Idiots Begin Attacking US 5G Cell Towers Because, Idiots

from the ill-communication dept

On one end, you’ve got wireless carriers claiming that 5G is some type of cancer-curing miracle (it’s not). On the other hand, we have oodles of conspiracy theorists, celebrities, and various grifters trying to claim 5G is some kind of rampant health menace (it’s not). In reality, 5G’s not actually interesting enough to warrant either position, but that’s clearly not stopping anybody in the post-truth era.

Baseless conspiracy theories about the health impact of 5G have gone next level during the pandemic. To the point where facts-optional nitwits are not only burning down cell towers in the UK, but putting razor blades and needles underneath protest posters on telephone poles (apparently you solve public health risks by… putting peoples’ health at risk?). Now the Department of Homeland Security has had to issue warnings here in the States after several similar attacks were launched against US telecom infrastructure over the last few months:

“Since December 2019, unidentified actors conducted at least five arson incidents targeting cell towers in Memphis, Tenn., that resulted in more than $100,000 in damages,? the DHS reports say. ?Additionally, 14 cell towers in western Tennessee, between February and April, were purposely turned off by way of disabling their electrical breakers,” according to separate DHS field intelligence reporting. In April, arsonists set fire to a major cell tower in Portland, Ore., damaging electrical components at the base of the structure.”

The overwhelming scientific evidence currently available indicates that not only is 5G not a serious risk to human health, but some aspects of 5G (especially millimeter wave deployments) are, in many instances, less powerful that existing 4G signals. 95% of the time when you see somebody insisting 5G hurts your health, they’re badly misinterpreting debunked studies or this decades old chart. Assuming they’re even pantomiming any respect for properly peer-reviewed science in the first place.

The DHS intelligence report states that it’s very likely that these attacks will be increasing throughout the year, as a growing crop of nitwits “learn” about the technology online. Sometimes from ordinary domestic crackpots and grifters, but also via foreign governments (Iran, China, Russia) hoping to accelerate the US’ descent down the conspiracy idiot rabbit hole:

“Violent extremists have drawn from misinformation campaigns online that claim wireless infrastructure is deleterious to human health and helps spread COVID-19, resulting in a global effort by like-minded individuals to share operational guidance and justification for conducting attacks against 5G infrastructure, some of which have already prompted arson and physical attacks against cell towers in several US states.”

Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Scientists, by definition, have no interest in social control for any reason. Fake science and politicians are what you’re talking about. Thinks like claiming that an unproven drug is effective in fighting coronavirus or that injecting yourself with disinfectant might be an effective cure are where you find interest in social control for nefarious reasons.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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That is complete and utter bullshit even if you lump in all scientific misconduct together including outright quacks, frauds, and incompetents while ignoring the refutations and peer review.

That aside if we took all purported scientests in sum you would have an "unreliable" platonic scientest you would still get real and useful results with nuance mixed in. It would be frustrating to sift through but it could be done and a rough consenseus would emergre. That would not happen with yellow journalists. You would see a bias towards easy to write and sensational.

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Pixelation says:

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"…scientists have a credibility of that of a yellow sheet journalists – none at all."

Well Komrad, I’m sure you’re right. Scientists have given us nothing at all. Including the internet. It’s all a conspiracy. You aren’t real.

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Bloof (profile) says:

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He said, using technology developed by scientists using principles discovered by other scientists, on infrastructure deemed safe by different scientists, free of diseases like polio and smallpox thanks to another set of scientists…

Isn’t it nice to be able to stand on the shoulders of giants and say ‘Fuck giants!’

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Damn right!

I’ll take anecdotal "evidence" over scientific consensus any day of the week. Because I have far more faith in crackpots on the Internet I’ve never met than some square who’s been working in the field for years.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Not to mention another TV celeb, mostly famous for their looks and being a Britain’s Got Talent judge (obviously well qualified to judge the impact of 5G signals then!). With the size of their twitter following they can spread dis-information to a lot of people.

Unlike Eamon Holmes, Amanda Holden has not apologised for getting it wrong as far as I know (I may be wrong, to be honest these semi-celebs just annoy me)

For info, the Dutch have decided to join in the fun too – despite having no 5G deployments yet! Get in early 🙂
https://www.engadget.com/anti-5g-attacks-in-netherlands-220248588.html

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Visitation rights?

"Obama drones"? This would be the military strike drones? The ones super-stable genius, extra-pacifist, bring-our-boys-home Trump used more in his first two years in office than Obama did in his two entire terms?

The drones that the Trump administration stopped reporting numbers of civilian deaths for, because those records were "distracting"?

Those "Obama drones"?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Visitation rights?

Sure, Obama was heavy into that. We used to hear about Trumps insane over-usage also, but the Distraction-in-Chief keeps stupid news outlets too busy for them to pay any mind to real issues. They also distract themselves quite a bit with their own manufactured bullshit.

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Visitation rights?

"…the Distraction-in-Chief keeps stupid news outlets too busy for them to pay any mind to real issues."

Journalist: "Boss, it’s official, Trump just killed more civvies with drones than Obama did in his whole term"

Editor: "Save it for the slow news day. Trump just advised injecting bleach against corona, suggested most women like having their p_____s grabbed, and announced the creation of Space-based stormtroopers as a new arm of the US military…"

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Anonymous Coward says:

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We’re already in one. Dark Age refers to a period for which we have very little information, thus "dark". With so much information existing only in electronic form, our current age is prone to lose this history if anything ever went wrong with power or storage. Example: where can you find all the sites that were set up on MySpace?

Anonymous Coward says:

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I thought it was the Bullshit Age.
Agricultural age, Industrial age, Space age, Cyber age, Bullshit age

Side note, I read that it was probably dark during a portion of the dark ages. A lack of sunlight due to volcanic activity is suspected. But yeah, mostly it is called that because of a lack of historical data from that period.

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