Smart Meters National Call to Action: Oct. 4th

If you live in San Diego County and wish to participate in a protest, contact director@electrosmogprevention.org

National/International Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters on Thursday, Oct. 4th

Protests in Wash DC, throughout the nation, and in other countries/Call/Write the White House

You have a SDG&E smart meter (or several) on your property now, unless you opted out.

Smart utility meters are said to be unhealthy by hundreds of physicians, invade our privacy and collect data about our habits, are a menace to national security as they place the electrical grid at risk, can be easily hacked into to gain info about you or interfere with the grid, and have been forced on the public without environmental safety studies or full disclosure about the amount of RF radiation you are being exposed to, which has been determined to provide full body radiation up to 160 X that of a cell phone, 24/7. Many people in San Diego County and around the nation are also reporting higher bills, sometimes 3-4 X their previous bills, following installation of smart meters. Many are getting sick after installation, with insomnia, headaches, heart problems, dizziness, ringing ears, ear pain, nausea, and some are reporting seizures. No one should have the right to force a device on American citizens that is dangerous or invades our privacy. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has recently issued a warning to all physicians and patients, that people with a wide variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to pregnancy, lung, neurological (ADD, ADHD), cancer, and heart conditions, should not have a smart meter on their homes due to the pulsed microwave RF radiation emitted. Read the list here.

It is absolutely appalling that the smart meters and the wireless mesh network these are part of have been forced on us, partially paid for by tax money and with the blessing of what is being called the most openly corrupted state agency in existence, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

You can "opt-out" - get the smart meters off your own property - now, following a year and a half of legal challenges at the CPUC, but for a fee imposed by the utilities with the CPUC's approval, despite vigorous opposition by Parties such as our organization, CEP. We are continuing to challenge the fees and contend that community opt-outs (such as multi-family dwellings and entire cities and counties) should be able to opt-out free as a group. We assert that the fees are illegal, that all opt-outs should be free (as they are in Vermont) and ultimately, all smart meters banned. Even if you opt-out, that doesn't mean your neighbors will - and some smart meters are aimed right at your living space, or there could be a large bank of them right next to your apartment - nor does it mean that the RF radiation pulses from the 'mesh network' aren't going on constantly in the neighborhood, or that you aren't living next to a 'collector meter' with thousands more pulses daily than the rest. So we must continue to agitate for a complete ban. By no means is this battle over.

Actions you can take on October 4th:

1. Help plan and/or participate in a smart meter protest in your area. If you live in San Diego County and wish to participate in a protest, contact director@electrosmogprevention.org. If you live elsewhere in CA or another state, or for more info, click here.

2. Call and write the White House if you can't participate in a protest event on October 4th. The phone number to call is 1-202-456-1111, and you can also write to the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments. We encourage you to do both and to have everyone you know do the same!


You may wish to say, "President Obama: I oppose wireless smart meters because of serious health risks and health problems after their installation, loss of privacy, hacking , cyber security risks, fires, and increased costs. Please stop encouraging their use. I would like you to help with a nationwide ban on the use of smart meters and a moratorium on the federal funding of smart meters. Many of my family and friends feel the same way. In fact, a large number of communities including counties and cities have come out against smart meters due to these problems, even to the point of criminalizing their installation. The federal government should not be encouraging or paying for such dangerous and intrusive technologies." Add your personal reasons. Sign and provide contact info.


If you are a La Mesa, East (San Diego) County, San Diego, or North San Diego County resident who wishes to participate in a protest, contact me today! director@electrosmogprevention.org with your full contact info. Help raise awareness about smart meters and the opt-out option!



We ask that you share this info with all your email list, friends, relatives, and community members. Together, we will influence the government to do its job and protect the health and civil liberties, privacy, and security of Americans. Support our efforts, which have led to the opt-out you now can obtain.

Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention, a California nonprofit

P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
director@electrosmogprevention.org www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/
Southern Californians Against Smart Meters
American Coalition Against Smart Meters www.causes.com/acasm No2SmartMeters@Twitter.com

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PwmCwzy October 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Thanks everyone! Lots to think about.
Susan Brinchman October 01, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Dear Mike, The utility companies are collecting data on your personal use patterns and are selling them to any companies that want them and making some available to law enforcement without a judge's order. Later this year or early next year the utilities will ramp up the billing, using the smart meters to gouge you during peak hours, where you will pay far more. Oh the fun they will have. Right now, it is the honeymoon period. Just using smart meters alone does not lower bills, by the way, as they actually use more electricity to run. It is cutting back on our electrical and gas usage - that is people conserving - that saves energy and lowers bills. Many of the smart meters are gouging people already, many thousands complaining about bills that are enormous, even when they aren't home for a month or two, with utilities denying that the devices are defective or worse, being used to steal our money. There are many reasons to avoid them for people who take the time to find out the dark side of smart meters. Just wait, everyone will be rushing to opt-out once the peak hours are two to three times the cost they now are. After all, that is what makes the meters "smart" - they can track you and your habits, and detect your use for each minute of the day. Oh, the fun they are having, licking their chops for the money they will make off the unsuspecting public. This is why they want to attack anyone alerting the public. So if you don't care about health risks, how about your wallet?
Mike Smith October 01, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Here's the SDGE privacy policy. http://www.sdge.com/our-company/privacy-policy. From what I read they would only report information to law enforcement if they were served with an official request or search warrant. Any other reports to law enforcement would potentially be a violation of the 4th amendment. They also give consumers the option of opting out of advertising.
Doug Curlee October 01, 2012 at 03:49 AM
well, here we go with the mass hystyeria again.. i has hoped we were over this..accurate science having debunked most if not all of brinchman's fallacious "facts".... but i guess it's like crabgrass.. almost impossible to kill.. doug
Susan Brinchman October 01, 2012 at 03:58 AM
As our nonprofit CEP is a formal Party to the Smart Meter Opt-out and Smart Grid legal proceedings at the CPUC, I have documents the public rarely sees, in addition to following this topic more closely. The media in San Diego, unlike in Northern CA, has not bothered to cover this story, so the public is completely unaware, as appear to be the mainstream media. The documents are readily available on the CPUC website as well as other locations online, for those who care to verify what I am telling you. It isn't a pretty picture, we aren't used to corruption at this level, so it is far easier for most to stick their heads in the sand, with the help of the bought mainstream media we are stuck with here. Don't you just wonder, DOUG, why the CPUC allowed opt-outs? Do you even know what the documents show from the above proceedings? Or are you not interested?
Susan Brinchman October 01, 2012 at 04:02 AM
and of course, you believe that SDG&E would never tell a lie. By any chance, do you recall the recent fires they denied starting? And now, we have to pay for their liability?... Law enforcement is routinely using the data, nationwide, from the smart meters. I agree that this should be a violation. But who cares about laws now, when you can buy the politicians and the courts? If you care to look at the CPUC documents associated with the grid plans, you will see clearly that I am informing you of what is to come.
Eric Yates October 01, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Just a reminder that the Patch forum is a place for open discussion and opinion. Please be mindful of the affect that comments can have on others, and keep things civil. Commenters that violate the site's Terms of Use ( http://lamesa.patch.com/terms ) will be suspended and / or removed as users of the site. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Susan Brinchman October 02, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Thank you, Eric. I look forward to seeing that enforced, as it is long overdue in this case!
Komfort October 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Obama Has Quadrupled Warrantless Wiretaps http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/obama-administration-asks-supreme-court-dismiss-aclu-challenge-warrantless
Susan Brinchman October 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
CENTER FOR ELECTROSMOG PREVENTION WILL SPONSOR A PROTEST AGAINST SMART METERS THIS THURS. OCT. 4TH, IN ENCINITAS, CA. When: THURS, OCT. 4TH Time: 11 AM - 1 PM Where: corner of Encinitas Blvd and Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA BRING YOUR SIGNS - STOP SMART METERS, BAN SMART METERS, NO OPT-OUT FEES, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO HEALTH, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY Background: What we want: a nationwide ban on smart meters and until then, free opt-outs and elimination of all banks of smart meters, like at apartment complexes This local protest will be held as part of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP SMART UTILITY METERS during "GRIDWEEK", a national conference in Wash DC promoting the increased use of dangerous and intrusive smart meters. Our health and privacy are at stake. We all have a smart meter or two on our property, placed there by SDG&E in the past three years. People are reporting illness from these. There is a smart meter opt-out available from SDG&E, provided after vigorous legal challenges at the CPUC. However, it is for a high fee ($195 for the first year, $120 a year thereafter), despite the fact that state law forbids extra fees for safety or for accommodating medical conditions. [CA Public Utility Code 328.2(b) states: “No customer should have to pay separate fees for utilizing services that protect public or customer safety.”] We want free opt-outs like Vermont has, no banks of smart meters, all smart meters banned, ultimately.
PwmCwzy October 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Komfort - You really surprise me! Never thought I would hear you support an ACLU position. The law the Obama Administration is using is the FISA Amendments Act which was signed into law by President Bush in July 2008 and gives government authority to monitor Americans’ INTERNATIONAL emails and phone calls. What your link has to do with smart meters is beyond me, but then it is just another attempt to jab President Obama because of your hatred.
Komfort October 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Pwm, you really surprise me when you don't post under the name Mary. You seem to miss simple connections just like her. Mike says our privacy is safe while Obama proves the exact opposite. Get it now?
Malaprop October 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Eric: As one on the receiving end of abuse and who the anti-wireless desperately want silenced I encourage you to be very judicious. I find that when it comes to "Terms of Use" the Patch operates on a one way street in the direction of Smart Meters. If you don't believe me, check out this post that is bitterly offensive to those who understand the Holocaust: http://carlsbad.patch.com/blog_posts/i-now-understand-how-the-nazis-took-over-germany Here is an excerpt from one of your bloggers: "People are being harmed, tortured, and killed by these smart meters - and in their own homes, or driven from their homes by them, to live on the streets or wherever they can find. Do we all care? Do we take action? Or do we smugly think "it is not my problem", just as the Germans did when the Jews' rights were progressively carved away and finally hauled off to be killed." The Patch "Terms of Use" also prohibits Content that: "is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way;" Which covers most of the postings from the anti-wireless posters. Finally, there are any number of baseless ad hominem attacks including this one from Susan Brinchman: http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/your-best-friend-is-not-wi-fi "Chris, what is so amusing is that these shills won't even use their real names, nor their locations (could be a psychiatric institute or a jail for all we know) and want to be authorities." So where you think people are crossing the line?
Malaprop October 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
More baseless clamor from the anti-wireless movement. No health threat has been linked with the RF emissions from smart meters. I refuted Daniel Hirsch's claim based on elementary principles of RF. I have yet to see that refutation challenged by any of the anti-wireless posters. We have seen one health official who included Hirch's work in her report. It is likely that other public health officials supporting the anti-wireless claims are similarly inept. The CEP continues to issue false and misleading information about smart meter health effects because it has no other purpose and would have to shut down if it accepted credible science.
PwmCwzy October 03, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Komfort - What a ration of crap. Are you worried that all your INTERNATIONAL emails and phone calls are being recorded? Or do you think SDG&E smart meters are monitoring them and reporting to the Obama Administration? As far as Mary is concerned, I haven't seen a post from her since your BS remarks to her about her husband.
Malaprop October 03, 2012 at 01:53 AM
PwmCwzy and Komfort: 1) I'm not really engaged in the privacy issue. My beef is with the health issue. 2) What is the specific privacy concern, what information do you feel is being harvested and how do you believe it will be abused?
PwmCwzy October 03, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Malaprop - Gee I really feel bad that you are such a victim. Maybe if you stop posting here no one would pick on poor you.
PwmCwzy October 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Not to worry - Komfort is a conspiracy theorist and blames President Obama for anything and everything.
Komfort October 03, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Pwm does enough worrying about Obama for everybody here, Mal.
Linda Floyd October 03, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Historical FACTS about the Military and EMR If you want to see unassailable historical evidence about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that NO government - at any level, NO utility and NO industry anywhere on planet Earth can deny, refute, reject or argue against, simply Google: "Project Pandora" as well as "TUMS, MUTS and BAZAR" also visit: "www.rense.com/general71/repe.htm" Examples: The Moscow signal - Project Pandora simplified. by mrtrueman - tumblr.: - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/project-pandora?before=1327297939 CIA Project Pandora Radio Remote Brain Manipulation by 911InvestigationVids - YouTube - August 01, 2010: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xehJzyttZr8 Project Pandora - ce399 | research archive - Mind Control and the Secret State - June 11, 2008: - http://ce399.typepad.com/weblog/project-pandora/ The Military Use of Electromagnetic Microwave and Mind Control Technology by Dr. Armen Victorian - Extract from: Lobster Magazine - Project Freedom Human Rights Watch: - http://www.raven1.net/mcf/pro-freedom.co.uk/the_military_use_of_mind_control.html The Health Implications Of Playing With Big Brother's Most Cool Tool - Pt 2 By Amy Worthington - The Idaho Observer - rense.com - 6-9-6: - http://rense.com/general71/repe.htm
Susan Brinchman October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
ALERT - JOIN A SMART METER PROTEST NEAR YOU, THURS. OCT. 4TH! See the complete list of local events here: http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/?page_id=20 IF YOU ARE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, PLSE JOIN US TOMORROW AT ENCINITAS BLVD AND HWY 101, ENCINITAS FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM. SOME SIGNS AVAILABLE OR BRING YOUR OWN! :) There are at least 32 separate Smart Meter Protest public events planned throughout the US and Canada to mark International Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters, tomorrow, Thurs. 10/4! From Florida to Michigan to DC to California, Canada and Hawaii, we are coming together to say NO TO WIRELESS SMART METERS. Call Barack!! Get everyone you know to call President Obama on the 4th and tell him to dump the stupid wireless grid and to stop promoting smart meters with federal money !! http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/?page_id=148
Susan Brinchman October 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Join us at the Encinitas Smart Meter Protest Thurs. 10/4 11AM-1PM, full directions and map at www.electrosmogprevention.org; we have some signs, or bring your own. See you there! This is one of 32 being held.
Linda Floyd October 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
There are various Smart Meter Protests happening in British Columbia, Canada: [Campbell River, BC] Thursday dedicated to protests against smart meters by Kristen Douglas - Campbell River Mirror - October 02, 2012: - http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/172357751.html?c=y&curSection=%2F&curTitle=BC+News&bc09=true [Enderby - Kelowna - Salmon Arm - Vernon, BC] Smart Meter actions start at 12:30pm and culminate with a presentation by Jerry Flynn at 7:00pm re Dangers of EMR, Smart Meters, and Meshed Grids. - http://localssupportinglocals.ca/events/october-4th-national-day-action-against-smart-meters-us-and-canada [Nanaimo, BC] We'll be setting up a table at Island Natural Health Food Store, 6560 Metral Drive, Nanaimo. We'll be on the Front and North side where there's a picnic table and we also have access to the street. 11:30am-1:30PM. If you can't stay the full two hours, just come for however much time you can. Hope to see you there. [Sidney, BC] SIDNEY'S PROTEST WILL BE FROM 8:30 AM TO 9:30 AM AT WEILER OVERPASS. Street parking is available on both sides of the overpass. [Victoria, BC] 12:30 PM - Thursday, October 04, 2012 - Please come out for a demonstration at BC Hydro in Victoria near the Royal Oak Shopping Centre. 4400 West Saanich Road - 12:30 PM - Thursday, October 04, 2012.
Malaprop October 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I see the organic food industry is now riding this anti-emf gravy train. I guess bad science just follows bad science. Organic food has not been proven beneficial just as EMF at FCC approved levels has never been proven harmful. http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/september/organic.html
Malaprop October 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Anti-Semites strike again. http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/Rense_Web_Site.htm Jeff Rense is an Ashland, Oregon-based Internet and satellite radio host who maintains a virulently anti-Semitic Web site, Rense.com. His radio show promotes a wide variety of conspiracy theories, often focusing on extraterrestrial aliens but including a great deal of anti-Semitism expressed both by Rense's guests and Rense himself.
Malaprop October 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Eric: Looks like there is some 9/11 conspiracy theory and possibly anti-semitic propaganda being posted above. I will not visit the Rense site, but I do support the ADL and find it trustworthy. Since you made a point of posting the "Terms of Use" in this blog, where do you stand on Linda Floyd's post? I did post a link to a site managed by Deanna Spingola which is anti-semitic, but I did so in the context of awareness -- not promotion.
Cindi October 05, 2012 at 02:25 AM
What is a GE kV2c +l2 meter (That's L2) ? It has been on my house since 2004. Now they say it is a smart meter, is not a smart meter, and will be replaced by a smart meter, even though I am asking them to put on an analog meter. One says I will lose may ability to have time of day savings, another says that feature is available with either type of meter. I have been getting the run around for a year now. Can anyone shed light on this situation? 0
Susan Brinchman October 05, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It is likely an earlier generation smart meter, if it is read remotely (if someone reads it using wireless methods, like walking nearby or driving by in a truck). We have measured one of these types of meters in Orange County and it emitted high levels of RF radiation constantly, not intermittently. A woman sleeping near it was ill with headaches and vertigo for five years and all symptoms left when she slept in a bedroom far away from it, and since then that meter has been removed, replaced with an analog as part of the opt-out for SCE (Southern CA Edison). The woman was ill daily for five years and has been well now for about five months, daily. Doctors had not made a diagnosis even with tons of testing over the five years. If read remotely, get it off, is my advice. Tell them you want an analog meter, NOW. If it was in my yard, I would refuse to allow a smart meter. Write them a letter certified return receipt and tell them you want an analog meter NOW. Post the name of the utility and their response here, if you wish. You may also type that meter description into a search engine or on the GE site and get more specifics. Good luck!
Malaprop October 05, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Cindi: Ms. Brinchman has yet to provide conclusive scientific information that RF radiation at FCC approved levels makes people sick.
Susan B October 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Read about the Oct. 4th Smart Meter protest in Encinitas at http://encinitas.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-protest-in-encinitas-ca. From Maine to Maui, Quebec to BC, the public demonstrated in over 3 dozen communities yesterday throughout North America to demand an immediate recall on "smart" utility meters. I hope you will join us to protect yourself and your family from the multiple major threats to health, safety, privacy, and security. For the latest coverage of protests, including photos, videos, and reports, visit: http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org Media links are in the right hand margin. For an audio interview with Santa Cruz area Josh Hart and UC School of Public Health's Joel Moskowitz about the health problems with smart meters and the public safety threat from fires that went national yesterday- click on the top right player here: http://www.soundbitenewsservice.com/fmtrss.php?id=224-1 The full press release is here: http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/?page_id=25 Stop Smart Meters (California) has posted observations about the Day of Action and where this movement goes from here. Check it out: http://stopsmartmeters.org


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