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(Slate)   People who suffer from "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" are flocking to a WV town that lies in the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone, where there are no cell, wifi or radio signals. I'll bet they're fun at parties   (slate.com) divider line 164
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2013-04-12 04:45:48 PM
i wouldn't last ten minutes in that town.
 
2013-04-12 04:50:14 PM
They probably would be because they wouldn't on their damned phone the whole time.
 
2013-04-12 04:53:34 PM
Thank you subby for using quotes.

"electromagnetic hypersensitivity"

what a farking joke.
 
2013-04-12 04:59:18 PM
And then the sun rises in the morning and shoots that strategy all to hell.
 
2013-04-12 05:04:01 PM
I once replaced a light switch for a woman who made me come back and put the old one back in. It seems the light switch had plastic parts, which gave her asthma. After it had lain around in her garage for a week, it was fine.
 
2013-04-12 05:13:34 PM

FlashHarry: i wouldn't last ten minutes in that town.


It would take me about 10 minutes to setup a HAM radio, and if I hid the antenna well take them about 5 years to realize there was EM in the area.

/ yes, I know about the radio observatory
// not really a ham either
/// then again, electromagnetic hypersensitivity is also BS.
 
2013-04-12 05:42:25 PM
are plenty of placebos available there?
 
2013-04-12 06:25:38 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: And then the sun rises in the morning and shoots that strategy all to hell.


So much this! farking 'tards.
 
2013-04-12 07:20:39 PM

Bucky Katt: are plenty of placebos available there?


They probably wouldn't be comfortable with such a modern invention.  Snake oil might be a good substitute.
 
2013-04-12 07:57:21 PM
I hope none of them suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, because winters can be long and dark in West Virginia.
 
2013-04-12 08:25:34 PM
THOSE FOOLS! Don't they know about how dangerous Homeopathic radio waves are?!

The less there are, the more powerful they are! They're all going to die!
 
2013-04-12 09:22:09 PM

FlashHarry: i wouldn't last ten minutes in that town.


I never wanted to be that guy, but yeah.
 
2013-04-12 09:23:24 PM
Wait till someone tells them about cosmic radiation.
 
2013-04-12 09:23:46 PM

That town has some very pretty trees...


media.trb.com

 
2013-04-12 09:23:55 PM

Pocket Ninja: I hope none of them suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, because winters can be long and dark in West Virginia.


I thought I was going to kill myself the fall I was in Fairbanks, so theres that
 
2013-04-12 09:24:23 PM
Then there is also big bang background, and those geosynchronous satellites are banging away 24 7
 
2013-04-12 09:27:03 PM
Oh, you mean that part of the US where the NSA has set up one of their biggest listening posts, one they set up decades ago?
 
2013-04-12 09:27:23 PM
Next up, Faraday prison.
 
2013-04-12 09:27:37 PM

FlashHarry: i wouldn't last ten minutes in that town.


The best skiing in the middle east coast (Snoeshow, WV) is there.  I go there once a year with radio silence.  It not  thatbad.  Internet still works.
 
2013-04-12 09:27:44 PM
So, do they ban cars there too?
 
2013-04-12 09:27:50 PM
Green Bank, W.V.

Uh, Slate? It's WV for the postal service, and W. Va. newspaper style. There ain't no W.V.
 
2013-04-12 09:28:29 PM
Sorry Im not Amish
 
2013-04-12 09:30:09 PM
Right where they belong - with the other backwards morons.
 
2013-04-12 09:33:15 PM
There's a homeopathy for this condition now!
 
2013-04-12 09:33:42 PM

Wakosane: Wait till someone tells them about cosmic radiation

light and the EM spectrum in general

Not that these idiots will care one iota.
 
2013-04-12 09:38:03 PM
I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.
 
2013-04-12 09:38:06 PM

gozar_the_destroyer: So, do they ban cars there too?


The vehicles used at the observatory itself are all diesels.
 
2013-04-12 09:38:14 PM
remedy
 
2013-04-12 09:40:49 PM

redsquid: I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.


Normally that would garner outrage, but that really does sound like a walking (misattributed) PT barnum quote case...
 
2013-04-12 09:44:05 PM

enemy of the state: gozar_the_destroyer: So, do they ban cars there too?

The vehicles used at the observatory itself are all diesels.


Probably run on that crazy new fangled corn oil too, without any problem. Bunch of backwards hippies.
 
2013-04-12 09:44:40 PM

impaler: Then there is also big bang background, and those geosynchronous satellites are banging away 24 7


Don't forget GPS!
 
2013-04-12 09:46:06 PM
I would love to vacation there.  Take some books, an acoustic guitar, some pencils and paper, etc.
 
2013-04-12 09:46:49 PM
Could just coat your ceilings on aluminum foil.
 
2013-04-12 09:46:58 PM
So.  People who found themselves caught in the radio-free zone suddenly see their home prices go up in value because of EHS nutballs moving in, and they can finally afford to move out.  A bunch of EHS nutballs move into the radio-free zone where they can live out their days in placated contentness.  The rest of us don't have to live with the EHS nutballs, and best of all, they don't have any way to contact the outside world.

Sounds like win all around.
 
2013-04-12 09:47:14 PM

Bucky Katt: are plenty of placebos available there?


Yes, but only generic ones.
And everybody knows that those dont work as well.
 
2013-04-12 09:48:34 PM

enemy of the state: gozar_the_destroyer: So, do they ban cars there too?

The vehicles used at the observatory itself are all diesels.


Unless they have a crank start they still cause an EM spike when you start them.
 
2013-04-12 09:49:14 PM

redsquid: I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.


In all (non) seriousness, I wonder how many of these electromagnetically hypersensitive people were chemically hypersensitive back when that was the cause of all your ailments; and hypersensitive to artificial food dyes before that, and whatever else they could blame their invisible problems on before that. I'm not sure if that's sad or just annoying, that people have to create problems for themselves so they can feel better about being failures.
 
2013-04-12 09:53:11 PM
"but is their disease real?"

/no, next question...
 
2013-04-12 09:53:14 PM
I, for one, was quite happy to pay $50k less for the house by the power lines.

/but the fricking allergies are real. Sniff.
 
2013-04-12 09:53:18 PM
It's like a reverse eureka..
 
2013-04-12 09:55:05 PM
"A 2010 meta-analysis of 46 studies concluded that repeated experiments have been unable to replicate this phenomenom under controlled conditions"

The article should have led with this statement.

I feel for these people - they have a real and significant problem. But it's psychiatric, not medical. And as the article suggests, the more press it gets, the more people will get sick.
 
2013-04-12 09:55:39 PM
How do we know the government isn't moving them all into a "the village" type mental institution? Actually, I'd love to watch the "Truman show" documentary on it, especially the final reveal where they all found out electronics have been around them the entire time.
 
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2013-04-12 09:58:25 PM

J. Frank Parnell: enemy of the state: gozar_the_destroyer: So, do they ban cars there too?

The vehicles used at the observatory itself are all diesels.

Probably run on that crazy new fangled corn oil too, without any problem. Bunch of backwards hippies.


And I am sure you have to hand-crank the engine. And I suppose in the cold months you have to steam-warm the engines because, no glow plugs, and such.
Ass-hattery to a new level.
 
2013-04-12 10:00:34 PM
I don't understand, without computers, phones, texting, skyping etc, how do people talk to each other?
 
2013-04-12 10:00:48 PM

Somaticasual: redsquid: I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.

Normally that would garner outrage, but that really does sound like a walking (misattributed) PT barnum quote case...


I talked to her long enough to determine that she was just crazy, not legitimately sick (at least physically). I'm a house painter and she was suggesting I use some paint that the salesman at ICI swore was 'chemical free'. Realizing that she was being scammed into buying way over-priced paint, I told her I happened to have some left over from a previous job that I'd use and just charge a little extra.  I actually saved her money in the long run. It's just that the details make the story less funny and a little TL;DR.
 
2013-04-12 10:03:27 PM

KimNorth: I don't understand, without computers, phones, texting, skyping etc, how do people talk to each other?


www.thegeekgirlproject.com
 
2013-04-12 10:04:24 PM
The question is, how do I make money from these idiots?  It's this mentality that, if you have a good enough spiel, and tailor it to their specific neurosis, they'll spend ridiculous amounts of money  on stupid shiat that doesn't do anything, and they'll swear it's working.  I don't see a downside.

Except that I'd probably break out in hives from dealing with that much derp all at once.
 
2013-04-12 10:06:17 PM

redsquid: I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.


Then she wondered why her rash was back, you're just dishonest.
 
2013-04-12 10:10:12 PM

KimNorth: redsquid: I had a client who said she was sensitive to chemicals. When I asked which ones she said 'just about all of them'. I charged her extra to use 'chemical free' products, which were just the regular products I always use in label free containers. She thanked me profusely for my consideration.
People are farking stupid.

Then she wondered why her rash was back, you're just dishonest.


Know how I know you didn't read the rest of the thread?
 
2013-04-12 10:13:08 PM

LordOfThePings: KimNorth: I don't understand, without computers, phones, texting, skyping etc, how do people talk to each other?


LOL

/ I prefer Julius Ceaser on an aldus lamp.
 
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