Cross pollination of information very important
A cross pollination of information is very important for we
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
another has failed through timing and other influences. I think
should be focusing on targets and all those interested join
I also think we should be feeding information through our
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
information and cross pollinate the information and efforts,
of cell sites for residential areas
The County of Santa Cruz (in California) is close to adopting
good telecom ordinance that has prohibitions of cell sites
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
What may be important there is their information on RF as
a pollutant on
electrical lines, and the relationship to electrosensitivity.
Stetzer, Marty Graham and Lloyd Morgan have been working on
and are finding that blood sugar levels in diabetics are very
on RF high frequency transients on electrical wiring systems.
Slow Down petition
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Further to my researches into the intrusion of people's minds
privacy by scientists et alia, (On the Need for New Criteria
Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind-Invasive Technology)
become interested in the exploitation - See Cambridge and
University, England, and research and allied commercial companies
referred to in article - of the last unexplored regions of
electromagnetic spectrum - the terahertz world. I am sending
article written by Justin Mullins for The New Scientist vol
2360 - 14 September 2002, page 34. I invite you to publish
special attention to your subscribers to debate the rights
involved, and with regard to the usual slant towards the benefits
will bring mankind, not to mention the billions of dollars
shareholders of the companies. I expect a new wave of spin-off
in the form of cameras, and laser operated devices. They have
concluded that there are no harmful effects...I have a feeling
may be in for another wave of scientific heroes whose experiments
not free from covert use of private citizens nonconsensual
end of independent science in Australia: Senate speech by
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
first rate scientific research organisation, able to stand
of industry vested interests. For example, CSIRO representatives
old Standards Australia TE/7 committee on setting a RF/MW
standard were steadfast in their opposition to ICNIRP and
effects only dogma. They also supported having public representatives
members of the committee - something the industry long resisted.
After TE/7 was unable to reach consensus on a new standard,
was given to a new committee under the austices of ARPANSA.
Interestingly that committee was made up of most of the old
Committee members -minus most of those who had voted against
incorporation of the ICNIRP limits. Stan Barnett from the
initially chairman of this new committee but soon resigned
because of the committee was stacked by Telco employees -
a favourable voting outcome.
It is interesting to compare the willingness of CSIRO to
against industry influence to the other government department
which actively runs a pro-industry line and essentially seems
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
and an independent scientific voice a risk factor for corporate
The CSIRO as an independent expert organisation puts to the
statements such as" The international body of scientific
concludes there is no link between mobile phones and adverse
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
Old scores are now being settled as Australia moves toward
a US style
corporate government where all research is safely controlled
Senate Speech by Australian Democrat Lyn Allison
September 10, 2003
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
the forced shift in that organisation away from science that
is in the
public interest-in this case the public health interest-to
benefits commercial interest.
The result is that most matters of public health and development
standards of practice will effectively be left to voluntary
organisations. I find this to be a ludicrous situation for
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
ago-but not now? I think the answer to that question is that
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
had with senior principal research scientist Dr Stan Barnett
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,
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
Dr Barnett's work first came to my attention in the Senate
electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones. His 1994 report
"Status of research on biological effects and safety
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
problems of mobile phone technology. Back in 1993 the federal
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
evidence on which to base sound conclusions about the safety
radiofrequency exposures in telecommunications. It stated:
of its equivocal nature, the database for RF emissions has
value. It may be dangerous to make general statements on safety
lack of evidence of harmful effects when so little relevant
been carried out.
I point that out because I want to explore tonight the importance
research and why we need it in these areas that might not
commercial dollar. Of course the news from this 1994 report
welcomed by the telecommunications industry or by the government,
of whom moved to relax mobile phone emission standards more
despite opposition from the CSIRO through Dr Barnett, who
there was no scientific basis for doing so.
That report I mentioned was a literature study by Dr Barnett,
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
conduct hands-on research from the $4½ million fund
on EMR. They
wanted to examine the potential effects of radiofrequency
DNA and cancer production, but they were knocked back. Submissions
the electromagnetic radiation inquiry that reported two years
stressed the need for independent research into the controversial
of EMR. A lot of the studies supposedly showing that mobile
safe in fact rely on research which has been done or was funded
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
Telecommunications and Industrial Physics, when he appeared
committee. He said:
"CSIRO has a choice these days. It is required to maintain
income level at a reasonably high level for a research organisation
as such, it has to choose the areas in which it works quite
Appropriation funding has been flat; in fact, in real dollar
has decreased significantly over the last few years. That
harder and harder to maintain a variety of areas of what I
more fundamental research ... which underpins all this sort
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
equipment, and he has had over 100 studies published in medical
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
can heat tissue up to five degrees. The World Federation for
in Medicine and Biology says that increases of four degrees
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.
that pulsed Doppler exposure, as opposed to non-pulsed B-mode
exposure, can produce significant heating in the foetus, particularly
near bone, where the ultrasound beam is fixed onto a single
target. Dr Barnett's work also shows that foetal tissue is
sensitive to physical change and that the resultant perturbation
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
implications of non-thermal effects have not been fully evaluated.
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
effects. The reason I point out all this detail-it is not
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
is microbiologist Dr Ruth Hall, regarded as a world expert
in the field
of antibiotic resistance. Dr Hall, who is bound by a legal
to speak about her sacking, has had to look for work overseas
result of being made redundant. Her research enabled the CSIRO,
to raise the alarm about evidence that animal microbes could
antibiotic resistance to bacteria that cause disease in humans.
that the European Commission is in the process of phasing
antibiotics in stockfeed by 2006 and that the US is putting
the Australia to do the same, I would have thought that more
not less, would have been attached to her work. Associate
Stokes at Macquarie University said that the CSIRO's action
comparable to the Australian Institute of Sport making Ian
redundant due to insufficient funds.
The collective work of these two scientists alone is obviously
value to Australia but how many of the other 600-plus staff
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.
people know; perhaps the government knows.
Under our present government the CSIRO has been the subject
changes that will mean it must now raise 30 per cent of its
externally. To do this the CSIRO has to spend up big on corporate
in the area of business development planning in order, according
Dr Geoff Garrett, `to enhance our commercial prospects'. But
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
meet funding targets have caused the biggest crisis in the
In February this year the Senate's Employment, Workplace
Education Legislation Estimates Committee heard that over
the past three
years 600 jobs have been cut and that retrenchments are set
Dr Garrett told the Canberra Times a couple of months ago
200 staff per year had been culled over the past six years.
leaked internal survey said that only 47 per cent of CSIRO
had faith in
`organisational leadership and direction' and that 48 per
their jobs were not secure.
So not only do we have these important scientists being sacked
have others whose morale is very low and who are clearly not
function in the way that we would like them to. The survey
that 55 per cent of staff felt organisational change had not
the CSIRO and 51 per cent were not confident in the abilities
personnel. Dr Garrett conceded that, whilst 12 scientists
in just one
division would be made redundant and 40 redeployed, two new
development managers would be employed, on six-figure salaries.
(Time expired) Senate adjourned at 7.41 p.m.
psychiatrists criticized in annual report
Hi Klaus: The heading in the front page of today's (Sept.11,
IRISH TIMES fits in perfectly with ongoing major criticisms
psychiatric practice. It reads: "Psychiatrists criticised
promotional trips." And the source of this criticism
is sobering: it
appears in the annual report for 2002 of Dr. Walsh, Inspector
Mental Hospitals. He
was specifically voicing his concern over the increasingly
practice of pharmaceutical firms wooing Irish psychiatrists
all-expenses-paid vacations overseas, which are just thinly
strategies, he said, for influencing these professionals to
products on their patients. Dr Walsh noted that some pharmaceutical
meetings of this nature "'appear to present unscientific
at influencing prescribing practice.'" Dr. Walsh is also
a member of the
Irish Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, established by
Minister of Health on August 4 2003.
Best, Imelda, Cork, Ireland.
GM National Debate Farce
The old-growth timber battle heats up - "If you want
to see what
environmental terrorism looks like, just drive up Greenwood
road," said Sparrow, a diminutive elderly woman who has
tree-sitters in her neighborhood, called Freshwater, nearly
north of San Francisco on Highway 101. "You will see
1,600-year-old trees that have been cut down to feed one man's
House won't back down on Arctic oil drilling
The Bush administration told Congress Wednesday it was sticking
plan for a broad energy bill to open an Arctic refuge in Alaska
drilling, even though the White House has been warned the
kill the legislation.
Puffins and Walruses in Alaska From Oil Pollution
Bristol Bay, home to the world's premier walrus breeding areas
critical habitat for many fish, seabirds, and marine mammals,
danger of being destroyed by oil drilling. Tell your senators
representative to protect Bristol Bay. Join the nearly 30,000
who have already taken action!
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,
United Nations wants nonsignatories like the United States
to abide by it.
tests ID chips for embedding in bodies
The Malaysian government has acquired rights to chips that
identity tags into cash, passports or even human bodies. The
has acquired intellectual property rights to the chip -- now
Malaysian Microchip (MM) -- from Japanese research and development
(R&D) company FEC, which designed it. The chip can replace
in retail goods, and can be inserted into the human body,
bullets, credit cards and other items for verification purposes.
ignored vital terror warning
change, principles don't
police power, less liberty
illusion of national security
tax-exempt destruction of our forests
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
grill Defense official about Iraq price tag
shifts rationale from Iraq arms
vs. DOJ, round two
costs of a senseless war
phony justification for invading Iraq
War In Iraq Is Not Over and Neither Are The Lies To Justify
Informant: Kev Hall
War II Syndrome?
Military Equipment and "Pneumonia"
Taken To A Scale We Haven't Seen Since WWII
Two Years Later. Victims' Families Call For Peaceful Tomorrows
Interviews Economist Paul Krugman