A few years ago, yoga was mainstream. Advertisers jumped on the yoga train with silly ads, with beautiful people doing extreme poses in ridiculous places. In the “clean energy/EV” community there has been talk of gas stations being reused so that people can practice yoga while charging their electric vehicles, by people who don’t understand yoga, other than wanting to take advantage of it.
The idea of a yoga room/gas station seems to have disappeared by the wayside for now. But the intent was clear: Society was embracing yoga, so it was an open season for marketers and influencers to associate yoga with every potential consumer product.
5G/IOT is a surveillance power hog, and 5G/IOT is killing systemic racism
The corporate industrial, economic, and military cartel continues to try to justify wireless communications and the planned, accelerated, and unsustainable growth of 5G, while deploying 5G in societies with pro-industry policies and regulations.
One strategy is to portray 5G as an environmental sustainability initiative, although it is clear that 5G is an energy hog With significant environmental drawbacks.
Similarly, decision makers near and far are widely promoting and endorsing 5G technology to address the “digital divide” and racial inequality.
There is a harvest term for “leading someone down the garden path” – “making the other believe what is not true”. 5G remains a versatile agenda that has not found a believable consumer business case, but it offers tremendous advantages for centralized control and monitoring, coercive behavior modification, and wealth concentration.
Meanwhile, untested and unmonitored exposure to radiofrequency/electromagnetic frequencies is already raining down on front yards and in bedrooms across the county. Communities are running back and ‘close the door fixed after the horse slips’ in an effort to create a proper division of 21Street century challenges.
It’s still a good idea to catch the horse and fix the gate. The wireless industry has been taking care of no firewalls or speed limits, and now we’re facing the consequences.
Vigilance is required against lies about health, safety, racial, economic, and human rights. Heinous exploitation is prevalent.
The digital divide was established by Verizon et al.
In his article, “Landline” scandal: Verizon’s art of VoIP and wireless fraudBruce Kuchnik explains:
“The aim of Verizon et al. has completely confused the public, regulators and politicians to never see the massive game of financial serendipity taking place at the bottom – which is based on how different services are ranked, which then determines the type of financial games they can play – never for the public’s benefit.
Verizon has been able to manipulate the accounting, not just of actual lines in service, but to make utility landlines look unprofitable so that they can force customers to radio and dismantle state telecommunications public utilities — and that’s happening in every state. “
Montgomery County: “Listen to us, don’t listen to the industry” “Stop using black and brown people to promote a corporate giveaway”
The 5G debate took place recently in Montgomery County, Maryland, where compelling testimonies countered political/economic/industrial narratives.
Witness the integrity and honest truth in a 4-minute testimony given by one of the concerned resident Nicole Williams.
(See Protect Montgomery County video playlist over here.)
National Digital Inclusion Alliance: 5G Inclusion Myths
Myth. The excitement around 5G has led to claims that 5G will solve the digital divide. It won’t. Existing broadband technologies have not been rolled out in all neighborhoods (unless local governments mandate it) and there is no reason to believe that 5G will be any different. Additionally, 5G as a broadband service will require 5G capable devices. Low-income families struggling to pay for internet certainly won’t be in a hurry to buy a 5G-enabled device.
myth. Well-meaning individuals have stated that if we can convince non-adopters of the value of the Internet, they will sign up. Anyone who has resisted using the Internet too quickly realizes that the Internet is unavoidable when trying to apply for a job, enroll in classes, or learn their Social Security benefits.. The biggest barrier to broadband adoption is inconvenience. It’s the cost and digital literacy. Residential Internet service in the United States is expensive. On the low end, internet service generally costs $65-70 per month. That’s a lot of money. Unfortunately I cannot provide any details of the cost of the internet service because this data does not exist.” — Angela Sever
5G does not address the digital divide
Theodora Scarato interviews Larry Orgeta about digital stocks: 5G won’t heal the digital divide
Insert video: 5G and Digital Divide: Larry Orgeta and Theodora Scarato (long version)
Limiting broadband investment to “rural only” discrimination against black Americans and other communities of color
Angela Seifer and Bill Callahan explain,
The current federal government’s broadband programs target tens of billions of dollars to expand broadband availability to “underserved and underserved” rural residents, while seriously ignoring the tens of millions of urban Americans who still lack high-speed Internet.
What do we learn from the data? Most cities and urban counties in the United States have more residents that lack home broadband service than most rural counties. All of the nation’s counties with a population of at least 75% of rural areas, combined, account for less than 8% of Americans who live in households without broadband. In contrast, most urban districts—with less than 5% of the rural population—account for more than 35%. The unconnected population in the nation’s largest cities and urban counties outnumbers the unconnected population in most rural and “unserved” counties, regardless of race. But the urban-rural disparity between people of color and black Americans is much greater than the disparity between non-Hispanic whites. For example, there were slightly fewer white residents without broadband in our data set from the 111 largest cities than in rural counties (2.7 million vs. 2.9 million); But there were seven times as many unconnected black people in cities, and about nine times as many uncontacted black people.” Source
Low-income individuals often live near major infrastructure, such as coal-fired power plants. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental toxins and disturbing infrastructure status.
Surveillance infrastructure targets communities of color and low-income areas, and black Americans in particular are paying the price.
in a editorial in a Montgomery County RangerTheodora Sarato explains,
Proponents claim that 5G fast-tracking will help bridge the digital divide and lead to digital justice. However, ZTA 19-07 in no way guarantees that low-income communities, or those historically underserved, will gain increased access. What ZTA 19-07 will do is allow multiple carriers to place multiple cell towers and large 5G gear boxes within 30 feet of our homes. without notice. not heard. No input from the community.
NPR article about digital stocks It states, “5G is not going to bridge the digital divide. In fact, because it will speed the obsolescence of technology that low-income people can afford, it is likely to make it worse.” Telecom workers from America issued several Reports About the “misleading 5G Hype” and how the rollout of the new network paired with the “grand bargains” is only exacerbating the digital divide.
Living things littered with cell towers is amazing Environmental justice issue. There is no excuse for towers so close to homes. By shrinking cell phone tower setbacks from 300 to 30 feet, the ZTA 19-07 will only amplify the negative outcomes. The closer the tower is to your home, the greater the potential health risks and unsightly visual impact. Property values are likely to decline For any resident who suddenly discovers that a communications tower has overrun their front garden, the economic hit is likely to be particularly hard on those with smaller properties, whose homes are close to the street. On the flip side, people in richer areas with more spacious plazas wouldn’t be so close to taller, thicker pillars tied to massive equipment chests.
In the three years since ZTA 18-02 was released, we haven’t seen any data to suggest that it has helped connect low-income families living in these areas. The Center for Public Integrity’s investigation highlighted Montgomery County’sThe FCC says small cells will close the digital divide. Most of them say they won’tRead CNET Headlines5G hype won’t close the digital divide.Nevertheless the members of the Council continue rhetoric that The ZTA 19-07 will somehow bridge the digital divide despite the fact that all it really does is pave the way for more than 33,000 streetlights and utility poles in Montgomery County neighborhoods to be newly qualified as “small” cell tower sites.
ZTA 19-07 is a multi-billion dollar donation to the telecom industry. It will only exacerbate the existing inequality. Telecom has a duty to its shareholders, not to the disadvantaged. Rest assured, when all the cell towers are built in our front yards, today’s disconnected families will still be disconnected. Montgomery County can, and should, do better.” — Theodora Scarato
Bright green lies He explains that the environmental movement has become a lobbying arm of industrial capitalism.
The violence inherent in conflict minerals and e-waste dumping in poor countries is another example of institutional racism. So are the real risks of dual-use technology that actually aims to enable increased surveillance capitalism, disguised as communications. AI-enabled profiling, algorithm-based decision making, and privacy breaches are other examples of risks associated with untested technology for health and environmental impacts. Going beyond community rights and environmental justice is another matter.
“The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we pretend to believe them.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The 5G train will somehow crash. It may be sooner rather than later if we stop the lies. That would do more than any infrastructure plan to “save the planet”. Those who raise red flags are not wrong.
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