Did you know that two objects remain intimately intertwined, even if they’re at opposite ends of the universe?

ABC Science claims that this might include objects as large as the width of a human hair. This massive quantum entanglement experiment could help solve a physics mystery

Written by science reporter Belinda Smith on 26 April 2018. I quote the item as follows.

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“Physicists detected signs of entanglement between two vibrating ‘drumheads’, each around the width of a human hair.

Few ideas are as mind-bending as quantum entanglement: that two objects remain intimately intertwined, even if they’re at opposite ends of the universe.

Key points:

  • Particles are entangled if they are created at precisely the same time and point
  • Entangling massive objects in a stable way has proved tricky for experimental physicists
  • In a paper published this week, two vibrating ‘drumheads’, comprising trillions of atoms, were kept in an entangled state for 30 minutes
  • Observing quantum states in massive objects could help reconcile quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of general relativity

To date, stable entangled objects created by scientists have been mostly limited to tiny particles. Think atoms or electrons.

But a team of physicists has for the first time kept two vibrating metal membranes, each made of trillions of atoms, entangled for a good half hour, according to a study published in Nature.

The membranes may seem infinitesimal to us, at around the width of the finest human hair, but they were massive on an atomic scale.

These kinds of experiments could help physicists reconcile two seemingly incompatible concepts in science — general relativity and quantum mechanics — said Matt Woolley, a physicist at the University of New South Wales Canberra and one of the report’s authors.

Get acquainted with entanglement

Particles are entangled if they are created at precisely the same time and point.

It’s reasonably straightforward to do in the lab, said Ben Buchler, a physicist at the Australian National University who was not involved in the study, and physicists can control their properties.

In his own research, for instance, he can split a photon — a tiny packet of energy that makes up light — into two.

These “offspring” each have half the energy of the original photon, but are entangled.

Imagine we have a couple of photons entangled in a way that means if one photon vibrates in a specific direction — say, up and down — the other will always vibrate side to side.

If you measure the vibration state of one entangled photon, you’ll immediately know the state of its twin, regardless of the distance between them.

Quantum particles can affect one another’s behaviour over vast distances.

But Dr Woolley wasn’t interested in anything as ephemeral as a photon.

He and his colleagues from Finland and the United States went big.

They made a pair of vibrating aluminium membranes, or “drumheads”, each 20 microns across.

“You can’t quite see them with the naked eye, but they’re pretty close,” Dr Woolley said.

These were connected to metal plates via a superconducting electrical circuit, which had no electrical resistance.

The whole shebang was cooled to a touch above absolute zero, or -273 degrees Celsius.

Microwaves coursing through the circuit entangled the drumheads. And the drumheads stayed entangled for 30 minutes.

Quantum mechanics: it’s all relative

These days, entanglement is accepted as a lynchpin of quantum mechanics, but it wasn’t always the case.

It takes more than entanglement to impress Albert Einstein.

Einstein wasn’t convinced by the idea, famously calling the concept “spooky action at a distance”.

But it’s this spooky action, which bestows absolute and immediate certainty about the properties of something next door or even half a world away, that forms a fundamental part of quantum communication.

There’s also teleportation — not in the science fiction sense of beaming matter from one place to another, but reproducing the quantum state of entangled objects, Dr Woolley said.

The drumhead experiment might also be used to find a way to reconcile quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which describes gravity as curved space-time, Dr Buchler said.

“We know, at least from a mathematical perspective, that general relativity is inconsistent with quantum mechanics,” he said.

“Everything we see in the sky seems to agree brilliantly with general relativity and everything we see that’s very small works brilliantly with quantum mechanics.

“And yet we know one or both of these theories are incomplete in some way, because we can’t stick them together mathematically.”

The real challenge, he added, is to design and carry out more experiments where general relativity and quantum mechanics are important at the same time — something that he believes might be plausible in the next decade.

Physicists might just then unravel the physics that dominated the first moments of the universe.

“At the very early universe, you had a very tiny object which exploded, and the entire universe was created,” Dr Buchler said.

“When it was very small, quantum mechanics must have been important. As it became larger, we describe it with general relativity.””

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Quote: “Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences…”

I feel that you will find this article from the 2018 Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure article is  a compelling article to read and perhaps worthy of your further investigation.

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“…Abstract

Computer simulation using MRI scans of children is the only possible way to determine the microwave radiation (MWR) absorbed in specific tissues in children. Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR. MWR exposure can result in degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons. MWR-emitting toys are being sold for use by young infants and toddlers. Digital dementia has been reported in school age children. A case study has shown when cellphones are placed in teenage girls’ bras multiple primary breast cancer develop beneath where the phones are placed. MWR exposure limits have remained unchanged for 19 years. All manufacturers of smartphones have warnings which describe the minimum distance at which phone must be kept away from users in order to not exceed the present legal limits for exposure to MWR. The exposure limit for laptop computers and tablets is set when devices are tested 20 cm away from the body. Belgium, France, India and other technologically sophisticated governments are passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children’s use of wireless devices…” (I emboldened the text) End of Quote

To continue to read this science link click here

You will also find where I have composed another link generally relating to this subject (24/5 temporarily removed pending an upgrade of information).

I belatedly submit the following extract from an unpublished draft paper that I wrote several years ago. It warns of the radiation damage to children that is the theme of this blog.

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” “From the International EMF Alliance:
Professor Yury Grigoriev calls for order and the world needs to listen:
“Man conquered the Black Plague, but he has created new problems – EMF pollution”
The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has agreed to provide a detailed report for the world containing clear information on the most important Russian research results in RF/EMF radiation over the past 50 years.
RF/EMF researchers and environmental activists, Eileen O’Connor, Director for the UK Radiation Research Trust charity and Sissel Halmøy, Chairman for the International EMF Alliance and Secretary General for the Citizens ́ Radiation Protection in Norway recently returned from a trip to meet with top scientists at the Russian Federation.
Halmøy said: “According to the RNCNIRP, the following health hazards are likely to be faced by children who use mobile phones in the near future: disruption of memory, decline of attention, diminishing learning and cognitive abilities, increased irritability, sleep problems, increase in sensitivity to the stress, increased epileptic readiness. Action must be taken immediately to adopt biologically based guidelines to protect children.” Current standards are based more on engineering needs than biological studies.

O’Connor said “The Russian report is a gift to the world. The UK Radiation Research Trust will present the report in the Autumn to the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP and will be forwarded to the UK Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies.” She added “Russian scientists are advanced in their knowledge on RF/EMF radiation and have extended the hand of friendship and are willing to share their expertise and knowledge. I hope decision makers from the western world accept this great honour and work together.”

Russian research offers crucial and important aspects of developmental relevance that conveys a sense of urgency for the global RF/EMF framework. Without it, national governments may not be able to ensure the health of future generations are protected, especially that of our children.

Russian warnings exists urging pregnant women to avoid using mobile phones entirely along with children under eighteen. Likewise, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, Israel, Finland, Belgium and Toronto, Canada, have issued health warnings for children to not use mobile phones, or for emergency use only. Unfortunately, most children, parents, doctors and teachers are not aware of this important information.
Furthermore, in May 2011 the World Health Organisation and IARC issued a classification stating that radio frequency – electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans (group 2B). This warning is issued not only for mobile phones and phone masts, but for Wi-Fi, smart meters, wireless computers and all applications of technology on the RF/EMF Spectrum (radio-frequency radiation to electromagnetic radiation.)

Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, member of International Advisory Committee of WHO “EMF and Health” Professor Yury Grigoriev said: “The brain is a critical organ. Vital brain structures are under EMF exposure daily when using a mobile phone. The brain is made up of permanent complex biophysical processes and vital functions. We need to take care with mobile phones and use distance and reduce time. Children should use mobile phones for emergencies only and also use hands free.”

Deputy Chairman, Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Professor Oleg Grigoriev said: “We need correct control and assessment of electromagnetic pollution. There are currently a lot of new frequencies containing modulation and no one knows the results which could be a serious problem.”
Russian scientists are also warning countries throughout the world including ministries of health and other organizations, responsible for the population safety (including children), to pay attention to the regulation of mobile phones and Wi-Fi use in kindergardens and are recommending the usage of wired networks in schools and educational institutions, rather than a network using wireless broadband systems, including Wi-Fi.

The Russians stand by their solid research which has consistently shown that prolonged exposure to RF/EMF radiation disturbs cognitive function.
For protection from RF/EMF non-ionizing radiation, many countries have adopted a set of guidelines provided by private group of industry-friendly scientists known as ICNIRP. The ICNIRP guidelines are for short-term, acute thermal RF/EMF exposure. The current ICNIRP, IEEE standards are based on the preconceived and outdated view of government authorities that the only possible established biological effect of RF/EMF exposure is tissue heating.

The Russian standards are supported by science as a result of extensive research and take into account the dangers of non-thermal exposure. The standards are also backed by the Russian Ministry of Health and are a small fraction of what is allowed by ICNIRP and the IEEE which is currently adopted in many counties.
Research clearly underlines the need for action on mobile phones and wireless technology. We need to launch global government backed hard-hitting advertising campaign especially for children, and large health warnings should be clearly visible on all RF/EMF emitting= equipment. Mass media campaigns can also create awareness.
O’Connor said: “I am grateful to the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith for offering to submit the Russian report to the UK Chief Medical Officer and hope that Government and health agencies worldwide listen to concerns raised by Russian and independent scientists and urgently adopt health based RF/EMF standards to protect human health. We need to provide as swift solution to this problem as soon as possible. We simply cannot afford to wait.”

Russian scientists recognise the value of non-Government groups in discussion and research. Deputy Chairman, Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Professor Oleg
Grigoriev said: “We need to include non-Government groups in discussion and research. Non- Government groups play an equal importance to Government and the scientific community. NGO’s are a new power and are representing people with electrosensitivity (ES) and should be an equal player.” He added that “If the decisions are not made together with the NGOs, then decisions may have no value.”
The UK Radiation Research Trust, Citizens ́ Radiation Protection in Norway and International EMF Alliance are calling for the Governments to engage with NGO’s and Independent (non- telecommunications funded) scientists.
It’s time for action!

Professor Oleg Grigoriev, Head of Department of Non-Ionizing Radiation, Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological Agency of Russia and Deputy Chairman, Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and Director, Center for Electromagnetic Safety
Professor Yury Grigoriev, Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a member of Int. Advisory Committee of WHO “EMF and Health”
Sissel Halmøy, Secretary General for the Citizens’ Radiation Protection in Norway www.stralevern.org and founder and Chair of the International EMF Alliance http://www.iemfa.orgEileen O’Connor, Founder and Board member for the International EMF Alliance and Director of UK EM Radiation Research Trust. Source

You may find that the last item in this blog in past  entitled  The Third International Conference ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS…” is an interesting item that complements this quotation.

(I emboldened and italicised the text above)

Wi-Fi and other EMF’s may be particularly damaging to young people

See section 4 of this comprehensive Sciencedirect article

Research studies demonstrating the link between wireless radiation and body damage. Most of them relate to animals in a lab setting.

If you are not interested in the contents of this section you will find more general information and references relating to the topic in the addendum section further below.

Topic

Papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz).

Source

Note. Many of the links shown below are at least ten years old! For this reason I believe that  you should treat them as being indicative only.

I suggest that before you proceed to examine the article list below that you open the following two links.  One  two

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“…Papers listed are those where exposures are below the current ICNIRP guideline values (I linked ICNIRP)

If the ICNIRP values were protective, we would not be seeing the damaging effects reported in the studies below.  Children are exposed to Wi-Fi/2.45GHz in schools every day, around the world.  Children are sitting with Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computers on their laps and up against their bodies for prolonged periods of time.  The studies below support the claim that schools giving children wireless devices to use, or exposing them to Wi-Fi signals, are failing to safeguard the health, development or well being of the young people for whom they are responsible.

Article references

Akar A. et al., 2013. Effects of low level electromagnetic field exposure at 2.45 GHz on rat cornea.Int J Radiat Biol. 89(4): 243-249. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23206266

Atasoy H.I. et al., 2013. Immunohistopathologic demonstration of deleterious effects on growing rat testes of radiofrequency waves emitted from conventional Wi-Fi devices. Journal of Pediatric Urology 9(2): 223-229. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465825

Avendaño C. et al., 2012. Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation. Fertility and Sterility 97(1): 39-45. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22112647

Aynali G. et al., 2013. Modulation of wireless (2.45 GHz)-induced oxidative toxicity in laryngotracheal mucosa of rat by melatonin. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 270(5): 1695-1700. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23479077

Ceyhan A.M. 2012. Protective effects of β-glucan against oxidative injury induced by 2.45-GHz electromagnetic radiation in the skin tissue of rats. Arch Dermatol Res 304(7): 521-527. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22237725

Chaturvedi C.M. et al., 2011. 2.45GHz (CW) microwave irradiation alters circadian organization, spatial memory, DNA structure in the brain cells and blood cell counts of male mice, Mus musculus. Prog Electromag Res B 29: 23-42. http://www.jpier.org/PIERB/pierb29/02.11011205.pdf

Chou C.K. et al., 1992. Long-term, low-level microwave irradiation of rats. Bioelectromagnetics 13(6): 469–496. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1482413

Ciftci Z.Z. et al., 2015.  Effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure of Wi-Fi on development of teeth and changes in teeth element concentration in rats : Wi-Fi (2.45 GHz) and teeth element concentrations. Biol Trace Elem Res. 163(1-2): 193-201. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25395122

Cig B. and Naziroglu M. 2015. Investigation of the effects of distance from sources on apoptosis, oxidative stress and cytosolic calcium accumulation via TRPV1 channels induced by mobile phones and Wi-Fi in breast cancer cells. Biochem Biophys Acta.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25703814

Dasdag S. et al., 2014. Effect of long-term exposure of 2.4 GHz radiofrequency radiation emitted from Wi-Fi equipment on testes functions. Electromagn Biol Med.  34(1): 37-42.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24460421

Dasdag S. et al 2015. Effects of 2.4 GHz radiofrequency radiation emitted from Wi-Fi equipment on microRNA expression in brain tissue.  Int J Radiat Biol.  Epub ahead of print.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775055

Desmunkh P.S. et al., 2013.  Detection of Low Level Microwave Radiation Induced Deoxyribonucleic Acid Damage Vis-a-vis Genotoxicity in Brain of Fischer Rats. Toxicol Int. 20(1): 19-24. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23833433

Deshmukh P.S. et al., 2015.  Cognitive impairment and neurogenotoxic effects in rats exposed to low-intensity microwave radiation.  Int J. Toxicol.  Epub ahead of print.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25749756

Eser O., 2013. The effect of electromagnetic radiation on the rat brain: an experimental study. Turk Neurosurg. 23(6): 707-715. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24310452

Ghazizadeh V. and Naziroglu M. 2014. Electromagnetic radiation (Wi-Fi) and epilepsy induce calcium entry and apoptosis through activation of TRPV1 channel in hippocampus and dorsal root ganglion of rats. Metab Brain Dis. 29(3): 787-799. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24792079

Grigoriev Y.G. et al., 2010. Confirmation studies of Soviet research on immunological effects of microwaves: Russian immunology results. Bioelectromagnetics 31(8):589-602. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20857454

Gumral N. et al., 2009. Effects of selenium and L-carnitine on oxidative stress in blood of rat induced by 2.45-GHz radiation from wireless devices. Biol Trace Elem Res. 132(1-3): 153-163. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19396408

Gürler H.S. et al, 2014. Increased DNA oxidation (8-OHdG) and protein oxidation (AOPP) by Low level electromagnetic field (2.45 GHz) in rat brain and protective effect of garlic. Int. J. Radiat. Biol.  90(10): 892-896. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24844368

Havas M. et al., 2010. Provocation study using heart rate variability shows microwave radiation from 2.4GHz cordless phone affects autonomic nervous system. European Journal of Oncology Library Vol. 5: 273-300. http://www.icems.eu/papers.htm?f=/c/a/2009/12/15/MNHJ1B49KH.DTL

Kesari K.K. et al., 2010. Mutagenic response of 2.45 GHz radiation exposure on rat brain.  Int J Radiat Biol. 86(4): 334-343. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20353343

Kesari K.K. et al., 2012. Pathophysiology of microwave radiation: effect on rat brain.  Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 166(2): 379-388. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22134878

Kumar S. et al., 2011. The therapeutic effect of a pulsed electromagnetic field on the reproductive patterns of male Wistar rats exposed to a 2.45-GHz microwave field.  Clinics (Sao Paulo) 66(7): 1237-1245. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21876981

Maganioti A. E. et al., 2010. Wi-Fi electromagnetic fields exert gender related alterations on EEG. 6th International Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic fields.   http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/6internatwshopbioeffemf/cd/pdf/poster/WI-FI%20ELECTROMAGNETIC%20FIELDS%20EXERT%20GENDER.pdf

Margaritis L.H. et al., 2014. Drosophila oogenesis as a bio-marker responding to EMF sources. Electromagn Biol Med.  33(3): 165-189. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23915130

Meena R. et al., 2014. Therapeutic approaches of melatonin in microwave radiations-induced oxidative stress-mediated toxicity on male fertility pattern of Wistar rats.  Electromagn Biol Med. 33(2): 81-91.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23676079

Misa-Augustiño M.J. et al., 2012. Electromagnetic fields at 2.45 GHz trigger changes in heat shock proteins 90 and 70 without altering apoptotic activity in rat thyroid gland. Biol Open 1(9): 831-839. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23213477

Naziroğlu M. and Gumral N. 2009. Modulator effects of L-carnitine and selenium on wireless devices (2.45 GHz)-induced oxidative stress and electroencephalography records in brain of rat. Int J Radiat Biol. 85(8): 680-689. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19637079

Nazıroğlu M. et al., 2012. 2.45-Gz wireless devices induce oxidative stress and proliferation through cytosolic Ca2+ influx in human leukemia cancer cells. International Journal of Radiation Biology 88(6): 449–456.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22489926

Nazıroğlu M. et al., 2012b. Melatonin modulates wireless (2.45 GHz)-induced oxidative injury through TRPM2 and voltage gated Ca(2+) channels in brain and dorsal root ganglion in rat. Physiol Behav. 105(3): 683-92.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22019785

Ozorak A. et al., 2013. Wi-Fi (2.45 GHz)- and mobile phone (900 and 1800 MHz)- induced risks on oxidative stress and elements in kidney and testis of rats during pregnancy and the development of offspring.  Biol. Trace Elem. Res. 156(103): 221-29.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101576

Oksay T. et al., 2012. Protective effects of melatonin against oxidative injury in rat testis induced by wireless (2.45 GHz) devices. Andrologia doi: 10.1111/and.12044, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23145464

Papageorgiou C. C. et al., 2011. Effects of Wi-Fi signals on the p300 component of event-related potentials during an auditory hayling task. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience 10(2): 189-202.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21714138

Paulraj R. and Behari J. 2006. Single strand DNA breaks in rat brain cells exposed to microwave radiation. Mutat Res. 596(1-2): 76-80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16458332

Paulraj R. and Behari J. 2006b. Protein kinase C activity in developing rat brain cells exposed to 2.45 GHz radiation. Electromagn Biol Med. 25(1): 61-70. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16595335

Salah M.B. et al., 2013. Effects of olive leave extract on metabolic disorders and oxidative stress induced by 2.45 GHz WIFI signals. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol 36(3): 826-834. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23994945

Saili L. et al., 2015 Effects of acute exposure to WIFI signals (2.45 GHz) on heart variability and blood pressure in Albinos rabbit. Environ Toxicol and Pharmacology 40 (2): 600–605.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26356390/

Sangun O. et al., 2015. The effects of long-term exposure to a 2450 MHz electromagnetic field on growth and pubertal development in female Wistar rats.  Electromagn. Biol. Med. 34(1): 63-67. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24460416

Senavirathna M.D., et al., 2014.  Nanometer-scale elongation rate fluctuations in the Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot feather) stem were altered by radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation. Plant Signal Behav. 9(4): e28590.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25764433

Shahin S. et al., 2013. 2.45 GHz Microwave Irradiation-Induced Oxidative Stress Affects Implantation or Pregnancy in Mice, Mus musculus. Appl Biochem Biotechnol 169: 1727–1751. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23334843

Shahin S. et al., 2014. Microwave irradiation adversely affects reproductive function in male mouse, Mus musculus, by inducing oxidative and nitrosative stress. Free Radic Res. 48(5): 511- 525.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24490664

Sinha R.K. 2008. Chronic non-thermal exposure of modulated 2450 MHz microwave radiation alters thyroid hormones and behavior of male rats. Int J Radiat Biol. 84(6): 505-513.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18470749

Somosy Z. et al., 1991. Effects of modulated and continuous microwave irradiation on the morphology and cell surface negative charge of 3T3 fibroblasts. Scanning Microsc. 5(4): 1145-1155.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1822036

Soran M.-L. et al., 2014.  Influence of microwave frequency electromagnetic radiation on terpene emission and content in aromatic plants.  J Plant Physiol. 171(15): 1436-1443. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4410321/pdf/emss-61504.pdf

Tök L. et al., 2014. Effects of melatonin on Wi-Fi-induced oxidative stress in lens of rats. Indian Journal of Opthalmology 62(1): 12-15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24492496

Türker Y. et al., 2011. Selenium and L-carnitine reduce oxidative stress in the heart of rat induced by 2.45-GHz radiation from wireless devices. Biol Trace Elem Res. 143(3): 1640-1650. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21360060

Also see this link

The safe use of mobile phones from a Russian historical perspective.

You will notice the significant caution that the Russian scientists took in 2002 in respect to their recommendations  to the Russian Government for the safe use of mobile phones (also compare it with the earlier Russian quote. Over a fourteen year time space between both reports their high degree of precaution remains)

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“…The Third International Conference ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND HUMAN HEALTH FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH Held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, September 17-25, 2002.

OPINION OF THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NON-IONIZING RADIATION PROTECTION ABOUT THE QUESTION OF BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS OF CELL PHONES

At the session on September 19, 2001, the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) discussed and for the first time approved the recommendations for the population and organizations of the cellular communications industry:

1. Supporting the Precautionary Principle of the World Health Organization, relying on the published data of foreign studies, scientific generalizations, opinions of the international scientific organizations, and expert opinions of members of the RNCNIRP, to distribute on behalf of the RNCNIRP the following information for the population about the key safety and hygienic rules regarding use of cell phones:

1.1. Non-use of cell phones by children under the age of 16.

1.2.

1.2 Non-use of cell phones by pregnant women.

1.3. Non-use of cell phones by persons suffering from neurological conditions or diseases, including neurasthenia or dysthymic disorders, mental disorders, neuroses, intellectual and memory impairment, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and epileptic predisposition.

1.4. Limiting the duration of phone calls to a maximum of three minutes, and allowing a period between calls of a minimum of 15 minutes. Preferred use of headsets and hands-free systems.

2. The cell phone manufacturers and retailers should include the following information to accompany engineering specifications:

2.1. All of the above recommendations regarding use.

2.2. Data and conclusions on relevant health and epidemiological testing of the name of the test lab.”

(I emboldened the text)

Source:

Addendum:

A general discussion.

1. The principal issue with respect to the safety of mobile phones (including WiFi and other similar domestic appliances such as cordless phones) or otherwise surrounds the issue of whether the thermal and non effects of wireless radiation are harmful to human beings or not. ICNERP and its international associates claim that provided their recommended safety precautions are followed that thermal radiation effects are mostly ‘safe’ (there is always exceptions). However, with regard to the non-thermal effects of wireless radiation it says that there is no conclusive scientific evidence that it is harmful to human beings. The sceptics say that this is not the case and point to animal studies to demonstrate otherwise. The sceptics also say that the international wireless technology industry has vested financial interests in ensuring that this safety policy does not change (it is a massive scientific and political debate that would have huge implications for both the industry and consumers alike if this existing international safety policy ever changed). International scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of 5G technology and other safety advocates are saying that the international Precautionary Principle should apply to the industry worldwide.

2. If you are interested in knowing a little more about this thermal and non-thermal safety debate the following links may be of assistance to you:  one   two  three  (with respect to item three see chapter 4 on page 155).

3. With respect to matters relating to everyday user safety with mobile phones these three links might be of assistance to you:  onetwothree

4. Matters relating to medical issues. If you elect to conduct your own medical investigation in respect to the contents in this blog you will generally find as follows:-

4.1 In conventional wider radiation danger reports (principally conducted by pro industry entities) they often do not include children in their their statistics presentations. Also they do not segregate brain tumor/cancer types such as non malignant meningioma’s or on the other hand the far more serious and rapidly rising of Gliobastoma’s Multiforme cancers that can kill people in a matter of just a few months after its initial diagnosis. The industry says that the incidence of all tumor/cancer incidents have not changed over time which is true because it has been medically  established that the incidence of more traditional cancer/tumor types have declined over time. This is true because it has been medically established that the incidence of more traditional cancer/tumor types have declined over time, probably because of more improved medical treatment that has created an evening-out effect of the data. I will support these words with the following quote from a British source:

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“Objective

To investigate detailed trends in malignant brain tumour incidence over a recent time period.

Methods

UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) data covering 81,135 ICD10 C71 brain tumours diagnosed in England (1995–2015) were used to calculate incidence rates (ASR) per 100k person–years, age–standardised to the European Standard Population (ESP–2013).

Results

We report a sustained and highly statistically significant ASR rise in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) across all ages. The ASR for GBM more than doubled from 2.4 to 5.0, with annual case numbers rising from 983 to 2531. Overall, this rise is mostly hidden in the overall data by a reduced incidence of lower-grade tumours.

Conclusions

The rise is of importance for clinical resources and brain tumour aetiology. The rise cannot be fully accounted for by promotion of lower–grade tumours, random chance or improvement in diagnostic techniques as it affects specific areas of the brain and only one type of brain tumour. Despite the large variation in case numbers by age, the percentage rise is similar across the age groups, which suggests widespread environmental or lifestyle factors may be responsible. This article reports incidence data trends and does not provide additional evidence for the role of any particular risk factor…” (I emboldened the text)

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4.2 If you wish to conduct your own research you will find data from The Australain Bureau of Statistics suggests that the incidence of brain cancer has not significantly changed in Australia since mobile phones were introduced in the late 1980’s. Whilst this might be true (also keep in mind my words relating to tumor types above) Australalian Bureau of statistics data shows that brain cancer incidence rate in the 1965 to 1970 period was 3.5% per 100,000 and by the late 1980’s it had grown to 5.5% per 100,000 and has hovered around this number ever since. These figures are not reliable because medical treatment types over the years might have changed and the method of collecting data might have changed too. However, and perhaps more importantly, if you visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website you will find that the incidence of brain cancer in children under the age of five has shown an upward trend over recent years, but the individual child numbers themselves are not significant. The trend of the data, however,  suggests that between the ages of birth and four years, two children per 100,000 suffer from brain cancer, and this percentage progressively declines to one per 100,000 around the time they turn fourteen years, and none by adults between the ages of twenty to twenty five

5. If you care to learn more about this important topic this link to the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Ass ociation (ORSAA) might be of value to you. The sceptics in Australia say that the Australalian Govt. supported the early formation of Arpansa.  ORSAA appears to be saying that Arpansa is a pro-industry and controlled entity.

6. Finally, this amateur “About radio-frequency radiation” presentation may assist you to decide whether wireless radiation might be of danger to children or not. I am not suggesting that it is conclusive information!

Supplement 3rd of August 2020

You may find the contents of this 2012 debate of value too

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“…XIV. Health Protection Agency (Formerly the NRPB -UnitedKingdom)The National Radiation Protection Board or NRPB (2004) concluded, based on a review of the scientific evidence, that the most coherent and plausible basis from which guidance could be developed on exposures to ELF concerned weak electric field interactions in the brain and CNS (NRPB, 2004). A cautious approach was used to indicate thresholds for possible adverse health effects.“Health Effects -It was concluded from the review of scientific evidence (NRPB, 2004b) that the most coherent and plausible basis from which guidance could be developed on exposures to ELF EMFs concerned weak electric field interactions in the brain and CNS (NRPB, 2004). A cautious approach was used to indicate thresholds for possible adverse health effects.”“The brain and nervous system operate using highly complex patterns of \electrical signals. Therefore, the basic restrictions are designed to limit the 22electric fields and current densities in these tissues so as to not adversely affect their normal functioning. The adverse effects that might occur cannot easily be characterized according to presenting signs or symptoms of disease or injury. They represent potential changes to mental processes such as attention and memory, as well as to regulatory functions with in the body. Thus, the basic restrictions should not be regarded as precisely determined values below which no adverse health effects can occurand above which clearly discernible effects will happen. The do, however, indicate an increasing likelihood of effects occurring as exposure increases above the basic restriction values.”“From the results of the epidemiological investigations, there remain concerns about a possible increased risk of child leukaemia associated with exposure to magnetic fields above about 0.4 uT (4 mG). In this regard, it is important to consider the possible need for further precautionary measures.”This recent statement by the UK Health Protection Agency clearly indicates that the current guidelines may not be protective of public health. Yet, the reference levels used in the United Kingdom remain at 5000 mG for 50 Hz power frequency fields for occupational exposure and 1000 mG for public exposure.XV. US Government Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group GuidelinesStatement The United States Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group (RFIAWG) cited concerns about current federal standards for public exposure to radiofrequency radiation in 1999 (Lotz, 1999 for the Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group)“Studies continue to be published describing biological responses to nonthermal ELF-modulated RF radiation exposures that are not produced by CW (unmodulated) radiation. These studies have resulted in concern that ‘exposure guidelines based on thermal effects, andusing information and concepts (time-averaged dosimetry, uncertainty factors) that mask any differences between intensity-modulated RF radiation exposure and CW exposure, do not directly address public exposures, and therefore may not adequately protect the public.”The United States government Federal Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group has reviewed the existing ANSI/IEEE RF thermal-based exposure standard upon which the FCC limit is based. This Working Group was made up of representatives from theUS government’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the

 

23Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On June 17, 1999, the RFIAWG issued a Guidelines Statement that concluded the present RF standard “may not adequately protect the public”. The RFIAWG identified fourteen (14) issues that they believe are needed in the planned revisions of ANSI/IEEE RF exposure guidelines including “to provide a strong and credible rationale to support RF exposure guidelines”.In particular, the RFIAWG criticized the existing standards as not taking into account chronic, as opposed to acute exposures, modulated or pulsed radiation (digital or pulsed RF is proposed at this site), time-averaged measurements that may erase the unique characteristics of an intensity-modulated RF radiation that may be responsible for reported biologic effects, and stated the need for a comprehensive review of long-term, low-level exposure studies, neurological-behavioral effects and micronucleus assay studies (showing genetic damage from low-level RF).The existingfederal standards may not be protective of public health in critical areas. The areas of improvement where changes are needed include: a) selection of an adverse effect level for chronic exposures not based on tissue heating and considering modulation effects; b) recognition of different safety criteria for acute and chronic exposures at non-thermal or low-intensity levels; c) recognition of deficiencies in using time-averaged measurements of RF that does not differentiate between intensity-modulated RF and continuous wave (CW) exposure, and therefore may not adequately protect the public.As of 2007, requests to the RFIAWG on whether these issues have been satisfactorily resolved in the new 2006 IEEE recommendations for RF public safety limits have gone unanswered (BioInitiative Working Group, 2007).

 

24XVI. United Kingdom -Parliament Independent Expert Group Report (Stewart Report)The Parliament of the United Kingdom commissioned a scientific study group to evaluate the evidence for RF health and public safety concerns. In May of 2000, the United Kingdom Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones issued a report underscoring concern that standards are not protective of public health related to both mobile phone use and exposure to wireless communication antennas.Conclusions and recommendations from the Stewart Report (for Sir William Stewart) indicated that the Group has some reservation about continued wireless technology expansion without more consideration of planning, zoning and potential public health concerns. Further, the Report acknowledges significant public concern over community siting of mobile phone and other communication antennas in residential areas and near schools and hospitals.“Children may be more vulnerable because of their developing nervous system, the greater absorption of energy in the tissue of the head and a longer lifetime of exposure.” “The siting of base stations in residential areas can cause considerable concern and distress. These include schools, residential areas and hospitals.”“ There may be indirect health risks from living near base stations with a need for mobile phone operators to consult the public when installing base stations.”“Monitoring should be expecially strict near schools, and that emissions of greatest intensity should not fall within school grounds.”“The report recommends “a register of occupationally exposed workers be established and that cancer risks and mortality should be examined to determine whether there are any harmful effects.” (IEGMP, 2000)…” (I emboldened the text)

 

Merle

My relationship with Merle. My teenage hopes and dreams for an adventurous adult life were quashed in a short lived fire.

This video shows the Merle on it’s maiden voyage as a passenger vessel in 1941.

My family was a dysfunctional one. When I was around 12 years of age I met the owner of a Murray river passenger boat whose name was The Merle [Merle]. The owner of this boat was Ro. Ro and my mother were unmarried partners. Merle carried up to 19 fare paying passengers and made one trip per week, over four nights, from Murray Bridge in South Australia to Blanchetown and then returned to Murray Bridge via Lake Alexandrina which includes the township of Goolwa.

During the great Murray river floods of 1956, when I was aged 13 years, the flood greatly interfered with Merle’s weekly trips, and unknown to me, Ro was becoming financially stressed as his regular trips with Merle began to falter. It was during this time that Ro periodically asked me to steer Merle along the river.  During such trips, mostly with less than 19 passengers, I played 78 r.p.m. records in order to entertain them.  My mother continued with her hostess activities. Ro did most of the cooking (as an interim measure until he could find another suitable cook in lieu of one that had resigned) as well as maintaining necessary functions within the engine room.

Few people today know about the Merle. I will tell you a little bit about her. Merle had twin 6 cylinder Buick engines, and her electrical power system was 110 volts but there was one 240 volts power outlet which was linked to a power converter. The power generator was an English four cylinder Ford Prefect motor. Merle had two bathrooms and two toilets and raw sewerage  discharged  directly into the river. The six inch jarrah hull of the Merle was built in around 1904 and for a time Merle was a barge. In later times she became a steam powered, rear paddle wheel river trading vessel, (see photo below) like a traveling shop. Merle’s conversion into a passenger vessel was completed in late 1940 and her inaugural trip as a passenger boat took place from Murray Bridge in 1941.

As you may gather from these words my experiences with Ro and Merle were not only highly adventurous ones, but also a most happy and relaxed ones as well. My most memorable recollection with Ro and Merle was at the time when we jointly navigated Merle up the flooded main street of Mannum in South Australia. At the time I was 13 years old. Merle was 87 feet long and she had a four foot draft. I steered Merle on that day.  She had a large helm [steering wheel] situated in the saloon [lounge] at the front of the boat. Ro employed the twin motors in an expeditious way that helped facilitate Merle successfully to travel up the main street of Mannum. Ro used forward and reverse thrust with each engine in order to help steer Merle whilst I was guiding it with the rudder. There were around one hundred people in the main street who were witnessing these activities.

On this particular occasion we turned Merle around in the main street of Mannum,  broadside to the sandbags that had been placed across the road. Via an unroped gang plank we then discharged the passengers onto these sandbags so that they could enter the unflooded section of an adjacent hotel. Merle was tethered to the veranda posts of this hotel.

I was deeply saddened and depressed when Merle burnt and sank at her moorings in Murray Bridge on March the 1st in 1958. Those early days in my life were a huge adventure for a young guy. Below are various photographs of the Merle below that I fortunately retained over the years. I remain deeply saddened by the events at that time.

Pictures related to the Merle:

Merle as a rear wheeler paddle steamer circa 1910

A passenger postcard available for sale on the Merle. This is exactly as the Merle appeared prior to its burning and sinking on March 1st 1958

Firefighters flooded the Merle in order to extinguish the flames. This is a rare picture of the vessel just prior to its sinking

The wreck of the Merle adjacent to the wharf at Murray Bridge prior to its remains being dragged out to the center of the Murray River at Murray Bridge. Mc Lawrie Boat Builders and Salvagers from Port Adelaide conducted the removal

This is a cutting I made from the Adelaide Advertiser story in early March 1958 relating to the sinking of the Merle [I pasted it into my scrapbook at the time]. The Adevertiser story provides a very useful insight into the Merle’s colourful history

Some readers may like to know how devastating the 1956 Murray River flood was. The picture below was taken at Mannum in South Australia. This is the flood conditions that existed at the time when I steered the Merle up the main street of Mannum in around late 1956

We are all interested in the devastating Australian fires but how about us also seriously thinking about the massive melting of harmful permafrost in Canada and Russia too?

I hope that you do not mind me sharing this issue with you at this time. Even if you disagree with my position I think that we all should at least be seriously thinking and talking about it and certainly not play politics with the subject.

If you read the literature carefully you will find that this melting permafrost in Canada [also including Russia and elsewhere] is far more likely to adversely impact on the planet than widespread forest fires in various nations as has been happening in recent times. With global warming both disasters go hand in hand! Also see my blog Omnicide who is responsible for the greatest of all crimes generally relating to this same subject.

I will leave it to the following story about this subject to talk for itself:

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‘It scares me’: Permafrost thaw in Canadian Arctic sign of global trend

…”It scares me,” said Kumari Karunaratne, a permafrost expert who works for the Northwest Territories Geological Survey. “This methane that’s being released is being released over huge areas across the north. And it’s continually seeping out.

Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So, as climate change speeds up the permafrost melt, the permafrost melt will exacerbate climate change. By exactly how much, it’s impossible to say. Karunaratne won’t even try to guess, because measuring it is difficult and imprecise. The area where it’s happening is vast and much of it remains uninhabited and unexplored. But there are dramatic examples that show just how much methane is bubbling up from underground. Some lakes in the Arctic are so full of it, if you punch a hole in the ice you can light the escaping gas on fire. YouTube has videos of researchers and others doing it in Alaska and Siberia. But the same thing is happening in the Northwest Territories.

There are other problems, too.

Last summer in Siberia, the unusually intense summer heat melted the permafrost, exposing a reindeer carcass that had been embedded in it. That carcass was infected with anthrax, a deadly bacteria that had been locked in the ice. A 12-year-old boy died after being infected and at least eight others were sickened. It opens up the possibility that other dangers could be unleashed. Siberian researchers say a gravesite in one town contains bodies of people who died of smallpox in the 1890s. They were buried in the soil just above the permafrost, which is now melting. That’s raising fears that smallpox, which was eradicated globally in 1977, could make a comeback. A woman stands with reindeer in the Yamal-Nenets region of Siberia, Russia, where a 12-year-old boy died and 20 people were infected in 2016 after an anthrax outbreak. An unusually intense summer had melted the permafrost, exposing a reindeer carcass containing anthrax.

Sergey Netesov, chief of the virology laboratory at Novosibirsk State University, told the Siberian Times newspaper that there are thousands of graves in the region — some human, some cattle. The recent anthrax outbreak, he said, is “reason enough to finance research into the diagnostics and prevention of exceptionally dangerous infections.” Whether that happens or not, people in the Northwest Territories know they have no power to stop climate change. Global temperatures are already at record levels and the polar regions are feeling the effects more dramatically than anywhere else. “There are really remarkable changes that are happening in a short amount of time,” said Karunaratne.
And there’s likely more to come.”…”

The link to this story

Also see the story that respected Skeptic allowed to be published in it magazine in 2008 entitled How We Know Global Warming is Real. The Science Behind Human-induced Climate Change”

(In this instance I do not see that the  age of this document is relevant)

Important update from The Diplomat August 1st 2020

…as well as this BBC Science article and this one too.

…as well as this one too

Omnicide as it might relate to the 2020 Australian bush fire devastation

I hope that you do not mind me sharing this environmental issue with you at this time. Even if you disagree with my position I think that we all should at least be seriously thinking and talking about it and certainly not play politics with the subject.

This is a blog about bush fires devastating Australia at the present time. Below is a quotation relating to this subject.  It was written by Professor Danielle Celermajer, who is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney It is she who has contributed the word omnicide to the debate.

As part of the introduction to her presentation (accompanying a picture of forest devastation in the ABC article) the Professor says…

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All of us have conspired to create the conditions in which this mass killing of humans, animals, trees, insects, fungi, ecosystems, forests, rivers — this ‘omnicide’ — became inevitable…”

I am posting this blog as bush fires ravage many parts of our continent. Australians have mostly never witnessed nor experienced anything like this catastrophic behaviour from nature before.

Is this gross destruction and devastation of living things and property the new norm for Australians? Is this type and scale of fire destruction the new norm for all life forms on the planet?

It was as far back as 1986 that I first read about the potential climate change dangers to the earth if we did not do something about it very soon. I read this in a fringe journal or perhaps in NEXUS magazine. I certainly did not read about it in the mainstream media as then.

Over the years most of us (yes, I am guilty of this too) have elected to turn a blind eye to what global scientists have been consistently warning us might be the adverse consequences to the planet if we did not get off our butts and do something about reducing toxic air borne pollutants from factories, farms, mining activities and the like. These scientists also informed us about what the massive scale and ferocity of such fires might be. Floods, tornadoes and similar nature driven dangers came into their focus at the same time as well.

Have we all forgotten that there is such a things as a moral and social justice based ‘Precautionary Principle’ ? As a matter of convenience I quote the formal European Government policy that I feel ‘quietly’ (without us all specifically knowing about it or referring to it because I believe that it is an every day ‘moral’ issue applicable to all of us anyway) underpins our collective responsibility to take care of each other.

I am of the opinion that from a social and political perspective we should all now be taking a hard look at what these two words may mean with respect to the dangers these fires are now posing for all Australians and their living environment, now and in the future.

The European Environmental Precautionary Principle does not say that we should all suddenly drop all else and begin shutting down polluting factories, wider industry, farm activities and like. What this principle is telling us is that we should all be aware of this potential risk to the wider environment as well as ourselves and then openly and publicly talk about it. This is all without reservation of any kind. This conversation should evolve under its own weight and public opinion as did the asbestos, cigarette, ozone layer and acid rain debate that has occurred in earlier years.

The only difference today with such earlier cultural dilemmas is that it should proceed without any significant delay whatsoever!

In this blog I am calling for all Australians to keep the Uncertainty Principle firmly in mind (as it might also relate to the environment as cited further below) as it proceeds with the debate and for it also to be amongst the foremost placards leading public protests with respect to the climate change issue.

Unfortunately I am not capable of writing such an eloquent and well informed piece of work on this subject as Danielle Celermaher has in the quotation that I present to my readers below. I subscribe to Professor Celermaher’s general line of thinking (not necessarily her hard line ‘lefty’ political reasoning and style of written presentation) and I hope that you may consider doing so as well. This is behind the placard of the Environmental Uncertainty Principle as well as the general definition of the Precautionary Principle that I have linked on your behalf above ( have cited this link merely to provide an example of what I am calling for… not necessarily this specific organisation).

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… As the full extent of the devastation of the Holocaust became apparent, a Polish Jew whose entire family had been killed, Raphael Lemkin, came to realise that there was no word for the distinctive crime that had been committed: the murder of a people. His life work became finding a word to name the crime and then convincing the world to use it and condemn it: genocide. Today, not only has genocide become a dreadful part of our lexicon. We recognise it as perhaps the gravest of all crimes.

During these first days of the third decade of the twenty-first century, as we watch humans, animals, trees, insects, fungi, ecosystems, forests, rivers (and on and on) being killed, we find ourselves without a word to name what is happening. True, in recent years, environmentalists have coined the term ecocide, the killing of ecosystems — but this is something more. This is the killing of everything. Omnicide.

Some will object, no doubt, that this does not count as a “cide” — a murder or killing — but is rather a natural phenomenon, albeit an unspeakably regrettable one. Where is the murderous intent? Difficult to locate, admittedly, but a new crime also requires a new understanding of culpability. Indeed, one of the most serious problems with the laws against genocide is that they were written in a way that requires that the specific intent to destroy a people can be shown to have existed. Even where it did exist, such intent most often remains hidden in people’s dark hearts.

This time, though, we need to go much further. We need to understand that the responsibility for omnicide is various and layered. The role that those responsible play this time is almost always less direct, but its effect no less devastating. We are unlikely to identify anyone actively scheming the death of the five-hundred million wild animals which we believe to have died in the first month of this summer’s Australian bushfires.

We can, however, identify the political representatives who refused to meet with fire chiefs who had been seeking to warn of, and act to mitigate, the impending disaster. The same political representatives who approved and continue to approve new coalmines in the face of scientific consensus on the effect that continuing to burn fossil fuels will have on climate in general, and drought and temperatures in particular. The same political representatives who approve water being diverted to support resource extraction, when living beings are dying for want of water and drying to the point of conflagration.

We can identify the media owners who sponsor mass denial of the scientific evidence of the effects of a fossil fuel addicted economy on the climate. The same media owners who deploy the tools of mass manipulation to stoke fear, seed confusion, breed ignorance and create and then fuel hostile divisions within communities.

We can identify the financial institutions that continue to invest in, and thereby prop up toxic industries, and who support the above mentioned media owners so as to protect themselves from accumulating stranded assets. We can identify the investors who use their financial and social capital to support politicians who will protect their financial interests. We can identify a corporate culture and a legal system, populated by lawyers, management consultants and financial analysts, that incentivise or even require companies to maximise short term shareholder profit and externalise costs to the future and the planet.

And then we can identify parties closer to home. Business owners and investors whose profits depend on systems of extraction and resource exploitation. Consumers addicted to lifestyles based on resource extraction and the exploitation of the natural world. Citizens who prioritise narrow short-term interests over the sustainability of the planet. Citizens who lack the courage or fortitude to take ourselves through the social and economic transformations required to give our children and the more-than-human-world a future. Citizens who do not bother to take the time or make the effort to develop well-informed opinions, but would rather run to the comfort of the truisms of their tribe.

We can also identify the humans and human cultures that have told ourselves that we are superior to, and thus have the right to dominate and exploit, other animals and the natural world. That we are the ones who get to flourish, and that everything else that is here, is here for our use. That other beings are not life but resource.

None on this long list developed a specific intent to kill everything. But all of us have created and are creating the conditions in which omnicide is inevitable.

When I was growing up, my parents used to play a Bob Dylan song called “Who Killed Davey Moore?” about a boxer who died in the ring when he was just 30 years old. Each verse begins with some party — the coach, the crowd, the manager, the gambling man, the boxing writer, the other fighter — answering the title’s question, “Who killed Davey Moore?” They each respond, “Not I …” and then explain that they were just doing what it is that they do: going to the fight, writing about the fight, throwing the punches and so on. And of course, they each told the truth.

We too are just doing what it is that we do: ensuring that the largest political donors support our political campaigns; maximising profits; ensuring a high share price; living a comfortable life style; avoiding change; lazily buying back in to the conceit that we humans are special. But sometimes, just doing what it is that we do is sufficient to kill, not just Davey Moore, but everything.

Omnicide, the gravest of all crimes. And as with all crimes, those responsible must be held accountable”

Also see this important complimentary blog.

If you can identify with the contents of this blog this Avazz link might be of interest to you as well. Also see this Skeptic Magazine article from 2008 (In this instance I do not see that its age as being relevant)

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This website has been hacked again!

It has since been professionally repaired and protected by an appropriate firewall.

In case there is a further incident of this type and as a precautionary measure I suggest that you  implement suitable back up arrangements. I do not consider that a further attack is likely.

Since mid December 2019 my website has been periodically hacked. On two occasions I have shared my concerns with my readers about this problem . These concerns were in my blogs dated December 18th last year and January 6th this year respectively. This is despite me having Sucuri overseeing my site since those early days.

I do not blame Sucuri for this as the attacks have not only been regular but as I have been informed by Sucuri sophisticated as well.

Unfortunately I recently learned that the most recent attack two weeks ago has caused great distress to a few of my regular readers. You might be one of them.

If this is the case please be assured this has caused me a considerable degree of grief and anxiety on your behalf.

For this I am most sorry and apologise profusely!

In response to these series of worrying attacks I have upgraded my security arrangements with Sucuri. In your interests (and my own)  I am now paying a significant annual sum to Sucuri for additional website protection. This includes Sucuri installing a more sophisticated firewall to help protect the site.

However, not withstanding these improved security arrangements if you feel that you would care to continue to read my posts I strongly suggest that you install suitable back up arrangements without delay!

Thank you note

I thank all my readers who have remained interested in the contents of the blogs that I have presented in my website over the last few weeks. This is more especially so because of the adverse conditions that I continue to experience in the presentation management of my site. I outlined my dilemma in this area to you in my blog posted on December 18th just past.

Unfortunately I still do not know when this problem will be permanently resolved. However, in the meantime I will continue to post blogs as though their contents were transparently open to all my interested readers. Some browsers provide access to my site and others do not.

I wish to especially acknowledge the positive comments that I have received with respect to both my presentational writing style as well as the unusual contents of many of my blogs.

In the main you have said that you have found my blog contents to be different from most other private websites because I feature topics that you have found to be interesting and educationally rewarding.

Positive comments like these have pleased me greatly! They give me the incentive to continue to try to entertain at every level that I am capable of presenting and writing. I include in this my philosophical conceptual-science ideas.

In this respect please continue to post me comments as you best see fit. I take pleasure in responding to them.

By means of my website click counter you have also told me that you find my science related material to be especially interesting and thought provoking. I will continue to post new ideas in this area. I feel that my latest one is likely to interest you.

 Best wishes and Happy New Year to all of my readers

John R.