* 165 deaths of cancer - The Cellular Antennas are Killing Us - 165 cancer cases were found in one neighbourhood in Osafia - Zoran and Porat became famous for their cancer cases multitude that were linked to the radiation from radio antennas - It's time to fight the cellular companies - In the last 4 years 165 people died of cancer - All of them lived in neighbourhood where there are cellular antennas - We decided to unite and stop the monster - The cellular companies representatives come as thieves in the night to erect the antennas - Mother of three children who had a brain damage - I don't want others to go through what I went through - Every day a new cancer case if found - The Nature and Gardens Authority forbade erecting antennas in the National Park because of concerns for the animals' lives - And what about us? There is no concern about our lives? - Parliament member informed he would initiate a law of 3 years in prison for manager of any cellular company that will erect antennas in a pirate way - Foregone conclusions - Public is being regularly deceived by drug trials funded by pharmaceutical companies, loaded to generate the results they need - Application to other contentious issues, such as cellphone research is tempting - They prefer not to get results from trials that are unfavourable to their drug - Not once did a company fund a trial that proved unfavourable to it - Trials funded by companies were four times more likely to have results favourable to them than those funded by others - Drug company trials are tightly regulated - Being good and being poor are causally related: being good doesn't pay - Harlot plc promises to give drug companies and others the results they want - Harlot can produce positive results from a trial - Sackett and Oxman describe 13 methods for getting the results you want - A company gets huge benefit from showing that its drug is better than a competitor's - The most common method to avoid unfavourable results is to make sure that a trial is not big enough to show that a competitor product is either better or worse - 70% of trials in major medical journals are funded by the drug industry - Virtually all research on drugs is funded by the industry - Governments have taken the view that public money can be better spent elsewhere - Information on drugs is distorted - The public is being regularly deceived and exploited - Bushwhacking Mother Nature - US Environmental Destruction Abroad - US has consistently valued military power more than environment - There is no US military base in the world that doesn't have some soil or ground water contamination - Poisoned by insecticides, industrial waste and toxic metals - People living at or near the bases suffered from disproportionately high rates of illness - US claimed to be exempt from any clean-up liabilities - Toxic weaponry dumped on countries - Urine samples were found with abnormally high levels of non-depleted uranium - US-led forces helped irradiate the local environment, with unspeakable civilian health implications - DU-weaponry burns upon contact, emitting radioactive dust which can then spread across a large region - DU remains destructive for 4.5 billion years - War on Drugs has dealt Mother Nature a separate death blow - Domestic drug treatment programs are 20 times more effective than eradicating drug supply at the source - An herbicide commonly used in US-sponsored Colombian eradication programs is Roundup Ultra, a broad-spectrum Monsanto product which destroys food crops, water supplies and Amazonian bio-diversity - America's War = War on the environment : trumped up justification to rape and pillage Mother Nature in the name of increased personal security - This approach backfires into a spiral of destruction and resentment - The White House has to learn that it's impossible to secure a sustainably safe environment through the destruction of nature and endangerment of people abroad - Syngentaís Spanish GM Trojan Horse - Scientists Join Farmers to Call for Enquiry into (20/01/04)


165 deaths of cancer

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"The Cellular Antennas are Killing Us"

 165 cancer cases were found in one neighbourhood in Osafia.

The Health Ministry started researching the connection between the
cancer cases and the antennas that are erected in the area, and
considers extending the research to Yavne, Modeen, Reut and Tamra.

 
By Alex Doron

Maariv 20.1.2004

After the villages Zoran and Porat which became famous for their cancer
cases multitude that were linked to the radiation from radio antennas,
it's time for the Druze village Osafia to fight the cellular companies. 
To the meeting of the parliament committee came the representatives of
Osafia's "The Women Committee for Fighting the Antennas", who told that
in the last 4 years 165 people died of cancer, all of them lived in one
neighbourhood where there are cellular antennas. "We decided to unite
and stop the monster" said the committe member Mira Abu Zalef. "The
cellular companies representatives come as thieves in the night to erect
the antennas". Abu Zalef presented herself as a mother of three children
who had a brain damage, and added: "I don't want others to go through
what I went through. Every day a new cancer case if found". Another
committe member, Zahia Naser, was furious: "The Nature and Gardens
Authority forbade erecting  antennas in the National Park because of
concerns for the animals' lives. And what about us? There is no concern
about our lives?"

Dr. Micha Bar Hana,  manager of the national cancer registry of the
Health Ministry reported that he had started a research on Osafia in
order to find out the connection between the exposure to electromagnetic
radiation and the cancer rate in Osafia, "but we have difficulties in
gathering data". Parliament members suggested that the research will be
extended also to Yavne, Modeen, Reut and Tamra, which complained about
many cancer cases near antennas.

The cellular companies representative, Asaf Aisen, said that the
companies check the base stations and give all the data to the
Environment's Quality Ministry. He emphasized that the radiation levels
"are very low".

Parliament member Ofir Pines informed that he would initiate a law of 3
years in prison for manager of any cellular company that will erect
antennas in a pirate way.


Informant: Iris Atzmon

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Foregone conclusions

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To All

Here is a stunning comment made by Richard Smith, editor of the British
Medical Journal:

"The public is being regularly deceived by the drug trials funded by
pharmaceutical companies, loaded to generate the results they need."

Though  Richard Smith's below article is about scientific spin as
practiced by the drug companies, it's application to other contentious
issues, such as cellphone research is tempting.

 
Don Maisch

 
Foregone conclusions

http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,1122721,00.html

"The public is being regularly deceived by the drug trials funded by
pharmaceutical companies, loaded to generate the results they need."

Richard Smith

Wednesday January 14, 2004

The Guardian

Drug companies spend hundreds of millions of pounds to bring a new drug
to market, and tens of millions of pounds to do the clinical trials that
are necessary for both registration and marketing. Understandably, they
would prefer not to get results from these trials that are unfavourable
to their drug. And, despite the ubiquitous uncertainties of science and
medicine, they rarely do. How do they manage it?

In 1994, Canadian researchers looked at 69 trials of anti-arthritis
drugs funded by drug companies and published in prominent medical
journals. In every case the drug made by the company was as good as the
comparative treatment, and in a quarter of the trials it was better. Not
once did a company fund a trial that proved unfavourable to it.

Yet the whole scientific point of doing such trials is to answer so far
unanswered questions. Supposedly, researchers conduct trials when they
are in a charmed state called "equipoise", which means they are
genuinely uncertain which is the best treatment. If they think one
treatment is better than another, then they shouldn't be conducting the
trial.

A review published in 2003 found 30 studies that had compared the
results of trials funded by drug companies with those funded from other
sources. Trials funded by companies were four times more likely to have
results favourable to them than those funded by others.

Yet the technical quality of the trials funded by drug companies was
always as good and often better than the quality of those funded by
other sources. This is not surprising, as drug company trials are
tightly regulated. There are explicit high standards, and companies can
afford to hire the best to conduct the trials.

How then do companies usually manage to fund research that is favourable
to them? An answer is supplied in a recent issue of the BMJ by Dave
Sackett and Andy Oxman, two tireless campaigners for the better use of
scientific evidence in medicine. They have founded a spoof company
called Harlot - which stands for How to Achieve positive Results without
actually Lying to Overcome the Truth. They created the company after it
finally dawned on them that "being good and being poor are causally
related: being good doesn't pay".

Harlot plc promises to give drug companies and others the results they
want. Your drug may be wholly ineffective, Sackett and Oxman promise,
but as long as it isn't a lot worse than a sip of triple distilled
water, then Harlot can produce positive results from a trial.
Importantly, these results are not usually achieved by doing poor
quality trials. The trick is in the question asked and the design of the
trial. Sackett and Oxman, both experts on the design and analysis of
trials, describe 13 methods for getting the results you want.

One of the commonest methods is to test a new drug not against an
effective treatment but against a placebo. Ironically, regulators often
require companies to do this. But what matters to patients is not
whether a company's drug is better than nothing, but whether it is
better than established treatments. Companies are nervous about these
"head-to-head" trials, particularly if many drugs are being tested -
because there may be only one winner and many losers. A huge publicly
funded head-to-head trial of treatments for high blood pressure was
published recently and threw companies into a tizz because it showed
that long-established drugs that are off patent were better than newer,
much more expensive drugs.

A company gets huge benefit from showing that its drug is better than a
competitor's. But the company needs to control the trial, and Harlot
suggests that a company compares its product with an inadequate dose of
a competitor's product. This may have been the reason why previous
trials on drugs for high blood pressure suggested that newer drugs were
better.

A variant on this technique is to compare the drug with an excessive
dose of the competitor's product: it is then possible to show that the
company's drug has far fewer side-effects (because side-effects are more
common with higher doses of a drug). This may have been the method for
showing that new and expensive drugs for schizophrenia have fewer
side-effects than older drugs.

Perhaps the most common method to avoid unfavourable results is to make
sure that a trial is not big enough to show that a competitor product is
either better or worse. Such trials are very common, and Silvio
Garattini, a leading Italian researcher and critic of the drug industry,
has proposed a consent form for them: "I understand that this trial is
worthless for science and medicine, but will be of great use to the
marketing department of Shangri-la Pharmaceuticals."

All this matters greatly because 70% of trials in major medical journals
are funded by the drug industry. Often companies will buy reprints of
these articles to use in promoting their drug. Sometimes they may spend
up to £750,000.

Virtually all research on drugs is funded by the industry, because
governments have taken the view that public money can be better spent
elsewhere. The end result is that information on drugs (on which Britain
spends £7bn a year) is distorted.

The Harlot article was written to amuse, but is as deadly serious as
anything else published in the BMJ in the past 10 years. The public is
being regularly deceived and exploited.

∑ Richard Smith is the editor of the British Medical Journal

email: rsmith@bmj.com

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Bushwhacking Mother Nature: US Environmental Destruction Abroad
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COPYRIGHT Sueddeutsche Zeitung

While some German politicians are worried about the closing of US
military bases in their regions, others fear nasty surprises will
surface after the Americans depart. The United States has consistently
valued military power more than the environment  - but at what price?

Some in the White House argue that US national interests transcend
greenie niceties, and this certainly was the case with Bush's 3-day stay
at Buckingham Palace last year. US security forces trashed the Royal
Gardens, historic statues and even the palace itself in an effort to
provide the best environment for the president. The Queen's ensuing
outrage didn't seem to bother Washington: if US self-protection mandates
despoiling a patch of land far away, then so be it.

The issue of US military bases overseas arouses similar conflicts.
According to Gary Vest, an assistant deputy undersecretary of defense
for environmental security, "There is not a [US] military base in the
world that doesn't have some soil or ground water contamination. That is
just a given."

A classic case involves the Clark and Subic bases in the Philippines,
which after closing in 1992, were discovered to be veritable death
traps: wells had been poisoned by insecticides, industrial waste and
toxic metals had been buried in random landfills, and petroleum had
leaked from underground tanks. As a result, ground water and nearby
agricultural lands were contaminated, and Filipinos living at or near
the bases suffered from disproportionately high rates of illness.

It gets worse: while the cost of decontaminating Clark and Subic was
estimated to be $1 billion, the US claimed to be exempt from any
clean-up liabilities, and even refused to provide technical assistance
and pertinent documents.

Germany's tough environmental laws and strategic importance have ensured
more favorable treatment thus far, but significant problems remain. In
1999, a US Department of Defense inspector general said base cleanup
costs in Germany could total at least $1 billion.

Yet another black mark in the US environmental record abroad concerns
toxic weaponry dumped on countries such as Afghanistan. Via independent
monitoring of weapon types and delivery systems, the Uranium Medical
Research Center (UMRC) indicated that "radioactive, toxic uranium alloys
and hard-target uranium warheads were being used" by US-led coalition
forces during 2001's Operation Enduring Freedom. UMRC's follow-up
assessments of uranium contamination in Afghan civilians' urine samples
found "abnormally high levels of non-depleted uranium," 400% to 2000%
higher than normal population baselines.

Put bluntly, in addition to littering the Afghan countryside with
cluster bombs and a seismic shock warheads, it appears US-led forces
helped irradiate the local environment, with unspeakable civilian health
implications.

Same story in Iraq. In the 1991 Gulf War, depleted uranium (DU) bullets
and shells were widely used by US forces because of DU's ability to cut
through conventional armor plating on tanks. DU-weaponry burns upon
contact, emitting radioactive dust which can then spread across a large
region.

Experts at the Pentagon and the United Nations estimate that while 375
tons of DU were used in Iraq during the Gulf War, up to 2,200 tons of DU
were dumped on the country by US-led coalition forces during the 2003
invasion. DU remains destructive for 4.5 billion years.

But military bases and the War on Terror and aren't the only
justifications given by the US for its assault on the global
environment; its War on Drugs has dealt Mother Nature a separate death blow.

The White House has mandated a sharp increase in funding for aerial
spraying of coca and opium poppy crops abroad, despite evidence that
domestic drug treatment programs are 20 times more effective than
eradicating drug supply at the source.

Aerial eradication, a process by which toxic herbicides are
indiscriminately dumped from airplanes onto the land and water below,
flies in the face of logic. A United Nations' study, for example, found
that coca cultivation in Colombia tripled between 1996 and 2001, despite
nearly one million acres of Colombian land having been sprayed during
that time.

More alarmingly, an herbicide commonly used in US-sponsored Colombian
eradication programs is Roundup Ultra, a broad-spectrum Monsanto product
which destroys food crops, water supplies and Amazonian bio-diversity
along with the intended coca and poppy plants. According to its warning
label, Roundup Ultra should not directly come into contact with bodies
of water, people, grazing animals, and desired crops; regardless, the US
is funding Colombia to spray such herbicides over hundreds of thousands
of hectares each year.

The theme is clear: too often America's War on Fill-in-the-Blank becomes
a war on the environment, a trumped up justification to rape and pillage
Mother Nature in the name of increased personal security.

And too often this approach backfires into a spiral of destruction and
resentment.

It's safe to say George W. Bush will not be invited back to Buckingham
Palace anytime soon - consider that door slammed. Given the ongoing
attacks on American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, it would appear US
interests are not welcome there either. And it's doubtful that aerial
drug eradication in Latin America will lead to much else than hungry
locals enraged at Yankee destruction of their habitat.

The White House has to learn that it's impossible to secure a
sustainably safe environment through the destruction of nature and
endangerment of people abroad.

 
Informant: Heather Wokusch

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FW: Please see if you can help

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Hi Klaus:  This plea for help has come my way. Could you post it please?
Someone on the list might have just the right medical leads.  Best, 
Imelda,  Cork.

From: Meenu.Seth@Utibank.co.in <mailto:Meenu.Seth@Utibank.co.in ,To:
undisclosed-recipients: ; Subject: Please see, if you can help, Date:
Wed, 14 Jan 2004 13:59:21 +0530

 
Dear Sir,

I am attaching a message from a very distraught person, in case you
could help by providing any information, may be one life (family) would
be saved.

Thanks and regards,

Meenu Seth, NRI Services, UTI Bank Ltd., Barakhamba Road branch, New
Delhi - 110 001.

Tel : 011-23311 047 / 051 / 067, Fax : 011-23311 054

 

Help Needed.... Please Don't Delete.

 From Divya Singh(Siemens)

Dear Friends Please help, if possible. This is important to me....so I
am asking you to please forward it. Please send this to all your contacts.

If anyone you know who has survived NON SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER, please
inform me at the address given below. My husband has it and I would like
to know what treatment was used. Please forward this to everyone on your
contact list.

 From the bottom of my heart I thank you.

Thank you,

Divya Singh

Inform here: SIEMENS, Siemens Information System Limited, #84, Keonics
Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bangalore - 561 229. INDIA

Please keep forwarding this, even if you are unable to help. Somebody
else might be able to.... MAY GOD BE WITH U AND BLESS U ALWAYS

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Syngentaís Spanish GM Trojan Horse

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http://www.ogm-debats.com/presse/documents/communiques/doc_alcalde.pdf

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/

 

Scientists Join Farmers to Call for Enquiry into

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http://www.i-sis.org.uk/

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O.T. themes:

What now?

http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9764

The dry hole in the Oval Office

http://www.counterpunch.org/chuckman01152004.html

America's Empire of Bases

http://ganges.tides.org:8080/emailnow-en2004/go?j=29703&u=306

The case for impeachment

http://www.etherzone.com/2004/lang011904.shtml

 

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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OíNeillís Claims Against Bush Supported By 1998 "War" Letters to Clinton
Signed By Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Leopold0115.htm

A War in Search of a Reason

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Eland0115.htm

Watching the HORROR of the Patriot Act

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Sherry0115.htm

A False U.S. Recovery

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Sandronsky0117.htm

Damning Evidence

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Lobe0117.htm

Memo for the President:Your State-of-the-Union Address

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/VIPS0117.htm

MLK Day More Than A Dream

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan04/Ates0117.htm

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Blair Faces New "War Crimes" Accusation

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=482331

Is Bush Doomed by the Neocons?

http://newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/1/16/222106.shtml

The Neocon Case for Imprisoning and Executing Congressional War Opponents

http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo57.html


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