Aucklanders are doomed


Not because of Len Brown, although that can’t have helped. ?But apparently, Aucklanders are so disconnected from reality that they want Civil Defence to restore their “WiFi” before water.

In emergency situations, Aucklanders want WiFi internet restored before water, a survey revealed.

Auckland Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) found 48 per cent of people prioritised WiFi as an essential part of everyday life. Read more »

Allergic to reality more like it

Some people like to live life on the large, inventing all sort of?illnesses to claim compensation from.

It helps if you live in a socialist paradise like France, then you can claim you are allergic to wi-fi.

Marine Richard has managed to score ?500 a month in disability allowance from French courts after claiming that she was ‘allergic to Wi-Fi’.

She claimed that she suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity and sufferers say that exposure to mobile phones, Wi-Fi and televisions cause extreme discomfort.

French courts have refused so far to pay disability benefits to people who suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity, so after winning the case, Mariane Richard said that her win was a ‘breakthrough’.

Her lawyer agreed and told The Times that her win set a legal precedent for “thousands of people”. ?? Read more »

Media driven Luddite pseudo-science

I recall a Nelson school protesting a (then) Telecom cell tower erection near their grounds while at the same time having Wi-Fi installed.

We also ran a story a few months ago about Internet Service Providers withdrawing their child from school over WiFi concerns while at the same time being in the business of selling wireless Internet to busineses and helping schools install Internet.

And so, the perennial story comes around once more

Six years ago, Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe moved to the country, stopped carrying a mobile phone and sacrificed a successful career in emergency medicine to focus on a new medical interest – radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, mobiles and other wireless devices.

She is now one of the country’s few professional advisers on medical conditions related to radiofrequency (RF) radiation and other electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

“I was using wireless devices before most people I knew – I loved it,” says Mallery-Blythe, who was ahead of the tech trend even in 1985 when she was handed her first mobile phone, aged 10.

“But as soon as I started digesting the literature on EMFs it was a no-brainer,” she says of her decision to relinquish wireless gadgets.

“I wasn’t willing to take that kind of risk for something that was purely convenient.”

Her interest in EMFs started in 2009 after she began noticing increasing trends in certain symptoms – headaches, insomnia, fatigue and palpitations, but also more serious conditions including brain tumours in young people, fertility problems and accelerating neurological diseases such as early onset Alzheimer’s and autism.

By now you will have gotten the message. ? Elsewhere in the article, it says ? Read more »


Is 3G or WiFi now a minimum requirement for your holiday spot?

It seems that an increasing number of us are unwilling to disconnect from the Internet for our holidays

iwis might be hanging up their business suits for the holiday, but iPads and laptops are must-pack items for many holidaymakers.

Bach owners say a growing number of travellers are choosing where they will stay based on mobile and broadband connectivity.

A spokesman for rental website Holiday Houses, which has more than 10,000 properties on its books, said 79 per cent of owners mentioned broadband or mobile coverage in their listings.

“[That] is a good indication that it is an important and fairly standard expectation at most places.”

The average nightly rate for houses that specified coverage and broadband as amenities was 2.5 per cent higher than properties that didn’t, he said.

Rich Carey, marketing manager for holiday home rental company Bachcare, which offers properties from Northland to Queenstown, said demand for homes with WiFi had surged.

“As technology plays a greater role in daily lives, guest needs have changed accordingly, particularly with international guests, who wish to remain connected to friends and family back home,” he said.

A customer survey found half indicated the availability of WiFi in a holiday home played some part in their decision to rent a particular property. That is also borne out by network statistics.

It may come as no surprise that due to the demands of Whaleoil, I do try to have some degree of connectivity for part of the day, even when I’m off hunting. ? Read more »


Balclutha’s WiFi Luddites David and Julia Hunter have been at it for a while – in more ways than one

Yesterday’s Julia Hunter WiFi story is but the culmination of years of concern/harassment/activism from the Hunters. ?This, from 2010:

The Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha has assured parents there are no safety issues about electromagnetic radiation levels emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi computer network, installed last September.

Two families are known to have withdrawn their children from the school in February and a third family joined them this week, citing concern about health risks.

But in a four-page newsletter, issued to parents by the school’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, the school insists the results of a National Radiation Laboratory test of equipment, carried out on January 20, prove the equipment complies with the relevant regulations and operates at “very safe levels of electromagnetic radiation”.

Principal Chris Morris confirmed six children had been withdrawn from the school over this issue so far.

“The school respects the rights of parents to make decisions.

“We are sad and disappointed, but we respect people’s right to choose. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money [$4410] investigating the process.”

Parent Kim Cruse said she would like the school to be more receptive to hearing parents’ concerns, and to look at all the evidence presented from both sides.

The Wi-Fi equipment was installed at the school last September, following recommendations in the Rosebank ERO report to upgrade the Information and Communications Technology system.

David and Julia Hunter, who removed their child at the beginning of the school term, are seeking legal advice over being publicly named by the school in this week’s newsletter.

It appears the Hunters continued to send their child to secondary school knowing that the school has WiFi, and then started campaigning for WiFi to be taken out of the school. ?That makes no sense. ?Knowing their strong feelings about it all.

All this is even more remarkable when you know that the Hunters run an Internet provider company in Balclutha called Rivernet ? Read more »

Luddite detected in Balclutha


via ODT

A Balclutha parent has resigned from her school’s board of trustees because she believes it is not taking her concerns about Wi-Fi in classrooms seriously.

St Joseph’s School (Balclutha) board endorsed the use of wireless connectivity in its administration block and a senior classroom after assurances from the Ministry of Education there were no health implications for pupils.

Many New Zealand schools operate Wi-Fi in classrooms, but former board member Julia Hunter said she had serious concerns the Government was not paying attention to the growing evidence of biological damage being caused by Wi-Fi, and instead continued to reassure boards everything was safe.

”Sadly, our New Zealand standard is 15 years old and was set on the thermal heating of a 90kg man after only six minutes of exposure.

”Our children . . . are being exposed to this equipment for six hours a day, five days a week.” Read more »


Paul Milliken, PhD, goes for his 15 minutes of stupidity

Wi-Fi in schools is a bad idea. ?So says Paul Milken


Families need to wake up to the dangers of wireless technology being frequently used in the city’s schools, a Rotorua father says.

However, local principals say schools are simply following government guidelines, which state the technology is not a health risk to children.

Paul Milliken, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering, said he was shocked to find out his two children at St Mary’s Catholic School would be given electronic Chromebook laptops to use.

Mr Milliken held a public meeting last week where he presented studies on the implications of exposure to wireless technology at a young age.

“There have been studies which show high exposure to wireless technology can cause brain tumours, DNA damage, leakage of the blood-brain barrier, and acoustic neuroma [rare growth in the brain].”

In 2013 the parents of Ethan Wyman, who died 11 months after being diagnosed with two brain tumours, petitioned for WiFi to be removed from classrooms at a Kapiti Coast school. After surveying parents, the school turned off WiFi in its junior classrooms.

The controversy prompted the Ministry of Health to restate its position that electromagnetic fields from wireless technology did not pose a health risk.

I normally expect this sort of Luddite thinking from Green voters and happy clappy inbreds, so to have a PhD coming out with this is rather interesting. ?Mind you, his PhD is in mechanical engineering, so probably knows as much, or less about the science of electromagnetic radiation as you and I. ? Read more »


WhaleTech: Boosting your WiFi signal

The biggest problems with getting WiFi through your home tend to be solved by moving the router to the middle of the home and high off the ground. ?But this quick Minute-Hack video gives you a fast download of its own, including what to do with one of your soft drink or beer cans after Xmas day:

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Cool WiFi Network IDs

via Mashable


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