The benefits of technology must be balanced with the science based health and safety risks of technology. Precaution is needed, for example, wired internet, corded phones, and limit setting, so we can protect public health, the Earth and our future. Read more intro, or scroll down to read our blog.
Before you watch this video, think about this question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun? For me it was play games outside with the other kids on the block and running around in the big field next door.
Parents need to set limits on children’s screen time and not just allow hours of time on technology because it’s what children want. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports limiting screen time and media use for children and adolescents.
Kaiser Permanente recommends limiting screen time to less than 2 hours a day for teens, less than 1 hour a day for children ages 3 through 12, and no screen time for children under 3.
Kaiser explains: “Alot of kids spend more time in front of a screen than they do reading, talking with family and friends, or playing outside. It’s also affecting their health. Too much screen time is associated with: violent behavior, poor school performance, lower reading scores, sleep pattern disturbances, being overweight, consumption of junk food and bad habits later in life (like tobacco and alcohol abuse).”
Thanks to Nature Valley Canada for this thoughtful video.
This is an excellent video by psychiatrist, Victoria L. Dunckley, MD, on interactive screen time how it affects children’s behavior, nervous system, brain, and well being. She puts kids on a 3-4 week technology fast to reset their health. She is the author of “Reset Your Child’s Brain“.
Investigative journalist Norm Alster exposes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a new 59 page paper published by Harvard University. “Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates.” http://bit.ly/FCCcaptured
Alster calls on the FCC to acknowledge there may be wireless health risks, to back off wi-fi promotion, to acknowledge children and pregnant women may be more vulnerable and more. Excerpts:
Perhaps the best example of how the FCC is tangled in a chain of corruption is the cell tower and antenna infrastructure that lies at the heart of the phenomenally successful wireless industry.
Personally, I don‘t believe that just because something can be done it should heedlessly be allowed. Murder, rape and Ponzi schemes are all doable but subject to prohibition and regulation. Government regulators have the responsibility to examine the consequences of new technologies and act to at least contain some of the worst. Beyond legislators and regulators, public outrage and the courts can also play a role but these can be muffled indefinitely by misinformation and bullying. Norm Alster
Dr. Oz and Dr. Lisa Thornton talk about how wireless devices are affecting kids’ health. Dr. Thornton is a pediatrician and the Medical Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation at the Kids’ Rehab in Chicago. She says our children are in danger.
The National Council on Disability Transportation Report addresses chemical and electrical sensitivities and recommends changes in policies and practices to improve access: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/05042015/
This is news you can use! You can take this to bus, train and airplane companies and ask for accommodation.
“People disabled by environmental barriers experience debilitating reactions from very low-level exposures to chemicals or electromagnetic fields.” p. 207
(Department of Justice) “DOJ should develop standards and guidance on the access requirements for people with chemical and electrical sensitivities.” p. 351
“Transit agencies should eliminate environmental barriers to the greatest extent possible by using nontoxic, fragrance-free products and practices, and by avoiding all nonessential chemical and electromagnetic exposures to enhance access for people with chemical or electrical sensitivities.” p. 351
The National Council on Disability is a federal agency who advises the President, Congress and federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. This video explains more about their work.
On May 21 Ken Herrmann went to the California Public Utilities Commission and spoke to the CPUC Commissioners during public comments. Here’s his comments on Memorial Day, civil rights and liberties, and smart meters.
“This coming weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those that have lost their lives in war. The last time I stood here was between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Through these three holidays together we give thanks for what we have as individuals and as a Nation, and give thanks to those that have given part, or all, of their lives for what we as Americans believe in.
The laws and Constitutions of this Nation are what best describe American ideals and what generations of Americans have sworn to support and defend, against all enemies foreign and domestic.
The Fourth Amendment of our Constitution states that “The RIGHT of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,”
The Fourteenth Amendment strengthens this Right to Privacy by stating “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
And yet, and without argument, the “smart” meter, and system, has been designed and forcibly installed for the specific purpose of invading lawful property and privacies – by intruding behind the curtained windows and locked doors – of the homes and businesses of Citizens of these United States to discover exactly how, when, and why, consumer citizens use utility resources.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, section 1252, provided, first, for the introduction of a time-based rate schedule, and then the installation of a time-based (“smart”) meter to enable customers to receive such a rate, both on a consumer request basis. As such the new metering system was designated as an OPT-IN program.
After ten years state utilities have never offered or provided a time based rate schedule, there is none.
State utilities in collusion with the CPUC have instead, and without individual consumer request, installed millions of “smart” meters and have instituted a punitive system of fees and threats of utility disconnections, the “opt-out” program, to demand Citizen compliance. This path and program meets the definition of Extortion in the United States Code Title 18, section 1951.
The “smart” system, as installed, is contrary to United States policy, general and Constitutional Law and any support for it is a violation of the Oath of Public Service to “support and defend our Constitutions against all enemies foreign and domestic”.
We memorialize those that have given their all for our Nation, yet the Privacy invasions, National Security and Health issues imposed by the “smart” system are a hard slap to every one of their faces.
The choice is simple: either abolish the “smart” meter system, or, denounce millions of Americans for their support and defense of the Principles and Freedoms of our Nation.
The only ethical and lawful answer to the “smart” system is… NO.
I pray that you all have a safe and non-hypocritical Memorial Day.”