Biological Effects of Microwaves: Thermal and Nonthermal Mechanisms*

Biological Effects of Microwaves:
Thermal and Nonthermal Mechanisms*
A Report by an Independent Investigator
by John Michael Williams
jmmwill@comcast.net
Wilsonville, Oregon
2013-11-08
Copyright
As documented in many peer-reviewed studies below, and experienced by the present author, microwaves can be heard. The apparent loudness can be almost deafening. Microwaves also can have distinct, often painful, tactile effects not resembling anything attributable to heat. Some of the author’s own experience in measuring these effects has been posted online (Williams, 2013). A correspondent of the author claims he has observed handheld radar sets being used to flush deer from underbrush during hunting season. As will be shown, whereas such claims individually might be true or false, there
is no more reason to doubt them a priori than to doubt the sanity of radar operators. More recently, concerns have arisen about the safety of cell phones (Stewart, 2000 as updated by Swerdlow, 2003; Hyland, 2001; Adey, 2003; see also Barnett, 1994), and even of LORAN transmissions (Dawes, 2001).

These concerns, actually often fears, are being stoked by rumors about covert use of portable radar by soldiers or police (Burton and
Ohlke, 2000; Eisley, 2001; Jones, 2005), and by public but ambiguous announcements of military weaponry based on microwaves (Sirak, 2001), although such weaponry, even if effective, likely would be illegal in military engagement (Williams, 2001).  The underlying fear here revolves around the possibility of serious intentional injury or death delivered by microwave transmitting devices, with no forensic methodology to recognize the symptoms or identify the cause.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0102/0102007.pdf

Downtown San Jose’s ‘smart’ parking meters have one big flaw

Downtown San Jose’s ‘smart’ parking meters have one big flaw

By Scott Herhold sherhold@mercurynews.com

Posted:   04/09/2015 06:38:34 AM PDT0 Comments | Updated:   about 7 hours ago

I have bad news to impart today that probably won’t shock you: San Jose’s smart parking meters aren’t as smart as they think. You could safely accuse them of jumping to conclusions.

Installed last year to provide credit-card convenience for parkers — and more money for the city — they have one big flaw. Some of them reset to zero when a heavy truck passes.

Unfortunately, a lot of big trucks rumbled by this year close to the new courthouse being built at Market and St. James streets. That has led to a spate of faulty $40 parking tickets, a quiet but invidious little bite often paid unquestioningly by visitors to downtown.

To its credit, the city acknowledged the problem when I asked about it, saying it has disabled the reset function for a dozen meters near the courthouse and a downtown bus stop.

“We’re looking closely with our vendor to get this fixed,” said Jim Ortbal, the assistant director of transportation. “We absolutely don’t want this to happen to anyone visiting our town.”

But the city is depending on people to report faulty tickets themselves. And if you ask me, that’s not good enough.

While city officials insist that the faulty tickets are issued in only a tiny fraction of cases, my own research — looking at 200 sequential city parking tickets — suggests the problem is larger. About 6 percent of the tickets are being dismissed, most of them after protests from parkers.

Many people just pay the $40 and don’t question the fine. After all, the city requires you to write a note and explain your plight. Some drivers decide the battle isn’t worth it.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/traffic/ci_27879076/downtown-san-joses-smart-parking-meters-have-one

“I paid two tickets I thought I was losing my mind on,” said Lisa Tymcio, a paralegal who initially thought the city’s judgment was better than hers. While she has not formally complained about those two, she is contesting a third she received recently.

Or consider the case of Todd Rothbard, a San Jose lawyer who specializes in eviction cases. On Feb. 25, Rothbard had a trial in downtown Superior Court.

Knowing that the case would extend beyond the 11 a.m. meter expiration, Rothbard sent his associate, Selven Anderson, to put another hour’s worth of quarters (eight) into the meter (the new ones still let you pay the old-fashioned way).

When he got to his car around 11:30 a.m., Rothbard found a ticket that had been issued at 11:08. He was furious with Anderson. How hard could it be to find the right meter for the car?

The next morning, however, the same thing happened. Rothbard says he loaded his meter with 16 quarters that would take him from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. When he got out of court, he found a ticket on his windshield, issued at 10:15 a.m. He knew he would have to apologize to his associate.

“Had it only been the first citation, I would have paid it simply to avoid the time and trouble of contesting it,” Rothbard wrote the city. He called two tickets in two days “outrageous.”

The predicament has gotten so devilish that savvy parkers downtown have adopted the safeguard of taking a photo of their parking meter once they’ve fed the bandit.

“If we get a ticket, we send a copy of that along with the ticket and challenge it,” says Gene Jorgens, another San Josean who has been unfairly ticketed. “Forty dollars is a lot to pay for parking when you’ve already paid for it.”

So what’s the core of the problem? When the city switched over to smart parking meters from San Diego-based IPS Group for 1,200 downtown spaces a year ago, it embedded sensors in the pavement that can tell when a car moves out.

When that happens, the meter automatically sets back to zero, depriving the next parker of the bonus of extra time. You can see how this benefits the city over the long run.

The problem, city officials say, is that the sensor can also be affected by a heavy truck or bus passing by. Hence, people face Rothbard’s plight: They’re not losing their minds. They are losing the time for which they’ve paid.

Rothbard says the technology exists for parking enforcers to check whether people have already fed the meter properly. The city’s Ortbal says that would probably require a complex database.

Don’t forget: Parking is big business in a city that needs the money. City reports show that parking revenues have increased by 44 percent over the last decade.

Doubling the price of downtown meters, which happened when smart meters went in, will inevitably bring in more money. San Jose now takes in more than $10 million yearly in parking fines.

My take on this? Disabling the reset function on a dozen meters is a start. But after looking through citations that have been reversed, I’m not convinced the culprits are limited to a dirty dozen. Waiting for people to complain is disingenuous.

The city shouldn’t issue faulty tickets in the first place, for whatever reason. If that means making every meter dumber, I’ll stand and applaud for mediocrity.

Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or sherhold@mercurynews.com. Twitter.com/scottherhold.

In California, Exploding “Smart Meters” Spy on Your Water Use

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

In California, Exploding “Smart Meters” Spy on Your Water Use

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In California, Exploding “Smart Meters” Spy on Your Water Use

 Government’s latest Orwellian tools to spy on citizens, known as “smart meters,” are literally blowing up and catching fire, risking lives and property to facilitate what even officials acknowledge amounts to intrusive state surveillance. In fact, your home may already have been fitted with one of the dangerous meters in recent years. The latest explosions of the controversial espionage devices, used to monitor citizens’ electricity and water usage, happened in California last week. Amid a government-caused water shortage across the state, bureaucrats are hoping to use the hazardous meters to catch citizens consuming more than their government-approved water rations. As more and more “smart” meters explode and burst into flames, though, citizens concerned about safety — not to mention privacy and liberty — are increasingly fighting back.

According to local news reports, more than 5,000 homes in Stockton, California, were left without power late last month after the smart meters on the houses exploded. “Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house,” reported CBS13 on its website. Resident Brad Abernathy was quoted as saying that his neighbor’s electricity receptacles “are all blackened” from the event. Apparently the blasts and resulting damage were caused when a truck crashed into a utility pole and two wires touched, producing a power surge that blew up the unstable meters. The damage reportedly varies by house, and a spokesperson for the utility said that home appliances may have also been damaged in the surge. Electrical panels were being replaced as well.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/20631-in-california-exploding-smart-meters-spy-on-your-water-use

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