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Perspectives and Insights
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.
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The Current's "Ripple Effect": CBC September 8, 2015
When Martin Cooper made the first ever call on a mobile phone, he had no idea he was spearheading a cellular revolution. The ripple effects of his invention exceeded his expectations, surprising everyone with the sweeping changes its brought to our lives.
The father of the cellphone, Martin Cooper says cellphones are still very primitive because we are slaves to them, rather than them being slaves to us.
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. . . .
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? . . .
Jerry Day speaks about Electromagnetic Radiation in everyday life (first posted in April, 2012)
"A global "Smart Grid" program is being implemented which is blasting homes and businesses with more electromagnetic radiation than human beings have ever been subject to in human history. It is utterly preposterous to assume this will not lead to major human epidemics.
"We must now face the very serious problem that the institutions, government, corporations and foundations, that are supposed to be serving our interests are deliberately violating, exploiting, endangering and assaulting us.
"This video exposes electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as a major danger and violation to all current and future generations."
Other videos with Jerry Day: Smart Meters a Little Too Smart? Personal Surveillance, and Protect Yourself
Published on 7 Apr 2012
How Much Can We Take?
TV Producer, Bill Day does not think that our exposure to the microwave and radio frequencies being emitted by our wireless devices has been adequately tested for safety.
Are we so in love with the incredible convenience of this technology that we will only discover that it isn't worth the convenience when it is too late?
Here are some highlights of Day's statements from the video, above and transcribed in more detail below:
"Electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects and a host of lesser symptoms.
"Billions of dollars are being made by corporations, by wirelessly wiring your world. They are downplaying the effects of electromagnetic radiation. They are bullying and threatening anyone who opposes the radiation roll-out. They're pretending the downside doesn't even exist.
"There is no science to show that a massive dose of EMF will be safe and harmless. All information and commonsense indicates just the opposite. But this time, it will be different than DDT, asbestos and tobacco. The powers-that-be will never give up their wireless data collection network...they will not give up wireless technology without a major fight.
"Will you fight them? Because there are only two choices: Fight or be irradiated."
MORE DETAILED TRANSCRIPTION:
"Biological organisms are electrical devices. Electromagnetic radiation induces electrical effects upon us. We are not designed to withstand massive bombardments of electrical induction, stimulation and harmonic decomposition.
"Just as an opera singer can induce frequencies to shatter a wine glass, your cell phones, your WiFi computers and SmartMeters induce shattering harmonics upon your body's cellular and molecular structures; your DNA. That is why electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects and a host of lesser symptoms.
"Electromagnetic radiation dismantles you from the inside out. In the years just ahead of us, we are about to see a whole lot more of those diseases, injuries and symptoms...
"Billions of dollars are being made by corporations, by wirelessly wiring your world. They are downplaying the effects of electromagnetic radiation. They are bullying and threatening anyone who opposes the radiation roll-out. They're pretending the downside doesn't even exist. And they're using all of their money and power to squelch anyone who raises any inconvenient facts, evidence or science.
"You may recognize this pattern from the DDT issue, the asbestos issue, the tobacco issue. In each one of those cases, those large and highly-profitable industries managed, through propaganda and legislative lobbying, to suppress the truth until so many people died and the evidence was so overwhelming that even corrupt political leaders had no choice but to finally capitulate.
."DDT is now banned. Asbestos is banned and tobacco is becoming more severely restricted and taxed every day. Electromagnetic radiation is a major international industry with far more profit potential than DDT, asbestos and tobacco combined. The wireless industries and tycoons are now suppressing information, attacking their opponents, spreading false and misleading information, investing billions in the roll-out and greasing the political wheels, as they always do - and the political wheels are glad for the grease, as they always are.
"Prepare to be personally exposed to levels of electromagnetic radiation far above anything ever experienced in human history. Prepare to be the guinea pig in an experiment with human cancers, mutations, illnesses and death. Prepare to suffer that until the evidence is so clear and obvious that there will be enough victims to force the corrupt officials and the criminal corporate perpetrators to capitulate to the mountain of evidence and tragic human stories.
"There is no science to show that a massive dose of EMF will be safe and harmless. All information and common sense indicates just the opposite. But this time, it will be different than DDT, asbestos and tobacco. The powers-that-be will never give up their wireless data collection network. They may offer to shield your digital devices, they may pay the settlements on your lawsuits, they may cry out to Congress about how vital the SmartGrid is for their businesses, for their security, for their profits and power - but they will not give up wireless technology without a major fight.
"Will you fight them? Because there are only two choices: Fight or be irradiated. Fight or accept birth defects, cancer, brain disease and countless other unforeseen tragic consequences. Obviously, electromagnetic radiation must one day go the way of DDT, asbestos and tobacco - the question is simply: at what point do we all realize that we must fight?
April 5, 2012
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. . .
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.
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. . . .
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?
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:
How Radiation Affects Your Cells
Just a few of the thousands of articles and websites about the adverse effects of cellphones and cellphone towers.
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
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
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
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
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.
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