Sunday, December 17, 2017

Event Update For 2017-12-16

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

2017-12-16 - Mysterious explosion alarms people at 5 AM in Bakersfield (California):

Quote: "Rocky Reyes lives on Niles and Fairfax, and was frightened when he heard the boom. 'Something's going on and nobody knows what it is and it's gonna be exposed soon because it's happening everywhere.' But until then, the mystery continues."

Note: It's already been exposed, but hardly anybody's paying attention. I imagine people will pay more attention once these explosions start destroying towns and cities...

2017-12-16 - Metal recycling and auto salvage business destroyed by huge blaze in coastal Elizabeth City (North Carolina):

2017-12-16 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-12-16 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Portland (Oregon):

2017-12-16 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Yuma (Arizona):

2017-12-16 - Thomas Fire becomes 3rd largest fire in California history, burns toward the coast, people flee:;-cost-at-$1039m/2788468/

Quote: "Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito and other communities. The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as winds pushed the fire close to the community, a wealthy enclave that’s home to Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities. The mandatory evacuation zone is now 17 miles (27 kilometers) long and up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide, extending from coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles to the ocean."

Quote: "The blaze has the potential to become the biggest fire in state history, as it is not expected to reach full containment until January 2018."

2017-12-16 - Since the Civil War, half of Southern California's largest wildfires have occurred in the last 15 years:

Quote: "California fires really are the new norm as five of the most destructive fires in the state's history happened in 2017 and a further 7 countries recorded their largest wildfires during this year."

2017-12-16 - California about to break record on firefighting costs with half the fiscal year left to go:

Quote: "California’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go."

2017-12-16 - Home explodes and burns at 2:40 AM in Des Moines (Iowa):

Quote: "Around 2:40 on Saturday morning, neighbors say they heard a loud explosion that led to a nearby home engulfed in flames."

Note: This is the 355th residential explosion in 2017...

2017-12-16 - Frequent fires can irreparably harm even the most resilient ecosystems:

2017-12-16 - Ferry ship 'John F. Kennedy' damaged by fire while dry-docked in coastal St. George (New York):

Quote: "The 'John F. Kennedy' caught fire at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George on Dec 16, 2017, shortly after 9 a.m. at the Ferry Terminal in St. George. The fire started at the machine room of the ferry and was controlled within half an hour by the FDNY."

2017-12-16 - Boat bursts into flame at marina on Lake Oroville, fire spreads to marina, in Oroville (California):

Quote: "A boat fire Saturday evening at the Bidwell Canyon Marina damaged a structure before it was knocked down. When the first fire engine arrived, the boat fire had spread into a 20 feet-by-50 feet portion of a structure at the marina, according to Cal Fire-Butte County."

2017-12-16 - Boat bursts into flame while docked at marina in coastal Everett (Washington):

Note: These are the 1070th, 1071st and 1072nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-16 - Transit bus bursts into flame while parked at bus depot in Kothrud (India):

Quote: "This is the third such incident within 10 days of a PMPML bus catching fire. Two buses had caught fire on December 6, one at Chinchwadgaon depot and another was gutted near the Regional Transport Office (RTO)."

2017-12-16 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Shimla (India):

2017-12-16 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Kharkiv (Ukraine):

Note: These are the 813th, 814th and 815th buses to burn in 2017...

2017-12-16 - Four tankers trucks and four vehicles destroyed by fire at gas station in Jos (Nigeria), 2 killed:

Quote: "A petrol tanker on fire inside a Jos filling station has killed two persons razed four petrol tankers and four vehicles, Daily Trust reports."

2017-12-16 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on the A6105 near Earlston (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 in San Antonio (Texas):

2017-12-16 - Tractor trailer explodes into flame at port in coastal Algeciras (Spain):

Quote: "A lorry at a port in southern Spain exploded and burst into flames sending a huge cloud of black smoke into the sky today. The truck carrying mattresses to Africa was rocked by two explosions in the port of Algeciras."

Note: These are the 2184th, 2185th, 2186th, 2187th, 2188th, 2189th and 2190th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-16 - Minibus bursts into flame on street in Osogbo (Nigeria):

2017-12-16 - RV destroyed by fire on Dalton Lane in Doney Park (Arizona):

Quote: "When crews arrived to the seven-thousand block of Dalton Lane at around noon, they saw fire coming from the garage, storage shed and a motorhome."

Note: This is the 633rd RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-16 - Van bursts into flame at 2:16 AM on Rolls Avenue in Crewe (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home in Patrick City area in coastal Kingston (Jamaica):

Quote: "A fire of unknown origin destroyed a motor car inside a yard along Auburn Terrace in Patrick City, St Andrew on Saturday morning. Reports are that residents saw smoke coming from the parked vehicle and alerted the Jamaica Fire Brigade. Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and brought the fire under control, however not before the vehicle was reduced to a burnt out shell."

2017-12-16 - SUV bursts into flame at 6 AM while parked at hotel in Vidalia (Louisiana), 300 feet from the Mississippi River:

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame near at Warren and Clifford streets in Roxbury area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Dickerson Street in Oak Hill (West Virginia):

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame at 1 AM while parked at home on North Avenue in Warrington (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at Warwick Hospital in Warwick (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Wyndham Street East in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Silbury Boulevard in Campbell Park (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 16 December, 4.27pm Small fire in engine bay of car, Silbury Boulevard, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm and one from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, a thermal imaging camera and a toolkit."

2017-12-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the QEW in Burlington (Canada):

2017-12-16 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Cambridge Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Cambridge Grove, Hull. Sat 16 Dec 2017 17:04 (No:27115) Motorcycle on fire. 1 hose reel in use."

2017-12-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame before 1 AM while parked in RV park in Colorado Springs (Colorado), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Three cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Spokane Valley (Washington):

2017-12-16 - Car and shed destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM at home near Mt. Vernon (Illinois):

2017-12-16 - Barn destroyed by fire in Holland (Vermont), 68 cows killed:

2017-12-16 - Barn destroyed by fire in Lynch Station (Virginia):

2017-12-16 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire at 2:45 AM on West Waters Avenue in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2017-12-16 - Commercial building damaged by fire at 6:30 AM in Meriden (Connecticut):

2017-12-16 - Commercial area destroyed by massive fire in coastal Ajman (UAE):

2017-12-16 - Holiday park devastated by huge blaze at 4:30 AM near coastal Newquay (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Church heavily damaged by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2017-12-16 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Spokane Valley (Washington), nobody there:

2017-12-16 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in coastal Boca Raton (Florida):

2017-12-16 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Oakland (California):

2017-12-16 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2017-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 5 AM in Upper Providence Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:24 AM in Wurtsboro (New York):

2017-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

Quote: "Crews were called just minutes after responding to another house fire in Suffolk."

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire just after midnight in Longview (Washington), 1380 feet from the Cowlitz River:

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Lynn (Massachusetts):

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in Lisle (Illinois), 6 injured:

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Judy Road in Black Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in Acworth (New Hampshire):

2017-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in Weehawken (New Jersey):

2017-12-16 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in Reno (Nevada), pet killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2017-12-16 - Apartment building damaged by fire at Walden Pond Apartments in coastal Everett (Washington):

Note: This fire started at 8:30 AM, the same time as the boat burst into flame in Everett...

2017-12-16 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 8 injured:

2017-12-16 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-12-16 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home before 4:30 AM, 4 more mobile homes damaged, in Wilson (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-16 - Deadly fire burns home at 1:55 AM in Jackson (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2017-12-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Aiken (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Blair (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-16 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM in Muncie (Indiana), 2 killed:

2017-12-16 - Vacant building burns in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2017-12-16 - Vacant building destroyed by fire in Taft (California):

2017-12-16 - Vacant mobile home burns in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2017-12-16 - Vacant strip mall burns in Panorama City (California):

2017-12-16 - Man, 48 or 49, dies in the water at Meadow Hot Spring (Utah):

Quote: "Witnesses called police when Shane Stewart, 49, of Fillmore, dove into the bottom of the one of the hot spring pools Friday evening and didn't resurface."

2017-12-16 - Baby boy found dead at home in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "The infant’s mother and grandmother said he had no illnesses or known health issues."

2017-12-16 - Man, 46, drops dead at bus shelter in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2017-12-16 - Woman drops dead in Federal Building in North Platte (Nebraska):

2017-12-16 - Woman found dead along the Gowanus Canal in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2017-12-16 - Woman found dead by pickup truck near her home in Yorkville (New York):!615iUAfefFcIIGuIdY2BA/

2017-12-16 - Man, 33, found dead in wooded area in Hartland Township (Michigan):

2017-12-16 - Woman found dead at home just after 11:30 PM in Longlea (Australia):

2017-12-16 - Man, 47, dies at beach near coastal Opotoki (New Zealand):

Quote: "A kayaker died during trip to collect kaimoana in Bay of Plenty this afternoon, police say. Emergency services were called to Opape Beach, east of Opotiki, about 1pm and treated the man at the scene but he could not be revived. Senior Sergeant Steve Shaw said in a statement that the 47-year-old Opotiki man may have suffered a medical event."

2017-12-16 - Man, 44, found dead on the bank of canal in Corbally (Ireland), 1 mile from the coast:

2017-12-16 - Woman, 79, found dead near Tata Steel site in Wednesfield (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Man found dead in canal in St Helens (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Woman, 28, drops dead before 7 AM at home in coastal Heybridge, Essex (Britain):

2017-12-16 - Small plane crashes near Oldenburg (Indiana), 3 killed:

2017-12-16 - Small plane crashes and burns near Louisburg (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Helicopter crashes in mountains near Tegucigalpa (Honduras), all 6 aboard killed:

2017-12-16 - Passenger bus and truck collide, fire erupts, in Adana (Turkey), 43 injured:

2017-12-16 - Tanker truck and two vehicles crash at 6 AM, huge fire erupts, in Lake Grove (New York):

2017-12-16 - Dump truck, UPS truck and vehicle crash on bridge, dump truck falls off bridge, on coastal Oak Island (North Carolina), 1+ injured:

2017-12-16 - Three cars crash on Route 7 in Pittstown (New York), 1 killed, 6 injured:

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road at 1:40 AM, slams into big rig, on the A23 near Warninglid, Sussex (Britain), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Four cars crash in Pembroke Pines (Florida), near the coast, 5 injured:

Quote: "Richter Flambert, 46, might have suffered a medical event that caused him to lose control of his car and smash into three other cars, police said."

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes, bursts into flame, on I-24 in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road at 1 AM, crashes into office building, in Milton (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into woods, bursts into flame, near Millersville (Missouri):

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into wine store, in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2017-12-16 - Car veers off road, plunges into river, in Gorakhpur (India), 3 killed:

2017-12-16 - Dog attacks and injures 6-year-old boy in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2017-12-16 - Sidewalk collapses, woman falls into hole, in coastal Manhattan (New York), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Balcony collapses at home in coastal Melbourne (Australia), 2 killed, 17 injured:

2017-12-16 - Boy, 17, has seizure on cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Louisiana:

Quote: "The US Coast Guard medevaced a 17-year-old male from the 'Carnival Dream' approximately 170 nautical miles southeast of South West Pass, Louisiana, on Dec 16, 2017. The Coast Guard New Orleans received a report at 8 a.m. from the cruise ship that the male had suffered a seizure."

2017-12-16 - Man, University Of Arkansas commencement announcer, has 'medical emergency' in Fayetteville (Arkansas):

2017-12-16 - Dr. Guy McPherson on facing imminent human extinction:

2017-12-16 - Abrupt climate change - 5 stages of grief and prepping for the future with Kevin and Sandy:

2017-12-16 - Greenland’s ice sheet is driving global sea level rise, and one section is melting 80% faster:

2017-12-16 - Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds:

2017-12-16 - Deadly Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) dumps more than a meter of rain (!) on the Philippine Islands:

2017-12-16 - Heavy rain, flooding and hail hit the UAE:,-flooding-in-parts-of-UAE-

2017-12-16 - An American Beach Story, when property rights clash with the rising sea:

Note: I'm pretty sure the rising sea is gonna win that clash...

2017-12-16 - How to spot a murderer's brain:

2017-12-16 - New research suggests five different types of depression and anxiety each with its own symptoms and effects on the brain:


  1. DANG! What a report you have here today, Jonny! First of all, the driver of the dump truck that plunged off the Old Oak Island Bridge has DIED in an update to the story (I clicked on the 2nd link and found that). I crossed that bridge when I was down there this past spring and noticed that the "guardrails" are awfully LOW (meaning a big vehicle could easily be forced over it).

    Another long list of homes and residences being destroyed, not to mention all the people dying abruptly. Poor baby never had a chance to run or play outside with friends - and he wasn't even sick. The usual long list of bizarre accidents with vehicles crashing all over the place piloted by unconscious drivers. Two guys found parked underwater. People still let their kids play in the water in INDIA?! Geez, put a sign up, wi'-ya!

    Woman mauled to death by her dogs while on a walk, police say

     Police say a 22-year-old woman found dead in Virginia was mauled to death by her dogs

    The two dogs each weigh more than 100 pounds [more; geez]

    Hackers shut down plant by targeting its safety system

    Hackers have already attacked critical infrastructure, but now they're launching campaigns that could have dire consequences. FireEye reported that a plant of an unmentioned nature and location (other firms believe it's in the Middle East) was forced to shut down after a hack targeted its industrial safety system -- it's the first known instance of a breach like this taking place. While the digital assault was clearly serious in and of itself, there are hints that it could have been much worse. [more]

    Disease wastes South Florida's corals, despite end of bleaching

    A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida's reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

    Although coral can recover from bleaching, the ordeal weakens them and makes them vulnerable to disease. Particularly hard hit was Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef. [more]

    Trolling Nikki! Russian Embassy online poll shows 82% think the US is the real threat in the Middle East - Iran gets less votes than Aliens

    US defense secretary James Mattis rejects war on Iran

    US Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis has refuted claims that the US is preparing for war on Iran after US Ambassador to the UN, Nikkie Haley led a bizarre press conference in which she stated that Iran has armed Houthi fighters in Yemen and thus violating the terms of the JCPOA (aka Iran nuclear deal). Haley did not provide any evidence to substantiate her claims, claims which are logistically impossible given the Saudi led blockade of Yemen which predates the JCPOA by nearly four months. [more]

    Thousands rally in Tel Aviv demanding 'Crime Minister' Netanyahu resign over corruption scandals

    Fragmenting meteor fireball captured over Russia's Sochi (VIDEO)

    [more below]

  2. Ski area of Les Paccots in Switzerland claims 3.5m (almost 12 feet) of snow in 7 days; second resort has 9ft in 72 hours

    [buildings can only handle so much snow-load before they collapse]

    New brief lava flow at Stromboli volcano, Italy; activity remains elevated

    [reading about this volcano mysteriously makes me hungry]

    Third sea lion attack in a week prompts swimming ban at San Francisco's aquatic park

    The San Francisco Fire Department said that an adult man suffered trauma injuries from a sea lion's bite Friday morning. [more]

    More than 30 dead, 90k evacuated after Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) hits Philippines

    Drinking Hot Tea Associated With Reduced Risk of Glaucoma

    [at least you'll have good vision when you drop dead unexpectedly]

    Shocking video showing UFO encounter released after Pentagon admits to UFO program

    [NOW can we get some real UFO information?!]

    [more on the story I posted yesterday]
    Monday, 18 December 2017
    Power Outage at Atlanta Airport

    Massive Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Grounds Flights - LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

    [almost 5.5 HOUR video (wtf!?)]

    [continued below]

  3. [while SOTT touts the coldest day in Queensland history, from the 6th: "Burketown yesterday had a minimum of 17.7C which was the lowest they'd seen up there since 1920, but that was eclipsed today with 16C, and that's the coldest December morning since 1907," Mr Bernard said. Well now there's this:]
    Heatwave in Australia

    40 to 45C For Half Of Australia Sunday & Monday

    Issued Thursday 14th December 2017. A SEVERE heatwave will continue to build across large parts of Australia this week peaking in size and intensity on Sunday and Monday! Maximum temperatures are forecast to exceed 40C in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Some locations will see 45C.

    More on the fires in SoCal

    More questions about the California fires

    [long article with this embedded story and video]
    Highly Decorated Fire Captain John Lord speaks out about CA Fires

    Navy Veteran, Highly Decorated, 25-year fire educator and Northern California Fire Captain, John Lord goes on the record here with his bombshell affirmations that the wind and fire events around Santa Rosa were “not natural”. Fire Captain John Lord speaks out about the possible directed energy weapons used to start over 16 major fires that began in the middle of the night in Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino Counties. [more]

    [and this short video]

    Extreme weather report - 12/16/2017

    Climate & Extreme Weather News #86 (December 8th to 16th 2017)

    Thomas Fire Likely to Become Largest in California History

    Fanned by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 65 mph, the Thomas Fire swiftly expanded toward the Santa Barbara community of Monticeto on Saturday. The blaze rapidly grew by 8,500 acres forcing numerous evacuations and road closures, including the emptying of a zoo. [more]

    [some more follows]

  4. [there's a post regarding McPherson before this next one, if interested, containing the meet with Hambone video]

    The collapse of the Arctic Beaufort Gyre and what it means

    [2 Beckwith videos (one we've seen already), and this story]
    Global warming may be turning the Arctic Ocean inside out

    Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than Wal-Mart (The Entire Company)

    But now the entire globe is gleefully embracing “the cryptocurrency revolution”, and most do not even realize that this is a giant step toward a cashless society.

    As long as “the cryptocurrency revolution” remains outside of the grip of governments and central banks, it will be a good thing.  But once the elite start cracking down and taking control, everything will change. [more]

    Trudeau government gag order in CIA brainwashing case silences victims, lawyer says

    Forty years after revelations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency funded brainwashing experiments on unsuspecting Canadians, the Trudeau government is continuing a pattern of silencing the victims, a lawyer for one of the families says. [more]

    Bay Area cities face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort

    Bay Area cities are coming to realize what Ramirez already knows — parking tickets won’t solve the problem of finding a place to live. From Oakland to San Jose, officials are struggling to cope with a growing influx of RV dwellers seeking a safe, permanent place for the only homes they can afford. [more]

    [we can see society incrementally fracturing each day]

    Near miss! The Big Wobble prediction of a major quake or eruption in the vicinity of Kanlaon volcano Philippines see's a mag 5.1 and 2 mag 4.7's

    Conflict Of Implosion

    Unhedged funds have lowered their shields ahead of the holidays, since it's not their money anyways. And this time of year has always been bullish, except in 1929, 2007, and 2008... [more]

    Harvey victims say FEMA hotel program plagued by confusion

    When Miranda, 24, went to the Houston Inn and Suites' front desk, an employee confirmed it: "Oh yeah, y'all are not extended," she remembers them saying. Miranda and her eight family members had an hour to empty out the two rooms they had occupied for two-and-a-half months.

    When FEMA cut off their hotel assistance on Nov. 28, they returned to their gutted home, where five of them — Miranda, her mother and three teenage siblings — have been sharing two mattresses they got at a furniture bank.

    "We've been at the house because there's nowhere else to be, but there's no water, no light, no restroom, no nothing," she said. They use the bathroom at a neighbor’s house, cook at her grandmother's and cover themselves up with several blankets at night because the heating system is broken. [more; some recovery]

    Red Flag Warnings for California

    [my son's home (i'll hopefully visit in Jan.) is in the red area up by San Jose]

  5. News Links, December 18, 2017
    Rice Farmer

    Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change [duh]

    Unfunded Liabilities of State Public Pensions Top $6 Trillion in 2017 (US)

    Global Dollar Liquidity Shortage Explodes - Worse Than European Crisis

    Russian Banking Crisis: 3rd Major Bank Topples in 4 months

    Tech Giants Trying to Use WTO to Colonize Emerging Economies

    The United States Is Now as Unequal as Russia. And That's Before the Tax Bill.
    A new report shows how the 1 percent have sucked up 39 percent of America's wealth.

    The Inconvenient Limits to European Unity & Integration

    "Dark Money" Runs the World

    Bitcoin Proves You Cannot Have Your Digital Cake and Eat it Too

    EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

    Bitcoin is failing as a currency. Instead, it's evolved into an asset.

    French finance minister calls for bitcoin regulation debate at G20
    [well, it was fun while it lasted]

    White House Corrects Tillerson, Rejects North Korea Talks

    "China Should Prepare For Nuclear Conflict": Beijing Warned To Be Ready As War On Korean Peninsula "Possible At Any Time"

    Trump Set To Accuse China Of "Economic Aggression" On Monday
    [it's okay when we do it though..]

    Mexico One Step Closer to Legalizing Military State [us next?]

    US Allegations of Iran Missiles in Yemen Met With Skepticism

    The Oil and Gas Industry Wakes Up to Blockchain
    The rush to blockchain and AI is accelerating. Imagine how this is going to boost energy consumption. -- RF

    China suffers natural gas shortage as coal ban backfires

    Construction of China-Russia natural gas pipeline gains steam

    Gas exports from Total's North Sea field halted until early January

    Adapt Or Die: Oil Majors In The New World

    Norwegian Pension Fund Set to Divest From Oil Sands and Coal Ventures

    Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

    What Goes Up Must Come Down: the Challenge of Rig Decommissioning
    The cost of decommissioning is rising sharply, with experts predicting it will reach $13 billion a year globally by 2040. [?]

    Canadian Oil Prices Plunge To $30

    Anger grows as Puerto Rico misses power restoration deadline

    New Jersey Weighs $320 Million-a-Year Lifeline for Nuclear Power
    [oh right, when most people are scarcely surviving]

    Trump seeks pro-coal alliance as global push against fuel grows

    It's Time to Rethink Education – Part 3 (The Future of College)

    Sumatran Rhino On Brink Of Extinction, Species Future Decided Million Years Ago

    Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

    U.S. Fights Mention of 'Climate Change' in New Nafta

    World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services

    [2nd half below]

  6. 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses [mostly here]

    How much soil goes down the drain—new data on soil lost due to water

    Large, valuable, private properties will 'fall into the sea' because of climate change (Ireland)
    Houses, including some large valuable private properties, will fall into the sea and it is not in the public interest to save them, a climate change conference has heard.

    Emmanuel Macron says the world is losing the battle against climate change
    "When I say that we're losing the battle, I would like you to realise that of the countries represented here, 5, 10 or 15 of them won't exist anymore in 50, 60 or 100 years."

    The Importance of Electromagnetic Field Remediation In the Treatment of Chronic Disease [electricity and phones are killing us]

    Sun May Be Dimming: NASA To Confirm Declining Luminosity Using SpaceX's Payload [SOTT correct on that one]

    These 10 Rivers Are Responsible for 90 Percent of the Plastic in the Oceans [because people use them as garbage dumps]

    FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated

    Mueller "Improperly" Obtained "Tens of Thousands" Of Trump Transition Emails

    Newly-Declassified Documents Show Western Leaders Promised Gorbachev that NATO Would Not Move "One Inch Closer" to Russia
    [U.S. "promises" are bullshit - ask Native American tribes]

    Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public

    Meet The "Armani of Armor" Behind America's Growing Bulletproof Clothing Industry

    New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

    Trump's Misuse of Intelligence on Iran
    Bowing to Israeli-Saudi desires, the Trump administration is abusing the U.S. intelligence process to whip up a war fever against Iran, much like George W. Bush did on Iraq.

    How you can be tracked even with your GPS turned off

    NYT Prints Government-Funded Propaganda About Government-Funded Propaganda

    Bolton: U.S. might have to attack North Korea
    The Grand Hothead is still at it. All we can hope is that cooler heads prevail. -- RF

    Doug Casey on What Happens After the Next 9/11

    China's CNPC Considers Taking Over South Pars Gas Field
    China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is mulling the taking over of the majority stake in an Iranian gas project from Total if the French company walks out of Iran to comply with possible new U.S. sanctions.

    Why Does The New $1 Billion US Embassy In London Need The First Moat Since Medieval Times

    Plans for major nuclear power station in Wales win green light

    Zombie Corporations: 10% of Companies Depend on Cheap Fed Money

    Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    Without Serious Reforms, U.S. Postal Service Could Be Next Bailout Recipient

    The US Military Is the Biggest "Big Government" Entitlement Program on the Planet [NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!]

    Four Charts Prove The 'Economic Recovery' Is Just A Fed-Induced Entitlement Program For The Wealthy

    2017's onslaught of disasters stretched FEMA to its limits

    The next crisis for Puerto Rico: A crush of foreclosures

    More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

    DOJ Wants Protesters & Reporter Convicted For 'Hiding Behind The First Amendment'
    State senator warns day of reckoning is near as Illinois' pension liability leads nation

    And finally...
    Man Says "Russian Mind Control" Forced Him To Kill His Mother

    UPS Loses Family's $850,000 Inheritance, Offers To Refund $32 Delivery Fee

  7. Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

    Dec 18 (Reuters) - An Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over a major highway in Washington state on Monday morning, leaving at least one train car dangling onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 and injuring several people, according to authorities.

    The derailment occurred on the first day that Amtrak trains began using a new track between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia [more]

    [link to live coverage (it happened within 15 min. of me logging on)]

    [update: multiple DEATHS, but even though TRAIN cars FELL ONTO vehicles on I- 5, all the fatalities are ON THE TRAIN!]

    [this is the very definition of a clusterfuck!]

    Puerto Rico Orders Review and Recount of Hurricane Deaths

    [WHO CARES!? Besides - that number keeps climbing because of the lack of electricity and unrepaired infrastructure damage]

    This is what Puerto Ricans need from the U.S. government. Right now.

    The federal government’s response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been painfully slow and not commensurate with the hurricane response in Texas and Florida. It reminds me of Ricky Martin’s 1995 song “María.” He sang, “un pasito pa’lante María, un dos tres, un pasito pa’tras.” That’s the reality in Puerto Rico — one step forward, one step backward. We rejoiced when the first package of $5 billion in aid was approved by Congress. But then the House included a 20 percent import tax on products manufactured in foreign jurisdictions in the tax-reform bill it passed in November. Because Puerto Rico would be considered a “foreign jurisdiction” under the bill, this tax would deal a mortal blow to the island’s fragile economy, costing up to 250,000 jobs. [more; never let a good catastrophe go to waste!]

    [more below]

  8. A record number of journalists worldwide are behind bars for doing their jobs

    [oh you can be a journalist - just don't tell the (whole) truth]

    Far-right Freedom party enters Austrian government – Pro-Putin group takes defense, interior, and foreign posts in coalition deal

    ["v e d d y in ter es tink . ." (ala Laugh In)]

    Life without power in Puerto Rico, with no end in sight – The apagón, or “super blackout,” is the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history

    [what if I told you, in the next years the REST of the U.S. will be in the same boat?]

    (The Washington Post) – Puerto Rico’s apagón, or “super blackout,” is the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. Without electricity, there is no reliable source of clean water. School is out, indefinitely. Health care is fraught. Small businesses are faltering. The tasks of daily life are both exhausting and dangerous. There is nothing to do but wait, and no one can say when the lights will come back on.

    No power and no water means no school for many of the territory’s more than 1,000 schools.

    That’s brought total disruption to the lives of tens of thousands of children. They have lost their daily routine of classes, friends and meals. Most have not been to school at all this fall.

    Since the storm, there has been a surge of deaths from pneumonia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and breathing disorders compared with the same period in 2016. The toll could rise over 1,000, some estimate. [bingo!]

    All the advances of modern medicine are useless without electricity. [more]

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  9. Federal appeals judge announces immediate retirement amid investigation prompted by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct

    [who's judging the judges? who's policing the police? who's watching the "intelligence agencies"]

    Fueling dissent: how the oil industry set out to undercut clean air

    [because it saves them MONEY to dump their shit into the air!]

    California fire continues to grow as strong, shifting winds bring new dangers – “This is the worst fire condition I’ve seen in the last 32 years”

    2017 on track to be third worst year for wildfires in U.S. – Top ten years are all after the year 2000

    Along the West Coast of North America, air pollution from wildfire smoke spiked to dangerous levels, from San Francisco to Vancouver, and over Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon and Nunavut provinces. A new term for the region’s unprecedented levels of air pollution entered the lexicon: the “Smoke Belt”. [more]

    Third World Revelations

    Since 2008, I've continuously made the assertion that when this last bubble pops, the U.S., and its vassal states, will be revealed to be Third World nations. That ship has already sailed...

    What makes a nation Third World is extreme wealth inequality combined with an appetite for rapacious exploitation among the nation's wealthy. Voila. Another feature of Third World nations is authoritarian leadership with little or no regard for the law: Megalomaniac despots who hire and fire people at will. Meanwhile, apologists for extreme greed say that wealth inequality is a "feature" of capitalism. Sure, we get it - we can't all be Bill Gates. However, the type of wealth inequality that exhibits now is the impoverishment of the middle class to benefit an ever-smaller cadre of bailed out paper billionaires. I say paper because while profit margins have never been higher, corporate revenues have been stagnant for the past decade, which is all the more staggering given the more than doubling in U.S. debt, and the increase in the population.

    Adjusting for inflation and population, real retail sales are at 2007 levels. What "growth" exists is a function of adding more bodies to the population...[more]