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Yvonne Gavre, a citizen fighting the project, has almost gathered enough signatures to appeal its approval. Past appeals have typically resulted in the projects being scrapped.  (Source: San Francisco Weekly)

Anti-cell phone activist Sudi Scull is fighting the T-Mobile project. She wears a special hat to protect herself against electromagentic radiation.  (Source: San Francisco Weekly)
Stock up on tin foil hats, this battle is getting ugly

The San Francisco Planning Commission handed anti-cell phone advocates in San Francisco some bad news last week.  On Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to approve a plan by San Francisco Bay Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann to rent rooftop space to T-Mobile to install new antennas.

The plan seems like a win for everyone.  The newspaper, facing a revenue crunch, like many across the country, will score a new source of income.  And local residents on T-Mobile, the nation's fourth largest carrier, will get better cell phone reception.

Surprisingly, numerous community activists came out of the woodwork opposing the project.  They claimed it constituted a public health threat, despite being unable to provide any sort of compelling scientific evidence to back their wild claims.  They did manage to convince the commission to hold a full public hearing, rather than including it in the "consent agenda", which is reserved for uncontroversial projects.

Leslie de Taillandier, one of the activists, said she feared for the safety of her 11-year old child.  She pleaded with the commission, "I ask you to help protect our children. Please, do not give the permit to allow another cellular antenna on top of the Bay Guardian."

Other activists included Espanola Jackson and Sudi Scull, the latter of which wears a special hat to "protect" herself from invisible cell phone signals.  Steven Krolik, another anti-cell phone activist, says that wireless towers are a threat to the U.S. and are unconstitutional.  He warns, "It is un-American and unconstitutional not to address the harmful effects of radio frequencies. The domestic enemies of our Constitution are here, and not out there."

The commission was not moved by the residents’ impassioned, but scientifically lacking testimony.

While, it’s easy to conclude that this saga is complete following the unanimous approval of the construction, it's far from over.  Yvonne Gavre, yet another cell phone fearing resident, is organizing an appeal with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The activists are confident that the approval will be overturned during the appeal, based on past successes.  According to local anti-antenna activist Doug Loranger of the San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna-Free Union (SNAFU), 12 of 15 such appeals since 2001 have led in the wireless carriers' plans being scuttled.

The SFBG may ultimately prove its own worst enemy, though.  Some of the residents have latched on to a story printed in the newspaper's online section. The story discusses a self-published, non peer-reviewed San Francisco-based study by a New Zealand researcher which claims a link between cell phone towers and cancer, in addition to other health problems.

While occasional studies, such as the aforementioned one, suggest a cell-phone cancer link, the medical community says there's no clear correlation or causation between towers, cell phones, and cancer.

With Gavre already close to collecting enough signatures to file an appeal and with the SFBG receiving "dozens and dozens of calls and e-mails from members of the public", the anti-cell phone residents just might score a victory in the end.

Across the country other projects face similar battles from fearful residents.

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Special hat?
By HalJordan on 3/31/2010 11:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
Where did she get the special hat? Also, why just a hat, what about special undies to protect your nether regions from EM radiation...

RE: Special hat?
By MrTeal on 3/31/2010 12:23:27 PM , Rating: 3
I would guess she's not wearing any. Woman's underwear is just a way for the man to keep women subjugated. She burned those long ago.

RE: Special hat?
By kattanna on 3/31/2010 12:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
but she IS wearing a bra

RE: Special hat?
By HalJordan on 3/31/2010 12:31:08 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Special hat?
By Adonlude on 3/31/2010 12:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
That is awesome. Love the description:

Smart and Subtle Protect your brain from RF (radio-frequency) pollution with this handsome baseball style hat. Specially designed to shield the head from frequencies from below AM through microwave, including cellular phone frequencies. Lined with sophisticated NaturaShield fabric woven from cotton with an ultrathin Silver/Copper core thread for excellent radiation protection. This gives this unique fabric a truly comfortable, natural feel and the durability and washability of cotton, but with exceptional reflective characteristics. Research links RF radiation with behavioral and cellular disturbances. Many people can actually sense the differences in the levels of "mind noise" from RF radiation. Provide your brain a quiet place without interference to your mental processes from RF radiation. Washable, Tan color. Adjustment strap means one size fits all. Union made in USA.

RE: Special hat?
By ICBM on 3/31/2010 12:48:27 PM , Rating: 5
Whew! Union made.

RE: Special hat?
By ChugokuOtaku on 3/31/2010 2:01:26 PM , Rating: 3
to test it, you'd have to wrap your cellphone in the hat, and call your number and see if it rings.

RE: Special hat?
By foolsgambit11 on 3/31/2010 9:08:02 PM , Rating: 5
And when EM signals come in from low angles (below the hat's rim, they all reflect inward, focusing directly on your pituitary gland, releasing endorphines, causing a feeling of well-being, which you will interpret as resulting from the security provided by your magic shield.

RE: Special hat?
By Etern205 on 3/31/2010 12:52:39 PM , Rating: 3
I could have sworn my phone signal got a major signal boost one day as I was standing next to that female with that emf hat.

RE: Special hat?
By Chemical Chris on 3/31/2010 2:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
The did have one item that wasn't completely retarded, tho: A shielded wallet to protect against credit card RFID snooping.
The rest of the "RF radiation is bad" is complete BS, naturally.


RE: Special hat?
By Spookster on 3/31/2010 8:08:14 PM , Rating: 3
I'd settle for a wallet to protect against wife muggings.

RE: Special hat?
By Omega215D on 3/31/2010 12:31:36 PM , Rating: 3
psh... special hat my butt, it doesn't even look like it contains tin foil. Pass.

RE: Special hat?
By SublimeSimplicity on 3/31/2010 1:19:01 PM , Rating: 5
We all stopped using tin foil after the government began embedding RF-IDs in it so they could track us.

If you're still using tin foil for your hats you should stop, I thought everyone knew this.

RE: Special hat?
By Ard on 3/31/2010 1:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
These people are nut jobs!

And that special hat looks like a standard ball cap to me...

RE: Special hat?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/1/2010 2:16:12 AM , Rating: 1
There's casual dress and then just damn CASUAL. Stupid hat aside, if that's the best she can present herself for something she thinks is so important, then goddamn..woman. You ever heard of a pantsuit or even a dress for fucks sake !?!? Yeah Psycho Britney Spears just called, she want's her "going to rehab" look back.

What a stupid bitch. And those old people, Jesus Christ, get a damn job or spend your retirement bowling and playing bingo like NORMAL PEOPLE. Geezers fighting cell phone towers ?? Wtf !

No wonder California is so fucked. Forget the big stuff, they can't even provide essential services without dumbasses like these crawling out of the woodwork and whipping up other idiots into a frenzy by gathering signatures.

RE: Special hat?
By snailfedbseries on 3/31/2010 5:12:16 PM , Rating: 3
just imagine the condoms she keeps in her nightstand

By Abrahmm on 3/31/2010 11:25:22 AM , Rating: 3
Stories like these make me question how humanity has gotten as far as it has, and worry about it's future. The Idiocracy is coming...

RE: Wow....
By Xed on 3/31/2010 11:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
Don't want to be an American Idiot..

RE: Wow....
By Chaser on 3/31/2010 11:53:12 AM , Rating: 5
There are idiots EVERYWHERE. But for the U.S. most of them are concentrated in this region. Does T Mobile work in Berkeley?

RE: Wow....
By Amiga500 on 3/31/2010 11:56:04 AM , Rating: 5
What do you mean the idiocracy is coming?

Do you not see the type of idiots that have been voted into public office for the past what...? 30 years? 40 years?

Do you not see how common sense has been paralysed by idiotic lawyers demanding everything be papertrailed?

The idiocracy arrived over a generation ago!

RE: Wow....
By frobizzle on 4/1/2010 9:08:24 AM , Rating: 2

It has electrolytes!

Plants crave them!

RE: Wow....
By MojoMan on 3/31/2010 12:07:37 PM , Rating: 5
Here here! :-)

I loved how the guy said this was "unconstitutional."
How on God's green earth does anybody say this is a Constitutional issue? LOL!! I swear almost nobody reads that document, let alone study and understand it.

RE: Wow....
By therealnickdanger on 3/31/2010 1:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
He is unhappy; ergo his pursuit of happiness has been limited. Clearly you are the one who needs to read the Constitution.

</dripping sarcasm>

RE: Wow....
By foolsgambit11 on 3/31/2010 9:19:47 PM , Rating: 2
That's the Declaration of Independence. You seemed to have supported the OP's point in spite of your efforts to support his point....

RE: Wow....
By therealnickdanger on 4/1/2010 8:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
</dripping sarcasm>

Apparently you missed that part.


By Anoxanmore on 3/31/2010 11:27:26 AM , Rating: 3
Well at least they will be one of the first to die after the Robot-Ninja-Zombie-Nazi apocalypse comes and Raptor Jesus saves us. :)

Disclaimer: This is for humor only

RE: Apocalypse
By nstott on 3/31/2010 11:55:20 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the disclamer. You had me worried about the Robot-Ninja-Zombie-Nazi apocalypse for a second there.

RE: Apocalypse
By Omega215D on 3/31/2010 12:30:09 PM , Rating: 2
you mean my ninjutsu training and toting an EMP equipped shotgun is all for nothing?

RE: Apocalypse
By Anoxanmore on 3/31/2010 12:46:12 PM , Rating: 3

They have Chuck Norris on their side, so sadly yes all your training is all for naught.

By nstott on 3/31/2010 12:08:32 PM , Rating: 5
They should have just asked the congressional representative for San Francisco, Madam Speaker Nanski Pelosivich, to throw it in the health care bill recon package, to be included right after the section on rehab funding for Native American pedophiles. After all, we had to pass it to know what was in it.

RE: Reconciliation
By wiz220 on 3/31/2010 1:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nanski Pelosivich

I see what you did there.

RE: Reconciliation
By nstott on 3/31/2010 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Comrade Wiz220. I am guilty of thought crimes against most glorious leader, Commissarka Pelosivich. I would tell you to report me to the secret police ( ), but, in fact, the Bu$HITler made me do it using the Bu$Halliburton HAARP mind control device, amplified through the evil corporate cell phone towers. I should have been wearing my tinfoil hat in order to block HAARP and channel Party-approved transmissions of korrekt opinions from Laika the Space Dog, Friend of the People ( ). Damn Bush...

By Dorkyman on 3/31/2010 12:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone note the fact that it took place in San Francisco, the home of Flower Children, people who voted Pelosi into office, and actually support our Messiah President?

I have relatives who live there, and man, it's a trip to visit and talk with them. They are living in a parallel universe. Could be all the peyote they ingested back when they were normal.

Also, keep in mind that you can count on maybe 10% of the population to believe in anything, such as Elvis living in Riverside or faked Apollo moon landings. Lotta crazies out there.

RE: Figures
By iceolate on 3/31/2010 4:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, we got plenty of loonies here. And there's a neighborhood association for just about everything you could possibly imagine, so that these dingdongs can band together and prevent progress in ways like this. Why do these jackasses live in San Francisco if they are so convinced that cell towers and wireless frequencies are a health hazard? They act like there aren't already about a dozen or so cell towers (which there are), not to mention all the wifi networks everywhere, and all kinds of other stuff. Like adding one more cell tower is going to make a whopping difference and tip the scales.

In some ways this city is a bit too liberal, that they would even have hearings for morons like these. But it does have its charms, and I love living here. :)

RE: Figures
By knutjb on 4/1/2010 3:50:29 PM , Rating: 3
Better that they pollute SF than my neighborhood. I am all for their right to free speech, I get a good chuckle from their wild ideas. You just can't make this stuff up.

It's ironic they don't want radio waves but brain degenerating drugs are A OK!

Radio waves
By Spivonious on 3/31/2010 11:53:28 AM , Rating: 2
What makes cell phones any different from any other radio waves? Does this group also complain about local radio/TV stations, or the wireless networks in homes, or cordless phones?

RE: Radio waves
By kattanna on 3/31/2010 11:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
some do. was too long back there was a story of some guy trying to sue his neighbor for his continued use of wireless within his own home.

RE: Radio waves
By kattanna on 3/31/2010 12:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
bah.. meant to say.. wasnt! to long back

By acase on 3/31/2010 12:27:02 PM , Rating: 5
activist Doug Loranger of the San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna-Free Union (SNAFU)

Wow, as if they could have possibly been taken seriously to begin with, that acronym completely ruins it. I suppose SNAFU does really fit their argument though.

By geddarkstorm on 3/31/2010 2:08:38 PM , Rating: 1
I totally agree.

Maybe these people are secretly working for AT&T.

dozens and dozens
By tastyratz on 3/31/2010 11:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
with such incredible steam backing them up like that its amazing cell phones haven't been obliterated as a whole country wide...


By meepstone on 3/31/2010 2:03:02 PM , Rating: 2
What I always find amazing is how dumb people manage not to get themselves killed. This one always boggles me. it's like they are smart enough to keep themselves alive.

Eat Something
By btc909 on 3/31/2010 2:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like Sudi Scull needs to eat a double cheeseburger.

By chagrinnin on 3/31/2010 3:47:15 PM , Rating: 2 new meaning to Scull f!@Xing.

Sudi: Nomnomnom, slurp, nomnomnom,...
BF: Babe! Shhhhhhh,..I'm on the phone.
Sudi: :O
BF: What!? You got your hat on!

By hiscross on 3/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: Easter
By Shatbot on 3/31/2010 9:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
When Jesus returns stories like this will cease to exist.

Pot and kettle perhaps?

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