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British journal The Times featured a story on parents pushing for the dismantling of wi-fi infrastructure in schools as reports have indicated the dangers of 801.11 radio.

The article cites the cause of parental concern:

…low levels of microwave radiation emitted by the transmitters could be harmful, causing loss of concentration, headaches, fatigue, memory and behavioural problems and possibly cancer in the long term. Scientific evidence is inconclusive, but some researchers think that children are vulnerable because of their thinner skulls and developing nervous systems.

What the heck? Everything is cancerous nowadays. I remember a phase when those glowing stickers you stick on cellphones became popular because cellphones were said to emit brain cancerous radiation. The stickers were said to filter them out.

But how about microwave ovens? Or television or radio for that matter? The light bulb perhaps? Cigarettes have been proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, to be the leading cause of lung cancer. So will wi-fi and cellphones be the ones to be blamed for a cancer-ridden society in the next thirty or so years? Maybe. Maybe not? Or perhaps nuclear fallout will be the prime cause of cancer and other genetic mutations.

I am no health or engineering specialist so I won’t go as far as dubbing British parents paranoid. Who knows if wi-fi can really cause all of those? Probably even the reason why everyone in the office has been complaining of migraine and nausea. Come to think of it, since I’m using the faster ethernet LAN cable, I should shut off my wi-fi adaptor.

Anyone for a sixth crabby toe?

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