Saturday, March 31, 2018

Event Update For 2018-03-30

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

2018-03-30 - Mysterious explosion alarms people at apartments in coastal Margate (Britain):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to Margate this evening (March 30) following reports of an ‘explosion.’ Crews attended at flats in Dane Valley Road at 8.34pm after residents reported hearing a bang and saw smoke inside the building. Two fire engines attended and crews did a thermal scan of the building and a thorough search, but there were no signs of fire. Firefighters were satisfied that the building was safe and left the scene at 9pm. There were no reported injuries. The ‘bang’ remains unexplained."

2018-03-30 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame at midnight on Betsy Parkway in St James City on coastal Pine Island (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap cars and metal burn, in Great Rollright (Britain):

Quote: "Plumes of smoke billowed across a village after a stack of scrap cars and metal went up in flames. Six fire engines fought a large fire which had engulfed cars, metal and tyres at a scrap metal yard in Great Rollright, near Chipping Norton."

2018-03-30 - Waste facility damaged by fire on Varner Drive in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2018-03-30 - Warehouse full of classic cars destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM in Kerkrade (Netherlands):

Quote: "A warehouse filled with vintage cars was destroyed in a fire in Kerkrade, Limburg on Friday morning. The fire department has the fire under control and is working on extinguishing it, AD reports. The fire started around 5:30 a.m. in the warehouse on Wiebachstraat, near Parkstad Limburg Stadium."

2018-03-30 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, two flight attendants sickened, plane returns to Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "A Baltimore-bound American Airlines flight returned Friday to Phoenix after two flight attendants complained of feeling ill. KPNX-TV reported that two flight attendants complained of feeling nauseous and dizzy and with a sore throat. The aircraft landed safely and hazardous materials crews are investigating an odor on the plane. Earlier reports of several passengers feeling ill were inaccurate, officials said."

2018-03-30 - Small plane crashes, possibly on fire, near Ashville (Alabama), 1 killed:

Quote: "Woman said she saw ball of fire in the sky Wednesday..."

Quote: "She lives on Straight Mountain on the St. Clair County and Blount County line. She said when she went outside that morning, she saw what looked like a ball of fire. 'It started falling and it went a third of his house down, and it blocked my view,' said Garrett."

2018-03-30 - Around 10 boats and 10 RVs destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM while parked at storage facility along Lake Lewisville in The Colony (Texas):

Quote: "The fire erupted at 3:45 a.m., and The Colony firefighters contained the flames to just one wing of the storage facility, burning about 20 boats and RVs."

2018-03-30 - Boat, RV and two cars destroyed by fire on coastal Bethel Island (California):

Quote: "In total, a motorhome, a boat, and two cars were deemed a total loss with an estimated dollar amount of $50,000."

Note: These are the 307th-317th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018, and these are the 159th-169th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-30 - Shuttle bus bursts into flame at London Stansted Airport in Stansted (Britain):

Note: This is the 221st bus to burn in 2018...

2018-03-30 - Passenger train hit by fire, two coaches burn, in Konyovo (Bulgaria):

2018-03-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM on I-5 in Redding (California):

2018-03-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-190 near Buffalo (New York):

2018-03-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 82 in Lee County (Georgia):

Note: These are the 644th, 645th and 646th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-03-30 - Three box trucks go up in flames at 2:30 AM while parked at property in Riccall (Britain):

Quote: "A19, Riccall Time 02:30 Crews from Selby, York, Acomb and Huntington attended a fire to property where three large goods vehicles were on fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. Crews used hose reel jets and breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire."

2018-03-30 - Box truck bursts into flame in Stoke St. Milborough (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Van bursts into flame while parked at Live Oak Plaza in Live Oak (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Van bursts into flame on the M5 near Cullompton (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Van bursts into flame in Wookey Hole (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home on Route 19 in Le Roy (New York):

2018-03-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame in parking lot in San Angelo (Texas):

2018-03-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at home on Sotier Place in Wood River (Illinois):

2017-03-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Grey Road 1 near Wiarton (Canada):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame just before 5:25 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Bloomfield (Connecticut):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Southington (Connecticut):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame at McDonald's in coastal Kailua (Hawaii):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on Main Street in Summerville (South Carolina):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on Route 6 in Brewster (New York):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on I-27 in Lubbock (Texas):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway near coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame at 11:58 PM on Tumbeelluwa Place in Orange (Australia):

2018-03-30 - In three separate incidents, within 3 hours, four cars go up in flames while parked in coastal Oslo (Norway):

Quote: "He believes that it is striking that three fires broke out in such a short time, but emphasised that they are not yet sure whether the fires were caused by arson. On the other hand, the police also found no other reasons why the cars would catch fire."

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on the seafront in coastal Ta' Xbiex on the island of Malta:

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on bridge in Hyderabad (India):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame at home on High Legh Road in Lymm (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on Fairlee Road in coastal Newport on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame at 1:04 AM on Fen Road in Holbeach (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on the A449 near Wolverhampton (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame on Turreff Avenue in Donnington (Britain):

2018-03-30 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM on the M40 near Beaconsfield (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 30 March, 2.30am Car fire, M40 northbound between junctions 1a (M25 interchange) and 2 (Beaconsfield). One appliance and crew from Beaconsfield, two from High Wycombe and an officer attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus."

2018-03-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-75 near airport in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-126 in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-03-30 - Forklift bursts into flame at business in Rothschild (Wisconsin):

2018-03-30 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at marina in Moss Bluff (Louisiana):

2018-03-30 - Pickup truck, car(s), motorcycle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Greene Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A Mercer County man says he lost 'all of his toys' after a fire in his Greene Township garage on Friday. Inside, Sam Conover stored several classic cars, including a restored 1966 Pontiac GTO and a 1945 Dodge pickup truck. He also had a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle inside. The garage, along with all of the vehicles, were destroyed."

2018-03-30 - Vehicle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Mason City (Iowa):

2018-03-30 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in Charles City (Iowa):

2018-03-30 - Nissan dealership damaged by fire before 6:30 AM in Chesterfield (Virginia), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Maintenance building goes up in flames at university in Overton (Texas):

Quote: "The building houses the equipment for the center. Crews were able to salvage some of the equipment while extinguishing the fire, including lawn mowers and tractors."

2018-03-30 - Kennel destroyed by fire before 5 AM in Fruitport Township (Michigan), around 30 dogs killed:

2018-03-30 - Grain elevator heavily damaged by fire at 4:30 AM in Hanley Falls (Minnesota), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Business destroyed by fire at 2 AM near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

2018-03-30 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire at 4:20 AM in Richmond (Indiana):

2018-03-30 - Church camp hit by fire, cabin destroyed, near Chouteau (Oklahoma):

2018-03-30 - Recycling warehouse and 3 more warehouses destroyed by massive fire in coastal Batu Maung (Malaysia):

2018-03-30 - Garage damaged by fire at home in Lakewood (New Jersey):

2018-03-30 - Garage heavily damaged by fire at home in Concord (North Carolina), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Mobile home destroyed by fire near the Columbia River in Kennewick (Washington):

2018-03-30 - Two mobile homes go up in flames in coastal Davie (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey), 1 injured:

2018-03-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:43 AM on Vineyard Avenue in North Middletown (New Jersey), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by fire in Campbell (Ohio), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Waterfront home destroyed by huge fire near coastal Kingston (Washington), nobody there:

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by fire in Boiling Spring Lakes (North Carolina):

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by fire in Woodward (Iowa):

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in Omaha (Nebraska):

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by garage fire in Odenton (Maryland):

2018-03-30 - Home destroyed by fire near Puslinch Lake (Canada):

2018-03-30 - Triple-decker home heavily damaged by fire in Salem (Massachusetts):

2018-03-30 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 2 AM in Lebanon (New Hampshire), 8 injured:

2018-03-30 - Deadly fire destroys pickup truck and home just before midnight in Hattiesburg (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2018-03-30 - Deadly fire burns home in Timber Oaks area in Houston (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-03-30 - Deadly fire burns home at midnight in Thomasville (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-03-30 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Houma (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2018-03-30 - Vacant building burns in Hollywood (California):

2018-03-30 - Vacant home burns before 4:30 AM in Glastonbury (Connecticut):

2018-03-30 - Vacant home burns just before 3 AM in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2018-03-30 - Man dies after being pulled from swimming pool at fitness center in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "A man died hours after a swimmer found him at the bottom of a gym pool Friday morning."

2018-03-30 - Man, 35, has 'medical emergency' at jail, dies shortly later, in coastal Escambia County (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Man found dead in the water at beach in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2018-03-30 - Man found dead in the water at Washington Park in coastal Anacortes (Washington):

2018-03-30 - Woman, 68, found dead in the East River in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-03-30 - Middle-aged man found dead at Storm King Mountain State Park (New York), near the Hudson River:

2018-03-30 - Man, 51, found dead in creek near his home in Ravenna (Kentucky):

2018-03-30 - Man, 61, found dead in parking lot at Home Depot in Howell (New Jersey):

2018-03-30 - Man, 33, found dead on Clark Avenue in Albany (Georgia):

2018-03-30 - Person found dead shortly after 5 AM on Sixth Avenue in Regina (Canada):

2018-03-30 - Woman found dead on beach near overlook near coastal Lennox Head (Australia):

2018-03-30 - Woman in her 20s found dead near Riverside Road in East Fremantle (Australia):

2018-03-30 - Man, 21, found dead near road in Teakettle (Belize):

2018-03-30 - Man, 56, found dead in dam reservoir in Pollchi (India):

2018-03-30 - Man found dead in the Upper Chenab Canal near Sambrial (Pakistan):

2018-03-30 - Man found dead in the Gcuwa River near Butterworth (South Africa):

2018-03-30 - Man, 58, found dead in the water at coastal Boardwalk Beach on the island of Jamaica:

2018-03-30 - Man, 56, has 'medical episode', pickup plunges into retention pond, in Seminole County near Lake Mary (Florida), 1 injured:

Quote: "A 56-year-old Deltona man is hospitalized in stable condition after experiencing a medical episode that caused him to drive into a retention pond off Interstate 4 in Seminole County, the Florida Highway Patrol said Friday."

2018-03-30 - Driver has 'medical issue', car stops on I-35, gets hit by another car, near Clear Lake (Iowa), 5 injured:

Quote: "Five people were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 near Clear Lake Friday, according to the Iowa State Patrol. Sgt. Mindy Coe said a vehicle was stopped near mile marker 197 on southbound I35 just before noon after the driver was believed to have suffered a medical issue. While that vehicle was stopped, another vehicle struck it, causing one of them to end up on its roof. Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries and several people were taken to the hospital according to Coe."

2018-03-30 - Man, 78, has 'medical problem', car hits parked pickup, in Seminole (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "A 78-year-old man died Friday, March 30, when he experienced a medical problem and lost control of his car on Park Boulevard."

2018-03-30 - Man has 'medical episode', car veers off road, crashes into home, in Kirwan (Australia), 6 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A Queensland Police spokesman said the man is understood to have experienced a medical episode before the car crashed into a residence on Thuringowa Drive."

2018-03-30 - Two US Marine Corps Harrier jets make emergency landing at airport in Yakima (Washington), electrical problem:

Quote: "Officials say two U.S. Marine Corps Harrier jets made an emergency landing at the Yakima airport. Multiple news outlets report the planes touched down Friday afternoon at Yakima Air Terminal. Officials told KIMA-TV one of the jets had an electrical malfunction."

2018-03-30 - Small plane lands at airport, runs off runway, in Pembroke Pines (Florida):

2018-03-30 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Dorris (California):

2018-03-30 - Small plane crashes in field in Lufkin (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-03-30 - Small plane crashes at air show near Lake Wanaka in Wanaka (New Zealand):

2018-03-30 - Fishing ship sunk by two rogue waves near Hawaii:

2018-03-30 - Passenger bus veers off road, hits pole, bursts into flame, near Igdir (Turkey), 17 killed, 36 injured:

2018-03-30 - Tractor trailer veers off road, plows into business, in Amarillo (Texas):

Quote: "According to DPS, the semi was headed west on I-40 when it veered into the eastbound lanes, crossed the embankment and crashed into the building."

Note: An unknown rotten egg odor just blew through Amarillo too, mentioned in the 2018-03-27 update...

2018-03-30 - Heavy truck's brakes fail, truck overturns, in coastal Phuket (Thailand):

2018-03-30 - Van veers off road at 4:51 AM, crashes into storage facility, in Temple (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-03-30 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Plainville (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2018-03-30 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, in Oakwood (Ohio):

2018-03-30 - Utility truck slams into 3 parked cars, in coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 injured:

2018-03-30 - Car veers off road, slams into pole, in Moorhead (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "The driver was unresponsive when first responders arrived on the scene and appeared to have some sort of medical condition, Stafford said, but he did not know if the medical issue had occurred before or after the crash."

2018-03-30 - Pit bull attacks and injures man in Springfield (Illinois):

2018-03-30 - Pit bull attacks and injures boy on street in coastal Kaohsiung (Taiwan):

2018-03-30 - Draining peatlands gives global rise to greenhouse laughing-gas emissions:

2018-03-30 - Mud volcano erupts near coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2018-03-30 - Hailstorm pounds Vontimitta (India), 4 killed, 30 injured:

Quote: "One woman among the deceased, was reported to have died of a heart attack."

Note: Did she get rain on her head before she dropped dead?

2018-03-30 - Massive storm with hail the size of tennis balls damages crops and homes in Rautahat (Nepal):

2018-03-30 - Hailstorm damages crop and property in Bhutan:

2018-03-30 - Rivers overflow flooded areas in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey:

2018-03-30 - Meteor lights up the sky over northeastern Alberta (Canada):

2018-03-30 - Large and long-lasting sand vortex forms near flaming gas rig in the Middle East:

2018-03-30 - EPA poised to roll back car pollution rules and allow cars to pollute more:

Note: Well, there's another way to get us all comfortably residing in a cemetery sooner rather than later...

2018-03-30 - How Pruitt's EPA is delaying, weakening and repealing clean air rules:

2018-03-30 - ‘Extreme’ fossil fuel investments have surged under Donald Trump, report reveals:

2018-03-30 - Judge rejects Exxon's attempt to shut down climate fraud investigations:


  1. For those of us into religious ceremony: Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring Equinox, Happy Mithra celebration (and more)

    Mithra: The Pagan Christ

    Over the centuries—in fact, from the earliest Christian times—Mithraism has been compared to Christianity, revealing numerous similarities between the two faiths' doctrines and traditions, including as concerns stories of their respective godmen. In developing this analysis, it should be kept in mind that elements from Roman, Armenian and Persian Mithraism are utilized, not as a whole ideology but as separate items that may have affected the creation of Christianity, whether directly through the mechanism of Mithraism or through another Pagan source within the Roman Empire and beyond. The evidence points to these motifs and elements being adopted into Christianity not as a whole from one source but singularly from many sources, including Mithraism.

    Mithra has the following in common with the Jesus character:
    Mithra was born on December 25th of the virgin Anahita.
    The babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger and attended by shepherds.
    He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
    He had 12 companions or "disciples."
    He performed miracles.
    As the "great bull of the Sun," Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace.
    He ascended to heaven.
    Mithra was viewed as the Good Shepherd, the "Way, the Truth and the Light," the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah.
    Mithra is omniscient, as he "hears all, sees all, knows all: none can deceive him."
    He was identified with both the Lion and the Lamb.
    His sacred day was Sunday, "the Lord's Day," hundreds of years before the appearance of Christ.
    His religion had a eucharist or "Lord's Supper."
    Mithra "sets his marks on the foreheads of his soldiers."
    Mithraism emphasized baptism. [more]

    Other than that, good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike, Tom N., LL and anonymous readers who occasionally comment and may be checking in today.

    What's up with Connecticut? Geez, for such a small state to be mentioned so many times in today's report is a tad unusual. Britain, of course, leads the list, but PA is nowhere to be found!

    Let's see what today brings.

    [continued below]

  2. [hopefully, this will be the end of this nonsense]
    'Smoking gun' text messages show that it was Obama White House - NOT Russia - that interfered in 2016 election

    Newly leaked text messages show that RussiaGate was planned and coordinated by Intel leaders and Obama administration months before the November election [more]

    New US National Security Advisor John Bolton supports terrorists

    Bolton - Israel's agent inside the US

    Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel's Agenda in Lebanon

    Study: Super typhoon may flood a third of Tokyo

    One-third of central Tokyo could be left under water and nearly four million people affected if a super typhoon were to strike Japan's capital, causing storm surges, a new study has warned.

    The Tokyo metropolitan government unveiled on Friday its first estimate of the capital city's vulnerability to damage from typhoon-related high tidal waves, as risks of storm damage continue to rise globally.

    According to the report, 212 sq km, or one third of Tokyo's central area, could be inundated to a maximum depth of 10m if a super typhoon creates high tidal waves. [more; 10m!?]

    The plague is back! After the worst outbreak in 50 years last year and 7 countries confirming outbreaks New Mexico is the latest to confirm the disease

    The New Mexico Department of Health is warning residents the first case of plague this year has been contracted by a dog in Santa Fe County. [more]

    Drought affecting 99 percent of New Mexico

    Argentinian pilot films close encounter with UFO's passing dangerously close to his private plane

    An Argentine pilot had an extremely close encounter with unidentified flying objects; luckily he was able to record a video clip of the X-Files-like experience with the help of his trusty smartphone.

    The video clip of two mysterious flying objects passing just meters in front of a cockpit at high speeds has made a buzz on YouTube. [more]

    [more below]

  3. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Interior Dept. should be a partner with oil companies – “If anything is un-American, it’s this administration’s persistent attacks on America’s public lands”

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency should be a partner with oil and gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory reviews with an uncertain outcome are “un-American.”

    Speaking Tuesday to a major energy-industry conference, Zinke described the Trump administration’s efforts to increase offshore drilling, reduce regulations, and streamline inspections of oil and gas operators. [more]

    [oh, by all means speed up the process of destroying the land]

    Why are big, insect-eating birds disappearing? Maybe we’re running low on bugs.

    In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, researchers led by biologist Philina English of Simon Fraser University describe their ingenious workaround: they used museum specimens of whip-poor-wills, a medium-sized insect-eater whose populations are falling by 3.5 percent each year, as biological time machines. By contrasting the chemical composition of their bodies with the composition of living whip-poor-wills, the researchers could extrapolate how the birds used to eat.

    “These results are consistent with the hypothesis that aerial insectivore populations are declining due to changes in abundance of higher trophic-level prey,” wrote the researchers. To translate that into normal speak: the birds are suffering because there seems to be a lot fewer big bugs than there used to be. [more]

    Amazon rainforest hit by surge in small-scale deforestation, study finds

    A new study finds small-scale deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has been increasing over the past decade, with new hotspots emerging in Bolivia and Peru. The news somewhat dampens Brazil’s touted successes at combatting deforestation, with researchers saying the country’s forest monitoring system is not capable of detecting small areas of forest loss. [more]

    Trump appoints endangered species foe to oversee protection of America’s most imperiled wildlife – “Putting Combs in charge of the Fish and Wildlife Service is like appointing an arsonist as the town fire marshal”

    The Trump administration has quietly named Susan Combs — an outspoken foe of endangered species and a climate change denier — as acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks. She now oversees the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the endangered species it protects. [more]

    Tropical Cyclone develops in Fiji waters

    In Unprecedented Move, China Plans To Pay For Oil Imports With Yuan Instead Of Dollars

    Just days after Beijing officially launched Yuan-denominated crude oil futures (with a bang, as shown in the chart below, surpassing Brent trading volume) which are expected to quickly become the third global price benchmark along Brent and WTI, China took the next major step in the challenging the Dollar's supremacy as global reserve currency (and internationalizing the Yuan) when on Thursday Reuters reported that China took the first steps to paying for crude oil imports in its own currency instead of the US Dollars. [more]

    [and, the rest below]

  4. All E. Ghouta towns liberated, key Damascus highway open after 7yrs of blockade – Syrian military

    CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS: French Troops Are Growing In Northern Syria

    French troops are currently deploying five military bases in northern Syria in the area controlled by the forces of Washington-backed and Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) as reported by Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

    According to Turkish media, more than 70 members of the French Special Forces are at the Lafarge cement factory near Mistanur Hill and Harab-Isk.

    All this comes just 24 hours after the rupture between Ankara and Paris’s relations and the reception of President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysées Palace with the political and military delegation of the Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Kurdish alliance.

    Brutal Choice in Houston: Sell Home at a Loss or Face New Floods

    Hundreds of homeowners in Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch, a quiet subdivision in a west Houston suburb, are mired in a slow, frustrating effort to rebuild. Others have formed an uneasy exodus, their attachment to familiar places and routines irreparably battered by a storm that dumped 50-plus inches and caused widespread flooding. They are now selling their gutted homes at well below pre-storm prices.

    The fundamental decision — stay or go — is one being faced by homeowners all around the Houston area. As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms like Harvey, no neighborhood is immune from being flooded again. [more]

    ["city planners" ALLOWED homes to be built on a floodplain!]

    Wildfire burns about 250 acres on Santa Cruz Island

    Firefighting costs, 1985-2017

    [see comment also, not by me]

    Visualizing increasing costs of wildfires

    [the graphs tell the story with both of these posts]

    Hazardous Immorality 2018

    The global "everything bubble" is ending. But don't tell anyone, because they're likely the ones who are imploding. The problem with bailouts, is that they don't teach criminals a fucking lesson, thereby leading to far bolder and more brazen crimes - the likes of which are commonplace today. I call this hazardous immorality, and once upon a time it was a widely known concept...

    Moral Hazard: "In economics, moral hazard occurs when someone increases their exposure to risk when insured. This can happen, for example, when a person takes more risks because someone else bears the cost of those risks"

    But really, in a post-bailout anything-goes nihilistic Idiocracy, chasing revenueless Biotech, value-less crypto-currencies, over-hyped FANG stocks, and condo flipping,

    What's one more fraud? [more]