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The launch of 57 more satellites by SpaceX in the early morning of Friday, August 7, at 1:12 AM EDT, has brought the number of SpaceX’s “Starlink” satellites orbiting in the Earth’s ionosphere up to 595.

Although this was the first launch since June 13, SpaceX has not been idle during this time. It has built additional ground stations and has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to operate (so far) 40 ground stations, scattered throughout the United States. It has signed up customers to begin “beta testing” of the satellites that are already in orbit. Beta testing will occur initially, says SpaceX, with customers who live between 44 and 52 degrees latitude in the northern U.S. and southern Canada. SpaceX plans to begin the testing sometime in September.

SpaceX’s launch of April 22, which brought the number of its satellites up to 420, was accompanied by reports of heart palpitations from far and wide, including from yours truly. I again felt strong heart palpitations that began early in the morning on August 7. Actually I began to experience a feeling of oppression Thursday night about two hours before the launch time. Please contact me if you have been having heart palpitations since Friday’s launch.



OneWeb, which is based in the UK, and which had declared bankruptcy in March, has been bailed out to the tune of one billion dollars by the UK government and Indian telecommunications company Bharti Global. And on May 26, 2020, OneWeb applied to the FCC for permission to compete on an equal footing with SpaceX by launching 47,844 satellites into the ionosphere.

Although OneWeb’s offices are in the UK, none of its Directors lives there. Its CEO, Adrián Steckel, is Mexican, and the rest of its Directors live in the U.S., Germany, Israel and Mexico. Its major stockholders are Qualcomm (Singapore), SoftBank Group (Japan), and 1110 Ventures (U.S.).


On July 29, 2020, the FCC granted Amazon’s application to launch 3,236 satellites into the ionosphere. Like the satellites of SpaceX and OneWeb, Amazon’s satellites will operate at millimetre wave frequencies and use phased array technology to cover the Earth with focused beams of radiation enabling customers to access the Internet from anywhere on Earth, on land or ocean.

The satellites of SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon alone, if they are all launched, will total, together, about 92,000 satellites. If you add in Iridium and Globalstar, which are already operating small constellations, and the plans of Facebook, Link, Canadian companies Kepler and Telesat, the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, Russia’s Roscosmos, and other competitors, there could soon be 100,000 satellites orbiting in the ionosphere.

“But will you wake for pity’s sake”*

The out-of-control satellite industry is one of the stupidest things humankind has ever created. It treats the life-giving envelope of our atmosphere as if we don’t depend on it. It poses an immediate threat to life on Earth, in so many ways.


The 100,000 planned 5G satellites, each with a designed lifespan of 5 to 10 years, must be constantly de-orbited and replaced. This means that at least 10,000 satellites will have to be launched every year, forever into the future. If an average of 50 satellites can be launched on each rocket, that’s 200 rocket launches per year, just to maintain the satellites used for cell phones and Internet. And it means the de-orbiting of 10,000 worn out satellites per year, burning them up in the atmosphere and turning them into toxic dust and smoke. And that’s not counting the ever-increasing numbers of weather, research, tracking, monitoring, surveillance, military, and other kinds of satellites and missiles being launched in what will soon be a parade of rockets burning prodigious quantities of fossil fuels, punching holes in our atmosphere on a daily basis, and treating the source of all life as Earth’s largest garbage pit.

Martin Ross of the Aerospace Corporation and other researchers have been modeling the effects of daily rocket launches on ozone and global temperatures. Rocket exhaust, depending on the type of fuel used, may contain chlorine and/or oxides of nitrogen, hydrogen, and/or aluminum, all of which destroy ozone. SpaceX’s kerosene-fueled rockets deposit enormous amounts of black soot into the stratosphere, where it accumulates, absorbing solar radiation and warming the stratosphere. The warming of the stratosphere accelerates the chemical reactions that destroy ozone.


Most rockets are launched from the northern hemisphere. And the winter and spring of 2020 saw the largest and longest-lasting Arctic ozone hole in history. Ozone-watchers did not know what caused it, but they were not communicating with the scientists who are studying rocket exhaust. Our world is full of specialists, deaf and blind to other specialties, collectively asleep and marching toward oblivion.

Atmospheric physicists do not study astronomy. Astronomers do not study electricity. Electricians do not study biology. Medical doctors do not study acupuncture. Doctors of oriental medicine do not study atmospheric physics. But the universe is not fragmented, it is a whole, and our culture has forgotten what that is, to its peril and to the peril of everything alive.

The ionosphere is a source of high voltage that controls the electric circuitry of the biosphere and everything in it, including the fine-tuned circuitry of every human, every animal, every tree, and every fish. If we do not immediately stop the destruction of our fragile blanket of electrified air, upon which we depend for growth, healing, and life itself, climate change and ozone destruction may not matter. Beta testing begins in September.


On Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 7 to 9 PM EDT (2300 to 0100 UTC), Americans for Responsible Technology will host a meeting about the 5G satellites on Zoom that will be simulcast on Facebook. In the first hour, four presenters will speak for 15 minutes each:

Ben Levi, technology consultant, will summarize the current satellite situation. Where are we now, and what is forecast over the next few years?

Joe Sandri has a law degree and has training and experience in radiofrequency engineering. He will describe how the satellites work. How will a typical 5G transmission use the satellites? What kinds of earth stations will be required?

Arthur Firstenberg will talk about the impact of the satellites on people and the environment. How will the electrical environment of the earth be altered by constant transmission of 5G signals?

Julian Gresser, attorney, will address what is being done legally to stop this. What right does the FCC or any other agency have to authorize the use of space for private commercial interests? What are the legal and ethical principles involved?

The second hour of the meeting will consist of a discussion among the presenters, followed by questions from the online audience, which will include members of the press.

Attend by Zoom (limited space). Participants must register in advance:

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Covid virus

When SpaceX begins its beta testing in the northern United States and southern Canada later this summer, the single biggest obstacle to recognizing its effects on humans will be COVID-19. Because no matter how many people sicken or die in that part of the world, it will be blamed on the coronavirus.

The pandemic began with 5G. 5G came to Wuhan shortly before the outbreak of COVID-19 there. 5G came to New York City streetlamps shortly before the outbreak of COVID-19 there. COVID-19 deprives the blood of oxygen, while radio waves deprive the cells of oxygen. COVID-19, alone, is just a respiratory virus like the common cold. But together with 5G, it is deadly. To deal with COVID-19 effectively, society must first recognize the harm done to the body by radio waves. 5G is radio waves on steroids.

This worker’s death was not caused by hot weather, as was reported by the media

Instead of acknowledging the harm from radio waves, society is tearing its fabric apart by instituting measures that are protecting no one and are instead sickening and killing people. I will mention just one of those measures here: facial masks.

As a person who went to medical school, I was shocked when I read Neil Orr’s study, published in 1981 in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr. Orr was a surgeon in the Severalls Surgical Unit in Colchester. And for six months, from March through August 1980, the surgeons and staff in that unit decided to see what would happen if they did not wear masks during surgeries. They wore no masks for six months, and compared the rate of surgical wound infections from March through August 1980 with the rate of wound infections from March through August of the previous four years. And they discovered, to their amazement, that when nobody wore masks during surgeries, the rate of wound infections was less than half what it was when everyone wore masks. Their conclusion: “It would appear that minimum contamination can best be achieved by not wearing a mask at all” and that wearing a mask during surgery “is a standard procedure that could be abandoned.”

I was so amazed that I scoured the medical literature, sure that this was a fluke and that newer studies must show the utility of masks in preventing the spread of disease. But to my surprise the medical literature for the past forty-five years has been consistent: masks are useless in preventing the spread of disease and, if anything, are unsanitary objects that themselves spread bacteria and viruses.

  • Ritter et al., in 1975, found that “the wearing of a surgical face mask had no effect upon the overall operating room environmental contamination.”
  • Ha’eri and Wiley, in 1980, applied human albumin microspheres to the interior of surgical masks in 20 operations. At the end of each operation, wound washings were examined under the microscope. “Particle contamination of the wound was demonstrated in all experiments.”
  • Laslett and Sabin, in 1989, found that caps and masks were not necessary during cardiac catheterization. “No infections were found in any patient, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,” they wrote. Sjøl and Kelbaek came to the same conclusion in 2002.
  • In Tunevall’s 1991 study, a general surgical team wore no masks in half of their surgeries for two years. After 1,537 operations performed with masks, the wound infection rate was 4.7%, while after 1,551 operations performed without masks, the wound infection rate was only 3.5%.
  • A review by Skinner and Sutton in 2001 concluded that “The evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks would appear to be stronger than the evidence available to support their continued use.
  • Lahme et al., in 2001, wrote that “surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anaesthesia, did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the operation field in our study. Thus they are dispensable.”
  • Figueiredo et al., in 2001, reported that in five years of doing peritoneal dialysis without masks, rates of peritonitis in their unit were no different than rates in hospitals where masks were worn.
  • Bahli did a systematic literature review in 2009 and found that “no significant difference in the incidence of postoperative wound infection was observed between masks groups and groups operated with no masks.
  • Surgeons at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, recognizing the lack of evidence supporting the use of masks, ceased requiring them in 2010 for anesthesiologists and other non-scrubbed personnel in the operating room. “Our decision to no longer require routine surgical masks for personnel not scrubbed for surgery is a departure from common practice. But the evidence to support this practice does not exist,” wrote Dr. Eva Sellden.
  • Webster et al., in 2010, reported on obstetric, gynecological, general, orthopaedic, breast and urological surgeries performed on 827 patients. All non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries, and none of the non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries. Surgical site infections occurred in 11.5% of the Mask group, and in only 9.0% of the No Mask group.
  • Lipp and Edwards reviewed the surgical literature in 2014 and found “no statistically significant difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group in any of the trials.” Vincent and Edwards updated this review in 2016 and the conclusion was the same.
  • Carøe, in a 2014 review based on four studies and 6,006 patients, wrote that “none of the four studies found a difference in the number of post-operative infections whether you used a surgical mask or not.”
  • Salassa and Swiontkowski, in 2014, investigated the necessity of scrubs, masks and head coverings in the operating room and concluded that “there is no evidence that these measures reduce the prevalence of surgical site infection.”
  • Da Zhou et al., reviewing the literature in 2015, concluded that “there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that facemasks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination.”

Schools in China are now prohibiting students from wearing masks while exercising. Why? Because it was killing them. It was depriving them of oxygen and it was killing them. At least three children died during Physical Education classes -- two of them while running on their school’s track while wearing a mask. And a 26-year-old man suffered a collapsed lung after running two and a half miles while wearing a mask.

Mandating masks has not kept death rates down anywhere. The 20 U.S. states that have never ordered people to wear face masks indoors and out have dramatically lower COVID-19 death rates than the 30 states that have mandated masks. Most of the no-mask states have COVID-19 death rates below 20 per 100,000 population, and none have a death rate higher than 55. All 13 states that have death rates higher 55 are states that have required the wearing of masks in all public places. It has not protected them.

“We are living in an atmosphere of permanent illness, of meaningless separation,” writes Benjamin Cherry in the Summer 2020 issue of New View magazine. A separation that is destroying lives, souls, and nature.

* from Christopher Fry, A Sleep of Prisoners, 1951.

Arthur Firstenberg, American physicist and writer

August 11, 2020

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While the ongoing #Fishrot investigation into state capture, bribery, money-laundering and fishy deals to access Namibia's prolific fishing waters has opened a Pandora's box of irregularities and loopholes in the international fishing industry, the warning signals have been there long ago.

Peter Robert Manning already forewarned the danger of what is happening now in a thesis MANAGING NAMIBIA’S MARINE FISHERIES: OPTIMAL RESOURCE USE AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES submitted in 1998 to the  London School of Economics and Political Science.

The thesis comprises a detailed history of Namibia's fishing industry right up to the post-independent "Namibianization" of the industry. Manning specifically warned against the dangers of joint ventures between local small fishermen and big foreign companies where the extensive use of nominee shareholders efficiently hide the true identity of the beneficiary shareholders, saying "it multiplies the efficacy of the provision of the Companies Act which makes it an offence for a company to withhold information about its shareholdings". SA 1973, s113(1).

Manning further suggested:   

"It would seem reasonable for the identities of beneficiaries of the use of a public resource to be placed in the public domain, so that anyone at any time is able to have access to this information.
It will never be possible to be sure that all resource rent is being collected by government because of the difficulties of assessing what exactly the resource rent is in the first instance. Approximations are used, making it likely at any time for there to remain some rent in the system.
Theoretically, much of this information is in the public domain. The Register of Companies, maintained by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, hold details of the Directors of all registered companies and the address where the register of members of each company is held.
It is an offence under the Companies Act (61) 1973 for a company to refuse to disclose its shareholding (South Africa 1973, si 13(1)). However, the use of nominee shareholders and the incidence of foreign 284 registered companies as shareholders means that the provisions of the Companies Act in this respect is inadequate.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources requires of companies that they disclose the beneficial shareholding of the company to the Ministry as part of the annual survey it makes of the industry. As this information is theoretically in the public domain, it would be constructive for the Ministry to make the information publicly available in the form of access to a database. This would help to make the ownership and control of the industry a lot easier to monitor by interested parties and therefore a lot more transparent. This could be done with relatively little extra work or expenditure.

Most participants in the fishing industry are constituted as private limited companies. Only a few are public companies. Unlike a public company, a private company is not obliged to lodge a copy of interim statements and annual financial statements with the Registrar of Companies (ibid., s302).

It would seem reasonable that private companies in the fishing industry be obliged to disclose this information due to the public nature of the resource they are utilising. This would help to improve the accountability of the industry to the public and would promote greater transparency in the industry."
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Ná so 'n lang vakansie wat gekenmerk is deur uiterste droogte, wisselvallige weerstoestande, top-vermaak en 'n allemintige geskatte miljoen mense wat Mosselbaai se strande besoek het, is daar skaars tyd om tot verhaal te kom voor die volgende fees - die 2020 Diasfees - van 31 Januarie tot 2 Februarie by Santosstrand gehou word.
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Hier is die amptelike indrukke van Mosselbaai Toerisme en die ATKV-strandoord oor die afgelope vakansieseisoen:

Aneli Gerber, operasionele bestuurshoof van Mosselbaai Toerisme:

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"Mosselbaai Toerisme het `n opname onder ons lede gedoen en die gevoel is dat die seisoen dieselfde indien nie beter is as dieselfde tyd verlede jaar nie.

Die langer skoolvakansie het vir seker meer voete van ons omliggende provinsies gebring, maar Gautengers, Vrystaters en dies meer het nog steeds net vanaf die 20ste Desember tot die 5de Januarie gebly. Dit blyk dat sekere restaurante gewilder was as ander. Sommige toon groei in inkomste oor die vakansietyd en ander berig dat hulle wel hulle begrote inkomste behaal het, maar dat dit nie `n rekord-seisoen was nie.

Ons is dankbaar vir, oor die algemeen, positiewe terugvoer wanneer in ag geneem word dat gesinne toenemend onder finansiële druk is, die petrolprys nog beduidend hoog is en dat voedselpryse sterk toegeneem het. Dit sit groot druk op daardie extras soos aktiwiteite en uiteet. Vanaf sosiale media is die terugvoer `n plesier. Dit blyk dat almal ons dorp geniet en waardering het vir die netheid van die dorp en die veilige omgewing wat geskep word vir vakansiegangers. Daar was `n rekord getal feeste, byeenkomste en geleenthede en ek glo elke vakansieganger kon kies en keur tussen al die vermaaklikheidsopsies.

Ongeveer `n miljoen mense het ons strande besoek tussen 15 Desember en 5 Januarie en ons is trots om te berig dat die insidente min en onbeduidend was in ag genome die hoeveelheid vakansiegangers wat daagliks op ons strande vertoef het. Ons is danbaar vir al die rolspelers wat onverpoos gewerk het om veiligheid en orde te handhaaf. Talle individue het onverpoos gewerk saam met die Munisipaliteit en die SAPS om misdaad hok te slaan en gesteelde eiendom terug te besorg aan hulle eienaars. Die suksesstories is daagliks gedeel in vergaderings van die seisoenmoniteringskomitee, maar die algemene publiek is nie altyd bewus van die oorwinnings nie.

Mosselbaai gaan van krag tot krag en dit is duidelik hoekom ons een van Suid Afrika se gunsteling-dorpe bly."

Mornay Beukes, oordbestuurder van die ATKV-Hartenbos Strandoord skryf:

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2019/20 SEISOEN:

"Net soos wat 2018 se seisoen onthou sal word vir die perfekte weer, so sal 2019/20 se seisoen onthou word vir die droogte en die wind!

Die oord het vir elke gas wat inbespreek daarop gewys dat ons waterbeperkings het en ons het in al ons eenhede en ablusieblokke kennisgewings geplaas oor hoe om te help om water te bespaar. Dit egter gesê, het ons nog steeds mense gekry wat vir ons kom sê het daar is mense wat vir 15 minute of langer stort of water mors. Van die skuldiges kon ons gaan aanpraat, maar van hulle het weer soos mis voor die son verdwyn.

Vanaf begin Desember was daar seker ook net 4 of 5 dae gewees wat die wind nie gewaai het nie en met waai bedoel ek soos in stormsterk waai met tye. Ek kan onthou dat ons sekuriteit op een dag by 6 kampeerplekke besig was om mense se tente vas te hou sodat dit nie wegwaai of skeur nie, terwyl ons wag dat die mense terugkom. 'n Mens sou dink dat met die baie wind, mense dan in die winkels gaan rondloop en koop, maar dit het ook nie gebeur nie. Die mense het geloop, maar die koopkrag is definitief nie meer wat dit 'n paar jaar gelede was nie.

"Dit was ‘n lang seisoen wat al vanaf 4 Desember gesorg het dat hier mense is. Hier was beslis meer voertuie, maar die getal mense is vir ons maar dieselfde as die vorige jaar. Die oord was soos gewoonlik vol bespreek vanaf 20 Desember 2019 tot 03 Januarie 2020.

Die weer het ook definitief ‘n rol gespeel by ons ontspanningsfasiliteite. Die verhitte swembad het baie beter gedoen as begroot, terwyl die pretpark weer swakker gedoen het as gevolg van die weer. Ons Koswerf Restaurant het ook beter gedoen en ons skryf dit grotendeels toe aan ons nuwe spyskaart. Ons Na-Donker-kuierplek vir die bo 18’s het ook goed gedoen in die aande en het dit weereens gelyk of die ekonomie geen invloed op die kuiergewoontes van die jongmense het nie!

Ons het weer eens die vakansie baie vermaak aangebied en het tydens die Studentejôl aan die begin van Desember vir Spoegwolf, Snotkop en Biggy hier gehad wat goed ondersteun is. By die oord is ook verskeie teater-optredes aangebied met Marion Holm, Wynand van Vollenstee, Radio Raps en Frank Opperman. Kleiner konserte is ook in die Pretpark en Skoffelskuur gehou met Deon Groot, Adam, Fatman en Danny Smoke. InAfrikaans het ook 4 konserte in die Amfiteater aangebied en alhoewel daar ooreenstemmende konserte deur Afrikaans is Groot gereël is in Mosselbaai op 28 en 31 Desember, was die opkoms nog steeds baie goed by hierdie konserte in die Amfiteater.

In geheel gesien was hierdie ‘n lekker lang vakansieperiode met regtig min klagtes. Wanneer daar klagtes was, het dit meestal gehandel oor geraas. Daar was weer eens geen voorvalle van ernstige misdaad nie en geen ernstige besering of noodgevalle by die oord nie. Ons dank ons Hemelse Vader vir ‘n wonderlike seisoen!"

Hier is nog hoogtepunte van die Desembervakansie in beeld:

HAPPY 2020! Mosselbaai, jou lekker ding!
The New Year dawned with astounding beauty & bliss over the Bay . . . after an eventful year with its share of joys, sorrows, losses and gains.

We could write a lengthy report about all the ups & downs of 2019, but NOT on New Year's DAY and NOT while we are on holiday too . . . !  

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Die hele Mosselbaai en omgewing se mense is blykbaar van nou af stuk-stuk op pad na die Van Riebeeck-stadion vir die Afrikaans is GROOT Somerfees . . . en laatslapers kan STEEDS kaartjies aanlyn by Computicket koop.
Hieronder is al die inligting oor die fees der feeste:

Afrikaans is Groot
Die Afrikaans is Groot Somerfees skop oor nét ’n paar dae af en ons kan nie wag om julle almal by dié heel eerste Mosselbaai-feestelikheid te verwelkom nie. Nie net kan jy uitsien na van die land se grootste kunstenaars by die groot konsert die aand nie, maar ook na ’n propvol program van aktiwiteite en vermaak wat jy voor die konsert kan geniet.
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