~e; EM observations #19

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Sun, 8 May 2005 22:43:11 -0500

[keywords] high-voltage ethics, debasing nuclear realities,
nuclear diplomacy, nuclear hydrogen economy, nuclear media,
mobile VoIP, smart hybrid electric cars, hardware evolution,
RFID slavery, Spy vs. Spywarez, office-lab supercomputing,
ionizing radiation backgrounder, chips up wafers down,
queuing GM hybrids, interdependent .US energy policies,
and of the fashion magnet and law of fashion magnetism...

electromagnetic observations -- #19

* ethical dilemma:  high-voltage boxes used as street furniture.

what to do if young people, mainly child-bearing age women, go
for smoke breaks on a bus stop corner, dozens throughout the day
and sit on the very comfortable (high-voltage) street furniture,
including a small (pad mounted-type) of green metal box (seems
to be a transformer) which has high-voltage stickers yet which
also has the street grit of graffiti all over it and by design
is meant to look like a green bush or gray boulder, abstracted
in modern metal forms.  given the information below and also a
lot of accounts of long-term exposure to EMFs, it is very likely
that nothing good could result from sitting on these things for
dozens of minutes, several times a day, several days a week,
several weeks a year, for several years. There's no bus stop
furniture to wait for the bus, instead people are sitting on
these high-voltage EMF devices which may knock particles out
of their orbits or in some way effect cellular processes in
the body, enough that such exposure is warned against (read:
ionizing radiation account by OSHA below, numerous others).
this corner is a permanent hang-out and so how to convey the
idea that it may not be a good place to be sitting without
saying what cannot be said by scientisits, (it may cause you
cancer, it may sterilize you, it may effect the health of
your children, etc.)... there is no good way to do it, and
after weeks of wondering if I should go over there and try
share why it is dangerous to be sitting on these things, to
bring an EMF meter and show the invisible fields, to say it
as a public citizen as the power companies have all but made
it natural to sit on these things and no one questions their
environment or even understands it enough to know not to sit
on it, I mean: your computer would probably be effected if
you had a laptop and you're sitting on this thing, so why
would your body not be influenced by these same fields? it
was something that could not be ignored so I chose to be a
fool and to go over when only two were there and to share
a basic suggestion, in hopes that the word would spread
that it could effect their health with long-term exposure.
one said she did not want to have kids anyway and was fine
if she was made sterile. another said 'thank you sir' and
now, though feeling ever more the goofball, feel it was an
ethical motivation, yet that it is the power companies who
have to get back to this issue as how many bus stops have
green chair-sized metal boxes to sit on, and no bus benches,
and stickers that mean nothing to most people, -- there is
some responsibility to let people know, for instance, that
their health (pacemaker) may be effected, the lawsuits of
such a thing could be enormous, eventually, this is why a
proactive public health policy tied into the issues of EMFs
is important not to disregard because it is inconclusive--
the power corporations kids go to these same schools like
all the others, and sit on these same boxes, and no one is
thinking about the potential for damage by not doing any-
thing to prevent needless (long-term) exposure problems.
there must be better more information (& cool) stickers
to compete with the camouflage of graffiti, that is also
educational, and protects people and equipment in the EM
environments (keep your computer/cellphone/self 2 feet
away from High-Volt box!) and makes some effort at it.
the default is that green and grey metal EM boxes in the
landscape can function as utilitarian street furnishing
when and where no others exist, and there is real danger.
this needs to be addressed and one way is through better
ways of informing people why not to sit on these things.

* another issue is the debasing of the word 'nuclear' in
relation to nuclear issues, as with the recent .US judicial
nominations and the so-called 'nuclear option' of bypassing
Senate fillibusters or some procedural process like that:

[headline] Voices of reason ought to prevail in 'nuclear' showdown
[headline] “Pyongyang Likely to Proceed with Nuclear Tests”

the first headline has to do with the .US using its 'nuclear'
arsenal to ramrod judicial nominees past a senate blockade. it
may be deceptive in relation to the 2nd, actual real nuclear-
issue, of North Korea having nuclear weapons it is threating
to use, to blow millions of people up in radioactive hellfire.
the former is sanctioned language of the .US political rhetoric
in which nuclear-slang is separated from the reality of nuclear
politics and policies-- or the welcome use of 'nuclear power'
to effect certain desired changes for one's own private power.
not unlike the despotism said to be exampled by North Korea's
abuse of nuclear treaties and the like-- in terms of language.
irresponsible if it is to devalue the word nuclear, to blanket
the airwaves with the 'nuclear option' as if a menu-item on a
fastfood selection, then someday when 'nuclear showdown' means
actual nuclear war, what will nuclear mean then? WMD does not
ring the same bell that a nuclear inferno does, if that is the
threat and the result of a nuclear confrontation. it should be
part of 'homeland security' to not make light of real threats,
including the grandiose rhetoric of largely detached senators.
word search: nuclear family -> is nuclear economy a word? yes...

* wondering, given IBM's massive layoffs recently, if someday a
majority of webworkers will see their jobs vaporize en masse,
as it seems programmers of previous decades lost their places...


definition: nuclear family

The Hydrogen Economy is a Nuclear Economy--
Thousands of new nuclear reactors would be needed to
produce the hydrogen required to meet America's energy needs.

World Briefing: Nuclear double standards // *** excellent.

	'"By holding open their own options, the weapons states contribute to  
a permissive climate that underscores the limits of non-proliferation,"  
said Rebecca Johnson, editor of Disarmament Diplomacy. "Nuclear weapons  
are viewed as the currency necessary for being taken seriously by the  
United States."' .. 'She said those states wishing to retain their  
enrichment and reprocessing capacity while denying facilities to others  
must ask themselves how serious they are about the need to prevent  

// includes chart of nations and numbers of nuclear warheads
// (missiles can carry multiple warheads to multiple targets).

[and] Iran slams US over nuclear stance

[quote] Bush raises democracy concerns with Putin // nuclear  

	'"Russia is a great nation and I'm looking forward to working together  
on big problems and I want to thank you for your help on Iran and the  
Middle East and there's a lot we can do together," Bush told Putin.'

// this brings up the structural relationship between media
// 'representatives' and public and private states represented.
// Cronkite received paychecks from a nuclear power manufacturer,
// as most all .US media are involved in one way or another...
// (westinghouse/general electric/other) - which is also relevant.
// how could a company critique itself and drive down stockprices?
// the mass media system has no room for such basic revelations,
// as it is a critique of the logic between state and its media...
// that is, media is defacto political to reigning administrations,
// though it is unelected and largely engineered for social p.o.v.

[and] Cronkite: Media Failing on Nuclear Stories

	'The celebrated CBS retiree, joining in a panel discussion on the  
sidelines of a U.N. conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty,  
said narrow reporting means the U.S. public is ``largely unaware'' that  
the 1970 treaty obliges their government to move toward full nuclear  

[and]  Spy photos spot signs of N Korea nuclear test site

	'Whatever the merit of the satellite images, Mr Albright argued, the  
alert should be used to make diplomatic preparations for a future North  
Korean test, so that the US and countries in the region can maintain a  
common front.'
	'"You don't want to be unprepared, because the region is so volatile,"  
he said.'

[and] China said to reject plan to cut off N.Korea oil

	'In a meeting in Beijing on April 26, U.S. Assistant Secretary of  
State Christopher Hill raised the suggestion of a "technical"  
interruption of fuel. But Chinese official Yang Xiyu complained the  
Americans were focused on too narrow a range of tools for China to  
influence Pyongyang, according to The Post.
	'Chinese officials suggested that cutting off food deliveries would  
have the biggest impact and indicated Beijing was considering expanding  
a ban on certain imports to North Korea, it added.'

EarthLink's 2 percent solution // mobile VoIP phones (engadget)

[and] Vonage Wi-Fi portable handsets will launch in 2005

Appendix NEWSLETTER.....November 1998

corporate commands database // thanks *

Lindsay's Technical Books --  // via The Daily Gadget...
Highest quality books, new and old, for experimenters, inventors,
tinkerers, mad scientists, and a very few normal people..

image of Evolution of Apple Hardware // via The Daily Gadget...

[and] Palm PDA History of Devices // evolution of Palm...

// wireless taylorism awaits, workers as programmable robots...

Cisco slammed for RFID staff tracker // thanks *
Wireless RFID server tracks personnel via tags embedded in uniforms

[and] Big brother or big boss? // thanks *

'Personal supercomputer' goes on sale // for office-laboratories **

	'About the size of small refrigerator, the DC-96 contains a "cluster"  
of 96 interconnected low-voltage microprocessors, each of which is  
capable of running at 1.2 Gigahertz, or 1.2 billion cycles per second.'
	'Together, these processors give the machine a peak computing power of  
230 gigaflops, or the ability to carry out 230 billion complex  
mathematical operations every second. The machine also comes with a  
massive 192 gigabytes of memory.'

Investors Supporting Spyware // *** wow. via nettime-l

	* installing through misleading ads at kids sites
	* installing through bundles with games
	* confusing installations with lengthy,
	  poorly-presented, one-sided licenses
	* covering web sites with ads for competitors
	* making false claims about business practices
[and] Threats Against Spyware Detectors, Removers, and Critics

// informative article and interesting synopsis of how radiation is
// used by industries and in ways that may otherwise not be realized.
// it is curious if home 'air ionizers' are in the same class as the
// examples in this document. there is no mention of home environments.
// read about NORM (naturally ocurring radiactive materials) and also
// TENORM (technologically enhanced NORM) in everyday manufacturing...

Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation // *** OSHA...

	I. Background
     A. Introduction
     B. Sources of ionizing radiation exposure
     1. Natural sources of workplace exposure
     2. Radiation that results from industrial activity
     C. Workplace uses of ionizing radiation
     1. Emergency response and security
     2. Medical
     3. Manufacturing and construction
     4. Food and kindred products
     D. Health effects

	'Ionizing radiation affects individuals by depositing energy in the  
body which can damage cells or change their chemical balance. In some  
cases, exposure to ionizing radiation may not result in any  adverse  
health effects. In other cases, the irradiated cell may survive but  
become abnormal, either temporarily or permanently, and eventually may  
become cancerous.'
	'Large doses of ionizing radiation can cause extensive cellular damage  
and death.' 'Health effects from exposure to radiation may occur  
shortly after exposure, may be delayed, or both. Some health effects  
may not manifest themselves for months or years. For instance, for  
leukemia, the minimum latency period is about two years. For solid  
tumors, the latency period may be more than five years. The types of  
effects, latency period, and probability of occurrence can depend on  
the magnitude of the exposure and whether exposure occurs over a long  
period (i.e., chronic) or during a very short period (i.e., acute).  
Health effects resulting from chronic exposure (continuous or  
intermittent) to low levels of ionizing radiation are typically delayed  
effects. Some of these effects may include genetic defects, cancer,  
pre-cancerous lesions, benign tumors, skin changes and congenital  
defects. On the other hand, acute exposures (i.e., one large dose or a  
series of doses for a short period of time) can cause both more  
immediate and delayed effects. The more immediate effects may include  
radiation sickness (e.g. hemorrhaging, anemia, loss of body fluids and  
bacterial infections). Delayed effects of acute exposure may include  
genetic defects and cancer as described above, along with sterility.  
Extremely high levels of exposure can result in death within hours,  
days or weeks.'
	'A variety of cancers have been associated with exposure to ionizing  
radiation including leukemia, and cancers of the lung, stomach,  
esophagus, bone, thyroid, and the brain and nervous system .' ...  
'Exposure to ionizing radiation also may damage developing embryos and  
fetuses and may damage parental genetic material (DNA).  When the  
reproductive organs are exposed to ionizing radiation, genetic effects  
may occur...'

Chips Sales Better Than Expected // 'good omen'

	'SIA said it is starting to consider semiconductors Latest News about  
semiconductors on the basis of who buys them.' ...
	'[The findings] suggests that markets cannot be defined easily as a  
set of products.'

[and] Silicon wafer shipments down in Q1, says SEMI

	'The total area of silicon wafers shipped in the first quarter was  
1,465 million square inches, down from the 1,486 million square inches  
shipped during the previous quarter.'

[and] LCD monitor prices set to rise

// this is the type of rationale missing from .US energy policy and
// planning that is direly necessary for making any headway into the
// issues as stated. the role of language in distorting the situation
// is critical to make it more realistic, so too with 'zero energy'
// homes as sold in architecture, when only 10% efficient, standard,
// and probably only a little more so with fictional 'independence.'
// energy policy is a geostrategic foundation other policy depends on,
// an 'industrial' mindset is a limitation to new 'democratic' policy.

The gushing truth --  Contrary to Bush, enviros and Thomas Friedman,  
America will never be energy independent. The sooner we accept this,  
the sooner we'll be able to change our gas-guzzling ways.  By Robert  
Bryce (free day pass)

	'If oil producers cannot meet surging global demand, energy prices,  
and gasoline prices in particular, will likely continue upward. Which  
means that the Arab OPEC countries -- which are already swimming in  
cash -- will become even richer. According to a recent report from the  
World Bank, the Arab oil-producing countries will take in nearly $300  
billion from their oil exports this year. That's nearly double the  
amount they garnered in 2002. By the end of this year, the World Bank  
predicts that Iran will have $18.5 billion in cash on hand -- more than  
four times the surplus the country had in 2002. Kuwait will have $13.9  
billion, more than three times its 2002 surplus. The Saudis will have a  
staggering $60.6 billion surplus, five times the amount they had in  
	'These countries are using that cash to strengthen their own  
economies. And well they should. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Nigeria  
all have rapidly growing populations. According to the U.N., Saudi  
Arabia's population will increase by more than 41 percent over the next  
15 years. All of those new citizens will need education, housing and  
medical care. These population surges could cause major instability in  
all of these countries. And as we are seeing in Iraq, insurrections are  
bad for exports...'

One law rules dedicated followers of fashion // magnetism...

	'To model the consequences of imitation, the researchers turned to the  
physics of magnets. An applied magnetic field will coerce the spins of  
atoms in a magnetic material to point in a certain direction. And often  
an atom's spin direction pushes the spins of neighbouring atoms to  
point in a similar direction. And even if an applied field changes  
direction slowly, the spins sometimes flip all together and quite  
	'The physicists modified the model such that the atoms represented  
people and the direction of the spin indicated a person's behaviour,  
and used it to predict shifts in public opinion.'

// creativity banished in postmodern computer subjectivism...

Computers Now Grading Students' Writing // (drudgereport.com)

Alling Coverlet Museum // thanks *  (NY museum)

	'Coverlets, or bedspreads, were big business in Palmyra in the 1800s.  
The French Jacquard loom provided an automated weaving process based on  
a punch card system. The loom made the town something of a coverlet  
capital. IBM would later use a similar punch card system to run its  
first computers.'

How Lightsabers Work // ** funny. all EM. (gizmodo)

Google Tutor & Advisor
Tips, Techniques and Advice for Google Users

Nos Atacan PalmOS // PDA WMD software

	'Nos Atacan quickly analyzes your observations at a disaster site and  
provides a fast, scientific guess of which agents of mass destruction  
are most likely involved.'

[and] PalmWiki // PDA wiki web...

Store's Floor Model Computer Loaded With Woman's Personal Info
Circuit City Says There Should Be No Expectation Of Privacy (Fark)

	'Last June Susan went to the Circuit City store in Boulder to buy a  
new computer. She asked to have the files from her old computer saved  
to a disk.
  	"Let's just say I had many years of private writings, papers,  
personal information, pictures," Susan said.
	Circuit City employees copied those private writings and papers onto a  
floor model computer then onto a disk. But they never removed Susan's  
personal files from that floor model computer. A few days later, that  
computer was sold.'

Seven Security Problems of 802.11 Wireless

Performing Art Performing Science:
Transdisciplinary Approaches to Performance
Hosted by the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser  
University Vancouver, BC, Canada June 16-18 2005.

Smart Car Seeks Small Niche // more on SmartCar...

[and] Electric car poised to tear up the desert // via wired.com

	'The ABB E-motion relies on four packs of 52 lead acid batteries. A  
"regenerative standard inverter" converts the 600V DC power generated  
by the batteries into AC power that's then used by the car's motors.'

[and] Team Ends Bid for Electric Car Record: British Team Ends Bid to  
Break 300 Mph in Electric-Powered Car - Because It Wouldn't Start //  

GM, Toyota in talks on hybrids - report // ***

	'The paper added that the details of the discussions, which would  
enable the companies to offer a wider range of gasoline-electric hybrid  
vehicles sooner than if they worked on their own, remained sketchy.'

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