Friday, December 22, 2017

Event Update For 2017-12-21

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

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at gym, fire spreads to gym, in Jecheon (South Korea), 29+ killed, 29+ injured:

Quote: "The inferno appears to have started from a vehicle in the basement parking lot of the gym, located in the Southern city of Jecheon, according to local outlets. What exactly sparked the fire however, is unclear."

Quote: "A vehicle in the first-floor parking garage seemed to be the source of the blaze, the state-run news outlet Yonhap reported, citing local fire officials; the fire then appears to have spread through the building that housed a gym, restaurant and public sauna."

2017-12-21 - Van bursts into flame before 6:12 AM while parked inside dealership in Retford Township (Michigan):

Quote: "The fire broke out inside of a service area at Pat Milliken Ford on Telegraph Road just south of Plymouth Road in Redford Township. Owner Brian Godfrey said a night guard called 911 after commercial cargo van caught fire in the garage."

2017-12-21 - SUV bursts into flame while parked near church in Mountain Home (Arkansas):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at 1:07 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 more vehicles and home, in Beverly Hills (Florida):

Quote: "A vehicle fire spread to a Beverly Hills home early Thursday morning, destroying several vehicles and much of the residence. Firefighters with Citrus County Fire Rescue were dispatched at 1:07 a.m. to 25 N. Melbourne St., where crews from the Pine Ridge Station arrived at 1:14 a.m. to find three vehicles on fire within a few feet of the house, which was already partly on fire, according to a fire rescue report."

2017-12-21 - Several cars, two motorcycles and quad bike destroyed by fire shortly after 4 AM while parked inside garage in Banbury (Britain):

Quote: "Two motorbikes, a quad bike and several cars were destroyed in a garage fire in Appleby Close in the early hours of this morning, Thursday."

2017-12-21 - Three cars go up in flames at 1 AM while parked on Bazes Shaw in New Ash Green (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark in Keynsham (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at 4:44 AM while parked in carpark on Street Road in Glastonbury (Britain):

2017-12-21 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked in Buchanan (Tennessee), nobody there:

Note: All vehicles are now randomly-igniting firebombs that can go off at any time, parked or driven, so park a vehicle near anything that you don't want to see on fire at your own risk...

2017-12-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in College Station (Texas):

Quote: "A United plane that departed IAH was forced to make an emergency landing in College Station Thursday night after smoke was reported on board the aircraft."

Note: This is the 115th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-21 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits the East Village in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-12-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire in Phoenix (Arizona), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Home heavily damaged by basement explosion and fire in Buffalo (New York), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 357th and 358th residential explosions in 2017...

2017-12-21 - Naval base hit by fire, building destroyed, on coastal Haulbowline Island (Ireland):

2017-12-21 - Auto salvage business heavily damaged by fire on US 301 near Elm City (North Carolina):,108230

2017-12-21 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2017-12-21 - Waste transfer station fire breaks out at 3:17 AM on coastal Rockland Key (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Forests destroyed in wildfires not recovering due to climate change, scientists reveal:

2017-12-21 - Fishing ship bursts into flame near coastal Keti Bander (Pakistan):

Note: This is the 1083rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-21 - Passenger train engine bursts into flame near coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2017-12-21 - Passenger train fills with smoke at station in Redhill (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on the A153 in Lincolnshire (Britain):

2017-12-21 - In separate incidents, tractor trailer bursts into flame on road and car bursts into flame while parked at home, in/near Little Falls (Minnesota):

2017-12-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM while parked inside truck business in Garner (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to a CBS North Carolina photographer on scene, multiple fire units responded to the scene at 3901 Jones Sausage Road and had to cut a hole in a garage door at the warehouse in order to get inside and battle the fire that had engulfed a tractor-trailer inside."

2017-12-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 6:15 AM on I-81 in Rockbridge County (Virginia):

2017-12-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 2:27 AM on I-35 in Pflugerville (Texas):

Note: These are the 2211th, 2212th, 2213th, 2214th and 2215th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-21 - SUV bursts into flame on Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins (Colorado):

2017-12-21 - SUV bursts into flame on road near Hawkchurch (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-195 in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2017-12-21 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 46 in Clifton (New Jersey):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the Beltline near Blooming Grove (Wisconsin):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on State Road 408 in Orlando (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on street in Diamond Heights area in coastal San Francisco (California):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-84 in Portland (Oregon):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-10 near Tallahassee (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-12 near Holden (Louisiana):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the A13 near coastal Grays (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near coastal Thurrock (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the M1 near Derby (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on the M32 near Cabot Circus in Bristol (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on street in King's Lynn (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame on Knutsford Road in Latchford (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at 11:14 PM on Winchester Avenue in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Winchester Avenue, Grimsby. Thu 21 Dec 2017 23:14 (No:27442) Car fire. Two hose reels in use. Incident left with Police."

2017-12-21 - Moped bursts into flame on Kirklands Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Kirklands Road, Hull. Thu 21 Dec 2017 20:41 (No:27436) Moped involved in fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2017-12-21 - Cargo trailer bursts into flame while being towed, on Highway 95 near Somerton (Arizona):

2017-12-21 - Vehicles and auto shop destroyed by explosion and fire in East Conemaugh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "It appeared several vehicles were parked inside the brick and mortar garage. All of them were charred."

2017-12-21 - Vehicle and outbuilding go up in flames at auto shop in Waterloo (Iowa):

Quote: "A vehicle parked inside the building was also damaged."

2017-12-21 - Vehicles and barn destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in Paragould (Arkansas):

Quote: "There were some vehicles inside the barn."

2017-12-21 - Barn, machinery and hay destroyed by fire near Danes Castle (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Barn destroyed by fire at 11:46 PM on Deane Road in Stokeinteignhead (Britain), 1 mile from the coast:

2017-12-21 - Brush fire breaks out near the Santa Ana River bottom near downtown Riverside (California):

Quote: "A large brush fire erupted Thursday morning near the Santa Ana River bottom near downtown Riverside, prompting evacuations of a nearby neighborhood."

2017-12-21 - Brush fire breaks out along US 101 near Newbury Park (California):

2017-12-21 - Brush fire breaks out along Great River Road near Godfrey (Illinois), near the Mississippi River:

Note: The Great River Road is a scenic route that runs right along the Mississippi River in Illinois. I used to take motorcycle rides along that road back in my motorcycle-riding days...

2017-12-21 - Refrigerator bursts into flame inside garage at home in coastal Boynton Beach (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Market destroyed by massive fire in coastal Nghe An Province (Vietnam):

2017-12-21 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM in Longview (Texas), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM on Fishpond Road in Chuckey (Tennessee):

2017-12-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Macon (Georgia), 2 injured:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 6:30 AM in Peoria (Illinois):

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by massive fire in Indian Head (Maryland), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in Winchendon (Massachusetts), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in McAlester (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:07 AM in Billings (Montana), nobody there:

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in Jericho (Vermont):

2017-12-21 - Home destroyed by fire in Rangeville (Australia), nobody there:

Quote: "Early investigations suggest the fire started in a car port, with a car inside, that was attached to the home."

2017-12-21 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Moline (Illinois):

2017-12-21 - Deadly fire burns home in Davenport (Iowa), 3 killed, 2 injured:

2017-12-21 - Deadly fire burns home shortly after midnight in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 1 killed:

2017-12-21 - Deadly fire destroys home in the wee hours in Fresno (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Two vacant buildings go up in flames in Hagerstown (Maryland):

2017-12-21 - Vacant home burns in West Brighton (New York):

2017-12-21 - Vacant home burns in Muskegon (Michigan):

2017-12-21 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Reno (Nevada):

2017-12-21 - Man, 40, firefighter, goes home and drops dead after training exercise in Mayer (Minnesota):

2017-12-21 - Woman, 38, goes into cardiac arrest at school, dies shortly later, in Pevely (Missouri):

2017-12-21 - Man, around 50, found dead in irrigation ditch on Skyline Boulevard in Oroville (California):

2017-12-21 - Woman found dead next to fence in Yucca Valley (California):

2017-12-21 - Woman, 34, drops dead at Susquehanna State Park in Harford County (Maryland):

2017-12-21 - Man, 24, drops dead near home in Parma (Ohio):

2017-12-21 - Man found dead at homeless camp in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2017-12-21 - Woman found dead in park in coastal Boynton Beach (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Woman topples into shallow water in stream and dies near Kenny's Pond in coastal St. John’s (Canada):

2017-12-21 - Man, 22, goes missing while diving, next seen dead in the water near coastal Durban (South Africa):

2017-12-21 - Woman dies in the water at Richards Bay near coastal Durban (South Africa), girl in critical condition too:

2017-12-21 - Man, 54, found dead in the water near coastal Cebu (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-21 - Man drops dead near fish pond in Muang District (Thailand):

2017-12-21 - Man in his 40s found dead in public restroom in coastal Cork (Ireland):

2017-12-21 - Man, 47, has 'medical event', van hits pickup truck, near Park City (Utah), 1 injured:

Quote: "At around 3:15 p.m., the driver of a white GMC Savana van lost consciousness when he suffered an unknown medical event on Bitner Road. He was traveling at approximately 45 miles per hour, according to Lt. Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff's Office. The van was traveling east on Bitner Road when he smashed into the driver's side of a black Dodge Ram truck in the opposite lane, causing the airbags to deploy."

2017-12-21 - Woman, 43, has 'medical issue', car crashes into storage unit, in Negaunee (Michigan):

Quote: "Investigators believe the woman had a medical issue which caused her to crash."

2017-12-21 - Driver has 'medical condition' and loses consciousness, car crashes into the Cedar River, in Evansdale (Iowa):

Quote: "The unnamed driver was traveling west on Central Avenue when a medical condition caused him to pass out, said Chief Jeff Jensen with the Evansdale Police Department. The man’s vehicle continued moving and went up the flood-control dike abutting River Forest Road, down the rocks on the other side and came to a rest in the river, Jensen said."

2017-12-21 - Small plane crashes near home outside Thompson's Station (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2017-12-21 - Small plane crash-lands at Custer Airport in Monroe (Michigan), engine failure:

2017-12-21 - Small plane crash-lands near Fort McMurray (Canada), engine failure:

2017-12-21 - Small plane crashes into woods on the Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo (Mexico), 5 injured:

2017-12-21 - Freight train derails in Rensselaer (Indiana):

2017-12-21 - Tanker truck overturns on road near Ponda (India):

2017-12-21 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-435 in Kansas City (Missouri):

2017-12-21 - Tractor trailer overturns at 11:10 PM on the Hume Highway near Yass (Australia), 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Garbage truck and car collide head-on in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2017-12-21 - Box truck crashes off road and plunges into Five Mile Creek in Graysville (Alabama), 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Pickup truck crashes through median, lands on car, on I-29 near Beresford (South Dakota), 2 killed:

2017-12-21 - Pickup truck veers off road, overturns, hits tree, in Ripley County (Indiana), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, in Waterloo (Iowa), 1 injured:

2017-12-21 - Car veers off road shortly before 2 AM, crashes into ditch, in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Officials are still trying to determine if Morford died from injuries in the crash, or if he suffered a medical issue while driving."

2017-12-21 - Car veers off road, crashes into church, in Capitol Heights (Maryland):

2017-12-21 - Cougar attacks and kills pet dog near Ketchum (Idaho):

2017-12-21 - Around 25 water mains break in 2 months in James City County (Virginia):

2017-12-21 - School partially collapses in coastal Tambora, West Jakarta (Indonesia), 2 injured:

2017-12-21 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates school in Alden (New York):

2017-12-21 - Man has 'medical emergency' and collapses during city council meeting in Cartersville (Georgia):

Quote: "After the work session and prior to the Cartersville City Council business meeting at City Hall on Thursday night, Ward Three Councilman Louis Tonsmeire collapsed due to a medical emergency. He was alert and responsive when EMS personnel were taking him to Cartersville Medical Center. He did sustain a cut on his head, but is in stable condition and expected to recover."

2017-12-21 - Woman has 'medical incident' on Godwin Road in coastal Cliftonville, Margate (Britain), 900 feet from the ocean:

2017-12-21 - Middle-aged man has heart attack and collapses on street in South Croydon (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Peatlands, a neglected piece of the climate puzzle:

Quote: "Although peatlands make up a small amount of the world's land mass, they represent some of the largest carbon reservoirs on Earth. When drained or burned, they could spew out massive greenhouse gas emissions."

Note: That large and unusual fire that burned for weeks in Greenland this year was a peat fire...

2017-12-21 - Algae growth reduces reflectivity, enhances Greenland ice sheet melting:

Note: Algae is growing on the ice in Antarctica and causing more melting there too...

2017-12-21 - Scientists present a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have transformed the planet:

2017-12-21 - Volcano Klyuchevskoy erupts, spews ash 7 kilometers into the atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2017-12-21 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes north of Kerman (Iran):

2017-12-21 - Alaska is having an insanely warm December:

2017-12-21 - Cape Town facing a future without water in South Africa:

2017-12-21 - Tropical storm Tembin to batter Philippines days after tropical storm Kai-Tek affected 200,000 people:

2017-12-21 - Four meters of snow fall on Niseko ski resort in Japan:

2017-12-21 - Tiny bits of plastic are found in mussels from the European Arctic to China:

2017-12-21 - EPA considers allowing bee-killing pesticide to be sprayed on 165 million acres of US farmland:

2017-12-21 - Two-faced kitten born in Eastern Cape (South Africa):

2017-12-21 - California set to hit its green-energy goals a decade early:

2017-12-21 - UFOs frequently reported over nuclear facilities:


  1. Is it me, or is the list of vehicles burning up growing?

    Anyone paying attention can see that the state of the world is worsening as time goes by. It's not only environmental, but also is reflected (and amplified) in the human domain - economically, politically, and socially, not to mention in the health and safety sectors.

    Merry Christmas: Salvation Army bell ringer beaten for holiday cheer

    Wolfe Sr. suffered a few bumps and bruises in the scuffle, but he says nothing would take away his Christmas spirit. [more]

    Suspicious 'Russian diplomat' removed from UK House of Commons debate is actually American

    The House of Commons has become the scene of another bizarre incident as Members of Parliament demanded that a suspicious "Russian diplomat" be ejected from the chamber. The man, however, turned out to be American. [more]

    Massive flooding hits Cagayan de Oro, Philippines following Storm Vinta (UPDATE: More than 130 dead)

    'Weird, strange trumpet sounds' heard in Queens, New York

    Most terrifying sounds in the Canadian woods

    [beautiful bizarre trumpeting noise]

    Meteor fireball with sonic boom reported over Townsville, Queensland

    [sounds more like a wild animal]

    New study suggests that the lower your social class, the 'wiser' and better you are at conflict resolution

    There's an apparent paradox in modern life: Society as a whole is getting smarter, yet we aren't any closer to figuring out how to all get along. "How is it possible that we have just as many, if not more, conflicts as before?" asks social psychologist Igor Grossmann at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

    The answer is that raw intelligence doesn't reduce conflict, he asserts. Wisdom does. Such wisdom-in effect, the ability to take the perspectives of others into account and aim for compromise - comes much more naturally to those who grow up poor or working class, according to a new study by Grossman and colleagues.

    "This work represents the cutting edge in wisdom research," says Eranda Jayawickreme, a social psychologist at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [more]

    [therefore I am Ghandi!]

    [more below]

  2. Now a new form of upper atmospheric lightning is being seen: the Gigantic Jet, related buy more powerful than sprites

    UFO visits Flagstaff, Arizona

    [impressive lenticular cloud - 2nd pic looks like the mothership]

    Saturday, 23 December 2017
    MUST-WATCH analysis from Russian television

    This is essential analysis from Russian television if you wantto understand what is really going on in the Middle East.

    WATCH: America's NEXT victim - Saudi Arabia?

    [~ 14.5 min. video]

    The Story of How Global Warming Turned California into Toast

    Toasted — California’s 2017 Foreshadowing of the Monster Fires to Come

    Part One: The Story of How Global Warming Turned California into Toast.

    [caption under pic: the Thomas Fire . . is just 500 acres away from being the largest in California history]

    [at the rate it's burning, by the time Scribbler posted his piece, it became FACT]
    It's been blazing away for the best part of a month the Thomas fire is now officially the biggest fire ever in California and it's not over yet

    It's been blazing now for 19 days and yesterday the Thomas wildfire officially became the largest on record in California.
    The Thomas fire has gobbled up 273,400 acres (110,641 hectares) which surpasses the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people, according to Reuters.
    According to Cal Fire, the biggest fire in the state's history is now 65% contained. [more]

    Australia’s Hot Ocean Blob Fuels Record Heat, Extreme Weather, Risk to Coral Reefs

    Bad Santa

    It's revelation time. Time for the people at the top to realize what they are at the core...

    [these all have lines through them, like "crossed out"]
    Crypto bubble
    FANG bubble
    Momentum internet bubble
    Semiconductor bubble
    China Tech bubble
    Emerging markets bubble
    Fake reflation bubble

    Two to go:
    Low volatility bubble
    Dow bubble [more; see especially Bitcoin graph]

  3. The paranoia of EPA chief Scott Pruitt

    The man leading the EPA has long cast himself as its enemy. And he's acting like a man behind enemy lines [more]

    Interior Department orders halt to study of agency overseeing offshore oil safety

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has ordered the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to halt a study aimed at improving the way the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement conducts inspections of offshore oil and gas operations, the National Academies announced Thursday (Dec. 21).
    [more; Merry Christmas, fellas!]

    The Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Science

    By adding at least $1.5 trillion to the debt, we are hamstringing our ability to invest in the programs, researchers, and ideas to keep our country innovative and competitive [more]

    [to continue his list > 'to keep our country innovative and competitive, sane and functioning, transparent and open with PUBLIC information, healthy and happy, enriched and renewed for another year']

    [please ruminate on obvious (and otherwise) collateral damage all these policies will inflict, and other ideas and likely trends regarding the coming year's "progress"]

    [for those interested]
    On Climate sensitivity and nonsense claims about an "IPCC model"

    I have been arguing recently in threads where people insist that there is an "IPCC model" that says that the change in temperature is linearly related to change in forcing, on a short term basis. They are of course mangling the definition of equilibrium sensitivity, which defines the parameter ECS as the ratio of the equilibrium change in temperature to a sustained (step-function) rise in forcing. So in this post I would like to explain some of the interesting mathematics involved in ECS, and why you can't just apply its value to relate just any forcing change to any temperature change. And why extra notions like Transient Climate Sensitivity are needed to express century scale changes. [more]

    'Am I going to get out of here alive?' In one of Africa's most dangerous corners, a fight to the death for the elephants

    All of Southern California thought they saw a UFO — and the photos are eerie

    Turtle Found by U.S. Coast Guard with $53 million Worth of Cocaine Attached to It

  4. Thousands of dead fish without eyes found on beach in Pinetamare, Italy

    However, the fisherman have struggled to determine their cause of death [more]

    Meteor fireball flashes across Finnish skies; more than 200 sightings

    Thomas fire becomes largest wildfire on record in California

    Jordan Feldstein, Jonah Hill's Brother and Maroon 5's Manager, Dead at 40

    “Unfortunately, last night Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath, when paramedics arrived it was determined he went into full cardiac arrest and passed away shortly thereafter" [more]

    Crocodile eats man as tropical storm Tembin engulfs the Philippines triggering flash floods and landslides leaving at least 133 dead

    A man tying up his boat in the Philippines during Tropical Storm Tembin was eaten by a crocodile as the death toll from floods and landslides caused by the storm rises to 113. Villagers found their communities facing an onslaught of water and mud as they desperately tried to make it to safety. Elsewhere villagers waded through flood water with what belongings they could carry. Police said some villages have been completely swept away. [more]

    More than 200 killed, 100 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" (Vinta) hits the Philippines

    The death toll caused by Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," locally known as Vinta, rose to over 200 late Saturday (local time), December 23, 2017. There are still more than 100 people missing, authorities said. The storm hit the Philippines on Friday, December 22 but most of the reports came in mid-Saturday. The death toll is expected to rise as responders reach storm-hit areas. [more]

    Natural disasters loss in 2017 at US$ 306 billion, almost double 2016 loss

    The total economic losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 soared to US$ 306 billion from US$ 188 billion in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by insurance company Swiss Re. Preliminary sigma estimates for insured global losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 are around US$ 136 billion, well-above the annual average of the previous 10 years, and the third highest since sigma records began in 1970. 

    Reggae night at Sprout Music Collective in West Chester, so the Mrs and I are stepping out (she finally feels well enough).