Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones.
“I get chest pain and it doesnâ€™t go away right away,” he said.
Firstenberg and dozens of other electro-sensitive people in Santa Fe claim that putting up Wi-Fi in public places is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The City Council has unanimously approved a plan to provide wireless Internet service in libraries and other city buildings, over the objections of those who say they are electrically sensitive.
That doesn’t mean the legal wrangling is over, however.
Julie Tambourine, an advocate for the disabled and homeless, said after Wednesday’s meeting that the legal analysis was flawed, because it didn’t take into account those with diabetes, seizure disorders, respiratory ailments and other conditions that can be adversely affected by microwave radiation.
These idiots need to read up on the electromagnetic spectrum. Unless they’re going to sit in a lead box all day long with no visible light on a carefully controlled diet, they’re going to be exposed to all kinds of EM radiation, including gamma rays throughout their lifetimes. And even inside that theoretical lead box, there’s no guarantee of being radiation-free.
For further comic value, these people’s minds would explode if they had any idea of how many radio waves pass through their bodies each second. Theoretically, for physiologic purposes, 802.11b+g wi-fi signals (0.124-0.121m wavelength depending on channel) are no different than FM radio signals (~3m wavelength). Common sense would tell you that that’s pretty insignificant.
But since common sense is often wrong, we look to the actual evidence. And the evidence in favor of wifi radiation sensitivity just isn’t there.