Framingham, MA: Experts warn of wifi effects on children

Experts warn of wifi effects on children
By Danielle Ameden/Daily News Staff

Posted Jun. 11, 2015 at 3:09 PM

FRAMINGHAM – At a forum Wednesday night, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, former president of Microsoft Canada and other experts warned of the dangers of wireless radiation to children.

The panelists told an audience at Plymouth Church that children’s brains absorb more radiation than in adults, and research shows that surrounding kids with technology devices is causing harm.

Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust, said children today have toys that radiate energy, from the digital “iPotty” to a plastic teething rattle iPhone case.

But unbeknownst to parents, the World Health Organization lists cell phones as a possible carcinogen to humans, Davis said, in the same category as jet fuel, DDT, lead and engine exhaust.

“Would you give DDT, lead or engine exhaust to your children to play with?” she asked.

As a former industry leader, Frank Clegg, who led Microsoft Canada, said he is amazed by the impact technology has had on lives. But he is now warning of the dangers as CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology.

“If not used properly, I think technology can be harmful,” he said.

Davis and the other speakers urged those in the crowd to take steps to be safer, from putting phones on “airplane mode” when possible to using hardwired Internet connections to following the city of Berkley, California’s lead in adopting right-to-know laws.

“Unlike some environmental problems, like global warming, this is something you can fix tomorrow,” Davis said.

Cities and towns can pass cell phone right-to-know laws that require public postings that tell users of devices how to use them safely, Davis said.

Her organization launched the website, showthefineprint.org, to spread the word.

Author Catherine Steiner-Adair, who lives in Newton, said children today are gazing into a screen 7 to 11 hours a day, more than any other activity in their life, and one out of seven sets of parents allow their infants and toddlers to have screen time for up to four hours a day.

She called it the “Magic of the iPad,” but said those devices are neurological stimulants and society needs to stop denying the ramifications.

Adults may joke they are “so addicted” to their smartphones, yet they give children the same devices and are really psychologically dependent, Steiner-Adair said.

“They function in our lives like little blankies do for children,” she said.

In children, the devices are causing deficits in language development and their capacity for frustration and self-soothing, she said.

The problem is so severe in Asia, she said, that 5-year-olds, so psychologically addicted to devices, are in recovery treatment therapy programs.

http://framingham.wickedlocal.com/article/20150611/NEWS/150618706

Landis+Gyr provides Austrian utility with smart meter system

We will be hearing from Austrian Activists soon.  The negative impact is immediate…….Sandaura

Landis+Gyr provides Austrian utility with smart meter system

Wednesday 10 June 2015 | 20:27 CET | News

Landis+Gyr, a provider of energy management products for utilities, will supply its Gridstream smart metering system to Netz Burgenland Strom. The agreement includes the supply of infrastructure for the utility’s head-end-system, which enables the utility to remotely read all meters in its network. Netz

Burgenland Strom is one of the seven largest electricity Distribution System Operators in Austria and has more than 200,000 metering points in its network. Under the terms of the agreement, the first 3,000 meters will be installed late this year. The next roll-out step, comprising 20,000 further devices, is planned for 2016, with the full meter park to be replaced with smart meters by 2019.

The smart residential meter, the E450 from Landis+Gyr, will be rolled out across the network of Netz Burgenland Strom from November this year. The meter provides multi-energy metering and personal energy management, which allows for direct communication between the utility and the end-consumer. The Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream is an end-to-end smart grid system that combines metering, communications, network management, software, grid and consumer applications, as well as professional services.

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/landisgyr-provides-austrian-utility-with-smart-meter-system–1086693

Pennsylvania-‘Smart meter’ much too smart

‘Smart meter’ much too smart

Bucks County Courier Times

smart meter

 An example of a so-called “smart” electric meter

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:15 am

Yesterday, I caved to organizations bent on stealing my privacy and controlling me: I allowed a PECO technician to install the newest “smart meter” on our house. I have a sense of defeat hanging over me.

I allowed the change because PECO threatened me, in writing, that it would shut off our electrical power if I did not allow installation. Second, my husband is turning age 80 this year, and I cannot expect him to run and maintain a generator.

Numerous electric companies, with the legal approval of local and state governments, are taking our liberties away from us. The technological culprit is the “smart meter,” the devious product manufactured to spy on and control our lives.

The new Landis+Gyr meter will report to the utility company (read government agency) how much hot water we use, what time of day we do laundry, how cool we keep our house, how many refrigerators we have, how many hours we watch television and use computers. The data-keeping will apply to every electrical product in the house, as every new appliance is equipped with a chip that reports to the “smart meter,” which sends information to the electric company.

When the electric company (read: government) is alerted to high levels of usage in a given area, the power will be rationed to our house for whatever reason those brilliant government officials decide.

You have no doubt heard of the deleterious effects of wireless devices (cellphones and computers) causing physical harm. Small wireless devices’ harm pales in comparison to what the “smart meters” will wreak upon the inhabitants of the house. The reason why there is so much radiation flowing is because the meter continuously reports usage to the electric company. Proponents will tell you that minute signals cause no harm. But when the signals are sent numerous times, the health risks increase drastically.

Utility companies, including PECO, justify the new technology on the basis of lowering the costs of operations to the consumer. However, a current request by PECO asks for approval to increase rates. Go figure.

Nina Bolfing

New Britain Township

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/communities/warrington/smart-meter-much-too-smart/article_4b0236be-2509-583d-9c36-7ef20ff10c49.html

MEMPHIS-Council Members Prepare For Fight Over Smart Meters

Council Members Prepare For Fight Over Smart Meters