Monday, October 19, 2015

MCPS: "...we cannot live by a precautionary principle...makes no sense..." [Minute 2:25 of Video - Hear for yourself.]

The following video shows Takoma Park Middle School, Churchill High School, and other MCPS school classrooms and how the wifi access points mounted on their ceilings emit radiation constantly. The video also includes a few news clips about how schools worldwide are removing wireless networks.

In a September 21, 2015, MCPS Board of Education Meeting, MCPS Technology staff [MCPS Chief Technology Officer, Sherwin Collette] stated that MCPS did not need to take precautions right now (that clip is included). [Minute 2:20]
MCPS staff also cited Dr. Carpenter and so we included statements by Dr. Carpenter in this video...


  1. Parents have a blog where they detail what other countries are doing to reduce exposure to children. They are taking precautions- unlike the USA- Read it here

    Also, you can watch a BBC program on the issue here .

    Skeptical? Read what Harvard experts state here

    Harvard experts compare Wireless to Tobacco. OOPS

  2. Harvard intellectuals
    Define the essentials
    Kids with great hope
    Will go up in smoke.

  3. A poet in our midst! Fantastic.
    Can you do a song about cognitive dissonance, denial and the regret people may feel in a decade when they realize they could have stopped this? If and when children are sick from the denial of society?

    1. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
      Albert Einstein

    2. Well, Al, welcome to MCPS! Here you can watch the same horrible planners and construction administrators make the same mistakes over and over and over again.

  4. All Mr. Collette wants to know is when does he get his free trips to London and Florida out of this deal? Promethean put out, what about these wifi people?

  5. Why is MCPS spending millions on this foolish tech program program when children are in overcrowded classes?
    Why spend this money when music teachers are being cut?
    Where are the priorities?

    1. The PERKS! Where have you been? Did you not see the Promethean trips? The BOE NEVER voted to buy Promethean Boards! Sherwin Collette and Larry Bowers just went out and bought them all by themselves.

      They made sure to buy them INDIVIDUALLY so they did not have to bring the procurement to the BOE. That's right. It wasn't a purchase over $25,000 that would have required BOE approval. Nope. It was hundreds of individual purchases that ended up costing over $20 MILLION dollars! But, none of the individual purchases were over $25,000. Wink.

      Sherwin Collette got a free trip to London and trips to Florida to promote Promethean - even before MCPS had the Promethean boards installed. Sweet!

      Check out the conference trips to promote security cameras that the BOE also never approved.

      Then there was the transportation director who made the BusRadio deal without BOE approval. Again, that was an educational convention that put that no bid, no BOE approval deal together.

      Really, get on the educational conference circuit and find out what is going on at these events. It's where the fun happens. It's where education "professionals" make deals for students.

    2. "Foolish Tech Program" creates virtual space that doubles up as a distraction from the real problems.

  6. You mean that they bought devices individually so they could hide it from the BOE and from accounting measures in place to deal with large purchases and ensure they are legit? ? ??? Did the press find out? Do parents understand this? Was there outrage? Are you serious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    that is shameful.

    1. That's right. Documentation is here on this blog.

      Press? You mean The MCPS Washington Post? Yes, they knew about it, but could not understand it because they did not employ investigative reporters. Their words, not ours.

      Outrage? Why? This is Montgomery County. We are #1. Who cares about laws and ethics in this county? Certainly not the Apple Ballot gang.

      Funny thing, the FBI and Arizona Attorney General could understand all of this and Promethean was investigated in Arizona, Florida and Iowa.

    2. "Who cares about laws and ethics in this county?"
      Certainly not those whose duties include the safeguard of such lofty ideals.

  7. What was the verdict of the Inspector General on the Promethium board 20 million dollar purchase?

    1. The County Council hires the Inspector General.

      You can see what the Inspector General said when he quit:

      "Montgomery County would benefit from a cultural change that encourages residents and employees to ask tough questions on difficult issues — and forces leaders to answer."

      Montgomery County Government's Culture of Secrecy, The Washington Post, September 23, 2011.

    2. "Montgomery County Government's Culture of Secrecy, The Washington Post, September 23, 2011."
      The lemmings keep electing the same actors over and over, then they expect different results. Go figure...

  8. Have Mercy! We are so screwed!

  9. A simple, yet functional solution to this would be to reduce the range of said wifi in the schools. instead of one broadcasting unit (they generally follow the low FM band), you can back-hardwire all the current schpools and include hardwiring of each classroom in future new construction without adding exorbitantly to the construct budget. Then a simple wifi router/hub in each classroom would significantly reduce radiation.

    Dont think it would work? This is exactly what Erickson Living did to install systemwide wifi for the seniors at Ridewood Village, and it works excellent without excessive radiation from overbroadcasting the range capability

  10. Dozens of schools have pulled out the wireless networks. Read some examples here.

    Ashland Public Schools, Mass (USA): "Best Practices" to turn the WiFi off when not in use, Download Slides Video of parent who initiated this. Video of school board member.
    St. Cajetanus School, Belgium: Wired Internet installed and wireless removed.
    Washington Waldorf School, Maryland, USA: Removed Wi-Fi Routers from Buildings, Ethernet installed.
    DearCroft Montessori: Hardwired internet to younger grades, limited Wi-Fi Router exposure to older grades.
    Portland Waldorf School, Portland Oregon,USA, WiFi removed.
    Meeting House Montessori, Braintree Massachusetts, USA, WiFi replaced with ethernet.
    Ghent, Finland, Wi-fi banned from pre-schools and day care.
    UPPER Sturt Primary School, Australia “No WIFI” LOW EMF Policy.
    The St. Augustine School in Italy turned off Wifi and goes back to Wires.
    Winlaw Elementary School, B.C. Canada turned off WiFi.
    Te Horo Primary School New Zealand Replaced WIFI with cable-based internet.
    Kootenay Lakes District School Board BC (One school without Wi-Fi)
    Blaise-Cendrars High School, Switzerland. Teachers vote to remove WiFi.
    Kivioja primary school in Ylivieska Finland bans phones and minimizes Wireless.
    Halton Waldorf, in Burlington Vermont: Remaining free of Wireless Radiation
    City of Lakes Waldorf School, WiFi taken out. Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
    Aurora School in Ontario removed Wifi and replaced with hardwired.
    North Cariboo Christian School in Quesnel, B.C., removed Wi-fi .
    Pretty River Academy in Ontario no WiFi.
    Wayside Academy, Peterborough, Ontario no Wi Fi.
    Surrey, BC Roots and Wings Montessori removed Wi-Fi.
    Ontario St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school: Parents voted to turn off Wi-Fi.

    HEROUVILLE-SAINT-CLAIR wi-fi networks removed.

    Plus over 20 countries have taken action. What is the US waiting for?

  11. Who is lining his pockets with the proliferation of Wi-Fi installations in MCPS classrooms!

  12. Someone is making a lot of money here and someone should dig up the dirt to figure it out.

  13. "Radiation" in schools - great way to get people's attention. Of course in that context light coming out of the light fixtures is "radiation" too, and God knows we've been bathing, bombarding our kids with that radiation for sometime.

    WiFi is light, a lower energy type of light than microwaves (please look up a light spectrum chart to see what I mean), and the amount of energy being put out by WiFi repeaters in schools is no way comparable to what is coming out of a microwave oven. The way microwaves work is that they cause water molecules to vibrate due to water being sensitive to the frequency of microwave radiation. Light out of a light fixture may have greater energy than microwaves but water is not sensitive to the frequency of visible light so a glass of water placed out in visible light doesn't boil whereas in a microwave oven it will.

    Bottom line, put a glass of water anywhere near a WiFi microwave repeater and nothing will happen, yet these people are complaining about "radiation" exposure to our kids, and that said radiation is dangerous and there's no evidence to support ANY of that.

    The video with this article is another piece of work, coming from the country that gave us Andrew Wakefield, the discredited British doctor who claimed that vaccines are responsible for autism in children.

    I swear that some people have nothing better to do than to sit around and come up with reasons to go on a crusade for things that they don't understand and can use to scare people with.

    1. And thank you for the comment from the company putting 3 cell towers on every public school playground! Yes, we know how you feel about putting HAZMAT facilities on playgrounds for children to play on. Yes, in your world children are expendable.

      Here in Montgomery County, there are actually parents that care about their children. Invoking God, autism, and bullying do not change a thing. The Wifi in classrooms is another example of MCPS administrators spending millions of dollars without a Board of Education vote or discussion. The administrators making these decisions have absolutely no clue what they are doing and no idea about safety. They go to conventions and hang out with no bid vendors, just like you, and come back with whatever product bought them the best dinner and drinks. Parents and guardians have every right to ask questions and DEMAND answers when their child's environment is being changed based on lobster and filet Mignon.

      FYI - see crumb rubber in plastic grass fields. A known pollutant that was put on playing fields. Why was it put on playing fields? Another no bid deal made outside of the BOE table that has now blown up in the BOE's face.

    2. shame on you anonymous - such a fraud - always making fun of people when the parents just want to protect there kids. THERE IS EVIDENCE AND YOU KNOW IT. The guidelines haven't caught up with the science and until then you will insult and tear people down . the parents will get the truth out, because there is nothing more important than protecting our children.

    3. I would agree with you if you had compared apples to apples.
      It is the cumulative long term effect on nonionizing radiation that is of concern.
      A microwave may have greater energy density, but it is not On 24/7. In addition,
      the energy in contained in the chamber and the door has a shield, a low pass filter and a child lock.
      It is way to early to draw definitive conclusions on either side of the fence. Thirty years from now there will be no arguments.

    4. "WiFi is light, a lower energy type of light than microwaves (please look up a light spectrum chart to see what I mean), and the amount of energy being put out by WiFi repeaters in schools is no way comparable to what is coming out of a microwave oven." !!!
      Please note the facts: WiFi operates at 2.4 GHz, 3.6 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 5 GHz, and 5.9 GHz bands.
      Microwave ovens operate at 2.45 GHz and they are limited to 5 mw per square cm at 2 inches from the oven.

  14. there are hundreds of independent peer reviewed scientific studies showing cell damage and adverse health effects. this is all about how safe the classroom is and whether parents are ok with radiation going through their children's bodies all day when there are no standards for safety. and if this was a non issue, France wouldn't have just passed a law to protect and reduce the risk to children who are most vulnerable, the AAP wouldn't be urging the FCC to revise guidelines and safeguard children, and the EPA wouldn't be arguing that this is no protection from the non-heating effects of wireless, yes microwave, radiation.

  15. The EPA also states pretty clearly that;
    1. Children, pregnant women and the elderly were not considered in the current radiation safety regulations in the USA.
    2. The regulations were to protect against heating damage only. They do not protect us from increased cancer risk, not DNA damage, not immune damage, not inflammation (nope just heating).
    Read the Letter HERE.

  16. ops Wifi is actually WORSE than a microwave oven because it is modulated .
    "Indeed, pulsed or modulated electromagnetic signals (radiation) are found in numerous studies published since the midseventies to be more bioactive than continuous signals of identical other parameters (intensity, frequency, duration, waveform, etc.) [12–24]. Moreover, intermittent exposure to mobile phone radiation (real or simulated) with short intermittence durations (which makes the field even more variable) is repeatedly found to be more bioactive than the corresponding continuous exposure [25, 26]. This experimental evidence further supports the argument that the more complicated and variable the field/stressor is, the more difficult it is for a living organism to adapt to it."

  17. And oops ==it causes oxidative stress
    Electromagn Biol Med. 2015 Aug 19:1-16.
    Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation.
    Yakymenko I1, Tsybulin O, Sidorik E, Henshel D, Kyrylenko O, Kyrylenko S.
    Author information
    This review aims to cover experimental data on oxidative effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in living cells. Analysis of the currently available peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals molecular effects induced by low-intensity RFR in living cells; this includes significant activation of key pathways generating reactive oxygen species (ROS), activation of peroxidation, oxidative damage of DNA and changes in the activity of antioxidant enzymes. It indicates that among 100 currently available peer-reviewed studies dealing with oxidative effects of low-intensity RFR, in general, 93 confirmed that RFR induces oxidative effects in biological systems. A wide pathogenic potential of the induced ROS and their involvement in cell signaling pathways explains a range of biological/health effects of low-intensity RFR, which include both cancer and non-cancer pathologies. In conclusion, our analysis demonstrates that low-intensity RFR is an expressive oxidative agent for living cells with a high pathogenic potential and that the oxidative stress induced by RFR exposure should be recognized as one of the primary mechanisms of the biological activity of this kind of radiation."


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