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 SPACEPORT GENOCIDE In the western Pacific Ocean between Australia and the equator lies one of the most isolated, least visited places on earth. The second largest island in the world, it is still inhabited by traditional tribal peoples speaking hundreds of different languages. Although geographically and culturally it is a single land, this tropical paradise was divided in 1848 into a western and an eastern half by a line drawn down the middle in an agreement between the Netherlands and Great Britain. They regarded the black people who lived there only as a potential source of cheap labor for the extraction of resources from their land. Among the wealth on and beneath the island of New Guinea are timber, oil, gas, and minerals, including silver and nickel and the largest deposits of gold and copper in the world.

The eastern half of the island, known as Papua New Guinea, has been independent since 1975 and is struggling to overcome its violent colonial history. The western half, known as West Papua, declared its independence when the Dutch colonial administration withdrew in 1961, but Indonesia, coveting its vast natural resources, invaded and formally absorbed West Papua into Indonesia in 1969. Since that time, Indonesia has engaged in continuous genocide against the indigenous population, who number about 2,000,000 people today. Over 500,000 have been killed, and thousands more have been raped, tortured and imprisoned by the Indonesian military.
As Paul Antonopoulos and Drew Cottle wrote in their heart-rending August 2019 article, Forgotten Genocide in Indonesia, “The primary reason for Jakarta not granting self-determination to the indigenous people of West Papua is because of the billions of dollars’ worth of natural resources. Although Papuans have been struggling for independence for over half a century, Indonesia through its military has been bolstering its global economic relevance by exploiting the territory’s vast reserves of natural resources that make their way to markets in the US, Canada, Europe, China and Australia, where the majority of mining companies are based.”
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to play a role in perpetuating this genocide.

The small island of Biak, off of West Papua’s northern coast, just one degree south of the equator, looks like this today:   If Elon Musk has his way, it will soon look like this:  Indonesia would like to convert Biak into a lucrative “Space Island.” In December 2020, Indonesia offered the use of part of the island to SpaceX as a spaceport for launching satellites. SpaceX would like to launch and maintain as many as 42,000 satellites in order to provide high-speed wireless Internet everywhere on earth. This would require almost daily rocket launches forever into the future. Until now, SpaceX has been launching its satellites from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the above photograph was taken. The spaceport at Cape Canaveral is surrounded by a wildlife refuge and has already done a lot of environmental damage.
“This spaceport,” said tribal chief Manfun Sroyer of plans for the island of Biak, “will cost us our traditional hunting grounds, damaging the nature our way of life depends on. But, if we protest, we’ll be arrested immediately.”

Biak’s location holds several attractions for SpaceX. Its location at the equator is ideal for launching satellites because less fuel is needed for them to reach orbit from there. And the vast reserves of copper and nickel on West Papua would supply some of the materials. Copper and nickel are two of the metals used in building rockets.

Indonesia has also offered Biak Island to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which plans to develop its own spaceport on the island by 2024. Russia is planning its own fleet of 640 satellites, also to provide wireless Internet everywhere on earth.

The environmental effects of mining in West Papua are well-documented. “From the Grasberg mine,” wrote Antonopoulos and Cottle, ”one of the biggest copper and gold mines in the world, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of tailings contaminate the vital Ajkwa delta system every day, destroying the environment which the Kamoro tribe relies upon for food and trade. So devastating to the environment is the Grasberg mine that apart from the 80 million tonnes of waste debris which it dumps into the Ajkwa river system every year, the open cut mine can be seen clearly from space.” What was formerly the top of a glacier-covered mountain is now a mile-wide crater one-third of a mile deep.

The open cut operations were finally closed in 2020, but the underground mining operations at Grasberg are expanding, and the contamination of rivers, forests, fisheries, and coastal waters, as well as the destruction of tribal communities, continues unabated. A 2012 report from Earthworks and MiningWatch Canada stated that mine waste from Grasberg had “buried over 166 square kilometres of formerly productive forest and wetlands, and fish have largely disappeared.” The poisoned river is no longer a source of drinking water for the area’s villages.

West Papua’s mines will also be used to build Tesla’s electric vehicles (EVs), if Musk has his way. Nickel and copper are also needed for the long-range batteries used in EVs. Musk told Indonesian officials last July that Tesla would offer a “giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way.”

Musk and the government of Indonesia may come to an agreement as to what “environmentally sensitive” means, but West Papua’s native population may beg to disagree. It still means pulverizing and processing billions of pounds of rock, and depositing all the resulting tailings somewhere. In West Papua somewhere means virgin rainforest, pristine rivers and tribal lands. Roads, Electricity and Cell Phones In Papua New Guinea, the independent state to the east, most of the vast interior still has no roads or electricity — or cell towers. And that was still the case only 5 years ago in West Papua too. But in the last few years, all of that infrastructure — electricity to every village, a modern highway system bulldozed through the wilderness, and widely available cell phone service — has been built by Indonesia and it has not been for the benefit of the native population, who do not want it and are gunned down or bombed if they protest.

Journalist David Robie calls the 4,325-kilometer Trans-Papua Highway “West Papua’s highway of blood.” According to John Martinkus, whose moving book, The Road: Uprising in West Papua, was published last May, the highway brings military occupation, more mining and timber cutting by foreign corporations, environmental destruction, and replacement of native villages by settlements of Indonesian immigrants.

“On December 1, 2018,” writes Robie, “a ceremony marking the declaration of independence from the Dutch in 1961 by raising the Morning Star flag of a free Papua — as Papuans do every year — ended in bloodshed.” Every previous year, at least in the remote Nduga region, this ceremony had taken place peacefully and been ignored by Indonesians. But this year, road workers and soldiers came into Nduga on the new highway and took photos and videos of the crowd on their cell phones. The resulting conflict left 19 road workers and a soldier dead. Since then, reprisal raids by the Indonesian military have forced some 50,000 people to flee their villages and become refugees. Two thousand soldiers, helicopters, and 650 commandos are involved in “protecting the highway.”

“It is the helicopters that are the worst,” writes Martinkus. “They are used as platforms to shoot or drop white phosphorous grenades or bomblets that inflict horrible injuries on the populace.”  Thomas Klasibin stands in front of what used to be
the forest that supported him
. Photo by James Morgan
And the spaceport, as Manfun Sroyer said, will perpetuate both the environmental damage and the continuing genocide. Aside from the noise, light, and vibrations accompanying rocket launches, all of the proliferating spaceports around the world are destroying their environment.

A Falcon 9 rocket — the rocket SpaceX uses to launch its satellites — consumes an incredible 3,200 pounds of fuel per second at full thrust. Unlike rockets that burn solid fuels, the Falcon 9 burns kerosene and doesn’t pollute the land and water surrounding the spaceport with heavy metals. But that is assuming the launch is successful. Every time a rocket crash-lands or explodes, the damage is tremendous. When two rockets crash-landed during test launches at a remote spaceport on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, 230 tons of soil were contaminated. And crashes happen regularly at every spaceport. A 2013 study of rocket launch crashes by Russian and Belgian space scientists found that rockets had been crashing, consistently since 1975, between 4% and 10% of the time at every spaceport in the world.

What is occurring on West Papua is possibly the worst genocide that is going on in the world today, and it is scarcely being reported. But it is not just genocide. It is a collision — a collision between life and technology, a collision that stares us in the face everywhere we go, and it is not being reported because no one wants to look at it. “The people of West Papua are fighting with their lives every day to defend our forests, mountains and rivers,” says West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda. “We are ground zero in the fight to protect our global natural environment.”

West Papua is the last place on earth where “primitive” human beings dare to say no to highways and electricity. The Trans-Amazon Highway was completed in 1975. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was fully electrified by 2010. The Old Order Amish are using cell phones today. In the year 2021, when humanity is preparing to colonize Mars, there is no place in most people’s conception of reality for the existence of human beings who are part of the natural world. To acknowledge their existence would require us to face the contradiction between life and technology. Between reality and fantasy.

But the Papuans are there. And they are important.  Arthur FirstenbergAuthor, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and LifeP.O. Box 6216Santa Fe, NM 87502
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What a lawyer says about 5GA prominent German lawyer asks whether new 5G technology should be rolled out, given that scientific research indicates it may be harmful. Writing in the January issue of ‘Nature and Law’, Professor Hans-Jürgen Müggenborg, a lawyer in Aachen who specializes in administrative law, said that, while 5G offers benefits of faster internet and higher transmission rates, it has the following disadvantages .Health Studies show that exposure changed blood flow, impaired sperm viability, resulted in genetic effects, cell death and oxidative stress and increased rates of cancer in rodents. At higher frequencies (60 GHz), exposure can damage oxygen molecules in blood, affecting blood flow, he said.‘ There is no study that proves the safety of 5G microwave radiation, but there are numerous studies suggesting health consequences.’Müggenborg referred to the German newspaper ‘Der Tagesspiegel’, which described the International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNRIP), which publishes guidelines that form the basis of Australia’s radiation standard, as a ‘cartel’ and said it ‘systematically discredits all studies that show possible dangers to human health’. Environmental impacts The use of 5G technologies will also increase the consumption of coal-based electricity, leading to higher levels of pollution.

Protection of people Müggenborg said, ‘the protection of health and human life is of high import in European law’ and references the relevant legislation. He refers to the Rio Declaration on the Environment and Development of 1992 which says that people have a right to a healthy and productive life, living in harmony with nature. Precautionary approach Müggenborg says that European and international law embody the precautionary principle which the Rio Declaration defines as follows: ‘Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.’ Policy Applying a precautionary approach, to 5G means introducing some restrictions on the rollout. ‘The radiation must …be prevented wherever it can be prevented and permitted where it will be predominantly beneficial.’ He says it would not be appropriate to ‘pollute all houses and apartments with radio waves and to endanger the people staying there’ because this would impact residents, particularly people who are electro-sensitive. Nor does he believe the benefits of smart meters used by utilities are sufficient to justify exposing the entire population. Müggenborg suggests precautions could include reducing signal strength to ensure that radiation does not enter neighbouring apartments.

What can you do Don’t buy 5G technologies. Use radiation-free equipment – wired-only modems/routers and landline phones – where you can connect without any exposure at all. Reduce your use of wireless devices. What else you can do If you found the information above of interest, please forward this email to others. If you’d like more information, you can download our March issue of EMR and Health here. If you’ve been sent this message by a friend and would like to subscribe to future updates, you can do that here. Warm regards

Lyn McLean
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5G Small Cell Hazards & Better Tech Solutions

5G Small Cell Hazards & Better Tech Solutions

Apr 8, 2021Cecelia DoucettE

Please share this video widely with your loved ones, neighbors, town leaders and legislators. We regret Senator Blumenthal’s 4-minute video in which the industry states they have funded no independent science to indicate whether 5G is safe did not display during the presentation. Folks can view it below, thanks to the Environmental Health Trust:…​ In this Community Conversation, Cece Doucette walks citizens, municipal leaders and legislators through the wireless issues, answers questions, and demonstrates radiation emissions from wireless technology.

She shares steps others are taking to ensure safe, fast, sustainable technology in their communities. She also provides simple strategies you and your loved ones can use today with your own devices to still access today’s technology but much more safely until public policy catches up to the science. Below please find Cece’s slides so folks can drill down into the facts and conduct their own investigation of this critical issue, and take steps to protect their loved ones, colleagues and communities: https://alpaca-chinchilla-x6xf.square…

CALIFORNIA-Legislature has introduced two dangerous bills, AB537 and SB556,

Deadline @ 5pm PST Today to Oppose CA 5G Streamline Bill   

Thu, Apr 8, 2021 11:02 am

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 5G Crisis report@5Gcrisis.comHide
Your AB537 Opposition Letter –  Due Today @ 5pm PST
Californians…take action now! The California State Legislature has introduced two dangerous bills, AB537 and SB556, which, if passed, would eviscerate local control over the deployment of wireless telecommunications facilities, including 5G antennas, in public rights-of-way.

If you live in California, it’s critical that you submit your comments in opposition to these two bills as soon as possible. Time is of the essence, and the more public opposition we can mount, the greater the likelihood that these bills won’t move forward. 

To submit a comment about a bill in the California State Legislature, you must use the State’s “Position Letter Portal.” To be included in the Committee analysis, letters in support or opposition of a bill must be submitted to the Committee five (5) business days prior to the day of the scheduled hearing on that bill.
 Access the CA Position Letter PortalCheck out the “Position Letter Portal” FAQ page for everything you need to know about how to successfully submit your letter of opposition. If you need further assistance, please email us here.

Many thanks to the group “Safe Tech for Santa Rosa” for alerting us to these proposed bills, and for developing informational flyers to help Californians take action.Timeline: Key Deadlines & Events

TODAY  – 5pm PST
AB537 letters of opposition due 
 Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 12pm PST
SB556 letters of opposition due

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 1:30pm PST
CA Assembly Committee on Local Government meets to discuss AB537
(access the meeting here)

Monday, April 19, 2021 – Time TBD 
CA Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications
meets to discuss SB556
(access the meeting here)Info. Flyer on AB 537Info. Flyer on SB 556League of CA Cities Statement on SB 556Brief Sample Opposition Statement/Letter 

 As a California resident, I strongly oppose bill AB537. 

Granting telecom companies free reign to expand their ever-growing wireless footprints in our neighborhoods is both undemocratic and represents an overreach of the State’s authority. The State must protect, not undermine, local control over public rights-of-way, and preserve the rights of local elected officials to decide how best to implement technologies in their communities. 

I do, however, support the expansion of  fiber optic networks to and through the premises. “Future proof” hardwired connections offer the fastest, safest, and most secure internet access of all.

Thank you for considering my comment, and please vote ‘no’ on AB537.
As a California resident, I strongly oppose bill SB556.
Granting telecom companies free reign to expand their ever-growing wireless footprints in our neighborhoods is both undemocratic and represents an overreach of the State’s authority. The State must protect, not undermine, local control over public rights-of-way, and preserve the rights of local elected officials to decide how best to implement technologies in their communities. 

I do, however, support the expansion of  fiber optic networks to and through the premises. “Future proof” hardwired connections offer the fastest, safest, and most secure internet access of all.
Thank you for considering my comment, and please vote ‘no’ on SB556.Once you submit your letters of opposition regarding AB537 and SB556, please be sure to contact your state representatives in both the Assembly and the Senate, and tell them to vote ‘no’ on either AB537 or SB556, depending on which legislative body (Assembly or Senate) he/she is a member of.

Click the red button below to find out who your state reps are and how to get in touch with them.
 Contact Your CA State Representative!Every legislative victory for our safe tech. movement can have a resounding impact across the country…which is why we can’t afford to lose this legislative fight in California. 

Thanks for all you do!
-The 5G Crisis Team

The Green Dilemma of 5G Densification (The TImes of Israel)

The Green Dilemma of 5G Densification (The TImes of Israel)

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    • 07 APR 21The Green Dilemma of 5G Densification (The TImes of Israel)From the blog of Paul Ben IshaiApril 2, 2021ExcerptAs a physicist, my job involves a lot of reading.  Mainly articles that turn on an obscure point in an obscure field that interests me, the author and maybe one other person – and he’s a physicist too.  Occasionally, one comes across an article that should interest Joe Public, but it is written in such a way that Joe would doze off well before he got to the punch line!  So on my desk landed an article with an impressive title, “Radiation Analysis in a Gradual 5G Network Deployment Strategy” [1]. And this is a doozy!  Even better for me it is written by two Professors from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, Ahmad El Hajj and Tarek Naous, researchers who could not normally cooperate with an Israeli. Geopolitics divides science too…..In this article they took a hard look at 5G Densification. “Densification” refers to the placement of many more  antennas for 5G in the urban environment than we have today, in effect making the network of mobile base stations more dense.They took a typical neighbourhood in Austin Texas covered by the current 4G cellular network.  Using a public database of cellphone towers ( they plotted the positions of the existing tower infrastructure and decided to follow the supposed deployment of a new 5G network.  First of all, using the published information of transmission strengths of the 4G antennas they estimated the average exposure felt in the streets of Austin (an excellent title for a Dolly Parton song!).  Then they replaced the 4G with 5G on the existing towers, identified the blind spots in the map where there would be no coverage and added 5G antennas appropriately. Their conclusions were instructive.
    1. The area covered was 36 city blocks and the 4G network required 29 cellphone towers to cover it. The final 5G network required 100 antenna sites!  This estimate only took into consideration coverage, not the supposed number of users.  My feeling is that they underestimated the final number of antennas needed, but we will continue with their line of thought.
    2. The very generous exposure level of ambient electromagnetic radiation for the General Public is 10 W/m²according ICNIRP [2] and the FCC [3]. According to the Chinese Ministry of Health it is 0.1 W/m² [4] and for the Institute for Building Biology and Sustainability in Germany , a respected NGO in field of environmentally safe building and the urban environment, it should be 0.1 μW/m² (A million times less than the Chinese standard).  The conclusion of the paper is that the densification of antennas will lead to a rise in exposure levels to an average of 0.6 W/m² at 5 meters from the antenna, too high for the Chinese standard and too high for a biologically safe standard, but ok for the FCC.  Even worse, the chance of being exposed to levels as high as 2.5 W/m² rises significantly with the new 5G network, compared to the old 4G installation.
    3. The paper then asked what would happen if the transmission power of the antennas in this new 5G network was reduced to a level that the average exposure at a distance of 5 meters from any antenna matched the Chinese standard (which is the same standard for Russia, for parts of Italy and for Switzerland). The network would not work.  They would need many more antennas… SNIP Read the full article here