Dr. Joel Moskowitz wins freedom of information journalism award for lawsuit releasing California Department of Public Health cell phone advisory

Northern California Society of Professional Journalists announced February 21 that Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health, was a winner of its 2018  James Madison Freedom of Information Award in the Citizen category.

From Northern California Society of Professional Journalists

“The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards recognize Northern California organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information and/or expression in the spirit of James Madison, the creative force behind the First Amendment. SPJ NorCal presents the awards near Madison’s birthday, March 16, and National Freedom of Information Week, which is March 11-18 this year.

Susan Fowler and Dr. Joel Moskowitz win Citizen Awards. Fowler was an early voice in what became the #MeToo movement, blowing the whistle on workplace sexual harassment at Uber and giving voice to women in the tech industry and beyond it. Moskowitz, the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, successfully sued the state under the California Public Records Act, securing the release of a report on cell phone radiation commissioned by California’s Department of Public Health.”

He and the other winners of the 2018 James Madison Freedom of Information awards will be honored at the 33rd Annual Awards dinner March 27, 2018, in San Francisco.

For details and additional information:
http://www.spjnorcal.org/new/2018/02/21/spj-norcal-honors-2018-foi-award-winners/

 

 

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Michigan hearing, March 2. Senator calls for shut-off moratorium and steep fines to reimburse affected customers; computer problems caused many power shut-offs

Michigan Public Service Commission hearing
Friday, March 2, 2018, 9 AM
Lansing, Michigan

It is critical that people call the MPSC to lodge complaints. If people don’t call, the extent of the investigation will be understated. People should call 1.800.292.9555 for any complaint they have, even if the incident occurred several months ago.
— Sen. Patrick Colbeck

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“I’m being contacted by the friends and families of people in their 70s and 80s who are disabled or have asthma or congestive heart failure,” Sen. Colbeck said. “I’m getting contacted by people who have cancer or whose children have cancer and are now in the damp cold. People who are dependent on nebulizers of other powered medical devices.

Some are homebound and are getting their power cut without a knock. Some go out to the grocery store and come home to darkness. I know of one elderly disabled couple who is going into their third winter without power.”

In a series of hard-hitting articles, Sen. Patrick Colbeck details his investigation into DTE and Consumers Energy power shut-offs during winter, and Michigan Public Service Commission “dereliction of duty”, even denying hearing rights, and waiving rules and record keeping by the utility companies so that the numbers of people being disconnected cannot be discovered.

He describes his amazement at the PSC and utility companies’ continued policies to shut of electricity, and the horrifying stories of elderly and disabled people and families with children living without electricity through winter (some, for multiple winters) and the Michigan resident who froze to death because he could not pay his bill.

Sen. Colbeck said that the type of behavior being exemplified by the shut-offs shows why both utility choice and meter-choice urgently need to be reexamined.

Until people can vote with their feet we’ll continue to see these problems,” Sen. Colbeck said. “People deserve the right to flee poor service when it jeopardizes their health and well-being.”

February 26, 2018

Colbeck regarding DTE penalties: Record fines needed, people must be compensated

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck commented Monday on the interim findingsfrom the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) formal investigation of DTE Energy regarding multiple consumer protection violations and illegal shut-offs, many of which occurred in the 7th District.

No fines have been levied against DTE by the MPSC yet,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “But clearly we have to go beyond DTE’s suggestion that the biggest penalty they pay is the detriment to their customer satisfaction, and not in any type of financial penalty.”

The MPSC findings, released Feb. 21, highlight how DTE has been caught violating several consumer protections rules, sometimes resulting in people having their power cut for inappropriate reasons. While the company has blamed many of the problems on a new computer system, Colbeck said the most recent issue fits into a longstanding pattern of poor customer service that arises when people don’t have the option to show dissatisfaction by voting with their feet.

We’re dealing with residential abuses against captive customers here,” Colbeck said.  “Many of these people were getting shut off in error during some of the coldest months we’ve seen in a decade, and it frequently took much too long for power to be restored. I think when the investigation is finished record fines will be required. We need to find a way to have real money flow back to affected customers in a manner that serves as true compensation and deterrence.”

Several hearings in the Michigan House have taken place on this issue. In one instance, a representative from DTE offered that the damage to customer satisfaction was a strong enough penalty. DTE also attempted to tout a customer service award as validation of their commitment to customer service, even though they ironically issued the press release for the award at the very same time they knew they were illegally shutting many people off from power in the middle of winter.

If DTE wants to show its commitment to customer service, quit touting sham awards and immediately begin to financially compensate these people,” said Colbeck. “They should publicly apologize to customers they left in the dark who were trying to comply with a smart meter program they never even wanted in the first place; they should offer people the ability to keep their analog meters; and if they aren’t willing to do those very reasonable and necessary things, they should set those customers free and offer them the ability to get a third party meter and electric service through somebody else.

One of the last large fines for a systemic utility violation was in 2016 when Consumers Energy was charged roughly $500,000 for estimated billing practices. Colbeck said that because of the nature and scope of the current problem, he expects fines against DTE will be much higher and that he wants to make sure people who were inappropriately shut off see payment for what they went through.  The fine money from 2016 did not go directly back to affected ratepayers.

This could be a multimillion-dollar fine, and I don’t believe current compensation to people for utility misconduct is adequate nor necessarily automatic,” Colbeck said.  “I will continue to work with the MPSC to recommend changes to their rules that I think we can all benefit from. I’m hopeful we will find some areas we can agree on, but if not, I’m working on legislation that would ensure that real consumer protections exist and that ratepayer rights can be fully exercised.”

Colbeck has previously submitted several suggestions for rule changes to the MPSC designed to make sure that the recent problems with DTE don’t happen again, and if they do, that they can be detected and stopped earlier by the state.

Part of the problem is that utility reporting is insufficient, and in many cases rules arbeing waived for years at a time,” Colbeck said. “We have people complaining that their meters aren’t accurate, yet I can’t read the reports on that because the reports don’t exist because the rules that require them have been waived. The state needs to start doing things to restore the public’s trust, to show them that their state government is looking out for them and not gaming the system against them.”

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“State-sanctioned tyranny”: Michigan senator criticizes regulatory commission’s mandated Smart Meters and condemns power shut-offs by DTE; 100s disconnected in Michigan for refusing Smart Meters

Power to the people

By Sen. Patrick Colbeck
7th Senate District
October 19, 2017

In today’s modern society, we are more dependent upon reliable access to electricity than ever before. That is why the recent actions taken by DTE Energy to shut off power to customers simply because they would like to retain their analog meters is so concerning. Amazingly, customers who fail to pay their bills are protected against a shutoff of their power, but customers who pay their bills and would simply like to retain meters that have worked reliably for decades are having their power shut off. Does this sound fair to you? It doesn’t sound fair to me.

It is my hope that people who don’t have concerns with the new meters can sympathize with those who do and see the problems that need to be fixed in our system. I certainly do, and I have one of the new meters. Many of us do not worry about a “smart house” being hacked in today’s world. In fact, many of us fully embrace the convenience of our new “connected” quality of life paradigm. But freedom matters.

While most don’t suffer health effects from the new meters, imagine if you did. Your home is supposed to be your castle, yet for hundreds of people in Michigan they will instead be forced to live with a device that makes them dizzy or causes health concerns every day of the week. They feel trapped in their own home. To even get a partially deactivated meter they must pay more for something they don’t even want, and if they refuse, their power is being turned off. That is not fair.

Remember, these people are our neighbors. Many of these people are suffering from debilitating chronic illnesses. It is a sad state of affairs when the government mandates that a citizen’s private property rights can be overruled by a utility in this manner.

What makes the latest round of shutoff notices truly concerning is that it is even affecting people who have not blocked access to their meters. While I don’t agree with it, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) rules state the utilities can turn off power to those who physically block their meters from being changed. But that is not the case with most of the people receiving shutoff notices now. These people feel brow-beaten that they are being made to not only allow the new meters to be installed, but to have to also somehow agree to actively endorse the installations they abhor. That is not just adding insult to injury. In our supposedly regulated market it is truly unconscionable. I know of one couple who has been without power for years, who are elderly and disabled. When will enough of this be enough? What harm are they causing? None.

The best way to resolve this issue is to provide consumers with choices regarding who supplies them with electrical power. If utilities actually had to compete for business, they would likely be much more responsive to the desires of their consumers. Sadly, today 90 percent of the electricity market in Michigan is reserved for “regulated utilities.” Only 10 percent of the market is open to choice. Those on the “choice” list not only have the opportunity to choose their energy source, they also pay about 20 percent less than those of us who are relegated to the regulated utility for our area. How do you get on the “choice” list? Get in line. Currently, about 15 percent of the market is on a waiting list.

The MPSC says citizens have a choice. But choosing between having electricity or not having electricity, as hundreds of people in the 7th District and across the state are finding out, is no real choice at all. It is coercion. The MPSC needs to change their rules regarding meter choice — and change them now.

Just because many people don’t have an issue with the new meters is no reason to allow for state-sanctioned tyranny. Regardless of your personal thoughts on the new meters, I hope you will join me in asking the MPSC for a change on behalf of your friends and neighbors whose only “crime” is to want to control the activities occurring at what is supposed to be their one true safe sanctuary — their home.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck represents the 7th Senate District, which encompasses the cities of Livonia, Northville, Plymouth and Wayne, as well as the townships of Canton, Northville and Plymouth.

http://www.senatorpatrickcolbeck.com/power-to-the-people/

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Electrical engineer explains to Michigan legislature why Smart Meters are causing high bills (VIDEO)

Some main points:

  • These Smart Meters and digital meters have a switched mode power supply inside that creates harmonics, also known as transients.
  • The transients travel on the wiring throughout the home.
  • Transients are seen by the current sensors and voltage sensors in the meter and are counted as consumed electricity.
  • Other electric appliances have “EMC” filters in them to filter out transients. Smart Meter manufacturers did not put “EMC” filters in Smart Meters or digital meters.
  • No agency mandated “EMC” filters in Smart Meters or digital meters.
  • Transients on the wiring equate to higher bills. Bill Bathgate has seen 16-40 volts peak-to-peak of transients.
  • ANSI, which creates standards and tests meters, is a private industry-funded organization. It is not a federal standards agency.
  • ANSI allows meter manufacturers to remove the electronics from digital meters before they are tested for compliance, including testing their ability to handle surges.
  • ANSI’s definition of accuracy is very, very different, and ANSI does not address the precision of Smart Meters to consistently and repeatedly give the right reading.
  • Analog meters are transparent; a customer can verify their bill by looking at the meter.
  • Smart Meters and digital meters’ calculations and algorithms are known only to the utility company and cannot be verified by the customer. Contrary to utility company and Smart Meter manufacturer claims, the customer is NOT in control of their bill. Example of one customer who complained, and his bill dropped for no reason.

From Michigan Stop Smart Meters

Electrical engineer Bill Bathgate testifies before Michigan House Energy Committee on 2/13/18. Committee is responding to hundreds of complaints about inflated energy bills. Bathgate testifies that he has run tests that show that both the smart electric meter and the smart meter with radio turned off are wildly innacurate but the traditional analog meter is accurate and gives repeatable results.

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South Carolina woman arrested, strip-searched, and jailed for refusing Smart Meter

From What is 5G

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: E. Michelle Mancini • blufftonsc(at)icloud.com
Please email for phone number

Armed Officers Arrest and Jail Woman to Enforce “Smart” Meters

PALMETTO ELECTRIC GETS ARMED THUGS AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE TO FORCE THEIR POOR CHOICE OF METERS 

Bluffton, South Carolina, February 19, 2018 A Sheriff arrested and jailed a woman after she had a smart meter on her home changed to an analog meter due to health issues from the radiation. The arrest warrant for Elizabeth Michelle Mancini states that Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc., did not approve the meter, and could not read it.

Ms. Mancini, a Technical Writer with no criminal record, stated, “Palmetto did not, and could not rebut my affidavit of claims related to their having put an unsafe and invasive meter on my home. I didn’t violate any law because I was simply acting in self-defense against an unsafe and unlawful meter.” She said she had no intent to defraud the utility company, and that “Utilities have been able to read analog meters for over 70 years–a third grader can do it.”

Ms. Mancini began requesting Palmetto to remove their smart meter in 2015, to protect her health and her Fourth Amendment right to privacy in the home. Ms. Mancini described going through an administrative process, serving the CEO of the power company with a “Notice and Demand,” and a subsequent “Notice of Default,” prior to installing a safe, hardwired analog meter. She returned the smart meter, undamaged, to the CEO of Palmetto and included photos of all readings for meter reading purposes, and to show she was not attempting to defraud the company.

Armed officers came to her home and made the arrest.

“Most of us are being harmed by excessive radiation, but only a small percentage of the population are clinically sensitive to radio frequencies. There was no compelling public interest to strip search and shackle me, and there is no public benefit to my prosecution. These so-called smart meters are a profitable fraud. The crime is Palmetto’s gross negligence regarding the health effects from these meters and also the violation of our right to privacy within the home. They are simultaneously harming and spying on trusting, innocent customers under the guise of delivering the most basic human needs.”

Ms. Mancini made recordings of the police when they invaded her home, but law enforcement scrubbed the recordings.

“I hope my arrest will help lead to people joining together to refuse this technology. Easements are not open ended and do not include the forcing of a radiation emitting surveillance device,” she said. Ms. Mancini has requested a continuance of a hearing scheduled.

http://whatis5g.info/injustice/2018/02/woman-arrested-refusing-smart-meter-letter-urging-state-attorney-general-intervene/

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Elon Musk launching SpaceX — Global Wi-Fi scheme could destroy ozone layer and life on earth

From Cellular Phone Task Force

By Arthur Firstenberg
February 22, 2018

Elon Musk’s plan is to launch 12,000 low orbit satellites “to beam an ultrafast, lag-free Internet connection” to every square inch of the earth. They will contain PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS and will operate in the MILLIMETER WAVE SPECTRUM.[1] In other words, 5G FROM SPACE. The first two satellites are scheduled to be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket tomorrow. News reports say “The initial satellites in the network are expected to come online next year.”

Each satellite will be the size of a mini-refrigerator and weigh about 400 kg. 4,425 satellites will be at an altitude of about 700 miles and 7,518 satellites will be at an altitude of only 210 miles. By contrast, Iridium’s 66 satellites are at an altitude of 483 miles and Globalstar’s 48 satellites sail at an altitude of 876 miles.

The earth has never experienced anything like this. Even if Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket could launch 100 of these at a time, which is likely, that still means 120 rocket launches. If he wants to get them all up there in a year’s time, that’s 1 launch every three days.

And there are at least 10 other companies that want to launch thousands of satellites each to do the same thing.

The earth’s protective ozone layer is still being depleted, scientists have just discovered, even though everyone thought the problem was solved by the Montreal Protocol. With so many rockets blasting holes in the atmosphere these days, that could be the reason. But nobody is talking about it.

Musk’s scheme alone could cause a catastrophic ozone loss, and it could also destroy all life on the planet. 

Rocket Exhaust Fact Sheet
http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/documents/RocketExhaust.pdf

WI-FI IN THE SKY
March 2015

Just a little rain falling all around

The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound

Just a little rain, just a little rain

What have they done to the rain?”

Malvina Reynolds

On September 23, 1998, 66 satellites, launched into low orbit by the Iridium Corporation, commenced broadcasting to the first ever satellite telephones. Those phones would work equally as well in mid-ocean, and in Antarctica, as in the middle of Los Angeles—a remarkable achievement.

But telephone interviews revealed that on that day exactly, electrically sensitive people all over the world experienced stabbing pains in their chest, knife-like sensations in their head, nosebleeds, asthma attacks, and other signs of severe electrical illness. Many did not think they were going to make it. Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control reveal that the national death rate rose 4 to 5 percent during the following two weeks. Thousands of homing pigeons lost their way during those two weeks, all over the United States.

Several companies are now competing to provide not just cell phone service, but Wi-Fi, to every square inch of the earth from satellites in space, or from balloons, or from drones. Their target dates are three to four years from now. They are planning not 66 satellites, but thousands of satellites. There isn’t much time to prevent a global ecological catastrophe.

The companies include:

SpaceX: 4,000 satellites, 750 miles high [original number, now dramatically increased, some with a very low orbit]

OneWeb: 2,400 satellites (648 satellites initially), 500-590 miles high

Facebook: Satellites, drones, and lasers

Google: 200,000(?) high altitude balloons (62,500 feet) (“Project Loon”)

Outernet: Low-orbit microsatellites

Honeywell, which already has signed a memorandum of understanding to become OneWeb’s first large customer—it plans to provide high-speed WiFi on business, commercial, and military aircraft throughout the world—has posted this on its website:

OneWeb is building a constellation of more than 600 satellites, which will provide approximately 10 terabits per second of high-speed Internet access to billions of people around the world, even in the most remote areas. Once launched, OneWeb’s constellation will be the largest telecommunications constellation in orbit, enabling more capacity with higher speed and lower latency than any satellite technology to date.”

In addition to microwaving the Earth, these plans have the potential to destroy the Earth’s ozone layer.

The New York Times (May 14, 1991, p. 4) quoted Aleksandr Dunayev of the Russian Space Agency saying

“About 300 launches of the space shuttle each year would be a catastrophe and the ozone layer would be completely destroyed.”

At that time the world averaged only 12 rocket launches per year. These were thought to cause less than 0.6% depletion of the ozone layer. Research into the effects of rocket exhaust on the ozone layer has virtually ceased, but the number of launches is poised to increase astronomically.

If 12 rocket launches per year reduced the ozone by even 0.3%, then Dunayev was correct, and 300 launches in a year would destroy the ozone layer totally. To maintain a fleet of (ultimately) 4,000 or 2,400 satellites, each with an expected lifespan of five years, would involve enough yearly rocket launches to be an environmental catastrophe.

An international coalition, Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS) has been formed.

http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/

http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/

[1] http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/5g-from-blankets-to-bullets/

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Michigan: Utility company runs out of excuses for high bills – the real problem is customer “perception” (VIDEO)

Interview with the smiling Consumers Energy representative Kathryn Burkholder.

From WNEM, Michigan

Consumers addresses customer concerns with smart meters
February 2, 2018

http://www.wnem.com/clip/14097780/consumers-addresses-customer-concerns-with-smart-meters

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