Friday, February 9, 2018

Event Update For 2018-02-08

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

2018-02-08 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane diverts to coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "Charleston International Airport spokesperson Charlene Gunnells says a JetBlue flight from [coastal] Ft. Lauderdale to [coastal] Boston diverted due to a smell in the flight deck."

Quote: "Oddly enough, this is the second time in the year a JetBlue flight has had to make an emergency landing due to a strange odor on board. The same incident went down a month ago, when a Punta Cana bound flight from Boston was forced to return to Logan Airport because of an 'unusual odor.'"

2018-02-08 - Two mysterious explosions damage buildings in Thailand:

Quote: "Two mysterious booms rattled 61 residents in Na Danu district, Thailand at 12.10 pm on February 8. The mystery deflagrations were so powerful, they produced cracks in the walls, windows and doors of buildings, terrifying people working inside. All reports state the crack appeared just when the noise occurred."

2018-02-08 - Mysterious explosions, sometimes with flash of light, alarming people in Wheat Ridge (Colorado):

Quote: "Some people told police they saw a flash of light."

2018-02-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 12:20 AM and kills person in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-02-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man near Danville (Ohio):

2018-02-08 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Oakland (California):

2018-02-08 - Subway control building erupts in flame in tunnel under the East River in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "The Joralemon Tunnel on the 4/5 line filled with smoke just before 1 p.m. on Thursday because of a fire at a subway control building, said MTA officials."

2018-02-08 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, near Hull (Georgia):,-discolored-water.html

2018-02-08 - Tire recycling center heavily damaged by fire in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-02-08 - Tanker ship explodes into flame on the Yangtze River near Changzhou (China), 1 injured:

2018-02-08 - Wooden ship destroyed by fire in coastal Fujian Chinese Province (China):

Note: These are the 181st and 182nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-08 - Passenger train bursts into flame near Hapur (India):

2018-02-08 - School bus bursts into flame at bus yard in Sterling (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A school bus was destroyed Thursday morning in Sterling after it suddenly burst into flames."

Note: This is the 39th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 88th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-02-08 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Kollam (India):

Note: This is the 89th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-02-08 - Crane truck bursts into flame on Highway 91 in coastal Delta (Canada):

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 6 AM on I-24 in Chattanooga (Tennessee), separate crash too:

Quote: "The driver whose truck burst into flames on the interstate shutdown early Wednesday reached out to Channel 3. But he says he had nothing to do with the crash that happened moments earlier. Three vehicles were got into an accident on I-24 and his truck caught fire just steps away from the crash."

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 218 between Nashua and Plainfield (Iowa):

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near movie theater in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "Tractor trailer fire, fully involved @ Camp Creek Pkwy and Princeton Lake Pkwy. In front of Movie ATL theater."

2018-02-08 - Tractor bursts into flame on road in Green Valley (Arizona):

2018-02-08 - Tractor and garage destroyed by fire at home in Nankin (Ohio), puppies killed:

2018-02-08 - Tractor, barn and hay destroyed by fire near Ina (Illinois):

Quote: "A barn, tractor and more than 100 large bales of hay were destroyed in a fire Thursday morning just east of Ina."

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3 AM on the Cunningham Highway near Willowbank (Australia):

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Coventry Road in Croft (Britain):

Note: These are the 311th-319th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-08 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on I-4 in Polk County (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Dump truck bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Pompano Beach (Florida), sewage truck crashes separately:

2018-02-08 - U-Haul box truck bursts into flame on I-22 near Fulton (Mississippi):

2018-02-08 - Box truck bursts into flame on the M62 near Warrington (Britain):

2018-02-08 - SUV bursts into flame on I-10 in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame just before 7:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Bristol (Connecticut):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame twice while parked at apartments in Effingham (Illinois):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to carport, in Fayetteville (North Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on the Palmetto Expressway near coastal Hollywood Beach (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame at 4:45 AM on William Thomason Byway in Leitchfield (Kentucky):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on street during test drive in El Dorado (Arkansas):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on Lewiston Road in New Gloucester (Maine):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids (Minnesota):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on highway near coastal Oamaru (New Zealand):

2018-02-08 - Car bursts into flame on the A2300 in Hickstead (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-26 near Bush River Road in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Vehicle bursts into flame on coastal road on the Isle of Man:

Quote: "A vehicle fire caused disruption in the area around Bulgham rocks this afternoon. Police asked drivers to use an alternative route and buses were diverted. The road links Laxey to Ramsey along the coast."

2018-02-08 - Golf cart bursts into flame while parked at golf course in Sequim (Washington), 2 miles from the coast:

2018-02-08 - RV trailer destroyed by fire while parked at mobile home park in Gainesville (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at home in Shrewsbury (Massachusetts):

2018-02-08 - Vehicle, RV trailer and home destroyed by fire in Vance (South Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Vehicle and garage destroyed by fire in Rochester (New Hampshire):

Quote: "The garage was used for storage, and a number of belongings were damaged during the fire, including a vehicle, miscellaneous small tools and various household items, according to Wilder."

2018-02-08 - Cars and garage destroyed by fire on Ringwood Avenue in coastal Newport (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to a fire involving a garage and that there were some cars inside."

2018-02-08 - Buick dealership damaged by fire at 5:15 AM in Woodbury (New Jersey):

2018-02-08 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire at 5:15 AM near Lynnwood (Washington), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Gas station heavily damaged by fire in Ooltewah (Tennessee):

2018-02-08 - Barn destroyed by fire near Cedar Creek (Tennessee):

2018-02-08 - Huge forest fire breaks out and threatens homes in Gulmi District (Nepal):

2018-02-08 - Masonry and excavation business destroyed by fire in Schuyler Falls (New York):

2018-02-08 - Public works building and equipment destroyed by fire near airport in Anaktuvuk Pass (Alaska):

2018-02-08 - Hydraulic business destroyed by fire just after 4 AM in Dubuque (Iowa):

2018-02-08 - Mill building damaged by fire at 6:45 AM in Killingly (Connecticut):

2018-02-08 - Car wash destroyed by fire at 5:15 AM at gas station on Lowries Run Road in Ross (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-08 - Two businesses heavily damaged by fire just before midnight in East Hartford (Connecticut), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Business destroyed by fire at 4:18 AM in Decatur (Georgia):

2018-02-08 - Tavern destroyed by fire in Roll (Arizona):

2018-02-08 - Warehouse devastated by huge fire at 1:10 AM in Rochdale (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in coastal Winterport (Maine):

2018-02-08 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Home damaged by fire on North Aqueduct Avenue in North Hills (California):

Quote: "Paramedics examined a person at the scene for an undisclosed medical problem that was not associated with the fire, officials said."

2018-02-08 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1 injured:

2018-02-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Loris (South Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5:20 AM in Hoxie (Arkansas), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Home destroyed just after 1 AM in Perryville (Kentucky), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Home destroyed by massive blaze in Ponce de Leon (Florida), nobody there:

2018-02-08 - Home destroyed by fire in Desert Hot Springs (California):

2018-02-08 - Home destroyed by fire on Turkey Hill Drive in Hurricane (West Virginia):

2018-02-08 - Mansion destroyed by huge fire in Bel-Air (California):

Quote: "The house was estimated to be worth $18 million, with five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 9,750 square feet of house, according to real estate websites."

2018-02-08 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in Los Gatos (California), 3 injured:

2018-02-08 - Fourplex apartment building destroyed by fire in coastal Naples (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in East Chatham area in Chicago (Illinois), 3 injured:

2018-02-08 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Fort Wayne (Indiana), 2 homes burn separately:

Quote: "At around the same time, firefighters also were working fires at homes on Lake Avenue and South Park Drive."

2018-02-08 - Apartment building destroyed by fire in Rochester (New York):

2018-02-08 - College dorm building destroyed by fire in Sweetwater (Texas):

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire destroys garage at home in Koppel (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 3:45 AM in Shiprock (New Mexico), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 6:45 AM in San Antonio (Texas):

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire burns home in Maple Heights (Ohio), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire burns home on Lakeshore Road West in Mississauga (Canada), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Tulsa (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Rialto (California), 2 killed:

2018-02-08 - Vacant home burns near Lake Lanier in Hall County (Georgia):

2018-02-08 - Vacant home burns in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-02-08 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 3:54 AM in coastal Copiague (New York):

2018-02-08 - Vacant farmhouse destroyed by fire in Blenheim (Canada):

2018-02-08 - Woman and daughter, 45 and 15, found dead in apartment in Vienna (Austria):

2018-02-08 - Woman and girl, 65 and 7, found dead in pond in Kaduthuruthy (India):

2018-02-08 - Person found dead in jacuzzi in La Quinta (California):

Quote: "When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a deceased adult in a jacuzzi. 6 firefighters and 2 engines responded to the scene after a 3:54 p.m. report. Cal Fire is calling the incident an unattended death."

2018-02-08 - Woman, 18, found dead in the water near pier in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

2018-02-08 - Person found dead in or near the Kings River west of Dinuba (California):

2018-02-08 - Man, 46, drops dead in jail in coastal Martinez (California):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead in canal in coastal Port Charlotte (Florida):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead in Oyster Creek in Sugar Land (Texas):

2018-02-08 - Man, 50, found dead in Bayou D'Inde near Sulphur (Louisiana):

2018-02-08 - Man, 21, found dead in submerged car in lake in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-02-08 - Person found dead in the Saluda River in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead near Penn State Mont Alto in Mont Alto (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-08 - Man has 'medical condition' and drops dead at intersection in Minot (North Dakota):

2018-02-08 - Man, 37, slumps over dead in SUV in Lake Geneva (Wisconsin):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead on I-40 in Greensboro (North Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Man, 23, US airman, found dead in Songtan (South Korea):

2018-02-08 - Person slumps over dead on park bench at park in Winnipeg (Canada):

Quote: "The Winnipeg Police Service is treating this as a medical incident."

2018-02-08 - Man, 46, found dead in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

2018-02-08 - Man, 27, found dead in swimming pool in coastal Sigatoka (Fiji Islands):

2018-02-08 - Woman, 69, found dead in the River Foyle near Strabane (Ireland):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead in the River Thames in Pangbourne (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Man, 40 to 60, collapses, dies shortly later, on Blagreaves Lane in Littleover (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Man found dead at home on Darden Lough in West Denton (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Man drops dead near Bishop Street in Coventry (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Man in his 50s slumps over dead in car on Moor Lane in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Man, 27, found dead at home on Princes Avenue in Toxteth area in coastal Liverpool (Britain), 1 mile from the ocean:

2018-02-08 - Driver has 'medical episode', dump truck crashes and overturns, near the Village of Fenney  (Florida):

Quote: "The truck had been traveling on County Road 468 when the driver suffered a medical episode and the truck overturned, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office."

2018-02-08 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes, in Stonewood (West Virginia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A medical emergency led to a car accident Thursday along Southern Avenue in Stonewood. Harrison/Taylor 911 supervisors said the accident occurred about 5:55 p.m., and the driver was transported by Anmoore EMS to United Hospital Center in Bridgeport."

2018-02-08 - Middle-aged man has 'medical episode', car hits tree, bursts into flame, on the M6 near Lancaster (Britain):

Quote: "Police say the man had suffered a medical episode shortly before the accident."

2018-02-08 - Man has 'medical issue' on the Yukon Quest dog sled race en route to Dawson City (Canada):

Quote: "Yukon Quest race officials say musher Jason Campeau has been withdrawn from the race, because of a 'medical issue' that required him to be flown out by helicopter."

2018-02-08 - Small plane crashes at airport in Centralia (Illinois), 1 injured:

2018-02-08 - Small plane crashes near Troy (Missouri), 1 injured:

2018-02-08 - Two passenger buses crash, in Tevaria (India), 11 injured:

2018-02-08 - Tanker truck hits truck head-on, tanker plunges into the Trishuli River, in Chitwan (Nepal), 2 killed:

2018-02-08 - Tanker truck overturns on Highway 402 east of Sarnia (Canada):

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer veers over centerline, hits cars and bollard, in Hendra (Australia), near the coast, 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "Preliminary investigations indicate around 12.45pm a truck travelling westbound on the East West Arterial Road crossed over to the eastbound lanes and collided with three oncoming vehicles. The truck then continued before crashing into a barrier. The driver of the rig, a 56-year-old man, could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause, including whether the truck driver suffered from a medical incident prior to the crash."

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into creek, near Fremont (Ohio):

2018-02-08 - Tractor trailer overturns just after 6 AM on I-64 near Nashville (Illinois):

2018-02-08 - Van veers off road, plows into nursing home, in coastal Washington DC:

2018-02-08 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into building, in Prudenville (Michigan):

Quote: "Police say it is unknown at this time if the man was suffering from a medical emergency."

2018-02-08 - Car veers over centerline before 6:30 AM, hits semi and pickup, in Houston (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-02-08 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, in South Bend (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police say the man who died may have suffered some medical event prior to the crash, weather did not play a part."

2018-02-08 - Man strips naked and wanders around in park in coastal Rhyl (Britain):

2018-02-08 - Sinkhole opens on Rainier Avenue North in coastal Renton (Washington):

2018-02-08 - Sinkhole opens along Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2018-02-08 - Sinkhole opens on East Broad Street in Statesville (North Carolina):

2018-02-08 - Mudslide hits Tiquipaya (Bolivia), homes destroyed, 4+ killed:

2018-02-08 - Water pipe breaks, massive sinkhole devours chunk of highway, in coastal Foshan (China), 8 killed, 3 missing:

Quote: "Eight people have died and three remain missing in southern China after a massive sinkhole yesterday swallowed a major road in the middle of a city."

2018-02-08 - Man, 51, has chest pains on fishing vessel off the coast of Atlantic City (New Jersey):

Quote: "The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of a fisherman experiencing chest pains 90 miles off Atlantic City on Thursday afternoon. The 51-year-old man was aboard the 73-foot fishing boat Connor & Michael when a crew member called for help at 12:18 p.m, according to a news release from the Coast Guard."

2018-02-08 - Man goes into cardiac arrest in carpark in coastal Weston-super-Mare (Britain):

Quote: "The patient, a man who suffered a cardiac arrest, was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary."

2018-02-08 - Woman collapses on Ashby High Street in Scunthorpe (Britain), near the River Trent:

Quote: "Ashby High Street, Scunthorpe. Thu 8 Feb 2018 15:31 (No:02380) Adult female collapsed in street. First aid administered by Fire Service personnel until arrival of paramedic."

2018-02-08 - What’s the real US weather story for Fall and Winter of 2017-2018? Abnormally warm, abnormally dry:

2018-02-08 - Global temperatures could pass limit set by Paris climate deal within 5 years:

2018-02-08 - Kevin Hester interviews Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleo-climate scientist:

2018-02-08 - Grain harvest down 70% in Australia:

2018-02-08 - Aftershocks continue to rattle Taiwan, death toll rises to 10, dozens still missing:

2018-02-08 - Tornado touches down in Junction City (Georgia):

2018-02-08 - Heavy snowfall causes gridlock in Paris (France):

2018-02-08 - Power plants’ coal ash reports show toxins leaking into groundwater:

2018-02-08 - Cat plague is back after nearly 40 years in hiding:

2018-02-08 - Embark’s self-driving semi completes trip from California to Florida:

2018-02-08 - Dow closes 1,030 points lower, enters correction territory:

2018-02-08 - The trade in dog meat South Korea doesn't want Olympics tourists to see:


  1. Besides all this, "things" are heating up in Syria again - the U.S. bombed the Russians and the Syrians shot down an Israeli jet.

    As to your last story, the Koreans [and probably many more cultures in Asia and maybe elsewhere] acknowledge that they eat dog meat and aren't upset about it. We eat cows regularly and they're about the most docile creatures on the planet, make great pets and are caring and conscious beings, so we should probably take our disdain at "eating pets" down a notch or two.
    Dogs are easier to raise, don't require as much feed and space, and would be a good food source for inner cities when the food shortages hit. Just sayin'.

    Roads turned into rivers, mass blackouts and hundreds of islanders are evacuated as Cyclone Gita slams Samoa (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

    Rain-fueled landslide kills 2 in Bolivia, 1 missing

    31 landslides in a week hit Brunei

    Huge sinkhole opens up on street in Fairfax, Virginia (VIDEOS)

    A water main break left a massive sinkhole in the middle of a neighborhood road in Fairfax, Virginia. [more]

    Hail larger than softballs pummeled Cordoba, Argentina (PHOTO, VIDEO)

    [spoken by witness who grabbed a 7" diameter hailstone]
    "The hail lasted 20 minutes. It was kind of scary," Druetta recalled. "It hit and then exploded and then melted some. It was probably even bigger." [more]

    Fin whale washes up dead at Caravia, Spain

    Lightning bolt kills 89 farm animals in South Africa

    Sheep, goats and cattle died on the spot after being struck by lightning in an unfinished house in Zwelitsha village outside Matatiele on January 24.

    It is alleged that stock ran to the house to shelter from the strong winds, rain and hailstorm. [more]

    Antarctica 2.0 - 3

    "The vast Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, plays a starring role in the future of climate change. The global oceans together absorb over 90 percent of the excess heat in the climate system and roughly three-quarters of that heat uptake occurs in the Southern Ocean. In addition, the global oceans absorb around 25 percent of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and the Southern Ocean alone accounts for about half of the uptake of CO2. [more]

    Another massive coronal hole emerging over the sun's eastern limb could be a significant threat to a very active Pacific Ring Of Fire

    'The first real winter we’ve had in several years'! Nearly 15 inches of snow, 35cm dumped on Chicago killing two with temps below 0 deg F (-18 C)

    Double trouble! Cyclone Gita and tropical depression TD08F smashing into South Pacific Islands Samoa and Fiji causing devastation

    [more later, meeting eldest son for breakfast at Aunt Jennie's truck stop]

  2. Dogs seem a little irrational to eat to me. They're carnivores, so they need meat, or at least meat-like protein. So feeding animals meat to raise them for meat? Why not just eat the meat you were feeding the dogs? Cows, on the other hand, eat grass, so you're converting grass to meat/protein by eating cows. (But they're pretty hostile about eating cows in India - seen people there attack trucks just on the suspicion that the truck was hauling cows.) It's all pretty much cultural, what people eat though, of course.

  3. Also, I know some people say dogs are omnivores, but they're not very good at eating grains. They're as good at it as they are because they've evolved alongside us for thousands of years, but still, it's not their ideal diet. Here's the case for dogs being carnivores:

    From that, it seems like they're carnivores with slight adaptation that allows eating grain in a pinch, but that's not their ideal diet. So, raising dogs for meat doesn't seem like it makes a lot of sense, since they're more inefficient at digesting grains than herbivores, and feeding them meat to produce meat is also inefficient. Of course, some people probably just like the taste, and that's the cultural factor, even if they have to be fed way more grain per pound of dog meat than a cow would require.

  4. Yeah, I couldn't do it, but I feel the same way about eating insects. It may be that we're so food-secure that we can afford to be picky.

    Rand Paul accuses both parties of hypocrisy regarding government spending

    The DoS finally acknowledges handing over $80 Million in US tanks to terrorists

  5. Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Composer Was 48óhann-jóhannsson-dies-‘the-theory-of-everything’-composer-was-48/ar-BBIXsiJ

    Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning Icelandic composer musician and producer, died in Berlin yesterday. He was 48, and a cause of death was not immediately known. [more]

    The underestimated threat of land-based microplastic pollution

    "Although little research has been carried out in this area, the results to date are concerning: Fragments of plastic are present practically all over the world and can trigger many kinds of adverse effects. The previously observed effects of microplastics and nanoplastics on terrestrial ecosystems around the world indicate that these ecosystems may also be in serious jeopardy," [more]

    [wow, have you seen or heard about this, Mike?]
    We are beginning to feel a bit uneasy about all these birds: Thousands of birds invade gas station in Houston and the sky of Dallas within two days

    Unofficial world record for largest hailstone set on February 8 - 23 cm (9 inches) in Cordoba, Argentina

    Unofficial reports coming from Cordoba, Argentina mention a 23 cm (9 inches) large hailstone that fell on February 8, 2018. If confirmed, this will break the current world record for largest hailstone. [more]

    "Shove Your Head Up Your Ass, At Your Own Risk"

    I, Clownius is the ideal President for this dying moment in history. He exemplifies the character attributes that define this entire pathetic era: a vacuous carnival barker and sociopathic liar. He alone could make America Great Again. Lead circus clown in a society run by industry-owned salesmen and frat boy con artists. Granted, they're not too bright, but bright enough to con the serial-conned Idiocracy. They took the escalator ride up, but they're taking the elevator ride down. They have nothing left to sell...

    I'm seeing something of a trend here...

    Short Volatility
    "Low volatility": Utilities/ Consumer Staples
    Momentum Tech
    Carry Trades
    Junk Bonds
    Emerging Markets
    China Tech
    Marijuana stocks
    Rest of World

    Large Cap Internet (Amazon et al.)

    Any questions? [more]

  6. Wow, that's a lot of birds! Drawn to the gas station's lights, they say? Is this the first time they've used lights at a gas station in that area? Cuz if that's what it was, seems like this would happen frequently, and obviously that's not the case. Even Alfred Hitchcock would be impressed by those scenes.

  7. The above list, up to Large Cap Internet, had the "crossed out" feature, which apparently doesn't copy and paste. Sorry

    Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela's lawless roads

    US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

    The Marines Are Building Robotic War Balls

    A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines. The GuardBot is a robot ball that swims over water at about 4 miles per hour and then rolls along the beach, at as much as a 30-degree incline and 20 miles per hour.

    It uses a nine-axis stabilization, “pendulum motion” propulsion system, which moves the bot forward by shifting the center of gravity back and forth and a variety of steering algorithms.

    It took creator Peter Muhlrad some seven years to develop, but now that it’s complete Muhlrad says it can be rapidly produced in various sizes. Company documents suggest it can be scaled down to units as small as 10 cm and as large as nine feet. The company is planning to develop a prototype that’s 6 feet in diameter. [more; next up, Robo-Cop!]

    Florida man says his Apple AirPod exploded

    Earthlings, get ready for a close encounter with an asteroid

    Heads up, Earthlings! An asteroid will zip past our planet on Friday afternoon at 2:30 Pacific time, coming five times closer to us than the moon. [more; already happened but real close!]

    Deadly black mamba snake caught taking a beach day

    A reptile handler was summoned to a popular South Africa beach to capture a venomous black mamba snake spotted by a teen jogger.

    Rodrigues said it's unusual to find black mambas at the beach. He said the snake was likely trying to cool off from the heat.[more; video]

    New snow record set for Calgary, Alberta

    For this time period in February you have the most snow on the ground ever recorded—and in such an arid climate, it's a true feat to exceed 30 cm of snow on the ground for this region.

    Mountains of snow: Redfield in New York passes 300 inches for season

    [that's like 25 FEET of snow!]

  8. The last couple of days I helped Hambone with the initial work of putting in his organic garden in the paradise community of Garfield, TX, nestled up in the middle of a bend of the Colorado River. And we have so far lived! Lol... Anyway today I finally remembered to tell him a little about the JJFH. He's gonna check it out in the next few days and maybe, just maybe do a rant on the subject. Stay tuned....