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DECEMBER 16TH – CALIFORNIA ISSUES CAUTION ON CELL PHONE USE – by Olga Naidenko Ph.D.

This week, California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak. State officials caution that studies link radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer, lower sperm counts and other health problems, and note that children’s developing brains could be at greater risk.

The state Department of Public Health was forced to release the guidelines in March after a lawsuit by University of California, Berkeley, researcher Dr. Joel Moskowitz. At the time, the department said the guidelines were only a draft, but they now are the state’s official position. The DPH guidelines closely align with EWG’s Guide to Safer Cell Phone Use, published in 2016.  MORE

PLEASE SEE OUR HOME PAGE HERE AND CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO MICHIGAN STOP SMART METERS TO HELP US GET THE WORD OUT SO MORE PEOPLE WILL CONTACT THEIR STATE LEGISLATOR AND URGE PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 4220 THAT WILL GIVE PEOPLE A MEANINGFUL WAY TO OPT-OUT WITHOUT PAYING EXTORTIONATE FEES!!!

 

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December 17, 2014 – Michigan Stop Smart Meters Points to California group for ideas on what we could do here! We post their Califonia map from free digital images newsletter below. 

Do any of you think we need to be more confrontational here? Comments encouraged!

(Image courtesy of koratmember at freedigitalphotos.net)

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Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin
Vol. 25- December 2014
http://www.StopSmartMeters.org
Contact: info@stopsmartmeters.org
PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122 US

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH (Thx to the Cecils!)

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.”
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918 – 2008), Russian Author

CONTENTS

  1. THIS THURSDAY DEC 18TH: PRESS CONFERENCE/ DEMONSTRATION AT CALIFORNIA PUC IN SF AS PEEVEY DEPARTS AND OPT OUT VOTE LOOMS
  2. STANDING UP TO THE SLEAZE AND ROT THAT KILLS: BUILDING THE RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
  3. SAN ANTONIO CONDOS LOCKING UP ANALOGS- JOSH HART VISITS TEXAS AND REPORTS- VIDEO
  4. ONTARIO CANADA AUDITOR SLAMS DUMB METERS; SAYS ‘FEW BENEFITS’ FROM SMART METER PROGRAM
  5. MORE THAN 200 PACK MICHIGAN SMART METER HEARING
  6. MOBILIZE – DOCUMENTARY ON CELL PHONE DANGERS- SCREENED WEDNESDAY IN SAN FRAN
  7. PALO ALTO CA SCREENING OF TAKE BACK YOUR POWER JAN. 14
  8. CORNET RF/LF METERS NOW AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM STOP SMART METERS! AT $139.95 EACH IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS
  9. SUPPORT SSM! PLEASE MAKE AN END OF YEAR DONATION — WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS
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  10. THIS THURSDAY December 18th: Press Conference/ Demonstration at CA PUC in SF: End Smart Meters & Corruption

California Public Utilities Commission
Thursday, December 18 8:30 AM/ Meeting 9:30AM
Van Ness at McAllister, San Francisco

Give CPUC President Michael Peevey the send-off into retirement that he deserves after a dozen years of corruption and complicity with corporate utilities.

Demonstrate against the CPUC’s proposed decisions in the ‘smart’ meter opt out proceedings. Show strength in unity against their proposals that ignore serious public safety hazards
and:

– Continue to impose coercive extortionate opt out fees
– Violate laws, and deny customer and disability rights
– Prohibit opt-outs for communities, apt buildings, and businesses
– Reward utility companies with millions $$$ more for smart grid failings

Join us in demanding:

-A Rejection of the proposed decisions

– Rescinding and refunding of all ‘opt out’ extortion fees

– Halting of the ‘smart’ meter program

Bring any other past or present grievances against the CPUC (toxic dumping, nuclear plants, gas line explosions, accessibility, public power, etc.) We will be raising our demands both outside before the meeting, as well as inside. Please come prepared to make some noise and be seen.

Wear black. Rain or shine.

For more information about the proposed decisions,visit these links:

Listen to CPUC Commissioners talk about the smart meter opt out proposed decisions

Read comments on proposed decision by EMF Safety Network

Commentary “Extortion by Smart Meter” by Jim Heddle of EON

Read more- and spread the word.

See you this Thursday Morning!

 

  1. Standing Up to the Sleaze and Rot that Kills

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?

Read more here.

  1. San Antonio Condos Locking Up Their Analogs- Josh Hart Visits

Last month I visited the City of San Antonio, TX, interviewed local residents and confronted utility officials about their smart meter/ smart grid program. We put a video together, trying to figure out what exactly it is that CPS energy “is going to do to us” and how to stop it. During our visit we found residents up in arms, locking down their analogs, and refusing to back down. We found the typical utility propaganda, deception, and coercion. CPS is now threatening disconnection to disabled and elderly people 2 weeks before Christmas. The Grinch is alive and well this holiday season, everyone.

Wherever utilities force smart meters using false and misleading information, people will resist and spread the truth, stand up and fight back. Now is the time to fight back and demand a halt, a recall, and a ban. Anything less will not do. Thank you San Antonio for showing us the way. Watch video here

 

  1. Ontario Canada Auditor Slams Dumb Meters; Says ‘Few Benefits’ From Smart Meter Program

In Canada, a report into smart meters in Ontario has slammed every aspect of the program as well as the stakeholders involved including utility Hydro One.  The auditor-general of Ontario’s legislature said the CAD2 billion (US$1.7 billion) smart meter program for hydro utilities had delivered “few benefits for the hefty cost”, reports the Toronto Star. Bonnie Lysyk delivered the findings this week as part of the annual report of the independent office that conducts value-for-money and financial audits of the provincial government, its ministries and agencies. More.

 

  1. More than 200 Pack Dec. 2nd Michigan Smart Meter Hearing — Public United Against New Meters

About 200 people showed up for the December 2nd, 2014 smart meter hearing before the Michigan House Oversight Committee chaired by Tom McMillin. 72 of these filled out cards to speak. Everyone who spoke, except for the corporate people and MPSC people, was against the new meters. Read More Plus Video of Testimony

  1. Mobilize, a Film about Cell Phone Radiation- Screening this Wednesday in SF and Online

Best Documentary Feature at the California Independent Film Festival Screens for Free at San Francisco Library this week.

Mobilize, a feature-length documentary about cell phone radiation, premiered on September 12, 2014. The film won the Slate Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 17th Annual California Indie Film Festival.  The film explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and examines recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to adopt precautionary legislation. Featuring interviews with experts, wireless industry representatives and prominent politicians, the film illuminates how industry’s economic and political influence can undermine public health.

Wednesday December 17 5:30 – 7:30 PM
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF, CA

The film was directed by Kevin Kunze and produced by Ellen Marks, Joel Moskowitz, and Devra Davis.

It can be viewed online or downloaded from Vimeo and is available on DVD from Disinfo. More info here

  1. Palo Alto, CA Screening of Take Back Your Power Jan. 14th

Promoted by Citizens for Civil Liberties

Wednesday, January 14 7:30PM

at Landmark Aquarius  430 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA, 94301

Reserve Tickets Here   Buy the DVD

  1. Cornet RF/LF Meters Now Available Direct From SSM! at $139.95 ea. in Time For the Holidays.

We have lowered our prices on these pocket sized accurate and useful RF/ LF analyzers that measure invisible radiofrequency and low frequency radiation from smart meters, cell phones, power lines, etc.

Free priority shipping in the US and these carry a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. Order by Thursday Dec.18th for guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24th. Click here to purchase a Cornet meter or browse the other outreach materials available in our online store (brochures, cards, stickers, videos, etc). Any proceeds help support Stop Smart Meters! advocacy work.

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  1. Support SSM! Please Donate and Volunteer

If you support what we do, please donate to Stop Smart Meters! today. Your donation goes directly to expand our advocacy and technical and strategic support of local groups. If you can’t donate, how about volunteering? Donate here or make checks payable to: Stop Smart Meters! and send to: PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122 Inquire about tax deductible donations — THANK YOU and Happy Holidays.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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February 1st, 2012 – The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) this day enacted a regulation that permits anyone in that state to opt-out of having a ‘smart’ electric meter on their home – “for any reason or no reason at all”.  Those who so decline can keep their analog meter or get back their analog meter if it has already been replaced. Today’s decision in California may be instructive in terms of options likely to be considered by our own Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC).

This is, in one sense, a great victory for the anti ‘smart’ meter movement, but it is also a source of great dismay in that those who opt-out will be required to pay an initial fee of $75.00 plus an extra $10/month from then on.  These rates are supposed to be to compensate the utility for re-installing the analog meters they took out, and the extra costs of maintaining meter readers and maintaining dual billing systems.  The CPUC made it clear that these rates are only tentative and may be adjusted next year based on actual cost experience.

Many feel that charging people for exercising their Fourth Amendment and health rights is a form of extortion.  They point out that they have already been charged for the cost of implementing the smart meter system.  They believe they should be receiving a credit for those charges since they will not be sharing in the alleged benefits of that system.

A survey done by Pacific Gas & Electric indicated that if opting out were free, that between 40% and 60% of the population would opt out.  But with today’s fee structure it is estimated only 3% will opt out.

Today’s decision is a benefit to privacy but does little to alleviate the electromagnetic radiation exposure problem since, if only 3% can afford to opt-out, those who do opt out will still be deluged with electrical radiation from their neighbor’s meters and the mesh networks required to keep those operating.

Commissioner Peevy, Chairman of the CPUC, also made it clear in his written report that the analog meter option may also be only a temporary option.  They are committed to the idea that, with or without radio transmissions, electrical consumption must, in the longer run, be measured and stored in rather fine intervals – so that time of use pricing can be implemented.  If this is done, of course, privacy is out the window.

Peevy has indicated the Commission would like a solution in which there would be a different kind of smart meter that stores detailed usage information that could be downloaded to a meter reader’s hand held device.  But since this technology does not exist as yet, they are permitting analog meters – for now.