by Rebecca Campbell, Activist Post:
Below is the official video of the Seattle City Council’s Select Committee on Seattle City Light’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 held on July 14, 2016 chaired by Seattle’s Celebrity Socialist, Kshama Sawant. This meeting very fortunately featured the new council woman’s majority minus one member. To save time for all, three especially significant segments are concisely listed with descriptions and specific timepoints for your viewing pleasure. What you are about to see is Seattle City Council members and a CEO of Seattle City Light (SCL) – for the first time in memory – actually beginning to behave as statespersons, rather than as tools of the corporate state, and some Seattle “smart” meter truth activists and their unseen associates modeling for others how to use the new peaceful but powerful multifaceted, collaborative paradigm with which they also can pursue their causes successfully. Enjoy!
Four “smart” meter truth activists speak, as per usual in Seattle, in the four two-minute sound bytes allotted them before the council meeting begins. The rest of the two-hour meeting, as per usual, is reserved for the council members and various corporate representatives to hold forth. Note how the rudely computer-preoccupied council is sitting above and walled off from the public; note also how the corporate representatives have, literally, a place at the table on the dais near the council in fully attentive dialogue with them, in contrast to members of the public who sit silently beneath them at a distance – except for those, of course, so graciously being permitted by the rudely computer-preoccupied council members to speak before them in two-minute sound bytes. These four brief but telling activist speeches give clues as to the diverse but effective tactics being used for the past three years on this issue with a smugly self-described liberal, but actually patriarchal, authoritarian corporate city government. Timepoints 2:17-10:52
Two male council members – both of whom have previously disregarded/dismissed “smart” meter truth — publicly ask the Seattle City Light CEO and his staff for the first time about even further delaying the Seattle “smart” meter rollout, which was supposedly to have started in April 2015. The SCL CEO/staff admit the general ineffectiveness of greenwashed “smart” meters. They also admit that $18 million has already been spent on this so-far unproductive project during this time of an officially declared homeless/affordable housing emergency in Seattle, with at least another estimated $124 million needed to implement this already admittedly outdated technology. Timepoints 12:45-28:00
The entire select council committee then together proceeds to expose the city utility’s cronyism and corruption by pointedly questioning SCL/city staff about SCL promoting exorbitant electricity rate hikes on the already much impoverished public allegedly to fund their virtually all-white, all-male apprenticeship program that trains for jobs in a centralized, fossil fuel-based energy system soon to be superseded by previously suppressed decentralized renewable energy technologies now coming online. Timepoints 1:11:35-1:32:50 2:03:45-2:05:45
A good time was had by all – except those seeking to prolong obfuscatory, obsolescent paradigms – governmental, energy and otherwise – all of which are soon to come to their much-deserved ends!
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