In a world gone crazy, teetering on the brink of economic chaos, with
thousands dying every day at the hands of rogue governments, wars being
fought over precious natural resources and the young losing hope in the
future, you have to wonder how smart meters became the No. 1 issue for
You know, the glass encased digital
meters that have recently been installed outside your home or apartment
in Burbank and Glendale and in much of California. These automated
devices are supposed to help you manage your use of water and power to
reduce your costs and conserve these precious resources to help make the
Did you know those meters send out a continuous
stream of radio signals to you and your utility — electro-magnetic radio
frequency waves that can give you cancer and kill you? That they are
just the power companies playing a dirty trick so that they can charge
you a lot more money? That smart meters are a sinister invasion of our
privacy, part of a “Big Brother” conspiracy that goes back decades to
take control of your mind and the world?
Those kinds of concerns
brought nearly 170 people out to the Glendale Moose Lodge for most of
three hours Thursday night to hear a panel of experts who are highly
critical of the multi-billion-dollar rollout of smart meters in the
state and across the nation and to share their own fears, concerns and
Some of those people talked about how they got
terrible headaches and other symptoms almost immediately after smart
meters were installed, how they’ve been suffering pain so severe they’re
sleeping in their cars.
Some have tried wrapping their heads in
tin foil to deflect the electro-magnetic fields that inundate our bodies
from every direction, from cell phones, from our own and our neighbors’
wireless routers, from microwaves, TVs, computers and from all the
other electrical devices that surround us.
And now smart meters
send out their signals every hour of every day to relay devices and cell
towers to computers at utility offices.
Are these people kooks,
the 1% who think darkly about just about everything, living in fear,
victims of future shock? Or are the 99% of us just so uninformed and
passive that we are allowing this to go on without even asking a single
I am clearly among the ignorant 99%, which was why I
accepted the invitation to moderate the Smart Meter Forum when event
organizer Kiku Lani Iwata of Burbank Action called me.