Have a very happy Thanksgiving. The next update will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
1) New federal funding for another round of smeters in the USA has resulted in a cost/benefit analysis of the first round, and the results are not good. It seems that customers are not getting what they were promised, especially cost savings, although the utilities are reaping benefits. Now, utilities realize data is the key and customers have been reluctant to grant access — utilities are hoping this will change.
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97% of smart meters fail to provide promised customer benefits. Can $3B in new funding change that?
“Utilities used federal and state funds to deploy smart meters and many explicitly promised to empower customers” to lower bills and earn rewards for supporting system peak demand reductions, said Mission:data President and analysis lead author Michael Murray. “The public policy failure is that utilities benefited from returns on capital expenditures and reduced operational costs but did not deliver those customer benefits,” he said….
“Smart meter software was not designed to share data with individual consumers,” Holy Cross Energy President and CEO Bryan Hannegan said. “Customers should have access to it, but no commission or board would allow the potential security risk” of access to “the utility’s cash register” without protections, he added.”
2) One clarification is required. When Lyn refers to a study by “Blake Levitt and colleagues”, she is mistaken. The study was headed by Dr. Henry Lai, working with Blake Levitt. Dr.Lai was one of the first scientists to discover and report that EMF affects DNA, and has been ignored and penalized ever since. He deserves our most sincere gratitude.
Scientists warn EU of wireless radiation risks – part 1
“The authors say there is an abundance of evidence, dating back at least five decades, which shows that wireless radiation is harmful to humans and animals: …
As well as effects on humans and animals, the authors say that there’s evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to wildlife. ‘For example, honeybees maximally absorb the higher 5G frequencies because the millimetre wavelengths resonate with their body size. Adverse RFR effects also occur for other pollinating insects, plants, trees, birds, frogs, animals and humans.’”
3) Currently, for devices normally used close to the body (like cellphones), the SAR limit is 1.6 W/kg. (1600 mW/kg) Recommendations are that this should be reduced to 2-4 mW/kg for adults and 0.2-0.4 mW/kg for children.
Study: Wireless radiation exposure for children should be hundreds of times lower than current federal limits
“EWG’s new guidelines, the first developed in the U.S. to focus on children’s health, recommend that children’s exposure overall be 200 to 400 times lower than the whole-body exposure limit set by the FCC in 1996.
The EWG recommended limit for so-called whole-body Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR, for children is 0.2 to 0.4 milliwatts per kilogram, or mW/kg. For adults, EWG recommends a whole-body SAR limit of 2 to 4 mW/kg, which is 20 to 40 times lower than the federal limit….
When the FCC established its radiofrequency radiation limits, following the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, relatively few Americans, and likely no children, owned and used cellphones.
Much has changed since the federal limits were set, including technology and how these devices are used. A survey completed by the nonprofit Common Sense Media in March 2020, just before the start of the Covid-19 spread in the U.S., found that 46 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds, and 67 percent of 5- to 8-year-olds, had their own mobile devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.”
4) Below is some interesting reading re Havana Syndrome to carry you over until the next update on Tuesday. Health Canada, FCC, WHO, etc. say that there is no credible evidence that RF is harmful so long it is below ICNIRP’s maximum where heating occurs. Here is evidence (as if we needed more) that the governmental agencies know and they are lying when they say this.
From an online discussion I had with someone. He provided the following:
“In a declassified Feb 2022 report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, panel experts postulate that RF EMF is a plausible cause even though energies are sub-thermal.
Issued by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. They refer to this as ANOMALOUS HEALTH INCIDENTS or AHIs
From the report… significant portions redacted…
“Pulsed electromagnetic energy, particularly in the radiofrequency range, plausibly explains the core characteristics, although information gaps exist. There are several plausible pathways involving various forms of pulsed electromagnetic energy, each with its own requirements, limitations, and unknowns. For all the pathways, sources exist that could generate the required stimulus, are concealable, and have moderate power requirements. Using nonstandard antennas and techniques, the signals could be propagated with low loss through air for tens to hundreds of meters, and with some loss, through most building materials. Stimulation and disruption of these biological systems has been credibly demonstrated in cells and tissues, and persons accidentally exposed to radiofrequency signals described sensations similar to the core characteristics. However, there is a dearth of systematic research on the effects of the relevant electromagnetic signals on humans. ”
Looking deeper into previous Havana Syndrome reports… revealed more comprehensive and explicit connections to cell phone EMR phenomena. While in the Cell Phone EMF world, official agencies like the FCC and now the EPA seem to be minimizing the existence or importance of non-thermal microwave EMF, the Havana Syndrome folks are clearly taking these mechanisms more seriously.
The excerpt below is from the 2020 report by the Health and Medicine Division of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (available here):
An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies
Most interesting to me is the first part of Section 4: A short and important read.
Section 4: Plausible Mechanisms which speaks unambiguously and matter-of-factly about non-thermal health effects of Microwave EMR.
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters/ Citizens for Safer Tech
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis
I am grateful to all of you and for the support you’ve given me and our joint efforts throughout the years.