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Michigan Judge Orders Justification of Smart Meter Refusal Fees

“As well as the potential health issues, at oral arguments, appellants argued that smart meters may in fact be the instrument of monitoring, listening, and viewing activities in individual’s homes. JUDGE OCONNELL: They also argued that smart meters are networked and, without proper security measures, anyone, including the government and hackers, could monitor a customer’s activities. “I note that 50 years ago, only a few brilliant minds were concerned about the health hazards of smoking, and we have only recently become aware of the health hazards of second-hand smoke. I suspect there is no need to mention the health hazards of lead-based paint or radium-painted glow-in-the-dark watches produced from 1917 to 1926. At the time, all of these products were not considered health hazards.”

‘SMART’ LIGHTBULBS REVEAL WiFi PASSWORDS

Researchers have found a way to reveal Wi-Fi passwords by hacking mobile phone controlled LED “smart” lights. The discovery highlights the inherent danger in having countless home appliances connected to the Internet – as experts predict as many as 50 such devices in the average home by 2022 . Other lights such as the Phillips Hue were successfully hacked last year as well.

Navy Shooter Exposed to Brain Toxins As 9/11 Rescuer, Possibly Made Electrically Sensitive

Aaron Alexis was a computer programmer. He would have been exposed to low level electromagnetic fields for hours on a daily basis. He most certainly was experiencing brain toxicity and had been exposed to toxins that could have made his nervous system hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields – unable to sleep, feeling vibrations, driven over the edge. Is it possible that Alexis was delusional not because of a psychiatric condition, but was neurotoxic and electromagnetically sensitive? Dr. Dean is dedicated to finding and treating the cause of disease, which is often rooted in the environment. She is board certified in environmental medicine and internal medicine. She is president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. [Research links in post.]

DOCUMENTARY QUESTIONS SAFETY OF THE GRID

Now, del Sol is on the verge of premiering a feature-length documentary — his first — titled Take Back Your Power, disclosing questionable industry practices in support of implementing networked control systems for power plants. The film links billing mistakes, invasive monitoring, even human illnesses to the rising use of smart grids in the U.S. and Europe.
Googling a very simple phrase led me to a list of “smart homes” that had done something rather stupid….Their systems had been made crawl-able by search engines….Opening a garage door could make a house ripe for actual physical intrusion….So if you can manage to get on someone’s Wi-Fi network – which is easy if they have no password on it – you could take control of their home.

“These companies are considering the home network as a fortress,” says Crowley. “In most cases, it’s anything but.”

Forbe’s: Smart Home is hacked by complete stranger

Googling a very simple phrase led me to a list of “smart homes” that had done something rather stupid….Their systems had been made crawl-able by search engines….Opening a garage door could make a house ripe for actual physical intrusion….So if you can manage to get on someone’s Wi-Fi network – which is easy if they have no password on it – you could take control of their home. “These companies are considering the home network as a fortress,” says Crowley. “In most cases, it’s anything but.”
CANADA PSYCHIATRIST CONCERNED ABOUT REMOTE INFLUENCING WEAPONRY AFFECTING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

CANADA PSYCHIATRIST CONCERNED ABOUT REMOTE INFLUENCING WEAPONRY AFFECTING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

Amin Muhammad Gadit is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine. October 2009, he writes a paper with the title “Terrorism and Mental Health: The issue of Psychological Fragility” published in Journal …

A rush by the Energy Department to use stimulus money to modernize the country’s power grid has left the system vulnerable to cyberattacks, the agency’s internal watchdog found.

Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman found “shortcomings” in the cybersecurity plans of more than a third of the utility companies that got federal funding for “smart grid” projects — from incomplete strategies to prevent an attack to vague steps for stopping one if it started.

Of 99 grants awarded to utilities — ranging from $400,000 to $200 million — 36 recipients did not take all the required security steps to ward off a cyberattack, auditors found. Even though Energy Department officials told the utilities to update their plans, many did not.

WASHINGTON POST: The Grid System Vulnerable to Cyberattacks, Gov’t Auditors Say

A rush by the Energy Department to use stimulus money to modernize the country’s power grid has left the system vulnerable to cyberattacks, the agency’s internal watchdog found. Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman found “shortcomings” in the cybersecurity plans of more than a third of the utility companies that got federal funding for “smart grid” projects — from incomplete strategies to prevent an attack to vague steps for stopping one if it started. Of 99 grants awarded to utilities — ranging from $400,000 to $200 million — 36 recipients did not take all the required security steps to ward off a cyberattack, auditors found. Even though Energy Department officials told the utilities to update their plans, many did not.

Police Officer Develops Brain Tumor from Mobile Communications Radiation

"I am 100 percent sure the skin rashes are due to radiation from Rachel (wireless communications equipment) and I strongly suspect that it caused the tumor as well." The fact that the radio system is mainly used in vehicles is what worries Roger Carlstrom. "The waves bounce off the roof and back at the user with an effect that is perhaps ten times more powerful than a GSM phone," says Roger Carlstrom. "I think that the radio system that works with pulsed microwaves should be banned until it is considered how dangerous they might be."
For a long-range cost-effective environmentally safe solution, we should push for metering over (via) landlines. Most structures already have copper landlines going into them, so a vast national infrastructure already exists. Plus, AT&T is petitioning the FCC to allow them to abandon their entire landline network anyway. 

Connecticut Attorney General: “The pilot results showed no beneficial impact on total energy usage,” Jepsen said. “And, the savings that were seen in the pilot were limited to certain types of customers and would be far outweighed by the cost of installing the new meter systems,” he said.

Efficient Alternative to Smart Meters

For a long-range cost-effective environmentally safe solution, we should push for metering over (via) landlines. Most structures already have copper landlines going into them, so a vast national infrastructure already exists. Plus, AT&T is petitioning the FCC to allow them to abandon their entire landline network anyway. Connecticut Attorney General: “The pilot results showed no beneficial impact on total energy usage,” Jepsen said. “And, the savings that were seen in the pilot were limited to certain types of customers and would be far outweighed by the cost of installing the new meter systems,” he said.
Verizon Wireless, the largest cellular carrier in the U.S., is already monitoring cell phones and selling the information. In October, Verizon enrolled its entire customer base into its program to track customer usage and location, as well as browsing data, demographic info, and app usage.

Protect Your Cell Phone from Prying Eyes in 2012

Verizon Wireless, the largest cellular carrier in the U.S., is already monitoring cell phones and selling the information. In October, Verizon enrolled its entire customer base into its program to track customer usage and location, as well as browsing data, demographic info, and app usage.