• 18 FEB 18

    A psychological perspective on the Havana “Sonic attack”: Its all just a mass psychogenic illness (Psychology Today)

    It’s perhaps inevitable that if you are a psychologist you would tend to be biassed towards considering the strange sonic occurrence at the US Embassy in Havana as a possible psychological problem, especially given that there is no explanation on what really happened. According to New Zealand sociologist and skeptic Robert Bartholomew, writing in Psychology Today (below), a likely explanation is a mass psychogenic illness (MPI). This is essentially mass hysteria or a mass nocebo effect which can tend to be diagnosed when a number of people exhibit strange behavior and those who are making the diagnosis do not know why. So, with no known reason why these 20 or so people in Havana have had these strange symptoms the psychologist’s viewpoint rides to the rescue – ‘Something is affecting these people and as there is no known cause for their affliction, it’s most likely a mass psychogenic illness!’

    An all too convenient label to a dismiss any number of environmental health issues, not just whatever is happening in Havana.

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    • 18 FEB 18

    “Sonic Weapon Attacks” on U.S. Embassy Don’t Add Up—for Anyone (Scientific American)

    HAVANA—Heated charges have flown back and forth for months between the two countries that bracket the Strait of Florida. U.S. State Department officials contended Cuba staged a sonic attack on employees of the American embassy, causing a variety of neurological symptoms. Cuba has not only denied such an attack ever took place but has also emphasized the physical impossibility of a sound wave causing neurological damage trained on such a distant target.

    But physicians and scientists from both countries now appear to be in agreement on one critical point: Both sides acknowledge they are baffled as to what happened to 24 embassy employees who were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain damage between November 2016 and August 2017. SNIP

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    • 17 FEB 18

    The X Files: Experts Confirm U.S. Diplomats Suffered Concussions From a Still Unknown Source

    A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms the U.S. diplomats who suffered concussion-like symptoms in Cuba did, in fact, have concussions — without ever being hit on the head. This is real X-Files stuff!

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    • 16 FEB 18

    5G, the Winter Olympics and the coming “era of machines”

    From Fortune.com
    The PyeongChang Winter Olympics Are Testing 5G—to Ward Off Wild Boars

    The first to experience the future of wireless technology, well before most humans, will be South Korea’s wild boars. That’s because 5G, the fifth-generation wireless network, is making its worldwide debut at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    The technology will be used to ward off the porcine pests who roam the mountainous region around the Games with fast-acting systems that shoot rays, spew gases and emit tiger roars.

    That’s just the start of 5G — South Korea’s attempt to showcase the first-in-the-world commercial use of the technology that’s not scheduled to roll out globally until 2020. At the Games, shuttle buses run with no humans at the wheel, and 360-degree images in real time show competing figure skaters as they glide around the ice… The tech industry is counting on the new capabilities: 5G will be important for developing artificial intelligence, drones, self-driving vehicles, robots and other machines that transmit massive data in real time, said Sandra Rivera, Intel Corp.’s California-based senior vice president overseeing network platforms. In other words, if computers talk to each other like children in 4G now, they’ll soon speak like grown-ups in 5G.

    “It really is, we call it, the era of machines,” Rivera said in an interview. “Machines are coming, and the 5G is a big enabler with that true convergence of computing and communications.”

    SNIP

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    • 14 FEB 18

    Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting mislead about research on health effects from electromagnetic fields in new report

    From Mona Nilsson, The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, February 8, 2018

    Excerpt:
    In 2017 the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) published a report on environmental health issues (Miljöhälsorapport 2017) that included a section on EMF health risks authored by Anders Ahlbom (AA) and Maria Feychting (MF), both professors at the Karolinska Institute. The report from Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting is grossly misleading about the available scientific evidence. SNIP

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    • 13 FEB 18

    BRIEF REPORT on the EHS provocation studies from Darius Leszczynski

    Dariusz Leszczynski / Finland. Updated February 11, 2018

    BRIEF REPORT on the EHS provocation studies prepared by Dariusz Leszczynski,
    Excerpt:
    Part of the population considers themselves as sensitive to radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices and networks. Different studies have indicated that ca. 0.5–11% of the population might be experiencing sensitivity symptoms. This ailment, called either electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity (EHS) or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF), is currently not considered by the World Health Organization as being caused by the exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMF). While the symptoms experienced by some persons are acknowledged as health impairment, the cause of these symptoms is considered to be unknown. SNIP

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    • 12 FEB 18

    5G and IoT: a Trojan horse

    From André Fauteux, Editor/Publisher, La Maison du 21e siècle Magazine: The wireless industry dreams of deploying its new 5G (fifth generation) infrastructure in your neighbourhood soon, as it has begun doing in California. Boxes the size of a PC could be placed every 150 meters or so on utility poles, sometimes with small-refrigerator-sized boxes on the ground. 5G technology uses pulsed, millimeter-sized microwaves that are easily blocked by obstacles such as leaves, hence the need to install millions of cell signal boosters near homes.

    The telecoms say this is the most efficient way to ease the digital congestion caused by audio-video streaming, whose global traffic, according to American giant Cisco, will be eleven times higher in 2018 than in 2014. Data would move through fibre optic cables, but rather than bringing these cables to your home, the last leg of the data’s journey would generally be wireless… As markets work, personal mobile phone subscriptions are more profitable than the higher speed fibre optic connections linked to desktops through your own router.

    The 5G network would also support the huge increase in wireless communications to be created by the Internet of Things (IoT). Since most people already own a cell phone, industry wants to expand its market by embedding a cellular microchip into most manufactured goods. Therefore, items purchased in the future would generate data to be collected by companies and, ultimately, by governments. 5G-IoT is promoted by the promise of “smart” cities, leading to a more comfortable, convenient and efficient life. But besides a relentless expansion of sales, 5G-IoT will strengthen mobile phones as a platform for publicity and population control. Further, 5G-IoT deployment carries significant health risks… SNIP

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    • 11 FEB 18

    New paper on 5G: Towards 5G communication systems: Are there health implications?

    Abstract

    The spread of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) is rising and health effects are still under investigation. RF-EMF promote oxidative stress, a condition involved in cancer onset, in several acute and chronic diseases and in vascular homeostasis. Although some evidences are still controversial, the WHO IARC classified RF-EMF as “possible carcinogenic to humans”, and more recent studies suggested reproductive, metabolic and neurologic effects of RF-EMF, which are also able to alter bacterial antibiotic resistance. In this evolving scenario, although the biological effects of 5G communication systems are very scarcely investigated, an international action plan for the development of 5G networks has started, with a forthcoming increment in devices and density of small cells, and with the future use of millimeter waves (MMW). Preliminary observations showed that MMW increase skin temperature, alter gene expression, promote cellular proliferation and synthesis of proteins linked with oxidative stress, inflammatory and metabolic processes, could generate ocular damages, affect neuro-muscular dynamics…SNIP

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    • 10 FEB 18

    AOCRP-5 and its Groundhog Day Approach to radiofrequency health science

    The Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) is hosting the 5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection – AOCRP5- in Melbourne, Australia during 20 – 23 May 2018. Too bad the term “radiation protection” is a misnomer which really means defining “protection” strictly in accordance with ICNIRP’s time-worn orthodoxy. Dare I say a “Procrustean Approach” in which “protection” is limited to immediate and hazardous radiofrequency/microwave radiation of the intensity to cause thermal biological damage. The same old line endlessly repeated and somewhat reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day where the same day just keeps on repeating itself over and over and over…..At least in the movie some things were slowly learned by the main character Phil Connors – but not so with the folks at ARPS, IRPA and ICNIRP…..

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    • 08 FEB 18

    What Changed at NTP?

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:
    What Changed at NTP?
    Same RF Cancer Data, Different Outlook
    February 7, 2018
    Excerpt:

    Why was the NTP so ambivalent about its cell phone cancer findings at the press conference last Friday when two years ago the same scientific evidence prompted a public health warning?

    Some of the pathology numbers got tweaked since they were first released in 2016, but the changes were minor. It’s the same data set —but with a very different interpretation. The NTP mindset somehow shifted from we need to release this important new health data now to this is “not a high-risk situation.”

    Who or what moved the NTP managers to change their outlook? There’s no shortage of suspects and suspicions. Here are a few making the rounds: SNIP

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    • 07 FEB 18

    Surprise Illness at the South Korean Winter Olympics: Is it contaminated water or 5G?

    The last blog message I sent included an article by By Nina Beety, www.smartmeterharm.org titled:

    Stop 5G launch at Winter Olympics in South Korea. Acute public health reactions likely

    Now, by coincidence. it is being reported that acute health reactions are happening but is thought that it is a norovirus infection in contaminated drinking water even though apparently testing has failed to find any in the water tested. Perhaps true but consider the unthinkable: What if the symptoms are actually from the experimental 5G blanketing the Olympic site? If this is true (and it may not) imagine the effects on the athletes. If this be the case we won’t have long to wait for some pretty dismal Olympic games. This deserves watching!

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    • 06 FEB 18

    Optus to launch ‘faster’ 5G option to rival the NBN / Concerns over 5G at the Winter Olympics

    It may come as a surprise to many Australians to find that Australia’s Optus is actually a 100% owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) since 2001. SingTel Optus is the first telco to announce an Australian 5G rollout in early 2019, to compete with the National Broadband Network (NBN). Optus will launch a fixed wireless option, accessible in metropolitan areas, expected to achieve internet speeds about 15 times faster than 4.5G. Not to be outdone in the coming mad race to install hundreds of thousands of 5G antennas across the Australian landscape, Telstra will also be offering 5G services in 2019, with Vodafone carrying out trials and claiming that 5G would support speeds equivalent to downloading an entire season of Game of Thrones in high definition in just 10 seconds.

    .. In a perfect world, wouldn’t it would be nice if, before this rollout begins in Australia, a careful independent medical analysis is undertaken to determine if there are health hazards with 5G at the coming Olympics in Korea, where Korea Telecom, Intel and Ericsson are rushing to launch one of the world’s first large-scale experiments with 5G. Unfortunately “experiments” solely means how well the technology works, not on its possible impact of human health. Perhaps the folks at ACEBR should be sent over to check it all out. That way we will reliably be assured that 5G is perfectly safe – if you understand what I mean…… Don

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    • 05 FEB 18

    Open Letter on the Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity Research by Dariusz Leszczynski

    Open letter: The end of the road for EHS (IEI-EMF) provocation studies by Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc
    Comments on the open letter: The dependence of using provocation studies for research into electromagnetic hyper sensitivity (EHS) is fast becoming the preferred way to downplay the connection between telecommunications emissions and illness. It’s a convenient way to say its all in the sufferer’s mind. In Australia, Rodney Croft and his crew at ACEBR look like getting further funding from the NH&MRC to continue with yet more useless provocation research. However, where they get volunteers willing to undergo the inevitable – its just all in their mind, the nocebo effect, remains to be seen. So far they have had only 4 subjects who stayed to the end. Hardly sufficient numbers! I certainly recommend anyone who thinks they suffer from EHS to have nothing to do with this research. I find relevant here Leszczynski’s “Drawback #3. Bias introduced by fear and by reputation of the research group”. Well worth a considered read and I hope the NH&MRC research funders take note. Read on.
    Don

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    • 04 FEB 18

    Disinformation and the NTP study findings

    The Disinformation Playbook has been used for decades by corporations to delay government action on matters of great public interest that would adversely affect their income and profit. Some of the well-known examples involve the sugar industry, tobacco, oil and gas, and the National Football League. The Union of Concerned Scientists outlined the five pillars of the Playbook

    1. The Fake: Conduct counterfeit science and try to pass it off as legitimate research
    2. The Blitz: Harass scientists who speak out with results or views inconvenient for industry
    3. The Diversion: Manufacture uncertainty about science where little or none exists
    4. The Screen: Buy credibility through alliances with academia or professional societies
    5. The Fix: Manipulate government officials or processes to inappropriately influence policy

    Now consider whether or not this is relevant for the headline reporting on the NTP study in MEDPAGE TODAY… And the comment following

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    • 03 FEB 18

    NTP RF Reports Are Now Available (Louis Slesin)

    From Microwave News

    The NTP has released its two draft reports on the cancer risks associated with exposure to cell phone radiation (GSM and CDMA). These are the results of its two-year exposure studies of mice and rats. News has been tracking this project since 1999, when the FDA first requested the RF-animal studies. Access the links in the full article…

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    • 03 FEB 18

    NTP Study – Darius Leszczynski’s first impressions…

    Excerpt
    From the blog; Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Excerpt

    Today, the US NTP published results of its animal study examining effects of RF-EMF on mice and rats. Both reports are quite long to read and I had no time for detailed evaluation yet. However, in my opinion, NTP study demonstrates that exposures to cell phone radiation cause biological and health effects in animals. This confirms that biological and health effects in humans are possible.

    The most significant finding, in my opinion, is the development of gliomas in exposed animals. SNIP…

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    • 31 JAN 18

    ACEBR’s Rodney Croft comes under attack for his misrepresentation of the NTP study.

    Expert Reaction to Rodney Crofts Criticism of the National Toxicology Program Findings

    Dr. Rodney Croft, Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research at the University of Wollongong has stated a “number of criticisms” to the findings of the National Toxicology Program study. His criticisms included his statements “that the rats treated with RF lived longer than the controls…the controls did not have ‘any’ tumours… and the lack of clear dose-response relationships. He concluded that “the NTP report does not provide reason to move from the current scientific consensus that mobile phone-like exposure does not impact health.” Read Rodney Croft’s Reaction to the NTP here.

    January 3, 2018: Dr. Ron Melnick has provided a response to the comments made by Rodney Croft. Read on…
    SNIP

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    • 30 JAN 18

    NTP: RF Cancer Reports due February 2 (Microwave News)

    NTP: RF Cancer Reports due February 2
    Peer Review Meeting To Be Held March 26-28

    Further details and links for more information are on our Web site.

    For those of you who are not yet following Microwave News on Twitter, I encourage you to join us there for additional news bulletins.

    Louis Slesin, PhD
    Editor, Microwave News

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    • 28 JAN 18

    A message from Stop Smart Meters New Zealand

    From Katherine Smith:

    Dear Friends,

    Latest updates from www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz .Ongoing access to safe landline phones in many parts of New Zealand is now threatened. Please read this important action alert email and help us save this tried and true technology. Kia ora and welcome to the latest newsletter from Stop Smart Meters NZ

    We have important news to share with you:

    1) New legislation could phase out access to safe copper-based landline phones (and phase out inexpensive hardwired internet access) for many New Zealanders.

    Submissions are needed NOW.

    SNIP

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    • 27 JAN 18

    5G: Introducing Brillouin Precursors: Microwave Radiation Runs Deep (Microwave News)

    From Microwave News, March/April 2002

    Excerpt:

    When a very fast pulse of radiation enters the human body, it generates a burst of energy that can travel much deeper than predicted by conventional models. This induced radiation pulse, known as a Brillouin precursor, is at the heart of the continuing conflict over the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) PAVE PAWS phased array radar on Cape Cod. Brillouin precursors can also be formed by ultrawideband radiation (see also p.17) and, in the near future, by high-speed data signals. Dr. Richard Albanese, a researcher at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, is concerned that the radiation from the PAVE PAWS radar entails wide-spread human exposure to Brillouin precursors. In a May 23, 2000, letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Albanese warned that this type of phased array radiation has never been tested. He has been working on Brillouin precursors for over 15 years…SNIP

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