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The images are alarming.  In photo #1 — a wetland with abundant green grasses, broad leaf plants and young trees, an ideal habitat for insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals.  In photo #2 — the same wetland gripped by a grey death after being sprayed from helicopters with the herbicide glyphosate.  Most of the vegetation (except for a few coniferous trees) is now dead and the insects and other animals gone.

Despite its alarming nature, this scene is played out every year over thousands of hectares in the northern Interior of BC with the Prince George and Quesnel regions being ground zero for the bulk of the spraying (Photo #3).

Such were some of the graphic images shown at a packed meeting on the evening of March 28 at UNBC organized by Stop The Spray BC, featuring forestry activists James Steidle and Herb Martin as presenters.  The title of the meeting was “Starving moose, burning forests and contaminated blueberries: a case for broadleaves and a new paradigm in Central British Columbia.”

As the presenters explained, the group is circulating a petition calling upon the B.C. government to stop spraying the province’s forests with herbicide (1).  Currently, between 10,000 and 20,000 hectares of forests are sprayed every year mostly in the Central Interior.  Since 1980, over 1.3 million hectares have either been sprayed with the herbicide glyphosate or manually brushed in the province.

The rationale the government is using to justify this massive spraying is that it promotes the growth of conifers like spruce and pine (which are immune to glyphosate), while killing other broadleaf species like aspen, birch, cottonwood and willow.  Because there is a lack of mills in the region that process broadleaf trees, species like aspen are classified as “weeds” to be eliminated.  This is despite the fact that aspen and other broadleaf woods are very useful materials and are extensively processed in some other jurisdictions.  In addition, broadleaf trees like aspen sequester 45 per cent more carbon than lodgepole pine and 25 per cent more than interior spruce thus helping mitigate global warming.

Nonetheless, timber companies are required by government legislation to eliminate the so-called weed trees in areas they have logged or else face penalties.  A preferred way to accomplish this is to dump herbicide in massive doses on the land base.  Manual, non-spray brushing could potentially create many more seasonal jobs in the forest.  Yet that method is little utilized today.

But, as Steidle and Martin pointed out during the March 28 meeting, there is a serious downside to choosing spraying.  Glyphosate is highly toxic to a wide variety of plant life, including broad leaf trees and shrubs, as well as flowering and fruit bearing plants, like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and Saskatoon berries.  This smorgasbord of vegetation serves as vital food for a wide range of wildlife, from bees and other insects to birds, beaver, moose and deer.  For example, aspen ecosystems provide habitat “for at least 55 species of mammals and 135 species of birds.”  However, after the grey death of spraying, this wildlife either dies from starvation or is forced to relocate.  In addition, the herbicide glyphosate, which is manufactured by the giant chemical corporation Monsanto, is highly toxic to a number of amphibians, insects and invertebrates.

Spraying also changes the bio-diversity of the forest. Coupled with preferred planting practices, it propagates monocultures of trees, especially of lodgepole pine.  This, in turn, creates more favorable conditions for the spread of insect infestations, like the mountain pine beetle, and diseases.  Forestry scientist Suzanne Simard of UBC points out that forests are complex adaptive systems, where all of the species, including those pesky broadleaves, shrubs and herbs … interact and adapt to create a resilient whole system that is greater than the sum of its parts” (2).  Narrowly focusing on growing just one part of the forest system, i.e. pine or other conifers, disrupts the whole system and causes it to be more susceptible to stress, insects and other disturbances than a mixed system of forest.  Indeed, some studies have shown that far from hindering the growth of pine and spruce, broadleaf species play a role in facilitating it.

The summer of 2017 saw major forest fires in British Columbia.  Ironically, one of the natural firebreaks on forest fires can sometimes be the same broadleaf trees that are being eradicated by spraying.  As proof, Steidle and Martin displayed photos of an out-of-control forest fire which stopped when it reached a large grove of green-leaved aspen.  These broadleaf trees are less flammable than conifers because they have higher water content and lower resin.

Contrary to what the Monsanto corporation argues, some sources are claiming that glyphosate can also have a toxic effect on human beings.  For example, the World Health Organization says that the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic” and there have been various reports of people and livestock sickened by the spray.  This does not bode well for Indigenous people and others who gather berries, herbs and other foods from the forest.  In that respect, some jurisdictions, municipalities and countries have already banned glyphosate and others are considering doing so, although the herbicide is still widely used not only in forestry but in the raising of crops, rail side clearing and for other purposes.

As opposition to spraying from foresters, scientists, ranchers, trappers, residents and communities grows in our region and across the province, how long will such an irrational, environmentally-destructive practice continue?

Peter Ewart is a columnist and writer based in Prince George, British Columbia.  He can be reached at:

  1. Stop The Spray BC. March 30, 2018.
  2. Simard, Suzanne. “Free growing: Caught in a modern Kodak moment.” BC Forest Professional.  Sept / Oct 2012.

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Google, Amazon and IBM all trying to acquire your hospital records; issue statement demanding end of patient privacy

Image: Google, Amazon and IBM all trying to acquire your hospital records; issue statement demanding end of patient privacy

(Natural News) Doesn’t it feel like a net is closing in around us from every direction lately? Big Tech companies like Google and YouTube have the independent media in a stranglehold of censorship and control, more and more states are enforcing mandatory vaccines, and now a group consisting of Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and other tech giants has issued a statement pushing for unfettered access to the medical records of every American citizen.

While mainstream media sources like CNBC have expressed approval for this type of access, they also acknowledge that tech companies might not have strictly altruistic reasons for wanting these records to become accessible to all. As CNBC noted, “The lack of open standards around health data is a huge barrier for them to get into the $3 trillion health system.”

Interestingly, these companies are rivals in many ways, so the fact that they would work together on this initiative speaks volumes about how desperately they want to break down the barriers that are keeping them locked out of this lucrative market.

Data sharing restrictions

Both Google and Microsoft have been open about their interest in the storage and sharing of health care information for at least the past decade. Unfortunately for them, however, there are laws in place which protect patient rights to the secrecy of such information. There are very specific rules governing who may access such records, which medical conditions have to be reported by health care practitioners, and the specific circumstances under which a patient may choose to waive their rights to such privacy. These laws differ from state to state, further complicating the issue of medical record sharing. (Related: Your medical records aren’t safe – Ruling allows federal government to seize medical records without a warrant.)

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Risks associated with making medical records accessible

The Conversation warned back in 2015, that while there are benefits associated with easy information transfer between doctors and other medical professionals, there are also serious pitfalls to be considered. One of these risks revolves around the issue of abuse or mistreatment by relatives and others:

References to abuse or maltreatment in the medical record seen by household members may lead to escalation of the abuse, restrictions on access to healthcare for victims, or pressure or aggression directed at health staff in demands to change the record.

There is also the case of abused and neglected children, whose parents may have authorised access to their records. The 30% of women and 16% of men who experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and the 24% of children who experience abuse or neglect over childhood are at risk of further harm. Without the assurance of confidentiality, how can we expect patients to seek help from their GP for the full range of physical, emotional, sexual, and social problems that may affect them?

The sharing of this type of information could also be prejudicial should insurance companies and others gain access to it and deny patients coverage for specific health conditions.

Then there is the issue of medical identity fraud, in which desperate thieves falsely access medical care using the stolen identities of other people. In one such example, a woman named Linda Weaver was billed for the amputation of her right foot and had an incredibly tough time when she refused to pay, even though she was fully able to prove that her right foot was still in its rightful place on her body!

Many victims of such fraud are unaware that their medical identity has been stolen until they receive a hospital bill or inquiry from their insurance company. The potentially damaging credit reports that result from such theft can affect the victim’s future job prospects, since many Fortune 500 companies require access to medical records when hiring or promoting. And even more concerning is the fact that medical identity theft can result in fatal future hospital errors.

Let’s hope, then, that the government stands its ground against the tech giants that seem to be taking over the world, and continues to refuse them access to what is essentially none of their business. Read for more true stories of tech giants invading your privacy.

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Deliberate Policy (Must watch and share)

To effectively deal with today’s opioid crisis, you have to confront the fact that the mass drugging of the American people has been a deliberate policy, the British Empire’s new Opium War, to create an environment in which everyday drug usage is normal. Because a doped up population is content and servile. Once that’s clear, we can break from the system of British control, and address why our people are in such despair by rebuilding our economy.

Dr. Leszczynski Sounds Warning at Australian Meeting: Precaution with 5G

Assumption of Safety for 5G by Government Agencies, No Science.

A sober warning about the safety of 5G technology was sounded by Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry Division of Biochemistry and Biotechnology University of Helsinki, Finland,  at a recent international meeting in Australia. The 5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-5) was held in Melbourne, Australia, May 20 – 23, 2018. Several presentations focused on 5G technology and non-ionizing radiation safety. While many supported the current safety guidelines, which like 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, are based on heat and not biological effects, the presenters were in general agreement that there was a lack of scientific research on 5G.

Dr. Leszczynski, who researches non-ionizing radiation, emphasized,  there is a continuous talk about assuring that the 5G maintains low levels of EMF exposure. However, there is not sufficient scientific research to show what low levels assure no health effects in short- and long-term exposures (acute and chronic exposures).It seems that the telecom industry assumes that their low level exposures will not cause- never -any health effects and telecom industry forcefully imposes this scientifically unsupported assumption on others, especially governmental decision-makers. Mentioned above “realistic public exposure levels” and “low EMF levels” have no basis in scientific research on biological effects predominantly because such research has not been done.”

Dr. Leszczynski urges that the Precautionary Principle be applied before the rollout of 5G.

Dr. Leszczynski has reported on this meeting at REPORT  from the AOCRP -5. His  closing words are below.

There is an urgent need to start research studies examining effects of millimeter-waves on human health. However, there is a strong resistance from the telecom industry and from the decision-makers to start new research programs. ICNIRP and the telecoms strongly propagate the idea that the low power of EMF emissions from the 5G devices will guarantee that human health will not be affected.

However, the same assurances were made in 70’s when the first generation of cell phones was commercialized, followed by the unlimited spread of the 2G, 3G and 4G devices – as long as the device emits radiation within the ICNIRP guidelines it is considered as safe, what is not necessarily the case as shown by a number of research studies. As a direct consequence of the scientific research, in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiation emitted by the cell phones and cell towers as a possible human carcinogen. This classification appears to be strengthened by the new research studies on 3G and 4G-emitted EMF published after year 2011. However, what the biomedical research on millimeter-waves, performed in the future, will show is a complete enigma.

However, no matter what the future research will show, the 5G technology will be by then fully deployed and without any possibility of reverse because the whole future life of the humanity will be based and dependent on the functioning of the 5G radiation-emitting devices. This is a unique situation in the history of the human kind when the whole human population will be exposed to man-made devices emitting non-ionizing radiation that was insufficiently tested before deployment. What is and what will be the responsibility of the scientists, decision-makers and industry leaders who permit deployment of insufficiently tested technology that will affect us all? The answer is simple – no responsibility… because if any health problems will show up in the future, these will most likely take tens of years of time to manifest and, by then the persons that currently enable deployment of insufficiently tested radiation-emitting 5G technology will be retired or the proverbial “six feet under”.  Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc

CBS News Report: 5G Cell Towers in Piedmont

News report January 2018 on 5G cell towers being placed in Piedmont. Over 180 Scientists are calling for a moratorium on 5G due to the lack of premarket testing and older evidence of harm. This report highlights the fact that firefighters have an exemption from cell towers being placed on their fire stations due to health effects found in the firefighters when cell towers were installed.

Dr. Leszczynski speaking at a 2009 congressional hearing on mobile phone radiation

For other information on 5G

5G Telecommunications Science PST

5G Mobile Communications PST

Broadband Expansion PST

Doctors and Scientists Demand Moratorium on 5G- SaferEMR

5G and the IoT: Scientific Overview of Human Health Risks – EH Trust


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InPower Movement: A NEW strategy to push back against the dangerous spread of smart meters and 5G technology

The InPower Docu-Series illustrates a powerful new method to restore social justice and accountability. Episode #1 focuses on solving the ‘smart’ meter problem: how we can prevent and reverse the installation of this dangerous technology, through holding corporate executives and government actors financially accountable — for the first time ever. And in so doing, we can restore safety in our homes, and bring balance to our world.
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(NaturalHealth365) Josh del Sol Beaulieu, the filmmaker who brought you the investigative “smart” grid documentary film Take Back Your Power, has teamed up with some extraordinary individuals to launch the InPower Movement, an actionable solutions-based follow-up offering a method to hold accountable those who continue to cause harm with smart meters and 5G technology.

The award-winning 2013 documentary film investigates the so-called “smart” utility meters and smart grid, revealing the shocking cost increases and corruption, privacy and surveillance, home fires, health effects, hacking vulnerability, and global agenda to place a “smart” meter on every home and business in the world. As part of the InPower launch, the team has just re-released Take Back Your Power 2017.

Watch “TAKE BACK YOUR POWER 2017” – Free viewing

Take Back Your Power uncovers the spiraling problems and harms behind the global “smart” grid agenda. In the few years since its world-wide release, viewers have been consistently shocked, dismayed, disillusioned, and outraged. They have widely shared the film, engaged in conversations, and publicly unveiled their own stories about how “smart” meters have negatively impacted their lives, their homes, and their health.The impact of this film has been transformative. People were awakened to the world-wide crisis in our midst, but also felt lost when confronting a broken leadership system. As the film’s creator, del Sol noticed that people were inspired to affect change, but felt disempowered in the face of an industry and a government that seemed to have gone off the rails. He says, “Now people know something is wrong. They want to fix it, but they don’t know how or where to start. People repeatedly asked me, ‘So, what can we do?’”

The InPower Movement is the answer to that question …

It presents a revolutionary new process of enforcing the individual commercial liability of corporate executives and government representatives who are causing egregious harm. As del Sol explains, “We are bringing power back to the people with an open source, crowd-funded movement that is of, by, and for the people. This is a societal solution, and anyone can take part, anywhere, whether you have a ‘smart’ or analog meter on your home.”

WATCH episode #1 of the INPOWER docu-series – below:

This is a fundamentally different paradigm of accountability.  And there are already indications that it works. Over the last two years, InPower ran a seed campaign with 200 participants in three regions, with impressive results. Del Sol says, “It is definitely to a paradigm shift, to realize that we have the power to change the decisions of high-level officials and executives who are involved in agendas causing harm.And if just a couple dozen (or less) of us can do that, then a few thousand (or hopefully more) can put an end to these 5G and other wireless agendas entirely.”

Cal Washington, InPower Strategic Director, explains in Episode One, “I’m trying to teach you how to play the game at their level. And this is what scares them. Because they have to take the liability.”

A significant development toward these goals comes out of Hawaii. In early 2017, Debra Greene PhD, health and environmental consultant, led a group in Hawaii to send several dozen Notices of Liability (and Non-Consent) to the Maui Electric president.

The parent company, Hawaiian Electric, had been planning on a blanket-installation of smart meters throughout multiple islands. But, in a sudden reversal, Hawaiian Electric recently announced their complete shift to an “opt-in” plan, in which the utility must receive explicit consent from the homeowner in order to install a ‘smart’ meter.

Greene reports that they also strangely denied ever having a plan for blanket installation, despite it previously being public knowledge.

Watch the 20-minute video podcast on the liability action in Hawaii:

InPower’s roadmap includes a website functioning as a hub for individuals, groups, and communities, a place where people can come together, discuss the issues, support the movement, and most importantly, take action. They have also boldly announced intentions to adapt their process to help solve other critical problems where harm is being done.On InPower’s current site, they have already freely posted the very same document templates and guides used by their seed groups to considerable effect, for any utility customers that want to use them. And they aim to offer a next-level participant experience.

Different in scope than other action-related processes, the website provides everything that is needed to move through the process. The steps are straight-forward and free. Their Action Center will provide interactive video content and tutorials, support options, and semi-automated generation your customized documents.

InPower’s “Phase 2” goal is to simplify, support, and expand the liability action against 5G technology.  They are currently running an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign through September 3, 2017 to help complete development and launch the next phase.

Del Sol explains, “This is about reclaiming our future, for ourselves and our families. Those in so-called positions of power are putting profits before people – this is painfully obvious now. Until now there hasn’t been any real remedy, due to the collusion between industry, government and the corporatized justice system.”

“But as their language is money, a powerful motivator for action can be commercial liability. Until now, it hasn’t been common knowledge how we can actually properly use the system of commerce to balance the scales.”

“Because of the critically-important window of time we’re in, we are actually giving all of our work away for free – and trusting that as people catch on to what we’re doing, they’ll want to see it grow. As each of our ‘seed’ groups have obtained results, we are initiating a new method of accountability in our world. We invite everyone who resonates with this desire to take part in our free educational resources and action process.”

Take action today. Start here to InPower yourself

After watching Episode #1, go to, and subscribe your email for access to Episode #2, next steps and updates.

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Consider backing InPower’s next phase, on IndieGogo.

InPower is about awareness, action, and conscious revolution. As del Sol reflects, “Coming into our power is indeed a profound shift. I believe it is time we write a better story – and that is what we are setting out to do.”

About the author: Alison Main is a freelance writer with an expertise in environmental health, electromagnetic safety, chemical safety and tech addiction. Her published work has appeared in Paleo Magazine, Best Self Magazine, Notre Dame Magazine, News of Pelham, and Read more at

Gateshead Government UK Councillors Code of Conduct & Injunction Against Mark Steele on 5G

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August 6, 2018

Gateshead Council
Civic Center
Regent Street

Corporate Services and Governance

Att: Mike Barker, Strategic Director

Re: Critical Information Regarding Council’s Conduct Regarding 5G & Proposed Injunction Against Mark Steele

Dear Mr. Barker:

It has come to my attention that the Gateshead Council is seeking an Injunction against Mark Steele speaking against 5G. I was asked to respond in my qualified capacity and in the best interests of all parties.

I can not summarize the 15,000 hours of objective investigation that went into wireless EMFs as applied, it is important council hold me accountable. Mike Steele should be applauded for stepping up for his community, countrymen, Royal Family, Queen’s assets and international community against this extremely dangerous technology as applied.

Radio Frequency EMFs or wireless technology is considered innovative but that consideration happened because critical science was admitted to be missing in exposure codes globally. Causation and biological plausibility linking RF EMFs to adverse health effects was admitted to be missing. That missing causal evidence should have been found before mass deployment of wireless first. Unrealized catastrophic consequences and liabilities have been created by governments and industries moving forward with critical science admitted to be missing.

That missing causal evidence was found and reported through different jurisdictions but those jurisdictions including the ex Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper didn’t share the science. That undermined Canada as well as the United Nations creating liability in the trillions of dollars.

The Specific Absorption Rate test used for the limits of human exposure is a plastic head or body part with liquid in it. The name with “absorption” in it is an admission of harm.
This isn’t a debate and your council is relying on a plastic head with liquid in it to supersede all sciences and jurisdictions including medicine,

Due to the fact I was a Registered Intervener in FortisBC application for wireless meters, I was provided the legal avenue by the BCUC to reverse 2 smart meter programs in BC, Canada. That will have a domino effect globally.

Covering the planet with 5G will kill the planet and unrealized hell is coming. The UK and others should be horrified exposure codes admit they are inducing electrical current into people. There is no acceptable induction of current into a baby or adult.

The Reconsideration to reverse smart meter programs will be filed in Canada tomorrow and shared with the UK as well as others. Your council may want to defend 5G but it is indefensible. You can NOT put populations, buildings, infrastructure, ecosystems and atmosphere inside a man made microwave oven. There is nothing on the planet electrically compatible with these EMFs except portable devices. Here are the Reconsideration criteria by the BC Government. It has to be proven the BCUC made an error or exceeded jurisdictions to which both apply.

Our jurisdictions and special interests in Canada have fought hard to defend their illegal investment, unfortunately they get to be liable now. Here is a letter that went to City of Kelowna and Council after FortisBC published an article of smart meter safety.
It is critical you follow all links.

This link is to a letter that went to FortisBC CEO. warning the CEO of a publicly traded company’s liability in my qualified capacity as their recognized expert.

This link is to the document calling for the immediate suspension of BC Hydro’s smart meter program. BC Hydro can defend the plastic head or disqualify electricity exists. The Auditor General of Canada and Lt. Governor representing the Queen’s assets will not be technically overwhelmed by the plastic head.

This link is specific to your council, health professionals and the MPs who are being lazy and negligent in the representation of the public on wireless. Constituents with valid health complaints are literally being tortured by these EMFs and told they are within the guidelines of EPH. Do you really have guidelines for how long you can put a baby in a microwave? Your EPH has guidelines for EMF exposure that can be confirmed trigger nerves and muscles, compromises nervous, hormonal and immune systems at the same time, induces current, changes cellular voltages, changes frequencies in the brain and body, high speed oscillations billions of times per measurable second, etc.

Your entire health system has been compromised from top to bottom,. The entire scope of medical diagnosis has changed except no one informed or consulted medicine globally. What is malpractice insurance and liability for populations misdiagnosed? The domino effect is across industries including education has changed. It is a national and international security issue that can be qualified.

The link is a letter from international health education administration about the accredited medical education program that lectured the missing causal evidence linking RF EMFs to adverse health effects. Your health professionals and EPH can see the accreditation for education credits required for ongoing medical licensing. That program was applicable to health professionals in North America. The contact information for the administrator is there and EPH should be contacting the admin to have an accredited medical program in the UK. There are no conflicts of interest and the health admin can answer any questions pertaining to content or faculty. It is the most advanced medical education in the world.

I want to bring the important submission to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to your attention. I was asked to do a submission by constituents in Ontario, Canada regarding an aging Nuclear Power Plants license extension.

The Commission’s responses have been political and negligent; the Auditor General of Canada and the Lt, Governor representing the Queen’s assets won’t accept that. The UK has nuclear power and the buildings as well as infrastructure are not designed to accommodate highly penetrating EMFs. The mechanism of interaction by EMFs requires a qualified electrical interpretation first. Once Civil Engineers understand the mechanism if interaction, the mechanisms of action are the atoms and molecules of the engineer’s expertise.

The links above contain precedent setting causal evidence, biological plausibility and critical errors admitted to be missing under oath by FortisBC experts for the BCUC application. FortisBC engineer Mark Warren called the mechanisms of interaction a hypothesis because he isn’t electrically qualified in any opinion. Dr. Yakov Shkolnikov confirmed the mechanisms of interaction as an electrical engineer.

Exponent Inc’s expert witnesses for FortisBC admitted in direct cross examination by me that 100% of all bioelectrical information was left out of their risk assessment report for Fortis.. The plastic head doesn’t have or represent biology.

The only design to stop EMFs is an MRI chamber.

I can’t apologize to the UK and other countries enough. Our jobs as the government’s professionals are to report to and through our authorities having jurisdiction. Those authorities including the Prime Ministers didn’t do their jobs.

Canada’s Ambassador to the UK Gordon Campbell didn’t do his job.

The US plan is to mass install 300,000 mini towers for the 5G grid. Killing your taxpayers, crops, economy and losing the tax base is a national and international security issue. President Trump doesn’t know what the previous political interests did. Mr Obama legacy will include the first African American President to put all races in a mad made microwave oven; Trump is making the ovens bigger.

The world shares one atmosphere, 300,000 mini towers affect every country. Heating the atmosphere from space has consequences like extreme weather unlike any seen, fires, floods, droughts, etc and it is already happening.

Gatehead Council should stop the Injunction application through the courts immediately. The plastic head and potato used by Boeing for Wi-Fi safety on aircraft is indefensible. Your buildings, infrastructure, etc is not designed to be in microwave ovens. The oscillations of atoms and molecules 180 degrees 1.8 billion times per second, 86,400 times a day is one antenna, wi-fi was 4.9 billion times per second.

The judge isn’t aware that 5G and those involved have exceeded jurisdiction. Mark Steele is actually trying to save council from themselves and the constituents they represent. This will be copied to Mark Steele and judge where I will provide the required expert witness on the topic for Gatehead, Mark and the courts.

This isn’t going to be popular with any council or industry, the real trade offs are liability without insurance plus criminal liability. If I didn’t state what I am in my qualified capacity, I would be liable and undermine Gateshead council which isn’t an option.

I look forward to answering any questions or challenges.



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Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 30% — why do people still believe that NSAIDs are safe?

Image: Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 30% — why do people still believe that NSAIDs are safe?

(Natural News) One of the biggest mistakes many of us make when it comes to our healthcare choices is to divide the pharmacy into two sections in our minds: the over-the-counter, no limits, “safe” section; and the behind-the-counter, must have a prescription, “dangerous” section. It is very easy to conclude that not needing a prescription for a chemical drug means it’s safe and shouldn’t raise any red flags, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are some very dangerous medicines lurking in the over-the-counter section, as was confirmed again recently by a Danish study that found a link between the use of ibuprofen and a 31 percent increase in risk of cardiac arrest.

As reported by Natural Health 365, ibuprofen is viewed by many as a harmless painkiller and is taken by upwards of 30 million people each day to fight pain, fever or inflammation. It is part of a group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and the study, which was published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, found that some other drugs in this class are even more dangerous than ibuprofen. Diclofenac, for example, which is commonly used to treat the pain associated with arthritis, was found to increase the risk of cardiac arrest by a staggering 50 percent.

Just because you don’t need a prescription doesn’t mean it’s safe

NSAIDs relieve pain by blocking pro-inflammatory enzymes known as COX-1 and COX-2. While this suppresses the body’s natural inflammatory response, thereby relieving symptoms like pain, it does nothing to eliminate the cause of that pain. And since these drugs interfere with platelet aggregation, they increase the risk of blood clots, raise blood pressure, constrict arteries and increase fluid retention. It is this toxic combination of symptoms that can trigger cardiac arrest in those who use these drugs, even if they have only used them for a short time. (Related: Painkillers commonly prescribed for arthritis are more dangerous than previously believed, especially for heart patients.)

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A press release by the European Society of Cardiology explains how the researchers arrived at their findings:

All patients who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Denmark between 2001 and 2010 were identified from the nationwide Danish Cardiac Arrest Registry. Data was collected on all redeemed prescriptions for NSAIDs from Danish pharmacies since 1995. These included the non-selective NSAIDs (diclofenac, naproxen, ibuprofen), and COX-2 selective inhibitors (rofecoxib, celecoxib).

A case-time-control design was used to examine the association between NSAID use and cardiac arrest. …

A total of 28 947 patients had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Denmark during the ten year period. Of these, 3 376 were treated with an NSAID up to 30 days before the event. Ibuprofen and diclofenac were the most commonly used NSAIDs, making up 51% and 22% of total NSAID use, respectively.

Use of any NSAID was associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Diclofenac and ibuprofen were associated with a 50% and 31% increased risk, respectively. Naproxen, celecoxib and rofecoxib were not associated with the occurrence of cardiac arrest, probably due to a low number of events.

Professor Gunnar H. Gislason, professor of cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital, and the study’s lead author, warned that this study is a stark reminder that these drugs are “not harmless,” and that allowing them to be sold over-the-counter, without a prescription, sends the wrong safety message to consumers. He added that NSAIDs should be avoided by patients who have cardiovascular disease or other risk factors, and “should only be available at pharmacies, in limited quantities, and in low doses.”

Professor Gislason advises not exceeding 1,200mg of ibuprofen on any given day, and that the safest drug in this class is probably Naproxen.

This is by no means the first study to point out the dangers of NSAIDs. Earlier studies have confirmed additional risks, including an increased risk of intestinal bleeding. It does remind us, however, just how much better it is to avoid chemical drugs and try to treat pain and inflammation with natural alternatives instead.

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Local Resistance Builds to Google’s (5G)‘Smart City’ in Toronto

Biggest project by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs faces questions over who will handle residents’ personal data in the high-tech setting

Pedestrians use a path in the Port Lands, where Google-parent Alphabet is attempting to create a “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront.
Pedestrians use a path in the Port Lands, where Google-parent Alphabet is attempting to create a “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront.PHOTO: MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

TORONTO—An Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.47% project aimed at creating a “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront is facing resistance from local officials who are worried about the development’s direction and how Google’s parent company will handle residents’ personal data.

The local friction has raised doubts about Alphabet’s inaugural attempt to use urban design and technology to tackle modern-day issues, such as expensive housing, traffic congestion and environmental sustainability.

The Toronto project is suffering from delays and the loss of key personnel. On Tuesday, the two bodies behind the project—Alphabet’s subsidiary Sidewalk Labs LLC and Waterfront Toronto, a Canadian government entity—said they expect to release a final development plan by next spring. That plan had been expected this November. Meanwhile, the chief executive of Waterfront Toronto, a supporter of Sidewalk, resigned in July, and a real-estate developer left Waterfront’s board this week because she was uncomfortable with Alphabet as a partner.

The early stumbles reflect the challenges of building new, high-tech land developments and illustrate the difficulties for-profit technology companies can encounter when working with municipal agencies responsible for safeguarding citizens’ privacy.

Sidewalk remains positive about the waterfront plan and its relationship with Toronto. “We have had the privilege of working with public servants at all three levels of government, and on the staff and board of Waterfront Toronto, to create a groundbreaking plan for Toronto’s waterfront,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Under the terms of a negotiating agreement issued on Tuesday, Sidewalk laid out a plan to invest a total of $50 million for the next planning stage of the deal. Waterfront Toronto, a development and revitalization agency established in 2001 with government-appointed board members, agreed to negotiate intellectual property ownership and digital privacy rights based on a set of “guiding principles” emphasizing people’s control over their own information.

Privacy watchdogs have questioned who will control sensitive digital information as residents are tracked by sensors that may be embedded in such infrastructure as traffic lights, thermostats and garbage-disposal units. Also at issue are ownership rights over any products or techniques developed at the site and sold elsewhere.

“Is the public getting back from the project the appropriate level of value in terms of money and public policy objectives like public housing?” said Richard Joy, executive director of the Toronto chapter of real estate and land development nonprofit, the Urban Land Institute. “It’s brand new territory, and perhaps one for which we don’t have a very good measure yet.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, laughs with Dan Doctoroff, chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, during an event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2017.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, laughs with Dan Doctoroff, chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, during an event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2017. PHOTO: COLE BURSTON/BLOOMBERG NEWS

The Toronto waterfront is Sidewalk’s first and only major project since the business was launched in 2015 by Dan Doctoroff, a former investment banker who became deputy mayor for economic development in New York City and then CEO of Bloomberg LP. Waterfront Toronto announced the undertaking with fanfare at an unveiling last October attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alphabet’s former Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Though the project will be open to other tech companies, it also could allow Alphabet to incorporate some early ideas it gleaned from developing things like driverless cars, connected thermostats and security cameras.

Last month, the CEO of Waterfront Toronto, Will Fleissig, resigned after clashes with the board. Some board members expressed concern that he wasn’t sharing enough information about the project with them, people familiar with the matter said. His departure removed a key Sidewalk ally from Waterfront, just as opposition to the undertaking was growing.

On Monday, Waterfront board member Julie Di Lorenzo also resigned. She said in an interview that she wasn’t getting complete answers to her questions about issues such as the privacy rights of residents if they didn’t agree to share data. “Would you segregate them and tell them ’You can’t live here?’”

Toronto Mayor John Tory downplayed Waterfront’s management changes and said the Sidewalk project remains on track. “I happen to believe this is a great opportunity for Toronto and for Sidewalk,” he said.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks at city models built by children before a press conference where Alphabet announced the project. Nearly 10 months after the project was announced—even some supporters say they have little concrete idea of what Sidewalk is planning.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks at city models built by children before a press conference where Alphabet announced the project. Nearly 10 months after the project was announced—even some supporters say they have little concrete idea of what Sidewalk is planning. PHOTO: MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

Waterfront Toronto’s privacy counsel Chantal Bernier said data privacy will be a major issue in the coming negotiations.

“The markers have been set for privacy protection through the project,” she said.

Nearly 10 months after the project was announced—even some supporters say they have little concrete idea of what Sidewalk is planning.

“There is a lot of work to do to rebuild confidence in this project,” said Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision Technologies Inc., a Kitchener, Ontario-based technology company that measures and analyzes street traffic for North American cities.

Mr. McBride sits on an advisory board created to help Waterfront Toronto navigate questions about digital rights. Public confidence has quickly eroded in the project, he said, because there is little information about how it will use the data it collects.

The idea that a private company is helping decide matters of public policy also is concerning to public advocates, said Bianca Wylie, a technology policy adviser who has been critical of the project. “We need to have these issues decided by organizations that are accountable to the people, not by private vendors,” she said.

Sidewalk has been reaching out to government officials in the months since it won the Toronto bid. Sidewalk executives have held meetings with city councilors, and the company has put on public talks for residents featuring academics and industry executives discussing issues like urban housing and street design.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, a city councilor who represents 100,000 people in Toronto’s downtown core, said Sidewalk officials met with her on March 7, but offered little meaningful information.

“I left the meeting with more questions,” she said.

Write to Vipal Monga at and Jacquie McNish at

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