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Smart Grid Body Damage & Class action latest! Jan 26/14 Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 January 2014 22:16

Smart Grid Body Damage & Class action latest! Jan 26/14

From: dsnoble@shaw.ca
To: dsnoble@shaw.ca
Subject: Update 2014-01-21 Frequency used by smeters shown to harm brains of rats
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:37:17 -0800

1)   A recent study finds that rats that were exposed in utero to 900Mhz had learning problems and morphological changes in a portion of their brains

http://www.neuroquantology.com/index.php/journal/article/view/699

This is the very same frequency used by many common wireless devices, including smeters. Not only is this frequency dangerous but use of it by smeters can lead to interference with and by other wireless devices. I have attached a section from the link below that explains what is happening and why Hydro should never have chosen this frequency. They did choose it because it’s unlicensed and cheaper to use as a consequence.

http://www.ve3ncq.ca/wordpress/?page_id=10

2)   Anna Maria Tremonti ….  CBC  AM  ‘The Current’ …. Had a 25 minute segment on yesterday,  Jan. 20,  called “What’s Hidden Among the Internet of Things”  about wireless surveillance and privacy issues. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/01/20/whats-hidden-among-the-internet-of-things/ She is interested in feedback.    www.cbc.ca/thecurrent.   Please provide yours.

3)   Warning about fake electricity bills, as if we don’t have enough to worry about from real bills.

Homeowners warned to watch for fake energy bills by Tamara Elliott and Patricia Kozicka - Global News - January 20, 2014:
- http://globalnews.ca/news/1095285/homeowners-warned-to-watch-for-fake-energy-bills/

4)   Cybersecurity issues in Canada discussed at UBC:

Ron Deibert is scheduled to speak at UBC’s Cecil Green Park House (6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver) on Thursday (January 23) at 5 p.m.

http://www.straight.com/life/570086/cyberspace-expert-ron-deibert-raises-alarm-government-surveillance-canada

5)   City of Port Angeles. WA are charging that a smeter installer is in breach of contract:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140120/NEWS/301209996/0/news/port-angeles-claims-smart-meter-company-is-in-breach-of-contract

6)   A short story by a Silicon valley techie who became sensitive to wireless radiation, thanks to smeters.

http://www.emfanalysis.com/about.html

7)   Dirty electricity is caused by various transformers in our homes, and smeters increase the levels dramatically. Many people know nothing about this danger. Here is help, from an electrical expert, about how to speak with an electrician about this dangerhttp://www.electricsense.com/7411/emfs-electrician-concerns-radiation/

ubject: Update 2014-01-22 A $12,000 bill based on what Hydro says is a correct smeter.
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:11:50 -0800

1)   After being harassed, this person gave in to having a smeter. Then, as she wrote on the Coalition website, “b.c. hydro installed the smart meter nov 25.13 and in dec i rec’d a billing for $ 12,000.00, i almost had heart failure but a rep assured me it would be looked into and an adj would be made. dec. 15. i saw my bill was not adj., called hydro and now they tell me they have gone over and over this and the billing is correct. they want $ 999 (my monthly installment) which i do not have. my husband has not been able to get full time employment for over 2 yrs now, i barely make my normal installment. i hope someone can help me, where do i turn from here before they cut my power.”

No one at Hydro has told her how an ordinary home could use this much electricity. I advised her to go to the media – she was interviewed by CBC today. If it airs I will let you know. Meanwhile, it looks as if she will have to get legal help. It will be interesting to see how Hydro explains the bill – the “victim” has nothing in writing explaining it.

2)   Our lawyer has submitted an application to the BCUC for reconsideration of their decision based on errors with regard to Human Rights code.

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/BCUC%20(recon%20application)%201.pdf

3)   The media is cooperating with the utilities and the government in not providing complete and accurate information about the dangers of smeters or the RF emitted by wireless devices. This is happening everywhere, including BC! They don’t want us to know that the device they are mandating be installed on our home emits a possible carcinogen, just as they don’t want us to know about its design flaws that could lead to fires or to the fact there will be no reduction in costs or energy usage.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/health-impacts-of-rf-radiation-us-media-blackout-on-smart-meter-dangers/5365598

4)   Many of the scientists and researchers who participated in the IARC panel that classified RF radiation from all wireless devices as a 2b (possible) carcinogen agree that many recent studies have provided enough evidence for a re-classification as a probable or definite carcinogen.

http://thetruthaboutsmartgrids.org/2013/12/04/rf-fields-possibly-probably-or-definitely-carcinogenic/

5)   A doctor in Maryland warns about the dangers of the RF and smart grid. I especially like his 3 phases: 1) the smeters 2) the grid 3) the houseful of RF emitting appliances.

http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/general-info/environmental-concerns/why-opting-out-of-the-new-utility-smart-meters-is-a-healthier-choice/

6)   Insiders know that the current money being spent on smeters and the “dumb” grid is never going to be recovered. What is needed is money spent on the old infrastructure (this is not part of the grid – there are the same old poles, lines, transformers).

“Where you have no major building programs to drive earnings, the industry still will experience significant capital expenditures much greater than their annual depreciation expense. Their capital expenditures are going to be on aging infrastructure. There will be an increased cost associated with moving from an analog to a digital grid. There's going to be a great public demand for greater resilience in the grid in the face of potential cyber-attacks and storms. These costs are going to put a lot of pressure on earnings. At the same time, power demand will be anemic or declining.”

http://www.energybiz.com/article/14/01/monopoly-utilities-doomed

Two terrific letters:

The one attached is to Hydro about an estimated billing.  The following is the Adam Olsen, leader of the Green Party.

Dear Mr. Olsen,

I have been a Green Party supporter for some time, but I am shocked by an email, apparently from you, that recently came to my attention (I have attached copy attached at the end of this note).

Spending over $1 billion to install electronic, wireless surveillance devices on every dwelling and business in BC has very little to do with being"green", and a great deal to do with making money for various industry sectors, including BC Hydro. BC Hydro have fired most of their meter readers (so who will now check for the deterioration of such installations); firing meter readers cut employment and overheads but Hydro will keep any savings (a hidden rate increase); Hydro intends charging those who were persistent enough to keep their analogue (electro-mechanical) meters an extra monthly fee for reading them of $35 -- a total of $420 a year, equal to many electricity bills; and collecting usage data, ultimately on a very fine-grained level, that can be sold to companies such as appliance manufacturers. Perhaps those with more than one meter will be charged for each meter.

Experience with "smart" meters in many different regions and countries have failed to show reductions consumption; but in most places the bills have increased, despite the claim that people would see their bills go down. There are inherent complexities in high-speed computers attempting to obtain power consumption from noisy voltage and current waveforms, even if the software involved is bug free (which itself is problematical -- it was the computer-science "great" Edsgar Djikstra who said. "Any non-trivial segment of software has bugs"). It is very likely that two- or three-fold increases in electricity bills are due to faulty billing, not increases in usage, when householders have not changed their habits. For example, Germany has rejected the installation of "smart"meters as they are not considered cost-effective:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-01/germany-rejects-eu-smart-meter-recommendations-on-cost-concerns.html

All that leaves unaddressed the growing evidence that these meters cause house fires.You should check out the Ontario Fire Marshal's report:

Finally, despite vigorous denials by the responsible authorities, it is evident that the Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMR) emitted by "smart" meters is harmful to health at levels far below the heating effect criterion used by Health Canada. Other countries use far more stringent limits on such emissions.

There is a well-referenced, comprehensive report on such effects at:

http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativeReport2012.pdf

As it is 1479 pages long, I have attached a .pdf file of a summary that is only 16 pages long. I have some direct knowledge of the mechanisms involved as I  had the opportunity to discuss such mechanisms with Dr. Stanley Rowlands (now sadly deceased), who conducted medical research in this area, and I have both a life sciences and engineering background. The EMR interferes with cell wall transport mechanisms by affecting the channels which selectively transfer ions (e.g. in the depolarisation process for nerve cells); and also with the internal cell metabolism. The biological interference is also caused by cell-phones, microwave ovens, base-wireless phones, WiFi and so on. All except WiFi (now increasingly ubiquitous) are, at least a matter of choice, and mostly operated intermittently, for short periods. But "smart" meters generate millisecond EMR bursts at intervals of a few second, 24/7 for thousands of bursts a day in most places. Claims that "smart" meters are only "on" for a few minutes a day arise because those making the claims lump all the bursts into one group, as if this deluge were a single transmission. It is no longer possible to claim that EMR does not have biological effects at levels many orders of magnitude below any heating effects.

I think you need to make a deeper study of the problems with "smart" meters. They are not a viable approach to sustainability or reduced energy consumption.

Yours sincerely.

BC Classaction Update!

Hello Class Action Participants,

It's been too long since I last wrote to update you, and for that I
apologize.

As with all legal actions, the schedule is determined by factors that are
beyond our control. There was supposed to have been a meeting on Dec. 20 to
discuss changes to the initial application, but the judge had to delay it.
The meeting occurred on Jan. 8. At that time, it was agreed that the
application could be amended to include the commercial account holders.  The
amended application is at
http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/Notice_of_Applicatio
n.pdf  should you wish to read it.

Our prior application was on behalf of Hydro's residential customers only.
Not long ago, all commercial account holders were told that they had no
option to having a smart meter. The options offered residential clients,
e.g. keeping the analog for fee, or accepting the smart meter with the
transmitter turned off, subject to a fee, were not available to them. This
is inconsistent with the decision by BCUC that Fortis's options should apply
to every customer, whether residential or commercial. Should you know anyone
who would like more information about this, Jessica Klein at
jjhomestead@telus.net <mailto:jjhomestead@telus.net> will be able to answer
questions.

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GMO Tumor Study Jan 24/14 Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:52

GMO Tumor Study Jan 24/14

Two contrasting GMO articles - they can't both be true.
Which is propaganda and which is Truth?

Truth about the Seralini rat-tumor-GMO study explodes

by Jon Rappoport

January 19, 2014

www.nomorefakenews.com

Remember a researcher named Gilles-Eric Seralini, his 2012 GMO study, and the controversy that swirled around it?

He fed rats GMOs, in the form of Monsanto's Roundup Ready corn, and they developed tumors.  Some died.  The study was published in the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.  Pictures of the rats were published.

A wave of biotech-industry criticism ensued.  Pressure built.  "Experts" said the study was grossly unscientific, its methods were unprofessional, and Seralini was biased against GMOs from the get-go.  Monsanto didn't like Seralini at all.

The journal which published the Seralini study caved in and retracted it.

Why?  Not because Seralini did anything unethical, not because he plagiarized material, not because he was dishonest in any way, but because:

He used rats which (supposedly) had an inherent tendency to develop tumors (the Sprague-Dawley strain), and because he used too few rats (10). That's it. Those were Seralini's errors.

Well, guess what?  Eight years prior to Seralini, Monsanto also did a rat-tumor-GMO study and published it in the very same journal.  Monsanto's study showed there were no tumor problems in the rats.  But here's the explosive kicker.  Monsanto used the same strain of rats that Seralini did and same number of rats (10). And nobody complained about it.

Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumer's Union, explains in an interview with Steve Curwood at loe.org:

"Well, basically what Dr. Séralini did was he did the same feeding study that Monsanto did and published in the same journal eight years prior, and in that study, they [Monsanto] used the same number of rats, and the same strain of rats, and came to a conclusion there was no [tumor] problem.  So all of a sudden, eight years later, when somebody [Seralini] does that same experiment, only runs it for two years rather than just 90 days, and their data suggests there are problems,  [then]  all of a sudden the number of rats is too small?  Well, if it's too small to show that there's a [tumor] problem, wouldn't it be too small to show there's no problem? They already said there should be a larger study, and it turns out the European Commission is spending 3 million Euros to actually do that Séralini study again, run it for two years, use 50 or more rats and look at the carcinogenicity.  So they're actually going to do the full-blown cancer study, which suggests that Séralini's work was important, because you wouldn't follow it up with a 3 million Euro study if it was a completely worthless study."

Boom.

I can just hear Monsanto felons gibbering: "Well, we the biotech industry people published our study.  We used 10 rats and we used the Sprague-Dawley strain.  And that was fine.  It was especially fine because our study showed GMOs were safe.  
But then this guy Seralini comes along and does the same study with the same kind of rat and same number of rats, and he discovers tumors.  That's not fine.  That's very bad.  He...he...used the wrong rats...yeah...and he didn't use enough rats.  He's a faker.  Well, I mean, we used the same kind of rat and same number of rats, but when we did the experiment, we were Good, and Seralini was Bad.  Do you see?"

Yes, the mists are clearing and things are coming into focus.

Any comments, Monsanto?  I'd be happy to pass them along to Michael Hansen.

Jon Rappoport
NoMoreFakeNews.com.
qjrpress@gmail.com

 

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Article in the Province on same day

Cdsapi’s Comment:   Rarely have I read an article in which every assertion is scientifically invalid and statistically unsubstantiable and contrdicted .  That is a polite way of saying “…it is either the product of profound ignorance or of propagandized falsehoods”.

My rebuttals are in color.

 

Why farmers like genetically engineered crops

By Robert Wager and Bob Bartley,    The Province     January 19, 2014

The public debate about food has become deafening.  "Local" and "organic" are mantras of the organic lobby, but organic food represents less than four per cent of Canadian production.

Some claim genetically engineered crops are not sustainable and damaging to the environment.  Yet few have asked the Canadian farmers, true stewards of the land, why they overwhelmingly grow genetically engineered crops.

(Farmers who embrace the monolithic, industrial, chemical intense farming methods are not “true stewards of the land”  -  they mine the land, with every decade witnessing a decrease in natural soil fertility.  Industrial farming methods are not long-term sustainable  -  and statistics prove, as every year millions of acres in the USA become agriculturally unproductive.)

Canadian farmers choose to plant genetically engineered options for approximately 95 per cent of the canola they plant, 90 per cent of the corn and 80 per cent of soybeans.  Clearly this technology is accepted by Canadian farmers.

(Farmers were, and still are, sold an appealing propaganda spiel that Monsnato knows to be “blatant falsehoods”.  They fell for it, and once committed to untenable contracts with Monsanto, they are literally unable to get out of the system.  Not only are they contractually bound, once they plant genetically engineered crops, it is impossible to return to crops that will n ot be GMO contaminated.  They remain locked in, with no choice.  After a decade of experiencing the negative aspects of GE crops, many want to return to conventional farming to get out of the treadmill of innumerable negative effects, but are unable to do so.  Additionally, since the GMO Corporations have bought up all the major seed companies, farmers no longer have easy access to non GMO seeds.)

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Smart Grid Local Meeting & Privacy Expert! Jan 22/14 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:30

Smart Grid Local Meeting & Privacy Expert! Jan 22/14

Subject: update 2014-01-19 Have you given Hydro authority to take payments directly??
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:36:32 -0800

1)   Showing in Golden of “Take back your Power” on Sunday January 26 at 6;15 pm

Bizarre Entertainment at 824-10th Ave. S

Admission is free, but please bring a donation of cash or food for the local foodbank

2)   A reminder that many still have given BC Hydro authority to take payments directly from bank accounts or to add them to a credit card. By so doing, all control over whether the extortion fees are paid, or when. Also there is no way to indicate that the extortion is being paid “under duress”. If you want to have control, I strongly suggest to remove this approval for automatic payment.

3)   New York Times’ comic take on the “smart world”   http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-strip.html#1

4)   More on what seems to be the first major cyberattack via home appliances. From Blake Levitt, respected scientific journalist:

Highly recommend that anyone buying new appliances/household electronics makes sure they are not 'smart' 2-way enabled with embedded antennas. If enough people refuse to buy them, perhaps this will begin to implode. Not only is the RF component dangerous but the appliances themselves are easily hacked. Until this recent hacking, it was thought that only the meters were vulnerable as potential portals into the entire grid. this entire approach needs to be completely re-thought and re-engineered.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/tech/gaming-gadgets/attack-appliances-fridge/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5

5)   Tech companies are eager to make billions off cybersecurity hardware. This will be a major industry and utility companies will be forced to pay for security programs, etc. Hydro has nothing in its business case for such huge and ongoing costs.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/20140118-tech-firms-vie-to-secure-energy-sector-against-cyberattacks.ece

6)   Naperville, Ill. Is faced with another $30,000,000 loan for electricity and this is after having the smeter program implemented a year or so ago. This is a city owned utility. This situation is consistent with every other place with smeters – a never ending spiral of debt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0aH4ACBqYk

7)   Non-smeter but VERY HYDRO. In case you missed the article earlier.

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Hydros+planned+Site+threatens+critical+wildlife+report/9393380/story.html

Letters:

Sent: January 19, 2014 8:58 AM
To: Adam Olsen
Cc: bill.bennett.mla@leg.bc.ca; premier@gov.bc.ca; John Horgan.MLA; leader@greenparty.bc.ca; bchydroregulatorygroup@bchydro.com; Commission.secretary@BCUC.com; msmyth@theprovince.com; office@bcconservative.ca
Subject: Re: Smart meters

Dear Adam,

What evidence is there that a Smart Grid will be an important part of energy conservation?  My understanding is that jurisdictions that have used it have not found it to be energy saving.  At least one jurisdiction dropped the program after using it.  Germany had an independent study done and decided not to install smart meters.  Why not explore other ways to deal with conservation?  I haven't seen serious education programs.  I still see stores keeping their doors open in cold weather.   Why not put more resources into finding new sources of energy?  Why not examine the operation of BC Hydro?

A worldwide system does seem to have the possibility of dealing with the fact that most energy is used at certain times so one place could use energy while the other side of the world is sleeping.  However such a grid also makes the whole planet vulnerable to hacking by terrorists, criminals and corporations and I would assume to events such as solar flares.

Having supposedly democratic governments coerce citizens into having such a questionable technology frightens me.  I feel threatened and harassed by the government of BC and BC Hydro.  I am angry that I have to pay $35.00 a month when a meter reader makes less than a dollar a month to read a meter and the meters don't need to be read every month.  Why is our government forcing a program that is most likely to hurt the young, the old, the ill and the poor?  Why is our government forcing a program that compromises the privacy and safety of every citizen?

I am very concerned that I have to have a health threat on my house, less than 7 feet from where I sleep.  I am very concerned for the health of my family and the health of other citizens of BC.  I think there is a lot of evidence that Radio/Microwave radiation is dangerous to living things.  It causes DNA breaks and even the World Health Organization says it is a suspected carcinogen.  I hope the Green Party will not accept the smart grid as a necessity.  The corporations behind this have not told us the truth about the real and possible problems.

To: Adam Olsen <leader@greenparty.bc.ca
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 1:28:29 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Smart Meter No-fee Opt out notice

Hi Adam,

Last we donated $1150 TO THE GREEN party . If we are going to continue supporting you we need to know that you are going to support us ,and all home & business owners in getting rid of these ;scientifically proven, toxic smart meters.   Send me your address and i will give you a copy of TAKE BACK YOUR POWER  a film about the smeters.

Customers who want to opt-out of the wireless meter program should not only have a radio-off option, but also to keep their analog meter.  Having just a hard-wired option isn't good enough as it still does not address safety and security concerns as well as future concerns (time-of-use pricing).

What makes you think that a Smart Grid can be an important part of energy conservation when nowhere in the world has smart meters saved any energy at all?  Smart Meters are complex, costly in themselves and to replace, trouble-prone, health impacting, drive up costs to consumers, prone to never-ending and costly upgrades in the meters themselves and to the IT infrastructure, and vulnerable to security breaches.  How could anyone be so careless to even entertain the thought of using these devices when the money can be better spent on upgrading other parts of the grid to make them more robust and reliable or on the energy saving "green" ideas you mentioned?

Please don't be so careless in recommending a smart grid.  It isn't a smart idea at all, except for the business interests involved in making a profit.

Thank you,

Privacy expert Ron Deibert will speak in Vancouver on January 23, 2014

https://openmedia.ca/blog/privacy-expert-ron-deibert-will-speak-vancouver-january-23-2014

Smart Grid Kills Son now targeting parents!

Dave Hodges

http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/01/20/agenda-21-killed-their-son-now-agenda-21-forces-are-targeting-the-parents/

Spying Tech Disclosed Jan 23/14

Subject: FW: update 2014-01-20 Spying through technology, and lots of good letters.

 

Subject: update 2014-01-20 Spying through technology, and lots of good letters.
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:15:42 -0800

1)   Not smeter -- A member sent this youtube about microchips, and how they are already being used to spy on us.

http://www.preppersworldusa.com/2014/01/18/microchip-invasion-spy-chips-home-find/

2)   The National Post speaks to the intrusion of having “dumb” appliances capturing data – why? When? Who wants it? What is happening to it?

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/18/google-inc-nest-smart-home/?__lsa=44f8-3373

As does CBC. Really interesting 2 min. video about computer technology in 1981 when 2000-3000 people in The Bay Area (San. Fran.) had home computers.

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/01/20/whats-hidden-among-the-internet-of-things/

Letters:

From a members re. fees in emails to me:

1)   I had mentioned before that I had intended to pay for my usage and only $1 of the extortion fee.  I will pay each by separate cheques and on the $1 cheque I will write the memo "paid under duress".  I want to force them to send a collection agency after me, just to make things difficult for them.  When I get notice from the collection agency, then I will pay the rest by cheque, again "under duress".  I am not afraid to do this at all, as I think there is very little chance (if at all) my power will be interrupted.  I hope more people will force hydro into a billing nightmare.

2)   I know you are in a difficult position regarding what to tell people, but I am not.  I will not pay any fee additional amount other than that owed

for the electrical energy I used.

My bill was over twice what my usage suggests.

I have a "digital" not smeter, not an "analog" one. I used to teach my students how to read the analog meters, both with 4 dials

and with 5 dials.  Most understood quickly.  Some did not.

I understand that some of the meter readers hired by Hydro are having some

difficulty reading the meters.  This brings up two questions.

 

1.  Are these meter readers "new" and receiving a much smaller wage than the

previous employees?

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BC Auditor General Hydro Investigation! Jan 20/14 Print E-mail
Monday, 20 January 2014 01:24

BC Auditor General Hydro Investigation! Jan 20/14

Subject: update 2014-01-18 Auditor General 2011 report re. Hydro and Min of Energy hiding losses.
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:35:02 -0800

1)   Many people have received a bill at last. Some for only a partial month, some for very high estimates which should be questioned, some with no extortion fee, but many with pro-rated ones. I cannot tell people what to do about paying the fee. I cannot tell you to break the law by refusing to pay it, but I can tell you that many people have told me they will not pay and are prepared to face the ramifications. Hydro has said it will turn unpaid fees over to a collection agency, and could turn off power. Will they? Who knows if they will take such draconian measures, but they are bullies and desperate to get these meters on our homes. We cannot trust them. I suggest that if people pay, that they pay the fee via separate cheque with something like “paid under duress” in the memo section to prevent Hydro from saying you paid willingly. Remember, these fees are not yet final, and the BCUC must decide on what the fees will be. We must argue our case strongly before the BCUC, and show how we feel about how we’ve been and are being treated.

2)   Below is an exchange between a member and Adam Olsen, leader of the BC Green Party. It is unfortunate that the Green Party has fallen for the concept that industry is putting forth about this grid being “green”, but it has. I and others have provided evidence to the contrary – there has been no reduction in energy, no conservation at all, and in BC the demand for more energy provision is not needed because usage has reduced consistently. I suggest we ask Mr. Olsen to verify his assumptions. What is the basis of his position? We have lots of evidence to back our.

3)   Some of our members have lodged a complaint with the Auditor General about actions of BC Hydro. Please see the response below, including a link to a major report. There are many things Hydro is doing which deserves scrutiny. For example, how can Hydro not read meters for months, sending out estimated bills (often not marked as being estimated) with consumption estimates based on nothing, not historical usage, not on reasonable projected usage. Who knows how “adjustments” are done when the meter is actually read, how are the tiers handled? Are excess usage figures calculated at the higher rate or lower rate? And why should Hydro have our money for free to use all of that time?  I doubt this is a question for the AG, but perhaps it’s one for the BCUC.

Letters:

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: j
To: Adam Olsen <leader@greenparty.bc.ca
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 1:28:29 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Smart Meter No-fee Opt out notice

Hi Adam,

Customers who want to opt-out of the wireless meter program should not only have a radio-off option, but also to keep their analog meter.  Having just a hard-wired option isn't good enough as it still does not address safety and security concerns as well as future concerns (time-of-use pricing).

What makes you think that a Smart Grid can be an important part of energy conservation when nowhere in the world has smart meters saved any energy at all?  Smart Meters are complex, costly in themselves and to replace, trouble-prone, health impacting, drive up costs to consumers, prone to never-ending and costly upgrades in the meters themselves and to the IT infrastructure, and vulnerable to security breaches.  How could anyone be so careless to even entertain the thought of using these devices when the money can be better spent on upgrading other parts of the grid to make them more robust and reliable or on the energy saving "green" ideas you mentioned?

Please don't be so careless in recommending a smart grid.  It isn't a smart idea at all, except for the business interests involved in making a profit.

Thank you,

J

From: Adam Olsen <leader@greenparty.bc.ca>
To: j
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:04:32 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Smart Meter No-fee Opt out notice

Dear J

Thank you for sharing your Smart Meter concerns with us.

In 2010 the Liberal Government and BC Hydro decided that everyone in the province was going to get a wireless smart meter. This decision created considerable concern from residents because of the heavy-handedness of the decision-making process and worries about safety and security. British Columbians should have a choice.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 01:59
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Hydro Control Concerns Go OFF Grid! Jan 13/14 Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 January 2014 21:29

Hydro Control Concerns Go OFF Grid! Jan 13/14

1)      The plan behind the “dumb” grid is control of usage. Here is an article that explains how, instead of improving infrastructure which is as old in the US as it is in Canada, in a period of high demand, electricity may be reduced for one customer so that another customer can continue functioning. It seems obvious that the residential customer’s demand will be controlled for the sake of businesses. Hydro will be able to turn down our thermostat in winter and turn it up in the summer, for example. Or we could have rolling black/brown outs.

http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/one-smart-grid-technology-thats-already-saving-our-freezing-butts

2) No country, province or state has realized any costs savings or energy reduction as a result of the stupid program. It’s all a sham, as explained in this article from the UK

http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/feature/2321742/smart-meters-an-it-disaster-waiting-to-happen

3)      In Kauai people are questioning the $10.27 per month charge to those who are keeping their analogs, saying it’s unfair, illegal, discriminatory.

“the cost of having the meterman come to their houses to read the meter. This expense is many times more than the cost for meter readers a year or so ago and is exorbitant compared to the national average for reading meters of 50 cents a month”.

http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2014/01/smart-meters-and-your-money.html

A member reported this today:

the Fortis subcontractor meter reader came today so I asked him how much he gets paid per meter.  He says for rural areas where he has to drive, he is paid $1.20 per meter but he has to pay his own car expenses.  Typically he can do 100 to 150 rural meters per day.

For meters where he can walk between meters, he is paid 34 cents per meter and he  can typically do 500 to 600 “walking” meters per day.

I spoke with the subcontractor a few months back and asked if his readers could do the electrical at the same time they do they gas and he said they used to do both for Hydro, until Hydro contracted the electricity reading out to Accenture, at a higher rate I bet. When I asked if it would be possible for his company to contract with Hydro to read them again and save us $35 a month he said his company would not be considered for this. Some communities, like Metchosin, have offered to hire someone who used to read meters to do so for them, to pay for it themselves to save their residents the fees. I bet Hydro won’t consider this either.  The only way Hydro and Fortis will make any money off the program is through the fees they want to charge us!

4)      Here is a good summary of the failure of the “smart” grid to help Toronto in this last storm. The grid is up and fully functional so there can be no excuses. This is how the grid works – or doesn’t.

http://www.tomadamsenergy.com/2014/01/02/ontario-electricity-regulation-report-part-100-inside-torontos-cold-black-christmas/


Subject: update 2014-01-10 After 5 years+ high bills (or no bills) in Ontario
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:20:49 -0800

1)   Ontario has had smeters for 5 years or more, and continues to have problems which are making things very difficult for many. In addition to not reporting outages and causing fires, there are inexplicably high bills (they have time of use billing)  plus the utilities incompetence – NO BILLS!

http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/prescott-family-pulls-the-plug-on-hydro-one-1.1599304 Please read the comments, they sound familiar.

http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/Opinion/Local-columnists/2014-01-09/article-3569653/BRANDON-MAYER%3A-Smart-meters-are-surprisingly-stupid/1

2)   Many people have asked for information about an inexpensive meter to measure emissions from wireless devices. Please realize that even the most sophisticated (read “expensive”) meters cannot capture all of the signals emitted by smart meters. The signals are very short ( a few milliseconds) and are extremely strong, but these meters will give you an indication of whether the meter is working and the level of emissions, on average. The Coalition has no vested interest in these meters. I am just passing on information and would recommend you do your own research before buying. This is from a contact in California.

"The Cornet ED78S is a very improved version of the ED75. A few weeks a small bug was discovered that was already fixed, but this bug happens only in very rare situation which shouldn't effect almost all users.  There were potential leaks in between the Multiplexer channels of the ADC unit inside the MCU chip, when the signal level of one channel is too large, it will leak to other channels. (this is common problem in the low voltage low power  IC process).   The problem only happened when doing the RF measurement in the RF mode and the LF magnetic field  level  nearby is large (over  10mG)   the large output signal from high sensitive LF-(0.1 to 10mG) magnetic field amplifier leaks to RF channel input through the MUX circuit of ADC unit inside the chip).    Most of the time the user will not affected unless the AC magnetic field near the meter is large (over 10mG) when they are doing the RF measurement.  It is now fixed."


Radmeters is supporting TBYP by offering a substantial discount for our subscribers, and a small percentage toward the film.  Here's the link to the discounted ED78S for $151.20, which reads up to 8ghz:
http://www.radmeters.com/Cornet-ED78S-tbyp.html

The most economical Cornets that I know of, are still the basic models ED15 ($89.95 at http://www.lessemf.com/rf.html#437) and the ED25 ($107.90 at http://www.radmeters.com/Cornet-ED25G-ssm.html), though the ED25 has less advanced features & reads only up to 3 GHz (and I believe the ED15 is the same) which excludes some wifi routers and DECT phones.

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NWO is now attacking Gardening! Jan 11/14 Print E-mail
Friday, 10 January 2014 20:34

NWO is now attacking Gardening! Jan 11/14

Still don’t believe the One World Order complete control takeover of the planet is not real read below Tami

European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered With Government -

Arjun Walia) The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy  opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. You can view the entire proposal in the list of sources at the bottom of this article.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” This agency will be responsible for making a list of approved plants and an annual fee must also be forwarded to the agency if growers would like to keep what they grow on the list. The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.

The draft text of the law has already been changed several times due to a large backlash from gardeners.

This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the PLant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue

It seems the government is taking over everything, virtually all plants, vegetables seeds and gardeners are to be registered by the government. What’s even more disturbing is that all heirloom seeds will be criminalized. This means that saving seeds from from one generation to the next will become a criminal act!

This law was written for the needs of the globalized farm seed industry, who supply seed by the ton to industrial farmers. It should not apply at all to seed used by home gardeners and small market growers. Freely reproducible seeds should be a human right, they are part of our heritage.

I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies, but registration and testing should be voluntary for all non GMO, non-patented and non hybrid seed.

- See more at: http://ep.yimg.com/ty/cdn/realityzone/UFNeuSeedBan.html#sthash.NfRDg9GS.dpuf

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