Arthur Firstenberg’s psychological state still unclear

On the same day that the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the city has invested $1 million in fiber optic infrastructure to bring Santa Fe’s wireless broadband capabilities into the 21st century, Tripp Jennings reports that the Arthur Firstenberg’s “turn off your iPhone, I feel sick” lawsuit against a neighbor “slogs on in court.”

District Judge Sarah Singleton had appointed a court-ordered psychologist, Dr. Ned Siegel, to work with both sides to ” come up with an agreed-upon protocol to test the hypothesis that Firstenberg was being harmed.” Not surprisingly, Firstenberg has so far not agreed to a ‘blind’ test protocol to determine if 1) he actually does respond to typical (low) levels of electromagnetic radiation, and if so, 2) to what degree?

Jennings noted that “Firstenberg is a part of a group that has tried unsuccessfully to push for a Santa Fe city policy against wireless.”

And Mark Oswald in the Albuquerque Journal North also filed a front page report, Judge Denies Wi-Fi Order. He noted what a nuisance Firstenberg has been to his neighbor, Raphaela Monribot, during the past 18 months:

(Judge) Singleton has rejected such an injunction request at least once previously – in April 2010 – and Monribot’s attorney Christopher Graeser said Firstenberg has now asked eight times since the litigation began that she be required to turn off her electronic devices.

So don’t be surprised if the tin-foil-hat-wearing Firstenbergers around town don’t start emitting more electrically-charged noise locally about the alleged dangers of all things electric.

See this recent article in something called the Earth Island Journal, Warning: High Frequency. The author, Christopher Ketcham, claims that Firstenberg is now living in “the wilderness”  to avoid exposure to electricity and radiation. And yet, as Trip Jennings notes about the actual legal proceedings:

On a different matter, Firstenberg came out the winner.

Firstenberg’s electric meter is on Leith’s property. At one point decades ago, the two homes were on the same piece of property, but the property was divided, said Joseph Romero, another of Manribot’s attorneys.

Firstenberg wanted the right to cross her property to turn his electricity off whenever he wanted. Singleton granted Firstenberg’s request.

“It’s a big physical relief,” Firstenberg said.

Read the Earth Island Journal article to get a good idea of how the Firstenbergers think (or don’t) about electricity, wireless, and electromagentic radiation in general. Far from living in “the wilderness,” Firstenberg lives less than a mile from the Santa Fe Plaza and, rather than trying to avoid electricity, now has the privilege of turning it on and off to suit his … choice.