Vol. 11: March/ April 2012

Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin

Vol. 11 Mar/ Apr 2012

https://stopsmartmeters.org Contact: info@stopsmartmeters.org

PO Box 30 Davenport CA 95017 (note new mailing address)

***URGENT ACTION REQUIRED FOR PG&E CUSTOMERST*** CALL PG&E BY MAY 1S

***OPT OUT NOW! 1-866-743-0263***

QUOTES OF THE MONTH

“Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.”

-BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Animal Dreams

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862), American Writer & Philosopher

“For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.”

-ALICE KAHN, Humorist, Author of Luncheon at the Café Ridiculous and Others

“Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo:  not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.”

-LEWIS MUMFORD (1895-1990), American Historian, Sociologist, Author,             Literary Critic and Philosopher of Technology

“(The smart grid has made) regular daily living, shopping, and travel difficult and unpleasant, taking away just normal enjoyment of living.  I no longer attend church.”

-ANONYMOUS SmartMeterHelp.Com Complainant from Montana

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

-EDMUND BURKE ((1729-1797), Irish Statesman, Author and Philosopher

CONTENTS

1.    PG&E CUSTOMERS: OPT OUT NOW

2.    What YOU Can Do to Stop Smart Meters!

3.    What are ‘Smart’ Meters!?

4.    What is Stop Smart Meters?

5.    CPUC Meeting Dates

6.    Donate to Stop Smart Meters!

7.    Follow Stop Smart Meters! on Twitter

8.    Allied Organizations and Links

9.    Smart Meter Campaign Updates

10. Media Links

1. URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: CALL PG&E BY MAY 1ST TO OPT OUT! 1-866-743-0263

•  If you have a smart meter: Tell PG&E (or your utility) to remove it!

•  If you have an analog meter: Tell PG&E (or your utility) you plan to keep your analog meter. When they ask you to agree to the charges tell them,  “NO, the fees are arbitrary, punitive, illegal, and the fees are being legally contested at the CPUC!” Assert your rights.  If they ask you about access to your property, tell them they need to make an appointment and you must be present.

FULL OPT OUT INFO- forward this link to your e-mail networks and post on social media now: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/23/action-needed-opt-out-of-pges-smart-meter-program-today/

2. What YOU Can Do to Stop Smart Meters!

a.     Lodge a formal complaint at the California State Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Consumer Affairs Branch (or relevant agency in your state) You can do this online: https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/cimsapp/?key=39949189

b.     If you have suffered an injury or loss from a smart meter, submit a complaint at http://www.smartmeterhelp.com — this will go to your legislators, governor, utilities commission, etc and will allow us to track complaints for legal purposes.

c.     Sign petitions against opt out fees: http://signon.org/sign/pge-smart-meter-fees and http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/we-refuse-to-pay-extortionate-smart-meter-opt-out-fees/

d.     Send a letter to your utility via certified mail denying permission for them to install a “smart” meter on your home or business, or demanding that it be removed. https://stopsmartmeters.org/sample-letter-to-utility/ Call your utility and tell them you intend to retain or restore the analog meter at no cost! Complain and tape the call! PG&E: 1-877-743-7378, SCE: 1-800-655-4555 SDG&E: 1-800-411-7343 Demand to retain your analog meter- don’t take no for an answer.  Also, you can lock up your analog meter to defend it against theft by your utility. See: https://stopsmartmeters.org/defend-your-analog-meter-main-index/

e.     Those with unauthorized smart meters on their property have been having their ‘smart’ meters removed by electricians or other willing professionals.  Your utility may attempt to disconnect service, but this does not go over so well in the press – let us know if your utility has cut you off!  See: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/12/08/the-great-smart-meter-return/

f.      If your local city/ county has not acted against the smart meter attack, organize local residents and demand that your local government officials do their job to protect public health and safety.  Fifty-five local governments in CA alone have resisted!  See: https://stopsmartmeters.org/sample-letter-to-local-government/ca-local-governments-on-board/ SSM! can advise on organizing direct action against smart grid installations in your community.

g.     Contact Gov. Brown (or the governor of your state)- demand that he pull the plug on the ‘smart’ meter wireless mesh network and fire CPUC President Michael Peevey.  Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 OR via web http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

h.     Donate and support Stop Smart Meters! expanding fight for our health, safety, and privacy: https://stopsmartmeters.org/donate

i.      Volunteer with Stop Smart Meters! Contact info@stopsmartmeters.org to hear about a slew of fascinating volunteer opportunities!  Internships available.

j.     Forward this e-mail newsletter to your friends, and have them subscribe to monthly updates by sending a request to info@stopsmartmeters.org.

3. WHAT ARE SMART METERS!?

The so-called “smart grid” is perhaps the largest technology rollout in history.  Yet there has been virtually no consultation with the public or local governments in advance of the multi-billion dollar “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” (or AMI) project. Smart meters emit up to 190,000 spikes of microwave radiation every day (that the WHO classifies as a Class 2B carcinogen[1])- and is far more powerful than common household wireless devices.[2]   Wireless radiation causes DNA damage at exposure levels far below FCC guidelines, in peer-reviewed scientific studies[3].  This radiation is not healthy for anyone, and violates the human rights of the growing population of electrosensitive people in our society.  “Smart” meters pose health risks, violate individual privacy, interfere with electronic appliances, increase carbon emissions and overcharge customers.  But utility companies and tech firms love them because they allow them to layoff meter readers and generate more profit.  Luckily, more communities every day are learning the facts and refusing the Digital Utility Meter (DUM) onslaught.  Check out our primer (that you can circulate) outlining the case against smart utility meters here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/why-stop-smart-meters/

4. WHAT IS “STOP SMART METERS!”?

Growing out of the grassroots group Scotts Valley Neighbors Against Smart Meters, which was started in June 2010, Stop Smart Meters! is now a community supported international advocacy, media outreach, and direct action network providing activism consultation and technical assistance advice to dozens of local groups around the country (and even internationally) who are fighting the ‘smart’ meter assault.

The fight against ‘smart’ meters has brought about new, unexpected political alliances.   Please join us and add your voice to thousands of others.  More info, regular news updates, analysis, and tips on resisting ‘smart’ meters at our website: https://stopsmartmeters.org

To join Stop Smart Meters! and add yourself or others to the distribution list for this newsletter, please send a request to: info@stopsmartmeters.org

5. CPUC MEETING DATES

All 2012 Dates: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/2012meetings.htm

Watch live and archived meetings: http://www.californiaadmin.com/cpuc.shtml

6. DONATE TO STOP SMART METERS! TODAY: DONATIONS MATCHED UP TO $2500

**Breaking Update** A couple of generous donors have agreed to match all donations up to $2500 until May 15th.  Whether it is a small or large amount, thanks to our donors it will be doubled – it all makes this education and advocacy possible.  Remember we are community supported- please chip in if you can!  Here’s more about the work that your donation supports: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/06/28/please-support-stop-smart-meters/

Over the past six months, we have:

-carried out dozens of interviews with local, national, and international media

-provided technical assistance to hundreds of individuals and organizations

-provided support and advice to hundreds of people injured by smart meters

-posted regular investigative, political, legal, and scientific articles on our website

-organized over 1000 complaints to decisionmakers from smartmeterhelp.com

-organized protests and outreach at numerous public events

WE SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE THIS LEVEL OF ADVOCACY WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. Please click here to make a donation now: https://stopsmartmeters.org/donate/

7. SMART METER CAMPAIGN UPDATES

ILLEGAL & FATALLY FLAWED: PROPOSED OPT-OUT SHOULD BE TRASHED

California, Maine, and several other states’ “opt out” policies are actually license for the utilities to continue bathing our communities in carcinogenic electro-smog- here are our analyses of the policy and why it’s so awful.  We don’t need opt outs- we need an immediate moratorium and smart meter recall! More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/10/illegal-fatally-flawed-proposed-opt-out-should-be-trashed/

PG&E Opt Out Analysis: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/18/revised-pge-smart-meter-opt-out-proposal-has-arrived/

Southern CA Opt Out Approved: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/23/southern-ca-opt-out-approved/

Use the PG&E Website and Sign Away Your Rights: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/20/use-the-pge-website-and-sign-away-your-rights/

WE SAY NO FEE: CHARGE THE UTILITY https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/31/we-say-no-fee-charge-the-utility/

Pay for Your Health? Pay for Your Rights? We say No. https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/02/pay-for-your-health-pay-for-your-rights-we-say-no/

“What Do I Do Now?” Confusing Reports and Mixed Signals https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/05/what-do-i-do-now-confusing-reports-and-mixed-signals/

Ignore PG&E’s Certified Letter–Try this Letter Instead https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/11/ignore-pges-certified-letter-try-this-letter-instead/

The Real Story: Millions of Analogs Still Out There–and People Refusing to Pay Extortionate Fees https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/06/the-real-story-millions-of-analogs-still-out-there-and-people-refusing-to-pay-extortionate-fees/

More Orwellian Twists: Not Being Home Means “Opting Out,” and How Your Home is Now a Wireless Facility… https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/19/more-orwellian-twists-not-being-home-means-opting-out-and-how-your-home-is-now-a-wireless-facility/

We Are Not ‘Opting Out’………….We Are Refusing to Opt In. https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/10/we-are-not-opting-out-we-are-refusing-to-opt-in-theres-a-difference/

FIGHTTHEFEES.ORG SENDS A MESSAGE TO UTILITIES: WE WON’T PAY Watsonville, CA mom Diane Dutton has had enough. “Something just doesn’t add up” she says. “We should not have to pay a fee to protect our health.  There is enough science that says this is dangerous- I don’t want my family exposed to it.”  So she set out to find others who are similarly alarmed about the smart meter situation and the extortionate opt out fees. The response so far has been very positive.

She says she set up FightTheFees.Org so that people don’t feel so alone when defying their utility.  “There are thousands- millions of people opposed to the so-called smart grid- together we’re stronger than any utility company.”  Diane encourages people to defend their analogs, and submit photos of themselves and their families holding a protest sign next to their meters to add to her website.  No names or addresses are needed- just your town and a photo under 500kb- you can send to fightsmartmeterfees@gmail.com More at: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/17/fightthefees-org-sends-a-message-to-utilities-we-wont-pay/

A PRIMER ON FCC GUIDELINES FOR THE SMART METER AGE Why does your utility assert the smart meters they are installing are safe? In a sentence, they are protected by the very high limits the FCC has set for public exposure to radio-frequency (RF) radiation.  The RF from smart meters doesn’t exceed those limits, they say, therefore you can’t be harmed by it. Leaving aside the fact that smart meter RF pulses may in fact exceed those limits, let’s look at the FCC “guidelines.” What follows may surprise even those who think they understand the matter…. Full article and analysis by Amy O’Hair: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/09/a-primer-on-the-fcc-guidelines-for-the-smart-meter-age/

SILVER SPRING NETWORKS IPO: PREDATORY CAPITALISM IN ACTION You can certainly blame your utility and state and federal regulatory agencies for those headaches—both real and figurative—since the smart meter went in.  There’s no denying they deserve your criticism.  But at the root of this international deployment are some very powerful corporations designing and supplying the diabolical devices and/or their components. One of the biggest firms pushing the wireless smart grid to utilities and governments around the world is Silver Spring Networks, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/13/silver-spring-networks-ipo-predatory-capitalism-in-action/

PALO ALTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT REJECTS SMART METERS — WHICH MAKES FIFTY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN CALIFORNIA WHO SAY NO  One more reason why it pays to have local–not corporate–control over essential public services.  In February, after receiving testimony from those injured by smart meter radiation and hearing widespread reports of fires, health damage, privacy invasions and overcharges, the City of Palo Alto (adjacent to Stanford University and a center of Silicon Valley commerce) declared that no smart meters would be installed until 2015 at the earliest.  This is surely a black eye to the Electric Power Research Institute based in the City, who will retain an analog meter on their offices, even as they promote the toxic technology for others.  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/22/palo-alto-municipal-utility-district-rejects-smart-meters-now-fifty-local-governments-in-california-say-no/

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: SPEAKING OUT AGAINST WIRELESS HARM Guest post: “For those of you obsessed with your wireless technology, I need to ask–why are my children and I considered acceptable collateral damage so you can have your wireless convenience? Have you utterly lost your sense of humanity? Maybe you don’t feel any health effects (yet) from this technology, but many of us do–millions of us–and we are suffering. Do you not care? I want to know why you don’t care. I want to know why your wireless gadgets are worth more to you than my children’s health or my health or our lives. What in God’s name is so important about your texting that we have become inconsequential?”  Full post: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/29/collateral-damage-speaking-out-against-wireless-harm/

STICKING IT TO SMART METERS These devices need a sticker if they are to comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s rules about unlicensed transmitters. Here’s one attempt to do just that: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/02/03/we-get-up-again-sticking-it-to-smart-meters/

METERS THAT ENDANGER: SHOCKING DETAILS FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER Are smart meters just too complex? Are they veritable blackboxes (well, beige) of assorted electronic components, jury-rigged and thrown together in an off-shore factory, and then slapped onto houses without proper safety testing? Sure, we all have electronic devices in the home, but through this particular device passes all the electrical current for the house. That’s a set-up asking for trouble.  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/20/meters-that-endanger-shocking-details-from-a-whistleblower/

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES SCATHING REPORT ON SM SAFETY Santa Cruz County, California–birthplace of Stop Smart Meters! and epicenter of a steady stream of both political and direct action in the battle against smart meters–remains on the front lines. The Santa Cruz County Public Health Department issued a landmark report in Januray critical of the heedless roll-out of wireless utility meters, stating: “Evidence is accumulating on the results of exposure to RF at non-thermal levels.” More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/25/santa-cruz-leads-the-fight-in-california-once-again/

METERS THAT SMART: THE NAME IS ALL TOO ACCURATE The new wireless utility meters going in around the country have been called many things: spy meters, dumb meters, even murder meters.  But we think the industry chose well when they named their new meters “smart,” a word in English indicating a sharp injury or pain. While utilities may want customers to say “Wow, that’s smart,” all too many of them are saying “Stop–that smarts!”  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/13/meters-that-smart-the-name-is-all-too-accurate/

UPDATES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WORLD: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/26/stop-smart-meters-goes-national-and-international/

VENTURA COUNTY:  Local Government Opposes Opt Out Fees: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/29/ventura-county-puts-foot-down-against-opt-out-fees/

GEORGIA: Legislators Try to Put the Kibosh on Smart Meter Opt-Out Bill https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/25/guest-post-georgia-legislators-try-to-put-the-kibosh-on-smart-meter-opt-out-bill/

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS: Citing violations of the federal Open Meetings Act, Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group filed a lawsuit against the deployment.  Coverage: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/12/31/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-naperville-illinois/

MARYLAND: Smart Meter Opt-Out Hearing at Maryland Public Service Commission On May 22, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. Come voice your concerns about mandatory smart meters in Maryland so that government regulators understand the vast opposition to smart meters. The hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Maryland Public Service Commission,16th Floor Hearing Room, William Donald Schaeffer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.  Sign our petition opposing wireless smart meters in Maryland and share the petition with your friends: http://www.change.org/petitions/we-say-no-to-wireless-smart-meters-in-the-state-of-maryland# For information from Maryland Smart Meter Awareness please visit: http://www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org and click join to receive informative updates about Maryland.

BC, CANADA: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/04/canadian-group-files-complaint-against-smart-meters/

CANADA: “TAKE BACK YOUR POWER” FEATURE FILM ON THE WAY “Let us awaken and remember our creative power.” From B.C. Canada comes this powerful trailer for a new film, “Take Back Your Power.” See:  http://www.ThePowerFilm.org

QUEBEC: OO LA LA! C’EST LA SOUP ÉLECTRO: MUSIC VIDEO La Soup Électro! Serge-André Jones serves up crème de la wifi, soupe cellulaire, with fun and a driving beat: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/03/16/oo-la-la-cest-la-soup-electro-music-video-from-quebec/

METERS THAT BREAK THE LAW: LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN U.S. https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/15/meters-that-break-the-law-legal-and-legislative-news-in-u-s/  Smart Meter Lawsuits Around the Country: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/13/smart-meter-lawsuits-multiplying/

SMART METER RADIATION MESSES WITH YOUR BRAIN Scientific studies can be hard to sort out. “Experts”–often paid by the wireless industry–weigh in on RF radiation science, and many pronounce your cell phone “safe.” People tend to rely on two-minute TV news stories, with a talking head or two, because most of us don’t have the time or training to plow through the mountains of detailed data presented in peer-reviewed papers.  But it’s not as hard as you think.  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/30/smart-meter-radiation-messes-with-your-brain/

PG&E: LET US CUT DOWN YOUR TREES- OR WE’LL CUT YOU OFFJust in time for Earth Day comes a story to warm your heart.  According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, PG&E has been demanding that property owners allow the utility to hack away at, and cut down trees- ostensibly to protect power lines. More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/16/pge-let-us-cut-your-trees-or-well-cut-you-off/

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP: WATER METERS LEAK RF; CHEAT CUSTOMERS “Smart” water meters have slipped by without much public notice, and are being installed all over the US currently, often inside people’s homes. There are different systems and companies, but as with electric and gas ‘smart’ meters, they broadcast your usage data wirelessly, permeating your home with radio-frequency radiation and compromising your privacy.  More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/04/drip-drip-drip-water-meters-leak-rf-cheat-customers/

REBELLION IN THE ‘BURBS: DAD HAS SMART METER REMOVED IN REDWOOD CITY Right in the heart of Silver Springs Networks territory, in San Mateo County, this devoted husband and father of two young children decided his family’s health, safety, and privacy are vitally important to him–so important that he took it upon himself to hire an electrician to remove the PG&E smart meter that was irradiating his home, and replace it with a safe analog meter.  Video and more details: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/01/27/rebellion-in-the-burbs-dad-has-smart-meter-removed/

REVEALED: THE PERSONAL DIARY OF GREG SNAPPER, SPOKESPERSON, PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY- On April 1st, the contents of the secret diary were revealed:  https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/01/the-personal-diary-of-greg-snapper-spokesperson-pacific-gas-and-electric-company/

8. STOP SMART METERS! ON TWITTER!

For the latest campaign updates and links to breaking 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.

9. ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

The following is an incomplete list of organizations fighting smart meters- for a full list of contacts around the world, see: https://stopsmartmeters.org/frequently-asked-questions/contacts-database/  As you can see our movement has legs!

Contact us if you are interested in starting up a group where you live, or want to be added to the list.

EMF Safety Network (CA) http://emfsafetynetwork.org

Ecological Options Network-EON (CA) http://eon3EMFblog.net

Burbank Action (CA) http://burbankaction.wordpress.com/

Smart Meter Health Alert (CA) http://www.smartmeterhealthalert.org/index.html

Humboldt Neighbors Against Smart Meters (CA) nwlfe55@yahoo.com

Centre for Electrosmog Prevention (CA) http:// www.electrosmogprevention.org

Consumers Power Alliance (CA) http://www.consumerspoweralliance.com/

Smart Meter Dangers (CA) http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/

Smart Meter Help! (CA) http://smartmeterhelp.com

Stop Orange County Smart Meters: http://www.StopOCSmartMeters.com

Stop Smart Meters! Irvine http://stopsmartmetersirvine.com/

The People’s Initiative http://www.thepeoplesinitiative.org/

Toxic Justice (AL) http://www.toxicjustice.com/

Ban Smart Meters Arizona (AZ) http://BanSmartMetersArizona.com

Electromagnetic Safety Alliance (AZ) http://www.electromagneticsafety.org

Colorado Citizens Smart Meter Awareness http://ccsma.blogspot.com/

Smart Meter Matrix (FL) http://smartmetermatrix.org/

Stop Smart Meters! Georgia http://StopSmartMetersGeorgia.org

Stop Smart Meters! Kauai http://stopkiuc.com/

Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (IL) http://www.NapervilleSmartMeterAwareness.org

Smart Meter IQ (IL) http://www.SmartMeterIQ.com

Smart Meter Safety (ME) http://www.smartmetersafety.com

Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MD) http://www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org

Maryland Residents Against Smart Meters (MD) http://marylandresidentsagainstsmartmeters.org/

Stop Smart Meters! Grand Rapids (MI) http://stopsmartmetersgr.wordpress.com/

Stop Smart Meters! Michigan (MI) http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com

Stop Smart Meters! Nevada (NV) http://www.ntef-usa.org/

Stop Smart Meters! New York (NY) http://bansmartmeters.com

Wireless Watch Blog (OR) http://WirelessWatchBlog.org

Stop Smart Meters! Tennessee (TN) http://www.stopsmartmetersnow.com/

Stop Smart Meters! Texas (TX) http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/

Stop Smart Meters Vermont (VT) http://stopsmeters.org

Wake Up Opt Out! (VT) http://wakeupoptout.org

Center for Safer Wireless (VA) http://www.centerforsaferwireless.org

Electrical Pollution (WI) http://www.electricalpollution.com/smartmeters.html

Stop Smart Meters! BC (BC) http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca

Stop Smart Meters! AU (Australia) http://stopsmartmetersau.com/

Stop Smart Meters! UK (UK) https://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/

10. MEDIA UPDATE AND LINKS

Radio Canada Interview with Stop Smart Meters! Director Joshua Hart (en Francais) http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/desautels/2011-2012/compteurs_intelligents.asp

Emotional Victory in Opt Out for Southern CA Activist Sue Brinchman http://lemongrove.patch.com/articles/emotional-victory-in-puc-ruling-on-sdge-smart-meters

Hacking Expert David Chalk Joins Urgent Call to Halt Smart Grid http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hacking-expert-david-chalk-joins-urgent-call-to-halt-smart-grid-2012-04-12

Our Right to Self Defense: http://www.nationofchange.org/right-self-defense-1334151074

David Petraeus: “governments will use wireless smart appliances to spy on citizens” http://info.themicroeffect.com/2012/04/06/latest-spy-gadget-introduced-by-the-cia-your-house/

Reader Rebuttal: Smart meter, a disinformation-based technology http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/communities-health-and-science-today/2012/apr/16/reader-rebuttal-smart-meter-disinformation-based-t/

PG&E SmartMeter Draws Customer Rebellion http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/16/BULC1MD1MA.DTL&tsp=1

Jerry Day: When Will We Realize- We Must All Fight https://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/04/04/at-what-point-do-we-realize-we-must-all-fight/

Santa Cruz Smart Meter Rebels 1, PG&E 0 http://www.ksbw.com/news/30017947/detail.html

Smart Meters dumped on CA State Assemblymember’s desk: http://www.ksbw.com/video/30057337/detail.html

Smart Meters at a Crossroads in Eugene OR http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27908710-41/eweb-smart-meters-customers-meter.html.csp

Industry: Do We Need to Panic?  (ed: Ummm…yes.)http://www.energyblogs.com/smartgridnetworks/index.cfm/2012/4/12/Smart-Meter-Security–Do-we-need-to-panic-Or-make-mitigation-strategy

Pepco Making People Sick in DC Areahttp://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/42530/pepco-meter-mania-most-people-just-hate-pepcos-service-some/

Smart Meter Unrest in LA: http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?ArticleID=5161

South Redondo Beach Problems with Stray Voltage http://beta.local.yahoo.com/news-south-redondo-beach-residents-believe-stray-voltage-causing-unexplained-illnesses

Smart Meters- Big Brother of Our Day http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/44757

The Problems with Smart Grids by Blake Levitt http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-03-23/problems-smart-grids

People Unhappy with Opt Out Fees http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/mailbag/pg-e-charging-to-return-old-meters/article_ecbbb89c-5c4a-11e1-98cc-001871e3ce6c.html 

Ojai CA Speaks Out http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/feb/16/ojai-council-opposes-installation-of-smart/

Smart Meter Showdown in Texas Capitol http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/smart-meter-showdown-today-in-texas-capital/#comment-81526

Anti- Meter Man Spreads Message in Vancouver http://www.royalcityrecord.com/technology/Anti+meter+spreads+message/6202831/story.html

Australian Smart Meter Blasts Covered Up http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/smart-meter-blasts-covered-up/20120222-1tmqr.html

Electric Bill Jumps from $50 to $1000 http://www.newschannel9.com/news/bill-1009335-lamb-last.html

Reno: Smart Meter Option Offered http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012302240057

New Hampshire customers seek to halt smart meters http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120227/NEWS05/702279965

Washington, DC PEPCO Smart Meter Going Haywire https://vimeo.com/36960439

VT Public Radio on Smart Meter fight: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/93395/smart-meter-critics-take-their-fight-to-town-meeti/

MI Smart Meter Opt Out Update http://www.mitechnews.com/articles.asp?Id=14168&sec=104

Vallejo Great Grandma Feels Threatened By PG&E over Smart Meters http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_19999522

Electrical Trades Union Calls for Smart Meter Suspension http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/smart-meter-death-fears/story-fn7x8me2-1226285463342

Industry: Smart Meter Opt Outs Gain Popularity http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/smart-meter-opt-outs-gain-popularity/2012-03-06

Health Concerns Justify Moratorium on Smart Meters http://special.registerguard.com/web/opinion/27680731-47/frequency-smart-meters-health-radio.html.csp

Why are we treating Americans this way? http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/45092

Nevada Corporate Shills Unite http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/mar/08/smart-meters-spawn-conspiracy-theories-they-know-w/

Lawsuit Prompts Smart Meter Opt-Outs For Opponents In Hawaii http://www.renewgridmag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8202

AARP: Concerns About Customer Privacy http://aarp.us/zawF10

PG&E Smart Meter Assessment Report http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=7387

Dogs Suffering Smart Meter Dementia http://www.localssupportinglocals.ca/news/dogs-and-smart-metres-feedback-please

National Security Threat: Hacking the Grid http://t.co/5Tgb3Zqj

FBI: Smart Meter Hacks Likely to Spread http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/04/fbi-smart-meter-hacks-likely-to-spread/

Desperate Industy Tries to Spin Out of Growing Debacle http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/smart-meter-opt-out-noise-versus-reality/

Orange County: Electric Bill Skyrockets After Smart Meter Installation http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2012/04/05/electric-bill-nearly-doubles-after-smart-meter-opt-out-option-coming/152042/

Baltimore Opinion: Smart Meters are Dangerous http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-smart-meters-20120325,0,2872154.story

Elected Official: “Evidence Suggests these Meters May be Dangerous to Our Bodies and the Environment” http://www.daggerpress.com/2012/03/09/del-glass-on-public-utility-smart-meters-evidence-suggests-these-meters-may-be-dangerous-to-our-bodies-and-the-environment/

Smart Meter Installer Face Off http://youtu.be/FJLAOqFtqJg

Reports of Smart Meter Wi-Fi Interference Surface on Craigslist http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/rnr/2946436581.html

“Movers and Shakers” of the Smart Grid http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-networked-grid-100-the-movers-and-shakers-of-the-smart-grid-in-2012/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greentechmedia-all-content+%28Greentech+Media%3A+All+Content%29

Edinburg TX backlash: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/edinburg-98540-resident-smart.html

Couple forced to sleep in their car because of electricity meter health fears http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/meter-couple-living-in-car/story-fn7x8me2-1226315362750

Householders shielding homes from smart meter radiation http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/householders-shielding-homes-from-smart-meter-radiation/story-fn7x8me2-1226321641771

Apartment Owners Assn. Magazine Article http://www.aoausa.com/Articles/2012/March/13.pdf

Michigan Council Wants Answers http://grossepointetoday.com/news/cities/002706-smart-meter-resolution-passed-bygrosse-pointe-woods-city-council

GENERAL WIRELESS AND HEALTH NEWS

Cell Phone Task Force Challenges Unconstitutional Wireless Laws- Please Support Them! http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org

Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD, speaks in Canada about EHS and children on cell phones http://www.magdahavas.com/gro-harlem-brundtland-talks-at-the-university-of-waterloo/

Warning: High Frequency- Earth Island Institute Tackles the Wireless Health Scandal http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/warning_high_frequency

Cell Phones to See Through Clothing and Walls http://ca.news.yahoo.com/chip-lets-smartphones-see-walls-clothes-203036226.html

Cell Phone Report Calls for Protections of Children and Pregnant Women http://www.ehhi.org/cellphones/

Green Bank EMF ‘Refuge’ covered on Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2012/02/20122189014951813.html

Injured by Smart Meter?  Tell the FDA http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/UCM236066.pdf

New Google Brain Cancer Glasses http://www.thedailycrux.com/Article/39983/Technology

Knesset backs bill requiring cell phones to bear health hazard warning http://www.haaretz.com/business/knesset-backs-bill-requiring-cell-phones-to-bear-health-hazard-warning-1.415677

Smartphone apps are being targeted for toddlers. A new lullaby based on this atrocity: http://youtu.be/2JOzysmEqcA

Background on the lullaby is here: http://firstdonoharmblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/telecom-magazine-targets-toddlers-honey.html

CPUC Rulemaking Could Limit Local Land Use Authority and CEQA Mitigation for Telecommunications Projects- Local Govts. Wise Up! http://www.martindale.com/environmental-law/article_Best-Best-Krieger-LLP_1415358.htm

Scientists lied about data in cell phone study http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/article-mn/

Cell phones cause impotence? http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=maDM4tBpcEPMWEeE03ox2jXprdwh6OdS

Madrid Conference on EMF and Health http://www.health-defense.org/sites/default/files/ensserA66.pdf

Wireless cars on the way?  The worst of two technologies- combined http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/the-not-too-distant-future-of-driving-when-cars-can-talk-crashes-may-be-avoided/2012/04/10/gIQAGCbA9S_story.html?hpid=z6

Small Variations in Magnetic Fields Can Be Environmental Stresses http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120423184201.htm

Lightsquared Satellites Held Up by FCC (for GPS interference not for health) http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/250099/lightsquareds_options_to_save_its_network_are_limited.html

Wi-Fi Lawsuit Concerning Portland Schools http://www.magdahavas.com/2012/01/09/wi-fi-in-schools–civil-action-united-states-district-court-district-of-oregon-portland-division-civil-action-no-311-cv-00739-mo/

Do smart meters belong in the garbage can? No- they don’t http://www.tulsabeacon.com/?p=5771

Putin’s “Zombie Guns” Disable Central Nervous System http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123415/Putin-targets-foes-zombie-gun-attack-victims-central-nervous-system.html

Why people need to band together to stop DAS rollout NOW http://scarsdale10583.com/201202282286/shout-it-out/wake-up-westchester-why-people-need-to-band-together-to-stop-das-rollout-now.html

“Safety” Gadgets—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/16/alasdair-philips-on-emf.aspx

Alasdair Philips Interview on Wireless and Health http://stopsmartmetersirvine.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/dr-mercola-interviews-alasdair-philips-emfs-effect-on-health-what-the-research-is-showing-and-what-we-can-do-to-limit-radiation-exposure-from-wireless-devices/

Disability in the Movement: Including the Invisible http://slingshot.tao.ca/displaybi.php?0109016

Digital Free Zone Teahouse Opens in Santa Cruz http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_20236566/hidden-peak-teahouse-grand-opening-saturday-downtown-santa?source=most_viewed

GENERAL UTILITY/ TELECOM DYSFUNCTION

Fukushima In Dire Straits http://enenews.com/breaking-us-senator-issues-press-release-on-no-4-spent-fuel-pool-warns-situation-worse-than-reported-after-tour-of-fukushima-plant-urges-japanese-to-accept-international-help

Nuclear Energy: A Test for Insanity http://www.yourownhealthandfitness.org/?p=10905

Jobs Being Left Vacant at the CPUC http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/analyst-puc-safety-jobs-left-vacant-despite-oversight-concerns-15762

“Consumer Advocacy” Group UCAN Dissolves Amidst Scandal http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/feb/29/ucan-dissolving-amid-investigation/

Chrome-Plated Fraud: How PG&E’s Scientists-For-Hire Reversed Findings of Cancer Study (Sound familiar?) http://www.ewg.org/erinbrockovichchromium6lawsuit/overview

NSA Data Center to be Built in Utah http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

Public Citizen on Smart Meters and Privacy http://www.citizen.org/pc_news_issues/2012/current/index.html

The Atlantic: How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/how-engineering-the-human-body-could-combat-climate-change/253981/

Endnotes:

[1] https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/09/04/comparing-cell-phone-and-smart-meter-radiation/

[2] http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

[3] Lai, H. and Sigh, N.P. DNA single- and double- strand DNA breaks in rat brain cells after acute exposure to low-level radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation. Int. J. Radiat. Biol. 69:513–521, 1996.

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