Sunday, February 11, 2018

Event Update For 2018-02-10

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

2018-02-10 - Person found burned to death at 5:20 AM near West Capitol Avenue and 5th Street in Sacramento (California):

2018-02-10 - Scrapyard erupts in flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-02-10 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Toronto (Canada):

2018-02-10 - Utility pole bursts into flame near intersection in Tulsa (Oklahoma), blackouts ensue:

2018-02-10 - Transformer bursts into flame at intersection in White Marsh (Maryland):

2018-02-10 - Transformer explodes and burns in Dhaka (Bangladesh), six children injured:

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Texas):

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at airport in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2018-02-10 - Tour helicopter crashes and burns in or near the Grand Canyon (Arizona), 3 killed, 4 injured:

2018-02-10 - SOTT Earth Changes Summary for January 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2018-02-10 - Apartment building damaged by explosion in Rocklin (California):

Note: This is the 40th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-02-10 - Fishing ship 'Kamchatskiy Losos' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Murmansk (Russia):

Quote: "On Feb 10, 2018, at 4.15 p.m. The upper deck of the 'Kamchatskiy Losos' caught fire in dock 2 of the Murmansk Shipyard of the Navy in Murmansk. The fire spread about 80 square meters. No one was injured. The Ministry of Emergency Situations sent 27 people and eight vehicles to extinguish the fire which was accompanied by dense smoke."

2018-02-10 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Sanibel (Florida):

2018-02-10 - Boat explodes into flame near the island of Tenerife (Spain), 5 injured:

Note: These are the 188th, 189th and 190th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-10 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on the M1 near coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2018-02-10 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Dhaka (Bangladesh):

Note: These are the 91st and 92nd buses to burn in 2018...

2018-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-35 at I-240 in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 near Weedsport (New York):

2018-02-10 - Tractor trailer burst into flame on I-40 east of Kingman (Arizona):

Note: These are the 323rd, 324th and 325th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-02-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 4:23 AM on Highway 11E in Mosheim (Tennessee):

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on road near San Angelo (Texas):

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame inside tunnel in Gegharkunik Province (Armenia):

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on Mariners Way in Preston (Britain), near the River Ribble:

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame at 4:11 AM on Welholme Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Welholme Road, Grimsby. Sat 10 Feb 2018 04:11 (No:02472) Car fire. One hose reel and Thermal Image Camera in use."

2018-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on Wigmore Road in Aylesbury (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 10 February, 12.02pm Car fire also affecting two garages, service road to rear of Wigmore Road, Aylesbury. Two appliances and crews from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-02-10 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County (Florida):

2018-02-10 - Van, motorcycle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Moline (Illinois):

Quote: "Moline Fire said the garage was detached from a house but was fully engulfed when crews arrived. They said a van and motorcycle were inside."

2018-02-10 - Car and motel go up in flames on Grand Island (New York):

Quote: "Soluri estimated damage at $100,000 each to the structure and the contents, and said a car parked in front of the motel also was ruined."

2018-02-10 - Car and garage go up in flames on Hayes Road in Arleston (Britain):

2018-02-10 - Vehicles, skid steer and maintenance shop destroyed by fire at 12:38 AM in Black Hawk (South Dakota):

Quote: "Firefighters stopped the blaze before it spread beyond the shop where it started, but the equipment within the shop — tools, vehicles, a skid steer, ditching equipment and other related items — were lost in the blaze."

2018-02-10 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Montour Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-10 - Four auto parts businesses destroyed by fire at 5 AM in Pathum Thani Province (Thailand):

2018-02-10 - Barn destroyed by fire, fire spreads to home, in Higbee (Missouri):

2018-02-10 - Barn heavily damaged by fire on West River Drive in Davenport (Iowa):

2018-02-10 - Barn destroyed by fire at 11:15 PM in the Town of Sweden (New York), 2 dogs killed:

2018-02-10 - Wildfire breaks out, grows quickly to 2,000 acres, in Cochise County (Arizona):

2018-02-10 - Brush fire closes I-40 west of Winslow near Twin Arrows (Arizona):

2018-02-10 - Brush fire breaks out near Pu'uanahulu (Hawaii):

2018-02-10 - Cotton warehouse heavily damaged by fire at 4:15 AM in Lubbock (Texas):

2018-02-10 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire before 3:30 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-02-10 - Outbuilding destroyed by fire at 3 AM at recreation center in Fayetteville (North Carolina):

2018-02-10 - Fabric business damaged by fire in Fayetteville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2018-02-10 - Hospital damaged by roof fire in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2018-02-10 - Garment factory heavily damaged by massive fire in Delhi (India), 1 killed:

2018-02-10 - Garage destroyed by fire at duplex in Clifton (New Jersey), 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Milwaukie (Oregon):

2018-02-10 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 1 AM in Lawrenceburg (Kentucky), 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Bloomington (Illinois):

2018-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4:30 AM in the Lower Valley in El Paso (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 3 AM in Cobbs Creek area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2018-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by carport fire in Saint-Léonard (Canada):

2018-02-10 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Edgewater (Florida), nobody there:

2018-02-10 - Home destroyed by garage fire in Urbandale (Iowa):

Quote: "Urbandale fire chief Jerry Holt said crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the garage. 'It's a little early to speculate that it was a car fire or something in the garage, but that's where we'll be focusing our efforts when we start looking,' he said."

2018-02-10 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM in Fitchburg (Wisconsin):

2018-02-10 - Fourplex apartment building destroyed by fire in Cherokee (Iowa):

2018-02-10 - Fourplex apartment building destroyed by fire in Pullman (Washington):

2018-02-10 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 4:45 AM in Kentwood (Michigan):

2018-02-10 - Apartment building and law firm building destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Cumberland (Maryland):

2018-02-10 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home shortly before 2 AM near River Street in Castleton (Vermont), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Deadly fire burns home in Johnston (Rhode Island), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-02-10 - Deadly fire destroys home at 1 AM in coastal Freeport (Maine), 1 killed:

2018-02-10 - Deadly fire destroys home near Bloomington (Indiana), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Deadly fire destroys home in Madison (Wisconsin), 1 killed, injured:

2018-02-10 - Vacant home burns in Treme area in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-02-10 - Vacant home burns in Palmerton (Pennsylvania):

2018-02-10 - Vacant home burns at midnight in coastal Edgewater (Maryland):

2018-02-10 - Vacant mill destroyed by fire in Gloversville (New York):

2018-02-10 - Three girls, 10, 10 and 12, found dead in pond in Kabin Buri District (Thailand):

2018-02-10 - Man and woman, 30 and 27, found dead in car near hotel in Gyumri (Armenia):

2018-02-10 - Teen girl has 'medical condition' and dies at school in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "According to Metro Schools, Ariana Binave died unexpectedly due to a medical condition."

2018-02-10 - Person slumps over dead before 1:30 AM at bus stop in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "A witness reported seeing the body about 1:30 a.m., police reported. Video was discovered that showed someone sitting alone on a bench, then slumping over. There is no indication of foul play in the video, police said."

2018-02-10 - Woman found dead in the American River in Sacramento (California):

2018-02-10 - Man, 62, drops dead on street in Newhall (California):

2018-02-10 - Person found dead at coastal Border Field State Park (California):

2018-02-10 - Person found dead in retention pond in Dunwoody (Georgia):

2018-02-10 - Person drops dead near I-75 in Bartow County (Georgia):

2018-02-10 - Man found dead in the East Fork Lewis River in Clark County (Washington):

2018-02-10 - Man found dead in vehicle at business in Pounding Mill (Virginia):

2018-02-10 - Woman, 50 to 70, drops dead beneath overpass in Hammond (Indiana):

2018-02-10 - Man, 40 to 50, found dead near jogging trail near jail in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2018-02-10 - Man, 53, found dead near intersection in coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2018-02-10 - Woman drops dead at home on Cedar Avenue in coastal Pembroke (Bermuda):

2018-02-10 - Woman, 32, drops dead at hotel in Pokhara (Nepal):

2018-02-10 - Man, 64, drops dead at hotel in Kolkata (India):

2018-02-10 - Man, 48, Golden Globe-winning composer Johann Johannsson, found dead in apartment in Berlin (Germany):

2018-02-10 - Man, 56, found dead near coastal Inverness (Scotland):

2018-02-10 - Man found dead in pond in Harlow (Britain):

2018-02-10 - Man found dead at beach in coastal Peacehaven (Britain):

2018-02-10 - Man has 'medical episode', pickup crashes into home, in Modesto (California):

Quote: "The driver was traveling eastbound on Zuccaro Way when he apparently suffered a medical episode that caused him to crash into the house, according to Modesto Police Department officer Ryan Olson."

2018-02-10 - Small plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, plane skids off runway, in Mesa (Arizona):

Quote: "According to a Mesa Fire spokesman, a two-person plane crashed after its landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to skid off the runway."

2018-02-10 - Passenger bus has brake failure, bus and motorcycle crash, in Cicenang (Indonesia), 27 killed, 18 injured:

Quote: "A packed tourist bus returning from an outing collided with a motorbike and plunged from a hill on Indonesia's main island of Java after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 27 people, police said Sunday."

2018-02-10 - Double-decker bus overturns on street in coastal Hong King (China), 19 killed, 65 injured:

Quote: "The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was the Asian financial center's deadliest traffic accident since a 2003 bus crash killed 21 people."

2018-02-10 - Tanker truck overturns on I-65 in Blount County (Alabama):

2018-02-10 - Four tractor trailers crash before 5 AM, fire erupts, on I-10 near the San Marcos River Relief Bridge (Texas), 2 killed:

Quote: "Two people are dead and westbound Interstate 10 is closed near the San Marcos River Relief Bridge due to a crash involving several semi trucks."

2018-02-10 - Minibus crashes into truck, in Besoluk (Turkey), 9 killed, 4 injured:

2018-02-10 - Pickup truck veers off road, slams into man in driveway, in Canton (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2018-02-10 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3 AM, crashes, bursts into flame, near Fayetteville (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-02-10 - Two cars crash at 1:20 AM, on Route 7 in Brookfield (Connecticut), 6 injured:

2018-02-10 - Car veers off road, hits pole, crashes off Androscoggin River bridge, in Livermore (Maine):

Quote: "The crash occurred on Route 4 in Livermore around 8 p.m. Saturday, when a car struck a telephone pole before it went off a bridge and hit a snowbank near the shore of the Androscoggin River."

2018-02-10 - Car overturns and crashes into motel, in Reno (Nevada), 1 injured:

2018-02-10 - Power outage blacks out 19,000+ homes in coastal Exmouth (Britain):

2018-02-10 - Vacant mill collapses in Tameside (Britain):

2018-02-10 - Woman has 'medical incident' in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2018-02-10 - Person has 'medical incident' on High Street in Wickford (Britain), near the River Crouch:

2018-02-10 - Unknown cause knocks down around 100 huge Douglas Fir trees west of Seattle (Washington):

2018-02-20 - Lightning strike kills 17 goats near Helmeringhausen (Namibia):

2018-02-10 - Cyclone Gita and tropical depression TD08F hit Samoa and Fiji causing devastation:

2018-02-10 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Harlan County (Kentucky), state of emergency declared:

2018-02-10 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Malta:

2018-02-10 - Cape Town hit by a dribble of rain in South Africa, people rejoice:

2018-02-10 - Storm dumps 15 inches of snow on Chicago (Illinois):

2018-02-10 - More than 300 inches of snow has fallen this season in Redfield (New York):

2018-02-10 - New snow record set for Calgary, Alberta (Canada):

2018-02-10 - The underestimated threat of land-based microplastic pollution:

2018-02-10 - US Army now holding drills with ground robots that shoot:

2018-02-10 - US Marines building amphibious robotic war balls:


  1. Hey everyone, here we go on another week of "adventure!" War looks increasingly likely with each passing week, as does (global) financial collapse, while winter storms are sneaking in and destroying lots of property, killing animals, and decimating crops. We have people dropping dead, crazy accidents and all kindza shit bursting into flames (for no apparent reason - like the deck of a docked ship). Great job keeping up with it all, Jonny! Thanks for contributions and interesting stories from Mike D., Fran, and Tom N. During these times, some humor never hurts.

    Russia hunts for clues after fatal plane crash

    Among the possible causes investigators are looking into are weather conditions, human error and the plane's technical condition. The plane's crew did not send any distress signals.
    [more; they didn't include sabotage, which seemorerocks is all over]

    Monday, 12 February 2018
    More on the Russian plane crash and Uranium One


    [~ 20 min. Info-Wars video interview with Dr. J. Corsi]

    The mysterious Vyacheslav Ivanov on downed Russian jet

    Reports: "Trump Dossier" sources aboard the crashed Russian flight

    Roy Potter on the Russian plane crash

    Murder On Russian Plane and Q

    [~ 48.5 min. Roy Potter video]

    [not that anyone is paying any attention to the Las Vegas shooting anymore, but it's still a clusterfuck]
    Autopsy for Stephen Paddock released

    Review of Stephen Paddock's Toxicology Report - Las Vegas Shooting

    Clark County Coroner releases autopsy for 6′-1″ body with bad, missing, teeth but Stephen Paddock was 6′-4″ with good teeth
    Something is afoot at the Clark County Coroner’s office: Autopsy of “Stephen Paddock” reveals body was not Paddock, was rather someone else [more]

    Cyclone expected to be cat. 5 bears down on Tonga

    [includes Jonny's addition above]
    Double trouble! Cyclone Gita and tropical depression TD08F smashing into South Pacific Islands Samoa and Fiji causing devastation
    [more here too, on Tonga]

    Tropical Storm "Gita" passed near Samoa and American Samoa on February 10 and 11 dropping heavy rain and causing flooding and widespread damage.

    Gita reached Tonga on Monday evening, February 12, 2018 (local time) as Category 4 tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 231 km/h (144 mph) and gusts to 278 km/h (173 mph), leaving the entire main island of Tongatapu without power.

    The cyclone will enter Fijian territory today, passing the Southern Lau Group on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 possibly strengthening to Category 5. [more]

    [more below]

  2. 2017 was second-worst year for U.S. wildfires – Top ten years are all after 2000

    Tropical Storm "Sanba" (Basyang) to make landfall over Mindanao, Philippines

    Tropical Storm "Sanba," known in the Philippines as Basyang, formed February 11, 2018 east of the Philippines as the second named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. Sanba has slightly accelerated today while moving closer towards Eastern Mindanao. Landfall is expected in Caraga Region tomorrow morning (local time) or afternoon, February 13. [more]

    Regime Change

    This is not the end of the volatility. This is the beginning. Something about ten straight years of Central Bank liquidity being drained off as global asset values crash back to reality, is not conducive to low volatility. Ironically, the Fed is using Trump's tax cut as cover to normalize policy. [more]

    A mag 6.2 reduced by USGS to a 6.0 East of the Philippines hits The Ring Of Fire close by Tropical Storm Sanba and the volatile Mayon volcano

    The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water - like Cape Town

    1. São Paulo 2. Bangalore 3. Beijing 4. Cairo 5. Jakarta
    6. Moscow 7. Istanbul 8. Mexico City 9. London 10. Tokyo
    11. Miami [more]

  3. News Links, February 12, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    Moody's warns that US credit rating likely to face downward pressure in long-term

    Meet the world's next central banker: Mark Zuckerberg

    Necessary Fantasy: White House Estimates 3% Growth For a Decade

    German researchers find poverty risk increases with number of children [duh; unless you're ALREADY poor, oh THEN . . .]

    Bridgewater Bets Big against Largest Banks in Spain & Italy
    World's largest hedge fund puts down $13 billion to profit from trouble in Europe.

    What Just Changed?
    Though no one in the financial sector dares say this in public, the possibility that central banks can no longer sustain the illusion that risk has been vanquished is now front and center.

    Goldman's Shocking Capitulation: The Buy-The-Dip Era Is Dead, "This Is A Genuine Regime Change"

    Australia's big banks focus on job cuts as inquiry looms

    World Bank Chief Says Cryptocurrencies Are "Ponzi Schemes"

    Coincheck hackers turned $4.6m of NEM into other cryptocurrencies
    Darknet website facilitating laundering of stolen virtual currency

    Duterte warns he'll order navy to fire if sea wealth taken
    The Philippine president says he has no intention of going into war over territorial feuds but will order the navy to fire if other countries extract resources from waters within his country's exclusive economic zone. [more signs of desperation]

    Maldives unrest shapes into proxy fight for China and India

    Egypt army announces major operation in Sinai, Nile Delta

    Pentagon steps up its diplomacy in Thailand
    US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joe Dunford has arrived in Bangkok to emphasize that America is "not a declining power."
    If you have to say it, it's already a problem. -- RF

    Moscow Slams "Illegal US Presence In Syria" Following Pentagon's "Defensive" Airstrikes

    Bloody nose policy on North Korea would backfire: Ex-CIA analysts

    U.S. Misses Opportunity for Korean Peace at Olympics
    Despite President Moon's efforts to encourage diplomacy, the childish anti-diplomatic behavior of Vice President Pence undermined an opportunity for peace diplomacy at the opening of the Olympic Games.
    Pence doesn't understand that the first step on the path toward peace is conversation (no, I don't mean dialog, which comes later). Simple engagement in light conversation is what breaks the ice. "Nice weather we're having." "Do you prefer coffee or tea?" "How are your kids?" "Last week our dog really did eat our daughter's homework!" This is what establishes a rapport between the parties because it appeals to what makes us all human. Pence's childish attitude shows that he's not interested in peace, just subjugation. -- RF

    As two Koreas edge closer, US and Japan grow wary
    Kim Jong Un may be using Seoul to approach Washington

    Here's what war with North Korea would look like
    A full-blown war with North Korea wouldn't be as bad as you think. It would be much, much worse.

    Russian LNG Cargo Sparks Doubts About U.S. Energy Dependence

    Oil Prices Tank As U.S. Drillers Add Massive Number Of Rigs

    Oil Majors' Earnings Disappoint on Shrinking Refining Margins

    Fitch: European Oil Majors Adjusting To $60 Barrel For The Long Haul

    [continued below]

    1. Pence is so uncomfortable talking to "heathens" who don't accept Jesus that I think his handlers have told him to just shut the fuck up with foreign "unbelieving" leaders. He'd probably try to get them saved, which would be very uncomfortable to say the least, So he's told to just look "vice presidential". Of course he's such an empty headed dolt he can't even do that right.

      (Of course I'm totally shooting from the hip here, but wouldn't it be hilarious if it were true? Lol....)

  4. Turkish warships stop Italy's ENI rig in waters off Cyprus

    Oklahoma pulling up red carpet offered to wind industry

    Party On, Dudes (Kunstler on the shale oil industry)
    There is a similarity to Japan's whaling industry. Just as with that industry, money is poured into the shale oil industry to keep it viable, without regard to whether or not it's actually profitable. -- RF

    Gazprom warns Europe of gas shortage

    Fertiliser price hikes will cost farmers €36m (Ireland)

    Grief counseling for farmers as milk prices collapse (US)
    With milk prices declining to levels seen 20 years ago, the dairy co-op Agri-Mark this month sent farmers phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines and other mental health services along with the latest market forecasts.

    Suicide among American farmers is a major public health issue
    The suicide rate for people working in agriculture is more than double that of military veterans.

    Farmers squeezed by high fuel prices (Canada)

    A New Breed of Fracking Quakes Emerges

    Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu (US)

    National Guard to help deliver water after toxic chemicals found in Delaware town's wells

    Exodus Of Species From National Park Due To Electromagnetic Technology (Australia; PDF) [and that's still the old 3G & 4G!]

    Now Mattis Admits There Was No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People ["oh"]

    How creepy is your smart home? Really, very creepy

    You are being tracked. Deal with it.

    Hawaii Becomes Fourth State To Require Net Neutrality

    U.S., UK government websites infected with crypto-mining malware: report [like the 2 Russian scientists at a distant lab]

    Five Reasons To Be Absolutely Certain That The Establishment Is Lying About Syria

    Venezuela Is Moving From Crisis To Collapse

    Infrastructure Emergency: 50,000 American Bridges Are "Structurally Deficient"

    Last week, President Trump announced his proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program in his State of The Union address to the American people. He failed to mention that over the next decade, the federal government would provide very little money whatsoever for America's crumbling bridges, rails, roads, and waterways. [not to mention water and sewer systems]

    U.S. spending bill calls for sale of strategic oil reserves

    Equifax hack put more info at risk than consumers knew

    Top five US tech companies have lost $437 billion in market cap in the sell-off

    Stocks Get Messy, Dip-Buyers Get Crushed Again

    Three Crazy Things We Now Accept as "Normal"

    America: Just Another Sh*t-hole? Or will we get our republic back? [it's just another shithole]

    UPS, FedEx Sink As Bezos Launches "Shipping With Amazon"

    Ride-Hailing Is Deepening Social and Economic Inequity in the US

  5. Yeah, things just keep improving in Puerto Rico [and probably all the other climate-disaster areas]

    Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

    An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

    The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage. [more]

    Latest Midwest snow wave delays flights, makes driving tough

    [though I miss my youngest son and his family in CA (no $), i'm a little relieved at what i'd be going through getting there]

    A winter storm that moved across the Upper Midwest over the weekend ended Sunday after delivering a ninth consecutive day of snowfall in Chicago, and snow and freezing rain in Michigan and Indiana.

    The Chicago Department of Aviation said about 215 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport by Sunday afternoon. There were 245 flights canceled at Midway International Airport. That is significantly less than the approximately 1,300 cancellations at the two airports on Friday. [more]

    Beaked whale dies following stranding in Motueka, New Zealand

    Lightning strikes kill 4, injure many - hailstorms damage crops in Madhya Pradesh, India

    Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Northern Mariana Islands

    1 dead, 22 injured in train crash in province of Styria, Austria

    [one derailed into the other]

    At least one person has died and more than 20 injured following a train crash in the Austrian province of Styria. [more]

    [and checking in on the disease front]
    1 in 10 American deaths caused by flu, and climbing

    Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that's likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday. There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. The number for that week is expected to rise more reports are sent to the agency. [more]

    [well, one part of my practice at the club is actually healthy!]

    Get off your duff and shake your stuff: The health benefits of dancing

    [cue Zappa's Dancing Fool]

    Weather Bomb

    Following another record year of “natural” catastrophes, Canadian climate scientist and You tube activist Paul Beckwith works over our tenuous situation with host Alex Smith.

    [~ 1 hr program; toward the end the host asks Paul how soon before the first major city burns; lots more good stuff; he still has "hope" though . ..]

    [Best news I could find today. Here is a public hero]
    Paid by the industry: Woman dragged out of hearing for exposing Big Energy donations (VIDEO)

    "I got dragged out of House chambers ... Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee," Lucas wrote on her blog.

    The names include Delegate Charlotte Lane who received 20 percent of her campaign donations from energy firms, and Delegate Jason Harshbarger who received 38 percent, according to Lucas.

    Lucas took further aim at the alleged cosy relationship enjoyed by lawmakers and big energy lobbyists. "While lobbyists have the money to buy your time at fancy gatherings like the Wine and Whisky gala at the Marriott on Wednesday-members of the public have been allotted just about two minutes," Lucas said.

    State lawmakers are "getting paid to hand over your property rights to corporations," Lucas wrote on her blog. [more]

  7. You will probably pick it up anyway Jonny but there was a major fire in Sydney today. A large building, maybe under construction or renovation not sure, caught fire. It was at Circular Quay which is the main harbour ferry terminal for Sydney and part of the CBD. The fire was preceded by explosions apparently.I can't remember the last time there was a big fire like this in Sydney. So, on the water and preceded by explosions...JJFH comes to mind.

    Tom N.

  8. Thanks Australia Tom - yeah, that looks pretty bad! And in some of the pics, you can see the ocean right there.