Monday, September 4, 2017

Event Update For 2017-09-03

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

2017-09-03 - Wildfire, largest in LA history, grows to 5895+ acres, 3 homes destroyed, in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2017-09-03 - At least 74 wildfires burn a combined million acres in eight Western US states:

Quote: "At least 74 wildfires are burning in eight Western states and consumed more than a million acres combined."

2017-09-03 - Wildfires burn through more than half a million acres in Montana:

2017-09-03 - Wildfire grows to 53,000 acres near Coopers Lake in Powell County (Montana):

2017-09-03 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire at 5 AM, 160+ cars burn, in Grangebellew (Ireland):

Quote: "Gardai carried out a technical examination of the scene of a fire that destroyed more than 160 cars at a compound in county Louth in the early hours of Sunday morning. The fire, at Cassidy Car Parts in Grangebellew, was reported around 5am and fire crews were still at the scene this afternoon."

2017-09-03 - Largest bus factory in Brazil heavily damaged by fire in Caxias do Sul (Brazil):

2017-09-03 - Auto shop destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in Pike Township (Ohio):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at Mercedes-Benz dealership in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2017-09-03 - Two cars and home go up in flames, fire started in carport, in Starksville (Mississippi):

Quote: "SFD Batallion Chief David Gaudin said the fire started in the carport area of the home. 'There were two vehicles involved, flames reaching 30, 40 feet in the air, power line down,' Gaudin said."

2017-09-03 - Apartment building damaged by explosion in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2017-09-03 - Home explodes and burns at 12:30 AM in Raigir (India), 2 killed:

Note: These are the 254th and 255th residential explosions in 2017...

2017-09-03 - Boats, cars and three homes go up in flames at 4:30 AM in Millinocket (Maine):

Quote: "Cars and boats at the homes were also damaged."

2017-09-03 - Boat bursts into flame on the Mississippi River near River Road in Westwego (Louisiana):

2017-09-03 - Boat bursts into flame on the Ohio River in Henderson County (Kentucky):

2017-09-03 - Boat bursts into flame on Pactola Lake (South Dakota):

Note: These are the 814th, 815th, 816th, 817th and 818th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-03 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on highway near coastal Accra (Ghana):

Quote: "Reports say the fuel tanker which was moving in traffic all of a sudden caught fire in the middle of the road, forcing many commercial passengers, pedestrians and other occupants of private vehicles to flee their cars in battle for their lives."

2017-09-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 4 AM at rest stop near Alexandria (Minnesota):

2017-09-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 6:30 AM on I-75 in Miami County (Ohio):

2017-09-03 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked in Trenton (Missouri):

2017-09-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 40 near Deschambault-Grondines (Canada):

Note: These are the 1600th, 1601st, 1602nd, 1603rd and 1604th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-03 - RV and garage go up in flames just before 3 AM at home near Millsboro (Delaware):

Note: This is the 419th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-03 - Van bursts into flame on Penhill Drive in Swindon (Britain):

2017-09-03 - SUV bursts into flame on State Route 26 in Waupun (Wisconsin):

2017-09-03 - SUV bursts into flame at 11 PM in the Town of Neenah (Wisconsin):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at Salem and Gurdon Street in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-91 in Wallingford (Connecticut):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at home in Montreal Lake (Canada):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame in coastal Bintulu (Malaysia):

2017-09-03 - Two cars go up in flames at 5:10 AM on Cavalier Way in Yeovil (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside compound in Spreyton (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at 11:29 PM on the M4 near Swindon (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at 12:36 AM on the Colnbrook Bypass near Langley (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame on the A30 near Exeter (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame on West Centre Way in Telford (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame on the A338 near Marten (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame on Trinity Way in Minehead (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at 1:17 AM on Berkeley Street in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Berkeley Street, Scunthorpe. Sun 3 Sep 2017 01:17 (No:19345) Car fire. One hose reel and small tools in use."

2017-09-03 - Car bursts into flame at 3:02 AM on Warley Road in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Warley Road, Scunthorpe. Sun 3 Sep 2017 03:02 (No:19346) Fire in engine compartment of car. One hose reel in use."

2017-09-03 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-96 near Novi (Michigan):

2017-09-03 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Bondane in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Bondane, Hull. Sun 3 Sep 2017 16:51 (No:19412) One motorcycle destroyed by fire. One dry powder extinguisher in use."

2017-09-03 - Horse trailer bursts into flame while being towed on the M20 near Harrietsham (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Riding mower bursts into flame at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2017-09-03 - SUV, shed, home and fourplex go up in flames just before 6 AM in Yakima (Washington):

2017-09-03 - Brush fire breaks out along I-5 near the Tacoma Mall in coastal Tacoma (Washington):

2017-09-03 - Optometrist office damaged by fire before 4:14 AM in Okeechobee County (Florida):

2017-09-03 - Industrial area ravaged by huge fire in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2017-09-03 - Two garages and a home go up in flames in Logan Square area in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-09-03 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Sabattus (Maine):

2017-09-03 - Home damaged by garage fire, garage destroyed, in Oshtemo (Township (Michigan):

2017-09-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Nashville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2017-09-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Warwick (Rhode Island):

2017-09-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:54 AM near Richland (Missouri):

2017-09-03 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire in Alexandria (Virginia):

2017-09-03 - Home destroyed by fire at 4:27 AM in Whitefield (Maine), 110 feet from the Sheepscot River:

2017-09-03 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 1 AM in Philipstown (New York):

2017-09-03 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2017-09-03 - Deadly fire burns mobile home just after 3 AM near Amarillo (Texas), 1 killed:

2017-09-03 - Deadly fire destroys home in West Mifflin (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2017-09-03 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at Willow Creek Apartments and Townhouses in Westland (Michigan), 1 killed:

2017-09-03 - Vacant home burns in Perry South in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-03 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just after 1 AM near the Ohio River in Steubenville (Ohio):

2017-09-03 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Toledo (Ohio):

2017-09-03 - Hundreds of fish found dead in lake in Joida (India):

2017-09-03 - Boy and girl, both 12, die in West Point Lake in Troup County (Georgia):

2017-09-03 - Two children, 8 and 10, found dead in pond in Banda (India):

2017-09-03 - Four boys die in the water during idol immersions in New Delhi (India):

2017-09-03 - Two boys, 5 and 7, found dead in pond in coastal Chittagong (Bangladesh):

2017-09-03 - Two brothers and sister, 27, 25 and 18, die in the River Chenab (Pakistan):

2017-09-03 - The number of people being found dead in water rising steadily in Georgia:

Quote: "The number of people drowning while swimming, boating, fishing and hunting in Georgia has continued to rise year over year since 2013, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of seven years of state death data, even as the state has worked to reduce such deaths."

2017-09-03 - Man, 35, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Wildwood Crest (New Jersey):

Quote: "Twenty-nine have now died in water-related deaths in New Jersey since May."

2017-09-03 - Man found dead on beach in coastal Laurel (New York):

2017-09-03 - Man, 55, found dead in Lake Camanche (California):

Quote: "Jose Antonio Ramirez Garcia, 55, was in 3 to 4 feet of water at the lake Sunday with some friends. When they walked back up to the shore, they turned around and Garcia was gone, officials said. Garcia's friends reported him missing, but his body was found soon after in about 5 feet of water, deputies said. Investigators aren't sure if it was a drowning or if Garcia had some sort of medical emergency."

2017-09-03 - Man, 45, falls into the Chicago River and dies at 1:20 AM in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-09-03 - Man, 35, firefighter, falls off boat and dies in Lake Murray (South Carolina):

2017-09-03 - Man found dead in the Delaware River near Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-03 - Man, 57, found dead in home in coastal Port Aransas (Texas):

2017-09-03 - Man, 26, found dead in pond in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2017-09-03 - Man found dead in dam reservoir in Otukpo (Nigeria):

2017-09-03 - Boy, 15, found dead in lake in Bengaluru (India):

2017-09-03 - Boy, 8, found dead in lagoon at beach in coastal KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa):

2017-09-03 - Man, 40, goes fishing, next seen dead in the water in coastal Negros Occidental (Philippine Islands):

2017-09-03 - Man, 44, found dead in Park Hall area in Stoke-on-Trent (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Man has 'medical emergency', car slams into three motorcycles, in Maryville (Tennessee), 3 injured:

Quote: "Three people were hospitalized Sunday when a Maryville man was stricken with a medical emergency and ran his vehicle into a cluster of motorcycles idling at a stop light, according to Maryville Police."

2017-09-03 - Woman, 45, has 'medical event', car veers off road, hits pole, near Sedalia (Missouri), 1 injured:

Quote: "An eastbound vehicle driven by Tabitha R. Lindsay, 45, went off the right side of the roadway after Lindsay suffered what was believed to be a medical event. The car then collided with a utility pole."

2017-09-03 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Chicago (Illinois), engine failure:

2017-09-03 - Small plane crashes near Sulphur Creek Ranch airstrip near Cascade (Idaho), engine failure, 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-09-03 - Small plane crashes into the ocean near coastal Pacific City (Oregon):

2017-09-03 - Small plane crashes into the Banana River in coastal Merritt Island (Florida):

2017-09-03 - Small plane crashes in field near airport in Oshkosh (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2017-09-03 - Small plane crashes near Wonderboom (South Africa), 2 killed:

2017-09-03 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on I-80 near Donner Lake (California):

2017-09-03 - Tractor trailer plunges into irrigation canal near Connell (Washington):

2017-09-03 - RV veers off road, hits trees, bursts into flame, in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "A recreational vehicle heading west on Interstate 10 in New Orleans East suddenly veered off the roadway, smashed into trees and caught fire Sunday (Sept. 3), according to authorities."

2017-09-03 - SUV blows tire, veers off road, crashes into woods, bursts into flame, on Highway 99 near Squamish (Canada):

2017-09-03 - Car veers off road, slams into home, bursts into flame, in Clifton Moor area in York (Britain), 4 injured:

2017-09-03 - Car veers off road just before 11 PM, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Grant County (Indiana), 2 killed:

2017-09-03 - Dog attacks and injures woman in Plainfield (Connecticut):

2017-09-03 - Home collapses in Shamli (India), 4 injured:

2017-09-03 - Two-story building collapses in Ambala (India):

2017-09-03 - Three-story building collapses in Tiruchirappalli (India), 4 killed:

2017-09-03 - Girl, 15, pulled unconscious from Pineview Reservoir (Utah):

2017-09-03 - Man, soccer player, collapses with heart attack while playing soccer in Paddock Wood (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Despite historically wet winter, Oregon moving toward drought:

2017-09-03 - Australia’s record-breaking winter warmth linked to climate change:

2017-09-03 - Hurricane Irma heading west toward the US:

2017-09-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cornwall (Britain):

2017-09-03 - Microburst scares beachgoers in Santa Barbara (California):

2017-09-03 - Freshwater crisis hitting New Zealand:

2017-09-03 - EPA has still yet to inspect nearly a dozen Houston-area hazardous waste sites:

2017-09-03 - Stronger science means more climate litigation risk for business and government:

2017-09-03 - Iran chases away US spy plane and drone from national airspace:

2017-09-03 - Company unveils all-electric solar-powered RV:

Note: So no need for fuel and theoretically no need for charging stations either. Probably couldn't cover too much distance per day, but maybe 100-300 miles, hole up for a day or two and recharge fully, then continue. Eventually it'll ignite and burn up, but hey, you can't have everything!

2017-09-03 - Passenger jet has close encounter with UFO at airport in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):


  1. Good morning, Jonny. In the race toward extinction, the big 3 are environmental collapse (habitat loss), climate change effects (floods and droughts), and human caused problems (economic/political). Since human behavior is what got us here, perhaps it will be that which sends us into the abyss.

    North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe

    The Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a “planetary catastrophe” and huge loss of life.

    “Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end,” he told reporters in China, according to the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT.

    “It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.” [more]

    Man trampled to death by elephant after trying to take a SELFIE with it in Odisha, India

    Hurricane Irma: Florida declares state of emergency as storm upgraded to Category 4

    Tuesday, 5 September 2017
    What will Australia's fire season be like this year?
    Australia's 2017 bush fire season outlook

    With most of Australia experiencing a combination of above average temperatures and below average rainfall over winter, large parts of the country face above normal bushfire potential for the fire season.  [more]

    NZ: Third hottest August on record hits during a season with a third extra rainfall

    Climate & Extreme Weather News #62 (September 1st to 4th 2017)

    [51 min. report for the first 4 days of Sept.!]

    [continued below]

  2. The West is on fire

    "Also forgot to mention British Columbia and Alaska -- it's the whole western part of North America up in flames !!"

    [contains this embedded ~ 7 min. video]

    [and this article, with several others following]
    Wildfires force evacuations in California, Oregon, Washington

    Paul Beckwith unpacks Hurricane Irma

    [2 15-min. videos]

    Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Category 4 Hurricane Irma Barrels Straight For Miami

    [another very long article with lots of videos, here are some]
    Tracking Hurricane Irma: Outlook for Sept. 4, 2017 [10.5 min.]

    Massive sea swells forecasted for Miami September 10 High Tide - Huge [~4 min.]

    9/11/Irma Possible Cat 5/Double Impacts 7 Days Apart! [~ 13 min.]

    CAT 4 IRMA could make Triple (3) State Landfall - FL/GA/SC [4 min]

    [Robin leads this next article with comments about the source]
    BREAKING: On The Brink Of WW3 - North Korea Rolling Updates - Missiles Towards Guam?


    The death toll from Hurricane Harvey rises to at least 60

    Hurricane Irma Projected To Reach Category 5 And Hit The East Coast – Panic Prepping Begins In Florida

    Sunspot AR2673 expands more than 10-fold in a single day:Chance of X-Class flare today for the first time since May 2015

    7 M-class solar flares from geoeffective region, Earth-directed CME produced, S1 radiation storm

    Three tonnes of dead fish taken from the waters off Fai Chi Kei and Ilha Verde China

    After 8 years of calm, La Cumbre volcano erupts at the Fernandina Island in Galapagos

    Katla watching: Icelanders plan for next catastrophic volcanic eruption

    Katla last erupted in 1918. Never before in recorded history have 99 years passed without an eruption from the volcano. [more]

  3. Irma strengthens to a Cat 5 storm as it nears Caribbean

    States that are falling apart

    The U.S. economy is the largest in the world, topping a GDP of $18.6 trillion in 2016. An economic powerhouse as massive and diversified as the United States depends on a network of highways, bridges, airports and dams to thrive. And while the economy has grown every year since the recession officially ended in 2009, our nation’s infrastructure is not fairing as well.

    [well, there's the LIE, right there - we're still in at LEAST a recession]

    An estimated 17% of American dams -- 15,500 in total -- are categorized as high hazard potential, meaning their failure would almost certainly result in loss of life. Meanwhile, 11.2% of roads are in poor condition, which ultimately lead to vehicle damage and traffic delays. Vehicle repairs, fuel and wasted time cost motorists an estimated $272 billion in 2014. Perhaps most troubling is the state of disrepair of bridges across the country as tens of thousands are classified as structurally deficient by the federal government.

    19. Missouri
    > Roads in poor condition: 4.1% (11th lowest)
    > Deficient bridges: 13.1% (11th highest)
    > Dams at high hazard risk: 27.2% (17th highest)
    > Highway spending as pct. of total: 4.5% (12th lowest)

    5. Pennsylvania
    > Roads in poor condition: 14.7% (14th highest)
    > Deficient bridges: 19.8% (3rd highest)
    > Dams at high hazard risk: 53.0% (5th highest)
    > Highway spending as pct. of total: 8.6% (9th highest)

    6. California
    > Roads in poor condition: 29.4% (4th highest)
    > Deficient bridges: 5.5% (11th lowest)
    > Dams at high hazard risk: 52.6% (6th highest)
    > Highway spending as pct. of total: 3.2% (2nd lowest)

    [there's trouble in Paradise]
    1. Hawaii
    > Roads in poor condition: 29.0% (5th highest)
    > Deficient bridges: 5.7% (13th lowest)
    > Dams at high hazard risk: 93.2% (the highest)
    > Highway spending as pct. of total: 4.5% (10th lowest)

    [oh, finally, someone tells the truth]
    Hezbollah co-leader Kassam: US nurtured ISIS monster against Syrian govt, now has to fight them

    [and, like Jason Bourne, they'll find their way here for some revenge]

    Syrian army, allies break 3-year ISIS siege in Deir ez-Zor city, Russia fires more Kalibr cruise missiles

    [continued below]

  4. Medium sized black hole 100,000 times bigger than sun discovered near center of Milky Way

    ["so we got DAT goin' for us . . which is nice". .. (Caddyshack)]

    [more here]
    'Second Largest Black Hole' in the Milky Way Galaxy Found

    Beached Gray's whale loses its beak from illegal chainsaw removal at Greymouth, New Zealand

    ["yeah - tanks fer nuttin'!" (more Caddyshack)]

    [let's see how Thor's doin' today]

    [man, India can't catch a break!]
    Two struck dead by lightning bolt in Tamil Nadu, India

    [holy SHIT!]
    Man yells in panic as lightning bolt blasts tree at Bryson Lake Lodge, Quebec

    At least 8 killed by lightning bolt in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    "Thirty people were struck, including seven who were killed instantly and an eighth who died of their injuries in hospital," local official Christophe Ikando told AFP. [more]

    Lightning strike kills student on motorbike in Cambodia

    A medical student was struck and killed by lightning in Stung Treng on Sunday as he was driving his motorbike, which then spun out of control and injured two passengers on a motorbike travelling in the opposite direction, officials said yesterday.

    "The forensic police examining the body at the site claimed that victim died of lightning, not [due to] the traffic accident because the body had a burnt mark on the neck and his hair was burned as well as the victim's helmet," Heang said. [more]

    China Killed The RISK ON Party

    It's appropriate given that China's mega stimulus fueled both the first and second stages of this eight year bubble, that the capitalists in the Chinese Communist Party would now kill the second rally [more]

    The Grapes Of Wrath 2017

    Generation Madoff was so successful, they conned themselves. Trump is the golden calf, proof that hairless monkeys will worship anything except the truth

    Globalization is modern day slavery with the imprimatur of the World Bank and all other major economic institutions. What comes next will unwind the globalized ponzi model, but most importantly, the sociopaths who promoted it. In the end they successfully conned everyone, including themselves. This will prove once and for all that the morons at Ivy Leagues and the morons from Ivy Leagues, are groupthink dunces. Their mega-clown-in-chief merely the insult to injury. A swaggering reminder of the asinine hubris that dropped us off in the middle of nowhere...

    "Good job everyone" [more; one of his better installments]

  5. Dow drops 250 points on N. Korea bomb test, gov't shutdown concerns

    U.S. equities fell on Tuesday, the first trading day of the week, as tension between North Korea and the West sent jitters down Wall Street. [more]

    Ash falls like snow in Seattle as wildfires rage in Pacific Northwest

    Making the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals consistent with sustainability

    [sustainability is a myth]

    Three things we just learned about climate change and big storms: Can the lessons of Harvey save us? “What Houston shows us, yet again, is that we live in a world of predatory delay”

    First, “Did climate change cause Hurricane Harvey?” is the wrong question to ask, embedding a host of mistaken assumptions and leading us nowhere useful. The right question to ask, instead, is something more like “What does Harvey tell us about the kind of future we will be living in?” Asking the right question helps orient us toward moving forward.

    Second, Trump’s climate denial vs. reality of Hurricane Harvey is just the tip of the iceberg. The losses involved are constantly growing beyond our previous calculations, and could easily be enough to destroy America’s capacity for world leadership, much as World War II destroyed Britain’s. In addition, Trump’s climate denial is just one facet of his budget and policy priorities which are clearly disastrous in light of Harvey, and Houston’s role as a fossil fuel industry center represents another dimension of potential catastrophic loss — even if we dodge a bullet this time.
    The third big lesson was laid out in a Twitter thread by planetary futurist Alex Steffen: “What Houston shows us, yet again, is that we live in a world of predatory delay,” he wrote, defining that concept as “the blocking or slowing of needed change, in order to make money off unsustainable, unjust systems in the meantime.” Learning this lesson, he went on to say, “is key to understanding how we must act in order to save ourselves & acting accordingly.” [more]

    [more below]

  6. Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters mix a foul brew of sewage, chemicals

    Harvey's filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts.
    Houston already was notorious for sewer overflows following rainstorms. Now the system, with 40 wastewater treatment plants across the far-flung metropolis, faces an unprecedented challenge.
    State officials said several dozen sewer overflows had been reported in areas affected by the hurricane, including Corpus Christi. Private septic systems in rural areas could fail as well.
    Also stirred into the noxious brew are spilled fuel, runoff from waste sites, lawn pesticides and pollutants from the region's many petroleum refineries and chemical plants.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Sunday that of the 2,300 water systems contacted by federal and state regulators, 1,514 were fully operational. More than 160 systems issued notices advising people to boil water before drinking it, and 50 were shut down. [more]

    Girl Pulls Sword From Legendary Lake Of King Arthur's Excalibur

    England’s got a new Queen ― that is, if Excalibur’s legend is true.
    A 7-year-old girl in Cornwall, England, is making news after reportedly pulling a four-foot sword out of the same lake that King Arthur’s Excalibur blade is said to have been tossed.
    Matilda Jones was swimming around Dozmary Pool in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, on Tuesday, when she caught sight of the shining metal beneath the water’s surface, The Sheffield Star reported. [more]

    [kids still swim in streams?!]

    N. Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

    Japan's defense minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was around eight times the size of the bomb detonated over Hiroshima. [more]

    The cruelest month: September could hammer stocks

    ‘If they deport all of us, who will rebuild?’ Undocumented workers could be key to Texas recovery.

    Crisis looms as nearly 125,000 refugees flood into Bangladesh

    U.S. factory orders post biggest drop in nearly three years

    Lady Gaga postpones show after falling ill while performing in the rain

    In Texas, Distrust of Washington Collides With Need for Federal Aid

  7. Hurricane Irma's damage could be the largest ever in the U.S., Barclays predicts

    [stupid comment of the day]
    "Given the potential magnitude of this storm as well as the potential to impact a highly populated area, we think Irma's insured damage in Florida could be the largest ever in the U.S. perhaps equivalent to Hurricane Katrina," Barclays' Jay Gelb wrote Tuesday. [Katrina was PEANUTS! Harvey's the new benchmark]

    In a worst case scenario, catastrophe modelers AIR Worldwide and Karen Clark and Co. have estimated a repeat of the 1926 Miami hurricane could result in $125-130 billion of insured damage,” Gelb added.

    Last week, Goldman Sachs projected property damages from Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into Texas last month, to be in the range of around $30 billion which is below Hurricane Katrina’s insured damage of around $50 billion.
    Additionally, JPMorgan released similar predictions for Harvey, pegging damages around $10 billion to $20 billion.
    [more; Harvey is estimated to cost between $125 - $190 billion according to others (who are not large banks)]

    New study suggests that solar storms are the cause of sperm whales beaching in North Sea

    Brilliant sun halo seen over Kuching, Malaysia

    Dead Hand: A real doomsday device made by the Soviets in the '80s, and the Russians still have it today

    Large meteor fireball lights up night sky over British Columbia, Canada

    Mysterious tremor rattles windows in South Australia -Geoscience says it wasn't an earthquake