How To Develop A Healthier Relationship To Your Phone

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Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. He left Google in 2016 and founded the Center for Humane Technology and the associated “Time Well Spent Movement“. In the essay at the following link he reveals the psychological manipulation built into smart-phones – and more importantly he shows how to move beyond the manipulation through understanding how it works.

Have you got a slot machine in your pocket? This is a very important read for all smart-phone users – highly recommended …

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist


Introduction …


This blog was born out of an understanding of the counter-forces working against life in our times. Not only against human life but against all that lives here on Earth in the four manifest kingdoms of nature. All four kingdoms are in big trouble. I could have chosen to focus on any one of several specific means by which the assault on life is manifesting, but the area which called to me for special focus has been and still is, the effects of radio frequencies, magnetic fields and electrical fields within the electromagnetic spectrum, on the continued viability of all life forms.

Specifically, this blog endeavors to

  • Bring more of an emphasis on the positive ways and means by which we can mitigate any ill effects of our exposure to electronic digital technology;
  • Continue to highlight developments which underline the growing world-wide general health concerns – especially of 5G;
  • Expose the various reported incidents of damage to human health and that of other life forms which can be likely linked to 5G and other mobile data networks;
  • Draw attention to any viable social action that you could be part of that might positively change any potentially dangerous use of digital technology such as 5G;
  • Give useful information regarding maintaining soul-spiritual health in a technological culture … etc.

Where possible and appropriate, inspiration and knowledge, as in the past, will be to some extent drawn from Dr Rudolf Steiner’s lectures and writings. If you have a comment or question please contact me by email or by the comment facility on this site.

Blog posts appear below. The latest appears first.

It’s Happening In The USA, Australia, UK … And Soon New Zealand!

smallcellUnfortunately 5G systems are now being activated in parts of Australia. The same is happening in the USA – Sacramento has been designated a 5G test area. I suspect that we aren’t too far away from something similar in New Zealand.

Just a couple of days ago I sent a Local Government Freedom Of Information request to Auckland Council. I’m hoping to receive a report of their 5G strategy (if it exists) as well as a report of the extent of 5G preparation and installation in and around the city of Auckland as well as an indication of the planning, environmental and health regulations that are being upheld in the face of any 5G preparation and implementation. All citizens in most commonwealth connected nations have the right to request specific information from local and central (and federal) government. Often the procedure is notified somewhere on their website(s).

Most of the 5G promotional hype is saying that the roll-out starts in 2020.

Here is a recent press release from the Australian telecommunication company Telstra …

Telstra Media Release

Telstra launches its first 5G-enabled sites in Tasmania

Embargoed until 8am 22 November 2018 – Telstra has switched on two 5G-enabled base stations in Launceston, bringing 5G technology to Tasmania for the first time.

Speaking at the TasICT Industry Breakfast in Hobart, Telstra’s Network Engineering Executive, Mr Channa Seneviratne, said the sites, at Invermay and Norwood, marked an important milestone in Telstra’s 5G network strategy.

“This is an exciting first step for our 5G rollout in Tasmania with Launceston now among the first cities in Australia to have sites upgraded with 5G technology,” Mr Seneviratne said. “This investment is part of our planning to bring 5G services to as many of our customers as possible once 5G compatible devices are commercially available next year.

“Telstra is leading the Australian market on 5G with a series of world and Australian firsts in 5G testing and network development and over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G roadmap with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas across Australia.”

With the switch-on of the two sites in Launceston, Telstra now has more than 60 5G-enabled base stations across Australia, at locations including Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Telstra is on track to deploy 200 5G-enabled mobile base stations by the end of 2018. 5G technology will transform the mobile landscape, delivering ultra-low latency and high-data speeds while supporting massive machine-type communications.

Telstra’s rollout of 5G is underpinned by the around $5 billion in mobile network investment over the three years to 30 June 2019, consistent with previous guidance, to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of Telstra’s network.

Last month Telstra announced Ericsson would be its key 5G partner under an agreement that will see the two companies partner to deliver the next generation of mobile technology for Australia.

In late 2017, Telstra and Ericsson completed a world first 5G trial data call over mmWave spectrum using Telstra’s production core network.

In February Telstra launched its 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast supported by Ericsson. That Centre has since been home to several world and Australian firsts including the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots, Australia’s first 5G Connected Car and the world’s first end-to-end 5G nonstandalone data call on a commercial mobile network.

In August, Telstra announced it had started switching on 5G technology, making Australia’s largest and fastest* mobile network the first in the country to be 5G ready.



Martin Pall PhD, Professor Emeritus Of Biochemistry & Basic Medical Science, Washington State University, USA

Mart PallIf you want an informed science perspective on 5G … here it is! The document is long – 90 pages – but please read chapter seven …–dr-martin-l.-pall–eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf

If you have the time … the following link – a June 2018 Samsung Press Release regarding 5G, gives quite another perspective …


International Appeal To Stop 5G On Earth And In Space

I recently received this email from Arthur Firstenberg of the Cell Phone Task Force. Some readers may wish to respond in some way …

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Please Present This Appeal to Your Government – The Earth has reached its limit

In 1995, when cell phones were still luxury items, Sarah Benson from Australia contacted me to say that we had to organize internationally to prevent an electromagnetic assault on the Earth from the ground and from space. The following year, cell towers began to sprout like mushrooms over all natural landscapes. Wherever they sprouted, we received reports that bees disappeared, birds fell dead out of the sky, and frogs turned up with deformed legs, missing eyes, and other genetic mistakes in lakes, streams and forests.

How you can use this Appeal to stop the rollout of 5G in your country

 We originally envisioned this as an emergency appeal by scientists and doctors, which we planned to present to the world’s governments by November 1, 2018. But the outpouring of support and signatures from around the world, not only from doctors and scientists, but in far greater numbers from people who have been injured by their cell phones or by cell towers, and from the general public, has surprised and overwhelmed us. More than 300 environmental and health organizations and 11,000 individuals from all walks of life, from at least 95 countries, have signed so far. We are still processing the backlog of signatures, and we have posted as many of them as we can on the website ( In anticipation of asking everyone—not just scientists and doctors—to sign, we have now automated the process.

So far, translations of the Appeal in eight languages (Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Russian and Spanish) have been posted on the website ( and at least 12 more (Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Romanian and Serbian) will be posted soon. We are seeking volunteer translators for Farsi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish and other languages.

We are just two people—a professional editor at the United Nations, now retired, and I—and we need your help in order to make this Appeal succeed.

Sign the Appeal – everyone can sign

 We are now asking everyone—not just scientists and doctors, but everyone—to sign the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space ( and Success is much more likely if the public is on board in large numbers.

Donations are needed

Over 20,000 US dollars has been spent on this Appeal to date, including website design and maintenance, data processing services, computer time, office supplies, paper, postage, international phone calls, professional translators for certain languages, a part-time assistant, and many other expenses. Until now this has been paid for entirely from sales of my book, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life, which gives both the historical and scientific background of the present problem.

Radio and television announcements, professional lobbyists, and other aspects of a public relations campaign will cost much more money than we presently have. Therefore we have recently added a “Donate” page to the website ( and we are asking for donations in any amount.

Another way to support the Appeal is to purchase my book, which is for sale on the Cellular Phone Task Force website ( All the proceeds from sales of my book are being used to fund this Appeal. I keep none of this money and collect no salary for my work on the Appeal.

Present the Appeal to your government and other authorities

 We originally anticipated gathering signatures mostly from doctors and scientists, and presenting the Appeal ourselves to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the European Union, and all of the 195 nations of the world. This would have had to be done by mail, email, and by finding appropriate people to present it around the world in person. But now we have a much bigger and more effective resource – YOU. You live in more than 90 countries around the world, and some of you are well connected, both with the public and with your government.

BEFORE NOVEMBER 14, 2018: Write to the US Federal Communications Commission

On November 14, 2018, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to auction millimeter wave spectrum (24 GHz, 25 GHz, 28 GHz) to 60 American telecommunications companies for the provision of 5G. On about November 8, 2018, I will send a copy of the Appeal along with an official list of 11,000 signatories from 95 countries to each of the FCC Commissioners:

My letter will ask the FCC to protect the world’s health and environment by CANCELLING THE AUCTION. There is already a report from The Hague, dated 2 November 2018, that hundreds of birds fell dead in Huijgens Park immediately after a new 5G mast (emitting 7.4 GHz) was tested on a nearby rooftop.

 Italy and South Korea have already held auctions of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G. Most of the rest of the world has not yet done this, and should not do this. Please, everyone send emails to the FCC Commissioners and the news media, directing them to our website and supporting our request that this auction be cancelled. 

BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2018: Mail, email or hand-deliver this Appeal to your government

On about November 25, 2018, we will enter both the number of signatories and the number of countries they represent into the Appeal that is posted on the website in many languages. On about November 25, please print out copies of the Appeal from the website ( and present it to the appropriate officials in your national government who are in charge of telecommunications and outer space on or about December 1.  You may also wish to send the Appeal to:

  • Citizens’ associations
  • National politicians
  • Academic institutions and faculties of medicine
  • Mayors of major cities
  • Political parties
  • Parent-children associations
  • Head teachers of schools

PLEASE RECORD the names of the officials to whom you have presented the Appeal, and the date presented, and send me this information by email along with a copy of your cover letter.

Thank you.

Arthur Firstenberg, Administrator

International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

P.O. Box 6216

Santa Fe, NM 87502


Tel: 1-505-471-0129


How Evil Is Met Through Human Beings Developing The Inner Strength ‘Not To Go Under’

PerlasThis post is essentially about Nicanor Perlas’s outstanding new book: “Humanity’s Last Stand”. But first an introduction …

In the blog post of September 8 titled ‘Technology Becomes Sub-Nature’ I quoted from amongst Rudolf Steiner’s final words to the members of the Anthroposophical Society …

183. In the natural scientific age, beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, the cultural activities of humanity have gradually slipped down not only into the depths of the natural forces but deeper still into a region lying below nature. Technology becomes sub-nature.

184. This makes it necessary for the human being to find a fully experienced spiritual knowledge through which one can raise oneself just as high into the super-natural realms as one is drawn into the sub-natural through technology. One thus creates within oneself the strength needed to not go under.

185. In the past, the conception of nature still bore within it the spirit with which the origins of human evolution are connected. This spirit gradually disappeared from our conception of nature; the purely ahrimanic flowed into it and from there into technological civilisation.

In writing this blog I have wondered, no doubt as readers have, what we can do to respond in a healthy and decisive way to the powerful and accelerating forces contained in and behind the modern electronic technology emanating from the realm of sub-nature. Steiner’s words above point to the balancing gesture that must come from a sufficient number of human beings so that the strength not to go under is realized and developed. But what does this really mean in practical terms and in terms of who we are as individual and unique human beings? I’ll point you in the direction of a comprehensive answer to this question below.

At the end of another post I appealed to readers with the question: “What are you going to do?” (See the final paragraph of “5G – What Are You Going To Do?” for the context.) And then in response to the last post (28 October 2018) a comment arrived from a regular reader in Australia to whom I am very grateful. He pointed me in the direction of the following book – which, because of its extreme importance, I am now pointing all readers towards …

“Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence – A Spiritual-Scientific Perspective” by Nicanor Perlas [Temple Lodge 2018]

The perilous icing on the cake of 5G, 6G and the Internet of Things is an explosion of Artificial Intelligence beyond anything we could have imagined. Perlas has been researching and speaking about AI for several years. His background as an activist and educator is extensive. His wikipedia profile is worth a read! This book is clearly the result of a remarkable and inspired individual who has already written on several overwhelmingly important topics affecting all of humanity. His knowledge and application of Anthroposophy is woven into the book in such a way that open-minded individuals with little or no exposure to Rudolf Steiner’s work will find their way through. It is a book of uncompromising truth and hope and application. We are shown many things, including …

  • The mission of evil;
  • How humanity stands closer to the Abyss as each year hurtles by;
  • How we can help to ensure the possibility that Artificial Intelligence remains in the service of humanity; – and, most important …
  • Through all that is and will take place on the Earth, how we can become Truly Human and not go under.

Please let me know your response to this book. It is available on Amazon Kindle which is where my copy comes from. I’ve also ordered a print copy. If there is sufficient interest then maybe we could start an online ideas and action forum in the spirit of “Humanity’s Last Stand”.

5G: Why Aren’t Those In Government Taking Responsibility For Public Safety?

AntennaSome say that the only answer to the above question is: Because the massive corporate and industrial interests in 5G technology override the authority and responsibility of those elected to look after the best interests of their nation’s citizens. It’s likely this is allowed to happen because the current measure of success is determined by the economic capacity of the nation rather than the health, safety and well-being of its citizens and the environment.

Concerned scientists, doctors and citizens who have looked into the 5G health risks and issues are calling for a substantial slowing down of the 5G roll-out but nobody in central or local government appears to be listening to the facts. Where are the guardians of public safety and the representatives of the people? Where is simple common-sense precaution? The ghosts of thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos are rattling in the background and still most of us squirm a bit then check our phones yet again. The current radiofrequency and microwave smog is thick enough. But we are about to take an almighty leap for the ‘masters’ of mankind. We’ve seen nothing yet!

In Australia, Telstra’s CEO Andy Penn has announced how his company is now fast-tracking 5G with installations already in place in certain areas. If you live in Australia you need to read this if you are interested in knowing what is going on …

Until 5G phones hit the markets, probably next year, the emphasis will be on ramping up industrial and commercial applications of the so-called Internet  of Things (IoL). In New Zealand Spark has recently switched on its second Internet of Things (IoT) network, LTE Cat-M1 (M1), which will run over Spark’s 4G mobile network. On its website ( the company announces that “Spark is the first operator in New Zealand to make its M1 network commercially available in main centres with a progressive nationwide rollout happening in the coming months.” The smart metering company Landis+Gyr has announced that it will be switching to the Spark M1 infrastructure which will be used for further roll-outs of smart meters. IoT applications in various industries, including farming, will be implemented. It appears that all of this is part of the overall infrastructure roll-out and subsequent marketing strategy for 5G. Don’t expect to see headlines about all of this in your local newspaper, radio or TV news! But watch the changing face of related consumer advertising over the coming months. And watch for the blind stampede to the phone shops in the coming year or two as the good people of New Zealand line up so that they can download a movie in two seconds. Wow!

Spark managing director Simon Moutter recently said, “We are undertaking detailed planning to ‘map’ expected 5G cell site densities in New Zealand and, as a result of this planning and the learnings we have taken from our 5G testing, we are forming a good understanding of how many new sites we will need for 5G, and where,” He also said, “We have already begun a build program to increase the number of cell sites in our existing mobile network — which will enable us to meet near-term capacity demand as well as lay the groundwork for network densification required for 5G.”

The sad thing is that the damaging stuff is actually invisible. Out of sight and out of mind. The towers and poles are ugly – but who else actually sees them any more? The slick and colorful stuff bouncing across the slick screens entrances the unwary. Who and where would I be without my phone?!

Time to go outside and smell the roses, listen to the birds, be warmed by the sun.