EMR Aware Newsletter March-April 2016




March – April 2016

This free occasional newsletter is published by EMR Aware, a group of concerned citizens based in Northern NSW Australia. It is intended to help provide the latest information on the health, environmental and social impacts of modern electro-technologies. This is done in the pubic interest to encourage a fair and balanced assessment of the topics at hand. Particular attention is given to content that may not otherwise be made available or openly acknowledged by industry and their government regulators.

We invite you to consider the mounting evidence and trending expert opinion on this page, and throughout our prior editions. How much more information do the authorities need to urgently adopt more stringent safety standards? There is little doubt a tobacco-style coverup of known adverse effects is presently underway. You can be part of the solution by forwarding a link to this web page to as many concerned persons and organisations as possible. Thank you for visiting.

Mobile and Cordless Phones

And the addicted shall inherit the Earth.

44 Reasons to Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer. http://www.globalresearch.ca/44-reasons-to-believe-cell-phones-can-cause-cancer/5420118

Long term Use of Mobile Phones May Be Linked to Cancer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/6420093/Long-term-use-of-mobile-phones-may-be-linked-to-cancer.html

Brain Tumours Now the Most Frequent Form of Cancer in U.S. Adolescents: Ground-breaking American Study.
Are Worst Fears about Mobile Phones Being Realized? http://www.preventcancernow.ca/brain-tumours-now-leading-form-of-cancer-in-adolescents

Data on Cell Phones and cancer – The Spin Begins. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/59262/title/Interphone%E2%80%99s_data_on_cell_phones_and_cancer_The_spin_begins

Mobile Phone Researchers Disagree About Cancer Findings. http://www.wddty.com/mobile-phone-researchers-disagree-about-cancer-findings.html

Mobile Phones Are “Cooking” Men’s Sperm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12167957/Mobile-phones-are-cooking-mens-sperm.html

The Effects of Mobile Phone Electromagnetic Fields on Brain Electrical Activity: A Critical Review. http://andrewamarino.com/PDFs/CellphoneEMFs-Review.pdf

Does Short-term Exposure to Mobile Phone radiation Affect the Blood? http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-diseases/does-short-term-exposure-to-cell-phone-radiation-affect-the-blood/

A reference of manufacturers safety warnings for various phones. Show Us the Fine Print. http://www.showthefineprint.org/see-the-fine-print

Growing Media Exposure

Download this ABC Catalyst TV program: 2016 – Episode 03. Dr Maryanne Demasi takes a closer look at the link between mobile phones and brain cancer and explores whether our wireless devices could be putting our health at risk. Since airing, the reporter and her sources have been subjected to an orchestrated campaign of abuse on the online forums. Someone is obviously very worried about the whole truth getting out.http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/vodcast_mp4.xml

Here is the reporter’s response at one online venue. Sometimes Asking Questions Provides You With Answers That May Be Uncomfortable. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/maryanne-demasi/sometimes-asking-questions-provides-you-with-answers-that-may-be-uncomfortable_b_9267642.html

Dr. Devra Davis appeared on the above program. Here is her lecture at the University of Melbourne December 2015. http://ehtrust.org/. The Truth About Mobile Phone and Wireless Radiation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY

Recent TED Talk by Jeremy Johnson. Wireless Wake-up Call. https://www.emfanalysis.com/tedx-wireless-wake-up-call/

Mobilize: A Documentary on the Dangers of Cell Phone Usage by Children and Adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaaHf15MjoM&feature=youtu.be

The trance-formation of America. According to the US National Safety Council, most emergency room visits for falls are now caused by people distracted with their mobile devices.

Instagram Husband. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fFzKi-o4rHw

How I Quit My Smartphone Addiction and Really Started Living. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/11/smartphone-technology-addiction-facebook-twitter

Gwyneth Paltrow Warns of the Dangers of Cell Phone Use and WiFi Radiation. http://www.naturalhealth365.com/radiation-wifi-cell-phone-1729.html

Microwave Towers

Phone, National Broadband, Emergency Networks, Radio, TV

NSW MP Attacks Telstra Over Mobile Tower Proposal. http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nsw-mp-attacks-telstra-over-mobile-tower-proposal-357387

A landmark heath-based decision. War on the Phone Masts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-29346/War-phone-masts.html

In Australia, section 4 of ACMA code 554-2011 places limitations on locating towers next to schools. Is this guideline being diligently applied in all cases?

Industry reps sometimes use the argument that signal levels from commerical radio and TV exceed that of mobile phone towers. While this may apply in isolated instances, it is not the general rule as indicated by the spectrum plot above of a typical suburb in Sydney.

Settlement Road NBN Tower

Nearby residents have been campaigning to have NBN provide a fibre optic or satellite connection instead of wireless internet. Questions remain unanswered regarding the ability of the proposed tower to service all nearby dwellings, due to the mountainous terrain, or transmit data at the speed claimed. The landowner who had comtemplated hosting the tower recently advised by email that he requested NBN to delete it from the RFNSA webiste while the aforementioned options are being investigated. Byron Shire Council has confimed that it will require a Development Application for a tower on that site. It lies within a protected scenic escarpment upon which a telecommunications tower appears not to be a permitted use. While the SEPP takes precedence over the LEP, the former states in Clause 20B(2)(b) that any development must “be permissible, with consent, in the land use zone in which it is carried out”.

Typical 30 metre tall NBN wireless internet tower.

Sunshine Coast

Readers in this area of QLD concerned about NBN microwave towers may wish to consider connecting with this well-coordinated group. Their next public meeting is at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre 10AM to 12PM on 16 March. Agenda items will include an update on existing known NBN sites: Witta, Eudlo, Montville, Bald Knob, Beerwah (objections close 18 March), Glasshouse Mountains (objections close 24 March), Peachester and Conondale, as well as planning for actions relating to new sites: Sinclairs Lane, Witta Road and Burgess Avenue.

The inherent inefficiency of a multi-technology approach. Understanding the NBN: What is the Multi-technology mix? http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/413232%2Cunderstanding-the-nbn-what-is-the-multi-technology-mix.aspx

An unprecedented waste of taxpayers’ money? Analysis: The Destruction of the NBN. http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/412733%2Canalysis-the-destruction-of-the-nbn.aspx

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Home, Business, Hotspots

Insightful Israeli newscast: “Invisible Danger” (with English subtitles). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjk5VSrAySw

Another successful replication of Wi-Fi affecting plants. Effect of Man-made Electromagnetic Fields on Common Brassicaceae Lepidium Sativum (Cress d’Alinois) Seed Germination: A Preliminary Replication Study. https://elettrosensibili.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/effect-of-man-made-electromagnetic-fields-on-common-brassicaceae-lepidium-sativum-cress-dalinois-seed-germination-a-preliminary-replication-study-efecto-de-campos-magneticos-artificiales/

Why does industry want to saturate the environment with wireless signals? Perhaps so they can harvest the resulting high levels of EMR to power yet more devices. EnOcean Alliance Brings Battery-Less Communication to an Interoperable Internet of Things at CES 2016. http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/enocean-alliance-brings-battery-less-communication-interoperable-internet-things-ces-2085192.htm

Children and Schools

Public Talk in Mullumbimby

Presentation by Dr. Priyanka Bandara at Shearwater Steiner School, Mullumbimby NSW, 22 March 2016 6:30pm, $10. Education, Health and Wellbeing of Children in the Wireless Age. http://wirelessradiation.weebly.com/

Massachusetts Public School District Reduces Wireless Radiation In Schools With Mobile Device Best Practices. http://safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.ca/2015/12/massachusetts-public-school-district.html

Telecom Funded Review on Children and Cell Phone Radiation Should Be Retracted. http://eht.elevadev.org/telecom-funded-review-on-children-and-cell-phone-radiation-should-be-retracted-according-to-independent-scientists-of-the-environmental-health-trust-2/

“Reduce childrens’ exposure to wireless.” Advice of The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43IKNjTvRM&feature=youtu.be

Scientist Tells Schools, Libraries to Ditch Wi-Fi. http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6405/2016-02-26/scientist-tells-libraries-schools-ditch-wi-fi.html

FOX 5 News: Parents Concerned About WiFi in MCPS Schools. http://safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/fox-5-news-parents-concerned-about-wifi.html

Expert Docs Urge U.S. Secretary of Education: Play It Safe with Kids – Go Wired Not WiFi. http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/expert-docs-urge-us-secretary-of-education-play-it-safe-with-kids-go-wired-not-wifi-633283.htm

Message to Dads About Wireless Exposure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcY0uvVmdjQ

Finnish Education Professors Warning Wireless Technology in Schools May Lead to a Global Epidemic of Brain Damages. http://www.emfacts.com/2015/12/finnish-education-professors-warning-wireless-technology-in-schools-may-lead-to-a-global-epidemic-of-brain-damages/

Wi-Fi Lawsuit Against Southboro’s Fay School is Headed to Trial. http://www.telegram.com/article/20160118/NEWS/160119173

If you are on Facebook – Autism and EMR group. https://www.facebook.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2FAutismEMF%2F

Smart Grid

Electricity, Water and Gas Meters, AMI, HAN

Notice: Smart Meters Coming to NSW and SA

Judging by revelations from AGL, there will now be a concerted roll-out of smart meters within NSW. However, according to the company’s website, and recently posted letters of notification, it is possible to opt out by contacting them prior to 21 March 2016. This number has been provided for further information: 1300 669 245. Here is the AGL opt out page. https://refer.agl.com.au/forms/digital-metering/


Q: Can I choose not to get a new meter? And how?
A: Yes. While we think you could benefit from a new digital meter being installed, the choice is yours and you can choose not to.

A Rapid Smart Meter Rollout in NSW and the Greens Support It! http://www.emfacts.com/2016/03/a-rapid-smart-meter-rollout-in-nsw-and-the-greens-support-it/

Anyone in NSW or SA who is not serviced by AGL and wishes to refuse a smart meter, may find it timely to submit a formal refusal to the head office of their own electricity provider. Otherwise, installation could proceed based upon the prinicple of “implied consent”. Take the initiative. In certain areas of Sydney, smart meters were reportedly deployed without any advance notice given to occupants.

Additional to the above, the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme ends in 2016. This means that the 20,000 or so homes particpatiing will be required to install a “net meter”. The model most often mentioned is the iCredit 500B, which is a wireless-capable smart meter. Concerned persons might consider taking their solar system off-grid, or seeking advice on alternative meters which do not emit microwaves.

Inusrers are begining to deny homeowners coverage or compensation for damage caused by smart meters. Changes Are Coming to Your Insurance Policy. http://www.examiner.com/article/changes-are-coming-to-your-insurance-policy

Stop Smart Meters Australia. http://stopsmartmeters.com.au

Stop Smart Meters New Zealand. http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz


350 wireless parking meters were recently installed throughout the seaside town of Byron Bay NSW. Peak field intensity at a distance of 1 metre was recently measured at 1mW/m2. Thanks to two large phone towers and the endless proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots, background levels of RF within the CBD are now hundreds of times higher than in most nearby residential areas.

Mount Alexander Council Requests Smart Meters Health Safety Guarantee. http://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2012/08/20/mount-alexander-council-requests-smart-meters-health-safety-guarantee/

Smart Meters and Public Acceptance: Comparative Analysis and Governance Implications. http://www.davidjhess.org/uploads/3/5/1/3/3513369/healthrisksociety.finaldraft.pdf

B.C. Hydro Must Remove More Than 88,000 Smart Meters. http://www.theprovince.com/health/hydro+must+remove+faulty+smart+meters/11660282/story.html

Smart Meters Are a “Costly Mistake” That’ll Add Billions to Energy Bills. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/30/smart_meters_costly_mistake_add_billions_to_energy_bills/. Perhaps the word “mistake” should be replaced with “conspiracy”.

A “stakeholders” forum on smart metering was held by Standards Australia in Sydney on 3 March, perhaps to paper over health and billing complaints in preparation for a nationwide grid. Why has our Government charged an industry-friendly NGO to decide what is safe and fair practice? Roadmap for Advanced Metering Standards. http://www.standards.org.au/Documents/E-1095%20Advanced%20Metering%20invite.pdf

“Smart” Meters Represent Industrial Profiteering and Government Sanctioned Surveillance, New Study Says. http://smartgridawareness.org/2016/01/11/industrial-profiteering-and-government-sanctioned-surveillance/

The UK plans to roll-out 26,000,000 smart meters by 2020. The push is on. Energy regulator OFGEM reportedly ordered energy supplier E.ON to pay a fine of GBP 7 million for failing to meet a deployment target of 20,000 smart meters to its business customers. Smart Meter Risks in 2016: The Global Rollout Continues. http://anhinternational.org/2016/01/06/smart-meter-risk-in-2016/

Members of the Maine Coalition outside the Supreme Court.

After a two year campaign of opposition, the Maine Coalition Against Smart Meters received ruling on 27 January in favour of electricity supplier Central Maine Power and the PUC. In spite of acknowledging evidence of harm from EMR, the Court relied upon FCC regulations, and invoked a convoluted form of risk assessment stating, “It’s one thing to make a finding that evidence is credible regarding potential harm and quite another to find there is a legally credible threat of harm that a credible threat of harm is in fact credible: likely and probable to result in harm.” Where vested interests are involved, it apparently all comes down to obscure language not reality. You can read the entire ruling here. http://www.courts.maine.gov/opinions_orders/supreme/lawcourt/2016/16me19fr.pdf

“The electromagnetic radiation standards used by the FCC continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” – U.S. Dept. of Interior, 2014

Wearable Tech

Biometrics, Implants, Artificial Intelligence

School children holding mobile phones near their head to experience virtual reality.

Google’s Global Expeditions Pioneer Program. Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children’s Brains and Eyes EHT Scientists Urge Google. http://ehtrust.org/stop-untested-microwave-radiation-of-childrens-brains-and-eyes-eht-scientists-urge-google/

RedTacton Near-body Electric-field Communications Technology and Its Applications. https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201003sf1.pdf&mode=show_pdf

A new benchmark in techno-inspired human degradation.

Turning humans into batteries to run electronic profitable gadgets. Self Sufficient Wireless Transmitter Powered by Foot-pumped Urine Operating Wearable MFC. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016001/pdf

Mains Radiation, ELF

Powerlines, Wiring, Appliances

The Gibbs Report, Inquiry into Community Needs and High Voltage Transmission Line Development, was commissioned by the NSW Government and was completed in 1991. In a classic example of doublespeak it concluded, “It has not been established that electric fields or magnetic fields of power frequency are harmful to human health, but since there is some evidence that they may do harm, a policy of prudent avoidance is recommended.”

Power-Frequency EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study. http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ramazzini-animal-study

Life-span Exposure to Sinusoidal-50Hz Magnetic Field and Acute Low-dose Y Radiation Induce Carcinogenic effects in Sprague-Dawley Rats. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09553002.2016.1144942?journalCode=irab20

A typical Ultrasonic Pest Repeller emits ultrasound and injects signals into household wiring.

Soon to appear in buses, trains, airport lounges, hotels and other places already saturated with microwaves. How “Qi” Wireless Battery Charging Could Help People Ditch the Cords. http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2015/1216/How-Qi-wireless-battery-charging-could-help-people-ditch-the-cords

Transport, Aerospace

Motor Vehicles, Aircraft, Satellites

Enjoy your new 100% microwaved planet.

The following list of satellite internet projects was provided by Global Union Against Radiation Deployment From Space (GUARDS). http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/

  • SpaceX: 4,000 satellites, altitude 390 miles. Testing to begin in
  • OneWeb: 2,400 satellites (648 satellites initially), altitude 500-590
    miles. Target start-up date, 2018-2019.
  • Facebook: Satellites, drones, and lasers.
  • Google: 200,000(?) high altitude balloons (at 62,500 feet) (“Project
  • Samsung: 4,600 satellites, altitude 930 miles.
  • Iridium Next: 66 satellites, altitude 483 miles. Iridium’s satellite
    hotspot, called “Iridium GO,” providing slow speeds, has been
    available for purchase since January 2014. Launching of the “next
    generation” (higher speed) satellites is scheduled to begin in October
    2015 and to be completed by 2017.
  • Globalstar: 24 satellites, altitude 880 miles. Also slow speed, and
    also already in operation. As an incentive to buy its “Sat-Fi” access
    points, Globalstar is offering free satellite phones until September
    30, 2015.
  • Outernet: 200 nanosatellites (4-inch cubes), altitude 560 miles.
    Target start-up date, 2019.

Google’s “SkyBender” Project Plans to Beam 5G Internet From Solar Drones. http://mashable.com/2016/01/31/google-skybender/#u6.rpkbiYSqN

International Coalition Objects to Project Loon. http://www.bna.com/international-coalition-objects-b57982065969/

Environment, Wildlife

Impacts of Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF-EMF) from Cell Phone Towers and Wireless Devices on Biosystem and Ecosystem. http://www.omicsonline.com/open-access/impacts-of-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-field-rfemf-from-cell-phone-towers-and-wireless-devices-on-biosystem-and-ecosystem-a-review-0974-8369-4-179.pdf?aid=12830

Can insects or plants be wrong?


In his 2009 study, Dr. Favre placed cell phones in hives and observed what happened. The bees exposed to ringing or active phones became confused and signaled each other to leave the hive. The effect lasted for 12 hours after the stimulus was removed.

Changes in Honeybee Behaviour and Biology Under the Influence of Cellphone Radiations. http://www.stralingsarmvlaanderen.org/resources/Ved-Parkash-Sharma_a49823b5aa.pdf

Mobile Phones Responsible for Disappearance of the Honey Bee. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7778401/Mobile-phones-responsible-for-disappearance-of-honey-bee.html

Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Clashes with Honeybees. http://www.ipublishing.co.in/jesvol1no12010/EIJES2044.pdf

Mobile Phone-induced Honeybee Worker Piping. http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/207/art%253A10.1007%252Fs13592-011-0016-x.pdf?originUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flink.springer.com%2Farticle%2F10.1007%2Fs13592-011-0016-x&token2=exp=1453192638~acl=%2Fstatic%2Fpdf%2F207%2Fart%25253A10.1007%25252Fs13592-011-0016-x.pdf%3ForiginUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Flink.springer.com%252Farticle%252F10.1007%252Fs13592-011-0016-x*~hmac=0962a09d82a30b0326d4c14884c0e05489645e7024dd859450ff9de1ab0e3a86

Ants Can Be Used as Bio-indicators to Reveal Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Waves from Some Wireless Apparatus. http://www.eloverkanslig.se/pdfer/myror_2013.pdf


Cell Phone Radiation Affects Plants, Vegetables: Research. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/cell-phone-radiation-affects-plants-vegetables-research/story-tWhZEXYsxutPOJN4KqJqpJ.html

High Frequency (900 MHz) Low Amplitude (5 V/m) Electromagnetic Field: A Genuine Environmental Stimulus That Affects Transcription, Translation, Calcium and Energy Charge in Tomato. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18026987

Adverse Influence of Radio Frequency Background on Trembling Aspen Seedlings: Preliminary Observations. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijfr/2010/836278/

EMF Radiations (1800 MHz)-Inhibited Early Seedling Growth of Maize (Zea mays) Involves Alterations in Starch and Sucrose Metabolism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26277350

Low-amplitude, High-frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure Causes Delayed and Reduced Growth in Rosa Hybrida. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26643955


Body Scanners, Surveillance, Non-lethal Weapons

Samsung Warns Customers Not to Discuss Personal Information in Front of Smart TV’s. http://theweek.com/speedreads/538379/samsung-warns-customers-not-discuss-personal-information-front-smart-tvs

Microchipping of humans is a feared enslavement scenario. But essentially the same thing can be done by microchiping everything we handle. In 20 Years Every Physical Item Will Have a Chip Implanted in It. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/12050185/Marc-Andreessen-In-20-years-every-physical-item-will-have-a-chip-implanted-in-it.html

US Intelligence Chief: We Might Use the Internet of Things to Spy on You. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/09/internet-of-things-smart-home-devices-government-surveillance-james-clapper?CMP=share_btn_link

How Cities Can Track Your Last 1,000 Locations Through Your Smartphone. http://www.offthegridnews.com/privacy/how-cities-can-track-your-last-1000-locations-through-your-smartphone/

Will machines soon monitor your emotional state? Mapping Emotions in the Body Yields Consistent Global Results. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270738.php

Voice Recognition Software in “Hello Barbie” Doll Concerns Parents, Privacy Groups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBIpzik2VsM&feature=youtu.be

Barbie also exudes Wi-Fi radiation, as shown measured here. Hello Barbie’s Radiation Exposure to Children From WiFi a Big Concern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jUiMpufpqE

Light bulbs that listen. Linux Light Bulbs Allow Devices to talk to Each Other. http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/14/linux-light-bulbs-allow-devices-to-talk-to-each-other-with-flashes-of-brilliance/#.awg8y01:8Y1n

The perils of LED Streetlights. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/the-perils-of-led-streetlights/

Electro-sensitivity (EHS)

Electromagnetic Biological Response

Limbic Kindling: Hard Wiring the Brain for Hypersensitivity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2014/05/17/limbic-kindling-hard-wiring-brain-hypersensitives-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

Reliable Disease Biomarkers Characterizing and Identifying Electrohypersensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity as Two Etiopathogenic Aspects of a Unique Pathological Disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26613326

Brian Stein: Electromagnetic Sensitivity – Full Lecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4DKNs0G2kU&feature=youtu.be

National Geographic – Taboo EHS High Frequency Electromagnetic Field Sensitive People – WiFi GSM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKekrESXssM

Mountains provide natural shielding from RF microwave networks (colour overlay).

Environmental Refugees: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) Sufferers. http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/environmental-refugees-electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-ehs-sufferers.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8a78bf5cd9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-8a78bf5cd9-387745290

Do a title search and download this paper, presented at UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 10th World Conference, 6-8 Jan 2015 by Dr. Yael Stein MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Hebrew-University, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. “Electrohypersensitive Individuals (EHS) in the Digital World – A Disabled Population, Deprived of Home, Work and Basic Rights.”

Prostituting Science: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain. http://vitalitymagazine.com/book-reviews/review/prostituting-science-the-psychologisation-of-mcs-cfs-and-ehs-for-political-/#sthash.m8CGUfFE.dpuf

Note: EMR Aware does not endorse the terms “Electro-hypersensitivity” or “EHS”. They incorrectly imply that the adverse biological effects of EMR are confined to an abnormal segment of the population. This has several prejudicial consequences. By definition, EHS personalises the disorder instead of treating it as the result of environmental toxicity. Sufferers may thus be conveniently denied a reasonable expectation of health. Additional to this, the legal remedy of “private nuisance” is untenable when the Claimant is deemed to be over-sensitive. Such presumptions allow the proponents of electrotechnologies to sidestep the human cost of their agenda.

“It is impossible to prove electrohypersensitivity to be a disease since the sick and ill ‘patient’ with the ‘disease’ is the environment, not the person.” – Prof. Olle Johansson

Biological Mechanisms

What me worry?

Summary of nearly 1,200 studies which demonstrate adverse effects of EMR exposure. http://www.justproveit.net/studies

The internet information platform EMF-Portal of the RWTH Aachen University summarizes systematically scientific research data on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). Nearly 30,000 scientific papers referenced. EMF Portal. http://www.emf-portal.de/?l=e

Association of Exposure to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation (RF-EMFR) Generated by Mobile Phone Base Stations with Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/11/14519

Anthropogenic Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Elicit Neuropathic Pain in an Amputation Model. http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0144268&representation=PDF

Historical Perspective

1981 – NASA publication. Electromagnetic Field Interactions with the Human Body: Observed Effects and Theories. http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19810017132.pdf

1994 – US Air Force material Command. Radiofrequency Microwave radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review. http://www.stopthecrime.net/docs/RF-Microwave-Radiation-Biological-Effects%20Rome%20Labs.pdf

Neurological Effects

Associations Between Specific Technologies and Adolescent Sleep Quantity, Sleep Quality, and Parasomnias. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24394730?dopt=Abstract

Technology Use and Sleep Quality in Preadolescence and Adolescence. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26235161

Charging bull restrained by radiofrequency stimulated brain implant.

Physical Control of the Mind – Toward a Psychocivilized Society – Dr. Jose Delgado. https://www.freedomfchs.com/pdfs/pcofthemindbydrjosed.pdf

And then he moved on to humans.

“The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electronically control the brain.” – Dr. Jose Delgado

Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to “Make You Stop Believing in God”.

Donate your brain to the phone company. This type of intervention used to be called a medical procedure. Are we being conditioned to accept technology that routinely alters our brain waves? Zap Out of It! $299 Headband Can Change Your Mood Using Electrical Pulses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3107913/Zap-299-headband-change-mood-using-electrical-pulses.html

Safety Standards

Regulations, Bans and Warnings

What two things are wrong with this picture? Where is the public education?

Compilation with Information About Measures and Recommendations by International Organisations and Governments About Application of Electromagnetic (EM) Radiation from Wireless Communications (smartphones, WiFi, etc.) http://www.stopumts.nl/pdf/Compilation-RF-radiation-Jan-2016.pdf

New York Times’ Exposé of CDC’s Retraction of Warnings about Cell Phone Radiation. http://www.saferemr.com/2016/01/new-york-times-expose-of-cdcs.html

New York Times Looks Behind CDC Reversal on Cell Phone Risks. http://www.microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/nyt-cdc#.VogEBvZbzX0.linkedin

Radiating Corruption? The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986953/radiating_corruption_the_frightening_science_and_politics_of_cell_phone_safety.html

Judge Lets Berkeley Warn About Cellphones. http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/01/28/judge-lets-berkeley-warn-about-cellphones.htm. Below is the prudent point of sale warning industry group CTIA sought to have quashed. It simply advises phone purchasers to read the manual.

“To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

According to the CA Brain Tumor Association, the CTIA did not successfully defeat a similar law in San Francisco. In fact, the city attorney handling the case coerced the Board of Supervisors to repeal the law. A few weeks later he was made a Federal judge by President Obama. Coincidence?

No room for “precaution” in the corporate sector. NCRP Pressured CDC To Remove Cell Phone Safety Advice. http://microwavenews.com/news-center/caution-vs-precaution

Question: When is a fact not a fact? Answer: When they are deleted from ARPANSA’s official EMR Fact Sheets. Number 11, entitled “Mobile Phones and Children” contained the following precautionary message. It now seems to have been deleted from their website.

“It is recommended that, due to the lack of any data relating to children and their long term use of mobile phones, parents encourage their children to limit their exposure by reducing call time, by making calls where reception is good, by using hands-free devices or speaker options, or by texting.”

Conflict of Interest?

The ACMA determines and enforces “safe” EMR levels for public and occupational exposure. Yet they are funded by selling spectrum allocations to the very telcos and industries they are tasked with regulating. 1800 MHz Band Auction Strong Result Reveals High Demand for Regional Spectrum. http://acma.gov.au/Industry/Spectrum/Spectrum-projects/1800-MHz-band/1800-mhz-band-auction-strong-result-reveals-high-demand-for-regional-spectrum

In 2013 they earned a total of nearly 2 billion dollars. http://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Spectrum/Digital-Dividend-700MHz-and-25Gz-Auction/Reallocation/digital-dividend-auction-results

Radiating Corruption? The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986953/radiating_corruption_the_frightening_science_and_politics_of_cell_phone_safety.html

Industry Watch

Product Defense, Liability and Legal Action

Astroturf and the Manipulation of Media Messages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYAQ-ZZtEU

The UK’s Science Media Centre Model of Science Communication: An Uncensored History. http://www.emfacts.com/2016/02/the-uks-science-media-centre-model-of-science-communication-an-uncensored-history/

EMR Countermeasures

Personal Precautions and Monitoring

Digital detox: Australians Seek Out Nature Properties to Overcome Technology Burnout. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-19/australians-seek-out-nature-retreats-for-digital-detox/7041902

Inbuilt feature tells you when your phone is too close to the head. Mobile Device Proximity Sensor Manages RF Exposure While Maintaining Network Connectivity. http://www.edn.com/design/analog/4441005/Mobile-device-proximity-sensor-manages-RF-exposure-while-maintaining-network-connectivity-?_mc=NL_EDN_EDT_EDN_analog_20151217&cid=NL_EDN_EDT_EDN_analog_20151217&elq=fee6ba108b5d404880430d405b3a7818&elqCampaignId=26204&elqaid=29946&elqat=1&elqTrackId=068fa04921544e41b98b287fee5ad5af

EMR Santuaries

Due to the increasing number of related inquiries, we are presently compiling a list of not-for-profit EMR retreats or sanctuaries. These are generally soft technology-based communities situated in geographical areas well removed from the commercial power, wireless phone and internet networks. If you know of any such accommodation currently operating, or in the advanced stages of planning, please email their details tocontact@emraware.com. The inclusion of any listing here is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply an endorsement. As with any lifestyle change or major investment, the reader is advised to rely upon their own inquiries.

A committed group based in the Brunswick Valley NSW is presently considering a number of options for an EMR free haven. Newsletter and details are available. Ph: 02 66 84 5384.

Etherion Intentional Community near Guyra NSW (1700+ acres). Websites with photos. http://www.magpiehouse.com.au/EcoVillage.htm, http://www.ic.org/directory/etherion-ringing-cedars-intentional-community/

General Events & Networking

Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA)

This recently formed group of academics and scientists is seeking to provide balanced and fact-based information of the effects of all forms of electromagnetic radiation. They are currently developing a searchable database of peer-reviewed science. A variety of memberships are available for those wishing to share in or support their work. For further information, email: info@orsaa.org

Visit the new website for Dr. Devra Davis’ Environmental Health Trust. Extensive educational material on all aspects of EMR. http://eht.elevadev.org/

Petitions You can Sign

Reduce Microwave Radiation Exposure Limits by a Factor of 100. Reduce Microwave Radiation (Antenna Towers, Wi-Fi, mobile devices) Exposure Limits by a Factor of 100. https://www.change.org/p/prof-brian-owler-president-australian-medical-association-reduce-microwave-radiation-antenna-tower-exposure-limits-by-a-factor-of-100?recruiter=9152430&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Stop the proposed Vodafone and Optus Mobile Phone Tower at 92-96 Merthyr Road, New Farm, 160m from Holy Spirit School! https://www.change.org/p/vodafone-and-optus-stop-the-proposed-vodafone-and-optus-mobile-phone-tower-at-92-96-merthyr-road-new-farm-less-than-170m-from-holy-spirit-school?tk=6UuRNAJdWogGGpIUxJy3P4DXCUbDkY3uBjIQTiocKzo&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

Free DVD – Read the Science

In response to persons who requested an educational DVD dedicated entirely to peer-reviewed science, we have just released this compilation of over 1200 articles and abstracts in PDF. This should be enough to convince anyone who is skeptical regarding the adverse biological effects of EMR. As part of our service, the DVD is available by request to be posted free of charge to any address within Australia.


If you are an employee or agent of a public or private corporation that deals with electrotechnology and/or policy related to same, please be advised that the EMR Aware Newsletter and linked documents are deemed to constitute duly served Legal Notice upon you of health and safety matters pertaining to human exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR), and additionally that you are hereby requested to peruse said Newsletter and documents, and exercise in accord with the content of same the utmost due diligence and duty of care.


– See more at: http://www.emraware.com/newsletter_march_april_2016.html#sthash.MEXGa3D9.dpuf


Environmental testing possible at school after eye cancer cluster

Environmental testing possible at school after eye cancer cluster

by: Jim Bradley Updated: Mar 8, 2016 – 9:08 AM




After months of public pressure for action, it appears environmental testing for possible links to a rare cancer is coming for Hopewell High School in Huntersville.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Huntersville leaders and County Commissioner Jim Puckett recently met to discuss ongoing concerns about possible causes of a rare eye cancer that Eyewitness News has been investigating for nearly two years.

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Puckett says all parties agreed to pursue testing on and around the Hopewell campus. Nearly a dozen people who attended Hopewell or lived or worked nearby have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, which normally strikes just five people in a million.

“We all came to an understanding that it is in the community’s best interest for us to do testing,” Puckett said. “CMS has agreed to allow us to do that. CMS has even said they would be willing to pay for that.”

Commissioner Rob Kidwell, who also attended the meeting, has been pushing for an independent third party to test air, water and soil around the Hopewell campus. He too said there was consensus in the meeting to move ahead with testing and allow County Health Director Marcus Plescia to help identify potential laboratories to conduct the tests.

Plescia said he’s already working on that and also trying to identify what, specifically, any environmental testing would involve.

“Ocular melanoma, we don’t know a lot about what causes it.  So one of the things we’re challenged by is what do we test for?” Plescia said. “I would think this will move along pretty quickly.”

CMS told Channel 9 that it took part in a meeting with elected officials and public health leaders to collaborate on appropriate next steps and will take direction from state and county health officials.

Vicki Kerecman, who has lost the sight in one eye after being diagnosed with ocular melanoma five years ago, said she’s happy to see action.

“It definitely makes me feel better to know that the community is trying to step up to find out if there’s anything contributing to our disease,” she said.

Huntersville leaders said they plan to meet with local families impacted by ocular melanoma to get input on what testing should look for.

Puckett said even if nothing is found, testing is still important to the community.

“We do not anticipate finding anything, but we at least want to confirm there is nothing and mark that off the list,” he said.


Exclusive: Navy Secretly Conducting Electromagnetic Warfare Training on Washington Roads

Exclusive: Navy Secretly Conducting Electromagnetic Warfare Training on Washington Roads

Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

(Photo: Olympic Park Road via Shutterstock; Edited; LW / TO)(Photo: Olympic Park Road via Shutterstock; Edited; LW / TO)

Without public notification of any kind, the US Navy has secretly been conducting electromagnetic warfare testing and training on public roads in western Washington State for more than five years.

An email thread between the Navy and the US Forest Service between 2010 and 2012, recently obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Oregon-based author and activist Carol Van Strum in November 2014, revealed that the Navy has likely been driving mobile electromagnetic warfare emitters and conducting electromagnetic warfare training in the Olympic National Forest and on public roads on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 2010.

In one of the 2012 emails, Navy contractor Gerald Sodano explained that the Navy “utilized EW [electronic warfare] ranges outside the local vicinity.” But he went on to say that the aim of establishing an electromagnetic warfare range on the Olympic Peninsula would be to conduct all training locally on the Olympic Peninsula, rather than further afield. This means that rather than using expansive training areas the Navy already has access to in Yakima in eastern Washington State, the Navy aims to use the Olympic National Forest and areas adjacent to Olympic National Park instead.

“What the Navy is doing we have no idea because they don’t tell us.”

As Truthout previously reported, the Navy itself has produced a medical study showing that exposure to electromagnetic radiation causes a myriad of human health problems, including corneal damage, tubular degeneration of testicles, brain heating, sterility, altered penile function, death, cranial nerve disorders, seizures, convulsions, depression, insomnia, chest pain, and even sparking between dental fillings.

Other reports by the US Air Force, NASA, medical doctors and scientific publications confirm these and other deleterious health effects that would result from the Navy’s electromagnetic weaponry arsenal, in addition to large-scale negative impacts on birds, aquatic life and other biota.

As Truthout previously reported, the Navy intends to conduct widespread electromagnetic warfare training across much of the Olympic Peninsula, which would entail flying as many as 153 jets down to 1,200 feet above ground in some areas, in 2,900 training exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day, 260 days per year, with no end date in sight.

The Navy’s plans also include setting up mobile units on the ground, with towers emitting electromagnetic radiation signals for the planes to locate as part of their exercises. According to an email from Naval Warfare Range Manager Kent Mathes, if the Navy gets its way, there will be 275 “events” per year, between the mobile emitters and ships at sea. (This information is not mentioned in any public documents.) The definition of “event” is not clear, but according to other Navy documents, a single event can last from a few minutes to several days. If combined, the total number of events for the Olympic, Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests will be over 5,000.

Sodano also stated the Navy’s intent to drive the mobile emitters “on existing roads and trails throughout the Olympic Peninsula,” and “all through most of the region as well as outside the geographic confines of the MOAs (Military Operating Areas) to optimize and vary training scenarios.”

This means that while the Navy has been under widespread and growing public pressure against its proposed electromagnetic warfare training on the Olympic Peninsula starting this year, it has in fact already been secretly conducting training for at least five years in the Olympic National Forest and on public roads across the entire Olympic Peninsula.

“Tested Well With Aircraft”

Further documentation obtained through FOIA requests makes it clear that the electromagnetic “games” have already been underway for some time. A map from a permit issued by the Forest Service to the Navy in 2011 is labeled “Results of Area Review 14-18 November In Support of Navy Electronic Warfare Training in the Northwest.”

Further along in that document the same map is labeled “Proposed Areas of Review in support of Navy Electronic Warfare Training.” The first shows mobile emitter sites in Olympic National Forest that “tested well with aircraft,” and includes a photo of a truck-and-trailer mobile emitter parked at several sites and a campground area.

Both maps include Hood Canal Road and the entire length of Route 101 on the Olympic Peninsula, which is the most popular tourist route in the area. The public road leading to the world-renowned Hoh Rainforest is also shown as a mobile emitter route. The Hoh Tribe, which has lived there for centuries, was not consulted by the Navy. The tribe’s only notification of the training has been a marked increase in low-flying jet traffic. These public roads are listed as “Areas in Support” in the electromagnetic warfare training maps.

Taken together, these documents are an apparent admission that the Navy has already been conducting electromagnetic warfare training in the area, despite their own claims to the contrary.

The general public remained unaware of the establishment of an electromagnetic warfare range over any portion of the Olympic Peninsula until late September 2014, about six weeks after the Navy’s 15-day comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) closed. The Navy issued a “finding of no significant impact.” A few days later, the subject was closed and no further opportunity forpublic comment was allowed, despite the fact that no comments had ever been received by the Navy from elected officials, Native American tribes or individual residents – because nobody knew about it.

Meanwhile, within the government, the Navy’s plans were not meeting even minimum standards. A little over a month before the short time the Navy’s EA was open for public comment, a Forest Service employee, in a document obtained by Truthout, commented, “This document [the EA] does not meet minimum Forest Service standards for completeness and based on this document the Forest Service could not prepare a Decision that would need to be signed by the Deciding Official prior to issuing a permit.” Another employee comment said, “USFWS [US Fish and Wildlife Service] and USFS will require review of a DRAFT Wildlife Biological Assessment prior to submittal for informal or formal consultation.”

But the Navy replied that it would not do a biological assessment, and instead would “expand the discussion” on threatened and endangered species in the EA itself.

One of the frontline opponents of the Navy’s plans in Washington State is Karen Sullivan, who herself worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, in the Division of Endangered Species and External Affairs, for 15 and a half years. Her experience ranges across many locations, from Delaware, to Washington, DC, to Alaska, and she now resides in Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

“Anyone who reads the EA will see that expanded discussion is 100 percent boilerplate and contains no specific information on impacts,” Sullivan told Truthout.

In that EA and at subsequent public information meetings requested by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Washington), the Navy stressed that establishing a 100-foot perimeter around each mobile emitter and marking it with hazard tape was sufficient to protect humans and wildlife from any harm. It claimed that any humans or large mammals entering the hazard area would cause the emitter equipment to be shut down for safety reasons.

“Effects on small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians were completely ignored, despite the fact that all 15 Olympic National Forest and state-owned sites selected by the Navy for the mobile emitters are in critical habitat for endangered species,” Sullivan said. “They even said that amphibians were unlikely to be found at the sites they’d chosen, and the Forest Service did not dispute this. Do they not realize it’s a rainforest?”

Her concerns – and those of a broad swath of the public across the Olympic Peninsula where the Navy’s war games are to occur – are well founded, by the Navy’s own admission. In an interview with the Peninsula Daily News, Sodano admitted that 15 minutes of exposure to the radiation emitted by the Navy’s electromagnetic warfare trucks could damage the liquid tissue of the eye.

Despite all the public outcry, and all the scientific evidence that backs it up, the Forest Service has indicated that it will issue the Navy a permit later this year, to use its forest roads.

Given that the Navy has admitted in emails and other documents that it has already been running its mobile emitters on public roads unbeknownst to the public (with no “hazard zone” in place), how can it possibly propose to safely operate said emitters within a 100-foot hazard exclusion zone?

The Navy’s First Public Admission?

The first hint that the Navy was already conducting electromagnetic warfare training in Olympic National Forest appeared on November 6, 2014, when high levels of public outrage forced Representative Kilmer to urge the Navy to hold public briefings.

Much of the public was already outraged at the Navy’s proposed plans for electromagnetic warfare training, and more than 100 people packed the Port Angeles City Council chambers for a public presentation by Naval Warfare Range Manager Kent Mathes, Forest Service District Ranger Dean Millett and the Navy’s John Mosher.

At this time, the public had no hint that the Navy was already doing this training on public roads.

During the presentation, however, Mathes announced, “The Navy has been doing this sort of training for years.”

Perhaps because no one in the audience knew the Navy was already conducting this training, no one understood what Mathes meant by his overt admission.

An audience member who identified himself as a 24-year veteran of the Army took the microphone during the meeting and told the audience, “He [Forest Service District Ranger Millett] told me he’s issued permits for a few years and that they have these mobile emitter units out there, and I want to know, have they been out there, and if they have, how’d you get consent to do that?”

In response, the Navy’s John Mosher provided a long, obfuscated response:

So no, they’re not out there currently, as a conceptual test prior to environmental assessment we did apply for temporary permits, this was a one-time use to go to those particular sites to determine if they’re feasible for what we’re proposing. So we went there with the equipment, to be able to do the electromagnetic environmental safety surveys that I mentioned so we could conduct those tests, so we went out there with a piece of equipment, with the proper approvals and permits to do it, and we basically used these meters to determine what the distance of effects would be, if it in fact was consistent with the modeling that was done, the industry standards that we mentioned.

Unsatisfied, the Army veteran asked, “Well how long have you been doing that, though, you said about three years at least?”

“No no,” Mosher replied. “I’m not sure what you’re referring to now, the training, the electronic warfare training, that Kent just mentioned, so we’ve been doing that training …”

“You’ve been doing that through the permits,” the veteran asked. “Weren’t you guys?”

“… On the ground … no,” Mosher said. “We have not been doing it for three years, we had that one-time, special-use permit…”

At this point, the audience demanded that Millett comment on having granted the Navy a special-use permit to conduct electromagnetic warfare training.

“As you said, as Mr. Mosher (unintelligible) we did issue a short-term temporary, uh, special-use permit for the, uh, proof of concept,” Millett replied awkwardly. “I can’t remember exactly how many years it … I might have said three years at the time but if it was less than that …”

Mathes interjected at this point in the discussion to tell Millett that the permit was granted in 2011.

“So it was 2011,” Millett said.

After the meeting, Sullivan wrote to the Forest Service asking about the 2011 permit, and the agency replied that it had issued four short-term permits to the Navy for “feasibility tests of the Integrated Air Defense System.”

The letter, of which Sullivan provided a copy to Truthout, continued, “The first of the four temporary permits was authorized in 2010 and the last of the four was authorized at the beginning of 2014.”

FOIA materials revealed that Millett had signed every one of them.

One clear implication of the above remarks by Millett, Mathes and Mosher is that such lies by federal officials are illegal. Under 18 US Code § 1515, “misleading conduct” is described as:

(A) knowingly making a false statement;

(B) intentionally omitting information from a statement and thereby causing a portion of such statement to be misleading, or intentionally concealing a material fact, and thereby creating a false impression by such statement;

(C) with intent to mislead, knowingly submitting or inviting reliance on a writing or recording that is false, forged, altered, or otherwise lacking in authenticity.

(D) with intent to mislead, knowingly submitting or inviting reliance on a sample, specimen, map, photograph, boundary mark, or other object that is misleading in a material respect; or

(E) knowingly using a trick, scheme or device, with intent to mislead.

The officials’ comments and obfuscations fall under several of these categories. The Navy and federal government were plainly denying Washingtonians access to the facts about what was really taking place in their state.

Washington State in the Dark?

Apparently, it was not only the general public that was unaware the Navy had already been conducting electromagnetic warfare on state roads; officials within the state government were also kept in the dark.

In March 2015, Sullivan contacted the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) asking for any records indicating that the Navy had applied for a permit to conduct electromagnetic warfare on public roads. WSDOTresponded immediately, and a phone conversation between Sullivan and WSDOT’s Joni Higgins revealed that WSDOT was shocked that such activity might have been happening on public roads.

Higgins confirmed that no such permit category even existed.

Another WSDOT employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, verified for Truthout that WSDOT had not been consulted or notified by the Navy regarding any electromagnetic warfare training involving roads or highways in the state.

Truthout’s request for comment from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office was not replied to at the time of this writing.

Overwhelming Evidence of Harm

How invasive – or downright harmful – are the mobile emitters the Navy is using? The Navy regularly compares these emitters to cellphone towers, but in the aforementioned email thread, Navy representative Sodano said, “This system is the same as, or similar to, civilian navigational aids and radars at local airports and television weather stations throughout the United States.”

If that is true, it contradicts the cell tower analogy: Exposure to radar of any strength is still considered by the radar and electromagnetic radiation equipment manufacturing industry to be harmful, while exposure to cellphones or cell towers is supposedly not.

Yet even if we accept the cell tower comparison, the emitters aren’t off the hook. Any claim that cell towers are completely safe is contradicted by many peer-reviewed studies, as well as a 2014 letter from the US Department of the Interior to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on its inadequate standards for cellphone towers.

None of the public documents on the Navy’s war games has ever discussed any potential impacts from the downward-directed electromagnetic radiation coming from jets overhead, which are equipped with weaponized lasers and microwaves, as well as a powerful type of radar known as active electronically scanned array.

The Navy’s own web page on radio-frequency hazard avoidance concerns only heat effects, but has a strong requirement that aircraft radars be turned away from personnel areas.

However, the Navy’s response to public concerns about deleterious health effects from its war games has been to point people toward its own inadequate environmental assessment (EA). The military branch continues to claim that “no significant impacts” will result from its electromagnetic war games.

Dr. Martin Pall, a professor emeritus of Washington State University, has written several peer-reviewed papers on how electromagnetic radiation of various levels impacts human beings, and has given international lectures on the subject.

Pall told Truthout that the Navy’s claims of safety are “untrue,” and provided reams of evidence, including his own scientific reports, which document the extremely dangerous impacts of even very low levels of the microwave and electromagnetic radiation that the Navy would be emitting during its war games.

According to Pall, there is ample evidence of biological effects from EMF radiation that are “extremely worrisome.” These include cellular DNA damage that causes cancer and infertility, and, Pall said, “both of these have been repeatedly reported to occur with low-level exposures.”

“What the Navy is doing we have no idea because they don’t tell us,” Pall told Truthout. “But from what little they have told us, they are using a lot of pulse fields in wavelengths that are damaging to us, to biological organisms. They give us not one iota of evidence of what biological effects are produced by those fields, and don’t even tell us what fields they are using. You only find empty statements of ‘don’t worry about these things.'”

An April 1981 NASA study titled “Electromagnetic Field Interactions with the Human Body: Observed Effects and Theories” revealed the significant damage that EMF radiation causes to humans.

As for adverse effects from EMF radiation, the NASA report states, “Some result in death and persistent disease,” with other impacts including “ventricular fibrillation and sudden infant death syndrome,” “cataracts” and “accelerated aging.” It notes that electromagnetic fields “may promote cancer” and cause a “decrease in sex function.”

In fact, the Navy itself has published a medical study warning of the extremely harmful health effects of exposure to even low levels of electromagnetic radiation. The Navy has known about these effects since at least 1971, when the Naval Medical Research Institute published a research report written by Dr. Zorach Glaser, of which Truthout acquired a copy. The title of the report is “Bibliography of Reported Biological Phenomena (‘Effects’) and Clinical Manifestations Attributed to Microwave and Radio-Frequency Radiation.”

Given that the Navy continues to claim that its electromagnetic warfare training exercises will have “no significant impact” on humans, it is interesting to note that its own research paper’s abstract states:

More than 2,000 references on the biological responses to [microwave and] radio frequency and microwave radiation, published up to June 1971, are included in the bibliography. (Three supplementary listings bring the number of citations to more than 2,300.) Particular attention has been paid to the effects on man of non-ionizing radiation at these frequencies.

The Navy’s paper lists well over 100 negative biological effects caused by microwave and radio frequency radiations, including: corneal damage, tubular degeneration of testicles, brain heating, alteration of the diameter of blood vessels, liver enlargement, altered sex ratio of births, decreased fertility, sterility, altered fetal development, decreased lactation in nursing mothers, altered penal function, death, cranial nerve disorders, seizures, convulsions, depression, insomnia, hand tremors, chest pain, thrombosis, alteration in the rate of cellular division, anorexia, constipation, altered adrenal cortex activity, chromosome aberrations, tumors, altered orientation of animals, birds and fish, loss of hair and sparking between dental fillings.

Given all of these severe health impacts, it is clear why so many people in Washington State are now concerned about the fact that the Navy has been secretly conducting electromagnetic warfare training on state roads as well as in the Olympic, Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests.

“Chances are that for several years, motorists could have unknowingly encountered mobile emitters while driving, or could have parked near them at campgrounds or roadside pullouts,” Sullivan concluded. “If the mobile emitters are conducting electronic warfare without hazard zones and with jets overhead sending down their own EM radiation, how is that not considered a public health hazard?”

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.


Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, (Haymarket Books, 2009), and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, (Haymarket Books, 2007). Jamail reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards.

His third book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with William Rivers Pitt, is available now on Amazon. He lives and works in Washington State.


A strange hum is haunting residents of a Canadian city

A strange hum is haunting residents of a Canadian city

A droning, industrial hum that for years perplexed and disturbed locals in Windsor, Ontario, near the U.S.-Canada border, reemerged in recent months.

The monotonous, reverberating sound and its accompanying vibrations – known as “the Windsor hum”—has returned to haunt the city’s residents,according to the Windsor Star.

And this time it’s louder than ever.

Mike Provost, a resident on Windsor’s Hillcrest Boulevard, has kept records of the hums heard throughout his neighborhood, he told the newspaper. He noted a particular blast on Saturday, Feb. 27, that “shook everything … like a pounding on the wall.”

“Some people complain about dishes rattling, windows rattling,” Provost told the Star. “It can get real disturbing.”

Concerns about the hum first arose several years ago on the western and southern ends of Windsor, which lies just south of Detroit across the Detroit River. One night in 2012, more than 22,000 residents phoned government officials about the hum during a call-in event.

A 2013 report in On Earth magazine described how the incessant sound disturbed thousands of residents in that time, “vibrating their beds, wrecking their concentration, making their toddlers cranky. Some even blamed it for killing their goldfish.”

The hum jolted resident Gary Grosse out of sleep at 2 a.m. one night, the magazine reported, driving him to try to hunt down the source in his car. Another resident, Sherry Kelly, heard the hum, too, but feared people would think she was crazy if she mentioned it.

The crew of a SyFy channel show even visited Windsor in 2013 and floated the ideathat the hum was connected to HAARP, a U.S. communications program that conspiracy theorists said could control minds or the weather, depending on whom you ask. The show found no conclusions.

After myriad complaints, a 2014 report by the Canadian government linked the noise pollution to the work of U.S. Steel, based on Zug Island – a mass of land in the Detroit River just over the U.S.-Canadian border, the Star reported.

Experts think the hum could be the traveling sound of distant blasts from industrial furnaces releasing pressure on the American island, but jurisdictional complications have hamstrung Canadian officials in investigating operations there.

U.S. Steel, for its part, has cast doubt on the notion that it causes the hum.

An attorney of River Rouge, Mich., the municipality that oversees Zug Island, told theStar in 2012 that it didn’t have resources to look into the problem.

“We are not going to pay for something that is for somebody else’s benefit because this is not a problem affecting us,” David Bower said.

According to Provost, the Windsor resident tracking the hum’s return, the jolting noises have been worse around 8 p.m.

“Come on, give me a break,” he said. “Let us get some sleep. Let us get some peace and quiet.”

[h/t the Star, On Earth]

Follow Josh Hafner on Twitter: @joshhafner


A rapid smart meter rollout in NSW and the Greens support it!

A rapid smart meter rollout in NSW and the Greens support it!

I was forwarded a letter today from New South Wales energy provider AGL announcing a digital meter (smart) roll-out to all its customers. AGL has given less than two weeks notice for people to respond if they do not want a smart meter upgrade.
Quoting from the AGL brochure:

“The technology in your electricity meter is over 100 years old. So it’s time for an upgrade. That’s why we’re replacing your old meter with a new digital electricity meter.”

“AGL is upgrading your electricity meter free of charge. Then, you will no longer need to worry about manual meter reads or estimated bills.”

“If you would prefer not to be upgraded, simply call us on 1300 669 245 any time before 21 March or visitagl.com.au/upgrade

Interestingly the website mentioned on the brochure is incorrect. SNIP

Read the post here.