Monday, December 17, 2018

Event Update For 2018-12-16

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

2018-12-16 - Unknown foul odor hits Beavercreek, Sugarcreek Township and Bellbrook (Ohio):

2018-12-16 - Oilfield site hit by fire, saltwater disposal tank burns, near Meyersville (Texas):

Quote: "A saltwater disposal tank that has caught fire twice in the past 18 months burned again Sunday, creating black smoke that could be seen miles away."

2018-12-16 - Two snow plow trucks, seven pickup trucks and shed destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM in Hamilton County (Iowa), nobody there:

Quote: "A fire early Sunday morning destroyed a shed housing most of the road equipment for Hamilton County. The county lost seven pickup trucks and two snow plow trucks. There were no injuries in the fire."

2018-12-16 - Food delivery robot bursts into flame at university in coastal Berkeley (California):

Quote: "About 2 p.m. Friday, a KiwiBot — one of the more than 100 robots that deliver food throughout the campus and city — caught fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union..."

2018-12-15 - SUV and pickup truck destroyed by fire while parked at home in Ojai (California):

2018-12-16 - Man and woman, 50 and 45, die in the water at the same beach in coastal Malvan (India):

Quote: "A 50-year-old Ghatkopar resident who had gone to Malvan for a swimming competition drowned in the sea on Sunday. This is the second death of a participant of the competition on the same beach in the past two days."

Quote: "Another participant died at the same beach during practice on Saturday."

Quote: "On Saturday, a woman participant from Nashik, Surekha Galande, 45, drowned at Chivala beach while practising for the competition."

2018-12-16 - Volcano Soputan erupts on Sulawesi Island (Indonesia):

2018-12-16 - Apartments and businesses devastated by massive explosion and fire near restaurant in coastal Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido (Japan), 42+ injured:

Quote: "The area affected by the explosion and the following fire include both residential and dining establishments and is located 3km south-east the city centre, Japanese broadcaster NHK said."

Note: This is the 318th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-12-16 - Boat bursts into flame on the Siuslaw River near Siuslaw (Oregon):

2018-12-16 - At least six boats go up in flames at boat storage business near Simcoe (Canada):

Quote: "OPP officer Ed Sanchuk says that even though only six of the boats were ablaze, others may have sustained smoke damage."

2018-12-16 - Boat explodes into flame, burns and sinks, on the Murray River near Torrumbarry (Australia):

2018-12-16 - Three fishing boats go up in flames while docked in coastal Bali (Indonesia):

Quote: "Fire broke out at Benoa Harbor’s west pier yesterday at around 2:30pm, causing extensive damage to three fishing boats owned by PT Inti Mas Surya. Thankfully there were no human casualties. Just five months after a massive fire destroyed 45 fishing boats in Benoa port, yesterday afternoon’s blaze is estimated to have caused losses amounting to hundreds of millions of rupiah, according to a report by Kumparan."

Note: These are the 1152nd-1162nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-12-16 - School bus bursts into flame in parking lot in Albemarle County (Virginia):

Note: This is the 188th school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 716th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-12-16 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway near coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Note: This is the 717th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-12-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 near Bakersfield (California):

2018-12-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 2:01 AM on the A49 in Whitchurch (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Tractor (combine), hay and barn go up in flames at 12:06 AM on Chesham Lane in Chalfont St Peter (Britain)

Quote: "Sunday 16 December, 12.06am Barn fire involving hay bales and a combine harvester, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter. One appliance and crew from Gerrards Cross, one from Amersham, one from Beaconsfield, and a USAR module and crew from Aylesbury attended, along with two officers. Firefighters used one hose reel, and one main jet. Approximately 75 large hay bales were involved in the fire, and the combine harvester was approximately 20 per cent damaged by the heat."

Note: These are the 2599th, 2600th and 2601st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-12-16 - Van bursts into flame on the M40 near Coleshill (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Commerce Drive in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 190 near Jasper (Texas):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame at intersection in coastal Miami (Florida):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on William Hovell Drive in Belconnen (Australia):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark at shopping center in Moscow (Russia):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame at 4:59 AM on Webb Ellis Road in Rugby (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame near home on Balcombe Road in Hillmorton, Rugby (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on Mill Lane in Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Car bursts into flame on the A3(M) near Waterlooville (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Three vehicles destroyed by fire at 2:45 AM while parked in structure in Kelowna (Canada):

Quote: "Sunday morning at 2:45 a.m. the Kelowna Fire Department dispatch center received a 911 call reporting three vehicles on fire inside a storage/mechanic bay type structure, in the 3100 Block of Sexsmith Rd."

2018-12-16 - Scooter bursts into flame on Wiltshire Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Wiltshire Road, Hull. Sun 16 Dec 2018 19:42 (No:27807) Scooter on fire. 1 hose reel in use."

2018-12-16 - Cars and garage destroyed by fire at home, home heavily damaged, in Highlands Ranch (Texas):

Quote: "They say fuel from cars inside the garage fueled the fire and made it difficult to extinguish."

2018-12-16 - RV trailer destroyed by fire, tire shop damaged, in Smith County (Texas):

Quote: "According to firefighters, the fire started around an RV trailer and spread to a nearby tire shop."

2018-12-16 - Barn, 40,000 cubic meters of straw and 10 tons of fertilizer destroyed by fire near Choppington (Britain):

2018-12-16 - HVAC unit bursts into flame at church, fire spreads to building, in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "A spokesperson with the department said the fire started on the third floor of the church in the HVAC closet and was caused by a malfunction."

2018-12-16 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM on William Marks Drive in Munhall (Pennsylvania):

2018-12-16 - Office building damaged by fire at 2:11 AM in Scottsbluff (Nebraska), nobody there:

2018-12-16 - Church damaged by basement fire in Old Town (Maine):

2018-12-16 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 4:45 AM on Division Avenue in Eugene (Oregon), nobody there:

2018-12-16 - Home damaged by fire on South Riverside Drive in coastal Shark River Hills (New Jersey):

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:40 AM on New Market Road in Henrico County (Virginia):

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Maple Ridge Drive in Standish (Maine), near Sebago Lake:

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North Neil Street in Champaign (Illinois):

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Elizabeth Township (Ohio):

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on South Loder Avenue in Endicott (New York), 2100 feet from the Susquehanna River:

2018-12-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on Gabe Street in Henderson (Kentucky), nobody there:

2018-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire in Fishers (Indiana), nobody there:

2018-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM in Wildwood (Missouri):

2018-12-16 - Home destroyed by fire shortly before 6 AM in Hephzibah (Georgia):

2018-12-16 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on Beckley View Road in Dallas County (Texas), 2 killed:

Quote: "Police said they believe two or three other homes also caught on fire, as well as some vehicles."

2018-12-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Durkee (Oregon), 1 killed:

2018-12-16 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Roseville (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-12-16 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 1:30 AM in coastal Fall River (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2018-12-16 - Vacant commercial building burns in Wyandotte (Michigan):

2018-12-16 - Humpback whale washes ashore dead at coastal Cape Henlopen State Park (Delaware):

2018-12-16 - Birds found dead in five towns along the Rangeet River (India):

Quote: "Death of a large number of crows and pigeons has triggered panic in the port township with locals suspecting bird flu. In the last one week, nearly 30 crows and pigeons have died mysteriously in Nayabazaar, Badapadaia, Atharbanki, Neheruabangla and Sandhkuda."

2018-12-16 - Two women, 19 and 21, die in the Brahmaputra River in Sivasagar (India):

2018-12-16 - Two girls, 9-12, found dead in sump in Puttur (India):

2018-12-16 - Girl, 9, found dead in private swimming pool in coastal Zinkwazi (South Africa):

Quote: "A 9-year-old girl drowned in a private swimming pool in Zinkwazi, on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday."

2018-12-16 - Man, 40, drops dead at hotel in Southington (Connecticut):

2018-12-16 - Man, 49, drops dead while operating forklift at business in Ocala (Florida):

Quote: "Pheifer stated in his report that he 'did not observe any sign of physical trauma to Pete’s body' and no foul play is suspected in the OPD investigation, which included interviews by Detective Sean Young with witnesses. Meghan Shay, OPD Public Information Officer, said on Monday that 'pending final determination from the Medical Examiner, this appears to have been a medical emergency. Initial review suggests that he may have had a heart attack.'"

2018-12-16 - Man and dog found dead in the water near boat near Ballard Locks in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-12-16 - Man, 34, founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, found dead in apartment in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-12-16 - Woman, 32, found dead in submerged SUV in creek in Midfield (Alabama):

2018-12-16 - Man, 70, drops dead at gas station in coastal Eli Waters (Australia):

2018-12-16 - Man, 53, naval officer, athlete, loses consciousness in the water during competition, dies shortly later, in coastal Chon Buri (Thailand):

Quote: "A naval officer attached to the Air and Coastal Defence Command passed out while taking part in a swimming competition at the Sattahip naval base in Chon Buri and died later at a hospital on Sunday morning, the navy announced. The officer was identified as Cdr Somphan Meethong, 53, chief of a training battalion of the Air and Coastal Defence Command."

2018-12-16 - Man found dead in creek in Berbice (Guyana):

2018-12-16 - Man found dead at beach in coastal Carnoustie (Scotland):

2018-12-16 - Man found dead in river in Arlesey (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Man slumps over dead in car at supermarket in King’s Lynn (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Woman in her 20s drops dead at home on Maple Crescent in Leigh, Wigan (Britain):

2018-12-16 - Co-pilot has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane lands safely in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "American Airlines officials have confirmed a co-pilot on a plane from Dallas/Fort Worth was hospitalized after getting sick during the flight. According to the American Airlines Communication Department, Flight 2710 landed in Tucson just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday with a medical emergency. More than a hundred passengers were on the flight."

2018-12-16 - Passenger plane crew member has 'medical emergency', plane diverts to Winnipeg (Canada):

Quote: "British Airways flight number 273 from London, U.K., to San Diego, Calif., was diverted to Winnipeg after a crew member experienced a medical emergency. The Boeing 747 aircraft landed in Winnipeg just after 5 p.m. on Sunday."

2018-12-16 - Man, 73, has 'medical emergency', pickup drives into shallow water in Mecox Bay in coastal Southampton (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Sag Harbor man suffered an apparent medical emergency while driving on Flying Point Road and was pronounced dead after he drove into shallow waters of Mecox Bay in Water Mill on Thursday, Southampton Town police said Monday."

2018-12-16 - Small plane crashes into mudflats on coastal Raglan Harbour (New Zealand), 2 killed:

2018-12-16 - Two cars collide head-on, on the Woodhead Pass near Sheffield (Britain), 2 killed:

2018-12-16 - Car crashes into bridge at 5 AM on Hidden Lakes Drive in North Kansas City (Missouri), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-12-16 - Car's brakes fail, car slams into building, on Canal Street in Lawrence (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The car failed at the intersection of Amesbury and Canal streets and struck the brick building, according to police, who said the brakes apparently failed."

2018-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into drainage culvert, in Lower Mount Bethel Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2018-12-16 - Car veers off road, slams into home, in Montgomery (Alabama):

2018-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into building, in Hyde Park area in coastal Los Angeles (California), 2 killed:

2018-12-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into fences and building, in Spring Gully (Australia):

Quote: "Police believe a driver could have been suffering a medical episode when his car took out a power pole, crashed through a Colorbond fence, smashed the side of a building and hit another fence. The incident took place in Lawson Street, Spring Gully, late this evening. Bendigo Police Senior Constable Lincoln Owens said the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero ute, a man approximately 30 years old, left the road and travelled about 150 metres."

2018-12-16 - Sinkhole opens on street in Columbia Borough (Pennsylvania):

2018-12-16 - Sinkhole opens on street in St. Mary's County (Maryland):

2018-12-16 - Sinkhole opens near building in West Bend (Wisconsin):

2018-12-16 - Vacant building partially collapses in Petersburg (Virginia):

2018-12-16 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia:

2018-12-16 - Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean off the coast of Western Australia:

2018-12-16 - Magnitude 3.0 earthquake strikes near Knoxville (Tennessee), third unusual earthquake in Tennessee in a week:

2018-12-16 - Large wave event heads to the San Francisco area in California:

2018-12-16 - Americans turn more pessimistic on economy:


  1. Hey Jonny and all your readers and fans! You have your proverbial thumb on the pulse of doom here. Not only do you provide the straight news stories that indicate H2S and CH4 are behind many of the "medical incidents" or "episodes" that are referred to in them, but you also provide a clearly laid out explanation for it all for people who are new to human extinction.

    Let's start off today with an important interview with a wonderfully aware woman named Gail Zawacki (who used to have her own blog called Wit's End, that chronicled the worldwide dying trees phenomenon and explained it all so that anyone could understand) by Mike D's friend
    Hambone Littletail (Sam Mitchell).

    Gail Zawacki: "You're Not Gonna Be Able to Survive This, No Matter How Much You Prepare" [~ 58.5 min.]

    [mega-precip event of the day]
    Tropical Cyclone "Owen" sets new Australian December daily rainfall record

    Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. [more]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 12.17.18 Global wheat supply falls to crisis levels; big China stocks won't provide [~ 28 min.]

    Stocks Are On Pace For Their Worst December Since The Great Depression – The Dow Is Now Down Over 3,300 Points From The Peak

    U.S. stocks have not fallen this dramatically during the month of December since the Great Depression of the 1930s. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost another 507 points, and it is now down more than 1,000 points from Thursday’s close. This fresh downturn has pushed the Dow and the S&P 500 very firmly into correction territory, and the Russell 2000 is now officially in bear market territory. The ferocity of this stock market crash is stunning many of the experts, and many investors are beginning to panic. Back in early October, the Dow hit an all-time high of 26,951.81, but on Monday it closed at just 23,592.98. That means that the Dow has now plunged more than 3,300 points from the peak of the market, and many believe that this stock crash is just getting started. [more]

    It's Panic Time

    What we are witnessing in real-time is a Brown Swan Event - a dire situation in which gamblers have their heads lodged in their own asses while markets are collapsing in real-time. The key lesson the de facto Idiocracy didn't learn in 2008: you can't trust Wall Street...

    BTFD: "Buy the Fucking Depression" [more]

    [continued below]

  2. The Scylla And Charybdis of Dumb And Dumber

    There are limits to having arrogant dunces running society, and markets are at the cusp of "discovering" those limitations. What is truly ironic is that Trump didn't trust a woman Janet Yellen to run the Fed, so he personally installed the far more hawkish Jerome Powell as Fed chief. Had he left Yellen in charge, she would have already yielded to concerns over global markets, as she did in 2015. Trump criticized Janet Yellen for NOT raising rates under Obama, and now he criticizes Powell for raising rates under his presidency.

    U.S. debt markets have already priced in a December rate hike. So if the Fed doesn't raise rates now, it will confirm that the "Greatest 'Conomy ever", is the greatest con job ever

    Here is a decision tree showing the likely first (and second order) effects from this Fed decision. Based upon this interpretation the Fed is duly boxed in [more; see graphic showing identical results no matter which road is taken - a LOT like the environmental predicament we're mired in]

    [for the religious among us]
    Signs and wonders: The incredible coincidence between January's Blood Moon and President Donald Trump: A sign for America?

    Signs and wonders, Joel 2:31: “The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (English Standard Version).

    If you are a Christian then Armageddon is closer than it's ever been before and a Blood Moon is a phenomenon mentioned many times in the Bible as an apocalyptic omen.
    But just what makes the upcoming January 21 total eclipse of the Moon ("BLOOD MOON") so special?
    According to Pastor Paul Begley, what is significant about this Blood Moon is the incredible "coincidence" it’s on the second anniversary of Trump being sworn in as President.
    And he was born on a Blood Moon, on June 14, 1946 – 700 days before Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948.
    There is more... [more]

    [more below]

  3. Today marks the 208th day in 2018 that the sun has been without spots: But 2018 is set to be the 4th warmest since records began: Warming or cooling?

    we can expect a further deepening of Solar Minimum in the year ahead with, literally, hundreds of spotless days to come.

    But even taking the cold start to parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2018 is on course to be the 4th hottest year on record with heatwaves breaking warm records along the whole Northern Hemisphere all summer long.

    It would appear unless we have a Krakatoa type volcanic eruption our planet is going to continue getting hotter. [more]

    [why things won't get any better for the environment via the U.S.]
    Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head Trump interior department – Top two U.S. environmental agencies now run by people previously paid by industry

    Ryan Zinke’s exit as interior secretary elevates a former lobbyist to the job, meaning the top two US environmental agencies will now be run by people previously paid by industry.
    The deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, will take over at least temporarily when Zinke steps down at the end of the year. He also could be in the running to head the department permanently. And at the Environmental Protection Agency, the acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist, will be nominated to keep the post. [more]

    [a bit more below]

  4. [so let's see how long this lasts]
    Quoting The Lorax, court vacates Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit to cross national forests – “We trust the U.S. Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues’”

    A federal court has vacated an environmental permit that would have allowed The Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, according to a court opinion filed Thursday with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The opinion quotes Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, saying: "We trust the United States Forest Service to 'speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.' ” A review of the permit records led the court to decide that the Forest Service "abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources."

    "This conclusion is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines," the opinion reads. [more]

    Tuesday, 18 December 2018
    Putin warns Ukraine not to attack Donbass

    Putin: "If Ukraine Attacks Donestsk or Luhansk, Ukraine will cease to exist" [source: Hal Turner Show]

    "Residents Should Not Panic": Thousands Of Las Vegas Homes Get ZERO Offers For November [source: Zero Hedge]

    New data published by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors shows 10,000 single-family homes were on the market and by the end of November, 7,000 of those homes had zero offers, up 54% compared to 2017 and the highest number of homes in Las Vegas Valley to not get a bid in more than two years. [more]

    [today's What Could Go Wrong segment]
    Hong Kong newspaper reveals Chinese and Russian ionosphere heating experiments

    China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

    A total of five experiments were carried out in June. One, on June 7, caused physical disturbance over an area as large as 126,000 sq km (49,000 square miles), or about half the size of Britain.

    The modified zone, looming more than 500km (310 miles) high over Vasilsursk, a small Russian town in eastern Europe, experienced an electric spike with 10 times more negatively charged subatomic particles than surrounding regions.

    There have been concerns that such facilities could be used to modify weather and even create natural disasters, including hurricanes, cyclones and earthquakes.

    The ultra-low frequency waves generated by these powerful facilities could even affect the operation of human brains, some critics have said. [more]

  5. [mega-precip event/frozen division]
    Fresh heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir cripples normal life, temperature dips to minus 15 degree Celsius

    Temperatures in the border state of Jammu and Kashmir dipped significantly lower after the state received fresh snowfall on Monday, bringing the movement of traffic to a grinding halt in many areas of the state and severely affecting normal life.

    According to news agency ANI, Rajouri town which is known as Vale of Lakes has received around 3 to 4 feet snowfall. The region, around 155 km from Srinagar, has been witnessing heavy snowfall for the last few days.

    The famous Mughal Road in the district has been closed due to a heavy spell of snow. The road has been closed for the last seven days due to snowfall in Pir Panjal mountain range. [more]

    [a two-fer from our Hot Topics desk]
    Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano roars to life with two spectacular eruptions

    Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano lit up the sky with a large flash from an eruption on Saturday night. The volcano spewed ash and smoke into the night sky. On Sunday morning eruption, a second eruption followed. [more; video]

    Volcano erupts on Kuchinoerabu Island, Japan

    A column of volcanic ash rose 2,000 meters into the air, and large rocks were seen spewing from the crater.

    A pyroclastic flow reached a distance of about one kilometer down the western slope. It is the first such flow to be observed there since May of 2015, when all residents were evacuated.

    Mount Shindake has been erupting sporadically since October.

    The agency is keeping its eruption alert level at three on a scale of one to five. [more]

    [more below]

  6. [see, I happened upon that interview with Gail while listening to BBN this morning - so this afternoon it dawned on me to check back to see if she posted anything (it's been quite a while and I've checked back randomly)]

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    The Lighthouse

    By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    As Albert advises, it's left to each of us to forge meaning, however absurd and false and pointless, from the purposeless void of existence. This is particularly difficult in the shadow not just of death, but of extinction...something which I doubt he had reason to seriously contemplate. [more]

    A financial 'winter is coming': Subservience to bankers, failure to reform will lead to another crash

    "The party is coming to an end. Remove the crutches that have supported global growth for a decade, throw in a trade war between the two largest economies, add a dash of wage inflation and a side dish of Brexit and you have a recipe that may prove rather unpalatable to global markets in 2019." [more]

    China and Japan continue slashing holdings of US debt

    China had $1.138 trillion in U.S. Treasuries in October, down from $1.151 trillion the previous month. The world's second-largest economy has cut its Treasury positions for five straight months, but remains the largest holder of U.S. Treasuries outside the United States.

    Japan also reduced its U.S. Treasury holdings, to $1.018 trillion from $1.028 trillion in September, marking the third consecutive month of paring. [more]

    Mass Animal Deaths for 2018

    18th December 2018 - Tons of fish die in a river in Dong Nai, Vietnam. Link

    17th December 2018 - Large die off of crows 'causes panic among locals' in Nandankanan, India. Link

    17th December 2018 - 20 dead stingray found on a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Link [lots more]

    Hurricane Michael Cost This Military Base About $5 Billion, Just One of 2018's Weather Disasters

    Major hurricanes, devastating wildfires, a drought and a series of extreme storms ran up the count of billion-dollar U.S. climate and weather disasters. [more]