'Smart' as the New Stupid and Other Stories – EON EMF Digest 8-11-11

What Mr. O. Doesn’t Know About “Smart”
As Verizon workers mount the largest strike in recent labor history at the ‘beginning of the demise of the wired phone,’ workers blow the whistle on PG&E’s pervasive corporado culture, and a new executive clone is brought in to help the beleaguered power monopoly overcome its ‘recent challenges,’ we also look at more inconvenient truths concerning the folly of wireless ‘smartness’ about which our President has apparently quaffed the kool aid.

Mr. O on Smart Meters

The Too-Smart-For-Its-Own-Good Grid
August 4, 2011
By Larry Hardesty, MIT
New technologies intended to boost reliance on renewable energy could destabilize the power grid if they’re not matched with careful pricing policies.

‘Smart Grid’ may be vulnerable to hackers – CNN


Smart grid vulnerability 2:05
CNN’s Jeanne Meserve looks at possible cyber-attacks on the new electric smart grid.

Related CNN Article
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Is it really so smart to forge ahead with the high technology, digitally based electricity distribution and transmission system known as the “Smart Grid”? Tests have shown that a hacker can break into the system, and cybersecurity experts said a massive blackout could result.

Smart Grid offers target-rich opportunities for hackers
Published 3 August 2010
SCADA systems are vulnerable to hacking, but the smart grid is even more vulnerable; security experts at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas last week warned that the accelerated deployment of smart-grid technology could leave critical infrastructure and private homes vulnerable to hackers; hacking may come in a benign form — customers might simply figure out how to lower their electricity bills by manipulating how much energy their meters say they are using; hacking may also have more sinister aspects: large-scale attacks may also be possible, and the smart grid’s serious vulnerabilities make it possible to shut down the power supply to an entire city.

Smart Grid Exposes Utilities to Smart Computer Hackers – Scientific American
Greater challenges lie ahead as smart grid technologies proliferate in the nation’s transmission network and utility control centers and eventually reach business and residential electricity customers
By Peter Behr and ClimateWire | April 19, 2011

A year ago, an unidentified computer intruder tried to penetrate the Lower Colorado River Authority’s power generation network with 4,800 high-speed log-in attempts that originated at an Internet address in China, according to a grid official’s confidential memo that was leaked to the media.

Hacking the Smart Grid – Technology Review
The technology could open up all kinds of opportunities for attackers, researchers say.


Smart enough? This image shows the interior of a smart grid meter tested
by Mike Davis of IOActive.

Credit: Mike Davis

PG&E workers say safety warnings ignored – San Jose Mercury News
By Steve Johnson

PG&E briefing warned of major risk of gas disaster – SF Chron

What does it mean to “opt out” if you live over a bank of 42 meters?
Video by Amy O’Hair
Bay Area resident Tom Rossi and his wife sleep in a room directly over a bank of 42 “smart” meters. The pulses from the meters are nearly continuous and measurably strong. His wife’s sleep is disturbed. He doesn’t want to be a guinea pig in an experiment that no one is paying attention to.
It was really clear while I was there measuring that the pulses were
not exiting the building through the exterior wall (which was mostly
underground), but going directly up into the room above—also likely
getting bounced around and intensified in the electrical room below
first.–Amy

PUC investigates allegations in lawsuit against PG&E – San Jose Mercury News


Anthony F. Earley has been appointed chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of PG&E. (Courtesy PG&E/Beth Foley )

Battered PG&E names outsider as new CEO – San Jose Mercury News


Verizon workers on strike at the beginning of the demise of the wired phone

Verizon Workers Strike over “Full-Scale Attack” on Wages, Benefits at Telecom Giant – Democracy Now

Technocracy’s Endgame: Global Smart Grid
By Patrick Wood – The August Forecast & Review
“There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy net­work and, like the internet, it will change our cul­ture, society and how we do busi­ness. More impor­tantly, it will alter how we use, trans­form and exchange energy.”  – Terrawatts.com home page.

The dark horse of the New World Order is not Com­mu­nism, Socialism or Fas­cism: It is Technocracy.

The devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of Smart Grid tech­nology in the U.S. – reinventing the elec­trical grid with Wifi-enabled dig­ital power meters – is pro­ceeding at break­neck speed. Although Smart Grid is the result of years of gov­ern­ment plan­ning, the recent kickoff was made pos­sible through mas­sive “green” grants that were qui­etly included in Pres­i­dent Obama’s eco­nomic stim­ulus package starting in 2009.

These lucra­tive grants have drawn in a host of cor­po­rate players, from utility com­pa­nies to dig­ital meter man­u­fac­turers to con­trol soft­ware ven­dors. Global com­pa­nies like IBM, GE and Siemens are putting their full effort behind the “build-out” that will con­sol­i­date all of America into a single, inte­grated, communication-enabled elec­tric delivery and mon­i­toring system, col­lec­tively called Smart Grid.

Pro­po­nents of Smart Grid claim that it will empower the con­sumer to better manage his or her power con­sump­tion and hence, costs. The utility com­pa­nies will there­fore be more effi­cient in bal­ancing power loads and require­ments across diverse markets.

How­ever, like car­nival barkers, these Smart Grid huck­sters never reveal where or how Smart­Grid came into being, nor what the ulti­mate endgame aims to achieve; per­haps most of them have no idea either, but simply repeat the mantra as if they know what they are talking about.

In Smart­Grid: The Imple­men­ta­tion of Tech­noc­racy?, I revealed the back­ground of both Tech­noc­racy and Smart Grid, and most impor­tantly, the links between them. Smart Grid is born out of Tech­noc­racy and not the other way around.

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