• 20 NOV 05
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    The cell phone industry is getting desperate

    Though you will not hear about it on TV or the newspapers, ‘Direct Action’ is a tactic increasingly now being used against the Telcos in many nations by communities fed up with being treated with a level of corporate arrogance at total odds with fundamental principles of democracy. Note what Repacholi says below about public opposition in Spain. I get the distinct impression that the Telcos are worried.

    When community rights are sacrificed in the call for total exemptions from local planning what are communities to do? One option has been to resort to the use of bolt cutters, or in one drastic case in Northern Ireland, AK-47s and balaclavas – and you didn’t hear of that one as well.

    Although the only solution to this unfortunate situation is to end the exemptions now enjoyed by the Telcos and let local authorities and communities have the final say in where antennas should be sited, the industry has predictably called out its Top Gun, Michael Repacholi to issue more of his PR spin doctor expert statements to try to deflect the heat, as seen in the below AAP release.

    Now the mighty Repacholi launches us into an Alice in Wonderland fantasy world where if there is a danger it would be from our TV’s and radios and not from mobile phones and base stations! But very revealing he adds the qualifier: “at least for adults” and further on: “where more science is needed to rule out concerns”(for children).

    A ‘Freudian slip’? Note Reppy doesn’t call for research to determine if there is a health hazard but simply to “rule out concerns”. That is the goal of “science” in Reppy’s fantasy world. So if you are a researcher wanting funding from the industry to conduct research you know what the criteria is right up front. Research that will rule out concerns – that’s where the real money is.

    Who does Repacholi think will believe this crap?


    TV poses more risk than mobile phone
    Saturday Nov 19 06:43 AEST

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there’s been a global over-reaction to modern mobile communications technology and its possible threat of health risk.

    Coordinator of the WHO’s Radiation and Environmental Health Unit, Dr Mike Repacholi, says televisions and radios pose more of a health risk than mobile phones or mobile phone base stations – at least for adults.

    He says, however, more study is needed to determine whether there is a risk for children and their developing nervous systems.

    “The signals from (mobile phone) base stations are generally less than for the TV and radio, which we’ve all been subjected to for 50 to 60 years,” Dr Repacholi said.

    “People are generally scared by new technology … but after $250 million in research over ten years we still haven’t found any (reason for health concerns).”

    But, Dr Repacholi says there is one area where more science is needed to rule out concerns. That is, the effect today’s rising levels of electromagnetic transmissions might have on children.

    “Kids are going to be exposed to these fields for much longer now, children as young as five have got mobile phones,” Dr Repacholi said.

    “We don’t think they have any extra sensitivity but we do need to do the studies.”

    He said it was particularly relevant as wireless internet was rolled out across schools in the western world.

    Generally, Dr Repacholi said, wireless internet resulted in less electromagnetic transmissions than mobile phones and, therefore, less than television and radio.

    “They are also of no health concern,” he said.

    Dr Repacholi was in Melbourne this week for a two-day WHO and Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) regional workshop, which also included researchers and scientists from Thailand to New Zealand.

    The workshop discussed the latest scientific findings relating to radio frequency fields.

    He said efforts would continue to dispel myths surrounding the technology.

    The suspicion of electromagnetic transmissions – along with claims of related ill health including rashes, headaches and sleeplessness – remained a problem globally, he said.

    Public outcry over mobile phone base stations in Spain had led to 300 being dismantled by the government, while there were more than 1,000 related cases before that country’s courts, he said.

    “The only people who win out of that is the lawyers,” Dr Repacholi said.

    “The purpose of this is to tell people what the real situation is, what the science is saying … It’s no use perpetuating a myth.”

    ©AAP 2005

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