Volume 19 February 2014

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Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin
Vol. 19  February 2014
https://stopsmartmeters.org
Contact: info@stopsmartmeters.org
PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH (Courtesy of the Cecils)

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

-Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

CONTENTS
1.  SSM! DIRECTOR JOSH HART DISCONNECTED BY PSREC “CO-OP” FOR REFUSING TO PAY EXTORTION FEES- TAKE ACTION TODAY

2.  MAJOR US UTILITY:  SMART METERS “IRRATIONAL”

3.  PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING CARDS (AND RF METERS) NOW IN STOCK AT SSM STORE!

4.  IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP MANDATORY WIRELESS IN CARS

5.  TAKE BACK YOUR POWER: TRANSFORMATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR!
6.  SUPPORT STOP SMART METERS! MAKE A DONATION TODAY

1.  STOP SMART METERS! DIRECTOR JOSH HART DISCONNECTED BY PSREC “CO-OP” FOR REFUSING TO PAY “OPT OUT” FEES- TAKE ACTION TODAY  
Last Wednesday at 2pm, Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative (PSREC) trespassed on our property and (after unsuccessfully trying to install a “smart” meter) disconnected the power to our home though we have paid every penny of our electricity usage in full.  The fees- and the disconnect- are in violation of state public utility code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we intend to fight this abuse to the full extent of the law.  This is the first disconnect by PSREC for failure to pay “opt out” fees, and one of the first in California.  No one in PG&E/ SCE/ SDG&E areas of California have been disconnected solely for refusal to pay “opt out” fees, and thousands have been ignoring toothless disconnect warnings and deducting the fees from their bill every month.

As an electric “co-operative” PSREC is only partially under the jurisdiction of the CPUC and apparently also feels that it is above the law.  Its chickens will come home to roost.  Utility personnel- challenged about their actions- replied that they were “just following orders.”

Now we have pressing matters such as how to keep our food from perishing and keep our home warm in freezing temperatures tonight. Why are utilities going to such lengths to try to silence critics of their smart meter policies?  The answer is profits and defending a stubborn dogma that says wireless is safe.  We are determined and will not give in to utility abuse or threats.  Read more about the utility’s outrageous and illegal actions here:

Disconnected!: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/19/disconnected/

Josh Hart Op-Ed in local paper: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/12/ssm-director-josh-hart-threatened-with-electricity-disconnect/

Utility Attempts Stalking/ Intimidation Tactics Day After Illegal Disconnect:
https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/20/utility-attempts-stalking-intimidation-tactics-after-disconnect-yesterday/

Thanks for your support- NOW TAKE ACTION: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/21/thank-you-for-your-support-now-please-take-action/

2. MAJOR US UTILITY:  SMART METERS “IRRATIONAL”
According to Halt MA Smart Meters, Massachusetts largest electric utility NSTAR has submitted scathing comments to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding its proposed mandate (to the utility, not the customer- there is no legal mandate for individual utility customers to accept “smart” meters on private property anywhere in the US or abroad that we are aware of- that is a myth and a lie perpetuated by utilities).
NSTAR states in its official submission to the DPU:

“there is no cost justification that can support the implementation of ‘smart’ meters”
“Smart Meters do not reduce the number of outages”
“Smart metering systems are not necessary to integrate distributed resources” (wind & solar)”
“Smart meters introduce a brand new portal into (our) information systems, significantly increasing the cyber-security risk.”
“mandated implementation of (smart meters) is not a prerogative within the [DPU]‘s discretion”
“Many customers have a deep aversion to technology that links them to the ‘grid’ in a way that they perceive as an invasion of their privacy and/ or detrimental to their health”
More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/11/largest-mass-electric-utility-smart-meters-irrational/

3. WIRELESS PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING CARDS NOW IN STOCK

Our new **Wireless Warning Card** is now available for purchase in bulk in our online store.  This is a simple card that addresses wireless risks to health and solutions.  When in town, we see mothers talking on their phones right next to their babies, giving them iPads to play with.  People putting cordless phone base stations- which radiate constantly even when not in use- next to their beds.  Holding their cell phones up to their ear, in spite of the quiet warnings in the manual not to do so. People are getting cancer and many other diseases from these exposures, simply because they don’t know.

We wanted a short, concise card to hand out to people giving them the basic facts to protect their families.  Many people have no idea that this radiation is dangerous, much less what to do to protect themselves.  The cards are 4×6″, double sided and printed on 100% recycled card stock with soy ink by Inkworks Press, a high quality union print shop in Berkeley, CA.

This card contains a basic warning that state and federal governments should have been requiring on wireless products for years.

Get a stack of these cards and hand them out in your neighborhood.  Put them at the library, grocery store, your church or school.  Hand them out in front of a utility or cell phone retail store.  The virtual blackout in US mainstream media over the health impacts of wireless technology just means you and I have to do the work of getting the word out.

See the design and order some today: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/08/wireless-public-health-warning-cards-now-in-stock/

4. IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP MANDATORY WIRELESS IN CARS

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering requiring all cars to have wireless transmitters built into them in order to communicate with other cars.  We need these RF devices in our cars about as much as we need smart meters. Please pass this on.

Written comments must be submitted by February 24, 2014 (TODAY!) at http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA-2014-0014-0001  Please read the excellent blogs and the policy statement at the links below for background information. http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/02/10/us-proceeding-with-mandatory-vehicle-communications/
http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/02/11/should-people-be-allowed-to-drive/
http://skyvisionsolutions.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/policy-concerning-automated-vehicldes-nhtsa.pdf

5. TAKE BACK YOUR POWER WINS TRANSFORMATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD!  We are happy to report that Take Back Your Power has won the AwareGuide 2013 Transformational Film of the Year Award thanks to your efforts and a viral online voting campaign.   Take Back Your Power shares the top spot with the animal rights film, Ghosts in Our Machine, another critical and timely exposé.  For more information see https://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/02/02/take-back-your-power-transformational-film-of-the-year/

6. SUPPORT SSM! PLEASE DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TO WIDEN THE CAMPAIGN  If you support what we do, please donate to Stop Smart Meters! today.  If you don’t have money to give, we need your volunteer talents! See:  https://stopsmartmeters.org/donate or make checks payable to: Stop Smart Meters! and send to: PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122 — THANK YOU

SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE: You can also support SSM! through your shopping and raise awareness at the same time.   We have DVD copies of the documentary Take Back Your Power- with bulk discount rates if you want to buy some for friends and family also.   We have smart meter warning and ‘wireless kills’ stickers, new wireless health warning cards (described above), and Cornet ED78s RF analyzers on sale so you can tell what wireless devices are emitting.  Plus, a new version of our brochure and bumper stickers are on the way.  Free shipping within the United States on all orders.  See: https://stopsmartmeters.org/stop-smart-meters-online-store/

STOP SMART METERS! ON TWITTER! NOT FACEBOOK  For the latest campaign updates and links to breaking news stories, follow us on Twitter!  We are “stopsmeters”  Please retweet and encourage your friends to follow us!!  Our latest tweets also appear on the upper right hand side of our website. We are not on Facebook due to privacy violations and political differences.  See: https://twitter.com/stopsmeters Social media is far from social!  Talk to real people instead.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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1 Response to Volume 19 February 2014

  1. Rayf says:

    I am having the same legal issues with Florida Power & Light Co. Here is a course of action to seriously consider: Press criminal extortion charges against key power company employes. Use the company’s main or other office address, if you know or strongly suspect certain persons to be working. No P.O. Boxes. You need an actual physical address. This is what I’m considering doing to FP&L. Go to a police station. If the police refuse to cooperate, then talk to the district attorney.

    Anybody try this tactic already?

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