Endo Rockstar wrote:This is by far my favorite conspiracy theory in Madison right now.
It's not just the liberal side of things-- I was flipping through the dial somewhere around Beaver Dam, and hit some right-wing talk show dealing with smart meters. Naturally they didn't like the concept either, but it wasn't for health reasons. The host was pushing the concept that since the water utility could monitor your usage, that would lead to the government stepping in and rationing your water usage against your will
Now that I think about it, is that really so far-fetched, especially if our droughts worsen over the years? And, is that necessarily a bad thing?
Microwaves-- Decades ago, my grandmother refused to use the one we got for her because she was convinced it would mess with her pacemaker. We thought she was nuts (in a good way). This was way before the internet and The Straight Dope
, but sure enough:
"In the early days of microwave ovens and cardiac pacemakers, there was a real possibility that a leaky oven with a significant electromagnetic field being emitted could interfere with operation of a pacemaker with an unshielded lead," reads one typical bit of advice (Occupational Medicine Forum, Journal of Occupational Medicine, 1992). "Both problems have since been corrected." The U.S. standard for microwave ovens limits energy leakage to five milliwatts per square centimeter at a distance of five centimeters, and cardiac pacemakers now have shielded leads.