INTERNATIONAL APPEAL-Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

WE NEED AS MANY SIGNATURES AS POSSIBLE IN THE NEXT MONTH
For the Earth, I thank all of you who have already signed, and I ask each of you to please forward this email to at least 10 others who have not yet signed the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space. We are gathering volunteers from around the world who will hand-deliver this Appeal to the governments of all nations during the month of October. Please contact me at info@cellphonetaskforce.org if you wish to volunteer.
The assault on life by radio waves that began in 1896 — that is now increasing so rapidly, and is injuring so many people and so many forms of life — must finally be acknowledged, and it must finally be halted. We do not have much time. Scientists, doctors, government officials, and injured people must all meet together in one place to put a stop to it. It is the most immediate threat to life on Earth, and its solution is therefore the key to our survival. If we can stop 5G, then maybe we can also stop the threats to our forests, oceans, atmosphere, and climate. They are all products of unbridled technologies that we think are necessary for modern life, but are really antithetical to life itself.

130,000 Signatures So Far

The International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space has now been translated into 30 languages. It has been signed, thus far, by more than 129,000 individuals and more than 1,100 organizations from 203 countries and territories. They include:

3,381 scientists
1,913 medical doctors
5,848 engineers
3,525 psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers
3,052 nurses

All signatures are now on our website, and the number of signatures is now updated in real time automatically.

I have just added a new category of signers: beekeepers. This is because beekeepers from around the world are signing in increasing numbers, and because 5G poses such a threat to honey bees worldwide.

*** Organizations that signed between June 3 and July 28 should sign again. For reasons that are not clear, all organization signatures submitted between June 3 and July 28 were blocked by my email provider and those signatures are lost. The problem has been fixed. Please alert all organizations that you are associated with that if they signed the Appeal during that time and their name does not appear on the Organizations page of our website, they should sign again, here: https://www.5gSpaceAppeal.org/sign-organization​.

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Satellite LaunchesElon Musk’s company, SpaceX, plans to launch 12,000 satellites to supply 5G globally from space. The first 60 satellites were launched on May 23, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The second set of 60 satellites are scheduled to be launched on November 17; the third set of 60 satellites on December 4. As soon as 420 satellites are launched, SpaceX plans to begin providing global 5G service to a limited number of customers. This must not happen. The activation of 5G satellites in space threatens catastrophic effects, as early as this coming spring — not from the direct radiation, but from the alteration of the Earth’s electromagnetic environment, upon which everyone depends for their life and health. Details are in this article: Planetary Emergency.

Elon’s younger brother, Kimbal Musk, who is on SpaceX’s board of directors, lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is an environmentalist who cares about the Earth and our future. One of the organizations he founded, Big Green, has dozens of officers and team members and has installed raised bed “Learning Gardens” in public schools throughout the area. I am reaching out to all my contacts in Boulder, to see if any of them knows someone connected with Kimbal Musk and can get us an appointment with him.

Birds in Peril

Canadian scientists with the National Research Council proved already in the 1960s that bird feathers make good receiving aerials for microwave radiation and that low-level microwaves cause birds distressdeteriorated health and mortality. Spanish biologist Alfonso Balmori has proved that radio waves interfere with nesting and reproduction. Scientists at the University of Oldenburg in Germany have proved that radio waves interfere with bird migration.

Two week ago, I received a phone call from geneticist Julian Northey in Ontario, Canada. He told me that last year, many Canadian geese were so disoriented that they never flew south for the winter. He observed flocks of geese near the shore of Lake Ontario, flying due east one day, due west the following day, and due east the day after that. In the dead of winter, in January and into February, when they should have been south in a warmer climate, they were still in Canada flying back and forth, unable to find their bearings, honking and honking in distress.

Unlike irradiated humans, irradiated birds are not on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Instead, they are attacking people. “Proving Hitchcock Right, Bird Attacks Are Turning Violent This Summer”, read a July 15, 2019 headline in the Wall Street Journal. In Massachusetts, Minnesota, British Columbia, Montana, Colorado and Illinois, red-winged blackbirds, crows, hawks and wild turkeys are divebombing people and whacking them in the head.

In Bulgaria in June, 5G was tested for the first time in Sofia. According to an email I received on July 17 from a 20-year-old girl who lives there, this resulted in the deaths of more than 700 pigeons — reminiscent of an earlier, similar report from The Hague.

Where have all the Birds Gone?” asked Max Silverman on July 1, 2019 in his Birding Diary from England. “I have been out with the camera several times since my last blog which was over a month ago now but have really struggled to find any birds to point the camera at,” he writes.

Here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Richard Balthazar wrote on July 1, 2019: “This past week I’ve been horrified to see the cherries ripening on the tree next door — and simply hanging there till over-ripe and falling to litter the ground. Always before, as the cherries started to turn red, the tree would be a-flutter with flocks of birds pecking the heck out of them. Now I’ve seen no more than three of our little birds struggling to reach a fruit or two. Where have all the birds gone?”

Insect Armageddon

This youtube video from California showing dead and dying bees falling out of the air near mobile phone antennas has been circulating recently.

Alongside birds, the world’s insect populations are plummeting just as drastically, if not more so. This is not surprising, considering that all insects have antennae, with which they detect their environment and communicate with one another. This is explained in the important booklet, Bees, Birds and Mankind: Destroying Nature by ‘Electrosmog’, published in 2007 by German biologist Ulrich Warnke.

In the last two years, scientists worldwide are waking up to this emergency. In 2017, scientists reported that the number of flying insects in 63 protect nature areas in Germany had declined by 75 to 80 percent since 1989. In September 2018, scientists reported that the number of insects caught in sticky traps in a Puerto Rican rainforest had declined, incredibly, by 97 to 98 percent since the 1970s. And in January 2019, scientists from Australia and Belgium concluded that these types of declines are occurring worldwide and among all types of insects. On February 10, 2019, a headline in The Guardian announced: “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’”. Some scientists are blaming this on pesticides, habitat loss, or climate change. Others are throwing up their hands and saying “We don’t know why this is happening.”

But it has been happening for a long time. By 1906, ninety percent of the honey bees had disappeared from the Isle of Wight, where Marconi had established his first permanent radio station. The progression from “Isle of Wight disease” to “disappearing disease” to “colony collapse disorder” to “insect armageddon” has brought us to the brink of catastrophe. We do know why, and it must, finally, be halted.

“It Feels Like I’m Living in a Microwave Oven”One day in April of this year, 5G antennas were installed near an apartment building in Geneva, Switzerland. Johan Perruchoud, age 29, a video and film maker who lives on the fifth floor, suddenly couldn’t sleep, and his ears started whistling. “In particular at home,” he says, “I felt —how can I put it — like I was in a microwave oven. I was not well in the house, as if I was surrounded by ghosts.”

His neighbor, actor and director Elidan Arzoni, age 50, fared worse. On the same day in April, his ears suddenly started making very loud sounds, so loud that it is “unlivable”, and he felt pains on the left side and back of his skull, and in his chest. His chest pains were so violent that he thought he was having a heart attack and went to the hospital emergency room two days later. His wife and three children, ages 9, 16 and 21, all suffer from insomnia, which began at the same time in April.

I received an email at the end of May from a social worker in Vancouver, Canada. She works for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. “Vancouver is seriously radioactive. Someone please help me,” she wrote. I spoke with her and she echoed Mr. Arzoni’s words: her city is unlivable. Vancouver is leading the way in Canada in the installation of 5G.

DONATIONS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED
Thank you to all who have already donated. Alongside the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space, we are funding a lawsuit to stop 5G in the United States. Our goal is to raise one million dollars. This would pay our lawyers, and it would buy publicity around the world. Please contact me if you can help with fundraising. Donations from ten dollars up to a few thousand dollars can be made on our website, here:
For larger donations, please contact me. Donations from U.S. residents are tax-deductible.
I have about 1,000 copies left of my book, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and LifeYou can purchase it here. All proceeds go to support the campaign to stop 5G. It is the first book ever published that tells the history and science of electricity, including radio waves, from an environmental point of view, with chapters on cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as birds, insects, forests and wildlife. Dr. Kate Showers of the University of Sussex has likened it to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. When these last 1,000 are sold out, I will issue a second edition. Please contact me if you are a publisher who would like to publish the second edition, in English or any other language.

MAINE-Blistering analysis faults CMP for poor management, system defects

BUSINESS

 

Posted 
Updated September 7

Blistering analysis faults CMP for poor management, system defects

A report by the Maine Office of the Public Advocate criticizes Central Maine Power for failing to fix a defective billing and metering system that resulted in thousands of inaccurate bills, and recommends hiring a third party to oversee proper testing.

Two years after launch, Central Maine Power’s defective billing and metering system continues to generate inaccurate customer invoices, Maine’s public utilities watchdog said in a scathing report released Friday

The power company failed to follow industry best practices leading up to the launch of its SmartCare system in 2017 and did not catch and fix a number of system defects, according to twin reports released Friday by senior auditors from BerryDunn, a Portland consulting firm contracted by the Maine Office of the Public Advocate.

The auditors reached their conclusions about SmartCare system testing, and billing and metering defects after reviewing thousands of customer invoices and CMP documents and data.

Those defects meant customers were provided inaccurate meter read dates, kilowatt hour usage, days of use and delivery charges. Long periods of unbilled power use created confusing and misleading electricity bills with no explanation, the report said.

In some instances, CMP staff manually changed coding in the system to indicate a meter had been read when it had not been, auditors found. In other cases, customers may have been overcharged Maine sales tax because of billing errors.

“Based on these findings, we believe that the CMP SmartCare system, almost two years post go-live, has significant problems with how it is producing and presenting invoices for some of its customers,” the report on billing and metering defects concludes.

A Central Maine Power spokeswoman said the company will thoroughly review the audit results and respond by Oct. 16, as called for in the ongoing Maine Public Utilities Commission investigation into customer complaints.

“CMP has determined that the recent MPUC staff analysis, that aligned with the Liberty Consulting Group audit, determined there are no systemic issues with our SmartCare system following an analysis of customer data for every customer account and meter and more than 4 million bills,” company spokeswoman Catharine Hartnett said in a statement, referencing two previous reports that concluded there were no systemic problems in the company’s meter or billing systems. “Should the (Public Advocate) audit reveal an undiscovered malfunction with the SmartCare system, CMP will, of course, correct it.”

The company has previously blamed customers’ high bills on their energy usage and the weather, and not on failures of its billing system. It has hired more customer service representatives to better respond to customer complaints, and last month announced a $6 million fund to compensate customers with disputed bills.

While the BerryDunn analysts were unable to identify a single defect or set of defects that caused the customer complaints about high electricity bills, they also could not rule out that those complaints have merit or that system issues were isolated to the 1,370 accounts they analyzed. Central Maine Power has about 620,000 customer accounts.

From their analysis, “we believe the nature and extent of the issues we identified call into question the overall integrity of the system and its ability to provide accurate, timely and reliable invoices to CMP customers,” auditors said in the conclusion of the report on billing and metering defects.

In a Friday interview, Public Advocate Barry Hobbins said the findings show serious problems with CMP’s billing and metering system. He hopes the auditors’ recommendation that CMP’s system undergo supervised validation testing is taken seriously by the Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utilities in Maine.

“It is absolutely impossible to move forward in the present cloud of the lack of public confidence ratepayers have for Central Maine Power Co.,” Hobbins said.

“Problems are still being reported to our office and to the Public Utilities Commission, there are ongoing issues and they are not being fully addressed because we can’t get to the root of the problems,” Hobbins said. “To do that we need validation and testing by an independent third party.”

The findings differ from earlier reports concluding increased power use and a rate increase, not system glitches, caused high customer bills in winter 2017-18. At least 97,000 CMP customers received bills that were 50 percent or more higher than typical bills during that same period a year earlier.

A December 2018 Liberty Consulting Group audit said there were gaps in training and testing, but overall the company’s meter system was accurate. A report from Public Utilities Commission staff released this week reached the same conclusion.

Instead of focusing on the five-month period when the problems first arose, the public advocate looked at more than a year of customer invoices and testimony from May 2018 through this summer. It focused on 5,400 invoices from customer accounts believed to be inaccurate. BerryDunn was paid at least $240,000 by the Office of the Public Advocate for its work.

The public advocate’s review finds that CMP failed to conduct proper testing and risk analysis to catch defects before launching the system in 2017. The company’s responses to commission inquiries as late as June do not provide confidence that all defects are currently being caught, managed and used in decision-making, BerryDunn’s report said.

“Based on the documentation and testimony provided, it is not clear if CMP leadership and staff possess the knowledge of best practices and have experience to apply them,” the auditors said. “It is possible that some or all of these best practices were purposefully ignored.”

The conclusions mirror findings from a Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram investigation that showed CMP mismanaged the rollout of its new billing system by taking shortcuts in testing and training, and then misled the public.

Sumner Lipman, an attorney representing CMP customers in a lawsuit against the company, said the public advocate’s new report was significant because it found the same billing and metering issues in a different timeframe than earlier audits.

“It is very important because it shows that the problem persists, it hasn’t gone away,” Lipman said in an interview Friday.

“The other interesting part is that the staff of the PUC is saying it is all due to cold, there is nothing wrong,” he said. “They are not admitting they have a problem even now.”

The BerryDunn auditors found at least two flaws in CMP’s billing system and a number of other issues. One defect inaccurately reflects some meter read dates on customer invoices, impacting the number of days in a billing period. Another causes the first month of usage on a new account to be recorded as a zero, which causes expensive bills and excessive power use in later months, auditors found. Both defects create unpredictable and misleading bills, they said. Because of the billing lag, some customers may have been overcharged Maine sales tax because they were shown using more than the 750 kWh per month state tax exemption.

Central Maine Power already identified some of the issues in commission filings, but the severity and impact of the defects was not apparent in the company’s memo, auditors said.

Other issues were that customers have no way of knowing if a meter reading is an estimate or actual, that the system does not display the final meter reading when it is disconnected and it allows manual meter reading adjustments by CMP staff to be coded as actual readings.

To deal with the problems, CMP should run tests on its entire system under supervision from an independent third party, auditors recommended. Any customers who were overcharged should be repaid, and CMP’s shareholders, not the public, should bear the cost for testing and fixing the system. Central Maine Power is owned by Avangrid, a Connecticut energy company, which is a subsidiary of Iberdrola, a Spanish energy company.

News of enduring problems with CMP’s meter and billing system is not a surprise to Rob DuPaul. The Sanford resident  said he had a hard time selling his home because of inexplicably high electricity bills, an issue he was unable to resolve with CMP despite repeated attempts. He is frustrated and skeptical of what he calls CMP’s excuses.

“Right now as it sits, they are trying to pull it off, even though we all know there is something wrong with the situation here, there is something wrong with the system,” DuPaul said.

Even with in-depth investigations and numerous reports, DuPaul is not sure there will be a resolution that benefits CMP customers.

“I don’t have confidence that it is going to change,” he said. “I believe anything that is going to happen with them, we are not going to get the good end of the stick here.”

The auditors’ reports were filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, which is conducting its own investigation into CMP’s problem bills and the quality of its customer service. A finding from the three-member commission is expected in December.

Blistering analysis faults CMP for poor management, system defects

Rodney Palmer on Wi-Fi Dangers and Deaths (20 min youtube

Published on Nov 7, 2018

Seems the Royal Society of Canada was more interested in attacking Mr Palmer for what he said than the deadly effects of wifi on the children. Rodney Palmer Safety Code 6 Presentation to the Royal Society of Canada Courtesy of C4STorg Published on 10 Jan 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJXif… Comment by S Dickerson I was a public school teacher where high density wifi was installed. Within 2 days, my heart beat was so out of control, I thought I would drop dead any minute. I managed only 4 days in that wifi. My school officials refused to hear my issue, refused to address my health crisis, and forced me out of my loved job and forced me out of my career. Since then, I am now terribly sensitive to all wireless. I feel terrible for all the children that are still there.

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