Friday, February 20, 2009

Very Important US Congress letter to FCC / Pictures "A Criminal Act" / 'Stealth' cell towers spark outrage / Love Marriage and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Please read the attached letter from the United States Congress.

Von: Charles Cavanagh
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2009 02:52

An: 'Rolf Gerber'; Lothar Geppert; Uwe Dinger; Peter und Tina Schlegel

Betreff: US Congress letter to FCC (highly newsworthy)

Hello Colleagues,

This is by far the strongest language from the US Congress I have heard. They appear to take the bioinitiative seriously and give support from other US agencies to stop the proliferation of EMF radiation.

In otherwords the FCC does not have a free ticket anymore to implement IEEE/ICES recommendations without review. Also, no automatic yes voting in Congress on auctioning new frequency bands of which they have no awareness.

Very interesting.

Warning notice to the Health Authorities and to the mobile phone companies : Pictures "A Criminal Act"

- Avertissement aux Autorités de Santé et aux opérateurs de téléphonie mobile : Photos "Acte Criminel"

- Toutes les Next-up News / All Next-up News:

'Stealth' cell towers spark outrage

Pol: Antennas saturate Hub
By Richard Weir   |   Thursday, February 19, 2009  |  |  Local Coverage

Cell phone towers are sprouting up in Boston so swiftly and silently that not even City Hall knows how many are out there, raising fears of potential health hazards and prompting one city councilor to call for a moratorium.

In recent months, 202 so-called "stealth" cell towers - camouflaged as street light poles and "historic" lamp posts or mounted atop utility poles - were installed on city streets from Back Bay to Jamaica Plain, alarming residents who suddenly found them outside their front doors.

Yet an untold number of cell antennas have been quietly mounted on private property - tucked into church steeples, affixed to rooftops and water towers and embedded inside massive flagpoles.

"I think we're reaching a saturation point here," said City Councilor Charles Yancey, who last month discovered an "innocuous-looking" light pole erected near his Dorchester home was indeed a "mini cell phone tower."

Saying the city has done a "woefully inadequate job" of informing residents of the cellular antennas in their midst, Yancey wants a moratorium on new cell sites until the city develops a better community notification plan and studies what he calls a "high concentration" of cell towers.

(Google map data point color key: Green flags indicate NextG Network site; equipment owned by by NStar [NST] or Verizon. Red flags indicate Light Tower Wireless L.L.C. Site; Blue flags indicate NextG Network site and equipment.)

The city's Inspectional Services Department, which reviews the siting of cell antennas on private properties, said it does not keep an official tally of permitted wireless antennas. The building that houses the Boston Herald has a cell phone antenna mounted on its roof.

While opponents elsewhere have sometimes successfully fought efforts to install towers, many Hub residents have found they are already up before they can do anything about them.

"I was shocked by it," said Bernie Doherty, 60, who just last month discovered the Nstar utility pole outside his Jamaica Plain home had an 8-foot-tall, cone-shaped cell tower rigged to it.

Doherty, who heads a neighborhood civic group, was even more stunned to learn that no community meetings were held to alert homeowners to the new antenna.

"Why are these things being done in a way that can't stand the light of public debate?' asked Doherty, who, like Yancey, worries about possible health risks.

Some medical experts believe there's a link between electromagnetic energy from cell towers and brain cancer and leukemia.

The Boston Public Improvement Commission, after more than a dozen hearings last year, granted permission to two companies to install the 202 street-level antennae.

NextG Networks of San Jose, Calif., which leases antennas to carriers, paid the city an annual $15,000 fee to put up 110 new street light antenna poles and another 74 antennas attached to existing utility poles.

Light Tower, owned by SBA Advanced Wireless Networks of Boca Raton, Fla., inked a similar contract to set up 18 "historic" lamp posts in the Back Bay.

City officials acknowledge they held no widespread public awareness campaign. "We did not go out and notify each neighborhood . . . We asked NextG to do the outreach," said Dennis Royer, who heads the commission.

NextG and SBA officials did not return numerous messages.

Royer said the commission did post legal ads in the Herald and The Boston Globe for each hearing and tower location, and carefully vetted the lists of proposed sites that aimed to fix documented "dead zones." He also noted the Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits municipalities from blocking companies from putting up cell towers.

Industry experts say that as cell phone use skyrockets, more towers are needed.

"These phones don't ring by themselves," said City Councilor John Tobin (D-West Roxbury), who said the city needs to balance the need for better cell reception with community outreach.

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Love Marriage and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Angela Page and John Webber wanted to get married after nearly a 14-year relationship, but a wedding for Page would have presented some unusual problems. Because of her illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), she can't be around people who wear perfumes or carry other artificial scents without becoming incapacitated.

Even when people try to prepare for visiting the couple, by forgoing such things as wearing clothes dried using perfumed fabric softening sheets, it's not always successful. So, how could she have a wedding yet not be exposed to dangerous fragrances? The answer was to have the ceremony take place during her weekly radio folk music program on WJFF.

The radio station was already in the practice of maintaining a fragrance-free environment on Saturdays when Page spins out folk tunes, so that part was fairly easy. But getting a person to perform the ceremony was a little trickier.

Webber and Page contacted Jeffersonville Mayor Ed Justus, who agreed to marry the couple, but more importantly agreed to use fragrance-free hygiene products that Page gave him for a couple of days prior to the big day. Page said he was perfect when the time came, a complete "blank" in terms of artificial fragrances.

The event itself, which took place on Valentine's Day, drew friends and relatives of the couple from as far away as England and California, who tuned in via the Internet, and sent emails or called to be part of the event.

After playing a program full of love songs and other tunes appropriate to the day, the couple was married.

Angela Page slips a wedding ring on John Webber's finger in a wedding broadcast live from radio station WJFF in Jeffersonville, NY on February 14. (Click for larger version)

More about this event:

Angela Page was married this week and would like to share about her accomonodations for her MCS wedding. Her family was able to "attend" her wedding "on air" at WJFF. Angela works for WJFF and has been accomodated with a chemical free work space since her illness for a 2 hour radio show each week. She got married during her show on the air! Angela says, "What started as an accommodation for mcs became a fun cyber event."

Transcript here:

Scroll down to Folk Plus 2/14/09 for the audio at the radio site:

Paper reported it here:
Valentine's Day wedding couple clears air before taking vows

And here is her website ./
It has some fabulous resources