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I will try to provide news from Japan on a regular basis

Dear Klaus,

The other day, it was mentioned in your newsletter that there is very
little information coming from Japan. I will try to provide news from
Japan on a regular basis. I was sending news to Arthur Firstenberg, but
I have not heard from him since January. Has anyone heard from him
recently? I am beginning to get concerned and pray that he has simply
found a really good place to hide.

There is a language barrier which takes real effort for most people here
to overcome. There is also a sense of despair here, as Japan has a
history of following destructive delusions to their ghastly conclusions,
and the citizens are along for the ride, like it or not. One of the
hallmarks of Japanese culture is a duality of reality, with 'official
reality' and 'the real truth' given equal status in the public mind. A
couple of ways of conceptualizing this irrational state of affairs are

1) how things appear is more important than how they really are, and

2) a lie is acceptable if it can be rationalized as for the overall good
of the people.

The result is stability, with challenges to the powers that be thwarted
at the start, and an inability to make changes even when they are
clearly necessary. It is not all bad, though. There is good research
underway in Japan, and that will continue because the powers that be do
not feel threatened by it. (Pressure may come from outside Japan to stop
research, however.)

There is an active movement against masts in Japan, and a surprising
level of awareness among the citizens of regarding health effects. The
forces of suppression are also active. The battle goes on silently, so
for example one week, posters go up at train stations in Tokyo urging
people to consider others' feelings and not use their cell phones on the
trains (it's called 'manners'), and they depict someone using a phone
and little lightning zaps coming out from the antenna and the people
around clearly annoyed. The next week, these are replaced with identical
posters, except without the lightning zaps, and the emphasis on the
sound being the problem. (I wish I had had my camera and the foresight
to use it!) The rumor somehow gets spread that the big to-do is all
about the sound. Then everyone is encouraged to use 'etiquette mode,'
which eliminates the ringing tones or equally annoying trendy jingles,
while allowing users to continue irradiating everyone silently. Then
some other posters go up regarding pacemakers, encouraging people to
turn off their phones on crowded trains. Commuters, possibly addicted to
their phones, ignore these. On one late night train, Testuya Kakehi of
the Gauss Network (Omega see also:
), one of the NGOs actively addressing the problem of non-ionizing
radiation in Japan, found all of the passengers using cell phones
despite signs prohibiting their use.

I discussed the possibility of addiction with the Gauss Network. They've
taken a conservative stance on it, saying it is very hard to prove
addiction. This does get talked about in society, though, enough to
where one TV program accosted some young ladies at random and got them
to give up their phones for a few days. These girls reported no
hardship, so the program concluded there was no addiction. Real
scientific of them, eh?

Regarding observed health effects in Japan, I should draft a simple
table of various effects noted in the press (never explicitly stated as
the effects of radiation, that would be going too far), the timing of
their appearance, the sources of these reports, the official
explanations, and references in EMF research regarding these same effects.

Off the top of my head, these would include flu-like illness,
depression, suicide, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies,
classroom breakdown, aggressive behavior, autism, memory loss and other

I would have remained blithely (??) unaware of this if not for a friend
who came down with a five-month flu, whose doctor confided in her,
because she was a foreigner and he didn't want to cause a panic among
the Japanese, that this was epidemic, and that he thought it was due to
some kind of pollution. He wouldn't say what kind of pollution. My
friend turned to me, the environmentalist with a bachelors degree in
chemical engineering, quietly battling the government regarding chemical
pollution. We of course assumed the culprit was a new chemical
pollutant. My friend was sicker than she had ever been in her life. I
did not have an immediate answer, but started searching the journals.
Somewhere, someone will let the cat out of the bag.

Well, that someone was Arthur Firstenberg, bless him for getting an
article published by Earth Island Journal! He'd listed all my friend's
symptoms and some others which I'd been experiencing on the trains and
had been perplexed by. The timing of this, and the location! The
realization really hit hard.

My friend in central Tokyo with new antennas going up all around, and me
on the trains, with people all around using these new-fangled
toys—researchers in Japan have recently pointed out that when several
people use their phones simultaneously on these trains, the radiation
levels may exceed even ICNIRP's standards. More studies are underway on
cell phone use in enclosed metal environments.

I will write again shortly about a recent trend in Japan in healing
using 'nigari,' a seawater product used in preparing tofu, which is
abundant in magnesium.

Yours truly,

Patricia Ormsby



The science channel in Israel is going to broadcast a T.V show on the
cellular antennas, the theme will not be the health impact ("we will
bring 20 doctors who will say something and the other 20 will say the
opposite") but about the fact that it's senseless to put the antennas so
close to schools, kindergartens, and other sensitive places, and Israel
is an expert in putting antennas in these sensitive places.

I am in touch with their investigator, helping her to locate people who
suffer from the antennas, not that it's so hard to find these people,
but the crew concentrates in central Israel and I report them about
cases in north Israel.

So one of the cases I wanted to tell about is a doctor, genicologist,
who is sandwitched between 2 cellular installations, his room window is
in front of the antennas and his room has 120 V/m measured today. The
people who are in the waiting room, are cooked by "only" 50 V/m. When he
said it to the management, twice, this is the answers he got:

a. If you don't like it don't come to work.

b. It's electromagnetic radiation. It does not do anything.

Another case is installation of 12 antennas with infra structure ready
for 40, (they do it all the time) it is an arm distance from the bedroom
of an old person, who lives near this installation for 1.5 years. He and
his neighbours say they don't feel bad (symptoms), but they say that
they are afraid to feel anything, because otherwise they will be labeled
as having a psychological problem.

Hospitals in Israel erected base stations in hospitals, in one them
close to the children department. It is an experiment for Wi Fi, so that
the doctors will have wireless computers. The benefit, they say - is
that they don't have to speak with the patient about his sickness
history - they just press on the computer and have the data. One doctors
told he had showed a child a movie with the computer, a movie on asthma.
This way he can really do something meaningful for the patient, he felt.
He said he is really waiting for making video conferences with other
doctors in the hospital, and using more the multimedia, all of this for
the benefit of the patients, of course ! [Good guys. Did they take some
radiation measurements?]

Transformers, cellular antennas, power lines- or should it be called "a
radiation celebration"- all of this in one station, the distance from
houses is 15 meters, 50 meters from kindergarten and school, in the
center of Israel, on the border between the cities Herzliya and Ranana.
It's the second picture, don't miss this monster- station.


The green party of Herzliya wrote to the environment and infra structure
ministers, and to the maires of Ranana and Herzelia, they wrote that
this is a social unjustice, because it had been built without informing
the citizens, they also protest against the health hazards.

Gillette gives up on 'smart' tags: Gillette has abandoned the use of
radio-frequency identification RFID smart-chips in its products after a
trial of the surveillance technology at a Cambridge Tesco attracted
protests by residents concerned about civil liberties. Gillette
announced it was abandoning the use of RFID after the story was covered
in the firm's home-town newspaper The Bostone Globe. (The Ecologist
October 2003)

Informant: Iris Atzmon

Comment Dr. Miguel Muntané :

If you don't like it don't come to work otherwise they will be labeled
as having a psychological problem

So one of the cases I wanted to tell about is a doctor, genicologist,
who is sandwitched between 2 cellular installations, his room window is
in front of the antennas and his room has 120 V/m measured today.

* If you don't like it don't come to work, otherwise they will be
labeled as having a psychological problem.


Delay tactic in mobile telephony. Just keep those scientists busy with
their research, and leave us in peace to built more masts


1. Christoffer Johansen (Danish cancer society) now says that mobile
telephony is dangerous, but definitely not the masts!

2. The government has decided that they will give money for research
into 3G mobile telephony.

3. The mobile telephone industry is even happier: Just keep those
scientists busy with their research, and leave us in peace to built more

Dr. George Carlo. (October 1999). "I am especially concerned about what
appear to be actions by a segment of the industry to conscript the FCC,
the FDA and The World Health Organization with them in following a
non-effectual course that will likely result in a regulatory and
consumer backlash."


FCC Inspects Astoria Cell Tower After Months Of Tenant Protests

by Keach Hagey, Chronicle Reporter October 16, 2003

Residents called the FCC to inspect towers on the roof of their building
at 32-42 33rd Street on Tuesday.

The Federal Communications Commission conducted its first inspection of
a New York City cell phone antenna atop an Astoria apartment building on
Tuesday, a major victory for residents who have been protesting the
tower for months.

The residents claim that T-Mobile, the cell phone company that has been
renting roof space at 32-42 33rd Street since this past spring,
improperly installed three of the nine antennas, allowing people in a
nearby building to be exposed to radiation levels in excess of FCC

You could go right up to the face of the panels and touch them, said
John Campos, a resident of a nearby building. He has been one of the
leaders of the group protesting the towers, which meets every Tuesday
and recently formed a non-profit organization called the Astoria
Neighborhood Coalition.

Omega see also:

Although the allegedly illegal antennas were removed during the summer
shortly after the problem was brought to the attention of a T-Mobile
representative, the residents filed the complaint on the grounds that
the cell phone company knew all along that it was potentially putting
residents in harms way.

Campos knows what the cell phone companys original plans were because
they blew off the building one night into his neighbors yard. They
detailed the positioning of the panels, showing one third of them
directly facing the roof of the adjoining building. Both buildings are
owned by Nathan Katz, who signed the rental deal with T-Mobile.

On the Fourth of July, dozens of residents gathered on the roof to watch
the fireworks, unaware that they were being exposed to microwave
radiation at close range.

According to FCC regulations, if a cell phone company has plans to
install any panels that might be directly accessible to the public, it
must first conduct an environmental assessment survey. The survey costs
about a quarter of a million dollars, which of course they didn’t do.
They just took down the antenna to destroy the evidence, said Evie
Hantzopoulos, another coalition leader, who lives across the street.

In response to the coalitions efforts, T-Mobile sent community liaison
Jane Builder to inspect the antenna site in July. According to Campos,
Builder determined that the site was unacceptable and immediately had
the station shut down and the offending antennas removed from the roof.
Now he feels that the company is trying to cover up a situation that was
potentially hazardous.

On October 8th, T-Mobile released a statement that the antennas were
removed due to aesthetic modifications and that a radio frequency survey
it commissioned indicated that the antenna operations are in compliance
with the FCC.

We took it down and put a sheath around it so that when people look at
it, they are not looking at something that looks like an antenna, said
T-Mobile spokeswoman Laura Altschul, adding that the company was
responding to neighbors concerns about having to stare at an antenna.

To suggest that this antenna was removed for aesthetic purposes is
disingenuous, Campos said. We have photo documentation which shows how
they were positioned and the fact that people were able to stand in
front of them, which according to the FCC, is a potential violation of
safety, not aesthetics.

But, according to a September 24th report by the Pinnacle Telecom Group,
an independent engineering team hired by T-Mobile, the site is safe.
Inspectors came out to the site on September 18th to take readings of
radio frequency radiation on the roof, inside the building and at street
level. On the rooftop, they determined that the RF level was six percent
of the maximum limit allowed by the FCC. In the hallways and stairwells
of the building, it was two percent. Note that the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has stated that continuous human exposure to RF fields up
to and including 100 percent of the FCC limits is considered safe, the
report stated.

Pinnacle put the buildings reading into context by adding that ambient
street-level exposure averages 1.6 percent of the FCC limit and that the
RF energy levels in kitchens usually ranges between three and seven
percent of the limit, due to the energy emitted by common household
appliances. The report mentions that a third panel was removed prior to
the survey, but does not state the reason for its removal.

The coalition is not accepting the results of the survey. This is
basically a shallow attempt by T-Mobile to cover up the fact that this
site was potentially out of compliance with the FCC regulations, Campos
said. The survey they conducted does nothing to address the long-term,
non-thermal effects of continuous, low level RF radiation and was not
complete in measuring the existing RF levels, Hantzopoulos said. In her
presentation to Community Board 1 on September 16th, she complained of
the worrisome, everything is safe mantra of the telecommunications

They tell us that studies have shown that everything is fine. What they
are not saying is that they can prove that these things are safe. What
they are not saying is that scientists around the world are finding that
indeed, we should be concerned. She pointed to the example of Dr. George
Carlo, who was hired by the telecommunications lobby to head up a $25
million research project to prove cell phone radiation is safe, but then
quit after six years of research because he found evidence of DNA damage
and links to brain cancer. Were behind the science on this, Campos said.
The problem is that all the research done in this country is funded by
the telecommunications industry. It was all done in the late 80s and
early 90s.

Because of the lack of convincing research proving that long-term
exposure to RF radiation is safe, the coalition argues that communities
ought to be notified when a tower is going up, and ought to be able to
find out just how many antennas there are in the neighborhood. Until
recently, these requests could have been granted by the community board.
According to Zoning Regulation 22-21 of the city charter,
telecommunications companies must apply to the Board of Standards and
Appeals for a permit to build in a residential neighborhood. That permit
application requires a public hearing with legal, consultant and
architectural fees up to $75,000 per application. However, in 1998,
Deputy Commissioner of Buildings Richard Visconti issued a technical
memo allowing the telecommunications companies to bypass this long and
costly process. There is nothing in the city charter that allows a
commissioner of the DOB to nullify a zoning regulation with a technical
memo. So what Visconti did was illegal, Hantzopoulos said. Campos
further argues that Visconti not only broke city law with his memo, but
also broke federal law by requiring the towers to be under six feet tall
to bypass zoning, while FCC regulations require that the towers be more
that 6 feet off the roof in order to be exempt from FCC scrutiny. As a
result of these blanket exemptions issued by the FCC, together with
Viscontis technical memo, no government agency is keeping track of how
many cell phone base stations there are in the city. Often the cell
phone companies don’t even have a clear idea of how many of their own
towers they operate. We don’t have a general map of it, Altschul said,
adding that she couldn’t even estimate the number of antennas in the
metropolitan area.

This week, Senator Charles Schumer issued a report criticizing cell
phone companies for not fixing service in the citys 65 dead zones, where
cell phones often fail, and calling for an inquiry into whether service
gaps violate federal law. He cited a J.D. Power study that ranked New
York City last in customer satisfaction and call quality in the 27
largest markets. The major providers being investigated are: Cingular,
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint PCS.

Altschul said that T-Mobile supported Schumers concern. We need to fill
those dead zones. Theres a security issue involving homeland security,
and theres a 911 issue. But Campos and the coalition believe that using
private infrastructure to support what is, in essence, a public utility
is unacceptable. They are pushing for legislation which will set up a
monitoring and land use planning procedure to insure that residents have
a voice, and say they will sue the city if they need to.

In response to residents concerns, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is
planning to submit four pieces of legislation to the City Council in the
next two weeks that would call for a council hearing on the issue,
demand a city Health Department study of the effects of exposure to
radiation, mandate that the DOB keep track of the towers and allow the
city to begin regulating their placement. Vallone said the last piece is
proving the hardest to draft. According to Altschul, the reason for this
is clear: cell phones would not work if antenna sites were limited to
non-residential areas.

©Queens Chronicle - Western Edition 2003


Residents Need A Voice, Not Just Less Static

Queens Chronicle

October 16, 2003

Can you hear me now? How about now? If you live in New York City and own
a cell phone, no doubt you’ve had this conversation. In fact, you’ve had
it more often than residents of any other major city, according to a
J.D. Power study last year that ranked the metropolitan area last among
the 27 largest markets in call quality. This must change, but the
solution is not as easy as some politicians are claiming.

This week, Senator Charles Schumer used the Power study, along with some
research by his staff, to criticize the citys wireless service, which he
called terrible. He demanded an inquiry into whether carriers inability
to fill in New Yorks 65 dead zones, where service often fails,
constituted a violation of federal law. The solution to this problem,
Schumer said, is simple: just build more transmitters.

Meanwhile, all over Queens, the people who live, work, study and pray
beneath the shadow of these transmitters are digging in their heels in
protest. Parents from St. Helens School in Howard Beach kept their
children home on the first day of school. A group of Astoria residents
has formed a non-profit organization to either change the laws or sue
the city. Like cell phones themselves, resistance to using private
infrastructure to support wireless antennas is not going to go away.

One could dismiss these groups as alarmist if our federal agencies
didn’t have such an infamous track record for greenlighting new
technology first and settling lawsuits later. The government says it
doesn’t see any health problems, but then it said the same thing about
lead paint, asbestos and tobacco.

To further complicate the issue, the Federal Communications Commission
and the Food and Drug Administration the agencies responsible for making
sure the low frequency microwave radiation that carries our wireless
conversations doesn’t also give us brain cancer or anything else base
their regulations on research largely funded by the telecommunications

But even the most impartial research team would run up against the same
basic problem: The technology is so new, and the possible health
consequences so long-term, that there is simply no way to know right now
whether we should be worried about living next to an antenna.

Logic would say that, if this is the case, we should at least try to
keep these things away from our homes and schools. But heres the kicker:
the service wont work under these restrictions. In fact, as more and
more people do away with their land lines entirely in favor of cheaper
and more convenient mobile phones, we are looking at a not-too-distant
future where cell phone antennas are as normal a part of a building as
telephone lines, and people refer to old-fashioned wired telephones as

Whether individual New Yorkers consider this future utopian or
dystopian, they at least have the right to understand the full
infrastructural implications of the communication revolution that we
are, for better or worse, in the midst of. And that is where our city,
state and federal governments are failing us.

As it now stands, no one not the FCC, not the city Department of
Buildings, not even the carriers themselves can say how many of these
antennas are in the city. Towers go up on apartment buildings without
tenants or community boards knowledge, the result of clandestine
cooperation between landlords and carriers. Parents are helpless against
schools looking to make a buck by renting roofs.

In two weeks, Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce
legislation addressing these concerns, beginning a conversation the city
should have had years ago. As we sit down for this talk, lets remember
that simply demanding better service, without regard to where and how
the gaps are filled, is irresponsible, and we should encourage our
elected officials to consider school zones as well as dead zones.

©Queens Chronicle - South Edition 2003

Reader Opinion


Non-Lethal Weapons: Terms and References



Mind Control

# Electromagnetic Weapons

# Microwave Weapons

# Non-Lethal Weapons

# ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Weapons

# Directed Energy Weapons

# Acoustic Weapons

# Psychotronic Weapons

# RF (Radio Frequency) Weapons

# Soft Kill Weapons

# Less-Than-Lethal Weapons



The rise of a new movement


by Tom Hayden

"There is rising a new movement in the world. It is bigger than the
movement of the 1960s. Yet it is barely seen by the experts and
analysts. They look only at the behavior of institutions and
politicians, not the underlying forces that eventually burst into
visibility. The first strand of this new movement is the global
opposition to the war in Iraq and to an American empire."



Drowned albatross colony is a dire omen for the future and other stories

A graveyard of drowned albatrosses offers a grim preview of how global
warming is likely to affect sea levels.


Ecuadoreans sue U.S. oil company over pollution in Amazon

A decade after Texaco pulled out of the Amazon jungle, the U.S.
petroleum giant went on trial in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000
poor Ecuadoreans who say the company's 20 years of drilling poisoned
their homeland.


Asia's elephants are losing the battle for living space

Asia can be a very crowded place, especially if you are an elephant.


Let Boykin Preach



O.T. themes:

Daniels Ellsberg: Vietnam War and Iraq War Similar

Soldiers ripe to resist?

A government out of control

Is Bush seeking a "decent interval?"

Beyond Bush II

Pols rebel against Patriot Act

Bring them home now, Mr. Bush

Support our troops

Boobs and drugs

The people's republic of the United States of America

Four more years

Big whoppers

Warring with God

Enemy sightings

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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