Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In Japan, it's raining tadpoles (birds disturbed in mid flight?) / Minister Clement Says Residents Concerns Were Not Valid

Hi All
The story below, from Japan is interesting because it may indicate that large birds are being disturbed by something shocking, while they are in mid flight. 
Could electro magnetic radiation from cell phone towers and other antennas be the culprit?
EMR is certainly something that needs to be considered and investigated!
Martin Weatherall

In Japan, it's raining tadpoles ...

... and fish and frogs. Downpours that deposit dead creatures from Hiroshima to Iwate bewilder meteorologists

Hatched tadpoles swimming to surface from frogspawn

Hatched tadpoles swimming to the surface from frogspawn. Photograph: Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Japan is no stranger to heavy downpours during the early summer rainy season.

But in recent days the proverbial "cats and dogs" have been joined by tadpoles, fish and the occasional frog.

Meteorologists admit they are bewildered by a spate of incidents in which the creatures appear to have fallen from the sky. People around the country have reported witnessing the phenomenon since the first sightings of stranded tadpoles were made in Ishikawa prefecture last week.

People living as far apart as Hiroshima in the south-west and Iwate in the north-east say they have stumbled on the dead creatures near their homes, in fields, school grounds, and on car roofs and windscreens.

In Ishikawa prefecture, on the Japan Sea coast, a resident found 13 crucian carp on and around his truck, each about 3cm long.

One popular theory is that the creatures were sucked up by waterspouts but meteorologists say no strong winds have been reported in the areas where tadpoles were found. One expert said gusts too weak to be picked up by observatories might have sucked up small quantities of water, along with a few unfortunate tadpoles. Ornithologists said it was too early too rule out their feathered friends.

Kimimasa Tokikuni, head of the Ishikawa branch of the Japanese Society for the Preservation of Birds, told the Yomiuri Shimbun that bigger birds, such as herons and black-tailed gulls, might have dropped the tadpoles after being disturbed in mid-flight.

But the startled bird theory fails to answer a simple question: why haven't the "flying" tadpoles been noticed before?


Minister Clement Says Residents Concerns Were Not Valid

June 17, 2009


OTTAWA- Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy urged the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement today in the House of Commons to answer why he overturned the decision of the City of Charlottetowns Council to deny Rogers Communications to build a cell tower off Mount Edward Road.


Mr. Speaker, for the Minister of Industry, last year Rogers Telecommunication applied to build a massive cell tower in a residential neighbourhood right in the middle of the city of Charlottetown. The neighbours did not want it. The people who lived in Charlottetown did not want it and our democratically elected city council voted against it... Why did he disrespect the wishes of the residents of Charlottetown and the decision of their elected council? questioned Murphy this afternoon in the House of Commons during question period.


The Minister of Industry, Tony Clement responded, If there are legitimate concerns, those concerns are then addressed. Health Canada reviews the concerns from a health and safety point of view. Health Canada did its job and reviewed for health and safety concerns. Those concerns were not valid.


I am upset that the Minister of Industry believes that the concerns of the citizens of Charlottetown are invalid since the City of Charlottetown took proper and extensive examination of the proposal of the Rogers cellphone tower prior to rejecting the building permit, stated Murphy.


For Information:

Christina MacLeod

Executive Assistant

Shawn Murphy, Charlottetown MP


Christina MacLeod

Executive Assistant

Shawn Murphy, Charlottetown MP

75 Fitzroy St.

Suite 201

Charlottetown, PEI

C1A 1R6

Tel: (902) 566-7772

Fax: (902) 566-7780