Timepeace: Not A Race To 5G — A Race To Human Rights, Climate Reverence, and Cultural Integrity: The Penetrating Flow (Part 5)

By Patricia Burke

*Words with multiple layers of meaning, when translated from Chinese, are capitalized, to distinguish them from common use.

There is a Chinese proverb:  Do not have each foot on a different boat.

I remember the moment when a colleague of mine sat down, fingers on the computer keyboard, testifying to the state utility regulator.

On this day, the topic was a proposed “time-of-use” smart electric meter pilot program, to enable utilities to bill electric vehicle drivers lower rates to charge their cars at off-peak hours.  The plan would require monitoring electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and well as utility meters.

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There were many reasons being put forth by the public to oppose the plan,[1] including the fact that electric vehicle users, especially those with home charging capabilities, are generally those in the higher income groups, raising economic and environmental justice concerns.

For those who have experienced direct harm from wireless utility meter infrastructure, it is difficult to comprehend why the deployment of a meter that causes physical harm to some has continued unabated, without monitoring and investigation.

But what brought this woman from concern to action wasn’t the plight of those reporting assault from frequencies radiating from “smart” meters.

For her, it was babies being born without brains in Mexico.

How are babies without brains in Mexico connected to the question of how to bill electric vehicle users in Massachusetts?

As noted in the article, “What is environmental racism and why should we care about it,” by Peter Beech, “the clean energy movement is rife with unresolved issues ranging from conflict minerals to e-waste.”  “…examples include the mass shipment of spent American batteries to Mexico, where illegal waste dumps from plants operated by American, European and Japanese companies have resulted in soaring rates of anencephaly (when babies are born without brains). Environmental racism is part of the broader picture of systemic racism, which must be fought to bring about a fairer society.” [2]

As the climate concern agenda gains momentum again, juxtaposed with covid impacts, it has not been accompanied by a balanced, responsive, inclusive stance that allows for course correction in the face of new information, or unintended consequences, or safer, more secure alternatives. Or unbridled ambition.

When my friend sat at the computer, she was no longer accepting recommendations of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Audubon Society, or other groups that have promoted that concept that wireless smart utility meters and EVs should be supported as a critical tool in the fight to address climate change.

She realized that leading environmental groups, with their feet in two boats, do not have the willingness, or ability to provide appropriate guidance regarding environmental stewardship. Many individuals have concluded that these groups no longer operate from the sentimental platforms of yesteryear;  they have been co-opted, and are working in concert with industry to support destructive choices.

Agendas concerning the climate are linked with economic agendas, with lobbyists literally paying decision-makers to side with corporations against the public. When non-profits continue to promote certain postures in defiance of greater truths, and characterized by dismissal and suppression of evidence of harm, consumers, like my friend, must access a higher level of insight and conscience. They have to step outside the mainstream narrative.

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Leading environmental groups are supporting policies that forcefully impose new, untested technologies on the public, with the NGOs assuming that they are representing noble and earnest high-road solutions against an uncooperative public, when, in fact, the NGOs have taken the stance of a perpetrator. The NGOs have become party to massive human rights violations and environmental degradation, leaving the public and the environment without advocacy. This places much more responsibility on individuals, to do their own independent research and to come to their own decisions.

This is becoming more difficult against a tide of censorship.  And not only have environmental groups been co-opted, but many news organizations, for example, The New York Times, strategic partner of Verizon, no longer serves as an independent voice, instead promoting corporate agendas.

This demonstrates another Chinese Proverb: Do not be a frog sitting at the bottom of a well.

The frog sitting at the bottom of a well has a very limited, distorted worldview.

I remember the time that a friend came to visit, and he decided that it would be a good idea to replace all of the light bulbs in my house with compact fluorescent bulbs, in a nod to energy efficiency. I am certain that as he unscrewed every bulb in the house, his body chemistry was being flooded with feel-good hormones, based on his belief that he was saving the planet. Only the truth was, there were unacknowledged issues with compact fluorescent bulbs, including the fact that they result in hazardous waste. At the same time, states like California were requiring the phasing out of incandescent bulbs in favor of energy efficiency.

My friend’s consciousness had been hijacked. To put in another way, he was brainwashed by his unyielding belief system. His brain was stuck in what yogic science describes as the positive mind, where his focus was on sustaining the cocktail of chemicals flooding his physiology. He was not able to incorporate accurate feedback from the environment.  Until, finally, he was.

When public policy is sourced from unbalanced reasoning, rather than saving the planet, we are, in fact, quickening its destruction.  We are being manipulated to accept inadequate, unsatisfactory “solutions” to issues that demand a much more thorough, inclusive, and responsive scrutiny that takes into account long-term and far-reaching consequences.

We know from studies of trauma and stress that the brain sacrifices much of its functioning when in an emergency state, in order to help ensure our survival.  In fact, we lose much of our capacity for critical thinking and reasoning, as we are wired to react.

Current generations have experienced a succession of full court presses on consciousness.

The most recent is the covid-19 health crisis.

The agenda that is receiving wide-spread support as the result of the emergency, and in the state of constricted, unresolved, emergency reasoning – not accompanied by full brain function, is the 5G and wireless telecommunications agenda, propagandized as “addressing the digital divide.”

There is another Chinese proverb:  “One does not drink poison to quench a thirst.”

In response to Sept. 11, covid, political strife, and climate concerns, much effort has been synthesized into a “Green New Deal” and into various covid relief packages, all of which have not received adequate, inclusive inquiry. They are sourced from the bottom of a deep well of distortion.

We are living in a time when many of our institutions are exhibiting an unbalanced state, favoring political, economic and corporate agendas over environmental stewardship, regardless of political party.  Nowhere is this more pointed than in new proposals to enable the wireless industry free rein over the destruction of the natural electromagnetic environment and human health, and to do it faster.

The proposals seek to remove impediments to rapid “progress” from the process, including health and environmental review.

Among some of the bills proposed in the United States:

H.R. 1039: To provide that a project for the deployment or modification of a communications facility entirely within a floodplain is not subject to requirements to prepare certain … … environmental or historical preservation reviews.

H.R. 1043: To provide that an eligible facilities request under section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 is not subject to requirements to prepare certain …… environmental or historical preservation reviews. (Note: Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, 47 U.S.C. § 1455(a), reads in pertinent part: “…a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially changethe physical dimensions of such tower or base station.” (emphasis added). https://wia.org/wp-content/uploads/Advocacy_Docs/6409a_Siting_Checklist.pdf

H.R. 1044: To create a task force at the Federal Communications Commission to ensure the policy and funding decisions of the Commission are informed by data collection and analysis …… required in title VIII of the Communications Act of 1934, and for other purposes (by a captured agency).

H.R. 1050: To provide that a project to replace or improve a communications facility following a major disaster or an emergency declared by the President is not subject to …… requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1051: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to streamline siting processes for telecommunications service facilities, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1053: To provide that a project to remove and replace communications equipment or services listed under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 is not …… subject to requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

H.R. 1056: To provide that a project for the collocation of a personal wireless service facility is not subject to requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

H.R. 1058: To amend the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to amend the definition of eligible facilities request, to codify the 60-day time frame for certain eligible facilities ..

H.R. 1060: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to streamline siting processes for personal wireless service facilities, including small personal wireless service facilities, and for … … other purposes.

H.R. 1067: To streamline the process for consideration of applications for the placement of communications facilities on certain buildings and other property owned by the Federal … … Government, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1069: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide that the Federal Communications Commission is not required to perform any review under the National Environmental Policy …

H.R. 1073: To provide that construction, rebuilding, or hardening of communications facilities following a major emergency declared by a Governor relating to a wildfire are not subject to … … requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

H.R. 1074: To provide that the deployment of a small personal wireless service facility shall not constitute an undertaking under section 300320 of title 54, United States Code, or a major … … Federal action for the purposes of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1084: To provide that a project for the deployment or modification of a communications facility entirely within a brownfield site is not subject to requirements to prepare certain … … environmental or historical preservation reviews.

These proposals should make our hair stand on end.

Smart cities, the internet-of-things, and data-driven decision making are supposed to improve our quality of life and address nearly every societal stressor, including economic and environmental justice issues. Regulators and legislators are seeking support for strategies to address the digital divide and the economic divide…. by offering equal opportunity to a toxic exposure.

Our survival lies, not in the introduction of additional sensors on every device and interaction, for data to be accumulated, analyzed, interpreted, and stored for eternity in air-conditioned data centers owned by a small group of companies exerting more and more manipulation and control over our lives.

Our survival depends, instead, on people, like my friend, whose sensory system gave her the message that children being born without brains in Mexico is not acceptable.

She had to force herself to sit with the reality of something so uncomfortable, so horrific, that it was nearly indigestible….and not dismiss its relevance or significance.

It is the Penetrating Flow, in Chinese Medicine, that is injured when we are faced with an indigestible trauma. When resilient, it is also our capacity for transcendent joy.

We must learn to register the horror.

And, we must learn to transmute our trauma, so that a shock state cannot be weaponized against us, via disaster capitalism and control narratives.

A populace with a healthy Penetrating Flow would not accept the regulations currently proposed to promote 5G infrastructure.  The contrast between society’s approach to microwave poisoning and other environmental and chronic health conditions, vs. covid sounds the alarm that caution is warranted, now.  The amount of money spent advertising and marketing 5G vs. conducting safety research is cause for scrutiny, alarm, and engaged activism.

We can stop assuming that we have the right to exploit poorer nations and other planets for natural resources, conflict and rare earth minerals, and cheap labor. We can hold ourselves accountable that we can no longer treat other regions of the planet, or space, as a dumping ground for waste and e-waste.

We need to cultivate our inborn capacities, for compassion, for regret, for humility, and for the sorrow and suffering wrought on others through wrong ideas.  Those who are too damaged, for whatever reason, to adjust their sails, must be carried forward by the collective so that they can no longer assault the inherent dignity and rights of each individual.

We climb out of the well, get both feet in the same boat, and reject drinking poison to address our thirst…..and then, a rising tide lifts all boats. 5G and Wireless is NOT the way.


[1] Some of the reasons why the public opposed a pilot program involving offering lower rates to electric vehicle drivers, in MA DPU docket 20.69,  include:

  • Unaddressed privacy, security, surveillance, cost, and green-washing concerns of the meter technology required to enable time-of-use billing
  • The fact that the United States has ignored reported harm resulting from the installation of the wireless meters and infrastructure, (which is the most frequently reported variable associated with the acute onset of microwave poisoning and the resulting disabling condition of EHS)
  • Industry malfeasance and scientific misconduct, because the utility industry and its regulators relied on health safety testimony of mercenary liar-for-hire consultants, including an expert who provides corrupted testimony for the tobacco industry
  • Unaddressed fraud complaints concerning previous pilot program results reporting, administered by the utilities and state regulator
  • Inadequacy of outdated, inapplicable radio frequency exposure guidelines currently in use in the United States, sourced from the Federal Communications Commission, which is a captured agency

[2] https://theprint.in/world/what-is-environmental-racism-and-why-should-we-care-about-it/481907/

Top image: “Two roads diverged in a world and we … We took the one that wasn’t 5G” — art by Flo Freshman

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Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits. She is based in Massachusetts and can be reached at [email protected].

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