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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!

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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 23rd, 2012 – 109 Texas Citizens Press Texas Public Utilities Commission to Act on “Smart” Meters – In a legal filing today Texas utility customers asked for legal relief against the bullying actions of a number of Texas electric utilities.   They are seeking to have their case heard by an Administrative Law Judge.  A key assertion was that:

“In order to persuade consumers to permit the installation of smart meters on their residences and businesses some and, perhaps all, utilities and purveyors have engaged in egregious misconduct, engaging in deliberately fraudulent representations and fraudulently withholding vital information material to the consumer’s informed consent, and where fraud was insufficient such utilities and purveyors have engaged in unlawful duress and even unlawful force.”  (Does this sound familiar folks?)

Many specific examples of fraudulent statements are cited, including “implicating personnel of the PUC … by persuading them to fraudulently respond to complaints and inquiries by concerned citizens that ‘Customers do not have the opportunity to opt out of having their meter replaced with an AMS meter’ even though the PUC official could not pretend to be unaware of … “ (Texas law to the contrary)  (Does this sound familiar?)

The parallels to our own situation here in Michigan seem all too obvious.

The specific remedies sought by the Texans are very enlightening.  If they get even half of what they are asking for they will have killed smart meters in their state.  Their filing was prepared by or under the supervision of an attorney.  Click here to review their entire petition. 

Where are we here in Michigan?  We have a Public Services Commission which has failed to exercise proper supervision of the meter rollout in our state, and whose staff people routinely tell consumers they have no choice but to permit installation of a smart meter – even though they know that is NOT the law.

We have a Public Services Commission that was asked by the governments of 9 Michigan cities to:

  1. Institute a review of the health effects of the meters.
  2. Impose a moratorium on further installs pending results of a health study.
  3. Do more to educate the public about the nature of the smart meters and the risks they pose.
  4. Allow for individual opt-outs.

Our MPSC issued an Order on January 12th that did not include 3 of the above 4 requests by the city governments. 

While our Commission “investigates” for the next 6 months, it is also permitting DTE to install possibly as many as a half million more ‘smart’ meters without the informed consent of the utility’s customers.  If we take no major action to change things, all we can expect from this investigation is probably some sort of individual ‘opt-out’ involving the payment of onerous fees for the ‘privilege’.  The outcome would likely be similar to what happened in California – where they must now fight the fees.  What about whole communities opting out? What about the informed consent of the governed?  What about the possible health damage to millions of citizens from their own or a neighbor’s smart meter?

Is it not time we Michiganders followed the example of the Texans and filed a similar legal document with our MPSC?  Who is ready to add their name to such a complaint?  Who is ready to attend a public meeting to discuss where we go from here?  And if our complaint is denied by the Commission, who is ready to take it all the way to the State Supreme Court?

Please post a comment here and send an email to Vigilant Dave at the address shown at the bottom of this page if you are willing to participate or help in some way.