BIO EFFECTS OF NON LETHAL WEAPONS (fn1) RELEASED FROM THE ARMY CLASSIFIED DOCS

DECLASSIFIED THROUGH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT  (EXCERPT, IMPOSSIBLE TO PASTE BECAUSE IT TURNS INTO JIBBERISH)  You can read the full document at the link below:

http://www.slavery.org.uk/Bioeffects_of_Selected_Non-lethal_Weapons.pdf

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY DE8 18 2000

Freedom of Information/

Privacy Office

Nft, Donald Friedman

Confidential Legal Correspondence

ll25 Third Street

Napa, Califomia 94559-3015

Dear Mr. Friedman:

References:

Distribution of Human Sensitivities to Desired Effects

No reason has been identified to suggest that anyone would be immune to this

technology.Individuals with compromised thermo regulatory mechanisms would be

susceptible with a lower incident energy density. This would include people with organic

damage to the hypothalamus,the part of the brain that integates the autonomic

mechanism which control heat loss, as well as, people with compromised  somatic features

of heat loss.  (e.g., respiration and water balance, etc.)

Medical studies prove Non-thermal Radiation has a negative bio-effect on living things which include Smart Meters

This abstract is for a presentation made an international conference entitled “The Precautionary

EMF Approach: Rationale, Legislation and Implementation”, convened by the International

Commission for Electromagnetic Safety and hosted by the City of Benevento, Italy, in February

2006

Non-thermal effects of EMF upon the mammalian brain

Leif G. Salford MD, PhD, Dept of Neurosurgery, Bertil Persson, PhD, Jacob

Eberhardt DMSc, PhD, Gustav Grafström PhD and Lars Malmgren D.Eng, Dept of

Medical Radiation Physics and Arne Brun MD, PhD, Dept of Neuropathology, Dept

of Neurosurgery, Lund University, Lund Sweden.

The world´s largest biological experiment ever, takes place since few years and now

one third of the world´s population is included in the experiment as test persons,

voluntarily exposing their brains to electromagnetic fields produced by their mobile

phones. The other two thirds constitute a control group, however not ideal, as many

of the non-users are exposed to “passive mobile phoning” and other types of radio

frequency radiation.

The question whether the type of electromagnetic fields used in mobile

communication is harmful or not to the human body, is not clarified and the

biological effects, which have hitherto been observed in laboratories around the

world, deserve a serious evaluation by the community.

The effects of RF electromagnetic fields upon the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and

upon tumour growth in the mammalian brain have been studied by us since many

years and we have collected an extensive experimental experience in this field. While

our studies on the effects of CW and pulsed modulated microwaves at 915 MHz upon

brain tumour growth have not disclosed any growth-promoting effects in our rodent

models (Salford ea 1997a), the same RF electromagnetic fields have been revealed to

cause significantly increased leakage of albumin through the BBB of exposed rats as

compared to non-exposed animals – in large series studied since 1988 in our

laboratory. We have exposed rats to various magnetic and electromagnetic fields, as

well 915 MHz as continuous wave (CW) and pulse-modulated at various repetition

rates (4 – 200 pulses per s.), and in studies with real GSM-900 and GSM-1800

exposures.

One remarkable observation in our studies is the fact that SAR values around 1

mW/kg give rise to a more pronounced albumin leakage than higher SAR values –

all at non-thermal levels (Salford ea 1992, 94, 97b, 2001, Persson ea 1996, 97). If

the reversed situation were at hand, we feel that the risk of cellular telephones, basestations

and other RF emitting sources could be managed by reduction of their

emitted energy. The situation that the weakest fields, according to our findings, are

the biologically most effective, poses a major problem. The most pronounced BBBopening

effect of the cellular telephone may not be in the most superficial layers of

the brain, but several centimetres deep in central cerebral structures! It can not be

excluded that non-users in the vicinity of the cellular phone users, may be influenced

by these weak effects. The SAR value of around 1 mW/kg is produced at a distance

of more than one meter away from the mobile phone antenna and it can be calculated

that this energy level exists centrally in the human brain or even in the contralateral

hemisphere when the mobile phone is held at the ear

Conclusion

If mobile communication, even at extremely low SAR values, causes the users´

own albumin to leak out through the BBB, which is meant to protect the brain,

also other unwanted and toxic molecules in the blood, may leak into the brain

tissue and concentrate in and damage the neurones and glial cells of the brain. It

can not be excluded that this, (especially after many years intense use) may

promote the development of autoimmune and neuro-degenerative diseases, and

we conclude that the suppliers of mobile communication – and our politicians –

have an extensive responsibility to support the exploration of these possible

risks for the users and the society. This is especially true for the new and

hitherto barely examined 3G technique which sends microwaves of a different

character, and it is quite possible that the biological effects of 3G differ from

those of GSM.     REad full paper at:  http://www.icems.eu/docs/Salford.pdf

References

References

Baureus Koch CL, Sommarin M, Persson BR, Salford LG, Eberhardt JL 2003

Interaction between weak low frequency magnetic fields and cell membranes. Bioelectromagnetics Sep;

24(6):395-402.

Eberhardt J, Persson BRR, , Malmgren L, Brun A, Salford LG. Blood-brain barrier permeability and nerve cell

damage in the rat brain 14 and 28 days after exposure to microwaves from GSM mobile phones.

Persson, B. R. R. & Salford, L. G. 1996, “Permeability of the blood-brain barrier in rats induced by continuous

wave and pulse-modulated 915 MHz electromagnetic radiation exposure in TEM-cells.,” CEC-XIII-244/6/-96

edn, A. Chiabrera & J. Juutilainen, eds., EU DG XIII, Brussel, pp. 66-72.

Persson, B. R. R., Salford, L. G., & Brun, A. 1997, “Blood-Brain Barrier permeability in rats exposed to

electromagnetic fields used in wireless communication.” Wireless Networks, vol. 3, pp. 455-461.

Salford, L. G., Brun, A., Eberhardt, J., Malmgren, L., & Persson, B. 1992, “Electromagnetic field-induced

permeability of the blood-brain barrier shown by immunohistochemical methods,” in Interaction Mechanism of

Low-Level Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems, B. Nordén & C. Ramel, eds., Oxford University Press,

Oxford, pp. 251-258.

Salford, L. G., Brun, A., Eberhardt, J. L., & Persson, B. R. R. 1993, “Permeability of the Blood-Brain-

Barrier Induced by 915 MHz Electromagnetic-Radiation, Continuous Wave and Modulated at 8,

16, 50 And 200 Hz“, Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, vol. 30,no. 1-3, pp. 293-301.

Salford, L. G., Brun, A., Sturesson, K., Eberhardt, J. L., & Persson, B. R. R. 1994, “Permeability of the

Blood-Brain-Barrier Induced by 915 MHz Electromagnetic-Radiation, Continuous Wave and

Modulated at 8, 16, 50 And 200 Hz“, Microscopy Research and Technique, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 535-542.

Salford LG, Brun A, Persson BRR. 1997a Brain tumour development in rats exposed to electromagnetic fields

used in wireless communication. Wireless Networks Journal. 3:463-469

Salford, L. G., Persson, B. R. R., & Brun, A. 1997 b, “Neurological Aspects on Wireless Communication,” in

Non-Thermal Effects of RF Electromagnetic Fields, vol. ICNIRP 3/97 J. H. Bernhardt, R. Matthes, & M. H.

Repacholi, eds., International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and World Health

Organization, Proc. Sem on Biol. Eff. Non-Therm. Pulsed and Amplitude Modulated RF EM Fields and Related

Health Risks, Munich Germany Nov 20 and 21, 1966, pp. 131-144.

Salford, L. G., Persson, B. R. R., Malmgren, L., & Brun, A. 2001. Téléphonie mobile et barriere Sang-cerveau

(in french) Mobile Communication and the Blood-Brain Barrier in Telephonie Mobile: Effets potentiels sur la

santé des ondes électromagnétiques de hautes fréquences, P. Lannoye, ed., Marco Pietteur, B-4053 Embourg,

Belgique, pp. 141-152.

Salford LG, Brun AE, Eberhardt JL, Malmgren Lars and Persson BRR. 2003. Nerve cell damage in mammalian

brain after exposure to microwaves from GSM mobile phones. Environmental Health Perspectives, On-line Jan

29 2003. DOI # 10.1289/ehp.6039, in print: Environmental Health Perspectives 2003 111(7): 881-883

Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

“…[B]y enabling two-way, real-time communications, smart meters can give customers the information they need to control their own energy use and reduce their electricity cost,” so said Jim Marston, a ‘smart meter’ supporter with the Environmental Defense Fund. [1] [CJF emphasis added]

That, obviously, is only one part of the serious issues regarding electromagnetic energy technology known as ‘Smart Meters’. So, if SMs can communicate information out of your house, what is it sending and to whom, especially if it’s transmitted via microwaves? Hopefully—or, is it only theory—that moment-by-moment surveillance data cannot be intercepted by anyone, including burglars or other identity thieving individuals. Regardless, there are serious doubts about that information’s security and risks. Moreover, there are dubious and rightful concerns that the information generated within every ‘smart-metered’-home is being sold to special interest commodity producers as ‘leads’ for their merchandising campaigns!

As far as enabling the reduction of electricity costs for consumers, everyone complains that since a ‘smart meter’ was placed on their house, their electric bills have DOUBLED! So much for transparency and truth-in-advertising! Remember when consumers were sold a bill of goods that nuclear-power-generated electricity would be so cheap, that it wouldn’t have to be metered? [2]

But, the most egregious of all problems with ‘smart meters’ is the apparent adverse health effects from the electromagnetic radiation they send into personal homes. That is a serious concern not only in the USA but in Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK, which makes one wonder or question if it’s related to the United Nations’ Agenda 21 or what’s called “one world government” and its surveillance techniques.

Rather interestingly and unapologetically, Jim Marston of the EDF said that the environmental benefits of the meters outweigh any such risk. [1] [CJF emphasis added] How callously outrageous! So, keeping that in mind, consumers have to know how to protect themselves, their children’s health, plus their homes, and that’s the reason for this article. It’s going to be a little long, but chock full of useful information. Have fun!

Policy Report “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”

According to a Press Release from the National Institute for Science, Public Law and Policy,

“Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” states that Congress, state and local governments, as well as ratepayers, have been misled about the potential energy and cost saving benefits of the new “smart” meters, paid for in large part with taxpayer dollars, as well as ratepayer dollars. The report adds that the smart meters are confused with the much broader concept of the smart grid, and that the undue emphasis on meters diverts resources badly needed for key elements of a true smart grid technology.

Timothy Schoechle, PhD, who authored that report, “has been engaged in development of electric utility meters, home automation systems, gateways, and energy management systems for over 25 years, and who sits on several international standards setting committees related to the smart grid, calls the smart meter being rolled out across the U.S. “a canard—a story or hoax based on specious claims about energy benefits… [3]

By the way, synonyms for “canard” are false report, untruth, rumor, falsehood—even myth!

Furthermore, “Schoechle says the present policy approach to electricity infrastructure in the U.S. evidences a “fundamental lack of understanding of the problems associated with the future of electricity and energy”. [3] So, what does that tell us? Sounds like the makings of what everyone loves to dabble with, “conspiracy theories” regarding control mechanisms!

In his report, Dr. Schoechle mentions 9 key points that everyone ought to know, which are:

  1. Data to be collected by the smart meters, including intimate personal details of citizens’ lives, is not necessary to the basic purpose of the smart grid, ….
  2. Federal, state and local governments have mistakenly believed that the installation of smart meters will somehow lead to reduction in use of fossil fuels, greater electricity efficiency and long-term energy economy benefits for the U.S. …. [CJF emphasis added]

The other 7 key points can be read here.

Here is the pdf file of Dr. Schoechle’s 74 page report “Getting Smatter About the Smart Grid.”

Where to File Federal and State Complaints for Smart Meter Removals

Activist Deborah Kopald prepared the following information that NISLPP published at http://gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/filing_complaints

This is what to do if access to home, office or other critical institution is impeded by smart meter, Wi-Fi or even a DAS antenna, wireless cable tv system, Wi-Max tower or city-wide outdoor hotspots, please use the below procedures in any event and FILE BOTH CLAIMS- HUD AND State Attorney General/Civil Rights Commission. Do this even if you had to move house/ change jobs b/c of problem.

1) If you or someone you know who needs a meter removed from their home and/or from their neighbors’ homes so that they can access their home without being sickened by RF [radio frequency] emissions; please tell them to file the Form 903 with HUD here (ok for private housing): (make sure you both mail and email this form):

2) Also, please file housing access claims with the State Attorney General: (also file public accommodation access and employment claims-to get transmitters shut off (Wi-Fi, smart meters, also try DAS antennae, wireless cable delivery systems, public hotspots, etc by libraries, hospitals, dr’s offices….. can try with schools-though with schools you will need to do a 504 hearing): (some individual state forms below)

More information regarding complaint forms, etc. for these states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NJ, NM, NY, TX and WA) is published at http://gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/filing_complaints.

I wish to express my most sincere thanks to Ms. Kopald, to NISLPP for this invaluable information, and my legal adviser.

Information, via video presentation, from electromagnetics-field-expert Dr. Karl Maret, an engineer, physician, former researcher in the Canadian Armed Forces, can be accessed here .

Smart Meters Fires

Probably, nothing is more frightening about ‘smart meters’ than their ability to catch fire and/or explode! Below is a photograph taken of such an SM fire.

The above file takes a while to load, so hang in there. It’s about SM fires and explosions.

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is a federal agency that will take complaints on utility smart meters from all US states. If you have or had smart meter electrical or fire problems CALL: (800) 638-2772 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or submit your complaint by email. [This information is taken from the above link.]

Santa Rose, California, meter reader discloses that electric companies know smart meters catch fire and are covering it up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnxIoItNUek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnxIoItNUek&feature=player_embedded#t=11

PGE in Portland, Oregon replacing 70,000 electric meters because of fire
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/07/pge_replacing_some_electricity.html

Smart Meter Fire Kills 74 Year Old Man in Texas
http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2015/02/03/smart-meter-fire-kills-74-year-old-man-dallas-tx/

Smart Meters Adverse Health Problems

EMF Radiation from Smart Meters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4KUdTeZCUI

Wavelengths thousands of times larger than structures in the brain responsible for mental processes, which can cause wireless radiation maladies such as “dizziness” or “memory loss”.

Acting Surgeon General Alerted to Smart Meter Radiation
http://www.activistpost.com/2014/10/sedona-resident-discusses-smart-meter.html

34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects from Wi-Fi
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/10/34-scientific-studies-showing-adverse.html

Smart Meters – The Ultimate Risk
http://www.naturalhealth365.com/talkhourshow.html

Transmitting Smart Meters Pose a Serious Threat to Public Health
http://www.electricalpollution.com/smartmeters.html

EMF Sensitivity 

http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/bizarre-medical-conditions#10

People with electromagnetic field (EMF) sensitivity can’t enjoy the high-tech gadgets that make so many swoon. Instead, they develop skin rashes, headaches and swollen eyelids. Some people allege that EMFs even cause cancer, lupus, Alzheimer’s and a long list of other serious diseases. People with EMF sensitivity may have to live off the grid or otherwise drastically alter their lives to stay clear of modern technology.

Australian Study: Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Nov;20(6):28-39. Abstract

Self-Reporting of Symptom Development From Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields of Wireless Smart Meters in Victoria, Australia: A Case Series.

I attach a brief summary of the findings of Richard Conrad’s study, which includes a link to the full study. Do feel free to forward this message to anyone that you wish. …Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25478801

Smart Meter General Information

Mainstream media finally recognizes the smart meters dangers that “conspiracy theorists” have warned of for years.
http://intellihub.com/mainstream-media-admits-smart-meters-spying-devices/

Movie – Take Back Your Power

TS Radio: The battle continues in Seattle against SMART meters

TS Radio: The battle continues in Seattle against SMART meters

Join us to day at 2:00pm CST as Rebecca Em Campbell, a true activist discusses the efforts by the public to thwart the installation of SMART meters in their city of Seattle.

Along with hundreds of other city residents, Rebecca squared off with public officials over the attempts to force the installation of the deadly meters in their communities. The officials operating in collusion with SMART meter companies to force the installations were met with massive resistance as the community rallied to protect their homes and their rights.

Learn how this community is fighting back to protect itself from unwarranted and unconstitutional surveillance, inflated energy costs and the over all health hazards that result from SMART meters.

We will take calls in the second hour.

Archive link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2014/07/29/ts-radio-the-battle-continues-in-seattle-against-smart-meters

Media Blackout On US ‘Smart Grid Deployment’

Media Blackout On US ‘Smart Grid Deployment’

Smart-Meters

Over the past several years a conspiracy of silence has surrounded the implementation of the Smart Grid across the United States, perhaps with good reason. If the public was aware of what lay behind this agenda there would likely be considerable outcry and resistance.

“Smart meters”–the principal nodes of the Smart Grid network–are being installed on homes and businesses by power utilities across the United States under the legal and fiscal direction of the United States government. In December 2007 both houses of the US Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

This 310-page piece of legislation employs the dubious science of anthropogenic CO2-based climate change science to mandate an array of policies, such as fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and “green” energy initiatives. Tucked away in the final pages of this law is the description and de facto mandate for national implementation of the Smart Grid that the Bush administration promised would result in “some of the largest CO2 emission cuts in our nation’s history.”[1]

The bill unambiguously lays out the design and intent behind the Smart Grid, including surveillance, tiered energy pricing, and energy rationing for all US households and businesses through round-the-clock monitoring of RFID-chipped “Energy Star” appliances.[2] Congress and “other stakeholders” (presumably for-profit utilities and an array of Smart Grid technology patent holders[3] whose lobbyists co-wrote the legislation) describe the Smart Grid’s characteristics and goals via ten provisions.

(1) Increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid.
(2) Dynamic optimization of grid operations and resources with full cyber-security.
(3) Deployment[4] and integration of distributed resources and generation, including renewable resources.
(4) Development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy efficiency resources.
(5) Deployment of “smart” technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation.
(6) Integration of “smart” appliances and consumer devices.
(7) Deployment and integration of advanced electricity storage and peak-shaving technologies, including plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and thermal-storage air conditioning.
(8) Provision to consumers of timely information and control operations.
(9) Development of standards for communication and interoperability of appliances and equipment connected to the electric grid, including the infrastructure serving the grid.
(10) Identification and lowering of unreasonable or unnecessary barriers to adoption of smart grid technologies, practices, and services [emphases added].[5]

Less than two years after EISA’s enactment President Barack Obama directed $3.4 billion of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to Smart Grid development. Matching funds from the energy industry brought the total initial Smart Grid investment to $8 billion.[6] The overall completion of the Smart Grid will cost another $330 billion.[7] Today a majority of energy delivery throughout the US is routed to homes equipped with smart meters that monitor power consumption on a minute-to-minute basis.

As noted, the American public remains largely unaware of the numerous designs and monied interests behind the Smart Grid–not to mention how smart meters themselves pose substantial dangers to human health and privacy. This is because the plan for tiered energy pricing via wireless monitoring of household appliances has been almost entirely excluded from news media coverage since the EISA became law on December 19, 2007.

A LexisNexis search of US print news outlets for “Energy Independence and Security Act” and “Smart Grid” between the dates December 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008 yields virtually no results.

An identical LexisNexis search of such media for the dates December 1, 2007 to February 18, 2015 retrieves a total 11 print news items appearing in US dailies (seven in McClatchey Tribune papers; one article appearing in each of the following: New York Times 8/14/08, Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/12/09, Providence Journal, 2/24/11, Tampa Bay Times, 12/13/12).[8]

Even this scant reportage scarcely begins to examine the implications of the EISA’s Smart Grid plan. The New York Times chose to confine its coverage to a 364-word article, “The 8th Annual Year in Ideas; Smart Grids.” “It’s a response to what economists would call a tragedy of the commons,” the Times explains.

[P]eople use as much energy as they are willing to pay for, without giving any thought to how their use affects the overall amount of energy available … Enter Xcel’s $100 million initiative, called SmartGridCity, a set of technologies that give both energy providers and their customers more control over power consumption … Consumers, through a Web-enabled control panel in their homes, are able to regulate their energy consumption more closely — for example, setting their A.C. system to automatically reduce power use during peak hours.[9]

News in far more modest papers likewise resembles the promotional materials distributed by the utilities themselves. “There will soon be a time when homeowners can save electricity by having appliances automatically adjust power for peak-demand times and other periods of inactivity by a signal sent through the electrical outlet,” an article in Sunbury Pennsylvania’s Daily Item reads. “‘Right now, it’s at the infant stage,’” a power company executive observes. “‘We didn’t worry about this until two years ago. Nobody cared when electricity was five cents per kilowatt hour. People just bit the bullet and paid the bill.’”[10]

Smart Grid Czar Patricia Hoffman

Along these lines, the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman, is charged under the EISA with federal oversight of nationwide Smart Grid implementation. In other words, Hoffman is America’s “Smart Grid Czar.” Yet despite heading up such a dubious program since 2010, she has almost entirely escaped journalistic scrutiny, having been referenced or quoted in only four US daily papers (Washington Post, 2/8/12, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 4/26/12, Palm Beach Post, 5/12/13, Pittsburgh Tribune Review 11/13/13) since her tenure began.

In an era where news media wax rhapsodic over new technologies and fall over each other to report consumer-oriented “news you can use,” the Smart Grid’s pending debut should be a major story. It’s not. Indeed, almost the entire US population remains in the dark about this major technological development that will profoundly impact their lives.

When one more closely examines the implications and realities of the federally-approved Smart Grid scheme—from the adverse health effects of electromagnetic radiation to surveillance and energy rationing—there should be little wonder why this degree of silence surrounds its implementation. Such a technocratic system would never be freely accepted if subject to an open exchange and referendum.

Notes

[1] “Fact Sheet: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” whitehouse.gov, December 19, 2007.

[2] “ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR program was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 103(g).” http://www.energystar.gov/about

[3] Jeff St. John, “Who’s Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?greentechmedia.com, August 5, 2014.

[4] The word “deployment,” commonly used in government and technical plans for the Smart Grid’s launch, is a military term. From the Latin displicāre, “to scatter,” the modern definition is “[t]o distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.”

[5] Public Law 110-140, Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Title XIII, Section 1301, Washington DC: United States Congress, December 19,2007.

[6] “President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid,” energy.gov, October 27, 2009.

[7] Jon Chavez, “Expert Sees $2 Trillion Benefit For Country in Smart Grid,” Toledo Blade, January 16 2013.

[8] In contrast, seven times as many articles (78) appeared in law journals over the same seven year period.

[9] Clay Risen, “”The 8th Annual Year in Ideas; Smart Grids,” New York Times, December 14, 2008.

[10] Jaime North, “Devices Will Soon Monitor Themselves,” Daily Item, October 4, 2008.

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/media-blackout-us-smart-grid-deployment/


Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.

Government smart meter scheme branded a ‘disappointment’

The £11bn roll out is unlikely to happen by 2020, MPs said

The government’s £11 billion smart meter scheme, which plans to roll out smart gas and electricity meters in every home and business by 2020 is likely to fail, MPs have said.

The initiative was designed to reduce energy bills, but it is now being plagued by hiccups including technical problems, muddled interoperability standards, delayed communications infrastructure and the government’s reluctance to maintain transparency with energy companies.

Energy companies have voiced their concerns for the scheme, with SSE saying the smart meters are too costly to install and customers don’t want them, while British Gas said it was experiencing technical issues and interoperability problems were delaying the initiative’s progress.

It continued that to meet government standards, it would have to replace 800,000 meters it has already provided customers with because they do not fit along guidelines set. This would substantially increase the cost of roll out and was not conducive to an efficient implementation process.

Jorge Pikunic, managing director of Smart Metering at British Gas, said: “What we probably need there is an industry solution. An industry solution will be a lot less expensive, a lot cheaper, than having each supplier going into a building installing their own technology.”

There are also concerns about the security of smart meters, following the news in November last year that a vulnerability could allow hackers to break into a home’s energy system, steal billing data or causing it to shut down.

Researchers Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said: “You can just take over the hardware and inject your own stuff….We started thinking about the impact this could have. What happens if someone wants to attack an entire country?”

Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/public-sector/24195/government-smart-meter-scheme-branded-a-disappointment#ixzz3TzCHL21r

Environmental Sensitivities Symposium Online, March 23rd

You can book your free ticket at: essymposium.com

Do you or a loved one suffer from environmental sensitivities?

For those of our readers who experience electromagnetic hypersensitivity, chemical sensitivity or other environmental sensitivities, help is at hand – at no cost.

My friend and colleague Lucinda Curran from Australia is hosting an online event, beginning 23rd March, at which I am pleased to be speaking. This is the 2015 Environmental Sensitivities Symposium and it will feature 23 leading speakers from around the world who will share their expertise.

The 2015 Environmental Sensitivities Symposium has been created for people with various environmental sensitivities – multiple chemical sensitivities, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, Lyme Disease and biotoxin-related illnesses, food intolerances and more.

Here are some of the reasons why taking part in the Symposium can help.

  • Everyone can participate, even those who are electrically sensitive.
  • There is an online forum where you can become part of a supportive community.
  • The ES Symposium is packed full of tips, strategies and actions that you can take to improve your health.

You can book your free ticket at: essymposium.com

You may also consider upgrading so you can support some great charities.

I encourage you to support this unique Australian event and to direct your enquiries about this event to Lucinda who, I have always found, is happy to be of help.

Warm regards,
Lyn McLean
Director
EMR Australia PL
www.emraustralia.com.au
contact@emraustralia.com.au
02 9576 1772

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