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1) We’ve been told that 5G (5th Generation) telecommunication transmitters will be on poles outside homes because the signals are weak and do not travel far, perhaps 100 ft. In June 2017, there was testimony at a hearing in California about how many transmitters are required to provide the service (whether you want it or not). This technology is still being developed and tested, but it is coming soon.
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How many 5G cell towers are coming to our communities? Verizon discloses the huge numbers
“I can’t tell you how many cell towers are statewide, but what I can say is that we’re going to need a lot more small cells because of the spectrum quality, that they don’t, the spectrum does not propagate as far as a cell tower. So, a cell tower might give you five to ten miles radius of coverage, but the small cells for 4G LTE densification, which you’re right, goes a few blocks. For 5G, the spectrum is going to be millimeter wave spectrum. That spectrum goes much shorter distances, maybe 100 feet and requires a line of sight. So, as you move, as Moore’s law happens, Assembly Member Vogel, and you go from the towers, to the 4G LTE small cells, to the 5G nodes, you’re going to see them get smaller in dimension and you’re going to see them get many, many more. We are going to need about five to ten times the number of 5G nodes, as we will 4G LTE nodes.”
2) Bill Bathgate, an Electrical Engineer who provided some detailed info about design flaws in smeters that make them a fire hazard, was interviewed by a Michigan station, and spoke about “Dirty Electricity” that is caused by these things. A very interesting interview.
3) Another article, this in the Wall Street Journal, about iPhone companies’ execs beginning to wonder if they’ve gone too far in making people addicted to their devices. Could it be that they want to sell something new to counter the addiction? Like the pharmaceutical companies ….
Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created
““There’s a dawning realization of the effects these companies have had on us and a sense that we should no longer just go along with it,” said Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates.
The smartphone has transformed society unlike any previous device. Its ability to substitute for the radio, television, computer and game console has made it so powerful that U.S. consumers now spend more than three hours a day on average on their mobile devices, according to research firm eMarketer. That is an increase of more than one hour from 2013.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/silicon-valley-reconsiders-the-iphone-era-it-created-1515493801 [If you can’t read the article without a subscription, the article is @ the bottom of this update.]
[Tripp Mickle Interview – https://player.fm/series/thismorning/silicon-valley-reconsiders-the-iphone-era-it-created] (audio 5:12)
From: Hans Karow (name given with permission)
Subject: Letter to Editor – Microwave radiation hazardous to humans
Microwave radiation hazardous to humans
Out of concern for the public’s health and safety, US Physicians created a website for Safe Technology https://mdsafetech.org/ in December 2017 which states, in part: “We are physicians and professionals whose mission is to provide trusted leadership in promoting healthy environments through the safer use of technology.” It is only a matter of time until BC physicians do so as well. Incomprehensibly, the previous BC Liberal government allowed Telus to install in cancer clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, etc. entire suites of microwave radiation-spewing wireless technology, e.g. Wi-Fi routers, cell phones, cordless phones, Bluetooth headsets, tablet and laptop computers, ‘smart’ meters, etc.! This travesty is possible only because:
a) mainstream news media chooses to remain largely silent on this whole despicable issue, as it has for the past 50+ years!
b) Health Canada, over the same 50+ years, has allowed itself to be ‘captured’ by the wireless telecommunications companies.
All of today’s wireless products / gadgets – even baby monitors and ‘smart’ meters – emit low-level, pulsed ‘non-thermal’ electromagnetic radiation (EMR) which scientists, globally, have known for decades is hazardous to humans and other life forms!
Health Canada refuses to recognize that there is a condition known globally as electro-hypersensitivity or “EHS” which is recognized in many countries of the world.
EMR exposure is regulated in Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 (SC6). SC6 is a lie and a deliberate attempt to deceive the public. SC6 recognizes ONLY the thermal effects of EMR! This enables industry to “flood” the market, as it continues to do, with extremely profitable but hazardous wireless devices/products – which emit unnatural, pulsed non-thermal microwave radiation!
BC’s Provincial Health Officer and members of BC Centre for Disease Control appear to lack the requisite academic credentials and expertise needed to stand up to and reject anything on Health Canada’s EMR position and guideline! Knowing this, the following is absolutely frightening to those who understand what this portends.
In 2011, BC’s provincial government signed a 10-year, $100-million/year contract with TELUS for the latter to upgrade BC’s telecommunications (hard-wired and wireless), specifically identifying all six Regional Health Authorities. In view of the above points, this has enabled Telus to install wireless technology as and where it wants! Pulsed microwave-emitting wireless technology in cancer clinics? How downright cruel and heartless is this?
Coalition to Reduce Electropollution (CORE)
From: Sharon Noble
Sent: January 9, 2018 11:39 PM
To: Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal <Tripp.Mickle@wsj.com>
Subject: Re: Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era IT Created
Dear Mr. Tripp.
This is similar to the pharmaceutical industry – making opioids that addict a person and then selling drugs to “help” the addicted. The people inventing these devices knew how to addict their customers, especially those young ones. Now that people are zombies and parents, schools, employers are concerned, they hope to sell a “cure”.
What about the other health effects that they’ve known about for 50 years – the microwave sickness that affects people who are exposed to microwave radiation? These smart/iPhones emit levels of radiation that can cause health problems ranging from ringing ears and headaches, to neurological disorders, DNA mutations, cardiac diseases and cancer. Yet Silicon Valley does nothing, believing that all responsibility ends by putting a warning somewhere in the hundreds of pages of instructions telling users not to put the phone anywhere near any part of the body.
This will come back to haunt them and not just make them feel guilty. They have knowingly exposed their customers to a potential/possible carcinogen for the sake of profit. Perhaps their consciences don’t bother them – yet. But they will when the lawsuits begin. And we won’t have to wait long. There are more than 23,000 peer-reviewed studies by independent experts showing harmful effects. Here is just one website where you will find links to many excellent reports.
Should you wish more information on this topic, I would happily provide it.
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“Any one who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”
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A tussle this week between prominent investors and Apple Inc. over iPhone use by young people comes amid a nascent re-evaluation of the smartphone’s social consequences within the industry that spawned it.
The smartphone has fueled much of Silicon Valley’s soaring profits over the past decade, enriching companies in sectors from social media to games to payments. But over the past year or so, a number of prominent industry figures have voiced concerns about the downsides of the technology’s ubiquity.
They include Apple executives who helped create the iPhone and now express misgivings about how smartphones monopolize attention, as well as early investors and executives in Facebook Inc. who worry about social media’s tendency to consume ever more user time, in part by pushing controversial content.
Those are the kinds of concerns spotlighted in a letter to Apple on Saturday from Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or Calstrs, which control about $2 billion of Apple shares. The letter urged the tech giant to develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily, and to study the impact of overuse on mental health.
Reader reactions spanned from asserting that policing smartphone usage should fall to parents, while others agreed that it was up to manufacturers like Apple to take an active role in promoting healthy habits. See what readers had to say.
On Monday, Tony Fadell, a former senior Apple hardware executive involved in the iPhone’s creation, also called on Apple to do more, saying on Twitter that adults are struggling just as much as children with smartphone overuse. Mr. Fadell, who started publicly voicing concerns about smartphones last spring, said Apple and Alphabet Inc.’s Google should add features to their mobile-phone operating systems to allow people to track device usage.
“Just like we need a scale for our weight we need a scale for our digital lives,” Mr. Fadell said in an interview. He said he became concerned about the issue in recent years as he saw families at resorts spending time with devices rather than each other, or couples taking selfies on ski slopes rather than enjoying the views.
Apple late Monday issued a statement defending its parental controls and other protections for children who use its iPhones, saying that it started offering some of them as early as 2008. It said many of those tools can be found in the settings section of its devices.
Mr. Fadell’s comments echoed similar remarks last year by venture capitalists affiliated with Facebook, including Chamath Palihapitiya and Roger McNamee. Mr. Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, and Mr. McNamee, an early investor and adviser, have raised concerns about social media’s tendency to encourage users through emails and notifications to open an app, causing people to live in front of their screens.
Facebook last year acknowledged for the first time the negative consequences of time spent on its service, saying that passively consuming information on Facebook leads many users to report “feeling worse.” And Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged to spend this year working to address misuse of its products in part by “making sure time spent on Facebook is time well spent.”
“There’s a dawning realization of the effects these companies have had on us and a sense that we should no longer just go along with it,” said Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates.
The smartphone has transformed society unlike any previous device. Its ability to substitute for the radio, television, computer and game console has made it so powerful that U.S. consumers now spend more than three hours a day on average on their mobile devices, according to research firm eMarketer. That is an increase of more than one hour from 2013.
A handful of developers have responded to rising smartphone use by introducing apps designed to help curtail time on devices, including Checky, which tracks how often users unlock a device, and Menthal, which provides a scorecard for device usage. Alex Markowetz, who co-founded Menthal, said Apple should already offer a similar time-spent measurement on the iPhone because customers increasingly want to protect their most important assets: time and intellect.
“That’s the one resource you should be willing to pay for to look after,” Mr. Markowetz said.
Mr. Fadell, who helped develop the iPhone’s hardware, said he has broken “out sometimes in cold sweats” thinking about the device’s social impact. Speaking at the Computer History Museum last May, Mr. Fadell compared creating the device to Steve Martin’s movie “The Jerk.” In the movie, Mr. Martin portrays an inventor who creates a bridge to hold glasses on people’s nose. The bridge sells well until people go cross-eyed and sue Mr. Martin’s company.
“I think about that and when the kids are looking at the digital screen and different pictures are coming up and there’s grandpa, me—am I going to be hated by them for what we created? Or are we going to be like Alexander Graham Bell?” Mr. Fadell said.
Write to Tripp Mickle at Tripp.Mickle@wsj.com