It took several decades for the US government to accept a link between tobacco and cancer. It will take many more decades to prove the link between wireless radiation and cancer. Unfortunately, by then, human civilization would have gone past Idiocracy (the movie) state and reached the Planet of the Apes state.
US government will go to war on a mere suspicion that the leader of some oil-rich country is harboring thoughts of acquiring nuclear weapons. Citing non-existent terrorists, they will ask citizens in their country and outside to give up their rights for the “greater common good.” But, when scientific studies suggest a possible health risk to the population, they prefer to look away.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the US government had formed the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to conduct a large-scale study on the link between cancer and mobile phone radiation. The preliminary results indicate that there may be a risk of cancer for phone radiation. Scientific American says:
The researchers found that as the thousands of rats in the new study were exposed to greater intensities of RF radiation, more of them developed rare forms of brain and heart cancer that could not be easily explained away, exhibiting a direct dose–response relationship. Overall, the incidence of these rare tumors was still relatively low, which would be expected with rare tumors in general, but the incidence grew with greater levels of exposure to the radiation. Some of the rats had glioma—a tumor of the glial cells in the brain—or schwannoma of the heart. Furthering concern about the findings: In prior epidemiological studies of humans and cell phone exposure, both types of tumors have also cropped up as associations.
In contrast, none of the control rats—those not exposed to the radiation—developed such tumors. But complicating matters was the fact that the findings were mixed across sexes: More such lesions were found in male rats than in female rats. The tumors in the male rats “are considered likely the result of whole-body exposure” to this radiation, the study authors wrote. And the data suggests the relationship was strongest between the RF exposure and the lesions in the heart, rather than the brain: Cardiac schwannomas were observed in male rats at all exposed groups, the authors note. But no “biologically significant effects were observed in the brain or heart of female rats regardless of modulation.” Based on these findings, Portier said that this is not just an associated finding—but that the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer is clear. “I would call it a causative study, absolutely. They controlled everything in the study. It’s [the cancer] because of the exposure.”
– Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions; 27 May 2016; http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/major-cell-phone-radiation-study-reignites-cancer-questions/
Even before the news trickled out, the media has been flooded with articles asking people not to freak out. They are also muddying the debate by taking cheap shots at sellers of radiation shields and other such products.
The industry propagandists hide their affiliation by adding a non-disclaimer disclaimer to the article – “Views expressed in this article are personal.” Apart from them, there are sellouts from the medical/scientific profession who have been encouraged write articles and even maintain entire websites and blogs to propagate the idea that cell phone radiation is safe. All of them cite prestigious organizations such as WHO and Mayo Clinic as having cleared cell phone radiation. Unfortunately, most “studies” are just surveys made on other studies. The original studies have serious limitations and/or are not conclusive enough.
The World Health Organization (WHO) formed International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to study the issue. IARC designated that cell phone radiation was possibly carcinogenic. Possibly under pressure from telecoms, WHO later announced that there is no link. It currently has a study to be released this year that will conclusively prove/disprove the link.
The propagandists are not above making false statements or making wrong conclusions. This hack from Business Insider says that rats were exposed to radiation levels that do not correspond to those exposed to humans. With all the Wi-Fi and mobile data (2G/3G/4G/5G) networks connecting all the apps (that report back to home base all the time), Bluetooth devices, smart watches and bands including the hyped-up Internet of Things (IoT) coupled with the equally hyped-up Big Data, the rats would have got comparatively less radiation. One of the most abominable views espoused by them is that the mobile phone waves, which can pass through buildings and underground, cannot get below the skin!
If it is 100% sure that there is no risk of cancer for wireless radiation sources, then why do government websites still carry precautionary measures against cancer. These pages should be removed.
Scientists and doctors are having a tough time with demands to provide unassailable “SCIENCE-BASED” conclusions. For now, they are citing studies that show no link while advising people to take precautions. Propagandists meanwhile will laugh all the way to bank.
Piyush Goyal is a A Raja clone! Nothing much has changed from Manmole’s time.
The InfraLive magazine (www.infralive.in) is not a magazine that you can get easily from your local newstand but they covered the scam in great detail. The coal linkage plan reads like it was written by the power producers, not by the coal ministry or even a government official.
In this letter sent to the Coal India Limited (CIL), the Indian coal ministry has asked it to continue to supply coal to Thermal Power Producers at knock-down prices that they were able to lock on under Manmohan Singh government. Now, Piyush Goyal has asked CIL to continue supplying the coal at the same price. Yes, there is a line that says the savings may be required to be passed on to consumers but consumers have seen bill rates go up, not down.
On the Times Of India, the news originally appeared in a small column.
When reading about the coal scam in the book by the former CAG’s Vinod Rai, one can see that nothing much has changed under Modi.
How come analysts from FIIs and their stingers in the media aren’t saying anything about Bharti Airtel buying up loss-making African cell phone business (of the Rothschilds?) at a high premium on the strength of its Indian market capitalization and then selling the same assets to what looks like Rothschild fronts at a loss? Is the famed investment arm of the Singapore Government still on the board? Even the dumbest entrant to the stock market knows about buying low and selling high. Bharti Airtel has an unerring knack for buying high and selling low. They are subsidizing somebody. It is not their money though.
Airtel sells Nigeria cell towers after buying them at a premium.
When Narayanamurthy tried to bring his son to the Infosys management board (which is his right as a promoter-shareholder), there was a lot of negative talk from analysts from FIIs and their shills in newspapers such as Economic Times. The moment they brought “a professional” from outside, everything changed magically. Infosys stock has hit a high on the basis of just positive sentiment from the FII herd.
It looks like the Rothschilds are looking at buying out promoter stake in these Indian outsourcing companies at sometime in future. That is why they get so agitated when the promoters start to dig in for a long haul.
The last one standing will do the consolidation.
So, next time Parliament gets stalled and bills don’t get passed, thank your good luck. We need to slow down the legislative process.
Statistics are like bikinis. US Department of Energy lost money on rest of its portfolio.
Big 4 account firms are pros in hiding losses and projecting false profits. The same thing has happened in this case. As they say, the devil is in the detail. Read the new report from BloomBerg fully:
The Department of Energy has disbursed about half of $32.4 billion allocated to spur innovation, and the expected return will be detailed in a report due to be released as soon as tomorrow, according to an official who helped put together the data.
The potential gains are the first estimate for the loan guarantee program released by the Energy Department. The $5 billion to $6 billion figure was calculated based on the average rates and expected returns of funds dispersed so far, paid back over 20 to 25 years.
The Energy Department didn’t disclose terms for investments in specific companies, and it declined to estimate how much the rest of its portfolio may earn.
“There’s no picking winners and losers — we’re just open for business and people apply,” Davidson said.
The only reason Elon Musk has paid back his loan was because he was able to bring in fresh investors not because his “green venture” was viable and actually turned a profit.
This logic should be used against Microsoft to teach everyone a lesson in common sense.
The law it seems was created to enable the seizure of the actual contraband, not everything within a mile of it.
The judge had not applied his mind ir didn’t realize the scope of his order or is in cahoots with some interested parties – interested in this sly privatization of law enforcement.
Whatever the case, Microsoft’s legal team has clearly mislead the court. The judge should appropriately punish Microsoft’s legal team for bamboozling him.
Using this logic, nothing stops anyone from obtain a secret order to seize an airport under the logic that contraband was being trafficked there. It will be a good day when someone seizes Microsoft.com.
Update (12 November 2014): I told you so: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/11/10/16245/health-insurers-win-midterm-election
One of the biggest impediments to cloud computing is the desktop – represented in large by Microsoft. Windows 8 was released with its desktop functionality maimed off.
Windows 8 usability issues and forced SkyDrive integration
I have enumerated the numerous usability issues in an older article. Apart from them, Windows 8 tries to sucker people into saving their files in SkyDrive, instead of their own hard disks.
Windows 8 refuses to run applications
The main purpose of an OS is to run applications. Windows 8 will not let you install YOUR software unless it was reviewed and certified by Microsoft app store junta. Is this really an OS? You need to get the Enterprise edition and or buy yourself sideloading keys to get the privilege to install your own application on your own hardware!
Forced migration to Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and cannibalizing on existing products like SQL Server
Microsoft wanted everyone to move their applications to Azure where they can bill their customers by the hour, by CPU cycles. And, many of them did. They will be extremely disappointed when Microsoft does what they are doing to SQL Server customers now – essentially doubling the price for non-SA customers. (Disturbing Problems with SQL Server 2014 http://devproconnections.com/sql-server-2014/disturbing-problems-sql-server-2014)
Subtle Scummy Licensing Changes to SQL Server 2014
A bigger issue, however, is the change in SQL Server 2014 licensing. Prior to SQL Server 2014, I liked to say that SQL Server came with a ‘buy one, get one free’ type of license. Whenever you purchased a production license for SQL Server, you’d also get an equal or lesser license to deploy on a standby server that could be used to only handle loads in the case of a disaster.
… The problem, however, is that with SQL Server 2014, this licensing benefit now applies to only those customers who purchase Software Assurance. Without software assurance, you get no failover or secondary license. Technically, customers without Software Assurance aren’t prohibited from setting up High Availability solutions, they just have to pay double.
I can see why Microsoft made this change—they’re trying to drive continuous revenue, instead of making one-off sales.
Microosft is forcing its own SQL Server customers to go to the cloud by price-gouging them. Today, SQL Server customers are really in a desperate situation because they can’t just turn over to Azure, which is still in its money-losing infancy.
Azure is Not the Answer
In my experience, though, Azure simply can’t deliver the kind of throughput and raw performance that $10,000 worth of hardware and a $7,000 license of Standard Edition can deliver over the space of a few years. Azure simply can’t pack the same wallop that dedicated hardware can, and Azure pricing definitely favors Microsoft instead of customers. Couple this with the fact that Microsoft isn’t showing developers any love, and it’s fair to say that there are some serious and disturbing problems with SQL Server 2014.
Tomorrow, Azure customers will get blackballed like SQL Server customers are getting today. Or, Microsoft will go bankrupt and take everyone’s data with it.
Okay, here is some comic relief: 12 Steps to download SQL Server Express 2014
Unless USA scales back its global surveillance program and bundling of spyware in hardware, software and networking gear, confidence in American products and services is going to be low. How can anyone in Europe or Asia give software development contracts to American companies?
There are no numbers on what is the real impact on American software sales but there is no point in paying good money to buy American spyware or putting your data in American servers.
Although Microsoft claims to be a cash-rich company, it has been in the market for commercial paper to fund cashflow operations. I have no idea why this is so. Google for example used to get most of its money from web search, done primarily on desktops. Much of that has moved to mobile but the click rate is even less on mobile. Its funding will be under pressure. When Steve Jobs was alive, Apple went on a building and hiring spree. They will see that demand for their products are going to taper out. Smartphone market is slowly getting saturated. Ipads are no longer that fancy. Everyone one has one. Many of these companies are riding on the availability of free cash from big banks, lent to them on the illusory value of their market capitalization. But even the Big Banks are going to be without cash in a few months.
In a desperate move to short gold, they embarked on a coordinated global publicity campaign that deemed that gold was out and was no longer a store of value. It worked for a while. Gold bears dumped their paper gold on after-market hours and depressed prices. But gold survived. Yessir, it did. Now, gold is slowly getting back. India raised duty and also made it very difficult to import gold. US forced Germany (behind the scenes) not to demand the return of German gold held in US gold vaults. US interest rates are at zero. Where else can it go? It can go negative, if it wants! Ha!
But, no, it was not going to last. Physical gold continued to flow from Western markets to Asia. Everyone on flights from Dubai to India is carrying gold. Gold mines and scrap dealers can’t supply enough of it. When the last bits of gold in the central bank reserves at New York and London get over, then there is no hope.
The Rothschilds found that gold was too hot to handle sometime ago and they quietly exited the London Gold Fixing Company years ago. Their proxies, the bullion banks carried on with it but they now want out. Or, else those banks will be bankrupt too.
US has been busting one country after another in order to get to their gold reserves – Iraq, Libya, Ukraine. Syria was targeted but did not make much headway. This regime-change business is slow and a lot of work. Now, what?
Lose the dollar, I always say. Lose the Euro too. Swiss Franc, the safe haven? Don’t you know that international bankers have bust that country too? Switzerland is one of the most indebted countries in the world. How else can they give every citizen a car and free money? When the crash comes, those secret bank account customers will want to clean up their stash. With many of them, mafia and drug-trafficking types, the ultra-efficient Swiss banker types will have to sleep under concrete beds.
BTW, Mini Microsoft is back (probably a troll dispatched from HR).
TV anchor accidentally outs Apple CEO Tim Cook as gay
An anchor on a US television network found himself in an awkward and embarrassing situation when he remarked that Apple CEO Tim Cook was gay and was among the few American chief executives who have been open about their sexuality.CNBC co-anchor Simon Hobbs was part of a panel on a show discussing that there are CEOs at top American companies who are gay but have not publicly spoken about their sexual preferences.Among the panelists was New York Times columnist Jim Stewart who was discussing his upcoming column on oil giant BP’s former CEO John Browne.Browne’s book, ‘The Glass Cl
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.