Sonntag, 3. Februar 2008

New Chairman for the MTHR Research Programme

Prof David Coggan has now been put in charge of the MTHR research programme. He is an expert in batting off any problems to the government!

Prof David Coggan

He is a member of the Medical Research Council Epidemiology. He seems to always be wheeled out when it comes to minimising the potential health effects of any pollutant. Last year it was antimony in plastic water bottles (see here

A few years back, it was pesticides. He was the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Committee on Pesticides current members of this body are listed here

He was also involved in at least one study financed by the MTHR in a supervisory role

Re Prof. David Coggon -

Described in Dr Chris Busby's 'Wolves of Water' book - p.281 on the Medical Research Council's three man committee on the health efffects of depleted uranium -

" The other two members of this coven are Dudley Goodhead and Prof. David Coggon of the MRC epidemiology unit at Southampton. Coggon is famous for having written in the BMJ in 1994 that 'there was no epidemic of cancer'. When I accosted him with this howler recently he was clearly embarrassed but tried to maintain that this was still the case.

Coggon took over from Martin Gardner, the epidemiologist who confirmed the Sellafield leukaemia cluster and found it was associated with the parents who worked for the nuclear site. Gardner died suddenly of cancer age 50.

Coggon shut down the research. He is now a favourite of the establishment for Chairing committees on ill-health and pollution, e.g. the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) and the Depleted Uranium Committee of the Ministry of Defence (DUOB). Goodhead and Coggon got OBEs. I hope it makes them happy.

They will crop up again in this book, my point is to show that there do not need to be so many operators to keep the system going, just a few people in the right places. Nor am I saying they are anything but perfect gentlemen who believe what it is they say. It is merely that when someone talks about the science of radiation risk, what is there in practice is actually the beliefs and activities of rather a few individuals".

At p. 430 (summarised)

The Royal Commission on Pesticides recently took evidence and established health damage to people affected by crop spraying. Coggon's Committee (ACP) quickly pressured government to disregard this, so that it could be business as usual for agrichems and intensive farming.

Also I (Roger Coghill) add that Coggon was selected by Surrey University against my wishes to examine my PhD. The other (internal) examiner was an IEE member who wrote out a failure note BEFORE I took the viva! Fortunately I discovered it because I arrived early, and 12 copies of his failure note fell out of the printed theses as I picked them up.

So I refused to be examined by these two henchmen of the establishment. (Normally a University's internal examiner is supposed to read the draft thesis and raise any points which might fail the applicant, so that these can be addressed before the thesis is printed, in other words he should be helpful to the applicant. In this case Surrey gets a large amount of funding from the nearby National Grid, for whom my thesis was extremely inconvenient). There is no doubt the University plotted to ambush my thesis. The matter remains unresolved, with the University Visitor. You can publish all this if you wish.

Rain Forests Fall at "Alarming" Rate

Edward Harris of The Associated Press reports: "In the gloomy shade deep in Africa's rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw. It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe."

Gitmo Ruling a Setback for Bush Administration

The Associated Press reports: "A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay."

Bush's version of Iraq surge success misleading

Aijaz Ahmad on Bush's State of the Union address.

Bush Legacy: Setting a Standard in Fear-Mongering

Richard A. Clarke writes in The Philadelphia Inquirer: "When I left the Bush administration in 2003, it was clear to me that its strategy for defeating terrorism was leaving our nation more vulnerable and our people in a perilous place.... the president also employed misleading and reckless rhetoric to perpetuate his agenda. This week's State of the Union proved nothing has changed."

Für japanische Schüler sind Handys wie Drogen

Proteste gegen das WEF in der Schweiz

Die Hartz IV Regelsatzlüge

Als SGB II / SGB XII geschaffen wurden, haben sich die beteiligten Politiker darauf "geeinigt", Hilfebedürftigen nur noch Leistungen in Höhe der bisherigen Sozialhilfe (BSHG) incl. der Einmal-Leistungen zu gewähren und Erhöhungen nur noch in Höhe der Renten-Steigerungen zu gewähren. Daraus ergab sich eine Leistungshöhe für Regelsatz / Regelleistung in Höhe von EUR 345.

Eine derartige Festlegung ist jedoch willkürlich und daher verfassungswidrig. Denn: Das hohe Gut des Artikel 1 Grundgesetz fordert vom Gesetzgeber, dass er die existenzsichernde Regelleistung nicht willkürlich festsetzt, sondern ein plausibles und nachvollziehbares Verfahren wählt, dessen Ergebnis dem Maßstab des Artikel 1 Grundgesetz standhält (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, Urteil vom 25. Nov. 1993 – 5 C 8.90). Somit gab es das "Problem", ein "plausibles und nachvollziehbares Verfahren" zu finden, mit dessen Hilfe ein Regelsatz "errechnet" werden kann.

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Wohnungs- und Hausbesuche bei Hartz IV müssen nicht geduldet werden

Essen. In einem neuerlichen Urteil hat das Landessozialgericht Nordrhein-Westfalen entschieden, dass ein Arbeitslosengeld II Empfänger eine Besichtigung durch das Amt nicht dulden muss. Die Ämter hatten argumentiert, dass Sozialleistungsempfänger Hausbesuche dulden müssten, da dies der sogenannten Mitwirkungspflicht nach dem Sozialgesetzbuch I (SBG I) unterliegt.

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Could the 2008 Election Bring the End of America as We Know it?

by Jon Christian Ryter

The plus in the Bank Panic of 1907 was a political opportunist named Woodrow Wilson. Col. Edward Mandall House, one of Morgan's key aides (with family ties to the Rothschild family in Europe), told Morgan that he believed Wilson would make an ideal President because the former Princeton president would be putty in their hands­he would take orders. Morgan liked the idea well enough to send House to feel out the governor and see if Wilson wanted the job bad enough to work with Morgan. Wilson agreed. The first step to the White House was the appointing of Col. House as Wilson's key adviser.......

Ron Paul: Secretive Elite Control America

Out of order: how telephones bring out our worst

By Roxanne Sorooshian

WHERE WOULD we be without the telephone? The ultimate 20th-century gizmo - that may or may not have been invented by a Scot - hasn't changed much in its function over the years. It's still just a means of communication. But our relationship with this simple device has become increasingly complicated.


La ville fait enlever l'antenne relais d'une école

- Le Progrès 02 02 2008: "La ville fait enlever l'antenne relais d'une école".
- Parmi les autre engagements pris, figurent l'interruption de fonctionnement des antennes relais émettrices en période scolaire dans d'autres écoles de la ville.

- Lyon Capitale : Extraits Réunion Représentants Mairie, Parents d'élèves et Enseignants (Reportage vidéo).

FDA Calls For Re-Examination Of Cell Phone Health Risks

FDA Calls For Re-Examination Of Cell Phone Health Risks

Next-up news n°471

China Cracks Down on Tibetan Buddhism Ahead of Olympics

Chinese authorities in Tibet have recruited more than 140 Tibetan youths to perform traditional dances at the forthcoming Beijing Olympics, even as they impose new curbs on Buddhist culture in the Himalayan region, sources there say.

Über zwei Drittel des Waldes krank

BUND fordert waldverträgliche Agrar-, Verkehrs- und Energiepolitik.

Amerikas Westen trocknet aus

Klimawandel bringt große Trockenheit. Höhere Waldbrandgefahr. Las Vegas zahlt Prämien für Wüstenpflanzen.

Massentierhaltung: vergessenes Thema beim Klimaschutz

Natur- und Tierschützer fordern Maßnahmen gegen Intensivtierhaltung als Klimakiller.

Mit Kanonen gegen den Klimawandel

Mit den immer wärmeren Wintern kommt vor allem die Tourismuswirtschaft mehr und mehr unter Druck.

China geht hart gegen tibetische Buddhisten vor

China geht im Vorfeld der Olympischen Spiele extrem hart gegen tibetische Buddhisten vor.

Ernährung sichern, weltweit

Wasserverbrauch, Waldrodung und Bodenerosion nehmen an vielen Orten der Welt zu. Zugleich wächst die Bevölkerung, was die Landwirtschafts- und Ernährungspolitik vor enorme Herausforderungen stellt.

Online-Durchsuchungen: Bayerischer Trojaner gegen Skype

Dem Chaos Computer Club wurde ein Schreiben des bayerischen Justizministeriums zugespielt. Darin wird detailliert der Einsatz eines Trojaners zum Abhören von Skype-Telefonaten beschrieben.;art303,2463538

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