Jul 15

Health risks of electromagnetic radiation

Health risks of electromagnetic radiation

Each of us is an electrical system. Our nervous system networks transmit electrical signals that control every living function. Cellular metabolism involves extremely complex electrical activity. Our immune responses producing inflammation involve a system of electromagnetic sensors to differentiate familiar from unfamiliar genetic material. It would be foolhardy to assume that radiation of electromagnetic fields into these complex and delicate electromagnetic systems will not affect us in many yet unknown ways.

Inflammation is related to a wide range of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and cancers.  Although definitive research findings on health outcomes from RF exposure will require more time, research findings so far are not encouraging.

In 1995, two scientists reported DNA damage following just two hours of exposure to MW radiation in the journal Bioelectromagnetics.

In 2004, a pan-European study involving 12 collaborating laboratories using sensitive in-vitro methods found compelling evidence of DNA damage from EMF exposure.

In 2011, a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries representing the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer met for a week to review research on potential carcinogenic hazards from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. The group concluded by classifying RF radiation as a possible Group 2B carcinogen to humans comparable to DDT, engine exhaust, and pesticides.

Pending conclusive evidence from long-term studies, the WHO advises exercise of the “precautionary principle.”  We interpret that as avoidance pending conclusive research evidence.

Of 919 studies on the effects of mobile cell phone towers that emit RF radiation, 593 – almost two-thirds – showed negative effects on birds, bees, other wildlife and plants as well as humans. We are thus affecting our food sources as well as ourselves, and failing our responsibility to other species with whom we share the planet.

As a general information source, the Wikipedia entry on “Mobile phone radiation and health” cites 103 documenting citations, providing an impressive list of potential expert witnesses for future lawsuits claiming health damages from EMF exposure

Jul 29

Legal Notice and Demand for Eugene City Council and Mayor

July 21, 2014                                                                           NOTICE TO AGENT IS NOTICE TO PRINCIPAL
From: Families for SAFE Meters                                             NOTICE TO PRINCIPAL IS NOTICE TO AGENT
info@FamiliesforSAFEMeters.org                                     Applicable to all heirs, successors, assigns or otherwise
541-214-1662

To: The Offices of Eugene City Councilors and Mayor

Legal Notice and Demand

The Offices of Eugene City Councilors and Mayor (henceforth “you” or “your”)

                                                                                      NOTICE
You are hereby notified that EWEB’s decision to replace water and electric analog meters with electro-magnetic radio frequency/microwave radiating, receiving and broadcasting, wireless digital meters (henceforth “smart meters”), contravenes EWEB’s by-laws and environmental commitment.* In addition, this action is contrary to the ethical and moral imperative not to take any action that even potentially could cause harm to people, animals and the environment.

The lack of credible certification and independent testing of “smart meters,” and therefore the uncertainty of their safety, makes EWEB’s program akin to indiscriminate mass public experimentation forbidden by the Nuremberg Code, Declaration of Helsinkiand the Belmont Report.

Significant and reliable evidence** clearly illustrates the many dangers of “smart meters.” Thus, installing these digital meters would almost certainly cause harm to the environment in addition to threatening health, safety, security and privacy, thus violating the Constitutionally protected unalienable rights of all the people living and working in EWEB’s service district.

Due to the omnipresence of “smart meter” generated electro-magnetic/microwave fields in the environment, no living being would be immune from its harmful effects. Concurrently, there cannot be a genuine choice for anyone. Thus the “opt-in” policy EWEB has adopted on 10.1.13 does not absolve EWEB of its duty to cause no harm and to protect the natural environment, including the people, animals and plants in EWEB’s service area. By contrast, this proposed action threatens to breach EWEB’s Oath of Office together with its fiduciary responsibility as a trustee. These are serious offenses. Furthermore, the consequences of EWEB’s decision could make EWEB and you personally liable for civil and criminal charges in your private capacity in addition to your public capacity, thus rendering EWEB’s decisions and corresponding actions void under the doctrine of ultra vires.***

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand July 21 2014 page 1 of 4

EWEB has not provided adequate explanation as to why it would be worth the enormous cost and effort to install and maintain this digital “smart meter” infrastructure considering all of the real dangers, risks and uncertainties, as well as all of the potential future health related litigations. EWEB has not provided adequate explanation as to why it is willing to recklessly endanger our community by not agreeing to implement the guidelines of the “precautionary principal”. EWEB has refused to acknowledge the validity of the preponderance of credible evidence** proving the many real potential risks inherent in this digital “smart meter” technology. EWEB has chosen to ignore all of the negative feedback, litigation and activism around the world, attributed to the installation of these meters by other utilities. EWEB has failed to comprehend that even the safest digital meters could be made unsafe in the future by a simple change of firmware. EWEB has unwisely decided to put it’s resources into “smart meter” infrastructure rather than the more sustainable alternative energy infrastructure, where it would do the most good for the community. The advantages of “smart meters” are negligible and controversial, the disadvantages are numerous and well documented.

Now that you have been given notice of EWEB’s plans to install these potentially harmful “smart meters,” also be advised that if and when you are sued for damages, your bond insurance company may not provide sufficient coverage because of your prior knowledge of the potential harm. This could make you negligent in their eyes, and void any agreement you, or the City Of Eugene, may have with them. Because of your prior knowledge, you may also be held criminally liable under Oregon Revised Statutes for “Official Misconduct”**** (prison and/or a fine).

You have herein been given legal notice. You are required to act in the best interest of EWEB ratepayer-owners and the people living in and using services in EWEB’s district, or suffer the consequences of your actions. You do not have plausible deniability in this matter.

DEMAND
Families For SAFE Meters respectfully demands and requires that you fulfill your obligation as trustee to the owners of EWEB, the environment, and all the people living in and using services in EWEB’s district, by officially requiring EWEB to implement the “precautionary principal” and cease and desist any contract signing or implementation of any plans to purchase or install any type of digital smart meter due to the potential harm it may cause to this community now and in the future (by the potential implementation of digital meter firmware upgrades, alterations or replacements). If you choose not to comply with this demand, appropriate actions will be taken including notifying the proper authorities and possible legal action.

By: “Families For Safe Meters” (135 EWEB owner families)

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand July 21 2014 page 2 of 4

*EWEB environmental policy and by-laws
Adopted by Commissioners on November 4, 1997
EWEB takes responsibility for the environmental consequences of our actions.
We believe that environmental protection and enhancement are sound business practices that are beneficial to the ecological and economic health of our community, that support a sustainable future for our world, and that enhance EWEB’s success as a publicly owned utility.
EWEB conducts business in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner while providing our customers with safe, reliable, and responsive utility service.
We are committed to innovative, cost-effective approaches to environmental challenges, to integration of environmental considerations in all aspects of our activities, and to continual improvement of our efforts to protect and enhance the environment.
The objectives for EWEB’s environmental commitment are to:
 Prevent, minimize, or mitigate the environmental impacts of EWEB’s products and services.
 Meet or exceed compliance with the letter and spirit of applicable environmental statutes, regulations, and standards.

EWEB BY-LAWS
ARTICLE II
Section 1.
The principal purpose of the Eugene Water & Electric Board is to benefit the citizens of Eugene by providing water, electric and other physical energy services to its customers with a goal of maintaining the lowest possible rate consistent with long-range rate stability, prudent business practices and sound environmental management.
ARTICLE III
Section 1.
The Eugene Water & Electric Board shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to its activities

**Enclosed you will find a CD containing just a small sampling, and yet more than sufficient evidence and proof, that would convince any prudent man or woman, city councilor or Mayor, of the potential harm caused by digital meters, electro-magnetic and microwave devices.

***ULTRA VIRES – Wikipedia
Ultra vires is a Latin phrase for “beyond the powers”. The ultra vires doctrine typically applies to a corporate body, such as a limited company, a government department or a local council so that any act done by the body which is beyond its capacity to act (and not intra vires) will be considered void.

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand July 21 2014 page 3 of 4

Corporate law In corporate law, ultra vires describes acts attempted by a corporation that are beyond the scope of powers granted by the corporation’s objects clause, articles of incorporation or in a clause in its Bylaws, in the laws authorising a corporation’s formation, or similar founding documents. Acts attempted by a corporation that are beyond the scope of its charter are void or voidable.
Administrative law
In administrative law, an act may be judicially reviewable ultra vires in a narrow or broad sense. Narrow ultra vires applies if an administrator did not have the substantive power to make a decision or it was wrought with procedural defects. Broad ultra vires applies if there is an abuse of power (e.g., Wednesbury unreasonableness or bad faith) or a failure to exercise an administrative discretion (e.g., acting at the behest of another or unlawfully applying a government policy). Either doctrine may entitle a claimant to various prerogative writs, equitable remedies or statutory orders if they are satisfied.
Constitutional law
Under Constitutional law, particularly in Canada and the United States, constitutions give federal and provincial or state governments various powers. To go outside those powers would be ultra vires; for example, although the court did not use the term, in striking down a federal law in United States v. Lopez on the grounds that it exceeded the Constitutional authority of Congress, the Supreme Court effectively declared the law to be ultra vires.

****§  162.415¹ OREGON
Official misconduct in the first degree
(1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the first degree if with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another:
(a) The public servant knowingly fails to perform a duty imposed upon the public servant by law or one clearly inherent in the nature of office; or
(b) The public servant knowingly performs an act constituting an unauthorized exercise in official duties.
(2) Official misconduct in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §215]
§  162.405¹
Official misconduct in the second degree
(1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the second degree if the person knowingly violates any statute relating to the office of the person.
(2) Official misconduct in the second degree is a Class C misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §214]

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand July 21 2014 page 4 of 4

May 17

Legal Notice and Demand presented to each of the 5 EWEB Commissioners 5.6.14

May 6, 2014

From: Families for SAFE Meters

info@FamiliesforSAFEMeters.org

To: The Office of Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) Commissioner

                                                                        Legal Notice and Demand

Office of Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner (henceforth “you” or “your”)

                                                                                       NOTICE

You are hereby notified that your decision to replace water and electric analog meters with

electro-magnetic radio frequency/microwave radiating, receiving and broadcasting, wireless

digital meters (henceforth “smart meters”), contravenes EWEB’s by-laws and environmental

commitment.* In addition, this action is contrary to the ethical and moral imperative not to take

any action that even potentially could cause harm to people, animals and the environment.

The lack of credible certification and independent testing of “smart meters,” and therefore the

uncertainty of their safety, makes your program akin to indiscriminate mass public experimentation

forbidden by the Nuremberg Code, Declaration of Helsinkiand the Belmont Report.

 

Significant and reliable evidence** clearly illustrates the many dangers of “smart meters.”

Thus, installing these digital meters would almost certainly cause harm to the environment in

addition to threatening health, safety, security and privacy, thus violating the Constitutionally

protected unalienable rights of all the people living and working in your service district..

Due to the omnipresence of “smart meter” generated electro-magnetic/microwave fields in the

environment, no living being would be immune from its harmful effects. Concurrently, there

cannot be a genuine choice for anyone. Thus the “opt-in” policy you adopted 10.1.13 does not

absolve your duty to cause no harm and to protect the natural environment, including the

people, animals and plants in your service area. By contrast, this proposed action threatens to

break your Oath of Office together with your fiduciary responsibility as a trustee. These are

serious offenses. Furthermore, the consequences of your decision could make you personally

liable for civil and criminal charges in your private capacity in addition to your public capacity,

thus rendering your decisions and corresponding actions void under the doctrine of ultra vires.***

 

Now that you have been given notice of the potential dangers of “smart meters,” also be advised

that if and when you are sued for damages, your bond insurance company may not provide

sufficient coverage because of your prior knowledge of the potential harm. This could make

you negligent in their eyes, and void any agreement you, or the EWEB Corporation, may have

with them. Because of your prior knowledge, you may also be held criminally liable under

Oregon Revised Statutes for “Official Misconduct”**** (prison and/or a fine).

 

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand May 6th 2014 page 1 of 4

 

You have herein been given legal notice. You are required to act in the best interest of

EWEB ratepayer-owners and the people using services in your district, or suffer the

consequences of your actions. You do not have plausible deniability in this matter.

                                                                                     

 

                                                                                       DEMAND

Families For SAFE Meters respectfully demands and requires that you fulfill your obligation as trustee

to the owners of EWEB, the environment, and all the people using services in your district

by ceasing and desisting the contract signing or implementation of all plans to purchase

or install any type of digital smart meter due to the potential harm it may cause to this

community now and in the future (by the potential implementation of digital meter firmware

upgrades, alterations or replacements). If you choose not to comply with this demand,

appropriate actions will be taken including notifying the proper authorities and possible legal action.

 

*EWEB environmental policy and by-laws

Adopted by Commissioners on November 4, 1997

EWEB takes responsibility for the environmental consequences of our actions.

We believe that environmental protection and enhancement are sound business practices that are beneficial to

the ecological and economic health of our community, that support a sustainable future for our world, and that

enhance EWEB’s success as a publicly owned utility.

EWEB conducts business in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner while providing our

customers with safe, reliable, and responsive utility service.

We are committed to innovative, cost-effective approaches to environmental challenges, to integration of

environmental considerations in all aspects of our activities, and to continual improvement of our efforts to

protect and enhance the environment.

The objectives for EWEB’s environmental commitment are to:

· Prevent, minimize, or mitigate the environmental impacts of EWEB’s products and services.

· Meet or exceed compliance with the letter and spirit of applicable environmental statutes, regulations,

and standards.

 

EWEB BY-LAWS

ARTICLE II

Section 1.

The principal purpose of the Eugene Water & Electric Board is to benefit the citizens of Eugene by providing

water, electric and other physical energy services to its customers with a goal of maintaining the lowest possible

rate consistent with long-range rate stability, prudent business practices and sound environmental management.

ARTICLE III

Section 1.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and

regulations relating to its activities

 

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand May 6th 2014 page 2 of 4

 

**Enclosed you will find a CD containing just a small sampling, and yet more than sufficient evidence

and proof, that would convince any prudent man or woman, or officer of EWEB, of the potential harm

caused by digital meters, electro-magnetic and microwave devices.

 

***ULTRA VIRES - Wikipedia

Ultra vires is a Latin phrase for “beyond the powers”. The ultra vires doctrine typically applies to a corporate

body, such as a limited company, a government department or a local council so that any act done by the body

which is beyond its capacity to act (and not intra vires) will be considered void.

Corporate law In corporate law, ultra vires describes acts attempted by a corporation that are beyond the

scope of powers granted by the corporation’s objects clause, articles of incorporation or in a clause in its

Bylaws, in the laws authorising a corporation’s formation, or similar founding documents. Acts attempted by a

corporation that are beyond the scope of its charter are void or voidable.

Administrative law

In administrative law, an act may be judicially reviewable ultra vires in a narrow or broad sense. Narrow ultra

vires applies if an administrator did not have the substantive power to make a decision or it was wrought with

procedural defects. Broad ultra vires applies if there is an abuse of power (e.g., Wednesbury unreasonableness

or bad faith) or a failure to exercise an administrative discretion (e.g., acting at the behest of another or

unlawfully applying a government policy). Either doctrine may entitle a claimant to various prerogative writs,

equitable remedies or statutory orders if they are satisfied.

Constitutional law

Under Constitutional law, particularly in Canada and the United States, constitutions give federal and provincial

or state governments various powers. To go outside those powers would be ultra vires; for example, although

the court did not use the term, in striking down a federal law in United States v. Lopez on the grounds that it

exceeded the Constitutional authority of Congress, the Supreme Court effectively declared the law to be ultra vires.

 

****§ 162.4151 OREGON

Official misconduct in the first degree

(1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the first degree if with intent to obtain a benefit

or to harm another:

(a) The public servant knowingly fails to perform a duty imposed upon the public servant by law or one clearly

inherent in the nature of office; or

(b) The public servant knowingly performs an act constituting an unauthorized exercise in official duties.

(2) Official misconduct in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §215]

§ 162.4051

Official misconduct in the second degree

(1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the second degree if the person knowingly

violates any statute relating to the office of the person.

(2) Official misconduct in the second degree is a Class C misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §214]

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand May 6th 2014 page 3 of 4

We the undersigned are a representative group of the more than 135 owner/member families of Families For Safe Meters

Families For SAFE Meters Notice and Demand May 6th 2014 page 4 of 4

May 05

For immediate release: FFSM to present EWEB Board with Legal Notice and Demand to cease and desist smart meter implementation 5.6.13

For those who want to sign the document referenced, the Legal Notice and Demand,
pls. be at EWEB Headquarters next to the river at 5 pm Tues., May 6, 2014.
If unable to attend, pls. email us for a copy of the document and approve it via email:
info@FamiliesforSAFEMeters.org   Thanks for you concern!
-  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 
 
FOR EVENT OCCURRING TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 
 
Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is planning eventually to replace analog electric and water meters with radio frequency, microwave generating wireless digital meters.
At EWEB’s monthly board meeting Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 
 
Families For SAFE Meters will serve the EWEB board with a Legal Notice and Demand letter to cease and desist smart meter planning.
Families will also provide a CD with 91 files of research, articles and other credible evidence proving the serious potential risks to health, safety, security and privacy caused by smart meters.
This Legal Notice and Demand is for the express purpose of stopping EWEB from implementing their OPT-IN wireless smart meter plan approved Oct. 1, 2013, (still in the planning process),
in spite of a massive public opposition.
Families for SAFE Meters invites the media to report on or televise this historical occasion.
Members of the Families for SAFE Meters will be at EWEB headquarters at 5 pm.
The Board meeting begins at 5:30 pm.
- end -
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541-214-1662

Jan 29

Thurs. 1.30.14 cell phone meeting at Crossfire W. Amazon and Fox Hollow, Eugene

ITEM II Applicant/Public meeting regarding cell phone tower application
Thurs., January 30, 6:00 pm Q and A followed by presentation Crossfire (formerly Calvary Chapel), 4060 W. Amazon near Fox Hollow
Proposed Project:  AT&T Propasal to install a 75-foot monopole designed to look like an evergreen tree along with ancillary ground equipment installed on church property.
Location:  Calvary Chapel of Eugene (sign says Cross Fire)  4060 W. Amazon Drive near Fox Hollow
Contact:  *City of Eugene:  Steve Ochs #541-682-5453,  *Sharon Gretch, Lexcom Development #971-242-8500,   *Aaron Taylor, Pastor of Crossfire, #541-686-5433, 541-686-3473,
~~~
Many are unaware that living near cell phone towers can cause cancer - 
 
cell phones can too (see Dr. OZ show in Dec. 2013 where a 21 year old woman who had cancer and a mastectomy allegedly due to storing cell phone in her bra many hours a day for 4 years)
 
This will provide some info you may find interesting if you value your health.
This info is being denied to us in mainstream press in the USA but not in other nations.
 
Also see Dr. Paul Dart from SE Eugene in 2 -30 min. videos in front of EWEB board last summer: 
In the second 30 min. apx. 6.5 minutes into the video:  note that in Netanya, Israel the +/- several hundred % increase in breast cancer ESPECIALLY in women living within a few hundred
meters of a cell phone tower. Notice the attrition of baby storks in many nests near cell towers in another country.
Dr. Dart and five other doctors and an engineering consultant reviewed 200 articles and studies from around the world before publishing the paper on Microwaves – available on line and on EWEB.org site.
Many studies warning about cell phones and towers have been done around the world BUT NOT IN THE USA – dominated by cell phone and telecom companies. Cell phone lawsuits are proliferating world wide and just do your own research for legal settlements already settled.
One Canadian news team reported that 60% of insurance companies will no longer insure for damages caused to people by cell phones. SWISS RE has also refused this insurance liability.
An Italian court gave a huge settlement to a retired executive who had used a cell phone for 15 years and developed brain cancer – these court settlements will be markers as
others take their government agencies and corporations to court. I warned the City Council, County Board an EWEB last year that they should NOT be paying for employee cell phones.
ps I have my cell phone turned off most of the time because of my findings – many friends do also. I am also concerned about growing documentation
around the attrition of birds, bees, bats and other sentients. See online research about what happened in S. Africa when the 3G network replaced the 2G – decline in bees.
(this message is being sent via my wired not wireless computer)

Jan 29

2 events: free: Take Back Your Power Wed. + Cell Phone Tower hearing at Crossfire, W. Amazon – Thurs. 6:00 pm

ITEM I   You are invited and bring friends to see:
Take Back Your Power film followed by discussion
FREE (donations welcome)  sponsored by FamiliesforSafeMeters.org  541-342-8461

Tsunami Books     2585 Willamette St. Eugene, OR

WEDNESDAY., Jan. 29, 2014  6:30-9 pm
Two years in the making, investigative documentary interviews 70 doctors, scientists, engineers, lawyers, citizens in four
nations including a MOTHER WHOSE COLLEGE AGED CHILD DIED FROM BRAIN CANCER
raising concern about increased RadioFrequency/Microwaves on children, adults, EMF sensitive,
persons with implants, pollinators, wildlife, plants and even buildings and bridges.  Suppression of new energy devices also discussed.
 
Information you learn will guide the health and survival of your families - children are MOST vulnerable.
We will discuss a proposal for a new citizen initiated energy committee to guide EWEB’s future since
they have been less than transparent in the past.
If unable to attend, go to TakeBackYourPower.net to view online – $3 for 72 hours –  trailers there also.
It can be rented for $1.00 a night at Stargate Video, Willamette & 14th.
~~~
ITEM II Applicant/Public meeting regarding cell phone tower application
Thurs., January 30, 6:00 pm Q and A followed by presentation Crossfire (formerly Calvary Chapel), 4060 W. Amazon near Fox Hollow
Proposed Project:  AT&T Propasal to install a 75-foot monopole designed to look like an evergreen tree along with ancillary ground equipment installed on church property.
Location:  Calvary Chapel of Eugene (sign says Cross Fire)  4060 W. Amazon Drive near Fox Hollow
Contact:  *City of Eugene:  Steve Ochs #541-682-5453,  *Sharon Gretch, Lexcom Development #971-242-8500,   *Aaron Taylor, Pastor of Crossfire, #541-686-5433, 541-686-3473,
~~~
Many are unaware that living near cell phone towers can cause cancer - 
 
cell phones can too (see Dr. OZ show in Dec. 2013 where a 21 year old woman who had cancer and a mastectomy allegedly due to storing cell phone in her bra many hours a day for 4 years)
 
This will provide some info you may find interesting if you value your health.
This info is being denied to us in mainstream press in the USA but not in other nations.
 
Also see Dr. Paul Dart from SE Eugene in 2 -30 min. videos in front of EWEB board last summer: 
In the second 30 min. apx. 6.5 minutes into the video:  note that in Netanya, Israel the +/- several hundred % increase in breast cancer ESPECIALLY in women living within a few hundred
meters of a cell phone tower. Notice the attrition of baby storks in many nests near cell towers in another country.
Dr. Dart and five other doctors and an engineering consultant reviewed 200 articles and studies from around the world before publishing the paper on Microwaves – available on line and on EWEB.org site.
Many studies warning about cell phones and towers have been done around the world BUT NOT IN THE USA – dominated by cell phone and telecom companies. Cell phone lawsuits are proliferating world wide and just do your own research for legal settlements already settled.
One Canadian news team reported that 60% of insurance companies will no longer insure for damages caused to people by cell phones. SWISS RE has also refused this insurance liability.
An Italian court gave a huge settlement to a retired executive who had used a cell phone for 15 years and developed brain cancer – these court settlements will be markers as
others take their government agencies and corporations to court. I warned the City Council, County Board an EWEB last year that they should NOT be paying for employee cell phones.
ps I have my cell phone turned off most of the time because of my findings – many friends do also. I am also concerned about growing documentation
around the attrition of birds, bees, bats and other sentients. See online research about what happened in S. Africa when the 3G network replaced the 2G – decline in bees.
(this message is being sent via my wired not wireless computer)

Nov 14

ADA MEDICAL INFORMATION: ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE ON IMPLANTS compiled by Eve Woodward-Shawl

ADA MEDICAL INFORMATION:  ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE ON IMPLANTS

compiled by Eve Woodward-Shawl

         People who have medical implants, particularly metal implants, are more sensitive to spurious RF exposures for two reasons; Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) with critical care medical equipment and medical implants is a potentially serious threat. Patients with deep-brain stimulators (Parkinson’s disease patients) have reported adverse health effects due to RF from various environmental sources like security gates and RFID scanners.          Patients with deep brain stimulators have reported the devices to be reprogramming or electrodes shut-down as a result of encounters with wireless RFID scanners. One manufacturer, Medtronics, has issued a warning for DBS implant patients to limit RF exposure to less than 0.1 W/Kg SAR (or sixteen times lower than for the general public) for MRI exposures.

The IEEE SC4 committee (2001) considered changes to existing ANSI/IEEE standards adopted in 1992 (C95.1-1992). They discussed vulnerable organs (eyes, testes) and metallic implants that can intensify localized RF exposures within the body and its tissues. “Question 20: Are there specific tissues or points within the body that have particularly high susceptibilities to local heating due to thermal properties in the immediate vicinity of the tissue?”

Metallic implants are an interesting example of this question. There can be very localized high field concentrations around the tips of long metal structures, in the gaps of wire loops. Of course, these metal devices don’t create energy, but can only redistribute it, so the effect is limited to some extent. Also the high thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity make them good thermal sinks for any localized heat sources generated around them.”

Since deep brain stimulators in Parkinson’s patients involve metal implants that are essentially long metal structures with tips that interface with brain tissue and nerves within the brain and body, exposing such patients with implants to high levels of pulsed RF that can produce localized, high RF within the body is certainly inadvisable. It is clear the IEEE SC4 committee recognized the potential risk by to calling such implanted metallic devices good ‘thermal sinks’ for localized heating dissipation.

Nov 14

Best web sites for research

StopSmartMeters.org

EMFSafetyNetwork.org

AAEMOnline.org

MicrowaveNews.com

 

VIDEOS

RadiationReport.com/SmartMeters – see two 30 minute videos of Paul Dart, M.D., presentation to Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) 7.23.13; Dr. Dart and a team of medical doctors with the assistance of an engineering consultant also presented a 70 page report to EWEB early June, 2013, available online.

second video especially see cell phone tower studies around the world

Also see on this site video of testimonies of EWEB ratepayer-owners Oct. 1, 2013 when EWEB Board passed the first in the nation OPT-IN rather than an OPT-OUT decision for smart meters.

 

 

Nov 14

Eve Woodward-Shawl Public Input to EWEB Regarding AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT 8.6.13

EUGENE WATER AND ELECTRIC BOARD

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT (ADA)

Eve Woodward-Shawl

August 6, 2013

For nine years I was employed by the University of Oregon as Administrative Assistant for the Human Rights Investigator in the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity.  This office is charged with ensuring the University’s compliance with Federal, State, Local and Organizational Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity regulations.  I became familiar with the Americans with Disability Act and the responsibilities, requirements and legal obligations of receiving Federal Funds.

ADA

As with Title III, of the ADA the federal regulations implementing Title II: Unambiguously FORBID THE USE OF SURCHARGES ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES to cover the cost of providing accommodation, stating:

“The opt-out fee for customers who simply prefer an ANALOG METER in this brief; however, to the extent to show that the decision to maintain an ANALOG METER is not simply a preference, but rather is a MEDICAL NECESSITY DUE TO A DISABILITY, the ADA and its supporting regulations require that the standard policy of installing a SMART METER be modified, with NO CHARGE to the customer.

Customers who have a medical reason to require an ANALOG METER in order to obtain electrical service are to be ACCOMMODATED WITHOUT A BURDENSOME SURCHARGE.

The ANALOG METER can be considered an auxiliary aid provided to a customer in place of the standard SMART METER. Under this conceptualization, too, NO SURCHARGE IS PERMITTED.

If a person cannot tolerate use of a WIRELESS SMART METER for medical reasons, the person must have access to an ANALOG METER. or be denied necessary utility service, putting their health and safety at greater risk. To the extent that a person’s ability to live independently and to fully participate in society is compromised by installation of a WIRELESS SMART METER .

The affected person must be accommodated, or else he or she will be denied opportunity solely due to a physical condition, a situation which has RESOUNDINGLY BEEN REJECTED BY STATE AND FEDERAL POLICY-MAKERS.

 

ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITY

Electromagnetic Sensitivities is recognized as a disability under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual’s major life activities.

People are getting sick following Smart Meter installation.   Among hundreds of serious documented health effects and the worsening of existing health problems.

Radiofrequency sickness has real and disabling consequences. People with radiofrequency sickness experience illness (or even death) upon exposure. Pulsed microwaves, as utilized by transmitting meters – are very potent biologically.

A large part of the population is already electro-sensitive and many more will become so after being overexposed to the constant pulsing of high frequencies emitted by wireless meters.

No one is impervious.  Radiofrequency sickness results from overexposure to radiofrequency radiation.  RADIOFREQUENCY SICKNESS IS NOT A DISEASE. IT IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY INDUCED FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT.

 

METAL IMPLANTS

People who have medical implants, particularly metal implants, are more sensitive to spurious Radio Frequency; ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE (EMI) WITH CRITICAL CARE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND MEDICAL IMPLANTS IS A SERIOUS THREAT.

Patients with deep-brain stimulators (Parkinson’s disease patients) have reported the devices to be reprogramming or electrodes shut-down as a result of exposure to Radio Frequencies.

The wireless systems send out radio waves that can interfere with medical equipment such as respirators, external pacemakers and kidney dialysis machines.  Cases involved hazardous malfunctions. These included breathing machines that switched off; mechanical syringe pumps that stopped delivering medication as well as external pacemakers regulating the heart.

Because Smart Meters produce Radiofrequency emissions, it is recommended that PATIENTS WITH DISABILITIES BE ACCOMMODATED TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH. 

That, when denied, NO Smart Meters be installed on the home of the disabled, SMART METERS MUST BE REMOVED WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE OF PATIENT’S HOMES depending on the patient’s perceptions and/or symptoms and that NO COLLECTION METERS BE PLACED NEAR PATIENT’S HOMES depending on patient’s perception and/or symptoms.

 

 

 

Nov 14

This research is the first of its kind – Smart Meter Case Series – AAEM

http://aaemonline.org/docs/SMCS.pdf

Smart Meter Case Series  

(resolution passed by American Academy of Environmental Medicine Board 10.23.13)

excerpts:

AAEM physicians and physicians world-wide are treating patients who report adverse, debilitating health effects following the installation of smart meters, which emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiofrequencies (RF).

The peer reviewed, scientific literature demonstrates the correlation between EMF/RF exposure and neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary disease as well as reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, cancer and other health conditions. The evidence is irrefutable. Despite this research, claims have been made that studies correlating smart meter emissions with adverse health effects do not exist.

The AAEM has received a case series submitted by Dr. Federica Lamech, MBBS,
Self-Reporting of Symptom Development from Exposure to Wireless Smart Meters’ Radiofrequency Fields in Victoria. AAEM supports this research. It is a well documented 92 case series that is scientifically valid. It clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions.clipThe symptoms reported in this case series closely correlate not only with the clinical findings of environmental physicians, but also with the scientific literature. Many of the symptoms reported including fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness and other symptoms have been shown to be triggered by electromagnetic field exposure under double blind, placebo controlled conditions. Symptoms in this case series also correlate with the Austrian Medical Association’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF Related Health Problems.

It is critically important to note that the data in this case series indicates that the “vast majority of cases” were not electromagnetically hypersensitive until after installation of smart meters. Dr. Lamech concludes that smart meters “may have unique characteristics that lower people’s threshold for symptom development”.

This research is the first of its kind, clearly demonstrating the correlation between smart meters and adverse health effects.

clip

Nov 14

Resonance: Beings of Frequency – see movie online

Enlightening video – discusses microwaves, frequency, cell phones and much more!  1.5 hours

Nov 11

Electromagnetic Fields Act Via Activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels to Produce Beneficial or Adverse Effects

21 August 2013

Study: Electromagnetic Fields Act Via Activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels to Produce Beneficial or Adverse Effects

see:  http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.com/2013/08/study-electromagnetic-fields-act-via.html

 

ALSO

http://prd34.blogspot.com/2013/07/electromagnetic-fields-act-via.html

 

Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects


Martin Pall writes:

One of the great puzzles about the action of electromagnetic fields is
how can they influence the biology of our bodies? The reason that this
is such a great puzzle is that these fields are comprised of low energy
photons, with energies too low to influence the chemistry of our
bodies. So how can they possibly influence our biology? Many have
argued that the only thing that they can possibly do is to heat things,
and yet it is very clear that levels of exposure that produce only the
slightest heating have been repeatedly shown to produce substantial
biological effects. Now this puzzle has been solved in a paper with the
title of this email, published on line in the Journal of Cellular and
Molecular Medicine, freely available on the publisher’s web site:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcmm.12088/pdf

<READ online article published by Martin Pall, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Washington State University, now a resident of Portland, OR>

Nov 11

The Green Sheen Wearing Thin- How Corporate Environmental Organizations are Providing Cover for the Mounting Ecological Catastrophe of the “Smart Grid”

The Green Sheen Wearing Thin- How Corporate Environmental Organizations are Providing Cover for the Mounting Ecological Catastrophe of the “Smart Grid”

for article by Joshua Hart see:
http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/07/26/the-green-sheen-wearing-thin-how-corporate-environmental-organizations-are-providing-cover-for-the-mounting-ecological-catastrophe-of-the-“smart-grid”/

Nov 11

EWEB PRESENTATION by Eve Woodward-Shawl 11-5-13

EWEB PRESENTATION by Eve Woodward-Shawl 11-5-13 (Eve was unable to arrive on time, but this is her input)

 

As officially documented in the EWEB minutes are presentations from the EWEB community overwhelmingly referencing concerns about the dangers and concerns of ‘Smart’ Meters.  EWEB commissioners have been presented with many well studied, referenced testimonies from doctors, scientists, geologists, exceptionally well educated persons, pleas from those who have actually experienced electromagnetic illness, global references from indisputable studies concluding in a global tragedy from electromagnetic radiation in which smart meters bring health damaging Electromagnetic Fields and Microwave Radiation into the home affecting all inhabitants in the home.

EWEB APPENDIX 5 RISKS AND PUBLIC CONSIDERATIONS AND CONCERNS

Potential Health Risks, RF (Radio Frequency) Concerns and Relative Risks.

PAGES 37 OF 51

In this document EWEB attempts to address our ‘Smart’ Meter health concerns citing out dated references.  In one phrase in this document states: “While few scientific studies have specifically focused on digital meters, the (available?) Studies come to the (same conclusions as many peer-reviewed studies of similar technologies using (low-level wireless):  no adverse health impacts.”

Statement: “Few scientific studies have specifically focused on digital meters . . .”

Response:   What scientific studies?  You have been presented with a great deal of indisputable facts from studies around the globe, both in presentation and e-mail.

Statement:  “the (available?) Studies come to the (same conclusions as many peer-reviewed studies of similar technologies using (low-level wireless):  no adverse health impacts.”

Response:  Low-level wireless has been proven to be cumulative and biologically damaging.  You have also been presented with these facts!  What “peer reviewed studies”?  What “similar technologies”?  The Board of Commissioners have all been presented with facts and references to other conclusive evidence that ‘Smart’ Meters do and WILL cause adverse health impacts!

STATEMENT:  “there is anecdotal information that some individuals may be hypersensitive to Radio Frequencies, there is no definitive evidence linking such symptoms to low level wireless transmissions like those associated with Smart Meters.  This includes the non-thermal effects that some people claim are harmful.

RESPONSE: The ADA recognizes Radiofrequency Sickness AS a DISABILITY.

  RADIOFREQUENCY SICKNESS IS NOT A DISEASE, IT IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY INDUCED FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT.

STATEMENT:  References HEALTH CANADA, that Nation’s Federal Health Agency; EWEB documents that “no scientific evidence that the symptoms attributed to ‘Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity’ are indeed caused by exposure” to such frequencies

Interview with Curtis Bennett a Radio Frequency Engineer:  Health Canada is supposed to use weight of evidence, has dismissed peer-reviewed science.  They left out the frequencies of people, they left out the routers. “As soon as you incorporate the routers, head-to-toe you are stimulating tissue.  Margin of error: zero.  You are not insured for it.” But routers have been left out of the discussion.

They did not “design that electrical equipment to be in an electromagnetic field”. They did not even test the routers under full load.  The routers are electrically inductive.  They cause fires, interfere with pacemakers and health monitoring equipment.’ Human beings complete the smart meter circuit by inducting their wireless currents.  “Head-to-toe impacts every function in the body,”

STATEMENT:  EWEB’s reference to WHO (World Health Organization): “There is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF (Radio Frequencies) signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”

RESPONSE:   Documented proof to the contrary has been submitted to EWEB in many indisputable forms.  WHO (World Health Organization) lost any credibility when they were charged with “Manipulating Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency”:  www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14901 .  Evidence piled up that the WHO pushed for a [false] “Level 6” Pandemic listing when there was no pandemic. What was at stake was billions of dollars for various drug companies to market a variety of unsafe and untested vaccines.

QUESTION:  What updated proven facts will you share with your ratepayer as you market your OPT-IN plan?  The damages have now been proven by specialists in all related fields in the US and globally to outweigh the benefits by far.

COMMISSIONERS, where you listening to us?  Where you reading our E-Mails and possibly following our references?  This unto itself was the reason why we voted for you.  We wanted you as our commissioners to hear our concerns and act in our best interest.

‘Smart’ Meters HAVE NOT BEEN PROVEN in ANYONE’S best interest IN ANY OF THE MANY SAFETY CONCERNS.  They will NOT save us any money.  They have NOT been proven to be totally free of starting fires.  The collector meters, we’ve been informed. Will become a part of our neighborhood SUBSTATIONS, some located very close to homes and small businesses.  Would you be able to disprove the large distance (1-5 miles) of radiation around these “collector meters”?  Or the RadioFrequency /Microwave Radiation field around each ‘Smart’ Meter?  Roger Gray, at the October fist meeting gave an EWEB’s well worn comparison of ‘Smart’ Meters to CELL PHONES and LAPTOP COMPUTERS.  Of course there is a danger – and there is a choice.

EWEB Commissioners; for the safety of your Ratepayers I am asking you to please review our information.  Do not “White wash” your ‘Smart’ Meter information to families with children and the unborn. So they will opt-in to something they are not totally aware of.  So families wonder why there children are always getting sick or perhaps even born with Autism.  Or wonder why our family pet won’t come in the house anymore.  Don’t let the birds, bees and crickets are the last we hear.

It is your responsibility to inform us about medical dangers as it refers to medical issues including not being able to depend on:  Implants, dialysis, and breathing machines, insulin pumps, metal implants as thermal heat sinks and more.  Will you inform them of their rights under the American’s with Disability Act (attachment)?  As I understand it the Commissioners will be held responsible for any damages or deaths resulting from disinformation before installation of these meters.

Many people who have read the minutes or will read the minutes will know that you have been informed in ways that confirm the TRUTH without a doubt about all potential damages.  We don’t care to have our rate increases include your lawyer fees.

Children, the risks are five times higher than adults,

Those who are electromagnetically sensitive or have Radio Frequency Sickness (recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act).

People with pacemakers, prosthetic devices, and wireless insulin pumps.

Deep Brain Stimulators as with Alzheimer’s patients.

Heart disease, pulmonary conditions.

Harmful biological effects to existing medical conditions.

Metal Implants on or in their bodies: as well as dental metals (such as silver-mercury amalgams or gold inlays);

Radiofrequency interference causes malfunctioning of medical and critical-care equipment, such as pacemakers, wireless insulin pumps, pain pumps, ventilators, and other medical equipment.

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD AND RADIOFREQUENCY SICKNESS IS NOT A DISEASE IT IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY INDUCED FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT RECOGNIZED BY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

Eve Woodward-Shawl

Nov 11

EWEB Meeting 11/5/13 – public input by Abraham Likwornik

EWEB  Meeting 11/5/13   public input by Abraham Likwornik

It is obvious that by your vote to install so-called “smart” meters, you have given great importance to one man’s input (EWEB General Manager, Roger Gray) and have chosen to mostly ignore the information of the people of Eugene and other verbal, written and media input presented to you over the past few months.  This is unfortunate for the people of Eugene.

 

Each member of this board of commissioners has been given enough credible, verifiable, proof, information, and resources that would convince any prudent man or woman that these so-called “smart” meters endanger the health, safety, financial welfare, privacy and security of all the people in EWEB’s service area.  In other words, you have all been given lawful notice of the consequences of your actions.  You can not now claim ignorance of the dangers and controversy about these digital meters.  This makes each and everyone of you, in your private capacity, liable for your conduct.  You have chosen, by your vote, to act outside of your official public capacity by not following EWEB’s by-laws and environmental mandate and pl

EWEB environmental policy

Adopted by commissioners on November 4, 1997

EWEB takes responsibility for the environmental consequences of our actions..

EWEB conducts business in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner while providing our customers with safe, reliable, and responsive utility service.

We are committed to innovative, cost-effective approaches to environmental challenges, to integration of environmental considerations in all aspects of our activities, and to continual improvement of our efforts to protect and enhance the environment.

The objectives for EWEB’s environmental commitment are to:

Prevent, minimize, or mitigate the environmental impacts of EWEB’s products and services.

Safeguard human health in the conduct of our business.

Focus on pollution prevention throughout EWEB’s facilities and operations.

Therefore you no longer have the protection or immunity of your office.  By installing your first so-called “smart” meter, you will knowingly and intentionally be endangering the people, animals and the overall quality of the environment of Eugene.  In the Law, this constitutes reckless misconduct (A person is guilty of reckless misconduct when s/he does an act, or fails to do an act in violation of his/her duty with knowledge of serious danger as may be known by a reasonable man.  uslegal.com).  It will not be the owners of EWEB who will be taking on the burden of any future lawsuits, it will be you, the men of this commission.

I respectfully demand that you cease and desist all plans and activities related to so-called digital “smart” meters and that you do not purchase or install these meters on any buildings within your service area.

 

Abraham Likwornik, SW Eugene

Nov 11

Formal request for Citizen Advisory Committee – EWEB smart meter program -Lisa-Marie DiVincent

Lisa-Marie DiVincent – EWEB Public Input 11-5-13

Greetings, Commissioners, staff and citizens,
My name is Lisa-Marie DiVincent, counselor, nonviolent communication trainer, and mediator in private practice. Please recall my message last month, “Do no harm.” Let us continue to strive for that goal.

Next, I’d like to appreciate the wireless meter opt-in, making it easier for those with sufficient scientific understanding to decline a wireless smart meter on our homes or businesses, if self-employed. 

However, public and private employees don’t have that choice. To prevent scientifically proven harm to the percentage of radiation-sensitive full time employees who will be physically compromised, I request that all public and commercial buildings remain smart meter free. An exponential increasing in community education will inform employee lawsuits proving EWEB irresponsible if not negligent. You have received ample documented evidence about smart meter risks and dangers. 

In addition, the general public should not be forced to be exposed to smart meter radiation in the course of necessary activities away from home. Concerned citizens are considering maintaining an on-going list of all homes, buildings, and businesses with smart meters installed so that aware people can protect themselves accordingly. To recap: Please keep all public and commercial buildings wireless smart meter free. 

Finally, I am formally requesting a Citizen Advisory Board to provide the community with a balanced view of wireless meter pros and cons. All EWEB publicity, promotional and bill inserts, incentives, on-line and hard copy newsletters, as well as media releases regarding this topic need balance. Over the past several months, I’m disheartened to say I’ve seen a culpable lack of transparency, with biased one-sided pro-smart meter views being consistently distributed by EWEB staff. 

The failure of truly informed choice will serve as evidence in future law suits. We owe it to our community to let _them_ decide for themselves by hearing the different versions — the slant of EWEB staff and that of citizens opposed to wireless meters. A large majority of EWEB customers still lack exposure to the pros and cons that would help them decide which presentations to base their choice on. By failing to fully inform customers, the opt-in clause will not protect EWEB from future class action lawsuits. 
 
Despite working full time, I’ve been volunteering considerable energy towards researching and informing our community to help EWEB Do No Harm. Please let a Citizen Advisory Committee contribute to the public’s right to know instead of continuing down the contentious path of this dangerous controversy. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lisa-Marie DiVincent
Individual, Relationship, and Family Counselor and Mediator
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Trainer
Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication Coach
Empathy Cafe – “Evolve Your Talk!” Open group – Mondays 7-9 pm
541-484-7366

Nov 05

RE: smart meter opt-in, seller disclosure statement etc. – Kathy Ging public input to EWEB board 11.5.13

Kathy Ging public input to EWEB board 11.5.13

The theme of my remarks is the phrase _rules of thumb_ used by former EWEB General Manager Randy Berggren 3.23.10 at EWEB’s annual retreat responding to a question by Commissioner John Brown as to whether the community might show opposition to smart meters which Randy discussed taking off the shelf when the economy improves.

Free Dictionary defines rule of thumbs as: A useful principle having wide application but not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation.

It is this tone that dominated EWEB’s smart meter indoctrination style campaign often denying public requests for more balanced information on its website and in public releases. As a result, most of the public is still uninformed about differences between wired and wireless smart meters and the advantages and disadvantages of each and of smart meters in general.

EWEB AMI engineer Greg Armstead’s letter at the introduction to Good Company’s triple bottom line smart meter analysis August, 2011, sets the intention stating that the study was to assure the success of smart meter implementation. (EWEB paid for the study.)

_EWEB wanted to conduct this analysis early in the planning process, to help shape the ultimate – and successful – outcome of the project. We purposefully asked The Good Company to take an outside-in community perspective of the potential impact of this technology. The Good Company looked at three potential AMI scenarios that range from a “bare bones” AMI system to one that provides a much higher potential for integrating “smart grid,” demand-response and other initiatives that will benefit the community, EWEB and its customers._

http://www.eweb.org/public/documents/smartmeter/TBLanalysis.pdf

Smart meters have opened a seller disclosure statement new Pandora box for Realtors, sellers and buyers of residential property.

I have been in discussion with legal counsel at Oregon Association of Realtors alerting them to the fact that since smart meters have been the subject of recalls, settlements and litigation (Oregon Sellers Disclosure Statement required by state law, page 3, item 6 asks if any product in the house has been subject to any of the above three problems), they now may need to consider adding information about smart meter manufacturer and model number including antenna to seller disclosure statements and add transparent information about smart meter liabilities to requirements for initial and continuing Realtor education.

I am not familiar with the smart meter vendor or installer potentially culpable in the settlement of Larry Nikkel in Vacaville, CA, who died in a house fire the day after a smart meter was installed, but an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount of money was awarded to his family in 2012, two years later, a warning to those who accept smart meters on their homes or other buildings and fail to disclose this issue if a fire or explosion occurs (or even health issue develops after property sale). Sellers have a duty to disclose any potential material defects exists in transferring real estate.

Litigation has been filed in several states (some lawsuits have been won by litigants) and countries regarding smart meters and recall of thousands of Sensus-USA meters in the PECO, Philadelphia, PA, utility district is documented in press items. News items report dozens of fires triggered also in Texas, California, Florida, Canada and elsewhere from smart meters

A seller’s disclosure statement is required to be completed in Oregon by sellers in all residential sales transaction with certain exceptions. Not informing sellers and Realtors about potential liability in neglecting due diligence and standard of care in advising their principal about issues can create liability for sellers and Realtors who are assumed to be professionals trained in the problems and possible material defects in the built environment.

As documented in affidavits and filings, FCC proceeding 13-84, a new class of refugees sensitive to electromagnetic fields has resulted from proliferation of wireless technology. It could be that a publicly available list of buildings with wired meters should be mandated and that this should be an essential part of EWEB’s opt-in plan. The exact model number and name of the manufacturer and installer should be provided to homeowners by EWEB for their permanent files so that they can disclose this information on seller disclosure statements.

Your erroneous decision to allow an OPT IN instead of a 10 year zero option or a real zero option – indefinite moratorium which many informed ratepayers wanted – now creates another complexity in real estate sales.

About your annual survey indicating about half of the respondents supporting and half not supporting smart meters: more significant is that as people learned about smart meter problems and controversies, there was a 340% increase of those opposing EWEB’s planned AMI program from 2011 to 2013.

If you read the comments on one the TV channel Facebook postings after 10.1, all were opposed to smart meters except for one woman who thought she had a smart meter but since wireless meters cannot be used in rural areas, she may not have known that her meter probably was NOT wireless and may have been a digital AMR or ETR not a smart meter.

If it had not been for Families for SAFE Meters and medical, scientific, engineering and education professionals who diligently attempted to educate EWEB staff and board in the last 2.25 years, ratepayers would have not been as well informed as to wireless meter technology and liabilities.

It is puzzling why EWEB General Manager Roger Gray denied the role Families… played in the 10.2.13 RG article. Three staff and one board member commented to me that without Families… involvement, a wireless radio mesh net probably would have been installed.

It is difficult especially for a manager to admit mistakes, but the public deserves better treatment by Oregon’s largest publicly owned utility leader. Ratepayers also have great consternation about misrepresentations in Gray’s responses to board inquiries about smart meter fires and explosions – over 1,000 worldwide -, health consequences, Fourth Amendment privacy rights violations and other issues that should dictate to a prudent person to approve at least a 10 year moratorium.

One totally veracious statement Gray made confirmed that the smart grid is not hack-proof, adding that he would attend a conference on the topic! For cyber-security concerns alone, EWEB should not have approved smart meters. The public was appalled that they were not given the opportunity to rebut and rectify Gray’s numerous mistakes and the Board made a hasty decision on distorted information and disinformation inadequately researched by the General Manager and the staff.

If you as a Board allow the staff to adopt incentives for smart meter installation, it would be further anomalous public policy.

There is still time to reverse your decision approving the opt-in smart meter plan before legal action or a petition drive that could cause more dissension and acrimony in the community.

Thank you for your public service and for your careful consideration of the information provided here.

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Kathy Ging, M.A., G.R.I.
541-342-8461
Email: kathy@kathyging.com

Oct 25

Barrie Trower Interview by Deborah Tavares, Portland, OR, Oct., 2013 Including Item about Smart Meters

see video

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Posted by Jim Fetzer

Microwaves, Smart Meters and the use of electronics for “mind control”

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/10/24/microwaves-smart-meters-and-the-use-of-electronics-for-mind-control/

by Jim Fetzer, Barrie Trower and Deborah Tavares
For those who have wondered about the use of electronic weapons for ‘mind control’, here is a most disturbing interview of an expert, where I am publishing portions of the transcript, which is here.
The interview was provoked by a document found on the White House website entitled, “Realizing the Full Potential of Government Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth”, President’s Council of Advisors on Science Technology (20 July 2012).
The complete interview may be found in the YouTube embedded below. This is about as disturbing as it gets.
Barrie Trower is a British physicist who was trained in microwave warfare by microwave experts. He looked at aspects of microwave warfare and, when he finished the time that he spent in the military, he had a lot of expertise in the microwave field and he was asked to carry on with this research. And it was a new cold war that he discovered with microwaves. Here is his personal warning in his own words:

“In the very early 1960’s I trained with the government microwave warfare establishment. I looked at all aspects of microwave warfare and when I finished my time in the military, because I had a lot of expertise in the microwave field, I was asked if I would carry on with this research. We are in a new Cold War and this is why countries are developing this. And this is why all the microwave transmitters are going up everywhere because somebody, if they wanted to, could use them for other effects. The system is up and running.

Years ago our government said to our scientists when it comes to microwaves you will only talk about things to do with heat, and that is it. So they won’t even discuss anything else. They will deny anything that doesn’t have anything to do with heat. They even deny all their 40 years of research leading up to this, although they’ve said that this can cause cancer and all the damage, they say no it can’t. We’re only looking at heat and heat is all that matters. So for the last 40 years the English government has been lying to the people. And the American, the Canadian, the Australian, they have been lying. They have been lying to protect industry, to protect their profits, to protect themselves from lawsuits.

So they are really just liars and it is provable, sanctioned by the World Health Organization,
without a shadow of a doubt. It is the same people that sit on the ICNAP certificate, sit on our
government health protection agencies, sit on the World Health Organization . . . . it is the same
people. There are probably no more than 20 of them. But, yes, they are going to, in my opinion,
commit the worst genocide this planet has ever known, not just people, but animals and plants.
They are probably going to cause more destruction than a global war, and in several hundred
years time, people will look back, whoever survives, and look at what we tried to do to stop
them.”

About gaining a foothold
Deborah Tavares: So as we go through this, Barrie, I would like for you to explain some of what you see in this document, if you would, because it’s going through thirteen pages, and they’re talking about what the purpose of the spectrum is and if we could just flip slowly each portion represents one page that is on our website.
Barrie Trower: One of the things you said, the universities, for instance, they may not be guilty. And I can give you an example. The government holds massive amounts of funds for research and the universities apply for research grants. Now to give you one example in the United States, the government asked one university if it could devise a method whereby if you beamed
microwaves into somebody’s ears the vibrational frequencies in the cochlea, they would actually produce sound in the person head so nobody else around could hear, just the one person being beamed could hear the sound.
And the University was told this would aid the deaf enormously because people could talk into a device and they would just hear it straight through. It was also picked up by the super store manufacturers who said we could also use this for good because if we have shoplifters, we can beam the pulse frequencies to the shoplifters to say, “You’re being watched. Put this down.” We’ll prevent crime, and that was used for good. It didn’t take people very long, especially the military and other super stores to think, ‘well, hang on, we can use this for our own devices’.

So the military can now put voices into people’s heads to do whatever deed they wish it to achieve, and the super stores have also realized that rather than say ‘put that down, you’re going to steal it’ , if you’re indecisive and you’re shopping, they can say ‘you really do want to buy this’, and after nine months, and I got the figure from one of your calls, somebody took one of your super stores to court for beaming them. And they made a phenomenal profit in just nine months, phenomenal profit. But because your Federal Communications Committee says that microwaves were safe, the case fell.

So all I’m saying is that when you’re reading out the universities, they may be acting totally innocently and it may be that the recipients, after the research is done, say now we will turn this to our advantage.
Deborah Tavares: And that’s because so much is compartmentalized and that’s how they keep this monster escalating to the degree that they are.
Barrie Trower: Yes. It’s perception.
About the use of “Smart Meters”
Deborah Tavares: Would you say that as far as the microwave targeting of mass populationsnow, which is what this is showing (holds White House document up), is the intention where we were talking about more specific targeted people hundreds of thousands globally?
Barrie Trower: Yes.
Deborah Tavares: Now we’re looking at a map that really does show a mass targeting particularly of the United States?

Barrie Trower: Oh yes. Absolutely. Really this is one of the ideas behind the Smart Meter where they put them on everybody’s homes. What they can do now. They can watch every single person in that house. They can watch you go to bed. They can watch what you’re doing in bed. They can watch you on the toilet and in the bath. They can hear every single word you’re saying. They have a machine which will measure your hormone levels. They have a machine, provided they’re within a 150 feet, they can measure your brain activity and they can even tell what frame of mind you’re in.

Now, if they can do this to an entire population, most people would not like it done to them but would be unaffected, and from the government point of view is, we’re really not interested in 98% of the population anyway, but we want the 2% that could be dangerous to the American citizens. But that doesn’t’ apply. They then do on to say, “Well hang on, there’s a group there that are obstructing us doing this, demonstrators. We’ll watch those.” And then you get to people of specific religions, and people with long hair, and people who smoke cannabis, and the level comes down and down and down to the point where they’re actually monitoring about 75% of the population and they have the computer
technology to do this.

Mind Control and Behavior Shaping
Deborah Tavares: Well, that is what we’re understanding is the intention of this (holding up the White House document). And what this is of course depicting is psychotronic weapons for mass mind control and about quantum computers and mind control, mind theft, and invasion of the human brain with artificial intelligence. Could you explain to people what that means.
Barrie Trower: The first thing, with this (referring to the White House document) when you blanket a whole area, there are different reasons for monitoring populations, and right now in the United States there could be to my knowledge between 40 to 45 countries blanketing people with microwaves, and all you need is a few vehicles, blanketing people with microwaves for specific purposes. Now I grew up in the Cold War era with spies, and forget James Bond or anything silly like that, the main weapon of a spy, any spy from any country, the main weapon is blackmail. That is the main weapon. Because, for instance, if I’m from a country and I want to get a spy into the United States they’re going to need documentation. To get a passport or a birth certificate or some form of documentation you need a professional person or two, like a lawyer, to sign an affidavit or something to say I have known this person since they were zero years old, they are now 22. I can identify them . . . everything.

They are a person. To get a professional person like a lawyer, if you blanket an area with microwaves, you know every conversation they’re having, you know where they go, what they’re doing. For instance, if you have a person who is a pedophile, a person who has a mistress or two, a person who is a secret alcoholic or gambler and they would lose their job if it became known, all they have to do is go up to that person and say is this is what we have on you, and you’re from another country obviously, this is what we have on you and we will give you a choice and you make your decision now. And this is what they do.

You make your decision now. Either this goes in your local press in the Sunday newspaper or you will lose your job, your children come out of university with disgrace, your wife will leave you and run away and hide, you will lose your house, everything, and you will never work again. You will be a beggar on the streets, if you’re lucky. Or you can sign this piece of paper to say you know this individual. They’re an upstanding person. They deserve the passport. They deserve a job reference because they should get this job. You’ll highly recommend that. You will sign it and we will go away. You will never see us again. Most people, given ten seconds thought, will sign and walk away and breathe a sigh of relief. That is why I suspect this, the blanketing the whole area (points to the White House document). It may not be the United States. It could be up to 40 countries. And I
can assure you there are at least 40 countries who would like to get spies in the United States. And when they’re in, they’re in. Then it goes on from there.

I don’t like the word ‘mind control’ because you don’t really control the mind. You can change it to act in a different behavior, but you do not permanently control it. You can make people do things, and that’s very easy. I could do it. I could do it to you in less than three days.

Deborah Tavares: Such as assassins?
Barrie Trower: I could turn you into an assassin in less than three days. That’s easy. So there are lots, and lots and lots of different reasons for blanketing an area and watching people. And 98% of the population probably would not be affected, but it is the fact that you have no choice. And if you upset somebody in the government, they can abuse their authority and target you.
Whistleblowers and Death Threats
Deborah Tavares: There are many scientists who realize what their scientific experiments have now caused. They’re not being used for the benefit of mankind and they now see how those are being used against their children, their families, and the world at large and they’re coming out and they’re letting this be known. And they’re not being targeted microwaves and the inventions that they’ve created are now being used against many of these whistleblowers, would you say?
Barrie Trower: Yes. And I can give you a specific example from a chief scientific officer in England. But, if you’re going to become a whistleblower you must realize first of all you’re going to receive death threats and these are very serious death threats. You are going to lose your job. Your children are not going to get a job or go to university. It is a family sacrifice, as well as yours.

I can give you an example. I’ve received many cryptic and strange messages from senior persons. I received a message from a very, very senior scientist in the top secret experimental place in England. He said, “I need to talk to you, Barrie.” I said okay and we met. He said I am going to give the perspective from where I am sitting. We have received a contract from the government to do research. I’m researching the effect of microwaves on the brain and the heart. I am one of the country’s leading research scientists. What they have asked me to do is study the brain and the heart being exposed to various microwaves, a specific pulse frequency known to affect the brain and the heart.

I know and you know, because a part of my degree was experimental physics, that if we’re going to do a study on the heart and the brain we’re looking at about 15 years. It would take about ten years to do the study and another five years to tie up the loose ends, write it, have it peer reviewed, go to publication. You and I know, because if I said to you how long would it take to do these experiments, you would say ten to fifteen years, which is what the drug companies do when they’re testing a new drug. It’s always a minimum of ten years, maybe longer. They don’t always get it right, but at least they have a go.
And he said to me there’s a lot of money involved here. Do you know how long they’ve given me to do the experiments on the brain and the heart? One of them, ten minutes and the other one is 20 or 25 minutes. I can do them both in an hour and have time for a cup of coffee. He said now I know that when I do these, the results are going to show SAFE, SAFE, SAFE, SAFE, SAFE. And I know that they are going to use this with the stamp of my laboratory to say ‘this is safe—sell it’. And this particular system has now been sold to 150 countries as safe.

And he said to me, now I’ve done nothing wrong. I did the experiments. I produced the results, which are safe, but I know this is going to be abused. I know that people are going to die because this is going to be published. Women are going to get breast cancers, miscarriages; all sorts of things are going to happen. But they’re going to do that—not me. He said now I am in a top government scientist job. I have a top salary. I have two children at university, one at college. I have a mortgage on a big beautiful house. If I spill the beans, I will lose everything today and I will never work again. My children will come out of university and my life will be a mess. What do I do? I said you only have two choices: you give up your family and your children’s university educations and everything, or you keep quiet. And those were the only two choices, and he decided to keep quiet.

Deborah Tavares: Well, of course, we know in many of these decisions the dangers beyond the family, and the fact that the family is going to be assaulted and confronted by increased frequencies anyway, as well as all of his friends and the rest of the world.
Barrie Trower: So this is the dilemma that some of the scientists are put in. So even when you read up laboratories, it may be that the scientists did nothing wrong, he did nothing wrong. He did what he was asked to do. He gave the results he was asked to give. It was the other people who are doing something wrong. But again, I’m very, very wary of reading out lists of corporations and laboratories because the people responsible may not be responsible.

 

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Oct 25

Proven Dangers of Radio-Frequency/Microwave Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phone Towers

Proven Dangers of Radio-Frequency/Microwave Radiation from WiFi, Smart Meters and Cell Phone Towers

 

Prof. Olle Johansson on WiFi in Schools: Irreversible Sterility in Future Generations (August, 2013)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH3gJctqKk4

The Cooking of Humanity – Barrie Trower, England, 10.2013 interview in Portland, OR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JojdEH0nzos&feature=youtu.be

New Barrie Trower WiFi Report: Humanity At The Brink

As stated by University Researchers, Government Scientists and International Scientific Advisors, a minimum of 57.7% of schoolgirls exposed to low-level microwave radiation (Wi-Fi) are at risk of suffering stillbirth, foetal abnormalities or genetically damaged children, when they give birth. Any genetic damage may pass to successive generations. — nexusnow.info/forum/showthread.php?14473-Barrie-Trower-WiFi-Report–humanity-at-the-brink

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Scientist (9.29.13)

(CSIRO) Australia’s national science agency scientist won compensation for crippling headaches, nausea and

dizziness and pain caused by using Wi-Fi and computers at work. — http://www.news.com.au/technology/csiroscientist-

dr-david-mcdonald-wins-compensation-for-wifi-pain/story-e6frfrnr-1226729178281

Harvard Doctor Warns About Wi Fi In Schools (Feb. 8 Letter to L.A. Unified School District)

Dr. Martha R. Herbert of the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital has written a powerful letter with a clear message to a US school division considering installing WiFi in schools. Every parent, grandparent, teacher, school administrator, school board trustee and others working in the school system needs to read this letter. — www.c4st.org/news/item/scientific-research/harvard-doctor-warns-about-wi-fi-in-schools.html

SAFE SCHOOLS 2012 — Medical and Scientific Experts Call for Safe Technologies in Schools

(6.25.12 —  Comprehensive Overview) — http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf

France: The Precautionary Principle Soon to be Applied in Schools

http://markcrispinmiller.com/2013/04/france-moving-toward-a-ban-on-wi-fi-in-childrens-classrooms

American Academy of Environmental Medicine — Open Letter to Superintendents of US School

Districts (May 13, 2013) — http://aaemonline.org/images/wifiusa.pdf

Ipads: How Safe Are Our Children? (The Green Gazette, July-August 2013)

https://interactivepdf.uniflip.com/2/60627/289518/pub (online PDF; flip to page 4)

American Academy of Pediatrics Statement to FCC Regarding

Dangers of Wireless Technology to Children (FCC 13-84 09-03-2013)

http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/wi-fi-in-schools

UK doctors letter from 6 June 2013 — WiFi SSITA (click on date in URL)

http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/wi-fi-in-schools/uk-doctors-letter-wifi-ssita-6-june-2013-2

Children and Cell Phones: Time To Start Talking Sense (May 2010)

http://www.microwavenews.com/docs/Children.Adults.pdf

Wi-Fi Electromagnetic Fields Exert Gender Related Alterations on EEG — by Christos N. Capsalis

http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/6internatwshopbioeffemf/cd/pdf/poster/wi-fi%20electromagnetic%20fields%20exert%20gender.pdf

Los Angeles Teacher’s Union, representing 40,000 teachers and other workers, passed by sweeping

majority a resolution to Ensure Safety from Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in Schools,

including EMF Emissions from Wireless Technology

http://wifiinschools.com/uploads/3/0/4/2/3042232/la_teachers_union.pdf

WiFi in Schools

http://wiredchild.org/schools.html

A classroom fitted with wi-fi means that the children and staff are exposed to constant low-level microwave radiation. A small number of people are likely to suffer symptoms like headaches as a result. Everyone is affected cumulatively by this exposure and current evidence suggests that children may be more likely to develop medical problems during childhood, as well as cancers and other serious illnesses later in life. Low-level microwave radiation has also been linked to problems with cognitive skills, particularly memory, concentration and reaction time. … Of particular significance for children are studies which indicate that children absorb more radiation in the brain than adults which may indicate a greater risk of brain tumors.

Read about the radiation exposures from wi-fi in schools… The schoolís duty of care means that wi-fi is generally inappropriate in school, where pupils and teachers are unable to choose to avoid this radiation. A wired network should be used instead; this can be practically as easy and is usually faster and more secure. BECTA, the government’s educational technology advisory agency highlights some technical problems with wireless networks, such as cost, security, speed and coverage.

Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation (6.11.12)

https://maisonsaine.ca/sante-et-securite/electrosmog/smart-meters-correcting-gross-misinformation.html

Dr. Paul Dart, Eugene native, publication presented to Eugene Water & Electric Board (6.4.13):

Biological and Health Effects of Microwave Radio Frequency Transmissions:

A Review of the Research Literature

http://www.national-toxic-encephalopathy-foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Biological_and_Health_

Effects_of_Microwave_Radio_Frequency_Transmissions.pdf

Dr. Dart: Live Video Presentations to EWEB (7.23.13)

Huge percentage increase in breast cancer demonstated in 2nd video, especially in women

in Netanya, Israel, living within a couple hundred meters of a cell tower.

http://www.RadiationReport.com/SmartMeters

Martin Pall, PhD, Portland, OR report synopsizing studies on

how EMF affects cells, and voltage-gated calcium channels

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23802593

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For extensive list of sites regarding WiFi in schools:

http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/wi-fi-in-schools

Examples:

Israel: Deputy Minister of Health Says, “Rethink Wi Fi in Schools”

IPAD Danger Worse Than Cell Phone Globe & Mail, 6.5.12

Ontario Catholic Teachers Union Calls for Wi Fi Ban in Schools. March 2012

“IARC Classification of RF as Possible Class 2B Carcinogen Includes WiFi” Dr. Baan, IARC April, 2012

Second Ontario School Removes Wi Fi Due to Health Concerns (Digital Journal 10.15.11)

Oct 04

Testimony to EWEB board by Mariah Leung, 10/1/13

Testimony to EWEB board by Mariah Leung, 10/1/13

I want to make it clear to board tonight that I DO NOT want “Smart Meters” installed on my property.

I am deeply concerned with the surveillance potential and surveillance intentions of these meters.

As our household appliances and electronic devices are progressively replaced with new units designed to communicate with the meters, our household activities will become visible and profiled by EWEB and anyone else who gains access to these data.

Whether I favor the stove or the microwave.  What time we go to bed, get up and shower.  Are we away from home, how often, how regularly, when, and how long.  Do we watch TV, when and what programs.  How many computers and what type we use. What appliances have and haven’t been replaced with new, so-called “smart” varieties?

According to hacking experts, these data cannot be secured.

They can be sold to marketers.

They can be stolen by tech-savvy criminals.

And most threateningly, they can be provided to or taken by government agencies in violation of our 4th Amendment protections against search and seizure without court authorization.

Director of the CIA, General David Petraeus, stated that smart meters will allow the government to spy on its citizens, and it will undoubtedly do so.

I deeply honor the courageous risks and sacrifices of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

We must honor their sacrifices by heeding their warnings about a surveillance state out of our control.

Smart meters are a powerful potential instrument of that state that would allow not only surveillance but control of our central power supplies – communications could be shut down at any time.  If we expect to retain any hope of a free society, we must never allow this.

Testimony to EWEB board by Cindy Allen, 10/1/13

In regards to having an “Indefinite Moratorium” on the smart meter, there is much to be hopeful for this evening.

I’m grateful to the hundreds of opposition groups world-wide.

I’m grateful to the thousands who have shared their negative smart meter comments and experiences on The Internet.  People seem to agree on one thing…they don’t want one and they certainly do not want a “world-wide” smart meter grid with all of its security issues.

I’m grateful to Josh del Sol, the producer of Take Back Your Power.  This 2-year-in- the-making documentary features the former Prime Minister of British Columbia, the state Attorneys General of Illinois and Massachusetts, the former Director of the CIA, several doctors and many others.  Another major film about the “smart meter agenda” is soon to be released.

Here in Eugene, we still have our working analog meters and we don’t have the problems of other areas.

-We are not in the situation as the people in Fountain, Colorado. Citizens obtained signatures to place a recall of the smart meters on their November 2014 ballot.

-We don’t have the class-action lawsuits that California has, or Washington, or British Columbia. Concerns cited include health, security, fires, illegal entry, fraud, etc.  FRAUD: the smart meter is brought in under the “disguise” of saving money but bills go up not down.

Commissioners, in regards to the $26 million smart meter contract, I think you were misled about the benefits but that can no longer be said.  You’ve had time to study the large amount of negative information, you’ve watched the documentary, Take Back Your Power, and you’ve researched the reasons for the class-action lawsuits.

There are so many, many questions and concerns about the smart meter.

One of the major questions that everyone is asking is WHY?…Why this untested technology with it’s obvious flaws is being “PUSHED”…”FORCED” on people who do not want it.

Oct 04

Testimony by Kathy Ging at EWEB 10.1.13

Testimony to EWEB board by Kathy Ging, 10/1/13

You heard ratepayer-owner views cautioning you, as public stewards, not to undertake an experimental technology rife with numerous controversies not the least of which is pending litigation in several states and countries.

 

Where EWEB went wrong was in not following primary advice in how to try to matriculate the smart meter program by setting up a citizen advisory committee – which your staff in early emails said they thought was a good idea.

Good Company’s triple bottom line report on smart meters which EWEB authorized, dated August, 2011, recommended focus groups and gave the impression that these should be an ongoing public involvement process.

Instead, only one focus group was held at the early stage (to the best of my knowledge).

Those questioning smart meters and outright opponents were not invited. No ongoing attempt to involve the broad intellectual and experiential skills of our unique community in doing a DISCOVERY was in evidence – the sine qua non for major public policy undertakings like smart meters that have been called the biggest electric utility development since power lines.

Good Company’s Executive Summary, Page One:

(QUOTE)  “Any AMI strategy will succeed only if it engages the community as a whole. Eugene is known for a high bar of public involvement, but AMI efforts elsewhere have suffered when they have failed to engage the public on AMI”  and  “A careful and open approach will reap both goodwill and an energy future worth aspiring to.”  (UNQUOTE)

Page 4 of Good Company’s report recommends conducting focus groups, yet outreach did not allow input by the public increasingly educated and wanting to be more involved not only in discovery but also in the display of info on EWEB’s website. Little or no information critiquing smart meter potential problems was available to the public either by newsletters like the Pipeline, website, Facebook or public forums sponsored by EWEB (no members of Families

for SAFE Meters were invited to present).   Public input questioning smart meters or alerting the Board to risks was allowed and recorded in the minutes but few ratepayers read minutes.

Another problem of which new board members should be aware is Good Company’s report did NOT investigate, then include, the increasing number of smart meter moratoriums that had surfaced by August, 2011, in California and elsewhere. As a result, the Board did not receive an accurate state-of-the-technology analysis or the growing public resistance to the smart meter and grid – emerging controversies like fraudulent representations by utilities of signal emissions and effects, cost-benefits, fires and explosions, privacy and cyber grid vulnerability concerns, Fourth Amendment violations and more.

The report SHOULD have been more investigative instead of perfunctory and should have been updated in 2012 and 2013 but was not.  Instead, staff, uninformed or blissfully ignorant about whirling controversies exploding worldwide, often assumed a supercilious attitude toward the public that marginalized responsible citizens trying to educate themselves because a vacuum in leadership was notable at EWEB.    EWEB continually presented the technology to the public as if it was a DONE DEAL not an experimental technology to be tested and evaluated. No health warnings appeared on their web site.

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” -Thomas Jefferson

The tragedy of the EWEB Commons is that EWEB management and staff, apparently operating under misguided board directives particularly, it would seem, of the two longer serving board members, neglected to involve the public sufficiently so EWEB has experienced and will continue to suffer from a huge backlash if  AMI options 1 or 2 are approved. The safe alternative is to vote for ZERO.

The fait accompli approach that marginalized questions by an increasingly informed public led to the still growing mistrust of EWEB as a utility on which owner-ratepayers can rely. Many reasons exist for that stance which I won’t pursue here but will be explored if relevant in future statements.

Finally, a man contacted me who had been in public office and knows about health consequences of RF/MW and was the funding source for the recent RG ads. He also stated his intention to help with a petition campaign if needed.

Thank you for taking the RIGHT action so that the public does not have to pay penalties later.

 

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