Vermont Commons Blogger Using Scare Tactics
We can all think of recent and not so recent uses of scare tactics by political entities bent on shaping public response to their desired end: WMD, Jews, "death panels", Willie Horton, "traditional" marriage, the list is endless - and always quite shameless.
So when I saw this recent call to arms by "Vermont Commons" blogger Simha Bode I was struck by his boldness, as well as the bold-faced quality of his deception.
Bode seeks to galvanize public opinion against the use of Smart Meters, not unlike some Tea Party activists elsewhere in the country, and writes,
"This letter is to inform you that as a Vermont utility customer, I support the halt of “smart meter” installations, the removal of wireless smart meters installed and an immediate restoration of analog utility meters."What Bode does here is conflate a WHO report on cell phone radio wave emissions (see here) with a marginally related fact that Smart Meters (wireless) emit RF. What is not said by Bode is that the WHO report clearly states,
"The World Health Organization has recently classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields (wireless) as possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing)."
"It is a violation of our rights to force the installation of wireless devices upon utility customers without fair process of public or environmental review, or proof of safety."
"I demand an investigation and evidentiary hearings into the safety impacts of wireless smart meters, including over billing, interference, burned out appliances, fires and explosions, and health complaints."
"The people of Vermont deserve to know they are safe in their own home. Implementing a “pay to opt-out” legislation as has been tried in CA is unacceptable. Even if a person opts-out they still can not avoid exposure from RF meters in the workplace, public buildings and other places wireless meters will be installed."
"As a Vermont tax payer and utility customer I support imposing an immediate moratorium on wireless utility meters (smart meters) and the restoration of any analog meters that have been changed to wireless."
"Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!"
(add your personal Message for more impact)
Vermont Public Service Board
112 State Street (Chittenden Bank Building)
snail mail is recommended you can also e-mail it to - firstname.lastname@example.org
"A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use."There's much more in the WHO report and further study is urged but the immediacy of the threat, much like the bombshelter scares of the 50s and 60s, is being grossly overstated by Bode.
Unsurprisingly, Bode fails to include this study (here) (and much closer to home by the way) conducted by the Maine Public Utilities Commission - the very same sort of study he demands in his letter to the Vermont Public Service Board. The Maine review concludes:
"In conclusion, our review of these agency assessments and studies do not indicate any consistent or convincing evidence to support a concern for health effects related to the use of radiofrequency in the range of frequencies and power used by smart meters. They also do not indicate an association of EMF exposure and symptoms that have been described as electromagnetic sensitivity." (Bold type by MPUC)Remember, scare tactics like Bode's are not about direct, provable threats, but are more on the order of coerced conclusions. You can read more about the sort of scare tactics and fear mongering Bode is using in service to his political agenda here.
Now if Simha Bode or one of the other scare mongers at VTCommons had only made some connection to the Illuminati and the UN/New World Order (NWO), I'd have gotten my letter out to the Vermont Public Service Board today.
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