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  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 10:19:24 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    Razzz42 to markman46

    Southern Cal is 100% on the hook for maintaining San Onofre, it is part of the deal.

  • Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe (but zots are still delivered without gov't subsidy)

    04/29/2012 10:09:29 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    Razzz42 to Red6

    You can apply what you said to the nuclear industry which will never be profitable in the long run owing its success to government mandates subsidized by taxpayers.

    Cut out all the incentives and solar output just cost more so is not attractive, yet.

    In Germany, the plan is to end nuclear power and makeup grid needs in part with solar. They already surpassed a short term goal of 3% solar power into the grid and now are cutting back or eliminating incentives. Not what I would call a complete failure.

    Other than installation and hookup, solar is a passive system for an estimated 20 years or so not counting any rare earth used in manufacturing. Could potentially put people out of work or hurt public utility profits.

    Here in San Diego, solar installations are going so well with meters running backwards during the day that SDG&E (Sempre Energy) wanted to charge solar paneled homes a fee for grid maintenance, claiming solar enjoys using the grid without paying for its maintenance. Read that as taking a bite out of their profits even though the infrastructure was financed with public monies and government wants you to use alternative energies.

    Solar panels feed the local neighborhood no further than the nearest substation. The PUC (Public Utilities Commission) denied the rate increase.

  • Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe (but zots are still delivered without gov't subsidy)

    04/29/2012 6:55:28 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    A bit dated but interesting none the less.
  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 6:18:18 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    Razzz42 to Charles H. (The_r0nin)

    You cherry picked those quotes and omitted the one about that it would be better if it never happened in the first place.

    So far, I’ve given you spotty results from New Zealand and California, in Japan it’s gut wrenching but don’t worry about it.

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 5:24:40 PM PDT · 18 of 27
    Razzz42 to dalereed

    “Over rated hype!!!

    I live within 15 miles of there and the only concern I have that they don’t restart it IMMEDIATLY!!!”

    Why? What are you worried about?

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 5:21:53 PM PDT · 17 of 27
    Razzz42 to WHBates

    Pay attention, that from a zero baseline starting point. You can say the spike is irrelevant but you can’t prove that it is. Were they testing or should they be testing for other fallout, like plutonium?

    Here, you can downplay this finding too as some form of minor aberration along with all the other recent aberrations.

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 5:07:35 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    Razzz42 to Razzz42


    Odd deterioration found in both San Onofre reactors
    Energy officials had said tubes at San Onofre’s reactors were experiencing different types of wear. Now they say the unusually fast deterioration is occurring at both of the closed plant’s reactors.

    April 13, 2012|By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

    Southern California Edison officials said that they are now seeing the same unusual type of wear on steam generator tubes at both of the San Onofre nuclear plant’s reactor units, which have been shuttered for months.

    Officials found excessive wear in recent months on more than 300 tubes that were installed as part of the $671-million replacement of the plant’s four steam generators. The new steam generators, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, were installed within the last two years, which made the rate of deterioration startling.

    What was even more unusual was the type of wear. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said the tubes in Unit 3 were vibrating excessively and rubbing against each other. Initially, they said that the wear at Unit 2 appeared to be different.

    But in a statement Wednesday, Edison said that during its ongoing testing it had found additional wear in Unit 2 of a type that is “similar to the type of wear that was seen in Unit 3, but at a very low level.”....

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 5:00:23 PM PDT · 14 of 27
    Razzz42 to dalereed

    The locals are getting nervous with a nuke in their backyard. Wait until there are blackouts this summer because San Onofre Units 2 & 3 aren’t running, that will show those ratepayers whose boss.

    Funny, usually KPBS (was government funded) would be supporting nuke power.


    Some Nuclear Parts Shot; San Onofre Shutdown Costs Up to $1 Million a Day By Adam Townsend
    February 4, 2012

    The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new steam generators in the last couple years, and now some heat exchanger tubes are nearly worn out.

    Crucial components that contain high-pressure, radioactive water at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are, in many places, nearly too worn to function, said an Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman.

    There is no danger to plant workers or the public because both reactors at the San Onofre station are shut down—one for maintenance and one because of a leak that started Tuesday.

    But, the components are only one to two years old and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, raising troubling questions about their functioning.

    The plant is producing no electricity. As crews are assessing and planning repairs to leaks at Unit 3 at the plant, the unplanned shutdown, an expert told KPBS, is costing Southern California Edison from $600,000 to $1 million per day.

    Problems have been identified in the heat-exchanger tubes that boil water in the steam generators at the plant; there are two generators in each of the two reactors at the plant.

    The high-pressure, superheated, radioactive water that runs through the tubes has started to wear through walls of the heat exchangers.

    “They’ve looked at about 80 percent of the tubes in Unit 2,” said NRC spokesman Victor Dricks. “Two of the tubes have more than 30 percent wear and have to be plugged and taken out of service. Sixty-nine others have more than 20 percent wear. Over 800 others have less than 20 percent wear, but more than 10 percent.”

    These aren’t the leaky tubes that caused the Tuesday shutdown of Unit 3 at the San Onofre plant, but the same component at Unit 3 has been isolated as the site of the leak.

    Unit 2 has been shut down to replace the massive turbines and reactor head at the unit. The wear was detected as part of the routine inspection of equipment that technicians conduct before restarting the reactor, whether for a routine refueling outage or for refurbishments like the turbine replacement.

    Public relations people at Mitsubishi, the manufacturer of the components in question, did not immediately return calls for comment Friday morning.

    The damage raises questions about possible flaws in the multi-million-dollar, custom-made components, but there are dozens of factors that could be involved. Contractors installing the equipment, shipping personnel and plant staff all have roles to play in the installation and operation of the steam generators.

    Mitsubishi representatives are on-site consulting as Southern California Edison crews investigate the damage.

    “They (SCE) are talking with the manufacturer,” Dricks said. “It’s unusual. They’ll have to determine what caused it.”

    The tubes are heat exchangers. The nuclear fuel rods super-heat water within a primary system. This water runs through these hundreds of tubes, set up like a car radiator, at a pressure of about 2,500 pounds-per-square-inch.

    The heat boils water in a secondary system that makes steam to turn giant turbines. The electricity generated by San Onofre can power more than a million homes at any given time.

    San Diego Gas & Electric owns a significant stake in the plant, but SCE is charged with maintaining and operating it.

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 4:37:45 PM PDT · 11 of 27
    Razzz42 to meatloaf

    “The plant is shutdown. It’s not unusual to get leaks in the tubes over time. During outages the tubes with leaks are plugged. That means the steam from the reactor has no access to the plugged tubes.”

    That was simple. Too bad they haven’t stated why the plumbing failed so early after being installed. They should have plugged a percentage of the tubes to begin with just to play it safe.

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 4:22:33 PM PDT · 9 of 27
    Razzz42 to WHBates

    Looks like you know how to read but can you comprehend?

    Report: “High level radiation cloud” detected passing over New Zealand city — Peaks reached an “incredible” 1.89 microSv/h January 31, 2012

    WSJ: “An eerie quietness” in Fukushima says top biologist — Bird population dropped twice as much as after Chernobyl — “Disturbing development” March 10, 2012

    700 pCi/kg of Cesium-137 found in soil from base of Sierra Nevada mountains according to preliminary data April 20, 2011

    Australian gov’t confirms radiation cloud over East Coast — Radiation spike 8 times normal reported — Concerns about Fukushima fallout January 13, 2012


  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 4:07:09 PM PDT · 6 of 27
    Razzz42 to usacon

    Boy, are you misinformed.

    Expect cancer rates and abnormalities to spike in Japan and elsewhere due to the fallout. Ionizing radiation is invisible so you are safe in allegations of zero deaths because it is so difficult to prove but tell that to some of the Fukushima workers and firemen families that respond to the disaster .

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 3:20:32 PM PDT · 3 of 27
    Razzz42 to brivette

    Those radiators are brand new, been running less than two years, had a life expectancy of 30 or 40 years. Of course the original steam generators were expected to last the life of the nuke plant, that didn’t happen either.

  • Gundersen on KPBS Discusses Developing San Onofre Situation [Video]

    04/29/2012 3:10:35 PM PDT · 1 of 27
    On going situation...
  • Eyeless Shrimp and Mutant Fish Raise Concerns Over BP Spill Effects

    04/29/2012 2:38:22 PM PDT · 28 of 52
    Razzz42 to Mike Darancette

    Just a minor details link including a video to beat up on. (US government has set seafood consumption levels from the Gulf to avoid certain cancer rates ever since the Horizon blow out. I suppose I will have to post that link since I will be the only one that can find it.)

    In the meantime...

  • Obama adviser says US will find ‘right way forward’ on Chinese activist who fled house arrest

    04/29/2012 2:17:24 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    Razzz42 to ColdOne

    Give him up after the Chinese tell us who killed our volleyball coach during the Olympics.

  • Maybe no housing rebound for a generation: Shiller

    04/29/2012 11:17:23 AM PDT · 13 of 19
    Razzz42 to OhhTee5

    The banks are selling ‘distressed’ properties and have to list a ‘loss’ on their books on a sale where the house was originally sold for more than double today’s market price.

    Combined with new regulations in some areas where banks can’t hold properties more than 6 months and questionable ‘titles’ still under threat of litigation, gives you a dormant housing market with a glut while waiting for price recovery (maybe by the year 2020).

    Banks can list but never sell as past scams begin to be exposed.

  • Home Owners Across the Nation Sue All Bank Servicers and Their Offshore Havens

    04/27/2012 8:57:58 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    Razzz42 to Eleven Bravo 6 319thID; WashingtonSource

    I thought I covered that in my first post, the press release-drumming up business thing to make a quick buck.

    There is an index number for a filing but didn’t say where it was filed. Maybe in its infancy yet.

    In the meantime an update has been added to the original press release...for what it is worth:

    UPDATE-JAN 31, 2012- Hawaii did it, Nevada did it and now other states are doing it. Seeing the devastating effect on the state economy and the ensuing effects on the nation’s economy and the world finance, State Attorney generals are taking matters into their own hands, and pressing the points that hurt. The Banks don’t like it because it undermined their narrative. This year, 2012, is the year when most of the truth will come out and it will blow your mind to find out just how pernicious and pervasive this false, faked, securitization has been.

    The number of foreclosures has plummeted in those states that have put up a fight. Why? Not because they were banned but because those states that require proof of authority to foreclose, proof of the accounting and the proof of settlement or the ability to mediate, have all but eliminated foreclosures. Now the question is how do we correct the corruption of the the title registries, get people restored to their homes and force the pretenders to compensate victims of fraud, forgery, and outright theft.

    Catherine Cortez Masto has mastered the basics of securitization and she, like Beau Biden in Delaware, Schneiderman in New York, Coakley in Maine and others don’t like what they see — corroboration of some of the worst nightmares of conspiracy theorists.

    It won’t be long before the investigations get traction and start picking up steam. Indictments will follow but not for a few months, at least.

    You will hear words from these prosecutors that you never thought you would hear about the banks conduct, the transfer of wealth through theft, and the commission of crimes too numerous to list here. As the momentum picks up, you will see thousands convicted, jailed, defrocked from their law license, notary license, appraisal license, title license and even the license to do business in the states where they thought they had a lock on the whole thing. People are wide awake right now and when Americans awaken, things happen fast.

    Here are some of the more important questions and my comments that were posed in a recently released letter to Thomas J. Perrelli at the U.S. Department of Justice and Shaun Donovan as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It would be a good idea to take out those template discovery forms you have for clients and start your revisions. Stop assuming that anything the Banks said was true and start assuming the everything they said was false — including the losses they claimed to get the bailouts.

    What origination conduct did the federal agencies not release? [That’s not my question, it is Masto’s question. This is a direct frontal assault on the complicity of the Federal government in the mortgage mess. Inherently it addresses the issue of whether the origination process violated law, rules or regulations and whether there is a valid lien on most properties that were financed with investor money.]
    The State release refers to “…brother and sister corporations…” Please provide some clarity as to this particular phrase as used in the state release. [Masto is not going to be papered over by vague wording that could mean anything. She wants to know what went on. Where did the money go, and who were the parties involved?]
    The State release contains a provision that prevents the State AG’s and banking regulators from seeking to invalidate past assignments or foreclosures. Does this prevent States from effectively challenging future foreclosure actions that are based upon faulty prior assignments? [Masto nails it on the head. First of all this is AMNESTY for the Banks who committed crimes and want the government to ratify the crime since the government was complicit in allowing, creating and promoting the crime. It does nothing to clear up the title problems that currently exist or that will exist if the faulty assignments contain not only forgeries but fabrications of the truth of the transactions inherently referred to within the instruments.]
    Paraphrasing Masto, when will the results of existing investigations be made public — or do you want us to take your word for it that there are or are not weapons of mass financial destruction still hidden in the pile?
    Paraphrasing Masto, how will we be able toe enforce the new servicing standards or are we taking the word of the Banks and servicers who lied to us consistently up until this point in time?
    Paraphrasing Masto, how and when will consumers get relief if they were victims of fraud, chicanery and theft?
    Under what circumstances will the Monitor be able to access servicers source documents, i.e., the documents that form the underlying basis for the work papers? [Of course Masto knows that she will never see the source documents because they would contradict everything the Banks and servicers have said up until this point, one of many reasons she will not participate in the multi-state settlement.]
    What kind of data will the monitor be able to demand regarding the allocation and performance of servicers’ modification/other consumer relief? What compliance or enforcement provisions address the Monitor’s and States’ ability to enforce the consumer relief provisions? Before the claim of securitization of mortgage debt that never in fact was completed, there were simple formulas to determine whether the workout was good or bad for the lender. Now the servicers are using excuses like “everyone will do it” if they accept modifications, even though the proposed modifications i results in proceeds that are much higher than the results of foreclosure. So the real question is whether the consideration of modifications requires (a) authority and (b) no discretion if the proposed modification exceeds x% of fair market value of the collateral. If accepted, this change would have eliminated 2/3 of all the past foreclosures and 90% of the future ones.
    Please explain the assumptions on which the settlement value chart relies. It describes a maximum expected benefit; what is the minimum expected benefit? Can we get a range of values for each state.? [And what data exists showing the true liability for false, fraudulent, fabricated loans and foreclosures to compare with the settlement?]
    Paraphrasing Masto, how do these detailed formulas actually work in real life? What will be the effect on blighted areas and how can we as AG’s determine what risk is associated with acceptance of an agreement in which the probability of millions more foreclosures will take place under false pretenses, only to become abandoned property?

    The financial crisis has spawned hundreds of criminal prosecutions for alleged fraud. Yet so far, defendants have been mostly minor players such as real-estate agents, mortgage brokers, borrowers and a few low-level bank employees. No senior executives at large financial institutions face criminal charges. That’s in stark contrast to prosecutions during the savings and loan scandal two decades ago, when the government’s strategy targeted and snagged some of banking’s most powerful players. The approach back then succeeded in sending scores of S&L executives to prison, as well as junk-bond king Michael Milken and business tycoon Charles Keating Jr.

    One explanation for the difference may be that key bank regulators – who did the detective work during the S&L crisis and sent more than 1,000 criminal referrals to prosecutors – ( CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO OF THIS PROSECUTOR) have this time left reporting fraud up to the banks themselves. This is similar to the Florida Attorney General’s Office when investigating Florida Default Group, Erin Cullaro, the investigator once worked there, and still did part-time work for the firm, WITH THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

    Besides the absence of criminal referrals, other excuses for the lack of major prosecutions may include a skittishness among prosecutors about filing cases they could have trouble winning, and a severe decline in investigative resources. The FBI dramatically shifted resources away from white-collar crime after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The strategy of leaving it to banks to ferret out all the fraud. Institutions will not make criminal referrals against the people who control the institutions. The system that tracks Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, detected a dramatic increase in mortgage fraud starting in 2003, when reports of mortgage fraud nearly doubled within a year from 5,400 to 9,500. By 2007, the number had exploded to 53,000. During those same years, many mortgage lenders dramatically lowered their lending standards. Banks often required no proof of income. Borrowers could even get loans without be able to repay them. The system that tracks Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, detected a dramatic increase in mortgage fraud starting in 2003, when reports of mortgage fraud nearly doubled within a year from 5,400 to 9,500. By 2007, the number had exploded to 53,000. During those same years, many mortgage lenders dramatically lowered their lending standards. Banks often required no proof of income. Borrowers could even get loans without be able to repay them. Lending executives may have encouraged the making of bad loans, but they generally did not personally approve the loans. They didn’t send emails telling the troops to make fraudulent loans instead they paid big commissions to loan offers who made risky loans. Then the executives were able to reap huge bonuses for making the company look so profitable. the administration may have been more focused on saving failing banks – and an entire financial system – than in prosecuting bank executives. Giving billions in bailout dollars to executives who encouraged fraudulent practices not only could complicate a case, it could prove embarrassing.

    The timing was perfect, less cops around, your only accomplice was the government that bailed you out, the criminal is the investigator, and the big fish merely give up the small fish, that in all likelihood, aren’t even in business anymore.


    But the foreclosure crisis is not only a few million personal tragedies. It is a few million crime scenes.

    What is behind these suits? Simple: Crime by mortgage servicers and their contractors. And this is more than just the crime of these foreclosures themselves — it’s the residual tail end of a housing bubble based on fraud. The reason these bank servicers must now routinely employ notaries using false documentation is because they never established a clear chain of the property title upfront.

    The attitude during the go-go days of the housing bubble was “here today, gone tomorrow,” as Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean make clear in their book “All the Devils Are Here.” This was a refinement of the financial deal makers’ code, “IBG-YBG,” meaning “I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone,” described by Jonathan Knee in “The Accidental Investment Banker.”

    In this environment, why bother getting your paperwork in order when the goal is to put someone into a predatory loan, reap fees and disappear tomorrow?

    Now that these homes are in foreclosure, however, the lack of paperwork is a serious problem. And, since no one has yet been held accountable for the fraud perpetrated during the housing bubble, the business model of financial institutions is often still predatory.

    This fraud is now coming back to haunt our courts — for example, in the falsified foreclosure paperwork required to cover up the corner-cutting of the subprime lenders and the banks that funded them.

    The banks themselves have confessed to breaking the law. The Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing early this year when JPMorgan was found to be illegally foreclosing on 18 U.S. military families — a violation of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act.

    This law bans foreclosing on active duty troops. Knowingly violating the ban carries up to one year in prison for each count. JPMorgan apologized for its violations, because for banks, being sorry when caught is what really counts. The families were compensated by JPMorgan financially, but no one at the bank got jail time or had to plead guilty.

    Bank regulators have now found that up to 5,000 military families may have been foreclosed on illegally, as The Financial Times reported last month. Yet the Justice Department settled with Bank of America for alleged violations of the service member act. BofA, like JPMorgan, doesn’t have to admit to wrongdoing — but it says it is very sorry anyway.

    “The SCRA is not some obscure legal technicality,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who wrote the law, “that might just have escaped the attention of mortgage servicers. Those servicers are all affiliates of the biggest banks. … Servicing mortgages is all they do, and they really don’t have that many laws to keep up with. They have got to have known what the law required and consciously decided that they could just ignore it, the same way they apparently decided it was OK to file false affidavits in legal proceedings.”

    President Barack Obama has argued, as recently as last Sunday on “60 Minutes,” that what happened on Wall Street wasn’t criminal. “Some of the most damaging behavior on Wall Street,” the president told Steve Kroft, “in some cases, some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street, wasn’t illegal. That’s exactly why we had to change the laws.”

    Obama is wrong. Fraud was illegal before the crisis; it’s illegal now. The Servicemember Civil Relief Act was signed in 2003. So it was already on the books. During the savings and loan crisis, the George H.W. Bush administration sent about 3,000 white-collar criminals to jail. This administration has yet to send one.

    And it is for lack of trying. Attorney General Eric Holder and his network of U.S. attorneys haven’t brought one criminal suit on illegal military foreclosures or foreclosure fraud. There have been enough books and investigations revealing rampant criminality in the housing bubble and now in foreclosure crisis. Yet Holder’s DOJ is still settling with banks to let them off the hook for illegal foreclosures on active duty troops.

    The administration is now attempting to quash state-level officials by fiercely lobbying for a 50-state settlement to paper over the foreclosure fraud scandal. Obama may talk about his fealty to the “99 percent,” but his administration is engaged in an aggressive coverup of bank crimes.

    The administration’s response to Coakley’s suit is perhaps the most revealing, for the Massachusetts case against the banks was particularly sweeping.


    The banks’ press release response has largely been “we’re disappointed” boilerplate, and only the taxpayer-owned lender Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) pushed back hard. The company declared that it plans to cease all mortgage lending in Massachusetts.

    Coakley’s response was simply that this is proof that Ally is not interested in following the laws regarding rules of evidence. In other words: good riddance.

    After this dispute, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Coakley called for congressional hearings into Ally’s behavior.

    Ally’s action is an attempt at what is known as a capital strike — a threat by financial interests that they will cease financing critical social activities unless their legal demands are met.

    Gretchen Morgensen and Josh Rosner detail a similar case in “Reckless Endangerment,” their history of the housing bubble. In 2003, before the bubble, Georgia lawmakers noticed that mortgage lending was riddled with fraud and predation. So the Legislature passed a law clamping down on fraud with a state consumer protection law.

    The response was devastating — Standard & Poor’s declared it would no longer rate mortgage-backed securities with loans originated in Georgia. The agency made enormous profits by rating subprime mortgages, so a predatory lending law may well have proved a threat to this profit stream. The state quickly reversed the law for fear that there would be no more housing finance in the state.

    Other states and localities took notice — and we saw what happened next.

    The housing bubble, in other words, was not just due to tragic herding behavior. It also involved the financial sector’s aggressive responses to democratic attempts to rein in creditor abuses. Now Ally, a bank 74 percent owned by taxpayers and controlled by the administration, is continuing this abusive trend.

    Turning our markets into playpens for predatory behavior didn’t happen overnight, and it will not be fixed overnight. But until we have public servants strongly focused on justice for all, we can expect the crime spree to go on. After all, what we’re all learning is that, at least for large banks, crime pays.

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  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

  • Home Owners Across the Nation Sue All Bank Servicers and Their Offshore Havens

    04/27/2012 4:57:00 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    Doubt they are offering their services for free but better than nothing if they are trying to expose corruption.
  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 3:55:03 PM PDT · 52 of 59
    Razzz42 to BfloGuy

    Unlike the Mexican moratorium which lists the dates between where no shrimping is to take place, Alabama’s notice lists its closures as indefinite. Looks like they are trying to figure out what is wrong.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 1:29:39 PM PDT · 49 of 59
    Razzz42 to dirtboy

    Follow the links posted, you might learn something.

    ...Dr. Jim Cowan with Louisiana State University, and he’s been working on a project, getting his funding from the state of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. And he’s been, actually, for many decades, sampling red snapper, which is a very popular fish in the industry. And he’s been finding that before the BP disaster in April 2010, that of all the red snapper he was sampling, he was finding point-one-tenth [0.1] of 1 percent snapper coming up with lesions and other types of problems. Post-spill, that has gone to between 2 and 5 percent of all samples. That means an increase of between 2,000 and 5,000 percent, and in some areas as much as 20 percent [a 20,000% increase], he said, in other areas who have extreme impact, where the oil and dispersants came in nearby the shore, of as many as 50 percent [a 50,000% increase] of fish sampled. Very, very disturbing information there...

    ...Dr. Darryl Felder with University of Louisiana-Lafayette, he also has before-and-after samples. He was working out around the Macondo wellhead area on the sea floor with a grant from the National Science Foundation, that they wanted him to investigate just overall drilling impact on species in the area. And so, he had deep sea crab, deep sea lobster, deep sea shrimp, from before the spill, and then many, many sampling trips after the spill. And what he found was obviously a very, very large increase of finding crab and lobster, etc., that had black gills, that had appendages falling off, again similar stains on their shells, and again similar to findings not too different from Dr. Jim Cowan’s, in that when the oil, that much unnatural oil introduced into the environment, coupled with the dispersants, that it’s causing these lesions that are burrowing into the carapace and the shells and eating into the wax of the shells, causing an increase in the microbes that do eat oil. Not only are they not eating just oil, but eating into the shells, and then parasites and diseases and other illnesses are being formed...

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 12:54:34 PM PDT · 46 of 59
    Razzz42 to dirtboy

    Funny dirtboy. You couldn’t even find a simple link to the closure. And then when somebody does your homework for you, you still complain. In fact, I beginning to think you are a constant whiner. Almost a professional whiner.

    Did you want me to dig up the researcher’s reports on gulf sea life anomalies too? Or can you handle that on your own?

    If I put on my tinfoil hat, I see the only thing can cause mutations in a short amount of time is, nuclear waste or fallout. I wonder if there is a nuke plant in the area leaking nuclear byproducts?

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 11:56:39 AM PDT · 43 of 59
    Razzz42 to NoLibZone; antceecee; JSteff; sten; BfloGuy; ncalburt; Dusty Road; airborne; cricket; dirtboy

    Here’s the official link to the Waters Closing to Commercial and Recreational Shrimping Effective 6AM, Monday, April 23, 2012

    Now, it doesn’t say a shrimp boat was attacked and devoured by pissed off oil drenched shrimp or that a dad and his kid using a hand net from a row boat showed back up at the dock with a load of mutated shrimp blindly trying to escape.

    Maybe the ambulance chasing lawyer is using his trade’s typical hyperbole as an excuse to glorify the findings of a few researchers or maybe the State Fish and Game is practicing conservation as exampled with the Mexicans using a moratorium during breeding season to allow some shrimp time to replenish themselves. Or maybe the State is investigating low shrimp count while searching for causes.

    The Alabama Notice says you can call them for more details. The linked I posted to the supposed liberal freak show, names the researchers who have been tracking the Gulf’s sea life even before the Deep Water Horizon disaster.

    If I have to rely on Russian TV or the UK or some other outside news source because I don’t want to listen to some past Senator that now lobbies for the oil industry, speaking on behalf of BP that is trying to take care of the situation, pardon me.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 12:52:01 AM PDT · 23 of 59
    Razzz42 to Lazlo in PA

    Beats me, I prefer grilled salmon.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/27/2012 12:00:40 AM PDT · 18 of 59
    Razzz42 to PA Engineer

    It’s too bad they are burning off excess natural gas because of lack of storage or pipeline transportation. Flaring it is okay but building power plants fueled by natural gas for boilers or turbines or both would pollute the air. Go figure.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 11:42:30 PM PDT · 15 of 59
    Razzz42 to sand88

    I know what you mean, try this rebroadcast, seems balanced...!

    At least consider it a heads up notice.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 11:03:12 PM PDT · 7 of 59
    Razzz42 to NoLibZone

    Any particular reason you posted about Mexicans trying to reinvigorate different varieties of shrimps using moratoriums?

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 10:54:54 PM PDT · 5 of 59
    Razzz42 to antceecee

    If you are an adult, use your head and figure things out for yourself.

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 10:36:24 PM PDT · 1 of 59
    BP will skate on this, get a big penalty with a fine to pay, appeal it, then have it reduced to pennies on the dollar. Kinda like the Exxon Valdez.

    From Wikipedia:

    "...Exxon appealed again. On May 23, 2007, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied ExxonMobil's request for a third hearing and let stand its ruling that Exxon owes $2.5 billion in punitive damages. Exxon then appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case.[30] On February 27, 2008, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for 90 minutes. Justice Samuel Alito, who at the time, owned between $100,000 and $250,000 in Exxon stock, recused himself from the case.[31] In a decision issued June 25, 2008, Justice David Souter issued the judgment of the court, vacating the $2.5 billion award and remanding the case back to a lower court, finding that the damages were excessive with respect to maritime common law. Exxon's actions were deemed "worse than negligent but less than malicious."[32] The judgment limits punitive damages to the compensatory damages, which for this case were calculated as $507.5 million.[33] The basis for limiting punitive damages to no more than twice[clarification needed] the actual damages has no precedent to support it.[citation needed] Some lawmakers, such as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, have decried the ruling as "another in a line of cases where this Supreme Court has misconstrued congressional intent to benefit large corporations."[34]

    Exxon's official position is that punitive damages greater than $25 million are not justified because the spill resulted from an accident, and because Exxon spent an estimated $2 billion cleaning up the spill and a further $1 billion to settle related civil and criminal charges. Attorneys for the plaintiffs contended that Exxon bore responsibility for the accident because the company "put a drunk in charge of a tanker in Prince William Sound."[35]

    Exxon recovered a significant portion of clean-up and legal expenses through insurance claims associated with the grounding of the Exxon Valdez.[36][37] Also, in 1991, Exxon made a quiet, separate financial settlement of damages with a group of seafood producers known as the Seattle Seven for the disaster's effect on the Alaskan seafood industry. The agreement granted $63.75 million to the Seattle Seven, but stipulated that the seafood companies would have to repay almost all of any punitive damages awarded in other civil proceedings. The $5 billion in punitive damages was awarded later, and the Seattle Seven's share could have been as high as $750 million if the damages award had held. Other plaintiffs have objected to this secret arrangement,[38] and when it came to light, Judge Holland ruled that Exxon should have told the jury at the start that an agreement had already been made, so the jury would know exactly how much Exxon would have to pay.[39]..."

    Also this side note: "...In the case of Baker v. Exxon, an Anchorage jury awarded $287 million for actual damages and $5 billion for punitive damages. The punitive damages amount was equal to a single year's profit by Exxon at that time.[citation needed] To protect itself in case the judgment was affirmed, Exxon obtained a $4.8 billion credit line from J.P. Morgan & Co. J.P. Morgan created the first modern credit default swap in 1994, so that Morgan's would not have to hold as much money in reserve (8% of the loan under Basel I) against the risk of Exxon's default.[29]..."

  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely

    04/26/2012 3:34:40 PM PDT · 7 of 26
    Razzz42 to Razzz42


    Kid worth more dead than alive (at least to the hospital).

  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely

    04/26/2012 3:27:59 PM PDT · 6 of 26
    Razzz42 to NYer

    This what the headline meant to say:

    Dad rescues son from ‘brain dead’ doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely

  • Weak tax revenue to increase California budget deficit

    04/26/2012 2:57:56 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    Razzz42 to SmithL
    This sound familiar?...
  • Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

    04/25/2012 11:57:25 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    Razzz42 to sten
    Here's a map showing where not to flee during the Fukushima disaster. The circle is the exclusion zone. The pretty colors are where the fallout actually traveled to. The Japanese government never issued iodine tablets to the general population. The Japanese government never even bothered issuing the maps of predicted fallout areas (SPEDI projections, etc.). This caused people to flee blindly without a clue to actual fallout...
  • Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

    04/24/2012 11:48:45 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    Razzz42 to sten

    EPA doesn’t appear to excited about monitoring nuclear fallout. Where would they tell people to go? What could be done if exposed to fallout? Why cause a panic by reporting higher than usual fallout readings (compared to background levels)?

    It is an election year where politicians pretend to be doing their job but nothing still ever gets done unless you consider taxation progress.

  • Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

    04/24/2012 8:49:44 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    From one of the comments...

    Bobby1 April 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    EPA Financial Advisory Board. Bankster-heavy representation:

    Bradley Abelow – Chief Operating Officer – Bradley Abelow is an American businessman and political leader who formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey in the Cabinet of Gov. Jon Corzine. Prior to entering Governor Corzine's Cabinet as State Treasurer, he was a top executive for the Wall Street firm of Goldman Sachs. He is currently Global Chief Operating Officer at MFGlobal (Joined 13 Sept 2010).

    William Cobb – Vice President, Environmental Services & Sustainable Development – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

    Lindene E. Patton – Chief Climate Product Officer – Zurich Financial Services

    Scott Haskins – Vice President, Global Water Business – CH2M Hill – This firm handled the Hanford "cleanup"

    Thomas Liu – Managing Director- Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    James Gebhardt – Chief Risk Officer – The BondFactor Company LLC – "BondFactor is a New York-based outfit created two years ago by public finance people who once worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. It is currently working on its business model before attempting to raise capital and apply for credit ratings."

  • Supreme Court to hear Arizona immigration case this week

    04/22/2012 11:53:57 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Razzz42 to 867V309

    O’bummer’s front team just getting ready to turn any bad outcome(s) into a positive.

    It’s okay to get molested at airport security but checking for illegals is going to far.

    Up is down, black is white.

  • Who Is Really Behind The Curtain?

    04/22/2012 11:33:06 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    At least he names names, not that they voted alone for passage of such draconian measures.

    Silence from citizens is deafening.

    Can't wait for the next catch all phrase for the media to rally around. The last one went from hopelessness to despair.

  • Utah Legislature goes for gold, silver as currency options

    04/21/2012 12:37:57 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Razzz42 to Lorianne

    Big difference between what governments can demand in payment of official debts and what people can accept in payments between themselves.

    In other words, the US has been off the gold standard since Nixon and citizens couldn’t legally pay off a government debt if they wanted to because government can only demand payment in gold or silver. (Confiscating property, is not demanding gold or silver in payment)

    If citizens want to barter between themselves, in any fashion, they certainly don’t need a law for that as they determined value and acceptance.

  • Happy Tax Day Welcome To America - The Land not of the Free – but of Economic Slaves

    04/18/2012 8:19:13 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    Razzz42 to Bibman
  • Happy Tax Day Welcome To America - The Land not of the Free – but of Economic Slaves

    04/18/2012 4:21:37 PM PDT · 1 of 5
  • IHOP Sued After 4 Muslim Managers Are Fired

    04/18/2012 4:02:01 PM PDT · 3 of 29
    Razzz42 to Free ThinkerNY

    It’s not a religion.

  • Prostitution scandal probe looks at U.S. Special Forces, sources say

    04/18/2012 11:57:26 AM PDT · 9 of 21
    Razzz42 to Free ThinkerNY
  • O.C. forklift company moves to Indiana

    04/18/2012 11:36:07 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    Razzz42 to freedombiz

    Aren’t cigarettes cheaper in Indiana? Besides the cost of doing business.

  • Disaster zone robot competition announced by Pentagon

    04/18/2012 12:18:48 AM PDT · 2 of 4
    Razzz42 to Razzz42

    Entering your wife if she just goes through the motions, doesn’t qualify as robotic or humanoid even if she is shielded against certain penetrations.

  • Disaster zone robot competition announced by Pentagon

    04/18/2012 12:14:34 AM PDT · 1 of 4
  • Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator

    04/17/2012 8:48:40 PM PDT · 54 of 96
    Razzz42 to reagan_fanatic


  • Secret Service Agents Took 20 Women To Colombian Hotel, Says Senator

    04/17/2012 8:45:18 PM PDT · 39 of 65
    Razzz42 to Steelfish

    How’s that song go? “ alcoholic friends where the party never ends...”

    If this was SOP then it would have never been exposed.

  • Keep Ready Cash! Money Markets are Dead.

    04/17/2012 8:37:27 PM PDT · 37 of 57
    Razzz42 to Broker

    Is that Canadian or Mexican cash?

  • Calif. SWAT Tear Gas Rounds Likely Caused House Fire

    04/17/2012 8:36:00 PM PDT · 15 of 19
    Razzz42 to smokingfrog

    City will only be willing only to compensate on value of a bare lot now. In the meantime, fines for failure to remove an eyesore will be levied.