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22 November 2017

Fresno Man Says His iPhone Ignited, Now He's Suing Apple

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the plaintiffs’ injuries, lost work, medical expenses and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages.

by David Castellon, thebusinessjournal.com, 20 November 2017

Nwabueze Umeh has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming
his iPhone 6 exploded and injured him in May.
A Fresno man is the latest plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against cell phone giant Apple, Inc. and some of its vendors after his iPhone 6 reportedly ignited and injured him.

The lawsuit was filed Oct. 11 by lawyers representing Nwabueze Umeh in Fresno County Superior Court, seeking actual and punitive damages for injuries and mental anguish suffered when the phone exploded on May 20.

Also named as a defendant is Airtouch Cellular, Inc., which reportedly sold Umeh the phone.

His lawsuit is the latest of five lawsuits filed by Gustafson Nicolai, pc, a Los Angeles-based law firm representing people around the country whom they say were injured when their older-model iPhones ignite.

Three of the other plaintiffs are adults from Harvest, Ala.; Prussia, Pa.; and Manhattan Beach, Calif., along with a minor from Pineville, La.

Smartphones Are Damaging This Generation's Mental Health

Smartphones are damaging this generation's mental healthby 
Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University, weforum.org, 17 November 2017

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

Even if online time doesn't directly harm mental health, it could still
adversely affect it in indirect ways. 
Image:  Reuters/Edgar Su
In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

21 November 2017

Russian Nuclear Facility Denies It Is Source of High Radioactivity Levels

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels
by Shaun Walker in Moscow and Hannah Devlin, The Guardian, 21 November 2017

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological service confirmed levels several hundred times the norm were found in several locations in the country during tests in late September.

Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak 
posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment.
Photo:  Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace has called for an investigation into a potential cover-up of a nuclear accident after Russia’s nuclear agency had denied European reports of increased ruthenium-106 levels. Rosgidromet, the weather monitoring service, released test data on Monday that showed levels were indeed much higher than normal. The most potent site was Argayash in the south Urals, where levels were 986 times the norm.

Argayash is about 20 miles from Mayak, a facility that reprocesses spent nuclear fuel. The plant facility issued a denial on Tuesday. “The contamination of the atmosphere with ruthenium-106 isotope registered by Rosgidromet is not linked to the activity of Mayak,” a statement said.

How Facebook and Google Threaten Public Health - and Democracy

'Substance cannot compete with sensation, which must be
amplified constantly, lest consumers get distracted and
move on.'  Photo: Anadolu Agency/ Getta Images
How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy
by Roger McNamee, Opinion, The Guardian, 
11 November 2017

The sad truth is that Facebook and Google have behaved irresponsibly in the pursuit of massive profits. And this has come at a cost to our health

In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and expressed regret at the damage being inflicted on children.

This admission, by one of the architects of Facebook, comes on the heels of last week’s hearings by Congressional committees about Russian interference in the 2016 election, where the general counsels of Facebook, Alphabet (parent of Google and YouTube), and Twitter attempted to deflect responsibility for manipulation of their platforms.

GE Faces Lawsuit Over Role in Fukushima

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster
by Jon Chesto, GLOBE STAFF, 
bostonglobe.com, 18 November 2017

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the industrial giant was reckless and negligent in its design of the reactors and related systems at the core of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

The plaintiffs claim Boston-based GE knowingly used a reactor design at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that would fail to protect against the possible threat of earthquakes and tsunamis, a natural risk in that area.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for businesses in the area that suffered economic damage as a result of the disaster, which displaced as many as 150,000 people.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims GE and its partners lowered a protective cliff by more than 60 feet, placing the plant and all six of its GE-designed reactors closer to the Pacific Ocean and in the path of the severe tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

What Are Smartphones Doing to Young People?

What are smartphones doing to young people?
cbc.ca/radio, 19 November 2017
(click "Listen" in original article to hear full interview)

(Photo): Three-quarters of North American teenagers either own or have access to a smartphone. Too much screen-time has been linked to sleep disruption, loneliness, anxiety, depression and even an increased risk of suicide. (Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

The average age at which kids in the U.S. become smartphone owners is 10 years old.

​In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of American teenagers either owned or had access to a smartphone.

​Something that didn't even exist 11 years ago is now so essential to life in the modern world that few people — including kids — can imagine life without them.

But what has this technology done to young people's cranial hardware?

Tech addiction

Finding My Way through Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Finding My Way through Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
by Susi Lippuner, WVE Member, womensvoices.org, 15 November 2017

Susi Lippuner
Had I known then what I know now, the depth and severity of the multiple chemical sensitivities/environmental illness that I developed would have been far less. I fit a common profile: female – with Chronic Fatigue, some thyroid inconsistencies, upper airway symptoms and a past history of adverse drug reactions.[1] I had no significant discernible cause of my symptoms, and I lacked in the knowledge and resources for the help that I needed.

In 1992, Dr. William Rea documented that 13% of his patients suffering from environmental illness became ill after an acute chemical exposure, 24% of his patients could trace the onset of their illness to an overwhelming massive trauma, childbirth or surgery, and 60% percent of his patients had no significant discernible cause of illness.[2]It is commonly estimated that 12 – 16% of the population reports being sensitive to chemicals with approximately 4 % of these being affected daily by exposure to chemicals.[3]

Cell Towers, Mobiles Spell Doom for Honey Bees

Cell towers, mobiles spell doom for honey bees
by VKL Gayatri, THE HANS INDIA, 20 November 2017

Honey Bees
Visakhapatnam: Natural honey will become dearer and the next generations may have to content with factory-made artificial honey with population of bees dwindling across the country. Experts say high range of radiation levels being released by cell towers and mobile phones are making honey bees forgetful of their famed memory, resulting in their not returning their combs.

According to the research studies, the cause of the sudden decrease in bee population is radiation released from the cellular towers and mobile phones. The signals from the mobiles and towers are not only confusing the bees, but also sounding a death knell to them.

5G Wireless Technology: Cutting Through the Hype

This article contains excerpts extracted from a 23-page special report from RCR Wireless that cuts through much of the hype surrounding the deployment of 5G. 

5G Wireless Technology: Cutting Through the Hype

saferemr.com, 13 November 2017

The CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, has launched an advertising campaign entitled, "The Global Race to 5G." The ads claim that unless the U.S. wins this "global race" to become the first nation to deploy the fifth generation of wireless technology or 5G, we will not reap the economic benefits of this technology.

The CTIA claims that "compared to today's 4G networks, 5G will be up to 100x faster, support 100x more devices, and provide a 5x faster response time." Moreover, the association asserts that the nation's wireless industry is prepared to invest $275 billion in 5G which will yield three million new jobs and $500 billion in economic growth. If we win the global race, the "next-generation of wireless will drive $2.7 trillion of new economic benefits to American families and businesses."

Minnesota: State Alleges 3M Chemicals Caused Cancer and Infertility, Alleges $5 Billion in Damage

3M produced PFCs, one of the most widely used chemicals in the world, for 50 years at its manufacturing plant in Cottage Grove. The compounds were used in ScotchGuard, Teflon, degreasers and many other household and industrial products. 3M stopped producing them more than a decade ago. But for many years, the company dumped waste containing PFCs at four sites in the southeast metro, contributing to one of the most severe and pervasive groundwater contamination problems in the state...

State alleges 3M chemicals caused cancer and infertility, alleges $5 billion in damage
by Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 21 November 2017

Suit seeks $5B, says pollution increased rates of cancer, infertility. 

(Photo): The logo for 3M appears on a screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Caterpillar and Post-it note maker 3M lead a rally in industrial companies, while banks are climbing along with interest rates.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says toxic chemicals dumped by 3M Co. in the east metro suburb Oakdale caused higher rates of cancer, infertility and low birthweight babies — the first time anyone has estimated the potential human health impact of groundwater contamination in the area since the problem came to light almost two decades ago.

In court briefs filed Friday, Swanson included the conclusions of an expert environmental witness, while alleging that the health and environmental damage of the contamination totals $5 billion and arguing that 3M should be liable for punitive damages.