Monday, November 18, 2019

Event Update For 2019-11-17

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

2019-11-17 - Sixth mass extinction well under way:

2019-11-17 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked near Gladewater (Texas):

Note: This is the 414th RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 11th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-11-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 2:15 AM and kills teen boy near Santa Paula (California):

2019-11-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover 20 feet into the air in West Chester (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire release asbestos in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2019-11-17 - Piles of pallets and mulch go up in flames at pallet recycling business in Lakeland (Florida):

Quote: "It's believed the facility contains piles of wood pallets and mulch."

2019-11-17 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Venice (Florida):

Quote: "They said the aircraft was on Runway 5 at the airport headed to take off. The pilot smelled smoke in the Piper PA-32 Cherokee 6, a single-engine six-seater. The pilot and his passenger exited the plane. The aircraft became fully engulfed in flames shortly afterward."

Note: This is the 145th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Tesla Supercharger charging station bursts into flame at Wawa store in Parsippany (New Jersey):

2019-11-17 - Record warmth and record snowfall occur on the same day in Anchorage (Alaska):

2019-11-17 - Waste processing site erupts in flame at 4:06 AM on Greatmoor Road in Edgcott (Britain):

Quote: "Sunday 17 November, 4.06am Fire at waste processing site, Greatmoor Road, Edgcott. One appliance and crew from Buckingham, two from Aylesbury, two from Didcot and an officer attended. Firefighters used two main jets, two hose reels, a portable pump, a thermal imaging camera and environmental protection equipment. Relief crews will be taking over later in the morning."

2019-11-17 - Cargo ship 'Silver Way' bursts into flame in the Sea of Japan near coastal Pohang (South Korea):

Quote: "General cargo ship SILVER WAY with 13 Russian crew reported fire on board at around 1340 Seoul time Nov 17 in Japan sea, NE of Homi Cape, Pohang, Korea, while en route from Nakhodka Russia to Busan with 2500 tons of timber on board."

2019-11-17 - Fishing vessel 'Kebelle II' bursts into flame near coastal Portsall (France):

Quote: "On Nov 17, 2019 at 4:30, p.m. the skipper of the 'Kebelle II' abandoned his ship to a life raft off Portsall and alerted the CROSS Corsen. He fired distress flares to signal his position."

2019-11-17 - Boats, RV and barn destroyed by fire in Chelsford (Canada):

Quote: "An RV, boats and a storage unit were all but destroyed, LeClair told, while a garage was damaged."

Note: These are the 933rd, 934th, 935th and 936th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 415th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Train car bursts into flame at 4:30 AM in Creola (Alabama):

2019-11-17 - School bus bursts into flame at 3:59 AM while parked in bus yard in Fort St. John (Canada):

Quote: "On Friday, November 15, 2019, at 3:59 AM the City of Fort St John Fire Department responded to a school bus on fire within the locked school bus yard."

Note: This is the 156th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 557th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Wedding bus bursts into flame on Asia Highway in Manorom District (Thailand):

Note: This is the 558th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-40 in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2019-11-17 - Tractor, hay and barn go up in flames in Darke County (Ohio):

Quote: "A tractor and 40 bales of hay were damaged, but no one was injured."

2019-11-17 - Tractor and barn destroyed by fire in Westminster (Vermont):,590444

Note: These are the 1998th, 1999th and 2000th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-17 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in coastal San Jose (California):

Quote: "A garage and an RV were destroyed Sunday night in a fire just south of San Jose's Japantown, the San Jose Fire Department said. The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of North Fifth Street near Empire Street. The initial call was for an RV on fire on an adjoining property to where the garage was, fire Capt. Brad Cloutier said, but the flames spread to a wooden fence and to the garage."

Note: This is the 416th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Campervan bursts into flame while parked at home on Dickson Road in coastal Blackpool (Britain):

2019-11-17 - Van bursts into flame on Highway 12 in Dane County (Wisconsin):

2019-11-17 - SUV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on La Jolla Shores Drive in coastal La Jolla (California):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Willowbrook on coastal Staten Island (New York):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame on Grand Central Parkway in coastal Queens (New York):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame at 12:45 AM on street in coastal Warrnambool (Australia):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame on the A38 near Chudleigh Knighton (Britain):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame on Wrea Brook Lane in Warton (Britain):

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame on Gloucester Court in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Gloucester Court, Scunthorpe. Sun 17 Nov 2019 22:37 (No:25997) Car fire. One hose reel in use."

2019-11-17 - Car bursts into flame on the M40 near Denham (Britain):

Quote: "Sunday 17 November, 12.18pm Car fire, M40 southbound between juctions 1a (M25 interchange) and 1 (Denham). One appliance and crew from Gerrards Cross attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus."

2019-11-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US 259 in Rusk County (Texas):

2019-11-17 - Moped bursts into flame on Burghley Road in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Burghley Road, Scunthorpe. Sun 17 Nov 2019 16:36 (No:25971) Moped fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2019-11-17 - Pickup truck and garage destroyed by fire at home in coastal Palm Bay (Florida):

Quote: "BCFR units assisted Palm Bay Fire Rescue with a heavily involved garage and truck fire. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Jarvis Street NW in Palm Bay."

2019-11-17 - Two vehicles and auto shop go up in flames in Warwick (New York):

2019-11-17 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire on Duane Avenue in Schenectady (New York):

2019-11-17 - Car dealership damaged by fire in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-11-17 - Barn full of hay destroyed by fire on Gavers Road in Hanoverton (Ohio):

2019-11-17 - Mall destroyed by fire in Rensselaer (Indiana):

2019-11-17 - Workshop and garage damaged by fire in Tucson (Arizona):

2019-11-17 - Shoe factory heavily damaged by fire in Narela (India):

2019-11-17 - Home damaged by fire on Gilbert Avenue in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2019-11-17 - Home damaged by fire just after midnight on Cedar Avenue in coastal Chula Vista (California), 1 injured:

2019-11-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Botetourt Gardens in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2019-11-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:45 AM on Jonathan Avenue in the Evanston area in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2019-11-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 7 AM on East Willamette Avenue in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2019-11-17 - Home destroyed by fire just after 6 AM on Hampshire Glen Court in Phoenix (Maryland):

2019-11-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Sheep Ridge Drive in Somerset Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-17 - Mansion destroyed by fire on Spyglass Lane in Rancho Santa Fe (California):

2019-11-17 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire at 5:30 AM in coastal Revere (Massachusetts):

2019-11-17 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel Air (Maryland):

2019-11-17 - Deadly garage fire burns home on 82nd Avenue Northeast in Spring Lake Park (Minnesota), 2 killed:

Quote: "'I was like, "oh my God honey call 911, their garage is on fire,"' Torgerson said 'It wasn’t in the house yet. A few minutes later, the police showed up and then it was in the house.'"

Quote: "Officials believe the fire started in the garage, but are still trying to pinpoint exactly what set it off."

Note: The residents probably had a vehicle parked in their garage...

2019-11-17 - Deadly fire burns motel on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg (Canada), 1 killed:

2019-11-17 - Hundreds of birds washing ashore dead on beaches in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds why hundreds of dead birds have wash up on Sydney's beaches - as experts say something is going 'drastically wrong' and declare a crisis..."

2019-11-17 - Couple, 78 and 53, found dead at home in Lyndon (Illinois):

2019-11-17 - Mother and daughter, 45 and 17, found dead next to their car in gorge near Katerini (Greece):

2019-11-17 - Man falls four stories and dies on cruise ship near coastal Miami (Florida), possible toppler:

2019-11-17 - Man, 27 or 28, dies in private lake in Forsyth County (Georgia):

2019-11-17 - Man, 71, drops dead at home in coastal Port Angeles (Washington):

2019-11-17 - Person found dead in Bouldin Creek near downtown Austin (Texas):

2019-11-17 - Man, 36, found dead in pond near Saint Matthews (South Carolina):

2019-11-17 - Person found dead near Chimney Rock Road in the Wabaco area of Perry County (Kentucky):

2019-11-17 - Man, 60, found dead in Bayou Little Caillou in Bourg (Louisiana):

2019-11-17 - Baseball player, man, 23, suddenly dies in hotel room in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "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."

2019-11-17 - Man found dead in lagoon in coastal Okarito (New Zealand):

2019-11-17 - Man, 64, dies while swimming at beach in coastal Goa (India):

2019-11-17 - Young man found dead in canal in Faisalabad (Pakistan):

2019-11-17 - Man found dead in the Burn of Turriff (stream) in Aberdeenshire (Scotland):

2019-11-17 - Man in his 30s has 'medical episode' and drops dead on street in Castleford (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that he is believed to have suffered a medical episode."

2019-11-17 - Person has 'medical issue' on boat in coastal Awendaw (South Carolina):

Quote: "The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to a call in the Awendaw area Saturday night. They received a report that a person was experiencing a medical issue and was unable to drive their own boat back to shore."

2019-11-17 - Man has 'medical episode' just before 6 AM while riding bike in Arundel suburb of coastal Gold Coast (Australia):

Quote: "A man’s fighting for life after suffering a suspected medical episode while riding a bike on the Gold Coast this morning."

2019-11-17 - Small plane crashes near I-15 in Roy (Utah), 2 injured:

2019-11-17 - Tour bus overturns in Yamunanagar (India), 18 injured:

2019-11-17 - Tanker truck blows tire, overturns, bursts into flame, near Kondhali (India), 2 killed:

2019-11-17 - Tractor trailer veers across lanes, clips SUV, crashes into woods, on I-95 near Newark (Delaware), 1 killed:

Quote: "Delaware State Police say a 65-year-old man from Centereach, N.Y. was driving a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer in the southbound left thru lane when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle suddenly began drifting to the right across all three southbound lanes. The tractor-trailer struck a 2013 Honda Pilot and ran off the road, down a slight embankment and into a wooded area, striking several trees before coming to a rest."

2019-11-17 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-35 in San Marcos (Texas):

2019-11-17 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in coastal Oxnard (California), 3 injured:

2019-11-17 - Car crashes into forklift in coastal Fort Lauderdale Beach (Florida), 1 killed:

2019-11-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into railing, in Norton (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

Quote: "The driver of the car suffered a possible medical emergency and was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for treatment."

Quote: "A second caller reported the driver may have suffered a medical issue, according to Clark."

2019-11-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Garrett County (Maryland), 1 killed:

2019-11-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into hydrant and 2 parked cars, on the Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2019-11-17 - Earthquake swarm shakes volcanic area in coastal Reykjanes (Iceland):

2019-11-17 - Hailstorm pounds Brisbane (Australia):

2019-11-17 - Floods ruin crops, planting delayed and food prices set to rise in the UK:

2019-11-17 - Measles outbreak hits Samoa:

2019-11-17 - Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid could hit Earth in 2022:


  1. Tipping point Tuesday here on JJFH. Good morning Jonny and all your readers.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: 2020 El Nino could start 18 degree temperature rise [~ 10.5 min.]

    Climate Crisis: Now California jumps from record heat to snowfall: Canada's farmers pushed to the brink: Food prices to rise in the UK as floods ruin crops: Record snow Europe

    [banner shows rapidly developing cyclone heading for the U.K., it's a jarring round-up of news out of 7 areas]

    More than 11,000 scientists issue warning of climate emergency – “An immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis”

    Especially disturbing are concurrent trends in the vital signs of climatic impacts (figure 2, supplemental file S2). Three abundant atmospheric GHGs (CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide) continue to increase (see figure S1 for ominous 2019 spike in CO2), as does global surface temperature (figure 2a–2d). Globally, ice has been rapidly disappearing, evidenced by declining trends in minimum summer Arctic sea ice, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and glacier thickness worldwide (figure 2e–2h). Ocean heat content, ocean acidity, sea level, area burned in the United States, and extreme weather and associated damage costs have all been trending upward (figure 2i–2n). Climate change is predicted to greatly affect marine, freshwater, and terrestrial life, from plankton and corals to fishes and forests (IPCC 2018, 2019). These issues highlight the urgent need for action. [more]

    Deadly virus spreads among marine mammals as Arctic sea ice melts – Scientists fear the virus, once found only in European waters, could spread to the U.S. West Coast

    When sea otters in Alaska were diagnosed with phocine distemper virus (PDV) in 2004, scientists were confused. The pathogen in the Morbillivirus genus that contains viruses like measles had then only been found in Europe and on the eastern coast of North America.

    “We didn’t understand how a virus from the Atlantic ended up in these sea otters. It’s not a species that ranges widely,” says Tracey Goldstein, a scientist at the University of California Davis who investigates how pathogens move through marine ecosystems.

    Using 15 years of data from 2001 to 2016, Goldstein and her research team were able to see upticks in PDV that corresponded with declines in Arctic sea ice. This new range for the otters likely allowed infected animals to move west, into new territories where the virus had not appeared before. The results of the study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, shows how climate change may be opening up new pathways for disease to spread. [more]

    [next part follows]

  2. The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific – “When are the fish coming?”

    The salmon catch is collapsing off Japan’s northern coast, plummeting by about 70 percent in the past 15 years. The disappearance of the fish coincides with another striking development: the loss of a unique blanket of sea ice that dips far below the Arctic to reach this shore. [more]

    What the climate’s “new normal” is doing to Lake Superior

    Now the lake and its shoreline communities are experiencing a series of climate impacts that run queasily parallel to the problems of saltwater coasts that have become familiar in recent decades: storms of unusual fierceness and destruction, intensifying rainfall patterns, accelerating coastal erosion and infrastructure losses, overwhelmed wastewater treatment systems, icky (and potentially harmful) algal blooms. [more]

    Widespread disruption as heavy snow, floods, and mudslides kill 1, injure 2 others in Austria

    A man died while two other people were injured as parts of Austria dealt with heavy snow, avalanche threats, and flooding by swollen rivers on Monday, November 18, 2019. The snow started on November 13 and increased significantly over the weekend. [more]

    Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

    A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit just 2 km (1.2 miles) north of Kadingilan, Mindanao, Philippines at 13:22 UTC (21:22 LT) on November 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.1 km (8.1 miles). This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

    Powerful tornado hits Grosseto, causing significant damage, Italy

    A powerful tornado hit the town of Polverosa di Orbetello, Grosseto province in Italy on November 17, 2019. The twister caused major damage as shown on images and footages uploaded on social media. [more]

    Over 10 000 homes destroyed, 57 000 affected as catastrophic floods hit Central African Republic

    Severe floods destroyed more than 10 000 homes and displaced at least 57 000 people since heavy rains started in the Central African Republic on October 21, 2019. Red Cross said this has been the state's worst flooding in two decades.[more]

    [Hey mister, wanna play hide and seek with us? Mister? Sir?]
    Children Playing Hide-and-Seek Discover Dead Man's Body Outside of Texas Apartment Complex

    A hide-and-seek game took a grim turn this weekend after a group of children came across a dead man’s body outside of a Texas apartment complex.

    At this time, it is unclear how the man died, the manner in which he died, and how long his body had been outside the complex before the children made the discovery.

    A spokesperson for the FWPD tells PEOPLE that the incident is still being investigated and that they are withholding information as the investigation continues. [more]

    [more below]

  3. [as usual]
    Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

    A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. [more]

    Michigan Farmer Becomes Sixth Person in the State to Die After Contracting Mosquito-Borne EEE Virus

    EEE, also known as sleeping sickness, is a rare virus that causes inflammation of the brain. It is spread by the bite of a mosquito infected with the disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. [more]

    Arctic in hot water: Sea ice minimal in Chukchi, Bering seas

    In the new reality of the U.S. Arctic, open water is the November norm for the Chukchi. Instead of thick, years-old ice, researchers are studying waves and how they may pummel the northern Alaska coastline. [more]

    'Unicorn meteor storm' to be triggered by mysterious comet Thursday night

    This is not your typical meteor shower. On Thursday night, stargazers may get to see several meteors per second during a rare event known as a meteor storm.

    There is a chance that the upcoming alpha Monocerotid meteor shower could turn into an all-out meteor storm on the night of Nov. 21, according to Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens, two meteor scientists who have been studying the meteor shower.

    It is not a guarantee that such an event will unfold, but Lyytinen and Jenniskens say that there is a "good chance" that this will bring the first alpha Monocerotids meteor storm since 1995, when it produced rates of around 400 meteors per hour.

    Onlookers should start looking for shooting stars around 11 p.m. EST and continue looking through midnight for the best chance to see the potential meteor storm. [more]

    The first significant rain and snow of the season is expected in southern California beginning Tuesday, which will bring some relief from the state's abnormally dry conditions, the Weather Channel said. [more incl. ~ 1.75 min. news piece]

    [last piece next]

  4. Las Vegas Massacre Victim Dies from Her Injuries 2 Years After Being Shot During Attack

    [still no arrests or explanation from authorities]

    Gervais’ death Friday brings the total number of lives lost from the shooting to 59. [more]

    Freshwater lakes already emit a quarter of global carbon – and climate change could double that

    Lakes and ponds are the final resting place for many of the Earth’s plants. Rivers collect much of the planet’s dead organic matter, transporting it to rest in calmer waters.

    But on a microscopic scale, lakes are anything but calm. An invisible metropolis of microbes feeds on these logs and leaves, producing greenhouse gases as a byproduct.

    As a result, lakes may be responsible for as much as a quarter of the carbon in the atmosphere – and rising. New research conducted with my colleagues in Cambridge, Germany and Canada suggests that emissions from freshwater lakes could double in the coming decades because of climate change. [more; this includes H2S (that the article fails to mention) and CH4]

    'Halfway towards a live nativity': A camel, cow and donkey were found wandering together on a Kansas road

    A cow, donkey and camel were found wandering together on a Kansas road. They didn't end up in a local bar, but they did cause enough of a stir for the police and the local sheriff's office to get involved.

    An officer took a photo of the animals before they were returned to a private owner. [more; thanks for not shooting them]

    Amazon deforestation accelerates by almost a third in year since far-right Bolsonaro took power, space agency reveals

    Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 is up by 30 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier, according to official data released on Monday by the Brazilian Space Research Institute (INPE). [more]

    15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

    A gas explosion inside a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said Tuesday. [more]

  5. Assange rape case dropped! Sweden forsakes probe that led him to seek asylum in UK's Ecuadorian embassy

    Investigators determined the evidence was simply not strong enough to support an indictment, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a press conference on Tuesday. Interviewing Julian Assange regarding the case would not change this assessment, she said. "The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question."

    Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, said that the focus should now move on to the "threat" that Assange has been "warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment."

    Commentators speculated that by dropping the charges, Sweden may actually be paving the way for Assange's extradition to the United States. [more]

    Pompeo: U.S. policy U-turn now considers Israeli settlements as consistent with international law

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a U-turn in policy toward Israeli settlements in the West Bank, declaring Washington no longer sees them as inconsistent with international law. [more]

    N. Korea: Concessions first, meeting later, Kim will not 'gift' another summit to Trump

    Pyongyang gained literally nothing from these talks, and would thus stop doing political favors to Trump until it gets something in exchange. [more]

    The Great Ideological Lie of Diversity [Dr. Jordan Peterson]

    If we are serious about diversity, and are willing to attribute it to group identity, and are going to apply its dictates to hiring, placement and promotion for every position, then we have a minimum of five hundred different categories to consider — and there are many other categories of exclusion that are arguably of equal import (such that it is difficult to determine why it was that race, sex and gender occupy so much attention). There's height, strength and attractiveness, which all arguably provide an unequal starting place in the race for success. There's intelligence, native language and education. There's age, marital status and — of critical importance — presence or absence of dependent children. I can't for the life of me see why these are less important if diversity as it is currently defined is going to be seriously pursued. So that brings the number of relevant categories up to far more than 500. If we assume just two categories for each of these additional group differences — and there's no reason to limit the differentiation to two — then we are faced with 500 time 2 nine times or 256000 categories. And why not? Who's to say, given that elimination of discrimination is hypothetically the goal, that one more important than another? I say this in all seriousness: Isn't that just another form of discrimination? [more]

    [more below]

  6. Russia's holdings of US state debt is 25 times smaller than that of tiny Luxembourg

    Once a top investor in US debt, Russia has dramatically reduced its holdings in recent years as part of an effort to cut reliance on the US dollar in response to sanctions imposed by Washington. [more]

    More incoming: NASA detects three asteroids currently approaching Earth

    [we may be "blessed" with an asteroid yet! Beats starving.]

    Early snow threatens corn, soybean harvest in Ottawa district

    Avalanche kills at least 6 in Ladakh, India

    CBD and Lupus: The future of treating Autoimmune Disease

    New large study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

    They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease. [more]

    A Massive Coal Plant That Asked for Trump’s Help Has Gone Dark

    Homeless Numbers in San Francisco Much Worse, According to City Data

    Many cities across California this year announced sharp increases in homelessness. Yet data from San Francisco suggest the real picture might be a lot worse. [more]

    Tropical Storm Sebastien forms over Atlantic

    The system is not expected to be a direct threat to the Lesser Antilles, but breezy conditions and locally rough surf can affect the north- and east-facing shoreline of the Leeward Islands for a time into Wednesday. [more]

    Power outages, again? 750K people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

  7. Doctors Now Prescribing Music Therapy for Heart Ailments, Brain Dysfunction, Learning Disabilities, Depression, PTSD, Alzheimers, Childhood Development and More

    [another good reason to frequent the live music scene]

    Rare gas find suggests Southern Africa lies above plume of abnormally hot mantle

    Australian Woman Mauled by a Kangaroo While Walking Her Dog: 'I Could Sense His Panic