You just can’t make this stuff up:
Turn off that Wi-Fi network — it’s disturbing our chakras.
That’s what many residents of Glastonbury, a lovely medieval town turned New Age hub in southwestern England, are demanding the local government do.
Ever since the town’s free municipal wireless broadband network went online in May, people have been complaining of, as an online petition puts it, “headaches, dizziness, nausea, severe tiredness, brain fog, disorientation and loss of appetite, loss of balance, inability to concentrate, loss of creativity” — all ailments an examining physician would find it difficult to prove or disprove.
These people couldn’t be more out of touch with reality if they thought they were living on King Arthur’s grave site. Oh, wait… they do believe that:
(Glastonbury is) Thought by many to be the burial place of the mythic King Arthur
One nut is even making “orgone generators, which use crystals, semi-precious stones and gold to purportedly put out positive energy”. He plans on distributing them in order to “combat” the evil wifi waves floating around the town:
“I have given a number of generators to shops in the High Street and hidden others in bushes in the immediate vicinity of the antennae. That way you can bring back the balance,” Matt Todd told the Telegraph. “The science hasn’t really got into the mainstream because the government won’t make decisions which will affect big business, even if it concerns everyone’s health.”
He also thinks the wifi is disrupting mysterious, ancient, and invisible webs of energy called “ley lines”. But not to be out done other nuts in the town are claiming the evil rays of wifi are keeping them awake:
“The pulsed microwaves feed the pineal gland with false information,” local Jacqui Roberts tells the Western Daily Press. “Melatonin fights the free radicals and cancer-producing cells.”
Yet, perhaps the saddest part of all this is the fact that some of these people actually have children and are teaching them this insanity:
“I don’t want my son exposed to risk 24 hours a day, including at his primary school, which is within the Wi-Fi zone,” yoga teacher Natalie Fee tells London’s Telegraph. “I would be failing in my duty as a parent if I did.”
Yea… what do you say to some one like that? I mean, sure, The Telegraph and Fox News included some quotes from scientists who confirmed that these people are nuts but does anybody really believe that will convince them? I doubt it.
But it may be the officials who installed the system are the real idiots here. After all, the system of government internet (why the heck is the government providing internet anyway? How is that their responsibility?) costs $15,000 a year to operate and has, thus far, been used by a whopping 422 people.