Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tell Trump: Please Stop the Roll-out of 5G

Ask President-Elect Trump to stop the roll-out of 5G technology, which is more devastating than smart meters and current cell phone technology. If he gets enough comments, maybe he will listen. Here is what I wrote:

Dear President-Elect Trump: I am asking you to please look out for the little guy and stop the corporations from being able to do anything they want, even when it affects people's health. I am one of a growing number of people who are what is known as "electrosensitive." This means that we are badly harmed by radiofrequency (wireless) radiation. The FCC under President Obama has decided to roll out 5G (just like Hillary wanted to give everyone free WiFi). To deploy it, miniature cell towers will be required on literally nearly every utility and light pole. 5G is extremely penetrating--it will go through anything. I already can't spend time outdoors because of all the wireless frequencies. 5G will penetrate my home. It will be deployed in rural areas. There will be nowhere to be safe. Please do not allow the deployment of 5G until it has been PROVEN to be safe! No safety tests of any kind have been done on it. I hope you will differentiate yourself from the Obama (and previous administrations) and be actually caring about PEOPLE! When exposed to wireless radiation I experience unremitting insomnia, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, headaches, extreme fatigue to the point where I cannot function.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sen. Colbeck Speaks Up in Support of Analog Meter Choice

Awesome statement in support of analog meter choice! Senator Patrick Colbeck offers amendment to Senate Energy Bill (SB 437), which senate rejects. "Their home is supposed to be their castle, yet they have no control over the devices to be placed there." He offers many points regarding smart meters and analog meter choice.

See the You Tube video of Colbeck's remarks.

Also see http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/11/10/sweeping-energy-overhaul-passes-michigan-senate/93617144/.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WiFi Might Be Disabled at Santa Fe City Halls When Requested

This is a start! Santa Fe may disable Wi-Fi at City Hall when electrosensitive residents request it for public hearings.
Santa Fe City Hall may turn into a Wi-Fi dead zone Wednesday during a public hearing on telecommunications facilities in the public right-of-way.
The city is considering turning off the Wi-Fi in council chambers at the request of self-described sufferers of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, also known as Wi-Fi allergies.
"We’ll make that determination tomorrow," city spokesman Matt Ross said Monday. "We’ve gotten several calls this afternoon requesting that it be turned off..."

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/blogs/local_news/santa-fe-may-disable-wi-fi-at-city-hall-after/article_fe8c4428-a543-11e6-977b-1fd4ff24ced9.html

Monday, November 7, 2016

Radio interference from LED lighting

LED lights: Not only do the damage your retina and create dirty electricity, they emit radiofrequency radiation. Read more at EMCrules.

"Although today’s LEDs are capable of long life, and delivering high light output levels with very little power consumption, most need to be paired with a drive circuit to provide constant current sourcing to operate in our homes and offices, and that’s where the problem comes in. These switching drive circuits operate at increasingly higher frequencies, and in order to maintain the highest efficiency, and highest LED longevity possible, they also need to maintain very high slew rates [dirty electricity, or voltage changes]. These factors contribute to the overall unwanted emissions from each individual lighting element, increasing the Electromagnetic background noise. Most of the interference may be caused by very high frequency emissions, typically in the 30 – 300 MHz range, and possibly higher."

"Electromagnetic Interference or EMI mitigation inevitably increases the overall cost of products by adding additional components to a design, or requiring a more complicated and expensive design and layout, and for low price consumer electronics, with very small profit margins, every penny counts. As EMI mitigation is considered by some as an unnecessary expense, it is often overlooked or simply disregarded."

Friday, October 28, 2016

Smart Meter Fire in Hillsdale County

http://www.hillsdale.net/news/20161027/no-injuries-reported-in-blaze

The gentleman claimed that sparks coming from his newly installed electric meter caused the blaze.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Election: Write the Candidates

ELECTION in 2 WEEKS! Michigan is a battleground where at least 20 seats might switch parties. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Where do the people running for state legislature stand on smart meters? Who will get your vote? Write the candidates in your district NOW and find out where they stand. Tell them you want Analog Meter Choice!

There will be a minimum of 42 new faces in the Michigan House. With that changeover comes new leaders and new committees.

Go to Ballotpedia. Scroll down until you find the section titled "List of Candidates." You will see the Democratic candidates listed on the left and their Republican opponents on the right. Write to the candidates in you district.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Consumers Energy Shuts Off Power to Man It Overcharged

CONSUMERS ENERGY SHUTS OFF POWER to man it overcharged. Consumers Energy estimated reads at Jerry Bosse's 2-bedroom Kalamazoo home for 14 months, then slapped him with a $22,000 bill. He claims he doesn't owe the money, and that the smart meter was reading wrong. How could it not be? What normal person in a 2-bedroom home could have an electric bill of nearly $2000 per month? Consumers reduced the bill to $10,000. Bosse has been paying the utility $200 per month.

Today, Consumers Energy shut off his power, claiming he had not paid his bill. He and his wife have a baby who needs refrigerated breast milk.

Consumers Energy says, "Count on Us." Yeah, we'll count on you, Consumers, for unwarranted shut-offs, bill overcharges, smart meters that irradiate us 24/7, and digital meters that ruin our health.

See the original Fox News story on Jerry's plight.
http://fox17online.com/2016/04/08/22000-bill-for-two-bedroom-kalamazoo-home-leaves-owner-in-shock/

Consumers Energy Gas Smart Meters Being Installed

Consumers Energy is forcing gas smart meters on customers across the state. Refuse their gas smart meters! See our pages on Consumers Opt-Out and on Gas Smart Meters.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Smart Meter Fires in Kansas City

Channel 41 in Kansas City reports on smart meter fires. this is the best TV reporting on fires we've seen yet. See a homeowner's smart meter in flames. The utility let him without power for a month. Interviews with smart meter experts Curtis Bennett and Brian Thiesen.

At the end, you will hear the utility company say that most meter fires are caused by factors other than the meter, including old and faulty wiring. What they don't say is, these fires were not happening with analog meters. The dirty electricity generated by the smart meters can overwhelm older wiring. This dirty electricity is also a cause of flickering lights and appliance short-outs.
As for the utility claim that the meter socket is at fault, please see our video where electrician Rob Marx discusses the thinner stabs (blades / prongs) of smart meters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKS5z5niKd4

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New MPSC Commissioner

From Crain's:

LANSING — Rachael Eubanks, director of public finance for Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. in Michigan, has been appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
Eubanks fills a partial term vacated by the former commission chairman, John Quackenbush, Snyder's office said. Her term will end in July 2017.
Quackenbush left his six-year term early in March to return to the private sector. At that time, commissioner Sally Talberg was appointed chairwoman of the state's energy regulatory agency.
Eubanks, of East Lansing, has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan, Snyder's office said.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160706/NEWS/160709916/snyder-appoints-rachael-eubanks-to-michigan-public-service-commission

Interview with Smart Meter Education Network Director Linda Kurtz

Listen to this great radio interview with Linda Kurtz, director of the Smart Meter Education Network as we discuss health issues, privacy, and much more. Linda also talks about her first--horrific--encounter with smart meters and how they have affected her health.

https://youtu.be/I1SjDjkyKBk

Monday, August 1, 2016

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers. 
Since 2011, DTE has been the top donor to House Energy Chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), and CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy have been Nesbitt’s third largest donor. 

In addition to the PAC giving, it's believed the utilities helped fund a nonprofit organization, Citizens for Michigan's Energy Future, that ran likely more than $2 million in ads about Michigan's looming energy shortfall in 2014 and 2015. The projected upcoming capacity shortfall that's discussed in the ads is a main reason lawmakers are trying to take action this year. 


DTE Energy and Consumers Energy combined have 42 individuals or firms that are registered as lobbyists.

Read the full story at Michigan Campaign Finance Network  website.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Consumers Energy Uses 4G Cell Tower Network to Transmit Readings

Just like DTE smart meters, Consumers Energy smart meters transmit radiofrequency radiation 24/7. This is because the meters "chatter" with each other. You can read more about that on our Smart Meters 101 page. Unlike DTE, Consumers Energy ultimately collects the data via cell phone towers. The signal is sent to the towers once a day. The data sent currently is of hourly meter reads. That can be changed via software updates.

Note that one of the reasons the utility companies have instituted smart meters is so that they can charge time-of-use rates, meaning you will pay more for electricity at certain times of the day. Consumers freely admits this.

4G is a very intense radiofrequency signal that is quite deleterious to health.

Consumers was originally using meters made by GE and by SmartSynch.  Itron acquired SmartSynch, so it is now Itron that provides the meters. The utility's deal with Itron includes a 20-year maintenance agreement-though much of that maintenance will be in the form of automatic, over-the-air firmware updates similar to those that cellphones receive, said Moore.

With regard to other providers, Energybiz says: "California's Pacific Gas and Electric, for example, has deployed more than 9 million smart meters that collect daily gas readings and electricity readings every 15 minutes, sending them to the utility through the company's own wireless communication network. And Tennessee's Memphis Light, Gas and Water is in the midst of a project to install smart meters to track all three services, which the utility says also have the potential to quickly detect outages, leaks and other problems. "

Itron brochure.

http://www.nighthawkcontrol.com/industry-solutions/smart-meters/

http://www.nighthawkcontrol.com/products/cellular-ami-smart-meter-itron-form-2/



https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/smartsynch-continues-to-make-the-case-for-cellular
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

EMFs Likely Contribute to Obesity

PACKING ON THE POUNDS? There's more to it than diet and exercise. "Growing scientific evidence indicates that the imbalance of caloric consumption and exercise does not fully explain the obesity epidemic. Nor can DNA... since there are now numerous animal and epidemiological studies indicating that environmental pollutants [including radiation from wireless technologies] could contribute to the global obesity epidemic, there is an urgent need to reduce the burden of environmental contaminants so that obesity does not become the normal outlook in the future."
SEMINAR - Obesity, Electrosensitivity, Mycotoxicosis and the Clinical Practice of Environmental Medicine, with Magda Havas
National Institute of Environmental Health Science, North Carolina
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-11115/
FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1697093557175050&set=a.1536471643237243.1073741827.100006232656807&type=3&theater
SLIDESHOW: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/…/may_9_2016_obesity_electrosensit…

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Court Sides with Consumers Energy--What a Surprise!

No surprise, given the corruption of our state government, and of the MPSC in particular. Did you know that one of the chairs of the Michigan Public Service Commission is a former Consumers Energy lobbyist?

From the Associated Press:
"The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters. The attorney general's office had challenged the utility's ability to recover the costs of the so-called smart meters. But in a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says state regulators relied on sufficient evidence supplied by the company.

"Judge Peter O'Connell wasn't swayed. In dissent, he says the Public Service Commission didn't do enough work, and the appeals court as a result can't conduct a 'meaningful review.' O'Connell says fellow judges Michael Gadola and Karen Fort Hood didn't follow the orders of the Michigan Supreme Court in taking a solid look at the case."

In a 2015 unpublished opinion, Judge O'Connell made cogent points regarding the program:

"How can smart meters save money when Consumers seeks to add millions of dollars to the base rate to fund the AMI program?"

"A cost-benefit analysis [of smart meters] should include health, safety, and privacy issues.”

I am concerned that under the opt-out program, those who opt-out must pay either a penalty, tax, or a fee for the privilege of retaining their non-smart meters. This Court, in its prior opinion, approved the PSC's order allowing costs to fund the AMI smart meter program to be added to the utility's base rate. At first glance, it appears the opt-outers are required to pay twice for the privilege of retaining their non-smart meter. The first payment is in the form of a penalty, tax, or fee to avoid having a smart meter installed on their home,5 and the second payment is of continued costs associated with the AMI smart meter program that eventually will be added to the base rate.”

“Why both charges? On remand, the PSC should answer that question. In the case of the opt-outers, they receive no benefit from the AMI smart meter program and must actually pay to be excluded from it, but then the opt-outer must also share in the costs of the program because of the increase to the base rate.”

“From this lower court record I am unable to discern the genesis, the reasons, or the rational for such an unprecedented double tariff.”


“I am also greatly concerned that the opt-out costs are actually a penalty imposed to force the opt-outers to comply with the AMI program. . .  . The PSC's implied finding that it is a fee/tariff rather than a penalty or a tax is not supported by even a scintilla of evidence in this lower court record. Just because the PSC says it is so on appeal does not make it so.”

“It appears, as the Attorney General argues and as in other states, that the smart meter program actually increases rates.”
Unpublished opinion, July 22, 2015 (Docket Nos 317434 and 317456)


See news articles on 2016 decision (all the articles are the same) at: 
http://www.oanow.com/appeals-court-won-t-stop-consumers-energy-smart-meters/article_4e1f50ce-aaf3-5f49-8354-7baf03e83b84.html

http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article_119bc3b6-444d-11e6-b9c4-174dfef46bfa.html

Saturday, June 18, 2016

DTE Audited by IRS

Did you know DTE was audited by the IRS? Did you see that in the news? Their own corporate statement says: "In 2015, DTE Energy settled a federal tax audit for the 2013 tax year. DTE Energy's federal income tax returns for 2014 and subsequent years remain subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service."
DTE Energy paid 4% in taxes in 2013, (the latest date I could find information for). How much did you pay in taxes? Why is a Fortune 500 company getting away with paying next to nothing and harming the citizens of this state with its smart meters?
DTE Energy in 2008-2011
U.S. Profits: $2,551,000,000
Taxes Paid: ‐$17,000,000
Michigan is projected to give corporations a net refund on their taxes this year.
This year, Michigan will give $99 million more in corporate tax credits than it collects in taxes on corporations.
Also see:
DTE Annual Report: https://www2.dteenergy.com/…/24…/DTEGasAnnualReport2015.pdf…
2008-2011 Taxes: http://www.infowars.com/abolish-the-income-tax-you-wont-be…/

Redford Residents: Smart Meters Are Making Us Ill

Lois Dennison has experienced swelling in various parts of her body to splitting headaches to hair loss and constant drainage from smart meters. She believes the meters are a threat to the general public, too.
“I want to see these stupid meters gone from our lives,” Dennison said. “They’re hurting us. The radiation coming from these meters will hurt you, your family, your pets and the environment. Period.”

DTE, of course, issued a statement saying: "DTE Energy believes there is absolutely no merit to the concerns raised by some individuals about smart meters, and we remain confident in the safety, security and benefits provided by the meters,” Berris said. "The relatively weak strength of radio frequency signals generated by smart meters means that any impact of RF exposure is minimal – similar to the levels of exposure from TVs and radios. In fact, smart meters produce significantly less RF exposure than other common electric devices, such as cell phones, baby monitors, wireless routers, laptop computers and microwave ovens." I guess DTE hasn't read the Daniel Hirsch study yet! And, of course, has had their ears plugged when hundreds of people have called complaining of terrible health problems from the meters.


http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/redford/2016/06/08/meters-raise-health-privacy-concerns/85598924/

Scientific American: How Wireless Signals Cause Cancer?

"An expert answers questions about what could happen at the cellular level after a report links radio-frequency signals to tumors in rats."

Scientific American, long a naysayer of the effects of wireless radiation, is beginning to reconsider after the National Toxicology Program study on wireless and cancer.

"What happens to living cells when they are exposed to RF radiation? The signal couples with those cells, although nobody really knows what the nature of that coupling is. Some effects of that reaction can be things like movement of calcium across membranes, the production of free radicals or a change in the expression of genes in the cell. Suddenly important proteins are being expressed at times and places and in amounts that they shouldn’t be, and that has a dramatic effect on the function of the cells. And some of these changes are consistent with what’s seen when cells undergo conversion from normal to malignant. These effects vary depending on the nature of the signal, the length of the exposure and the specifics of the signal itself."

Hmm. Suddenly, they are beginning to discuss the work of Martin Pall and others.

 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-might-cell-phone-signals-cause-cancer1/

Public WiFi Hotspots in Neighborhoods Are Devastating Health

Wondering why even stepping out your door is too much? Comcast has installed WiFi hotspots to blanket neighbhorhoods with dense RF radiation. My home is within hundreds of feet of three hotspots. The moment I open my door, my body and brain rattle. Even worse than when it was just the smart meters. Here's an article from the Detroit Free Press. When you go to the hotspot link, you can zoom in and in until you find the exact location of a hotspot by clicking on it. There are hundreds just in Ann Arbor.


And this comes out just as the National Toxicology Program finds that RF radiation causes CANCER. Yes, a US government agency finally says it.

Here is a picture of the WiFi hotspot routers. They are usually off-white in color. They are hung from the cable lines (which are attached to the phone poles). They will say BelAir or Ericsson on them.

Call Comcast. Demand their removal. They are destroying you and your family! Here is where to find the hotspots. If you hover over the little balloon that indicates a hotspot, it will give you an address.

Your Neighbor with a Comcast Wireless Router Is Blasting You with 5G Radiation



Smart meters are not the only dangerous source of wireless radiation. Did you know that Comcast has deliberately turned your home router/modem into a wifi hotspot that broadcasts for 600 feet? That is a long ways down the street! You can turn it off. Users complain the routers continuously and mysteriously reset this preference each time the hardware receives a firmware update.

Did you know you can demand that Comcast give you a modem that does not have a wifi chip in it? The best way to do this is to go down to the Comcast center near you and pick one up (Arris modem). I requested a wifi-free modem, and four times  I was shipped a Wireless Gateway modem. They finally had a tech bring me one.

Turning off your wifi is not enough. Supposedly off wifi modems, just like supposedly off cell phones, still broadcast a signal.

Very good information about the strength of the network and the harm this Xfinity system causes is at Protect Your Family from EMFs. The 5.0 GHz transmission from this new antenna is likely particularly harmful to human biology. Basically, a 5.0 GHz frequency has twice as many waves per unit time as the 2.4 GHz channel. 
 
The 5 GHz network provides a WiFi signal that does not reach as far as the 2.4 GHz network but is able to pass through materials better which can help provide better WiFi coverage in those scenarios. Read more at Comcast.

Monday, June 13, 2016

MSU Prof: Utilities Can Sell Your Information

Michigan State University Professor Adam Candeub, in an interview with WLIX--Channel 10, says that Michigan utilities have no legal restrictions on what they can do with information they gather about your electrical usage. "It can sell this information. It can use this information like Google does to provide advertisers for markets. This can be viewed as an invasion of people's privacy." There is currently a voluntary code of conduct amongst utilities. "Very sensitive information can be revealed about homes, and homes are the most sacred privacy environment," said Nancy King, an Oregon State University business law and ethics academic who’s studying smart meter deployments (quoted in a 2015 Politico story on smart-meter data-mining). These include inferences about the number of people in a home and when they are there, daily routines, degree of religious observance and what religion the person follows, what televisions shows are being watched when, what time the inhabitants go to bed, and much more. 

Utilities are unlikely to share individual data. What they are interested in is aggregated data--what is going on a specific street, a neighborhood, a zip code. That data, says Politico, could be a "gold mine" for "retailers deciding where to open their next store, marketers profiling neighborhoods with an even finer tooth comb, or in ways we have yet to even think up. etailers deciding where to open their next store, marketers profiling neighborhoods with an even finer tooth comb, or in ways we have yet to even think up."

"When you become a company whose most valuable asset is not the kilowatt-hours but the data, that fundamentally changes what kind of company you are,” says a director at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners quoted in Politico.

Consumers Energy claims that it does not share your information with outside parties. That may be true now, but we know that part of the reason the utilities are in favor of smart meters is to make money off the data they can sell to third parties.

Some utility executives maintain that they legally cannot share even anonymized data. In response to that, Oregon professor King says in the Politico article: “It would be fair to probably assume that many, many consumers would give unfettered access to their data through a smart meter to providers who would give them free energy.”

Most utility execs seem to take the point of view that the data can and should be sold. Says a Centerpoint Energy executive, “We do 221,000,000 meter reads a day …We can do nothing with that data, or we can mine that data and use what we find from mining that data …That is very exciting to me today.”See SmartGridAwareness.




 

Friday, May 20, 2016

$10,700 Consumers Energy Bill for 7 Months

From comments on Fox News 17 website regarding excessive bills by Consumers Energy:
Tanya Hilliker
$5000 bill here by the time I moved, in just 7 months. Landlord said it was a Consumer Energy’s meter problem, CE said it was the landlords problem. I still got no answers, and they didn’t shut me off when I asked. My bill shot to over $7000. I gave them my disconnect verification number and told them to take me to court. I wasn’t paying a penny of that bill. Since I had already payed 3250, that put my bill at over $10,250 for 7 months!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Smart Meter Talk May 22

Upcoming Talks on Smart Meters
What Is DTE Not Telling You?
Learn All You Need to Know
Network with Others
  Linda Kurtz, head of the Smart Meter Education Network, will give two talks on smart meters. These talks have been very well-received in the past. They provide you with an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and network with others in the movement. Please attend. We have space for 120 people at each talk.
 
May 22 Talk

When: Sunday, May 22 from 2–5 p.m.
Where: Hadley Township Hall, 4293 Pratt Rd, Hadley, Lapeer County, MI  48440
 
June 12 Talk
When: Sunday, June 12 from 2–5 p.m.
Where: Hadley Old Town Hall, 3551 Hadley Rd, Hadley, Lapeer County, MI 48440
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please leave your cell phone and any other wireless devices (including iPads, Apple watches, FitBits, etc) in your car. Some attendees, as well as the speaker, are extremely electrosensitive and cannot tolerate wireless frequencies of any kind. Thank you for your consideration.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: Please try not wear perfumes, essential oils, or strongly scented fabric softeners to the talk, as some people, including the speaker, are also chemically sensitive. Many people with EMF sensitivities become chemically sensitive.

 

PASS OUT FLYERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND CITY
 
Here is the flyer announcing the two talks.  Here is a link to our revised Ticking Time Bomb flyer, which gives people lots of information about smart meters. Pass the two out together. It really makes a difference! View all our flyers and choose the ones that suits you. The new Ticking Time Bomb flyer is not on the website yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Church Accommodates EMF-Senstive Woman

A church council in Finland has spent $4,500 to protect 45-year-old organist Christina Funch Mellgren against electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies. Christina stated, "When I sat in church, I had blurred vision, so I could not read the notes. No one could figure out what was wrong... I got a sore head, and my hands shook..." She also suffered extreme fatigue and heart rhythm disturbances. Christina's employer, Parish Council Chairman Alice Top-Rasmussen stated, "We try to help our organist. I am of the opinion that you should not just fire people who are sick."

Publicity of this has garnered the typical irreverent remarks, but only from the ignorant and malevolent. Luckily, the EHS Association helped. The walls of her home were painted with a specialty paint [likely Y-Shield] which protects against wireless radiation, and all electrical devices were wired so as to not produce further radiation. It also means the congregation must turn off their mobile phones or put them on airplane mode while in church. Predictably, some church-goes have left this congregation.
 
See the story at www.bt.dk/fraas-i-kirken/organists-soelvpapirshat-forargede-danskerne-nu-taler-el-overfoelsomme-chri.