Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Event Update For 2018-09-24


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

2018-09-24 - Unknown foul odor hits coastal Channelview (Texas):

Quote: "Officials at a Channelview chemical plant say it isn't the source of an odor in the area after several residents pointed to the company as a potential culprit. The company, LyondellBasell, started air monitoring procedures at 12:30 a.m. and found that air quality was within regulatory and safety standards, said Meredith Matthews, spokeswoman for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region. 'The odor is not associated with our site,” Matthews said in a statement. 'We continue to work with the proper external authorities to help them in determining the cause.' Some residents began reporting the smell on Monday night. Twitter user @stina_marie333 said early Tuesday morning, 'Anybody in #Channelview smelling a terrible, nearly unbearable smell?' Another Twitter user identified as Ruby Gutierrez Ayala, @rugutuzayala, described the odor. 'Channelview smells like it's going to explode,' she tweeted."

Note: Explode? So it must have been a rotten egg odor that people smelled, like the odorant added to natural gas, or like hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico right there...

2018-09-24 - Southern Ocean around Antarctica warming at an alarming rate:

Quote: "The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming at an alarming rate—twice that of the rest of the world's oceans. Now, researchers have developed more powerful evidence pointing to the human causes. Though warming had been observed in the past, there was little historical data to allow scientists to pinpoint the causes with much certainty. In a new study, researchers used climate models, the past observations that did exist and data flowing in from new ocean-going sensors to show how greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere have led to both a warming of the Southern Ocean and an increase in its freshwater content. The findings also rule out natural variability as a major source of those changes."

2018-09-24 - Landfill fire spews toxic smoke in coastal Denpasar on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2018-09-24 - Underground fire and explosion(s) blow four manhole covers off in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "The incident isn't the first of its kind in Downtown Baltimore. Similar incidents happened in February and June of this year."

2018-09-24 - Around 23 cars and auto shop destroyed by fire in coastal Zamboanga Sibugay (Philippine Islands):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to second car and home, in Glastonbury (Connecticut), nobody there:

Quote: "The fire was reported on Naubuc Avenue around 4 a.m., initially as a car fire. When firefighters arrived, they found two vehicles burning in the driveway. The fire had also extended to the home."

2018-09-24 - Huge sinkhole devours chunk of beach at coastal Inskip Point (Australia):

Quote: "Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters told media the current sinkhole was larger than the hole that swallowed 200m of beachfront in September 2015."

2018-09-24 - Gas plant damaged by fire near Midland (Texas):

2018-09-24 - Boat bursts into flame on the River Avon in Newbridge (Britain):

Note: This is the 874th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-24 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Molina de Segura (Spain):

Note: This is the 548th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-09-24 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-77 at 6 AM near Beckley (West Virginia):

2018-09-24 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-95 near Fayetteville (North Carolina):

2018-09-24 - Semi tractor bursts into flame while parked at Tennessee Mills in Livingston (Tennessee):

Note: These are the 2061st, 2062nd and 2063rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-24 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Eureka Road in Roseville (California):

2018-09-24 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on 11th Street in Reedley (California):

2018-09-24 - Garbage truck bursts into flame and explodes on Maysville Road in Madison County near Huntsville (Alabama):

2018-09-24 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Sunyani (Ghana):

2018-09-24 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on the Danville Expressway in Danville (Virginia):

2018-09-24 - Mail truck bursts into flame on North First Avenue in Iowa City (Iowa):

2018-09-24 - Truck bursts into flame on the M180 in Humberside (Britain):

Quote: "Mw M180. Mon 24 Sep 2018 07:50 (No:21383) Lorry fire, one hose reel and one BA in use. Incident left with highway agency."

2018-09-24 - RV and car go up in flames at classic car dealership in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said a 30-foot recreational vehicle and a sedan caught fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. The RV was destroyed, but the sedan may be salvageable for parts."

Note: This is the 429th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-24 - Campervan bursts into flame on Hither Green Lane in coastal London (Britain):

2018-09-24 - SUV bursts into flame at 3:30 AM while parked on East Whitmer Street in Decatur (Illinois):

2019-09-24 - Police car bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at food market, fire spreads to building, in Schenectady (New York):

Quote: "Fire crews responded to a fire at Mo's Food Market in Schenectady early Monday morning. The Schenectady Fire Department says the flames began as a car fire before spreading to the building on Becker Street."

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on I-5 in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway near coastal Burleigh (New Jersey):

2018-09-24 - Three cars go up in flames while parked at mall in Eqaila (Kuwait), near the coast:

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame at 11:20 PM while parked on Shaw Street in Bury (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on the M2 near coastal London (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on the A27 near coastal Havant (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on the B3413 in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on Preston New Road in Blackburn (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame at 2:17 AM on Hartsbridge Road in Oakengates, Telford (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame on Dutton Way in Iver (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 24 September, 1.04pm Car fire, Dutton Way, Iver. One appliance and crew from Langley attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus."

2018-09-24 - Car bursts into flame at 1:07 AM at roundabout in Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 24 September, 1.07am Small fire in car, South Saxon Roundabout, junction of Childs Way and Saxon Street, Central Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus."

2018-09-24 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home in Dothan (Alabama):

2018-09-24 - Building under construction goes up in flames at 5:40 AM at school in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2018-09-24 - Plastic bag factory damaged by fire in Delhi (India):

2018-09-24 - Garage destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM at home in Girard (Pennsylvania):

2018-09-24 - Garage goes up in flames at apartment complex in Henrico County (Virginia):

2018-09-24 - Home damaged by fire at 4:30 near the Chemung River on West Water Street in Elmira (New York):

2018-09-24 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 8 injured:

2018-09-24 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Sitka (Kentucky):

2018-09-24 - Home destroyed by fire at 4:45 AM in Mt Juliet (Tennessee):

2018-09-24 - Home destroyed by fire shortly before 5 AM on Hall Road in coastal Woolwich (Maine):

2018-09-24 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 3:30 AM in Evansville (Indiana):

2018-09-24 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in Sidney (Ohio), nobody there:

2018-09-24 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on Mary Street in Erlanger (Kentucky):

2018-09-24 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-09-24 - Condo building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Renton (Washington):

2018-09-24 - Motel damaged by fire in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2018-09-24 - Deadly fire burns home in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2018-09-24 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM in Fairmount (New York), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-09-24 - Vacant home burns in the wee hours in Cahokia (Illinois):

2018-09-24 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Topeka (Kansas):

2018-09-24 - Vacant business burns in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2018-09-24 - Red tide killing everything in its path up and down the Gulf Coast in Florida:

2018-09-24 - Minke whale washes ashore dead at Indians Wells Beach on Long Island (New York):

2018-09-24 - Woman, 72, found dead in hot tub at home in Creswell (Oregon):

Quote: "Investigators said the death could have been the cause of a medical issue or the woman falling asleep."

Note: You'd have to be sleeping pretty damn hard not to wake up when you started breathing water...

2018-09-24 - Woman, 54, dies while scuba diving in West Hill Pond in New Hartford (Connecticut):

Quote: "New Hartford police say 51-year-old Carol Driscoll, of East Longmeadow, did not respond for some 'unknown reason' when her instructor signaled her to surface the water during deep dive training Saturday at West Hill Pond. The instructor went in after Driscoll and found her unresponsive. Life-saving efforts were performed at the scene. She was taken to a Torrington hospital, then transferred to Hartford Hospital where she died Sunday."

2018-09-24 - Police officer, man, 37, has 'medical emergency' at jail, dies shortly later, in Oak Park Heights (Minnesota):

Quote: "An officer at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights died from a medical emergency after he responded to help another officer who was assaulted by an inmate, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Oak Park Heights Officer Joseph Parise, 37, passed away at Regions Hospital on Monday."

2018-09-24 - Man, 46, drops dead before 4:45 AM in jail cell in Aiken County (South Carolina):

2018-09-24 - Man, 56, has 'medical condition' and dies, milk truck veers into field, in Fond du Lac County (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Police say the 56-year-old man from Berlin was driving west on County Highway AS when he suffered the medical condition. The truck continued 40 yards into the field before coming to a stop."

2018-09-24 - Driver has 'medical emergency' and dies shortly later, pickup truck hits tree, in Mason City (Iowa):

Quote: "A person who struck a tree with their truck Monday morning in a residential neighborhood near downtown Mason City died from a medical emergency, according to police."

2018-09-24 - Man, 58, has 'medical emergency' and dies at train station in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "Authorities believe he fell out of his wheelchair during a medical emergency. There was no indication of trauma or foul play, police said."

2018-09-24 - Man, 40s or 50s, found dead in Bernard Bayou near Three Rivers Road in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2018-09-24 - Woman found dead on beach in coastal Miami Beach (Florida):

2018-09-24 - Man, 35, dies while swimming in the Outer Banks (North Carolina):

2018-09-24 - Man found dead in car at Walmart in Cookeville (Tennessee):

2018-09-24 - Man found dead in car at Rexburg Motor Sports in Rexburg (Idaho):

2018-09-24 - Person found dead on Summer Meadow Trail in Campobello (South Carolina):

2018-09-24 - Boy, 17, dies after being pulled from the Valencia River on the island of Trinidad:

2018-09-24 - Man, 19, found dead in lake in Lucknow (India):

2018-09-24 - Woman, 49, dies while swimming at beach in coastal Margate (South Africa):

2018-09-24 - Man found dead in Ullswater Lake near Penrith (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Boy, 3, suddenly dies at home in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2018-09-24 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing and blows tires at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "Delta Airlines flight 20 made a hard landing at JFK, the Port Authority Police union said on Twitter. Smoke was pouring from the 767 plane's brakes and several of its tires blew upon landing, the union said."

2018-09-24 - Small plane crashes near Rainy Pass (Alaska), 1 killed:

2018-09-24 - Two tractor trailers crash on I-255 near Dupo (Illinois):

2018-09-24 - Tractor trailer overturns on Circle Drive South in Saskatoon (Canada):

2018-09-24 - SUV and passenger bus collide head-on shortly before 1 AM in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 6 injured:

2018-09-24 - SUV's brakes fail at 1:45 AM, SUV crashes into home, on Oak Creek Drive in Lakeside (California):

2018-09-24 - SUV veers off road, slams into home, in Hewitt (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "The 37-year-old driver may have had a medical issue, authorities said."

2018-09-24 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3:30 AM, hits culvert and tree, in Cleveland (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-09-24 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, on Highway 34 near Kirkwood (Illinois), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-09-24 - Car veers off road in the wee hours, crashes into wall, in Tulsa (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

Quote: "The OHP says the driver may have had a medical issue just before the crash."

2018-09-24 - Car veers off road, crashes down embankment, on I-15 near Lake Street in Lake Elsinore (California), 1 injured:

2018-09-24 - Car veers off road, hits embankment, bursts into flame, in Aiken County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-09-24 - Naked man runs around, enters home, stabs three elderly people, killing one, in Columbus (Georgia):

2018-09-24 - Man, 30, runs around at Chick-fil-A at 1 AM, strips naked, tries to start fight, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A Florida man is facing charges after authorities say he stripped outside of a Chick-Fil-A and ran around yelling at people to look at his exposed genitals."

2018-09-24 - Family pit bull attacks and injures 15-year-old boy at home on George Street in Hagerstown (Maryland):

2018-09-24 - Sinkhole opens and swallows people at industrial estate in coastal Shenzhen (China), 5 killed:

Quote: "Five people died when a 10 metre (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, local authorities said Tuesday. The Shenzhen Longgang district government said on its verified page on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that five people had died and added that it was investigating the incident."

2018-09-24 - Bridge under construction over the Kalnagini River collapses in West Bengal (India):

2018-09-24 - Man, 52, loses consciousness while bodyboarding at coastal Makapu'u Beach (Hawaii):

Quote: "Responders say the man was bodyboarding around 2 p.m. when he lost consciousness. Ocean Safety personnel responded, pulled the man from the water and began CPR once onshore."

2018-09-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Kagawong on Manitoulin Island (Canada):

2018-09-24 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts near Mexico City (Mexico):

2018-09-24 - Mud volcano erupts in coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2018-09-24 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Periban (Mexico), 7 killed, 5 missing, 40 homes destroyed:

Quote: "Giron said witnesses reported that the rush of water was so powerful that it sucked some people out of houses. 'The water devastated everything in its path,' he said. Giron said about 40 homes, all along the banks of the river, were destroyed."

2018-09-24 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Himachal Pradesh (India), 2+ killed:

2018-09-24 - Supertyphoon Trami threatens Japan's Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan:

2018-09-24 - New gene-editing report highlights risks to human health and our environment:

2018-09-24 - Evidence the housing bubble is bursting? Home sellers are slashing prices at the highest rate in at least eight years:


  1. Good morning Jonny, everyone. Lots to give one pause in today's report. Take for example the people who were standing around when a sinkhole opened up and they dropped to their deaths instantly. That could be any of us at any time. Being in a building isn't any deterrent, as we've seen a guy sleeping in bed (in Florida) was never seen again as a sinkhole ate part of his house - the part with his bedroom - and he disappeared.

    But you don't even need a sinkhole to frighten you now. Hydrogen sulfide can kill you instantly at any time (see today's post above, for numerous examples without explanation).

    Let's see what's going on today.

    [from our Celebrity Deaths page]
    Sons of Anarchy star Paul John Vasquez dies at 48 of apparent heart attack

    A cause of death has yet to be determined.

    Paul becomes the second actor from the wildly popular show to have passed away in recent months.

    His former co-star Alan O'Neill died in July, having suffered from several heart problems over the years. [more]

    Crack in beam shuts down San Francisco's new $2B terminal

    San Francisco officials shut down the city's celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center's public roof garden.

    It sits adjacent to another dubious landmark, the so-called sinking condominium, Millennium Tower, which has settled about 18 inches (45 centimeters) since it opened over a former landfill in 2009. Homeowners have filed multiple lawsuits against the developer and the city, some alleging that construction of the transit center caused the Millennium Tower's sinking.

    Zabaneh said he did not believe that the cracked beam was related to ongoing problems at Millennium Tower. [more]

    [from the "Don't Tell Scribbler" page]
    Wednesday, 26 September 2018
    The limits of electric transportation

    Not enough lithium to electrify transportation

    China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

    Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.

    Arctic & Antarctic Update & Climate Cast with Margo (Sept. 25, 2018)
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2018/09/arctic-and-antractic-update-09252018.html [~ 100 min.]

    Margo gives updates on the Arctic Sea Ice melt season winding down and gives a preview to the Antarctic spring and summer seasons. She also reviews several articles and shows greenhouse gas levels from CAMS. [more]

    Why Are So Many People Talking About The Potential For A Stock Market Crash In October?

    When the stock market does collapse, it won’t exactly be a surprise. And a lot of people out there are pointing to October for historical reasons. I did not know this, but it turns out that the month with the most market volatility since the Dow was first established has been the month of October…

  2. News Links, September 26, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    President-Elect of Mexico's Bombshell: Economy in "Situation of Bankruptcy"

    Argentina In Discussions With IMF to Increase Credit Line

    EU Rebukes Trump, Will Create "Special Vehicle" to Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

    World Bank report warns Gaza Strip economy is in 'free fall'

    Here comes the 30-year trade war
    Trade tensions between the US and China could drag on for decades but China's focus on its Belt and Road Initiative could provide relief

    Central Bank Gold Purchases Now Control 10% Of The Total Market

    When the NY Post Starts Talking About Economic Collapse, You'd Better Pay Attention

    Wealth Of Top 1% Surpasses $100 Trillion: More Than Global GDP And All Central Bank Balance Sheet

    Starbucks plans changes to company structure, layoffs

    North Korea successfully using cryptos to evade US sanctions

    These Are the Times Bitcoin Was Made For

    Tensions Grow as China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

    India in talks to join US global development partnership countering China's belt and road plan

    US to Start 'Disrupting' North Korean Oil Smuggling

    U.S. sanctions Venezuela officials, Trump slams Maduro

    Saudi plan to 'accept Israel as a brotherly state'

    Pompeo, Bolton to Headline Shady Anti-Iran Event During UNGA

    NGO Migrant Ship Has Registration Revoked; No More Libya-Europe Runs

    'We're moving to higher ground': America's era of climate mass migration is here

    Watch Algerian First Arrivals: Spain's 2019 Migration Crisis Will Dwarf Italy's Disaster

    How Much Does The U.S. Spend On Defending Global Oil Supplies?

    Oil hits four-year high as OPEC, Russia resist output rise to offset Iran sanctions

    $100 Oil Is A Distinct Possibility

    OPEC, Russia Dash Hopes Of Higher Oil Production

    Power grid pressure: Climate change to increase electricity demands

    Colorado takes fracking restrictions to the polls

    Coal remains top global energy generator

    Frac Sand Market Faces Supply Chain Disruption

    Nearly 600,000 Children At Risk Of Death From Hunger In War Zones [Move to where the FOOD IS! (Sam Kinison)]

    Our Wireless Tech Is Unsafe, and These 5 US Government Agencies Have Tried to Warn Us

    Lack of essential vitamin can explain why seabird populations crash [H2S is more likely the cause]

    [more below]

  3. In a few years we're probably not going to have enough doctors to treat our aging population (US)

    Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

    Everything you've been told about plastic is wrong – the answer isn't recycling
    Recycling is an easy cop-out for governments and large corporations, but the truth is that we have to take very different action if we want to stop irreversibly poisoning the planet [too late now]

    Number of babies born with syphilis has more than doubled since 2013 (US)

    WHO extremely concerned about Ebola 'perfect storm' in Congo

    America is on the verge of a nursing crisis

    First It Was a Hurricane. Then Pig Poop. Now It's Coal Ash

    Google made a subtle change to Chrome that could help it track you online

    September 25th is "National Panic Day" a day where Americans are encouraged to spy on each other

    Forensicator's Analysis Supports Assange's Statements On The DNC, Podesta Emails

    Bannon Declares 'War Rooms' to Win European Elections – and That's Not Meddling?

    "I Don't Give A Shit If It's A Crime": Fourth Veritas Video Reveals IRS Still Targeting Conservatives

    Verizon Wireless Network Suffers Massive Outage Across US

    Truth Is Evaporating Before Our Eyes. Does anyone notice? (Paul Craig Roberts)

    3 Ways Facebook Is Increasingly Becoming An Arm Of The US Government

    The World's Fragile Economic Condition – Part 1

    10 Unexpected Things The World Is Running Out Of

    Why the American empire has lost control—and its failure is imminent

    Extreme heat likely ruining Kyoto's famed moss gardens

    China denies request for Hong Kong port call by American warship [no, you go now!]

    The Surest Sign Yet Billionaires Are Building an Oligarchy

    The Four Disastrous Presidential Policies of the Past 60 Years That Are Destroying the Nation

    With 911 dispatchers in short supply, average response time is slower

    Trade war means much of America's soybean harvest will go unsold

    American Credit Scores Hit a Record High
    The bad news is bank card, mortgage and auto loan debt are all flashing red.

    Bank Of America Calls It: "The Peak In Home Sales Has Been Reached; Housing No Longer A Tailwind"

    Disappearing Farmland: Small-towns Trade Farmland for Residential Development

    Amazon Is Getting Cities and States to Rob Their Own Citizens

  4. [Another plane with an engine fire makes an emergency landing]
    Transatlantic jet makes emergency landing in Dublin due to engine fire warning

    A TRANSATLANTIC JET has made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport after the crew reported an engine fire. [more]

    Severe Thunderstorms With Damaging Winds May Develop in the Northeast Wednesday

    [including ALL of PA]

    [it began warm, dreary, damp & humid this morning, now it's hot (81 currently) & humid]

    Vassals fighting back? Europe creating 'special payment channel' threatening dollar's reserve status

    In a stunning vote of "no confidence" in the US monopoly over global payment infrastructure, one month ago Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US that would allow Brussels to be independent in its financial operations from Washington and as a means of rescuing the nuclear deal between Iran and the west. [more]

    Erdogan: Turkey will continue buying gas from Iran despite US sanctions

    Research on plant intelligence may forever change how you think about plants

    Michael Pollan, author of such books as "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "The Botany of Desire," wrote the New Yorker piece about the developments in plant science. He says for the longest time, even mentioning the idea that plants could be intelligent was a quick way to being labeled "a whacko." But no more, which might be comforting to people who have long talked to their plants or played music for them.

    Pollan says plants have all the same senses as humans, and then some. In addition to hearing, taste, for example, they can sense gravity, the presence of water, or even feel that an obstruction is in the way of its roots, before coming into contact with it. Plant roots will shift direction, he says, to avoid obstacles. [more]

    Over 1,500 still stranded in snow-marooned Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Breathtaking video shows waterspout near Galveston Seawall, Texas

    The spout did not appear to be associated with any storm systems [more]

    Three people and 43 sheep killed by lightning strikes in Karnataka, India

    As many as 18 sheep died after being struck by lightning in Dongaon village of Chitapur taluk in Kalaburagi district on Tuesday.

    In Vijayapura district, three people and 25 sheep died in two incidents of lightning strike on Tuesday. [more]

    Antarctica’s ‘moss forests’ are drying and dying

    [SOTT completely lifts this article, replaces the headline to read: Colder summers killing Antarctica's moss forests and posts it on their site - 'colder summers' is mentioned NOWHERE in the original article!]

    Surprise, surprise: Eating junk food raises risk of depression, says multi-country study

  5. Naw, they were deceptive but the article does mention colder summers:

    "Healthy green moss has turned red or grey, indicating that plants are under stress and dying. This is due to the area drying because of colder summers and stronger winds."

    They were deceptive in that they're cherry-picking. The summers are only colder in EAST Antarctica. Antarctica as a whole has lost 3 trillion tons of ice, because ice loss in WEST Antarctica has been huge and rapidly increasing, and the Southern Ocean is warming.


    They simply neglected to mention the fact that Antarctica as a whole is rapidly melting, despite the fact that so far East Antarctica isn't doing so bad when taken in isolation from the whole, other than the ozone depletion killing off the moss. Antarctica losing 3 trillion tons of ice in the last 25 years seems like a pretty important fact to leave out - that's the deception. Sleight-of-hand stuff - look here but definitely do not look THERE.

  6. Also, I think the deception - leaving out that important part of the picture - was inadvertent on the part of the original article's authors. They're just focused on their particular area, doing the science, etc. But they should have foreseen that the cherry-pickers would come along and use their science to advance their agenda, because that happens all the time.

  7. Ok, ONE sentence (hey, so sue me, aight?!).

    Taking into consideration that the moss is a member of an extremophile plant group - living in very harsh conditions (especially WINTER there) - it's unlikely that summers get all that cold, so it seems like their drying up is a matter more of lack of precipitation than anything else. Moss likes damp conditions - not windy and dry. If the summer season doesn't warm up enough to produce any melt or precipitation, or because it's becoming shorter in duration than they're used to, I can see THAT as being a cause.

    "Antarctic mosses are extremophiles, the only plants that can survive the continent’s frigid winters. They live in a frozen desert where life-sustaining water is mostly locked up as ice, and they grow at a glacial pace – typically just 1 mm a year.

    These mosses are home to tardigrades and other organisms, all of which survive harsh conditions by drying out and becoming dormant. When meltwater is available, mosses soak it up like a sponge and spring back to life."

    I see your point, and I think mine is still valid - they're pushing their 'global cooling' agenda by misstating the title.

    Notice the hopium filled conclusion - you know, IF WE do "something" maybe they'll survive. Like it's up to HUMANITY, the species with the worst track record on the planet for fucking shit up and destroying everything it touches. R i i i i ght.

    '22 degree sun halo' seen in the skies of central India

    Sun halos seen over Oregon's northern coast

    Hundreds of sandpipers in 'collective suicide' at Ecuadorian high-altitude lakes

    Every year in the high-altitude lake area of Ozogoche, in eastern Ecuador, hundreds of upland sandpipers (known in Spanish as cuvivíes ) fall dead in the months of September and October. Many theories have hoped to explain this bizarre occurrence in the Andean province of Chimborazo but it's not yet clear why these small greyish birds throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the lakes that are considered sacred by the local indigenous community.

    "This happens every year, so it's a bit hard to prove that the birds are sick and die this way,"

    Another theory says that the sulfuric steam from volcanic lakes is intoxicating the birds, however, no other local species appear to suffer from this. Although she hasn't been able to prove any of the theories, Santander believes the weather has something to do with the mysterious actions of the birds. "We consider that, because of the weather of the place, the strong winds make the birds fall into the lake and they receive a thermal shock that causes their death."
    [i doubt it, since the CAN fly]

    There are so many dead birds by the end that the locals have started incorporating them into their diet.

    Miguel Marcatoma, a villager that attends the celebrations every year, told AP. Raúl Tenesaca, the local shaman, is the one who leads the purification ritual to honour the birds.

    For him, the birds sacrifice themselves "for the life of the people who live here, in the coldest altitudes of this place". [more; yeah, right - it's all about the fucking humans, geez . ..]

    Flash flooding in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York turns roads into rivers

    [i neglected to mention, when i stated the temperature around here today was close to 85, that the HUMIDITY was ALSO in the 80's!]

    Ominous connection with Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser eruptions...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZIYSo1Jk4k&list=PLo273xJs-T3S873dM8-U6AuEE49Pl1LId [3.75 min. MrMBB333 video]


  8. Oh yeah, they're pushing the global cooling agenda. No idea why. I mean, c'mon, it's not global cooling that destroyed so much ice in the Arctic that a container ship was able to sail through for the first time in human history. It's not global cooling making Greenland lose a billion tons of ice PER DAY. It's not global cooling that's made Antarctica lose 3 trillion tons of ice in the last 25 years. It's not global cooling that's making the oceans so much hotter, with record ocean temps set off California this year. You can see it with your own two eyes, looking at the ice in the Arctic ebb and flow year-by-year in animations. The 'ebbing' is intensifying as the ice disappears.

    So, it's a crazy position to take. You have to ignore pretty much everything - measurements, observations, your own eyes, reason. I can picture their homes bursting into flame during summer and them fleeing into 120F temps screaming, 'Global cooling!'