“Big Wireless” Uses Big Tobacco Tactics To Divide And Confuse Us On Cell Phone Safety. 2005 Film, “Thank You For Smoking” Demonstrates The Process.
By B.N. Frank
Yesterday NPR featured the article and topic for discussion during their On Point program.
Journalist Mark Hertsgaard, scientists, and activists discussed the “controversy” about whether or not cell phones and other wireless WiFi radiation-emitting devices are actually safe. It basically summed up that all of us have been played the same way we were by Big Tobacco and Big Oil.
Controversy regarding cell phone and wireless radiation is nothing new. In 2009, Dr. Oz spoke about it on “Good Morning America.”
In 2010, GQ magazine published an in-depth article featuring interviews with industry and military researchers.
Also in 2010, NBCNews.com posted an article which included research confirming up to 1/3 of the population is “sensitive” to cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as well as other sources of electrical pollution (“Electrosmog”).
In 2011, The World Health Organization classified cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as a “Possible Carcinogen” in the same category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and lead. Additional research was provided about its potential for harm other than cancer risk. The announcement was featured in a skit on The Colbert Report.
None of this fazed Big Wireless. They designed and manufactured more products. They marketed them to everyone including children despite the fact that no “safe” level of cell phone or wireless WiFi radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.
All the while, tech inventors have been deliberately limiting their own kids’ exposure to cell phones, WiFi-emitting technology, and other electronics – even sending them to private “low tech” schools. Some of them have recently expressed remorse about this.
“The Race for 5G” involves installing small cell towers all over the U.S. – including in front of homes – so we can binge watch, surf, and post online at higher speeds without worrying about our screens freezing up or being disconnected.
The Nation article also discusses how Big Wireless seems to own the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is the government agency that is supposed to protect us from Big Wireless harming us. The “Race for 5G” being endorsed and forced on us by The FCC as well as many of our elected officials.
Big Tobacco once owned government agencies that were supposed to protect us too.
Featured in the movie are dinner conversations with Nick and lobbyists from the alcohol and gun industry. They refer to themselves as “Merchants of Death.”
In a conversation with his son, Nick explains that the American government is the best in the world because of its endless appeals system.
This is exactly how Big Wireless has been able to keep us divided and confused. They even pay scientists to add to the confusion. Some of these scientists also defend tobacco products.
Once upon a time, doctors endorsed cigarettes as being good for our health. Now there are doctors who endorse and prescribe wireless devices despite the warnings and bad press.
A recent Forbes article included information on which cell phones emitted the most radiation so we can make healthier choices. CBSNews.com provided a guide for safer cell phone use. This still won’t help us much when small cell towers are installed everywhere.
That’s the beauty of argument. If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.
For more information:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Environmental Health Trust
- In Power Movement
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence
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