Thursday, March 7, 2019

Event Update For 2019-03-06

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

2019-03-06 - RV goes up in flames and kills woman on Tuxford Street in Sun Valley (California):

Quote: "Police and fire officials launched an investigation after a woman’s body was found inside a burning recreational vehicle parked on a street along the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said."

Note: This is the 66th RV to burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 4th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Passenger plane hit by fire and/or smoke at Malta International Airport on the island of Malta:

Quote: "According to sources, an Emirates airplane was billowing smoke at the Malta International Airport. Aviation news portal Horizon confirmed the incident saying that the smoke was coming out of the plane’s APU exhaust door."

Quote: "The same sources also said that it was probably the auxiliary power unit which caught fire. "

Note: This is the 35th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Passengers and crew sicken on passenger plane after departing from coastal Bridgetown (Barbados):

Quote: "A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust was called to attend an inbound flight at Gatwick shortly before 5am today following reports of a number of passengers and crew feeling unwell and nauseous.'"

Quote: "It was a charter flight carrying 448 holidaymakers who were returning home after travelling on the cruise ship MSC Preziosa in the Caribbean."

Quote: "Wilson said symptoms were 'mainly a bad chesty cough, possibly chest infection.'"

Quote: "What we do know is that, on MSC Preziosa, no cases of acute gastroenteritis have been reported in the past 14 days."

2019-03-06 - Seven fire trucks, two ambulances and fire station destroyed by explosion and fire before 3:30 AM on Madeline Island in Lake Michigan (Wisconsin), nobody there:

Quote: "An explosion and fire early Wednesday morning leveled the building that housed Madeline Island’s only fire department and ambulance service. No one was injured in the blast at 320 Big Bay Road, though a police officer had left the building less than two hours before, said Red Cliff Fire Chief Jeff Hood, whose department provided aid at the scene. The building has sleeping quarters for the Town of La Pointe’s police officers."

Quote: "In the summer, especially, the town’s police often stay overnight at the fire hall because ferry service ends by about 1 a.m."

Quote: "There were about seven fire vehicles and two ambulances in the fire department building, Potswald said, including a new ambulance that the department received in November."

2019-03-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, multiple cars burn, in Fillmore (California), near the Santa Clara River:

Quote: "Crews knocked down a fire Wednesday at a Fillmore business where multiple vehicles were ablaze, officials said. The Fillmore Fire Department responded to the report of a fire about 11:15 a.m. to Fillmore Auto Dismantling, 121 Santa Clara St."

2019-03-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire shortly after 1:30 AM, 40 cars destroyed, in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "About 40 cars have been destroyed in a huge fire at a western Sydney auto wreckers."

2019-03-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and cars burn, in coastal Erith (Britain):

Quote: "Around 80 firefighters are dealing with a fire on a metal recycling unit, Landau Way, Erith. A large pile of scrap metal is alight. Station manager, Daniel Slay who is at the scene said: 'A mixture of scrapped cars and metal is alight.'"

2019-03-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, train cars and tires burn, in Poplar area in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire outside a scrapyard on Lochnagar Street in Poplar. Around 20 lorry tyres and railway sleepers were destroyed in the fire."

2019-03-06 - Recycling center hit by fire, piles of plastic bottles burn, near coastal Thames (New Zealand):

Quote: "Stored plastic bottles have been engulfed in a fire near Thames that was visible from kilometres around. Firefighters were called to a building that was well alight on Paeroa Kopu Road at 2.30pm on Thursday near the Carter Holt Harvey Mill. It's believed to be a Smart Environment building."

2019-03-06 - Refinery damaged by fire and explosions in El Dorado (Kansas):

2019-03-06 - Underground fire breaks out in coastal Perth (Scotland):

2019-03-06 - Survey ship 'Lia' bursts into flame near coastal Filey Brigg (Britain):

Quote: "The Filey RNLI and a rescue helicopter have responded to a mayday call from the 'Lia' on March 5, 2019, just before 7 p.m. about two miles north of Filey Brigg. The survey vessel had to declare a major emergency after an engine room fire. Within a short time, the ALB had arrived, and it was decided that five people from the survey team should be evacuated from the ship to the lifeboat whilst two crew members should remain on board."

Note: This is the 219th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-40 near Jackson (Tennessee):

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on 25th Street in Kearney (Nebraska):

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 5:30 AM on US 101 in Woodland Hills (California), some crashes too:

Quote: "According to CHP records, a big rig appeared to have caught fire and blocked all lanes in that section of the freeway. Although the flames were extinguished before 5:25 a.m., the lanes did not fully reopen until about 11 a.m."

2019-03-06 - Tractor and barn destroyed by fire on Wastler Road in Clayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Officials say no animals were injured in the incident, but a barn containing a tractor, horse equipment, and a horse treadmill was destroyed."

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on the N3 near Estcourt (South Africa):

2019-03-06 - Tractor bursts into flame in Upton Cressett, Bridgnorth (Britain):

Note: These are the 373rd, 374th, 375th, 376th, 377th and 378th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-06 - Tow truck bursts into flame then rolls into fire truck, in coastal University City, San Diego (California):

Quote: "A tow truck caught fire and rolled backward until it crashed into a fire truck in University City Wednesday."

2019-03-06 - Van explodes into flame at Home Depot in Puyallup (Washington), pet killed, person injured:

Quote: "One person was taken to the hospital and one pet was found dead after a car explosion in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Puyallup."

2019-03-06 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home on Lingle Street in Owosso (Michigan):

2019-03-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Orlando (Florida):

2019-03-06 - Car bursts into flame on Chopsey Hill Road in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2019-03-06 - Car bursts into flame on tow truck on the M1 in Helensburgh (Australia):

2019-03-06 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M5 near Tewkesbury (Britain):

2019-03-06 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Hilltop Avenue at Ferry Road in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Hilltop Avenue, Ferry Road, Scunthorpe. Wed 6 Mar 2019 09:42 (No:04735) Motorbike on fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2019-03-06 - Semi trailer bursts into flame at business in Conover (North Carolina):

2019-03-06 - Ten vehicles and commercial garage destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in Wayne County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Ten vehicles were destroyed, and four of the vehicles are used by PennDOT for snow removal."

2019-03-06 - SUV and barn destroyed by fire at 2 AM on East Kelly Road in Frankfort (Indiana), horses and chickens killed:

2019-03-06 - Four trucks and sawmill destroyed by fire in Taman Anggerik (Malaysia), near the coast:

Quote: "A sawmill in Taman Anggerik, Jalan Lintas Sibuga here was destroyed in a fire last night. According to Sabah Fire and Rescue Department, the 3,000 sq metre factory which was also a store was totally gutted by the blaze. The flame also wrecked four lorries while a Perodua Viva and another lorry were partially damaged."

2019-03-06 - Luxury cars and car service center go up in flames in coastal Mumbai (India):

2019-03-06 - Barn destroyed by fire at 4:22 AM in Cache County (Utah):

2019-03-06 - Barn destroyed by fire near Aberdeen (South Dakota):

2019-03-06 - Barn destroyed by fire in Oakville (Canada):

2019-03-06 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 2:44 AM on Main Street in Atlanta (Georgia):

2019-03-06 - Shop and home destroyed by fire at 3:43 AM on North River Drive in Sweet Home (Oregon):

2019-03-06 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Dorchester (Massachusetts):

2019-03-06 - Government building heavily damaged by fire in Delhi (India):

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Highlands Shores Road in east Harris County (Texas), 3 injured:

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:10 AM on Settlers Landing Road in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at midnight on Tributary Ridge Drive in Austin (Texas):

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire at 2:40 AM in the Riverside area in Buffalo (New York):

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4:30 AM in Vancouver (Washington), 1 injured:

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:55 AM on Windsong Lane in coastal Milford (Connecticut), nobody there:

2019-03-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Piscataway (New Jersey), nobody there:

2019-03-06 - Home under construction destroyed by fire just after midnight in Monrovia (California), nobody there:

2019-03-06 - Home destroyed by fire in Humansville (Missouri):

2019-03-06 - Home which was once a church destroyed by fire in Virginia (Illinois):

2019-03-06 - Home destroyed by fire before 7 AM in Kenner (Louisiana):

2019-03-06 - Home destroyed by fire in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2019-03-06 - Home destroyed by fire in Jessieville (Arkansas), 2 dogs killed:

Quote: "The Hughes told us firefighters believe it may have started in their AC/ heating unit."

2019-03-06 - Triple-decker home heavily damaged by fire in Lawrence (Massachusetts):

2019-03-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal North Miami Beach (Florida):

2019-03-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Springfield (Illinois), 1 injured:

2019-03-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by huge fire in Morrisville (North Carolina):

2019-03-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 6:15 AM in coastal Bronx (New York), 19 injured:

2019-03-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just after 1 AM in Auburn (Washington):

2019-03-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire before 2:30 AM in Fort Worth (Texas):

2019-03-06 - Deadly fire burns home at 12:30 AM in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Deadly fire burns home at 1 AM on Old Hickory Boulevard near Nashville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Deadly fire destroys home at 4 AM on Airport Road near Sanford (Florida), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Deadly fire destroys home near the Spavinaw River in Mayes County (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Vacant commercial building burns in coastal Vallejo (California):

2019-03-06 - Gray whale found dead on beach near coastal San Pedro (California):

2019-03-06 - More than 100 ringtail possums die along coastal Somers Beach (Australia):

Quote: "More than 100 dead and injured ringtail possums have been found by wildlife rescuers along a single stretch of beach in Victoria in what ecologists say is becoming an annual occurrence due to extreme heat. Rescuers and wildlife carers discovered 127 ringtail possums along the shoreline and in the water at Somers Beach on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday during a four-day period that saw consistent temperatures in the high 30s, warm nights and bushfires in parts of the state."

2019-03-06 - Family of seven found dead at home in/near Tando Jam (Pakistan):

Quote: "According to police, all the bodies found were 48 hours old and no signs of torture or bullets have been found on the bodies."

2019-03-06 - Man found dead in Lake Austin near the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin (Texas):

2019-03-06 - Man, 28, found dead in jail cell in Abilene (Texas):

2019-03-06 - Man, 34, drops dead at jail in Visalia (California):

2019-03-06 - Woman found dead in Table Rock Lake near Cassville (Missouri):

2019-03-06 - Man found dead under bridge in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2019-03-06 - Man, 64, drops dead in apartment in Mount Vernon area in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2019-03-06 - Man found dead in ditch in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2019-03-06 - Man, 62, drops dead in hotel room in Palmyra (Maine):

2019-03-06 - Middle-aged man drops dead in apartment in Cuenca (Ecuador):

2019-03-06 - Woman found dead in brook in Darwen (Britain):

2019-03-06 - Passenger plane captain has 'medical emergency' after departing from coastal Seattle, plane diverts to Spokane (Washington):

Quote: "Alaska Airlines flight 738 from Seattle to Kansas City diverted to Spokane for a medical emergency Wednesday night. "

Quote: "Alaska Airlines tells KHQ that the captain of flight 738 wasn't feeling well which caused the plane to divert to Spokane. The captain was taken to the hospital once they landed safely."

2019-03-06 - Man has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into tree, in Grand Forks (North Dakota), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police said the man likely suffered some sort of medical emergency and ran into the tree. The officer said the car may have briefly been on fire, possibly due to the vehicle's tires spinning and creating heat."

2019-03-06 - Man has 'medical emergency', car slams into home, in Elizabethtown (Kentucky):

Quote: "The vehicle struck the house after the male driver reportedly suffered a non-fatal medical emergency, according to Elizabethtown Police Department."

2019-03-06 - Small plane crashes near Summersville (Missouri), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Small plane goes missing near Submarine Lake (Alaska):

2019-03-06 - Small plane makes emergency landing on the N1 in Pretoria (South Africa):

2019-03-06 - Tanker truck crashes into gorge, bursts into flame, in Saini Majra (India), 2 killed, 8 homes burn separately:

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer veers across median, hits car head-on, fire erupts, near Wichita (Kansas), 3 killed:

2019-03-06 - Tractor trailer overturns at 4 AM, bursts into flame, on US 60 near Umbarger (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, on Colham Ferry Road near Watkinsville (Georgia), 1 killed:

Quote: "Sgt. Tim Meyer said it appears that Carr may have had a medical issue which caused her erratic driving."

2019-03-06 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, in Geneva Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-03-06 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, on I-40 in North Little Rock (Arkansas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-03-06 - Man,34, with hatchet and knife gets agitated, yells, strips naked, stabs cop, in Portland (Oregon), 1 mile from the Willamette River:

Quote: "Police received reports that a man appeared agitated, was yelling, appeared to be armed with a hatchet, and was taking his clothes off. The man was near Hosford Middle School in the 2300 block of Southeast 28th Place. The school was put into lockdown as a precaution. Responding officers directed Messare to get rid of the hatchet and visible knife, which he did, police said. Messare then charged at the officers, stabbing one of them in the hand with a smaller knife that was concealed, police said."

2019-03-06 - Huge sinkhole opens at zoo in Louisville (Kentucky):

Quote: "A Kentucky zoo has closed while engineers study a newly discovered sinkhole nearly as large as a football field. Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or animals were reported injured and no buildings damaged. Louisville Metro Emergency Services Director Jody Meiman says officials estimate the sinkhole is about 50 yards by 85 yards (45 meters by 75 meters) and about 50 feet (15 meters) deep in spots."

2019-03-06 - Sinkhole opens near gas station in Rostraver Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-03-06 - Water main breaks in Hazleton (Iowa):

2019-03-06 - Man has breathing problems on London Road North in coastal Lowestoft (Britain):

Quote: "Soon after 8am a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the East Anglia Air Ambulance from Norwich attended a call near London Road North in Lowestoft after reports of a man with breathing difficulties."

2019-03-06 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts near Mexico City (Mexico):

2019-03-06 - Fierce lightning storm hits Santa Barbara County (California):

Quote: "In one five-minute stretch alone, shortly after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded 1,489 pulses of lightning off the coast, 231 over Santa Barbara County and 40 in Los Angeles County."

2019-03-06 - Death Valley, the driest location in the US, swamped by flooding:

2019-03-06 - Extreme cold hits the US as record warms hit Western Europe, paradox caused by a stuck jet stream across the Atlantic:

2019-03-06 - Frigid air to precede next winter storm in US Midwest and Northeast:

2019-03-06 - Asteroids much harder to destroy than previously thought:

2019-03-06 - Dollar Tree to close up to 390 Family Dollar stores, reports $2.3 billion loss:

2019-03-06 - As the economy teeters on the brink of recession, US debt levels are exploding:

2019-03-06 - US credit card debt closed 2018 at a record $870 billion, overall consumer debt reached a record $13.5 trillion:

2019-03-06 - Unknown diamond-shaped 'something' seen in the sky over New York:


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

    Yep, gettin' worse by the day (probably by the hour, now). Everything from ice loss at both poles and world-wide pollution of all kinds including radiation, to copious layoffs and mass store closures at the societal level, it's all going downhill rapidly, and it's only the beginning of the 3rd month.

    We've seen "out-of-season" tornadoes in the south, flooding in the desert southwest, frigid cold and high winds from the Plains to the east coast. i expect the weather to go from way too cold to 90 F, with no real "spring" to speak of this year (around here). Gettin' real hard to grow enough food in these kind of conditions for our own population, let alone export it to needy countries.

    Margo follows up on the polar bear incursion into a Russian town.

    Russian Polar Bears Follow-up, Methane & Earthquake Report with Margo (Mar. 7, 2019) [~ 67 min.]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 3.7.19 Climate change: Rain melting Greenland ice sheet 'even in winter' [~ 27.5 min]

    [how about those unemployment numbers, eh?]
    U.S. Job Cut Announcements Rise 117 Percent To The Highest Level That We Have Seen In More Than 3 Years

    We have not seen anything like this since the last recession. Layoff announcements are coming fast and furious now, and the speed at which workers are being laid off is shocking a lot of people. In this day and age, big companies have absolutely no loyalty to their workers. The moment it becomes financially advantageous for them to start laying off employees, most of them will do it in a heartbeat.

    At this point, retailers have already announced the closure of more than 5,300 stores. The following list of retailers that have announced that they are shutting down at least 10 locations comes from Business Insider…

    Payless ShoeSource: 2,500 stores
    Gymboree: 805 stores
    Family Dollar: 390 stores
    Shopko: 251 stores
    Chico’s: 250 stores
    Gap: 230 stores
    Performance Bicycle: 102 stores
    Charlotte Russe: 520 stores
    Sears: 70 stores
    Destination Maternity: 42-67 stores
    Victoria’s Secret: 53 stores
    Kmart: 50 stores
    Abercrombie & Fitch: 40 stores
    Christopher & Banks: 30-40 stores
    JCPenney: 27 stores
    Beauty Brands: 25 stores
    Henri Bendel: 23 stores
    Lowe’s: 20 stores

    And that list doesn’t even include the fact that Amazon is closing all 87 of its pop-up stores. [more]

    [wool, sense nobody werks thar, ah spoze it won't affect the unemploymint numbers]

    [more below]

  2. Friday, 8 March 2019
    Why aerosols are killing us

    Devil’s Bargain: Why Aerosols Pose a Deadly Climate Change Threat By ERIC HOLTHAUS

    We already have planet-cooling technology – the problem is, it’s killing us

    Our surplus of aerosols is a huge problem for those of us who like to breathe air. At high concentrations, these tiny particles are one of the deadliest substances in existence, burrowing deep into our bodies where they can damage hearts and lungs. [more]

    New Zealand mathematician, Ken Ring predicts major quake on March 20 [lots of videos, long article]

    Venezuela Blackout - LIVE COVERAGE [~ 3 hr.]

    A blackout has plunged much of Venezuela into darkness. Get the latest details in our LIVE VENEZUELA BLACKOUT COVERAGE.

    At least 18 of 23 states in Venezuela have been affected by the blackout, and power is out in the capital Caracas. The metro system in Caracas was shut down and commuters had to walk home for work. The government is blaming the power outage on sabotage by opposition forces, and President Nicolas Maduro said the blackout was directed by America. [more]

    Plane caught spraying near Wanganui

    [contains the following articles]
    Google Earth Image Of Whenuapai Airport Shows White Planes
    Omega Air Aircraft Seen In Auckland & At Ohakea Air Force Base

    The Melting Arctic Is Covering Itself in a Warm Layer of Clouds

    The Arctic is melting. The first ice-free summer is coming. The whole melting process is speeding up the warming of the entire Earth. And every autumn, a layer of extra clouds are forming over the ice-thinning Arctic that — researchers now believe — are speeding that melting up. [more]

    Ice Sheet Melt (Greenland/(Global)) - BBC News - 7th March 2019 [2 videos]

    Looking at “grease ice” in the Arctic

    GeoengineeringThe Polar Regions: The Chemical Ice Nucleation Factor

    Dane Wigington actually provides very little in the way of direct evidence.

    In view of any significant countervailing evidence I will stick to the hypothesis that ice is being created in the Arctic to hide the true state of affairs. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. [from last month]
    CCTV footage shows fatal Amazon delivery Boeing 767 crash in Texas

    As crews continue to search a bay off southeast Texas for clues as to how a Boeing 767 cargo plane nose-dived into shallow water, a cadaver dog found the remains of the third and final victim of the doomed flight. Sheriff Brian Hawthorne of Chambers County, Texas, said an identity has not been released.

    Tuesday's development came days after the Houston-bound Atlas Air plane crashed Saturday, leaving a large "extremely hazardous" debris field along Trinity Bay, some 35 miles east of the city. Flight 3591 had three people on board. Authorities identified two victims so far: Conrad Aska, the 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot, and Sean Archuleta, a 36-year-old jump-seat passenger, according to Hawthorne.

    The plane essentially disintegrated upon impact after losing radio contact approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Crews have been using airboats and helicopters to comb through the wreckage, where chunks of the plane can be seen across the muddy landscape.

    [a little political crap, to keep you in the loop]
    Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax evasion on UKRAINIAN payments - Judge confirms 'zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion'

    [so he'll spend a year or so in a "country-club prison" before being let go for "good behavior"]

    [from the Waffler in Chief]
    Obey or "crushing" sanctions: US rejects North Korea's 'step-by-step' denuclearization

    North Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdown

    House Dems pull bill condemning anti-Semitism after ''full-scale brawl'' erupts over Ilhan Omar

    Trump changes course, says he now agrees '100%' with keeping US troops in Syria

    Two months after declaring all U.S. troops are leaving Syria, President Donald Trump wrote to members of Congress that he now agrees "100%" with keeping a military presence in Syria.

    At Washington and Riyadh's request, EU eats own report exposing US and Saudi terrorist money-laundering operations

    65 torched cars & firebombs: French city hit with 4th night of anti-police violence

    Italy: Bulldozers demolish camp housing 1,500 illegal African economic migrants, scene of multiple fatal fires

    [you get the idea; a few more below]

  4. Flooding and landslides leave 3 dead, thousands affected in Indonesia

    Dozens buried by landslide at unlicensed Indonesia gold mine - death toll reaches 27 (UPDATE)

    ANTARA News on the 6th of March reports:

    Death toll from a landslide in a smallholder mining site in Bakan Village, Bolaang Mongondow District, North Sulawesi Province, rose to 27 as of Wednesday morning. [more]

    Manning faces possible contempt charges in WikiLeaks probe

    WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning said Thursday she could return to prison on contempt charges after she refused to testify to a secret grand jury believed to be investigating the anti-secrecy group's founder Julian Assange.

    Manning said she asserted her consitutional rights to refuse to answer questions on Wednesday -- even as she was offered immunity -- and that a federal judge will review whether her actions amounted to contempt, which could send her back to jail. [more]

    The Dow Is Set for a Lower Open Because China’s Trade Data Was Really, Really Bad

    6:44 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average looks set for a lower open following weaker-than-expected trade data out of China, which caused its markets to tumble.

    Dow futures have fallen 110 points, or 0.4%, while S&P 500 futures have declined the same amount. Nasdaq Composite futures have dropped 0.6%. China’s Shanghai Composite tumbled 4.4% to 2969.86. [more; how's that trade deal comin' along?]

  5. [Robin Westenra of seemorerocks blog posts all of Rice Farmer today; i'll highlight a few stories just to get an overview of the range of topics and illustrate the trajectory we're on]

    News Links, March 8, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    The US Consumer Just Hit A Brick Wall: Here's Why In 15 Charts

    US consumer still the world's biggest macro risk
    Retail sales are increasingly dependent on rising credit card balance, and interest rates on that debt have risen to unprecedented levels

    Australia GDP slowdown opens door wide for rate cuts this year

    German juggernaut may face economic jam as tariffs and Brexit loom

    ECB Warns Slowdown Isn't Temporary: Draghi Announces Bold Stimulus Plan
    Mario Draghi surprised even the doves with his bold new stimulus plan. It won't help one iota.

    Iran's part in US sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

    Trade Panic: China To US Weekly Spot Rates For 40' Containers Collapse

    Chinese investments in EU in a downward spin

    'Where's the Recession?' You Ask?
    Despite the narrative that the U.S. was in a "soft patch" that has now passed, it is quite clear that the rest of the world is not only sinking, but also sinking fast. There is no such thing, in this interdependent world, as economic decoupling or being immune from troubles abroad.

    How bad is global inequality, really?
    It becomes clear that it's the richest 1% who have gained the most - by far. The incomes of the world's poor have barely budged by comparison.

    Italy launches €7 billion 'citizens' income' plan to combat poverty

    Tesla Falls from Grace with Americans, Facebook Plunges to the Ignominious Level of Goldman, Wells Fargo, Sears

    Monthly income lasts 19 days on average for most households (Greece)

    GM's Lordstown factory goes dark as automaker idles underused plants

    Tesla cutting more jobs at Fremont factory

    76,835 Job Cuts in February, Most in Over 3.5 Years: Retail Leads the Cuts

    Man attempts to board flight with rocket-propelled grenade launcher

    The Slippage Continues – India Resists Trump On Everything

    Erdogan Says If US Can't Haul Its Weapons Out Of Syria, Turkey Should Get Them

    America and Europe: Growing differences over Iran

    Stratofortresses fly sorties over South China Sea, first since November

    With Ecuador's Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition

    Air Force completes first flight test of Valkyrie unmanned fighter jet

    Philippines wary of US dragging it into 'shooting war'

    I'd side with rich China over fickle US: Malaysia's Mahathir

    Izvestia: This is what awaits foreign military vessels on Northern Sea Route

    US shifts weapons from Iraq to Syria

    North Korea's Game Plan And Its Upcoming Satellite Launch

    U.S. looking at new sanctions against Venezuela: Bolton
    With the menu of options shrinking quickly, a Venezuela starvation campaign seems to be on deck. -- RF

    Russia To Defend Its Venezuela Oil Assets In 'Toughest Way Possible'

    Sanctioned Bank To Service Venezuela PDVSA Accounts In Russia

    Venezuela - Guaidó Planned To Use Arms - Frustration Over Stalemate Sets In

    US envoy dismisses military action in Venezuela during prank call

    Russian oil imports surge in US as Venezuela's slow to a trickle
    Sanction the heck out of a major source of your heavy crude, thereby shooting yourself in the foot, then compensate for the shortage by importing oil from a country that supports the country you sanctioned. With confused thinking and planning like this, it's no wonder America's leaders are running their own nation into the ground. -- RF

    Vietnam's Energy Dilemma Is About To Become A Crisis

    The Next Major Flashpoint For U.S. Shale

    The Web of Life Is Unraveling, says FAO

    N Korean harvest lowest in decade: UN

    [2nd half below]

  6. Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits: study

    Peru opens military base to protect Amazon from deforestation

    US just sloshed through the wettest winter on record

    Mexico: at most only 22 vaquita porpoises remain

    Forced Vaccination Unnecessary, Violates Human Rights, States Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

    $2 billion cost to clean up water contamination at military bases, defense official says

    Human land use will likely drive 1,700 species to extinction
    Too many other species are occupying "our" land. -- RF

    Microplastic pollution revealed 'absolutely everywhere' by new research

    New Warnings on Plastic's Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New 'Plastics Belt' Build-Out

    It Was Kim That Walked Away

    The NSA Appears To Have Shut Down Its Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

    Trump Looks To Nationalize 5G

    How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela

    Ilhan Omar and the Systematic Silencing of Israel Criticism

    U.S. officials made list of reporters, lawyers, activists to question at border

    The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments

    Russiagate Grand Wizard Deceives Audience About Assange

    Rural Sheriff's Ominous Warning To Citizens: "Lock your doors, load your guns and get you a barking, biting dog"

    Nuclear evacuees to face tougher housing situations from April
    [from Japan, where the anniversary of Fukushima is 3 days away]

    [UK]Rising number of councils issuing fines for rough sleeping

    US households see biggest decline in net worth since the financial crisis

    Democrats Continue Campaign To Reelect Trump

    In open letter, Jewish Americans come out in support of Ilhan Omar

    American support for Israel falls to ten-year low, poll finds

    Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make a Mockery of the Fourth Amendment

    As Trump wages trade war, U.S. goods deficit hits record high in 2018

    'We need it now': U.S. farm country pins hopes on China trade deal

    Trump's Big Tax Cuts Did Little to Boost Economic Growth

    Peter Schiff: We're Not Borrowing Ourselves Rich; We're Borrowing Ourselves Broke

    Nevada tries to halt DOE making state nation's radioactive dump

    Beige Book Shocker: "Semiconductor Orders From China Plunged The Most Since The Collapse Of Lehman"

    Pentagon may tap military pay, pensions for border wall

    'Jesus Christ himself isn't worth 500 times his median worker pay in companies' — Disney heiress slams CEO pay

    Whole Foods Slashes Worker Hours Four Months After $15 Minimum Wage Increase: Report

    Generational Conflict Is Posed To Dramatically Increase

  7. Eight years on water woes threaten Fukushima cleanup with fish found around the waters of Hawaii and Alaska contaminated with caesium 134 the radioactive finger-print of Fukushima

    The silence surrounding the Fukushima disaster recently has been deafening, it is one year in fact since any reliable information has been released from Tokyo Electric Power Co, the owners of the stricken plant.
    Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.
    A report from Reuters today, claims most of that water - stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant - will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.
    Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years, (which is only an estimate as Tepco still haven't invented the technology to fix the problem, they could still be trying to fix the problem in 2060.) [more; haaaa-haaaaaaaaa, 2060! as if . ..]
    [the latest from Guy - he's taking a week off, like Hambone did recently]
    On 6 March 2019 I was interviewed by Carol Rosin of American Freedom Radio. The resulting audio file is embedded here. [2 hr.]

    [from MRMBB333]
    Tornadoes possible in TEN different states on Saturday - #Be #Ready (1080p) [~ 6 min.]

    Strange Events Just Happening in America (2019) [~ 10 min.]

  8. HI guys! Boy things are seriously crazy, thank goodness we now have legalized pot(for a price of course)and permit less gun carrying here in good ol Oklahoma, man, you know something really bad is happening when the oil company's concede to give the smurfs what they think they want. It may help with somethings, I know I'm down with it.....:-)
    so in the above video, I'm wondering if this could be a mix of several different environmental, hydrogen sulfide, methane, radiation poisoning, frequency manipulation, a lot is covered in the video so the culmination of multiple feedback loops are seemingly increasing. So, glad we have pot, don't know if I could go forward with zombies without it... oh and one more thing, I believe it's "spring forward" on the clocks with weekend, so you know what to do. Stay safe fella's, as always,

  9. [celebrity death]
    Former Miss Teen Universe dies after suffering heart attack just before 20th birthday

    Dutch model Lotte van der Zee died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Austria. The former Miss Teen Universe was in a coma for two weeks after going into cardiac arrest the day before her 20th birthday, Dutch website AD reports.

    Van der Zee was on a birthday ski trip with her family in Westendorf, Austria, at the time. [more]

    Severe storms likely over the weekend in the South; blizzard conditions in Northern Plains

    Twenty-four states from California to Virginia are under snow and wind alerts on Friday.

    The storm system will reach the Northeast by Saturday night into Sunday morning with a quick burst of snow before changing to an icy mix and then gradually to rain. [looks like you get it on Sat., Jonny, then it's my turn on Sunday].

    The biggest snowfall and ice accumulations will be north of New York City and west of Boston, where some areas could get a half a foot of snow. [more]

    Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

    U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to jail for contempt of court Friday after a brief hearing in which Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying. She told the judge she "will accept whatever you bring upon me."

    Manning has said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process, and that she already revealed everything she knows at her court-martial.

    The judge said she will remain jailed until she testifies or until the grand jury concludes its work.

    "In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available," she said. [more; attaboy, girl!]

    Exxon Mobil downgraded, stock target cut 25% amid natural gas spending

    [about time]

    Man credited with calling the 2008 crisis says the next 20 years in the stock market will ‘break a lot of hearts’

    Jeremy Grantham says real returns in the next 20 years will be 2% or 3% [more; WRONG! it will go to ZERO and insolvent]

    Venezuela grinds to a halt as blackout drags into a second day

    Venezuela shut schools and suspended the workday on Friday as the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the troubled nation for a second day, spurring outrage among citizens already suffering from hyperinflation and a crippling recession. [more]

    Dow Tanks as Ominous Trade War Signals Pummel Stock Market

    Dow Plunges Again, on Track for 5th Straight Loss [more]

    [continued below]

  10. [and you thought YOU were living beyond your means . .]
    U.S. Budget Deficit Widens 77 Percent

    The U.S. budget deficit widened to $310 billion in the first four months of the fiscal year, underscoring the revenue hit from Republican tax cuts and an increase in government spending.

    The budget gap widened 77 percent compared with the same October-January period a year earlier, according to the Treasury monthly budget report released on Tuesday, which was delayed by the government shutdown. Receipts fell by 2 percent to $1.1 trillion, while spending rose 9 percent to $1.4 trillion. [more]

    [it ain't just US gettin' pounded by weather]
    Weather Crusades: Dozens feared dead after devastating flash floods hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

    Heavy rain has caused flash flooding and landslides in areas of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan over the last few days. Parts of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan recorded around half its annual rainfall in 30 hours. Parts of Pakistan have also been affected by severe snowstorms. According to media reports, as many as 50 people have died as a result of flooding, landslides or collapsing buildings across the 3 countries. [more]

    Trump Cancels U.S. Report on Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes

    President Donald Trump revoked a requirement that U.S. intelligence officials publicly report the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside of war zones.

    Trump formally ended the requirement with an executive order on Wednesday, months after signaling such a move. The administration last year ignored a May deadline for an annual accounting of civilian and enemy casualties required under an order signed in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama. The order was part of an accountability effort to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes. [more]

    FedEx reveals a package-delivering robot backed by Walmart, Target, and Lowe's that can climb stairs, carry hot food, and replace human workers

    The FedEx Same-Day Bot can deliver packages and hot food from stores and restaurants to customers' homes.
    FedEx said it collaborated with retailers including Walmart, Target, Lowe's, Pizza Hut, and Walgreens to develop the technology, which it said would "change the face of local delivery."
    It will be hitting the streets this summer in select markets, including Memphis, Tennessee, pending city approval.

    CNN 'practically defends' insurance companies by downplaying 'f***ed' healthcare system - Lee Camp

    The host of Redacted Tonight took issue with the way CNN presented testimony from a former medical director at Aetna Insurance, who admitted that he never looked at a customer's medical records before deciding to deny coverage. In its report, CNN gently suggested that "patient advocates" have expressed concern about such practices - an angle that infuriated Lee, who said the network always finds a way to downplay any corporate malfeasance that seeps into the news cycle.

    Camp expressed exasperation that CNN would try to sugarcoat a "broken system" in which insurance companies make millions by refusing sick people coverage. [more]

    Suspected: US deploys Avenger drones to Syria for mystery missions

    "A certain government agency" has been flying missions in Syria using the Q-11, a variant of the General Atomics Avenger drone also known as the Predator C [more]


  11. Netanyahu: Israeli Navy prepared to 'block' Iranian oil transit

    If Israel can get Iranian oil shipping operations commonly deemed as "smuggling" by the United States and international allies, this could justify future naval direct intercepts and action, which itself to spark a major incident leading to war. But as Netanyahu indicated last month in a tweet (but later tried to walk back the words), this could bring the hoped for "war with Iran" he said Israel is seeking. [more]

    [from our continuing series Where Da Money Go?]
    Feds gorge themselves on lobster as part of $97bn end-of-fiscal year spending spree - report

    Federal agencies splurged on lobster tail and other gratuitous frills in just one month in a convoluted plot to avoid future budget cuts, a new report claims. The spending orgy has received dozens of 1-star reviews on Twitter.

    A jaw-dropping study published by a transparency NGO, OpenTheBooks, found that in the last month of fiscal year 2018 (September), the feds forked out an unfathomable $97 billion on essentials such as sirloin steak, snow crab, lobster tail, golf carts, iPads and of course - lest we forget - bombs. The last-minute shopping spree is part of a mind-melting scheme in which federal agencies spend every last penny they have or risk budget cuts in the future.

    To put the spending binge in perspective, federal agencies spent $53 billion in the final week of September - seven carefree days that cost more than the entire month of August.[more]

    [jeez, ya might think it's the end of the world or something!]

    Impressive meteor fireball reported over SW France

    Pack of pit bulls attack four people in Akron, Ohio

    Four people, including a mail carrier, were bitten by a pack of three dogs in two separate incidents in Akron Monday morning, according to police. [more]

    [ok, last bit below, i think. . ]

  12. Wetter than ever: Winter 2018-19 was USA's soggiest in recorded history

    Historic avalanche cycle wreaks havoc in Colorado mountains

    While the last few days have been difficult, officials aren't sure there's any relief coming over the weekend.

    "I think it's safe to say that nobody alive has seen a week like this," said Greene. [more]

    Storm breaks 135-year-old rainfall record for downtown Los Angeles

    [from our self-medicating Micro-dose Daily regime]
    A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds

    New research provides more evidence that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can improve creative thinking, empathy, and subjective well-being. The findings appear in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

    "This study was a naturalistic study, assessing effects of psilocybin in volunteers who chose to attend a psychedelic retreat. Thus, selection bias of individuals restricts the generalizability of our results," Mason explained.

    "Additional caveats include the lack of placebo control. Thus, it could be argued that effects are influenced by uncontrolled factors such as individuals' psychological expectations, or the environment that the drug is taken in. Previous research has shown that both factors, termed set and setting, play an important role in the outcome of the psychedelic experience."[more]

    [GEE - ya think this has anything to do with JJFH?]
    Heart attacks rising steadily in Americans under 40 - Study