Why We Need 5G’s Self-Driving Cars and Virtual Reality Like a Hole in the Head

By Patricia Burke

The 1960’s television series Lost in Space featured a “Class M-3, Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot (G.U.N.T.E.R.), which had no given name. The machine was endowed with superhuman strength and futuristic weaponry. It often displays human characteristics, such as laughter, sadness, and mockery.”[1]  The robot accompanied its human companion around the galaxy.

“5G” is not this.

R2-D2 is the robot adored by the generation of fans who grew up with Star Wars.

R2-D2 or Artoo-Detoois a small astromech droid, R2-D2 appears in nine out of the ten Star Wars films to date. Throughout the course of the films, R2 is a friend to C-3POPadmé Amidala, Anakin SkywalkerLeia OrganaLuke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga.[2]

“5G” is not this.

Some cellphone users already see the availability of a Wi-Fi network with the number “5” or 5.6 on it.

“5G’ is not this either.

Its not surprising that there is some confusion about “5G,” the fifth generation of telecommunications.

Despite that fact that U.S. legislators and regulators are voting to fast-track “5G,” according to a new survey:

  • Most consumers aren’t aware that 5G is about to launch
  • Consumers seem mostly indifferent to the pending roll-out.
  • A third of consumers believe cell signal causes cancer[3]

RepeaterStore conducted an online survey of 1,039 American adults between October 3rd and October 6th on SurveyMonkey to better understand consumer opinions about the merger. The results reflect a nationally representative sample, with a of confidence interval of 3%.

Founded in 2010, RepeaterStore is a leading online reseller of cell phone signal boosters, small cells, and a systems integrator of in-building active and passive distributed antenna systems. The company has worked with over 20,000 customers to improve cell service in buildings of all sizes.

Although the industry and the public’s narrow vision is on the question of cancer, there may be many other adverse health conditions directly linked to radio frequency exposures. The tobacco industry used the same strategy with a narrow scope on lung cancer in smokers for decades, ignoring other issues including low birth weights in infants and the danger of secondhand smoke.

So, what is not to like about 5G?

If the GUNTER robot or R2D2 were to function in the same manner as 5G technology, they would have to be supported everywhere they went by a dense system of antennas on top of homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and everywhere else. [4]

The “autonomous” vehicles being devised for the 21st century are anything but autonomous, and the supply chain from start to finish for our technological prowess increasingly entails exploitation of resources, child labor, and pollution from start to finish.[5]

For question 8 of its recent consumer survey, RepeaterStore’s report stated,

Some cities are adopting ordinances to prevent the roll-out of the 5G “small cell” towers that would be required to achieve widespread coverage, despite efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to ease the roll-out process.

Organizations like the EMF Safety Network that are pushing for restrictions to 5G rollouts claim that the new technology, and the “millimeter wave” frequencies that it utilizes, are “scientifically shown to harm people and nature.” The reality is that the research on the subject is as of yet inconclusive.

The reality is that the research is inconclusive because no pre-market safety testing has been conducted, reports of harm from increasing exposures to microwave radio frequencies have been ignored, and the science demonstrating harm has been ignored.

We have some safety spokespersons who have stepped into the ring.

For example in Worcester, MA, Timothy P. Murray, former lieutenant governor and Worcester mayor, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, wrote an editorial in the Telegram and Gazette, stating:

“Consumers and businesses are using their mobile devices more than ever before to connect to everyone and everything around them. The average American home had 14.7 connected devices in 2016. Here in Massachusetts, there has been a 186 percent increase in wireless phone subscribers from 2000 to 2016.

This sharp surge in demand has added increased pressure on wireless infrastructure. As a result, wireless providers are turning to new and innovative ways to update their networks to keep pace around the state and specifically here in the Worcester region – namely, the deployment of small cells to enhance wireless network speed and capacity.

Small cells, as their name suggests, are small antennae that provide additional broadband capacity to congested areas. These compact, safe, unobtrusive devices that fit on existing infrastructure, like traffic lights and utility poles, help improve service by complementing traditional cell towers Their small size and flexibility help providers target areas where demand is high and alleviate the pressure caused by increased data traffic in densely populated areas. They can also provide capacity to more sparsely populated areas too.[6]

The Worcester Chamber of Commerce also supported the controversial and possibly fraudulent smart meter roll-out in Worcester, where safety and health expertise was provided by a tobacco scientist. [7]  So what is going on here?  Why would Massachusetts allow tobacco scientists to provide testimony on such an important topic as human health? [8]

Do we have holes in our heads?

Yes, some of us do.

Unfortunately, increasing numbers of individuals are experiencing damage to the blood-brain barrier. The damage has been linked by researchers to exposures to radio frequencies, and this issues was recognized by Alan Frey in 1960. [9]

Because censors control the data generated from sensors powering smart cities, there is no increasing democracy or freedom resulting from faster connections. [10]

Although Worcester Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Murray points to consumer demand as the driving force for more infrastructure, one factor that overloads the airwaves is the number of unnecessary transmissions to accomplish the underlying goal of citizen surveillance.

If sustainability and energy efficiency were the goal, sensors (for example for water leaks) could be designed to only transmit an alarm message only if there is a threat, and the message could use a hard-wired system wherever possible. The current architecture functions as if a horn should blasting incessantly just to maintain network integrity.

One lesson of Hurricane Michael is that wireless has made us no less safe, or resilient or secure. [11]  One of the main advantages of having a corded land-line phone during a disaster is that the systems they are tied to have their own power supplies, and will most likely continue to operate even if the main power grid is knocked out. [12]

What we have now is an invisible wireless system of wireless infrastructure, with insufficient controls and monitoring, with evidence of harm.

Timothy Murray claims that 5G’s compact, safe, unobtrusive devices that fit on existing infrastructure are benign.

In contrast, “During Senate Commerce’s Friday field hearing in South Dakota on 5G wireless technology, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken raised what he called “the wet blanket” of the coming wide-scale deployment: “I feel we also need to address … what health impacts micro millimeter waves have because it’s so new,” TenHaken told Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). “I’m going to get asked this 20 times yet this evening about the health ramifications of 5G … . I’m hearing this more and more.” Although TenHaken considers such concern “inflated,” local governments will need “clear direction, talking points, studies” to support the wireless efforts with a “clear conscience,” the mayor argued.”[13]  At least the Mayor gave voice to some of his constituent’s concerns, but the next test will be whether or not elected officials adopt industry talking points, or properly vet the science.

We not  only have hole sin our heads, we have gaping holes in the science and the ethics. And its not just a question of cancer.

Here is what the neurology epidemiology already says about the U.S.

We have to look at epidemiology because we have no pre-market testing.

Neurological deaths of American adults (55–74) and the over 75’s by sex compared with 20 Western countries 1989–2010: Cause for concern

Background: Have USA total neurological deaths (TNDs) of adults (55-74) and the over 75’s risen more than in twenty Western Countries?

Methods: World Health Organization TND data are compared with control mortalities cancer mortality rates (CMRs) and circulatory disease deaths (CDDs) between 1989-1991 and 2008-2010 and odds ratios (ORs) and confidence intervals calculated.

Conclusions: Every country’s neurological deaths rose relative to the controls, especially in the USA, which is a cause for concern and suggests possible environmental influences.

The nature of any environmental factors are uncertain but there have been major environmental changes; including increased population, economic activity, substantial rises in road and air travel; increased home technology involving background electromagnetic fields (mobile phones, microwave ovens, computers), which are unique to these later years and these possible environmental factors cannot be ignored, especially as they probably interact.[ 6 10 27 28 33 ] This list of possible features might be described as “modern living” and the USA is the epitome of “modern living.”[14]

Individuals who have reported harm due to radio frequency exposures with a clear understanding and the ability to articulate how the frequencies are affecting their blood sugar, nerves, hydration, digestion, elimination, sleep, endocrinology, and cognitive function may hold the answers for how to prevent diseases across the age span, from autism to Alzheimer’s. And, ,this growing marginalized population is enduring increasing pain and suffering.

Oh, and that adorable robot from Star Wars fame?  The actor who played him lost his job to tech.

English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, and received billing credit for the character in the prequel trilogy, where Baker’s role was reduced, as R2-D2 was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models.

Listen to the canaries in the coalmines and the independent, ethical researchers, before you get a “small cell” outside your door or a hole in your head. [15]

Author’s note: Much gratitude to Activist Post as one of the few media outlets covering the health and environmental risks of 5G.

Transcript of presentation from YouTube video available HERE

Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits. She is based in Massachusetts and can be reached at stopsmartmetersMASS@gmail.com.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_Space

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R2-D2

[3] https://www.repeaterstore.com/pages/consumer-perspectives-on-5g-october-2018

[4] https://www.activistpost.com/2018/10/underground-cell-sites-wifi-radiation-emitting-equipment-residential-neighborhoods-everywhere.html

[5] https://www.fastcompany.com/90237802/the-exploitation-injustice-and-waste-powering-our-ai

[6] https://www.telegram.com/opinion/20181014/as-i-see-it-preparing-worcester-for-advanced-technologies-need-for-small-cells

[7] https://www.activistpost.com/2018/10/when-smart-cities-need-citizens-asleep-at-the-wheel-it-is-time-to-change-direction.html

[8] Unfortunately, Massachusetts was not alone. Many states deferred to tobacco science in their smart meter proceedings and Peter Valberg is now scheduled to appear before regulators in Iowa to defend smart meter deployment, in early November.

[9] https://ehtrust.org/newsletter-allan-frey-and-the-inconvenient-truth-about-radio-frequency-radiation/

[10] https://www.activistpost.com/2018/10/wireless-wars-when-censors-control-the-sensors.html

[11] https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/10/verizon-fiber-suffered-unprecedented-damage-from-hurricane-michael/

[12] https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Emergency-Communications-by-radio-or-cell-phone-495534641.html

[13] https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-tech/2018/10/15/antitrust-on-tap-for-ftc-373674

[14] : http://surgicalneurologyint.com/surgicalint_articles/neurological-deaths-of-american-adults-55-74-and-the-over-75s-by-sex-compared-with-20-western-countries-1989-2010-cause-for-concern/

[15] https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-networks-iot-scientific-overview-human-health-risks/

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