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November 8, 2011 By Joseph P. Farrell

A few weeks ago I talked about the installation of "smart meters" on people's homes, to report to the power companies their customers' individual power usages and patterns, all part of the glorious utopia envisioned by Al Gore and Maurice Strong to regulate our power usage while they flit about in their private jets, consuming oil, and producing nothing by eco-friendly hot air. Well, as a customer of one of those power companies, I get, every month, a flier in the mail promising me a a whopping $20 rebate if I would but allow my power company to install a smart meter on my home and to allow them to automatically deduct my electric bill from my bank account.

Gee whizz...twenty whole dollars for the privilege of allowing them automatic access to my bank account and to monitor how much electricity I use and when I use it.

Well, now the Daily Bell is reporting a bit of a backlash, and you're going to love this:

California Recall ... Beginning of the End for Smart Meters?

For those having doubts that electromagnetic fields can have health effects, this little article should at least give them pause. As far as I'm concerned, the California backlash against the power companies and their smart meters is well-deserved; they have displayed little concern for the public welfare, have operated nuclear power plants in at best a "loose" fashion, and are little concerned with the health of the very customers who enable their profits. For me, the real significance in the article is these paragraphs:

"Word of California's 'smart' meter nightmare has spread across the country and around the world, prompting some utilities to place smart meter plans on hold, and recently Nevada's PUC to call for investigations into the health effects and other smart meter problems. Now in a dramatic turnaround that could signal the beginning of a widespread recall of wireless 'smart' meters, on October 28th PG&E re-installed a classic spinning disc analog meter on the home of Santa Cruz, CA resident Caitlin Phillips, who had been suffering headaches and other symptoms from her 'smart' meter.

"The move comes in response to verbal directives from the California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who recently told members of the public that the utility "will provide for you to go back to the analog meter if that's your choice." The CPUC has been slow to respond to thousands of ordinary citizens reporting health effects from the new meters.

"When a Wellington Energy installer (contracted with PG&E) came to install a smart meter at her home, Caitlin asked the installer to get off her property and not install, because of what a neighbor had told her about possible health damage and privacy violations. "When I returned home later, I discovered a smart meter on my house. That night I awoke to severe anxiety, headache, and buzzing in my teeth, and realized the new smart meter was on the other side of the wall from my bed."

"Caitlin reported her experience to PG&E and the CPUC, who both declined to rectify the situation. When the symptoms persisted, Caitlin sought the assistance of the Scotts Valley based group Stop Smart Meters! who provided an analog meter and referred her to a professional who could help her remove her 'smart' meter. As soon as the analog was installed, Caitlin's symptoms disappeared."

What gives me pause here is that Phillips' power company just went ahead and installed the smart meter on her home in spite of her protests, and did so in secret, and only after pressure, removed it and reinstalled the old analogue style meter after she experiences health problems. Perhaps it is time for the law to allow the personal assets of corporate executives to be subject to the processes of law when their corporations endanger the health of their customers. Perhaps that would make the elites less prone to push programs such as this without due regard for their fellow man. Perhaps it is time to rethink the special privileges we grant, not so much to corporations, but to those who run them? Perhaps... for there are many weighty arguments that can be advanced against that view.

But in any case, one thing I think is clear: the smart meter was never a smart idea; its candle-light brilliance was brilliance only in the dark foggy minds championing the globaloney of Al Gore and Maurice Strong.