Book Review: The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg

"Once it is understood that the 1918 flu was not caused by a virus and was not spread by contagion, but was instead caused by the sudden spread of radio communication throughout the world, the hysteria should die down and the world can get back to normal, and go about the necessary business of getting rid of wireless technology. Radio waves have sickened and killed more of humanity in the past century than all of the bacteria and viruses combined. Also heart disease, diabetes and cancer (chapters 11, 12 and 13 of The Invisible Rainbow) are caused primarily by the sea of radiation with which our cell phones, cell towers, radio towers, radar stations, security systems, baby monitors, wireless computers, and other wireless devices and infrastructure have flooded our precious and fragile world." ~ Arthur Firstenberg

By Catherine Austin Fitts

I first learned of Arthur Firstenberg when visiting Santa Fe several years ago. Firstenberg, my hosts said, had achieved significant delays in the installation of "smart" meters in New Mexico as a result of formidable intellectual research, unceasing activism, and plain hard work. Reading Firstenberg's latest book, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life (AGB Press 2017 and Chelsea Green Publishing 2020), brings the point home. This is a work of remarkable scholarship resulting from decades of hard work.

Firstenberg was a Westinghouse scholar who received a BA in mathematics from Cornell (1971) and attended medical school from 1978 to 1982, dropping out due to electromagnetic hypersensitivity brought on by x-rays.

Since 1996—the year that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorized the rollout of cell towers across the nation—Firstenberg has argued that wireless technology is dangerous and that the telecommunications industry has suppressed damaging evidence about the technology since at least 1927. Firstenberg then founded the Cellular Phone Task Force, which was the lead petitioner in 1997 in a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) radiofrequency radiation exposure limits.

The 1996 Act helped to usher in a period I now refer to as "the great poisoning." Reading Firstenberg, I am reminded of Utah Phillips when he said, "The earth is not dying, it is being killed. And the people killing it have names and addresses." Firstenberg helps make many things visible in The Invisible Rainbow. From there, it is not hard to sleuth out who and what is doing this—including you and me when we carry and pay for our smartphones.

The Invisible Rainbow represents the culmination of decades of Firstenberg's research and analysis regarding electricity and wireless technology and their impacts on humans and living things. For anyone interested in understanding what is happening today and where we have gone wrong—or concerned about deterioration in our environment—it is a must-read. This book will also help you understand why the debate regarding 5G in connection with Covid-19, and local efforts to burn down 5G towers, are not going to go away. The earth is being killed—and many of us with it. It's time to do something about it.

I have added The Invisible Rainbow to our Best Books for 2020. It is highly recommended. And, while Arthur Firstenberg is around, don't ever say, "Why is no one doing anything?" Firstenberg is doing plenty, and then some.

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The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

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