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Lights out in NPARC communities last night. No cash to splash thanks to inadequate Telstra phone cabling
Paradise takes on an ugly face
from our northern correspondent
A broken communications trunk cable near Coen in central Cape York Peninsula has caused chaos in northern communities preventing any eftpos transactions or telephone communication since Sunday morning.
Locals who contacted a Cairns communications company by satellite phone on Monday were warned residents could be facing a telephone and data blackout until Wednesday, however service was restored late on Monday night.
It is understood road earthworks machinery severed Telstra’s fibre optic cable north of Coen.
The outage has demonstrated how dependent isolated Cape York communities and stations are on landline communications and how vulnerable Cape York would be in a major emergency.
Businesses have been severely impacted in the middle of an extremely busy tourist season leaving some visitors stranded unable to use eftpos cards or withdraw cash to pay for fuel, accommodation or provisions.
A single, fragile, fibre optic cable connecting the Far North to southern networks laid by Telstra more than seven years ago is all that keeps townships such as Weipa and all aboriginal communities functioning.
Expecting a longer outage, Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, based in Bamaga, took the extraordinary step of allowing $200 credit for each of its employees at a local supermarket because there were no operating teller machines to withdraw cash.
NPARC communities have a pre-paid electricity card system operated by Ergon Energy which has to be topped up by debit or credit cards for a home to access Ergon’s local grid.
Homes went without electricity as residents usually cannot afford to outlay more than $50 for power at one time which generally lasts less than a week.
One local beach-front tourist resort has lost tens of thousands of dollars since its eftpos data line broke down more than a month ago in an unrelated failure.
Telstra refuses to take any responsibility according to the proprietor who does not wish to be named in fear of being further ostracised by the telco.
“Telstra is sacking thousands of its experienced employees so what will happen when the lines go out in future?” another worried businessman asked.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has dodged a bullet because he cannot be contacted by telephone for comment.
The ‘bush telegraph’ has been lamenting the loss of high frequency two-way radio sets allocated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service decades ago which kept the Peninsula in touch with the outside world especially in times of emergency.
These invaluable radios were recalled by the RFDS 10 years ago and replaced by mobile and landline telephones.
So much for the new communications era.
Intense, continuous irradiation of suburbs with towers 100 metres apart
Go to this link for full disclosure of harmful 5G: https://wp.me/p2dFb5-34m
This new 5G enabled device pairs with the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and will be available through Telstra before any other Australian mobile operator.
It’s the world’s first 5G hotspot and can be used both plugged in or unplugged on the go. Australia is just the third country across the world where Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 5G.
The HTC Hub is geared for use as a wireless hotspot and brings the Telstra network into the home with an onboard battery, allowing for portability to enjoy the 4G and 5G network.
Telstra has been building its 5G network since 2016, and says the current technology reaches CBD locations and selected regional centres — where four million Australians live, work or pass each day.
The moves follow on from previously detailed deals with smartphone manufacturers to bring 5G phones “exclusively” to its 5G mobile network in the first half of this year, signalling that it was working with HTC to bring its HTC 5G Hub to Australians.
In Sydney on Monday morning, the phone recorded download speeds of more than 1200 megabytes per second or 1.2Gbps.
This is a huge leap considering Australia has slipped three places on the global rankings to 62nd in the world, with an average speed of 35.11Mbps, according to Ookla.
Telstra consumer executive Kevin Teoh said the first 5G-enabled smartphone was a major step towards “bringing the revolutionary mobile technology to life”:
“This is a game-changing moment for our customers. 5G promises our customers even better connectivity. Its ultra-fast speeds, ultra-low latency and greater bandwidth will transform the way we live and work by enabling all sorts of future applications and technologies.”
The HTC 5G Hub is now available from Telstra stores and is available to order online. Thousands of Australians have already rushed to purchase the new ‘next generation’ device.
The technology is limited, however, and has only been distributed to selected areas for now.
Sign the petition against harmful 5G at this link:
Most people think that 5G is just like 2G, 3G and 4G and that it will just mean we have faster internet.
Unfortunately this will come at great cost to public health and safety as 5G technology is very different to anything we’ve had in the past.
If faster internet comes at the expense of our health, children, animals and the environment, is it worth it?
What is 5G
5G technology will use extremely high (millimetre wave) frequencies, which are poorly transmitted through solid material. To make up for this, instead of having one large phone tower that facilitates the signal reception of cellular phones and other wireless communication devices like we have currently, 5G will include not only the large phone tower but also antennae set up about every 100 metres.
This is concerning because 5G is designed to deliver concentrated and focused electromagnetic radiation far greater than current levels and will result in a massive increase in inescapable, involuntary exposure to wireless radiation.
A more detailed explanation of 5G can be found here http://www.5gappeal.eu/what-is-5g-an-introduction/
Why Are Our Exposure Limits 100 Times Higher Than Other Countries?
ARPANSA which is the Australian Government, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency who set the safety standard limits for exposure to radio frequency (the technology 5G use) say that the operation frequencies of the 5G network are included within the limits set by the ARPANSA safety standard.
However the last time ARPANSA did testing was back in 2002 (17 years ago) even before 4G and certainly doesn’t cover 5G technology which is 100 times stronger.
The ARPANSA safety limits are set at 1000 µW (microwatts) per cm2, up to 300GHz. This was set in 2002 against a senate committee recommendation of 200 µW/cm2 in 2001.
Despite the fact that many other countries such as China, Russia, Bulgaria, Canada and Poland set the limit at 10 µW/cm2, Switzerland sets their safety standard even lower at 9.5 µW/cm2 and in sensitive areas at 4.25 and Austria set the safety limit even lower at .0001 µW/cm2.
WHY IS OURS 100 TIMES HIGHER?
What is also alarming is that they recently put a disclaimer on their website that says that their info should only be used as a guide for education purposes and that you should seek professional advice (ie a doctor).
If their information should only be as a guide, why is it the standard that is being used to roll out 5G?
In another article on the ARPANSA website Dr Karipidis admits that the higher frequencies used in 5G technology will penetrate human tissue and acknowledges that there are gaps in this knowledge that require further research, ‘ARPANSA therefore has made recommendations for areas where further studies are needed. The recommendations include research for frequencies above 6 GHz and for emerging technologies that use them like 5G. But they go on to say that despite gaps in the knowledge, no health effects are expected from radio frequency exposures below the limits set in the ARPANSA standard.
ARPANSA claim that they are an independent organisation. They aren’t. ARPANSA as well as ACMA collects $1M annually from wireless industry as a levy for health research. While $700K goes to NHMRC for research, $300K goes to ARPANSA. How can the govt health regulator be on the industry payroll and deliver impartial outcomes?
Scientists Worldwide Call for Action
Scientists are cautioning that before rolling out 5G, research on human health effects urgently needs to be done FIRST to ensure the public and environment are protected, unlike ARPANSA who are giving it the nod, despite having acknowledged more research needs to be done.
The bottom line is that safety guidelines from bodies such as ARPANSA are clearly designed to protect industry, not health, as the profits from the 5G rollout are immense.
“Independent scientists and physicians know that these safety guidelines, which do not take into account the many thousands of studies on non-thermal EMF effects, have no connection with the genuine scientific literature”
In Europe, Over 26,000 scientists from more than 40 countries have expressed their serious concerns. Referring to numerous scientific publications that have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines. This is particularly concerning given Australian guidelines are 100 times higher than most other countries.
Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plants and animals.
Dr. Sharon Goldberg, an internal medicine physician & professor, comments on 5G while speaking to the U.S. Senate.
“Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period. This is no longer a subject for debate when you look at PubMed and the peer-review literature. These effects are seen in all life forms; plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans, we have clear evidence of cancer now: there is no question We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects…5G is an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful; we know it from the science. In academics, this is called human subjects research.” ~Dr. Sharon Goldberg
Adding to the voices of dissent is Martin L. Pall, PhD and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University. In a study and presentation, he takes a closer look at 5G technology, and issues a major warning for all of us.
“Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.” ~Martin L. Pall, PhD
Read this 90 page book on 5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them. Written by Martin L Pall PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University. https://peaceinspace.blogs.com/files/5g-emf-hazards–dr-martin-l.-pall–eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf
There is already a substantial and convincing amount of scientific studies that show many adverse health effects and health hazards from radiofrequency/microwave radiation.
Check out a large number of peer reviewed research articles here https://ehtrust.org/scientific-research-on-5g-and-health/
Some Say that Non-Ionising Radiation Does Not Cause Harm to Humans
Some argue that radio frequency (the technology 5G uses) is non ionising and therefore does not cause harm to humans. Unfortunately this notion that non ionising radiation is safe is outdated and false.
The biological effects of radiofrequency (non ionising) energy should not be confused with the effects from other types of electromagnetic energy (ionising) such as those found in xrays and gamma rays.
Ionising radiation can permanently damage biological tissues including DNA.
And it has been a previously strongly held belief that non ionising radiation causes no harm to humans.
However even Samsung have released a statement that includes the following
“While RF energy does not ionize particles, large amounts can increase body temperatures and cause tissue damage. Two areas of the body, the eyes and the testes, are particularly vulnerable to RF heating because there is relatively little blood flow in them to carry away excess heat.”
Did you know that on your iPhone you can also go to Settings>General>About>Legal>RF Exposure
They recommend to reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones or other similar accessories. Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.
Unfortunately the damaging effects don’t end here. As Martin L. Pall, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences Washington State University states in his 90 page book which you can read in full here https://peaceinspace.blogs.com/files/5g-emf-hazards–dr-martin-l.-pall–eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf
“There are many possible indirect effects that may occur, given the complexity of biology. But our situation goes way beyond that, because we know that most of the effects are produced via VGCC activation which produces, as downstream effects, the free radical breakdown products of peroxynitrite (Fig. 1, Chapter 2). Those free radical breakdown products attack DNA, proteins and other biological constituents in ways that are very similar to the ways in which ionizing radiation attack these same molecules. Ionizing radiation was shown by Arthur Compton, who won the Nobel prize in physics in 1927, for showing that ionizing radiation produces large numbers of free radicals through what has become known as Compton scattering, with those free radicals being responsible for most of the biological effects of ionizing radiation. So the often repeated industry claim that ionizing radiation is dangerous but non-ionizing radiation is not, is wrong – both of them produce similar effects mediated through free radical generation.”- Martin L Pall.
Frank Clegg- Former Head of Microsoft Canada, points out the safety standard only protects people from thermal damage that can occur through overheating, but scientists have demonstrated that radiation omitting devices can cause DNA damage without heating tissue, these are non thermal effects.
“Unfortunately the safety standards in North America and in Australia are based on this theory that’s many decades old, that if tissue doesn’t get heated, that it can’t cause harm. and that’s just out of date.. what the biologists tell us and have shown in many, many experiments and again in peer reviewed published papers- is that there is damage done at the DNA level and from a biological standpoint. Non thermal radiation can cause and does cause harm to humans.”
Phone towers maiming people with EMF radiation. New 5G network will kill
from EMR Australia – Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Warning against rolling out more towers especially 5G
What inconvenient truth led a highly-regarded radiation expert to take the law into his own hands and demolish six mobile phone stations? As he faces sentencing this month, John Patterson talks to EMR and Health about the story behind the news.
John Patterson is a pleasant, considerate and well-mannered man with an easy smile and a wicked sense of humour. He is also one of Australia’s leading radiation experts—a man who has been at the cutting edge of communications technology for the past 33 years.
Yet on 14 July 2007 John Patterson broke into a truck yard, ‘borrowed’ a former British army tank and proceeded to systematically demolish six mobile phone base station in the Sydney suburb of Mt Druit, before his vehicle stalled at the site of the seventh base station and he surrendered to police.
Why did he do it?
According to John, mobile phones and their base stations pose a devastating risk to human life, to nature and to the planet that supports it.
Background and experience
John’s unwelcome conclusion is one that he is, unfortunately, extremely well-qualified to make.
John is one of Australia’s leading radiation experts—a man who has been at the forefront of technology for more than three decades; a man with a passion for electronics.
A telecommunications engineer, John has worked with every communications technology there is. Employed by the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC), Telecom and Telstra, he built, tested and commissioned communications systems and completed over 54 engineering courses in order to keep up to date with the newest technologies. John was one of Australia’s leading radiation measurers, a trouble-shooter and the man who found the solutions to the toughest problems.
As early as 1978 OTC trained John in ‘radiation awareness’ and advised him to keep a diary of his experiences with the cutting edge radiation-emitting technology with which he worked. At that stage, no one knew what the effects would be.
All too soon John was to find out.
As his career progressed, John became a very sick man. ‘The more I was exposed to, the sicker I became,’ he said. The crunch came after two mobile phone base stations were installed—one on either side of his workplace. By that stage, John was having regular heart attacks which continued for four years.
In his impeccably-maintained diaries, John detailed the health effects that he observed in himself and other workers, many of whom later died. ‘Telecom had a very high number of suicides,’ he recalls.
The symptoms he observed, in order of occurrence, included:
- short-term memory loss (including momentary lapses)
- long-term memory loss
- involuntary contraction of muscles and tendons
- chronic fatigue
- problems with balance—at first walking, then riding
- sore neck muscles
- jaw out of alignment
- vertebrae in shoulders and bottom four vertebrae out of alignment—caused by cramping of muscles
- misco-ordination between eye and muscles
- reduction in elasticity in body, especially throat, resulting in a ‘choking’ effect when swallowing
- thyroid problems
- heart problems (including heart attacks)
- stomach valve not opening properly, leading to heart burn and nausea
- changes to gait
- numbing of the skin
- black rings around the iris
- kidney problems
- liver problems—leading to skin problems, rashes and pimples that don’t heal. (John saw at least 1000 workers with similar skin problems.)
- inappropriate emotional responses.
The concern for John is that the symptoms he once saw only in exposed workers, he’s now seeing in members of the public—including very young children.
Mobile phone radiation
John Patterson does not own a mobile phone—nor do many people who’ve spent time talking with him. However, he does own an impressive array of technical equipment with which he is able to measure the effects of this and similar technologies, which puts him in a strong position to offer advice.
Mobile phone technology uses a combination of frequencies that John was taught were too dangerous to be used together. It was designed to create new channels for interstate communications and undersea cables, says John.
‘It was never meant to be sprayed out in a circle.’
As early as 1978 John was warned by OTC that it could take four days to recover from one exposure to digital radio waves. Yet consider the number and frequency of exposures one commonly receives today!
Analogue phones affect only part of the body, he says, but digital phone signals affect the whole body.
According to John, mobile phone signals diminish the ability of pharmaceuticals to work and they carry disease.
For people wanting to know whether mobile phone radiation is affecting them, John suggests two quick tests:
‘When you are in a room with a mobile phone, walk outside and notice the change’. This is radio awareness which John was taught in the 1970s by OTC.
Try adding a list of numbers (or, if you are able, translating a document from one language to another). Notice what happens to your concentration when the mobile phone is switched on and signalling. Read the rest of this entry
by Gil Hanrahan
If you want to purchase a phone or internet service from Telstra, new corporate policies demand you lay your soul bare to one of its 26,000 Filipino or Indian call centre operators.
If you simply request an extension of your internet allocation or a new phone be prepared for a Stasi-styled interrogation by a salesman whose brogue is heavier than a Highland Scotsman full of malt whisky.
There is no prospect of intelligently deciphering the fractured polemic demanding you reveal your date of birth, drivers licence number, occupation, home address, how long you have lived there, any government-given identity such as a gun or high risk machinery licence, how many dependents you might have, your ABN number if you have one or any other form of identification. All of this sensitive data will be handed to some obscure credit reporting agency.
If you don’t answer yes to whatever question is in the offing, you get no service, regardless of what you thought the operator said.
For the life of me, I am sure the fourth seemingly female operator I encountered after 5 days of trying to extend an internet allocation, asked me to show her my ……..you know what!
Then after questioning what she said, I am sure she promised she would show me hers?
It was a distant yet exciting cosmopolitan affair guessing which nationality would answer the call. Would it be a delightful Filipino gal or a nubile, swarthy babe from the depths of New Delhi?
I have never been subjected to such a barrage of unintelligent personal questions which leave a serious hospital examination floundering.
Can you imagine a rogue operator (Telstra insists its 26,000 foreign phone jockeys being paid $2.50 an hour all possess exemplary behaviour) selling this information on the open market to marketing companies or to the identity theft black market.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn appointed in 2015 should clean up his act and re-employ a reported 26,000 Australian call centre operators which would give a huge economic boost to the ailing economy. The lowly paid overseas operators took the jobs of 26,000 Australians.
Telstra has a total monopoly over rural Australian communications
Australian privacy laws have been thrown out with the bathwater by giving unknown foreign operators access to your sensitive information. Why are these operators so ‘anal’ about you giving your date of birth for identification purposes before they will speak to you? Fortunately this scribe gave them a false date of birth many years ago so the remainder of the private identification details they have on file are rendered irrelevant. How are these aliens able to confirm your driver’s licence number unless they have access to the Department of Main Roads data base?
If you do not comply with every question you will not get any Telstra product. All of this dastardly interrogation occurs on an open phone line which one of our pet investigators can intercept in 20 seconds using a Stingray device, the same as the police use to intercept any mobile phone call without the need of an interception warrant.
This readers is what you get for backing the political party duopoly for the past two decades.
Telstra Corporation is an abomination, a miscreant of deregulating Liberalism, spawned by the devil and borne of greed.
Its predecessors the PMG Department and Telecom braved the hideous privatisation ideology of the Liberal and Labor parties by defending their workforce of many World War 2 and Vietnam veterans, protecting them from the avaricious corporations that were circling the publicly-owned communications wagons in the 80’s and 90’s.
Telstra didn’t stand a chance with PM John Howard and his Jewish handlers lining up the profitable telephone utility for the clutches of his somewhat unsavoury stockbroker colleagues.
To get the grubby deal over the line in parliament palms were greased with gay abandon.
This scribe once worked for the federal government at the time Canberra chair polishers went into overdrive when the Liberals presented their bill to privatise Telstra in 1999.
Two members of parliament, without divulging which House, told me they were discreetly offered an Alladin’s cave of riches to support the privatisation of the only reliable and affordable public communications network in the country.
Remember the PMG, was a public utility created in 1901 which only ever charged users the cost of maintaining the network plus a small margin for future works and administration?
It was a proper government utility until Whitlam got his dirty hands on it in 1975 creating Telecom. In 1993 it was rebranded Telstra.
After the disastrous Whitlam era, incorrigible Labor PM’s Bob Hawke and Paul Keating bankrolled their futures after politics by floating the Australian dollar and clearing the decks to sell off our government-owned phone and power services. 1.
It was called 2. privatisation. Readers know where this infestation has led us. Right into the hands of the financial oligarchy so you can be their honorary slaves forever more.
- Privacy breach affecting 60,300 customers