Monday, May 14, 2018

Event Update For 2018-05-13

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2018-05-13 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, eight passengers sickened, plane makes emergency landing in Vienna (Austria):

Quote: "Eight people fell ill for unknown reasons on board a Transavia flight from [coastal] Schiphol [in Amsterdam] to Antalya in Turkey on Sunday morning. The pilot made a precautionary landing in Vienna after people started fainting on board, NOS reports. Passenger Hetty Roelofsen told NOS that the problems started when one passenger smelled something strange and fell ill. After that a total of eight people became unwell, spread over the plane."

2018-05-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A Southwest flight from San Diego to Las Vegas made an emergency landing Sunday after reports of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 72nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - High-rise Zen Tower heavily damaged by fire in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "Dubai, a skyscraper-studded city, has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises."

2018-05-13 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, at 5:30 AM on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten:

Quote: "The landfill is once again on fire. The fire started early Sunday morning. It is not yet clear what caused the early morning blaze. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson said the police was notified about 5:30 am about the blaze which he said is as big as the one earlier this year that took days to put out."

2018-05-13 - Two cars burst into flame at 11:51 PM while parked on opposite side of street in North Amityville (New York):

Quote: "Investigators are trying to determine the cause of two car fires on opposite sides of the same street in North Amityville, Suffolk County police said. The fires were reported at 11:51 p.m. Sunday on Melody Lane near Summer Lane, a police department spokeswoman said. The cars were unoccupied and there were no injuries, the spokeswoman said."

2018-05-13 - Man burned by flash fire at hotel on Anderson Mill Road in Austin (Texas):

Note: Flash fire, so gases in the atmosphere ignited...

2018-05-13 - Newly-built boathouse destroyed by fire on Mortimers Point Road on Lake Muskoka in Port Carling (Canada):

2018-05-13 - Wildfires rage along the Amur River near Komsomolsk-on-Amur (Russia):

2018-05-13 - Murzinka River mysteriously turns red in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

2018-05-13 - Ferry ship 'Jan Molsen' damaged by fire on the River Elbe near Teufelsbrück (Germany):

Quote: "In the foremidday of May 13, 2018, a fire broke out in the engine room of the 'Jan Molsen' on the Elbe. The 23 passengers were safely evacuated at the Teufelsbrück pier which the captain had immediately approached. The fire rescue tackled the fire with several engines."

2018-05-13 - Tanker ship 'Grand Riviere' damaged by fire near coastal Genoa (Italy):

Quote: "On May 13, 2018, a fire broke out aboard the 'Grande Riviere', which had arived off the petrol port of Genoa from Aveiro. Black fumes were billowing from the tanker, and witnesses called the emergency services. By the time firefighters were sent and boarded the ship, the fire was already extinguished by the crew."

2018-05-13 - Boat bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in Gray (Maine):

Quote: "The State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the cause of a boat fire that destroyed a garage in Gray on Sunday. Authorities said dozens of firefighters responded to reports of an explosion on Upper Marginal Way around 10 a.m. Investigators said a fire appears to have started in the boat and spread to the garage."

Note: These are the 410th, 411th and 412th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 on bridge over the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta near coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2018-05-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6 AM on I-10 near Butte La Rose (Louisiana):

2018-05-13 - Tractor bursts into flame near Silver Park outside Melfort (Canada):

2018-05-13 - Tractor bursts into flame near the B3227 in West Anstey (Britain):

Note: These are the 920th, 921st, 922nd and 923rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - Truck bursts into flame on Bending Oak Drive in Pittsford (New York):

2018-05-13 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 90 near coastal Bayside Park (Mississippi):

2018-05-13 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Roberts Avenue West in Immokalee (Florida):

Note: These are the 233rd and 234th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at business in Schaumburg (Illinois):

2018-05-13 - SUV bursts into flame on I-75 near coastal Bradenton (Florida):

2018-05-13 - SUV bursts into flame on I-26 in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Two cars destroyed by fire just after 11 PM while parked in garage at home in Boise (Idaho):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside landscaping business in Bedford (Ohio):

Quote: "A car went up in flames inside a Bedford business on Sunday afternoon. Shortly after 12 p.m., the Bedford Fire Department arrived at J. Barker Landscaping on Taylor Road to put out flames and heavy smoke coming from the inside of the building. Inside, crews discovered a vehicle on fire and some damage to the interior of the building."

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame beneath overpass in Dayton (Ohio):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in coastal Laguna Beach (California):

Quote: "A vehicle fire at the northbound State Route 73 off-ramp to Laguna Canyon Road sparked a small vegetation fire in Laguna Beach, but Laguna Beach and county firefighters established a line around it quickly, Sunday afternoon, May 13."

2018-05-13 - Car burst into flame near Route 146 In Uxbridge (Massachusetts):

2018-05-13 - Two cars go up in flames while parked at home in coastal Saint Michael Parish on the island of Barbados:

2018-05-13 - Rally car bursts into flame during race on the Isle of Man:

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame on Valley Road in Nuneaton (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame at 3:14 AM on Friary Road in Atherstone (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame on South Strand in Fleetwood (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame at 4:07 AM on Lizard Lane in Shifnal (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Car bursts into flame on Brownsover Lane in Brownsover, Rugby (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to shed, in Baxter (Minnesota):

Quote: "A vehicle first caught fire, before a nearby small garden shed went up in flames as well."

2018-05-13 - Trailer bursts into flame while being towed, on the M4 near Newbury (Britain):

2018-05-13 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to barn, in Dover (North Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Several classic cars, generator, farm equipment and barn destroyed by fire in Bradner (Canada):

Quote: "A Sunday evening fire at a Bradner farm has destroyed a storage barn, a generator and several classic cars."

2018-05-13 - Two barns destroyed by fire near New Unionville (Indiana):

2018-05-13 - Barn and farm machinery destroyed by fire in Bucklesham (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire in coastal Kailua-Kona (Hawaii):

2018-05-13 - Trailer business heavily damaged by fire in Houston (Texas):

2018-05-13 - Commercial building damaged by fire in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Oil business devastated by fire and explosions in Raipur (India), nobody there:

2018-05-13 - Garage destroyed by fire at home, another garage damaged, in coastal Johnson Point (Washington), 100 feet from the ocean:

2018-05-13 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Gainesville (Florida):

2018-05-13 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Sperry (Oklahoma):

2018-05-13 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Vernon (Canada), nobody there:

2018-05-13 - Home damaged by fire in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Home damaged by fire in coastal San Jose (California):

2018-05-13 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly after 5 AM in Charlotte (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-05-13 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Gloucester (Massachusetts):

2018-05-13 - Home destroyed by fire in Opelika (Alabama):

2018-05-13 - Home destroyed by fire in San Cristobal (New Mexico):,48112

2018-05-13 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Portland (Oregon):

2018-05-13 - Shoreline Motel damaged by fire on Marine Parade in coastal Napier (New Zealand), 350 feet from the ocean:

2018-05-13 - Deadly fire burns home in Athens (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Deadly fire burns home on Teakwood Drive in Walterboro (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-05-13 - Firefighter, man, 64, has 'medical event' at fire near Lake of the Cherokees, dies shortly later, in Grove (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Firefighter/Emergency Medical Responder William 'Willie' Brinza, 64, drove Engine 351 to a structure fire near the Elk River Marina in Grove when he was stricken about 3 p.m. May 12, according to a post on the fire district's Facebook page. According to the post, Brinza was still in the driver's seat. Firefighters and Grove EMS crews rendered immediate aid to Brinza, but he passed away at Integris Grove Hospital."

2018-05-13 - Man drops dead in yard at home in coastal New London (Connecticut):

2018-05-13 - Man, 26, found dead in Barton Creek near Twin Falls in the Barton Creek greenbelt in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "Austin police said they do not suspect foul play after a body was recovered Sunday afternoon from the water near Twin Falls in the Barton Creek greenbelt in Southwest Austin."

2018-05-13 - Man, 38, falls off boat and dies in Grapevine Lake near Flower Mound (Texas), another man in critical condition:

2018-05-13 - Man, 21, found dead in Ben Ficklin Reservoir near San Angelo (Texas):

2018-05-13 - Boy, 16, found dead in Beaver Lake near Rogers (Arkansas):

2018-05-13 - Man found dead near 7-Eleven in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

2018-05-13 - Man, 46, former Chief of Indianapolis Homeland Security, drops dead at home in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2018-05-13 - Man, 52, former police commission president, found dead at home in coastal San Francisco (California):

2018-05-13 - Man, 42, found dead in Kerr Lake near Henderson (North Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Man, soldier, found dead in Kentucky Lake (Kentucky):

2018-05-13 - Person goes missing while swimming, next seen dead in Lake Ponchartrain near Fountainebleau State Park (Louisiana):

2018-05-13 - Man, 32, found dead at home, another man, 26, in critical condition, in Longueuil (Canada):

2018-05-13 - Man, soldier, 22, dies after being found unconscious in pump well at fire station in coastal Tuas (Singapore):

2018-05-13 - Man found dead in the Angat River in coastal Bulacan (Philippine Islands):

2018-05-13 - Man, 42, found dead in or near the Flesk River near Whitebridge (Ireland):

2018-05-13 - Man in his 20s has 'medical emergency', car hits pillar outside donut shop in Santee (California), 1 injured:

Quote: "A driver was hospitalized Sunday after having a medical emergency and plowing his vehicle into the pillar outside a popular Santee donut shop, fire officials said."

2018-05-13 - Woman, 66, slumps over unconscious or dead before 2:40 AM, SUV crashes into ditch, in Elkton (Oregon), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to the OSP, the investigation showed she wasn't conscious when her SUV ran off the highway."

Note: Near the Umpqua River...

2018-05-13 - Man, 74, has 'medical emergency', car hits SUV head-on, in North Adams (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 3 injured:,539588

Quote: "'It is believed Bednarz suffered a medical emergency which resulted of his loss of ability to operate his motor vehicle,' according to a press release issued Monday by North Adams Police Lt. Jason Wood. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to have played a role in the accident, the report said."

2018-05-13 - Man, 55, has 'medical emergency', three cars crash, in Hagersville (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Brantford man was killed in a three-vehicle collision in Hagersville Saturday after the driver of one of the vehicles went into medical distress. Provincial police were called to a crash on King Street East around 11:39 a.m. A witness found the 55-year-old man unresponsive in his vehicle. An OPP officer tired to resuscitate the man, who was later transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead."

2018-05-13 - Man, early 20s, has seizure, car crashes into traffic lights in coastal Geelong (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police believe a driver had a seizure in the moments before he crashed his car into the traffic lights at a prominent intersection in central Geelong yesterday morning."

2018-05-13 - Passenger plane loses pressure, oxygen masks drop, plane makes emergency landing in Dallas (Texas):

2018-05-13 - Small plane lands at airport, runs off runway into the Tennessee River, in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2018-05-13 - Small plane crashes into bogland in County Offaly (Ireland), 2 killed:

2018-05-13 - Passenger bus overturns into gorge near Shimla (India), 7 killed, 12 injured:

2018-05-13 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on highway near Brodhead (Kentucky):

2018-05-13 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 near Lake Charles (Louisiana):

2018-05-13 - SUV slams into transit bus in Saugus (Massachusetts), 6 injured:

Quote: "Investigators are looking into whether the driver of an SUV suffered a medical emergency when she somehow slammed into an MBTA bus in Saugus, Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon."

2018-05-13 - SUV veers off road, hits pole, bursts into flame, on Ocean Avenue in coastal Portland (Maine):

2018-05-13 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Bear (Delaware):

2018-05-13 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits pickup, driver has 'medical emergency' and dies, in Blaine County (Idaho):

Quote: "While Deputies were still on scene investigating the crash, Andres had a medical emergency. Andres was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center by ground ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased."

2018-05-13 - Pickup truck overturns on Highway 11 near coastal Hilo (Hawaii), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, near Harmon (Arkansas), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2018-05-13 - Car overturns on road in coastal Westport (Connecticut), 2 injured:

2018-05-13 - Car veers off road, slams into home, in Austin (Texas):

2018-05-13 - Car crashes into median and overturns at 11:40 PM on I-77 near Fairplain (West Virginia), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Car veers over centerline at 3:47 AM, hits guardrail, in coastal Essex (Maryland), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Irvine (California):

2018-05-13 - Car veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Pleasantdale (New York):

2018-05-13 - Car veers off road just before 4:30 AM, hits pole, bursts into flame, in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Car veers off road and overturns before 6 AM near Wynnewood (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Car veers off road, hits pillar, bursts into flame, on the N4 near Buffelspoort (South Africa), 6 killed:

2018-05-13 - Motorcycle veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, near Tuttle (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2018-05-13 - Naked man eats foliage, spouts gibberish, in Spartanburg (South Carolina):

Quote: "According to Littleton, he noticed from afar that the man was completely nude. After more observation, he saw that the male was eating leaves, berries, and picking the leaves off of plants and eating those as well.  As responding deputies attempted to identify the naked male through questioning, the male was uttering something about a 'nuclear bomb' and 'Donald Trump.' He also went on to say that he wanted deputies to follow him to the 'garden of Eden,' per deputies."

Quote: "Once deputies caught up with him, one pushed him to the ground and he became passively resistant. After some struggle from the naked man, the deputies were able to handcuff him. However, deputies said the male still would not answer any questions and continued to grab weeds/plants/brush with his mouth and chew them."

2018-05-13 - Naked man found walking down US 101 between coastal Arcata and coastal Eureka (California):

Quote: "At approximately 11:30 a.m., a naked man with an apparent mission marched along southbound Hwy 101 headed north between Eureka and Arcata near Carl Johnson’s. According to the scanner, he was 'causing a traffic hazard.'"

2018-05-13 - Naked man found wandering around in grass near roads in Toronto (Canada):

Quote: "A Mother’s Day morning incident at the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton East saw a naked man, said to be distressed, wandering in grass at the corner. It was, as the TPS Operations dispatch said, a visual distraction to motorists. They dealt with the matter."

2018-05-13 - Bear attacks and injures 5-year-old girl at home near Grand Junction (Colorado):

2018-05-13 - Shark attacks and injures boy at beach on Hilton Head Island (South Carolina):

2018-05-13 - Huge 400-meter-long crack in the ground opens in Mexico City (Mexico):

2018-05-13 - Wall collapses near apartment buildings in coastal Bronx (New York):

2018-05-13 - Bridge collapses into river in the Neelum Valley in Kashmir (Pakistan), 5 killed, 11 missing:

2018-05-13 - Water main breaks in Sugar Land (Texas):

2018-05-13 - Person has 'medical emergency' near Switzer Falls in Altadena (California):

Quote: "Four off-duty marines along with a rescue team rescued a hiker having a medical emergency on a hiking trail near Los Angeles Sunday. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a team received the rescue call around 4 p.m. Sunday near Switzer Falls. When the rescue team arrived, they found four off-duty marines from Camp Pendleton who had run into the hiker and carried him upstream for a quicker rescue."

2018-05-13 - Person has 'medical emergency' in coastal Burnham-On-Sea (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Man has 'medical emergency' at church in Swindon (Britain):

2018-05-13 - As CO2 levels soar past 410 ppm threshold, Trump kills NASA carbon monitoring program:

2018-05-13 - Neighboring seas are flowing into a warming Arctic Ocean:

2018-05-13 - Sandstorm hits Oman:

2018-05-13 - Heavy dust storm and rain hit parts of India, 61 killed:

2018-05-13 - Heavy rain and powerful winds hit Pakistan, 15 killed, 22 injured:

2018-05-13 - Heavy May snowfall hits south Massif Central (France):

2018-05-13 - Ebola outbreak killing people in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

Quote: "Democratic Republic of Congo reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organization said Monday. It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up."

2018-05-13 - Some of the strangest UFO sightings in the history of Hull (Britain):


  1. Thanks, Jonny! Amazing reading these cases of JJFH incidents all over the place, effecting everything.

    [Remember when China (just recently) refused to accept other nations' plastic and paper waste (among other pollution)?]
    Recycling, once embraced by businesses and environmentalists, now under siege – “Recycling as we know it isn’t working”

    [well, it's comin' home to roost!]

    The U.S. recycling industry is breaking down.

    Prices for scrap paper and plastic have collapsed, leading local officials across the country to charge residents more to collect recyclables and send some to landfills. Used newspapers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are piling up at plants that can’t make a profit processing them for export or domestic markets.

    “Recycling as we know it isn’t working,” said James Warner, chief executive of the Solid Waste Management Authority in Lancaster County, Pa. “There’s always been ups and downs in the market, but this is biggest disruption that I can recall.”

    China last week suspended all imports of U.S. recycled materials until June 4, regardless of the quality. The recycling industry interpreted the move as part of the growing rift between the U.S. and China over trade policies and tariffs.

    The changes have effectively cut off exports from the U.S., the world’s largest generator of scrap paper and plastic. Collectors, processors and the municipal governments that hire them are reconsidering what they will accept to recycle and how much homeowners pay for that service. Many trash haulers and city agencies that paid for curbside collection by selling scrap said they are now losing money on almost every ton they handle.
    The upended economics are likely to permanently change the U.S. recycling business, said William Moore, president of Moore & Associates, a recycled paper consultancy in Atlanta. [more]

    Israeli Forces Kill Dozens, Wound Thousands in Gaza as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

    26k lightning strikes in 120m - Hawaii lava 1000ft into the air! - Incredible POWER of Pele

    [~ 5 min. video from MrMBB333]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 5.15.18 Dahr Jamail: Billions of People Will Be Displaced by Sea Level Rise

    [~ 37 min. video]

    Goldman: Something strange is happening with the US economy that could cause interest rates to jump

    America's budget deficit and unemployment rate are heading in opposite directions — something that's never happened during post World War II peacetime and could cause a significant jump in interest rates.

    The [fictitious] unemployment rate is now at 3.9 percent and falling [at the same time that record bankruptcies are occurring at businesses with no employees, I guess], while the budget deficit was at $668 billion in 2017 and is expected, according to the Congressional Budget Office, to top $1 trillion by 2020. That's a dual phenomenon that is highly uncommon in the U.S., according to Goldman economists. [more]

  2. [it's probably time to gtfo of HI (at least the Big Island]
    Lava from Hawaii volcano nears an evacuation route, warning issued on gas exposure

    Lava from one of the world’s most active volcanoes snaked closer to the Big Island’s Highway 137 — coming within a mile and a half Monday night to choking off one of the last remaining evacuation routes for residents in lower Puna, officials said.

    [nature works slowly, so you don't realize you're being trapped]

    Geologists warn that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge rocks and ash miles into the sky.

    Officials have also cautioned that some of the vents formed by Kilauea are releasing sulfur dioxide at levels that pose a choking hazard. [more; including damage to tourism]

    [one day, we all will wake up to a completely different world]
    Camera shakes as earthquake hits during Giants-Reds game

    A magnitude-3.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area at 7:18 PM PT on Monday night, just minutes after the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds started up at AT&T Park.

    Romaine lettuce farmers frustrated by FDA response to E. coli outbreak

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told "CBS This Morning" that the risk of new E. coli infections from tainted romaine lettuce is low, but the number of cases will rise. That's because the CDC says older infections will likely be linked to the same strain of bacteria originating in Arizona. So far, 149 people in 29 states have become sick and one person has died.

    The FDA has identified one farm in Yuma that supplied the lettuce that made eight prisoners in Alaska sick. That's eight out of 149 cases so far. But tracing the source is like finding one haystack in a thousand acres of land -- then finding the needle buried within it. [more]

    Sex-related charge dropped against Missouri governor

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared victory Monday as prosecutors abruptly dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge alleging he had taken a revealing photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair.

    The first-term Republican governor still faces plenty of other problems. Missouri's Republican legislative leaders renewed calls for Greitens to resign and confirmed they still will convene Friday in a monthlong special session to consider whether to impeach Greitens in an attempt to remove him from office.

    Greitens also remains charged with a second felony in St. Louis for allegedly disclosing a donor list from a St. Louis-based veterans' charity he founded for use in his political campaign. No trial date has been set for that case. [more]

    Family wakes up to 7-foot alligator on front porch

    A South Carolina couple woke up to a cold-blooded guest on their front porch early Monday morning. Charles and Louis Monteith were sleeping when they heard loud banging from an alligator outside, CBS affiliate WCSC-TV reports.

    The couple, who lives in The Lakes in North Charleston, started their week in 5 a.m. standoff with the reptilian menace. Charles first realized it was a gator when he went to check on his dogs and cats. One of his cats was looking out the window and there it was: a seven-foot-long alligator.

    The alligator was not injured in the process, but was later euthanized, according to the Island Packet. [more; So the alligator wasn't injured in the process - it was KILLED!]

    [more below]

  3. Small quake shakes buildings in Oakland, California

    A small 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Oakland, California on Monday evening, a Reuters witness and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. [more]

    Ex-lawmaker: Naked man tackled on Alaska Airlines flight

    [heh, this brought back a memory of 9th grade wrestling practice, where I attempted to stop a team-member from standing up, as the whistle blew, by circling his hips with my arms, only to end up with a cheek-full of sweaty red-headed ass as his trunks came down!]

    A retired Alaska state lawmaker says a naked passenger was tackled and detained on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.

    Former state Sen. Johnny Ellis said on Twitter that the incident happened Monday after the man ran from the front of the plane to the back, yelling and waving.

    he was removed by law enforcement after the plane parked at the gate and was then transported to a local hospital. [more]

    Billions at stake for US tech companies in China-US trade fight

    Trump-friendly immigration hardliner could win Democratic primary in Pennsylvania on Tuesday

    [I don't vote any more - nothing changes for the better and it just encourages politicians . .]

    For Democrats, opportunity and peril abound in Pennsylvania as the party seeks to win control of the House in the November elections.

    Pennsylvania’s 7th district is just the one of 18 congressional primaries in the state on Tuesday. There are other competitive Democratic races across the commonwealth, including in the 1st and 5th Congressional Districts.

    There will also be primary races in Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon on Tuesday. [more]

    Powerful space explosion sends intense shock wave as if some kind of planet had exploded in the solar system

    There are two space-based observatories – one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind – to catch the structure and evolution of solar storms as they blast from the Sun and move out through space. Well, one of these, Stereo Ahead, is photographing some unusual astral phenomena at the moment. On May 7, 2018 a huge explosion followed by an unprecedented shock wave was captured by the cameras of the space-based observatory, as if some kind of planet had exploded. [omg, the Death Star!]

    [really enjoyed this guy's work]
    Tom Wolfe, Pyrotechnic Nonfiction Writer and Novelist, Dies at 87

    Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattans moneyed status-seekers in works like “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 87.

    Mr. Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection. [more]

    [continued below]

  4. Tuesday, 15 May 2018
    Kunstler: "We're Witnessing The Slow-Motion Collapse Of Civilization"

    Lousy Deals and Turning Wheels

    [ends with]
    Is it too obvious to say that our previous efforts at re-engineering the various governments of the region have all ended in failed states? “Normality” may just be a mirage in the desert these days. What happened in the Islamic oil states was an historic anomaly, short-lived and catastrophic. What we’re witnessing is the slow-motion collapse of civilization at the margins. A corner of the world that was once emptier and quieter is on its way to being empty and quiet again, but not without a tragic convulsion of violence on the journey there. What’s happening on the margins these days will shortly move toward the center. [more]

    [after an updated HI post, this]
    The Ring of Fire on Alert

    5/14/2018 -- Hawaii Volcanoes Update -- Mauna Kea + Mauna Loa BOTH struck by earthquake activity

    [~ 15 min. video; then this embedded story]

    Ring Of Fire On Alert After Philippines Earthquake: California Is Warned

    After a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines, the Ring of Fire was put on alert. After dozens of earthquakes rocked Hawaii this month, followed by a volcanic eruption, many fear the Ring of Fire has become much more active, which has prompted scientists to warn California. [more; incl. this video]

    Yellowstone Super-volcano Earthquake M3.7, M3.5 Harmonic Tremors, Spectrograms Explained [~ 13.5 min. video]

    A short history of the conflict in Yemen

    A Beginners Guide To The Conflict In Yemen

    HOT weather forecast: Summer 2018 SCORCHER as Britain to be hit by 4 MONTHS of blazing sun

    Trump's Family Applauds Zionist Massacre Of Palestinians In Gaza

    Massacre in Gaza - IDF slaughters Palestininans

    ‘Terrible massacre’: Israel kills 58, injures 2,771 Gaza protesters as US embassy opens in Jerusalem

    Fifty-five Palestinian protesters, including six children under 18, have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations on the day of the US embassy's inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

    More than 2,700 protesters have been injured in Gaza on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 203 children and 78 women, according to the ministry. [more]

    [some more follows]

  5. Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

    Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. [more; incl. this embedded story]

    Arresting Julian Assange is a priority, says US attorney general Jeff Sessions

    As if torture wasn't cruel enough: Human experimentation was a core feature of CIA's program

    [following up on Mike D.'s recent post]
    Cluster of thunderstorms has potential of development into early season tropical system

    National Hurricane Center forecasters are watching a system in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, which they say has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next two days. [short video]

    4 Years Later, Experts Believe They May Have Finally Solved the Mystery Behind Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s Disappearance

    Since its disappearance in 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time. Now, investigators recently concluded what they believe really caused the mysterious disappearance of the plane — and who is responsible. Check out page 4 to see what happened. [more]

    Justices Thomas and Gorsuch Just Hinted They Would End Privacy as We Know It

    [it no longer exists anyway, so don't be alarmed]

    [update on the big asteroid I posted recently]
    An Asteroid the Size of the Statue of Liberty Will Whiz Past Earth Tomorrow. Here's How to See It

    [just a heads up for the summer]
    Dismal Western Snowpack Is a Climate "Warning Sign"

    It’s only May, and it’s already shaping up to be a stressful summer for many western states.

    Low mountain snowpack is a big part of the problem. [more]

    Texas wildfire produces massive cloud, sparks severe thunderstorm

    The famous saying goes that "everything is bigger in Texas," but that also appears to apply to a wildfire that was so intense on Friday it created a severe thunderstorm.

    The Mallard Fire, which is burning an area southeast of Amarillo in the state's panhandle, has burned more than 73,000 acres since it started on May 8. On Friday, the blaze was so intense that a pyrocumulus cloud formed, which helped to produce a thunderstorm that reached severe limits northeast of the blaze.

    Linguistic analysis shows oil companies are giving up on climate change

    1. This video goes into some detail about the Texas Panhandle fire that caused a severe thunderstorm. Very impressive. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of this phenomenon....

  6. Tech genius says AI is summoning demons - "no one is paying attention"

    [Elon Musk's words]
    don't know if any of you are turn-of-the-century weird fiction fans, but there's a guy named H. P. Lovecraft, who's a very famous American weird fiction author, and he exposed a view which is called cosmicism.

    The essence of cosmicism is cosmic indifference. So what he was saying is basically 'Yes, there are these massively intelligent entities out there, but they're not good, they're not evil, they just don't give a shit about you, even in the slightest. The same way that you don't care about an ant, is the same way they're not gonna care about you.'

    And these things that we're summoning into the world now are not demons, they're not evil, but they're more like the Lovecraftian 'Great Old Ones'. There are entities that are not necessarily going to be aligned with what we want. So this transition [to a world full of powerful intelligent robots] is really really massively important for our entire species to navigate and, going back to that thing that Sam Harris was saying, nobody is paying attention. This thing is happening in the background, while people bicker about politics and what's gonna be in the health care plan in the U.S., while underneath it all is this rising tsunami that, if we're not careful, is going to wipe us all out." [more]

    [once again, beating the dead horse behind this story]
    'Green' paradox: New report finds broad adoption of electric cars will increase air pollution

    Using a recent forecast prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Lesser's analysis shows that, over the period 2018 - 2050, the electric generating plants that will charge new EVs will emit more air pollution than the same number of new internal combustion engines, even accounting for air pollution from oil refineries that manufacture gasoline. [more]

    Floods cause landslide at hydroelectric plant, destroys buildings, bridges, and force evacuations in Colombia

    According to the latest reports, coming from the Unified Command Post in Hidroituango, 19 houses, 2 educational rooms and a health center have been totally destroyed and pedestrian bridges such as those in Puerto Valdivia were also destroyed by the current.

    More health centers and several other bridges were also affected, while people living in Puerto Valdivia, Tarazá, Cáceres and Caucasia were preemptively evacuated on Saturday night, stated the government of Antoquia. [more]

    Flood warning issued for inland Northwest US lakes and rivers due to excessive snow melt

    The Weather Service says rising temperatures this week will increase snowmelt and runoff. [more]

    [more below]

  7. Fish winterkill strikes several Central Alberta sites

    Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill. [more]

    10-year-old boy suffered heavy blood loss after shark attack at Hilton Head, South Carolina

    A [4 - 5 ft blacktip or spinner] shark bit 10-year-old Jei's right forearm while he and his older brother were splashing in waist-deep water Sunday, his mom Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet. [more]

    Over 3 inches of hail reported near Parker, Colorado - snowplows dispatched to clear roads

    Lightning kills father and son in Liberia

    Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupts for 5th time this year

    23,700 square miles of forest on fire in Russia

    [coming to a locale near you for a variety of reasons]
    Unusually cold winter and spring have Koreans worried about rocketing food costs

    Two rare meteotsunamis formed on Lake Michigan in 1 day!

    Two meteotsunamis developed on Lake Michigan during a single day in April and a newly released modeling of them is giving us a look at their evolution. Meteotsunamis are a type of tsunami, but instead of being generated by an underwater earthquake, the source is meteorological, like thunderstorms with their strong winds and their atmospheric pressure change.

    Woman mauled to death by seven 'very short-legged dogs' in attack near Oklahoma home

    Seven small dogs — all with legs shorter than an adult's hand — mauled an Oklahoma woman to death while she was outside of her home last week.
    Tracy Garcia, 52, of Ardmore, was attacked by her neighbor's dogs on Thursday and died from her injuries, KTEN reported.

    Giant great white shark feared to be stalking British beach after dolphin carcasses wash ashore

    Beachgoers in Great Yarmouth, England, are afraid to take a dip in the waters off the British coast after half-eaten dolphins washed ashore over the weekend. Locals fear a "monster" great white shark is to blame [more]

    Shocking Footage of Trash in Caribbean Sea

    [hey look, we have our own GYRE now! Woo-hoo !!!]

    [1.5 min. video of the disgustingly trashed ocean]

    Missing Richmond skier found dead in Bear Valley resort

    [25 sec video]

    Toddler Dies, Twin Sister in Critical Condition After Both Fall
    Into Backyard Pool

    [~ 2 min. video]