[Rushtalk] Smart Meters
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Jan 26 14:23:41 MST 2013
At 07:51 AM 1/26/2013, Dennis Putnam wrote:
>Why are people perpetuating this myth? The smart meters can do
>nothing but monitor usage and in some cases shut off all power. They
>can otherwise not do anything to effect thermostats or any other appliance.
They did in Baltimore in July, 2011. A few people died from
>On 1/25/2013 11:07 PM, John A. Quayle wrote:
>>Fascist City Arrests Two Moms for Opposing 'Smart Meters' in Homes
>>25, 2013 by <http://godfatherpolitics.com/author/tadcronn/>Tad Cronn
>>Two Naperville, Illinois, mothers found out what happens to
>>Americans who think they can determine for themselves what is in
>>their best interests.
>>Malia "Kim" Bendis and Jennifer Stahl were arrested when the city
>>sent around armed police officers to escort power company
>>technicians to install "smart meters" on private homes where owners
>>had previously refused to allow the devices.
>>Both Stahl and Bendis are leaders of a group called Naperville
>>Smart Meter Awareness which opposes the smart meters for, as the
>>Chicago Tribune put it, "health, security and privacy" concerns.
>>The group is suing the city over the installations which have
>>already occurred in over 57,000 homes.
>>The city says the wireless meters will make electricity more
>>reliable, more efficient and cheaper. Its installation project is
>>99 percent complete, according to city officials, except for a few
>>holdouts like Stahl and Bendis.
>>Smart meters have been installed in homes across the nation under
>>the same pretexts. The truth about smart meters is less innocent
>>than government at all levels has let on. The devices were
>>conceived and designed as part of the broader environmental program
>>that has been adopted under Agenda 21.
>>There are several health concerns about the wireless meters,
>>including exposure to radiation and electromagnetic fields. Some
>>people are apparently sensitive enough that they can hear a
>>high-pitched buzz or hum from the meters. Health problems that have
>>been documented after installation of the meters have included
>>headaches, insomnia, increased irritability, inability to
>>concentrate, memory problems, dizziness, fatigue, vision problems,
>>nose bleeds, nausea, heart arrhythmia and a whole list of other
>>ailments that some doctors have linked to interference with the
>>human body's nervous system.
>>As bad as all that is, however, the most urgent reason to oppose
>>smart meters is because they are fascism in a box. The touted
>>efficiency and reliability increases of the meters arise because
>>the meters patch a home into a computerized network that allows
>>faceless technocrats at some faraway power facility to determine if
>>you are using too much electricity and control the utilities and
>>even appliances in your home. With smart meters, the utility
>>company can turn down or cut off the flow of electricity to your
>>house, adjust your thermostat without your knowledge and monitor
>>your usage in real time. If you have modern computerized
>>appliances, they can control your washing machine, dryer,
>>dishwasher, refrigerator, even your coffeemaker.
>>Stahl said utility workers ignored a posted sign refusing to allow
>>a smart meter, cut a lock on her gate and forced entry into her
>>backyard. When she stood in front of her meter and refused to move,
>>the police stepped in and arrested her. Bendis declined to speak to
>>reporters on advice of her attorney.
>>"It was forced on my house today," Stahl said. "It was really a
>>violation. I violated something, but I've been violated too, so I
>>guess we're now in a society of violating one another."
>>She said her group represents other homeowners who were not allowed
>>to refuse the smart meter installation.
>>The city offers a wired version of the meters but forces recipients
>>to pay a $70 fee for installation and an additional $25 per month.
>>City Manager Doug Krieger defended the arrests, saying that police
>>were simply protecting utility workers at homes where owners had
>>resisted previous attempts at installation. He said, "The city has
>>always had and maintains the right to access our equipment, and
>>today we were simply exercising that right."
>>Protecting Americans' rights, on the other hand, apparently isn't
>>in the plan.
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