Samurai justice is meted out in this Yakuza film set in modern-day New York
Two lone guns for hire inhabit the same building, one living directly above the other. They are sent on their respective missions by anonymous instructions which they receive as text messages into their mobile phones. Once in their game they turn into awesome, unstoppable and faultless killing machines, their every move is carefully calculated. The only thing they don’t know is what fate has in store for them.
Starring: Travis Whitney, Eli Patterson, Alexandria Rameriez, Thomas Ryskowski, Mitch Drinkwater, Kareem Hussien and Andre Khrul.
Written, directed, edited and scored by Maurice J. Cardwell.
Contract operative Jaden Storm has the uncanny ability of resurrection, rendering him incapable of dying, making the arrogant and cavalier gun for hire the perfect weapon.
That is until a mysterious man with Jaden's exact abilities tells him the incredible story of Francis Bacon, and that there is no life without death and that his "lives" are numbered.
The man is hell bent on destroying Jaden at all cost, and thus, the battle of the ages takes place right in front of the eyes of God. This short film is about man's unrelenting pursuit of being anything but man, and the price that is much more than any mere mortal could ever pay.
Once we’ve cleaned up the air, will we need to clean up the airwaves as well? Mat Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, thinks it’s a possibility.
You’ve heard the rumors that cell phones cause cancer. You’ve seen those folks on the street holding their cell phones away from their head as though their phone’s cancer is contagious. But where did these rumors get started? Are they based in any fact? If there is truth to the myth, will electromagnetic fields be the next battle in the war on pollution? Will we be talking about electro-friendly devices in the future the way we talk about carbon-friendly products now?
In the following excerpt, Mat Stein tells the story of Robert Kane, an early cellular telephone researcher who was convinced that the cell phone gave him the brain tumor that ultimately took his life.
The following is from When Technology Fails by Mat Stein:
In 1993, Motorola scientist and engineer Robert Kane, Ph.D., made headlines when he sued Motorola, claiming that while developing Motorola’s early cellular telephones, he burned the skin on his head and his brain with strong electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the radio frequency (RF) range and that this damage caused a brain seizure in 1992 that was subsequently diagnosed as caused by a brain tumor. Kane said that while performing the cell phone antenna tests in 1984, he noticed a hot, burning feeling above his right ear immediately adjacent to the cell phone. Afterward, his skin developed a “wetness” and a dermatitis type of itchy skin condition that lasted for months.
During this period of time, Kane’s ear also oozed excessive wax and fluids. During the trial, Dr. Samuel Milham and Dr. Jan Leestma testified that these conditions were typical of burns and that, in their expert medical opinion, it was these burns that caused the tumor to grow in Kane’s brain. Even though the earlier skin and ear conditions were medically documented, and the tumor was of an unusual type and was located at precisely the location directly beneath the location of the skin condition, Kane and his wife lost their court battle. We all know who had the deep pockets in this case—Motorola (State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County, 2002).
Kane went on to write a book exposing the cellular industry’s suppression of scientific evidence linking the EMF/RF of cell phones, cell towers, and various other wireless devices to a wide variety of health dangers, including the increased likelihood of developing leukemia, tumors, and other cancers. His book, Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette, was published in 2001 and is reported to be an excellent source of information on this subject. Unfortunately, after numerous operations, Kane succumbed to his cancer in 2005, and his book has gone out of print.
Fearing public backlash due to concerns over cellular telephone radiation, the industry organization called the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) organized its own research effort, headed by George Carlo, Ph.D., an expert in risk assessment and epidemiology. It was a $25 million program. The CTIA expected Dr. Carlo to vindicate the cellular industry and confirm prior research showing that these types of devices were in fact safe. Dr. Carlo was a longtime industry favorite “gun for hire” who had previously performed pro-tobacco work as a “medical expert” for the Philip Morris Company and similar “damage control” publicity on dioxin for the Chlorine Institute.
For the first few years of their study, Dr. Carlo was the darling of the industry, as their preliminary results were indicating that prior concerns had been blown out of proportion. But their relationship ended, and industry funding was pulled, when even Dr. Carlo’s program began confirming what other scientific studies had found: that there were significant health concerns surrounding cell phone EMF and that elevated incidences of cancers, tumors, and other serious health problems were cropping up at far lower EMF exposures than what government standards have specified as “safe levels.”