Killer Wi-Fi panics London's chattering classes
Naturopaths mobilise to combat wireless death rays
Recent revelations that Wi-Fi may provoke spontaneous abortions in cattle, raise storms and tempests, curdle milk and fry children's brains have had the desired effect among London's chattering classes, with panicked parents mobilising to contain the wireless menace.
According to The Independent, London-based Scooter Computer's call-out service has recently received "hundreds" of calls from concerned users in the wake of a chilling Panorama special last month which highlighted the possible risks of going wires-free.
The company's Will Foot explained: "I have never seen such a reaction. It's completely out of the blue. More than 50 per cent of enquiries were from people worried about Wi-Fi access."
Foot said Scooter Computer had already sent in tinfoil-clad suppression units to remove 25 systems, amid a flurry of Wi-Fi-busting vigilante action.
Nicola Hart, of north London's Dartmouth Park, was apparently "so concerned about the radiation emitted from the systems that she removed Wi-Fi from her home, and persuaded her neighbours and her daughter's school to do the same".
She claimed to have suffered "a lot of funny symptoms" at the hands of Wi-Fi, which she put down to "an early menopause". She explained: "We put the system in about four months ago because my 17-year-old son wanted to have access to the internet at the same time as us. I did not really think about any effects it might have."
Once the Wi-Fi was shown the door, Hart "began sleeping and feeling better", and this prompted her to persuade her six-year-old daughter's school in leafy Belsize Park to can its system. She noted: "A lot of the parents were very pleased, and a lot of my friends are very keen to have it taken out of their children's schools."
Sinead Griffiths, a researcher from Walthamstow, likewise binned Wi-Fi, mainly "to protect her children", although she admitted to suffering "headaches and lethargy". She said: "There is not enough information available on the subject. I don't want to take any risks. You just don't know what all this technology in the home is doing to us."
And to reinforce just how Wi-Fi might upset your ying-yang balance and provoke inauspicious feng shui, "The Independent's Green Goddess columnist Julia Stephenson reported last week that she too had disconnected her Wi-Fi, on the advice of her naturopath". ®
Thanks to Arthur Pewtey for the heads-up.
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The problem is...
the added effect of all these radiations. Lately I've been playing with a wireless power receiver that can be tuned to all frequencies, including vlf. Did you know that the 60 Hz used in the uss interferes with Earth's natural em waves? Nodays in a dense urban environment you can get a bit way too much power out of a tuned single coil air core transformer. (also called the Tesla wireless power receiver) The biggest problems are the grid's 50 Hz hum (constant but low power), the GSM 900/1800 bursts (rare but high powered) and lately the wifi's 2.4 Ghz. Everything is ok until there is a channel collision, then both base stations start and try to outshout the other one. 3 or more competing stations on the same frequency is even worse. Since i have 3 base stations within a 10 meter radius of my bedroom (my neighbours), the signal strength is a bit too much, especially when all 3 tries to use the channel at the same time and broadcast their junk traffic which keeps coming in from the cable network routers all the time. And we should not forget, that 2.4 Ghz was choosen for the microwave ovesns because this is the frequency that excites water the most in various materials and tissues. Using the same frequency for communications is somewhat stupid, regardless of the power.
However i found that my soviet designed high rise apartement bathroom is completly em shielded. It's built from steel reinforced concreate as a transportable container and some of the walls are covered with sheet metal service panels. (lately also covered by ceramic tiles because it was ugly) The only door is facing a wall built with a similar technique. The metal parts are welded together and safely grounded. I found that both fm radio and gsm connections fail inside and it completly blocks the waves of my old poorly shielded microwave oven from the other side of the wall.
Catalytic converters aren't used to counteract the noxious effects of lead in petrol - indeed, lead stops them working. One reason for the switch to unleaded was to enable the use of catalytic converters.
And of course its manufacturers did claim it was safe, despite widespread concern that it wasn't. (see, for instance, http://www.thenation.com/doc/20000320/kitman )