Friday, January 5, 2018

Event Update For 2018-01-04

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

2018-01-04 - Oceanic oxygen levels dropping all across the planet:

Quote: "In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms."

Quote: "Low oxygen also can trigger the release of dangerous chemicals such as nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and toxic hydrogen sulfide."

Note: That's what I said six years ago. And since then the number of rotten-egg-smelling unknown 'gas odor' events has been climbing, especially in coastal areas, but elsewhere too. The oceans and all the traditional sources of hydrogen sulfide have begun spewing more and more hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere. That's what has wiped out life on this planet before and it's going to do the same thing this time...

2018-01-04 - Hydrogen sulfide blowing around in coastal Goleta (California), meeting scheduled for Jan 10:

Quote: "A bad smell in West Goleta is the subject of an upcoming meeting. Hydrogen sulfide is creating a rotten egg odor in the Ellwood Canyon Area, where there are natural seeps as well as oil and agriculture work. Goleta city leaders want to tell locals what steps they can take if they smell a noxious odor. The meeting is Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. at Ellwood School."

2018-01-04 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits child development center in Shadyside, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 2 people hospitalized:

Quote: "Peoples Natural Gas said crews searched the building but did not find a natural gas leak."

2018-01-04 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits area in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Two blocks of Lehigh Street in Allentown’s south side were blocked off from traffic Thursday night after a passer-by reported smelling natural gas in the neighborhood. City fire officials found nothing unusual. UGI, the gas company, sent a crew that took several hours more to make a complete check of the area. The gas odor was reported shortly after 6 p.m. on Lehigh Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. Firefighters took readings at houses on the street, but nothing dangerous was found. 'They checked all the homes in those two blocks,' fire Capt. John Christopher said. 'They checked 30 homes and they found no gas inside the structures.'"

Note: They aren't going to detect hydrogen sulfide with natural gas detectors. Ya gotsta use the right tool for the job!

2018-01-04 - Metal recycling plant hit by fire, pile of metal bursts into flame, in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Emergency calls first described it as a brushfire but when crews arrived, a pile of metal was on fire, according to the department's Facebook page."

2018-01-04 - Metal business damaged by fire in Waterloo (Iowa):

Quote: "Right now, crews are working to control the fire on Columbia Street, which seems to be coming from A-Line Iron and Metals."

2018-01-04 - Van bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Vero Beach (Florida), man pulled out unconscious:

Quote: "Vero Beach police said the man appeared to be unconscious because of a medical issue, likely unrelated to the fire or smoke."

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "The Clark County Fire Department extinguished a car fire today at the Cosmopolitan that sent smoke billowing through the Strip resort’s underground parking garage, officials said. A 911 call about 1 p.m. reported a 'large volume of smoke' coming from the parking structure, officials said. Security cameras confirmed a car was on fire."

2018-01-04 - Two homes destroyed by fire on coastal Oak Island (New York), nobody there:

2018-01-04 - Home damaged by explosion and fire in Canton (North Carolina):

Note: This is the 6th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Landfill fire erupts in coastal Pingtung (Taiwan):

2018-01-04 - Fishing ship 'Fundy Commander' destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Yarmouth (Canada):

Note: This is the 17th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-04 - School bus bursts into flame on street in Mayville (New York):

2018-01-04 - School bus bursts into flame at school in coastal Muscat (Oman):

Note: These are the 4th and 5th school buses to burn in 2018, and these are the 8th and 9th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on the A90 near coastal Peterhead (Scotland):

Note: This is the 10th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-80 in Spring Valley (Illinois):

Quote: "A semi tractor trailer hauling cars caused backups and a slippery mess along interstate 80 Thursday morning after it caught fire. Around 6 AM Spring Valley, Ladd, Cherry and Peru fire departments responded to a call of a trailer on fire on the westbound shoulder at the Spring Valley exit.  The trailer, which was carrying six SUVs, was totally destroyed."

Note: This is the 1st car-hauler to burn in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer and vacant gas station go up in flames at 2:20 AM in Hoxie (Arkansas):

Quote: "Ditto said an old gas station that has been vacant for several years caught on fire. An 18-wheeler trailer that was sitting on the property also caught on fire."

2018-01-04 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Webster Lane near Milton (Kentucky):

Quote: "The first call was received just before noon Thursday as crews responded to a combine fire on Webster Lane."

2018-01-04 - Tractor, skid steer and machine shed destroyed by fire in Watertown (South Dakota):

Quote: "The 60’x30' machine shed was a total loss along with 1 John Deere loader tractor, a skid steer, and shop tools and equipment."

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Hume Highway near Coolac (Australia):

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A1 near Alnwick (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in coastal Barton-upon-Humber (Britain):

Quote: "Barton Upon Humber. Thu 4 Jan 2018 16:26 (No:00242) HGV with fire in engine compartment. One hose reel in use."

Note: These are the 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Garbage truck bursts into flame at 11:50 PM at sanitation business in Aberdeen (South Dakota):

2018-01-04 - RV bursts into flame at home in Bryan (Texas):

Note: This is  the 11th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-04 - Speed enforcement van bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked on Nicholas Street in Rio Rancho (New Mexico):

2018-01-04 - SUV bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

2018-01-04 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road near St. Meinrad (Indiana):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Murrysville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A fast-moving fire spread from a vehicle to a carport, and then a home in Murrysville late Thursday night."

2018-01-04 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame, in Brockton and Easton (Massachusetts):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 near coastal Patricks Point (California):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on the Buckman Bridge in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on I-72 near Champaign (Illinois):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame in drive-thru at Wells Fargo Bank in Austin (Minnesota):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame near apartments in Wilsonton (Australia):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame at 11:14 PM on Phillis Place in Nicholls (Australia):

2018-01-04 - Several cars destroyed by fire at 4:50 AM while parked in garage on Todd Road in St Helens (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame at 12:10 AM on Ashley Downs in coastal Lowestoft (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on Croxby Lane in Croxby Top (Britain), cat killed:

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on Gravenchon Way in Street (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame at 6:45 AM on Lime Tree Avenue in Clumber Park (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on Church Street in Sidford (Britain), 1.5 miles from the coast:

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on street in Colerne (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on the A483 near Wrexham (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near Slough (Britain):

Quote: "Thursday 4 January, 2.40pm Car fire, M25 clockwise between junctions 15 (M4 interchange) and 16 (M40 interchange). One appliance and crew from Slough and an officer attended. The fire was out on arrival."

2018-01-04 - Car bursts into flame in Burringham (Britain), near the River Trent:

Quote: "Burringham. Thu 4 Jan 2018 20:20 (No:00257) Car fire. One hose reel and one BA in use."

2018-01-04 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM while parked in Yuma (Arizona):

2018-01-04 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in Laurel (Mississippi):

2018-01-04 - Semi trailer bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, on Shaw Creek Road near Big Clifty (Kentucky):

2018-01-04 - Vehicle and mobile home destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Marion County (West Virginia), nobody there:

2018-01-04 - Two vehicles and contractor business destroyed by fire in Cheshire (Massachusetts), nobody there:,528810

Quote: "The building contained two vehicles, along with shop equipment."

2018-01-04 - Barn destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM on Baker Hollow Road in Buffalo Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-04 - Barn destroyed by fire in Kawkawlin Township (Michigan):

2018-01-04 - Barn and equipment destroyed by fire on McMannis Road in Center Township (Ohio):

2018-01-04 - Barn destroyed by fire on Cherry Valley Road in Kingston (Illinois), nobody there:

2018-01-04 - Barn and outbuilding destroyed by fire in Stark (Maine), 5 calves killed:

2018-01-04 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire in coastal North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2018-01-04 - Commercial building damaged by fire in Portland (Oregon):

2018-01-04 - Hardware store destroyed by huge fire at 7 AM in coastal Beresford (Canada):

2018-01-04 - Two buildings destroyed by fire in Salton Sea Beach (California):

2018-01-04 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Sisson Road in Lebanon (Connecticut):

2018-01-04 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-01-04 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM in San Antonio (Texas):

2018-01-04 - Home damaged by fire in the wee hours in Bessemer (Alabama):

2018-01-04 - Home damaged by fire at 1:49 AM in Buford (Georgia):

2018-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Evanston (Illinois), 500 feet from Lake Michigan, nobody there:

2018-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire before 2 AM in West Warwick (Rhode Island), near the coast:

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire in Millington (Tennessee):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire in Naperville (Illinois):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire in Blue Springs (Missouri):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire, another home damaged, in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire on Cedar Hill Road in New Milford (Connecticut), 700 feet from the Housatonic River:

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM in Ashland City (Tennessee):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by fire at 4:15 AM on Pathvalley Road in Metal Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-04 - Home destroyed by carport fire shortly after midnight in Coquitlam (Canada):

Quote: "Gill said that that a few people were home when the fire broke out but that there were no injuries. 'Looks like it started by the carport,' he said."

2018-01-04 - Five homes go up in flames before 5 AM in Queen Village area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-04 - Duplex destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM in Ruston (Louisiana):

2018-01-04 - Fourplex apartment building damaged by fire at 3:10 AM in Boyle Heights (California):

2018-01-04 - Fourplex apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Boca Raton (Florida):

2018-01-04 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-01-04 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia), 2 injured:

2018-01-04 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 4:44 AM in Prince William County (Virginia):

2018-01-04 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Bradenton (Florida), 4 pets killed:

2018-01-04 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey):

2018-01-04 - Motel heavily damaged by fire at 7:15 AM in Hialeah (Florida), near the coast:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire destroys car and home at 7:30 AM on Elk River Road in Sugar Creek (West Virginia), 3 killed, 2 injured:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire burns shed in Tulsa (Oklahoma), 2 killed:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 4 AM near Hemingway (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:30 AM on Lake Road in Rocky River (Ohio), 1 killed:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Walker (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-01-04 - Deadly fire rips through shoe factory in Chernorechenskiy, Siberia (Russia), 10+ killed:

2018-01-04 - Vacant home burns at 10:40 PM in Alamo (Tennessee):

2018-01-04 - Vacant home burns in the wee hours in Louisville (Kentucky):

2018-01-04 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Chesterfield Township (Michigan):

2018-01-04 - Vacant home burns just after 10 PM in Chatham (Canada):

2018-01-04 - Vacant home burns just before midnight in Moncton (Canada):

2018-01-04 - Vacant funeral home burns in coastal Washington DC:

2018-01-04 - Vacant daycare building destroyed by fire in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2018-01-04 - Two men in their 50s have heart attacks, woman has 'medical emergency', one man and woman die, on coastal Long Island (New York):

Quote: "Officials in Suffolk County on Long Island said two men in their 50s suffered heart attacks and a woman had some sort of medical emergency while out in the elements. All were all rushed to the hospital, where one of the men and the woman died."

2018-01-04 - Father and daughter, 81 and 55, found dead in home in Niles (Michigan), 1700 feet from the St. Joseph River:

2018-01-04 - Couple, 20 and 23, found dead in river in Bijnore (India):

Quote: "According to police, the incident may be of honour killing or one of suicide."

Note: There they go, trying to use the simplistic psyops tactic of defining the possibilities. Maybe this couple just went for a swim and lost consciousness or slumped over dead in the water. That's also a possibility, but they don't want anyone considering THAT possibility, so they spell out the possibilities they DO want people to consider. Well, no thanks, I can do my own thinking...

2018-01-04 - Two people found dead in submerged car in canal near Khatima (India):

2018-01-04 - Five people found dead in minibus in Assam (India):

2018-01-04 - Infant found dead in apartment on West James Street in Rossville (Georgia):

2018-01-04 - Man, 53, found dead near Oliver Creek Road in Fluvanna County (Virginia):

2018-01-04 - Man, 20, found dead in submerged car in canal in coastal Surf City (North Carolina):

2018-01-04 - Man found dead near senior center in Bartow County (Georgia):

2018-01-04 - Man, 49, found dead in tent near Chetek (Wisconsin):

2018-01-04 - Man found dead on street shortly after 5 AM in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-01-04 - Man, 19, found dead near the intersection of Perrin Ferry Road and Blood River in Springfield (Louisiana):

2018-01-04 - Woman, 21, found dead near home in Marlborough Park (Canada):

2018-01-04 - 'Drowning' deaths reach 10-year high in Victoria (Australia):

2018-01-04 - Person found dead in the Maitai River near coastal Nelson (New Zealand):

2018-01-04 - Man, 37, dies foaming at the mouth at boat pier in coastal Surat Thani (Thailand):

Quote: "The body of Somporn Saita, 37, was found lying on the sidewalk at the Surat Thani night boat pier. Police said that his mouth was foaming."

2018-01-04 - Woman drops dead on street near traffic circle in coastal East London (South Africa):

2018-01-04 - Man, around 60, dies in the water at Glen Beach in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2018-01-04 - Man drops dead at hotel in coastal Ponta do Sol on the island of Madeira (Portugal):

2018-01-04 - Man, 21, found dead in the Forth and Clyde Canal in Maryhill (Scotland):

2018-01-04 - Man found dead in the water near caravan park in Cogenhoe (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Man found dead on coastal Greatstone Beach (Britain):

2018-01-04 - Man, 25, has 'medical condition', SUV veers off road, hits pole, near Pevely (Missouri), 1 injured:

Quote: "At about 6:50 p.m., John R. Warden Jr. was driving a 2006 Pontiac Torrent south on Hwy. Z and after suffering a medical condition, the SUV ran off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole, the report said."

2018-01-04 - Man has 'medical emergency', car hits tree, in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

Quote: "But Quincy police say the crash was caused when the man suffered some sort of a medical emergency, likely a heart attack. The man’s car veered off the road at 1000 Southern Artery, eventually ending up against a tree."

2018-01-04 - Man, 75, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into business, in Edwardsburg (Michigan), 1 injured:

Quote: "The Cass County Sheriff's Department says the driver appears to have had a medical emergency, which may have caused the crash."

2018-01-04 - Small plane makes emergency belly-landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston (West Virginia), engine failure:

2018-01-04 - Tanker truck's brakes malfunction, truck overturns, in McDowell County (North Carolina):

2018-01-04 - Tanker truck overturns on highway in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer crashes into woods, bursts into flame, on I-295 in coastal Carneys Point Township (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer overturns on the Tydings Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Harford County (Maryland):

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer overturns on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Quakertown (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-04 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into home, in Iron River (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2018-01-04 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, near Paxton (Illinois), 2 killed:

2018-01-04 - Five cars crash on Route 356 in Allegheny Township (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

Quote: "A five-car wreck on Route 356 early Thursday may have resulted from one driver having a medical emergency, Alle­gheny Township police said."

2018-01-04 - Car veers off road, crashes into ditch, in Fond du Lac County (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

Quote: "The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether a Fond du Lac woman may have suffered a medical condition prior to a rollover crash this week."

2018-01-04 - Crocodiles attack and kill man, injure woman, at Matopos National Park (Zimbabwe):

2018-01-04 - Bridge collapses into the Kimbiri River near Machu Picchu (Peru), 15 injured, 16 people missing:

2018-01-04 - Beachfront home partially collapses in coastal Ponte Vedra Beach (Florida):

2018-01-04 - Building collapses in Nairobi (Kenya), 2 killed, 6 injured:

2018-01-04 - Water main breaks, bridge ices up, in Houston (Texas):

2018-01-04 - Two men go out on boat, go missing, on the James River in James River County (Virginia):

2018-01-04 - Kevin Hester interviews William Bibb on Nature Bats Last:

2018-01-04 - Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Plav (Montenegro):

2018-01-04 - Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes coastal Berkeley (California):

2018-01-04 - Lightning strike kills 2 people and injures another in Turi (Kenya):

2018-01-04 - Powerful Winter Storm Grayson brings heavy snow and storm surge to much of the East Coast in the US:

2018-01-04 - Cold wave spreads into Florida, first time in 29 years, iguanas fall from trees:

2018-01-04 - Mysterious glowing object lights up the night sky over Colombia:

2018-01-04 - Brilliant blue-green meteor lights up sky over Manitoba and northwestern Ontario (Canada):

2018-01-04 - Bright green meteor startles viewers in northeastern Pennsylvania:

2018-01-04 - NASA captures electric-blue noctilucent clouds circling over Antarctica:

2018-01-04 - Shrugging off Deepwater Horizon disaster, Trump administration relaxes oil industry rules:

2018-01-04 - A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of 2 superbugs:

2018-01-04 - Study confirms the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species:

Note: It's doubtful that the human race will be around for long enough for that to be a problem...

2018-01-04 - How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk:

2018-01-04 - Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with roll back of Obama policy:

2018-01-04 - Security flaws put virtually all phones and computers at risk:

2018-01-04 - Chinese 19,000-pound space lab falling uncontrolled back to Earth:


  1. Today is a busy one for my granddaughter. She has basketball practice this morning (I just got back from dropping her off), after which she takes her driver's test, and following that she has a 4 hour shift at the supermarket in her town. I have to provide transportation, the car for the test (her parents are both long-haul truckers and are currently out of town), and fill out paperwork for her test. It'll be this afternoon before I can post my usual compilation of tragedy and such.

    But here's some for now.

    Bushfires destroy buildings in Australia as heatwave melts highway surface

    Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway. [more]

    Airliners collide at Toronto's Pearson Airport, passengers safe

    Dozens of passengers were evacuated from an aircraft at Toronto's Pearson Airport on Friday, after a plane under tow struck an arriving jet that was waiting to park, sparking a small fire, the airport authority said. [more]

    [geez - now we're not even safe in a plane ON THE GROUND!]

    1.4 million Afghan refugees ordered to leave Pakistan after US cuts aid to country

    Pakistan slams US decision to halt aid: 'our citizens became victims of the war you initiated'

    Israeli military says teenager Ahed Tamimi faces up to 14 years in jail for slapping soldier

    [oh, but it's okay for them to BOMB children and defenseless women in Gaza, restrict water for everyone there and more]

    [more below]

  2. Heavy snowfall in Alpine regions leaves 30,000 skiers stranded

    Up to 10,000 tourists were stuck at the Cervinia ski resort in Italy, local media reported.

    At Val Thorens in France, Europe's highest ski resort, local media reported that 20,000 skiers staying in the resort were stuck when the main access road was closed due to avalanche risk.

    Antarctic dry valleys experiencing significant shifts in flora and fauna

    In a study spanning two decades, a team of researchers led by Colorado State University found declining numbers of soil fauna, nematodes and other animal species in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, one of the world's driest and coldest deserts. This discovery is attributed to climate change, which has triggered melting and thawing of ice in this desert since an uncharacteristically warm weather event in 2001. [more]

    [see? SOTT publishes this stuff but doesn't GET it]

    Sea recedes in unusually strong syzygy in Santa Elena, Ecuador

    After the powerful hailstorm that buried several cars in ice in Biblian, another strange phenomenon occurred on the coast of Ecuador. After several months, the strange phenomenon of the 'disappearing sea' has been reported again by frightened fishermen in Santa Rosa, a small port located in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador. Yes, the sea receded 'a little more than normal', stranding at least 800 fishing boats on January 3, 2018 as well as two days before.

    Although known as 'Aguaje' or 'Syzygy Tides' to fishermen in Ecuador, the intensity of the creepy natural phenomenon was unprecedented and unusually strong on January 3, 2018. The sea has returned now, but again more slowly than normal. [more]

    Saturday, 6 January 2018
    Heatwave in Australia

    Aussie heatwave: Victoria will resemble 'blast furnace' above 43C

    Sessions declares war on states that have legalsied marijuana

    As Sessions Cracks Down on Weed, Maker of Fentanyl Is Selling Synthetic THC [more; crony capitalism at work]

    [includes this]
    Mr. President: FIRE JEFF SESSIONS!

    Maine Town Wins Round in Tar Sands Oil Battle With Industry

    A federal judge has handed a win to South Portland, Maine over a pipeline company that wants to send tar sands oil through the city, a proposal seen as opening a path for Canada's crude to reach the East Coast for export.  

    But the fight is not over. A federal district court judge dismissed on Dec. 29 all but one of the company's claims against the city. The ruling still leaves open a key question: whether the city is violating the U.S. Constitution by blocking the project.

    At the heart of the lawsuit is the question of local control and what—if anything—a community can do to block an unwanted energy project. [more]

    Dormant Kadovar volcano awakens, first eruption in known history, P.N.G.

    More than 500 people living on Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea have been evacuated following the first eruption of Kadovar volcano in known history. This volcano, dormant until yesterday, is part of the Schouten Islands, and lies off the coast of New Guinea, about 25 km (15 miles) N of the mouth of the Sepik River. The latest activity at this volcano was a period of heightened thermal phenomena in 1976. The Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised to Orange. 50 - 60 percent of the island is already covered in lava. [more]

  3. She passed her driver's test, which should take my chauffeuring job away soon. It was nice while it lasted.

    We're heading into the coldest day in PA in quite a while, from tonight through tomorrow night. Brutally low single digits, low of -1 F tonight, with sustained wind of ~ 15 mph, making the wind chill range from 0 to 15 below zero tonight. Unprotected skin can become frostbitten in as little as a half hour. Though sunny by tomorrow afternoon with a high of ~ 18 F, the wind chill will be ~ 9 below zero. Sunday night, a low of 11 F is forecast and the wind is supposed to diminish. Monday, though, it warms up to about freezing, so we have a good possibility of light snow, freezing rain and sleet - which just makes driving treacherous.
    Tuesday we finally go back to a downright "balmy" high of ~ 40 F and a low of only 21! Woo-hoo! The end is in sight! My heater has been running non-stop for days now.

    Brutal, dangerous cold grips the East Coast

    [~ 1.5 min. video; followed by others, all short]

    'Bomb cyclone' leaves frozen wake of destruction and kills 22 in eastern US

    Thunderstorms hit eastern Spain resulting in torrential downpours, hail and tornadoes

    At least 22 people have died as a result of the extreme conditions, CBS News reports. The casualties include a girl who was hit with a pickup truck whilst sledding in Richmond, Virginia, and a man who was killed by a snow plow, also in Virginia. [more]

    5.1-magnitude earthquake rocks western Iran in same area as deadly November 2017 quake

    Wind chill at Mount Washington drops to minus 90 degrees – the temperature tied for the second coldest on Earth

    Summit conditions at Mount Washington in New Hampshire were so brutally cold Saturday morning the temperature tied for the second coldest on Earth, according to Mount Washington Observatory. The temperature hit minus 36 degrees Fahrenheit – with a wind chill of minus 90 (minus 68 degrees Celsius). The summit of Mount Washington sits at 6,288 feet above sea level.

    Melted roads and bushfires strike Australia during catastrophic heatwave

    Emergency services in southeast Australia are warning people to stay indoors as a dangerous heatwave batters the country, with temperatures so high that the asphalt on some roads has been melting.

    The "catastrophic" hot weather caused a 10km stretch of the Hume Highway, near the Victoria state capital Melbourne, to become soft and sticky, causing havoc for motorists trying to enter the city.

    Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have now declared a total fire ban after blazes on the outskirts of Melbourne raged out of control, destroying buildings and threatening lives.

    It took a team of 300 firefighters, 50 trucks and three helicopters to tackle one fire in Victoria's Carrum Downs on Saturday, which threatened dozens of homes.

    And another 49 bushfires are said to have been reported across the state - although many were small and easily extinguished - with 400 residencies losing power. [more]

    [the world-wide climate-change predicted extreme weather is here]

    [more below]

  4. California flu epidemic: Pharmacies running out of medicines, ER's are packed and death toll is rising

    So many people have fallen sick with influenza in California that pharmacies have run out of flu medicines, emergency rooms are packed, and the death toll is rising higher than in previous years.

    Health officials said Friday that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October, compared with three at the same time last year. Nationwide and in California, flu activity spiked sharply in late December and continues to grow.

    State health officials said Friday that there was no region of the state where people were being spared from the flu. [more]

    [more on spotting the psychopaths around us]
    Study finds psychopaths use these words twice as often as others

    Psychopaths use words related to food, sex and money twice as often as non-psychopaths, a study finds.

    Psychopaths are also less likely to use words related to family, religion and social needs.

    The trends in word use reflect how psychopaths display excessive selfishness, detachment and emotional flatness. [more]

    UN chief issues “red alert” for the world – “We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together.”

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  5. Munich Re: Series of hurricanes makes 2017 year of highest insured losses ever – “Our experts expect such extreme weather to occur more often in future”

    The hurricane trio of Harvey, Irma, and Maria will cost the insurance industry a record amount in 2017: the final insurance bill for those and other natural catastrophes, including a severe earthquake in Mexico, is expected to come to US$ 135bn – higher than ever before. And overall losses – i.e., including uninsured losses – amounted to US$ 330bn, the second-highest figure ever recorded for natural disasters. The only costlier year so far was 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake in Japan contributed to overall losses of US$ 354bn in today’s dollars. [more]

    Giant waves flood the beach of El Rodadero in Santa Marta, Colombia – Mini tsunami shocks hundreds of people ba[th]ing at the same time

    A strange and surprising phenomenon was registered on January 5, 2018, in the tourist resort of El Rodadero in Santa Marta, Colombia where giant waves flooded the beach like a tsunami shocking hundreds of people who were sunbathing at that exact same time. The weird event occurred unexpectedly, without previous notice or signs, which did not allow time for bathers to understand what was really going on. These days El Rodadero is completely full. In July, a similar phenomenon occurred and was called a ‘mini-tsunami’ by authorities. [more; no biggie]

    Tropical Cyclone "Ava" hits Madagascar as Category 2 hurricane equivalent

    Tropical Cyclone "Ava" made landfall in Toamasina, Madagascar on January 5, 2018 with maximum sustained winds of 167 km/h (103 mph), an equivalent a Category 2 hurricane on Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Ava is dropping heavy rain on Madagascar for several days now and is expected to continue producing heavy rains, strong winds and flooding as it moves over and along the coast of Madagascar over the next couple of days. [more]

    Mapping a World From Hell: 76 Countries Are Now Involved in America's Never-Ending 'War on Terror'

    [source: TomDispatch (Tom Engelhardt) - a good read]

  6. They are stumped as to how a healthy 18 year old girl just dies in her bed, but the Georgetown, TX Po-Po better get used to these types of "suspicious deaths"....

    3.5 earthquake south of San Antonio....

    I wonder how long it will be until the ancient Balcones faultline "wakes up"? Probably not long. It runs just west of both San Antonio and Austin.

  7. Your area suddenly "going hot," Mike? You're providing (relatively speaking) "local" stories regularly now. Why not send the police a link to JJFH? Maybe then they'll get a clue.

    It was so cold here with gusting wind last night that ESPN in Philly, at the last minute of the St. Joe's vs St. Bonaventure basketball game - a barn burner, by the way (the lead traded hands the whole game) - they LOST THE FEED and instead put like 10 commercials in a row and then switched to the Gonzaga game out west! Summamabitch! As i'm typing this @ 7 a.m. it's 0 F.