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Monthly Archives: September 2018

What Could Go Wrong – Voting by Cell Phone

Smartphone-Vote-900x600At a time when election security is in question, for the first time in U.S. history, the state of West Virginia is going to allow the use of mobile phones in the November elections – because it’s more convenient for members of the U.S. military deployed outside of the country to vote. Read more of this post

We Lost Another San Francisco Rock Pioneer – Marty Balin

Balinla-1538176951-1di0imooef-snap-imageThe original leader of the Airplane and primary songwriter, Marty Balin first encountered Paul Kantner in the spring of 1965. Influenced by the folk-rock sound of groups like the Byrds, the duo set about assembling the group that became Jefferson Airplane. Read more of this post

Why Pesticides Could Be Even More Toxic – Adjuvants

how-roundup-worksWriting in Frontiers in Public Health, Dr Robin Mesnage from King’s College London, suggests new regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients that are not currently subject to safety assessments. With Dr Michael Antoniou, they published the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for “adjuvants” –  ingredients added to pesticide formulations to enhance the function or application of the active ingredient. Read more of this post

Another State Wises Up to The Smart Meter Con

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Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities have been denied permission to install smart meters in homes across the state. The Public Service Commission found the utilities failed to show that the costs of smart meter implementation were worth it. The utilities had proposed installing about 1.3 million smart meters over a three-year period at a cost of nearly $350 million. Read more of this post

The 5G Revolt

5g demoA city-sanctioned bid by Verizon to improve wireless connectivity for internet and cellphone users in Santa Rosa, California, ran into opposition from some residents and generated concern among city officials after the first round of “small-cell” antennas went up on utility poles. Read more of this post