Sunday, November 17, 2019

Event Update For 2019-11-16

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

2019-11-16 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns in coastal Chittagong (Bangladesh), 7+ killed, 25 injured:

Quote: "At least seven people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a police official said. The gas pipeline exploded in front of a five-storey building, blowing walls off the building, local police official Mohammad Mohsin said, citing witnesses."

Note: Puttin' the bang in Bangladesh!

2019-11-16 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Irwindale (California):

2019-11-16 - More than 20 cars go up in flames at 5:30 AM while parked at auto auction site near Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Authorities say an accidental, unspecified electrical anomaly in a vehicle caused a fire that spread through the lot. The Aldine fire chief tells ABC13 that 22 cars caught fire, and the HCFMO says 27 cars total were damaged."

2019-11-16 - Seven cars go up in flames while parked at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2019-11-16 - Seven cars destroyed by fire while parked in parking garage at apartment building in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "Several vehicles caught fire in an incident at an apartment parkade in south Edmonton on Friday night, prompting an evacuation of a building’s residents."

Quote: "Officials said Saturday that seven vehicles were destroyed in the fire."

2019-11-16 - More than 40 cars go up in flames while parked at car business in coastal Alicante (Spain):

Quote: "A fire on an Alicante car storage and distribution company plot in the early hours of Saturday morning burned 41 vehicles and partially damaged another nine."

2019-11-16 - In separate incidents, two cotton warehouses erupt in flame in Portageville (Missouri):

Quote: "Crews responded to two warehouse fires in Portageville, Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 16."

2019-11-16 - In separate incidents, two homes go up in flames before 7 AM within minutes just blocks from each other near Lake St. Clair in Grosse Point Shores (Michigan):

Quote: "Two houses blocks away from each other burst into flames in Grosse Pointe Shores on Saturday morning, causing one house's roof to collapse and forcing several fire departments to team up and battle the separate blazes."

2019-11-16 - Temp of 40.4C, (105F), hottest November temp ever, broils Perth (Australia):

Quote: "Further north along the Western Coast temperatures reached 45 deg C, 113 deg F"

2019-11-16 - Superyachts 'Lohengrin' and 'Reflection' destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM at boatyard in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "Fire rescue personnel believe the fire started on one yacht and then the wind caused it to spread to a second one. 'The first vessel, in neither order makes sense which one’s on fire, but they were both on fire, due to the wind,' said Jeffrey Lucas with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. 'The boat’s worth about $8 million. It was on fire. And then the second boat, right next to it, it's worth about $12 (million) to $16 million, we're being told.'"

Quote: "One of the yachts measures about 160 feet and the second more than 100 feet."

Quote: "Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan called the destruction of the yachts valued at $24 million 'the biggest fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history.'"

Note: These are the 931st and 932nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-16 - Tractor bursts into flame on the A448 in Bromsgrove (Britain):

2019-11-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the E4 near coastal Härnösand (Sweden):

Note: These are the 1996th and 1997th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-16 - RV bursts into flame while parked off Bowles Road in Finley (Washington), pet killed:

Note: This is the 413th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-11-16 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to home, on Katie Court in Enoch (Utah):

Quote: "Cedar City Fire Capt. Travis Fails said he and other firefighters received a call from dispatch at approximately 7:45 p.m., reporting a vehicle on fire inside the garage of a house on Katie Court in Enoch."

2019-11-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home on Bunting Avenue in Grand Junction (Colorado):

2019-11-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-95 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on Page Boulevard in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 217 in Portland (Oregon):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on Route 1 in Smyrna (Delaware):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on highway near coastal Lami (Fiji Islands):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on street in Ludhiana (India):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on Sass Road in Chatham (Canada):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds (Britain):

2019-11-16 - Car bursts into flame on Grafton Gate in Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 16 November, 7.55pm Car fire, Grafton Gate, Central Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus and a toolkit."

2019-11-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home in Grand Haven Township (Michigan):

2019-11-16 - RV trailer and mobile home destroyed by fire in Fair Play (South Carolina), dog(s) killed, nobody there:

2019-11-16 - Two cars and garage destroyed by fire at home, home damaged, on East Baldwin Street in Hackettstown (New Jersey):

2019-11-16 - Historic barn destroyed by fire at 2 AM at Endicott Estate in Dedham (Massachusetts):

2019-11-16 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM in Polk County (Iowa), nobody there:

2019-11-18 - Commercial building(s) destroyed by fire at 1 AM on Broadway Avenue in Harvey (Illinois):

2019-11-18 - Commercial building destroyed by fire on West Chilhowie Street in Marion (Virginia), nobody there:

2019-11-16 - Two mixed-use buildings heavily damaged by fire before 5 AM in coastal San Francisco (California), 2 injured:

2019-11-16 - Home damaged by fire on Hull Street in coastal Cohasset (Massachusetts):

2019-11-16 - Home damaged by fire on Haystack Landing Road in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2019-11-16 - Home damaged by fire on Main Street in Agawam (Massachusetts):

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Northwest Charlie Green Drive in coastal Jensen Beach (Florida):

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield (Connecticut):

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5 AM on Inman Street in Akron (Ohio), 2 injured:

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:30 AM on Dupree Road in McClellanville (South Carolina):

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on West Trail Road in Jackson (Michigan):

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on coastal Staten Island (New York), 6 injured:

2019-11-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Pricetown Road in Ruscombmanor Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Howland Road in Lakeville (Massachusetts), 3 pets killed:

2019-11-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Dan’s Highway in New Canaan (Connecticut):

2019-11-16 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:31 AM in Newport (North Carolina), near the coast, 1 injured:

2019-11-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Kenworthy Avenue in Glens Falls (New York):

2019-11-16 - Three homes go up in flames on Briggs Street in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-16 - Multi-family home destroyed by fire at 1 AM in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-11-16 - Apartment building damaged by fire just after midnight at Cedar Creek Apartments in Yukon (Oklahoma):

2019-11-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on Lee Highway in Falls Church (Virginia):

2019-11-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Washington DC:

2019-11-16 - Deadly fire burns guest house on Ashbrooke Hill in Greenup County (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2019-11-16 - Deadly fire burns home on Garden Park Drive in Toledo (Ohio), 1 killed:

2019-11-16 - Deadly fire burns home on 6th Avenue in Rock Falls (Illinois), 1 killed:

2019-11-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Chester Township (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2019-11-16 - Deadly fire destroys home in the Town of Victory (New York), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-11-16 - Vacant building burns on Main Street in Hartford (Connecticut):

2019-11-16 - Girl, 10, dies after being found facedown in indoor swimming pool at home in Farr West (Utah):

Quote: "A 10-year-old girl is dead after she was found facedown in the indoor swimming pool at her home, near 2000 W. 2700 North."

2019-11-16 - Man, 55, dies while diving in Lake Pleasant (Arizona):

Quote: "The man was diving with a group of six when he became unresponsive near Lake Pleasant Harbor, officials say. CPR was performed by firefighters, but they were not able to resuscitate the man who was pronounced dead on scene, according to MSCO Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez."

2019-11-16 - Boy, 5, found dead at home in coastal Dover (New Hampshire):

2019-11-16 - Girl, 10, dies after being found unconscious at home in Clinton (Illinois):

2019-11-16 - Person found dead in canal in Fresno (California):

2019-11-16 - Man, 54, goes hunting for ginseng and dies in Coshocton County (Ohio):

2019-11-16 - Woman in her 40s goes into cardiac arrest and dies in bathroom at hotel in Paharganj area in Delhi (India):

2019-11-16 - Man, 33, reporter, found dead at home in Banasree area in Dhaka (Bangladesh):

2019-11-16 - Man found dead in dam reservoir in Lythrodontas on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2019-11-16 - Man in his 50s found dead in apartment in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2019-11-16 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Orlando (Florida):

2019-11-16 - Small plane crashes at Renmark North (Australia), 1 injured:

2019-11-16 - Freight train derails in Niagara Falls (New York):

2019-11-16 - Double-decker bus crashes into median on highway in coastal Hong Kong (China), 33 injured:

2019-11-16 - Tanker truck overturns on the Pouce Coupe River bridge, bursts into flame, near Dawson Creek (Canada):

Quote: "DriveBC first reported the crash on the Pouce Coupe River bridge on Highway 49 around 7:30 a.m. The bridge sits five kilometres east of Dawson Creek."

2019-11-16 - Tanker truck overturns on Highway 121 near coastal Sears Point (California):

2019-11-16 - Minibus and truck crash in Sohag (Egypt), 9 killed, 9 injured:

2019-11-16 - SUV veers off road, crashes into school, in coastal Miami (Florida), 1 injured:

2019-11-16 - Pickup truck crashes into guardrail, bursts into flame, near coastal Hanauma Bay (Hawaii), 1 injured:

2019-11-16 - Car slams into police car on I-25 in Adams County (Colorado):

Quote: "Enloe says the 22-year-old woman involved in Saturday's crash may have been suffering a medical episode. At this point, she has not been cited."

2019-11-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into apartment building, bursts into flame, in Hermitage area in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2019-11-16 - Car crashes into median at 2:30 AM in coastal Manhattan (New York), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2019-11-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, on Cantiague Rock Road in Jericho (New York):

2019-11-16 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures 7 people in Koppal (India):

2019-11-16 - Cluster of huge sinkholes found in southern China:

Quote: "A cluster of staggering sinkholes have been discovered in south China. Geologists confirmed that a group of 19 sinkholes found are the latest in a series of world-class sinkholes found in China."

2019-11-16 - Boy, 11, in critical condition after being found unconscious at swimming pool at hotel in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "Saturday evening Cleveland Tech Rescue responded to 4181 W. 150th Street, the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. Eyewitnesses told 19 News that the boy was laying by the pool, unresponsive."

2019-11-16 - Person has 'medical incident' at store on Oystermouth Road in coastal Swansea (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services responded to a medical incident after a shopper was taken ill at a supermarket in Swansea. The air ambulance and police were called to the incident at Tesco on Oystermouth Road at 11.50am on Saturday, November 16."

Note: As you might guess, Oystermouth Road runs right along the coast...

2019-11-16 - Man collapses during run at Stewart Park in Marton (Britain):

Quote: "Ambulance crews descended on a Middlesbrough park after a 'distressing' medical emergency involving a runner. Emergency services were on scene at Stewart Park in Marton on Saturday morning after a man collapsed. It is understood that the man was taking part in the popular parkrun event at the time."

2019-11-16 - Climate change to bring harsh conditions to the US Midwest:

Quote: "Think of a Minnesota with almost no ice fishing. A Missouri that is as hot and dry as Texas. River and lake communities where catastrophic flooding happens almost every year, rather than every few generations. This, scientists warn, is the future of the Midwest if emissions continue at a high rate, threatening the very core of the region's identity."

2019-11-16 - Lightning strike kills 4 people in Kawambwa (Zambia):

2019-11-16 - US natural gas boom is fueling a global plastics boom:

2019-11-16 - The Leonids meteor shower will send bright green shooting stars across the sky this weekend and early next week, here's how to see them:


  1. Good morning Jonny and all readers of JJFH. Each day brings fresh evidence that JJFH is for REAL. All those car fires, many triggered by "an anomalous spark" and then it quickly spreads to many others, all those people (including many children) dying suddenly, and all those fires in buildings, vehicles, electrical substations and elsewhere - point to a mysterious unnamed cause. Jonny figured it out, but the authorities have either failed to catch on or are keeping it under wraps (even from their own members who end up dying due to toxic smoke).

    Let's start the week with a few headlines from Rice Farmer

    News Links, November 18, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    China, US push global debt towards record US$255 trillion as trade war continues to impact global economy

    Bank of England refuses to return 14 tonnes of gold to Venezuela [practicing outright theft - like the U.S.]

    Russia To Reduce US Dollars In National Wealth Fund As Putin's De-Dollarization Continues

    Numbers show joke is on the US, not Huawei
    US ban lit a fire under Huawei, seen taking lead in smartphones and awash in cash as bonds trade at a premium

    Southwest, American, United: No Boeing 737 Max flights until March even if plane returns sooner

    Aviation professionals are seeing effects of pilot shortage: BAML survey
    The next time your flight is delayed, it might just be that there's no one to fly the plane.

    Russia establishes helicopter base in Syrian city as US pulls out

    Author Of "Keep The Oil" Mission Already Distances Himself From Its Foreseeable Failure

    Bolivia's dueling parties strike deal to end political chaos

    David Petraeus: Saudi Arabia is 'Gradually Running out of Money'

    Trump asked Tokyo for $8 billion to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy

    Pentagon's Mark Esper says it's crucial South Korea pay more for US troops
    The problem is that no one can afford so many foreign garrisons any more. -- RF

    Airbus exec: Boeing's 737 Max grounding benefits no one

    The Uncertain Fate Of U.S. Shale In 2020

    South Korea Slaughters 380,000 Pigs After China's Pig Ebola Crosses Border

    Farmageddon: 12 Charts Show That Despite Trump's Aid, Finances For Farmers Are Getting Worse

    Why Growing Food is The Single Most Impactful Thing You Can Do in a Corrupt Political System

    Trump Promises Farmers More Aid Amid Plunging Incomes

    [next part below]

  2. Gathering in groups as society falls apart

    Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn
    Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

    Bay of Fundy bottom littered with 1.8 million pieces of garbage

    Pacific seals at risk as Arctic ice melt lets deadly disease spread from Atlantic

    Ray McGovern: Ukraine For Dummies

    Julian Assange's judge and her husband's links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks

    The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors

    OPCW Whistleblowers: Management Manipulated Reports - Douma 'Chemical Weapon Attack' Was Staged

    The energy industry practices for a 'black swan' cyberattack that could take down the grid

    Julian Assange's lawyer says his health is 'seriously deteriorating'

    Some Fitbit users say they're getting rid of the devices because they don't trust Google

    New Paper Reveals Rail Industry Was Leader in Climate Denial Efforts

    US Is Moving Too Slowly to Harness Drones and AI, Former SOCOM Commander Says

    We're recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about the recycling industry

    U.S. Shale Growth To Flatline Within 2 Years

    UK weather: Flooding chaos as northern England warned of further misery

    Child murder, torture and sexual abuse by British troops covered up by government, report alleges

    GDP Estimates Crash on Dismal Economic Reports

    Industrial Production Dives and It's Not All Strike Related

    Greatest Economy Ever: Small Businesses Forced To Use GoFundMe To Stay Solvent

    Medicare-for-All "Socialism" Is Just Another Racket

    US senator seeks foreign policy reset and sees 'clear and present danger' from China

    US Freight Shipments Skid Below 2014 Level, Hit by the Slowdown in Industrial, Manufacturing & Construction

    The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Analysis

    Household Debt Climbs to Record High, Delinquencies Rise

    70% of Americans say they are struggling financially

    Port Report: LA port sees biggest October box drop in 24 years

    Trump Admin Prepares to Seize Private Land for Border Wall

    Baltimore hits 300 homicides for fifth year in a row

    Pot Calls Kettle Black: Fed Lectures Congress Over Ballooning Deficits

    How bail keeps people locked up for being poor, and led to a $2 billion private industry

    Appeals Court Denies Qualified Immunity To Cop Who Argued Citizens Have No Right To Defend Themselves Against Armed Intruders

    Drug-resistant superbugs are killing thousands of Americans. Here's what you need to know about them

    [more later]

  3. Each day (and week, month & year) i've been commenting here - basically finding stories for Jonny that might make the JJFH cut - but also posting some articles for our overall knowledge, like where we are on the extinction curve. It's been getting worse for years now, but THIS year (and probably from here on out) i'm seeing some signs that we're getting very close to economic failure, complete collapse of the biosphere, and the rapid rise in mortality of both humans and other species.

    Here's one.

    Monday, 18 November 2019
    The forests are dead in NZ'sMt Aspiring National Park



    This is truly disturbing, especially on the heels of yesterday’s post and the revelations from the Taupo area where a hunter reports the same after SIXTY PLUS YEARS of 1080 treatment. The poison simply is not working, and worse it is decimating our native birds. Kea are nearing extinction (here also) and remember this post also about the 10K birds killed in one drop. When is this madness going to be looked at with independent eyes, independent research and an eye for alternatives. They are aerially treating areas that could be easily trapped while saying they only aerially treat inaccessible places.
    Note: this post since published has had 14K shares on FB in one week (currently as at 12/11/19 it is 20K) … at which point the pro poisoners are responding with comments it is not true. The person who provided the info is 100% bonafide & reliable I can assure you. The truth is coming out. I encourage you, if you have similar ‘silent’ stories do contact me using the contact form…. the accumulation of other sightings provides more evidence that 1080 is not conserving our natives & is also killing our non natives. The latter is by design of course although DoC is not outright telling you that. The plan is to totally eliminate all non natives, part of the UN biodiversity insanity. [more; never a good idea to introduce poison into the environment - read Rachel Carson]

    The Deliberate Burning of Australia [~ 55 min. video; author doesn't believe in man-made climate change]

    "It's the tip of the iceberg" Thousands of short-tailed shearwaters migrating from Alaska have been washing up on Sydney's iconic beaches but death rate of Alaskan seabirds is unprecedented

    [next part follows]

  4. Volcano watch: Sheveluch volcano eruption ejects ash plume: Sangeang Api volcano explosive activity: Nevados de Chillán volcano ash plume: Sakurajima Volcano ash warning...

    Climate Crisis: Record warm and record snow in the same day Anchorage: Unprecedented Pink Salmon pre-spawning die-offs: Record-breaking heat Aus: Record rain Mumbai

    At least one dead after bridge collapses in southwest France

    Food prices set to rise in UK as floods ruin crops, planting delayed

    The truth about the Christchurch shooter revealed by document

    New Document shows the role of Police in CHCH Attacks! [~ 7.75 min. video]

    Weird Noises Associated With Meteors, Fireballs and Meteorite Falls – A Link to the Strange Sounds from the Sky?

    Do meteors or fireballs make weird noises when disintegrating through the atmosphere? [more; yeah, probably, but they don't last anywhere near as long, nor sound as strange as the weird noises we've been hearing from all over the world.]

    Measuring the changing climate's effects on California sequoias

    "They've been living and growing in the same place, some of them, for thousands of years," said Baxter.

    "Every organism has thresholds that they can't survive [beyond]," Baxter said. "As it gets hotter, the snow is going to melt earlier and there's going to be less water available for these trees. And it may not be a place that they can continue to grow into the future." [more]

    Record warm and record snow in the same day for Anchorage, Alaska

    On Saturday, Anchorage saw a record high daily temperature of 45° Fahrenheit and a record high snowfall amount of 8.4 inches.

    The normal high temperature for Nov. 16 is 27°F degrees so Saturday's high of 45°F was 18 degrees above normal. Once again, the observed overnight low temperature (31°F) was above the normal high for the day. Overnight lows have been equal to or warmer than normal highs for each day this month. [more]

    Large waterspout filmed off Canterbury, New Zealand

    [from earlier this month]
    Record-setting wave recorded in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia

    Arctic sea ice - 17 November, 2019

    Some Arctic Sea Ice Is Acting Like It's Mid-Summer

    The Chukchi Sea currently has a sea ice extent more reminiscent of summer than early winter, a sign that something is not right in the waters at the highest latitudes of the globe. [more]

    Agency says climate change imperils 60% of Superfund sites

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. [more]

  5. I wouldn't be so sure that the disappeared wildlife in Mount Aspiring National Park has much or anything to do with any poison treatment. The park is located on the western coast of the South Island in New Zealand. There may be other factors at play here that people are not considering, possibly because they are unaware of the existence of those factors.

  6. i completely agree. It's the first thing i thought of. That's how the news media interprets the phenomena. Ours is another.

    [in Celebrity Deaths news today]
    Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in his New Zealand hotel room

    Wellington, New Zealand — Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello has been found dead in his Auckland hotel room days after joining the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League. The 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, apparently of natural causes, on Monday morning, team officials said. [more]

    Populism: It isn't for sale anymore

    There's something happening that the unelected oligarchs I like to call The Davos Crowd hate more than anything else. They can't seem to buy people off anymore. [more]

    Hog Heaven: Feral hogs find and destroy $22K worth of cocaine hidden in the woods

    [Fran, please tell me you aren't anywhere near this]
    Three people dead in Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma

    [There's been so much on the Protest front]
    US and Iran in Iraq: Protesters demand government reforms, 'or else'

    Corruption, mismanagement, partisanship, nepotism and incompetence have been characteristic of all Iraqi leaders who have taken power since the US occupation of Iraq in 2003. Inexperienced Iraqis who were in exile returned to the country once Saddam Hussein was removed. Adel Abdel Mahdi told me when he was the Vice President: "We should return as opposition politicians because we don't know how to run the country".

    The Shia in Iraq represent the majority and are holding 65% of the legislative and executive power in the country. This fact is positive for Iran but not necessarily negative for the US. If Washington wants more than a mutually beneficial relationship with Iraq, it must expect to lose more. [more]

    [2nd part next]

  7. US vs Wikileaks: Espionage and the First Amendment

    If the United States seeks to put on trial WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, what are the implications for freedom of speech, for protection of government secrets and for news organizations on the Internet? has convened a panel of legal specialists to explore questions raised by a prosecution.

    As one of the panelists put it, "The WikiLeaks events tee up the question of defining 'media' in the new, Internet era like no previous case." [more]

    China sees 3rd plague case after man, 55, eats wild rabbit

    Plague is a serious bacterial infection that's separated into three main types: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic. Plague is usually contracted after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the Yersinia pestis bacterium or by handling an infected animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease can be fatal if not promptly treated.

    The case comes after reports last week that two people also from Inner Mongolia were reportedly diagnosed with pneumonic plague, the least common type of plague but the most dangerous, the Mayo Clinic says. It's considered the most dangerous because it's highly contagious, easily spread from person to person through cough droplets. The patients involved in the first two cases were diagnosed with the disease at a hospital in Beijing. [more]

    BREAKING: Epstein Island sold to wealthy Middle Eastern businessman Haadid Nahkil Muhssef

  8. Quote: "Think of a Minnesota with almost no ice fishing. A Missouri that is as hot and dry as Texas. River and lake communities where catastrophic flooding happens almost every year, rather than every few generations. This, scientists warn, is the future of the Midwest if emissions continue at a high rate, threatening the very core of the region's identity."

    I'm crying "Bullshit" on the above. No, ice fishing will not disappear from Minnesota. That is laughable. While Alaska may continue to warm in the coming years, Minnesota will probably get colder. A Missouri that is as hot and dry and Texas. Again, that is laughable. Sure at times that may happen. But over the long haul? No. If anything I think regular flooding is in the cards for ol' Mizzou.

    Climate is a changin', but emissions from human activity ain't causing it. I am convinced of this. So, I no longer subscribe to AGW. Which means I don't think that C02 is the "boogie man". Yes I watched the cute little experiment video proving that C02 has a warming impact in a closed, controlled setting. The Earth's atmosphere is nothing like that experiment. In other words, that video is cute, trite, and might get a kid an "A" in a middle school science project. But that's about all it's good for.

  9. Welp, I've got no prob with whatever you want to believe, Mike. But the bottle experiment did verify that adding CO2 to the atmosphere increases its heat absorption. It's the carbon that actually absorbs the heat. Carbonate greenhouses work the same way - the carbon in the carbonate absorbs heat, allowing people to grow plants inside greenhouses in temps where they otherwise would die.

    Methane is 100 times more heat-absorptive. It looks BLACK in infrared, meaning that it's absorbing just about ALL heat. Here's infrared footage from the Aliso Canyon methane release in California:

    So adding CO2 and methane to the atmosphere makes the Earth blacker in the infrared spectrum. E.g. more heat-absorptive. In a life of observations, I have yet to find an example where painting something black didn't make it hotter. It doesn't matter what it is. A black tent is hotter than a white one. A black shed is hotter than a green one. Paint a mountain black and it will heat up. Paint a city black and it will heat up. And I don't see any reason why painting a planet black will not also make it heat up too.

    In short, it seems mighty coincidental that we're painting the planet black and at the same time it is heating up. I don't think that's ALL of the story, but I can't just discount a life of observing that painting things darker colors makes them warmer. Perhaps your experience is different though.

  10. Brace For Impact! The U.S. Economy Is Going Down, And It Is Going Down Hard

    I have so many bad economic numbers to share with you that I don’t even know where to start. I had anticipated that the U.S. economic slowdown would accelerate during the fourth quarter of 2019, and that is precisely what has happened. The Federal Reserve is trying to do all that it can to keep us from officially slipping into a recession, and the federal government is literally spending money as if tomorrow will never come, but all of that intervention has not been enough to reverse our economic momentum. We are really starting to see conditions begin to deteriorate very rapidly now, and 2020 is already shaping up to be the most pivotal year for the U.S. economy since 2008. [more]