Saturday, June 1, 2013

2013 - MAY - Other Stories

2013-05-31 - NSF awards grant to develop material that can selectively oxidize physiological levels of hydrogen sulfide:

Quote: "Jason Bennett’s proposal, 'Advancing Electrodeposited Dicyano-ferriprotoporphyrin as an Electrocatalytic Material Capable of Selectively Oxidizing Hydrogen Sulfide Over Interfering Gasotransmitters' will be supported with $176,588 for two years beginning in July and $66,874 in a third year, contingent on the availability of funds."

Note: Can you really ever have enough electrodeposited dicyano-ferriprotoporphyrin?! I think not! Actually, I have no idea what any of that means other than it sounds like it'd possibly lead to the ability to mitigate hydrogen sulfide within the human body, and that sounds useful.

2013-05-29 - 'Natural gas' odor sickens two people at airport in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "...two employees complained of nausea but felt better once they were outside in fresh air."

2013-05-29 - Scientists develop CO2-sequestration technique that also produces clean hydrogen for energy use:

2013-05-28 - Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin:

Note: Link is the abstract, full (PDF) version available at the link...

2013-05-28 - Responders training to handle train fire or explosion, on June 2 in coastal Salem (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Suddenly, police are flooded with emergency calls. There is an incident in the tunnel, possibly a fire or explosion on the train. There are reports of smoke, screams and injured riders. Fortunately, this has never happened in Salem, but this will be the general scene Sunday, June 2, when the MBTA, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, and Salem police and firefighters conduct an emergency evacuation drill inside the Salem tunnel."

Note: Sounds like some prudent training...

2013-05-28 - Woman, 59, suffers heart attack on cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina, medevac'd out:

2013-05-28 - Two divers go missing in Orkney after a dive in Scapa Flow (Scotland):

Quote: "Despite near perfect conditions, no trace of the men was found."

2013-05-28 - Oxygen levels dropping in Taal Lake in the Philippine Islands, fish cage operators warned of imminent fish kill:

2013-05-27 - Unknown 'disease' kills over 100 people in 4 weeks, mostly children, near coastal Cotonou (Benin):

Quote: "More than 100 people, mostly children aged between four to 17, have died in the past four weeks from a disease yet to be scientifically identified in Benin."

Quote: "In the last four weeks, Dekin has reported over 100 deaths which have been caused by a disease that causes the victims to vomit blood and have strange snoring..."

Note: The 'strange snoring' is indicative of respiratory distress. As mentioned before, hydrogen sulfide poisoning at higher concentrations can cause bleeding from the mouth, nose, ears. This country is on the western side of Africa. In 2010, NASA showed a photo of a large hydrogen sulfide plume off the coast of Namibia, also on the western side of Africa. Perhaps there are now more hydrogen sulfide plumes and the gas is now blowing ashore in higher concentrations. Children are likely to succumb first and hardest simply because they weigh less and it thus takes less poison to sicken and/or kill them. If these deaths and sickenings are being caused by hydrogen sulfide then they will never find a pathogen...

2013-05-26 - Whiteface Mountain (New York) hit by whopping 30 inches of snow:

Quote: "To figure out how unusual the snowfall this weekend was, Weather Underground had to go back to 1816:"

Note: That year, 1816, was known as the 'Year Without Summer' or 'Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death'. What they don't mention in this story is WHY 1816 was the 'Year Without Summer' - it was because of volcanic activity, especially the eruption of Mount Tambora. Noticed any volcanoes erupting around Earth lately? There have been many! This could be an incipient sign of volcanic winter.

So maybe you're wondering, wouldn't volcanic winter help with the hydrogen sulfide and methane problem? Probably not. The waters of the Earth are likely heating up because of volcanic activity now, e.g. heat from below. That is highly likely to continue even if the atmosphere gets cold. So we could end up with the worst of both worlds: freezing weather, dire food shortages, AND warm waters and a contaminated atmosphere. So if we do get volcanic winter and you light a fire to stay warm THIS time, you might just explode or burn to death. But if you DON'T light a fire to stay warm then you might freeze to death. And if we do get volcanic winter, eventually it will end, and the atmosphere would by then be filled with methane (from the oceans) and CO2 (from all the burning), and then we'd bake in horrendous heat.

This anomalous weather event could be a really bad sign. Time will tell...

2013-05-26 - Dozens of swimmers get into difficulty, have to be rescued, many missing, in coastal Southwold (Britain):

Quote: "More than 130 swimmers in Southwold had problems, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed. Four RNLI lifeboats and a rescue helicopter were involved from about 13:00 BST, after initial reports that up to 90 people were missing."

Quote: "The MCA spokeswoman said it was unclear how the swimmers got into trouble as weather conditions were fine, but the water was 'very cold'."

2013-05-26 - Man pulled from the Basingstoke Canal, in the St John's area of Woking (Britain), in critical condition:

2013-05-26 - Man, 70, suffers heart attack on charter fishing boat off the coast near Hyannis (Massachusetts):

Note: That's about 50 miles southeast of Quincy (Massachusetts), where a foul 'rotten egg' odor is rolling in off the ocean. Hydrogen sulfide at low concentrations smells like 'rotten eggs', and hydrogen sulfide in higher concentrations can stop your heart...

2013-05-26 - Termites swarm coastal New Orleans (Louisiana), people think it's the Apocalypse:

2013-05-24 - Man found dead in car from hydrogen sulfide poisoning in Fife (Washington), 1 mile from the coast:

Quote: "A 911 caller shortly before 10 a.m. reported a suspicious vehicle in the area, with an unconscious man inside and a note taped to the window that said: “Do not open. Hydrogen Sulfide. Call 911."

Note: I suspect the authorities have a bunch of those notes already printed out, that they can slap on vehicles containing dead people, to cover up what's going on, and also perhaps to push the idea into the public consciousness that killing yourself with hydrogen sulfide in vehicles is the new 'in thing' in suicides. There's zero reason for anyone to kill themselves with hydrogen sulfide in a vehicle; vehicles emit carbon monoxide, you go to sleep and never wake up, no fuss, no muss, no danger to others. Use a hose or block the exhaust. There are really only two reasons I can think of why people MIGHT use hydrogen sulfide to kill themselves in a vehicle: 1) if they know what's going on and they want to leave people a clue; 2) if they WANT to cause harm to others after they're dead. In the latter case there would be no note, obviously. Anyone ever seen an image of one of these notes? I haven't. I bet they aren't in the handwriting of the deceased, which means there's really nothing to tie the note to the deceased, other than that 'somebody' put the note on the vehicle containing the corpse...

2013-05-24 - Severe fire season feared for the North Coast in California:

Quote: "Cal Fire crews already have responded to nearly 1,600 wildfires this year, up from 1,050 by the same time last year and nearly double the 850 in an average year."

Quote: "Most years by late May, wildfires have scorched about 3,200 acres in areas that Cal Fire is responsible for, Berlant said. This year it’s been nearly 44,000 acres, he said. 'We have seen a significant increase in our wildfire activity this year,' Berlant said."

Note: So about double the number of fires compared to the average and about 14 times the average acreage has burned, so far...

2013-05-24 - Delta IV launches from Cape Canaveral (Florida):

2013-05-22 - Russia urgently evacuating Arctic research site as ice melts and ice floe disintegrates:

Quote: "Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said."

Note: The Arctic is where thousands of kilometer-wide oceanic seeps are now gushing methane into the atmosphere. Massive planetary-scale changes are clearly underway on our planet...

2013-05-22 - People sickening - some dying - from respiratory problems in Garzon (Colombia), near the Rio Magdalena:

Note: 2 killed and 23 sickened so far. They call it an illness, but they don't mention having found any pathogen, so this may be illness resulting from breathing hydrogen sulfide. This area is directly downwind of the Rio Magdalena, which basically defines the western border of Garzon...

2013-05-22 - Boil water advisory issued to residents of Montreal (Canada):

Quote: "Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum said the results of the tests on the water in the Atwater reservoir have not come back, so it’s still unknown whether there are bacteria in the water supply. She advised Montrealers affected by the boil water advisory to simply boil water for one minute before consuming. She said using a water filter like a Brita would not help if the water was contaminated with bacteria. If the water is contaminated, she said, people who drink it could experience gastrointestinal problems including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea."

2013-05-22 - Sailboat goes missing with 1 aboard in the Florida Keys:

Quote: "The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports that the U.S. Coast Guard detected 40-year-old Jay Wesley Rydberg's emergency beacon May 14 at 4:13 a.m. During a 78-hour search, Rydberg's beacon was found 33 miles north of Key West, but there were no signs [of] Rydberg or his 39-foot trimaran sailboat. At the time the beacon went off, there were no reported storms in the area."

2013-05-21 - Biggest power blackout ever hits 14 southern provinces in Thailand:

Quote: "All provinces south of Surat Thani were affected, including Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang Nga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala."

Quote: "Mr Sirichai said this was the biggest outage that ever occurred in the country."

2013-05-20 - Unexplained mystery respiratory 'illness' kills 2, hospitalizes 5, in Houston County (Alabama):

Quote: "So far none of those affected by the mystery illness appear to be connected to each other and there's no indication that any had recently traveled outside the country."

Note: They're connected to each other by general area and the atmosphere. And, say, a respiratory problem might just result from breathing a gas, like hydrogen sulfide. If they're only looking for pathogens and this is the result of a gas then they will never find anything. They should be looking to see if these people live in valleys or canyons or near bodies of water, if they sleep in basements, spend lots of time outdoors, that sort of thing. That area is near Lake Seminole and it's also only about 60 miles from - and downwind of - the Gulf of Mexico and its horrible dead zones, which are surely pluming hydrogen sulfide now...

2013-05-20 - Commercial fisherman goes missing on Lake Marian in Osceola County (Florida):

Quote: "FWC says his boat appeared without him on Tuesday morning."

Note: So, empty 'ghost boat' found. Corpse should be found next, as usual...

2013-05-20 - Devastating tornado tears through Oklahoma City and suburbs, dozens killed, homes leveled, cars flung around:

Quote: "Numerous neighborhoods were completely leveled..."

2013-05-20 - Record-setting 19-foot python caught in South Florida:

Quote: "It's a new record for the longest Burmese python caught in the wild in Florida. The previous record was a 17-foot-7-inch python caught in August in Everglades National Park."

Note: Obviously, these are not a species native to North America; we introduced them. But they're spreading out now, and it looks like they are here to stay...

2013-05-20 - Two FBI agents killed while rappelling from helicopter to ship off the coast near Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2013-05-19 - Work starts at burning landfill in Bridgeton (Missouri), hundreds of residents temporarily moved to hotels:

Note: This landfill has been burning for months, emitting a foul odor. Scarier than that, right next to this landfill is another landfill, where many tons of radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project were illegally dumped, and if THAT landfill catches fire or explodes then there is huge 'dirty bomb' potential, where radioactive contamination could be spewed all over the area around St. Louis (Missouri)...

2013-05-19 - Man, 50, medevac'd from cruise ship after suffering heart attack, near Cape Lookout (North Carolina):

2013-05-16 - Cross-country drive across the United States in 2010 detects higher levels of methane in the atmosphere:

Note: And that was BEFORE all the methane started heavily gushing from the Arctic and off the East Coast of the U.S. and off the coast of Israel, etc.

2013-05-15 - Shoe factory collapses near Phnom Penh (Cambodia), at least 6 killed, many injured:

2013-05-15 - Islanders warned of increase in bee swarms in the Jersey Islands (Britain):

2013-05-14 - Poisonous cloud released over Frankfurt (Germany), residents in 2 districts warned to stay indoors:

2013-05-13 - Weird, smelly mystery foam oozes through cracks on street in Nanjing (China):

2013-05-12 - Scientists invent microparticles that, if injected, allow life without breathing for up to 30 minutes:

Quote: "How about for toxic gases when a facemask is unavailable."

Note: From last year, but just stumbled upon it. That'd be one way to deal with toxic atmospheric gases - develop a way to live without breathing!

2013-05-11 - Lab develops new more energy efficient, more affordable solvent for removing hydrogen sulfide from natural gas:

Quote: "...PNNL researchers in search of carbon dioxide capture solutions have discovered a way to remove hydrogen sulfide from natural gas using a water-free solvent that promises to be much more effective and efficient than current techniques."

2013-05-09 - Locusts devour more than 70,000 hectares of crops in Tajikistan:

2013-05-08 - Couple falls off cruise ship near Australia, now missing:

2013-05-08 - Woman, 66, goes into cardiac arrest on cruise ship near Toms River (New Jersey), airlifted out:

Note: And one day prior, passengers sickened on two different cruise ships, as mentioned in the 2013-05-07 update...

2013-05-08 - Two teens sicken and die, a third critical, in Texas, unknown 'disease':

Quote: "The specialist also said the teens' symptoms included a fever, coughing, pneumonia, seizures and respiratory failure."

Note: They're assuming it's a disease, but have been unable to identify a pathogen. Why start with an assumption like that anyway? That's not sound science. If these kids were poisoned by hydrogen sulfide then they will never find a pathogen. At least one of these teens went to a high school about 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico...

2013-05-08 - Widespread power outage hits coastal Manila in the Philippine Islands:

Quote: "In an interview with GMA News Online, Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldariagga said the power outage was caused by a sudden supply deficiency..."

Note: So, the lack of power was caused by a lack of power. Well, okay, that explains it then!

2013-05-08 - Mosque collapses in Malegaon (India), at least 2 killed and 20 injured:

Note: Biogenic sulfide corrosion eating away at concrete and steel? Malegaon is located at the confluence of the Gima River and Mausam River...

2013-05-08 - Bridge under construction collapses on the outskirts of Trondheim (Norway), 1 missing, several injured, several trapped:

Note: Biogenic sulfide corrosion?

2013-05-08 - Building under construction collapses in Jethro (Arkansas), 3 injured:

2013-05-07 - More than 140 people sicken on cruise ship near San Francisco (California):

2013-05-07 - Several passengers sicken on cruise ship in Liverpool (Britain):

2013-05-03 - Oregon officials worried about size of early season wildfires:

2013-05-03 - Experts say early wildfires bode ill for California fire season:

Note: Both are coastal states. Both are downwind of the giant oceanic dead zone known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is surely pluming highly flammable heavier-than-air hydrogen sulfide now. The atmosphere is also filling up with highly flammable methane. In fact, in March, methane burped up from Santa Monica Bay in California, and the city was hit with a 'foul odor' (which obviously wasn't methane since methane is odorless, but it may have been hydrogen sulfide), as mentioned in the 2013-03-03  update. So yeah, they're wise to expect a horrifying fire season. The fires were already pretty horrifying before fire season even began. Also, there are 500 million dead trees in Texas alone, that died from drought and have been drying out and absorbing flammable hydrogen sulfide and/or methane for a year now. That could soon produce an apocalyptic wildfire scenario for Texas...

2013-05-02 - Highway fatalities rise more than 5% year-over-year in 2012, first increase in 7 years:

Note: That's a pretty good-sized increase there for one year. That probably has something to do with people losing consciousness, having seizures or flat-out-dying as they drive, since unconscious, incapacitated and dead people do tend to make terrible drivers...

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