A couple of weeks ago I coined the term tyrannogenic health hazard, defined as anything harmful, or potentially harmful, to our health that is caused by or imposed upon us by our government. As examples, I cited climate engineering and genetically modified foods.
We have no way of escaping the particulates that are being sprayed in our skies. The health effects of breathing in aerosolized aluminum, strontium and other materials are simply levied upon us by government. Likewise–with the absence of labeling requirements–virtually any food item we buy in the supermarket nowadays could contain GMOs. The health effects of consuming products that have been genetically engineered to withstand toxic chemicals in pesticides are potentially catastrophic, and, again, have been forced upon us by our government.
Now it might be time to add a new menace to our list of tyrannogenic threats: 5G wireless technology. 5G (the “G” stands for “generation”) is the next generation of mobile communications technology that will include increased connection speeds as well as expanded opportunities for such things as Wi-Fi-connected household appliances that can be controlled by smart phone. (Thus we will be able to avoid the terrible trauma of having to walk over to our coffee maker and flip it on manually.) Trials will begin in 2017 and the new technology is expected to be available to the general public in 2020.
The Federal Communications Commission has allocated airwaves at the higher end of the radio spectrum for the purpose, and connection speeds are expected to increase by a factor of 10 or more. Yet cell phone towers alone will no longer be sufficient. A proliferation of small devices known as “base stations,” to be mounted on utility poles, will be needed to pass the signals along from one block to the next. This will increase the level of RF, or radio frequency, radiation people are exposed to.
Plenty of independent studies have shown evidence of links between cell phone use and brain tumors–and earlier this year even the federal government released such a study of its own. The study, by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that male rats exposed to RF radiation of the type emitted through cell phones were significantly more likely to develop gliomas (a common type of brain tumor) as well as a more rare growth known as schwannoma of the heart, than unexposed rats (the effect was observed in male rats only).
The NTP study was released in May, but despite this, the FCC went ahead in July and voted–unanimously–to allow wireless providers access to a high-frequency portion of the spectrum. As the L.A. Times put it, these bands in the airwaves “have had limited uses because they can’t carry data very far,” but as alluded to earlier this will be overcome through a multitudinous proliferation of base stations, each one capable of streaming large, multi-media files to a subset of users.
The FCC is comprised of the following five members:
In the following video, it is Wheeler who is most prominently featured (although O’Rielly is referred to at several points as well), and at about 4:10 you’ll hear the FCC chairman make the following statement:
Unlike some countries, we do not believe that we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be or how it should operate. The future has a way of inventing itself. Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future.
What does such a statement suggest about the speaker? Does it signify a pioneering commitment to technological innovation? Or is it perhaps more indicative of greed and stupidity?
US officials forever seem to remind us about the dangers of terrorism and of their vigilant efforts at keeping us “safe.” For some reason, however, keeping us safe from cancer and other diseases doesn’t seem to be given quite as high a priority…but that would of course interfere with the profits of the wireless and GMO food industries, while playing up the dangers of terrorism, on the other hand, is good for the defense industry.
All this despite the fact that far more Americans die from cancer than from terror attacks.
At this point, I can’t really say I place a great deal of faith in anything attested to by any US official. Given that US officials lie about so many things–from routinely manipulating employment figures to misrepresenting their intentions in overthrowing governments and invading other countries, is there any compelling reason to take the word of an official who talks about “turning innovators loose” to pummel us with RF radiation?
Are we facing another tyrannogenic threat to our health? It would appear so.