Yesterday’s Washington Post article, Smart meter installations stir rowdy response from gun-toting, cage-building Texans, covered the increasingly contentious debate swirling around “smart” meters in the Lone Star state. It’s become clear that opposition to the “smart” grid has spread to so-called “red” and “blue” states alike. While the industry gets richer from overcharging us and selling our private data, people of all political persuasions are getting sick from pulsed radiation so strong that it would be illegal in many European countries. Such high levels are only allowable in the US under weak FCC guidelines that fail to be informed by expert medical opinion, or research reflecting the damage of what’s happening in the real world. People have had enough of the lies and corruption, and this is manifesting itself in the streets:
“(Texas Utility) CenterPoint says contract installers are encountering tough resistance in some neighborhoods.”
This isn’t Damascus we’re talking about but Houston, Texas. These are undoubtedly the neighborhoods where someone like you has taken the initiative to educate their neighbors about the truth of the smart meter installation program. Walking door to door with printed materials can make the difference between a smart meter free zone where people take responsibility for protecting their neighborhood and your area becoming totally smetered overnight. When people learn the truth, more often than not they refuse- and help spread the word themselves. The important thing is to get people educated before installation. That is why utilities across the country are accelerating their deployment schedules- so people don’t have a chance to learn the truth about the risks of smart meters- before the installer shows up at their door.
No one should be forced to pull out a gun to defend their homes against utility personnel, who are meant to serve the public and keep our lights on. The law is the law. If you ask anyone (besides a law enforcement officer with a warrant) to leave your property, they must comply or they are guilty of trespassing.
It’s getting crazy out there. We encourage everyone to remain peaceful (which can be difficult given the overt violence of the forced smart meter deployment). This doesn’t mean just sit back and let them install. Stop Smart Meters! is a strong supporter of communities defending themselves through direct action and peaceful civil disobedience.
Whatever your political affiliation, it’s time to ramp up the fight. Take back your power and refuse to go along with the machine.
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
-Mario Savio, Dec. 3rd. 1964