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    Maryanne Demasi responds to the orchestrated attack on the Catalyst program: Wi-fried

    But first my comments:
    With the well coordinated attack on the Catalyst program Wi-Fried, masterminded by the ‘hidden hand’ of the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), it comes with no surprise that the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is one of their supporters. The Science Media Centre (SMC) model of ‘science communication’, now established in an increasing number of countries, including Australia – all work under a “unified charter”.

    Necessary reading here is “Science Media Centre” by SourceWatch. Its called spin…..

    NOTE: I have added a new category for relevant future postings. Its called “The Science Media Centre model of science communication”.

    Don
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    The Huffington Post, Australia
    19 February 2016

    Sometimes Asking Questions Provides You With Answers That May Be Uncomfortable

    By Maryanne Demasi

    Excerpt:

    The claims that our program “should never have aired” should not sit well with the public. At best, it’s an over-reaction. At worst, it’s a form of censorship.

    Sometimes in science asking questions provides you with answers that may be unsettling. Not because they are conclusive, but because they are inconclusive. It’s the duty of scientists and science reporters to encourage critical thinking on issues that are still up for debate.

    Several other counties around the world have more stringent radio frequency safety thresholds than Australia. Italy, China, Switzerland and Russia have wireless safety limits, which are a hundred times more stringent than our own. In France, they restrict advertising of mobile phones to children. They have also banned Wi-Fi in nurseries and day care centres.

    So I decided to investigate. Why are some countries making these changes and not Australia? To say that this is a fringe view is not sustainable. SNIP

    Read the full article here

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