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20 November 2018

Our Letter to the Editor on the Final U.S. NTP Report on Rats and Mice Exposed to Cell Phone Radiation

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The only place to date where you will find mention of the final report of U.S. National Toxicology Program study on rats and mice exposed to cell phone radiation, (issued on 1 November 2018) in the Suisse Romande press to date: our Letter to the Editor published in the Tribune de Genève.

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Back Pain

Letter to the Editor, Tribune de Genève, 14 November 2018*

We were shocked by the RTS report on back pain in young children and adolescents. According to one study, one in three children has suffered from back pain in the past 12 months, the main cause being screen abuse. The BBC reports that surgical students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity to sew up patients. The blue light emitted by screens is particularly harmful to children's eyes. Do we heed these warnings? We would like the Geneva authorities to launch an awareness campaign, but they are distracted by the chaos reigning in the government.

Defending the Indefensible - Deconstructing a “New York Times” Headline on the NTP final report

Defending the Indefensible - Deconstructing a “New York Times” Headlinemicrowavenews.com, 20 November 2018

How does a New York Times reporter justify a grossly misleading headline on a story of major importance?

Usually we could only speculate, but in one recent case, thanks to a health advocate’s persistence, we have a peek at the rationalizations and distortions in play.

This is the Times headline at issue:


It sits at the top of a story by William Broad, a staff writer, reporting the release of the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) final report on its $30 million, ten-year animal study of the cancer risks associated with cell phone radiation.

The quotation marks are important. They indicate that “some evidence” is a term of art and they imply that the study fell short of providing definitive evidence of a cancer risk. If that had been the case, the term “clear evidence” would have applied.

But that was the finding. The NTP saw clear evidence that cell phone radiation causes cancer and said so in its press release.

For the First Time, Researchers Say Facebook Can Cause Depression

For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression
By BRETT ARENDS, COLUMNIST, marketwatch.com, 18 November 2018

The findings are published in the December Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

(Photo): Many of those who began with moderate clinical depression finished just a few weeks later with very mild symptoms after drastically cutting down on their social-media use, a new study says.

Spending too much time on “social media” sites like Facebook is making people more than just miserable. It may also be making them depressed.

A new study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown — for the first time — a causal link between time spent on social media and depression and loneliness, the researchers said.

It concluded that those who drastically cut back their use of sites like Facebook, Instagram FB, -3.31% and Snapchat SNAP, -3.47% often saw a marked improvement in their mood and in how they felt about their lives.

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Summary of Presentation by Dr. Marc Arazi

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Dr. Marc Arazi, President, Phonegate Alert Association, France.

Dr. Marc Arazi is a medical doctor and radiation health activist. His 2016 enquiries and subsequent legal action led to the release of French government documents in 2017 which list cell phones that generate radiation levels in excess of legal thresholds. The radiation levels noted by the government in 2015 revealed that radiation levels from nine out of 10 cell phone manufacturers were as much as three times statutory guidelines.

In a peer review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s draft cancer report published in May 2016 Arazi noted:

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Summary of Presentation by Prof. Olle Johansson

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Prof. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist, formerly of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden:

Due in large part to the relentless work of Johansson and the Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive, Sweden is the only country in the world to recognize electrosensitivity as a functional impairment.

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Summary of Presentation by Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

You may view Dr. Belpoggi's presentation here.

Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi at
Krakow Forum
(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Dott.ssa Fiorella Belpoggi (Italy), director, Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, Ramazzini Institute, Bologna, Italy:

Collegium Ramazzini is an independent, international academy with 180 invited members from more than 30 countries. It was founded in 1982 by American-born Dr. Irving Selikoff who made the definitive link between asbestos and lung disease.

It was named after 16th Century Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini. The Collegium Ramazzini’s brief is to investigate occupational and environmental health issues. As head of research, Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi conducts her scientific studies at the Collegium’s Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy.

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)