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18 November 2017

Changing the Frame

Changing the Frame
DAW, grassrootsinfo.blogspot.ch, 24 August 2015

I’m a fan of linguistic expert Dr. George Lakoff, and of his profound little book Don’t Think of an Elephant. His logic about how to frame communications is so powerful and so simple it astounds me that more people don’t get it.

Lakoff’s central theme (with apologies to GL for my inelegantly expressed version of his thesis) is that if you want to convince someone of your argument, you need to frame it in a way that fits their understanding of the world.

Many people in the advocacy world believe that if they simply present the “facts” with enough fervor and volume, their opponents will eventually capitulate. No, says Lakoff, forget that. That almost never works.

Instead, try to frame your argument using words and phrases that trigger a response in your audience that puts you both in the same thought framework.

Our BabySafe Project (www.babysafeproject.org) is a prime example.

17 November 2017

Vietnamese Teenager Dies after Being Electrocuted by iPhone Cable in Her Sleep

Vietnamese teenager dies after being electrocuted by iPhone cable in her sleep
by Aris Folley, AOL.com, 16 November 2017

A 14-year-old girl reportedly died after being electrocuted while charging her iPhone 6.

According to the Independent, Le Thi Xoan was found unconscious by her parents with her phone lying beside her in their home in the Vietnamese region of Ha Tinh.

The teenager is believed to have rolled over her phone charging cable, which police described as frayed and "broken down," and was exposed to the live wire.

Le Thi Xoan (Facebook)

Local police Chief Tran Anh Son said the girl's parents rushed her to a nearby hospital immediately after discovering her unconscious. Medics were unable to revive the teenager and pronounced her dead shortly after.

Doctors were also able to confirm her cause of death was by electrocution.

Global Action ALERT! Sign on to the International Letter of Support for New U.S. Ban Asbestos Bill

This is a call to sign the letter of international support for the Ban Asbestos now act before the U.S. Senate by 1st December 2017. Anyone in the world may sign this joint letter urging the U.S. Senate leadership to pass this bill so that it can be signed into law (just click after ADD YOUR NAME HERE in the text below). Asbestos claims the lives of an estimated 200,000 worldwide every year. In the U.S., asbestos imports doubled in 2016, and the national mesothelioma death rate has gone up, too. Despite this, the U.S. is the only industrialized Western nation yet to ban this known carcinogen. 

I have a personal stake in this issue. My beloved companion died in 2009 from mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos.  Linda Reinstein, the advocate for this action, is the widow of Alan Reinstein who died from mesothelioma in 2006.

Global Action ALERT! Sign on to the International Letter of Support for New U.S. Ban Asbestos Bill
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, 16 November 2017

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is working fast and hard to build continued support for S.2072, the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 (ARBAN), the ban asbestos bill introduced in the Senate on Nov. 2. View the official bill online here.

As part of this effort, we are asking our U.S. and international allies to sign on to a joint letter urging the U.S. Senate leadership to swiftly pass ARBAN so that it can be signed into law and start saving lives.


Mobile Phones Cause Lethal Type of Brain Cancer, Major Study Expected to Declare

Mobile phones cause lethal type of brain cancer, major study expected to declare
by Bryan Hubbardwddty.com, 13 November 2017

An important study into the safety of mobile (cell) phones is expected to report early next year that the devices can trigger the most lethal form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) will shortly release the full results of its $25m research project that involved exposing laboratory mice and rats to 10-minute bursts of cell-phone radiation for two years.

In an early release of the initial findings, the NTP researchers discovered that brain tumours had developed in the male rats, and that DNA in their brains had been damaged—something that sceptics have said was not biologically possible.

Anticipating the full results, some academics are already calling for a reclassification of mobile phone radiation as a definite carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) in humans. Dr Anthony B Miller, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, stated at a lecture last month: "The evidence indicating wireless is carcinogenic has increased and can no longer be ignored."

Gadgets Cause Brain Cancer in Toddlers

Sub Division of Gynecology Oncology Department Obgin of
Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital, Dr. Toto Imam SpOG (K).
Gadgets Cause Brain Cancer in Toddlers
en.netralnews.com, Indonesia (West Java), 
16 November 2017

BEKASI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Sub Division of Gynecology Oncology Department Obgin of Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital, Dr. Toto Imam SpOG (K) said toddlers who use electronic devices (gadgets) directly to their ears can develop brain cancer.

According to Toto, this happens due to the radiation beam rays from the device that is so strong for toddlers. Simply put, radiation from a device can pass through the ear to the entire brain region of a toddler.

UK Intelligence Agencies Face Surveillance Claims in European Court

The cases raise questions about the way GCHQ (above),
MI5 and MI6 share surveillance material with the US and
other foreign governments. 
Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA
UK intelligence agencies face surveillance claims in European court
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent, The Guardian, 7 November 2017

Civil rights groups bring first major legal challenge since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelation

The first major challenge to the legality of UK intelligence agencies intercepting private communications in bulk, following Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations, is due to be heard by the European court of human rights (ECHR).

Three separate British cases brought by civil rights groups will be considered together by seven judges in Strasbourg on Tuesday, raising questions about the way GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 share surveillance material with the United States and other foreign governments.

One of the claims, brought by an alliance of 10 human rights organisations, has been considered by the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) in London, which takes some of its evidence in secret.

California: Lawsuits Claim Faulty PG&E Smart Meters Started House Fires

Lawsuits claim faulty PG&E Smart Meters started house fires
abc30.com, 17 November 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --It can happen in a flash. Fiery videos posted to YouTube by several homeowners show fires they blame on smart meters. Jose Valdez does not have the video of the fire at his Firebaugh home in September 2015, but he thinks this is basically what happened. The fire spread across his driveway and back towards the bedrooms in his home.

"It was pretty scary. I mean, I have two little girls, a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old at the time. They were all scared," said Valdez.

Valdez and his family ran out and firefighters had already started pouring water on the house.
He noticed several PG&E employees got there almost as quickly, and he says one of them removed the smart meter while the firefighters worked. Firebaugh's fire chief saw it too.

16 November 2017

iPhone X and Freezing Weather: Can Smartphones Die in the Bitter Cold?

Tony Stein, who works an information security analyst in Anchorage... Stein says he doesn't generally do anything out of the ordinary to protect his phone from frigid Alaska temperatures. He does what most of us do. He keeps the phone in his pocket whenever possible. Your best defense is likely to be your own body heat. 

NEVER KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE IN YOUR POCKET!! Your best defense to protect yourself from RF radiation is to keep the phone at a distance from your body. And here, this poor guy is protecting his phone from the cold by putting it in his pocket!

iPhone X and freezing weather: Can smartphones die in the bitter cold?
by Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, 15 November 2017

Some of Apple's $1,000-plus iPhone X's didn't work immediately when the temperature dropped. Sounds alarming, right?

(Photo:  Fort Kent Outdoor Center)
Apple's promise of a software update to its latest phone, to fix a problem reported by some users that they don't respond when suddenly exposed to frigid weather, raises the question of whether these increasingly sophisticated devices are rugged enough for extreme temperatures.

It turns out most major manufacturers, including Apple, suggest their devices work best in the climate our bodies also prefer — and when it gets frigid, to turn the phone off (and head inside).

That seems like a tall order for phone owners where it regularly slips to the single digits or worse. So we asked cell-phone repair shops in Canada and Alaska this question: Can it get too cold to run smartphones?

It is the “battery, battery, battery,” that is most vulnerable to the elements, says Roger Gurney, owner of Arctic Tech Solutions in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Death of Us - How We Sell Out Our Kids

Opinion: The death of us — how we sell out our kids
by CALVIN WHITE, Opinion, vancouversun.com, 10 September 2017

Our chidren's world is the one they relate to on their
gadgets.  NAM Y. HUH / AP
We are in the vortex of an epidemic, and a generation is dying. But you won’t read a Centre for Disease Control or Public Health announcement declaring it so. At least not until it’s too late. While fentanyl deservedly gets the acute alarm that growing numbers of corpses usually evokes, the non-physical and less-quantifiable mental and emotional dying of our young from the addictive relationship with technology receives a shrug of the shoulders. One reason is that with fentanyl we don’t insist on studies or research to prove anything because our direct experience overrides that academic routine. Another reason is because the dying is bit by bit in terms of intellectual and emotional functioning rather than a less-deniable physical atrophy.

Cellphone EMF-Blocking Products Put In A Real World Test

Electrical Engineer and EMF Specialist Michael Neuert of the EMF Center says shielding is tricky. “In most cases, the shields, when used in the correct way, will reduce your exposure significantly. But under the right circumstances, they can actually make things worse.”

With or without products, Neuert says, the best way to reduce exposure is to increase your distance and decrease your length of use. Or better yet, keep your phone in airplane mode as often as you can. Neuert also recommends using speakerphone over wired headsets. Experts say the wires can still conduct some EMF. However, they recommend wired headsets instead of Bluetooth.

Cellphone EMF-Blocking Products Put In A Real World Test
by Julie Watts, sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com, 14 November 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Whether or not you’re concerned about the “potential” health effects of the radio frequencies emitted by your mobile devices, the sale of RF-blocking products is quickly becoming a lucrative industry.