as the song goes 'I don't care, I love it.'

The problem with ‘smart meters’ is what caused me, some years ago, to search out and find Stop Smart Meters Australia. Without my knowledge and, therefore, my consent my electricity provider installed a smart meter in the box outside my bedroom wall. Soon after and I start getting dizzy spells eventually resulting with me dropping to the floor not because I lost consciousness but because my strength just drained out of me.

My doctor was perplexed and so I looked for changes in my immediate environment which is when I found the ‘trial’ smart meter and started researching, only to find that other people were experiencing health issues similar to my own.

If you’re old enough to remember when mobile phones started appearing no-one with any sense would have contemplated giving them to a small child to use – their skulls are far too thin to risk damage from close proximity to one of these devices. Medical studies hadn’t been undertaken – how could they, there hadn’t been the time.

But time passed and those with any sense used earpieces but that sensible precaution didn’t filter down to those with no sense, except perhaps that they trust that their government and the telephone manufacturers concerned have the good sense to solve the issue and publically declare their position …

“All Safe – nothing to worry about.”

That hasn’t happened and has never occurred and we move on with a poisoned chalice. It’s common practice now to place a mobile phone in a baby’s crib and have it play soothing sounds of the ocean.

So – after some to and fro with a technician the smart meter was disabled and my health recovered. He didn’t believe that the smart meter, with the equivalent of a mobile phone in it, could possibly be causing health problems but nonetheless would send someone out to disable it. Which he did and I was there to witness.

That technician, as a parting shot, did say words to the effect ‘What are you going to do when every house in your street has a smart meter?’

It’s a fair comment and all I could reply was ‘Deal with it then as best I can.’

I don’t know about you but I see no value in smart meters which are the essential component in a world of smart devices. This will allow my fridge to tell me something I’d know by opening the door. Ah, the world is put to right.

Now 5G is here, unavoidable perhaps, and Stop Smart Meters Australia send me an email containing the thoughts of John C. Dvorak of PC Magazine which I reproduce becausee this is something that I can do.

The technology might be the problem, but even worse for the companies behind it is the perception that 5G is already unsafe before they even get it on a single pole.

If you read the barrage of scary literature about 5G mobile phone technology, specifically the use of millimeter wave frequencies to transmit data, you must conclude that it is a bad bet.

I’m not saying this because the technology does not work. It’s a bad bet because so little is known about the effects of millimeter waves (30GHz-300GHz). While these frequencies only permeate a small fraction of the human epidermis (the skin), the effect on the cornea, in particular, needs serious research.

Because the industry is too cheap to study the health effects of the technology itself, it lets this sort of product out the door despite the fact that it has already been weaponized by the military. These frequencies are so poor at travelling long distances, they need a transmitter on nearly every telephone pole and light pole to make 5G work.

5G is already getting some bad publicity, which could result in everything from bans on the technology to equipment destruction by vigilantes.

Of course, when you read deeper into what the chip and telecom companies are trying to do, you quickly discover that many systems calling themselves 5G are currently 4G mods using 5G as a marketing tool. Let’s ignore that scam and stay focused on millimeter waves.

As usual, the mostly arrogant (or naïve) technology industry is caught flat-footed at the negative reaction. It always figures that the stupid public will buy into anything new and jazzy if it makes their handheld phone seem a little faster, and even pay more for the privilege of the upgrade.

One of the ways the industry has made this all work in the past is by quick implementation followed by a “Hey look it works! Nobody was killed” approach. That cannot happen with true 5G, which needs all these mini-towers all over the place. That leaves plenty more time for the public to get a clue and be freaked out.

When you do a search for “5G is Safe” on Google and Bing, you get a number of negative stories and a laundry list of why some people believe it’s unsafe. Companies may as well begin to market a 5G mobile phone with a skull and crossbones on it.

If this bad PR is somehow reversed and 5G takes over the market, I will be shocked. The way it is going does not bode well for any of it.

John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine