[Rushtalk] Smart Meters

Stephen A. Frye s.frye at verizon.net
Sat Jan 26 16:27:32 MST 2013

Back pedaling.  They cannot selectively shut off an appliance.


From: rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com [mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com] On
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At 05:02 PM 1/26/2013, Dennis Putnam wrote:

Wong. All they did was cut power.

         It DOES affect appliances when the power is shut off. They won't

On 1/26/2013 4:23 PM, John A. Quayle wrote:

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 the

On 1/25/2013 11:07 PM, John A. Quayle wrote:


Fascist City Arrests Two Moms for Opposing 'Smart Meters' in Homes

posted on January 25, 2013
meters-in-homes/>  by Tad Cronn

meters-in-homes/> UN
meters-in-homes/>   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

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

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

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

"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

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