7
Jan
2011

Camouflaging human folly

Camouflaging Human Folly

BBC should apologise to MPs and to Parliament

We claim that the BBC acted in a most inappropriate and rude manner by posting on-screen comments during Mr Tom Watson's Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on 20th December 2010. These comments, some of which were factually incorrect, contradicted the valid concerns being expressed on behalf of the public by the two MPs. The adversarial comments were displayed to the nation while the MPs were actually speaking. We see this as blatant lobbying by a news organisation. The MPs would not have been aware of the comments.

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Complaint sent to BBC misguided reporting on Tom Watson's Adjournment Debate

I?ve successfully posted a complaint to the BBC.

Copy of my complaint below.


Eileen O?Connor


I am lost for words after viewing evidence provided by Powerwatch UK demonstrating the BBC?s bias reporting and blatant disregard for Tom Watson?s Adjournment Debate on mobile phones and health in the House of Commons on 20th December, 2010. I am calling for the BBC to apologise to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Anne Milton, MPs Tom Watson, Bill Esterson and the public they represent. Download full report here: http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20110107-bbc-complaint-parliament-live.asp

MPs Tom Watson, Bill Esterson and The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anne Milton) would not have been aware of the misguided comments displayed on the monitor which did not reflect the debate.

I am a member of Labour MP Bill Esterson?s constituency. He kindly represented serious concerns with regards to compelling evidence in connection to the dangers of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone handsets and phone masts. He also raised valid and serious concerns about children after reviewing evidence provided by the EM Radiation Research Trust.

I question the BBC?s vested interests and misuse of licence/tax payer?s money to lobby Government while using underhanded reporting to undermine a very serious health debate on mobile phones and phone masts.

The BBC did not reflect on the debate or promote official advice from the Department of Health leaflet which clearly states that children and young people under 16 should be discouraged for non-essential calls. In the light of this recommendation the UK Chief Medical Officers strongly advise that where children and young people do use mobile phones, they should be encouraged to use mobile phones for essential purposes only keep all calls short - talking for long periods prolongs exposure and should be discouraged. The UK CMOs recommend that if parents want to avoid their children being subject to any possible risk that might be identified in the future, the way to do so is to exercise their choice not to let their children use mobile phones.

http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_4123981.pdf

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Anne Milton responded to concerns raised by Tom Watson and Bill Esterson , she said ?I am aware of the ability of large and powerful vested interests to lobby, often very successfully. There are, without doubt, eye-wateringly large amounts of money at stake in the mobile communications industry. I assure the hon. Gentleman that I am old enough and cynical enough to apply at all times an appropriate level of scrutiny and cynicism to all information that comes my way-always seeking to find out whence it came and who paid for it?. I will be drawing the BBC?s reporting of this debate to Ann Minton?s attention and encourage her to review the BBC?s privileged position with regards to reporting on Parliamentary proceedings while trying to influence the democratic process with misguided information.

I call on the BBC to alert MPs and the general public and especially our children to the precautionary advice from the Department of Health in order to help protect future generations from what could turn out to be another public health disaster. I highly recommend the BBC review the evidence from independent scientists and public health officials/advocates. Please read the report ?Cell phones and Brain Tumours: 15 Reasons for Concern?.

http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/15reasons.asp

I am the Director for the UK EM Radiation Research Trust charity. I will be drawing this serious disregard and misuse of broadcasting to the attention of fellow Radiation Research Trust trustees Joe Benton, Labour MP and Dr Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP. Trustee members of the European Parliament are Liz Lynne, Lib Democrat MEP, and Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru Member for the European Parliament for Wales. Other members are Devon based Scots Lawyer and environmentalist, Michael Bell, Graham Philips, Powerwatch UK, Dr Ian Gibson, doctorate in biochemistry and previous member of Parliament and Chairman Brian Stein, Chief Executive Samworth Brothers Ltd.


Yours faithfully,

Eileen O?Connor
Director
EM Radiation Research Trust
http://www.radiationresearch.org



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A fourth of telecom towers non-compliant on emission norms: Minister

Sify

... effects of electromagnetic emissions even after six-month extension of deadline, Minister of State for Communications Sachin Pilot said Friday. ...

http://www.sify.com/finance/a-fourth-of-telecom-towers-non-compliant-on-emission-norms-minister-news-default-lbhpEodgade.html

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Quarter of cell towers still not certified safe

Times of India

To ensure that electromagnetic emissions from these BTSs adhere to the global standards, the licence norms were amended in November 2008 and the industry ...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Quarter-of-cell-towers-still-not-certified-safe/articleshow/7239409.cms



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Families furious over mast plan

The Star

RESIDENTS in a Sheffield Conservation Area are battling plans for a mobile phone mast which would tower metres above their homes. ...

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/Families-furious-over-mast-plan.6682163.jp



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Umweltgifte: Neue Gefahr für die Gesundheit des Menschen?

scinexx | Das Wissensmagazin

Abgase in der Luft, Schadstoffe in Nahrung und Trinkwasser, Amalgam im Mund, Elektrosmog am Ohr - Experten machen Umweltgifte für den rasanten Anstieg ...

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Telford mobile phone mast plan is rejected

shropshirestar.com

Controversial plans to put up a 48ft high mobile phone mast in Telford have been turned down by councillors after more than 170 residents objected. ...

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Phone firms to appeal over Telford masts refusal

shropshirestar.com

Mobile phone giants Vodafone and O2 will appeal to government inspectors in a bid to build two controversial 48ft masts in Telford...

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The risks to childrens health from Wi-Fi and mobile phones

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Are Wireless Schools Safe?

To hear interview: go to http://www.greenstreetradio.com/thisweek.html and "click here to listen to the show."

Green

This Week's Show

January 4, 2011

"Are Wireless Schools Safe for Kids?"

As school systems across the country rush to install wireless transmitters, some environmental health experts are warning that constant low-level radiation from these devices can interfere with normal physiological development and may lead to health problems later in life.

On tonight's program, hosts Patti and Doug Wood speak with internationally renowned expert Dr. Magda Havas, of Trent University in Canada, about wireless radiation and its effects on children.


First A&T cell tower: approved

Rappahannock News

... Maxwell stressed the safety risks associated with cell phone usage Rappahannock is the one safe place we can come home to. I don?t think the board would vote to increase drunk driving deaths by 20 to 30 percent.?

http://www.rappnews.com/2011/01/06/first-at-cell-tower-approved/11146/


Sequencing Study Suggests Single Large Rearrangement Events Underlie Some Cancers

January 06, 2011

By Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) ? Cancer causing chromosomal rearrangements don't always build up over time, but can sometimes occur in one fell swoop, according to a paper appearing online today in Cell.

(Although they emphasized that more research is needed to figure the cause of chromothripsis, the researchers speculated that it might be a consequence of exposure to ionizing radiation and/or other environmental exposures).

http://www.genomeweb.com//node/959064?hq_e=el&hq_m=903944&hq_l=2&hq_v=dfe7ca028f

David


SmartMeter Thought For Today

There is another dimension to the SmartMeter war that needs to be discussed, and acted upon: It is called "psychological warfare." The folks at PG&E have decided they can break the will of those people that do not want a SmartMeter by convincing them they are on the losing end of the controversy, and will end up with a SmartMeter whether they want one or not. When the County of Marin declared a moratorium on SmartMeter installations in the unincorporated areas of the County, PG&E responded by stating "we will install them anyway." This is a form of mind control by those folks that keep reminding us they will listen to our concerns because they care. That is nonsense.

I am hearing from many people from all walks of life telling me that they are really frightened by this whole thing, and feel helpless. The most frequently asked question is: "what can we do to protect ourselves?" Do not lose hope. There are a growing number of people like me that are willing to stand up to the folks at PG&E, and fight for what we feel has turned into a matter of conscience and freedom.

Here is something else to think about: Under California law, the folks at PG&E can shut off your power if you put any pollution on their grid. This could be from almost anything: a computer, router, Wi-Fi, battery charger, and a long list of offending devices PG&E has identified as polluters. I find this very interesting, almost funny if it was not so sad, because PG&E can put pollution on the electrical wiring in your house, and you cannot do anything about it. Well, that appears to be the case, but maybe not.

This problem is not confined to California. We are hearing from people in different states that are also looking for options.

As you might expect, it is expensive to fight these issues both on the state and federal level. PG&E has deep pockets, but we do not. Please consider sending us a contribution so that we can continue to pursue this important public interest issue: www.PayPal.com (User ID DavidLWilner(at)aol.com) or send a check to:

Wilner & Associates
P.O. Box 2340
Novato, CA 94948-2340

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

David L. Wilner
Wilner & Associates
415-898-1200
866-833-3200 (toll-free)
http://www.WilnerandAssociates.com

P. S. Our application for modification of the SmartMeter decisions was officially accepted by the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday. Application No. 11-01-002.



Informant: Martin Weatherall



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