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Newsletter: New film title, website… and seed funding achieved!

Ok, first things first. I want to extend a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who contributed over the past 2 months, to help us make this film. We’ve made our seed funding goal, covering all of our production expenses. On behalf of Steven, Trev and Ronnie, we are deeply grateful. Together with you, with this film we’re tapping into a growing, global movement.

All community donations received from March 1 onwards, will go directly toward film promotion and and getting the word out to more viewers.

New film title:

And… we have an official announcement on the new film name. With the drum a-rollin, the final film title: Take Back Your Power. Thanks to Una, Ian and Steven for the cumulative suggestions on this name! Our website is now also updated: ThePowerFilm.org. All of the links on our old site will still work & be forwarded to the new.

The new title reflects the ‘expanded vision’ I wrote about before. And a number of excellent interviews which will help the viewer to see, in somewhat of a larger picture, the context of the smart meter / smart grid program. And why this is perhaps the single most important issue around the globe right now, on which we need to continue building awareness and co-creating real change.

We’ve done 7 interviews or filming pieces in the past 8 days, including a couple of public forums. I’m seeing that new consciousness is afoot, and people are more motivated than ever to be part of a positive shift.

I’ll continue to keep you posted at least once a week as we move toward completion. Stay tuned… there are challenges, but March should be a great month, and April even better.

with some big gratitude ~
Josh del Sol
josh (at) thebigpitcher (d0t) org

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New Videos

Technocracy, Sustainable Development and the SMART Grid
This is a very interesting and well-researched perspective of smart meters, the smart grid, and the bigger picture.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey on the smart grid
James Woolsey: “The so-called ‘smart’ grid that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got now is not smart at all.  It’s a really, really stupid grid.”
Smart meters blamed for hydro bill spikes
CTV News
Bills going up by double, triple, even more in some cases.  Most people still don’t even know they have a choice to not have a smart meter…
Mercola.com interview: Alasdair Philips on EMF
Excellent interview with UK researcher and highly-qualified Electrical and Agricultural Engineer.

News & Bulletins

More published health research studies coming to light…
Download or Bookmark this list!!

1) Comprehensive list of 59 published studies and 10 study reviews, showing health effects.  Used in a 2011 Oregon court case. Includes brief summary for each:

2) In vitro testing of cellular response to ultra high frequency electromagnetic field radiation.  Smart meter-related (935mHz EMR) research abstract summary, demonstrating negative effect on microtubule proteins and cell growth:

3) Brain proteome response following whole body exposure of mice to mobile phone or wireless DECT base radiation.  “The observed protein expression changes may be related to brain plasticity alterations, indicative of oxidative stress in the nervous system or involved in apoptosis… and might potentially explain human health hazards reported so far, such as headaches, sleep disturbance, fatigue, memory de?cits, and brain tumor long-term induction under similar exposure conditions”

4) “Smart” Meter Dangers Update: Scientific Proof of These Hazards – by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri

5) New research report: Cell Phones: Technology, Exposures and Health Effects – by Environment and Human Health, Inc.

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And, from the main stream:

1) Scientists lied about enquired data in largest study on mobile phone brain tumour risks – by Mona Nilsson

2) Smart grid popularity on the decline claims new research.  “At the current rate of decline (5% per year), the smart grid will be hated by 100% of all Americans in eight years. What should we do about it?”

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Protect Your Analog Meter

How To Protect Your Analog Meter:
1 – “We Will Not Force You” Flyer – PDF
2 – Smart Meters: Why Opt Out? – PDF
3 – Letter of Non-Consent – WORD | PDF
4 – Spread the above documents: Letter to Apartment Neighbours (if in apartment/condo bldg) – WORD
5 – Post signs on your property and meter (citizensforsafetechnology.org)
6 – Thousands of people have now locked up their analog meter.  (smartmeterlock.com – $25)

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From Canadian Government:
Measurement Problem Involving Electricity Meters with Detent Feature

[I have not yet heard back from the official who wrote this, but could it be that Measurement Canada knows that smart meters are giving false readings… and not doing anything about it??? – Josh]


Measurement Canada has discovered a measurement deficiency in metering applications involving some electricity meters containing a “detent” feature, which can result in inaccurate measurement under certain service conditions (note: the detent feature allows measurement of energy to occur in only one direction of energy flow)…”

Read in full: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/mc-mc.nsf/eng/lm04522.html

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No Smart Meters in Palo Alto Before 2015

PG&E has been installing smart meters for three years with many complaints about increased electric costs and health issues.

[This is highly significant, especially as Palo Alto is heart of Silicon Valley and the modernization movement. -Josh]

Utilities staff, the UAC and consultants have been reviewing the status of smart meters and their applicability for Palo Alto since 2009, and have concluded that it makes no economic or functional sense to install smart meters now.

The feasibility will be studied further and by 2014 or 2015 costs and benefits may be better balanced and installation may be justified…

Read in full: http://paloalto.patch.com/articles/no-smart-meters-for-palo-alto-before-2015

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Smart meter blasts covered up

A whistleblower claims power companies know smart meters are exploding and are lying to consumers to cover it up.

‘John’ works for Jemena and claims at least six smart meters have exploded in and around Pascoe Vale, since Christmas…

Read in full: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/smart-meter-blasts-covered-up/20120222-1tmqr.html

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Smart Meters Big Brother of Our Day
by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine advised on January 12, 2012 in a letter addressed to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California that they opposed “the installation of wireless smart meters in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature….

Read in full: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/44757

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Write to Avaaz.org: They want to hear from you on why smart meters should be banned!

Avaaz.org is the world’s leading petition site, driving huge awareness and effecting change on many social issues.

Now, they need to hear from us on why smart meters, and the entire smart grid program, should be scrapped.

Please email a brief request, in your own words to: info@avaaz.org.  Thank you!

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Featured Links:

Take Back Your Power – Official film website

Info about smart meters, the smart grid and Your Rights:
http://stopsmartmeters.org (US)
http://citizensforsafetechnology.org (BC)
http://stopsmartmetersbc.ca (BC)
http://stopsmartmeters.ca (BC)
http://emrabc.ca (BC)

Meter locks, buy analog meter:
http://smartmeterlock.com (BC)
http://freedomtaker.com (US)

(send me your link to have your site included here in future updates. -Josh)

Take Back Your Power

The award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of ‘smart’ utility meters. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you. Watch Take Back Your Power 2017 free on YouTube here.

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