Sunday, April 15, 2018

Event Update For 2018-04-14

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

2018-04-14 - Auto salvage business and cars go up in flames in Gary (Indiana), nobody there:

Quote: "Two firefighters were injured while responding to a blaze inside an auto repair shop and salvage yard business Saturday morning. Crews were dispatched at 8:12 a.m. Saturday to the business in the 3700 block of Arthur Street, according to Gary Fire Department spokesman Mark Jones. The business was vacant at the time, he said."

2018-04-14 - Wildfire burns out of control and threatens homes near coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "An out-of-control bushfire which has burnt through a major military base in Sydney's south-west, is now threatening several suburbs after it jumped a road. More than 140 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is threatening people in Alfords Point, Menai, Barden Ridge, Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Wattle Grove and the Holsworthy military complex. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) has told people in some of those areas it is 'too late to leave'."

2018-04-14 - More than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas:

Quote: "Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says 14 wildfires in the state have charred more than 572 square miles (1,500 square kilometers). The largest is in Dewey County, where more than 375 square miles (970 square kilometers) have been charred. Hundreds of people have been evacuated."

Quote: "There also are at least a dozen wildfires in Texas, including a 12 square mile (31 square kilometer) fire in Wheeler County in the Panhandle."

2018-04-14 - Cotton facility erupts in flame, wildfire ignites and rips through Martha (Oklahoma), town evacuated:

Quote: "Jackson County officials say the fire started at the a cotton module near town. Officials describe the fire as a 'sea of red.'"

Quote: "Martha residents evacuated from their homes on Saturday because of the extreme fire danger. 15 homes, abandoned structures and businesses have burned to the ground. Officials say some fire fighters have reported they were hurt while battling the flames. The Oklahoma Forestry Service called out a suppression group to Martha. They posted to Facebook that 4 dozers and 8 Type 6 engines with overhead are responding. The evacuees were taken to the Martha Road Baptist Church, and the American Red Cross has responded there to help as well. The fire spread from the northwest part of town all the way through southeast."

2018-04-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Flint (Michigan):

2018-04-14 - Paper recycling business heavily damaged by fire in Camden (New Jersey), near the Delaware River:

Quote: "Firefighters responded to the National Paper Company around 3 p.m. The original fire began at a recycling warehouse but has since spread to a similar building in the 1500 block of Ferry Avenue. It appears there was a lot to burn. National paper says it collects packages, recycles and sells more than 7,000 tons of recovered paper each month."

2018-04-14 - Particulate matter from California wildfires linked to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events:

2018-04-14 - Was there a civilization on Earth before humans?

Note: The rat people 30 million years from now will be wondering, 'Was there a civilization on Earth before rat people?' Then they'll get back to burning coal and oil and gas, some of it comprised of the remnants of human beings. The Big Fossil rat people will hide the evidence that burning fossil fuels causes problems, the conservative rats will believe them, the corporate rats will dominate rat politics and pretty soon the rat people will be dying off just like we are now, although the government rats will try to keep the impending extinction of rat people a secret for as long as possible, so as not to crash the rat markets or evoke too much panicked squeaking from the rat masses...

2018-04-14 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire shortly after 4 AM in Davenport (Iowa), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 99th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-04-14 - Tanker truck bursts into flame just before 2 AM near Ghost Pony Road and Diamond Hill Road in Berkeley Heights (New Jersey):

2018-04-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike near coastal Jupiter (Florida):

2018-04-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M1 near Trowell (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on Falkland Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Falkland Road, Hull. Sat 14 Apr 2018 21:00 (No:06951) Tracked excavator involved in fire. Two BA and one hose reel in use. Incident left with Police."

Note: These are the 727th, 728th, 729th and 730th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-14 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Bonneville Avenue in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-04-14 - Five garbage trucks destroyed by fire while parked at waste site in March (Britain):

2018-04-14 - RV and SUV destroyed by fire near Route 100 in Upper Pottsgrove (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-14 - RV bursts into flame on I-95 in North Attleborough (Massachusetts):

2018-04-14 - RV bursts into flame just after 5 AM while parked in Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "Eugene Springfield Fire received a call about a 'vehicle fire' on 52nd St. and High Banks Rd. in Springfield just after 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 14. Fire officials said the fire actually turned out to be a motorhome fire, which they actually need very different resources for."

Note: These are the 190th, 191st and 192nd RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-14 - Campervan bursts into flame while parked at home on Beckfield Lane in York (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Van bursts into flame on bridge in coastal Singapore:

2018-04-14 - Van bursts into flame at 4:25 AM on Dovedale Circle in Ilkeston (Britain):

2018-04-14 - SUV bursts into flame at 2:20 AM in Much Wenlock (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame at 1:56 AM while parked at home in coastal Bay Shore (New York):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame in parking lot at market in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame on Route 140 in Foxborough (Massachusetts):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame on Park Avenue West in Ontario (Ohio):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame at 6:38 AM at school on Perry Drive in Chapman (Australia):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame at 2:37 AM while parked near building, fire spreads to building, on Reservoir Road in Surfleet (Britain):

Quote: "A car and a timber-framed building were damage by fire after a blaze at a property in Reservoir Road, Surfleet during the early hours of this morning (Saturday). The incident occurred at 2.37am after an electrical fault in the car caused a fire that spread to the building."

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at the Swindon Outlet Centre in Swindon (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM on the A47 near coastal Great Yarmouth (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame on St Johns Road in Frome (Britain):

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame on Jonathans (street) in Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 14 April, 4.37pm Small fire in car, Jonathans, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Bletchley attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-04-14 - Car bursts into flame in Lowthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Lowthorpe. Sat 14 Apr 2018 15:48 (No:06922) Car fire, self extinguished prior to arrival of Fire Service. No action by Fire Service, inspection only."

2018-04-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked inside barn, fire spreads to barn and home, in Vernon Township (Michigan):

Quote: "According to initial reports, a vehicle caught fire inside a barn. The first later spread to a nearby house."

2018-04-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on New Circle Road in Lexington (Kentucky):

2018-04-14 - Motorcycle bursts into flame near Mill Lane in Bracknell (Britain), near Mill Pond:,+Bracknell+RG12+7SL,+UK/@51.4035414,-0.7688903,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48768099d38a7aab:0x93171c2800a0660a!8m2!3d51.4035414!4d-0.7667016

2018-04-14 - Scooter bursts into flame on Gower Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Gower Road, Hull. Sat 14 Apr 2018 19:05 (No:06935) Motor scooter severely damaged by fire. Hose reel."

2018-04-14 - Car, motorcycle and clinic staff quarters destroyed by fire in Nabawan (Malaysia):

2018-04-14 - RV trailer bursts into flame in Shreveport (Louisiana), 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - RV business damaged by fire just before 1 AM in Gardner (Kansas):

2018-04-14 - Barn destroyed by fire in Denmark (Wisconsin):

2018-04-14 - Barn heavily damaged by fire near Phippsburg (Colorado):

2018-04-14 - Barn destroyed by fire just after 3 AM near Mitchell (Canada), some livestock killed:

2018-04-14 - Wildfire burns 3,500 acres in Collingsworth County near Wellington (Texas):

2018-04-14 - Brush fire closes Route 37 in Lakehurst (New Jersey):

2018-04-14 - Pile of copper wire ignites on The Green in Deanshanger (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 14 April, 7.24am Pile of copper wire alight, The Green, Deanshanger. One appliance and crew from Buckingham attended. Firefighters used one hose reel."

2018-04-14 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-04-14 - Cabin destroyed by fire at Junius Ponds Campground in Phelps (New York):

2018-04-14 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Jackson (Michigan):

2018-04-14 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire just after 3:30 AM in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM on Buckelew Road in Bloomfield (New York), nobody there:

2018-04-14 - Two mobile homes destroyed by fire on Newport Street in Connellsville Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-14 - Home damaged by fire on SE Lake Street in Topeka (Kansas), nobody there:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:15 AM in Lynnwood (Washington), near the coast:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:17 AM in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM on Tacony Street in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), 2 injured:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly before 1 AM in Scarborough (Canada), 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Pineville (South Carolina), near Lake Moultrie, nobody there:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Virginia (Minnesota), nobody there:

2018-04-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire on West Beach Drive along Lake Ontario in Hilton (New York), nobody there:

2018-04-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on Mill Run Drive in Beavercreek (Ohio):

2018-04-14 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 1 AM in Brunswick Hills (Ohio):

2018-04-14 - Home destroyed by fire in Soddy-Daisy (Tennessee):

20187-04-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:45 AM in Waynesville (Virginia):

2018-04-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:09 PM, another home damaged, in Spencer Township (Michigan):

2018-04-14 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), 7 injured:

2018-04-14 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 12:30 AM at Waterleaf Apartments in Madison (Wisconsin), 2 injured:

2018-04-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Anaheim (California), 3+ lightly injured:

2018-04-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Seymour (Connecticut):

2018-04-14 - Apartment building destroyed by fire in Windsor Mill (Maryland):

2018-04-14 - Apartment building destroyed by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2018-04-14 - Motel damaged by fire in Colonie (New York):

2018-04-14 - Edgewater Beach Resort damaged by fire at 12:20 AM in coastal Dennis Port (Massachusetts):

2018-04-14 - Deadly fire burns home at 1:30 AM in Lakewood (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - Deadly fire burns home in New Castle (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Deadly fire burns home in Chillum (Maryland), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Deadly fire destroys home at 5:23 AM near Lake Shawnee (Kansas), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Deadly fire destroys restaurant at 3:30 AM in Euless (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Vacant home burns in coastal Elizabeth City (North Carolina):

2018-04-14 - Vacant home burns at 1:22 AM in Desert Hot Springs (California):

2018-04-14 - Man, 44, slumps over dead in pickup truck at fitness center in Sandy (Utah):

2018-04-14 - Person found dead along the Russian River in Geyserville (California):

2018-04-14 - Man found dead in the San Luis Rey River near coastal Oceanside (California):

2018-04-14 - Man found dead in Singletary Lake at Singletary Lake State Park (North Carolina):

2018-04-14 - Man, 67, found dead near waterfall on the OK Slip Falls Trail near Indian Lake (New York):

2018-04-14 - Person found dead on island in the James River in Westover Hills in Richmond (Virginia):

2018-04-14 - Man, 20, found dead in the Des Plaines River in Joliet (Illinois):

2018-04-14 - Man, 67, found dead in Cloud Lake (Canada), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

2018-04-14 - Man, 57, argues with son, has 'medical incident' and drops dead, in Inglewood (New Zealand), 9 miles from the coast:

Quote: "At this stage, it was looking like 'Eminukutepua had died as a result of a medical incident, he said.'"

2018-04-14 - Boy, 13, found dead in pond in Kota (India):

2018-04-14 - Man, 53, found dead in the River Chenab near Parhi Tanger (India):

2018-04-14 - Woman, 50, found dead in canal near Siliguri (India):

2018-04-14 - Man found dead in Ukkadam Lake in Coimbatore (India):

2018-04-14 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane diverts to airport near Lexington (Kentucky):

Quote: "A flight from Detroit to Orlando, Florida, was diverted Saturday morning to Blue Grass Airport because of a medical emergency."

2018-04-14 - Passenger plane blows two tires after landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield (Canada):

2018-04-14 - Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff, in Tabernas (Spain), 2 injured:

2018-04-14 - Passenger train derails near the Katni River in Katni (India), 12 injured:

2018-04-14 - Party bus veers off road and overturns, on I-80 near Waukee (Iowa):

2018-04-14 - In separate incidents, two tractor trailers crash, at 2:30 AM and 2:53 AM, on US 131 in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2018-04-14 - Tractor trailer veers off road at 6 AM, plunges into the Little Wabash River, on I-64 in White County (Illinois), 2 killed:

Quote: "According to Illinois State Police, 48-year-old Michael Goffinet of Gulfport, Mississippi was driving when, for unknown reasons, he left the road, drove into the median, and into the Little Wabash River. State police say both Goffinet and the passenger, 36-year-old Charles Boggs of Petal, Mississippi were recovered and pronounced dead at the scene."

2018-04-14 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-295 in New Castle County (Delaware), 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - Van veers off road, hits tree, on Cotuit Road in coastal Sandwich (Massachusetts):

2018-04-14 - SUV veers off road at 1:30 AM, plows into store, in coastal South Thomaston (Maine), 1 injured:

2018-04-14 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, overturns, in Bulloch County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Pickup truck veers off road at 12:15 AM, hits tree, in Highland Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2018-04-14 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3:15 AM, hits utility pole, fire erupts, in Hesperia (California):

2018-04-14 - Car veers off road just after 5 AM, hits parked tractor trailer, on I-24 in Whites Creek (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Car veers off road at 12:45 AM, hits home, on Zink Road in Exeter Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Sinkhole opens on road in Vanderburgh County (Indiana):

2018-04-14 - Power outage blacks out 15,000 homes in Vancouver and Burnaby (Canada):

2018-04-14 - Power outage in Puerto Rico is now the second largest on record worldwide:

2018-04-14 - Two-story restaurant collapses in Kota (India), 1 killed:

2018-04-14 - Building collapses in Nahuang (China), 2 killed, 2 injured:

2018-04-14 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, near Pittston (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-14 - At least 14 earthquakes in 17 days shake McAdam (Canada):

Quote: "A village in New Brunswick has been shaken by at least 14 earthquakes over the past 17 days -- and nobody knows what's causing them. 'Sometimes, I just think it's a truck going by,' McAdam, N.B., resident George Cook told CTV Atlantic."

2018-04-14 - Freak hailstorms and heavy thunderstorms kill more than 50 people in India:

2018-04-14 - Massachusetts' top court refuses to block Exxon climate fraud investigation:

2018-04-14 - World agrees to cut shipping emissions 50 percent by 2050:

2018-04-14 - Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered species list:

2018-04-14 - 207 million eggs recalled over salmonella fears:

2018-04-14 - Goldman Sachs questions whether it's a good business model for healthcare businesses to cure patients:

Quote: "Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is reportedly asking some very cold questions about the healthcare industry and whether it’s a good business move to cure diseases."

Note: This is why privatized profit-driven capitalistic healthcare is nonsensical and ultimately inhumane. It's often cheaper to let people die than to treat them. And it's often more profitable to treat the symptoms of diseases than to cure them. But it's better for SOCIETY if people get treatment for ailments and it's better for society if citizens are cured of diseases when cures are available. This is why all civilized countries have nationalized healthcare, keeping the emphasis on what's best for society itself, not what's best for the bottom line of corporations. Only idiotic governments prioritize the health of corporations over the health of their citizens...


  1. Garbage truck-palooza in this report AND 2 JJFH Hull events!

    Do I have to travel to India to put up DO NOT ENTER signs near all their rivers and streams (and wells)? Seriously - EVERY DAY someone or several people die in India's waters. WTF!?

    Homes and apartments continue to burn everyday too. Seems the only people taking notice are the ones affected by these incidents, and the casual reader of the news (and here).

    Massive Fire In Manteca Engulfs Apartment Complex Construction Site

    [~ 2.25 min. video with lots of details]

    The Increasingly Fragile Pine Island Glacier Just Calved Again

    [did you see this, Jonny?]

    A tornado was about to hit Saint James, Missouri, US. A resident decided to film the thunderstorm and eventually caught a strong lightning striking the ground.

    [short video]

    Lightning strikes kill 10 people and 12 cattle across Karnataka, India

    Lightning bolt kills 31 sheep on farm in Logan County, Kentucky

    Lightning bolt kills 4, injures 4 others in Maharashtra, India

    [from our Pollution desk]
    The world is scrambling now that China is refusing to be a trash dumping ground

    While Coal Ash Kills Americans, the EPA Stands By

    [Jonny: thanks for speaking out regarding health care; this is related]

    [mega-precip event - over 2 FEET of rain, GEEZ!]
    Severe rainfall strands dozens at Hawaii evacuation shelter

    Dozens of people are stranded at a Red Cross shelter on Kauai after a storm dropped over 2 feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.

    The National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches (68 centimeters) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei. [more]

    [next segment below]

  2. Strange objects with unusual shapes orbiting around the sun (video)

    Something strange is happening out there or it’s just a coincidence? Unusual objects have appeared the last years in imagery from ESA/NASA’s solar spacecrafts, orbiting the Sun.

    Strange horn sound recorded in Bristol, Pennsylvania (video)

    [sounds like a router]

    [here's another phenomenon I hadn't heard of]
    Lake Michigan rises over a foot in less than hour briefly submerging pier during ‘Great Lakes meteotsunami’ (Seiche)

    These pictures of the Ludington North Breakwater were taken just 10 minutes apart by Ludington photographer Todd Reed, after a quick rise in water level known as a seiche caused the lake to rise 13.9 inches in just 42 minutes around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. [more]

    [and now it's time to play "guess which animal makes this noise"]
    What is this weird animal sound?

    I just received this message from somebody living in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. There is this blackbird at dawn (5:20am)… But then at around 00:20 secs, this: [more; hear video, really weird]

    [I checked, it's nowhere near the coast, so not a marine sound]

    [more below]

  3. Rhea Fire in Oklahoma grows to 241,000 acres

    The Rhea Fire in Western Oklahoma has long since exceeded the 100,000-acre threshold to qualify as a “mega fire”. The most recent size estimate puts it at 241,280 acres. More than 500 firefighters are assigned along with three large air tankers, two type 1 helicopters, four single engine air tankers, two CL-415 scooping air tankers, an air attack plane, and two National Guard helicopters. [more]

    Five wildfires in New Mexico burn total of 19 structures

    Five large fires in New Mexico have burned 19 structures and over 57,000 acres.

    Now that the wildfire activity in Arizona and New Mexico is increasing, firefighting resources from across the country are arriving to assist the local agencies and departments. [more]

    Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported

    A massive storm system reaching from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has afflicted the central United States on April 13 - 15 with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain, and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating dangerous road conditions and killing at least three people. [more]

    Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria

    Severe weather conditions hit northern parts of Algeria on April 14, 2018, bringing heavy rain, flooding, and hail. A rare tornado was spotted in Batna Province. Rainfall of 25 - 50 mm (1-2 inches) was reported across north-central Algeria through the afternoon of April 14. Severe weather conditions persisted into April 15. [more]

    [I didn't know this until now, either]
    Our star is rotating on a helical orbit while spiraling up and down (spiral oscillation)

    According to my understanding, all structures in the Universe, including the largest one, are magnetically ordered and centrally powered. The Milky Way follows this standard cosmic model. The astronomical objects and celestial bodies of our galaxy are connected to each other and ultimately to the extremely powerful magnetic field at its center. This is the reason why stars, star systems and star clusters orbits each other and also around the central magnetic field, which is considered in mainstream physics to be a super-massive black hole. The Sun is also part of this galactic magnetic order and cannot be an exception among at least 100 billion stars. Those stars are not scattered randomly, but they are ordered into different groups that are orbiting each other. Thus, without a doubt, the Sun is a member of star system which orbits a larger star cluster. In fact, calculations and observations show that the solar system is linked to another star system. However, realizing the complete physical reality of our star is the biggest scientific task. The Sun is the cosmological candle that allows us to visualize the whole Universe. But, only when we can light it up on the surface of the Earth, we will be able to visualize the Universe and truly understand the force that powers it. [more; long article]

    [continued below]

  4. Death by a thousand cuts: China's yuan-priced crude chips away at petrodollar

    Stream of viruses circling planet, trillions fall from the sky every day

    Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”

    Each day, they calculated, some 800 million viruses cascade onto every square meter of the planet. [more]

    Hailstones of the size of cricket balls damage hundreds of houses in Meghalaya, India

    Hailstones of the size of cricket balls accompanied by heavy rain and thunder damaged hundreds of Assam-type houses at Shangpung, Nangbah and the adjoining areas in West Jaintia Hills on Sunday afternoon. [more]

    Over 1,500 houses damaged, crops devastated as hailstorms hit northern Vietnam

    The storms have left many without a roof over their heads and destroyed crops that were ready for harvest.

    A large area of corn fields and orchards in the province was also damaged.

    In Cao Bang Province, the hailstorms also blew the roofs off around 500 houses and ripped through 400 hectares of crops, causing damage worth around VND5 billion ($220,000), officials said.

    "My family has 400 plum trees and it's only three weeks until harvest time, but the hailstorm caused nearly 90 percent of the fruit to fall," said Song A Gia, a farmer from Moc Chau District's Chieng Di 2 Village.

    "We also have 100 peach trees that suffered the same fate," he said, calculating losses worth VND200 million ($8,800). [more]

    Monday, 16 April 2018
    Former head of British armed forces cut off on British TV

    Sky News presenter Sam Washington rudely cuts short truthful British Major General Jonathan Shaw

    [~ 2.25 min. video]

    [in case you think the Syria thing is over]
    Alas, this is far from over!

    [probably going to lead to WWIII sooner or later]


    Monday, 16 April 2018
    Israeli Air Strikes on Iranian Soldiers in Syria - an update

    Developments in Syria

    Russian reinforcements head for Syria as THOUSANDS of US Troops and Marines Arrive in Jordan

    Israel's new red-line

    Israel Warns Russia over Supplying S-300 to Syria

    [Israel is in the same sinking boat as the U.S.]

    Breaking: Trump Announces New Strikes On Syria

    [contains this embedded Alex Jones report]
    Breaking: Trump Readies Bigger Strikes On Syria And War With Russia

    Sunday Wire on the US attack on Syria

    If you want reliable, up-to-date information on Syria from someone on the ground this is the place to go.

    'War by Way of Deception' with Vanessa Beeley, Piers Robinson

    [over 3 hr podcast, if interested]

  5. News Links, April 16, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    How much longer can the American Empire run on fake money?

    Solid earnings season won't be enough to avert another correction, economist Robert Shiller says

    US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria's Assad
    Why no sanctions on the US for aiding Saudi Arabia? -- RF

    Expect More Pain, Much More Pain

    Democracy: The God That Failed

    Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

    Trump's military options in spotlight after Korean ambassador spat

    The Biggest U.S. Navy Force Since Iraq Invasion May Be Sailing Toward Syria

    Thousands of US troops and Marines arrive in Jordan

    The War Machine Springs To Life Over Syria

    US calls for additional sanctions on Venezuela
    Pence urged the extra measures as he met with Venezuelan opposition figures in Lima who called for more sanctions and "intervention" in their crisis-hit country.
    But don't call it meddling. -- RF

    Insurgents attack checkpoint in Afghanistan, kill 4 police

    Flying killer robots? Drones will soon decide who to kill

    Afghan president invites Taliban to run in election as militant group gains ground

    Russia's Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again

    Russia warns 'new waves of migrants to Europe' would follow intervention in Syria

    Exxon, Chevron Also Seek 'Small Refinery' Biofuel Waivers
    From a purely energy-related perspective, diluting high-energy-density petroleum fuels with low-energy-density biofuels never made sense. Biofuels can't support industrial society, so their use just aggravates the situation. -- RF

    Oil prices vulnerable to 'super spikes' again as geopolitics heats up

    Peak Cobalt

    2018 Oil & Gas Projects To Break Even At $44 Per Barrel
    The title sounds promising, but digging into the details shows that the oil industry is still dangerously low on capex. Much more spending is needed if we are to continue using oil. -- RF

    Turkey Starts Construction of its First Nuclear Power Plant

    Reality check on a half-billion-dollar brown coal hydrogen project (Australia)

    [the rest is below]

  6. Nukes of Hazard
    There's something wrong with every source of energy. How do our nuclear nightmares compare?
    Loss of offsite power is mentioned only in passing, despite its inevitability and great danger. Sooner or later, grids will fail for one reason or another. That's why all nuclear power plants are ticking time bombs. -- RF

    World May Hit 2 Degrees of Warming in 10-15 Years Thanks to Fracking, Says Cornell Scientist

    Baby fish may not find their way home as the level of CO2 in the ocean rises, study finds

    Open Letter: We Demand That Julian Assange's Rights Be Restored

    Syria - Manipulated Videos Fail To Launch World War III

    Russian Defense Ministry Releases Testimonies Of Doctors From Syria's Duma

    Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law
    It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary.

    Reuters covered Russian officials predicting staged gas attack and US response before the attack occurred

    All Of These Russia Escalations Were Planned Years Ago

    The NSA Wants a Skeleton Key to Everyone's Encrypted Data

    Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

    Pro-War Press, Not Cambridge Analytica, Is the Real Scandal

    Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That's Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria
    Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the Syria Campaign leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government.

    Fake news, algorithmic sentinels, and facts from the future

    [despite Scribbler's constant gushing] Tesla ships flawed parts from suppliers to a local machine shop for fixes, and they're piled up outside

    Cities of the future could be a forest of 'Plyscrapers' [!]

    Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears

    China: "The Arrogant US Has A Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds"

    CBO Budget Projections Worsen at Alarming Rate
    The CBO projects trillion dollar deficits by 2020 and 2 trillion by 2028.

    Former Speaker John Boehner: Deficit will be 'No. 1 issue' in six months
    Little doubt about that. But his prescription can't possibly work. Unfortunately, politicians and economists do not understand that net energy decline is dragging down the economy. -- RF

    A Major Jubilee Is Coming to America [doubtful & won't help]

    Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can't See

    Facebook CEO's compensation jumps to $8.9 million as security costs soar

    The Deep State Closes In On The Donald: Mueller's War, Part 2

    The Deep State Takes A Hostage---Orange Comb-Over And All, Part 3

    Hanford's Toxic Avengers: Department of Energy Suppresses Deadly Nuclear-Cleanup Flaws
    Like Fukushima, it is unlikely that cleanup will ever be properly completed. Nuclear technology: the gift that keeps on giving. -- RF

    Texas is making billions from oil and gas drilling, but counties say rural roads are being destroyed

    More Crazy Pension News

  7. noon addition, edition . .

    The US-led strike on Syria may have just attacked their own legitimacy

    What happened right after the second direct US-missiles invasion of Syria, which had occurred on the night of April 13th, could turn out to have momentous implications - far bigger than the attacks themselves.

    So: what is at stake here from the OPCW investigation is not only the international legitimacy of Syria's Government, but the international legitimacy of the Governments that invaded it on April 13th. [more; this is the pressure for war]

    Saudis spending $1.5 billion to cover up their genocidal war on Yemenis

    "The situation in Yemen - today, right now, to the population of the country," UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told Al Jazeera last month, "looks like the apocalypse."

    150,000 people are thought to have starved to death in Yemen last year, with one child dying of starvation or preventable diseases every ten minutes, and another falling into extreme malnutrition every two minutes. The country is undergoing the world's biggest cholera epidemic since records began with over one million now having contracted the disease, and new a diptheria epidemic "is going to spread like wildfire" according to Lowcock. "Unless the situation changes," he concluded, "we're going to have the world's worst humanitarian disaster for 50 years". [more; coming to a country near you]

    Second shark attack at Gracetown, Western Australia after 41-year-old man bitten

    A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area.
    [more; "hey, how-bow stayin' outta-da wau-tah fo'wile?"]

    [more below]

  8. Colombia: Floods kill a dozen people and displace 1,000

    Perception management: US, UK & France want post hoc endorsement from UN for illegal Syria air strikes

    Having set themselves above international law by bombing Syria without UN authorization, the US, the UK and France are now going calling on other countries to unite behind their fait accompli and endorse their actions. [more; so all this COULD stop, right here, if the world has the will - this is what Putin was talking about, the "chaos" that will result if they don't vote this shit DOWN - this is a very big deal]

    Israeli Air Force vet warns escalation over Syria could lead to major conflict

    Even though the continued escalation of tensions over the situation in Syria is unlikely to spiral into a full-scale world war, it can still lead to a major regional conflict, Reuven Ben-Shalom, an Israeli Air Force veteran, said. [more; which would lead to . . .]

    Challenging neoliberal hegemony: Lies, damned lies, and neocolonialism

    If we don't start challenging neoliberal hegemony soon, the non-West will eventually have little choice but to challenge it for themselves, writes Ben King.
    [further down]
    Neoliberal Futility

    This piece [link] by the London School of Economics summarises the futility of a neoliberal development regime attempting to fix problems caused, chiefly, by neoliberalism itself. Not only do the SDGs fail to address issues with their methodology, they again lock-in the highly tenuous and dangerous premise that increasing GDP is the key target metric for eliminating poverty: "People are not getting excited about the SDGs because they know that business as usual isn't going to deliver the new economy we so desperately need. In this sense, the goals are not only a missed opportunity, they are actively dangerous: they lock in the global development agenda for the next 15 years around a failing economic model that requires urgent and deep structural changes, and they kick the hard challenge of real transformation down the road for the next generation to deal with - by which time it may be too late." [more]

    [1 more, below]

  9. Reporter Exposes US, UK and French Government Lies About Syria

    OAN News reporter, Pearson Sharp, is currently in Syria and was there during the cruise missile attack by the US, UK and France early last Friday morning.

    His report exposes the lies told by Western media that it is not possible to gain access to Syria, and that the Syrian people are being oppressed by a "brutal dictator".

    The vast majority of Syrians fully support their government and army and want nothing more than for the Western-backed terrorist "rebels" to leave the country and leave Syria in peace. [more]

    Demand for Russian military hardware soaring - expect even more after humiliating performance of FUKUS arms in Syria

    [apparently the American war industry is inferior, somehow - not able to deliver quality goods at reasonable prices, instead substituting products that have design, engineering, electrical, tech, and other serious problems, cost way too much to sustain, and can't perform even to their own, below standard, specs that other military hardware wouldn't tolerate.]

    Russia sends reinforcements to Syria - tank-laden ship spotted in Bosphorus

    Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Friday's US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites. [more]

    Hawaii floods, mudslides destroy homes and close roads

    Mudslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain spread damage and shut down roads in Hawaii over the weekend. [more; incl. 3 vids]

    [here's another problem with flying]
    Southwest Airlines Passengers Thought Death Was near as Plane Attempted Landing in Storm

    Python trackers find record breeding group in Florida

    Burmese pythons are taking over the historic Everglades. Hunts are held regularly, but the number of snakes removed is not on pace with the rate at which the snakes are spreading. They compete with and prey on native species. [more]

    Woman falls more than 300 feet to death at Berks County quarry

    State police say a woman who was reportedly dancing on a rock ledge at a Berks County quarry died after falling more than 300 feet from the cliff [more; "possible toppler"]

  10. A Deep State of Denial aka. The Inconvenient Truth

    Proven idiots are not in denial about global warming, they're in denial about EVERYTHING...

    The deep state visualized:

    "All forward decks are now open for swimming" [Titanic pic]

    Trump's "Mission Accomplished" rally has bid the casino for the present moment, as the battle for the 200 day Maginot Line enters its fourth week.

    Unfortunately, Wall Street couldn't be bothered to update their linearly-extrapolated forward profit models based on the latest data, despite requiring only that they add a minus sign. So instead they went back to their Magic 8 ball and decided the data is wrong, therefore it's time to buy high risk stocks. As if the delusional bulls needed any more encouragement.

    So the technicals and the fundamentals both line up with a deflationary decline, but compliments of obligatory mass denial, gamblers are now also doing battle with the Fed as well.

    And of course banks confirmed on Friday that the tax cut for the ultra-wealthy went to the ultra-wealthy.

    Go figure. [more]

    Australia's mysterious flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' is a mystery and experts don't know how to stop it and is spreading at unprecedented levels

    A mysterious and 'nasty' flesh-eating bug is spreading at unprecedented levels in Victoria, and experts don't know how to stop it.

    Researchers are appealing for government funding so they can figure out how to contain the bacteria, which causes a disease called Buruli ulcer.

    Most commonly found in tropical Africa and usually associated with stagnant water, it can have devastating impacts on sufferers, including long-term disability and deformity. [more]

    [for anyone interested]
    Radio Interview

    I will be interviewed live on KKFI radio in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday night, 16 April 2018. The broadcast will air at 6:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m.

  11. Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Star, Dies at 65‘night-court’-star-dies-at-65/ar-AAvXs29

    Anderson was found at his home by police officers early Monday morning, according to a report by WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, N.C. No foul play was suspected, police told the station. [more]

    Snow records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

    U-turn: Trump reverses Haley announcement, puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions

    Jawsome! School of 1,400 basking sharks spotted in waters off US North Atlantic coast

    Marine biologists have been left baffled by the appearance of large schools, comprised of up to 1,400 basking sharks, in the waters off the northeastern US.

    The basking shark has always been known as something of a loner and has rarely been seen congregating in groups. [more]

    It snowed again in Ain Safra at the gateway to the Sahara

    Flash floods, accumulated hail and a large tornado hit northern Algeria

    [more below]

  12. NASA: Previously unknown asteroid has a near miss with Earth

    We dodged a bullet today. It came within one half of the distance to the moon. [more]

    The Linear Extrapolation Of Bullshit

    Given that U.S. economic policy is predicated upon sheer fantasy, it's apropos that Netflix is spending billions of non-amortizing debt on new binge watching content. It's a corporate ponzi scheme built on top of a U.S. ponzi scheme, built on top of the Globalized ponzi scheme. Asinine assumptions resting upon even greater asinine assumptions.

    Netflix is bid after-hours on news that it will burn $4 billion in cash this year, assuming it has continuous unfettered access to credit markets to fund Ponzi growth. If not, the stock will promptly go to zero. In other words, it's a massive call option on indefinite economic expansion. Which expires with zero notice.

    More than any other stock, perennial high-flyer, Netflix, epitomizes the smoke and mirrors behind today's Ponzi economy. It's a company attempting to borrow its way out of debt by borrowing ever-larger sums of money to fund fake growth. A non-amortizing leap of faith on perpetual Ponzi growth. Meaning it resembles the U.S. Treasury. [more]

    Tourist standing in waist-deep water ripped apart by shark

    Gruesome photos show how a beachgoer’s arms and legs were ripped to shreds in a horrific shark attack.

    Pablo de Melo had to have his leg amputated after the shark mauled his limbs while he was swimming in waist-deep water off Piedade beach in Recife, Brazil. [more]

    Mom intentionally leapt overboard from cruise ship: cops

    The woman who fell overboard from the Pacific Dawn cruise liner and disappeared in a tragedy at sea has been identified as Natasha Schofield, 47, but police say it “wasn’t an accident.”

    The entire incident was captured on security cameras. Graham told reporters he had viewed the footage.

    “What I saw was a couple of loving people on the top deck of a cruise ship,” he said.

    “I saw them leaning on the rails and I saw the intentional actions of the missing person take two steps back and then propel herself over the railing.”

    “Her husband tried in vain to grab her when she went over … grabbing onto her legs … she was too far gone and subsequently she fell. [more]

    Investigation raises concerns over US budget airline that suffered five mid-air emergencies in a single day

    [stay away from Allegiant Air]