Nov 20

Video–TX Rep. Doug Miller acts odd when asked about energy company ONCOR or its lobbyist

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Nov 03

Lights Out. Smart Meters Add Another Layer of Vulnerability!

Less internet dependent equals safer!

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Sep 13

Important Smart Meter Update from 9-12 Association

Ladies  & Gentlemen:
Our attorney, Roger Borgelt, who has been representing us in our smart meter fight has been notified by the Third Court of Appeals that they want to hear oral arguments on our smart meter case. Something in Roger’s filing of our case has caught their attention. We are not sure what it is, we are just glad that it did. This does not mean that we are going to get our hearing; it just means they want to hear more in making a decision on our case.

The case is to be heard on September 24th.  The address is 209 W. 14th St., Room 101, Austin TX 78701. This is the same building as the Texas Supreme Court.  It will start at 9:00 AM and they will hear 3 cases. Our case may be first or our case may be last.  Roger will have 20 minutes to make his case on our behalf, whether first or last, we will be out by 12:00 noon. You are welcome to come and hear Roger’s oral argument. I am not sure what, if any, bearing it would have on the court to have a room full of people who care about the smart meter fight to be there, but I am sure it would not hurt.   I personally will be there, GOD willing and I hope to see many of you there also.

Ok ,now what Thelma always hated the most, asking for MONEY!  We still need money to be able to pay Roger completely for his services on our behalf. In order to pay him in full we are looking for approximately $4000 which should include his expense for Sept. 24th. For those that have contributed over and over again to this case I say Thank you, Thank you. For those that have benefited from this but have yet to contribute I say please help us by contributing now whatever you can to help us pay Roger what he is owed.

Thank you on behalf of, Devvy Kidd, My Wife Thelma Taormina and myself Nick T.

You can send checks to
SMLDF, P.O. Box 840873, Houston, TX. 77284-0873

Please do not try to use Pay Pal as we are no longer using it. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but PayPal  was set up by Thelma, and it had to be closed due to her passing.

Until the next time...

Rants of Aging Old Man
Nick T

God Bless the Great State of Texas, and these United States.

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May 19

Possible Trojan Analogue Meters?

The following was sent to us from one of our blog followers.  If anyone else is experiencing similar issues after the analogue exchange, please contact us and let us know.
“I’m one of a few people that opted out of AMS for an analog in DFW area.  I am experiencing horrible humming, ringing & popping in my head, anxiety and now quicken pulses at night. It is WORSE at night.  It’s as if I live under one of the big silver A frame power line structures.
I don’t know if there are wireless transmitters in the new analogs or not.  It feels as if I am still the Hub for all the AMS in my area.  We are on big lots – – 1/3 to 1 acre.  So nothing is right next to me.
I’m to the point where I just want to get in my vehicle and leave EVERYTHING behind, but not sure where to go.”

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Apr 29

Scientists and Doctors tell Parliament in Canada that Autism and Cancer may be linked to cell phones and Wifi…Texans Need a Hearing!

Scientists and Doctors tell Parliament that Autism and Cancer may be linked to cell phones and Wifi.  If Canada is having hearings in committee regarding this issue, why haven’t we had a hearing regarding smart meters and a no cost opt-out for all Texans.  Why is it that our leaders are failing the citizens of Texas yet again.  Please call and ask for a hearing on this issue.  This issue needs to be out of committee so that both bodies of government in our legislature can vote on this issue and they can be held accountable either way instead of hiding!

*PLEASE MAKE 2 CALLS      — Call the Committee Chairmen below— ask them to give HB 3421 and SB 1044  a hearing**

1)   CALL     REP.  BYRON COOK (Chair) — HB 3421 (authored by Rep. Dennis Bonnen)    512-463-0730

2)   CALL     SEN.  TROY FRASER (Chair) — SB 1044 (authored by Sen. Bob Hall)                512-463-0124

‘Hello, this is (name, town, zip code).  I’m calling to ask Chairman Cook to support HB 3421 and give it a hearing. ‘Hello, this is (name, town, zip code).  I’m calling to ask Chairman Fraser to support SB 1044, and give it a hearing.   ‘At a minimum, Texans should have the right to choose an Analog meter, and to protect their person, property, and privacy without having to pay a monthly (extortion) opt out fee.’

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Apr 17

The Latest and Hot Off the Press!

Thank you for meeting with us and taking the time to review the numerous egregious issues related to smart meter deployment that warrants committee hearings on bill HB 3421-Dennis Bonnen and SB 1044-Bob Hall.  Attached is the eight page brief we discussed and supporting documentation regarding ongoing investigations in California and recently released emails between CPUC officials and CA utilities.  These emails highlight the same smart meter issues reported in Texas: adverse health effects, higher bills, utilities’ intent to deter individuals from opting out due to excessive opt-out fees, and utilities’ failure to disclose factual information regarding smart meter radio frequency transmissions. 

The attached information is relevant because millions of homes in Texas use the same California Silver Springs Network.   During the 2012 and 2013 Texas Senate Business and Commerce and PUCT interim charge hearings, the PUCT received over 700 comments regarding smart meter issues.   Numerous Texas citizens testified in these hearings to similar problems revealed in emails between the CPUC chairman and PG&E executives. 

On April 16, 2014, a California Judge Rules Electric Utility’s Smart Meter Opt Out Fees Violate State Law; PSREC Refuses to Reconnect.  This case highlights the abusive practices of utilities when the fail to accommodate individuals with disabilities, violating ADA laws.

Regarding our discussion about the initial opt-out fees, given that all ratepayers are paying for the deployment of the smart meter infrastructure through their services fees, the aspect that the PUC allowed utilities to assess these exorbitant initial fees is in fact double billing and a violation of Sec. 17.004.  CUSTOMER PROTECTION STANDARDS of the PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY ACT which should protect customers from fraudulent, unfair, misleading, deceptive practices.

We would like to see committee hearings on smart meters similar to the December 2, 2014 Michigan hearing which took place on the same day our PUC of Texas scheduled a hearingThe Texas PUC abruptly cancelled the December 2, 2014 hearing with no explanation.  which they cancelled.  Pertinent information from the Michigan hearings begins at 3:52 minute mark regarding the numerous places where smart meter opt-outs with analog meters are allowed.  Listen at minute mark 7:20 regarding smart meters, which are in fact surveillance devices being placed on our homes without informed consent.  As we discussed, smart meters provide an activity log of the utility usage in the home without consent or knowledge of the home owner which equates to unwarranted surveillance and violates our 4th Amendment rights to privacy. 

Below are references regarding violations of Texas state law.
From the PUC of Texas…

Texas and Federal laws smart meters violate…

18 USC 2510 (12)…definitions of electronic communication

18 USC 2511…interception and disclosure of data

18 USC 2550…interception of data

Texas Penal Code 16.02(b)(1)…interception of data

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 18.20, Sec. 15  

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 18.20, Sec. 16

Issues of “conversion” (which is theft)…found at


Texas Utilities Code §39.107(b)

Below is a link to the news article about the fire that took the life of 74 year old James Humphrey Jr. from Fair Park, South Dallas. His cousin, Alfreda Johnson, lives next door and she too had a house fire a couple of years ago which she believes was due to her smart meter and caused her to rewire her entire home, something most people can’t afford.  When these fires happen, it’s never the smart meters fault – it’s always the home owners meter box or house wiring and all cost of repairs fall on the home owner. 

Here is a link to the recent smart grid failure in Stockton, CA where a power surge caused over 5,800 to be without power, with hundreds of smart meters exploding on homes.  People said it sounded like car bombs going off.

The advanced meter infrastructure was sold to utilities as being so intelligent that an event like this would have contained the surge if the system had performed as vendors promised the utility providers.  Not only did the surge protection fail, but residents were told by reporters to call PG&E if they didn’t have power, further revealing another “promised benefit” of smart meters failing to perform.  Furthermore our grid is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a solar flare or an atmospheric nuclear bomb explosion, which would cause the electronic circuit boards on all smart meters to fry, making every home’s meter a point of failure needing replacement to restore power.  Analog meters do not contain electronic circuit boards.

The attached information outlines how the biggest complaint against smart meters is that of higher bills.  For low-income or people living on a fixed income this is a huge problem.  If people who live in HUD housing have their utilities cut off due to non-payment, they may lose their HUD voucher.

There are two no-cost, smart meter opt-out bills, HB 3421 by Dennis Bonnen pending in State Affairs chaired by Byron Cook and SB 1044 by Bob Hall pending in Natural Resources chaired by Troy Frasier. 

We urge you to watch this award-winning documentary about smart meter issues:

Private citizens, the AARP, the ACLU, Texas Eagle Forum, Ban Texas Smart Meters, Texans Against Smart Meters, LULAC of San Antonio, Home Owner Taxpayer Association of Bexar County, Home Owners for Better Building, Coalition for Safe Meters, San Antonio Smart Meter Awareness, Austin Smart Meters, and other groups across the state have been actively educating the public regarding the safety, health, privacy and cost issues related to smart meters. 

Here is a list to U.S. groups opposed to the deployment of smart meter technology.  

Thank you for serving and protecting Texas residents.   


Sheila Hemphill                  

Brady, TX                                                   



Susan Straus

San Antonio, TX


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Apr 06

Texas No-Cost Smart Meter Opt-Out Bills: HB 3421 and SB 1044

We are happy to share the following information provided by the Coalition for Safe Meters and other citizen lobbyists identified below who are working hard to secure the passage of this important legislation.

Dear Friends Opposed to Smart Meters,   

We currently have two bills assigned to committees to give Texans a ‘No-Cost Smart Meter Opt-Out’:

HB-3421 by Dennis Bonnen, assigned to State Affairs, chaired by Representative Byron Cook, and

SB 1044 by Bob Hall, assigned to Natural Resources and Economic Development, chaired by Senator Troy Fraser.

WE NEED YOUR HELP !  ***Please THIS WEEK call or write each committee chairman AND committee members below and ask them to support these two bills.***  (phone #’s and email links are provided)  

Note: substitution language has been submitted for both bills, for the legislation to apply to: 

1)  All PUC regulated, cooperative, and municipally owned utilities;

2)  Property owners, and customers with consent of property owners

3)  Substitution language to define ‘conventional meter’  as ‘analog mechanical, non-activity recoding meter’

Attached is an 8 page brief, with supporting documentation regarding ongoing investigations in California, and recently released emails between CPUC officials and CA utilities, highlighting the same smart meter issues reported in Texas: adverse health effects, higher bills, utilities’ intent to deter individuals from opting out due to excessive opt-out fees, and failure to disclose factual information regarding smart meter radio frequency transmissions.

Incriminating statements, coverup, and collusion exposed in emails from the CPUC are relevant to Texas given that millions of homes across Texas* use the same Silver Springs AMI and mesh network deployed in CA.  *(ONCOR (Dallas/Ft Worth and NTX regions, San Antonio’s municipally owned CPS Energy, AEP Texas (North/Central Texas) and CenterPoint servicing the Houston area)  In the 2012 and 2013 Texas Senate Business and Commerce and PUC hearings, Texans testified to the same problems being experienced in CA.

We urge you to watch this award-winning documentary about the smart meter issue:   (click on Buy now for $9.95  and see the link to Rent for $3.95)

[For another link to the documentary’s official trailer, click here.]

Private citizens, the AARP,  ACLU, Texas Eagle Forum, Ban Texas Smart Meters, Texans Against Smart Meters, LULAC of San Antonio, Home Owner Taxpayer Association of Bexar County, Home Owners for Better Building, Coalition for Safe Meters, San Antonio Smart Meter Awareness, Austin Smart Meters, and other groups across the state have been actively educating the public regarding the health, privacy, safety, and cost issues related to smart meters.

Here is a partial list of U.S. groups opposed to the deployment of smart meter technology.  

For more information, reports, studies, and inquiries concerning this issue, see  the links provided at the bottom of this page.




  1. Support of HB 3421 and SB 1044 – a no-cost smart meter opt-out following the precedent set in Vermont, with added consumer protection laws for all PUC regulated, cooperative and municipally owned utilities recognizing the rights of property owners and customers with consent of property owners to retain or choose an analog mechanical, non-activity recording meter.
  2. Monthly notification in utility bills, including:
  3. Instructions for invoking consumer utility rights to receive an analog mechanical, non-activity recording meter,
  4. Disclosure of potential public health risks as recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) who classified radio frequencies (RF) such as those emitted by smart meters as a Class 2B possibly carcinogenic to humans,
  5. Disclosure of possible biological effects and symptoms from electromagnetic / RF radiation exposure as identified by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the 2012 BioInitiative Report (see attached).
  6. Restriction of smart meter utility usage transmissions to once per month.
  7. A smart meter phase out so that when a smart meter reaches its service life in 10-15 years it will be replaced with an analog meter with a 25-30 year service life.
  8. Transmission Delivery Unit (TDU) requirement to present a cost of benefit analysis to municipalities and utility customers.
  9. TDU requirement to provide proof of liability for property damage and/or injury due to RF exposure or fires.


  1. The PUCT’s conduct with respect to the intentional delay and cancellation of hearings on smart meter issues and possible abuse of power.
  2. The Office of Public Utilities Counsel’s failure to advocate and represent the interests of residential and small commercial consumers when the PUCT allowed TDUs to establish unaffordable, opt-out fees with possible intent to inhibit a customer’s ability to opt-out.
  3. Silver Springs Network (SSN) and possible fraud through misrepresentation of the accuracy and safety of their advanced meter infrastructure technology sold to Texas TDUs.
  4. Third party evaluation and administrative judge hearing on all smart meter technology used in Texas to determine a) biological effects related to RF emissions and EMF on plants, animals, insects and humans, b) potential for smart meter devices to overheat and catch fire, c) potential for disaggregation of private utility data, d) potential for meter dysfunction causing overbilling due to temperature conditions e) potential for harmonic disruption from the smart meter’s switch mode power supply and 900MHz and 2.4GHz transmissions into the 60 Hz circuitry creating higher intensities of electromagnetic fields causing electrical motors and appliances to use more energy, shortening equipment service life, and the potential to adverse health effects



*Please contact the following committee chairmen and committee members by phone or email :   

‘Hello, this is (your name, town & zip code).  I’m calling to ask Representative XX  to support HB 3421 for a No-cost smart meter opt out for Texas.’ —- and:  

‘Hello, this is (your name, town, zip code).  I’m calling to ask Senator XX to support SB 1044, for a No-Cost smart meter opt out for Texas.’   ‘At a minimum,  Texans should have the right to choose an analog meter, and to protect their person, property, and privacy without having to pay a monthly opt-out fee.’

  House State Affairs Committee

Member Phone Home Area Office Party District Email
Cook, Byron (Chair) 512-463-0730 Corsicana CAP GN.11 R 8
Giddings, Helen (Vice) 512-463-0953 DeSoto CAP GW.11 D 109
Farrar, Jessica 512-463-0620 Houston CAP 1N.8 D 148
Smithee, John 512-463-0702 Amarillo CAP 1W.10 R 86
Craddick, Tom 512-463-0500 Midland CAP 1W.9 R 82
Oliveira, René 512-463-0640 Brownsville CAP 3N.6 D 37 rené
Turner, Sylvester 512-463-0554 Houston CAP GW.15 D 139
Geren, Charlie 512-463-0610 Fort Worth CAP GW.17 R 99
Harless, Patricia 512-463-0496 Spring E2.408 R 126
Kuempel, John 512-463-0602 Seguin E2.422 R 44
Farney, Marsha 512-463-0309 Georgetown E2.606 R 20
Huberty, Dan 512-463-0520 Houston E2.722 R 127

Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee 

Fraser, Troy  (Chair) 512-463-0124 Horseshoe Bay CAP 1E.12 R 24  
Estes, Craig L.  (Vice) 512-463-0130 Wichita Falls CAP 3E.18 R 30
Birdwell, Brian 512-463-0122 Granbury E1.706 R 22
Hall, Bob 512-463-0102 Edgewood E1.808 R 2
Hancock, Kelly 512-463-0109 North Richland Hills CAP 1E.9 R 9
Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” 512-463-0120 McAllen CAP 3E.10 D 20
Lucio Jr., Eddie 512-463-0127 Brownsville CAP 3S.5 D 27
Nichols, Robert 512-463-0103 Jacksonville E1.704 R 3
Seliger, Kel 512-463-0131 Amarillo CAP GE.4 R 31
Uresti, Carlos “Charlie” 512-463-0119 San Antonio CAP 4E.2 D 19
Zaffirini, Judith 512-463-0121 Laredo CAP 1E.14 D 21

Thank you for taking action to help these two important bills.   In 2013 a similar bill fell short by one vote making it to the floor.  May this be the year that Texans will finally be able to protect their health, home, privacy, and pocketbooks without having to pay a monthly opt-out fee.


Sheila Hemphill          and                  Susan Straus                         and           Coleman Hemphill

Brady, TX                                              San Antonio, TX                                     Austin, TX

325.226.3683                                       210-846-4046                                        325.226.4538                   


For updates on these two bills, go to  


Supporting Documentation/Background Information

Texas Legislature and Texas Attorney General Requests

Rep Dennis Bonnen (TX Congressional Dist 25) Letter to PUCT, Feb 2012

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Response to Administrative Law Judge’s October 18, 2011 Ruling Directing It to File Clarifying Radio Frequency Information

Symptoms After Exposure to Smart Meter Radiation, March 2015

American Academy of Environmental Medicine: Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Fields Effect on Human Health

Biological Effects from RF Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure, based on the BioInitiative 2012 Report, and the Implications for Smart Meters and Smart Appliances

For Legislators on Wireless Smart Meters: Health and Safety Issues, by Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D. Biochemist, May 12, 2014

Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance Letter, Feb 2014

Defense Intelligence Agency Report, Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (Radiowaves and Microwaves) Eurasian Communist Countries, March 1976

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Mar 22

Awesome Report Rejecting Smart Meters in MA.

Below is a link to a packet submitted on behalf of NSTAR Electric Company (“NSTAR Electric”), and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (“WMECO”)(collectively, “Northeast Utilities” or the “Companies”) in response to the straw proposal issued by the Department of Public Utilities (the “Department”) in relation to the modernization of the electric distribution grid in Massachusetts via the use of smart meters.

This is by far one of the best rejection of smart meters that we have seen!  It is a lengthy report, but at least please read the highlighted portions.

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Mar 20

Watch Take Back Your Power FREE Online for a Limited Time

Josh del Sol, producer of the multiple award winning documentary, Take Back Your Power, has provided this sharable link so that you can watch Take Back Your Power free online:

          This generous gift is for a limited time only (like a week) so don’t miss out.

The documentary is an expose and covers all aspects of “smart” meters and the “smart” grid,.

The opening scene alone is a must-watch. It’s so over-the-top that some people think it is staged but it is actual footage of real people from a real “smart” meter case at the real Maine Supreme Court.

Enjoy ~ Pass It On ~ and Remember, smart people refuse “smart” meters

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Feb 11

Interesting Observations from a Fellow Texan

Below is a really interesting analysis from a fellow Texan.  These measurements are from his home in Austin.


Using a High Frequency Analyzer – measures EMF light in microwatts per meter squared. EU recommends less than 3.0 around humans.

Front yard background 0.2 – 0.3 – 0.5 = avg. 0.3

Smart Meter 20 ft. from it = 0.3 until regular pulse = Pulse measures from 12 – 16
Smart Meter 6 ft away = Pulse measures from 71 – 164
(vegetation is dead within about 5 ft. of the Smart Meter, perfect semi-circle)
Smart Meter 1 ft away = Pulse measures from 791 – 870
Smart Meter inside wall where meter is = 0.6
Smart Meter inside bedroom wall upstairs of meter = 0.1 – 0.2
Smart Meter inside bedroom other side of house = 0.0 – 0.1

Gas Smart Meter Pulse = 5

Wifi & Cable Modem Units On = 3 ft = 3; 1 ft = 55; Off = 0
Cable Modem On covered in foil w/Apple Wifi unit Off = 1ft = 3.0; 5ft = 1.0; 10ft = 0.2
Desktop computer by itself with ALL computer Wifi settings Off = 0.0
Wifi Mouse On = steady of 2 – 3, just from the Mouse Wifi
Computer Wifi On = 2.4 but surges to +25 every time load a new web page on computer

Smart phone = 0 – 2 background while On
= 2 – 15 when apps are processing
= 10 – 15 when receiving a call
= 25 – 35 when making a call

Microwave Oven in Front of it while running = +2000
5ft to the side while running = 300 – 500
15ft away outside kitchen while running = 25

Using a Stetzer Voltage Noise reader to measure electron movement (dirty electricity) from the Smart Meter measured in volts/sec. Also use Stetzer Filters to dampen this. Both are plugged into the electric sockets. Germany limits this by law to 50 volts/sec. in buildings. Smart Meters can put out 500 volts/sec.

Measured in the house 323 volts/sec. in the sockets being conducted from the Smart Meter. With 1 Stetzer Filter plugged into a wall socket, reduced that 323 down to about 80 volts/sec. A few more Stetzer Filters around the house can get that down some more. 15 to 50 volts/sec. recommended for regular living/sleeping.

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