Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Event Update For 2018-10-16

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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2018-10-16 - Warming Arctic may will lead to methane boost, abrupt permafrost thaw:

Quote: "As Arctic permafrost thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. This may accelerate abrupt thawing and influence the formation of certain types of Arctic lakes, boosting emissions even further, according to new research."

2018-10-16 - Scientists project sharp declines in beer supply due to global warming:

Quote: "Even modest warming will lead to increases in drought and excessive heat events in barley-growing areas..."

2018-10-16 - RV goes up in flames before 2:35 AM and kills man near Belleview (Florida):

Note: This is the 445th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 17th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-10-16 - US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing at Naval Air Station Lemoore (California):

Quote: "A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet made an emergency landing in California earlier this month after a fire broke out in its right engine during a training flight. Navy officials are investigating what caused the fire to break out after the attack aircraft took off Oct. 4 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, where the jet is based. The Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22, the Fighting Redcocks."

Note: This is the 173rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-16 - Recycling center hit by fire, pallets and plastic burn, in Bay View area in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

Quote: "There are reports of pallets and plastic on fire at the Cimco Recycling center."

2018-10-16 - Battery factory explodes and burns near Aradan (Iran), 21 injured:,7340,L-5372611,00.html

2018-10-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Texas, bridge collapses in Kingsland (Texas), evacuations ensue, disaster declared, 1+ killed:

Quote: "Persistent rainstorms flooded large areas of Texas on Tuesday, causing a bridge collapse and prompting several rescues by state and local authorities. Central Texas has been inundated with rain for days and the National Weather Service issued warnings for days about the risk of flash floods caused by cresting rivers. Authorities reported section of the 2900 bridge collapsed over Lake LBJ in Kingsland on Tuesday morning."

Quote: "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas."

Quote: "The Llano River rose to nearly 40 feet Tuesday in the city of Llano -- about 35 feet higher than it was just 24 hours earlier -- after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the area over the past two days, the National Weather Service said."

Note: Dayum, the river rose 35 feet in ONE DAY. That's crrrazy!

2018-10-16 - Cargo ship goes up in flames while docked on the River Karnaphuli in coastal Chittagong (Bangladesh), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "A crew member of a cargo vessel was burnt to death while two others sustained injuries as a fire broke out at the anchored vessel at Bijoynagar Ghat in Karnaphuli river in the port city on Tuesday night."

2018-10-16 - Cargo ship 'Laingchow' hit by cargo hold fire in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 998th and 999th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-16 - School bus bursts into flame on Riverside Drive in Cincinnati (Ohio):

Note: This is the 162nd school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 601st bus to burn in 2018...

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at intersection in Joplin (Missouri):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at midnight on I-84 in Tolland (Connecticut):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours on I-90 in Charlton (Massachusetts):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 11 PM on I-86 near Horseheads (New York):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 30 near North Platte (Nebraska):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked in layby along the A249, fire spreads to van, in Stockbury (Britain):

Note: These are the 2199th, 2200th, 2201st, 2202nd, 2203rd and 2204th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-16 - Forklift truck bursts into flame at pallet business on Chequers Road in Derby (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at business in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2018-10-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2018-10-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Abernathy Street in Redding (California):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Fargo (North Dakota):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at store in Nanuet (New York):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on I-91 in Holyoke (Massachusetts):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on I-25 in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on I-77 in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on Broadhead Road in Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 121 near Napa (California):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Black Hill (Australia):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame at 2:47 AM on Keverstone Circuit in Isabella Plains (Australia):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame at 11:43 PM on Were Street in Calwell (Australia):

2018-10-16 - In separate incidents, two cars bursts into flame in Balclutha (New Zealand), near the coast:

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at shopping center in Norwich (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on causeway in coastal Beer (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on Willows Lane in Accrington (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame at 12:14 AM on Millstream Way in Leegomery (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame at 11:30 PM on Berwyn Drive in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Car bursts into flame on Abbey Barn Lane in High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 16 October, 4.43pm Small fire in engine compartment of car, junction of Abbey Barn Lane and Heath End Road, High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. The fire was out on arrival."

2018-10-16 - Several cars and garage destroyed by fire in the wee hours at home in Stanton (Wisconsin):

2018-10-16 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in Mesa (Arizona):

2018-10-16 - Warehouse damaged by fire on Dry Dock Avenue at shipyard in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina), nobody there:

2018-10-16 - Bakery destroyed by fire just before 12:30 AM in coastal Miami (Florida):

2018-10-16 - Powder-coating business destroyed by fire in Carlock (Illinois):

2018-10-16 - Garment warehouse destroyed by massive fire in Gurugram (India):

2018-10-16 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire at 6:50 AM in coastal Mission Beach (California):

2018-10-16 - Garage destroyed by fire at 5:20 AM at home on Butler Creek Road near Missoula (Montana):

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire, two more homes damaged, in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:30 PM on Hollins Street in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 2 injured:

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire, another home lightly damaged, near coastal Port Angeles (Washington):

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Essex (Maryland), 4 injured:

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:30 PM in Burrillville (Rhode Island), nobody there:

2018-10-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:50 PM in East Paragould (Arkansas), nobody there:

2018-10-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Tucker Street in coastal Lynn (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2018-10-16 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2018-10-16 - Deadly fire destroys home on Willow Boulevard in Browns Mills (New Jersey), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-10-16 - Vacant home burns at 2 AM in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2018-10-16 - Vacant home burns in Paterson (New Jersey):

2018-10-16 - Vacant home burns in Bellaire (Ohio):

2018-10-16 - Vacant school burns at 12:45 AM near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

2018-10-16 - Hares dying from unknown cause around Bungay, Diss and Thetford (Britain):

Quote: "During the past month, landowners, farmers, dog-walkers and householders have reported seeing sick and dead hares in areas around Bungay, Diss and Thetford. Despite laboratory analysis of the carcasses, animal health experts have so far been unable to establish what is causing the deaths."

Quote: "There was another report from a couple near Diss who had a hare dying in their garden. It ended up having quite dramatic convulsions, and it was very distressing."

2018-10-16 - Four deep water whales wash ashore dead in the Shetland Islands (Scotland):

Quote: "Four deep water whales have washed up on various shores across Shetland over the last few weeks, raising concerns that they may be linked with the deaths of over 80 whales washed up on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland during August and September."

2018-10-16 - Fish dying in river in Barbuelva (Norway):

2018-10-16 - Large number of fish found dead in the water in Liuzhou (China):

2018-10-16 - Thousands of fish bubble up dead in lagoon in Metapan (El Salvador):

2018-10-16 - Man, 25, and man in his 60s die in the water in the Canary Islands (Spain):

2018-10-16 - College student drops dead in dorm room at Lindenwood University in St. Charles (Missouri):

2018-10-16 - Man, 44, corrections officer, has heart attack and dies at facility in Camp Hill (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "An officer at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill died Oct. 10 of a fatal heart attack he suffered while on duty, ODMP reported."

2018-10-16 - Man has 'medical emergency' and slumps over dead while driving, dump truck crashes, in Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The coroner said Hoch died from a medical emergency that led to the crash."

2018-10-16 - Man, 44, guitarist for metal band All That Remains, found dead in pond at his home in Stafford Springs (Connecticut):

2018-10-16 - Man, 45, found dead in shallow water near his boat in Lake Iroquois (Vermont):

2018-10-16 - Man, 62, drops dead at home in Panama Park area in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2018-10-16 - Person found dead on the banks of the Roanoke River in the Wasena  area in Roanoke (Virginia):

2018-10-16 - Man found dead in lake in Cookeville (Tennessee):,30806

2018-10-16 - Person found dead near hospital in Fort Valley (Georgia):

2018-10-16 - Woman, 25, found dead along County Road 500 East in Clinton County (Indiana):

2018-10-16 - Man, 72, pimp and GOP state candidate, drops dead at his brothel near Carson City (Nevada):

2018-10-16 - Man, 57, falls off dock into the St. Lawrence River and dies in Massena (New York):

2018-10-16 - Man, 74, found dead in the Marmaton River near Fort Scott (Kansas):

2018-10-16 - Man, mid-40s, found dead under bridge in Mentmore (New Mexico):

2018-10-16 - Boy, 11, found dead in canal in coastal Tuticorin (India):

2018-10-16 - Man goes into cardiac arrest and dies at 3:45 AM in business park in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2018-10-16 - Woman has 'medical event', SUV overturns, hits utility pole, in Duluth (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "A woman, the vehicle's only occupant, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after suffering a 'medical event,' which caused the rollover at 34th Avenue West and Grand Avenue, according to the Duluth Police Department. Her vehicle struck a power poll, leaving 1,800 customers in the Denfeld and Spirit Valley neighborhoods without power, Minnesota Power said."

2018-10-16 - Fighter jet crashes near Khmelnytskyi (Ukraine), 2 killed:

2018-10-16 - Twin-engine plane makes emergency belly-landing at airport in Mansfield (Ohio), landing gear problem:

2018-10-16 - Small plane crashes near the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Rio Puerco (New Mexico), 2 killed:

2018-10-16 - Small plane crashes into the ocean in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida), 1 injured:

2018-10-16 - Small plane crashes near I-85 in Opelika (Alabama), 1 injured:

2018-10-16 - Small plane runs off runway at airport, crashes into fence, in Livermore (California):

2018-10-16 - Small plane crashes near home west of Ottawa (Canada), 1 injured:

2018-10-16 - Passenger train derails near coastal Rabat (Morocco), 6+ killed, 86 injured:

Quote: "The derailment has killed six people according to the latest count and left 86 injured in serious condition."

2018-10-16 - Tanker truck overturns on I-20 in Odessa (Texas):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes, bursts into flame, on Highway 132 near Turlock Lake (California):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-94 near Gurnee (Illinois):

2018-10-16 - Tractor trailer overturns before 5:30 AM on I-84 near Meridian (Idaho):

2018-10-16 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, in Chicago (Illinois), 2 injured:

2018-10-16 - Car veers over centerline, hits pickup truck head-on, two more vehicles join in, near Chesapeake City (Maryland), 2 killed:

2018-10-16 - Car veers off road at 6:30 AM, crashes into bridge pillar, bursts into flame, on I-20 in Rankin County (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2018-10-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Kansas City (Missouri), 4 injured:

2018-10-16 - Car crashes into three parked cars in Rockhampton (Australia), near the Fitzroy River, 1 injured:

Quote: "Crews reported the woman may have suffered a medical episode."

2018-10-16 - Vehicle veers off road, crashes into trees, bursts into flame, on I-80 near Nettle Creek Road near Morris (Illinois), 1+ killed:

2018-10-16 - Sinkhole threatens home near the Mississippi River in North St. Louis (Missouri):

2018-10-16 - Sinkhole closes street in Johnstown (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-16 - Water main breaks, huge sinkhole opens, in Fitchburg (Massachusetts):

2018-10-16 - Water main breaks, large sinkhole opens, in Toronto (Canada):

2018-10-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Kitsap Lake (Washington):

2018-10-16 - Dozens still missing in Hurricane Michael, death toll rises and massive destruction assessed:

2018-10-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Seward (Alaska), emergency declared:

2018-10-16 - Dunkin' (Donuts) builds tiny home that runs on coffee:

Quote: "Officials with Dunkin' Brands say spent coffee grounds power the home. They said to make one gallon of fuel, it takes 170 pounds of coffee."

Note: Does it even have a bed? Because if you're drinking enough coffee to power this house then you aren't gonna be doing any sleeping!


  1. Mornin' Jonny, Fran, Mike, Tom N., LL and any other JJFH readers.

    On a whim I took a look at the same date in 2017 and tractor-trailer mishaps are up by over 300 from last year, GEEZ! I didn't check the other stats we've been keeping.

    [2 "stories of the day" to lead things off today]
    Lightning bolt kills 6 pupils and injures 25 in NW Tanzania

    At least six school children were killed and 25 others injured on Wednesday after lightning hit a primary school in Tanzania's northwest region of Geita.

    Yese Kanyuma, Geita regional education coordinator, said the lightning struck Emaco Vision Primary School in the hilly region in the morning, killing the six children on the spot. [more]

    Hail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, Australia

    "It was very eerie down there. It looked like something out of a movie where they say the world is going to end. Everything was just dead." [more]

    Thousands evacuate as grass fire threatens natural gas line

    A power line failure Wednesday night sparked a grass fire near here, triggering the evacuation of a half-mile area and threatening a major Chevron natural gas pipeline junction, CBS San Francisco reports. Local fire officials say some 4,000 people cleared out of 1,400 homes. [more]

    Wall Street futures point to a muted open as investors digest Fed minutes

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a relatively flat open as investors digested comments from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting that showed the central bank was leaning toward more rate hikes moving forward. [more]

    Is The Federal Reserve Trying To Sabotage Trump? Stocks Fall Again As Investors Are Rattled By Fed Comments

    Could it be possible that the Federal Reserve is attempting to influence the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections? Just weeks before Americans will go to the polls, the Fed has been making headline after headline with talk about interest rate hikes. And they very well understand that interest rate hikes will rattle investors and slow down the economy. In fact, every Fed rate hiking cycle since 1957 has ended in either a stock market crash or a recession. So could the Federal Reserve be doing this on purpose in order to sabotage Donald Trump and the Republicans? Nobody is really asking this question, but perhaps we should be. [more]

    Baltimore gas explosion injures 9, including 7 firefighters

    Police on scene told FOX45's Keith Daniels that it was an active gas leak and ordered media and onlookers to evacuate.

    Neighbors say there was a big explosion and at lease one firefighter was thrown from the roof to the ground. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Northern Iowa farmers' crops covered in snow

    Some farmers in northern Iowa are finally getting back into their fields this week. Monday's USDA crop report showed Iowa's soybean harvest at 19-percent, 11 days behind the average. On Tuesday, April Hemmes - who farms near Hampton - said she was still waiting to start harvesting soybeans.

    The harvest was halted this month by heavy rains that turned fields into a muddy mess. Hemmes said her soybeans were coated with two inches heavy, wet snow on Sunday. It's the wettest year she's experienced in 33 years of farming and Hemmes said there's some pod-splitting taking place.

    According to the USDA, the 19-percent soybean harvest is the smallest mid-October harvest percentage for Iowa since records began, and the lowest number among the major soybean producing states. Hemmes said, earlier this year, she was excited about her potential soybean yield.

    Video shows waterspouts spotted along the Lake Erie shoreline

    Two killed by flash floods in Tunisia

    Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

    The drownings came less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northwestern region of Cap Bon. [more]

    NASA sees rare 'glacial flour' dust streaming over Greenland

    Last month, NASA's Terra satellite and the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 mission captured images of glacial flour streaming over the landscape in Greenland. NASA describes the rare phenomenon as "fine-grained silt formed by glaciers grinding and pulverizing rock." [more]

    Amateur scientists narrowly escape being lava bombed by erupting Indonesian volcano

    A team of amateur volcanologists almost fell foul of Krakatoa's wrath, with huge lava bombs crashing into the ocean just meters from their boat. The incredible scene was captured on video by one brave New Zealander.

    Anak Krakatau or 'The Child of Krakatoa' is a new island that formed in the aftermath of the 1883 eruption in 1927 that eventually broke water in 1930. The island has grown at a rate of roughly five inches per week since the 1950s.

    Anak Krakatau erupted at least 44 times within the space of a week in September, according to Indonesian authorities cited by media. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. CDC warns rare polio-like spinal disease spreading across 22 US states

    US health officials have issued a warning about a rare condition which attacks the nervous system and spinal cord after 62 new cases of the little-known disease were confirmed across 22 states.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took steps to warn about the symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) after doctors recorded a jump in cases this year. In 2018, the federal health watchdog confirmed 62 instances of the disease - which causes limb weakness and can paralyse sufferers. The illness has been compared to the polio and West Nile viruses.

    The number is nearly double the amount observed in 2017, when 33 AFM cases were found in the US. In the CDC's health warning the organisation said at least 65 other patients are being assessed after they displayed symptoms of the malady.

    The rare AFM condition mostly presents in children but so far a cause or consistent patient pathogen has alluded doctors. [more]

    Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S. as the Great Plains dry out – “More folks are generally at risk because of that eastward shift”

    Even though Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma get many more tornadoes, the four deadliest states for tornadoes are Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [more; does Jonny have a bunker?]

    UN report shows climate change causing “dramatic rise” in economic losses – “The next one that is going to hit us with an explosion is heatwaves”

    Illustrating the growing threat from climate change, extreme weather events now account for 77 per cent of total economic losses, $2.245 trillion, the report notes.

    This represents a “dramatic rise” of 151 per cent compared with losses reported between 1978 and 1997, which amounted to $895 billion. [more]

    Senate Confirms BP Oil Spill Lawyer, Climate Policy Foe as Government's Top Environment Attorney

    Jeffrey Bossert Clark has repeatedly challenged the science underpinning U.S. climate policy. He'll be defending the administration’s policy rollbacks. [more; I may have posted this before today]

    The Energy 202: Outspoken critic of federal land policy will now help oversee it in Trump administration

    This lawyer spent a career fighting the federal government over how it manages publicly owned land. Now she is joining the Trump administration in a department that controls more than 500 million acres of it.

    Though her position does not require Senate confirmation, public lands advocacy groups eye her as among the most concerning appointees to join the Interior Department since Trump took office.[more]

    The Human Signature: Edward Burtynsky's Anthropocene – in pictures

    What About the Ozone Hole | Global Weirding [~ 8.5 min. video]

  4. Nope, no bunker as such. But the front porch is solid concrete and beneath that is a little room, so that's where I'd head if a tornado was bearing down and I had enough advance warning. I built a couple of bunks in there, and some shelves, and I have some food, water, lights, tools, clothes, etc in there, in case the rest of the house gets reduced to rubble and I have to survive long enough to dig out. I don't think the house itself would survive a direct hit by a tornado or any kind of major earthquake, but that little room surrounded by rebar-reinforced concrete might be okay. Not that I'm looking forward to testing it out!

  5. Thursday, 18 October 2018
    Guy McPherson is back in the US

    My Final Move (Round Four)

    [now that he's so close, I may have to take a day trip up to see him]

    Three major moves in less than two decades, convinced each was my last, has me circumspect about this fourth transition being my not-so-grand finale. May we all have time for my fifth transition, whether or not I pursue it. [more]

    Global warming will unlock ancient diseases like the plague, scientists say

    THE world’s most devastating diseases could return to plague us if melting ice sheets continue to thaw out ancient bacteria. [more]

    Scientists warn of major famine and "severe shocks to the global food system"

    Not something that he wants but kudos to Guy McPherson who was the first to mention this several years ago.
    Scientists Warn World Facing Major Famine, Could "Lead To Severe Shocks To Global Food System"

    Researchers from Washington State University have published a new report of the Great Drought, the most destructive known drought of the past 800 years - and how it sparked the Global Famine that claimed the lives of 50 million people. The scientists warn that the Earth's current warming climate could spark a similar drought, but even worse.

    the Great Drought, a period in the mid-1870s known for widespread crop failures across Asia, Brazil, and Africa. The drought was connected to the most extreme manifestation of the El Nino supercycle ever recorded. [more]

    Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt

    The new study estimates that the average adult consumes approximately 2,000 microplastics per year through salt. What that means remains a mystery. [more]

    Plankton moving into Arctic waters previously covered with ice could have ‘drastic consequences’

    Declining Arctic sea ice is allowing phytoplankton blooms, made up of billions of microscopic plant organisms, to expand northwards into ice-free waters where they have never been seen before, scientists have discovered.

    “We cannot exactly predict how it will evolve, but we’re pretty sure there are going to be drastic consequences for the entire ecosystem.” [more]

    [2nd half follows]

  6. Arctic ice sets speed limit for major ocean current

    Scientists at MIT have now identified a key mechanism, which they call the “ice-ocean governor,” that controls how fast the Beaufort Gyre spins and how much fresh water it stores. In a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, the researchers report that the Arctic’s ice cover essentially sets a speed limit on the gyre’s spin.
    If global temperatures continue to climb, the researchers expect that the mechanism governing the gyre’s spin will diminish. With no governor to limit its speed, the researchers say the gyre will likely transition into “a new regime” and eventually spill over, like an overflowing bathtub, releasing huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, which could affect the global climate and ocean circulation. [more; they're still using that old "bathtub" comparison canard]

    Arctic Sea Ice & CAMS Update with Margo (Oct. 17, 2018) [53.25 min.]

    Extreme rainfall, potentially deadly floods target Spain, worst sudden drop in temperature in a decade

    Extreme weather conditions are expected across the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands from October 18 - 21, 2018. The event follows devastating floods that claimed 13 lives in Mallorca and another 13 in neighboring France over the past couple of days. There is a potential for similar rainfall totals and extremely dangerous weather situation.

    The weather front is expected to arrive on October 18 and continue affecting the region through Sunday, October 21 plunging Spain into the worst 'gota fria' - a Spanish term meaning 'cold drop' that explains a sudden drop in temperature – in a decade. [more]

    [notice these rapid temperature anomalies are happening in many places throughout the Northern Hemisphere (and probably in the Southern too; Mike described one in his area in the SW USA, Jonny has said it happened where he is in the central US and here on the East Coast, we've had the same, just not as extreme as Mike's.]

    China Is The New Subprime

    I just read this opinion piece saying that China's imminent collapse is great news for Trump, because "we won" the trade war. I suggest that nothing could be further from the truth, which is how this circus operates - as far from the inconvenient truth as they can get. That said, I have to give these economic Darwinists full credit for taking self-destruction all the way to full burial. Good for you...

    Losing is the new "winning"

    How did the U.S. right-wing switch from being devout Free Traders to zero sum Mercantilists literally overnight? From Comparative Advantage to Competitive Advantage. I'm not even talking about Trump, I'm talking about Larry Kudlow and the other Goldman Sachs Supply Siders in Trump's cabinet. Their "malleability" aka. lack of conviction is staggering. Which is all well and good except they seem to be under the delusion that the world itself changed overnight as well. Which is the height of fantasy. It was literally only 2015 when China's minor devaluation imploded global markets.

    Now China stands at the precipice of a full blown meltdown, and that will be good for global markets? What crack are they smoking? [more]