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04 February 2023

Phonegate USA: Apple Sued in Supreme Court

Phonegate USA: Apple sued in Supreme Court
By : Phonegate Team • 3 Feb 2023

A new step was taken on January 23, 2023 regarding the class action lawsuit filed in the United States against Apple. The plaintiffs, alleging that the brand’s iPhones exceed regulatory Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limitations in real-world use, filed suit with the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court.


This new action follows the August 26, 2022 judgement, which we have previously documented, which ruled that federal regulations setting permitted emission levels prevailed over state law. The verdict, which elicited many reactions of indignation, is as follows:

02 February 2023

"Why Fried?" - Excellent program from ABC Television, Australia - Transcript and Film

UPDATE (2 February 2023): We are re-posting this excellent video with the transcript.

UPDATE (20 February 2016):  Pro-telecoms industry scientists have said this program should never have been aired. 

[You may still view “Wi-Fried”.]

This is an excellent 30-minute report by Dr Maryanne Demasi ** presented on the program, "Catalyst",  ABC television, Australia.

In October 2016, it was announced that the ABC’s Catalyst program was to lose its weekly slot and its 11 staff – including the suspended presenter Maryanne Demasi – made redundant under a radical plan which has been approved by the ABC board.  Senior ABC program makers warned that ditching the weekly half-hour program and disbanding the science unit would lead to a dumbing down of science programming and effectively kill off Australian science on television.
See: https://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.com/2016/10/australia-abcs-catalyst-staff-to-be.html

Wi-Fried?
abc.net.au, 16 February 2016

Could wifi-enabled devices be harmful to our health? You cannot see it or hear it but Wi-Fi blankets our homes, our schools and our cities. Australia's safety agency says there's no evidence of harm, but that's not the same as saying its safe. A growing number of scientists are concerned that the widespread use of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-enabled devices could be slowly making us sick. In this Catalyst investigation, Dr Maryanne Demasi explores whether our wireless devices could be putting our health at risk.

TRANSCRIPT

01 February 2023

Havana Syndrome: Sonic Attack or All in the Mind?

Havana syndrome: sonic attack or all in the mind?
by Nicky Woolf, The Sunday Times, 22 Jan. 2023

It began at the US embassy in Cuba. Now there have been more than a thousand incidents of diplomats hearing a strange sound then suffering from mysterious brain injuries, with some victims left permanently disabled. As a new podcast reveals, investigators are still on the hunt for a convincing explanation.

In February 2017, Michael Hoffer, a surgeon and professor at Miami University, received a phone call. “This is the State Department,” the caller said. “We have a problem.” Hoffer, who specialises in neurosurgery and otolaryngology (the ear, nose and throat), had worked with the US military previously, studying traumatic brain injuries among soldiers deployed in Iraq. But the problem outlined to him on this call was different. Something was happening in Havana — something the government didn’t understand.

Study by Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Considers Connection between Mobile Communications and Insect Mortality to be Probable

A study by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment considers the connection between mobile communications and insect mortality to be probable
Research overview "Effect of non-ionizing radiation on arthropods", July 2022

The study by the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) shows that there is a high probability that mobile phone radiation is involved in the death of insects. Radiation affects locomotion, reproduction, foraging, orientation, DNA damage, cellular stress and behavior.

On behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the research overview "Effect of non-ionizing radiation (hereinafter: NIS) on arthropods " was developed at the University of Neuchatel:

Mulot M, Kroeber T, Gossner M, Fröhlich J (2022). Effect of non-ionizing radiation (NIS) on arthropods, report commissioned by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Neuchâtel, July 2022

Mobile communications communicate via non-ionizing radiation (hereinafter: NIS). Although this study overview of the effects of mobile phone radiation on insects has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal , it has a high level of validity due to its scientific nature.

United States: iPhone Users Seek SCOTUS Review of Radiation Preemption Ruling

IPhone Users Seek SCOTUS Review of Radiation Preemption Ruling
Julie Steinberg, Bloomberg Law, Jan 30, 2023 (includes link to case document)

  • Certain iPhone models allegedly emit radiation above limits
  • Circuit split widened; other preemption issues need guidance

IPhone users asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision disallowing claims alleging Apple Inc. failed to disclose that some phones can emit radiofrequency radiation above federal limits.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said their claims were preempted by federal law, widening a circuit split over the preemptive effect of certain Federal Communications Commission guidelines, consumers said in a recently docketed petition for review. Its decision also presents a “golden opportunity” for much-needed guidance on when agency action preempts state-law claims, they said.

Andrew Cohen and others alleged that a lab hired by the Chicago Tribune found that the iPhone 7, 8, and X showed exposure above the federal limit when the phones were carried close to the body.

28 January 2023

France : A Proposed Law Wants to Fight against the Overexposure of Children to Screens

Children's screen time: should we ban the use of smartphones by teachers?
by Aurore Gayte, numerama.com, 25 January 2023 - translation

A bill wants to fight against the overexposure of children to screens. It contains 6 articles, and a bold suggestion: restrict the use of screens by supervisory staff in primary and nursery schools.


Limit excessive exposure of children to screens: this is the aim of a bill , tabled by the Renaissance parliamentary group (formerly En Marche). The text, which was co-signed by all the deputies of the group, must be examined by the Assembly “ in the spring ”, according to the cabinet of the deputy Caroline Janvier, who presented the bill.

In a press release sent on January 25, 2023, the MP for Loiret explains that she wants to fight against what she calls the " new evil of the century ", without having a " technophobic approach ". The 6 articles of the proposed law generally provide for better awareness of the risks incurred by children. But one article in particular catches the eye: it proposes to regulate the use of teachers' telephones, and to have the measures financed by... an increase in the price of tobacco.

26 January 2023

Teens Carry a Threat to Mental Health in their Pockets

More on the Seattle Public School district's lawsuit against Big Tech.

Teens carry a threat to mental health in their pockets
By Naomi Ishisaka, Seattle Times columnist, Seattle Times, 23 Jan. 2023, update 24 Jan. 2023

Every generation has angst over what a particular cultural shift is doing to the minds of our youth.

When I was a kid in the mid-’80s, it was Tipper Gore and the Parents’ Music Resource Center coming after rock and rap for what they considered explicit and obscene lyrics, leading to the first “Parental Advisory” label going on a 2 Live Crew album.

(Photo): Seattle Public Schools filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Seattle suing tech giants behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat, asserting the companies are substantially contributing to a youth mental health crisis. (Michele Ursi / TNS)

Decades later, the focus now is on social media and its effects on the mental health of young people.

Given the frequent overreach and cyclical nature of these moral panics, it would be easy to roll your eyes at today’s concerns over social media.

United States: Fast Track to New York 5G Microwaved City

"We must realize that countries such as Italy, India, Russia, China, and many more have far stricter regulations on wireless transmission levels. For institutions to be in compliance with the American Disabilities Act, people disabled due to electromagnetic sensitivity must be accommodated. Insurance companies refuse to cover harms resulting from electromagnetic radiation."

Fast Track to New York 5G Microwaved City

by Les Jamieson, West View News, 24 January 2023

(Photo from a November 2022 New York Times article)
We’ve been living in a wireless world since the earliest cell phone and home WiFi networks, roughly 30 years. Now we’re up to the Fifth Generation of wireless transmission technology commonly known as 5G. For decades more there have been hundreds of scientists warning of adverse impacts of electromagnetic frequencies on the health of humans, animals, and plant life. There have been widespread adverse impacts from proximity to even 4G cell phone towers resulting in cancers and deaths. The Ramazzini Institute in Italy based its study which began in 2005 on lower levels of radio frequency radiation than what wireless antennas are emitting. Just as alarming is that the telecoms and utilities installing digital meters claim they are in compliance with FCC safety guidelines set back in 1996, far before the proliferation of wireless antennas and devices we are now surrounded by. Even before 5G, a consortium of 240 scientists made an appeal to the United Nations for a global moratorium.

23 January 2023

Microwave Expert Barrie Trower - 9 Interviews with Morten Julius

Readers of this blog may be interested to know that in 2012, we posted the resumés of nine interviews with microwave radiation expert Barrie Trower. In 2011, Danish documentary filmmaker and journalist Morten Julius conducted an interview with Barrie Trower about microwave dangers which could be seen on Vimeo (143 mn) and ten 12-minute videos on YouTube. The Vimeo video has disappeared and we are not sure whether we could find the ones on YouTube. The interviews are extremely interesting and much of what he says is relevant today, in 2023.

Here is an excerpt from one of the videos: You will find the list of interviews at the end of this excerpt

The mobile industry is the greatest polluter on the planet today

What about microwaves and CO2 emissions? Trower knows of three published papers which say that the biggest polluter on the planet is the mobile industry. The hundreds of thousands of transmitters all over the world require power. “All the mobile phones need power, all the Wi-Fi sets, all the gadgets and all this power has to be generated. The more the industry puts out Wi-Fi, not only are they contributing to warming the atmosphere but they are also increasing the carbon footprint. The mobile industry is the greatest polluter on the planet today… Yet, you hear nothing anywhere in the world against the mobile industry in terms of pollution.

United Kindgom: Feb 6 &7 Action Against 5G Court Case: Two brave women decided to challenge the UK government with regards to the risks of 5G

UK Update: Feb 6 &7 Action Against 5G Court Case
By Patricia Burke with Karen Churchill of Safe Tech International, naturalblaze.com, 21 January 2023

“Who do you hold responsible? Hold yourself responsible.” – Sean Carney

First Claimant and Second Claimant 
Vicky Angell & Karen Churchill
Two brave women decided to challenge the UK government with regards to the risks of 5G

They consider that the UK Government has failed to inform the public about the risks of RFR (Radio Frequency Radiation) and 5G. Their action is  relevant to other countries as well.

They were granted permission for the Case to be heard on Appeal.

They have been working for three long years to get this evidence in front of a judge who will listen impartially.

The history of the case can be found here: https://actionagainst5g.org/?s=case+update.

Case updates are here https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/legalactionagainst5g/ (Donations can be made here too.)

The upcoming hearing page is here https://actionagainst5g.org/case-updates/details-for-court-hearing/

Michael Mansfield QC is the lead barrister

He is a famous Human Rights barrister in the UK, he has worked on many high-profile cases, including the Lockerbie disaster and more recently the Grenfell Tower.

Continue reading:

Switzerland: Thousands of antennas: It looks like 5G but is it 5G?

Thousands of antennas - It looks like 5G but is it 5G?
The entire population has access to 5G, yet thousands of additional antennas are pending. Here's why.
by Julien Wicky, Tribune de Genève, 21 January 2023 - translation

(Photo): Switzerland is already almost entirely covered by the 5G network, but for it to be equipped with all its features, 7,500 antennas are still needed. KEYSTONE


It is a figure that is paradoxical. On the website of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), we can read that since the end of 2021, 100% of the Swiss population has been covered by the fifth generation mobile network, the famous 5G. On their sites, the three operators in the country do not say the opposite and claim the importance of their coverage. Yet in 2022, an additional 1,500 antennas were installed, bringing the total to 8,474 5G installations as of January 3 this year, according to data we requested from OFCOM. And it's not over. But if everyone is already covered, why continue to install new infrastructures, especially since these are very often opposed by groups of opponents?

22 January 2023

Washington State: Seattle Public School System Files Lawsuit Against Big Tech

SEATTLE SAYS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
I say good for them

by Marianne Williamson, "Transform", 14 January 2023

The Seattle Public School system has filed a lawsuit against Big Tech, claiming social media platforms “intentionally contributed to the youth mental health crisis." From a rise in teen depression, sleep deprivation, and even suicide, we are finally willing to admit publicly what so many of us have known all along: that the ubiquity of social media is having a devastating effect on our young.

Much of Seattle’s legal case is based on the work of San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge, author of "iGen." Twenge claims the evidence now suggests it's not just correlation, but causation, that connects the overuse of social media platforms to high rates of teen anxiety.

21 January 2023

First Study so Far: 5G Causes the Microwave Syndrome

This study was first published in the Swedish medical magazine Medicinsk Access no. 1/2022 and was carried out by the oncologist and researcher Lennart Hardell from the Research Foundation for Environment & Cancer and Mona Nilsson from the Radiation Protection Foundation.  Our post of the English auto-translation of the study has since had nearly 11,000 views.  On 10 January 2023, the study  "
The Microwave Syndrome after Installation of 5G Emphasizes the Need for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation" was published as a case report by Gavin Publishers. 

On 18 January 2023, Children's Health Defense (CHD) published an article including mention of the study, quoting one of its authors, Mona Nilsson as saying, “The telecom companies tried to censor the article” in spring 2022 after the study initially appeared in a Swedish medical magazine.

“A representative of the Ericsson company — the world leading 5G infrastructure provider — and the umbrella organization for 1,200 tech companies, all the major telecom companies in Sweden, wrote to the editor of the Swedish magazine and asked him to withdraw the article,” she explained.

“This is the first case report of the microwave syndrome caused by 5G,” Hardell told The Defender (CHD), adding that “historically, many risk factors for human health have first been identified by clinical observations.”

According to Nilsson, the study — which examined the change in physical symptoms experienced by a 63-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman when a 5G cellular tower was installed on the top of their apartment building — “confirms the concerns raised for several years by hundreds of scientists and physicians about the dangers of the 5G rollout.”

As we do not wish to confuse readers, we have taken down the auto-translation of the study.

19 January 2023

Four New Studies Add to Evidence of Wireless Technology-Related Electromagnetic Radiation in Humans

4 Studies Add to Evidence of Wireless Technology-Related Electromagnetic Radiation in Humans

Four new studies shed light on human exposure to electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies, but the authors of one study alleged industry tried to censor their research, and in another case, critics accused researchers of having conflicts of interest with the telecom industry.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D., childrenshealthdefense.org, 18 January 2023

New studies from Sweden, China, Australia and the U.K. shed light on human exposure to electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies, but the authors of one study alleged industry tried to censor their research, and in another case, critics accused researchers of having conflicts of interest with the telecom industry.

In the first example, an international peer-reviewed journal — Annals of Case Reports — on Jan. 10 published a Swedish case report showing 5G radiation causes symptoms indicative of “microwave syndrome.”

14 January 2023

22 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (3 January 2023)

22 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 3 January 2023

Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California Berkeley, has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on radio frequency and other non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since 2016. Several hundred EMF scientists around the world receive these updates. The complete collection of these papers contains more than 1,700 abstracts and links to more than 1,800 papers.

To see abstracts for the most recent papers or to download the 1,434-page document (pdf) go to: https://bit.ly/Saferemr120522


13 January 2023

In Switzerland There is no Supervision for Mobile Phone Radiation

Opponents of mobile communications discover loopholes in the law
In Switzerland there is no supervision for mobile phone radiation

Activists have found that smartphone manufacturers are not being checked to ensure they comply with the limits. It's different in France, where the state takes rigorous action.
by Jon Mettler, Tages-Anzeiger, 12 Jan. 2023 - auto-translation

If the smartphone is held directly to the ear when making
a call, the head is exposed to radiation 
Photo: Martin Rütschi (Keystone)
So far, the resistance of the mobile phone opponents in Switzerland has been directed primarily against mobile phone antennas, which they believe emit radiation that is harmful to health. But now critics are also turning their attention to non-ionizing radiation (NIR) emitted by cell phones themselves.

Investigations by the organization Phonegate Alert from France with the federal authorities have revealed: In this country there is no supervisory body that checks whether the manufacturers comply with the legal standards for mobile phone radiation. Rather, the manufacturers of mobile phones are themselves responsible for ensuring the security of their devices in Switzerland.

06 January 2023

WHO’s Cancer Research Agency to Assess 5G Health Risks — But Not Until 2025

WHO’s Cancer Research Agency to Assess 5G Health Risks — But Not Until 2025

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer will participate in a project to assess the health risks of exposure to 5G technologies, but critics accused the agency of ignoring already existing evidence and suggested the results could be tainted by industry partners.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D., childrenshealthdefense.org, 5 January 2023

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on Monday announced it will participate in a new project that includes assessing the health risks of exposure to 5G technologies.

According to IARC, the project will “develop tools and instrumentation for reliable evaluation of exposure, conduct experimental studies (in vitro, animal, and human studies) on potential cancer risks, and develop effective health risk communication materials for stakeholders.”

05 January 2023

Switzerland: Cell phones and health: Swiss authorities still absent!

Cell phones and health: Swiss authorities still absent!
By : Phonegate Team • 5 Jan 2023

On December 22, 2022, the General Secretariat of the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) answered our last question and after three years of waiting, here is the insane conclusion of its letter:

“After extensive research, the working group found that, as the legislation currently stands, there is no market surveillance authority in Switzerland that is competent for the health aspects of NIR products (e.g. verification of compliance with NIR limit values*).

What to Know About Cellphone Radiation

What to Know About Cellphone Radiation
by Peter Elkind, propublica.org, 4 January 2023

Collage by ProPublica. Source Images:
10'000 Hours/Getty Images
ProPublica recently examined how the federal government, based on quarter-century-old standards, denies that cellphones pose any risks. This guide answers some of the most common questions people ask about cellphone radiation.


To many people, the notion that cellphones or cell towers might present a health risk long ago receded into a realm somewhere between trivial concern and conspiracy theory. For decades, the wireless industry has dismissed such ideas as fearmongering, and federal regulators have maintained that cellphones pose no danger. But a growing body of scientific research is raising questions, with the stakes heightened by the ongoing deployment of hundreds of thousands of new transmitters in neighborhoods across America. ProPublica recently examined the issue in detail, finding that the chief government regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, relies on an exposure standard from 1996, when the Motorola StarTAC flip phone was cutting edge, and that the agency brushed aside a lengthy study by a different arm of the federal government that found that cellphone radiation caused rare cancers and DNA damage in lab animals. The newest generation of cellphone technology, known as 5G, remains largely untested.