Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Event Update For 2017-12-18

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

2017-12-18 - Gas leak hits Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, again, in Porter Ranch (California):

Quote: "In a community alert, the company said the leak occurred about 4:55 p.m. and didn’t pose any health risks, though it did produce a noticeable odor. But Andrew Krowne, a Northridge resident who developed a cellphone application for those within 18 miles of the facility to report health issues, said 34 people reported symptoms including headaches, nosebleeds, and burning of the eyes and throat."

Note: There's an odor, so this is not just natural gas or methane. If this is sour gas then it contains hydrogen sulfide, which will have an odor and cause those symptoms. If it's clean gas but has had methyl mercaptan added then the CDC says to treat methyl mercaptan as if it were hydrogen sulfide since it's made with hydrogen sulfide and has the same symptoms. It's one of the two or it would be odorless, so either way these people are being hit with poison gas, again...

2017-12-18 - Residents still sickening from hydrogen sulfide from well blowout in Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Despite assurances from state officials that air emissions from a recent oil well blowout in Fort Bend County pose no danger, residents say fumes from the spill are making them sick. 'Something is going on out here. I can't breathe. I'm coughing all the time and I feel like I'm smothering,' Coca Dawson said. A resident of nearby Quail Glenn subdivision, Dawson babysits her 2-year-old grandson during the week and voiced concerns he was also getting sick."

Quote: "Residents near the site complain of a foul smell that causes headaches, nausea and burning eyes, reportedly caused by Hydrogen Sulfide emissions from the blowout. Students and teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School, located less than four miles from the site, have also reportedly voiced concerns about the air emission."

Note: Virtually identical symptoms as the people are experiencing in Porter Ranch...

2017-12-18 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Silsbee (Texas):

Quote: "Silsbee High School has been cleared and students are returning to class after an 'unfamiliar odor' caused an evacuation. Spokesman Daniel Elizondo said the building was checked by the Silsbee Fire Department and no leaks or other issues were found."

Quote: "Elizondo said the source of the odor is unknown, but it's been determined that isn't hazardous."

Note: You can't determine that a gas isn't hazardous unless you know what it is. You can SAY that you've determined that it isn't hazardous, but that's not the same thing at all...

2017-12-18 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits broad area in and around coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "The 'strong smell' of gas has been reported in Whitchurch, Cardiff, to Merthyr Tydfil, Nanatgarw and Pontypridd."

Quote: "Hundreds of people have reported a smell of gas across of wide area of south Wales. It seems to be located in Pontypridd and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taff, but Wales and West Utilities received more than 700 calls from north Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil. South Wales fire service said checks at Treforest and Troedyrhiw industrial estates had not revealed anything. Wales and West Utilities said the smell was not from a leak in its network."

Quote: "Our engineers are visiting affected areas, but there are no readings of gas in the air and this smell has not been caused by a leak from our gas network."

Note: Calm down, people, it's not natural gas, it's just poison gas!

2017-12-18 - Foul odor emanating from sewers in Biwabik (Minnesota):

2017-12-18 - Mysterious explosions in the wee hours alarm people in coastal Swansea (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds a ‘loud explosion’ heard in part of Swansea. Tracy May reported hearing the loud bangs at around 1.30am in the Waunarlwydd area. She said: 'Does anyone know what the loud explosion sounds were early hours of this morning (01:30) near Waunarlwydd.'"

2017-12-18 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Edgerton (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire rips through luxury hotel at 6:40 AM on the banks of Loch Lomond near Balloch (Scotland), 2 killed, 3 injured:

Quote: "Two people have died and three more were treated in hospital after a fire took hold in a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland. More than 200 guests were evacuated from the Cameron House hotel, near Balloch, as firefighters battled for about 12 hours to bring the blaze under control."

2017-12-18 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "It follows a fire at another recycling plant in Laverton North on Wednesday, which sent smoke clouds over nearby suburbs."

2017-12-18 - Boat bursts into flame in Karagözler (Turkey):

Note: This is the 1074th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-18 - Several tanker trucks and oil company destroyed by huge fire near International Falls (Minnesota):

Quote: "Rainy Lake Oil Co. erupted in huge plumes of fire, fueled by eight or nine tanks inside the company's warehouse Monday night near International Falls."

Quote: "A company employee said both oil storage tanks and several oil delivery trucks were destroyed in the blaze that drew fire departments from as far away as Littlefork."

Note: Dunno how many of the eight or nine 'tanks' destroyed were tanker trucks, but delivering heating oil via trucks to customers is their business. I'll just call it four to be conservative...

2017-12-18 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on US 10 near Custer Township (Michigan):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-459 near Rocky Ridge (Alabama):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 in Clinton County (Indiana):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 431 near Headland (Alabama):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Sturt Highway east of Gol Gol (Australia):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M1 near Tuggerah (Australia):

Quote: "TRUCK FIRE M1 Tuggerah/Mardi North bnd Prime movers trailer is well alight emergency services on scene. Truck driver has disconnected the prime mover from trailer."

Note: These are the 2194th-2203rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-18 - U-Haul truck bursts into flame on Route 309 in Cheltenham Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-18 - Dump truck bursts into flame at 4:09 AM on School Lane in Congleton (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Truck bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at auto shop in Clovis (New Mexico):

2017-12-18 - Truck bursts into flame on the A1 near Banbridge (Ireland):

2017-12-18 - Truck bursts into flame on the M1 near Thurcroft (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Taxi van bursts into flame on street in coastal Mumbai (India):

2017-12-18 - Van bursts into flame on the M62 near Warrington (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Minivan bursts into flame on Bowes Street in Parry Sound (Canada):

2017-12-18 - SUV bursts into flame on street in coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2017-12-18 - Two cars destroyed by fire on tow truck on I-15 near Murrieta (California):

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked on street in coastal Townsville (Australia):

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame on Macquarie Avenue in Molendinar (Australia), 3 miles from the coast:

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at store in coastal Bridport (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame on Charlton Street in Oakengates area in Telford (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame on Baldwin Road in Beaconsfield (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 18 December, 12.22pm Car fire, Baldwin Road, Beaconsfield. One appliance and crew from Beaconsfield attended. Firefighters used one hose reel."

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame on Stainton Drive in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Stainton Drive, Grimsby. Mon 18 Dec 2017 19:52 (No:27254) Car fire. Two hose reel jets, two BA. and lighting in use. Incident left with Police."

2017-12-18 - Car bursts into flame on Hilston Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hilston Grove, St Johns Grove, Hull. Mon 18 Dec 2017 15:25 (No:27223) Car fire. One hose reel, one BA. In use. Incident left with Police."

2017-12-18 - Car and auto shop go up in flames in Nitro (West Virginia):

Quote: "There was also a car inside the building that was on fire."

2017-12-18 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Portland (Oregon):

2017-12-18 - Barn destroyed by fire just before 3:30 AM on Webb Road in Pittsfield (Maine):

2017-12-18 - Barn and art gallery destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Morristown (Vermont):

2017-12-18 - Barn destroyed by fire near Odin (Kansas):

2017-12-18 - Bowling alley destroyed by fire at 5:10 AM in Des Moines (Iowa):

2017-12-18 - Bus terminal hit by fire at 4:30 AM, maintenance building burns, in San Antonio (Texas):

2017-12-18 - Workshop destroyed by fire at 1 AM at home in Lynnwood (Washington):

2017-12-18 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire in Auburn (Washington), nobody there:

2017-12-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Ann Arbor (Michigan):

2017-12-18 - Home destroyed by fire before 3:30 AM in Chesterfield (Virginia):

2017-12-18 - Home destroyed by fire in Waldo (Florida), near Lake Alto:

2017-12-18 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Hanna Road in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

2017-12-18 - Apartment building damaged by fire just before 6 AM in River Bend area in Des Moines (Iowa), 2 injured:

2017-12-18 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire at 3:30 AM in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2017-12-18 - Hotel heavily damaged by fire at 3:30 AM in Denver (Colorado), 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Hotel destroyed by huge fire at 4:27 AM in Deeside (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

2017-12-18 - High-rise hotel damaged by fire in Mashantucket (Connecticut):

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire burns home and car at 1:10 AM in Custer Township (Michigan), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "The house and a car in the driveway were fully engulfed in flames upon rescue crews' arrival."

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire burns home in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire burns home shortly before 5 AM on Matthew Mill Road in Ruckersville (Virginia), 3 killed:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire burns home at before 3 AM in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 4 killed, 3 injured:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire destroys home at 1:03 AM near Atlantic (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire destroys home in Christiansburg (Ohio), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire burns home in Greensboro (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire destroys snack shop at 4 AM in coastal Mumbai (India), 12 killed:

2017-12-18 - Vacant home burns in Pocatello (Idaho):

2017-12-18 - Vacant home burns in Van Buren (Maine):

2017-12-18 - Vacant home burns in Midwest City (Oklahoma):

2017-12-18 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 11:20 PM in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2017-12-18 - Vacant art gallery destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in Fredericton (Canada):

2017-12-18 - Vacant school destroyed by fire in coastal Newhaven (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Mysterious 'white blotch' killing off coral in South Florida:

Quote: "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."

2017-12-18 - Two workers drop dead in manhole, another injured, in Sanathnagar (India):

2017-12-18 - Three people die in the water at beaches in coastal Port St. Johns (South Africa), another body found too:

2017-12-18 - Man, 50, firefighter has heart attack at scene of fire, dies shortly later, in Nyack (New York):

Quote: "Officials say a firefighter suffered a heart attack while responding to a call at a Chase Bank Monday morning in Nyack and later died. Nyack fire crews responded to the bank on North Broadway around 8:30 a.m. after reports of a chemical spill. Officials say a battery in the bank's alarm system overheated, creating an odor."

2017-12-18 - Man has 'medical emergency' and slumps over dead in car at Walmart in Temecula (California):

Quote: "A man died after suffering a medical emergency at a Temecula Walmart on Monday, Dec. 18, but foul play was not suspected, sheriff’s officials say."

2017-12-18 - Man, 46, Army soldier, found dead at home in Junction City (Kansas):

2017-12-18 - Middle-aged man found dead in Pensacola Bay in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2017-12-18 - Person found dead in the water at Ray Wayside Park in Silver Springs (Florida):

2017-12-18 - Man, 59, slumps over dead in SUV at Boomer Lake Park (Oklahoma):

2017-12-18 - Man, 61, found dead in the water in shipping channel in coastal Coos Bay (Oregon):

2017-12-18 - Boy, 4, falls into hot tub and dies at resort on Lake Tahoe (Nevada):

2017-12-18 - Man, 52, doctor, drops dead at home in Caldwell (Ohio):

2017-12-18 - Man, 62, coroner, drops dead at home in Nesbit (Mississippi):

2017-12-18 - Woman, 54, collapses at jail, dies shortly later, in Saunders County (Nebraska):

2017-12-18 - Infant girl found dead at home near Stratford (Canada):

2017-12-18 - Woman found dead in car outside church in coastal Lantzville (Canada):

2017-12-18 - Man, 30, found dead in pond at temple in Bengaluru (India):

2017-12-18 - Man, 70, film producer, drops dead at home in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2017-12-18 - Man, 42, marine engineer, found dead at building under construction in Dhaka (Bangladesh):

2017-12-18 - Man, 31, goes missing while snorkeling, next seen dead on beach in coastal Wairarapa (New Zealand):

2017-12-18 - Man, 30, found dead at Ninesprings in Yeovil (Britain):

Note: That's about nine springs too many...

2017-12-18 - Man found dead under bridge in Newcastle (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Man has 'medical incident', van crashes around at mall, in coastal Panama City (Florida), 2 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses tell us the driver of a Toyota van had a medical incident as he was driving through the intersection of 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. They say after hitting a car on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, the car crossed the road and hit a drainage ditch, becoming airborne. Witnesses tell us the can crossed the lot out of control and hit the rear of a Ford Edge parked near the Dillard's entrance. Emergency crews tell us they were able to stabilize the driver and took him and his passenger to a local hospital for treatment. Panama City Police are investigating the crash."

2017-12-18 - Man, 25, has 'medical emergency', car hits tree, in Summit Township (Michigan):

Quote: "A 25-year-old Jackson man was injured after he suffered a medical emergency while driving and crashed into a tree Monday evening."

2017-12-18 - Driver has seizure, car hits building, in Greeley (Colorado):

Quote: "The driver of a Honda was taken to the hospital Monday morning after a medical emergency caused the vehicle to veer up against a building in east Greeley. The incident happened about 8:45 a.m.. According to Greeley Police Sgt. Roy Smith, the driver of the car likely had a seizure, and lost control of the car, coming to a stop against 1221 8th Ave."

2017-12-18 - Man, 44, has 'medical episode', car hits car and keeps going, in Nantwich (Britain):

Quote: "It’s believed the driver has suffered a medical episode at the wheel and was taken to Leighton Hospital."

2017-12-18 - Passenger train derails, train cars fall onto highway, near coastal Tacoma (Washington), 6+ killed, 70+ injured:

2017-12-18 - Passenger bus and car crash in Bedford (New York), 13 injured:

2017-12-18 - Shuttle bus overturns on Pena Boulevard in Denver (Colorado), 9 injured:

2017-12-18 - Tanker truck overturns shortly before 2 AM on I-70 near Hancock (Maryland):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer and heavy truck crash, fire erupts, on the Hume Highway near Campbelltown (Australia):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road, hits pole, on I-5 in coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on US 63 near Columbia (Missouri), 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-40 near Wildorado (Texas), 3 injured:

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer overturns at 1 AM on I-88 near Fenton (New York):

2017-12-18 - Tractor trailer veers off road and crashes in the wee hours on River Road near Laurel (Montana), 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Minivan's brakes fail, minivan crashes along the Catawba River in Morganton (North Carolina):

2017-12-18 - SUV veers off road, slams into bridge, on the West Shoreway in Cleveland (Ohio), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - SUV veers off road, hits building, bursts into flame, in Dallas (Texas), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Pickup truck veers off road, slams into building, building collapses, in Atlanta (Georgia), 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, on Highway 74 south of Perris (California), 1 killed:

2017-12-18 - Three cars crash and go up in flames on I-95 in Dillon County (South Carolina):

2017-12-18 - Two cars crash, both burst into flame, in Des Moines (Iowa), 2 injured:

2017-12-18 - Hanford Nuclear Site leaks plutonium in Hanford (Washington):

2017-12-18 - Three-story building collapses in Qena Governorate (Egypt), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Sherman (Texas):

2017-12-18 - Man, 47, has seizure while diving at marine park near coastal Mooloolaba (Australia):

Quote: "A scuba diver who was pulled from a Sunshine Coast dive site unconscious has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital in a stable condition. The 47-year-old Sydney man suffered a seizure as he was ascending from an 18 metre dive at Ex-HMAS Brisbane marine park near Mooloolaba about 10.40am, Queensland Ambulance Service Sunshine Coast operations supervisor Lorenz Kleinberg said. The incident occured while he was diving with dive school Scuba World."

2017-12-18 - Man in his 60s pulled from the water in cardiac arrest at coastal Bondi Beach (Australia):

Quote: "A man is in a critical condition after being pulled from the water at Bondi Beach. Lifesavers immediately commenced CPR on the man in his 60s after he went in cardiac arrest, about 3.35pm on Monday. It is not known if the man drowned or suffered a medical episode while in the water."

2017-12-18 - Volcano Sinabung erupts in North Sumatra (Indonesia):

2017-12-18 - Volcano Reventador erupts in Ecuador:

2017-12-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Saltwater Creek near South Canterbury (New Zealand):

2017-12-18 - Heatwave bakes large swath of Australia:

2017-12-18 - Lightning strike kills man in Lupili (Zambia):

2017-12-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Oman:

2017-12-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Malawi, 6+ killed:

2017-12-18 - Life without power in Puerto Rico, with no end in sight:

2017-12-18 - Fueling dissent, how the oil industry set out to undercut clean air:

2017-12-18 - A record number of journalists worldwide are behind bars for doing their jobs:

2017-12-18 - Bay Area cities in California face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort:


  1. Your 9-springs too many comment caused me to bust out loud laughin'!

    Hull on a four day tear.

    Great explanation regarding the gases people are being subjected to. Lie, lie, lie - i'm sure they aren't revealing the truth due to POLICY and orders from on-high.

    Let's see what else is going on.

    12 dead as bus carrying American cruise ship passengers crashes in Mexico

    The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

    Video from the scene showed the bus toppled over on its side in a bushy ditch off a narrow two-lane highway.

    Bodies covered with blankets could be seen in the middle of the roadway.

    Texas resident Chris Brawley was on another tour bus headed to the popular Mayan ruins and passed the crash site just minutes after the bus flipped over.

    "The bus clearly lost control somehow as there were swerve marks all over the road surface," Brawley said.

    Brawley was incredulous as to how the accident could have happened, noting that the road was dry and that he hadn't seen any sign of any other vehicles being involved. [more]

    $200bn to reconstruct war-torn Syria: the US and its allies are responsible and should be charged for war crimes

    When you view the ruins of Aleppo alone, Syria's second biggest city, plus the carnage across the entire country, from towns, villages, bridges, roads, public utilities, hospitals, schools, and so on, the real figure for reconstruction could be far higher than $200 billion.

    Then there is the inestimable cost of human suffering and families decimated. All told, the reparations could amount to trillions of dollars. [more]

    Severe thunderstorms hit Victoria, Australia

    More than 30,000 homes properties are still without power, down from about 100,000 around the state last night.

    the temperature fell 12 degrees in 10 minutes [more]

    Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Wisconsin's capital

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017
    The Great Depression was an energy crisis - Gail Tverberg

    The Depression Of The 1930s Was An Energy Crisis

    [long article, full of graphs and charts]

    Paul Craig Roberts Rages Against Trump's National Security Speech

    My conclusion is that Trump has surrendered to the real rulers of America - the powerful interest groups such as the military/security complex, the Israel Lobby, the environmental polluters, Wall Street and the banks “too big to fail.”

    America is a country in which despite the hopes flyover America had in Trump, an oligarchy rules.

    The American people, regardless of who they elect, have no voice, no input, no representation.

    The governments of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush were the last governments that were subject to any accountability. With the Clinton regime the United States entered into the age of tyranny [more]

    [more below]

  2. UN Vehicles Reported Entering Chicago

    Radio Station Reports UN Vehicles Entering Chicago, Gets Taken Off The Air

    Criminal neglect of electrical infrastructure behind California wildfires

    At least 23 dead as reports point to electrical infrastructure as possible cause of California fires

    [text and a few videos (one we saw yesterday)]

    The missing 29 TRILLION dollars - "you can't be missing twice what's there"

    29 TRILLION dollars missing from Pentagon
    Trump calls for audit

    [so the powers that be STOLE all the money from social security, medicare, social programs and infrastructure maintenance and repair to hand it to the Military-Industrial Complex, who then somehow LOST it (which means it is unaccounted for)]

    [contains this ~ 20 min. video and, after text, another of ~ 4 HR]
    Catherine Austin Fitts breaks down Trump’s investigation into a missing 29 trillion dollars

    $21 trillion of unauthorized spending by US govt discovered by economics professor [more; see 3rd video, ~ 1/2 hr long]

    The next time someone tells you "it's just a conspiracy theory"....

    10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned out to Be True

    Power outage at Atlanta airport
    4chan Users Find Evidence Atlanta Airport Blackout Was Part Of Intentional Cover-Up

    right in the middle of this over 12 hour supposedly complete air traffic shut down, a single plane was mysteriously allowed to leave the airport. [more]

    41 Million Americans Are Living In Poverty This Christmas

    Even though New York City has the most homeless since the Great Depression, and even though homelessness in Los Angeles is at an all-time record high, most people want to pretend that everything is just fine. [more]

    In pictures: Impressive lightning storm cancels flights in Sydney, Australia

    Spider lightning colors Adelaide sky in PINK (video)

    [gases in the atmosphere reacting to electrical discharge/heat]

    Severe thunderstorm hits Victoria, leaving 100 000 homes without power

    A quick-moving severe thunderstorm accompanied by destructive, golf-sized hail and strong winds hit Victoria, Australia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, leaving 100 000 homes without power.

    [continued below]

  3. Major eruption at Bezymianni volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet), Aviation Color Code Red

    A major eruption started at Bezymianni volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 03:41 UTC on December 20, 2017. According to Tokyo VAAC, volcanic ash plume is reaching 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea level and drifting NE. In terms of ash cloud height, this is the strongest eruption anywhere on the planet this year. [more]

    November was the 395th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average and 2017 set to be the third warmest ever: NOAA

    Penrith Sydney records the highest December temps on record with a maximum of 44.1C on Tuesday as Australian mercury surges upwards.

    The Reventador volcano Equador has exploded back to life! Ejecting lava bombs, ash clouds, and pyroclastic flows (Spectacular Video)

    Hundreds of sharks wash up dead on an Iranian island local fishermen thought to be responsible

    Scientists stunned by massive snowfall increases among Alaska’s highest peaks

    Ponzi Supernova

    Most people don't believe that social mood drives markets, which is the only reason it works. Conning the same sheeple over and over again. The most crowded "investment" is now "useless"...

    Social Mood is blowing off into the tax cut. Gamblers are chasing from one ponzi bubble to the next, trying to keep the buzz alive. Scammers are recycling the fake narratives hourly to keep the dumb money flowing... 

    Recall the last time Bitcoin Cash exploded to the upside and Bitcoin (original) imploded back to the 50 day. It was early November when the Segwit2x fork was cancelled. The narrative back then was that Bitcoin original is dead because it can't scale, therefore Bitcoin Cash is the future. Of course, shortly after that pump and dump, Bitcoin Cash imploded and Bitcoin original began its parabolic 300% ascent in four weeks. 

    Now this:

    ZH: Bitcoin Flash Crashes. Bitcoin Cash Up 60% [more]

    A Festival Of Corruption

    "The tax bill the GOP is trying to foist on the country is not only an unfair and deficit-bloating hodgepodge written on the fly. It is also deeply corrupt. Every Republican who votes for this bill will be joining a festival of venality."

    This legislation proves that Washington is, indeed, the “swamp” that President Trump described during the campaign. But instead of draining it, he and his partisan allies have jumped right in. Actually, they have polluted it further."

    "President Trump’s corporate tax cuts will likely generate enormous deficits, even if the administration’s rosiest economic forecasts come true, setting Republicans up to claim that the time has come to cut Social Security, Medicare, and welfare to reduce the expected $1 trillion deficit, created by those very tax cuts, over the next 10 years."

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has already announced that the GOP plans to cut federal health care and anti-poverty programs because of a deficit that his party is about to balloon. “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform,” he said on a talk-radio show, “which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.” [more]

  4. News Links, December 20, 2017
    Rice Farmer

    Yuan-Priced Crude Futures Could Arrive Before Christmas

    The 'bond vigilantes' may seize power in 2018 as worldwide debt swells

    Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway hit $300,000 — each — for the first time

    Central Banks Mine Social Media Posts to Shape Policy

    SocGen: "Every Bit Of Good News - Including Tax Reform - Is Now Priced In"

    U.N. official: wealth inequality, poverty destroying 'American dream'

    Dow increases by 5,000 points for first time in history

    'Tis the season to fine the homeless?
    In Frankfurt, the wealthy epicenter of Germany's finance sector, homeless people will now have to pay fines for sleeping on downtown streets. The move came as German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for better support for the nation's homeless on Monday.

    Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us Weighs Closing at Least 100 Stores

    Regulating Cryptocurrencies--and Why It Matters

    Perils of going cashless

    You'll soon be able to sell your genetic info for a new cryptocurrency called Luna Coin

    The Hottest, Largest-Ever Cryptocurrency ICO Mindblower

    South Korea financial regulator says 'virtual currencies' are not currencies

    A bitcoin.com founder has sold all his bitcoin, as it's 'as good as useless'

    Pilot holiday computer glitch could cost American Airlines $10 million

    Russia Calls On US To Withdraw Nuclear Weapons From European Territory

    Man behind nuclear plans says we're close to Armageddon

    Mounting Tensions Drive Arms Sales to Multi-Decade High

    Turkey says regrets to see US veto of U.N. resolution on Jerusalem

    China urges cooperation after U.S. brands it a competitor
    Of course China is a competitor challenging US power. But it's just as true when seen from the opposite direction as well: The US is a competitor challenging Chinese power. Everyone on the global chessboard is out to grab as much as they can. Under this system, "cooperation" and "alliances" only last as long as the (temporary) benefits they confer. Friend today, enemy tomorrow, and vice versa. Governments would do us all a big favor by cutting the crap and speaking frankly about the global grabfest. -- RF

    North Korea Dismisses Rex Tillerson's Offer Of Talks 'Without Preconditions'

    Saudis Down Yemen Rebel Missile Before It Strikes Palace

    Who Wants War with Iran — and Why?

    US May Make 'Confronting Iran' an Explicit Goal in Syria

    NATO Crisis: Germany's Entire Submarine Fleet Is Paralyzed

    UN says there are 258 million international migrants today

    Israeli Crackdowns, Arrests Fail to Stop Jerusalem Protests

    Palestinians call for a day of rage ahead of Vice President Pence's visit to Jerusalem

    Violent protests in Honduras after president declared election winner

    [more below]

  5. [all these about energy/resources]

    Shale gas revolution did not last long for BHP – the Fayetteville story
    Small businesses bracing for summer blackouts
    Australians have been warned to expect blackouts this summer, courtesy of a shortage of reserve power in the national energy market.
    China thinks big in backing Russian Arctic LNG project
    Belt and Road turns north toward vast resources and key shipping route
    Nuclear Power's Resurgence In The Middle East
    Power Restored in Venezuela's Capital After Massive Failure
    Toyota Power Plant Will Create Hydrogen From Cattle Waste
    Hydrogen remains a controversial source of energy because the majority of its production comes from nonrenewable sources.
    Hydrogen is NOT an energy source! Do these people even know what they're talking about? -- RF
    Is A Russia-Cuba Energy Deal In The Works?
    Let Them Eat (Yellow)Cake - Where The Uranium Comes From
    The Beginning Of The End For Norwegian Oil
    Oil Market On Edge Following Outages
    Fuel cells: Scaling up is hard to do
    Sanction-Proof Oil Rig Beats US Policy From Cuba to Russia

    Japanese boats losing squid fishing grounds to N. Korean ships: industry sources

    Kodiak officials prepare for 'disaster': An 80 percent decline in Gulf cod catches in 2018

    IEA warns of food shortage due to climate change (Ghana)

    South Sudan facing 'dangerous levels of food shortages'

    Shoppers fury as Tesco suffers frozen food shortage in small number of stores due to collapse of P&H wholesaler
    This is all it takes to ignite complaints. Imagine the panic, looting, and rioting when the real food shortages start. -- RF

    Agroterrorism a real threat to America's food supply

    Ireland's food security: 'It's said that modern civilisation is three meals deep'

    Farmers Sue to Reinstate Obama Lawsuit Rule Trump Killed

    Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains

    Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

    The Fight to Eradicate Dengue Faces Another Setback

    [final batch below]

  6. Asiatic Cheetahs Face Extinction With Fewer Than 50 Left, Protection Funding Pulled
    Too many humans. -- RF

    The other North Korea nuclear threat we should be worried about

    Pesticides Linked to Declining Bee Populations Also Threaten Birds and Small Mammals

    The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again
    The NIH lifted a 3-year funding moratorium on "gain-of-function" research meant to make deadly viruses stronger and more transmissible. [wtf?! are they mad!]

    Facebook said the US government is making more secret requests for data than ever before

    Where the Heck is Microsoft's "Edge?" (Left Behind for Dead)
    Part of the goal of Microsoft's push to get people to install Windows 10 was to get them to use Edge, the browser that comes with Windows 10, so that Microsoft could more seamlessly track what these people are doing on the Internet.

    Newsweek: "U.S. Government Planned False Flag Attacks to Start War"

    US to blame North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack

    The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt---The Deep State's "Insurance Policy"

    Jill Stein Will Hand Over Russia-Related Communications to Senate Committee

    Blackout Nightmare at Atlanta Airport Shows Grid's Weakness
    Better give that cashless society a little more thought. -- RF

    A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America
    Limits to Economic Growth?

    Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America

    Giant Earthquake In Japan Likely In Next 30 Years, Experts Say

    Plantwatch: Wildflowers lose out twice from nitrogen pollution
    [once again Gail Zawacki's research is corroborated, see top pages of her website @ http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/]

    UK's newest, most expensive aircraft carrier needs repair

    Trump Lays Out National Security Strategy
    Envisions American Safety and Prosperity Through Growing Military Engagements Abroad

    Is U.S. Gasoline Consumption Set To Collapse?

    We're Buying More Stuff We Don't Need
    The budget share of nonessential items has hit a 17-year high.

    Unfunded Liabilities From State Government Pension a Major Threat, Report Finds

    Exodus Starts: Millennials Ditch City Life

    Bad Moon: (Trouble) Rising

    Anarchist Group [Soros funded Antifa] Deletes Article Bragging About April Train Track Sabotage Near Monday Derailment

  7. Key senators sold their votes on the tax bill for some high-risk deals

    [self-interest before 'job' - the flaw in "democracy"]

    [fans of doomer porn, ecological onslaught and dystopian societal collapse - slideshow!]
    Weather extremes of the year

    What the GOP isn't telling you about the new tax bill

    It’s only temporary.

    Allowing all taxpayers to deduct another $6,000 or more from their tax bills could prove very costly to the government’s budget. To offset the lost revenue the bill makes a series of other changes to the code. It eliminates another perk known as the “personal exemption,” which allows taxpayers to deduct $4,150 for themselves and each qualifying child. Then because eliminating the personal exemption could hurt families, the bill also refines another facet of the code, doubling the child tax credit to $2,000 from $1,000 and dramatically raising the income caps to allow more people to benefit from it.

    Even these elaborate tweaks, however, won’t necessarily ensure all middle-class families are better off with the new, larger standard deduction. Low- and middle-income families with many children could still end up worse off, as a result of losing the personal exemption, according to the Tax Policy Center.

    The tax cut’s stated goal is to boost the economy — leading to higher incomes and better job opportunities for millions of American workers. [more; yeah, that'll happen . ..]

    Ecuador's 'Troublemaker' volcano sends lava flying high in fiery explosion

    British volcano photographer Dr. Richard Roscoe documented the spectacular eruption of a little-known active stratovolcano in the Amazonian Andes of Ecuador known as "Reventador" in early December. Reventador is Spanish for "troublemaker." [more]

    At least 8 killed in landslide at Mount Merapi, Indonesia

    Last month, at least 11 people died in heavy flooding and landslides in Pacitan, East Java. [more]

    Strange lights filmed above Sheffield, UK

    [short video]

  8. Bad company: Trump courting Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Oliver North to create his own personal CIA

    President Donald Trump is courting bad company. He's talking with Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, ex-CIA officer John R. Maguire, and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North in a bid to create his own private version of the Central Intelligence Agency. A proposal has been submitted to the current CIA boss, Mike Pompeo, The Week reported on December 5.

    It's part of an effort to circumvent current and former members of the intelligence community that are working to undermine the president.

    If Donald Trump's plan for a fully privatized, unaccountable, and personalized version of the CIA becomes a reality, it will represent a grand stroke in an ominous trend that has unfolded since 9/11-the for-profit outsourcing of intelligence, surveillance, and covert military operations.

    As of 2015, five corporations dominated the military and intelligence contractor business-Leidos, Booz Allen, CSRA, SAIC, and CACI. Other players include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, BAE, and Accenture, as well as smaller companies, including ManTech International Corporation, Engility Corporation, L-3 Communications, and PAE. [more]

    Russia resumes search for Argentina's missing submarine

    Australia set to significantly ramp up domestic spying capacity

    Washington antifa-affiliated group deletes article bragging about April train track sabotage near latest derailment site

    [Red-Ice tv has a video of witnesses (including the mayor of a town nearby) waiting with a "mass casualty drill" team nearby the same site]

    Loud, house-shaking boom heard around Bakersfield, California

    No explanation for loud boom heard, felt across three Tennessee counties

    The present solar cycle has reached its minimum 1.5 years ahead of time

    The solar cycle is the nearly periodic 11-year change in the Sun’s activity that has been observed for centuries. This includes changes in the levels of solar radiation and ejection of solar material as well as changes in the number and size of sunspots, flares, and other manifestations. According to new measurements, the solar magnetic activity cycle has already reached its minimum, some 1.5 years before the expected time. Scientists believe there will hardly have strong magnetic storms…

    Death toll rises to 46 as TD Vinta nears Philippines, TS Kai-Tak threatens Vietnam, Malaysia

    The death toll in the Philippines caused by heavy rain, floods and landslides produced by Tropical Cyclone "Kai-Tak" (Urduja) rose to 46 on Thursday, December 20, 2017. 28 people are still missing.

    Meanwhile, another tropical system has organized into a tropical depression and was named Vinta by PAGASA. Landfall is expected between Caraga - Davao Region on Thursday, December 21) evening to Friday, December 22 morning. 

    Kai-Tak emerged over the warm waters of South China Sea and is now threatening southern Vietnam, southern Thailand and northern Malaysia with flooding rainfall. [more]