Thursday, May 3, 2018

Event Update For 2018-05-02

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

2018-05-02 - Unknown odor sickens people at temple in coastal Kyoto (Japan):

Quote: "Four people have been hospitalized after reporting a strange odor at a historic temple in the city of Kyoto. The four, who are all women, complained of feeling ill. Their symptoms are said to be not life-threatening. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at Nanzenji Temple in eastern Kyoto. Police were alerted to reports of a chemical-like odor near the temple's 'hojo', or abbott's quarters. Police say around 50 visitors were in the area at the time, and 24 reported sore throats and other health issues. Officials say there were no herbicides or other chemicals in use."

2018-05-02 - Man burns to death in parking lot near sushi restaurant in coastal Victoria (Canada):

Quote: "A man who was found on fire in a Victoria parking lot Wednesday morning has died from his injuries, police say. The owners of a local sandwich shop in the 600-block of Gorge Road rushed outside with a fire extinguisher after a customer spotted the man fully engulfed in flames. It happened in the parking lot between the Sandman Hotel and Chiba Sushi on the busy corner of Gorge and Douglas Street around 11:30 a.m."

2018-05-02 - Man in his 30s found burned to death in burning car on Holden Street in Detroit (Michigan):

2018-05-02 - Person found dead in burning car on Carp Road in Ottawa (Canada):

2018-05-02 - Auto parts plant heavily damaged by explosion and massive fire at 1:30 AM in Eaton Rapids (Michigan), 2 injured:

2018-05-02 - Recycling center fire erupts at 2:30 AM in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), smoke blows into the US:

2018-05-02 - Plastics plant damaged by fire just after 11:30 PM in coastal La Porte (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Puerto Rican Air National Guard EC-130 plane crashes and explodes into flame near coastal Savannah (Georgia), 9 killed:

Quote: "A crew of nine Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C-130 into retirement in Arizona when it crashed onto a highway in Georgia on Wednesday, and authorities said there appeared to be no survivors."

2018-05-02 - Man, 50s or 60s, has heart attack while standing in knee-deep water at coastal Blue Mountain Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A man was transported to the hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest while standing in the Gulf of Mexico. Walton County Beach Safety Chief David Vaughn said the man, believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was standing in knee-deep water about 300 yards east of the Ed Walline Beach Access when he suffered an apparent heart attack."

2018-05-02 - Home explodes and burns on Orwil Street in coastal Frankston, Melbourne (Australia), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 114th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Transformer bursts into flame near downtown Beaumont (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Boat, tractor, RV, van, pickup truck, golf cart, garage and home destroyed by fire at 12:15 AM in Limestone (New York):

Quote: "The electrical fire reportedly started in an RV of the resident’s garage. The garage also had a pickup truck, a van, a boat, tractor, golf cart and several other pieces of equipment inside, Soper said, adding the garage and everything inside were a total loss."

Note: This is the 374th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 836th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 212th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Boat bursts into flame while parked inside shed at home in Clyman (Wisconsin):

2018-05-02 - Boat bursts into flame at waterfront in Canton area in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Note: These are the 375th and 376th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Freight train bursts into flame in Mansfield (Massachusetts):

2017-05-02 - Three school buses go up in flames just before 7 AM while parked in coastal Fornebu (Norway):

Quote: "According to the first alarm, a student bus was on fire in Fornebu in Oslo. But at 07.15, local time, the Norwegian police announced that the fire spread to another two buses and a nearby building, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten writes."

Note: These are the 96th, 97th and 98th school buses to burn in 2018, and these are the 276th, 277th and 278th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Redhill Avenue in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Note: This is the 279th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the M7 near coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Note: This is the 26th car-hauler to burn in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-78 in Hunterdon County (New Jersey):

2018-05-02 - Tractor trailer(s) and condos and townhomes under construction destroyed by inferno in Lanham (Maryland):

Quote: "The fire appeared to begin at a four-story condo building under construction and then spread to another row of townhomes also under construction, said Prince George's County fire spokesman Mark Brady."

Quote: "Fire investigators say the estimated fire loss is $8.9 million."

2018-05-02 - Tractor, camper and barn destroyed by fire in Beulah (Michigan):

Quote: "We're told the barn was full of stuff including a camper, tractors and tools."

2018-05-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 50 near Brampton (Canada):

Note: These are the 837th, 838th, 839th, 840th and 841st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-02 - Heavy truck bursts into flame at 4:03 AM while parked at business in Pine City (Minnesota):

2018-05-02 - Box truck bursts into flame on Morris Avenue in Union (New Jersey):

2018-05-02 - Box truck bursts into flame on Dogburn Road in Orange (Connecticut):

2018-05-02 - Box truck bursts into flame on street in Puslinch (Canada):

2018-05-02 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 126 near Eugene (Oregon):

Note: This is the 213th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-02 - SUV bursts into flame on US 101 near Willits (California):

2018-05-02 - SUV bursts into flame on Stoney Lane in Sparkbrook (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in Idaho Falls (Idaho), 2300 feet from the Snake River:

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame at Long John Silver's in Greencastle (Indiana):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on Route 3 in coastal Duxbury (Massachusetts):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Melbourne (Florida):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame at 6:15 AM near Merrick Road in Lynnbrook (New York):,102778

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-94 in St. Cloud (Minnesota):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame near Park Avenue in Springfield (Illinois):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on the Nanaimo Parkway in coastal Nanaimo (Canada):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame at 11:30 PM on Southern Cross Drive in Mascot (Australia), 2 miles from the coast:

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on Corn Street in Witney (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on the M1 near Northampton (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on A448 slip road in Redditch (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A11 near Red Lodge (Britain), some crashes too:

2018-05-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Ryhall Road in Stamford (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Semi trailer bursts into flame while parked at business in Grand Junction (Colorado):

2018-05-02 - Utility trailer bursts into flame while being towed, on I-695 near Arbutus (Maryland):

2018-05-02 - Pickup truck and townhome complex go up in flames in Cambridge (Canada):

Quote: "A truck parked at one of the units was also totalled."

2018-05-02 - Two cars, motorcycle and barn destroyed by fire in Rolesville (North Carolina):

Quote: "Marks said he uses the barn for storage. There were two cars, a motorcycle, and tools inside. He said everything is a total loss."

2018-05-02 - Cars and auto shop go up in flames just after 1 AM in coastal Bideford (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Fayetteville (North Carolina):

2018-05-02 - Barn destroyed by fire near Saranac (Michigan), 10 horses killed:

2018-05-02 - McDannald Fire grows to 22,053 acres near Fort Davis (Texas):

Note: Old McDannald had a fire...

2018-05-02 - Brush fire destroys 27 seasonal bungalows in Fallsburg (New York):

2018-05-02 - Bank heavily damaged by fire in Fairfax (Virginia):

Quote: "The blaze was the latest in a string of fires in Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, a fire destroyed a block of townhomes in Prince George's County and two other three-alarm fires broke out in Centreville."

2018-05-02 - Car wash destroyed by fire in Clinton Township (Michigan):

2018-05-02 - Cotton bleaching plant heavily damaged by fire in Colrain (Massachusetts):

2018-05-02 - Commercial building damaged by fire at 6 AM on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2018-05-02 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Sperry (Oklahoma):

2018-05-02 - Garage destroyed by fire at 11:15 PM at home in Jamul (California):

2018-05-02 - Home damaged by fire on coastal Bald Head Island (North Carolina):

2018-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at Riverside Landings in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2018-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM in Grand Junction (Colorado), 2 injured:

2018-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 5:30 AM in El Cajon (California):

2018-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4:10 AM in Florence (South Carolina), nobody there:

2018-05-02 - Home destroyed by fire just after 4 AM in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

2018-05-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:15 AM in Chicopee (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2018-05-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM in Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-02 - Four homes go up in flames at 2:15 AM in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-05-02 - Mansion heavily damaged by fire in Carmel (Indiana):

2018-05-02 - Three triple-decker homes go up in flames in coastal Chelsea (Massachusetts):

2018-05-02 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 3:41 AM in Warren (Michigan):

2018-05-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM on Calm Lake Circle in Greece (New York):

2018-05-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Greenwood (Indiana):

2018-05-02 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by massive blaze in Phoenixville (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-02 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire in Reisterstown (Maryland):

2018-05-02 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Level Creek Road in Buford (Georgia):

2018-05-02 - Townhome complex and senior living facility heavily damaged by separate fires in Centreville (Virginia):

Quote: "'This is unusual ... especially fires this close together,' Caussin said. He said they have no reason to believe anything connects the two fires."

Note: They're definitely connected by timeframe, geographic proximity and the atmosphere...

2018-05-02 - Deadly garage fire burns home in Malta (New York), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2018-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home in Dillon County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home in Tucson (Arizona), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:30 AM on Mayfield Drive in Decatur (Georgia), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:07 AM in Lipscomb (Alabama), 1+ killed:

2018-05-02 - Vacant structure fires rising in Fresno (California):

2018-05-02 - Vacant home burns at 11:30 PM in Ensley (Alabama):

2018-05-02 - Vacant home burns at 1:40 AM in Unity (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-02 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just after 6 AM in Hollywood area in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2018-05-02 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 11:15 PM in Huntington (West Virginia):

2018-05-02 - Hundreds of fish found dead in Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin):

2018-05-02 - Hundreds of salmon wash up dead on coastal Fishery Beach in Cape Jervis (Australia):

2018-05-02 - Ten things that will change when rhinos go extinct:

2018-05-02 - Two men found dead in the Beauharnois Canal in Beauharnois (Canada):

2018-05-02 - Five people found dead in the Ganga Canal in Jwalapur (India):

2018-05-02 - Two boys die in pond in Kagitalapur (India):

2018-05-02 - Two men, 18 and 20, die in the River Cauvery in Mudukuthore (India):

2018-05-02 - Man, 18, has 'medical episode' and topples into pond, dies shortly later, in Noble County (Ohio):

Quote: "An 18-year-old Noble County man who apparently suffered a medical episode and fell into a pond Monday has died at a Columbus hospital."

2018-05-02 - Man, 25, drops dead at laundromat in Mankato (Minnesota):

2018-05-02 - Man, 31, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool at home in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

Quote: "Police said Wednesday the man had died from injuries sustained in a near drowning Tuesday night. Foul play is not suspected."

Quote: "The incident marks the second drowning in Baton Rouge over the course of just a few weeks. On April 10, a child drowned at another suburban home in Goodwood."

2018-05-02 - Woman, 25, found dead in the water in Montrose Harbor in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-05-02 - Man, 28, found dead in sensory deprivation tank at spa in coastal Washington DC:

2018-05-02 - Man, 40 to 50, found dead in the Trinity River in Fort Worth (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Woman, 67, found dead in the McKenzie River near Vida (Oregon):

2018-05-02 - Man, 74, found dead along the Heart River west of Mandan (North Dakota):

2018-05-02 - Man found dead at home in Florence (Alabama):

2018-05-02 - Woman, 70, found dead in submerged vehicle in pond near Meriden (Kansas):

2018-05-02 - Man, 57, politician, drops dead in his office at Parliament Hill in Ottawa (Canada), 500 feet from the Ottawa River:

2018-05-02 - Man, 78, dies in the water in Cudgen Creek in coastal Kingscliff (Australia):

Quote: "Police believe the man, 78, may have suffered a medical episode while in the water. He could not be revived and died on scene."

2018-05-02 - Man found dead in submerged car in canal near Kampung Paya Pasir (Malaysia):

2018-05-02 - Man found dead in canal in Walsall (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Trucker, man, 56, has 'medical emergency', big rig full of bees crashes, in Fairfax County (Virginia):

Quote: "An interstate in Virginia was flooded with bees Wednesday after a truck driver hauling bee hives suffered a medical emergency while driving. The incident happened on May 2nd at approximately 4:00 p.m. in Fairfax County, Virginia."

2018-05-02 - Man, 63, has 'medical episode', car crashes into fence, on I-95 near coastal Fellsmere (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "Florida Highway Patrol says Charles F. Stiwalt of Lake Mary, Florida was driving southbound on I-95 near mile marker 151 in Indian River County at 3:15 p.m. when he suffered a medical episode. His vehicle left the roadway to the right and entered the grass shoulder. The vehicle continued until it collided with a fence located on the western shoulder of I-95. Stiwalt was transported to Indian River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead."

2018-05-02 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into car and home, in Lashmeet (West Virginia):

Quote: "Deputies said the driver of the car had a medical emergency, crashed into another car and then into the home."

2018-05-02 - Man, 72, has 'medical event', car hits tree, in coastal Dover (New Hampshire), 1 killed:

Quote: "Investigators said Larry Eller was driving a blue 2018 Honda CRV north on Old Rochester Road when he suffered a medical event causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The Honda crossed the southbound travel lane and struck a tree on the west side of Old Rochester Road."

2018-05-02 - Passenger plane window cracks during flight, plane makes emergency landing in Cleveland (Ohio):

2018-05-02 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Green Bay (Wisconsin), unknown problem:

2018-05-02 - Small plane crashes and burns near Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Small plane crashes into mountain in Olympic National Park (Washington), 1 injured:

2018-05-02 - Small plane makes emergency belly landing in field in Woodward (Oklahoma), engine failure:

2018-05-02 - Helicopter with floats makes emergency landing in the water and overturns off coastal Panama City Beach (Florida):

2018-05-02 - Freight train derails in Fort Worth (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Tanker truck overturns on road near Batavia (New York), 1 injured:

2018-05-02 - Brinks truck's door swings open, money flies out onto highway, in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "Troopers at the scene initially said up to $600,000 had flown across the interstate, but police later said the exact amount was not known."

Quote: "Police are asking anyone who found loose money on an Indiana highway Wednesday to return it, according to WXIN."

2018-05-02 - Truck crashes into passenger bus at 2 AM, in Bara District (Nepal), 40+ injured:

2018-05-02 - Minivan veers off road just after 1 AM, hits pole and construction site, bursts into flame, in Fullerton (California), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-05-02 - Three cars crash in the wee hours, all 3 burst into flame, on I-75 near viaduct in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2018-05-02 - Car veers off road and crashes, in coastal Long Beach (California), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Car veers off road, crashes into hotel, in Weisenberg Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Note: Car was hardly damaged so he probably slumped over dead while driving...

2018-05-02 - Car veers off road and overturns, on Highway 431 in Albertville (Alabama), 1 killed:

2018-05-02 - Pack of dogs attacks and kills 3 children on the same day in Uttar Pradesh (India), 14 such deaths in the state since January:

2018-05-02 - Man tries to get selfie with sloth bear at pond, bear kills him, in Nabarangpur (India):

2018-05-02 - Bison rams woman and tosses her off trail near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming):

2018-05-02 - Rattlesnake Ridge landslide still moving heavily, geologists don’t know when it will accelerate into a catastrophe, near Yakima (Washington):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens on road and damages RV in Shelby (Montana):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens under truck in Burlington (Vermont):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens along highway near Los Fresnos (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens along road in Mamakating (New York):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens near Chick-fil-A in Elizabethtown (Kentucky):

2018-05-02 - Sinkhole opens on street in Colchester (Britain):

2018-05-02 - Man, 63, goes missing while swimming at coastal Jason Bay Beach (Malaysia):

2018-05-02 - Middle-aged man goes into cardiac arrest on street in Bristol (Britain):

Quote: "Police and ambulance crews were on the scene as eyewitnesses reported seeing paramedics administering CPR to a man in the middle of the road."

2018-05-02 - Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Easter Island:

2018-05-02 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Sisakht (Iran), 105 injured:

2018-05-02 - Lightning strikes kill 14+ people in 16 hours across Andhra Pradesh (India):

2018-05-02 - Lightning strikes kill 9 people across West Bengal (India):

2018-05-02 - Terrible flooding hits Somalia, 500,000 people affected:

2018-05-02 - Tornado touches down and leaves trail of destruction in Norman (Oklahoma):

2018-05-02 - Fierce storms and tornadoes hit eastern Kansas and western Missouri:

2018-05-02 - Powerful storm unloads on Rajasthan (India), 27+ killed, nearly 100 injured:

2018-05-02 - Dust storm hits Punjab (Pakistan):

2018-05-02 - Marine experts hatching scheme to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town to help with drought:

2018-05-02 - Last year’s solar eclipse set off a fast-moving atmospheric wave that propagated around the world for hours:

2018-05-02 - Global debt balloons to all-time high of $164 trillion:


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., LL and any other readers of this blog!

    Wow, you Midwestern and Southwestern residents are experiencing violent storms. Be safe and check in - this is supposed to go on for 3 more days!

    Tornadoes, baseball-sized hail wreak havoc as severe storms hit Great Plains

    Tornadoes were reported on Kansas and Nebraska on the evening of May 2, 2018, as a round of severe weather hit the Plains. The severe storms caused damage to homes and buildings, but no injuries were reported. Chasers spotted several large tornadoes tracking across the rural areas of the Plains. [more]

    Nine tornadoes hit Midwest as severe weather threatens 40 million across US

    Mysterious boom, 'rumble' heard in northern New York

    Mysterious booms rattle UK and US residents in April 2018 and nobody knows where they came from

    Prop or prank? Mystery car hanging from bridge perplexes Toronto residents

    Police and passersby were left perplexed and concerned after a burned-out car was found dangling precariously from a Toronto bridge as traffic rumbled overhead. [more]

    Missouri lawmakers seek special session to consider impeaching Greitens

    Missouri House and Senate leaders announced Thursday night that they have gathered enough support from lawmakers to call the state legislature into a special session for impeachment proceedings against Gov. Eric Greitens.

    The announcement follows a series of dire developments for Greitens, a former Republican rising star, including two felony charges: one stemming from a photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he had an affair and another relating to his campaign's alleged procurement of a nonprofit donor list without the charity's knowledge. [more]

    1,500-acre fire at Malheur NWR

    Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire that started April 27 in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, but it sounds like there will be extensive mopup since it is burning in heavy tule marsh vegetation. [more]

    [three articles on the eruption of Kilauea]
    There she blows! The Kilauea Volcano Hawaii has erupted with extremely high levels of dangerous sulphur dioxide gas causing evacuations

    Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, spewing lava from giant crack and forcing evacuations

    Hawaii’s famed Kilauea volcano underwent a new eruption Thursday that is now threatening neighborhoods with red lava on the eastern edge of Hawaii Island, prompting evacuations. [more]

    Eruption at Leilani Estates in lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

    An eruption has begun in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano shortly before 05:00 UTC on May 4, 2018. Lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision. Hawaii County Civil Defense is on scene and coordinating needed response including the evacuation of up to 10 000 residents of the Leilani subdivision. [more]

    [more below]

    1. Today the storms truly come here in south central Texas. Moving in as I type. Heavy rain is moving slow so I expect there to be flooding in all the usual places. More H2S then!!

  2. Tinder Fire: Large wildfire in north-central Arizona consumes more than 40 homes

    In the last 20 years, this is the most catastrophic event the county has seen as far as home loss or damage to property. A large wildfire in north-central Arizona damaged or destroyed at least 41 homes. Dubbed the Tinder Fire, the blaze was started by an illegal abandoned campfire. By Thursday morning, the Tinder Fire had burned nearly 18 square miles in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. The inferno is 12 percent contained, and rapid growth near residential areas forced officials to evacuate about 1,000 homes in several Coconino County neighborhoods. A state of emergency was approved Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey. [more]

    Heavy rain and blowing dust in northern and western India killed at least 90 and injured 160 more overnight

    At least 90 people have died and another 160 were injured as heavy rain and a dust storm struck northern and western India overnight. Winds as strong as 80 mph destroyed homes, and lightning strikes were also deadly. [more]

    More than 125 killed as high-velocity dust storm, major thunderstorm hit India

    More than 90 people were killed on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3, 2018 after a ferocious thunderstorm accompanied by a high-velocity dust storm and large hail hit parts of India. The storm destroyed numerous houses, uprooted trees and downed more than 8 000 electricity poles in Rajasthan alone, disrupting electricity across a vast area. The worst affected are the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan where at least 70 people lost their lives. The death toll is expected to rise. [more]

    Massive storm lasted only 15 minutes but kills 45 people with many more injured livestock and crops in Uttar Pradesh India

    [which contains this embedded article]
    INDIAN STORM UPDATE: 110 now dead with many more injured after fierce dust storms hit northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

    For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed “safe.”

    [or this one, by Eric Holthaus]
    Friday, 4 May 2018
    CO2 concentrations exced 410 ppm

    Humans didn’t exist the last time there was this much CO2 in the air

    EPA chief Scott Pruitt is an ethical train wreck. He should depart.

    [but, but "religious beliefs!, God's Work!"]

    [continued below]

  3. Enbridge Fined for Failing to Fully Inspect Pipelines After Kalamazoo Oil Spill

    The Kalamazoo disaster was one of the biggest inland oil spills on record, and it raised questions about the safety of Enbridge's tar sands oil pipeline system. [more]

    [the same questions that were posed BEFORE all this happened!]

    [from our No Shit, Sherlock desk]
    World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals

    As renewable energy costs fall, poor countries are making progress, but billions of people are still left with polluting fuels for cooking and transportation. [more; among many other problems]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 5.3.18 On Sweltering Planet, Hottest April Temperature Ever Recorded on Earth Hits Pakistan

    Night sky guide for May 2018

    Jake Morphonius on latest geopolitical news

    Qanon is Mossad psyops – and other geopolitical news

    [~ 31.5 min. video]

    An update on the Skripals

    Skripals Poisoned with Fentanyl, Initial Report Redacted

    Wanting To Crash

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I am always long brick shitting volatility. Gamble at your own risk [more]

    The Big Long: Outside The Doomsday Machine

    The gambling defensive team has left the field, now there's only offense. As long as Go Daddy holds up, this will all be fine

    Coincidentally, Zerohedge picked up on a theme I'd been mulling over all week, which is that Goldman Sachs is as clueless as everyone else this time around. Apparently they've been drinking their own Kool-Aid.

    Yesterday [Wed.], post-FOMC meeting, the wheels came off the bus as expected, and the selloff continued this morning [Thurs.]. However, this afternoon Skynet stepped in at the 200 day Maginot Line to force short covering ahead of tomorrow's [Fri.] jobs report.[more]

    Make Being An Idiot Great Again

    What we should all want out of life is to get away with being uneducated serial fucking morons...

    I want to go back to what I wrote back in August 2014, the last time oil collapsed, to update my thinking on the subject of peak oil. Back then, the supply side aspect of my hypothesis: over-investment leading to price collapse played out in spades, as oil fell -76% in just over a year. But since it wasn't yet the end of the cycle, the demand side of my hypothesis had yet to play out. Now as we see below, they're both coming to a head at the same time...

    Oil price (black) with consumer delinquencies (red): [see chart]

    The central tenet of the peak oil hypothesis isn't that the world would one day run out of oil, but that oil would become ever-more scarce requiring ever-more capital investment to extract it. This constraint would lead to very wide price swings from rock bottom below-investment-level prices during recession, to "tight markets" and skyrocketing prices at the end of the cycle i.e. what we are seeing now - prices that will ensure recession. [more]

  4. News Links, May 4, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    IMF warns the Middle East is facing a 'matrix of risks'

    Saudi Arabia Needs Much Higher Oil Prices

    U.S. Lifts Debt Sales as Deficit Grows, Plans 2-Month Bills

    Smartphone boom goes silent as iPhone X and China slump

    IMF Issues Censure Against Venezuela

    Australia's Commonwealth Bank says records of nearly 20 mln accounts lost
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country's top lender, confirmed on Thursday it lost records of almost 20 million accounts and decided to not inform its clients, a breach the nation's prime minister called "an extraordinary blunder".

    Goldman: Global Economic Momentum Just Slowed The Most Since 2011

    Ford Targeting Massive $25.5 Billion Cuts, Confirming End Of Major Automotive Cycle

    IT meltdown — TSB bosses don't know when the online banking chaos will be fixed

    Airline Cost Of Maintenance May Rise Just As Labor Rates And Fuel Prices Are Also Increasing

    Israel's prime minister can now declare war
    The Israeli parliament has approved a law empowering the country's prime minister and defense minister to declare war without full Cabinet approval in "extreme circumstances."

    Mattis Says US Troops Will Remain in Syria, Afghanistan for Long Haul

    Trump has all but decided to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal: sources

    Iran says will not renegotiate nuclear deal, warns against changes

    US Army Special Forces Secretly Sent to Fight Houthis in Yemen
    Global Military Spending Notches Up

    Seoul's top office: U.S. troops needed in South, even after South-North Korea peace treaty

    Cyberwarfare, populism top 'black swan' events at Milken conference

    White House warns China: There will be 'consequences' for militarization of South China Sea

    DARPA taps MIT for research on high-value molecules

    Air Force Advances Testing of New Nuclear Gravity Bomb: General

    Over 150 migrant caravan members cross into US to claim asylum, organizers say

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  5. Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 21,981 in 2018; Deaths Reach 606

    In Puerto Rico, protesters and police clash as thousands march in May Day rally

    Police Unleash 'Brutal Attacks' on Austerity Protesters in Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico

    Catastrophic Cyberattacks Threaten Big Oil

    The Coming Silver Supply Crunch Is Worse Than You Know

    California reports first death related to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

    Farmers threaten 10-day crop blockade of cities from June 1 (India)

    Brazil drought hits second-corn, dry spell persists

    U.S. considering restrictions on China's telecoms companies: sources

    Facebook Ranking News Sources By Trust Is A Bad Idea... But No One At Facebook Will Read Our Untrustworthy Analysis

    Beware of Bolton Undermining Korean Peace

    'Next generation' flaws found on computer processors: magazine

    Why We're Underestimating American Collapse

    Nissan Shocks With 28% Sales Plunge

    China quietly installed defensive missile systems on strategic Spratly Islands in hotly contested South China Sea

    The Global Debt Addiction: China's Out of Control Debt

    [UK] Fresh cracks found at Hunterston B nuclear plant

    America's critical minerals problem has gone from bad to worse

    Auto Sales Dive: Second Quarter Retail Spending Off to Bad Start

    Wave of Corporate Bankruptcies Coming: GE Warns About its Subprime Mortgage Unit

    U.S. Factories Are Showing Signs of Buckling From Demand Surge

    The $21 billion debt most Illinoisans know nothing about

    Storage plan for spent fuel adds to US nuclear debate

    Tesla Discloses Worst Quarterly Zinger of a Loss Ever, Burns $1.1 Billion Cash

    Tesla's Bizarre Conference Call: Musk Went After Analysts and His Own Execs
    Tesla's conference call on Wednesday gets a 10-bowl popcorn rating.

    Pain at the pump: Gas prices hit three-year high and are expected to keep rising [until it crashes the economy?]

    With no letup in home prices, the California exodus surges

    New Bipartisan Bill Could Give Any President the Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens in Military Detention Forever [what could go wrong?]

    And finally...
    Hillary Clinton Now Blaming Socialist Democrats For Historic Election Loss
    The latest addition to an already unbelievably long list. Read on... -- RF

  6. Thanks for checking in Mike - and please keep me updated, when you get a chance, after these things roll through, maybe describe what it was like.

    i'm busy cleaning up my front garden, neatening up for the apocalypse. My recently retired neighbor across the street, on the other hand, is re-doing his front walkway, replacing the paving stones . . [we're all nuts]

    Explosions from secret DOD training exercises terrify unprepared New Jersey residents

    It started off as a well-kept secret, but the explosions and helicopters ended up giving it away.

    Members of the U.S. Department of Defense were conducting training recently in a New Jersey neighborhood, and the result was plenty of residents with frayed nerves, CBS2's Dick Brennan reported Wednesday. [more; practicing for Marshall Law]

    US accuses Beijing of laser warfare in Djibouti

    On Thursday, the Pentagon accused China of pointing military-grade lasers at a US C-130 Hercules while it was landing at the American base in the Horn of Africa. It said two pilots suffered minor [eye] injuries and that the US is confident the Chinese were behind the incident, the exact timing of which is unclear. [more]

    Scotland: Mystery of stones dated to 500BC melted by heat that would need to be as strong as a laser

    Hawking's final paper presents a multiverse theory unlike any other

    In their paper, Hawking and Hertog use a mix of string theory, holographic principle, and math problems that resemble hieroglyphics to arrive at a multiverse theory that's less unwieldy than the current standard.

    "We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse, to a much smaller range of possible universes," said Hawking, according to a Cambridge University press release. [more]

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  7. [don't look now, but there's less to eat every day]

    Hailstorm, rain destroy apple, maize, potato and wheat crops in Jumla, Nepal

    Chaudhabish is another area that was hard hit by the hailstorm. Thousands of apple trees have been destroyed. Farmers said Chaudhabish will not see any apples on the trees this year. The hailstorm has not only affected apples. Farmers said that their maize, potato and wheat crops had also been destroyed. "As crops and fruits have been damaged on a large scale, Jumla is likely to face a food shortage this year," Bohara said. [more]

    Record temperatures in Pakistan reach a sweltering 122.4F

    Experts confirm winter broke records for snowfall in Switzerland

    Record snowfall, avalanches and horror storms were all part of the picture from December right up to the end of April, when 10 people died in three separate bad weather incidents. [more]

    Flooding hot spots: Why seas are rising faster on the U.S. East Coast – “These coastal areas are more vulnerable than they realize to short-term rapid acceleration of sea level rise”

    . . . while sea level is rising globally at about a tenth of an inch per year, cities along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States — including Norfolk; Baltimore; Charleston, South Carolina; and Miami, among others — have suffered “sunny day” flooding from seas rising far faster than the global average. One study published last year shows that from 2011 to 2015, sea level rose up to 5 inches — an inch per year — in some locales from North Carolina to Florida.

    scientists are now working to unravel the mystery of why some parts of the globe are experiencing so-called “sunny day” flooding that had not been expected for decades under conventional sea level rise projections. [more; they don't read Dredd's blog]

    The New Bernie Madoff

    What zombies didn't learn after 2008 is that the rented lifestyle aka. "more", is over...

    The Oracle of Ponzi World is having his annual confab this weekend. The repatriation of Apple's multi-hundred billion cash hoard was the story of the week [more; due to Buffett's buying 75 million shares]

    No one knows HOW he got there - Baby squirrel walks upon to man, again!

    [~ 7.5 min. video by MrMBB333 - listen til the end, lightning count for the Midwest storms yesterday!]

    [so much for Adapt 2030's snide bullshit]
    ‘We’ve fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never seen so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring

    A record-shattering decline in Bering Sea ice this winter and spring has threatened the very way of life in Alaska's coastal villages, where people rely on ice cover for navigation and hunting. "Fellow Americans are suffering from a natural disaster," says a climate scientist. [more]