Monday, February 25, 2019

Event Update For 2019-02-24

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

2019-02-24 - Foul odor evacuates area in coastal Hagåtña on the island of Guam:

Quote: "The Guam Fire Department evacuated the Tanaka building in Hagatna just before noon today following a report of a foul odor. GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly reports that GFD Hazmat units are conducting air monitoring for toxic or flammable gases. Reilly says that the neighboring Mobil gas station was also evacuated 'for safety reasons.'"

2019-02-24 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Beebe (Arkansas):

Quote: "There have been several reports of a loud boom in the Beebe area. Police say they aren't exactly sure where it came from. According to a Facebook post by Beebe Police, the department says they are aware of a loud explosion sound that was heard in the area."

2019-02-24 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Rinas Airport in Tirana (Albania):

Quote: "A 'Blue Panorama' plane traveling from Tirana to Ancona was made an emergency landing a few minutes after departing from Rinas Airport 'Mother Teresa' this Sunday. One of the passengers revealed that the flight started normally at 07:00 in the morning when the air defect occurred. 'We departed as usual, but while were above the sea, we saw smoke coming out of the plane, the cabin was filled with smoke. It was a horror scene, and there were children who started crying. The plane made some very dangerous movement, we thought we were going to die.'"

Note: This is the 26th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-02-24 - RV bursts into flame and kills 41-year-old man while parked at property in Decatur (Arkansas):

Quote: "A local man has died after his motorhome caught fire. It happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 403 Rooster Street."

Note: This is the 57th RV to burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 3rd deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-02-24 - At least 176 cars destroyed by fire while parked at private cab service in coastal Chennai (India):

Quote: "A major fire accident gutted 176 cars in a parking space at Chennai in a ground opposite to Ramachandra Medical College in Porur today. The fire engulfed the entire parking space that belonged to a private cab service."

2019-02-24 - Around 20 classic cars and commercial building destroyed by huge fire in Salinas (California):

Quote: "Every single Salinas fire unit battled the flames for two hours. The building, which stood strong for over 70 years, was home to as many as 20 classic cars, all of which were destroyed."

2019-02-24 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near restaurant in Springfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "After an extensive search of the building, Calvi said it was determined that an electrical fire underneath the sidewalk was what caused the smoke."

2019-02-24 - Transformers burst into flame at Yale campus in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2019-02-24 - Waste facility erupts in flame on Fort Road in Wick, near Littlehampton (Britain):

2019-02-24  - Fish-packing plant destroyed by fire in coastal Cap-Pelé (Canada), nobody there:

Quote: "The Cape Bald Packers fish-packing plant in Cap-Pelé, N.B., is a 'total loss,' the village's fire chief said."

Quote: "This is the second processing plant that the company has lost in less than a month. The Cape Bald Packers lobster-processing plant in [coastal] Richibucto Village was destroyed in early February. That location employed more than 150 people."

2019-02-24 - Oil factory heavily damaged by massive fire in coastal Raigad (India):

2019-02-24 - Multiple wildfires blaze across the island of Corsica (Italy):

2019-02-24 - Food cart explodes and burns in Eugene (Oregon):

2019-02-24 - Yacht bursts into flame at 3:50 AM while docked in coastal Pasadena (Maryland):

2019-02-24 - Boat, car and home destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM on Sunset Bay in Irving (New York):

Quote: "A car parked in the driveway of the residence on Erie Street was also destroyed in the fire."

Quote: "A boat parked beneath the awning has also been made inoperative. The rear of the boat sustained heavy damage, completely ruining the outboard motor, and melting nearly the entire stern."

Note: These are the 202nd and 203rd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-02-24 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Mesogeion Avenue in Athens (Greece):

2019-02-24 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway near coastal Varna (Bulgaria):

Note: These are the 112th and 113th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-02-24 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-95 in Cecil County (Maryland):

Quote: "Big Car Carrier fire I-95 South at MM98 in Cecil County, MD"

Note: This is the 11th car-hauler to burn in 2019...

2019-02-24 - Tractor and barn destroyed by fire near Altona (Illinois):

Note: These are the 319th and 320th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-02-24 - Campervan bursts into flame in Westmarsh, Canterbury (Britain):

2019-02-24 - SUV bursts into flame near auto center in Valencia (California):

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Limassol on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame on the M1 near coastal Dundalk (Ireland):

2019-02-24 - Two cars destroyed by fire while parked in garage at home in coastal Saint Lawrence on the island of Jersey (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at pub, fire spreads to van, in Yateley (Britain):

Quote: "A fire completely engulfed a parked car and spread to a neighbouring van in Yateley. The car fire, which appeared to town goers to happen out of the blue, began at about 3.30pm on Sunday (February 24) in a residential car park behind the Dog and Partridge pub."

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame at park-n-burn in Milton (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame in Rawmarsh (Britain):,car-fire-in-rawmarsh-was-accidental_30882.htm

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near Godstone (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame at 12:48 AM on Thirlmere Avenue in Bletchley (Britain):

Quote: "Sunday 24 February, 12.48am Car fire, Thirlmere Avenue, Bletchley. One appliance and crew from Bletchley attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus."

2019-02-24 - Car bursts into flame in Warley Cross (Britain):

Quote: "Warley Cross. Sun 24 Feb 2019 16:49 (No:03969) Car on fire. Two hose reels and one BA in use."

2019-02-24 - Motorcycle bursts into flame while parked in garage at home on Grange Close in Condover (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 4:34 AM on Glenfield Drive in Kirk Ella (Britain):

Quote: "Glenfield Drive, Fairfield Avenue, Kirk Ella. Sun 24 Feb 2019 04:34 (No:03949) Motorcyle fire, one hose reel in use."

2019-02-24 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 4:18 AM on Cheshire Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Cheshire Close, Priory Road, Hull. Sun 24 Feb 2019 04:18 (No:03946) Motorcycle fire, one hose reel in use."

2019-02-24 - Skid-loader and barn go up in flames near Reeseville (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2019-02-24 - U-Haul storage facility damaged by fire in Tempe (Arizona), nobody there:

2019-02-24 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), nobody there:

2019-02-24 - Three commercial buildings go up in flames on South Commercial Avenue in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-02-24 - Six businesses go up in flames at office complex in Leola (Pennsylvania):

2019-02-24 - Clothing store damaged by fire just after 5 AM at strip mall in Vancouver (Washington):

2019-02-24 - Church destroyed by fire in Welland (Canada):

2019-02-24 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire on High Street in Lowell (Massachusetts):

2019-02-24 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Woods Cross (Utah):

2019-02-24 - Home damaged by fire on Herndon Street in Shreveport (Louisiana), nobody there:

2019-02-24 - Home under renovation damaged by basement fire on Newport Avenue in coastal Pawtucket (Rhode Island), nobody there:

2019-02-24 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in coastal Murrells Inlet (South Carolina):

2019-02-24 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:44 AM on Maple Swamp Road in North Dighton (Massachusetts):

2019-02-24 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:30 PM on Phillips Lane in West Vincent Township (Pennsylvania), 2 dogs killed:

2019-02-24 - Home under renovation destroyed by fire at midnight in Barstow (Illinois), nobody there:

2019-02-24 - Home destroyed by fire near Leisure Lake (Iowa):

2019-02-24 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by fire in Tredyffrin Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-02-24 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in San Antonio (Texas):

2019-02-24 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-02-24 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Sant Antoni de Portmany on the island of Ibiza (Spain), several injured:

2019-02-24 - Embassy Suites hotel damaged by fire just after midnight in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at midnight on Sawmill Run Road in Coldspring (New York), 2 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly garage fire burns home just before 4:30 AM near Big Lake (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire burns home in Ballard area in coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:30 AM on Harwood Avenue in Lebanon (Missouri), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire burns home on Rockwall Street in McKinney (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire burns home on Elam Street in New Britain (Connecticut), 2 killed:

2019-02-24 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 7 AM in Freeland (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 6 injured:

2019-02-24 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on Foust Hollow Road in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2019-02-24 - Worms disappearing in the UK, resulting in birds disappearing too:

2019-02-24 - Three children, 9, 9 and 12, found dead in quarry pit in Ismailkhanpet (India):

2019-02-24 - College grad student, man, 24, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool at university in coastal South Kingstown (Rhode Island):

Quote: "The resident said that he had been watching his kids for about a half hour in the water around 4 p.m. before another child notified the URI lifeguards that someone was at the bottom of the pool."

Quote: "This is the second URI student death in a little over a week, after nursing student Dominque Franco passed away following a medical emergency on February 16."

2019-02-24 - Man found dead in submerged car in the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2019-02-24 - Person found dead in the Trinity River in Dallas (Texas):

2019-02-24 - Person found dead in vehicle south of Blanchard (Oklahoma):

2019-02-24 - Person goes into cardiac arrest and drops dead in dive shed at university in coastal Perth (Australia):

Quote: "Emergency services and police converged near the dive shed on campus, and students were notified of its closure just after 12.40pm. The shed is used by students to hire out diving gear, and it has been roped off by police. St John Ambulance said two of its units attended responding to reports of a cardiac arrest. According to a spokesman, a cardiac arrest event can happen for 'any number of reasons'. A Murdoch University spokeswoman confirmed the person found was not a student."

2019-02-24 - Woman, 40, has 'medical episode' and dies at home in coastal Cooktown (Australia):

Quote: "Police are investigating the death of a 40-year-old woman at Cooktown yesterday. Police were called to a Railway Avenue home around 5pm in relation to a woman needing assistance. As police were speaking to family members and the woman, she suffered a medical episode, and later became unresponsive. Police performed CPR until the arrival of QAS staff. The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene."

2019-02-24 - Man, 52, dies after being pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Agnes Water (Australia):

Quote: "Authorities have confirmed a man has died in a drowning incident in Agnes Water. A 52-year-old Deception Bay man was located unconscious in the water about 4.45pm yesterday at Agnes Water main beach, off Tom Jeffery Memorial Road. A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics performed CPR however the patient died at the scene. Surf Life Saving Queensland's Craig Holden said early indications from bystanders suggested the man may have suffered a medical episode while surfing."

2019-02-24 - Man, 40, collapses and dies while cycling near the Cradle of Mankind northwest of Johannesburg (South Africa):

Quote: "Reports from the scene indicate that a 40-year-old male cyclist riding in a group collapsed while cycling. A cyclist has died after collapsing during a bicycle ride with a group of friends near the Cradle of Mankind, northwest of Johannesburg, paramedics said on Sunday."

2019-02-24 - Man, 25, dies while swimming in reservoir in coastal Chalong, Phuket (Thailand):

2019-02-24 - Woman, 28, film director, found dead at home in coastal Thiruvananthapuram (India):

2019-02-24 - Man drops dead near the Braid River in Ballymena (Ireland):

2019-02-24 - Man in his 60s has 'medical episode' and dies while driving on the B3233 near coastal Bideford (Britain):

Quote: "A man has died after suffering a medical episode at the wheel of his car in North Devon. The incident happened on the B3233 between Bideford and Barnstaple at Westleigh on Sunday afternoon."

2019-02-24 - Man found dead at flat off Greenfield Road in Holywell (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Person found dead in canal or river in coastal Cardiff (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Man, 43, found dead in Sandhurst Memorial Park in Sandhurst (Britain):

2019-02-24 - Man, 62, has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into tree, in Mount Cory (Ohio), 5 injured:

Quote: "Police say 62-year-old Mark Peckham was driving a 2011 GMC Acadia when he suffered an unknown medical emergency and went off the roadway, hitting a tree. Police say there were four children, ages 9 to 12, in the car at the time of the crash. All occupants of the vehicle were taken to the Findlay campus of the Blanchard Valley hospital with unknown injuries."

2019-02-24 - Small plane makes emergency landing in dry lake bed near Jean (Nevada):

2019-02-24 - Small plane makes emergency belly-landing at airport in Fresno (California), landing gear problem:

2019-02-24 - Tanker truck overturns on M-37 in South Branch Township (Michigan):

2019-02-24 - Truck crashes through median, hits truck head-on, near coastal Mumbai (India), 7 killed, 19 injured:

2019-02-24 - SUV veers off road, crashes into parked truck, near Palatine (Illinois), 1 injured:

Quote: "Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:50 p.m. Saturday February 23, 2019 to a report that an SUV crashed into a parked truck. The driver may have had a medical problem before the crash and was in cardiac arrest when firefighter/paramedics arrived."

2019-02-24 - Pickup truck and car collide head-on, in Littlefield (Arizona), 2 injured:

2019-02-24 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in coastal Davie (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Tesla that became engulfed in flames after a weekend crash in Florida that killed its driver was taken to a tow yard, where it repeatedly caught fire."

2019-02-24 - Car veers off road, crashes across canal, in South Bay (Florida), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, in Coventry (Rhode Island), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Car veers off road, crashes through brick wall, in Idaho Falls (Idaho), 1 killed:

2019-02-24 - Extreme weather events are fueling food shocks and jeopardizing global security:

2019-02-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the Waihi River (New Zealand):

Quote: "There is 'limited ability' to control a toxic outbreak at Geraldine's Waihi River, Environment Canterbury says. Instead, the authority can make people aware of the potentially toxic cyanobacteria algae in the river and how they can avoid exposing themselves and their pets to the potentially toxic algae, ECan principal scientist Shirley Hayward said."

2019-02-24 - Hurricane-force winds cause widespread power outages from the Midwest to the Northeast:

2019-02-24 - Fierce winds blow fish out of the water in Malta:

2019-02-24 - Heavy rain pounds Luanda (Angola), 4+ killed:

2019-02-24 - Food as medicine, mushrooms for longevity:


  1. These car fires are unbelievable, Jonny! Lots of homes, apartments and hotels (not to mention barns and commercial buildings) going up in flames too, recently. Just as you predicted! Looks like we're heading into the steep part of the exponential curve.

    i fully expect this summer to convince a LOT of people of the reality you describe.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 2.25.19 This is an emergency, damn it [~ 41 min.]

    Super Typhoon Wutip the strongest February storm seen in the western Pacific Ocean in 70 years

    Plastics: The New Coal in Appalachia?

    With the natural gas fracking boom, plastics production is spreading in the Ohio River Valley. But at what cost to health and climate?

    MONACA, Pennsylvania — Along the banks of the Ohio River here, thousands of workers are assembling the region's first ethane cracker plant. It's a conspicuous symbol of a petrochemical and plastics future looming across the Appalachian region.

    More than 70 construction cranes tower over hundreds of acres where zinc was smelted for nearly a century. In a year or two, Shell Polymers, part of the global energy company Royal Dutch Shell, plans to turn what's called "wet gas" into plastic pellets that can be used to make a myriad of products, from bottles to car parts.

    Two Asian companies could also announce any day that they plan to invest as much as $6 billion in a similar plant in Ohio. There's a third plastics plant proposed for West Virginia.

    With little notice nationally, a new petrochemical and plastics manufacturing hub may be taking shape along 300 miles of the upper reaches of the Ohio River, from outside Pittsburgh southwest to Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. It would be fueled by a natural gas boom brought on by more than a decade of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling process that has already dramatically altered the nation's energy landscape—and helped cripple coal. [more]

    [i gotta get to school, where i can continue to comment]

  2. Coastal erosion causes once-buried waste to re-emerge on an English beach – “A massive decline in the numbers of fish”

    Northumberland County Council told ITV News it undertook a land reclamation in the early 2000s, which involved cleaning up the beach and landscaping the cliffside, but it said it no longer has the means to repeat the process, saying “the prospect of the County Council being able to afford to excavate it and remove it from sight is very, very slim.”

    The Government said it has no plans to fund a coastal erosion scheme at Lynemouth and the Environment Agency said “ultimate responsibility for both the landfill site and coastal defences at Lynemouth Beach lies with the council.” [more]

    Photo gallery: Aerial views of Australia’s brutal drought

    The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak – “It will take off like a wildfire”

    Measles outbreaks have sprung up in nine other states this winter, but officials are particularly alarmed about the one in Clark County because of its potential to go very big, very quickly. [more]

    Mexican activist shot dead before vote on power project he opposed – Thousands protest murder of Samir Flores Soberanes in Mexico City

    A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed.

    Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in his home during the early hours of Wednesday in the town of Amilcingo in Morelos state, 80 miles south of Mexico City. He was a human rights activist, producer for a community radio station and long-time opponent of the Proyecto Integral Morelos (the integral project for Morelos) – which includes the plant and pipeline. [more]

    Atlantic City is really going down this time

    Atlantic City covers the northern third of Absecon Island, a barrier island made up of an alarming amount of sand. It is a bad town to die in — there are plenty of vacant lots but no cemeteries. In many places, if you dig down more than eight feet you hit water.

    Last June, NOAA released a report on high-tide flooding in the United States over the course of 2017. Atlantic City and Boston were tied for second place with 22 days of flooding from high tide alone. The only metro area more affected, with 23 days of flooding, was Sabine Pass, which sits on the Gulf Coast, where Texas meets Louisiana. [more]

    [more below]

  3. A record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments, a red flag for the economy

    A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday, even more than during the wake of the financial crisis.

    Economists warn that this is a red flag. Despite the strong economy and low unemployment rate, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills. [more]

    [that's because the economy ISN'T "strong" and the unemployment rate is a fucking joke]

    UK posts hottest winter day on record at 20.3°C (68.5°F) – “The first time we’ve recorded over 20 degrees in winter”

    The highest ever winter temperature has been recorded in the UK, the Met Office has said, reaching 20.3C (69F) in west Wales. [more]

    Malta hit by worst storm since October 1982

    A powerful storm hit the Mediterranean island of Malta on February 24, 2019, with hurricane-force winds and tidal surges all along its coast. The same storm caused record gusts in Split, southern Croatia, killed four people in central Italy and caused major floods and damage across the Greek island of Crete. [more]

    As The Perfect Storm Approaches, Most Americans Are Partying Instead Of Preparing

    [most don't have the means to "prepare," Mr. Snyder]

    In America today, most people either believe that the future is going to be totally wonderful or that the future will be totally wonderful once we get rid of Trump. Because so many of us have adopted one of these false narratives, most Americans are partying instead of preparing, and that is going to mean big trouble when things really start going haywire. [more]

    [continued below]

  4. Tuesday, 26 February 2019
    Michael Shellenberger - the shill for the nuclear industry

    Propaganda for the nuclear energy produced on cue

    What could be more ridiculous than fearing nuclear waste?

    Forget Chernobyl, forget Fukushima. It's all a complete nothingburger and needed the "save the planet" (for the elite).
    [more; the nuclear industry is built on LIES and careless disregard for the environment]

    [well, as usual, Jonny hit the nail on the head saying that the chem-trailing is to PROTECT us, despite it's inherent harm]
    A World Without Clouds

    new findings reported today in the journal Nature Geoscience make the case that the effects of cloud loss are dramatic enough to explain ancient warming episodes like the PETM — and to precipitate future disaster. Climate physicists at the California Institute of Technology performed a state-of-the-art simulation of stratocumulus clouds, the low-lying, blankety kind that have by far the largest cooling effect on the planet. The simulation revealed a tipping point: a level of warming at which stratocumulus clouds break up altogether. The disappearance occurs when the concentration of CO2 in the simulated atmosphere reaches 1,200 parts per million — a level that fossil fuel burning could push us past in about a century, under “business-as-usual” emissions scenarios. In the simulation, when the tipping point is breached, Earth’s temperature soars 8 degrees Celsius, in addition to the 4 degrees of warming or more caused by the CO2 directly. [more]

    Concrete is tipping us into climate catastrophe. It’s payback time

    Because of the heat needed to decompose rock and the natural chemical processes involved in making cement, every tonne made releases one tonne of C02, the main greenhouse warming gas.

    Nearly 6% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, and up to 8% of the world’s, are now sourced from cement production. If it were a country, the cement industry would be the third largest in the world, its emissions behind only China and the US.[more]

    Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists

    Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday.

    “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years.

    They said confidence that human activities were raising the heat at the Earth’s surface had reached a “five-sigma” level, a statistical gauge meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that the signal would appear if there was no warming.
    [more; we're ignoring it anyway]

    Opinion [NY Times]
    The Green New Deal Is Better Than Our Climate Nightmare

    The ambitious plan has had a rocky start, but it has also changed the national conversation. That alone is reason to applaud it. [more]

  5. [from our AI Is NOT Your Friend desk]
    Five creepy things AI has started doing all on its own

    5. An AI Learned To Half-Ass Its Work, Then Lie About It
    4. They Find Ways To Take "Shortcuts" At Every Opportunity
    3. AI Will Learn To Become Aggressive In Order To Achieve Its Goals
    2. They've Learned To Lie To Get What They Want
    1. The Creators Sometimes Don't Even Know How It Works
    [read about each of these at the link]

    Phoenix, Arizona shatters 122-year-old temperature record

    Phoenix smashed a 122-year-old record for the lowest high
    temperature ever recorded in the city on Feb. 22, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

    And it wasn't even close.

    The official high temperature on Friday was a frigid (well, for Phoenix) 47 degrees.

    The previous record for the lowest high temperature was recorded Feb. 22, 1897, �������� �������� �������������� ������ ���������� �� ��.��. ������������������: 54 degrees. [more]

    Meteor fireball seen in Houston area, Texas

    Meteor fireball reported over Canadian Maritimes

    [Today, fish, tomorrow IT'S US!]
    Millions of fish have been dying in Australia's major rivers

    Poor management, excess upstream irrigation and drought led to three mass deaths of endangered fish species during December and January in the Murray-Darling Basin. These deaths included Murray cod fish that were decades old, according to an investigation by the Australian Academy of Science that was published last week.

    Craig Moritz at the Australian National University in Canberra, who chaired the investigation, says the sight of millions of dead fish should be a wake-up call. He described the mass fish deaths as a mainland equivalent of the coral bleaching events that have been hitting the Great Barrier Reef.

    Much of Australia's economy and food security depends on the Murray-Darling Basin, a complex river system with 2.6 million nearby residents, including more than 40 Aboriginal nations.
    [more; doesn't bode well]

    Lightning bolt kills 3 brothers in Pir Mahal, Pakistan

    1 dead after record rainfall on the island of Crete, Greece


    The Greek island of Crete has experienced torrential rainfall and flooding for the second time in 7 days. Some areas of the island have now recorded over 1 metre of rain so far this month. [more; yet another mega-precip event]

    Dearth of worms blamed for dramatic decline in UK songbird population

    Britain's first farmland worm survey has revealed that nearly half of English fields lack key types of earthworm and may help explain the alarming decline of one of the country's most loved songbirds. [more]

    UK: Hottest February day ever as temperatures soar to 20C/68F

    [this was posted for the lovely picture, the news was posted]

    [also, SOTT shows their attitude in their comment]

    [more below]

  6. 'Bomb cyclone' strikes eastern US: 550,000 still powerless from fierce winds

    Ferocious winds from a potent "bomb cyclone" roared across the eastern United States, and 550,000 homes and businesses were still without power Monday.

    At midday, nearly 80 million people were under high-wind warnings or advisories across parts of 14 states, according to the National Weather Service. At least 1,200 flights were canceled Monday, according to FlightAware. [more]

    [how high we tawkin' bout?]
    The Latest: Northeast's highest peak records 144 mph gust

    A wind gust of 144 mph (231 kph) has been recorded on the highest peak in the Northeast.

    The gust at New Hampshire's Mount Washington was clocked during a windstorm that is raking the country from Michigan to New England down to Virginia.

    Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are without power. [more]

    Erin Brockovich blasts Trump over ‘reckless, careless’ environmental regulation rollbacks

    “You’re playing with everybody’s lives. And I think it could be a fatal blow,” Brockovich said in an interview with the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes.”

    “This is really reckless, careless behavior that has total disregard for the environment and the appreciation that water sustains our life and the future of our health,” Brockovich said of lifting regulations. [more including ~ 2.5 min. video]

    Correction: Cargo Plane Crash-The Latest story

    [2 bodies recovered, one still missing]

    Nuclear-Armed India and Pakistan Face Off in Renewed Escalation [~ 2 min. video and text]

    Forget the San Andreas Fault! California’s next ‘Big One’ could be a volcanic eruption, USGS WARNS

    The U.S. Geological Survey has warned that California’s next big hazard could come in the form of a volcanic eruption – not a damaging earthquake, landslides, floods, tsunamis, and wildfires, as the state is often recognized for.

    Estimating the risk based on the last 5,000 years of volcanic activity, the report found there is a 16 percent chance of a small to moderate sized eruption over the next 30 years. In comparison, there is a 22 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake at the San Andreas Fault in the San Francisco Bay area in the next 25 years. [more; one may cause the other, too!]

  7. I tried to BOLD a simple fragment of a sentence and I got that gibberish above! It was supposed to say (actually DID say in bold before I sent it):

    "back when Arizona was still a U.S. territory: 54 degrees."

  8. Yeah, in the comments, you can't bold or italicize or underline - pure unadulterated text only. My workaround, for bolding at least, is to use all caps. Not exactly ideal since it looks more screamy, but at least that's an option!

  9. Lesson learned!

    Major moorland fire in Yorkshire, UK - In February?

    200 square metres of moorland are ablaze and the fire service say it's likely that they'll be there throughout the night. No cause is yet known. [more; km? meters wouldn't be very big]

  10. Yeah, I saw that story and thought, 'That's what they call big?!' Maybe they mean 200 meters by 200 meters? I mean, 200 square meters is just a little bigger than my house - hardly even worth the text to print a story about something like that. I must be missing something!

  11. Here's an updated link on that moor fire:

    Now 1.5 square kilometers, or 1.5 MILLION square meters. If it was puny at 200 square meters, it's not nearly so puny anymore.