Sunday, September 1, 2013

2013 - AUG - Other Stories

2013-08-31 - India goes on a 'transformer repair' rampage, 3500 transformers in five districts, in September alone:

Quote: "To improve the power scenario in the state, as many as 3500 transformers will be repaired in the five districts namely Allahabad, Varanasi, Basti, Azamgarh, Mirzapur and Gorakhpur in the month of September at the power department workshops and by private parties."

Note: Ya think their government understands the problem with hydrogen sulfide's reactivity with copper, especially electrified copper? Repairs gives them the opportunity to make adaptive changes. And this seems like an all-out effort here. That's almost 120 transformers PER DAY, or one every 12 minutes, 24 hours per day, for a month. This has the feel of an 'Oh sh#t, we better act fast' kind of thing, and indeed, time is short...

2013-08-30 - Strong gas smell reported in southwest Tuscon (Arizona):

2013-08-28 - US federal government preparing to drill for a large-scale electric grid failure scenario:

Quote: "An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill. The downed power grid simulation will reportedly focus on both physical and cyber attacks."

Note: With all the transformers burning, and all the underground electrical fires and explosions taking out sections of the grid all around the country, it is obvious that the power grid is HIGHLY vulnerable to hydrogen sulfide's reactivity with copper, especially electrified copper...

2013-08-28 - Upholstered furniture on porches banned in Lawrence (Kansas):,0,2215609.story

Quote: "The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday passed a citywide ban on upholstered furniture on porches, decks and patios. The city says landlords, not tenants, will be fined for violating the ban at rental properties. The Lawrence Journal-World reports fines will start at $100 per day."

2013-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Lac La Biche (Canada):

2013-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Ramsey Lake in the City of Greater Sudbury (Canada):

2013-08-28 - Evidence mounts for the discovery of element 115:

2013-08-27 - Outgoing DHS Secretary warns of unprecedented natural disaster:

Quote: "The outgoing Homeland Security Secretary has a warning for her successor: A massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disasterthe likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way."

Note: A little truth leaking through there...

2013-08-27 - Person reported going under and not resurfacing, on the Cumberland River in Clarksville (Tennessee):

Quote: "At about 7:45 a.m., a woman reported seeing someone in the water waving his arms and then going under water off the banks near Clarksville Marina."

Note: So a sinkhole, a car fire, and a person disappearing into water in Clarksville, all in a 2-day span of time. If you're in Clarksville, you might wanna catch the Last Train OUT Of Clarksville!

2013-08-27 - Worms infest water supply in Colcord (Oklahoma), residents told not to drink or cook with water:

Quote: "City officials are warning Colcord residents not to drink the water because of a red worm infestation Tuesday."

Quote: "'Bleach doesn’t even kill them,' Gibby said. 'We don’t know what we are dealing with.'"

Quote: "Environmental officials will alert residents when the water is safe to drink again. They do not have an estimated time frame."

Note: Ewww!

2013-08-27 - Heavy snowfall hammers the Atacama desert in Chile:

Quote: "Residents of San Pedro de Atacama say the weekend snow was the heaviest in three decades for the desert city, which is 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) north of the capital, Santiago."

2013-08-27 - Two-day snowstorm isolates communities in Peru:

2013-08-26 - RV fires spiking significantly in Australia:

2013-08-26 - Black Death (bubonic plague) breaks out in Kyrgyzstan:

Quote: "Temirbek Isakunov, a 15-year-old from a mountain village near the border with Kazakhstan, reportedly died from the disease last week after eating an infected barbecued marmot."

Note: There's three words I never saw strung together before: 'infected barbecued marmot'. This is actually fairly scary. Bubonic plague can turn pneumonic, and then if you're infected and you cough or sneeze then you can infect people person-to-person, bypassing the need for the flea vector for transmission. Also, the flea problem may grow too. There was that village in China that was hit by a veritable wave of death, where pigs, dogs, rats, cats, hedgehogs and birds suddenly died, as mentioned in the 2013-04-16 update. So let's say a wave of hydrogen sulfide blows through an area and kills off, say, 90 percent of everything. What comes back first, rabbits and rats, or cats? Rabbits and rats - they reproduce faster than the things that prey on them, so by the time the cats are back up to 30% strength, the rat and rabbit populations may be huge. And then you get flea problems and possibly more bubonic plague outbreaks. It is actually very treatable, especially if you catch it early, with tetracycline and streptomycin  and other antibiotics, but if we hit it constantly with antibiotics then the plague bacteria may adapt, as other bacteria and viruses have.

Here's a link to a fictional novel about a plague outbreak in New York City. It was a good read with lots of well-researched science in there, so if you want to learn more about what a Black Death outbreak might look like in the near-present (it's a late 1970s book), but you want a good story too, then here you go:

2013-08-25 - Volcanic geyser erupts near airport in Rome (Italy):

2013-08-25 - Emergency rooms in Utah see spike in visits due to wildfire smoke:

2013-08-24 - Tree and bench dedicated to young engaged McFarland (Wisconsin) couple who were incinerated in their car:

Quote: "The Dane County Medical Examiner ruled their deaths were accidental. In April, the Justice Department listed the cause of the fire as undetermined."

Note: They didn't even try to get out of their car. They were probably knocked unconscious by hydrogen sulfide, which also ignited their vehicle, and then they just sat there unconscious and burned to death...

2013-08-24 - Man falls in Cross Lake, doesn't resurface, now missing, near Shreveport (Louisiana):

2013-08-24 - Man in his 50s almost drowns at Lake Union (Washington), resuscitated:

Quote: "The man had been swimming off a boat when he disappeared from view, Moore said. Some time later he came to the water’s surface, face-down."

2013-08-23 - Colorado hit by freak hailstorm, snow plows get busy:

Note: A proposed explanation for these freak hailstorms afflicting the world in recent times is in the full hypothesis, near the bottom...

2013-08-22 - Ameren replacing electrical infrastructure in St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

Note: Underground electrical fires/explosions have hit this area a number of times in the recent past, as mentioned in the 2013-06-25 update, the 2013-04-07 update, the 2013-03-25 update, and the 2012-05-18 update., didn't realize until I looked that St. Louis has itself had FOUR events involving underground fires and explosions. Hopefully whatever Ameren is doing will eliminate or at least reduce the vulnerability...

2013-08-22 - Lawrence (Kansas) considering banning couches on porches:

Quote: "At the request of the Lawrence fire department, city officials have drafted an ordinance that would ban couches and all other types of upholstered furniture from porches and patios. Lawn chairs and other types of furniture specifically made for the outdoors would continue to be legal."

Quote: "A common question was why a couch on a porch is any more flammable than a couch inside a living room. The fire department's memo doesn't address that subject..."

Note: Upholstered furniture is made of flammable absorbent materials and held together with nails, screws and/or staples, which rust. Hydrogen sulfide and methane will be absorbed by the flammable absorbent materials then when any hydrogen sulfide finds some rusty iron/steel, there will be sparking and sizzling and the furniture will ignite. Obviously, outdoor furniture will be more exposed to whatever's blowing around in the atmosphere than indoor furniture. So this ban could save lives and homes and firefighting resources...

2013-08-21 - Corpse of mysterious horned sea creature washes ashore in Spain:

Quote: "Some thought it might be a mutant fish or a rare shark species, but apparently the best presumption seems to be that it is an oarfish."

Note: Possibly a genetic chimera, a blending of two species. Oarfish don't have horns...

2013-08-21 - Two huge mysterious whirlpools spotted in the South Atlantic Ocean:

Quote: "The whirpools - never witnessed before - would suck down ships, debris and even living creatures, moving 1.3 million cubic metres of water per second."

2013-08-20 - US federal government running out of money to fight wildfires:

2013-08-18 - Sewer smoke testing scheduled for Burton (Michigan):

Note: Sewer smoke testing was recently done in coastal Sequim (Washington) too, as mentioned in the 2013-08-09 update. I bet we see more of this. Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and will tend to flow to low-lying areas, underground facilities, sewers, basements, etc. Sewers are also traditional producers of hydrogen sulfide even in normal times. By running tests like this - and the gas tests in the subway systems in NYC and London - they will be able to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the system, maybe even address them, as best they can...

2013-08-17 - Man, late 30s, goes missing at marina at Lake Texoma (Texas):

Quote: "Four Denison Fire Department divers searched for the man and they found only his baseball cap in the water..."

2013-08-17 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Lac Ste. Anne, northwest of Edmonton (Canada):

2013-08-16 - HazMat event, unknown odor sickens 5 people at business in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "The incident began Friday evening when people at a business on the 8300 block of Forest Point Boulevard began complaining of getting headaches and smelling an odor, officials said. Medic told WBTV that they evaluated 30 people. Of those, five were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be okay."

2013-08-16 - Scientists teleport data over a circuit:

Note: Many people have long wondered, if the universe has other intelligent life, why haven't we heard them? If they communicate by using quantum entanglement or some other similar technology then we would never hear them; there'd be nothing to hear, just data at point A appearing at point B and vice versa, no radio waves, no light, nothing detectable at all. This means of communication would be ideal for any interstellar civilization since it bypasses lightspeed limitations, so no waiting hours or days for a reply to be received. Stealthy as well as instantaneous...

2013-08-15 - Climber suffers seizure in Clear Creek Canyon (Colorado), medevac'd out:

2013-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Pigeon Lake near Edmonton (Canada):

2013-08-13 - HazMat event near water reservoir in President Roxas in the Philippine Islands, 24 sickened:

Quote: "At least two dozen people landed in hospitals in President Roxas town following a chlorine gas leak believed to be from a nearby water reservoir late last week, a town official said. Mario Calayco, chair of President Roxas’ Barangay Poblacion, said among those who experienced nausea, shortness of breath and vomiting were children and the elderly. The residents lived a few meters from the water reservoir operated by the local water utility being run by the town government, Calayco said."

Quote: "In this city, at least nine workers of a geothermal facility were also taken to hospital after inhaling gas from a pipe during tests. The workers experienced nausea and vomiting."

Note: Two separate incidents, with 24 people sickened near the water reservoir (blamed on chlorine) and 9 workers sickened after breathing unidentified gas(es) from a geothermal pipe. Both of these events sound suspiciously like hydrogen sulfide poisoning...

2013-08-13 - Prominent fire commander issues warning about landfill fire near nuclear waste in Bridgeton (Missouri):

Quote: "According to LaVanchy, the entire St. Louis metropolitan region would be threatened with radioactive smoke if the fire at the Bridgeton Landfill were ever to reach the nuclear site at West Lake."

Quote: "If that occurred, according to LaVanchy, radioactive isotopes would leach onto smoke particles, carrying the airborne nuclear waste in whichever way the wind blew."

Quote: "It shouldn’t be in this community at all to begin with, let alone having a fire 1,000 feet away from it..."

Note: The nuclear waste was illegally dumped there in the 40s, from the Manhattan Project. The fire is in a landfill next to the landfill with the nuclear waste, but the fire is spreading in the direction of the nuclear waste at about 100 feet per month. The fire is about 1000-1200 feet from the nuclear waste right now, so at the current rate of spread the fire could reach the nuclear waste sometime in 2014, and then we'd have a radioactive fire burning right smack in the middle of the US...

2013-08-12 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak in Vancouver Lake in Vancouver (Washington):

2013-08-10 - Electrical problem takes out engine on cruise ship, ship limps to port in coastal Seward (Alaska):

2013-08-09 - Smoke testing next week in the sewers in coastal Sequim (Washington):

Quote: "If you see smoke coming from manholes or building vents in the next week or so, don’t be alarmed. It’s only a test."

Note: This sounds a lot like the gas released into the subways in NYC and London (also, not coincidentally, coastal cities), which was done ostensibly to see where a heavier-than-air gas would go if terrorists were to use a gas attack, but the exact same data is pertinent in order to address the hydrogen sulfide problem. So by running this test here in Sequim, they'll be able to see where hydrogen sulfide will go once it's in the sewers, and it might allow them to do a purge of any hydrogen sulfide already in the sewers too...

2013-08-08 - NOAA sea surface temp chart offline since at least 2013-08-09:

2013-08-07 - Man, 23, loses consciousness, almost dies, in the Hudson River at Croton Point Park (New York):

2013-08-05 - Hundreds of people complain as hydrogen sulfide wafts over Santa Fe Springs (California):,0,4555.story

Quote: "After receiving more than 330 complaints about a foul odor wafting across Santa Fe Springs last week, air quality officials said Monday they had pinpointed the smell to increases in the amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air."

Note: It's actually GOOD that they can smell it. That means the concentration is low. Once the concentration goes beyond the trivial then you rapidly lose the ability to smell it, if you smell it at all. This isn't the first town with hydrogen sulfide problems lately either. In June, the City of Roxbury (New Jersey) began drawing up evacuation plans because of hydrogen sulfide from a nearby landfill, as mentioned in the 2013-06-14 update. And a rotten egg odor is wafting in from the ocean in Quincy (Massachusetts), as mentioned in the 2013-05-09 update. And the Inner Harbor just changed color to milky-white-green in coastal Baltimore, with a sulfur odor smelled, and all the fish there were found dead, as mentioned in the 2013-07-18 update. And so on...

2013-08-05 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island (New York):

2013-08-04 - Harmful algae bloom hits the shoreline at Presque Isle Bay (Pennsylvania):

2013-08-03 - Deadly HazMat incident hits Norton Creek Farms in Macon County (North Carolina), 1 killed, 16 injured:

Quote: "The two men were pulled out - one would die at the hospital - and minutes later an eerie scene as 13 first responders started showing symptoms. 'They started getting sick, you started to see them sweating profusely, they started turning red, their eyes swelling shut, started vomiting,' said Assistant Chief Matt Mason. Even standing outside the building - deputies, paramedics and firefighters were poisoned by odorless carbon monoxide gas. Mason said gas monitors were reading levels more than thirty times the amount considered lethal."

Quote: "Officials speculate the gas may have come for a leak in a building refrigeration unit, or possibly fumes from vehicles in or just outside of the building."

Note: The carbon monoxide may have come from outside, from the atmosphere, not from the plant. There was an incident in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) last October, where an entire neighborhood's carbon monoxide alarms went off inside homes, and when responders showed up, the carbon monoxide levels were higher OUTSIDE the homes than they were INSIDE, meaning that that cloud of carbon monoxide blew in from the atmosphere. This event was mentioned in the 2012-10-31 update and they said it was caused by a 'weather anomaly'. As the hydrogen sulfide and methane in the atmosphere burns, that burning will produce carbon monoxide, just as incomplete burning of natural gas releases carbon monoxide in homes sometimes. Then those invisible odorless clouds of carbon monoxide will blow around the atmosphere and when they hit a populated area, fatalities may very well result, as with this case...

2013-08-03 - Neighborhood complains that 'landfill odor' is sickening them, near Fort Dodge (Iowa):

Quote: "Robert Pingel Jr. says he and his neighbors think their headaches, sore throats and occasional burning sensation in their eyes are linked to the landfill wastewater being piped through area sanitary sewers. He said the health problems and the smell didn't exist until the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency started pumping the wastewater, called leachate, through the area."

Note: The company has checked their stuff, and they haven't found a problem. Maybe the problem is that the water is getting contaminated from the atmosphere or from belowground, and doesn't have anything to do with the company. What do they mean by 'landfill odor'? Rotten egg smell? Hmmm. If they're smelling hydrogen sulfide then it's certainly not near lethal levels (or they wouldn't smell it), but the symptoms - they may suffer some long-term damage, neurological damage, kidney problems, etc.

2013-08-01 - Unknown 'disease' wiping out paddy fields in Ukhrul District (India):

Note: Paddy fields are low-lying areas where hydrogen sulfide will tend to accumulate when the wind isn't blowing it on. The first time this happened was in 2012, and now again this year. Maybe it's not a disease wiping the plants out, but a gas, possibly being absorbed into water and then poisoning the plants via contaminated water, or through the air, or both...

2013-08-01 - Greenland temp hits never-before-recorded level of 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit:

Quote: "The Danish Meteorological Institute is reporting that on Tuesday, July 30, the mercury rose to 25.9 C (78.6 F) at a station in Greenland, the highest temperature measured in the Arctic country since records began in 1958."

Note: Yet we have also seen incredible cold-related events, like the mind-blowing 30 inches of snow that hit New York in late May, as mentioned in the 2013-05-26 update. To find anything comparable to that, they had to go back to 1816, the 'Year Without A Summer', which was caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora. So look around. Lots of volcanic eruptions - many! But also rapidly rising levels of methane in the atmosphere as methane deposits around the globe spew methane into the atmosphere. These are competing forces, with volcanic winter trying to drive down air temps, and increasing methane levels trying to drive up air temps. Which will win out? In the long run, it will be the methane. But we might in the short term see volcanic winter, or we might see extremes at both ends (which is what's happening now)...

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