Daily Archives: January 2, 2009

Study: Cell phones cause heart disease, kidney failure

DAILY NEWS | Dec 30, 2008

BY CATEY HILL

child-cellphone3What would you do without your cell phone?!    Well, you might be a bit healthier sans phone, according to a new study.

The European Research Institute for Electronic Components in Bucharest found that cell phones may lead to heart disease and kidney stones, according to Switched.com.

How is this possible?  The study found that cell phones emit radiation, which causes red blood cells to leak hemoglobin, according to Softpedia.com.  The hemoglobin then accumulates in the body, which can lead to health complications including heart disease or kidney stones.

This new study is just one in a series of studies about the ills of cell phone use.  Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University found that exposure to cell phone radiation could cause proteins and toxins to leak into the brain, according to Softpedia.com.  This can lead to Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

And here’s something even more disturbing: average cell phone ownership is up to two per person, according to Switched.com.  That’s a lot of extra radiation!

The Federation of the Electronics Industry claims that there is no conclusive proof that cell phones are a health hazard, according to Softpedia.com.

Gaza Strip invasion is right thing to do, Mike Bloomberg says

DAILY NEWS  | Dec 31, 2008

BY ADAM LISBERG

Mayor Bloomberg angrily defended Israel’s missile barrage on the Gaza Strip Tuesday after an Israeli diplomat brought a shattered Hamas rocket to City Hall.

“There’s no such thing as a measured response to terrorism – period,” he said at a meeting with Asaf Shariv, Israel’s consul general, who had just returned to the city from Israel.

They stood next to a homemade Hamas rocket, with four flanges at its base and metal peeled back from the tip, that had been recovered after landing without injuring anyone.

“This is what they usually fire at us,” Shariv said. “Sometimes you have to say enough is enough. … If Hamas won’t shoot rockets into Israel, we won’t shoot.”
Bloomberg said he was sensitive to the plight of Palestinians in New York whose families are in the line of fire in Gaza, but he said the blame for civilian deaths falls squarely on Hamas.

“If they choose to use humans as shields, sadly, those humans have a high probability of getting injured or killed,” he said.

Melbourne shivers through coldest December in seven years

AAP | Dec 31, 2008

MELBOURNE endured its coldest December in seven years, while it was also the wettest month in three years.

Almost 77mm of rain fell in December, with the biggest dumping of 36mm recorded in one day, on December 13, according to online weather service Weatherzone.

The rest of Victoria also enjoyed a wet Christmas present with all areas receiving above average rainfall, except for small parts of the Alpine and Gippsland regions and Phillip Island.

The parched Murray region received a much needed boost with 78mm in the gauge at Ouyen and 47mm at Mildura – the biggest downpours in more than 18 months.

“December saw a number of widespread rain or storm days as persistent troughs developed over the eastern inland, fed by tropical moisture with the early monsoon, that then poked down into northern Victoria, bringing good falls to border regions,” Weatherzone meteorologist Jessica Trevena said.

Melbourne’s average daytime temperature was 23 degrees celsius – one degree below average – and the coldest December since 2001.

For holidaymakers hoping to hit the beach, the outlook for the rest of summer is good, with the mercury expected to rise to normal levels.

But it’s bad new for dams and farmers, with the warmth set to kill off any chance of above average rainfall.

Males of All Species are Becoming More Female

Mercola | Dec 31, 2008

Various studies are indicating that unregulated chemicals released into the environment are causing male animals and humans to take on feminine characteristics.

Thousands of chemicals released into the environment are interfering with animal and human endocrine systems. These chemicals, nicknamed “gender-benders,” are causing the males in many species to become feminized.

In British lowland rivers, 50 percent of male fish were found to be growing eggs in their testes. Hermaphrodite polar bears have also been born.

Since all vertebrates have similar sex hormone receptors, the feminization of other animals could indicate a similar pattern in humans.

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Global warming: Reasons why it might not actually exist

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved, according to the Telegraph’s Christopher Booker. Sceptics have long argued that there are other explanations for climate change other than man-made CO2 and here we look at some of the arguments put forward by those who believe that global warming is all a hoax.

Telegraph | Dec 30, 2008

Temperatures are falling, not rising

As Christopher Booker says in his review of 2008, temperatures have been dropping in a wholly unpredicted way over the past year. Last winter, the northern hemisphere saw its greatest snow cover since 1966, which in the northern US states and Canada was dubbed the “winter from hell”. This winter looks set to be even worse.

The earth was hotter 1,000 years ago

Evidence from all over the world indicates that the earth was hotter 1,000 years ago than it is today. Research shows that temperatures were higher in what is known as the Mediaeval Warming period than they were in the 1990s.

The earth’s surface temperature is not at record levels

According to Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis of surface air temperature measurements, the meteorological December 2007 to November 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. Their data has also shown that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s but the 1930s.

Ice is not disappearing

Arctic website Crysophere Today reported that Arctic ice volume was 500,000 sq km greater than this time last year. Additionally, Antarctic sea-ice this year reached its highest level since satellite records began in 1979. Polar bear numbers are also at record levels.

Himalayan glaciers

A report by the UN Environment Program this year claimed that the cause of melting glaciers in the Himalayas was not global warming but the local warming effect of a vast “atmospheric brown cloud” over that region, made up of soot particles from Asia’s dramatically increased burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

Temperatures are still dropping

Nasa satellite readings on global temperatures from the University of Alabama show that August was the fourth month this year when temperatures fell below their 30-year average, ie since satellite records began. November 2008 in the USA was only the 39th warmest since records began 113 years ago.

Princeton Physicist Calls Global Warming Science “Mistaken”

Scientist fired by Al Gore was told, “science will not intrude on public policy”.

Daily Tech | Dec 23, 2008

By Michael Asher

Noted energy expert and Princeton physicist Dr. Will Happer has sharply criticized global warming alarmism. Happer, author of over 200 scientific papers and a past director of energy research at the Department of Energy, called fears over global warming “mistaken”.

“I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect”, said Happer. “Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science.”

Dr. Happer views climate change as a predominately natural process. “The earth’s climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past.”

In 1991, Happer was appointed director of energy research for the US Department of Energy. In 1993, he testified before Congress that the scientific data didn’t support widespread fears about the dangers of the ozone hole and global warming, remarks that caused then-Vice President Al Gore to fire him. “I was told that science was not going to intrude on public policy”, he said. “I did not need the job that badly”.

Happer’s latest remarks were made yesterday, as he asked to be included in a Senate Environment and Public Works report of scientists disputing global warming alarmism. Happer joins 650 other scientists on the list, many of whom have been interviewed previously by DailyTech.

“Computer models used to generate frightening scenarios from increasing levels of carbon dioxide have scant credibility,” Happer concluded.

In response to Happer’s remarks, Senator James Inhofe, ranking minority member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said, “The endless claims of a consensus on man-made global warming grow less and less credible every day”.

Revellers defy big chill to celebrate coldest New Year’s Eve in a decade

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Police constable Lee Dingsdale receives a kiss from Aiden Cooper as revellers take to Princes Street, Edinburgh, to celebrate New Year’s Eve Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Revellers take to Princes Street, Edinburgh, to celebrate New Year’s Eve

It was expected to be the coldest New Year’s Eve since 1996 – significantly colder than even Iceland with temperatures expected to be below zero in most areas.

Guardian | Jan 1, 2009

By Lee Glendinning

Hundreds of thousands of revellers braved the coldest New Year’s Eve in more than a decade last night at outdoor events, defying the weather and the economic gloom.

Many more celebrated in pubs and clubs but big numbers had opted to batten down the hatches and celebrate at home. A survey of 2,160 people by YouGov estimated that 63% stayed in by the fire, with eight out of 10 of those attributing their decision to the economy, and one in 10 to being made redundant.

Some of the most heavily subscribed events in the New Year’s Eve calendar still had tickets available just before they were due to start and many offered discounted entry. Those who did venture out tried to forget the credit crunch and party as usual. In London thousands of revellers braved chilly temperatures and thronged the streets to see in the New Year.

Crowds applauded and cheered during a 12-minute fireworks display on the banks of the Thames. Colombian students Yadica Guerreo, 26, and Johana Sosa, 21, who celebrated in the shadow of Big Ben, said that being in London to see in 2009 was “like a dream come true”.

Miss Guerreo said: “It’s been pretty cold but it’s also been pretty cool. I’ve only been in London for one month and it’s a dream come true to be here.” Miss Sosa added: “It’s amazing. I’ve never thought I would be here to see this.”

Kimberley Harvey, 20, from north London, said: “We’ve been here since 8pm and we’ve been dancing all night. I’ve never been here before even though I live in London. I love it. I’ve had a great time.”

Joelle Peeters, 43, and her son Tom, 12, travelled from Brussels to spend New Year’s Eve in London. She said: “I love the fireworks. We spent the last two New Years in Paris, but this was far better. It was well worth the wait, even if it has been very cold.”

The countdown lasted for a moment longer, due to the Earth’s erratic rotation. Official timekeepers around the world inserted a “leap second” to bring the most accurate atomic clocks in line with the astronomical day.

It was expected to be the coldest New Year’s Eve since 1996 – significantly colder than even Iceland with temperatures expected to be below zero in most areas.

In Edinburgh temperatures dropped as low as -3C as about 100,000 people joined in at the big Hogmanay event and organisers released extra passes after the first 50,000 sold out four days earlier than last year, despite doubling in cost from £5 to £10. Scotland was expected to be colder than many places in Europe including Moscow, Paris and Berlin.

The Met Office advised revellers to wrap up and be careful of slippery pavements. “The last New Year’s Eve we had that was this cold was in 1996, when it was -3C degrees,” said Dave Britton, a senior forecaster at the Met Office.

Just over half of people questioned by National Saving & Investments had chosen to celebrate locally to cut costs, with many also opting for free events. “It is good to see that people are finding creative and less expensive ways to celebrate in an attempt to avoid a new year hangover,” a spokesman said.

Yesterday it was still possible to make an 11th-hour decision to attend London’s most extravagant offerings – including the Dorchester hotel’s six-course meal and live music for £320, or Elton John’s New Year’s Eve concert at the O2 arena, where tickets, many of which were originally £100, were being reduced by 50%.