Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fukushima at Eight: Ongoing Cover-Up of the Nuclear Hazards in Japan and Abroad

by Michael Welch, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and Arnie Gundersen, Global Research:

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

– Albert Einstein

The eight year old Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster marks a critical turning point in human history.

As of November 2018, 18,434 people are known to have died from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and the follow-up tsunami which struck the nuclear facility leading to the inundation of electric generators powering the circulation of coolant in the reactors. When the generators failed, three units experienced catastrophic meltdowns. [1]

Japan announces new plan to drain radioactive Fukushima water DIRECTLY into the Pacific Ocean

by Ethan Huff, The Common Sense Show:

Government authorities in Japan have announced new plans to start dumping highly radioactive wastewater from the failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Though the amount of radiation in the water far exceeds legally-permitted levels, according to the plant’s operator and documents reviewed by the U.K.’s Telegraph, there’s apparently no other place to put it at the site, which is on the verge of seeing its storage capacity completely maxed out.

Reports indicate that approximately 1.09 million tons of contaminated water currently being stored inside 900 tanks at Fukushima will soon be drained in the Pacific in order to make more space for new water, a move that’s sparking outrage among local residents and a number of environmental organizations that worry about what the vast contamination will do to the world’s largest body of water.

Emergency declared at Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina… all personnel blocked from entering the facility as “hot shutdown” under way

by Mike Adams, Natural News:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An “unusual event” has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing “hot shutdown” of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete).

Full details of the event are found at this NRC.gov nuclear power plant alert page, which states:

UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO SITE CONDITIONS PREVENTING PLANT ACCESS

Defunct Nuclear Power Plant on California Coast Is a ‘Fukushima Waiting to Happen’

by Carey Wedler, via SHTF Plan:

San Onofre, CA — A nuclear power plant in Southern California that was shut down in 2012 continues to leak radioactive material and poses a threat to nearby communities.

The aging San Onofre, located in San Clemente, CA, was shut down in 2012 amid a leak that occurred due to malpractice. According to a report released in 2016, the plant “operated the reactor outside the allowable limits for pressure and temperature, causing the radiation leak that shut down the facility for good,” the San Diego Tribune noted. The shutdown also launched extensive investigations that implicated both the power company and state regulators.

Evidence Is Mounting that Fukushima Is a Progressive Extinction Level Event

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

Ever since a huge 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan resulting in  a massive tsunami crashing into a nuclear plant in Fukushima, the world has been fed a consistent dose of extreme under-exaggeration with regard to the resulting consequences.  In actuality, the world does not need a nuclear war in order to experience the consequences, we have Fukushima.

Unfortunately, after the catastrophe occurred at Fukushima, the Obama administration was busy trying to conceal the gravity of the situation along with the fallout from this event, both figuratively and literally. For example, the Federal government immediately raised the level of “toxic” radiation exposure by a factor of 1,000. Then the Obama administration minions stopped measuring radiation levels on the West coast. Thus, commenced one of biggest cover-ups of all time.

Notes of nuclear? Fukushima radioactivity found in California wine

from RT:

Radioactive levels are increasing in wine from California’s Napa Valley, thanks to the radioactive cloud that drifted from the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Researchers from the University of Bordeaux Centre d’Études Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan (CNRS) in France tested California wine from before and after the Fukushima disaster and found there was double the amount of cesium-137 in its Cabernet Sauvignon after the 2011 tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors to leak.

Report: Massive radiation leak at Fukushima plant — Extremely high levels being detected outside reactor — Officials can’t explain why — Expert warns of global threat:

from ENE News:

“It’s a disaster of unseen proportions” (VIDEO)

The Independent, Feb 2, 2018 (emphasis added): Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak… Expert warns of ‘global’ consequences unless the plant is treated properly… [Tepco] found eight sieverts per hour of radiation, while 42 [sieverts] were also detected outside its foundations… It came as Tepco said the problem of contaminated water pooled around the plants three reactors that is seeping into the ground has caused a major headache in its efforts to decommission the plant… Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, said that Tepco “hasn’t a clue what it is doing” in its job to decommission the plant. He added that the contaminated water that is leaking at the site could end up in the ocean if the ongoing treatment project fails and cause a “global” disaster, he told The Independent… “I find it symptomatic of the past seven years, in that they don’t know what they’re doing, Tepco, these energy companies haven’t a clue what they’re doing, so to me it’s been going wrong from the beginning. It’s a disaster of unseen proportions.” Mr Schneider added that the radiation leaks coupled with the waste from the plant stored in an “inappropriate” way in tanks could have global consequences… “This can get problematic anytime, if it contaminates the ocean there is no local contamination, the ocean is global, so anything that goes into the ocean goes to everyone.” He added: “It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.”

NHK, Feb 1, 2018: High radiation detected at Fukushima plant… A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation… [Tepco] said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts… radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work. During the probe, 42 sieverts per hour of radiation was also detected outside the foundations of the reactor. But officials said they have doubts about the accuracy of the reading because a cover had not been removed from the measuring instrument at the time. They added that they don’t know why radiation levels were lower near the suspected fuel debris than around the foundations. They gave a number of possible reasons, such as that cooling water may have washed radioactive materials off the debris…

RT, Feb 2, 2018: An inspection of the Fukushima nuclear plant has detected extremely highamounts of radiation, says operator TEPCO… Experts can’t explain why radiation levels in fuel debris were lower than outside the reactor’s foundations

Read More @ ENENews.com

Concrete Nuclear Dome Is LEAKING RADIOACTIVE Waste Into The Ocean

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

The nuclear waste dome on Runit Island northeast of Australia is leaking. The site is pouring nuclear radioactive waste from 43 tests directly into the ocean.

Between 1948 and 1958, the Enewetak Atoll was used by the US government to test 30 megatons of nuclear weapons, which is the equivalent to 2,000 Hiroshima blasts. More than 8,000 people later worked hard to clean up that island, shifting 110,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris into a 30-foot-deep crater, which was later sealed in a concrete dome to prevent contamination.

Paul Griego, who took part in the cleanup and blames the radiation for a host of health problems, said the dome was never fit for the purpose of containing radioactive waste. Although the dome is 16 inches thick, and 350 feet across, Griego says it’s nothing more than a “gigantic radioactive toilet.”

“We were given an impossible task – cleaning up the radioactive fallout from 43 nuclear bombs. When I first arrived, the dome’s blast crater was open to the ocean – it continued to be full of sea water even after it was sealed off from the ocean. During my 10-hour work day, I witnessed the water level in the crater rise and lower as the tide came in and out,” says Griego.

The dome is now weathered by decades of exposure to winds and rain, and the radioactive material inside. It’s feared that rising seas and storms could see all the radioactive material pour into the ocean. “No attempt was made to drain the crater or line it before the radioactive waste was dumped into it. The coral that created the island is porous and the shock from numerous nuclear weapon tests had also fractured the coral,” Griego said. “From the first day forward, the water has flowed out of the lagoon with the tide, creating a gigantic radioactive toilet that is flushed about twice each day into the Pacific Ocean.”

And the storms are only making matters worse. “I believe the dome could be just one typhoon away from a breach,” Griego added. Rama Schneider, who drove radioactive waste from island to island in an amphibious vehicle during the cleanup, said it was no surprise that the dome was failing. “Standing on any island at that atoll is akin to standing inches above sea level – and that was in 1979,” said Schneider.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

HELEN CALDICOTT: THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR MELTDOWN CONTINUES UNABATED

by Helen Caldicott, Collective Evolution:

This article has been republished here from Greenmedinfo.com , a more in-depth analysis appeared from The Independent in Australia. 

Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last forty two years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.  You can follow Dr Caldicott on Twitter @DrHCaldicott. Click here for Dr Caldicott’s complete curriculum vitae.

 Below, she explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. 

RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater.

These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

What the photos taken by the robot did reveal was that some of the structural supports of Unit 2 have been damaged. It is also true that all four buildings were structurally damaged by the original earthquake some five years ago and by the subsequent hydrogen explosions so, should there be an earthquake greater than seven on the Richter scale, it is very possible that one or more of these structures could collapse, leading to a massive release of radiation as the building fell on the molten core beneath. But units 1, 2 and 3 also contain cooling pools with very radioactive fuel rods — numbering 392 in Unit 1, 615 in Unit 2, and 566 in Unit 3; if an earthquake were to breach a pool, the gamma rays would be so intense that the site would have to be permanently evacuated. The fuel from Unit 4 and its cooling pool has been removed.

But there is more to fear.

The reactor complex was built adjacent to a mountain range and millions of gallons of water emanate from the mountains daily beneath the reactor complex, causing some of the earth below the reactor buildings to partially liquefy. As the water flows beneath the damaged reactors, it immerses the three molten cores and becomes extremely radioactive as it continues its journey into the adjacent Pacific Ocean.

Read More @ Collective-Evolution.com

AP: “Japan poised to flood Pacific with 1 Million tons of nuclear water contaminated by Fukushima”

from ENE News:

 — Newsweek: “Experts want Japan to push a Million tons of radioactive water Into ocean” — Release could kill fishing industry (VIDEO)

, Nov 26, 2017: Japan is poised to flood the Pacific with one million tons of nuclear water contaminated by the Fukushima power plant… The Japanese government is being urged by experts to gradually release radioactive water in to the Pacific Ocean… The water is stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks and could spill should another major disaster strike. The government has been urged to release the water into the ocean… Local fishermen are extremely hesitant to this solution… Fumio Haga, a drag-net fisherman, said: ‘People would shun Fukushima fish again as soon as the water is released.’…

Newsweek, Nov 25, 2017: Experts Want Japan To Push A Million Tons Of Radioactive Water Into the Pacific Ocean… The government has been urged by experts to gradually release the water to the Pacific Ocean…

AP, Nov 27, 2017: Fukushima meltdown: Japan urged to dump radioactive waste in Pacific Ocean by nuclear experts; Nation at a loss with how to dispose of tanks of toxic matter left over from 2011 disaster… Experts advising the government have urged a gradual release to the nearby Pacific Ocean… Local fishermen are baulking. The water, no matter how clean, has a dirty image for consumers, they say… The fishermen fear any release would sound the death knell for their nascent and still fragile recovery… The amount of radioactive water at Fukushima is still growing, by 150 tonnes a day. The reactors are damaged beyond repair, but cooling water must be constantly pumped in to keep them from overheating. That water picks up radioactivity before leaking out of the damaged containment chambers and collecting in the basements… “Our recovery effort up until now would immediately collapse to zero if the water is released,” Iwaki abalone farmer Yuichi Manome said…

Read More @ ENENews.com

Radiation near Tokyo spiked to 100,000,000 times normal after Fukushima

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from ENENews:

PLOS, Nov 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area in the early stage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident and its fluctuation over five years

  • The activity and inventory of radioactive material in the eastern part of Tokyo tended to be high… The radioactive plume with high 131I activity spread into the Tokyo metropolitan area
  • Almost no public information about the radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kanto district had been shared
  • The plume containing a large amount of radioactive material drifted into the Tokyo metropolitan area… where over 30 million residents live… [Publications] include almost no discussion of the fact that radioactive materials were carried into the Tokyo metropolitan area…
  • The contamination level was extremely high in a roadside ditch sludge in Kashiwa City…
  • The quantity of 134+137Cs deposited in the region studied was estimated… from values measured in the soil, it was estimated as 5.35 TBq
  • High activities and inventories of the radionuclides were found in eastern Tokyo and northern Chiba… The contamination was even higher in the adjoining northern part of Chiba located east of Tokyo…
  • The results reveal that the Tokyo metropolitan area even now continues to be affected by radioactive contamination caused by the FDNPP accident…

Gordon Edwards, Ph.D, nuclear expert, 2017 (pdf): Intensive contamination extends over 200 km south – right down to the outskirts of Tokyo

IRSN, 2016 (pdf): Fukushima-Daiichi Accident: Main contamination events… Event of 14-16 March– This event is marked by turning winds and by a rainfall that generated significant contamination of the Japanese territory. On the evening of the 14th of March, a first radioactive plume was transported by winds towards the southwest… and reached the Tokyo area. At Tsukuba, 153 Bq/m3** were measured…

Read More @ ENENews.com

Eating used coffee grounds for breakfast and black-market cash deals with taxi drivers

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Today’s Notes is a bit different…

I recorded a conversation I had with my colleague Sean Goldsmith about my recent travels to Venezuela. I explain how I exchanged my US dollars on the black market for Bolivar (with a taxi driver I’d never met before)… and how the situation in Venezuela will get worse before it gets better. Plus, I share observations and stories of things I saw on the ground in one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries.

Then we discuss the tragedy in Puerto Rico… and why I think Puerto Rico is still one of the greatest opportunities in the world today. They’ve run the numbers, and their tax incentives like Act 20 and Act 22 are helping the island. I expect the amazing incentives will stay in place. And, although the hurricane was devastating, the financial aid that comes along with the storm is a catalyst to get Puerto Rico back on its feet.

Click HERE to listen.

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

Hidden Fukushima nuclear waste being released into ocean — ‘Surprisingly’ high levels of radiation now detected along Pacific coast and in groundwater far from reactors

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Expert: No one expected this — “Alarming example of how radiation has spread”

from ENE news:

Newsweek, Oct 4, 2017 (emphasis added): Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Discovered in Sand and Groundwater 60 Miles Away… the beach groundwater is even 10 times more radioactive than the ocean directly next to the Fukushima plant.

Gizmodo, Oct 4, 2017: Fukushima’s Radioactive Waste Is Leaking From an Unexpected Source— A new and unexpected source of radioactive material left over from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has been found up to 60 miles away along coastlines… The discovery shows that damaged nuclear reactors are capable of spreading radiation far from the meltdown site, and in some surprising ways.

UPI, Oct 3, 2017: Beaches found releasing radioactive cesium into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima… Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium… [Researchers] found unusually high levels of radioactive cesium-137 in the groundwater beneath several beaches… “No one expected that the highest levels of cesium in ocean water today would be found not in the harbor of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but in the groundwater many miles away below the beach sands,” WHO researcher Virginie Sanial said…

Fox News, Oct 3, 2017: Fukushima’s radioactive cesium found an unexpected hiding spot… The find wasn’t just a surprise, but significant. As the researchers write, “Aside from the aquifer beneath [the plant], the highest recorded present-day activities of [cesium-137] in the aqueous environment in Japan are associated with brackish groundwater underneath beaches.”

IFL Science, Oct 2, 2017: Scientists investigating the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have found an unexpected source of radioactive material… [It’s] an alarming example of how radiation from the reactor has spread… “It is as if the sands acted as a ‘sponge’ that was contaminated in 2011 and is only slowly being depleted,” said study co-author Ken Buesseler…

Study – Unexpected source of Fukushima-derived radiocesium to the coastal ocean of Japan, Sep 26, 2017: [T]he highest radiocesium (137Cs) activities outside of the power plant site were observed in brackish groundwater underneath sand beaches… During our study period, we found the highest cesium-137 (137Cs) levels (up to 23,000 Bq⋅m−3) outside of the FDNPP site not in the ocean, rivers, or potable groundwater, but in groundwater beneath sand beaches over tens of kilometers away from the FDNPP. Here, we present evidence of a previously unknown, ongoing source of Fukushima-derived 137Cs to the coastal ocean… This estimated ocean 137Cs source (0.6 TBq⋅y−1) is of similar magnitude as the ongoing releases of 137Cs from the FDNPP site for 2013–2016, as well as the input of Fukushima-derived dissolved 137Cs via rivers… This unexpected and ongoing 137Cs source requires further investigation…

Read More @ ENEnews.com

GOLD RISES BY $1.55 TO $1286.00/SILVER UP 3 CENTS

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

UBS AGREES WITH US THAT THE USA WILL NOT IMPLEMENT ANY MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM/CHINA ORDERS ALL NORTHERN KOREAN COMPANIES AND PERSONNEL OUT OF THE COUNTRY/GERMANY WITHDRAWS FROM INCIRLIK

GOLD: $1286.00 UP $1.55

Silver: $16.82UP 3 CENT(S)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1287.50

silver: $16.87

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX:  FIRST FIX  10 15 PM EST  (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX:  2:15 AM EST  (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1293.84 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1283.30

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $9.54 (premiums getting larger)

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1291.23

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1279.90

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$11.32 (PREMIUMS GETTING LARGER)  

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1284.30

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1282.30 ???

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1283.35

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1284.00???

For comex gold:

SEPTEMBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 484 NOTICE(S) FOR48400OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 577 FOR 57700 OZ  (1.7947 TONNES)

For silver:

SEPTEMBER

 

 37 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

185,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 6,575 for 32,875,000 oz

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY  1909 contracts from  186,997DOWN TO 184,997  WITH THE GOOD SIZED FALL IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 9 CENTS ). AGAIN TODAY, IT SURE LOOKS LIKE WE GOTA SMALL AMOUNT OF BANKER SILVER SHORT COVERING AT THIS WEEK IS OPTIONS EXPIRY ON THE LONDON/OTC MARKET AND WE ALWAYSON THE RECIPROCAL END OF RAIDS

RESULT: A SMALL FALL IN OI COMEX  WITH THE9 CENT PRICE FALL. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAD A SMALL AMOUNT OF BANKER SHORTS COVERING.  THE BANKERS AGAIN ORCHESTRATE ANOTHER RAID TODAY AND FAILED AGAIN. 

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.924 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 132{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 78 NOTICE(S) FOR 390,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL BY A LARGE 9752 CONTRACTS WITH THE FALLin price of gold ($13.65 DROP) WITH YESTERDAY’S COMEX TRADING.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 539,885.  WE ARE NOW IN THE MIDDLE OFOPTIONS EXPIRY WEEKSO IT IS NOT A SURPRISE THAT THE CROOKS CONTINUED WITH THEIR RAIDING. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE CONTINUAL RAIDSHAS THE OBJECT OF INTEREST BEING SILVER AND NOT GOLD AS WE STILL WITNESS STUBBORN LONGS REFUSE TO BUDGE FROM THEIR SILVER TREE.

 

Result: A LARGE SIZED DECREASE IN OI WITH THE GOOD SIZEDFALL IN PRICE IN GOLD ($13.65).

we had: 484 notice(s) filed upon for 48400 oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD: WOW!! 

Tonight , NO CHANGESin gold inventory at the GLD:

Inventory rests tonight: 864.65 tonnes.

SLV

Today: a no changes in inventory:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.757 MILLION OZ

 

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY1909 contracts from 186,906DOWN TO 184,997 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) . AGAIN TODAY, IT  SEEMS THAT A TINY FRACTION OF OUR BANKER SHORTS COVERED.  THEY NEED TO COVER A MUCH HIGHER NUMBER WHEN RAIDS ARE ORCHESTRATED.  SO THEY TRIED AGAIN TODAY.

RESULT:  A SMALL SIZED DROP IN SILVER OI  AT THE COMEX WITH THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE OF 9 CENTS IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING. ANOTHER ATTEMPTED RAID ORCHESTRATED BY THE CROOKS FOR TODAY SEEMS TO HAVE FAILED IN SILVER.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

 

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed DOWN 5.60 POINTS OR 0.17{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 220.83 POINTS OR 0.80{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed UP 96.06 POINTS OR 0.47{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.11{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed WELL DOWN at 6.6640/Oil UP to 52.65 dollars per barrel for WTI and 58.28 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED GREEN/MIXED. Offshore yuan trades  6.6634 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6640 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED A LITTLE STRONGER TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN HUGELY WEAKER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE WEAKER  DOLLAR. CHINA IS HAPPY TODAY

 

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

Panic Buying of Gasoline in Florida, 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Miami Stations Out of Gas: Blame Anti-Gouging Laws for Shortages

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by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:

As Hurricane Irma nears Florida, everyone is in a rush to fill up their tanks. About 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the gasoline stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region are now without fuel. Floridians have turned to the Crowd-Sourced ‘Gas Buddy’ App to determine which stations still have gas.

The above image from the web version of Gas Buddy Tracker. Zoom into the area you’re looking for gas to see the red and green symbols indicating fuel shortages. Gas Buddy says the mobile app is more accurate.

Patrick DeHaan, the senior petroleum analyst at Gas Buddy, said their newest feature – the Gas Availability Tracker – has now been rolled out to those who could be affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

“The tool seeks to help motorists in need to find gasoline, and certainly in some cases. will also help motorists find stations that have power,” DeHaan said.

The app was developed during Hurricane Harvey in Texas. People can log in to view gas stations in their area. A red fuel pump icon indicates the station currently has gas. A red lightning bolt icon indicates the station has power, especially helpful for those in areas affected by power outages.

The data is largely crowdsourced by users who submit information through the app.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced in Miami that he’s asked the governors of Alabama and Georgia to waive trucking regulations so tankers can get fuel into the city, which is experiencing one of the largest shortages statewide as residents prepare for the hurricane’s landfall.

He told residents of the Florida Keys that “we’re doing everything to get fuel to you as quickly as possible.” Tourists are under a mandatory evacuation order, which began Wednesday morning.

Residents will then be ordered to evacuate, but the fuel shortage is putting a hitch in that.

Governor Promotes Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps, Xfinity

TechCrunch reports As Irma nears, Florida Governor tells residents to use Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott told state residents to turn to apps and other online resources, including Gas Buddy, Google Maps, Expedia and Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot finder, to help them find fuel, navigate safely, and stay connected both ahead of and following Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

The lack of readily available gasoline, in particular, has been a huge problem facing the state – something that Scott admitted he knew had been “frustrating” in this time of crisis. Not only have some gas stations had long lines, many simply keep running out of gas entirely, as people prepare for possible evacuations by topping off their tanks.

The company tells TechCrunch that it’s now seeing hundreds of gas stations across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina without fuel. It says the hardest hit cities are Miami (30{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of stations are out of gas), West Palm Beach (29{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), Fort Myers-Naples (20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), Tampa (13{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), and Orlando (9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} are out.)

The app has seen a ton of usage following Harvey and ahead of Irma – its App Store ranking has jumped 150 spots over the past week or so, and is now in the top 50 Overall.

In addition to Gas Buddy, Scott noted that the state was working with Google to keep its mapping app updated with the most current information on road closures.

“Real time traffic information and evacuation routes is available at FL511.com,” said Scott. “We have traffic cameras on every major roadway in the state and are clearing traffic issues in real-time so we can keep people moving,” he continued. “We’re coordinating with Google’s emergency response team to prepare to close roads in Google Maps in real-time in the event that Hurricane Irma forces a closure of any roads in the aftermath of the storm,” Scott added.

Of course, the Google-owned Waze app may be more useful ahead of Irma’s landfall. The crowdsourced navigation tool is great for finding out about traffic incidents, road closures, speeds, and other hazards in real-time as well. This information is additionally fed into Google.org’s Crisis Maps, which displays other details like precipitation, public alerts, evacuation routes, shelters, forecasts and more.

“If you need a hotel, go to Expedia.com/florida,” said Scott. “Expedia is working on hotel occupancy in real-time.”

Scott noted that Comcast was opening 137,000 hotspots to help people stay connected, too. These Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots will be made free across the state for non-Xfinity customers and subscribers alike. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are all setting up additional Wi-Fi hotspots as well, he said.

Hurricane Preparation

The Florida.Gov website has updates on Hurricane Irma Preparedness.

Today, Governor Rick Scott received a full update on Hurricane Irma from the State Emergency Operations Center. The Governor is traveling the state today to meet with local officials, ensure communities have all the resources they may need, and to encourage families and visitors to be fully prepared. Evacuation orders have been issued in Monroe County and additional orders are expected as the storm nears the state. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, and utility officials who are also working to ensure the state is prepared to respond to any potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

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