Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Event Update For 2018-05-15

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

2018-05-15 - Foul rotten egg odor hits area on the Gold Coast from Hope Island to Arundel (Australia):

2018-05-15 - SUV goes up in flames and burns two people near the Collier Tunnel in Del Norte County (California):

Quote: "Illinois Valley Fire District responded to a car fire in California just north of the Collier Tunnel with two burn patients Tuesday afternoon."

Quote: "AMR Medic 4 took over treatment of the patients as soon as they arrived on the scene. Both patients had 'numerous burns,' according to IVFD."

2018-05-15 - Man has 'medical emergency' in car, car bursts into flame, in Cottleville (Missouri), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officials believe the 63-year-old was unconscious and suffered a medical emergency in the car while it was running, which then accidentally caught fire."

2018-05-15 - In separate incidents, two underground electrical fires break out before 1:30 AM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Editor’s Note: It turns out this happened at two separate locations around the same time, so we’ve updated the post."

2018-05-15 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blow manhole cover off in Dunfermline (Scotland), near the coast:

2018-05-15 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "A firefighter said it's the same area, American Steel and Recycling, where a fire burned several cars earlier this year."

2018-05-15 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire in Upper Rawdon (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Volcano Kilauea in Hawaii continues erupting, more lava oozing out, threat level goes to red:

Quote: "Hawaii residents are facing the highest volcanic activity alert after officials warned Tuesday that the Big Island's Kilauea volcano is growing more explosive -- as a massive ash cloud grows in the sky. The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from 'orange' to 'red,'" signifying that an 'eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely,' or that an eruption is already underway. 'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' local officials told Fox News amid the alert, which was issued just before 1:30 p.m. local time."

Quote: "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. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said that red-and-orange lava continues to flow from fissure 17, but has slowed to about two-tenths of a mile in the past six hours. The situation is considered extremely dangerous."

2018-05-15 - Shocking footage of massive amounts of garbage floating in the Caribbean Sea:

2018-05-15 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire before 3:30 AM in Atlanta (Georgia):

2018-05-15 - Warehouse destroyed by explosion and massive inferno in Molenbeek (Belgium):

2018-05-15 - Cargo ship 'Frontenac' bursts into flame on Lake Huron near Tobermory (Canada):

Quote: "On May 11, 2018, at 4.20 p.m. the 'Frontenac' suffered a fire off Tobermory, Ontario, in Georgian Bay on the Lake Huron, in pos. 45 15 N 81 40 W. The fire could be extinguished by the crew. The ship arrived at Thunder Bay on May 12 at 4 p.m. and sailed at 08.30 a.m. on May 13."

2018-05-15 - Fishing ship 'Viking Enterprise' damaged by fire at 2:52 AM near coastal Port Alberni (Canada):

Quote: "The 'Viking Enterprise' was disabled due to an engine room fire in the Alberni Inlet in pos. 49 11 N 124 48 W, on May 12, 2018 at 2.52 a.m. The crew extinguished the fire, and the fishing vessel was towed to Port Alberni with 19 people on board by the tug 'Victory 2'."

Note: These are the 428th and 429th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-15 - School bus bursts into flame at 6:49 AM on Mini Road in Accomack County near Tasley (Virginia):

Note: This is the 104th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 300th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-05-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 near Leeds (Utah):

2018-05-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-82 near Ellensburg (Washington):

2018-05-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 5 AM on I-10 in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-05-15 - Tractor (backhoe), dump truck and home go up in flames in St. Johnsbury (Vermont), 1 killed:

Quote: "The fire had spread from the building to a dump truck and backhoe that were in the yard as well as to some surrounding trees when they got there."

2018-05-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Southern Expressway in Reynella (Australia):

2018-05-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A50 near Derby (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Tractor bursts into flame at scrapyard in Heckmondwike (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Tractor bursts into flame at golf course in Thirsk (Britain):

Quote: "Thirsk  Time 10:31 A crew from Thirsk used a hose reel jet to damp down a tractor that was on fire after overheating at a golf course. Staff had used extinguishers on the tractor before the crews arrived."

Note: These are the 934th, 935th, 936th, 937th, 938th, 939th, 940th and 941st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-15 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Middletown (Delaware):

2018-05-15 - Truck bursts into flame on I-65 in Franklin (Indiana):

2018-05-15 - RV and garage destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM, home damaged, in Ramona (California):

2018-05-15 - RV bursts into flame on I-81 near Ryan Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-15 - RV, barn and some sheds destroyed by fire in La Grange (Texas):

Quote: "A two-alarm fire burned a barn, an RV and several smaller sheds on Ellinger Road at the east end of La Grange Tuesday afternoon, May 15."

2018-05-15 - RV bursts into flame at home in Medicine Hat (Canada):

Note: These are the 235th, 236th, 237th and 238th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-15 - Van bursts into flame while parked in carpark on Ocotal Way in Swindon (Britain):

2018-05-15 - SUV and car go up in flames at 3:09 AM while parked on 11th Avenue North in North Billings (Montana):

2018-05-15 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 248 in Palmer Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame at 6:02 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "According to authorities, the North Charleston Fire Department responded to a reported car fire at 8510 Litchfield Drive in North Charleston at 6:02 a.m. The first units on scene reported a car on fire that extended to the house."

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in coastal Galloway Township (New Jersey):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage in St. Paul (Minnesota):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments in Kalispell (Montana):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on State Route 163 in coastal San Diego (California):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-5 in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame near Lower Lake Road and Moorehead Road near coastal Crescent City (California):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame at 7:20 AM on I-675 in Beavercreek (Ohio):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 10 in Minneapolis (Minnesota), some crashes too:

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-580 in Dublin (California):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on bridge over the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 17 near Upsala (Canada):

2018-05-15 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame in 24 hours in Launceston (Britain):

Quote: "It is the second such incident in two days, after a car caught fire at the entrance to Broad Park on Monday afternoon."

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on Norfolk Street in Petersfield (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on the A141 near Chatteris (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Seaside, Eastbourne (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on Chester Road in Knutsford (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Car bursts into flame on the A127 near Romford (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on London Road North in Poynton (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Lawn mower bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Kleefeld, Manitoba (Canada):

Quote: "A lawn mower that was parked beside a house in Kleefeld caught fire and spread from there."

2018-05-15 - RV trailer bursts into flame at home in Green Lake Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

2018-05-15 - SUV, 2 cars and garage go up in flames at home, home damaged, in coastal Marysville (Washington):

2018-05-15 - Barn destroyed by fire in Bigfork (Montana), near Flathead Lake:

2018-05-15 - Wildfire burns through 1500 acres near Lancaster (Minnesota):

2018-05-15 - Wildfire burns near Logan Lake near Tunkwa Lake (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Historic church destroyed by massive fire in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-05-15 - Shoe factory destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in coastal Samut Sakhon Province (Thailand):

2018-05-15 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in the wee hours near Tyler (Texas), pet killed:

2018-05-15 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Neptune (New Jersey), 1 injured:

2018-05-15 - Home damaged by basement fire in Lexington (Kentucky):

2018-05-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4:43 AM in coastal San Jose (California):

2018-05-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before midnight near the Mississippi River in North St. Louis (Missouri), 2 dogs killed:

2018-05-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Lexington (Kentucky):

2018-05-15 - Home destroyed by fire on Gravely Valley Road in Surgoinsville (Tennessee):

2018-05-15 - Home destroyed by fire in Tempe (Arizona):

2018-05-15 - Two homes, barn and several outbuildings destroyed by fire in Cochise County (Arizona):

2018-05-15 - Deadly fire burns home at 7 AM in South River (Canada), 1 killed:

2018-05-15 - Vacant home burns in Sun Valley (California):

2018-05-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 11 PM in Baldwin Borough (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-15 - Man and woman, 61 and 36, found dead in home in Columbia (Missouri):

Quote: "Police originally were called to the home after a report of a cardiac arrest."

2018-05-15 - Three teen boys die in the Hindon River in Ghaziabad (India):

2018-05-15 - Two people, 15 and 20, found dead in pond near Bareilly (India):

2018-05-15 - Two children, 6 and 8, found dead in pond in Kuleshnagar (India):

2018-05-15 - Three cousins, 16, 18 and 22, die in the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2018-05-15 - Man, mid-40s, drops dead along Charco Road near Yorktown (Texas):

2018-05-15 - Man, late 50s, has 'medical emergency' and dies on trail in Owatonna (Minnesota):

Quote: "A man walking on the trail of Kaplan’s Woods Parkway in Owatonna on Tuesday morning died after suffering a medical emergency, police say. The man has not been identified pending the notification of next of kin, said Sgt. Rob Kniefel of the Owatonna Police Department. He did say, however, that the man was in his late 50s."

2018-05-15 - Man, 68, found dead in the water at marina in coastal Port Townshend (Washington):

2018-05-15 - Boy, 17, found dead in the water near Stearns Wharf in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2018-05-15 - Person found dead in slough parallel to the American River in North Sacramento (California):

2018-05-15 - Man found dead at Potomac River Pumping Station in coastal Washington DC:

2018-05-15 - Man, 37, drops dead near Walmart in Princeton (Kentucky):

2018-05-15 - Man, 49, slumps over dead in car at Walmart in Bradley (Illinois):

2018-05-15 - Woman, 57, drops dead at bus stop in Anderson (South Carolina):

2018-05-15 - Man, 45, found dead next to his pickup near water irrigator near Oaktown (Indiana):

2018-05-15 - Woman drops dead in vacant building in Totowa (New Jersey):

2018-05-15 - Person found dead along the Kuskokwim River near Tuntutuliak (Alaska):

2018-05-15 - Man found dead in water in slough in Onion Lake (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Man, 43, has 'medical event' in swimming pool and dies at rec center in Papanui (New Zealand), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Emergency services received a call to the Graham Condon Recreation and Sports Centre in Papanui just after 11.30am on Tuesday.  St John spokesman Gerard Campbell said a 43-year-old man suffered a medical event while in the pool. He said two ambulances were sent to the centre, but the man died at the scene."

2018-05-15 - Woman, 62, drops dead in apartment in Seremban (Malaysia):

2018-05-15 - Man, 59, found dead in canal in Berbice (Guyana):

2018-05-15 - Man, 30, dies in swimming pool in Kharadi (India):

2018-05-15 - Man, 22, found dead in Sukhna Lake (India):

2018-05-15 - Man, 27, found dead in wooded area in Coylton (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Man in his 20s drops dead outside public restrooms in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Crew member has breathing problems on fishing ship 'El Patrón' near coastal La Coruña (Spain):

Quote: "The Helimer 401 SAR helicopter medevaced a crew member with respiratory failure aboard the 'El Patrón' on May 14, 2018, off La Coruña. He was taken to Alvedro airport and then transferred to CHUAC."

2018-05-15 - Woman in her 30s has 'medical emergency' and collapses at train station in Ballarat (Australia):

Quote: "Peak hour train services are back up and running after a medical emergency at Ballarat station today delayed services. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said paramedics were called to the station at 1.36pm, where a woman in her 30s was found unconscious."

2018-05-15 - Man, garbage truck driver, has 'medical condition', crashes around, cop pulls him out, in coastal Surrey (Canada):

Quote: "Police later determined the driver was suffering from a medical condition."

2018-05-15 - Man has 'medical emergency', minivan crashes into store, in Cathedral City (California), 2 injured:

Quote: "A minivan crashed through a Cathedral City storefront today, seriously injuring a 77-year-old customer and the vehicle's driver, who apparently suffered a medical emergency that caused him to black out, police said."

2018-05-15 - Man, 68, has 'medical emergency', pickup truck hits highway worker, in Fort Worth (Texas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Police originally said they thought the 68-year-old truck driver was intoxicated. They now believe a medical emergency caused him to lose control of his vehicle. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition."

2018-05-15 - Small plane crashes at airport in Butler County (Ohio), engine failure, 1 injured:

2018-05-15 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field in Fort Wayne (Indiana), engine failure:

2018-05-15 - Small plane crashes and burns at airport in Orange (Australia), 2 injured:

2018-05-15 - Small plane crashes in Tabuk (Saudi Arabia), 4 killed:

2018-05-15 - Small plane crashes near Church Stretton (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Tanker truck crashes into the Ocoee River near Benton (Tennessee):,80239

2018-05-15 - Two tractor trailers crash at 1:30 AM, fire erupts, near Pleasant Hill (Oregon):

2018-05-15 - SUV veers off road, crashes into business, in Florence (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-05-15 - SUV plunges into the Sauk River in Rockville (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2018-05-15 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, in Warner Robins (Georgia), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "'We're still sorting out what happened and we feel like he might have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to cross over the center line,' Galpin said."

2018-05-15 - Car veers off road and crashes at 2 AM, bursts into flame, near Coachella (California), 1 killed:

2018-05-15 - Car crashes (?) at 2:06 AM, bursts into flame, in Indio (California), 1 killed:

2018-05-15 - Naked man with knife barricades himself in hotel room, speaks incoherently, found dead, in Chesapeake (Virginia):

Quote: "Chesapeake Police and Fire Department units were called to the hotel in the 1500 block of Crossways Boulevard around 8 p.m. in reference to a naked man who had locked himself inside a room with the water running and the fire alarm activated. Fire crews entered the hotel room because of the fire alarm and found the man inside the bathroom waving a butcher knife and speaking incoherently. The fire crews then left the room and police officers began attempting to speak to the man. After several hours of unsuccessful attempts, a SWAT team was called in. The SWAT team used a camera to look inside the hotel room, where they were able to see that the man was incapacitated. Just before midnight, authorities made entry into the room and pronounced the man deceased."

2018-05-15 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures four people in Palm Desert (California):

2018-05-15 - Coyotes surround woman, she climbs tree and calls 911, in Saugus (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Conservation officials say it’s very unusual for a pack of coyotes to be out that late in the morning and surrounding a woman and her dog. 'We don’t recall ever having to respond to rescue someone from wild animals,' D’Eon said. 'This is new.'"

2018-05-15 - Sinkhole opens under cement truck in coastal Wailuku (Hawaii):

2018-05-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in Barrie (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in Horsham (Britain):

2018-05-15 - Pipeline leaks 10,000 liters of crude oil into water body near Drayton Valley (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Sewer pipe collapses, huge sinkhole opens on street in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2018-05-15 - Water main breaks, sinkhole forms, in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-05-15 - Overpass under construction collapses in Uttar Pradesh (India), 18+ killed:

2018-05-15 - Boy, 6, found unconscious in swimming pool at hotel near SeaWorld in Orlando (Florida):

2018-05-15 - Scorching summer predicted for Britain:

2018-05-15 - Dismal snowpack in the US West is a climate warning sign:

2018-05-15 - Lightning strike kills father and son in Brewerville (Liberia):

2018-05-15 - Three inches of hail hits Parker (Colorado):

2018-05-15 - Powerful hailstorm pounds cities in Shaanxi Province (China):

2018-05-15 - Meteotsunami hits the coast of New Jersey:

2018-05-15 - Two meteotsunamis form in one day on Lake Michigan:

2018-05-15 - Powerful storm brings rain, flooding, hail and power outages across the US Northeast:

2018-05-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Frederick County (Maryland):

2018-05-15 - Heavy rain and flooding destroy homes in northern Afghanistan, 7+ killed:

2018-05-15 - Flood warning issued for inland Northwest US lakes and rivers due to excessive snow melt:

2018-05-15 - Recycling, once embraced by businesses and environmentalists, now under siege – 'Recycling as we know it isn’t working':

2018-05-15 - Asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty whizzes past Earth:

2018-05-15 - Family buys puppy and after two years realizes it's a bear, in Kunming (China):

Quote: "It wasn’t until very recently that the 'dog’s' appetite started to grow and he began walking around on two legs. That’s when the family knew something was wrong. The 'dog' turned out to be an endangered Asiatic black bear and grew to 3 feet and over 250 lbs."


  1. Is it me, or were there a LOT of small plane problems on this day?

    Secondly - Medicine Hat, Canada is the very definition of a "Podunk town" (meaning small) - but they had 2 JJFH incidents on this day!

    1st garbage truck fire since a week ago and still no Hull incident (it's been 6 days). Very quiet.

    I have the same transportation gig as yesterday, so this post will be brief, but i'll be back.

    Toxic Algae Blooms Occurring More Often, May Be Caught in Climate Change Feedback Loop

    The blooms, primarily fed by farm runoff but exacerbated by warming, release methane and CO2. Lake Erie is a 'poster child' for the challenge. [more]

    Pruitt’s Own Scientist Appointees Condemn EPA 'Secret Science' Policy

    The proposal would block vital health research in pollution regulations. Members of EPA's scientific review board, including Pruitt appointees, want it scrutinized. [more; pasty-face bastard, somebody get rid of this clown, please!]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 5.16.18 The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide was this high humans didn't exist

    Corporate Slavery Is Ending. Badly.

    Those who believe that slavery was long since abolished, are sadly mistaken [more]

  2. Lightning strike kills one, injures 2 others in Parkland, Florida

    [BAN LIGHTNING!! School walkouts planned nationwide . ...]

    Tens of thousands ordered to evacuate after floods at Colombia's Hidroituango dam

    New Data: Hurricanes Will Get Worse

    Analysis of Hurricane Harvey, which drowned Houston, confirms predictions that the storms are likely to get bigger, be more intense and last longer [more]

    A majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect air and water

    [vested interest groups are the only opposition]

    Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

    A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies. [more]

    Gas prices rise to highest level in 3 years

    US blocks UN statement calling for probe into deaths at Gaza border protests

    Nine people over 120 animals killed by lightning strikes in just one month across Turkey

    Pit bull attack on 4-year-old videoed in St. James City, Florida

  3. School bus taking kids on field trip collides with truck

    A school bus taking children on a field trip to a New Jersey historic site collided with a dump truck Thursday, ripping the bus apart, knocking it on its side and injuring multiple people.

    Homeowner Puts Live WWI Artillery Shell Out With Trash

    The two-foot-long ordnance was found by London, Ontario resident Danny Vellow, who told Canadian broadcaster CBC News he came across the live bomb on his way to a doctor's appointment. [more]

    United Against Trump, EU Invokes Measures to Combat Sanctions

    The European Union’s 28 leaders came to Bulgaria this week to deepen ties with partners in the east. They left preparing defenses against allies in the west. [more]

    Monster tornado leaves a trail of destruction and injures two in western Germany

    A rare tornado for this part of the world swept through a populated area in western Germany on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, leaving a trail of destruction and 2 people injured. The storm that produced the tornado also dropped large hail on the region.

    Meteor fireball seen in skies above Fredericksburg, Virginia

    The night sky appeared like a giant lightning strike and it was almost as bright as daylight when the primarily red and orange fireball was seen, he said.

    there was a loud boom and "ground shake similar to a military artillery round." [more]

    [more below]

  4. Thursday, 17 May 2018
    Iran, Turkey, Russia issue joint statement on Syria

    The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic [more]

    [the U.S. and Israel have other plans]

    Headlines - 05/17/2018 [a bunch of embedded stories]
    North Korea Threatens To Abandon Trump Summit, Furious Over Bolton Comments

    Israel, U.S. Prepare For Further Attacks On Syria
    [~ 5 min. southfront video]

    [more embedded stories there]

    US Massive Military Equipment Move in Syria

    [~ 33.5 min. video and text]

    Putin: Russian Warships With Kalibr Rockets to Be on Guard in Mediterranean 24/7

    According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country's military vessels will be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean Sea due to a terrorist threat in Syria.
    "Due to the remaining threat of incursions by international terrorists in Syria, our ships carrying Kalibr cruise missiles will be constantly deployed in the Mediterranean Sea," Putin said at a military meeting.

    Speaking further, the Russian president said that the practice of distant sea campaigns and drills should continue.

    "Some 102 sea campaigns by Russia's ships and submarines are to take place," Putin added.

    In the first three months of 2018, the Russian Navy received a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, three ships, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr cruise missiles. [more; and they WORK]

    [contains this embedded article]
    Russian heavy Golan-1000 rocket launchers for Assad, Kalibr cruise missiles off shore

    “Our ships carrying Kalbr cruise missiles will be permanently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea,” he reported. They will take up position opposite the shores of Syria, Lebanon and Israel. DEBKAfile’s military sources take this step to mean that the Russian army command believes the military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria is not over and more clashes are still to come.

    It was also revealed by military sources in Moscow that the Assad regime’s 4th Armored Division had received from Russia heavy rocket launchers deliberately dubbed Golan-1000, of 500mm caliber, which can deliver three rockets loaded with 500kg of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition. They have a range of up to 6km and are powerful enough to knock over IDF fortifications on the Golan. [more]

    [continued below]

  5. Carbon dioxide levels have reached 412.10 ppm - more in some areas of the world

    Carbon Dioxide 05 16 2018 [see graph, more]

    The Guardian attacks Julian Assasnge

    [2 stories here, the first]
    The Guardian Rejoices in the Silencing of Assange

    Revealed: Ecuador spent millions on spy operation for Julian Assange by Craig Murray


    The Guardian Publishes Smear Against Isolated, Arbitrarily Confined Journalist Julian Assange from Disobedient Media

    Strong explosion at Kilauea Overlook vent sends volcanic plume 30,000 ft in the air over Hawaii

    At about 0415 this morning, an explosion from the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea Volcano’s summit produced a volcanic cloud that reaches as high as 30,000 ft asl and drifted northeast. Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 12,000 ft asl. [more]

    [another update on the damage done from this last storm here]
    Five dead, nearly 500,000 without power after weather apocalypse engulfs US Northeast

    At least 5 people died and nearly 500 000 homes were left without power after severe thunderstorms swept through the US Northeast on May 15, 2018. And it is not over! Now, the eastern US is at risk until the end of the week! [more]

    "Something BIG is brewing" - Its about to happen - SO2 levels soaring

    [~ 11.5 min. video]

    There's No Such Thing As Free Trade Or Free Money

    For the record, Trump is right - free-traders are proven idiots. There are no other countries in the world that practice free trade. Many claim that the U.S. should have stayed on the gold standard which would have made colossal (trade/fiscal) deficits impossible. Perhaps so, ~50 years late. More importantly, what allowed the U.S. to adopt a gold-backed currency in the first place was its massive hoard of gold. Acquired how? Trade surpluses...

    Nevertheless, attempting to pick the raisins out of the Globalized oatmeal is not going to work:

    Emerging Markets are getting annihilated by strong dollar, higher rates, and the imploder-in-chief [see graphs, charts]

    a late cycle bid for small insolvent Energy stocks doesn't end well [more]

  6. Steal Your Peach opened for Grateful Dead cover band Terrapin Flyer (out of Chicago) @ the Ardmore Music Hall.

    We got tired ~ 11:30 and headed home.
    Great night of music. My wife surprised me with a trip to CA next Thursday.

    Really tempting fate, aren't I?

  7. Hah, yeah, kinda. But on the other hand, most flights are still reaching their destination without burning, exploding, crashing, being hit with odors that sicken people or having naked guys run amok, so your odds are still good. They're just not AS good as they used to be. Still good though! (This is what I'd be telling myself if I was gonna fly, so I'm trying it out on you. Heh.)