industry troll contacting groups from our stopsmartmeters.org list

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From: Joshua Hart <joshuahart@baymoon.com>
Date: Mar 18, 2016 12:48:45 PM
Subject: industry troll contacting groups from our list
To: Joshua Hart <info@stopsmartmeters.org>

Hi everyone,

You are receiving this message because you are listed in our smart meter global database here:

http://stopsmartmeters.org/frequently-asked-questions/contacts-database/

It has come to our attention that the person below is very likely an industry troll, according to reliable information I received yesterday. Beware and do not contact or share sensitive info with this person. Before engaging with people it is a good idea to verify their identities. He is going through our database and contacting people, perhaps as a result of a tweet I did yesterday promoting the page.
Thanks
Josh

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: “SD Cook” <sdcook94@……..>
> Subject: Opt-out and penalty payment
> Date: March 17, 2016 at 2:12:21 PM PDT
> To: <info@stopsmartmeters.org <mailto:info@stopsmartmeters.org>>
>
> Hello-
>
> Questions below if you could help…background information and commentary before the questions.
>
> I just last week stumbled across ‘Smart Meters’ and began Googling around and came to your site. I’ve spent a couple of days on your site and further Googling. This afternoon I came across the article on your site: “WTF?” Widespread Overcharging and Irregularities Reported from Utilities’ Bi-Monthly Analog Meter Reads and Estimated Billing- Tempers Flare at Washington State Forum” just now.
>
> Some background: We are in Rhode Island and a customer (thinking of that term loosely) of National Grid. It appears that (looking at usage statements) that a Smart Meter was installed on our house in/around March 2012. Prior to March 2012, most of the usage statements were listed as estimates. Since then, all are listed as actual. We were never notified that there would be a change that I can remember. Interestingly, immediate neighbors on both sides of us still have mechanical meters (I compared them this afternoon against photos, phantom mechanicals etc).
>
> Today, I went outside to see if our meter was a Smart Meter. I believe it is, see attached photo. So I got on the phone with National Grid this afternoon. I dialed into the ‘customer service’ line, gave them my account details then asked for a scheduled time to replace the ‘Smart Meter’ with a mechanical meter. The lady transferred me to their Smart Metering group. Again gave the account details and why I was calling and this lady said – “…we have a ‘Smart Metering’ program in Massachusetts but not in Rhode Island. What you have is a transmitting meter, let me get you in touch with Customer Service…” (I didn’t get into it with them but obviously some different interpretations of ‘Smart Meters’ on their part I think).
>
> Back to customer service and sharing account details yet again – I told the lady (Shannon) that I wanted to have the unauthorized ‘transmitting’ meter replaced with a mechanical meter. She said that wasn’t a problem, they have mechanical meters that can transmit data to the meter-reader. I clarified that I wanted a meter with no transmitting capabilities. She said sure, let me put you on hold to find what the charges for that will be. What?
>
> She came back with – $27 swap out fee and a $13 monthly ‘meter reading fee’.
>
> I explained to her that both my neighbors were mechanical meters (somebody must be coming by?), that the price seemed exorbitant (“we own the meter” was the basic response), that our earlier bills (prior to the Smart meter install) for months on end were estimated, so if I’m to pay this monthly fee, I expect someone to physically come by the property each month. She started explaining about inclement weather, reading cycles etc and that if we saw an ‘estimate’, please call and we’ll help.
>
> I scheduled the meter replacement for next week (3/23).
>
> Questions:
> Thinking on it after I hung up…she said that with the current meter, the reader could ‘digitally read’ the meter each month. I’m not sure if that meant somebody actually drove up and red from the van or if a tech in some center was reading. If it’s a person in a van…what is the cost differential between sitting in a van with a readout versus stepping out and physically reading the meter? Is that $13? Did the PUC approve…how do I find out?
>
> This apparently is the Rhode Island, National Grid ‘Opt Out’ policy (Shannon actually said Opt Out program). How do I find out if these monthly charges are approved and legitimate? Or if there are there alternate Options (I read the meter and send in for example). I can already foresee the first time I call about an ‘estimated’ reading and a $13 monthly charge.
>
> Appreciate the help.
>
> Steve
>

Josh Hart MSc
Director, Stop Smart Meters!
http://StopSmartMeters.org <http://stopsmartmeters.org/>
PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122

Stop Smart Meters! is grassroots-funded
http://StopSmartMeters.org/Donate <http://stopsmartmeters.org/Donate>

•Campaign supplies •Cornet EMF Meters
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Hi everyone,

You are receiving this message because you are listed in our smart meter global database here:

It has come to our attention that the person below is very likely an industry troll, according to reliable information I received yesterday.  Beware and do not contact or share sensitive info with this person. Before engaging with people it is a good idea to verify their identities. He is going through our database and contacting people, perhaps as a result of a tweet I did yesterday promoting the page.

Thanks
Josh

Begin forwarded message:
From: “SD Cook” <sdcook94@……..>
Subject: Opt-out and penalty payment
Date: March 17, 2016 at 2:12:21 PM PDT
Hello-
 
Questions below if you could help…background information and commentary before the questions.
 
I just last week stumbled across ‘Smart Meters’ and began Googling around and came to your site. I’ve spent a couple of days on your site and further Googling. This afternoon I came across the article on your site: “WTF?” Widespread Overcharging and Irregularities Reported from Utilities’ Bi-Monthly Analog Meter Reads and Estimated Billing- Tempers Flare at Washington State Forum” just now.
 
Some background: We are in Rhode Island and a customer (thinking of that term loosely) of National Grid. It appears that (looking at usage statements) that a Smart Meter was installed on our house in/around March 2012. Prior to March 2012, most of the usage statements were listed as estimates. Since then, all are listed as actual. We were never notified that there would be a change that I can remember. Interestingly, immediate neighbors on both sides of us still have mechanical meters (I compared them this afternoon against photos, phantom mechanicals etc). 
 
Today, I went outside to see if our meter was a Smart Meter. I believe it is, see attached photo. So I got on the phone with National Grid this afternoon. I dialed into the ‘customer service’ line, gave them my account details then asked for a scheduled time to replace the ‘Smart Meter’ with a mechanical meter. The lady transferred me to their Smart Metering group. Again gave the account details and why I was calling and this lady said – “…we have a ‘Smart Metering’ program in Massachusetts but not in Rhode Island. What you have is a transmitting meter, let me get you in touch with Customer Service…” (I didn’t get into it with them but obviously some different interpretations of ‘Smart Meters’ on their part I think).
 
Back to customer service and sharing account details yet again – I told the lady (Shannon) that I wanted to have the unauthorized ‘transmitting’ meter replaced with a mechanical meter. She said that wasn’t a problem, they have mechanical meters that can transmit data to the meter-reader. I clarified that I wanted a meter with no transmitting capabilities. She said sure, let me put you on hold to find what the charges for that will be. What?
 
She came back with – $27 swap out fee and a $13 monthly ‘meter reading fee’. 
 
I explained to her that both my neighbors were mechanical meters (somebody must be coming by?), that the price seemed exorbitant (“we own the meter” was the basic response), that our earlier bills (prior to the Smart meter install) for months on end were estimated, so if I’m to pay this monthly fee, I expect someone to physically come by the property each month. She started explaining about inclement weather, reading cycles etc and that if we saw an ‘estimate’, please call and we’ll help.
 
I scheduled the meter replacement for next week (3/23). 
 
Questions:
Thinking on it after I hung up…she said that with the current meter, the reader could ‘digitally read’ the meter each month. I’m not sure if that meant somebody actually drove up and red from the van or if a tech in some center was reading. If it’s a person in a van…what is the cost differential between sitting in a van with a readout versus stepping out and physically reading the meter? Is that $13? Did the PUC approve…how do I find out?
 
This apparently is the Rhode Island, National Grid ‘Opt Out’ policy (Shannon actually said Opt Out program). How do I find out if these monthly charges are approved and legitimate? Or if there are there alternate Options (I read the meter and send in for example). I can already foresee the first time I call about an ‘estimated’ reading and a $13 monthly charge.
 
Appreciate the help.
 
Steve
 
 
 
 
 Josh Hart MScDirector, Stop Smart Meters!
http://StopSmartMeters.org
PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122

Stop Smart Meters! is grassroots-funded
http://StopSmartMeters.org/Donate

•Campaign supplies •Cornet EMF Meters
& more: http://StopSmartMeters.org/Store

Sent from my safer, wired computer

 

Weak Magnetic Fields Can Promote Cancer

Weak Magnetic Fields Can Promote Cancer

It May Not Be Impossible After All

Weak RF fields may indeed be able to promote cancer, according to two leading members of the EMF/RF research community. Frank Barnes and Ben Greenebaum are offering theoretical arguments to explain how low-level RF radiation can alter the growth rates of cancer cells.
“Stuff is going on, Barnes told us. “We can see changes with very small fields.”
Read the rest of the story here.

Joe Vielbig: Smart meters can cause health problems

                                Joe Vielbig: Smart meters can cause health problems

February 19, 2016

Paula Orloff’s recent Other Voices on Smart Meters prompted me to tell our story and ask the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and Nevada City and Grass Valley city councils to ban Smart Meters in Nevada County.

PG&E claim: “Independent and leading international health experts have tested and determined this technology is safe.”

However: “A group of 40 international experts rebutted claims of no increase of cancer from exposure to low intensity EMFs.” In fact, “only a few studies reported no elevations of cancer and most were funded by the wireless industry.” A professor of nuclear policy at the University of California at Santa Cruz stated that these intense millisecond bursts can produce severe biological effects. Also a letter issued by the Board of the Academy of Environmental Medicine referred to an Australian Scientific Study of 92 case series that “clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from Smart Meter emissions.”

Now on to my story which reflects the professor’s statement — “can produce severe biological effects.” A Smart Meter was installed at our home on June 10, 2010. My wife has, for years, experienced occasional migraines, about one a month. After the installation of the Smart Meter she started experiencing more frequent and intense migraines. Finally, in 2013 I started keeping accurate track of her migraines – 55 in 2013 (up to nine in one month), 47 in 2014 (up to six in one month) and 13 in the first four months of 2015 (up to six in one month). We had the Smart Meter removed on May 6, 2015. Since then she experiences about one migraine a month — back to her experience before the Smart Meter was installed in 2010.

Before, during and after the Smart Meter experience we had no changes in our lifestyle nor were there any appliance or electronic devices changes or additions.

My PG&E contacts have been quite courteous and polite, but I have seen no follow up or actions taken. Months ago a PG&E supervisor said he would try to get some type of adjustment/relief to offset our $10 per month meter reading charge — never heard another word. Recently I tried to call the Opt Out Smart Phone 800 number to ask about the new monthly charge policy. I was on hold over 10 minutes in each of my four calls. I went to the local PG&E office and was given the phone number of an Opt Out Supervisor. I called regarding my question about the change in monthly charge policy (charging $10 per month even though the meter was only going to be read every other month) and if there could be a forgiveness on the charge since my wife has a health issue with the Smart Meter. He said he would get back to me about the first issue and he would contact another supervisor regarding the second forgiveness issue. It has been about two weeks and I have not heard from either person.

I close by requesting the government entities mentioned at the beginning to ban Smart Meters in Nevada County and have no increases in charges/billings by PG&E because of the ban.

Joe Vielbig lives in Grass Valley.

http://www.theunion.com/opinion/columns/20555209-113/joe-vielbig-smart-meters-can-cause-health-problems

A Brave New World Part II: Wi-Fi Aware

Wi-Fi Aware: What’s It About, And How Can You Use It?

A Brave New World Part II: Wi-Fi Aware

WI-Fi Aware, sounds like an activist group but far from it. It is essentially a concept of social engineering where the corporations designing and building the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating a social order where humans will be totally immersed in a microwave saturated virtual IoT matrix, unable to function outside of it and perhaps with everyone implanted with a RFID chip to always stay connected even without a smart phone. As Google has said, people who attempt to opt-out will be viewed with suspicion and will need “special attention”.

But at least we will have all these wonderful toys to play with, at least to the IoT becomes self aware….

Interesting reading here is from the IT tech online magazine: Information Age: Insight and analysis for IT leaders

The autonomous Internet of Things: how the IoT will become context-aware and self-sufficient

In order for the IoT to become widespread, machines and devices must be capable of making decisions autonomously. This depends on their ability to derive context through machine learning. When this is achieved, it will allow humans to be taken out of the equation, driving value and cost efficiencies. – See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123460740/autonomous-internet-things-how-iot-will-become-context-aware-and-self-sufficient#sthash.2CQkup5o.dpuf

Also see the interesting article Robots are becoming self-aware in Betanews.com.

Whatever you think about all this, interesting times are ahead, perhaps more for our devices than us….

Don

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Wi-Fi Aware: What’s It About, And How Can You Use It?

Can you imagine what life would be like without Wi-Fi? Everything is wireless these days, and we’ve evolved so far beyond the point of being hardwired that cables almost feel primitive. Wi-Fi was truly a revolutionary step forward, and it just got even better.

This new development has been dubbed Wi-Fi Aware and is set to change the way we live. It’ll be a while before we really start seeing the benefits play out, but the future is close enough that we should be preparing ourselves for what’s to come.

What is Wi-Fi Aware and how does it affect you? Let’s find out.

Wi-Fi Aware, sometimes shortened to just Aware, is the culmination of a lot of research and development by some of the biggest companies around the world. We’re talking Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Cisco, and all the other participating members of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The basic idea behind Wi-Fi Aware is that devices and applications will automatically be able to discover and communicate with each other based on proximity alone — and because these connections are performed internally over Wi-Fi, no cellular data or Internet bandwidth will be wasted.

Here’s how it works: Wi-Fi Aware devices can act as publishers, subscribers, or both. Publisher devices persistently broadcast a signal that indicates permission to connect. Subscriber devices persistently search for publishers, and when found, will initiate a connection request.

It’s a refined example of the Internet of Things, an idea that describes a network of interconnected devices where all the devices are constantly sending information back and forth without any human involvement.
SNIP