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Smart Grid: Government spying targets Rural America

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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 08:34 AM
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This is from an external Source... I will paraphrase but will include the link at the bottom so you may read it for yourselves




I’ve been reading the stimulus bill. When I saw the term Smart Grid on page 232 of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” I stopped reading so fast I almost gave myself whiplash. If you haven’t heard about Smart Grid, listen up. Smart Grid is closely related to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and both programs are designed to spy on Americans. Even more disturbing than the purpose of these government-condoned intrusions into our lives is the fact that the Obama Administration feels that Smart Grid is so important that it had to be funded in the stimulus package—which is supposed to be used for emergencies only. What’s the emergency? Why does Smart Grid need to be implemented within 60 days of the bill passing? Here come the answers, and none of them are good.





What is Smart Grid?

Smart Grid is part of a global initiative to manage information, all information. This is not some dire fictional prediction; it exists right now, right here in the United States, and thanks to President Obama, the Secretary of the Treasury can lend the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), a division of the Department of Energy, $3.25 billion to implement Smart Grid:

“(B) the Secretary shall, without further
appropriation and ‘without fiscal year limitation, loan to the Western Area Power Administration, on such terms as may be fixed by the Administrator and the Secretary, such sums (not to exceed, in the aggregate (including deferred interest),$3,250,000,000-in outstanding repayable balances at anyone time) as, in the judgment of the Administrator, are from time to time required for the purpose of [...] In carrying out the initiative, the Secretary shall provide financial support to smart grid demonstration projects in urban, suburban, tribal, and rural areas, including areas where electric system assets are controlled by nonprofit entities and areas where
electric system assets are controlled by investor- owned utilities.

Ostensibly, Smart Grid is about energy efficiency and climate change. This intelligent power grid gathers information about individual energy use via sensors embedded in the transmission lines and in homes and businesses. The government, via WAPA, will know what temperature you keep your home or business at. If you keep your domicile warmer or cooler than the temperature approved by the federal government, you pay more. To some, this is an acceptable arrangement, until they discover what else Smart Grid can do.






What’s in your closet?

According to IBM, one of the two corporations which will receive most of the money (the other is GE),

The world is becoming instrumented. By 2010, there will be a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent.

The world is becoming interconnected. With a trillion networked things—cars, roadways, pipelines, appliances, pharmaceuticals and even livestock—the amount of information created by those interactions grows exponentially.

All things are becoming intelligent. Algorithms and powerful systems can analyze and turn those mountains of data into actual decisions and actions that make the world work better. Smarter.

Did you catch that? Smart Grid will allow the government to collect information about you, your habits, and possessions. All they need are a few sensors to know what is in your refrigerator; how long you spend in the bathroom; if you smoke in your home; if you drink alcohol in your home; and how many people are in your home or business at any one time. Science fiction? Don’t bet on it. IBM knows different.

And if the above statements aren’t enough to get you thinking, how about this:

Nanotechnology e-textiles for biomonitoring and wearable electronics-
If current research is an indicator, wearable electronics will go far beyond just very small electronic devices or wearable, flexible computers. Not only will these devices be embedded in textile substrates but an electronics device or system could ultimately become the fabric itself. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) will allow the design and production of a new generation of garments with distributed sensors and electronic functions. Such e-textiles will have the revolutionary ability to sense, act, store, emit, and move – think biomedical monitoring functions or new man-machine interfaces – while ideally leveraging an existing low-cost textile manufacturing infrastructure.

Here’s the scenario: you buy a pair of socks, using your credit or debit card (cash is already being discouraged). Because of Smart Grid, your house will be able to read the bar code on those socks as you bring them through the door and add them to a list it keeps of your clothes; size, price, origin, when worn, etc. The computer that controls your home’s thermostat and lights also controls your wardrobe, budget, social habits, and even your eating habits. The refrigerator reads the bar codes on your food. Someone with access to that information knows when you eat, what you eat, what you paid for it, and how long something has been in the fridge.

Well I'll let you read the rest for yourselves but it is coming and we will see the start of the project by this June 09
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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 09:09 AM
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How will this happen to me? I am poor, always have been since adulthood, and don't particularly feel like changing. No one in their right mind would give me a credit card, nor would I ever want one. So how would this affect the poor, who cannot afford a fancy house like you describe, or credit to buy these fancy(prolly expensive) smart grid clothes?

Do you think those like me will be snuffed out somehow?



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 09:22 AM
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Originally posted by hotbakedtater
How will this happen to me? I am poor, always have been since adulthood, and don't particularly feel like changing. No one in their right mind would give me a credit card, nor would I ever want one. So how would this affect the poor, who cannot afford a fancy house like you describe, or credit to buy these fancy(prolly expensive) smart grid clothes?

Do you think those like me will be snuffed out somehow?


You don't have to have a fancy house or be rich. You don't even have to have a reader in your home see your already affected... ever hear the term RFID tags? no? if you ever shopped at walmart then you've taken these things home with you
See just what an RFID is here



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 01:45 PM
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The things we see being introduced in the United States now are already in place in Europe. We are one step behind Europe. If you have doubts about how this system will work then look at the following link. Soon, there will be no more freedoms in America and everybody will be monitored.

www.dailymail.co.uk...



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:01 PM
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And what's wrong with that?? You need to get out of the stone age and live in todays world of technology. If this happens, it happens.




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