Bursting the Bubble of Denial
As Thomas Kuhn showed in his landmark book THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS, established perceptions of ‘scientific truth’ are very resistant to change. Careers, professional identities, institutional power relationships, industries and fortunes are built on the reigning perceptions of ‘reality,’ so it isn’t just ‘hard evidence’ and rational, objective debate that dictates the glacial pace of paradigm shift. Powerful vested interests – personal, academic, corporate and economic – do too.
But shift does happen and we can see it now in slow motion before our very eyes as wireless radiation health effects become undeniable. Scroll down for leads and links.
Magda Havas Summarizes
International Experts’ Perspective on the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)
June 11, 2011. Below are some of the key resolutions/appeals released by expert scientific groups around the world since 1998, regarding the biological and health effects of both low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) associated with electricity and radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) generated by wireless devices.
Anyone who reads these cannot be left with the illusion (or delusion) that this form of energy is without adverse biological and health consequences at levels well below existing guidelines. Children are particularly vulnerable. It is irresponsible of governments to maintain the status quo in light of thousands of studies that have been published and statements by these experts.
Here are the resolutions/appeals/reports in reverse chronological order...Read more.
Should cell phone radiation be cause for alarm? – Video from New Zealand
[ Sorry for the ads. But, note cell phone antenna disguised as a garbage can! ]
From Microwave News
IARC: Cell Phone Radiation Is a Possible Human Carcinogen
Small Group Will File Minority Opinion
Just about every news outlet in the world reported this week that an expert panel at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that long-term use of a cell phone might lead to two different types of tumors, glioma, a type of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the auditory nerve.
Now Microwave News brings you the inside story of what happened at the meeting, much of which has yet to be told.
The decision to designate cell phone radiation a “possible human carcinogen” was close to unanimous–there were only two holdouts. One was from the the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
Read all the details
10 Massive Security Breaches
Jake Widman 03/12/2011 They make the news on a regular basis: incidents in which a company or government agency’s security is breached, leading to a loss of information, personal records, or other data. There are many ways to measure the size or cost of a security breach. Some result in the loss of millions of data records, some affect millions of people, and some wind up costing the affected businesses a lot of money. Not to mention, the questions of you calculate the value of personal medical information vs. credit card numbers. Here are ten security breaches of epic scale, plus one “bonus” incident that ranks among the boneheaded moves of all time.
Expert panel investigating San Bruno blast criticizes PG&E for ‘multiple weaknesses’
By Steve Johnson and Joshua Melvin
San Jose Mercury – Bay Area News Group
In the most extensive independent analysis of PG&E since the Sept. 9 San Bruno catastrophe, an expert panel’s report Thursday scathingly criticized the utility, finding “multiple weaknesses” in its natural gas-line operations and accusing the company of putting profits ahead of public safety.
“Frankly, this report is damning of PG&E almost across the board,” said Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, which ordered the study. Vowing that the commission will act on many of its recommendations, he added, “all these things are extremely deep and disturbing.”
The five experts, whom the commission appointed shortly after the blast to scrutinize the agency and PG&E, reached a number of unsettling conclusions:…
BEES, BIRDS AND MANKIND: Destroying nature by “electrosmog”
AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Is All Downside
Telecom companies are rigging the game to make bigger profits on mostly-unregulated wireless, even as giant mergers eliminate most competition.
Do You Want Two Companies Controlling 80% of the Nation’s Cellphone’s Market?
By Jenn Ettinger, Other Words Posted on May 31, 2011, Printed on June 4, 2011
A recent T-Mobile commercial depicts a cellphone customer being harassed by two thugs in business suits, his pockets emptied, his wallet turned inside out, and every last penny shaken out of him. The gist: He’s being mugged by T-Mobile’s competitors, which all charge higher prices for less service than T-Mobile.
Ironically, T-Mobile is now about to be bought up by one of those muggers…
Antitrust Review of the AT&T/T-Mobile Transaction
Allen P. Grunes – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Maurice E. Stucke – University of Tennessee College of Law
Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming
In this Essay, we review AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Inc., under federal merger law, under the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission’s 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, and with a focus on possible remedies. We find, under a rule of law approach, that the proposed acquisition is presumptively anticompetitive, and the merging parties in their public disclosures have failed to overcome this presumption. Next we find that under the Merger Guidelines, there is reason to believe that the transaction may result in higher prices to consumers under several different plausible theories. Finally, we turn to the question of possible remedies. We conclude that there is a high likelihood that divestitures will not solve the competitive problems, and make the case for enjoining the acquisition.
Environmental Defense Fund attempting damage control in LA times:
The writer is a climate change policy analyst and an attorney at Environmental Defense Fund.
‘Smart meters’ are the future
Re “Outcry over ‘smart meters,’ ” May 29
A smarter grid is crucial to achieving the clean energy revolution we need. Choices that slow that revolution will keep us dependent on fossil fuels, known contributors to various illnesses….[ the usual drivel. ]
This from www.emfsafetynetwork.org
The UNLABELED SMARTAPPLIANCE ZONE.
That means your home becomes wireless land rather you want it or not and without warning. If you happen to have a bioelectric implant for health purposes, which are dangerously sensitive to RF (per National Institute of Health,) you could be buying a trip to the hospital or the morgue with your next appliance purchase.
If you are an electro hypersensitive person, you may have purchased a greater electrical annoyance that could drive you out of your home sooner.
This is an unlabeled trespass and the companies need to know that you are against it. It seems like any corporation can create anything, add it to an important product you need and not tell you. That’s a classic example of the toxic Trojan horse. Buyer Beware!
Read more at www.emfsafetynetwork.org:
Texas Investigation Reveals Smart Meter Fire Risk
Local 2 Investigates Smart Meter Fires
By Amy Davis
HOUSTON — Local 2 Investigates looked into fires sparked by the installation of new smart meters on every home and business across Houston. It’s a danger homeowners called us about when they were stuck with no electricity and major damage to their homes.
A Doctor Who Must Navigate a Contentious Divide
Mary F. Calvert for The New York Times
MAN IN THE MIDDLE Dr. Jonathan Samet is chairman of a World Health Organization committee that found cellphones to be “possibly carcinogenic.”
By TARA PARKER-POPE
Published: June 6, 2011
After years of weighing in on issues like secondhand tobacco smoke and radon exposure, Dr. Jonathan Samet is accustomed to controversy.
From Robert Williams
MISREPRESENTATIONS OF WIRELESS SMART METERS
When people send these depressing articles, please also include the quality comments along with the article. This article has one comment at this time and I am copying it for you.
The utility information generated by Wireless smart meters is NOT real-time and it is NOT formatted for customer use so it does NOT assist customers to use less energy or lower their utility bills. The information only assists the Utility Company to bill customers and shut off customer power remotely.
In the U.S. & UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS & COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS.
Wireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as California’s PG$E pretends.
The Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day with NO Benefits.
42 Cities & Counties in California have taken positions AGAINST Wireless smart meters and 13 have passed Ordinances prohibiting the Wireless meters.
The monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real and severe, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.
Cellphones with the lowest and highest radiation levels
From INN World Report (which has lot more info at the site).
thanks to www.markcrispinmiller.com blog for posting this article.
Lowest radiation levels:
1. LG Quantum (AT&T): 0.35 watts per kilogram
2. Casio EXILIM (Verizon Wireless): 0.53 W/kg
3. Pantech Breeze II (AT&T, AT&T GoPhone): 0.55 W/kg
4. Sanyo Katana II (Kajeet): 0.55 W/kg
5. Samsung Fascinate (Verizon Wireless): 0.57 W/kg
6. Samsung Mesmerize (CellularONE, U.S. Cellular): 0.57 W/kg
7. Samsung SGH-a197 (AT&T GoPhone): 0.59 W/kg
8. Samsung Contour (MetroPCS): 0.60 W/kg
9. Samsung Gravity T (T-Mobile): 0.62 W/kg
10. (tie) Motorola i890 (Sprint); Samsung SGH-T249 (T-Mobile): 0.63 W/kg
Highest radiation levels:
1. Motorola Bravo (AT&T): 1.59 W/kg
2. Motorola Droid 2 (Verizon Wireless): 1.58 W/kg
3. Palm Pixi (Sprint): 1.56 W/kg
4. Motorola Boost (Boost Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
5. Blackberry Bold (AT&T, T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
6. Motorola i335 (Sprint): 1.55 W/kg
7. HTC Magic (T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg
8. Motorola W385 (Boost Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless): 1.54 W/kg
9. Motorola Boost i290 (Boost Mobile): 1.54 W/kg
10. (tie) Motorola DEFY (T-Mobile); Motorola Quantico (U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS); Motorola Charm (T-Mobile): 1.53 W/kg
Some other high-profile phones fared somewhere in the middle on the rankings. The SAR level of the Apple iPhone 4 was 1.17 W/kg (for the AT&T model; the Verizon model wasn’t listed). Exposure levels for the dozens of BlackBerry models varied widely.
Ex-Employee Says SDG&E Targets Low-Income Ratepayers
Former Supervisor David Bryant Filed Lawsuit Against Utility
SAN DIEGO — A former longtime supervisor at San Diego Gas & Electric is accusing the utility of lining its pockets on the backs of certain customers.
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