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Former WHO Official: Fukushima plant is dumping nuclear waste into ocean on a daily basis; “There’s no foreseeable end to it… and nobody has any good ideas on how to stop it” — Japan gov’t worried that attempts to reduce leakage will cause even more radioactivity to flow into sea (VIDEO)\

Published: October 27th, 2015 at 7:49 pm ET
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Asahi Shimbun, Oct 26, 2015 (emphasis added): [TEPCO announced] the construction of seaside walls to block radiation-contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea has been completed at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant… TEPCO officials said the underground walls will reduce the daily flow of contaminated groundwater into the sea from the previous estimated 400 tons to 10 tons. However, they said it will take a month or two to confirm the effectiveness of the barriers.

Japan Times, Oct 26, 2015: Tepco hopes the wall will significantly reduce the amount of contaminated water that has continued to flow into the Pacific more than four years after the 2011 meltdown crisis… 400 tons of groundwater was draining along the sides of the buildings and into the sea each day, after being contaminated with fallout from the 2011 meltdown crisis, according Tepco. The utility says an estimated 150 tons of underground water is still flowing into the basements of the damaged reactor buildings each day… Recent tests of water samples from the nearby sea have detected radioactive substances such as cesium-137 and strontium-90, but scientists have said the density is so low that it poses no immediate danger to human health. Yet, the ongoing flow of tainted water from the plant has raised anxiety and concerns among local fishermen and many consumers across the country. Tepco plans to keep monitoring the density of radioactive materials in the nearby sea over the next month. To isolate the four reactor buildings from the underground water, Tepco hopes to freeze the soil around them… The Nuclear Regulation Authority has yet to give permission for the operation, saying creation of frozen soil could drastically change the underground water level around the plant. If the water level outside falls lower than that inside, the contaminated water could leak out. Meanwhile, Tepco has not explained exactly how it will control the water levels, an NRA official said.

Dr. Keith Baverstock, former World Health Organization regional adviser for radiation and public health, published Oct 23, 2015 (at 37:00 in): “I’m really appalled at the way the international system has failed… Quite frankly, we don’t get anything through the media… There is no general understanding of the situation here in Europe, because the media are not putting this view forward. In fact, I think many people would be very surprised that it was still a matter for discussion. They would be even more surprised to learn that it’s still an ongoing accident, and that it hasn’t terminated yet. They’d be even more surprised that nobody has any good ideas on how to stop it. So this is a very big black point… for the nuclear industry — that they can cause a situation like this, where there’s no foreseeable end to it. It’s against international law to dump radioactivity into the sea, but that is precisely what is happening on a daily basis.”

Watch Baverstock’s presentation here

Housing Wire’s Ben Lane’s Article: Ocwen Posts Big Loss, Erasing Profits for 2015

Home » Ocwen posts big loss, erasing profits for 2015

Ben LaneOctober 28, 2015 5:08PM

As the company itself predicted just last month, Ocwen Financial (OCN) is now in a position to record a loss in 2015, after the nonbank reported Wednesday that it generated a net loss of $66.8 million in the third quarter or $0.53 per share.

The company generated revenue of $405 million, down 21% compared to the third quarter of 2014.

According to a note from Briefing.com, Ocwen’s third quarter results were worse than the Capital IQ Consensus, which had Ocwen posting a loss of $0.22 per share.

For the full year 2014, Ocwen recorded a net loss of $546 million, a stark reversal from 2013, when Ocwen reported net income of $310.4 million.

The company told its shareholders in September that it expected to post a loss in 2015 as well, citing lower revenue expectations coupled with higher expected operating, interest and tax expenses.

Ocwen actually posted profits – albeit small ones – in the first and second quarters of this year. In the first quarter, Ocwen reported net income of $34.4 million, while in the second quarter, Ocwen reported net income of $10 million, but those profits have been undone by Ocwen’s rough third quarter.

According to the company, its cash flows from operating activities were $239 million for the third quarter, compared to $349 million during the same period last year.

The company said that its pre-tax loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $55.9 million.

According to the company’s earnings statement, its pre-tax results were impacted by a “number of significant items” including:

$41.2 million of net gains from sales of performing and non-performing agency mortgage servicing rights relating to loans with a total unpaid principal balance of $22.0 billion
A loss of $23.4 million of interest rate driven impairment of the company’s Ginnie Mae MSRs carried at lower of cost or fair value
A loss of $17.4 million in restructuring costs, which included severance payments to 300 of the company’s residential servicing employees at Ocwen’s facility in Waterloo, Iowa, which represented 10% of the company’s approximately 2,900 U.S.-based employees; and Fiserv platform exit costs, which the company stated was going to cost $10 million
A loss of $12.5 million of monitor costs
A loss of $11.1 million in legacy servicing claim reserves
A loss of $11.0 million in legal and other settlement costs
A loss of $8.2 million of expense incurred pursuant to the company’s agreement with New Residential Investment Corp. in connection with downgrades to the company’s Standard & Poor’s servicer ratings
Additionally, the company’s servicing segment recorded a $12.7 million pre-tax loss inclusive of the gain on sales of MSRs, MSR fair value changes and legacy servicing claim reserves.

“In the third quarter, we continued to make progress on our strategic and operating initiatives,” Ron Faris, president and CEO of Ocwen, said.

“Our asset sale strategy has succeeded in generating proceeds and gains for the company, enabling us to reduce leverage and focus on simplifying our operations,” Faris said.

“Our operating cash flow remained strong, enabling us to end the quarter with more than $731 million in available liquidity, including $459 million of cash on hand,” Faris continued. “The capital markets also continue to demonstrate strong support for the company, as we were able to successfully refinance our $1.8 billion OMART servicing advance facility and execute an amendment with our term loan lenders to give us more flexibility moving forward.”

At the end of July, Faris told investors that the second half of 2015 will be “challenging” from an income perspective for Ocwen.

Ocwen has been undergoing a shift in its business model over the last 18 months, ever since its $150 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services over its servicing practices.

In December of last year, Faris announced that Ocwen was moving away from agency servicing, which the company has done throughout this year.

In fact, Ocwen’s servicing portfolio has fallen significantly in 2015.

As of Sept. 30, 2014, Ocwen’s servicing portfolio was $411.28 billion in unpaid principal balance.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, Ocwen’s servicing portfolio had fallen to $288.07 billion, a decrease of more than $123 billion.

Ocwen noted that it originated forward and reverse mortgage loans with unpaid principal balances of $1.1 billion and $198.5 million, respectively, in the third quarter.

“We are making solid progress in developing our lending capabilities including expansion of our product offering,” Faris said. “Additionally, we are progressing as expected on the cost improvement initiatives that we laid out in the third quarter and anticipate identifying additional opportunities to reduce our operating costs. We remain committed to investing in our risk, compliance and technology infrastructure, and delivering best-in-class service to our customers.”

Ben Lane is a reporter for HousingWire. Previously, he worked for TownSquareBuzz, a hyper-local news service. He is a graduate of University of North Texas.

Under New Ownership

The property next door, changed hands, and I cannot in good conscious, continue with the old stories about the property.  Who knows where Robert (previous owner) went, or what happened to him. We have a good idea, but without any kind of evidence, I dare not say more.  
I will update as soon as I have something nice to say. Mama always said, “If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say anything at all”. I personally added, unless you have the proof.

Unless and until things move along, it would be best if I get rid of all the inferences to criminal owners and illegal acts, etc. That way, I cannot be accused of slandering, defaming, libeling the new owners of the property. I will say, that the property had changed hands in May 2015, but change of ownership was not recorded into DeKalb County Georgia Records, until July 2015.

They have the house boarded up, but that does not mean there is no work being done over there, or that no one is planning to pick up harrassing us where DiNapoli left off. Only time will tell. We been here almost 21 years now, we ain’t going nowhere.

I will be revamping my blog, Keep a heads up yall, Fukushima is still killing us softly and slowly.

Threat Journal for the week of October 31, 2015

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10/30 (Fri) – White House formally announces deployment of US special operations forces to Syria in the fight against Islamic State. Developing situation…

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On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding increasing threats of terrorism. Starting on Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of new warnings by ISIS affiliated jihadists of the upcoming release of more personally identifying info for, and threats of attacks on, US military personnel. It is believed the source of the most recent threat is once again, British jihadist Sally Jones (a.k.a. Umm Hussain al-Britani), a western convert to Islam who is reported to have moved to Syria in 2013 and married fellow jihadist Abu Hussain al-Britani, who is reported to have been specifically targeted and killed just two months ago in a U.S. airstrike.

Readers are reminded that most recently, in addition to the release of a spreadsheet w/ names, addresses, email credentials and other information for 1400 US service members and government workers, along with a message urging Islamic State followers and supporters to “act and kill” those appearing on the list, she has released personally identifying information for the children of U.S. service members on the hit list, as well as the home addresses of both Robert O’Neil, the Navy Seal who put a few rounds in the head of bin Laden, as well as the Air Force pilot credited with killing U.S. born Muslim cleric and terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki in Yemen.

While it may be easy to dismiss such threats as the ramblings of yet another crazed Islamist hell bent on trying to scare the American and British populace, Jones has been directly implicated in multiple previous attacks and disrupted plots, including the attack on the Draw Mohammad art exhibition in Garland, Texas earlier this year. Further, U.S. intelligence officials have said several ISIS suspects arrested this summer in New York, New Jersey, Boston and several other states are believed to have been influenced by Jones and her husband.


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Obama’s Military Policy: Down-Size While Threats Rise
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Russian bombers buzz carrier Reagan amid exercise
Most U.S. troops, vets would steer kids away from service
US Army opens 19,700 field artillery jobs to women
U.S. Forces Prepare for a ‘Day Without Space’
Trump: I’d dump the F-35
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Over 80% of asylum seekers in Germany unqualified
White House insists Russian warplanes buzzing U.S. carrier not ‘threatening’
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Edward Snowden praises EU parliament vote against US extradition
Russian Submarines Launch Ballistic Missiles From Barents, Okhotsk Seas


Over 1,600 terror targets destroyed in 1 month of Russia’s Syria op
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U.S. to deploy special forces to Syria in advisory role
President Obama breaks pledge: U.S. will send ground troops into Syria
U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group says assault on Islamic State imminent
Iran arrests first American since nuke deal
U.S. strike kills former German rapper who joined Islamic State


China: One Child Policy No More
China warns US it could spark war with ‘provocative acts’ in South China Sea
China threatens WAR on US over ‘provocative acts’ after saying it is inevitable
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While You Slept Last Night…

Originally posted on Desert Musings:

If you believe that John Boehner really had the best interest of the country at heart when he struck he deal with Bobo Obama, you probably are happy this morning. If you are like a lot of people and thought he was shoveling the shit out of the barn, just to get the barn cleaned so he could pack up his bag and head back to Cincinnati, then you probably wish you were still in bed.

As you slept last night, Mitch McConnell and the leadership in the Senate got everybody back together in the dead of night to pass the “deal” that Boehner, McConnell, Reid and Pelosi all hammered out with Bobo. The vote was 64-35. Oh, and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz’ filibuster? Yeah…they did it. It lasted all of 20 minutes. I guess they really wanted to go to bed after that debate and a red eye…

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ENENews, Nevada Fire Causes Radiation Spike, Heads Up Yall!!!

EPA data shows radiation spike in major US city soon after explosions at nuclear waste facility nearby — AP: Drums of buried waste were blasted over site’s fence; Large crater reported — Emergency Official: US gov’t brought in “resources I’ve never even seen before, it was amazing” (VIDEO)

Published: October 25th, 2015 at 10:40 pm ET

Nevada Nuclear spike from fire!

New York Times (AP), Oct 25, 2015 (emphasis added): Radioactive Dump That Burned in Nevada Had Past Troubles… State officials said this week they didn’t immediately know what blew up… A state fire inspector, Martin Azevedo, surveyed the site on Wednesday. His report, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, described moisture in the pit and “heavily corroded” 55-gallon drums in and around the 20-foot-by-30-foot crater. Debris from the blast spread 190 feet. Two drums were found outside the fence line… Nevada state emergency management chief Caleb Cage said operating records for the damaged trenchweren’t immediately available… [Former Nevada Governor Robert List] expressed doubt that anyone will ever know what’s really underground at the site. “Good luck with that,” he said. “What we found when we did our investigation was they had very, very skimpy records about what was there.”

Vance Payne, Director of Emergency Management for Nye County, Oct 20, 2015 Board of County Commissioners meeting (at 1:18:45 in): Our federal partners from DOE [US Dept. of Energy] put to bearresources I’ve never even seen before, it was amazing. The effort was nothing short of herculean. There was overflights of aircraft with special monitoring equipment that was put in the air just as fast as they were able — when the weather cleared a little bit — and they did it on the ground. The CST team, the Civil Support Team, came down from Reno and they came down in a hurry — it was amazing how fast they moved their teams. They did ground testing, they did mid-level aerial testing, and they did high-level area testing over the towns of Amargosa and Beatty — as well as the entire transportation line north to south on Highway 95 and 373. So I can tell you that No. 1, it was amazing. I can tell you that a lot of effort was put into making sure that our county and communities were as safe as we could probably make them. This morning we’re getting additional reports coming in, and they’ll continue to come in on the testing over the next few weeks. No radioactive materials were detected anywhere on the ground or in the air.

KTNV Las Vegas, Oct 19, 2015 (at 0:45 in): Preliminary air quality tests say the air is fine — butNye County officials aren’t trusting just that — more extensive surveys are being done, and those results could take days.

See also: “Nuclear fire” erupts at radioactive facility near major US city — Footage shows underground explosions, massive smoke plumes — AP: “Unknown amount of radioactive waste burned” — EPA sends emergency radiological team (VIDEO)

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You know, when I read headlines such as this:

FBI chief tries to deal with the ‘Ferguson effect’

and others talking about the state of the country, as far as police, crime, financially, or otherwise, I always think about something that I read a long time ago when I first started reading lawsuits for content and case law:

“These, then, are the considerations of reason and experience which point to the rejection of a doctrine that would freely admit in a federal criminal trial evidence seized by state agents in violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. But there is another consideration—the imperative of judicial integrity. It was of this that Mr. Justice Holmes and Mr. Justice Brandeis so eloquently spoke in Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, at pages 469, 471, 48 S.Ct. 564, at pages 569, 570, 72 L.Ed. 729, more than 30 years ago. ‘For those who *223 agree with me,’ said Mr. Justice Holmes, ‘no distinction can be taken between the government as prosecutor and the government as judge.’ 277 U.S. at page 470, 48 S.Ct. at page 575. (Dissenting opinion.) ‘In a government of laws,’ said Mr. Justice Brandeis, ‘existence of the government will be imperilled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means—to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal—would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.’ 277 U.S., at page 485, 48 S.Ct. at page 575. (Dissenting opinion.)

Elkins v. United States, 364 U.S. 206, 222-23, 80 S. Ct. 1437, 1447, 4 L. Ed. 2d 1669 (1960)