Monday, February 8, 2016

Event Update For 2016-02-07

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: Fires And Explosions

2016-02-07 - Power plant damaged by fire in Sibley (Missouri):

2016-02-07 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole off in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2016-02-07 - Underground electrical fire at 3 AM blacks out homes in Oldham (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 700 tons of scrap metal burns, on Aston Church Road in Nechells (Britain):

Quote: "A huge blaze engulfed a 700-tonne scrap metal heap at a recycling plant in Birmingham. The fire, on Aston Church Road in Nechells, was reported at about 17:20 GMT on Saturday."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2016-02-07 - Landfill erupts in flame in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2016-02-07 - Recycling center hit by fire, piles of compost burst into flame, in Fontana (California):

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Trash-related facilities such as recycling centers and landfills will burn hard too, as hydrogen sulfide is absorbed into flammable absorbent materials like wood, paper, cardboard, straw, hay, dried brush, generic trash, clothing, cotton, wool."

2016-02-07 - 40 cars destroyed by fire at 2 AM while parked in underground carpark at apartments in Ranip (India), 2 killed, 4 injured:

Quote: "Residents of Saket Apartment near GST Crossing in Ranip had a rude awakening at 2 am on Saturday as flames shot up from the basement of block D, and the air grew heavy with smoke and soot. The residents rushed out to find that more than 40 vehicles in the basement parking lot had caught fire, and the fuel tanks of one vehicle after the other began exploding. The flames reached the fourth floor and the inferno claimed two lives -Leena Shah 60, and her son Shreyas, 28 -resi dents of the third floor. Four others sustained burns in the incident and were hospitalized while others were treated at the spot."

2016-02-07 - Passenger plane fills with smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "A plane made an emergency landing at Tucson International Airport Sunday morning, after smoke filled the cockpit and cabin, according to authorities. Tucson Airport spokesperson Jessie Butler said United flight 6517 took off from Tucson to Los Angeles at 6 a.m. with 77 passengers on board. While in the air, the plane filled with smoke, causing the pilot to turn around back to Tucson for an emergency landing, said Butler. 'Everybody was screaming, totally terrified,' said Jessica Scott, who was on the plane. Butler said the smoke was coming from the cockpit. There was no fire, but passengers said the smoke made it hard to breathe."

Note: This is the 12th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Home explodes and burns in coastal Limassol on the island of Cyprus (Greece), 3 injured:

Note: This is the 45th residential explosion in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Feed mill explodes at 2:30 AM in Rockmart (Georgia), 1 killed, 5 injured:

2016-02-07 - Fire pit explodes in Coolana, Queensland (Australia), 2 injured:

2016-02-07 - Oil rig erupts in flame in the Gulf of Mexico, 2 killed, 8 injured:

Note: This is the 137th boat or ship to burn in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame at depot on Park Lane in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on road near Perambalur (India):

Note: These are the 84th and 85th buses to burn in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 near Fort Hancock (Texas):

2016-02-07 - Semi tractors, tractors, tractor (combine) and machine shed destroyed by huge fire near Hankinson (North Dakota):

Quote: "Hankinson Fire Chief Arnie Lovdokken says the building contained semi's, tractors, a combine, and other equipment. A damage estimate is not available but Lovdokken says the dollar loss is large."

Note: So at least two semi tractors, two tractors and the combine (a kind of tractor), which makes at least five...

2016-02-07 - Tractor, hay and barn destroyed by fire on Stone Dam Road in Chuckey (Tennessee):

Note: An RV just burst into flame on Chuckey Highway in Chuckey too, mentioned in the 2016-02-05 update...

2016-02-07 - Tractor, semi tractor, truck, four-wheeler and machine shed destroyed by fire near McNabb (Illinois):

Quote: "McNabb fire chief Brad Popurella said the fire consumed a new tractor, a semi tractor, a truck and a Kubota four-wheeler among other things. He said he and an ambulance were the first on the scene, and by the time he got there, flames were shooting high into the air and the roof already was falling in."

Note: These are the 278th, 279th, 280th, 281st, 282nd, 283rd, 284th, 285th and 286th tractors/tankers/semis to burn in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Flatbed truck bursts into flame on Long Lane in Purley (Britain):

2016-02-07 - RV bursts into flame while parked in coastal Melbourne (Florida):

2016-02-07 - RV bursts into flame at I-5 rest stop near Dogcreek Road in Lakehead (California):

Quote: "The vehicle is reported to be a motor home, fully engulfed in flames in a rest stop. Traffic has slowed to a crawl on I-5 as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection respond to the scene."

Note: These are the 53rd and 54th RVs to burn in 2016...

2016-02-07 - Van bursts into flame on North Century Boulevard in Century (Florida):

2016-02-07 - Minivan bursts into flame on George Street in Peterborough (Canada):

2016-02-07 - SUV bursts into flame on the M5 near coastal Burnham-On-Sea (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on North Las Americas Drive in Nogales (Arizona):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked near pizzeria in Minot (North Dakota):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in Spotsylvania County (Virginia):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at business in coastal Corner Brook (Canada):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame on the Thoppumpadi Bridge in coastal Kochi (India):

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

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Brunei-Muara District (Brunei):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked on Mackay Road in coastal Inverness (Scotland):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame at Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Car bursts into flame on Oldfield Road in Bedford (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-90 near Ellensburg (Washington):

2016-02-07 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Sinclair Road in Huntsville (Canada):

2016-02-07 - Car and home destroyed by fire in coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

2016-02-07 - Three cars and home go up in flames at 3 AM in Lebanon (Oregon):

2016-02-07 - Car and garage destroyed by fire in Knightsville (Indiana):

2016-02-07 - Barn destroyed by massive blaze at 12:30 AM in Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

2016-02-07 - Barn damaged by fire in Licking Township (Ohio):

2016-02-07 - Brush fire breaks out in Camarillo (California):

2016-02-07 - Clothes burst into flame inside uniform business in Lansing (Kansas), near the Missouri River:

2016-02-07 - Tire business destroyed by fire in coastal Mobile (Alabama), nobody there:

2016-02-07 - 'Electrical fire' erupts at hospital in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia):

2016-02-07 - Garage goes up in flames at 3:52 AM at home in La Crosse (Wisconsin):

Note: Also see the 29-year-old woman who dropped dead in a parking lot in La Crosse on this day...

2016-02-07 - Four cabins destroyed by fire at camp near Canadensis (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2016-02-07 - Mobile home damaged by fire at 11:45 PM, fire reignites at 4 AM, in Cedar Falls (Iowa), 3 injured:

2016-02-07 - Mobile home damaged by fire in Palm Springs (Florida), nobody there:

2016-02-07 - Home damaged by exterior fire in Trenton (New Jersey):

2016-02-07 - Home destroyed by fire in Memphis (Tennessee):

2016-02-07 - Home destroyed by massive fire at 4:15 AM on coastal Waiheke Island (New Zealand):

2016-02-07 - Two homes go up in flames at 1:30 AM in coastal Nags Head (North Carolina):

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

2016-02-07 - Two homes go up in flames on Black Creek Trail in Green Cove Springs (Florida), near the coast:

2016-02-07 - Two condo units damaged by fire at 12:41 AM in coastal Portland (Maine):

2016-02-07 - Apartment building damaged by exterior fire before 5 AM at River Walk Apartments in Wichita (Kansas):

2016-02-07 - Apartment building damaged by fire before 3 AM in coastal Seaside Heights (New Jersey):

2016-02-07 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 12:45 AM in coastal Bronx (New York), 15+ injured:

2016-02-07 - Apartment building heavily damaged by garage fire in Midway City (California):

2016-02-07 - Apartment building destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in San Antonio (Texas):

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns garage shortly after 3 AM at home in Shirley (New York), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns building near home in Putnam County (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 1:30 AM near Ketchum (Oklahoma), 4 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly garage fire burns home at 5:24 AM in Louisville (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns home near Lewisburg (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns home at 11 PM in Knoxville (Iowa), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns home in Fairfield (Iowa), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire burns home before 2 AM in Pasadena (Texas), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Deadly fire destroys duplex in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Vacant building destroyed by fire at 5:48 AM in coastal Aberdeen (Washington):

2016-02-07 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Crofton (Kentucky):

2016-02-07 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 5:37 AM in Saskatoon (Canada), near the South Saskatchewan River:

2016-02-07 - Vacant historic carriage house destroyed by fire in Donelson (Tennessee):

2016-02-07 - Wildlife and pets sickening, dying or disappearing in the area of the massive gas leak in Porter Ranch (California):

Quote: "Residents: 'It’s completely quiet'...birds, butterflies, rabbits, coyotes are missing...all fish in pond found dead..."

2016-02-07 - Around 35 brown pelicans found dead at coastal Grand Isle (Louisiana):

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

2016-02-07 - Oysters dying on the island of Tasmania (Australia):

Quote: "A case of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) has been confirmed in a second oyster growing region in southern Tasmania."

Note: Sounds a whole lot like the oyster version of 'Sudden Adult Death Syndrome' (SADS), the term used when healthy young people drop dead without any explanation, which the authorities made up when healthy young people started mysteriously dropping dead a few years back. In other words, they don't know what's killing them, so they just call it a 'syndrome' and create an acronym and then people think they know what they're talking about when in fact all they have is a made-up acronym that explains nothing. Might as well just group all the animal/plant/people deaths under SEDS - Suddenly Everything's Dying Syndrome. And again this is more bottom-dwelling life dying off...

2016-02-07 - More than 600 tons of fish found dead in fish farms in the Cai Vung River (Vietnam):

2016-02-07 - Person found dead in burning SUV at 8:30 AM on State Route 1 in coastal Marlborough (New Zealand):

Quote: "A car fire in Marlborough in which a man's body was found is not being treated as suspicious, police say. Tasman police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the fire near Tuamarina was likely an 'unfortunate accident'."

2016-02-07 - Man, 51 or 54 or 55, found dead in swimming pool at home in Macon (Georgia):

Quote: "Miley said it's uncertain how Johnson ended up in the pool, which had about six feet of water in it. An autopsy will be performed to determine whether he drowned or suffered from a medical condition that caused him to collapse and fall."

2016-02-07 - College student, woman, 20, found dead at business, man found unconscious, in Bozeman (Montana):

Quote: "According to a news release from the Office of the Gallatin County Sheriff and Coroner, emergency medical services were called at 12:45 a.m. Saturday to a business on Gallatin Park Drive. Two people were found by employees of the business to be unresponsive. The man was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, but Dietrich was determined to have died on the scene."

2016-02-07 - Man, 20 to 40, drops dead in alley near strip mall in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2016-02-07 - Woman, 29, drops dead in parking lot in La Crosse (Wisconsin):

2016-02-07 - Man found dead in canal in Eugene (Oregon):

2016-02-07 - Man found dead in canal in Avondale (Arizona):

2016-02-07 - Man, late 30s, found dead in the water near Ocean Beach (California):

2016-02-07 - Man, 44, drops dead in jail cell in Napa County (California):

2016-02-07 - Man, 21 or 22, found dead in coastal Morro Bay (California):

2016-02-07 - Man, 46, found dead in woods along I-65 in Pelham (Alabama):

2016-02-07 - Man, late 30s, found dead at home in Birmingham (Alabama):

2016-02-07 - Man, 58, drops dead during run in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2016-02-07 - Man found dead in Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle (Massachusetts):

2016-02-07 - Man in his 20s or 30s found dead in ditch in coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2016-02-07 - Woman, 72, found dead in Lake Ontario near her home in Greece (New York):

2016-02-07 - Man, 58, drops dead inside vacant restaurant in Saugerties (New York):

2016-02-07 - Man in his 30s found dead in charity bin in Greenslopes area in coastal Brisbane (Australia):

2016-02-07 - Man, about 35, found dead in pond at Dhaka University in Dhaka (Bangladesh):

2016-02-07 - Middle-aged woman drops dead in bathroom at home in Embakasi (Kenya):

2016-02-07 - Man, mid-30s, found dead in canal in Yakatoot (Afghanistan):

2016-02-07 - Man found dead at beach near cliffs in coastal Dunbar (Scotland):

2016-02-07 - Man, early 30s, drops dead on street in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2016-02-07 - Man, 47, found dead in town center in Lincoln (Britain):

2016-02-07 - Small plane crashes in the Orenburg Region (Russia), 3 killed:

2016-02-07 - Cruise ship hit by 30-foot waves and 125-MPH winds off the coast of South Carolina, 4 injured, ship returns to port:

Quote: "A passenger says that at the height of the storm, waves were breaking over the tops of the life boats and the whole ship was listing to almost 45 degrees."

Note: 'Please place any full vomit bags in the nearest trash receptacle as you disembark, and please come again!'

2016-02-07 - Tractor trailer and two cars collide on I-10 in Indio (California), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Dump truck blows tire and overturns near Tappan Lake on US 250 in Harrison County (Ohio):

2016-02-07 - Van overturns into drainage ditch at Bethel Island Road near Oakley (California), 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Pickup truck veers over centerline just before 6 AM, hits semi head-on, in Burleson County (Texas), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, in Ridgetop (Tennessee), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, near Harrisburg (South Dakota), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Car hits SUV head-on, in Poinciana (Florida), 3 killed, 7 injured:

2016-02-07 - Car veers over centerline, hits pickup head-on, near Rush Lake in Fergus Falls (Minnesota), 2 injured:

2016-02-07 - Car veers across median, goes airborne, hits car head-on, on I-70 near Kingdom City (Missouri), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2016-02-07 - Two cars collide head-on, in Osborne Park suburb of coastal Perth (Australia), 3 injured:

2016-02-07 - Car crashes into parked cars and fence in coastal Queens (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "He didn’t look bad, but they said as soon as they put him in the ambulance (and) drove off, he stopped breathing on his own."

2016-02-07 - Car plunges off cliff at coastal Point Mugu (California), 1 killed:

2016-02-07 - Car veers off road, just before 1 AM, hits culvert, bursts into flame, in Eldridge (Iowa), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2016-02-07 - Jackals attack and injure 50 people in two months in Tikipora, Sogam, Diver and adjoining areas (India):

2016-02-07 - Leopard enters school at 4 AM, attacks and injures 6 people, in Bengaluru (India):

Quote: "A suburban school in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru had an unexpected visit from a male leopard on Sunday morning. Since it was a holiday, there were no children in the school, but the ten-hour-long effort to capture the animal left six people injured."

2016-02-07 - Dog, St. Bernard, attacks and injures man, charges cop, cop shoots dog, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2016-02-07 - Pit bull attacks and injures boy in Blytheville (Arkansas):

2016-02-07 - Dog attacks and injures girl, face attack, dog charges cop, cop shoots dog, in West Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2016-02-07 - Indian Point Nuclear Plant leaks radioactive tritium into groundwater beneath plant in Buchanan (New York):

2016-02-07 - Brunswick Nuclear Plant declares alert in coastal Southport (North Carolina), electrical problem:

2016-02-07 - Upscale lakeside restaurant partially collapses into Lake Macquarie (Australia):

2016-02-07 - Building collapses into rubble on Jackson Street in Sioux City (Iowa):

2016-02-07 - Porch collapses at home in the Soulard area in St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River, 5 injured:

2016-02-07 - Couple, 72 and 62, go out on airboat, go missing, on Lake Okeechobee (Florida), empty 'ghost boat' found:

Quote: "He is a very experienced airboater, a former commercial fisherman and very familiar with the lake. He's not a rookie..."

2016-02-07 - Volcanoes across the globe go ballistic as 2016 arrives:

2016-02-07 - Volcano Santiaguito erupts in Guatemala:

2016-02-07 - Mount Soputan erupts several times in North Sulawesi (Indonesia):

Quote: "Mount Soputan volcano in North Sulawesi province of Indonesia erupted several times on Sunday, spewing a column of hot ash by up to 2.5 km high, official of disaster management agency said."

2016-02-07 - Arctic continues warming as ice melts and the oceans absorb increasing amounts of heat:

2016-02-07 - Poor water distribution causing drought and flooding in South Africa:

2016-02-07 - How and when to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter in February's night sky:

2016-02-07 - Dozens of people get free Bernie Sanders tattoos:


  1. Oh boy, we're in it now. Ya see, it isn't bad enough that CA is leaking HUGE amounts of METHANE, and with it RADIOACTIVE RADON and other particles. No, NOW we see that the methane is decaying into FORMALDEHYDE!!

    Tuesday, 9 February 2016
    LA gas leak update - 02/08/2016

    Formaldehyde/Forming at


    Drought in southern Africa
    S Africa farmers devastated by El Nino drought

    Farmers in the Free State province say dry spells are common but current drought is unprecedented

    Talking extinction
    Made at the time when it was still possible to talk about P.E.T.M extinction


    While some of still don't believe that we have huge impact on the environment, half of world's wildlife has died off in past 40 years.

    [and now for the DEEP SHIT]
    Antarctica's melting ice shelves could be at point of no return
    I have no doubt that there will be a lot more information after Jennifer Hynes has been her in Wellington in two days time

    Antarctic Ice Safety Band at risk

    Global economic collapse - 02/08/2016
    Chesapeake Plummets Over 20% On Report It Has Hired Bankruptcy Attorney
    [from Zero Hedge]

    [followed by]
    Jaw-Dropping Indicator Last Seen During Great Depression Just Hit An All-Time High!
    [from King World News]

    [and then an hour long Trends This Week by Gerald Celente]

    [so this isn't a surprise, but it's surprising that one of the BIG banks may be about to go under]

    Wells Fargo is collapsing because of its HUGE exposure to oil & gas companies

    [hey, maybe it's a TREND]
    Day Of Reckoning: The Collapse Of The Too Big To Fail Banks In Europe Is Here

    Strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake felt throughout New Zealand

    Fatal head-on collision of two passenger trains in Germany; casualties reported

  2. Heh, so all day it didn't snow but a trace. Now it's rush hour and the roads are slick, visibility is down and things are icing up under the steady pouring down of big flakes. This weekend the Arctic comes to visit ol' Tom with 2 degree weather Sunday morning. Polar plunge anyone? [ ... Beuler?]

    Bear attacks people on Turkish street

    2.9 magnitude earthquake recorded near Mount St. Helens, Washington

    Mule deer attacks man in Draper backyard, Utah

    A mule deer attacked a Draper man in his backyard Monday, causing "significant wounds" to the man, as well as an injury to the family dog.

    The attack, which occurred around 8 a.m. in the SunCrest subdivision in the southeast area of the city, resulted in officers "putting the deer down" after subduing the animal in a struggle, according to a statement issued by Draper.

    The injured man's daughter called police to say the deer had hurt the family dog and "was engaged" with her father, city officials said.

    "When Animal Services supervisor Dennis Wilson arrived on scene [he sang Pet Sounds and that drove the deer off - no, just kidding - they shot the fuckin' animal, since it's the only way humans know how to do anything regarding nature or other species].

    Another dead cetacean found on Indian coast: Cadaver of whale washes up at Brahmagiri

    ightning bolt kills 3 in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia

    1,747 village roads closed due to heavy snowfall in eastern Turkey

    Part II below


  3. Part II

    [i haven't been posting all the meteorites in the sky lately, but it's clearly increasing.]

    Meteor fireball seen over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    SOTT Exclusive: Massive overhead meteor explosion startles Denmark Saturday night - Meteorites fall near Copenhagen

    "Bright flash, very loud boom followed by a long-lasting rumble for 20-30 seconds, at Roskilde. Birds awoke and started chirping in the gardens and nearby wetlands. As a part-time fire-fighter I was on my way out of the door, as I thought it was a powerful explosion."

    "The sky was gradually lit fully up. After that the sky turned green and ended with a short purple flash. About five minutes afterwards, a long rumbling was heard. It sounded like thunder, except that the sound continued for a very long time." [other accounts]

    Meteor fireball brighter than full moon filmed over United Arab Emirates

    [plus we have that football field sized rock gonna whiz past us CLOSER THAN THE MOON]

    An asteroid is about to pass so close to Earth that we’ll see it in the sky

    And it might even hit Earth at some point in 2017.

    [here's the latest on the bombed plane]
    The troubling case of the bomb on a flight from Mogadishu

    THE extraordinary events that unfolded over the skies of Somalia on February 2nd have now become clearer. About 15 minutes after Daallo Airlines Flight 159 departed from Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, an explosive device carried by Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, one of the passengers, blew a gaping hole just above the right wing of the plane (a spot identified in al-Qaeda literature as being the most effective place to detonate a bomb). Mr Borleh, who is suspected of being a suicide bomber, was sucked out of the aircraft and fell to his death. Everyone else survived. Had the incident occurred minutes later, once the plane reached cruising altitude, the resultant explosive decompression would almost certainly have killed all aboard. To say that the 73 innocent passengers on Flight 159 had a lucky escape is an understatement.

    With rumors flying, scientists are set to make a big announcement on gravitational waves

    US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure


  4. As this low-grade Zika virus spreads around, it's the best time to post this:

    Millions could die as world unprepared for pandemics, says UN – ‘A virulent strain of an airborne influenza virus could kill more than 33 million people within 250 days’

    A global epidemic far worse than the Ebola outbreak is a real possibility and could kill many millions if the world does not become better prepared to deal with the sudden emergence and transmission of disease, the UN has said in a hard-hitting report.

    The report has emerged in draft form, as experts rally to deal with the rapid spread of the Zika virus across Latin America, which has been linked to thousands of cases of brain damage in babies.

    Countries in the region have again been caught off-guard because of the lack of scientific knowledge about the virus and the absence of good data on microcephaly, a condition in which babies’ heads fail to grow properly in the womb.

    The report comes from the high-level panel on the global response to health crises, set up by the UN secretary general in April 2015, as the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people finally waned. Several other inquiries into what occurred, and the slow and inadequate response by the World Health Organisation (WHO), have reported and fed into the UN panel’s conclusions.

    “The high risk of major health crises is widely underestimated, and … the world’s preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient. Future epidemics could far exceed the scale and devastation of the west Africa Ebola outbreak,” says the panel’s chair, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete from Tanzania, outlining their findings in the preface.

    “Too often, global panic about epidemics has been followed by complacency and inaction. For example, the 2009 influenza pandemic prompted a similar review of global preparedness, but most of its recommendations were not addressed. Had they been implemented, thousands of lives could have been saved in west Africa. We owe it to the victims to prevent a recurrence of this tragedy.”

    The report, which has been posted online in advanced, unedited form in the UN’s Daily Journal, is not just about the mishandling of Ebola, but about the crucial need for the world to put in place systems to detect and fight new disease threats.

    “Notwithstanding its devastating impact in west Africa, the Ebola virus is not the most virulent pathogen known to humanity,” says the report. “Mathematical modelling by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has shown that a virulent strain of an airborne influenza virus could spread to all major global capitals within 60 days and kill more than 33 million people within 250 days.” [more]

    A 918 Point Stock Market Crash In Japan And Deutsche Bank Denies That It Is About To Collapse

    On Tuesday junk bonds continued to crash, the price of oil briefly dipped below 28 dollars a barrel, Deutsche Bank was forced to deny that it is on the verge of collapse, but the biggest news was what happened in Japan. The Nikkei was down a staggering 918 points, but that stock crash made very few headlines in the western world. If the Dow had crashed 918 points today, that would have been the largest single day point crash in all of U.S. history. So what just happened in Japan is a really big deal. The Nikkei is now down 23.1 percent from the peak of the market, and that places it solidly in bear market territory. Overall, a total of 16.5 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since the middle of 2015. As I stated yesterday, this is what a global financial crisis looks like. [more]


  5. missed one:

    Wellington rocked by earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude