* Cross pollination of information very important - Prohibitions of cell sites for residential areas - GE Slow Down petition - Forbidden Zone - The end of independent science in Australia - Irish psychiatrists criticized in annual report - Environmental Terrorism - White House won't back down on Arctic oil drilling - U.N. GMO trade pact enters into force - Malaysia tests ID chips for embedding in bodies (12/9/03)

Cross pollination of information very important

A cross pollination of information is very important for we will succeed
en mass and while I loath duplication of effort when we are so thin on
the ground and of resources I relaise that one group might succeed where
another has failed through timing and other influences. I think we
should be focusing on targets and all those interested join with that

I also think we should be feeding information through our networks like
Don and Klaus, the old addage "Knowledge is Power" comes to mind. We
would be best to have one or two people going to each group to share
information and cross pollinate the information and efforts, regards


Prohibitions of cell sites for residential areas
The County of Santa Cruz (in California) is close to adopting a very
good telecom ordinance that has prohibitions of cell sites for
residential areas, and mandatory setbacks of 300' from residential
property boundaries where commercial and residential land use zoning is
adjacent (subject to the possibility of exception under stringent
findings that there are no other suitable places, and requiring
alternatives analysis).

What may be important there is their information on RF as a pollutant on
electrical lines, and the relationship to electrosensitivity. Dave
Stetzer, Marty Graham and Lloyd Morgan have been working on this aspect,
and are finding that blood sugar levels in diabetics are very dependent
on RF high frequency transients on electrical wiring systems.


GE Slow Down petition
Take 5 has one simple objective - to get Helen Clark and the New Zealand
Government to slow down on releasing GE into our environment by
extending the GE moratorium for 5 years.

To make Take 5 successful we need at least a million votes. That's where
YOU come in. To achieve this we need you to forward this email to at
least 5 Kiwis no matter where in the world they live.

If YOU have just received this email, here is how to vote and Take 5.

If you live in New Zealand simply TXT your name and suburb or town to
8642. If you live outside New Zealand or don't have access to a TXT
capable mobile phone then visit http://www.take5.net.nz and click on
baby Gracie to vote.

Remember to vote for the whole family as there is no age restriction. If
you are pregnant, you can vote for your unborn too by using 'pregnant'
as the first name.

After you have voted please forward this email or the reply TXT to at
least 5 Kiwis -preferably your entire whole address book!

New Zealand is a clean green oasis in the Pacific, let's keep it that
way. The power is in YOUR hands. Use it or lose it.

Thank you for your support,
Greg Menendez and Lisa Er.
Take 5 Campaign Organisers.

P.S. If you live in New Zealand we would prefer if you voted by TXTing.
Each TXT costs 50c of which some comes back to Take 5 to help advertise
the campaign. Take 5 is non-political and non-profit. Any profit left
over will be donated to child charities.

Take 5 seconds to TXT,
Take 5 minutes to tell 5 friends,
Take 5 years on GE to be sure.

Informant: Denise Ward, Christchurch, N.Z.

check out http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/ouruhia/
and www.neilcherry.com


Forbidden Zone
Dear Klaus,

Further to my researches into the intrusion of people's minds and
privacy by scientists et alia, (On the Need for New Criteria of
Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind-Invasive Technology) I have
become interested in the exploitation - See Cambridge and Oxford
University, England, and research and allied commercial companies
referred to in article - of the last unexplored regions of the
electromagnetic spectrum - the terahertz world. I am sending you the
article written by Justin Mullins for The New Scientist vol 175 issue
2360 - 14 September 2002, page 34. I invite you to publish this with
special attention to your subscribers to debate the rights to privacy
involved, and with regard to the usual slant towards the benefits it
will bring mankind, not to mention the billions of dollars to the
shareholders of the companies. I expect a new wave of spin-off products
in the form of cameras, and laser operated devices. They have apparently
concluded that there are no harmful effects...I have a feeling that we
may be in for another wave of scientific heroes whose experiments are
not free from covert use of private citizens nonconsensual

Carole Smith



The end of independent science in Australia: Senate speech by Lyn
Allison (Democrat, Victoria)


Howard Government's hatchet job on the CSIRO


The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO) has long been recognised internationally as a
first rate scientific research organisation, able to stand independent
of industry vested interests. For example, CSIRO representatives on the
old Standards Australia TE/7 committee on setting a RF/MW exposure
standard were steadfast in their opposition to ICNIRP and its thermal
effects only dogma. They also supported having public representatives as
members of the committee - something the industry long resisted.

After TE/7 was unable to reach consensus on a new standard, that role
was given to a new committee under the austices of ARPANSA.
Interestingly that committee was made up of most of the old TE/7
Committee members -minus most of those who had voted against the
incorporation of the ICNIRP limits. Stan Barnett from the CSIRO was
initially chairman of this new committee but soon resigned in protest
because of the committee was stacked by Telco employees - thus ensuring
a favourable voting outcome.

It is interesting to compare the willingness of CSIRO to stand up
against industry influence to the other government department ARPANSA
which actively runs a pro-industry line and essentially seems to work
more as a PR firm than a credible scientific organisation.

Inevitably the CSIRO built up a number of enemies in
telecommunications, such as Motorola, who consider independent research,
and an independent scientific voice a risk factor for corporate profits.
The CSIRO as an independent expert organisation puts to the lie spin
statements such as" The international body of scientific research
concludes there is no link between mobile phones and adverse health
effects" (from Optus Communications)

For the Telcos it is now "pay-back time" AND that is what is partly
behind the Howard government's moves in its hatchet job on the CSIRO.
Old scores are now being settled as Australia moves toward a US style
corporate government where all research is safely controlled by

Don Maisch

Senate Speech by Australian Democrat Lyn Allison
September 10, 2003

ADJOURNMENT: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (7.31 p.m.)

-Tonight I wish to draw the attention of the Senate to the crisis in our
nation's premier science organisation, the CSIRO, and in particular to
the forced shift in that organisation away from science that is in the
public interest-in this case the public health interest-to science that
benefits commercial interest.

The result is that most matters of public health and development of
standards of practice will effectively be left to voluntary
organisations. I find this to be a ludicrous situation for a nation
that is as wealthy as ours. I ask: how is it that we could afford to do
this work and fund it publicly 20 years or so ago-maybe even seven years
ago-but not now? I think the answer to that question is that we can
afford it but it is ideology and lack of will that stops us from doing so.

The parlous state of the CSIRO came to my attention in a conversation I
had with senior principal research scientist Dr Stan Barnett last week.
Dr Barnett, who is Section Manager in the National Measurement
Laboratory's Division of Radiophysics, has just been advised that he is
redundant. He is not of an age where retirement is appropriate, and he
is surprised-as was I-that he is in this position. He says that so are
the 250 or so other scientists who are now being given the boot.

Dr Barnett's work first came to my attention in the Senate inquiry into
electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones. His 1994 report entitled
"Status of research on biological effects and safety of electromagnetic
radiation: telecommunications frequencies"
(Omega links: http://www.electric-words.com/cell/csiro/preface.html
was pivotal in bringing the nation's attention to the potential health
problems of mobile phone technology. Back in 1993 the federal department
of communications approached CSIRO to evaluate the status of research on
the biological effects of radiofrequency radiation.

That report concluded that there was insufficient reliable scientific
evidence on which to base sound conclusions about the safety of
radiofrequency exposures in telecommunications. It stated: ... because
of its equivocal nature, the database for RF emissions has limited
value. It may be dangerous to make general statements on safety based on
lack of evidence of harmful effects when so little relevant research has
been carried out.

I point that out because I want to explore tonight the importance of
research and why we need it in these areas that might not attract the
commercial dollar. Of course the news from this 1994 report was not
welcomed by the telecommunications industry or by the government, both
of whom moved to relax mobile phone emission standards more recently
despite opposition from the CSIRO through Dr Barnett, who said that
there was no scientific basis for doing so.

That report I mentioned was a literature study by Dr Barnett, as opposed
to hands-on experimental research. According to CSIRO, they have just a
watching brief on telecommunications radiation issues and no budget to
actually do research. The CSIRO did apply several times for funding to
conduct hands-on research from the $4½ million fund on EMR. They
wanted to examine the potential effects of radiofrequency radiation on
DNA and cancer production, but they were knocked back. Submissions to
the electromagnetic radiation inquiry that reported two years ago
stressed the need for independent research into the controversial area
of EMR. A lot of the studies supposedly showing that mobile phones are
safe in fact rely on research which has been done or was funded by
telecommunications companies.

The demise of jobs in this general area of public health was to some
extent pre-empted by Dr Haddad, head of the CSIRO Division of
Telecommunications and Industrial Physics, when he appeared before the
committee. He said:

"CSIRO has a choice these days. It is required to maintain its external
income level at a reasonably high level for a research organisation and,
as such, it has to choose the areas in which it works quite carefully.
Appropriation funding has been flat; in fact, in real dollar terms, it
has decreased significantly over the last few years. That makes it
harder and harder to maintain a variety of areas of what I would call
more fundamental research ... which underpins all this sort of
short-term tactical work that you can do to earn money."

As well as working full time in his position, Dr Barnett worked in a
voluntary capacity on research into the safety of diagnostic ultrasound
equipment, and he has had over 100 studies published in medical journals
in this area. He has been investigating the potential medical
implications of some types of exposure of the foetus to ultrasound
equipment. He has found, for example, that Doppler ultrasound technology
can heat tissue up to five degrees. The World Federation for Ultrasound
in Medicine and Biology says that increases of four degrees for five
minutes or more are potentially hazardous.

Dr Barnett has found some evidence to suggest that ultrasound-induced
bioeffects can be enhanced by modest increases in temperatures. He says
that pulsed Doppler exposure, as opposed to non-pulsed B-mode scanning
exposure, can produce significant heating in the foetus, particularly
near bone, where the ultrasound beam is fixed onto a single point tissue
target. Dr Barnett's work also shows that foetal tissue is also
sensitive to physical change and that the resultant perturbation of cell
differentiation may result in significant consequences. He says that the
scientific database is incomplete and cannot keep pace with
technological development in modern equipment and that the clinical
implications of non-thermal effects have not been fully evaluated. So,
despite the fact that every pregnant woman who presents to a doctor will
have an ultrasound, very little work is being done on the safety of this
technology and there are no standards to protect the foetus from adverse
effects. The reason I point out all this detail-it is not necessary for
us to know it-is that we need to understand the implications if we stop
important work being done.

Another scientist at CSIRO to have been given the sack earlier this year
is microbiologist Dr Ruth Hall, regarded as a world expert in the field
of antibiotic resistance. Dr Hall, who is bound by a legal agreement not
to speak about her sacking, has had to look for work overseas as a
result of being made redundant. Her research enabled the CSIRO, in 1998,
to raise the alarm about evidence that animal microbes could pass
antibiotic resistance to bacteria that cause disease in humans. Given
that the European Commission is in the process of phasing out
antibiotics in stockfeed by 2006 and that the US is putting pressure on
the Australia to do the same, I would have thought that more importance,
not less, would have been attached to her work. Associate Professor
Stokes at Macquarie University said that the CSIRO's action was
comparable to the Australian Institute of Sport making Ian Thorpe
redundant due to insufficient funds.

The collective work of these two scientists alone is obviously of great
value to Australia but how many of the other 600-plus staff who have
been stood down over the last year or so were also contributing
important work? We just do not know-at least I do not know. Perhaps some
people know; perhaps the government knows.

Under our present government the CSIRO has been the subject of radical
changes that will mean it must now raise 30 per cent of its funds
externally. To do this the CSIRO has to spend up big on corporate staff
in the area of business development planning in order, according to CEO
Dr Geoff Garrett, `to enhance our commercial prospects'. But this
grant-chasing focus in research projects has proven to be at the cost of
those in favour of public benefit, particularly health benefit.
According to the CSIRO Staff Association, cutbacks and the failure to
meet funding targets have caused the biggest crisis in the
organisation's history.

In February this year the Senate's Employment, Workplace Relations and
Education Legislation Estimates Committee heard that over the past three
years 600 jobs have been cut and that retrenchments are set to continue.
Dr Garrett told the Canberra Times a couple of months ago that around
200 staff per year had been culled over the past six years. Apparently a
leaked internal survey said that only 47 per cent of CSIRO had faith in
`organisational leadership and direction' and that 48 per cent believed
their jobs were not secure.

So not only do we have these important scientists being sacked but we
have others whose morale is very low and who are clearly not able to
function in the way that we would like them to. The survey also found
that 55 per cent of staff felt organisational change had not improved
the CSIRO and 51 per cent were not confident in the abilities of senior
personnel. Dr Garrett conceded that, whilst 12 scientists in just one
division would be made redundant and 40 redeployed, two new business
development managers would be employed, on six-figure salaries.

(Time expired) Senate adjourned at 7.41 p.m.


Irish psychiatrists criticized in annual report
Hi Klaus: The heading in the front page of today's (Sept.11, 2003) THE
IRISH TIMES fits in perfectly with ongoing major criticisms of
psychiatric practice. It reads: "Psychiatrists criticised over 'lavish'
promotional trips." And the source of this criticism is sobering: it
appears in the annual report for 2002 of Dr. Walsh, Inspector of Irish
Mental Hospitals. He
was specifically voicing his concern over the increasingly popular
practice of pharmaceutical firms wooing Irish psychiatrists on luxurious
all-expenses-paid vacations overseas, which are just thinly disguised
strategies, he said, for influencing these professionals to use their
products on their patients. Dr Walsh noted that some pharmaceutical
meetings of this nature "'appear to present unscientific material aimed
at influencing prescribing practice.'" Dr. Walsh is also a member of the
Irish Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, established by the Irish
Minister of Health on August 4 2003.

Best, Imelda, Cork, Ireland.


No Bt Resistance?

The GM National Debate Farce


ENN Daily News

Environmental Terrorism
The old-growth timber battle heats up - "If you want to see what
environmental terrorism looks like, just drive up Greenwood Heights
road," said Sparrow, a diminutive elderly woman who has been supporting
tree-sitters in her neighborhood, called Freshwater, nearly 300 miles
north of San Francisco on Highway 101. "You will see beautiful,
1,600-year-old trees that have been cut down to feed one man's greed."


White House won't back down on Arctic oil drilling
The Bush administration told Congress Wednesday it was sticking with its
plan for a broad energy bill to open an Arctic refuge in Alaska to oil
drilling, even though the White House has been warned the proposal could
kill the legislation.


Save Puffins and Walruses in Alaska From Oil Pollution
Bristol Bay, home to the world's premier walrus breeding areas and a
critical habitat for many fish, seabirds, and marine mammals, is in
danger of being destroyed by oil drilling. Tell your senators and
representative to protect Bristol Bay. Join the nearly 30,000 Americans
who have already taken action!


U.N. GMO trade pact enters into force
A U.N. treaty giving importers greater powers to reject genetically
modified products such as maize comes into force on Thursday, and the
United Nations wants nonsignatories like the United States to abide by it.



Malaysia tests ID chips for embedding in bodies
The Malaysian government has acquired rights to chips that can embed
identity tags into cash, passports or even human bodies. The government
has acquired intellectual property rights to the chip -- now dubbed the
Malaysian Microchip (MM) -- from Japanese research and development
(R&D) company FEC, which designed it. The chip can replace barcode tags
in retail goods, and can be inserted into the human body, animals,
bullets, credit cards and other items for verification purposes.


Blair ignored vital terror warning

Times change, principles don't

More police power, less liberty

The illusion of national security

The tax-exempt destruction of our forests

A grandiose folly

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Senators grill Defense official about Iraq price tag

Bush shifts rationale from Iraq arms

Cato vs. DOJ, round two

Staggering costs of a senseless war

Truth is scarce


Another phony justification for invading Iraq

Saving America


The War In Iraq Is Not Over and Neither Are The Lies To Justify It


America's world

Informant: Kev Hall


Gulf War II Syndrome?
Military Equipment and "Pneumonia"



Folly Taken To A Scale We Haven't Seen Since WWII

9/11 Two Years Later. Victims' Families Call For Peaceful Tomorrows

NPR Interviews Economist Paul Krugman

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