2015-12-14 An example of the precautionary principle being applied

1)      In Illinois, various brands of “$$mart” water meters are found to have been inaccurate, causing overbilling.

“Chicago Tribune reported that the smart water meters Tinley will replace supplied by Severn Trent and Elster with the Sensus iPerl are currently being installed in at least 10 other suburbs to replace traditional mechanical meters….”

“The deal followed an admission from Sensus that manufacturing problems in 2014 had resulted in the iPerl smart water meters making false readings in July 2015.”

http://www.metering.com/news/smart-water-meters-tinleys-plan-to-loan-replace-faulty-units/

2)       A perfect application of the Precautionary Principle as was defined and agreed upon at the Wingspread Conference many years ago (to which Canada was one of the first signatories!).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingspread_Conference_on_the_Precautionary_Principle   Our governments have ignored their responsibility to enforce the PP for the sake of supporting industry. It’s time this changed.

“When these features – uncertainty, the possibility of irreversible harm, and the possibility of serious harm – coincide, the case for the precautionary principle is strongest. When in doubt, cases must be resolved in favor of the constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology.”

                http://naturalsociety.com/supreme-court-of-philippines-confirms-gm-eggplant-ban/

“Today, I sit here extremely frustrated and concerned that appropriate steps have not been taken by the wireless industry to protect consumers. I am concerned that the wireless industry is dealing with these public health concerns through politics, creating illusions that more research over the next several years helps consumers today, and false claims that regulatory compliance means safety. Alarmingly, indications are that some segments of the industry have ignored the scientific findings and have repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers including children.

The most important measure of consumer protection is missing: complete and honest factual information to allow informed judgment by consumers about assumption of risk. I am especially concerned about what appear to be actions by a segment of the industry to [enlist] the FCC, the FDA and WHO with them in following a non-effectual course.”  Dr. George Carlo, 1997

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2015/12/thorner-cell-phone-dangers-industry-denies-truth-part-2.html

3)      Many people have asked me about pendants or gadgets that purport to eliminate the risk of RF exposure. As far as I know, there is nothing other than reducing exposure that will prevent potential biological effects. That means having hard wired computers and phones, removing any wireless device in the environment that you control.  Here is a good site that gives some useful information and recommendations for helping yourself.

http://www.electricsense.com/wp-content/uploads/private/EMF_PROTECTION_FREE_REPORT.pdf

4)      BC Hydro and FortisBC often compare $$meters with cell phones, implying that they are safe because everyone uses them. This is an interesting read about why and how information is being hidden, and offers a link to a wonderful book by the late Robert Kane “Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette” that can be read for free at: http://www.icems.eu/docs/Robert_C_Kane.pdf .  Kane provides historical data about what has been known for decades about the dangers of RF and what has been done to discredit this research. Dr. Kane died of brain cancer.

This link conveys the findings [- http://www.globalresearch.ca/looming-health-crisis-wireless-technology-and-the-toxification-of-america/31816?print=1] of Dr. George Carlo [- http://www.whale.to/b/carlo_h.html] , who oversaw the comprehensive research group Wireless Technology Research (WTR) commissioned by the cell phone industry in the mid-1990s. When Carlo’s research began to reveal how there were indeed serious health concerns with cell phones, the industry sought to bury the results. Carlo’s research has since been validated by a wealth of subsequent studies and has continuing relevance given the ubiquity of wireless devices.

“The main health concern with electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless technologies is that EMF and RF cause a breakdown in the communication between cells in the body, interrupting DNA repair and weakening tissue and organ function.”

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2015/12/thorner-cell-phone-dangers-industry-denies-truth-part-2.html

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Sharon

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness – So much so that he or she is compelled by some moral engine to act to make it better.”- Eve Ensler