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Complete Regulatory Failure of 5G

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In America it is normal, despite historical incidences of malfeasance, to assume our government is faithfully doing its best to protect the public and that regulations have been produced through the advice of non-conflicted professionals with public health as a top priority. But when national security demands a few compromises be made and then when new developments in technology and new scientific findings make the older flawed guidelines even more obsolete, is it really wise to expect vested interests with political clout and responsibilities to their stakeholders to be ethical rather than do all in their power to ensure the new evidence never sees the light of day?

Responding to concerns about the planned 5G rollout, the FCC says there is no proof of harm. The relevant scientific literature, on the other hand, indicates much potential for harm. With the rollout of smart meter technology, awareness of this has grown from a formerly tiny minority that was easily intimidated and dismissed to a growingly vocal minority that includes many dedicated campaigners.

A Captured Regulatory System

2018 California Senate candidate Kevin Mottus, in an interview with EMF campaigner Josh del Sol during "5G CrisisAwareness & Accountability" Internet summit (currently wrapping up) explained the situation in America. This video will be unavailable without a fee and the transcript is also behind a paywall. There will be an encore public viewing on Sep. 7-8 that can be accessed by signing up here. Mottus's presentation brought up information I've not seen elsewhere, so I took notes and have rephrased and reorganized what he said below for the public benefit.

The FCC, says Mottus, oversees human exposure guidelines. But they are a captured agency. In fact, it is so bad the Harvard Ethics Dept. wrote a report titled, "How the FCC is dominated by the industries that it is presumably regulating." In essence we are allowing the wireless industry to regulate itself. Run by industry insiders. The FCC website says, "At the present time there is no federally mandated radio frequency exposure standard."

That's right, no standards at all for exposures to an obvious, contentious pollutant increasing at a more than exponential rate. There are guidelines, i.e., suggestions for limits, but those are based on recommendations from the profiting industry.

No Safety Testing

When pressed about health issues, the FCC says it takes advice from the FDA. The FDA, on the other hand, performs an advisory role, but does not have primary responsibility for exposure standards, the FCC does. The FDA has performed research, says Mottus, but that was done in collaboration with CTIA, the wireless industry's lobby and trade organization. The FDA has done no safety testing at all. The FDA itself notes, "Under the law, FDA does not review the safety of radiation-emitting consumer products such as cell phones and similar wireless devices before they can be sold, as it does with new drugs and medical devices."

Neither the FCC nor the FDA provide any basis for claims of safety. They point at each other to back up their claims, and when that doesn't work, they turn to the American Cancer Society, which sounds like a good choice for expertise. The problem is, though, that the American Cancer Society is not a research institute. It's a funding organization, says Mottus. Worse, it works closely with the wireless industry. ATT is one of its corporate partners. Three of 10 CEOs on its global council are wireless industry execs, including one from Motorola, the company that famously attacked researchers Henry Lai and Narendra Singh for publishing a report detailing DNA breaks caused by radiation at frequencies and field strengths similar to cell phones.

The FDA, FCC and American Cancer Society are thus all heavily conflicted organizations.

There is no safety testing for wireless radiation. The industry conducts a form of testing, but what it does is test a bag of saline fluid to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR), i.e., how much radiation is absorbed by the bag, to ensure excessive heating would not occur under analogous circumstances, but no research is done on actual people. To do so would be unethical, given what we know about EMFs at these field strengths from animal studies.

In any other industry, normal safety testing would be conducted by government agencies prior to marketing, and this would include human testing. Furthermore there would also be post-market follow-up to see if any people were experiencing adverse effects. This should apply not only to users, but other people affected, such as those living near the cell towers. This should be performed by the FDA, not the FCC.

The FCC does not even have a health department. Those approaching the FCC for answers are stonewalled. Chairman Ajit Pai calls the pollutant radiofrequency "energy," sidestepping the officially recognized term "radiofrequency radiation" with its negative connotations. (An Australian lawyer who also spoke at the summit said that trying to dumb down the population by changing terms like that constitutes fraud.) Pai says the FCC is testing, but as noted above, all they are testing is how much people are exposed, not how they are affected, and the engineers performing the testing have no expertise in biological effects.

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The rollout of 5G is being rushed with dire warnings about what might happen if China beat us to it. But perhaps we ought to let them be the guinea pigs, not us.

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I am away from home where I have gathered quite a lot of information on 5g. Because I am away I can't reference the information and post it here. But, I know it agrees with what you have said. I have thought about submitting an article on 5g and perhaps I will.

Bottom line from what I have learned is that no, they couldn't care less about health effects on the population. The reason they are pumping out 5G as fast as they can is to use it as an additional weapon in obtaining total control.

I should post a video I have seen that I think is sickening. The plan is to cover every square inch of this country with 5G. I have only just started looking to see what my gut tells me. That is, with the coming implanting of microchips and 5G covering every square inch of this country, there will absolutely be nowhere to hide. They will know where every single person is every single second of every single day.

Maybe I will move elsewhere. Japan sounds nice. Eating things like yakisoba and tempera and katsudon sounds really tasty.

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I hope you do write about this. It is creeping along under the radar. It's odd how the US is fighting against Huawei and 5G, not because of its harm to living matter but its harm to US wireless innovation which is unprepared to cash in on 5G.

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I second your encouragement to David. The grab for total top-down control is what is driving this. China is leading the way with its social credit scoring. It's a technocrat's misbegotten dream with would be pathocrats rubbing their palms in delight.

China does recognize EMF biological effects, but all they do to mitigate it is have pregnant women wear shielding around their abdomen. I haven't been through Shanghai in a while, but five years ago, the levels of ambient EMFs at the airport were moderate. Paul Doyon, who was living there about ten years ago, says he noticed insects disappearing at that time.

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In Japan, at this point, things are looking pretty hopeless for the people most strongly affected by EMFs. There is a total media blackout on the subject of EMF biological effects. The public hears only praise for 5G, which is supposedly going to turn Japan into a technological paradise, and the few people aware of potential problems are laughed at. The government will be installing 5G at all traffic signals.

Paul Doyon is one of the most strongly affected, and he used to live in Japan. He went to Thailand about 10-15 years ago, then to China, then back to Japan, where there was still one town free of 3G cell towers. Now he is in America. There was no place in Asia that he could tolerate. Not only have there been no successes shutting down electropolluting facilities anywhere in Asia, from what I can tell, there have been no attempts either. The Gauss Network in Tokyo brought in a lawyer once who said that until harm is "proven" any attempted lawsuit will be thrown out. I heard of one local councilwoman with microwave sickness who tried to the Wi-Fi mitigated at her city hall and was practically laughed out of court.

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I fear it will take something on the order of a new Minamata, where the level of deaths, illnesses and destruction are simply so overwhelming that the problem can no longer be evaded. Of course, this is not just people. In Minamata, everyone noticed the cats behaving strangely from eating the contaminated fish. Then it seemed to spread to people.

Likewise, with the smart meter rollout, we lost nearly all pollinators in our organic field. All birds, except barn swallows have also disappeared from the field. (Birds that stay in the forest seem to be okay.) People remark on this, but then they point to the standard acceptable reasons such as pesticides and global warming. Meanwhile, the media have reported learning and behavioral problems in children centered around smart phone use, but they never mention EMFs as a possible factor. Meanwhile, I hear by word of mouth, but never from the media, about lots of people who are aware they are being made sick by microwave radiation.

At some point the dam will break, but until then, we are "cooked." Recognition overseas will help speed relief.

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I forgot to add the Asahi and Kirin and the Sake. :)

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Those certainly make it a lot easier to get by!

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Thank you for writing about this. I believe that 5G raises serious biological concerns. The revelation that the wireless industry is self insured against biological damages because insurers don't want any part of the liability is breath taking.

It is interesting that China which is regaining its posture would go down the 5G route. It is also disturbing how willing the Chinese are to accept privacy intrusions and submit to surveillance - I am not pointing the finger, just saying, if we are moving to multipolarity it would great if the new entrants were engaged in activities that are not life threatening.

The same sentiment goes for Russia - While I appreciate their efforts to thwart terrorists, I do not understand their fascination with nuclear power.. in submarines, ice breakers, power stations, missiles???

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Thank you for your encouragement.

In societies with a Confucian outlook, there is an expectation of benevolence on the part of authorities. Once that is clearly violated, action is swift and merciless, but until then, they value harmony above all for the "greater good." They see the social credit score as a needed tool for creating a better society, whereas we see it as Orwellian.

I think Russia's acceptance of nuclear power, despite Chernobyl, stems from two things. One, it is very very cold there. Two, it is sparsely populated, so if one place gets contaminated, the people can just move away.

I hear Japan's officials started talking to Russia a few days after Fukushima blew about the possibility of relocating Tokyo's population to islands Russia holds just north of Hokkaido.

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The value of human life does not appear on corporate P&L spreadsheets. Perhaps the attrition of the customer base due to death by use of their products is noted, but this is more than offset by birthrates, especially high in emerging markets.

Moreover, it's not that people don't have an alternative to exposure to this radiation. Shovels are readily available and relatively inexpensive at home improvement centers and garden supply shops. Individuals can dig tunnels -- a few yards of earth is a quite sufficient barrier -- adjusting their survival regimens to existence underground in subterranean settings. Amazon can drone deliver the essentials, including Vitamin D, necessary for a long, healthy and fulfilling life via a "drop hole" over the kitchen area.

Besides, the corporate state has a formidable presence in ignoring and promoting mortality rates across a wide spectrum of human activity. What's one more factor in the ongoing orgy of death?

Annual opioid-related deaths ... over 50,000

Annual traffic fatalities ... over 35,000

Annual gun-related deaths ... over 33,000

Annual deaths by medical error ... over 400,000

Annual brain deaths from watching TV ... ????


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We the People are to be served--in the Twilight Zone sense.

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You meant the soylent green sense, didn't you?

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After a while with 5G, they can stick a fork in us!

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