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Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board
August 24, 2015
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Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board, "Wireless Is Not Sustainable"
The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities forum in N. Kingston featured testimony from individuals experiencing discrimination as the result of health conditions related to wireless radio frequency exposures. The unprecedented hearing was scheduled in a Wi-Fi free setting in an attempt to provide accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitive residents. Testifiers explained that they are being denied access to every aspect of society, including education, employment, health care, religion, transportation, and safe housing. Citizens reported that requests for assistance have fallen on deaf ears in RI..
In 2002, the federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board stated, "multiple chemical sensitivities and electromagnetic sensitivities may be considered disabilities under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual's major life activities." Cell phones and antennas, cordless phones, wireless computers, unshielded transformers and wiring, security scanners, and other devices can make a building inaccessible. Wireless utility meters pose and additional threat to the electro-sensitive population.
Utility expert Sam Parrish testified, "Wireless networking is not a sustainable technology for many reasons including cyber security and adverse health effects. "Wi-Fi" has already begun to be rolled-back and removed from installations in schools and public facilities globally. Conventional wired networks are exceedingly more secure and appropriate for the majority of municipal government and public infrastructure."
Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org summarized international concern regarding the inadequacy of US exposure guidelines. Retired law professor Judy Jackson quoted Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, stating, "Inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law. Thus, it is not alright to deliberately make EHS persons' symptoms worse." Representatives from Citizens for Safe Technology and Worcester Opts Out also addressed the panel, reporting harm and discrimination, including being characterized as tin foil hats. Patricia Burke of Worcester Opts Out told the panel, "The name-calling and ridicule will continue until we as a society decide to act."
Cecelia Doucette shared "Best Practices" developed by the Ashland MA school system in response to concern about Wi-Fi exposures, and submitted a report on the FCC by Norm Elster published by the Harvard Center for Ethics. "The FCC has ignored the growing evidence that wireless technologies pose serious health risks."
Peggy Patton of HaltMAsmartmeters.org presented testimony submitted to the FCC in 2013 by the City of Boston, "The 1999-2000 judicial challenge to the FCC's 1996 rules never reached the issue of "electrosensitivity" as a cognizable disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After more than a decade, that investigation remains unopened. The dockets here have been updated with massive additional evidence of the crippling effects of RF radiation on an admitted minority - but a suffering minority - of U.S. citizens."
A teacher, several parents, and RI residents who practice prudent avoidance to protect their health joined experts in calling on the RI Disabilities Board to examine emerging evidence of harm and to take action.
Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment and provides essential services, and court cases in France and Italy have recognized damage from wireless exposure. A federal ADA lawsuit has been filed against the Fay School, a private school in Southborough, MA for failure to accommodate an EHS student.
Protect Your Family from EMF Pollution - EMF Analysis
"Thus far in 2015, I have been contacted by multiple people who have reported being injured by the new Xfinity WiFi routers. One woman wrote that it felt like she was "being microwaved." Others have reported headaches, insomnia, brain fog, burning sensations on their skin and heart arrhythmia.
"In this article I explain likely reasons why people are experiencing symptoms in response to Xfinity and also provide some solutions to this problem. . . .
Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.
Attached is a short paper prepared by Ronald M. Powell Ph.D., a scientist in the US who distributed it to the 24 superintendents of public schools in Maryland outlining the dangers of wireless devices in schools. A second, similar version was distributed to the 24 directors of public libraries in the state.
Dr. Powell has given permission to use and forward the paper as needed.
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Update includes original posting from April 7, 2015
It has been some time since we sent an update about the class action lawsuit in April. There has been no change at all since then. Class action law suits take a long time normally, and this is especially so when one side has money and resources without end. The initial schedule called for Hydro to have 5 days to present evidence, which is very unusual in the initial certification phase. The judge set aside 5 days in April but unexpectedly her schedule was revised and she was unable to accommodate this much time. Now the hearing is set for December. Our lawyer has completed all of the necessary work and all we can do now is wait until December. If there is any change, we will let you know immediately.
" . . . Direction 4 allowed opt out choice ONLY for residential customers who had thus far managed to avoid the installation of a microwave smart meter up until December 1, 2013. No commercial customers were allowed an opt out choice.
"After more than 2 years of forced installations, and two months after commencement of this legal action against BC Hydro, the Liberals used Direction 4 to deny opt out choice for 96% of BC Hydro customers, allowing opt out choice ONLY for those customers who had successfully refused a smart meter of any kind up to December 1, 2013. Out of 1.8 million customers, only 4% were deemed eligible for choice. Direction 4 only allowed customers to opt out if they had residential accounts (no business), and no RF smart meter had yet been installed by December 1, 2013. In short, Direction 4 closed any loopholes left out of the Clean Energy Act and determined the different ways in which individual customers may suffer under the heavy hand of BC Hydro's smart meter rollout.
"It was an amazing moment to realize the Liberals had imposed an act which made legal severe restriction of civil liberties without any kind of parliamentary discussion. . . .
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Preliminary Injunction for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence
In Massachusetts, a 12-year-old minor and parents suing School and Board of Trustees. The minor suffers due to electrosensitivity. School nurse reports similar symptoms in other children in the same classrooms.
Case 4:15-CV-40116 Document 1 Filed 08/12/15
McArthur of Talk Radio AM640 interviews Veronica Onyskiw whose home was burned by an exploding smart meter (June 4th 2015)
A Collingwood family woke up this weekend to an explosive sound which turned out to be their smart meter which had become a "ball of fire" attached to the side of their house. "The meter is about three feet from the main gas line into the house. If that wall had gone and then the car parked right beside it would've been very, very bad."
Despite thousands of smart meters that were supposed to be removed because their structure was similar to some found in Sask. which were implicated in several fires, Veronica Onyskiw's was not considered a threat. She joins us to discuss what happened that day and what the province is doing about smart meters going forward.
Interview with Sharon Noble - August 7, 2015
The focus of this interview on The Goddard Report is fires as they relate to Itron "smart" meters.
At the 7'30" mark, reference to the Class Action against B.C. Hydro clarifies the time of the upcoming Court date for the judge to accept or reject CSTS's application for certification. Currently the date is set for December, 2015, but these targets keep changing. Time will tell. Your support and donations continue to be highly valuable, and any contributions you can make would be appreciated.
Are Smart Meters pumping out a lot more radiation than government admits?
Guest's website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/
Canadian Federal Election Day Reminder: October 19th, 2015
Bill Henderson performs his new song "Take Back This Land"; Salt Spring Island, July 2015.
Link to Take Back This Land sung in natural surroundings on Salt Spring Island
Pre-release recording session for Take Back this Land (August 2nd, 2015, still in draft form):
190 Scientists from around the world are sounding the alarm as they appeal to the U.N. and the World Health Organization to take action to safeguard people and animals from the negative health effects from wireless technology.
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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