20
Feb
2005

Expert’s mobile phone health fears

They’re as dangerous as driving blindfold, professor claims

Expert’s mobile phone health fears

by Arlene Kelly and Campbell Gunn

WESTERN governments are putting millions of lives at risk by allowing the continued and unlimited use of mobile phones, according to a leading expert. Professor Olle Johansson, a world-renowned expert on the impact of electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation, says the Scottish Executive should suspend the construction of all masts and launch an immediate investigation into the long-term health effects.

Experiment

Kath Fraser claims living near a mobile phone mast has made her life hell on earth.

Prof Johansson says, “Mobile phones are the biggest full-scale human experiment ever carried out. Using one is like driving blindfolded 200km per hour up the Alps. Hopefully everything will turn out safely, but no-one really knows. “Everyone is at risk, 24 hours a day, whether they are at home, at work or in their leisure time. “In areas where phone masts are commonplace, evidence of health defects, skin conditions, allergies and cancer clusters is extremely worrying.”

Prof Johansson, a neuroscientist from the government-funded Karolinska Institute in Sweden, with more than 20 years’ experience, was the first to study human sensitivity to mobiles, when adverse reactions were first reported in the mid-90s. He’ll visit Scotland this week to brief MSPs on the potential risks associated with exposure to mobile phones and masts.

He will also be appearing as an expert witness before the Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee and will be making appearances at public meetings in Aberdeenshire and Perth. He says, “People who are electrosensitive, together with those in African and poorer countries, who are not high consumers of such products, will have no long-term regular exposure and will come out of this situation best.

“People should not dream of having a mobile. Around 3G base stations especially, there is evidence of alterations in the brain, increased blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, headaches, infertility and accelerated tumour growths.”

Controversial

Prof Johansson also warns that governments must face up to their responsibilities by funding independent research, instead of avoiding a public health issue they know to be highly controversial. “The commercial and telecommunications companies are not responsible for this problem because their role is to gain profit. They are not doing anything illegal, only following flawed government safety guidelines.

“In my opinion the only safety level, both biologically and medically, is zero. I hope Scotland will see independent Government-based research. But it’s not an issue governments want to address.” Kath Fraser, a former nurse, from Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow, claims she became electrosensitive after living near a mobile phone mast. She says, “It is hell on earth. I perspire profusely, suffer from sleep deprivation, dizziness, a burning sensation in my legs and hair loss. I even moved house to get away from the microwaves. “People think you are making it up and some doctors even recommend you see a psychiatrist, but it’s happening more and more and everyone can’t be wrong. Hopefully with the help of Professor Johansson we will be able to prove it.”

The Petitions Committee will also hear from Caroline Paterson, of the group Stirling Before Pylons. She will call on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Executive to acknowledge the potential health hazards associated with long-term exposure to high-voltage transmission wires.

Green MSP Mark Ruskell says the problem lies with the planning authorities who can’t take possible health issues into consideration when making a planning decision. “We need to make sure these technologies are safe before they’re rolled out,” he adds.

A Scottish Executive spokesman says, “The evidence to date suggests that exposure to radiation below international guidelines does not cause adverse health effects to the general population. We will continue to monitor emerging research in this area.

“The National Radiological Protection Board’s 2004 report on Mobile Phones and Health notes that there is no scientific basis for establishing minimal distances between base stations and areas of public occupancy.”

A spokeswoman for mmO2 Airwave, the company involved in the construction of the majority of masts, says, “We take the matter of health and safety very seriously. But there is overwhelming evidence that there is no cause for concern. “However, we are not complacent and rigidly follow health and safety guidelines. We regularly look at and review any new information or studies available.”

//www.dcthomson.co.uk/mags/post/news4.htm

Informant: Andy

From Mast Network

Protest gegen die Atomenergie

Attac Gruppe "Freies Wendland"
//www.attac.de/wendland/index1.php

Hier finden Sie die Materialien zu den unterschiedlichsten Themen und Aktivitäten der Gruppe.

Thema: Atomianer

"Atomianer - Priesterschaft" des Atommülls:

Im Wendland hat sich gegen die Atomenergie eine neue Protestform entwickelt! Die "Atomianer" stellen eine logische Konsequenz der aktuellen Energiepolitik dar!

Atomianer Hintergrund
Atomianer Flugblatt
Wir protestieren gegen die Atomenergie 2005
Countdown für die Ewigkeit
Finanzbrief der Atomianer

Thema: Atomausstieg

Widerstand gegen die Atom-, Energie- und Rüstungskonzerne - für die sofortige Stillegung aller Atomanlagen weltweit!

Protest gegen Atommülltransporte (Castortransporte)!
Mobilisierungsbrief Castor - attac - neu
Leserbrief Dialog über die Form der Umweltzerstörung
Flugblatt zu H.A. Schult

Zur bedenklichen Rolle der EU (EURATOM-Vertrag) bei der Ausbreitung der Atomtechnologie und der Absicherung der Profite der Atommafia weisen wir auf folgenden Text hin:
(Siehe auch: F.Alt, in: Was die Europa-Politiker verschweigen, Wirtschaftliche Rechte werden garantiert, soziale Rechte nicht - und ein Zusatzprotokoll stärkt die Atomenergie. Zwei Beiträge über die bitteren Pillen der EU-Verfassung, Publik Forum, Nr. 16-2003, S. 20/21!!)

Thema: Globalisierung
Vortrag von Jean Ziegler: "Die neuen Herrscher der Welt" im Mp3 Format, ca 20 Mb gross.

Jean Ziegler "Die neuen Herrscher der Welt"

Den Vortrag gibt es auch nochmal in Kurzfassung als Textdatei.

Die "gelenkte Demokratie" wünscht sich den neoliberal zugerichteten "Reformdeutschen"!

Herbert Rubisch: Der Reformdeutsche

Der digitale Kapitalismus stößt an seine Grenzen. Die Zivilgesellschaft beginnt sich neu zu organisieren. Oskar Negt und André Gorz denken in die Zukunft.

An dieser Stelle möchte ich Sie auch auf die Zeitung der Gewerkschaft Ver.di hinweisen.

Rezension zu "Wozu noch Gewerkschaften?" und "Wert und Kapital - Zur Kritik der Wissensökonomie"

Thema: Gefahren der Gentechnik

Unsere Aktion bei Restaurants, Hotels, Küchen von Sozial- und Jugendeinrichtungen etc. bzw. bei Schulen/Lehrern soll
a) zu Erklärungen führen, daß für Küchen/Verpflegung Verantwortliche beim Einkauf auf gentechnikfreie Nahrungsmittel achten und
b) Schulen motivieren, sich intensiv mit den Gefahren und Problemen der Gentechnik in Lebensmitteln bzw. der Landwirtschaft auseinanderzusetzen!

Bitte weiterempfehlen und ähnliche Aktionen starten. Für Rückmeldungen wären wir sehr dankbar!

1.Brief gentechnikfreies Wendland
Flugblatt gegen Gentechnik
Genbrief an die Schulen

Thema: Vom allmählichen Verschwinden der Hecken oder: das unheimliche Wachsen der Agrarwüsten
Initiative für Hecken und Bäume in der Landschaft (Unterschriften Liste)
Hecken Mitmach Aktion
Zu viel Grün im Wendland?

Erst kommt die Hecke weg, dann wird der Graben zugeschüttet, dann geht der Acker fast bis an den Asphalt! Straße von Breselenz nach Krummasel.

"Landgewinnung" in Breselenz 2004

An den nicht besonders schön in der Landschaft liegenden öffentlichen Anlagen (Schule/Sportplätze) mußte zuerst eine schöne junge Schlehenhecke (für parkende Autos?) weichen - dann wurden die Bäume verstümmelt! Warum nur?

//www.attac.de/wendland/material.php

Kampf von Don Quijote gegen die Windmühlen

Mit meinem Mann und meinem Sohn bin ich letztes Jahr weggezogen, da auf einem Nachbardach in unmittelbarer Nähe zu uns ein Mobilfunkmast aufgestellt wurde (UMTS). Der war noch nicht in Betrieb. Aber alle meine Mühen gegen diesen Mast (Unterschriftenliste, Inigründung, Mobilisierung durch Flugblätter...) erschienen mir wie ein Kampf von Don Quijote gegen die Windmühlen. Denn als ich auf das Dach unseres Hauses kletterte, erkannte ich, dass wir umringt waren von solcherlei Masten, die in der letzten Zeit wohl wie die Pilze aus dem Boden gewachsen sein mussten. Die Ini war so wenig besucht, die Leute zuckten die Achseln, es ist doch alles voll, was sollen wir denn tun? Ich spreche hier von der Hamburger Innenstadt. Also Wegzug. Da wir nicht mit Reichtum gesegnet sind, kam natürlich nur eine Mietswohnung in frage. Jedoch stellte ich bei der Wohnungssuche schon fest, die Dinger sind überall. Jetzt haben wir eine Wohnung, erstens EG, zweitens ist der nächste Mast ca. 500m entfernt (nicht so nah) und die Wohnung ist der anderen Richtung zugewandt. Seit wir ausgezogen sind, leidet mein Sohn unter Schlafstörungen und Kopfschmerzen. Vielleicht hat der Nachbar ein DECT-Telefon (oder alle Nachbarn), vielleicht ist es die neue digitale Fernsehtechnik, oder jemand hantiert mit W-Lan herum. Vielleicht ist es auch der entferntere Mast, der schon in Betrieb ist im Gegensatz zu dem nahen bei unserer alten Wohnung....

Wir sind ratlos. Dieses Schulhalbjahr kann mein Sohn in vielen Fächern nicht bewertet werden, wegen Fehlzeiten. In der Schule stehen auch solche Masten in der Nähe. Außerdem ist die Schule stolz auf ihre W-Lan Technik. Die Physiklehrer sehen kein Problem. Es ist so zermürbend! Wie können wir herausfinden, ob es an Elektrosmog liegt, dass mein Sohn nicht schläft?

Und wisst Ihr was? Ich leide selbst noch unter den Folgen einer Amalgamvergiftung und habe in unmittelbarer Nähe zu meinem Arbeitsplatz ganz viele Masten auf den Dächern.

Ich bin heilfroh, dass ich nur 1 Kind habe. Denn nicht mal das kann ich schützen und für weitere Kinder (die dann krank sind) habe ich auch gar nicht die Kraft wegen eigener Umweltbelastung. Das ist kein Leben, das ist nur Überleben. Wie viele Eltern verzichten aus solchen Gründen auf (weitere) Kinder?!?! Die Politiker müssten doch alles tun, um uns und die Kinder zu schützen, sie wollen doch mehr Kinder in Deutschland haben.

Und wenn nicht mal Rot-Grün uns schützt, wer denn dann?!!!!!! Nur soviel dazu. Seid gegrüßt und uns allen hoffentlich viel Erfolg im Kampf gegen das Esmogchaos.

Sabine


Aus: Elektrosmognews vom 20.02.2005



Liebe Sabine und Leser bzw. Leserinnen des „Sabine – Briefes“ !

Es tut gut, von Erfahrungen zu lesen, die andere – wenn auch bedauerlicherweise – machen, die ebenfalls in der Nähe von Mobilfunksendern wohnen. Als wir in unserer Familie mit gewissen Gesundheitsproblemen anfingen und daraufkamen, diese könnten sehr wahrscheinlich mit dem Sendemasten, der hinter unserem Haus in ca. 70m Entfernung (unverbaubarer Blick, 32m hoch) steht, zusammenhängen, fiel für uns erst einmal eine Welt zusammen und wir dachten, es ginge wohl nur uns so, da wir uns von allen anderen nur ausgelacht vorkamen ! Wir leben seit April 1999 mit dem Masten, April 2000 kam unser Sohn zur Welt und ich selbst als Mutter war seit diesem Zeitpunkt mehr oder weniger ständig auf unserem Grundstück bzw. im Haus. Bereits im selben Jahr fingen Beschwerden an wie schwere Seh-Behinderungen (ich konnte kaum mehr Autokennzeichen auf dem Parkplatz gegenüber erkennen), einseitige Kieferschmerzen (für die der Arzt aber keine Ursache finden konnte), Gelenkschmerzen (Knie und Hüfte, die nach einiger Zeit wieder verschwanden), Herzschmerzen sowie Herzrythmusstörungen (für die auch nach 24 Std. EKG ebenfalls keine Ursache gefunden werden konnte), Störung der Hypophyse mit starker Schwankung des Schilddrüsenwertes (wurde eingehendst untersucht, ging aber dann zurück), extrem starkem Haarausfall jedes Jahr in der „Freiluftperiode“ von April bis November (der sich dann zumindest bis jetzt immer im Winter wieder regulierte) sowie Regelprobleme bis hin zu einer Fehlschwangerschaft im September 2002. Prinzipiell oder unausgesprochen entschlossen auch wir uns aufgrund aller Umstände, gegebenenfalls auf ein weiteres Kind zu verzichten. Da es uns aus diversen Gründen nicht möglich war, von dem Grundstück wegzuziehen und es eventuell woanders auch nicht viel besser sein würde, bauten wir ein neues Haus, dessen Mauern, neue Fenster und ein Teil-Abschirmputz zum Sender hin uns die Strahlenbelastung erheblich senken konnte. Wir und unser Sohn schlafen unter einem Baldachin und wir haben jegliche weitere Strahlenquelle (Mikrowelle, schnurloses Telefon, Handy etc.) aus unserem Hause verbannt. Momentan können wir wieder relativ gut schlafen und haben gelernt, mit der Gefahr hinter unserem Haus zu leben – aber es ist mehr ein momentanes Überleben, wie es auch schon Sabine in Ihrem Brief nannte – es dauerte eine ganze Weile, bis wir uns mit der Situation abfinden konnten, Lösungen finden konnten und einsahen, unsere Familienplanung derart äußeren Umständen unterwerfen zu müssen ! Wir kämpfen gegen neue Sendemasten in unserer Umgebung und können eventuell und hoffentlich den nächsten, zustäzlichen in unserer unmittelbaren Nachbarschaft verhindern. Wir hoffen sehr, dass sich in absehbarer Zeit in Sachen Mobilfunk etwas tut und das wird es, da die Beschwerden und Proteste immer lauter werden. In unserem unmittelbaren Bekanntenkreis (Nachbarorte) gibt es zwei weitere Familien, die gleiche Erfahrungen gemacht haben, angefangen über Schlafstörungen mit Schweißausbrüchen bis hin zu 1 Fehlgeburt in der einen Familie sowie 4 Fehlschwangerschaften in Folge in der anderen Familie. Beide wohnen ganz nah zu Mobilfunksendeanlagen.

Ich selbst habe mir ein Messgerät gekauft, um die Situation bei uns weiter verfolgen zu können, sowie möglichst vielen anderen Menschen, die zwar nicht unbedingt neben einem Sendemasten wohnen, zu zeigen, welche immense Strahlungsquelle sie sich mit schnurlosen DECT-Telefonen bzw. Handys in ihr Haus holen.

Ich freue mich über den Erfahrungsaustausch in den Elektrosmognews, er mag vielleicht sehr nützlich sein.

Aus: Elektrosmognews vom 27.02.2005

In vitro increase of the fluid-phase endocytosis induced by pulsed radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: importance of the electric field component

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15670738

GSM-Signal hat Einfluss auf Zellvorgänge

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15670738


Aus: Elektrosmognews vom 20.02.2005

Erhöhte Krebsrate in der Nähe einer Mobilfunkstation

Studie

Aus dem Abstract: Ziel dieser Studie ist die Untersuchung, ob die Krebsrate bei Anwohnern steigt, die in der Nähe einer Mobilfunkstation einer hochfrequenten Strahlung ausgesetzt sind. Es handelt sich dabei um eine epidemiologische Untersuchung, die klären soll, ob die Krebsrate bei Personen, die der Mobilfunkstrahlung ausgesetzt sind, sich von den für das untersuchte Gebiet (Israel, Netanya), erwarteten Werten abweicht, oder vergleichbar ist mit derjenigen von Bewohnern einer nahegelegenen Gegend.

Die Teilnehmer (n=622) wohnen seit 3 bis 7 Jahren in der Nähe einer Mobilfunkstation und sind Patienten einer Klinik (DW). Eine zweite Gruppe von Personen (n=1222), die in einer Klinik in der Nähe behandelt wurden und ähnliche Lebensbedingungen aufweisen, was Umgebung, Arbeitsplatz usw. angeht, wurde zum Vergleich herangezogen. Im exponierten Bereich (Bereich A) wurden im Verlauf eines Jahres acht Fälle verschiedener Krebsformen diagnostiziert. Diese Krebsrate wurde sowohl mit der Durchschnittsrate von 31 Fällen pro 10.000 Personen in der Gesamtbevölkerung als auch mit der Rate von 2/1222 in der nahegelegenen Klinik (Bereich B) verglichen.

Das Krebsvorkommen bei Frauen im Bereich A war der Studie zufolge signifikant höher (p<0,0001) im Vergleich zu dem in Bereich B als auch in der gesamten Stadt. Ein Vergleich des relativen Risikos zeigte, dass im Bereich B 4,15-mal so viele Erkrankungen wie im Durchschnitt in der gesamten Bevölkerung auftraten. Die Studie weist auf einen Zusammenhang zwischen einer erhöhten Krebsrate und dem Wohnort in der Nähe einer Mobilfunkstation hin.

//novapublishers.com/


Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 17.02.2005

Korrektur der Meldung der FGF-Infoline vom 17.02.2005

Offensichtlich ist der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. FGF bei der Übersetzung der Studie an entscheidender Stelle ein Übersetzungsfehler unterlaufen. Die Übersetzung der FGF lautet.

...Ein Vergleich des relativen Risikos zeigte, dass im Bereich B 4,15-mal so viele Erkrankungen wie im Durchschnitt in der gesamten Bevölkerung auftraten...

Im englischen Originaltext steht aber:

…Relative cancer rates for females were 10.5 for area A, 0.6 for area B and 1 for the whole town of Netanya. […] A comparison of the relative risk revealed that there were 4.15 times more cases in area A than in the entire population…

d.h. ...Die relativen Krebsraten für Frauen waren 10,5 für Bereich A, 0,6 für Bereich B und 1 für die gesamte Stadt Netanya […] Ein Vergleich des relativen Risikos [Anm. bezüglich des Krebsvorkommen] offenbarte, dass es 4,15 mal mehr Fälle [Anm. Krebsfälle] in Bereich A als in der gesamten Bevölkerung gab...


Cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station
//omega.twoday.net/stories/518760/

CAN WORLD GOVERNMENT SAVE THE PLANET FROM DESTRUCTION?

//tinyurl.com/6csrq

Some ocular symptoms and sensations experienced by long term users of mobile phones

Pathol Biol (Paris). 2005 Mar;53(2):88-91.

Some ocular symptoms and sensations experienced by long term users of mobile phones.

Balik HH, Turgut-Balik D, Balikci K, Ozcan IC.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Firat, Elazig, Turkey.

In this study, a survey was conducted to investigate the possible effects of long term usage of mobile phone (MP) on eyes. The studied symptoms are blurring of vision, redness on the eyes, vision disturbance, secretion of the eyes, inflammation in the eyes and lacrimation of the eyes. There is no effect on redness on the eyes and vision disturbance, but some statistical evidences are found that MP may cause blurring of vision, secretion of the eyes, inflammation in the eyes and lacrimation of the eyes. These results suggest an awareness of the symptoms and sensations.

PMID: 15708652 [PubMed - in process]

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15708652

Langfristiger Gebrauch von Mobiltelefonen und seine Auswirkung auf die Augen

Für diese Studie wurde eine Umfrage durchgeführt, um die möglichen Auswirkungen des langfristigen Gebrauchs von Mobiltelefonen auf die Augen zu untersuchen. Bei den untersuchten Symptomen handelt es sich um verschwommenes Sehen, gerötete Augen, Sehstörungen, Augensekret, Entzündung der Augen und Tränensekretion. Laut Studie gibt keine Auswirkungen auf gerötete Augen und Sehstörungen, aber statistische Hinweise, dass Mobiltelefone verschwommenes Sehen, Augensekret, Entzündung der Augen und Tränensekretion verursachen könnten.

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15708652

Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 17.02.2005

Kriege um Wasser

Die Tsunami-Flut, die kürzlich die Küsten Asiens heimgesucht und verwüstet hat, hat uns einen Einblick in die erstaunliche und wahrhaft erschreckende Gewalt gewährt, die Wasser entfesseln kann. Es gibt indes noch einen andere Wasserkatastrophe, die zur Zeit Formen des Krieges annimmt, der das Leben vieler Millionen Menschen nachhaltig beeinflussen kann. Aber dieser Krieg zieht in keiner Weise die Aufmerksamkeit der internationalen Medien auf sich. Vor allem die elektronischen Medien, zu deren Geschäft Katastrophen und Konflikte gehören, sind ständig auf der Suche nach Bildern und Berichten, die ihre Formate bedienen.

//www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/5966.php

Klonen: UN empfiehlt totales Verbot

//www.netdoktor.de/nachrichten/index.asp?y=2005&m=2&d=21&id=117844

Klonverbot: Berlin will weltweite Konvention
//omega.twoday.net/stories/534150/

Abgase: 65.000 Tote jährlich durch Feinstaub

//www.netdoktor.de/nachrichten/index.asp?y=2005&m=2&d=21&id=117848

Phone masts raise fears - Another denial of our rights

by Megan Reynolds

MOBILE phone masts on St James' Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, have alarmed parents with children at nearby Loyola School.

Parents of the 190 boys, aged three to 11, who are paying between £1,995 and £3,975 in fees each year, are worried about the potential health risks for their children and "just don't know what to do."

Sandra Barbarino, of Regency Close, Chigwell, who has a four-year-old son at the school, said: "I know there are always going to be risks of radiation spreading out despite what the telecommunications companies tell us. There are so many health risks, nosebleeds, headaches, insomnia and obviously it's been linked to brain tumours and various concerns.

"Do you realise that kids are here in school where they're exposed to radiation? They're exposed to this every day from morning to evening, every day."

Loyola headteacher Peter Nicholson said: "There have been masts on that site for as long as I can remember, going back to 1987. The implication that some folk are making is that the masts have been added to."

Mobile phone company O2 began working on the masts last August. The district council has little control over such matters. O2 is a utility company which has permitted development' and does not require planning approval.

District council spokesman Rob Barwell said: "Masts under a certain size mean the company is going to put them up anyway."

The council can only object to telecommunications masts on grounds of location and aesthetic impact. Under planning law they cannot object to masts on health grounds as government guidance is that there is little or no health risk.

O2 community relations manager James Stevenson said: "There's no danger from the mobile phone masts, no fear at all.

"Churches are a good place to put them because of the money and the way we organise rental payments to the church. There's absolutely no risk at all from them."

Mr Stevenson said several studies conducted by the World Health Organisation have not detected any danger from mobile phone masts.

Sandra Chang, of Dickens Rise, Chigwell, who has a five-year-old son at the school, thinks the addition to the masts was "done backhandedly" as people weren't aware of the development.

She said: "It's such a high risk for our children. They don't know the safety and they can't guarantee anything. I don't want the class to come down with cancer in years to come. Parents just don't know what to do."

8:53am Saturday 19th February 2005

//www.eppingforestguardian.co.uk/display.var.570636.0.phone_masts_raise_fears.php


A classic example of misinformation and surrender. It is simply not true to say that "O2 is a utility company which has permitted development and does not require planning approval". Barwell's reported statement that "masts under a certain size mean the company is going to put them up anyway" is a disgrace - as is "under planning law, they cannot object to masts on health grounds".

There is little point in commenting on the words of James Stevenson - nothing more than a dysfunctional O2 employee. "Community Relations Manager"? Heaven help us!

David Baron

A letter to pin on the door of 10 Downing Street?

WE HAVE A COMMON CONCERN TO FIGHT FOR

09:30 - 19 February 2005

I would like to thank the Evening Telegraph for bringing to public attention the proposal to site a mobile phone mast in Shardlow Road, Alvaston (January 31).

I would also like to thank the 93 per cent of the public and the councillors who rejected the idea of a mast in the limited consultation carried out by Walcom.

Unfortunately, it seems that public opinion does not count and the mast is still on.

Apparently the legislation does not allow councils to reject applications for masts below l5 metres.

Other sources of information indicate that failing to refuse and going against public opinion may be due to financial reasons. The prospect of court costs should the company appeal are overwhelming and people cannot generally afford to go to court to fight this type of action.

Should we be playing with our futures and those of our children by placing masts in residential areas?

A letter from a Walcom representative for Vodafone indicates that in built-up areas masts may only be effective for up to a few hundred metres.

Assuming this to be 500 metres, then for an area of 36sqkm, roughly the size of Alvaston, Boulton and Crewton, we would need some 196 masts to ensure comprehensive coverage.

Now that is something for all residents of these areas and Derby to think about.

What I have to ask is when did we become a dictatorship fuelled by profit and not a democracy?

It would appear that mobile phone companies are able to dictate where they are going to place masts and members of the public just have to accept it.

Why do we have one planning rule for mobile phone companies who want to erect masts without fear of refusal and another for us?

Imagine the resistance should you wish to erect a similar structure in the same area.

This entire debate is made even more interesting given that the land in question has been the subject of other planning proposals. All suggested uses were rejected on the grounds that the land is common land, not council land, and cannot be built on or altered.

Who will pay compensation for loss of house values as a result of the mast being erected? And who will compensate for any health problems that may arise as a result of the mast being erected?

Of course, I do have a mobile phone, but I feel that masts should not be erected in residential areas.

I would like to see residents writing letters of objection when the planning application is submitted and attending the meetings in numbers to voice their fears and concerns.

Kevin Winson,
Manifold Drive,
Alvaston.

//www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=124615&command=displayContent&sourceNode=124519&contentPK=11867232&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch

Hartz IV verfassungswidrig – 4,1 Millionen Betroffene werden zu Crashtestdummies einer verfehlten Politik

//sozialisten.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/view_html?zid=26161

Datum: 20.02.2005

Bodo Ramelow, Bundeswahlkampfleiter, fordert Bundeskanzler Schröder nach der einstweiligen Anordnung des Sozialgerichts Düsseldorf gegen die Anrechnung des Partnereinkommens bei unverheirateten Paaren und der Vielzahl berechtigter Widersprüche gegen die ALG II-Bescheide auf, einzugreifen und die Politik seiner Regierung im Interesse der Betroffenen zu verändern.

Immer mehr erweist sich: Hartz IV ist ein schlechtes Gesetz und ein schlecht gemachtes Gesetz noch dazu. Es ist absehbar, dass der einstweiligen Anordnung des Sozialgerichtes Düsseldorf gegen die Anrechnung des Partnereinkommens bei unverheirateten Paaren weitere Gerichtsentscheidungen zu anderen Fallgruppen folgen werden, die die Verfassungswidrigkeit von Hartz IV bestätigen. Hinzu kommt die große Zahl falscher Bescheide. Mehr als der Hälfte aller Widersprüche musste bisher stattgegeben werden. Immer mehr Sozialverbände weisen darauf hin, dass die Regelsätze nicht ausreichen, um den Bedarf der Betroffenen zu decken, und damit massiv gegen das Sozialstaatsgebot des Grundgesetzes verstoßen wird. Im Februar rechnen Experten mit bis zu 5,5 Millionen Arbeitslosen.

Es ist Zeit zu handeln und Hartz IV grundlegend zu korrigieren. Doch der verantwortliche Minister will auf Kosten der Betroffenen weiter abwarten. Die Bundesregierung muss aufhören, 4,1 Millionen Menschen zu Crashtestdummies einer verfehlten Politik zu machen.

Ich fordere Bundeskanzler Schröder auf, seine politische Verantwortung wahrzunehmen und nicht auf weitere Gerichtsurteile zu warten. Minister Clement, den er für das Gelingen der Hartz-Reformen verantwortlich gemacht hat, muss handeln oder abgelöst werden. Statt der Arbeitslosen muss endlich die Arbeitslosigkeit bekämpft werden.

Uranium-Electromagnetic Harassment

//mindcontrol.twoday.net/stories/531776/

Uranium-Electromagnetic Harassment

//mindcontrol.twoday.net/stories/531776/

A Real Shocker

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/real2151.htm

The health effects of electrical pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531693/

Electricity that is dirty
//omega.twoday.net/stories/570410/

The health effects of electrical pollution

//www.stetzerelectric.com/filters/research/health_effects.pdf
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/Havas&Stetzer_London_2004.pdf
//tinyurl.com/5zggc

A Real Shocker
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531710/

Electrical Pollution: What's it doing to you and yours?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531689/

Electricity that is dirty
//omega.twoday.net/stories/570410/

Electrical pollution may be killing you
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531675/

Electrical Pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531692/

Uranium-Electromagnetic Harassment
//mindcontrol.twoday.net/stories/531776/

Graham/Stetzer Filters Improve Power Quality in Homes and Schools, Reduce Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics, Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms, and Headaches
//www.electricalpollution.com/News_Archives.html

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Prohibitions of cell sites for residential areas

The County of Santa Cruz (in California) is close to adopting a very good telecom ordinance that has prohibitions of cell sites for residential areas, and mandatory setbacks of 300' from residential property boundaries where commercial and residential land use zoning is adjacent (subject to the possibility of exception under stringent findings that there are no other suitable places, and requiring alternatives analysis).

What may be important there is their information on RF as a pollutant on electrical lines, and the relationship to electrosensitivity. Dave Stetzer, Marty Graham and Lloyd Morgan have been working on this aspect, and are finding that blood sugar levels in diabetics are very dependent on RF high frequency transients on electrical wiring systems.

//www.grn.es/electropolucio/omega282.htm

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To Whom It May Concern

My name is Angela Olstad and I am one of the many people in the Melrose-Mindoro School District who are feeling better because of the recent electrical clean up. This problem is known as electrical pollution or "dirty" electricity. I suffered for 3.5 school years with unexplainable health conditions. The most frightening included numbness, exhaustion, severe headaches, double vision, and memory loss. I went to see a neurologist. After two MRI's of my brain and many other tests, I was diagnosed with benign MS. Benign MS, which I believe, is a term given when no other answer can be found.

To clean up the electrical pollution the electricians rewired the computer lab and put filters into the many outlets throughout our building. This took a few days and the costs were minimal. Yes, it was that easy. However, the demand on electrical wiring is getting greater everyday, everywhere. Our school, for example, is 36 years old. The wiring in those days does not stand up to the demands of today.

Since feeling better I have decided to learn more about this very serious problem. I have spent much of my summer reading peer reviewed reports, EPA reports and books. I realize now how endless these reports are and how the right people are not acknowledging they've read them.

While working with Mr. Dave Stetzer I've found an endless supply of sad and happy stories.

I've worked with children for 14 years. The children in my school are now learning in the safest environment possible. I want all children to have the opportunity to learn without worrying about suffering the consequences of electrical pollution. Every night I go to sleep and hope tomorrow the electric companies do something about this problem.

If you would like more information about this problem see-

//www.electricalpollution.com/
//www.stetzerelectric.com/

I hope this information is helpful in your search to help others who are suffering needlessly.

I have attached an article I wrote that will be included in the WI Teacher magazines this fall, and a letter from our school nurse.

If I can be of any help please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Angela Olstad


Many people in the Melrose-Mindoro School District are feeling better because of the recent electrical clean up in our schools. This problem is known as electrical pollution. The staff suffered from unexplainable health conditions for years. The list of symptoms includes: fatigue, memory loss, facial flushing, rashes, headaches, numbness, eye irritation, depression, sleep disturbances, double vision, asthma difficulties, sinus infections, bronchitis, loss of taste and smell. These health conditions began when school started and gradually went away throughout the summer months.

Mr. Dave Stetzer, a power quality manager, was hired to evaluate the electrical condition of our schools. He found many problems in the electrical system. The ubiquitous meter readings should have been zero, but our school had numbers as high as 150+. Dr. Martin Graham a professor from University of California, Berkeley has defined ubiquitous pollution.

Dr. Neil Cherry a professor from Lincoln University says a safe level of exposure to RF (radio frequency) is zero. To clean up the electrical pollution the electricians rewired the computer lab and put filters into the many outlets throughout our building. This took a few days and the costs were minimal. Yes, it was that easy. The readings in the building are now averaging 15 or below. An acceptable level could be below 20.

The Mindoro Elementary School, for example, is 36 years old. The wiring in those days does not stand up to the demands of today. The demand on electrical wiring is growing rapidly everyday, everywhere.

Mr. Stetzer has also evaluated the electrical condition for Blair-Taylor, and Brighten Schools. These schools are now living the benefits from their electrical clean up. Problems were also found in the Marshfield and Spencer School Districts.

The results are incredible- healthy people! Staff attendance has improved greatly, and students are now being called their right names. Every symptom above is gone or has improved significantly. Once again we enjoy teaching.

The students are also benefiting from the electrical clean up. The school nurse has documented no need for the commonly used asthma nebulizer and inhaler use is down. In addition the attitude and effort of the students has improved.

It is important that if you or others you know are having these same symptoms that you do something about it. Do not let these problems ruin your life. The Melrose-Mindoro School District is very lucky, the school board and superintendent came to us with this information. In order to get the help needed talk to your school administrators about electrical pollution until they listen. Do the research and know the facts.

Yes, electrical companies deny this is happening, but soon they will have to open their eyes and admit there is a problem. People are suffering for no reason. Are you one of those people? Electrical pollution can be cleaned up and help is available, affordable and necessary. Do not let another day go by without doing something to help yourself and those around you. Insist that your schools get checked for electrical pollution so you can start feeling better today. Your health can improve that quickly, ours did.

For further information
- DAVE@STETZERELECTRIC.COM
- OLSTAD@MEL-MIN.K12.WI.US

and

May 21, 2003

To Whom It May Concern:

Angela Olstad asked me to document some of the health changes I have noticed in myself during my time at Mindoro Elementary.

I am the reading specialist at Mindoro Elementary. I have worked in this position for the past 10 years. Traditionally I have experienced fatigue, headaches, stress, and general feelings of malaise throughout the school year, with the end of the year being the most unpleasant.

These changes were pronounced enough to prompt my husband to comment each year that when June came around he would get his "real wife" back. And he was right because after being out of school for a short period of time, the symptoms would disappear only to reappear over the course of the falling school year. I have always attributed these symptoms to job stress; however, at the end of this year, I do not feel ill at all despite having many of the same, plus some additional, situations to deal with. I now have the energy to complete my tasks at work and enjoy my evenings.

I began noticing a change in myself in January. As a Title I teacher I conduct three parent teacher conferences throughout the school year. Conferencing can be a tiring experience; in the past I remember leaving the school feeling extremely exhausted and headachy. Knowing how I would feel at the end of the night I would dread having to spend the extra time in the building in the evenings for conferences. After the January conferences I was pleasantly surprised to notice that I did not have the same level of fatigue that I usually would; I was tired, but not wiped out. I also was able to concentrate much more easily than I had been at the November conferences or conferences in previous years. I wasn't sure what had made the difference, but it was a very pleasant change. The same was true at the March conference times.

I have not changed my work habits or anything in my personal life that would contribute to these changes I have noticed.

If you would like to contact me to personally discuss these comments feel free to call me at school 857-3410 or at home 781-3843.

Sincerely,

Constance M. Alvin

//www.grn.es/electropolucio/omega253.htm

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Info resources on EHS, plus some people contacts

This message is for Lavone Darnel in Calgary, Alberta - 403-272-3789

Note that she found Jenelle Tuttle in Arizona to be very helpful on EHS. (Electro Magnetic Hypersensitivity). Also she promised to copy me a letter from Robert Bradley of Health Canada.

G'day, Lavone - you rang me yesterday about information on ElectroMagnetic Hypersensitivity. I understand you have what is called "24 hour Hum".

Here are the resources and people contacts on my "radar screen". Note that I am not a specialist on EMF/EMR/EHS - just a housing researcher Some of these items may prove helpful for you, but I can't vouch for them. Please keep me posted as to your progress, and send me Mr.Bradley's letter.

PS - If anyone else has comments then please do share - I can't research this stuff on my own! I am supposed to focus on Healthy Housing and Sustainable Communities, but I'll flag the EHS issue if this deserves CMHC's attention - OK?

Christopher Ives, Senior Researcher, Housing Technology Group Policy & Research Division, CMHC, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
700 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P7, Canada
613-748-2312 and cives@cmhc.ca - //www.cmhc.ca

//members.cruzio.com/~rbedard/emrall.html
The EMR Alliance was formed to provide a forum for effective communication and organization for citizen actions groups involved in the EMR issue.

//www.strayvoltage.org/
brought to you by the La Crosse Tribune, a site dedicated to covering the important agricultural and environmental issue of stray voltage.

//www.wave-guide.org
EMR/RFR bioeffects and public policy

C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for Responsible Electricity),
P.O. Box 43, Brantwood, WI 54513, Phone/Fax 715 564 3362 - email: darvr@newnorth.net (with articles posted at //www.strayvoltage.org )
Website - //www.electricalpollution.com/

This mentions Graham-Stetzer filters, eliminating exposure to high frequencies. An inexpensive and simple to use instrument called a Microsurge Meter is also described. It produces a digital reading related to how harmful the electrical pollution is to humans in that micro-environment.

In "Mitigation of Electrical Pollution in the Home," released on 19 April 2002, Professor Emeritus at University of California in Berkeley Dr. Martin Graham discusses how people can cheaply and easily identify whether they are exposed to electrical pollution, as well as, a safe easy way to mitigate the problem once it is identified. He suggests using an inexpensive portable hand held AM radio to detect electrical pollution (See "Mitigation of Electrical Pollution in the Home," for details). In the paper, he also discusses the use of filters to reduce/eliminate exposure to electrical pollution. Each filter is made from a 20µf motor run AC dry film capacitor with a bleeder resistor (for safety) and a properly attached cord. Approximately 20 such filters are needed to reduce exposure to electrical pollution in the average home. These filters have advantages over previous filters in that they are small, portable (they plug into any outlet.), have a higher frequency range, and any person who knows how to plug in an electrical cord can install them.

Assembled units are available from Stetzer Electric,Inc. They can be reached by phone at (608) 989-2571 or by email at
Dave@stetzerelectric.com

Dr. Graham provided pictures of spectra of electrical pollution from a spectrum analyzer.

//www.grn.es/electropolucio/omega209.htm

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Before anyone gets carried away with this ill considered idea, get a copy of Dr. Martin Graham's (U.C. Berkeley, Emeritus Prof. of EECS) report entitled "A Ubiquitous Pollutant" about RF currents on powerlines. This is Memorandum # UCB/ERL M00/55 from the Electronics Research Laboratory of the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA. The first sentence of Dr. Graham's abstract says "High frequency voltages present on the electrical power wires in homes, offices, schools, and factories should be considered a potential pollutant."

Dr. Graham built a filter to be attached to the power line to permit the low level RF voltage to be separated from the normal powerline voltage and measured. One simply plugs his filter into a voltmeter that reads RMS averaged voltages and then plugs the filter into the powerline at an ordinary wall outlet. If the meter reads more than about 30 millivolts (the exact level is arbitrary) there is RF pollution of the powerline.

If there is RF current flowing, it follows there has to be RF radiation from the powerline, and sometimes I have found it with my RF field meter. People who are electrically sensitive are very uncomfortable in these surroundings. Room light dimmer switches are bad sources of RF on the powerline. The dimmer on the lights in my dining room, when set half way to maximum brightness level caused a reading of 82.6 millivolts.

This was 4 times as much as the readings I got in our computer room, where 2 computers were operating at the same time. Computers sometimes leak RF current back into the powerline. Switching transients on industrial equipment cause RF current flow. There are enough uncontrolled sources of RF on powerlines already. Dave Stetzer in Wisconsin has worked with Dr. Graham to document the detrimental effects on dairy cattle caused by use of the ground as a return path for powerline currents that also contained RF currents.

One of the likely unintended consequences of using the powerlines to carry RF currents will probably be RF also on the telephones. I have measured radiation from telephone wall outlets in a house where the telephone lines were picking up radiation from a nearby FM radio station. I predict that RF currents on powerlines will also induce RF currents in telephone lines, unless special measures are taken to prevent it. Now is the time to stop this foolishness before no one's house is safe from unwanted RF fields.

Bill P. Curry, Ph.D. Physics is fun
(630) 858-9377 Fax (630) 858-9159
EMSciTek Consulting Company

//www.grn.es/electropolucio/internet180103.htm

Electrical Pollution

//askwaltstollmd.com/archives/energy/235151.html

The health effects of electrical pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531693/

Electrical Pollution: What's it doing to you and yours?

//www.alternative-doctor.com/allergydotcom/electricalpollution.htm
//www.alternative-doctor.com/allergydotcom/electricalpollution2.htm
//www.mnwelldir.org/docs/misc/electrical_pollution.htm

The health effects of electrical pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531693/

Electrical pollution may be killing you

by Dan Small

Sound like science fiction or a grocery-store-tabloid headline? I would have thought so a year ago, but now I am convinced that “dirty” electricity is among the most significant of pollutants, as well as the most overlooked, covered up and insidious.

Electricity is termed “dirty” or polluted when its normal, 60-cycle sine wave carries with it various high frequencies, which are known to damage sensitive electronics and can harm plants, animals and people. Electricity becomes polluted when it passes through anything electronic, which chops up the sine wave and dumps high frequencies into the current as it moves downstream. These high frequencies (radio frequencies, or RF) can cause or complicate neurological, cardiac, respiratory, ophthalmologic, dermatological problems and conditions ranging from headaches, fatigue and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) to pneumonia, psychosis and strokes. Modern generators produce clean power, but the power that reaches us is very polluted, due to the array of electronic devices used in home and industry.

For every electron that leaves a substation, one returns. Because electricity polluted with RF spreads out in what is called the skin effect, the utility wiring system causes up to 70 percent of the return current to flow across the earth’s surface. This ground current enters buildings on water pipes, gas mains and phone lines, increasing the RF exposure already present in your electrical service. Metal structures, such as wiring, lamp cords, heating units and even bedsprings broadcast these harmful frequencies nonstop, whether or not any appliances are operating.

Many people are concerned about exposure to electro-magnetic fields but are unaware that it is specifically the RF in those fields that causes health damage. In schools and homes where RF levels are lowered, chronic disorders ranging from ADD and chronic fatigue syndrome to diabetes have abated.

Last year, my wife developed mysterious symptoms, including cardiac arrhythmia and spikes in blood pressure and heart rate. Expensive medical tests found nothing wrong. We finally discovered that RF was the cause of her symptoms. Research led her to David Stetzer, an electrical consultant who specializes in power quality. His tests showed we had exceptionally dirty power. Due to her extreme exposure, Shivani became a walking RF meter. She experienced symptoms if she went near a television, telephone, computer, even the water pipes in our house. Under Stetzer’s guidance, we installed RF filters; shielded phone lines; replaced wiring components, rheostats and fluorescent lights and reduced our use of electrical appliances. Shivani now uses a speaker phone and battery-powered laptop, avoids high-field parts of the house and yard and rides in the back seat of the car. She remains electrically sensitive, but to the extent that she can avoid RF, she functions normally.

People’s reactions to the chronic stress of RF vary widely. Most never make the connection between their symptoms and dirty electricity until they spend time in an electrically clean environment and notice that certain health problems disappear.

As modern communicators, we rely on electricity to live and work. A clean electrical environment should be as important to us as clean air and water.

An OWAA member since 1981, Dan Small lives in Belgium, Wis. This piece is adapted from an article researched and written by his wife, Shivani Arjuna, a holistic health practitioner and wellness consultant. E-mail Small for references or the full story. For more information, go to //www.electricalpollution.com .

//www.owaa.org/E-Tech/TechJuly03.htm


The health effects of electrical pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/531693/

Omega-News 20. Februar 2005

Besorgnis um das Überleben von Gemeinen Delfinen im Englischen Kanal
//omega.twoday.net/stories/529553/

John Negroponte soll oberster US-Geheimdienstchef werden
//omega.twoday.net/stories/529538/

Die Arktis verkommt zur chemischen Müllhalde der Erde
//omega.twoday.net/stories/527695/

Datenschützer Schaar besorgt wegen Überwachung und DNA-Analysen
//omega.twoday.net/stories/527700/

Pipeline-Bau an Rußlands Küste gefährdet Wale
//omega.twoday.net/stories/525593/

Gen-Mais Anbau ohne Kontrollen
//omega.twoday.net/stories/523347/

Neues Klimaschutzprogramm für Deutschland ohne Substanz
//omega.twoday.net/stories/523352/

Marshall-Plan für Afrikas Wälder
//omega.twoday.net/stories/518580/

Armut, Krankheit, Umweltzerstörung wahre "Achse des Bösen"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/518583/

Datenschützer warnen vor „verwanzten Tickets“
//omega.twoday.net/stories/517065/

Generelle Vorratsspeicherung von Kommunikationsdaten verfassungswidrig
//omega.twoday.net/stories/515710/

Dramatisches Artensterben hält an
//omega.twoday.net/stories/506780/

"Nordsee wird Südsee"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/506783/

Harte Zeiten für Indonesien: Nach der Flutwelle folgt der Kahlschlag
//omega.twoday.net/stories/506936/

Crash 2050 - Die Folgen des Klimawandels
//omega.twoday.net/stories/506777/

Menschenrechte in der Krise
//omega.twoday.net/stories/506770/

Die heimliche und tendenziöse Forschung der Tabakindustrie
//omega.twoday.net/stories/503355/

Goldmine in Guatemala droht Flüsse zu vergiften
//omega.twoday.net/stories/497826/

Lehren aus dem Tsunami
//omega.twoday.net/stories/495024/

Die ökologischen Grenzen der Globalisierung
//omega.twoday.net/stories/495026/

Geschöpfe wie wir
//omega.twoday.net/stories/495025/

Weltsozialforum kritisiert Irak-Politik der USA
//omega.twoday.net/stories/495027/

Ausbreitung der Freiheit mit Einschränkung der Menschenrechte?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/495825/

Trophäenjagd auf Grönlands Eisbären
//omega.twoday.net/stories/493615/

Viktoriasee ist "Bedrohter See des Jahres 2005"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/493619/

Es bleiben zehn Jahre, um die Klimakatastrophe abzuwenden
//omega.twoday.net/stories/490348/

Außenpolitische Einflüsterer
//omega.twoday.net/stories/486445/

Ein Grad Celsius von der Klimakatastrophe entfernt?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/488001/

Schnüffel-Chips auf WM-Eintrittskarten
//omega.twoday.net/stories/484619/

Government blocks cancer research in order to cover up scholarship fraud

//cancerfraudbadbiotech.com/


Informant: Kathy

Social Security: Bush Plan Is Riskiest for Poor

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/021905F.shtml

Washington Battles against International Justice

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/021905E.shtml

U.S. Torture from Bagram to Abu Ghraib

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/021905D.shtml

Iran Will Dominate Bush's Europe Trip

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/021905A.shtml

Despite conservatives, government grows

//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6942108/


Informant: Frank Gonzalez

UMWELTINITIATIVE BEGRÜSST NEUES UMWELTINFORMATIONSGESETZ

//omega.twoday.net/files/uigneu

Government Involvement with Identity Theft - YOURS

//tinyurl.com/6ux8n

Bush Seeks $400 Million to Reward Allies

//sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2005/02/09/national/w151431S61.DTL


Informant: Frank Gonzalez

Scott Ritter says US attack on Iran planned for June

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/2295/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

A Turning Point for the Anti-War Movement?

//www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=1&ItemID=7274


Informant: STRIDER

Third NC-Based Soldier Dies After Exhibiting Flu-Like Symptoms

After watching the video newscast below, reasonable people may wonder if the high fevers and infections causing the deaths are either isolated incidents or the tip of the iceberg of a larger problem.

//www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2855

Combat and Rape Face Deployed U.S. Soldiers

The Miles Foundation received 307 reports of sexual assault from soldiers - mostly female - serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain. And many are reluctant to report rapes to their superiors. In an interview tomorrow on CBS' "60 Minutes," Lt. Jennifer Dyer of the New Jersey National Guard claims the Army treated her "like a criminal" after she reported being raped and was ordered to return to the base where her alleged attacker was stationed.

//www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2854

State-Organized Crime

//disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=76225;show_parent=1

Who Rules America?

//disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=76214;show_parent=1

Bush Signs Bill to Curb Class-Action Suits

//disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=76184;show_parent=1

The Second Wave

//www.warfolly.vzz.net/thesecondwave.html


Informant: V

Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State

Some excellent information about the separation of church and state: //www.theology.edu/journal/volume2/ushistor.htm


© Virginia Metze

Phony journalist - Pimping for the White House

Editorial

Star Tribune, February 18, 2005

... For more than two years, a reporter named Jeff Gannon turned up at White House briefings and press conferences, where he asked softball questions with a decidedly pro-Bush bent. For example, at President Bush's Jan. 26 press conference, Gannon asked how Bush could work with lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Hillary Clinton, "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality."

Well, it turns out that "Jeff Gannon" is really Jim Guckert, and he was a reporter for an online outfit called "Talon News," which was associated with the online group GOPUSA. com, owned by Texas Republicans. It also turns out that Guckert, in addition to reporting for a phony Web site, has no real journalism training and is a $200-an-hour gay prostitute. He ran numerous Web sites like militaryescortsm4m. com. The photos of Gannon that were displayed on those Web sites left nothing to the imagination about his physical attributes. ... Read more at: //www.startribune.com/stories/561/5247250.html


© Virginia Metze

Representative Conyers and others file amicus brief in Ohio Supreme Court

by Dena Graziano

February 17, 2005 The Free Press

Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, will be filing an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court with the support of Senator Russ Feingold and 17 other members of the House of Representatives recommending that the Court not sanction the attorneys who brought Ohio election contest in Moss v. Bush (no.04- 2088). Mr. Conyers offered the following statement:

"The attorneys in this case had reason to believe that the election results did not reflect the will of the electorate. In good faith, they brought a case based not only on statistical probability but the depositions and affidavits of computer experts, statisticians, and election volunteers. In only a couple months, these attorneys have amassed over 900 pages of evidence. ... Read the rest at:
//www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2005/1166


© Virginia Metze

Three-Card Maestro: Alan Greenspan just did it again

It didn't look to me like Alan Greenspan was getting the attention he should have, based on his cryptic all-things-to-all-people interview. But you can't fool Krugman, and he took him right on:

Three-Card Maestro

by PAUL KRUGMAN

OP-ED COLUMNIST New York Times

Published: February 18, 2005

Alan Greenspan just did it again.

Four years ago, the Fed chairman lent crucial political support to the Bush tax cuts. He didn't specifically endorse the administration's plan, and if you read his testimony carefully, it contained caveats and cautions. But that didn't matter; the headlines trumpeted Mr. Greenspan's support, and legislation whose prospects had previously seemed dubious sailed through Congress.

On Wednesday Mr. Greenspan endorsed Social Security privatization. But there's a difference between 2001 and 2005. In 2001, Mr. Greenspan offered a convoluted, implausible justification for supporting everything the Bush administration wanted. This time, he offered no justification at all. ... Read the rest at
//www.nytimes.com/2005/02/18/opinion/18krugman.html


© Virginia Metze

BUSH TORT REFORM

//www.consumerwatchdog.org/healthcare/nw/nw004787.php3

David Brock: Conservatives 'Willing to Lie' to Influence Media

by Marc Morano

CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2005

Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - David Brock, a former investigative reporter for conservative publications before flipping his political ideology and writing a book titled, "Blinded by the Right," said Monday that the best way for liberals to expose the current conservative influence in the media is to show how conservatives are "simply willing to lie."

Brock is currently the president and CEO of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog that takes on some of the biggest names in conservative media. In authoring the 2002 book, "Blinded by the Right, The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative," Brock not only distanced himself from the conservative movement, he disclosed his homosexuality.

Monday, he noted examples of how the "professional" or "mainstream media" are influenced by conservative talk radio, the Internet and think tanks. That influence, Brock said, will diminish as the conservative "lies" are exposed. ... Read more at:
//www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=\Politics\archive\200502\POL20050215a.html or //tinyurl.com/6srnf


© Virginia Metze

Gannon’s own statements suggest he fed exclusive stories damaging Bush opponents to networks

Gannon’s own statements suggest he fed exclusive stories damaging Bush opponents to networks; Bragged of feeding Rather story

2/18/2005

Gannon bragged about feeding damging stories to media

Rep. Slaughter: Every day brings a new revelation

by John Byrne, Raw Story editor

According to his own accounts, the disgraced White House reporter writing under the pseudonym Jeff Gannon bragged about feeding an exclusive story discrediting President Bush’s opponents to a major news outlet, RAW STORY has learned.

In addition, a producer at an affiliate of the major networks told AmericaBLOG’s John Aravosis that they had also received notice of the story, and another story as well–the exact time for the beginning of the U.S.-led “shock and awe” campaign in Iraq–four hours before President Bush announced it to the nation.

Gannon also claimed to have had access to a highly confidential CIA memorandum naming CIA agent Valerie Plame, a CIA agent who was outed by syndicated conservative columnist Robert Novak.

On none of the stories–Plame, Mapes and the start of the Iraq war– did Gannon actually break the story. This allows for the possibility that Gannon pretended he had information he did not have.
The producer’s account, however, suggests Gannon was used to plant stories in the mainstream press, stories that the White House could not have placed themselves without taking damage politically.

“Gannon’s stuff was always golden,” the producer told Aravosis. “How does this small news outfit get this info?” ... Read much more at //rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=98

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//www.onlinejournal.com/Media/021805Madsen/021805madsen.html or //tinyurl.com/59lyv


© Virginia Metze


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Rove-Gannon Connection?

And from whom are the Republicans going to seize the mantle of idealism? We Democrats are holding on to ours, and it is hard to think of a Republican ...

Rove-Gannon Connection?

Karl Rove's hope to become a respected policymaker will be hampered if the dirty tricks from his political past are more apparent than his desire to spread liberty around the globe.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2005

(CBS) Dotty Lynch is the Senior Political Editor for CBS News. E-mail your questions and comments to Political Points

Karl Rove took a victory lap at an SRO lunch at the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington on Thursday. After a glowing introduction by Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, Rove proclaimed "conservatism as the dominant political creed in America," but warned Republicans not to get complacent or grow "tired and timid." He recalled the dark days when the Democrats were dominant and cautioned that that could happen again if they let down their guard. The new White House deputy chief of staff also called on conservatives to "seize the mantle of idealism." ...

But Rove's dominance of White House and Republican politics, Gannon's aggressively partisan work and the ease with which he got day passes for the White House press room the past two years make it hard to believe that he wasn't at least implicitly sanctioned by the "boy genius." Rove, who rarely gave on-the-record interviews to the MSM (mainstream media), had time to talk to GOPUSA, which owns Talon. ... Read the rest at:
//www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/18/opinion/lynch/main675050.shtml or, if that doesn't work for you, //tinyurl.com/5tfd5


© Virginia Metze

ICELAND UNDER ATTACK: THREATENED PROTESTORS RAISE STAKES, CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTEST

//www.corporatewatch.org.uk/news/icelandunderattack.htm


Informant: David Diggins

Who's sponsoring Iditarod dog torture in 2005?

//tinyurl.com/3zr2h

NEW: Our updated list of corporate Iditarod promoters and supporters

This page lists the year 2005 Iditarod sponsors, and promoters as well as individual musher sponsors. We encourage you to send them a letter or email to protest their involvement with this event.

BOYCOTT: If you are going to boycott a company, please mention it in your letter.

//www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm

In Secretly Taped Conversations, Glimpses of the Future President

//tinyurl.com/3w54n

The Dostoevskian origins of Bush's Jan. 20 inaugural speech

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/2296/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

We feel that our life is in danger

//tinyurl.com/452ox (in English)
//tinyurl.com/6xtae (in German)

Ausschuss für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit
Öffentliche Anhörung "Mobilfunk" am 2. Juli 2001
//tinyurl.com/bsdln

Mobilfunkopfer (Victims)
//omega.twoday.net/stories/372640/
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Victims/

Uranium-Electromagnetic Harassment
//mindcontrol.twoday.net/stories/531776/

Mast-Victims Website - Internationale Website für Mobilfunkgeschädigte
//www.mast-victims.org/index.php?content=journal&action=view&type=journal&id=6
//www.mast-victims.org/index.php?content=welcome

Spanish News Item on Mobile Phone Addiction

My mum has told me that there has been a news item on Spanish Natinal Television about a problem with mobile phone addiction. There are now places in Spain which try and treat addiction to phones/texting. There was a psychiatrist talking about the problem, as well as concerned parents and teachers who say children just ignore them and just continuously text.

Addiction has been the aspect campaigners tend to shy away from (sounds a bit weird) but perhaps it does explain why people are compelled to use mobiles even though it gives them headaches. Also the fourfold increase in the UK of drivers talking on mobiles while driving ONE YEAR after it was outlawed. There are also cases of people texting while driving.


Yasmin Skelt (Chorleywood, England)
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