Saturday, April 14, 2018

Event Update For 2018-04-13

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

2018-04-13 - Rotten egg odor and methane blow in off the ocean in coastal Venice (California):

Quote: "The agencies worked to find the source of the odor and later said that upon investigation, the smell was determined to be 'natural' and no gas leak was detected. LAFD officials said meters used to test for gases detected only the presence of methane, believed to be coming from the ocean."

Note: The 'gas smell' had to be hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs, similar to the odorant added to natural gas to give it a smell. That's why people thought this was a gas leak. Obviously the smell wasn't methane, since methane is odorless, though I don't doubt there was ALSO some methane, since both methane and hydrogen sulfide are produced by anaerobic digestion in oxygen-starved areas like the bottom of the ocean, landfills, swamps, etc. Once the ocean burps up a concentrated enough cloud of hydrogen sulfide and it blows over a city like Venice, there are going to be a lot of dead people. Events like this are harbingers of what's to come, warning signs for those capable of seeing them. There are multiple cities along the coast in California that have formed committees to investigate why hydrogen sulfide keeps hitting their cities. More warning signs...

2018-04-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Des Moines (Iowa):

Quote: "A Delta Airlines flight leaving Des Moines International Airport on its way to Minneapolis had to make an emergency stop on the runway. Smoke was coming into the cockpit. About 70 passengers were evacuated off the plane without any issues."

Note: This is the 50th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-13 - Wildfires in the US Northwest in 2017 were the biggest ever recorded and had the same effect as a volcanic eruption:

2018-04-13 - Landfill erupts in flame in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2018-04-13 - Landfill fire breaks out on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten, cruise ship cancels call:

Quote: "Cruise ship Carnival Fascination will not call today, Saturday, due to the massive dump fire that started Friday afternoon. Fascination was the only cruise ship scheduled to call today. This adds another blow to the country’s Hurricane Irma-ravaged and still recovering economy."

2018-04-13 - Multiple wildfires rage across Oklahoma, 366,000+ acres burned, evacuations ensue, emergency declared, 1 killed:

Quote: "Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 52 Oklahoma counties due to wildfires. Under the governor’s executive order, which is in effect for 30 days, state agencies may make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions."

Quote: "Fires in northwest Oklahoma have killed one, burned over 366,000 acres..."

Quote: "The fires' spread comes as the United States faces a trio of dangerous weather possibilities this weekend: Besides the critical fire danger in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains, severe storms and tornadoes are forecast in the Mississippi River Valley, and heavy snow is expected for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest."

2018-04-13 - Auto recycling business destroyed by fire in Meriden (Connecticut):

Quote: "Dunn also said there were several vehicles inside the building during Friday’s fire. 'This building had a large fire load in it with all of the scrap parts,' he said. 'Vehicles burn very rapidly…the firefighters did a great job despite the circumstances that were thrown at us.'"

2018-04-13 - 37 cars go up in flames at Calamityville training area in Fairborn (Ohio):

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame while parked at Wright State University in Fairborn on this day...

2018-04-13 - Underground electrical explosion blows pavement apart in coastal Sunderland (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Chemical recycling plant devastated by mammoth fire in coastal Incheon (South Korea):

Quote: "Fire authorities issued a third-phase warning -- the highest level among alerts. Some 430 firefighters and 80 firefighting vehicles, including 21 pumps and 21 rescue vehicles, were sent to the plant. "

2018-04-13 - Paper recycling center damaged by fire in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-04-13 - Recycling center burns out of control in Wantirna South (Australia):

2018-04-13 - Brush fire burns through 7,500 acres in Wheeler County near Shamrock (Texas):

2018-04-13 - Wildfire threat causes governor to declare state of disaster for many counties in Texas:

Quote: "These counties are included in the governor's declaration: Armstrong, Andrews, Archer, Bastrop, Baylor, Bell, Bosque, Briscoe, Burnet, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Coryell, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Erath, Falls, Floyd, Foard, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hill, Hutchinson, Johnson, Kent, King, Knox, Lee, Limestone, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, McLennan, Milam, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Robertson, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Swisher, Throckmorton, Travis, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Williamson, Winkler, Yoakum and Young."

2018-04-13 - Wildfire burns 2,600 acres and destroys two homes near Capitan (New Mexico):

2018-04-13 - Container ship 'Maersk Honam' still burning after more than a month while being towed to Jebel Ali (UAE):

Quote: "On Friday, more than five weeks after the fire started, MSC said various hotspots remain aboard Maersk Honam, and firefighting and cooling operations are ongoing."

2018-04-13 - Fishing ship 'Dong Won 701' still burning after four days in coastal Timaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "Towing a burning Korean fishing boat out to sea from the Port of Timaru has been deemed too dangerous. The 70-metre Dong Won 701 caught fire while docked at the port on Monday night and authorities have been struggling to extinguish the fires since."

2018-04-13 - Oil rig damaged by sauna fire at 6:30 AM off the coast of Norway:

Note: This is the 339th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-13 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Rome (Italy):

Quote: "The company in charge of Rome's public transport, Atac, has launched an inquiry after another of its buses burst into flames – the seventh such incident this year. In the latest incident, a number 409 bus caught fire early on Friday morning as it was driving on the Via di Portonaccio, in the east of the capital."

Quote: "No one has been reported injured in any of the fires, which are common enough to have their own nickname among Romans: 'flambus', a reference to Trambus, as Atac was formerly known."

Note: I knew about a school bus that went up in flames in January near Teramo, but I hadn't heard about any of these burning flambuses, so these are the 241st, 242nd, 243rd, 244th, 245th, 246th and 247th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Knox County (Tennessee):

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-465 in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2018-04-13 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside business in St. Anthony (Idaho):

Quote: "The South Fremont Fire Department is working to determine the cause of a tractor fire in St. Anthony Friday night. Firefighter Rich Hansen tells a tractor inside the New Holland dealership at 105 W. 8th street caught fire."

2018-04-13 - Semi tractor, tractor (loader), camper, motorcycle and trucking business building destroyed by fire at 3:55 AM on West Green River Road in Ohio (Illinois):

Quote: "But inside the building was a fairly new semi tractor-trailer, a loader tractor, many tools, a camper, a motorcycle, and many other miscellaneous items. Those items were a total loss."

2018-04-13 - Tractor, truck, two four-wheelers and garage destroyed by fire, home damaged, in Tippecanoe (Ohio):

Quote: "The homeowners said they lost a tractor, their truck, two four-wheelers and all their tools, along with their garage and back side of their porch."

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 17 near White River (Canada):

2018-04-13 - Tractor bursts into flame on School Lane in Hindon (Britain):

Note: These are the 719th, 720th, 721st, 722nd, 723rd, 724th, 725th and 726th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-13 - Dump truck bursts into flame on Bristow Road in Bristow (Virginia):

2018-04-13 - U-Haul truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2018-04-13 - Boom truck bursts into flame at the Department of Public Works in coastal Somerville (Massachusetts):

2018-04-13 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on Highway 11 in Ontario (Canada):

2018-04-13 - RV bursts into flame on I-495 in Tewksbury (Massachusetts):

Note: This is the 189th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-13 - Campervan bursts into flame on Avon Road in Melksham (Britain), near the River Avon:

2018-04-13 - Van bursts into flame near Main Street and Tinkham Road in Wilbraham (Massachusetts):

2018-04-13 - Van bursts into flame on the M6 in Haydock (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Minivan bursts into flame on I-25 in Greenwood Village (Colorado):

Quote: "No injuries were reported, but traffic on I-25 slowed down Friday morning as emergency crews dealt with a mini van that had burst into flames."

2018-04-13 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home in North Port (Florida):

2018-04-13 - SUV bursts into flame at 2 AM on La Luz Avenue in El Paso (Texas):

2018-04-13 - Utility truck bursts into flame on I-16 in Bulloch County (Georgia):

2018-04-13 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway near coastal Upper Township (New Jersey):

2018-04-13 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Plains Road in Frankford (New Jersey):

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Wright State University in Fairborn (Ohio):

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Bahama Drive in Hopkinsville (Kentucky):

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Mattituck (New York):

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame on I-26 in Columbia (South Carolina), injuries reported:

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame just before 7 AM on Mungar Road in Maryborough (Australia), near the coast:

2018-04-13 - Taxi bursts into flame on Western Road in Tring (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame at 5:11 AM on Holly Tree Close in Ley Hill (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 13 April, 5.11am Car fire, Holly Tree Close, Ley Hill, One appliance and crew from Amersham attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame on Tongwell Street in Walnut Tree (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 13 April, 6.57pm Car fire, Tongwell Street, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame on Marlborough Street in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 13 April, 7.46pm Car fire, Marlborough Street, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus."

2018-04-13 - Car bursts into flame on Tongwell Street in Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 13 April, 6.57pm Car fire, Tongwell Street, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-04-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Cowley Hill Road in Austin (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-13 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 1:15 AM on Blatchcombe Road in coastal Paignton (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Around 12 cars and a storage unit go up in flames in Forestville (Maryland):

2018-04-13 - Auto shop destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Harrietsfield (Canada):

2018-04-13 - Barn goes up in flames in Washington Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-13 - Forest fire burns near Gap Road in Spring City (Tennessee):

2018-04-13 - Wildfire grows to 1,700 acres on Fort Apache Indian Reservation (Arizona):

2018-04-13 - Brush fire breaks out and threatens homes and substation in College Park (Maryland):

2018-04-13 - Brush fire burns 600 acres in Floyd County (Indiana):

2018-04-13 - Brush fire breaks out near the Intracoastal Waterway in coastal North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2018-04-13 - Mulch bursts into flame outside home, fire spreads to home, in Clayton (Ohio):

2018-04-13 - Cotton warehouse destroyed by huge fire in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "They expect several thousand cotton bales worth an estimated $1 million went up in smoke."

2018-04-13 - Industrial aluminum business heavily damaged by fire in Goldsboro (North Carolina), 2 injured:

2018-04-13 - Container business damaged by fire in Verona (Pennsylvania), near the Allegheny River:

2018-04-13 - Church destroyed by fire in Nowata (Oklahoma):

2018-04-03 - Industrial building destroyed by fire in Leicester (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Garage and vacant home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM near Cabool (Missouri):

2018-04-13 - Home damaged by fire shortly after 2 AM in Carrick (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

2018-04-13 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Shipyard Boulevard in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina):

2018-04-13 - Home destroyed by basement fire in Lynn Valley area in coastal North Vancouver (Canada):

2018-04-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in St. Matthews (Kentucky):

2018-04-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2018-04-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in New Tazewell (Tennessee):

2018-04-13 - Condo building damaged by garage fire in coastal San Diego (California):

2018-04-13 - Condo building damaged by fire in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2018-04-13 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

2018-04-13 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:20 AM in Rocky Mount (Virginia), 1 killed:

2018-04-13 - Deadly fire burns home in coastal Bronx (New York), 1 killed:

2018-04-13 - Deadly fire burns home in Joplin (Missouri), 1 killed:

2018-04-13 - Deadly fire destroys home at 12:30 AM in Okay (Oklahoma), near the Verdigris River:

2018-04-13 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in New Delhi (India), 4 killed, 3 injured:

2018-04-13 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just after 4 AM in Abbotsford (Canada):

2018-04-13 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on Bakin', Bacon Street in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "The remains of at least seven burned vacant homes sit in the one block of Bacon near North Market."

2018-04-13 - Vacant school destroyed by fire in Phenix City (Alabama):

2018-04-13 - Pygmy sperm whale washes up dead in Daytona Beach (Florida):

2018-04-13 - Man, 43, has 'medical emergency' and dies, tanker truck lightly crashes, near Brenham (Texas):

Quote: "A medical emergency is believed to be why a tractor-trailing carrying milk ran off the road in Washington County on Friday."

Quote: "DPS spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Morgan said the truck received minor damage and no milk was lost, but Willis was found slumped over the wheel and unresponsive when troopers arrived. He was pronounced dead, officials said. Morgan said the DPS' initial investigation shows Willis suffered a medical emergency and may have died before the truck crashed."

2018-04-13 - Man found dead in submerged garbage truck in canal along Alligator Alley in Broward County (Florida):

Quote: "'We’re investigating whether [the driver] had a medical incident or there was another cause,' Feola said. 'We don’t know why the driver didn’t respond to lights and sirens or why he veered off the road.'"

2018-04-13 - Man, 50, found dead in submerged car in pond near Hempsteade Drive in Union (Kentucky):

2018-04-13 - Man, 64, found dead and face down in creek near Mill Creek Apartments in Penndel (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-13 - Man, worker, falls off creek bridge and dies in Solebury Township (Pennsylvania), possible toppler:

2018-04-13 - Person found dead in the Columbia River in Vancouver (Washington):

2018-04-13 - Man, 24, found dead near Balsam Fir Drive in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2018-04-13 - Woman found dead in apartment in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2018-04-13 - Woman, 57, found dead near Intervale Avenue in Burlington (Vermont):

2018-04-13 - Person found dead in home in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2018-04-13 - Man found dead at Trine State Recreation Area (Indiana):

2018-04-13 - Woman, 55, found dead in dog park in Port Colborne (Canada):

2018-04-13 - Person found dead in the water at beach in coastal Azaiba, Muscat (Oman):

2018-04-13 - Man, 60, found dead in pond in Chenani (India):

2018-04-13 - Man, 51, found dead in the Baram River in coastal Sarawak (Malaysia):

2018-04-13 - Person found dead in the River Medway in Maidstone (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Man in his 50s found dead near Yews Lane in Kendray (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Passenger, woman in her 70s, has problems breathing on passenger plane arriving from coastal Alicante (Spain):

Quote: "The East of England Ambulance Service received a call at 12.18pm to reports that someone was experiencing breathing problems at the airport. The medical incident happened on Flybe flight BE4326 from Alicante."

2018-04-13 - Woman, 64, has 'medical issue', SUV plunges into canal, in coastal Gulfport (Florida):

Quote: "Police believe she experienced a medical issue before the crash."

2018-04-13 - Driver has 'medical issue', car slams into school, in coastal Pensacola (Florida), 1 injured:

Quote: "Pensacola Police say the driver appeared to have a medical issue before the crash."

2018-04-13 - Man in his 60s has 'medical issue', pickup crashes into transit bus, in Austin (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "According to Austin-Travis Co. EMS, the man in his 60s was driving a truck when he experienced a medical issue, causing him to collide with a Capital Metro bus."

2018-04-13 - Man, 60, has seizure, car overturns, on the M32 near Bristol (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A driver has described the terrifying moment he witnessed a man a having a seizure behind the wheel of a car on the M32, moments before it flipped onto its roof."

2018-04-13 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Minneapolis (Minnesota), engine problem:

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer crashes on Neches River Bridge at 6 AM, bursts into flame, on US 59 near Diboll (Texas):

Quote: "Officials say an 18-wheeler was traveling north on Highway 59 when it reportedly struck the guardrail of the Neches River Bridge south of Farm-to-Market Road 1818 and caught fire."

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer overturns at 1 AM, bursts into flame, in Birmingham (Alabama):

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer crashes off road at 3:30 AM, bursts into flame, on I-75 near Cleveland (Tennessee), show horse killed:

2018-04-13 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns, on US-127 in Ingham County (Michigan), 1 injured:

2018-04-13 - Dump truck veers off road, crashes into woods, in Henrico (Virginia), 1 injured:

2018-04-13 - Heavy truck crashes around in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand):

Quote: "Roberta Coutts' couldn't believe it when she heard a horn blasting and then spotted smoking tyres coming from an out-of-control truck."

2018-04-13 - Minivan crashes 150 feet off cliff onto coastal Montara State Beach (California):

Quote: "It marked the third time over the last month that a vehicle has gone off a cliff in Northern California."

2018-04-13 - SUV veers off road before 3 AM, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Temple (New Hampshire), 1 killed:

2018-04-13 - Car hits passenger bus, bus overturns into ditch, on highway near Sofia (Bulgaria), 6 killed, 22 injured:

2018-04-13 - Car veers over centerline, hits van head-on, on US 101 near Salmon Creek (California), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2018-04-13 - Car and pickup truck crash, fire erupts, on US 101 in coastal San Jose (California), 3 injured:

2018-04-13 - Unoccupied car rolls away onto street in Malvern (Britain):

2018-04-13 - Sinkhole opens near Ball State University in Muncie (Indiana):

2018-04-13 - Student has 'medical emergency' and goes into cardiac arrest at school in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

Quote: "Police and medics responded to Williamsburg Middle School Friday afternoon after a student suffered a serious medical emergency. 'There was a medical emergency in a 6th period class and CPR was performed,' an Arlington Public Schools spokesman confirmed."

2018-04-13 - Climate change is messing with your dinner:

2018-04-13 - Major climate boundary in the central US has shifted 140 miles due to global warming:

Quote: "A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests. Scientists say it will almost certainly continue shifting in coming decades, expanding the arid climate of the western Plains into what we think of as the Midwest. The implications for farming could be huge."

2018-04-13 - Global warming may poison monarch butterflies, study finds:

2018-04-13 - After Volcano Ambae erupts, state of emergency declared, in Vanuatu:

Quote: "Villagers on the Vanuatu island of Ambae were facing their second evacuation in seven months Friday after a volcano rumbled back to life and rained ash on their homes. Authorities in the Pacific nation have declared a state of emergency on the northern island, where 11,000 people were forced to leave last September."

2018-04-13 - Lightning strike kills 2 workers cremating villager's body in Odisha (India):

2018-04-13 - Tornado touches down and damages homes in Mountainburg (Arkansas), 4+ injured:

Quote: "A tornado has ripped through a tiny town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas, injuring at least four people."

2018-04-13 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the island of Oahu (Hawaii):

2018-04-13 - Blizzard closes I-90, I-29 and airport in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

2018-04-13 - Storm dumps up to 3 feet of snow onto the French Alps:

2018-04-13 - Exxon must turn over climate change documents, Massachusetts court rules:

2018-04-13 - GM letting 1500 workers go at plant in Lordstown (Ohio):

2018-04-13 - Burned-up home may sell for more than $800,000 in coastal San Jose (California):

Quote: "A fire-gutted home in San Jose’s desirable Willow Glen neighborhood, was listed for $800,000, local news outlet KTVU reported earlier this week. Since then, the property has already received one offer for more than the asking price, and the deadline for offers is Monday, said Holly Barr, the Realtor marketing the listing."

Note: If you want a house just like that in Detroit, they will GIVE it to you. Of course, you'd be in Detroit, so there's that...


  1. Geez, Jonny - what a report!

    CH4 and H2S blowing in from the Pacific regularly (enough to cause buildings to be evacuated), ships burning for days and weeks (!), there's the first submerged garbage truck I've ever read about, an oil rig went up in flames due to a SAUNA fire (?),
    ya don't wanna have a fire in NOWATA (or live in Calamityville!), wildfires all over the place, Milton Keynes had a 3-fer, and OK having serious fire trouble.

    Two small stories that stuck out: the 60 yr old guy that died driving and rolled his vehicle over, while a 40 yr old big rig driver died while driving and not only coasted his rig to a stop (crashing lightly), but didn't spill a drop of milk from his loaded trailer.

    Let's see what today brings.

    [starting with our "there goes the food" section]
    207 million eggs in nine states recalled over salmonella fears

    At least 22 illnesses have been reported so far, the FDA said Friday.

    The eggs were sold through retail stores and restaurants. They reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. [more]

    CDC identifies likely source of E. coli outbreak

    Health officials say chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region is the likely source of the current E. coli outbreak that has now sickened people in 11 states, and they're warning consumers across the country to avoid eating lettuce that may have been contaminated. [more; aaah - HOW?]

    Microplastics in your meal?

    Microplastics in the ocean are making their way up the food chain.

    The results of the study, published March 29 in Environmental Pollution, found that humans likely consume about 114 plastic microfibers each meal simply from household dust that settles on their plates. [more]

    Survival of the fittest in a toxic world

    What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves.

    Toxins of lead, cadmium, mercury, barium, strontium, and aluminum are pervasive in our environment and part of our daily lives.

    We are bathed in toxins from our food, air, water, soil, computers, cosmetics, and drugs, including vaccines. The toxins in the environment are the same ones swimming in our bodies, and in our children's bodies.

    [more below]

  2. [a little on the prez and "foreign policy"]
    Forget WW3: What We Just Saw Happen In Syria Is The Extent Of Western Power

    'Trump seems to be in the grip of the globalists' - Retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor (VIDEO)

    [so, in case you ever thought VOTING counts for anything . .]

    The swamp seems to be everywhere. [more]

    Trump is done: The coup is complete

    If there is one thing the last 48 hours have proved to me, it's this. Donald Trump is no longer acting President. The coup against Trump has been completed. [more; 20 reasons cited]

    [in the comments, someone said "The coup happened in 1963." The next commenter rolled it back to the beginning of the FED in 1913, and then even further back - to Andrew Jackson's admin.]

    [a quick check on the weather]
    Historic cold record broken for Edmonton, Canada

    We're talking nearly SIX months of overnight lows below freezing. [more]

    A powerful spring storm is pummeling the U.S.Midwest and Plains as summer is put on hold with a late-season storm causing chaos

    [a note from the banking sector]
    Wells Fargo faces $1 billion fine to settle loan abuses

    [they'll just order it up from the FED at 0% interest]

    Goldman Sachs analysts ask "Is curing patients a sustainable business model?"

    One-shot cures for diseases are not great for business-more specifically, they're bad for longterm profits-Goldman Sachs analysts noted in an April 10 report for biotech clients, first reported by CNBC.

    The investment banks' report, titled "The Genome Revolution," asks clients the touchy question: "Is curing patients a sustainable business model?" The answer may be "no," according to follow-up information provided. [more; money/profit vs life]

    Global shadow banking assets hit highest level since at least 2002 – In 2016, shadow banking grew by 8 percent to $99 trillion and now represents 30 percent of world financial assets

    The assets of “other financial institutions” grew to their highest level since 2002 in 2016, the Financial Stability Board says.

    Total assets of OFIs increased by 8% to $99 trillion in 2016, the body says in its 2017 report on the global shadow banking sector, published today (March 5). [more]

    [continued below]

  3. [We can be HEROS, just for one day]
    Indigenous environmental activist killed by military in Myanmar

    Human role in global warming censored from official National Park Service science report – “Censorship of this kind is something you’d see in Russia or some totalitarian regime. It has no place in America.”

    [from our Law desk]
    “Children’s” constitutional climate lawsuit gets trial date in October – “The court clearly recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis”

    Why have we done so little to tackle climate change? “In the end I did nothing just the same. And the same went for most everyone I knew.”

    A decade ago, the environmental philosopher Timothy Morton invented a new word: hyperobject. It describes something so “massively distributed in time and space relative to humans” that it eludes our understanding. The best example of a hyperobject is climate change. Its scale confounds our perception. It is everywhere—“viscous,” as Morton has it — and yet it is hard to see directly. Its implications are so great that they verge on unthinkable.

    William T. Vollmann’s new book, No Immediate Danger, tussles with the comprehension-defying nature of climate change. It is a 600-page amalgam of scientific history, cultural criticism, mathematical experiments, risk-benefit analyses of energy production and consumption, and diaristic meanderings through radiation-festooned landscapes after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The effect is bewildering. [more]

    [and from Medical]
    The looming epidemic threat – “We are not ready for a serious epidemic, an epidemic that would be more infectious and would spread faster than Ebola did”

    Somewhere out there a dangerous virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. It’s hard to comprehend the scope of such a threat, for it has the potential to wipe out millions of us, including my family and yours, over a matter of weeks or months. The risk makes the threat posed by Islamic State, a ground war, a massive climate event or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale by comparison. [more]

    [some news on Fire]
    Particulate matter from California wildfires linked to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events – “It’s a local problem, but it’s also a national problem”

    [and now OK and other fires contribute to this!]

    Wildfire smoke map, April 14, 2018

    Lloyd’s of London slumps to £2 billion loss over hurricanes and wildfires – 2017 was “the costliest year for a decade for natural catastrophes”

    [some news from the insurance industry]
    Lloyd’s of London has reported its first loss in six years as a series of natural catastrophes took their toll on the insurance market.

    The underwriters at Lloyd’s faced claims for hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean, earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires in California in what chief executive Inga Beale called “the costliest year for a decade for natural catastrophes”. [more]

    [last bit below]

  4. Ocean heatwaves becoming longer and more frequent – “With more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global warming going into our oceans, it is likely marine heatwaves will continue to increase”

    An international study in Nature Communications co-authored by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) reveals that marine heatwaves have increased globally over the past century in number, length and intensity as a direct result of warming oceans. [more]

    How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico – “It was an absolute mess. No communication, no coordination, no chain of command, and certainly no reasonable plans given the magnitude of the problem.”

    [wool YEAH!]

    Blackout in Puerto Rico is now the second largest on record worldwide

    Another power outage hits Puerto Rico, leaving about 840,000 in the dark, officials say

    The power company, in tweets Thursday, said that a tree had fallen onto the main line supplying power to the capital, San Juan, and its surrounding communities along the northern coast, and to the southeast part of the island. The tree fell as crews were clearing land in Cayey, a mountain town in southeastern Puerto Rico, as part of a power-restoration project connected with the hurricane. [more; "Next time, be more careful!"]

    [okay, maybe the next "below" will be the last one . ..]

  5. Sunday, 15 April 2018
    Crew of NATO frigate demoralised by Russian air force maneuver


    A couple of days ago the President of France Emmanuel macron made a loud public statement about the firmness of the armed forces and readiness to deal with threats. Also heard word about the intentions to launch a missile strike on positions of the Syrian army.

    However, 2 Russian aircraft managed to demoralize the crew of the frigate, who gave the anchor in the Mediterranean sea close to the coast, torn by civil war of the Republic.

    According to the publication "Quest France" "the Russians made a dangerous maneuver", violating the order of combat duty. According to the source, the ship's crew thought about the impending attack therefore failed to "properly serve". [more]

    THIS is what it is all about

    Syria Airstrikes Instantly Added Nearly $5 Billion to Missile-Makers' Stock Value

    [War is a racket]

    If all else fails try diplomacy - as the last option

    A sure sign that the West is on the back foot. Hopefully the Russians will NOT take the bait. This has always been used to allow their terrorists to strengthen and regroup.

    US & allies will try to get Moscow on board for new UNSC resolution after attacking Syria – report

    Pruitt Punditry/Weekend Reader for Sunday, April 15

    Sympathy For The Donald

    Whenever Trump does anything that his base doesn't like, they blame "the Deep State" - this amorphous society of conspiratorial elites who frequently and annoyingly co-opt their beloved sock-puppet-in-chief. When Trump bans Muslims or destroys Obamacare, he gets full credit. But when he blows up the budget with anything except tax cuts, that is the "Deep State" at work.

    Unfortunately, there is no organized Deep State - beyond the fear-driven belief in the now-collapsing status quo. To quote Gore Vidal, in the United States of Amnesia:

    "America's elite don't have to conspire, because they all think alike. The president of General Motors and the president of Chase Manhattan Bank really are not going to disagree much on anything, nor would the editor of the New York Times disagree with them. They were raised to think the same way" [more]

  6. On the story reporting that the major climate boundary in the US has shifted to the east, I totally agree because I've noticed over the past five or so years that tornadoes have become more common in the southeastern states such as Alabama. Tornado alley has expanded. And the tornadoes that often occur in the southeast are big ones too.

  7. Hey Mike!

    GM plant will lay off half of its workforce due to falling demand for small cars

    [will have no effect on fake unempl.]

    Putin: Further Western strikes in Syria contrary to Int'l law "will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations"

    'Tweet storm' as Trump blames Russia for missile strikes in Syria

    Craig Murray: Just who's pulling the strings?

    Ice storm pelts Southern Ontario with more than 550 collisions on Toronto-area highways

    Fluoride officially classified as a neurotoxin

  8. [my pick for article of the moment]

    EPA insiders bemoan low point in agency’s history: “The relentless tide of bullshit from Pruitt and his cronies is tough to deal with”

    The week at the Environmental Protection Agency has been a brutal low point in what many staff members refer to as the most difficult year in its near half-century history. An avalanche of allegations of ethical misconduct by the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has heaped embarrassment upon a watchdog struggling to adapt to the industry obeisance demanded by the
    Trump administration.

    “This sucks. It sucks big,” said a senior EPA official who asked not to be named. “People are so done with these folks. We wanted and waited for some adults to show up. But the relentless tide of bullshit from Pruitt and his cronies is tough to deal with.” [more]

    What gave the U.S. West its soggiest winter-type atmosphere on record?

    If you love atmospheric extremes, but you hate to see people in harm’s way, you couldn’t ask for a more pleasing event than the phenomenal infusion of moisture into the western U.S. from Friday into Saturday. No deaths or serious injuries were reported from the weekend rains, although Yosemite National Park was closed over the weekend as valley roads were inundated by up to 4 feet of water. The storm brought rain to unusually high altitudes for early spring, which led to a slight net loss in snowpack across the Sierra, but the rains also helped push the major reservoirs of central and northern California even closer toward full capacity. [more]

    About Those 'Nice, New, Smart' Missiles And The 'Chemical Weapons' Sites in Syria

    Maybe they also know that very few of their "nice new smart" missiles made it to their destinations. And maybe, just maybe, that has made them very nervous.

    US launched an impotent attack on non-existent Syrian "chemical facilities"

    The Comey-Trump feud turns vicious

    Prof. Jeffery Sachs: "We know they sent in the CIA to overthrow Assad"

    [Clueless Imbecilic Assholes]

    Why The Twilight Zone is still relevant

    Uneven, sometimes hokey, often didactic, yet clearly striking a nerve, The Twilight Zone is still watchable more than half a century after the series ended. Perhaps because, as the introduction to the first season put it: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone. [more]

  9. As you probably know Art Bell died on Friday. In my book he was one of the greatest natural radio talents of all time. He just had the knack for it.

    Anyway, he may have been a JJFH victim. He was found dead in his home. They don't know why he died. Apparently he had no known chronic condition that can be fatal. So I'm thinking....

  10. Yeah, I saw he had died. I was on the fence about including him, but I'm gonna. Hey, it doesn't cost anything. We'll never know for sure why he died, but when it's one of those 'here today, gone tomorrow' sudden-type deaths like that, you've definitely gotta wonder.

    1. Well it turns out that he had COPD which of course can be fatal.

  11. Art Bell was a long-time smoker and likely died as a result.

    Art Bell Dead: Radio Host Dies, Cause of Death Unclear

    In February 2016, he wrote, “On top of the trouble with the Stalker we had out here which was bad enough I am fighting a pretty bad case of C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which comes from Smoking for all my life until a couple of Years ago and I still fight it. I will try and do some fill in shows but it is a struggle. Tell your children about Smoking and keep telling them.”

    Even though that was a few years ago, it's not like COPD magically "goes away." There are drugs for it, but the condition severely damages the lungs, so as time goes on, one is ever less likely to recover from an attack.

    The spooky part about his death was that he had allegedly just finished investigating Area 51 with some people. So who knows.

  12. [some more detail here]

    Art Bell Dead at Age 72—Days After Supporting a Friend’s Plan to Drive Into Area 51

    Art Bell has been in poor health for decades and he was a heavy smoker, so I can’t say that his death comes as much of a surprise.


    Just before he died, Art was supporting radio host Heather Wade in her plan to drive into Area 51 as an act of civil disobedience. Initially, I chuckled at this plan, knowing that the camo dudes would simply be waiting at the entrances to detain Wade within seconds of her crossing the line. The fact that Wade’s “Area 51 Invasion” was going to be hyped for weeks in advance led me to believe that it was all just a publicity stunt for her radio show.

    Curiously or not, within days of supporting Wade’s plan, Art Bell died.


    Art Bell, dead on Friday the 13th, after endorsing a friend’s half cocked plan to drive into Area 51…

    (It’s pretty much perfect, if you ever listed to Art at all over the years.) [more]