- Attached is a letter that I sent today via registered mail to Bill Bennett with evidence that these meters are fire hazards that should not be on our homes. I would encourage you to read the testimony from the Texas lawsuit which is damning, and share this information widely. I am sending the letter via email to every MLA, Christy Clark, Elizabeth May and Alex Atamanenko. I’d like to ask if someone in Bill Bennett’s riding would please print it off and take it, personally, to his constituency office. If you can print off the Texas court case as well, it would make it harder for it to be ignored. (If you can do this, would you please let me know?) I will provide you with the press release in tomorrow’s update.
The lawsuit is available at http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reed_Answering_Brief-1.pdf I encourage you to read at the very least pages 7-10. They are speaking about ITRON Openway meters and Landis & Gyr meters.
- In the Chicago area, water meters are “spinning”, resulting in hugely erroneous bills. From the website it appears they are using the Elster SM700 meter. Are any of these being used in BC?
- Below in letters is an article (printed out because subscriptions are needed to read online) about a hotel that has a switch to turn off all wifi signals. The walls have a “special coating” that prevents almost all signals from adjoining rooms. The hotel says it’s to help people “disconnect” and relax, but by doing this, it allows those who are concerned or sensitive to rest and relax, too.
- You can listen to the podcast of the meeting with several researchers and scientists yesterday in San Francisco. I have not had the time to listen to much but it seems that much discussion will concentrate on the effect of wireless technology on children.
Cell Phones & Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened?
Commonwealth Club of California, Jun 22 2015
Commonwealth National Podcast: http://bit.ly/CCwirelesspodcast (3:27:32)
The slide presentations and a video of the meeting will be available soon.
Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers and Schools Restrict Technology Overuse among Children?
- In Victoria’s Times Colonist today is an editorial to which we should all respond. EMR is getting attention, but the info needs to be correct – people deserve that. My comment is below.
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-science-needed-not-just-lobbying-1.1978609 Dave Obee is the editor, email
address is DObee@tc.canwest.com
Letters to the TC email email@example.com
- In 1990 the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) was prepared to declare electromagnetic fields probably carcinogenic out of concerns for increasing evidence of cancer for children who lived near high power lines, and for increasing use of computer terminals. Of course, it never did, despite the US military knowing about EMF and RF health problems since the 1950s, or earlier.
Now the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of publishing a report suggesting that EMF is linked with the development of various cancers. And at one point, someone within the agency had considered an even more drastic step — classifying low-frequency electromagnetic fields as probable cancer-causing agents in the same rank as dioxin or PCBs.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. One luxury hotel company has come up with the ultimate way to help its guests to relax: a switch that kills the internet.
A silver switch next to the beds in the Villa Stéphanie spa resort in Baden-Baden activates a copper grid in the walls to block all wireless internet signals.
“It is like a light switch,” said Frank Marrenbach, the chief executive of the Oetker Collection, which also runs Le Bristol in Paris, the Hotel Du Cap in Cap d’Antibes and will open a renovated Lanesborough hotel in London on July 1.
So far around half his guests have opted, at some point during their stay, to kill their internet. The move may seem extreme, given that simply switching off connected devices would achieve the same end. But Chris Baréz-Brown, an author on work-life balance, said most of us cannot control our urge to sneak a peek at our screens.
“We are not very good at managing our behaviour,” he said. “You only have to look at alcohol, cigarettes, sugary drinks, television watching or gaming.
“We are going to see a lot more ideas like this. There will be zones where people disconnect, a lot more businesses will suggest for certain times of day people don’t email and so on. There is a lot of research that suggests our multitasking is making us shallower,” he added.
Mr Marrenbach said that as well as the copper grid, his rooms had a special coating to block “96 per cent” of wireless signals. “It doesn’t matter what your neighbour does, if you switch it off you have no reception,” he said. He predicted the technology would be common in luxury homes within five years.
No other hotel has gone to the same extreme, but many are wondering how to help their guests relax in a constantly connected world. InterContinental Hotels Group said its business hotels, such as the Crowne Plaza chain, offer aromatherapy and podcasts by a sleep expert.
Mr Marrenbach said many of his guests, who will pay €1,115 per night for a package at the Villa Stephanie this summer, had not switched off for years. “We all need to learn more how to deal with this in a healthy way,” he said. “In the 1950s, nobody was bothered about smoking because everybody smoked. Now when you see people smoking these days it comes across vulgar.”
He added: “It is not a sign of smartness to constantly look at incoming messages. This is not smart, this is stupid. Smart is to devote time when it is time to do so. Smart is to read things in a profound way.”
From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: June 25, 2015 10:26 AM
To: ‘Obee, Dave (Times-Colonist)’
Subject: Science needed, not lobbying
Dear Mr. Obee,
Your editorial and your point, that science is being influenced greatly by industry, is vital. The quote from the World Health Organization (WHO) is a prime example.
“No adverse health effects have been established…” goes counter to the WHO’s own agency, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In May 2011, after reviewing recent scientific evidence a panel of international researchers declared microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices like cell phones and towers, wifi, cordless phones and baby monitors and smart meters, to be a 2b (possible) human carcinogen. This is the same category as lead, DDT, HIV, and many industrial chemicals. This classification means there is evidence that it is harmful. If there were no evidence of harm, the classification would be 4 (safe).
Why does the WHO not listen to its own agency – IARC – and misrepresent the risk to health? Industrial influence.
Why won’t there be a public awareness campaign to tell parents, teachers, and principals not to have wifi in school as scientists are advising? Why can’t there be labels on cell phones with the same warnings that are in the manuals? Industry.
The topic of microwave radiation is urgent because our children are most vulnerable to its effects and they are being exposed from conception. They are exposed all day because this radiation is inescapable. It’s in schools, hospitals, parks and homes. The levels of radiation are increasing dramatically because the industry is promoting its convenience and fun.
Profit at any price – even our children’s health.