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0 Is smart meter giant "Sensus" For Sale?

Reuters cites unnamed sources who say smart meter giant Sensus is seeking a buyer. Will it follow fellow meter giant Landis+Gyr into the arms of a corporate parent?

 

Could smart meter giant Sensus be for sale? That’s what Reuters reported late Thursday night, citing two unnamed sources who said Sensus has hired Credit Suisse to find a strategic buyer or private equity firm willing to pay $800 million to $1 billion for the Raleigh, N.C. metering company.

If true, that would be big news in the small world of the global smart meter giants. A Sensus sale could start a smart grid bidding war, like the one that ended in rival smart meter giant Landis+Gyr’s $2.3 billion sale to Toshiba earlier this year. But then again, with a sizeable debt load and sliding sales, Sensus might not be as attractive an acquisition target as its rival.

Sensus is one of five companies — the others are Itron, General Electric, Elster and Landis+Gyr — that dominate today’s smart meter market, and held about 21 percent of U.S. smart meter market share as of last fall, in third place behind L+G and Itron. Reuters’ unnamed sources said that Sensus was seeking a valuation of 8 to 10 times its $100 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), and was expecting interest from both strategic buyers and private equity firms. Both Sensus and Credit Suisse declined to comment on the report.

What might a potential buyer be getting? Although Sensus is privately held, the company has filed financial reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission because it had issued publicly traded debt. According to those reports, the company has seen net losses of $8.3 million in fiscal year 2008, $18.4 million in FY 2009 and $7.5 million in FY 2010, although its sales from continuing operations have risen steadily over that time, from $722 million in FY 2008 to $866 million in FY 2010.

In May of this year, Sensus landed a $675 million credit facility that allowed it to purchase $275 million in existing 2013 company notes, thus closing its SEC reporting obligations. But an April filing prior to that deal revealed that Sensus was carrying a total debt of $451 million and had $38 million cash on hand as of March 31. In other words, as the company said in its 2010 annual report, “We are highly leveraged and have significant debt service obligations,” and any potential buyer would presumably have to deal with that debt.

Full Story: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/is-sensus-for-sale/ 

0 PG&E Begins Removing ‘Smart’ Meters Due to Health Effects

Widening Call for Immediate Return of Analogs;Disconnection of “Mesh” Wireless Network


UPDATE, Nov. 3, 2011: Glendale CA resident also has ‘smart’ meter replaced with analog meter by utility GWP. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_jT3-36KRg



SANTA CRUZ, CA—Just as PG&E enters the final phase of its deployment of wireless “smart” meters in California, the largest of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) has reversed course, quietly beginning to replace the ‘smart’ meters of those reporting health impacts with the old trusty analog version.  Consumer rights and health groups immediately seized on the news, demanding that millions of Californians unhappy with their new wireless meters get their analogs returned immediately at no cost.

Full Story:http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/11/01/pge-begins-removing-smart-meters-due-to-health-effects/

0 SmartMeters send almost 10,000 signals a day.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s wireless SmartMeters are designed to communicate directly with the utility, eliminating the need for meter readers.....Turns out they do a lot of talking.

According to a document PG&E filed with the California Public Utilities Commission this week, the typical meter sends out almost 10,000 radio-frequency signals per day.


The signals are very, very brief. Add them together, and the meter’s total transmission time equals a little more than 45 seconds per day. And the signals’ peak energy level falls well within federal standards, according to a PG&E spokesman.
Still, the sheer volume of transmissions will likely anger people who consider the radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi computers and SmartMeters to be a health hazard. PG&E has often countered their criticism by noting that the digital meters don’t transmit continuously.The company, which has installed 8.7 million of the meters, maintains that their signals pose no threat. And of course the entire notion that wireless signals can be dangerous remains fiercely contested.
Earlier this year, the utilities commission ordered PG&E to offer its customers an alternative to receiving a wireless SmartMeter. In response, the company proposed giving people who request it a SmartMeter with the transmitter turned off. The commission is still studying that proposal, and the new details about the meters’ signals come from a document the company filed as part of that process.
The document cites information gathered by Silver Spring Networks, a Redwood City company that makes the meters’ communications components. Silver Spring examined data from about 88,000 meters that had already been installed, and found that on average, they sent out 9,981 signals per day. (That average, by the way, is the median. In other words, half of the meters sent more transmissions per day, while half sent less.) The vast majority of those signals — 9,600 — came from the devices relaying information from other meters. They’re designed to work as a mesh network, with meters keeping frequent contact with each other.
Silver Spring found one meter that sent out more than 190,000 signals in one day, according to the document. Although each signal was brief, the total transmission time topped 14 minutes. PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper noted that meter was far outside the norm.

0 Met police to charge TV producers to appear in programmes

Documentary-makers shocked at fees of £500 a day and 15% share of any profits from sale of shows abroad

ITV documentary In The Line of Fire
ITV documentary In The Line of Fire followed officers from CO19’s uniformed response team. Photograph: ITV
The Metropolitan police is trying to raise money by charging TV producers who want the force to feature in their programmes £500 a day and a 15% share of any profits from the sale of the show abroad or merchandising.
Scotland Yard's Income Development Unit will also charge for "for any resources used" including "bikes, cars, dogs and horses". Documentary-makers are shocked at the fees, which they say are too high and will affect coverage of the Met in TV programmes.
Previous shows that have featured the force include ITV1's In the Line of Fire, which followed the work of part of CO19's uniformed response team.
According to the Met, the increase in the number of digital television channels has "resulted in a significant increase in the number of documentary requests".



I wonder how much was paid for this piece of....
"Pure Action Filming"?


Are our "police officers" now going to try and outdo each other in the "Action Scenes"?....

0 South African intelligence investigates role of British company in Col Gaddafi's attempt to flee Sirte

The South African intelligence services are investigating the role of a British company in a mission to help Colonel Gaddafi flee from Libya which ended in his capture and death. 

According to a senior intelligence source, both the British firm and a woman in Kenya who is thought to have recruited South African mercenaries on its behalf are "of interest" in their investigation.
It has been alleged that one of the security firms who provided mercenaries for the mission may have acted as a “double agent”, helping Nato to pinpoint Gaddafi’s convoy for attack, and that the dictator’s escape was “meant to fail”.
The affair risks further straining relations between London and Pretoria. President Jacob Zuma repeatedly clashed with the West over its involvement in Libya, at one stage accusing it of pursuing “illegal regime change”.
A total of 50 private soldiers, including 19 South Africans, are reported to have travelled to Libya on instructions to smuggle the former dictator from his birthplace of Sirte over the border to Niger.
Among them were said to be members of the team led by former SAS officer Simon Mann on the “Wonga coup” to unseat Equatorial Guinea’s dictator.

Full Story Here:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8865403/South-African-intelligence-investigates-role-of-British-company-in-Col-Gaddafis-attempt-to-flee-Sirte.html


And the UNITED NATIONS are supposedly....
"The Good Guys"?? 

0 WMD in Syria?.....Iraq was leveled over that same lie.



The UN nuclear watchdog says it has discovered a secret facility in north western Syria that matches the design of a uranium-enrichment plant. The findings have raised suspicions that the Syrian government has been trying to produce nuclear arms. However there's no evidence the building, which resembles a textile plant, has ever been in operation. The situation has led some experts to draw comparisons with the WMD allegations that led to the occupation of Iraq...

0 Ritalin Not Safe for Kids Contrary to Recent Study

I read an article in the news today about how a federally funded study found that Ritalin and other similar drugs that millions of children and teens are forced to take to due to alleged hyperactivity and to presumably increase attention do not raise their risk of serious heart problems. The news item, which mentioned no source for the study, relayed false information as if Ritalin and similar drugs are a good thing that pose no danger. Nothing could be further from the truth.

With the news today largely on the internet, fact checking of what is real news and what is not has generally gone out the window. One blog written by a person with no professional accreditation whatsoever may write about something as if they are an authority on a subject or a conveyer of truth about a circumstance. Hours or even minutes later, perceived credible major news sources or blogs simply duplicate the information with no fact checking of their own whatsoever. To say that journalistic standards of truth has declined with the internet is an understatement. Lets look for example a little more closely concerning the real truth about this drug called Ritalin. 
As a healthy, normal student in 6th grade with good marks, I recall when a doctor came in with permission slips for parents to sign for their kids to be tested for ADHD. All kids parents I knew of agreed, and myself and many kids I knew were forced at around ten, eleven, and twelve years old to take Ritalin.
I recall countless nights of pleading, screaming, crying, and begging my mother not to force me to take that tiny little white, bitter tasting pill with the cross on it called Ritalin which caused me to have horrific nightmares, tremors, shakes, cold sweats, hallucinations, double and multiple visions, churning stomach aches and pains, head spinning, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea ,vomiting, and waking up shivering in cold sweat soaked sheets night after night. Finally my parents came to their senses and stopped making me take the pill, contrary to doctors demands.

Ritalin is a poison, and diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactive disorder are fraudulent labels of either kids being kids, or some other underlying condition such as improper diet and nutrition. I for example, was allowed to generally eat as much candy, sugar, and have as much caffeinated drinks as I could consume at around this time- which was a lot.
For anyone to tout the benefits of Ritalin and undermine its dangers have not- I'll bet - taken the poison which is Ritalin. And as a result, any one that advocates Ritalin use are as guilty as the vile people who push it on kids who are at the mercy of adults for their survival. Do you condone Ritalin use? If so, I dare you to take it daily for a month. Tell me how much fun and good it is then after you experience its hell.

Source:http://newsblaze.com/story/20111102073134ente.nb/topstory.html

2 Prominent Zionist rabbi indicted on two counts of sexual assault of his students

Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon, a leader of the religious Zionist movement, indicted for assaulting students, including one minor; Elon says his actions misunderstood. 

Rabbi Moti ElonAn indictment was served Wednesday against Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon, one of the most prominent rabbis in the religious Zionist movement, for two counts of indecent and sexual assault against a minor.
According to the indictment, in 2005, Rabbi Elon assaulted A., a student of his born in 1988, who came to him for advice after going through an emotional crisis.
During hearings at the State Attorney’s office, Rabbi Elon has claimed that he did not break the law, and that his actions were misunderstood. He said his actions stemmed from the love of a teacher for a student, and that they were in no way sexual abuse. The State Attorney’s office did not accept this version of events.
Police recommended that Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon be indicted on charges of sexual crimes in August 2010. Police suspect Elon of forcibly committing indecent acts on two minors.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Prosecutor Moshe Lador closely followed the case while the police were still investigating Elon.
In February 2010, Weinstein instructed the police to examine complaints about Elon that had been made public by Takana, a forum that fights sexual abuse in the Orthdox community.
Suspicions against Elon came to the attention of Takana in 2006. The forum demanded that Elon cease his educational activities, and placed various restrictions on him. With no explanation to his students and followers, Elon, who was popular with students, left his post as head of Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem, and moved with his family to Migdal on the Kinneret.
In 2006, Takana informed then attorney general Menachem Mazuz of the complaints against Elon. Mazuz conveyed the information to the police, but decided not to order an investigation against Elon.
Takana said they decided to go public with the allegations at the time because Elon "did not follow the restrictions imposed on him." 



And these perverts are the greatest  of 
"Gods Chosen People"??......
this God guy has some serious people issues.

0 BAE Systems celebrate production of more than 15 million Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment components for U.S. military forces.


A ceremony to commemorate the milestone was Monday at BAE Systems' Protection Systems business in McKee, Ky. where the components are manufactured.


As the primary field equipment system for the U.S. Army, the MOLLE system is made of a variety of load-carrying equipment, including vests, pockets, backpacks and hydration systems, all of which are configurable for specific mission requirements.

The system is a highly modular platform that enables warfighters to carry gear and supplies critical to their mission. The basic MOLLE system is the Core Rifleman configuration, which is comprised of a Large Assault Pack, a variety of general purpose and magazine pouches as well as a hydration system.

"The MOLLE system provides users with a completely customizable set of equipment which allows for readiness, mobility and efficiency of the warfighter," said Don Dutton, vice president of BAE Systems' Protection Systems. "Reaching a milestone, such as the production of 15 million components, is an exceptional achievement for BAE Systems."

BAE Systems first developed MOLLE in 1997 in conjunction with Natick Soldier Systems Command, winning a contract to support a modernization effort within the U.S. Marine Corps.

Designed with the intent to improve load carrying equipment effectiveness and sustain heavier loads, MOLLE quickly became the system of choice for various service organizations.

0 Boston Dynamics PETMAN





PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by the US Army. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does simple calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions. PETMAN development is lead by Boston Dynamics, working in partnership with Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab and MRIGlobal. The work is being done for the DoD CBDP. For more information about PETMAN visit us at www.BostonDynamics.com.


I'm thinking that anything that's "openly publicised" is not anywhere near the technology these companies
"really have"....history tells us that much.
It's more of a "psychological beatdown" a "wow look at that" moment, then when the really futuristic stuff without all the power leads and cables is released....it's not such a hit on the senses...and it's "oh we seen that before"

0 Google Search now picks up EVERY comment you make on Facebook

What's your most embarrassing Facebook comment ever? No, don't tell me, I'll just look it up on Google because the search engine is now displaying comments for the first time. 
 
That's right, your every ROFL, LOL, or "God I can't believe I drank that much" is available for the whole world's reading pleasure, thanks to a change to the way Google looks at Javascript.
Previously Facebook comments weren't visible to Google's search bots, because they were tied to JavaScript. Now Google has begun trawling JavaScript for search results.
The results are not limited to Facebook comments, Google is trawling Disqus, Intense Debate and other add-on comment systems found in blogs.

Unlike? If you've been leaving trollish comments, or your value your privacy you should. Your online profile just got a little more complicated, because this does away with privacy settings you had in place on Facebook, sharing comments for your approved friends with the whole web.
Now when a friend, or future employer, searches for your name, your comments will turn up too.
The move ties in to Google's efforts for more authenticity and transparency in online identity. Just as Googleplus forces users to identify themselves with their proper names, this new search method may encourage users to be more accountable for their comments.
Who's going to "Like" this development? Businesses like the media, and private bloggers, who value high google rankings. For instance, leave a nice comment saying "This article on internet privacy by Melanie Hick on the Hufffington Post is great! Check my web privacy blog at bloggymcblog.com" and your comment will come up in searches for the terms "internet privacy", the author's name and searches for your blog title.
Comments won't suddenly appear at the top of search results today, but will gradually make their way up the Google rankings when they match specific searches.
Check out the most embarrassing Facebook comments ever, below. We're pretty sure these guys won't be fans of the changes. 




0 Fighting Cancer and Infection With IBM's Injectable "Medic chips"




IBM invented tiny, nanoscale particles to make silicon chips smaller. Those same particles, which are biocompatible, may be used in the human body to fight antibiotic-resistant staph infections and to carry potent cancer meds directly to tumors, bypassing healthy cells.

Inject it, it delivers it's package, then it dissolves without a trace....
and I thought assassins had been using this technology for years.

0 The Fox News Spin Machine Hits Full Speed!

0 9-11 Cop Who Arrested Dancing Israelis Speaks

AFP PODCAST -
In the first ever interview of its kind, AMERICAN FREE PRESS speaks with the police officer responsible for arresting the “Dancing Israelis” on September 11, 2001, who were caught filming and celebrating while the WTC burned and people died. Sgt. Scott DeCarlo reveals the details of that day, details the Zionist-controlled mainstream media conveniently overlooked.  DeCarlo has promised that this is his first and last interview on the subject, in the hopes of quelling ongoing interest in his role that horrible day.

Interview