Smart meter fire risks?

Watch the “completely safe” smart meter explode and catch this unfortunate person’s house on fire. Pay no attention to the fire, that smart meter is fail-safe because CONsumers Energy SAID SO!

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March 27, 2012 · 5:51 pm

CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances

Global information surveillance grid being constructed;  willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

Steve Watson

Infowars.com March 16, 2012

CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise  of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own  homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of  interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s  technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new  technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously  ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do  believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused,  “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified,  monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency  identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters —  all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and  high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

“the latter now going to cloud computing, in many  areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum  computing.” the CIA head added.

Patreaus also stated that such devices within the home  “change our notions of secrecy”.

Petraeus’ comments come in the same week that one of the  biggest microchip companies in the world, ARM, unveiled new processors that are  designed to give practically every household appliance an internet  connection, in order that they can be remote controlled and operate  in tandem with applications.

ARM describes the concept as an “internet of things”.

Where will all the information from such devices be sent and  analyzed? It can be no coincidence that the NSA is currently building a monolithic heavily fortified $2 billion  facility deep in the Utah desert and surrounded by mountains. The  facility is set to go fully live in September 2013.

“The Utah data center is the centerpiece of the Global  Information Grid, a military project that will handle yottabytes of data, an  amount so huge that there is no other data unit after it.” reports Gizmodo.

“This center—with every listening post, spy satellite and NSA  datacenter connected to it, will make the NSA the most powerful spy agency in  the world.”

Wired reports that the incoming data is being mined  by plugging into telecommunications companies’ switches, essentially the same  method the NSA infamously uses for warrantless wiretapping of domestic  communications, as exposed six years ago.

Former intelligence analyst turned best selling author James  Bamford, has penned a lengthy piece on the NSA facility and warns  “It is, in some measure, the realization of the ‘total information awareness’  program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that  was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for  invading Americans’ privacy.”

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DTE and Consumers to Propose ‘Smart Meter’ Opt-Out

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

February 18, 2012 – In an interview which appeared today in MiTechNews.com, DTE spokesperson Len Singer said the utility will propose, in a filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) next month, an opt-out provision for customers.  He indicated that his company recognizes this is an “extremely emotional issue” for some, but that the company still believes the meters are safe and has no plan to halt or slow down ongoing installations.

A spokesman for Consumers also stated that his company will propose an opt-out in a filing due next month under the terms of the MPSC Order that opened the current investigation.  This company plans to start installations of the new meters this summer.

No details are available as yet regarding either company’s opt-out proposals – such as what the alternative to the smart meter would be, who would be eligible or what fees, if any, might be charged for not accepting the smart meter.

There is much that remains to be accomplished.  We still think the MPSC needs to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation of the possible health effects of these new meters and the ‘mesh networks’ required to operate them.  We also think the Commission needs to declare a moratorium on any further smart meter installations until such a health study has been completed.

We believe it is as important as ever that the legislature enact some smart meter protections for the public.  There are fundamental social and moral issues – including health, privacy and property rights.  These are not just details that should be worked out by a regulatory commission that seems more comfortable when dealing only with rate issues.

Still we think that today’s announcement  represents a major breakthrough.  We are cautiously optimistic.

Click here to read the source article.

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Smart Meter Opt-Out Legislation Introduced

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

Representative Tom McMillin (R) of Rochester introduced today, along with 8 co-sponsors, proposed smart meter opt-out legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives.  The bill, known as H.B. 5411, contains a whole series of prohibitions against the electric utility companies of the state with regard to what are termed “advanced meters” and directs the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC) to enforce these prohibitions. Click here to continue reading this post.

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CITIZENS NEEDED TO HELP PETITION GRAND RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL TO RENOUNCE SMART METERS!!

If you are interested in being an advocate for a safer Grand Rapids, please email me at stopsmartmetersgr@gmail.com.  I am looking for people to help me bring the smart meter issue to the Grand Rapids City Council.  Our fellow activists on the east side of the state have had great success in introducing moratoriums on smart meter deployments by their utilities.  If you resent the heavy handed tactics of Consumers Energy and DTE, stand up and let your voice be heard.  I promise you, there is no better feeling than speaking truth to power!!

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In UK, Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been   shelved over health and privacy fears.

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Smart meters communicate remotely from households to energy companies Photo: REX
Rowena Mason

By , Political Correspondent

6:30AM GMT 01 Feb 2012

 The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by   2019 in a £12 billion programme to stop gas and electricity bills being   estimated.

Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which   communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised   concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24   hours a day and cannot be turned off.

Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage   collected by smart meters could give clues about people’s way of life, such   as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department   for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the   programme getting “bogged down” in lengthy legal disputes.

There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of   smart meters in the US and Canada.

About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit   similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home.

Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives   them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their   homes.

Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American   Academy of Environmental Medicine’s opposition to the devices.

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say   whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: “We believe people will benefit   from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory.”

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LET CONSUMERS ENERGY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ON FEBRUARY 7TH

GET THE WORD OUT!

FEBBRUARY 7, 2012 FROM 7PM-9PM

Grand Haven Community Center

Downstairs Escanaba Room

421 Columbus Avenue

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Per Roger Morgenstern, Consumers Energy SmartGrid Coordinator, Consumers Energy plans to ‘present information addressing concerns on security, safety (RF issues) and privacy’ which Consumers saw as the primary concerns mentioned at the 11-17-11 meeting.

We have asked ‘if technical personnel, intimately familiar w/ all aspects of the technology and its intended deployment will be present to answer specific questions in great detail?’   We have also asked that the topic of ‘dirty electricity’ be addressed.

SmartMeter Update 

Michigan Public Service Commission:   MPSC Order U-17000 dated 01-12-12.

The Order is requiring all regulated utilities in the State of Michigan to answer 9 questions based on the information these utilities are aware of.  The MPSC will complete their review & analysis to the extent their staff is trained in these matters.

Utility responses are due by March 16, 2012.

Public comments are due by April 16, 2012.

MPSC Final Report is due June 26, 2012

Here is an article discussing our concern with the MPSC Order and its lack of transparency, and depth of investigation & evaluation.

http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/2012/01/28/mpsc-sleight-of-hand/

Here is a link to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket Submission

http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/viewcase.php?casenum=17000&submit.x=15&submit.y=10

You will find some 32 submittals by citizens concerned w/ this technology as of 01-28-12.

Please take the time to submit your own opinions and any research or personal experience, to add to the availability of ‘public information’ such that the utilities will be able to have access to scientific research expressed by other independent scientists, researchers and medical professionals, other than that which they subscribe to.

Here is direction on how to submit your own statement to the Public Docket from the MPSC Order itself.

Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. Any person requiring assistance prior to filing comments, may contact Commission Staff at (517) 241-6180. All comments should reference Case No. U-17000. Comments and other documents received in this proceeding will become public information, posted on the Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure.

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/12/31/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-naperville-illinois/

What can YOU do?

Attend the meeting on 2/7

Write letters to the editors of local newspapers. 

These need to be submitted no later than tuesday 01-31-12 to ensure they will be printed in time for the tuesday 02-07-12 meeting.

Submit your personal statement to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket within the next few weeks via e-mail or USPS. 

Multiple submissions are possible.

Please note the following websites:

www.StopSmartMeters.org  (California original organizers)

www.smartmeterhelp.com/

Database to collect SmartMeter related complaints.

Asks specifically if interested in putting SmartMeter to vote & willingness to participate in class action lawsuit)

www.MichiganStopSmartMeters.com

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