Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Stephen Clarke, a protester against wi-fi in the classroom, is in receipt of his medical notes as a prelude to his psychiatric tribunal on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t believe that a human being could write something like that about another human being after only knowing them no more than five hours - and I’m being generous at that,” said Clarke.
The notes were prepared by his Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Ann McDonnell at the Mater Psychiatric Unit, Belfast during Clarke’s three-month incarceration during which he was refused permission to attend a court hearing because the doctor claimed he was too ill. Clarke was given the notes by his lawyer, Paul McCann of Madden & Finucane Solicitors in preparation for his hearing on Tuesday.
“This is the most condemning thing I’ve ever read in my life,” claimed Clarke still keeping his Irish sense of irony. “Reading the report,” he added, “I would even condemn myself.”
Clarke noted that the doctor picked up on every comment and “twisted it”. As an example he noted that she recorded him ”reading the Bible and the Koran and praying but not following any particular religion.”
Clarke’s greatest objection, however, is Dr. McDonnell’s observation that Clarke is “a severe risk to himself and others.” By contrast, Clarke reported that nursing staff rolled their eyes when he read the report. “You’re the nicest, most placid person in here,” one nurse reportedly told him.
The Irish in Britain Representation Group (IBRG) have taken up Clarke’s case. “Stephen Clarke, will have been incarcerated, against his will, for 101 day on the 16 Sep 2014,” observed Patrick Cullinane. Tim Fleming noted, “Having attended a CCHR UK conference at Ealing West London yesterday we discussed Stephen Clarke's case and was assured by their CEO and MD they would give us their full support also the GMB. NW will be closely tracking this case. I record Dr.Thomas Szasz’, MD, (Professor of Psychiatary Emeritus) statement ;
"If some doctors harm- torture rather than treat, murder the soul rather than minister the body - that is in part because society, through the state asks them, and pays them, to do so.”
Writing from Sweden, Sharon Ingram, a fellow native of Co. Tyrone, said, “As it stands, they are violating the EU council and Parliament Resolutions on wireless technology. Do they even know of the EU resolutions on microwave technology or the WHO 2B classification of microwaves, or the fact that in Sweden the Swedish Board of Health has confirmed electrohypersensitivity an official disability, or that microwaves are so strong that hospitals use them to repair bone fractures, or that microwaves were used to control protestors at Greenham Common and (according to Barrie Trower) .... Catholics? Not knowing any of this would indicate they are incompetent and in no position to judge anyone who objects to microwaves.”
“I don't know Stephen Clarke, but it doesn’t surprise me that these kind of atrocities are going on. I hope international pressure will release him,” commented Danish Psychologist Eva Theilgaard Jacobsen.
Regarding the following updates, it is relevant that a Class Action suit about the danges of Smart Meters is to be filed in Oklahoma. Also note, The Tetra signal is being blamed for locking drivers out of their cars in the U.K. This phenomenon has also occurred in Ireland. “In a similar way, high power radar pulses from the Fylingdales military base trigger the immobilizing devices of many makes of cars and motorcycles.”
Martin Weatherall’s W.E.E.P. News warns people to avoid Penticton, British Columbia because free wi-fi will soon be available in the town’s core. For residents of Lucan, Co. Dublin it is too late. The South Dublin County Council decided to offer the inhabitants free wi-fi in 2013 “to improve retail opportunities for local businesses, shoppers and visitors to the area”
Health Effects of Radio-frequency Emissions. Quebec Campaign against “Smart” Meter Deployment
Hydro-Quebec still attempting to charge opt-out fees despite government resolutions and lack of safety evidence
By Jean Hudon
Global Research, September 11, 2014
CQLPE – Quebec’s Coalition Against Electromagnetic Pollution
On October 5, 2012, the Quebec Energy Board ave the green light to Hydro-Quebec to begin Phase 1 of the deployment of “new generation” electric meters on all buildings in the Greater Montreal area. Then on June 13, 2014, it approved their deployment elsewhere in Quebec, after refusing to reconsider the health effects of the radiofrequency emissions (pulsed microwaves) of these devices, despite the hundreds of testimonies it received about this, and without ordering an impact study, despite repeated requests to that effect.
In fact, hundreds of thousands of Quebecers are very concerned about the effects on their health and that of their family from continuous exposure to these powerful pulsed emissions, with peak emissions exceeding 50,000 microwatts per square meter (µW/m2). This was revealed in a Leger Marketing poll in early April 2014, with 500 respondents from Greater Montreal, in which 63% of them indicated they were concerned about this. In addition, 52% of the citizens polled said they opposed the continued deployment of these devices if an impact study isn’t first performed to determine whether or not they are harmful to human health.
Alas, like Hydro-Quebec, the Quebec Energy Board does not care, it seems, since its core mandate is to review the requests from this Crown utility mainly concerning their financial impact on its profitability. And as a matter of fact, because this type of device is precisely designed to allow for time-of-use pricing, 73% of poll respondents fear, once all the meters are deployed, that there will most likely be a rate increase at the times of peak electricity consumption, which could inflate their utility bill by 15 to 20%, as occurred in Ontario and elsewhere.
Worried about having those pesky counters imposed upon them against their will, many citizens have mobilized and, notably, received support from their municipal council in this very unequal struggle. To date, over one hundred municipalities (111 as of August 26, 2014), representing more than two million Quebecers have called for a moratorium on their deployment and/or a free opt-out. Considered to be exorbitant, unfair and punitive damages ($17 per month plus $98 initially), the fees for a “non communicating” meter (with no radiofrequency transmitter) are only intended to deter customers from opting-out. That didn’t stop more than 5600 households to do so, as of . And that’s not counting the tens of thousands who managed to prevent installers from taking away their old and safe electromechanical meters, which are apparently three times more durable than those fragile “smart” meters, that will need to be replaced every 15 years.
However, due to the numerous pleas it received, Hydro-Quebec has agreed to reduce its opting-out fees which, once approved by the energy board, would be $48 for the installation of a non communicating meter and $8 per month for manual meter reading of the electricity consumption – all the details HERE. It’s not free as requested, but at least the efforts of opponents will not have been wasted! And the pill will be less hard to swallow for the 1.8 million customers who already had these dangerous devices forced upon them, and who want to get rid of them.
Nevertheless, one must know that the World Health Organization has classified those radiofrequencies (RF) as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011, and thousands of independent scientific studies have also shown that repeated exposure to low RF levels can be genotoxic (DNA breakage) and neurotoxic (various neurological consequences). If Hydro-Quebec is so adamant on imposing this technology, it is because it can hide behind Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, its outdated RF exposure guidelines adopted in 1979. Indeed, this Code 6 recognizes only thermal (warming) effects from RF and ignores the biological effects observed at exposure levels as low as 100 µW/m2 (maximum recommended within a house by the Council of Europe). Health Canada claims that there is no possible biological effects below the 6 million µW/m2 permitted by the Code 6, while countries like Switzerland, Italy, Russia and China have adopted exposure limitations much more stringent, in order to abide by the precautionary principle.
But the problems with this technology don’t stop there. With the highly detailed power consumption data these meters send to Hydro-Quebec, it is possible to draw a clear picture of our lifestyles and even of the types of devices we own. Despite their encryption, hackers, and even the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or the National Security Agency (NSA) could get their hands on this data, and thus be able to surreptitiously monitor our every move within the sanctuary of our home. In addition to being a potential violation of privacy and a serious health risk which, in the long run, could multiply the number of cases of the nightmarish electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), these devices have the tendency to catch fire when their built-in protection against power surges fails. The EMF Safety Network compiles the cases of smart meters that have caused fires.
If all of this above has convinced you to resist, know that you are not alone. Over 5700 Quebecers have signed a petition indicating their desire to not contend with such a risk. To join them and learn more, visit JeGardeMonCompteur.com. Be sure to read the testimonials of people already affected. And talk about this to others, even if, unfortunately, for many it’s already too late…
Jean Hudon is the co-founder and webmaster of the Coalition québécoise de lutte contre la pollution électromagnétique (CQLPE – Quebec’s Coalition Against Electromagnetic Pollution), and a member of the organizing committee of the campaign Je garde mon compteur.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Monday, September 08, 2014
[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]
The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. “An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi”, which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) in conjunction with the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the United States Access Board) put out a report in 2005 that stated that for a building to be accessible, Wi-Fi should be avoided in favor of fiber optic connectivity; if used, Wi-Fi was to be confined by foil-backed drywall or equivalent barrier.
Read the post here.
Electromagnetic ‘noise’ can confuse migrating songbirds, study says
Why do some birds lose their way? (6:26)
By Brady Dennis May 7
For decades, scientists have known that migratory birds rely on the Earth’s magnetic field as one way to help orient themselves and fly the right direction.
But researchers in Germany have documented for the first time that the electromagnetic “noise” produced by modern societies could cause those avian navigation systems to go haywire, according to findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
“Basically, anything you plug into a plug will sent out electromagnetic noise at some frequency,” said Henrik Mouritsen, one of the paper’s co-authors and a professor of neurosensory sciences at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. He likened the overall effect in urban environments to an orchestra of potential disruptions at various wavelengths.
What might that mean for the migratory birds trying to maneuver through this busy electromagnetic landscape?
The good news is that they possess other navigation systems, such as relying on the sun and the stars, Mouritsen said. But an overcast day in an urban area teeming with electromagnetic noise could, at least theoretically, cause problems.
“If it doesn’t have any compass available, it might not migrate at all . . . or it might fly in a random direction,” he said. “We don’t really know.”
Mouritsen and his colleagues stumbled upon the startling findings by chance, and the conclusions were seven years in the making.
Years ago, they were trying to conduct a basic, often-repeated experiment in which European robins are placed in an enclosed, funnel-shaped container lined with scratch-sensitive paper during the migration season. Even inside a cage, without visual cues, the birds typically orient themselves using their internal compasses and scratch in the appropriate direction of migration.
But again and again, the birds in Oldenburg could not seem to orient themselves, Mouritsen said. Only when researchers covered the small wooden huts with metal screening and connected it to a grounding wire, blocking man-made electromagnetic noise, did the birds go in the right direction again.
“It’s significant, because we found a very clear, repeatable effect of electromagnetic noise made by electrical equipment that prevents a bird, in this case a European robin, from using its magnetic compass,” Mouritsen said.
He said relatively minor levels of electromagnetic activity, with an intensity 1,000 times below limits laid out by the World Health Organization, appeared to be enough to disrupt the birds. The interference that switched off the birds’ internal compasses did not appear to come from cellphone signals or power lines, as their frequencies were either too low or too high. Rather, signals in the range of AM radio stations or fields generated by other electronic equipment are more likely to blame, although researchers have not pinpointed the precise cause.
“The levels of radio-frequency radiation that affected the bird’s orientation are substantially below anything previously thought to be biophysically plausible, and far below levels recognized as affecting human health,” Joseph L. Kirschvink, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, wrote in an essay accompanying Wednesday’s study in Nature.
Roswitha Wiltschko, a longtime bird navigation researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, said Wednesday’s study seemed very well done but left unanswered important questions about the precise source of the disruptions. She said during decades in which she and her husband had studied the same type of migratory birds in Frankfurt — a much larger city than Oldenburg, population 160,000 — she had never seen evidence of “electric smog” interfering with the birds’ internal navigation.
“We never used any shielding, and our birds were well-oriented in the field,” Wiltschko said. “Without knowing the origin of these magnetic fields, it’s hard to know what it means . . . In order to assess this, we have to know more about where they come from. . . . It’s really mysterious.”
Still, the Naturestudy raises intriguing questions about the sensory mechanisms inside migratory birds, and how it is that man-made electrical outputs could be scrambling nature’s navigation systems.
What actions could humans take to avoid the potential of causing trouble for migratory birds? Mouritsen said it would be “completely unrealistic” to expect civilization to unplug everything, everywhere, but small steps could help. For instance, perhaps we should refrain from placing strong AM radio emitters along routes where huge concentrations of birds migrate.
Kirschvink thinks such ideas are worth examining.
“If the effect reported by the authors stands the acid test of reproducibility,” he wrote, “we might consider gradually abandoning our use of this portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and implementing engineering approaches to minimize incidental low-frequency noise, to help migratory birds find their way.”
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Brady Dennis is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on food and drug issues.
Anthropogenic electromagnetic noise disrupts magnetic compass orientation in a migratory bird
- Svenja Engels,
- Nils-Lasse Schneider,
- Nele Lefeldt,
- Christine Maira Hein,
- Manuela Zapka,
- Andreas Michalik,
- Dana Elbers,
- Achim Kittel,
- P. J. Hore
- & Henrik Mouritsen
- Published online