Thursday, August 17, 2017

Event Update For 2017-08-16

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: Variety Pack

2017-08-16 - Rotten egg odor hits Gainesville (Georgia), no cause found:

Quote: "After an investigation by Liberty Utilities, it was determined that the smell was 'not due to a gas leak or any hazardous condition associated with Liberty Utilities facilities,' Smith said. Smith did not know what company or organization is responsible for the odor. 'Our units found that there was an odor in and around Gainesville but never located a source,' Smith said."

Quote: "Liberty Utilities marketing and communications manager John Shore said it was unclear what caused the odor."

2017-08-16 - Rotten egg odor hits school in Gardnerville (Nevada), no cause found:

2017-08-16 - Cracks open in the ground and spew unknown sulfur-smelling gas, plants die, in Chacalapa (Mexico):

Quote: "The region in the state of Tobasco, Mexico – famous for its hot sauce – is under investigation by geology experts after cracks were reported in Chacalapa, a rural suburb in south east Mexico. Vegetation around the eruptions has been killed and the sickening fumes have driven people from their homes."

Quote: "'Nobody says a word of what is happening in our community. It is near a dirty space, but a crack opened and a vapour with strong sulphur smell comes from there until eyes sting.' Experts wearing yellow chemical hazard suits have been seen digging and taking scientific readings at the cracks."

Quote: "Neighbours told me that near this place there is a dirty area, where smoke comes out, vapour with a sulfur smell."

Quote: "Regional civil protection expert Javier Collado said his department is awaiting the results of tests on the fumes. He claimed that initial results showed there is 'no dangerous material there, nor methane gas.' He added: 'There is no danger of explosion. We cannot alert the population because there is no danger.'"

Note: If there's no danger then why are the workers wearing HazMat suits? What's killing the plants? Maybe the workers should take those HazMat suits off, put their faces over the gas vents and inhale deeply a few times. You know, just to reassure the local people. Hydrogen sulfide smells like sulfur, and it's an eye irritant...

2017-08-16 - British Columbia hit by worst wildfire in BC history in Canada, and it's not over yet:

Quote: "It's official: the B.C. Wildfire Service confirms the province is experiencing the worst wildfire season on record. Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek says an estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been charred in B.C. since April 1. That eclipses the mark set in 1958, when 855,000 hectares burned."

2017-08-16 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by explosion and fire in Plymouth (Michigan), 4000 homes go dark:

2017-08-16 - Fish processing plant devastated by massive fire in coastal Port Moller (Alaska):

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame just after 2 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Kirkland (Illinois):

Quote: "A home in Kirkland caught fire just after 2 this morning in the 35 thousand block of Irene Road. One man was inside the house but got out without injuries. A nearby car caught fire and spread to the house which is now a total loss."

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2017-08-16 - Home destroyed by television explosion and fire in Kakopathar (India), 2 killed:

Note: This is the 232nd residential explosion in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Generator bursts into flame at Oroville Dam (California):

2017-08-16 - Royal Navy auxiliary ship 'Fort Austin' damaged by fire in coastal Birkenhead (Britain):

Note: This is the 759th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-16 - School bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Burton (South Carolina):

Quote: "A school bus on a practice run Wednesday — a day before the opening of Beaufort County public schools — caught fire and broke down in the Burton area."

Note: This is the 132nd school bus to burn in 2017, and this is the 552nd bus to burn in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Obzor (Bulgaria):

2017-08-16 - Transit bus bursts into flame in Athens (Greece):

Quote: "The driver of an Athens city bus managed to stop the vehicle and get out unharmed when it caught fire close to Varybobi, north of the capital, late on Wednesday. There had been no passengers aboard the bus when the fire broke out for reasons that remained unclear late last night."

Note: These are the 553rd and 554th buses to burn in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-10 in Tucson (Arizona):

Note: This is the 48th car-hauler to burn in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Bishop Ford Expressway in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 1:15 AM on I-196 near Holland (Michigan):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-91 near Glover (Vermont):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 101 near coastal Faria Beach (California):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 27 near Sebring (Florida):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on London Road in Middleton (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Ditton Priors, near Bridgnorth (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Eldernell Lane in Coates (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Sinderby Lane in Sinderby (Britain):

Quote: "Sinderby Lane, Sinderby TOC: 14:37 Crew from Ripon and Thirsk were mobilised to a report of a combine harvester on fire in a field. Crews extinguished using 1 hose reel."

Note: These are the 1476th-1485th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on the A34 in Oxford (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on Highway 30 in Grimes County (Texas):

2017-08-16 - Grain truck bursts into flame on State Route 26 near Colfax (Idaho):

2017-08-16 - Carpet cleaning truck bursts into flame at frat house in Ann Arbor (Michigan):

2017-08-16 - Two RVs and some trailers go up in flames at business in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Note: These are the 392nd and 393rd RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-16 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Highland (New York):

2017-08-16 - SUV bursts into flame on street in coastal Cammeray (Australia):

2017-08-16 - SUV bursts into flame on North Church Street in coastal George Town (Cayman Islands):

2017-08-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home in Morrison (Wisconsin):

2017-08-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on State Route 148 near Zeigler (Illinois):

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on I-75 in Moraine (Ohio):

2017-08-16 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame on roads in coastal Penang (Malaysia), separate fiery deadly crash too:

2017-08-16 - Six cars go up in flames while parked in carpark in Wednesbury (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Three cars go up in flames at 4:19 AM in Overdale, Telford (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame in carpark near the River Biss in Trowbridge (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M3 near Basingstoke (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on Bank Lane in Market Rasen (Britain), 1 injured:

2017-08-16 - Car bursts into flame at 2:36 AM on Blackwater Drive in Aylesbury (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 16 August, 2.36am Car fire, Blackwater Drive, Aylesbury. One appliance and crew from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used one main jet."

2017-08-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-94 in Detroit (Michigan):

2017-08-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-90/39 near Janesville (Wisconsin):

2017-08-16 - Road working machine bursts into flame on Lea Bridge Road in Leyton (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Hoverboard bursts into flame at Tannoy Square in West Norwood (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Auto business destroyed by fire at 11 PM in Millerville (Minnesota):

2017-08-16 - Barn destroyed by fire at 7:05 AM on Creek Road in Metal Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-16 - Barn destroyed by fire in coastal Swifterbant (Netherlands), 40,000 chickens killed:

Quote: "Animal rights group Wakker Dier said the Swifterbant fire brings the total number of animals killed in factory farm fires this year to 225,000 – more than in 2016 as a whole."

2017-08-16 - Wildfire rages near Crater Lake (Oregon):

2017-08-16 - Wildfire near Reindeer Lake forces evacuation of Kinoosao in Saskatchewan (Canada):

Quote: "A small isolated community in northern Saskatchewan has been evacuated due to a forest fire. Steve Roberts of Saskatchewan Environment says the fire was within three kilometres of Kinoosao, which is on the east side of Reindeer Lake near the Manitoba boundary."

2017-08-16 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes on the island of Kefallonia (Greece):

2017-08-16 - 500 bales of hay go up in flames in Darrington (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Chemical storage building goes up in flames in Laurinburg (North Carolina):

2017-08-16 - Smithsonian Castle damaged by fire in coastal Washington DC:

2017-08-16 - Bakery destroyed by fire at 6:15 AM on Washington Island (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2017-08-16 - Auto shop office damaged by fire at 3:20 AM on Millers Run Road in Cecil (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-16 - Warehouse damaged by fire near airport in coastal Miami (Florida):

2017-08-16 - Laundromat heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM in coastal Lake Park (Florida):

2017-08-16 - Saloon damaged by fire in Westlake (Ohio):

2017-08-16 - Broadcasting antenna bursts into flame on top of CN Tower in Toronto (Canada), 1500 feet from Lake Ontario:

2017-08-16 - Hangar heavily damaged by fire at airport in coastal Southend-On-Sea (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Furniture warehouse destroyed by massive inferno shortly after 11 PM in Moscow (Russia):

2017-08-16 - Six buildings go up in flames, three destroyed, in historic area in coastal Jeddah (Saudi Arabia):

2017-08-16 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 1 AM near Collinsville (Alabama):

2017-08-16 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Pawtucket (Rhode Island):

2017-08-16 - Home under construction heavily damaged by fire at 12:53 AM in North Bethany (Oregon), nobody there:

2017-08-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:45 AM in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2017-08-16 - Multi-family home destroyed by fire in Methuen (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2017-08-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just before 4 AM in coastal Port Hardy (Canada):

2017-08-16 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:40 AM in Greeley (Colorado), 1 killed:

2017-08-16 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire in Ontario (Oregon):

2017-08-16 - Vacant home burns at 2:35 AM in Dayton (Ohio):

2017-08-16 - Vacant home burns at 6:25 AM in Wayne Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-16 - Vacant home burns in Atwater (California):

2017-08-16 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 7:25 AM in Burke County (North Carolina):

2017-08-16 - Vacant commercial building burns in Shiprock (New Mexico):

2017-08-16 - Vacant bowling club destroyed by fire in coastal Buckhaven, Fife (Scotland):\

2017-08-16 - Another critically endangered right whale, a female, found dead east of Cape Cod (Massachusetts):

Quote: "It was at least the 13th North Atlantic right whale to be found dead this year off the coasts of Canada and Massachusetts."

2017-08-16 - Minke whale found dead in Blue Hill Bay (Maine):

2017-08-16 - Fish washing ashore dead in coastal Hagåtña (Guam):

2017-08-16 - Man and woman found dead in body of water in Broadview (Canada):

Quote: "RCMP in Broadview, Sask., are investigating the sudden deaths of a man and a woman found dead Tuesday. The investigation began as a result of a missing persons complaint received by police on Monday. The pair were found the next day, in a body of water on private property. Police say the deaths are not considered suspicious."

2017-08-16 - Five people die in the water at beaches in/near coastal Ubhrat (India):

2017-08-16 - Woman and daughter found dead in canal in Banke (Nepal), another daughter missing:

2017-08-16 - Man, minibus driver, suddenly foams and bleeds from the mouth and dies, in Amawbia (Nigeria):

Quote: "A mysterious incident happened yesterday in Anambra state when a commuter driver bled to death, while conveying passengers from Ekwulobia to UNIZIK temporary site, Awka, the Anambra state capital. Passengers recall the deceased been very healthy, and lively, communicating with them during the journey. However, on reaching By-Pass junction, along Enugu Agidi road, Amawbia, he started bleeding from the mouth and nose, with white mucous and foams coming out from his mouth, loosing control of the steering wheel."

Note: Warning - somewhat gruesome images. Looks similar to the two men, lawyers, who foamed at the mouth and died in a running car in late 2013 in Asaba (Nigeria), mentioned in the 2013-12-12 update...

2017-08-16 - Man, 50, slumps over dead on subway train in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-08-16 - Man drops dead in bathroom at grocery store in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2017-08-16 - Woman, 21, drops dead along Old Cleveland Pike in Ooltewah (Tennessee):

2017-08-16 - Man, 58, drops dead before 6 AM near his pickup at Sand Lake Road rail station in Orange County (Florida):

2017-08-16 - Man found dead in submerged SUV in canal in coastal Brownsville (Texas):

2017-08-16 - Man in his 50s found dead in home in Newtown Square (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Our repeated requests for information went unanswered from authorities, but we do know - is there's no immediate indication of foul play."

2017-08-16 - Man, 46, found dead in the Puyallup River in Pierce County (Washington):

2017-08-16 - Person found dead in wooded area in coastal Havre de Grace (Maryland):

2017-08-16 - Man, 56, jumps in water to free anchor, doesn't resurface, next seen dead near coastal Hart-Miller Island (Maryland):

2017-08-16 - Man, 52, found dead in Settlers Canal in Boise (Idaho):

2017-08-16 - Man, 67, found dead in swimming pool at hotel in Port Alberni (Canada):

2017-08-16 - Man, 40, found dead in the South Saskatchewan River near Medicine Hat (Canada):

2017-08-16 - Man found dead in the water near coastal St. Julian's on the island of Malta:

2017-08-16 - Woman falls off building and dies in Kolkata (India), possible toppler:

2017-08-16 - Girl, 15, found dead in coastal Napier (New Zealand):

2017-08-16 - Man, 32, found dead in the Sidhwan Canal near Ludhiana (India):

2017-08-16 - Man, 75, found dead in the River Calder near River Street in Brighouse (Britain):

2017-08-16 - Driver has 'medical emergency', school bus crashes into home, in Champaign (Illinois):

Quote: "13 elementary school students were aboard a school bus when it struck a house around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. No serious injuries were reported, but the bus driver was taken to the hospital. According to police, the bus driver suffered a medical emergency which caused the crash."

2017-08-16 - Pakistan Air Force jet crashes and burns near Sargodha (Pakistan), pilot ejects:

2017-08-16 - Float plane crashes into woods near lake in Italy Cross (Canada), 6 miles from the coast:

2017-08-16 - Float plane crashes into Comox Lake (Canada), plane sinks:

2017-08-16 - Small plane crashes at takeoff at airport in Queenstown (New Zealand):

2017-08-16 - US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashes into the ocean near coastal Oahu (Hawaii), 5 missing:

2017-08-16 - Freight train derails in Muncie (Indiana):

2017-08-16 - Tractor trailer crashes into median, bursts into flame, on I-435 in Overland Park (Kansas):

Quote: "Overland Park police said the driver of the semi may have crashed due to a medical issue."

2017-08-16 - Dump truck overturns twice, bursts into flame, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2017-08-16 - Two cars collide head-on just after 1 AM on East Little Creek Road in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), 2 killed:

2017-08-16 - Two cars crash in coastal Oakland (California), 5 injured:

2017-08-16 - Car veers off road just before midnight, hits pole, bursts into flame, on coastal Merritt Island (Florida), 1 killed:

2017-08-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into ditch, bursts into flame, on I-72 near Barry (Illinois):

2017-08-16 - Naked man, 36, climbs school, screams incoherently, squirts hose, in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "An emotionally disturbed man climbed to the roof of a Greenwich Village school and removed his clothes while squirting a garden hose at cops, authorities said Wednesday. Police were called around 10:10 p.m. Tuesday to the Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School near Sixth Avenue and Bleecker Street, where they found the 36-year-old screaming incoherently atop the building."

2017-08-16 - Man steals SUV, climbs crane, strips naked, falls and dies, at the Port of Los Angeles in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A suspected car thief has been perched high atop a Port of Los Angeles loading crane for well over an hour as police wait below, and he has now taken off all his clothes. The LAPD says the man is suspected of stealing an SUV from a San Bernardino car dealership Wednesday. Police chased him to the loading dock where he hiked up the stairs to the top of the crane some 140 feet above the ground and ocean. He took off his shirt and shoes after ascending the crane, and minutes later took off his pants."

Quote: "At various times he was seen dancing around and lounging on his back before stripping off his clothes."

2017-08-16 - Nearly naked man fights with cops at convenience store in El Monte (California):

2017-08-16 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures two hikers on mountain in Scottsdale (Arizona):

2017-08-16 - Swarm of yellow jackets attacks and injures two women in coastal Essex (Massachusetts):

2017-08-16 - Dog attacks rising dramatically in Kent (Britain), up 4500 percent or more in five years:

2017-08-16 - Fracking contaminating water in various areas around the US:

2017-08-16 - Building under construction partially collapses in Vivekanandanagar (India), 2 killed:

Note: I think Vivekanandanagar might've been the name of the last Internet tech support guy I spoke to on the phone. Or, as he pronounced it, 'Steve'...

2017-08-16 - Man collapses at dock, slams his face on the way down, has seizure, in coastal Yarmouth (Massachusetts):

Quote: "While assisting the commercial tow company at the docks officers were notified of an individual who had collapsed, struck his face while falling, and appeared to be having a seizure at the dock ramp."

2017-08-16 - Man, 49, has chest pains and problems breathing on boat near coastal Manasquan (New Jersey):

2017-08-16 - 2016 was the warmest year in recorded history:

2017-08-16 - Last month was the hottest July, and the hottest month, on record, despite the lack of El Niño:

2017-08-16 - Arctic heat wave sweeps across western Nunavut and the High Arctic:

2017-08-16 - Nighttime pictures reveal Antarctica's cracking ice shelves:

2017-08-16 - As the climate warms, larch beetle population exploding, beetles destroying forests in Minnesota:

2017-08-16 - Death toll from flooding hits 39 in Assam (India), over 3,345,000 affected:

2017-08-16 - Horrendous record-setting rain and flooding hit Bangalore (India), Bellandur Lake froths and foams again:

2017-08-16 - Three tropical systems develop along the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone in the northeast Atlantic Ocean:

2017-08-16 - Polluted river turns stray dogs blue in coastal Mumbai (India):

2017-08-16 - Ten spacecraft hit by massive solar flare:

2017-08-16 - Comet Swift-Tuttle responsible for the Perseid meteor shower could wipe out Earth:

Note: Well, it had better hurry, because we're gonna be extinct soon from other causes...

2017-08-16 - Who pays for San Onofre nuclear plant's early closure? Negotiations fall apart:

2017-08-16 - Bernie Sanders plans to introduce plan for Medicare for all:

Note: Like every other advanced country? In THIS country?! Big Pharma will fight to the death to prevent that. It'd be great for the people, but terrible for price-gouging medical industry businesses. In this country, Corporations > People and Profit > Life...

2017-08-16 - A 98-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man met at a gym and they're getting married, in Middletown (New York):


  1. Test run #2 (hey, if Fran can post with no problems, why can't I?)

    So Wednesbury is a JJFH hotspot today with a couple incidents.

    Here we go again with a whole building full of water using appliances burning - a laundromat! Also, the carpet cleaning truck that burned up uses water too.

    When those big electrical generators go, it takes about a year to replace them, since they're all custom made (probably in China).
    Add this to the problems they're having already at Oroville!

    Okay, the rest is on zeta.


  2. Could be because Fran posts with a Google account and not anonymously, so I don't think she has to go through the 'captcha' process to prove her non-robotness. I think it's the 'captcha' stuff that's the problem.

  3. [From Tom]

    8/18/2017 1st comment 6 a.m.

    Landslide kills 40 people in DR Congo

    A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official says. [more]

    Man on disability scooter in China accidentally drives into a massive sinkhole

    The driver was reportedly distracted by his phone as he drove along and did not see the sinkhole until he was falling into it.
    Fortunately the driver was miraculously unhurt despite what appeared to be a significant drop into the sinkhole. [more]

    This happened on our Earth 14-15 August 2017

    Friday, 18 August 2017
    Canada's record heatwave and wildfires

    More fire, more fury: Canada is ablaze amid record heatwave

    Hotter- than- average spring for Australia

    Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

    [SOTT still thinks temps are COOLING all over the world . ..]

    Fukushima radiation may be eating holes in people’s brains

    Hospital: Fukushima radiation may be eating holes in people’s brains

    - Report: Military brought in to hide true radiation levels
    - Experts: Officials covering up dire consequences of crisis… Worry over high number of cancers being detected
    - Public suffering radioactive-related diseases (VIDEO)

    [see also embedded article]
    Japan to “drop tanks” full of Fukushima nuclear waste directly into the ocean

    Rep. Rohrabacher Says Assange Could Be Pardoned For Info About DNC Leak Source

    SETH RICH WAS WIKILEAKS SOURCE: Kim Dotcom, Rohrabacher, Forensicator, Bill Binney Agree On Leak

  4. [From Tom]

    Tsunamis in strange places

    2017 the year of the rogue tsunami: Tsunami's in strange places...Iran Holland Greenland and more not thought to have been caused by a quake!

    Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania – “Wayne can be credited as the driving force behind ending the unscrupulous slaughter of Tanzania’s elephants”

    Trump signs order to end Obama-era flood risk building standards

    [oh by all means, build on a flood plain! Wait til you see your insurance bill!]

    The Dow Falls 274 Points As ‘Eclipse Fever’ Hits The Financial Markets

    Incredible amounts of rain kill 27 affecting 1.3 million people and displacing 368,000 in parts of India Bangladesh and Nepal with rivers at record levels

    A strange unknown disease has killed more than 50 people with many more very ill in parts of Nigeria which have medics stumped

    A strange disease, whose symptoms include diarrhea, bloodstained vomiting and high fever has killed 50 people at Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa villages in Yagba West Local Government of Kogi. Initial reports had suspected lassa fever, but medics told Dr. Saka Audu, Commissioner for Health, who visited the affected areas on Thursday, that it was a strange disease that was unknown.
    "We initially suspected Lassa Fever after getting some misleading reports about people bleeding around, so we made a diagnosis for viral haemorrhagic fever (lassa fever), but the result was negative," Dr. Jannette Hathorn, a Consultant at ECWA Hospital, Egbe told Audu.
    She said that the first case was that of a child of two and half years, who died 12 hours after he was brought to the hospital.
    "We are sure it is not lassa fever; but our concern is that we do not know exactly what is happening. We have not arrived at a definitive diagnosis. [more]

    Mag 6.6 - North of Ascension Island is the 5th major quake in August: Only 3 mag 7 quakes or higher so far in 2017 could be the lowest mag 7+ count in modern history

    The Korean War Rally Is Over

    So, "buy the fucking race riots"
    "What stocks do I buy in a race riot?" [more]

    Tropical Storm "Harvey" moving over Windward Islands into the Caribbean Sea

    Tropical Storm "Harvey" formed 21:00 UTC, August 17, 2017 east of the Windward Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean as the 8th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Harvey is expected to move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday, August 18, 2017. Rains produced by this storm could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. [more; there's a LOT MORE behind this one]

    NASA Tracking Three-Mile-Wide Asteroid That Will Pass Earth in September


  5. [From Tom]

    [Here's today's dose of stories][
    News Links, August 18, 2017
    Rice Farmer

    High-Profile Sectors Start To Roll Over (US)

    Greyerz – The Greatest Crisis In World History Is About To Be Unleashed

    Cash-Strapped Qatar Unexpectedly Cuts Credit Suisse Stake

    Asia has been the world's economic miracle. Three countries are threatening that

    Global trade has been booming — but that may be about to fall apart

    Say Goodbye to Your Safe Deposit Box

    Wal-Mart Slides, Free Cash Flow Fails To Cover Dividends And Buybacks

    Union Pacific to layoff 750 U.S. employees amid broader cost-cutting

    War on Cash: A "Wider Cultural Change Agenda"

    Extreme right groups turn to 'shadow economy'

    Air Berlin files for bankruptcy after shareholder pulls plug

    Delta Jets Clip 2 Planes, Truck in 24 Hours at New York's JFK

    EasyJet accused of putting passengers and crew at risk by scheduling too many flights

    87% of Flight Crew Say They've Seen Passengers Behaving Badly
    [personally, (knock loudly on wood), I haven't had any of those kind of troubles flying]

    [this is a whole section, so i'll keep it together]
    A Ukraine Link to North Korea's Missiles?
    By orchestrating the 2014 "regime change" in Ukraine, U.S. neocons may have indirectly contributed to a desperate Ukrainian factory selling advanced rocket engines to North Korea and endangering America.
    Iraqi Oil Governor Defects To Iran Amid Corruption Probe
    Israel builds underground wall after Gaza tunnel trauma
    Mapping Major US Military Bases Near North Korea

    The Story of Charlottesville was Written in Blood in the Ukraine
    Some of the neo-Nazis President Obama helped put in power in Ukraine carried Confederate flags. U.S. society has been moving rightward for decades -- and pulling much of Europe with it.

    Mattis: Military option for North Korea open
    Van plows through crowd in Barcelona, killing about 12

    Refusing to Learn Lessons from Libya
    Official Washington never likes to admit a mistake no matter how grave or obvious. Too many Important People would look bad. So, the rationalizations never stop as with the Libyan fiasco.

    Report: Saudis Increasing Yemen Airstrikes, Killing More Civilians

    The Agony of 'Regime Change' Refugees
    There are positive signs of Syrians returning to Aleppo after the ouster of Al Qaeda's militants. But the legacy of Western "regime change" wars continues to plague Europe and inflict human suffering.

    1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

    Europe: Migrant Crisis Reaches Spain

    Baltimore's Homeless Erect Modern Day 'Hooverville' Tent City On The Front Lawn of City Hall

    Worldwide investment in renewable energy reaches US$ 4 trillion – with little to show for it

    Will Solar Power Be at Fault for the Next Environmental Crisis?
    Solar panel waste will become a major issue in the coming decades as old solar panels reach the ends of their useful lifespans and require disposal.
    With nuclear power, there will supposedly be plenty of money to pay for "decommissioning services," which are expected to develop into a major industry. Similarly, there are expectations that services to "manage" end-of-life PV panels will become big business. Not to mention scrapped wind turbines. But I predict that there will be precious little money to engage such services. Net energy decline and the increasing use of renewables — which have a far lower power density than fossil fuels — are driving a downward economic spiral which guarantees that the post-industrial landscape will be littered with exploding nuke plants, burned-out solar farms, and the rusting hulks of junked wind turbines. -- RF

    Taiwanese minister resigns after error at power plant plunges 668,000 homes into darkness
    Four-hour electricity outage leaves people trapped in lifts, traffic at a standstill across major cities

  6. [From Tom]

    Summary of German Armed Forces Peak Oil Study

    The Australian Energy Conundrum
    The Continent of Australia is one of the most energy rich countries in the world. And yet the state of South Australia has become blackout capital of the OECD.

    The Falling EROI Kills Westinghouse: 2 U.S. Nuclear Reactors Construction Halted

    U.S. plans sale from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    Pullback In US Fracking Sand Use Pressures Producers

    Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line
    Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

    Clouds developing over U.S. LNG export potential

    Vertical farms - no lighthouses for ecological cities
    At last, a bit of realistic thinking about the grossly overblown expectations for "vegetable factories." If people want to keep eating, they'll need soil and sound ecosystems, not hydroponic towers that will become useless when the power outages come. -- RF

    Sharp rise in Chinese food exports to North Korea as starving nation leans heavily on its only ally
    Lack of sunshine may affect rice harvest (Japan)
    "The Maduro Diet" - Venezuelans Suffer Drastic Weight Loss As Hunger Crisis Strikes

    Synthetic Heroin Is Too Powerful for the Overdose Antidote

    North Atlantic Right Whales Extinction Feared After 13 Deaths In 3 Months

    The DOJ is demanding IDs of people who visited anti-Trump site, but web host won't comply

    Report: Modern cars' components can be hacked

    Why Was This 'Crowd Hire' Company Recruiting $25 An Hour 'Political Activists' In Charlotte Last Week?

    FBI Investigator Who Led Hillary Email Case Suddenly Resigns From Mueller's Team

    University of Washington students can hack smart devices, track body movement
    Computer science students at the University of Washington have found a way to remotely hack into people's personal devices, such as cell phones and smart TV's, to track individual movement, raising serious security questions, the university announced Wednesday.

    FBI 'Reopens' FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In Lie

    Before "Fake News," America Invented "Pseudo Events"

    Market Will Fall By 50-75% As Petrodollar & Energy Sector Break Down
    Why We're Doomed: Our Economy's Toxic Inequality
    1 In 7 New York City Public-School Students Is Homeless

    Why Climate Change Isn't Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won't Save Us
    Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution, and loss of natural habitat and hence biodiversity.

    [there's a book for you, Jonny - Overshoot, by Wm. Catton]

  7. [From Tom]

    High-priced Fukushima ice wall nears completion, but effectiveness doubtful
    High mercury levels in Kyushu frost linked to emissions in mainland China: study

    Analyst Lays Out China's "Doomsday" Scenario
    In her latest report, Chu estimates that bad debt in China's financial system will reach as much as Rmb51 trillion , or $7.6 trillion, by the end of this year, more than five times the value of bank loans officially classified as either non-performing or one notch above." That estimate implies a bad-debt ratio of 34%, orders of magnitude above the official 5.3% ratio for those two categories at the end of June.

    Theresa May rejects appeal from 9/11 survivors to release suppressed Saudi Arabia terror report

    Carmageddon: Deep Subprime Auto Delinquencies Spike To 10-Year Highs

    Housing Starts Unexpectedly Sink, Multi-Family in Huge 34% Retreat Year-Over-Year

    Students head back to unfunded schools in three U.S. states

    Cleveland Now Leads U.S. Cities for Seriously Underwater Homes
    Unexpectedly Weak Industrial Production Report Released Unexpectedly Early
    Miami Beach Faces 31-Month Supply Of Luxury Condos Listed For Sale

  8. Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

    What is Pulse Wave? Hackers devise new DDoS attack technique aimed at boosting scale of assaults

    "The most distinguishable aspect of pulse wave assaults is the absence of a ramp-up period — all attack resources are committed at once, resulting in an event that, within the first few seconds, reaches a peak capacity that is maintained over its duration," the Imperva researchers said.
    Pulse wave takes advantage of appliance-first hybrid mitigation solutions by preying on the "Achilles' heel of appliance-first mitigation solutions", – the devices' incapability of dealing with sudden powerful attack traffic surges. [more]

    [yes sir, just gets better every day]
    Trump eliminates plastic water bottle ban in National Parks, removes White House bikeshare station

    [just drop 'em anywhere, nobody cares]

    Apocalyptic cloud stuns residents of Teixeira de Freitas, Brazil

    The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed about 500 and affected over 16 million

    People baffled by mysterious rectangular light in the sky over Jinan, China

    [cue Rod Serling's Twilight Zone intro!]
    Kanlaon volcano alert status raised, Philippines