• 29 MAR 16

    Smart Meter Fires: Burning meters, burning questions, shocking answers (video)

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    Excerpt:
    This new video from Brian Thiesen is quite literally explosive information which every homeowner needs to know.

    So-called “smart” meters have caused thousands of fires and explosions — such as this fire on Wednesday in Ontario. But corrupt politics and money have swept the whole thing under the rug.

    Brian explains how and why this is all occurring, including reams of evidence and court documents. This is exactly what your utility does not want you to see. Watch now:
    Video topics include:
    Court documents,
    Whistleblower evidence,
    High voltage surges (the removal of the surge arrestors designed to protect your home),
    Lower voltage surges,
    Thinner blades on “smart” meters,
    Remote disconnect issues,
    Bad installations, and
    Installing under load
    SNIP

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    • 19 MAR 16

    A Brave New World Part III: Google’s Surveillance Capitalism

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    The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

    Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?
    Google surpassed Apple as the world’s most highly valued company in January for the first time since 2010. (Back then each company was worth less than 200 billion. Now each is valued at well over 500 billion.) WhileGoogle’s new lead lasted only a few days, the company’s success has implications for everyone who lives within the reach of the Internet. Why? Because Google is ground zero for a wholly new subspecies of capitalism in which profits derive from the unilateral surveillance and modification of human behavior. This is a new surveillance capitalism that is unimaginable outside the inscrutable high velocity circuits of Google’s digital universe, whose signature feature is the Internet and its successors. While the world is riveted by the showdown between Apple and the FBI, the real truth is that the surveillance capabilities being developed by surveillance capitalists are the envy of every state security agency. What are the secrets of this new capitalism, how do they produce such staggering wealth, and how can we protect ourselves from its invasive power?
    SNIP

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    • 18 MAR 16

    A Brave New World Part II: Wi-Fi Aware

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    WI-Fi Aware, sounds like an activist group but far from it. It is essentially a concept of social engineering where the corporations designing and building the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating a social order where humans will be totally immersed in a microwave saturated virtual IoT matrix, unable to function outside of it and perhaps with everyone implanted with a RFID chip to always stay connected, even without a smart phone. As Google has said, people who attempt to opt-out will be viewed with suspicion and will need “special attention”.

    But at least we will have all these wonderful toys to play with, at least to the IoT becomes self aware…. Interesting reading here is from the IT tech online magazine: Information Age: Insight and analysis for IT leaders The autonomous Internet of Things: how the IoT will become context-aware and self-sufficient….. Wi-Fi Aware, sometimes shortened to just Aware, is the culmination of a lot of research and development by some of the biggest companies around the world. We’re talking Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Cisco, and all the other participating members of the Wi-Fi Alliance….. It’s a refined example of the Internet of Things, an idea that describes a network of interconnected devices where all the devices are constantly sending information back and forth without any human involvement.
    SNIP

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    • 15 MAR 16

    A rapid smart meter rollout in NSW and the Greens support it!

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    I was forwarded a letter today from New South Wales energy provider AGL announcing a digital meter (smart) roll-out to all its customers. AGL has given less than two weeks notice for people to respond if they do not want a smart meter upgrade.
    Quoting from the AGL brochure:

    “The technology in your electricity meter is over 100 years old. So it’s time for an upgrade. That’s why we’re replacing your old meter with a new digital electricity meter.”

    “AGL is upgrading your electricity meter free of charge. Then, you will no longer need to worry about manual meter reads or estimated bills.”

    “If you would prefer not to be upgraded, simply call us on 1300 669 245 any time before 21 March or visit agl.com.au/upgrade”

    Interestingly the website mentioned on the brochure is incorrect. SNIP

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    • 14 MAR 16

    A Brave New World: The Internet of Things (IoT)

    In Aldous Huxley’s classic 1931 SciFi novel Brave New World he envisions a dystopian society where human life has been almost entirely industrialized — controlled by a few people at the top of a World State. A future where human beings are socially conditioned (or programmed) according to the society’s strict caste system, an antiseptic and dehumanized society.

    And now consider another brave new world as envisioned by Google’s Eric Schmidt(1) and Jared Cohen (2) in The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

    (1) executive chairman of Google
    (2) director of Google Ideas
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    • 20 FEB 16

    IMPORTANT: #TEDxBerkeley

    Published on Feb 18, 2016

    A Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson discusses our attachment to technology and the health hazards such an addiction may hold.

    Jeromy Johnson is an expert in mitigating the negative impacts of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure. He has a leading website on the topic and consults with individuals, families and organizations around the world to implement solutions that reduce and eliminate EMF pollution. Jeromy has an advanced degree in Civil Engineering and has worked in Silicon Valley for 15 years. After becoming what medical doctors call “Electro-hypersensitive” (EHS) in 2011 after extensive exposure to EMF radiation, he embarked on a journey of regaining his own health and educating others to critically evaluate theirs.
    SNIP

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    • 11 FEB 16

    Insurance Underwriting Offices across the US are contemplating new rules that will specifically deny coverage for fires and damage caused by ‘smart’ meters.

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    Due to the accumulation of fire related damage to homes and businesses from Smart Meter related malfunctions, Insurance Underwriting Offices across the country are contemplating new rules that will reduce the coverage available to you due to fire damage from a Smart Meter failure.

    In the past, only two reasons existed for an insurance company to consider not paying for fire damage to your home or business, they were arson, and the fact the home or business sat vacant for at least 60 days or more before the fire.

    Now a possible third reason can be added to that list, is the malfunction of a Smart Meter. What will most likely take place is that you will receive a notification from your Insurance Company telling you that a new limitation of coverage is now in force on your policy. When fire damage occurs to your home or business and the cause of the fire can be traced to a malfunction of your Smart Meter, then your company would not be held responsible for the financial loss.

    The reason for this type of Draconian action on the part of the Insurance industry is simple, to save money. It appears that as the Smart Meters age, more problems are developing with them. When you couple this with the continued lack of co-operation from the Utility Companies, a reduction in the amount of coverage for an insurance policy is the only remaining answer.
    SNIP

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    • 11 FEB 16

    AGL releases plans for smart meter installation in NSW and South Australia

    From Stop Smart Meters Australia:

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    Victoria was the trial state [in Australia], Tasmania made it optional but didn’t confirm health was at risk with a smart meter installation. Now South Australia and New South Wales seem to be the next states to push smart meters.

    Despite the fact that AGL decided to hide the term ‘smart meters’ in their FAQ page, it is clearly spelled out on their website: Smart meters are coming to SA and NSW! Billing accuracy and monitoring are being sold to their customers as benefits. There have been many stories about raised bills with smart meters and very few of them actually lowering bills, so be careful there.

    It seems the term ‘Smart Meter’, which now has much negativity associated with it, is being avoided as much as possible to not alarm customers. The term ‘Digital Meter’ is used instead.
    SNIP

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    • 13 JAN 16

    ‘Smart’ Meters Represent Industrial Profiteering and Government Sanctioned Surveillance, New Study Says

    From a new post on Smart Grid Awareness

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    Posted on January 11, 2016 by SkyVision Solutions
    by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions

    Consumer Dataveillance by Smart MetersIn an article from December 31st, I wrote that ‘Smart’ Meters Generate a ‘Gold Mine of Data’ for Utilities and that they provide a ‘gateway’ to the home.

    To better understand the full nature of this “data gold mining” and the motives behind it, I will highlight portions of a newly published paper, “The Neoliberal Politics of ‘Smart’: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form.” The authors are from Portland State University.

    As we have previously observed, utility smart meters expose the consumer and society to tremendous threats and risks. To those who objectively study the issues, it is almost incomprehensible at to why our government officials continue to allow utility smart meter deployments. The latest paper, published this past November, offers additional insight for the underlying reasons of why smart meter deployments persist in spite of the dangers.
    SNIP

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    • 04 NOV 15

    Goodbye to the “Smart Grid” and hello to the “Hello Grid”

    It had to come: The smart grid industry’s slick public relations campaign to make the smart grid (read: smart meters) more palatable to the uninformed public. To this end, their public relations spin merchants have come up with a brilliant new term for the smart grid. Now its called the “Hello Grid”. Perhaps we can even now call the troublesome smart meter the ‘hello meter’.

    My suggestion is to simply drop the “o”….. Read on.

    NOTE: If the link to this posting does not work please just go to my website www.emfacts.com to access the post.

    Don

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    Hello Grid is an initiative to share with the community more about the way energy networks across Australia work, and of the exciting changes that are taking place in the system. This intricate system of transmission towers, substations, transformers, poles, wires and smart technology, along with all the people who maintain and manage the infrastructure provides an important service to the community – and is likely to be the vital gateway to a smart and clean energy future.

    SNIP

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    • 03 NOV 15

    Triggering Agents of Electromagnetic Sensitivity

    From Patricia Burke:

    Published on Mar 5, 2015
    Triggering Agents of Electromagnetic Sensitivity, a presentation and Q&A by Dr. William Rea, M.D.. Dr. Rea presented his compelling evidence and recommendations for a healthier world at Creating Safe Havens in a Toxic, Electromagnetic World, a conference hosted by the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology. http://building-biology.org
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    • 01 NOV 15

    California’s Public Utilities Commission knew radio frequencies from smart meters affected people’s health

    From André Fauteux and Stop Smart Meters Australia

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    California’s Public Utilities Commission knew radio frequencies from smart meters affected people’s health
    Posted on November 1, 2015 by Stop Smart Meters Australia

    People who have become intolerant to electromagnetic fields (EMF) should be allowed to keep their electromechanical (analog) meter rather than be imposed a “smart” electronic (digital) meter emitting radiofrequencies (RFs), the former President of the the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) admitted in a 2010 email recently seized by authorities thanks to a search warrant. Michael Peevey’s email was sent to none other than Brian Cherry, Vice President of the big energy supplier Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), based in San Francisco. In January 2015, investigators from the Office of the California Attorney General seized their computers as part of a criminal investigation on possible collusion and corruption in the appointment of a judge favorable to a rate increase request generating PG&E $1.3 billion in extra revenues.
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    • 18 SEP 15

    The Victorian smart-meter fiasco

    Although the author of the below article does not mention many of the negative aspects of smart meters (he should see Take Back Your Power) he does point out significant policy errors (what he calls a fiasco) with the mandatory roll-out of smart meters in Victoria. Worth a read!

    From the Conversation:

    Smart meters, dumb policy: the Victorian experience
    September 17, 2015 10.13am AEST

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    Smart electricity meters are a great idea. They offer opportunities for consumers and electricity retailers to develop innovative programs to save both power and money. Tied into smart appliances and the internet, smart meters are the way of the future.

    Except in Victoria.

    Unfortunately, in 2006 the Victorian government decided that it would mandate the roll out of smart meters. It would force every Victorian household to have, and pay for, a smart meter, whether it wanted it or not. It decided that we would all have the same type of meter, whether it suited our needs or not. It was a piece of central planning that would have made the old Soviet Union (or modern North Korea) proud.
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    • 28 JUL 15

    Hacking a “Smart” Cherokee Jeep

    Imagine a world of driverless smart cars, all connected wirelessly via a cloud GPS system or similar. Now imagine the challenge to hackers to take over the system and play a game of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ but using real cars and causing real havoc on the highways. Too farfetched? read on and see the video.
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    • 24 JUL 15

    Cindy Sage comments on last message re the “hive” and smart meters

    From Cindy Sage:

    These fools do not have a clue that as you ramp up the duty cycle (using more than the utility requires) the wireless RF exposure goes up dramatically. See SageReports.com/smart-meter-rf as proof that EVEN FCC standards, as grossly inadequate as they are, will be violated by smart meters in ‘the manner installed and operated’.

    That is precisely why we did the computer modeling on various duty cycles, from 1% in increments up to 100% duty cycle. Because ‘excess capacity’ is equivalent to money. Wireless capacity has a value. It will be sold, and exploited for commercial purposes by some truly uninformed group like HIVE that does not get the implications.

    We modeled a single meter and four meters in bank… and a collector meter and a collector meter plus multiple smart meters… and gave FCC OET 65 formula calculations at 60% and 100% reflection – as the FCC requires to show that for a nursery crib at 11″ thru a wall from these meters; and also at about 28″ from a kitchen counter (meters on outside walls at this distance) you very quickly see FCC VIOLATIONS of RF.

    We also compared the absolute RF power density levels in these scenarios to studies reporting health effects at lower-than-FCC safety standards. Of course, the effects are far worse considering the non-thermal RF effects.

    So, as these people at HIVE go merrily on their way, promoting this ‘new concept’, they would do well to get a basic education in safety standards and computer modeling.

    Cindy Sage, Sage Associates

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    • 23 JUL 15

    Hive: Planning To Turn The Hum Of Thousands Of Smart Meters Into A Supercomputer Platform

    From Forbes magazine online:

    By Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    7/20/2015

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    I recently spoke with representatives at Hive Computing, Inc. – a fledgling start-up with a revolutionary idea that meshes smart meters and computing, and that may take the shared economy to a new level. Hive plans to connect smart meters and utilize their spare capacity to create a networked supercomputer that will be green and very inexpensive to operate. SNIP

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    • 26 MAY 15

    Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie dolls and Smart Teddies in the smart surveillance state

    From Richard Giles

    Google patents Creepy Internet ‘Toys’ that could Control your Home, Listen in on Conversations and Spy on Children
    * Toys containing microphones and cameras could record conversations
    * Would be able to control appliances like TVs, music systems and lights
    By SARAH GRIFFITHS, MAILONLINE

    Buzz Lightyear and Woody may have been able to switch lights on and off and drive remote controlled cars, but toys of the future could take control of all sorts of household appliances and even spy on their owners too.

    Google has published a patent that suggests creepy-looking teddy bears and rabbits could one day keep a watchful eye on children and adults, eavesdropping on everything we say. The internet-connected devices would listen for instructions and interact with homeowners to switch lights on and off or turn on household appliances upon a simple vocal command, for example.

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    • 08 MAY 15

    In Tasmania, smart meters are optional

    Well, its finally out, Tasmania’s Energy Strategy paper. Perhaps due to the number of submissions against the introduction of smart meters, in the final report on page 20, the Tasmanian government states the following:

    “The Government will not initiate a mandated roll-out of smart meters (such as occurred in Victoria). The government’s position is that any take up of smart meters must be consumer-led, where consumers may choose to have a smart meter in order to enable their preferred retail product.”

    Will this result in a flood of Victorians who have been adversely affected by smart meters moving to Tasmania. Time will tell.
    SNIP

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    • 20 APR 15

    Does Christopher Portier have a massive conflict of interest when it comes to smart meters?

    If ever there is a need for a precautionary principle for RF technology it would have to be for the massive global roll-out for smart meter technology.

    In the last posting “Dr. Christopher Porter, Fmr. Director of the US CDC, calls for invoking the Precautionary Principle for RF-EMF” it seems that there might be a bit of spin in Porter’s support for a PC for wireless technology. It now appears that Porter’s call does not include health hazards from smart meter RF emissions because of his involvement in an astroturf organisation actively promoting the roll-out of smart meters.

    Consider:
    SNIP

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    • 06 APR 15

    Public submissions from Tasmania’s draft energy strategy are now available online

    Notice from Stop Smart Meters Australia:

    Public submissions from Tasmania’s draft energy strategy are now available online
    Posted on April 6, 2015 by Stop Smart Meters Australia

    Submissions from the public on Tasmania’s draft energy strategy paper titled ‘Restoring Tasmania’s Energy Advantage’ are available for viewing online.
    The majority of respondents raised concern regarding Tasmania’s vision, which includes ‘accommodating new technologies (such as smart meters), to ensure that the interests of Tasmanian customers are advanced.’ Stop Smart Meters Australia’s submission is listed as ‘SSMA’.
    SNIP

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