Breaking: Sandy a 'post-tropical cyclone' 29 Oct 2012
Breaking: Con Edison shuts off power to part of Lower Manhattan 29 Oct 2012 New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said on Monday that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect company equipment and customers and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes. [Hmm. Remember when the Bush-owned 'security' company pulled the bomb-sniffing dogs from the WTC --and cut *all power* -- the weekend before the 9/11 inside job? With the shutdown of bridges, tunnels and mass transit, all they need now is one big fat false flag. Call me 'paranoid,' but I've seen USociopaths in action numerous times and there is nothing they would not do for control and profit. --LRP]Inspectors Dispatched to Nuclear Reactors in Sandy's Path 29 Oct 2012 Extra federal inspectors were dispatched to U.S. nuclear-power plants in the path of Hurricane Sandy as operators and officials reassured the public that they are prepared for high winds and flooding associated with the storm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it sent additional inspectors to 11 reactors from Maryland to Connecticut, and issued the employees satellite telephones. Procedures require that the nuclear facilities be shut before winds are forecast to exceed hurricane force, the commission said today in a statement.Equity Trading in U.S. to Be Suspended for Second Day, Joining Bond Market 29 Oct 2012 U.S. stock trading was canceled for a second day, joining bond markets, as 90-mile-per-hour winds and surging seas from Hurricane Sandy bore down on New York and paralyzed American capital markets. The shutdown, the first for consecutive days due to weather since 1888, was announced by NYSE Euronext after consultations with other exchanges. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association earlier recommended a full market close tomorrow in dollar-denominated fixed-income securities after they shut at noon New York time today.Stock exchanges to remain closed Tuesday: NYSE 29 Oct 2012 U.S. stock exchanges will remain closed on Tuesday while Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast, said NYSE Euronext, the parent of the New York Stock Exchange. The closure will be in coordination with all U.S. equities, bonds, options and derivatives markets, the company said in a release. The intention is to reopen on Wednesday, conditions permitting.Sandy Moves Into NYC; More Bridges and Tunnels Close 29 Oct 2012 New Yorkers are beginning to feel the full effects of Sandy as strong winds and flooding conditions make their way into the city, forcing officials to close down a majority of crossings both above and below ground as crews begin to deal with power outages. As of early this evening Consolidated Edison was reporting more than 36,000 outages across the five boroughs, with a majority being reported on Staten Island and in parts of Queens. The utility has also cut steam service to roughly 140 customers in Manhattan.State Highways Ordered Closed as Connecticut Officials Warn of 'Most Catastrophic Event' --1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen on duty --Troops stationed at armories across state, preparing to 'respond to any emergencies' 29 Oct 2012 Connecticut National Guard officials say troops have responded to East Haven and Darien to help with flooding problems. Col. John Whitford says troops are positioned Monday in East Haven in the Cosey Beach section, where many homes were damaged last year during Tropical Storm Irene. The Guard is helping to evacuate and keep people out of the area. Guardsmen were also called to Darien to help with possible rescues in flooded areas. Whitford says 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen are on duty.Sandy's winds topple top of construction crane in New York 29 Oct 2012 New York City evacuated neighbors of a partially built, 90-story apartment building after the top of a construction crane collapsed in high winds, prompting fears the entire rig could crash to the ground. With the city bracing for Hurricane Sandy, due to make landfall in southern New Jersey later on Monday, the upper arm of the crane dangled over the street near Central Park from what should eventually become the city's tallest residential building. Passers-by stared in amazement and apprehension while some stopped to take pictures of the building that will feature $90 million duplexes.Con Ed Might Cut Power In Lower Manhattan 28 Oct 2012 Con Edison said that is considering cutting power to about 6,500 customers in Lower Manhattan if the surge from the Hurricane Sandy is severe enough to threaten underground lines. Manhattan alone has some 21,000 miles of power lines beneath its streets and Con Ed has said most of the below ground equipment is sealed to protect it from flooding. Still, the utility said the power may be cut as saltwater is more damaging to equipment if power is on. [Hmm. With the shutdown of bridges, tunnels and mass transit, all they need now is one big fat false flag...]Hurricane Sandy's minimum barometric pressure lowest on record 29 Oct 2012 CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen, re: Hurricane Sandy Strongest ever: Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, for as long as records have been kept. The benchmark storm, the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane, contained a low pressure reading of 946 millibars. Sandy currently has a minimum pressure of 943 millibars. Bigger than most countries: Sandy's field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extend nearly 1,000 miles. 100-year flooding: Parts of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania could see a once-in-a-century amount of flooding from rainfall. Record storm surge: Parts of New York City, including Battery Park City, are forecasting a storm surge of 10 feet to 12 feet, which could break the record of 10.5 feet, set in 1960 by Hurricane Donna. It could lead to catastrophic flooding.Hurricane Sandy swallows presidential campaign 29 Oct 2012 With the presidential election just over a week away, the candidates would normally be campaigning in the swing states in an effort to gain a last-minute edge in what is expected to be a razor-thin race. But with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the eastern seaboard, the men at the top of the ticket are putting their campaigns on hold. And both sides are scrambling to figure out what impact the storm will have on who emerges victorious next Tuesday.Romney further impedes hurricane response, calls GOP hurricane governors 29 Oct 2012 We [America Blog] had reported earlier that Mitt Romney, in an attempt to use Hurricane Sandy for his own political benefit, was "impeding" hurricane relief efforts. Mitt Romney continues to interfere with Hurricane Sandy response in an effort to use Sandy as an "opportunity" to bolster his presidential bona fides. '@andreamsaul: Gov. Romney has also been in touch with [VA] Governors Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie about storm preparation' Democratic Hurricane Victims Needs Not Apply --Interesting that Mitt Romney appears to only be calling Republican governors.Chesapeake Energy obtains hydraulic fracking permit one mile from nuclear plant --Fracking can cause earthquakes 27 Oct 2012 (Shippingport, PA) Fracking can cause small-magnitude [?] earthquakes, experts are now saying, but nothing on the magnitude that would likely disrupt or damage a nuclear power plant. "NRC is aware of research linking hydraulic fracturing with small to moderate earthquakes," said the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's public relations officer, David McIntyre. Chesapeake Energy obtained a permit for hydraulic fracking 1.06 miles from the FirstEnergy Corp. operated Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport. According to state Department of Environmental Protection records, the permit for an unconventional, horizontal well was issued to Chesapeake on Oct. 3.Supreme court hears arguments on secret domestic surveillance 29 Oct 2012 ...Key plaintiffs asked the Supreme Court on Monday to allow them to proceed with a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the federal government's sweeping electronic monitoring of targeted foreigners suspected of terrorism or spying. At issue: Can these American plaintiffs who deal with overseas clients and co-workers file suit if they reasonably fear the government was reading and hearing their sensitive communications? The specific question now is whether they have "standing" to challenge the federal law, without a specific showing they have been monitored. The National Security Agency has in turn refused to disclose specifics, which detractors call "Catch-22" logic.Health Canada suspends two flu vaccines made by Novartis --Agriflu and Fluad suspended from use 29 Oct 2012 Health Canada has put a hold on administering two brands of flu vaccine after some problems with them were detected in Italy. Fluad and Agriflu are being reviewed after the vaccine developed clumps. Health Canada asked Novartis to hold off on distributing the vaccine until the situation can be reviewed.Hospitals should make flu shots mandatory for health-care workers, journal says 29 Oct 2012 The Canadian Medical Association Journal has added its voice to calls for mandatory flu shots for health-care workers. In an editorial published in this week's issue, the journal said hospital workers ought to be vaccinated to safeguard [?!?] frail, elderly patients whose immune systems are so weakened they don't get much protection from a flu shot themselves. In recent years there has been a growing movement towards requiring health-care workers to take a flu shot, especially in the United States. Earlier this year British Columbia became the first Canadian jurisdiction to require health-care workers to be vaccinated 'against' the flu. [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]Major Banks, Governmental Officials Targets of Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to U.S. Treasury 25 Oct 2012 Spire Law Group, LLP's national home owners' lawsuit, pending in the venue where the "Banksters" control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) - known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the "Banksters" and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers - now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the "Banksters" located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.