How Big Wireless Duped the World re: the Hazards of RF/MW Radiation

By Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, THE NATION, March 29, 2018 Original article here.

Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent and investigative editor, is the author of seven books, including HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth .

Mark Dowie, an investigative historian based outside Willow Point, California, is the author of the new book, The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty.

Disinformation — and Massive Radiation Increase — of 4G/5G Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas

Things didn’t end well between George Carlo and Tom Wheeler; the last time the two met face-to-face, Wheeler had security guards escort Carlo off the premises. As president of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), Wheeler was the wireless industry’s point man in Washington. Carlo was the scientist handpicked by Wheeler to defuse a public-relations crisis that threatened to strangle his infant industry in its crib. This was back in 1993, when there were only six cell-phone subscriptions for every 100 adults in the United States. But industry executives were looking forward to a booming future.

Remarkably, cell phones had been allowed onto the US consumer market a decade earlier without any government safety testing. Now, some customers and industry workers were being diagnosed with cancer. In January 1993, David Reynard sued the NEC America Company, claiming that his wife’s NEC phone caused her lethal brain tumor. After Reynard appeared on national TV, the story went viral. A congressional subcommittee announced an investigation; investors began dumping their cell-phone stocks; and Wheeler and the CTIA swung into action.

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Scientists Find Definitive Link to Cancer from RF Microwave Radiation Exposure

Adapted from the article by John Murawski March 28, 2018; Original article here.

Research Triangle Park, NC — Cellphone radio-frequency waves can be decisively linked to cancer in rats, according to a national science panel meeting in Research Triangle Park on Wednesday. The scientists’ finding establishes the clearest connection of cellphone risk to humans in a major U.S. study to date.

The scientists made their announcement at the end of a three-day meeting to review a $25 million rodent experiment conducted by the National Toxicology Program in RTP for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The draft of the study, issued in early February, had established a weak link in some cases and no link in others, but the scientific advisory panel on Wednesday said the data is more compelling and indicates greater risk than initially acknowledged.

Wednesday’s decision is expected to change the debate over cellphone safety as the telecommunications industry, with encouragement from the Federal Communications Commission, prepares to roll out the next-generation high-speed 5G wireless technology. Public health activists predict the science panel’s conclusions of wireless risks will increase pressure on federal agencies to issue safety warnings and tighten safety standards of the ubiquitous electronic device.

Ronald Melnick, the National Toxicology Program scientist who designed the study before he retired nine years ago:

"It should most likely lead to a reduction in exposure limits. This matters a lot because the agencies that will receive this data will make public health decisions based on this information."

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Cambridge Analytica CEO Promised More Than He Delivered

March 28, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET, By Sam Schechner, Jenny Gross and Rebecca Ballhaus; Original article here

Alexander Nix is now under fire for his use of Facebook data

LONDON — Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix’s sales pitch was simple and powerful: his firm’s personality-profiling ability would let politicians win votes by tapping into people’s deepest fears and desires. Nix vowed ‘big data’ could hone messages for maximum impact.

Clients of the company, including Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, said Cambridge Analytica struggled to make good on Mr. Nix’s bold claims. Among the data Mr. Nix’s team crunched was information on 50 million Facebook users obtained and allegedly stockpiled in violation of Facebook policies, former Cambridge Analytica worker Christopher Wylie told the New York Times and the U.K.’s Observer earlier this month.

The ensuing scandal has sheared $80 billion off the market value of Facebook and led to calls for Mr. Nix to testify again before U.S. and U.K. lawmakers. Investigators from Britain’s data-privacy watchdog last week searched the Cambridge Analytica’s London offices.

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4G/5G Wireless Is the New Bait-and-Switch Scandal

Adapted from a 3/8/18 article by Bruce Kushnick, New Networks Institute

The 4G/5G Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (‘CPMRA’) scheme is the latest in a long list of scandals by AT&T and Verizon to use the promise of a new technology to

  1. Eliminate regulations
  2. Kill off competition
  3. Raise rates

This 4G/5G CPMRA scheme relies on the AT&T/Verizon/ALEC-influenced FCC-Majority and Telecom-funded politicians, to push it through, since Americans hate this scheme: NO ONE WANTS A CELL PHONE TOWER 15–50 FEET FROM THEIR HOMES.

Compare the 4G/5G Densification Vision, as sold in the US House on 3/6/18 . . . to actual fights over 4G/5G Antennas in neighborhoods, documented at My Street, My Choice!

This onslaught on local communities has intensified with the FCC-Majority’s recent attacks on the public interest. Not surprisingly, the FCC-Majority is gung-ho about the 4G/5G densification plan. The FCC recently eliminated Net Neutrality and dumped Americans’ basic privacy protections. The FCC’s endorsement of 4G/5G densification should trigger both distrust  and disgust.

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Magda Havas on Ramazzini Institute Study

By Magda Havas; Original article here.

One mistake people make is they look for that ONE study that is going to be so persuasive that no one with two or more brain cells firing will be able to disagree with the conclusions.
The evidence in the Ramazzini study is important, but it isn’t until it is combined with other studies that it becomes powerful.

Let me explain.

In research, one of the most powerful results is confirmative evidence. By this I mean studies that are pointing us in the same direction using different tools, different locations, different subjects.

We use three primary tools in health/pollution research: epidemiological studies, in vivo studies, and in vitro studies. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. However, when they all point in the same direction they provide very powerful scientific evidence.

  • The epidemiological studies are conducted under realistic conditions, using human subject (mostly) and show an association between an agent and an outcome. In this case the agent would be microwave radiation and the outcome would be cancer.

  • The in vivo studies are with living specimens (seldom humans) and are conducted in artificial, highly controlled environments and show a cause-effect relationship as only one parameters is altered at a time.

  • The in vitro studies (in glass) are similar to the in vivo studies but they look at cells, organelles, biochemical reactions, etc. and provide evidence for a mechanism.

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Verizon in Sebastopol

By E.I. Hillin, Staff Writer, e.hillin@sonomawest.com Mar 23, 2018; Original article here.

Sebastopol Council Initiates Update on Telecom Ordinance

Although the advancements in telecommunications have been unprecedented in the last two decades, the city of Sebastopol has failed to update its telecommunications ordinance since 1996.

As telecommunications giant Verizon swoops in to implement “better” network coverage, attempts from city government and backlash from concerned citizens may not be enough to hold off the impending “small cell” towers. The Sebastopol City council approved the initiation of an updated telecommunications ordinance during its regular meeting on March 20. The moratorium on telecommunication applications that several citizens had requested was pulled off the table.

Although agenda item 12 did state the council would be “considering enacting a temporary moratorium on telecommunication applications during the ordinance update,” Mayor Patrick Slayter announced it was in fact not on the agenda and that it was a “typographical error.”

Verizon submitted an application on Feb. 6 for two Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) installations within city limits. One proposed installation would be on an existing wooden pole at the intersection of Woodland and McFarlane Avenues and the other would be on an existing wooden pole at the intersection of Highway 116 and Hutchins Avenue. A revised application for the installation on McFarlane Avenue was submitted on March 6.

On legal advice from the city attorney Larry McLaughlin, enacting a moratorium could potentially open the city up to be targeted for a lawsuit:

“Normally when a city council takes up the subject of revising a land-use type of ordinance, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that city council could pass a moratorium on applications while it considers updating that particular ordinance. In this case, with the topic being telecommunications, enacting a moratorium would be problematic”

The Verizon application is still under review and is being processed under the existing telecommunications ordinance. City Planning Director Kenyon Webster said staff has a 150-day timeline to make a decision on the application, from the date it was filed. Failure to do so could allow the applicants to receive automatic approval. “The clock is still running,” he said.

Given the process for updating such a complicated ordinance, including initial discussion, public input, direction from the commission; preparation of a draft and allowing time for comment; a formal commission hearing; final direction from the commission; and then a similar process with the council, Webster predicted it would take four to six months to finalize the updated telecommunications ordinance.

Verizon, one of the largest communication technology companies in the world, boasts it powers the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with wireless coverage in more than 98 percent of the U.S. Now Verizon plans to unleash its advanced 5G wireless technology. According to the Verizon website, Verizon’s first commercial launch is planned to be in Sacramento in the second half of 2018.

In an article about public policy driving the 5G network, Verizon’s Vice President of Public Policy, Melissa Glidden Tye said the Sacramento launch will also include several other communities"

“Verizon is at the forefront of this vision for America’s future, because we’re building the modern network infrastructure all over the country that will make it a reality."

Verizon is not only dealing with just City councils. Verizon lost it’s heavily-lobbied State Telecom Bill, Senate Bill 649 which Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on October 15, 2017 — a bill that was strongly opposed by over 300 California Cities, including Sebastopol, and a majority of California Counties. Not a single California County or City supported this bill.

Verizon also continues to lobby at the Federal Level, according to Verizon’s Melissa Glidden Tye:

“To accelerate the benefits of 5G, we need elected leaders at every level of government to adopt smart policies that support the deployment of new infrastructure. Leaders on both sides of the aisle and across the federal government have sent strong signals that it’s time to double down on America’s future in 5G, and time to start finding ways to accelerate deployment, remove regulatory barriers, connect local communities and close the digital divide.”

Unbelievable — no one had time to read HR.1625 before voting it through

This is a link to the HR.1625’s 2,232 pages that were passed and signed into law this week even though the vast majority of US Senators, US Representatives admitted — and even the President himself admitted — had no time to read the bill.

Many Americans are disgusted by this legislative travesty and by all who voted for it.

  • House vote: 256 – 167 on March 22, 2018 at 12:59 am
  • Senate vote: 65 – 32 on March 23, 2018 at 12:21 am
  • President Trump Signed the bill on March 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm

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Last Minute Amendments to HR.1625

1:00 pm ET — CNBC BREAKING: Trump plans to sign HR.1625 $1.3 trillion spending bill into law after threatening a veto

Oh . . . OK . . . [sigh] . . . I will sign it anyway. Off to Florida.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

“This is classic Trump,” said . “He says one thing and then he does something completely different. He’s actually one of the worst negotiators I’ve ever seen.”

9:00 am ET — Bloomberg News: Now Trump May Veto HR.1625

Go figure. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/23/politics/trump-veto-omnibus-daca/index.html

Trump tweeted on Fri Mar 23:

“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.”

HR 1625: FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill

Current status here

  • 03/23/2018 Resolving differences — Senate actions: Senate agreed to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1625 by Yea-Nay Vote. 65-32 on March 23, 2018 at 12:21 AM. Record Vote Number: 63.
  • 03/22/2018 Resolving differences — House actions: On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 256 – 167 on March 22, 2018 at 12:59 AM (Roll no. 127).

House Rules Committee Hearing re: Senate Amendments to FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill (H.R. 1625)

Streamed live on Mar 21, 2018

RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115–66 TEXT OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1625 here

  • A 2:45:00 discussion starting on 3/22/18 at 10:15 pm in H-313
  • Sessions: Starts at 00:09:32
  • McGovern: admission of how broken our Congress is at 00:13:39
  • Kohl: Formal introduction of hearing at 00:17:38
  • Hastings: More criticism of last-minute process at 00:37:26
  • Polis: “The simplest way to balance the budget is not to spend the money and you can do that by voting no today.” 01:06:20
  • Polis: Reasonable amendments — including the Dream Act — rejected by the House Rules committee; listen for yourself at 02:50:34
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Mar 22 2018 FCC Transcript for WT 17-79

Transcript re: WT Docket No. 17-79 — Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

CHAIRMAN PAI: WELCOME TO THE MARCH 22, 2018 FEDERAL COMMISSIONS COMMISSION WHICH IS KNOWN AS MR. CLYBURN’S 29TH BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COMMISSIONER CLYBURN. CERTAINLY HOPE THIS ITERATION IS AS FUN AS THE PREVIOUS ONES.

COMMISSIONER CLYBURN: ALREADY IS.

CHAIRMAN PAI: PLEASE WOULD YOU ANNOUNCE OUR AGENDA FOR THE DAY.

MADAM SECRETARY: COMMISSIONERS, FOR TODAY’S MEETING YOU WILL HEAR SIX ITEMS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. FIRST YOU WILL CONSIDER A REPORT AND ORDER THAT WOULD CLARIFY AND MODIFY THE PROCEDURES FOR NACA AND NEPA REVIEW OF REQUIRE BEZZ INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENT, SECOND YOU WILL CONSIDER A SECOND FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF UNWANTED CALLS TO REASSIGN NUMBERS. THIRD, YOU WILL CONSIDER A NOTICE OF INQUIRY EXAMINING LOCATION BASED ROUTING OF WIRELESS 911 CALLS FOR TO ENSURE THAT CALLS ARE ROUTED TO THE PROPER 911 CALL CENTER. FOURTH, YOU WI LL CONSIDER A SIXTH FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING TO STIMULATE USE OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE 4.9 GIGAHERTZ BAND. FIFTH, YOU WILL CONSIDER A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING THAT PROPOSES TO STREAMLINE THE RE-AUTHORIZATION PROCESS FOR TELEVISION SATELLITE STATIONS THAT ARE ASSIGNED OR TRANSFERRED IN COMBINATION WITH A PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PARENT STATION. SIXTH, YOU WILL CONSIDER A SECOND REPORT AND ORDER THAT WILL REMOVE THE PERSONAL USE RESTRICTION FOR PROVIDER SPECIFIC CONSUMER SINGLE BOOSTERS AND A SECOND FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING THAT SEEKS COMMENT ON WAYS TO FURTHER EXPAND ACCESS TO CONSUMER SIGNAL BOOSTERS. THIS IS YOUR AGENDA TODAY. THE FIRST ITEM ACCELERATING BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BY REMOVING BARRIERS TO INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU AND JOHN STOCKDALE, CHIEF OF THE BUREAU WILL GIVE THE INTRODUCTION.

CHAIRMAN PAI: THANK YOU, CHIEF STOCKDALE, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. CHIEF

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EH Trust Release re: Ramazzini RF Microwave Radiation Study

Original press release here.

World’s Largest Animal Study on Cell Tower Radiation Confirms Cancer Link

Scientists call on the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute and US government studies report finding the same unusual cancers

This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire; Teton Village, WY 3/22/2018:

Researchers with the renowned Ramazzini Institute (RI) in Italy announce that a large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower radiation developed cancer. A $25 million study of much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), has also reported finding the same unusual cancer called Schwannoma of the heart in male rats treated at the highest dose. In addition, the RI study of cell tower radiation also found increases in malignant brain (glial) tumors in female rats and precancerous conditions including Schwann cells hyperplasia in both male and female rats.

The Ramazzini study exposed 2,448 Sprague-Dawley rats from prenatal life until their natural death to "environmental" cell tower radiation for 19 hours per day (1.8 GHz GSM radiofrequency radiation (RFR) of 5, 25 and 50 V/m). RI exposures mimicked base station emissions like those from cell tower antennas, and exposure levels were far less than those used in the NTP studies of cell phone radiation.

Fiorella Belpoggi PhD, study author and RI Director of Research:

"Our findings of cancerous tumors in rats exposed to environmental levels of RF are consistent with and reinforce the results of the US NTP studies on cell phone radiation, as both reported increases in the same types of tumors of the brain and heart in Sprague-Dawley rats. Together, these studies provide sufficient evidence to call for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to re-evaluate and re-classify their conclusions regarding the carcinogenic potential of RFR in humans."

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