Sunday, July 19, 2015

Event Update For 2015-07-18

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2015-07-18 - Driver has 'medical condition', dump truck veers across median, hits cars, 23+ vehicle pileup ensues, on I-5 near Mount Vernon (Washington), 6 injured:

Quote: "The driver of a dump truck that crashed on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon, triggering a 28-vehicle pileup that injured six people, suffered a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his rig, the Washington State Patrol said Sunday."

Note: Just east (downwind) of the Skagit River...

2015-07-18 - Man has 'medical emergency', pickup crashes, two rollovers ensue, in Greenville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Greenville Police say a driver's medical emergency caused 2 rollover accidents during the morning commute Saturday."

Note: As the oceans belch increasing amounts of methane and hydrogen sulfide, more people are losing consciousness, having seizures or 'medical events' or dropping dead. Some of the people affected will be drivers, so as time goes on, more drivers will be incapacitated or killed while driving. A lot of these incidents go under the radar because responders show up and find a car wrapped around a car and the driver dead, or they find two vehicles crumpled into nothing in a head-on collision with everyone dead, or they find cars submerged in bodies of water with everyone inside dead, so there's nobody around to notice that the driver was spazzing and/or dying prior to the crash. Basically, you shouldn't count on people staying conscious - or even alive - while driving. Also see the man who slumped over dead in his big rig on I-10 in San Dimas (California) on this day...

2015-07-18 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Gretton Brook Road in Corby (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Transformer bursts into flame shortly before 7 AM in coastal Morehead City (North Carolina):

2015-07-18 - Boat bursts into flame at marina on Lake Superior in Gros Cap (Canada):

Quote: "On July 18, 2015, at 3 p.m., City Police and the fire department attended at the Gros Cap marina regarding a boat fire. After launching his boat, the owner attempted to start it and it became engulfed in flames. The boat was destroyed."

2015-07-18 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Mersa Matruh (Egypt):

Quote: "Civil defense forces managed on Saturday to control a fire which broke out in a boat in North Coast."

2015-07-18 - Barge bursts into flame at 12:15 AM on the Macclesfield Canal (Britain), nobody aboard:

Note: These are the 644th, 645th and 646th boats or ships to burn/explode in 2015...

2015-07-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-290 near Shrewsbury (Massachusetts):

2015-07-18 - Semi tractor, feed truck and historic WWII hangar destroyed by huge fire in Red Willow County (Nebraska):

Quote: "There haven’t been any planes in the building for years. It was being used for storage of hay, and farm equipment. 'A feed truck, a semi-tractor, there's weed headers a brand new loader in there, there’s lots of pivot tires,' Elliot said describing what was in the hangar."

2015-07-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M6 near Stafford (Britain), road melts:

2015-07-18 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked in barn, fire spreads to two barns, in Culmstock, Cullompton (Britain):

Quote: "Three appliances from Wellington, Taunton and Cullompton were mobilised to reports of a tractor on fire at the above location. The water carrier from Bridgwater was also mobilised. On arrival crews discovered the fire had spread to two barns and made pumps four. A further crew from Tiverton and the incident command unit from Wiveliscombe were mobilised."

2015-07-18 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Clacton Road in Horsley Cross, Manningtree (Britain):

Note: These are the 1167th, 1168th, 1169th, 1170th and 1171st tractors/tankers/semis to burn in 2015...

2015-07-18 - Ambulance bursts into flame at hospital in coastal Hyannis (Massachusetts):

2015-07-18 - Camper-van bursts into flame inside workshop on Thaxted Road in Debden, Saffron Walden (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Van bursts into flame while parked at oxygen-supply store in Sparks (Nevada):

2015-07-18 - Van bursts into flame on the A47 near Norwich (Britain):

2015-07-18 - SUV bursts into flame on Jefferson Avenue in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked on Siesta Street in Hot Springs (Arkansas):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame on I-5 near Medford (Oregon), 2 dogs killed, man seriously burned:

Quote: "Oregon State Police say it happened at around two o'clock, a blue Mercury somehow caught fire with an 83-year old man inside and his two dogs. OSP says the man could not get out of his car and sustained critical burns. His two dogs did not make it out alive. Fire district three helped put out the fire."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with electrified copper. Such fires may disable the electrical system and if you have power locks and windows and your doors are locked and your windows are rolled up then you can get trapped inside a burning car. It seems wise these days to keep something handy in your vehicle with which to cut seatbelts and break out windows. You may have only seconds to act before lack of oxygen knocks you unconscious and then you're dead unless somebody outside the vehicle acts quickly and saves you...

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame on highway 359 near Laredo (Texas):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 417 near Woodroffe (Canada):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame at 1:04 AM on Lawrence Close in MacGregor (Australia):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame at 12:45 AM on the Federal Highway at Anthill Street in Watson (Australia):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame at layby along the A38 near Weston Mill (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame on the A354 in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Car bursts into flame at 2 AM on Southampton Road in Paulsgrove (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Two vehicles and a pile of scrap burst into flame just after 2 AM at auto shop in coastal Beaufort (South Carolina):

Quote: "Firefighters forced their way through the locked gate to find two vehicles and a scrap heap fully engulfed in flames. It took about two hours to extinguish the fire, including pulling apart the heap of scrap metal to check for hot spots and smoldering, Byrne said."

2015-07-18 - In four incidents, seven vehicles go up in flames in the wee hours while parked in Fairfax County (Virginia):

Quote: "It is unknown whether or not the same person is responsible for all of the fires, but police would like anyone with information to contact the Fire Marshal’s investigators through the Police Department’s Crime Solvers program."

Note: Since they haven't eliminated accidental causes, they don't know that any person is responsible for any of the fires...

2015-07-18 - Barn destroyed by fire in Pleasant Prairie (Wisconsin):

2015-07-18 - Barn damaged by fire in Algansee Township (Michigan):

2015-07-18 - Barn damaged by fire near Auburn (Canada), some pigs killed:

2015-07-18 - Barn and 200 tons of hay go up in flames at 5:58 AM in Pawlett, Bridgwater (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Barn and 200 tons of hay destroyed by fire on Old Ashford Road in Charing (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Barn and 60 acres of hay go up in flames at 2:56 AM in Bickleigh, Devon (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Wildfire erupts near Wrightwood (California), hundreds of campers evacuated:

2015-07-18 - Two wildfires burn along the Snake River (Idaho):

2015-07-18 - 'Volcano-like' wildfire rages near fort in coastal Aberystwyth, Wales (Britain):

Quote: "Pendinas is one of the largest and most important hillforts in West Wales, enclosing an area of 3.8 hectares. It overlooks the sea between the Rivers Rheidol and Ystwyth."

2015-07-18 - 150 tons of wood chippings go up in flames on Bolesworth Hill Road in Broxton, Chester (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Toilets burst into flame at 2:58 AM at Derriford Hospital in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Bank damaged by basement fire and explosions in Hatboro (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A two-alarm underground electrical utility fire that broke out Saturday afternoon is under control, but South York Road remained closed during the cleanup and investigation. The fire happened at the Hatboro Federal Savings bank property in the 200 block of South York Road near Rorer Avenue, according to a Hatboro Police advisory."

Quote: "It all began just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hatboro Federal Savings Bank. 'The initial tack crews went into the basement, found heavy fire in the mechanical room and there was a minor explosion,' said Chief James Anders III, Enterprise Fire Company. Crews pulled back since they weren't sure what caused the explosions."

Note: Another underground electrical fire, or a basement electrical fire. Basically the same thing, either way...

2015-07-18 - AC unit bursts into flame at laboratory in Shamong Township (New Jersey):

2015-07-18 - Big Creek High School destroyed by fire in War (West Virginia):

2015-07-18 - Fireworks suddenly go off in pickup truck, truck ignites, on street in Lincoln (Nebraska), 2 injured:

2015-07-18 - Garage bursts into flame at 4:25 AM at home in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2015-07-18 - Garage bursts into flame at home in Tucson (Arizona):

2015-07-18 - Home destroyed by fire on Tucker Lane in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2015-07-18 - High-rise residential building damaged by fire in coastal Hallandale Beach (Florida):

2015-07-18 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:58 AM in Fort Wayne (Indiana), 1 killed:

2015-07-18 - Deadly fire burns home in Evergreen (Montana), 1 killed:

2015-07-18 - Vacant home burns just before 5 AM, fire damages two adjacent occupied homes, in Peoria (Illinois):

2015-07-18 - Vacant home burns in Stockton (California):

2015-07-18 - Vacant home burns at 4:45 AM in Price Hill (Ohio):

2015-07-18 - Vacant home burns just after 5 AM in Canton (Ohio):

2015-07-18 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 4:25 AM in Youngstown (Ohio):

2015-07-18 - Hundreds of fish found dead in duck pond in Winterbourne, near Bristol (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Two men go out on boat, next seen dead in the water near coastal Seria (Brunei), empty 'ghost boat' found:

Quote: "The boat, belonging to the two, had a full gas tank and was found intact near the Ampa Patches and the Magpie Oilfield on the same day."

2015-07-18 - Couple, 60 and 52, found dead in home in Kelso (Australia):

2015-07-18 - Man slumps over dead in big rig along I-10 in San Dimas (California):

Quote: "A truck driver died along the 10 Freeway in San Dimas after suffering an apparent medical problem Saturday, officials said. The incident was first reported on the eastbound 10 Freeway, just west of the 57 Freeway, according to California Highway Patrol logs."

2015-07-18 - Man, 56, found dead in Rotary Lake in Yakima (Washington):

2015-07-18 - Man, 21, found dead in Rockport Reservoir at Rockport State Park (Utah):

2015-07-18 - Man, 20, found dead in field at 12:05 AM in Darien Center (New York), near Akron Reservoir:

2015-07-18 - Man found dead in Buffalo Bayou in Houston (Texas):

2015-07-18 - Person found dead on jetty rocks near coastal San José Island (Texas):

2015-07-18 - Man in his 40s found dead in the Intracoastal Waterways in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

2015-07-18 - Man, 26, falls off bridge into Lake Texoma and dies in Bryan County (Oklahoma):

2015-07-18 - Man, 54, found dead in yard at 1:40 AM in McKeesport (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-18 - Man found dead near Riviera Drive in Redding (California):

2015-07-18 - Girl, 5, found dead in swimming pool at home in coastal Islip (New York):

2015-07-18 - Boy, 9, found dead at home at 5:30 AM in Bridgewater (Massachusetts):

2015-07-18 - Toddler suddenly dies at 4 AM in hotel in coastal Victoria (Canada):

2015-07-18 - Man, 20, found dead at beach in coastal Sidon (Lebanon):

2015-07-18 - Man found dead in Sydney Harbour near coastal Kirribilli (Australia):

2015-07-18 - Five people, 20s and 30s, go swimming, go missing, one found dead so far, in coastal Kovalam (India):

2015-07-18 - Man, 35 to 40, found dead near jetty in coastal Chapora (India):

2015-07-18 - Man found dead outside shopping center in Fairland (South Africa):

2015-07-18 - Man, 73, found dead in submerged van in the Waimea River near coastal Nelson (New Zealand):

2015-07-18 - Man, 70, drops dead along road in coastal Port Talbot (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Small plane crashes near home in Junction City (Kentucky), engine failure, 1 injured:

2015-07-18 - Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff, in Manheim Township (Pennsylvania), 2 lightly injured:;-no-injuries/863721/

2015-07-18 - Small plane crashes into tree near Lake Fenton (Michigan):

2015-07-18 - Small plane makes emergency landing near Centennial Airport (Colorado), engine failure:

2015-07-18 - Small plane crashes into barn shortly after takeoff, on coastal Cape Breton Island (Canada), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2015-07-18 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-77 in Paint Creek (West Virginia):

2015-07-18 - Van veers off road, hits man then tree, on Beach Road in coastal Salisbury (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2015-07-18 - SUV veers off road, slams into man and dog, in West Valley City (Utah), 1 killed:

Quote: "We're not sure if this is a medical situation or what other cause prompted him to leave the roadway, but certainly, it's tragic..."

2015-07-18 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, near Blissfield (Michigan), 5 injured:

2015-07-18 - Two cars collide head-on, in Woodstock (Illinois), 2 injured:

2015-07-18 - Two cars collide head-on, in the Township of Nokomis (Wisconsin), 3 injured:

2015-07-18 - Two cars collide head-on, in Washington (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2015-07-18 - Car hits gas pump, bursts into flame, at gas station in Raleigh Hills (Oregon), 1 injured:

2015-07-18 - Car hits sign, overturns, bursts into flame, in coastal Plymouth (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2015-07-18 - Vacant building collapses in the Broadmoor area in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2015-07-18 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, traps utility truck, in Silver Lake (California):

2015-07-18 - Water main breaks, sinkhole swallows SUV, in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2015-07-18 - Home collapses in Utras (India), 2 killed:

2015-07-18 - Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Solomon Islands:

2015-07-18 - Stench hits the Red Hook area near Vessup Bay on the island of St. Thomas (Virgin Islands):

Quote: "Routch said the odor reminds him of hydrogen sulfide, which can be a byproduct of decaying organic matter. 'If I were a consultant working on this, first thing I would immediately do is I'd get some air monitors in that school. I don't think the people realize that it is a potential health hazard,' said Routch who worked for several years as an environmental consultant. Routch said hydrogen sulfide can mix with the moisture in the body and irritate tissue. Last year, noxious fumes forced students and staff out of Central High School on St. Croix for months. Tests showed elevated readings of hydrogen sulfide at the school, emanating from the sewer system."

2015-07-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks hit multiple ponds on the East Coast in New York:

Quote: "The algae has been found in: Old Town Pond in Southampton, Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton and Wainscott Pond in Wainscott. Blue-green algae also persist at Agawam Lake and Mill Pond in Southampton, Maratooka Lake in Mattituck, and parts of Lake Ronkonkoma."

2015-07-18 - Cal Fire offers tips to stay safe if you're caught in a fire:

2015-07-18 - Waterspout roars ashore, carries boat five blocks, at Manahawkin Bay on Long Beach Island (New Jersey):

2015-07-18 - Torrential flooding washes away vehicles and buildings in Wickenburg (Arizona):

2015-07-18 - Fierce storm closes beaches and causes blackouts in Los Angeles (California):

2015-07-18 - Confused animals struggle to cope with freezing weather in Australia:

2015-07-18 - Snow closes roads on the Eastern Cape (South Africa):

2015-07-18 - Strain of bird flu, H7N7, confirmed in Lancashire (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Some low-income workers live in coffin-sized 'apartments' in China:

Quote: "Each compartment is only enough to put a bed inside but its monthly rent is over 2,000 Hk dollars ($333). It is commonly known in Kong Hong as 'coffin homes' where residents are mostly low come earners."

2015-07-18 - 85-year search finds massless particle with implications for electronics:

Quote: "Scientists have discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal."


  1. Good morning Jonny. Looks like another busy day on the road to ruin. Thanks for the comprehensive update on our predicament. This first piece indicates it won't be much longer now til the deterioration begins in earnest.

    Sunday, July 19, 2015
    Arctic Sea Ice Collapse Threatens - Update 1

    [quote from the bottom of the well researched article]

    Massive amounts of ocean heat will be carried by the Gulf Stream into the Arctic Ocean over the next few months. The combined result of high sea surface temperatures being mixed down to the seafloor and the ocean heat entering the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be expected to result in dramatic methane eruptions from the Arctic Ocean seafloor by October 2015.
    [this is the "oh my God" moment]

    California freeway bridge collapses, blocking Ariz. traffic

    Psy Involved in Car Accident in China: Report

    Reports indicate that Psy, known for hits like “Gangnam Style,” “Gentleman” and “Hangover,” was in a red Rolls Royce that collided with a bus at an intersection. Psy was said to be on his way from an airport to a hotel.

    No one was injured in the accident, and Psy left the scene in a Porsche that had been clearing the way for the Rolls Royce, the Chinese newspaper says.
    [haa-haaaa, now THAT'S how you leave an accident scene - uninjured and in style!]

    Governments Worldwide Will Crash the First Week of October … According to 2 Financial Forecasters

    Two well-known financial forecasters claim that virtually all governments worldwide will be hit with a gigantic economic crisis in the first week of October 2015.

    [quote from the end of the article, and correction]

    Edelson is predicting the biggest financial crisis in world history – including a collapse of government solvency – starting on October 7, 2015 – the same week as Armstrong’s prediction – when the European Union breaks up.

    Edelson also thinks that huge sums of investment will flow from the Eurozone to America, driving up U.S. stocks (unlike Armstrong, Edelson thinks U.S. bonds will also benefit). He thinks that Japan will be the next domino to fall … and that Japan’s default will also drive investments into the U.S. as a safe haven.

    In other words, both Armstrong and Edelson think that – as the best looking horse in the glue factory – the U.S. stock market will skyrocket as others fall apart.

    But to be clear, both believe that the domino collapse will eventually hit the U.S., and America will end up defaulting on its debts – and falling into financial crisis – as well.

    Correction: Several people have pointed out that Armstrong is not predicting that the crisis will be felt on October 1, 2015. Rather, he’s forecasting that October 1st is a major turning point, but that the governmental financial crisis may not be felt until some months later.

    Sheriff: 4 marking milestones likely died of carbon monoxide

    [apparently from a generator in the basement powering a fridge - sounds fishy; it must have been there and used many times before with no problem - just sayin']

    Climate Seer James Hansen Issues His Direst Forecast Yet

    [He still thinks "we can fix it" - the usual hopium nonsense]

    all for now


  2. Port Royal, SC again...but more than an apartment displacing 4 (July 13), it's the community's economic lifeblood --

    AND what I thought would be my biggest news story this morning because it happened just down the street from my employment...with more emergency vehicles than ever I unprecedented? HOMICIDE (gun shot) on the beach of this upscale vacation spot!

  3. In looking over the pix from the Interstate 10 bridge collapse in CA, there was this:

    A Greyhound bus lies in a ditch after authorities say a passenger grabbed the steering wheel from the driver and forced it off a Southern California freeway in San Bernardino, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2015. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Grady Stevens says the bus careened off Interstate 10, crashed through a chain link fence and into the ditch. Stevens said the man who caused the crash broke a bus window and ran several blocks before collapsing in a restaurant parking lot, where he was arrested. [zat sound normal a you?]

    Mudslides force10,000 to evacuate in Tajikistan

    The mudflows have caused damage to buildings and infrastructure in local villages. The debris has also blocked the flow of the Gund river, creating an artificial lake which has flooded areas along the river.

    As of 18 July 2015, the UN's Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (REACT) in Tajikistan reports that at least 56 houses have been destroyed and 10,000 people forced to evacuate to safer sites. Schools, stores, roads and electricity lines have also been damaged and 80% of the communities in the region have been without electricity. No casualties have been reported.

    Storm brings flooding, mudslides to Inland Empire

    [CA flooding from that rain that helped dampen the freeway fire the other day - more on the way]

    Listen to Extinction Radio podcast here, at 1:07:00 into the almost 2 hr program, Gail Zawaki (of Wit's End blog):


  4. Hey S.J. - yeah, weird things are happening all over!

    early evening brief summary of events

    Golden jackals expanding, shifting historic range along with other large carnivores

    Several towns devastated by flooded rivers in Pakistan

    At least fifty villages have been disconnected from Ghotki, over a hundred inundated in Layyah

    Signs of Change: Extreme weather and environmental upheaval in June and July 2015 (VIDEO)

    Flash floods kill 4 and displace over 5,000 in Madhya Pradesh, India

    The July 19 rains brought floodwater more than a meter-deep in many places, making roads impassable, cutting off villages and sparking power outages.

    Four killed and thousands flee as floods hit northern Philippines

    11 killed by flash floods in Iran

    The official IRNA news agency quoted local officials as saying that two women were among those killed and said at least 20 cars were swept away by the water, many with people inside them, including one with a just-married couple.

    [some follow-up to the bridge wash out in CA]

    Highway indefinitely closed in southern California after record rainfall causes bridge collapse

    A 30-foot-by-50-foot (9-by-15-meter) section of Interstate 10 over a desert wash ‒ or dry riverbed ‒ in southeastern California west of Arizona has collapsed amid heavy rain, causing indefinite closure of a route used by 27,000 vehicles per day.

    [more infrastructure failing catastrophically with no money to fix it]

    part II right below this comment [too long again]


  5. Over 300 injured as 2 trains collide in South Africa

    [I thought we figured this one out, Jonny]

    Town Hit by Sleeping Illness Finally Gets Answer but No Resolution


    The mysterious sleeping sickness that has befallen dozens of villagers in a remote region of Kazakhstan continues to befuddle scientists. Following reports of victims passing out in schools, at home, and even on a motorcycle, and sometimes failing to snap out of it for days at a time, scientists descended on the 600-person village of Kalachi.

    And while the ruling last week by local officials is carbon monoxide poisoning, reports the Astana Times, scientists aren’t convinced.

    While the “symptoms fit,” as a Duke pulmonologist tells Wired, it’s unlikely that the gas — suspected to be coming from a nearby uranium mine — would be in concentrations high enough for illness in open spaces. Plus the mine is inactive, so where’s the carbon monoxide coming from?

    It’s possible that other gases, like carbon dioxide, could be to blame, as it occurs naturally in our environment and is tough to detect. And hydrocarbons that could be in the form of methane gas appear to be escaping from the mine, though the question of how such a gas remains concentrated enough to cause these symptoms remains. [ever heard of hydrogen sulfide, people?]

    Monster El Niño Makes Record-Hot Year Look Inevitable

    Michigan pilot walks away from second crash in 6 years

    Authorities say a 66-year-old man walked away with only minor injuries after crash landing a small plane on a Lake Michigan beach.

    It happened around 6:45 p.m. Sunday near the Spyglass Condominiums in Park Township.

    Ottawa County deputies say the plane flown by Steven Stam, 66, of Holland, experienced engine trouble and lost power.

    [some follow-up to the dead guy in Demi's pool]

    Demi Moore Pool Drowning Victim Identified


    Valle, a 21-year-old man from Los Angeles, had gone missing for 10 to 15 minutes during a party hosted by Moore’s assistant while the actress and her family members were away. He was discovered floating in the deep end of the pool. Family and friends said he did not know how to swim.

    Los Angeles police were dispatched to the actress’ Beverly Crest home in west Los Angeles at approximately 5:20 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:44 a.m. The drowning was considered accidental.

    [lastly, a sure sign of the end of the world]

    US high school students win one of the world's biggest math competitions for the first time in 21 years

    A team of US teenagers just won the International Mathematical Olympiad for the first time since 1994.


  6. Losing that bridge on I-10 is just huge! Not sure what the alternative is. They'd best get an army of people working to replace that bridge ASAP. This will be a massive disruption to trucking of goods. The whole trucking industry must be freaking out and scrambling to figure out alternative routes, but rerouting around a broken I-10 will be no easy task.