An Electronic Silent Spring
May, 2016 Newsletter from Katie Singer
Cell Phones & Towers
** According to Microwave News’ Louis Slesin: “The cell phone cancer controversy will never be the same again” because a study conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program proves that exposure to cell phone radiation significantly increases cancer risk. In the study, 48 of 540 exposed male rats developed cancer (glioma, a brain tumor or a malignant schwannoma heart tumor) or a pre-cancerous lesion. No cancers were found in 90 unexposed male rats. Female rats’ risk was insignificant.
According to Dr. Joel Moskowitz (UC/Berkeley School of Public Health), “The study’s results reinforce the need for more stringent regulation of radiofrequency radiation and better disclosure of the health risks associated with wireless technologies.”
** If you still use a mobile phone or love someone who does:
1) Turn it off. Program it to serve as a voice messaging device that notifies you every two? hours if you’ve got messages. (When on, the cell phone will constantly check in with the nearest cell tower to see if you’ve got a message–and you will constantly receive EMR exposure.)
2) Keep mobile devices off in moving vehicles. At every mile, when the phone connects to a new cell tower, it goes to maximum power. Much of the radiation gets trapped in the car (a metal box) and bounces around.
3) Keep mobile devices out of your bedroom. Don’t charge them while you sleep. Don’t charge them on walls shared with your bedroom.
4) Beware of second hand exposure to pregnant women and children.
5) Turn Wi-Fi off for at least 12 hours every night while you sleep.
** Check out Ellie Marks’ list of 300+ famous people who’ve had brain tumors: http://www.odwyerpr.com/site_images/Notable-Persons.pdf
** See my cartoon about a promising Canadian case re cell tower radiation. http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/rt-5-31-2016/
California Landlines are Temporarily Saved
** Democrat Evan Low’s House Bill 2395 to eliminate California landlines by January, 2020, was defeated. Read more at www.savelandlines.org.
** Many states have passed similar legislation. Has yours?
Truly, “smart” meters do not save ratepayers money or energy. They cause fires (hundreds of thousands have been recalled because of fire). They present extreme cybersecurity risks (hackers could take down the entire electric grid). The data that “smart” meters collect breeches ratepayers’ privacy. They cause health problems, And yet, utilities in Hawaii and New Mexico have recently proposed installing “smart” meters.
** Sharon Noble (www.stopsmartmetersbc.com) gave an excellent overview about “smart” meters when I interviewed her on the Occupy/EMF Teleconference, May 19, 2016. Sharon has done extraordinary research about “smart” meter fires. http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/fires/smart-meter-fires-2015/
** Sharon also posts www.abc.ca, which presents info about different kinds of “smart” meters.
** Don’t miss Sandy Maurer’s “Summary of Evidence on Smart Meter Fires:” http://emfsafetynetwork.org/smart-meters/smart-meter-fires-and-explosions
** We have no record of the “smart” grid saving energy. Because all of the data that “smart” meters collect requires data storage centers (which require computers and air conditioning, etc.), could the “smart” grid use more energy than the grid that uses electro-mechanical meters? https://www.bchydro.com/news/conservation/2009/data_centre_efficiency.html
** If you live in New Mexico, watch for email alerts about actions to take to keep PNM “smart” meter free.
Children & Schools
** Former Design Ethicist at Google Tristan Harris describes “How Technology Hijacks Peoples’ Minds:” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trist-harris/how-technology-hijacks-peoples-minds_b_10155754.html
** Devra Davis presented at the Third Pediatric Societies Symposium on Children http://ehtrust.org/science/key-scientific-lectures/cell-phones-wireless-childrens-health-symposium-2016-pediatric-societies/
** Let the Access Board know your experience of accessing libraries, hospitals, schools, restaurants, hotels (places of public accommodation) that have Wi-Fi and/or cell towers on the property. A federal agency, the Access Board administers the Americans with Disabilities Act (perhaps most known for requiring curb cuts so that people in wheelchairs can use sidewalks). https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/omeganews/-gP1U4EQvoo
** Www.brettapproved.com aims to approve resources for travelers with disabilities; it seeks reviews that rate the accessibility of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Brett Heising started the site after a San Francisco hotel promised him a room with a roll-in shower for his wheelchair–but the room wasn’t available when he arrived.
New films offer inspiration
Concussion After performing autopsies on several Pittsburgh Steelers who went mad and died young, Nigerian-born pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu proposed labeling on football helmets, since playing football can cause brain injuries.
The Hunting Grounds U.S. women who report campus rapes are routinely hush-hushed by deans who do not want to jeopardize their school’s reputation, alumni donations or sports revenues. Two women from the U. of North Carolina filed a Title IX complaint with the Dept. of Education–and opened the door to change.
The Look of Silence Truth and reconciliation initiated by one Indonesian man whose brother was brutally killed in 1965 (along with thousands of others) in a CIA-backed assault conducted by Indonesian villagers…who maintain power to this day.
Labyrinth of Lies Germans who came of age after World War II typically had no knowledge of concentration camps (including their parents’ involvement)–until a cabinet-level minister supported a campaign of awareness.
Mobilize View this documentary about the telecom industry for free until June 25, 2016 at www.clearlightventures.com. Click the Rent button, enter your email address and password (create one), then click APPLY PROMO CODE. When that field opens, enter “ClearLight” and hit APPLY. The rental fee will be waived. You DO NOT need to enter your credit card info. The film’s direct link is https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mobilizevod
Want to read An Electronic Silent Spring? It presents earlier research and stories that confirm the new research from NIH’s National Toxicology Program. Despite amazon.com claims, the book is in print. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1938685083/?tag=anelesilspr-20
** If you’d like ten or more copies, I can pass on the discount that my publisher extends to me. This translates to a 30 – 35% discount from the cover price ($18), including shipping. To order, please contact me directly: katie @ katiesinger. com
Thanks to everyone who uses electronics as safely as possible, reduces their electronics usage and EMR-emissions.
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