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Oh, What A Wonderful World? Even George Orwell did Not dream of This Kind of survailance Abuse with his: 1984!! Shivers!!
Afghanistan Created: 24 Apr 2014
From a interview with Cisco´s UK Chief exec Paul Smith in Tuesday´s The Daily Telegraph
"UK economy could be boosted by hundreds of billions of pounds in a hyper-connected world Networking giant Cisco’s UK chief says the 'internet of everything’ will be revolutionary"
"Cisco and many other technology companies envisage a world in which every household object, machine and system is constantly gathering, reading and sending data back and forth.
To achieve the trillions of pounds worth of efficiencies, time savings and greater productivity that are being promised, people, corporations and governments may have to become far more open to the idea of having their activity catalogued by thousands of sensors every day.

The idea that your thermostat or lighting system knows when you are away from home is not likely to be welcomed by everyone, especially if the data can be hacked, or sold to sell adverts.
Mr Smith admits that “things like privacy and data openness will have to be addressed” but insists the focus is on encouraging companies and public bodies to release data and that individuals are unlikely to be forced to give up their data without consent.
Cisco, among others, is in discussions with the Government over the standards that will have to come into place to protect people. It is confident that once privacy concerns are overcome, the applications for the internet of everything are potentially limitless.
“You couldn’t have dreamed up Amazon or eBay before you had the internet but, once you’ve got a platform, then innovation starts to happen,” says Mr Smith.
“This is going to give us capabilities that we’ve just never had before.”

From the Daily Telegraph, Monday 22-04-14 Interview by James Titcomb

1984: A science Fiction? by George Orwell
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Canadian Conflict of Interest Follies
Canada Created: 23 Apr 2014
Earlier this month, a panel of the Royal Society of Canada released a report on Health Canada's proposal to revise its RF exposure limits.

The original chairman of the RSC panel, Daniel Krewski of the University of Ottawa, resigned last summer in the midst of a controversy over his and other panel members' possible conflicts of interest.

We looked into what happened. One lesson to be drawn is that when it comes to such conflicts, anything goes except non-disclosure.

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Louis Slesin
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin, 23 Apr 2014

Geomagnetic Storms Can Trigger Stroke
New Zealand Created: 23 Apr 2014
Background and Purpose—Although the research linking cardiovascular disorders to geomagnetic activity is accumulating, robust evidence for the impact of geomagnetic activity on stroke occurrence is limited and controversial.

Methods—We used a time-stratified case-crossover study design to analyze individual participant and daily geomagnetic activity (as measured by Ap Index) data from several large population-based stroke incidence studies (with information on 11 453 patients with stroke collected during 16 031 764 person-years of observation) in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, France, and Sweden conducted between 1981 and 2004. Hazard ratios and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated.

Results—Overall, geomagnetic storms (Ap Index 60+) were associated with 19% increase in the risk of stroke occurrence (95% CI, 11%–27%). The triggering effect of geomagnetic storms was most evident across the combined group of all strokes in those aged <65 years, increasing stroke risk by >50%: moderate geomagnetic storms (60–99 Ap Index) were associated with a 27% (95% CI, 8%–48%) increased risk of stroke occurrence, strong geomagnetic storms (100–149 Ap Index) with a 52% (95% CI, 19%–92%) increased risk, and severe/extreme geomagnetic storms (Ap Index 150+) with a 52% (95% CI, 19%–94%) increased risk (test for trend, P<2×10−16).

Conclusions—Geomagnetic storms are associated with increased risk of stroke and should be considered along with other established risk factors. Our findings provide a framework to advance stroke prevention through future investigation of the contribution of geomagnetic factors to the risk of stroke occurrence and pathogenesis.
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Source: Stroke Journal / American Heart Association, Feigin et al., 22 Apr 2014

Health Advocates Affix Health Warning Labels to Cell Phones in San Francisco Verizon Store
USA Created: 23 Apr 2014
Health advocates from the California Brain Tumor Association and Stop Smart Meters! have affixed health warning labels on cell phones for sale in Verizon’s Market St store in San Francisco in defiance of the wireless industry’s legal bullying of cell phone safety ordinances across the nation. Store management removed the labels but did not summon police, possibly out of concern that potential arrests may highlight a health risk the industry would rather keep quiet. Further embarrassing the company, one of its employees stuck one of the labels to his own phone in an apparent act of defiance against his employer’s suppression of health information regarding its products.

Direct Action in Response to Heavy Handed Wireless Industry Crackdown on Democracy- Attacking City Ordinances and Cell Phone Labeling Efforts in Maine, Hawaii, and California

SAN FRANCISCO— Health advocates from the California Brain Tumor Association and Stop Smart Meters! have affixed health warning labels on cell phones for sale in Verizon’s Market St. store in San Francisco in defiance of the wireless industry’s legal bullying of cell phone safety ordinances across the nation. Store management removed the labels but did not summon police, possibly out of concern that potential arrests may highlight a health risk the industry would rather keep quiet. Further embarrassing the company, one of its employees stuck one of the labels to his own phone in an apparent act of defiance against his employer’s suppression of health information regarding its products.

In 2011, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a “right to know” law requiring cell phone retailers in the city to issue at the point of sale a fact sheet to each consumer including the World Health Organization classification and the manufacturer’s own language hidden in the phone or manual instructing phone users to keep phones 5/8 inch away from the body at all times when turned on. The Wireless Association (CTIA) sued the city (saying such “forced speech” represented a breach of the company’s First Amendment rights) and withdrew its annual conferences from San Francisco like whiney cry-babies. According to then Mayor Newsom, “their behavior makes me even more concerned as to what they are hiding.” The City did not lose the lawsuit but under the leadership of tech friendly Mayor Lee the Board of Supervisors was coerced into repealing the law, leaving customers in the dark about the health effects of routine cell phone radiation exposure.

Last month the state of Maine passed a cell phone labeling law. The next day the CTIA swarmed the halls of the Augusta Capitol. When the bill went back for the typical rubber stamping, many legislators changed their votes and the bill that had passed was killed. In Hawaii recently State Senator and Dr. Josh Green got a cell phone labeling bill passed through the state Health Committee. It then went to Sen. Roz Baker of Maui who refused hearing the bill and killed it. She also refused hearing the GMO labeling bill the same week. California State Senator Mark Leno has also tried to enact a cell phone labeling bill in California and has been shut down by industry contributions to state Senators. Many cities and states have attempted legislation and all received threatening letters of litigation from the CTIA.

This radiation has been correlated not only with brain tumors but with breast cancer, leukemia, salivary gland tumors, damage to fetuses, damage to sperm, an increase in autism and electro-hypersensitivity. In 2013 the American Academy of Pediatrics stated “Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” The WHO classification included all wireless radiation including that emitted by smart meters. At least 15 other nations have taken action concerning the negative health implications of wireless radiation while the U.S. does nothing to protect Americans.

In February the U.S. Department of Interior in a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, cited studies showing detrimental effects from cell tower radiation on protected migratory birds and stated“ the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today”. Those same guidelines have been correlated with deleterious health effects in humans.

Ellen Marks, whose husband was diagnosed with a cell phone related brain tumor in 2008 said,

“Cell phones were never pre-market tested for safety. My husband and thousands of others have developed cancer because of industry greed. FCC Chair Wheeler buried the truth about the risks of cell phones and now families are burying the dead. I am outraged that honest legislators throughout the U.S. are being shut down by the majority who put campaign contributions ahead of the health and safety of their constituents concerning a radiation emitting device used daily, even by children. Getting the hidden warnings, which tell people to limit their use and carry them away from their body, to the consumer at the point of sale should not be this difficult! This madness must stop.” Marks has testified to Congress and worked on a federal cell phone Right to Know law and laws in many cities and states which, even when successful, were never enacted.

According to Josh Hart, Director of the grassroots group Stop Smart Meters!:

“Our labeling action is on behalf of the people of the City of San Francisco and those everywhere being harmed by wireless radiation. We will not sit idly by while the wireless industry takes advantage of a population that remains largely unaware of these deadly serious health risks. Placing warning labels on wireless devices is a reasonable and long overdue public health measure delayed by the collusion between government and industry. The cell phone and ‘smart’ grid industries are covering up the health risks from their products and people lack the information necessary to determine safe exposure levels for themselves and their families. Families are not only being evicted by tech-related gentrification, they are increasingly being subjected to serious health risks, even toxically evicted by the tech industry’s microwave radiation. The situation is unacceptable and intolerable, and these actions will continue until the industry ceases fighting reasonable, fact-based health warnings on their products.”

For video of the Verizon store action, go to Media outlets are free to use footage of this demonstration with credit to StopSmartMeters.Org and the CA Brain Tumor Association.
Do-it-yourself cell phone labels available at StopSmartMeters.Org
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Source: San Fransisco / Indy Bay, Josh Hart , 22 Apr 2014

Is telecom industry so desperate that it calls for desperate measures?
Finland Created: 22 Apr 2014
From Dariusz Leszczynski: In my previous blog I criticized ‘Letter to the Editor’ published in Bioelectromagnetics journal - In it the authors bluntly attacked the IARC Working Group experts for their incompetence. Significantly, one of the co-authors of this ‘Letter to the Editor’ is Dr. Mike Repacholi, former Head of the WHO EMF Project and Chairman Emeritus of the ICNIRP.

Somewhat simultaneously, with the publication in Bioelectromagnetics, was published in ‘The Indian Express’ an interview with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The title of this interview-story is “No link between mobile phone radiation and cancer, says Padma awardee doctor“.

In this interview Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee calls for an unprecedented action by IARC – to remove cell phone radiation from the list of human carcinogens. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is not calling for new review of the scientific evidence, he is bluntly calling to trash the work of IARC Working Group. It is again, as in Bioelectromagnetics journal but this time in daily news journal, calling the IARC selected experts – incompetent.

The IARC Working Group was a group of 30 scientists with a diverse opinions on the health effects of cell phone radiation. However, all of them were and are experts in the effects of cell phone radiation with years of research behind them. They overwhelmingly voted the cell phone radiation as a potential carcinogen – 27 experts out of 30 voted for this classification – I was one of them. It was responsible thing to do.Calling the experts incompetent shows how desperate the telecom industry is.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski PhD DSc, 22 Apr 2014

Low intensity radiofrequency radiation: a new oxidant for living cells
Ukraine Created: 21 Apr 2014
Radiofrequency radiation (RFR), electromagnetic waves emitted by our cell phones and Wi-Fi, are referred to as non-ionizing. This means that in contrast to the ionizing radiation, which does induce ionization of water and biologically important macromolecules,

RFR does not have a capacity for such effects. Unlike, for example X-rays, the energy of RFR is not enough to break electrons off the molecules. However, is RFR completely safe for public health? Traditionally, the industry and the public bodies said yes. Nevertheless, new research data change this perception.

Oxidative stress is an induced imbalance between pro-oxidant and antioxidant systems resulting in oxidative damage to proteins, lipids and DNA; and is closely connected to overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in living cells. The notion that the low intensity RFR can bring about significant oxidative
stress in living cells has been doubted for years. The logic is simple: as low intensity radiofrequency electromagnetic waves are not able to ionize molecules, they can do nothing wrong for the living tissues.

However, during the last decades a worldwide increase in penetration of wireless communication systems, including cellular telephony and Wi-Fi, attracted massive attention to possible biological effects of low

intensity RFR. Consequently, the recent epidemiological studies unexpectedly indicated a significant increase in the occurrence of various tumors among long-term and “heavy” users of cellular phones. These include brain tumors, acoustic neuromas, tumors of
parotid glands, seminomas, melanomas and lymphomas. Similarly, an increase in tumor incidence among people living nearby cellular base transmitting stations was also reported. As a result, in 2011 the World Health Organization/International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency radiation as a possible carcinogen to humans.

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Source: Oxid Antioxid Med Sci 2014; 3(1):1-3, Yakymenko et al., 24 Mar 2014

Federal Wi-Fi safety report is deeply flawed, say experts
Canada Created: 21 Apr 2014
A new review of Health Canada's safety standards for radiofrequency devices, including Wi-Fi and cellphones, is deeply flawed due to the authors' conflicts of interest and lack of expertise, say two scientists. The Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Expert Panel Report on the Review of Safety Code 6: Potential Health Risks of Radiofrequency Fields endorses current safety standards while calling for more research. The RSC invited the two scientists to peer review the report.

The RSC's eight-member panel "actively blinded themselves to vital evidence," says Martin Blank, an expert on the effects of electromagnetic radiation and special lecturer at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "The panel's position on maintaining the current standards is so fixed that it leads them to conclusions one would never expect from policy officials in the field of health," Blank added in an interview. "I am almost certain that the reluctance of the panel to be guided by biological evidence reflects a lack of expertise in cell biology."

Dr. Anthony B. Miller, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, was likewise critical. The panel included members with "major links to the telecommunications industry," says Miller. "This is a conflicted panel, with insufficient expertise in epidemiology. It ignored recent evidence that wireless radiation is a probable carcinogen."

Miller flagged concerns about the panel last summer after a CMAJ article revealed that the RSC panel's original chair, Daniel Krewski, failed to disclose to the society that he had received a $126 000 contract in 2008–2009 from Industry Canada. Krewski was replaced as panel chair.

Amidst concerns about links between the telecommunication industry and John Moulder, professor and director of radiation biology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, two members of the original panel stepped down and were also replaced. Moulder remained on the panel.

These changes to the panel remained unsatisfactory, says Miller. "It is unfortunate that the Royal Society failed to amend the membership of the panel as requested by some of us."

After reviewing the panel's final report, Miller and Blank now say that the RSC, which was paid $100 000 by Health Canada to establish the review panel, failed in its obligation to the public.

"This is actually a failure of the panel to fulfil its primary function — to protect the health of the population," says Blank. "This failure is occurring in an environment with increasing exposure to a wide range of non-ionizing EMF [electromagnetic frequencies], including ELF [extremely low-frequency]. To do the job right, the panel should be reconstituted to include members having the expertise needed to evaluate the biological research and to formulate safety standards that take into account the biological indicators of EMF danger levels."

Instead of outsourcing the safety review to the RSC, which is not subject to government accountability and transparency rules, Miller suggests Health Canada should conduct the safety review internally, using traditional expert advisory panel review procedures which are far more accountable. "That is a process that is far better."

Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), an Oakville, Ontario-based advocacy group that campaigns against the dangers of exposure to unsafe levels of wireless radiation from technology, says the RSC's panel was "an expensive exercise that was corrupted by industry and so is a waste of taxpayer dollars."

Russel MacDonald, officer on expert panels at the RSC in Ottawa, Ont., did not respond to an interview request.

Sarah Lauer, a media officer with Health Canada, says the department is reviewing the panel's April 1 report and "will consider the RSC's recommendations, as well as all feedback received during the upcoming public consultation on Safety Code 6." The revised Code is expected to be published in the fall of 2014. The RSC, she added, "notes that there are no established adverse health effects at exposure levels below the proposed limits.
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Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Paul Christopher Webster, 16 Apr 2014

Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo on Brain Cancer and Smart-Phones
Australia Created: 21 Apr 2014
Neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo is on a mission to lower the number of children who die of brain cancer every year and improve treatments.

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Source: NineMSN, 21 Apr 2013

Tablets and mobile phones blamed as more than nine in ten young people fail to get a good night’s sleep
United Kingdom Created: 21 Apr 2014
Mobile phones and tablets are being blamed for leaving Britain in the grip of an epidemic of insomnia.

The devices emit ‘blue light’ which disturbs our brains before bed time and means millions of us are going without enough sleep.

Young people are suffering most, with more than nine in ten saying they do not get the recommended seven hours’ rest a night, a study shows.

Now, the researchers are urging people to switch off mobile phones, tablets and even TVs at least two hours before hitting the hay.

‘It’s important to avoid them before bedtime,’ warned Hertfordshire University psychologist Richard Wiseman. ‘Getting less than seven hours’ sleep a night is below the recommended guidelines and is associated with a range of problems including an increased risk of weight gain, heart attacks, diabetes and cancer.’

Six in ten people say they do not get the recommended level of sleep, according to Prof Wiseman’s research.

The figure is up by a fifth since a similar investigation a year ago by the National Sleep Foundation. Prof Wiseman said: ‘This is a huge rise and the results are extremely worrying.’

Nearly eight in ten say they are exposed daily to technology such as iPhones, iPads, laptops and other mobile devices.

Experts fear the blue light they give off hampers the brain’s processing of the hormone melatonin, which can induce relaxation and sleep.

Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at, admitted: ‘Too many Brits are staying up late, choosing flat-screens over flat-out and pixels over pyjamas.

‘There’s nothing wrong with a bit of gadgetry in the bedroom, except when it’s making us sleep-starved and square-eyed. Bed is as good as place as any to catch up on our favourite TV shows but not to the detriment of our beauty sleep.’
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Source: Metro UK, Aidan Radnedge, 04 Apr 2014

Repacholi attacks IARC 2B classification with pseudo-scientific arguments
Finland Created: 21 Apr 2014
‘Letter to the Editor’ of the Bioelectromagnetics journal: A travesty of science.

From Dariusz Leszczynski:

Bioelectromagnetics, a peer-review journal of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association has just published a ‘Letter to the Editor‘:

Wiedemann PM, Boerner FU, Repacholi MH. Do people understand IARC’s 2B categorization of RF fields from cell phones? Bioelectromagnetics. 2014 Apr 15. doi: 10.1002/bem.21851

This publication is the clear attempt to discredit the work of IARC’s invited experts who, as members of the Working Group, classified in May 2011 cell phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski PhD DSc, 18 Apr 2014

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