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18 November 2018

College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food

College students choose smartphones over food
November 16, 2018 by Ellen Goldbaum, University at Buffalo

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
University at Buffalo researchers have found that college students prefer food deprivation over smartphone deprivation, according to results from a paper in Addictive Behaviors.

Sara O'Donnell, lead author on the paper and clinical psychology doctoral student in the Department of Pediatrics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, said the results suggest that smartphones can be more reinforcing than food for college students.

"In this study, we provide evidence for the first time that smartphones are reinforcing," she said. O'Donnell is co-author with Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor and director of the behavioral medicine division in the Department of Pediatrics.

FCC Tells SpaceX It Can Deploy Up to 11,943 Broadband Satellites

FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites
by JON BRODKIN,  arstechnica.com, 15 November 2018

Initial launch of 4,425 satellites to be followed by 7,518 closer to the ground.

SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago.

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The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that these will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. That amounts to 11,943 satellites in total for SpaceX's Starlink broadband service.

SpaceX "proposes to add a very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) NGSO [non-geostationary satellite orbit] constellation, consisting of 7,518 satellites operating at altitudes from 335km to 346km," the FCC said in the draft of the order that it approved unanimously today. The newly approved satellites would use frequencies between 37.5 and 42GHz for space-to-Earth transmissions and frequencies between 47.2 and 51.4GHz for Earth-to-space transmissions, the FCC said.

17 November 2018

California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage

There is something a lot more sinister going on here...

California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage
By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis, The New York Times, 14 November 2018

(Photo):  Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Camp Fire, which has killed at least 56 people. Many fires in recent years have been caused by downed power lines serving California’s utilities.CreditCreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times

As wildfires ravage large swaths of California for a second year, one of the state’s biggest utilities has declared that it faces billions of dollars in potential liability — far more than its insurance would cover.

The potential losses could leave the company’s customers on the hook to pay the bill, exposing businesses and consumers to higher costs. The utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, could even face bankruptcy, putting pressure on the state for a bailout.

How High-tech Is Your “Smart Car”?

How High-tech Is Your “Smart Car”?
By Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com, 15 November 2018

Thanks to Andrew Michrowski, PhD, President of the Planetary Association for Clean Energy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, for sharing the following information with me, which I truly appreciate.

The “Smart Car” is destined to become an integral part of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will operate on 5G bandwidths. It’s known as “Car-to-Car Communication.”

Already so for [U.S.] FCC car rules @ 2200 X higher power at 3 metres [9 feet] away than European Council EMF guidelines (giving exposure of 220 µW/cm2 for drivers).
… Federal Register 2012/08/13/2012-19732

5G Car Microwaves (~24 GHz and ~77 GHz)

The Facebook Dilemma

The Facebook Dilemma
by Dr. Joseph Mercola, 17 November 2018


  • As of the third quarter of 2018, 2.27 billion people actively used Facebook, the world’s largest social media site, up from 1 billion in 2012
  • Facebook is unique in its ability to monetize the time people spend on its platform. During the third quarter of 2018, the site generated more than $6 per user
  • Ninety-eight percent of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising, which totaled $39.9 billion in 2017
  • The addition of the “Like” button in 2009 revolutionized the company’s ability to gather personal data — information about your preferences that can then be sold
  • The significant danger with giving out personal data is that you’re opening yourself up to be a target of manipulation — whether you’re being manipulated to buy something you don’t need or believe something that isn’t true

CDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing

CDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 16 November 2018

Suicide rates are highest for males in construction and
extraction; females in arts, design, entertainment, sports and
media, the CDC found.
Michellaurence/ Flickr/ CC BY 2.0
From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among American workers has increased 34 percent, up 12.9 per 100,000 working persons to 17.3, according to a worrisome new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs, the U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

The CDC study does not explain why more U.S. workers appear to be taking their own lives. But by breaking down suicide rates by occupation, this can help doctors and lawmakers support the workers who may be most at risk of suicide.

California Judge Orders Next Monsanto Weed-Killer Cancer Trial for March

California judge orders next Monsanto weed-killer cancer trial for March
by Tina Bellonreuters.com, 15 November 2018

File Photo: A woman uses a Monsanto's Roundup
weedkiller spray without glyphosate in a garden
in Ercuis near Paris, France, May 6, 2018.
Reuters/Benoit Tessier/File Photo
(Reuters) - A California judge on Thursday granted an expedited trial in the case of a California couple suffering from cancer who sued Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit, alleging the company’s glyphosate-containing weed killer Roundup caused their disease.

The order by Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou in Oakland, California, comes on the heels of a $289 million verdict in the first glyphosate trial in San Francisco, in which a jury found Monsanto liable for causing a school groundskeeper’s cancer.

Damages were later reduced to $78 million, and Bayer, which denies the allegations, said it would appeal the decision.

Its share price, however, has dropped nearly 30 percent since the Aug. 10 jury verdict and the company faces some 9,300 U.S. glyphosate lawsuits.

Your Habit Of Buying A New Smartphone Every 2 Years Is Killing The Planet

Your Habit Of Buying A New Smartphone Every 2 Years Is Killing The Planet
By Daniel Tencerhuffingtonpost.ca, 14 November 2018

Canadian researchers blame telecoms and phone makers for creating an unsustainable business model.

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The common practice of buying a new smartphone every two years is taking a toll on the planet and threatens to undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian researchers have found.

In a research paper published earlier this year, McMaster University associate professor Lotfi Belkhir, along with recent graduate Ahmed Elmeligi of the faculty of engineering concluded that the global information and communications tech sector — including consumer devices — is in the midst of a rapid explosion in its carbon footprint.

While the entire sector accounted for just 1 to 1.6 per cent of global carbon emissions in 2007, by 2040, it will account for 14 per cent of emissions, the researchers projected. That's the equivalent of half the transportation sector's emissions.

What Brain and Sperm Share and Why Care - TEDx Talk on Cell Phone Radiation by Dr. Devra Davis

Please view and share this very informative video on cell phone radiation.

Rapid Fire - What Brain and Sperm Share and Why Care | Dr. Devra Davis | TEDxJacksonHole
 (9 November 2018 - 14 min.)

16 November 2018

Tech Impairs Children’s Health and Development

Tech Impairs Children’s Health and Development
allusanewshub.com, 12 November 2018

The latest report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) should set off alarms bell in the heads of parents around the world. Unfortunately, most of them are as distracted as their children by the very same cause for concern: digital technology.

The WCRF explained that too much screen time fuels childhood obesity. In turn, obesity puts children at greater risk of developing at least 12 deadly cancers. Increasing interaction with smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles is one the primary drivers of long-term weight gain, because those products promote a sedentary lifestyle at a time when children should be engaging in physical activity.