Woman Arrested for refusing smart meter

Glenn called this story one of the most important issues that will be ramping up in the months and years to come. A woman refused to allow workers to enter her property and install a ‘smart’ meter. The woman refused the update and ended up being arrested over it. Glenn talked more on radio today about why you should be concerned.

"Let me tell you about Jennifer Stahl. She has been a strong advocate against the smart meter program in Naperville, Illinois. She's been talking about it and standing up against it for two years. The issue came to head on Wednesday afternoon when she was arrested for refusing to let the utility workers install the smart meter on her home. She said, 'I was protecting my property,' she said in an interview with TheBlaze yesterday afternoon. 'I felt my emotion was like a mama bear protecting her babies.' Stahl was at a friend's house when she received the call from her husband that the utility workers had arrived. She was home within 15 minutes and saw that they were at a neighbor's house. Her neighbor was not home, but they had signs stating that they did not permit the new meter to be installed."

"Stahl said she waited on her porch for the workers to arrive at her house. When they did, she refused them access to her backyard through her locked gate. Police, including the list supervisor, a sergeant, were called. Stahl said the sergeant explained the workers had authorization to access the meter, but Stahl stood her ground, said she didn't approve the new smart meter. The sergeant continued to try to convince Stahl to comply and said if she didn't, he'd have to arrest her. 'The City has always had and maintains the right to access our equipment and today we're just simply exercising that right,' says the city manager."

"The lock on Stahl's fence was cut and when Stahl wouldn't step away from the meter, she was led away by an officer, cuffed, and waited for a marked squad car to arrive to take her to the police department. When asked why she was being arrested, she was told it was for interfering with a police officer."

"Naperville Smart Meter Awareness has filed suit for which there are currently motions to dismiss as well as to grant temporary restricting orders for residents refusing meters. Tom Glass, member of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group told TheBlaze Thursday that he felt that the City is arresting residents for refusing is completely frightening in this day and age. The City is sending around people to read these smart meters and they don't work."

Read TheBlaze's full story HERE

What does this mean for you? Glenn explained, "I hate to look like I'm anti-technology because, you know, it is an easier way to read the meters. But it is also a way to ‑ it is not just taking some information out. It is able to understand everything in your house. How, you know, how much juice are you pulling, which appliances, what's going on. They can tell just by reading this smart meter. How many people are in your house? Now, they can do that as well but not electronically. The system can go out. They're already, they're already eavesdropping on you on everything else. Now they're able to tell exactly what you're doing in your house, how you're using it, and then they can limit."

Glenn encouraged listeners to "spit themselves out of the system" and look for ways to unplug from the existing structures out there that they are dependent on. Glenn said he was working on his own energy projects to do just that because he doesn't want to be tied to existing systems further down the road.

"We're living in a different world and new technology, you have to understand is either going to free you or enslave you. Which is it going to be? And some things, if you play into the system more than you already are, you will end up at least being a candidate for slavery. Remember when I said spit yourself out of the system, I didn't even know what that meant and I think I used to say I don't know what that means. I do know what that means now. You detach yourself from the Borg as much as you possibly can. You don't go ‑‑ at least you don't go any further than you already are."

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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