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San Francisco’s Fight Over Cell Phone Warnings Ends

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San Francisco city leaders have agreed to revoke an ordinance that would have been the first in the United States to require retailers to warn consumers about potentially dangerous radiation levels. The city Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance. The group had alleged the law violated its free-speech rights, and the settlement marked a victory for the industry. "This is just a terrible blow to public health," Ellen Marks, an advocate for the measure, said outside the supervisors' chambers. The industry association has asserted the San Francisco ordinance, if put into effect, would mislead consumers about the relative risks posed by cell phones. 

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Representatives, in this case

Representatives, in this case the Board of City Supervisors, are too easy to bribe or threaten by powerful moneyed interests. Important issues need to be decided by direct democratic consensus, now easily done electronically.

Big Money can easily bribe a few representatives, but will have a very difficult time bribing all the people repeatedly as each issue comes up for a vote in a continuous fashion instead of every four years.

For security, each vote or proposition can be made in a secure website, charged a tiny amount on a credit card per vote or proposition, or other safe method similar to those used to trade safely online, including old fashioned paper ballots. Voting machines are not secure and should be scrapped.