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Everything you need to know about 5G conspiracy theories

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Have you ever read something on the internet about 5G and haphazardly ventured too close to the comments? Chances are, you quickly saw well-meaning people trying to warn the rest of us that 5G causes harm to our bodies and that there's a big cover-up by telecommunications providers, the general science community, and the media. While those sorts of comments might be well-meaning — I will assume the folks posting them only want to make sure we know how bad this 5G thing really is — they are completely unfounded. More than that, they are being perpetuated by discredited scientists and a media outlet that was found to purposely spread disinformation in order to "destabilize the west".

That's not very helpful after all. But don't blame the messengers, blame the source.

We're being spoon-fed a pile of nonsense under the guise of public safety. Don't fall for it.

Whenever I see a thing on the internet I know I'll want to read but don't have time, I bookmark it in my extra special folder filled with news pieces, funny anecdotes, and 100% legit working 2019 Rainbow 6 Seige hacks. Last weekend, I had time to look through some of the things I've saved and read an article in the New York Times from March that would be the basis for a good political thriller. It laid out all the dirt on how RT America has been spreading nonsense as if it were worthy and factual information in regard to 5G.

Because I'm skeptical at heart and never trust any single source, I followed a lot of the links in the article and watched several of the RT America videos they profiled, and ho-lee-shit. It explains a lot of the tripe I'm seeing posted any time I read an article about 5G in the U.S. I'm not sure of the reason why this misinformation campaign is in place (the Times piece says it's to ensure the U.S. has no dominance in 5G tech) but I can see why a generally unscientific American populace sees or hears it and begins to worry. And why some of us feel the need to warn the rest of us.

I'll be blunt before I continue: according to experts in the scientific and medical community, as well as the World Health Organization, 5G isn't going to be a serious threat to our health. These are the types of people and organizations that have decided that we should pasteurize our milk and stop spraying DDT at mosquitos. I trust them and think you should, too.

On the other hand, we have experts who have been discredited by the scientific community and others who unsuccessfully sued their neighbor because her iPhone and Wi-Fi router were dangerous. These are the types of experts RT America is courting for segments like "5G is a Crime Under International Law" and "A Dangerous Experiment on Humanity" — videos with a lot more views than truth.

I don't need to be sure of the reasons behind it to see right through it. You should follow the links and see it with your own eyes, too.

RT America has a sullied past. I'm not about to dive into politics here, but leaders on both sides of the fence are certain enough that the network doesn't have our best interests at heart. Unfortunately, that message isn't in any video pre-rolls so I'm going to assume that most people seeing these types of videos don't know it. What they do see is a slick professional-looking news story stating that 5G is going to hurt our kids and the evil people in charge of everything don't want you to know about it. Naturally, viewers get concerned. I know I would be equally concerned if I weren't familiar with the subject matter.

Long story short — cut the commentators telling us how bad 5G is for our health a little slack. They probably have the best intentions and have been sucked into something bigger than any of us. You or I might get sucked in the next time. Studies do show a correlation between cancer in rats and cellular radiation, but the study used defunct wavelengths and compressed a lifetime worth of radiation into daily doses. Dr. Marvin C. Ziskin, Professor of Radiology and Medical Physics at Temple University Medical School, Director of the Temple University Center for Biomedical Physics, and Co-Chairman of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety says "5G emissions, if anything, should be safer than previous generations".

I'll trust the 2011 d'Arsonval Award-winning doctor more than a YouTube news outlet with an agenda to push.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

17 Comments
  • I've seen some boneheaded posts about 5G even here at this site. Thank you for bringing in actual facts to clear the air.
  • Are you surprised? A few days ago the media was reporting and we were talking about growing horns from the back of your neck from keeping your head bowed for too long and looking at your smartphone...aka bone spurs as Trumpistan likes to call them...
  • The actual study was quite interesting though. It discussed greater trends in human posture. The whole connection to cellphones was more a attempt to grab the attention of average readers. Many studies use these tactics to bolster views and gain reputation and recognition.
  • Because cell phone posture is nothing like anything else... unless you read books, or papers, or magazines, or write with those things called hands 😉
  • I don't have anything against 5G. I don't really have an opinion on the matter. My moaning and wailing is not going to stop progress, even if it were harmful. But to say that the "general consensus" among "experts" says it's OK, so it's OK, is WAYYYYY overly simplistic. Everyone has an agenda to push. Information on both side of any issue is regularly falsified. That's one of the biggest frustrations of the information age. Granted, I'd rather get all the information I can, make an informed guess, and hope for the best then go back to a time when the "gatekeepers of information" formed the narrative around their own agenda; but let's be honest. It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. If 5G is harmful, we'll find out soon enough, everyone will blame the most convenient scapegoat to push their narrative, and the human race will move on like we always have.
  • There is never a "both sides". No, both sides do NOT engage in misinformation. There's only one side: the right side, the side that's supported by facts. Good f'n god, I can't believe I had to say that.
  • exactly, although i'd make the simple correction that "everyone (in power) has an agenda to push" and they don't give a flying f*ck the harm it may or might do to the environment or the public. If you look at the ingredients in a vaccine, everyone single one of them is a toxin, i mean what's the purpose and why not find safer ways to administer a healing or preventative agent? Even the CDC has issued a warning to vacc makers that the type of mercury they using is potentially harmful? Have they heeded it? the fact they haven't mean anything? The government is in bed with all these corporations, we don't stand a chance against any agenda, no matter how it's disguised as progress or stupid people remain...
  • There’s no consensus regarding the safety of 5G. More so the “science” is bought and paid for by the industry that’s pushing the 5G agenda.
    Everyone should read the Non-tinfoil guide to EMFs. There’s some eye opening info there. https://www.amazon.com/Non-Tinfoil-Guide-EMFs-Stupid-Technology/dp/19761...
  • Nicolas Pineault? Seriously? He's a Jenny McCarthy-level hack.
  • So he cured autism too?
  • We have a band of anti 5G wackos that accost people in front of the grocery store. Over 100 of them hijacked a county planing commission meeting. One claimed that "chemtrails have been dropping nanofibers on us for years and now they are being activated by 5G to cause widespread cancer which will be used for population control by the black government." Damn Obama! Another ended up dealing with the child protection service when she revealed that she and her two kids were living in a car in a remote part of the county because there was no cell signal. Their gurus Michael Henry Dunn and Mark Steele produce the Radio5G YouTube videos.
  • Thanks. I didn't do any research on 5G myself but I am in this Facebook group where someone local posted a petition to fight 5G development because she has young kids and is afraid of 5G radiation
  • Something that I see as a big problem with this is that it'll draw focus from and damage the credibility of people who know what they're talking about and have legitimate concerns about the technology. I know America really doesn't like listening to climate scientists, but when they say 5G will interfere with meteorological equipment, you should listen. Doesn't make a lick of difference to me here in the middle of the UK, but it's probably life and death to people in nyalens or Flo Rida.
  • It's only a limited portion of the spectrum that the US wants to use that could affect the meteorological data, not 5G itself.
  • You mean I can just relax and NOT wear a tinfoil hat!!!! Dammit I was soo looking forward to spending time in my survival bunker behind my couch! 😋😜
  • The truth is WiFi 6, which brings faster home WiFi to your devices, is much more important for consumers because home WiFi is how and where we consume mobile content. 5G will not be widespread any time soon.... Check back in four years.
  • "Everything you need to know about 5G conspiracy theories" ....that they are all true and not conspiracy theories, don't buy this 5G is safe bologna. Safe for commerce and greed, just like they don't publish the truth about the devastation to our climate being done by all things man-made, or the numerous people being injured by vaccinations, or how bad it is to have fluoride in your tap water, there is no interest for the power structures that be to tell you the truth about these things, so they get tools like this to write articles lumping doubters into the conspiracy club. blah blah blah