Activist Post – by Brandon Turbeville
The “Internet of Things” just wouldn’t be “Internet” enough if Google was not involved in a major way. Fortunately for those who have designed the gadget spy system, however, Google is attempting to become heavily involved in the implementation of yet another piece of the technological control grid.
According to the The Information and The Verge, Google is now testing thermostats connected to the Internet that would allow users to view the amount of energy being consumed in their homes as well as be able to make adjustments to that level of consumption. At least that is the justification used to sell the technology to the public. The real reasons behind both Google’s foray into the relatively new field and those of other tech firms, governments, and “sustainability”-related organizations are somewhat less interested in consumer satisfaction, environmental health, and lower energy bills.
Google’s latest foray into the control grid, a wide open country for the corporate giant which never seems tired of pioneering new marketable technological control products, is called EnergySense. This new program is round two for Google, which attempted something similar a few years ago named Powermeter, although this program was terminated in mid-2011 due to “difficulties scaling it up.” The mission statement for Powermeter, similar to that of EnergySense “was that people could trim energy use by 15 percent if they could see what was happening.”
Things are looking up for Google in this regard, however, as Josh Lowensohn of The Verge writes that “This might be a better time for such a service, as indicated by a rising wave of connected home appliances. That includes Nest, which began with thermostats and has since moved onto smoke detectors. It’s joined by a host of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-connected appliances that can pipe information to the cloud, from refrigerators to web cameras.”
Interestingly enough, Google Ventures already invested in Nest in 2012.
Of course, if one is better able to monitor and observe the amount of energy being used by a household or appliance, it stands to reason that one would be better able to reduce and conserve the amount of energy he uses. However, are we really expected to believe that Google simply wants consumers to be better able to monitor their energy use to save money and the environment? Or is Google interested in something else entirely?
The Verge’s Josh Lowensohn may be on to more than he knows when he writes that “For Google, and others, those devices represent a possible wealth of data.”
Data, indeed. Google’s latest “new” venture is but one more step in the merger between the “Internet of Things” and the “Smart Grid,” the solidification of the surveillance state and eco-fascism into one entity that itself is only part of a much larger agenda.
For those who are unaware of what the term “Smart Grid” means, the Smart Grid is essentially a computerized system that allows the monitoring and control over energy use from power at the plant source to every appliance in the home. Smart Grid technology is a major part of UN Agenda 21, the United Nations’ plan to herd a drastically reduced population into “human habitat areas,” meaning ultra-modern super cities with stack em’ and pack em’ dwelling structures and zero contact with nature and the outside world.
The “Internet of Things,” of course, is the term used by disgraced former General and CIA Director David Petraeus to describe the rise of gadgets which are connected and controlled by apps.Petreaus himself discussed the fact that, because of this new technology, intelligence agencies will no longer need to place spy devices inside your home – you will do it for them.
As I wrote in my article, “New Report: ‘Recording Everything’ Details How Governments Can Shape The Dynamics Of Dissent,” within the next few years, it will be possible for the intelligence wing of the U.S. government to collect, store, and centralize every type of data in existence on every human being in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for one year for a total cost ranging in the few hundred thousands. And this is only what has been announced. It doesn’t include the secret black projects that currently remain under wraps or the fact that these programs have been ongoing for years.
Not only that, but with the open desire by the U.S. government to create a Total Information Awareness network, as well as the legal infrastructure such as the Patriot Act and other Big Brother legislation, a climate has been created where all of the data acquired by “Smart” appliances will inevitably be soaked into this government network. Not only that, the snooping infrastructure is such that one can assume that every piece of information that finds its way into the Cloud will not eventually find its way to a centralized government database, but will do so immediately.
The fact is, while even those few individuals who are still concerned with their privacy complain about their constant loss of it, the all-too-familiar warning of our descent into a world spoken of in George Orwell’s 1984 is often repeated ad nauseum. However, one need only look around to understand that we are not in danger of turning into the Orwellian surveillance state in the near future. We are already in it.
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 275 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
5 thoughts on “Google Seeks Internet Surveillance of the Smart Grid”
This is exactly why I do not have a smart meter on my home. This stupid liberal city that I live in installed them about a year ago. We fought them tooth and nail. I have to pay an extra $12.00 a month on my electric bill because I do not have one. But I would rather pay the $12.00 dollars than have this crap.
They want your appliances to talk to it, that is so Orwellian, my wall ovens went out right at Thanksgiving, and we had to buy new ones, but I intentionally bought ones that did not have smart technology, they were the base ovens, cheaper, and no computers in them.
When my other appliances go out it will be the same thing, basic and cheap.
Wish there were more people like you, Missy.
However, in the near future these assholes will eventually phase out anything that is non-SMART and force people to have them or else not have them at all. Just like they did away with Analog and switched over to digital cable. Same thing they are trying to do with TVs and Cellphones and even Windows 8 and webcams already installed into your computer. Hell, it’s even happening with cars as you can no longer customize your car anymore and force you to have their standard shit which includes digital interface, USB connections and black boxes. If you upgrade, you can even have GPS and a push button starter in which no key is required to start the car. Doesn’t that all sound great!?
What they won’t tell you is that all of that stuff can be used to spy on you and in the case of a car, it can be used to shut it down and or take control of it whenever they want to. Funny how they only mention the glamor and the great impressions it all makes on your friends when you take them for a ride or a road trip. Whenever an auto dealer tells me about fancy features on it, I argue with them and tell them I think it’s bad customer service when I can’t customize or downgrade my vehicle. They just look at me like I’m crazy. At that point, I just look at them and say, “I want a car that I can control. I don’t want a car that controls me.” At that point, they keep quiet as they have nothing to say and just give me the response, well all our manufacturing is overseas and so we aren’t able to do custom orders anymore.”
Gee….who’s F**KING fault was that? You’re the idiots who sent all the car manufacturing overseas in the first place and you wonder why you can’t do customization anymore and offer piss poor customer service with your Communist bullshit. Real bright one, you are. Keep playing dumb and sticking that foot of yours deeper in your mouth, buddy.
Anyways, I REFUSE anything that says SMART on it and this “EnergySense” thing is another “CommonSense” or “CommunistSense” product. Just another part of their “CommonSense” reform propaganda for everything.
Hey here’s some “Common Sense” for ya. If our government continues to send our jobs overseas and prevent us from starting businesses here, then that would mean there wouldn’t be any jobs. COMMON SENSE!!
Or how about giving money to help our own damn country instead of sending it to Zionist Israel. COMMON SENSE!!
Or if someone like Eric Holder is caught lying and held in Contempt of Congress, he should be arrested and not continue with his job. COMMON SENSE!
Or if Al-Qaeda supposedly attacked us on 9/11, then maybe we shouldn’t continue to fund them in the Middle East. COMMON SENSE!!!
Or if someone like Hitlery Clinton, who recently resigned as Secretary of State because of Benghazi and had so many scandals under her political career, maybe the MSM shouldn’t be promoting her to be the next president. COMMON SENSE!!!
Or if a cop has a criminal record and is fired half a dozen times, then maybe the government shouldn’t hire him as a police officer. COMMON SENSE!!!
And for you corporate assholes, my personal motto, “If it ain’t broke, DON’T FIX IT!” COMMON FRIGGIN SENSE!!!!!!!!!!
Ohh!! But that’s different. It’s only common sense according to the corporations and government not WE THE PEOPLE. After all, as you can see from my examples above, the corporations and our government has WAAAYYY more common sense then WE THE PEOPLE do.
Sure they will say, “Oh well, there are always a few bad eggs, (yea, about 99% of the corporations and the government), but those can be fixed down the road, so can’t we all just get along? It’s common sense.”
To that, I say, “Got hemp rope, anyone?”
PS Sorry about the rant. lol
You are SO VERY RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Before I woke up to this Evil world that I live in, I was your typical keep up with the Jones kinda person. New car every 1 to 2 years, big house, nice things, all of it DEBT, to these commie bastards, that makes ME a SLAVE.
I have not bought a car in 3 years, I will never own one that is past 2010. Even better is pre 1979, have fun finding one of those.
I am diligently paying off debt, sometimes faster than others, because just living is getting so expensive, it makes me so angry, especially when I look at my 3 children, 2 are out of the house, but they are barely surviving, and I mean barely. I just feel things will continue to get worse until people wake up and say I HAVE HAD ENOUGH, RESET.
I can’t sell my house, it is only worth what I paid 7 years ago, then where will we go, rent here is so high, 2 bedroom apartment is atleast $1100/moth. So I figure we are stuck, we can’t even build on property we have in the country, I can’t afford the work that needs to be done to it.
I am just fed up with everything, the spying, the control, the enslavement, the lies, and their bullshit. I want out of their game.
Banks won’t finance new cars today unless they have a GPS device and a kill switch. Miss two payments on your new car and the bank flips the switch off (hope your not in traffic doing 65 mph) and then simply calls the tow company to pick up the car that the bank has the exact location on through the GPS device.
Exactly! They can just shut down your car with the touch of a button and that’s why they want all cars and everything in them to be electrical and computerized, rather than manual. No “if”, “and’s”, or “but’s” about it.
But hey, the auto dealers and salesman won’t tell you this and will lie in your face and say, “Hmm…I didn’t know this. I’ll have to look into it, but hey, the computer tells you your speed and how many miles per gallon and even knows when there is someone sitting in the car in order to sound the seat belt alarm non-stop while you are driving until you put it on. After all, it’s for your safety and protection.”
So now, not only is the government teaching me how to drive my car, the computer in my car is harassing me as well and if I take it off, it will either be undriveable or the insurance companies won’t insure me just like the airbags and if caught, I will get fined or go to jail. WTF???