Sunday, February 1, 2015

2015 - JAN - Other Stories

2015-01-01 - Two men, 20 and 21, attack people with ax and knife at pub in coastal Tamerton Foliot (Britain), 1 killed, several injured:

2015-01-01 - Man, 23, chops his mother's head off with an ax, in coastal Oldsmar (Florida):

2015-01-01 - Man, 54, firefighter, goes into cardiac arrest at scene of fire in Wichita (Kansas):

2015-01-01 - Deadly winter storm kills at least 5 people in California:

2015-01-01 - Tornado-ish windstorm tears through music festival in Pasadena (California):

2015-01-01 - Two guys carjack man but they can't drive a stick so they run away, in Paterson (New Jersey):

Note: Hah, well, there's an advantage for having a manual transmission that I had never considered!

2015-01-02 - Woman, 53, goes out on kayak, goes missing, at West Hill Lake in New Hartford (Connecticut), presumed dead:

2015-01-02 - Man, 68, goes out on kayak, goes missing, at Clear Lake in Lucerne (California):

2015-01-02 - Man, ship crewmember, 59, has neurological problems on ship in the English Channel near Cherbourg (France):

Quote: "On Dec 29, 2014, the 'Mazovia' contacted the CROSS Jobourg after a crew member of 59 years was suffering neurological disorders. The Maritime Medical Consultation Centre in Toulouse recommended a medevac off the ship which was in the middle of the central English Channel, about 90 km northeast of Cherbourg."

2015-01-02 - Strange creature spotted by man in Ohio:

Note: Possibly a genetic chimera, but what two species it may be a combination of, who knows...

2015-01-03 - Man, 50, goes diving, goes missing, near coastal Key West (Florida):

Note: Two people just went out on kayaks and went missing too, one at West Hill Lake in New Hartford (Connecticut) and one at Clear Lake in Lucerne (California), and a crewmember on a ship began having neurological problems in the English Channel near Cherbourg (France) too, all three events mentioned in the 2015-01-02 update...

2015-01-03 - Magnitude 4.5 and 3.0 earthquakes shake Los Angeles and Ventura counties (California), near the coast:

2015-01-04 - Fishing vessel crewmember, man, 29, has chest pains near coastal Oahu (Hawaii), medevac'd off:

2015-01-04 - Noxious odor from landfill distressing residents in Milpitas (California):

Quote: "It's so bad, the kids are getting sick from the odor..."

2015-01-04 - Emerald ash borer killing trees in St. Louis (Missouri):

2015-01-04 - Man shoots deer with bow, deer attacks and injures man and escapes, in Taycheedah (Wisconsin):

2015-01-04 - Woman, 19, wakes up during brain surgery in Poland, asks doctors how it's going, talks about cats:

2015-01-05 - Volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka rumbles back to life on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2015-01-05 - 122-year-old cold record broken in Honolulu (Hawaii):

2015-01-06 - Sulfurous 'rotten egg' odor and fog hits coastal Seattle (Washington) and surrounding areas:

Quote: "It smells horrible, like garbage/rotten eggs."

Quote: "Capitol hill has smelled like sewage for at least the last hour."

Note: They didn't tell anyone to shelter-in-place, and nobody was seen wearing gas masks this time, so this particular cloud of hydrogen sulfide was apparently not as concentrated as the cloud that hit Moscow recently, mentioned in the 2014-11-10 update. And this cloud was way less concentrated than the cloud of 'toxic gas of unknown origin' that hit coastal Rayong (Indonesia), sending thousands of people puking and fleeing their homes in the middle of the night, mentioned in the 2014-06-08 update. And there was also the foul stench that just blew through coastal Santa Rosa (Florida) recently, mentioned in the 2014-12-14 update. And so on. There will be more clouds, and they will become larger and more concentrated as time goes on. The first cloud that's 0.1% hydrogen sulfide will kill pretty much everyone in whichever city it happens to hit, and that's most likely to be a coastal city, like Rayong or Santa Rosa or Seattle.

The above events provide a general overview of the types of events that are now happening regularly and with increasing frequency: another home exploding and burning in the wee hours and killing a bunch of people, another boat exploding and injuring people, another underground electrical fire, another gigantic fire at a pallet business, another auto salvage yard going up in flames, another parked vehicle bursting into flame at a home, another driver collapsing dead at the wheel and crashing, another person burning to death when a vehicle ignites, another man with no drugs in his system going crazy and dying shortly later on the coast in Florida, and another coastal area being hit by 'rotten egg' odor. Expect to see a whole lot more of all of these types of events as time goes on and the atmospheric contamination problem continues to intensify.

2015-01-06 - Volcano Soputan erupts explosively in Indonesia:

2015-01-06 - Bardarbunga continues erupting, caldera subsiding by as much a 1 foot per day:

Quote: "Of greater concern is what is happening at Bardarbunga's caldera, the wide, deep valley at the top of the mountain that is filled with hardened magma from past eruptive activity. Earthquake data and GPS measurements show that this hardened magma, which acts like a plug, is sinking, probably as the hot magma below it escapes through the fissure to the north. The subsidence is astonishingly rapid, about a foot a day, and the question is how much more of this the plug can take before it breaks up."

2015-01-06 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off the coast of Panama:

2015-01-06 - Nine earthquakes in 24 hours shake North Texas:

Quote: "Nine earthquakes, three of them with a 3-point magnitude or greater, rocked North Texas Tuesday into early Wednesday, knocking items off walls, causing cracks to appear in ceilings and generally rattling nerves across the region."

2015-01-06 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Henley Lake near Masterson (New Zealand):

2015-01-07 - Hydrogen sulfide problem plagues middle school in Boulder (Colorado), school spends $45k to try to find the source:

Quote: "The Boulder Valley School District is bringing in outside experts to find solutions to Casey Middle School's persistent sewer gas smell, caused by low levels of hydrogen sulfide. Parents and teachers at the Boulder school, rebuilt in 2009-10 for $33 million, have complained about an intermittent stink of rotten eggs over the last few years that signals the presence of the toxic gas."

2015-01-07 - Hydrogen sulfide from landfill causing problems in West Lebanon (New Hampshire), near the Connecticut River:

Quote: "Murray said the landfill’s stench primarily stems from hydrogen sulfide produced by the decay of gypsum, a component found in drywall. 'It doesn’t take much to smell it,' Murray said. Murray said he expects the flare’s installation to be complete by Jan. 15, and once installed, he anticipates it will eliminate 95 percent of the odors now associated with the 30-acre landfill, located between the Connecticut River and Route 12A."

Note: Decent plan, hope it works. But even if it does work, it will only help eliminate hydrogen sulfide coming from the landfill itself and won't do anything about hydrogen sulfide blowing through in the atmosphere, like the cloud that just hit coastal Seattle the day prior, mentioned in the 2015-01-06 update...

2015-01-07 - Underwater volcano erupting near Tonga:

2015-01-07 - Volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts in Colombia, nearby airports closed:

2015-01-07 - Man, 67, goes out on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, near coastal Key West (Florida):

Quote: "Dallmeyer's 25-foot fishing boat was found eight nautical miles south of Key West with the keys in the ignition."

2015-01-07 - Major snowstorm hits Israel, 17,000 homes go dark:

2015-01-07 - Boa constrictor slithers out of toilet at PR company in San Diego (California):

2015-01-07 - Strange black gooey substance seen in train station in Chicago (Illinois):

2014-01-07 - Harlequin duck spotted in Aberdeen (Scotland), very rare occurrence:

2015-01-08 - Awe-inspiring images of lightning storm inside ash cloud as volcano Sinabung erupts in Indonesia:

2015-01-08 - Radiation from British nuclear plant permeating the environment in parts of Scotland:

2015-01-08 - Big chunk of plane falls out of sky and lands in yard at home in Lewisville (Texas):

2015-01-09 - Huge chunks of ice crash through roof at man's home in Chicago (Illinois):

2015-01-10 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off the coast near Manila (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "Philippine seismologists say a magnitude-6 earthquake has jolted the capital, Manila, rousing people from their sleep. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries."

2015-01-10 - Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibers:

2015-01-10 - US Navy military researchers developing autonomous driverless ground vehicle:

Quote: "Navy engineers in San Diego and Panama City, Fla., are developing the vehicle, known as the Reconnaissance and Detection Expendable Rover (RADER), an autonomous vehicle with some nifty talents."

2015-01-11 - Firefighter, man, goes into cardiac arrest while driving, in Saginaw (Michigan), resuscitated:

2015-01-11 - Cold weather kills 12 people in Mexico:

2015-01-11 - Heavy snow hits Saudi Arabia:

Note: More anomalous cold-related events. Volcanic winter kicking into higher gear?

2015-01-11 - Shelves emptying in Venezuela, people shop while the military monitors:

Quote: "Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection."

2015-01-11 - Wild boar population soaring in Britain, causing accidents:

2015-01-12 - Man, 24, goes out on kayak, goes missing, near coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

Note: A boat just burst into flame the day prior while docked at a boat yard in Gulf Shores, mentioned in the 2015-01-11 update...

2015-01-12 - Magnitude 3.3 earthquake rattles eastern Connecticut:

2015-01-12 - Snow storm hits Lebanon:

2015-01-12 - Dog takes the bus to dog park by herself in Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "The dog and her owner, Jeff Young, live near a bus stop. Young says his dog sometimes gets on the bus without him and he catches up with her at the dog park three or four stops away. Bus riders report she watches out the window for her stop."

Note: Smart dog! Next up: 'Here's a map, a bus schedule and twenty bucks - fetch me some beer!'

2015-01-13 - Underwater volcano erupting and creating new island near Tonga, sea turns red:

2015-01-13 - Lava flow ignites brush fire near the town of Pahoa (Hawaii):

2015-01-13 - Volcanoes may be cooling planet more than initially expected:

2015-01-13 - Earthquakes increasing across North America:

2015-01-13 - Unprecedented earthquake, magnitude 4.2, hits non-seismic area of Yucatan (Mexico):

2015-01-14 - Firefighter collapses at scene of fire in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2015-01-14 - A million tons of pressurized CO2 stored beneath Decatur (Illinois), could pose grave threat of breached:

2015-01-14 - Spare of tropical fish being found in waters near Norfolk (Britain):

2015-01-14 - Toxic algae closes part of park on Lake Washington near coastal Seattle (Washington):

2015-01-14 - Torrential rains devastate Malawi, half the country a disaster zone, 48 killed, 70,000 people homeless:

2015-01-15 - Woman, 23, collapses at 12:30 AM, heart problems, on cruise ship in the Foveaux Strait (New Zealand):

Quote: "A 23-year-old passenger of the 'Seabourn Odyssey' was airlifted to Southland Hospital, after suffering a suspected heart attack in the morning of Jan 15, 2015. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand received an emergency call from the Seabourn Odyssey ship at 12.30 a.m."

2015-01-15 - Woman, 67, sickens on cruise ship near coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey):

2015-01-15 - People sickening, 'flu-like' symptoms, at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville (Tennessee):

2015-01-15 - Siberian temperatures due to hit Denmark:

2015-01-15 - Ice cover on the Great Lakes expands significantly in January:

2015-01-15 - Pack of unidentified creatures spotted near Heber (Arizona):

2015-01-15 - Yeti-like creature spotted walking in woods in Russia:

Note: Human-bear genetic chimera?

2015-01-15 - Sinkhole remediation firm looking to hire in Florida:

Quote: "Local Sinkhole Remediation Firm has multiple positions available in HERNANDO, PASCO HILLSBOROUGH, AND PINELLAS COUNTIES."

Note: Step 1: Earth gobbles homes. Step 2: ?????? Step 3: Profit! They've solved the mystery of Step 2!

2015-01-16 - 2014 was hottest year ever recorded:

Quote: "Global average land temperatures were 1.80 F above average, while ocean surface temperatures were 1.03 F above average, the agency said. Land temperatures alone were only the fourth-warmest on record, but ocean temperatures were the warmest, which helped to make 2014 the warmest year overall."

Note: So LAND temps (which is to say 'air temps') weren't the warmest but OCEAN temps were the warmest ever recorded, and those ocean temps pulled the average up and made it the hottest year ever recorded overall. In other words, the oceans are warming faster than the air. That's Real Bad News because the warmer the oceans get, the more methane and hydrogen sulfide that will be released into the atmosphere and the more that human civilization will burn and the more that people and animals will go insane, sicken and/or die. And where is all that oceanic heat coming from? A significant amount of that heat has to be coming from BELOW, from volcanic activity and magma, which also explains all the new volcanic islands forming in the last year or two, the mysterious oceanic glow spotted by airline pilots, and all the volcanic eruptions that have been occurring around the planet, and especially in the last few years.

All the volcanic activity may end up causing volcanic winter, which could lower AIR temps a great deal - if it's not already doing so - and hit our lands with freezing cold, but that won't do anything to stop the heat rising from below, especially in the oceans, so we may end up freezing our asses off, but with an increasingly poisonous and flammable atmosphere to go along with that, so if you try to warm yourself with fire or electricity then you may explode or burn to death. That's quite a problem, and yet it is just one of many...

2015-01-16 - Giant wave detected off the Kerry Coast (Ireland):

2015-01-16 - Woman sets baby on fire and burns it to death on street in Pemberton (New Jersey):

2015-01-17 - New species of anaerobic sulfate-reducing microbes discovered beneath the ocean floors:

Quote: "The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers — networks of channels in porous rock beneath the ocean where water continually churns, researchers say. About one-third of the Earth's biomass is thought to exist in this largely uncharted environment."

Note: These sulfate-reducing microbes are what produce hydrogen sulfide. These are the most ancient type of life that exists on this planet. They were here long before oxygen-using life got a foothold and they will be here long after there are no human beings left alive. The more volcanic activity that occurs in the oceans, and the warmer the oceans get, the better these microbes will do, which results in large-scale methane and hydrogen sulfide releases, which ultimately flips a planetary 'reset switch' and most life on this planet - especially oxygen-using life - sickens and dies, as has happened in previous extinction events. The switch has been flipped. We're enduring the consequences now.

Quote: "Sulfate-reducing bacteria are those bacteria that can obtain energy by oxidizing organic compounds or molecular hydrogen (H2) while reducing sulfate (SO2-4) to hydrogen sulfide (H2S). In a sense, these organisms 'breathe' sulfate rather than oxygen in a form of anaerobic respiration. Sulfate-reducing bacteria can be traced back to 3.5 billion years ago and are considered to be among the oldest forms of microorganisms, having contributed to the sulfur cycle soon after life emerged on Earth. (There are a few genera of Archaea that can also reduce sulfate.)"

2015-01-17 - Bardarbunga fissure eruption keeps on chugging and spewing SO2 into the atmosphere:

Quote: "It first began erupting on 29 August. It is Iceland's largest basaltic lava flow since the Laki eruption in 1783-1784, with lava flowing at an estimated 50 to 70 cubic metres per second over the last few weeks. High levels of sulphuric dioxide are still being recorded in the area, which has triggered evacuations of villages."

2015-01-17 - Extreme drought drying up key reservoir near Sao Paulo (Brazil):

2015-01-17 - Record two meters of snow blankets western Norway, some buildings collapse:

2015-01-17 - Winds blow a bunch of trees down along highway along the Black Spur in Victoria (Australia):

2015-01-17 - Man strangles five children to get magic powers, in Pakistan, doesn't get magic powers:

2015-01-18 - Mysterious kidney ailments afflicting people on the island of Sri Lanka:

Quote: "Most of the 1,000 villagers have come here on foot and have stood for hours under the hot sun - not because they feel sick, but out of fear. They want to know if they will be the next victims of a mysterious kidney disease that has killed thousands of farmers in Sri Lanka's rice basket. Many have watched neighbors and loved ones - some only in their 30s - quickly succumb to deaths after their kidneys gave out. In the worst-hit villages, it kills as many as 10 people every month. No one knows why."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Renal problems - e.g. problems with kidneys - will escalate, as is already happening with crop workers on the western coast of Central America."

2015-01-18 - 59 students sickened by poison gas at school in Kerman (Iran):

Quote: "Mass gas poisoning occurred in a school in Iran’s Kerman city on Jan.18, Reza Jafari, spokesperson of the Disaster And Emergency Medical Management Center of Kerman province said. Jafari said 59 students suffered from gas poising in the school, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported on Jan.19. An ambulance team rendered first medical aid to the students. Some of them have been hospitalized."

Note: What'll happen if a whole school dies this way? They might have to shoot up the corpses, blame it on a gunman and hire some actors or something. I wonder if that's not already happened. Same thing with a lot of the 'murder-suicides'. Things to ponder...

2015-01-18 - Mount Soputan (Indonesia) erupts, spews lava, ash and smoke, villagers panic:

Quote: "A volcano has erupted in northern Indonesia, releasing molten lava, hot ash, and thick smoke and leaving local residents in panic. According to reports, Mount Soputan in Indonesia's North Sulawesi Province spewed smoke up to 4,000 meters into the sky on Sunday."

2015-01-18 - Giant swarm of hundreds of thousands of blue jellyfish invades waters near Surfer's Paradise (Australia):

2015-01-18 - Wealthiest 1% to soon own more of the world than the other 99%:

Note: Wow, that's like the wealth disparity between the Pharaohs and the hordes of slaves in ancient Egypt. We really haven't changed all that much...

2015-01-19 - Freak hailstorm hits Abu Dhabi (Saudo Arabia):

2015-01-19 - Catastrophic flooding hits southern Africa:

Quote: "Aid agencies raced on Monday to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as more heavy rain was forecast in the coming days. More than 200 people have died in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar in one of the worst disasters to hit the region in years. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding vast areas and destroying homes, bridges and crops."

2015-01-19 - Mysterious 'blitzar' radio burst spotted by astronomers, nobody knows what causes them:

2015-01-20 - Senator Bernie Sanders calls for $1 trillion to improve deteriorating infrastructure:

Quote: "In an op-ed published Tuesday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pointed to Monday's Cincinnati bridge collapse, which killed one person, as further evidence that the U.S. desperately needs to upgrade its infrastructure—from bridges and roads to railways and levees."

Note: Bring it on! Since we're borrowing money from a future that doesn't exist anyway, we might as well go big. The bridge collapse was mentioned in the 2015-01-19 update...

2015-01-20 - Fishermen catch rare 'living fossil' deepwater species of shark off the coast of Victoria (Australia):

Quote: "The CSIRO confirmed the two-metre-long creature was a frilled shark, a species whose ancestry dates back 80 million years and which is found regularly 1500m under water. It was caught 700m below the surface of the water. 'We couldn’t find a fisherman who had ever seen one before,' Simon Boag from the South East Trawl Fishing Association said. 'It looks prehistoric, it looks like it’s from another time.'"

Note: Another deepwater species moving closer to the surface, like many other deepwater species that have been caught or found dead in recent years. Methane and hydrogen sulfide are rising from the depths...

2015-01-20 - US Navy launches huge communications satellite via Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral (Florida):

2015-01-21 - Sewer gas odor sickens people at bank, bank closed, in coastal Cocoa Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A strong smell of sewage and reports of at least three employees complaining of headaches moved managers to shut down a beachside bank this morning, officials report. 'They had the same call yesterday. The employees said there was a smell of sewer gas," said Capt. Justin Grimes of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department.'"

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is commonly called 'sewer gas'. So two days in a row the smell of hydrogen sulfide has hit this bank. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Breathe too much hydrogen sulfide and you can suffer permanent kidney damage, brain damage, heart damage, etc, assuming you don't die. 59 children were just sickened by 'poison gas' at a school in Kerman (Iran), mentioned in the 2015-01-18 update. A sulfurous 'rotten egg' odor recently blew through coastal Seattle (Washington) and surrounding areas, mentioned in the 2015-01-06 update. Two billion-dollar blimps, primary mission to identify 'air breathing threats', were deployed off the US East Coast in December, mentioned in the 2014-12-21 update. A foul stench just blew through coastal Santa Rosa (Florida) in December, mentioned in the 2014-12-14 update. And so on and so on. Obvious planetary extinction event is obvious...

2015-01-21 - Hydrogen sulfide causing problems in sewer system in Ontwa Township (Michigan):

2015-01-21 - Protective bubbles over cities?:

Note: I was just checking my local weather and saw this link, talking about bubbles over cities to protect them from the weather. Well, 'protect from the weather' is another way of saying 'protect from the atmosphere'. Seeing as we actually do have an atmospheric problem, this looks like psychological programming or something, to prepare people for possibly more bubbular times ahead...

2015-01-21 - Volcano Colima erupts strongly in Mexico, blows ash up to airplane flying altitude:

2015-01-21 - Large swarm of jellyfish invade waters along northern Israel:

2015-01-22 - Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Vanuatu:

2015-01-22 - Greenland Ice Sheet melting, forming lakes, which drain away:

2015-01-22 - Doomsday Clock moved up 2 minutes to 11:57 PM:

Quote: "The board that runs the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has decided to move the minute hand on its symbolic Doomsday Clock 2 minutes closer to disaster. The clock now shows 3 minutes before midnight because the 'probability of global catastrophe is very high' as a result of continuing climate change and efforts to modernize nuclear weapons stockpiles."

Note: I think their Doomsday Clock's still running about 3 or 4 minutes too slow...

2015-01-22 - Winter storm dumps a foot of snow on the Texas Panhandle:

2015-01-23 - Iowa State University researcher studying therapies for hydrogen sulfide poisoning survivors:

Quote: "Wilson Rumbeiha, a professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, said the poison targets multiple systems in the human body, including the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and the brain. In high enough concentrations, exposure to the gas can be acutely fatal. But Rumbeiha’s research is focused on the long-term consequences of hydrogen sulfide poisoning in survivors. He said exposure can bring about psychological and neurological problems in humans, sometimes months after the exposure. 'In some cases, survivors can end up in a permanent vegetative state,' Rumbeiha sad. 'We don’t have an antidote, and little is known about the mechanisms behind how it works. It’s really a novel area that hasn’t been investigated very well.'"

Note: So as more people continue to get hit by hydrogen sulfide around the world, peoples' brains will take damage and they'll experience psychological and neurological problems, sometimes months AFTER exposure. In other words, people are going to be going crazy in rising numbers and from I've seen so far it looks like a fairly high percentage of people so afflicted tend to be violent - sometimes extremely violent - as they succumb and go insane.

Another question that it would be useful to have answered: Is the neurological damage the same, better or worse if the poisoning occurs via respiration, as compared with being poisoned via touch or via ingestion? And how about damage to other organs, like kidneys and livers and hearts - is that different depending on the method of poisoning? I suspect that breathing hydrogen sulfide gas does the most damage to the brain and being poisoned via ingestion does the most damage to the kidneys and livers, and it probably makes some difference where on your body you're poisoned when it's via skin contact, like when you touch garbage or wood or car upholstery or whatever on the day after a cloud blows through in the wee hours...

2015-01-23 - Eerie fluorescent blue algae bloom hits the coast around Hong Kong (China):

Note: This stuff eats phytoplankton, and phytoplankton are what produce most of the oxygen in our atmosphere...

2015-01-24 - Fierce winter storm bears down on the US East Coast, blizzard conditions expected, thousands of flights cancelled:

Quote: "Airlines reacted to a major snowstorm that's expected to wallop parts of the Northeast by cancelling more than 3,200 flights -- a move that came even before the first snowflakes began falling the region."

Quote: "'This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Sunday press conference. 'My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.'"

Quote: "This is no ordinary snow storm, weather experts say. The National Weather Service is using terms such as 'life-threatening' and 'historic' to describe the system ready to spread across the Northeast. The storm could dump up to 3 feet of snow in Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, along with freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching hurricane level."

2015-01-25 - Landfill causing rising number of odor complaints in Boyd County (Kentucky):

2015-01-25 - Massive flooding hits Sungai Samabat, Kampung Radak, Kampung Tegarai and Rumah Bujang (Malaysia):

2015-01-25 - The universe appears to naturally tend toward increasing complexity:

2015-01-25 - Rare tropical falcon shows up near Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "The caracara is a tropical falcon with a black crest like a long thin beret, a spotted white chest, black wings with white tips like a black vulture, and a yellow or orange-splashed beak like a toucan. It is a spectacular bird, stunning to spot on a tree limb more than 500 miles out of its range. 'It was pretty shocking,' Poplin said."

2015-01-26 - Baby has seizures and trouble breathing on cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, medevac'd off:

Quote: "Authorities say the baby was suffering from seizures and trouble breathing."

2015-01-26 - Woman, 55, goes missing near the Grand River in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

Quote: "The same day of her disappearance, police say the 55-year-old's purse was located in close proximity to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, with a single pair of tracks leading toward the nearby river."

2015-01-26 - Man, 75, goes missing while checking his fishing nets in the James River in Isle of Wight County (Virginia):

2015-01-26 - Warm ocean water melting the Totten Glacier from below in Antarctica:

2015-01-26 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts, spews ash almost 5 miles high, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "A strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred this morning. An ash plume rose to approx. 25,000 ft (7.5 km) altitude and a pyroclastic flow seems to have descended to the SE."

2015-01-26 - Baby born without eyes in Mesa (Arizona):

2015-01-27 - Cat found 'dead', buried, 'comes back to life', in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Note: A number of similar incidents in the last few years have resulted in children 'dying' and 'coming back to life', often to die again (for real) shortly afterwards. Hydrogen sulfide is known to put rodents into a kind of 'suspended animation' where there is virtually no heartbeat and the body temp drops to room temperature, making them look dead when they aren't. Scientists tried it with pigs too and it didn't work. So my working theory is that it's the size of the mammal that affects whether the 'suspended animation' effect is possible - rodents are small, pigs are large. Children and cats are small too, and it looks like they're small enough that sometimes they get put into suspended animation and are declared dead, even by trained doctors.

There've been a very few similar cases involving adults too. In those cases, they didn't mention the size of the person, but they happened to people who were old and/or who lived in poverty-stricken areas, so they may have been frail and/or skinny, so this might rarely affect adults too. In any case, for this to happen at all, it must take just the right dose over just the right amount of time, else you just end up with a corpse. Ya gotta wonder how many people have been presumed dead and buried just to awaken later in a coffin and suffocate, probably mostly children.

For more information about this particular subject, see the 2013-07-21 update, when a newborn baby was pronounced dead and 'came back to life' in Londrina (Brazil)...

2015-01-27 - Man has seizure at 1:20 AM at home, firefighters respond, roommate attacks them with swords, in Lansing (Michigan):

Quote: "The man came out swinging with swords in both hands around 1:20 a.m. at a home in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said. Firefighters had responded to the home to help the man's friend, who was having a seizure, Merritt said. He said the armed man was upset because he felt firefighters weren't helping his friend quickly enough."

Note: Near the Grand River. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. So one guy starts having a seizure in the wee hours and his roommate goes nuts with swords when firefighters show up. Somehow I think that 'whatever' affected the one man's brain and induced the seizure also affected the other man's brain too...

2015-01-28 - Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes just off the coast near Petrolia (California):

2015-01-28 - Some purty and interesting pictures of methane bubbles frozen in lakes:

2015-01-28 - Boeing's 747-8 chosen as next Air Force One:

2015-01-29 - Toddler boy has seizure, foams at the mouth, turns blue, in coastal Dublin (Ireland), resuscitated:

2015-01-29 - US Navy conducts major air exercise off the coast of Florida near Jacksonville (Florida):

2015-01-29 - Helicopter buzzing Lakehurst (New Jersey), near the coast, nobody's talking:

Quote: "Gertner continued: 'Several residents have noticed a significant increase in activity. The mayor's concern is that this activity has not been reported to local law enforcement to our knowledge and the mayor asked if I could ascertain if the increase in activity was related to any particular information. ... Thank you for your usual and expected courtesies.' Two weeks later, there has been no response."

Note: Sounds similar to the small plane that started buzzing coastal Quincy (Massachusetts) shortly after 'rotten egg' smell started blowing in off the ocean there, mentioned in the 2013-05-10 update. A city councilman there called the FAA, and they wouldn't tell him what the plane was for. So he asked if he could at least tell his constituents that the plane was nothing to worry about, and they told him no, he couldn't tell them that. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2015-01-29 - Researchers discover environmentally-friendly water-purification process:

Quote: "Researchers in Trondheim have succeeded in getting bacteria to power a fuel cell. The 'fuel' used is wastewater, and the products of the process are pure water droplets and electricity."

2015-01-29 - Rare Sierra Nevada red fox seen for first time since 1916 in Yosemite National Park (California):

2015-01-29 - Rare arctic King Eider duck seen in Aberdeenshire (Scotland):

2015-01-29 - Ebola virus mutating, scientists warn:

2015-01-29 - Mayor of Beijing (China) says city 'unlivable' due to air pollution:

Note: The citizens of Thneedville grow restless!

2015-01-29 - App could monitor mental health via 'selfies' and social media:

2015-01-30 - Ominous explosion in sea slug population off California coast indicates rising ocean temps:

2015-01-30 - Responders train for collapsed buildings in Tarrant County (Texas):

Quote: "The training session was the first of its kind for North Texas."

2015-01-30 - Record low snowpack hits Western Oregon:

Quote: "Heading into February, the Rogue and Umpqua river basins are sporting a snowpack of just 18 percent of average — less than the 22 percent of average that set a record this time last year. It's even worse at places like Diamond Lake, which was listed Friday as snowless, something that's never been seen there, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service."

2015-01-30 - US Navy building new class of huge sea-basing ships:

2015-01-30 - Florida marsh bird, purple gallinule, ends up in Weston (Massachusetts):

2015-01-31 - Students sicken for second time in a week at Cal Poly dorm in San Luis Obispo (California):

2015-01-31 - Woman, 82, goes into cardiac arrest on passenger plane originating from coastal Ft. Myers (Florida), resuscitated:

2015-01-31 - Plague kills dozens in Madagascar, experts fear situation could worsen:

2015-01-31 - Floods and landslides hit the Amazon in Peru:

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