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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

[Note added June 15, 2021: This post is about cellphone signatures. If you also do other types of digital or paper communications that can have manual or automatic signatures or stamps, I hope you'll consider similar opportunities. Also refer to another old post of mine, EMAIL SIGNATURES HAVE IMPACT and you can have fun with them.] 
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

Friday 13 May 2016

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau

From: Sharon Noble 
Sent: May 11, 2016 

Subject: Health Canada is misleading the public, misrepresenting facts re. wireless radiation

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, and HESA Committee Members,

I am writing in support of Mr. Jerry Flynn’s charge that Health Canada is misusing its authority by misleading the public about the scientific evidence which shows that there is strong evidence that prolonged exposure to even small amounts of microwave radiation can cause harm, especially to children.

I charge that Health Canada provides erroneous, inaccurate and outdated information to the public, and following are just two examples from its current websites.

1)    “As long as RF energy levels remain below Health Canada’s RF safety guidelines, current scientific evidence supports the assertion that RF energy emissions from Wi-Fi devices are not harmful. Health Canada’s conclusions are consistent with the findings of other international bodies and regulators, including the World Health Organization, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the U.K. Health Protection Agency

RF energy exposure from Wi-Fi equipment in all areas accessible to the general public are required to meet Health Canada’s safety guidelines. The limits specified in the guidelines are far below the threshold for adverse health effects and are based on an ongoing review of thousands of published scientific studies on the health impacts of RF energy. The public exposure limits apply to everyone, including children, and allow for continuous, 24/7 exposure.”

2)    ““What does Health Canada say about the potential health risks from Wi-Fi? Based on scientific evidence, Health Canada has determined that low-level exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy from Wi-Fi equipment is not dangerous to the public. This conclusion is consistent with the findings of other international bodies and regulators.

Should parents be concerned about Wi-Fi in schools? No. RF energy levels from Wi-Fi equipment in all areas accessible to the general public, including school settings, are required to meet Health Canada’s exposure guidelines. The limits specified in the guidelines are based on an ongoing review of thousands of published scientific studies on the health impacts of RF energy. Levels of RF energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment are typically well below these exposure limits. As long as exposure is below these established limits, there is no convincing scientific evidence that emissions from this equipment are dangerous to schoolchildren or to Canadians in general.”

Below this letter is a list of 60 links that contain information that refutes Health Canada’s assertion that wifi is safe. These contain many peer reviewed studies by world-renowned scientists, showing that the proliferation of microwave radiation must be curtailed for the sake of the health of future generations.

Parents are being misled, but, worse, provincial health authorities are, too. Provincial medical officers merely follow Health Canada’s lead and, consequently, being unaware and uneducated on the topic, are allowing wired internet access to be replaced with wireless industrial-strength modems that are exposing children and teachers to high levels of radiation all day every school day. No information is provided to parents about this health hazard, and when children become ill, parents and doctors are left trying to find the cause. When parents discover that their children are exhibiting symptoms consistent with radiation illness first diagnosed 80 years ago, the schools refuse to eliminate wifi. and tell the parents that it can’t be the wifi because Health Canada says it’s safe.

How can Health Canada defend its statement that its position is consistent will other international bodies, including the World Health Organization when it knows that in May, 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiation from all wireless devices in the same category as lead and DDT. This classification means IT IS NOT SAFE. I cannot paint my home with paint that has lead or spray my yard with DDT, but my grandchildren are being subjected to wireless radiation without their parents’ being informed or giving their approval. This appears to be blatant misrepresentation of the facts.

Health Canada has ignored the HESA recommendations since 2010, and unless drastic measures are taken they will continue to ignore them. I and many thousands of Canadians are outraged by this lack of due diligence on behalf of Health Canada and ask that they be held accountable for their willful blindness.

Sharon Noble

– Leonard Hardell – in Letter to WHO regarding brain tumour risk associated with exposure to radiofrequency fields

Wi-Fi in Schools: Testing for Microwave Radiation Dangers in the Classroom

World Health Organization Confirms that Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Radiation are Class B Carcinogens
“IARC’s evaluation of the cancer hazards from exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields covers all sources of RF-radiation.” …includes Wi-Fi , as confirmed by WHO.

Dr Andrew Goldsworthy on WI-FI in Schools

Study: Long-term, low-level microwave exposure may inhibit learning and memory

Effect the Cell Towers Have Had on My Son – From a California Mother in the USA

Letter to the Health Committee in Ottawa Asking to Ban Wi-Fi from Canadian Schools

Why Die for Wi-Fi? My Child Did – Will Yours?

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity – an increasing challenge to the medical profession
In population-based surveys, the prevalence of EHS has ranged from 1.5% in Sweden to 13.3% in Taiwan. CONCLUSION: It seems necessary to give an International Classification of Diseases to EHS to get it accepted as EMF-related health problems. The increasing exposure to RF-EMF in schools is of great concern and needs better attention. Longer-term health effects are unknown. Parents, teachers, and school boards have the responsibility to protect children from unnecessary exposure.

Schools Worldwide Removing the WiFi/Taking Action

Safe School Committee – Every Child has a Right to a Healthy and Safe School

Children are More Vulnerable to Wireless Radiation
Children are more vulnerable to the damage wireless can cause. Here’s why… Children have smaller heads, thinner skulls, rapidly developing brains, a higher amount of water in their brains and bodies and have more active stem cells. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the average radio frequency radiation energy deposition for children exposed to mobile phone RF is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults.

Wi-Fi in schools: Alberta parents debate its safety – Concerns that radiation emitted from routers could harm children

California Parents Are Calling For Safe Technology and the Removal of Wi-Fi in Their Schools
Nationwide, parents are raising this issue in their schools. Please watch these excellent video testimonies to the School Board on the Wi-Fi roll out. Voir aussi les autres liens à droite sur ce blogue.

Wi-Fi in Canadian Schools: A Health and Safety Issue
50 peer-reviewed scientific studies documenting potentially harmful biological effects of Wi-Fi frequency (2.4-2.45 GHz) at or below Health Canada’s Safety Code.

Ontario High School Students Speak Out Against WiFi Risk For Infertility and Cancer

Teachers concerned over WiFi health risks
Ontario’s elementary and secondary school teachers unions in Kingston Ontario say they want WiFi turned off in schools until more information is available on the safety of its radiation. More on this, including a TV report HERE.)

Wi-Fi In Classroom Liability Notice Served To New York School District

We live in a wired world, ignoring potential threats from our devices

EMFs: sense and sensitivity
Health agencies are in denial over the existence of EHS-electromagnetic hypersensitivity-and especially that EMFs from PCs, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and power lines could be to blame. … Estimates vary for the number of people affected by EHS. Researchers have reckoned that anything from 1 to 8 per cent of a population may be so sensitive that they can’t function properly, while many more could have symptoms, such as insomnia or occasional memory lapses, but never associate them with ‘electrosmog’, as it’s called. With this build-up of evidence and recognition of EHS by some governments, one group of scientists now wants every major country to accept the dangers of EMFs and limit the exposure of people-and especially children. … Dr Mallery-Blythe describes the rise of EMFs as “the largest change to the earth’s electromagnetic environment that has ever taken place in human history”. Unless we act, she echoes the fears of experts who predict that this could become “the greatest public health disaster in planetary history”.

Israeli TV Warns of Wi-Fi Dangers in Schools

Scientist Tells Libraries, Schools to Ditch Wi-Fi

Children rap Wi-Fi – 594,309 cell towers blast neighborhoods – wireless burglar alarms are dangerous
(Students, among the biggest victims of excess Wi-Fi radiation, are starting to speak up. Kill Zone USA notes there are now 594,309 cell towers emitting pulsed radiation. Wireless burglar alarms are a no-no. A high school student asked the Montgomery County Board Feb. 9 how it could allow virtually every classroom to have Wi-Fi connected computers at each desk “turning the school into a giant microwave” when the wired option makes this “simply unnecessary. I feel extremely uncomfortable going to school every day, supposedly a safe haven, and seeing my friends sitting directly under the transmitters,” she said. “Renowned scientists all over the world have shown the possible side effects of radiation including brain cancer, tumors, blood/brain barrier deterioration and other effects,” she added. “It is a violation of the rights of students and teachers,” she said.)

The Elephant in the Classroom
I am intimately familiar with this issue – and the retaliation that goes along with speaking out about it – as my own two children were irreparably harmed after industrial strength wireless networks were installed in their public charter and public district schools here in Rhode Island. These installations were accomplished without parental notification about the class 2b carcinogen (electromagnetic radiation) being emitted by the WiFi access points and other wireless devices (laptops, SmartBoards, etc.). Parents were never given the facts about these installations, and as a result it took a long time to make the connection between the progression of my children’s symptoms and the radiation being emitted by the wireless devices in their schools. Unfortunately by the time the pieces of the puzzle fit together, the damage was already done and my kids had developed what I’ve been told will be a lifelong, permanent and disabling sensitivity. (…) This denial on the part of school and state officials is happening all over the country as children and teachers continue to report they are getting sick from WiFi.

It May Not Be Impossible After All: Weak Magnetic Fields Can Promote Cancer

Dr. Klinghardts Advice for Young People

Health Concerns from Wi-Fi In Schools FOX 5 News Featuring EHT’s Cell Phone Absorption Research

Experts Call for Public School District to Correct Inaccurate Website on Wireless Radiation Safety

The French Govt bans Wi-fi in Schools to save kinds from Electromagnetic Radiation

Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children’s Brains and Eyes EHT Scientists Urge Google

(Virtual Reality with Smartphones Is A Health Risk for Children – REGARDEZ CETTE VIDÉO ! 
Google Virtual Reality App Teleports Students From Mars To Coral Sea Horreur !
– We have never tested microwave radiating devices directly in front of the young developing eye. The absence of proof of harm at this point does not mean that we have evidence of safety. We want to know why is Google encouraging young children to employ a technology that has never been tested for their use when Samsung has a similar system that explicitly advises that no child under the age of 13 should be using it. (…) Several scientific investigations have shown that cataracts among humans and laboratory animals occur as a result of eye exposure to microwave/radiofrequency radiation. The eyes are highly vulnerable to radiation damage because they contain few blood vessels and have no way to cool off.)

Doctors caution on hazards of Wi-Fi use – Concern over keeping Wi-Fi routers active in houses

Gwyneth Paltrow’s site goop tackles Wi-Fi dangers

New York PTA Calls For Wi-Fi To Be Turned Off 
Major Wifi Controversy as School District is Served With Legal Liability Notice … Board members who voted in for keeping the Wi-Fi are now personally liable if a child is harmed by the wireless radiation exposures. They could be sued for “willful blindness”,”child negligence” or possibly even charged with “reckless endangerment of a child” of which the latter carries criminal penalties.

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry? 
“Difficult to believe that when industry has grown from 70 million to 5 billion users in 20 years, data from 0% to 90+%, smart phones from 0 to 60+% , children usage from 0% to about 100%… we still have the same regulation… thinking that the phone is on the ear at a 15 mm distance from the skull, and communication is seen as occasional once in a week voice call from grand-mom when the reality is that youngsters are participating in dozens of whats up groups, receiving data 24/7, and keeping phone under their pillow.”

BBC 2008 report – Wi-fi a warning signal 
The Government insists Wi-Fi is safe, but a Panorama investigation shows that radio frequency radiation levels in some schools are up to three times the level found in the main beam of intensity from mobile phone masts. There have been no studies on the health effects of Wi-Fi equipment, but thousands on mobile phones and masts.

Italian town shuts down Wi-Fi over health fears 
A northern Italian town has shut off Wi-Fi in two schools due to the risks it could pose to children’s health. Mayor Livio Tola told the town’s high school and elementary school to return to using cables to connect to the internet after reading that the electromagnetic waves given off by wireless routers were especially harmful to young children.

EMF in Schools, CHPS Takes a Stand
Collaborative for High Performance Schools – CHPS

Council of Europe: Restrict Wi-Fi and Mobile Phone Use in Schools

3 times more DNA damage and brain damage from cell phones during pregancy 
Dr. Devra Davis first gives some really compelling examples in this 15 min video of past scientific negligence with tobacco and asbestos that led to excessively long delays before the lethal harm that those products cause was finally recognized. The same problem is happening again with microwave exposure. Cell Phone radiation damages the reproductive organs as detailed by Dr. Devra Davis. More than one hundred physicians, scientists and public health professionals from around the world have joined together to express their concern about the risk that wireless radiation poses to pregnancy and to urge pregnant women to limit their exposures.
Maryland Parents Battle Wi-Fi in Schools

“Opt For Wired” Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Pediatric Neurologist Writes MCPS

Wi-Fi and Cell Towers are “likely hazardous and unsafe for students, staff and teachers” writes Neuroscientist Dr. Olle Johansson to Montgomery County Schools Maryland

“The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children” writes Harvard Trained Medical Doctor and former MCPS parent Dr. David Carpenter urging MCPS to abandon plans for wireless in schools

“Legal does not mean safe” Expert in toxicology Dr. Devra Davis urges MCPS Schools to reduce WiFi exposure.

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan Writes MCPS that “Wireless could constitute neglect of children”

WiFi in Schools is “Sheer Insanity” writes Biochemist Martin Pall to MCPS Schools

“FCC standards do not consider the effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitted by WiFi on children or pregnant women” writes author of Electronic Silent Spring, Katie Singer, to Montgomery County Schools

Bioinitiative Co-Editor Cindy Sage And Professor Trevor Marshall Write To MCPS stating that Their $14,000 Wi-Fi Radiation Measurements Are Flawed And “Cannot be used to infer safety”

“We cannot afford to experiment in this manner on our children and grandchildren” writes Ellie Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association, to Montgomery County Schools

MCPS’s statement that there is “no scientific evidence” establishing a causal link between wireless device use and any illnesses is a flat out lie” writes Arthur Firstenberg of the Cellular Task Force to MCPS

Safety Experts From Finland, Estonia and Sweden Write MCPS To Recommend Wired Internet For Classrooms

Massachusetts Public School District Reduces Wireless Radiation In Schools With Mobile Device Best Practices – letter by Cece Doucette detailing how Ashland public schools is taking steps to reduce exposures in classrooms

UK Expert Engineer Calls On MCPS Technology Office To Remove Incorrect Statements About Wireless Radiation Measurements

“Does the state of willful ignore exempt you from liability?” Silicon Valley Philanthropist writes Montgomery County Schools

World Health Organization Confirms that Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Radiation are Class B Carcinogens

International Radiation Expert Confirms The FACTS About The Link Between Cancer and Cell Phones

Wi-Fi In Classroom Liability Notice Served To New York School District

10 Myths About Wireless Technology

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

The French Govt bans Wi-fi in Schools to save kinds from Electromagnetic Radiation

Dr Olle Johansson:
Electrohypersensitivity: a functional impairment due to an inaccessible environment

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and acted on.” ~  Ben Franklin

with permission, republished from:

Tuesday 26 April 2016

You choose: pollution or equity, justice, health?

In regard to technologies that emit machine-generated, biologically-active electromagnetic radiation (electricity, microwave, radiowave, or light waves) to enable operation of any size of powerline or "wireless" technologies/gear/equipment/network device (used by persons or machines), there are at least the following aspects related to "green-ness", health, equity, and justice where society can be encouraged to help influence better and best outcomes:
  • a significant percentage of electricity generation (and concomitant pollution, resource plunder, etc.) and consumption is converted to powerline and "wireless" emissions that flood environments but are mostly unused [e.g., always on-standby electrical appliances; wireless network equipment not powered down nor powered off during periods of low or no use; wireless network coverage areas (at home, schools, workplace, commercial networks, etc.) are where a volume of air is being continuously filled and re-filled by electromagnetic radiation whereas the volume of air occupied by receiving/transmitting devices' antennae is relatively tiny];
  • environmental degradation (often continuous) by emissions of these biologically-active physical agents into indoor and outdoor environments (micro and macro) where living matter (micro and macro) is located and exposed;
  • financial and other incentives encourage commercial and other preferences to maximize emissions, emissions "footprints", and exposures, rather than incentivizing non-polluting or less-polluting alternatives;
  • knowing continuation and/or increase of emissions as an active pollutant and exposures, against urgent advice and warnings by life sciences and public health experts;
  • prevalence of refusal to allow personal residential shelter from harm and access to essential services (including healthcare, education, employment, transportation, and legal services) by reasonable means for persons who experience non-trivial health harm due to this degradation of their environment by sources and trespasses that are under the control of others.
Here is one reference (200+ scientists):

Wednesday 24 February 2016


by Mary Adkins, M.Ed.

I'm writing in response to a recent television news story (Turn to 10/NBC News Brian Crandall) about North Kingstown teacher Shelley McDonald.  She is the teacher the NK School Committee recently voted to fire, supposedly for insubordination:
Contrary to the school's position, the fact pattern suggests (and I'm sure every teacher attending the school committee meeting would concur) that Ms. McDonald is actually being retaliated against for bringing concerns about the health hazards of WiFi to the attention of the public.

I am intimately familiar with this issue (and the retaliation that goes along with speaking out about it) as my own two children were irreparably harmed after industrial strength wireless networks were installed in their public charter and public district schools here in Rhode Island.  These installations were accomplished without parental notification about the class 2b carcinogen (electromagnetic radiation) being emitted by the WiFi access points and other wireless devices (laptops, SmartBoards, etc.).  Parents were never given the facts about these installations, and as a result it took a long time to make the connection between the progression of my children's symptoms and the radiation being emitted by the wireless devices in their schools.  Unfortunately by the time the pieces of the puzzle fit together, the damage was already done and my kids had developed what I've been told will be a lifelong, permanent and disabling sensitivity.

Potentially life threatening symptoms can result in a person who is reactive to wireless radiation, including (but not limited to) an allergic-like mast cell/histamine response which leads to excessive production of thick mucus that clogs the airway and digestive tract, interfering with normal respiratory and digestive functioning.  Emerging evidences suggests cardiac effects from the  mast cell response as well.  The standard, knee-jerk public response (promulgated by well funded industry spinmasters) include “tin foil hat” comments and outright ridicule when it is suggested people can be made sick by wireless radiation.  The harsh reality is that those who are affected—very often children and teachers, because of their chronic exposure—are experiencing disabling asthmatic-like episodes, immunological dysfunction, chronic sinusitis, choking/anaphylaxsis,  respiratory infection, digestive problems, seizures, strokes, heart arrhythmia, neurological damage and more after exposures of high enough intensity or duration.  This is no laughing matter, and it's not a matter of opinion but a matter of scientific fact, as inconvenient as this may be for those who are helplessly addicted to their wireless gadgets.

The mast cell/histamine response to electromagnetic radiation is well documented by Olle Johansson, PhD of the prestigious Karolinska Institute, which awards the Nobel prize for medicine.  Similar mast cell response symptoms have been reported by parents across the country who claim the onset of their children's respiratory, digestive, neurological, and/or cardiac problems began after installation of WiFi networks in their children's schools.  Onset of heart arrhythmia upon exposure to 2.45 GHz radiation (same frequency as WiFi) has been noted by researcher Magda Havas, PhD of Trent University in her published research, something that should give parents grave cause for concern considering defibrillators are now a standard fixture in all our schools. 

Having worked for the Department of Defense as a conscientious servant of the public trust, I grew deeply disturbed as I uncovered more and more scientific studies disproving the common myth (perpetuated by the schools) that WiFi is “safe,” research I undertook after my own children became sick.  I realized very quickly that school officials had not done their homework before rolling out this technology in our schools.  Just because something is popular, convenient, and offered for sale does not mean it is safe—think about the damage done by Big Tobacco, Lead Paint, Asbestos, and pesticides over the last century.  My personal research confirmed what scientists worldwide have known for many decades—that the pulse modulated, radio frequency/microwaves being emitted by these wireless access points and other wireless devices (including cell phones and wireless utility AMR and AMI “smart” meters) are not safe at all.  These devices are actually, one could argue, emitting the equivalent of  weapons-grade microwaves, and people are consistently reporting symptoms that would tend to validate that description.

In the case of WiFi in schools those emissions are effectively irradiating our children and school staff all day long, whether wireless devices (laptops, iPads, SmartBoards, etc.) are in use or not because the wireless access points emit radiation 24/7.  And even more absurdly, these devices have been installed (in the form of wireless routers/access points) literally over the heads of our children and teachers in the classroom. After my two children were made irreversibly ill from the radiation produced by the WiFi networks in their school, I attempted to prevent others from suffering the same fate.  I approached our Superintendent, the School Committee, then-Commissioner of RI Department of Education, Deborah Gist, as well as the RI Dept. of Health with stacks of research, imploring them all to take action.  ALL of these individuals/agencies seemingly ignored my concerns, along with the overwhelming evidence of harm I provided to them.  Instead of taking action they installed more WiFi, and sought out additional taxpayer dollars to do it. 

To the best of my knowledge, not once did any of these school officials consult with the scientists whose contact information I provided to them, with the exception of one former school committee member (a scientist himself) who it appeared recognized the harm that was being done after reviewing the studies I provided.  He said he would try to “mitigate the damage,” but subsequently lost his bid for re-election.  I was eventually forced to remove my children from school after officials committed what one could argue are unlawful acts, namely discriminating against my children and refusing to accommodate their disability (a disability which one could argue THEY created) in order that my children could safely access their education.

Do you suppose this apparent local and statewide systematic collusion to ignore the “canaries in the coal mine” is due to the fact that these schools received millions in free federal funds as part of the Race to the Top and E-Rate programs?  Not to mention all the local and state funds that were sought in support of the Wireless Classroom Initiative, even though the fact pattern suggests that by this time local school officials and former RIDE Commissioner Deborah Gist were all well aware that the “canaries” were starting to fall.  Why would any responsible public official add more WiFi when children were already getting sick and there were decades of research to substantiate the harm being done by this technology?

One could argue it was because school officials didn't want to turn away those free funds, nor did they want to admit that they may have been negligent in installing this technology in the first place.  You see, many of these same officials have received lucrative bonuses, promotions, and career accolades for building up these “state-of-the-art” wireless networks.  Most have built their career legacies on the premise that wireless technology is “necessary” and “safe” (neither of which are true, based on what I've learned). So while technology certainly has its place at school, WiFi is simply a MEANS of access—it is NOT a necessity. 

That access can be achieved safely, readily, and much more inexpensively via hardwired computer connections that were already in place and have been successfully used for many years.  Yet the “modus operandi” amongst school officials seems to be denial of the harm (is this to avoid liability?) as well as perpetuation of the telecom-promoted myth that WiFi  is necessary and children can't be educated without it.  Was this done to justify spending taxpayer dollars for something our kids don't actually need, while reaping the personal financial benefits that resulted from moving forward with these wireless initiatives?  One also has to ask:  Did RIDOH help perpetuate this fraud because they mistakenly turned a blind eye during a pivotal moment when the harm was brought to their attention and something could have/should have been done?  Or does RIDOH really know better than all the top scientists in this field?  Which ones did they consult?  I'm guessing it was none of them, which might explain why I've seen no signed affidavit from RIDOH to date that confirms the unequivocal safety of WiFi.

This denial on the part of school and state officials is happening all over the country as children and teachers continue to report they are getting sick from WiFi.  See Child G vs. Fay School in Massachusetts, which will be headed to trial in August:
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is obviously a growing, nationwide problem, as evidenced by the huge numbers of organizations that have sprung up in support of people who are suffering, as well as a special forum recently held by our own RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities this past August. 

The RIGCD forum was specifically scheduled to accommodate and hear the concerns of the growing numbers of people who have become disabled by their exposure to wireless devices (many of them unknowingly exposed in the workplace, like NK teacher Ms. McDonald).  People are becoming sick because most employers (particularly schools) have NOT duly informed employees that WiFi networks emit potentially hazardous levels of electromagnetic radiation, a notification that seems to be required by law under the RI Hazardous Substances Right-to-Know Act (see R.I.G.L. §28-21-2(13).  When brought to the attention of the RI Dept. of Labor, however (by myself), nothing was done.  In the meantime I've watched Ms. McDonald and countless children and teachers develop symptoms of electrosensitivity.

Radiation generated by wireless devices is a class 2b carcinogen, designated as such by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  By the same token, parents are not being informed of the toxic school environment that their children are being  subjected to every day either, so they don't make the connection between their children's symptoms and the exposure to WiFi.  See dosimeter results from a child's typical school day here and learn about what kinds of symptoms can result from exposure:

Who exactly is going to foot the bill for the incalculable damage that is being done?  I can assure you it won't be the schools' insurance companies, as they will not cover injuries caused by wireless electromagnetic radiation. No, it will be the taxpayer who gets left holding the bag—taxpayers like you and me:

For the past six years, the fact pattern suggests there is a systematic coverup taking place at a local and state level.  This coverup is being perpetrated by both local and state officials on the issue of WiFi in schools, not just in North Kingstown but throughout the state and across the country.  The public trust is being egregiously violated as the equivalent of a slow-motion genocide is carried out in plain sight, all under the guise of wanting to provide your child with a “21st Century education.”  Unfortunately that “21st Century education” comes at a very steep price for our children and teachers, one that is frankly not worth dying for.

“Alarming” rates of chronic absenteeism at the high school have been reported in my local paper, and I'm aware there are growing numbers of children being forced into home based instruction and/or dis enrolling (attending home school or private school) due to illness and/or inability to function in the school environment.  Rates of ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders are skyrocketing.  I receive numerous reports from other parents, as well as my children's friends (who are still in school), that large numbers of students are suffering from headaches/migraines, cognitive deficits, attention difficulties, heart arrhythmia, nausea, dizziness, respiratory symptoms, digestive problems, fatigue, and more in our schools—all are symptoms consistent with microwave sickness/electrosensitivity.  The same symptom pattern is being reported by teachers, such as Ms. McDonald. 

Along with growing reports of sick children, five teachers/staff members have died in my local high school since I first brought my concerns about WiFi to my local school district here in South Kingstown.  I want to know why these teachers are dying, and why my tax dollars are being used to support a technology that scientists worldwide claim is not safe.  One of those teachers was my neighbor (a 35 year old mother of three).  She relayed to me a long list of her symptoms that I clearly recognized to be consistent with microwave sickness, but by that time she already had cancer.  She explained she had been an amazingly healthy woman—that is, until the day she walked into the door of our local school for her first teaching job, when all her symptoms began.  She is dead now, and her children are without a mother.  And though many have (and will) repeatedly chastise me for bringing up these dead teachers, I would argue that they deserve a voice as they are no longer here to speak for themselves.  And in my mind, their deaths are unacceptable and tragic, particularly in light of the data I delivered on a silver platter to my local school officials.  Data that I could argue my public school district failed to act on.

There is a public health crisis in the making, and while school officials ignore the obvious and stick their heads in the sand, the telecom companies continue to reap record profits off the backs of our children and teachers, and (one could argue) causing permanent damage in the process.  Our kids and school staff are being irradiated with a class 2b carcinogen for 6-8 hours per day—such an assault on the human body is not without consequence.  Electromagnetic radiation is pumping out of those industrial-strength access points co-located throughout the school, along with multiple wireless devices (laptops, iPads, etc.), all transmitting simultaneously.  Interestingly though, I doubt you'll see one of those access points installed over the heads of school officials inside THEIR offices. No, instead those access points are in the classrooms, hallways, libraries, gymnasiums, and cafeterias—places where children and teachers congregate and thus they bear the brunt of the exposure. 

It's my opinion these access points are configured, installed, and operated in a manner that is not consistent with applicable safety guidelines (guidelines which were never biologically based in the first place).  Scientists worldwide agree, as does the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I state my viewpoint as an educated, intelligent person who has taken the time to do thousands of hours of personal research on behalf of my children—without any conflicts of interest.  I come to my conclusions in light of my professional background, having worked for DoD in a capacity where I became accustomed to documenting how people bend the rules and/or look the other way, taking shortcuts that could end up costing people their lives.  I state my opinion (backed up by scientific fact) as a mother who has watched her children suffer needlessly because people didn't take the time to do their jobs properly, and I am understandably angry.  And rest assured, I and the Shelley McDonalds of the world are NOT going away. 

Current safety guidelines are irrelevant because they are not biologically based.  Read that statement again, because it couldn't be more clear.  Additionally, there is a blatant ERROR in those guidelines (namely, the omission of the fact that every human cellular process is controlled by electrical fields).  This omission/error in current standards has been identified repeatedly in the public domain, but public officials are failing to act despite this.  To make it simple...people--namely, IT/engineer types without the proper, multidisciplinary training which includes biological expertise--neglected to understand that human cells are actually controlled via exquisitely sensitive electrical fields.  And yet those same people who lacked the necessary skills/training developed guidelines for the rest of us pertaining to human safety, without taking those human electrical fields into consideration.  Dr. Martin Pall perhaps explains best what happens biologically upon exposure to wireless radiation: 

Omitting this key parameter—neglecting to consider the electrical fields generated by every cell in the human body and how microwaves affect those fields—renders it impossible to establish unequivocally “safe” levels, especially in chronic exposure situations.  The result is safety guidelines that are deeply flawed and protect NO ONE, least of all our children and teachers who are sitting in this toxic microwave soup all day long.  Those same IT/engineering types at our local schools (who also lack expertise in the biological sciences) have blindly relied on those inadequate guidelines (developed by their own kind) to proclaim it therefore “safe” to irradiate your child for 6-8 hours per day, 180 days per year! Is there anything more absurd than this?  Yes, sadly there is: The endorsement of their actions by our local Superintendents, School Committees, RIDE, and RIDOH—all of whom are also lacking in the appropriate multidisciplinary expertise, but yet don't bother to pick up the phone to consult with world-renowned experts who DO have the necessary training and decades of experience.

Despite Ms. McDonald, myself, and many other parents bringing all of this information to the attention of school and state officials, there has been a systematic denial of the overwhelming evidence of harm.  Stacks of scientific studies (thousands of them) have been dismissed outright.  School medical consultants with no expertise in the biological effects of radiation are doing (what the fact pattern suggests) is the equivalent of a 5 minute google search in order to back up their employers' (the schools') claims that WiFi is safe for our children, all the while ignoring mountains of decades-old as well as current research to the contrary, as well as the insistence of scientists worldwide that we are in the midst of a public health crisis like none we've ever seen:

Even SwissCom, one of Europe's biggest telecom providers, admits in their own patent application that WiFi (as currently designed) is not safe:

There is an elephant in the classroom, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that school officials are playing Russian Roulette with our children's lives.  Now they're railroading Ms. McDonald out of a job, too, simply for having the guts to stand up and bring attention to their negligence.  It's time for everyone involved to be held accountable and to stop attacking the canaries, who are, quite frankly, already suffering enough. 

When this kind of collusion/coverup occurs within the ranks of the Department of Defense, heads historically roll and the people responsible are rightfully convicted of crimes and sent to jail.  This is exactly where, in my opinion, those who are responsible for perpetrating this terrible fraud upon the public trust and these crimes upon our children belong—in jail.  Every single last one of them, including the seemingly unethical legal professionals who stood by and did nothing, encouraging school officials to move forward with installing this technology despite the mounting evidence of harm.  There is no excuse for the inaction of our public officials on this issue.  History will vindicate Ms. McDonald, as well as the rest of us who stood up all along for the welfare of our children and teachers.

Mary Adkins, M.Ed.
Rhode Island Regional Director
Citizens for Safe Technology
(Former Configuration Manager, Mark 48 Advanced Capability Torpedo Program, Dept. of Defense/NUWC)

[posted here with the author's permission]