Mittwoch, 12. April 2006

ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines to be revised

FYI, and please share with others not yet on my new computer's list.

I wonder whether regulatory agencies should be advised to wait with their decisions on pending and near future applications of power lines and cell towers until the out come of the EMF Exposure Guidelines revision.

Comments?

Thanks, Hans.

Hans Karow
Coalition to Reduce Electropollution (CORE)
1215 Poplar Grove Road
PENTICTON, BC, V2A 8T6, CANADA
E-mail: hkarow@shaw.ca


-----Original Message-----
From: Gunde Ziegelberger
GZiegelberger@bfs.de
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 8:08 AM
To: hans karow Subject:
Re: EMF exposure guidelines


Dear Mr. Karow,

thanks for contacting ICNIRP regarding your health concerns.

1. Yes, ICNIRP has began the process to revise the exposure guidelines for static and also for low frequency fields. As you might be aware, ICNIRP´s guidelines for limiting exposure to fields up to 300 GHz are based on the scientific knowledge of the years 1997/1998. Research has been going on since then and ICNIRP has issued an in depth review of the scientific evidence concerning the relevance of low frequency electric and magnetic fields for human health (2003). The WHO is going to publish an Environmental Health Criteria Document on this topic in 2006. In view of new resaerch data and their reviews, the ICNIRP guidelines will be revisited. The process will not be finalized before the end of the year.

2. and 3. I could not open the ppt. presentation by Dr. Havas, but according to the title I suggest, that it deals with the inconsistency between the known biophysical effects of low frequency fields and the results from experimental studies on one hand, and the epidemiologic results on childhood leukaemia on the other hand. Also this apparent conflict will be addressed during the revision process.

I hope, I could provide you with the information you have been looking for.


Sincerely,

Gunde Ziegelberger

Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger
ICNIRP Scientific Secretary
c/o Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg/Oberschleißheim
E-Mail: G.Ziegelberger@icnirp.org
Tel.: ++49-1888-333-2142



hans karow wrote:


Dear Dr. Ziegelberger,

With regards of my questions (please see below) Dr. Ahlbom referred me to your office.

May I kindly ask to please respond to my three questions as stated below.


Thank, you!

Mit freundlichen Gruessen,

Hans Karow
1215 Poplar Grove Road
Penticton, BC, V2A 8T6, Canada
E-mail: hkarow@shaw.ca


From: Anders Ahlbom
anders.ahlbom@ki.se

Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 11:31 PM

To: 'hans karow'

Subject: SV: EMF exposure guidelines

To get the official ICNIRP view I suggest to contact the secretariat in Munich. Gunde Ziegelberg is the scientific secretary.


Best wishes,

Anders Ahlbom

Please note new e-mail below:

Anders Ahlbom
Office: + 46 8 5248 74 70; Mobile + 46 70 324 74 70
e-mail: anders.ahlbom@ki.se

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Från: hans karow
hkarow@shaw.ca

Skickat: den 1 april 2006 20:07

Till: 'Anders Ahlbom'

Kopia: Magda Havas

Ämne: EMF exposure guidelines


Dear Dr. Ahlbom,

1. During the oral hearing (as indicated below), while cross-examining industry consultant Dr. William Bailey/Exponent, New York, I learned that ICNIRP just had a meeting in Berlin/Germany.

Could you please inform, whether the exposure EMF guidelines will be reviewed in the near future and the guidelines possibly adjusted?

2. May I kindly ask you whether you agree with the statements presented by Dr. Magda Havas at a Hydro One Workshop on >EMFs, Markham Ontario, June 16, 2004, “ Electromagnetic Fields & Cancers: Children at risk with residential and school exposure to EMFs” source:
//www.stop-emf.ca/hydroone/PresentationEMFHydro_files/frame.htm

If there is anything you do not agree with, could you please state where and why?

3. A particular question would be: do you agree with slide 12, “Exposure Guidelines vs Effects” ?

Thank you for taking the time to respond please,


Hans Karow.


Informant: Eileen O'Connor

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I have read nothing in this story to suggest the limits are to be revised downwards, in fact the questions were deliberatly dodged, indeed we know that Repacholi is more interested in refuting the effects of EMR and pointing the finger of blame as being psychological.

Phil Watts


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

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Dear Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger,

This is a reminder about my email from the 12.4.06 with regard to the ICNIRP funding.

Thanks Iris.

----- ----- Original Message -----
From: Iris Atzmon
To: GZiegelberger@bfs.de
Cc: Hans Karow
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines to be revised

Dear Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger:

I received the below interesting notice from Hans Karow in Cananda.

Since the ICNIRP is a central organiztion to public exposure to EMF-RF, I think the public has the right to know about the sources of the ICNIRP funding.

Who funds the ICNIRP?

Thank you very much in advance


Iris Atzmon

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Dear Gunde Ziegelberger

(please note that I put the references inside my text and then continue the text below the references, it is just for the convenience of the reader to see directly what I mean).

Thank you very much for your detailed answer. However, I find some contradictions inside your text. I don't know who funds IRPA, but I do know something about the WHO. In the ICNIRP sits a person from the WHO, who according to recent publication, receives from the cellular industry $150,000 a year + travel and meeting expenses. reference:

"We also know that he [Mike Repacholi] found a way to skirt the WHO rules that bar direct industry support -the mobile phone manufacturers have said that they provide him with $150,000 a year with additional money for meeting and travel expenses." //www.microwavenews.com/fromthefield.html#whoottawa

Second, If the ICNIRP has contract with the WHO and you are now reviewing the EMF guidelines, it is relevant to note that the person who is in charge of the EMF- R at the WHO, invites the power industry for setting radiation exposure values. Reference: October 1, 2005 WHO and Electric Utilities: A Partnership on EMFs

//www.microwavenews.com/fromthefield.html#partners

WHO Welcomes Electric Utility Industry To Key EMF Meeting, Bars the Press September 22, 2005

//www.microwavenews.com/fromthefield.html#whoehc

and so to say that the funding doesn't come from the industry is not accurate beucause the WHO is not really a "firewall" between the ICNIRP and the industry.

Third, INTERPHONE researchers are funded by the industry and are at the same time at the ICNIRP - this can point to conflict of interest if we assume that the ICNIRP is indeed not industry-dependent. I am aware that the International Union against cancer is a firewall but I think it is more of a semantic thing, the funding comes from the industry no matter what firewalls are put for public image, and we all saw the consequence of this in two TV programmes:

This was on a TV programme at Friday night in Israel and an abstract was published in the newspaper Haaretz:

//www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=631007

This was a TV programme in Canada //www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/health/iarc/pageone.html

I am not writing this to bother you, but because we the citizens are exposed to radiation according to your decisions, and the above issue should not be taken lightly, I ask for your direct response for the above issue. I write many copies because I want to make sure that the maximum number of people are invloved in this - because if someone gets the smallest scratch from any conflict of interests which is responsible for public health & exposure - then it should be brought to anyone's attention. This is a VERY sensitive issue because it concerns 2 billion people, and every suspicion for fraud has huge consequences. Only yesterday we read in the newspaper that Disney company representaive said: "Disney has said that parents believe the benefits of being able to reach a child at any time are more important than any possible health risks'

Source: Daily Mail Date: 28/04/2006

Thanks in advance Iris.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gunde Ziegelberger GZiegelberger@bfs.de
To: Iris Atzmon atzmonh@bezeqint.net
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: ICNIRP


Dear Iris Atzmon,

Thank you for your interest in ICNIRP's work.

ICNIRP is a non-profit making organisation legally registered and controlled as such in Germany (i.e., eingetragener Verein, e.V). Its income derives from various sources with the exception of industry. The regular income that ICNIRP receives is an annual grant from IRPA. It also receives support from national governments, most notably from the German Environment Ministry for ICNIRP's Scientific Secretariat based in Munich. All other income is generated by the Commission through contract work (to the exclusion of any work for industry), organisation of scientific meetings and sales of its scientific publications. Currently, ICNIRP's contract income comes mainly from the WHO (to carry out scientific reviews on biological effects and health consequences of low and high frequency fields) and the European Commission.

We also regard this question as being of public interest and have therefore published this information on our website
( //www.icnirp.org/what.htm ), which we invite you to visit for further details on the functioning of ICNIRP.

Sincerely, Gunde Ziegelberger

Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger ICNIRP Scientific Secretary c/o Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz Ingolstädter Landstr. 1 D-85764 Neuherberg/Oberschleißheim

E-Mail: G.Ziegelberger@icnirp.org
Tel.: ++49-1888-333-2142

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Dear Gunde:

On the 29.4.06 I sent you an email and requested your direct reponse with regard to the contect published in Microwave News. You didn't reply to me. I don't know how you view this, but to my understanding, as an organization that receives public importance and leads the international policy on EMF-R, the most ethical thing would be to adress this evidence urgently and not ignore it. Ethics is part of science isn't it?

You wrote me that ICNIRP is scientific and has no industry influence whatsoever, you also directed me to your website which presents the same thing. Then I presented you what everybody can read on MWN about bribe, about clear cooperation with the industry: 6 members of the ICNIRP are in the WHO task group meeting with the industry and with the person who is accused in bribe on the website- to set health standards- together. This is direct industry influence. I think you tried to mislead me, but not only me. You expect the public to relate to the ICNIRP as a scientific body. Activists write you politely questions, and give importance to your views on non-ionizing radiation, they feel commited to your guidance, but I don't see the same commitment from the ICNIRP to explain to to activists, to scientists, and others who are exposed according to your guidelines, about this contradiction.

Sincerely

Iris Atzmon.

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----- Original Message -----
From: Karine Chabrel
To: Iris Atzmon
Cc: Gunde Ziegelberger
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 12:02 PM
Subject: your request of information


Dear Iris Atzmon,

thank you for sending us further information published in the press
(Microwave News) about the World Health Organization. This information reached us also through the Microwave Newsletter, which we regularly receive. However, we regard checking the reliability and accuracy of any press release as being a matter outside of ICNIRP's scope but take note of the information.

You imply that the WHO and IARC are under industry influence. While ICNIRP is not qualified to control the functioning of any international public organization, it is extremely attentive to the correctness and independency of its partners. We are aware that both WHO and IARC follow extremely rigorous codes of behaviour, on which their international trust is based, that ICNIRP shares. As regards the behaviour of the Commission members, let me emphasize that ICNIRP is fully aware of its high responsibility, including the need of independency. Any possible conflict of interest must be openly declared and is discussed within and decided by the Commission.

Best regards,

Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger
Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
Arbeitsgruppe Nichtionisierende Strahlung
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg/Oberschleißheim
E-Mail: GZiegelberger@BfS.de
Tel.: 01888/333-2142


Dear Dr. Gunde,

Thanks for your reply. You write that the MWN report is beyond the ICNIRP's scope, and that ICNIRP members are indepenent. But how can you say this - when the ICNIRP member himself is the one who is involved so much with the industry? It proves that you actually don't make sure of the independence of ICNIRP members: If you are really independent, why did you not publish a reservation from Repacholi's corruption? Instead, 6 ICNIRP members agreed to sit with the industry to form health standards. Don't you think it's a contradiction to what you wrote below? Do you not care about the negative publicity Microwave News gives you? it caused you a lot of damage in the public's eye. How is it that ICNIRP commission members, agreed to set standard with the industry: why did the ICNIRP not resist this biased process if they are independent?

For your information, I attach a new doctorat paper that was published recently. It documents that ICNIRP members cooperate with the WHO corruption.

Omega see "Conflict of Interest and Bias in Health Advisory Committees: A case study of the WHO’s EMF Task Group" under:
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2310876/


I am not your advocate, but I think you are in a very dangerous route becuase people around here see what is going on, no matter how much you want to protect your organization, and I understand your interest to protect it, but it does not stand in the same line of what happens in reality. It damages your integrity as an organization but more as a person who is responsible to say certain things even when the facts speak differently.

I wish you best regards

Iris.


For your information, the israeli Env. ministry head of radiation department, Dr. Stelian Galberg, wrote that the WHO has collected 250 million dollars in 10 years for research funding on EMR. What exactly they did with the money is not clear. The israeil Env. ministry contributes $10,000 a year to the WHO. "The support received by ICNIRP from the International Radiation Protection Association, the World Health Organization, and the French, German, Korean, and Swiss Governments is gratefully acknowledged".

Iris Atzmon

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ICNIRP reviewing guidlines for exposure to EMR
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Review of ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines
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WHO, EMF, Electromagnetic Radiation and Mobile Phones
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People are massacred in the Congo for the sake of coltan needed for mobile phones

From: Eileen O'Connor eileen@smokestackltd.co.uk
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 23:18:16 +0100
Subject: People are massacred in the Congo for the sake of coltan needed for mobile phones

Head of Justice and Peace from the Congo due to speak at a CAFOD conference in London.

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From Karen Barratt

Re: Independent 'Red Phone' article - I sent the following

Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:16 PM Subject: RED PHONE ALERT

Dear Martin

I saw your report on the Bono 'Red Phone' initiative and thought you might be interested in the following. I think everyone has to be suspicious when the telecom operators start offering to help with such moral crusades. They certainly are desperate to recoup some of the £23 billion licence money and getting everyone to ditch their current mobiles might give the struggling 3G market a shot in the arm.

Karen Barratt

The following is an extract from a longer article called "Hard Cell" in EC.

//www.ethicalconsumer.org


"One of the most pressing mobile phone issues is that of coltan, much of which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).. 80% of the world's supply of coltan is said to be found in the east of the country. It is a crucial ingredient used in mobile phones for its heat conducting properties. It is said to be incredibly difficult to ascertain whether or not coltan from the DRC has been mined illegally, since that part of the country is under the control of rebel troops. In recent years, approximately three million Congolese have died as a result of the war. Farmers are said to have been forced from their land to mine, while others have reportedly been forced into prostitution, fighting and child labour. Some studies of the crisis estimate that in north eastern Congo, 30% of children have abandoned school to mine for coltan. Gangs from neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Uganda and Ximbabwe are also said to be heavily involved in the smuggling trade, and use the proceeds from sales of the mineral to fund weapon procurement and oppression. Some rarer species of gorillas and other animals are nearing extinction as their forests are destroyed to make mining easier or they are killed for meast to feed rebel soldiers and miners."

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On top of promoting the new red mobile, there was also a piece written by a Vodaphone consultant on how mobiles have made life in Africa so much better. I suppose people die of AIDS before they die of cancer, but this may change as they get more saturated with mobiles and masts.

//news.independent.co.uk/business/analysis_and_features/article485092.ece

Andrea



From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

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Congo's tragedy: the war the world forgot

By Johann Hari

This is the story of the deadliest war since Adolf Hitler’s armies marched across Europe. It is a war that has not ended. But is also the story of a trail of blood that leads directly to you: to your remote control, to your mobile phone, to your laptop and to your diamond necklace.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13094.htm

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“The War The World Ignores”

The conflict in Congo has been called the world's largest forgotten war. Yet while millions have died since the start of the most recent violence in 1998, the country has been torn apart by resource exploitation and government repression for decades.

//www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/07/1436229


From Information Clearing House

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BLOOD PHONES
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Informant: Paul Doyon

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Zunächst bedankt sich das VIER PFOTEN Team herzlich für die bisherige Unterstützung. Mit Ihrer Hilfe stieg die Anzahl der Hühner-Retter in nur acht Wochen auf knapp 5000! Gemeinsam wurden bis heute insgesamt fast 100.000 Protestmails verschickt! Dieser Protest wurde nicht nur von den Medien wahrgenommen. Die Entscheidung über den Käfigausstieg wurde zunächst verschoben und der ursprüngliche Länder-Antrag mit noch schlechteren Vorgaben für die Hennenhaltung zurückgezogen. Trotzdem hat der Tierschutz am 7. April 2006 eine herbe Niederlage erlitten. Denn die Mehrheit der Länder hat im Bundesrat beschlossen, in Deutschland leicht vergrößerte Käfige unter dem beschönigenden Namen “Kleingruppenhaltung“ zuzulassen, die bis mindestens 2020 erlaubt sein sollen.

Nun bleibt noch eine kleine Chance, diesen fatalen Rückschritt aufzuhalten! Denn die Bundesregierung muss den Beschluss erst in Kraft setzen, damit er wirksam wird. Die ehemalige Verbraucherministerin Renate Künast hatte sich in den letzten Jahren allen Beschlüssen der Länder verweigert, die das Käfigverbot aushebeln sollten. Dies kann die neue Bundesregierung ebenfalls tun oder wenigstens einen Kompromiss vorschlagen.

Doch die Zeit drängt! Denn schon in den nächsten Tagen könnte Landwirtschaftsminister Horst Seehofer das Käfigverbot endgültig zurücknehmen. Deshalb ist schnellstens eine weitere Protestwelle nötig, um den Politikern der Bundesregierung klarzumachen, dass Sie sämtliche Käfigtypen ablehnen. Beteiligen Sie sich bitte noch einmal an unserer Protestaktion! Mit nur einem Mausklick unter //www.huehner-retter.de/protest/ werden die neuen Protest-Mails an den zuständigen Bundesminister Horst Seehofer und an den stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden der SPD-Fraktion im Bundestag, Ulrich Kelber, versandt.

Bitte gewinnen Sie auch weitere Hühner-Retter! Leiten Sie unsere E-Card oder diesen Newsletter an Kollegen, Freunde und Bekannte weiter.

Beate Schüler VIER PFOTEN - Stiftung für Tierschutz

Hand counted paper ballots in 2008

Tikkun
by Sheila Parks

04/11/06

Although much has been published on the Internet, the mainstream media have mostly chosen to ignore or dismiss the questions of fraud and error raised in relation to electronic voting machines. ... HCPB are an alternative to the current widespread and increasing use of electronic voting machines. ... It is time to make electronic voting machines a NIMBY (not in my back yard and not in anyone else's back yard either) issue. To begin a movement for HCPB, ordinary citizens, registered voters, must begin organizing door-to-door with their neighbors to petition their local election officers and demand HCPB in their city or town. Although organizing could also proceed on a state level, going municipality by municipality is a good way to start, depending on your state's laws.

//www.tikkun.org/magazine/specials/article.2006-04-10.1693298872


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-mast group disappointed at application date

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A ROSTREVOR group campaigning against a mobile phone mast in the village says it is disappointed after learning that the original application for the mast dates back to 2003.

The Rostrevor Action Group Against Phone Masts (RAGAPM) was formed last month in opposition to an application from mobile phone company O2 for a mast on the Drumsesk Road.

Group member Adele Curran said: "The group has viewed the open file at the Planning Office and it has been determined that this application for a phone mast actually originated in 2003.

"The residents are very aggrieved that they were not informed by the planning department that there was a phone mast application in the system since then."

The action group has sent 150 letters of objections into the planning office and a door-to-door petition has gathered a further 100 letters.

The group has had several weekly meetings and has now established a monthly agenda; their first monthly meeting will take place on May 11 at 8pm in the Community Office in Bridge Street. All interested parties are welcome.

© Newry Democrat, 2006.

//www.newrydemocrat.com/news/story.asp?j=5526

Climate Change: A GLOBAL TITANIC

There were many factors that led to the sinking of the Titanic and the death of so many; most of them were caused by human ignorance.

The first was the rush to get the ship to its destination in order to gain reputation and financial success. Secondly the numbers of life boats were reduced to make the ship look more aesthetic. Thirdly the belief that the ship was unsinkable created a false sense of security which led to an imprudent attitude about how robust the ship was matched against the power of the ocean. Finally those on the ship were so absorbed with their personal affairs that the idea Titanic was sinking wasn't taken seriously until it was plainly obvious.

Why do I bring up these factors? Well there is a striking resemblance between the human ignorance that led to the sinking of the Titanic and the sinking of our whole existence owing to climate change. It seems that the first factor that led to the sinking of the Titanic was greed. In the same way, governments and corporations continue to put economic motives above the very thing that sustain us - the environment. As a consequence, we are heading speedily towards a metaphorical iceberg; (if there are any left) and our eyes have been firmly closed about this for some time. Secondly we are putting our own aesthetic values of materialism over the planets ability to cope; putting aesthetics over safety will always lead to failure.

Thirdly the belief that humanity is indestructible and that all the things we have created and accumulated are enduring, has given rise to a false sense of security. In the image of the Titanic, our fixed assumptions like the proclamation "Titanic is unsinkable", echoes the sentiment "The world will always be the same no matter how much we consume". Anything created by the mind of (hu)man is minute compared to the might created by nature. This was laid bare for all to see on that fateful night when the so-called mighty Titanic sank. The idea that climate change will radically affect the so-called mighty humanity within the first half of this century is inconceivable to most of us. We have all built a false sense of security about this sinking ship by clinging to our personal and collective presumptions which we take so much for granted. Unless we take intelligent action, question our presumptions and climb out of our compliancy, then the ship will surely sink.

Finally an obvious parallel is this - those people on the Titanic were so absorbed with their own personal affairs that they didnt open their eyes to see the reality until the very last moments. It is also the case that climate change is clearly the biggest threat to human existence and yet it still isnt taken seriously and given priority over everything else. It seems that we are ignoring the fact that it is already a reality and not just an abstract concept far away in the future. We continue to put our petty political, religious, social, economic and personal soap operas above the sinking ship that contains us all. Perhaps the most chilling thing about human ignorance is that while the Titanic was sinking, people only started to take action when it was too late. I wonder if the same human ignorance will take place in the advent of climate change as it progressively gets worse or have we learnt from our mistakes? Are we acting with greater intelligence? It appears that this is not the case since we are not seriously doing anything about it right now. It may not be too late for us just yet; however, the ship is already sinking.

By James

//www.teamhumanity.com/jointheteam.asp

Dedicated to uniting all countries in peace and cooperation, for the good of all people.


Informant: politics128



An Open Letter to all people
//www.teamhumanity.com/openletter.htm

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DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: A DECLARATION FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL
//www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/313445720

Stop Bush Before he Attacks Iran

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0411-24.htm

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Now it is important more than ever to spread the word and ask other Americans to speak out against a nuclear attack. Please invite your friends, family and colleagues to sign the petition.

It is critical that we raise the alarm about reports that the Bush administration is planning a nuclear attack against Iran. A great country should never contemplate using nuclear weapons. If hundreds of thousands of Americans speak out in opposition to a nuclear attack immediately we can discredit the idea of a nuclear attack before it can take root. Will you spread the word? Please email your friends, family and colleagues about this urgent need for action.

Forward this link with your own note: //political.moveon.org/dontnukeiran/

Thanks for all you do.

--The MoveOn.org Political Action Team

Here's a sample message to send to your friends:

Subject: Help stop nuclear war with Iran

Hi,

You may have seen reports in the news that the Bush administration may be planning a nuclear attack against Iran. This is alarming. A strong statement of opposition from the American public before that idea becomes credible is important. Please sign MoveOn.org's petition against nuclear attack and then alert your friends, family and colleagues by asking them to sign the petition.

//political.moveon.org/dontnukeiran/

Thanks.


Informant: Martin Greenhut



//freepage.twoday.net/topics/Is+Iran+next/
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=impeach

White House Made False Statements on Iraq WMD

On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, US intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041206Z.shtml

IMPEACH! Stairway to Heaven Poster

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/stair


Informant: Kev Hall



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Warnings on FDA Approved Monoclonal Antibody Drugs

//www.i-sis.org.uk/WOFAMAD.php

RESIDENTS VOW TO SIT OUT MAST PROTEST

NEIL PRESTON ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR NEIL.PRESTON@GRIMSBYTELEGRAPH.CO.UK

12:30 - 11 April 2006 "WE shall not be moved."

The contractors had unloaded their digger but had to stop and ring their bosses when they realised we were not going anywhere. That was the defiant cry from residents who today began a third morning of protests over the construction of a mobile phone mast.

Yesterday neighbours came out in force to prevent contractors erecting an 8m high mast on a grass verge at the junction of Carrington Drive and North Sea Lane, Humberston.

And they were planning to do the same today.

North East Lincolnshire Council gave the go-ahead for the Vodafone antennae last September and ever since, residents have been trying to fight the decision.

They brought out tables and chairs and held a sit-down protest on the grass verge where the mast is to be built.

Passing motorists pipped their horns in support.

Yesterday contract workers arrived to begin work but left after an hour when residents defiantly sat down on the grass and refused to budge.

Terry Barrs (67), of North Sea Lane, said: "The contractors came just after 10am to start their work.

"We noticed that they'd arrived, so all gathered together and sat on the grass.

"The contractors had unloaded their digger but had to stop and ring their bosses when they realised we were not going anywhere.

"Their bosses must have told them to pack up and go because they went and didn't come back all day.

"We are back out today as we believe the mast poses a health risk. We are going to fight it all the way."

Claire Kershaw, also of North Sea Lane, said: "I have two young children and my concerns are what damage it will do to them. For me it is not the sight of the mast that worries me, it is the health risk."

A petition was signed by more than 100 people and posted to Mono, the consultants for Vodafone, last year.

Peter Keeble (47), of North Sea Lane, added: "We will not give up on this."

Phil Wallis, development control manager for NELC, said: "Vodafone has had planning permission accepted by the Planning Committee so is entitled to erect the mast."

Safety fears as Airwave firm plans to switch off mast

Scores of 02 masts to be removed.

Attached is a copy of letter from Joe Grant, General Secretary of the
Scottish Police Federation.

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/scottish_police_federation_letter_from_janes_police_review_community.pdf
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/airwave_article_from_janes_police_review_community.pdf


Eileen O'Connor

SKEWED: Psychiatric Hegemony and the Manufacture of Mental Illness in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Gulf War Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Please find attached a few pages from SKEWED which contain information about Fumento. These pages should be put into context by reading the rest of the book and Brave New World of Zero Risk.

//tinyurl.com/hyf8j

It is quite worrying when you see people fighting old battles over again, we have to learn from history and from what research and writing has been done previously about these individuals and groups, otherwise we waste so much time.

SKEWED is available from the //www.zero-risk.org site, at I think £9 as is Brave New World of Zero Risk, for £4.

Please find time over the holidays to read these important well researched books by Martin J Walker and do not allow history to be repeated.

Best wishes

Eileen O'Connor



Dr. Magda Havas has sent the following letter, which she has just submitted to the editor of the National Post of Canada in response to a bombastic and astonishingly inaccurate article by Michael Fumento recently printed in the Post.

One almost wonders whether Fumento is actually this ignorant, or is under hire.

Fumento's article follows Magda's letter, below. I suggest that those of us who are able take the time to share some research infomation with Mr. Fumento and the editor of the Post as well. I sincerely hope they both receive enough factual feedback and concentrated censure to make their ears burn, and discourage them from publishing such lies in the future.

The National Post editor: Mr. Fumento: fumento@pobox.com

Before you write Mr. F, you might like to read the scathing piece he wrote about Sam Epstein: //www.fumento.com/epames.html#

Regards, Shivani


Magda's letter:

I just read Michael Fumento's article "Don't worry, Toronto: WI-FI won't kill you" [Apr 7/06] and I'm disturbed that a reporter can be so ignorant about the facts, biased, and arrogant to boot.

In this article Fumento criticizes and mocks everyone who has an opinion contrary to his own. Is this the type of reporter the National Post wants writing for them?

It's clear to me that Fumento knows nothing about science and hasn't read the research in this field because if he did he would realize that the list of biological effects, identified by Cindy Sage, are all based on published scientific papers.

We are inundating our world with radio frequency radiation without knowing what the long-term consequences are likely to be. Each time we use a cell phone, a cordless phone or other wireless communication device we are sending and receiving radio frequency radiation. A large Swedish study that was just published reported an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors for mobile phone users when the cumulative use was more than 2000 hours and this study includes the cordless phone many of us have in our homes.

In a 1999 report Health Canada stated that biological effects occur below the federal guidelines of Safety Code 6, which is based on heating and does not protect against non-thermal effects, like the increased permeability of the blood brain barrier. Despite this document, Health Canada has not yet established guidelines for non-thermal effects.

Wi-Fi is yet another layer of RF energy to which more and more people will be exposed. People who have become sensitive to this form of radiation will become sick. In Sweden there are more than 250,000 sufferers of electrohypersensitivity (EHS). I wonder how many we have in Canada and how many we will have in Toronto after the Wi-Fi becomes operational.

Ignoring the truth or mocking those who state it won't make it go away.

Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor Environmental Studies Trent University, Peterborough, ON.


Don't worry, Toronto: WI-FI won't kill you
National Post Fri 07 Apr 2006
Page: A20 Section: Issues & Ideas
Byline: Michael Fumento

Remember when microwave ovens caused cancer? Maybe that's before your time; but what about when power lines and electric blankets caused cancer, and computer terminals caused miscarriages and birth defects?

Then, of course, cellphones caused brain tumours. And now, predictably enough, "WiFi" network signals that allow laptop computers to connect to the Internet wirelessly have also become suspect.

All of these scares have two things in common. First, they involve invisible electromagnetic frequency (EMF) transmissions, something many of us find to be spooky -- like invisible creatures in movies. Second, they're all bogus: The angst these scares have caused has been entirely baseless.

WiFi (short for "wireless fidelity") is used in many ways. It's ubiquitous in coffee shops and is used in homes like mine to remotely connect several computers. But whole municipalities, with Philadelphia the biggest and probably soon to be followed by San Francisco, have begun blanketing large areas with transmitters. Anybody there will be able to just boot up and check e-mail or surf the Net.

But that's where the problem lies, say some. No sooner had Toronto Hydro Telecom announced plans in March to convert Canada's largest city into a giant WiFi "hotspot" by the end of the year, than cries of doom arose. "Why should we all become guinea pigs?" a letter to the Toronto Star demanded.

David Fancy, head of the SWEEP Initiative (Safe Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Policies), agrees. "I have never seen any actual peer-reviewed science, epidemiological studies done with human subjects over an extensive period of time, that suggests this is actually safe," he told Toronto's Metro. That could be because Fancy is a dramatic arts professor, and thus may know lots about drama (and melodrama), but little about science and EMF. Those who understand it, conversely, will tell you otherwise.

"Health Canada has assessed the ability of radio frequency fields to cause DNA damage and affect gene expression in human-derived brain cell cultures in four studies since 2000," says spokesman Paul Duchesne. "No negative effect was seen." He adds: "From all the studies we've seen, including those of the World Health Organization, nothing negative has been scientifically proven."

Duchesne notes that WiFi transmitters are little more than radio towers, and in the same category as garage door openers, cordless phones, baby monitors.

It seems the prime fount of the Toronto fear may be another ersatz EMF expert, President Fred Gilbert of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. Previously, he was a zoology professor. That might come in handy in dealing with the occupants of rowdy fraternities, but isn't a good background for understanding radio frequencies.

Over the protests of his students, Gilbert has refused to allow campus-wide WiFi coverage, telling IT Business Canada, "While the jury's out on this one, I'm not going to put in place what is potential chronic exposure for our students."

So "chronic exposure" is inherently suspect -- as in chronic exposure to oxygen or to nutrition? Gilbert said his decision was based on a series of studies done for the California Department of Health Services and California Public Utilities Commission, examining EMF such as that generated by power lines or building wiring. But none of these studies found conclusive links to cancer, as Gilbert fears.

Rather, a key source of Gilbert's information, according to the publication Wi-Fi Planet, is Cindy Sage of Sage EMF Design in Santa Barbara, Calif. (She has praised his decision in a letter to the Globe and Mail.)

Not an unbiased source, Sage makes a living by detecting and then remediating "harmful" electromagnetic exposures. She has written and self-published a book, which encourages people into using her services. She was also a respondent to the San Francisco's request for comments on its proposed citywide WiFi network and (surprise!) advised against it.

Science be damned, Sage's Globe letter claimed radio frequency can cause "DNA breaks and chromosome aberrations, cell death including death of brain cells (neurons), increased free radical production, cell stress and premature aging, changes in brain function including memory loss, retarded learning, slower promotion in school and slower motor function and other performance impairment in children, headaches and fatigue, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, reduction in melatonin secretion and cancer."

Whew! It was probably only an oversight that she didn't include lycanthropy. In short, Gilbert is relying on someone who makes claims unsupported by evidence, and he lacks the ability to compare WiFi to its nearest neighbour, the radio. But then, so does Warren Bell, a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

In an interview for a bizarre article in Toronto's NOW magazine, he said WiFi wouldn't be the first time industrialized society has embarked on something that works well in the lab but not so well in the real world. As a result, he said, "we've got ourselves in a number of different corners, something we have subsequently come to regret."

Not the real world? Hello? The first radio broadcast was exactly a century ago. Remember those big wooden boxes that used to pump out Benny Goodman and Guy Lombardo? Me neither; before my time. But that's what we're talking about. If Benny Goodman didn't hurt your parents, WiFi won't hurt you.

In fact, in 2003, Fredericton became the first Canadian city to blanket its downtown with WiFi, and nobody has yet turned into a zombie or had his head explode. But Fredericton offers its WiFi for free, which has a tendency to dampen dissent. The nation as a whole has over 1,400 WiFi hotspots, while the United States has about
48,000, yet no epidemic related to Cindy Sage's parade of horribles appears to have broken out.

Still, one Toronto writer made an interesting suggestion. "If the health officials [go along with the fears] they will have to order the switching off of all radios, mobile phones, garage doors, microwave transmitters, ground all aircraft and return Toronto to the Middle Ages."

Neat! A giant outdoor medieval museum just north of the U.S. border! But I'll bet those darned obstinate Canucks will refuse to go along.

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Don't worry Toronto: WI-FI won't kill you?
//omega-news.livejournal.com/213369.html

Row over new Arsenal stadium phone masts

nlnews@archant.co.uk

12 April 2006

ARSENAL are on another collision course with residents over plans for 32 phone masts on the new Emirates Stadium.

Club bosses have given the go-ahead to mobile giants Orange, Vodaphone, O2, Hutchison and T-Mobile to put up masts in eight different positions on the roof of their new Ashburton Grove home.

The firms have now applied to Islington Council for planning permission for the controversial masts - causing uproar among people living close to the 60,000-seater ground.

Kirsten Teague, 36, who lives in Drayton Park and is recovering from M.E., said she was horrified when she opened the consultation letter alerting her to the plans.

"I was shocked because I'm aware of the adverse health implications of just one phone mast, let alone 32," she said. "I've got a compromised immune system and I'm really afraid for my own health and that of other residents.

"If readers want to help stop this from happening they should write to the council as soon as they can - this can only be stopped if the council say so."

Arsenal would only confirm that the applications have been submitted to the council for consideration.

But they have come under fire from residents' campaign group, Stadium Neighbours Action Group (Snag), whose members are still furious Arsenal were given the green light to park coaches in residential streets last month.

Snag's Chris Eisen, of Drayton Park, Holloway, said: "If they can't kill us with the coach fumes they are going to radiate us with phone masts. Why don't they just do compulsory orders on all us residents and bulldoze the whole area.

"The main problems associated with phone masts are leukaemia, brain haemorrhages and cancer. Mobile phone companies are trying to ensure themselves against claims but the insurance companies won't go anywhere near them.

"Arsenal will do anything for money and I'm sure the council will just roll over and let them."

A council spokesman said: "Our consultation is still on-going and no decision has been made on these planning applications.

"We know the issue can raise strong feelings in local communities - that's why all mast applications are carefully assessed for visual impact and must meet Government health guidelines. Wherever possible we seek to reduce the impact of masts on local people.

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

//tinyurl.com/juw65

Church says no to mast

00:00, Apr 12 2006

A MOBILE phone mast earmarked for a Kidbrooke church tower will not go ahead because of nearby residents' health fears.

Technology giants 3G planned to install a mast at St James Church, Kidbrooke Park Road, which would have provided a £10,000-a-year rent revenue.

But angry neighbours who organised a petition and thought the mast would be a threat to health have forced the plans to be scrapped.

Rev Kim Hitch of St James said the church wasn't prepared to be a willing landlord any longer.

A meeting of the church's Parochial Church Council made the decision last week.

He said: "Financial considerations are not the be all and end all."

"We were concerned that people feel that the church is doing something horrible to them. We were hoping to improve disabled facilities with the money at St James, this work will be done."

Mr Hitch admitted the decision was a U-turn but insisted he thought the mast was not harmful.

"We still believe it is the best place for a mast," he said. "We are still persuaded there are no significant safety issues with the plans."

"I hope that some of the new friendships we have formed with residents will continue. Everyone is welcome at the church and I want residents to know that."

"If the gist of the complaint was a community divided and a community against its church then we can't allow that to happen."

"They probably felt the church was against them but that was never the case."

Concerned resident Martin McGlone was among hundreds of people who opposed the base station by signing the petition and taking part in protests.

He said: "Everyone is pleased with the news, especially parents.

"There was a lot of pressure on Kim and there was a lot of pressure put on him by his congregation."

Mr McGlone said the relationship between the church and the community would not get any worse now.

He added: "Kim's stock will have risen in the community, but that's a personal view."

Mr McGlone said he feared 3G could apply for planning permission to erect a mast in the street near the church tower.

No one at the electronic company was available for comment.

© owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror Plc 2006

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Es gibt gute Gründe, an der Übertragung durch Zugvögel zu zweifeln

Könnte das Vogelgrippe-Virus nicht im Futtermittel der Nutztiere lauern?

Bundeslandwirtschaftsminister Horst Seehofer verschärfte Anfang März die Maßnahmen gegen die sich unaufhaltsam ausbreitende Geflügelpest. Sperrzonen gelten nun drei Kilometer im Umkreis um Fundstellen infizierter Wildvögel. Zehn Kilometer sind Beobachtungszonen. Katzen dürfen darin nicht mehr frei laufen, Hunde müssen an die Leine. Geflügelhaltungen können nur noch autorisierte Personen betreten, also die Betreiber selbst und der Tierarzt. Die Bevölkerung beunruhigt das alles noch mehr, auch wenn die Verbraucherschutzminister unablässig betonen, es handle sich bei der Vogelgrippe nur um eine Tierseuche. Eine erhöhte Gefährdung für die Menschen sei nicht gegeben. Die Maßnahmen drücken sichtlich anderes aus: Spezialtrupps der Bundeswehr zur Abwehr biologischer Waffen und das Einsammeln toter Vögel mit Hochsicherheitsspezialanzügen tragen nicht gerade zur Entwarnung bei. Lokale Behörden sehen sich zuerst nicht, dann aber doch völlig überfordert. Und über allem schwebt weiterhin das Rätsel, wie denn die Vogelgrippe wirklich verbreitet wird. (...)

hier weiterlesen: //www.welt.de/data/2006/03/07/856037.html DIE WELT, 7. März 2006


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Pandemie-Impfstoff: Forschung nur bei staatlichen Geldgeschenken

Pandemie-Impfstoff: Couchepin erteilt Berna Biotech Absage

(...) Am Freitag war die Frist für Offerten an den Bund zur Produktion eines künftigen Impfstoffs im Falle einer Grippe-Pandemie abgelaufen. Als einzige Firma mit Sitz in der Schweiz hat sich dabei auch die kürzlich vom niederländischen Unternehmen Crucell übernommene Berna Biotech beworben. Berna müsste zur Wiederaufnahme der Impfstoffproduktion zehn bis 15 Millionen Franken investieren und stellt die Bedingung, dass der Bund diese Kosten übernimmt.

Noch vor der Evaluation der Offerten erteilte der für das Geschäft zuständige Vorsteher des Eidgenössischen Departements des Innern (EDI) dem Unternehmen nun eine Absage. In einem Interview der "Neuen Zürcher Zeitung" (Samstagausgabe) sagte Couchepin: «Es ist unsinnig, mit staatlichen Mitteln eine ganze Industrie aufzubauen für einen ganz bestimmten Impfstoff, von dem man nicht einmal weiß, ob man ihn je benötigen wird.»(...)

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.baz.ch/news/index.cfm?ObjectID=C499212E-1422-0CEF-70A7208CAF7097C6 Basler Zeitung, 4. März 2006


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Weniger Autismus durch zurückgehenden Thiomersalverbrauch?

(engl.)

In den USA geht seit einigen Jahren der Einsatz von Quecksilber
(Thiomersal) als Konservierungsstoff in Impfstoffen zurück. Gleichzeitig scheinen auch die Autismuszahlen (Neuerkrankungen) zurückzugehen. Möglicherweise gibt es einen Zusammenhang

Hier nachlesen: //www.jpands.org/vol11no1/geier.pdf

--> Quecksilber ist eines der 10 Top-Allergene: //focus.msn.de/gesundheit/allergie/news/allergie-ausloeser_nid_25717.html FOCUS online, 3. März 2006



US-Regierung wusste seit Jahren vom Quecksilber-Risiko (engl.)

E-NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER Vienna, Virginia //www.nvic.org

NVIC-Newsletter vom 7. März 2006

Report: Government knew of autism link

By Jon Brodkin

Eight years before the U.S. government decided to remove mercury from most childhood vaccines, federal health officials were already receiving reports linking vaccinations to new cases of autism. Starting in 1991 after the government set up a database to record adverse reactions to vaccines, doctors, parents and others reported frightening responses to inoculations in children subsequently diagnosed with autism. (...)

hier weiterlesen: //www.milforddailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=87552 Milford Daily News, MA, Tuesday, March 7, 2006


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Kanzlerin Merkel bezeichnet Pharmabranche als Stärke Deutschlands

Barleben (dpa/sa) - Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat die Pharmabranche als ein Aushängeschild der Wirtschaft in Deutschland bezeichnet. "Die Stärken Deutschlands sind im Pharmabereich", sagte Merkel am Donnerstag bei einem Besuch des Arzneimittelherstellers Salutas Pharma in Barleben bei Magdeburg. Die steigenden Kosten im Gesundheitswesen dürften nicht dazu führen, dass in Deutschland Arbeitsplätze in der Pharmabranche verloren gingen. (...)

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.impfkritik.de/forum/showthread.php?t=689 DPA, 2. März 2006

Kommentar: Die seit Jahren fortschreitende von den jeweiligen nationalen und übernationalen Behörden genehmigte Konzentration in der Pharmabranche schafft Stellenabbau (und Gewinne) ganz ohne dass man die Kostenexplosion im Gesundheitswesen bemühen müsste. Das sollte auch unsere hochverehrte Bundeskanzlerin wissen.


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Virologe: H5N1 bei Katzen ein "ganz banales Phänomen"

Jean Francois Saluzzo ist Virologe. Ein bei der Weltgesundheitsorganisation gefragter Fachmann. Zur Zeit leitet er im Labor Sanofi Pasteur in Lyon die Entwicklung von Impfstoffen gegen neu entstehende Viruskrankheiten. Exklusiv für Euronews antwortete er auf Fragen, die sich nach dem Auffinden einer an Vogelgrippe verendeten Katze ergeben.

Jean Francois Saluzzo: Das ist ein ganz banales Phänomen. Es hat keinerlei Bedeutung hinsichtlich einer Übertragung auf den Menschen, sondern zeigt uns, wie wirksam in Europa die Überwachung ist. In China und Vietnam gibt es bekanntlich viele Katzen. Warum war dort von Vogelgrippe-Infektionen bei Katzen nicht schon früher die Rede? Ganz einfach weil die Überwachung in diesen Ländern unzureichend ist." (...)

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=346740&lng=3 euronews.net , 1. März 2006

Kommentar (vom 4.3.06) Die Katzenhysterie wird von Herrn Saluzzo eindeutig relativiert. Andererseits widersprechen sich seine Aussagen und die anderer Experten, was die Übertragungsrolle der Zugvögel betrifft: Die einen sind sich wegen der Zugvögeln sicher. Die anderen versichern, es gäbe noch gar keine Beweise, sondern nur Hypothesen. Und dann die Geschichte mit Rügen: Derzeit kein Vogelzug, dafür aber seit Monaten Experimente mit dem Vogelgrippevirus in direkter Nachbarschaft auf der Insel Riems...



Traumziel Rügen - und wie ich es ganz genau wissen wollte

(...) Das Telefon klingelte, ich stellte mich vor und erklärte mein Anliegen. Offensichtlich kam mein Anruf nicht ungelegen, denn Herr Müller nahm sich sofort die Zeit, mir meine Fragen zu beantworten. Es waren dieselben, die ich Frau Schmidt gestellt hatte. Doch Herr Müller schien ganz woanders zu leben. Er erzählte mir, dass das Sterben der Schwäne zu dieser Jahreszeit wohl ganz normal sei. "Jedes Jahr sammeln sich die Tiere in der geschützten Bucht des Wieker Boddens und des Rassower Stroms um dort zu überwintern. Dabei sterben jedes Jahr zig Schwäne, die zum Teil auf dem Eis festfrieren und dort liegen bleiben, zum Teil auch im Wasser treiben." Das sei ganz unterschiedlich. "Nur dieses Jahr", so meinte er, "kommt auf jeden toten Schwan ein eigenes Fernsehteam. Normalerweise sind die Schwäne auch jedes Jahr im Winter gefüttert worden." Dieses Jahr sei das jedoch ausgeblieben. "Warum? Das wüsste ich auch gern." (...)

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.faktuell.de/Hintergrund/Background376.shtml faktuell.de , 26. Feb. 2006



Experte hält Katzen-Hausarrest für wirkungslos

Stuttgart (dpa) - Hausarrest für Katzen ist nach Meinung eines Experten kein geeignetes Mittel, die weitere Verbreitung der Vogelgrippe einzudämmen. "Eine Katze lässt sich nicht einsperren. Das wird von den Behörden zu eng gesehen", sagte Reinhard Böhm, Leiter des Instituts für Tierhygiene an der Uni Stuttgart-Hohenheim, in einem dpa-Gespräch. (...)

hier weiterlesen: //www.mainpost.de/aaw/thema/art104,3458338.html?fCMS=37271f06fc8cf9d965a767e6da7c78ae Mainpost, 4. März 2006



Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Windpockenausbruch an US-Grundschule unter Geimpften - Chicken pox outbreak

(engl.)

An einer Grundschule in den USA sind seit Januar über 40 Kinder an Windpocken erkrankt. Großes Rätselraten allenthalben, denn sie waren alle geimpft. Des Rätsels "Lösung": Das Varicella-Virus sei mutiert...

E-NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER Vienna, Virginia //www.nvic.org

BL Fisher Note: Vaccines provide temporary, qualitatively inferior immunity compared to immunity achieved after natural recovery from disease. And just as mass antibiotic use has put pressure on organisms to evolve into antibiotic resistant forms, mass vaccine use can put pressure on organisms to mutate into vaccine resistant forms. The live varicella zoster vaccine for chicken pox had difficulty getting FDA approval for many years because of its high failure rate (often 20 percent). NVIC opposed mandatory use of chicken pox vaccine when it was licensed in 1995 because 99.99 percent of all healthy children recovered from chicken pox without permanent effects and obtained a qualitatively superior immunity that was boosted throughout life by contact with young children with chicken pox. Because chicken pox has been removed from the childhood population through mass vaccination and no boosting is taking place to reinforce naturally acquired immunity, older children and adults are now vulnerable to shingles. There is an epidemic of shingles in America today. Drug companies are now developing a shingles vaccine to deal with the effects of mass use of chicken pox vaccine. Gary Goldman, Ph.D., an expert on chicken pox vaccine and shingles increases, has published several excellent articles on this topic in the medical journal, Vaccine, as well as in the medical journal he edits, Medical Veritas.

Chicken pox outbreak

Troy Elementary School nurse Sarah Black should probably go ahead and get a revolving door for her office. It would help with all the traffic coming in and out these days. TES is the midsts of the worst outbreak of chicken pox the school has faced in eight years - an outbreak made more surprising because most all the affected students have previously received chicken pox vaccinations. Black said she could hardly believe it when the first students started showing up in her office with the characteristic red, itchy spots. "I was in denial at first, I said this can't possibly be chicken pox," Black said. Oh, but was it ever chicken pox, and it has spread like wildfire. Since the first student was diagnosed in late January, over 40 students in every grade have come down with it.

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.troymessenger.com/articles/2006/02/26/news/newsssss01.txt Troy Messenger, AL, February 27, 2006


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Diagnosen von Gewalt an Kindern nicht immer korrekt - Researchers Say Criterion For Diagnosing Child Abuse Not Always Accurate

(engl.)

E-NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER Vienna, Virginia //www.nvic.org

BL Fisher Note:

Over the years, newborns have suffered vaccine reactions and died. Although infants can suffer bleeding in the brain after being violently shaken, vaccine-induced brain inflammation can also cause bleeding in the brain. Whole cell pertussis vaccine was associated occasionally with bleeding in the brain. Methodologically sound clinical research to evaluate the biological mechanisms for vaccine injury and death, including risk factors for vaccine induced bleeding in the brain, should have been conducted long ago.

Researchers Say Criterion For Diagnosing Child Abuse Not Always Accurate

When it comes to looking for damage to the eyes to prove child abuse, new research shows that things aren't always as they seem, according to Patrick Lantz, M.D., a forensic pathologist from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

"Contrary to what many doctors have been taught, we found that number and location of hemorrhages of the eye's retina aren't always proof of child abuse," said Lantz, who reported the results today at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle. "Retinal hemorrhages occur more often than most doctors think are associated with a wide variety of conditions." (...)

hier weiterlesen: //www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-02/wfub-rsc021706.php Source: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Posted: February 26, 2006

Kommentar: Wie BL Fisher oben richtig anmerkt, können Symptome wie Gehirn- und Netzhautblutungen, die auf Gewalt gegen Kleinkinder
("Schütteltrauma") zurückgeführt werden können, auch durch Impfstoffe verursacht werden. Ein Zusammenhang, der von vielen Ärzten, wie die Erfahrung zeigt, nicht berücksichtigt wird. Die Folgen für die betroffenen Eltern können fatal sein: Kriminalisierung, Kindswegnahme, Verurteilung und Gefängnis, zerstörte Existenzen. Nur weil die Ärzte einen möglichen Zusammenhang mit vorausgegangenen Impfungen nicht prüften...


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Zum ungerechtfertigten Verbot der Freilandhaltung von Geflügel

Piep, piep, piiiep

von Kurt W. Zimmermann

Erst wenn sich das letzte Schweizer Huhn totgelacht hat, werdet ihr sehen, dass Horrormeldungen ansteckender sind als BSE, Sars und H5N1.

Natürlich ist es auch unsere Aufgabe, die Bevölkerung vor der Vogelgrippe zu warnen. Höre also, Bevölkerung, sei gewarnt, die Vogelgrippe wird fürchterlich wüten, vorausgesetzt, das Virus mutiert zu einem Virus, das von Mensch zu Mensch übertragbar ist, vorausgesetzt, das mutierte Virus findet dann den Weg von Bangkok nach Bümpliz, und wiederum vorausgesetzt, in Bümpliz haben sie den Schlüssel zum «Tamiflu»-Pflichtlager verhühnert.

Gut, die Bevölkerung ist damit gewarnt, und wir können uns der grundsätzlichen Frage zuwenden. Worin unterscheidet sich die Vogelgrippe in den Medien von Listerien, von Ebola, von Rinderwahnsinn und Sars?

Die Vogelgrippe ist publizistisch etwas schwieriger umzusetzen als ihre vier Vorgänger Listerien, Ebola, Rinderwahnsinn und Sars. Bei Listerien, Ebola, Rinderwahnsinn und Sars, die alle vier die Erdbevölkerung ebenfalls ausgerottet haben, griff jeweils die bewährte mediale Zangenbewegung. Man konnte die Bevölkerung, erstens, zünftig in Todesschrecken versetzen. Und man konnte dann, zweitens, der verschreckten Bevölkerung erklären, wie man dem Tod durch Listerien, Ebola, Rinderwahnsinn und Sars entgeht. Man konnte zum Beispiel davor warnen, Vacherin und Beefsteak Tatar zu verdrücken oder nach Hongkong und Kenia zu fliegen.

Bei der Vogelgrippe ist es komplexer. Man kann zwar auch diesmal die Bevölkerung in Schrecken versetzen. Aber man kann die Bevölkerung nicht darüber aufklären, wie sie der Vogelgrippe entgeht. Nicht nach Vietnam oder Korea zu fliegen hilft nichts, weil man sich dort gar keine Vogelgrippe holen kann. Keine Mistkratzerli mehr zu füttern hilft auch nichts, weil man sich dabei auch keine Vogelgrippe holen kann. (...)

ganzen Artikel lesen (sehr lesenswert!): //www.zeit-fragen.ch/ARCHIV/ZF_135a/T02.HTM zeit-fragen.ch, Originalquelle: Weltwoche Nr. 43 vom 27. 10. 2005, //www.weltwoche.ch


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Gesund leben schützt vor Vogelgrippe

Apotheken-Sprecher: Gesund leben schützt vor Vogelgrippe!

"(...) Grundsätzlich kann man sagen: Je stabiler die körperliche
Konstitution ist, umso weniger hat auch ein Virus eine Chance.
Insofern gilt, worauf wir überhaupt immer achten sollten: Mit viel
Bewegung, frischer Luft und gesunder Ernährung die Abwehrkräfte des
Körpers stärken. (...)"

ganzen Artikel lesen:
//www.donau.de/SID_9ea71289bcacd4b8099989cd9fbc76b0/nachrichten/region/schwandorf/meldung.shtml?rubrik=mz&id=59961
Mittelbayerische Zeitung, 24. Feb. 2006


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Sicherheitshalber gehen wir davon aus, dass Tamiflu wirkt

Hersteller sind von der Wirksamkeit des Anti-Grippe-Mittels überzeugt - Experten sind skeptisch

"(...) Die Welt verlässt sich auf Tamiflu. Das ungebremste Vertrauen in den einstigen Ladenhüter ist erstaunlich. Haben Tamiflu und seine Verwandten doch erst kürzlich von Wissenschaftlern sehr schlechte Kritiken erhalten: "Wir konnten keine zuverlässigen Beweise für die Wirksamkeit von Neuraminidase- Hemmern gegen Vogelgrippeviren beim Menschen finden", so Tom Jefferson von der renommierten Cochrane Collaboration im Ärzteblatt "The Lancet".
(...)"

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.sonntagszeitung.ch/dyn/news/fokus/597280.html Sonntags Zeitung, 26. Febr. 2006

Kommentar: Na ja, sooo erstaunlich ist das "ungebremste Vertrauen" in Tamiflu gar nicht. Wenn man berücksichtigt, dass die mächtigste Regierung der Welt sich heftig ins Zeug legt, dass die Interessen des Herstellers gewahrt bleiben. Und Verteidigungsminister Rumsfeld ist einer der Hauptaktionäre von Tamiflu-Lizenzgeber GILEAD....



Tamiflu und Relenza: Die überschätzten Retter

Die Angst vor einer Vogelgrippe-Seuche unter Menschen hat Tamiflu und Relenza den Ruf von Rettern in der Not eingebracht. Doch die antiviralen Medikamente könnten den Ausbruch einer Pandemie nicht verhindern. Es ist nicht einmal sicher, ob sie überhaupt wirken würden. (...)

ganzen Artikel lesen: //www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,403457,00.html SPIEGEL, 27. Februar 2006



Infektions-Experte kritisiert massenhafte Lagerung von Tamiflu

Schwerin (dpa/mv) - Der SPD-Bundestagsabgeordnete und Infektions- Experte Wolfgang Wodarg hat die massenhafte Lagerung von Grippe- Mitteln wie Tamiflu kritisiert. "Ich halte das für rausgeschmissenes Geld", sagte er der "Schweriner Volkszeitung" (Mittwoch). Es werde "ein Mittel in Mengen eingelagert, von dem wir gar nicht genau wissen, gegen welches Virus genau es am Ende helfen muss. (...)

hier weiterlesen:
//www.krankenkassen.de/frameset.php?page=%2Fdpa.php%3Fid%3D50491
DPA, 01.03.2006


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Kinderkrankheiten und Impfungen

Veranstaltungshinweise (Auswahl)

--> 21. April 2006 Tjado Galic, klass. Homöopath: "Kinderkrankheiten und Impfungen", 38179 Schwülper, Bürgerhaus, 20:00 Uhr Weitere Infos unter: //www.ag-hochbegabtes-kind.de/Aktuelle_Termine/aktuelle_termine.html

--> 12. Mai 2006 Gautinger Impfsymposium Mit Dr. med. Klaus Hartmann, Angelika Kögel-Schauz, Dr. med. Johann Loibner, Dr. med. Georg Kneißl. Weitere Infos unter: //www.homoeopathie-forum.de/seminare/semdetails.php?id=78&seite=ha&ort=m-gauting

--> Weitere Veranstaltungshinweise finden Sie unter: //www.impfkritik.de/forum/showthread.php?t=251


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006

Fußball-WM: Illegale Speicherung der Personalausweisnummer legal?

//www.foebud.org/rfid/illegal-legal/

Online-Petition gegen eine mögliche Vogelgrippe-Zwangsimpfung

Nachstehende Online-Petition wurde bereits am 8. März eingereicht,
bisher jedoch wohl von niemandem im Internet bemerkt. Aber das kann
sich ja ändern:

//itc.napier.ac.uk/e-Petition/bundestag/view_petition.asp?PetitionID=106


Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 12/2006



Online-Petition hat bereits ca. 4.500 Unterstützter

Die am 12. April gestartete Online-Petition gegen eine möglicher- weise geplante Zwangsimpfung gegen die Vogelgrippe wird inzwischen von ca. 4.500 Menschen unterstützt.

Siehe auch: //itc.napier.ac.uk/e-Petition/bundestag/view_petition.asp?PetitionID=106

Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 15/2006


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