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Smart Meters: The Latest in Home Security?

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“Smart Meters” are being installed in homes and businesses all across Georgia by local utility monopolies. What makes “Smart Meters” smart? They collect your electric use data in “real-time” and transmit it wirelessly back to the utility (in Barnesville the utility monopoly is Southern Rivers Energy). This information is stored on the utility’s servers for a variety of purposes. The main advantage cited by Southern Rivers Energy (SRE) is greater service reliability, better quality of electric and quicker restoration of service after an outage. SRE claims Smart Meters will lower their costs because they no longer have to send a meter reader out. Instead, and this is important for you to understand – your use data is sent wirelessly, directly to their servers. SRE soothingly assures us, your use data can’t be hacked.

In spite of all the rhetoric for and against Smart Meters, there’s good reason to believe the following. Your electric use data will be on a utility’s server. That means any interested government party can demand that information from the utility. And the utility will hand it right over. In fact, the new NSA facility in Utah could simply tap directly into utility servers permanently – to fight the war on drugs, terrorism, and crime, of course. For those paying attention, the NSA, CIA, and the DHS have been very busy spying on ordinary citizens because doggone it, you just never know if those neighbors of yours are supporting Al-Qaeda, drug lords in Mexico, or are growing marijuana in their basement. SOMEONE has to watch out for you and that SOMEONE is Big Brother in the US federal government.

If you’re comfortable with that, then you’re going to be very comfortable and sympathetic with all US government 1984 Orwellian style surveillance programs. Go ahead and have your Smart Meter installed and let the government eye ball your electric use in real-time.

Another aspect of Smart Meters that SRE insists is not true is the future potential for remote control over your appliances in your home. You see, Smart Meters give the utility (SRE) powerful tools for controlling your electric use. Initially, this will be primarily at the meter pan level where they can remotely shut off or turn on your electric service. Any casual observer of computer networking systems will quickly understand that much, much more can be accomplished when you’re on the Smart Grid.

For example, smart appliances are now being manufactured that will communicate with your smart meter and consequently with the utility and your very helpful US government. The utility and the US government are interested in your electric consumption in context with the campaign for “Energy Independence and Sustainability” and mitigating those dangerous Green House Gasses (like CO2). If you refuse to get with the US government program and voluntarily cut your own energy use, the utility will be capable of remotely turning off or limiting the use of selected appliances through your Smart Meter.

But wait, let’s triple size your electric order. As you know, certain politicians are heavily invested in green technology. And their government position helps to ensure their investments are safe and sound. Solar power for example is “free” energy from the sun, right? From a utility electric generating position, solar and wind are actually far more costly on a cost per kilowatt than fossil fuels such as coal. Fossil fuel driven electric generators must be kept running on whatever fossil fuel they use because sun and wind are intermittent. That adds significantly to the cost of electric production. Lawsuits have been brought against Georgia Power to force it to purchase high priced solar power from one connected producer. PSC Commissioner Stan Wise has fought this and reports agendas like this have caused electric rates in Germany to soar to three times what we pay here in Georgia.

Smart Meters are capable of charging you based on the utility’s cost at the time of generating that electricity. As the utility is forced out of cheap coal and into expensive solar, you likely will be charged for your usage of the utility’s source for electric at that precise time of day. That means you could pay much higher rates for electric when the utility is purchasing solar or wind power. The US government has taken billions of your tax dollars to set up a system that artificially raises your cost of electricity, based on their political objectives. This is not free market – this is a Marxist centrally planned economy being constructed right before your eyes. And the bonus investment from your tax dollars is the government can monitor your electric use directly off the utility server.

SRE Annual Meeting: Saturday August 24 starting with registration at 8:30am.

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A national discussion on US government gun purchases

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Armed to the teeth: US federal government attempts to disarm US citizens as it purchases heavy arms at an alarming rate

If you haven’t heard about the recent guns and ammo purchases by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), don’t feel like you’re out of touch. It may be because most of the mouthpiece media outlets chose to ignore it. For those of you who haven’t seen the news; the domestic security agency DHS has issued a standing purchase order for nearly 2 billion hollow point bullets. This is in addition to an order for 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles. Oh, don’t forget the 2,712 mine resistant personnel carriers complete with gun ports, that are more at home in Afghanistan than on Main Street, USA. All supplied by you, the taxpayer.

Of course, this frantic purchasing of heavy guns and ammo is occurring at the same time government royalty figures like Dianne Feinstein are demanding, “Turn ’em in Mr. & Mrs. America”. From New York City Roman Emperor Michael Bloomberg to his Supreme Highness, Barack Obama; officials charged with guarding your constitutional rights are busy trying to take them away from you.

But back to these DHS purchases. The US federal government is buying enough hollow point bullets to kill every man, woman, and child in the US five times over. That’s right. There’s five bullets for each of you. And wait a minute: aren’t hollow point bullets illegal for use in war, by international treaty? Oops. Well, the US federal agency DHS isn’t going to use them internationally – they plan to use them against domestic terrorists. So, no worries!

And while your AR-15 and AK-47 is in government sights for confiscation, the DHS is actually purchasing real assault rifles. You know, the kind that can shoot all the bullets in its big magazine while simply squeezing the trigger. You can’t do that with the pedestrian AR-15 and AK-47s being peddled by government pundits as “dangerous assault rifles”. The dangerous assault rifles are the 7,000 going to a domestic security agency that wouldn’t even be in existence if our elected officials in Washington did something other than buy each other drinks in expensive restaurants on the taxpayer dime.

But wait. There’s a reasonable explanation for all these purchases. Those DHS folks are just trying to save the taxpayers money by purchasing in bulk. You’ve got to hand it to them. Practice makes perfect and this will give them 100,000,000 hollow point bullets to shoot per year for the next 20 years. And if gun owners tell you that you use less expensive metal jacket bullets on the shooting range – just tell them that you trust the government to make the right purchases.

Mainstream news media has largely ignored this story but an op-ed piece written by Ralph Benko has appeared on Forbes.com. Mr. Benko writes,“ at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month.  Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years – in America.”

Mr. Benko goes on to point out, “Why, indeed, should the federal government not be deploying armored personnel carriers and stockpiling enough ammo for a 20-year war in the homeland?  Because it’s wrong in every way.  President Obama has an opportunity, now, to live up to some of his rhetoric by helping the federal government set a noble example in a matter very close to his heart (and that of his Progressive base), one not inimical to the Bill of Rights: gun control.  The federal government can (for a nice change) begin practicing what it preaches by controlling itself.”

Finally, Benko urges “Cancelling, or at minimum, drastically scaling back — by 90% or even 99%, the DHS order for ammo, and its receipt and deployment of armored personnel carriers.” A national discussion must take place over this frightening turn of events. It’s time we summoned our elected royal figures in Congress and the Senate and demand to know what they are doing to put a stop to this insane behavior from an unelected and unaccountable federal agency.

Before it’s too late.

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