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24 October 2016

6 Things We've Connected that May Kill Us in the Future

6 things we’ve connected that may kill us in the future
by Cate Lawrence, Contributing Writer, readwrite.com, 23 October 2016

As much as we here at ReadWrite are genuinely enthusiastic about the Internet of Things, it’s never been without a heavy grain of salt.

We’ve never been afraid to question, analyze and critique the form and function of connected devices and the biggest ecosphere they inhabit. Unfortunately the recent DDoS attack that affected the East Coast

It’s of no surprise that since I’ve been writing a monthly Hits and Misses column for IoT products, that the misses component pretty much writes itself as technologists and start ups connect more and more devices with the internet. Kitchen appliances in particular seen particularly vulnerable to derision by many, particularly when we talk about kettles and refrigerators.

We’ve seen much hand-wringing over time about data security breaches particularly those pertaining to baby monitors and smart sex toys.

But it’s worth noting that the recent DDoS attack has been in part, attributed to the vulnerability of certain connected devices including smart appliances and security cameras which has made some question the value of connected devices. The reality is that the market decides what products become connected to the internet.

Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer. Are You Worried?

Australian brain surgeon, Dr. Charlie Teo
[UPDATE 24 October 2016: A 26-year-old Australian woman, Courtney Keady, who has been diagnosed with an "inoperable" 12 millimetre brain tumour on her pineal gland, has accepted to be operated on by Dr. Charlie Teo. The operation will cost her $110,000. Read: Mail online article, "Woman, 26, who thought agonising pain in her head was due to the stress of studying for her degree discovers she has an 'inoperable' brain tumour".]

Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer.  Are You Worried?
by Rick Morton, mamamia.com, 8 May 2012

Dr Charlie Teo isn’t a kook. He is the best brain surgeon in the country [Australia]. He knows the inside of your head like you know the back of your hand. He’s seen the rise in a certain type of brain cancer.

And he’s worried.

Here’s what some of what he wrote on The Punch yesterday: [We could no longer find this article.]

“There are three undisputed facts about the link between mobile phones and brain tumours. Firstly, the jury is still out. Secondly, the number of mobile phone users is increasing rapidly and currently stands at over five billion worldwide. Thirdly, IF there is a causal link between exposure to non-ionising radiation and brain tumours, then the social and financial consequences would be devastating and on a scale never before witnessed in history.

23 October 2016

Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

John F. Kennedy stated,”Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” It is time to start protecting our children and it starts with informing parents. 

Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs
by Press Releases, educationviews.org, 20 October 2015

While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs.[1] The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says according to data provided by IMS Health, the world’s leading health information and analytics company, hundreds of thousands of toddlers are being prescribed far more powerful psychiatric drugs than just ADHD drugs, and most alarming of all is the more than 274,000 0-1 year olds prescribed psychiatric drugs.[2]

American Academy of Pediatrics urges Caution Following Cell Phone Radiation Study

Healthy Kids: AAP urges caution following cell phone radiation study
by Amanda Butt, nbc16.com, 16 October 2016

EUGENE, Ore. - For years, people have wondered if too much time spent on cell phones could be dangerous to our health. Recently, the National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released partial findings from a two-year study that exposed rats to the types of radio frequency radiation that cell phones give off. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hoping parents will listen closely to the findings—and take precautions.

Dr. Pilar Bradshaw, with Eugene Pediatric Associates, treats hundreds of kids each year in her practice. She’s troubled by the recent study that found a dangerous connection between cell phone radiation and cancer.

“The cancers that we’re talking about have shown to be very malignant, very dangerous, very hard to treat cancers in lab rats that were exposed to cell phone radiation similar to what we’re exposed to if we are using our phone while it’s placed against our ear,” Bradshaw explained.

Phone Batteries Emit Toxic Gases

Phone batteries emit toxic gases
timesofindia, 22 October 2016

More than 100 potentially fatal gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets, a new study has warned.

The research identified over 100 toxic gases released by lithium batteries, including carbon monoxide, which can cause strong irritations to the skin, eyes and nasal passages and harm the wider environment.

Researchers from the Institute of NBC Defence in the US and Tsinghua University in China said many people may be unaware of the dangers of overheating, damaging or using a disreputable charger for their rechargeable devices. In the new study, they investigated a type of rechargeable battery, known as a "lithium-ion" battery, which is placed in two billion consumer devices every year.

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.

"Security researchers have long warned that the increasing number of devices being hooked up to the internet, the so-called Internet of Things, would present an enormous security issue. And the assault on Friday, security researchers say, is only a glimpse of how those devices can be used for online attacks."

A map of the areas experiencing problems, as of Friday afternoon,
according to 
Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.
by Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times, 21 October 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack.

Users reported sporadic problems reaching several websites, including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times.

The company, Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, said it began experiencing what security experts called a distributed denial-of-service attack just after 7 a.m. Reports that many sites were inaccessible started on the East Coast, but spread westward in three waves as the day wore on and into the evening.

And in a troubling development, the attack appears to have relied on hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors and home routers that have been infected — without their owners’ knowledge — with software that allows hackers to command them to flood a target with overwhelming traffic.

United States: Mobile Phone Makers Score Big Win in Radiation Suit

"The suits here were filed as far back as 2001 in the District of Columbia Superior Court and named as defendants Motorola Inc., Verizon Wireless Inc., AT&T Inc., Cingular Wireless LLC, and others. The plaintiffs or their representatives (many of the plaintiffs have since died) allege that their use of hand-held mobile phones caused brain cancer, tumors, and other types of illness and injury."

Mobile Phone Makers Score Big Win in Radiation Suit
by Bruce Kaufman, bna.com, 21 October 2016

From Toxics Law Reporter
Martina Barash in Washington

Oct. 20 — The mobile phone industry scored a major victory in litigation tying the use of mobile phones to brain tumors as Washington, D.C.'s top court adopted a new test that could bar almost all of the plaintiffs’ scientific evidence (Motorola, Inc. v. Murray , 2016 BL 348817, D.C. en banc, No. 14-CV-1350, 10/20/16 ).

The viability of at least 13 suits over the dangers of long-term exposure to mobile-phone radiation is seriously jeopardized by the court’s Oct. 20 decision to abandon its century-old test for evaluating scientific testimony in favor of the much more widely adopted federal rule.

The case has been closely watched by a broad array of business and medical groups, which tried to steer the ruling in their favor.

21 October 2016

United States: Lawsuit Over Cellphones and Cancer Hits a Stumbling Block

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Photo:  Agnostic Preacher's Kid
Lawsuit Over Cellphones and Cancer Hits a Stumbling Block
by Ryan Knutson, Wall Street Journal,
20 October 2016

(See comment below article here.)

Appeals court says a different legal standard for evidence should have been used

An appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday dealt a setback to a long-running lawsuit against the wireless industry over health concerns surrounding cellphones, deciding that a different legal standard for evidence should have been applied.

The decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will further prolong the litigation, initially filed in 2001, as plaintiffs must now produce arguments on why previously submitted evidence should continue to be included under the new standard.Jeffrey Morganroth, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said they wouldn’t back down, and that the ruling may even help get new testimony included.

The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague

'By destroying the health and livelihoods of literally millions
of people,' writes Cummins, 'Monsanto has earned the 
dubious distinction of being the most hated corporation on
Earth.' (Photo: Die Grünen Kärnten)
"Victims and witnesses described how, over the past 50 years, Monsanto has duped, assaulted, injured and killed farmers, farmworkers, rural villagers and urban consumers with its reckless use of toxic chemicals and pesticides."

The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague
by Ronnie Cummins, via Common Dreams,
20 October 2016

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons and GMOs, where chemical cartels compete to take over our agriculture and food systems, destroying our ecosystems along the way.” - Brochure for The People’s Assembly, The Hague, Oct. 14, 2016, “Seeds of Freedom—Navdanya”

The Monsanto Tribunal

Documentary "Screenagers" Explores a Perplexing Question: What Are Smartphones Doing to Our Children?

Documentary explores a perplexing question: What are smartphones doing to our children?
by Wallace Baine, Sentinel Entertainment Editor, 12 October 2016

(Photo:) Almost seven out of ten American teenagers beginning high school own cell phones, as families struggle to figure out how to help kids develop habits of self-control against the seductions of the screen. Contributed photo.

For many people in contemporary America, it’s an annoyance. But for parents of teenagers, schoolteachers and anyone else who regularly interacts with kids, the annoyance is beginning to look a lot like a crisis.

We’re talking about the screen, explicitly as it applies to video games and smartphones. A new documentary called “Screenagers” has been making the rounds in communities across the country and around the world in an effort to reckon with what to do with an entire generation of young people who are essentially laboratory animals for a social experiment that nobody planned but everyone participates in.