June 20, 2011

Protest against Obama's smart meters and risk ARREST

Amy O’Hair is a heroine in my opinion for trying to stop Obama's planned smart meter installation in her San Francisco neighborhood. Everywhere you look, the public utilities are untouchable and unaccountable to consumers, who do not want to be monitored by having these dubious devices on their living spaces. These microwave-transmitting meters will enable a big brother type of monitoring to occur from how many ice cubes people use to tv and Internet use, etc.

The health aspects of smart meters are another problem, and have grown quite controversial in America because both government and business benefit from not acknowledging any risks, while some consumers are reporting sensitivity and illness, and some doctors are warning against even low levels of this type of radiation. The World Health Organization just classified cell phone use as a potential carcinogen, and the radiation emitted 24/7 from smart meters is the same kind as cell phones use. No one is keeping track of the mixture of microwave signals, and no one is taking complaints on these devices.

Here in Wisconsin our utilities are equally bull-headed and unaccountable as California's utility to customers who do not want smart meters for whatever reason. If you don't want to be monitored or if you have health concerns about these devices, tough luck. Even your doctor's letter will not get you an accommodation, despite the existence of the nontransmitting meters. And the Public Service Commission lets the utilities do what they please on this issue. The customer is not always right; in fact, the customer's wishes do not matter to these utility monopolies.

The smart grid is also a bottomless pit of expense. A Bloomberg Business Week article stated: Today's meters may become obsolete in a few years, like the original IBM PC did—and utilities may not be able to afford the normal cycle of upgrades and replacement common in the information technology world. This stupid, oppressive, expensive national infrastructure system has been thrust on us unawares. It will take many more Amy O'Hairs to stop its metastasizing.

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