Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Event Update For 2018-01-09

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-01-09 - Man, 65, dies in burning car in ditch along Mill Creek Road in Sinclairville (New York):

2018-01-09 - Man ignites at home on Acacia Drive in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Acacia Drive, Hull. Tue 9 Jan 2018 12:28 (No:00504) Fire involving elderly male in property caused by possible ignition from cooker. Hose reel used to extinguish fire on clothing and surrounding area. 2 BA also in use. Trauma kit used to severe burns on male. Left in care of paramedics. Smoke detectors activated."

Note: A man recently burst into flame and burned to death on a street in Hull too, mentioned in the 2017-12-27 update...

2018-01-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, junk cars and scrap metal burn, in Denver (Colorado):

2018-01-09 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "This is the sixth incident of fire in Mumbai in the past 20 days. A major fire engulfed a busy court complex in the financial capital Monday morning."

2018-01-09 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in coastal Everett (Massachusetts):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked inside garage at taxi business, fire spreads to apartments, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Officials say a car ignited the blaze at the Shannon Cab Company on the 3100 block of North Front Street around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The car was parked inside the garage. The fire spread to apartments above the business."

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to another car and home, in Parsippany (New Jersey):

Quote: "A Parsippany resident drove his Mercedes-Benz into the garage attached to his home Tuesday night, not aware it was on fire. The flames quickly spread to another vehicle and the home, said fire officials."

2018-01-09 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame within minutes in Millville (New Jersey):

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished two car fires Tuesday in quick succession. They initially responded to a blaze at 5:20 p.m. on North 2nd Street near Texas Roadhouse. While there, a second assignment sent them to mile marker 27 on Route 55 for another car fire."

2018-01-09 - Recycling center destroyed by fire in Maple Grove Township (Michigan):

2018-01-09 - Recycling center hit by fire, 400 tons of waste goes up in flames, on Winsford Way in Chelmsford (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Tanker ship continues burning off the coast of China after collision, ship could explode:

Quote: "Unless the fire can be brought under control, officials worry that the ship might explode and sink, releasing its 1 million barrels of oil into the water. The resulting spill would be about three times as big as the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. It would double what the Prestige oil tanker released when it sank off the coast of Spain in 2002. That accident damaged beaches in France, Spain and Portugal, and led to the closure of one of Spain's richest fishing areas."

2018-01-09 - Home explodes and burns on Whitman Creek Road in Logan County (West Virginia), 1 killed:

Note: This is the 11th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-01-09 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Hume (Australia):

2018-01-09 - Boat bursts into flame on the River Yare near Whitlingham Broad in Norfolk (Britain):

Note: These are the 98th and 99th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-09 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Makoi (Fiji Islands):

Note: This is the 22nd bus to burn in 2018...

2018-01-09 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on West Liberty Street in Weathersfield Township (Ohio):

2018-01-09 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in South Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 59 between St. Joseph and Rushville (Missouri):

2018-01-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 north of Highway 138 in the Cajon Pass (California):

2018-01-09 - Semi tractor bursts into flame before 2 AM while parked at semi repair business, fire spreads to business, in Evansville (Indiana):

Quote: "No one is injured following a fire at a truck company just north of Darmstadt. The call came in around 1:45 a.m. Fire crews found a working fire at Truck Centers, Inc on Rusher Creek Road. The company provides products and services to the heavy truck industry. Officials say that a semi truck parked near the garage caught fire and that led to the side of the garage catching on fire."

2018-01-09 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on Taylor Farm Road in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Note: These are the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th and 56th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-09 - Forklift truck bursts into flame on Wickham Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Wickham Road, Grimsby. Tue 9 Jan 2018 01:22 (No:00479) Forklift truck on fire extinguished prior to the arrival of Fire Service. Vehicle made safe by Fire Service, small tools in use."

2018-01-09 - RV bursts into flame on street in coastal San Francisco (California):

2018-01-09 - RV and building destroyed by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Note: These are the 16th and 17th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-01-09 - Van bursts into flame on road in Mottram in Longdendale (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Van bursts into flame on Thorncliffe in Two Mile Ash (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 9 January, 10.40pm Small fire in van, Thorncliffe, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, a dry powder extinguisher and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-01-09 - Minivan bursts into flame while being towed in St. Cloud (Minnesota):

2018-01-09 - Minivan bursts into flame near gas station in Northampton (Britain):

2018-01-09 - SUV bursts into flame at home on Poplar Springs Road in Greeneville (Tennessee):

2018-01-09 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at school in Reno (Nevada):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked at business in Paris (Tennessee):

Quote: "According to a report by Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua, Ragsdale had loaned the car to William Randy Scroggins of Mansfield, who drove it to Dana, where he works. Scroggins told Fuqua he had gone to the car during his break and when he returned to work, the car was fine."

Note: 'Uhhh, dude, about that car you loaned me..."

2018-01-09 - Two cars destroyed by fire in parking lot at Walmart in Orland Park (Illinois):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal South Jahra (Kuwait):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Dublin (Ireland), some crashes too:

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on the M6 near Stafford (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on the M62 in Liverpool (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on the M66 near Bury (Britain):

Quote: "There are currently long delays on the M66 and the M56 following two separate incidents - a car on fire, and a collision involving four vehicles."

2018-01-09 - Car bursts into flame on Garibaldi Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Garibaldi Street, Grimsby. Tue 9 Jan 2018 21:13 (No:00539) Car fire. Hose reel and 1 BA in use."

2018-01-09 - Two vehicles, RV trailer and lawnmowers destroyed by fire at home in Victoria (Texas):

2018-01-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-81 near Chambersburg (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-75 near Gaylord (Michigan):

2018-01-09 - Motorcycle bursts into flame while parked inside garage on Humphreys Road in Cambridge (Britain):

2018-01-09 - RV trailer bursts into flame at home on Haynes Loop in Kountze (Texas):

2018-01-09 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Shenandoah (Iowa):

2018-01-09 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in driveway at home on Pittway Avenue in Shipston-on-Stour (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Auto shop destroyed by fire just after 11 PM near Dalton (Ohio):

2018-01-09 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-01-09 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Plattsburgh (New York):

2018-01-09 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Spokane Valley (Washington):

2018-01-09 - Street sweeper business heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in McCandless (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-09 - Barn destroyed by fire in Lebanon Township (Pennsylvania), many cows killed:

2018-01-09 - Brush fire breaks out along I-485 in Mint Hill (North Carolina), accidents ensue:

2018-01-09 - Wildfire rages through 77,000 hectares (190,271 acres) in the Free State (South Africa):

2018-01-09 - Car wash damaged by fire in International Falls (Minnesota):

2018-01-09 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire just before 11 PM in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-01-09 - Grocery store damaged by fire before 4 AM in Macon (Georgia):

2018-01-09 - Garage heavily damaged by fire at home in Temple (Texas):

2018-01-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:34 PM in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 7:22 AM on Pompey Springs Road in Richmond (Virginia), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 7 AM in coastal Providence (Rhode Island), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home destroyed by fire in Kinnickinnic (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:19 AM in Fostoria (Ohio), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home destroyed by fire in Durham (North Carolina), nobody there:

2018-01-09 - Home destroyed by fire on Old Lane Road in Greeneville (Tennessee):

2018-01-09 - Duplex destroyed by fire in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2018-01-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2018-01-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Battersea area in coastal London (Britain), 1+ injured:

2018-01-09 - Deadly fire burns home shortly before 4 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), 2 killed:

2018-01-09 - Deadly fire burns home in Marquette (Michigan), 2 killed:

2018-01-09 - Vacant commercial building burns in Decatur (Illinois):

2018-01-09 - Couple found dead at home near Inez (Texas):

2018-01-09 - Brother and sister, 43 and 52, found dead at home in Murcia (Spain), near the coast:

Quote: "Mystery surrounds the discovery in San Javier, since the bodies of the 52-year-old woman and 43-year-old man show no signs of violence."

2018-01-09 - Girl, 18, high school senior, has 'medical emergency' at school and dies, in Walton (New York), near the Delaware River:

Quote: "According to Walton Central Schools Superintendent Roger Clough, a 12th grade student experienced a medical emergency in a hallway and later died."

2018-01-09 - College student, man, 19, drops dead in dorm at Penn State in State College (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-09 - Man slumps over dead in car along I-40 in Burke County (North Carolina):

Quote: "A 911 call was dispatched regarding the 'apparent sudden death of a white male in a vehicle,' Whisenant said."

2018-01-09 - Woman in her 20s found dead in Canyon Lake near boat ramp in Canyon Lake (Texas):

2018-01-09 - Person found dead in alley on Beach Street in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The body was discovered around 11 a.m. in an alley on Beach Street between two restaurants. Police are calling the case an unattended death. The death is not considered suspicious."

2018-01-09 - Man, 73, found dead outside his SUV near Sammy’s Beach in coastal East Hampton (New York):

2018-01-09 - Man found dead in wooded area at Fort Bragg (North Carolina):

2018-01-09 - Person drops dead near Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie (Maryland):

2018-01-09 - Man found dead in flood control channel in Westminster (California):

2018-01-09 - Man, 65, found dead in the Little Miami River at the Clifton Gorge State Nature Reserve (Ohio):

2018-01-09 - Woman, 46, found dead on her porch in Gettysburg (Pennsylvania):

2018-01-09 - Man, 51, found dead on street in coastal Bronx (New York):

2018-01-09 - Man, 39, collapses in jail cell, dies shortly later, in Bonneville County (Idaho):

2018-01-09 - Man, 26, collapses in jail cell, dies shortly later, in Minot (North Dakota):

2018-01-09 - Man falls off parking garage and dies in Logan (Utah), possible toppler:

2018-01-09 - Man, 27, drops dead in Sheridan Park in Mississauga (Canada):

2018-01-09 - Man in his 50s found dead in Lake Rotorua (New Zealand):

2018-01-09 - Man drops dead in apartments on Irlam Road in Sale (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Man has 'medical emergency' before 6:10 AM and dies on Handsworth Crescent in coastal Rhyl (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Man has 'medical emergency' on passenger train near coastal South Shields (Britain):

2018-01-09 - Transit bus driver has 'medical emergency', bus crashes off road, in Chicago (Illinois), 3 injured:

Quote: "A Pace bus with passengers went off the roadway on Casimir Pulaski Drive in North Chicago Monday after the driver had a medical emergency, with three people being transported to a hospital following the incident, according to a North Chicago Fire Department official."

2018-01-09 - Man, 62, trucker, has 'medical condition', semi crashes in parking lot in Aurora (Illinois), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police say evidence at the scene suggests McGraw had a medical condition that caused him to crash."

2018-01-09 - Man has 'medical condition', seven cars crash, in Weldon Spring (Missouri), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "The highway patrol says it happened around 4 pm Tuesday afternoon when a male driver exiting Interstate 64 at Highway 94 suffered some sort of medical condition that caused him to continue driving through the intersection off 94 and right into a chain reaction accident."

2018-01-09 - Man, 35, has 'medical emergency' or seizure, car slams into man, in coastal San Diego (California), 2 injured:

Quote: "A driver suffered a medical emergency and hit a 39-year-old man in the East Village Tuesday night, causing him to become pinned beneath the car. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a 35-year-old man was driving a Honda sedan in the 1500 block of Imperial Avenue when he had a possible seizure."

2018-01-09 - Man has 'medical emergency' while driving, stops breathing, heart stops, resuscitated, in Hoboken (New Jersey):

Quote: "Joseph Dellaquila says that he got the scare of his life when his driver suffered a medical emergency Tuesday afternoon on Observer Highway. 'He just started steering into oncoming traffic,' Dellaquila says. 'I saw that he was unresponsive and I grabbed hold of the steering wheel and veered it to the right not to hit the oncoming car.'"

2018-01-09 - Woman has 'medical condition', car crashes down stairs, in Topeka (Kansas), 1 injured:

Quote: "A woman was expected to be transported to a Topeka hospital early Tuesday afternoon after she suffered an apparent medical condition and crashed her vehicle in the southwest part of the city, authorities said. The crash was reported around 12:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of S.W. Wanamaker Drive. Police said the woman’s car went across a business parking lot, through a railing and down some stairs."

2018-01-09 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup slams into utility pole, in Osoyoos (Canada):

Quote: "An evening collision Tuesday that left a utility pole in splinters and also knocked down a traffic light was a medical emergency, Osoyoos RCMP said."

2018-01-09 - Man, 70, has 'medical emergency', car slams into pole, in Waterdown (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "A 70-year-old Flamborough-area man is dead after a single-vehicle accident in Waterdown on Tuesday morning. Hamilton Police Service Const. Lorraine Edwards said the man suffered a medical emergency while driving eastbound on Dundas Street and struck a lamppost at 10:43 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

2018-01-09 - Small plane crashes into trees in Pacific Haven, near coastal Hervey Bay (Australia), 1 injured:

2018-01-09 - Small plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, plane slides off runway, in coastal Eleuthera (Bahamas):

Quote: "Upon arrival at that location, Officers discovered that, as a Pineapple Air Charter Flight from New Providence, was approaching the end of the runway, the landing gear collapsed causing the aircraft to skid off the southern end of the runway."

2018-01-09 - Passenger train crashes at station in Germiston (South Africa), 200+ injured:

2018-01-09 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-26 in Spartanburg County (South Carolina):

2018-01-09 - Tractor trailer overturns on Highway 74 in Monroe County (Georgia):

2018-01-09 - Tractor trailer overturns on WV Route 68 near Lubeck (West Virginia), 1 injured:

2018-01-09 - Van slams into barrier at toll plaza in coastal Hampton (New Hampshire), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2018-01-09 - SUV veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, in Wayne County (Indiana), 1 killed:

2018-01-09 - Car veers across median, hits pickup head-on, in Lothian (Maryland), 6 injured:

2018-01-09 - Car veers off road, overturns down embankment, on US 50 in Dillsboro (Indiana), 1 killed:

2018-01-09 - Man in his 20s rips urinal off wall at restaurant, strips naked, runs away, in Tallahassee (Florida):

Quote: "Police are searching for a man who ripped a urinal off the wall of a Tallahassee restaurant and, when confronted by employees, stripped naked and ran into the woods."

2018-01-09 - Naked man jumps off bridge and dies in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "A man is dead after he jumped off the Burnett Transit Center bridge just north of downtown Houston. Our crew at the scene saw a body without clothing being removed by the medical examiner."

2018-01-09 - Leopard kills and eats 2 children in 6 hours in Madhya Pradesh (India):

Note: Indian children - you can't eat just one! Wait, no, that's Lay's potato chips...

2018-01-09 - Sinkhole opens and traps fire truck in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2018-01-09 - Sinkhole opens on street in Macon (Georgia):

2018-01-09 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, bus crashes into home, in Columbia (South Carolina), 7 injured:

2018-01-09 - Man, mid-70s, has 'medical episode' and collapses at shopping center in Preston (Britain):

2018-01-09 - 2017 was the second-warmest year ever measured, after 2016:

Note: So even with the end of the 2016 El Nino warming and some cooling from the 2017 La Nina, 2017 was still the second-warmest year ever recorded...

2018-01-09 - Arctic sea ice volume at third-lowest level ever after December:

2018-01-09 - Natural disasters on the rise says scientist, unprecedented cold, wildfires and hurricanes signify 'profound changes':

2018-01-09 - Magnitude 7.6+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near Honduras:

2018-01-09 - US rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk:

2018-01-09 - Scientists alarmed by outbreak of reef-eating starfish at the Great Barrier Reef (Australia):

2018-01-09 - Australian birds have apparently weaponized fire as a hunting tool:

Quote: "The concept of fire-foraging birds is well established. Raptors on at least four continents have been observed for decades on the edge of big flames, waiting out scurrying rodents and reptiles or picking through their barbecued remains. What’s new, at least in the academic literature, is the idea that birds might be intentionally spreading fires themselves. If true, the finding suggests that birds, like humans, have learned to use fire as a tool and as a weapon."

2018-01-09 - As influx of Puerto Ricans continues, Koch-backed group starts seeking them out in Florida:

2018-01-09 - Trump speaks at a 4th-grade level, lowest of the past 15 presidents:


  1. A follow up to the story last week of the 18 year old healthy female found "suspiciously" dead in her bed in Georgetown, TX: An autopsy has revealed that her death was not suspicious.

    So I think this can be put in the books as a JJFH incident.

  2. Grimsby with a two-fer on this day.

    Ripping a urinal off of a wall isn't easy. The plumbing alone will support someone under 200 lb. climbing on it. Geez.

    Lotta kids having "medical issues" and/or dropping dead, lately.

    Emotional parents speak out after missing UPenn student found dead from suspected homicide

    A University of Pennsylvania student who mysteriously disappeared in California last week has now been found dead -- and his death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said today.

    The body of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein was found around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the brush surrounding Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch -- the park where he disappeared a week earlier, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said today. The rainfall in the area helped officials find the body, the sheriff's office said.

    Authorities did not release the cause of death or the condition of the body. [more]

    8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

    TEHRAN, Iran — A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled even Baghdad and parts of the Iraqi countryside on Thursday, apparently aftershocks of a temblor in November that killed over 530 people. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    Seven had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5, while the eighth earthquake was a magnitude 4. Earthquakes of magnitude 5 and up to 5.9 are classified as moderate. [more]

    Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans, scientists warn

    Scientists studying a growing population of rhesus macaques in Silver Springs state park say that rather than just carrying herpes B, which is common in the species, some of the monkeys have the virus in their saliva and other bodily fluids, posing a potential risk of spreading the disease. [more]

    Rescuers race against time to find missing in California mudslides

    Rescue crews in Southern California resumed on Thursday the arduous task of combing through tons of debris for survivors from deadly mudslides that struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities.

    Seventeen people are confirmed dead and another 17 people are missing after a wall of mud roared down hillsides in the scenic area between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Padres National Forest, according to authorities in Santa Barbara County. [more]

    NASA observes 'unprecedented change' in a comet's rotation

    [~ 2 min. video]

    Yukon man praised for saving neighbor’s home from fire

    “Me and my wife were leaving the neighborhood and as we were driving by here, we noticed black smoke coming out of the yard here,” Burke said.

    Burke jumped a fence. The yard was in flames. [more]

    Cryptocurrency markets are tanking after news of shutdown in South Korea

    Congress barrels toward another shutdown crisis

    [continued below]

  3. Whistleblowing system 'SecureDrop' co-creator James Dolan dead at 36

    The circumstances of Dolan's death are not yet known, but former colleagues speculate he may have committed suicide. [more]

    [more here]
    A Wikileaks- related suicide

    Second Developer Of WikiLeaks-Inspired "SecureDrop" Commits Suicide At 36

    12 dead as normally balmy Bangladesh shivers in record low temperatures

    Ashes from Shiveluch volcano in Russia reached the stratosphere

    [oh . . great . ..]

    Record number of cold stunned turtles for Texas

    Woman killed by pit bull terrier in West Monroe, Louisiana

    Deaths and hospitalizations rise as flu virus spreads to 46 US states

    Thursday, 11 January 2018
    Rain in Antarctica

    It’s Raining In Antarctica And Scientific Experts Are Officially Worried

    [NOW they're worried? sheesh, where have they been?]

    Major flooding on West Coast in New Zealand

    Residents evacuated in Greymouth as flooding, rains hit

    Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" forms near Western Australia

    Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" formed late January 10, 2018 (UTC), near the west Kimberly coast, Western Australia. The system is expected to intensify while moving in a S to SW direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far west Kimberley coast during Friday or early on Saturday, BOM warns. This is the 5th named storm of the 2017-18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. [more]

    Alaska just had its warmest December on record

    [no mention @ SOTT]

    [more below]

  4. Nearly a record breaking year for acres burned in the U.S.

    [this site goes off-script into comedy - reprint of old article]
    TBT: new wildfire terminology

    Review of 2017, heat records, and recent warm years.

    the Australia BoM 2017 climate statement is out, and here 2017 was the third warmest year [more]

    New York City Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change, Says It Plans to Divest

    New York City is suing five of the largest oil companies over the billions of dollars it spends protecting the city from the effects of climate change, and it plans to divest its pension funds' $5 billion in assets involving fossil fuel producers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

    As head of the nation's largest city, de Blasio is throwing significant weight behind a movement by local governments to directly target fossil fuel companies for the role their products play in fueling global warming. [more]

    China on track to lead in renewables as US retreats, report says

    China is moving towards becoming a global leader in renewable technology as the US pulls away, a new report has said.

    China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and still invests in coal but in recent years it has become the largest investor in domestic renewable energy. [more]

    [last bit below]

  5. Dropping Florida from Offshore Drilling Opens Legal Cracks in Zinke's Plan

    The extensive Zinke plan, which called for opening more than 90 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas leasing and scheduling 47 lease sales between 2019 and 2024, already was ripe for lawsuits, according to David Hayes, who was the Interior Department's deputy secretary and chief operating officer at points in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

    "This proposal mirrors past proposals that have run into a buzzsaw of state opposition," he said. Zinke may have made things even worse for himself, though. His decision to remove Florida "should have his lawyers cringing," Hayes said. "It smacks of an impulsive, undisciplined, arbitrary process." [more]

    [well, they aren't just gonna sit there and not defend themselves]
    Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York City’s Climate Change Lawsuit

    [maybe they'll just take it "in another direction"]
    Oil Giants See a Future in Offshore Wind Power. Their Suppliers Are Investing, Too.

    LISTEN: 1,200 Years of Earth’s Climate, Transformed into Sound

    [oh man, take a listen!]

    You’ll hear global temperatures and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the most recent three centuries in the graphic above. The music in our story below tracks global average temperature and CO2 from 850 A.D. to 2016. [more]

    Global Ground And Pound

    The overnight gap down in the S&P futures got bought with both hands. What else?

    Over-committed global gamblers now get to solve this equation for a happy ending [see graph]

    Yesterday's news that Japan was beginning to taper sent U.S. t-bond yields soaring. Today's news that China is mulling reducing their t-bond holdings added rocket fuel to the fire.
    Somehow, all of which was seen as "bullish" for bank stocks. Because everyone knows that higher interest rates are "reflationary". As usual, the cart is in front of the horse...

  6. Clueless and ignorant lawmaker thinks weed should be illegal because it makes black people crazy

    Proving that ignorance and close-mindedness still reign in politics, during a Saturday Legislative session debating whether or not marijuana should be legalized in Kansas, a state representative made the most asinine, unfounded, and outright racist comment about marijuana to be uttered from a politician's mouth in over a half-century.

    As State Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, was failing miserably attempting to make his point on why marijuana should remain illegal in the state of Kansas, he began with unfounded and debunked myths before jumping off the racist deep end.

    Remaining entirely ignorant to the massive amount of evidence to the contrary, Alford attempted to paint marijuana as a gateway drug. [more]

    Trump approves border patrol funding to stem fentanyl smuggling as Pennsylvania governor declares opioid disaster emergency

    Reports of loud, ground-shaking boom heard, felt in western South Carolina

    Mysterious boom shakes homes, windows in Seattle, Washington

    Record cold wave wreaking havoc across South Korea

    Large sinkhole opens up on road in Toronto