One of the things i love about where i live is that it is cell phone tower free, no reception at all....its great. I'm anti-cell phone to the point where if i'm cruisin' some hottie queer in town and they pull out a cell phone....i'm way less interested (well, ok...it depends...jeez). Reasons till today had mostly been about the radiation flying all over the place (safest place to be is directly beneath a tower) not to mention the concetrated radiation folks are putting up against their heads. They also make for horrible drivers and general social rudeness...like, how many times have you been in the middle of a live, in person conversation with someone only to have it abruptly interrupted by a cell phone call. People are trained like dogs when these things ring.
Then theres the coltan thats mined in places like the Congo, with slave/child labor and much environmental destruction. coltan is used to coat the components of cell phones, as well as laptops and playstations.
But today theres a new,perhaps even more compelling theory to support ridding ourselves of these stupid phones.....this is from democracy now:
"Scientists: Cell Phones Could Be Cause of Missing Bees
In science news, more theories are emerging on what is causing the disappearances of bees across the country and in Europe. As much as 70 percent of the commercial bee population on the East Coast have gone missing. The Independent newspaper of London reports that some scientists believe that cell phones might be causing the problem. The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees" navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. A limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. The disappearance of the bees could cause massive food shortages because most of the world's crops depend on pollination by bees.
Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left"."
food for thought you modern techno, consumer convenience addicted first world humans out there. can you eat your cell phone?