Dozens Protest Smart Meters at City Council

Thursday – March 20, 2014 3:26 pm
Dozens Protest Smart Meters at City Council

Light rain failed to dampen the spirits of dozens of city residents who came out to city council meeting on Tuesday March 18th.

The city voted in 2010 to remove the analog meters and install the so called Smart Meters which are designed to send radio signals to the utility office instead of having meter readers go around to each house to read meters as has the practice for years.

Protesters explained their opposition to the meters and relied on scientific studies, including one from the esteemed scientific journel “Lancet.”

The radio waves emitted by the smart meters are said to cause blood disorders in a large segment of the population including children and older people with comprimised immune systems.

The city began installing smart meters over two years ago and so far not one of them has been successful in its intended purpose.

The city brought in a consultant to study the problem. Consultants said the software the city has is not ever going to “talk” to the smart meters.

The adoption of smart meters is doomed from the start.  Yet, in the face of these fatal errors it appears the city intends to push ahead with the installation of smart meters whether city residents like it or not.

Many residents have installed protective coverings over their existing analog meters to keep city officials from coming on their property and installing smart meters without the homeowner’s permission.

Judi Hangartner, organizer of the portest march is seeking from the city a copy of their policy regarding smart meters.  She has so far been unable to obtain such a document.

Protect yourself from the cancer-causing radiation of smart meters

Source:http://www.naturalnews.com/044376_smart_meters_radiation_cancer.html

(NaturalNews) Digital meters, better known as ‘smart meters’, are being installed on homes throughout the world. These radiation-emitting, surveillance devices are watching every move you make; while, at the same time, bathing you with cancer-causing radiation. Without regard to human health, power companies are looking to capture the entire population with this new, highly-toxic technology.

Smart meters are spying on you! Smart meters represent the greatest violation of personal privacy to date. As if the sickening amount of radiation wasn’t enough – these devices record every activity performed in the privacy of your home and get transmitted (wirelessly) to corporate giants – like your local power company. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, you’ll discover why this technology is the ultimate health risk and, more importantly, what you can do to avoid having these dangerous units attached to your home.

Why does your local power company support a global agenda?

The answer may be as simple as money. Power companies are under enormous pressure to build more power plants – throughout the world – as energy consumption is climbing. But, the costs are astronomical, when you consider real estate needs; zoning issues; copper wire costs and expensive man hours to install everything. Therefore, setting up a wireless grid can eliminate these concerns, cut costs and dramatically improve profit margins.

But, as we all know, we’re also living in a world with less and less privacy. As digital technology advances – so does the temptation of criminally-minded individuals to capture information and use it against the population. In truth, these digital meters wirelessly transmit your personal information without any guarantee of security. So, if you don’t like this idea – find out what you can do.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, personal freedom crusader Jerry Day and Jonathan Landsman talk about how you can legally stop your power company from hurting you plus much more.

Why should everyone be concerned with electromagnetic pollution?

In 2009, Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical Director of the world renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland said he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s and even back pain.’

Everything in modern medicine and technology is making humans more vulnerable to electromagnetic pollution. Chemtrails, dental amalgams, vaccines and heavy metals in our food supply make us hypersensitive to electromagnetic frequency vibrations. These highly-toxic electrical disturbances cause oxidative stress, cell death and, eventually, chronic disease.

So, you may be wondering, how is the heavy metal burden – within our body – directly related to the health problems associated with electromagnetic pollution? The answer is quite simple. The heavy metals in our body as like mini-antennas in the presence of electromagnetic-emitting cell phones, cell towers, wi-fi networks, cordless phones, and many other radiofrequency devices like, smart meters.

This is why heavy metal detoxification is so important for optimal health. And, above all, don’t let a smart meter get installed on your home. Join us for an empowering, informative program.

This week’s guest: Jerry Day, personal freedom crusader and consumer rights advocate

Learn more about the health dangers associated with digital ‘smart’ meters – Sun. Mar. 23

Jerry Day is an Emmy-winning television producer and has produced a series of youtube videos on digital utility metering. Those videos have gone viral to over two million views. Jerry Day has been in the forefront of the digital metering opposition movement by offering legal documents – free to the public – to put the power company on notice about their legal violations, and by offering analog electric meters in special meter replacement kits.

Those kits have been purchased by hundreds of utility customers who wish to remedy the unsafe and unlawful metering of their power companies. Apart from youtube videos, Jerry Day has done no advertising and his earnings from the meter kits go into personal phone support and guidance to people who call with questions about their meter issues.

Protect your health and privacy! On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Jerry Day talk about the dangers of smart meters and how to avoid having these radiation-emitting, surveillance devices placed on your home. This program reveals how to stop the utility companies from harming your health.

Protect yourself from the cancer-causing radiation of smart meters

source:http://www.naturalnews.com/044376_smart_meters_radiation_cancer.html

(NaturalNews) Digital meters, better known as ‘smart meters’, are being installed on homes throughout the world. These radiation-emitting, surveillance devices are watching every move you make; while, at the same time, bathing you with cancer-causing radiation. Without regard to human health, power companies are looking to capture the entire population with this new, highly-toxic technology.

Smart meters are spying on you! Smart meters represent the greatest violation of personal privacy to date. As if the sickening amount of radiation wasn’t enough – these devices record every activity performed in the privacy of your home and get transmitted (wirelessly) to corporate giants – like your local power company. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, you’ll discover why this technology is the ultimate health risk and, more importantly, what you can do to avoid having these dangerous units attached to your home.

 

Why does your local power company support a global agenda?

The answer may be as simple as money. Power companies are under enormous pressure to build more power plants – throughout the world – as energy consumption is climbing. But, the costs are astronomical, when you consider real estate needs; zoning issues; copper wire costs and expensive man hours to install everything. Therefore, setting up a wireless grid can eliminate these concerns, cut costs and dramatically improve profit margins.

But, as we all know, we’re also living in a world with less and less privacy. As digital technology advances – so does the temptation of criminally-minded individuals to capture information and use it against the population. In truth, these digital meters wirelessly transmit your personal information without any guarantee of security. So, if you don’t like this idea – find out what you can do.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, personal freedom crusader Jerry Day and Jonathan Landsman talk about how you can legally stop your power company from hurting you plus much more.

 

Why should everyone be concerned with electromagnetic pollution?

In 2009, Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical Director of the world renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland said he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s and even back pain.’

Everything in modern medicine and technology is making humans more vulnerable to electromagnetic pollution. Chemtrails, dental amalgams, vaccines and heavy metals in our food supply make us hypersensitive to electromagnetic frequency vibrations. These highly-toxic electrical disturbances cause oxidative stress, cell death and, eventually, chronic disease.

So, you may be wondering, how is the heavy metal burden – within our body – directly related to the health problems associated with electromagnetic pollution? The answer is quite simple. The heavy metals in our body as like mini-antennas in the presence of electromagnetic-emitting cell phones, cell towers, wi-fi networks, cordless phones, and many other radiofrequency devices like, smart meters.

This is why heavy metal detoxification is so important for optimal health. And, above all, don’t let a smart meter get installed on your home. Join us for an empowering, informative program.

This week’s guest: Jerry Day, personal freedom crusader and consumer rights advocate

Learn more about the health dangers associated with digital ‘smart’ meters – Sun. Mar. 23

Jerry Day is an Emmy-winning television producer and has produced a series of youtube videos on digital utility metering. Those videos have gone viral to over two million views. Jerry Day has been in the forefront of the digital metering opposition movement by offering legal documents – free to the public – to put the power company on notice about their legal violations, and by offering analog electric meters in special meter replacement kits.

Those kits have been purchased by hundreds of utility customers who wish to remedy the unsafe and unlawful metering of their power companies. Apart from youtube videos, Jerry Day has done no advertising and his earnings from the meter kits go into personal phone support and guidance to people who call with questions about their meter issues.

Protect your health and privacy! On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Jerry Day talk about the dangers of smart meters and how to avoid having these radiation-emitting, surveillance devices placed on your home. This program reveals how to stop the utility companies from harming your health.

SmartMeter radiation maybe no different from other devices

Editor,

I am writing in reply to the letter regarding the proposal to put SmarMeters in Brigham City (March 16 letter, “Harmful radiation emitted by SmartMeters”).

Russia’s restrictions on heating have nothing to do with their having smart meters! China has similar restrictions as to when their residents can have heating and even though they produce many of our manufactured goods (possibly even the SmartMeters), very few of those goods are made available to China’s own residents, and hence it is unlikely that China utilizes SmartMeters.

Saying that a physicians group is against SmartMeters does not constitute proof they are harmful. In spite of their education, many of them may not have the specialized knowledge on the effects of electromagnetic radiation to make such a pronouncement. Such knowledge is probably not requisite for studying to be doctors of medicine, unless they chose to specialize in it.

Even before reading the letter, I had wondered how the amount of electromagnetic radiation emitted by a SmartMeter compares to that of other electronic devices. In today’s modern world, we are besieged by a multitude of many electronic devices including, cell phones, laptops, tablets, computers (everywhere), etc. There may have already been a study done on the electromagnetic radiation emitted by such meters. If not, I invite scientists and engineers (or students of such fields) to make a survey of such radiation. (Note that in doing so, it should be kept in mind that the intensity most electromagnetic radiation (including light) decreases according to the square of the distance. If one is twice the distance from a source of electromagnetic radiation, one will receive a fourth the energy.)

In spite of the problems of accuracy that can be attributed to such meters, note that human meter readers are not far from error either.

What Brigham City does will be an issue for its residents, however, such decisions are best made in the light of scientific reasoning. Also note that the effects of electromagnetic radiation are a current topic for electrical engineering and efforts to design and make better Faraday shields (which block electromagnetic radiation) are in the works right now.

David Robert Boyce

Harrisville

CDC Director Internal Emails on Smart Meter Safety Shocking

Source:http://sedonaeye.com/cdc-director-internal-emails-on-smart-meter-safety-shocking

/ July 20, 2013

smart metersSedona AZ (July 20, 2013) In an open letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Warren Woodward shares the results of the latest smart meter research and the discovery of internal Maine CDC emails that he calls shocking. 

Woodward writes, “APS recently submitted a bunch of studies to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s “smart” meter docket. The study by the official and impressive sounding “Maine Center for Disease Control” is a standout in terms of shear hogwash. As I wrote in my response below, it’s “… so poorly done that one can only wonder at APS’s grasp on reality….” Researching the Maine report, I was able to find some of the internal emails of the players involved. It is both shocking and sad to think such people have been put in charge of making any decisions that would have an effect on the health of others.”

The following is his letter to the ACC:

 

Warren Woodward

55 Ross Circle

Sedona, Arizona 86336

 

July 11, 2013

 

Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)

Docket Control Center

1200 West Washington Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

 

Re: Docket # E-00000C-11-0328

 

ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce

ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce

Commissioners,

APS’s recent submission to the “smart” meter docket contains more of the same deception, lies and misinformation that have characterized APS on this subject for the last several years.

The studies APS has submitted are either funded by industry or by government “smart” meter promoting agencies or both. Some of these reports, such as the CCST, Tell Associates and Texas PUC reports have already been debunked by me. (here: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000146288.pdf )

Interestingly, some of the reports APS submitted are the very same ones submitted recently by ACC staff. Maybe we should just turn the ACC keys over to APS and be done with it.

This letter will focus on the preposterous and pitifully inadequate Maine CDC report, which is so poorly done that one can only wonder at APS’s grasp on reality for having included it in their submission.

Basically the report was put together and rushed through by people who had not even a superficial knowledge of “smart” meters – and that’s putting it kindly.

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

Internal emails of the “Maine CDC Smart Meters Team”, obtained via Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, are quite revealing and very damaging.

I have enclosed all the emails which were posted at the Maine Public Utilities Commission docket by the law firm of Taylor, McCormack & Frame. I have also selected some of the more salient email quotes for inclusion in this letter. There are such tidbits as confused and conflicted Maine CDC director Dora Mills saying after the report went out that, “I never said “smart meters are safe” ….”

First however, I want to address something APS’s lawyer wrote in the introduction to his submitted reports. He wrote:

“APS would remind the Commission that the Company has already provided expert testimony to the Commission in the form of a presentation made by Dr. Leeka Kheifets, a world-renowned epidemiologist from UCLA, at the Commission’s Workshop of September 8, 2011. The opponents of AMI [“smart” meters] have yet to provide any live witness on the subject, let alone an expert with credentials comparable to those of Dr. Kheifets.”

ACC Chairman Bob Stump sits on NAURC

ACC Chairman Bob Stump sits on NAURC

Oh right, and I would remind the Commission that, at the meeting he mentions, APS employees were treated as honored guests, pitched softball questions, given their own table and chairs at the front, their own individual microphones and as much time as they wanted to spew their propaganda and trot out their hired “scientist”, Kheifets, whose “presentation” was nothing more than a power-point rehash of the discredited CCST report, while the rest of us, “the opponents of AMI”, had to sit in the peanut gallery and use a communal mike at which we got a mere three minutes apiece. We were not given the opportunity to do a “presentation”.

I do agree with the APS lawyer that Leeka Kheifits is “world-renowned” – world-renowned as a fraud. Read “The Real Junk Science of EMFs: Stop Electric Field Cancer Research, Say Industry Scientists” (http://microwavenews.com/junkscience.html).

Her work is described as “worse than junk science, it’s fraud.”

The APS lawyer’s crack about how “The opponents of AMI have yet to provide any live witness on the subject …” is typical arrogance of the corporate rich who can afford to buy whomever they want. Give me a fraction of the money available to monopoly APS – and more than three minutes to present them – and I’ll fly in several day’s worth of “live witnesses”. But actually, the “opponents of AMI” had plenty of live and exceedingly expert witnesses at that meeting – the “smart” meter victims made sick from “smart” meter pulsed microwave bombardment.

On now to the Maine CDC report which starts by admitting:

“…the Maine CDC staff involved with this review have not spent their entire careers nor work full time in the topic area of health effects of RF radiation.”

When you read the Maine CDC staff’s internal emails, that quote will be seen as an understatement at best. In short, Maine CDC staff were completely at sea on the “smart” meter issue. Their ineptitude is reflected throughout their report, and especially in their emails.

ACC Commissioner Brenda Burns

ACC Commissioner Brenda Burns

Another admission made in the Maine CDC report:

“ First, our review focused primarily on assessments and studies conducted by agencies we typically rely on for such work, such as government (U.S. and international governments) or government affiliated institutions.”

Governments that subsidize the “smart” grid (U.S. = $3.4 Billion) are not impartial sources. Such governments quite obviously have an agenda they are promoting and cannot be relied upon for truth or objectivity.

Because they were clueless about “smart” meters, the “Maine CDC Smart Meters Team” mostly chose cell phone studies on which to base their findings. While it should be obvious to anyone that using cell phone studies to base an opinion on the health effects of “smart” meters is an apples and oranges comparison, it was not obvious to the Maine CDC.

To clarify, cell phone use is voluntary. “Smart” meters are forced on people. Cell phone use is not 24/7/365. “Smart” meters broadcast almost constantly.

Indeed, one of the cell phone studies cited by Maine CDC says “… exposure is also reduced by limiting the number and length of calls.” How do we limit the number and length of “smart” meter broadcasts? We do not have that option with “smart” meters. And cell phones broadcast radiation to the head. With “smart” meter radiation the whole body is exposed.

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

Making matters worse, the cell phone studies used by Maine CDC are woefully inadequate anyway.

Maine CDC relied heavily on the seriously flawed Interphone cell phone study and other studies which cite the Interphone study. By the way, the Interphone study was partially funded by the cell phone industry itself and various governments that the cell phone industry influences.

To get the happy results they wanted, Interphone “scientists” simply excluded many types of brain tumors. They also excluded people who had passed away, or were too sick to be interviewed as a result of their brain tumor. And they excluded children, who are more vulnerable to the effects of radiation. For a thorough debunking of the Interphone study read Dr. Joseph Mercola‘s “Red Alert: Insider Study on Cell Phone Safety Seriously Flawed…” (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/06/10/how-the-telecom-industry-deceives-you-about-brain-cancer-risk-and-cell-phones.aspx)

Another bogus study in the Maine CDC report is the one done by the impressive sounding International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. From that report:

“Results of epidemiological studies to date give no consistent or convincing evidence of a causal relation between RF exposure and any adverse health effect. On the other hand, these studies have too many deficiencies to rule out an association.”

You’ve got to love that as a perfect example of equivocation. There is “no consistent or convincing evidence” but at the same time we can’t rule it out. Thank goodness people have only two sides of their mouths otherwise they might have thrown in a third diametrically opposed conclusion.

Arizona Corporation Commission logoIn another example of equivocation, the Health Protection Agency of the United Kingdom definitively states that “ … there is no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.” Yet in the next paragraph they say, “Some of the published research has produced contradictory results, particularly biology experiments using cell cultures.”

This is science? APS should be embarrassed for wasting everyone’s time with this garbage. Put another way, APS must think the ACC is stupid.

Maine CDC also used a WiFi study from the Health Protection Agency of the United Kingdom. One of its “Key Points” is that, “There is no consistent evidence to date that exposure to RF signals from Wi-Fi and WLANs adversely affect the health of the general population.” Translation: There is in fact evidence.

Trying to appear reasonable, cautious and having the public interest at heart, the Health Protection Agency then expresses the need “to keep the situation under ongoing review” as a “sensible precautionary approach”, and of course they call for more studies. Translation: Let’s just see what happens. We are conducting a live experiment on you.

Maine CDC callously attempts to dismiss persons injured by RF with the following statement:

“The assessments further state that the majority of studies indicated that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals, and that well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.”

aps logoThat is total nonsense when you understand how those “majority of studies” are conducted. People were expected to react to an RF source like someone would to a light being turned on and off. “Can you feel it now?” “How about now?” While some people can react instantaneously to RF, many get sick and stay sick in a way comparable to hay fever. Just because the irritating pollen is removed does not mean they recover immediately.

Additionally, phrases such as “majority of studies” are a red flag, a warning that you are about to be misled. Industry has the money to pump out study after study. They have the influence to taint and corrupt government studies as well. Therefore, people doing real, independent research will of course be in the minority. The intent behind phrases such as “majority of studies” is to create doubt surrounding studies that are in the minority and to marginalize them. “Weighing the evidence” is a similar phrase designed to manipulate perception. Like “majority of studies”, it usually means adding up how many studies are on one side and how many are on the other.

You, as Commissioners entrusted with regulating the safety of public utilities, have to ask yourselves if you are prepared to dismiss Arizonans injured by RF as easily and callously as Maine CDC did, and if you are going to put others at risk of becoming injured.

As I have said in the past, these injured people are not psychosomatic hypochondriacs who heard about “smart” meter health issues and then decided that’s what they had. The vast majority of them had no idea what a “smart” meter was or that they had one. It was often only after a long process of suffering and discovery, usually involving many costly visits to ignorant doctors, that some were fortunate enough to figure out what was causing their ailments and to take remedial action – like getting rid of their “smart” meter.

One of the most remarkable disconnects of the Maine CDC report is their inclusion of a FCC report allegedly entitled “Smart Meter FCC Letter” which is supposed to explain how:

“… multiple meters in the same geographical area can only communicate to a controller one at a time, therefore “eliminating the potential for exposure to multiple signals at the same time.””

58 yr old Donald E. Brandt Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer; Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, APS at Pinnacle West Capital

58 yr old Donald E. Brandt
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer; Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, APS at Pinnacle West Capital

There are several problems here. First of all the letter is called “Radio Frequency Safety” not “Smart Meter FCC Letter”. The real, actual name of the letter is not surprising since in its 21 pages “smart” meters are never mentioned!

One can only speculate as to why this FCC document was included by Maine CDC. Since the document says nothing at all about “smart” meters or how “smart” meters operate in a mesh network, Maine CDC has completely misrepresented the contents of this letter in their summary.

Perhaps Maine CDC’s manifest dissonance can be understood by a review of their internal emails. In short, these people had no idea what they were doing.

Below is the email of Andy Smith, “Maine’s Toxicologist and the Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Programs”.

Upon learning he will be tasked with a “smart” meter report, he basically admits ignorance, and his reluctance to get involved is obvious. Incidentally, in one of the emails Maine CDC director Dora Mills says that Andy is “… terrific, but honestly, this is not his issue.” If that’s the case then why is he on the “Maine CDC Smart Meters Team”? Is it because having the “Toxicologist and Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Programs” lends authority to the report?

(Smith) “Just a question. Why is it, whether wind power or smart meters or woodsmoke, regardless of whether we have the expertise, we get dragged into the middle. Are we sure we want to get dragged into these. To do so, appropriately remains staffing up with expertise in these areas and we already have a lot on our plates without chasing these type of issues. When is it better to say, “we don’t know”, but would assume the lead agencies involved in the decisions to allow these would know (e.g., DEP, PUC, etc). If people want to give us resources to take these issues on, that’s another matter.”

Likewise, Maine CDC director Dora Mills prefers that the issue just go away. This is not the kind of averse attitude I want in anyone entrusted with public health.

(Mills) “I wish these issues wouldn’t keep popping up – wind turbines, EMF, etc. Remember the good old days when it was just the tobacco companies?!?!”

In another email Dora Mills mentions that “smart” meters “… only emit radiation frequency about 10% of the time” and that “… smart meters are used at the most, 10% of the time.”

That is an incredible admission. It shows poor Dora has no understanding of the almost constant duty cycle of “smart” meters. Depending on its location in the network, a “smart” meter can broadcast from 10,000 to 190,000 times per day.

“Maine CDC Smart Meters Team” member Jay Hyland, director of the Maine Radiation Control Program, echoes this ridiculous “10% use factor” in some weak calculations he makes about people living next to a bank of meters. He has somewhat of a realization that this could be a problem for such people, but then couches his thoughts as just “playing devil’s advocate”. He then brushes such people aside by concluding that, “Obviously people aren’t home all day, and people aren’t in bed all day….”

Hyland is amazingly shortsighted. Obviously some people are in fact home all day and, indeed, some people are bedridden. Also, the ones that are not will still be subject to smart meter radiation wherever they go in the “smart” meter network, including workplaces that may very well be next to not just one “smart” meter but large banks of meters. Hyland, a supposedly “educated” person in a position of authority, can’t figure this out, even when “playing devil’s advocate”? What a travesty!

It is also worth noting that director Dora Mills makes several complaints in different emails about Hyland being unavailable for most of the time the report was being compiled.

Mills: “ And, Jay’s reviews of the documents come in late and are extremely brief, leaving me to wonder if he really read through them. I’m not a career radiation expert, so for me to be writing extensively about this topic and to have it under such scrutiny from national and international experts is frightening.”

Mills: “This is not an isolated issue – I’ve had several important requests for information and advice from Jay go unanswered the past 6 weeks….”

Mills: “I still have not heard from him – are you sure he’s working on this? It shouldn’t have taken him too long. I wish I had known Jay was going to be too busy to deal with this very critical issue the last 6 weeks.”

The Maine CDC report’s summary misleadingly states that:

“Dr. Mills has also been in contact with her colleagues from other states, including New Mexico (since it is cited in the complaint filed with PUC), and has asked the Complainant for the names of any government health official who is concerned about health effects related to smart meter technologies.”

This creates the impression of thoroughness on the part of Mills and the report. Yet in the internal emails we find Mill’s true assessment of the “colleague” in New Mexico:

“… he does NOT represent the NM Health Department. He works for the injury prevention program there (ie nothing to do with radiation), and works on this issue as a private person in his spare time. He seems to have more interest than expertise in this issue, at least from my communications with him.”

In one email, Andy Smith, the “Toxicologist” on the “Team”, sees the opposition to “smart” meters as “an orchestrated effort” – as if the combined government and utility efforts to “smart” meter the world are not “orchestrated”?! Poor Andy needs to refocus his paranoia.

The emails after the Maine CDC report was released show even more confusion, and a defensive agency in disarray.

Mills: “Unfortunately, the headlines yesterday were a misquote. I never said “smart meters are safe” ….”

Mills: “We did not issue a statement saying “smart meters are safe”.”

Hapless Hyland, the “radiation expert”, never did understand how “smart” meters worked, even after supposedly spending about six weeks on the case. Below is what he wrote after the Maine CDC report was released. Revealing his naivety, his email question is addressed to Central Maine Power – as if he would get a straight answer from them!

All he had to do was spend $500 of his agency’s money, buy an HF35C microwave analyzer, get up from his desk, go outside and do a little independent research by actually measuring the broadcasts of a few “smart” meters. He would have found that “smart” meters broadcast almost constantly, not just at night, and that the “regular time table like once per hour” is an industry promoted myth.

Hyland:

“We are still getting a number of calls per day on the smart meters, AMI, project. There is a fair amount of confusion regarding when the meters broadcast, and what the different pieces of the system are expected to do. My understanding is the meters broadcast on some regular time table like once per hour, unless the meters are acting as a repeater for other meters, in which case the first meter would broadcast 6 times per hour, or something of that nature. Could you please let us know what protocol the meters broadcast under? Answering the when, where, why of the broadcast parameters. Is the maximum broadcast amount something like a tenth of a second every second? The statements we have been hearing and reading say things like “they will be operating for 41 minutes a day” and “they will do most of their communicating at night”. While we don’t know specifically where this comes from it would be good to know what the protocol or specifications are, because they operate 10% of the time, could easily fall into either of the above statements.”

Can everyone agree that “protocol or specifications” would have been “good to know” before Maine CDC wrote and submitted their report? Wouldn’t that have been a basic first step?

By the way, Maine Central Power replied by sending him their propaganda from Exponent. Exponent is a scientists-for-hire product liability defense firm. 

In his book, Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health, author David Michaels exposes Exponent, and similar outfits like Gradient. Michaels explains:

“They combine science with public relations to help clients avoid regulation and litigation. I have yet to see a study published by a product-defense firm that conflicts with the needs of the study’s sponsors. The intent is to cast doubt on real science. The industry has deep roots in the fight over tobacco.”

Indeed, APS is currently using video clips of Gradient mercenary scientist Peter Valberg on their website and in their “smart” meter presentations. Valberg is literally a “tobacco scientist” having worked for Phillip Morris in the “light cigarettes” lawsuit.

This is the kind of pseudo-science APS is resorting to – poorly researched reports put together by incompetent bureaucrats such as the Maine CDC, and mercenaries like Kheifets and Valberg.

“Smart” meters are not safe and have not been proven safe. You have heard testimony from plenty of “smart” meter victims. Let’s not have this “smart” meter issue play out worse than it already has. The time for a total safety recall is now.

Sincerely, 
Warren Woodward 

Cc: Governor Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne

[The enclosure with the Maine CDC internal emails that accompanied the hard copy of this letter can be found online at the following link. Once there, click on COMMENTS; Business Name: TAYLOR MCCORMACK & FRAME — https://mpuc-cms.maine.gov/CQM.Public.WebUI/MatterManagement/MatterFilingItem.aspx?FilingSeq=36638&CaseNumber=2010-00345 .]

Home ‘smart meters’ invade our privacy

Source:http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014-03-09/home-smart-meters-invade-our-privacy.html

Sun, 03/09/2014 – 7:00am | The News-Gazette

If you signed up for electric aggregation, you unwittingly agreed to allow a “smart meter” (Ameren’s AMI electric meter) to be installed on your home, in violation of your Fourth Amendment right. How so?

The AMI meter has two-way communication with Ameren. Most new appliances in your home, especially those rated with an Energy Star, have been sneakingly fitted with radio-frequency identification chips, turning those appliances into electronic, digital snitches. This permits data collection on everything you do when home and when you’re gone.

Lockheed Martin’s cyber security office in 2010 warned that the “smart” grid will open up 440 million new hackable points, not including home appliances. The smart-grid, deeply embedded in electric aggregation, is a surveillance tool leading to unreasonable, warrantless search and seizure by utilities and ultimately the state — like the National Security Agency spying but on steroids.

We all support energy conservation; there is a right way and a wrong way. It must be done without damaging our constitutional rights. Tell Ameren you want to keep the AMR meter, which transmits only one way, thus preserving your right to privacy and security. The smart grid is a great threat to our national security. Please check out the new documentary DVD “Take Back Your Power” and the book “Behind the Green Mask” by Rosa Koire.

RICHARD FORD

Champaign

Dozens Of Americans Moving To WiFi Free Town

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576848/I-used-sick-time-Dozens-Americans-claim-allergic-electromagnetic-signals-settle-small-West-Virginia-town-WiFi-banned.html

‘I used to be sick all the time’: Dozens of Americans who claim to be allergic to electromagnetic signals settle in small West Virginia town where WiFi is banned

  • Green Bank, West Virginia is situated in the middle of the National Radio Quiet Zone
  • All electromagnetic signals are banned within the zone including WiFi and cellphones
  • The zone was set up to protect the world’s largest radio telescopes from electronic interference
  • Americans from across the country have resettled in Green Bank to get away from the signals, which they find physically damaging
  • More than 30 people have relocated to Green Bank as of 2013

PUBLISHED: 13:19 EST, 9 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:11 EST, 9 March 2014

A small remote town where Wi-Fi is banned has become an unlikely haven for people claiming modern technology has been making them ill.

The so-called ‘Wi-Fi refugees’ are flocking to the tiny settlement to escape painful symptoms including burning skin, chest pains and acute headaches.

The sufferers argue the affliction – a condition known as Electromagnetic Sensitivity – has been eased by the move and report feeling much better.

Behind the times: Dozens of Americans have relocated to the small town of Green Bank, West Virginia in hopes of escaping electromagnetic signalsBehind the times: Dozens of Americans have relocated to the small town of Green Bank, West Virginia in hopes of escaping electromagnetic signals

Green Bank is in the middle of the National Radio Quiet Zone which was established to provide optimum conditions for telescopesGreen Bank is in the middle of the National Radio Quiet Zone which was established to provide optimum conditions for telescopes
Refugee: Diane Schou moved to Green Bank from Iowa when she started noticing pain whenever she was near a cell phone or device with WiFiRefugee: Diane Schou moved to Green Bank from Iowa when she started noticing pain whenever she was near a cell phone or device with WiFi

Many have relocated to Green Bank, West Virginia, from across America to avoid mobile phones, Wi-Fi hotspots, TV and radio transmissions. As of 2013, 36 people have relocated to Green Bank.

One, Diane Schou, travelled nearly 1,000 miles from her former home in Iowa to join the isolated town of just 147 residents.

Diane said: ‘I used to be sick all the time when I lived in Iowa. I was in constant pain.

‘If anyone came near me with a cell phone or a device with Wi-Fi I would be in agony.

‘But since I’ve moved to Green Banks the illnesses have cleared up.’

Condition: People who claim to suffer from pain associated with WiFi and other signals say they have Electromagnetic SensitivityCondition: People who claim to suffer from pain associated with WiFi and other signals say they have Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Sweden is the only country to recognize Electromagnetic Sensitivity as a real conditionSweden is the only country to recognize Electromagnetic Sensitivity as a real condition

Green Bank, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, falls in the middle of the 13,000 square mile National Radio Quiet Zone.

Here, mobile phones, radio and TV transmitters and Wi-Fi are forbidden to prevent interference with one of the world’s largest radio telescopes.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory telescope is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.

Nearly 4 per cent of the UK and US population could be affected by EHS, estimates reveal.

But despite nearly 30 studies being carried out into the phenomena, Sweden is currently the only country to recognise it as a medical condition.

Sufferers there can claim social support the same as if they had other disabilities.

Another EHS sufferer, former bank vice-president Deborah Cooney said she felt she was being ‘slowly poisoned’ back in San Diego, California.

New life: Deborah Cooney, one of Green Bank's newer residents, moved from San Diego where she says she was being 'slowly poisoned' by a WiFi smart meter installed next to her homeNew life: Deborah Cooney, one of Green Bank’s newer residents, moved from San Diego where she says she was being ‘slowly poisoned’ by a WiFi smart meter installed next to her home

The 50-year-old said her symptoms developed after hundreds of Wi-Fi enabled smart meters were installed next to her home in 2011.

Deborah said: ‘It began with a constant ringing in my ears. I couldn’t sleep in the house anymore and felt sick all the time.

‘Any food I brought into the house would make me feel ill. I got heart palpitations.

‘It was like I was slowly being poisoned.’

Even her pet cat Mimi, a purebred Himalayan, became ill from the harmful radiation she believed had been emitted from the smart meters, she added.

Deborah added: ‘Mimi went from being a typical house cat to one that would never stay home and eventually she ran away and never came back.’

Marshall (Texas) couple fights against SWEPCO SmartMeter

Source:http://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/marshall-couple-fights-against-swepco-smartmeter/article_1f352835-917d-5042-b004-9ee6d6857b6c.html

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:00 am

Naomi Prioleau nprioleau@marsallnewsmessenger.com

When Kevin Schmidt’s wife Monica began to feel dizzy in the mornings while putting on her makeup, he initially brushed it off.

He didn’t think much of it until he noticed they had a new meter from AEP SWEPCO electric company, without any type of notification.

“I noticed we had a new meter and had heard about it in the past and that there were various problems with it with people,” he said. “I didn’t know the SmartMeter was installed but it was producing radio magnetic frequencies and that alarmed me.”

On its website, AEP Texas confirms the use of radio frequency communications with the SmartMeter, but said it was comparable to how baby monitors emit the same frequencies and that it is FCC approved.

By AEP Texas’ definition, a SmartMeter is a “digital electric meter equipped with wireless communications technology.” The meters were designed to help customers manage their use of energy easier, save money and reduce impact on the environment.

Schmidt said another factor that upset him with the meters was that they could tell how customers were using their electricity and the fact that he couldn’t do anything about it.

“This specific type of meter collects data, usage and the time of day,” he said. “I got more upset that there was no option to have it in the home.”

AEP Texas began installing the meters in 2010 and it is expected to be complete this year with the number of SmartMeters installed totaling nearly 1,000,000.

Schmidt has had Mayor Ed Smith and Representative Chris Paddie contact SWEPCO about the situation to no avail. The Schmidts also have given the electric company a 30-day notice asking to remove it and replace it with a safe analog meter but nothing came of it. They then sent AEP SWEPCO a default notice that an electrician would be replacing the meter with an analog one.

After coming home earlier this week and discovering their electricity was shut off, Schmidt said he plans on suing the company.

“We hired a licensed qualified electrician who replaced our meter after SWEPCO refused to answer our letters,” he said. “Without any notice to us, they cut off our electricity yesterday afternoon and for the safety, health and privacy of your family, you don’t want that meter.”

Some SmartMeters in other cities and states have been the cause of fires due to overheating; however, none have been reported in Marshall.

“I don’t think anyone wants people knowing when you are up at night washing dishes,” he added. “It’s just a shame that if you want to stand up and say you don’t want be surveilled they can shut your power off.”

Port Angeles couple fighting new smart meter

Source:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Port-Angeles-couple-fighting-new-smart-meter-248917001.html

By Associated Press Published: Mar 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM PST Last Updated: Mar 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM PST
Port Angeles couple fighting new smart meter
Virginia and Tom Leinart look at a box they have built to enclose the electric meter at their home on March 5, 2014 in Port Angeles, Wash. (AP Photo/The Peninsula Daily News, Keith Thorpe)
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – The city electrical utility has threated to cut off power to a home unless the owners remove a box that blocks installation of a smart meter that sends readings wirelessly to City Hall.The signals threaten human health and violate their right to privacy, say Virginia and Tom Leinart.

To block the installation of a wireless digital meter, they’ve built a box on the side of their house around the existing meter so it can be read, but not replaced, the Peninsula Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1lC5q0l) Thursday.

The city has ordered the couple to remove the box.

“I feel threatened. I feel harassed. I also feel afraid of what the city is going to do with us,” Virginia Leinart told City Council members at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Leinarts received a Feb. 27 letter from Rick Hostetler, city customer service manager, saying their box must be removed “to ensure the safety of our staff as well as maintaining the electrical integrity of your home.”

Hostetler told her by phone that service could be stopped in 10 to 15 days if she refused to cooperate, she said.

The power won’t be cut until after an electric inspector meets with the Leinarts to explain the code and compliance, said Craig Fulton, city public works and utilities director.

The Leinarts are among 49 residents who have asked the city to refrain from installing new smart meters on their homes.

City officials say smart meters collect only utility usage data and pose no greater risk to human health than cellphones.

City code requires that utility staff have “free and safe” access to meters in the event they need to be accessed quickly during an emergency, Fulton said, adding that cutting off service is the last option.