The fallacy of cost savings by using “smart” appliances at off-peak hours


The fallacy of cost savings by using “smart” appliances at off-peak hours (for time-of-use areas, which BC will become in the near future). $$meters are not needed to use electricity wisely.


“This article has further demonstrated that “smart” devices such as smart tumble dryers are unlikely to deliver financial benefit to the consumer and actually expose the consumer to a number of risks, inconvenience, and reduced quality of life.

Furthermore, due to considerable consumer demand that cannot be shifted to off-peak pricing periods and dubious claims  for reducing green-house gas emissions, this article has revealed additional weaknesses in the argument that TOU rates will provide benefits to the consumer or the environment.  Finally, the article shows that more effective shifting of demand and possible financial savings for the consumer can be accomplished without the use of smart meters.”

Very important info about broadband over power lines.

Very important info about broadband over power lines. Scientists have warned that cell transmitters that are erected on power lines or the poles can make the power lines antennae, emitting radiation all along the line. The FCC in the USA has found this to be true when power lines are used for Wi-Fi transmissions, but intends to do nothing from the sounds of it. The same, no doubt, is true in Canada.  People need to know how high the radiation is for those living within quite some distance from power lines. The level can exceed the FCC limits which are among the highest in the world.

The results demonstrate that residential power lines can radiate the frequencies of PLC signals into nearby households, even if they do not use any PLC service (i.e. smart meters, internet service, etc.).

The documentation that PLC systems turn a power line into a line source “antenna” (not a point source) is important, as that means greater distances are needed to reduce the radiation levels. This may explain why the radio amateurs in North Carolina complained about interference, even though they were 0.4 to 0.7 miles (600 to 1100 meters) away from the lines carrying the PLC signals.

That the power line is a line source also means that the line itself radiates. Radiation emissions are not just from the equipment injecting the signal into the power line.”


Aedes albopictus mosquito genus of the culicine family of mosqui


On April 21, a report was released from Seeking Alpha condemning Intrexon (stock symbol: XON) as a failed biotech investment corporation. For the anti-GMO movement, this is a moment to celebrate. Intrexon, the owner of the genetically engineered (GE) Salmon, the GE Arctic Apple and the GE Mosquito has been financially exposed. The report titled “The Public Markets Theranos Part 1:  Zika Virus Hype is Nonsensical” is alleged to be the reason Intrexon’s stock’s plummeted 26 percent by the time the stock market closed on April 21. Although Intrexon’s stock has fluctuated since then, as of April 26, the stocks have dropped below the closing and have not recovered.

Intrexon is in the hot seat. Three separate law firms Goldberg Law PC, Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC & Harwood Feffer LLP are opening investigations as to whether Intrexon provided misleading information to investors violating Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Their cases are open to those who owned stock of Intrexon for a class action lawsuit against the company.

In a move that could indicate nervousness, Intrexon published a press release on their website the following day (April 22) claiming they are “taking appropriate steps” and that “Intrexon believes that it is the target of a campaign to manipulate trading in the company’s securities, interfere with the company’s business operations, and destroy the reputation of the company and its chairman and CEO.”

Intrexon should be nervous. In addition to their stocks falling, Costco, Red Lobster, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway have pledged not sell their GE Salmon and McDonald’s, Gerbers and Wendy’s have pledged not to sell their GE Arctic Apple thanks to public pressure garnered from organizations such as Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Food and Water Watch.

Regarding updates on Intrexon’s genetically modified mosquito’s (GMM) created by Oxitec, just last week the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) decided to hold a nonbinding referendum for the residents of Key Haven to determine the public’s opinion about the release of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes (GMM). Although nonbinding, most of the board of the FKMCD say they will stick to the public’s decision on the matter.

THE FKMCD is conducting this referendum as a response to overwhelming public opposition to the release of the GMM. Recent polls showing support for GMM’s from Politico were discovered to have been funded by Oxitec, making the question’s skewed in their favor benefiting off the fear around the Zika virus. Many community members of Key Haven and the Keys have stated publicly that they do not consent to being forced into experimentation with GMM’s and that there is not enough data on the GMM’s.

Historically, the fight against the release of GMM has been won in the Keys, with the initial proposed test site in Key West being struck down by the Keys Commission in 2012. In addition, the public comment session of the Food and Drug Administration’s Finding of No Significant Impact has been extended until May 13, 2016. With the report released on Thursday claiming that the GMM’s will be incredibly cost inefficient compared to other mosquito eradication methods and that Intrexon is a corporation that fails to make a profit, movement towards release of GMM is looking grim for Intrexon and Oxitec.

A PDF of Seeking Alpha’s report is available here. 


1 Intrexon Provides Update on Recent Stock Trading Activity April 22nd 2016


2 Wendy’s Says NO to GMO Apple Oct 20th 2015


3 Key Haven Residents to Vote on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Nonbinding Referendum April 23rd 2016

4 The Fate of Anti-Zika GMO Mosquitoes in the US Rests on Florida 04-22-2016


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Canadian Farmers need your help!


Farmers in Canada are once again under attack from Monsanto through their affiliate Forage Genetics International (FGI).  Monsanto has developed a new Genetically Modified (GM) variety of Alfalfa with the Roundup Ready gene.  Introduction of this variety in the US has resulted in the contamination of 30 percent of the alfalfa varieties in the western states. Containment protocols do not prevent pollinators, such as bees, from transporting the GM pollen to non-GM crops.

We need to stop the sale of this variety in Canada and prevent the contamination of existing alfalfa varieties.  Since pollinators do not respect national boundaries the contamination of alfalfa from the US is likely inevitable and this may only be a delaying tactic but we need to slow down this assault on our non-GMO farmers.

Alfalfa is a forage species that is usually grown with other grasses and legumes and used for hay and pasture for livestock.  The use of Roundup in this context makes no sense and the contamination of existing alfalfa varieties only jeopardizes the livelihood of organic producers and farmers who export alfalfa products.

Farmers represent only a small portion of the voting population and need help in getting their message across.  Please support this initiative.  If enough of you are willing to support your farmers perhaps our Minister of Agriculture will listen.

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