Part nine in a series — Explanation for Dummies!

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Editor’s note: This week the New York Times reported that mysterious ailments suffered by three dozen American diplomats and their families were likely caused by microwave radiation (beginning in late 2016) during stints at U.S. Embassies in Cuba and China. Also this week, the Wake County Board of Education became the first school system in the state to allow installation of cell towers on school properties. View the 41-page contract. In view of this inexorable march to more and more airborne radiation, we thank Naima Feagin (also known as ‘Hopegirl’) of the Clean Energy Academy, for her excellent, understandable explanation of what is happening.

CYBERSPACE – There is clamor about the arrival of the next generation of wireless called 5G. Why are people nervous about its arrival, and why is it such a problem?


We are being promised by the telephone and wireless industry of a faster, better, and bigger service with 5G. It’s a big multi-billion-dollar industry, and they have people who are lobbying and putting out certain messages to the public as to the technology’s superiority to 4G.

As a result, there’s a huge media campaign of skewed educational videos about 5G, driven by the same interest groups who want you to embrace the new platform. Let’s review the previous generations of wireless technology:

  • 1G is what the original cellphones operated under when the hardware first became available to the public

  • 2G is what allowed us to do texting on cellphones.

  • 3G is what brought the cellphones onto the internet, and allowed us to do internet work on the cellphones

  • 4G is what allows us to have the speed and bandwidth to watch streaming videos on your smartphone or smartpad.

Now, in 2018, 5G promises to provide better speeds and coverage than 4G. It operates with a 5 Gigahertz signal and is set to offer speeds of up to 1 Gigabyte for tens of connections (or tens of Megabytes for tens of thousands of connections). Additional features also include:

  • Millimeter waves – Most of our devices use frequencies under 6 GHz. 5G is between 30-300 GHz. They claim this “opens up real estate for more bandwidth for more devices and faster speeds”

  • Small Cell Networks – Instead of large cell towers, you need thousands of smaller stations to relay the signal. (i.e. three relay towers per neighborhood block in some cases)

  • Massive Mimo – Multiple Input or Multiple Output. Instead of just 12 ports per station for antennas, the new stations can support 100 ports per station.

  • Beamforming – Instead of broadcasting information in every direction, it would allow a base station to send a focused beam to a single user. These are microwave beams that can target the mobile device of a single user.


This is much that they don’t tell you about 5G. The frequencies used are much higher than 4G and not good for humans. Your skin is a sponge for these higher frequencies and as a consequence, can cause inflammation due to its ability to trigger the body’s pain receptors.

The same type of technology is already used by governments in crowd-dispersal technology using microwaves to induce pain in the targets’ skin to feel like its burning. In addition, studies have shown microwaves to:

  • Cause DNA damage

  • Create electro-smog that interferes with natural processes within the body

  • Harm plant life

  • Harm animal life and pollinating insects (i.e. bees)

Readers of this newspaper are urged to attend a free screening of the movie GENERATION ZAPPED scheduled for the Pamlico County Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, please call the library at (252)745-3515.

Wake County Board of Education contract with Cell Phone Towers