Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Event Update For 2018-07-03

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

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame and kills toddler boy, injures woman and daughter, on US 74 in Jackson County (North Carolina):

Quote: "The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a mother from Lenoir was driving west on U.S 74 with her two young children when her vehicle caught fire. The mother and her 6-year-old daughter escaped the vehicle. But the troopers say her 2-year-old son, who was trapped in the vehicle, died."

2018-07-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the Chowan River off Chowan Beach (North Carolina):

2018-07-03 - 'Heat dome' brings death and misery to the US for the 4th of July:

2018-07-03 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in West Deptford (New Jersey):

2018-07-03 - Metal recycling center heavily damaged by fire near the Mohawk River in Cohoes (New York):

Quote: "Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said previous fires at the facility haven't risen to this magnitude. The scrap yard has been in business since 1903. It's located on 10 acres just west of the Mohawk River and features a 20,000-square foot warehouse."

2018-07-03 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-07-03 - Industrial area hit by fire, scrap metal, containers and semi trailer burn, in coastal Canvey Island (Britain):

Quote: "The fire affected all five containers, several piles of scrap metal around the yard, a lorry trailer and a field the size of two football pitches."

2018-07-03 - Hydroelectric plant rocked by explosion on river in Mingecevir (Azerbaijan), massive power outage ensues:

Quote: "Power has gone out for a second time in much of the Azerbaijani capital, stranding thousands underground in subway cars as the authorities struggled with a nationwide outage sparked by an explosion at a hydroelectric station. With summer temperatures soaring, the July 3 outage in Baku came hours after the country was initially plunged into darkness, in one of Azerbaijan's worst blackouts in decades."

2018-07-03 - Underground electrical explosions and fires cause power outages in Needham (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A series of manhole cover explosions temporarily shut down a ramp on Route 128 north and south in Needham at the height of the afternoon commute Tuesday and caused hundreds of power outages, state police said. The ramps to Highland Avenue were shut down about 3:45 p.m. after witnesses say flames could be seen shooting nearly 10 feet in the air from a manhole on three separate occasions."

2018-07-03 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked near Mojave River, fire spreads to river bottom, in San Bernardino County (California):

Quote: "A car caught fire and spread into the Mojave River bottom Tuesday afternoon, burning through 3 acres before firefighters could contain it, officials said. Reported at 3:10 p.m., the fire spread from a car parked at a construction zone just off Interstate 15 and E Street, according to San Bernardino County Fire officials, who swiftly responded to handle the flames."

2018-07-03 - Transformer bursts into flame in Phoenixville (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Trash collection yard hit by fire in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-07-02 - 2018 the year of the wildfire? Summer has just begun but already the US, the UK and Europe are being ravaged by wildfires:

2018-07-03 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Lanier near Gainesville (Georgia):

Note: This is the 568th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-07-03 - Freight train engine bursts into flame in Greeneville (Tennessee):

2018-07-03 - Charter bus bursts into flame on I-69 near Anderson (Indiana):

2018-07-03 - Private bus bursts into flame while parked in Savina, Udaipur (India):

2018-07-03 - Tour bus bursts into flame near coastal Sunny Beach near Burgas (Bulgaria):

Note: These are the 412th, 413th and 414th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-07-03 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on Sheridan Street in Ely (Minnesota):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-94 in Sandstone Township (Michigan):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-94 in the Township of Millston (Wisconsin):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 141 near Wilmington (Delaware):

2018-07-03 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near the River Piddle in Affpuddle (Britain):

Note: These are the 1376th, 1377th, 1378th, 1379th and 1380th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-07-03 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge near coastal Staten Island (New York):

2018-07-03 - Food truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Washington DC, 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on Lindenhurst Road in Lower Makefield (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on I-80 east of Fernley (Nevada):

2018-07-03 - Ambulance bursts into flame at hospital in Temple (Texas):

2018-07-03 - RV bursts into flame in parking lot off Old Isabella Road near Lake Isabella (California):

2018-07-03 - RV bursts into flame on I-24 in Davidson County (Tennessee):

Note: These are the 303rd and 304th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-07-03 - Campervan bursts into flame on Willey Terrace in Chatteris (Britain):

2018-07-03 - SUV bursts into flame on street in Belfast (Maine):

2018-07-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame just after 2 AM at home on Riverside Drive, fire spreads to home, in Glasgow (Kentucky):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked at school in coastal Eureka (California):

Quote: "The owner of the vehicle had been parked there since around 10 a.m. and told fire personnel that the car was new."

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Target store in Austin (Texas):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Publix in coastal Panama City Beach (Florida):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on trailer while being towed, in Henry (Tennessee):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-84 inside tunnel in Hartford (Connecticut):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-41 in the Town of Byron (Wisconsin):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-29 near Argusville (North Dakota):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-90 ramp in West Seneca (New York):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on the Alex Fraser Bridge over the Fraser River in coastal Delta (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked near Lavelle Street and Blackburn Road in Blackburn South (Australia), 10 miles from the coast:

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on Tower Road in Werribee (Australia), 5 miles from the coast, man seriously burned:

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame outside Upminster Station in coastal London (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on the A41 near Berkhamsted (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on School Lane in Northwich (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on A47 near Norwich (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on Brompton Court in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Brompton Court, Hull. Tue 3 Jul 2018 12:19 (No:13527) Car fire. 1 hose reel in use. Hand tools in use to disconnect battery."

2018-07-03 - Motorcycle bursts into flame outside shop, fire spreads to shop, in coastal Highbridge (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Three classic cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Battle Creek (Michigan):

2018-07-03 - Barn destroyed by fire in Southwest Ranches (Florida), hundreds of exotic animals killed:

2018-07-03 - Barn goes up in flames in Pye Corner, Ulcombe (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Wildfire grows to 72,500 acres in Yolo County, fire spreads toward Lake Berryessa (California):

Quote: "The west end of the 72,500-acre fire spent Monday afternoon creeping down to the east shore of Lake Berryessa."

2018-07-03 - Wildfire grows to 79,000 acres in Costilla County, another wildfire breaks out near Basalt (Colorado):

Quote: "The latest fire to erupt in the state is the Lake Christine Fire burning near Basalt. The Eagle County blaze sprung up Tuesday and has forced several people out of their homes. The largest fire in the state, the Spring Fire in Costilla County, is now among the largest fires in Colorado history and it keeps on growing. The fire was estimated at nearly 79,000 acres as of Tuesday morning."

2018-07-03 - Wildfire grows to 2,000+ acres in Palo Pinto County (Texas):

2018-07-03 - Wildfire grows to 6,700 acres near West Wendover (Nevada):

2018-07-03 - Multiple wildfires continue burning in Utah, governor declares month-long state of emergency:

Quote: "Utah's governor declared a State of Emergency effective for the month of July, citing dry and dangerous conditions as well as multiple active wildfires burning throughout the state on Tuesday."

2018-07-03 - Wildfire breaks out near Bethesda (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Pyrotechnic business devastated by explosion and fire in Pleasant Hope (Missouri), 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Fruit packing warehouse damaged by fire near Grant (Michigan):

2018-07-03 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire at 6:15 AM in Santa Rosa (California):

2018-07-03 - Church destroyed by fire at 3:15 AM in coastal Olympia (Washington):

2018-07-03 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM near Saucier (Mississippi), 2 injured:

2018-07-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Fitchburg (Wisconsin):

2018-07-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Juniper Ridge Road in Essex Junction (Vermont), 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM in Laveen Village (Arizona):

2018-07-03 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Home under construction destroyed by fire at 4:15 AM on Watersedge Road in Mississauga (Canada), 250 feet from Lake Ontario, nobody there:

2018-07-03 - Three homes go up in flames at 3:45 AM in York (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Several homes under construction go up in flames in Scarborough (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Duplex damaged by fire at 1 AM in Smithfield (Virginia):

2018-07-03 - Multi-family home damaged by fire in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2018-07-03 - Apartment building under construction damaged by fire at 11:45 PM on Lakeside Estates Drive in Houston (Texas):

2018-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Edgewater Park (New Jersey), near the Delaware River:

2018-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Edmonds (Washington):

2018-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire shortly after 11:30 PM in Freeport (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at River Oaks Apartments in Oneonta (Alabama):

2018-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal London (Britain):

2018-07-03 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in Austin (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Deadly fire burns building at 3:22 AM in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida), 1 killed:

2018-07-03 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:30 AM on Gaines Farm Road in Brandenburg (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2018-07-03 - Deadly fire destroys home in Waldorf (Maryland), 1 killed:

2018-07-03 - Vacant home burns at 3:30 AM in Grand Falls-Windsor (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Two children, 8 and 6, found dead in pond in Jacobabad (Pakistan):

2018-07-03 - Two boys found dead in ditch in Simri (India):

2018-07-03 - Boy, 10, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at Park Forest Aqua Center in Park Forest (Illinois):

2018-07-03 - Boy, 11, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool in La Vista (Nebraska):

2018-07-03 - Man, 43, found dead on trail in Bethlehem, and man, 50, found dead in yard in Washington Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Gary P. Mayers, 43, of Bethlehem was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl at 5:41 p.m. on a walking trail in downtown Bethlehem. Mayers’ autopsy is scheduled Tuesday. John R. Kempton, 50, of Slatington was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Gabrielle Riley at 4:58 p.m. in the rear yard of 2648 Grove St., Washington Township. His autopsy is scheduled Wednesday."

2018-07-03 - Man, 68, goes fishing, next seen dead with his boat along the Youghiogheny River in Rostraver (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Deputy Coroner Sean Hribal said they don't believe Leonard Hofmann drowned, but he declined further comment pending further examination by the office."

2018-07-03 - Man, 75, found dead in lake at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Jackson Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Man, 34, drops dead before 3 AM outside restaurant in Natchez (Mississippi):

2018-07-03 - Sailor found dead in barracks at Naval Medical Center San Diego in coastal San Diego (California):

2018-07-03 - Woman falls off condo and dies in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama), 500 feet from the ocean, possible toppler:

Quote: "Gulf Shores police are investigating the death of a woman found Tuesday morning after a fall from a condo."

2018-07-03 - Man, 33, suddenly dies in San Antonio (Texas):

2018-07-03 - Man has 'medical issue' while riding bicycle, dies shortly later, in Moreau (New York):

Quote: "Police do not believe he was involved in an accident and that he probably had a medical issue that led to his death."

2018-07-03 - Man, 19, found dead in Rough River Lake in Grayson County (Kentucky):

2018-07-03 - Man, 48, found dead in creek near his home in Bimble (Kentucky):

2018-07-03 - Man, 27, found dead in the Kern River near Bodfish (California):

Quote: "He was last seen floating downriver from where he entered the water, face down and reportedly unconscious, sheriff's officials said."

2018-07-03 - Man, 54, found dead near his home in Grafton (West Virginia):

2018-07-03 - Woman, 68, found dead in Cheat Lake (West Virginia):

2018-07-03 - Man, 69, found dead in pickup truck along creek near Okolona (Mississippi):

2018-07-03 - Person found dead in the Snake River in Malheur County (Oregon):

2018-07-03 - Man, 77, falls into lake and dies near Wadesville (Indiana):

2018-07-03 - Man found dead near Vernontown Road in West Blocton (Alabama):

2018-07-03 - Person found dead near tractor supply store in Orange County (North Carolina):

2018-07-03 - Person found dead in the Ohio River near Mauckport (Indiana):

2018-07-03 - Man, 20, found dead in the water at quarry in Anderson (Indiana):

2018-07-03 - Boy, 6, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at apartments in Saint-Leonard (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Man, 60, found dead in the water near marina in coastal North Saanich (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Woman, 48, found dead in Thetis Lake (Canada), 1 mile from the coast:

2018-07-03 - Man, 40, found dead in Pigeon Lake near Bobcaygeon (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Man, 57, falls into the water and dies in Trout Lake in Innerkip (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Man, 24, found dead near creek in Dauphin (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Man, 52, found dead down embankment in West Kelowna (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Woman has 'medical emergency', collapses and gets trapped under streetcar in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "Woman hospitalized in New Orleans after incident with streetcar, 'medical emergency'..."

2018-07-03 - Man has 'medical episode', wife steers car into hedge, in Harrow (Britain):

Quote: "The officer said the man was driving with his wife in the car and had had a 'medical episode'."

2018-07-03 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "A Southwest Airlines plane bound for Fort Myers, Florida, was evacuated at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport over fears of a fire on Tuesday, July 3. Passengers were forced to leave flight 1847 after the pilot turned back to Atlanta shortly after takeoff when an 'atypical odor' was smelled in the cockpit, a Southwest Airlines spokesman told Storyful."

2018-07-03 - Small plane crash-lands at airport, bursts into flame, in Spring Hill (Louisiana):

Quote: "According to Springhill Fire Chief Billy Raspberry, the pilot was able to skid the plane on its belly off the runway and into a field where it then caught fire."

2018-07-03 - Small plane crashes and burns in field in coastal Adelaide (Australia):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer veers across median, hits tractor trailer head-on, fire erupts, on I-84 near Eden (Idaho), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on Texas 71 in Del Valle (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-19 in Green Valley (Arizona):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on US 441 near coastal Miami (Florida):

2018-07-03 - Tractor trailer veers off road before 5:30 AM, crashes into ditch and tree, in Oshawa (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "Ball said officials will be trying to determine if the man suffered some type of medical episode or died as a result of the collision."

2018-07-03 - Pickup truck veers off road at 6:30 AM, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Oak Cliff (Texas), 1 killed:

2018-07-03 - Car slams into transit bus in Gage Park area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed, 6 injured:

2018-07-03 - Car veers over centerline, gets t-boned by van, in Palmdale (California), 4 killed, 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Multiple cars crash at 4:45 AM, fire erupts, near Belvidere (Illinois), some injuries:

2018-07-03 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Charlotte (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-07-03 - Naked man, 52, gesticulates at students and members of the public in Whitchurch (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Polar bear attacks and kills man on Sentry Island (Canada):

2018-07-03 - Shark attacks and lightly injures girl in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2018-07-03 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures man, stings him 1,000 times, in Cleveland (Texas):

2018-07-03 - Sinkhole opens on road, car plunges into it, near Redwood Falls (Minnesota):

2018-07-03 - Sinkhole opens near highway ramp in Kearney (Missouri):

2018-07-03 - Sinkhole opens near hospital in Roanoke (Virginia):

2018-07-03 - Pedestrian bridge collapses at train station in coastal Mumbai (India), several injured:

2018-07-03 - Building collapses in Bengaluru (India), 2 injured:

2018-07-03 - Two buildings collapse in Cairo (Egypt):

2018-07-03 - Major water main breaks in Center City, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Woman, 64, has 'medical emergency' and falls into pond near Anna (Ohio):

Quote: "The victim, Mary Barker, age 64, was on a floation device in a pond when she suffered some type of medical emergency, the press release states. She subsequently fell off the flotation device and into the water. Barker was immediately assisted by a friend and removed from the water. According to the release, she was initially alert and conscious, however, upon being taken out of the water, Barker became unresponsive. The release states she was given CPR prior to being transported by Anna Rescue to Wilson Health, in Sidney, for further treatment."

2018-07-03 - Man, 35, falls off boat at marina and disappears into the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County (Pennsylvania):

2018-07-03 - Bouncy castle explodes at beach, launches and kills little girl, in Gorleston (Britain):

2018-07-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hitting Lake Erie early:

2018-07-03 - Massive deadly heatwave and monsoonal intrusion to hit Southern California:

2018-07-03 - Heatwave continues to broil the US East Coast:

2018-07-03 - Greece struck by lightning over 93,500 times in June:

2018-07-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Lahore (Pakistan), some fatalities:

2018-07-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Guangxi (China), 16+ killed, 10 missing:

2018-07-03 - Gold's ugly impact on the climate:

2018-07-03 - Rhode Island becomes first state to sue oil companies over climate change:

2018-07-03 - China claims to have a real-deal laser gun that inflicts 'instant carbonization' of human skin:


  1. Great job, Jonny.

    Whole lotta PA goin' on in this day's report! More and more blackouts and electrical interruptions happening. Water deaths and wildfires are both increasing. Startin' July off with a JJFH event in Hull on the same day as a garbage truck fire elsewhere.

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

    [More fun in water]
    Body of 16-year-old girl swept over waterfall recovered; friend rescued from top of falls

    the 16-year-old was in a pool of water above the falls with another girl when both were swept away. The other girl was rescued, but the 16-year-old went over the falls.

    [Seeing more and more of this]
    Thursday, 5 July 2018
    Crop failure in Delaware, USA

    Officials Plead for Help as Crops Fail

    An abnormally wet spring has led Delaware officials to ask the USDA for an emergency declaration to help farmers affected by the soggy weather.

    In some instances, even multiple replantings have not helped, officials said. [more]

    Extreme weather to drop European cereal production 6%

    "Farmers in some central European and northern countries [Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Finland] have been hit by severe drought, which is reaching catastrophic proportions. Whilst some southern countries [Iberian Peninsula, Italy, France] have been experiencing floods." [more]

    Intense hailstorm hits Valencia, Spain affecting 11,000 ha (27,200 acres) of crops, damage up to €47 million (US$58 million)

    "It was a brief storm but it was very strong and has been a real disaster for thousands of Valencian growers. Even the wood on the trees has been affected," said AVA-ASAJA president Cristóbal Aguado. He has requested state support for fungicides to protect the trees from rotting.

    Persimmons are the most affected crop, with around 3,500 hectares seriously affected. The organization estimated this would translate into a 15% drop in production on the next crop, which, added to the 10% reduction the industry was already expecting due to frosts in February and March, will lead to Valencia's persimmon production dropping by a quarter.

    In citrus, around 7,000 hectares of mandarins and oranges were affected. The level of damage varies more widely than persimmons, with levels of around 20% widely reported but increasing to 100% in extreme cases. [more]

    [and, from our There Goes The Wine segment]
    Hail the size of chicken eggs destroys vineyard in minutes in Limoux, France

    For the second consecutive year, vineyards in Limoux, Aude, have been hit hard by hail.

    Showers of hail devastated the whole vineyard in a few minutes, and the loss is huge.

    "Last year, we lost 80% of the harvest because of a frost, and this year, again, we lose 100% from the hail," said Pierre Tichadou, winegrower. [more; slow learner]

    [more below]

  2. We Are Witnessing Unusual Stock Market Behavior That Is Unlike Anything That We Have Seen Since 2008

    when the waters are calm and there is low volatility, markets tend to go up. And when the waters are choppy and volatility starts to spike, markets tend to go down. That is why the behavior that we have been witnessing from investors during the first two quarters of 2018 is so alarming. A high level of market turnover is often a sign of big trouble [more]

    Astonishing temperatures recorded as the entire Northern Hemisphere is witnessing an unprecedented heat-wave as global records tumble!

    Typhoon "Maria" forms near Guam, heading toward Ryukyu Islands, Japan

    Tropical Storm "Maria" formed July 4, 2018, very close to Guam as the 8th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. On July 5, Maria intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm, or Category 1 typhoon according to JTWC. [more]

    Unique, lava-fueled thunderstorm produces 1 200 lightning strikes, Kilauea

    A lava-fueled thunderstorm over active lava fields in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii produced about 1 200 lightning strikes within just 7 hours on July 2, 2018, NWS said.

    [from our Let's Talk Fire desk]
    Evacuations ordered for Lake Christine Fire at Basalt, Colorado

    Tracer rounds used at a shooting range started the fire, officials said [more; at least semi-automatic was used]

    Spring Creek Fire becomes third largest in [CO] state history

    It has burned approximately 94,093 acres, displacing the High Park Fire for the number three position. [more]

    County Fire expands to 70,000 acres

    Approaches Solano County [CA; more, see map]

    Wildfire smoke map

    Air conditioning to tackle summer heatwaves causes surge in deadly pollution

    'If our nation continues to rely on coal-fired power plants for some of our electricity, each time we turn on the air conditioning we'll be fouling the air, causing more sickness and even deaths' [more; probably happens no matter the energy source]

    [continued below]

  3. [another "don't tell Scribbler" article]
    Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock

    There’s growing concern among AI experts that it may be years, if not decades, before self-driving systems can reliably avoid accidents. As self-trained systems grapple with the chaos of the real world, experts like NYU’s Gary Marcus are bracing for a painful recalibration in expectations, a correction sometimes called “AI winter.” That delay could have disastrous consequences for companies banking on self-driving technology, putting full autonomy out of reach for an entire generation. [more]

    Internet renegade Kim Dotcom loses appeal to avoid extradition to US

    The Court of Appeal said in its decision that the United States' case against Mr. Dotcom and his associates - Matthias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato - was "both admissible and sufficient" to allow for the extradition of the four men. They face decades in prison if convicted in American courts. [more]

    NASA: Gigantic double-star system blasting cosmic radiation in Earth's direction

    A star system containing two gigantic suns is blasting cosmic rays into space and NASA scientists have found that the radiation is making its way towards Earth on intergalactic winds. [more]

    Deadly Asian hornets invading Europe, scientists adding electronic trackers to enable destruction of nests

    The hornets prey on honeybees, hovering like attack helicopters outside their hives and grabbing them on the wing.

    The bees are dismembered before being carried back to the hornets' nest to be fed to larvae. [more]

    [last bit below]

  4. Heaviest monsoon rain in decades creates 6m wide sinkhole, kills 9, leaves Lahore, Pakistan underwater - 3 more days of rain forecast

    The city of Lahore, capital of Punjab Province, received a total of 252 mm (9.9 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, breaking the previous daily rainfall record set in 1980.

    Floodwaters left many many people were stranded in their homes and damaged over 200 electricity feeders across the city, leaving much of it without power.

    The storm also disrupted air and land traffic, as major roads turned into pools. [more]

    Evacuations after major floods in Trentino, Italy - 5 inches of rain in under 4 hours

    3 Dead gray whales found on shores of Kodiak Island, Alaska

    Mandy Migura, the Alaska coordinator for the National Marine Fisheries Services, says the short timespan between each body discovery is "enough to raise an eyebrow." [more; that's all?]

    Flood rescues in Houston following nearly 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

    Thursday, 5 July 2018
    Why OFFICIAL temperatures diverge so much from actual ones

    Mid-winter in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

    Why are ACTUAL temperatures 4 degrees warmer than recorded on Google? [more]


    After only two weeks since the beginning of the military operation, jihadists and militants in most of eastern rural Daraa in south Syria have either surrendered or were overwhelmed, the over 70 villages they occupied were liberated by the Syrian Army. Meanwhile, Israel has reduced its requests or conditions pronounced in the last two weeks: from launching threats against the approach of the Syrian Army towards the South, to menaces if Damascus pushes forces beyond the 1974 demarcation line and the disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. This clearly means all players (the US, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia) have dropped the jihadists and militants they were training and are turning their back on them: they are now on their own. [more]

    [contains embedded ~ 3.5 min. video]
    Syrian War Report – July 4, 2018: Government Retakes 27 Settlements In Southern Provinces

  5. By the way, the quote of the day is perfect.

    Record-breaking rainfall threatens much of Japan, 160 000 advised or ordered to evacuate

    The Japan Meteorological Agency has advised or ordered more than 160 000 people to evacuate as seasonal rain front hanging over the country threatens with record-breaking rainfall through the weekend. JMA cautioned of the rising likelihood of flooding, landslides, lightning and tornadoes. Stormy weather on July 5 has already left at least one person dead and several injured.

    Record 36 605 lightning strikes in a day, large hail destroys homes, cars and crops, France

    Violent thunderstorms hit parts of southwestern France on July 4, 2018, producing a total of 36 605 lightning strikes in 24 hours. This is the worst day in terms of lightning strikes in France so far this, breaking the previous record of 33 841 strikes recorded on May 28, 2018, according to Meteo France. [more]

    The Scylla And Charybdis of Dumb And Dumber

    What follows will be a Brown Swan event: the undesirable consequence of having one's head up their own ass when the world implodes...

    What Trump is attempting to accomplish is to rearrange Globalization in mid-air. It won't work. The economic benefits are lagged by years, the capital impacts are overnight. The Fed is doing their part to assist...

    As I wrote in my treatise on economic failure, 50 years under a reserve currency has given rise to a dead-end economic orthodoxy predicated upon the unfounded belief in unlimited trade and fiscal deficits. Meanwhile, the real price that was paid was in jobs and industries. Modern economic theory is 100% shite. The U.S. Economics establishment will be eulogized for pioneering Disneyland economics.

    As I wrote, this era witnessed the ascendancy of capital at the expense of labour. A diametric zero sum trade-off via industrial arbitrage, brokered by debt. Rebalancing this fiasco in the other direction, is now fraught with "re-pricing" [more; see charts]

    'Losing Military Supremacy' book review: How the US lost its edge to Russia

    But of all the aspects of the "American dream", the single most resilient one has been the myth of the US military as "the finest fighting force in history". In this new book, Andrei Martianov not only comprehensively debunks this myth, he explains step by step how this myth was created and why it is collapsing now. This is no small feat, especially in a relatively short book (225 pages) which is very well written and accessible to everyone, not just military specialists.

    You can also get both versions of the book (paper & electronic) here. [more]

    [continued below]

  6. Russian deputy prime minister announces plans for Armed Forces to introduce 6 unrivaled weapons

    The Russian military is undergoing a large-scale rearmament, which will allow it to make use of some of the world's most advanced weapon systems, Yury Borisov, the Russian deputy prime minister, who oversees Russia's military-industrial complex and military-technical policy, said during his speech at the Military Academy of the General Staff.

    Some of the new weapons, which are set to enter service in Russia between 2018 and 2027, surpass the existing and even future weapons systems used by other nations, including the NATO member states, Borisov said as he listed what he called six Russian cutting-edge weapons.

    [this is the last one listed, but I think it was already tested on the U.S. Navy]
    Tirada-2s satellite jammer

    Last but not least is Russia's cutting-edge electronic warfare device codenamed Tirada-2s. While it may not sound impressive in comparison to "doomsday" missiles or fifth-generation stealth fighters, this new equipment might yet prove to be crucial in any modern conflict, as it can actually jam... satellites.

    Such technologies, which effectively render the satellites useless, make it difficult for any potential enemy to bypass the jamming and de facto leaves them without any modern communication tools. [more; read 'em weep]

    New Chinese-Indian 'oil cartel' threatens OPEC

    When reports emerged that India and China are in talks about forming an oil buyers' club, OPEC was probably too busy with its upcoming June 22 meeting to concern itself with that dangerous alliance. Now, it may be time for it to start worrying.

    "The timing is right. The boom in U.S. oil and gas production gives us greater leverage against OPEC," the Times of India quoted an Indian official as saying last month after the formal start of said talks. The two countries, after all, account for a combined 17 percent of global oil consumption and they are the ones that would be the hardest hit if prices rise as a result of OPEC's actions.

    What's more, they might not be alone in this attempt to curb OPEC's clout on the global oil market. According to Bloomberg's Carl Pope, Europe and Japan, previously reluctant to take part in any anti-OPEC projects, may now join in. The reason they are likely to join in is that unlike in previous oil price cycles, now there are alternatives to fossil fuels. Electrification is where OPEC may have to face off with a future oil buyers' cartel. [more]

    Heat wave roasting US East Coast sends power demand surging to highest in years

    16 dead and 10 missing as floods hit southern China

    Roughly 92,000 people had to evacuate their homes in Guangxi over the weekend as storms inflicted 2.9 billion yuan (US$435 billion) in economic losses on the region, state-run Xinhua reported on Tuesday. [more; see ~ 1.5 min. video of buildings collapsing]

    Man killed by polar bear in Nunavut, Canada while protecting his children

  7. Corrupt carbon industry bootlicker Scott Pruitt resigns as head of the EPA:

  8. YAY!! Now watch him be replaced by someone worse.

    How the New Acting E.P.A. Chief Differs From Scott Pruitt

    [former COAL lobbyist!? oh lawdy-lawd]

    Beijing ready to fight back in Washington's trade war, economic blackmail will only hurt the US - China's ministry spokesman

    Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz in response to US attempts to stop oil exports

    "Any hostile attempt by the US [to impede Iran's oil trade] will be followed by an exorbitant cost for them," Esmail Kowsari, a deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Sarollah base in Tehran told the Iranian Young Journalists Club, which is linked to the national broadcaster controlled by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    "If Iran's oil exports are [stopped], we will not give permission for oil to be exported to the world through the Strait of Hormuz," Kowsari said, as cited by Bloomberg. [more]

    [in our Shocking News segment come these stories]

    Four hit by lightning during Fourth of July fireworks events at 2 locations in Illinois

    Lightning strike on Lake Mahopac, New York sends 4 to hospital

    3rd earthquake in less than 14 days hits Surrey, UK - Same area as April's quakes

    China to breathe new life in Venezuelan oil company despite ire of US

    [geez, that's what WE used to do - help out!]

    Dead whale found on the Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick

    Dead juvenile humpback whale found on beach in Byron Bay, Australia

    The volcanic unrest continues: Eruptions of Agung volcano (Indonesia), Anak Krakatau (Indonesia), Mayon volcano (Philippines), White Island (New Zealand), Updates for Kilauea eruption (Hawaii) and Fuego eruption (Guatemala)
    The volcanic unrest continues around the world with new eruptions occurring around the world. The latest are the explosions of Agung volcano (Indonesia), Anak Krakatau (Indonesia), Mayon volcano (Philippines), the volcanic unrest of White Island (New Zealand). Finally some updates on the Kilauea eruption (Hawaii) and the Fuego eruption (Guatemala).

    A GIANT 2.6-meter-long sarcophagus has just been found in Egypt

    There is a new archeological mystery in Alexandria. Archaeologists have unearthed a 8.6-foot-long sarcophagus buried in Egypt 2,000 years ago beside a massive stone head. This is a giant for this period of time. Now, archaeologists in Egypt have a hard question to answer: who is the GIANT buried inside this massive sarcophagus?

    the discovery is the largest granite sarcophagus ever found in the area [more]