Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Event Update For 2019-03-26

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: Fires And Explosions

2019-03-26 - Shopping mall heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2019-03-26 - Luggage conveyor bursts into flame while connected to plane at airport in Belo Horizonte (Brazil):

2019-03-26 - Multiple underground fires break out in Chelsea area in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2019-03-26 - Chemical warehouse explodes and burns in Narayanganj (Bangladesh):

2019-03-26 - Landfill fire breaks out near Varthur Lake in southeastern Bengaluru (India):

2019-03-26 - Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum destroyed by fire near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri), most artifacts saved:

Quote: "The library houses priceless historical documents, such as the proclamation of France's approval of the Louisiana Purchase, the Great Soulard Discovery Map used by explorers Lewis and Clark, and the city of St. Louis' application for a baseball team with the National League. At present, the museum housed a collection on the history of Cuba. The St. Louis Media History Foundation is also housed at the museum."

Quote: "The building is expected to be a total loss."

2019-03-26 - Transformer bursts into flame at Memorial Park in Houston (Texas):

2019-03-26 - Wildfire breaks out, destroys 2 homes, sends people fleeing, near coastal Genoa (Italy):

2019-03-26 - Cargo ship 'Burns Harbor' bursts into flame on Lake Michigan near Sturgeon Bay (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A ship that was headed out from the Sturgeon Bay canal Tuesday morning was towed back to Bay Shipbuilding after a fire broke out on the bow. The Burns Harbor, a 1000-foot freighter that was built in 1980 at Bay Shipbuilding, returned to the yard’s docks about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon after the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard assisted the ship’s crew in putting out the fire."

2019-03-26 - Yacht busts into flame at marina in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Note: These are the 268th and 269th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-26 - Three private buses destroyed by fire at building in Vellore (India):

Note: These are the 169th, 170th and 171st buses to burn in 2019...

2019-03-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near Fox Creek Golf Course in Edwardsville (Illinois):

2019-03-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 near Sparta (Wisconsin):

2019-03-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-30 near Benton (Arkansas):

2019-03-26 - Tractor, SUV, 3 motorcycles and auto business go up in flames in Cochranton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Cochranton Fire Department Battalion Chief Ryan Sekerski, says multiple vehicles, including three motorcycles and a tractor, along with a jeep that was being restored, were all burned in the fire."

2019-03-26 - Tractor bursts into flame inside barn in Richmond (Canada), several other fires too:

Quote: "Around 6:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a call for a fire in a fuel tank on a tractor located in a barn at 6105 Malakoff Road.  The fire was contained to the tractor."

Note: These are the 488th, 489th, 490th, 491st and 492nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-26 - Garbage truck bursts into flame near school in coastal Naples (Florida):

2019-03-26 - Flatbed truck bursts into flame on Greenford Road near Greenford (Britain):

2019-03-26 - Utility truck bursts into flame just before midnight on Avila Drive in Ojai (California):

2019-03-26 - RV bursts into flame at North Lovely Street and North Westanna Avenue in Portland (Oregon):

2019-03-26 - RV bursts into flame at 1:36 AM on West Kalisher Street in Granada Hills (California):

Note: These are the 96th and 97th RVs to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-03-26 - Fire department pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Mason (West Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station in Springfield (Ohio):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame while parked at West Forsyth High School in Cumming (Georgia):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage at Little Creek Casino in Shelton (Washington):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame while parked near Throop Avenue and Walton Street in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on bridge over Chickamauga Dam reservoir near Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Miami (Florida):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on Jennings Road in Stafford (New Jersey):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame near Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin (Illinois):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame just before 4:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 garages, in Winnipeg (Canada):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on Newport Road in coastal Lake on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on the A338 near Downton (Britain):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame at Coaley Peak Picnic Site near Nympsfield (Britain):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame at car wash on Duke Street in Staveley (Britain):

2019-03-26 - Car bursts into flame on Cumberland Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Wincolmlee, Cumberland Street, Hull. Tue 26 Mar 2019 18:18 (No:06122) Fire involving vauxhall vectra. Cerws extinguished using one hose reel and one breathing apparatus. Incident left with Police."

2019-03-26 - Pickup truck and mobile home destroyed by fire in Lynnwood (Washington), near the coast, 1 injured:

Quote: "The mobile home was destroyed as was a truck parked next to the blaze."

2019-03-26 - Two cars destroyed by fire, home damaged, on Hartford Lane in Greenburgh (New York):

Quote: "Officials say flames engulfed two vehicles and damaged a home on Hartford Lane Tuesday night. A neighbor tells News 12 the family living there managed to escape unharmed through the back of the home. 'When I came out, the whole car was engulfed in flames and it was spreading into the house. Thank God for the fireman because they put out the fire pretty quickly,' says neighbor Joe Dellolio."

2019-03-26 - Vehicle and duplex destroyed by fire shortly after 6:30 AM on Morganton Road in Blount County (Tennessee):

Quote: "However, authorities confirm the home, along with a vehicle, are a total loss."

2019-03-26 - Tire fire breaks out in Orange Mound (Tennessee):

2019-03-26 - Warehouse heavily damaged by huge fire in Granite City (Illinois):

2019-03-26 - Kingsford Charcoal plant damaged by fire at 1:30 AM in Tucker County (West Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM in Kansas City (Missouri), nobody there:

2019-03-26 - Factory heavily damaged by massive blaze in Greater Noida (India):

2019-03-26 - Garage and shed destroyed by fire at midnight at home in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

2019-03-26 - Home damaged by fire at 5:15 AM on 10th Street in St. Albans (West Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Home damaged by fire at 1 AM on Richmond Street in Port Richmond (Pennsylvania):

2019-03-26 - Home damaged by fire on Halifax Street in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in College Hill (Ohio):

2019-03-26 - Home destroyed at 5:03 AM on View Street in Bluefield (West Virginia), nobody there:

2019-03-26 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM on Bob White Court in coastal Dunkirk (Maryland):

2019-03-26 - Home destroyed by fire in Mullins (South Carolina):

2019-03-26 - Home destroyed by fire on Kahiapo Place in coastal Haiku (Hawaii):

2019-03-26 - Three homes go up in flames on Wegman Parkway in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2019-03-26 - Duplex destroyed by fire on Napoleon Drive in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

2019-03-26 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Dartmouth Street in Manchester (New Hampshire), 1400 feet from the Merrimack River:

2019-03-26 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 2:30 AM in coastal Renton (Washington), 3 injured:

2019-03-26 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just before 6:30 AM in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2019-03-26 - Townhome complex damaged by fire on Lexington Drive in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:20 AM in Woodbury (Minnesota):

2019-03-26 - Deadly fire burns home on Belcher Road in Madisonville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2019-03-26 - Deadly fire burns home in Waterloo (Iowa):

2019-03-26 - Vacant high-rise building burns in Dallas (Texas):

2019-03-26 - Two people found dead near casino in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "Authorities have not released information on a cause of death but a person with knowledge of the story indicated a medical condition may be involved."

2019-03-26 - Woman, 49, drops dead near bank, and woman found dead in the water at beach, in the Lower Keys (Florida):

Quote: "Two bodies were found over the past two days in the Lower Keys, one behind a bank on Big Pine Key and the other in the water off Little Torch Key, police said."

2019-03-26 - Six people gassed to death in septic tank in Tamil Nadu (India):

2019-03-26 - Woman, 75, dies in swimming pool at resort in Siem Reap (Cambodia):

Quote: "On March 26, at 08:30 pm, a 75-year-old Chinese woman, FENG YUZHEN, died after drowning in a swimming pool at Royal Angkor Resort, Siem Reap."

2019-03-26 - Man in his 20s drops dead in public restroom at Echo Park Lake in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-03-26 - Man, 48, found dead in Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park (Montana):

2019-03-26 - Boy, 14, dies after being pulled from the water in Lake Eufaula in Henry County (Alabama):

2019-03-26 - Woman in her 20s found dead in ditch near RiverTown (Florida):

Quote: "St. Johns County Fire Rescue told First Coast News they believe someone suffered a heart attack."

2019-03-26 - Man found dead in submerged car in pond near Navajo Court in Danville (Virginia):

2019-03-26 - Man found dead in storm drain area in Austin (Texas):

2019-03-26 - Man in his 30s or 40s found dead on the shore of the Floyd River in Sheldon (Iowa):

2019-03-26 - Woman, 56, found dead on the shore of Lake Champlain in Rouses Point (New York):

2019-03-26 - Man, 39, found dead in watery ditch in Beaver Dam (Kentucky):

2019-03-26 - Woman, 54, found dead in Pattee Creek in Albee Township (Michigan):

2010-03-26 - Woman, 31, found dead near home in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

2019-03-26 - Man dies while swimming at beach in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

2019-03-26 - Man found dead in the water at beach near resort on Kaafu Atoll (Maldive Islands):

2019-03-26 - Man, 45, has heart attack while playing soccer and dies in Chapecó (Brazil):

Quote: "According to Globo, Henzel suffered a heart attack while playing football in Chapeco and died after being rushed to hospital. Henzel, who was 45, was one of six people to survive the airplane crash that killed 71 of the 77 people on board."

2019-03-26 - Man found dead in Pen y Fan Pond in Caerphilly County Borough (Britain):

2019-03-26 - School bus driver has 'medical issue', bus crashes off road, in Lansing (Michigan), 2 lightly injured:

Quote: "Lansing police spokesman Robert Merritt says it appears that the driver of the bus had a medical issue before the crash."

2019-03-26 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into garage, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The Oklahoma City Fire Department says a driver lost control after a medical emergency.  According to the OKCFD, crews were called after a truck crashed into the garage of a home in the 2600 block of Pembroke Terrace around 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26."

2019-03-26 - Man, 51, has 'medical issue' at 6:30 AM, car plunges into pond, in Cass County (Indiana):

Quote: "Cass County deputies say a motorist drove into a pond after suffering from an unknown medical issue Tuesday morning. At approximately 6:30 a.m., deputies responded to a crash with injuries on M40 north of Bair Lake Street. A preliminary investigation shows 51-year-old Elkhart resident Alfred Hooker was traveling north on M40 when he suffered a medical issue, police say."

2019-03-26 - Woman in her 20s has 'medical episode', car crashes off road, in Mayfield (Australia), near the coast:

Quote: "Just before 11.30am on Tuesday a woman in her mid-20s was driving along Maitland Road at Mayfield, when she suffered a medical episode."

2019-03-26 - Boeing 737 Max passenger plane make emergency landing in Orlando (Florida), engine failure:

2019-03-26 - Small plane crashes and burns in Suwannee County (Florida), engine failure:

2019-03-26 - Small plane crash-lands in Newton (Kansas), engine failure:

2019-03-26 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns at 3:15 AM on I-95 near Walterboro (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2019-03-26 - Car veers off road, crashes into homes, explodes into flame, ignites one home, in Lower Chichester (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

Quote: "An out-of-control car struck two homes in Lower Chichester, Delaware County, and then exploded, setting one house on fire Tuesday night. Now, police are exploring if a medical event with the car’s driver led to the disaster."

2019-03-26 - Car crashes into Goodwill store, bursts into flame, in Winnipeg (Canada), 1 injured:

2019-03-26 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, on Lancaster Drive NE in Salem (Oregon), 2 injured:

2019-03-26 - Naked man runs around, gets hit by car, crawls around on ground, climbs tree, gets captured, in South Bend (Indiana):

Quote: "Police and paramedics managed to subdue and help a man who ran naked down LaSalle Avenue. The incident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Police responded to reports of a man who had been struck by a vehicle near LaSalle and Eddy Street. Later, dispatchers indicated the man was crawling on the ground. A woman who was driving in the area called police and said the man was naked and running east on LaSalle, according to police. The woman followed the man in her car and told dispatchers what he was doing. She said at one point the man climbed a tree near LaSalle and Sunnyside Avenue, according to police. The man jumped out of the tree and ran east on LaSalle when he saw police. Officers chased the man, and subdued him."

2019-03-26 - Shark attacks and injures man near Waikoloa (Hawaii):

2019-03-26 - Sinkhole closes Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto (California):

2019-03-26 - Bridge over the Waiho River collapses in New Zealand amidst heavy rain and flooding:

2019-03-26 - Man, 28, goes missing while swimming in coastal Pacifica (California):

2019-03-26 - Rare magnitude 2.6 earthquake shakes North Carolina, loud booms reported in Guilford and Randolph Counties:

2019-03-26 - Marine heatwave in the Tasman Sea a factor in the torrential rain that hit the west coast of New Zealand:

2019-03-26 - Tropical Cyclone Veronica dumps more than a year's worth of rain in less than 12 hours on Western Australia:

2019-03-26 - Just before the Great Recession, mountains of unsold goods piled up in US warehouses, and now it's happening again:


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., Terry and FezzedOne.

    Some more odd fires in today's report - a luggage handler, a shopping mall, and a museum. To me, this indicates that the flammable gases are becoming a greater percent of the atmosphere and penetrating into buildings (usually via HVAC systems).

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 3.27.19 Fed official: "Climate change is an international market failure" [~ 16.5 min.]

    Climate News, Arctic Sea Ice, CH4 & EQ Report with Margo (Mar. 27, 2019) [84 min.]

    [here we go]
    Let’s talk about food SHORTAGE: US grain bins collapse under catastrophic Iowa floods

    After millions of dead calves in Nebraska, now thousands of tons of grain lost in Iowa! Flood waters are causing havoc in some mid-western states – Iowa; Illinois; Missouri; Kansas; South Dakota; Minnesota; and Nebraska – and have resulted in an estimated $3 billion in damages so far. The video below by Iowa resident Gracie Newman shows just a fraction of the losses that have been incurred as a result of the unprecedented flooding. [~ 1.25 min. video]

    “As Many As A Million Calves Lost In Nebraska” – Beef Prices In The U.S. To Escalate Dramatically In The Coming Months

    According to Agriculture Secretary Sunny Purdue, there “may be as many as a million calves lost in Nebraska” due to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the state. This is not a rumor, this is not an exaggeration, and this is not based on any sort of speculation. This number comes to us directly from the top agriculture official in the entire country, and it means that the economic toll from the recent floods is far greater than most of us had anticipated. . .This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and the National Weather Service is telling us that there will be more catastrophic flooding throughout the middle portion of the nation for the next two months. [more]

    “Doomsday vault” town warming faster than any other on Earth – “The brutality of nature used to bring joy, but now it scares people”

    The weather hasn’t only got hotter, it’s also got wetter. In the late 20th century, annual rainfall in Longyearbyen was about 200 millimeters (7.9 inches), says Hanssen-Bauer. But in the past decade, the town has suffered occasional torrential downpours of 50 millimeters (2 inches) of rain in a day.

    The changing climate could endanger the lives of Longyearbyen’s residents, is starving the animals that live in its hinterland and has imperiled an institution which safeguards the world’s crop supply. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Rodrigues Island without power, roads impassable as Tropical Cyclone "Joaninha" moves over

    The center of Tropical Cyclone "Joaninha" passed very close to Rodrigues Island, Southwest Indian Ocean on March 26 and 27, 2019, producing strong southerly winds, heavy rain and large swells. This is the 13th named storm and 9th intense tropical cyclone of the record-breaking 2018/19 Southwest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone season. [more]

    Worsening Algae Blooms Could Significantly Increase Global Methane Emissions

    Population growth and climate change over the next century will lead to a major rise in the number and severity of algae blooms in the world’s lakes, increasing global methane emissions by 30 to 90 percent, according to a new study led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [more]

    Footage shows multiple explosions rock city in Ukraine

    At about 8pm Wednesday night local time a massive blast shook the central Ukrainian city of Kropivnitsky in what is being initially described as a mystery explosion.

    Conflicting Ukrainian social media accounts include city residents citing anywhere between four and up to nine blasts, with initial reports of an electrical blackout in the city.

    Multiple videos uploaded online show explosions over the city reaching many stories high, unleashing fireballs that light up the whole area. [more; hard to tell whether this is deliberate or JJFH]

    Hailstorm destroys 4 million avocados in under 10 minutes, Australia

    A hail storm that ripped through an avocado orchard in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales last week has destroyed an estimated 4 million avocados.

    Aussie Orchards' managing director Colin Foyster said 80 per cent of the fruit on the 12,000 trees at the Pretty Gully farm was knocked off and onto the ground. [more]

    Emergency room visits for marijuana edibles much more severe compared to inhalation

    [when you consume edibles, be prepared for a 4 - 6 hr. high]

    A new study has found that patients' reasons for visiting emergency rooms are different for edible marijuana than they are for the inhaled form and that the visits are disproportionately high for the number of edible products that are sold.

    . . patients who consumed edible marijuana were more likely to report psychiatric problems, such as psychosis and panic attacks, as well as cardiovascular issues like abnormal heart rhythms and heart attacks. [more; don't get panicky it's just pot, go lay down and enjoy the ride]

    Storm unloads soaking rain, mountain snow across California [1.5 min. Accu-weather video]

  3. Here's a great article from Gail Zawaki of Wit's End blog. She only posts every now and then anymore, so i missed this one from early this month.

    Methane Mania

    I remembered a 2012 study in the Yale Forest that found "outwardly" healthy but diseased trees were emitting methane in "flammable concentrations" - which they refused to acknowledge meant something was terribly awry even though this is a quote from the Yale newsletter article :

    Diseased trees in forests may be a significant source of methane that causes climate change, according to a study by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) published in Geophysical Research Letters.

    “If we extrapolate these findings to forests globally, the methane produced in trees represents 10 percent of global emissions,” said Xuhui Lee, a co-author of the study and the Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology at Yale. “We didn’t know this pathway existed.”

    The trees producing methane are older — between 80 and 100 years old — and diseased. Although outwardly healthy, they are being hollowed out by a common fungal infection that slowly eats through the trunk, creating conditions favorable to methane-producing microorganisms called methanogens.

    ...and so I decided to see if anyone else had found similar results.

    Google is such a good friend because it turns out that yes, yes indeed, other researchers have detected methane being emitted by trees, but their results are generally shrouded in obscurity. This is what happens to ecological studies, in contrast to climate change research, due to deep-seated biases and consequent lack of funding.

    A March 2017 article in Science Daily describes research of a plot in Maryland and proclaims:

    A new study from the University of Delaware is one of the first in the world to show that tree trunks in upland forests actually emit methane rather than store it, representing a new, previously unaccounted source of this powerful greenhouse gas.

    The other mechanism that could be causing methane fluxes from trunks is internal rotting or infection inside the tree, which produces an environment where methanogenic bacteria can survive and then methane diffuses out of the tree.
    At this moment, the mechanisms of methane production in upland forests are not clear. Methane can be either transported from the soils upward inside the stem and diffused to the atmosphere or produced inside the stem by fungi or archaea -- single-celled microorganisms...

    The research quoted above was published in the journal Ecosystems and has an extensive list of references. Knowledge of this goes back to at least 1974 when the magazine Science published "Methane Formation in Living Trees: A Microbial Origin" which stated:

    Visibly healthy hardwood trees located on poorly drained soils contained high pressures of methane. Heartwood from these trees was water-soaked, neutral to alkaline in pH, fetid in odor, and infested with a diverse population of obligately anaerobic bacteria. the bacterium responsible for methane formation in tree. was isolated and characterized as a member of the genus Methanobacterium.

    In January, 2018, an article was published titled "Scientists were long baffled by a methane surplus in our atmosphere. The culprit? Trees" about two studies of wetlands, one in the Brazilian Amazon and one in North Carolina, in which both find trees are significant sources of methane unaccounted for in climate budgets. That wetlands produce methane is well known due to anaerobic conditions; other forests that are silently but inexorably dying are potentially a much vaster source.

    [more below]

  4. [as per your conversation with Reno, Jonny - how out of touch is THIS guy?]
    GOP Senator Mike Lee Says Very Real, Terrifying Climate-Change Problem Should Be Solved by . . . Babies

    Budget airline Wow air collapses with all flights cancelled and passengers stranded

    The budget airline Wow air has collapsed, leaving passengers stranded after all flights were cancelled.

    The Icelandic carrier became the latest airline to cease operations today, abruptly announcing its closure just hours after saying it had suspended flights to raise funds.

    Many customers took to social media in disbelief on discovering their flights to and from Iceland had been cancelled altogether, with the airline advising passengers to search for flights elsewhere.

    The announcement will also come as a devastating blow to around 1,000 staff at the airline. [more]

    Paleontologists discover 'Scotty,' the world's largest T. rex fossil: 'The rex of rexes'

    The massive predator, nicknamed “Scotty,” was about 42 feet long and likely weighed more than 9.7 tons, according to a new study. [more]

    Despair, anger as Venezuelans endure paralyzing blackout

    [CIA still at it]

    Memories of the first, which began March 7 and lasted a week -- forcing citizens to seek water from rivers and sewage outflows as pumps came to a halt -- fed the anguish. Many residents stocked up on food and water.

    The government of President Nicolas Maduro, which blamed the blackouts on US "cybernetic" attacks and opposition "sabotage" and "terrorism," ordered the closure of public offices and schools, which was extended to Thursday.

    Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said a new power cut had plunged some parts of Caracas and other regions into the darkness once again, shortly after electricity had been restored.

    He said work was continuing to fix "equipment damaged by terrorism." [more]

    Dow Plunges into the Red While Bitcoin Pounds Past $4,000

    Five different species of whale and dolphin have washed ashore recently in Donegal, Ireland

    A spokesperson for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), Gareth Doherty, said the incidents are becoming too frequent.
    [more; uh - ya THINK?]

    [and now for the SUPER RARE]
    Lightning strike at sea kills regional Brazilian surf champion

    The world of surfing is in mourning after the news was confirmed that Brazilian surfer Luzimara Souza was killed by lightning whilst training near the beach in Leste-oeste in Fortaleza (Cear√°, Brazil) where she practised with fellow surfers.

    [SOTT] Comment: Also recently 4 farmers were killed by separate lightning strikes in Bangladesh. [more]

    [and the damage just keeps rolling in!]
    Cyclone Idai: Bulawayo in Zimbabwe runs out of fruits, vegetables

    "The cyclone damaged most roads and bridges in the area, we are no longer able to access farmers who supply us with the produce. Most of us have already run out of bananas and other fruits," said Patience Muganga, a banana dealer from Chimanimani.

    Nearly 200 people were killed, 300 are missing while infrastructural damage is estimated to run into millions. Over 40 000 people will need food aid while thousands more were displaced, their homes washed away. [more]

  5. OMG, that guy is nuts. 'We have no idea how to fix our problems so let's have a bunch of babies and maybe THEY can figure it out!' That's crazy and immoral. You're supposed to hand over to your babies a habitable world, not force them to figure out how to survive on an uninhabitable world.