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Introduction to Article by Tom DeWeese of
American Policy Center

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abandoned-road-1428461836blsPresident Trump is calling for a major new investment for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure of highways, bridges and more. There is no question that it needs to be done. However, it’s vitally important that local, state and federal government agencies avoid calls to fund this massive effort through so-called Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs). Local officials must understand that there is a vast difference between calls for a competitive biding process to select private companies for the projects verses an actual partnership with government.

During the first years of the Clinton Administration in the early 1990s, there was much fanfare about a new policy to “reinvent government.” It was sold as a way to make government more efficient and less costly. It would, said its proponents, “bring business technologies to public service.” In addition, the promise was that the new way would bring in private money to programs and projects, rather than tax dollars.

Pro-business, anti-big-government conservatives and libertarians were intrigued. The backbone of the plan was a call for “public/private partnerships.” Now that sounded like their kind of program. Government, they said, would finally tap the tremendous power of the entrepreneurial process and the force of the free market into making government more effective and efficient. It sounded so revolutionary and so American.

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By James F. Tracy
(Link to original article on Memory Hole website)

Over the past several years a conspiracy of silence has surrounded the implementation of the Smart Grid across the United States, perhaps with Smart grid cartoon imagegood reason. If the public was aware of what lay behind this agenda there would likely be considerable outcry and resistance.

“Smart meters”–the principal nodes of the Smart Grid network–are being installed on homes and businesses by power utilities across the United States under the legal and fiscal direction of the United States government. In December 2007 both houses of the US Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

This 310-page piece of legislation employs the dubious science of anthropogenic CO2-based climate change science to mandate an array of policies, such as fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and “green” energy initiatives. Tucked away in the final pages of this law is the description and de facto mandate for national implementation of the Smart Grid that the Bush administration promised …  More

Editor’s note: We have been battling smart meters in Michigan for 4 years now – in the courts, before the Public Service Commission and now in the legislature. To the best of our knowledge, Channel 4 in Detroit (WDIV), has never run a story about there being any problem or controversy surrounding smart meters.

Related Story: ‘Media Blackout on Smart Meter Dangers’ Wins Project Censored Award    More

 

 

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Stopping Federal AbusesSmart Meters Are Only One Example of Federal Abuses!
by Vigilant Dave

(photo at right courtesy of ratch0013 at freedigitalphotos.net)

Michigan Stop Smart Meters is non-partisan. We do not endorse political parties or candidates for office. In order to build the broadest possible coalition, we do not usually get involved in issues other than smart meters. But we have seen so many examples of a growing federal tyranny in this country, of violation of our rights as citizens, of unconstitutional acts of our government, that it is impossible to remain silent about the overall trend of these matters.

Our federal government now boldly asserts the right to spy on ALL the communications of ALL of us, and to lock any of us up indefinitely without charges or a trial. Can it be any great surprise then that they now also assert the right to spy on us in our homes, to control our appliances and even to make many of us sick in the process? There is a pattern to all this. What we are learning is that elections make no difference to the long run trends. We are learning that, all too often, people spend thousands of dollars fighting injustices in courts, only to have their lawsuits thrown out by system loyal judges on the flimsiest of pretexts. We are learning that powerful interests really control this country and NOT the leaders we thought we were putting in power with the last election.

Smart meters are just one facet of this. This is a federal program with our federal tax dollars being used, in effect, to bribe utility companies and state regulators. The rights of individual utility customers are being trashed. Legislators, Attorney Generals and courts are choosing to maintain the “system” rather than to defend the citizens. Happily there are a few exceptions now and then as when the Michigan House Oversight Committee, under the leadership of now retired Rep. Tom McMillin, held a four hour hearing where most of us got a chance to voice our protests on the smart meter issue. Still, we have to wonder what will come of that hearing. After all, McMillin’s committee heard our grievances only after the House Energy and Technology Committee refused to do so. Is there going to be any desire in the new legislative term to follow through with a meaningful new law? Or is it going to be business as usual with our elected state lawmakers being manipulated by powerful corporations and by an all-powerful federal government?

More and more we are going to have to see the broader picture of which smart meters are only one part. We are going to have to find the will, the courage and the means to challenge a federal government that is out of control. We can’t do that by “voting the bums out”. We have seen over and over that doesn’t work. We only get new bums. And we have seen over and over that the federal court system does not check federal abuses.

Is there an answer? We think there is, and we can do no better than to recommend the work of the Tenth Amendment Center and heartily endorse their program for taking back our country:

 A Ten-Step Program for Constitutional Recovery
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/12/31/a-ten-step-program-for-constitutional-recovery/

 

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corruption graphicDecember 18, 2014 – Michigan Stop Smart Meters expresses its support for much of what was said in a recent editorial “Standing Up to the Sleaze and Rot That Kills” posted by stopsmartmeters.org in California.

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While there are parts of that editorial that promote a world view with which we do not agree, below are quotes from that piece with which we particularly DO agree:

“The attack on public health and safety and the highway robbery the smart grid represents is not the result of some “misunderstanding” or “lack of information.”

“All of this is intentional and it will only stop when the criminals behind the program are forced to stop.  If a PUC commissioner suddenly woke up and realized the truth and started to actively challenge the system, the system would have them removed.  No question.  Commissioners are vetted carefully for any hint of rebellion before they are appointed.”

“Activists trying (in many cases valiantly and at great personal and financial sacrifice) have seen how fruitless it is to try and get one government agency to censure another, when the stakes are as high as a trillion dollar industry driving the global economy.”

What are the alternatives?  Are we doomed to submit comments to be ignored at the PUC and accept the consequences of smart grid proliferation?  Spend thousands of dollars on lawsuits just to be tossed out of court by corrupt, system-loyal judges?”

“Watch as our friends and families and perhaps ourselves get sick and die of cancer?  As our homes burn down at 3am and the utility blames the wiring?  As we are disconnected one by one from essential services because we refuse to agree to pay not to be harmed?”

“What we need is a resistance movement that protects environmental health and safety by whatever means necessary.   A group of committed individuals who will stand up against state power and refuse to back down- no matter what- in the face of injustice.  Yes we need the intelligent, well-informed critiques of current policy to spread awareness and provide fodder for those willing to take the time to analyze the truth (and lies) behind these industry documents.  But intellectual debate and discussion- or even active awareness raising campaigns- are not going to win it alone.”

What then do we do?  Your comments please.

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Michigan Stop Smart Meters is proud to present two new events for folks wanting to better understand the menace that Michigan utilities are visiting upon the unsuspecting people of this state!

Saturday December 7th – ‘Take Back Your Power’ – a new controversial film by Canadian filmmaker Josh del Sol.  From 11 am to 2 pm.

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This film dramatizes in clear and convincing detail the way in which “smart” electric meters assault our privacy, our health and our pocketbooks.  Free admission.  Open to public.  Light refreshments.

Plymouth District Library
223 South Main Street
Plymouth, MI

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Sunday December 15th – “Should We All Opt Out?” – A lecture exploring the ‘smart’ meter issues in depth with a discussion on what our options are as Michigan residents.

picture of meter radiating houseSince the May 15th Order of the Michigan Public Services Commission, many are wondering if they must now pay expensive fees to avoid the harm of these meters.

Learn more at this free public meeting:  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Clinton-Macomb Main Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Rd (at Canal St) Clinton Twp, MI. 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  <More>

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2/17/13 – Audio – The Talk Show “Eye on Muskegon”, WKBZ 1090 AM, host Jim Riley interviewing David Sheldon (fast forward to 33 min, 45 sec):

2/21/13 – Videos – Smart Meter Talks Given at Muskegon Community College by David Sheldon and Diana Ostermann:

Part One (Introduction & Beginning of Threat to Health):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmPjYfIIVuU&feature=player_embedded

Part Two (Continuation of Threat to Health):

Part Three (Threat to Privacy & Actions to Combat the Meters):

Part Four (Question and Answer Period):

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PUBLIC LECTURES WITH DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW

Presented by Michigan Stop Smart Meters

Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Plymouth District Library
223 South Main Street
Plymouth, MI
Community Room

Free Admission

Light Refreshments

This program will be similar to the public meeting
we sponsored in Ferndale but with added
presentation of our remedies as the MPSC may
provide and our remedies under the
Opsommer and McMillin bills.

SPEAKERS:

Richard Meltzer, Phd – Introduction
Dr. Meltzer will explain how we got to this point, some of the touted benefits of the new meters, and how and why the regulators have failed to ask the righ questions or obtained meaningful evidence on which to base decisions. 

Diana Ostermann – Harmful Radio Pulses
Diana will draw on her background as a retired manager
in the cell phone industry to explain how this
radiation is much worse than that of cell phones!

Intermission – 10 minutes.

David Sheldon (1) The Privacy Threat, and
(2) Our remedies under MPSC and under pending legislation.

 David will draw on his background in physics and economics to explain why the invasion of our privacy is not only technically possible but economically inevitable – if we allow it.

DISCUSSION

YOUR ideas on how we can go forward from here
to get an outcome that will protect all of us!