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July 20, 2014

Urgent! Public Hearing on PSO Rate Increase Monday 7-21-14

OK-SAFE, Inc. – OK-SAFE joins the Tulsa 912 Project in their opposition to PSO’s proposed rate increase and smart meter rollout.

From the Tulsa912 Project:

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission – Notice of Public Meeting

Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued a “Notice of Public Meeting” to discuss PSO’s request for a rate adjustment in the amount of $24 million, for the purchase and installation of 520,000 wireless “Smart Meters.”

Meeting Information:
8:30 a.m., Monday, July 21
Room 301, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Public comment will be permitted

Tulsa 9.12 Project is opposed to the rate hike for numerous reasons – health issues, privacy issues, safety issues as well as the burden of this rate increase and future increases on citizens on lower and fixed incomes.

If possible, we would like many people to attend Monday’s meeting. The more concerned citizens that are sitting in the gallery, the better. You don’t need to speak during public comment, we have people that are prepared to speak on the different issues we are opposed to.

If you can attend tomorrow’s meeting and would like to carpool/caravan with others from the Tulsa area we will be meeting at…

Reasor’s in Jenks
446 S Elm St, Jenks, OK 74037 map
6:30 a.m.
Monday, July 21, 2014

I apologize for the late notice.
Sincerely,
Ronda Vuillemont-Smith
Tulsa 912 Project

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NOTE: Please call the OK Corporation Commission to voice your opposition to PSO’s rate increase and the smart meter rollout in their service area.

Phone: 405-521-4114

Email: j.palmer@occemail.com

 

June 2, 2014

UPDATED – Smart Grid: The Rest of the Story – Vicky Davis

UPDATE: OK-SAFE, Inc. – Researcher Vicky Davis has completed Part 10 of her series, Smart Grid: The Rest of the Story

Part 10, Global Power Shift, describes the functional realignment of the electric utilities, including the self-serving roles of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC), and the utilities.

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Excerpt:

“The Environmental Protection Agency, which I’m sure has a similar Torus structure, is closing down coal‐fired power plants based on their regulatory authority over air quality. They are creating the shortage of electricity, which will provide the racketeering power of extortion pricing to the utility sector. The Renewable Energy Certificate subsidy scam is a cover of sorts until the entire country is under the control of the smart grid and NERC.

The Smart Meter is the gateway to the home for the Smart Grid and the Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs). The objective, which is well documented, is “demand management”. Through the Smart Meter and Smart Grid capabilities, plus the appliance standards passed by the Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the RTOs will have the capability for the Regional Transmission Operators to “shave the peak” – meaning to shut down your access to electricity entirely – or to selectively shut down your appliances including heating and cooling equipment.”

Link to updated 10-part series.  Link to Part 10.

Original post:

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Our friend Vicky Davis, a former computer Systems Analyst-turned researcher at Channeling Reality, has written a series of articles on the history and implementation of the global Smart Grid.

Entitled Smart Grid: The Rest of the Story, this 9-part series covers everything from the basics of how a smart meter’s 2-way communication system works, to an examination of the types of data collection systems involved and the how/why of “smart” appliances; from the efficiency movement to energy rate decoupling; and the origins of the concept of scarce energy.

Smart Meter

The series includes a brief look at the “who’s who” orchestrating the global smart grid roll out.

The series is a must-read for those with concerns about smart meters and global energy control.

Smart Grid: The Rest of the Story – by Vicky Davis.

Smart Grid Dot Gov

 

 

 

January 23, 2014

Common Sense Right to Bear Arms Bill from Senator Nathan Dahm – Senate Bill 1473

Nathan Dahm thumbnail no captionState Senator Nathan Dahm (SD-33) has filed some common sense legislation regarding the right to self-defense.

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2014


Dahm says gun legislation will strengthen 2nd Amendment rights

OKLAHOMA CITY –State Sen. Nathan Dahm has filed legislation to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms without a license. Dahm, R-Tulsa, explained Senate Bill 1473 is an effort to reaffirm Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights.

“The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and yet when we require our citizens to jump through hoops, pay fees and undergo a process that presumes they’re guilty of something until proven otherwise, their rights are being infringed upon,” Dahm said. “Senate Bill 1473 simply says Oklahomans can carry firearms in all the places currently allowed by law, but they will no longer be required to obtain a license to do so.”

Under SB 1473, a person age 18 or older would be able to open carry loaded or unloaded shotguns, rifles and pistols without a license for hunting, target shooting or other such events. It would also be allowed for events related to military or law enforcement functions; for practice or performance for entertainment purposes; or for lawful self-defense purposes.

Places where guns are currently prohibited, such as schools and government facilities, would continue to be off-limits for firearms.

“Oklahomans will still be able to get a license so they could carry in other states that allow reciprocity,” Dahm said. “They just won’t have to have a license in Oklahoma to carry.”

If approved, Dahm’s legislation, also known as the “Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act” would become effective on November 1, 2014.

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December 30, 2013

OK-SAFE 2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year from OK-SAFE!

July 18, 2013

Why Health Care Costs So Much – Interview with Dr. G. Keith Smith

OK-SAFE, Inc. – On July 15, 2013 we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. G. Keith Smith (Anesthesiologist) of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma on America in the Balance on Truth in Focus Internet radio.

Dr G Keith Smith photo

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma was established in 1997 by two doctors (Dr. Steven Lantier and Dr. G. Keith Smith) fed up with how hospitals were treating both the patients and the surgeons.

Right away they decided they would do two things very differently:

  1. They would never take a dime of government money.  “We just decided that the federal government is not a reliable, or an honest or a trustworthy partner or payer in any capacity.  And we did not want to take the leverage that went along with taking their money.  We also increasing saw, philosophically, accepting federal money as an act of theft.” Taking money from one neighbor to give it to someone else was unacceptable to them.
  2. They would engage in what they called “price honesty.” They decided their own prices and communicated this beforehand to the patient.  “This is what we charge and mean it.”

Soon, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma (SCO) became a haven for not only the uninsured, but people who lived outside of Oklahoma.  Patients from as far away as Canada come to the SCO, as well as from Massachusetts and Alaska.

Apparently this success dismayed the insurance establishment, who made multiple attempts to throw down roadblocks in their path – i.e., by steering patients away from them.

Dr. Smith provides a history of the health care system (see the Hill-Burton Act of 1946, for one), and goes into the specifics of why health care costs so much; the role “not-for-profit” hospitals play in distorting the costs of health care, and the manipulative pricing tactics employed by the insurance companies.

Those Privacy-Killing Electronic Health Records

At the bottom of the interview be sure to listen to the “The Four Buckets of Meaningful Use” audio, as a woman explains Stages 1 through 4 of the “Meaningfully Use” requirements for electronic health records.  Stages 1-4 can be summed up as, 1) adopt electronic health records technology, 2) capture data, 3) move the data, 4) report the data. All that “data” is about you, the patient, so it can be sent hither and yon, including to CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  In a nutshell, you are getting naked for more than just the doctor.

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma does not use electronic health records, recognizing their inherent risks, and belongs to no “network” of information sharing about their patients.

Options?

What can we in  Oklahoma do to avoid the pitfalls of “ObamaCare”?  One recommendation Dr. Smith makes is to avoid seeing a doctor attached to a hospital.  Independent providers are still out there – these are the ones to frequent.  Toward the end of the interview Dr. Smith provides a list of other options for health care, including options if you need a hospital.

About the Surgery Center of Oklahoma

“The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a 32,535 square foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City, owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma.Soon, the Surgery Center became a haven for uninsured and more – people from as far away as Canada started showing up at their facility.”

“It is no secret to anyone that the pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the United States to be cost prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying more and more out of pocket, it is clear that something must change. We believe that a very different approach is necessary, one involving transparent and direct pricing.”

Government interference in health care is the problem.  Entities like The Surgery Center of Oklahoma are the solution.

Link to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma:  www.surgerycenterok.com

Address: 9500 N. Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City, OK 73114

Phone: 405-475-0678

Dr. Smith’s email: Ksmith@surgerycenterok.com
Be sure to check out Dr. Smith’s blog.

March 25, 2013

Bills Stopped by “Conservative” Republican Leadership in 2013 — Flyer Format to Share!

View this document on Scribd

Sample from flyer:  SB 219 – Providing that the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (the OHIET) will cease to be effective

The OHIET is busy implementing the IT infrastructure in OK that makes “Obama Care” work.  It is the other “exchange”.

Senate Action:  This bill failed in the Health and Human Services Committees by a vote of 4-4.  Although this committee has a Republican majority, two Republicans (Griffin, Coates) joined two progressive Democrats in voting against this anti-“Obama Care” bill, preventing it’s advancement.

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This flyer passed out at the

Tulsa County GOP Convention on March 23, 2013.

 

November 26, 2012

Smart Meters – Nevada Energy Moves Ahead With Opt-Out Proposal

Filed under: Privacy, Smart Meters — Tags: , , , , — oksafeinc @ 11:32 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Wouldn’t it be great if Oklahoma did this as well?

From Fierce Energy

NV Energy pushes ahead with opt-out proposal

November 26, 2012 | By Travis Mitchell

Utilities in Nevada are moving forward with a smart meter opt-out proposal for electric customers.

NV Energy, along with its subsidiaries Sierra Public Power Company and Nevada Power Company last week submitted a 35-page draft order to the Nevada Public Service Commission outlining plans for a smart meter opt-out provision. The utilities have installed approximately 1.3 million smart meters across the state.

Opt-out fees would vary across the state, with customers in Northern Nevada paying a $107.66 one-time installation fee along with a $10 monthly fee. Customers in the more populous Southern portion of the state would pay $98.75 for installation and a recurring maintenance fee of $9.

The commission will review the proposals to determine if the costs and benefits of the program are in line with ratepayer interests. If approved, Nevada will join California, Oregon, Arizona, Maine and Vermont as states offering smart-meter opt-out programs to customers.

Fierce Energy article here.

See the proposal here.

September 16, 2012

Sir William Blackstone & The Common Law, by Robert D. Stacey, Ph.D.

OK-SAFE, Inc. –  It is good to actually read a book once in a while; Robert Stacey’s overview of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries is one that can be recommended as a worthwhile read.

Sir William Blackstone

Who was Blackstone? From Britannica, “Blackstone was an 18th century English jurist, whose Commentaries on the Laws of England, 4 vol. (1765–69), is the best-known description of the doctrines of English law. The work became the basis of university legal education in England and North America. He was knighted in 1770.” [Source: Britannica]

For those interested, the entire text of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England can be found on a site call LONANG – short for the Laws Of Nature And Nature’s God.

The Book

Sir William Blackstone & The Common Law – by Robert D. Stacey, Ph.D.

This slim volume provides an overview of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries, the common law tradition and the principles of natural law.

The book’s chapters include The Lawyer of Cheapside, The English Common Law Tradition, The Legal Theory of Blackstone’s Commentaries, and Blackstone in America.  As far as U.S. law was concerned, “Until the twentieth century, to know the law was to know Blackstone.” (p.53)

Chapter 1’s Introduction includes commentary on the culture war.

Author Stacey writes, “In particular, three tensions – each resistant to easy revolution – are evident in the contemporary culture war.” (P.24-26)

These three tensions are:

  1. Between the individual and the community – where “the interests or desires of the individual are sometimes at odds with those of the community…”  Until recently, this country tipped the scale in favor of the individual, particularly concerning property, while acknowledging “the community’s authority over moral concerns and issues pertaining to the common good.” (p.24)
  2. Between liberty and security“Men are tempted to trade natural rights and liberties in exchange for protection from real or imagined danger.”  Stacey goes on to say, “Preservation and security often mean vesting power and authority in the hands of someone – a strongman, a centralized government, etc. – who can do something about the danger.  The downside is that the specially empowered authority can often become a danger itself.” (p.25). This is where we are with the drones over U.S. soil, clearly an inappropriate use of the military’s war-fighting surveillance technologies.
  3. Between science and religion – Stacey writes, “God created the natural world and established the natural law, both physical and moral, by which it is governed.  For progressives the material world is essentially all there is.” (p.26)

We have seen evidence of all of the above – i.e. the elimination of the rights of the individual in favor of communitarianism, including the taking of personal property; the elimination of personal privacy and liberty, including the freedom to travel about without being poked, prodded, or surveilled, in favor of “security”; the diminution and denial of God, and the destruction of life and family, in favor of science and technology (the rise of the technocrats).

Another way to characterize these tensions?  The battle between good and evil.

This writer is looking forward to the rest of the book.

Sir William Blackstone & The Common Law, by Robert D. Stacey, Ph.D. is available here.

July 13, 2012

Texans Fight Back: March on the Capitol Against Smart Meters

More evidence of the push back against those invasive Smart Meters – from the Stop Smart Meters website, July 12, 2012:

Texans Fight Back: March on the Capitol Tomorrow – Posted on July 12, 2012 by onthelevelblog

This just in:

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Texans are gathering tomorrow for their freedom to choose to have “Smart Meters” installed or removed on the steps of the Austin’s capital tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. until the state takes up item 14 on Project 40404. Over 1 million Smart Meters were installed in Texas by a silent force. Now Texans are fighting. Consumers never had a right to choose and were smacked with additional fees. The electric monopolies like Oncor Energy and Centerpoint Energy used scare tactics, such as threatening to shut off power and fines for tampering if customers did not succumb, according to Ban Texas Smart Meters. The Austin protest today is in response to Devvy Kid, Journalist and Activist getting repeatedly refused a trial by the PUC because of technicalities. This is just another instance of Texans standing up for their freedoms.

Rest of post here.

Maine Public Utlities Commission Didn’t Address Smart Meter Safety, Court Says

Filed under: Privacy, Smart Meters, Surveillance Society — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 12:39 pm

This from the Bangor Daily News, July 12, 2012: (bold, italics added)

Maine Public Utilities Commission didn’t address smart meter safety, court says

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press, July 12, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court ruled Thursday that state regulators failed to adequately address safety concerns about Central Maine Power’s smart meters but the ruling had no immediate impact on more than 600,000 smart meters already installed in homes and businesses across the state.

The Supreme Judicial Court ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a complaint that raised health concerns, and lead plaintiff, Ed Friedman of Bowdoinham, urged the panel to use the opportunity “to hold full evidentiary hearings on this and look at it under the bright lights.”

“We understand that the horse is out of the barn in terms of the meters being in, but they should’ve vetted these smart meters for safety before they were deployed instead of waiting until they’re deployed to see that there’s well-known biological effects,” Friedman said.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a brief statement saying the panel is considering how best to comply with the supreme court’s unanimous ruling.

“The commission is reviewing the order to determine what steps must be taken to comply with the court’s decision. We have not reached a decision on what process will be required to do so. Any decision about process will be determined by commissioners in a public session,” the statement said.  [End of excerpt.]

Rest of article here.

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