Saturday, June 14, 2014

MIT Updates Wi-Fi Tech That Can Track You Through Walls

Saturday, June 14, 2014

MIT Updates Wi-Fi Tech That Can Track You Through Walls

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Kevin Samson
Activist Post

One of the hallmarks of technology is dual-use capability. It is for this reason that we are softened up with all of the benefits, before being introduced to the darker side. Technology has always been a double-edged sword, but we are witnessing a closure in the gap between good and bad as technology is now advancing at a much higher rate of speed in tandem with a growing global police state.

I remember seeing a story a while back about a microwave device that could see through rubble to detect the beating heart of people trapped under a collapsed building. I immediately thought, wow that's a good thing ... ohhhh, wait a minute. Seeing through rubble; isn't that the same as seeing through walls?

And here comes the dark side.

A little more than a year ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image.

WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person's location more accurately. An MIT press release explained the significant difference between Wi-Vi and WiTrack:
WiTrack operates by tracking specialized radio signals reflected off a person's body to pinpoint location and movement. The system uses multiple antennas: one for transmitting signals and three for receiving. The system then builds a geometric model of the user's location by transmitting signals between the antennas and using the reflections off a person's body to estimate the distance between the antennas and the user. WiTrack is able to locate motion with significantly increased accuracy, as opposed to tracking devices that rely on wireless signals, according to Adib. 
"Because of the limited bandwidth, you cannot get very high location accuracy using WiFi signals," Adib says. "WiTrack transmits a very low-power radio signal, 100 times smaller than WiFi and 1,000 times smaller than what your cell phone can transmit. But the signal is structured in a particular way to measure the time from when the signal was transmitted until the reflections come back. WiTrack has a geometric model that maps reflection delays to the exact location of the person. The model can also eliminate reflections off walls and furniture to allow us to focus on tracking human motion."

Here is a video demonstration of how this operates:

As if on cue, we are presented with the enormous benefits of this low-cost technology, while being given none of the potential negatives. In the video, we see the convenience element that would fit into the various applications of smart homes and the Internet of Things. Secondly, are video games, which would take the somewhat cumbersome Wii to entirely new levels. And leave it to MIT to pimp the two most military-oriented games on the market that would benefit:
Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house. 
Yes, imagine further acclimating America's youth to become even more involved in the realism that has become violent gaming based on military campaigns.
But for the real sales pitch, we have to look at disaster relief and personal safety, which is precisely what the rollout of the microwave device cited above set out to highlight.

Here is what was said about Wi-Vi:
Researchers think the Wi-Vi system could also be used to find survivors in destroyed buildings or count and track criminals. Compared to previous military-oriented tracking systems, Wi-Vi is cheap, compact and lightweight, which makes it practical for consumer uses such aspersonal safety. Researchers now hope to improve the technology so it can work with denser walls over longer ranges. (emphasis added)
Well, 1 1/2 years later MIT is now announcing that they have "perfected" a system which can track multiple people through walls, as well as breathing and heart rate, to 99% accuracy.

This new system is being called WiZ,
Researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratorytransmitted a low-power wireless signal through a wall and measured how long it took the signals to bounce back. Changes in the reflected signals allowed the team to measure movement, or even minute chest movements.
Based on a person’s chest rising and falling, the CSAIL group can determine their heart rate with 99 percent accuracy. The system can track up to four people at a time.
The first application touted, naturally, is to monitor your baby's vital signs:

In the following video we begin to see how easily this stealth monitoring system could be set up for surveillance:

Extreme Tech, while being "truly excited" about these developments, correctly summarizes where all of this is headed.  
Perhaps most significantly, though, with the world moving towards wearable computers and ubiquitous sensor networks, WiZ could play a role in tracking your movement and vital signs without having to wear a Fitbit or smartwatch. It’s quite easy to imagine a wide-scale radio-based sensor network that tracks the movements of everyone through a given area — and then using some kind of beacon system (say, if your smartphone broadcast your identity) that sensor data could be correlated to each person. It would be equal parts great news for people wanting to keep track of their health and activity levels, and modern-day governments that just love to surveil their populace.
The electronic tracking and Internet surveillance that we all have been enduring at the hands of the NSA and their corporate partners pales in comparison to the real-world, real-time tracking that seems to be on the horizon beyond the virtual matrix.

As tech site GIGAOM opined with tongue in cheek to introduce one of their articles on the topic: This technology will "ruin hide and seek forever."

Recently by Kevin Samson: Updated: 6/14/2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Interview with Dr. Dominique Belpomme by Radio Canada on Electromagnetic Fields and Electrosensitivity

13 June 2014

Interview with Dr. Dominique Belpomme by Radio Canada on Electromagnetic Fields and Electrosensitivity 

Electromagnetic Fields Likely to Cause Alzheimer's in Electrosensitive Persons,
6 June 2014

(Summary of Radio-Canada Interview by the Editor of this blog)

Original broadcast in French

 Dr. Belpomme, President of ARTAC (Association for Research on Treatment Against Cancer) is asked by the interviewer about his creation nearly three years ago of the European Cancer and Environment Research Institute (ECERI).  The Institute collaborates with 15-20 European teams researching the environmental causes of not only cancer but also other diseases and disorders, including Alzheimer's and autism.

According to Dr. Dominique Belpomme, 80-90% of cancers are linked to the environment. Living was not always “carcinogenic”. Cancer is a recent disease due to the fact that it has become a scourge of huge proportions. Cancer as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes have exploded. We are obliged to ask why. The answer is: life style and pollution:  

chemical pollution, pesticides, electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by wireless technology. Do we continue this technology for purely economic reasons or do we take into account the very high health costs that we will be paying as a result?

Referring to the Canadian safety code, Dr. Belpomme mentions the scientific denial - for purely economic and financial reasons. There is no scientific controversy. High-level independent scientists all agree that there is a major risk from propagation of wireless technology: appearance of certain cancers (EMF are recognized as“potentially carcinogenic” by WHO) and the risk of Alzheimer’s in electrosensitive persons.

In less than four years, Dr. Belpomme has questioned and examined clinically more than 1,000 electrohypersensitivity (EHS) – self reported patients. These are real sick persons who are in a pre-Alzheimer’s state. 

Canada’s safety code recognizes heating of tissues. What is the most conclusive scientific proof of biological effects? : animal experiments (psychological explanations for their afflictions cannot be attributed to animals) and biological tests of electrosensitive persons which indicate a pre-Alzheimer’s state. These tests include:

- Brain imagery showing vascular hypoperfusion in the area of the brain (the limbic system) where Alzheimer’s starts
- 2-10 times higher levels of histamine in the blood.
- Detection of other markers of the opening of the blood brain barrier.
- Higher levels of auto-antibodies against O- myelin and / or stress proteins
- Decrease in the production of melatonin in 24h urine
These indications are objective and show the same biological anomalies as found in animals exposed to EMF.

What can we do? Treat these sick persons with natural anti-inflammatory products and anti-histamine medications and anti-oxidants; correct the deficit in vitamins and oligo elements to avoid Alzheimer’s. The sick persons are partially reimbursed by the French system, but these medicines are not recognized as specifically for treating electrosensitive persons, only for their biological or clinical properties. More and more electrosensitive persons are being recognized as handicapped.

We must take daily measures to protect ourselves: never use a cell phone for more than 20 minutes a day, in sequences of 6-minute calls. Limit use of cell phones by children and adolescents. Ban cell phones before age 12. Pregnant women should use cell phones as little as possible to protect the very vulnerable fetus.

Dr. Belpomme then talks about smart meters: better to call these “intelligent” meters, “dumb” meters. They add to the electrosmog. The interviewer says these emit 83 seconds a day. Dr. Belpomme replies that more than the dose, it is the repetition of the dose that makes the poison. 

Electrosensitive persons are also affected by artificial and solar light.

Today, risks from exposure to electromagnetic fields are recognized by the whole scientific community. The latest statistics from Europe indicate that 10% of the population suffers from this syndrome of intolerance to EMF and the numbers are growing. These people are totally handicapped in their lives. Statistics in peer-reviewed publications predict that in the next 50 years, from 25 to 50% of the population will be afflicted. Dr. David O. Carpenter in the United States says exactly the same.

The interviewer asks, how can you explain that the most renowned organizations contest the research, saying there is no scientific evidence or at best, weak evidence? 

Dr. Belpomme replies by referring to the three BioInitiative Reports compiled by 30 of the top world experts. Out of over 3,000 articles published in the best international reviews, two-thirds say there is a health risk. He goes on to emphasize again the denial and financial interests which push the media to misinform the public.

When asked about his own use of wireless technology, Dr. Belpomme says he uses a cell phone for only a few minutes a day – for emergency calls. There is no Wi-Fi in his offices, everything is wired.

(Dr. Belpomme kindly reviewed this text.)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Citizens for Safe Technology Society - June "Speak out!" awards

Citizens for Safe Technology Society - June "Speak out!" awards
"Speak out!" Awards
Here are our volunteers' top choices for the best "Speak Out!" videos this month, being awarded to those who embody the best of humanity: caring for the rights of others with intelligence, compassion and integrity and being brave enough to
tell the world the truth.
Please share as an aid to enriching the lives of those around you.

Also note the RALLY REMINDER NEAR YOU for this
SATURDAY, JUNE 14 at bottom of page.

Health Effects Lecture to Medical Students
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Excerpt from the book EMF Freedom (Electromagnetic Fields) Solutions for the 21st Century Pollution

Excerpt from the book EMF Freedom (Electromagnetic Fields) Solutions for the 21st Century Pollution

From André Fauteux

The meters started being installed at the beginning of the week
and by Thursday night an itchy rash developed around my ankle.
Having had a long standing appointment with a doctor the following
week, I thought she could determine what was causing it
and tell me what to do for it. By the time I saw her the following
Thursday, the rash was up my calf and covered half of my thigh.
She stated it was not scabies and recommended herbs that help
reduce skin inflammation.

Two weeks later, the rash was solid over my legs, arms, stomach
and back. The itching was so intense, with nothing able to relieve
it, there was no way to sleep. I felt like I was undergoing torture.
I saw my primary care doctor, who stated it was probably scabies.
When I said I had not been exposed to them, she prescribed
cortisone cream and pills. This did not stop the spreading or
the itching, so I was referred to a dermatologist who also stated
it had to be scabies and prescribed scabies medication to be used
over my total body.

Knowing it was not scabies, I chose not to use it. After several
more weeks of being awake itching all night, I could not stand it
anymore and went to a doctor who had helped me in the past. He
thought it was a recurrence of the skin parasite schistosomiasis I
had been infected with 30 years earlier. I underwent his schistosomiasis
cleansing. After still being awake itching all night, I became
desperate and utilized the scabies therapy 3 times, because the
standard of applying it 2 times did not help. Still, nothing worked!
I was given referrals to both an allergist (the answer: it was not
contact dermatitis) and then to an infectious disease doctor (the
answer: it had to be scabies). Finally, I was referred to one of the
most highly regarded dermatologist in the area. His answer was
to prescribe ultraviolet (UV) therapy treatments, stating that UV
reduces skin inflammation.

By now, I could not use a cell phone or a computer due to itching,
bloody sores breaking out up my arm and legs within minutes of
using either device. My skin spontaneously started bleeding when
I was exposed to any EMF radiation. It bled so profusely, many
of my clothes and sheets were destroyed due to staining. Being a
researcher and author, not being able to be around computers or
cell phones meant I could no longer work. It was Christmastime
and since some of the doctors were still convinced it was scabies,
I could not go anywhere or be with my young grandchildren for
fear of the possibility of infecting others.

Finally, I looked again at all the health complaints from Northern
California. Just searching on the word “rash” I was astonished
at how many people had written about their problems with skin
rashes that began after the installation of their SMART meters.
Additionally during this time, I realized that if I was near people
who were transmitting on the new more powerful 3G and 4G
phones, I felt like slender sharp needles were going into my
ankles, feet, thighs, or mid-back. When 3–4 feet away from the 
SMART meters that were installed in my area, the same feeling
of needles penetrating my feet and legs would occur. With all
these new symptoms, it became obvious they were the result of
the new EMF smog that was blanketing our neighborhood and
community from the newly installed SMART meters, as this was
the only thing that was different in my environment. Now that
the source of the problem had been identified, it was much easier
to find solutions.

My first discovery was that grounding to the earth’s energy helps
offset electromagnetic radiation, so I started going to the ocean
and laying on the sand or on the ground for an hour or two a day.
Next we brought in a biological building inspector who helped
identify where the EMF exposures were excessive throughout
our home and office. Making the changes he recommended and
turning the electricity off at night to the back part of our house
where we sleep, along with consistent grounding at the beach, my
symptoms gradually subsided.

Today, utilizing a sheet that grounds our bed and a pad that
grounds my feet when working on the computer, as well as employing
energy optimizers for my body, cell phone, and electronic
devices, I am finally rash free. These techniques have allowed me
to reenter society and to be able to work again. However, when
I am unable to avoid being around a large crowd of people who
are all using their cell phones, my skin itches for several hours
afterwards. Also if I spend time working in rooms with banks of
computers as well as Wi-Fi (e.g., medical library) without adequate
antioxidants, I develop a slight rash on my mouse arm.

It is important to remember that just because we can use grounding
pads and energy harmonizing devices to feel more comfortable, it
does not mean the harm has been eliminated. The best thing for
everyone is to combine as many ways to protect themselves and
eliminate or reduce as much EMF radiation as possible, because
its effects are cumulative and delayed.

Australian school cancel’s childs enrollment after father raises concerns about Wi-Fi

Australian school cancel’s childs enrollment after father raises concerns about Wi-Fi

From Amand Wells
School cancels my sons enrolment after I raise concerns about Wi-Fi
We moved to the Sunshine Coast back in March 2013, primarily so our son, Bodhi, could have a Montessori education, something which was not on offer in Northern NSW. We immediately applied to enrol at a local Montessori school and enjoyed a pre-enrolment process including interviews with teachers, playgroups and class observations that lasted 15 months. Everything was going along very well and we were given every indication that there would be a position for Bodhi at the school.
This all changed last week. During our second interview at the school, I asked what were the school’s plans regarding Wi-Fi at the new campus which is currently under construction. I explained my field of work and that I had concerns about the safety of Wi-Fi in classrooms particularly for younger kids. I also offered to do a short presentation on the subject if they were interested. I was told to write an email the schools business manager which I did (see below)
Hi Grant
Thanks for taking the time to read my message.
I am a parent of a two and a half year old son, Bodhi, who is due to begin at your school this August and Larissa recommended I contact you as I an environmental concern about sending Bodhi the school.
To give you some background, I am studying building biology at the Australian College for Environmental Sciences and have a business, Earthing Oz that conducts educational seminars on how to safely use wireless technology.
Firstly, I understand how convenient wireless technology is, I like to use it myself. Through my work and research I have learnt that it is wise to take a precautionary approach with this technology, especially when it comes to children. There are several countries (not Australia) that are already taking a precautionary approach (in schools) to wireless technology.
From what I am seeing this is an area of growing concern for parents and that by taking a precautionary approach, you could actually set Montessori International College apart from other schools. From a business perspective, it would be a selling point for your school.
I would like the opportunity to talk to you about your plans for the new campus and would also be happy to give you and anyone else interested a short presentation on the subject.
Please let me know a convenient time.
This website has some very good information in the subject
The very best
After receiving no response from the business manager for three days I thought I better follow up. A few hours later I received the following email:
Dear Anand,
Thank you for your email alerting me to your health concerns, with respect to wireless technology, about sending your child to our College.
In designing the Masterplan for our new site at Forest Glen the College has worked closely with a team of professional consultants to develop a campus espousing the College’s vision and values. To that end the College IT infrastructure is designed to be serviced by a combination of both wired and wireless technology around the entire campus.
The College respects your views in this matter.
Kind regards
Hmmm, I was hoping that a progressive school like this would be open to at least having a conversation about Wi-Fi, but it wasn’t looking good………
………Thirty minutes after receiving the email from the business manager I received the following email as an attached form letter from the schools enrolment officer:
Dear Anand and Runi,
Re: Montessori International College – Application for Enrolment
Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child into Montessori International College.
Bodhi’s application has been reviewed by the enrolments committee . The College appreciates your commitment, however unfortunately we are unable to offer a place for Bodhi.
Once again, we thank you for the time you took with your application. We wish Bodhi every happiness with his future education.
Bodhi had been expelled even before he had begun school!