Stop Smart Meters! Opposes AB 2395- would destroy landlines without offering any benefits

From Save Landlines:

From: Joshua Hart <joshuahart@baymoon.com>

Subject: Stop Smart Meters! Opposes AB 2395- would destroy landlines without offering any benefits

Date: May 4, 2016 at 12:43:49 PM PDT

To: Jennifer.galehouse@asm.ca.gov

Dear Ms. Galehouse,

AB2395 is a bill that would allow AT&T to eliminate our essential copper landline network and along with it thousands of solid, good-paying union jobs, while reducing consumer choices, cutting off people who can only use wired communications systems (including seniors, rural residents and those with electro-sensitivity) and destroying an essential wired back-up communication system, while only offering vague references to alleged benefits.

Cell phone systems are highly dependent on the electric grid which is prone to outages, particularly during natural or manmade disasters.  See the following piece on NPR about the lack of reliability of wireless telecommunications during Hurricane Sandy.  Without even the option of landlines, which tend to continue to operate even when the electrical grid goes out, people will be left stranded and disconnected. It will take longer to recover from a disaster such as an earthquake, and the economy will suffer as a result.

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/04/29/179243218/after-sandy-questions-l inger-over-cellphone-reliability

I run an organization that depends on reliable, good quality, wired communication to function.  According to direct instructions from my physician, I am not to use any wireless devices.  However, if this bill passes AT&T will be permitted to cut all wired service to my house, while only providing a wireless voice service that is not possible for me (or millions of others with the same diagnosis) to use.

Our organization pays income and sales taxes to the state and federal governments.  If we are unable to safely and reliably communicate in order to run our business, this will impact the state’s coffers, as well as harm the local economy. Neither VOIP nor wireless service, nor any other alternative besides landlines are adequate in our location.

In addition, the World Health Organization has declared cell phone radiation a Class 2B possible carcinogen based on epidemiological brain tumor studies in Sweden. Those who wish to reduce the cancer risk that their family faces will be increasingly unable to do so if AT&T gets its way.

This bill will encourage, and in some cases, require, the use of wireless technology for basic voice services. AT&T now requires the use of a “wireless gateway� to be installed for U-Verse, its current VOIP offerings. For those unable to use cell phones, or other such wireless technology, this is unacceptable. AB2395 could allow AT&T to proceed with a de facto disconnect of millions of people throughout the state.

The “customer demandâ€� that AT&T cites for alternatives to landlines is more a result of corporate coercion.  AT&T has been refusing to provide new landline service to those who request it, a violation of CPUC regulations, and something we’ve heard repeatedly from residents around the state in recent months.

What are the costs to the state’s emergency response/ medical system as a result of losing the pinpoint accurate location info from landlines and substituting it with the less-than-pinpoint-accurate location information on wireless 911 emergency calls? What are the costs to our medical system of billions more cell phone exposure hours, and potentially millions of new brain tumor cases over the coming decades?

AB2395 does not promise any specific benefits to Californians and instead would allow AT&T and other telephone network operators to gut our reliable backup landline network and escape their historical mandate to provide safe, reliable, affordable telecommunications to Californians. The potential economic damage resulting from the severing of this key, high quality, communications infrastructure is significant.

Allowing AT&T to cut off the state’s landline network without a specific plan in place, will also place a disproportionate burden on those who are imprisoned and need to make collect calls to reach their loved ones and lawyers, a service not currently provided through VOIP services, with no word from AT&T how this system will be replaced.

We should learn from the destruction of our extensive streetcar networks in the 20th century at the hands of corporate forces pushing cars and buses, which were considered more technologically “advanced.â€� Now, we are paying billions to replace those light rail systems that were destroyed in the 30’s and 40’s but in hindsight should have been maintained.  How much will it cost to replace the copper landline network and infrastructure in the future when people get sick of poor quality, lack of reliability, and health risks from wireless technology? The destruction of the landline network is not a change that is being demanded by the people of California, who enjoy having the option of a landline for secure communication. This bill is purely about boosting AT&T’s profits by reducing consumer choices, harming rural areas of the state, and giving regulated corporations a free pass to destroy valuable public infrastructure.

Further privatizing and deregulating essential public services will leave us not with advanced technologies but with systems that are less safe, less reliable, and less affordable. If AT&T succeeds in pushing this damaging bill through, it is the public who will lose while AT&T reaps ever greater profits.

The CPUC- in theory at least- is meant to regulate large utilities like AT&T for the public good. This bill would make it a crime for the CPUC to maintain secure, reliable, quality connectivity for Californians.

Please list us as opposing this legislation and recommend against its passage in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, for all the above reasons.  I’d be happy to discuss any of these issues further.

Thank you,

Josh Hart

 
Josh Hart MSc

Director, Stop Smart Meters! http://StopSmartMeters.org PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122

CALIFORNIA-From Save Landlines: ACT NOW!

From Save Landlines:

The California Assembly bill, AB 2395, that AT&T is pushing through the legislature to deregulate and discontinue analog copper landline phone service, has been referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and will be heard earliest Wednesday, May 11. Save the date if you can go to Sacramento to speak up at a hearing. Hearing agendas are posted on Fridays: http://apro.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

We were told by assembly staff, that if it passes Appropriations, it would then go to the full assembly earliest May 31. If it’s not passed the assembly by June 3, the end of the legislative session, then the bill dies. If the bill passes the assembly, it goes on to the senate earliest in August.

You can read the bill, and its amendments since the Committee on Utilities and Commerce hearing a couple of weeks ago, here:http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2395

We were told that assembly members are getting a lot of calls about this bill, so please keep calling (see contact info below). It’s best to pick up the phone, but if you opt for writing, you might consider faxing your comments, as often faxing doesn’t work over the digital alternatives AT&T is proposing for our landlines. If you opt for emailing assembly members, they may not register much more than the subject line, so please write in the subject line: I OPPOSE AB 2395

CONTACTS:

(BATCHES OF EMAIL ADDRESSES TO COPY AND PASTE, AS WELL AS FAX NUMBERS, AT BOTTOM)

If any of these email addresses bounce (some staff had to be guessed), you can find online email forms for each committee member here:http://apro.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff

Bill sponsor:

Evan Low

(916) 319-2028

Fax: (916) 319-2128

assemblymember.low@assembly.ca.gov

Ben.Golombek@asm.ca.gov

Appropriations Committee:

Committee members:

Lorena S. Gonzalez (Chair)

(916) 319-2080

Fax: (916) 319-2180

assemblymember.gonzalez@assembly.ca.gov

Evan.McLaughlin@asm.ca.gov

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)

(916) 319-2005

Fax: (916) 319-2105

assemblymember.bigelow@assembly.ca.gov

Kirk.Kimmelshue@asm.ca.gov

Richard Bloom

(916) 319-2050

Fax: (916) 319-2150

assemblymember.bloom@assembly.ca.gov

Sean.MacNeil@asm.ca.gov

Susan A. Bonilla

(916) 319-2014

Fax: (916) 319-2114

assemblymember.bonilla@assembly.ca.gov

Luis.Quinonez@asm.ca.gov

Rob Bonta

(916) 319-2018

Fax: (916) 319-2118

assemblymember.bonta@assembly.ca.gov

Dean.Grafilo@asm.ca.gov

Ian C. Calderon

(916) 319-2057

Fax: (916) 319-2157

assemblymember.calderon@assembly.ca.gov

Thomas.White@asm.ca.gov

Ling Ling Chang

(916) 319-2055

Fax: (916) 319-2155

assemblymember.chang@assembly.ca.gov

Christopher.Finarelli@asm.ca.gov

Tom Daly

(916) 319-2069

Fax: (916) 319-2169

assemblymember.daly@assembly.ca.gov

Jonathan.Arambel@asm.ca.gov

Susan Talamantes Eggman

(916) 319-2013

Fax: (916) 319-2113

assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov

david.stammerjohan@asm.ca.gov

James Gallagher

(916) 319-2003

Fax: (916) 319-2103

assemblymember.gallagher@assembly.ca.gov

Katja.Townsend@asm.ca.gov

Eduardo Garcia

(916) 319-2056

Fax: (916) 319-2156

info@votegarcia.com

suzanne.wierbinski@asm.ca.gov

Roger Hernández

(916) 319-2048

Fax: (916) 319-2148

assemblymember.hernandez@assembly.ca.gov

Don.Wilcox@asm.ca.gov

Chris R. Holden

(916) 319-2041

Fax: (916) 319-2141

assemblymember.holden@assembly.ca.gov

Robbin.Lewis-Coaxum@asm.ca.gov

Brian W. Jones

(916) 319-2071

Fax: (916) 319-2171

assemblymember.jones@assembly.ca.gov

Leann.Files@asm.ca.gov

Jay Obernolte

(916) 319-2033

Fax: (916) 319-2133

assemblymember.obernolte@assembly.ca.gov

Teresa.Trujillo@asm.ca.gov

Bill Quirk

(916) 319-2020

Fax: (916) 319-2120

quirk4ad20@gmail.com

Tomasa.Duenas@asm.ca.gov

Miguel Santiago

(916) 319-2053

Fax: (916) 319-2153

assemblymember.santiago@assembly.ca.gov

Jackie.Koenig@asm.ca.gov

 

Donald P. Wagner

(916) 319-2068

Fax: (916) 319-2168

assemblymember.wagner@assembly.ca.gov

Sam.Cannon@asm.ca.gov

Shirley N. Weber

(916) 319-2079

Fax: (916) 319-2179

assemblymember.weber@assembly.ca.gov

Lisa.Martin@asm.ca.gov

Jim Wood

(916) 319-2002

Fax: (916) 319-2102

assemblymember.wood@assembly.ca.gov

Liz.Snow@asm.ca.gov

Committee Staff:

(916) 319-2081

Fax: (916) 319-2181

Pedro R. Reyes, Chief Consultant (Public Safety, Veterans)

Pedro.Reyes@asm.ca.gov

Chuck Nicol, Deputy Chief Consultant (Elections, Higher Education, Judiciary, Transportation)

Chuck.Nicol@asm.ca.gov

Jennifer Galehouse, Deputy Chief Consultant (Environmental Safety, Natural Resources, Utilities and Commerce)

Jennifer.Galehouse@asm.ca.gov

Misty Feusahrens, Principal Consultant (K-12 Education, Labor) Misty.Feusahrens@asm.ca.gov

Lisa Murawski, Principal Consultant (Health and Insurance) Lisa.Murawski@asm.ca.gov

Jennifer Swenson, Principal Consultant (Human Services, Local and General Government) Jennifer.Swenson@asm.ca.gov

Luke Reidenbach, Senior Consultant (Agriculture, Finance, Governmental Org., PERSS, Rev and Tax)

Luke.Reidenbach@asm.ca.gov

Tresha Petit-Phar, Prinicipal Assistant Tresha.Petit-Phar@asm.ca.gov

Laura Lynn Gondek, Committee Secretary

Laura.Gondek@asm.ca.gov

EMAIL ADDRESSES IN BATCHES TO CUT AND PASTE:

(I would send to all three batches, but separated them here, in case others have a different approach, or your email accounts have a recipient limit.)

Author and Appropriations Committee Members:

assemblymember.low@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.bigelow@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.bloom@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.bonilla@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.bonta@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.calderon@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.chang@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.daly@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.gallagher@assembly.ca.gov,

info@votegarcia.com,

assemblymember.gonzalez@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.hernandez@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.holden@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.jones@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.obernolte@assembly.ca.gov,

quirk4ad20@gmail.com,

assemblymember.santiago@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.wagner@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.weber@assembly.ca.gov,

assemblymember.wood@assembly.ca.gov,

Chiefs of Staff:

Ben.Golombek@asm.ca.gov,

Kirk.Kimmelshue@asm.ca.gov,

Sean.MacNeil@asm.ca.gov,

Luis.Quinonez@asm.ca.gov,

Dean.Grafilo@asm.ca.gov,

Thomas.White@asm.ca.gov,

Christopher.Finarelli@asm.ca.gov,

Jonathan.Arambel@asm.ca.gov,

david.stammerjohan@asm.ca.gov,

Katja.Townsend@asm.ca.gov,

suzanne.wierbinski@asm.ca.gov,

Evan.McLaughlin@asm.ca.gov,

Don.Wilcox@asm.ca.gov,

Robbin.Lewis-Coaxum@asm.ca.gov,

Leann.Files@asm.ca.gov,

Teresa.Trujillo@asm.ca.gov,

Tomasa.Duenas@asm.ca.gov,

Jackie.Koenig@asm.ca.gov,

Sam.Cannon@asm.ca.gov,

Lisa.Martin@asm.ca.gov,

Liz.Snow@asm.ca.gov,

Committee staff:

Pedro.Reyes@asm.ca.gov,

Chuck.Nicol@asm.ca.gov,

Jennifer.Galehouse@asm.ca.gov,

Misty.Feusahrens@asm.ca.gov,

Lisa.Murawski@asm.ca.gov,

Jennifer.Swenson@asm.ca.gov,

Luke.Reidenbach@asm.ca.gov,

Tresha.Petit-Phar@asm.ca.gov, Laura.Gondek@asm.ca.gov,

FAX NUMBERS:

(in case you have a fax machine that allows sending to multiple recipients)

(916) 319-2128

(916) 319-2181

(916) 319-2180

(916) 319-2105

(916) 319-2150

(916) 319-2114

(916) 319-2118

(916) 319-2157

(916) 319-2155

(916) 319-2169

(916) 319-2113

(916) 319-2103

(916) 319-2156

(916) 319-2148

(916) 319-2141

(916) 319-2171

(916) 319-2133

(916) 319-2120

(916) 319-2153

(916) 319-2168

(916) 319-2179

(916) 319-2102

 

 

AT&T releases copper fog over California

AT&T releases copper fog over California

04 May 2016

Opposition is growing to AT&T’s attempt to rewrite California law so it can pull out its wireline networks in rural and inner city communities, and use wireless networks to provide broadband and phone service instead. In response, AT&T is pushing misleading and lawyerly talking points to elected officials in rural counties and to non-profit groups in urban areas.

If you examine the claims made in the documents submitted by AT&T into the public record (see links below), each one is arguably true when read in isolation. But much is left out or presented out of context. Taken together, these selectively told half-truths create a completely false picture of what assembly bill 2395 will do to telecommunications networks in less affluent and less lucrative Californian communities.

The big lie is that AB 2395 is only about replacing old, analog phone systems with voice over Internet protocol technology. It does do that, and if it only did that it wouldn’t be a bad bill. There would be issues to address – reliability, back up battery power and job transitions come to mind – but those problems are solvable if all concerned negotiate in good faith.

Unfortunately, AB 2395 allows AT&T to do two other things: pull out copper networks and offer only wireless service instead, and run a monopoly business with virtually no regulatory brakes. The pitches it’s making to elected officials artfully evade those points by answering objections with mock outrage over legacy analog technology and pretending that’s all that’s at stake.

For example, AT&T dodges questions about ripping out copper lines by talking about meeting federal standards for “voice grade service” but ignoring broadband completely and only offering up the hope that “more advanced technologies may become available for consumers”.

Similarly, it claims that “federal copper retirement rules will remain in place”. But it doesn’t mention that those rules allow it to yank out copper lines with 90 days notice, or that states share telecoms regulatory authority with the FCC. California, unlike some other states, takes that responsibility seriously and polices monopoly operators more rigorously than most, much to AT&T’s annoyance.

California has to adapt to the new telecoms world created by digital technology, and plan for even more dramatic disruption in the years to come. The right way to do that is to consider all the facts and all points of view, and thoughtfully discuss alternatives before settling on new policy to put into law. The wrong way is to allow AT&T to write a bill that benefits its monopoly business model at everyone else’s expense.

AT&T response to objections by Rural County Representatives of California

http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/policy/ab2395/att_response_to_rural_counties.pdf AT&T’s “myth vs. fact”

http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/policy/ab2395/att_rural_myths_facts.pdf AT&T VoIP talking points

http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/policy/ab2395/att_pots_vs_voip.pdf

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AT&T offers $10 service to low income homes lucky enough to have wireline service

27 April 2016

Oops. There goes the $10 a month service.

AT&T is rolling out its low cost Internet access program for low income households. It’s one of the conditions attached to the FCC’s approval of AT&T’s purchase of DirecTv last year.

It only applies to homes where Internet access service “is delivered to a fixed location over a physical wire or cable“. In other words, the wireless service AT&T wants to use to replace wireline service in rural and inner city California isn’t eligible. When AT&T pulls out the copper, the low cost broadband service disappears too.

If one person in a household is eligible for food stamps – now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – and no one owes AT&T any money for fixed Internet service (at least, no debts have been incurred in the last six months) then AT&T’s Access program offers service at $5 to $10 per month. AT&T’s online explanation is a little convoluted – not unusual for programs like these that aren’t exactly top of the incentive list for the sales department – but what it seems to be saying is this:

  • If 10 Mbps service or better is available at a qualifying home, then the cost is $10 per month. If not, then 5 Mbps service can be had for the same price.
  • If 5 Mbps isn’t possible, then a 3 Mbps package is available for $5 per month.
  • You don’t get to pick and choose which level you get, whatever the highest (and, consequently, most expensive) speed is available, that’s what you get.
  • If AT&T can’t deliver 3 Mbps to your house via wireline, sorry, you’ll have to pay market rates or do without.

That’s just one of the catches, though. The biggest potential gotcha is in the fine print regarding data caps. There’s a monthly limit of either 150 GB or 250 GB – it doesn’t say which applies where, but I’m guessing the caps correspond to legacy DSL or Uverse-based service, respectively – and a steep hit if you use more data. The cost is an extra $10 for every extra 50 MB or fraction thereof. So, if your limit is 150 MB and you use 151 MB, your low cost service doubled from $10 to $20 for that month.

Where it’s available, AT&T’s low income Access program would be a good deal for eligible households that keep an eye on data usage. It matches Comcast’s Internet Essentials price and is less than similar programs in the works for Frontier ($14 per month) and Charter ($15 per month). The question still to be answered is how enthusiastic AT&T will be about signing up customers at that low rate. If the sales and marketing effort behind it is as grudging and upsell focused as the terms and conditions, the actual benefits could be very limited.

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Bait and switch for California bill to allow AT&T’s rural abandonment

22 April 2016

Not the result he was expecting.

No real changes were made in to a proposed new law that would allow AT&T to pull out its wireline systems in rural and inner city communities in California, despite promises to the contrary.

The new text of assembly bill 2395 is now available, and it’s nothing like the way it was characterised by AT&T and its legislative cheering section during an assembly utilities and commerce committee hearing last week.

There are no significant changes to consumer protections. Some of the jargon was translated into plainer English, but the core of it – that AT&T can replace wireline with wireless service with only 30 days notice – remains. Language was also added saying that federal law regarding access for competitive carriers still applies. Duh.

There is nothing in the new language that says AT&T has to maintain or preserve wireline infrastructure, or sell it to a company that’s interested in that business, despite the fact that rural copper networks were largely paid for by taxpayer dollars. And those subsidies will continue to flow into AT&T’s pocket, even if copper lines are left to rot on the poles.

During the hearing, committee chairman Mike Gatto (D – Los Angeles) said…

You can rest assured that nobody will tear up any copper line infrastructure…At least, I don’t think it’ll happen. This committee will not let it happen.

Well, this committee did let it happen. Three assemblymen – Brian Dahle (R – Redding), Roger Hernandez (D – West Covina) and Mark Stone (D – Santa Cruz) – tried to preventing it by voting no, but the remaining dozen committee members accepted verbal assurances that strong and meaningful amendments were in the works, which were given by the bill’s nominal author, Evan Low (D – Silicon Valley), Gatto and AT&T.

Whether they were genuinely suckered or just played along with the game doesn’t matter at this point. The real question is whether the members of the assembly’s appropriations committee – the next stop for AB 2395 – will be as accomodating.

 

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How much electromagnetic radiation am I exposed to?

How much electromagnetic radiation am I exposed to?

May 4, 2016

How much electromagnetic radiation am I exposed to?
A team of researchers from Center for Biomedical Technology (CTB) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) has developed a pocket instrument capable of perceiving radio signals from 50 MHz to 6 MHz and storing this information in a non-volatile memory. After collecting and storing the information, the system assesses the daily exposure of a person to electromagnetic radiation.

Society demands continuous implementation of new transmission systems due to ongoing development of communication technologies. These systems work by emitting . As a result, population is exposed to a significant increase of environmental radiation levels.

The increasing number of transmitters along with the unawareness of the characteristics and the exact location of the radio transmitters are an extra impediment that makes hard a real knowledge of the variations in electromagnetic field levels in urban environments.

The concern about the possible effects of the electromagnetic fields on human beings is a fact. The need of the authorities to control radio emissions has meant the development of specific regulation on exposure to electromagnetic fields.

In spite of the regulations, there exists a perception of risk among citizens due to the unawareness about the amount of radiation received. To carry out a real and non-theoretical measure is required to assess the radiation of each person at any place either inside buildings or outdoors. Only in this way could we really know the radiation levels of each person in his environment. Thus, a personal and as the one developed by the Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory from CTB at UPM is essential to assess the mentioned levels of radiation.

This new device is a pocket system, comfortable and capable of perceiving radio signals between a frequency band from 50 MHz to 6 GHz. The operating frequency range is divided into channels of bandwidth of 10 MHz each. In this way, the field strength received of each channel is measured, and such information is stored in a . The levels received by a person who wears the device are stored to later assess his exposure for extended periods of time.

The maximum radiosensitivity designed for this device would be 110dB, thus the device could indirectly support radiated powers up to 300W at a distance of one meter from the source without damaging the electronic system.

The digital system also includes visual and auditory indicators that are used to report . These alert signals are programmable, interesting for those users who wish to control that their exposure to levels of radiation in their environment obey the specific limitations.

All the characteristics mentioned before turn this device into an instrument of measurements for any person who wish to control the . The device has been protected through patent.

Explore further: Error message! How mobile phones distort measurements

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-05-electromagnetic-exposed.html#jCp

 

AT&T Cutting Landlines; EMR Health Advocates Protest

Thu., Apr. 28, 2016
AT&T Cutting Landlines; EMR Health Advocates Protest
By
Ken McNeelyKen McNeely

AT&T, which bought DirecTV (wireless) for $49 billion last year, is on a drive to end landline phone service nationwide, alarming EMR health advocates who see danger in cordless and cellphones.

The battle was joined in the California legislature April 13 when an initial hearing was held on AT&T’s bid to decommission all its landlines in the state.

AT&TIt’s time for the state to move into the 21st century since 85% of residents no longer have a conventional landline phone from a traditional provider, the company told legislators.

AT&T has to maintain 600 central switching offices as if the copper lines were being used at 100% of capacity even though some offices are running at just 2%, it was said. The state has ten million+ copper landlines that are costly to maintain, it said.

“Every dollar a company spends on old technology is a dollar that can’t be spent on new technology,” said Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, in an interview with Techwire.

The AT&T stadium that is home to the San Francisco baseball Giants has 1,700 Wi-Fi “hotspots” under the seats and is the “most Wi-Fi-wired baseball stadium in the country,” according to the company.

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys football team, has more Wi-Fi hotspots but the S.F. facility has more “hotspots” per seat, says AT&T.

Yes, Hotspots Are “Hot,” Say EMF Advocates

EMF Health advocates say AT&T has no idea how truthful it is being when it talks about “hotspots.” The electromagnetic radiation bombarding those sitting in the seats and those nearby can have serious health consequences including cancer, say the advocates.

Yes, Hotspots Are “Hot,” Say EMF Advocates

EMF Health advocates say AT&T has no idea how truthful it is being when it talks about “hotspots.” The electromagnetic radiation bombarding those sitting in the seats and those nearby can have serious health consequences including cancer, say the advocates.

Bill AB 2395 would give telephone companies three years to educate consumers about alternate services. Landline service would be discontinued as of 2020 as long as alternate service was available.

Health advocates are urging the public to replace cordless phones with landlines, saying the cordless variety are especially dangerous since them emit signals continuously. Cellphones are dangerous since many people don’t know enough not to hold them near their ears or carry them on their persons. Manufacturers provide such advice but in small type at the end of instruction manuals.

Dangerous radiation related to cellphones impacts everyone since there are more than 5,000 free-standing utility-owned cell towers in the U.S. emitting powerful radiation. In addition, the tops of many apartment and office buildings have cellphone antennas that bathe the area in radiation.

599,462 Cell Towers

There are 599,462 cell towers and 1,818,436 cell antennas in the U.S., according to antennasearch.com. The site calculates the number of such installations near any location.  Our area, from 14th st. to 60th st. and First ave. to Seventh ave. has 120 towers and 1,904 antennas.

This reporter’s New York apartment, from which more than 40 cellphone antennas are visible, receives 10,000 microwatts per square meter at the windows, according to a technician who conducted measurements throughout the apartment.

The number rapidly falls off away from the windows. The technician recommended a metalized clear film that would block incoming radiation. However, another technician said that would “trap” the radiation coming from more than 60 Wi-Fi’s that are operating in nearby apartments in our building and come through our walls (visible on our MacBook) and turn the apartment into a giant microwave oven.

Lloyd Burrell of electricsense.com, said the effect is like using a cellphone in a car—the metallic structure captures the radiation and magnifies it, he said. Don’t use a cellphone in a car and especially a moving car or other vehicle, he says.

EMR health advocates are concerned about an increasing number of airlines that have on-board Wi-Fi after many years of requiring passengers to turn off cellphones when the plane starts rolling.

Rees Has List of 54 Precautions

Advocate Camilla Rees, noting that airplane bodies are classic “metal cages” since the windows are so small, says use of cellphones on planes is particularly dangerous to all on board either before or during the flight.

Her list of 54 precautions for cellphone and computer use is the most complete this writer has seen and urges schools, libraries, offices and other places to print it out and display it prominently.

EMR Advocates at Left Forum May 22

EMR health advocates have secured a place on the program of the Left Forum May 20-22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th st., New York. About 5,000 are expected for a program that will have more than 1,000 speakers and hundreds of panels.

Left ForumTheme of the meeting is “Rage, Rebellion, Revolution, Organize Your Power.” The Left Forum developed out of the Socialist Scholars Conference, which met in 1981. The opening plenary speaker for the 2010 conference was Rev. Jesse Jackson. The closing plenary featured Noam Chomsky, and included a tribute to Howard Zinn from Arundhati Roy and Frances Fox Piven, along with a performance of Zinn’s play “Marx in Soho.” The Zinn tribute and Chomsky’s appearance drew the expected enormous crowds, with people lining up around the block, says Left Forum.

Pall Speaks for EMR Advocates

Speaking on behalf of EMR health advocates will be Martin Pall, Ph.D., biochemist, who has studied electro-hypersensitivity.

Occupyemfharm.org sees the forum as a “golden opportunity” to win the public’s attention to the dangers of excessive non-ionizing radiation.

Its website has compiled a list of background materials that could be displayed at the conference including the documentary “Take Back Your Power” that exposes the dangers and costs of wireless utility meters, also called “smart” meters.

The dangers to children posed by Wi-Fi in schools is covered by a YouTube segment.

“Polarization: A key difference between man-made and natural electromagnetic fields, in regard to biological activity,” is the title of research by D.J. Panagopoulos, Olle Johansson and G.L. Carlo.

Category: Healthcare PR
http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6797/2016-04-28/att-cutting-landlines-emr-health-advocates-protest.html

Breastfeeding Tips: Not so smart….

Have we gone completely bat shit crazy! We are now living out the self fulfilling prophecy as illustrated in the movie “Idiocracy”…..Sandaura

Breastfeeding Tip: Here’s The Ultimate Gadget For Moms Having Problems With Breastfeeding

By Rachel Cruise, Parent Herald | May 4, 5:00 AM

Israeli Mothers Attend Breast Feeding Classes After Powdered Milk Scare

Israeli mothers are seen taking part in a breast-feeding course on November 12, 2003 Moshav Udim, central Israel.
(Photo : Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

New mothers breastfeeding their baby know the challenges that come with it all too well. Apart from producing enough milk, moms also experience difficulty and pain when the baby doesn’t latch correctly. This frustration pushes some moms to give up on breastfeeding altogether. However, help could be on the way with this new gadget that promises to make breastfeeding a lot easier.

Called MomSense, this breastfeeding gadget was developed by an Israeli startup company to help mothers stick with their natural feeding plan. MomSense looks and works like a regular pair of headphones that can be attached to any type of tablet or smartphone. In the middle of the wire is a patch that is supposed to attach to the baby’s earlobe. This helps the mom tell if the baby is actually getting milk from her breast as the patch will amplify the baby’s sound as she swallows.

 

Read full dumb idea story at:

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/41114/20160504/breastfeeding-ultimate-gadget-moms-having-problems.htm

Extract of Book by Prof. Dominique Belpomme : Children and Electromagnetic Fields

Comment naissent les maladies… Et que faire pour rester en bonne santé

by Dominique Belpomme
(How diseases are born… And what to do in order to remain in good health)

Extract of book concerning children exposed to electromagnetic fields (pp. 218-219)
(unofficial translation from French by the editor of this blog)

“It is in children, due to their extreme vulnerability, that major disorders tied to electromagnetic fields are to be feared the most.  Children aged two to three years old have been brought to me for consultation, even infants of three to four months, shrieking with pain, pointing to their temple with their fingers when, by chance, they find themselves near a Wi-Fi router.  I have examined older children and adolescents presenting headaches, attention, concentration, and memory disorders, where I am told that at school, “collège”, high school, a relay antenna or computers with Wi-Fi have been installed and the teacher does not understand why these children or adolescents are dyslexic or have behavioral disorders.  A child’s intolerance can become such that, being unable to enter the classroom, he refuses purely and simply to go to school.  It is clear that the risk of psychosis cannot be excluded, although our current understanding is that we do not have proof of this.

“Adolescents have come to me for consultation, having abused cell phones (several hours a day) or computers with Wi-Fi (more than 12 hours a day), presenting a clinical-biological state close to Alzheimer’s.  In particular, one of them, aged 15, slept for three to four years with his cell phone switched on beneath his pillow and was afflicted with such a condition.  Unable to find the way out of my office, he had to hold on to his mother’s hand.  In addition, risks exist in the case of exposure of pregnant women to electromagnetic fields, resulting in the possibility of miscarriages, the appearance of birth defects in their baby or later, severe neuro-psychiatric symptoms in their child.  These risks are being studied.”

Book published 6 April 2016