--2 Wi-Fi Lawsuit Sustains Santa Fe's Global Reputation For Weirdness
         
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Wi-Fi Lawsuit Sustains Santa Fe's Global Reputation For Weirdness

March 30, 2010, 12:00 am
By Corey Pein
This is amusing: The LA Times has picked up on Santa Fe's infamous wi-fi lawsuit—a well-tread topic to SFR readers—and the online version of the story runs next to an ad for the Nexus One smartphone.


As it happens, the LAT story itself is well-written:
[Plaintiff Arthur] Firstenberg's claim has occasioned plenty of only-in-Santa-Fe eye-rolling. This is, after all, a town as known for its abundance of New Age healers, anti-nuclear activists and wealthy, turquoise-wearing expatriates as it is for spectacular sunsets and centuries-old adobe architecture.

"It makes me miss living in Santa Fe more than I have in a long time," one former resident wrote on a local newspaper blog.

Granted. But why lump anti-nuclear activists together with New Age healers? That's like saying LA is known for its abundance of plastic surgeons, social justice advocates and wealthy, vapid starfuckers.

The LAT's sister paper in Chicago and a number of blogs have picked up this latest take on Firstenberg's case. At the Chicago Tribune, a commenter offers an alternative scientific explanation for all the anti-wi-fi activism here.
It is oxygen deprivation, Santa Fe is at 7000 ft. Massive brain damage by low oxygen levels. That is why we get such crazy political decisions from there too.

Some weeks back, a Danish paper picked up the story, too.
Et godt eksempel er Denise Williams, en kunstner i Santa Fe, som for nyligt følte en pludselig lammelse i den ene side af kroppen og »elektriske stød gennem hele systemet.« Hendes venner mente, at det var en hjerneblødning, men hun havde hverken penge eller sygeforsikring og gik ikke til lægen, men i stedet så hun en lille annonce i lokalavisen. Annoncen beskrev præcist de symptomer, som hun havde været ude for, og også mange andre symptomer, og hun kontaktede telefonnummeret i annoncen. Det var Arthur Firstenberg, skriver Santa Fe Reporter, og han havde en ide om, at overgangen fra analog til digital TV slog folk ihjel.

Can anyone translate that?

SFR has also been flooded with email—oddly enough—from self-proclaimed electrosensitives who believe our skeptical reporting does a disservice. We'll get to around to those claims in another post.

Finally, here's an update on Firstenberg's case. Last week, attorneys for Firstenberg's neighbor, Raphaela Monribot, sent a letter to to 1st Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton summarizing their opposition to an injunction against Monribot using her electronics at home. Their arguments attack the testimony of Firstenberg's doctors, who diagnosed his "electrosensitivity" based only upon their personal experience, and call into question whether Firstenberg—who also testified that he believes there is "no safe distance" from a cell phone tower—will ever be satisfied:

For more, stay tuned... Er...


Update: Diane Sawyer is on the case! Skeptics be warned: GMA's video report is credulous.

 

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