Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Event Update For 2018-01-02

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

2018-01-02 - Unknown odor evacuates the Lake Street School in Vernon (Connecticut):

2018-01-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Surrey (Canada) and surrounding areas:

Quote: "Responding to reports from residents mystified by a lingering bad smell on the streets and in homes around the Five Corners-City Hall area Tuesday afternoon, the City of White Rock says it also extends to various areas of South Surrey and Langley. A PSA on the city’s Facebook page says 'we are aware of a smell that some describe as natural gas, manure or rotten eggs,' adds that, while Fortis BC is investigating, it can be confirmed that the odour is not coming from either a city or Metro Vancouver facility, or the Cherry Point Refinery in the U.S."

2018-01-02 - Atmospheric methane hits 2764 ppb in the Arctic:

Quote: "On January 2018, methane levels as high as 2764 ppb (parts per billion) were recorded. The solid magenta-colored areas near Greenland indicate that this very high reading was likely caused by methane hydrate destabilization in the sediments on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean."

2018-01-02 - RV goes up in flames and kills person at 7:20 AM on street in coastal Wilmington (California):

Note: This is the 4th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Mysterious explosions shake homes in Fannin and Gilmer Counties (Georgia):

2018-01-02 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Ionia County (Michigan):

2018-01-02 - Underground fire breaks out and two utility poles burn in coastal Santa Cruz (California):

Quote: "At the scene, firefighters found two power poles burning and fire coming up from numerous storm drains."

2018-01-02 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit coastal Barnstaple (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 more cars and home, in Huntsville (Alabama):

2018-01-02 - Minivan bursts into flame and kills dog while parked at store in Fort Smith (Arkansas):

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at oceanfront hotel, fire spreads to 2 more vehicles, in coastal Ocean City (Maryland):

Quote: "The fire began in a pickup truck in the loading area of the hotel, Bunting said, and spread to the other two vehicles."

2018-01-02 - Apartment building damaged by explosion just before 1 AM in coastal Helsingborg (Sweden), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 3rd residential explosion in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Woburn Safari Park damaged by fire at 2:37 AM in Ridgmont (Britain), 13 monkeys killed:

2018-01-02 - Car dealership damaged by fire in Jenkintown (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-02 - Cardboard manufacturing plant erupts in flame at 1 AM in Santa Clara (California):

2018-01-02 - Two boats destroyed by fire after explosion, two more boats damaged, while docked in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "According to City of Miami Fire Rescue, Capt. Jack’s and a dry docked, 50-foot sightseeing boat were destroyed by the flames. Two other vessels also sustained damage."

2018-01-02 - Boat and two homes destroyed by fire before 3 AM in coastal Holden Beach (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to Chief Douglas Todd with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, two homes and a boat were fully involved as crews arrived on scene at 2:41 a.m."

2018-01-02 - Boat destroyed by fire shortly before midnight while dry-docked in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-01-02 - Two boats, SUV, RV trailer and shed destroyed by fire in coastal Cungulla (Australia), nobody there:

Quote: "Wulguru Fire Station officer Brian Corrigan said the owner of the property was not home and although neighbours managed to save one boat, two others, a Toyota LandCruiser and a caravan were destroyed."

2018-01-02 - Boat bursts into flame at coastal Malpe Fisheries Harbour (India):

2018-01-02 - Fishing boat destroyed by fire in coastal Quang Ngãi (Vietnam), and 4 other boats burn too, much lost dong:

Quote: "Earlier on December 31, 2017, four fishing boats which were being repaired at Pho Quang commune, Duc Pho district also caught fire, causing estimated losses of VND2 billion."

Note: These are the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Tour bus bursts into flame at Jones Family Fruit Stall near Cromwell (New Zealand):

Note: This is the 3rd bus to burn in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 8 near coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2018-01-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 321 in Hickory (North Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Tractor, tractor (bulldozer), barn and 40 tons of hay destroyed by fire in Penpergwm (Britain):

Quote: "A barn containing 40 tonnes of hay, a tractor and bulldozer went up in flames yesterday. Five fire engines and one water carrier were sent to the 'large fire' at a barn off King Road in Penpergwm, near Abergavenny, at around 10.45am yesterday."

Note: These are the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Stadium Boulevard in Columbia (Missouri):

2018-01-02 - Dump truck bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike near coastal Lantana (Florida):

2018-01-02 - Heavy truck bursts into flame in Ranfurly (New Zealand):

2018-01-02 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Kannur (India):

2018-01-02 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Pasadena (California):

Note: This is the 5th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-02 - Campervan bursts into flame on the A31 in coastal St Ives (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 101 near Santa Maria (California):

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 285 near Denver (Colorado):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at duplex, fire spreads to duplex, in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "Batallion Chief Sid Newby tells us the fire started with a car in a carport. They aren't sure how the car caught fire, but it spread into the side of a duplex, causing damage to a bedroom and the attic."

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Winterhaven Trail in Gretna (Virginia):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in Streator (Illinois):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments in coastal Everett (Washington):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at high school in Goshen (Alabama):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame near Alderpoint Road and Highway 36 near Bridgeville (California):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Tuscarawas Township (Ohio):

2018-01-02 - In separate incidents, car bursts into flame on the Graden State Parkway, and car bursts into flame at Target, in/near Clark (New Jersey):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame on Route 287 in Kinnelon (New Jersey):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame at Kroger store in Bucyrus (Ohio):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame as man works on it, fire spreads to home, in Park Township (Michigan):

2018-01-02 - Five cars go up in flames at 5:09 AM while parked on Godman Road in Chadwell St Mary (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame on the M62 near Leeds (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Car bursts into flame on the M40 near Stokenchurch (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 2 January, 8.40am Car fire, M40 southbound between junctions 6 (Lewknor) and 5 (Stokenchurch). Two appliances and crews from High Wycombe, two from Oxfordshire and an officer attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus."

2018-01-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US 151 near Verona (Wisconsin):

2018-01-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-94 near Lake Mills (Wisconsin):

2018-01-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame in coastal Shaldon (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Skid-loader bursts into flame inside barn on Norton Road in Elba (New York):

2018-01-02 - Lumber business devastated my massive fire shortly before midnight in Wise (Virginia):

Quote: "A fire fighter was taken to the hospital after suffering a medical condition on scene fighting the fire."

2018-01-02 - AC unit bursts into flame at McDonald's, fire spreads, McDonald's destroyed, in Calvert City (Kentucky):

2018-01-02 - Laptop bursts into flame in home on Heathfield Road in Denbury (Britain), 4 miles from the coast:

2018-01-02 - Electric sign bursts into flame at restaurant in Prattville (Alabama):

2018-01-02 - Boat rental business damaged by fire near the Maumee River on Riverview Avenue in Napoleon (Ohio):

2018-01-02 - Furniture store goes up in flames at 5:30 AM, fire spreads to apartments, in coastal Bronx (New York), 23 injured:

Quote: "The Fire Department of New York says 23 people, including a firefighter, are hurt following a Bronx blaze. All of them are expected to be OK. Investigators believe the fire started in a first-floor furniture store around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Adults and children fled from the three stories of apartments above, including a man who ran outside with no shirt and no shoes."

2018-01-02 - Resort damaged by fire at 5:30 AM near Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County (Illinois):

2018-01-02 - Yarn business damaged by fire in Salisbury (North Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Funeral home destroyed by huge fire in Nashville (North Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Florist and apartments destroyed by fire in Gretna (Louisiana):

2018-01-02 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire in Graham (Washington), 1 injured:

2018-01-02 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2018-01-02 - Mobile home destroyed by fire shortly before 5 AM in St. George (Utah):

Quote: "One person who lived at the home was treated for difficulty breathing, the report said, and no other injuries were reported."

2018-01-02 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Union Mills Road in Broadalbin (New York):

2018-01-02 - Home damaged by fire at 2:15 AM on Sulphur Well Road in Lexington (Kentucky):

2018-01-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:30 AM in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-01-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly after midnight in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-01-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:20 AM in Mississauga (Canada):

2018-01-02 - Home destroyed by fire in Kannapolis (North Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:49 AM on Ferry Hill Road in Plainfield (New Hampshire):

2018-01-02 - Home destroyed by fire in the Olympia area in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Cornishville Road in Mercer County (Kentucky), nobody there:

2018-01-02 - Home destroyed by fire in Mustang Ridge (Texas):

2018-01-02 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Newport (Rhode Island):

2018-01-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire shortly before 2 AM in Houston (Texas):

2018-01-02 - Hotel heavily damaged by huge fire in Thompson, Manitoba (Canada):

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns mobile home just after 3 AM in Porum (Oklahoma), 3 killed:

Quote: "It's the second triple-fatality residential fire in Oklahoma in as many days. Authorities in El Reno say a deadly house fire on Monday claimed the lives of three children."

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at Rabbit River Estates near Wayland (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Lucerne Avenue in Comstock Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home in San Antonio (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home in Clarksville (Tennessee), 2 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home in Greensboro (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home in Clemmons (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns home at midnight in Tottenham (Canada), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after 4 AM in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), 2 killed:

2018-01-02 - Deadly fire burns apartment building just after 1 AM in coastal Tacoma (Washington), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Vacant building burns at 2:30 AM in Dallas (Texas):

2018-01-02 - Vacant building burns in coastal Miami Beach (Florida):

2018-01-02 - Vacant home burns in Meriden (Kansas):

2018-01-02 - Vacant home burns in Charleston (West Virginia):

2018-01-02 - Vacant bike shop goes up in flames, fire spreads to home, in Beaumont (Texas):

2018-01-02 - More than 80 gray dolphins found dead in a month near coastal Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Quote: "Environmentalists in Brazil say they are trying to figure out why more than 80 gray dolphins have died in less than a month on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. A statement from the Gray Dolphin Institute says the dolphins died over past 17 days in the Bay of Sepetiba, a coastal district about 70 kilometres west of the city of Rio de Janeiro."

2018-01-02 - Two teens, both 17, found dead in pond at mosque in coastal Galle on the island of Sri Lanka:

2018-01-02 - Two boys, both 15, found dead in river in Pedas (Malaysia):

2018-01-02 - Two teen boys found dead in canal in Thiruverumbur (India):

2018-01-02 - Man and woman, 47 and 44, go out on boat, next seen dead in the water near coastal Phang Nga (Thailand):

2018-01-02 - Two men found dead near homeless camps in Houston (Texas):

2018-01-02 - Man in his 60s has 'medical emergency' in SUV, SUV glides to a stop, man dies, near Delano (California):

Quote: "CHP said the driver had a medical condition that likely killed him before the crash. Officials said the car was barely scratched so there was no way the driver would have died from the crash."

2018-01-02 - Woman, 49, slumps over dead in SUV at Wawa store in New Castle (Delaware):

2018-01-02 - Man, 61, slumps over dead in van at Walmart in Kalispell (Montana):

2018-01-02 - Woman, 53, found dead in minivan at strip mall in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-02 - Man, 55, found dead near church in Napa (California):

2018-01-02 - Man, 41, found dead in the Arkansas River near Little Rock (Arkansas):

2018-01-02 - Woman in her 50s found dead in basement area at vacant lot in Topeka (Kansas):

2018-01-02 - Man in his 50s drops dead in ditch in Grandview (Missouri):

2018-01-02 - Woman, 52, found dead near business in Lebanon (Missouri):

2018-01-02 - Man, 33, found dead on sidewalk outside home in St. Paul (Minnesota):

2018-01-02 - Man found dead near building in Mexico (Maine):

2018-01-02 - Man, 43, slumps over dead on boat, boat crashes, in coastal Broadbeach (Australia):

Quote: "Man dies after collapsing on boat before colliding with other vessel, mounting bank..."

2018-01-02 - Boy, 17, pulled unconscious from the water at beach, dies shortly later, near coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2018-01-02 - Girl, 12, jumps in the water and dies at resort in Pretoria East (South Africa):

2018-01-02 - Woman, 47, found dead in water furrow on street in Graaff-Reinet (South Africa):

2018-01-02 - Boy, 10, falls into river and dies in Dasmariñas (Philippine Islands):

2018-01-02 - Man falls off building and dies in the Canary Wharf area in coastal London (Britain), possible toppler:

2018-01-02 - Man found dead in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Colne (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Man has 'medical emergency' at car wash at gas station, dies shortly later, in coastal Newport (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Man, 36, slumps over dead on boat at the Park Farm Marina in Rudheath (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane after departing coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

Quote: "A British Airways spokesman told MailOnline the incident involved a medical emergency."

2018-01-02 - Woman, 43, has 'medical emergency', chest pains, in SUV on road in Nolanville (Texas):

Quote: "While eastbound traffic was slowed, Harker Heights EMS responded to a medical emergency on the Main Street overpass after a 43-year-old female driver of a black SUV began experiencing chest pains and pulled her vehicle over, Porter said."

2018-01-02 - Huge 75-vehicle pileup shuts down I-90 near Buffalo (New York):

2018-01-02 - Tanker truck, heavy truck and car crash, tanker explodes and burns, on the A21 near Brescia (Italy), 6 killed:

2018-01-02 - Tractor trailer hits bus, bus crashes off cliff onto beach, in coastal Pasamayo (Peru), 48+ killed:

2018-01-02 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into ditch, on Highway G-28 in Marion County (Iowa), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-01-02 - Minivan veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, near Skykomish (Washington), 8 injured:

2018-01-02 - SUV and tractor trailer collide head-on in Oakville (Canada), 1 killed:

2018-01-02 - SUV veers off road, hits trees, on I-395 in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

Quote: "A driver, possibly suffering a medical episode, drove into trees along southbound I-395 just past the 14th Street Bridge today."

2018-01-02 - Pickup truck overturns into median on I-19 near Tucson (Arizona), 2 killed, 4 injured:

2018-01-02 - Car veers over centerline, hits box truck head-on, in Mahoning Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Quote: "Ryan said that Nair may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash, causing her to swerve into the oncoming lane of travel."

2018-01-02 - Car veers off road, hits pole, in coastal Juneau (Alaska):

Quote: "Possibly suffering from a medical issue, an older driver struck a light pole and toppled it downtown Tuesday night, police say, then nearly ran his vehicle into city hall."

2018-01-02 - Naked man attacks man outside the Kimmel Center in Center City, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A naked man violently attacks an innocent man walking down Broad Street. Good Samaritans jump in to help pull the man to safety, while holding the suspect down until police arrived. Hard to watch such a brutal beatdown."

2018-01-02 - Naked man reported running down road in Winter Park (Florida):

Quote: "Authorities received a report at around 11:30 p.m. of a naked male running up the street from U.S. Highway 40 to Lakota Trail in Winter Park. Authorities were unable to locate the man."

2018-01-02 - Naked man found walking around the town center in Taunton (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Dog attacks and injures 3-year-old girl in Billings (Montana):

2018-01-02 - Major power outage hits coastal Jakarta (Indonesia):

2018-01-02 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens and traps bus, in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-01-02 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens and traps truck, in coastal Queens (New York):

2018-01-02 - Water main breaks on Cabarrus Street in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2018-01-02 - Water main breaks on Clayton Road in Town and Country (Missouri):

2018-01-02 - Man, 19, has 'medical issue' near coastal Depoe Bay (Oregon):

Quote: "Mother Nature helped in the rescue of a 19-year-old man suffering from some kind of medical issue Tuesday. Firefighters were called just before 4 p.m. to Big Whale Cove, which is just south of Depoe Bay."

2018-01-02 - Man, mid-20s, tussles with transit officers then has 'medical emergency' at train station in Calgary (Canada):

Quote: "Calgary Police say officers were called to the station around 10:30 Tuesday night to help transit police officers arrest a man in his mid-20’s. During an altercation with the transit officers, police say the man suffered a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition."

2018-01-02 - Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2018-01-02 - Seven earthquakes, one M5.0, strike near the Greece-Macedonia border:

2018-01-02 - Heatwave brings record-setting heat to Mackay (Australia):

Quote: "Mackay has broken a 33 year weather record today, recording the highest January maximum temperature in recorded history. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald confirmed Mackay recorded a high of 37.6 degrees just after 2pm, breaking the record of 37.2 set back in 1985."

2018-01-02 - Lightning strike kills man in Kings Canyon (Australia):

2018-01-02 - Storm Eleanor hits Ireland, tens of thousands of homes lose power:

2018-01-02 - Snow seen in the Gulf of Mexico 30 miles south of Louisiana's coast:

2018-01-02 - Hillsides left barren by California wildfires now at risk from mudslides:

2018-01-02 - Dazzling green meteor lights up the sky over Peterborough (Britain):

2018-01-02 - Iceland becomes first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women:

2018-01-02 - Man tows a truck with his penis in Allahabad (India):


  1. We're gettin' snow here, Jonny. 2 - 5" is expected - the light, perfect for skiing type. It's a bit windy too. i'll report the outcome later today. Temps are in the 20's today (downright BALMY compared to some others, and what's predicted for the coming week).

    Lemme start with the stat report from December on Hull and garbage truck fires. It was a really slow month for garbage truck fires with only 3, however one of them happened on the same day as a Hull incident, early in the month. Hull was about average with 20 JJFH incidents in 14 days, including a string of 5 days in a row, one of 3 days in a row, and one of 2 days in a row.

    i'll have totals for the year later today.

    This year begins with a garbage truck fire!

    Here's some news.

    [suggestion] Start by listening to the podcast of Kevin Hester interviewing William Bibb on NBL radio while you scan the headlines.

    Thursday, 4 January 2018
    Nature Bats Last – 01.02.18

    Kevin Hester interviews William Bibb on NBL

    “We are all victims now of corporate greed in a system where profits are placed above the rights of the individual, safety, and the environment.”  [hear the rest @ link above]

    Plane vanishes from radar midflight over Texas

    Symbolic? Blaze breaks out at Clintons' home in upstate New York

    There was no indication as to what may have caused the fire or whether either of the Clintons were home at the time.

    Naturally netizens had a field day with the news, with many suggesting the house fire was a cunning ruse designed to dispose of evidence related to the former US Secretary of State's perceived misdeeds. [more]

    Huge cracks appear on hillside prompting evacuation at Rattlesnake Ridge, US (VIDEO)

    The landslide, which is 20 acres in size, is moving at a rate of about 1.3 feet per week and is accelerating each week, according to state geologist Dave Norman. The concern is that the landslide would keep moving, even closer to I-82. [more]

    Florida has snow for first time in 29 years

    [continued below]

  2. [from our mega-precip events desk]
    Ski resorts in the Alps close as Storm Eleanor hits, 8 feet of snow may fall in 24 hours

    Biblical hailstorm buries cars in ice in Biblian, Ecuador (pictures and videos)

    An apocalyptic hailstorm accompanied by heavy rains surprised the inhabitants of Biblián, in the province of Cañar, Ecuador on January 2, 2018 afternoon, at around 4:00 p.m. The most intense rainfall that has been recorded in the last 15 years in the city lasted a little more than an hour, but with such a fury that it completely buried cars in a hell lot of hail! Here some pictures and videos reporting the unbelievable hail accumulation [more]

    Deadly Storm Eleanor hits Switzerland, Germany, France, Ireland, Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands with 220 km/h winds, extreme rains and hailstorms – Tens of thousands without electricity

    The winter storm Eleanor tore through Europe on Wednesday with winds of up to 100 miles per hour, bringing lightning and heavy rain, battering houses with hail, flooding streets and uprooting trees. The storm — named Burglind in Austria, Germany and Switzerland — arrived in tandem with a cold front, hitting Ireland before passing through Britain and on to Continent. Travelers were delayed, and adverse weather was expected to be felt as far north as the Baltics and as far south as Italy. Weather warnings were the order of the day, with forecasts of violent winds, mostly in coastal areas. Workers raced to restore power to thousands of homes, and to clear highways and train tracks of trees and overturned vehicles. [more]

    Something is wrong: Snow in the Gulf of Mexico, Georgia and Florida, Blizzard warnings for parts of eastern MA to Maine, Explosive ocean low pressure developing over next 24 hours

    The weather is going crazy in the USA from South to North: Snow is falling in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana as well as in Tallahassee, Florida – first time in 28 years – and in Savannah, Georgia, where it has closed the airport. A brief burst of wintry precipitation is forecast for around Houston in Texas and blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of eastern MA to Maine while the explosive bombogenesis is developing over next 24 hours. [more]

    [more below]

  3. [and now, from Nutrition Central]
    Study confirms the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species

    A new study titled, "Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs," adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPA's recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dow's RNA interference (RNAi) corn - a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore health risks) destined to make it to people's dinner tables by the end of this decade.

    The Biotech/Chemical industry's new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it. [more]

    A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of 2 superbugs

    Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds. [more]

    #Qanon: This is Either FANTASY, or a DREAM COME TRUE

    [give this 8 min. video a listen]

    Is Ripple The Next Hot Cryptocurrency? Some Are Calling It ‘The Bitcoin That Banks Like’

    After Bitcoin, can you name the second largest cryptocurrency?  Until recently it was Ethereum, but now it is Ripple.  [more]

    Who's Ready For Mega Crash?

    In a Ponzi scheme the act of throwing money away is what gives it the patina of ephemeral authenticity.

    For example, bidding up oil while spreading stories about the oil recovery...

    Or bidding up stocks, while lying about the 'Conomy...
    [more; see charts showing reality]

  4. Here's the stats on garbage trucks for 2017

    total days having garbage truck fires: 96
    total trucks damaged/destroyed by said fires: 123

    Hull JJFH incidents for 2017

    total days when incidents were reported: 167
    total JJFH incidents reported: 234

    [interesting pattern there: 123 and 234, but that's me]

    A little deeper look:

    The month with the most garbage truck fires was August of 2017 when at least 17 trucks burned up. The month with the most trucks burned in the least number of days was February with 9 trucks being burned in 4 days, but the second place month was July with 15 trucks burning in 7 days.

    For Hull, the most incidents occurred in March of 2017 with 34, but we had 5 other months with 20 or more incidents (September had 26, April & November saw 24, and October and December had 20).
    No month had less than 10, and the month with the largest number of incidents in the shortest span of days was March (34 in 20 days). Hull's the capital of JJFH incidents this past year, by far. Grimsby and Scunthorpe were far behind.

    I've yet to compare them with 2016 (which i'll do next post).

    Next i'll post the stats that Jonny counts: boats, tractor trailers, residential explosions, buses and RV's.

    19,000-pound space lab falling "uncontrolled" back to Earth

    [64 sec. video and text]

    Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

    [oh that's just GREAT! We're buying FLAWED ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS! Worse - so has the military, the IRS, the CIA and all the others!]

    [~ 1 min. video and text]

    Editorial: Shrugging off Deepwater Horizon disaster, administration relaxes oil industry rules

    [caption under lede pic]
    A member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff wearing a glove reaches into thick oil on the surface of the northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La., in June 2010. The well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spewed oil for 87 days before it was capped.

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was responsible for the deaths of 11 workers and the explosive release of an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A cascade of safety failures caused it — failures that the Obama administration corrected with enhanced inspection requirements to help ensure such a disaster never happens again.

    The Trump administration on Friday decided that safety and environmental protection are overrated. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement prepared new regulations rolling back the previous administration’s rules, deeming them overly burdensome. It is a shockingly short-sighted decision, but not even slightly surprising given this administration’s reckless trajectory. [more]

  5. Okay, let's take a look at Jonny's counts and see how they compare to 2016.

    Boats: 2017 1102 , 2016 1527 so a drop of about 28% this year!

    Buses: 2017 874 , 2016 952 and a drop of about 8% this year.

    RV's: 2017 646 , 2016 556 so an INCREASE of about 16% this yr!

    Residential explosions: 2017 366 , 2016 414 or about 11.5% drop

    Tractors/tankers/semis: 2017 2271 , 2016 2350 or about 3% drop

    Apparently I didn't record garbage truck fires or Hull incidents in 2016 (or I didn't note them anywhere that I can easily find - or remember).

  6. Yeah, that's some interesting stuff. Looks like we had a 'good' year, except for RVs, and a lot of people died in those RV fires last year too. But on the other hand, we had some awful non-vehicular stuff going on - deadliest wildfires ever in California, deadliest wildfire ever in Portugal, biggest wildfires ever in Kansas, BC Canada and California, the deadliest residential fire in British history with the Grenfell Towers high-rise fire, and probably more that I can't remember off-hand.

    Makes me wonder if the vehicular fires weren't worse in areas other than in the English-speaking countries, and I just couldn't pick up on that due to my own linguistic lack. Nothing says the curve will be upward in every area every year, like the globe's warming - it'll be worse in some places some years and in other places other years, but with the global trend upward.

    Also, I guess there could be some 'semantic noise' in the stats too. How many 'lorries' were actually tractor trailers? No way to know. How many 'cylinder explosions' (which I generally didn't count unless I was very suspicious) were actually something else? Stuff like that.

    So ya got me! But it's a new year, so let's see what happens this year. Can't say I've got a good feeling about things.

  7. Ah - it is what it is (I hate that saying). Like Arctic ice extent, CO2 and CH4 measurements, everything fluctuates in reality. We're actually doing all this to pass the time and commiserate, since everyone here knows where it's all going to end. It's more telling looking at the forest fires (extent and destructive costs), numbers of homeless people, animal, pollinator, avian and marine die-offs and global average temperature. They tell the real story, and it ain't pretty.

    Residents in coastal town urged to evacuate as blizzard hits

    [here, we got like 3 - 5" of light, powdery snow - easy to push away; my cousin in NC posted pics of his backyard with 2" of snow]

    SCITUATE, Mass. – Blizzard conditions are expected on the coast of New England on Thursday, and residents are bracing for possible flooding and power outages as a result. A blizzard warning has been issued from Cape Cod to the Maine coast from 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

    CBS Boston reports the town of Scituate is asking residents along the coast to voluntarily evacuate. [more]

    Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with roll back of Obama policy

    [yep, gotta keep those for-profit prisons full in this failed war on drugs; moron dweeb Sessions effin' up everything for cancer patients, diabetics, & stressed out people everywhere - including investors in this burgeoning industry]

    "This move represents a broken campaign promise by the president,” said Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. “He clearly and repeatedly pledged that he would respect state marijuana laws if elected. With polls showing that marijuana legalization is way more popular than the president is, this will likely turn out to be a huge political disaster for the administration. Either way, it's not going to stop even more states from modernizing their cannabis laws." [more]

    Mike Tyson to build 40 acre cannabis mega resort & research center in California

    [Mr. Tyson, would you please punch Jeff Sessions in the face?]

    Trump administration aims to open nearly all US offshore waters to drilling

    [just what the environment needs, more oil spills; I swear, Trump could fuck-up a Chinese New Year celebration]

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.

    The bid to expand American energy production faces objections from environmentalists, state officials and some business groups worried about spills and the potential impact on coastal tourism.

    Deep State's 'Plan C': Murder President Trump

    Longtime Donald Trump advisor and confidante Roger Stone is warning once again about the deep state. This time, he said that the deep state's "plan C" is to simply murder the president, since plans A and B won't work out. [more]

    [the "other end" of what we were talking about above, Jonny]
    Storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

    [unpredictable weather and mega-precipitation events spell bad news for crops and food production]

    [more below]

  8. At least 17 deaths were blamed on dangerously cold temperatures that for days have gripped wide swaths of the U.S. from Texas to New England.

    A winter storm warning extended from the Gulf Coast of Florida's "Big Bend" region all the way up the Atlantic coast. Forecasters said hurricane-force winds blowing offshore on Thursday could generate 24-foot (7-meter) seas. [more]

    Moose stuck in deep snow gets a little human help

    No damage reported as 4.4 Berkeley quake rocks Bay Area

    Hero Dog Saves Family from Destructive House Fire

    According to a press release from the Waterville Fire Department, firefighters received a call about a house fire in the area at one o’clock in the morning on Jan. 3.

    The homeowners were able to call for help thanks to their dog. Both of the canine’s owners were asleep in the home’s living room when the fire started. As the living room began to fill with smoke, the family dog woke up his snoozing best friends.

    The home sustained extensive fire damage to an exterior wall and roof and light smoke damage to an interior wall. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. [more]

    How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

    [i'll drink to that! 'Sheee-it, gone dah somehow enaway']

    Two killed and one hurt by lightning bolt in Kenya

    Heavy snowfall grips most areas of China (VIDEO)

    Brutal winds, high seas from storm Eleanor leave 55K homes without power and parts of Ireland completely flooded

    Terrified skiers swung violently about on chairlift as Austrian resort is hit by severe snowstorm (VIDEOS)

    88 Gray dolphins die in 18 days off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil

    NASA captures electric-blue noctilucent clouds circling over Antarctica

    Mysterious house-shaking booms rattle Fannin County, Georgia

    The boom that took place had enough force that some residents were reporting their homes shaking from the blast.

    The unexplained noises did not stop there. "Then I heard another boom. A minute later there was another one. Then there were about seven 'booms'," Curry added, "A few minutes later about five more." [more]

    Mount St. Helens has experienced 40 earthquakes since New Years day

  9. Here is a follow up from an Austin news station on the plane that "disappeared" from radar on its way from OKC to Georgetown, TX.

    They still haven't found it, but from reading the story I get a strong suspicion that this is a hydrogen sulfide impact on the pilot.

  10. Here is yet another north Austin apartment complex fire which is actually happening right now as I type...

  11. There was another similar event over the Gulf of Mexico too, can't recall what year it was, but before 2017. A pilot lost consciousness (or died) and they could see him in the plane, but he was unresponsive. His plane just flew in circles over the Gulf of Mexico until it ran out of gas then it crashed into the Gulf. This current plane doesn't sound like it's going in circles, but otherwise, looks like the same scenario.