Added On October 30, 2012
As Sandy made landfall Monday evening, parts of Virginia and West Virginia were hit with heavy snow and strong winds.
Exelon Corp declared an “alert” at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, warning that a further water rise could force the country’s oldest working plant to use emergency water supplies to cool spent uranium fuel rods.
The alert — the second lowest of four NRC action levels — came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant, an NRC spokesman said late on Monday.
Those pumps are not essential since the 43-year-old plant was shut for planned refueling since October 22. However, a further rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool.
Exelon said in a statement that there was no danger to equipment and no threat to public health or safety.
The incident at Oyster Creek, which is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia on the New Jersey Coast, came as Sandy made landfall as the largest Atlantic storm ever, bringing up to 90 mile per hour (mph) winds and 13-foot storm surges in the biggest test of the industry’s emergency preparedness since the Fukushima disaster in Japan a year and a half ago.
YouTube Added: 19.09.2012
“In 1992 the Food and Drug Administration decided that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the functional equivalent of conventional foods. They arrived at this decision without testing GMOs for allergenicity, toxicity, anti-biotic resistance and functional characteristics. As a result hundreds of millions of acres of GMO crops were planted in America without the knowledge or consent of the American people: no safety testing and no long term health studies.
“The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. Ninety percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling? I’ll give you one reason: The influence and the corruption of the political process by Monsanto. Monsanto has been a prime mover in GMO technology, a multi-million dollar GMO lobby here and a major political contributor.
“There is a chance that Monsanto’s grip will be broken in California where a GMO labeling initiative is on the ballot. And here in Congress, my legislation HR 3553 will provide for a national labeling law. Americans have a right to know if their food is genetically engineered. It’s time for labeling and for people to know how their food is being produced.”
– Russia Broadens Definition Of Treason (Financial Times)
Moscow police have discovered a brothel on the premises of a monastery whose abbot is thought to be President Vladimir Putin’s spiritual adviser.
– Moscow police ‘discover brothel on monastery premises’ (Telegraph, Oct 29, 2012):
Two women were arrested on suspicion of prostitution after seven rooms were found in a building close to Sretensky Monastery where sexual services were offered from 1,750 roubles (£35) per hour.
Father Tikhon, the abbot of the monastery, is said to be a religious counsellor to Mr Putin, who is a confirmed Russian Orthodox believer.
– At least 16 deaths, 7.5 million without power in Superstorm Sandy’s wake (Chicago Tribune, Oct 30, 2012):
Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street.
At least 16 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Da. Sandy also killed 66 people in the Caribbean.
For New York City at least, Sandy was not the days-long onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides began dying down within hours.
Still, the power was out for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and an estimated 7.5 million people altogether across the East. The full extent of the storm’s damage across the region was unclear, and unlikely to be known until daybreak.Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday — the first time the New York Stock Exchange will be closed for two consecutive days due to weather since 1888, when a blizzard struck the city.
– Nation’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant, New Jersey’s Oyster Creek, Declares Alert Following Water Surge (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012):
As a reminder, the biggest catastrophe that resulted from last year’s Tohoku earthquake in Japan was not the earthquake itself, nor the infrastructure destruction from the susbequent tsunami, but the impact of the soaring water wall on the nuclear power plants in the coastline, namely Fukushima, and its aftermath, by now known all too well to all. So tonight too, all along the east coast, the biggest threat is not the wind, nor the rain, but the impact of the storm surge on the tens of nuclear power plants located in the vicinity of the rapidly rising tide. Such as Oyster Creek in New Jersey which just went on alert due to the surging water level.
The nation’s oldest nuclear power plant is on alert after waters from a colossal storm reached high levels.
– 670,000 Without Power, ConEd Says Repairs Could Take A Week – Interactive Status Map (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012):
The good news is that no workers are trapped. The bad news is that between the 14th Street transformer explosion and the flooding and damage elsewhere, there are 670,000 people without power and over 230,000 of them are in Manhattan.
- *CON ED SAYS UNDERGROUND SUBSTATIONS COULD BE UP IN 3 TO 4 DAYS
- *CON ED SAYS IT WILL TAKE LONGER TO REPAIR ABOVE GROUND STATIONS
- *CON ED SAYS IT COULD BE UP TO A WEEK FOR POWER RESTORATION
- *LARGEST STORM RELATED OUTAGE IN CON ED HISTORY, MIKSAD SAYS
Full list of current outages in New York City (hardest hit are Cooper Square, Canal, Jamaica, Chelsea, and Borough Hill):
– Postcards From An Underwater New York (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012):
Once the surge levees break, the water level just soars and covers everything in a “reverse Titanic” as the following pictures demonstrate:
Ground Zero (via AP)
Hoboken PATH station (via @garywhitta)
Avenue C and 13th Street (via iWitness Weather):
Lower East Side:
The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is flooding… (via @NewsBreaker)
The Belt Parkway fully underwater
Stunning view of the lower manhattan black out (via @nicksummers)
14th Street Transformer exploding! (via @georgeweld)
Floating Cop cars in lower east side (via David Schulz)
More as we see it.
– Video Of ConEd Station On FDR And 14th Street Exploding (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012):
Moments ago the Emergency Services were hit with the following disturbing update:NYC | MANHATTAN | EXPLOSION | FDR DR & E-14 STREET | U/D CMD RPTS EXPLOSION AT THE CON ED PLANT. MULTI-RESCUES UNDERWAY | UEA01
See it happen in real time: fast forward to 3:10 in the clip below to see an underwater power station explode.
– Worst Case Scenario: Hurricane Sandy Is The Biggest Storm Ever To Hit The Northeast (Economic Collapse, Oct 28, 2012):
The biggest storm to ever hit the northeast United States is creating a tremendous amount of havoc up and down the eastern seaboard. It is hard to describe how gigantic this storm actually is. From end to end, Hurricane Sandy is more than 1000 miles across. It is twice the size of the state of Texas, and meteorologists are calling this storm a “worst case scenario“. It is currently coming ashore in New Jersey, but this is just the beginning. A winter storm approaching from the west is going to combine with Hurricane Sandy, and the combined storm is projected to hammer the northeast with wind and rain all the way through the end of the week. Meteorologists all over the nation are saying that they have never seen anything like this. Hurricane Sandy is the biggest storm in modern U.S. history, and earlier today the storm pressure was recorded to be even lower than the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938. In fact, Hurricane Sandy has the lowest pressure ever recorded for any storm north of the state of North Carolina. On Monday evening it was packing maximum sustained winds of about 90 miles per hour, and hurricane-force winds could be felt as far out as 175 miles from the center of the storm. To say that this storm is a major disaster is a tremendous understatement.On Monday night, it is projected that wind speeds in New York City could reach 80 miles per hour. But that is only part of the story. The higher you go, the more intense the winds will be. For example, if you live 30 stories above New York, a gust of wind at 80 miles per hour on the ground will be close to 100 miles per hour for you.
YouTube Added: 28.10.2012
Pro-independence parties are now at the helm in Spain’s Basque Country, while elections in Catalonia could bring about even more separatist forces to the forefront.
But it’s Scotland that’s at the top of the breakaway trend now, as it has a real chance to go it alone. That’s after London agreed to let it hold an independence referendum in two years. Sara Firth examines the separatism movement.
– Barclays Libor case to go to trial (Reuters, Oct 29, 2012):
LONDON – Barclays became the first bank to be ordered to stand trial in a British court over damages stemming from manipulation of the Libor interest rate after a High Court ruling on Monday.
Guardian Care Homes, a residential care home operator based in Wolverhampton, is suing Barclays for up to 37 million pounds ($59 million) over the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products known as swaps.
“Today is a huge milestone with a trial now going forward to determine whether these financial products should be declared void,” Guardian Care Homes’ chief executive Gary Hartland said after the ruling.
The case could also lead to new revelations about the Libor scandal after Guardian Care Homes asked for documents relating to the affair to be disclosed.
The company says it should be fully compensated for its losses because the swap rates were based on the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). Barclays agreed to pay $450 million in fines to U.S. and British authorities in June to settle allegations that it manipulated Libor and other key interest rates. More than a dozen other banks are also being investigated.
There is no need for personalized bioeapons, really.
Frequency weapons will do the job much better and are ready to use:
– Hacking the President’s DNA (Atlantic Magazine, Nov 2012):
The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.
This is how the future arrived. It began innocuously, in the early 2000s, when businesses started to realize that highly skilled jobs formerly performed in-house, by a single employee, could more efficiently be crowd-sourced to a larger group of people via the Internet. Initially, we crowd-sourced the design of T?shirts (Threadless.com) and the writing of encyclopedias (Wikipedia.com), but before long the trend started making inroads into the harder sciences. Pretty soon, the hunt for extraterrestrial life, the development of self-driving cars, and the folding of enzymes into novel proteins were being done this way. With the fundamental tools of genetic manipulation—tools that had cost millions of dollars not 10 years earlier—dropping precipitously in price, the crowd-sourced design of biological agents was just the next logical step.
– Welcome to the Recovery (New York Times, by Timothy Geithner, August 2, 2010)
‘Recovery’ is the ‘Greatest Depression’.
YouTube Added: 07.10.2012
The story of a multi-million dollar plumbing company that could not survive the Obama RECOVERY. Many thanks to Wells Fargo for not being there when we needed them. They were unwilling to pick up the phone and tell us that until it was too late. But then again they only ignored all follow-up attempts for 13 months in all. Too big to do it right or even care.
Thank you to the thousands of good wishes and blessings sent our way because of our story. We will rise again because that’s who we are. Our prayers and thoughts are with all those who have shared their story and struggle. May we all do whatever we can to make sure we vote if you haven’t already.
– George Carlin: The American Dream (Video):
– You thought the whole ‘EUSSR’ thing was over the top? Have a look at this poster (Telegraph, Oct 25, 2012):
Take a close look at this promotional poster. Notice anything? Alongside the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and so on is one of the wickedest emblems humanity has conceived: the hammer and sickle.
For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation. Hungary, Lithuania and Moldova have banned its use, and various former communist countries want it to be treated in the same way as Nazi insignia.
– Live New York Web (And Sound) Cam (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012)
– The Spanish Bad Bank Emerges, Confirms Spanish Real Estate Absolute Disaster (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2012):
The details of the Spanish bad bank are being released and it is ugly – far uglier than many had expected. And while the Spanish government expects priovate interest to take some of this massively discounted ‘crap’ off their hands, we have three words: ‘deleveraging’ and ‘no bid!’.
- *RESTOY SAYS BAD BANK AIMS TO BE PROFITABLE
- *SPAIN BAD BANK TO DISCOUNT LOANS AVG 46%; FORECLOSED ASSETS 63%
- *SPAIN AIMS FOR BAD BANK NOT TO COUNT TOWARDS PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
- *SPAIN TO DISCUSS BAD BANK WITH INVESTORS IN COMING DAYS
- *SPAIN BAD BANK TO INCLUDE FORECLOSED ASSETS, LOANS, STAKES
The Spanish government remain in a world of their own with this level of self-delusion. Haircut details as per the below:
– Sandy could bring ‘catastrophe,’ affect 60 million (CNN, Oct 29, 2012):
Tens of millions of people braced Monday for howling winds, torrential downpours and storm surges that authorities warned could bring devastation unlike anything they’ve seen.
Hurricane Sandy could affect as many as 60 million people.
“This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said.
– Hurricane Sandy Turns NYC into Ghost Town (Wall Street Journal, Oct 29, 2012)
– The $100 Billion Storm: 17 Things You Should Know About Hurricane Sandy (Economic Collapse, Oct 28, 2012):
Meteorologists are warning that Hurricane Sandy could potentially be the worst storm to hit the east coast of the United States in 100 years. Do you remember “the perfect storm” back in 1991? That storm was so bad that Hollywood made a blockbuster movie starring George Clooney about it. Well, this storm is going to be much worse. When I first heard about Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t make that much of it. I figured that the east coast would get some wind and some rain and that they would whine about it a bit but that everything would be just fine. But then I started looking into this storm a bit more. It turns out that this storm is even larger than Hurricane Katrina was. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has categorized the destructive potential of this storm to be 5.8 on a scale that goes from 0 to 6. So don’t be fooled when you hear that this is only a “category 1 storm” or that the maximum winds will only be around 80 MPH. It is the unprecedented size of this storm and the mind boggling storm surges that it is producing that truly make it dangerous. It is being reported that Hurricane Sandy is more than 1,000 miles across from one end to the other. Meteorologists have never seen anything quite like this before, and we are most definitely in unprecedented territory. One meteorologist is already projecting that this megastorm could cause 100 billion dollars in damage, but the true amount of devastation will likely not be fully known for weeks. If you live in the northeast part of the United States, you definitely want to buckle up because you are about to get absolutely hammered.The following are 17 things that you should know about Hurricane Sandy…