Thursday, January 4, 2018

Event Update For 2018-01-03

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

2018-01-03 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through Highland (California):

Quote: "At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Southern California Gas Company began to receive numerous reports of an odor thought to be natural gas over a large area of Highland. SoCalGas dispatched over a dozen crew members to the reported locations to test air samples and found no indication of natural gas."

Quote: "According to SoCalGas, as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday the source of the area odor had not been determined and the odor had dissipated."

2018-01-03 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through Greeley (Colorado):

2018-01-03 - 'Gas odor' evacuates apartment building in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2018-01-03 - Around 20 cars go up in flames while parked at tow yard near coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2018-01-03 - Grain elevator explodes and burns in East Grand Forks (Minnesota):

2018-01-03 - Passenger has 'medical issue' on passenger plane, plane diverts to Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

Quote: "A Southwest flight made an emergency landing in Cedar Rapids because of a medical issue involving someone on the plane."

2018-01-03 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "An international flight that made an emergency stop at Eisenhower Airport has taken off. The plane landed on Wednesday night just before 10 p.m. The west jet flight from Cancun, Mexico, was traveling to Canada. Passengers were placed on another plane that left on Thursday morning around 3:40 a.m. Airport police say a passenger had a medical emergency but did not go into detail."

2018-01-03 - Small plane goes missing over the Gulf of Mexico after pilot becomes unresponsive after departing from Bethany (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The plane was last observed on radar about 219 miles northwest of Cancun at 15,000 feet and was headed into the Gulf of Mexico."

Quote: "The Coast Guard received word of a possible plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico due to an unresponsive pilot. The FAA says the pilot did not land, but kept on the same course and was unresponsive to air traffic control instructions."

Quote: "Ethan Narber, a pilot and aviation enthusiast, posted on Twitter that fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the plane and noted that the pilot was upright in his seat but unresponsive. 'Definitely a medical incident. So sad,' he added."

Quote: "Navy planes from New Orleans were sent to investigate and reported the pilot was slouched over and appeared to be unconscious."

2018-01-03 - Duplex damaged by explosion and fire in Washington (Illinois):

2018-01-03 - Home and car destroyed by explosion and fire in Frierson (Louisiana), 1 killed:

Note: These are the 4th and 5th residential explosions in 2018...

2018-01-03 - Wastewater treatment plant damaged by explosion and fire in Kansas City (Missouri):

2018-01-03 - Gas pipeline damaged by fire near coastal Lagos (Nigeria), 6 power stations shut down, massive power outage ensues:

Quote: "Nigeria's power transmission grid collapsed on Tuesday night, a development that led to a widespread blackout across the country. It was learned that the collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited. The incident led to a shutdown of the pipeline that supplies gas to six thermal power plants, which prompted the collapse of the country's electricity grid at 10:20pm on Tuesday."

2018-01-03 - Boat bursts into flame shortly after 4:30 AM while docked in coastal Dania Beach (Florida):

Note: This is the 16th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-03 - School bus bursts into flame on street in Anderson (South Carolina):

Note: This is the 3rd school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 4th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-01-03 - Two buses and more than a dozen vehicles destroyed by fire while parked inside warehouse in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Quote: "A warehouse belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A was Wednesday gutted by fire, destroying about vehicles including 12 cars 2 buses."

2018-01-03 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Belgrade (Serbia):

Note: These are the 5th, 6th and 7th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-01-03 - Tanker truck explodes and burns inside building, building destroyed, in Berne Township (Ohio), 2 injured:

2018-01-03 - Tractor and shed go up in flames shortly before 7 AM in Washington Township (Indiana):

2018-01-03 - Five tractors, tractor (excavator) and shed destroyed by fire in Pelican Rapids (Minnesota):

Quote: "The total loss is not known at this time, but investigators say that the shed contained five John Deere tractors, a Vermeer bale processor, Hitachi Mini Excavator and several other farming implements."

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M25 near Reigate (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside barn in Easingwold (Britain):

Quote: "Road from Easingwold Bypass to New Road, Easingwold - Time of call 14:39 Easingwold and Thirsk crew responded to a small tractor fire inside a barn. Cause of fire is believed to be an electrical fault in the engine. Owner of car used four fire extinguishers before Fire Servoce arrived, however engine was still smouldering so crews used one hose reel to damp down. No damage to barn."

Note: These are the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-03 - U-Haul box truck bursts into flame on highway near Deer Lodge (Montana), couple loses everything:

2018-01-03 - Box truck bursts into flame on Loop 281 near Longview (Texas):

2018-01-03 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Springdale (Arkansas):

Quote: "Firefighters put out a fire on Purtle Avenue in Springdale this morning. The fire started in an RV that was sitting five feet away from a home."

2018-01-03 - RV bursts into flame while parked in the Three Rivers area south of Sunriver (Oregon):

Quote: "La Pine firefighters were handling several unrelated medical calls before and during the incident."

Note: Definitely related by timeframe, geographic area and the atmosphere...

2018-01-03 - RV bursts into flame just before 1 AM while parked between Bend and Redmond (Oregon), dog killed:

2018-01-03 - RV bursts into flame on 24th Street North in Lewiston (Idaho):

2018-01-03 - RV bursts into flame on Lake Road in coastal Poole (Britain):

Note: These are the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-03 - Minibus bursts into flame on Parker Road in coastal Humberston (Britain):

Quote: "Parker Road, Humberston. Wed 3 Jan 2018 08:07 (No:00131) Small fire in engine compartment of mini bus. Fire self extinguished prior to arrival. Fire Service made vehicle safe by disconnecting battery."

2018-01-03 - Van bursts into flame while parked inside outbuilding in Rothienorman (Scotland):

2018-01-03 - Van bursts into flame on the A35 in Burleston (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Van bursts into flame on Anlaby Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Anlaby Road, Hull. Wed 3 Jan 2018 08:55 (No:00134) Van on fire. Fire out on arrival prior to Fire Service attending. Fire Service made vehicle safe by disconnecting battery."

2018-01-03 - Van bursts into flame on Outgang Road in Malton (Britain):

Quote: "Outgang Road, Malton - Time of call 17:01 Malton fire crews attended a transit van fire. crews extinguished fire using one hose reel jet and breathing apparatus."

2018-01-03 - SUV bursts into flame inside the Eisenhower Tunnel in Clear Creek County (Colorado):

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked near home, fire spreads to home, in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

Quote: "Fire crews in Baton Rouge battled to put out a house fire after it was reportedly started by a truck that was on fire nearby."

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Grissom Parkway near coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at home in Bucksport (Maine):

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at home in Mayfield (New York):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Avalon Boulevard in coastal Rio Grande (New Jersey):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-45 near Rice (Texas):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame near mall in Bridgewater Township (New Jersey):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Pole Line Road in Twin Falls (Idaho):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked on street in coastal Armstrong Beach (Australia):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Saggers Close in Gordon (Australia):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Low Bradley (Britain):

Quote: "Low Bradley, Keighley Time of call 18:26 The engine compartment of a car caught fire whilst parked outside a property in Low Bradley. It’s not clear how this started, but it’s believed to be due to an electrical fault."

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Upper Golf Links Road in coastal Poole (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Reigate Road in Banstead (Britain):

2018-01-03- Car bursts into flame on Vastern Road in Reading (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Airport Road in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2018-01-03 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at Prizer Point Marina and Resort on the Cumberland River in Cadiz (Kentucky):

2018-01-03 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home in Hutchinson (Kansas):

2018-01-03 - Hoverboard explodes into flame inside home in Omaha (Nebraska):

2018-01-03 - Trucking business heavily damaged by fire at 1:40 AM in Waynedale (Indiana):

2018-01-03 - Barn destroyed by fire in Cambria (New York):

2018-01-03 - Barn destroyed by fire near Catlett (Virginia):

2018-01-03 - Barn destroyed by fire in Pleasant Township (Ohio):

2018-01-03 - Lumber mill devastated by massive fire in Springfield (New Hampshire):

2018-01-03 - Cabinet business heavily damaged by fire in Elkhart County (Indiana):

2018-01-03 - Electrical business destroyed by huge blaze in Hallock (Minnesota):

2018-01-03 - Grocery store destroyed by fire shortly after 12:30 AM in coastal Baytown (Texas), nobody there:

2018-01-03 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in Falls City (Nebraska):

2018-01-03 - Storage facility damaged by fire in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2018-01-03 - Harbor View Café destroyed by fire in Charlevoix (Michigan):

2018-01-03 - Church heavily damaged by fire in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2018-01-03 - Carport destroyed by fire at 4 AM at home in Bothell (Washington):

2018-01-03 - Garage damaged by fire at home on coastal Lady’s Island (South Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Indio (California), 1 injured:

2018-01-03 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Kihei (Hawaii):

2018-01-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Nashville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2018-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire in Pekin (Indiana):

2018-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire on Cemetery Road in the Town of Seymour (Wisconsin):

2018-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire in East Schodack (New York), nobody there:

2018-01-03 - Home destroyed by basement fire on River Road in Claremont (New Hampshire):

2018-01-03 - Home and barn destroyed by fire in Celina (Texas):

2018-01-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 5 AM in DeKalb County (Georgia), 12 injured:

Quote: "Captain Jackson commended the crews on their bravery and execution of getting all residents out of the burning building. 'I mean we were catching babies like footballs, literally.'"

2018-01-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire shortly before 7:30 AM in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2018-01-03 - Hotel heavily damaged by fire in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire burns storage container shortly before 1 AM in Bakersfield (California), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire burns mobile home after 11 PM in Zachary (Louisiana), 3 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home on Hasley Canyon Road near Castaic (California), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:30 AM in Jefferson City (Missouri), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire burns home in Narcissa (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly before 2:30 AM in coastal Point Pleasant (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after midnight in Payette (Idaho), 2 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire destroys home in Liverpool (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire destroys home at 5:45 AM in Ooltewah (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 4:30 AM in coastal Mumbai (India), 4 killed, 5 injured:

2018-01-03 - Vacant mobile home burns in coastal Palmetto (Florida):

2018-01-03 - Vacant home burns in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2018-01-03 - Vacant restaurant destroyed by fire in Durham (North Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Vacant strip mall destroyed by fire just before 3 AM in Littleton (Colorado):

2018-01-03 - Man and son, 38 and 14, found dead in submerged pickup truck in canal in Buckeye Valley (Arizona):

2018-01-03 - Two people, 24 and 25, found dead with submerged motorcycle in canal near Darsiparru (India):

2018-01-03 - Man and woman, 71 and 57, found dead in their homes in Opelousas (Louisiana):

Quote: "Opelousas Police say they have identified the two people found dead in their homes Wednesday afternoon. A spokeswoman with the Opelousas Police department says the woman found in a home on Academy Street has been identified as 57-year-old Barbara Savoy. The man found dead in a home on Mayer Street has been identified as 71-year-old Bernell Thomas. A cause of death has still not been determined, but foul play is not a factor in either death."

2018-01-03 - College student, man, found dead at frat house in Fresno (California):

2018-01-03 - Man drops dead in bathroom at Denny's in Santa Rosa (California):

2018-01-03 - Driver dies while driving, car hits barrier, on I-75 in Rockcastle County (Kentucky):

Quote: "Officials say the driver suffered from a medical emergency and lost consciousness while driving the vehicle and then crashed into a barrier. They believe he died before hitting the barrier."

2018-01-03 - Man, 42, found dead in partially submerged SUV in canal near Maringouin (Louisiana):

2018-01-03 - Man, 66, has 'medical episode' and slumps over dead in van in Kissimmee (Florida):

Quote: "66-year-old man died Wednesday after suffering a medical episode while driving in Osceola County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The incident occurred in a parking lot at 2754 N. Orange Blossom Trail about 10:10 a.m., FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said. The driver of a van pulled into the lot, then had the medical emergency, Montes said. The driver — later identified as Lynn Kevin Lemons of Apopka — died at the scene."

2018-01-03 - Woman, 63, found dead outside her home in Orion Township (Michigan):

Quote: "An investigation is ongoing after the 63-year-old woman's son and grandchildren found her face down and covered in snow outside their home in the 2900 block of Rockford."

Note: She collapsed unconscious or dead, her knees buckled and she face-planted. Then, if she wasn't already dead, she froze to death, quietly, just feet from her home. Anyone can lose consciousness or drop dead anywhere and anytime now. If you just collapse unconscious then what you're doing and the environment around you will determine if you ever regain consciousness. In the cold of winter or in serious heat in the summer, the odds are that you're gonna die unless someone is around to see you collapse and help...

2018-01-03 - Man found dead at Lake Erie Beach Park near Evans (New York):

2018-01-03 - Man, 24, found dead outside rec center in Iowa City (Iowa):

2018-01-03 - Man, 41, found dead on the Rock River in Rockford (Illinois):

2018-01-03 - Man, 23, found dead outside hotel in Rochester (New Hampshire):

Quote: "Police said the man and at least one family member were staying at the motel."

Note: So why didn't he go inside instead of freezing to death? Because he must have collapsed and lost consciousness and quietly froze to death feet away from shelter...

2018-01-03 - Woman, 40, falls off grain facility and dies in Sherman (Texas), possible toppler:

2018-01-03 - Person found dead in tent in Dallas (Texas):

2018-01-03 - Man, 65, found dead near creek in Toulminville area in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2018-01-03 - Man, 35, found dead on sidewalk in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

2018-01-03 - Man, 42, goes out on kayak, next seen dead in the water in coastal Seaside (Oregon):

2018-01-03 - Man found dead in Stony Creek in Nash County (North Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Woman found dead in pond in Burtonsville (Maryland):

2018-01-03 - Man found face-down and dead in the water at coastal Rye Beach (Australia):

2018-01-03 - Man, 25, goes missing while diving, next seen dead in the water near coastal Titi Island (New Zealand):

2018-01-03 - Woman in her 30s found dead in the water at beach on the Phi Phi Islands (Thailand):

2018-01-03 - Boy, 13, found dead in river in Azhwarpuram (India):

2018-01-03 - Man in his 40s, trucker, found dead near his truck on the M62 near Brighouse (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Small plane crashes on coastal Bazaruto Island (Mozambique), 7 injured:

2018-01-03 - Woman, 37, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into ditch, near coastal Bradenton (Florida), 1 injured:

Quote: "A woman was in critical condition Wednesday evening after suffering a medical emergency while driving her car on Interstate 275, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Deputies say Brentcie Carther, 37, of Wesley Chapel, was traveling northbound along the I-275 entrance ramp from Hillsborough Avenue when she lost control of her 2017 Hyundai Elantra and traveled off the roadway and into a ditch around 5:15 p.m."

2018-01-03 - Man, 52, has 'medical issue', car crashes down embankment, in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "According to Corpus Christi Police, a 52-year-old man, driving near Saratoga and Calle Cuernavaca, veered to the side of the road due to a medical issue. He hit a guard rail which sent his car airborne and rolling down the embankment."

2018-01-03 - Man, 73, has 'medical incident', car crashes, in Burlington (Vermont), 1 injured:

Quote: "North Avenue was closed while EMTs worked on the driver, 73-year-old George Weickert of Colchester. Police tell us Weickert suffered a medical incident right before the crash. Police say he's in critical condition at the hospital."

2018-01-03 - Man has 'medical episode', bicycle crashes, in coastal Perth (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A mystery cyclist found in strife in Perth's north has been identified following a public appeal. The cyclist crashed on the Reid Highway cycle path over the Mitchell Freeway. It's believed he had a medical episode."

2018-01-03 - Mig-29 fighter jet crashes and burns on runway in coastal Goa (India), pilot ejects:

2018-01-03 - Passenger train derails at station in coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into field, on  I-35 in Franklin County (Kansas), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer crashes into bridge on US 321 in Gaston County (North Carolina):

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-595 in coastal Davie (Florida):

2018-01-03 - Tractor trailer overturns, bursts into flame, on the M5 near Bromsgrove (Britain):

2018-01-03 - Garbage truck overturns, hits car, in College Station (Texas), 2 injured:

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Chuckey (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, plunges into canal, in Pembroke Pines (Florida), 1 killed:

2018-01-03 - Naked man, 24, crashes car through properties in Grand Meadow (Texas):

2018-01-03 - Pit bull attacks and injures woman in coastal Moss Point (Mississippi):

2018-01-03 - Power outage blacks out 19,000 homes in Kenosha and Racine Counties (Wisconsin):

2018-01-03 - Power outage blacks out homes in Clark, Scott, Washington and Jefferson Counties (Indiana):

2018-01-03 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Metarie (Louisiana):

2018-01-03 - Two water mains break in Cheltenham Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-03 - Man, 39, has 'medical emergency' on car-carrier ship near coastal Chesapeake Bay (Virginia):

Quote: "A 39-year-old man suffering from a medical emergency was airlifted from the 'Salome' near the Chesapeake Bay early in the morning of Jan 3, 2018, and then flown to Anne Arundel Medical Center."

2018-01-03 - Naked man found unconscious outside the Fountain Park Motel in Sheboygan (Wisconsin):

2018-01-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Tomahawk Lagoon in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand):

2018-01-03 - 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming:

2018-01-03 - Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn't stopped:

2018-01-03 - Heatwave set to bake Kenya:

Quote: "For the first time in history, Kenya is expected to experience one of the world's worst heat waves, with temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius during the day in northwestern and northeastern parts of the country. A month-long weather forecast released by the Kenya Meteorological Department on Wednesday indicates that the looming heat wave will most likely be triggered by bursts of extreme heat that are expected to hit the two regions in the month of January."

2018-01-03 - The Texas coastline is slowly disappearing, and here's how one community is coping:

2018-01-03 - Sea level rise could displace 20,000 in Hawaii:

2018-01-03 - Unusually warm temperatures hit Alaska:

2018-01-03 - We need federal leaders who take climate change seriously:

2018-01-03 - Magnitude 3.9 and aftershocks strike near Mount St. Helens (Washington):

2018-01-03 - Series of moderate earthquakes shakes Macedonia:

2018-01-03 - Hurricane force winds hit Switzerland:

2018-01-03 - Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone Ava to hit Madagascar, heavy rain already falling:

2018-01-03 - Powerful nor'easter to impact the coast from Florida to Canadian Maritimes:

2018-01-03 - Hailstorm buries cars in ice in Biblian (Ecuador):

2018-01-03 - Storm Eleanor roars ashore in Europe:

2018-01-03 - Storm Eleanor dumps huge amounts of snow on the Alps in Europe:

2018-01-03 - Coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low:

2018-01-03 - NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization:

2018-01-03 - North Korea last April accidentally dropped a missile on Tokchon (North Korea):

2018-01-03 - Mike Tyson to build 40-acre cannabis mega resort and research center in California:


  1. Attaway Jonny!

    Mike D.: I have a niece in Austin. Thanks for spotting that fire.

    Get Your Hands Off Our Weed: Republicans disapprove of Sessions marijuana directive

    [probably because a lot of them have invested heavily in it]

    Charlie Baker, the Republican Governor of Massachusetts, called the Sessions policy "the wrong decision," while pledging to "review any potential impacts." Republican Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada told The Daily Beast in a statement that he believed "Nevada's marijuana industry is a model for other states." Bill Walker, the Independent Governor of Alaska, called the decision "disappointing," adding that he was "committed to upholding the will of Alaskans on this issue and maintaining our State's sovereign rights to manage our own affairs while protecting federal interests." Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2015.

    And on the Hill, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) went a step further saying that he would hold up the confirmation of future Department of Justice staff unless the Sessions policy was changed. [more]

    Heading for a big one? Series of small earthquakes hit San Andreas fault

    Earthquakes have hit California sparking frantic speculation the terrifying 'big one' is on its way.

    In the last 48 hours, the southwestern State in the US has been rocked by eight tremors, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

    All but three of the tremors have come along the San Andreas fault - a deadly line which runs through California and is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

    The strongest of the quakes came in Berkeley, near the east coast of California, which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale. [more]

    Friday, 5 January 2018
    The North American blizzard - sharks are freezing and windows are shattering

    Bombed! From Boston to Baltimore and beyond blizzard-stirred coastal flooding more frozen sharks airports closed 2ft snow expected in places

    15k New Yorkers lose heat, airports close amid 'very serious storm'

    Winter Storm Grayson hit New York City hard Thursday, causing more than 6,500 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments to lose power. Six NYCHA developments, which house more than 15,000 people, all lost heat, hot water, or both at some point, according to New York City Patch. [more]

    [continued below]

    1. It turns out that yesterday's apartment complex fire was started by some dumbass who improperly disposed of his ashtray. In other words he emptied an ashtray with a still burning cigarette in the trash and then probably left his apartment.

  2. Record flooding unleashed in Massachusetts as Winter Storm Grayson hammers Northeast U.S.

    Ice-cold iguanas plunge from Florida trees during winter storm cold snap

    Earth Changes: Current extreme weather linked to HUMAN for the first time

    The weird weather just keeps on coming. An oppressive heatwave dubbed Lucifer stifled Europe in August, then a series of powerful Atlantic hurricanes hammered the Americas. Unseasonably hot and dry conditions are driving wildfires in California. Now, powerful bomb cyclone winter storms propagate on the eastern coast of the USA, bringing unprecedented snow in Florida and Georgia as well as blizzard, hurricane winds and major flooding in the Northeast. During and after such events, the same question always arises: WHAT IS TO BLAME!?!

    Now, for the first time, climate researchers are reporting that some weather events would have been outright impossible without the warming influence of humanity’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

    This kind of confident assertion rarely makes its way into the scientific literature. Yet it appeared in three studies included in a special annual edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) dedicated to attributing the causes of extreme weather events.

    What’s more, the paper indicates that greenhouse gases began to push the climate outside the realm of natural variability around 1980. [more]

    Rare explosive cyclogenesis of East Coast cyclone, return interval 25 - 30 years

    Although not unprecedented, the explosive deepening of mid-latitude cyclone over this part of the Western Atlantic during winter (where central pressure drops more than 50 hPa in 24 hours) as witnessed on Thursday, January 4, 2018 is rare, NWS said. Detailed records over the past 45 - 50 years suggest a return interval for this event, in this area, may occur every 25 - 30 years. The storm will pull away from New England by the end of Friday and move into Canada. Very cold temperatures and wind chills will follow for much of the eastern third of US. [more]

    Kamchatka volcano in Russia spits up ash 5-7 kilometers high

    The Klyuchevskoy Volcano in the Kamchatka Region has been spewing up ash for three days in a row, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Friday.

    This is the third time Klyuchevskoy erupted ash in 2018. [more]

    Storm Eleanor causes havoc across Europe, gusts of 100mph/161kmh reported

    [more below]

  3. Dead sperm whale found near Armona Island, Portugal

    A whale weighing more than 10 tons has been found dead near the island of Armona in the Algarve. [more]

    At least 20 starlings found dead along road in Lyons Brook, Canada

    Motorists driving through the village Tuesday would have noticed at least 20 or more starlings scattered over the road near the turnoff to Hardwood Hill. [more; bullshit cause listed]

    It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees

    Cold weather, 'frost quakes' blamed for loud booms heard in eastern Tennessee

    [more bullshit - "frost quakes" my ass]

    Several reports of a bright flash of light in the skies of North Dakota, Minnesota

    Weather forecast

    Wild weather throughout New Zealand

    The wild weather has claimed its first death after a large tree fell on a woman's car in Rotorua.

    'Everything has just dried up'
    The deluge of rain expected to hit most of the country this week is unlikely to help regions plagued by water shortages, officials say. [more]

    A rift between the US and Europe

    Iran - Europe Rejects U.S. Drive To War

    The Roman Circus Is Ending

    The farce that is the Trump Presidency is ending. Like all failing empires, the U.S. has reached a clown too far to save itself from ignominious history, and in doing so has added extreme insult to injury

    "Wolff quotes News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch as calling Trump a “fucking idiot.”...Gary Cohn, the president’s top economic adviser, regards Trump as “dumb as shit.” The president’s top national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, considers him a “dope.”...None of this, notably, includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson own take on his boss. A “fucking moron” is how he reportedly deemed Trump" [more]

    The Reverse Fake Wealth Effect aka. "Shanghai Surprise"

    The Fed, ECB, and PBOC are now all reducing monetary dopium flow. Because they want to tame the runaway fake wealth effect they set in motion...

    Therefore, gamblers are left with the Ponzi wealth effect - bidding up their own assets at the end of the cycle, while pretending to be wealthy. [more]

    Global Meltup To Meltdown

    The narrative is that "global stocks" are at new record highs. Not quite - a handful of markets ex-U.S. are at record highs (UK, Canada, India), but the rest are far below their prior highs...

    I just showed the Shanghai Surprise, so here's Hong Kong [see chart]

    The overnight global melt-up has put a perma-bid under the S&P futures, the likes of which we've never seen before.

    Those who believe that the melt-up is just "getting started" are the REAL dumb money coming in at the end...[more]

  4. News Links, January 5, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    Baltic Dry Index Plunges Most In 2 Years

    Pakistan is ditching the dollar for trade with China — 24 hours after Trump denounced the country

    Petro-Yuan Looms - How China Will Shake Up The Oil Futures Market

    It's Not About Democracy: Control Fraud Is the Core of our Political System
    If we strip away the pretense of democracy, what is the core of our political System? Answer: control fraud, which I define as those with control/ power in centralized institutions enriching themselves at the expense of the citizenry by selectively modifying what's permissible, and doing so in a fully legally compliant process, i.e. within the letter of the law if not the intent of the law.

    Another Retail Bankruptcy Wave Is on the Way, Credit Suisse Says
    A wave of store closings and retailer bankruptcies is coming in early 2018, as the industry deteriorates faster than analysts had expected a year ago, according to Credit Suisse Group AG.

    Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets

    Switzerland too Falls Out of Love with the EU

    Economists Think Inflation Will Rise Sharply in 2018: They're Wrong

    Allergan to cut 1,000 jobs, 400 positions

    Macy's announces 5,000 job cuts, 7 new store closures

    Sears is closing over 100 more stores
    [yet the unemployment rate is somehow still low! LIES!!]

    Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook to Look Into Cryptocurrency

    Ripple Becomes First Cryptocurrency After Bitcoin to Surpass $100 Billion

    Anatomy Of A Crypto-Nightmare: Ripple CEO Is Now Richer Than Zuckerberg

    Food stamp system outage
    The electronic system used to process purchases made with federal food stamp benefits was down for more than an hour Wednesday morning in Chicago-area stores and in other states across the country

    Two Pilots Get Violent With Each Other Mid-Air In Flight From London
    [just what you need at 10,000 ft - read this, it's NUTS!]

    Does the US Navy have a strategy beyond hope?
    The U.S. Navy begins the new year in crisis. By its own admission many of its ships and aircraft are in poor condition. Training is not where it should be, its ships can't maneuver properly around other ships, and Navy leaders for years have complained the service is overstretched, constantly struggling to meet requirements and falling short in any number of areas.

    How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018?

    Macron: Change in Iran must come at home, not from abroad

    Russia warns US not to meddle in Iran during protests

    Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe

    Nationwide blackout as Nigeria's Power Grid collapses

    [the rest below]

  5. Gaza's health system close to collapse as electricity crisis threatens total blackout

    Frozen New England Utilities Scrape Oil Barrel Bottom for Fuel

    Iranian Crisis Could Send Oil To $100

    The Cleantech Casualties of 2017
    Nuclear power is not "clean tech"! -- RF

    Palladium Panic-Bid To Record Highs As Shortage Fears Mount

    Lack of maintenance results in closures of nuclear reactors in Belgium

    Life Without Limits: The Delusions of Technological Fundamentalism

    Meet the animals that probably went extinct in 2017

    Coral reefs under siege: Frequency of bleaching has increased almost fivefold since the '80s

    Global Warming Is Starving the World's Reefs Faster Than Ever

    Crispr Isn't Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

    Iran Accuses Foreign Enemies of Sponsoring Violent Protests—Just Like The CIA Did in 1953
    "The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!" tweeted the Great Orange One. If the US government is so concerned about human rights, it should focus its attention on some of its friends, such as Saudi Arabia. -- RF

    Expect Even Less Freedom of Internet in 2018
    Now it has been learned that major social media and internet service providers have, throughout the past year, been meeting secretly with the United States and Israeli governments to remove content as well as ban account holders from their sites.

    Homeland Security Data Breach Exposed Over 240,000 DHS Employees In "Unauthorized Exfiltration"

    Trump Admin Bans "All Personal Devices" From White House

    "It Felt Like Being In The Matrix" - James Risen's Stunning Inside Story

    Top 5 Stories Buried or Deliberately Ignored by Mainstream Media In 2017

    Liberal Mainstream Media Suddenly Praising Trump—Because He Wants War with Iran

    DIRECTV NOW Users Saw Wide Spread Outages Over Night
    This outage comes after a weekend that saw many live TV streaming go down including services like WatchESPN, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue to name a few. So far none of the major streaming companies have come out with a statement on what is happening.

    US Auto Sales Fall for 2nd Year at GM, Ford, FCA, Toyota, BMW, Mazda. Total 2017 Sales Drop Below 2015

    Brick & Mortar Meltdown Reaches Movie Theaters

    Jeff Sessions Just Demonstrated Why We Need to Decentralize Government

    Republicans, Strong Believers in States Rights, Have New Set of Rules
    Lost in the wake of Attorney General Jeff Session's absurd ruling on marijuana, is the blatant hypocrisy of it all.

    Wildfires Threaten to Make Home Insurance Unaffordable

    An Officer's Path to Dissent [here you go, Jonny]

  6. Now this Interstate crash in Austin has JJFH written all over it. An SUV for some reason stops in an ongoing lane of traffic just hours ago, then a semi hits the SUV and then explodes in a fiery ball of flame. The SUV explodes, that is...

  7. Geez! Maybe the electronics fried, making the SUV immobile.

    Yesterday two people crested a hill and started down the other side (somewhere in the Philly environs) only to realize that they couldn't stop. That was Just the beginning of their ordeal - there was a train track at the bottom of the hill, the safety barrier was down and the lights were flashing! One person jumped out of the out of control car, but the other didn't (or couldn't - likely the driver) and the car crashed through the barrier, got totally destroyed by the train and the person of course died. All because of the snow/ice covered road.

    1. Either that or the driver, or both driver and passenger, had a "medical episode" and were unconscious.

  8. Jon Paul Steuer dead at 33: Star Trek star and child actor famous for Grace Under Fire passes away

    A cause of death is yet to be determined, the Willamette Week reports. [more]

    Going downhill: Expect even less freedom of internet in 2018

    Missouri Department of Corrections to ban smoking in prisons

    The Missouri Department of Corrections will ban smoking in prisons this year.

    All of the department's facilities will be tobacco-free starting April 1, the News Tribune reported. Staff, offenders, visitors and contractors won't be allowed to possess or use tobacco products inside the department's facilities. Staff and visitors will be able to smoke in a designated area outside the prisons.

    Staff on the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan can receive free smoking-cessation products, educational materials and classes. Inmates will be able to purchase nicotine replacement products in the canteens, and will have access to classes and counseling. [more; see SOTT comment for repercussions]

    A major Beijing Belt, Road Inititative security fiasco is emerging

    A major security fiasco involving a major China state company and a Hong Kong-based corporate security company is emerging. It could potentially open up the massive Eurasian project of China, its Belt, Road Initiative (BRI), to major covert sabotage directed out of Langley Virginia CIA headquarters and carried out by a "Trojan Horse" the Chinese have hired to train their personnel to protect the high-speed Eurasian rail and deep water ports infrastructure from sabotage and terror attacks. The Hong Kong company is owned by Erik Prince, notorious founder of Blackwater Security.

    At the same time Prince is being paid by the Chinese to protect their BRI, he is reportedly plotting with Trump and CIA chief Mike Pompeo to form a "private CIA, completely off the books" that would do black operations in many of the Eurasian countries linked to the BRI. This is shaping up as a major security fiasco for China's BRI if left uncorrected. [more]

    Erdogan: US, Israel target Pakistan, Iran, Muslim countries for resources

    Turkey's leader has accused the US and Israel of meddling in the affairs of Iran and Pakistan, as well as those of other Muslim countries, and are driven by the desire to grab their natural resources. [more]

    Rare ivory gull from Arctic turns up in Lake County Fairgrounds, Illinois

    Ivory gulls nest in Russia, Greenland and Canada, and, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, spend winter on icy waters north of Newfoundland. The gull's population is estimated to be at the most 27,000 individuals in the world, according to Birdlife International. [more; it's a BIG deal to birders]

    Mysterious big bang, possibly an ice quake, shakes Alberta village during the night

    Some residents of a village west of Edmonton awoke earlier this week to a very loud bang, and in the morning they reported cracks in homes and the ground.

    Alberta Energy Regulator spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says staff at the regulator's Alberta Geological Survey confirm there were two seismic events of approximately 2.0 magnitude late Monday night. [more; blamed on rapid freezing of water . . ..]

    [more below]

  9. Tokyo area hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake which 'shakes walls, rattles furniture'

    The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has put the strength of the tremor at 5.1 magnitude. The epicenter of the earthquake was located some 36 km east of Tokyo. [more]

    Bright green meteor fireball startles viewers in northeastern Pennsylvania

    Brilliant blue-green meteor fireball lights up sky in Manitoba, northwestern Ontario

    Mysterious blazing object lights up the night sky over Ocaña, Colombia

    Users check their phones up to 85 times a day, interact more with their phones than they do with other people and live in a state of continuous distraction. Warnings of the dangers of smartphone overuse have fallen on deaf ears as the technology has invaded every aspect of life. Researchers are finding that as we become more dependent on smartphone apps our cognitive capacities weaken considerably and we are left dumbed down, moody and distanced from reality. [more]

    'We are property' - 'Zoo Theory' finally explains why aliens haven't contacted us yet

    So if there are intelligent aliens out there, why haven't seen even the slightest evidence of their existence?

    The so-called "Zoo Theory" hopes to explain this, and the logic is pretty much what you'd expect from its title.

    MIT radio astronomer John A Ball has proposed the theory that the planet Earth is a kind of nature preserve, overseen by caretaker aliens who keep us from making contact with anyone else in the universe.

    Ball has even written a paper documenting his theory, claiming that occasionally spotted UFOs are in fact the signs of Extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) aliens, who slip up every now and then in their goal of observing, but never interfering, with our species' social order. [more]

    [last piece below]

  10. Little dog lives to bark her tale after being snatched by an eagle

    Boston breaks the highest ever recorded tide, followed by frozen floods

    Boston, Massachusetts has officially broken the highest ever recorded tide since 1921 as a major winter storm swept over the region on January 4, 2018. As the storm passed by, the winds shifted and brought viciously-cold winds from the northwest, turning flood water into ice in parts of the city. [more; pics]

    [this from Frank Speaking @ Scribbler's]
    Climate Change Is Suffocating Large Parts of the Ocean

    A new study says warming has reduced the oxygen levels in large swaths of the deep ocean, threatening marine life around the world. [more]

    The Nat Geo article is an easier read, but here is the actual paper
    Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters

    Beneath the waves, oxygen disappears

    As plastic waste pollutes the oceans and fish stocks decline, unseen below the surface another problem grows: deoxygenation. Breitburg et al. review the evidence for the downward trajectory of oxygen levels in increasing areas of the open ocean and coastal waters. Rising nutrient loads coupled with climate change—each resulting from human activities—are changing ocean biogeochemistry and increasing oxygen consumption. This results in destabilization of sediments and fundamental shifts in the availability of key nutrients. In the short term, some compensatory effects may result in improvements in local fisheries, such as in cases where stocks are squeezed between the surface and elevated oxygen minimum zones. In the longer term, these conditions are unsustainable and may result in ecosystem collapses, which ultimately will cause societal and economic harm.

  11. Nerd Alert!

    New largest prime number discovered

    The newly found number has 23,249,425 digits, nearly one million digits more than the previous record holder, discovered a year ago. Here comes the math: the new prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one.

    "Just how big is a 23,249,425 digit number?" the site asks. "It's huge!! Big enough to fill an entire shelf of books totaling 9,000 pages! If every second you were to write five digits to an inch then 54 days later you'd have a number stretching over 73 miles (118 kilometers) -- almost 3 miles (5 kilometers) longer than the previous record prime." [more]

    Headin' out in 11 degree weather to hear some music (that's before wind chill, which is significant, is added).
    It 'feels like' 5 below zero, according to the weather people. By the time we head home, it will be 2 degrees F (and I don't even want to think about what it will feel like with the sustained 14 mph wind)!