Five Things NOT To Gift To A Loved One This Holiday Season If You Have A Heart Or A Brain (Or A Soul)

By Patricia Burke

If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there are a number of reasons why you might not want to give a wireless or surveillance-capable gift this year.

Making a Mouse Through Better Chemistry?

My high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Plati, was part scientist and part entertainer. The first day of our sophomore year, he had a list of the chemical components of a mouse on the blackboard.  Holding a glass beaker and a pipette, he began pouring each of the chemicals into the test tube, making a mouse. He then asked us why we did not end up cooking up a mouse. And he launched into a question of how chemistry arranges itself into living matter, in a lesson that has been completely ignored by decades of wireless economic frenzy that has currently reached a fatal attraction to 5G, which holds great appeal for the pornography, video game, surveillance, and investment industries.

Here are five examples of reasons why you may not want to join the lemmings regarding wireless.

1 – Wireless Home Security Systems cat cam, or baby monitor

One the more colorful stories of the year unfolded when a couple realized that when Jamie Smith breastfed her baby, someone was watching … their baby monitor was being hacked.

Let’s be clear that there are no protections in place for customer privacy. If you are watching your home from your cellphone when you are across the country, you do not know who is watching you or your household members, and watching you as you watch.

We don’t know who has access to the video feeds; and at this point, we do not know how much bribery and blackmail is being enabled by this technology. It is not a question of whether or not you have anything to hide. Regardless of how one felt about the decision, the reality is that if the Brett Kavanaugh hearings were to take place today, it is not true that data driven by technology instead of a handwritten calendar would have provided evidence of time/date stamp location.

The decision would have rested in the hands of whoever owned the data. Data is already being manipulated to support specific outcomes,[1] with absolutely no course correction or recourse in sight.

Giving a baby monitor to new parents may be the moral and ethical equivalent of gifting cigarettes.

2 – A wireless health monitor

The promotion of a wireless device to monitor heart health[2] may be absurd as promoting cigarettes to address a scratchy throat, because wireless microwave frequencies affect the heart (which is electromagnetic), as well as other organs, which are also electromagnetic. [3]


3 – A cellphone for a young child

If you are not giving a fifth of bourbon or a box of cigars to your child, don’t give them a cellphone.


Cellphones are an inadequately regulated industry, and the addictive qualities of wireless technologies especially for children [4],[5] remain unacknowledged.

4 – A DNA test kit

Like the home security monitoring system, there are no privacy protections for DNA test kits. [6]

According to an article in Salon, “DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk A new study finds that even a distant relative using an at-home DNA test can compromise your privacy.”[7] explains further:

Of Course 23andMe’s Plan Has Been to Sell Your Genetic Data All Along

Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parkinson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along.

Since 23andMe started in 2006, it’s convinced 800,000 customers to hand over their DNA, one vial of spit at a time. Personal DNA reports are the consumer-facing side of the business, and that’s the one we’re most familiar with. It all seems friendly and fun with a candy-colored logo and quirky reports that include the genetic variant for asparagus pee.

But 23andMe wasn’t going to find a big business by selling spit kits at the cut rate of $99. Instead, it’s always been about enticing customers to hand over their DNA sequences along with details of their lives in a questionnaire to build a giant database—one that academic researchers and biotech companies alike are, well, salivating over.

Big data has—excuse the metaphor—been in 23andMe’s DNA from the beginning. The company was founded by Anne Wojcicki, who’s married to (though now separated from) Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Last year, Wojcicki told the New York Times that the inspiration for 23andMe came from watching Google: “I remember in the early days of Google, Larry [Page] would say, ‘I just want the world’s data on my laptop.’ I feel the same way about health care. I want the world’s data accessible.”

Again, many feel that they are protected if they have nothing to hide.

But this myth was of little comfort to the individuals who may have been unfairly convicted of crimes by the lab that employed chemist Annie Dookhan.

A mass dismissal of wrongful convictions ─ perhaps the biggest ever ─ unfolded in a Boston courthouse on Tuesday, as prosecutors in seven Massachusetts counties dropped more than 21,000 low-level drug cases tainted by the work of a rogue lab chemist. [8]

5 – A wireless smart meter or a 5G Antenna

You may not be planning to gift one of these to your family, but you may already be on Santa’s list for these, if you do not already have them.

Let’s say that you are at work, and your child is at school, and the school nurse calls you 190,000 times per day to make sure that your phone system works and to tell you everything that your child is doing every second of the day, and also just in case there is an emergency.

This is the mindset that is operating behind smart meters technology, [9] and it is not only insane, it is hurting a portion of the population. [10]

Learn more about it here: There’s a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it in the article in THE HILL.

The roll-out of 5G is introducing more safety risks, not more safety. [11] Risk categories include health, privacy, security, cyber, environment, conflict minerals, e-waste, ethics, and energy.

So, if you or your loved ones have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there are a number of reasons why you might not want to give a wireless or surveillance-capable gift this year.

One reason is that the heart and brains of the mice and rats in the NTP cellphone cancer study did not fare very well.[12]

Another is that animals with fur and feathers may be better insulated against this tech than your baby who is surrounded all night long by a power grid now carrying high-frequency voltage transients.

Communities are spending billions on technologies that have not been tested for safety or for effectiveness, including the Shotspotter,[13] and high-intensity LED lighting.[14]

When tech companies roll-out products that are unsafe and then have to be replaced, the industries simply pocket even more profits, unless an adequate system of checks and balances is in place to require them to pay for the health and environmental damage for marketing unsafe products.

Those parents in Silicon Valley who send their children to the no-tech Waldorf schools haven’t figured out how to get us out of this mess yet, but the clock is ticking.

As Mr. Plati taught us in 10th grade chemistry, you can’t build a mouse out of a cocktail of chemicals without an orderly arrangement of both matter and bio-electricity A lot of mice and laboratory rats already died in the NTP study. We should do our best to separate the results reporting from industry and financial interests, and listen to the non-industry independent scientists, and we should do our best to put lucratively-paid tobacco scientists out of work.[15]

Let’s hope the reindeer don’t get caught on any towers this year.  Whether or not Santa Claus comes to your house, ONLY you can make sure the ticking time bomb is not on a smart watch on your child’s wrist.


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The New York Safe Utility Meter Association, NYSUMA, is dedicated to the continued use of safe and privacy protecting electro-mechanical analog meters. We research non-invasive alternatives to the smart grid. We alert consumers to the dangers of computerized electronic utility meters and we explore the impacts of electronic utility meters on public health, safety, privacy and utility rates. We do this through public hearings, conferences and forums. Additional areas of concern include raising awareness about other forms of technology such as Wi-Fi, cell phones, cell towers and 5G.


[2] Fitbits Still Lauded as Beneficial Despite Various Unpleasant Symptoms Reported, Class Action Lawsuits Due to Inaccurate Heart Monitor Readings and Rashes














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 [email protected].

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