Friday, November 20, 2015

Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin November 2015 — Volume 32

Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin

November 2015 — Volume 32

Twitter: @stopsmeters
Post: P.O. Box 682 Portola, CA 96122

"The people who maintain the structures of science, religion, and politics have one thing in common that they don't share with the rest of society. They are responsible for creating a technical language, incomprehensible to the rest of us, whereby we cede to them our right and responsibility to think. They in turn formulate a beautiful set of lies that lull us to sleep and allow us to forget about our troubles, eventually depriving us of all rights, including, increasingly, the right to live in a livable world."
-Vine Deloria (1933-2006) Native American author and activist quoted in an interview with author Derrick Jensen in "How Shall I Live My Life?"

1.  Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justices Grill Utility Advocates
2.  Former CPUC President Denounces Health Risks of Smart Meters
3.  Smart Meter Revolt Spreads to Dominican Republic
4.  Discussion of Our Recent Legal Victory/ Power Restoration
5.  News Updates: Tech Abuses, Legal and Legislative Updates, etc.
6.  Cornet ED78S EMF Meters in Our Store $139.95/ Free US Shipping
7.  Follow Stop Smart Meters! on Twitter @stopsmeters

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1. Maine Supreme Court Justices Grill Utility Advocates As part of a potentially precedent-setting court case before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court over the health and safety of smart meters, on November 3rd justices heard an appeal of a previous ruling that smart meters were essentially “safe enough."
Attorney Bruce McGlauflin represented lead plaintiff Ed Friedman of Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in the Maine Supreme Court, and presented evidence from physicians, microbiologists, and other professionals that radiation emitted by smart meters poses a serious risk of physical harm, and should be recalled.
Video of the oral arguments from both sides in the legal dispute is available at the link below. The justices grill the attorney for the state utility commission, and confront him with evidence in the record that “there is persuasive evidence of a possible risk.”

2.  Former CPUC President Stands with Physicians and Researchers to Denounce Health Risks of Smart Meters On Saturday October 10th, theWireless Technology and Public Health Summit was held in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The event was sponsored by the Santa Clara Medical Association Alliance Foundation. Doctors, researchers, and public policy experts in the field of wireless health impacts joined together for the first time in the heart of Silicon Valley and declared that there is more than enough evidence to reign in wireless technology, particularly in schools and other locations where sensitive populations spend time. Most notable was the outspokenness of Loretta Lynch, former President of the California Public Utilities Commission.

3.  Smart Meter Revolt Spreads to Dominican Republic
In a video posted to youtube in early October, People in the Dominican Republic showed their disgust for smart meters forced on their homes and businesses, by bringing them back to the utility en masse, in an action reminiscent of Stop Smart Meters! 2010/ 2011 actions in Santa Cruz County, California. It appears that the main complaint here is the high bills, reported wherever smart meters are installed, but other issues- including a lack of democracy and transparency, privacy violations, and health effects- are also likely at issue.

4.  Discussion of Our Recent Legal Victory/ Power Restoration Last October, I went on KQNY Quincy‘s Common Good show hosted by Joseph Munoz. At that time, our electricity had been illegally disconnected by local utility PSREC, and we were essentially camping out in our home. Following our successful lawsuit that ended up forcing the utility to reconnect us and drop their illegal “opt out” charges, and in which a Superior Court Judge ruled that the utility was violating state discrimination law, I returned last month to the KQNY studio in Quincy to discuss our case.

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