Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Event Update For 2017-08-15

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

2017-08-15 - Hydrogen sulfide hits Lake Havasu City and large swath of Mohave County (Arizona):

Quote: "The odd smell that wafted into Lake Havasu City on Tuesday is believed have come from California’s Salton Sea, which has recently experienced high hydrogen sulfide levels. The smell of sulfur spread not only to Lake Havasu City, but throughout Mohave County, according to Havasu fire officials. An odor reportedly resembling 'rotten eggs' permeated Northwestern Arizona Tuesday, in areas including Havasu and Kingman. The origin of that odor, according to Havasu Fire Chief Brian Davis, may be California’s Salton Sea."

Note: Didn't see any hydrogen sulfide odor advisories issued for the Salton Sea, so maybe this was just a big cloud of hydrogen sulfide blowing through the atmosphere from the ocean off the West Coast and not settling close to the ground until the cloud reached Arizona. On the other hand, the Salton Sea IS turning into a veritable hydrogen-sulfide-spewing gas factory, so who knows...

2017-08-15 - 'Rotten egg' odor hitting Madison (Wisconsin), near Lake Mendota:

Quote: "It smells kind of like rotten eggs with the landfill mixed together."

Quote: "Residents say they mostly notice the smell early in the morning, at night, and sometimes on the weekends. Brandon Steinberg, who has lived in his home for six years, says he’s never smelled anything like it before."

2017-08-15 - Horrible smell hits coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "The cause of a 'horrible' smell reported in parts of Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay has been investigated by Cardiff Council. People in the Welsh capital took to social media on Tuesday to question the cause of the stench. Welsh Water said it 'sent an inspector to investigate' and was satisfied the odour was not linked to its network."

2017-08-15 - Car ignites grass fire which spreads to car and burns woman to death in Gildford (Montana):

2017-08-15 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on High Street in Newcastle (Britain), 6 miles from the coast:

2017-08-15 - Utility pole bursts into flame in coastal Newport Beach (California):

2017-08-15 - Mammoth wildfire rages through an area 50 percent bigger than Rhode Island in ONE DAY in the Northwest Territories (Canada):

Quote: "In just one day, an area of land covering 1,860 square miles of the Northwest Territory has burned. That’s a zone 50 percent larger than the entire state of Rhode Island going up in smoke over just one 24 hour period."

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the 57 Freeway near Diamond Bar (California):

Quote: "A three-acre brush fire continues to burn in Diamond Bar on a hillside off the northbound 57 Freeway Tuesday afternoon, just north of Pathfinder Road. A vehicle stopped on the freeway caught fire around 4 p.m., and the fire spread to the brush, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marrone. Firefighters stopped the fire’s forward progress by 5 p.m."

2017-08-15 - Mobile home destroyed by explosion and fire in coastal San Jose (California), 3 killed:

Quote: "A relative visiting the next-door neighbor of the mobile home that caught on fire Tuesday said an explosion appeared to spark the midday inferno that killed three people, including two children."

Quote: "Vo was able to hear the explosion and see the subsequent fire from her position in the adjacent mobile home. She said—via her nephew who translated—that the grandfather of the two children in the mobile home opened the front door, walked outside engulfed in flames, and collapsed."

2017-08-15 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire in South Pasadena (California), 1 injured:

2017-08-15 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire in Santa Clara (Utah), nobody there:

Quote: "An explosion and fire that rattled a Santa Clara culdesac destroyed a home that was under contract for sale, but Fire Chief Dan Nelson said no one appears to have been injured."

Note: These are the 229th, 230th and 231st residential explosions in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Gas well erupts in flame near Kelley's Creek Road in Mammoth (West Virginia):

2017-08-15 - Steel plant rocked by explosion in Minas Gerais (Brazil), 2 killed, 10 injured:

2017-08-15 - Fireworks factory explodes in Tultepec (Mexico), 2 killed:

2017-08-15 - Container ship 'CSCL Vancouver' bursts into flame in the East China Sea near coastal Shanghai (China):

2017-08-15 - Cargo ship 'Cheshire' damaged by explosions and fire in the Atlantic Ocean near the island of Las Palmas (Spain), crew abandons ship:

Quote: "Bulk carrier CHESHIRE was en route from Norway to Thailand with 40,000 tons of fertilizer ammonium nitrate on board. As of afternoon Aug 15 abandoned vessel, billowing thick smoke, was adrift, with Spanish SAR PUNTA SALINAS nearby, monitoring situation. Salvage Company Resolve Marine was contracted for salvage."

2017-08-15 - Two boats destroyed by explosion and fire at 3:50 AM at marina on Lake Michigan in Hammond (Indiana):

Quote: "A preliminary investigation showed one docked boat caught fire before the blaze spread to another in the G dock section of the marina, near the main office, Millefoglie said. Two boats are considered total losses, she said, and two others suffered some level of damage. Investigators believe an explosion on the first boat triggered the second boat to catch fire."

2017-08-15 - Boat bursts into flame on trailer at home in Sister Bay (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

Note: These are the 754th, 755th, 756th, 757th and 758th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Passenger train hit by fire in Old Irving Park area in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-08-15 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Charolais Boulevard in Brampton (Canada):

2017-08-15 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Vratsa (India):

2017-08-15 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Clare Street in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

Note: These are the 549th, 550th and 551st buses to burn in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-90 in Mower County near Stewartville (Minnesota):

Note: This is the 47th car-hauler to burn in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on I-465 in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 1 AM on US 52 near Inver Grove Heights (Minnesota):

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-95 in Robeson County (North Carolina):

Quote: "A fire started under the hood, Cannaday said, and the driver tried to put it out with an extinguisher, but the flames spread, engulfing the tractor-trailer. The flames were shooting across the southbound lanes."

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-24 near Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

Quote: "TDOT has reported a vehicle cargo fire on I-24 eastbound near mile marker 77 Tuesday morning after 10:30 a.m."

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 417 near Kinburn (Canada):

2017-08-15 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Stoodleigh, near Tiverton (Britain):

2017-08-15 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Brockholme Lane in Northallerton (Britain):

2017-08-15 - Tractor and shed go up in flames in Longtown, Carlisle (Britain):

Quote: "Agricultural shed on fire in Carlisle(Carlisle) 15 Aug 2017 At 13:08 firefighters were called to a shed on fire on the A6071 Gaittle, Longtown, Carlisle. On arrival the crews found a fire involving an agricultural shed measuring 75 metres by 75 metres. The fire also involved a tractor and two hose reels were used to extinguish the flames. All livestock had been removed."

Note: These are the 1467th-1475th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Cement truck bursts into flame before 3 AM on the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge over Buffalo Bayou in Houston (Texas):

2017-08-15 - Cement truck bursts into flame, pulls over, SUV slams into it, in coastal Kocaeli (Turkey), 4 killed:

Quote: "The lorry pulled up to the emergency stopping lane after its tires started burning, with the driver of another lorry stopping to help. Several fire crews were dispatched to the scene to extinguish the lorry’s tires. But during the extinguishing works, a light commercial vehicle hit the lorry from behind, colliding with the burning lorry."

2017-08-15 - Box truck bursts into flame near West Water Street in coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

2017-08-15 - Truck bursts into flame in parking lot at Walmart in Rolling Meadows (Illinois):

2017-08-15 - Truck bursts into flame inside the Dublin Port Tunnel in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2017-08-15 - RV bursts into flame at 6:45 AM, fire spreads to six mobile homes, in Indio (California), 1 injured:

Quote: "An Indio couple went out to start their RV this morning, and one of them ended up with second and third degree burns. The fire then spread to six other mobile homes nearby. The fire started around 6:45 AM at Elm's Mobile Park in Indio and because of it 10 people have been displaced."

2017-08-15 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 91 In Anaheim (California):

2017-08-15 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Westport (Massachusetts), home burns separately:

Quote: "One home that moves and one that is under construction caught fire between dusk and dawn. Firefighters answered calls twice overnight, the first for a fire in a 40-foot recreational vehicle, the second in a home under construction. No one was injured in either fire."

2017-08-15 - RV bursts into flame on the Northway near Lake George (New York):

2017-08-15 - RV and home go up in flames at 4:30 AM in Nampa (Idaho):

Note: These are the 387th, 388th, 389th, 390th and 391st RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-15 - Van bursts into flame on street in Serang (Indonesia):

2017-08-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at car dealership in Meriden (Connecticut):

Quote: "An employee said the truck belongs to the owner of the dealership and hasn’t been started in about two weeks."

2017-08-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked near River Road in Agawam (Massachusetts):

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on Road 17A near Brownson (Nebraska):

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Belleville (Canada):

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on Preservation Place in Whitby (Canada):

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark on High Street in Hinxton (Britain):

2017-08-15 - Car bursts into flame at 3:31 AM on Bradley Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Bradley Road, Grimsby. Tue 15 Aug 2017 03:31 (No:17868) One car involved in fire. One extended hose reel in use."

2017-08-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-70 near I-635 in Wyandotte County (Kansas):

2017-08-15 - Three cars and garage destroyed by fire shortly before 5 AM at home in Rochester (New York):

Quote: "Firefighters found this three bay garage on Meigs Street engulfed in flames a little before 5 a.m. Three cars and the structure were destroyed by the fire."

2017-08-15 - Wildfire burns 1600+ acres in Yosemite National Park near Wawona (California):

2017-08-15 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Henderson (Nevada):

2017-08-15 - Warehouse destroyed by massive fire in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2017-08-15 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Cape Coral (Florida), nobody there:

2017-08-15 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:07 AM on Magness Road in Smithville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2017-08-15 - Home destroyed by fire on Harper Road in Perry Township, Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2017-08-15 - Two homes destroyed by fire in San Antonio (Texas):

2017-08-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire near the Kennebec River in Gardiner (Maine):

2017-08-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 3 injured:

2017-08-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 7 AM in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 8 injured:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire burns mobile home in Flomaton (Alabama), 1 killed:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire burns home just before midnight on 1st Avenue in Theodore (Alabama), 1 killed:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire burns home on North Gill Street in Laurinburg (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire burns home in College Park (Georgia), 1 killed:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after 5 AM near Cape Girardeau (Missouri), 1 killed:

2017-08-15 - Deadly fire burns apartment building before 3 AM in Overland Park (Kansas), 2 killed, 7 injured:

2017-08-15 - Vacant home burns at 2 AM in St. Louis (Missouri):

2017-08-15 - Man, 63, found dead in swimming pool at community center in Brunswick (Ohio):

2017-08-15 - Man, 34, found dead in the Connecticut River in South Hadley (Massachusetts):

2017-08-15 - Woman, 52, slumps over dead in car at store in Lawrence (Massachusetts):

2017-08-15 - Person found dead in Fivemile Creek in Oak Cliff (Texas):

2017-08-15 - Person found dead in pond in Adams Run (South Carolina):

2017-08-15 - Man in his 30s found dead in the Oneida River in Brewerton (New York):

2017-08-15 - Woman, 52, found dead beneath underpass in Polk County (Oregon):

2017-08-15 - Man, 79, found dead near his vehicle in St. Francis County (Arkansas):

2017-08-15 - Woman, 70, dies while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands:

2017-08-15 - Woman, 30, cop, drops dead in her room in Sefwi Asawinso (Guayana):

Quote: "A resident, Nana Kojo Prekese in an interview on Adom News said Constable Stella was very healthy and did not show any sign of ailment."

2017-08-15 - Person found dead in lake in Arnhem (Netherlands):

2017-08-15 - Man, city worker, falls off the London Stock Exchange and dies in coastal London (Britain), possible toppler:

Quote: "There has been a series of fatal falls in London’s financial district in recent years, including a man who fell from a Hilton hotel’s rooftop bar and several people who have fallen from the Coq D’Argent restaurant’s terrace."

2017-08-15 - Person found dead near the River Derwent in Derby (Britain):

Quote: "Police have cordoned off a grassy area between Phoenix Street and the River Derwent..."

2017-08-15 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck slams into woman and kills her, in Fairfax County (Virginia):

2017-08-15 - Man, 48, has seizure, van slams into median, near Perrysburg (Ohio), 1 killed:

Quote: "An Ottawa, Ohio man died after an apparent medical emergency Tuesday on the Ohio Turnpike near Perrysburg, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Bill Krouse, 48, was found unresponsive after a single-vehicle crash that was reported at 4:28 a.m. near mile marker 66.5. The van he was driving had struck the median wall, and the state patrol said it was reported the driver was suffering a seizure before the crash."

2017-08-15 - Small plane crashes and burns in Cherokee County (Georgia), engine failure:

2017-08-15 - Small plane crashes into woods near Neck Road in Benton (Maine), engine failure:

2017-08-15 - Small plane makes emergency landing on US 441 in Jackson County (Georgia), engine failure:

2017-08-15 - Small plane crashes at Old Sarum Airfield in Old Sarum (Britain):

2017-08-15 - Passenger train hits freight train and derails at station in coastal London (Britain):

2017-08-15 - Tanker truck overturns on Highway 1 near coastal Salt Point State Park (California):

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer crashes into median, bursts into flame, on I-95 near Brunswick (Georgia):

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer overturns, bursts into flame, on I-71 in Louisville (Kentucky):

2017-08-15 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on US 20 near Island Park (Idaho), 1 injured:

2017-08-15 - Dump truck's brakes fail, truck slams into building, in Colrain (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

Note: Buildings, the emergency brakes of last resort...

2017-08-15 - Minivan veers over centerline, hits street sweeper head-on, in Lorain (Ohio), 2 injured:

2017-08-15 - SUV veers over centerline, hits pickup head-on, in Cabarrus County (North Carolina), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-08-15 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, in Medford (New York), 3 killed, 4 injured:

2017-08-15 - Car and SUV collide head-on in coastal Suffolk (Virginia), 2 injured:

2017-08-15 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Grand Rapids (Michigan), 1 injured:

2017-08-15 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures students at school in Palmdale (California):

Quote: "Approximately 43 students were taken to hospitals after being stung Tuesday by bees swarming on campus at Palmdale High School, authorities said. Paramedics were sent to the campus in the 2100 block of East Avenue R just after 12 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The bees were dispersed using water hoses, fire officials said. 14 of the 43 students who were brought to Palmdale Regional Medical Center were told that there were no serious reactions."

2017-08-15 - Huge sinkhole devours part of Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2017-08-15 - Huge sinkhole opens on street in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2017-08-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2017-08-15 - Sinkhole opens near hospital in Hannibal (Missouri):

2017-08-15 - Two sinkholes open on streets in Saskatoon (Canada):

2017-08-15 - Sinkhole opens on the Canning Highway in coastal Perth (Australia):

2017-08-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in Roebourne (Australia):

2017-08-15 - Landslide blocks the Baksan River in Tyrnyauz (Russia):

2017-08-15 - Mobile home collapses in Jefferson (New York), 1 injured:

2017-08-15 - Wall collapses onto car in coastal Perth (Australia):

2017-08-15 - Water main breaks, street floods, in Boothwyn (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-15 - Man, 68, has heart problems on ship near coastal Ocean City (New Jersey):

Quote: "The Coast Guard medevaced a man suffering from symptoms of a possible heart attack about 20 miles east of Ocean City Tuesday afternoon. Around noon, Coast Guard officials received a report of a 68-year-old man aboard the vessel Morning Star, suffering from symptoms of a possible heart attack."

2017-08-15 - Person pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Centerville (Massachusetts):

2017-08-15 - Magnitude 2.6 earthquake shakes Pyongyang (North Korea):

2017-08-15 - Heatwave bakes South Australia:

Quote: "Up to 37 deg C in South Austalia - and it's winter!"

2017-08-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Socorro (Texas):

2017-08-15 - Worst flu outbreak ever hits Australia:

2017-08-15 - Fleas found carrying bubonic plague in Arizona:

2017-08-15 - Safety alert after drug-resistant 'Japanese fungus' is found in 55 hospitals in the United Kingdom:

2017-08-15 - Seeing without eyes and the unexpected world of nonvisual photoreception:


  1. Hey Jonny. So another utility pole goes up in flames. They're like matchsticks all over the country, just waiting to spark! Seems owning an RV has a serious downside. Beside H2S, there's an awful lot of methane being detected in the atmosphere lately (see article in first comment - zeta section). How about TWO cement trucks burning on the same day?! Lots of buildings collapsing, exploding and burning, tons of crazy accidents and more people "drowning" all over the place.

    Tom [test run]

  2. The National Hurricane Center is tracking three low pressure systems along the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone in the northeast Atlantic. Current models show that conditions are conducive for them to continually organize and strengthen over the next several days.


  3. [From Tom]

    8/17/2017 1st comment

    We see a repeat of most of yesterday's topics [more on flooding in India, more on Charlottesville (yet another "staged event" with agents provocateur from FBI and hired crowd via Soros interrupting a planned rally), jet stream spread, politics] on seemorerocks, but this new one is important:
    Thursday, 17 August 2017
    Increasng emissions of methane

    “See the darker red slowly appearing above the East Siberian Sea in this 120 hour forecast? Could this be the beginning?”

    Large amounts of methane emissions throughout the world

    Evidence of a ninth planet

    Intensifying Equatorial Rains: 3.3 Million Afflicted by Flooding in India and Bangladesh as Hundreds Lose Lives to Landslides from Sierra Leone to Nepal

    No El Nino, But July of 2017 was the Hottest on Record. So What the Hell is Going on?

    The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse

    On August 21st, approximately 25,000 U.S. troops will join “tens of thousands” from the South Korean military to conduct a “major military exercise” that is already triggering threats from North Korea. Considering the fact that any sort of provocation could cause a nuclear war to erupt on the Korean peninsula, is this really a wise thing to do?

    Another thing that we just found out is that meteorologists are warning that a major hurricane could potentially start approaching the east coast of the United States during the time of the solar eclipse. It has been almost 12 years since a major hurricane made landfall in this country, and so it is very odd that this would be happening all of a sudden. [more]

    [note the large X formed by the 2 eclipses, 7 years apart, covers part of MO]

    Three tropical systems develop along the ITCZ in the northeast Atlantic

    The National Hurricane Center is tracking three low pressure systems along the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone in the northeast Atlantic. Current models show that conditions are conducive for them to continually organize and strengthen over the next several days. [more]

  4. [From Tom]

    5 missing after Army helicopter crashes in ocean off Hawaii

    A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii for five soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise.

    The UH-60 Black Hawk went missing when another Army helicopter training with it lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. [more]

    America can't substitute Russian gas in Europe even it ships it for free, meanwhile Gazprom boosts gas exports to Turkey and Southern Europe

    Pew Research poll: Most countries, including US allies, trust Putin more than Trump on foreign policy

    Solar eclipses and tides prove Earth's rotation is slowing down

    the Earth's rotation is indeed slowing down, and the moon is slowly getting farther away - and these two effects are connected. The connection is the tides. [more]

    Death toll from floods in Nepal climbs to 120 with about 6 million people affected

    US weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

    Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.

    THE TAKEAWAY: The job market appears solid as the U.S. enters its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. Employers are holding onto workers with the expectation that business will continue to improve. Jobless claims, which closely track layoffs, have come in below 300,000 for 128 weeks in a row. That's the longest such stretch since 1970, when the U.S. population was much smaller.

    The unemployment rate has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. [more]

    [propaganda - the rate is so (ARTIFICIALLY) low because the MILLIONS of people who lost their WELL PAYING JOBS THAT VANISHED have by now dropped off the 26 week rolls LONG AGO and aren't counted - they're still suffering]

    Who pays for San Onofre nuclear plant's early closure? Negotiations fall apart

    [read this travesty - nuclear power was NEVER a good idea!]

    1800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and no place to go [more]

    Brandon family's pit bulls save small children from venomous copperhead and get bitten instead

    Together, the dogs killed the snake but were bitten and injected with its venom in the process.

    Both dogs are expected to make a full recovery. [more]

  5. here's something that caused some issues in my area today

  6. [From Tom]

    [Well now, waddiya think of this, Jonny?]
    Los Angeles Police Chase Ends With Man Falling to Death From 160-Foot Crane

    A man has fallen to his death from a 160-foot-high crane at the Port of Los Angeles after a police chase and hours-long standoff.

    By nightfall, the man had stripped off and thrown his clothes from the crane. While he was on the crane, he behaved erratically, performing handstands and crunches, according to local media. Police had surrounded the area and were trying to convince him to hand himself in.

    The Los Angeles Fire Department said that he had fallen 160 feet and died at the scene; it was unclear whether the fall was intentional or not.

    A crane operator who works at the port, Patrick Bates, told KTLA that the man was on the highest crane in the entire harbor. “It was unbelievable, the height of that, it takes your breath away...He was up there doing things that I just could not believe,” said Bates. [more]

    [here's a truck accident for you]
    Good Samaritan Leaps Over Highway Barriers to Rescue Crash Victim

    [~ 2 min. news video]

    [this is just nice]
    Photo of boy taking nap with cow at Iowa State Fair becomes internet sensation

    Rise In Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Should Not Be a Surprise

    The graph below shows that when land use is added, emissions steadily increase. The effects from land-use changes cannot be ignored. [more]

    Minke whale found dead in Blue Hill Bay, Maine

    "The whale was found with 30 feet of line in its mouth," said Rosemary Seton of Allied Whale. [more]

    'It's very alarming': Another dead North Atlantic right whale discovered off Cape Cod; total now 13

    This is the third dead North Atlantic right whale discovered in U.S. waters, said Goebel. The news comes just one week after another whale was found floating off Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island south of Cape Cod.

    Between 10 and 12 dead whales have been found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since June 7. [more; also blamed on fishing gear or ship strike]

    Flood kills at least 57 in Bangladesh with over 3,326,000 affected

    Dead minke whale discovered off coast of Narragansett, Rhode Island

    [they should start Dead Whale Watch tours . ..]

    [and now for Weird Stuff Palooza]
    Witness captures video of strange object in the sky

    Mysterious people who drove off the face of the Earth never to be seen again

    BC residents puzzled by UFO bright lights that "defy physics"

    Witness in Georgia claims to have seen 'massive' metallic triangular UFO in 2008

    [this is some weird shit, right here]
    Argentina's plague of goblins

    Large dark being seen gliding over Elgin, Illinois

  7. [From Tom]

    [Big Oil gets away with it AGAIN]
    Court overturns Exxon’s fines for major pipeline spill, calling it ‘regrettable’

    Earlier this week, a federal appeals court overturned a federal agency’s ruling — and more than $2 million in fines — against ExxonMobil for a 2013 pipeline spill, arguing that the company had fulfilled all its obligations under federal pipeline safety law.

    The incident, which took place in Mayflower, Arkansas, spilled more than 200,000 gallons of Canadian tar sands oil into a nearby neighborhood, sickening residents and forcing homeowners to evacuate. The pipeline, owned by ExxonMobil, had been built in the 1940s, and was known to be prone to cracking down along the lengthwise seams. Independent laboratory tests conducted after the spill found that the pipeline had been defective since it had first been laid more than 70 years before the incident. [more]

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.1 quake strikes near Banning

    Family Claims Toddler Contracted "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria After Swimming

    [people still swim?]

  8. Thanks, Fran! Hope you didn't get stuck waiting for that train!