Thursday, May 17, 2018

Event Update For 2018-05-16

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

2018-05-16 - Underground electrical explosion sends manhole cover flying at Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek (Ohio):

2018-05-16 - Metal recycling center hit by fire in El Cajon (California):

2018-05-16 - Pallet factory destroyed by huge fire near Yakima (Washington):

2018-05-16 - Pallet business devastated by massive fire in Effingham (Illinois):

Quote: "City firefighters were called at 10:19pm to Effingham Environmental Solutions at 2301 South Banker. The business builds pallets, but also grinds up broken pallets to make mulch and provides other uses for items that otherwise might not be usable."

2018-05-16 - Huge pallet fire breaks out at pallet business in Memphis (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Landfill fire breaks out in West Nipissing (Canada):

2018-05-16 - Ammo depot devastated by fire and explosions near Udmurt Pugachevo (Russia), town of 3,000 evacuated:

2018-05-16 - Firefighter, man, 49, has 'medical emergency', fire truck veers over centerline, hits five vehicles, near Lake Travis (Texas), 9 injured:

Quote: "A Lake Travis fire truck driver on Wednesday afternoon suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness, causing him to veer into oncoming traffic and resulting in a fiery crash that sent at least nine people to the hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The crash happened at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on RM 620 north of Comanche Trail in western Travis County."

Quote: "Tatsch, 49, was alert and responsive Thursday morning but had no recollection of what happened before or after the crash, said Lake Travis Fire Fighters Association spokesman Braden Frame."

2018-05-16 - Bus driver has 'medical episode', bus crashes through fence, in Fazakerley, Liverpool (Britain), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Passengers were left shocked when a bus driver lost control and crashed through a fence after suffering a ‘medical episode’ at the wheel. The drama took place shortly after midday today on Aintree Lane in Fazakerley close to its junction with Wango Lane."

2018-05-16 - Yacht destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Moreton Bay (Australia):

2018-05-16 - Boat and five RVs destroyed by fire while parked in storage yard near coastal Martinez (California):

Quote: "The blaze started in a storage yard full of RVs and boats and surrounded by vegetation, grass, some vineyards and large structures on both sides, according to Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Steve Hill. The fire was contained within an hour, thanks to a massive mutual aid response, he said. Five or six RVs and one boat were destroyed, and one container burned, Hill said."

Note: These are the 430th and 431st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018, and these are the 239th, 240th, 241st, 242nd and 243rd RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-16 - School bus bursts into flame at 3:30 AM while parked at school in French Creek (West Virginia):

Note: This is the 105th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 301st bus to burn in 2018...

2018-05-16 - Three tanker trucks destroyed by fire while parked in Kiambu County (Kenya):

2018-05-16 - Three tractor trailers go up in flames just after midnight while parked at waste facility in Westbrook (Maine):

Quote: "Westbrook firefighters say the fire started around 1:30 a.m. in a tractor-trailer outside the facility. The fire then spread to two other tractor-trailers. The fire did not spread to any buildings."

2018-05-16 - In separate incidents, tractor and car burst into flame in/near Sibley (Iowa):

2018-05-16 - Tractor bursts into flame in Mount Hope (Alabama):

2018-05-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway near Ladysmith (South Africa):

2018-05-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at landfill in Chester (Britain):

Note: These are the 942nd-951st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-16 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-05-16 - Garbage truck bursts into flame near dialysis center in Janesville (Wisconsin):

2018-05-16 - Van bursts into flame on Eden Trail in Bernardston (Massachusetts):

2018-05-16 - Van bursts into flame in coastal Brae in the Shetland Islands (Scotland):

2018-05-16 - Van bursts into flame on the M8 in coastal Cork (Ireland):

2018-05-16 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 199 near coastal Crescent City (California):

Quote: "Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department has responded to an unusual amount of car fires in its district recently including two at nearly the same location."

2018-05-16 - SUV bursts into flame on Albion Road in Oakfield (New York):

2018-05-16 - SUV bursts into flame at McDonald's at Greenbridge Retail Park on Garrard Way in Swindon (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in lot on East National Avenue in Brazil (Indiana):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Walmart in Methuen (Massachusetts):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Hemlock-Honeoye Road in Livonia (New York):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Route 222 in Spring Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame at 6:44 AM on Highway 24 in Walnut Creek (California):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on South Cleveland Highway in Whitfield County (Georgia):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Foundry Street in Easton (Massachusetts):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M7 near Portlaoise (Ireland):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M4 near Bristol (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Long Marston Road in Dorsington (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Wimborne Road in coastal Poole (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near Basildon (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A386 in Sourton Down (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A38 en route to Exeter (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to second motorcycle and car, in Whitefield (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Two cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Moraga (California):

2018-05-16 - Two heavy trucks, 10 vehicles and garage destroyed by fire at fernery in Pierson (Florida):

Quote: "The Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association confirmed that two large trucks and 10 other vehicles were inside the building when it caught fire. The total damage to the garage was $50,000 and the total damage to all the vehicles and other contents in the garage was $250,000, Volusia County spokeswoman Shelly Szafraniec said."

2018-05-16 - Quad bike and garage destroyed by fire at home in Haring Township (Michigan):

2018-05-16 - Car and garage go up in flames at home in Aylesbury (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm Fire spreading to exterior of single-storey extension from car and detached garage, Penn Road, Aylesbury. Two appliances and crews from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used a main jet, a hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus, a thermal imaging camera and a toolkit."

2018-05-16 - Barn destroyed by fire at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Perry (Oklahoma):

2018-05-16 - Pile of waste timber goes up in flames at 11:57 PM on Hilston Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hilston Grove, Hull. Wed 16 May 2018 23:57 (No:09402) Large quantity of waste timber involved in fire. 1 jet in use."

2018-05-16 - Glass plant heavily damaged by fire and explosion in Henryetta (Oklahoma):

2018-05-16 - Three restaurants destroyed by huge fire at 6:19 AM at strip mall in San Gabriel (California):

2018-05-16 - Deli destroyed by fire just before 3 AM in Buffalo (New York):

2018-05-16 - Funeral home destroyed by fire in Swartz Creek (Michigan):

2018-05-16 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in the wee hours on West Valley Road in Archbald (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2018-05-16 - Home damaged by fire in Charleston (Illinois), nobody there:

2018-05-16 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 11:45 PM in Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:40 PM in Ashwaubenon (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2018-05-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Miami (Florida), 2 injured:

2018-05-16 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:15 AM in Penticton (Canada):

2018-05-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Champlain (New York):

2018-05-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Carson City (Nevada):

2018-05-16 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in Vidyadhar Nagar (India):

2018-05-16 - Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel devastated by huge fire next to lake in Ben Lomond, Tasmania (Australia):

2018-05-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Beech Grove (Indiana), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2018-05-16 - Vacant building burns in Nashville (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Two vacant homes destroyed by fire before 4:30 AM in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2018-05-16 - Vacant commercial building destroyed by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-05-16 - Vacant supermarket destroyed by massive blaze in Indio (California):

2018-05-16 - Three children die in pond at temple in coastal Goa (India):

Note: I guess nobody warned them not to goa in the water!

2018-05-16 - Two children, both 12, found dead in Hennagara Lake in Bengaluru (India):

2018-05-16 - Man steals cellphone, gets arrested, goes into 'medical distress' and dies, in coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "When they arrived, the officers saw a bystander detaining a possible suspect; and an officer with the help of Marine Patrol Special Services officers handcuffed the man, who put up no resistance, police said. The officers quickly realized, however, that the man was in medical distress, so they removed the handcuffs and started administering life-saving measures, police said. Firefighters arrived at the scene and pronounced the man dead, police said."

2018-05-16 - Man drops dead along North Austin Street in Seguin (Texas):

2018-05-16 - Man, 37, falls off horse into the Brazos River and dies in Falls County (Texas):

2018-05-16 - Man found dead in the Potomac River in Alexandria (Virginia):

2018-05-16 - Woman, 31, found dead in Paxton Creek in McDowell County (North Carolina):

2018-05-16 - Man, 59, drops dead at bus stop in Lynchburg (Virginia):

2018-05-16 - Person found dead in the White River in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2018-05-16 - Man, 56, drops dead outside Walmart in coastal Vallejo (California):

2018-05-16 - Man found dead in drainage ditch in Calabasas (California):

2018-05-16 - Man found dead in ditch at 2:45 AM along road in Bristol (New Hampshire):

2018-05-16 - Person found dead in bayou in Natchitoches Parish (Louisiana):

2018-05-16 - Man, 20, found dead near his home in Blythewood (South Carolina):

2018-05-16 - Boy, 11, dies after being pulled from swimming pool in Bhatar (India):

2018-05-16 - Man found dead in the water at beach in coastal Fujairah (UAE):

2018-05-16 - Person found dead in canal in Gund (India):

2018-05-16 - Woman, 37, found dead on beach in coastal Saint Ouen on the island of Jersey (Britain):

2018-05-16 - Passenger slumps over unconscious on passenger plane at airport in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, said he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams tweeted that a call went out requesting a doctor. A person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Adams and two nurses responded, said Kate Migliaccio-Grabill, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman."

2018-05-16 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes off road and overturns, in the Town of Coon (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to a release, a driver traveling east on Highway 14 suffered a medical emergency. The driver lost control, the vehicle went up the guardrail, overturned, and flipped off the guardrail before resting on its roof. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene."

2018-05-16 - Man, 29, has 'medical issue', car crashes into embankment, in Hopkinsville (Kentucky), 2 injured:

Quote: "A medical issue is believed to have caused a wreck on North Kentucky Avenue that sent the driver and passenger to the hospital Wednesday morning."

Quote: "Lussier said he had a seizure before crashing and could not remember what happened."

2018-05-16 - Man, early 20s, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into ditch, in Macedonia (Ohio):

Quote: "EMS took a man in his early 20s to a hospital after his car went into a ditch while he was northbound on Route 8 between Route 82 and Macedonia Commons Boulevard at a little after 8 a.m. Wednesday, said Fire Captain Brian Ripley. No injuries were reported, but 'we believe the individual had a medical emergency and that caused the accident,' said Ripley."

2018-05-16 - Small plane crashes at Bryan Flat in Hoback Canyon (Wyoming):

2018-05-16 - Small plane lands at airport, runs off runway and flips over, in Harlan (Iowa):

2018-05-16 - Small cargo plane crashes in Simikot Pass in Bahun Kharka, Humla (Nepal), 2 killed:

2018-05-16 - Small plane crashes near Belgrade (Serbia), 2 killed:

2018-05-16 - Small plane lands at airport, landing gear fails, on Fair Isle in the Shetland Islands (Scotland):

2018-05-16 - Passenger bus slams into cement truck near coastal Portimão (Portugal), 14+ injured:

2018-05-16 - Tanker truck overturns at 4 AM on US 59 in Beasley (Texas):

2018-05-16 - Tractor trailer crashes into median on highway in Milwaukee County (Wisconsin):

2018-05-16 - Tractor trailer overturns on Marks Road in Mina (New York):

2018-05-16 - SUV veers off road, mows down family, in Irvine (California), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2018-05-16 - SUV overturns just after 6:30 AM on I-40 in Madison County (Tennessee), 4 injured:

2018-05-16 - SUV veers off road, crashes into business, in Newark (Ohio), 3 injured:

2018-05-16 - Pickup truck hits semi head-on near Advance (Missouri), 1 killed:

2018-05-16 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into Otter River Road Bridge, in Templeton (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2018-05-16 - Seven cars crash in Tucson (Arizona), 1 killed, 6 injured:

2018-05-16 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, car bursts into flame, near Issaquah (Washington), 1 killed:

2018-05-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, in Sheridan (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "The Jamestown woman may have suffered a medical condition prior to the crash, Balon said."

2018-05-16 - Car veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Owego (New York):

2018-05-16 - Dog attacks on the rise across Ireland:

2018-05-16 - Man in his 20s disappears in Lake Pflugerville (Texas):

2018-05-16 - Man, 55, long distance swimmer, goes missing in Tellico Lake (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Man collapses unconscious at train station in Bethesda (Maryland):

2018-05-16 - Person has heart attack or stroke near Schuler (Canada), near Schuler Lake:

Quote: "HALO Air Rescue was dispatched to a medical emergency southwest of Schuler, Wednesday morning. The air ambulance was called in after someone suffered a heart attack or stroke."

2018-05-16 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, earthquakes shaking the area, roads cracking, planes threatened:

Quote: "Strong earthquakes within the summit of Kilauea Volcano continue in response to ongoing deflation and lava column drop. As of the afternoon of May 16, the floor of Kilauea caldera has dropped approximately 3 feet (90 cm). This movement is stressing faults around the caldera of Kilauea, causing them to move and resulting in strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 4.4 thus far. Employees at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and nearby residents are reporting frequent ground shaking and damage to roads and buildings. Hawaii County Police reports cracks across Highway 11 between mile markers 28 and 29."

2018-05-16 - The US has 169 volcanoes that could erupt, including 50 considered high priority for monitoring, here is where they are:

2018-05-16 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake shakes Mexico City (Mexico):

2018-05-16 - Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, NASA warns:

2018-05-16 - Climate scientists find the wind is slowing down:

2018-05-16 - Lightning strike kills woman in Parkland (Florida):

2018-05-16 - Tornado touches down and causes damage in Boisheim (Germany):

2018-05-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Afghanistan, 34+ killed:

2018-05-16 - Meteor seen over North Carolina and Virginia:

2018-05-16 - Invasive, cannibalistic tree frogs are spreading across the US Gulf Coast:

2018-05-16 - White House, EPA sought to block release of water pollution study:


  1. After a slow start, suddenly we have 2 garbage truck fires on the same day as an Hull incident, so we're tied at 5 apiece so far this month, bringing May within the long term average of events to date.

    i'm a bit concerned about the passenger slumping over into unconsciousness while flying . .. (but at least they weren't driving).

    That fire truck accident where the driver didn't recall what happened as he crashed the vehicle is indicative of H2S effect.

    The guy who "stole" a person's cell phone was probably trying desperately to call for help, but "zombied-out" first.

    Let's see what's up so far today.

    [back from a 3 day hiatus]
    Mag 6.2 - Kermadec Islands New Zealand is the 42nd of 43 major quakes to strike this year during coronal hole activity on the sun

    A stream of solar wind rattled Earth's magnetic field yesterday.

    Message from Bill Laughing Bear in Alaska: During the period of May 7-9 (solars of 5-4-4), my 2-year-old Siberian bitch unexpectedly went blind in both eyes.

    Another musher who is a close friend of mine, had a healthy Siberian bitch have a seizure that killed her a few hours later.

    At Bill's Deadhead meeting ( people with traumatic brain injury (TBI)) we found out that one of our members had been hospitalized with a severe seizure even though he had the vega nerve implant and we understand he is still having problems.

    All of us have been struggling with cognitive function, ringing in the ears and some vision problems. [more]

    Friday, 18 May 2018
    Kilauea volcano - update - 05/17/2018

    Kilauea Eruption: Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit Thursday (May 17)

    [long, with lots of videos and embedded stories; here's one]
    Sea Cliff at Kamokuna Lava Ocean Entry Highly Unstable

    Hawaii FINALLY Admits: "Sea Cliff Collapse" Danger ---- TSUNAMI Danger for San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, BC
    [Hal Turner show]

    research geophysicist Steven N. Ward of the University of California-Santa Cruz estimated Kilauea's southern flank to be nearly equal in size to a half-mile-thick slice of Rhode Island. If that massive chunk of land suddenly collapsed into the ocean . . . it could generate an enormous wall of seawater -- or tsunami -- powerful enough to threaten coastal cities as far away as California, Chile and Australia, according to Ward.

    [in the first ring, at 2 hrs] wave heights coming at the west coast of the United States are simulated at 62 METERS in height. That's two hundred and three FEET tall, traveling toward the US west coast at about five hundred miles per hour.

    In the second ring, at four hours, the simulation shows the approaching waves to be down to 42 METERS. That's 138 FEET tall.
    By the time the third ring begins smashing onto the west coast of North America, wave heights are somewhere between 42 and 30 METERS. That means a wave of water AT LEAST NINETY EIGHT FEET TALL smashing into San Diego, Los Angeles and other places on the west coast. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Nearly 51 Million Households In The United States ‘Can’t Afford Basics Like Rent And Food’

    [now that he's done campaigning for a Senate seat now, Michael Snyder is writing again]

    A stunning new report that was just put out by the United Way ALICE Project shows that the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country is perhaps the biggest that it has been in any of our lifetimes. In some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, homes are now selling for up to 100 million dollars, but meanwhile tens of millions of families are barely scraping by from month to month. Many believe that this growing “inequality gap” is setting the stage for major societal problems. [more]

    Electric vehicle fires can take 3,000 gallons and 24 hours to extinguish

    Tesla has produced a guide for first responders [more]

    [yeah, find a nearby swimming pool and dump the vehicle in by helicopter]

    Barrel Fire southeast of Tucson burns over 100 acres

    Sagar: Rare tropical cyclone forms in the Gulf of Aden, life-threatening floods expected in desert regions

    A rare tropical cyclone formed May 16, 2018 in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia. Named Tropical Cyclone 01A and internationally known as Sagar, this cyclone's main threat is substantial rainfall (for desert regions), leading up to dangerous flash flooding in the deserts of southern Yemen, northern Somalia and Djibouti. Landfall is expected in northeastern Somalia on May 19. Some regions might reach their yearly rainfall average within several days. [more]

    [recap, at this point]
    Strong explosion at Kilauea volcano sends ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Hawaii

    A strong explosion took place at the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea volcano's summit about 04:15 HST (14:15 UTC) on May 17, 2018, ejecting ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is at Red. [more]

    NASA’s Jim Bridenstine Agrees Humans Are Responsible for Climate Change

    [and that's why you don't work for the EPA!]

    [from the Fuggetabotit column today]
    Urgent Climate Action Required to Protect Tens of Thousands of Species Worldwide, New Research Shows

    Limiting global warming to 2 degrees and not the more ambitious 1.5 degrees would put far more species at risk of extinction. Insects are especially vulnerable. [more; old, useless news]

    [from yesterday, MrMBB333 video(s)]
    May 17, 2018 Outside STRONG SUN Radiation #UVC #UVB #UVA - Bonus Viewer Pictures!

    [check out this ~ 3 min. video of UV radiation, then the following ~ 13 min. one on the overall weather]

  3. A 200-foot wave hitting California - whew, that'd be mind-blowing and horrible, easily the worst natural disaster in the history of humankind. Surfers would get a once-in-a-lifetime surfing opportunity though! There was a scene in the book Lucifer's Hammer (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle), where a comet hits the Earth, and a 1000-foot tidal wave ensues, and some surfers try to ride and they all fall away except one guy, who rides that wave inland...until he gets splattered against a skyscraper.

  4. [in that 2nd MrMBB333 video, he predicts severe weather for MO]

    News Links, May 18, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    'We're right at peak gold': All major deposits have been discovered, declares Goldcorp chairman

    Pope says financial derivatives are a 'ticking time bomb' [stick to your field, padre]

    Japan plans retaliatory tariffs against United States: NHK

    CEOs aren't disclosing their real compensation. The pay gap is much worse than you think. (US)

    Russia moves on counter-sanctions on the United States

    A Central Banking Insider Just Revealed the Blueprint For When the Next Crisis Hits [eliminating cash worldwide]

    The US and Europe to Go Separate Ways Pursuing Divergent Goals

    North Korea May Cancel Summit Over Bolton's 'Absurd' Demands - Updated

    US college degrees lose mystique among Asian students

    Russia moves to sell jets to Iran after Trump exit from nuclear deal sinks Boeing's deals [so much for the ART of the DEAL]

    U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

    Sweden in Free Fall

    Total says it will have to leave Iran without sanctions waivers

    Crude oil to hit $90 a barrel as diesel, jet fuel demand soars, Morgan Stanley predicts

    This Major LNG Exporter Is Facing A Gas Shortage

    Why "demand response" won't work ["renewable" energy systems]

    US warns of sanctions risk to Germany-Russia gas pipeline

    Choking On Our Harvest: Threats Loom Over Global Food Trade

    Diet staples eggs and lettuce remain risky bets as bacterial outbreaks continue

    What You MUST Know About SHTF Medicine

    U.S. Healthcare Isn't Broken--It's Fixed
    Healthcare/sickcare will bankrupt the nation by itself.

    [the 2nd half follows]

  5. Forest health on one coast can affect forests on the other coast (US)

    Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome 'at safe levels', study claims
    Study on rats said to show that the chemical, found in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, poses 'a significant public health concern'

    New pig virus could pose threat to people

    Spread of Ebola to large city in Democratic Republic of Congo a 'very concerning' turn, health officials say

    Ebola Goes Urban: WHO Warns of "Potential for EXPLOSIVE INCREASE"

    Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
    A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.

    EFF Asks FBI, DOJ To Turn Over Details On Thousands Of Locked Phones The FBI Seems Uninterested In Cracking

    'No secret': Western countries have known Novichok formula for decades, German media report

    Former CIA Employee Suspected In "Vault 7" WikiLeaks Disclosure

    Ultrasonic Attacks Can Trigger Alexa & Siri With Hidden Commands, Raise Serious Security Risks

    US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as 'Anti-Semitic' Just As They Kill 60 Civilians

    Syria - Inconsistent, Incomplete And Implausible - The OPCW Report On Saraqib Is Another Disgrace

    US Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low: What's Behind the Decline?
    Ultimately, net energy decline underlies the factors proposed in the article. -- RF

    The Ruinously Expensive American Military

    Just Another Day in a Collapsing Empire

    Here's how much the US has spent fighting terrorism since 9/11
    I don't know about "fighting terrorism," but $2.8 trillion is a lot of money. Clearly this is unsustainable. -- RF

    The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo)
    And the reason is "failure to correct system deficiencies." Got that? -- RF

    Official Unemployment Is at 3.9%? Economist Robert Pollin Says It Is More Like 12%

    Illinois-wide pension law, pension debts cripple municipalities' finances

    Pennsylvania's looming pension crisis

    Beyond the Flint tragedy: Contaminated drinking water is everywhere in America
    Agricultural runoff is poorly regulated and turning many waterways across the country into dangerous cesspools

    'CEOs don't want this released': US study lays bare extreme pay-ratio problem
    The first comprehensive study of CEO-to-worker pay reveals an extraordinary disparity – with the highest gap approaching 5,000 to 1

    Mortgage Rates Highest Since 2013 Taper Tantrum: "It's Not a Drill, It's Panic"

    Housing Starts, Building Permits Plunge on Land, Labor Shortage

    Subprime Chaos: The Auto Bubble's Bursting And It's Worse Than 2008

    The CIA Didn't Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

    Will the New Fed Shed All its Mortgage-Backed Securities? That Seems to be the Plan

    Record High Lumber Price: Another Warning That The Market Is In A Bubble

    Brick & Mortar Meltdown Pummels These Stores the Most

    U.S. Senate confirms Haspel to be first woman CIA director

    Housing ATM is Back (But it won't work any better this time)

    [Afro Bear cd release party tonight at Sprout in West Chester]

  6. There's no doubt now that Lake Travis and the area around it is a JJFH hotspot. May be competing with Hull, UK.

    Some more events locally, but not necessarily close to LT:

    It'll be interesting to see what they determine to be the cause of this infant's death in the daycare. Probably won't though:

    Actually the above story is in NW Austin. As the "gas flies" it's not all that far from Lake Travis. It's also in the vicinity of Anderson Mill.

    That Lake Pflugerville story is on the NE side of the Austin metro. These days and days to come it won't be pfun to be in Lake Pflugerville. Pfolks need to be pforwarned.

  7. Forecast models showing a possible strong Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of this month. A possible similar track as last year's Harvey:

  8. Ha-haaaaaa! Attaway Mike!

    Jonny, you're a treasure trove of sci-fi knowledge (too)!

    Naked, unarmed science teacher shot dead by Virginia police

    Reporters say Israel deliberately targeting journalists at Gaza protest with snipers and tear gas

    Lightning bolt kills 5 in SW Cambodia

    Woman killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Gulfport, Mississippi

    The 'indoor generation': A quarter of Americans spend all their time indoors

    [watching porn or playing video games]

  9. Got a break from the rain, so I had to jump on the tractor and mow.

    Here's what happened while I was busy.

    Boeing 737 crashes in Cuba with 104 people on board -state media

    [no info yet]

    At least 31 people injured after two buses collide in New York City

    At least 31 people were injured Friday after two buses collided near the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan, the New York City Fire Department confirmed to Fox News. [more]

    Tainted romaine lettuce likely out of circulation, CDC says

    Romaine lettuce tied to a nationwide E. coli outbreak is "probably no longer being sold," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The tainted veggie led to 172 infections across 32 states, per CDC data. There was one death reported in California.

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

    Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of 21 days and it's "unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the [Yuma, Arizona] growing region is still available in people's homes, stores or restaurants," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on the CDC website.

    Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2

    [driver made an illegal turn, apparently, after missing his exit]

    Police: 'No reports of zombies' in Pennsylvania despite strange road sign Thursday

    [more below]

  10. Nuclear plant shuts down unexpectedly in Washington state

    the Columbia Generating Station's systems detected a problem having to do with electrical distribution and automatically shut the plant down at 6:51 a.m.

    The exact cause was not known. [more]

    Ammo box crashes through roof of Texas school after falling from Black Hawk helicopter

    [more failures of U.S. military equipment]

    Authorities are trying to determine how a box of ammunition fell from a military helicopter and crashed through the roof of an elementary school in Texas. [more]

    [what's goin' on down on the farm?]
    Freedom Caucus Joins Democrats to Tank Farm Bill

    The $867 billion farm bill was defeated in the House on Friday, 198–213, after every House Democrat and 30 conservative Republicans voted against its passage.

    Democrats opposed the bill’s tightening of work requirements for food-stamp recipients, something the Trump administration has pushed. The 30 Freedom Caucus conservatives who voted “nay,” meanwhile, had asked House leadership for more spending cuts and insisted that the House vote on an immigration bill proposed by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) first.

    “You know, 76 percent of this farm bill has nothing to do with farms,” Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) said on CSPAN. “When you look at that, 24 percent of it actually is about farms and supporting our farmers.” [more]

    [continued below]

  11. U.S. Stocks Retreat, Treasuries Rise With Dollar: Markets Wrap

    U.S. stocks fell in light trading, the dollar rose and Treasury yields retreated as investors assessed conflicting signals on trade talks between the world’s two largest economies.

    The S&P 500 Index edged lower on volume 9 percent below the 30-day average, adding to a weekly loss. Technology shares slid after Applied Materials Inc. reported weak results. Small caps pushed to a fresh record as the dollar headed for its strongest week since 2016. Brent crude edged back toward $80 a barrel and gold extended a retreat. The 10-year yield fell below 3.1 percent. [more]

    Missouri legislators to weigh impeachment of scandal-plagued governor

    Missouri legislators are set to convene on Friday to weigh the possible impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens, who has been embroiled in separate sex and fundraising scandals that have led to mounting pressure for his resignation. [more]

    Sochi: Putin and Assad meet for extensive talks, discuss political settlement

    Wild elephant tramples a man to death in Jharkhand, India

    This is the terrifying moment a wild elephant chases a man swimming in its watering hole before trampling him to death after he twists his ankle and falls over. [more]

    Entire Washington DC area under flood watch through Saturday morning

    Lightning bolt kills 5 in SW Cambodia

    [SOTT]Comment: Elsewhere in Asia over the last few days lightning strikes have killed 4 in Bangladesh, 7 in West Bengal, India with another 2 in the latter country in the state of Tamil Nadu.

    Freedom Of Bullshit

    It's abundantly clear that the Founding Fathers never contemplated as the outcome of the First Amendment, a society dedicated to blowing smoke up each others' asses constantly, while everything imploded around them in real time...[more]

  12. Space rock? Loud house-shaking boom heard in southern California

    'Rare' sun halo spotted over Philippines

    Three tourists confirmed as first global cases of 'super gonorrhoea' after unprotected sex in Asia

    After chlamydia, gonorrhoea is the second most commonly contracted STD in Europe with 75,000 case confirmed in 2016. [more]

    Missing 411? 21-year-old man goes missing after leaving house party in Sun Peaks, BC

    The 21-year-old man went missing on Feb. 17, after leaving a house party in the Burfield Drive area, a short distance away from his home. He hasn't been seen since, despite countless efforts from volunteers who have scoured Sun Peaks over the past 12 weeks.

    Hobler says the search team has seen a few cases like this where little to no evidence or trace of a person has come up, and it can be frustrating for people trying to locate the missing person. He adds that the Shtuka family has done an incredible job of searching on their own over the past few months. [more]

    Beyond the Flint tragedy - everywhere in America the drinking water is contaminated

    the problems with American drinking water are diverse and widespread, even if most aren't quite as severe as what happened in Flint. Agricultural waste in particular is poisoning water, especially in rural areas, creating a myriad of health risks. Current government policy remains poorly equipped to deal with this issue. [more]

    Volcanic eruption update: Kilauea volcano (Hawaii), Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico) and Sinabung volcano (Indonesia)

    [2 videos; in HI, the 21st & 22nd fissures have been confirmed]