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10/04/18 – Video of Michigan House Energy Committee – On this day the House committee heard testimony from both sides on the 5th generation telecom bills, SB 637 and SB 894. These industry sponsored bills are designed to streamline the widespread deployment of the new technology by stripping city and county governments of their traditional role in approving locations for new cell towers. Following this a vote was taken, the committee voting 15 to 4 to pass these bills on to the full House with a positive recommendation. Pictured above is Dr. Sharon Goldberg who testified on the health dangers of this new technology.  Pictured below is Vice Chairman Lasinski questioning one of the speakers.

Click HERE for the two hour video of the hearing.

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SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 – TWO CAUSES THAT MERIT YOUR MOST URGENT SUPPORT!  Readers of this blog are aware of the harms that can be caused, both by smart meters and by the coming onslaught of 5G cell towers. We have meter choice legislation, Michigan House Bill 4220 before the House Energy Committee and must get the facts out to a much greater population if we are to finally get this passed in this legislative session. The most effective way to get the word out is with our 1 minute radio ad that is already playing on many Michigan radio stations. But funds are needed to continue this very effective program.  Click HERE to donate!

Meanwhile telecom companies are trying to get two bills passed, Senate Bill 637 and Senate Bill 894, which would fast track a massive installation of new 5th Generation cell towers and strip local governments and property owners of any say over the location of these towers. These bills have already passed the Michigan Senate and are to be heard before the House Energy Committee on October 4th. Many of us are working very hard to bring in experts who will back us up on the harm these new towers will cause. But money is needed to fly these experts in. Without funds we won’t be able to match the experts the telecom industry will produce.  Click HERE to donate!

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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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Let’s Talk About…

Wireless Radiation

& Health Effects

  • What are the health concerns associated with cell phones, cell towers, WiFi, “smart”/wireless transmitting public utility meters, and the new 5G Grid?
  • Why are children & those with autoimmune issues more vulnerable?
  • What can we do to minimize our exposure for the maximum benefit?

Join us for a conversation with Dafna Tachover, at one of these three locations and times, about the health implications of the new 5G technology and Smart Grid. Dafna will discuss the increasing levels of WiFi radiation in our biosphere, and its adverse impact on the health and well-being of humans, plants & animals.

Friday, April 20, 7pm 
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine St
Dexter, MI

Saturday April 21, 3pm
Roscommon Library
106 Lake S
Roscommon, MI

Sunday April 22, 4pm
Better Health Store
305 N. Clippert St
Lansing, MI

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.            In 2009, Dafna developed Electromagnetic-Sensitivity, a condition caused by exposure to wireless radiation. Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating the public and public officials regarding the adverse health effects of wireless technology and the widespread sickness that exists from this technology and radiation. Working on this issue at Federal and State levels, Dafna has taken part in numerous public speaking engagements, and litigated on this issue. She has been consulted in various related lawsuits, initiated and led a Supreme Court case in Israel to ban use of Wi-Fi in schools and install wired internet networks instead—a case that led to the strictest limitations in the world on Wi-Fi in schools—and represented 94 international organizations   in an amicus brief in a US case. Dafna has been one of the leading advocates on this topic globally, featured and interviewed by TIME, CNN, New York Magazine and other media worldwide and in documentaries about the topic, including in the newly released award-winning film, “Generation Zapped.”         

For more information, email MichiganSafeTechnology@gmail.com

 

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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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by David Sheldon

March 23rd, 2018 – Setback for Tom Mitchell’s Case. Tom had submitted a formal appeal concerning DTE Electric’s threat to terminate his electric service over his smart meter refusal. His refusal was based on medical evidence that, because of a pre-existing heart condition, the installation of a smart meter could trigger a heart attack. In support of his claim Tom had submitted an affidavit from his personal physician and an affidavit from electrical engineer Bill Bathgate.

Many of you attended the motion hearing on February 1st at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), where Administrative Judge Lauren Van Steel heard legal arguments as to whether Tom’s case should be heard at all. The attorney for DTE Electric and the attorney for MPSC staff both argued for summary dismissal of Tom’s case putting forth mostly very specious arguments which the judge found not persuasive. Tom held his own very well at that hearing against preposterous arguments from the other parties. Administrative judge Lauren VanSteel was very fair in the way she conducted that hearing and fired hardball questions at the attorneys for DTE and staff, and gave Tom ample opportunity to make his points.

We have waited six weeks for a decision from the judge. The judge has just issued her “Proposal for Decision” (PFD).  In this 27 page document she addresses all the arguments very carefully, but ultimately concludes that a ruling of the Michigan Court of Appeals must control this case. That ruling, on DTE’s opt-out plan in 2013, stated that the type of metering equipment used by a utility is a “management prerogative”, and that the MPSC has no jurisdiction to rule on what meters they can use. That court further concluded, therefore, that MPSC had no obligation to investigate any complaints about the meter, whether based on health claims, privacy or anything else. Judge Van Steel concludes her PFD by asserting that prior ruling of the Court of Appeals makes it necessary for her to recommend the summary dismissal of Tom’s case.

This then goes to the three member Commission appointed by the Governor for final decision. It is likely they will adopt the judge’s PFD as their final decision. It is hard to see how they could do otherwise, given that prior ruling by the appeals court.

This, then, is decision time for Tom’s case. What we need to do is get Tom’s case in front of that appeals court. We would be asking them to reverse the earlier ruling where, we believe, they incorrectly concluded that meter choice was purely a management decision. That ruling cannot be allowed to stand. It cannot be purely a management decision when the meter is located on a customer’s property, not the utility’s property, and where there are far reaching impacts on the customer’s health, privacy and safety from whatever meter choice a utility makes. The MPSC is charged by law with the responsibility to assure delivery of safe electric service. They cannot perform that function where a high court tells them they have no jurisdiction. The prior decision of the Court of Appeals virtually guarantees to a utility the right to deliver unsafe service!

The question now is the best route to follow to get Tom’s case before the Court of Appeals. One way is by direct appeal of the decision the Commission will make on this case. The other way is to start a suit in Macomb Circuit Court seeking a court order to block the installation of a smart meter on grounds that would amount to a deliberate infliction of a harm on a utility customer. And on the grounds the MPSC had already waived its jurisdiction by refusing to hear the case. A circuit judge might well summarily dismiss for the same reason the administrative judge recommended dismissal. But then that ruling could be appealed to the Court of Appeals. There would be advantages in reaching the COA by this route, since that court would have much broader discretion this way then they would on an appeal from an MPSC decision. But this way also would involve higher legal expenses.

Many of you have given generously to help Tom fund his case. Somewhat over $2,000 has been raised so far. But we need to ask all of you who care about the future of smart meter law in Michigan to dig even deeper to provide Tom with more financial support.

We ask that all checks be made out to Tom Mitchell and mailed to Jeanine Deal who will be maintaining records of all contributions.

Those who would like to read the judge’s entire 27 page decision will find it here: https://michiganstopsmartmeters.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/proposal-for-decision-mitchell-case-032318.pdf

 

 

 

 

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by David Sheldon

February 1st, 2018 –t DTE customer Tom Mitchell had a motion hearing before an administrative judge at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The hearing room was filled to capacity. Purpose of the hearing was not to hear evidence on the merits of Tom’s formal complaint against electric utility DTE, but to rule on whether Tom’s case could go forward, or be dismissed as both DTE and MPSC staff were requesting. Purpose was also to rule on two motions Tom had submitted, one to set the scope of the case and one to allow out-of-state witnesses to testify via Skype.

Tom had requested a formal hearing on his complaint that DTE had threatened him with shutoff for not agreeing to accept either the standard smart meter or the smart meter with radio turned off. Tom has a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation and has an affidavit from his personal physician that having an electronic meter on his home could harm his health and even possibly cause his death. Tom believes that, under this circumstance, DTE must provide accommodation by allowing him and all others with a similar documented health condition to keep the traditional analog meter.

Administrative judge Lauren Van Steel conducted the hearing, appeared to be a good listener and also asked some hardball questions of both the DTE attorney and the attorney representing MPSC staff. At the conclusion she took all three motions under advisement. She is expected to issue her decision sometime within the next week or two.

Tom had planned to have this writer assist in the presentation, but the judge insisted that since Tom was appearing without an attorney, that he must present his case without assistance. Tom did a fantastic job!

Incredibly, the attorney for MPSC staff argued that all possible health issues had already been addressed in the 2012 report by staff and that there could never be a legitimate reason to take another look at the opt-out policy from a health standpoint, despite there never having been an evidentiary hearing on the health issues. The judge did NOT appear to be buying this line.

If she decides to let Tom’s case proceed, a new date will be set for the evidentiary hearing. This would be the one where testimony would be taken from Tom’s personal physician, experts on the dirty electricity issue and from DTE’s witnesses.