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Societies are complicated systems, and humans are creative and complex creatures with different points of view. The definition of progress is not the same for all people and every person brings to this planet his or her own unique set of circumstances, insights and opinions.  

However, it seems some truths are universal.  Even with opposing beliefs, disparate amounts of knowledge and patience, and controversy, there are opportunities to find common ground and solve problems that appear to be overwhelming.  

In the following, you may find a new perspective or vantage point, or some new courage.  A more philosophical point of view . . . strategies and solutions.



Aug 26
2015

The Dangers of Willful Blindness

TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.



 " . . . This wasn't ignorance. It was willful blindness. Willful blindness is a legal concept which means, if there's information that you could know and you should know but you somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you're willfully blind. You have chosen not to know. There's a lot of willful blindness around these days. You can see willful blindness in banks, when thousands of people sold mortgages to people who couldn't afford them. You could see them in banks when interest rates were manipulated and everyone around knew what was going on, but everyone studiously ignored it. You can see willful blindness in the Catholic Church, where decades of child abuse went ignored. You could see willful blindness in the run-up to the Iraq War. Willful blindness exists on epic scales like those, and it also exists on very small scales, in people's families, in people's homes and communities, and particularly in organizations and institutions.

"Companies that have been studied for willful blindness can be asked questions like, "Are there issues at work that people are afraid to raise?" And when academics have done studies like this of corporations in the United States, what they find is 85 percent of people say yes. Eighty-five percent of people know there's a problem, but they won't say anything. And when I duplicated the research in Europe, asking all the same questions, I found exactly the same number. Eighty-five percent.

"That's a lot of silence. It's a lot of blindness. And what's really interesting is that when I go to companies in Switzerland, they tell me, "This is a uniquely Swiss problem." And when I go to Germany, they say, "Oh yes, this is the German disease." And when I go to companies in England, they say, "Oh, yeah, the British are really bad at this." And the truth is, this is a human problem. We're all, under certain circumstances, willfully blind. . . .




Aug 14
2015

All I Really Need to Know About EMF I Learned After My Wife Got Sick

A Brief History of Electrosmog - Spirit of Change Jonathan Mirin

" . . . History was never my favorite subject. I preferred English, theatre, religion -- subjects where the imagination seemed unrestricted by the weight of historical facts. Of course, I had heard the truism about not being able to understand the present without knowing the past. I appreciated the idea intellectually. But it wasn't until my wife Godeliève Richard, a Swiss dancer/choreographer and visual artist, became sick in the spring of 2010 and we came to understand, after three torturous years, that the root of her suffering was her sensitivity to RF (radio frequency) wireless radiation of the sort emitted by cell towers, cell phones, computers trying to pick up Wifi, Wifi enabled routers, cordless phones, tablets, our electric meter, etc., etc., etc., that I became an avid student of history.

"We began reading books, articles, websites. We watched documentaries. We spoke with activists. It took me several months to completely accept that EHS (Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity) was what had derailed our lives and stolen time and energy from our now three-year-old son. Members of our family and friends quietly confided their belief to me that this must be a mental problem. In a way, I wished they were right. How would we live? How would she survive? . . .

ARTICLE 




May 14
2015

Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues

View from Trent - Magda Havas

"Imagine a world identical to our own with one exception everyone is deaf. There is no radio and television remains at the level of the silent movie. Telephone communication is visual but beyond that the world is very much like our own.

"What would such a world be like?

 "It would probably be very noisy, since there would be no need for noise control and no regulations to limit noise. Car engines would still roar, perhaps louder than they do now, tires would squeal, birds would sing, and thunder would rumble across the sky but we would not be able to hear any of this.

"Now, imagine that some people in this world can hear. They don't realize they are any different except in a few subtle ways. They can predict the coming of storms. They claim to "hear" thunder at a distance. They have difficulty sleeping. In the middle of the night they hear roaring engines, squealing tires, horns blaring and other things that are silent to the rest of us. Because of their poor sleep, they are tired during the day. They become anxious and worried. The noise frightens them but only they can hear it so they begin to question their sanity. . . .

"Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has not yet been accepted by our medical professionals. Just like chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical hypersensitivity, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) it will take some time and many complaining patients before that changes. In the meantime, those suffering need to reduce their exposure to radio frequency radiation not a simple thing to do in our highly technical society . . .

 "Our government can play a vital role. . .




Jan 7
2015

An Electronic Silent Spring - Katie Singer

Katie Singer at the IFG.org Teach-In "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth" held at Cooper Union in New York City October 25-26, 2014.

This is a talk given by Katie Singer, the author of "An Electronic Silent  Spring."  A transcript of the talk is included HERE.







Jan 1
2015

My Digital Addiction

Aljazeera - How is our need to be constantly connected impacting our lives and could a digital detox be the solution?

"Al Jazeera's Phil Lavelle is constantly connected, and can rarely be found without his face buried into one of his many mobile devices. He diagnosed himself as a digital addict - after researching the symptoms online, of course - but now feels the need to disconnect.

"We follow him as he checks into a digital detox facility and attempts to adapt to a life without his devices. Along the way, we explore the modern phenomenon of digital addiction. . . .




Dec 18
2014

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Human Rights

Commentary to the European Economic and Social Committee on the European Convention on Human Rights

Attached is a commentary by Dr. Isaac Jamieson on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Human Rights. As more of us are forced to live with higher and higher levels of exposure, the number of people who are sensitive is increasing dramatically. Victims suffer in many ways, including discrimination. It is vital that human rights be respected and measures taken to provide a safer environment.

The following is brief commentary on Human Rights, as related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and other conditions that may be affected as a result of exposure to manmade electromagnetic fields (EMFs).  In this present work, relevant sections of the convention are indicated in the text below and their implications discussed.      

It is intended that this commentary will be of benefit to policy makers, industry and members of the general public.

Of special note is the chart on page 2 showing exposure limits in various countries. Canada and the US have the same limits as ICNIRP recommends. Please see the statement at the bottom of the page - there are techniques and wireless devices that can cut levels significantly. Why aren't they being used in North America? 




Nov 12
2014




Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age

It's like the hissing of pots and the cooking of cells
twisting in knots like the book of the kells.
it's the clotting of minds - it's a fight with the heart
the rotting of time, it's the light and the dark
more than plain rumor, it's a brain tumor state
my strains duplicate - pains accumulate
mutation awaits - the death wish of all cells
it's the personal assistant with all whistles and bells
started off with a clock, to replace the wrist watch
then a torch, radio, camera - in case the cyst pops
now we can send clips off from cliff tops to inbox
and satellite locator, in place to assist cops
it's the all in one ultimate modern go go gadget
that is why we never leave it behind - it's oh so magic and
oh no tragic - the toy has declared you hexxed
five hundred thousand brain tumors a year - whos next?

breaker breaker one nine
we've made the same mistake for some time
my dome is splitting - its a bleak disease
cos my phone's emitting these frequencies

danger danger beware
they've known the risk has always been there
my free minutes are used - my minds left numb
three tumors removed now i'm blind deaf and dumb

i have sleepless nights and sty in my eye
who's gonna own up to this fly in the pie?
our government's plan is to leave us high and dry
and the FDA policy is to lie and deny
it goes one ear - but not out the other.
i aquired alzeimers and i doubt ill recover
who's responsible for the wear and tear on my brain
i know that im here but they declare me insane
i phoned there to complain but was waisting my time
on hold for an hour and i'm still eighth in the line (ouch)
it radiates all the time - a razor slice day and night
EMF is worse than ultraviolet rays of light
melting the runway of ice before our maiden flight
Im one cat trading life with a plague of mice
we're not brave, we're vague and afraid to fight
we've turned grey and face paler than a shade of white
David Icke gave us sight, light and great advise
but whos gonna save the children of the neighbours wife
when they bake alive they'll cunjor up a wild excuse
giving cellphones to kids is just child abuse
we think it's all fine with our extra talk time
but phone credit is suicide - next to chalk lines
it's death, it's war crime - genocide -
a walk by a fork in right eye.
you're an egg and pork pie half the world has a cellphone -
that's over 3 billion don't call me - i won't answer -- but you can call me trillion

breaker breaker one nine
we've made the same mistake for some time
my dome is splitting - it's a bleak disease
and vodafone is commiting indecencies

danger danger beware
they've known the risk has always been there
my free minutes are used - my minds left numb
three tumors removed now i'm blind deaf and dumb

hands up - who uses blue tooth?
research the truth or youre a few screws loose
you may as well do a head stand today in a bed pan
your a dead man talking - a grenade in ya left hand
we're falling down the ladders of a nation of snakes
the patron of saints cant heal impatient mistakes
awake to the waning of the birds and bees
its the realm of EMFs that are murdering these
its an industry blinded by senseless greed
a centipede that stings us with endless fees
damage occurs even with the shortest of use
phone makers want insurance but insurers refuse
It's dirty business, providers have death on their books
they provide us with lies - the usual method of crooks
their advertising is all based on sensation
the flags are rising on this plague to end nations
your cellphone is harmful there's proof by induction
causing nerve-cell, blood-cell and DNA destruction
this epidemic has only begun
you should recognise your phone is the smoking gun

some non believers have asked for links:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/cad-designs/prism/index.htm
http://www.networkworld.com/article/2345351/-this-is-your-brain-on-cell-phone-radiation--.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-02/afot-cpl021408.php
How Radiation Affects Your Cells
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/lifestyle/2007-09/04/content_6079922.htm
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=3866
electromagnetichealth.org
www.bioinitiative.org
www.mastsanity.org
www.wiredchild.co.uk
www.powerwatch.org.uk
www.radiationresearch.org
www.stop-radiation.com

www.citizensforsafetechnology.org

Just a few of the thousands of articles and websites about the adverse effects of cellphones and cellphone towers.




Oct 26
2014

Reality Check: Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Richard Williams, an American rapper, explains in this video the current state of our social lives.

Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me. You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here. :)



Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down
at his cell phone?

Kind of ironic, ain't it?

How these touch-screens can make us lose touch.

But it's no wonder in a world filled with

IMac's, iPads and iPhones

So many "i"'s, so many selfies, not enough "us"'s and "we"'s
See, Technology has made us more selfish and separate than ever

Cause while it claims to connect us, connection has gotten no
better

And let me express first

Mr Zuckerberg, not to be rude, but you should re-classify Facebook
to what it is:

An anti-social network

Cause while we may have big friend lists

So many of us are friendless, all alone

Cause friendships are more broken than the screens on our very phones

We sit at home on our computers measuring self worth by
numbers of followers and Likes

Ignoring those who actually love us

It seems we'd rather write an angry post

Than talk to someone who might actually hug us

Am I bugging? You tell me...

I asked a friend the other day lets meet up face to face

They said all right, what time you wanna Skype?

I responded with omg, srs, and then a bunch of smh's

And realized what about me?

Do I not have the patience to have conversation without
abbreviation?

This is the generation of media over stimulation

Chats have been reduced to snaps

The news is 140 characters

Videos are 6 seconds at high speed

And you wonder why ADD is on the rise faster than 4G LTE

But, get a load of this

Studies show the attention span of the average adult today

Is one second lower than that of a gold fish

.

So if, you're one of the few people or aquatic animals that have
yet to click off or close this video, congratulations.

Let me finish by saying you do have a choice, yes

But this one my friends we cannot Auto-Correct - we must do it
ourselves

Take control or be controlled, Make a decision

Me? 
No longer do I want to spoil a precious moment by recording it
with a phone

I'm just gonna keep them

I don't wanna take a picture of all my meals anymore -
I'm just gonna eat them

I don't want the new app, the new software, or the new update.

And If I wanna post an old photo of myself who says I have to wait
until Thursday

I'm so tired of performing in the pageantry of vanity

And conforming to this accepted form of digital insanity
.
Call me crazy but, I imagine a world where we
smile when we have low batteries

Cause that will mean we'll be one bar closer - to humanity.




Oct 10
2014

Resonance - Beings of Frequency

(documentary film) by James Russell (Official)

Comment: This may be one of the most important documentaries ever made. You will need almost 90 minutes to watch the entire film, but it is time well spent. Anyone using wireless devices should watch this film.



RESONANCE is an eye opening documentary which reveals the harm we are doing by existing in an ocean of man made wireless frequencies. 

Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in. 

By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. 

Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing. 

Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn't exist for more than a second. 

This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically. 

Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth's natural resonance. 

To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the effects of which we are just starting to see and feel. 

Mast Sanity: http://www.mastsanity.org/

Film Synopsis




Sep 27
2014

WHO Knew: The Elephant in the Room

A shocking expose on corruption within World Health Organization ranks, relating to scientific causality of harm from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) Author: Susan D. Foster MSW - March 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 was a very strange day in London. Only the weather was predictable. A cold rain fell as a dais of scientists faced a room full of reporters in the Royal Society Library's Special Events Room on Carlton House Terrace. With its pillared roots going back to the 1600s, the Royal Society Library had welcomed scientists from all over the world for centuries.

"On this day, two scientists distinguished themselves as authors of the thick, glossy tome that was almost the biggest presence in the press briefing. Co-authors Prof. Bernard Stewart, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Christopher Wild, PhD, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) esteemed International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) prepared to tell the world we are on the verge of a cancer tsunami. World Cancer Report 2014 was nearly six years in the making. IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO, and a core part of their mission is to disseminate information on cancer. They gather information, frequently classify the risk level of various substances, and share that news with the world. This day the news was daunting.

"Cancer rates are growing at such a rapid pace that we cannot treat our way out of this global health crisis. We must focus on prevention on a massive scale, Drs. Wild and Stewart announced to the gathering of just over 25 reporters. The human and economic catastrophe awaiting the world, with healthcare costs spiraling out of control, was described in great detail in the massive report these two men had just completed. The 650-page book, the first World Cancer Report since 2008, painted a dim picture for the world.

"Reporters gathered at the press briefing heard the numbers and the implications were clear. . . .




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