A Sad Reflection on the 200 Year Anniversary of Fairhaven

I have referred on many occasions to the investigations of Dr. Lynne Knuth, PhD Biology, who studied the illness and toxic effects on animals and people in Brown County, Wisconsin observed in close association with the infrasound created by wind turbines at the Kewaunee wind farm among others.

Dr. Knuth observes that:

“Animal health problems in the Srnkas’ formerly award-winning herd include cancer deaths, ringworm, mange, lice, parasites, cows not calving properly, dehydration, mutations such as no eyeballs or tails, cows holding pregnancy only 1 to 2 weeks and then aborting, blood from nostrils, black and white hair coats turning brown, mastitis, kidney and liver failure. . . .”

I ask, does this sound like mere annoyance to you? In case you think that such pathology is exclusive to farm animals there, Dr. Knuth further observes:

“Mr. Srnka and neighbors report serious health effects on not just dairy cows. Health problems in residents include

  •  sleep loss
  •  diarrhea
  •  headaches
  •  frequent urination
  •  4 to 5 menstrual periods per month
  •  bloody noses: Mr. Srnka had cows bleed to death from uncontrollable bleeding from the nostrils
  •  inability to conceive

To go on:

“Many of the remaining health problems in this wind farm could be explained by infrasound/ low- frequency sound exposure or vibroacoustic disease, which is caused exposure to low frequency sound waves over long periods of time….

According to Alves-Pereira and colleagues (2007), The clinical symptoms of vibroacoustic disease (in people) are:

Stage 1- slight mood swings, indigestion and heartburn, mouth or throat infections and bronchitis.

Stage 2- chest pain, definite mood swings, back pain, fatigue, fungal, viral and parasitic infections, inflammation of the stomach lining, pain and blood in urine, conjunctivitis and allergies.

Stage 3- psychiatric disturbances, small nose bleeds, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, duodenal ulcers, spastic colitis, decrease in visual acuity, headaches, severe joint pain, intense muscular pain and neurological disturbances.”

Perhaps you can see why I am not terribly comforted by people like Dr. Robert McCunney who want to assure us that turbines are perfectly safe. People like him and Dora Mills are nothing more than shills for the wind industry, in my opinion. Sorry, but as Socrates once observed, no man must be honored above the truth. The junk science of the so called “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study” is nothing more than a desperate piece of propaganda perpetrated by the Mass DEP, with the full complicity of the Patrick administration, to defraud the small defenseless communities of Massachusetts of health, safety, and the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, in my opinion.

Dr. Knuth refers to studies as early as 2002, which show that the slurry of low frequency sound and vibration created by turbines are genotoxic—together they can have a damaging effect directly on DNA and they can potentially cause cancer and other life-threatening disorders. Radiation is an example of a genotoxin.

“From the research literature it appears that the combination of both whole body vibration and low frequency noise is particularly dangerous. Low frequency sound alone is not genotoxic, but when combined with vibration, chronic occupational exposure has genotoxic effects (Silva et al., 1999, 2002).”

Low frequency vibration is teratogen as well i.e. it causes birth defects.

This is what Michael Sylvia, Brian Bowcock, Charlie Murphy and Jeffrey Osuch have given Fairhaven residents of the Little Bay area for our 200th birthday. At the recent town meeting, Mr. Sylvia claimed that recall votes should only be used for gross malfeasance or criminal behavior of town officials. He simply does not understand that that is exactly how his behavior is viewed by many in town. Apparently, Peter Deterra, the chairman of the Board of Health and Board of Appeals, finds the idea that people will get sick while he refuses to act, unspeakably funny. In my humble opinion, these men are nothing more than common thugs, the gang of five, who care nothing for the health and safety of the community.

This “gift” is a bon voyage souvenir from Michael Sylvia, who has decided to vacate his seat on the Select Board. This will be his lasting legacy in Fairhaven as he slinks away: making people ill, destroying homes and families for twenty years or more after he is gone. Perhaps you will understand if I do not feel much like celebrating the 200th anniversary of Fairhaven– though I suppose a bonfire is a fitting symbol for turning lives to ashes.

Dr. Knuth noted that “To hear that the wind siting council referred to people suffering in wind farms as “collateral damage” is disturbing. Collateral damage may be unavoidable in military operations, but it is not acceptable in day to day life.”

Disturbing indeed, but here I must disagree. Apparently, treating my friends, relatives and fellow residents in Little Bay as “collateral damage” is the new norm in Fairhaven. It is perfectly acceptable as long as the town gets its 200K in blood money each year from Gordon Deane; and the great wind carpetbagger gets his pieces of silver; and the right honorable Governor Patrick gets his trophy turbines. What’s a little collateral damage compared to all that in the end?

To close, I leave you with eloquent insistence of Dostoevsky:

Tell me straight out, I call on you—answer me:  imagine that you yourself are building the edifice of human destiny with the object of making people happy in the finale, of giving them peace and rest at last, but for that you must inevitably and unavoidably torture just one tiny creature, [one child], and raise your edifice on the foundation of her unrequited tears—would you agree to be the architect on such conditions?. . . And can you admit the idea that the people for whom you are building would agree to accept their happiness on the unjustified blood of a tortured child, and having accepted it, to remain forever happy?

Curt Devlin, Fairhaven, MA


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