Networking Tips: Blog Excerpts for Free – links are helpful to all!

Starting a new section here for social networking tips:

If you blog – put a link back to your post in the excerpt block. Even though it looks redundant on your site, the way feeds work these days, that will assure people who pick up feeds downstream also share the link back to your post. It is like free advertising. Just do it!

#linksaregoodspeciallytothingsyoucareabout

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Networking Tips: Blog Excerpts for Free – links are helpful to all!

Free Stuff Cartoon by Glenn McCoy

Free Stuff Rat Trap

Warning danger, it is a trap!  Note the flag on the rat’s chest.  A really good friend of mine shared this cartoon on facebook with the comment, “incentives, grants, subsidies…” and she is so right.

Sounds free right?!  Trouble is somebody has to pay for it.  Guess what Mr. Rat, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Thanks to Glenn McCoy for a delightful and insightful cartoon.

Made my day!

Finding Gems and Sharing Them – Free Stuff Cartoon by Glenn McCoy

Opt-out Available for PSO’s Smart Meters – at a cost‏

[Received via Email from Gary Kilpatrick with permission to share at the end. Thanks Gary for excellent info and important follow-up to my previous post/sc]

smart-meterPSO is now removing our reliable analog electric meters and replacing them with digital “smart” meters that include a wireless transmitter/receiver. But PSO has not told customers that an unofficial opt-out list exists. I say unofficial because the opt-out program is not legal until the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) gives its approval, which they could do any day.

Lack of space forbids a full discussion of why a smart meter might not be such a good idea, but in summary smart meters are undesirable because they are a health hazard due to increased radiation exposure; they significantly increase the risk of cyber-security breaches of the electric grid; they provide further tools for an invasive government to perform warrantless monitoring of your home; they provide valuable data about your personal habits which power companies desire to be able to market; and due to their fragile, high-tech construction smart meters are prone to failure, often resulting in fires in consumer’s homes.

Although I am pleased that PSO is offering an opt-out, PSO has asked for exorbitant opt-out fees: a one-time fee of $183 if you opt-out before 12/31/2016 and $261 after 12/31/2016; and a monthly charge of $28.

In a hearing at the OCC Wednesday of this week the Oklahoma Attorney General, representing PSO’s customers, stated that the fees proposed by PSO were not fair, just and reasonable. The Attorney General provided several means by which the estimated costs of the opt-out program could be reduced; offered evidence of opt-out fees from a number of states, all of which were significantly lower than those proposed by PSO (the average monthly fee in the other states was $11); and argued that it was inappropriate for PSO to charge monthly opt-out fees at this time because the cost of reading existing meters is already imbedded in the electric rates customers are currently paying. In addition the Attorney General noted that in a recent filing OG&E has requested approval of an opt-out program and their one-time fee is 38% lower than PSO’s and OG&E’s monthly fee is 50% lower than PSO’s.

An additional problem with PSO’s opt-out program is that it does not include any consideration for those people who are extremely sensitive to micorwave radiation nor for low income households. Both the medically sensitive and low income households will suffer the most when a smart meter is installed on their homes, and it is unconscionable that the opt-out fees have been set so high.

If you, like me, do not desire to have a smart meter, then I suggest the following:

1) Call PSO customer service at 1-888-216-3523 and ask to be put on the opt-out list for smart meters. You will receive a call from the Bartlesville customer service representative. She will tell you that no official list exists yet, and will try to convince you to change your mind. Be polite – she is just doing her job. The decision to charge unreasonable opt-out fees – to even install smart meters in the first place – was made way up the PSO food chain. After making this call tape a note to your existing analog meter stating that you do not want a smart meter and that you have asked to be put on the opt-out list. Although PSO initially agreed to honor this unofficial opt-out list, they have not been uniform in their response when they (actually their contractors) come to your house to slap the new meter on (that is literally how it happens);

2) Call the three OCC Commissioners (Dana Murphy @405-521-2267; Todd Hiett @ 405-521-2264; and Bob Anthony @ 405-521-2261) and tell them you support, in fact demand, an opt-out program, but the fees proposed by PSO are not fair, just and reasonable. In addition tell them you want to keep your analog meter, not some partially disabled smart meter. Under the opt-out program PSO plans on giving you a digital meter with the communication chip disabled. There are very good safety reasons why you should want to keep your analog meter. Call soon, they could vote any day;

3) Call the Attorney General’s office and thank him for representing “we the people” in the PSO opt-out case and encourage him to continue to aggressively represent the people of Oklahoma against big business and big government; and finally

4) Attend an information meeting about the hazards of microwave radiation exposure (cell phones, smart meters, portable phones, baby monitors, etc.) to be held on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 P.M. at the Bartlesville Public Library.

Gary Kilpatrick
Bartlesville, OK

P.S. Feel free to forward this email liberally. The thing PSO fears most is a tremendous outcry against their outrageously high fees for customers simply wanting to keep their old analog meters rather than exposing their family’s to unnecessary radiation.

Dear PSO Customer – new digital meter coming soon letter

AEP-PSO New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016AEP-PSO Oklahoma – New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016.  It is all about new digital meter installations coming soon.  I got a phone call today about it also.

Here is a pdf version of the letter above.

AEP-PSO New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016

smart-meterAnd yes, I will be making a call!  If you do too, please comment below.  I’d love to compare notes.

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PSO’s Customer Solutions Center

1-888-216-3623

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Here are a few questions I have:

  • Can you guarantee me no health risks?
  • Will you cover the costs of any health issues that arise?
  • Can you assure my privacy regarding personal data and energy usage?
  • Can you assure me that I will not be charged in the future for the cost of this installation?
  • How do I opt out and keep what is already installed instead?
  • What do I need to do to protect my sensitive equipment during your installation?

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Derek Prince: The Purpose of God’s Laws

The Purpose of God’s Laws

Psalm 119:90–91

Your faithfulness [O Lord] continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.     NIV

Today with Derek Prince     The power behind the universe is not something purely physical. It’s not atoms or electrons or other scientific objects but it’s the Word of God. In the New Testament we are told that the heavens were formed by the Word of God. The universe, the things which are seen, were not made of things that do appear. That behind the whole world is that invisible, irresistible, creative and sustaining power of the Word of God. God’s laws govern this universe. They may be invisible, but they’re very real and according to this word that I’ve read, all things serve God.

Isn’t that a wonderful thought? Everything in the universe is fulfilling God’s laws and working out His purposes. And His purposes center in His people so that all God’s laws are really working together for our benefits.

In the New Testament Paul tells some Christians, “All things are for your sakes.” Can you grasp that? God’s laws and purposes – they are all for us. They’re all working out that which is good for us and they control the universe. Many other factors may seem to enter in, but ultimately its God’s laws that settle our destiny.

—Derek Prince

To listen to Derek’s original audio on Derek Prince Ministry’s website click here.

[Derek Prince’s teaching ministry has blessed me throughout my life, first in Jamaica when just out of high school and now with his daily devotionals via email.  Thanking our heavenly Father for men and women who share the gospel tirelessly and with great concern for people to know Jesus and be set free from sin and death!  One day when asking the Lord if I would fulfill my purpose? He answered me this way.  “How could it not be so.”  Indeed!  More of a statement than a question.  Worth pondering.  Blessings/sc]

 

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Looking Up — Lunar Eclipse over Dallas by Mike Mezeul

Looking Up by Mike Mezeul II

Dallas 9/28/15: After spending 5 hours on a rooftop with an incredible view of Dallas, I was able to create this composite image showing the moons transition from full moon, to full lunar eclipse, and back. Each moon image was shot approximately 10 minutes apart to capture the entire transition. I hope you all enjoy! Please share! Prints available, link in image comments! Shot on a Nikon D810 #Nikon Photo via Mike Mezeul on Facebook

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Looking Up!

Save the Date for The Precinct Project with Porter Davis — Tuesday Oct 6th

Final The Precinct Project Plan Flyer

Flyer above to print and share / text version below to copy and paste for email sharing.

Our team has been praying for our city, state, and nation for several years now.  We believe that this message is on time and will be important for everyone to hear.  Porter Davis has posted his vision for this plan online and you can read about it here (downloadable book version).  We are excited to have him come to Bartlesville to talk about it in person and answer questions.  He will share about how we can take back our cities for life and for liberty.  I believe that in the days ahead “pockets of land will be protected”.  I believe this message will help us to be a part of that network of believers working together, helping our neighbors, and walking in His Way.  Come and see if you agree~

The Precinct Project Plan — for politics and for survival in tough times!

Speaker: Porter Davis (former Oklahoma State Rep)

When: Tuesday, October 6th 6P-8P

Where: Luigi’s Restaurant – Backroom
(generally expected that you will order something for use of private room)
3822 E Frank Phillips Blvd Bartlesville OK (near Goodwill)

RSVP to 918.440.6876 (leave name and number attending as a msg)

Facebook Event for RSVP here

Everyone is invited so come and bring a friend!

Brought to you by the Washington County Grassroots Prayer Team

For more information see Precinct Leader Project

Precinct Maps are available online here for Oklahoma

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