Smart Grid: Government spying targets Rural America

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Source: RFD America

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.

If you’re like me, and do a lot of canning, you’re probably thinking, “so what?” That’s what my initial thought was. It can’t read a bar code if there isn’t one. Hmmm. What if your home’s computer believed that based on how many people live in the home there’s not enough food being purchased? How long do you think it would take the electronic nanny to notify child protective services or other authorities?

Again, this isn’t science fiction. It’s happening right now in South Bend, Indiana, and Florida and California. Now that President Obama’s spending package has been pushed down our windpipes, effectively choking off any opposition, look for development of an electronic super nanny by Big Brother. This is change we can believe in? It’s change alright rural America, and it’s coming for you. Notice on GE’s page there are no pictures of urban or suburban dwellings, only a rural home? An oversight? Not according to Alan Keyes.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keyes in the summer of 2008. He told me then that rural people should understand that there is a concerted effort to remove all control from rural areas and concentrate it in Washington D.C. After reading about the billions of dollars the White House has allocated to watching its rural citizens, I’d say he hit the nail on the head. We are the targets; the lonely little home on GE’s website might as well have a bull’s eye on the roof. Dr. Keyes told me the Illuminati who are running D.C. are worried about rural people because we are exposed to less media than our urban counterparts: we’re harder to control.

Apocalypse now

One of the largest components of Smart Grid is already being implemented by the USDA; it’s called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) it requires farmers to implant a RFID tag into the body of all of their livestock–cows, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, all livestock. The NAIS threatens to destroy small-scale family farms. If you’re not familiar with the NAIS, here are a couple of resources: Downsize DC, NAIS: Too little too late? and NAIS: Let’s do some fuzzy math. Coupled with Smart Grid, the NAIS strengthens the ability of Government officials to control rural Americans as completely as they control people in the cities.

Remember, President Obama believes implementing Smart Grid is urgent. He wants the program to expand quickly, with all of us on the thinking grid by 2011. All of us.


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Submitted by boo boo on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 2:18am.

You make it sound like Obama has done all this Smart Grid stuff. Just how did he accomplish all of this when he has only been in office not quite 2 months. It would be more believable if you left out the "Obama is the one" the evil person doing all this.
The Gov has been able to track us for years with out the smart grid, where have you been? Our power company already charges us more if we go over a certain amount. When we buy grocery's that store and whoever, knows what we buy. I get coupons all the time from stores giving me coupons for what I buy most. We have satellites above us that can watch our every move and have been there for years. Heck I can use that satellite to go into everyone's back yard all over the world heard of google earth...Every single place you have been on the computer is on that computer and others for that matter. Our cell phones can be traced. Yep we are watched and monitored right now...with out the smart grid...

I have an Uncle who thought the Russians were coming in the 1950's. He was so sure he built a bomb shelter and stocked it big enough for 3 people. I guess he thought his neighbors would be kind enough to leave him and his family alone while they would be left to the elements. I suppose all of us could do this but with the thousands who would not do what you say, our food and supplies sure would not last long anyway. You can only keep so many bullets, guns, food, so what is the point. We live in the most prosperous Country in the World and I for one am thankful. With all her faults, she is still the best and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

We could all fall prey to the these pessimistic thoughts at these times we are living in. I'm going to choose to think positive and hopefully these major problems we face shall pass with Obama's help.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:33pm.

They sure got you fooled. Yes this is the best country, and it is being robbed by the banks of its wealth with the help of Lord Obama.

In case you haven't noticed policy in DC has not changed, only the faces. The Bush policies continue: foreign, monetary,and government expansion. All to the detriment of we the people.

Soldiers are still in Iraq, more are being sent to Afganistan. Hyperinflation and food shortages are on the way. Yes we can! Starve.

In Liberty,


Submitted by boo boo on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 3:58am.

I'm way ahead of you. My cabinets/shelves/re-frigs, freezers, have been overstocked for years and years. I'm ready for anything and I didn't need you to tell me how to do it. My spouses favorite saying when I come home from shopping "I suppose you bought the store out" Not Quite I say, but close. Yep, and I still even remember how to milk a cow, separate the cream, slop the hogs, bale the hay and put it in the barn, ring a chickens neck, pluck feathers, dress that chicken and fry him/her in a fry pan. Yep, I still even remember how to pee in a pot, we didn't have running water or a toilet or toilet paper for that matter. We took baths outside, in a tub, or heated water in a pan and sponged off, or put a tub by stove in winter. So yep I'm ready for just about anything except for some Sears catalogues if you know what I mean.

I will agree with you on the Politicians, almost none of them have a lick of sense. Those that do,, don't have the votes. There should be term limits for all office holders, just like the President. They are up in Washington so long they forget how the rest of us live.

To tell you the truth I was so thrilled to get rid of Bush/Cheney and cohorts I'm still walking around with a smile on my face. And Yes I am thrilled that OBAMA won the election. If anyone can get this Country moving again it will be him. The problems are enormous and will take time, after all he has to correct all the 8 years of problems Bush/Cheney created, the worst being IRAQ. YES, bring our guys HOME. OIL is the only reason we are in the Middle EAST, that is all it has ever been about. Afghanistan is a major problem and could go on for years.

Banksters, Wall Street, CEO'S enormous salaries, huge Ponzi schemes, on and on, you couldn't pay me enough to take on all that Obama has on his plate. If we care about this Country we should wish him the best, because he is going to need it from all of us.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 11:03am.

wishing that he really worked for us. He doesn't, he works for them, and by them I mean the banksters who are at the top of the food chain.

His major financial backers are all the same people involved in the CFR, Tri-Lateral Commission, and the Bohemian Club. These people are EVIL CONTROL FREAKS, who want nothing less than absolute control over every aspect of our lives.

They are just licking their chops while they destroy our liberty.
In Liberty,


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Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 10:53am.

"Yep, and I still even remember how to milk a cow, separate the cream, slop the hogs, bale the hay and put it in the barn, ring a chickens neck, pluck feathers, dress that chicken and fry him/her in a fry pan."

I say we all head for the mountains when the takeover happens and start a commune. With skills like yours, and some other folks on here, we'll survive just fine Eye-wink

Submitted by mysteryman on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 7:17pm.

As i head out the door i tuck my nine in the small of my back and i know im going to have a good day, and you can never have too many bullets. Word to the wise, the sign on my mailbox says... "IF YOU ARE FOUND HERE TONIGHT.... YOU WILL BE FOUND HERE TOMMOROW...PEACE..

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:26pm.

My favorite No Trespassing Sign:

No Trespassing

Violators Will be Shot

Survivors Will be Shot Again

Put an NRA sticker on the bottom to help the lower functioning crowd.

Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 9:39pm.

Is what you get when a nuclear weapon is air burst I:E low earth orbit... This pulse frys everyting electronic that is not specificially shielded agains this threat, can you say power grid... Yep thats right folks, One blast even though it is high up in the atmosphere and causes no damage and destruction on the ground, can send an area of the country back to the stone age all in a flash... Now ask yourself this, with smart grid, Washington or whoever, could in an instant redirect power around the affected area, which may seem like a good idea... But why... are we gonna fire up the good ole cold war again folks, to stimulate the economy???? Or better yet are we to revisit the Dr Strangelove days??? Or is it because as Darth mentioned, are they preparing for the coming revolution, and want to be able to gather counter intel, on the gathering militias, and what better way to styme an uprising than to control the high ground and be able to shut down the grid at a specific target, effectively disableing communications and infrastructure, as the cruise missle vectors in on target....Wake up people and stop being hypnotised by daytime television.... YOU ARE UNWISE TO LOWER YOUR DEFENSES....PEACE..

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:13pm.

Like American Express.. Never leave home without it.. Just got a T P145 Millennium Pro.. 10+1 of .45 knock down 230 grains gold dot will do the trick.. Backup Glock 21 .45 15+1

Mystery you are completely correct.. they do not know what a little EMP will do.. No Power.. means No water.. No AC.. No Heat.. No Car.. No Cell Phone.. and NO BANK ACCOUNT.. No MONEY.. The list goes on and on.. Freezers forgetem.. Once the markets have been raided for available food.. No more food...Pharmacys.. No Drugs..
Guys think Stone Age.. you start to get the picture.. except for Dinos.. you will have gangs with guns chasing you..
Doomsday Scenario maybe.. Never happen.. maybe.. Does'nt hurt to be prepared though..

I will not lower my standards.. So UP YOURS.. Evil


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Submitted by Main Stream on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 5:12pm.

...the next thing you'll be saying is "Soylent Green is peeeeeeoople."

I'm trying to go along with even just a little bit of what you are posting, however, I can't buy into this stuff. Do you really believe this?? Maybe you should turn the radio to something other than Alex Jones.

(I did stock up on canned goods today though! Shocked)

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 5:48pm.

if you think you have enough food stored, go buy some more. That's the best investment we can ALL make right now.

Ok, you KNOW I don't post unresearched items Main. RFID chips are now on ALL products you buy. They can be as small as the dot on an "i" in the word video. It doesn't take much for the power company to install such tech as sensors, which can be read from a central location.

Case in point, have you had your new "digital" electric meter installed yet? Hmmm? Technical progress, or draconian control device? Air conditioning set to 72? It better be. Under the "smart" grid, all uses of electricity will be read from these meters, and you will probably be rationed to so many kilowatt hours, and after that the price per will increase exponentially.

Smile, big bro is watching.

In Liberty,


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Submitted by mapleleaf on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 7:26am.

Set your air conditioning to 72?!?

Heck, mine is set at 78.

You're an energy hog, DarthDubious! A wastrel. We don't need a grid to track you down. You readily admit your wasteful habits.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 11:10am.

I'M PAYING FOR IT!!! That is exactly my point. I should have the freedom to set my thermostat to 40 degrees if I damn well want to without being "tracked down" and labeled an enemy of the state by the likes of you!

Don't you see how far this crap has already gone? If not, you are a brainwashed slave.

In Liberty,


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