2017-04-10 CBS’s 60 Minutes — deliberate addiction to phones, etc.

[5G – Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes – BC Hydro Analog Meter Exchange Letter – BCUC – Bill BennettBruce Ralston – Cell Phone Addiction by Silicon Valley Programmers – Clean Energy Act – Daren Sanders – EMR Links – Greg ReimerJohn Horgan – Measurement Canada Seal – Site C Article by The Tyee – Smart Metering Program – The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick (Privacy) – Tristan Harris | Surrey, BC – USA] & (videos)

1)    On Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” had a program on addiction to phones and an insider at Silicon Valley said this is deliberate. I intend to send Anderson Cooper Marketplace’s program about the health issues. Perhaps Cooper is someone willing to look more deeply into the cell phone problems.

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“Hooked on Phones 

At least that’s how former Google product manager Tristan Harris sees it. This week on 60 Minutes, he tells correspondent Anderson Cooper that Silicon Valley programmers are engineering your phone  and its apps to make you check them more and more.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hooked-on-phones/

2)    Not smeter or RF, but something that everyone who texts and drives, or whose child drives, should see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7911kgJJZc

3)    A member recommends a book she found in the public library:

The Art of Invisibility

“Kevin Mitnick [https://www.mitnicksecurity.com/shopping/books-by-kevin-mitnick] uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you “the art of invisibility”–online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family, using easy step-by-step instructions…Kevin Mitnick knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening.”

https://tinyurl.com/kvuag6u

4)    An excellent newsletter from an Australian group. Lots of really good info about 5G.

http://www.emraware.com/newsletter_april_may_2017.html
&
http://www.emraware.com/emr_links.html

5)    The Tyee has an article that explains how and why Site C has no oversight and was rammed through by the government. The same process applied to the BC Hydro Smart Metering Program. The BCUC rejected the proposed plan in 2008 because the costs could not be justified by the benefits, and the technology was too new and BCUC thought it better to wait until it proved itself. So the government pushed it through in the Clean Energy Act and bypassed all BCUC oversight.  Can we afford another Clark government?

“Why BC Liberals Blocked Usual Independent Review for Site C

Politicians wanted to avoid tough questions about need for project, future costs, critics say.”

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/10/Site-C-Review-Blocked-BC-Liberals/?utm_so

Letters:

From:  X
Sent: April 9, 2017
To: Greg.Reimer@bchydro.com
Cc: Daren.Sanders@bchydro.com; bill.bennett.MLA@leg.bc.ca; john.horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca; premier@gov.bc.ca; Ralston, Bruce <B.Ralston@leg.bc.ca>; Sharon Noble; editor@thetyee.ca; hmunro@vancouversun.com

Subject: Response to your Letter regarding the exchange of my analog meter.
Importance: High

Dear Mr. Reimer,

This is in response to your April 7, 2017 letter regarding the exchange of my Analog meter.

First and foremost I am thoroughly disgusted with Minister Bill Bennett for not having the decency to respond to my letter personally. I will address this issue under separate cover to him directly.

What is clear, based on your comments, is that B.C. Hydro had no intention of honoring Mr. Bill Bennett’s July 18, 2013 news release statement regarding B.C. Hydro’s Meter Choices Program: “As we have said, nobody will be forced to take a smart meter. I believe that this is a fair and reasonable solution for all British Columbians”, on a long term basis. This was merely a ploy to pacify those customers, who were opposed to Smart Meters, on an interim basis until B.C. Hydro had an opportunity to deplete their Analog stock and then ultimately force everyone who retained an Analog meter to choose either a Radio-off meter or a Smart meter and, in the process, making us pay ridiculous Analog fees.

Consequently, at this point I am left with little choice other than to be forced to accept a Radio-off meter. However, I still contend that B.C. Hydro has unilaterally breached the Analog contract with me and I reserve the right to pursue this matter through legal channels in due course, in consultation with my legal Counsel and others.

Regarding your response on Expiry, I find it very interesting that B.C Hydro was able to provide me with detailed documentation on May 27, 2014 as to the expiry date on my old Analog meter, but are unable to provide me with the same detailed documentation on my current Analog meter, other than to say it is expiring in 2017. The detailed information provided before the previous exchange is shown below:

Measurement Canada Seal

In order to meet Measurement Canada’s requirements, B.C. Hydro must remove from service all meters with seal expiries of 2014 or earlier by December 31, 2014. B.C. Hydro may be charged significant penalties if it does not complete this work.

The Measurement Canada seal is on the back of the meter and is not visible after a meter is installed in the meter socket. As a Measurement Canada Accredited Service Provider for electricity meters, B.C. Hydro maintains all records for its meter population, including the Measurement Canada seal expiration date.

As requested, the meter currently at your residence has the following expiry date:

Meter Information
Meter Number xxxxx
Meter Seal Expiry Date 2013

I also find it very interesting that my old Analog meter expired in 2013 but was not replaced until June of 2014, whereas my current Analog meter, apparently, is expiring in 2017 and has to be replaced immediately. There seems to be inconsistency in B.C. Hydro’s replacement policies and procedures.

With respect to your Meter Access statements, I wrote to you on May 5, 2014, copy attached, outlining my position with regard B.C. Hydro or their Contractors entering my property for the purposes of exchanging my electrical meter. I never received any objection or negative response from you or anyone else at B.C. Hydro in May of 2014. Subsequently, B.C. Hydro made arrangements with me to have a Certified Licensed Electrician, Mr. Manny Bautista, attend my property at an agreed-upon date and time and the meter was changed on June 13, 2014. I find it very strange and very disturbing that, three years later, you find it necessary to take a strong-arm position after being challenged and questioned about retaining my Analog meter. I find your recent comments offensive, intimidating, threatening and bullying in nature.

I have owned and lived at this residence for over 53 years and I have never had a problem with B.C. Electric or Hydro until the introduction of B.C. Hydro’s Meter Choices Program and their authoritarian attitude and total disregard for their customers. Over these many years, B.C. Hydro has always made arrangements and scheduled appointments for any work which needed to done on my property. I have always been receptive to arranging mutually agreeable dates and times for any work which was required. Consequently, I would expect the same procedure to be adhered to in this current situation.

As I have stated previously, if I have any electrical work done on my premises I am required, by law, to have the work done by a Certified Licensed Electrician. Therefore, I am requesting that any work done on my premises by B.C. Hydro or its Contractors be carried out by a Certified Licensed Electrician, as has been the practice in the past.

As the registered owner of the above noted property, I have the right to be present and to supervise any work which is being conducted on my premises, to shut off any electrical appliances in operation prior to disconnecting the power, and, if I so choose, to video record any work being done on my premises. I expect my family and I to be treated with dignity and respect at all times and if anyone disrespects, bullies, intimidates or threatens myself or my family, they will be directed to leave my property immediately.

I trust that until mutual arrangements are made, in writing, pertaining to date and time for the exchange of my current meter, no B.C. Hydro employee or Contractor will attempt to enter my property unannounced. I also expect that I will be provided with a brand new Radio-off meter and not a previously-used one. Confirmation on both of these issues are requested by return email.

In closing, I would just like to say that it is truly disturbing that a company like B.C. Hydro, who used to be well-liked and respected by its customers, has now become a company of Corporate greed with little respect for the health, welfare and safety of their customers and is grossly disliked by thousands of people throughout the province.

X

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”  
~ George Orwell