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|3G overhyped, says tech pioneer|
|USA||Created: 18 Jan 2006|
The need for high-speed internet access on mobiles has been overestimated, according to a mobile-phone technology pioneer who poured cold water on the short-term potential for 3G network operators to realise ambitious business plans.
Dr Andrew Viterbi, co-founder and retired vice-chairman of Qualcomm, who's best known for developing the Viterbi algorithm used in most mobile phone and digital satellite receivers, said the need for broadband wireless had been overstated. Applications such as obtaining radio and TV broadcast on mobiles and transferring pictures between users of 3G mobiles are unlikely to generate as much data traffic as expected, he argued.
"Users are more likely to download pictures from phones onto their PC at home and distribute them using Wi-Fi networks," he told delegates during a keynote at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium in San Diego on Tuesday. There are few applications that need mobile broadband, Viterbi said.
WiMax, which has been promoted as an alternative or complimentary wide-area wireless technology by firms such as Intel as a consumer product is "unlikely to be a big player," he added.
Viterbi said mobile operators in Europe paid about 10 times too much for 3G licences and were now forced to chase consumers. Unsurprisingly, Veterbi thought the CDMA2000 approach backed by Qualcomm and predominately used in North America and parts of Europe had a better technology and business strategy than the W-CDMA approach to 3G, which is backward compatible with GSM and backed by European operators.
"3G in the US has so far been marketed to professionals and road warriors. In Europe, operators have had to go after the consumer mass-market with lower pricing," he said.
Veterbi's downbeat assessment was followed by an opposing view from Intel. Intel engineer D. Schmidt predicted a convergence between cellular and WiMax technologies on the handset. But he said new applications would only be enabled by this technology development providing operators revamped voice-centric billing models to encourage users to exchange data and hardware suppliers came up with very inexpensive kit.
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|Source: The Register, John Leyden, 18 jan 2006|
|The Largest Biological Experiment Ever|
|USA||Created: 14 Jan 2006|
The Largest Biological Experiment Ever
In 2002, Gro Harlem Brundtland, then head of the World Health Organization, told a Norwegian journalist that cell phones were banned from her office in Geneva because she personally becomes ill if a cell phone is brought within about four meters (13 feet) of her. Mrs. Brundtland is a medical doctor and former Prime Minister of Norway. This sensational news, published March 9, 2002 in Dagbladet, was ignored by every other newspaper in the world. The following week Michael Repacholi, her subordinate in charge of the International EMF (electromagnetic field) Project, responded with a public statement belittling his boss’s concerns. Five months later, for reasons that many suspect were related to these circumstances, Mrs. Brundtland announced she would step down from her leadership post at the WHO after just one term.
Read more: http://www.eldoradosun.com/Firstenberg.htm
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|Source: by Arthur Firstenberg|
|Tracked by cellphone|
|USA||Created: 9 Jan 2006|
We know that technology can be used to track people's location via a cellphone, but how difficult is it for law enforcement to get a court order and do this legally?.
SecurityFocus has an interresting article on cellphone tracking and how easy US government and law enforcement agencies can exploit it:
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|Source: Mark Rasch, 2005-12-22|
|BIOPHYSICIST FINED $860,000 FOR HEALING CANCER PATIENTS|
|USA||Created: 9 Jan 2006|
BIOPHYSICIST FINED $860,000 FOR HEALING CANCER PATIENTS
People often ask me if I am concerned that I might be persecuted for my efforts to steer people away from conventional cancer "therapy." Well, I'll be 74 in a few days (January 18th) and not much scares me anymore. If you want to get angry, however, here's another good reason.
Mike Vrentas, a wonderful researcher and source of lots of information for me, sent me this article, which was first published in 2002. The gentleman described in the article had done the research (similar to mine) to find the true cause of cancer and how to reverse it. He developed a regimen similar to mine. He healed himself and then advised other cancer patients and helped them heal. He sold no products. He just gave advice about what he had done. Since he is a biophysicist and had healed himself (after undergoing chemo, etc. which made him very sick and didn't help at all), he had lots of credibility. He kept records. 86% of the hundreds of people he helped recovered from their cancer.
When one of the ladies he had healed of breast cancer told her oncologist about it, the doctor, incensed at his loss of a $350,000 patient, reported the biophysicist to the FTC. With help from the FDA, they managed to convict him on 2 of the 240 counts brought against him for "practicing medicine without a license." The fine: $860,000.
Biophysicist who cured himself is now helping others to heal
David Walker wanted to live long enough to see his children graduate from high school. He asked his oncologist if he'd make it that long. The doctor hung his head and said Walker had no more than three to five years before the colon cancer would take his life.
Nearly a decade later, Walker is cancer free. Thanks to his training as a biophysicist, he was able to decipher a biochemical riddle that enabled him to cure himself. He created a treatment protocol that consists of herbs, enzymes, phytonutrients, detoxification and a bio-resonance therapy that recharges depleted energy in cells. He then shared his knowledge, helping hundreds of other cancer patients eliminate the disease.
In 2001, the Federal Trade Commission and Washington State attorney general sued to stop him. A government investigator reviewed Walker's records and reported that 14 percent of the people using his protocol had died. The report did not include the mortality rate over the same period of time for cancer patients who undergo the approved cancer therapies: radiation and chemotherapy. That rate is 96 percent.
When the court case ended in 2002, Walker had become one of thousands of individuals and companies whose effective, alternative treatments have been stifled.
THE TREATMENT THAT DIDN'T WORK
Walker's story begins on March 6, 1994 — the day he had surgery for a ruptured appendix. Surgeons discovered advanced cancer and removed a colon tumor larger than a grapefruit. The doctor gave Walker little hope of living beyond five years and prescribed chemotherapy.
Friends and relatives began sending him alternative health products and books about cancer. They suggested he use various non-allopathic treatments. But Walker would do nothing of the sort.
"I entered in this treatment of surgery and chemotherapy with only one thing in mind: to follow doctor's orders and dedicate myself to this schedule and treatment," he said. "My thoughts were that medicine today is the best ever, and if I?m going to beat this, I'm doing all traditional approaches."
Then he discovered the side effects of "traditional" approaches. The surgery left him unable to fully use his left leg. Repairing the damage required six months of physical therapy. The chemo was worse. It caused open sores in his mouth, and his skin began deteriorating. When he made a fist, then opened his hand, it bled from every crack. He could pull the skin off his hands in layers.
"After seven months of chemotherapy, my doctor sent me home, saying the side effects are too severe and that maybe we can try again in three months," Walker recalled. "I never returned. During that three months of detoxing from the chemo, I knew I would rather die sooner with dignity and quality of life than go through the chemical poisoning again."
That's when he empowered himself. If the experts didn't have the tools to cure him, he would try to find those tools himself.
"When I sat and thought about it, I tried to understand what was killing me," he said.
He searched the Internet and watched University of Washington Medical School videos. He researched nutrients, blood oxygen, cellular energy and cellular communication. With a doctoral degree in biophysics, with minors in microbiology and biochemistry, he had the knowledge to understand the research reports and scientific data.
He said he discovered nothing new. He simply put what is already known to use to reverse the process that leads to cancer.
"I just found some keys and unlocked some doors of knowledge," he said.
REPLACING THE CELL CYCLE'S MISSING DOMINOS
In layman's terms, here's the information that Walker used to come up with the cancer treatment protocol that saved his life:
Every day, billions of cells in your body are damaged and discarded, and billions more new, healthy cells take their place in an endless cycle of cell regeneration. The new ones are created by the cells subdividing.
Cells contain energy measured in millivolts. A healthy cell contains between 70 and 90 millivolts of energy. When a free radical attaches to a cell, its energy drops to 15 millivolts. (Free radicals punch holes in cell membranes and damage DNA and enzyme systems. Some free radicals are created when the immune system does its battles; others come from pollutants in our food, water and air.)
The cell's DNA and RNA orchestrate the process of cell regeneration. The DNA in each cell has something called a telemid strand, which becomes dormant when a cell loses energy. As a result, the cell mutates.
The P53 gene, which is in charge of destroying mutated cells, needs more than 15 milli-volts to do its job. So when the cell's energy drops, damaged and mutated cells are no longer destroyed.
But the MYG gene — the one in charge of cell subdivision — doesn't need much energy to do its job. Even at 15 millivolts or less, it keeps dividing the cells — even the mutated ones that were supposed to be destroyed.
This, Walker says, is how cancer gets started and mutates. And this is why Walker's protocol includes re-energizing the cells.
Walker also learned in his research that cancer cells have high toxin counts, and that people with cancer have low blood oxygen levels and their immune systems? natural killer cells have been depleted.
He learned that certain antigens (substances that cause the formation of an antibody or elicit a cellular response) exist in high counts in cancer cells, and certain enzymes can keep these antigens at bay. When these enzymes are depleted, cellular communication fails.
All of this contributes to the mutated cells growing out of control. And that's called malignancy.
Walker compares the cycle of cell regeneration to a set of dominos: "If you took 40 dominos and stood them up in a circle, a free radical attachment represents a removed domino. If the P53 gene can't fire, remove another domino. Take out a couple more failed-communication dominos, and your cell won't be regenerated as a healthy cell, only a mutated mass."
He said he has identified six parts of the cell-regeneration cycle that have failed in all cases of cancer, as well as in more than 200 other diseases and conditions.
The trick to stopping cancer, therefore, is to replace the six dominos so that the cells can operate properly, allowing the body to heal itself.
And so Walker set out to find the products that would replace the missing dominos.
He found the products, used them faithfully, and he felt better and better. After two years, he worked up the courage to go back to his doctor. The test results came back clear: Walker had no cancer in his body.
THE TREATMENT PROTOCOL
Walker's treatment protocol includes numerous possible supplements and procedures, ranging from colostrums to colonics, but the following seven are the basic elements that Walker recommends for everyone with cancer.
1. An herbal supplement called Bio-X that contains bloodroot, galangal, yellow dock, licorice root, zinc chloride, protoplasm and water treated with 12 enzymes.
2. Sodium micelle — an enzyme that increases oxygen levels in the blood.
3. Glycoproteins and phytonutrients: Of the nine glycoproteins essential for the cell to reproduce itself, only one is made by the body, so food must provide the rest. Phytonutrients are nutrients harvested from mature plants.
4. Diet modification: Walker recommends eliminating red meat, margarine and white processed sugar and flour.
5. Detoxification: Many methods are available for removing toxins from the body.
6. Inholtra: This over-the-counter pain remedy is recommended to eliminate the need for codeine or morphine.
7. Bio-resonance therapy: You'll recall that free-radical damage drops the cell?s charge to 15 millivolts and leads to mutated cells dividing and multiplying. Several machines have been developed that bring that charge back up to a healthy range through resonance. These multi-wave oscillators put out a full-spectrum field of energy. Each cell and system of the body picks out its optimal frequency and begins oscillating at that rate. It's similar to plucking a string of a violin and thereby producing the same note in a nearby violin.
SUED FOR HELPING OTHERS HEAL
A few people heard about Walker's success eliminating his terminal cancer and called asking about his protocol. He gave them the names of companies that sell the products he used. If they couldn't afford the products, Walker paid for them. He had survived a cancer death sentence, and he wanted to help others do the same.
Word of mouth spread, and soon he had hundreds of people calling for advice. He put up a Web site and began keeping records of the people who came to him for help.
The success stories began accumulating, and he decided it was time to set up clinical trials. He inquired whether the National Institutes of Health would be interested in setting up a study and also approached several clinics.
"I got laughed at, kicked out of clinics, and most medical doctors refused to listen," Walker recalled.
Then a patient with breast cancer told her physician she had used Walker's regimen to eliminate her cancer.
"The doctor claimed to have lost $350,000, because the breast cancer went away," said Walker, who believes the doctor called the Federal Trade Commission, which, under pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sued him.
Then the FTC, which regulates e-commerce, decided that Walker, through his Web site, was practicing medicine without a license. The Washington State Attorney General's Office filed 240 counts against him. The state's health department filed an Investigation for Unlicensed Practice of Medicine, and the FDA accused Walker of selling illegal, over-the-counter drugs. By then, he had helped hundreds of people, had records on about 500 on them, and had gathered about 2,500 testimonials about the products he recommended.
Most of the people he helped — 86 percent — had survived their cancers, according to the government's investigation of his case.
The FTC decided it was Walker's constitutional right to review cancer patients' medical records and offer treatment advice, as long as he didn't sell anything. But the attorney general's office pressed on with support from the FDA, prevailing on two counts. Even though Walker won the other 238 counts, the judgment against him for the two counts was $860,000. He lost his house and everything he owned.
In spite of the loss, it was worth it, Walker said. "Material things are nothing anymore — that's one lesson you learn when facing the end. To me, they are just a convenience now. What it was worth is I got to see all three of my kids graduate — something my oncologist said could not happen."
After the court case ended, Walker was offered several jobs with titles such as head of product development, director of complementary and alternative medicine and university professor. But he had to consider continuing his work helping people with cancer. During the previous 10 years, he had survived advanced cancer, helped hundreds of other people do the same, and experienced government suppression of alternative treatments. And, while visiting hospitals, he had seen the devastation that allopathic cancer treatments cause.
"I visited the cancer wards or just sat in the waiting room, watching people waiting their turn for poison injections, irradiation and most of all, hope. Many times, I left or had to leave because of the emotional impact, memories, and knowing each person I saw was putting their trust in the slaughtering process," Walker said. He concluded that oncologists — through no fault of their own — "are nothing more than legally licensed executioners."
So he made a list of all the pros and cons of continuing his work with cancer patients. One side of the list had two entries: "government antagonist" and "self-destruction." If he continued, he would be antagonizing the government that wanted to stop him, and it could destroy him. The other side of the list had 500,002 entries, including the 500,000 new cancer patients every year. The other two entries were "my contributions to mankind" and "family — the future of my children and grandchildren."
"Needless to say, it was not a difficult decision," Walker said.
So he left Washington State and moved to Mexico, where he's again helping people who want an alternative treatment for cancer.
People can either visit him in Mexico, or simply send their medical records to him. Walker will evaluate the records and design a treatment protocol. Walker's consulting fee is $4,480, which is waived if the person decides not to use the program outlined.
Walker provides a list of products and where they can be purchased and leaves it up to the client to buy them. He said a five-month supply for an average program could cost from $2,500 to $4,000. That's about one-thirtieth of what Walker spent for his chemotherapy and the pills to counter the side effects.
Walker may be reached at 011-52-622-227-0291.
"My work will go on." Walker said. "Too many people have been helped, and I'm not done."
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|Source: by Teresa Tsalaky|
|MICROWAVING IRAQ. Pentagon deploys array of non-lethal weapons|
|USA||Created: 6 Jan 2006|
Pentagon deploys array of non-lethal weapons
“ Pacifying” Rays Pose New Hazards To Iraqis
By William Thomas 01/24/05 ( World Exclusive )
Desperate to improve images of civilian carnage, US commanders are using portable electromagnetic-frequency weapons in Fallujah and other “hot spots” in the Sunni Triangle to pacify restive neighborhoods with invisible EM radiation. “Active Denial” antenna arrays mounted on Humvees are also being deployed to panic and disperse hostile crowds by flash-burning exposed flesh with microwaves. But unintended side effects from the hidden rooftop transmitters are reportedly triggering violent attacks by exposed insurgents—while leading to AWOL rates of up to 15% among US forces disoriented by these same weapons, as well as the electromagnetic emanations from high-power radars, radios and “jammers”.
On the rooftop of a shrapnel-pocked building in the ruins of Fallujah, a team of GI’s stealthily sets up a gray plastic dome about two-feet in diameter. Keeping well back from the sight lines of the street and nearby buildings, they plug the cable connectors on the side of the “popper” into a power unit. The grunts have no clue what the device does. They are just following orders.
“Most of the worker-bees that are placing these do not even know what is inside the ‘domes’, just that they were told where to place them by Intel weenies with usually no nametag,” reports my source, a very well informed combat veteran I will call “Hank”.
The grunts call the plastic devices “poppers” or “domes”. Once activated, each hidden transmitter emits a widening circle of invisible energy capable of passing through metal, concrete and human skulls up to half a mile away. “They are saturating the area with ULF, VLF and UHF freqs,” Hanks says, with equipment derived from US Navy undersea sonar and communications.
But its not being used to locate and talk to submarines under Baghdad.
After powering up the unit, the grunts quickly exit the area. It is their commanders’ fervent hope that any male survivors enraged by brutal American bombardments that damaged virtually every building in this once thriving “City of Mosques”, displacing a quarter-million residents while murdering thousands of children, women and elders in their homes—will lose all incentive for further resistance and revenge.
A dedicated former soldier, whose experiences during and after Desert Storm are chronicled in my book, Bringing The War Home, Hank stays in close touch with his unit serving “in theater” in Iraq. When I asked how many “poppers” are being used to irradiate Iraqi neighborhoods, he checked and got back to me. There are “at least 25 of these that have been deployed to theater, and used. Some have conked out and been removed, so I do not know how many are currently active and broadcasting.”
Hank is still losing friends in Iraq, where front-line soldiers put their current casualty figures from all causes—combat, accidents, psychological crackups and suicides—at 5,000 dead and 22,000 to 30,000 injured.
Hank blames those at the top for hospital counts of upwards of 65,000 children killed since the 2003 invasion. He is concerned that innocent Iraqi families and unsuspecting GIs alike are being used as test subjects for a new generation of “psychotronic” weapons using invisible beams across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to selectively alter moods, behavior and bodily processes.
“The ‘poppers’ are capable of using a combo of ULF, VLF, UHF and EHF wavelengths in any combination at the same time, sometimes using one as a carrier wave for the others,” Hank explains, in a process called superheterodyning. The silent frequencies daily sweeping Fallujah and other trouble spots are the same Navy “freqs that drove whales nuts and made them go astray onto beaches.”
The Gulf War veteran observes that occupied Iraq has become a “saturation environment” of electromagnetic radiation. Potentially lethal electromagnetic smog from high-power US military electronics and experimental beam weapons is placing already hard-hit local populations–-particularly children—at even higher risk of experiencing serious illness, suicidal depression, impaired cognitive ability, even death.
American troops constantly exposed “up close” to their own microwave transmitters, battlefield radars and RF weapons are also seeing their health eroded by electromagnetic sickness. It’s common, Hank recalls, for GIs to warm themselves on cold desert nights by basking in the microwaves radiating from their QUEEMS communications and RATT radar rigs.
Constant microwave emissions from ground-sweeping RATT rigs and SINGARS mobile microwave networks are much more powerful than civilian microwave cell phone nets linked in many clinical studies to maladies ranging from asthma, cataracts, headaches, memory loss, early Alzheimer’s, bad dreams and cancer.
Even more powerful US military radars, radios and “jammers” blasting from ground bases and overflying aircraft add to this electromagnetic din.
This is bad enough. But this is also Iraq, Hank says, where ever-present sand acts as miniature quartz reflectors, unpredictably amplifying the ricocheting electronic smog so thick that if it were visible, every vehicle in Baghdad and the surrounding Sunni Triangle would be driving blind with their headlights on.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
This is grim news to friend and foe alike—already overloaded by constant adrenal stress, waterborne pollutants, infectious sand fleas, dehydration, pharmaceutical drugs and exposure to radioactive Uranium-238 fired in “hose ‘em down” exuberance by US ground and air cannons and cruise missiles.
As Hank puts it, DU is “the gift that keeps on giving.” For the next four billion years, medical investigators say, large populated expanses of Kosovo, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico and Iraq will remain lethally radioactive from Made In America depleted uranium dust.
What kind of people would do this?
Clinical tests have repeatedly shown how microwaves “rev up” incipient cancer cells several hundred times. Triggered by nuclear radiation, and turned rogue by electromagnetic warfare unleashed by US forces, human cancer cells have been found to continue proliferating wildly—even after the power source is turned off
MICROWAVING WOMBS AT GREENHAM COMMON
While the mobile microwave weapons currently deployed in Iraq may or may not lead to lasting harm, rooftop “poppers” and “domes” left to radiate for days at a time are irradiating unsuspecting families already coping with illness, wounds, hunger and the stress of losing homes and loved ones, whose rotting corpses cannot be buried under the sights of marine snipers.
A preview of what lies in store for long-suffering families in Iraq can be gleaned from Greenham Common, where the British Army reportedly used an electromagnetic weapon against 30,000 women who had camped for nearly two decades around that UK military base to protest the deployment of nuclear-tipped US cruise missiles.
One day in the summer of 1984, more than 2,000 British troops suddenly pulled back, leaving the fence unguarded. Peace mom Kim Besley recalls that as curious women approached the gate, they “started experiencing odd health effects: swollen tongues, changed heartbeats, immobility, feelings of terror, pains in the upper body.”
Besley found her 30-year-old daughter too ill to stand. Other symptoms typical of electromagnetic exposure included skin burns, severe headaches, drowsiness, post-menopausal menstrual bleeding and menstruation at abnormal times. Besley’s daughter’s cycle changed to 14 days and took a year to return to normal.
Two late-term spontaneous miscarriages, impaired speech, and an apparent circulatory failure prompted the women to begin monitoring for a directed-energy beam, Using an EMR meter, they measured beams sweeping their camp at 100-times normal background levels.
Another harrowing example involves the sudden illness and cancer deaths of US embassy staff in Moscow after being deliberately targeted with very weak pulsed microwaves by Soviet experimenters and fascinated CIA onlookers running “Project Phoenix” in 1962.
Very Low Frequency (VLF) weapons include the dozens of “poppers” currently deployed in Iraq, which can be dialed to or “long wave” frequencies capable of traveling great distances through the ground or intervening structures. As air force Lt Col. Peter L. Hays, Director of the Institute for National Security Studies reveals, “Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur.”
Hays calls VLF weapons “superior” because their directed energy beams do not lose their hurtful properties when traveling through air to tissue. A French weapon radiating at 7 hertz “made the people in range sick for hours.”
“ DRIVEN NUTS” BY ELECTROMAGENTICS IN IRAQ
Like so many other American blunders among the ruins of Babylon, the intended microwave “pacification” of rebellious neighborhoods is having unintended effects. In actual “field-testing” in the Sunni Triangle, Hank has learned that the hidden, dome-shaped devices “are removing inhibitions”. Armed individuals, already highly motivated to kill American forces are reportedly “losing all restraint” when exposed to the electromagnetic beams.
According to Hank’s buddies in Baghdad, the frequency-shifting “poppers” “are having some remarkable effects on the locals as well as our own people.” But these effects differ. Possibly, Hank surmises, because Americans come from daily domestic and military environments saturated with electromagnetic frequencies, while many Iraqis still live without reliable electricity in places largely free from electromagnetics before the American invasion.
According to members of Hank’s former unit, constant exposure to invisible emissions from radar and radio rigs—as well as to their own microwave weapons—is backfiring. “Our people are driven nuts,” Hank says. “It makes them stupid for two or three days.”
The Desert Storm veteran compared the emotional effects of constant exposure to military microwaves to a lingering low-pressure weather system that never goes away. “You feel way down for days at a time,” he emphasizes
As a consequence, AWOL rates among “spaced out” US troops are as high as 15%, Hank reports. For many deserters, it is not cowardice or conscience that is causing them to absent themselves from duty. “They are feeling so depressed,” Hank explains. “They don’t feel good. So they leave.”
According to Hank’s front-line buddies, Iraqis exposed to secret beam weapons “get laid back, confused and mellow, and then blast out in a rage, as opposed to our folks going on what could only be called a ‘bender’, and turning into a mean drunk for a while.”
Once they wander away from direct electromagnetic-fire, startled GIs come to their senses. They return to their units, Hank explains, saying, “What was I thinking?”
The recovery rate among US troops “seems to be about a day or so, where the locals are not getting over it in less than a week or more on average,” Hank has learned.
It is Hank’s hope that his revelations will prompt public debate over the secret use of electromagnetic weapons in Iraq. But lost in the arguments over these supposedly “non-lethal” weapons is a much bigger question: What are Americans doing there?
Whether soldier or civilian at home, it is our imperative duty to stop supporting those responsible for ongoing “weapons tests” in Iraq. As electrochemical “beings of light,” the strongest electromagnetic force on Earth is human conscience, acted upon.
( Released only 6 months after willthomas.net World Exclusive )
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|Supreme Court Clears Cell Phone Cancer Suits for Trial|
|USA||Created: 4 Jan 2006|
Supreme Court Clears Cell Phone Cancer Suits for Trial
Manufacturers lose bid to block suits alleging harmful radiation.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to throw out a number of class-action lawsuits that challenge radiation emissions from cell phones.
With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, the court refused to consider an appeal from cell phone manufacturers, who wanted the high court to overturn
a decision by the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond.
Class-action lawsuits currently pending in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania allege that cell phone radiation can cause brain tumors.
The suits allege the manufacturers are aware of the danger and have deliberately kept consumers in the dark.
The suits seek to force phone manufacturers to reduce the amount of radiation produced by phones, and to advise users of the alleged health hazards.
In 2004, Judge Catherine Blake dismissed five of the lawsuits. But in March the appeals court ruled 2-1 that four of the five cases must be sent back to lower courts for trial.
Motorola, Nokia, Nextel Communications, Sprint and Cingular Wireless are among defendants named in the lawsuits.
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|Source: Robert Riedlinger. November 1, 2005|
|Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited|
|USA||Created: 4 Jan 2006|
Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited
Appeals Court Reinstates Suits Alleging Injury
An issue, with an apparently endless shelf life, concerning the health consequences of mobile phone usage has reawakened. A divided federal appeals court reinstated five lawsuits alleging that consumers have not been adequately shielded from unsafe levels of radiation. The suit, which plaintiffs have levied against the cell phone industry at large, is seeking monetary compensation claiming punitive damages.
The lawsuits were first filed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and Louisiana state courts. They were later consolidated and transferred to federal court in Baltimore and met with a dismissal by Judge Catherine Blake. Last March she ruled that federal standards regulating wireless phones pre-empt any state law claims. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Blake's ruling in a 2-1 decision.
The plaintiffs want to force cell phone manufacturers to provide headsets to mitigate any brain damage that, according to them, mobile phone use poses, giving rise to tumors and related conditions. The plaintiffs claim industry-wide violation of consumer protection, product liability, implied warranty, negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.
Judge Jackson L. Kiser, who dissented, said the claims require the courts to explore the adequacy of the FCC's radiation emission standards. "It is well-settled that a suit to invalidate a federal regulation arises under federal law," Kiser wrote. "... This thinly disguised attack on the validity of the FCC standards raises a substantial federal question."
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|Source: By: WBT News Desk|
|Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick|
|USA||Created: 30 Dec 2005|
Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick
You might be interested in posting this in your newsletter:
This is an email that I wrote and sent to everyone I know. If you believe that EMFs might possibly have something to do with your illness or that of a
loved one, then I encourage you to pass on this email to everyone you know. The only way we can stop this is by not giving "them" money to hurt us.
Your cell phone (if you own one) is very likely making a lot of people sick - including yourself.
If you care about your friends, your family, yourself, and the world in which we live, please read the following and pass it on to your friends -
and hopefully to everyone you know.
Since the advent of the cell phone, I have noticed a number of people around me becoming sick. Just when cell phones were starting to be sold on
the market, I remember a student of mine's daughter dying of influenza. This was the first time I had ever heard of anyone dying of influenza.
Since that time, a friend of mine's wife committed suicide, another friend's son developed leukemia, the grandson of a colleague was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a former teacher of mine developed breast cancer, a friend of a friend developed a brain tumor, another friend and her daughter developed lymphoma and I have known a number of women having miscarriages - and in the latest case the fetus was deformed.
In April of this year, I started to exhibit the symptoms of what is called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" and which was originally called "Yuppie Flu,"
because it seemed to originally affect "Yuppies" working in Silicon Valley.
The symptoms included (1) excessive thirst,
(2) night sweats,
(3) brain fog,
(4) swollen lymph glands,
(7) a weakened immune system,
(9) heart pain,
(10) back pain,
(11) unexplained anxiety,
(12) neurological symptoms,
(13) vision problems
(14) testicular pain, and so on.
At any rate, I later learned that many of these symptoms are identical to what the Russians coined "Radio Wave Illness" years ago
after experiments with electromagnetic radiation.
It took me about four months of being very sick - and trying all kinds of treatments - to finally figure out that it was probably the four cell phone
base stations within a quarter mile radius of my apartment that had something to do with making me sick.
I finally rented a small cabin up in the mountains and after two months most of my symptoms have "miraculously" disappeared.
Unfortunately, when I get into cell phone range, these symptoms start to come back.
( I have though been chelating metals out of my body and this has helped me "tolerate" the EMFs a little better now.)
From the research I have read on the subject, I believe
that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and cell phone towers (or masts or base stations) is the main cause of all of the above
illnesses. I also believe that they are behind autism, ADD, and Alzheimer's disease - and in Japan, responsible for lower scholastic standards,
school refusal, increases in leukemia, an inability to conceive and bear children, increased violence, and increases in suicides.
We are now all being exposed to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation mainly from the cell phone base stations which are popping up
like mushrooms all over the world. According to the former Dr. Cherry of Lincoln University in New Zealand, these are about 10,000 times what
we would experience in nature.
These devices are dangerous and should not be on the market.
The cell phone industry - in order to make hundreds of billion dollars in profits - has ignored the research showing clearly that these devices are extremely dangerous. They are trying to spin the science.
It is difficult to fight an industry that is making 100s of billions of dollars in profits and has control of the governments and media and can spew out
its commercial propaganda. But I can do my part by sending you this grass-roots email and ask you to take action and spread the word.
The Internet is a powerful tool for freedom, democracy, and human rights and a powerful tool against commercial interests which threaten these.
We have a right to not be exposed to this microwave radiation. We have a right to be told the truth about the dangers of cell phones, their towers,
and the radiation they emit. We have a right to not be sold things that are harming our health.
IT'S UP TO YOU! You can choose to be part of the solution
(by canceling your contract - at least until you are sure that they are safe) or you can be part of the problem (by continuing to use your cell phone
and pretending that there is nothing wrong). But I can assure you that if you do the research - and you can see through the spin - you will find that
the evidence points to these being very dangerous devices and that they are making a lot of people sick and that they should never be sold on the
market. Believe me, no one more than I and people in my predicament wishes that they were not.
One is reminded of Martin Nemoller's warning with regards to Nazi Germany:
"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing.
Then came the Trade Unionists, but I was not a Trade Unionist.
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me."
Don't wait until you are SICK to take action! THE CELL PHONE COMPANIES WILL NOT PAY YOUR MEDICAL BILLS.
DON'T PAY THEM TO PUT UP MORE TOWERS AND MAKE MORE PEOPLE SICK - including you and your family.
If you really do care about your friends, your family, yourself and the world you live in, please do the following:
(1) CANCEL YOUR CELL PHONE CONTRACT ASAP if you have one
(2) forward this email to everyone you know
(3) become informed and inform others
(4) contact your politicians and tell them what you think
(5) take action by joining support groups
Check out the video "Public Exposure: Democracy, DNA, and the "Wireless Revolution."
Read "Electromagnetic Fields"
Read "Cell Towers"
Read "Cell Phones"
If you are Japanese (or can read Japanese), read Abunai Keitai Denwa
If you are a teacher, inform your students. If you are a doctor, inform your patients. We are all being negatively affected by this - while a few are
making tremendous profits.
Please do not be indifferent!
Thank you for your cooperation.
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|Source: Omega today|
Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market, who to control? Terrorists or citizens?
|USA||Created: 2 Dec 2005|
Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market
The use of amplifiers in homeland defense is going far beyond the simple bullhorns and bugle-shaped speakers mounted on towers.
From public address systems to directed warnings to trespassers, the science of sound is being developed and marketed for homeland security applications.
American Technology Corp., of Topsham, Md., makes systems that can direct tightly focused acoustic beams at specific targets.
Its Long Range Acoustic Device can project intelligible voice communication as far away as 500 meters.
The unit uses the same concept as other phased array systems, aiming many small sound waves to converge into a single beam.
The beam neatly projects away from the flat, 33-inch diameter speaker, with few or none of the wavelets audible to the users.
LRAD is currently used on Navy ships, an application developed in response to the small boat terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
“If you can’t talk to them, you can’t determine intent, and you have to put a boat in the water,” said A.J. Ballard, director of force protection systems at ATC.
LRAD is also used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing a communication system for vehicles approaching checkpoints.
Ballard noted that his system was being shipped to the Army 3rd Infantry Division to be used at checkpoints when soldiers accidentally shot and killed an
Italian intelligence agent escorting an alleged hostage from Iraq. “LRAD was still on its way over,” he said.
“If you read the reports, they say those soldiers were screaming at the car, trying to be heard.” The 3rd ID now has 150 LRADs deployed.
In late April, ATC reported a $690,000 order from the Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The system has attracted customers beyond the military. LRAD is employed by large cruise ships, including the Queen Mary and all Princess cruise liners,
to chase off harmless boaters and determine the intent of others breaching minimum standoff distances, Ballard said.
Border control officers also field speakers, as did the New York Police Department during the Republican National Convention.
ATC personnel are quick to point out that their systems have been designed beneath pain thresholds, and are not non-lethal weapons.
Domestic use is the next hot market, officials said. In June, ATC unveiled a system optimized for homeland security operations, roughly half the size and
weight of LRAD.
The Medium Range Acoustic Detector has less range, but its portability and ability to be mounted on various platforms opens the system to police boats, helicopters, border patrol vehicles and infrastructure security perimeters. “We’re just now getting into municipalities,” said Kenneth Winter, ATC’s director of systems engineering.
By incorporating a video camera in a remotely controlled, pan-tilt speaker, harmless intruders can be chased off without resorting to deploying a security guard. Flashlights and laser “dazzlers” can also be mounted.
Public address systems are moving beyond whooping tornado alarms. Acoustic Technology Inc., of Boston, is developing wireless emergency warning systems that can be controlled by mouse click at either central or mobile control stations. ATI has configured public address systems for the naval base at Groton, Conn., and McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
The move to wireless is critical, as warning systems must work independent of cables or monitoring facilities that could be destroyed in a fire or explosion.
ATI also makes solar-powered systems.
With the correct software, automated announcements can be integrated. Rather than simple tones, recorded instructions can be given.
When a public address alert is triggered, a host of automatic contact mobile phone and pager numbers can be dialed.
The company also offers modeling programs to help customers configure tower arrays to reach the entire area in need of coverage.
This is vital for complying with government safety regulations at places with sensitive infrastructure, as well as for communities with homeland security or
natural disaster concerns.
National Guard Tries to Rehab its Drug War Mission
National Guard officials said they are willing to step up efforts on the U.S. government’s “war on drugs,” even though the effort has faded from many radar screens during the chaos and fury of the “global war on terror.”
“The Department of Defense’s number-one priority is terrorism, so we have to adjust and gear counter-drug operations toward that priority,” said Air Force Col. Earl Bell, chief of the Guard’s counter-drug programs.
Bell’s division plans to become more involved in anti-narcotics missions and coordinate federal and local law enforcement efforts.
Among the priorities is to fuse intelligence between the military and other agencies, and launch pilot projects at federally designated “high intensity drug
trafficking areas,” including the southwest U.S. border.
“The Guard has to become a catalyst for synchronized operations and cooperation,” said Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau.
“An unprecedented collaboration between agencies at the local, state and federal level will build a support authority capable of being proactive, not reactive,
to the war on drugs.”
About 2,500 soldiers and airmen are now involved in the Guard’s counter-drug program, which was formed in 1990. Operations range from providing air support for police raids to visiting elementary schools.
Military efforts overseas have overshadowed these operations, officials said. Funding has been on a steep decline in recent years and more than 1,300
positions have been cut since 1999. “Previously, the Guard has waited for a call to action and dutifully fulfilled those requests,” said Bell. “Now we may need
to emphasize exactly what we can offer other agencies and work together more.”
Department of Defense officials have repeatedly defended the military’s role in counter-narcotics missions by linking drug money with international terrorist networks.
“Narco-terrorism is truly a threat to our security at home,” said Blum. “The National Guard will be an important player in this fight against it.”
Radiation Detectors Fall Short of Standards
Most portable radiation detectors perform well enough to meet new federal standards, but others provide inaccurate readings for some types of radiation, according to recent government tests.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology evaluated 31 commercially available detectors used by first responders and security personnel to test for radioactivity. Those threats have different signatures, and therefore require detectors that are flexible.
“If you have a wide energy range, you are able to determine exposure more accurately for a wide range of radioactive materials,” Leticia Pibida, a physicist at NIST who authored the report, told National Defense.
The experiment used carefully calibrated NIST machines to calculate the value of radioactive material, and then compared results from the commercial machines
to see how closely the data meshed.
Researchers compared the devices’ exposure rate readings to NIST measurements for different energy and intensity levels.
The responses of the majority of the detectors agreed with NIST-measured values, within acceptable uncertainties, during tests with gamma rays, the report found.
However, low energy X-rays measurements were not up to par. Readings by 14 detectors were 40 to 100 percent below the value of NIST testing equipment. “The deviations were much larger than those stated in manufacturers’ specifications,” Pibida noted in her report.
The equipment was being tested to see if it met requirements established by the American National Standards Institute, adopted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.
“Most of the instrumentation that exists in the market today has been designed for … occupational monitoring and laboratory use where, generally, the radionucleotide to be detected or measured is known,” she wrote. “[In a lab,] corrections to the instrument’s reading could be made, if necessary.”
But the first responders who use portable units cannot be bothered with delicate calibrations even if they were trained to do so, Pibida said, since the type of radiation they are looking for is unknown.
The radiation detectors of the future will have to be able to operate under a wide range of environments and energies. For now, Pibida suggests greater transparency from suppliers.
“Manufacturers need to do a better job of characterizing their instruments and providing users with better information about their detector’s response and performance,” read Pibida’s paper, contained the May issue of the journal Health Physics.
Results and recommendations will be furnished to the Department of Homeland Security for its use in setting up a program for certifying detectors.
Response Units Get Command Vehicles, With a Catch
National Guard will receive adequate funds in the short term to respond to domestic weapons of mass destruction attacks, but some long-term resources
appear to be lacking, said Col. Camille Nichols, project manager responsible for buying gear for the Guard’s Civil Support Teams.
The teams were formed by the Guard to provide a quick reaction force to respond to domestic attacks with biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons. When certification is complete, every state, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, will have a civil support
team. California, as directed by Congress, will have two.
Among the teams’ pressing needs are command-and-control vehicles that can establish field communications with local and federal responders while in a hazardous environment. A network of satellite communications, encrypted phones and handheld radiofrequency gear will link the vehicle to the outside world.
Nichols warned that research, development and testing funds for these mobile command centers will drop to zero after 2006. She also cited figures showing
that the $54 million allocated in 2006 for the vehicles is eliminated by 2008.
“It scares people,” she told the audience of a recent defense industry conference. “There’s a lot of zeros.”
Aside from the long-term support of the command vehicles, the Civil Support teams are getting adequate support, Nichols said.
The office will be spending $4 million to $5 million a year to upgrade the equipment, she said. Priority items include individual protection gear that can filter out
all agents, mobile analysis tools and new gear that would allow suited teams to work in “hot zones” for long periods.
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|Source: Security Beat. By Joe Pappalardo|
|Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control|
|USA||Created: 2 Dec 2005|
Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control
Crowd control is a constant challenge to law enforcement -- how to stop potential troublemakers without endangering those who are simply in the wrong
place at the wrong time. Rubber bullets can kill, tear gas drifts with the wind.
Several police departments across America are planning to try a new device that uses focused sound, turned way up.
These so-called non-lethal acoustic devices are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq -- and some are already in place in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
These devices are more than just fancy speakers. California-based HPV Technologies recently demonstrated a "magnetic acoustic device" or MAD that can broadcast a targeted beam of sound for a more than mile. At close range, the sound from these devices can be terrifying and painful.
The same devices can also be used as public address systems, projecting instructions or warnings at lower settings -- and at higher settings, forcing crowds
to disperse. The sonic devices could prove less deadly than so-called "non-lethal" weapons such as Tazers and pepper spray guns that have actually caused some fatalities.
That's not to say that sonic weapons can't do harm.
Earlier this year in Jerusalem, the Israeli Army used a device nicknamed "The Scream" to scatter protest groups.
The Scream sends out noise at frequencies that affect the inner ear, creating dizziness and nausea.
The device can also cause hearing damage.
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