Monday, April 30, 2018

Event Update For 2018-04-30

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

2018-04-30 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 2:57 AM and kills two men, injures another, on Napier Road in Enfield (Britain), 2300 feet from reservoir:

2018-04-30 - Several cars and home go up in flames and kill man just after midnight near Jewell (Iowa):

Quote: "Investigators say the resident ran a salvage business, and several cars close to the house caught fire. That spread to an LP tank that ruptured, making the situation even worse."

2018-04-30 - Mysterious explosion shatters glass in residential area shortly after midnight in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "Deputies say calls came in after midnight about a loud noise or explosion. ABC7 spoke to one of the neighbors who called 911. Paul Bryan recalls the moment when heard the loud noise. 'It sounded like a stick of dynamite, if not two of them or possibly a propane tank,' Bryan said. 'It was a heavy explosion, glass shattered.' No word yet on what caused that possible explosion, and there are no apparent injuries or immediate danger to the public."

2018-04-30 - Fire and explosion deaths surging in Vietnam:

Quote: "Fire, explosion deaths in Vietnam surge in first 4 months..."

2018-04-30 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "A scrap metal pile caught fire Monday afternoon in southeast Colorado Springs, police said. Firefighters were attacking the blaze at at an EVRAZ Recycling facility, 2690 E. Las Vegas St., with 'large diameter hose lines, ladder pipe, deck gun on engines,' the Fire Department tweeted."

2018-04-30 - Wildfire grows to 8,623 acres near Blue Ridge Reservoir in Coconino County (Arizona), evacuations ensue, state of emergency declared:

Quote: "The wind-driven blaze, which originated on April 27 about 1.5 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Reservoir in Coconino County, has triggered a number of evacuations and road closures in nearby local communities, according to InciWeb. All communities north, east and west of Highway 87 were ordered to evacuate, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office."

2018-04-30 - Numerous wildfires burning across India:

Quote: "National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) images of the past ten days show large parts of India are dotted with fires, stretching across Uttar Pradesh (UP), Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and even some southern states. In sweltering summer, these fires are intensifying heat and causing black carbon (a component of soot with high global warming effect) pollution."

2018-04-30 - In separate incidents, within seconds, car bursts into flame on street and greenhouse bursts into flame at home, in Ludlow (Massachusetts):

Quote: "It's been a busy night for fire crews in Ludlow as they responded to two separate fires within seconds of each other Monday night. Ludlow Fire Captain Ricky Machado told Western Mass News a vehicle fire and a greenhouse fire occurred around 9:21 p.m."

2018-04-30 - Major Arctic warming event predicted for the coming week:

2018-04-30 - Amazon fulfillment center heavily damaged by fire in Dinwiddie County (Virginia):

Quote: "Hale said the fire inside Amazon was intense. 'At this point, we estimate it burned about six track sections, which are anywhere from 25-30 feet in length and 30 feet tall,' he said."

2018-04-30 - Offshore supply ship bursts into flame near coastal Cuxhaven (Germany):,mellum206.html

Quote: "In the afternoon of Apr 30, 2018, a fire broke out in the port side engine room of the 'Offshore Taxi 1' in the outer Weser. The lifeboats 'Hermann Marwede' of the DGzRS station Heligoland, the 'Hermann Rudolf Meyer' of the station Bremerhaven and the 'Bernhard Gruben' from Hooksiel attended the ship after the crew of three had alerted the traffic control in Cuxhaven at 1.30 p.m."

2018-04-30 - Ship bursts into flame while docked in coastal Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia):

Note: These are the 369th and 370th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-30 - In separate incidents, tractor trailer and pickup truck burst into flame in Broward County (Florida):

Quote: "The heat was on in parts of western Broward County Monday morning. Trucks burned in separate incidents on Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) and on U.S. 27 and caused the temporary closure of both roads as crews from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue doused the flames. The first fire broke out about 9:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of I-75 near Mile Marker 31 as a pickup burned in what agency Battalion Chief Michael Kane described as a 'stubborn vehicle fire.'"

Quote: "The northbound side of U.S. 27 near Mile Marker 40 was where the second fire was reported — this one about 10:45 a.m. Traffic there was stopped as crews handled a smoky blaze involving a flatbed tractor-trailer that was hauling a piece of earth-moving equipment."

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-180 near Muncy Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-30 - Tractor bursts into flame in Shippensburg (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-83 near Towson (Maryland):

2018-04-30 - Tractor bursts into flame near Rocky Fork Lake (Ohio):

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near hotel in Alva (Oklahoma):

2018-04-30 - Tractor (bulldozer) bursts into flame on Peppy Branch Trail near Ooltweah (Tennessee):

2018-04-30 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame in ship's hold in coastal Napier (New Zealand):

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A45 near Coventry (Britain), separate crash too:

Note: These are the 818th, 819th, 820th, 821st, 822nd, 823rd, 824th, 825th and 826th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-30 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on I-25 near Thornton (Colorado):

2018-04-30 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Melton Road in Wymondham (Britain):

Quote: "The fire affected the cab and engine compartment but not its load."

Note: Whew, that was lucky - wouldn't want to lose the garbage!

2018-04-30 - Box truck bursts into flame at 6:15 AM while parked at business just east of Boulder (Colorado):

2018-04-30 - RV and car destroyed by fire while parked near business on Oroville Dam Boulevard in Oroville (California), 1 injured:

2018-04-30 - RV bursts into flame at 1:10 AM on US 101 near Los Alamos (California):

2018-04-30 - RV bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Moncton (Canada):

Note: These are the 209th, 210th and 211th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-04-30 - Van bursts into flame on street in Munster (Indiana):

2018-04-30 - SUV bursts into flame while being towed, on I-27 in Plainfield (Illinois):

2018-04-30 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 131 near Wolcott (Colorado):

2018-04-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked near Subway shop in Fargo (North Dakota):

2018-04-30 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 278 in Hardeeville (South Carolina):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur (Missouri):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame on I-10 in El Paso (Texas):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame in shed in Mosinee (Wisconsin):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame on the A533 in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame on Hatfield Avenue in Fleetwood (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame on the B5415 between Red Bull and Woore (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame at 12:08 AM on tow truck on the M5 near Blackbrook (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Car bursts into flame at 4:43 AM on the A18 in Gunness (Britain):

Quote: "A18, Gunness. Mon 30 Apr 2018 04:43 (No:07984) Car fire. One hose reel, one BA in use."

2018-04-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US 50 near Spooner Summit (Nevada):

2018-04-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame on M-14 near Ann Arbor (Michigan):

2018-04-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M62 near Leeds (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Kenilworth Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Kenilworth Avenue, Hull. Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:33 (No:08003) Severe damage by fire to one motorbike. Fire Service used one hose reel to extinguish and cleared debris from the carriageway."

2018-04-30 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM while parked in Saucier (Mississippi):

2018-04-30 - Five vehicles, UTV, riding mower and building destroyed by fire at home near Davey (Nebraska):

Quote: "The building contained five vehicles, one UTV, and a John Deere mower. The total loss in the Morton Building was $150,000. $10,000 was caused to the exterior of the home, as well."

2018-04-30 - Two vehicles and home destroyed by fire in Paris (Tennessee):

Quote: "The single-story ranch-style house has been destroyed, along with two vehicles in the car port."

2018-04-30 - SUV and two storage buildings destroyed by fire at home in Morgantown (Indiana):

Quote: "The storage buildings, including all of the items inside them, and an SUV were destroyed in the blaze that kept firefighters on scene until 6:30 p.m."

2018-04-30 - Two vehicles and garage go up in flames before 7:30 AM at home in Waupun (Wisconsin):

2018-04-30 - Car and home go up in flames at 11:30 PM in Elgin (Illinois):

Quote: "A resident of the home called firefighters about 11:30 p.m. Monday after hearing a loud explosion outside and seeing the exterior of the home had caught fire, officials said. The explosion was caused by the tire of a car catching on fire in the driveway, officials said. Elgin police responded to the scene and confirmed all the residents were out of the house. Soon after, firefighters arrived and began extinguishing the fire on the car and home, officials said."

2018-04-30 - Pickup truck and garage destroyed by fire at home in Fairfield (Iowa):

2018-04-30 - Barn destroyed by fire in Aurora (New York), some cows killed:

2018-04-30 - Wildfire causes evacuations near Jennings (Oklahoma):

2018-04-30 - Brush fire burns 5,800 acres in Roseau County (Minnesota):

Quote: "Nearly 200 fires were reported across Minnesota over the weekend, and the County Road 7 fire alone, exceeds the total acreage burned statewide last spring, Powers said. 'Last year, we had less than 3,000 acres all year in acres burned,' she said."

2018-04-30 - Mobile home bursts into flame on Lockheed Road in Warrington (Britain), woman burned:

2018-04-30 - Church destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2018-04-30 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire in Jackson (New Jersey), near the coast:

2018-04-30 - Lakeside restaurant heavily damaged by fire on Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Springs (New York):

2018-04-30 - Art gallery destroyed by huge blaze in Berea (Kentucky):

2018-04-30 - Hunting lodge heavily damaged by fire in Pataskala (Ohio):

2018-04-30 - Garage destroyed by fire at 11:58 PM at home in Appleton (Wisconsin):

2018-04-30 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in coastal Largo (Florida):

2018-04-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2018-04-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2018-04-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:40 AM in Molalla (Oregon), 2 injured:

2018-04-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Gardiner (Maine):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire just before 2 AM in North Port (Florida), nobody there:

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire on Fox Trail Drive in Lake St. Louis (Missouri):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire in Black Creek (Wisconsin):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by garage fire at 3 AM in New Berlin (Wisconsin):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours in Dunlap (Tennessee):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire on Battle Hill Avenue in Springfield (New Jersey):

2018-04-30 - Home destroyed by fire before 5:30 AM in Atlanta (Georgia):

2018-04-30 - Two homes destroyed by fire in Taylor (Michigan):

2018-04-30 - Mansion heavily damaged by fire in Castle Pines (Colorado):

2018-04-30 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire at Harmon Cove Towers on the Hackensack River in Secaucus (New Jersey):

2018-04-30 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 6:10 AM in Piedmont (Alabama), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-04-30 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Hollywood Park area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed:

2018-04-30 - Vacant commercial building destroyed by fire just after 12:30 AM in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-04-30 - Two loggerhead turtles found dead in/near coastal Gytheio (Greece):

2018-04-30 - Thousands of fish found dead in coastal Baltimore Harbor (Maryland):

2018-04-30 - Two high school students, 17 and 18, skip school and go die in Wheeler Branch Reservoir near Glen Rose (Texas):

2018-04-30 - Three children, 7, 8 and 10, found dead in pond near Vilathikulam (India):

Quote: "The is the third such incident in the last five days in the southern districts, in which eight children have drowned."

2018-04-30 - Three women and girl die in the Bhavani River in Sathyamangalam (India):

2018-04-30 - Man, 60, firefighter, has 'medical episode' at station, dies shortly later, in Lawrence (Indiana):

Quote: "The Chief of the Lawrence Fire Department, Dino Batalis, announced that 60-year-old Jeffrey Holt died shortly after 10 a.m. when he suffered a medical episode at the Lawrence Fire Department station that was likely to be cardiac-related. He was transported to the Indiana Heart Hospital where he passed away, despite tremendous life-saving efforts. Holt had just completed his annual physical assessment training Monday morning."

2018-04-30 - Woman, 68, has 'medical issue' and slumps over dead in SUV, 5-vehicle crash ensues, in Voss (Texas):

Quote: "Police believe the medical issue caused the woman's death -- not the crash."

2018-04-30 - Man, 65, has heart attack while driving, SUV hits cars, man dies, in Edison (New Jersey):

Quote: "A 65-year-old Old Bridge man died Monday after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving on Oak Tree Road, causing his SUV to collide with other vehicles, police said. Motorist David Rose was taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison where he was pronounced dead following the 11 a.m. accident, police said."

2018-04-30 - Man, 71, found dead in swimming pool at home in coastal Miami (Florida):

2018-04-30 - Person found dead in parking lot in Syracuse (New York):

2018-04-30 - Man, 46, found dead in the Boise River in Boise (Idaho):

2018-04-30 - Man found dead near bicycle in ditch in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2018-04-30 - Man, 47, found dead beneath overpass near the Cowlitz River in Lewis County (Washington):

2018-04-30 - Person found dead in the Monongahela River near Clarksburg (West Virginia):

2018-04-30 - Man, 70, found dead in water in Middleville (Michigan):

2018-04-30 - Man, 91, found dead and facedown in swampy area on West State Street in Mahoning Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-30 - Man, 67, found dead on trail between the West End Bridge and I-376 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2018-04-30 - Man, 74, found dead with submerged pickup truck in tributary of the Tairua River in coastal Coromandel (New Zealand):

2018-04-30 - Man in his 50s found dead in lake at Pittville Park in Cheltenham (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Woman, 69, has heart attack, man, 56, has seizure, on cruise ship near coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated two passengers from a cruise ship 9 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on Monday. The captain of the Carnival Pride contacted watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads command center in Portsmouth at 2:30 a.m. A 69-year-old woman had suffered a heart attack, and a 56-year-old man had a seizure."

Note: Sort of like the medical version of the parked car and the home that burst into flame at the same time across the street from each other just before 2 AM in coastal Brooklyn (New York), mentioned in the 2018-04-28 update...

2018-04-30 - Empty 'ghost boat' washes up on the Mississippi River near Lake City (Minnesota), man, 61, missing:

Quote: "Authorities said the last time they had contact with the 61-year-old man was at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, after the boat was found on the bank of Camp Lacupolis with the lights on and the motor running."

2018-04-30 - Man has 'medical emergency', van hits vehicles and home, in Detroit (Michigan), 1 killed:

Quote: "A medical emergency is believed to have caused a man in a passenger van to crash in front of a home near Stahelin and W. Warren in Detroit on Monday April 30th, 2018."

2018-04-30 - Woman, 68, has 'medical issue', SUV hits car, in McCracken County (Kentucky), 1 killed:

Quote: "At the scene, deputies found the 68-year-old woman unresponsive in a Honda CRV. She was treated at an area hospital where she later died. According to the sheriff's office, the woman had a medical issue which caused her to rear end another vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection."

2018-04-30 - Man, 50, has 'medical event', car hits car, in Decatur (Illinois):

Quote: "The 50-year-old man appeared to have suffered a medical event which needed immediate medical attention."

2018-04-30 - Small plane lands at airport, flips over, in Reno (Nevada), 1 killed:

2018-04-30 - Small plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Mobile (Alabama), engine failure:

2018-04-30 - Small plane crashes at airport in coastal St. George's on the island of Bermuda:

2018-04-30 - Charter helicopter crashes near Borrego Springs (California), 3 injured:

Quote: "The crew of a sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter radioed shortly before 2:30 p.m. that they had located the helicopter in Borrego Sink Wash and that it was on its side in several pieces."

Note: One of the stories says it was a 'hard landing'. If your aircraft is in several pieces, I call that a 'crash'...

2018-04-30 - Tanker truck veers off road, goes airborne and crashes, in West Point (Mississippi), 1 killed:

Quote: "An Alabama truck driver is killed when his tanker rig crosses busy Highway 45 Alternate, crashes through a ditch, goes airborne and rolls to a stop in the outbound driveway of the Mossy Oak shopping mall in front of the Hampton Inn and Suites. Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter identified the victim as 49-year-old Neil Allen Hays, of Leroy, Alabama."

Quote: "An autopsy will be performed. Carter says a medical issue cannot be ruled out."

Note: A tanker truck going airborne - don't see that everyday!

2018-04-30 - Tanker truck overturns on Fairfield Avenue in coastal Stamford (Connecticut):

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer and car crash, huge fire erupts, on I-271 in Warrensville Heights (Ohio), 2 injured:

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer blows tire, veers off road, crashes, bursts into flame, on I-40 in Mebane (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer overturns on street in Concord (North Carolina):

2018-04-30 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-64 near Ferdinand (Indiana):

2018-04-30 - Utility truck veers over centerline, hits septic tanker truck head-on, in York County (Pennsylvania), 4 killed:

2018-04-30 - Hearse and car collide head-on at 6 AM near Eatonton (Georgia), 2 killed:

2018-04-30 - SUV and police SUV collide head-on, in Flint (Michigan), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-04-30 - SUV veers off road at 1:30 AM, hit pole, bursts into flame, in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2018-04-30 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi, fire erupts, near San Luis Obispo (California), 1 killed:

2018-04-30 - Two dogs attack and injure woman, cops shoot one dog, in Woodlawn area in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-04-30 - Shark attacks and lightly injures man in coastal Hua Hin District (Thailand):

2018-04-30 - Landslide hits village in Shanxi Province (China), 9 killed:

2018-04-30 - Gigantic sinkhole opens on farm near Rotorua (New Zealand):

2018-04-30 - Another sinkhole opens in neighborhood in Ocala (Florida):

2018-04-30 - Sinkhole opens over mine in coastal St Ives (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Public restroom collapses in Bhandup West (India), 2 killed:

2018-04-30 - Man, 33, topples off hotel balcony shortly after 5 AM in coastal Albufeira (Portugal), 2000 feet from the ocean, 1 injured:

Quote: "Another Irish tourist died in the same Algarve resort last year. Daryl Dargan from Portlaoise, Co. Laois was found dead in his apartment by friends after a night out last May."

2018-04-30 - Volcano Barbarbunga shaken by magnitude 3.9 earthquake in Iceland:

2018-04-30 - Heatwave broils parts of Pakistan, dozens of people lose consciousness:

2018-04-30 - California's next megaflood could be world's first trillion-dollar disaster:

2018-04-30 - Lightning strikes kill at least 13 people and injure 25 more West Bengal (India):

2018-04-30 - Lightning strikes kill 6 cattle and unseasonal hailstorm destroys mango crop in parts of Telangana (India):

2018-04-30 - Lightning strikes kill 19 people, injure at least 16 more, across Bangladesh:

2018-04-30 - Lightning strike kills dog in Te Puke (New Zealand):

2018-04-30 - Tornado rips through three villages in the Marne (France):

2018-04-30 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2 killed:

2018-04-30 - Terrible flooding devastates Kenya, 100 killed, many homeless:

2018-04-30 - Green heron from North America turns up in Pembrokeshire, Wales (Britain):

2018-04-30 - Britain under siege from toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and infections:

2018-04-30 - CDC announces that 1 in 59 children are now autistic:

2018-04-30 - Bacteria communicate in groups to avoid antibiotics:

2018-04-30 - Man surfs world record 80-foot wave off Portugal:


  1. In my humble opinion, you have the best blog on the internet, Jonny. You cover the real (crazy) events that are happening and explain them so that everyone can understand: scrap metal fires, power poles bursting into flames, palm (and other) trees suddenly burning, garbage burning, buildings and bridges collapsing, people dropping dead EVERY DAY all over the place, too many vehicle accidents to be explained away by chance or bad luck, simultaneous fire events, firefighters suddenly sickening and dying either during or relatively shortly after fires, mass die-offs, and much more, including HUMOR!

    In addition, you're keeping your readers informed of other, related news of the day on the political, economic, social, environmental, science, medical, and other important areas.

    Thanks for allowing me to contribute, Jonny.

    A ton of residences were destroyed in today's post - homes, apartments, RVs, and mobile homes, and more (like the hunting lodge, for example). This goes on every day here, but on some days there's a definite up-tick in numbers.

    I see India is back allowing their people (especially children) to die in their waterways. Mind boggling that they don't warn them not to go in or even NEAR the bodies of water. What can we expect when here in the West we too ignore all the evidence, or deny it's happening, or explain it away with vague terms that have no meaning ("medical episode," "frost quakes," etc)?

    It's pretty clear that humanity is composed of large-brained idiots that can't think logically or "outside the box" of conformity and/or bias.

    In this first comment, Paul Craig Roberts says we have 10 days until WWIII. He makes good points in this ~ hour long podcast.
    Wednesday, 2 May 2018
    Reflections on the Israel-Iran standoff

    World War 3 averted - for now?
    It is by no means certain that the Russians would come to the aid of Iran

    [full page article with embedded stories and links, including]
    Dr.Paul Craig Roberts: Ten Days to Armageddon [podcast]

    [reading this next one, you have to realize it's getting worse and won't stop anytime soon]
    Record temperatures in Pakistan

    Pakistan May Have Just Set a World Heat Record

    Temperatures reported to have cracked 50.2 degrees Celsius (122.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday in Nawabshah, located about 127 miles northeast of Karachi. If confirmed, that could make the measurement not just the hottest ever recorded for April in Pakistan, but the hottest ever reliably recorded for April anywhere on Earth. [more]

    Climate change making California’s drought-flood cycle more volatile – “These are actually huge changes occurring – they’re just on opposite ends of the spectrum”

    California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes.
    Research by UCLA climate scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change, projects that the state will experience a much greater number of extremely wet and extremely dry weather seasons — especially wet — by the end of the century. The authors also predict that there will be a major increase in the likelihood of severe flooding events, and that there will be many more quick changes from one weather extreme to the other.
    [more; how can one prepare for being overwhelmed?]

    [more below]

  2. While journalists were mad at Michelle Wolf, the Justice Department was found quietly deleting references to press freedom

    Donald Trump's path to the White House has given at least one key lesson to rank-and-file Republicans: They no longer have to pay lip service to mainstream, commonly held values that they actually abhor. Trump's cabinet in particular has leaned in to this particularly hard. Late last year, for example, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got rid of more than 70 documents outlining rights for students with disabilities. In February 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services unveiled a new mission statement that's largely the same as the previous one, except for the removal of a phrase calling America "a nation of immigrants." Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development also updated its mission statement, deleting any anti-discrimination language and the agency's promise to create "strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all."

    And now the Justice Department has overhauled its manual for federal investigators. This is the document that provides direction and priorities for federal prosecutors and DOJ lawyers across the country, and Jeff Sessions has overseen the first major changes to it in decades. According to BuzzFeed, the updated version lost all references to the department's work against racial gerrymandering, cut down entire sections about the limits of prosecutorial power, and added sections like one about fighting leaks.

    But while some of the changes were publicly announced, like the new section on "respect for religious liberty," which is often a code word on the right for legalized anti-LGBT discrimination, the DOJ was very quiet about other changes. Like, for example, the deletion of an entire section titled "Need for Free Press and Public Trial." [more]

    Central American “caravan” women and children enter U.S., defying Trump – “We crossed the whole of Mexico”

    [so when is the next caravan due, and the one after that . . ]

    the U.S. Department of Justice late on Monday announced what it described as the first prosecutions against members of the caravan, filing criminal charges against 11 migrants accused of entering the country illegally about four miles (6 km) west of the San Ysidro, California, border crossing.

    "The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation's safety is jeopardized," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the charges.

    The End of an Error

    Bad choices make good stories. I’ve got great stories.

    I’ve sold the mud hut. True to my longtime buy-high, sell-low strategy, the monetary return was about ten cents for every dollar spent on the place.

    I still face a difficult decision. Now that selling the property has allowed me to pay my legal bills, I can continue to pursue justice against defamatory assholes or I can pursue pleasure during my final days. I’ve lived on so little, for so long, that my penultimate remaining days could be relatively luxurious, should I choose that route. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. Worsening Prairie Fires: Exceptional Central Heat and Drought Spurs More Oklahoma Blazes

    A Mag 7.0 on the Mariana Islands last night reported by USGS was a mag 4.6 in yet another strange mixup from the the quake experts

    [forget the USGS, use fellow-MO resident dutchsinse or MrMBB333]

    5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes southwest Iran

    Kilauea volcano: Crater floor collapse, seismicity and deformation at elevated levels

    A collapse of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor on Monday, May 1, 2018 on Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone has prompted increases in seismicity and deformation along a large section of the rift zone, with seismicity currently occurring as far east as Highway 130. The migration of seismicity and deformation downrift (east) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone following the collapse indicates that a large area along the East Rift Zone is potentially at risk for a new outbreak. [more]

    Global debt soars to all-time high of $164 trillion - US and Japan account for more than 50%

    The world is now 12 percent of GDP deeper in debt than it was at the peak of the financial crisis in 2009, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). China was described as a "driving force" behind the new debt levels.

    It said that China has accounted for almost three-quarters of the increase in private debt since the global financial crisis. Japan and the US account for more than half of the global debt.

    [here come the lies] The IMF says the reason for the debt build-up is the economic collapse during the 2008 financial crisis, and the policy response to that crisis. It also blamed the effects of the commodities price crash in 2014, as well as rapid spending growth in emerging markets and low-income developing countries.

    Talking about the US, it said that "fiscal stimulus is happening when the economy is close to full employment, keeping overall deficits above $1 trillion (five percent of GDP) over the next three years." [more; *cough, cough* BULLSHIT! see SOTT comments]

    The business of America is war - but the world isn't buying

    Post-WW II, a permanent US war economy was established to pursue unchallenged global dominance, wanting all sovereign independent governments eliminated - replaced by puppet regimes bowing to Washington's will, a prescription for endless wars of aggression, risking eventual catastrophic nuclear war. [more]

    [next section below]

  4. Smoke affecting much of the U.S.

    [well, the kind of smoke I breathe makes me calm and happy]

    Smoke from four large wildfires, agricultural burning, and prescribed fires are pumping a great deal of smoke and particulate matter into the atmosphere. [more]

    Wildfire potential, May through August

    Tinder Fire continues to grow northeast of Payson, AZ

    The Tinder Fire 22 air miles northeast of Payson, Arizona continued to expand on the north and east sides Monday, adding another 2,797 acres to bring the total burned area up to 11,420 acres. [more]

    Graphic footage shows lion attacking safari park owner in South Africa

    [see SOTT comment]

    May snowfall in Utah National Park

    Invasion of strange sailor jellyfish in Barcelona and along the Catalan coast – Giant sunfish washes up in New Zealand (videos and pictures)

    What? Blue sand? Nope! These are thousands of blue jellyfish covering several beaches of Barcelona and along the Catalan coast.
    The Rattlesnake Ridge landslide near Yakima, Washington, is still moving heavily and geologists still don’t know when it will accelerate into a catastrophe

    The Rattlesnake Ridge slow landslide near Yakima, Washington, is still moving at about a foot-and-one-half a week but there’s very little media coverage. And geologists cannot say for certain when it will accelerate into a catastrophe. And they are powerless to stop it. [more]

    [day 1 on the Midwest storms we were warned about yesterday]
    Severe weather ramps up in Midwest producing series of tornadoes and damaging grapefruit-large hail in Nebraska and Kansas

    Tornadoes, strong winds and giant hail the size of grapefruits were reported in parts of Nebraska and Kansas Tuesday as a multi-day severe weather threat began in the central U.S., due to what is shaping up to be a classic early-May setup in the nation’s heartland.

    This will give rise to rounds of severe thunderstorms – tornado, high winds, hail, lightning – each day and evening in parts of the Plains and Midwest through Thursday. [more]

    There’s a loneliness epidemic in America

    Americans are a lonely lot, and young people bear the heaviest burden. Loneliness isn’t just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being. Now a nationwide survey by the health insurer Cigna underscores that. It finds that loneliness is widespread in America, with nearly 50 percent of respondents reporting that they feel alone or left out always or sometimes. [more]

  5. Well, I can sorta see why there's not much coverage of an 18-inches-per-week landslide.

    'Over to Ollie, the landslide expert - whatcha got for us, Ollie?'

    'It moved THREE inches today! Back to you, Susan!'

  6. Until all of sudden the whole mountain slides! Just like all the other collapses we're watching for, hoping they never come, but then . . .

  7. Sadly, only a minority of people have any interest in the things that lead up to the catastrophes. But once the catastrophe hits, then people get interested! Well, except for the people who got killed by the catastrophe they weren't paying attention to. All orgasm, no foreplay - that's dumbed-down news in the 21st century!

  8. Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane on a training mission crashed Wednesday along a road near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said.

    The only part of the plane that remained intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, the assistant public information officer with the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association. The tail section was sitting on Highway 21 and the ground in front of it was black and littered with debris, he said. [more]

    Massive wedge tornado touches down in Kansas

    [1 min. accu-weather news piece]

    Cambridge Analytica shutting down after Facebook data flap

    [CIA will gobble up who they want]

    Cambridge Analytica is shutting down, according to the Wall Street Journal.
    The political research firm with ties to the Donald Trump campaign has been caught in a whirlwind of privacy and data collection allegations in recent months.
    The research firm was accused of improperly gaining access to the sensitive user information of as many as 87 million Facebook users.
    Its now-ousted CEO Alexander Nix was also recorded on hidden camera implying the research firm used manipulation and bribery to learn information on political candidates. [more]

    [hey, they got caught]

    More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

    [Spicolli: Dude, nobadie wunz yer peesashit job otherwise]

    10 Things That Will Change When Rhinos Go Extinct

    [11 captioned slideshow panels]

    Despite Trump threats, U.S. officials allow caravan members to seek asylum

    [here we go! how fast can you patch the hole in the dam?]

    By Tuesday evening, 25 of the 150 migrants had been escorted to San Diego to begin the process of applying for asylum.

    The asylum process can take years. [more; yes, but where do they stay and who takes care of them in the meantime?]

    Pressure is building up: It’s been almost two weeks that a strong quake (>M6.0) hasn’t occurred around the world

    Large earthquake with a magnitude higher than M6.0 are getting rare these days. There have been no M6.0 or stronger quakes since April 19, 2018. This is more than 13 days now. And this is quite long… [more]

    Last year’s solar eclipse set off a fast-moving atmospheric wave that propagated around the world for hours after the eclipse was over

    The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, set off a wave in the upper atmosphere that was seen from Brazil an hour later. Yes, the moon’s shadow spurred an atmospheric wave that propagated around the world for hours after the eclipse was over. [more]

    The Lehman Singularity

    Exactly three months ago, the last of the big cap techs, Apple, reported their earnings. After that the wheels came off the bus. So not only did short-covering ahead of the Fed meeting coincide with that time period, but so did Apple's earnings report.

    And, oil.

    What we have here are well-conditioned hairless monkeys, picking up nickels in front of a steamroller [more]

    [more below]

  9. Israel postpones US-based test of its Arrow-3 missile defense system indefinitely - previous tests cancelled over 'data transfer' and 'safety' problems

    Marine experts hatching scheme to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town in efforts to aid South Africa's drought crisis

    Marine salvage experts are floating the plan to tug the icebergs to the region after its seen the worst water shortage in decades.

    Salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters news agency he was looking for government and private investors for a scheme to guide huge chunks of ice across the ocean, chop them into a slurry and melt them down into millions of litres of drinking water.

    A single iceberg "could produce about 150 million litres per day for about a year," around 30% of the city's needs, said Sloane, a director at the US marine salvage firm Resolve Marine. [more]

    [I don't think it'll be cheap to do all that]

    [George Bush's ACTUAL Mission Accomplishment]
    Appalling US scores: 65% of public school 8th graders not proficient in reading; 67% not proficient in math

    [it's been bad, but this is the worst]

    May snowfall on Mount Lemmon, Arizona following overnight storm

    Fears Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will erupt at any moment following 250 earthquakes in the region in 24 hours


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  10. Raging pack of stray dogs maul 3 children to death on the same day in Uttar Pradesh, India - 14 such deaths in the state since January

    [just run into the river, kids!]

    A raging pack of stray dogs mauled three young children to death on the same day in India - before angry villagers took revenge by killing 13 of the animals.

    Villagers in Khairabad in Uttar Pradesh state took the law into their own hands after being gripped by panic over daily attacks that have now left 14 children dead since January.

    The three children, all aged under 12, were killed by packs of dogs in separate attacks on Tuesday as they collected mangoes in fields outside the village. [more]

    [today's mega-precip event in the rain category]
    Flooding in Somalia affects 500,000 people

    The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought left over 6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance last year. [more; hold the icebergs!]

    [in Current News today]
    At least 14 people killed as 41,025 bolts of lightning strike in 16 hours across Andhra Pradesh, India

    Banana, mango, paddy corps got damaged in thousands of acres across Krishna, Guntur and Godavari districts with the untimely rains and the state government directed district collectors to swing into action to help farmers get compensation. [more]

    Storms pelt Las Vegas Valley, Mount Charleston receives snow in May

    Spring snowfall hits the Sierra

    Passengers heard window popping on Southwest plane

    A cracked window forced a Southwest Airlines plane heading from Chicago to New Jersey to land in Cleveland on Wednesday, just two weeks after a jet engine blew apart and broke a window in a deadly accident aboard another Southwest flight. [more]

  11. Well, it's time for the running garbage truck fires vs Hull JJFH events correlation! I know you're all waiting with "baited" breath, personal hygiene bein' what it is these days and all. .

    In the month of April over 13 days, 19 garbage trucks burned hard. On 2 days, multiple trucks were destroyed, 2 on one day and six on another. At the end of the month garbage trucks were consumed each day for four days in a row.

    Over in Hull there were 21 JJFH incidents over 17 days, with a string of 5 days in a row with at least one event early in the month, while beginning on the 8th, there was also an event every other day, 5 times in a row and a string of 3 in a row at the end of the month. On 7 different days, a Hull incident and a garbage truck fire occurred together.

    This has been the busiest month so far this year for garbage truck destruction and number of days they occur.

    April was the busiest this year for number of days and tied for 1st with last month for number of total events.

    April also leads in cases where these two things happen together on the same day with 7 times!

    So during the first 120 days this year there have been 49 garbage truck fires over 39 days. Whereas during this same period, 72 JJFH events occurred in Hull over 53 days and on 18 days they happened together this year.

  12. I thought April felt pretty harsh! And we're not even halfway through spring yet. What summer may bring - who knows, but not exactly looking good from here in spring.