Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Event Update For 2018-10-15


The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2018-10-15 - Auto salvage yard heavily damaged by fire just after 1 AM in coastal Surrey (Canada), home burns separately:

2018-10-15 - Chemical factory erupts in flame in Tangra (India):

2018-10-15 - Landfill fire breaks out at 3 AM on the island of St. Croix:

2018-10-15 - Skibo Castle damaged by fire near Dornoch (Scotland), 1 mile from the coast:

Quote: "The luxury four-storey building played host to the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in 2000."

2018-10-15 - 'Very scary' and 'hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss, cause unknown:

Quote: "In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study's authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates. 'This study in PNAS is a real wake-up call - a clarion call - that the phenomenon could be much, much bigger, and across many more ecosystems,' said David Wagner, an expert in invertebrate conservation at the University of Connecticut who was not involved with this research. He added: 'This is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read.'"

Quote: "The study authors also trapped anole lizards, which eat arthropods, in the rain forest. They compared these numbers with counts from the 1970s. Anole biomass dropped by more than 30 percent. Some anole species have altogether disappeared from the interior forest. Insect-eating frogs and birds plummeted, too. Another research team used mist nets to capture birds in 1990, and again in 2005. Captures fell by about 50 percent. Garcia and Lister analyzed the data with an eye on the insectivores. The ruddy quail dove, which eats fruits and seeds, had no population change. A brilliant green bird called the Puerto Rican tody, which eats bugs almost exclusively, diminished by 90 percent. The food web appears to have been obliterated from the bottom."

Note: Lots of unknown 'rotten egg' odor events around the world, and the number of such events has been escalating. There's nothing else that that could be but hydrogen sulfide, now blowing around randomly in the atmosphere and pervading the environment. Hydrogen sulfide is a neurotoxin and so are bug sprays. Bugs are also low in mass, so it doesn't take much poison to kill them off. So they're getting poisoned out of existence, and the stuff that eats bugs is then dying off too, from starvation, and probably somewhat by poisoning as well. This same thing happened in the Permian-Triassic extinction event - that was one of the very few extinction events where even insects took a significant hit. Since the current ongoing extinction event is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, it would actually be a little strange if insects WEREN'T taking a hit, but obviously they are.

Also, notice that it's not just bees dying off, nor just insects dying off in agricultural areas, but all insects, everywhere that we have looked. That means that 'whatever' is affecting insects is something that hits all areas of the planet. That's the atmosphere. The insects may be taking some damage from the higher UV levels from the whitening Sun too, but that wouldn't (yet) be enough to cause widespread insect die-off like we're seeing. So I am quite sure that the spread of unexplained 'rotten egg' odor incidents - concurrent with the seemingly rapid escalation in the die-off of insects - is at least the primary underlying cause of this planetary insect decline. This will probably continue to mystify scientists for a while though, because hydrogen sulfide doesn't stick around long - it kills stuff then blows onward or gets reacted away, leaving behind just dead bodies, insect, human or otherwise.

This sort of seems like an introductory scene in an end-of-the-world novel, where scientists start realizing the world is coming to an end when they start noticing the insects disappear. Except it's not a novel and our actual scientists probably aren't that smart, but it is indeed a sign - ANOTHER sign - of the end of the world.

2018-10-15 - Trump says climate change not a hoax but 'it'll change back':

Note: He's sorta right! The planet will recover just like it did after the Permian-Triassic extinction event. Of course, that will take millions of years, and the human race will be exterminated first, soon, along with most species currently existing on the planet. So yeah, things will 'change back', and the planet will recover, eventually. Minus humanity and most stuff currently alive. If he means the planet will 'change back' and humanity will continue to be able to exist on the surface of this planet, well, no, THAT is certainly not going to happen...

2018-10-15 - Huge reduction in meat-eating essential to avoid climate breakdown:

Quote: "The research also finds that enormous changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying the planet’s ability to feed the 10 billion people expected to be on the planet in a few decades."

Note: That's just poor population forecasting there. There will be 0 billion people on the planet in a few decades. Shouldn't be too hard to feed that many people - problem solved!

2018-10-15 - Coal mine rocked by explosion in Chongqing (China), 5 killed, 3 injured:

2018-10-15 - Wildfire roars back to life near coastal Gold Beach (Oregon):

Quote: "Oregon’s largest wildfire isn’t finished yet. The Klondike Fire roared to life Sunday afternoon, bringing new evacuations to the small town of Agness east of Gold Beach near the coast. The 170,000-acre fire, burning in rugged terrain around the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, was dormant for weeks. It was pronounced mostly out as fire teams either went home or starting working on repair. But that all changed with hot temperatures and 30 MPH winds Sunday, fire officials said. The fire grew by 2,000 acres and breached containment lines in the northwest corner near Oak Flat on the Illinois River."

2018-10-15 - Haunted house ship damaged by fire in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Fire officials have shut down Quincy’s Ghost Ship Harbor after a blaze broke out on board. The boat, which serves as a haunted house, was closed this weekend as crews worked to repair the damage."

Note: This is the 997th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-15 - Freight train locomotive bursts into flame near Cortaro Road and I-10 in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-10-15 - Transit bus bursts into flame while parked at Islington Station in Toronto (Canada):

2018-10-15 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on street in Newton Heath (Britain):

Note: These are the 599th and 600th buses to burn in 2018...

2018-10-15 - Tanker truck bursts into flame at oil terminal near airport in Nairobi (Kenya):

Quote: "Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says the fire at Embakasi oil terminal affected only one lorry that was loading oil sediment and was put out immediately."

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-5 near Glendale (Oregon):

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 3 AM on the Katy Freeway (I-10) in Houston (Texas):

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 281 in San Antonio (Texas):

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:15 AM on I-15 in Cedar City (Utah):

2018-10-15 - Tractor (excavator) destroyed by fire near Putah Creek near Winters (California):

Quote: "A photo shared with the Express by reader Donald Sanders showed a Caterpillar-brand excavator on fire in heavy brush near the creek. It was not immediately clear of the excavator started the vegetation fire or if the equipment was caught in the middle of the blaze."

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Cunningham Highway near Inglewood (Australia):

Note: These are the 2192nd, 2193rd, 2194th, 2195th, 2196th, 2197th and 2198th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-15 - Heavy drilling truck goes up in flames near City Hall in Dundee (New York):

Quote: "Its believed the drill struck a pocket of methane, which ignited the blaze. The fire has been put out and DEC has been called to the scene."

2018-10-15 - RV bursts into flame on Route 1 in Marin County (California), separate crash too:

Note: This is the 444th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-15 - Fire department SUV bursts into flame on street in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "When the got there, they found a SFD SUV on fire."

2018-10-15 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 168 near Bratt (Florida):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garages, on Ohio Avenue in coastal Long Beach (California):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Council Bluffs (Iowa):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours near business in Tyler (Texas):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on M-39 in Dearborn (Michigan):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on the Glacier Highway near coastal Juneau (Alaska):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Mead Road in coastal Torquay (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on recovery truck on Whalley New Road in Blackburn (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on John Adams Way in Boston (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on Warminster Road in Beckington (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Car bursts into flame on Church Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Church Street, Hull. Mon 15 Oct 2018 19:27 (No:23116) Car fire. One hose reel, one BA, dedicated spreader and hand tools in use. Vehicle battery disconnected."

2018-10-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 5:17 AM while parked in garage, fire spreads, another vehicle and garage destroyed, in the Helena Valley (Montana):

Quote: "No injuries were reported in a Helena Valley fire Monday morning that destroyed a garage and two vehicles. Multiple rural fire departments responded to the 200 block of Griffin Road around 5:17 a.m. Monday to the report of a vehicle fire. When crews arrived, they discovered a three-car garage fully engulfed, according to West Valley Fire Chief Jerry Shepherd."

2018-10-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-85 in Mason County (Alabama):

2018-10-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame at Millfield Industrial Estate in Millfield, Chard (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 4:33 AM in Askam (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle Fire, Askam(Barrow-in-Furness) 15 Oct 2018 At 04:33, Firefighters from Barrow were mobilised to a vehicle fire. Crews used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Crews were in attendance for thirty minutes."

2018-10-15 - Auto rickshaw bursts into flame while parked on street in coastal Thane (India):

2018-10-15 - Snowmobile bursts into flame at home on Ashley Lane in Thompson (North Dakota):

2018-10-15 - Two semi trailers go up in flames at loading dock at Kohl’s store in Sacramento (California):

2018-10-15 - Cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Bluefield (West Virginia):

Quote: "He said that he had old cars in the garage and other property in the garage. 'You can see the old Mustang,' he said, pointing out a covered vehicle outside the garage. An older Toyota was inside the building."

2018-10-15 - Farm vehicles and farm buildings go up in flames at 4:20 AM on Common Moor Drove in Glastonbury (Britain):

Quote: "Fire involving a range of single storey farm buildings used for storage along with a number of farm vehicles and a static caravan."

2018-10-15 - Van and outbuilding destroyed by fire in Lymington (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Barn destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM near Staunton (Virginia):

2018-10-15 - Pallet fire breaks out on Royal Avenue in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Mobile home destroyed by fire shortly before 2:30 AM in Alexandria (Minnesota):

2018-10-15 - Home damaged by fire at 4:30 AM in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2018-10-15 - Home damaged by fire on Van Buren Avenue in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2018-10-15 - Home damaged by fire shortly after 2 AM in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), nobody there:

2018-10-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Ithaca (New York), 2 cats killed:

2018-10-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal San Jose (California):

2018-10-15 - Home destroyed by two fires in Baylis (Illinois), nobody there:

2018-10-15 - Home destroyed by fire at 11 PM in Fort Ripley (Minnesota):

2018-10-15 - Home destroyed by fire in Lockport (New York):

2018-10-15 - Home destroyed by fire in Poulsbo (Washington):

2018-10-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 1:30 AM in East Windsor (New Jersey):

2018-10-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at Lakes at Harbison Apartments in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-10-15 - Hotel devastated by massive blaze in Odisha (India):

2018-10-15 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:30 AM in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2018-10-15 - Deadly fire destroys home at 6:33 AM in Oxford (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2018-10-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 12:45 AM in Syracuse (New York):

2018-10-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 1:50 AM in Parkersburg (West Virginia):

2018-10-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just after 3 AM in Nolanville (Texas):

2018-10-15 - Ducks and geese dropping dead in lake at Victoria Park in Smethwick (Britain):

Quote: "Dozens of ducks and geese are dropping dead in a ‘hazardous’ lake in Smethwick."

Quote: "Canada geese, mallard ducks, a heron and a coot have all been found dead in the lake at Victoria Park over the last few months. It is not yet known what may have caused the bird’s deaths, but they have been sent off for testing at Natural England."

2018-10-15 - Red tide continues wiping out sea life along most of Florida's coastline, Michael didn't solve the problem:

2018-10-15 - Two boys, 11 and 16, disappear at the seafront in coastal Galveston (Texas), presumed dead, 2 kayakers go missing too:

Quote: "A Coast Guard statement says the boys — ages 11 and 16 — were reported missing around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials believe the children went into the water near some jetties, at 17th Street and Seawall Boulevard, when they disappeared."

Quote: "This weekend in Galveston turned tragic for four families. Search efforts continued Monday for two missing boys presumed to have drowned last night by 17th and the Seawall. In a separate incident earlier in the weekend, two men died after that kayak overturned near Pirates Beach."

2018-10-15 - Two women, 23 and 25, and guide found dead in river estuary near waterfalls along the Laja River (Chile), possible topplers:

2018-10-15 - Two men, 26 and 27, found dead in the Yamuna River in Timarpur (India):

2018-10-15 - Two boys, 12 and 15, die in lake in Medak (India):

2018-10-15 - Infant found dead at home in Rice (Minnesota):

2018-10-15 - Man, 74, found dead in Lake Massasecum, empty 'ghost boat' washes ashore, in Bradford (New Hampshire):

2018-10-15 - Man, 72, has 'medical event' and dies while driving, car hits tree stump, in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

Quote: "The Hamilton County medical examiner's office met with hospital medical staff and determined the man died because of a 'medical event' before the crash, the news release states."

2018-10-15 - Man, 58, found dead in the Reedy River in Greenville (South Carolina):

2018-10-15 - Woman, 86, drops dead at home in the wee hours and then home goes up in flames, in Springfield (Illinois):

2018-10-15 - Woman, 21, found dead in stream near Fellows Lake north of Springfield (Missouri):

2018-10-15 - Man, 83, found dead in Koshkonong Creek in the Town of Albion (Wisconsin):

2018-10-15 - Person found dead near Thurman Road in Hallsboro (North Carolina):

2018-10-15 - Man, 41, drops dead on path near the Grand River in Kitchener (Canada):

2018-10-15 - Man found dead outside City Hall in coastal Galway (Ireland):

2018-10-15 - Woman, 21, promising model, suddenly dies in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

Quote: "Top Northern Irish model Mairead O’Neill has died suddenly overnight. She was just 21 and had graduated from university in August, Belfast Live reported. Emergency services were unable to save her and Mairead, from south Belfast, was pronounced dead on Monday night."

2018-10-15 - Man, 55, has 'medical episode' while driving minibus, minibus hits parked car, man dies, in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "The 55-year-old was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say it's thought he had suffered a medical episode."

2018-10-15 - Man found dead in canal in Chester (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Woman, 46, has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into home, in Pottstown (Pennsylvania), 1+ injured:

Quote: "Police said it appears Roye lost control of her vehicle as a result of a medical issue."

2018-10-15 - Man, 47, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into parked car, in Toledo (Ohio), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police believe the man experienced a medical emergency and lost control of his car, causing him to go off the road, crash through two chain link fences and into a parked car."

2018-10-15 - Woman has seizure, car crashes into school, in Rogersville (Arkansas):

Quote: "A woman is being transported to the hospital Monday after a seizure caused her to crash into a Lauderdale County High School classroom, according to the Rogersville Police Department."

2018-10-15 - Saudi Royal Air Force jet crashes in northern Saudi Arabia, no survivors:

2018-10-15 - Small plane crashes into tree in Zephyrhills (Florida), engine failure, 1 injured:

2018-10-15 - Tanker truck overturns on road in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer overturns on State Route 24 east of Yakima (Washington):

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer overturns at 3 AM on Winningham Road in St. George (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2018-10-15 - Tractor trailer overturns on US 60 in Ballard County (Kentucky):

2018-10-15 - Dump truck crashes 50 feet down ravine into creek in Pickens County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

Quote: "It's still unknown what caused the truck to leave the road and drop about 50 feet down a ravine and into a creek."

2018-10-15 - SUV crashes into median and overturns on US 95 in Las Vegas (Nevada), 1 killed:

2018-10-15 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2018-10-15 - Car crashes off I-75 overpass, lands on road below, in West Chester (Ohio), 1 killed:

Quote: "Right now, drugs or alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the cause of the crash. Sgt. Chris Crisafi says it might have been due to a medical condition."

2018-10-15 - Car plunges into the Big Thompson River west of Loveland (Colorado), 1 injured:

2018-10-15 - Naked man punches police car at 11:40 PM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "A naked man was caught on camera pummeling a parked New York City Police Department (NYPD) police cruiser on Sunday night in Midtown Manhattan, stunning onlookers who could not believe what they just saw."

Quote: "Authorities said police took the man, who has not been identified because he was not charged with a crime, to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Police said the cruiser did not suffer any damage."

2018-10-15 - Dog attacks and injures four people on Riley Road in Clarksville (Tennessee):

2018-10-15 - Sinkhole opens along railroad line near coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Landslide kills 3 people in Cameron Highlands (Malaysia):

2018-10-15 - Water main breaks, sinkhole forms, minibus crashes into hole, in Crowthorne (Britain):

2018-10-15 - Magnitude 6.8 and 6.3 earthquakes strike in the ocean near New Caledonia:

Quote: "A huge magnitude 6.8 quake rocked the region early on Tuesday morning. The earthquake followed an earlier quake that was given a preliminary 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has reported the first quake has no potential to cause damage. It was reviewed after it was initially registered as a 6.5 and then downgraded to a 6.3 on the Richter scale."

2018-10-15 - Lightning strike kills two girls and injures two boys in Queenstown (South Africa):

2018-10-15 - Heavy rain and flooding wreak havoc in southwestern France, 13+ killed:

2018-10-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sumatra (Indonesia), 27 killed, many missing:

2018-10-15 - Unknown flying object filmed off the coast of Florida:

2018-10-15 - Global markets continue to fall as Bloomberg warns that the next financial crisis is staring us in the face:

2018-10-15 - Milky way could be spreading life from star to star:


  1. Jonny I just lllllllllove it when you make long comments after reported stories.

    1. Aw, shucks! Now my head's too big to fit through the doorway to fetch another cup of coffee - serious dooooom!

  2. Hey Jonny, everyone - things are REALLY ramping up again with that "bug" study. Next thing you know someone will notice that all the trees are dying too. Oh, wait - that's been the case for a while now (due to too much ozone and nitrogen in the air, not to mention the other toxic crap we're forcing them to take in, adding to this sickening brew every day).

    JJFH answers a LOT of questions, including the die-off of most life species including humanity. Let's see how long it takes before panic sets in on the general population. Once the food shortages start, I think we'll see it, but it may occur before that.

    Listen to eerie 'song' generated by Antarctic ice shelf

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.16.18 'Hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1W9Q2pijAY [29 min.]

    “Hyperalarming” study shows massive loss of insect populations and corresponding declines in lizards, frogs, and birds – “Everything is dropping”

    [from Texas]
    Nobody was expecting THIS much - 30ft river rise in 12 hours washes away large bridge! [~ 6.25 MrMBB333 video]

    [more here]
    Deadly floods hit Texas after extreme rainfall, state of emergency declared

    Central Texas received extreme rainfall over the past couple of days leading to major floods that claimed a life of at least one person and forced authorities to declare a state of emergency for 18. Texas governor urged "all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials." Another round of heavy rain is expected on Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19. Rainfall and river level records are falling one by one. [more]

    [Let's hear it for The BEETLES!]
    Beetle damage skyrockets to nearly a million acres in Southcentral Alaska – “This may just be the beginning”

    [we're going through Spotted Lantern Fly infestation here in PA]

    [more below]

  3. [ok, panic may start very much sooner than I thought]
    Scientists project sharp declines in beer supply due to global warming – “Even modest warming will lead to increases in drought and excessive heat events in barley-growing areas”

    On top of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes, and worsening wildfires, scientists project that human-caused climate change will result in one of the most dire consequences imaginable: a disruption in the global beer supply. [more]

    Trump administration shelves plan to rescue aging coal and nuclear plants

    One of the Trump administration’s major efforts to prop up ailing coal companies has run aground in the White House, a setback to an industry that had hoped for a major resurgence after Donald Trump won the presidency.

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry has spent more than a year pushing various plans that would invoke national security to force power companies to keep their economically struggling coal plants running — a goal in line with Trump’s frequent pledges to revive what he calls “beautiful, clean coal.”

    But the White House has shelved the plan amid opposition from the president’s own advisers on the National Security Council and National Economic Council, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions. [more]

    [note to council members: "you're fired!"]

    News deserts: 1,300 U.S. communities have totally lost local news coverage – “Our sense of community and our trust in democracy at all levels suffer when journalism is lost or diminished”

    spreading, but just how bad is it?

    A comprehensive new study released today by the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism shows that far more U.S. communities have totally lost news coverage — more than 1,300 — than previously known. [more]

    Wednesday, 17 October 2018
    China & Japan Dump Treasuries as Hungary and Poland buy gold

    China & Japan Dump Treasuries As Dollar's Reserve Status Slumps To 5 Year Lows

    YouTube users question sanity, reality as service goes dark worldwide

    YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster. [more; pfff - the whole of civilization is going to crash - probably SOON! - and they're worried about cat videos and porn? geez]

    [contains this embedded article from Hal Turner]
    Here is another slant on the story.

    According to Digital Attack Map, much of the trouble worldwide SEEMS to be emanating from . . . Saudi Arabia! [more]

    A report from the Arctic as the sun sets over the North Pole - 16 October, 2018

  4. News Links, October 17, 2018
    Rice Farmer

    US budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges

    China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With 'Titanic' Risks

    St Louis Fed Discloses More Free Money: A Carry Trade in Liquidity
    If the goal was to bail out the banks at public expense (and it was), it's clear Bernanke had a far better plan than the ECB.

    If you're mining bitcoin from home, you're now losing money

    Koreas plan to reconnect road and rail links

    Saudi Arabia breaks 45-year taboo with veiled oil weapon threat

    Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound

    Immigrant caravan organizer detained after Trump threatens Honduras

    African Migrants Now Departing From Morocco to Europe

    Natural Gas Risky Business: What, me Worry? (US)
    Natural gas storage is at record low levels but prices are falling going into winter heating season.

    Sperm Counts Continue to Fall

    Scientists Freak Out Over Pandemic Potential Of Genetically Engineered Smallpox

    'Year of extremes' for shrinking Swiss glaciers in 2018: study

    Ecuador Restores Julian Assange's Internet, Phone And Visitation Privileges [about fucking time; hope he makes 'em pay big-time]

    The Royal Touch: How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia Considers Itself Untouchable Due to Oil and Money

    The People "Stopping Election Interference" Are the Ones Who Are Actually Rigging the Election

    Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound
    Gadgets taught to identify actions via always-on mics

    Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times

    Facebook hack affected 3 million in Europe, creating the first big test for privacy regulation there

    China, Taiwan build mountaintop surveillance stations

    No, Facebook is NOT "Private," Their Censorship Arm is Government Funded

    The World's Fragile Economic Condition – Part 2

    Fragile pipelines pose an increasing risk in gas-hungry U.S.

    African Swine Fever Hits Areas Close to Beijing

    China Cuts U.S. Treasury Holdings for Third Straight Month

    'Amazon rainforest' of Wales home to endangered water voles threatened by motorway construction

    Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, to close 142 more stores

    Congratulations Workers, You Now Make 0.5% More Than a Year Ago

    How States Can Escape America's Looming Financial Meltdown

    Two Federal Courts May Have Just Saved The Nuclear Power Industry

    Hidey holes for government and military officials to carry on democracy after nuclear war destroys the planet

    Veritas Undercover Exposes MO Sen. McCaskill Hiding Liberal Agenda From Moderate Voters: "People Just Can't Know That"

  5. Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists
    http://www.fasterthanexpected.com/2018/10/15/humanity-is-cutting-down-the-tree-of-life-warn-scientists/ [great opening pic]

    even if the destruction of wild areas, poaching and pollution were ended within 50 years and extinction rates fell back to natural levels, it would still take 5-7 million years for the natural world to recover.

    Many scientists think a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth has begun, propelled by human destruction of wildlife, and 83% of wild mammals have already gone. The new work puts this in the context of the evolution and extinction of species that occurred for billions of years before modern humans arrived.
    “We are doing something that will last millions of years beyond us,” said Matt Davis at Aarhus University in Denmark, who led the new research. “It shows the severity of what we are in right now. We’re entering what could be an extinction on the scale of what killed the dinosaurs. [more; they're starting to "get it"]

    Volunteers searching for 1,135 people in Florida: Authorities say it will still take weeks to repair downed lines to reconnect customers

    The death toll from the monster Florida hurricane Michael is officially at 27, however, hundreds are still missing. [more]

    All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Dead at 44

    A cause of death is currently unknown.

    Rabid raccoon attacks 3 people in Washington, D.C. neighborhood

    A raccoon infected with rabies attacked three people and two pets in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood before it was captured, said D.C. health officials. [more]

    One Week Later: Armed Looters Targeting Powerless Victims Of Hurricane Michael [short news video]

    Dow rallies back from 300-point loss in volatile trading

    Arizona city struggles to handle mass release of migrant families

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – the agency that takes custody of migrants after they are processed at the border – released a large number of migrant families in Arizona last week after running out of space to hold them.

    Since then, the flow of migrants has more or less returned to normal, migrant advocates say. [more]

    Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

    After hurricane, fate of sea turtle nests uncertain on Florida coast

    When Hurricane Michael struck Florida's Panhandle, it swept away nests of threatened baby loggerhead sea turtles hatching along its sandy beaches, already damaged by previous storms and erosion. [more]