Friday, December 4, 2020

What To Write

For many months now I have wondered what to write.  For me, fiction is easy. I have several novels, short stories, and novellas on the list with lots more ideas.

What to write here is the problem.  What would my readers be interested in?  I had a few ideas I was working on, one was about ready to post, then in March the pandemic happened.

Writing, fiction writing, kept going but here it stopped.  I thought about several topics on the pandemic, however, there was so much of that already. Not to mention, I know I was getting tired of it.  And I’m sure everyone else is as well.

But today an article came across my desk today I just had to comment on. 

The normally well balanced and accurate, Verge had an article about not putting your router in "Jail".

They talked about how harmless WiFi is and gave a lot of information.  Sadly, they were wrong on a few points.  Or at least very disputed points. Wifi (and 5G) is microwaves, and it varies depending on who you ask on whether non-ionizing radiation can cause damage.  They totally miss that if you sit in a microwave with it on, there is going to be damage. Which I don’t think anyone can disagree with.

WiFi and 5G are same thing is in your microwave just at a different frequency.

Microwaves were discovered in 1925 by Percy Spencer. At the time he noticed a radar unit he was using and was standing near started to melt a chocolate bar in his pocket. He didn't feel any heat, yet it had happened.

The problem is no official real unbiased research has been done since the 1950's and things have changed dramatically. The frequencies used now are off the chart. Well not really, but a difference of night and day compared to what was tested back then. Not to mention the level of exposure we have now.

The off-the-wall theories aside such as 5G causing COVID, the thing people (the stable non-conspiracy theory type) are worried about is the lack of real unbiased research. And keep in mind even safe things like cheese are fine in small amounts. But get too much and you have problems.

Some people do react to WiFi and other microwaves like cell phones.  It makes them sick.  Some get migraines, others have brain fog, still others have their equilibrium affected or rashes. Have you ever heard about canaries in the coal mines?  Keep in mind not everyone gets cancer from smoking either. And the tobacco industry denied it for many years that it happened at all. The communication industry is saying the same thing about 5G.

World Health Organization still lists cell phones as possibly carcinogenic.

For every doctor you find that says it is all safe, you will find another doctor or expert that says it is not and has the patients or experience to prove it.

More research is needed, but instead the industry is just making faster and more potent WiFi/cell services.  This is the problem.  The industry all says it is safe but they are trying to sell you on it, so what are they going to say?

Lead in paint was thought to be perfectly safe, then we found out it wasn't.

Again, more research is needed.  Or perhaps I should say unbiased research the wireless industry can't ignore or otherwise sweep under the rug.

Some interesting studies have been done.  One in particular where a large cell tower was erected near a population center (in California if I remember right, I can't find the details at the moment) and over the next 20 years cancer went up a lot in the area.  Not much else changed, which points to the tower. It could not be proven 100% of course, but it sure seems likely.

Also Verge comparing AM/FM to 5g or even normal WiFi is like comparing apples and oranges.  Sure both are fruit, but it stops there.  Different vitamins, minerals, taste, and some people are deathly allergic to oranges.  But does that mean the orange growers have the right to force them to eat oranges?  No.

This should be the way with 5G.  The problem is to work well at the speeds they are touting; it has to be everywhere, forcing exposure to all if they want it or not.

I for one don't want a 5G tower (or node as it is often called) hanging off my house or half a block away.  That is what many people fear.  They aren't nuts, especially if they do react to WiFi/cell phones already.

But I will agree with Verge regarding the people placing a WiFi router in a cage and expect the same range/coverage/usage ARE nuts. Of course it will drop down the strength, and for some, that is what they want. Many routers broadcast at full power 24/7 that can reach far beyond one's house. You don't need it that high, and if it is near you, that is a lot of exposure. Some routers allow you to reduce the broadcast level, but for most a cage is the only real option.

There are many examples with doctors mentioning there are problems. Several good examples of this are with Doctor Devra Davis. Check two of her videos here and here. Be sure to check the second one as it talks about 5G specifically, and the lack of proper research.

To just discard these warnings and only listen to the industry is again akin to lead paint, which we now know to be toxic.

In my humble opinion, I think it would be better (and less problematic in the long run) for the communications industry to center on cable-based rather than wireless for such high speeds. But of course, high-speed wireless deployment is far cheaper/easier, hence the push of the industry for it. Not to mention most people prefer the mobility of wireless (as long as they have coverage at least and it doesn't make them sick).

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