• 28 APR 17

    Important reading: Peer Review in the Raw (Microwave News)

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News

    This story was 20 years in the making.

    If you want to know what it has been like to do research on the potential health effects of cell phone radiation, please read this story. I hope it will change the way you think about the peer review process and the power of entrenched interests to manipulate what gets published in the scientific literature –and, ultimately, shape public opinion.

    This story should also help you understand how EMF/EMR research has come to be falsely portrayed as junk science. SNIP

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    • 27 APR 17

    Acoustic Neuroma and Cell Phone Use

    From Joel Moskowitz

    Excerpt

    Acoustic Neuroma and Cell Phone Use

    The Associated Press recently reported that two courts in Italy, including the Italian Supreme Court, have awarded compensation to individuals who suffered from acoustic neuroma from heavy cell phone use.
    SNIP

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    • 26 APR 17

    Are the floodgates opening: Another Italian brain tumour court win

    From the not so smart AI Google Translator:

    CORRIERE DELLA SERA

    Damage to cell phone use: Another sentence in Florence

    [Explore the meaning of the term: Inail condemned to compensate a worker suffering from neurons: he used the phone for 2-3 hours a day for 10 years. Testimony speaks of “high probability between cell phone use and sickness”] Inail condemned to compensate a worker suffering from neurone: he used the phone for 2-3 hours a day for 10 years. Expertise speaks of “high probability between cell phone use and malignant disease” … SNIP

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    • 26 APR 17

    Smart electricity meters on homes provide ample hacking opportunities, expert warns

    ABC News Australia

    Excerpt

    Smart electricity meters carry vulnerabilities that could assist burglars and compromise privacy, but Australian households are not being warned of the risks, a leading cyber-security expert has warned.

    Nigel Phair from the University of Canberra’s Centre for Internet Safety compiled a report on the risks of smart meters, which send data on a home’s utility use back to providers remotely rather than being read manually by an inspector.

    The report said some smart meters, mostly used for gas and water, only sent information one way and were safe.

    However, risks were particularly evident when a connection between the meter and provider sent information both ways — as is generally the case with smart electricity meters.

    “It can mean anything from malicious software being pushed to that device, and amongst a smart-connected house, pushed to other devices,” SNIP

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    • 23 APR 17

    Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour

    The Guardian
    Excerpt
    An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

    In what could become a landmark ruling, the court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension.

    The judgment, which was handed own on 11 April but only made public on Thursday, is subject to a possible appeal.

    Roberto Romeo, 57, had testified that his work duties obliged him to use his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years. SNIP

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    • 19 APR 17

    Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

    According to Elon Musk, as a result of the loss of human jobs as a result of automation’ “people will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” He added that these people will have “certainly more leisure time” and “will be sustained by payments from the government”. Well, just where will this money come from? Perhaps the robots will have to chip in and pay taxes? But robots don’t get wages so what then?

    Sorry but the numbers simply do not stack up….SNIP

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    • 19 APR 17

    The UK snap election: Theresa May’s anti-human hi-tech policy

    The UK’s unemployment statistics are about to get far worse with Theresa May’s high tech industrial policy (below). This policy promotes: (1) a nation-wide rollout of 5G which is necessary for the Internet of Things (IoT); (2) smart grids and smart meters; and (3) artificial intelligence/robotics. Putting aside the issues around 5G and the smart grid, the rise of the age of robots inherent in May’s policy stands to replace the jobs of millions of UK workers with robotics according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report found in part that: …SNIP

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    • 09 APR 17

    Australia’s NH&MRC accused of bias and misleading the public

    In the below press release from the Australian Homœopathic Association, they make the allegation that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC)has misled the public over the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine and has systematic conflicts of interest in its scientific evaluation. Well, if proven, that is nothing new. For example see Professor Martin Brian’s 1986 paper; Bias in awarding research grants, published in British Medical Journal…
    SNIP
    In the above light, perhaps the NH&MRC can be considered more of a “captured agency” firmly binded to government and industry policy, ignoring inconvenient evidence….

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    • 09 APR 17

    The RSI and Overuse Injury Association of ACT raises device concerns

    From the Canberra Times, April 8 2017

    Emily Baker

    Excerpt

    Increasing numbers of Canberra parents are reaching out for help with their child’s neck, back and arm pain as more schools implement “bring your own device” policies.

    The RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT has raised concerns about how the use of iPads and laptops in classrooms could impact on mental and physical health.

    Association director Ann Thomson said more parents were getting in contact with the organisation for help addressing their teenagers’ injuries.

    “We’re concerned about the use of notebooks and iPads in schools because of the lack of adjustability and a separate keyboard and mouse, and also the fact that child is holding them with one hand while using them with the other, so that’s placing a lot of strain on the arms, neck and hands,” she said…..SNIP

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    • 06 APR 17

    Poster presentation on ElectroHyperSensitivity (Recommended)

    Mary Redmayne PhD has just sent in her digital poster presentation given at the 15th World Congress on Public Health.

    Mary Redmayne PhD, is from Monash University, Melbourne and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Titled: Past, present and future ElectroHyperSensitivity: History, definition and proposed diagnostic criteria.

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    • 06 APR 17

    Screenagers the movie: Growing up in the digital age

    Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world…. I have been very concerned about this issue and as I’m a geneticist I’m very interested in the science behind it. The film is REMARKABLE: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited.” — Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital

    “Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions. Screenagers is deeply affecting, too.” SNIP

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    • 04 APR 17

    What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability March 28, 2017

    Excerpt

    It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again:

    A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents and older siblings to enjoy a peaceful meal and conversation for the next 30 minutes.

    What happened?

    Her father handed her his iPhone.

    It’s a scene we see repeated in doctors’ waiting rooms, supermarkets, public transportation… and while we entirely understand it, it also saddens us.

    So many caring, well-meaning parents are unaware of the developmental damage caused to their children by exposure to screen time and screen media. SNIP………….

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    • 04 APR 17

    Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?

    Excerpt:

    Billions more everyday items are set to be connected to the internet in the next few years, especially as chips get cheaper and cheaper to produce — and crucially, small enough to fit into even the smallest product.

    Potentially, any standard household item could become connected to the internet, even if there’s no reason for the manufacturers to do so.

    Eventually that processors needed to power an IoT device will become effectively free, making it possible to turn anything into a internet-enabled device…..

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    • 03 APR 17

    Swedish employees agree to free microchip implants designed for office work

    Excerpt

    ABC News, Australia
    By By Nick Grimm
    April 3, 2017

    Would you agree to have a microchip implanted in you by your workplace that could potentially monitor your toilet breaks and how many hours you worked?

    A Swedish firm in Stockholm — Epicenter — has offered to inject its staff with microchips for free, and around 150 of the company’s young workforce have so far taken up the offer.

    The RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips are roughly the size of a grain of rice, and are implanted using a syringe into the fleshy part of the recipient’s hand.
    SNIP

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    • 01 APR 17

    University Study Exposes Smart Meters Inflating Power Consumption Readings

    Excerpt

    University Study Exposes Smart Meters Inflating Power Consumption Readings
    Posted on March 31, 2017 by Stop Smart Meters Australia

    Smart meters overcharge consumers by up to 582% while at the same time collecting owner’s data which is then sold to third parties for further profit, according to the first major university study into the controversial technology.

    The University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) published the results of a major study into the nine most popular smart meters used in the United States and United Kingdom, with the conclusion that smart meters routinely overcharge consumers, often by staggering amount.

    “In the experiments (which were entirely reproducible), five of the nine smart meters gave readings that were much higher than the actual amount of power consumed. Indeed, in some setups, these were up to 582 percent higher.” SNIP

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    • 29 MAR 17

    Internet privacy to go under Trump

    Published in the Washington Post online

    Excerpt

    The House just voted to wipe out the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

    By Brian Fung March 28 at 5:58 PM

    The sharply partisan vote led by Republicans is a sweeping rebuke of Internet policies enacted under the Obama administration and marks a pivot toward allowing Internet providers to collect and sell their customers’ Web browsing history, location information, health data and other personal details. The measure now heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it. SNIP

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    • 28 MAR 17

    Cellphones, wifi and cancer: Will Trump’s budget cuts zap vital ‘electrosmog’ research?

    From Paul Mobbs writing in The Ecologist

    27th March 2017

    Excerpt

    Just as long term research into the health impacts of the ‘electrosmog’ created by wifi and mobile phones is yielding its first results, it’s at risk of sudden termination from President Trump’s budget cuts, writes Paul Mobbs. But the cuts have little to do with saving money – and a lot to do with protecting corporate profit and economic growth from harsh truths, including evidence that electrosmog causes cancer in laboratory rats, and maybe humans too.

    Amidst concern over President Trump’s emasculation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and cuts to the USA’s climate research, other ground-breaking areas of environmental research are being ignored.

    For well-over a decade, at a cost of $25 million, a US National Toxicology Program study has been assessing the links between the use of mobile phones and rare, though increasing forms of cancer….SNIP

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    • 28 MAR 17

    Frasier, Frasier and Hickman and cell phone litigation

    Excerpt

    The legal firm Frasier, Frasier and Hickman is seeking clients who claim that their illness is caused by cell phone use.

    There is a concern with rising cell phone use–safety–whether cell phone use is associated with cancer. The concern is especially pointed with regard to the rise in cell phone use by children. Children have thinner bone structures and a less stable system….

    For more than 60 years our firm has stood up for victims of all kinds of personal injuries and the families of wrongful death victims. Today we have dedicated a practice to focus on a helping a specific kind of victim – those who may have contracted cancer or any other health issues that may be linked to cell phone use.

    Our firm has developed a strong reputation for helping everyday people living with the consequences of another party’s negligence. Our goal is to fight for justice on their behalf and pursue the fullest appropriate compensation for the injuries of each client we take on.

    SNIP…

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    • 19 MAR 17

    Reykjavik Appeal on wireless technology in schools

    Abstract
    We, the signers, are concerned about our children’s health and development in schools with
    wireless technology for teaching.
    A vast amount of scientific studies have shown considerable medical risks with long-term exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation(RFR) from wireless devices and networks well below the recommended reference levels from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection(ICNIRP).

    We ask the authorities to take their responsibility for our children’s future health and wellbeing.

    Read more…..SNIP

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    • 14 MAR 17

    Highly recommended: Video of Leszczynski’s lecture in Reykjavik on Feb. 24, 2017

    Video of Leszczynski’s lecture in Reykjavik on Feb. 24, 2017

    Here is the link to Dariusz’s video of his presentation in Reykjavik on Feb. 24, 2017

    The first slide sets the tone:

    ICNIRP, WHO EMF Project & Environmental Health Criteria

    The most influential ‘echo chamber’ is ICNIRP, a “private club” where the current members select and appoint new members. SNIP

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