Thursday, September 21, 2017

Event Update For 2017-09-20

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

2017-09-20 - Well leaks hydrogen sulfide and sickens 29 people near Orenburg Oblast (Russia):

Quote: "Twenty nine people from whom children, have addressed physicians with complaints to poisoning after emission of hydrogen sulfide in the Orenburg region. Have reported about it to TASS in the regional Ministry of Health. In total with complaints to nausea and dizziness have addressed to medical out-patient clinic residents of the settlement of Samorodovo from whom children."

2017-09-20 - Foul odor hits school in Franklin (Ohio):

Quote: "Students and staffers were evacuated from Bishop Fenwick High School on Wednesday morning after a report of a gas leak coming from a science lab in the Middletown school. Middletown fire crews determined it was not a gas leak but a foul odor of some sort, and the building was re-opened after a delay of 35 minutes."

Note: If they thought it was a gas leak then it was a rotten egg odor that they smelled. But it wasn't natural gas, soooo...?

2017-09-20 - Helicopter, hangar-workshop and helicopter base destroyed by fire at coastal Neils Beach (New Zealand):

Quote: "A large engineering workshop and helicopter base at Neils Beach, Jackson Bay, was burned to the ground in a massive blaze today, claiming at least one helicopter."

Note: This is the 83rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-20 - Flesh-eating bacteria on the rise in Victoria (Australia):

Quote: "In the last year, cases of a ghastly but mysterious flesh-eating bacterial infection have more than doubled in Victoria, Australia, raising alarm among health experts. There were 239 cases of the flesh-eating infections in the past 12 months, according to figures (PDF) released this week by health authorities. In 2016, there were only 102 reported cases, while 2015 and 2014 tallied just 58 and 47."

Note: Just like the environment is changing in ways that favor jellyfish and sea lice, the environment is changing in ways that favor flesh-eating bacteria. It's probably all the same thing: rising ocean and sea temperatures...

2017-09-20 - Hurricane Maria roars into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the entire island goes dark:

Quote: "Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said. Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said none of the customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority had any electricity. The US National Hurricane Center said 'catastrophic' flooding was sweeping parts of the island."

Quote: "Maria made landfall in Yabucoa in the east of Puerto Rico early on Wednesday as a category four storm, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). It was the first category four hurricane to directly hit the island since 1932. Hours earlier, Maria barreled through the US Virgin Islands' St Croix as a category five storm, sustaining winds of up to 175mph (281km/h)."

Quote: "At present, the entire island is without grid-based power generation. And the damage is so severe that officials are saying that it could take up to 4-6 months to completely restore electricity."

Quote: "For all intents and purposes, Puerto Rico is destroyed..."

Quote: "The rain gauge near Caguas, PR also measured 14.31 inches in one hour. That’s a candidate for the most ever, worldwide."

Note: Whoa, more than an inch of rain every five minutes!

2017-09-20 - Minivan bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at home, fire chars home, in Fargo (North Dakota):

2017-09-20 - Two cars go up in flames shortly after 6 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Inman (South Carolina):

Quote: "An Inman family’s home was damaged in a fire on Wednesday morning. North Spartanburg Assistant Fire Chief Brent Lewis said a blaze spread from burning vehicles to a house in the Hickory Hills subdivision. Lewis said crews found two vehicles on fire when they arrived on scene shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday."

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame at 5:33 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in coastal Beverly (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The fire appears to have started in a car before spreading to an Arrowhead Lane home."

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame at 7 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "Firefighters say a fire that began in a vehicle parked in the driveway, spread to the house. Crews were called to 3294 West 32nd on Cleveland's west side around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors called 911 after noticing the car on fire."

Note: Eventually people will stop parking vehicles near the homes, even if for no other reason than that people who park their vehicles near their homes won't have homes anymore. Problem solved!

2017-09-20 - Homes damaged by massive garage explosion, garage destroyed, in Canoga Park (California):

Quote: "SoCalGas was quick to point out that the explosion was not attributed to natural gas. They also said the explosion took place in what appeared to be a detached garage with no appliances that used natural gas."

Quote: "By 10 p.m., the LAPD told Wait the house was not a drug lab and that there was no illicit activity behind it."

Note: So not natural gas and not any kind of drug lab. Soooo...? This is the 271st residential explosion in 2017...

2017-09-20 - Motorcycle club destroyed by explosion and fire at 11:15 PM in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "'The roof of the building had caved in, and there was no gas on at the sight [sic], so what they did was turn the gas off at the meter,' Ternes said, adding that the cause of the incident does not appear to be related to a natural gas explosion."

Note: So not natural gas here either - gas wasn't turned on. Soooo...?

2017-09-20 - Steel plant rocked by explosion in Wilton (Iowa), 4 injured:

2017-09-20 - Large gas tank explodes at plant in Colwick, Nottingham (Britain), 2 injured:

2017-09-20 - Oil tanks erupt in flame at oil tank farm in Brighton (Colorado):

2017-09-20 - Warehouse explodes and burns in Subang Jaya (Malaysia), 7 injured:

2017-09-20 - Chemical plant damaged by fire in coastal Johor (Malaysia):

2017-09-20 - Recycling center damaged by fire in Euclid (Ohio):

2017-09-20 - Recycling center damaged by fire in coastal Mayfield West (Australia):

2017-09-20 - Transformer bursts into flame in Tamarac (Florida):

2017-09-20 - Cruise ship 'Aurora' damaged by fire in the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Azores:

Quote: "Fire reported in engine room of cruise ship AURORA in the Atlantic during her trip from Bermuda to the Azores. According to AIS track, fire started at around 1300 UTC Sep 20, the ship was disabled and suffered a blackout."

2017-09-20 - Houseboat bursts into flame in coastal Bembridge Harbour at the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Note: These are the 865th and 866th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-20 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on highway in China:

2017-09-20 - Tanker truck bursts into flame at gas station in Nawan (Pakistan), 2 injured:

2017-09-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 280 near Opelika (Alabama):

2017-09-20 - Tractor trailer, tractor and tractor (combine) destroyed by fire in field in Maeystown (Illinois):

2017-09-20 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on I-135 in Newton (Kansas):

2017-09-20 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Bunker Hill (Illinois):

2017-09-20 - Two tractors and machine shed destroyed by fire in Waverly (West Virginia):

Quote: "Multiple fire departments responded to a fire that damaged a large farm-equipment shed and destroyed two tractors in Waverly Wednesday evening."

Note: These are the 1704th-1713th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-20 - RV bursts into flame just before 6:30 AM while parked at property on Road 425B in Oakhurst (California):

2017-09-20 - RV bursts into flame at 11:51 PM while parked at property in Clanton (Alabama):

Quote: "An RV fire on Caroline Street in Clanton was extinguished early morning on Sept. 21. According to Clanton Fire Chief David Driver, the Clanton Fire Department was dispatched at 11:51 p.m. on Sept. 20 to 1260 Caroline Street."

Note: These are the 444th and 445th RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-09-20 - Van bursts into flame at Roughtallys in North Weald Bassett, Epping (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame on Sykes Creek Parkway in coastal Merritt Island (Florida):

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame on Route 24 in West Bridgewater (Massachusetts):

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame on the M6 near Gathurst (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame on Wimborne Road West in Ferndown, Wimborne (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Car bursts into flame at 1:23 AM on Woodsghyll Drive in Carlisle (Britain):

Quote: "Car fire in Carlisle(Carlisle) 20 Sep 2017 At 01:23 firefighters were called to a report of a car on fire on Woodsghyll Drive. A hose reel jet was used to put out the blaze. Police were asked to attend."

2017-09-20 - Scooter bursts into flame on Park Lane in Woodside, Telford (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Lawnmower bursts into flame on Ringway in Neston (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Barn destroyed by fire off Paradise Lane in Paradise Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-09-20 - Large mulch fire breaks out along Forest Hill Circle in Fort Worth (Texas):

2017-09-20 - Laptop computer bursts into flame at 6:51 AM in car on Vicarage Hill in Marldon (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

2017-09-20 - Warehouse heavily damaged by explosion and fire at 11:30 PM in Diana (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters say the warehouse was full of cloth, wood products and paint."

2017-09-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1 AM in Rockwood Township (Minnesota), nobody there:

2017-09-20 - Home destroyed by fire in Harrison (Tennessee), nobody there:

2017-09-20 - Five homes under construction go up in flames just after 3 AM in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2017-09-20 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Richmond (Virginia):

2017-09-20 - Apartment building damaged by fire at Pecan Creek Apartments in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2017-09-20 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM in Marietta (Georgia):

2017-09-20 - Condo building destroyed by fire on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach (Missouri):

2017-09-20 - Deadly fire destroys home in the Town of Bloomfield (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2017-09-20 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 3:54 AM in coastal Oakland (California), 1 killed:

2017-09-20 - Deadly fire rips through textile factory in Dhaka (Bangladesh), 6 killed, several injured:

2017-09-20 - Vacant home burns in Huntington (West Virginia):

2017-09-20 - Humpback whale found dead in the Gulf of Alaska near coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2017-09-20 - Whale washes up dead at beach in coastal Keta (Ghana):

2017-09-20 - Huge increase in the number of cetaceans washing up dead in Cornwall (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Leatherback turtle found dead on beach in coastal Calella (Spain):

2017-09-20 - Leopard found dead in shallow water near Shettigere (India):

2017-09-20 - Many fish, shrimp, crabs and eels dying in the Pampanga River (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "Tons of fish, shrimps, crabs and eels were discovered floating along the stretch of the Pampanga River in the towns of Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol early Wednesday morning."

2017-09-20 - More than 100 waterfowl and songbirds found dead or dying at tailings pond north of Fort McMurray (Canada):

Quote: "Oilsands giant Suncor Energy says it is mystified by the discovery Sunday of dead and dying birds at a nearly complete northern Alberta mine that hasn’t produced its first official barrel of oil yet. On Tuesday, the Alberta Energy Regulator announced it was dispatching an inspector to the nearly completed Fort Hills oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray after Suncor reported finding 123 waterfowl and songbirds near a tailings pond."

2017-09-20 - College student, man, drops dead in dorm room at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic (Connecticut):

2017-09-20 - Man, 50, drops dead before 6 AM near Lake Michigan on East Lake Shore Drive in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "The body was found about 5:20 a.m. in the 100 block of East Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast neighborhood on the Near North Side. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:43 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. There weren't any visible signs of trauma, Chicago police said Wednesday afternoon."

2017-09-20 - Man, 55, has 'medical issue' and drops dead on semi trailer in San Angelo (Texas):

Quote: "Justice of the Peace JP McGuire Pct. 2, who is on-scene to pronounce the man dead, said he believes the cause of death was due to a medical issue. McGuire said that as late as 11:30 a.m. this morning, witnesses saw the man working on the load on the semi trailer. But this afternoon, he was not seen. At around 3 p.m., a passer-by saw a body slumped over the rear of the load, high atop the semi-trailer."

2017-09-20 - Boy, 15, found dead in pond in the Town of Dover (Wisconsin):

2017-09-20 - Man, 38, dies while swimming in Skaneateles Lake (New York):

2017-09-20 - Man, 27, dies after being pulled from the water at coastal Kaimana Beach in Waikiki (Hawaii):

2017-09-20 - Man found dead in the Los Angeles River in Elysian Park (California):

2017-09-20 - Man, 72, goes out on kayak, next seen dead in coastal Revere (Massachusetts):

2017-09-20 - Man found dead in Brushy Creek in Round Rock (Texas):

2017-09-20 - Man in his 60s has 'medical emergency' and drops dead in home in Hamilton (Canada):

2017-09-20 - Man, 37, found dead before 4 AM at dive shop on the Cayman Islands:

2017-09-20 - Woman found dead at seaside promenade on Walpole Bay in coastal Margate (Britain):

Quote: "It is the second tragedy on Kent's coastline after a man in his 80s was found dead on Hythe seafront earlier today."

2017-09-20 - College student, woman, 18, drops dead on first night at university in Canterbury (Britain):

2017-09-20 - Passenger has heart problems on cruise ship near coastal Riviera Beach (Florida):

2017-09-20 - Driver has 'medical episode', car crashes in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

Quote: "Meanwhile, in Looseleigh Lane a single-vehicle crash has closed the road in both directions. Police believe a medical episode may have caused the crash..."

2017-09-20 - Cargo plane makes belly-landing at airport in Presque Isle (Maine), landing gear problem:

2017-09-20 - Small plane crashes into wooded area before 6:30 AM in Telfair County (Georgia), 1 killed:

2017-09-20 - Helicopter crashes at airport in coastal Long Beach (California), 1 lightly injured:

2017-09-20 - Tanker truck overturns on street in coastal Port Fourchon (Louisiana):

2017-09-20 - Tanker truck overturns on road in North Java (New York):

2017-09-20 - Two tractor trailers and SUV crash at 3:20 AM, fire erupts, on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Windsor (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2017-09-20 - Two cars collide head-on, one bursts into flame, in Waterloo (Iowa), 2 injured:

2017-09-20 - Car veers off road at 3:46 AM, hits bridge pillar, bursts into flame, in Atlanta (Georgia), 2 injured:

2017-09-20 - Car veers off road at 2:45 AM, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Escondido (California), 1 injured:

2017-09-20 - Car veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Bidford-on-Avon (Britain), 1 killed:

2017-09-20 - Shark attacks and injures boy at the island of Gran Canaria (Spain):

2017-09-20 - Swarm of bees stings 140 students and teachers at school in Qianyang County (China), 80 people hospitalized:

2017-09-20 - Swarm of bees attacks protestors and cops outside Supreme Court in Nairobi (Kenya):

2017-09-20 - The world's soaring CO2 levels visualized as skyscrapers:

2017-09-20 - Mount Agung continues rumbling on the island of Bali (Indonesia), alert level raised for second time in a week:

2017-09-20 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Vanuatu:

2017-09-20 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Honshu (Japan):

2017-09-20 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes coastal Auckland Island (New Zealand):

2017-09-20 - Lightning strike hits family of three in Sequoia National Park (California):

2017-09-20 - Hurricane Jose inundates Mid-Atlantic and New England beaches with coastal flooding:

2017-09-20 - Hailstorm devastates school in Kityerera (Uganda):

2017-09-20 - Footage reveals staggering number of flooded cars left by Hurricane Harvey in Texas:

2017-09-20 - Asteroid 2017 SR2 zips by Earth at 0.24 LD on September 20:

2017-09-20 - Fork-tailed flycatcher usually found in South America turns up in Falmouth (Maine):

2017-09-20 - Strange lights spotted floating over Oahu (Hawaii):


  1. Mornin' Jonny. The damage reports beginning to emerge are astounding in Mexico and Puerto Rico (not to mention Florida lost HALF of its orange trees). People refuse to see where this is all going to end. There will be no re-building of Barbuda, Puerto Rico, large parts of Houston and Florida. The energy, resources, money and political will are just not there. It's a sad reality that so many have yet to awaken to - that our habitat is dying and it won't be long before humanity is sucked down the drain too.

    Here's part two of the panel discussion with Guy McPherson last December.
    Friday, 22 September 2017
    Guy McPherson in debate with other climate change scentists

    4 Panel Climate Change Discussion*Scientists*More Hurricanes with Capacity to Level Cities

    [2nd video is ~ 71.5 min. long - it's a good one]

    Puerto Rico Faces Mountain of Obstacles on the Road to Recovery

    A day after Hurricane Maria razed Puerto Rico, its ferocious winds smashing houses, hotels, cellphone towers and the island’s entire electrical grid, the fear and frustration were pervasive on Thursday.
    Power was out everywhere. Cellphones were mostly useless, forcing panicked residents to scramble for news from far-flung relatives. Much of the island’s water was undrinkable. Roads were carpeted in debris. And still the full scope of the damage was unknown. By day’s end, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said there had been no contact with officials in 85 percent of the island.
    For Puerto Rico, long crippled by enormous debt and an essentially bankrupt financial system, the road to recovery just went from long to seemingly endless. Still reeling from Hurricane Irma, which knocked out 70 percent of the power when it grazed the island two weeks ago, it faces a mountain of need in the coming months just as the federal government is stretched to the limit grappling with the destruction left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. [more]

    Study finds fetal deaths up 58 percent since Flint water crisis

    [see? NONE of these tragic events just "goes away" - they all have CONSEQUENCES]

    The Flint water crisis has caused fetal deaths to jump 58 percent, while birth rates in the area have dropped 12 percent, a new study suggests. [more]

    State suspends license after Florida nursing home's death count reaches 10

    Ten elderly people have now died at Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma. The state suspended its license after finding "gross medical and criminal recklessness" in the care of its patients.

    the patents were not timely evacuated to the air-conditioned hospital across the street. When they did reach the hospital their body temperatures between 107 and 109 degrees (41 and 42 degrees Celsius) and "far too late to be saved." The facility also made late entries into patients' medical records, recorded hours after nurses visited the patients. [more]

    [now take that same situation and apply it to Puerto Rico, where there IS NO PLACE TO EVACUATE TO!]

    Heavy rains batter Mumbai again, second highest deluge recorded in September

    7.1 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico - Buildings collapse in Mexico City - Quake strikes on anniversary of 1985 'big one' (VIDEOS, IMAGES) - UPDATES

    [continued below]

  2. Entire towns in Mexico flattened in earthquake

    Entire towns in Mexico flattened as scale of earthquake damage emerges
    Thousands of left homeless in towns and communities outside Mexico City as official rescue and relief efforts struggle to cope with the widespread destruction

    At least 250 people died and 1,900 were injured in the 7.1 magnitude quake which struck Mexico on Tuesday – 32 years to the day after the country’s deadliest earthquake killed thousands and laid waste to the capital city. The death toll will certainly rise as rescue workers continue to search the precarious ruins amid the threat of aftershocks, collapsing rubble and gas leaks.

    Road in Mexico is "out-gassing" after 7.1 quake


    Hurricane Maria Lashing the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico Dries Out; U.S. Rip Current, High Surf Threat

    Cyclone Jose off the coast of NE United States
    Jose Bringing Coastal Flooding, Rain, Wind to Parts of Northeast; Tropical Storm Warning for Southeast Massachusetts

    Justin Hofman’s viral sea horse photo shows the heartbreaking state of our polluted oceans

    “I was just in the Arctic a couple weeks ago and we watched a polar bear dig through trash and eat plastic. It was pretty heartbreaking stuff,” he said. “I’ve seen dynamite fishing, shark fishing, starving polar bears, whales caught in nets … a lot of depressing shit. [more]

    Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

    The small Caribbean island of Barbuda is now rendered uninhabitable the landscape has been changed forever and the entire population has been moved to nearby Antigua

    Dominica is still isolated with no means of communications and transportation after Hurricane Maria onslaught

    The 14,000-foot snowcapped volcano Mount Rainier is the latest American "Super Volcano" showing unrest after tremors hit the active volcano

    Fiddling While Rome Burns

    I just realized why gamblers are gravitating to the junkiest stocks at the end of the cycle, it's because they are buying companies that are expected to have no revenue and earnings. Whereas companies that ARE expected to have earnings and revenue are imploding left and right. It's an Idiocratic double standard that can only end in extreme implosion. For their part, in their boundless hubris, the Fed is tightening into recession. [more]

    Denial Is Not A River In Egypt

    Banks are trading at the top end of their multi-year range compliments of the flattest yield curve since the last two recessions. In other words, bonds are calling out the Fed on their hubristic bullshit, even as gamblers are in extreme denial. Soon we will be seeing the rest of the psychopaths called out as well.  What have we wrought in the past year of non-stop lying bullshit? [more]

  3. Yeah, it's 'frogs boiling in the pot' doom. The 'doom meter' keeps ratcheting up, but people are fed plenty of distractions and they're blissfully unaware of just how bad things already are, and cannot even begin to conceive how bad things are going to get, in all different sorts of ways.

  4. [from July 2017]
    A Televised Conversation, Part 2

    [I learn something every time I hear Guy speak]

    Soon all of Hong Kong's dolphins will be dead

    Close to extinction: Critically endangered animals

    Many animals are on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, poaching or natural causes. [more]

    Terrifying satellite video shows the progression of catastrophic flooding as Hurricane Maria devastates Caribbean islands

    Is Brazil bracing for the next huge storm? Water disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil

    The Atlantic water receding phenomenon started in August 2017 in Uruguay, than [probably should be THEN] in Brazil.

    Beginning of Sept. 2017, the sea water disappeared in the Bahamas. The building up of Irma’s storm surge was most probably responsible for the water receding in the Bahamas [more]

    EPA asked Heartland for experts who question climate science

    The Heartland Institute has found an ally in U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he seeks to portray climate science as a debate.
    While a number of conservative think tanks employ scientists or economists to discredit mainstream climate science, the Illinois-based Heartland Institute has a stable of them. It's devoted years to crafting an alternative body of climate change research that exists outside the prevailing view of scientists. Now, President Trump's administration may give the libertarian group its greatest influence in years.

    "These guys are serious scientists and they are routinely smeared in stories, in the words by scientists, scientists on the other side, from NOAA and other places," Lakely said. "And so it does go both ways, and I think it's not helpful to the debate we need to have about what is actually happening and what we can do about it, if anything." [more]

    [and there it is - the REAL reason: THEY KNOW WE'RE ON OUR WAY OUT and since we're going to keep doing what we're doing anyway, let's just confound the issue to keep the status quo going]

    Harvey — and storms to come — raise worries about dam safety

    The state climatologist is warning that Texas dams will become less able to withstand extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey, which are expected to occur more frequently as the earth's atmosphere and oceans warm in coming years. [more]

    [continued below]

  5. Hurricanes release energy of 10,000 nuclear bombs

    Can the United States Afford Another Hurricane?

    [see? people are beginning to get the picture, like it or not]

    The 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season still has about five weeks to go, but it’s already one of the most expensive on record.
    According to Gavin Magor, a senior financial analyst at rating agency Weiss Ratings, claims on damages caused by Hurricane Harvey will cost from US $160- to $190-billion, and Irma will cost $50- to $60-billion. This toll makes the two storms more expensive than 2005, when four hurricanes caused $143-billion in damages. It’s just as bad for some of the islands in the Caribbean, with an early estimate putting the damage from Irma at $10- to $13-billion, the most expensive storm on record in the region.

    Such massive expenses force the question: can the United States afford to take another hit?

    Private insurers and reinsurers (companies that insure insurers), for their part, have deep enough pockets to pay out Harvey and Irma claims. After the busy hurricane season of 2004, and the devastation wrought by Katrina, Rita, Wilma, and other storms in 2005—the cost of which caused some insurers to fold—the past 12 years have been relatively quiet. This has allowed the remaining companies to restock. [more]

    [that last statement is complete bullshit, since the insolvent banks that have been kept alive by borrowing untold sums of money either OWN or have direct connection to these organizations - the entire enterprise of civilization's economic underpinnings is a giant Ponzi scheme that's BOUND to collapse!]

    Climate deniers want to protect the status quo that made them rich

    [YES! It's so obvious but we don't see it, as explained so well by Derek Jensen and others - we're BORN INTO IT, so it becomes "natural" throughout our entire lives to IGNORE THE OBVIOUS, that this CAN'T keep going for very long! Human overpopulation is a HUGE part of this dilemma. Maybe that's why corporations who are DESIGNED to kill life are ALLOWED to proliferate their poison while we all sit around wondering how this makes any sense. We are now in the process of killing ourselves off.]

    Human frontiers: How much heat can the body and mind take?

    "We tend to think we're stronger than nature," he said. "But we're not."

  6. News Links, September 22, 2017
    Rice Farmer

    Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward an inevitable collapse.

    Flags, Symbols, and Statues Resurgent As Globalism Declines
    Caught up in their own self-importance and hubris, the globalists are now debasing the forces of national, religious, and cultural identity as threats to the "world order."

    World Leaders Push More Inclusive Approach to Globalization

    Venezuela Bankrupt? Caracas Fails To Make Sept 15 Interest Payment

    How the 'great central bank unwind' could ignite the next financial crisis

    Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis Grows in Maria's Wake

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Is Said to Plan About 5,000 Job Cuts
    thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel JV to result in 4,000 job cuts in Europe
    Implats in talks that could lead to 2,500 job cuts
    Yes Bank cuts 2,500 jobs, cites inefficiency, poor performance as reasons
    TD Ameritrade closes on purchase of Scottrade, up to 1,000 job cuts planned

    Air Force deploys more F-16s, tankers to Afghanistan

    Tech, not missiles, biggest threat to US

    Trouble Is Brewing In Kurdistan

    50 nations ink UN nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers

    The Future Will Be Decentralized
    This is true, but it won't play out the way most people think. At some point power grids and the internet will fail, and that means no cryptocurrencies or social media or email. -- RF

    Renewed influx of migrants to islands a concern (Greece)

    France clears hundreds of migrants from wood near Calais

    New surge in migrants crossing US-Canada border

    First Australia refugees approved for US resettlement

    Peruvian Villagers Shut Down 50 Oil Wells In Protest

    The Low Oil Price Guts Another OPEC Oil Exporter (Algeria)
    U.S. nuclear reactors face uphill challenge, despite lower emissions
    U.S. Shale: Water Is the New Oil
    Rising U.S. shale output has led to increased amounts of the water that inadvertently flows out of wells together with oil. For now, drillers use trucks to transport this dirty water—which exceeds the amount of oil produced—to disposal sites, creating heavy traffic on roads.
    Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For
    The company's operation in Michigan reveals how it's dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.
    Shale Billionaire Hamm Slams 'Exaggerated' U.S. Oil Projections

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  7. The chart that shows why we should be worried about the world's food problem

    Any lice with that salmon? Parasite plagues global industry

    A sea change in Pacific fish wars
    In ominous times, the world is already at war over fish, and seafood-loving Japan finds itself pitted against fish-hungry nations and region like China, North Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.
    Too many humans. -- RF

    Island of Puerto Rico 'destroyed' by Hurricane Maria, officials say

    Climate Change Point Of No Return: Scientist Gives Mass Extinction Deadline [clueless physicist]

    TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant

    Household Wealth Hits A Record $96.2 Trillion... There Is Just One Catch

    Retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017

    Post-Harvey Houston Economy

    Mattis: Budget uncertainty leads to questions of whether America 'has the ability to survive' Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis believes that years of budget uncertainty have left the U.S. military in such a precarious position that if it is not solved soon, it will represent an existential threat to American security.
    The problem is that the US is trying to maintain its world-girdling empire in an age of declining net energy. Instead, it should go with the flow, which is toward a multi-polar world. Trying to maintain the current base network and deployments will only make the home situation worse. Eventually the US will perforce pull out of the Mideast and Asia, so it makes more sense to begin the process now. Empires are by nature unsustainable. People like Mattis need to wake up and smell the coffee. -- RF

    The Empire's Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn't Include Anti-War

    Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed

    Opioids on the Job Are Overwhelming American Employers

    Americans Don't Grasp The Magnitude Of The Looming Pension Tsunami That May Hit Us Within 10 Years

    1 Million Ohio Public Employees Face Pension Cuts As Another Ponzi Teeters On The Brink

    Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo
    Democracy (i.e. political influence) and ownership of productive assets are the exclusive domains of the New Aristocracy.

    Amazon, others ordered to halt sales of items containing excessive tritium (Japan)

  8. "And so it does go both ways, and I think it's not helpful to the debate we need to have about what is actually happening and what we can do about it, if anything."

    I guess that guy hasn't noticed, but the Earth isn't doing any debating. The Earth's in wipe-everything-out mode now. Maybe he'll wake up before he's expunged. I wouldn't count on it though.

  9. Exactly, Jonny. These "spokespeople" are clueless.

    Florida family looks forward after losing home to sinkhole

    Trump phones Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands heads amid hurricane recovery

    At least 25 dead after Hurricane Maria hits Caribbean

    Some help: Miami-Dade county hands out code violations to Florida homeowners for damage on hurricane-wrecked properties

    Considering the daunting expense of rebuilding in itself, those State permission slips make reconstruction cost-prohibitive for some, while others - given the strict regulations pertaining to the floodplain and more - were forced to face the fact that they may not be able to rebuild on their own property at all. [more]

    [the Carter Doctrine rears its ugly head]
    US military attempting to block Syrian government's access to ISIS-held gas, oilfields in Deir Ezzor area

    The US forces were reportedly airdropped on the Conoco Gas Plant to the northeast of Deir Ezzor city, as seen in the above map. [more]

    [there you have it, folks - Big Oil's Private use of U.S. Army]

    Major disaster: Hurricane Maria ravages Puerto Rico, leaving entire island without power (Updates, Photos)

    Dead minke whale found near King's Lynn, UK

    12 dead, 92 missing as flooding hits eastern Congo following torrential rain

    Lightning strike kills civil servant in Kwara, Nigeria

    Boy attacked by shark off Gran Canaria

    Fragmenting meteor fireball observed over the Netherlands

    Half-way to Catastrophe — Global Hothouse Extinction to be Triggered by or Before 2100 Without Rapid Emissions Cuts

    [OMG Scribbler is now IN THE EXTINCTION BALL PARK!]

    [I won't respond to his post, poking him with my rapier wit, because he won't allow it on his comments anyway - kinda took a while for him to finally admit that we're even on the way. He still thinks "if only we . . right now . . ."]

    Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

    A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicon rubber and ethanol-dispensing micro-bubbles) is also capable of carrying 1,000 times its own weight. Not only could the invention result in super-strong machines (like a Terminator that works in manufacturing), but it will also release soft robots from their current shackles.