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Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

Who Will Switch The Microwave OffAntigua St John's - Since our initial publication of an article titled, “Are we living in a Microwave,” we have found ourselves facing a wall.

Information Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor’s reply was brief, and LIME has not replied. The only company that did reply was Digicel.  It would appear that the significance of the matter has not been recognised by the authorities or LIME. Before we continue our investigation, we would like to issue a brief reminder about the electromagnetic history of Antigua.

In 1975, the Caribbean Relay Station was constructed in Antigua. The station's purpose was to broadcast international radio content, like the BBC World Service, to most of the western hemisphere. The station was a monster when compared to cell phone towers, with six radio towers operating at 250 kW.

The station had the ability to broadcast shortwave AM radio far beyond the Caribbean region, well into South and North America. This station was, by far, the largest operating transmission station in the entire Caribbean.

According to PAHO (Pan-American-Health-Organization) the cancer mortality rate in Antigua between 1992-2002 peaked at 176 cases for every 100,000 people. This is higher than anywhere in Latin America, according to the same study. Interestingly enough, no other Caribbean island had such radio towers, operating at such power levels as 250 kW. In Barbados, shortwave transmission sites peak at 0.5 kW strength, and in Grenada, the strongest towers come up at 5 kW; the same is true for Jamaica.Trends-in-cancer-morality

In our initial publication, we noted that the health effects of EMFs have a 10-20 year delay. The Caribbean Relay Company began operating in 1976, exactly 20 years before the PAHO study was conducted. Is there a link between the current high rates of cancer and the Caribbean Relay Company?

The answer is that it is very possible.

In our last article, Minister of Health Wilmoth Daniel said the issue of cell phone towers had caught his attention. Antigua is in urgent need of work. If cell phone towers were not an issue on their own, cancer statistics and reporting is practically non-existent in Antigua. We are glad that Daniel is active on the issue, and we are waiting to see what steps he will take to improve the situation. Additionally, a source close to the Ministry of Health told Caribarena that a new cancer reporting programme is in the works.

LIME is the largest cell phone service provider in Antigua, and it is also the least cautious with regard to cell phone tower construction and placement. Many LIME towers and antennas are within close proximity of homes. LIME also has many wooden posts for towers, resulting in antennas being mounted no more than 40 feet from the ground. Since Caribarena contacted LIME, the company has not replied to us in any form. The people are still awaiting a reply.


Following our initial article, Caribarena attempted to contact Minister of Information Technology Dr Edmond Mansoor. Contacting him directly proved futile, however Caribarena managed to get a question to him via Communications Officer Maurice Merchant.

The minister’s reply was that all questions need to be directed to the DCA. So we contacted the DCA, and their response was simple.  Frederick Southwell, Acting Chief Town & Country Planner, said filling out an A-Form and paying a $30 or $35 application fee at the Treasury are pretty much all that is required before one can be considered for a permit to erect a cell phone tower in Antigua & Barbuda.

The A-Form applies to the “erecting of a new building or other structures.” The form or the process does not speak specifically to the towers and the signal strength emitted from them.

However, these explanations, and Minister Mansoor’s response, contradict earlier statements made by Telecommunications Officer Clement Samuel. Samuel said that the Telecommunications division of the Ministry of IT must also grant permission for all new cell phone towers. He added that this change in policy has only been in effect for about a year, and prior to this amendment, the DCA was the only regulatory body that had to grant permission for new towers.

So why would Minister Mansoor, who must be aware of this policy, direct Caribarena to the DCA? Is Minister Mansoor not in contact with the telecommunications division?

Is the telecommunications division taking steps without the consent, and without notifying, the minister of IT?

And in any case, Caribarena asked the minister a variety of questions regarding towers and signal strengths, which are not relevant to the DCA.

Minister Mansoor, as the minister of Information Technology, it is your job and responsibility to address the nation.

Why was the 2007 telecommunications bill not brought before Parliament? Why is there no regulation of cell phone towers? What are you doing to deal with the issues? Minister Mansoor, there are a large number of towers and antennas inside people’s backyards. These are not people who live near a tower, but directly underneath one. Wake up Minister! 

Caribarena is calling on all media houses and radio stations to join our campaign to reduce the number of cell phone towers. The future of our nation, our children, and our people lies under the beam.


Many people have contacted Caribarena and requested that measurements be conducted in their homes. These measurements were conducted, and we are now working on measuring Wi-Fi, WiMAX, television, and radio EMFs island-wide. More results are soon to come.

See related stories:

Digicel responds to Antenna Concerns

No Answers So Far On Antenna Issue

Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

Are We Living in a Microwave



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The response

#89 Shameless » 2011-07-22 09:16

The link below is the response for the Antenna(S)
http://www.ab.gov.ag/gov_v4/article_details.php?id=1859&category=38
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Cmon

#88 Worldview » 2011-07-21 05:22

There will be no protests or citizen action because no political or social leadership exists for this issue - no private citizens are prepared to risk the wrath of the political ruling class by standing up to be discounted.
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Cmon man Cmon

#87 Cmon » 2011-07-20 21:33

We need to do something - protest or something. Something - all of these towers CANNOT be good. What is going on man????
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Now We Know Why

#86 Worldview » 2011-07-20 18:38

Now we know why Mansoor had to be silent about this issue: APUA has constructed 21 more cell towers to expand their network to compete with the big two - Antigua & Barbuda is committed to the status quo and more - that's just the way it is - some things will never change -the "revolution" of 2004 was all a monumental waste of time - the people have been fooled again ...
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miss knowitall

#85 microwave chef » 2011-07-19 18:45

yes it is necessary so we can see how long the upp is ignoring this issue
right Doc?
what is annoying is how unelected officials are allowed to kill us.
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Really?

#84 MissKnowitall » 2011-07-19 13:44

is the countdown really necessary? Its so annoying
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#83 Shameless » 2011-07-19 10:15

Are we still commenting!!
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GUESS WhAT

#82 rural east » 2011-07-16 22:04

THEY are putting up a next cell site at the port on the hill RAT ISLAND it shows you that they dont even repect the media
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#81 sky antigua » 2011-07-03 10:19

part 2
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Sky Antigua

#80 Worldview » 2011-07-03 09:13

First I was concerned ... then I got scared ... Now I am utterly terrified!
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#79 sky antigua » 2011-07-03 01:09

Please can Caribarena ask for an explanation from the Ministers of Health and the Environment
to see this
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#78 sky antigua » 2011-07-03 00:21

As Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor’s would know if he had read the NZStandard for radio-frequency radiation (NZS2772:1 1999), it was intended to protect only against the immediate acute heating effects of EMR and not against any long term cumulative or biological effects such as cancer. This was because the NZ standards committee- which coincidentally was comprised largely of telco and other industry representatives - did not recognise with 100% certainty any of the studies which linked EMR to long term or biological effects and because at that time (1999) they did not understand how any longer term effects were caused.

Until recently the NZ government relied on World Health Organization advice.
Last month the WHO changed its advice to recognize the biological risks from EMR. Many other states such as Italy, Switzerland, Russia and Israel have now adopted a much more precautionary approach and have reduced permissible exposures to a small fraction of those allowed in NZ. Instead of following best international practice the NZ government (and its advisors and others with vested interests) claim the world experts have got it wrong.
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#77 antigua » 2011-07-03 00:11

i hope that all people will unite on this important issue so that gov are forced to bring into law strict codes as to where these towers are being placed.
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corrupt corrupt corrupt

#76 sky antigua » 2011-07-03 00:09

they deny that cell phones are dangerous -- just as safe as coffee and pickled vegetables!!
Our governments are corrupt, and working for the industry. Our homes are unlivable, we suffer harmful interference from the transmitters
Caribarena Keep up the fight
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shaga

#75 serian » 2011-07-01 08:03

in seria we dont care,so y come to antigua and care.get real : :-x
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#74 The OnLooker » 2011-06-27 21:33

@piky head, get your info straight before you start misleading people. they are cell towers, not wifi, ctv etc... As an individual who has worked with such technologies for years let me give some technical information on the matter. Please note what I am not concluding whether or not cell phone signal causes cancer or not as I am not a doctor or specialist in such a field. Every wireless signal has 2 basic characteristics, frequency and wavelength. As with any form of energy, over distance it loses strength. Same goes for wireless signals. Cell Towers/Antennas are usually located in non-populated areas because of their high frequency and wavelength needed to cover the distance. This doesn't mean that they should not be located in populated areas, but the frequency and wavelength should be adjusted as recommended. As with myself and most technicians/Engineer s I have met, we limit the amount of wireless signals that we use because we have witnessed its interference.
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ok

#73 piky head » 2011-06-27 13:45

take em down- so no more ctv, bb, free after 3, text to win, wi fi to fry our brain. im cured
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Let's Start a Bet

#72 Smart One » 2011-06-26 22:15

Caribarena, I think we should hold a bet on whether any of these people will ever answer you lets say by August 1st. I'll bet $20.00 you will not get any responds
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@miracleman

#71 liz » 2011-06-26 15:17

not when you live right under the tower ;-)
i don't think cell phones are stronger than towers,
but you hold them right up against your head, so they are
much closer. try doing that with a cell tower.
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If you belive this then stop using cell phones

#70 Miracleman » 2011-06-26 07:49

Cell phones cause an order of magnitude higher radiation than towers.. So stop using your cell phone. It is always harder to prove a negative.
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re: miracleman

#69 rawr » 2011-06-25 10:22

dear miracleman,
i hereby proclaim that you don't exist.
my facts are...none. just like your argument that cell towers don't hurt people. unless your going to explain WHY it isn't harmful, then making
statements isn't helping anyone.
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lack of communication doesnt chnage facts of issue

#68 Miracleman » 2011-06-25 07:59

If there is ahurricane and some fails to report it, it doesnt mean there isnt one.. so I agree communictaion at all levels of society can be improved and even between individuals. IT does not materially affect the fact that the theory here is bogus.... Cheers
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@Miacleman

#67 The OnLooker » 2011-06-24 10:36

MIracleman, it is not about what is fact from fiction it is about being a leader. As as leader you need to separate fact from fiction and enlighten the people. The citizens has put forward a concern about their health and it should be address. MIracaleman if you have kids, let them come home one day and say to you, they are concern that their school is not healthy. What would your response be?. Take that into thought.
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#66 MIracleman » 2011-06-23 20:29

Wow. Wake up people. THis microwave stuff is nonsense. Who is manipulating you?
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Antiguans WakeUp!!

#65 The OnLooker » 2011-06-23 09:28

I am in disbelief that well educated Antiguans who should be taking a direct lead on this issue are posting comments on Observer thinking that this will do squat. People you have been lied to, robbed, deprived of everything of being an Antiguan and now your LIFE!!!!, and i say again LIFE!!! and the best you can do is sit around a computer posting words thinking that Ministers of Government care.
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@PFKAR

#64 George LB Bird » 2011-06-20 23:09

@PFKAR ... I hope you are getting PAID to defend the Telecom industry because if not you are a loser!!! Since what Caribarena reported has no basis why don't you come and live under one of the cell towers Caribarena reported getting the strongest signals from??? And don't forget to bring your family as well!!!
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@ PFKAR

#63 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-06-20 10:19

How many have died or are suffering from cancer in the Seaview farm area? How many likewise have the same problem from the top floor of the blue building?. PFKAR you are using articles that are years old, give me one that is a week old. by an Independent renowned scientific institute.Oh yes, WHO is a respected organization. and the world is flat, the sun circled us, and a people can walk on water, and divide the sea. Believe what you want. Caribarena is so right to let the people know that no one is protecting them, let the people decide. not the ignorant self proclaimed Minister. I did not vote for him , PFKAR did you?
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PFKAR

#62 Worldview » 2011-06-19 21:46

Is PFKAR making excuses for non-regulation, insensitivity and silence from the authorities who should be standing up for the welfare of the residents of this country? Certainly sounds like it!
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#61 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 18:25

By all means, take precautions. Ask that Antigua be held to the same standards as the developed world. My issue is with the misleading journalism being employed by Caribarena. Throughout this series, the arguments being made by the author(s) have been spurious and even absurd. References have been made to ample amounts of pseudoscience and nonsense. All I ask is that, if Caribarena wants to pretend to undertake some investigative journalism, put someone on it who actually knows how to make a logical argument based on factual sources. As it stands, the series has been deceptive jibberish.
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re: microwave chef

#60 rawr » 2011-06-19 17:13

I agree with you chef, prevention cannot hurt. Its also very true that cell phones are similar to cigarettes. for years, the governments and the organizations denied that cigarettes were even potentially harmful. I remember in the movie "Thank you for Smoking" they joked about how the scientists employed by the tobacco industry could "disprove gravity". Despite the movie's comical approach, I think it is almost foreshadowing the cell phone case. i think PFKAR wants to wait until people start dying before he can conclude that it might be harmful. There is a difference between having nothing to see and not wanting to see what is there.
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how can prevention ever hurt? 3

#59 microwave chef » 2011-06-19 16:06

life it self is dangerous , when I travel via air I know there is a chance I might not complete that trip and die in an air-crash, but I still fly trusting that safety regulations are in place and enforced where air travel is concerns, why and how can it be different for this cell tower potentially dangerous even deadly radiation issue?
smoking is dangerous and deadly yet I have the right to smoke if I wish but only where I can not harm anyone else with my smoke. The pack of cigarets say's on the cover that it will kill you.
now why would i bring up the connection between smoking and cell phone towers, o yes both have been suspect of causing cancer and other illness, so far only cigarets have been proven but how long did we suspect smoking? how long are we going to wait before cell towers give us the same sad result?
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re: pfkar

#58 rawr » 2011-06-19 16:02

first of all, the bioinitiative report was criticized only for telling one side of the story. They did not review studies which suggest no link, only those that do. which, in my opinion, doesn't change anything. The report still review over 400 legitimate scientific reports that show a possible link, and suggest that further research is needed. and stop rambling about crackpots or not crackpots. if you are willing to say that three highly educated health scientists and full of it, then please do so. but take this into account: the UK government has begun removing wifi from schools based on Dr. George Carlo's counsel and research. Dr. Olle Johansson has a Ph.D from one of the top medical universities in the world, the karolinska institute, and he has been studying non-ionizing radiation since he was in university, so about 40-50 years. And dr.Joseph Mercola wrote a very interesting article about a building where 7 people died from cancer in the years following the installation of a cell tower:
www.bibliotecapleyades.net/scalar_tech/esp_scalartech_cellphonesmicrowave03.htm
by the way, you didn't give me your thoughts on the WHO's statement.
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how can prevention ever hurt? 2

#57 microwave chef » 2011-06-19 15:56

take some preventative measures until we have been presented with ultra confirmation evidence that cell tower radiation is harmless.
I am not asking to shut them all down i am just asking to make sure that our towers in Antigua comply with the same safety regulations the very developed countries have imposed on such.
If it is good for the former masters then it is even better for the former slave.
all that i see being asked from Mansoor is to tell us what regulations do we have in place , who enforces those regulations, and are they comparable with those in place in very developed countries , that's all why could that be so hard , unless i have something to hide, and if so what is the good doc hiding from the people of Antigua????
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how can prevention ever hurt? 1

#56 microwave chef » 2011-06-19 15:51

PFKAR, let us not speculate on what the great Doc Mansoor will or will not tell us on this matter we are waiting to hear from him the great expert on matters such as hand. Meanwhile and while we wait on the great Mansoor to deliver his" sermon from the mount" let us assume the cell towers in Antigua are not cooking us with dangerous levels of microwave not blasting us with levels considered harmful and dangerous in the most developed countries. there is still some well founded concern in many learned opinions as to the harmlessness of cell tower radiation, so what harm could it do if we in antigua..to be continue.....
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@ rawr

#55 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 14:44

1. The bioinitiative report is not comprised of peer reviewed research. It is an independent publication which has garnered lots of criticism from around the world for its propagandist methods. Most particularly, it has snot been able to explain why its conclusions stand in stark contrast to the vast majority of data accumulated by properly conducted, peer reviewed research.

2. I'm not clear on your claims about the evidence being "non-existent". The papers have been published and are easily retrieved through google scholar, as well as through other sources. There are crackpot dissenters in most every field who are often trying to desperately to defend their own failing research. I'm not saying that those you named are crackpots, but throwing out the names of three people and suggesting that their opinions negate the preponderance of scientific evidence is a fairly weak argument.
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@ rawr

#54 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 14:43

3. The WHO itself states that

"No recent national or international reviews have concluded that exposure to the RF fields from mobile phones or their base stations causes any adverse health consequence. "

The recent warning acknowledges that there is no evidence establishing a link. The WHO is simply being cautious.

The problem is that Caribarena seems to be implying that there *IS* correlation between cell phones and cancer. They are also calling for a government minister to justify Antigua's policy on cell towers. Given all the best information available, the minister's response should be simple:

there is no reason why the Antiguan government should believe (or should have in the past believed) that there is a health concern.
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re: pfkar

#53 rawr » 2011-06-19 13:43

first of all, the WHO themselves have a report that claims additional research is required. Secondly, there is a report called the bioinitiative report, which has 400 studies done by health scientists that link cell phones and towers with some forms of cancer. Secondly, I invite you to research the works of proffesor olle johansson, Ph.D, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. George Carlo, and many others who have repeatedly shown the evidence you claim to be nonexistent. besides, the last time I checked, the article asked for Minister Mansoor's response, not your biased speculations. and read this before you make you write another stupid comment:
news.helium.com/news/13462-who-cautions-possible-link-between-cellphones-and-brain-cancer
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@ microwave chef

#52 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 13:17

Chef, you may want to take a look at the links I posted, particularly this one:

www.who.int/entity/peh-emf/meetings/archive/en/paper15morrissey.pdf

It presents a literature review of all of the major studies done around the world (dozens of them) concerning exposure to cell phones and cell towers. None of these studies have found any convincing correlation between exposure and adverse health effects. So, yes, I am claiming that, given the best available information, cell towers are safe. What are you using as the basis of your supposition that they are not? The author's imagination? Using the same criteria, I could claim that the cancer rate in Antigua is a function of the fact that Microwave Chef lives here. Should we get out the torches and pitchforks simply because the suggestion has been made? NO! there is no reason to believe such a claim, just as there is no reason to believe the author's claims about cell phones.
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@ microwave chef

#51 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 13:16

Is it possible that cell phones are harmful? Anything's possible, but given the best available interest, keeping in mind that lots of people have looked into this, there is no reason to to believe that cell phones are any more dangerous than televisions. Where's the harm in the author employing pseudoscience to tell an interesting tale you ask? Should we really be allocating money and other resources to hunting Big Foot? There are other, well established, health risks to be addressed in Antigua. If the author can come up with anything that suggests a real link between cell phones and cancer (or other illnesses), by all means, bring it forward. So far, I've seen nothing but a fallacious argument.
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pfkar redux

#50 microwave chef » 2011-06-19 12:55

having said all that i full agree with you second post, you are spot on and your point regarding healthcare is well made.

considering all that let chef fix you plate for lunch, and if you stop feeding us giant turd burgers chef will promise to do the same .
don't worry chef is serving fish for lunch :lol:
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pfkar has brainfreeze

#49 microwave chef » 2011-06-19 12:40

pfkar, you proclaim that it is safe? are you really ? good i will take your point and make you proof it. i want all possible cell towers relocated on or near all properties belonging to you , the Mansoor family mostly the good doc's the pm 's home and all ministers of government personal private residences including their family and loved once. and all politicians on both-sides. don't forget lime and digicell managers
if it is so safe and harmless it should mean little to all of you who claim it is so safe, the rest of us are not so sure so we want to play it safe for now. So you and Eddie can go and take one for the team , nothing to worry about you know it is harmless right?
look dumbo there is a big difference between safe and unproven.
now get out of my kitchen , I am cooking :P
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#48 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 00:23

Perhaps we should be allocating some of this effort and concern toward dealing with real health concerns in Antigua, like the politicization of the hospital leading to several of the country's most talented physicians being barred from practicing or even visiting their patients. Or maybe we should address some of this outrage toward the fact that, in a country plagued by diabetes, primary schools are equipped by multiple candy stands which are virtually on campus.

Country pond anyone?

No need to invent health scares; there are plenty of real ones to keep us busy.
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#47 PFKAR » 2011-06-19 00:12

Why does pointing out a basic fact come across as "deceptive gobbledygook"? The author is suggesting that there is a causative correlation between the number of cell phone towers and the cancer rate in Antigua. He/she has offered nothing to support this claim, nothing to justify the correlation, yet continues to use such claims as the core of a fear-mongering campaign. Feel free to ignore me; I am simply pointing out a serious flaw in the author's reasoning. You may want to take a look at some of the following research:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones#r5

www.who.int/entity/peh-emf/meetings/archive/en/paper15morrissey.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1849947/

There is no mechanism by which non-ionizing radiation would be expected to have adverse health effects and, more importantly, there is no evidence to suggest any real risk exists. Most importantly, there is a lot of data suggesting that there is no correlation between cell phone use or proximity to base towers and any untoward health effects.
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fear

#46 malcolm » 2011-06-18 23:20

you scared doctor mansoor? how many xixlions ya got in the bank so that you can ignore us? you're not even an elected official, you were given the job because you kiss the pm's ass real good. and your computers in schools program is bs, go buy someone else's attention with that nonsense. on election day we will meet again and then we'll see what you get. you are a shame to your family name. i know many of your family, and they are not so arrogant and rude. they know what respect is. I hope that you are looking for an answer to this problem. and remember, you represent the people's interests, even if you aren't elected.
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PFKAR's Grain of Salt

#45 Worldview » 2011-06-18 08:51

PFKAR's comment sounds to me like a load of deceptive gobbledygook. Please take whatever this person says with a POUND of salt: a pinch is not enough.
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grain of salt

#44 PFKAR » 2011-06-16 10:29

While the incompetence of a government minister comes as no surprise, it should be kept in mind that it should be kept in mind that it is impossible to draw the conclusions being made here about cell phones and the national cancer rate. There are almost an infinite number of variables affecting a nation's cancer rate and they can not all be accounted for when looking for a causative correlation. Drawing the conclusion that cell towers are responsible for the cancer rate in Antigua is about as sound as blaming it on the number of hotels on the island, which has also certainly increased regularly since 1976. The best available data shows no correlation between cell towers or cell phones and cancer.
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Wake Up!!

#43 The OnLooker » 2011-06-16 08:20

Why Antigua people behaving like they have never been to school. Wake up people. As far as mansooor concerns all Antiguans should die. Stop worrying about the goverment fixing all your problems. Let me give you dumass people a run down:

baldwin doesn't know the difference between pencil and a pen, it would take him another 10 years just to understand what is been discussed.

Mansoor does'nt give a ** about Antigua people, is roxxing Antigua people he interrested in.

I SAY WAKEUP PEOPLE!!! WAKEUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
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where's the alp?

#42 monique » 2011-06-14 23:38

you'd think the opposition would jump on this issue as if it were a gold mine. Lester writes a fancy speech with big words and he doesn't say nuttin. Here is a real legit issue, and the opposition watch it go by? hmmmm. these people are so corrupt! have you ever tried to open a corrupt file on your computer? you get one big error. these people are a virus in our system, and they need to be DELETED.
Re: Erica
you hit the nail on the head. but its not just sponsorships and incentives, its the "friendships" that these people in power have.
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shame on YOU

#41 Jonas » 2011-06-14 23:24

I am ashamed that i voted for this government. How can they just sit back and be silent? If mansoor is unable to reply because of mental deficiencies, than another minister should take responsibility! The UPP should be ashamed at the way they have treated this country and this issue! It is people like this who hold us back as a country and as a people. They are greedy, arrogant, and mediocre minds. and yet we allow ourselves the be enslaved by these politicians. It seems that our mastery has been exchanged, not ended.
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#40 The Messenger » 2011-06-14 12:48

The Minister is too busy building his multi-million dollar mansion in Marble Hill. He has no concern if people die of cancer.His new home should be strong enough to withstand the effects of radiation from these towers. Heaven help the people who don't live in homes like his.
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Don't hold your breath

#39 Bussbomb » 2011-06-13 14:32

Eddie Mansoor will buy as much time as he can formulating his talking points after he consults with his corporate overlords and party hacks. This will take some time, but rest assured his response will be non committal and benign.
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Too Sick to Care About Being Made Sick?

#38 Worldview » 2011-06-13 09:08

This controversy says something about a deeper illness that afflicts Antigua & Barbuda. The citizens of this country seem not to have the moral fibre to confront issues that affect them. Ignorance and dependency combined with fear of authority produces moral paralysis. This also explains the peoples' eagerness to retreat into a fog of other-worldly 'holiness'. They looove Jesus: they just don't love one another enough to stand up for anything.
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We reap what we sow

#37 Erica » 2011-06-12 12:46

There will not be an answer forthcoming from this arrogant, useless, poor excuse of a Minister. This is usually the case when a square peg is placed in a round hole.

The people of Antigua created this mess and we now reap what we sow. In any other country this information and lack of response would have prompted a Public Outcry. Where is ALP on this issue? Where are the other public interest groups? Why is Caribarena the only people willing to speak out on this issue? The others are silent because no one wants to loose their sponsorships and other incentives gained at the hands of these irresponsible companies who are killing the population slowly.
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Good Story

#36 George LB Bird » 2011-06-11 20:05

Great story ... don't expect any real response soon. This industry is just like the tobacco industry. Their pockets are DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE P. They have the greatest and highest paid lobbyists!!! And they BURY negative reports!!!
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While your at it

#35 George LB Bird » 2011-06-11 19:58

Dear Caribarena ... if or when you get a response from the minister can you also ask him to come and tell the people just how much he has spent on computers & laptops in all the government computer access centers and schools around Antigua & Barbuda? How much will it cost for the "1500 laptops for the teachers?" And who were and will be the importers and retailers for all the wonderfull laptops and computers? Common sense will tell you that if you are buying 1500 laptops you might as well go directly to Dell,HP or any leading computer company and get custom built laptops with all the teaching software available already installed!!! But with so much money involved common sense will obviously be replaced for common greed!!!
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misunderstood?

#34 microwave chef » 2011-06-10 10:22

In my humble opinion The good Doc has spoken loud and clear, you all just did not get his message, for the convenience of several readers I will now spell it out in words.
"I the great minister of information duly appointed , hereby wish to relate to the good people of Antigua and Barbuda , my employers in fact the following. I hear your desire for a word from me on this cell tower matter and I suggest that you the people turn that and other desires for transparency to [email protected]#s and sh**t and you will find yourselves well satisfied"

now do like me and shut up .
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re The Onlooker

#33 cancer » 2011-06-09 14:26

I am tend to believe you at this time and would even lol with you but it hurts too much.
We "fooly" enough to even for a split second think that we would actually get some sort of a response. By the way it is day 8!
We "fooly" enough to expect them to actually do something about it and yes we are "fooly" enought to sit on our rear and do nothing about it.................b ase on that yes we are foolish. However we are smart enough to realise there is a problem and we are seeking answers.
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LOL!!!

#32 The Onlooker » 2011-06-09 08:47

FOOLY ANTIGUAN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! HAHAHAHAHA
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Mr.

#31 ipponupp » 2011-06-07 15:19

This sought of disrespect by Mr. Mansoor shows what a misfit he is when it comes to representing the people of Antigua & Barbuda.
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Observer Overseas

#30 tenman » 2011-06-07 14:28

Observer Overseas yet days after that meeting a fiber optic line gets cut creating down time for hours. Makes you wonder if there is any real redundancy. To your point, I do agree that his actions where the towers are concerns indicate he has no concern for the citizens he should serve.

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Disaster waiting to happen

#29 Observer Overseas » 2011-06-07 14:06

There was an article in the Daily Observer regarding a meeting the Minister held with LIME and Digicel to discuss disaster preparedness. If the current high penetration of mobile cell sites is not a disaster, then I don't know what is. The Minister seems to be more concerned about disasters which might happen, rather than the ones that we already have.
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awake my sleeping country..rise and shine

#28 Cancer » 2011-06-07 13:27

This is a blatant disrespect for the people of this nation! Six days and still no repose.
Who the he!! these people think they are? Do they really believe this issue is just going to disappear or they are banking on the idea that we forget sometimes too quickly?
What role does countability plays within this administration?
Bouy I cant wait for next election! They wouldn't have to worry or wait for my response on election day!
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Terrible Shame

#27 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-06-07 01:36

Well, the non elected Minister has proven what we already know, he cannot handle critique well. He will make excuses that he will not be pulled out by the media.he will say etc,etc,etc. He is a fool. he has destroyed his own reputation. Here is some advice, keep lying to the people, some will still believe you.Keep telling the PM everyone is wrong , and you are Jesus. Dude, start building your cross. That's where you deserve to be. Better still. you can use a telegraph pole tower, so you can glow in the dark as well.
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not again Doc not again!!!!

#26 microwave chef » 2011-06-05 20:46

still waiting for an official response from the minister responsible
I know his response will come .Because I refuse to believe that the good minister will show the same contempt for the people as he has show for the price control act ,when he owned a pharmacy. He should know how that ended for him in court.
not all Antiguans suffer from short memory Doc.
However your silence is of some concern if not great concern , we are talking about a potential killer of Antiguan people here doc you must act and soon
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say that they are safe

#25 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-06-05 19:43

What is amazing to me , is that these places have told their workers that they are safe. What if they are not, then what, you go home and suffer a painful death. will these people put it in writing and accept responsibility, and say that it is absolutely safe to live 50 feet from a lamp post tower. I dare you. I hope the people who work there understand what Caribarena is doing for them, now's the time to ask again if it safe guys, it's your health. Protect it.
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TREASURE ISLAND

#24 Observer Overseas » 2011-06-03 18:07

Good work Caribarena!!! Keep up the pressure.
Unlike most other Caribbean countries, there is practically no regulation of the telecommunications sector in Antigua. No regulation of prices, no regulation of service quality, no regulation EMF..no regulation of anything. The Minister seems to think his job is simply to collect money from the operators and to cut deals. There is no one in the ministry - as far as I can tell- looking after the interest of consumers or public health concerns.

One of the reasons why the telecomms business has been a profitable as it has been in the Caribbean is simply a lack of regulations...For the operators Antigua is simply another TREASURE ISLAND.
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others

#23 watcher » 2011-06-02 12:46

some of these towers also have equpiment from other companies on them braodcasting even more radio waves than you might think.
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#22 Audrey » 2011-06-02 09:33

the minister of information displays his arrogance from time to time. I first saw his attitude with the reporter from the daily observer Carib arena is quite in order to seek clarification from the minister it is his job and he should respond. It's really interesting that such arrogance can come from an unelected official. I see now why the pm is unable to control these guys. Mr pm don't be intimated by their degrees they are just as clueless as you are. Keep probing Carib
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@Tobi

#21 Cancer » 2011-06-01 22:37

I had to take my blood pressure meds after I read Tobi's blog. It is not lowered yet so I am going to ask Tobi with bate-ted breath "really?"
I cant even find the words to respond to such hog wash.

Teman please dont try to waste your time with this " ".
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the role of journalist

#20 tenman » 2011-06-01 18:54

As I reread the blogs from the judas's attacking the messenger, I could not help but do some further research on the role of journalists. I came across a blog by Andrew Golis who is a Senior Editor for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series FRONTLINE. Golis stated ""their role is not just to report truth, but attack untruth." (see www.stinkyjournalism.org/editordetail.php?id=1045 :eek: ). What I realized from that is we have a lot of "journalist" in Antigua who see themselves as simply PR readers. They are not even concerned about whether what they are saying is true. I recall speaking to a friend who works at at a major media house here and she basically pointed out to me that her job is not to report truths but to simply recite what she is told. Perhaps the reason for this is that they realize that many in the public do not appreciate hearing the truth or as another poster has suggested, their (all local media) see their job as indoctrinating persons. Again Caribarena, thanks for performing your role, particularly on this issue, and never give into those who would prefer that you sweeten or ignore untruths.
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dig It -they are like Judas

#19 tenman » 2011-06-01 17:38

Dig it. Unfortunaty they try to hide it but it shows they have sold themselves like Judas. Joke is their masters have no friend and soon they will learn that though he may give them a dollar, he will take more than that from not only them but their children
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@Tenman

#18 Tobi » 2011-06-01 16:09

Nothing wrong with taking a stand, but don't classify it as factual news when it's an opinion filled with sensationalism, bordering on hysteria. Classify it as it is; that way you can then call a spade a spade. You speak of a "frail government". It must be your fervent hope that such an alarmist issue would topple the present government, and put back in your birdites, who would no doubt immediately rip the towers out of the ground upon their return. No hope of that before 2014. Believe it or not. Meanwhile, keep your ear close to your Crackberry.
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@Tenman-leave them in the bushes

#17 Dig It » 2011-06-01 15:48

Tenman, say no more because I could not agree with you more! It is so ironic that some of us attacked the media when it is doing its job on issues of importance! These are the same ones that hide in the bushes on matters that do not involved their party but do not have a problem coming to these ministers of government rescue, regardless, of how much they failed to do their duties in representing the people! By the way, whatever happens to that "Full-Pledge Partisan?" Tenman, the sad part is that some of them is willing to go above and beyond to protect these ministers! I am sure they don't mine giving blood to save some of these ministers life, in the event they need it! I agree with that sometimes you have to "call a spade a spade!
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@Caribarena

#16 tenman » 2011-06-01 14:55

Caribarena, great job on this article and its predecessors. I am glad you have taken the stand you have. Too many times, major issues in Antigua are left unattended. I am glad you had the "testicular fortitude" to call the minister out for passing the buck when the responsibility lies with him. Unfortunately there are those who like the idea of protecting the frail government ministers, who in their mind should only receive the glory. The Minister can pat himself of the back when he claims that we now have added broadband capability and such but he bares no responsibility for the improper procedures or lack of any. Its the medias job to shine a light on these issues, and even when the people don't like what they are seeing, call a spade a spade.

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News becoming someone's cause

#15 Tobi » 2011-06-01 13:39

This so-called "NEWS item" that Caribarena parades as such, is quite an opinion piece. There is one thing about reporting findings, and the minister's response or lack thereof, but such personal directives as, ""Minister Mansoor, as the minister of Information Technology, it is your job and responsibility to address the nation" cannot pass as being objective, but rather as a sensational editorial or letter to the editor. This lack of professionalism will cost your future credibility as a news house. The issue is serious and needs to be addressed nationally, not only by government but by consumers. Given yesterday's WHO disclosure, it appears the towers are not only of concern, but the very phones we put to our heads in many cases perpetually. Easy to dump on government (a national pastime), but what are WE prepared to do about it?
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#14 radioactive » 2011-06-01 13:35

If you are genuinely concerned abour this discussion, then throw away your cell phone! The transmitter you hold next to your ear all day long talking with your girlfriend or boy friend is your OWN problem! Stop blamming someone else for your own faults. There would not be any cell phone towers if there were NO CELL PHONES! So stop winning!
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standards

#13 tenman » 2011-06-01 13:35

Its funny, you tell people about adhering to standards and they tell you the world will come to an end. You would think the idea of there being a fair and safe process would appeal to persons but instead they advocate that the wild wild west mentality continue. In other countries where there are standards, the cell phone companies are still able to provide their service and some persons would tell you that the signals there are even better. In fact in some of those countries they have 4G networks while we are still basically on 2G. Perhaps the answers lie in our liking things messy and disorganized. Like the abused woman who makes excuses for her abuser, we too are quick to make excuses for our government and cell phone companies. I guess the argument is though we may lose our lives to cancer because of their actions, we are still so lucky to have them here.

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learn from trinidad

#12 ringring » 2011-06-01 11:39

In trinidad, they protested against the towers.

www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,35691.html

According to the article, people started protesting when there were 400 towers on all of trinidad. Some simple math will show you that 400 towers for all of trinidad is 1 tower for every 4.9 square miles. In antigua, we got one tower for every 1.1 square miles!
and the effects:

http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,48646.html

WAKE UP PEOPLE
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Get him by will or force

#11 Dig It » 2011-06-01 10:37

Caribarena, you can only do so much to bring this awareness to the m**. It is up to the powers-to-be to address the potential health risks involved in these towers and take the necessary actions to avoid an increase in cancer cases. This is an outrage and I just can't see why it is on the back burner of all issues! All media outlets in Antigua should be putting pressure on the Ministry (where is the love of country?) You guys make me sick to my stomach! Are you telling me that the great Dr. Mongoose can't address this issue fully to the nation? How long would he evade the questions? Or would we have to set a big mongoose trap for him, and bring him to the nation? Enough said!
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Lifestyle

#10 dadlison » 2011-06-01 10:05

I wonder if anyone realises the reason all these antennas are up is to support our lifestyles. Every jack, jill and their mother want a Blackberry nowadays. How do you think the network supports all of these communication devices? If we take down antennas watch people protest about "high-prices" and "poor-service". It is like when people decried the oil spill last year, yet still want to have everything wrapped in plastic, a house full of electronics, and a personal vehicle. These are the costs of our modern lifestyles. So either we make the sacrifice and change the way we live or just bex and dead.
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LATEST REPORT ON CELL PHONES

#9 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-06-01 10:05

Caribarena's report is right on target. Here is a report that was released yesterday by the WHO (World Health Organization). My people, please be vigilant...you know what they say about hind sight.

An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies.

The statement was issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a week-long meeting of experts. They reviewed possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar.

The agency is the cancer arm of the World Health Organization and the **sment now goes to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cellphone use.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/05/31/experts-say-cellphones-possibly-carcinogenic/#ixzz1O1zuLcYP
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Call Dean Caribarena

#8 Lester King » 2011-06-01 10:04

Minister Mansoor is a medical doctor with a big ego, who refuses to answer to his employers the good people of Antigua. He is a proud empty headed politician whose insights into pubic service equals bullying the people, dismissing their concerns and acting as if he is God's gift to the world. It is Dean Jonas that wrote the TC policy document that the UPP is using.

Call Dean Joan and ask him the questions that Mansoor can't answer!
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RE: Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

#7 yvonne » 2011-06-01 10:03

I would like to see a study conducted of cancer cases in the areas in which the cell towers are erected, from the inception of the towers to present day and compare it to the years prior to the erection of the cell phone towers.
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Action vs Words

#6 cancer » 2011-06-01 09:53

Let me remind the people lf this nation, WE THE CONCUMERS HAVE THE POWER and we need to realise it.
Give the cell phone carries an option.....FIX IT OR LOOSE BUSNIESS. Simple as that. If we are so hell bent on this issue and we are made to feel like we have no cause for cocncern, show them.
I really dont see the need for all this back and forth, or lack of it, that has been going on for weeks.
Dont know why we are making this an issue , we have got the powers flex it. My patient is gone and by the way I no longer have a cell phone.

STOP COMPLAIN AND MAKE OUR HEALTH CONCERN OUR BUSNIESS.
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potential cancer patient

#5 Emancipation » 2011-06-01 09:42

I am not surprised at all at the non-communication from Dr. Mansoor or LIME. (scratching backs syndrome). They are both aware of the seriousness of this issue and do not or cannot come up with some cock and bull story to feed the intellectuals of this nation.

I commend the researchers/reporter s of Caribarena and hope that this does not fizzle out the way they (LIME et al ) expects it to.
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Leave the PM's blue eye boy alone..

#4 Jack.M » 2011-06-01 09:32

You see this Minister runs a fortress where STANFORD operated Caribbean star.. Try and get in there,? The most high tect security devises are in his hands!!!!
Ask the Govt officals who xarxy at his home how grand and high tech it is !!!
Is he the PM's AxOOOT!!!!!!!! ONLY HE knowS the true Danger AND PURPOSE of all these TOWERS....
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Ego

#3 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-06-01 09:03

Perhaps the Honorable Doc has an ego issue, he is not able to say, I did this, I did that, I am the great Edmond, Look what I did for you. My PM, investigate the man, throw him out. Save the people. Please.
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Tin Foil on my head

#2 Jp Farnsworth » 2011-06-01 08:55

The fact that there is a humungous hole in the ozone and radiation from the sun is pounding us so hard that SPF 50 is not working really don't matter. Let's blame the bald guy because he is a UPP supporter.

I told you Dr. Mansoor was an Alien. No wonder he has no hair. He lost it to cell phone signals.
I'm wrapping foil around my head for protection and going back to use of smoke signals.
Stupid solar flares and sun spots with gamma radiation have nothing to do with it.
Good record keeping nope that's not the reason we know about people gettin sick. It's those stupid cell phone antennas. Pull them all down and go back to the days of yelling out the car window.
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Fiddling while Rome Burns

#1 John French II » 2011-06-01 08:22

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. That I have castigated the European Buccaneers for their Plunder in The Caribbean Seas since their first foray into the basin to the post Independence Period in no way relieves the Arab Traders of their past trade in human traffic to the present exploitation and pauperization of African People, be it in the Caribbean or in the Motherland. The Hon. Sen. Min. of IT washes his hand. The Privateers do the same. No One accepts any responsibility.
The contempt is so C**. Their Past Behaviour is a precursor to the Present and should inform The Future. Fanon "Leave this Europe Behind" and I would add Arabia. Dr. PM, Antigua and Barbuda's wish is that you "make right what is wrong." Enough. Many should remember that the Late Tim Hector of Outlet had written about this over a decade ago. Heaven help The Nation of Antigua & Barbuda - Redonda?
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