Sunday, November 28, 2010

Workshop on Electro Sensitivity Sept 2001 / Smart Meter CONCENTRATOR / Legislating light bulbs has dark side / EMF Conference in Montreal / Petition to the Government of Canada

W.E.E.P. News
Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
29 November 2010
Workshop on Electro Sensitivity Sept 2001
The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive
The attached pdf document (Abstracts) is from 2001, but has information that may be helpful to many people today.
Robert R
Smart Meter CONCENTRATOR Data Collector
NES = Networked Energy System
Neighborhood Area Smart Grid Manager
The NES Data Concentrator manages smart meters and other smart grid devices on a neighborhood area low-voltage power line network.
It provides the connectivity infrastructure between these devices and the NES System Software at the utility's service center.
The Data Concentrator automatically:
• Discovers smart grid devices.
• Creates and optimizes the low-voltage power line mesh to ensure reliable communications.
• Securely configures devices to communicate on the encrypted ANSI- and EN-standard LONWORKS® power line network.
• Coordinates the bidirectional delivery of device data, including metering data.
• Monitors the health and operation of the devices. "
" designed to ACCEPT FIBER OPTIC "
"gate keeper"
NES - Networked Energy System
HAN - Home Area Network
From - Gotemf

Legislating light bulbs has dark side

By Bronwyn Eyre, The StarPhoenix
I recently happened upon a forlorn news item that put me into a slow boil.
"The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Edison's innovations in the 1870s," the story began.
The factory, in Winchester, Va., is closing as a result of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, passed by Congress, that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will, of course, force millions of households to switch to more efficient bulbs.
In 2007, the Harper government also decided incandescent bulbs would be phased out in Canada in 2012. In Europe, the phase-out of the traditional light bulb has already begun.
As has the hoarding of incandescents, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Most anti-CFLers talk of the sickly light the new compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) emit. But many also feel extremely uneasy about the dangers they embody.
After a brief mention of how ultraviolet radiation from CFLs can affect people with skin sensitivities, the site details a list of imperatives should a CFL, which contains mercury, be broken -- as follows:
- Remove people and pets from the room and ventilate it for at least 15 minutes prior to starting cleanup;
- Don't use a vacuum to clean up the initial breakage, as it will spread mercury vapour throughout the area;
- Scoop up the broken pieces with two pieces of stiff paper or cardboard, not a broom;
- Use tape, then a damp towel or cloth, to pick up any remaining glass or powder;
- Place the broken glass and cleanup materials in a tight-fitting glass container to further minimize the release of mercury vapour;
- If the rug is removable, take it outside and shake and air it thoroughly;
- Dispose of the waste at a household hazardous waste location as soon as possible, not in your household trash.
There's also increasing talk about the "dirty electricity" compact fluorescents give off. Drawing on reports by an international group of scientists that link brain malignancies to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in dirty electricity, syndicated columnist Dr. W. Gifford-Jones recently counselled his readers to "avoid low voltage halogen tubes and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting."
Still feel like buying a CFL?
I realize the estimated life of a CFL is roughly 10 times that of an incandescent (although its use in frigid weather reduces that considerably, as does frequent on-off switching).
But who wants to have to deal with a daily dose of dirty electricity as well as mercury contamination in the event of a broken bulb?
These concerns aside, what if you just want to stay with incandescents because you like them? Or because you resent the fact that virtually all manufacturing of light bulbs will now be carried out in China, where labour is cheaper? Or because you suspect other unanticipated consequences?
For example, some years ago Ontario Hydro offered rebates to consumers who bought energy efficient fridges. Many did, but then moved their old fridges downstairs to use as "beer fridges" -- thereby adding to energy demand. It's human nature: As efficiencies improve, utilization tends to climb.
With the conversion to CFLs, the most irksome aspect of all is the nanny-statism behind it -- what some refer to as "light bulb socialism."
I, for one, don't appreciate the imminent banning of a fixture whose light may be "dirty" and which, when broken -- and bulb breakages occur in all households from time to time -- may make my house toxic. If that makes me a luddite dinosaur, well, I want to be free to be a luddite dinosaur.
I also want to be able to buy incandescent bulbs and not have some political legislation prevent me from doing so.
I'm reminded of the European bureaucrats who love to invent killjoy regulations -- such as the "bent cucumber rule," whereby any cucumber with a curvature of more than 10 millimeters per 10 centimeters in length cannot be categorized as "class one."
Banning the incandescent bulb is similar madness. But as they say, we're generally unaware of the madnesses of our own times.
EMF Conference in Montreal
Thursday December 2, 2010 at 7PM
Petition to the Government of Canada
Attached is the petition drafted with the help of Maria Minna, liberal MP, to the federal government to change current legislation on how and where cell towers are erected. It will be presented to the federal government when parliament resumes in the new year. We need to get as many signatures as possible nationwide for it to be effective. Could you please post this on WEEP with the following instructions:
-petition should be printed out on legal size 8" x 14" paper if possible. If that's not possible, 8" x 11" paper will do, there's just less room for signatures.  Each page must remain in format submitted.
-signatures should appear in blue ball point ink. Only original signatures can be submitted, no photocopies. You may print and fill as many pages as you like.
-I have attached a brief summary as a word document outlining the issue that people may print out and use as background educational info when collecting signatures.
-filled petitions to be sent to:
     Hon. Maria Minna M.P
     House of Commons
     Parliament Hill
     Ottawa, Ontario
     K1A 0A6
*no postage necessary

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