PG&E shut-off? Check your Smart Meter
If you have a Smart Meter, in a power shut-off, turn off all circuit breakers in your home or building, including your main circuit breaker. When PG&E restores power, check your Smart Meter for signs of damage, overheating, or fire before turning on breakers. If you notice any signs then or afterward or in the building, including strange sounds (sizzling or buzzing) or flickering lights, contact your fire department and take photos of any visible damage.
Re-energizing powerlines causes surges that can damage Smart Meters. Smart Meters don’t have a direct connection to ground, a circuit breaker, or adequate surge protection. Instead, they contain a varistor. It wears out from repeated surges, and when it does or a high voltage event occurs, including a surge over its maximum, touching powerlines, or a lightning strike, it will explode, and overvoltage can flow into the building. Results can be arcing, burned wiring, destroyed appliances, and fires.
Traditional analog meters don’t have these vulnerabilities. Firefighters aren’t trained on how Smart Meters can malfunction. Utility companies routinely tamper with fire scenes by removing Smart Meters.
Opting out of Smart Meters is cheap fire insurance until there’s a statewide recall.
— Nina Beety, Monterey
Third time a charm or strike three?
Somehow I can’t imagine speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff drawing a crowd of 40,000 at a rally. Neither could the three Democratic front runners for the 2020 presidential election But if they lack sincerity, veracity and credibility, they do have three magic words: QUID PRO QUO. First, there was the incredibly disruptive Mueller Investigation that turned to nothing. (Strike one) Then the obstruction of justice narrative fizzled badly. (Strike two) Now the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment drive in the basement behind closed doors with lots of unverified leaks to the press. The third time is a charm or is it strike three?
— Carol Marquart, Pacific Grove
The state of Oregon has passed SB 283 “A bill relating to exposure to radiation in schools in this state; and declaring an emergency” Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson and advocate David Morrison have championed this issue for years.
This is the first bill in the United State with a focus on the health impact of wireless radiofrequency radiation in schools. During a March hearing, Morrison bought four boxes of documents with some of the thousands of independent studies concluding wireless radiation has biological effects.
The Act states that the Oregon Health Authority shall:
- Review peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies in schools or similar environments; and
- Report the results of the review to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to education not later than January 2, 2021.
- The review described in paragraph (a) of this subsection must, at a minimum, consist of a literature review of peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies that examine the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation on children.
- The Department of Education shall develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that would reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that the review described in subsection (1) of this section identifies as harmful.
SECTION 2. This 2019 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2019 Act takes effect on its passage.
Read SB 283:
“School Wireless Safety Bill Passes State Senate” KDRV June 14, 2019
The Press Release of David Morrison:
Portland, OR. August 9th, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: David Morrison 503.236.8600 email@example.com
Oregon Passes Legislation Requiring Oregon Health Authority Review Of Scientific Studies Showing Risk of Harm From Exposure to Wireless Radiation In Schools
After unanimous approval by the State Senate, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 283 with an overwhelming 50-8 on June 25th. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on August 9th.
SB 283 directs the Oregon Health Authority to ensure a study of peer-reviewed, independently-funded scientific studies on the impact of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure to children that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools.
The bill also “…directs the Oregon Department of Education to develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that Oregon Health Authority report identifies as harmful.”
The bill was introduced by Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson and co-introduced in the House by Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer. Monnes-Anderson is President Pro Tem and Chair of the Senate Health Committee. Rep. Keny-Guyer is chair of the House Committee On Human Services and Housing and sits on the Health Committee. Other chief sponsors include former police officer, Representative Carla Piluso, and Senator Brian Boquist. The bill had eleven bi-partisan sponsors in the legislature and was endorsed by the chair of the Portland Public School Board, Julia Brim-Edwards.
See testimony of Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson before the full senate vote.
The first Education Committee hearing (scroll down to SB 283) on March 27th, 2019 included Dr. Paul Dart from Eugene, Dr. Paul Heroux from McGill University in Montreal, a 14-year-old minor who acquired microwave sickness in her school, David Morrison, a parent & Cindy Franklin, California Brain Tumor Association.
Legislators were informed of cancer clusters in schools and received testimony from teachers and students sickened by microwave exposure. For over 60 years, thousands of studies, by all branches of the U.S. military and NASA, showing biological effects of microwave radiation have been ignored by regulatory agencies prior to the commercial introduction, to the public, of microwave emitting devices.
Brain cancer is now the leading cause of death by disease for adolescents. The American Cancer Society, The California Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, hundreds of scientists and medical professionals internationally have issued warnings against using radiation-emitting devices in schools.
In addition to the brief summary above, since 2013, commercial insurance companies dropped coverage for “harm from the hazardous effects” of wireless technology. The commercial insurance policy held by Portland Public Schools contains the disclaimer.
Learn more about Wi-Fi radiation in school at EHT’s page on Wi-Fi in School.
PARENT TOOLKIT TO ADVOCATE ON SAFE TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL
- Questions and Answers on Wi-Fi and Cell Phones in Schools: This two-pager is filled with links and resources on why and how to reduce wireless radiation exposure at schools.
- Checklist on How to Reduce EMF and Wireless Radiation for Schools: A list of actionable steps every school can take to eliminate and reduce EMF exposure at school.
- CHPS Low EMF Criteria: The Collaborative for High-Performance Schools has developed Best Practices for LOW EMF classrooms that details how schools can replace wireless networks with wired networks.
- Letter on School Wi-Fi and Health for Principal
This draft letter compiles the latest research and you can take portions of it or all of it to send it to your school administrator to begin this important conversation on safe technology.
- Letters by Scientists on Wireless and Cell towers for School Administrators: This webpage has a compendium of letters (downloadable PDF’s) written to school officials regarding wireless in schools and cell towers at schools.
- Peer-Reviewed Published Science on Wireless Radiation,
- Published Science on Wi-Fi Specifically
A long but rewarding read
The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.
Karthic Thallikar first noticed the noise sometime in late 2014, back when he still enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood.
He’d been living with his wife and two kids in the Brittany Heights subdivision in Chandler, Arizona, for two years by then, in a taupe two-story house that Thallikar had fallen in love with on his first visit. The double-height ceilings made it seem airy and expansive; there was a playground around the corner; and the neighbors were friendly, educated people who worked in auto finance or at Intel or at the local high school.
Thallikar loved that he could stand in the driveway, look out past a hayfield and the desert scrub of Gila River Indian land, and see the jagged pink outlines of the Estrella Mountains. Until recently, the area around Brittany Heights had been mostly farmland, and there remained a patchwork of alfalfa fields alongside open ranges scruffy with mesquite and coyotes.
In the evenings, after work, Thallikar liked to decompress by taking long walks around Brittany Heights, following Musket Way to Carriage Lane to Marlin Drive almost as far as the San Palacio and Clemente Ranch housing developments. It was during one of these strolls that Thallikar first became aware of a low, monotone hum, like a blender whirring somewhere in the distance. It was irritating, but he wrote it off. Someone’s pool pump, probably.
On another walk a few days later, he heard it again. A carpet-cleaning machine? he wondered. A few nights later, there it was again. It sounded a bit like warped music from some far-off party, but there was no thump or rhythm to the sound. Just one single, persistent note: EHHNNNNNNNN. Evening after evening, he realized, the sound was there—every night, on every street. The whine became a constant, annoying soundtrack to his walks.
And then it spread. In early 2015, Thallikar discovered that the hum had followed him home. This being Arizona, Thallikar and his neighbors rewarded themselves for surviving the punishing summers by spending mild winter evenings outside: grilling, reading, napping around plunge pools, dining under the twinkle of string lights. Thallikar had installed a firepit and Adirondack chairs in his backyard. But whenever he went out to cook or read, there was that damn whine—on the weekends, in the afternoon, late into the night. It was aggravating, and he felt mounting anxiety every day it continued. Where was it coming from? Would it stop? Would it get worse? He started spending more time inside.
Then it was in his bedroom. He had just closed his eyes to go to sleep one night when he heard it: EHHNNNNNNNN. He got up to shut the window, but that made no difference at all. “That was when I started getting concerned,” he observed later. He tried sleeping with earplugs. When that didn’t help, he also tied a towel around his head. When that still wasn’t enough, he moved into the guest room, where the hum seemed slightly fainter.
Each night, he’d will himself to sleep, ears plugged and head bandaged, but he could feel the whine in his bones, feel himself getting panicky as it droned on and on and on and on and on. The noise hummed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, like a mosquito buzzing in his ear, only louder and more persistent. He sensed it coming from everywhere at once. Thallikar began to dread going home. As the months passed, he felt like he was in a war zone. He wrote in a text message that he felt as though someone was launching “an acoustic attack” on his home.
The earliest noise complaint in history also concerns a bad night’s sleep. The 4,000-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh recounts how one of the gods, unable to sleep through humanity’s racket and presumably a little cranky, opts “to exterminate mankind.”
Noise—or what the professionals call a “very dynamic acoustic environment”—can still provoke people to murderous extremes, especially when the emitter disturbs the receiver at home. After repeated attempts to quiet his raucous neighbor, a Fort Worth, Texas, father of two, perturbed by loud music at 2 a.m., called the police, who came, left, and returned less than an hour later, after the man had allegedly shot his neighbor three times—an incident not to be confused with the time a Houston man interrupted his neighbor’s late-night party and, after a showdown over noise, shot and killed the host. In New York City, a former tour-bus driver fed up with noisy parties across the hall allegedly sought help from a hit man.
A man in Pennsylvania, said to have had no more trouble with the law than a traffic ticket, ambushed an upstairs couple with whom he’d had noise disputes, shooting them and then himself, and leaving behind a sticky note that read, “Can only be provoked so long before exploding.” There’s the man accused of threatening his noisy neighbors with a gun, the man who shot a middle-school coach after they quarreled over noise, the man who fired on a mother and daughter after griping about sounds from their apartment, the man who killed his roommate after a futile request that he “quiet down,” and the woman who shot at a neighbor after being asked to turn down her music—all since the beginning of this year.
Noise is never just about sound; it is inseparable from issues of power and powerlessness. It is a violation we can’t control and to which, because of our anatomy, we cannot close ourselves off. “We have all thought of killing our neighbors at some point,” a soft-spoken scientist researching noise abatement told me.
As environmental hazards go, noise gets low billing. There is no Michael Pollan of sound; limiting your noise intake has none of the cachet of going paleo or doing a cleanse. When The New Yorker recently proposed noise pollution as the next public-health crisis, the internet scoffed. “Pollution pollution is the next big (and current) public health crisis,” chided one commenter. Noise is treated less as a health risk than an aesthetic nuisance—a cause for people who, in between rounds of golf and art openings, fuss over the leaf blowers outside their vacation homes. Complaining about noise elicits eye rolls. Nothing will get you labeled a crank faster.
Scientists have known for decades that noise—even at the seemingly innocuous volume of car traffic—is bad for us. “Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience,” former U.S. Surgeon General William Stewart said in 1978. In the years since, numerous studies have only underscored his assertion that noise “must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.”
Say you’re trying to fall asleep. You may think you’ve tuned out the grumble of trucks downshifting outside, but your body has not: Your adrenal glands are pumping stress hormones, your blood pressure and heart rate are rising, your digestion is slowing down. Your brain continues to process sounds while you snooze, and your blood pressure spikes in response to clatter as low as 33 decibels—slightly louder than a purring cat.
The 2020 edition of The European 5G Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgiumon January 29th & 30th. The majority of the issues concern technology and its deployment. Safety limits are mentioned, in passing, in the outline for the session #7. In fact, there is kind of complaint that because ICNIRP recommendations are not binding for the EU states, this hampers deployment of the 5G:
“…Whilst there are European recommendations on limits (based on guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection), these are not binding, and in some cases this is hampering 5G roll-out…“
Outline for the session #7 shows a push for harmonization of safety limits across the European Union, meaning every EU state should be obliged to use ICNIRP safety limits, no exceptions.
The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of “fear mongering” over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from wireless radiation.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in ratsexposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us fromshort-term heating risks due to RFR exposure.
Yet, since the FCC adopted these limits based largely on research from the 1980s, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or health effects from exposure to RFR at intensities too low to cause significant heating.
Proposed reforms to permitted development rights to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage
The fear of cancer drives the protests (Image: Diagnose: Mobilfunk)
In Berlin and Bern have 5G opponents demonstrated on the weekend. In Berlin, the environmental and consumer organization Diagnose: funk from Stuttgart called for the protests. In Bern, thousands were demonstrators on the Bundesplatz. 5G was “a crime against human rights” was on one of the banners.
“We’ve known for more than 10 years that mobile phone radiation is capable of damaging genes,” said Jörn Gutbier, chairman of Diagnose: funk. “An already existing cancer grows faster under the influence of mobile radio, and even at irradiances, as they occur in everyday life.” “There were about 700 participants in the rally,” said a spokesman for diagnosis: funk Golem.de on request.
A moratorium on the 5G structure was required until a technology assessment of 5G mobile radio was submitted and publicly discussed. Because human health must take precedence over economic interests of the mobile industry.
A mobile network for all would put an end to the many parallel networks of different services and providers, “the multiple continuous irradiation, the multiple energy consumption” .
The ICNIRP office in the Federal Office for Radiation Protection must be dissolved and federal payments for the industrial lobby to be discontinued. The Radiation Protection Commission was to be filled with industry-independent scientists and representatives of environmental organizations.
In Switzerland, the opponents are currently trying to collect 100,000 signatures to enforce a referendum on the 5G expansion.
The Stiftung Warentest, on the other hand, comes to the conclusion that there is hardly a cause for concern. The testers reviewed new animal mobile phone radiation studies of toxicologists, reviewed cell phone and health surveys, and gathered the expertise of a panel of scientists and physicians, including critical ones, and government officials. Among other things, long-term studies from different countries showed that the total number of brain tumors has not increased significantly in recent decades, despite the enormous proliferation of cell phones. The effect of mobile phone radiation on sperm is classified as low, also have various studies on methodological weaknesses. The quality of sperm seems to harm many more influences of the modern world, such as endocrine disruptors, pesticides and smoking.
BREAKING: RADIATION SICKNESS NUKES 250K CELL TOWER WORKERS ACCORDING TO INSURANCE STUDY
The Dangerous Push For More Technology In Schools
- The Dangerous Push For More Technology In Schools