Thursday, March 8, 2018

Event Update For 2018-03-07

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

2018-03-07 - People meet to discuss recurring instances of hydrogen sulfide blowing through coastal Goleta (California):

Quote: "About 50 people jammed Goleta City Hall on Wednesday night in search of solutions to one of the city’s foulest problems: noxious odors that smell like rotten eggs. Every so often, Goleta residents, mostly in the western part of the city, smell the stinky odor of hydrogen sulfide. It reminds people of rotten eggs and can permeate the air for miles. And unlike a mysterious fog that one can see looming over the city like a scene out of a 1950s B-movie, hydrogen sulfide is invisible and no one quite knows when it is going to be present, or for how long it will stay."

Note: Having meetings (Goleta) or forming investigative committees (Huntington Beach) isn't going to solve the problem. The problem is that both cities are on the downwind edge of the landfill formerly known as the Pacific Ocean. They're not gonna be solving that problem...

2018-03-07 - Unknown gas odor blows through Pasadena (Texas):

Quote: "If you live on the west side of Pasadena, you might have noticed an odor in the air. City officials said they have received multiple calls from people reporting the smell of natural gas. The Pasadena Office of Emergency Management and Pasadena Fire Department said they are investigating, but have not determined the source of the odor."

2018-03-07 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands safely in coastal Accra (Ghana):

Quote: "The airline’s spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, said the captain briefed the passengers when the incident occurred. 'Arik Air flight W3 304 from Lagos to Accra on March 6, 2018 declared an emergency in line with standard operating procedures, when unknown source of smoke was detected in the cabin 81 miles from Accra,' the statement said. 'The captain of the flight briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them that the aircraft was under control and safe for landing in Accra.'"

Note: This is the 26th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-07 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of Anguilla (British Virgin Islands):

2018-03-07 - Five-story apartment building under construction destroyed by massive inferno in Denver (Colorado), 2+ killed, 6 injured:

Quote: "The fire took off quickly and created an intense amount of heat, spreading to nearby buildings. One additional structure was lost while six nearby buildings sustained some type of damage, according to Pixley. Additionally, crews extinguished six rooftop fires that were sparked by wayward embers. Ash was spotted as far away as the 16th Street Mall. Pixley said 40 vehicles, parked in alleyways and surrounding parking lots, were damaged or destroyed in the fire. The intense heat took its toll on construction and firefighting equipment, too. Three fire engines and several construction vehicles were damaged."

2018-03-07 - Oil platform bursts into flame in the Gulf of Mexico near coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), nobody aboard:

Quote: "The United States Coast Guard said a fire on a Magellan-owned oil platform about three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas on Wednesday afternoon has been put out. No one was aboard the platform at the time of the fire and a response boat crew reported that it was out at about 6:30 p.m., the coast guard said in a statement."

2018-03-07 - Massive fire continues raging on mega container ship 'Maersk Honam' in the Arabian Sea:

2018-03-07 - Arctic has warmest winter on record:

2018-03-07 - Arctic ice already moving out of the Arctic Ocean and it's still winter:

2018-03-07 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #100, March 4th-7th 2018:

2018-03-07 - Cars and homes go up in flames and fire sends people fleeing in Bexar County (Texas):

Quote: "A large fire in south Bexar County is forcing residents in the area to leave their homes. It is in the area of Mogford Road and Dunes. Authorities said multiple houses and cars were affected and one person sustained minor burns. "

2018-03-07 - Motorized pig bursts into flame at the Maplewood Mall in St. Paul (Minnesota):

2018-03-07 - Tug ship 'Multi Pioneer' damaged by fire near coastal Florø (Norway):

Quote: "On March 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. a fire broke out in the engine room of the 'Multi Pioneer' in the Bufjord south of Florø. The crew of five quickly gained control of the situation by closing off the engine room. None of them was injured or had to be evacuated."

Note: This is the 251st boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-07 - School bus bursts into flame on US 101 in Woodland Hills area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Note: This is the 70th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 173rd bus to burn in 2018...

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-295 in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 287 near Memphis (Texas):

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Main Street in North Branch (Minnesota):

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 4:19 AM on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is returning to normal after a tractor-trailer fire in Somerset County Wednesday morning."

2018-03-07 - Three semi tractors destroyed by fire while parked at USPS facility in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "All three semi-trucks, but not the trailers, were a complete loss, according to Southern Manatee Fire Marshal Eric Center."

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 5 AM on the A1(M) near Sawtry (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Cooper Shaw Road in West Tilbury (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked in Karamana (India), 30 motorcycles burn separately at shop:

Quote: "Around the same time, a fire broke out at a two-wheeler workshop at Myladikadavu, Valiasala. Nearly 30 two-wheelers were reported to have caught fire."

2018-03-07 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame at garbage depot in Ramtekdi (India):

Quote: "According to officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), an excavator caught fire first which later spread to the garbage depot."

Note: These are the 469th-479th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-07 - Garbage truck full of human waste explodes in coastal Davenport (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man has been rushed to hospital after a truck carrying human waste exploded in WA’s south. The 58-year-old was seriously injured when the truck exploded at a workplace in Davenport, south-east of Bunbury, just after 4pm on Wednesday."

2018-03-07 - Four garbage trucks destroyed by fire at 5 AM while parked in coastal Mornington (Australia):

2018-03-07 - Heavy plow truck bursts into flame on road in Coram (New York):

2018-03-07 - Truck bursts into flame at 7:12 AM on the A404 near Marlow (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 7 March, 7.12am Lorry fire, A404 northbound between Marlow and Handy Cross. Three appliances and crews from High Wycombe and an officer attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, a ladder and a thermal imaging camera"

2018-03-07 - RV and RV trailer destroyed by fire at 1 AM while parked at home in Houston (Texas):

Note: This is the 104th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-07 - Van bursts into flame at 12:15 AM, fire spreads to 3 cars, in Hamrun on the island of Malta, near the coast:

2018-03-07 - Van bursts into flame on Anson Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Anson Road, Hopewell Road, Hull. Wed 7 Mar 2018 18:46 (No:04161) Small fire in engine compartment of van. 1 hose reel in use."

2018-03-07 - Van bursts into flame on Victoria Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Victoria Avenue, Princes Avenue, Hull. Wed 7 Mar 2018 08:56 (No:04128) Small fire in engine compartment of van. One hose reel in use. Vehicle battery disconnected."

2018-03-07 - SUV bursts into flame at business in Parksville (Canada):

2018-03-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at car wash in coastal Eureka (California):

2018-03-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-395 in Oxford (Massachusetts):

2018-03-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Mt. Juliet (Tennessee):

2018-03-07 - Five cars go up in flames while parked along I-880 in coastal Oakland (California):

Quote: "Flames quickly destroyed three tents and burned five vehicles; two parked along the street and another three inside a large parking lot located underneath Interstate 880."

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Clearwater (Florida), home burns separately too:

Quote: "Also, a home in Clearwater caught fire overnight after a nearby car caught fire. Officials said the car fire quickly spread to the home along Coachman Road. The fire spread to the carport first and then reached the house."

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Oceanside (New York):,100837

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame on Long Island Expressway in Ronkonkoma (New York):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame on the Merritt Parkway in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center in coastal Moruya (Australia):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at school in Wigan (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame at 5:43 AM while parked in carpark in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame at 4:41 AM while parked at Morrisons in Stone (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at supermarket in Yeovil (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Car bursts into flame on Station Road in coastal Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Cropton Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Cropton Road, County Road North, Hull. Wed 7 Mar 2018 13:27 (No:04142) Motorcycle on fire. One hose reel in use."

2018-03-07 - Moped bursts into flame on Burlington Place in Belle Vue, Shrewbury (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Auto shop damaged by fire in West Rutland (Vermont):

2018-03-07 - Barn destroyed by fire near Wichita (Kansas):

2018-03-07 - Barn destroyed by fire in Enosburgh (Vermont):

2018-03-07 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in coastal Santa Monica (California):

2018-03-07 - Sawmill heavily damaged by fire near Boyne Falls in Boyne Valley Township (Michigan):

2018-03-07 - Business plaza damaged by explosion and fire in Lakewood (New Jersey):

2018-03-07 - Storage facility damaged by fire in North Austin (Texas):

2018-03-07 - Garage goes up in flames at home in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2018-03-07 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 12:15 AM in Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

2018-03-07 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 12:25 AM in Plant City (Florida), nobody there:

2018-03-07 - Home damaged by fire at 6:15 AM in Vancouver (Washington):

2018-03-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the Lost Bayou Historic District in coastal Galveston (Texas):

2018-03-07 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire just before midnight on Corbin Sneed Road in Barren Plains (Tennessee):

2018-03-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:18 AM in Meridian (Idaho):

2018-03-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 2 AM on Lake Road in Pultneyville (New York), nobody there:

2018-03-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 11 PM in coastal Warwick (Rhode Island), 1 injured:

2018-03-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 5 AM in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2018-03-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:05 PM near Esopus Creek in Lake Katrine (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "The blaze was brought under control in about 45 minutes, but the entire house — which is near where Leggs Mills Road crosses the Esopus Creek — sustained extensive fire, smoke and heat damage and is uninhabitable, Heppner said."

2018-03-07 - Mansion heavily damaged by fire on River Road in Columbus (Georgia):

2018-03-07 - Apartment building heavily damaged by huge fire in Orlando (Florida):

2018-03-07 - Hotel heavily damaged by fire in coastal Izmir (Turkey), 4 injured:

2018-03-07 - Deadly fire burns mobile home in Gorham (Maine), 1 killed:

2018-03-07 - Deadly fire burns home at 11:30 PM near Locust Grove (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-03-07 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home near Murphy (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-03-07 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 11 PM in Marion (Virginia), 1 killed:

2018-03-07 - Vacant home burns just before midnight in Parlier (California):

2018-03-07 - Vacant home burns in Cahokia (Illinois):

2018-03-07 - Vacant home burns in Macon (Georgia):

2018-03-07 - Deep sea oarfish washes up dead beach on Stewart Island (New Zealand):

2018-03-07 - Large number of fish found dead in lagoon in Ramada Paso (Argentina):

2018-03-07 - Many fish wash up dead on beach in La Brea (Trinidad):

2018-03-07 - Hundreds of fish found dead in river in Chiriqui Province (Panama):

2018-03-07 - Hundreds or maybe thousands of fish wash up dead on beach in Marseillan (France):,1634948.php

2018-03-07 - Thousands of fish found dead in the River Witham in Lincolnshire (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Baby boy has 'medical emergency' at home, dies shortly later, in Miami Gardens (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "Police are investigating after a baby boy was found dead Wednesday in Miami Gardens. Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Karen Clark said officers were called to the 20100 block of Northwest 15th Avenue in reference to a medical emergency involving a 9-month-old boy. Police said the baby, identified as Sepreme Kervil, was taken by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Jackson North Medical Center, where he died. The investigation remains open, but detectives do not suspect foul play."

2018-03-07 - Girl, 14, has 'medical event' on school bus, dies shortly later, in Bartow (Florida):

2018-03-07 - Man, 67, former Olympic rowing coach, falls off boat and dies in Lake Natoma (California):

2018-03-07 - Man found dead in the Halifax River in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida):

2018-03-07 - Man, 32, found dead in lake at East Lake Park in Birmingham (Alabama):

2018-03-07 - Man, 31, drops dead at home in Haywood County (Tennessee):

2018-03-07 - Person found dead near bay in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey):

2018-03-07 - Woman found dead in creek near her running car near Boone (North Carolina):

2018-03-07 - Person found dead near overpass in Cleveland (Ohio):

2018-03-07 - Man, 25, found dead in car at plaza in Brampton (Canada):

2018-03-07 - Person found dead in pond at pulp mill in Kamloops (Canada):

2018-03-07 - Man has breathing problems at 5 AM and drops dead at meat plant on Lakes Creek Road in Rockhampton (Australia), near the Fitzroy River:

Quote: "A man has died on the job this morning at a Rockhampton meat works after reportedly suffering a medical condition. Queensland Ambulance Service arrived at the Teys Australia Rockhampton meat works on Lakes Creek Rd around 5am to reports of 'uncertain breathing', The Morning Bulletin reports. A spokesperson from QAS said a man 'passed away' from medical reasons."

2018-03-07 - Woman, 72, found dead in river in Kulim (Malaysia):

2018-03-07 - Boy, 12, found dead in river in Ondo State (Nigeria):

2018-03-07 - Man, 28, found dead in pond in Nashik (India):

2018-03-07 - Man, 20, found dead in the Kodoor River near Kollad (India):

2018-03-07 - Man found dead in hotel room in Newcastle (Britain), 400 feet from the River Tyne:

2018-03-07 - Person found dead in canal in Christleton (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Person slumps over dead in car at carpark near Kimbridge (Britain):

2018-03-07 - Woman in her 60s goes into cardiac arrest on passenger plane after departing from coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-03-07 - Man, 63, has 'medical condition', tractor trailer crashes into field, near McPherson (Kansas), 1 killed:

Quote: "The driver suffered a medical condition. The vehicle struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway, continued into the ditch, ran through a KDOT fence and came to rest in a wheat field."

2018-03-07 - Man has 'medical emergency', tractor trailer overturns, in Johnston County (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Troopers told ABC11 crews on scene that the man had a 'medical emergency' which caused the crash."

2018-03-07 - Man has 'medical problem', SUV slams into building, in Wilkesboro (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Teague said Thomas appears to have suffered some type of medical problem while driving."

2018-03-07 - Two double-decker buses crash in Manchester (Britain), 14 injured:

2018-03-07 - School bus has brakes fail, bus crashes, in Plateau State (Nigeria), 2 killed, 22 injured:

2018-03-07 - Tanker truck and car crash, fire erupts, on I-20 in Fort Worth (Texas), 2 injured:

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on Highway 302 near Notrees (Texas):

2018-03-07 - Tractor trailer overturns at 2:40 AM on I-10 in Okaloosa County (Florida):

Quote: "The Florida Highway Patrol says 60,000 pounds of Busch Beer spilled on I-10 westbound early Wednesday morning."

2018-03-07 - SUV veers off road, crashes near railroad tracks, bursts into flame, in coastal Washington DC, 1 killed:

2018-03-07 - Family dog attacks and kills baby at home in Jonesville in Lee County (Virginia):

2018-03-07 - Wild boar enters mosque and attacks man in Sungai Buloh (Malaysia):

2018-03-07 - Sinkhole opens on street in Evansville (Indiana):

2018-03-07 - Bridge collapses in Letcher County (Kentucky), 20-30 homes cut off:

2018-03-07 - Sea ice at unprecedentedly low levels in the Bering Sea:

2018-03-07 - Mount Shinmoedake erupts again on the island of Kyushu (Japan):

2018-03-07 - Volcano Turrialba erupts in Costa Rica:

2018-03-07 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Ainsworth (Australia):

2018-03-07 - Massive amount of garbage floating in the ocean near Bali (Indonesia):

2018-03-07 - Another noreaster pounds the US Northeast, hundreds of thousands of people lose power:

2018-03-07 - Cyclone Hola strengthens to Category 2, heads toward New Zealand:

2018-03-07 - Lightning strike injures teacher outside school in Manchester Township (New Jersey):

2018-03-07 - Tornado rips through North Bekasi (Indonesia), 23 homes damaged:

2018-03-07 - Tornado and heavy rain pound Huelva (Spain), crops destroyed:

2018-03-07 - Enormous waves pound Venezuela and Puerto Rico:

2018-03-07 - Meteor causes boom and flash of light and alarms people in and around coastal Grays Harbor (Washington):

Quote: "Numerous people along the Washington coast and as far inland as Montesano on Wednesday night reported a loud boom and a flash in the sky, Grays Harbor Emergency Management said. 'Some report their home shaking,' the agency said. 'Grays Harbor Emergency Management has contacted the National Weather Service in Seattle about our incident and was told we were not having a severe weather event at the time of the reported ground shaking, loud boom and flash of light in the sky,' the agency said."

2018-03-07 - Dazzling meteor turns night into day over the Urals (Russian):

2018-03-07 - Hunger rates remain high amid conflict, climate shocks, warns UN food security report:

2018-03-07 - Cosmic rays hitting Earth are 'bad and getting worse' says NASA:

2018-03-07 - Screen time boosts depression and suicide in US teens:


  1. Good morning all. Great Skully and Molder panel today!

    Hull continues burning with another 3 JJFH events while 5 garbage trucks burn elsewhere on this day.

    And now we have bicycles burning (India), a motorized pig and yet another building under construction in flames. No surprise that a truck full of human waste exploding (with all the methane THAT would produce, it's just STUPID to transport it that way).

    These reports get more "interesting" (in the Chinese curse sense) every day, Jonny!

    Let's see what's going on.

    Recent Storms Moved Giant Rocks Weighing Up to 620 tons: Part 1 of 4

    It turns out that [Hanson's] “Storms of our Grandchildren” are already here today. [more; 15 min. video]

    Friday, 9 March 2018
    Update on cyclone Hola

    Special video on Cyclone Hola’s track to NZ (9/03/18)

    [~ 4.75 min. weather report video]

    Trump ready to meet Kim ‘by May’ after N. Korean leader says he wants to talk denuclearization

    Dahr Jamail on Nature Bats Last

    “He is a superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft.” -Howard Zinn describing Dahr Jamail

    Paul Craig Roberts warns of a possible purge

    A Stalinist Purge In America?

    This year could turn out to be a defining year for the United States. It is clear that the US military/security complex and the Democratic Party aided by their media vassals intend to purge Donald Trump from the presidency. One of the open conspirators declared the other day that we have to get rid of Trump now before he wins re-election in a landslide. [more]

    Stephen Cohen on how Washington provoked a new nuclear arrms race

    How Washington Provoked—and Perhaps Lost—a New Nuclear-Arms Race

    Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. [more]

    These invasive ticks can appear in such numbers that they drain cattle of their blood — and they've now been found in the US for the first time—-and-theyve-now-been-found-in-the-us-for-the-first-time/ar-BBJIhpZ

    New Jersey residents know they need to look out for ticks. The state has one of the highest concentrations of Lyme disease in the country.

    But one recent finding could lead Garden State residents to keep an even closer eye out for the bloodsuckers than normal.

    Somehow, an east Asian tick that has the ability to essentially clone itself and is a noted invasive species in other parts of the world made its way to Hunterdon County.

    And it wasn't just an isolated tick. There were more than 1,000 found in the western area of New Jersey. [more]

    Winter storm update: US east coast hit by 36 inches of snow and counting – 6 inches per hour in Vermont

    For the second time in less than a week, a nor’easter is tearing up the US East Coast. The last one blasted New England with wind gusts up to 97 mph and knocked out power to 2 million homes and businesses. The current one will dump more than a foot of snow from Philadelphia to Boston. [more]

    [more below]

  2. The Big Drowning: More of the San Francisco Bay Area will sink underwater in 2100 than previously thought

    There is not only an elevated risk of large earthquakes in the San Francisco area. Nope! The ground around San Francisco Bay is sinking and is set to meet the rising sea in about 80 years. Now, a new scientific study adds up to this already growing fear of drowning, reporting that this land subsidence will increase the potential reach and damage of flooding in the Bay Area, submerging a larger portion of the region by the year 2100 than previously estimated. Yes, Bay Area residents you should start to worry about your home and protect your next generations from the Big Drowning. [more]

    3 Dozen Shareholder Resolutions Target Oil, Gas and Power Companies on Climate

    Concerned investors want details on climate risk planning, methane and lobbying, but some executives see Trump’s embrace of fossil fuels as reason to say no. [more]

    U.S. Energy Secretary Calls Reducing Fossil Fuel Use “Immoral”

    [wadja expeck from Rick Perry?]

    Crew with seeds, corals restore environment in Puerto Rico


    As crews re-string electric lines and clear debris from Hurricane Maria, a small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists is working on rebuilding natural wonders destroyed by the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.

    Environmental groups and volunteers are gathering native seeds to replant forests across the U.S. territory and grafting broken coral back onto shattered reefs to help repair damage in the largest-ever effort of its kind for Puerto Rico. [more]

    [here's a watchable 30 sec. commercial]
    World’s fastest woman makes PSA for fire prevention

    Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Hola to hit New Caledonia on Friday after battering the South Pacific island of Vanuatu

    A magnitude 7.1 reduced by USGS to a mag 6.8 rocks Papua New Guinea the 5th major quake to strike the country in the last two weeks

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 reduced by USGS to a mag 6.8 struck 135 km (85 miles) east of the town of Rabaul, on the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea’s island of New Britain, at 3.39 a.m. on Friday, local time (1739 GMT on Thursday), the U.S. Geological Survey said. [more]

    [on a whim I went looking for ene news - it's been taken off-line!]

    Globalization Is Going Out of Business

    What Globalization represents is overinvestment in collapse. The recycling of excess capital into excess capacity. Of course, we could have learned that lesson in 2014 via the crude oil market, but instead, yield-starved gamblers recapitalized the shale industry, because they preferred return on capital over return of capital...

    I just noticed that the S&P 500 is tracking oil 1:1 now. Oil is carving out its fourth lower high since late January and now sits on the seven month trendline

    On a related topic, credit card debt just saw its biggest increase in 30 years during the fourth quarter

    Who needs the oldest Dow stock? GE is the only Dow component still in the index since the Dow's inception in 1896 (GE was founded in 1892) [more]

  3. News Links, March 9, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    What Economic Recovery? Half of U.S. Companies Are Losing Money

    European Court of Justice Deals Heavy Blow to "Corporate Sovereignty Clause"
    Is it the beginning of the end for "Investor-State Dispute Settlement" clauses that have become toxic to democracies?

    U.S. trade deficit races to more than nine-year high

    Bill Gates: We will have another financial crisis like the one in 2008—it's a 'certainty'
    But it won't stop there. Thanks to net energy decline (which is the primary cause), the amount of energy available to power the economy keeps falling, giving rise to a perpetual crisis state — what Kunstler calls "the long emergency." This shakedown period will last until the socioeconomic system falls to a level commensurate with the amount of net energy available. And that level will be lower than everyone thinks. -- RF

    Snap confirms it will lay off 'just over 120' employees

    Virtual currencies are commodities, U.S. judge rules

    Bitcoin just tanked below $10,000 after SEC says crypto exchanges must register with agency

    Israeli Army's Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its Image

    "The LIberal World Order Is In Jeopardy": Global Populism Rises To Highest Level Since World War II

    Shale Pioneer Issues Warning To US Drillers

    Oil Investors See Renewables As Unattractive

    Russian oil firms in talks with Iran on its oilfields: Novak

    The Next Entrant in the Shale Revolution? OPEC's Saudi Arabia
    Considering that the shale-drilling industry is seriously profit-challenged, the obvious conclusion to draw from this is that even the Saudis are getting desperate. -- RF

    Cape Town may 'completely' avert 'Day Zero' water crisis, officials say
    13 gallons a day. -- RF

    29 African countries need food aid: FAO report

    Australia weighs the costs of the coming population boom
    Imagine that! A developed country wonders openly if it has too many people. -- RF

    'Rigged' System Blocks Use of Lower-Cost Drugs, FDA Chief Says

    Global CO2 emissions forecast to 2100

    Earth's Flip-Flopping Magnetic Field is Screwing with Satellites Over Africa

    ExxonMobil Takes Heat For 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake In Papua New Guinea

    Army document: US strategy to 'dethrone' Putin for oil pipelines might provoke WW3
    Senior DIA, Air Force and Army officials admit that NATO expansionism and US covert interference in Russian internal politics may trigger "next global conflict"

    [continued below]

  4. Amazon is aware that Alexa is scaring people with seemingly random laughter

    'Deep Voice' Software Can Clone Anyone's Voice With Just 3.7 Seconds of Audio

    Leaked Files Show How the NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers

    Criminals pay just $15 for Apple iCloud account IDs, report claims

    Hey Google! Who Should the US Government Kill Today?

    The National Endowment for (Meddling in) Democracy
    The unwritten rule governing the NED's activities is that the U.S. has an unqualified right to do unto others what others may not do unto the U.S.

    CIA warns of extensive Chinese infiltration of American institutions

    Tokyo's embrace of F-35 fighter presents multiple problems [duh]

    Nuclear regulator: Fukushima accident not over [DUH!]

    Toxic microplastics found in remote Scottish seawater threaten birds and fish, says Greenpeace

    Wealth Inequality In the United States

    Oops, Extra-Gloomy Numbers on the US Trade Deficit in Goods & Services for January

    Rising interest rates will be devastating to the US economy for one big reason

    Corporate Bond Market Gets Ready for Big Reset

    Toys 'R' Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations

    The Latest Bezos Casualty: Claire's To File For Bankruptcy

    Puerto Ricans still stranded in hotels 6 months after storm

    Police are creating a national surveillance network using COMTEC, Project Green Light etc.

    U.S. Consumer Credit Grew in January by Least in Four Months

    U.S. Consumers Rack Up $11.9 Billion in Overdue Credit Card Debt

    After Record Debt-Fuelled Splurge, US Credit Card Usage Post Sharp Slowdown

    Dictator for Life: The Rise of the American Imperial President
    As I keep saying, the US actually has a China-style system of government. -- RF

    Getting Past Trump: This Is How Democracies Die (Part 1)

    Slump in international arrivals to US continued in September, fifth month in a row with fewer arrivals

  5. Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption

    [world's not prepared for anything]

    Dark DNA: The missing matter at the heart of nature

    The discovery of dark DNA is so recent that we are still trying to work out how widespread it is and whether it benefits those species that possess it. However, its very existence raises some fundamental questions about genetics and evolution. We may need to look again at how adaptation occurs at the molecular level. Controversially, dark DNA might even be a driving force of evolution. [more]

    [Today in Mega-Precip Events]
    One for the books: February weather set records throughout Montana

    Erie, Pennsylvania now buried under 13 feet of snowfall - continues to break records

    The next closest in the nation was Syracuse, NY with 102.3 inches. [more]

    Earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea left with dead fish, eels and prawns in polluted rivers

    Dead fish, eels, prawns and other debris are clogging silt and mud-laden waterways, causing stench and unsafe water, while properties have also been damaged.

    The situation is being described as "disastrous" by the Governor's Office in the badly-hit Gulf Province. [more]

    Rare M5.6 earthquake strikes Mozambique-Malawi border, is followed by M5.2

    Thousands of starfish wash up in Andalusia, Spain after 'Beast of the East'

    Storm hits Cadiz, Spain destroys cars, boats and buildings but reveals long lost Roman ruins

    Yachts in the marina at Puerto Sherry were upturned, cars washed away and beach restaurants ripped apart. [more]

    Canadian moose moving from boreal forest to prairies

    Man dies after driving around barricade and onto live wires in New Jersey

    [short video]

  6. Nasdaq closes at record, Dow rallies more than 400 points after jobs report

    U.S. stocks traded higher on Friday after the release of stronger-than-expected employment data. [more]

    Goldilocks And No Bears

    There can be no wage growth, because Supply Side economics is the preference for return on capital over return on labour. Which means that at any sign of wage inflation, interest rates rise stamping out "reflation". It's a Faustian Bargain terminating at Third World status.

    But don't take my word for it:
    "As far as investors are concerned, the key point is that most Fed policymakers still seem pretty confident that inflation pressures won't follow too far behind wage pressures, as businesses pass along a portion of their higher wage bills..That's why an interest-rate scare is looking possible, even if a legitimate inflation scare doesn't materialize.

    This week, Kroger, Dollar Tree, and Ross Stores all said they're raising wages for employees, and their stocks sold off amid worries about profit margins."

    Got that?
    "We must raise interest rates to protect the jobless consumer from the damaging effects of higher wages"

    Clearly, the U.S. has gone full retard, a function of having too many global multinationals domiciled in the U.S., conflating their own interests with that of the country. [more]

    The Philippines most active colossus the Mayon volcano blows red hot lava and clouds of ash erupting on seven separate periods in 24 hours

    I bet you haven’t seen anything like this yet. Look a horseshoe cloud!

    This is one of the rarest clouds ever. And it was captured over Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA on 8 March 2018. It’s called a horseshoe cloud for obvious reasons. An unusual phenomenon called “cloud-moustache” or “vortex horseshoe” was photographed on March 8 in Nevada, USA. It occurs when vertically floating air collides with a horizontal vortex. Or when an arch to another dimension opens up in the sky. [more; see pics]

    [welcome to spring!]
    Heavy rain and melting snow cause flooding in northern Albania (PHOTOS)

    Heavy rain and melting snow have caused flooding and landslides in Albania over the last few days. [more]

    Lava flow confirmed at Shinmoe volcano in Japan following eruptions

    In total, there were 34 explosive eruptions up until March 7.

    New DDoS extortions hit the Internet

    It's a clever and new tactic in which the message becomes the ammunition for the attack. [more]

    NASA Says 'Fireball' That Shook Washington Coast About the Size of a Minivan

    [~ 2.5 min. news video]

    US dollar falls vs. Canadian dollar and Mexican peso