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  • Yesterday, Sonoma County CA based EMF Safety Network, a close ally of Stop Smart Meters! announced it intends to file a lawsuit against the California Public Utilities Commission by July 11th for ignoring substantial evidence- in the record- of harm from smart meters deployed on homes and businesses. According to the Network:
    “The CPUC has NEVER addressed the health and safety impacts of Smart Meters. They’ve only provided an opt out with a penalty. The CPUC has buried it’s head in the sand and rubber stamped PG&E claims of Smart Meter safety!” From

    After receiving numerous complaints about health, hacking, and privacy concerns with the wireless digital devices, the Public Utility Commission of the US state of Maine voted to allow customers to opt out of the meter change at a cost of $12 a month. In Connecticut, another US state to consider smart metering recently, regulators declined a request by the state's largest utility, Connecticut Light & Power, to install 1.2 million of the devices, arguing that the potential savings in electric bills do not justify the cost.

    From WIKIPEDIA on “Smart Meters”

    I knew it would happen.

    But I did not know when.

    So I have lived in a kind of low threshold dread, and waited.

    This morning, it happened.

    A bearded, overweight troll in a lemon-lime colored safety vest, carrying some kind of long stick, showed up on my property. I spoke to him through the kitchen window, and asked “What is it?” although I had a deep, fearful suspicion of what was going on.

    He replied:” I am here to install your Smart Meter.”

    In a nanosecond, I went from SoCal Poet Flower Child to Armed and Dangerous Green Beret: “No you are NOT. And if you are not out of here in 2 minutes, I will call the Sherriff and have you arrested for trespassing.”

    I did not add that I would IMMEDIATELY seek a formal Restraining Order from Superior Court, and an injunction against any further attempts to put a “Smart Meter.” on my home.

    Earlier this morning, on the website, I had just watched 45 minutes of one of the most chilling videos I have ever seen about the extent of our current surveillance activities here in the US, including information about how “Smart Meters” and EMF transmitters on home appliances are set up to monitor all of the activities inside our homes.

    Proponents call it a “two-way flow of information,” and I say to hell with that!

    Some time ago, when I first learned about these dangerous devices, the extent of the health problems they cause, the outrageous mistakes in billing that can happen, and the effort of electrical companies all over America to enslave innocent homeowners with these EMF generators, I resolved that if there was ever any effort to force me to have one installed, I would immediately file a lawsuit against SoCalEd to prevent installation of such a dangerous and disruptive technology, or join with other plaintiff’s in existing class action suits in progress.

    Fortunately, initiatives have sprung up in a number of states to give homeowners the right to “Opt Out” and refuse to become part of this fascist scheme.

    In California, the compromise with the Public Utilities Commission has been that those, such as myself, refusing the meters must pay a one time $75 fee, and an extra $10/month JUST TO KEEP ONE’S HOME SMART METER FREE!!!

    How clever is that?

    People have to now pay a penalty for not caving in to the demands of a private company !

    Needless to say, the troll scurried away, and I immediately called SoCalEd to formally “opt out” yet again (I had done this before, but of course they claimed there was no record.)

    I noted that I never, ever wanted any of their “Smart Meter” installers trying to sneak onto my property and that this should be noted on my account. People who have refused the meters have had the experience of finding them installed anyway, over objections.

    So that is now behind me, but I was ready to go to fight if that had been necessary.

    This is what it comes to these days… We have to be ever-ready to demand our right to be free from all manner of technology that invades our privacy and is designed to monitor our personal lives in very dangerous ways.

    All is well that ends well, sort of.

    It will cost me $120/year for the privilege of being Smart Meter free, plus of course the “Opt Out” fee of the one-time $75. This is the beginning of an effort to hook up everyone in the country into a “Smart Grid.” How do we spell New World Order?

    Quite a lot of us are refusing to play.

    George Orwell warned us.

    And so it goes.



    “Smart Meters” on WIKIPEDIA

    Description of Jonathan Raban’s novel SURVEILLANCE, from Amazon:

    In the not-too-distant future, national identity cards are mandatory, and America has become obsessed with intelligence-gathering. The government’s scrutiny is omnipresent, civilians freely indulge their curiosity on the Internet, journalists pursue their investigations with relentless determination, and children both snoop on their parents and manipulate new technologies.

    In Seattle, the unfulfilled actor Tad Zachary now performs mostly in the Department of Homeland Security’s fictional disaster scenarios, while his friend and neighbor Lucy Bengstrom struggles to support her eleven-year-old daughter, Alida, on a freelance journalist’s meager income–with their landlord providing additional threats. Then Lucy is assigned to write a profile of August Vanags, a retired professor turned best-selling author with his memoir of a childhood ravaged by World War II, but the validity of his account grows questionable, even as Lucy and Alida are charmed by both Vanags and his lonesome wife.

    Everyone here is under surveillance or conducting it, and at risk of confusing what might be true for what actually is–a distinction not easily honored in a time of personal stress and widespread panic, when terrorist attack and literary fraud lurk around every corner. With precision and compassion, Jonathan Raban captures not only a peculiar period in our ongoing history but also a rich variety of lives caught up in fault lines that reach throughout society.
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