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31 August 2016

Mobile Phone Stuck Between Two Seats on a Qantas Plane Bursts into Flames on Flight from Sydney to Dallas

A mobile phone (pictured) lost between two seats burst into flames and
began to smoke on-board an international Qantas flight.
"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said further education was needed on the potential hazards of flying with PEDs (personal electronic devices) that have lithium ion batteries."

Pictured: The mobile phone stuck between two seats on a Qantas plane that burst into FLAMES on a flight from Sydney to Dallas

  • Phone burst into flames on Qantas flight from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • The phone was discovered stuck between two seats in business class 
  • Report noted it was the 17th 'lithium battery thermal event' in six years 

A mobile phone lost between two seats burst into flames and filled the cabin with smoke on board an international Qantas flight.

A passenger on board the A380 flight from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth alerted crew to smoke in the cabin two hours before the plane was scheduled to land on May 15.

United States: St. Jude's Medical's Pacemakers Prone to Cyberattack, Class-Action Suit Claims

This Wednesday, July 22, 2015, photo shows St. Jude
Medical corporate headquarters, in Little Canada, Minn.,
just north of St. Paul. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers prone to cyberattack, class-action suit claims
by Andrew Blake, The Washington Times, 
30 August 2016

Concerns raised by the release of a report last week highlighting supposed security vulnerabilities affecting pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have prompted attorneys to pursue a class-action lawsuit against their manufacturer, St. Jude Medical.

Lawyers for defibrillator patient Clinton W. Ross Jr. filed the class-action complaint Friday in Los Angeles federal court, one day after short-selling firm Muddy Waters accused St. Jude of selling implanted heart devices that are vulnerable to cyberattack.

Mr. Ross would not have undergone surgery last November to be implanted with a St. Jude device had he been aware of the “severe security vulnerabilities” detailed in the recent report, his attorneys wrote in Friday’s court filing.

30 August 2016

McDonald's Recalls 32 Million Happy Meals Fitness Bands After Parents Say Their Kids Were Left with Burns from the Free Toys

Casey Collyar, a mother from Arkansas, claims her son's arm was burned by the device (picture right, wearing the wristband, and showing off his injury, left)

McDonald's recalls 32 million Happy Meals fitness bands after parents say their kids were left with BURNS from the free toys
by Hannah Parry for Dailymail.com and Associated Press.
23 August 2016

- McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness bands as they might burn kids

- Step-It Fitness plastic wristbands are supposed to track physical activity
- Millions of the colorful bands were given away with kids Happy Meals
- But McDonald's recalled them over fears they could irritate or burn skin
- Customers can swap the wristbands for a free toy and a healthy snack

McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness bands that had been given away in Happy Meals after complaints that they burnt children.

The fast-food chain said last week that it would stop distributing the bands in Happy Meals. Now it's recalling 29 million of them in the U.S., and 3.6 million in Canada.

The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, received more than 70 reports of incidents after children wore the bands, including seven reports of blisters, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Mum's Horror as Mobile Phone that Overheated in Pram Leaves Red Burn on Baby's Leg

The mobile phone burn on Rose's skin.
A mobile phone has no business being in a pram with a baby!!

Mum's horror as mobile phone that overheated in pram leaves red burn on baby's leg
by Sarah Dale, Scott Campbell, irishmirror.ie,
25 August 2016

Rebecca Gleeson says her daughter Rose was burnt after the device accidentally switched to camera mode, which caused the screen to become hot

A mum who was left horrified after her baby was burnt in her pram by a mobile phone has issued a warning to other parents.

Rebecca Gleeson says her daughter Rose was burnt after the device accidentally switched to camera mode, which led to the screen becoming hot.

ABC Australia Bid to Sideline Science Reporter, Dr. Maryanne Demasi: Update

Wi-Fi stuff-up: ABC bid to sideline science reporter
by Sam Varghese, itwire.com, 29 August 2016

The episode of the ABC's main science programme Catalyst screened on Tuesday night (23 August) on Alzheimer's disease gave no credit to reporter Dr Maryanne Demasi, despite including interviews she had done, reliable sources have told iTWire.

Demasi's name was not even in the numerous credits at the end of the transcript and the sources say this may indicate the corporation is sharpening its knives to get rid of her.

A reporter on the programme for the last 10 years, Demasi was taken off on-air duties until September after a programme she made, on mobiles and Wi-Fi and their alleged connection to cancer, was pulled off the corporation's website in July following a long inquiry. The programme went to air in February and earned its fair share of criticism.

The ABC has some form with regard to forcing out any staffer who attracts controversy.

Petition Addressed to WHO and the Ministry for Health, Vienna: Wi-Fi and Mobile Communications-Free Protected Areas, Mandatory Declaration of Wireless Areas

(Choice of image by Editor of
"Towards Better Health")
Wi-Fi and Mobile Communications-Free Protected Areas, Mandatory Declaration of Wireless Areas

Petition addressed to:
World Health Organization,
Ministry of Health, Vienna

Started byTanja Pernul

[Translated by the Editor of "Towards Better Health".  Note, we are not sure when this petition was launched, but at least a year ago.  
Access to the petition in German.]

Dear World Health Organization Representatives at the Regional Office for Europe, Sg. Minister Dr. Sabine Oberhauser, 

Stop the Wi-Fi and mobile communications mania and ignoring human rights!

Everyone can decide freely about his life - then he shall also be free to decide whether he wants to use Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies. We have the right to do so!   There must also be zones for people who are not willing to sacrifice their health for this.

I call for awareness of the health effects caused by the now considerably increasing radiation in the high frequency range.

-> Wi-Fi at work: educating employees who work in a wireless area. (Most have no idea!) Consent of the employee.

New York Subway Is Offering Free eBooks (and Wi-Fi) for Your Commute

Our comment:  What about electrosensitive persons?  Why can't people just switch off for a time during their commute?  Someone should educate N.Y. Governor Cuomo who says,“New York’s transportation network must continue adapting to the changing needs of its ridership and a key part of that is delivering the amenities that have become essential components of everyday life.”  Essential amenity?  More like spraying oneself and one's fellow passengers with a class 2B carcinogen.

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

Posted by John Biggs (@johnbiggs), techcrunch.com, 29 August 2016

In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched in London last year.

New York: Wi-Fi Kiosks Have Become Living Rooms for Vagrants

A man gets comfy using one of the new Wi-Fi kiosks that
offer free web surfing, phone calls and a charging station
in Manhattan.  Photo:  Getty Images
Wi-Fi kiosks have become living rooms for vagrantsby Gabrielle Fonrouge, nypost.com, 
29 August 2016

Hey, it’s cheaper than getting an apartment.

Bums have been turning the city’s free curbside Wi-Fi kiosks into their own personal living rooms, setting up chairs, watching movies — and guzzling liquor until they vomit.

One man set up a mini camp — complete with a couch, newspaper-bin footrest and umbrella ceiling — next to one of the high-tech huts in Murray Hill, gripped Christine Smith, 24, who lives near the Third Avenue location.

The plugged-in vagrant lived there for three weeks, she told The Post.

29 August 2016

India: One of the Biggest Spectrum Auctions Likely in October

One of the biggest spectrum auctions likely in October now
by Vinaya Deshpande, Mumbai, sundayguardianlive.com, 27 August, 2016

The Union government is likely to delay the coming spectrum auction, and hold it during the first week of October. This is touted to be one of the biggest ever spectrum auctions in the country. The decision has been taken due to the request of telecom companies, a senior official of the Department of Telecommunication said. Now, the auctions are likely to be held during the auspicious period of Navratri, which will begin from 1 October. J .S. Deepak, secretary of the Union Department of Telecommunications, gave this information this week. He was in Mumbai for an awareness programme on EMF emissions and telecom towers.

Michigan: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Exposes Young Patients to Harmful Radiofrequency Radiation by Encouraging Them to Play "Pokémon Go"

Our comment:  How sick for a place of healing to comment that playing Pokémon Go "raises the general atmosphere of happiness" at this children's hospital.  It encourages young children to use cell phones, exposing them to radiofrequency radiation, worse, exposing SICK children, to this radiation.  We have written to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, drawing their attention to the risks to health, suggesting they consult the website of the Environmental Health Trust.

Children’s Hospital Uses ‘Pokemon GO’ to Get Patients Excited and Out of Bed
by Good News Network, 19 July 2016

A hospital is using the new Pokemon GO craze to get child patients out of bed and into the hallways for some fun time and physical activity.

“It’s kind of a sneaky way to get kids to exercise,” said J.J. Bouchard, who is employed in the pediatric wing of the Michigan hospital. “It’s getting people to look up from their phones and interact with one another.”