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As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters
NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks

Posted on 05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT by opentalk

BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members.

Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.”

The reaction in Brady could signal a shift in the debate over smart meters, which collect detailed data on electricity use and transmit it to the utility using radio frequencies.

… “The ultimate goal of the smart grid, of which smart meters are a part, is to connect us internationally to share the power we generate with the world,” she said. Having its own grid provides the state with autonomy it would not have otherwise, she said. “We’ve survived all these years without being connected to another grid,” she said. “Why should we change that?”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: agenda21; choice; electricgrid; ge; health; optout; privacy; smartmeters; surveillance; texas; tx
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1 posted on 05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
“Why should we change that?”

In case you want prospective burglars to know when you are not home?

2 posted on 05/28/2013 7:25:43 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: opentalk
"The ultimate goal of the smart grid, of which smart meters are a part, is to connect us internationally to share the power we generate with the world,” she said. Having its own grid provides the state with autonomy it would not have otherwise, she said"

The goal of smart meters is to bring government tyranny directly into your home to limit your energy use at the whim of bureaucrats and their (and your) political masters.

3 posted on 05/28/2013 7:27:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: C210N

Hey, hey, hey! Don’t talk about Obama’s sons like that.


4 posted on 05/28/2013 7:27:50 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: C210N
"In case you want prospective burglars to know when you are not home? "

The BATFE will know too and be able to schedule your gun confiscation appointment for a safer time (for them).

5 posted on 05/28/2013 7:29:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: opentalk

Self ping


6 posted on 05/28/2013 7:30:27 PM PDT by ru4liberty
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To: Paladin2

Oh cmon, they never do the no knocks when nobody is home. That ruins all the fun.

They require there be small children, old people or shootable dogs to be at home.


7 posted on 05/28/2013 7:36:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Paladin2
...Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.”

Didn't she play Shirley on "That's my Mama"?

8 posted on 05/28/2013 7:37:32 PM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: opentalk

[[In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility.]]

“Smart Meters” The New terroristic device with which to withhold vital electricity from teaparty members, conservatives, Jews, and anyoen that didn’t support the dear leader


9 posted on 05/28/2013 7:40:19 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: opentalk

The Risks of the Smart Grid
http://tamarawilhite.hubpages.com/hub/Risks-of-the-Smart-Grid


10 posted on 05/28/2013 7:41:42 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: opentalk
I opted out.

My dumb meter is still on the pole.

11 posted on 05/28/2013 7:42:17 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: opentalk

Smart meters on the IRS first.


12 posted on 05/28/2013 7:45:25 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: CottShop
Wouldn't it be fun to hack AlGore's smart meter and limit that hack's electricity at will?

We could put the controler on a web page for public use.

13 posted on 05/28/2013 7:46:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: opentalk

I don’t know about other states but California’s “Green” Public Utilities Commission is in lock-step with the power companies (and the administration) to ration electric power. No matter how little you use they keep raising rates to make sure utilities pocket big profits (with the PUC’s blessings, of course).

Southern Calif. Edison allows you to opt out of the Big Brother meters — for an additional $30 a month on your bill! BB meter installation is coupled with a big publicity campaign for “free” government money to subsidize solar panel installations. It’s not like we’re being herded into a taxpayer paid “Green” corral or anything like that...is it?


14 posted on 05/28/2013 7:47:55 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Carry_Okie

They changed our without notice. Supposed to save us money by not having to pay for meter reader, still waiting for savings.


15 posted on 05/28/2013 7:51:01 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: tbw2

http://www.seattlemag.com/article/seattles-smart-meter-switch


16 posted on 05/28/2013 7:51:53 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Paladin2

“The goal of smart meters is to bring government tyranny directly into your home to limit your energy use at the whim of bureaucrats and their (and your) political masters.”

Yep. No other way to slice it.


17 posted on 05/28/2013 7:53:31 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
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To: Paladin2

[[We could put the controler on a web page for public use. ]]

Lol- dibs on the 11:00 pm to 3:am time slot


18 posted on 05/28/2013 7:54:10 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Orange1998
My utility co did the same thing, but since they never sent meter readers when we had a dumb meter (but made pretend they did and charged us whatever the hell they wanted to), I am actually saving 50-75 bucks a month due to being charged for my actual usage.

Bastards had been ripping me off for years.

19 posted on 05/28/2013 7:57:27 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: opentalk

I don’t know about these meters, but at least the citizens of Brady rose to action for something. Most towns would do nothing to protest much of anything.


20 posted on 05/28/2013 8:00:55 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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