Monday, June 18, 2018

Event Update For 2018-06-17

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

2018-06-17 - Unknown chemical or gas odor evacuates apartment building in Plymouth (Minnesota):

Quote: "An apartment building in Plymouth was evacuated Sunday as authorities investigated an unknown chemical odor. According to police, a call of a possible gas odor at 17600 14th Avenue North came in at 1:40 p.m. The Plymouth Fire Department has not yet been able to determine what the odor is."

2018-06-17 - Fracking fluid additives can cause delayed production of hydrogen sulfide in shale gas reservoirs:

Quote: "Surfactants and biocides such as sodium dodecyl sulfate and glutaraldehyde are shown to undergo hydrolysis and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions under moderate reservoir conditions, with H2S as the final product accompanied with long chain alcohols and hydrogen sulfate as long-lived intermediate species. This finding suggests that fracture fluid additives can be responsible for the delayed production of natural reservoir H2S."

Note: So if we leave the gas in the ground, it's getting more sour, and eventually it will overpressurize and explode out of the ground on its own and kill everyone in the area, similar to the methane explosions and craters that have begun in Siberia. And if we take it out of the ground then the chemicals we use to do so cause H2S to be created in the reservoirs after the gas is gone. And even once the gas and oil are out of the ground, they can still sour - the US strategic oil reserves are now heavily contaminated with hydrogen sulfide...

2018-06-17 - Woman found dead in burned car in Gary (Indiana):

2018-06-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Malmo (Sweden):

Quote: "Braathens Regional Airways flight TF-8262 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Malmo, Sweden, on June 16th. The plane heading from Split, Croatia, to Gothenburg, Sweden, was diverted after smell of smoke was noticed in the cabin."

Note: This is the 94th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Cargo ship 'Iron Chieftain' carrying iron ore goes up in flames before 4 AM in coastal Port Kembla (Australia):

Quote: "12,000 cubic metres of iron ore up in flames in Port Kembla..."

Note: Iron ore, so basically like the salvage yard and metal recycling fires except on a ship. This is the 524th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Container ship 'SSL Kolkata', which ignited on June 14th, continues burning, rocked by four explosions, in the Bay of Bengal (India):

2018-06-17 - Tow yard hit by fire and explosions, cars burn, in coastal Federal Way (Washington):

2018-06-17 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Beard (Australia):

Quote: "Fire and rescue crews were called out to a scrap metal and tyre yard near the ACT-NSW border at 5:45pm on Sunday and advised residents in surrounding suburbs to remain inside."

2018-06-17 - Recycling center hit by fire along canal in Kilnhurst (Britain):

Quote: "A fire ripped through a recycling plant in the village of Kilnhurst, near Rotherham – a year after another blaze hit the same facility."

2018-06-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Otis (Oregon):

Note: A parked RV trailer just burst into flame the day before at 3 AM and destroyed one home and heavily damaged another home in Lehi (Utah) too, mentioned in the 2018-06-16 update. There's nothing wrong with parking vehicles near your home nowadays, as long as you don't mind being homeless or dead...

2018-06-17 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire in Scarborough (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Toronto police spokesperson Gary Long said they received several reports that an explosion was heard inside the apartment just before the fire."

2018-06-17 - Home explodes and burns on Leap Street in New Martinsville (West Virginia), 1400 feet from the Ohio River:

2018-06-17 - Mobile home destroyed by explosion and fire in Glendale (Arizona):

Note: These are the 156th, 157th and 158th residential explosions in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Gloucester County (Virginia), blackouts ensue:

2018-06-17 - Power station heavily damaged by fire in Kanpur (India):

2018-06-17 - Luxury yacht bursts into flame near coastal La Spezia (Italy), 5 people abandon ship:

2018-06-17 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Ocean City (New Jersey):

Quote: "The Coast Guard removed six people from a 41-foot pleasure craft after the boat caught fire near Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey, Sunday."

Note: Also see the man who had a 'medical emergency' and collapsed about 8 miles from here on this day in Pleasantville (New Jersey)…

2018-06-17 - Boat bursts into flame on the Ohio River near Villa Hills (Kentucky):

Note: These are the 525th, 526th and 527th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Buses and travel company destroyed by fire in Hyderabad (India):

Note: These are the 383rd and 384th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Two tanker trucks destroyed by fire on highway in Iganga District (Uganda), 3 injured:

2018-06-17 - Tractor, vehicle and mobile home destroyed by fire in Walpole (New Hampshire), 1 injured:

Quote: "He said the mobile home is a total loss, along with a tractor and another vehicle that were in the yard."

2018-06-17 - Tractor bursts into flame at business in North Lima (Ohio):

2018-06-17 - Semi tractor bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads to SUV, in Lewiston (Maine):

Quote: "This footage captures firefighters in Lewiston knocking down a fire that appears to have started in a semi truck and spread to an SUV on Sunday."

2018-06-17 - Tractor bursts into flame in Woodlands, Wimborne (Britain):

Note: These are the 1221st, 1222nd, 1223rd, 1224th, 1225th and 1226th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - RV bursts into flame on State Route 28 just west of Blanchester (Ohio):

2018-06-17 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 40 near Northeast 14th Street Road in Silver Springs (Florida):

Note: These are the 280th and 281st RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-06-17 - Van bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked on Shillgrove Place in Castledawson (Ireland):

2018-06-17 - SUV bursts into flame while parked near North Central Avenue and Concord Avenue in Hartsdale (New York):

2018-06-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Old Paris Road in Vigo County (Indiana):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carport at home in Florence (South Carolina), nobody there:

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Green Valley (Arizona):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal East Lyme (Connecticut):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on the H-1 Freeway in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-39 near Tonica (Illinois):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame outside Walmart in Homestead (Pennsylvania):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Mount Reuben Road near Glendale (Oregon):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame at 12:33 AM on Bernard Heinze Avenue in Moncrieff (Australia):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame at Stockland Jesmond Shopping Centre in Jesmond (Australia):

2018-06-17 - Ford GT supercar bursts into flame on street in Bad Aiblung (Germany):

Quote: "The car had been driven just 43 miles since new, and is owned by a 52-year-old who lives nearby, according to local media. A Ford spokesman said that the automaker is working with the car owner to determine the cause of the fire. The 216 mph GT is the fastest and most expensive Ford ever made."

Note: So it cost him $10,465 for each mile that he drove it...

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on the A31 near Ringwood (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on the M27 near coastal Fareham (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on the M4 near Maidenhead (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on the B3133 Smallway near the Wyevale Garden Centre in Congresbury (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM at Gladstone Court on High Street in Hadley, Telford (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on Buckingham Drive in Knutsford (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on street in Yatton (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame on Bristol Road in Pawlett, Bridgwater (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame at 5:44 AM on the M1 near Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Sunday 17 June, 5.44am Car fire, M1 southbound between Newport Pagnell Service Area and junction 14 (Milton Keynes). One appliance and crew from Newport Pagnell, one from Broughton, one from Great Holm and an officer attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus, an envirinmental protection kit and a toolkit."

2018-06-17 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Cherry Cobb Sands Road in coastal Paull (Britain):

Quote: "Cherry Cobb Sands Road, Paull. Sun 17 Jun 2018 13:40 (No:12034) Car fire self extinguished but set fire to grassland. 2 hose reels and hay drags in use."

2018-06-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at Creekside RV Park in Dougherty County (Georgia), 1 injured:

2018-06-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed, in Albion (Nebraska):

2018-06-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 2:40 AM while being towed on the A41 in Chester (Britain):

2018-06-17 - Vehicle and two homes go up in flames in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2018-06-17 - Barn destroyed by fire in Red Springs (North Carolina), 8 horses killed:

2018-06-17 - Barn destroyed by fire in the Town of Bethel (New York), 40 cows killed:

2018-06-17 - Wildfire breaks out, grows rapidly to 1,500 acres, in Smith Valley (Nevada):

2018-06-17 - Wildfire breaks out in the Snake River Canyon north of Hagerman (Idaho):

2018-06-17 - Wildfire grows to 34,161 acres near Durango (Colorado):

2018-06-17 - Wildfire threatens urban area near Stockholm (Sweden):

2018-06-17 - Huge haystack fire rages in Delta (Utah):

2018-06-17 - Lumber business damaged by fire in Longview (Washington):

2018-06-17 - AC unit bursts into flame at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Bethany (Oklahoma):

2018-06-17 - Church damaged by fire in Knoxville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2018-06-17 - Garage damaged by fire at home in Spokane (Washington):

2018-06-17 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Anchorage (Alaska), nobody there:

2018-06-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Lawrence (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2018-06-17 - Home destroyed by fire, nearby business damaged, in Erie (Pennsylvania), near Lake Erie:

2018-06-17 - Home destroyed by fire in Wasilla (Alaska), dogs killed:

2018-06-17 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Puna (Hawaii):

2018-06-17 - Duplex destroyed by fire in Middletown (Connecticut), 900 feet from the Connecticut River:

2018-06-17 - Duplex destroyed by fire in Marlboro (New Jersey):

2018-06-17 - Fourplex apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Dayton (Ohio), 1 injured:

2018-06-17 - Condo building damaged by fire at River Woods Condos in Swanton (Vermont):

2018-06-17 - Brackney Inn destroyed by fire in Brackney (Pennsylvania):

2018-06-17 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM near Hot Springs (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2018-06-17 - Deadly fire burns home in Avon (Indiana), 1 killled:

2018-06-17 - Deadly fire burns home on Brewster Road in Center Point (Alabama), 1 killled:

2018-06-17 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 6 AM in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2018-06-17 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Soddy Daisy (Tennessee):

2018-06-17 - More than thirty critically endangered Verreaux’s sifakas (lemurs) mysteriously die in Berenty Reserve (Madagascar):

2018-06-17 - Around 900 birds drop dead in four days in Jodhpur (India):

2018-06-17 - Great white shark washes ashore dead at beach in Aptos (California):

2018-06-17 - 13 dolphins have washed up dead this year in Delaware:

2018-06-17 - 15 dolphins wash up dead in a month in Varna (Bulgaria):

2018-06-17 - Many fish found dead in the water in Berlin (Germany):

2018-06-17 - Three men, 22, 27 and 34, found dead in lake in Boehl-Iggelheim (Germany):

2018-06-17 - Two men found dead in Keenjhar Lake (Pakistan):

2018-06-17 - Man and boy, 24 and 13, found dead in the Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu (India):

2018-06-17 - Woman and daughter, 63 and 17, found dead in home in coastal Rotterdam (Netherlands):

2018-06-17 - Two boys, 5 and 6, found dead in pond in Barishal (Bangladesh):

2018-06-17 - Infant found dead at mobile home in Wichita Falls (Texas):

2018-06-17 - Boy, 10, found dead in swimming pool at hotel in Kansas City (Missouri):

2018-06-17 - Firefighter, man, 48, has 'medical emergency' and dies after training exercise in Amelia County (Virginia):

Quote: "Firefighters in Amelia County are mourning the loss of one of their own after he died during a recent training exercise. Amelia County Volunteer Fire Department Company 1 Chief Justin Wargofcak said William Moore IV, 48, of Amelia County, suffered a medical emergency and went into cardiac arrest Thursday, June 14. He was transported to the hospital where he later died."

2018-06-17 - Man, 36, has 'medical episode', loses consciousness, falls off bicycle and dies, on the Manhattan Bridge in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Phillip Ginsberg, 36, of Brooklyn, was riding toward Manhattan on the cycling path with 10 or more bike club members when he suddenly lost consciousness about 1:05 p.m., according to cops. He fell from his bike and hit his head on a support beam. Ginsberg was wearing a helmet, according to police. Cops suspect he suffered some sort of medical episode that caused him to pass out. Officers and medics attempted to revive him, but he never regained consciousness."

Note: Less than 9 miles from where a baby dropped dead the day before at a home in coastal Queens (New York), mentioned in the 2018-06-16 update...

2018-06-17 - Woman, 20, dies after being found unconscious at 6:30 AM at campsite at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover (Delaware):

2018-06-17 - Man, 30, jumps in water, struggles, pulled back into boat, then loses consciousness and dies, at Lake Greenwood (South Carolina):

Quote: "The coroner said his office is trying to determine whether the death resulted from a medical issue or not."

Note: So he was fine until he got in the water and died shortly after having been in in the water...

2018-06-18 - Man, 40, jumps into the water and dies in Lake Murray in Irmo (South Carolina):

2018-06-17 - Man, 28, dies in the water near the Gandy Bridge in coastal Tampa Bay (Florida):

2018-06-17 - Man, 69, found dead in the water next to his kayak near coastal Kaneohe (Hawaii):

2018-06-17 - Man found dead in the St. Joseph River in South Bend (Indiana):

2018-06-17 - Man found dead in car on Parris Bridge Road in Spartanburg County (South Carolina):

2018-06-17 - Person found dead in Churn Creek near Redding (California):

2018-06-17 - Man, 71, found dead in Delaware Bay near coastal Lower Township (New Jersey):

2018-06-17 - Woman dies after being found unconscious along trail in coastal Kent (Washington):

2018-06-17 - Man, 23, found dead in ravine near Mores Creek Summit (Idaho):

2018-06-17 - Man, 50, found dead in Lake Simcoe in Beaverton (Canada):

Quote: "Durham police are still trying to figure out if he drowned or possibly suffered a medical episode."

2018-06-17 - Woman, 57, found dead in swimming pool at home in coastal Liopetri on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2018-06-17 - Man found dead in reservoir in coastal Singapore:

2018-06-17 - Man, 26, found dead in canal in coastal Amsterdam (Netherlands):

2018-06-17 - Man has 'medical issue' and drops dead at golf course in coastal Portessie, Buckie (Scotland), 500 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "The man is understood to have suffered a heart-related medical issue and died playing the game he loved in Buckie yesterday."

2018-06-17 - Woman has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into wall, near Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "The trooper who arrived on scene, identified as Trooper James, recognized that the driver was suffering from a medical emergency."

2018-06-17 - Driver has 'medical emergency' and pulls over, another car crashes, in Kalamazoo (Michigan):

Quote: "Officers tell us a driver had a medical emergency on U.S. 131 and pulled over to the side of the road."

2018-06-17 - Small plane crashes into field in Erath County (Texas), engine failure, 3 injured:

2018-06-17 - Small plane crash-lands in field near airstrip in Lakeview (Arkansas), engine failure, 1 lightly injured:

2018-06-17 - Small plane makes emergency landing on Highway 49 near New Melones Reservoir (California), engine failure:

2018-06-17 - Small plane crashes into lake near airport in Fort McMurray (Canada), engine failure:

2018-06-17 - Small plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, in Lusaka (Zambia):

2018-06-17 - Freight train derails, explosion and fire ensue, near Princetown (Indiana):

2018-06-17 - Minivan crashes at the entrance to Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol (Connecticut), 9 injured:

2018-06-17 - SUV veers off road, overturns, bursts into flame, on Highway 49 near Brooklyn (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2018-06-17 - Pickup truck crashes into four cars at intersection in Aurora (Colorado), 1 killed:

Quote: "The driver of the Nissan was taken to the hospital where they were later pronounced dead. Police said it wasn’t clear if the driver died from injuries sustained in the crash or some other medical issue."

2018-06-17 - Pickup truck veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, on Old Mill Road in Holmes County (Florida), 1 killed:

2018-06-17 - Car hits tanker truck head-on, fire erupts, on Highway 17 west of North Bay (Canada), 1 killed:

2018-06-17 - Four cars crash, fire erupts, on I-93 near coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2018-06-17 - Car veers off road, hits fence and car, in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Deputies say a medical event is a possible cause of the crash."

2018-06-17 - Man, 36, goes berserk, gets arrested, foams at the mouth and dies, in Luling (Texas):

Quote: "A man died after police tried to subdue him Saturday in Luling. Police went to the 1300 block of Fannin Street Saturday after 3 p.m. after getting a report of a man who was banging on someone's door, throwing rocks at 'people who didn't exist' and yelling that 'people were trying to kill him,' according to a Luling Police Department release. When police arrived, 36-year-old Andrew Carmona jumped into the back of their patrol car.  Police took him out to search him for weapons, then let him get back in. By that time, his sister had arrived. "She had been looking for Carmona because someone had called her and told her he had left his mother's house and was acting crazy," according to a release from LPD."

Quote: "'When they attempted to roll him back over and get him up, officers noted that he was foaming at the mouth but not breathing,' the release stated."

2018-06-17 - Pack of stray dogs mauls toddler to death in Chandigarh (India):

2018-06-17 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures teen in Scottsdale (Arizona):

2018-06-17 - Man has 'medical emergency' and collapses outside store in coastal Pleasantville (New Jersey), 2900 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Video posted live to Facebook shows a crowd questioning a high police presence but no ambulance as a man suffers an apparent medical emergency in the parking lot of Kings Super Food Market on North Main Street."

2018-06-17 - Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C and slow growth:

2018-06-17 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting and gushing lava in Hawaii:

Quote: "New footage released by the US Department of Defense shows rivers of molten lava flowing around Pahoe, to the east of Kilauea. Lava from the Hawaii volcano  continues to flow across Big Island, as renewed volcanic activity rocked the area overnight. The US Geological Survey confirmed that more than 180 explosions and earthquakes struck the area around Kilauea’s summit. Scientists added that a large explosion at the Halemaumau Crater had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, and that volcanic emissions remain 'very high'."

2018-06-17 - Volcano Klyuchevskoy erupts in the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2018-06-17 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Detroit Lake, again, in Salem (Oregon):

2018-06-17 - Lightning strike kills two people in Magura (Bangladesh):

2018-06-17 - Heavy rain and horrific flooding hit Lake Linden (Michigan), streets destroyed:

2018-06-17 - Canada legalizes recreational marijuana nationwide:


  1. Yo! It hit 90 finally around here, yesterday. Today we're overcast and drizzly, cooler. I trust everyone is still with us.

    H2S abounds!

    Catherine Austin Fitts: Elite stole $50 Trillion and will invest in space

    [41.5 min. video interview and text]

    Fitts goes on to say, "The establishment has stolen $50 trillion plus, and they want to keep it, and they want to invest it in the space based economy and not have to give it back to the pension funds. One of the most important techniques they are going to use to do that is basically with digital control, with both of the currency, as well as the systems that do surveillance and control. So, (they think) if we can get 7 billion people on smart phones and 5G coming in from satellites or land, anyway you do it, and everybody has a digital currency, and if you don't behave, you turn off their currency. We are talking about ways of controlling people through the digital systems which are very, very invasive. . . . If you look at the policies going on, whether it's the effort to bring in the guns or effort to force cashless, those who are centralizing control of the economy, they want to make sure they have control because when they invest that money, they want to make sure it makes their wealth go up and not the general population's wealth go up. They don't want to have to refund those monies back into the pension funds or Social Security. They want to be able to say, well, the money is gone, and we spent too much of it and did not balance the books and etcetera, etcetera. So, this is what this is about. This is about who is going to allocate what resources that are there, and are they going to be in a position to harvest and drain the American taxpayer." [more]

    [more below]

  2. [animal attack that didn't end the usual way]
    Woman attacked by bobcat strangles it to death with bare hands in Georgia, US

    A 46-year-old grandmother strangled a rabid bobcat to death after the animal attacked her in her front yard in north-eastern Georgia.

    Phillips suffered a broken finger and several bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs. She was also treated for rabies. [more]

    Sperm whale carcass found on beach in Aceh, Indonesia

    Blue whale carcass washes ashore in Point Reyes, California

    Tuesday, 19 June 2018
    401 months of above-average global temperatures

    May 2018 was the 401st consecutive month with above-average temperatures as the globe had its 4th warmest May on record: NOAA

    Delhi's air pollution - so bad it is literally off the chart

    Delhi's Air Quality Takes Big Hit As Pollution Levels Reach Severe Category [~ 3.5 min. video]

    Paul Beckwith on abrupt loss of Arctic sea ice
    Abrupt Loss of Arctic Sea-Ice

    [~ 15 min. video]

    El-Nino by winter, 2018?

    NOAA Shows Risks for El Nino by Winter

    [7.5 min. video]

    [continued below]

  3. The Ogallala aquifer is being depleted

    Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala

    The grain-growing region in the High Plains of America—known as America’s breadbasket—relies entirely on the Ogallala Aquifer. But long term unsustainable use of the aquifer is forcing states in the region to face the prospect of a regional economic disaster. As the High Plains states reach the verge of a major crisis, the states have taken different approaches to conservation with varying results.

    The Ogallala Aquifer supports an astounding one-sixth of the world’s grain produce, and it has long been an essential component of American agriculture. [more]

    The renewable road to extinction

    The trouble is that we are not on the road to meeting the Paris climate goals at all. Rather, we are on the superhighway that takes us to the destruction of the one biosphere in the universe that we know to be capable of sustaining life. That superhighway may well be lined with solar panels and wind turbines; but these, too, suffer from the Jevons paradox. [more]

    Trump signs resolution to permit dumping mining waste into waterways

    [short video from last year, I couldn't get the sound to work]

    [a bit more below]

  4. The financial collapse

    A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
    The prospects for the rest of the year are awful

    It has been an unprecedented forcefeeding of stimulus into the global system. And, contrary to what most people realize, it hasn't diminished over the years since the Great Recession. In fact, the most recent wave from 2015-2018 has seen the highest amount of injected 'thin-air' money ever

    So the situation is dire. But it gets worse.

    Because when today's Everything Bubble bursts, the effect will be nothing short of catastrophic as 50 years of excessive debt accumulation suddenly deflates. [more]

    Why America’s Trade War With China Will Be Absolutely Crippling For The U.S. Economy

    Can the global financial system handle a full-blown trade war between the two largest economies on the entire planet? We have never seen anything like this happen in the modern age, and this is creating a tremendous amount of uncertainty for the financial markets. Yes, something had to be done, and I have been writing about this for years. China has been stealing our intellectual property, manipulating currency rates and slapping high tariffs on American goods. We simply could not allow China to continue to take advantage of us, but now we are so dependent on the Chinese that a trade war with them is going to inevitably produce a great deal of pain. We are all going to wish that another way could have been found to resolve this crisis, because in the short-term this is definitely going to hurt the U.S. economy. And if President Trump chooses to press forward with trade wars against Europe, Canada and Mexico at the same time as well, the pain for our economy is going to be off the charts. [more]

    Warming climate harming wildlife

    Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low

    Eerie photos surface of NEW coastal water anomaly - "As far as the eye could see - gone!

    June 18, 2018: Strange coastal water anomalies have returned as a new one was observed less than 24 hours ago! Also, a dam has been breeched in Northern Wisconsin creating a flash flood alert from the NWS. [more; ~ 4 min. video by MrMBB333]

  5. "Make Globalization Implode Again"

    In accordance with their zero sum way of thinking, Trumptopia believes they're "winning" the global trade war. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way...

    Overnight, Trump escalated the trade war with China by threatening tariffs on an additional $200 billion of imports, if China doesn't back down. China immediately retaliated, putting that fantasy to rest. Contrary to popular belief, there IS a downside to having a dunce for president, yet somehow, 87% of Republicans haven't figured that out yet. Trump's base won't let him back down, because ignorance has been rewarded for far too long. What we are watching in real-time is idiot death spiral

    "Make America First" is wholly impossible. Without crashing the asset bubble.

    There is no such thing as local capital anymore. Which means that slapping tariffs on foreign countries is essentially slapping tariffs on the S&P 500. Any higher costs of goods from a foreign country will directly impact U.S. corporate profit. Which again is not conducive to sustaining record profit margins. [more]

    Dow's dive wipes out year's gains as China trade fight escalates

    Stocks fell sharply Tuesday after President Donald Trump's latest threat to China increased fears of an impending trade war between the world's largest economies.

    The Dow was down 300 points after sinking more than 400 points earlier, with Boeing, DowDuPont and Caterpillar lagging. The 30-stock index erased all of its gains for the year. [more]

    Russia to impose duties on American goods after US sets metals tariffs

    Russia will impose import tariffs on certain goods from the United States in response to duties imposed by Washington on steel and aluminum imports, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin said on Tuesday. [more]

    US poised to announce exit from UN human rights council

    [more below]

  6. John Pilger: Bring Julian Assange home

    The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

    The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. [more]

    Floods in Assam claim 14 lives, affect 548 086 people in 719 villages, India

    Heavy monsoon rains and floods affecting the Indian state of Assam over the past week have claimed lives of 14 people by June 19, 2018. 11 people died due to flooding and 3 due to landslides.

    Heavy monsoon rain triggers Mon State's worst floods in 40 years, Myanmar

    Record-breaking monsoon rains affecting Myanmar's Mon State since June 16, 2018, triggered landslides and worst floods parts of the state have seen in more than 40 years. At least 16 people have been killed or are missing across the country since 2018 Southwest Monsoon arrived more than a week ago. [more]

    Weather slows fire activity in Western United States

    Moderating weather over the last seven days has helped firefighters make progress on some of the fires in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. Today’s national Situation Report showed little or no increase in the size of wildfires in those four states. The 416 Fire in southwest Colorado and the Badger Creek Fire in southern Wyoming released a total of 345 personnel over the last 24 hours. [more]

    DNA test solves mystery of wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    "DNA from the animal ... was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Oregon. The lab compared the animal's DNA with thousands of other DNA samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs," the official state agency said. "The conclusion was clear -- this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains." [more]

    5000-year-old stone balls continue to baffle archaeologists

    Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age - intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball - continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered.

    More than 500 of the enigmatic objects have now been found, most of them in northeast Scotland, but also in the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway. [more]

  7. Freight train derails and explodes in southern Indiana forcing evacuations

    A freight train derailment that resulted in a large explosion and fire has forced some residents of an Indiana town to evacuate. Authorities are still struggling to contain the blaze 12 hours after the accident.

    A statement from CSX Transportation, which operates the train, said that one of the rail cars appeared to be leaking propane. [more]

    Laura Bush criticizes Trump Admin. for child immigrant policy - Sarah Sanders points out law was signed by her husband

    New paper on the 'hard problem of consciousness'

    A new paper published in The Journal of Consciousness Studies claims that consciousness isn't a unique property of humans-rather, the entire universe is conscious, and humans are all manifestations of its multiple personalities. [more]

    The effects of sexy people on your intelligence

    The effect of hot people on your cognitive abilities, revealed by research.

    People become cognitively impaired in the presence of an attractive member of the opposite sex, research finds.

    The drop in intelligence is particularly strong for men.

    The more attractive the woman, the more men's test scores plummeted, psychologists found. [more]