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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Reality check

Here's a reality-check. What if communication and information connectivity had been initially invented and widespread by using only WIRELESS methods, and then someone announced invention of a NON-wireless way to do it with cords and cables so that every place indoors and outdoors didn't have to be constantly swamped by unnatural body-penetrating radiation (plus so that so much electricity wouldn't be wasted for at every moment continuously refilling all giant airspaces everywhere with radiation in case in one tiny area of airspace a machine would use that radiation)?

Everyone would be racing to have all commonly used products and services that are NON-wireless. And everyone would come up with more things and ways that are NON-wireless. And authorities would urge and educate, and probably even insist, that persons and places be NON-wireless. PLUS, there would be a societal opinion sort of like, "Shame on (1) anyone who continues to firsthand put wireless radiation into themselves, (2) anyone who spews or spills wireless into humans, other animals, and all plant life as secondhand exposures, and (3) anyone needlessly wasting electricity."

AND everyone would say shifting from wireless to NON-wireless is PROGRESS. And they'd be proud about it. People, companies, governments — they'd all be bragging about their progress. Because obviously it'd be progress to (1) not habitually penetrate unnatural, biologically-harmful radiation into your body, (2) not habitually waste electricity, and (3) not habitually spew radiation from your own wireless devices and hotspots into airspaces as secondhand radiation exposures penetrating into OTHER people's bodies and into pets, livestock, plants, all wildlife, etc.

Wherever any type of wireless or electricity is available, also unnatural, body-penetrating, electromagnetic radiation is there.
Aim to reduce emissions and 1st-hand & 2nd-hand exposures.
• prefer corded connections with wireless capability turned off
• request non-wireless products and services
• provide corded devices, corded accessories
• reduce your EM radiation footprint
• respect wires
#PracticeSafeTech #BecauseYouCan

p.s. Yes, this post was written and posted by me while using only CORDED connections, CORDED devices, and CORDED accessories. If *you* haven't yet progressed to doing that, right now you can consider how to start your progress to non-wireless. I hope you congratulate yourself and other people for progressing to non-wireless and doing whatever it takes so that everyone can thrive in non-wireless environments.
p.p.s. Here is the Appeal issued by scientists who are experts on the body-penetrating radiation emitted wherever wireless or electricity are available. They sent their Appeal to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. How many experts? It's 225 scientists from 41 countries. [It started out as 190 scientists and the number grows as more scientists decide there is urgency to speak out about it.] Their dedicated website includes the Appeal in 18 languages, personal remarks from many of the scientists, some of the media coverage, and more. You could start at their Press Release:

Sunday, 2 July 2017

PracticeSafeTech Seeds to Plant and Grow

I'd like to clarify some aspects about the radiation generated and emitted by invisibly connected devices such as cell phones (and not only cell phones, so please connect the dots even though I'm mostly explaining by using the example of a cell phone).

A cell phone that is on vibrate continues to generate and emit the type of body-penetrating biologically-active electromagnetic radiation called "radiofrequency" (RF) or "microwave" (MW). The ONLY thing that changes when a phone is set to vibrate is that usual sounds for incoming calls, messages, and other alerts are replaced by the vibration movement and often there is an accompanying low buzz sound.

Many people don't realize that even when a cell phone is not directly in use, during all the time the phone is waiting for whenever the next call, message, vibration, or other notification will arrive, the phone is pumping radiation into all children, adults, pets, plants, etc.

A waiting cell phone (that is not in airplane mode) continues to pump its RF/MW radiation into the environment because if the phone didn't do that, the network wouldn't know which coverage flood of network equipment RF/MW radiation (from towers and other antenna installations or hotspots) to use to carry a new call, message, etc. to the vicinity of that phone.

Also, a cell phone that *is* in airplane mode but not powered off continues to emit other types of body-penetrating electromagnetic radiation. And although I don't know for sure, I'm pretty sure that a phone that is on vibrate emits much stronger intensities of at least one of these other types of body-penetrating radiation; phones on vibrate actually *move*... think about it... how much energy is involved to cause a machine (that isn't visibly attached to anything and is not light as a feather) to make all those violent jerking movements, repetitively, whenever a vibration alert happens.

Also, the body of every baby, child, adult, pet, wildlife, plant located where there is a network coverage flood is 24/7 swamped and penetrated by that network radiation -- whether or not the human, other animal, or plant ever carries, uses, or owns a cell phone or other "wireless" device (including wearables, trackers, baby and other monitors, sensors, etc.). It could be said that each individual network subscriber and device user unknowingly (or knowingly!) pays for the "right" to irradiate all children, adults, animals, plants, etc. [p.s. Now *you* know.]

PracticeSafeTech seeds to plant and grow include...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

BE A TREND-SETTER... for today and all tomorrows

Health, child, and consumer advocates urge attention to personal and public health, hygiene, and well-being in regard to minimizing firsthand and secondhand electromagnetic radiation exposures caused by the emissions from screen and other equipment and devices.

Those emissions penetrate into and biologically affect humans, other animals, and plants.

Those advocates also urge a reality-check: make the choice to immediately start a new trend of wanting to *decrease* both exposures and emissions of electrosmog radiation (instead of the present trend to purposely everywhere increase this pollution and exposures).

Instantly, at this very moment, easy habit preferences of individuals and systems can significantly reduce, or eliminate, these radiation emissions in indoor and outdoor environments—usually at zero cost, requiring only awareness and kindness.

Truly progressive, thoughtful policies and innovation can quickly and significantly address this present flaw in communication, power, and technology products, services, and systems, and can aim to now and always prevent related pollution and health impairments in all populations.

Some suggestions if you want to be even more aware and kind to yourself and others:

About Electrosensitivity
From Canadians For Safe Technology website Q&A What is Electro-Sensitivity?
Electromagnetic-Sensitivity (ES) is a condition in which adults and children develop intolerance to radiation from wireless technology devices and infrastructure such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, wireless utility “smart”meters and cell towers and antennas. Once they develop the condition, they experience various symptoms from tingling in the hands and pain in the head when using a cell phone to severe and disabling illness. The most common symptoms are headaches, sleep disturbances, nausea, dizziness, cognitive and memory problems, a racing heart and heart palpitations, burning sensations, nose bleeds and noise or light sensitivities. Recent research suggests that these symptoms indicate severe physiological harm including breakage of the Blood Brain Barrier, damage to the limbic system and the thalamus, oxidative stress, autoimmune damage and neurodegeneration. The prevalence of the condition is growing rapidly, including amongst children. Surveys from a decade ago suggest that 10% of the population already suffers from symptoms. However, this rate is likely understated considering many people who experience symptoms are not aware that their symptoms are caused by wireless devices and in addition, given the exponential increase in the past decade of the use of wireless devices including Wi-Fi and smartphones and increase in the levels of radiation in the environment from the wireless infrastructure, it is likely that the rates of people who suffer from the condition are higher and will continue to rise. While other conditions have been associated with exposure to radiation from wireless technology, such as brain & breast cancer, fertility problems, autism and ADD, it seems that the most widespread manifestation of harm from this technology is ES.

Take One Step at a Time.
It is simpler than it may seem.

From Environmental Health Trust website
Please take the time to become wise about safer use of wireless transmitting devices (WTDs) such as smart phones, home cordless phones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, and desktop computers. Be informed on these Ten Steps To Safe Technology so you can make wiser choices in technology use.

A Wellness Guide For The Digital Age
The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)
and What You Can Do about It

By Martin Blank, PhD
Category: Health & Fitness | Science
At publisher Penguin Random House website

About Overpowered

Keys, wallet, cell phone . . . ready to go! Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of twenty-first-century life—suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Many of us are left wondering, as Maureen Dowd recently asked in the New York Times, “Are cells the new cigarettes?” 

Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies), coming not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

Dr. Blank arms us with the information we need to lobby government and industry to keep ourselves and our families safe.  


“This book is a must for anyone concerned with protecting their well-being, that of loved ones, and other species. From the personal, the political, and the planetary, you will never see things the same way again.”—B. Blake Levitt, former New York Times contributor and author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves

“The extremely well documented Overpowered reads like an environmental thriller! Dr. Blank does a superb job of explaining the biological effects of cellphones and all things wireless on cell physiology and how to protect ourselves and, most importantly, our children. The sections on electricity, wildlife, and  the ‘business’ of science all demonstrate the dark side of technology–an inconvenient truth we must consider.”—Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.

“Martin Blank deals with a difficult subject in a scientifically accurate but easily readable fashion. He covers everything from powerlines, to cell phones, to light bulbs, to conflicts of interest, with humor and passion. In this great scientist, we have an unlikely activist and truth teller.”—David O. Carpenter, M.D., Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany

Thursday, 8 December 2016


The Year Of The Flood ~ a book by Margaret Atwood
Before The Flood ~ a documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Stop The Flood ~ this blog post by Me
Electromagnetic pollution when intended to be so-called “wireless” (as for wi-fi) is an active pollutant, not a passive pollutant. When intentionally generated and emitted as wireless/wi-fi, those operations pump to continuously force floods of artificial electromagnetic energy into and through environments. It is a well known fact that natural and artificial electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are biologically active and can, and do, penetrate into many forms of organic and inorganic matter to some depth. Therefore, various autonomic and other biological systems, cells, and functions inherent to survival of all persons, other animals, and plants are challenged, often continuously, to perform an uncountably huge number of extra biological reactions (and further cascade reactions) that would not happen in the absence of artificial EMFs, e.g., wireless telecommunication network emissions, wi-fi network emissions, any wireless signal (emitted by transmitters of any size for any purpose).
This pollutant is already far too dense, and often continuously so, in indoor and outdoor environments where persons and other macroscopic and microscopic animals and plants are located or traveling in air/gas, liquids, and solids throughout every day and every night throughout their lifespans—including everywhere persons, animals, plants, machines, or other things are not using, and may intend to never use, this active pollutant for any purpose. Whether or not all these reactions are observed as specifically defined disease or impairment outcomes, performing all these reactions is ongoing, onerous, unnatural stress on organisms and impairing quality of life and survival.
Internet and other information and communication technology connections and operations via non-wireless (i.e., wireline or non-electronic) products, services, and behaviours is proven doable, well understood, already licensed, well-functioning, reliable, and upgradable; and its operational EMF emissions do not voluminously densely pollute all environments and lifeforms.
If “wireless” connectivity for information and communication purposes had been commonplace in industrial-commercial societies prior to wireline connections being invented, upon the invention of wireline connections, I posit that government, other regulators, and connection providers (commercial, public, private) would be scrambling to be deemed “the leader” and heroic and progressive in touting, accelerating, and maximizing rollout of wireline connectivity, while scurrying to do whatever it would take to substantially cease the floods of penetrating “wireless” radiation.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Hero of the Day On December 1st, 2016

The speakers on December 1st at the City of Toronto's Executive Committee meeting were spectacular! In the video, begin at 2:51:02 and watch for approximately 10 minutes (until 3:01:30).

Executive Committee Meeting, Item EX20.42:
Reviewing the Procedure for Approving Rooftop Telecommunications Towers on Toronto Community Housing Buildings

- unfortunately, the Committee voted (not unanimously) to defer this item indefinitely
- the full text of the Item Councillor Pasternak presented is here, below the video link
- you could contact Councillor Pasternak to express your appreciation and ongoing support:

Councillor Pasternak also tweeted his reaction to the Committee's voted decision to defer the item indefinitely:

The full text of Councillor Pasternak's Agenda Item is at

Reviewing the Procedure for Approving Rooftop Telecommunications Towers on Toronto Community Housing Buildings


(November 14, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor James Pasternak, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis


Councillor James Pasternak, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis, recommends that:

1. City Council request the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board to request the Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation to:

a. report to City Council, through the Executive Committee, in the first quarter of 2017 on:

     1. a review of the procedures Toronto Community Housing Corporation follows for approving rooftop telecommunications towers on Toronto Community Housing buildings;

     2. Toronto Community Housing Corporation's obligations regarding holding public consultations before approving new rooftop telecommunications towers specifically in reference to City Council Item PG29.8 (December 16, 2013) that requested Industry Canada to amend its procedure to require public consultations prior to the installation of telecommunication towers; and

     3. the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision (2016 SCC 23) that only the federal government may approve or reject the location of telecommunications towers; and

b. place a moratorium on the installation of any new telecommunications towers on Toronto Community Housing buildings until this review is completed.


City Council on November 8 and 9, 2016, referred Motion MM22.13 to the Executive Committee.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation has entered into contracts with communication companies to allow them to install rooftop telecommunications towers on Toronto Community Housing Corporation buildings. Many taller Toronto Community Housing Corporation buildings now have roofs that are jammed with telecommunications towers.

Many residents have concerns regarding the effects of living in close proximity to so many telecommunications towers. There is also confusion among residents regarding the approval process for them, the City of Toronto's role and the federal health and safety requirements.

Given these concerns, it is timely for Toronto Community Housing Corporation to review the procedures they are required to follow when approving rooftop telecommunications towers, notably their obligations for public consultation. An analysis of the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision that only the federal government may approve or reject the location of a cell phone antenna should also be part of this request.

Background Information:

(November 14, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor James Pasternak, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis on Reviewing the Procedure for Approving Rooftop Telecommunications Towers on Toronto Community Housing Buildings
(November 9, 2016) Fiscal Impact Statement from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer


(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Frank Clegg (EX.Supp.EX20.42.1)
(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Martin Weatherall (EX.Supp.EX20.42.2)
(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Melissa Chalmers (EX.Supp.EX20.42.3)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Linda Sepp (EX.Supp.EX20.42.4)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Iskra Bragilevsky (EX.Supp.EX20.42.5)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Elizabeth Latta (EX.Supp.EX20.42.6)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Maureen E. Smith (EX.New.EX20.42.7)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Rick Biggar (EX.New.EX20.42.8)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Michelle Illiatovitch (EX.New.EX20.42.9)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Marilyn Orser (EX.New.EX20.42.10)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Evelyne (EX.New.EX20.42.11)
(December 1, 2016) E-mail from Barbara Payne (EX.New.EX20.42.12)
(December 1, 2016) E-mail from Hadi Salameh (EX.New.EX20.42.13)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

NINE by Barb

This is a gallery of recently created artworks. They are copyright protected. Some of the items are digital photography. Some of the items are approximate scans of artwork created on paper with pencil, crayon, or manual typewriter. If you don't see a good size view here, I think if you click on any photo it will expand. Actually, first there's a 10th photo: the typewriter... its name is "Sunny" (thanks, Mary Anne!)... it's a beauty... matches my office décor... although this photo isn't in my office... if you wonder what the bits of paper are in the typewriter photo, they are the NINE titles, which are also below each photo here. Enjoy!!

first, impressions

i'll be back

screened in: think outside the box(es)

Studies on Wi-Fi in Children

a oneline course: balancing, act

and then there was


etymology #1

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

It's easy to Change iPhone's Email Signature

Here's how to Easily Change your iPhone's Default Automatic Email Signature

[There would be similar settings in other Apple devices and all manufacturers' devices and operating systems.]

Usually, an iPhone's default automatic email signature is something like "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my iPad". Sometimes it also includes a phrase about your service provider, like, "Sent from my BlackBerry on the Bell network." As a consumer, I felt the opposite of a void in my life when I stopped used the default signatures that, in effect, donate to the device and network companies by giving them free advertising... I'm pretty sure those giant companies can easily afford to pay for other advertising.

You can use simple settings inside your device to easily change the automatic email signature to something else or you can change it to be blank. And you could change the setting as often as you like, or never... whatever, whenever. If you change it, maybe send a test email to someone you trust in order to verify your new signature is happening. And you can do the same change to customize the automatic signature on all your email accounts on that device, or customize each email account differently. You could make it personal, or for business purposes, fun, to give other contact details, for brief announcements, etc.

I don't know if sometimes when your device will automatically download its system software updates it might revert back to the default signature... it shouldn't, but who knows (because of course the device manufacturer and network provider would rather you have an automatic signature that gives free advertising to their products and services).

Here are recent instructions from April 2016:
To edit your iPhone's default email signature, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature. Tapping on All Accounts will allow you to set one signature for all your email accounts. Tapping on Per Accounts will allow you to set different signatures for each individual account—which is handy if you use your iDevice for work and personal emails.

This older one (2010) might have a bit more detail, if the above isn't complete enough:

It takes a while to read through this one, but it gives a few nudges about thinking of different pleasant and/or useful ways you could use a customized email signature:

I don't know how many characters fit in the automatic signature. If I had an iPad (or other tablet), I'd be changing its automatic email signature to:
Sent from a wifi-off bluetooth-off device cabled to a wifi-off router. Why? I respect myself, others, and all environments, so I aim to make no wireless radiation footprint and reduce my 2nd-hand exposures. @PracticeSafeTek