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The Population Bomb Has Been Defused
USA Created: 19 Mar 2018
The Earth and humanity will survive as fertility rates fall almost everywhere.

Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet. Thomas Malthus, a British economist writing in the late 1700s, is the most famous of these. Extrapolating past trends into the future, he predicted that population growth would inevitably swamp available food resources, leading to mass starvation. That didn’t happen -- we continued to develop new technologies that let us stay ahead of the reaper.

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In 1968, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote “The Population Bomb,” warning that unchecked population growth would lead to mass starvation in the 1970s. He was just as wrong as Malthus. Global population did surge, but food production managed to keep up.

So far, the prophets of overpopulation have been defeated by technology. But human ingenuity alone can never deliver a final victory in the battle to feed the world -- eventually, population growth will overwhelm the Earth’s ability to provide calories. That’s why in order to put Malthus and Ehrlich finally to rest, a second component is needed -- lower fertility rates. To save both the environment and themselves, humans must have fewer kids.

Fortunately, this is happening. During the lifetimes of Malthus and Ehrlich, humans still tended to have large families, with each woman bearing an average of five children over her lifetime. But shortly after Ehrlich’s book, that began to change:

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Source: Bloomberg, Noah Smith, 16 Mar 2018

Review: GENERATION ZAPPED Is A Five Alarm Wake-Up Call About The Radiation In Our Midst
USA Created: 16 Mar 2018
We are under attack! We are exposed! Not speaking here of the usual suspects, but of invisible and potentially harmful, if not deadly waves of radiation that are invading our bodies, our brains and our organs, with potentially devastating effects. This is the essence of Sabine El Gemayel's documentary wake-up call, GENERATION ZAPPED.

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If, by the conclusion of seventy-four minutes of compelling evidence and riveting interviews, you are not ready to enroll in a crusade against the unrestrained proliferation in our environment of the instruments of wireless technology, you may at the very least have serious second thoughts about the safety of your smartphones and modems and laptops and, most certainly, about the future health and well-being of all our children.

That's how engaging and consciousness raising is this dramatic exploration of the explosion of radiation in our midst.

Be sure that this documentary is not a diatribe or a political polemic but a balanced and intelligent clarion call for awareness and action.

El Gemayel (Niloofar, The Olive Harvest), with the support of Executive Producer Peter Sullivan, introduces a disturbing history of the accommodation to wireless technology without the benefit of pre-marketing safety tests, of the powerful influence of lobbyists to minimize the warnings about the harmful effects of their industry's products, and of the confusion and inertia of governmental agencies, classified as captured agencies, (specifically, the FCC and the EPA) to fulfill their duty of care for the public's health. For example, scientists observe that health safety remains at risk while the Federal Communications Commission debates the revealed science or has been persuaded to give greater emphasis to the fair and equitable use of the spectrum.

El Gemayel contributes to our environmental literacy with the introduction and explanation, in understandable language (and Pastilla Design Institute's animated graphics), of terminology that is likely unfamiliar to most but essential to know: specific absorption rate (the rate at which the body absorbs RF energy), idiopathic environmental intolerance, electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome, 4G and 5G technology.

It's the accounts of personal lives that have been touched literally by these waves and the testimonials of experts that give weight and legitimacy and emotional resonance to this film.

Most disturbing and chilling is the growing body of evidence regarding the influence of cell phones on brain and breast cancer, autism, and child development. The vulnerability of sperm cells to cell phones in pockets too close to one's testes. Likewise, to the phone imprinting its radiation on a woman's breast. The virtual irradiation of school children in classrooms that are essentially hot wi-fi environments with heavy doses of radio frequency (RF). Magda Havas, an Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University in Canada, explains that "A wi-fi classroom is like the inside of a microwave oven set at very low power. Children are exposed to that wi-fi radiation six hours every school day, five days a week, and for several months during the year."

The film is clear too that the dangers extend well beyond the classroom ~ in footage of up-and-coming generations absorbed in their electronics and avoiding direct conversation, of the smartphone as essential a utensil at the dining table as a knife and fork, at the infusion of RF into everything from one's automobile to the smart meter that monitors electricity usage.

In the wake of her reportage, El Gemayel offers rays of hope regarding possible solutions in the work of champions like Ellen Marks, founder of the California Brain Tumor Association, scientists who persevere in groundbreaking research despite political constraints, international health bodies that are advocating for radiofrequency exposure limits for mobile phone users, and regular citizens like Jaimie, an electrohypersensitive photographer who fights daily to raise awareness.

GENERATION ZAPPED is one of those documentaries that, while it may cause some necessary discomfort, is essential viewing ~ for the sake of our society. A definite must-see!

Remember, by the way, to be sure to keep your cell phone away from your ear when you're calling friends and insisting that they see GENERATION ZAPPED.

GENERATION ZAPPED is one of the films to be featured at the Sedona International Film Festival during the week of February 25th.
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Source: Broadway World, Herbert Paine, 20 Feb 2018

NTP open peer-review comments deadline tomorrow (monday)
USA Created: 11 Mar 2018
Written Comments Submission.

Peer Review of the Draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation
March 26-28, 2018

Submit your written comments to NTP by email sent to:

The deadline to submit written comments is March 12, 2018.

For more information on public comments, read NTP's guidelines for public comments:
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Source: National Toxicology Programme

No Cell-phone Reception? That’s Good News for Jaguars
USA Created: 10 Mar 2018
A new study finds that the big cats and other endangered animals do best in places where there’s no phone coverage.

Jaguars are not impressed by your cell phones.

In fact, phones and jaguars just don’t go well together at all. A new study finds that the big cats and dozens of other threatened mammal species do best in areas where there isn’t much human disturbance — in particular, places where you can’t get any coverage.

The study, published last month in Biological Conservation, looked at the distributions of 45 medium and large mammal species in the Brazilian Atlantic forest and compared that data to the distribution of cell towers in the region. The results: Out of more than 18,000 animal observations (including everything from in-person sightings to tracks and camera traps), only 18 percent occurred in areas where there was decent cell-phone coverage. The relationship was even more striking for threatened species, like the jaguar: Only 4 percent of sightings occurred in locations where you could make a mobile phone call.

Now, it might seem obvious that the very presence of humans (and their phone networks) pushes out wildlife from their former habitats, but this is data that’s never really been used to make conservation decisions before. The study builds on a well-established project called the Human Footprint Index, which looks at factors such as roads, nighttime lighting and human population density to determine the impact of civilization on natural systems and help make conservationists to make strategic decisions about what habitats to protect. That index, though still incredibly useful, is based on data from 2005 and earlier and predates the vast worldwide proliferation of mobile devices. These past dozen years have made quite a difference, the researchers found; their study reveals that many sites which the Human Footprint Index ranks as “roadless” and therefore hospitable to wildlife actually have high levels of cell coverage, indicating they’re more degraded than the index alone would reveal. For example, they wrote, the maps that feed into the Footprint Index often poorly represent things like the accessory roads that lead to cell towers or the power-transmission lines that supply them — the types of things that carve up habitats and make them less suitable for healthy animal populations.

That means something like your mobile carrier’s coverage map might actually supplement the Human Footprint Index with newer, more rapidly accessible data than what many researchers are currently using to make conservation decisions. As the authors wrote in their paper, this “is the first study demonstrating that cellphone coverage can be used as a simpler, modern and unprecedented tool to assess human influence.”

The authors caution that this still isn’t perfect — the ground-level data could be even finer, and there are certain cases when the technique isn’t particularly useful, such as when wildlife-friendly reserves are surrounded by cell-phone-heavy urban centers. Still, they say the fact that cell-tower data is updated very often means it could be used as an “early warning system” to help prioritize areas of high conservation value before too many more cell towers are built and people move in. “We may be able to distinguish areas free from cellphone coverage,” the authors wrote, “and, therefore, from human influence.” Locating these areas with no cell towers and no roads could allow governments to set them aside for conservation before any further degradation occurs.

The research earned quick praise from experts. “This paper provides a valuable contribution to the field of conservation biology,” says conservation biologist Richard Schuster, a Liber Ero fellow at Carleton University, adding he is “excited to see this develop further.” He did note that this approach could have limitations in other parts of the world, but “it seems to be doing a good job in identifying areas of high human impact” in the study area.

William F. Laurance, distinguished research professor at Australia’s James Cook University, one of several researchers involved in updating the Human Footprint Index, also praise the paper. “It’s just one more line of evidence showing that vulnerable wildlife species need places that are free of human influence. We keep thinking that we can have our cake and eat it too as far as nature is concerned, and that’s just not true. Nature needs part of the planet just to itself.”

That’s a message that needs to be heard, loud and clear.
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Source: The Revelator, John R. Platt, 08 Mar 2018

Verizon’s 4G rollout paused in Santa Rosa amid public concerns
USA Created: 6 Mar 2018
Wireless provider Verizon has paused the rollout of its next-generation network in Santa Rosa to hold a series of public meetings aimed at educating residents about its new “small cell” wireless installations on utility poles, which have triggered health and aesthetic concerns among residents.

The city and the company have agreed to hold off on further installation of new equipment until four public informational meetings, starting this week, and a study session before the City Council.

The pause comes in the wake of concerns and confusion about Verizon’s planned installation of up to 72 wireless antennas the company said it needs to boost the speed and reliability of its Santa Rosa network, which lags many other urban areas.

“We really are interested in helping educate residents and hopefully make them feel better about what we are doing,” said Verizon spokeswoman Heidi Flato.

Cellphone service in the county was widely disrupted in October, when a historic firestorm tore through the area and knocked out up to 70 towers, according to emergency officials.

But concerns about the Verizon equipment have been raised not only by residents but by City Council members and city staff.

The city’s chief information officer, Eric McHenry, who has a background in the telecom industry and is the lead staffer on the project, said he was surprised by some of the equipment Verizon was placing on wooden utility poles.

The equipment was installed properly by the company’s subcontractor and according to the plans submitted to the city, but nevertheless caught him off guard, McHenry said.

“They did not mislead us,” he said. “It’s just we had never seen one of these go up before.”

McHenry said he had been more focused on the equipment going up on the city-owned metal streetlights than on what was planned for the wooden “joint-use” utility poles around the city.

The light poles are metal and hollow, allowing some of the wiring to be installed inside the pole and providing a cleaner look.

But it was the first installation on wooden poles that caught people’s attention and raised concerns, ranging from unsightliness to fears of being exposed to high-frequency radio radiation.

At City Council meetings following a Press Democrat story in January about the issue, residents peppered the council with questions about how and why the project was approved, concerns about the health impacts and questions about whether the upgrades were really needed.

The crowds included a number of people with views outside the mainstream, posing theories, for example, that the antennas were part of an elaborate surveillance infrastructure.

Other voices were harder to dismiss.

Victor Trione, chairman of the largest local bank, Luther Burbank Savings, told the council that while upgrading the cellular network is probably a good idea, he was surprised to learn one such array was slated for installation in front of his Proctor Terrace home.

“We were not notified about this project,” Trione said.

“Having a facility like this 20 feet away from a bedroom is, I think, really problematic.”

McHenry said the city is working closely with Verizon to address questions being raised by residents and to make adjustments to the project where possible.

For example, some of the equipment involves batteries installed in cabinets in the city’s right-of-way.

The batteries are designed to ensure the network keeps operating in the event of a power outage. Verizon prefers to include such backup power supplies whenever possible, and the city was open to the idea given how important cellular communication is to people’s lives generally and in emergencies in particular, McHenry said.

“I think we would have done a disservice to our residents not to have looked for a way to get battery backups for the network,” he said.

The city is exploring which locations may need backup power and whether the batteries, which were designed to run the small cells for up to four hours, need to be as large as they are, he said.

No decisions have been made, but the company is “bending over backwards” to work with the city on a solution, McHenry said.

“They are really interested in trying to make sure this is a successful rollout,” he said.

The four joint meetings will take the form of a “science fair” where residents can get information on a range of subjects, including permitting issues, implications for coverage and human health.
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Source: The Press Democrat, KEVIN MCCALLUM, 24 Feb 2018

Global Climate Change and Microwaves
USA Created: 5 Mar 2018
GlobalMicrowave - An alternative theory to global warming and climate change.

This web site is dedicated to the alternative “Global Warming or Climate Change” theory that microwave radio frequencies are polluting our atmosphere and Earth. Another similar theory to this is the “Broadcast Theory.” The basis of the “Microwave” theory is that microwave radio frequency communications a direct relationship with global warming and climate change. The “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” problem can be a result of the use of radio waves on a global level. Here we will learn briefly about “Global Warming” or “Climate Change,” how satellites work, the principles behind the microwave radio frequency, and how orbiting satellites and Earth antennas can cause Global RF Heating and erratic weather patterns.

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Source: GlobalMicrowave, James Richardson, 05 Mar 2018

Smartphone sales fall for first time ever, says Gartner
USA Created: 28 Feb 2018
A fourth quarter drop is the first year-over-year decline since the researcher started tracking sales. Samsung held the No. 1 position, followed by Apple.

Uh-oh. Smartphones finally took a nosedive.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, smartphone sales fell for the first time ever, according to Gartner. Handset makers sold nearly 408 million smartphones to customers in the quarter, down 5.6 percent from the same period a year ago, the research firm said Thursday. That marks the first annual decline since Gartner started tracking the smartphone market in 2004.

Fewer people are switching their feature phones to smartphones "due to a lack of quality 'ultra-low-cost' smartphones" and instead are buying nicer feature phones, Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta said Thursday. And people who already own smartphones are upgrading to higher-end models and holding on to them longer, he added.

"Moreover, while demand for high quality, 4G connectivity and better camera features remained strong, high expectations and few incremental benefits during replacement weakened smartphone sales," Gupta noted.

The smartphone market has been slowing down of late. It's become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have actually increased at the same time US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that's meant people are waiting longer to upgrade.

Even Apple has struggled. It reported in April 2016 that its iPhone unit sales fell for the first time ever, and they ended up declining for that full year. Apple's sales have largely rebounded, though they again slid in the December quarter despite the launch of the iPhone X.

Samsung managed to hold on to the No. 1 position in the fourth quarter, even though its unit sales slid 3.6 percent to 74 million units, Gartner said. The company on Sunday will show off its newest phone, the Galaxy S9. The device is expected to feature tweaks but no major design overhaul.

Apple ranked No. 2 in the period with iPhone sales down 5 percent to 73.2 million, followed by Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo. Huawei and Xiaomi (which doesn't rank in the top five) were the only smartphone vendors to see their unit sales grow in the quarter, Gartner said.

(Note, Apple earlier this month reported it sold 77.3 million iPhones in the December quarter, but Gartner calculates its figure differently. It tallies devices in the hands of actual users, while Apple and others also include phones that have not yet been purchased by end consumers and are still held by Verizon Wireless, Best Buy and other vendors.)

For the full year, smartphone sales increased 2.7 percent to 1.5 billion units, Gartner said. Samsung's market share stayed about flat at 21 percent, while Apple's remained at about 14 percent. Huawei's grew to 9.8 percent from 8.9 percent in 2016.

For smartphone operating systems, Android's lead grew by 1.1 percentage points to 86 percent. Apple's iOS remained at about 14 percent.
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Source: CNET, Shara Tibken, 22 Feb 2018

Sierra Waldorf parents will urge leaders to deny wireless tower
USA Created: 10 Feb 2018
Parents of students at Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown are hoping the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will reverse the Planning Commission’s approval of an AT&T wireless telecommunications tower that would be located less than a mile away from the school.

The tower is approved for a location on residential property along Dante Drive, about 3,600 feet from the school, which some parents of students say is too close for comfort due to the questions over the potential health impacts from exposure to electromagnetic frequencies.

“We simply ask them to relocate this cell tower at a safe distance,” said Robert Tindall, of Sonora, who has an 8-year-old daughter attending second grade at Sierra Waldorf School.

The public hearing for the board to consider an appeal of the commission’s approval of the tower is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board’s chambers on the fourth floor of the County Administrator Center at 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

The board’s regular meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and includes items related to mid-year budget adjustments, a nearly $500,000 bridge preventative maintenance project, and a proposed natural surface trail that would circumnavigate the county property on Greenley Road that includes the library and senior center.

Tindall said the Federal Communications Commission has done thorough studies on thermal radiation, such as the kind emitted by a microwave, but it hasn’t done thorough studies on nonthermal radiation like that which would be emitted by the tower.

A group of Sierra Waldorf parents have exchanged emails and met in private about the subject several times since Dec. 20, when the commission approved a permit for an AT&T contractor to build the tower.

The commission had previously approved the project in October but was forced to re-do the public hearing because of a clerical error in the posting of that meeting’s agenda, which the Community Resources Agency discovered days before an appeal hearing with the board on Nov. 21.

Raul Vaughn, who lives on Dante Drive and opposes the tower’s construction, filed the original appeal to the board after the commission’s October meeting and re-filed his appeal after the commission again approved the project in December.

Tindall and other parents opposed to the project say it’s not in compliance with the Tuolumne County Ordinance Code because they don’t believe AT&T explored alternative co-location sites, provided an accurate coverage map or landscaping plan, and doesn’t have legal access to the property that’s zoned residential.

The parents also believe the county is playing “Russian roulette” with their children’s health because of the unknown health effects. Tindall cited a policy by the International Association of Firefighters opposed to the use of fire stations as base stations for cell towers or antennas.

“Digital cellular antennas can have serious health effects,” Tindall said. “They (the firefighters association) cite strong evidence for increased danger of cancer, lymphoma, tumors, leukemia, disruption of sleep patterns, headaches, DNA breakage, and a grim parade of neurological changes.”

Though industry-sponsored studies say that a half-mile is a safe distance, Tindall said the parents believe the tower should be at least 2 or 3 miles away. A professional electrical engineer hired by AT&T attended the Dec. 20 meeting and said the frequency levels would be about 70 times below the FCC limit by the time they reached the school.

Tindall said he also believes the tower’s construction could imperil the financial future of the school.

“Environmentally aware parents, which is typical of a Waldorf parent, are going to think twice before enrolling or re-enrolling their children in a school so close to a cell tower,” he said. “If there’s a 5 percent drop in enrollment, that equals $100,000 lost, which will either be made up by tuition hikes or the cutting of vital programs or laying off of employees.”

The land on Dante Drive where the tower would be built is owned by Bruce and Elizabeth Beaudreau, who said they agreed to AT&T’s request for use of their property because the company said it would improve Internet service in the area.

They provided a petition at the Dec. 20 meeting with 35 signatures of people in the area who supported the tower.
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Source: The Union Democrat, Alex Maclean, 02 Feb 2018

Smart meters endanger health
USA Created: 10 Feb 2018
To the editor: The smart solution is not smart meters if you want to reduce rates. In locations that have smart meters the rates have increased substantially. Fires are a known problem. The company controls shutting off your electricity, air conditioning and smart appliances. The meter chirps constantly, trying to find a smart appliance, flooding your house with microwave radiation. Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, skin rashes, tingling, insomnia, brain fog, eye problems, fatigue, ears ringing, heart problems, muscle pain, weakened immunity and many more health ailments occur with these meters.

By law we must accept the “smart meter” from “any utility company.” These companies have shut off the electricity to hundreds of homes when a resident wanted to keep their old meter. They simply cut the electrical wires at the house or pole forcing some people to take their smart meter. Others who refused the smart meter have installed solar panels, wood-burning stoves, banks of storage batteries, electric generators and basically have been living off the grid for years.

There are hearings presently before the Michigan House Energy Committee asking for the passage of bill HB4220 which gives us “meter choice.”

Detroit Edison offers an opt out. It is not a true opt out. You do not get to keep your old meter.

You must accept the smart meter, but for $67.50 initial fee plus $9.80 per month, they will shut off one of the two microwave radiations. This opt-out shuts off the amount of usage from your house to their office but leaves on the radiation that allows them to control the power to your house and appliances.

California has a true opt-out where you get to keep your analog or old meter. However, you must pay the similar opt-out fees as above.

Tennessee has introduced a bill into the Senate that would allow customers to opt-out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty or payment.

We want meter choice, an opt-out where we may keep our analog or digital meter and not have to pay outrageous blackmail fees to do so. We want to be assured by UPPCO that they will not use force to get smart meters installed on any resident’s home or business.

Paul and Carolyn Tormala
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Source: Daily Mining Gazette, Paul and Carolyn Tormala, 09 Feb 2018

What Changed at NTP? Same RF Cancer Data, Different Outlook
USA Created: 7 Feb 2018
Why was the NTP so ambivalent about its cell phone cancer findings at the press conference last Friday when two years ago the same scientific evidence prompted a public health warning?.

Some of the pathology numbers got tweaked since they were first released in 2016, but the changes were minor. It’s the same data set —but with a very different interpretation.

Who or what moved the NTP managers to change their minds? There’s no shortage of suspects and suspicions. Here are a few:
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin PhD, 07 Feb 2018

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