[Rushtalk] Smart meters in the news

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 11 22:43:37 MST 2013


At 04:39 PM 2/11/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>At 02:14 PM 2/11/2013 -0500, John A. Quayle wrote:
>>At 06:15 AM 2/11/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>>>At 05:49 AM 2/11/2013 -0500, John A. Quayle wrote:
>>>>         Oh, but there's NOTHING to worry about, is there?!?
>>>
>>>This is a problem caused by and continued by government.
>>>I'm sure everything will be better if we all just vote the bastards out.
>>>It's bound to get better, don't you think?
>>
>>         Tell me how doing NOTHING changes anything................
>
>It's not "nothing". Doing nothing means 
>sheepingly voting as you're told to do.

         I don't think so...........

>It's a protest against the graft and greed of 
>government and voting shows a willingness to use 
>force against your fellows to accomplish your 
>social and political (and personal) goals.

         The ruling class is REALLY paying 
attention to your protestations every time you 
sit on your hands and do NOTHING, aren't they?






>>>>At 10:47 PM 2/10/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>><http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/09/handicapped-woman-refuses-smart-meter-has-power-cut-in-the-dead-of-winter/>http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/09/handicapped-woman-refuses-smart-meter-has-power-cut-in-the-dead-of-winter/ 
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>UPDATED: Handicapped Woman Refuses Smart 
>>>>>Meter ­ Has Power Cut in the Dead of Winter
>>>>>Feb. 9, 2013 2:31pm Mike Opelka
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>UPDATE: Office of Ohio Governor Kasich intervenes. Details posted below.
>>>>>
>>>>>A handicapped woman in western Ohio has to 
>>>>>battle the freezing winter weather this 
>>>>>weekend because she refused to allow the 
>>>>>local power company to install a “smart meter” on her property.
>>>>>Handicapped Ohio Woman Has Power Cut for 
>>>>>Refusing Smart Meter for Health Reasons
>>>>>
>>>>>Brenda Hawk (Image: YouTube screenshot)
>>>>>
>>>>>Brenda Hawk has a pacemaker for her heart 
>>>>>and because her brain was injured in a car 
>>>>>accident, she requires a breathing machine 
>>>>>in order to sleep at night. She does not 
>>>>>want the new radio-frequency emitting meter 
>>>>>because of the health problems these devices 
>>>>>have been said to cause. But American 
>>>>>Electric Power AEP-Ohio, the local power 
>>>>>company, has persisted in their push to swap 
>>>>>out Hawk’s analog meter and replace it with the new one.
>>>>>
>>>>>The Blaze spoke with Hawk on Saturday. At 
>>>>>the time, she was using a kerosene heater to 
>>>>>stay warm in the freezing weather. Hawk gave us a basic timeline on the story.
>>>>>
>>>>>In October of last year, a utility worker 
>>>>>arrived on her property and announced that 
>>>>>he had removed her old analog power meter 
>>>>>and replaced it with a new one. Hawk told 
>>>>>him that she had not approved the meter swap 
>>>>>and requested that the old one be restored. 
>>>>>A series of phone calls between Hawk, the 
>>>>>power company and the sheriff’s office was 
>>>>>enough to get the new meter pulled out and the old one re-installed.
>>>>>
>>>>>Fast forward to Jan. 24, 2013. A certified 
>>>>>letter from AEP executive Ralph Rocca, Jr. 
>>>>>arrived at Hawk’s home announcing that she 
>>>>>would be getting a new meter or her power 
>>>>>would be cut off. Her efforts to contact 
>>>>>Rocca were not successful. All that Hawk 
>>>>>wanted was a guarantee from the company that 
>>>>>the new meter’s electrical signals would not 
>>>>>interfere with her pacemaker. The company 
>>>>>could not give her that assurance and it was 
>>>>>her position that unless and until they did, 
>>>>>no “smart meter” would be installed.
>>>>>
>>>>>On January 25, after the letter arrived, she 
>>>>>called the local sheriff’s office and claims 
>>>>>that call was not returned. Hawk also wrote 
>>>>>letters to her Congressional Representative 
>>>>>Jim Jordan and Ohio Governor John Kasich 
>>>>>asking why the new meter program had no 
>>>>>“opt-out” clause for health reasons. Those 
>>>>>letters were not responded to either.
>>>>>
>>>>>On Feb. 1, 2013, a woman from AEP did call 
>>>>>Hawk and asked about her concerns with the 
>>>>>new meter. Again, Hawk explained the problem 
>>>>>with the radio signals and her pacemaker. 
>>>>>The company rep reportedly told her that it 
>>>>>was as harmless as a microwave oven. Hawk 
>>>>>cannot have a microwave oven in her home 
>>>>>because of the problems it creates for her 
>>>>>pacemaker. That phone call ended with the 
>>>>>AEP representative announcing that the new 
>>>>>meter would be installed next week or the power would be cut.
>>>>>
>>>>>On Friday, February 8, two trucks from the 
>>>>>power company and a sheriff’s patrol car 
>>>>>drove onto Hawk’s property, uninvited. She 
>>>>>informed them that they did not have an 
>>>>>easement and therefore did not have access 
>>>>>to the property and she intended to deny 
>>>>>them access. Her question to the Allentown Sheriff was a simple one.
>>>>>
>>>>>   “Are you here to protect my property rights?”
>>>>>
>>>>>Hawk said that his response was shocking.
>>>>>
>>>>>   “No” said the sheriff, “I’m here to 
>>>>> protect AEP – You’ll either have the meter or we’ll turn your power off.”
>>>>>
>>>>>Hawk asked the officer and the power company 
>>>>>reps how they could turn off the power to a 
>>>>>home in the winter when it directly violates 
>>>>>an Ohio law preventing elderly and disabled 
>>>>>people from being without heat during winter 
>>>>>months. They asked to be shown the law. Hawk 
>>>>>quoted Ohio’s public utility law Chapter 
>>>>>4933: COMPANIES – GAS, ELECTRIC, WATER, OTHERS.
>>>>>
>>>>>Hawk surmised that this law only prevents 
>>>>>shutting off the power of people who do not 
>>>>>pay their utility bills. She claims to have 
>>>>>never missed a payment and is currently not in arrears with the power company.
>>>>>
>>>>>Within minutes, the power was disconnected 
>>>>>and Hawk’s home was without heat or water 
>>>>>during one of the coldest weekends of the 
>>>>>winter. Last night the temperature was in 
>>>>>the mid-teens and the high temperatures for 
>>>>>the weekend do not promise to get above 40 degrees.
>>>>>
>>>>>As of Saturday afternoon, Hawk was trying to 
>>>>>stay warm by a kerosene heater, but she 
>>>>>worries about her horse, her chickens and 
>>>>>the dog and cat that live with her. Without 
>>>>>power, she is unable to draw water from her 
>>>>>well, and her animals need water every day. 
>>>>>She had a sleepless night because her 
>>>>>breathing assistance equipment was useless 
>>>>>without power. Her basement has also started 
>>>>>filling with water, because her sump pump cannot work without electricity.
>>>>>
>>>>>We tried to reach both Rep. Jordan’s office 
>>>>>and the emergency offices of AEP for 
>>>>>comment. Jordan’s D.C. office has no 
>>>>>emergency contact number, just voice mail. 
>>>>>And the AEP emergency operator referred us 
>>>>>to the company’s main offices, which were closed for the weekend.
>>>>>
>>>>>A call to Governor John Kasich’s office was 
>>>>>returned and follow-up is expected soon. We 
>>>>>will update this story as we get additional information.
>>>>>
>>>>>Here is the video of Hawk telling her story 
>>>>>to a member of the Ohio 9-12 Project.
>>>>>
>>>>>This is not the first time that the subject 
>>>>>of “smart meters” has appeared on The Blaze. 
>>>>>Just last month, we brought you the story of 
>>>>>Jennifer Stahla Naperville, Ill.woman who 
>>>>>was arrested after refusing to allow a 
>>>>>“smart meter” to be installed on her property.
>>>>>
>>>>>Last summer, another pacemaker patient had 
>>>>>problems with the “smart meter” emitting 
>>>>>radio frequency that interfered with his 
>>>>>implant. Since the meter was removedthe problem has disappeared.
>>>>>
>>>>>(H/T: The 912 Project)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>UPDATE:
>>>>>
>>>>>Shortly after this story was posted, a 
>>>>>representative from Governor John Kasich’s 
>>>>>office called The Blaze asking for any 
>>>>>additional background and contact information for Brenda Hawk.
>>>>>
>>>>>Less than an hour after the first call from 
>>>>>the governor’s office, we were again 
>>>>>contacted and told that “something should be done soon.”
>>>>>
>>>>>We are pleased to report that less than 
>>>>>three hours after we reported on this story, 
>>>>>a utility crew returned to Ms. Hawk’s home 
>>>>>and reestablished her electrical power. In a 
>>>>>phone conversation with the very happy 
>>>>>homeowner, we learned that many Blaze 
>>>>>readers had also reached out and tried to 
>>>>>help her by contacting various government 
>>>>>agencies. Apparently, switchboards at the 
>>>>>state Capitol and senior service agencies 
>>>>>were flooded with calls on her behalf. 
>>>>>Brenda very modestly asked that we thank 
>>>>>everyone “who wasted their Saturday on me.”
>>>>>
>>>>>Paf Dvorak
>>>>>
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