California: Alameda resident arrested for blocking installation of Smart Meters

See also Press release.

From the  Alameda Sun

Smart Meter Activist Arrested for Blockage

April 3, 2018
by  Ekene Ikeme

Alameda police officers arrested an Alameda resident after he allegedly tried blocking the installation of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) new smart meters at an apartment building Thursday, March 29.

Alameda resident Christopher Rabe was arrested at 10:30 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) reports. The incident took place at the apartment building on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue where Rabe, 39, is a tenant. 

[Editor: According to the press release from Stop Smart Meters, there is a bank of 13 electric meters on his children’s bedroom wall. AMP was attempting to install Smart Meters there. During his detention, AMP installed 5 Smart Meters on their wall.]

Workers from Professional Meters, Inc., which AMP hired to conduct the smart electric meter installations, were attempting to install AMP’s new meters at the apartment building. At the residence the workers noticed Rabe was blocking the grid where the meters would be installed. He had also wrapped a chain around his meter. 

Even though Rabe opted out of the program, restricting access to the electric meter is against the law. Per the terms of AMP’s Rules & Regulations, customers may not obstruct access to metering equipment and the utility has the right to remove any obstructions. Rabe was taken to an Oakland jail and released after posting bond.

[Editor: Mr. Rabe was held for 10 hours.]

The workers were to install five meters at the building, four to residences and one for a commercial meter for the common areas in the building. Some of the other residents chose to opt out of the new smart meter program and continue with their old meters. 

Rabe has been in an ongoing battle with AMP over its new smart meters (“New Smart Meters Raise Radiation Concerns,” Nov. 23, 2017). He believes the radio-frequency (RF) levels of the new meters are higher than AMP suggests. He expressed his concerns to AMP in a letter he sent them last year. He also posted a video to Youtube where he used his own RF meter to monitor RF wave transmissions from several smart meters around Alameda last year. In the videos, Rabe stands in front of a smart meter and analyzes how many times his RF meter picks up pulsed microbursts of RF radiation. In the video Rabe believes one smart meter transmits more than 9,000 times per day. 

However, according to AMP’s website, the smart meters, which are manufactured by Landis & Gyr, a worldwide smart meter and smart grid manufacturing company, emit about 83 seconds of RF frequency waves per day. This comes from 270 maintenance and 1,440 sync transmissions per day.

[Editor: PG&E uses Landis & Gyr Smart Meters. In a statement filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E stated these meters transmit pulses  over 14,000 (mean average) to 190,000 times every day — p. 3-5 and footnote #4.] 

Calls to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to determine what charges Rabe will face were not returned as of Tuesday.

https://alamedasun.com/news/smart-meter-activist-arrested-blockage

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Press release:

https://chrisrabe.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/alameda-p-d-arrest-man-for-refusing-microwave-pulsing-meters-on-his-kids-bedroom-wall/ 

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Democracy Now interview on Nation investigation 4/5/18, Part 2: How Big Wireless war-gamed the science on risks, while making customers addicted to their phones (VIDEO)

“…they were told 20 years ago that this could cause cancer in kids, and they kept doing it. Think about that. Think about that.”
— Mark Hertsgaard

From Democracy Now

April 5, 2018
Video at above link.

Guests:  Mark Hertsgaard, Environment correspondent and investigative editor for The Nation
Article: “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe”

We continue our conversation with Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent and investigative editor, who co-authored a major new exposé, “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe.” He discusses how wireless companies “war-gamed the science” by funding friendly studies and attacking critical ones; the potential dangers of the pending expansion of 5G with the “internet of things”; the role of the telecommunications industry officials turned federal regulators; and how companies deliberately addicted customers to this technology through the addition of social media.


Transcript

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!The War and Peace Report, with this web exclusive. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to Part 2 of our look at a new investigation by The Nation headlined “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe.” It reveals how cellphones were first marketed to U.S. consumers in the 1980s without any government safety testing. Then, a decade later, one of the industry’s own hand-picked researchers, George Carlo, reportedly told top company officials, including leaders of Apple, AT&T and Motorola, that some industry-commissioned studies raised serious questions about cellphone safety. On October 7th, 1999, Carlo sent letters to industry CEOs urging them to give consumers, quote, “the information they need to make an informed judgment about how much of this unknown risk they wish to assume.” Instead, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association reportedly tried to discredit Carlo’s findings, and had him physically removed from its premises during its annual conference in February 2000.

AMY GOODMAN: The Nation investigation notes Carlo’s story “evokes eerie parallels with two of the most notorious cases of corporate deception on record: the campaigns by the tobacco and fossil-fuel industries to obscure the dangers of smoking and climate change, respectively.”

For more, we continue with our interview with one of the authors of the new investigation, Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent and investigative editor.

So, Mark Hertsgaard, if you could reiterate, at this point, in 2018, as you evaluate the science or talk to the scientists who are evaluating it, what do you think is of most concern about cellphones? And then talk about ways to mitigate your—the effects of cellphones.

MARK HERTSGAARD: Sure. I want to emphasize I’m not a scientist. I’m a journalist and an author. But we talked to a lot of scientists. And our story does not say whether cellphones are safe or not. We looked at the industry disinformation and propaganda campaign that for the past 25 years has been convincing the public that these cellphones are safe.

And the way they’ve done that is to war-game the science, as they put it in an internal memo from Motorola. They’ve funded their friendly scientists. They’ve attacked critical science, independent science. They’ve put their own people onto advisory boards. All that said, that’s resulted in, I think, the message coming across from the mainstream media, frankly, that cellphones are safe enough, shall we say?

However, that point of view took a major hit just last week, the night before we released our story. There was a peer review by independent scientists of the biggest study that the United States government has had to date on cellphone radiation. This was a study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, that’s part of the National Institutes of Health. The study was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And it released some preliminary findings in February, and then those findings were peer-reviewed by independent scientists last week. And those independent scientists finally concluded that there was, quote, “clear evidence,” unquote, “clear evidence” that cellphone radiation can cause cancers.

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Democracy Now interview on Nation investigation 4/5/18: Part 1 — How the Wireless Industry convinced the public that cellphones are safe & cherry-picked research on risks (VIDEO)

From Democracy Now

April 5, 2018

Video at link above.

Guests:  Mark Hertsgaard, Environment correspondent and investigative editor for The Nation
Article: “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe”

Transcript

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Ninety-five out of every 100 American adults owns a cellphone today. And worldwide, three out of four adults now have cellphone access. The wireless industry is one of the fastest-growing on Earth, raking in annual sales of $440 billion in 2016.

But are cellphones safe? Well, a new investigation by The Nation suggests that’s a question that cellphone giants prefer you don’t ask. The article, by journalists Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, is headlined “How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe.”

The article notes that cellphones were first marketed to U.S. consumers in the 1980s without any government safety testing. Then, a decade later, one of the industry’s own hand-picked researchers, George Carlo, reportedly told top company officials, including leaders of Apple, AT&T and Motorola, that some industry-commissioned studies raised serious questions about cellphone safety. On October 7th, 1999, Carlo sent letters to industry CEOs urging them to give consumers, quote, “the information they need to make an informed judgment about how much of this unknown risk they wish to assume.” Instead, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association reportedly tried to discredit Carlo’s findings, and had him physically removed from its premises during its annual conference in February 2000.

AMY GOODMAN: The Nation magazine investigation notes Carlo’s story “evokes eerie parallels with two of the most notorious cases of corporate deception on record: the campaigns by the tobacco and fossil-fuel industries to obscure the dangers of smoking and climate change, respectively.”

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Nation: How Big Wireless made us think that cell phones are safe: a special investigation

Front page article in April 23, 2018 issue Nation magazine. Includes information on Internet of Things (IoT).

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-big-wireless-made-us-think-that-cell-phones-are-safe-a-special-investigation/

How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation

The disinformation campaign – and massive radiation increase – behind the 5G rollout

by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie

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Arizona: APS and police threaten to arrest physician for refusing Smart Meters on office building

She had already been granted a medical exemption for her office.

From Dr. Deborah Dykema, The Wellness Center 

A TRUE STORY

YOUR DOCTOR’S PRACTICE
DISRUPTED BY APS WHO THREATENED TO PLACE ME IN JAIL
FOR REFUSAL OF “SMART METERS”

Dear Patients

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, at approximately 10:00 am Arizona Public Service (APS) came to my office without warning while I was seeing patients and threatened to have me placed in jail if I did not allow them to immediately install a cluster of 3 “smart meters” in very close proximity to where I work and see patients 14 hours daily 5-6 days per week. APS called the police when I refused installation and 2 police officers including a sergeant arrived and threatened to arrest me under statute 40-431.

I repeatedly asked the APS supervisor that this matter be discussed at a time that would not keep my sick patients waiting, and they refused, which stopped my ability to see patients with scheduled appointments for nearly 90 minutes. I had several patients that waited 90 minutes and several patients who left the office unable to be seen due to their disruption. 

I explained to APS that I personally have experienced serious health problems with a smart meter at my home that had to be removed. For this reason, I was granted a medical exemption for my office when I purchased the building 6 years ago. At that time they placed non-transmitting digital meters, which are currently working fine and they have access to. I explained that my business is taking care of many patients with extreme chemical and electrical sensitivities and the room where I care for these patients is literally 3 feet away from where they would place these 3 “smart meters”. They still refused. This standoff continued outside my building in full view of many of my patients. The police who had threatened me with arrest were on the phone and received approval from their legal department to arrest me under AS 40-431, even though I know now that this statute only applies to blocking the reading of the meters, which I was not, and does not apply to exchanging meters. 

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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.”

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