1) A member sent me this info about metal lithium batteries vs. lithium ion batteries. Believe it or not, it appears that the lithium ion batteries are more stable than the metal lithium ones in the smeters! Batteries should be treated gently. I wonder if the pounding of meters into the base that many installers did could have resulted in damages that could lead to fires. Also, there are warnings to keep away from heat and/or moisture. How to do this when the smeter is in the hot summer sun and in a device which can leak?
The metal lithium is highly flammable and burns very hot. It also reacts with water. But lithium ion cells like those use in most electric cars these days do not actually contain metallic lithium.. Rechargeable, lithium ion cells utilize lithium ions that are intercalated into graphite, lithium metal oxides and/or lithium salts. There is no metallic lithium in a lithium ion battery. This means that they are much more stable than many of the earlier non-rechargeable lithium batteries which did contain metallic lithium. One big safety factor in this is that you can use standard ABC fire extinguishers or water to put out a lithium ion battery fire.2 You do not need to use a Class D fire extinguisher which is used on metal fires and are also quite expensive and rare.
Remember, you want to avoid subjecting the batteries to any kind of damage that could lead to an internal short, overheating, or leaking. If you discover a leaking battery, you have to make sure you are adequately protected from the battery’s electrolyte, which can cause burns on the skin. If a battery spill occurs in the workplace, you have to be trained and authorized by your employer to clean up the spill.
Lithium can react violently with water, even the humidity in the air, and the moisture in other substances, releasing hydrogen gas, which may catch fire explosively. Corrosive fumes of lithium oxide and/or lithium hydroxide are also released….
- Keep away from water, humid air, acids and oxidizing materials
- Keep away from heat, sparks and flame
http://fmclithium.com/Portals/FMCLithium/Content/Docs/download/Lithium%20Metal%20Safety%20version%202.pdf (An interesting powerpoint.)
2) The insurance industry has been warning about the dangers of RF radiation, and as we know Lloyd’s of London removed coverage for any health claim associated with RF exposure. In 2010, an article was written about the exposure which workers face, not workers for the RF-emitting companies but roofers, painters, etc. This should be circulated widely, as should the videos I’ve circulated many times showing the hidden antennae.
“Could radio frequency-producing antennas that are essential for the wireless world be the next asbestos for the insurance industry?”
3) School days begin again, and with them concerns about the Wi-Fi explosion occurring in every school in North America which is resulting in huge corporate products and poor education.
“We could look to Finland, whose school system routinely ranks toward the top globally and has chosen to skip the tech and standardized testing. Instead, Finnish students are given as many as four outdoor free-play breaks per day, regardless of the weather—while here, a sedentary American child sitting in front of a glowing screen playing edu-games while over-scheduled and stressed by standardized testing is seen as the Holy Grail…
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said in a 2015 report that heavy users of computers in the classroom “do a lot worse in most learning outcomes” and that: “In the end, technology can amplify great teaching, but great technology cannot replace poor teaching .”
4) More about privacy and the fact that appliances, like fridges and TVs, are “watching” us. The smeter is the key – using its ZigBee chip to gather signals from the appliances and sending them, via the 900Mhz transmitter that is supposed to be used only to gather data required for billing, on to third parties.
“Kaspersky said manufacturers could learn a lot about consumers from the data that transits through such objects, and third parties would be very interested in getting access.
“Do you really want your health insurance provider to know if your fridge has only beer and chocolate in it?”
Preuss said. “Vendors need to think about the privacy of such information. Not everything connected and gathering data is allowed to share it.”
Connected appliances can be found beyond the kitchen, and Kaspersky highlighted risks from objects such as power meters that “can know what you’re doing at home, when you sleep and when you leave the house, or even what TV show you’re watching.”
Sent: September 4, 2016
Subject: Complaint that Government’s (Kendall) Website is Misleading
To Whom It May Concern:
I am very disturbed by the misleading rhetoric coming from this website pertaining to the dangers of electromagnetic radiation, including Smart Meters, and by the letter written to the Mayor and Council of Richmond, when they expressed legitimate and reasonable concern.
It is truly shameful that my government, to whom I pay taxes, would continue to propagate lies, and risk the health of the people it pretends to serve. The non-industry evidence continues to mount, and cannot be denied.
(Please see: www.bioinitiative.org for some of the evidence.)
To continue to deny the truth about the potential health hazards about electromagnetic radiation, and including Smart Meters, is extremely irresponsible, and does not represent the people that the government is to serve.
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.”
~ World Health Organization