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Editor’s Note: Dafna Tachover is an attorney in both New York and Israel with an MBA and founder and Managing Director of We Are The Evidence,” an advocacy organization for protecting the rights of people who have been injured by wireless technology radiation. She has a technical background in wireless computer networks and infrastructures from her service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Telecommunication Officer and commander of the Israeli Defense Force’s Operations Center and Headquarters.

Michigan Stop Smart Meters has never before endorsed a candidate for public office nor advocated in these pages for issues outside of meter choice and related issues of electromagnetic radiation. We are making an exception now because Senator Colbeck is the only politician in Lansing who is currently championing the issue of health effects caused by emfs. He made speeches in the Senate on behalf of this issue and the privacy issue with smart meters as well as the 5G issue and made our issues one one of the central planks of his race for Governor.
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Why We Should Support Colbeck for Governor
Whether We Are Democrats or Republicans!

by Dafna Tachover

Michigan State Senator, Patrick Colbeck, is running to be the Governor of MI and an important part of his agenda is the wireless issue. On August 7, 2018 the Primaries will take place and in order to move forward, he needs to win. He does have a chance.  For this, we hope for your help. From my extensive experience working on this issue – getting Colbeck elected to be a Governor is the biggest chance we have for change and there is no close second.  

Senator Colbeck’s Speech About Wireless Harms & Against 5G
In March 2018, MI State Senator – Senator Patrick Colbeck gave a passionate speech objecting the 5G legislation and speaking loud and clear about wireless harms and about Microwave Sickness/ES (the email I sent in March about his speech is following). He actually spoke louder on both than many leading activists….

I learned that the reason Senator’s Colbeck’s has become aware of the wireless issue is his wife, Dr. Angie Colbeck. Angie Colbeck is a pediatric doctor and she developed Microwave Sickness.

My Trip to MI to Help Colbeck’s Efforts
When I watched his speech I was in tears. I felt compelled to go to MI and thank him in person for being the first politician to stand up for the truth. I was even more excited when I learned that he decided to run for Governor and wanted to do what I can to help. So I went to MI.

This is why I went to MI and spent a lot of time there. I wanted to support Senator’s Colbeck and Angie’s efforts. Over a period of a month I gave over 20 lectures hoping to awaken communities, make them understand the importance of the wireless issue and by that encouraging them to vote for Senator Colbeck.

Colbeck is Our Best (and only real)  Opportunity for Change
After working on the wireless issue in the US on many levels of the government and understanding that the courts are not a viable option for a timely change, I believe that getting Colbeck elected is probably the biggest chance we have for change. We need change desperately.

We Should Support Him Whether We Are Republicans /Democrats
To me, there is no issue more important than the wireless issue. I do not tell people what my political opinions are or what my opinion on any other issue (and it is not because of lack of opinions :-)). I made this decision because I didn’t want people to try and dismiss what I say about wireless because of my opinions on other issues.

Nevertheless, I decided to support Colbeck. I support him because of the wireless issue and I do NOT state my opinion on any other issue on his agenda. I explain that my support for him is based only on his commitment to the wireless issue.

Of course if I thought he is an unworthy person – I would not have supported him. However, I met him and his wonderful wife Angie and spoke to them extensively and I’m sincerely impressed with them on the human level. 

I acknowledge that the other issues that separate Republicans & Democrats may be important. I do not underestimate the importance of other issues. But, I strongly believe that the wireless issue is a crisis far and beyond any other issue. We have an epidemic of sickness and we cannot continue on this insane path of uncontrolled wireless expansion while the sickness, the sick and our voice is being ignored and kept out of the discussion.

For example – health insurance is a very important issue, but even if there will be a nationalized health care system – when you are ES you cannot take advantage of it – you cannot go to a hospital with such high levels of radiation. When I got sick I had the best insurance possible but I couldn’t use it so it didn’t matter whether or not I have insurance. 

I wish the other candidates would have endorsed this issue. But none of them made any statement about it. At the moment, as far as I know, Senator Colbeck is the only candidate who is committed to this issue and so he has my support. I hope our community will support him.

Senator Collbeck is committed to this issue
We all know that usually politicians do not keep their promises. Senator Colbeck is not going to change his position as his wife Angie, who is a pediatric doctor is suffering from Microwave Sickness herself and committed to this issue.

Further, whether or not you support his position on other issues, I think it cannot be denied that he is that rare type of politician – one who actually stand up for what he believes even when his position is unpopular as he has proven with the wireless issue and many other issues.

Colbeck Speech from May 2018 – Senator Calbeck made other important speeches on this issue. On May 29th, he joined our efforts to stop the 5G Bill in the House Energy Committee and spoke to the committee again (his speech starts at around 1:03:40). His speech followed by my presentation together with Prof. Paul Heroux and Dr. James Ziobran.

Colbeck Speech in support of Analog Choice – Before that he made a speech to the House Energy Committee in support of Analog Choice Bill and about the dangers of the “Smart” Grid.

Senattor Colbeck Does NOT Take Money From Industry
Senator Colbeck is not taking money from industry. As a state Senator he is unpopular in Senate because he is constantly fighting against the “business as usual” politics.

Senator Colbeck’s Book About Fighting the System
In July Senator Colbeck published a book about his experience as a politician: Wrestling Gators: An Outsider’s Guide to Draining the Swamp : “Find out what happens when fed-up citizens turn an engineer loose on the political swamp.”  

How to Help Get Colbeck Elected
We hope you will help the effort to get Colbeck elected. Here is how you can help:

  1. Please PLEASE Please Make a DONATION– Since Senator Colbeck does not take donations fromcorporations, clearly he needs help with funds. Since his opponents do take money from corporations, he is at a disadvantage. He prepared media ads but need funds to be able to broadcast them. This is the most urgent help. PRESS HERE TO MAKE A DONATION.
  2. Volunteer – If you are in Michigan and interested to volunteer to help his campaign, please contact Lemon James at lemon@lemonjames.com
  3. Organize a Lecture on Wireless Harms in Your Community in MI– If you are in MI or have friends and family in MI – please consider organizing a lecture on wireless harms –  it will help us spread the word about the importance of the wireless issue and indirectly help support Senator Colbeck. I am going to be in MI until July 31 for that purpose. In addition, Michigan for Safe Technology has other local people who are able and willing to give lecture in this time period and after. To organize a lecture, please contact Jeanine Deal at michigansafetechnology@gmail.com
  4. Organize a Screening of Generation Zapped – if you think your community will be more interested in a movie and / or you already organized a lecture – you can organize a screening of Generation Zapped. To organize a screening, please contact  Jeanine Deal at michigansafetechnology@gmail.com

This is really our best chance at creating change on the wireless issue – and there is not a close second. Let’s do our best to get Colbeck elected. First we need to get him to win the primaries on August 7th. Let’s do our best to help. He earned it.   

Thank you.

Dafna

 

 

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Nanci Rose Gerler
Pinckney, Michigan

January 29, 2018

All Members of Michigan State House of Representatives, Energy Policy Committee

RE: Energy Committee hearing of January 30, 2018 and MPSC Case U-18486 Investigation into DTE Shut-Offs

Dear Energy Policy Committee Member,

In your investigation into violation of shut-off protocols by DTE: The scope and breadth of audacious mendacity, cruelty and brutality by a corporate monopoly turned tyranny, will spawn a “me, too” response far greater than the Flint Water Crisis and Larry Nasser scandals. For the beleaguered customers subject to their atrocities, there has been no satisfactory response or recourse from DTE nor the MPSC, whose “service to the public” is illusory. Complaints and entreaties to the corporation yield no results, only perpetuation of the standardized lies they portray as “truth” through repetition. The MPSC serves as defenders and enablers of DTE, echoing the programmed responses provided to them to the degree that MPSC staff sound exactly like DTE employees.

The MPSC has diffused and refused legitimate complaints of outrageous and egregious actions against consumers with responses like “We regulate rates, not business practices”. Personal and anecdotal experiences recount unjustified and retaliatory behaviors by DTE more often associated with organized crime syndicates and fascist governments than “standard business policies”.

Customers who object to the installation of the misnamed smart meters for many of the justifiable reasons (such as threats to health, safety of home and property, privacy, security, accuracy, and excessive costs) are subject to heinous treatment. The experiences of residents of the Glennbrook Beach Association (GBA), located in the Pinckney Recreation Area in northwest Washtenaw County, illustrates the extreme measures DTE has used to suppress opposition.  Upon notification in July 2016 of the forthcoming AMI installation, over three quarters of the forty homeowners sent a polite certified letter to DTE, requesting to retain their analog meters (as allowed by Consumers Energy). The majority of homes in this small private lakeside enclave are seasonal summer homes or cottages with some structures almost one hundred years old, which are surrounded by a land conservancy and state land. Generations of families have lived here and the majority of residents are elderly retirees on a fixed income, who wished to retain the pristine nature of their long time community environment, without the interference and issues of a wireless mesh network.

A standard form letter sent by DTE was the only reply. Residents posted legal notices, and in some cases locked meters as the only prevention to unwanted installation. In early 2017, DTE cut off locks to six homes and installed AMI meters with no notification to the residents. Phone calls of protest to DTE were ignored. On July 24, 2017 everything changed, when the GBA was subject to a military style tactical operation by DTE, deploying a convoy of ten DTE, contractor and private security vehicles to storm the private community. Power was cut at the pole to over a dozen homes of customers paid current, most of whom had received no communication from DTE since the aforementioned form letter almost a year prior. This orchestrated maneuver was staged and documented with photographs by rude and intimidating workers who thrust letters into hands or onto homes – the first notification of shut-off most residents had received. All this occurred while over 80,000 regional DTE customers still awaited power restoration after a high wind-event the previous night. This indicates a gross misallocation of resources and priorities.

Residents were shocked and traumatized by the callous cruelty of the workers who took obvious delight in cutting power, water and sanitary capacities. (GBA is on a well and electrical grinder sewer system). Scrambling to restore power, residents faced excruciating long waits on the phone (often 1.5 to 3 hours). All affected residents ordered the ‘opt out’ meter but many were informed that ‘opt outs’ were “out of stock, back ordered, unavailable for 3 to 4 weeks”, or it was “too late and they had to accept a ‘smart meter’ to have service”. However, when the DTE installer arrived the next day, he had both standard and ‘opt out’ meters for orders placed, and acknowledged that ‘opt out’ meters are ‘smart meters’ with the radio turned off  – which could be programmed on-site or remotely.

DTE’s rationale for the illegal power shut-offs was that “locking devices on meters posed health and safety hazards to the customers and neighbors”. The DTE installer proceeded to affix tamper proof locks on utility boxes (homeowner property) accessible only by DTE. This refutes DTE’s justification as spurious while imposing genuine health, safety and sanitation hazards on hapless residents without electricity, water & sewer for 2 to 8 days.

DTE’s ‘shock and awe’ strong-arm tactics forced the remainder of the residents into compliance, to avoid unwanted and unwarranted shut-off. The use of “hired goons and hired guns” (contractors and security) is never justified, especially when no aspect of the five-step process for standard shut-off protocol was adhered to.

To add insult and injury, within six days of installation my ‘opt-out’ meter was intentionally re-programmed to operate as a radio transmitting ‘smart meter’. As an extremely electro-hypersensitive individual, I experienced immediate negative health symptoms, which alerted me to the change. A neighbor confirmed that she had seen a DTE vehicle on the property the day prior (a Sunday afternoon), when there were no new orders pending. DTE did not change the meter out for six weeks, during which time both myself and my cat were debilitated by serious illness and symptoms caused by the transmitting meter. My cat’s vomiting ceased as soon as the meter was replaced with a new ‘opt-out’ meter, but he had lost one third of his normal body weight. I also lost weight due to constant nausea and sleeplessness, and it took months to recover from symptoms.

Another resident’s ‘opt out’ meter was fully defective, never registering a kilowatt since installation. This resulted in extremely high estimated bills that bore no relation to years of usage history. Hours of phone calls and emails yielded nothing but frustration and aggravation, with threat of service shut-off for non-payment of inaccurate, bloated bogus bills. He was charged $9.99 in advance for a service call to diagnose the defect. After several calls and several days, the installer did not show up for several scheduled appointments. When he finally arrived he did not have the diagnostic device necessary and simply switched to a new meter. The billing situation was unresolved by the time the seasonal resident left, because of DTE’s “continuing computer billing issues”. Immense time and energy was expended over a defective meter that was unwanted and unneeded, since such problems had not occurred with his long time analog meters.

None of the initial customers who were refused ‘opt-outs’ received them. Others who called to order them were forced to leave a message with no subsequent response or follow up. Residents have concluded that DTE is the worst company they have ever dealt with, yet have no recourse due to the state imposed monopoly. This situation allows DTE to exploit, abuse, and extricate unjustified monies from their captive customers – as exemplified by the extortionary fees charged for the ‘opt-out’ meters. Customers have the right to read and report their own meters but must pay to have them read by contractors who drive their own vehicles, and whose meager compensation in no way justifies the $9.80 monthly fee.

As long-standing paying customers who denied consent to install a new meter, we were subjected to bullying, intimidation, trickery, harassment, trespassing, destruction of property, and unjustified shut-off. Since ‘smart meter’ installation, other residents and their companion animals have experienced debilitating health effects – one dog and two cats have subsequently died.

DTE must be held responsible and accountable for their numerous transgressions against the paying public, who deserve redress and remuneration for the difficulties caused by the improper shut-offs, which constitute abuse by the utility. The report recently submitted to your committee by DTE is a work of fiction created by these masters of mendacity, and must be independently investigated and verified. As a former Ann Arbor resident who has dealt with DTE over these issues since 2012, I can attest that they lie and deceive with consistency, ie “that’s my story and I am sticking to it”.

The abusive conduct endemic to DTE necessitates the passing of bill 4220 to provide analog meter choice and protect the rights, health, safety and financial well being of DTE’s customer base (never a priority to DTE). Governed by greed and need for excessive profits, their $30 billion net worth allows them deep pockets to influence media, MPSC and politicians. The threatening and intimidating non-protocol shut-off letters (received after the fact), referred customers to call a phone number – which is the hot line to report energy theft tampering or fraud – falsely implying wrong-doing on the part of the customer.

Please use the power vested in you by the people to censure and penalize DTE, and compensate injured parties. Grant the freedom of meter choice to the citizens that elected you by representing their interests, over those of the self-serving monopoly utility corporations.

Respectfully submitted,

Nanci Rose Gerler

 

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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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September 20th, 2017 – In a newsletter to his constituents in Michigan’s 7th Senate District, Senator Colbeck reports that he is receiving huge numbers of complaints about unreasonable shutoffs of electric service because of smart meter disputes. Many of these shutoffs are happening even when there has been no locking of meters or attempts to block installers.

Colbeck beautifully sums up the whole issue with this “The MPSC says citizens have a choice. But choosing between having electricity or not having electricity, as hundreds of people in the 7th District and across the state are finding out, is no real choice at all. It is coercion.”

Read his whole opinion in his newsletter HERE.

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Poisoning of Drinking Water, Schools and Homes
By David Sheldon

There is much in the news about the Flint Water Crisis and rightly so. But the countless individuals and families who have been forced to accept a cancer causing surveillance device in their homes are not being so reported by our major news media. Nor are those who, refusing such a glass of polluted drinking waterhome invasion, have had their electric service cutoff! Even senior citizens dependent on medical machinery! What do a water crisis, a school health crisis and utility crisis have in common? A Michigan Governor we fault, not on partisan grounds, but because of his repeated tendency to make dangerous decisions through surrogates while assuming no responsibility for consequences!

News media following the water crisis are constantly asking the question about our Governor “What did he know and when did he know it?” It seems clear now that he knew for many months that the people of Flint were being poisoned with bad water and did nothing to remedy the situation. At the same time the news media is much reporting the situation with Detroit Public Schools where children are routinely exposed to mold and rats. Both of these crisis scenarios are apparently the result of decisions made by Emergency Managers our Governor appointed to make decisions that arguably should have been made by others closer to the scene, or by others democratically elected.

But there is a third crisis-in-the-making not much reported by our mass media. That is the sickness, breach of privacy and utility shutoffs caused by the so called “smart” electric meter programs. Countless individualsLogo of Liz Barris website and paper and families have had their lives turned upside down. Some by questionable devices forcibly installed on their homes without their informed consent. Other families, who refused these devices, are enduring a severe Michigan winter without electric service. Both DTE and Consumers Energy are doing this with the complicity of the Michigan Public Service Commission, the regulatory body that is supposed to protect utility customers.

The Governor’s hand can be seen in this too as the MPSC consists of commissioners appointed by the Governor who quite apparently are taking their marching orders from the Governor and his hand picked Energy Czar, Valerie Brader. The MPSC will allow no hearing on any of the health or privacy violations of the new utility meters. The Governor’s energy policies are also being advanced by the Chairman of the House Energy Committee, Aric Nesbitt, who refuses to allow any hearing concerning the new utility meters or of any energy legislation not favored by the Governor.

Where is this third crisis-in-the-making taking us? Not only to unjust utility shutoffs but to a future of ruined lives – of people who can no longer live in their own homes and those who have or will contract cancer or neurological illnesses such as Parkinsons disease or dementia. There are 12 members of the Michigan House that have cosponsored legislation to stop this violation of human rights. We think this too will lead once more to the question about our Governor “What did he know and when did he know it?”