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Chuck Ballard July 23, 2014 at 03:02 PM
The company behind the Patch sites (AOL) downsized the operation because they were losing money. Read MoreYo u lost the local editor and now many of the sites in PA are 'maintained' by one overworked person down near Philly. That's why you don't see the coverage of local news and events you once did.
Theresa Ernst July 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Then don't call it the Emmaus Patch. That is misleading.
Chuck Ballard July 23, 2014 at 04:20 PM
This is all JUNK SCIENCE and misinformation. It is a scare tactic against smart meters, anotherRead More'ti nfoil hat' conspiracy theory.
Chuck Ballard July 14, 2014 at 01:45 PM
These two statements, just a sampling, are complete rubbish: "Smart Meters emit and receiveRead Moremi litary-weapons-grade microwaves" "Smart Meters have no security from hackers: zero, nada, none. Anyone driving by your home can find out everything about your electric use and develop a profile they can exploit, as well as tamper with the electric grid at will, creating chaos and havoc." First, there is no such thing as 'military-weapons-grade microwaves'. Microwave radio frequency energy is emitted by any radio (radar) transmitter tuned to that high frequency. The vast majority of wireless devices, like wireless computer networks, cordless phones, (yes) microwave ovens, and other such devices are all operating in either the 2.4 GHZ or 5 GHZ bands authorized by the Federal Communications Commission. They all, except for the microwave ovens of course, must limit their power levels far below any possible limit that would affect health. This includes wireless Smart Meters. So if you have wireless computer access in your home, you already have two similar transmitters (computer wireless card, home router/cable modem) operating at similar power levels to wireless Smart Meters. Military uses of microwaves (besides radar) use power levels hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than any wireless device. It is the power level that determines if there is any 'military' effect, not the fact that there is transmission on any particular frequency or type of transmission. Oh, then there is the fact that not all Smart Meters are wireless! Some of them transmit their signals down the same power lines that feed them and are on entirely different frequencies! Oh by the way, have you seen any monsters created by microwave ovens yet? They are regulated to not emit , outside of their cabinets, significant amounts of the microwave radiation they beam into food to heat it up. Typical microwave ovens emit 800-1200 watts of microwave energy, about 10,000 times more power than any wireless devices. They have been in homes for decades without any discernible health effect. The statements that Smart Meters have no security is simply FALSE. Totally hacker-proof, no. Nothing ever will be. The great majority of hackers will be after your bank information, not your electricity usage. Especially when they would have to expose themselves by parking in front of your house to get enough signal to read. In addition, not all Smart Meters have control functions for the installations they are metering. Usually, control, like when you sign up for special lower rates by agreeing to turn down air conditioners or water heaters is done by separately installed units, which you explicitly have to agree to be put in your house or on your units. JUNK SCIENCE!
Carl Stevenson May 12, 2014 at 06:47 AM
The teachers union toadies on the EPSD Board need to be tarred and feathered and run out of townRead Morefor their never ending tax increases. I wish people would all get together and refuse to pay school tax. People should NOT be renting their property from the school district in perpetuity. This has to stop. I have never had, nor will I ever have kids in EPSD schools, so why should I, or others like me, have yo pay thousands of dollars a year to "educate" other people's' kids. Those who have kids should pay for them and stop the "legalized" ROBBERY from the rest of us.
Chuck Ballard May 14, 2014 at 01:56 AM
What a truly great citizen you are Carl. You ignore the Constitution of the Commonwealth ofRead MorePennsyl vania when it says the legislature should provide for (and therefore collect the taxes for from all citizens) a thorough and efficient system of public education. But even worse, you are the kind of person Thaddeus Stevens took to task over 175 years ago in his speech to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives: “It would seem to be humiliating to be under the necessity in the nineteenth century, of entering into a formal argument to prove the utility, and to free governments, the absolute necessity of education........He cheerfully pays the tax which is necessary to support and punish convicts, but loudly complains of that which goes to prevent his fellow beings from becoming criminals, and to obviate the necessity of the humiliating institutions (poor houses)....Many complain of the school tax, not so much on account if its amount, as because it is for the benefit of others and not themselves. This is a mistake. It if for their own benefit, inasmuch as it perpetuates the government and ensures the due administration of the laws under which they live and by which their lives and property are protected...All of these things would be easily admitted by almost every man, were it not for the supposed cost. I have endeavored to show that it is not expensive; but admit that it were somewhat so, why do you cling so closely to your gold?...” 175 years later and people like you are still clinging to their gold.
tamarya April 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Talk to any local rescue or vet and see what a feral cat is, and sorry i will shoot a wild animalRead Moreor kill those friggin birds before a cat.
tamarya April 25, 2014 at 10:24 AM
And sorry i got a bigger problem with someone feeding birds then they crap all over the house, andRead Morec ar and pool and everything else then i do a feral, and i would definatly have a problem if someone was luring skunks, foxes or raccoons in the area then i do a cat that can be trapped and along with getting fixed getting vaccinated. Sorry but i will take a feral cat around my kids over any fox or raccoon or bird.
tamarya April 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM
But you are right cats are different then wild animals in one sense. Wild animals are a dangerRead Moreregar dless of animal type and can be shot with no consequences. And true wild animals can never be raised as a pet.
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