5G conspiracy theories; what they are, why they are wrong and what can be done

While the majority of the general public might be immune to the absurdity of conspiracy theories linking 5G to COVID-19, there are enough believers to burn down infrastructure.

Here, we are having a look at the conspiracy theories, past and present, which have plagued the 5G era and attempted to provide some information to disprove the nonsense.

This is not a conclusive list of all the 5G conspiracy theories, so feel free to point out any we have missed in the comments section.

5G is a hazard to your health

This is a claim which has been bouncing around the industry for years prior to the 5G technology even being validated in lab trials. It dates back to the 90s, when mobile phone usage was incredibly limited, with critics claiming the 2G airwaves could in fact cause cancer.

Although the vast majority of the world now dismisses these rumours, the emergence of 5G seems to have encouraged the rebirth of these health claims. Finding an original source is very difficult, but there are plenty of posts which appear on social media which seem to fan the flames of these fanatics.

A picture of an engineer climbing a telecoms mast in a hazmat suit was used as justification for these claims, though it was clear the individual was using hazardous chemicals to clean the equipment. These illusions of proof help paint the picture, as the blind following the blind tend to ignore the thousands of images of healthy engineers installing or repairing telecoms equipment without such protective equipment on.

The idea that the airwaves used in mobile communications can be a detriment to your health is focused on the idea of ionising and non-ionising radiation. Telecoms equipment does emit radiation, but so does most electrical equipment. The point which seems to get lost is this Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) is not powerful enough to cause damage to humans.

The following statement is taken from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website:

There are two general kinds of electromagnetic radiation: ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is powerful enough to knock electrons out of their orbit around an atom. This process is called ionization and can be damaging to a body’s cells. Non-ionizing radiation has enough energy to move atoms in a molecule around and cause them to vibrate, which makes the atom heat up, but not enough to remove the electrons from the atoms.

The damage which can be done to the human body generally depends on how far up the spectrum the airwaves being used are, or whether it is high- or low-energy. A high-tension power line can create a much higher energy electromagnetic field that is still low in frequency, therefore there are safeguards around these sites, while medical equipment using x-rays make use of much higher frequencies so should also be regarded as dangerous.

However, numerous public health authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the Germany-based scientific body in charge of setting limits on exposure to radiation, have both stated on numerous occasions the airwaves used by mobile communications is not harmful to health.

5G is the cause of COVID-19

In March, Dr Thomas Cowan, a US doctor on disciplinary probation, claimed 5G poisoned cells in the body forcing them to excrete waste which eventually became known as COVID-19.

The video, which went viral and was reposted by several celebrities, has been disproven by several scientists who questioned the validity of the evidence. It has since been removed by YouTube.

“Viruses are not just debris,” Jason Kindrachuk, a virologist and Canada research chair in emerging viruses at the University of Manitoba, said in an interview with CBC. “Viruses don’t just get created as a way to deal with poison.”

Scientists have been able to recreate the virus in a lab, proving it is not simply a secretion from human cells, while there were numerous other claims in the Cowan video which did not add up. Cowan suggests the emergence of the Spanish Flu (1918) coincided with the launch of commercial radio services (1920), while he also claims the fact Wuhan is ground-zero for COVID-19 and the first city to have 5G (it wasn’t) was also proof of the link.

This is fantasy, and while Cowan might present himself as an expert, a deeper dive into his history presents a very murky character being investigated by the Medical Board of California for using unlicensed drugs, an author of books promoting ideas contrary to conventional medical procedures and a champion of the anti-vaccination movement.

5G can kill birds and plant life

This is a slightly unusual claim and appears to be more coincidence that anything else.

In the Hague during October 2018, the Netherlands, 297 birds were found dead which was attributed to the presence of 5G trials in the area. Similarly, in North Wales in December 2019, 225 birds were found dead. In both of these examples, it was decided 5G was the root cause of the deaths.

After examination in the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam and Wageningen University, it was determined the cause of death was some form of collision. Perhaps a bird of prey was present, causing confusion in the flock (which can swell to the size of thousands of birds) and subsequently mid-air collisions occurred.

In all honesty, there is no single reason for the mass death of these birds, however these incidents have been going on long before the introduction of 5G and even mobile communications. For example, residents of Beebe in the US state of Arkansas awoke on January 1, 2020, to 500 dead blackbirds strewn across lawns and roads, despite there not being a 5G antenna for hundreds of miles. Going back even further, it was reported in 1904 750,000 migrating Lapland Longspurs were found dead in Worthington, Minnesota.

What is worth noting is that 5G is not the root cause. The incidents have predated the introduction of mobile communications and autopsies on the dead birds recently have ruled out any connection between 5G, with some even pointing out trials were not taking place in the Hague when the starlings were found.

This is perhaps why conspiracy theories have persevered in certain areas. Without a single, proven cause of such phenomenon, the absurd claims will run wild. In a scientific void, some minds become susceptible to the fantastical.

Another wildlife claim is that 5G kills trees and other plant life.

After an image of felled trees in the Serbian town of Aleksinac was shared online, conspiracy theorists claimed the reason was to cover up the fact that the new 5G antenna would cause them to die eventually. By planting new trees, the Government would be able to cover up the damage which would have been done to the existing wildlife.

There is of course zero scientific evidence to suggest 5G impacts plant life, and an explanation for the Serbia incident has been sourced. According to Dalibor Markovic, a local politician, the aim was to rotten linden trees with new maple trees as part of reconstruction works on the street.

5G acts as an accelerator for the coronavirus

This is another which is linked to the current pandemic, and perhaps one of the conspiracy theories which has gained the most significant traction in recent days.

As with many conspiracy theories, it is very difficult to trace the pseudoscience back to its origin, and this claim is a perfect example. Pre-dating the coronavirus outbreak, the idea that 5G supresses the immune system is a popular one for critics and has been given a new life in conjunction with the spread of COVID-19.

The theory states that radiation from mobile communications is influencing the human body on a molecular level (suggesting it is ionising radiation), but also inhibiting the immune system. The spread of the coronavirus around the world is thanks to the presence of 5G technology and it preventing the body from fighting the virus.

As mentioned previously, and emphasised here by the Cornell Alliance for Science, there is no evidence linking 5G technology to the COVID-19 coronavirus. If a hotspot emerges in one area which happens to have 5G antenna, it is coincidental.

Unfortunately, people have been believing the conspiracy theory. A video from Hong Kong has been circulating social media, suggesting the masses are revolting against 5G, actually turns out to be from the protests which took place last summer, but this appears to be inspiration for the criminals who are vandalising telecoms masts in various places around the world.

What is worth noting is this is another example of why conspiracy theories work. In pursing an explanation, some individuals stop when one story seemingly answers all the questions. In not absorbing all of the information, these individuals are relying on incomplete data to make a conclusion.

For example, the conspiracy theorists are correct in suggesting both the coronavirus and 5G antenna are in places such as Wuhan (the origin of COVID-19), London and Paris, but fail to include Iran or Ecuador in their arguments. These are countries which have fallen victim to the pandemic, but do not have 5G connectivity.

Not only is there a lack of scientific evidence to support the conspiracy theory, when looking at all the data, the claim is baseless.

The lockdown is a government cover-up

This is an interesting one which even the most hardened of conspiracy theorists are unable to come to grips with; COVID-19 is a government conspiracy (although we’re not sure which one they are referring to) to enforce societal lockdown, which will allow the installation of 5G antenna en masse without the general public being aware. By doing it in secret, the general public will not be able to comment, object or protest until it is too late.

This one is truly remarkable.

Around the country there are of course councils who have been forced to abandon 5G plans due to objections from the community. For example, the Parish of Glastonbury prevented the deployment of 5G antenna for the Glastonbury Festival in 2019 thanks to opposition to the technology.

“To all those people who have paid a small fortune to go to Glastonbury, then you have effectively paid to be a human guinea pig,” said local conspiracy theorist Ian Crane. Conspiracy theorists believed the festival was being used as a scaled experiment for 5G, and while we suspect the council did not believe this story, there was enough of a protest to prevent it giving approval.

Some have suggested 5G is a military grade weapon, while other suggest the health consequences are well-known to governments, hence the need to roll it out during a lockdown. The Parish of Glastonbury is not the only local authority to oppose the deployment of 5G equipment, hence the fuel for this conspiracy theory.

The coronavirus is of course real, and lockdowns are a necessary inconvenience to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, though the presence of telecoms engineers on the streets is also crucial.

These individuals are not secretly installing 5G antenna, as some conspiracy theorists would have you believe, but are performing necessarily upgrades to improve the resilience and reliability of existing infrastructure. With internet traffic surging thanks to lockdown protocols, existing networks may come under strain as they were not designed with these scenarios in mind. It is not an exciting explanation, but it is a very logical one.

Virus’ can communicate through the radio airwaves

In 2011, several scientists authored a paper which suggested bacteria could produce electromagnetic signals to communicate with each other. Although the science in this paper is still disputed today, it has formed the foundation of the argument that the virus is able to communicate thanks to 5G.

Firstly, what is worth noting is that this paper has not been accepted by the academic community. Secondly, viruses are very different to the bacteria being discussed in this paper. And finally, COVID-19 is spreading in places where 5G is not present.

This is one of the more remarkable conspiracy theories present currently, but like every other one, the foundations of the story can be disproven or are not relatable.

Why do conspiracy theories spread?

According to The Conspiracy Theory Handbook, written by Stephan Lewandowsky of Bristol University and John Cook of George Mason University, there are several reasons why conspiracy theories can be believed.

  1. A feeling of powerlessness
  2. Coping with a threat
  3. Explaining unlikely events
  4. Disputing mainstream politics

People who feel powerless or vulnerable are more likely to believe and spread conspiracy theories, while they can act as a coping mechanism to explain highly unlikely events, or somewhere for blame to be directed when dealing with threatening situations. Sometimes people need someone to blame, dislike the ordinary or cannot accept the prospect of an unknown. In the absence of knowledge, the imagination prospers.

Lewandowsky and Cook detail the danger of conspiracy theories, but also the circular nature of the paranoid mind. If an aspect of the theory is disproven by evidence, this may well prove the existence of a greater conspiracy theory overarching the smaller tale. It is incredibly difficult to argue against the logic of an individual who is not open to absorbing all the relevant information or accepting that some conclusions might be incorrect.

The mind of a conspiracy theorist should be considered the same as a set of dominoes; if one is pushed, it impacts something else which leads to another scenario. You can’t knock over one theory without adding energy to another.

If you are suspicious a story might be an unvalidated conspiracy theory (though for many it doesn’t take much analysis), the Handbook suggests there might be several clues:

  • Contradiction: conspiracy theories often have contradictory claims when you dig into the details
  • Overriding suspicion: do you have to suspend belief in numerous other truths to make the narrative work
  • Nefarious intent: what is the end game or objective?
  • Something must be wrong: many conspiracy theorists have an ultimate belief that something is wrong with society
  • Persecuted victim: the conspiracy theorist is a hero for the people, fighting against the machine which is attempting to destroy the theorist
  • Immune to evidence: contrary science is claimed to be incorrect
  • Re-interpreting randomness: a belief that nothing happens by accident

In the majority of cases, a conspiracy theory can be spotted a mile away, but there are always a few which can seem plausible. And while it can be entertaining to ponder the extravagance of some, it is always worth remembering conspiracy theories are dangerous.

Conspiracy theories plant the seed of doubt, whether it is in science or authority. Today, society should be listening to scientists about the dangers of COVID-19 and how to best combat the pandemic, but there are still some who are wandering into fields and setting fire to the very communications infrastructure used by the emergency services. That could be the difference between life and death for someone’s aunt or grandfather.

What to do to combat conspiracy theories?

This is simple; education.

Some believe the conspiracy theories because they are that way inclined, but others will believe because it is the only explanation available at the time. Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes said; ‘when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth’, which is applicable here.

The telecoms industry has thrust 5G onto society without explaining what it is, why it is different, how it works or why the world needs it. Some might question why money is being spent on 5G when 4G works today, which is a very valid question in the absence of telcos actually explaining user and network trends.

Few consumers will actually know video is rapidly increasing network traffic, which will eventually strain networks and user experience, therefore 5G deployments are a proactive effort to get ahead of the curve. This is about ensuring experience is maintained irrelevant to the increasing tsunami of data which is building.

Perhaps there is an assumption that the consumer does not want to know? Like a car, as long as it does the required job, does anyone care about the intricacies of the engine? But mobile communications is different as it is penetrating into so many different aspects of our lives, including some very sensitive areas such as healthcare and finance.

There are two ways to debunk conspiracy theories; facts and logic. In the case of 5G, the science needs to be presented to demonstrate why these conspiracy theories are nonsense, but to ensure there is not a resurgence, the drivers for 5G need to also be explained. When the general public understand the objectives behind 5G are not nefarious, the conspiracy theories will seem as absurd to everyone as they do to industry insiders.

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  1. Avatar DMS 22/04/2020 @ 8:02 am

    the conspiracy do not believe 5G spreads C19 they believe that 5G is going to
    control us and C19 is a lie and that social distancing is so that 5G can recognise everyone and it is all part of NWO ….. BY THE WAY IM NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORIST . But they are making very serious claims

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/04/2020 @ 9:03 am

      Of course you’re not mate.

      • Avatar Thomas 27/04/2020 @ 4:09 pm

        Not a convincing article. I don’t have enough information to say it is true or it’s not. I came across this article precisely because I’m researching the topic and want to take an intelligible position on this issue. But perhaps somebody else should’ve written this article. Throughout the article, it’s easy to tell when you are being condescending and immature or unnecessarily seizing on a not-so substantive example.

        It’s great to write an article disproving a theory; but this reeks with bias.

        Best wishes bro.

        • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 28/04/2020 @ 9:04 am

          We look forward to reading the product of your research.

      • Avatar BabbeeLawson 24/05/2020 @ 1:29 pm

        Oh look at you, passive aggressive?, of course you are not mate.

    • Avatar Just Think 22/04/2020 @ 10:15 pm

      Yeah! The entire world is in on it! All of the people that have lost loved ones from the virus are also just in on it too! I am obviously being sarcastic. Show some respectful to those who are truly being affected by this virus while you are at home eating Cheetos and watching to much Youtube 🙂

  2. Avatar Monica Paolini 22/04/2020 @ 4:36 pm

    Scott – thanks for writing this, one of the best articles I came across on this topic

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/04/2020 @ 4:55 pm

      Thanks Monica, but all the credit goes to Jamie.

  3. Avatar Janice 22/04/2020 @ 11:06 pm

    Was there something like this for 4G? I don’t recall that or for 3G.

    Why now, why 5G?

    Good article, I read through it all.

    • Avatar Bryan Wills 23/04/2020 @ 6:04 pm

      We experienced the same concerns & conspiracy theories with 4G.
      Not sure about 3G. Most mobile network operators have staff trained to deal with these conspiracies.

      To be fair: electromagnetic radiation can be hazardous to human, animal and plant life.
      That is why there is research into what is an acceptable level.

      Eating too much salt (eg. 4 table spoons at once) will kill you.

      Or, speaking with Paracelsus (1493 – 1541):
      “All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; but the dose makes it clear that a thing is not a poison.”

      Thanks for your educational post, @Jamie!

      • Avatar John Tetreault 15/05/2020 @ 6:48 pm

        Just because the military made a high power experimental weapon with millimeter wave tech does not translate to “all millimeter wave tech is a weapon”.

        That would be like saying….all bullets are made of lead…..and all fishing weights are made of lead, therefore all fishing weights are bullets.

        There are significant and substantial differences, the 5G cellular radios are simply not capable of being used as a weapon….. Just as the military weapon is not capable of making cell phone calls.

        As a licensed amateur radio technician this is something I happen to know something about.

  4. Avatar Mark 23/04/2020 @ 3:21 pm

    Great article that hit the nail on the head of why people believe this weird stuff. If I did believe in world government I don’t now – each country’s response is so different. I find that conspiracy theorists also jump on any change of advice issued, a result of scientists finding out more about it, as evidence that it is fake. For example the indecision on masks being needed is because the research is still inconclusive with studies and consensus taking time.

  5. Avatar Tina Jackola 24/04/2020 @ 6:03 am

    I honestly believe that when this all started happening that the government has something to do with it which I thought may be on population control or something like that. You have to know that we are in the days of the end revelations you know this has all been foreseen this is a plague it is all been foreseen end it is what it is maybe you should get right with God or Jesus with the Holy Spirit because that’s the only thing that’s going to matter in the end. Amen

    • Avatar Steven 01/05/2020 @ 9:21 pm

      While I didn’t hear the word “Rant“ mentioned in relation to, how to spot fake news,Tina gives a perfect example of what to watch out for when reading articles. A streamed sentence of nonsensical babble.

      Great article lads. Well written, fact and references and a little fun thrown in along the way. In fairness it’s hard not to make fun of this stuff.

  6. Avatar UD 24/04/2020 @ 4:50 pm

    Very apt and impressive article

  7. Avatar Randy Lentz 01/05/2020 @ 3:41 pm

    This guy should definitely not be writing science articles. I see from his background that he is a commentor on tech and business, so I’ll give him that. I’m referring primarily to the first section regarding the “hazards”. What this man wrote is complete nonsense.

    I’m not saying that the conspiracy theories about health hazards are true; just that this article is pablum and doublespeak which either means he’s trying to hide something or he has no idea what he’s talking about, nor does his editor. I’ll go with the latter.

    • Avatar Vegas Vic 19/05/2020 @ 1:07 pm

      If the article was written by an expert you’d probably complain that he was a paid shill.

      • Avatar Michael 12/06/2020 @ 9:54 pm

        I never replied on any comment ever, but I have to say that you are definitely right here! These guys are crazy af… It’s just so Incredible to see how people prefer to believe some “doctor” in a YouTube video, instead of expert’s scientific research/article, that they always claim that it was funded by the government.. hah.. I guess people just got too crazy..

    • Avatar Dinia Cedeno 03/06/2020 @ 6:53 pm

      I respectfully disagree. The author has to write using language that most people can understand, especially when educating the public on this dangerous topic. The article was entertaining an informative. Thank you!

  8. Avatar Cordell 01/05/2020 @ 6:43 pm

    Thank you Scott for your article. It is sadly much need these days. I have a dear friend that I have lost “down the rabbit hole” of conspiracy theory. Keep up the good work and educate, educate, educate!

  9. Avatar Brian Outten 03/05/2020 @ 2:00 pm

    Your claim that Glastonbury Council stopped the use of 5G at Glastonbury Festival is incorrect. The council agreed to implement a moritorium until further research had been completed in the parish, but failed to persuade the festival organisers to trial 5G at the festival in 2019 as it is in the Pasrish of Pilton.

  10. Avatar Pamela Riek 12/05/2020 @ 7:22 pm

    To title a journalistic article “5G conspiracy theories; what they are, why they are wrong and what can be done”. is stupid if not irresponsible and lack journalistic ethic and smacks of dumb greedy “conspiracists”–if that’s what you want to call them. The conspiracy is good old fashioned GREED which has lots of “cells” in its terrorism. GREED doesn’t care what this does to people’s health–simply doesn’t care.

  11. Avatar Adrian Brown 15/05/2020 @ 6:50 pm

    Conspiracy theories are necessary to balance out what is true but can’t be proven. Conspiracy theories should only last for a time until truth is unvailed. That’s one valid reason evolution theory should be rejected. Because there is no such theory. If you question 10 theorists who believe in evolution, you very likely will get 10 different views. It takes more faith to embrace evolution than creation, yet so many supposed well learned scholars believe in something that can’t be proven. While in contrast, creation is not a theory because it can be proven. Sometimes common sense and experience are better evidences than scientific research. Why? Many scientific work are skewed and predetermined. Some may also call that a conspiracy theory. So the cycle continues. However, there must be a way out of this labyrinth call life. There are four basic questions that give meaning to life. 1 Who am I; 2 Where did I come from; 3 What is my purpose in life; 4 Where do I go from here? If we can answer these with a clear conscience and be comfortable with ourselves, then we may very well be on the road to discover the TRUTH!

    • Avatar David lane 14/12/2020 @ 5:08 am

      And that inane and completely scientifically incorrect rant is why you are the perfect candidate to believe in other insane conspiracy theories. It takes absolutely NO “faith” to believe in evolution because it one of the most widely supported theories in the history of science, with multiple lines of evidence from over a dozen different branches of science. You say 10 scientists will give you 10 different views of evolution, which shows that you clearly know nothing about evolution or the scientific views on it. Obviously your creationist friends have 10 different views on it because none of them understand it any better than you do. You also say that creationism isn’t even a theory because it can be proven. WOW ! So much wrong with that statement ! First, a theory is something that has evidence to support it, and in the Kitzmueller vs. Dover case the courts ruled that intelligent design (creationism) was NOT SCIENCE because it had NO EVIDENCE to support it. Your statement also suggests that you think Evolution is “just a theory”, which shows your total lack of understanding about the scientific meaning of the word “theory”. Go look it up, it’s not what you think it is ! But you are a very typical christian, pretending to know things you obviously don’t, pretending there is any evidence at all to support your insane ideas (no they do not qualify as theories) and having to actively deny both science and reality in order to maintain your sad delusions. You don’t need any new conspiracy theories, you have tour own brand of religious delusions to keep you firmly in the insane zone.

  12. Avatar Mr Spock 23/05/2020 @ 4:07 pm

    I used to be a lecturer in Psychology. Many new students believed that humans only used 10% of their brains, some also implying that there was a huge potential for psychic abilities if somehow they could tap into the other 90%. When I told them that huge amounts of peer reviewed studies showed that humans use 100% of their brains and that their belief was not true and attributed to a throw away comment by Einstein, used to illustrate that many people don’t critically engage with the Universe, they’d change their minds. A small minority would still ignore the facts and cling to the false belief, why is this?
    Here’s an example, an insight into the thinking regarding personal biases such as 5G conspiracies.
    If you get a number of participants, measure their level of anxiety via psychometrics, once you have 100 with non pathological anxiety levels, put 50 into each group. Group 1: is exposed to 5 minutes of a scene from Silence of the Lambs, the scene when agent Starley is in the dark cellar with the psycho, anxiety inducing stuff!!! Group 2: is exposed to 5 mins of a film of someone walking across a meadow on a sunny day. After exposure to the emotional stimulus both groups are given a psychometric questionnaire with ambiguous questions such as, “The Doctor measured little Emily’s growth. What does that mean? “ The majority of participants exposed to the highly anxiety inducing “Lambs” scene said that the Doctor was measuring Emily’s tumour or cancerous growth, whereas the participants in the non anxiety inducing group said that the Doctor was measuring her height. This experiment and numerous other tests highlights how emotion can make one susceptible to bias. I have been involved with many psychological experiments and have read countless papers on experiments that reveal why we perceive the world through biased eyes, we all do it.
    I’m unable to comment on 5G as I’ve not been involved in it’s research or read the huge amount of studies that have obviously been done to measure it and any possible side effects. I see many people on the internet getting very angry at anyone suggesting that they are wrong about the “fact” that humans only use 10% of their brains. I see Flat Earthers (who’d have thought that they’d be back!), anti vaxers, etc., etc. They are all defending beliefs that are integral to their identity, the way they see themselves and the way they wish others to perceive them. It’s not about the facts, it’s about them, their emotions, their ego, sense of self.
    Sherlock Holmes once said, “It’s a capital mistake to theories before one has data.” And no, reading an article online that supports one’s biases is not an indication of what’s what. Science is complicated and takes a very long time to become an expert at anything in its wide field. Those arguing that 5G is somehow poisoning people, why is it so important to you? Why not the homeless teen you walk past, the starving child you see on TV, the greed of some organisations, the hypocrisy of religious insitutions, etc., etc., etc. Ask yourself why.

    • Avatar Richard Travis 06/09/2020 @ 7:49 am

      Mr. Spock(cute moniker),

      Corporations have always weighed the benefit to the bottom line as the driving factor of innovation and marketing. How many times have we consumed something for years only to find out it was hazardous and the companies knew about it, but kept quiet to avoid pulling the product or settling lawsuits? Has there been any studies on the effects of electromagnetic radiation? If so, can you point the readers to the report?
      As for politics, Socialist or Capitalist, it is inevitable in order to survive at some point in human history to evolve to perhaps a third choice? I doubt if the world can reach equilibrium, say in the next 100 years. Some unifying factor would have to be strong enough to make everyone realize, if you want to live, we must work together. Even though, globalist makes me want to hurl…because I do think America is a unique experiment in government. Right now I don’t trust either party, but I have to choose one, and I will vote to re-elect Trump in November. At least harebrained ideas like gender identity are unlikely to come from Conservatives.

  13. Avatar Jonathan Kardelind 25/05/2020 @ 11:22 am

    Good stuff and a fun read, thanks Scott.
    Do you have any good sources on why the claims that “cell towers, in general, affect the animal life, fore most the birds” might be wrong.
    It appears to have been a discussion that have been going on since the 80s and the arguments supporting the claim that cell towers hurt animal life seems to be rather scientifically sound (See: Report on cell tower radiation submitted to Secretary, DOT, Delhi
    G Kumar, G Kumar).
    It’s not, as Kumar states, the short term effect that worries him but the long term effects, such as the relocation of birds and their ability to reproduce due to their higher than human sensitivity to microwaves due to their larger than human surface area to weight ratio.

    Writing an essay on the thing and thought perhaps telecoms communicator might have the answers or a good counter argument in store.


  14. Avatar Mathias Björk 17/06/2020 @ 8:22 pm

    Would like to point out that the effect of microwave radiation and other electromagnetic fields is most definetly real and there is alot of valid reports – real reports used by universities all over the world. This. one book is from 2002 and is more relevant today than ever.

    What bothers me the most is not the. conspiracy lunatic fringe people but the fact that there is no unbiased discussion on this whatsoever. Its either or it seems.


  15. Avatar William Somerville 28/06/2020 @ 3:56 am

    The electro magnetic force is the cement of the universe, your entire body is held together by it, and you are continuously bathed in electromagnetic radiation, of all frequencies, from many natural sources. Careful research is the only way to determine safe levels of particular wavelengths and this is done by many governments, who set maximum exposure levels for human generated radiation far below any risk to humans.

    It is not wrong to review this research, or have a healthy level of suspicion about big corporate’s honesty, when money is at stake, but you have to have accept the need to rely on the majority view of scientists as the sum of human knowledge is now far beyond any individual’s ability to personally check. Check your biases, use reputable sources, get a basic science education and avoid cherry picking quotes from the internet and you’ll make the best decisions.

  16. Avatar roland 28/06/2020 @ 10:25 am

    just get your hands inside a microwave oven and power it on and tell me or to the telcomms what you feel.

    • Avatar The government 17/08/2020 @ 7:26 pm

      microwaves are not the same as radiowaves, radiowaves have a lower frequency than micrcowaves

  17. Avatar Charles 20/07/2020 @ 9:41 am

    The obvious test would seem to be if engineers working with this technology have raised incidence of health problems, as happened to radium dial painters say.

  18. Avatar Joe3USA 28/08/2020 @ 1:34 am

    I would imagine 5G towers are up and running in America’s largest cities right now, and have been operating the longest. Maybe 5G causes Insanity over time, look at L.A., Batimore, Portland, Chicago, and New York city (with almost a 400 percent increase in violent crimes just this year). For the last 3 months we have seen American’s losing their minds in these cities. Tearing down monuments, looting anything not bolted down, burning down buildings, burning out cars, Burning down Police stations, assaulting and murdering each other and Police Officers. I think Democrats must be the most susceptible to these radio waves because the Democrat politicians have been not only supporting this behavior but encouraging it. These Democrats are also Defunding our Police departments, calling for the early prison release of Child Molesters, Rapists, and Murders, and pushing for shorter jail sentences for America’s most violent convicted criminals. On top of all of these actions that promote violence and will make America more dangerous than can be imagined, Democrats are demanding that All Law Abiding American citizens be disarmed! So they dont even want us to have the ability to protect ourselves or our families? These are NOT Conspiracy theories, these Insane plans are facts that have been voiced by Democrat Politicians. They actually want America to be as Dangerous and Violent as possible and remove All forms of protection we have. Defund Police and DisArm the Law Abiding! These Democrat “leaders” are not worried about themselves or their families safety because they all have Taxpayer funded Armed Security forces to keep them safe and sound. Its gotta be something like Brain Damage caused by 5G that makes these plans sound anything but Insane and Evil. Its gotta be in the Air or Water, because some Americans think this sounds sensible? Democrats have also made it clear that we need to move away from Democracy and have a Socialist/Communist American society. These Radical Politicians are not even hiding these plans anymore. They are openly voicing these plans, and promising us all that this will become our new reality if the Democrats take control. What other explanation could there be? It has to be serious brain damage that is currently spreading across this Great Nation. Why else would Anyone vote Democrat?

    • Avatar a frog 09/11/2020 @ 7:13 pm

      it seems like you’re only seeing the side of this argument that you want to see, and ignoring literally everything else. As you conspiracy theorists like to say, OPEN YOUR EYES.

  19. Avatar Jordan 22/10/2020 @ 3:34 am


  20. Avatar bookworm 09/11/2020 @ 7:09 pm

    I imagine in 100 years,
    Communication companies: great news, we can now use 100G to to send messages from one half of the galaxy to the other instantaneously!
    Conspiracy theorists: OMG, that’s how the aliens know where we are, the government is working with the aliens to end all of humanity to stop people from finding out that the galaxy is flat!

  21. Avatar Richard Palacios 26/01/2021 @ 5:40 pm

    Comentarios sesgados y parcializados dejando de lado las posiciones de algunos investigadores. No es conveniente refutar a tal teoría de la conspiración que debe a la búsqueda de algo y producto de la ansiedad o paranoia. Ahora, porque aceptar estos comentarios y borrar otras publicaciones, acaso no hay libertad de opinión y se discutan esas opiniones con fundamento?

  22. Avatar Donald Ehrich 14/02/2022 @ 12:12 am

    Everyone is missing the obvious. 5G is being implemented so that governments will have a network of receptors in tune with the right electromagnetic frequencies to make it possible to intercept our brain waves and record our thoughts. Just look at the technology. People can now use their brains to communicate directly with mechanical devices and computers. 5G utilizes that technology to passively listen to the electromagnetic impulses from our brains to decipher and store what our thoughts are.

  23. Avatar Sean Bearly 16/06/2022 @ 5:07 pm

    This is one of hundreds of articles that argue for the safety of 5G, not with proof, links to actual studies, but by making fun of conspiracy theorists, simple people who believe anything because they don’t trust authority even though we all know that we should always trust all scientists, doctors, politicians, media, movie stars and pop singers because they never lie, always have our best interests at heart and never their own. The Covid pandemic proves this.

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