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Hopefully this guy's brain doesn't melt from the intense cell phone "radiation". San Francisco has just passed a law to help inform the public of its perils.  (Source: Hands on Care)
Stock up on your tin foil hats and don't let the radiation in

San Francisco is known for its green-minded inclinations and diverse community.  Now it is about to become known as the first city that has passed legislation concerning cell phone radio wave "radiation".

The San Francisco board of supervisors, or council, voted 10-1 to approve a measure to force vendors to pay to put stickers on products or put up signs detailing how much radio wave radiation is dished out by various products.  Supervisor Sophie Maxwell notes, "This is about helping people make informed choices."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced he will sign the legislation into law. Newson's spokesman, Tony Winnicker, states, "This is not about discouraging people from using their cell phones.  This is a modest commonsense measure to provide greater transparency and information to consumers."

John Walls, vice-president of public affairs for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), disagrees.  His organization, which represents cell phone makers, is opposed to the measure.  He states, "Rather than inform, the ordinance will potentially mislead consumers with point-of-sale requirements suggesting that some phones are 'safer' than others, based on radio frequency emissions."

The CTIA successfully defeated a similar measure in California's state senate.  That measure was proposed by Senator Mark Leno.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of the law is its rather weak provisions for enforcement.  Those who don't post can be fined up to $300 USD for the violation.  However, posting the information and keeping it up to date could cost well over $300 for large retailers like Best Buy.  Retailers have not yet announced how they will react to the law.

Some researchers and advocates argue that cell phone "radiation" is a danger to the human body.  A handful of high profile doctors have even claimed to be on the verge of publishing major information detailing how cell phones can cause cancer.

Thus far, some studies have suggested a link between cell phone use and fast-growing tumors, while others have suggested that such a link does not appear to exist.

While the cell phone-cancer link is unproven at best, there does appear to be a much clearer possibility of smartphones impacting fertility.  Even a change of a few degrees can throw off sperm counts in males, and with many males keeping hot smartphones in pockets, there may be a risk on this front.  Recent studies have offered early evidence in support of this possibility.


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In other words...
By Goty on 6/17/2010 8:16:09 AM , Rating: -1
In other words, San Francisco has proven once again that it is largely inhabited by a bunch of morons who don't have the slightest clue about how things works in the real world.

RE: In other words...
By clovell on 6/17/2010 10:29:17 AM , Rating: 2
Makes sense to me. Considering the punishment, it sounds like it's more of a campaign to raise public awareness. In fact, I kinda think you're the moron here, who doesn't seem to understand that cell phones are built in Taiwanese & Chinese sweatshops with QC standards that have proven so lax as to cause lead poisoning in children from toys.

No, all this is to a punk like you is another 'reason' to point and laugh at San Francisco. Laugh it up.

RE: In other words...
By MrTeal on 6/17/2010 11:42:46 AM , Rating: 2
In fact, I kinda think you're the moron here, who doesn't seem to understand that cell phones are built in Taiwanese & Chinese sweatshops with QC standards that have proven so lax as to cause lead poisoning in children from toys.

Your point would be valid only if, when the Chinese shops send out botched crappy phones, they helpfully label them with the correct over-spec radiation levels.

What would actually happen is the company would simply give a spec for that model of phone, and it would be included in the marketing materials. If Chinese QC goes to crap, people will just have the wrong information.

RE: In other words...
By Goty on 6/17/2010 1:49:37 PM , Rating: 3
Right, because the conditions the workers that make the phone are forced to work in has everything to do with the amount of radiation a cell phone puts out.

As for "raising awareness", sure, it raises the awareness of the fear-mongering masses on a subject about which they have not even the basest level of understanding.

Please read about the "iBurst" tower debacle and then tell me that this legislation was introduced and passed by thinking, intelligent people. (Hint: it wasn't)

RE: In other words...
By 67STANG on 6/17/2010 10:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
I recently spent 2 weeks in SF on business. There's something about that city that's "different" than anywhere else in the world. No, I'm not talking about the people or the ordinances. There's just some sort of aura that the city itself projects that warps your mind. Glad to be back home... That said, it is a very beautiful city.

RE: In other words...
By Goty on 6/17/2010 3:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, absolutely, the city itself is great, it's the people that worry me. I haven't been there in about 10 years, but it was fun while I was there.

RE: In other words...
By deeznuts on 6/17/2010 3:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
I am a capitalist pig conservative, but love San Francisco. The city itself is great. Food, scenery, outdoor activities (although a little cold and windy for this San Diego native).

Everything else about it is whack.

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