, Pa., Leaders

The loss of local control around the placement of so-called small cell antennas and questions about their long-term health risks is getting pushback from at least one commissioner and some state lawmakers.

https://www.govtech.com/network/Federal-5G-Rules-Raise-Concern-for-Berks-County-Pa-Leaders.html

5G: Brussels becomes first major city to ban 5G wireless connection By Stella Byrd – April 5, 2019

https://imherald.com/2019/04/05/brussels-becomes-first-major-city-to-ban-5g-wireless-connection/)

 

5G ACTION ITEM: Dear friends,

The Neighborhood Antenna Pledge

As you recall, the wireless companies are asking the FCC to change the “OTARD” rule to allow them to place their powerful radiation-emitting antennas on private homes. (Watch the video about this.) The FCC and the OTARD Rule  3 ¼ minutes

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXQ-K8dYyvU
One way to push back against this idea, while educating your neighbors about the whole 5G issue, is the Neighborhood Antenna Pledge.
We’ve developed a cover letter you can share with your neighbors, and a simple petition you can circulate among them. (Download the documents from the ToolKit).

https://mailchi.mp/9832258610ba/take-action-tuesday-the-neighborhood-antenna-pledge?e=2842871094

5G: 4G, fake 5G and real 5G – know the differences 

What is of particular interest here is the situation in Spain and most notably Australia: who have obviously invested heavily in the latest 4G LTE CA/MIMO/QAM enabled infrastructure in that they are getting 950Mbps or almost 1Gbps download speeds on 4G LTE which is higher than their 5G implementation which is yielding 792Mbps.  Both 4G and 5G speeds are significantly higher than that of the UK and in Spain they have virtual parity between 4G and 5G in terms of performance.  All of this strongly indicates that the fake 5G implementation in all areas outside of the US are in fact essentially using 4G LTE technology and just re-badging it as 5G.  This is something of a rip-off for UK consumers as they could have easily just updated the 4G LTE network to get the same or better speeds than with 5G without customers having to update phones and contracts.  If the government were genuinely interested in fast mobile broadband they could have made additional spectrum available for 4G LTE in the sub-6Ghz ranges and left any future 5G roll-out in the highly controversial mmWave spectrum where it belongs.

This confusion between fake 5G and real 5G is open to gross abuse and manipulation by the telcoms.  For instance there is a rapidly growing public movement against the roll out of real 5G across the world, but in the UK and Europe at least, because what is being launched is really 4G LTE with additional spectrum in the sub-6Ghz range then there will not be any significant changes to any health or environmental risks and there is a chance the protest will appear to be a great big nothing burger and conspiracy theory.  That will place us in a dangerous situation because after the unsuccessful protests against fake 5G, the real 5GmmWave  tech will be rolled out at a later date and when that happens the public will have already used up a lot of its credibility in protesting the roll out of fake 5G.   That’s not to say that aggressive use of Carrier Aggregation, Massive MIMO and QAM might not make 4G masts and phones far more dangerous.  We need to take extensive readings from out existing 4G networks and then compare them to the new Fake 5G masts as they are rolled out.

We need to be measuring, questioning and examining our increased use of wireless technologies in general and these are things that we urgently need to address, but the public also need to be quite clear about the precise nature of their concerns and demonstrate that they are fully aware of the differences in technologies being put forward and the different kind of threats that they pose.  We can’t run the risk of crying wolf against a more benign technology if it will leave us with less credibility when it comes to resisting the more dangerous forms of high frequency mmWave 5G which will be coming to the UK and Europe within the next two to three years.

https://communityoperatingsystem.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/4g-fake-5g-and-real-5g-know-the-differences/

5G INDUSTRY POLITICS

5G TECHNET WADES INTO 5G FIGHT OVER DEFENSE BILL — Trade group TechNet, which counts AT&T and Verizon among members, is sounding the alarm over language in the Senate defense bill, S. 1790, ordering the Defense Department to create a test-bed program for “innovative technologies and techniques to facilitate” spectrum sharing between 5G service providers and incumbent airwaves occupants. As John reported last month , wireless heavyweights view this language as a Pentagon power grab over 5G and are lobbying to strip it from the bill before the House and Senate settle on a consensus version. “Granting this new authority to DOD would mark a significant policy shift by the federal government,” TechNet wrote congressional negotiators Monday, noting that the FCC traditionally oversees private-sector use of American airwaves. _AXIOS

 

5G IRELAND: Vodafone launches 5G services in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0813/1068557-vodafone-5g-launch/

5G: The essential 5G glossary of key terms and phrases

To understand 5G, go beyond the hype and into various elements that encompass the new technology. This glossary of 5G keywords explains what 5G is and how its new features work.

https://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/feature/The-essential-5G-glossary-of-key-terms-and-phrases

IOT: WINDGO Granted IoT Wearable Products Patent

New WINDGO Technology Designed for Smart Diapers and Bandages.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windgo-granted-iot-wearable-products-130000266.html

IOTIssues To Keep In Mind When Disposing Of IoT Devices

“Privacy leaks in smart devices: Extracting data from used smart home devices,” is research recently shared at a gathering of security experts. According to Voxy, the research found that consumers are not properly wiping away the data stored on IoT devices when they dispose of them. This data can include things like WiFi credentials and user information. It can also include information pertaining to the certain device and how it was used. For example, vacuum cleaning robot store maps of the routes they take during cleaning, the history of their cleaning practices and log files.

One of those involved in the research, Dennis Giese, a cyber researcher and doctoral student, found that the majority of IoT devices have poor factory reset procedures. He says that when a user implements a factory reset of their device before recycling or selling the device, that majority of that data will stay on the device more times than not.

https://www.cleanlink.com/news/article/Issues-To-Keep-In-Mind-When-Disposing-Of-IoT-Devices–24279

OTHER TELECOM: How Do We Measure Broadband?

https://www.benton.org/blog/how-do-we-measure-broadband_

 

OTHER TELECOMFilling America’s broadband gaps: The LIFT America Act

https://www.aei.org/publication/filling-americas-broadband-gaps-the-lift-america-act/

OTHER TECH: CONGRESS GOES BACK TO SCHOOL — About 100 Hill staffers working on tech policy issues are gathering for a two-day crash course on business, legal and technological developments affecting the tech world. (On the agenda: sessions on privacy, GDPR and CCPA, FTC enforcement, algorithmic bias, content moderation, antitrust, facial recognition software and “the dark net.”) Axios

 

HEALTH RF: The Austrian Parliament asks for evaluation of 5G and health – do not hold your breath

Reading description of this project, available on the website of the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, provides the proverbial “bucket of cold water”.

It appears that the “evaluation” will likely be nothing new but recap of the existing mantra:

“…In a first step, an inventory of current expert opinions of international aggregators such as the WHO and exemplary national committees will be compiled. These are presented in such a way that the respective areas of validity (which mobile communication generation etc.) are identified. In a second step, the corresponding meta-studies of these internationally recognized and scientifically high-ranking committees on the health consequences of EMF will be summarized taking into account different levels of evidence (verification, evidence, hypotheses, ambiguous findings, gaps in knowledge).…”

his means that the “new analysis” will just reanalyze what “WHO and exemplary national committees” already said. Interestingly, the description does not mention ICNIRP, the most powerful influencer that one would expect to be singled out as an “exemplary” committee. After all, the mentioned WHO is “the front” for the ICNIRP opinions.

In summary, it seems that the “Austrian Parliament’s enterprise” will be nothing new. No new analysis of the science on 5G radiation and health. Just re-packaging of the same old ICNIRP-mantra.

Update based on information from Prof. Mosgoeller

The overview of the project presented above indeed does not mention any specific organization besides the WHO. However, in the workpackages of the project, there is a more detailed description of what organizations are considered as “exemplary national committees” or “internationally recognized and scientifically high-ranking committees“. These include the same old “culprits”: ICNIRP, SCENIHR, BfS and the already defunct AGNIR.

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/the-austrian-parliament-asks-for-evaluation-of-5g-and-health-do-not-hold-your-breath/

HEALTH: Ultrasound Research  11 minute video

Published on Nov 28, 2012

This report was televised by CNN in 1993 after the research findings were reported in the Journal of Nurse Midwifery. Here you will witness first-hand the cellular changes that occurred after one exposure of ultrasound energy and the early warnings of caution about the use of this energy on developing fetal tissue. Those early warnings were unheeded and the safety of ultrasound energy has yet to be conducted in a double-blind controlled trial even though its use is now a standard prenatal practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8szqgtX_GQ

HEALTH OT: INDUSTRY CITES 3M EXPERIMENT THAT EXPOSED CANCER PATIENTS TO PFAS TO CLAIM THE CHEMICALS AREN’T SO BAD

 https://theintercept.com/2019/08/12/3m-cancer-patient-study/

HEALTH: Want To Transform Your Gut Health? Free On-Line Summit

Mark your calendars for September 2-7 and join Dr. Jay and Dr. Todd on The Gut Transformation Summit.

https://guttransformationsummit.com/gts/microbe/

 

HOUSING: Intro to All Electric Multifamily Housing Design 

Intro to All Electric Multifamily Housing Design – Free CE Webinar

GreenHome Institute

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)

Come learn from the most experienced zero-carbon multi-family designer in North America, Sean Armstrong of Redwood Energy, as he discusses heat pump hot tubs in Hawaii, Passive House mid-rises in Pennsylvania, 11 stories of 100% solar-powered apartments in our nation’s capital, and case studies throughout California. The course is a technical deep dive for practitioners, with a discussion of specific products and design strategies to enable you to succeed in the new design challenge of humanity–living fossil-fuel free.

Lessons Learned
1. Learn the safety and health benefits from eliminating combustive and polluting fossil fuels in buildings
2. Identify how to provide resiliency and protect the welfare of tenants during energy outages with various types of battery backup
3. Familiarize yourself with the breadth and depth of all-electric product offerings, from HVAC and DHW to landscaping and outdoor “fire” places
4. Identify the cost savings and dramatic efficiency gains from building all-electric

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-all-electric-multifamily-housing-design-free-ce-webinar-tickets-67999736041

POLITICS INTERNATIONAL US vs. CHINA: All signs point to a decades-long cold war with China, one reshaping global alliances, politics and economies, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei reports.

  • Why it matters: The trade war is but a very small skirmish in a much bigger and wider battle for global dominance. It’s easier to see this cold war turn hot than turn off. And, for the first time, you can see the possibility of China and America decoupling — creating two distinct, rival global systems and power structures.

The big picture: Beyond trade, the two superpowers are competing on intellectual property and technological mastery, political influence across the developing world via economic assistance (China’s Belt and Road Initiative), diplomatic agreements, multinational institutions (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank) and military sales (missiles, subs, drones, training).

  • Collectively, this translates to a competition of political systems — a new Cold War.
  • One of the clearest manifestations of this is in tech: The internet is “splitting in two,” as The Wall Street Journal put it, and giant companies from the U.S. and China are racing for advantages, hidden and overt, around the world.

Between the lines … Bill Bishop of Sinocism tells me that President Xi Jinping and his team have concluded that China is far too reliant on the U.S. for technology and agriculture.

  • So they have accelerated efforts to become self-sufficient, while also diversifying their reliance away from the U.S.
  • Even if there is a trade deal, that shift will not reverse.

Now, China is blaming Washington for its own economic and internal strains:

  • The N.Y. Times reports from Beijing that “hostility toward America,” by Chinese officials and state-run news organizations, “has escalated … in tandem with two of China’s big problems: a slowing economy complicated by trade tensions and turbulence in Hong Kong that has no end in sight.”
  • “Beijing also does not appear to see an end to its differences with Washington over the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, which was blacklisted by the Trump administration as a security threat,” The Times added.

What’s next: In November, it’ll be 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989. For most of that time, the U.S. had no real rival for global supremacy. Now, America is in a fight it could lose.

  • “All roads used to lead to Rome. Now they lead to Beijing,” Oxford professor of global history Peter Frankopan writes in “The New Silk Roads,” out in March.
  • “We are living in the Asian century already.”

The bottom line: The U.S. lost its way after the Cold War, creating a crossroads similar to the one after World War II: a multi-decade civilizational struggle.

  • Go deeperThe forever trade war,” by Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin-AXIOS

LINKS TO: https://www.axios.com/us-china-trade-war-forever-donald-trump-xi-jinping-c6028d2c-a896-4b0c-81ae-f3a86c766b43.html

 

PRIVACYAT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies

https://threatpost.com/att-t-mobile-sprint-verizon-blasted-data-privacy/147242/

PRIVACY: 4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

https://threatpost.com/4-dating-apps-pinpoint-precise-locations/147247/

 

SATELLITES: Space Wars Threaten Earthly Intelligence

We depend on satellites for all sorts of information. They’re increasingly at risk.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/08/space-militarization-earth-observation-satellites.html

SURVEILLANCE; Can gunshot detection technology mitigate mass shootings?

Security company ShotSpotter is bombarded by requests from fearful cities. But authorities question tech-based solutions.

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/can-gunshot-detection-technology-mitigate-mass-shootings/560788/

SURVEILLANCE: Emails show FBI and police are monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists

The emails circulated by the task force include activists’ social media posts, emails and rally announcements.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/08/13/emails-show-fbi-and-police-are-monitoring-oregon-anti-pipeline-activists/

TRANSPORTATION:  Whistleblowers Report New Cars Are Vulnerable To Hacking And Thousands Could Die Because Of It

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/whistleblowers-report-new-cars-are-vulnerable-to-hacking-and-thousands-could-die-because-of-it.html

 

TRANSPORTATION Foreign Automakers Increase Sales By 7,855 In July In USA, US Automakers Don’t Report Sales

Tesla has never published monthly sales data, and even its quarterly reports don’t break out sales by country. Ford Motor Company and GM stopped publishing monthly sales data last year, switching to quarterly reports. And this was the first month in which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ceased its monthly sales reports, not giving any insight into what happened with its various brands in July.

Brands covered by Ford Motor Company, GM, and FCA include: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Ram, and Alfa Romeo. That’s right — we no longer have monthly sales data for any of those automobile brands.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/12/foreign-automakers-increase-sales-by-7855-in-july-in-usa-us-automakers-dont-report-sales/

(younger generations are not buying cars, and should anyone assume that they will buy autonomous vehicles?)

 

TRANSPORTATION:  THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION KILLED A SELF-DRIVING CAR COMMITTEE — AND DIDN’T TELL MEMBERS

An all-star team of transpo bigwigs had just one meeting before the DOT went radio silent

The Trump administration quietly terminated an Obama-era federal committee on automation in transportation earlier this year, the Department of Transportation confirmed to The Verge this week. What’s more, the DOT never informed some members that the advisory group didn’t exist anymore, including Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Zipcar founder Robin Chase, Apple vice president Lisa Jackson, and even the committee’s own vice chair, The Verge has learned.

The committee’s dissolution comes at a critical moment in the development of automated vehicles in the United States. During the two-plus years that it sat dormant, multiplecompanies have rolled out small commercial fleets of automated vehicles that perform a variety of tasks. Big money is pouring into some of the most visible companies in the space. And there’s been a human cost, too: one of Uber’s prototype autonomous vehicleskilled a pedestrian in Arizona in 2018, and at least two people were killed while using Tesla’s Autopilot suite of driver assistance systems.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/9/20791454/trump-obama-autonomous-self-driving-car-group-apple-zipcar-uber-lyft

 

SMART THINGS AND UTILITIES

 

SMART THINGS: ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Alexa, how much more energy will you need? 6 coal plants

Haley Weiss, E&E News reporter

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and video streaming devices typically are energy efficient, but they can cause energy use to spike dramatically when connected to televisions without a remote control, according to a new study.

https://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060934361?t=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eenews.net%2Fstories%2F1060934361

(need subscription)

SMART METERS AUS: Western Power Selects Itron to Modernize Electricity Delivery in Australia With an Advanced Grid Solution

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/western-power-selects-itron-modernize-200500616.html

 

SMART HOMES10 ways connected technology has changed the homes we live in

From tablets and laptops to smart televisions, the 21st century household is often packed with gadgets and devices.

CNBC takes a look at 10 technological developments that have become integral parts of many people’s home lives.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/13/ten-ways-connected-technology-has-changed-the-homes-we-live-in.html

 

UTILITIES (SURVEILLANCE) : Energy Atlas: A Geospatial Tool to Combat Climate Change 

Since 2014, the CPUC has been part of a group of state and local agencies to support the development of the Energy Atlas, a geospatial analytical tool developed by UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities Institute of the Environment. The Energy Atlas is the largest set of disaggregated energy data in the nation, and uses energy consumption data at the building level, combined with public records, to reveal previously undetectable patterns about how people, buildings and cities use energy. The tool helps regional planners and decision makers more effectively target energy program interventions and develop policies to mitigate and prepare for climate change. Originally limited in scope to Los Angeles County, CPUC Decision (D.)18-05-041 (Ordering Paragraph 32) directs the utilities to expand the Energy Atlas to all IOU territories statewide.101. 102

101 Please see the following link for the text of D.18-05-041:

http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M215/K706/215706139.PDF

102 The Energy Atlas is a free, public tool that is available at http://www.energyatlas.ucla.edu/.

https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/uploadedFiles/CPUCWebsite/Content/About_Us/Organization/Divisions/Office_of_Governmental_Affairs/Legislation/2019/CPUC%20Smart%20Grid%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf

UTILITIES:  ELECTRICITY QUOTE: (courtesy Andrew M.)
Naturally, the earth cannot be use as the intended return path to clear a fault because its high resistance (one billion times that of copper, IEEE Std. 142 Section 2.2.8) will only allow a few (1 to 10) amperes to flow back to the source [250-2(d) and 250-54].
https://www.mikeholt.com/technical-grounding-Ground-Rod-Does-Not-Assist-in-Clearing-a-Fault-(01-25-2K).php

UTILITIES: Bloom Energy Warns of Slower Growth Ahead Amid Market Uncertainty

The Silicon Valley-based company is struggling to achieve something no publicly traded fuel cell maker has yet accomplished: an annual profit.

The company has also been under scrutiny for misrepresenting its financial status in public statements. In the midst of its IPO, CEO Sridhar told MarketWatch that Bloom would be “cash-flow positive and GAAP-profitable this year.” Bloom press representatives soon walked that back to “Bloom Energy expects to be GAAP-profitable at the operating level, and thus cash-flow positive, this year, not net profitable.”

In November 2018, Axios revealed that Bloom’s IPO filing and first quarterly earnings report had failed to mention an expected $100 million to $150 million cost to replace many of the fuel cells making up its 30-megawatt fleet for Delmarva Power in Delaware, its largest deployment. Bloom’s response stated that the incremental cost for replacing the systems would be covered by future savings.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/bloom-energy-narrows-losses-in-second-quarter

UTILITIES INDUSTRY: (barf alert)

https://www.energycioinsights.com/news/internet-of-things-webbing-a-luxurious-sustainable-lifestyle-through-efficient-energy-solutions-nwid-722.html

UTILITIES CANADA INDUSTRY: Canada invests $3 million in smart grid project

https://www.energycentral.com/news/canada-invests-3-million-smart-grid-project-0

UTILITIES CASDG&E buys a $600K tactical command vehicle to help fight wildfires

https://www.energycentral.com/news/sdge-buys-600k-tactical-command-vehicle-help-fight-wildfires

UTILITIES NEW YORKIn blackout’s wake, bill could shine light on utilities

https://www.energycentral.com/news/blackouts-wake-bill-could-shine-light-utilities

UTILTIES UK: Lessons from the Massive United Kingdom Power Outage

Another major power outage, this time affecting the United Kingdom’s National Grid, causes public outrage and many unanswered questions. What can we learn, and relearn, from this incident?

Not a Cyber Attack – According to Authorities

The Daily Mail (UK) announced that the government has launched an investigation into causes of this blackout.

“Fury at power cut that brought Britain to its knees: Government launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station as officials insist there is ‘no evidence’ of a cyber attack

  • Blackouts were reported in London and the South East yesterday, as well as Midlands and the North East
  • The chaos was caused by a gas-fired power station and a wind farm both going off-line yesterday afternoon
  • Trains across the country ground to a halt as a result of the power loss, which caused knock-on delays
  • Energy watchdog Ofgem has called for an urgent report from the National Grid about yesterday’s chaos

https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/lessons-from-the-massive-uk-power-outage.html

UTILITIES: Studies Delay Solar Development in Both R.I. and Mass.

If cluster studies find projects cause cumulative impacts on regional power grid, renewable-energy developers will need to conduct transmission studies

The approval process for large renewable-energy projects is expected to take longer because of fears about the burden of solar and offshore wind on the region’s electricity transmission system.

In meetings this summer, National Grid and ISO New England, the operator of the regional electric grid, told renewable-energy developers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island that the application review for connecting to the grid would be extended while studies of regional power transmission systems are conducted.

https://www.ecori.org/renewable-energy/2019/8/12/e5ez4gnlp96ol5la861cgo2berq22r

UTILITIESClimate change brings urgency to debate over Detroit’s grid resilience

As recent blackouts bring grid resilience back to the forefront, stakeholders have different views on solutions.

https://energynews.us/2019/08/13/midwest/climate-change-brings-urgency-to-debate-over-detroits-grid-resilience/


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