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No More Privacy: Smart Meters Are Surveillance Devices That Monitor The Behavior In Your Home Every Single Minute Of Every Single Day

Have you heard about the new “smart meters” that are being installed in homes all across America?  Under the guise of “reducing greenhouse gas emissions” and “reducing energy bills”, utility companies all over the United States are forcing tens of millions of American families to accept sophisticated surveillance devices in their homes.  Currently, approximately 9 percent of all electric meters in the U.S. have been converted over to smart meters.  It is being projected that by 2012, the number of smart meters in use will rise to 52 million, and the federal government is spending a lot of money to help get these installed everywhere.  But the federal government refuses to explain why they are spending so much money on this effort.  Eventually the goal is to have these smart meters in all of our homes and if that ever happened there would essentially be no more privacy.  Once installed, a smart meter monitors your home every single minute of every single day and it transmits very sophisticated data about your personal behavior back to the utility company.

So can’t we just tell the utility companies that we don’t want these stupid things?

Unfortunately, in many areas of the country you can’t.  For example, one outraged resident of California contacted the utility company and was told that if he did not consent to taking a smart meter he would receive no service.

So unless you want to live “off the grid”, what are you going to do?  Can any of us really survive without electricity these days?

The sad truth is that these things are being forced upon us.

It is happening in Europe too.  The European Parliament has set a goal of having smart meters in the homes of 80 percent of all electricity consumers by the year 2020.

Sadly, as these smart meters have gone in there have been reports all over the country of electricity bills increasing dramatically.  There have been mountains of complaints about these things and yet their use keeps spreading.

But of course the biggest issue with smart meters is how they will strip us of our privacy.

The concern is that the incredibly detailed data that these surveillance devices collect will be given or sold to a vast array of third parties.

For example, smart meters are already being used by police to bust marijuana growers.

It is also feared that insurance companies, credit agencies, lawyers, marketing firms and even criminals will be able to get their hands on this data as well.

A recent article posted on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation summarized some of the concerns….

“Without strong protections, this information can and will be repurposed by interested parties. It’s not hard to imagine a divorce lawyer subpoenaing this information, an insurance company interpreting the data in a way that allows it to penalize customers, or criminals intercepting the information to plan a burglary. Marketing companies will also desperately want to access this data”

For law enforcement officials, these surveillance devices are a dream come true. According to the Columbus Dispatch, police in central Ohio have been filing at least 60 subpoenas every single month for the energy-use records of those that they suspect are growing pot in their homes.

Well, it turns out that sometimes police are raiding homes that are using a lot of energy and they don’t find any marijuana at all.  Instead, sometimes these raids reveal others kinds of activities….

Sometimes, high electricity use doesn’t lead investigators to drugs. A federal investigation in the Powell area turned into a surprise for detectives.

“We thought it was a major grow operation … but this guy had some kind of business involving computers,” Marotta said. “I don’t know how many computer servers we found in his home.”

So do you want police raiding your home if you start using a little bit too much electricity?

Jerry Day, an electronics and media expert from Burbank California, recently detailed many of the ways that smart meters act as surveillance devices when they are installed in our homes….

1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.

2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.

3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.

5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

Jerry Day has also produced a terrific YouTube video in which he explains many of these points more fully.  If you live in an area where these insidious smart meters are going in, then please share this video with as many people living near you as you can….

The time to object to these smart meters is before they go in.  Once they are in all of our homes it is going to be too late.

This is all part of the radical green agenda that is being forced down the throats of people all over the world.

Everything that we do has to be watched, monitored and tightly controlled for the “good of the environment”.

To the control freaks running things, that also means that the liberties and freedoms that we cherish so much must be greatly restricted.

If you don’t know about “Agenda 21“, you should learn about it.  The UN has a plan for the future of this planet, and once you find out about this plan you probably are not going to like it very much.  The entire globe is rapidly becoming one big prison grid as the elite implement their vision of the future.

If you want to get a really good idea of what they are planning, just watch this video.

If the control freaks get their way, there will eventually be no more privacy for any of us.

Unless we speak out now, the surveillance devices are just going to become more and more sophisticated.  At some point, none of us is even going to be able to sneeze without someone knowing about it.

So what do all of you think about these smart meters?  Does anyone out there have a smart meter horror story?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

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  • WM

    Another great article, thank you for posting this. As someone who loves tracking Biblical prophetic end time events, this article reveals another step in the direction towards globalism and the one world system that the Bible speaks about, and preparing the stage for the anti-christ to arrive. Society is losong more control and personal liberty by the day thanks to technology. Many think terchnology is a good thing, but it is a vehicle in which anti-christ can control the world.

    Think of all the ways our personal info/activity can be monitered….credit cards, cell phones, electronic billing, internet,etc. All of this involves technology, and for the most part, there is no going back, thus we are slaves to technology now and very vulnerable. This again, brings to mind the anti-christ and how he will implement a system in which no one can buy or sell without the mark. For sure, the “mark” will involve technology that we already have and use every day.

    People need to step up and say “NO” should they be told that they need to have a smart meter installed. If it happened to me here in CT, I would refuse and figure out another way, (solar panals). If enough people would stand up and say no, it would most likely make a difference, but sadly, too many people today don’t want the inconvienience to their lifestyle of standing up for what is right, in spite of whatever sacrifice it takes. Thank God our founding fathers here in the USA were not afraid to stand up.
    Thanks again for this great website and great work documenting what is really going on in this world.

  • paulie

    George Carlin “gave up on his species” four years ago. Madmen are in charge. It’s over.

  • lone survivor

    First I’ve heard of these things.
    Just another reason to have solar power panels or a wind mill.
    Live off the grid out in the country.
    Just another way for the police and feds to figure out ways to spy on you! And to search your home, if they don’t find anything, they will “plant” something to make the search worthwile.

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    Really good argument for civil noncompliance — going off the grid. If you can afford to, that is.

  • Katie

    Always wanted to “get off the grid”. Looks like now is a really good time.

  • mondobeyondo

    Smart meters installed in HOMES?! Oh dear.
    As if GPS tracking systems in cellphones and vehicles isn’t enough. They’ll know how much electricity you’re using, how you’re spending your time at home, where you’re driving, where you’ve been, what you bought at the store, what you’re doing on Facebook…

    George Orwell’s nightmare world is fast approaching. He was just about 27 years or so too early.

  • mondobeyondo

    Profile for the Doe family, 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA.
    Compiled by ABC Corporation for the U.S. Department of Secret Societal Security (USSSS)

    We are pleased to provide the USSSS with the following data based on surveillance you have asked us to conduct. As you know, homeland security and protecting our environment is the government’s number one priority. Based on the information we have gathered, we have concluded that:

    – Mr. Doe is employed full time at Flippy Burger
    – Mr. Doe is in the process of a divorce with Jane Doe
    – Mr. Doe has 4 children: Larry, Barry, Mary and Sherry
    – Sherry Doe is 5 months pregnant
    – Doe family uses an excessive amount of kilowatt hours
    – Excessive electrical usage can be attributed to 20 hour daily Facebook activity
    – Vehicle GPS check confirms Mr. Doe drives to undisclosed location even when he tells Jane Doe he is at work
    – Unusual sexual activity detected at said undisclosed location
    – Carbon footprint of the Doe household exceeds government mandates.
    – Alert – possible terrorist threat!! Sherry Doe has been known to purchase pantyhose, which could be used as facial covering in a potential terrorist attack. Department of Homeland Security and FBI have been notified.
    – Visa debit card check confirms Mary Doe purchased $15.00 dog collar at Petsmart

    ..and on and on and ON!! This is NOT the future I want for my family or children!

    • Michael

      Good one Mondo :)

      Michael

    • Guido

      Ditto Michael, Mondo, but you don’t go far enough.

      First, your classmates/nostalgia website gives a searcher your attended schools and classmates.

      Then, your facebook and myspace sites, linked-in profile, and other social networking sites give your personal and professional life up. Your image can also be taken for facial recognition purposes.

      Any online forums where you use your known email address give up your opinions and political stance.

      Census and local/state/federal data stored online provides your past addresses, income level, family members, etc.

      Bank and credit card data online provides your debt and spending profile. ATM and withdrawl records show how much you spend with cash and how often.

      Grocery/department store loyalty cards allow tracking of your purchases and frequency of shopping trips. Unusual or sudden changes in shopping habits may illustrate important changes.

      Voter records can be checked for political activity.

      Driver License databases can also be checked.

      Social networking is the absolute worst because we’re stupid enough to do all their homework for them and post it where all are free to access it 24 hours a day. Spies can stay home and collect all they want online.

      There isn’t much about you that can’t be learned online and through several large data collections. The rest is easy to infer or guess based on statistics.

      Google admits recording much of this data about you, and sells it, but they recognize the threat, sort of. The previous head of Google stated everyone should be permitted to change their identity every decade to escape their past. Sure, they’ll keep your data, but you’ll have a new name to sully.

      In this environment, any “savage” who lives a life off-line with no profiles, no credit cards, no internet access, and no photos or friended profiles ends up being the untrackable man. Being “backwards” almost seems to confer power on a person.

  • http://prescinct368cor.wordpress.com Theresa Niel

    It is a shame but both political parties hegelic dialectic is marching us towards a totalitarian one world-government. “What Ms. Ferguson omitted to mention is that modern social transformers have taken Hegel’s axiom a step further to the proposition that controlled conflict can create a predetermined history. When global planners speak of “managed conflict” they are implying the managed use of conflict for long run predetermined ends – the higher level of truth.
    Ferguson further claimed that a “shift to higher needs” would be sensed by a future “president with a platform committed to fundamental restructuring.” Insiders are now calling the “higher lever of truth” the Third Way. In his January 27 State of the Union Address, President Clinton claimed that his government represents a “Third Way”:

    “We have moved past the sterile debate between those who say government is the enemy and those who say government is the answer. My fellow Americans, we have found a third way. We have the smallest government in 35 years, but a more progressive one. We have a smaller government, but a stronger nation. We are moving steadily toward an even stronger America in the 21st century: an economy that offers opportunity, a society rooted in responsibility and a nation that lives as a community.”
    On September 21, several heads of state attended a Third Way Conference at New York University. In an interview, British Prime Minister Tony Blair inadvertently disclosed the Hegelian philosophy of the social planners. According to the Guardian newspaper:
    “Blair said that the world’s center-left parties had to put themselves at the forefront of managing social change in the global economy. ‘The old left [communists] resisted that change. The new right [conservative capitalists] did not want to manage it. We have to manage that change to produce social solidarity and prosperity.'”
    Appended to this post are four articles on The Third Way. Blair Tells of Third Way and One Reason for the Laws, by Don Fiedor, explain the Third Way society that is envisioned by the social planners:
    “…in a ‘Third Way’ society, private property must be allowed. Rather than government owning all property and the means of production, as in pure socialism, an alternative is used. In a ‘Third Way’ society, property and business is heavily controlled by government regulation, rather than government ownership.
    ” Retrieved from http://watch.pair.com/thirdway.html The chasm confusing voters and marching them towards global government.

  • Debra

    We had a smart meter installed just this year. Before it was installed the electric company (Texas Electric) notified that if we did not keep our back gate unlocked so they could install the meter they were going to discontinue service. I had no idea what the smart meter really did. I’m spreading the word to friends, family and neighbors. This has to stop. They are ignoring our Constitutional rights.

  • Cyk

    In Germany, you can decide whether you want a
    smart meter or not.
    Because german people are concerned about their
    privacy.
    Maybe because we had a very bad experience in
    the past with the funny bearded gentleman you can see on that poster above.

  • Guido

    So we’re supposed to let them install a wireless device on the side of our house? How powerful must the transmitter be for the power company to read my meter remotely?

    I wonder when someone will hack one and figure out how it works and how to monkeywrench it? I’m sure someone will be on this promptly.
    For one, perhaps you can hack it and get it to transmit incorrect info.
    I bet you can also disable the transmitter.
    Thanks to the unique nature of antennas, small changes to an antenna and its environment can have huge effects on its signal.

    They’re making me think about solar. We have companies here that will extend you credit to buy and install a solar system at your home. And the utilities are required by law to purchase surplus power from you. Hmmmm….

  • Guido

    The more they squeeze, the more they fail. Were they to force people to change their power use via rolling brownouts or remote control of their power use, I’m sure folks would respond with generators or other forms of power generation.

    In Iraq, it is common for a neighborhood to be wired to a large diesel generator owned by a neighbor or businessman who provides power (regular utilities often fail) for a fee. I wonder how many Americans will be burning dinosaur juice and other fuels to supplement the utilities? As with all other gov’t attempts to manipulate and control the people, there will be many unintended consequences…

  • waycoolsnoopy

    Thank you for posting this article. More attention needs to be brought to these Orwellian spy-meters if we are going to defeat this newest incarnation of tyranny. We don’t even need a majority of electricty customers to prevail-an irate minority committed to their privacy will render these “smart” meters superfluous. I recommend that everyone start filing multiple complaints with your state’s public service commission. They won’t do any good at first but when a sufficient number of complaints have been filed they will take notice. A recent bit of good news can be found at the following link:
    http://www.skeltontaintorabbott.net/news/85/77/Skelton-Taintor-Abbott-Wins-Landmark-Smart-Meter-Case.html

    A minority put up a fight in the State of Maine and now they have an “opt-out” option.

    Resistance is victory!

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    I understand that this will global in the near future.

    I live off the grid, the nearest power line is over 20 miles away!

    We are our own “SMART METER!

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • missy

    These smart metres are in every house in Ontario. No big deal. Designed to make certain people more conscious that electricity is not free to waste (and also helps them see for themselves what unplugging can save money!), teaches that electricity has peak hours of overuse, and that brownouts (and blackouts!) can be prevented with a little bit of data feedback.

    By the way, the gas company comes once a month to check my gas metre so that they can charge me on my usage. What’s the diff? My telephone company keeps an eye on my telepjone usage (who, where, when, and how long).

    This article is a tad too paranoid even for website!

    • hatetreehuggers

      Every time i see a tree hugger telling me electricity is to be conserved, I deliberately turn on all the lights, fans, air conditioners, computers and any other electrical device i can turn on…
      I HATE BAD SCIENCE, I HATE TREE HUGGERS

    • wow’d

      Either a bot or a useful idiot.

    • Guido

      The issue, Missy, is one of capitalism and freedom. Why aren’t you in charge of your own usage? TPTB are saying these meters are to permit the power co. to control how you use your meter. Why do these people think they have a right to tell you how to use water or power or anything else?

      If you want to burn up the juice, as long as you pay the power company what they charge for it, who has a right to say anything about it?

      It would be one thing if you were getting the power free of charge from someone else, but you pay for it, so you can do what you want with it.

      It’s the same with the light bulb ban. Why does anyone think they should dictate to me what bulb I use? If people want to save power and use low-power bulbs, that should be their choice. And if the free market is allowed to work, those bulbs will sink or swim on their own.

      100w bulbs aren’t the best, but people like them and, just as important, they are willing to pay to use them.

      So there’s no issue, unless the power company is somehow losing money on the power they’re selling me, but the answer isn’t to tell me how to use it, but to charge what they think is appropriate. And if too many people are using power, and paying for it, then why not add more capacity? That’s how business used to operate.

      The same goes for H2O. Why do people think they have the right to lecture me on how to use it if I pay for it? If it is worth more than they’re charging, that’s on them, not on me. I don’t need the fedgov to dictate to me what faucet I use, when to use it, and how much I can use. The exception may be for drought-stricken areas, but perhaps the solution is to raise the H2O price to reflect its increased value. The free market usually fixes itself, when you leave it alone.

    • Rowell

      I have to agree. Smart Meters simply transmit usage data when the electric company employee drives by with a reader. It’s not tied into the internet, free to be used by anyone in the world. It eliminates the need for the electric company employee to get out of his/her car, walk up to the meter, read the numbers then write the numbers down. Police could use the energy usage records of ANYONE, Smart Meter or not, to determine if the home owner is “using too much power”. I think you’re going out on a limb with this particular article.

  • Janice

    I have EMF Sensitivity to six of these on my quadraplex apt. They were applied against my rights and without my knowledge or conscent. I now have all of the symptoms. I am fighting it with City Hall & the ITRON company. I am not getting very far! 928,000,000 hertz, EMF’s are inside our building 3 ft from our beds! 300hertz 3watts are on the other side of the building next to those bedrooms on the outside wall. I have been studying EMF’s intensely for the past month. Here are some of the websites I have found. Educate Yourselves because The Government hasn’t , they just buy whatever Manufacturers say they have to buy. And then are charging us $10 more a month to pay for them! There are no studies because they are not regulated by the FCC.The FCC only regulates what they license. These are Low Frequency .1 watt which means it only takes .1 watt to emmitt at the speed of light that wavelength and it travels up to a 1,000 ft. and accumulates over time in the body if anyone has metal in their teeth or a metal device, e.g pacemaker. The small amt of non-thermal Microwaves will begin to cook your DNA in every cell and your body temperature will go up 1 degree . If they were “hardwired and grounded and the data transfered over power lines it would solve the “dirty electricity ” problem. ITRON makes both types but prefers to sell these WIFI ones. They will stop a pacemaker eventually, cause ringing in the ears, heart irregularities, increased body temperature, interrupted sleep because they emmitt these EMF’s in a pulsating way every six seconds 24/7. PG& E in California has “reset some of their EMF sensitive peoples WIFI Devices to go off and record the usaage data twice a day and not at night. That could be done by ITRON also but they refuse. You will be told by the un-educated City Managers who present a poor consumer attitude toward their citizens. saying according to the W.H.O. and FCC they are “safe”. And everyone who is in government has banned second hand smoke but could care less if these EMF’s are polluting their bodies , their kids bodies , their neighborhoods and their Cities……..eventually they will but right now EMF Pollution is Safe in their ignorant minds. City Governments get so Dumbed ‘Down by Corporations its pathetic…………
    *WiFi – A Warning Signal” – Electrosensitivity and Wi-fi Discussed
    http://www.mastsanity.org/wi-fi.html (Europe is always way ahead of the game they try to pull on the USA. these were recorded in2007.
    Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation
    http://www.emwatch.com/Links.htm
    *****”The Truth About Smart Meters”(23 mins into the video Dr.Karl Maret is the most informative video I have seen on What EMF’s are, pulse wave microwave energy is the most powerful and damaging biologically.
    http://www.communitytv.org/programs/online/truth-about-smart-meters
    *EMF Health.org-What is Happening to Patients?
    http://electromagnetichealth.org/audio-archives-and-more/
    *BioInitiative Report:
    A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard
    for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)
    http://www.bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/press_release/index.htm
    *Agency Staff Struggle to Make Sense of a Senseless Project
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/06/06/agency-staff-struggle-to-make-sense-of-a-senseless-project/
    *Exposure to electromagnetic radiation has been documented to have major biological effects on living tissue.
    http://www.emf2009.no/
    *The radiation poisoning of America
    http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/radiationpoisoning.htm
    *****GUIDELINES FOR LIMITING EXPOSURE TO TIME-VARYING
    ELECTRIC, MAGNETIC, AND ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS
    (UP TO 300 GHz)
    International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation
    http://www.icnirp.org/documents/emfgdl.pdf
    As regards absorption of energy by the human body,
    electromagnetic fields can be divided into four ranges
    (Durney et al. 1985):
    c frequencies from about 100 kHz to less than about
    20 MHz, at which absorption in the trunk decreases
    rapidly with decreasing frequency, and
    significant absorption may occur in the neck and
    legs;
    c frequencies in the range from about 20 MHz to
    300 MHz, at which relatively high absorption can
    occur in the whole body, and to even higher
    values if partial body (e.g., head) resonances are
    considered;
    c frequencies in the range from about 300 MHz to
    several GHz, at which significant local, nonuniform
    absorption occurs; and
    c frequencies above about 10 GHz, at which energy
    absorption occurs primarily at the body surface.
    In tissue, SAR is proportional to the square of the
    internal electric field strength. Average SAR and SAR
    distribution can be computed or estimated from laboratory
    measurements. Values of SAR depend on the following
    factors:
    *Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation
    http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiofrequencyradiation/
    In a 1968 invited report intended only for the eyes of Congress, he warned that serious public-health consequences could arise from uncontrolled use of EMFs because electropollution induced currents in the body comparable in strength to those that mediated the body’s natural growth and regulatory systems.

    *http://andrewamarino.com/default.html
    Andrew A. Marino, PhD, JD
    Professor
    Department of Neurology
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    Shreveport, LA
    amarino@lsuhsc.edu
    Man-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs) became progressively more prevalent in the general and workplace environments following the development of the national electrical grid, increased use of radar, radio and television, and the proliferation of myriad kinds of EMF producing and consuming devices including computers, cell phones, WiFi, and military weapons and communications systems. The tremendous expansion in society’s use of EMFs occurred in the absence of serious inquiry into their possible impact on the health of the population.
    ***Waking up to the dangers of radiation (EMF Pollution) http://www.sciencealert.com.au/opinions/20110403-21915.html
    *http://www.emfnews.org/store/h​ome-cell-phone-and-mobile-towe​r-radiation-meters.html http://www.emfnews.org/store/h​ome-cell-phone-and-mobile-towe​r-radiation-m
    **********http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/02/report-nonletha/
    Of all the crazy, bizarre less-lethal weapons that have been proposed, the use of microwaves to target the human mind remains the most disturbing. The question has always been: is this anything more than urban myth? We may not have the final answer to this question, but a newly declassified Pentagon report, Bioeffects of Selected Non-Lethal Weapons , obtained by a private citizen under the Freedom of Information Act, provides some fascinating tidbits on a variety of exotic weapons ideas.
    *****Copy this Unclassified “Bioeffects of Selected Nonlethal” from US Army research . Weapons……..http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/files/Bioeffects_of_Selected_Non-Lethal_Weapons.pdf
    I am unable to copy and paste anything of this article due to it “jumbles up the words so as not to be able to pass this one. ” that is why I say copy it. This study proves much as to why these Smart Meters can be used as a device against all populations for depopluation or crowd control if they so choose…..all they have to do is HARRP your town and these “antena’s can pick up the increase in EMFS and ZAP we are gone”…….. Good luck in your research, I hope this helps to get the word out concerning these and we can all get through another ‘attack” on our Privacy and our Health! Much love and peace……..

  • Brian

    What a bunch of crap. This article is full of pseudo-science and downright lies. There IS a device that allows others to track your movements and deduce much about how you live your life: your cellphone. People who complain about smart meters are either ignorant or idiots.

    • Michael

      I wrote an article about cell phone surveillance just a couple of weeks ago.

      Michael

    • Deanna Munson

      my mom is having heartattacks from these meters.YOURE the idiot.dont u think people have better things to do than blog on these sites in desparation to get these stopped?have a little honor and get a job PROTECTING life instead of protecting a corporations profits while they destroy life.must be real good money.

  • Brian

    Smart meters can be misused, for example, by police trying to bust marijuana growers. This isn’t a problem with the smart meters. It’s a problem with the police.

    • Dokholliday

      Your indoctrination precedes you; you emulate THEIR WISHES well and “THEY” knew who you were going to be before you were born because only THEY were granted the keys to your gray matter while mommy and daddy rushed off to work and THEY got to babysit you for as many years of mandatory education such as 12 or 14 years. It shows, you can not make decisions on your own you are only capable of taking orders from headquarters and believing in your masters lies.

      Leo Strauss would be proud

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RTSZH2xDV4

      Please take the red pill! Unless you love communism or you are a communist

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20a7aoPA5E0&feature=related

  • SocialDeath

    There are two horror stories that could be unfolding here.
    Either we as a race have reach critical mass, and are using up the last drops of precious world energy. By which Governments are scrambling to find ways to curtail energy use.
    Or
    The government is using it as Michael suggests, as a way to intrude into our personal lives.

    Either scenario is frighting and we are letting it happen.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    A couple of things, how do these things monitor a condo or an apartment? Most meters in condos and apartments are grouped together. To do all the stuff claimed in the blog post this “meter” would have to be against the unit and would require some extensive rewiring. My moms home was built in the late 1950’s there are homes in my moms’ part of town easily 100 plus years old. How would you get such info out of copper wires? My mom’s part of town is not unusual.
    Where are they going to get the money and the resources to put one of these in every home in America let alone the world? How are they going to be maintained? Anybody who’s had to work on high tech equipment knows stuff beaks. The more advanced it is the more likely it will break. Anybody seen the inside a meter the basic design hasn’t changed in 50 years.
    I have no doubt some bonehead Internationalist at the UN surrounded by other bonehead Internationalists convinced of the justice, of his or hers cause. They’re convinced they need to “Save the Planet” (Just the sheer arrogance of that phase gets me) no matter what liberties they have to peel away or who has to die. The sad part is this will just be another failed experiment, in a long line of failed experiments at control.

    • Guido

      I’ve read about these before and seen them on the news, but it wasn’t just about surveillance. The power companies and fedgov want to be able to read power usage down to the individual user and be able to control who gets power. The excuse I heard several times was what if you’re in NYC in the summer and lots of people at work are blasting their ACs at home, which draws too much power, so they want to be able to limit the juice you use and how much you get without denying power to local hospitals, cops, etc.

      There was also an interesting idea floated and I believe tested in the last couple years to use the power lines as a transmission medium for internet. HAM groups were pissed because they claimed the transmitting lines resonate and leak signals that interfere with their assigned bandwidth.

      If you’re already stuck with a smart meter, I wonder what’s to stop you from mounting a faraday cage around it to prevent it from emitting?

      I wonder if they’ll have to deal with wide-spread damage to these meters?

      • Dokholliday

        quote” The excuse I heard several times was what if you’re in NYC in the summer and lots of people at work are blasting their ACs at home, which draws too much power, so they want to be able to limit the juice you use and how much you get without denying power to local hospitals, cops, etc.”

        Heat stroke etc is as bad a deal as much of the UNNECESSARY BS that goes on in hospitals; and BTW

        http://www.cancure.org/medical_errors.htm

        Number of physicians in the U.S……………………………………700,000
        Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year…………….120,000

        This information was sent to us indicating that it came from the Benton County News Tribune on the seventeenth of November, 1999

  • pam

    Wireless radiation (cell phones, wifi, cordless phones, smartmeters) is a health hazard. To read studies on the subject, go to disconnectbook.com and click on references. This will take you to PDFs of the studies.

  • steve

    some guy installed these contraptions in my development today. All he would tell me is that they will eliminate the need for meter readers to manually record energy usage every month. Curious to see if my bill will increase and by how much?!?!

  • http://www.kjartgallery.com Kelly

    Okay, I’ve read through it all and all comments.. I have a question to the person who published this article and to everyone participating:

    As we know, there are more of us (general population) that there are of them (the evil control freaks and lunatics in the global governments)

    So my questions are:

    1) What are we as a global population going to do about this?

    2) Sit back and waste time writing to who ever we many presume could help?

    3) Sit back and hope someone does something?

    4) Do nothing now and complain later?

    Wake up people… It does not have to go down like this. We are in the fight of our lives. We are in the fight for the survival of the human species…
    In the very near future, everyone they deem as not worth saving, based on data they accumulate will be rounded up and placed in the concentration camps they have built all over the world in every country..
    Wake Up…….
    Take Action…
    Or stop complaining

  • julie

    We have these in UK and they can turn your power off whenever they wish to, for example during the night they can turn your freezer and your fridge off to support their fraudulant ‘AGW theory’, we have already been warned of massive power cuts to come this winter whilst they invest our money in useless wind turbines and solar panels.

  • http://endofamerica.com Pragalba

    More paranoid liberal hysteria. If you have nothing to hide why would you care if you are being surveilled 24/7. I personally wear a webcam collar that monitors and records my every move. It makes me feel safer among all the paranoid liberals.

    What fool wouldn’t trade their privacy for security when the concept of privacy is merely a state of mind promoted by a bunch of super-paranoid founding fathers?
    –Pragalba

    • Corsair

      Pragalba,

      You’ve got to be kidding! Maybe your just another troll for the government. Ha! Privacy VS. Security is a false dichotomy. You can’t have security without privacy….What fool, you ask? Benny would have an answer for you. “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

      Viva Cristo Rey!

    • Guido

      Sorry, but we’re just going to have to install a sarcastic flag on this forum, too.

  • JeannonKralj

    I just to warn everyone who does not yet have a smart meter that they MUST take proactive steps RIGHT NOW to prevent a smart meter from being installed on your single family home. It is too late for me. I discovered one on my house about a month ago here is Austin Texas.

    I have heard you can affix a big clear weatherproof sign on your meter with words like…

    Do NOT install smart meter. You DO NOT have permission to install a smart meter on my property.

    I would like someone to comment on weather this is really effective and what legal recourse a homeowner has in preventing the installation of a smart meter.

    I thought I would hear something about the City being about to put these meters in and I could then take proaction to prevent it, but the City was quiet about this and just sneaked in and installed it.

    Just a warning to people. Stop the smart meter on your property if you can.

    (Of course, if you live in a townhouse or condo or multi-family dwelling, you have to have the smart meter.)

  • JeannonKralj

    Just want to say also that a technocracy matrix is being install on the whole world. It is about total control of all of us.

    The prefer to take over our lives gradually and even get us to think thier latest control mechanism is actually good and reasonable rather than showing their totalitarian teeth on us and forcing us to obey. See a website called ForcingChange.com or org out of Canada.

    Now of course, they are selling us on Global Warming (“Climate Change”), peak oil, dwindling water and they want to drill home as much fear and “uncertainty” as they can so we will all beg for their loving safe and secure arms to surround us.

    It does seem that disengaging from the system and being as independent as is possible is our best hope for anything we could call freedom and independence.

  • dumb

    Stupid shit no more than a usesage gauge

  • Feech LaManna

    Solar, wind, off the grid, etc. is all well and good, however – the best way to counter bull***t like this is to break their back. During the summer months,if EVERY homeowner disabled the device and refused to pay their bill until it was removed, they might think twice.

    It’ll take millions of people to get organized to do this. But WE NEED TO START FIGHTING BACK – and. Put the ball in their court.

  • Edward Ross-Adams

    These smart meters are just another perversion of Psychiatric Mind Control. By invasion of each citizens space he or she has no castle where he is King/Queen.
    The intent is that of socialism, to interfere and manipulate and control every citizen on every tiny little thing, to then mold and coerce behavior and implement brainwashing. Socialism is the stepping stone to Communism. Communism is the implementation of slavery.
    There is no actual communist political party – it is just a crminal gang, which operates as an Itelligence Unit. Thats how they remain hidden.
    The enemy are just criminals that believe Man is an animal, thanks to the input of Psychiatry, psychology, social science and Eugenics.

    Better to do without the services they “offer”.

  • http://steveQuale Vernon Q

    Oh boy now come on children you are all so Ignorant!! I can tell you with authority that these so called ‘smart meters’ can do nothing of the sort. We at the power company have gone over these meters with a fine toothed comb and they can only emit a 250 miliwatt signal for the purposes of remotely reading the meter from a nearby vehicle driving down the suburban streets. They cannot remotely turn off your power, or even selectively turn off your refrigerator within your power system. All power usage calculation is done off site in a massive supercomputer which the company has had in some form for the past 30 years or more. It tracks your usage and compiles your information and also posts a monthly bill. Now if your usage falls outside of some predetermined usage bracket your account is flagged for a personal human attention where a decision is made …manually to investigate further. These meters emit a signal in the 928 Mhz range which cannot penetrate wood or pass through metal, so the guy in the apartment is not getting sick from this, I can tell you! These new meters are accurate to 100% +/- 0.001% or (1watt) significantly better than the old electro-mechanical style of yesteryear and should promise to hold that accuracy for 50 years!
    Now, how do I know this? I know this because I have worked in the power company business in Western NY for 40 years and spent 9 years in the Meter testing dept where my job was to evaluate these new meters before we embarked on the project of accepting them and implementing their use. Let this put an end to all this foolish hypocracy right now. You are all paranoid fools. The installation of these meters gives you more privacy by virtue of not having a meter reader penetrate your property on a monthly basis.
    Vernon Q

  • A.S.

    What about the health risks. They cause more cancer and other diseases than being near an RF tower:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U

    Is PGE prepared to pay tens of billions in lawsuits for medical treatment after billions in lawsuits for 4th Amendment violations? PGE is evil. Fight against them to the end. Show them the U.S. Constitution and say, “NO, I don’t give you permission to install a spy device in my home!”

  • Carol A.

    Sounds like it’s time for a HUGE civil class action suit!

  • _Underscore

    Electric companies already know how much ‘leccy you are using so why the nonsense about the police using Smart Meters if it looks like you are using too much?

    Meters already monitor you. Now technology means it can be done in more detail and this allows the Electricity provider to implement pricing models based on demand.

    No one complains when it’s done with cell phones, peak and off peak usage, so why the fuss with electricity?

    Smart Meters will also allow the consumer to see how much they are using in real time, and make decisions on when and how they use appliances – surely this is a good thing. Maybe you don’t want to save the planet but everyone wants to save money right?

    Take your tin foil hats off and get with the program.

    • Guido

      _Underscore Smart meters are dumb. Who are you to tell me how to use my power? Even without the other arguments against smart meters, I have one very important one.

      I’m free.

      I don’t know why I need someone to tell me how to better use my power or, possibly, control my power. If I cared, I would look into it on my own. No one has a right to tell me how to live my life.

      I PAY for my power, so I don’t feel any guilt about running the lights all night or the AC on 30 degrees or leaving my TV on 24/7 while I’m away and running the spotlights in the kitchen while I light candles at high noon. The whole thing is-I’m paying for my juice.

      The natural reason to limit what you use isn’t the planet-screw the planet!-it’s the cost of the juice!!!! I could care less about any other concern than the cost of the power I’m using. The power company would do better to worry about keeping me in cheap power than trying to tell me how to properly use it or how to save the planet or any other BS. Their only concern should be keeping me and everyone else powered and paying.

      As long as I uphold my end of the contract for the power, I don’t see how anyone can lecture me. If there are too many people using power, either increase production capacity OR raise the bill. Don’t waste my time with green nonsense or saving the planet-I no longer care. EcoBS has been pushed on us for so long, frequently backed with made-up science and outright lies as “proof,” that I no longer care.

      I’ve been told about the environment for much, perhaps most of my life. I got angry about it a long time ago because I felt like I was being lectured and blamed for the actions of folks who came before me. Folks younger than I have been beaten over the head about the environment for ALL their lives. I think we’re getting to a point where folks have heard enough. Green sucks. Environmentalism is tiresome.

      When I was a kid, you did what you wanted and didn’t care about oil seeping into the gutter or where your trash went. We cracked beer cans in half and tossed them in the ocean as we went. We also discharged our toilets directly into the intercoastal waterway. Sometimes we cracked car batteries, dumped the chemicals out, and collected the lead for our own uses. We scrubbed parts in kerosene and gasoline. We varnished wood without a dropcloth. We did stuff that would probably get you locked up now. I’m not bragging, it’s how we did things.

      I don’t do that now and I haven’t in a long, long time. It makes sense to be more responsible and careful and whatnot. But the more these self-important eco-crusaders babble about things they don’t really understand and outright lie to me with junk science and made-up facts, the less I care to break my back to protect mother earth.

      Every time I hear about school kids being brainwashed to believe polar bears are doomed and we’re just another un-recycled can from the apocalypse, the less concerned I am. I’m kind of a contrarian, anyway, so maybe I’m the only one, but I think a lot of people, like me, are coming to a point where polluting just isn’t a concern for them anymore.

      The more the gov’t and the control freaks try to force me to “behave” according to their ideals of what a perfect citizen is, the less I care to follow their lead. If they want to force me to be green, the less I will wish to comply. I can always find a way around their regulations, even if it is more dirty and evil for the planet. I’ll turn their green brown, just to spite them.

      I guess others agree with me, since I got advice from one guy to put copper nails in a yard tree to kill it, negating the control freaks on the HOA or in the local gov’t who won’t permit landscape changes.

      Other guys smuggle toilets in from Canada to beat the low-flush laws.

      I, and others like me, have been buying up 100w bulbs to insure I have enough for the stupid ban that is going into effect. I’m even getting bulbs not yet covered, just in case. I will never use one of those useless low-energy bulbs and I won’t pay $40 for a lightbulb.

      Muscle car guys are actually using two engines in their cars; one efficient engine for occasional inspection purposes, another illegal engine for day-to-day driving.

      Another guy informed me the best way to deal with stray dogs in the neighborhood was just to place a bowl of antifreeze out for them to lap up-apparently dogs not only love trucks, but antifreeze, too. (Before you sharpen your knives, I didn’t say I did it, just that it was advice I got.)

      And, judging by all the trash I see on the side of the road, a lot of guys no longer worry about giving a hoot.

      I’m sure smart meters will have no great reception, either, and we’ll find ways to mess that plan up, too. (I know one guy who figured out a simple and effective way to steal power from the big lines without being caught. I’m sure if they crack down, he’ll install it and enjoy free juice, meter be damned.)

      _Underscore, it’s people like you trying to force all this on folks like me that makes me mad. It’s your assumption there is a program and that you can force me to get with it that makes me want to do otherwise. You can make all the rules you want, guys like me will figure out ways to monkeywrench them or just outright ignore them.

  • http://N/A Donald

    To grab peoples attention and get their buy-in be more specific succinct and brief about what monitoring actual monitoring has been done and what the monitors are specifically capable of doing. This is being shared via email and we all get to much junk mail to allow important things to get bypassed.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Up here in space
    I’m looking down on you.
    My lasers trace
    Everything you do.
    You think you’ve private lives
    Think nothing of the kind.
    There is no true escape

    I’m watching all the time.
    I’m made of metal
    My circuits gleam.
    I am perpetual
    I keep the country clean.

    I’m elected electric spy
    I protected electric eye.
    Always in focus
    You can’t feel my stare.
    I zoom into you
    You don’t know I’m there.
    I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
    My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

    Electric eye, in the sky
    Feel my stare, always there
    ‘s nothing you can do about it.
    Develop and expose
    I feed upon your every thought
    And so my power grows.
    Protected. Detective. Electric eye.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1B_pZC8aWU

  • _Underscore

    Hi Guido

    read my post again. I’m not suggesting you need to believe they will save the planet or not, so I didn’t bother to read the half of your reply where you waffle on about climate change denial or whatever.

    Smart Meters provide a useful service to the customer, if you want to use them that way. They give you extra information which you can use or not, it’s up to you, it’s a free country(?)

    They are also useful to the utilities who want to manage demand better for a variety of reasons. They are the ones providing and selling you power so I think they are in charge. They’d have done this from the start if the technology had been there.

    I haven’t seen anyone provide a good argument against them to be honest. Just having ‘the right to be a contrarian’ seems pretty stupid to me.

    And the reason I responded on this story wasn’t to force my views on everyone, but to comment on the absurd claims the anti-smart-meter brigade makes. Privacy, health and safety claims have all been massively exaggerated and that’s all I was pointing out on this article.

    Just being against it because someone made you do it, even if it’s good for the planet and potentially useful to you too, is a pretty petty movement really.

    Seriously, there are more important things to rally over going on in your country and the world at the moment.

    _underscore

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho Ben Dover (America)

    What can Americans do to fight the New World Order?

    1. Turn off or throw away your T.V.
    2. Think for yourself.
    3. Question all so-called ‘Authority’
    4. Get out, and/or stay out, of debt!
    5. Use cash, trade or barter as much as possible, rather than debit cards and credit cards
    6. Get rid of grocery store ‘discount’ cards –grocery stores provide this information to insurance companies.
    7. Bank at a Credit Union, or any alternative to the ‘TBTF’ Banks, that participated in the 2008 Banker Bailout.
    8. Invest as much as you reasonably can in precious metals – especially silver.
    9. You have the right to own a firearm, to protect yourself,and your family. Read the 2nd Amendment.
    10. Buy products “Made in America”
    11. Start your own garden
    13. Meditate or pray – reduce your stress!
    14. Get exercise!
    15. Read a book (here is an excellent book recommendation: Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:The Secret War Against the American People
    http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310394551&sr=8-1 )
    16. Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient, or other alternative music
    17. Watch ‘Freedom to Fascism’–a film by Aaron Russo (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUpZhhbKUBo)
    18. Watch ‘Why We Fight’–a film by Eugene Jarecki (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…r_embedded)
    19. Watch ‘Endgame’–a film by Alex Jones (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho)
    20. Below is advice from John Perkins’ book, entitled THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (The Truth About Economic Hit Men,Jackals,And How To Change The World), pp. 322-329.

    “AVOID SHOPPING AS ‘RETAIL THERAPY’ (Instead, jog, meditate, read, or find some other solution).
    SHOP CONSCIOUSLY – if there is something you must have, purchase items whose packaging, ingredients, and methods of production are sustainable and support life.
    MAKE EVERYTHING YOU OWN LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
    PURCHASE AT CONSIGNMENT AND THRIFT STORES –where everything is recycled.
    Write letters telling Monsanto, De Beers, ExxonMobil, Adidas, Ford, GE, Coca-Cola, WALMART, and other labor exploiters and environment destroyers
    why you REFUSE TO PURCHASE FROM THEM.
    CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION!
    DOWNSIZE (your car, home, wardrobe) – everything in your life (and don’t buy what you don’t need)
    SUPPORT/SEND MONEY only to non-profits, radio stations, and other organizations that promote JUST causes.
    VOLUNTEER your time and energy to such organizations.
    SUPPORT LOCAL MERCHANTS
    ENCOURAGE stores to buy from local growers, producers, and suppliers.
    Shop at your LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET
    AVOID DRINKING WATER THAT IS FLUORIDATED (only your toothpaste should have non-industrial fluoride)
    INSIST that those who use your money – banks, pensions, mutual funds, companies – make socially and environmentally responsible investments.”
    21. Invest in precious metals (especially silver).
    22. Research every company whose products or services you buy
    23. Research every organization to which you donate your hard-earned money
    24. Vote with your dollars!
    25. Watch ‘The Secret of Oz’– a film by William T. Still (can be found here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswI)
    26. Get prepared for when the U.S. dollar TOTALLY COLLAPSES – You’ll need 1) Water, 2) Food, 3) Vital Medicine 4) First Aid Kit, etc.
    27. Global, non-violent, NON-COMPLIANCE is the answer, of We the Plebs, to the ‘elite’ New World Order!
    28. Find alternatives to EVERYTHING that they’ve set up, to entrap you in THEIR system.
    29. What would happen if 200 MILLION AMERICANS refused to pay their taxes, in 2012? (Just a hypothetical question)
    30. Familiarize yourself with the concept of BOYCOTT
    31. Corporate Membership in the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations):
    http://www.cfr.org/about/corporate/roster.html
    32. Don’t ever join a ‘secret’ society
    33. Watch ‘Global Warming or Global Governance’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u81qXOYfKg )
    34. Educate yourself. Thomas Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.”

    Expand the above list,and share it with everyone you know!

  • _Underscore

    35> buy a fin foil hat.

    bless you Americans tho. I mean some of those things on the list are quite sensible. Exercising and gardening are all nice healthy pass times. Gardening, downsizing your car and using less petrol are good too (I recently started cycling to work – I’m saving money and noticing the health benefits too (and I won’t mention saving the planet for fear of upsetting guido)).

    But the rest of it sounds like hard work to me. I try to buy conscientiously but I don’t research every company – that way madness lies.

    And I like the convenience of credit/debit cards. I’m not paranoid enough to believe ‘they’ are tracking your use of it.

    Despite the Republicans best efforts I don’t think your economy is going to collapse.

    Questioning authority is OTT too. Be a bit suspicious of it sure, but don’t be contrary for the sake of being contrary.

    Get of rid of guns too. They are bad.

    But it’s all balance. Have a healthy distrust in things but a healthy trust in things too. Taxes are good! They get your roads and stuff. Sometimes reading these comments from across the pond makes me wonder if all Americans want to lock themselves into their own land, padlock the rest of the world safely away and have done with any kind of society at all!

    Sadly we seem to be getting more like that over here too.

    Oh well, smile and get on with it as best you can. Have a nice day :)

    • Dokholliday

      quote “Despite the Republicans best efforts I don’t think your economy is going to collapse.’ end
      quote

      You see fear is the propaganda not collapse; you and yours OWN THEM whether you do or not and you are all going to pay whether you owe or not Greece being the birthplace of democracy why is the IMF taking Greece apart first?

      “The Power of Nightmares”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4_vkIsKOU4

    • Lee

      36> spell check your replies

  • http://beloitballistics.blogspot.com/ Chuck Kuecker

    The current crop of “smart meters” are, as an earlier commenter said, just more accurate versions of the old mechanical meters, with a radio installed so they can be read without someone actually walking up to the meter. There is no way for this capability to tell the utility anything more than how much power you are using right at the moment of reading, and how much you have used since the last reading.

    There are, in some areas, remotely controlled switches installed by the utility – with the property owner;s knowledge and consent – that can disable such things as an electric water heater or air-conditioner when the utility needs to prevent a brownout or complete power failure. These kinds of devices have been in use since at least the 1970’s – I worked with some early ones at Motorola back then.

    If you have both a smart meter AND remotely controlled shutoffs, the utility COULD determine how much power you were using exclusive of the device(s) they shut off – but there’s no way they could tell how many lights you have on, for instance, or if you are watching TV.

    Now, many new appliances are being sold or designed with Internet capability. If you have these devices in your home – AND you connect them to the Internet – AND you don’t have a proper firewall, outsiders COULD determine if any device like this is on, and probably things like TV channels or control settings. This is going to be the big privacy invasion, if people allow it to occur. Smart meters are not the big threat – they are a distraction.

    The really scary thing is power-line interconnectivity – where devices communicate over the power lines without your needing to connect an Internet cable. Any device so equipped is a Trojan horse into your home. If these kinds of devices become widespread, the solution is to develop filters to obstruct the power-line signals, or, in the case of wireless devices, to install jammers designed to disrupt the bands in question. Of course, if you use wireless Internet, a jammer would put you off the air as well.

  • http://beloitballistics.blogspot.com/ Chuck Kuecker

    By the way – I have a BSEE, and Advanced Class ham license, so I know a bit about the subject…

  • Georgiaboy61

    The “Surveillance Society” continues to grow apace. Technology has given big brother tools the totalitarians of last century could only dream of. The best way to fight the NWO and the nanny statists is to bypass, disconnect, unplug, and otherwise isolate yourself from the emerging surveillance state as much as possible. In practical terms, this probably means living more like your grandparents did, and less like your children will want to. The late Paul Weyrich and coauthor Bill Lind penned “The Next Conservatism,” (2009) which details many useful strategies for making life more local, more rural, more independent, and more self-sufficient. The Amish are featured prominently in their work, among others, as are home schoolers. We can all do worse than to throw the TV off the roof, as the great Dr. Russell Kirk once really did. A last comment: beware of any govt. functionary who tries to sell you or your town on intrusive technology for “safety” or “risk-management” – it is a lie. There is no such thing as complete safety, and chasing after it only ensures you will lose your liberty in the bargain.

  • ann berr

    I joined an a very active anti smart meter blog a while ago. Most of the people live in California. It had great information. But then 2 people joined the blog that evidently work for the utility company. What they did is make up stories..such as there are more studies showing EMFs are safe than not. (a huge lie). And denied that WHO had found EMFs a possible carcinogen. (another huge lie) Then they started using crazy logic and just making rediculous accusations.
    I wish we all had just ignored them. It ruined the blog and now no one posts there anymore. So be forewarned.

  • _Underscore

    I think both sides are capable of exaggerating their case, or indeed outright lying.

    The Internet allows blogs and websites to link to a number of papers or articles, and so make it look like there is a wide body of evidence backing up their agenda, when in fact they have been very selective in their linking.

    The thing that turns me off many anti-smart-meter sites is how many of them just blanket bomb you with every anti-smart-meter thing they can find.

    Perhaps there is a discussion to be had about privacy, or real environmental benefits or whatever, but when you blindly publish every anti-smart-meter story you find it just looks to me like you are choosing those to suit your agenda. There was a good one on one site that was about some poor soul who got very ill and then discovered her bed was near a smart meter. They removed the smart meter but unfortunately she remained ill. You might conclude, or at least wonder, if perhaps the smart meter had nothing to do with it but instead they concluded that the smart meter had done its damage and it was too late to remove it. Tenuous to say the least.

    So that’s my big problem with it all. It seems some people are determined to be anti-government and so when something comes along they go out of their way to prove how terrible it is and how it’s another step towards the end of the world.

    Eventually no-one listens to boys endlessly screaming wolf.

  • Mia Nony

    The frequencies enabled by smart meters and smart grid aggregators and collectors are illegal under all internationally standardized EMF safety codes. The mad made 2.4 gigahertz frequencies couple with the natural magnetic low hertz body frequencies, create frequency conflict, and turn your body into an involuntary electrical conductor. and turn it into an electrical conductor. Smart meters cause this frequency conflict within the human body, inducing a state of electrical induction, exciting atoms and molecules and creating illegal thermal heat effect, leading to nerve and muscle depolarization. Electrical induction of human beings is illegal.
    Lock you your analog meter while leaving only a small view window for a meter reader, post refusal of consent to trespass signs everywhere (download the form letter from Jerry Day’s youtube video) . Try to remember the American Constitution and your obligation to defend your family form government harm. Man up and protect your property rights, legal rights, civil and human rights now.
    Utilities cannot deny electrical service to anyone who keeps paid up and keeps proof that they pay their bill on time.

  • http://technospiritualist.blog.com Technospiritualist

    Are you people really serious? I work for the electric company and I have never seen a shred of evidence to support any claims made in this article. A meter has the ability to determine how much power is being used in a gross sense. Just like your water meter can’t tell the water company what sink or toilet you just used, an electric meter can’t determine what devices are being used. That’s rubbish, ask any electrician. We would have to go into everyones breaker box (at a minimum) which we will never do (for legal reasons if nothing else). There is no “magical” or “alien tech” power we have to get information we don’t realistically have access to. It’s PHYSICS, folks. And that’s just the first issue I have with this article. I want to see real sources. Conspiracy Theorists sitting around quoting other Conspiracy Theorists doesn’t count as a reliable source. Show me the proof, and I’ll listen.

    • Aaron Gurr

      Show me the proof they are safe!?

    • czehfus

      A utility regulatory document SHOWS they KNOW the privacy risks and amount of information and kinds of information that will be collected and at risk. It is very detailed, and this is proof from the industry itself. So, quit calling this a conspiracy. The industry has NOT disclosed what they know to the public. This is pure fact. Look at the document linked to here:

      http://stopsmartmeterswisconsin.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/industry-document-shows-utility-regulators-know-smart-meter-risks-but-wont-disclose/

    • Azkloun

      Ever Heard of TEMPEST Emissions ? You are a stupid **************,probably not an electrician, certainly know little or nothing about electronics or you would not have made such asinine statements
      of course they can tell every bit of theat can be told, and you dont even have to have a direct connection to the powerlines, you could do it by mutual coupling, and not even have to break the insulation on the wires, dam you sure are some crappy electrician if you dont even know basic Electrical theory
      Go to Wikipedia and read up on TEMPEST emissions
      it is real basic in electronics and electronic theory
      you are just a moron
      i wish i could *****************************************

      oh and Moderator if you read up on Tempest you will see that you should let this comment go through the American way Uncensored!

  • Mike

    It’s magic, people!
    The evil smart meter is a power line modem, communicating with all sorts of devices, like your UPS, your PC/etc.
    Remember those phone extensions that you plugged in the outlets? Same principle, but digital/analog.
    The government installed mine Itron Smart Meter when I complained about the infrasonic cell tower hum that destroyed my sleep/life!
    But my Dad slept too close to it, and it hastened his death. Oops. (That and Dirty Electricity that the government LIES to us about!)
    Maybe a 3rd party was able to gain control of it, I don’t know they’re pretty hackable pieces of shit.
    (Or maybe the standard ************* signal hurt him.)

    All I know is, Reddi Kilowatti is a domestic terrorist for leaving weapons lying around and exposing the expendable population to this travesty.
    Why does the GOVERNMENT hate us so much?

  • Douglas Johnson

    Who the blank is C.M.P. to tell me that if I don’t install one of thier “Smart Meters”.That I will habe to pay A prium each month?Who do I contact to fight this?

  • Letta Mego

    There are more than 2000 past studies that show non ionizing radiation alters cellular functions…in ways such as glucose metabolism and calcium ion channels. DNA replication is also altered. It usually takes dozens of mutations to build up before cancers develop. So it takes sometimes decades before the cancers to show up from non ionizine radiation. The recent studies on non ionizing radiation were set up to try and prove those 2000 studies wrong. Industry and investor profits drive these so called studies. Smart meters are basically miniature cell phone towers …and any new appliances you buy will have chips which communicate with your smart meter (the smart meters is the transmitter and the appliance chips are like cell phones). Non ionizing radiation will be all though your homes 24 hours a day when they force electric smart meters on you. The electric company can control smart meters and appliances remotely and wirelessly…and the smart meters are “tunable”. They can turn the power up, down, on – off. They can fry your appliances, your computer or your house ..of course they would never do that..unless the government tells them you are breaking the law or some kind of threat ..I guess. Wouldn’t it be funny if a utilty man went postal with the smart meters. Oh well, .. We won’t need to worry about social security of medicare…the mutations caused by this technology slowly build up till we’ll die right at retirement age. Obama is horrible and unAmerican for forcing this on us..using our own taxes to do it with .and ignoring the outcry across the nation against it. I guess he has a lot to gain if we put up with it. We have a LOT to lose. I don’t know of an atrosity this great in history. Too bad our first black president is into mass murder. You aren’t seeing this atrocity on TV because it’s being suppressed in the media. There is a world wide outcry of the people aginst this and you aren’t getting it on TV. Maybe TV news is worthless when it comes to important issues. I hope you ignore the scoffers and uninformed pro meter people. They have no logical, reasonable or honest arguement to force the American people to submit to smart meters.

  • Letta Mego

    Who picked these avatars? The utility company? Goldman Sachs? A senator? A utility commissioner?

  • ? Seeitsme

    I love it. Lets eat it up like cake.

  • http://undergroundrecords.org/treason.html Todd West

    Smart Meters are fraud and treason against the American people!! undergroundrecords.org/treason.html

  • Letta Mego

    We’d have to take a course in human physiology to really get how harmful these smart meters are. I guess our lack of knowledge is what the utility company and government are counting on. The harm starts at the membrane that surrounds the living cell. That alone is reason enough to ban smart meters. Smart meters have 2 antennae. One beams radiation into the home and the other beams radiation outward. In the smart meter is an operating system (computer) and software that can definitely be hacked. There is nothing good about smart meters. They are just something dreamed ($$$) up by the telecommunication industry and the utility companies by people who don’t know a thing about biology or health…… Or don’t care…because we don’t immediately drop dead …and they know they’ll have their money and be long gone before we wise up. It’s pretty mysterious how the world population is against smart meters but smart meters are still being forced on us. We’d be crazy to allow this.

  • http://www.oregontrackers.com ed johnston

    Smart Meters – YouTube
    Use the letter below to forbid smart meter installation (or modify the letter to demand the meter be removed). From: Energy Customer’s Name Street Address …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI
    .Play Video
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    The Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Meters – YouTube
    In this invitational presentation to the San Francisco Tesla Society consulting engineer Rob States explains how PG&E’s so-called ‘ smart’ meters work and …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U – Cached
    .Play Video
    Use the letter below to forbid smart meter installation (or modify the letter to demand the meter be removed). From: Energy Customer’s Name Street Address …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI
    .Play Video
    More results from youtube.com »
    The Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Meters – YouTube
    In this invitational presentation to the San Francisco Tesla Society consulting engineer Rob States explains how PG&E’s so-called ‘ smart’ meters work and …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U – Cached
    .Play Video

  • Azkloun

    Look Folks the Solution is so Simple, each month get an extension cord, hook up you microwave oven, rig the door closed mechanism so you can microwave with door open! Be very Careful ! Set Microwave by smart meter and standing 30 or 40 feet away plug in microwwave, cook smart meter for amount of time to destroy it (30 seconds to a minute my guess) uplug microwave, remove door mechanism override, replace oven back on countertop in kitchen, roll up extension cord for next month. If We all do this once a month it will drive the electric company crazy, they will not be able to prove we did this AND each month they will have to replace the smart meters ! How long do you think they will put up with it before they decide the smart meter is not cost effective ? End of Unconstitutional attempt to place spy device in each home.. DUH as we used to say in the Army “Too Easy”

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.j.scott.3 Nancy J. Scott

    smart meters are bad, we all have heard what they do….And lots of people don’t like them and don’t want them on their house…..the question is how many are really willing to stand up and do something about to…ya know bad things happen because good people do nothing…..

  • paraoid

    I am just as paranoid as the next guy when it comes to my privacy. I don’t google, I shred personal papers, I don’t give personal info in any way on the net. Soon I will not even be using credit cards.

    I also work for a local utility, but not in any management. I am one of the grunts that helps to configure, set up and use these types of devices.

    I cannot speak for the rest of the nation but here for us I can say that much of what has been said is pure paranoia and not very factual.

    These devices that go to residences have no ability other than to monitor power and power usage. They are not spy cams, microphones or anything else.

    Any information that is gleaned from the devices is only stored to be analyzed with respect to the integrity of the power that is delivered. I know because I prepare the reports that management reads. The reports only contain numbers, such as the number of outages for a given day or what was needed to repair damaged equipment.

    If there were Federal taps on these devices our grid is small enough we would eventually have some knowledge of it. Anything related to a frequency is encrypted and we have the ability to change that at will should we be concerned with mafia or whatever. Police must even come to us for any information they may want and we have the power to say “No” to them, barring a warrant of course.

    With all this in mind, from my perspective, everyone needs to keep being paranoid as anything can and will be used for a nefarious purpose however in my little corner of the world much of what has been said here seems more hype than reality and spoken from more panic than a real knowledge of what is going on.

    • jimkress

      Really? And I suppose you believe the NSA only keeps “meta data” and doesn’t have access to tour email, Skype, internet postings, etc. I bet you “believe” these “smart meters” can’t be hacked, too.

      Dream on. You are obviously a plant by the utility to try to “sooth” people’s fears.

      As current events (summer 2013) have shown, the invasion of our privacy is *not* paranoia. It is real and you are a part of it.

      • jakeyjake

        yeah but you’re computer/phone/device you post on right now can also be hacked for credit card information and identity theft. so…. awkward.

    • Marliza Melzer

      Many are sick or getting sick from the electro-pollutants (nasty energy) produced by these smart meters. They ARE horrid on several levels. :(

      • jakeyjake

        Its actually electro-magnetic and your cellphone can give you cancer why areant we attacking phone companys? weird.

  • Steph

    I live in Vermont.Smart meters were installed in my town a few months ago. We also have bike paths and other Agenda 21 lovelies (not). However, the electric company gave an opt out option which my husband and I took. Apparently we were one of only a handful (as in under 10 or so) people to decline the installation. Almost everyone in the entire town allowed them to be installed with absolutely no idea of what smart meters are really being installed for or even potential health hazards. I’m sure the ability to opt out is only temporary, and we’ve probably been identified as potentially problematic. Who knows, perhaps we’ll be visited by a drone sometime soon now that Obama says he can kill citizens with “suspected” of nefarious deeds (like loving the Constitution — BAD!). Sadly the majority of the population seem to be suffering from chronic, acute normalcy bias and are either completely disinterested in history, are entirely ignorant of history, or both. The green movement nothing more than the global tool to falsely unite the population in “the cause” that is being slipped into the place that large scale wars has thus far inhabited. For the love of God people out there, the treasonous acts are growing exponentially by the hour. Wake UP!

  • Audace

    I just read the police arrested two women who refused to let the meter be installed in their homes in Napierville. This is outrageous !

  • Frizzled

    I came home one day last year and noticed that I had a new meter. I had no idea that one was going to be installed. My bill started to creep up, I call and inform Rocky Mountain Power/Pacific corp every month that there is something wrong because I know I’m not using the electicity that they’re billing me. They tell me that I must be because there is nothing wrong with their meter. In December I started writing a book in regards to our Constitution and how it has been twisted, misinterpreted and abused all of these years and adding in what the people can do to fix it. Since then my power bill has jumped exponentially. All of my utilities, 5 months later, are being shut off. I’m halfway done with my book, people who have been reading sneak peaks of this book have all commented that it is going to create a lot of unhappy rich beaurocrats and outraged citizens, this book, if published will turn things upside down because the people will understand their rights better and how to actually do something about it instead of just listening to so many others trying to shed light on what’s happening, then agreeing but not actively doing anything about it. So, is it a coincidence that my power bill went from $70 per month to $492 per month at the same time I have started a book that could give the power back to the people?

  • Veronica in Indiana

    I have three smart meters on my home–water, gas, and electric. I am suffering form EHS. My life is miserable now. I have a hard time just functioining–two months ago I was fine, just a happy mom of three moving into my dream home. Now it is a nightmare. I have contacted every government agency and the utilities and NO ONE WILL HELP ME!! They either don’t know or don’t care. This is going to be one huge fight. Everyone in America is going to be needed to stop this. I don’t think this is going to go away without thnigs getting very ugly. Now is the time and this is the issue. If we don’t defeat this, then it’s time to give up because they will have won!!! With people getting ill and with every movement you make being watched, what will there be left? Not to mention that with the costs of these things AND the outragous increases in the bills, there won’t be any money left. We have to fight back. We should organize a DON’T USE POWER WEEK. Stop using power–everyone–for a week and give the shareholders a little jolt of our own. We won’t win this by just pointing out the obvious. They have us over a barrel. They have the FCC saying they are safe, the WHO afraid to say that they cause cancer, the physicians duped into believing the EHS is not a real illness and the American people into thinking this is a “green” idea! How do you fight that? Maybe start telling people how this is affecting the unborn and the children. How this is damaging their DNA and causing Autism and Alzheimers. How this is FULL BODY RADIATION WXPOSURE 24/7/365. Tell them that this won’t end until we put an end to it. Join your neighbors, join your community, join the country and in fact, the world in stopping this. UNITE OR DIE!

  • Sam the wham

    If have your cell phone on the charger a signal from the smart meter can be sent to take video or stills of what ever is in front of the lens. I have a black shoe box lined with egg cartons (the old cardboard kind) for sound proofing plus I place it in the meat draw of the refrigerator to cancel out any air waves that the GPS calibration orientation thingy might try to capture my body positions while sleeping. You also are aware that they started making windows screening out of plastic so as not to block the S coming from your home. I searched around for the metal kind but was told by numerous hardware stores it was unavailable because several of the ABC government agencies had bought it all, so I found several abandoned & condemned houses with one or two intact screens I liberated. My wife’s first brother in law told her since she lives in a house with metal siding to run a grounding strap from all 6 corners of the building and also flush the toilet at least 3 times to dilute the waste so it could not be analyzed. I personally am reloading all my 12 Guage shells with 22’s for more range. I got lots more ideas so if want to send a $10 PayPal. Order for each one of them I would be ever so happy to email as many as you can afford and remember keep wearing the tin foil hats and pajamas.

  • jakeyjake

    Where are my REAL credible sources? i like how that video was taken down everything about this is suspicious to either side of the story. Where is my truth?

  • QUITHELPINGME

    My utility uses Verizon. It texts usage 4 times a day NSA has already told us they get text messages from Verizon so government is getting direct information of when you are using. I refused smart meter. I will have to pay ten bucks a month for someone to read meter. G.E makes the meters Obamas best friend Emmelt CEO of GE. Nothing to see here.