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Up from the trenches

Tesla's Curse
Forfatter: Nina FitzPatrick
Forlag: Malina Press (2020)
Radiation / Do the researchers in the novel find the ultimate proof that parts of modern technology are destroying human neurological biology?


Tesla's Curse is a thriller of international caliber – action as it pleases, and with an original and highly personal twist.

Two eccentric scientists are on the threshold of presenting the ultimate proof that parts of modern technology are destroying human neurological biology. The night before one is to present her findings at an international symposium, she is murdered, silenced and cunning. The suspicion automatically goes to some mythical alliance of international capitalism and corrupt politics.

It's not that simple – of course. Nina FitzPatrick keeps readers in full span through 350 pages. She drives them through a network of surprising connections, across professional environments, protagonists and alliances of different cast and varying morals, all with experiences, opinions or a relationship to the case.

Suspicions and fears of technology tampering with creation are at least not weakened as the story progresses.

Irresponsible capital forces

There is little doubt about the author's starting point. Suspicions and fears of technology tampering with creation are at least not weakened as the story progresses. The author has obviously done thorough research. The way the text appears to this non-expert reviewer, it is so convincing that its credibility never falters. The character gallery is designed with lush nuances, strengths and weaknesses, and the characters live lives that arouse both laughter and poetic compassion.

The shape and plot of Tesla's Curse makes one think of a bit of everything from the recent past – for example, the message in John le Carrés The Constant Gardener, or on the historic verdict on the tobacco industry from 2006:

Le Carré's novel is about a conspiratorial alliance between bureaucrats, politicians and the international pharmaceutical industry. A young British activist is murdered somewhere in Kenya while revealing the interplay and effects of a vulnerable population. The very real controversy over patented AIDS medicine and the possibilities of saving millions of human lives in Africa looms in the background.

The tobacco ruling from the USA stated that the major cigarette manufacturers market something they have known for at least 50 years is very dangerous to health, in the extreme case deadly. Based on a cynical profit motive, they have "quite deliberately led the public behind the light", the judge ruled, and imposed on them a fine that is unparalleled in history.

The world is full of such examples of how irresponsible capital forces in collaboration with corrupt politicians have withheld negative facts from the public.

Wireless communication

Most of those who believe that, for example, mobile networks, computer technology, wireless communication have major detrimental effects, often believe that similar conspiracies also govern this industry. As in the case of the tobacco industry, profiteers set aside moral considerations to hide the fact that the business kills and has devastating effects, the activists claim.

The relationship goes through like an undercurrent Tesla's Curse, but without the author himself making specific accusations. She masters the art of hints with a light and elegant craft. In this way, the book will probably have greater significance than if it had thundered solid allegations and accusations on the table. This is perceived as a declaration of war in affected circles, heavy professional artillery is automatically deployed, and then we get a position war where assertion stands against assertion and the strongest (in the sense most resourceful) right becomes decisive.

Indirect admission? In fact, several mobile phone companies warn their own shareholders that there is a risk of suffering losses related to future claims.

Through her subtle narrative, where the unspoken stimulates the reader's own imagination and thought, Nina FitzPatrick sets up a more qualified debate. For we have constantly seen how experts and advocates with professional weight can beat alarmist amateurs like flies in debates. It serves no other purpose than to protect the established. Here, instead, the critical thought is stimulated. It is always more effective.

Was it not Voltaire who said that "once an idea takes root, it is stronger than all the armies of the world"?

In any case, it must be high time to get out of the trenches, which have already become much deeper than they should be. Clues, suspicions, unexplained symptoms and the like increasingly suggest that there are connections that overwrite the explanations from technological elites.

In 2011, the Council of Europe adopted a resolution with precautionary measures to curb radiation exposure.

Precautionary measures

It is not without reason that the Council of Europe adopted a resolution in 2011 recommending that member states introduce precautionary measures to curb radiation exposure, primarily for the sake of children and young people. A drastic reduction in the limit values ​​is recommended – plus reduced access to use mobile phones in the school system. France has stepped in and banned the use of wireless devices in kindergartens.

And it is quite strange to note that several mobile companies actually warn their own shareholders that there is a risk of suffering losses related to future claims. At the same time, the companies inform that there is a danger that the owners may lose money if regulations are introduced in connection with new documentation of health risk. Do they know something we do not know (and which they themselves do not like to know)?

Some may interpret this as an indirect admission that there are actually owls in the bog, and that the companies do not have everything on dry land – at least not as dry as they find it expedient to give the impression of.

As the story in Tesla's Curse goes towards a surprising end, Nina FitzPatrick adds this last point with a touching little twist on one of the review characters in the book. Strange with that – when children come into the picture, a lot can change.

The book leaves us with unresolved questions and important thoughts around them. But the process up to this point is pure joy of reading. We are dealing with a suspense novel that keeps the reader in a firm grip from the first to the last page.

PS: Let me make a revelation at the very end: The author Nina FitzPatrick is identical with Nina Witoszek, a Polish-Norwegian researcher, author and columnist.

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Christian Borch
Christian Borch
Author, commentator and former employee of Nrk. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Borch

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