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29 March 2012

Cell Phone Tower Dangers: Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Lecture by Dr. Magda Havas

The Health Department for Brazil’s third largest city, Belo Horizonte, recently released a government-funded cell phone antenna study showing an increased risk of cancer for those living within 500 meters of the antennas.  The city prosecutor has wasted no time in suing the cell phone companies, with the result that 66 of the 500 antennas which the citizens asked to be removed, have so far been taken down.  Between 1996 and 2006, 7,191 cancer deaths occurred within an area of 500 meters from the cell phone antenna base station:  a high mortality rate of 34.76 per 10,000 inhabitants.  Outside of this area, there was a decrease in the number of cancer deaths. 

Watch this 4-minute video on cell towers and cancer study in Belo Horizonte.

In a 52-minute lecture on cell phone tower microwave radiation given in Oakville, Ontario, Dr. Magda Havas, leading Canadian expert, mentions this study.

27 March 2012

BP's Atlantis Platform in Gulf of Mexico Faces "Present and Imminent Danger"

A whistleblower argues that BP’s Atlantis Project faces “present and imminent danger.”  The Atlantis platform, located 190 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico in 7,070 feet (2,150 meters) of water, is the deepest moored floating dual oil and gas production facility in the world.  Weighing 58,700 tons, the platform has a daily production capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas.  Just after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010, the United States consumer advocacy group Food and Water Watch published an article warning about safety and environmental concerns relating to the Atlantis platform.  (Extracts from article published on 17 March 2012 by Common Dreams.)

Whistleblower: BP Oil Platform Faces 'Present and Imminent Danger'

Whistleblower claims about BP's Atlantis filed this week argue against Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's claims platform is safe

- Common Dreams staff
A whistleblower who has a standing lawsuit against BP has argued this week that the company's Atlantis Project, located 150 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, faces "present and imminent danger."  The whistleblower, Kenneth Abbott, is a former BP contractor on the Atlantis. His lawsuit says that BP failed to keep required records of the safety systems for the Atlantis.
WASHINGTON - April 22 (2010) - Following Tuesday's explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Platform, leased and operated by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, the national consumer advocacy group Food and Water Watch is warning of the possibility of a similarly tragic disaster involving the company's Atlantis Project- one of the world's deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platforms, located 150 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.

Electromagnetic Radiation Threatening Our Lives

This excellent article from Istanbul by Gürhan Savgi was published on 25 March 2012 in Today’s Zaman.   It describes in layman’s terms the health scourge being created by mobile phone towers, the nature of electromagnetic waves, and ways to reduce radiation from these waves.  While many countries are now rolling out 4G technology, the article mentions the heightened radiation risks of 3G.  What are we doing to ourselves?!  Articles from many different countries show that mobile technology is becoming a serious health concern.

This is not Camlica, but certainly, tower madness!
Çamlıca, the famous hill on İstanbul’s Bosporus, the subject of so many poems and songs in the past, seems to inspire more complaints than compliments these days.

Now a field of antennae, Çamlıca looks nothing like it used to a century ago. People living nearby complain of insomnia, headaches, fatigue and frayed nerves. Some assert that this electromagnetic pollution is causing cancer rates to soar. The muhtarı or neighborhood headman of Kısıklı is Erkan Kalkan. Kalkan, whose father died recently of cancer, asserts that all of the 30,000 people who live here are affected by local electromagnetic pollution. The situation is not much different over on Irmak Sokak in the Ferah neighborhood, where two young mothers in their 30s and one taxi driver in his 40s are battling cancer. Battal Polat (70) points out that the giant antenna put up by TRT in 1972 right next to his home has even dried out the cherry trees he planted. He even connects the stroke of his wife, Gülcemal Polat, to the electromagnetic pollution, and then goes on to count other local incidences of both strokes and cancer.

26 March 2012

News from Geneva: The United Nations Orchestra Gives Its First Performance in Victoria Hall

The newly-formed United Nations Orchestra of Geneva gave its first performance in Victoria Hall, Geneva, on 16 March 2012 to a full audience of UN employees and dignitaries from Belgium, Sierra Leone and Switzerland.  Many of the 45 musicians work every day at the United Nations and other international organizations. 

“Since music is a universal language, what could be better than an orchestra to create a multicultural bridge and to strengthen links within international Geneva? Who better than the staff of international organizations themselves, many of whom are talented amateur musicians, to constitute an orchestra representing their institutions and the ideals they promote?”

25 March 2012

Seven Cases of Cancer in the Vicinity of a Cell Phone Tower

India is likely to have one billion
 mobile users by 2015
“When the Kasliwal brothers (Sanjay and Sudhir) were diagnosed with brain tumour and their dog was diagnosed with stomach cancer within a gap of a few months, their doctors advised them to look out for mobile towers in the neighbourhood. They suspected radiation from mobile towers to be a possible cause for cancer.   What was found was quite alarming. There were antennas of various mobile companies installed on a tower at a distance of mere 20 metres from their house. On measuring the radiation levels, the levels were found to be quite alarming. When the word spread, others came forward and it was found that there were seven cancer cases in the vicinity.” 

JMC to Demolish Three Cellphone Towers

(Article from The Times of India – Jaipur, 25  March 2012)

JAIPUR: This might come as a relief to all those who have been disturbed after reading a report by a Mumbai-based agency, NESA Global, of the ill effects of cell phone tower radiation. While not absolutely recognizing and accepting the harmful effects of radiation, the Jaipur Municipal Commission (JMC) Sunday onwards is going to embark on razing to the ground three cell phone towers in C-Scheme. 

Schools Going All iPad: Is This a Health Danger for Students and Staff?

Children using iPads in Long Island school
(Roslyn, New York)
The newest trend in wireless is for schools to offer iPads to students and teachers.  This article comes from Boston.  Tablets are also being given to students and teachers in schools in Geneva, Switzerland.  One reader rightly commented,  “Has anyone at these schools measured how powerful the wireless electromagnetic radiation is, that will be caused by the use of a school full of wireless devices such as these? Has anyone looked at the mass of scientific research which shows serious biological effects caused by this same wireless radiation?  Do the schools not realise that the World Health Organization has classed this type of microwave frequency wireless radiation as a possible carcinogen?  It’s about time that the school officials go back to school and do some serious research about the significant dangers that they will be causing to their children and staff.   A good place to start is the Bio Initiative Report - www.bioinitiative.org . »

Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad

(from Here and Now, 23 March 2012)

Apple reports schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. And it’s not happening just in wealthy suburbs. Schools in urban districts like New York City and Chicago are also handing out iPads.

23 March 2012

Switzerland: Waves from Wireless Communication: Physicians for the Environment Requests Strict Application of the Precautionary Principle

Basel, 22 March 2012
Press Release from Physicians for the Environment (MfE – Switzerland)

Mobile Telephony :  MfE requests stricter limit values

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers the waves emitted by wireless communication “possibly carcinogenic”.  According to the IARC, the risk of cancer for this type of radiation is thus similar to that of the insecticide DDT, rightly banned.  Physicians for the Environment (MfE) is concerned that the limit values expected to protect the Swiss population, notably vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women, constitute insufficient protection.  In a communication sent to the Federal Assembly, MfE thus requests strict application of the principle of precaution and – in view of the risk of cancer – lower limit values.

Children’s rooms, housing, trams or offices are experiencing a growing exposure to radiation from diverse sources:  babyphones, mobile telephony, wifi, etc., yet more and more studies warn against the serious health consequences of electromagnetic pollution for human beings and animals.

Cataracts in calves, Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer …

19 March 2012

10 Linked BP Oil Spill Whistle-blowers and Experts Continue to Mysteriously Die

Further to my post "News from Geneva:  Transocean "On Trial" for 2010 Gulf Oil Spill", I have printed in full the 31 October 2011 article from Wake Up World about the mysterious deaths of individuals linked to the BP oil spill.  Thank you to Wake Up World for permission to print this troubling article, which begins with an explanatory video.  Wake Up World presents alternative news and information, "waking up one soul at a time".
Here is the article:
In the last year and a half at least 10 experts, whistleblowers and BP connected individuals have died under mysterious circumstances.
This information was widely reported in the below April 10th, 2011 video which at the time listed 9 deaths and 3 imprisonments, disappearances, or attempted assassinations.
Now, another BP oil spill connected individual has mysteriously died, moving the number of oil spill connected deaths to at least 10.
Most recently George Thomas Wainwright, a BP ROV pilot was supposedly killed in a freak shark attack in Australia on the 22nd October 2011.
While this is obviously a very sad story, it may have a more sinister meaning considering the fact that at least 10 other BP and oil spill related whistleblowers or experts have died since the oil spill that saw a horrendous amount of openly toxic dispersant sprayed throughout the gulf.

18 March 2012

News from Geneva: "Non" to Fracking !

Threat of shale gas exploitation beneath Lake
Geneva near the Château de Chillon 
On 11 February 2012, braving Siberian cold, nearly 2,500 persons including mayors of the communes surrounding Geneva, participated in a demonstration in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France, opposing exploration of shale gas. One of the participants was Anne Mahrer, Deputy of Geneva’s Green Party.   It has become urgent to resist actions of oil and gas companies because the first explorations could begin later in 2012.  Six requests for exploration permits have been made in the regions of Rhône-Alpes, Savoie, Gex, Jura.

Extraction of gas by hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has been banned in France since 30 June 2011, however  permits for exploration granted before that date have not been revoked.  Companies can still explore shale oil and gas reserves in France, not by fracking but by some other extraction technique, such as acidification.

"Non" to fracking!
There is no federal law in Switzerland banning fracking.  The canton of Fribourg voted to ban exploitation, while canton Vaud has had no vote on the issue.   Following exploration near Noville in Vaud for gas deep beneath Lake Geneva, the Swiss company, Petrovibri is interested in the neighboring French communes.  The canton of Vaud has said “yes” to gas exploration.  According to the company, at best, the Lake Geneva reserve could contain 20 year’s worth of natural gas needs for all of Switzerland. 

Petrovibri is now interested in the area beneath Lake Geneva between Thonon and Saint-Gingolph.  The request for exploration was made in July 2009 but only brought to public attention recently.  A local newspaper mentions an area which could extend over 800 square kilometers. 

03 March 2012

Mobile Phones Sold in Israel to Bear Health-Hazard Warning Label

The Knesset, Israeli Parliament, gave blanket approval to a bill requiring all mobile phones sold in Israel to bear a health-hazard label.  The bill, which passed its first of three readings into law on 29 February 2012, also requires all advertisements of mobile phones to carry this warning.  As for cigarettes, all advertising targeting minors would be banned under the law.  Breaking the law would be a criminal offense.

The article in Haaretz by Ronny Linder-Ganz  continues, “Although the jury is out on the science, some suspect that heavy cell phone use may cause cancers, particularly in children.  Youngsters can be more vulnerable to carcinogens because of their faster rate of cellular division.

“The labels will read ‘Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the phone next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.’