Monthly Archives: December 2010

RF Radiation Breaks Apart DNA

Single- and double-strand DNA breaks in rat brain cells after acute exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation

Lai H, Singh NP.

Bioelectromagetics Research Laboratory, Center for Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, 98195, USA.

We investigated the effects of acute (2-h) exposure to pulsed (2-micros pulse width, 500 pulses s(-1)) and continuous wave 2450-MHz radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on DNA strand breaks in brain cells of rat. The spatial averaged power density of the radiation was 2mW/cm2, which produced a whole-body average-specific absorption rate of 1.2W/kg. Single- and double-strand DNA breaks in individual brain cells were measured at 4h post-exposure using a microgel electrophoresis assay. An increase in both types of DNA strand breaks was observed after exposure to either the pulsed or continuous-wave radiation, No significant difference was observed between the effects of the two forms of radiation. We speculate that these effects could result from a direct effect of radiofrequency electromagnetic energy on DNA molecules and/or impairment of DNA-damage repair mechanisms in brain cells. Our data further support the results of earlier in vitro and in vivo studies showing effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on DNA.

PMID: 8627134 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Smart Meters: Why You Should Care

A ‘Smart’ Meter Primer. Should You Care?

by Sierra Salin
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 22:32

Simply put, the main issues are:

1. Security of data and private information

2. Questionable accuracy and greatly increased bills

3. Loss of jobs and trained people in the field monitoring the infrastructure

4. Potential and unknown health risks from wireless radiation

5. Private property rights and your ability to choose for yourself in your own home

Any one of these issues is cause for concern and worth closer examination. Together they are cause for action.


You Have The Right To Reject Smart Meters

Republican Orlean Koehle says Just Say NO to “Big Brother’s” Smart Meters

Written by admin on November 8, 2010 in News

Orlean Koehle has served three terms as an elected member of the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee. In 2006 she started an organization in Sonoma County to protect rural property rights – Sonoma County Land Rights Coalition and served as its president.

Just Say NO to “Big Brother’s” Smart Meters

By Orlean Koehle

Most Americans have not yet heard of the “smart meters” that are being installed at a rapid pace across the state of California and across our nation. Most Americans are totally unaware that someone will soon be showing up at your home, and, without knocking, or asking for your permission, will remove your old analog meter and replace it with a new “smart meter.” Is this something you would really want?


Smart Meters Will Cost Health & Privacy

True cost of smart meters might include privacy and health

Smart meters are being installed in communities throughout North America. Some California communities, however, are blocking the mandatory installation on the grounds that the technology poses several unresolved hazards.

At least two California communities have banned smart meters over concerns about the technology said Stop Smart Meters’ Joshua Hart in a press release. Hart said Fairfax and Watsonville have banned the meters, while other communities were preparing to do the same.

One of the key concerns about the smart meters are some studies that show the technology could pose a human health hazard, and has been linked to an increased rate of cancer. However, while organizations like the World Health Organization maintain the technology is safe, an article in the East Bay Express said independent analyses of installed meters showed alarming fluxes in electromagnetic emissions.

Smart Meters Could Sabotage the Grid

How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabotage the Grid

By Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf

In October, President Obama announced $3.4 billion in federal grants to help build our nation’s Smart Grid. The President said that the technology that will make up the Smart Grid will make the nation’s power transmission system more efficient, encourage renewable energy sources and give consumers better control over their electricity usage and costs.

The potential benefits are clear. Far less obvious to many is that the smart power grid is also a smart information grid, a system that Cisco’s CEO has predicted will be bigger than the Internet. But while Internet privacy issues are limited to the Web activities of users, the Smart Grid will involve the collection of information about what goes on at people’s homes. As Commerce Secretary Gary Locke stated this September, “The major benefit provided by the Smart Grid… is also its Achilles’ heel from a privacy viewpoint.”

This fall, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identified several potential data privacy concerns involving Smart Grid technology. They include the threat of identity theft, the possibility of personal behavioral patterns being recorded and real-time surveillance.


Concerns About Smart Grid Justified

A special report on smart systems

Horror worldsConcerns about smart systems are justified and must be dealt with

Nov 4th 2010 | from PRINT EDITION

“IT IS not possible to make a lasting compromise between technology and freedom, because technology is by far the more powerful social force and continually encroaches on freedom through repeated compromises.” Thus wrote the Unabomber, also known as Ted Kaczynski, in his manifesto, published in 1995 by the New York Times and the Washington Post in the hope that he might end his terror campaign or somebody might recognise his style of writing and unmask him.

Mr Kaczynski’s methods were abhorrent. His bombs killed three people and injured 23 over nearly 20 years. He was arrested in 1996 and is currently serving a life sentence. But his concern that technology will slowly but surely undermine human freedom is shared by quite a few mainstream thinkers. As this special report has argued, smart systems will improve efficiency and could help solve many environmental problems, in particular global warming. Yet if those systems seriously impinge on people’s freedom, many people will balk. The protests against smart meters in Bakersfield and elsewhere may be only the start.