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1) This article could be useful for those who want to get family members or friends to reduce time on “smart” phones, and fear of cancer isn’t doing it.
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This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn’t good
“But our bodies have a different view: These constant alerts jolt our stress hormones into action, igniting our flight or flight response; our heartbeats quicken, our breathing tightens, our sweat glands burst open, and our muscles contract. That response is intended to help us outrun danger, not answer a call or text from a colleague…
Brand new research on dozens of smartphone users in Switzerland also suggests that staring at our screens could be making both our brains and our fingers more jittery…
Checking Facebook has been proven to make young adults depressed. Researchers who’ve studied college students’ emotional well-being find a direct link: the more often people check Facebook, the more miserable they are.”
2) Childhood cancers and autism are rising… And many studies show a significant environmental toxin is microwave radiation. Too bad this article made no mention of it.
Childhood Cancers Rising Same as Autism – Cancer Now #1 Cause of Death in Children
For American children ages one through 14, cancer is the top disease-related cause of death, second only to accidents among all causes of childhood mortality. Leukemia and malignancies of the central nervous system are the most common types of childhood cancers.
A recent opinion piece in The Hill points out that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have increased in lockstep with pediatric cancers.
One in thirty-six (2.76%) children aged three-17 had an ASD diagnosis as of 2016, compared to one in 10,000 children in the 1970s. The parallel rise in the two conditions is not a fluke—environmental toxins are widely known to “initiate or aggravate various neurological disorders [and] carcinomas.”
3) More reasons for having power lines underground. Why spend all the money replacing poles, repairing damages that cause outages, etc. when putting lines underground provides safer means of providing electricity that is less vulnerable to accident or weather.
4) Some good news from New York where people rallied after learning that the state budget included provisions weakening local control of right of ways, leading the way for 5G cell transmitters. In a very short time, public pressure has forced the “gutting” of this portion of the budget in the first Chamber (the Assembly). Now they are preparing to put pressure on the Senate. This shows that organized effort can make a difference. It’s good to read about how they did it in case there’s some ideas we can use. Interesting that telecom Spectrum opposed this, too, because they are invested in using fiber optic cable.
“TED VII Part F – change to general municipal law that would have gutted local zoning and planning for 5G towers on municipal rights of way on utility poles and college campuses / sporting arenas is GONE from Assembly version; however, we still need to deal with Senate version and the combined version, so we are not home free yet, but this is a MAJOR POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT!
Please call Senators to weigh in this week against TED VII Part F:
– Boyle (3411)
– DeFrancisco (3511)
– Flanagan (2071)
– Robach (2909)
I was up in Albany lobbying with leadership yesterday and the word came down at 5:30 that they were going to take it out of the Assembly’s version, which was published today.
This is an ongoing joint effort by all concerned parties. First, Alissa Shields of Erie County found out about this budget provision, recognized the implications and informed people on February 28th. Also Marilynne Martin of Florida (formerly of Long Island) has been telling other New Yorkers about this.
The various conferences of mayors and supervisors, including Orange County, around the state have been weighing in. A couple of Assemblypeople were former mayors, like Steve Otis (Westchester) and John McDonald (Capitol Region) so they understand first-hand the importance of home rule and pressed this upon leadership.
Spectrum is also opposed to this because they have invested in non-radiation emitting wired cable infrastructure and don’t want the competition of 5G wireless TV being beamed in from poles into peoples’ homes.
Supervisor Bob Livsey and the Town of Highlands Town Board issued a strongly worded resolution, which can be used as a template for municipalities going forward as 5G purveyors try to do business there.
Grassroots Environmental Education produced www.TelecomPowerGrab.org and other literature and did a PR Blitz of major newspapers.
Of course, it helps that NYCOM (NY Conference of Mayors) has threatened to sue the State of New York if they pass this, although I understand that Governor Cuomo was unmoved by this comment.
Again, vigilance is required on the Senate side. And going forward, all need to be concerned about increasing radiation in homes, offices and public places. As stated, Lennart Hardell, whose work was the basis for the WHO/IARC Group 2B carcinogenicity determination, has sent an appeal with fellow scientists to the EU calling for a moratorium on 5G and calling it a violation of the Nuremberg Code. They are also calling for this radiation to be regulated as a 1A carcinogen based on evidence which exists.
(The young aides who sat in on meetings with members in Albany had never heard of the Nuremberg Code….which is concerning from an education standpoint….)
Please read the Appeal here:
| 5G Appeal – stralskyddsstiftelsen.se
5G Appeal – Scientist Appeal for 5G Moratorium – Scientists and doctors warn of potential serious health effects of 5G – September 13, 2017 – We the undersigned, more than …
Also, here is coverage from Buffalo:
From: Michael V. (name given with permission)
Sent: March 12, 2018 3:01 PM
To: Minister, EMPR EMPR:EX <EMPR.Minister@gov.bc.ca>
Subject: Re: BC Hydro’s meter choices program
Thank you for your time on this not quite considerate answer as you used a template inherited from previous government.
I thought in BC it is not quite practical, while popular, to use the term fairness while every tenth child is living in poverty and hunger.
BC Hydro used the least secure, and least safe infrastructure, and paid the most for it – the highest on a per meter basis in North America.
At the time when your quoted document was compiled, BCUC had no control of what Liberal government conspired within “Clean Energy Act”: all was based on closed doors, arbitrarily made decisions. Do you not know yet that CEA was designed to wipe out any analogue meter, to leave no choice to opponents while their seals are “expired”?
So you say it is fair to leave people with no option, or say staged to expire “option”, with the penalty “fee” that many could not afford? For many this “fee” is higher than actual energy consumption, does it make sense?
How do you see a fairness and balance while people who do not drive pay taxes for roads, people who do not have children pay taxes for schools, people who have property and have no children pay taxes for schools while those who rent and use public education system do not pay any taxes for schools infrastructure?
Do we all subsidize BC Ferries, ICBC, Translink itself while not all use it?
BC Hydro (BCH) never disclosed the rationale behind their charging us the highest reading fee in entire N. America. How they can justify financially that “These fees enable BC Hydro to cover the cost of meter reading”?
“Rates are set based on the cost of service.” BCH never disclosed actual cost and what they do with this money collected.
Wireless AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) is the least green smart meter and, actually, is not green technology at all. BC Hydro chose the least reliable, safe, and green path.
“BC Hydro supports energy conservation efforts for all customers.” Do they really?
I need to conclude that you are perfectly repeating words of previous Liberal “leaders”. And while you did not back up your words with anything, I would dare say that NDP is set to continue the outrageous meter reading fee collection for its private interests.
Fairness and balance come when there is a dialogue and trust between communicating parties. We had none in BC as to AMI. If BCH, BCUC, and government wanted to serve people they would trust them using a balanced approach. In particular, homeowners could read their meters and submit readings via the Internet-based application.
BCH could confirm accurate reading with checks once a year or so, if they trusted us. In reality, they’d love us trusting them while BCH gave us no reason to.
You even did not dare to make a comparison of BC Hydro to IDAHO Power business cases.
For the sake of those of us who oppose the unsafe and ineffective way BCH was allowed to choose wireless smart meters, spend a couple of minutes reading the IDAHO Power case. It is an obvious opportunity to correct all BC H/Liberal wrongdoing with choosing Itron wireless AMI.
Do that favour for all people in BC, including your family.
And how come Adrian Dix press release, as to meter reading fees, appeared to be another lie?
Did NDP forget their promise to be honest with British Columbians?
Coleman is probably proud of you.
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On Monday, 12 March 2018, 13:41:40, Minister, EMPR EMPR:EX <EMPR.Minister@gov.bc.ca> wrote:
Mr. Michael V
Dear Mr. V
Thank you for your February 15, 2018 email regarding BC Hydro’s meter choices program legacy fees, and for taking the time to write and share your views.
In British Columbia, energy utilities are regulated by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). Rates are set based on the cost of service. The fees and charges related to BC Hydro’s meter choices program were reviewed and approved by the BCUC. A copy of BCUC’s decision can be found at http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2014/DOC_41266_04-25-2014_BCH%20Meter%20Choices_Decision_G-59-14.pdf.
We understand that some customers continue to have concerns about the monthly fee for retaining a legacy meter. Their concerns, however, must be balanced with fairness to other customers. Fairness suggests customers who choose to retain a legacy meter instead of accepting the standard meter in British Columbia should cover the costs associated with their choice. These fees enable BC Hydro to cover the cost of meter reading and the cost of the additional infrastructure needed for the smart grid to operate around the non‑communicating meters, including the cost of maintaining the old system.
BC Hydro supports energy conservation efforts for all customers. Details regarding a variety of opportunities to save and obtain rebates, including those opportunities available to customers who choose to retain a legacy meter, are available online at https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/savings-and-rebates.html.
Once again, thank you for writing. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you about these important issues. It helps inform my work within the Ministry, and your engagement is crucial to our democracy.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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