Kentucky Senate bill could let you opt out of smart meter​

Kentucky Senate bill could let you opt out of smart meter

Posted: Mar 09, 2017 6:19 PM ESTUpdated: Mar 09, 2017 6:33 PM EST

This smart meter in Fredonia sends its information through these wires.T

People in the Local 6 area have seen their electric bills increase and believe it could have something to do with smart meters like this one.People in the Local 6 area have seen their electric bills increase and believe it could have something to do with smart meters like this one.



Kentucky Senate Bill 121 would “require utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed.”

Roy Rogers is a Kenergy customer. He was shocked when he saw his bill. He usually pays around $240 a month and now it’s $440.

“We did not see the increase in kilowatts per hour until the smart meters,” said Rogers. He spoke to a group of Kenergy customers this week who are feeling the same way.

“We’re asking for a side by side test to see if the old meter and the new meters register the same amount of kilowatt hours,” explained Rogers. He said he has talked to people at Kenergy and political figures, and he hasn’t gotten anything other than blaming the weather for the bill.

Even though customers don’t know if the smart meters are what are causing the high bills, they can’t get them removed. Jackson Purchase Energy, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, and Kenergy do not have opt-out policies. Paducah Power System has not responded to us on this issue yet.

“It’s up to the utility to determine if it wants to offer an opt-out policy,” Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych said.

An opt-out policy would legally allow customers to refuse or return a smart meter. If Senate Bill 121 passes, anyone could opt out, but Melnykovych said it might cost you more.

PSC makes the customer who opts out pay the extra costs that come with removing a smart meter and getting an analog meter, such as paying the person to read your meter.

Rogers said he’s not giving up until he gets answers that make sense.


Redefining Patriotism for a World of Corrupt Nation States

Redefining Patriotism for a World of Corrupt Nation States

By March 6, 2017

“Every transformation demands as it’s precondition the ending of a world, the collapse of an old philosophy of life.” ~Carl Jung

Webster’s Dictionary defines patriot as: “One who loves and defends his or her country.”

But why should we as progressive, evolving creatures, limit ourselves to such a myopic definition? Why not expand the concept into something less xenophobic and more cosmopolitan? Why not transform ourselves into worldly patriots along with an ever-expanding, deeply connected, interdependent world; rather than limit ourselves to stagnant statism with its outdated nationalism and parochial values?

There are no easy answers. It’s human nature to be patriotic to a place/tribe/nation-state. The problem is blind patriotism begets cultural conditioning begets statist propaganda and brainwashing, and vice versa. And when the state is corrupt, as almost every state is, patriotism becomes a redundancy: a confederacy of dunces, at best, and an eye-for-an-eye, at worst. But, as Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

And here we are, a world divided by unhealthy, overreaching, unsustainable, greedy nation states that have the majority of us at each other’s throat. Something has got to give.

The Statist Patriot

“The price of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ~Plato

The problem with the statist patriot, whether blind or not, is their allegiance to the state. And there is perhaps no more blindly allegiant a patriot in the world than the United States American patriot. Born and bred in a nation that conditions its members into believing that plutocratic oligarchy disguised as horizontal democracy is the be-all-end-all of human governance. The only chance for the brainwashed American is to dig down deep into the revolutionary roots that his nation was founded on in the first place, and then begin questioning the validity of the system.

But patriotism can be blinding because it affects both the ego and the soul. It affects the ego through pride. It effects the soul through love.

We’re conditioned to be prideful in our nation’s accomplishments and to turn an eye of indifference toward its mistakes. We’re taught to love our country, our flag, our civic duties, even at the expense of other nations, the poor, and the environment. Patriotism becomes a default mechanism, a crutch that we lean on in order to get through the day with our guilt assuaged and our xenophobia intact.

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