Monday, September 3, 2018

Event Update For 2018-09-02

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

2018-09-02 - Unknown odor sickens 11 employees at correctional center in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Eleven staffers at the Pittsburgh jail were sickened by an 'unknown odor or substance' around 10 p.m. Sunday night, Warden Orlando Harper said in a statement."

2018-09-02 - More and larger methane holes open on the Yamal Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "The first sinkholes were discovered in 2014 and since then at least ten big-size holes have been mapped. In addition, there are indications that several more major holes are in the making. Researchers told RIA Novosti that they on the two Arctic peninsulas have discovered several small hills which they believe could be gas bubbles ready to burst. According to researchers at the Institute of Earth Cryosphere in Tyumen, there is methane gas seeping out from the formations."

2018-09-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Frankfurt (Germany):

Quote: "A Frankfurt to Brussels flight by German airline Lufthansa had to do an emergency landing on Sunday. This was due to a small amount of smoke coming from the cockpit. The 73 passengers were able to leave the plane safely, a company spokesman said."

Note: This is the 145th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-02 - Museum destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Quote: "A huge fire has broken out at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country. Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the building, which contains more than 20 million items in its collection."

Quote: "No one knows what sparked the blaze around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters worked through the night to battle the flames, but a museum official said the damage is already 'irreparable.'"

Note: They had an outbreak of zombie-like behavior last year in and around Rio de Janeiro too, mentioned in the 2017-03-03 update...

2018-09-02 - Two beachfront hotels heavily damaged by fire in coastal Sandown on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Note: If people are displaced then they could always take the 'Wight Sky' ferry off the island. Or can they? It just burned a few days ago for the second time in a year, mentioned in the 2018-08-26 update...

2018-09-02 - Iconic Littlewoods Building heavily damaged by huge blaze in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2018-09-02 - High-rise government building heavily damaged by massive fire in coastal Dammam (Saudi Arabia):

Quote: "The public prosecutor's office has confirmed that the fire did not result in any deaths, adding that it started because of a sudden failure in the air conditioning units on the top floor of the building."

Note: Big fire in a coastal area, big fire in a coastal area, big fire in a coastal area, and big fire in a coastal area. It's like there's a commonality with these fires but it's hard to put my finger on it! *cough cough*

2018-09-02 - Nearly 100 golf carts and golf cart business destroyed by fire in coastal Vero Beach (Florida), nobody there:

Quote: "Nearly 100 golf carts melted in a fire that ignited Sunday morning at Golf Carts of Vero Beach, said owner Tim Burklew. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at about 8 a.m. when the store was closed, Burklew said."

2018-09-02 - Home destroyed by explosion in Michigan City (Indiana), nobody there:

Quote: "Kiner said she was told it was gas, but she wasn't so sure. 'They said it was gas, but I think it was something else. I never smelled any gas out here.'"

Note: The owner had just left 30 minutes earlier and obviously she didn't smell any gas either. Methane is odorless and increasing amounts of methane are pouring into the atmosphere now. This is the 211th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-09-02 - Coffee shop explodes and burns and ignites man at 5:15 AM on Waters Road in coastal Neutral Bay (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man is in hospital after an explosion tore through a building on Sydney’s north shore this morning. Emergency services were called to Walker Street in Neutral Bay after a fire erupted in a shop beneath a series of apartments about 5.15am. The resulting explosion was so fierce it shattered windows and caused the entire building to shake."

Quote: "Firefighters arrived on the scene to see a man in his 30s run into the middle of the road, on fire."

2018-09-02 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes near Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico):

2018-09-02 - Wildfire grows to 9,900 acres near the Great Salt Lake (Utah):

2018-09-02 - Ferry ship bursts into flame near coastal Cebu (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "At least 97 boat passengers were rescued after a sea vessel from Tagbilaran, Bohol was hit by an engine fire on Sunday morning (September 2)."

2018-09-02 - Boat bursts into flame on Saratoga Lake (New York), man abandons boat and gets a BWI:

Quote: "A boat burst into flames on Saratoga Lake around midnight Sunday night, according to the New York State Police."

2018-09-02 - Boat and two homes go up in flames in Chico (California):

Quote: "A house fire jumped between two houses and a boat on Sunday evening."

2018-09-02 - Boat and trailer go up in flames in Littledown area in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "Springbourne attended a trailer and boat alight in the Littledown area of Bournemouth.  Extinguished using 1 hose reel jet."

Note: These are the 823rd, 824th, 825th and 826th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-02 - Jet ski explodes at resort on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

Quote: "A jet ski exploded after a man tried starting his watercraft Sunday."

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 near Anita (Iowa):

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 in Taliaferro County (Georgia):

2018-09-02 - Tractor bursts into flame near school in North Dunedin (New Zealand), near the coast:

2018-09-02 - Two tractor trailers destroyed by fire at 2:19 AM while parked at truck stop on Waterbrook Avenue in Ashford (Britain):

Quote: "Five fire engines and a bulk water carrier were sent to reports of two articulated lorries alight at a lorry park and service station in Waterbrook Avenue, Ashford."

2018-09-02 - Tractor bursts into flame on Steart Drove in Langport (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Tractor bursts into flame on Old Fen Drove in Holme (Britain):

Note: These are the 1913th, 1914th, 1915th, 1916th, 1917th, 1918th and 1919th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-02 - SUV bursts into flame while parked in the Eddy Street Commons Parking Garage in South Bend (Indiana):

2018-09-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 88 near Jackson (California):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame on the Queensboro Bridge near coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 near Loleta (California), near the coast:

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame on street in Gunnedah (Australia):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame on road in coastal Salalah (Oman):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in layby along the B3027 in Modbury (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame on Morden Road in Wareham (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame at 1:01 AM on Whittington Road in Oswestry (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Car bursts into flame at 11:13 PM on Trawden Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Trawden Close, Hull. Sun 2 Sep 2018 23:13 (No:19869) Car fire. Two hose reels in use."

2018-09-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame at Mill Hill Avenue and Boston Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2018-09-02 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Falkland Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Falkland Road, Hull. Sun 2 Sep 2018 18:22 (No:19838) Motorcycle involved in fire. Scotty Back Pack and buckets of water in use."

2018-09-02 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in Thornliebank (Scotland):

2018-09-02 - Two semi trailers, two standard trailers and barn go up in flames at 4:15 AM in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

Quote: "The barn housed two semi trailers and two standard-style trailers, primarily used hauling grain."

2018-09-02 - Tree stump ignites on Falkland Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Falkland Road, Hull. Sun 2 Sep 2018 16:40 (No:19805) Tree stump on fire. Hose reel in use."

Note: Less than two hours before that motorcycle went up in flames on the same road in Hull...

2018-09-02 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire in Hillsboro (Oregon):

2018-09-02 - Church damaged by fire at 11:30 PM in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2018-09-02 - Church destroyed by fire in Marshfield (Wisconsin):

2018-09-02 - Warehouse damaged by fire on Wallisville Road in Houston (Texas):

2018-09-02 - Storage building destroyed by fire at 4:40 AM at holiday park in coastal Pwllheli (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Garage destroyed by fire shortly after 6 AM at home in Dayton (Ohio):

2018-09-02 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire in East Bilby Road in Tucson (Arizona), nobody there:

2018-09-02 - Home damaged by fire in Cleveland (Ohio), 1 injured:

2018-09-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Debordieu (South Carolina):

2018-09-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire, adjacent home damaged too, in coastal Riverview (Canada):

2018-09-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Portland (Oregon), 2 dogs killed, nobody there:

2018-09-02 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Hingham (Massachusetts), nobody there:

2018-09-02 - Home destroyed by fire near Rose Lake near Vergas (Minnesota) cat killed:

Quote: "The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says a boater reported the house fire Sunday afternoon on the 49000 block of 368th Avenue, near Vergas. Fire crews responded to the scene and knocked down the flames, but the home was destroyed."

2018-09-02 - Home destroyed by fire on Berryville Drive in Lithonia (Georgia):

2018-09-02 - Two homes go up in flames in Kansas City (Missouri):

2018-09-02 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in Cranberry (Pennsylvania), dog killed:

2018-09-02 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire in coastal New Bedford (Massachusetts):

2018-09-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at Seacliff Apartments on 47 Floral Street in coastal Bath (Maine):

2018-09-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:30 AM in Weirton (West Virginia), 3 killed:

2018-09-02 - Deadly fire burns home just before 7 AM on Watson Cemetery Road in Salem (Kentucky), 4 killed:

2018-09-02 - Vacant home burns just after 2 AM in Savage (Minnesota):

2018-09-02 - Birds dying at two retention ponds in Winnipeg (Canada):

2018-09-02 - Four men, 18-25, die in the Ozat River near Ganthila (India):

2018-09-02 - Two men, 22 and 35, die in river in Shiroor (India):

2018-09-02 - Two college students, both 22, die in the water at beach near coastal Puri (India):

2018-09-02 - Man, 22, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at home in coastal East Hampton (New York):

Quote: "A 22-year-old man died in an apparent drowning in Springs late Sunday. Brett Friedberg's body was pulled from the pool at 117 Waterhole Road in the Clearwater neighborhood, East Hampton Town Police Capt. Chris Anderson said Monday morning. People at the house called 911 shortly after 11 p.m., after finding him floating in water, he said. A Springs Fire Department ambulance transported him to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Note: About 430 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2018-09-02 - Man in his 50s found dead in swimming pool at home in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "A man in his 50s was found dead in a pool near Cocoanut and 23rd Street in Sarasota on Sunday morning."

2018-09-02 - Firefighter, man, 50, has 'medical emergency' and dies in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Fitzpatrick, 50, known to friends and colleagues as 'Fitz,' died from a medical emergency, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 136 posted Monday on social media. His 51st birthday would have been Sept. 7, Craig Wolfe, Fitzpatrick family spokesman, said Monday night."

2018-09-02 - Baby found dead at home in Detroit (Michigan):

2018-09-02 - Boy, 17, dies after being pulled from North Pond in Milford (Massachusetts):

2018-09-02 - Man, early 30s, assistant football coach, drops dead in Spring Hill (Tennessee):

Quote: "Spring Hill assistant football coach Will Fisher died Sunday morning from an apparent heart attack, head coach Ben Martin told The Tennessean. Martin said Fisher was 33 or 34."

2018-09-02 - Man, 59, found dead in Horseshoe Pond at Presque Isle State Park (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Pennsylvania State Police say it appears Rzodkiewicz was fishing in that area.  However, it is not known if he slipped, fell, and could not get out of the water, or whether he had a medical emergency. He was wearing fishing attire when found, and fishing supplies were nearby, along with his fishing license pinned to a baseball cap."

2018-09-02 - Woman in her 40s found dead in Lake Ki in Snohomish County (Washington):

2018-09-02 - Man found dead in Lake Mead (Nevada):

2018-09-02 - Man found dead in Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Utah):

Quote: "The tragedy is the second to occur at Flaming Gorge this weekend; on Friday, one man died and two others were injured when the ATV they were riding crashed into the reservoir."

2018-09-02 - Man falls down, hits his head on sidewalk and dies, on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton (New Jersey):

2018-09-02 - Man, 37, dies after being pulled from the water at Blackmans Bay Beach near coastal Hobart (Australia):

2018-09-02 - Middle-aged man drops dead at home on the island of Tortola (Virgin Islands):

2018-09-02 - Man, 75, has heart attack and dies in the water at beach in coastal Southbroom (South Africa):

Quote: "An elderly man died after suffering a suspected heart attack while swimming in the sea at a beach in Southbroom on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said."

2018-09-02 - Man, 50, found dead in pond near his home in West Bengal (India):

2018-09-02 - Person found dead on the shore of Lake Sevan (Armenia):

2018-09-02 - Man, 68, found dead in Loch Dunvegan near empty 'ghost boat' on the Isle of Skye (Scotland):

2018-09-02 - Person found dead on boat near coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2018-09-02 - Man has 'medical issue' on fishing vessel near coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

Quote: "A man has been taken to hospital by helicopter after a medical issue onboard a Danish fishing vessel. The Aberdeen Coastguard was called to the vessel around 130 miles east of Aberdeen at about 3pm."

2018-09-02 - Passenger plane lands at airport, skids off runway, in Kathmandu (Nepal):

2018-09-02 - Small plane crashes near Airport Road in White Township (Pennsylvania), engine failure:

2018-09-02 - Powered glider crashes on Slide Mountain, ignites brush fire, near Reno (Nevada), 1 killed:

2018-09-02 - Helicopter crashes and burns in Dehdadi District (Afghanistan), 12+ killed:

2018-09-02 - Double-decker bus crashes into median wall at 5 AM near Ipoh (Malaysia), 2 killed, 36 injured:

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer crashes into stalled vehicle, bursts into flame, on I-264 near Louisville (Kentucky), 2 injured:

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer crashes in Peters Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Quote: "The driver was traveling east, down a steep mountain pass when, according to witnesses, smoke could be seen coming from the brakes."

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on road in Lordstown (Ohio):

2018-09-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-70 near Jefferson City (Missouri):

2018-09-02 - Car veers off road, hits bridge embankment, bursts into flame, in McMinnville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2018-09-02 - Car veers off road, hits utility pole, in Springfield (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-09-02 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, in Madhya Pradesh (India), 3 killed:

2018-09-02 - Car veers off road at 4 AM, hits bridge pillar, in Dallas (Texas), 2 killed:

2018-09-02 - Car veers off road, hits tree, in coastal Chula Vista (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-09-02 - Vehicle plunges into canal near Naugrah (India), 2 killed:

2018-09-02 - Swarm of hornets injures 18 people at wine festival in Weingarten (Germany):

2018-09-02 - Dog attacks and injures toddler in Cullman County (Alabama):

2018-09-02 - Dogs attack and kill 11-year-old boy in Bengaluru (India):

2018-09-02 - Landslide knocks van into gorge in Uttarakhand (India), 13 killed:

2018-09-02 - Church collapses on people in Delta State (Nigeria), 1 killed, many injured:

2018-09-02 - Person has 'medical issue' on the River Place Nature Trail in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The Austin Fire Department along with Austin-Travis County EMS responded to reports of a person having a medical issue on the River Place Nature Trail Sunday afternoon."

2018-09-02 - Man, 50, goes into cardiac arrest at Grouse Grind hiking area in coastal North Vancouver (Canada):

2018-09-02 - Margo and Robin discuss missing methane and carbon dioxide data from CAMS and NOAA:

2018-09-02 - The Canary is Dead Episode 2 - interview with Guy McPherson:

2018-09-02 - Lightning strike kills woman in Levy County (Florida):

2018-09-02 - Sandstorm blows through Sistan and Baluchestan Province (Iran), hundreds hospitalized:

2018-09-02 - Ten inches of rain in 24 hours hit parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland, flooding ensues:

2018-09-02 - Nine inches of rain hit Manhattan (Kansas), flooding ensues:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit northern Italy, emergency declared:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Guangdong Province (China), 2+ killed:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Delhi (India):

2018-09-02 - Rare and remarkable activity detected on Earth during recent geomagnetic storm:

Quote: "When a geomagnetic storm erupts, most eyes naturally turn to the sky, looking for auroras. But during the surprisingly strong G3-class geomagnetic storm of Aug. 26th, there was action underfoot as well. Probes buried in the ground in Norway detected strong currents of electricity moving through the soil."


  1. G'day Jonny, Mike, Fran, any other readers checking in today.

    We have 2 to 4 days of heavy heat on tap here (yesterday it was in the 80's and beautiful, while 5 minutes down the road they had torrential downpours). Uncomfortable humidity too.

    [this from yesterday (I forgot it was Monday)]
    News Links, September 3, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    Japan, China agree to step up economic cooperation

    Capitalism Is Beyond Saving, and America Is Living Proof

    The crisis in emerging market currencies isn't going away

    Expert Sees Gold Prices Passing $10,000 If Investors Panic

    As Washington Vacillates, Asia's Alliances Are Shifting

    Russian Anti-Submarine Aircraft Arrive In Syria To Participate In Massive Naval Drills

    Erdogan Vows To Abandon Dollar, "Doesn't Need Permission" To Buy Russian Missiles

    US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding

    Moon administration seeks to end Korean War at UN General Assembly in September

    Long reach of U.S. sanctions hits Syria reconstruction

    Iran's currency crisis: Now it's two gold coins to rent an apartment

    Libya Chaos: Rockets Rain Down On Tripoli, Mass Prison Break Of 400, Week Of Street Battles

    India ready for US sanctions on Iran; rising oil prices, trade war other threats to economy: Top govt official

    Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman Charmed the West but Rules at Home With an Iron Fist

    Open arms and expulsions: Spain struggles to set migrant policy

    No country offers ports to migrant ships, angering Italy

    Macron's Fake Solidarity Exposed in EU's Migrant Feud

    Denmark Becomes Net Oil Importer For First Time In 25 Years

    South Africa scraps nuclear power expansion plans

    Batteries, mine production, lithium and the "cobalt crunch"

    Water war brews as Malaysia's Mahathir wants Singapore to cough up more

    Why Diesel Prices Are Set To Soar

    Extreme heat is killing America's farm workers

    Water pollution lays waste to Iraq's oil-rich south

    FDA warns consumers of effects of liquid nitrogen on food

    'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems: study
    The Earth's forests, deserts, landscapes and vital ecosystems risk a "major transformation" in the next century due to climate change, international scientists warned on Thursday.

    [more below]

  2. Widely Used Diabetes Drug Can Cause Flesh-Eating Genital Infection

    The mission to remove 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic from the ocean is about to launch

    France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday

    The future looks grim after 2 years of devastating B.C. wildfires

    Trade of coastal sand is damaging wildlife of poorer nations, study finds

    Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

    Climate change action off the agenda under Morrison government (Australia)

    Beaver lifestyle found to be impacting on global warming
    The University of Helsinki said the rising number of beaver dams has caused an increase in water levels in rivers and ponds, resulting in organic carbon from the soil being released into the atmosphere.
    The obvious solution is to exterminate the beavers! -- RF

    UN begins talks on treaty to protect imperiled high seas

    An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern

    How Israel Spies on US Citizens
    A never-shown Al Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the US reveals possibly illegal Israeli spying on US citizens, and the lobby's fear of a changing political mood.

    CIA and Saudi Arabia Conspired To Keep 9/11 Details Secret, New Book Says

    Researchers find way to spy on remote screens—through the webcam mic
    Smart meters: Data spy or key energy device

    New York Times a "Propaganda Megaphone" for War, Says Former Reporter

    Why the American empire has lost control—and its failure is imminent

    Climate change, water and the infrastructure problem
    Truly, it's the end of civilization as we know it. -- RF

    Fukushima water release into sea faces chorus of opposition

    Japanese utilities stop funding for nuclear fuel reprocessing

    China prepping for all-out war: ministry report

    Once the Bubbles Pop, We're Broke

    The Collapse of the Middle Class and the Rise of a New 'Precariat'

    Moody's: Illinois pension debt-to-revenue ratio hits all-time high for any state

    The Whole System Is Rigged — From elections to media to the markets, it's all controlled

    Taxpayers are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Pay

    The economy may be booming, but nearly half of Americans can't make ends meet

  3. Nearly Every Ecosystem on the Planet Will Be Transformed By Climate Change

    If nations fail to rein in their greenhouse gas emissions, nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on the planet — from forests to grasslands to marshland —will undergo “major transformations” that will completely change the world’s biomes, warn a team of 42 scientists from around the globe in the journal Science. This will have consequences for everything from food and water security to public health. [more; let's face it - we're toast!]

    Tropical Storm "Gordon" dropping heavy rain on Florida, second landfall expected along the corridor from Louisiana to Mississippi

    Tropical Storm "Gordon" formed near the Upper Florida Keys at 12:05 UTC on September 3, 2018. However, the storm was affecting southern Florida and dumping heavy rain since September 2, forcing authorities to issue warnings for portions of South Florida and the Keys. This is the 7th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. [more]

    Oil Prices Have Been Rising And $4 A Gallon Gasoline Would Put Enormous Stress On The U.S. Economy

    Thanks to increasing demand and upcoming U.S. sanctions against Iran, oil prices have been rising and some analysts are forecasting that they will surge even higher in the months ahead. Unfortunately, that would be very bad news for the U.S. economy at a time when concerns about a major economic downturn have already been percolating. In recent years, extremely low gasoline prices have been one of the factors that have contributed to a period of relative economic stability in the United States. Because our country is so spread out, we import such a high percentage of our goods, and we are so dependent on foreign oil, our economy is particularly vulnerable to gasoline price shocks. Anyone that lived in the U.S. during the early 1970s can attest to that. If the average price of gasoline rises to $4 a gallon by the end of 2018 that will be really bad news, and if the average price of gasoline were to hit $5 a gallon that would be catastrophic for the economy.

    United States Sells 11M Oil Barrels to ExxonMobil, Others

    The United States intends to release 11 million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve of 660 million barrels, following a regular draw-down schedule devised to generate funds for government programs. The sour crude is expected to reach the market in October and November, after being sold as a fund generator for a drug program. The oil will be supplied from sites in West Hackberry, LA and Bryan Mound and Big Hill, TX.

    With the target of reducing budget deficit, President Trump proposed the sale of half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. So far, the Congress has authorized the sale of about 240 million barrels of oil during 2017-2027. [more]

    [more below]

  4. Tuesday, 4 September 2018
    Typhoon Jebi and Tropical storm Florence

    Typhoons and cyclones worldwide

    Typhoon Jebi causes wind over Japan to reach speeds as high as 244 km/h or 152 mph at 700 hPa on September 4, 2018.

    [contains embedded story]

    Typhoon Jebi whips up monster waves, makes landfall in Japan

    Jebi is the fourth typhoon to make landfall in Japan this season. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of typhoons directly hitting Japan, with at least four making landfall every year since 2014 [more]

    The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain

    Australian Summer Set to Be One of the HOTTEST on Record

    A (very) rare Radio NZ broadcast on climate change

    What IS the world coming to. Radio NZ is covering the bad news about climate change?!!

    Hothouse climate tipping point [~ 10 min. radio clip]

    Hurricane Gordon headed for US Gulf [full page article and updates]

    U.S. Gulf Coast WARNINGS: "Gordon" Becoming Hurricane Fast!

    What was found on the Clinton Foundation ship, the Chelsea

    Clinton Foundation Cargo Ship Raided At Port Of Baltimore Reveals Sick Secret

    A ship owned and operated by the Clinton Foundation was raided as it arrived from Africa this morning at the Port of Baltimore. The ship, which was supposed to be carrying “emergency supplies,” was actually carrying a cargo that had authorities stunned. BPA Harbormaster Jake Cummings explained to CNN:

    “We received a tip that the Clinton Foundation flagship, The Chelsea, was carrying illegal contraband into the United States. We honestly didn’t know what to expect, but what we found was simply…surreal. In the middle of the ship’s large manifest of containers, most of which were empty, we found 14 containing…people. Yes, people.

    “They were all Refugees from places like Yemen and Syria and not a single one had any kind of documentation. We interviewed those who spoke English and were told that for $40K, anyone can catch a ride to the United States on a ship nobody would ever suspect.” [more]

    A rare picture of the melting ice

    How the melting and fragmenting “lazy” ice looks from the ground

    Follow-up from the missing data on methane emissions
    Follow-up on Missing Methane & Carbon Dioxide Data from CAMS & NOAA with Margo - Sept. 3, 2018 [~ 35 min. video]

    Margo discusses what happened after the show yesterday and how the CAMS data was restored and shows the latest methane & carbon dioxide readings. She also briefly looks at the NOAA website for updates. Time is short. Be kind to one another and get your spiritual houses in order. [more]

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  6. Fuel tanker smashes into bridge in Japan during massive typhoon

    In a dramatic video, the ship can be seen dashed against the bridge. The vessel, which weighs more than 2,500 tons, did extensive damage to the bridge, but none of its crew were injured.

    Further inland, the airport itself was hit with a deluge of rainfall, and its runways totally submerged. All flights have been suspended. [more]

    Tropical storm Gordon approaching north Gulf Coast, expected to make landfall at hurricane strength this evening

    Manhattan, Kansas hit by '500-year event.' - Hundreds evacuated in flash flood

    Over 1,400 dead across India due to rain, floods this monsoon

    Reflection on windshield, or UFO in the sky? Man takes picture of strange object in NC sky

  7. Semi-Truck Filled With Axe Body Spray Explodes After Catching On Fire

    A semi-truck carrying canisters of Axe body spray caught on fire causing a massive explosion on Interstate 35 in Texas early Monday morning filling the air with the unmistakable smell of the popular body spray. Witnesses recorded video that captured the canisters shooting out from the massive blaze like fireworks and littering the highway with debris.

    The highway was closed for eight hours while the fire was extinguished and the canisters of Axe were swept off the road. The flames were so intense that the section of the roadway will need to be removed and replaced.

    Authorities did not say what caused the truck to catch on fire and are continuing to investigate. [more]

  8. Howdy Jonny,Tom,Mike D,Fran and other readers,

    I hope everybody is doing OK or better.It's the same down here in Australia with the new normal of extremes of weather,crazy human behaviour and animal/wildlife/creature die-off etc.One of my best mates has a 200-odd acre property on the Mid North Coast (as we call it) of New South Wales in an area which used to have one of the highest average annual rainfalls in Australia. Permanent creeks and a high water table all year round to keep charging up the bores/wells.He's got about 1500 mature Australian Native Lime trees and he's really struggling to keep it all going. The rain has been negligible for a long time and the creeks and ground water is disappearing fast and it's just the end of winter down here! Signs of the times. God knows what summer will bring but it 's not looking good.Far- out, crazy stuff happening all over the world as we can see. Stay safe. All the best.
    Tom N. in Oz.