Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cell phone antennas harm residents / Electonic controls / Do We Smell A Rat?" / 200 times more radiation / Bans gadgets from home

Cell phone antennas harm residents

In December 2009 an array of cell phone antennas was placed on an apartment building in downtown Toronto, much to the surprise of the residents who first became aware of this construction as the cranes moved in.  Watch the video and listen to what one woman experienced.


If you drive a modern car with electronic controls, you should read this article.

- Electromagnetic Compatibility: Toyota "sticking pedals" recall is a smokescreen
by EurIng Keith Armstrong

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New Report: "Alzheimer's Mouse Study--Do We Smell A Rat?"

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News from India

Towers on buildings: Forest department, mobile operators to hold talks

Tuesday , Feb 16, 2010 at 0543 hrs Ahmedabad:

Gujarat forest and environment department officials will hold a meeting with the public and private mobile operators on February 19 to discuss the issue of proliferation of cellphone towers in the urban landscapes of Gujarat, and their impact on the people.

The department will also discuss the Bombay Nature History Society (BNHS) and the IIT-Bombay report with the cellphone companies at the meeting. The report corroborates evidence that mobile phone towers are illegally installed atop buildings.

BNHS Director Asad Rahmani said the advent of cellphones have resulted in the proliferation of towers and are now as ubiquitous as the house sparrows were.

He said sparrows are the bio-indicators of the changes occurring in the environment. One of his students — Mohammed Dilawar — is doing a study to demonstrate that microwave radiation from cellphone towers leads to the depletion of the house sparrow population. Recently, a study revealed that the intensity of the microwave radiation in populated cities like Mumbai is 200 times more than the permissible European norms.


Family of eight bans gadgets from home

Parents who grew tired of their six children's obsession with computer games and mobile phones have responded by banning all gadgets from their home.

19 Feb 2010

Miranda and Richard Jones, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, said their children became grumpy when denied access to their televisions or computer games, and took the decision to throw them all away.
Now, after what Mrs Jones calls the "best parenting decision she's ever made", she says her children are far happier than when they were glued to screens.

Instead of watching TV and texting friends, Joshua, 17, Sacha, 15, Theo, 13, Rudi, seven, Moses, three, and one-year-old Nester were encouraged to meet friends face-to-face and play more traditional childhood games.

Mrs Jones said the teenagers now chat openly to their parents and occupy themselves with schoolwork and part-time jobs, while the younger children enjoy colouring in and getting muddy.

She said: "The three older children had a TV, a computer, Nintendo DSs and a PlayStation, but then screens started to become a problem for my third
child. He wanted them all the time.

"When I tried to limit them he threw a tantrum and was grumpy when he wasn't using them. I started to feel guilty about how much time I spent saying 'no' to him, I became the villain.

"So I started banning them and noticed how much less grumpy he was when he didn't have access. That's when I thought 'this is the right thing to do'."

Mrs Jones took away the computer consoles and games, prohibited the children from using mobile phones and limited their television time. When the family moved to their current home three years ago they did not bring their television.

She said: "I wanted the children to have a proper childhood. I wanted them to enjoy life and get out and live it, and fortunately the teenagers have been brilliant about it.

"They have accepted that spending time on computers and mobile phones is something other kids do and they don't."

The children's schools complained that their ban has prevented their children from completing work on computers, but Joshua is celebrating after being awarded a place at Cambridge.

Mrs Jones said: "I was worried they would be seen as nerds but they are lovely and they are popular.

"To be honest, I think it's the best parenting decision I have ever made. I don't think I'll get to 70 and say 'I wish I'd have let my children go on the internet more'."

Children with televisions in their bedrooms miss out on vital sleep

Children are missing out on vital sleep because of televisions, mobile phones and computers in their bedrooms, a survey has claimed.

Computers and TV blamed for teenage violence and casual sex

By Steve Doughty
03rd February 2009

Computers and television have pushed a generation of children towards violent behaviour, early sex and mental illness, a large-scale study said yesterday.

It cited celebrity culture, advertising and peer pressure among the reasons why girls often have sex as soon as they reach the age of consent.

And it blamed computer games, the internet and television for 'the lurch to more and more violence which we know can breed violence and increase mental illness'.

The secret of our happy family? We banned TV, mobiles and computers

By Chris Brooke Last updated
19th February 2010

It is most children¹s idea of living hell ­ a home where computers, games consoles, television and even mobile phones are banned.

Instead of spending hours in front of a screen, the six children in the Jones family have to fill their spare time by working, reading books, playing and ­ remarkably ­ actually talking to people.

Yet somehow they¹ve managed to cope.

According to parents Miranda and Richard Jones, both 42, the gadget-free lifestyle change has been a success that has benefited the whole family.

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