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Britain’s first court case against 5G — and the people won

Ladies and Gentlemen

 Some of the content of Updates should cause fear. Logically, experts tell us, that the purpose of fear is to motivate us to protect ourselves in dangerous situations and to promote survival.

 If the contribution by Deborah Tavares about the decline of insect life does not frighten people and motivate them to act – if not for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren – then those promoting wireless technology have already won. Concerns about insect life is echoed by Dariusz Leszczynski in his blog at Between a Rock and Hard Place.

 It is important to note that those promoting wireless technology are only human beings. They put their trousers on one leg at a time just like everyone else. Thus, bringing the following information to the attention of those in a position to recognize the dangers of electromagnetic radiation is a first step in stemming the tide of life-threatening 5G deployment.

 Simply put, an organization such as the so-called Smart City Institute is merely a collection of individuals who need to be informed of the dangers they are doing to their cities and themselves.

 The period in which we are living has been in development for more than 100 years. In 1937 Nikola Tesla said, “In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.” What we’ve come to know as Artificial Intelligence (AI) was anticipated long a long time ago. 

 It was Tesla (and the financiers) who brought the issue of physics and electromagnetic radiation to the U.S government. It became a lengthy discourse between the politicians and the military-industrial complex. It is not conspiracy, simply the way business is done. The general public is not seen as human beings but as a market. The cooperation between government, Big Business and academia is driven by power and money.

 Moral and ethical behaviour is subsidiary to economic considerations. To complicate the mix, the un-elected United Nations is simultaneously promoting wireless technology and population reduction through support of Planned Parenthood. Life – whether insect or human – is cheap.

 Please circulate widely.

Kind regards,

John Weigel



Britain’s first court case against 5G — and the people won

Mark Steele, a 5G campaigner, has been highlighting the dangers of a secret 5G rollout by Gateshead Council where residents are complaining of increased illness and Cancer in the affected area. 

There’s enough evidence to conclude the new smart 5G arrays on the top of new LED lampposts emit Class 1 Radiation frequencies and should be treated as a danger to the Public.

Gateshead Council ignorantly rebutted clear evidence and created false allegations on social media posts and printed leaflets stating that Mark Steele is spreading Pseudo Science and that the arrays are not dangerous or 5G:

“Please be assured that there is no scientific basis or credible evidence for any of these scare stories about street lights causing cancer and other illnesses.”

They misused Police Powers to gag Mark Steele and yesterday he left a free man and Gateshead Council to fork out £11k of taxpayers money to cover the court cost amounting to woeful ignorance.

In Court, none of the Council Officers could explain what 5G is; and their leading Government expert refused to attend the Court hearing. In conclusion, the Judge refused to gag Mark, stating:

“The public have a right to know.”


Radiation expert calls 5G rollout a ‘global catastrophe’

Says networks a massive health experiment

A leading activist on the issue of electromagnetic radiation and its negative impacts on public health has described the rollout of 5G as a “massive health experiment” which could “become a global catastrophe.”

Arthur Robert Firstenberg is a well-known advocate for curtailing the development of 5G networks both in the US and internationally, claiming that super fast broadband could cause cancer in humans and wildlife, as well as exacerbating the symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

In a bid to stall the rollout of the networks Firstenberg ispetitioning the World Health Organization, the UN and the EU to “urgently halt the development of 5G.” The petition had garnered over 40,000 signatures at time of writing.

“The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law,” the petition states. The US rollout of the new network has already begun in cities like Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.


Insect apocalypse: The global food chain Is experiencing a major extinction event and scientists don’t know why


This is caused by excessive EMF/RF and GMO seeds and products as well as all the poisonous chemtrails being used to Terraform Planet Earth so the demons of hell can populate it with their Frankensteinian creations.

Big Tech’s unholy alliance with the Pentagon

Why Google and other firms still cling to their military contracts

In September 2017, Google began work on Project Maven, a Pentagon program that provides artificial intelligence software for drone warfare. More than ten employees were tasked with building a highly realistic surveillance system, like Google Earth, that would render whole cities and buildings, classifying cars as cars and people as people, and allowing the Pentagon to pinpoint both with near precision, in real time, from the skies. Less than a year in, some of the engineers started developing doubts about the project. By February, questions were circulating on Google’s internal communications channels, and soon almost 4,000 employees had signed a petition calling on the company to cancel the contract. “Google,” they wrote, “should not be in the business of war.” In May, a dozen resigned. “It’s one thing for the military to have its own engineers,” a Google employee told me. “It’s another thing for the private sector to build this technology and profit off death.”

Google, of course, is far from the only tech company to take on military contracts. Apple is currently one of a consortium of companies and universities developing “stretchable” electronic sensors to monitor troops and ships; Amazon provides servers, storage, databases, software, and analytics to the CIA through the cloud; Dell licenses software to ICE.


Christopher Greene: ‘What comes next is the worst financial disaster you’ve ever seen.’


Barcelona hospital first to use 5G technology for remote surgery

Clínic hospital project aims to allow surgeons around the world to cooperate during operations

05 February 2019 06:52 PM byACN | Barcelona

Barcelona’s Clínic hospital has become the first in Spain to adopt 5G technology so that surgeons can carry out operations at a distance in real time.

The low latency of 5G communications networks means that operations can take place remotely without any delays.

The aim of the project is to connect surgeons from around the world without them needing to be present in the operating theater.

Presented on Tuesday, the ‘Remote surgery’ project will have to wait until 5G technology becomes widely available, which is scheduled from 2020.

Meanwhile, as part of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, surgeons from the Clínic hospital will remotely carry out an operation that will be streamed on 5G.


The latest victories in the fight against cellphone radiation

Hurray for Red Tape?

Slowly but surely, the truth about cellphone radiation is oozing into the public consciousness. 

We’ve just received word that lawmakers in Rome have ordered Italy’s health, environment and education ministries to develop “a public information campaign about the possible health risks of cellular and cordless phones.” 

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, telecoms are having a hard time rolling out 5G networks due to “tough limits on radiation from mobile base stations.” (We hate government overreach as much as the next pack of gold-blooded Libertarians, but even we can’t help but applaud that particular bit of red tape.) 

It’s good news for folks (like us) who’ve been beating the anti-cellphone drum for a long time now. But it’s also a sad reminder that this health crisis is far from over. 

You’ve Been Exposed

We first told of the nasty link between cellphones and cancer back in 2017. Since then, a growing community of doctors and researchers has warned consumers to pay attention. Their studies prove something is amiss. 

Most recently, the National Toxicology Program (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) reported that high exposure to radio frequency radiation – the type of radiation emitted by cellphones – caused rats to develop malignant tumors

The full results of the study were released last November. It prompted a few folks to petition local government to keep 5G out of their communities. But otherwise, the story didn’t make much of a splash. 

We’re not surprised. 

Everything Has a Price

When it comes to cellphones, there’s big money on the line. Late in Obama’s final term, his administration quietly freed up a wide range of radio spectrum to make way for the implementation of 5G technology.

Of course, the spectrum sale is a windfall for Uncle Sam. In its first “spectrum auction,” the FCC brought in a whopping $19.6 billion. And knowing just how deep Big Cellular’s pockets are, we’re not expecting Uncle Sam to make any anti-5G moves soon. 

Sorry, folks. Your health just isn’t worth it. 

[Founder’s Note: There’s growing evidence that smartphones could soon be the No. 1 cause of cancer in America. These devices have also been linked to insomnia, depression, headaches, infertility and more.Click here to find out how you can protect yourself from dangerous cellphone radiation.]

US Conference Of Mayors launches Smart City Institute

The USCM is an NGO that draws membership from all cities with at least 30,000 population. It’s purpose is to spread Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy, policies to every corner of America. Thus, America is going ‘smart city’; if you don’t like it, it can only be stopped at the city level. ⁃ TN Editor

A formal institute for smart cities has been launched by the US Conference of Mayors (USCM), during its Winter Meeting in Washington DC.

Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, revealed it will help engage mayors around the three I’s: innovation, infrastructure and inclusion. One of the goals of the institute is to allow mayors to define their needs from a smart city.

Crowdfunding Ramazzini’s Research

Probable Carcinogen: this is the (minimal) safety classification of Radio-frequencies to be obtained from IARC (WHO)!

After the final report of the NTP (USA) study, great expectation is given to the final report of the Ramazzini Institute (Bologna, Italy).

The final evaluation is still ongoing. but it proceeds slowly due to lack of resources! To complete it, they need funds for at least € 50,000 not covered by the main sponsors including: Region Emilia Romagna and ARPA, who no longer want to support the search!

The Italian Electrosensitive Association (A.I.E.) has opened a fund-raising campaign (crowdfunding) in order to support Ramazzini’s research.

We commit members, and invite friends and supporters to give their financial support to this initiative.

On Friday, at 2 pm, the concerned website is online. The link is as follows


Following the suggestions of the platform, it is very important that the announcement starts with the maximum of contacts and possibly donations.

So you ask to your friends to forward, in the same minutes … hours, this announcement – with any changes and improvements – to their own contacts and their network asking recipients to transfer it to their personal contacts (as well as to donate, of course!).

My best regards

Giorgio Cinciripini

Associazione Italiana Elettrosensibili



Real dangers of 5G wireless radiation

This is a good video on 5G dangers & the INCREDIBLE havoc that 5G will cause in Millions or Billions of

people if we don’t STOP it. If you’re ever going to WAKE UP, NOW is the time to do it -if you care about life 


How 5G will change your smartphone, and your life in 2019

Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ can detect and prevent seizure…

UC Berkeley researchers have developed a wireless, autonomous, closed-loop neurostimulator that sits outside the…


Google & Apple reach deal with Russia, China & Saudi Arabia to censor populations

Big Tech in league with authoritarian dictatorships to crush dissent and control free thought

Alex Jones breaks down the unholy alliance forged between Big Tech’s Google and Apple with Communist China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia to censor populations on a planetary scale never before witnessed.


The world’s first digital dictatorship

Exposing China’s digital dystopian dictatorship | Foreign Correspondent

Compliant, brainwashed young Chinese woman thinks it’s so much “safer” to be entrained as a monitored robot in a digital maze while

the controlling Elites do whatever they want, unseen, unfettered, unaccountable.. 


How Amazon’s Ring & Rekognition set the stage for consumer-generated mass-surveillance

If every home on a street, in a neighborhood, or in a town had a Ring surveillance system, the individual cameras, taken together, could construct an extremely intimate picture of daily public life. By integrating facial recognition and contracting with local and federal law enforcement agencies, Amazon supercharges the potential for its massive network of surveillant consumers to comprehensively track the movements of individuals over time, even when the individual has not broken any law. Fully realized, these technologies set the stage for consumer generated mass surveillance.


Forget face ID: Smartphones will monitor how workers walk, type and ‘spend their free time’

Forget Face ID: a collaboration between the Defense Department and a NY-based company called TWOSENSE.AI, has birthed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could be embedded in smartphones and will be able to identify the device owner by the way they talk, type, walk and even by how “they spend their free time”.

TWOSENSE.AI is working with the Department of Defense to build a SaaS product that could eventually replace access cards currently used to verify the identities of DOD employees when logging onto the department’s networks.

The AI constantly monitors the user’s behavior, including how they carry the device, type on it and even walk. The system then automatically verifies the user’s identity using these parameters, enabling them to work seamlessly on their secure network without having to login each time.


Google Maps evidence defeats homeowner over unauthorized shed

Shed built by couple beside their home was unauthorised, High Court rules


Irish model and mother of autistic child dies ‘suddenly’ of cancer

Memorial planned for ‘passionate and caring’ model Alli MacDonnell


Another male teenager removed from football pitch

Jack Clarke: Leeds United teenager taken to hospital after Middlesbrough draw

Leeds’ teenage winger Jack Clarke was taken to hospital after complaining of feeling unwell during Saturday’s Championship draw at Middlesbrough.

The 18-year-old, who started the match and was replaced at half-time, was treated by paramedics and carried away from the substitutes’ bench on a stretcher.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Clarke was feeling “better” in the dressing room but would be checked in hospital.

A club statement said: “Jack Clarke began to feel unwell during the second half of our Championship fixture with Middlesbrough and received medical attention.

“The player is responsive and attending hospital with the club’s head of medicine and performance.

“On behalf of everyone at Leeds United, we would like to thank the medical staff from both clubs for their response to the incident.”

Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds: “What we know is that he didn’t feel well. We don’t really know the reasons yet.


From Karen johnson-Leuthner, Minnesota

Εx-TSA employee discusses 5G. Is it safe? 


Some iPhone apps may be recording users’ screens without their knowledge, report finds

Nothing is quite as unnerving as learning that the things we do on our phones aren’t private—even if we are regularly reminded that nothing is really sacred. On Wednesday, a TechCrunch investigation revealed that apps using analytics companies called Glassbox are not only recording the minutiae of how you use those apps, but also potentially jeopardizing sensitive data in the process.

TechCrunch reported that several popular iOS apps including Hotels.com, Expedia, and Abercrombie & Fitch are surreptitiously collecting information about exactly what users are doing using Glassbox’s “session replay” technology. This allows developers scour for potential issues users are experiencing in-app by recording what the user is doing on a granular level, TechCrunch wrote, but it also puts user information at risk of being obtained by bad actors if sensitive information contained in session replays isn’t effectively masked.


From Pauline Keeley, Dublin, Ireland

Screen time: Children advised not to use electronic devices at dinner

Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table and bedtimes as part of a healthy approach to devices, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said.

Children should also take a break from screen-based activities every two hours, the government advisers said.

And they added industry must do more to keep children safe.

Their guidance comes as English Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is set to meet bosses at Instagram over the handling of self-harm and suicide content.


From Andre Fauteux, editor / publisher, La Maison du 21e siècle Magazine 

Electromagnetic fields, pulsed radiofrequency radiation, and epigenetics: How wireless technologies may affect childhood development

Cindy Sage, Sage associated and Ernesto Burgio, International Society of Doctors for Environment (ISDE) Scientific Office

Mobile phones and other wireless devices that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radiofrequency radiation (RFR) are widely documented to cause potentially harmful health impacts that can be detrimental to young people. New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes due to exposure to wireless technologies. Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors. Technology benefits can be realized by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement.


Effects of mobile phones on children’s and adolescents’ health: A commentary.


The use of digital technology has grown rapidly during the last couple of decades. During use, mobile phones and cordless phones emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation. No previous generation has been exposed during childhood and adolescence to this kind of radiation. The brain is the main target organ for RF emissions from the handheld wireless phone. An evaluation of the scientific evidence on the brain tumor risk was made in May 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer at World Health Organization. The scientific panel reached the conclusion that RF radiation from devices that emit nonionizing RF radiation in the frequency range 30 kHz-300 GHz is a Group 2B, that is, a “possible” human carcinogen. With respect to health implications of digital (wireless) technologies, it is of importance that neurological diseases, physiological addiction, cognition, sleep, and behavioral problems are considered in addition to cancer. Well-being needs to be carefully evaluated as an effect of changed behavior in children and adolescents through their interactions with modern digital technologies.


Should cell phone providers warn customers of health risks? Berkeley says yes

Lynne Peeples, McClatchy Washington Bureau, July 11, 2018

The scientific community has not reached a consensus on the risks of cellular phone use, but the California health department said research suggests long-term, extensive use may affect health.

 Few people know that there are federal safety limits for exposure to the weak radiation emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices. There often is language about this embedded right in our phones, but finding it requires knowing where to look, wading through several steps and then making sense of the technical jargon.

 Concerned about the lack of public awareness, Berkeley, California passed a law in 2015 calling for cellphone stores to post warning signs. The signs caution that if you carry a phone in a pocket or tucked into a bra when the device is on, “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure’’ to radio-frequency radiation.

This story was produced by FairWarning (www.fairwarning.org), a nonprofit news organization based in Pasadena, California, that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues. A longer version of this story appears on fairwarning.org

Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article214422049.html#storylink=cpy


Tasmania’s new electricity smart metering roll-out: Why opting out may be your wisest and healthiest choice

On December 1, 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) final rule determination, titled: “Expanding competition in metering and related services” came into force in Tasmania, SA, NSW, the ACT and QLD. The rule states that this is a framework which is designed to, “promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions,

This rule came about as a result of a request from the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Energy Council that considered that the previous metering rule allowed and encouraged the continued installation of mechanical analogue meters, which they said had “only limited functionality”.

Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD on EMF, 5G cell towers, Geoengineering & retroviruses!

See details: https://candidasummit.com/expert/dietrich-klinghardt/

Registration required.

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?

Must see documentary: ‘Sugar coated – How the sugar industry managed to dupe the world for decades’
While viewing this excellent documentary of how the sugar industry has spun the science to maintain their profits at the expense to public health, and how it mirrors the same tactics used by the tobacco industry, I am reminded of the PR tactics now used by the telecommunications industry to try and convince us that all is safe.

Quoting in part from Dr. Christin Kearns now at the University of California as a Postdoctoral Scholar: …“the goal [of her research] is to be demonstrating the tactics used by the sugar industry and the tactics used by the tobacco industry”… “history is repeating itself absolutely unless we truly understand the industry practices the debate will continue to go on.”

Recommended viewing!


5G radiation onslaught – EMF Aware Santa Cruz 11/30/2018

A Community Meeting held at the Santa Cruz Green Grange, 503, on Nov. 30, 2018, on the breakneck U.S.Roll-Out of 5G WiFi Technology, and its implications for the health and well-being of the people of Santa Cruz, California and the rest of the nation. Featuring presentations by Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., Marketa Bilkova, L.Ac. and Dr. Brian Anthony, D.C.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Car About 5G Health Hazards

“health hazards of 5G are unknown and unstudied, and that is a sign of neglect and disregard on the part of the FCC”

Read more and watch video 

The threat 5G poses to human health

What you don’t know will alarm you


The crime scene was straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. One hundred and fifty dead birds lay sprawled on the ground, fallen out of trees in a park in The Hague, Netherlands.

The second such occurrence last autumn made Dutch citizens look up and wonder. With robust starlings turned upside-down at their feet, the usual suspects of disease, pollution, and foul play were dismissed.



Request:   A group in Australia is seeking a qualified person to speak on 5G to collectively about 160,000 people as soon as possible.   

Contact Sabrina at: sabrina@rawspirations.com

Rosa Koire ‘Agenda 21’ Open Mind Conference

7-Eleven blasts high-pitched sound to repel homeless

Portland noise control officer says the sound is out of compliance with the city ordinance

by Emily Green | 30 Jan 2019

A loud, high-pitched beeping noise has been resonating from above the door of the 7-Eleven on the corner of Southwest Fourth Avenue and Taylor Street for the past few days. 

On most days, passersby might notice a small group of people experiencing homelessness sitting on the corner in front of the store, cardboard signs in hand. But today, those who walked by seemed to only notice the noise. 

“Is that one of those devices to keep rodents away?” one man asked his walking companion. A woman covered her ears, and a citizen watchdog filmed the storefront with his mobile phone while yelling about “fascists.”


5G health effects mentioned in Senate Commerce Committee

On February 6, for the first time health effects of 5G and wireless were mentioned in Senate Commerce Committee Meeting on 5G. The Senate Commerce Committee is the Committee entrusted in overseeing the FCC. 

I was there with less than a handful of us on July 14, 2016 when the FCC announced 5G. The same week we started our efforts to educate Congress about 5G and wireless health effects. Whenever a 5G meeting/hearing was held, we were trying to get the members of the Committee to ask even just one question about the health effects. Yesterday, February 6, two and a half years later, it finally happened.

I got a call from Paul Mcgavin, who attended the Senate Commerce Committee meeting and he was excited to tell me that Senator Blumenthal made a comment about the health effects.

In the hearing titled Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States Senator Blumenthal  asked, “are there health and safety implicationsAre there any safety implications?” to the millions of the small cells that are likely to be located “close to homes, schools work places and closer and closer to the ground” . 

He mentioned  the letter that he had sent to the FCC in December, 2018 asking Commissioner Carr from the FCC to cite him the research on which the FCC relied upon to guarantee the public that 5G is safe. While we still do not have a copy of the FCC’s response, apparently according to Blumenthal, Commissioner Carr “Essentially has failed to do so” and said he referred him to the FDAIn regard to the FDA website Blumenthal said: “if you go to the FDA website, pretty unsatisfactory, there is basically a cursory and superficial citations” and mocked the statement on its website saying that the FDA encourages industry to conduct research and it was on cell phones not 5G. Then he said: “I believe the American people deserve to know what the health effects are.”

Blumenthal also said: “We are flying blind here on health and safety”. That is though inaccurate.  We know that the harms of non-thermal levels of RF/Microwave radiation are proven. We have more than ample scientific evidence and unfortunately also the Human Evidence in epidemic scales as states in the 5G Appeal. We are flying blind to a definite greater disaster. 

To watch the video of the hearing PRESS HERE. Blumenthal starts at 2:04:00

Since the FCC and the FDA didn’t provide answers he followed the FDA recommendation and asked industry – panelists “how much money has the industry provided for independent research on biological effects? Shouldn’t we scientifically ascertain the health effects? ” One of the panelists replied, “we rely on the expert agencies. There are no industry backed studies underway.  This new infrastructure is designed to be low powered, low interference.” 

So the FDA relies on industry and industry relies on the FDA…how long will this mockery of the American people will continue?

Senator Wicker (R-MISS) who is the new Chairman of the Committee (replaced Sen. Thune (R-SD)) summarized the hearing by mentioning the need to protect privacy but in response to Blumenthal’s comments on health Wicker read a quote from the National Cancer Institute, saying the research shows there is no consistent evidence that non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation increases cancer risk. I wonder why he didn’t mention the Government’s own study, the NTP study the biggest and most expensive study on this issue which found CLEAR EVIDENCE of cancer and DNA damage. 

Interestingly, the FCC did not appear in front of the Committee only industry was there. It is unusual. Considering the bad media the FCC has been getting following the House Commerce Committee accusing the FCC of Colluding with Industry and considering the municipalities lawsuit could it be that the Senate Commerce Committee (or industry which likely was involved in arranging this hearing) thought the FCC presence will contaminate the efforts to push 5G? 

Now we will have to see who will be the next member of the Committee who will do the right thing and speak the truth. 


Your Smart Light can tell Amazon and Google when you go to bed

(Bloomberg) — As Amazon.com Inc. and Google work to place their smart speakers at the center of the internet-connected home, both technology giants are expanding the amount of data they gather about customers who use their voice software to control other gadgets. For several years, Amazon and Google have collected data every time someone used a smart speaker to turn on a light or lock a door. Now they’re asking smart-home gadget makers such as Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to send a continuous stream of information. In other words, after you connect a light fixture to Alexa, Amazon wants to know every time the light is turned on or off, regardless of whether you asked Alexa to toggle the switch. Televisions must report the channel they’re set to. Smart locks must keep the company apprised whether or not the front door bolt is engaged. 

Copyright © BloombergQuint


Worker quit lab after she had spotted secret camera

A female worker at a dental lab left her job in distress after she discovered a secret camera had been placed by her employer in a folder to snoop on her.

Now, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ruled the dental technician was entitled to resign and claim constructive dismissal and has ordered the dental lab, run by a husband and wife team, to pay the worker €5,000 for unfair dismissal.

The dental technician told the hearing she was extremely upset and concerned to discover the concealed camera especially as she had previously received inappropriate messages via WhatsApp from the husband.


Representative survey on idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields in Taiwan and comparison with the international literature


We found the prevalence rate of IEI-EMF has been declining, instead of increasing as predicted previously. Women are more likely to report having IEI-EMF than men. Further studies to explore the causes leading to the declines may help the public, scientific community, and government deal with idiopathic intolerance to other environmental exposures.


WiTricity to Acquire Qualcomm Halo

Watertown, Massachusetts – February 11, 2019

WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer, today announced the acquisition from Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. of certain technology platform and IP assets, which will bring to over 1,500 the number of patents and patent applications related to wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. Through the transaction Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.

This acquisition will streamline technology development that enables automakers to deliver an EV charging experience that is seamless and efficient. By simply parking over wireless charging ground pads located at home, in garages, and public parking spots, EV drivers will be able to recharge hands-free, without the need for any bulky cables, virtually eliminating the need to ever plug in. Additionally, electrified autonomous vehicle (AV) fleets will require wireless charging since there will be no human drivers present to plug in.


NYU WIRELESS announced AT&T has rejoined the NYU WIRELESS research center at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. AT&T is the research center’s 13thindustrial affiliate.

AT&T’s chief technology officer and president, AT&T Labs, Andre Fuetsch, will be a featured keynote speaker at the 6th annual Brooklyn 5G Summit, on April 24–25, 2019 at the NYU Tandon campus in Brooklyn, New York.



From Nina Beety, California

Representative survey on idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields in Taiwan and comparison with the international literatur

Conclusions: We found the prevalence rate of IEI-EMF has been declining, instead of increasing as predicted previously. Women are more likely to report having IEI-EMF than men. Further studies to explore the causes leading to the declines may help the public, scientific community, and government deal with idiopathic intolerance to other environmental exposures


Have any of you evaluated this 2018 prevalence review and study on electromagnetic sensitivity/electrohypersensitivity done in Taiwan? The authors say the prevalence is shrinking, and that other surveys conducted after the ones cited by Oberfeld and Hallberg in 2006, show declining numbers as well.


Representative survey on idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields in Taiwan and comparison with the international literature

I’d be grateful for any input you can provide on this survey. 

Thank you.

Best regards,

Nina Beety



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Dr. George Carlo on gaming disorder international classification of diseases — WHO ICD-11


Can Smart Meters disable car ignition and garage door?


USA Senate hearing 2019: 5G safety relies solely on “low-power assumption”: Déjà vu all-over again

5G technology and health & environment = FLYING BLIND

On February 6, 2019, took place hearing before the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, on the future of the 5G wireless technology.

U.S. Senator, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), was concerned with with the lack of any scientific research and data on the potential health effects of the 5G-emitted radiation.

In response to questions from Senator Blumenthal, representatives of the telecom industry confirmed:

▪ Mr. Gillen (?): there is no ongoing research into health effects of the 5G

▪ Mr. Gillen (?): industry did not commit any funds to support research into 5G health risks

▪ Mr. Steve Berry, President and CEO, Competitive Carriers Association: industry relies solely on the low-power assumption to justify safety of the 5G

We, the People… are driving insects to extinction…

Peer-reviewed journal Biological Conservation has published an article “Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers” authored by two Australian scientists, FranciscoSánchez-Bayo and Kris A.G.Wyckhuys.

The authors concluded that human activity is driving over 40% of insect species to extinction. As the major reasons are named loss of habitat, agro-chemical pollutants (pesticides), invasive species and climate change.

Trustworthiness of telecoms (it is a sarcasm!)

 How customers can trust any information and services provided bytelecoms? This is the case of Optusin Australia. However, it likely represents “tip of an iceberg” as the news refers to a similar behavior ofTelstra.

Iowa Democrats to take caucus to the virtual world

Iowa Democratic leaders Monday announced a new option for registered party members to take part in Caucus night. The plan calls for a virtual caucus that will take place over several nights leading up to the precinct caucuses that will be accessible by phone and by smartphone app. The goal is to make sure that every Democrat in Iowa, regardless of physical condition, weather, job schedule or personal reasons, has a way to help select the party’s nominee for President of the United States.

The virtual caucus will essentially serve as an additional county in each congressional district in Iowa, and will represent 10% of each district’s representation at the state convention. Users of the virtual caucus will be able to select their top 5 preferences for President, choose whether they want to put forth their name as a possible delegate, and submit platform proposals to be adopted by the party.


From Patricia Burke, Stop Smart Meters Massachusetts


 No 5G until FCC Docket 13-84 (and 03-197 for that matter) is completed and closed. – Marilynne Martin

power consumption challenges will limit various consumer and electronic devices accessing 5G tech to primarily those wired to robust power sources, like a home electrical system.” 

ACTIVISM OPPORTUNITY: Crowdfunding Ramazzini’s Research

Probable Carcinogen: this is the (minimal) safety classification of Radio-frequencies to be obtained from IARC (WHO)!

After the final report of the NTP (USA) study, great expectation is given to the final report of the Ramazzini Institute (Bologna, Italy).

The final evaluation is still ongoing. but it proceeds slowly due to lack of resources! To complete it, they need funds for at least € 50,000 not covered by the main sponsors including: Region Emilia Romagna and ARPA, who no longer want to support the search!

The Italian Electrosensitive Association (A.I.E.) has opened a fund-raising campaign (crowdfunding) in order to support Ramazzini’s research.

We commit members, and invite friends and supporters to give their financial support to this initiative.

On Friday, at 2 pm, the concerned website is online. The link is as follows


Following the suggestions of the platform, it is very important that the announcement starts with the maximum of contacts and possibly donations.

So you ask to your friends to forward, in the same minutes … hours, this announcement – with any changes and improvements – to their own contacts and their network asking recipients to transfer it to their personal contacts (as well as to donate, of course!).

My best regards

Giorgio Cinciripini

Associazione Italiana Elettrosensibili



INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING RESOURCE:  What ProPublica Is Covering This Year We are digging deep into the most pressing issues of our country — and we want your help.

Claire Perlman: “This year, I’m looking at all the issues people with disabilities face in housing, transportation, education and every other part of life.”

• Email: claire.perlman@propublica.org

• Twitter: @clairelyperlman

• Signal/WhatsApp: 319-541-0574



LINK to SEN. BLUMENTHAL ANNOUNCEMENT re 5G hearing: U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
February 6, 2019
Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States

For Immediate Release   February 6, 2019


Blumenthal criticizes the FCC & FDA for inadequate answers on outstanding public health questions

Wireless carriers concede they are not aware of any independent scientific studies on safety of 5G technologies


AMAZON: Jeff Bezos builds surveillance state and becomes victim

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Robots are writing the news and nobody’s talking about it

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Never mind killer robots — Here are six real A.I. dangers to watch out for in 2019

Last year a string of controversies revealed a darker (and dumber) side to artificial intelligence

1. Self-Crashing Cars

2. Political Manipulation Bots

3. Algorithms for Peace

4. A Surveillance Face-Off

5. Fake It Till You Break It

6. Algorithmic Discrimination

What to expect in 2019: We’ll see methods for detecting and mitigating bias and algorithms that can produce unbiased results from biased data. The International Conference on Machine Learning, a major AI conference, will be held in Ethiopia in 2020 because African scientists researching problems of bias could have trouble getting visas to travel to other regions. Other events could also move.


BOOK: Digital minimalism Cal Newport

“DIGITAL MINIMALISTS are all around us. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.”

CANADIAN DIPLOMATS: Diplomats suing federal government over mysterious health issues

The federal government is being sued by Canadian diplomats and their families.

The 15 plaintiffs allege they’ve suffered health problems akin to traumatic brain injuries while working in Cuba between 2016 and 2018. The suit is for $28 million.



CELLPHONES: IIHS estimates more than 800 traffic deaths in 2017 linked to cellphone manipulation

IIHS noted that a 2018 national survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 64 percent of respondents consider distracted driving a much bigger problem now than it was three years ago.


CHILDREN: Ban phones in your child’s bedroom and at the dinner table, parents told in official ‘screentime’ guidance

• The chief medical officer for England recommends screen-free meal times

• Dame Sally Davies warns parents that phones should be left ‘outside bedroom 

• Dame Sally also says children should have break from screen every two hours 

• She recommends ‘screen-free meal times’ so families interact ‘face-to-face’


CHILDREN: Children’s Smartwatch recall joins long list of wearables recalls

CHILDREN: Update from Mark Arazi, France

Please find attached the answer we received from Elisabeth Cardis, European Coordinator of the Mobikids study on the progress of publications:

“The publications are being written and we expect to submit them to a scientific review by the summer.

Here are the most recent publications. Other methodological publications are being prepared and should be submitted shortly (they are essential for data analysis and interpretation).

Nonparticipation Selection Bias in the MOBI-Kids Study.Turner MC, Gracia-Lavedan E, Momoli F, Langer CE, Castaño-Vinyals G, Kundi M, Maule M, Merletti F, Sadetzki S, Vermeulen R, Albert A, Alguacil J, Aragones N, Badia F, Bruchim R, Carretero G, Kojimahara N, Lacour B, Morales-Suarez-Varela M, Radon K, Remen T, Weinmann T, Yamaguchi N, Cardis E. Epidemiology. 2019 Jan;30(1):145-153. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000932.PMID:30299406

ELF exposure from mobile and cordless phones for the epidemiological MOBI-Kidsstudy.Calderón C, Ichikawa H, Taki M, Wake K, Addison D, Mee T, Maslanyj M, Kromhout H, Lee AK, Sim MR, Wiart J, Cardis E. Environ Int. 2017 Apr;101:59-69. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.01.005. Epub 2017 Jan 24.

BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests social media use is associated with mental health in young people but underlying processes are not well understood. This paper i) assesses whether social media use is associated with adolescents’ depressive symptoms, and ii) investigates multiple potential explanatory pathways via online harassment, sleep, self-esteem and body image.


CHILDREN: U.K. doctors call for caution in children’s use of screens and social media

CHILDREN: ‘Zombies consumed by cellphones’

Affton author accentuates addictions to technology screens

Curbing people’s impulses to exorbitantly use cellphones and tablets is a personal crusade for an ardent local communications professional. She believes her anti-dependency movement starts with changing toddlers’ technology habits.

Local speech pathologist Gia Valenti is so passionate about saving youth from becoming addicted to technology devices that she wrote a book showcasing pre-teen twins who choose not to conform to cultural norms regarding cellphone use. Additionally, she developed a learning curriculum to teach pre-kindergarten through high school students about risks of not practicing face-to-face communication.


CHILDREN SCHOOLS UTAH: State school board updates rule on use of cellphones, electronic devices on school campuses

The State School Board on Friday updated its rule on the use of privately owned cell phones and other electronic devices at school, requiring districts and charters to establish policies and conduct schoolwide trainings.

The board action comes days after a legislative committee hearing during which educators, parents and lawmakers said students with private data plans are accessing pornography on their cell phones or tablets at school or spending time watching videos or texting when they should be tending to their studies.


CELLPHONES SCHOOLS: Say ‘No’ to cell phones  INDIA

Hanamkonda: The students of Ideal High School took out a demonstration holding placards of ‘Say No to Cell Phone’ in Hanamkonda on Saturday. They raised slogans not to fall prey to cell phones and social media by addicting to them. They said about the adverse effects of continuous use of mobile phones. 


SCHOOLS: Classrooms in crisis: Overwhelming response from teachers | kgw.com


EMF: 9 Examples of EMF radiation in everyday life (with solutions)


ENERGY POLITICSSens. Portman, Brown introduce bill to facilitate more new energy investments

ENERGY POLITICS: There’s now an official Green New Deal. Here’s what’s in it.


ENVIRONMENTLightning’s electromagnetic fields may have protective properties 

Phys.org, February 8, 2019, Tel Aviv University

Lightning was the main electromagnetic presence in the Earth’s atmosphere long before the invention of electricity. There are some 2,000 thunderstorms active at any given time, so humans and other organisms have been bathed in extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields for billions of years.

These electromagnetic fields—the result of global lightning activity known as Schumann Resonances—are weak and difficult to detect. Scientists never suspected that they had any tangible impact on life on Earth. But a new Tel Aviv University study finds that these fields may have protective properties for organisms living under stress conditions.

Research for the study was led by Prof. Colin Price of TAU’s Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and conducted by his doctoral student Gal Elhalel in collaboration with Profs. Asher Shainberg and Dror Fixler of Bar Ilan University. It was published in Nature Scientific Reports on February 7.

“We found that under controlled conditions, the Schumann Resonance fields certainly had an effect on living tissues,” Prof. Price says. “The most important effect was that the atmospheric ELF fields actually protected cells under stress conditions. In other words, when biological cells are under stress—due to lack of oxygen, for example—the atmospheric fields from lightning appear to protect them from damage. This may be related to the evolutionary role these fields have played on living organisms.”

In the course of numerous laboratory experiments, in which the scientists induced fields similar to those in the atmosphere, they witnessed significant effects on living heart cells of rats within 30-40 minutes. Extremely weak magnetic fields in the 7.6-8Hz frequency range induced a number of effects when applied to rat cardiac cells, including reductions in spontaneous contractions, calcium transients and the release of Creatine Kinase (CK). (The release of CK into the liquid medium around the cardiac cells is a measure of damage to cardiac cells, which also occurs during heart attacks.) The scientists found that the effects were temporary, as the induced cell changes reversed when the fields were turned off.

“It is the first study that demonstrates a link between global lighting activity and the Schumann Resonances and the activity of living cells,” Prof. Price says. “It may explain why all living organisms have electrical activity in the same ELF spectral range, and it is the first time such a connection has been shown. This may have some therapeutic implications down the line, since these ELF fields appear to protect cells from damage, but this requires further research.”

Prof. Price and his team are expanding their research to other types of biological cells to see if there is a similar effect of these electromagnetic fields on other cell types.

Explore further: Flatworms found to regenerate faster or slower when exposed to weak magnetic field

More information: G. Elhalel et al. Cardioprotection from stress conditions by weak magnetic fields in the Schumann Resonance band, Scientific Reports (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36341-z 


EWASTE: Basel Action Network releases report on illegal e-waste exports

The global environmental watchdog organization Basel Action Network (BAN) today released the findings of a two-year study in 10 EU countries that followed 314 old computers, printers, and monitors in which GPS Trackers had been secretly installed.

5G; Swisscom Capex to dip as radiation laws delay 5G rollout


5G: How harmful is 5G really?

5G should transfer huge amounts of data quickly. But it could also harm your health. Europe’s governments ignore the danger.


5G: Sierra Club California adopts resolution to oppose FCC rules re: 5G technology and “small cell” antenna sites
On February 9, 2019, Sierra Club California adopted the following resolution:

“The Sierra Club California Conservation Committee urges the National Conservation Policy Committee to adopt an oppose position to the FCC’s recent promulgation of a rule that waives environmental review, and limits local control, of the deployment of 5G wireless technology and small cell box installations.”

5G; BARRIE TROWEER 20 MINUTE VIDEO (2018) “I do know 5 professors that have already brought charges of genocide against the government scientists who are pushing this out with along with industry cooperation.

Leading scientists in 40 countries have warned that the waveform through 5G can be harmful, not just to humans, but to all living species. And I can tell you as a military man that one of the top waveforms for 5G is incredibly close, in terms of electronic waveforms to the new microwave weapon called ‘Active Denial’ that is now in use for crowd control. And that is reputed to cause visual disturbances, certainly neurological disturbances, heart disturbances – all sorts of things.

It’s not difficult to buy scientists that will do an experiment that is legitimate but not accurate, and will cause confusion. And this is what they’re doing. And they’re going to get away with it because they are above the law.

In one of my papers I cited over 200,000 of the world’s top medical consultants who were all really worried about this, and it’s absolutely totally ignored. They will do absolutely nothing. And their attitude is, ‘We have the money.’

It’s not just the general public who don’t really understand it. The scientists who produced it have absolutely no idea of the mathematics of the waveform that it is producing.

There are no safety checks, at all, carried out on anything to do with 5G.

You’re never going to be more than 30 yards from a transmitter. There are going to be millions and millions of them everywhere: inside your house, inside things you buy, inside your phones, inside computers, on lamp-posts, on street signs – just about everywhere.”

Barrie Trower 5G Will Devastate Humanity But Those Behind It Are Above The Law

5G: Stop 5G appeal hits US TV: RT America, 7 Feb 2019

Published on Feb 7, 2019

5G wireless technology offers users the prospect of surfing the internet and downloading content faster than ever before. But a group of scientists and medical professionals are petitioning against the roll-out of 5G, claiming it could pose health and environmental risks of catastrophic proportions. RT America’s Ashlee Banks has the details. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grRmYI7OtRI  2 ½ minutes video

5G; Current 5G state laws

5G5G small cell deployment: Every current state law

5G: 5G: The Next Generation

FCC overrules local power to deploy wireless infrastructure without public comment

Moreover, the FCC deregulation intends to eliminate nearly $2 billion in municipal costs to deploy the 5G antennas. 

As a result, the city of Eugene could face a loss in its general fund from $2 million to $4.2 million annually, the city of Eugene’s Finance Director Twylla Miller said in a budget committee meeting in March 2018.  

The city of Eugene joined a group of cities in filing a petition for review to challenge the FCC order in December 2018, says Caitlin Estes, the city’s communications coordinator. Titled City of Eugene, City of Huntsville and City of Bowie v. FCC and USA, it’s been transferred to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as of Jan. 10.

5G; Is Harmful 5G Technology Being Installed Near Your Home and Throughout Your Community? Link Provides Current 5G State Laws.

5G: 5G fears: Homeowners worry about mini towers in street


Controversy grows as mini 5G cell towers pop up everywhere


5G: Residents Question Verizon Wireless’s Plan to Bring 5G Network to Bay County


5G: What will the future of 5G bring? – BBC Click  ½ HOUR 2018 VIDEO INDUSTRY

5G: 5G wireless radiation dangers: A personal rant 

Neil Steven Cohen 20 minute video
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5G ACTIVISM: Retired US GENERAL WARNS of 5G network!

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5G: Local group protests 5G cell tower in Eugene


5G SMART HOMES: Should Smart-home owners chill when it comes to 5G?

So how soon is this 5G tech going to hit home?

CNET.com posits that with all those connected locks, light switches and other smart household products fragmented both by software platforms and wireless communication standards, 5G seems like it has the potential to alleviate some of the confusion around smart-home connectivity—but their sources allude that power consumption challenges will limit various consumer and electronic devices accessing 5G tech to primarily those wired to robust power sources, like a home electrical system.

So while 5G wouldn’t be a good fit for battery-powered smart locks due to the power draw, beyond potentially streamlining at least some connectivity issues, some smart-home device makers do see 5G enabling improved performance. Stay tuned for more on the subject of 5G and its consumer/homeowner impact in future reports.

IOT: IoT devices are vulnerable to state-enlisted espionage: Booz Allen report

Booz Allen releases its 2019 Cyber Threat Outlook report highlighting state-enlisted espionage on IoT devices and AI deepfakes, among others, as major cyber threats this year.

“Connected televisions, webcams, and printers have been enlisted to mine cryptocurrency, launch DDoS attacks, and cause other mischief.”

The Booz Allen report outlines the top eight cybersecurity threats trending this year:

• Companies in the crosshairs of information warfare

• Internet of Things (IoT) devices broaden state espionage operations

• Chip and PIN may fall short

• The weaponization of adware networks

• Deepfakes in the wild—Artificial Intelligence (AI) in information warfare

• New Frontiers—the expanding wireless attack surface

• State-sponsored threat actors double down on deception

• Water utility targeting bubbles to the surface

Booz Allen Names IoT, AI, Info Warfare in Cyber Threat Outlook Report for 2019

OTHER TELECOM: ‘Same BS from Big Cable-funded politicians’: Alarm bells over ‘deceptive’ GOP bills designed to destroy net neutrality

Republicans, say critics, are “intentionally trying to confuse the public… by pushing weaksauce legislation that would undermine the open Internet while claiming to save it.”


OTHER TELECOM: Google Fiber to leave Louisville after unsuccessful deployment


OTHER TELECOM: AT&T sued by Sprint, must defend decision to tell users that 4G is ‘5G E’

Sprint says AT&T’s “5G E” campaign violates laws against false advertising.


OTHER TELECOMTexas bill would make it illegal for Verizon and any other wireless provider to throttle disaster zones


HEALTH: A leaky brain could be the chief culprit in Alzheimer’s


HEALTH: Postpartum depression: How keeping a wireless baby monitor turned on 24/7 could be contributing to tt.

HEALTH: Wireless hearing aides can send microwave radiation into a person’s brain  Total EMF Solutions   6 Minute video

HEALTH: CASE STUDY: Vertigo – potential causes & natural remedies  13 minute EMF activist educational video

PRODUCTS: Monitoring heart health, one toilet seat at a time

This smart seat keeps tabs on your heart while you take care   Feb. 1st, 2019 | Megan Scudellari | IEEE Spectrum 

“Sensors in a new battery-powered, cloud-connected toilet seat track blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and other heart data as accurately as hospital-grade monitoring equipment in a small group of patients, according to a study in the January issue of the journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth.
The idea of a “smart toilet” isn’t new—Google has a patent on a health-tracking toilet and Japanese manufacturers Toto and Matsushita (now part of Panasonic) have each developed Wi-Fi–connected toilets—but most health-related toilet technologies focus on urine and stool analysis inside the bowl, rather than tracking vital signs using sensors in the seat.

SATELLITES: SpaceX requests FCC permission to operate 1m ‘earth stations’

The next step to getting Project Starlink off the ground


SCIENCE INTEGRITY: Why Snopes gets an ‘F’



Smart meters shouldn’t be forced on customers

Neither my 94-year-old mother, nor I, nor anyone else should be forced against our will to have SMs, especially a bank of SMs, outside their kitchen windows.

Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D., of Raleigh has been an economic and political risk analyst for an international consulting firm.


SMART METERS VA: City may pursue separate ‘smart grids’ for water, power

Elizabeth City might soon pursue two “smart grids” for utility service rather than one, after city officials reported encountering problems with water meters used in a pilot project.

The city chose Nexgrid, of Fredricksburg, Va., to provide meters for a smart grid for electrical and water service, but is now considering spinning off the water grid to another firm, Badger Meter, of Milwaukee, City Manager Rich Olson and Assistant City Manager Angela Cole told City Council during its recent retreat.

The city has pursued a smart grid for years. The project would set up new communications infrastructure and utility meters that could be read wirelessly. Implemented properly, the system would benefit the city and customers alike, as it would provide more data, and in real time, to monitor usage and find outages.

The city had planned to go with Nexgrid for the entire smart grid, and got the company to install a pilot project in the city’s downtown in spring 2015. That pilot project continues today; the city won’t take the smart grid citywide until after it upgrades to a new utility billing software, Olson and Cole have said.

Olson and Cole said Nexgrid’s electrical meters work very well and have provided “invaluable” data to the city’s electrical department. The company’s water meters, however, aren’t designed as well and weren’t always properly installed, Cole said.


SMART METERS MAINE: CMP facing a backlog of thousands of faulty bills

As the electric utility generates hundreds of flawed bills daily, customers ask: ‘What the heck is wrong with this company?’


TRANSPORTATION: Study: Self-driving cars could increase urban congestion

UTILITIES: PG&E Submits 2019 Wildfire Safety Plan; with additional safety precautions and significantly expanded public safety power shutoff program


UTILITES: Critics: Massachusetts energy efficiency plan missed chance to promote equity

State officials rejected an incentive that would have paid utilities extra for providing services to renters.

Massachusetts’ new energy efficiency plan, approved by the state Department of Public Utilities last week, promises ambitious programs to sharply reduce consumption of electricity and natural gas over the next three years. Though the plan is receiving widespread praise, some environmental advocates say state officials missed an opportunity to make energy efficiency even more accessible and innovative.

“This is a great plan that will deliver substantial benefits and savings for Massachusetts consumers,” said Amy Boyd, senior attorney at the Acadia Center and a member of the council that drafted the plan. “But the DPU could have done so much more to ensure equity and move towards a clean energy future.”

Massachusetts has a reputation as a national leader in energy efficiency. The commonwealth has been named the most energy-efficient state by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for eight consecutive years.

Massachusetts’ utilities are required by a 2008 law to create an energy efficiency plan every three years. The plan is drafted by an advisory council that includes members representing consumers, the state attorney general, environmental groups, various business interests, municipalities, and other stakeholder groups. The DPU then approves the plan, in part or in whole.

The programs are administered by Mass Save, a collaboration formed by the state’s utilities for the purpose of overseeing these activities.

The plan, which officials say will save consumers more than $8 billion, includes several programs widely acclaimed as innovative and progressive. The element receiving perhaps the most recognition is the plan to provide incentives to customers who switch their heating systems to electric heat pumps, regardless of what fuel they are currently using. Traditionally, the state’s efficiency programs have only paid incentives to customers who upgrade to more efficient systems using their existing fuel source.

The individual incentive will be determined by comparing the customer’s previous use of energy for heating to the power used by the new heat pump; the bigger the gap, the bigger the payment. Homeowners now using old, inefficient oil or propane heat, therefore, will have an even greater motivation to switch.

“That’s what we need to do to transition off fossil fuels, from a residential standpoint,” said Deb Pasternak, director of the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club.

Environmental advocates are also enthusiastic about plans for an energy scorecard. The scorecards, which will be generated during home energy assessments, will quantify a home’s energy use and detail how certain home improvements could increase efficiency. The ultimate goal is to make the scorecards part of the information available to house hunters.

“That will really just put a metric on it to help consumers understand,” said Samantha Caputo, policy and research associate with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. “It just provides more transparency in the market.”

Also generating excitement are measures to reduce peak demand, incentives for the construction of very energy-efficient homes, and provisions that encourage municipalities to convert their streetlights to LED bulbs.

‘The people who need efficiency the most are low-income people and renters.’

But the approved plan is also notable for what it omits, environmental advocates and others said.

First, the state rejected a proposed performance incentive that would have paid utilities $20 for every renter it provided with efficiency services. The goal was to improve access to the benefits of efficiency for low-income households, those with language barriers, and other traditionally underserved populations that are disproportionately renters. Several environmental organizations, the attorney general’s office, and the utilities all supported the proposal.

The DPU, however, reasoned that existing law already requires utilities to serve renters, and the incentive was therefore unnecessary. Furthermore, the number of renters served would still have counted toward the utilities’ overall performance incentive calculations; the renter component, therefore, would have meant paying the utilities twice for each rental household served.

The decision disappoints those who thought the incentive was a necessary step toward creating greater equity in the system.

“From an environmental justice perspective it made no sense,” Pasternak said. “The people who need efficiency the most are low-income people and renters.”

The DPU’s decisions also put on hold a proposal to incentivize battery storage and renewable energy on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Cape Light Compact, an organization that aggregates energy purchasing and oversees efficiency programs for 21 towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, has designed a program that would have distributed battery storage equipment to 1,000 residents and small businesses in its territory.

The batteries would have been given free, in exchange for participation in a demand response system: Participants would have to agree to let the Compact discharge their batteries when needed to reduce demand on the grid. A second component of the Compact’s proposal would have offered enhanced incentives for customers to install solar panels and heat pumps alongside battery storage.

The DPU, however, decided the Compact needed to do more to reach out to stakeholders and work out the details of the program, a decision some say runs counter to the goals of the efficiency planning process.

“I think that is short-sighted,” Boyd said. “We should be encouraging and praising innovative programs like that.”

Compact administrator Maggie Downey, however, said the organization intends to do what it takes to continue pursuing the ideas.

“They punted,” she said. “It’s a setback, it’s not the end.”

UTILITIES: Puerto Rico plans stop short of the grid of the future

PREPA’s draft IRP calls for rapid deployment of solar and batteries, including the installation of as much battery storage as is currently online in the entire United States over the next four years, in a system broken up into “minigrids”. However, it stops short of utilizing behind-the-meter PV and storage.

UTILITIES NEW YORK: Despite failures, ConEd targets more energy savings from non-wires pioneer BQDM

ConEd projects that it will achieve customer-side load reductions greater than the 41 MW cumulative level by 2021. In terms of total capacity, Con Edison officials told Utility Dive that the BQDM program “is anticipated to achieve more than 55 MW of peak load reduction by summer 2022.”


UTILITIES: Propelling clean energy innovation forward: What does the industry need from regulators?

Clean energy 1.0″ took years of regulatory time and capital investment in a sector that depends on reliability and safety, said Yergin. It will take an “ongoing commitment” to get those same results from technologies still nascent to the market, but necessary to the transition.

Those technologies include battery storage, especially seasonal, non-lithium ion batteries, advanced nuclear reactors, electric grid modernization and “hit[ting] hard the other sectors that are hard to decarbonize,” such as building standards, said Moniz. The report also lists hydrogen, advanced manufacturing technologies, smart cities, biological sequestration and sunlight to fuels as “high-priority clean energy innovation areas” that are worth the government’s time and funding.

Though new technology is key, “incumbents need to be a part of the solution,” said Moniz. Existing utilities have the customer base, but “you can’t do it without the disruptors” which are the essential technologies moving the sector forward. Integrating distributed resources onto the grid is one example of a tool that can placate utility reliability concerns, while allowing cleaner fuels to advance, Moniz said.


UTILITIES: Microgrids can protect public health. So why aren’t we using more that way?

Gundlach provides a number of recommendations aimed at protecting public health during power outages. Policymakers, especially at the state level, need to anticipate severe electricity disruptions and place a value on the benefits of resilience, he says in the report. They also need to address the legal, regulatory and utility challenges to microgrid deployment.

Part of the challenge is that different stakeholders in the public health and electricity sectors stress different resilience objectives related to their own missions, the report says.

“Fostering resilience means anticipating severe disruptions as well as planning, investing, and designing so that such disruptions, which are certain to occur, are made shallower in depth and shorter in duration,” says the report, which Gundlach wrote as a staff attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.


QUOTE: Sen. Blumenthal: “We’re kind of flying blind here — so far as health and safety is concerned.”

FEATURED: Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. Endlessly Entertaining. Criminally Instigated. Terminally Pathological.

FEATURED: Flo’s cartoons

FEATURED: Hearing is tomorrow (Tuesday) for NH 5G bill:

Establishing a commission to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology.



From Mame on another list:  Today I attended a “Tools and Inspiration for Activists” Workshop given by Harvard trained James Croft here in Chicago.  It was outstanding.  He focused on what research has shown are the most effective ways to go about persuading people (legitimately so—not coersion).  This is part of a course that Obama took and found very helpful.  I think it can provide many tools for the work we do in educating the public about wireless safety.  I found this 2015 version of his talk online, as presented at the Center for Inquiry.  Check it out. It can help our listeners take in what could otherwise be very lumpy information and help them digest it with ease.


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Trump to lay out an AI plan


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Trump has a plan to keep America first in artificial intelligence

The president will launch the “American AI Initiative” with an executive order.


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: The CALIPSO Version 4 Automated Aerosol Classification and Lidar Ratio Selection Algorithm


BOOK: I am excited to let you know that Part 1 of my book, “The Dark Side of Prenatal Ultrasound and the Dangers of Non-Ionizing Radiation,” is now available in PDF form.  Please visit this link for more details and to purchase the PDF. – Jeanice Barcelo

If you are interested to purchase the PDF version of Part 1, please visit this link or email jeanicebarcelo@yahoo.com.  All those who purchase the PDF will receive a $10 discount off the paperback when it becomes available.


CELLPHONES: Here are ‘most’ and ‘least’ radiation emitting Smartphones In 2019

CELLPHONES SCHOOLS: Marin Voice: Cellphones pose a challenge for teachers in the classroom


Published on Apr 6, 2011

A Cell Tower Lament for the Earth

3 minute song

CELLPHONES: https://nypost.com/2019/01/30/spam-calls-have-stopped-people-from-answering-their-phones/

CELLPHONES: Arthur Firstenberg ~ The Hidden Dangers Of Wireless & Cell Phone Radiation  15 minute audio

“The Hidden Dangers of Wireless & Cell Phone Radiation”, a by me created and subtitled, and in Multerland uploaded serial of in total 4 educational videos (part 3 and 4 still to be created, uploaded as soon as possible), with the soundtrack of an audio recording that was published on Soundcloud by 𝐖𝐆𝐃𝐑, Goddard College Community Radio, Plainfield, United States, on April 6, 2018. Duration of the entire interview: 60 minutes. The transcript of the video has been revised by the team of The Cellular Phone Task Force (Arthur Firstenberg).Transcript of 1/4 ~ The Hidden Dangers of Wireless & Cell Phone
Radiation ~ Arthur Firstenberg

CELLPHONES DISTRACTED DRIVING: Distracted driving is the new drunken driving, with a toll Idaho lawmakers are ignoring

According to the University of Utah Applied Cognition Lab, the odds of getting into a crash are four times higher when a driver is talking on the cellphone, the same odds of crashing when driving drunk. For texting and driving, the statistics are even more startling. According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol, which is why experts in recent years have labeled distracted driving the new drunken driving. There are many reasons for distracted driving – food and drink, kids, pets or interactive dashboard screens – but the leading cause of distracted driving is talking or texting while driving.


CHILDREN: A drawing – 10 y/o child’s impression of the wireless world – Zombies & sickness

CHILDREN: Chicago public schools monitored social media for signs of violence, gang membership

School officials say the monitoring was about keeping students safe, not punishing them. But critics say it expanded the role of police in schools and increased surveillance of children.


WIFI: How Wi Fi and 5G impact airline workers and travelers

6 ½ minute video

ECONOMICS/INSPIRATION: OPINION: Sooner or later, we have to stop economic growth – and we’ll be better for it

The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well wind up with greater well-being.

ENERGY: A return to Greenham Common?

Putin and Lockheed Martin are the winners as Trump withdraws US from INF Treaty

Here in Britain we need to remember the Cruise Missiles based at Greenham Common and Molesworth in the 1980s. Authorised by NATO, these were driven by the US Air Force on huge “transporter-erector launchers” around the roads of Berkshire, Wiltshire, Cambridge (and beyond) at dead of night.  Billed as “melting into the countryside”, these nuclear convoys were in fact highly visible and vulnerable to accidents or attack.  With warheads packing the equivalent of 25 Hiroshimas each, they were meant for “first use” and nuclear war fighting in the “European theatre”, from the Atlantic to the Urals.

The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, CND and Cruisewatch argued in the US and British courts that these inhumane and dangerous weapons should be banned.  Equipped at most with porridge and paint, these protestors were nonviolent, seeking only to mark and expose the dangerous nuclear convoys on Britain’s roads.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson in the executive director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, which she founded in 1996. She is also a Founding President of ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

ENVIRONMENT: Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review   (no mention of RF)

“The main cause of the decline is agricultural intensification,” Sánchez-Bayo said. “That means the elimination of all trees and shrubs that normally surround the fields, so there are plain, bare fields that are treated with synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.” He said the demise of insects appears to have started at the dawn of the 20th century, accelerated during the 1950s and 1960s and reached “alarming proportions” over the last two decades.

He thinks new classes of insecticides introduced in the last 20 years, including neonicotinoids and fipronil, have been particularly damaging as they are used routinely and persist in the environment: “They sterilise the soil, killing all the grubs.” This has effects even in nature reserves nearby; the75% insect losses recorded in Germany were in protected areas.


ENVIRONMENTScientists warn crashing insect population puts ‘planet’s ecosystems and survival of mankind’ at risk

“This is the stuff that worries me most. We don’t know what we’re doing, not trying to stop it, [and] with big consequences we don’t really understand.”


ENVIRONMENT OT:  The secret danger of everyday things  CHEMICALS

A decade ago, the newfound awareness about toxic pollution centred on a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). After an intense public debate, Canada became the first country in the world to ban BPA in baby bottles – something that most countries have now emulated. But the fight to get BPA out of other unlikely corners of our lives continues.

“The link between BPA exposure and human disease is much stronger now than it was 10 years ago, when Slow Death was first published. Literally every week now, another new study on BPA crosses my desk,” he told us. “We now have solid evidence for BPA exposure driving things like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and neurobehavioural problems,” he said. “In one recent study, we have evidence of BPA in people causing the deaths of fetuses during in vitro fertilization … BPA exposure results in the ovary producing less estrogen.”

The game of toxic Whac-A-Mole continues. Consumers demanded – and won – the removal of BPA from baby bottles to make our kids safer. It’s now popped up in unanticipated places, such as cash register receipts, that threaten us all.

Time to change how the game is played once and for all.


ENVIRONMENT OT: If you want to know about the health of ecosystems, a good place to start is with ants  (no RF)

By sampling these six-legged, colony-dwelling insects, scientists can track the progress of environmental restoration.

We, the People… are driving insects to extinction…

Peer-reviewed journal Biological Conservation has published an article “Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers” authored by two Australian scientists, FranciscoSánchez-Bayo and Kris A.G.Wyckhuys.
The authors concluded that human activity is driving over 40% of insect species to extinction. As the major reasons are named loss of habitat, agro-chemical pollutants (pesticides), invasive species and climate change.

The list of environmental pollutants might be, however, soon expanded. The rapid deployment of the 5th generation of the wireless communication technology (5G), will cause that a huge number of the micro-cell-towers will be densely distributed throughout the urban areas. For the the non-urban areas there are plans to deploy satellites, to the low orbit, that would beam the microwaves and provide internet connectivity for any and all locations on earth.

Without an urgent governmental intervention, this might be not so distant future.

The 5G-involvement has been pointed out in a recent study. It has demonstrated that the radiation levels emitted by the cell towers of the 5G networks will heat bodies of insects to the levels that will be able to affect their normal physiology: Exposure of Insects to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields from 2 to 120 GHz. Thielenset et al., Scientific Reports 2018, 8:3924.

ENVIRONMENT: Idaho Is missing the Monarchs



Researchers have identified how naval sonar is killing and beaching whales

The big question that was brought up was how an animal that lives in the ocean and is adapted to perform deep water dives for hours at a time can obtain decompression sickness? Well simply, the sonar is so powerful, the animals dive deep too quickly causing the sickness.

“In the presence of sonar they are stressed and swim vigorously away from the sound source, changing their diving pattern,” lead author Yara Bernaldo de Quiros told AFP.

“The stress response, in other words, overrides the diving response, which makes the animals accumulate nitrogen. It’s like an adrenalin shot.”

The conclusions are drawn from autopsies of dead whales, although a handful of animals were killed by other threats inflicted by humans, such as collisions with ships or entanglement in fishing nets, as well as disease.

The authors note that to mitigate the impacts of sonar on beaked whales, we must ban its use in areas where they’re found. A moratorium on the use of MFAS around the Canary Islands in 2004 shows just how well this works – no atypical strandings have been seen since. The researchers urge other countries where sonar is deployed, such as the US, Greece, Italy, and Japan, to follow suit.

FCC: Senator blasts FCC, FDA, and Big Tech at committee hearing on Federal 5G legislation and installation

5G: CA Sierra Club committee asks National Sierra Club to oppose 5G and small cell tower installation without local input and environmental review

5G: No danger of electromagnetic radiation from 5G networks – expert  MALTA


5G: The threat 5G poses to human health

What you don’t know will alarm you


 5G beamforming for massive MIMO and millimeter wave enablement

5G: AT&T deploys mobile 5G network at AT&T Stadium

AT&T says it has made good on its plan to bring 5G service to the venue that bears its name in Arlington, Texas. AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and numerous major sporting and entertainment events, now has limited mobile 5G service, making it the first stadium in the country with 5G,according to AT&T.

The nation’s second-largest carrier, which recently started rebranding advanced LTE as “5G E” on Android and iOS devices, said the 5G network at AT&T Stadium is limited, but it plans to expand coverage during the coming weeks. AT&T also hinted at more 5G launches to come at other professional sports venues.

The new network at AT&T Stadium is 5G+, which is the carrier’s 5G network being deployed on its millimeter wave spectrum, an AT&T spokesperson told FierceWireless in response to a question via email.


5G: Watch: Firefighters report neurological damage after 5G cell tower installation near their station

(this is a misreport that is surfacing again this time via Collective Evolution, because the testing on firefighters did not involve 5G)

• The Facts:

Following a cell tower installation on their fire station, Firefighters were all found to have abnormal brain chemistry.

• Reflect On:

Why is this technology being rolled out without any appropriate biological safety testing first? If we already have reason to believe there are issues, shouldn’t we test effectively first?


5G: Cisco and 29 partners launch ‘huge’ rural 5G trial in British Isles


IOT: To Understand IoT Security: Look to the Clouds

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially. But security and privacy concerns are piling up at the same time. How can we understand where this trend is heading? Here’s what we can learn from the history of the cloud


IOT: IoT news of the week for Feb. 8, 2018

Utilities want their own IIoT network: Several utility companies have banded together to create the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) to get some kind of dedicated industrial IoT network designed for grid operations. This proposed network would be wireless and would focus on critical, low-latency elements of transmission and generation. Other tasks, such as smart meters, would still go over existing networks. UBBA’s founding members include Ameren, Burns & McDonnell, Cisco Systems, Encore Networks, Ericsson, Federated Wireless, General Electric, Motorola Solutions, Multi-Tech Systems, National Grid, pdvWireless, Sierra Wireless, and Southern Linc. I’m not in love with this idea, in part because dedicated networks of this ilk tend to be more expensive and I can imagine that railroads, trucking companies, or other businesses might want to create their own dedicated critical communications networks when we already have cellular and a host of other technologies. (Fierce Wireless– Stacey Higginbotham

IOT: IoT 2020: Trends and Challenges

The Internet of Things continues its brisk and steady rise, and many trends that started in previous years will continue or even accelerate for the foreseeable future

However, a recent McKinsey study, What separates leaders from laggards in the Internet of Things, found that only around one sixth of the world’s largest companies adopting IoT are seeing any kind of significant return on investment.


OTHER TELECOM: The Internet, divided between the U.S. and China, has become a battleground

As China and the West race for 5G dominance, two digital powers with very different approaches to technology are staking out their corners


OTHER TELECOM: Verizon prepares for 3.5 GHz tests in Boston, Phoenix

As the Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) ecosystem prepares for takeoff, Verizon continues to conduct propagation modeling at 3.5 GHz, this time setting its sights on tests in Boston, Phoenix and other areas in Massachusetts and Arizona.

The operator filed the paperwork for experiments where it plans to use equipment from Berkeley Varitronics to collect continuous wave data at 3650-3700 MHz for a propagation modeling study in suburban, urban and dense urban environments.

Besides Phoenix, Verizon seeks permission to conduct tests at locations in Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. In Massachusetts, it’s asking for approval for tests in Cambridge, Brighton and Somerville, as well as Boston.

Verizon previously received permission to conduct CBRS tests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Charlotte, North Carolina; and in markets like New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami.


HEALTH OT: Ten threats to global health in 2019 WHO

Air pollution and climate change, Noncommunicable diseases, Global influenza pandemic, Fragile and vulnerable settings, Antimicrobial resistance, Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, Weak primary health care, Vaccine hesitancy, Dengue,  HIV


Inspiration: Opinion: What my mother’s death taught me about saving the plane. We can’t, and here’s why.

As environmentalists, we often refer to our work as “saving the planet.” This is unhelpful for a couple of reasons.

The World Is Not Binary

Freezing a Moment in Time

Working Through Trade-Offs  Science is important, but it is not a weapon to be wielded — because science can never settle questions of trade-offs among values.

Growth and Change

POLITICS: The Green New Deal ASTONISHES – Vast $$ for VCs, ‘New Banks’, Fed Reserve, Nat’l ‘Smart Grid’, no oversight NAOMI WOLF

1 hour video

POLITICS: Leading progressive organizations back Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey’s Green New Deal Resolution; plan to assemble unprecedented coalition.


SATELLITES: SpaceX to build 1 million earth stations to track 12,000 satellites, FCC license details


SCIENCE INTEGRITY: Dear WHO, CDC & NYT: Your industry bias is showing (VACCINES)


SURVEILLANCE: Orwellian Smartphones tracking govt employees could become the Pentagon’s new employee access cards

SMART CITIES PRIVACY SURVEILLANCE‘Some investments are just easier to justify’ – making cities smart, the Cradlepoint way

SMART METERS: LETTER: Privacy health concerns in Clallam smart meters

SMART METERS: Letter: Who holds the power with ‘smart’ meters?


SMART METERS: Clallam PUD smart meters project meeting draws a crowd, concern

Dozens turn out to hear presentation and voice opinions

SMART METERS: MLGW asks residents for input

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Memphis Light Gas and Water is making their case as to why the company is requesting more rate hikes.

The utility says they want to educate customers and they need your input.

At their last meeting, Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown said he understands the need for rate hikes to improve MLGW infrastructure.

“I know the reason you need revenue because the whole, excuse my expression, the whole damn thing is falling down,” Brown said.


UTILITIES CARBON TAX: Food & water watch: Carbon tax Is a sham

In this interview, he talks about why so many on the left have fallen for the “carbon tax” sham, and why so many of our laws end up written by corporate lawyers trying to enrich their companies.

UTILITIES CALIFORNIA PGE BANKRUPTCY: Michael Bloomberg: PG&E bankruptcy is a wake-up call on financial risks of climate change


UTILITIES CALIFORNIA: SDG&E turns in its wildfire plan for 2019 — and it’s different than other power companies in California

SDG&E has been more assertive than PG&E and Edison to cut power when Santa Ana winds blow but the practice has been controversial. The company reported de-energizing lines four times in 2018 (once in January, twice in October and once in November).

Some SDG&E customers — especially those living in rural and backcountry areas — have criticized the shutoffs, saying the utility has been too quick on the trigger and complaining outages go on for too long and appear to be random. Some customers rely on electricity to run their wells for their horses and other animals while others rely on medical devices that need power.

“Turning off power in the interest of safety isn’t a decision we take lightly,” SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said last November when the company de-energized lines to about 10,000 customers concentrated in East County during high-fire conditions. “It’s a last resort during extreme situations.”

The San Diego area escaped the massive wildfires that ravaged areas in the service territories of PG&E and Edison. But in December 2017, the Lilac Fire burned 4,100 acres in North County, destroyed 157 structures and damaged 64 others. Forty-six horses died or went missing at the San Luis Rey Downs training facility in Bonsall.


UTILITIES CALIFORNIA:California’s strict wildfire liability rule hangs over bankrupt PG&E



PG&E bankruptcy a window into myriad problems facing California’s energy future:

In well-managed forests, fires don’t burn as hot and fast. Safer forests and affordable energy go hand-in-hand. It’s no secret that the PG&E bankruptcy will include a hike in our utility rates. PG&E has even said rates could as much as quintuple. It already costs much more for Californians to keep the lights on than it does for residents of other states. While we manage our power bills by adjusting our thermostats, people living in nearby states heat and cool their homes without dreading their next bill.

It’s so much more expensive here because of bad decisions made by the Legislature. Lawmakers have passed legislation creating two kinds of energy sources — those deemed morally acceptable like wind and solar, and those that are not, like natural gas and hydroelectric power. The 2045 renewable energy mandates passed in 2018 moves California closer to outlawing natural gas. There’s no doubt that renewables have an important role to play in the energy security of our state, but reliance solely on renewables while rejecting less costly sources of energy is foolish.

Californians expect that the lights will come on with a flick of the switch. Laws passed in Sacramento have had a serious impact on reliable, affordable power, and experts say our grid is becoming increasingly unreliable. Every day, engineers working to keep the aging system online perform a delicate balancing act.


UTILITIES HAWAII: DistribuTech spotlight: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning

HECO picks Landis+Gyr for world’s first Wi-SUN-certified smart grid network and startup Opus One for novel “integrated distribution planning” software.


UTILITIES: Solar, wind and storage can provide 7 key grid services

Solar, wind and battery storage can each provide seven types of essential grid reliability services, at a level that ranges from good to excellent. These capabilities will enable solar, wind and storage to attain an ever-increasing share of electricity generation

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