Thursday, August 1, 2013

2013 - JUL - Other Stories

2013-07-31 - Oregon cracking down on pallet fires, because of the rusty nails and staples left behind:

Quote: "Pallets are held together with nails or staples, which are often left on the beach after the wood burns."

Note: And not only can the rusty leftovers injure people, hydrogen sulfide is reactive with rusty iron/steel, so any rusty nails and staples will cause a lot more fires along the beaches. So this is one of those dual-purpose things, with one reason out in the open and the other unmentioned. Like the gas injections in subways in NYC and London. The upfront reason: to understand how poison gas might flow if terrorists use bioweapons. The unmentioned reason: hydrogen sulfide, being a heavier-than-air gas, is going to infiltrate subways and it'd be nice to understand the subway system's vulnerabilities, maybe even try to address them...

2013-07-31 - Lightning strikes soldiers at Fort Carson (Colorado), 12 injured (1 critically):

2013-07-30 - Highest temperatures in 140 years bake coastal Shanghai (China):

Quote: "Footage of a slice of pork cooked through in 10 minutes on outdoor stone slab, taken by a Shanghai TV station, has gone viral online."

2013-07-30 - Passengers on plane in Switzerland told their flight will be delayed by 86 years because of bad weather:

Note: 'Honey, don't wait up. We won't be arriving until 2099 AD...'

2013-07-29 - HazMat event, four people sicken, headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting, at airport in coastal Miami (Florida), blamed on leaking pesticide:

2013-07-28 - Earthquakes can help release methane from the seabed:

Note: As if things weren't already bad enough. I guess it really doesn't matter that much; the Earth was gonna burn anyway, even if this wasn't a problem...

2013-07-28 - Freak hailstorm with tennis-ball-sized hail hits Wassel (Germany), vehicles and homes damaged:

Note: A proposed explanation for these freak hailstorms afflicting the world in recent times is in the full hypothesis, near the bottom...

2013-07-27 - Fishing boat has engine failure, goes missing off the coast of South Australia, in or near Gulf St Vincent:

2013-07-26 - Mysterious illness with 'flu-like symptoms' hits more than 150 inmates at correctional facility in Ocala (Florida):

2013-07-25 - Strange odor emanating from pool at landfill on South Lake Drive in Lexington County (South Carolina):

Quote: "A pool of water that formed in a nearby landfill caused an odor that had many residents in the Red Bank area worried..."

2013-07-25 - HazMat event at Samsung plant in Hwaseong (South Korea), 5 miles from the coast, 5 sickened, blamed on ammonia:

Quote: "The news comes just days after a fire broke out at a Samsung Electronics factory at Yongin, around 40 kilometres south of Seoul..."

2013-07-25 - 'Mystery fever' killing people in Jalalpur (India), 10 dead in 10 days, dozens sickened:

Note: They call it a virus then mention that they have identified no virus. Maybe this isn't a virus at all, but hydrogen sulfide poisoning their air or water. If all they are looking for is a virus or bacteria, and it's gas or contaminated water (including moisture in the air, like humidity or rain), then obviously they will never identify the problem...

2013-07-25 - Small plane carrying three Swiss nationals goes missing in Kenya:

2013-07-22 - Experts say, if attacked by bees: run!

Note: I don't think you really need experts to tell you this, but hey...

2013-07-21 - Newborn baby pronounced dead, comes back to life, in Londrina (Brazil):

Quote: "She added that she washed and dressed the dead baby and had no doubt that she was dead. She said: 'I can assure you, the child was dead. Her pupils didn't respond to light. All her signs pointed to the complete absence of life. 'I saw it with my own eyes. She was blue all over, completely dead,' she said."

Note: This has happened a number of times over the last couple of years, and doctors are consistently mystified. Well, hydrogen sulfide has been shown to put rodents into a state of 'suspended animation'. Scientists also tried it with pigs and it didn't work. I don't think it's a species-specific thing, but rather relates to the SIZE of the mammal (and of course the concentration of the hydrogen sulfide that affects the creature and over what period of time). The rodents were small, and the babies and children that this has happened to have been small too. The pigs were large. Some other links about this subject:

Here's another 'resurrected child' story:

This boy 'came back to life', asked for water, then died again. He was 2 years old, so presumably significantly larger than an infant. He may have gotten too much hydrogen sulfide to survive long-term, or he may have been too large, or some combination. It may be that this also affects adults, but damages their brains so much - zombifies them - that they never survive for long. Regardless of the individual, infant or adult, this will be a rare occurrence and will require just the right dosage over just the right amount of time, whether it's to put an infant or young child into suspended animation, or zombify an adult. Mostly hydrogen sulfide just flat-out kills. In any case, I believe this is the reason for these mysterious events. Nobody else has offered even a shred of a clue as to how this might happen. One must wonder just how many babies have been declared dead and buried over the last few years, when they weren't actually dead...

2013-07-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Lake Nipissing (Canada):

2013-07-20 - Nice zoomable map of drilling sites, power plants, refineries and more in the United States:

2013-07-19 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Willen Lake South (Britain):

Quote: "We have been advised that it is likely that the bloom will persist throughout this season, declining only at the onset of a change to cooler weather conditions. As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted at Willen Lake - South warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided. Most water sports activity, including all hire of equipment, has been cancelled over the weekend and activity on the water will be re-assessed on Monday 22 July 2013. Details will be up-dated on The Parks Trust website."

2013-07-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Bear Creek and Bear Creek Reservoir (Canada):

2014-07-17 - Methane plumes 90 miles wide detected in the Arctic:

Note: Not good! And that is probably one of the the biggest understatements ever...

2013-07-17 - After deaths from poison gases, ventilating covers being installed on manholes in Ahmedabad (India):

Quote: "The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will install a ventilating column system over manhole covers, after deaths in Narol earlier this year were believed to be caused by poisonous gases emanating from sewers."

2013-07-16 - Overpowering odor hits neighborhood in Chicago (Illinois), near the Chicago River:,+police+response+to+West+Loop&id=53843&is_corp=0,0,1571695.story

Quote: "A foul smell around Wacker Drive and the Chicago River that brought fire and police crews to check for a source Tuesday morning may have been caused by a leaky garbage truck."

Quote: "The odor was noticeable through much of Lower Wacker Drive today, including all the way to the 400 block of Lower North Michigan Avenue."

Note: Blamed on a leaking garbage truck, but from the story it doesn't sound like they have any idea what caused this odor, and were just grasping at straws with the garbage truck explanation...

2013-07-16 - Fisherman, 61, suffers stroke-like symptoms, rescued from Prince William Sound (Alaska):

2013-07-16 - Man in his 60s stops breathing, heart stops, on fishing boat off the coast of Ventura (California):

2013-07-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks in four lakes in Kansas:

Quote: "High levels of toxic blue-green algae have put four Kansas lakes under a public-health warning by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The lakes are Logan City Lake in Phillips Count;, Marion Reservoir in Marion County; Memorial Park Lake, also known as Veteran's Lake, in Barton County, and South Park Lake in Johnson County."

2013-07-12 - Most of the beaches in Toronto (8 of 11) declared unsafe to swim due to e-coli:

Quote: "Safe E. coli levels are normally below the 100 level - but Sunnyside Beach on Thursday the E. coli levels were measured at 1,784. Even the beaches on the Toronto Islands have been closed, which is a rare occurence. 'In my experience I've never seen E. coli or bacteria at those numbers on Toronto Island beaches,' said Matson."

2013-07-11 - Two workers overcome by fumes in sewer, rescued, in Long Grove (Illinois), near Lake Michigan:

2013-07-11 - California regulators look to curb beach bonfires, citing climate change:

Note: Once enough people have been incinerated by fires or splattered all over the landscape by explosions, there probably won't be many bonfires anyway, regardless of the status of any regulations...

2013-07-10 - Massive train explosion in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec (Canada) was so big it was visible from space:

2013-07-10 - Major toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak at Honeoye Lake (New York):

Quote: "It is the worst it's ever been and we have been here 60 years..."

2013-07-10 - Riverside County (California) Fire Department to perform mass-casualty bus drill:

Note: Good idea, considering all the buses going up in flames now...

2013-07-10 - Fire-ravaged container ship MV 'Mol Comfort' sinks off the coast near Mumbai (India):

Note: We hardly knew ye, 'Mol Comfort'. RIP...

2013-07-09 - Chunk of ice eight times the size of Manhattan cracks off Pine Island Glacier (Antarctica):

Quote: "Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York."

2013-07-09 - Verizon abandoning copper on Fire Island (New York):

Note: Hah, sounds like a good idea, considering the copper reactivity problem with hydrogen sulfide, as well as this area's proximity to a coastline...

2013-07-09 - High levels of methane and other contaminants coming up from the ground around home in London (Canada):

Quote: "Last year, the Smiths had the property reassessed and the value of the home was found to be zero because of the risk for explosion."

Note: London is surrounded by Lake Ontario (east), Lake Huron (northwest), and Lake Erie (south)...

2013-07-09 - Colon cancer cells shown to thrive on hydrogen sulfide:

Quote: "In a paper appearing online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the UTMB scientists describe cell-culture and mouse experiments demonstrating that colon cancer cells produce large amounts of hydrogen sulfide, and depend on the compound for survival and growth. 'They love it and they need it,' said UTMB professor Csaba Szabo, an author on the paper. 'Colon cancer cells thrive on this stuff - our data show that they use it to make energy, to divide, to grow and to invade the host.'"

2013-07-09 - Wildfire emissions may cause more warming than previously thought:

Note: Uh oh, this sounds like yet another self-reinforcing feedback loop. More wildfires make for more warming, which makes for more wildfires, which makes for more warming, and so on...

2013-07-08 - Natural gas - e.g. methane - leaking into the Gulf of Mexico:

Note: The ocean floors are littered with craters from previous methane eruptions that have occurred in eons past. It appears that we are in such a time now, so the methane - and probably oil too - is going to come out whether we have anything to do with it or not. The question is, do we try and tap the gas/oil and relieve pressure here and there in order to achieve some modest level of control over things or do we just let things run amok in totally uncontrolled fashion? The latter is not apt to prove very conducive to human survival. The former...I dunno. Human civilization is small compared to the scope of the problem, but we can probably alleviate the pain at least a little bit, here and there.

2013-07-08 - Woman, 72, suffers stroke-like symptoms, evac'd off cruise ship near Neah Bay (Washington):

2013-07-06 - Minnesota firm developing robotic farming machinery and drones:

2013-07-05 - Around 11,000 square miles of algae blooms pop up around coastal Shandong (China):

Quote: "Chinese officials are removing a massive bloom of green algae from beaches and coastal waters covering an area of more than 11,000 square miles. The growth has shown up seven years in a row. Chinese officials blame unusually warm ocean temperatures, but scientists elsewhere say pollution is a major factor."

Note: They're not mutually incompatible things, pollution and unusually warm ocean temps. They're probably both right...

2013-07-04 - NASA launches two lithium-spraying rockets off Virgina's Eastern Shore:

Quote: "The mission: to probe the global electrical current in the winds of Earth's ionosphere with instruments mounted to a Black Brant V booster and a Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket."

Note: So, gathering information about the atmosphere. That seems like a good idea anytime, but now that the atmosphere is changing it's probably an even better idea to understand anything and everything we possibly can about pretty much everything, but especially about the atmosphere...

2013-07-04 - US Navy blimp spotted over coastal Brevard County (Florida):

Quote: "A big white blimp floated quietly over central Brevard County Friday afternoon – block letters on its side read 'U.S. Navy.' A spokesperson could not be reached to explain the presence of the airship, but it matched the description of the U.S. Navy MZ-3A – which a news release describes as a 'flying laboratory.' The MZ-3A is used to test intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors. The Navy used it to help during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The MZ-3A is 178 feet long, capable of flying up to 9,500 feet and cruises at 45 knots. The ship is fitted with two Lycoming engines and has space for one pilot and nine passengers."

Note: Sniffing for hydrogen sulfide and/or methane off the Atlantic Coast in Florida?

2013-07-04 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) spreading through the Baltic Sea:

2013-07-03 - Freak hailstorm dumps as much as 2 feet of hail in Santa Rosa (New Mexico):

Quote: "I have lived here all my life, and I have never seen this..."

Quote: "The storm began around 6 p.m., dropping paintball-sized hail for 20 minutes, according to the newspaper. One National Weather Service local storm report said nickle to golf-ball-sized hail fell. The town was then left covered in ice, stranding motorists on two Route 66 bridges. The newspaper also reported damage to car ports, neon Route 66 signs and a Family Dollar store, in addition to flooding after the hail melted."

Note: A proposed explanation for these freak hailstorms that have been ravaging areas around the world in the last couple of years is in the full hypothesis, near the bottom...

2013-07-02 - Accidental fire deaths uncharacteristically high in Georgia generally and Macon specifically:

2013-07-02 - Baseball player Lance Berkman donates fire truck to West (Texas):

Note: Standup guy...

2013-07-02 - Marines train to fight ship fires at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (North Carolina):

2013-07-01 - Man, 31, goes fishing, suffers seizure, falls in river, almost dies, in Bellaire (Ohio):

Note: This is probably the same scenario that is resulting in many of the deaths where people are found dead in bodies of water. This time someone was around to help, otherwise this man would've ended up listed in the corpses section...

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