Sunday, May 31, 2015

Event Update For 2015-05-31

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: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2015-05-31 - Brakes fail, tanker truck crashes into bus station, bursts into flame, in Onitsha (Nigeria), 69 killed, 30 injured:

Quote: "The tanker was laden with petrol when its brakes failed Sunday night and it ploughed into the bus station at Onitsha, the capital of southern Anambra state, according to local officials."

Quote: "Nearly a dozen buses and several motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze following the crash."

2015-05-31 - Brakes fail, RV crashes into bridge, in Salem (Oregon), 3 injured:

Quote: "The driver told responding agencies that he couldn't stop at the end of the ramp, where there was a traffic light, because of a malfunction with the RV."

Note: Tires and brake pads are absorbing hydrogen sulfide. Then when brakes are applied, an unusual amount of heat is generated, since hydrogen sulfide burns very hot. Then bad things can happen: tires explode or ignite, brakes burn out or ignite, fluid lines rupture, the entire vehicle goes up in flames, or all of the above. This problem hits massive vehicles the worst - like fire trucks, buses, tanker trucks, big RVs, etc - but no vehicle is immune...

2015-05-31 - Tanker truck overturns at 1:12 AM, bursts into flame, on I-90 near Rosemont (Illinois):

2015-05-31 - Tractor trailer slams into power poles in Memphis (Tennessee), blackouts ensue:

Note: Expect more of these big-vehicle accidents, for two reasons: 1) the brake-friction-fire problem; and 2) drivers are losing consciousness, having 'medical events' or seizures, or dying while driving. Smaller vehicles are having plenty of problems too, but those accidents just tend to injure or kill the people in that vehicle and maybe in whatever vehicle they happen to hit, if they hit someone. When these big vehicles crash, REALLY bad things can happen, like those 69 people who got incinerated at that bus station...

2015-05-31 - Apartment building explodes at 6 AM and partially collapses in coastal Huludao (China), 2 killed, 11 injured:

2015-05-31 - Apartment building explodes and burns in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia), 2 killed, 11 injured:

Note: These are the 211th and 212th residential explosions in 2015...

2015-05-31 - Clinic explodes in Qamishli (Syria), 28 killed, 30 injured:

2015-05-31 - Tunnel explodes at power station project in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan), 3 killed, 18 injured:

2015-05-31 - Power lines burst into flame near Uneeda (West Virginia), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "According to dispatchers, power lines along Route 85 near Uneeda, WV, caught fire for an unknown reason."

Note: Uneeda new power pole!

2015-05-31 - Rail line starts arcing and sparking on the Bloor Viaduct over the Don River in Toronto (Canada), train evacuated:

2015-05-31 - Metal recycling business hit by fire outside Arcadia (Florida):

2015-05-31 - Recycling plant hit by fire, 200 tons of plastic waste burns, in Great Heck, near Goole (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Carpet market destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Fujairah (UAE):

2015-05-31 - Offshore support ship 'Vestfonn' bursts into flame off the coast near Mumbai (India), crew rescued:

Quote: "On May 31, 2015, at 2.20 p.m. the "Vestfonn" suffered a fire on board around 110 miles west of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea. It started in engine room and as it spreaded further, the crew requested an evacuation."

2015-05-31 - Boat under construction bursts into flame inside warehouse on coastal Raa Atoll Innamadhoo (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "The 85-feet boat, which was being built inside a warehouse in Innamadhoo, caught on fire on Saturday night. The fire was quickly put out by a joint effort of the residents."

Note: These are the 460th and 461st boats or ships to burn/explode in 2015...

2015-05-31 - Passenger bus bursts into flame near Redlands (California):

2015-05-31 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at the Golani Junction (Israel):

Quote: "A bus carrying 20 passengers catches fire at the Golani Junction in northern Israel. All passengers manage to escape the vehicle unharmed, Ynet reports."

2015-05-31 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on road in Elanora (Australia):

Quote: "A Gold Coast bus driver and his passenger have been lucky to escape moments before the bus they were travelling in burst into flames. The bus was in service in Elanora when the fire broke out."

Note: These are the 333rd, 334th and 335th buses to burn in 2015...

2015-05-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 99 near Chowchilla (California):

2015-05-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 50 near Emporia (Kansas):

Quote: "Emporia Fire Department station two is responding to a semi truck fire in the 400 block of west Hwy. 50."

2015-05-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 401 in Port Hope (Canada), near Lake Ontario:

Note: These are the 880th, 881st and 882nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn in 2015...

2015-05-31 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on highway in Johannesburg (South Africa), 4 injured:

2015-05-31 - Truck bursts into flame on I-90 in Jefferson County (Montana):

2015-05-31 - RV bursts into flame at RV park near Guthrie (Oklahoma):

2015-05-31 - RV bursts into flame on I-15 in South Jordan (Utah):

2015-05-31 - RV bursts into flame on Quartz Lane in Sun Valley (Nevada):

Quote: "Firefighters have extinguished an RV fire on Quartz Lane in Sun Valley on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Truckee Meadows Firefighters say there are no reported injuries and the cause remains under investigation."

2015-05-31 - RV bursts into flame in Spring Valley (California):

Note: These are the 148th, 149th, 150th and 151st RVs to burn in 2015...

2015-05-31 - Van bursts into flame while parked at gas station, fire spreads, building destroyed, in Hogansburg (New York):

Quote: "Several witnesses posted on Twitter that a van had caught fire outside the building and the flames had quickly spread to the main building. The driver was reportedly inside the store at the time."

2015-05-31 - Van bursts into flame at Sowton Industrial Estate in Exeter, Devon (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked in garage, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in Whitesboro (Texas):

Quote: "Dodd said the fire started when his Ford minivan sparked and caught fire under the hood."

2015-05-31 - SUV and debris go up in flames in Bluffton (South Carolina), near the coast:

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame at 2:34 AM while parked at apartments in Palatine (Illinois):

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Kilbourn Street in Beacon (Iowa):

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Target in Jackson (Mississippi):

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on I-44 near Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis (Missouri):

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 103 near Liverpool (Canada), ATV burns separately:

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked at supermarket in coastal Benfleet (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on the M27 eastbound between Hilsea and the Eastern Road, at Farlington (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Vehicle bursts into flame at Watergore, South Petherton (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Four cars and home destroyed by fire on Willow Creek Circle in Sugarcreek Township (Ohio):

Quote: "Fire officials believe the flames started in the garage before spreading to the attic. Four cars were parked inside the garage, adding an extra challenge for firefighters."

2015-05-31 - Cars and home destroyed by fire at 4:17 AM in coastal Yigo on the island of Guam:

2015-05-31 - Barn destroyed by fire in Swanzey (New Hampshire):

2015-05-31 - Barn destroyed by fire on Indian Creek Road in the Town of Olean (New York):

2015-05-31 - Barn and 20 tons of straw destroyed by fire at 1:36 AM in Purton Stoke (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Wildfire erupts in timberland along the Eel River near Laytonville (California):

2015-05-31 - Multiple wildfire erupt near Fairbanks (Alaska):

2015-05-31 - Lumber company heavily damaged by fire in Pleasantville (New Jersey):

2015-05-31 - Furniture store damaged by fire at 3:39 AM in West Lebanon (New Hampshire), nobody there:

Note: Just east (downwind) of the Connecticut River. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2015-05-31 - Garden area goes up in flames at 5:55 AM at store on West Lake Mead Boulevard in Las Vegas (Nevada), nobody there:

2015-05-31 - Commercial building destroyed by fire in coastal Queens (New York):

2015-05-31 - Warehouse destroyed by fire in Twin Falls (Idaho):

2015-05-31 - Cellphone store damaged by fire just after 4 AM in Hares Corner (Delaware), near the Delaware River:

2015-05-31 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2015-05-31 - Laundromat damaged by fire just before midnight in Tucson (Arizona), nobody there:

2015-05-31 - Two businesses destroyed by huge blaze in Hope (Canada):

2015-05-31 - Porch bursts into flame, fire spreads to home, in Lowell (Michigan), nobody there:

2015-05-31 - Porch bursts into flame, fire spreads to home, in Lincoln (Nebraska), nobody there:

2015-05-31 - Home damaged by fire at 12:08 AM in coastal San Jose (California), 3 injured:

Quote: "Firefighters said they were called to the scene of the fire near 54th Street and Wabash Avenue about 5 a.m. after a driver saw smoke coming from the home and reported hearing crackling noises coming from inside."

2015-05-31 - Home destroyed by fire at 5 AM in Kansas City (Missouri), nobody there:

2015-05-31 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Brownsville (Florida), 200 people homeless:

2015-05-31 - Vacant home burns in Buffalo (New York):

2015-05-31 - Vacant home burns at 5:23 AM in coastal Torquay (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in the wee hours in Pottstown (Pennsylvania):

2015-05-31 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Chillicothe (Ohio), near the Scioto River:

2015-05-31 - Fish suffocating and dying in the Peconic Estuary near coastal Riverhead (New York):

2015-05-31 - More than 1500 birds killed by hail in Ballari (India):

Quote: "For the first time such a large number of birds have been killed in heavy rain. This incident occurred near Krishnapur village, 27 km from Hagari Bommanahalli taluk in the district."

2015-05-31 - Whale washes ashore dead on the Essequibo Coast (Guyana):

2015-05-31 - Two men found dead in underground water tank near Kathmandu (Nepal):

2015-05-31 - Man dies on boat, woman found unconscious, at marina in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Carroll said the owner of the cabin cruiser allowed his friends to go on the boat and when he went back to the dock at Northeast 16th Street and North Bayshore Drive to get something from the vessel he found the man unconscious and the woman barely alive."

Quote: "A Miami Fire Rescue spokesman told Local 10 News that a man and a woman were found aboard a boat that was docked at Sea Isle Marina at 1655 N. Bayshore Drive. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the unconscious woman was revived by fire rescue."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2015-05-31 - Woman, 53, found dead in bathtub at home in Houston (Texas):

2015-05-31 - Man, 38, suffers 'unknown medical emergency' and dies in swimming pool in Desert Hot Springs (California):

Quote: "Investigators determined the victim was with several children when he suffered an unknown medical emergency."

2015-05-31 - Child found dead in swimming pool at home in Methuen (Massachusetts), near the Merrimack River:

Note: Also see the man, 22, who suffered a 'medical issue' and almost died in a swimming pool at home in Phoenix (Arizona) on this day...

2015-05-31 - Boy, 5, found dead in pond at farmers market in Plant City (Florida):

2015-05-31 - Person slumps over dead in car before 6:30 AM in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2015-05-31 - Woman found dead in the California Aqueduct in Hesperia (California):

2015-05-31 - Man, 46, found dead near Elk Lake west of Red Lodge (Montana):

2015-05-31 - Woman, 38, school principal, drops dead at home in Haskell (Oklahoma):

2015-05-31 - Man, 36, found dead in wooded area in Vienna (New York):

2015-05-31 - Man, 37, found dead in Tuskegee (Alabama):

2015-05-31 - Man found dead in the Hudson River near pier in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2015-05-31 - Man, 18, found dead in bog shortly before midnight in London (Canada):

2015-05-31 - Man found dead in the Ottawa River near Gatineau (Canada):

2015-05-31 - Man drops dead before 6 AM at primary school in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

2015-05-31 - Man, 27, falls into the ocean and dies in coastal Esperance (Australia):

2015-05-31 - Man in his 40s found dead in yard at home in New Farm (Australia), near the Brisbane River:

2015-05-31 - Man found dead in lake in Dawn Park (South Africa):

2015-05-31 - Man, 22, British Royal Navy sailor, drops dead in coastal Victoria in the Seychelles Islands:

Quote: "'When we found him there were no visible signs of injury on his body,' added Toussaint."

2015-05-31 - Boy, teen, soccer star, drops dead during game in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2015-05-31 - Woman, 49, found dead at home in Ballycurrin (Ireland):

Note: Ballycurrin is located on the eastern (downwind) shore of Lough Corrib...

2015-05-31 - Man, 36, found dead in the water near waterfall near Middleton-in-Teesdale (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Man, 38, found dead at home in St Budeaux area in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Woman found dead at beach in coastal Lee-on-the-Solent (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Young woman, 18, found dead in wooded area near beauty spot in Tehidy (Britain), near the coast:

2015-05-31 - Man found dead in the River Tyne in Newcastle (Britain):

2015-05-31 - Passenger plane blows tire, makes emergency landing in Islamabad (Pakistan), dust storm hits city too:

2015-05-31 - Two small planes collide mid-air and crash into the Adriatic Sea near Italy, 1 killed:

Quote: "Teramo's fire department said that one plane crashed just offshore near Tortoreto, a town in central Italy, and that the pilot was quickly rescued and taken to a hospital, where his injuries were being evaluated. Fire officials said the other pilot was found dead under the fuselage of his plane about a mile (2 kilometers) offshore."

2015-05-31 - Small plane crashes into the Kwethluk River after departing airport in Bethel (Alaska):

2015-05-31 - Tugboat sinks in the Mississippi River near Convent in St. James Parish (Louisiana), 1 missing:

2015-05-31 - Van veers off road at 1:07 AM, slams into home, in Oak Ridge (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2015-05-31 - Minivan veers off road at 5 AM, crashes into home, in Viera (Florida), near the coast, 1 injured:

2015-05-31 - SUV veers over centerline, hits car head-on, car bursts into flame, in Vancouver (Washington), 2 lightly injured:

2015-05-31 - Pickup truck and SUV collide head-on, on US 2 near Index (Washington), injuries reported:

2015-05-31 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Bossier Parish (Louisiana), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2015-05-31 - Pickup truck crashes into business at 3:30 AM, bursts into flame, in Burford (Canada):

2015-05-31 - Pickup truck veers off road at 11 PM, hits tree, bursts into flame, on I-8 in El Cajon (California), 1 killed:

2015-05-31 - Pickup truck veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, near Glen Burnie (Maryland), 1 killed:

2015-05-31 - Car hits semi head-on at 2:45 AM in New Kent County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2015-05-31 - Car and pickup collide head-on, on Southport Road in Indianapolis (Indiana), 2 injured:

2015-05-31 - Car and pickup collide head-on, on Route 209 in Mahoning Township (Pennsylvania), 3 injured:

2015-05-31 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in East Hempfield Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2015-05-31 - Car plows into airline terminal, hits girl, in coastal Los Angeles (California), 3 injured:

2015-05-31 - Motorcycle veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Tallmadge Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

2015-05-31 - Motorcycle veers off road, hits pole, bursts into flame, in Loudoun County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2015-05-31 - Naked man, 20, threatens woman, yells and babbles, attacks cop, near Shevlin Park in Bend (Oregon):

Quote: "At 9:14 a.m., another woman called police to report a man near Fremont Meadow, describing him as 'fully nude, yelling and babbling.' Dechutes County Sheriff's deputies responded and when they found Werner, he became aggressive, charged one of the deputies, and attempted to assault him. Werner was taken to the ground, handcuffed and detained."

2015-05-31 - Naked man breaks into home, teen boy chases him off with baseball bat, in Flint (Michigan):

Note: Hey, that's what I was planning on using if a naked crazy person comes by - a baseball bat. Back when I believed what people said, I bought a signed Mark McGwire limited edition bat. It's worth approximately squat now, but it's still a pretty fine bat!

2015-05-31 - Swarm of bees attacks and critically injures person in Blythe (California):

2015-05-31 - Man, 22, suffers 'medical issue' and almost dies in swimming pool at home in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "A swimmer who apparently suffered a medical issue is in extremely critical condition after he was pulled from the water unconscious, Phoenix fire authorities said."

2015-05-31 - Boy, 17, disappears while swimming at coastal New Smyrna Beach (Florida):

2015-05-31 - Firefighter goes into cardiac arrest at fire at home in Mount Orab (Ohio):

Quote: "A firefighter is in critical condition Sunday after suffering a medical emergency while fighting a house fire in Mt. Orab Saturday night. Lt. David Knapke had to be resuscitated at the scene..."

2015-05-31 - Methane levels continue to skyrocket in the Arctic:

2015-05-31 - California's snowpack is gone, now at 0%:

Quote: "The California Department of Water Resources reported Friday that mountain snowpack across the state was 0 percent of normal for May 29. That means that even before summer begins, there will essentially be no more of the crucial mountain snowmelt that California relies on to replenish the streams, rivers, and reservoirs that supply water to cities and farms."

2015-05-31 - After huge Nepal earthquakes, glacial lakes at risk of flooding:

Quote: "Hundreds of people from Sherpa villages fled to higher ground for safety on Monday night after a small glacial lake burst its banks, sweeping away two small bridges and a cowshed."

Quote: "Nepal has more than 2,300 glacial lakes and the most feared is Imja."

2015-05-31 - As June approaches, Norway sees snowstorm, with more snow expected:

Quote: "Cars stuck in snow, another 10-15cm of snow. Forecast for the next days: Storm with snow over 800m. Even the mainstream media thinks this is special!"

2015-05-31 - Salton Sea drying up and blowing away in California, may cause terrible dust storms:

Quote: "Allowing the Salton Sea to shrink unabated would be catastrophic, experts say. Dried lake bed, called playa, is lighter and flies farther than ordinary soil. Choking clouds of particulate matter driven by powerful desert winds could seed health problems for 650,000 people as far away as Los Angeles. The effects would be even worse along the lake, where communities already fail federal air-quality standards and suffer the highest asthma rates in the state."

2015-05-31 - Death toll approaches 2000 from horrific heatwave baking India:

2015-05-31 - Death toll hits 31 from devastating Texas floods, snake bite incidents soar as snakes flee the water:

2015-05-31 - Hurricane Andres strengthens to Category 4 in the Eastern Pacific:

2015-05-31 - Woman and 30 sheep killed by lightning strikes in three separate incidents in Raichur (India):

2015-05-31 - Scientist James Lovelock says saving the planet is a foolish and romantic extravagance:

2015-05-31 - Man runs for US Senate in California on a 'We're All Going To Die' platform:

Quote: "But only one candidate, Beitiks, promises to talk about absolutely nothing but climate change. His campaign photos have captions like, 'We’re literally going to die' and 'Why aren’t we all screaming?'"

2015-05-31 - UN climate deal in Paris may be graveyard for 2C goal:

Note: They should pay more attention to Mr. Beitiks. But like the saying goes, survival isn't mandatory...

2015-05-31 - UFO filmed sucking water from lake in Nevada County (California):


  1. Exemplary work Jonny! i like how you connect the dots with similar incidents in nearby areas, like with the many drowning/medical emergency events.

    Some think you're just grabbing any kind of vehicle accident that can possibly be explained by other factors, but these are the ones that either have no explanation or ones in which the drivers are perfectly fine and then suddenly experience a (probably) neurological problem. Some of these people crash and have NO MEMORY of it! Many die as a result of their accident (and so have no explanation).
    The lucky ones to escape incidents such as these report SUDDEN smoke/fire erupting, vehicle malfunction, brake failure, electrical fires and the like. There are way more accidents that CAN be explained (drunk driving, weather related conditions, distracted driving, etc) but the ones you report all have a few common themes tying them together that fit your hypothesis. Again, how are people going to explain PORCHES bursting into flame when no one is even home?! Or all the PARKED and unoccupied vehicles suddenly bursting into flame? How about the vacant buildings that have sat there for years and, even with no electric or gas service, they BLOW UP and burn? There are just too many of these (formerly) "unusual" events occurring now to be dismissed. The dying people of all ages - especially in and around WATER is very suspicious until one groks JJFH.

    Great job Jonny, alerting us all to what's REALLY happening.

    School bus blown off road in June snowstorm, Norway

    [it's a freaking VAN, fer crissakes]

    Late May snowfall hits Tianshan Mountain in Hami, China

    [sott is so full of shit with their "coming ice age" agenda bias]

    Swarm of 7 earthquakes hit off Oregon coast

    [this next one is the PERFECT metaphor for abrupt climate change]

    Cyclone caused passenger ship carrying 450 people to sink abruptly in Chinese river

    Only 13 people are said to have been rescued so far.

    Dunedin, New Zealand jolted by strongest quake in 41 years


    1. Spot on, Tom, in those first 2 paragraphs. I notice several fire reports when doing a general search...but JM only posts the weird stuff that never used to happen...and when it rarely did, would be reported on the national news as a freak occurrence that one needn't be concerned could happen in a lifetime.

      Probably 2 decades ago I saw a documentary on a lake [in Africa?] that belched up some Hydrogen Sulfide and wiped out a village (determined by subsequent investigation), which assisted my recognition of JJHF...b/c at the time I thought 'WOW!!' that could happen anywhere.

    2. Yes, in the 1980s, in Cameroon. They don't actually know for sure what gas killed those people, but they know that lake bubbled it up. It could have been hydrogen sulfide or carbon dioxide or both. It'd look the same - a bunch of corpses dead in their beds. One boy did survive. And when I read about that, I thought the same thing - that could happen anywhere! And then I started researching ancient extinction events, yada yada, and here we are today. Heh, squeezed several years under that yada yada!

    3. Yup, 1980s Cameroon at Lake Nyos, that's it...and here's a good article on it, although somewhere is a video documentary b/c that's how I learned of it. Looks like the 21st Century is gonna to swamp this 'strangest disaster' label.

      The Strangest Disaster of the 20th Century

  2. How to (almost) become a Darwin Award recipient...step 1 enclose yourself in ANY vehicle, step 2 drive over highly flammable decaying wood chips, step 3 rev the engine to put stress on the tires:

    A Jeep Wrangler destroyed in a fire in Bluffton on Sunday evening had become stuck on a pile of MULCH, according to Bluffton police.

    The owner was testing out new tires in Westbury Park when the vehicle became stuck in the community's yard-debris area, and the engine began to smoke, Maj. Joseph Manning said. The four-door Wrangler became completely engulfed in flames and its fuel tank ruptured, Manning said.

    Read more here:

    1. I see you beat me to to burnt're good Jonny!

    2. Hey, that's at least semi-plausible! But I gotta say, mulch fires are on the increase. I think the same number of people tossing cigs and stuff are occurring, and people driving on it, whatever. BUT whereas in the past that would have resulted in X number fires with an average of Y intensity, now there are 5X fires with 10Y intensity.

      I didn't put down any fresh mulch around me the last few years. It's adsorbent, porous AND flammable. Who knows what it'll adsorb that blows by, and then where in the past a tossed cig might have just smoldered and gone out, now it might fire up big and spread fast. So mulch and mulch-like materials (dried leaves, cardboard, cloth) - they all seem much more dangerous to have around.

    3. "It's adsorbent, porous AND flammable" -- Have you tried your hand at paper towel advertisement? You have a knack for getting attention to the product...he he!

  3. Taproot!

    some late day stories:

    Sun halo appears during beatification mass in El Salvador

    As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the cloudy skies parted and a ring of light - known as a "solar halo" - appeared around the sun.

    "Honestly, I think this one of the most supernatural things I have ever experienced in my life," Father Manuel Dorantes told CNA May 29.

    [What would he have said if a tornado tore through town just then?]

    Tiger kills animal keeper in Malaysia

    One dead as "huge lightning show" strikes northern New Zealand

    Hundreds of dead fish found on the shore at Big Bear Lake, California

    Sick pilot whale strands itself on beach in Nassau County, Florida

    8 pilot whales die and 11 strand on beach near Skye, Scotland

    2 deaths, 25 infected with MERS respiratory virus in South Korea; almost 700 in isolation

    All the best to Jonny, his readers and commenters!