To all of the Bernie-or-Bust voters thinking of voting Green this November, know this: Jill Stein thinks that wi-fi in schools is hurting kids. Yes, unfortunately for all third party voter-hopefuls, Jill Stein's thoughts on wi-fi are pretty concerning and definitely unfounded. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
According to Gizmodo, back in March at a campaign stop, a supporter asked Stein what she thought about schools moving towards getting every kid a computer. Stein seemed concerned about the trend, saying that there were health issues as well as social issues around so much wi-fi. She said that computers in schools were yet another "gimmick," and "corporate ruse," targeted at precious children.
When it comes to the wireless connecting those computers, Stein then implied that schools (and corporations shelling their internet services) were using children as "guinea pigs" and since it's "hard to study this stuff," we don't know what the effects of so much screen time really are. And they could be really bad.
Cue the creepy Twilight Zone music. She added, "And this is like the paradigm for how public health works in this country and it’s outrageous, you know." No, I do not know because that makes no sense. For what it's worth, there have been no proven negative effects of wireless internet on human beings, though some scientists have "raised the alarm" about the long term health effects of cell phones and magnetic fields, according to Mother Jones. But "scientists" raise the alarm about a lot of things, not all of which end up being true (if they were even legitimate claims in the first place).
These kinds of attitudes are pretty disturbing from a presidential candidate — even if it is a third party candidate. Stein has also expressed concern about the safety of vaccines, which also have not been proven dangerous at all. In fact, vaccines are good. Just like kids having access to Wikipedia when they're doing group geography projects in class.
While Stein never exactly linked autism and vaccines, the way some anti-vaxxers do, she did say that, "Like any medication, they also should be — what shall we say? — approved by a regulatory board that people can trust. And I think right now, that is the problem." Stein added, "That people do not trust a Food and Drug Administration, or even the CDC for that matter, where corporate influence and the pharmaceutical industry has a lot of influence."
She later tweeted and the deleted a tweet that said there was "no proof" vaccines cause autism, but why delete it? Why even suggest, coyly almost, that the government is hiding something from us when it comes to our health? Sure, money and politics are a big problem. But come on — the United States government is not knowingly giving children autism with their booster shots and scientists all over the world have spoken out about how ridiculous that claim is.
It's a little disturbing. People chuckled when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton touted the fact that she "believes in science" during her DNC acceptance speech, but it's starting to look like she's the only one around who does. Donald Trump doesn't think climate change is real and Jill Stein thinks wireless internet is giving children... something. This election season just keeps getting weirder.