When making a controversial film like Full Signal, one that not only challenges one of the richest industries in the world, but also challenges each and everyone of us to make decisions based on health rather than convenience and trends, you inevitably encounter resistance to the science in the film.
Of course this is compounded by the fact that there is no absolutely conclusive evidence to tie all wireless technologies with the array of illnesses with which they are associated. But there is absolutely no conclusive evidence to say that it is completely safe either, a fact many people choose to ignore.
I am happy to say that the more screenings we have the more positive feedback we have, and for that I thank you all. One example I would like to share with you all happened during my trip to Paris last month. After the screening, a young lady came up to me and told me she was early for the film she had originally intended watching. With temperature below freezing outside, she thought she would kill some time by watching whatever was playing at that moment, which happened to be Full Signal. She felt it was so informative that not only did she stay for the whole film (skipping the film she had originally intended to see), but she left with a mission to tell her friends about the science she had just learned about.
However, not all of our reviews have been positive. A person who goes by the handle “Biron” has been attacking Full Signal and myself in various places on the web with comments like:
“the real purpose of this repugnant documentary is to vilify Israel”
“Anti-Israel Propaganda disguised as Junk Science”
“anti-science professionals blabbering unsubstantiated health hazards associated with cellular towers.”
“This is the technology version of the blood libel”
My main concern here is not the attacks on my journalistic integrity (everyone has the right to their own opinion), but rather that this is a blatant effort to discredit the science in this film by turning it into an Israeli/Palestinian issue.
IF you have seen Full Signal and would like to respond to Biron’s comments or just add some of your own, please visit (http://www.amazon.com/Full-Signal-Documentary-Americas-Version/dp/B00427VBVO/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1) and click “Create Your Own Review” (Amazon requires that you have purchased something from them in the past-regardless of what it is, in order to post a review).
As always many thanks for your continued support.
Greetings All from Dublin where I am wrapping up a brief tour of Europe with Full Signal.
In November we broke our record for most public screenings in 1 month, and to us that signals success in getting the message out there, and so I wanted to take a moment to thank the organizers of all the screenings for putting the time and energy into spreading the message behind Full Signal.
It was exactly 1 year ago tomorrow when we launched Full Signal on the film festival circuit and I just wanted to thank all the people who have come to the screenings to watch the film, or who have bought the DVD–your support is truly appreciated.
I hope to meet more of you at upcoming Full Signal screenings.
I hope everyone is having a peaceful weekend.
We just wanted to drop you a quick update with our latest news on Full Signal.
We have at least 6 screenings coming up in the near future in Canada, the United States and France.
Check http://www.facebook.com/FullSignal for more details (you don’t need a FB account) or http://fullsignalmovie.com/upcoming-screenings.html
Check those sites often as we will be updating them with more screenings soon.
Also, we receive a lot of e-mails from people asking where they can purchase copies of the Full Signal DVD. You can buy your copy straight from our site http://FullSignalMovie.com by clicking the DVD tab.
You can now also buy them on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. And as a reminder, we are offering FREE shipping through our site to customers in the United States through the month of September as part of our Back to School Special (enter coupon B2S upon checkout). We are also offering 50% OFF Shipping to all other destinations. (enter coupon B2Si upon checkout).
Thank you to the hundreds of people who have already bought copies of the DVD, and a special thank you to those who are buying copies to send to friends, families, and loved ones, and those who are buying Advocacy copies to send to journalists and politicians and schools [thank you all for helping us spread this important message!]. Just a reminder, if you buy 3 or more DVDs through our site you automatically get special discounts upon checkout.
If you have already seen Full Signal, we would appreciate you writing a quick review on the Amazon site.
Well that’s the latest from us. I hope you’re all in the best of health.
This week Full Signal comes full circle!
Two years ago this week, after several months of research, we started shooting Full Signal in the village of Issifya, which eventually took us to 10 different countries documenting the struggle between big money and health.
After the big success we’ve had with the Americas DVD, and 2 years after we hit the ‘record button’ for the first time, we have made the Director’s Cut of Full Signal accessible worldwide through the launch of our Worldwide DVD. We have already had dozens of sales of the DVD from South Africa to New Zealand, and from South Korea to Norway. Subtitled into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish.
Thanks to the hundreds of people who have already ordered copies of the Director’s Cut of Full Signal.
Recently we signed deals to have Full Signal broadcast on RTP (Portugal) and DocuChannel (New Zealand), so if you are in either of those countries keep an eye out for the TV version of Full Signal coming soon.
And we couldn’t have done it without the help of tireless volunteers who put in the many hours to help us make Full Signal more accessible to more people around the world:
A special thanks goes to Josefin, Melinda, Pat, Yasuko, the AMICA Organization and Carlos for ALL their help. Also a special thanks to Angela Flynn from the Wireless Radiation Alert Network for taking care of shipping the Full Signal Director’s Cut DVD around the Americas, including Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Canada, and of course, the US.
I would also like to applaud the dozens of people who have ordered Advocacy DVDs around the world to inform elected officials and members of the media.
And of course we would like to thank all those who generously offered their hospitality as we toured with the film. Meeting everyone that we have over the last 2 years has certainly been an additional benefit of making this film.
Our Best Wishes to All!
It’s been a while since we updated you with the news of Full Signal, and that certainly hasn’t been for lack of activity.
The Wireless industry has been in a flurry ever since the Interphone Study (which they sponsored 50% of) cast even more doubt into the safety of wireless technologies.
They were even more shocked when San Francisco passed legislation to make Specific Absorption Rate information more prominent for people buying cellphones.
Since we last wrote, Full Signal was shown to Congressional Staff in Washington, DC, it was a finalist at the Anasy Documentary Awards in Abu Dhabi, and we have had several community screenings.
We have kept up our media campaign in outlets such as the Huffington Post, etc.
The awareness campaign continues!
For us, Full Signal has turned over a new leaf. One that many of you have been waiting for: the release of Full Signal on DVD!
What makes things even more exciting is that since making the DVD announcement a couple of weeks ago on our Facebook Page, we have literally sold hundreds of DVDs, and are already manufacturing more!
You can buy the Director’s Cut DVD by going to FullSignalMovie.com and clicking the DVD Tab or by linking through this e-mail.
Once there you will find 5 different products:
Americas DVD. This DVD is NTSC format and although it is meant to be played on the American continents, we have not limited its region playability. This DVD comes with 3 languages built into it: English, French and Spanish (including full English subtitles for the hearing impaired).
Worldwide DVD: This DVD is meant to be played everywhere else in the world. This is a PAL DVD and is not restricted to any one region. In addition to the languages above, we have added Arabic, German, Italian, and Swedish to this version [thanks in no small part to the diligence and hard work of some very dedicated volunteers!]
While the Americas DVD is already being shipped, we are currently taking advanced orders for the Worldwide DVD (which will begin shipping next month).
There are some great volume discounts (so if you and your friends want copies buy them together). There are also one-off offers that we will post on our Facebook Page under the DVD Tab.
The 3rd option under the “Home DVD” section is the Awareness DVD. This is exactly the same DVD you would buy to watch at home, but is intended to be used to raise the awareness of politicians, the media, etc. We’re offering it at a 40% discount off the price of the regular DVD, because after all this why we made the film (the one condition is that we mail it directly to the politician/media outlet in question).
We have also facilitated the screening option by including 2 different screening fees depending on the size of the audience. We just had a successful test of this system last Friday with a screening in Calgary (Canada) attended by about 75 people.
So at this point, I want to thank all the volunteers for the countless hours they put in to making this DVD possible. And I also want to thank all those who have purchased copies of the DVD so far.
For those of you on Facebook who have seen the DVD, please be so kind as to write a review by clicking on the review tab.
Our very best to all of you!
Waking up to the media reports last week was absolutely fascinating. If I didn’t know any better, and didn’t have absolute faith in the scientific experts I had interviewed, I might have taken Full Signal off the market, with a very embarrassed apology.
“No Link Between Mobile Phone Use and Brain Cancer” is the headline many of the newspapers screamed in the variety of languages that I saw thanks to friends of mine (in disbelief at the biased coverage) that forwarded me articles that morning.
And acquaintances I met during the day and for a few days later touted the media reports as justification for continued use of their phones (no, not everyone I know has jumped onto the Full Signal bandwagon, as it were).
Why were so many people around the world so willing to listen to these media reports? I know not everyone has the access to the scientific experts Microwave News does…but I mean haven’t we learned from other, non-mobile phone-related, experiences that “mainstream” media is not always the most accurate? I used to be part of that system, and I know it’s usually not intentional, but with deadlines, budget cuts, etc, journalists often don’t have the time or money to do the proper in-depth research that needs to be done…but I digress…
People embraced the Interphone report as the gospel of mobile phone research for the same reason that the regulation of this technology is so difficult. Not because they are all in the pockets of the industry (unlike much of the mainstream media that covered the Interphone report, which was, in turn, funded largely by the industry). But people love this technology so much, they have bought it for themselves, given it to their children, discarded their landlines (for those that even had them to begin with), adopted WiFi and cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless headphones, the list goes on and on and…wait, now they’re saying it’s safe!
They’re even saying that moderate users were found to have a lesser prevalence of brain tumors than non-users…see we should use this technology!
Ignore the fact that scientists that were part of the Interphone study were screaming about biased results. Ignore the part of the article beneath the fold that says that heavy users were found to have a higher risk of developing brain tumors, ignore the fact that due to the prevalence of this technology the majority of users are heading into the category of heavy users, and ignore the fact that when we started researching for this film in the spring of 2008, there was already a whirlwind of controversy surrounding the Interphone study…
…People just want to go on believing that this technology can’t not be safe.
My hat goes off to the Australian government that upheld a warning against the young using cell phones, and at the end of the day, my hat goes off to the mobile phone industry for quite successfully winning this “battle” in the “war” of awareness. More independent research needs to be done. More research will be done…
…let’s just hope that by the time those results come out, we’re not looking at a larger number of “casualties” thanks to the false sense of security the mass media has put into the minds of so many mobile phone users around the world.
These are excerpts from an FCC Press Release dated November 18:
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) [has established] timeframes of 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other tower siting applications reviewed by state and local governments.
This action will assist in speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks. The deployment of next generation mobile broadband networks promises tremendous benefits for American businesses and consumers and realizing these benefits will require new physical networks, including many new towers.
The FCC found that there are many instances of unnecessary delays.
Full Press Release Can Be Found At http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294711A1.doc
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no”.
No because you are directly impacting your health, your child’s health, and the health of the people living near the infrastructure.
And while I haven’t gotten rid of my phone, I’ll tell you what I have done. I have stopped carrying my phone as often, or answering it as often…and I have eliminated WiFi from my home which was a painful blow on a convenience level, but not when you have a baby in the house.
It starts with one small step: awareness…and that is what Full Signal is about.
2. Ericsson the cell phone producer is there. This is a giant corporation that at one point employed around 70,000 people out of a population of just over 7 million. If a corporation like that existed in the US it would employ about 2,800,000. That is more than the populations of Alaska, Delaware, Vermont and Washington, DC…COMBINED.
3. They are traditionally known as an open society with many of the freedoms and liberties that many other societies are lacking.
Well it turns out that even in this open society, money talks the loudest.
a. Scientists have not received adequate funding for research.
b. A group of people known as Electro-hypersensitives, a condition recognized by Ericsson in the early 1990s (in a book they published), and a group considered by the Swedish government as a disability group, are now neither recognized by Ericsson nor the government.
c. Cell phone antennae crop up undeterred in this country as in every other country we visited for this film.