Thursday, April 18, 2019

Event Update For 2019-04-17

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

2019-04-17 - Gas pump ignites and burns 25-year-old woman to death before 6 AM at gas station in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "A woman died after a pump caught fire at a gas station early Wednesday morning in Northeast Washington. Officials say the unidentified woman died from their injuries and was not transported."

2019-04-17 - Transformer bursts into flame just before 4 AM and causes blackouts in Mandan (North Dakota):

2019-04-17 - Car showroom erupts in flame at 5:40 AM in Delhi (India):

Quote: "A fire broke out at a car showroom in southwest Delhi's Mahipalpur area on Wednesday morning, Delhi Fire Service officials said. They received the call about the fire at 5.40 AM after which seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot, Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer said."

2019-04-17 - Metal recycling center hit by massive fire, 1000 tons of scrap metal burn, outside Newark (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Huge warehouse fire destroys 2 million bottles of wine in coastal Gironde (France):

Quote: "Two million bottles of wine are believed to have been destroyed in a huge warehouse fire in south west France. Almost 60 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze, which broke out across storage facility buildings in the suburb of Gironde in Bordeaux around 3pm on Tuesday. Despite extinguishing the flames several hours later, a vast quantity of alcohol owned by the Sovex Grands Châteaux producer was consumed in the fire."

Quote: "The blaze came one day after the iconic, 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral was partially destroyed by a massive fire. The church’s spire and most of its roof went up in flames after an apparent electrical short-circuit."

Note: Two million bottles of wine in the fire, two million bottles of wine, take one out and pass it about, one million nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine bottles of wine in the fire!

2019-04-17 - How long do we have?

Note: Dr. McPherson thinks we have less than 10 years. I don't know if our time is that short (though I wouldn't rule it out either), but I'm reasonably sure that we don't have even one generation left before we're falling off the Seneca cliff bigly...

2019-04-17 - Glaciers disappearing across the US as the world continues warming:

2019-04-17 - The fastest-warming 20 cities in the US:

2019-04-17 - Study suggests that Earth's climate is very sensitive to even relatively small variations in atmospheric CO2:

Note: That means that the climate is even more sensitive to even smaller variations in atmospheric methane, since methane is a much stronger greenhouse gas than CO2, and even when methane breaks down, it turns into CO2, so you get a double-whammy with methane - a short burst of high-intensity heating when it's methane AND a much longer but less powerful impact after it turns into CO2...

2019-04-17 - Extinction Rebellion protesters to target Heathrow Airport (Britain):

Quote: "XR is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change."

Note: Their hearts are in the right place, but they clearly don't understand just how bad our predicament is. If we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that'll eliminate the protection afforded by 'global dimming', which will result in rapidly rising temperatures, which will massively increase greenhouse gas emissions from the oceans, from the burning of forests and human civilization and from melting permafrost. So reducing emissions might actually end the human race even faster than continuing to pollute, though continuing to pollute will ALSO end the human race, just a little slower. Either way, whatever we do or don't do, the human race's ability to survive on the surface of this planet is rapidly coming to an end...

2019-04-17 - Metal business heavily damaged by massive blaze in Red Deer (Canada):

Quote: "Red Deer Emergency Services says firefighters have the fire that broke out at Red Deer Ironworks, a metal shop in the city’s northwest that produces specialized equipment for the oil and gas sector, under control."

2019-04-17 - Brush fire breaks out and threatens homes near coastal Port St. John (Florida):

Quote: "The fire is believed to have been caused by a car fire, according to a spokesperson with the Florida Highway Patrol. "

2019-04-17 - Brush fire breaks out in marshy area along the Charles River in Cutler Park in Needham near coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Sky 5 showed flames tearing through a mostly marshy area of Cutler Park, adjacent to the Charles River and the MBTA's Needham Commuter Rail line."

2019-04-17 - Cargo ship 'Great Aspiration' rocked by explosion and fire near coastal Lizard Point (Britain), 3 injured:

Quote: "Three crew members were rescued from a cargo ship after suffering 'significant' burns in an on-board explosion. The coastguard was called to Hong Kong-registered Great Aspiration, off Lizard Point, Cornwall, at 15:15 BST on Wednesday."

2019-04-17 - Cargo ship 'Sormovskiy 118' bursts into flame while dry-docked at shipyard in coastal Tuzla, Istanbul (Turkey):

Quote: "General cargo ship SORMOVSKIY 118, dry docked at Astas Shipyard, Tuzla, Turkey, suffered fire in superstructure on Apr 17. Several fire engines responded, fire understood to be extinguished, no injures reported."

2019-04-17 - Yacht bursts into flame, burns and sinks, near coastal Islamorada (Florida):

2019-04-17 - Tugboat bursts into flame while docked at Cap Sante Marina in coastal Anacortes (Washington):

Note: These are the 332nd, 333rd, 334th and 335th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-04-17 - Passenger train bursts into flame in Basingstoke (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 5 AM on I-30 in Saline County (Arkansas):

2019-04-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-64 in Bath County (Kentucky):

2019-04-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-85 in Greenville County (South Carolina):

2019-04-17 - Tractor bursts into flame along Spring Lake Drive in Carrollton (Virginia):

2019-04-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2019-04-17 - Tractor bursts into flame near Tavistock (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Tractor bursts into flame on Newcastle Road in Woore (Britain):

Note: These are the 616th, 617th, 618th, 619th, 620th, 621st and 622nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-04-17 - Dump truck bursts into flame on State Route 142 near Richmond (Utah):

2019-04-17 - US military truck bursts into flame in convoy between Swietoszow and Luboszow (Poland), 3 injured:

Quote: "A military truck traveling in a convoy between Swietoszow and Luboszow in Lower Silesia caught fire on Wednesday, local media reported."

2019-04-17 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on the A476 near Llannon (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Minibus bursts into flame on expressway in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2019-04-17 - Van bursts into flame while parked near businesses in West Springfield (Massachusetts):

2019-04-17 - Van bursts into flame near building in Schenectady (New York):

2019-04-17 - Van bursts into flame at 3 AM while parked at home on Downs Road in South Wonston (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Tesla SUV bursts into flame and burns for 4 hours while parked at auto shop in Monroeville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Tesla spontaneously caught fire and burned for about four hours at a Monroeville auto service shop tonight."

Quote: "Doug Smeltz, of Smeltz Auto Service, says a Tesla employee disconnected the car's battery and said it would not ignite. The car previously caught fire in a garage in February. On Wednesday, it ignited again after being towed to Smeltz Auto Service in Monroeville."

2019-04-17 - SUV bursts into flame on Santa Fe Avenue in Vista (California), near the coast:

2019-04-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at motel in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2019-04-17 - Four cars and carport destroyed by fire at home on East Crutcher Street in Elizabethtown (Kentucky):

Quote: "An EFD fire investigator determined the fire started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles parked in the carport, according to the release. The cause of the fire was unable to be determined, the release said."

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Palm Bay (Florida):

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-80 near Aurora (Nebraska), near the Platte River:

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-84 in Tolland (Connecticut):

Quote: "It was the second vehicle fire in as many days and third in two weeks in that area of I-84. A tractor-trailer caught on fire early Tuesday morning on I-84 eastbound, just prior to Exit 69, fire officials said."

Quote: "On March 28, the rear end of a tractor-trailer burst into flames on the same stretch of Interstate-84."

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on the QEW in Burlington (Canada):

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame while being towed, on State Highway 2 near Wellington (New Zealand):

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on Hill Road in Sutton Veny (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Car bursts into flame on the A52 near Wyvern Retail Park in Derby (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Church Lane in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Church Lane, Scunthorpe. Wed 17 Apr 2019 15:42 (No:08018) Engine compartment of vehicle involved in fire. One hose and one BA in use."

2019-04-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Campion Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Campion Avenue, Hessle Road, Hull. Wed 17 Apr 2019 21:14 (No:08065) Vehicle fire spread to property. One hose reel, one main line, two breathing apparatus and thermal imaging camera in use. PPV fan also in use to remove slight smoke logging to property. External fire damage to windows, guttering and conservatory. Smoke detectors fitted but unknown if they activated."

2019-04-17 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Burnham Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Burnham Road, Hull. Wed 17 Apr 2019 18:47 (No:08046) Motorbike on fire. One hose reel."

2019-04-17 - Barn destroyed by fire in Finksburg (Maryland):

2019-04-17 - Restaurant and medical office heavily damaged by basement fire shortly after 6 AM in the Marine Park area in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-04-17 - Industrial business destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Morton (Illinois):

2019-04-17 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Brown Road in Deerfield (New Hampshire):

2019-04-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Roslindale in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2019-04-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Delray Beach (Florida):

2019-04-17 - Home destroyed by fire in South Windsor (Connecticut), nobody there:

2019-04-17 - Home destroyed by fire on South Rumford Road in Rumford (Maine):

2019-04-17 - Home destroyed by fire in Maui Meadows area in coastal Wailea (Hawaii):

2019-04-17 - Duplex heavily damaged by basement fire in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

2019-04-17 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 4:45 AM near Rabbit Hash (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2019-04-17 - Deadly fire burns home on Grand Lake Boulevard in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-04-17 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire on Pickett Gulf Road in Hamilton County (Tennessee):

2019-04-17 - Vacant home burns in the wee hours in Tucson (Arizona):

2019-04-17 - Four seahorses wash up dead on beaches in coastal Dorset (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Firefighter, man, has 'medical emergency' shortly after midnight, dies shortly later, in Custer County (South Dakota):

Quote: "A volunteer firefighter died after suffering a medical issue while responding to a wildfire in western South Dakota on Wednesday. Dwain Hudson, a volunteer firefighter with the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department in Custer County, experienced a medical emergency while traveling to a wildfire about nine miles south of Jewel Cave just after midnight, the fire department said in a press release. Firefighters and emergency personnel tried to resuscitate Hudson, who was taken to Custer Regional Hospital, where he died, the department said."

2019-04-17 - Man drops dead in vacant home in Gloucester County (New Jersey):

2019-04-17 - Man slumps over dead in car at Walmart in Converse (Texas):

2019-04-17 - Man, 51, slumps over dead in car at park near Fosters Ferry Road in Tuscaloosa (Alabama):

2019-04-17 - Man, 54, slumps over dead at bus stop in Las Cruces (New Mexico):

2019-04-17 - Man, 44, drops dead along Ninth Street in Racine (Wisconsin):

2019-04-17 - Woman, 34, found dead in the Chestatee River near Dahlonega (Georgia):

2019-04-17 - Man found dead in back of pickup truck at motel in coastal San Jose (California), possible toppler:

Quote: "A witness reported that the man fell from a second-floor balcony before he was found, but police would not comment on that report."

2019-04-17 - Man in his 50s found dead at Carlyon Bay beach in coastal Saint Austell (Britain):

Quote: "It comes just days after a young woman's body was found on Perranporth beach. A dog walker found Anastaszja Plusa along the shoreline early on Monday morning. The 22-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained and police are trying to trace her last steps."

2019-04-17 - Man found dead at beach in coastal Christchurch (Britain):

2019-04-17 - Fishing boat captain, man, 44, has 'medical incident' on boat near coastal Fire Island (New York):

Quote: "The 44-year-old experienced a medical incident while fishing by Fire Island Wednesday night."

2019-04-17 - School bus driver has 'medical emergency', pulls over and slumps over unconscious, in Cumberland County (Tennessee):

Quote: "School Resource Officer Jeff Fitzgerald was completing a morning patrol of the area near Crab Orchard Elementary School Tuesday morning when he turned on to Bat Town Rd. There, he saw a school bus stopped on the side of the road. Sgt. Gary Howard, director of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, said Fitzgerald watched the bus for a few minutes and decided to check on what was turning into an unusually long bus stop. He found the driver of the bus unresponsive. Director of Schools Janet Graham said the driver had stopped the bus before losing consciousness. One of the students on the bus had used the driver’s radio to let the bus dispatcher know what was happening."

2019-04-17 - School bus driver, man, has 'medical emergency' on school bus in Plymouth (Indiana):

Quote: "On Wednesday, April 17, around 8:15 a.m., a Plymouth Community School Corporation veteran bus driver, was in noticeable distress while driving his bus on his normal prekindergarten Wednesday pickup route. A Jefferson Elementary School preschool aide, who is also a pre-K bus aide, was also on the bus. She jumped into immediate action putting the bus into park, she then radioed our PCSC transportation dispatch informing them of the medical emergency and our PCSC transportation employee immediately called 911."

2019-04-17 - Man, 77, slumps over wheel, van crashes, near Opryland in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

Quote: "Witnesses reported to investigating officers that Binkley appeared to suddenly slump over the steering wheel just before the crash."

2019-04-17 - Driver, 42, has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into SUV and sign, in Kingston (New York), 950 feet from Esopus Creek:

Quote: "According to police, the accident happened a result of a medical emergency suffered by a 42-year-old Kingston resident who was behind the wheel of a 2017 Dodge Durango."

2019-04-17 - Man has 'medical episode', SUV crashes, on the M6 near Crewe (Britain):

Quote: "Cheshire police confirmed that the incident involved one vehicle, a Land Rover, and is believed by officers to have been a 'medical episode' behind the wheel, with a man taken to hospital as a precaution."

2019-04-17 - Man, 69, has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into parked cars and sign, in Ellensburg (Washington):

Quote: "Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said the man had a medical emergency and crashed into an empty parked car, bumping it into another parked car. He continued in his vehicle until hitting a sign and coming to a stop."

2019-04-17 - Woman has 'medical episode', car crashes into kitchenware shop, in West Croydon (Britain):

Quote: "A driver is understood to have suffered a medical episode at the wheel of her car as she crashed into a West Croydon shop."

2019-04-17 - Freight train hauling garbage derails and spills garbage in Wyomissing (Pennsylvania):

2019-04-17 - Tour bus veers off road, overturns down hillside, on the island of Madeira (Portugal), 29 killed, 28 injured:

2019-04-17 - Two tractor trailers crash, huge fire erupts, on I-95 in Florence (South Carolina):

2019-04-17 - Tractor trailer crashes off overpass just before 3 AM in Cincinnati (Ohio), 2 injured:

2019-04-17 - SUV crashes into box truck in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officers say that the male driver of an SUV may have had a medical issue as he was pulling out of a car wash and slammed into a box truck."

2019-04-17 - Pickup truck slams into home in Edmonton (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "Edmonton police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning and are trying to determine whether the collision or a medical condition led to the death."

2019-04-17 - Naked man enters home, drinks juice, screams and refuses to leave, in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "A Nashville man opened the door of his home Wednesday night to find another man sitting naked on his couch and drinking juice. The homeowner walked in and found James Wooten sitting on his couch, police said. He tried to get Wooten to leave, but the suspect screamed and refused to leave."

2019-04-17 - Sinkhole opens near home in Ft. Stockton (Texas):

2019-04-17 - Sinkhole opens in Moraga (California):

2019-04-17 - Two boys, 5 and 6, pulled unconscious from swimming pools at separate hotels in Orange County (Florida):

2019-04-17 - Man has 'medical emergency' at hotel in coastal Ipswich (Britain):

Quote: "'We were called to the Holiday Inn Ipswich following reports of a man suffering a serious medical emergency,' a spokesman said."

2019-04-17 - Lightning strikes injure 4 people at the Acropolis in Athens (Greece):

2019-04-17 - Slow-moving storm hits Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, 100+ killed:

2019-04-17 - Locusts spreading on the Arabian Peninsula, threatening crops in Iran:

2019-04-17 - Black beetles infest parts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia after severe flooding:

2019-04-17 - Killing migratory birds has been a crime for decades, but not anymore under Trump:

Quote: "It will unravel a lot of progress over the past several decades..."

2019-04-17 - Kinder Morgan in discussions to build third Permian Basin gas pipeline:

2019-04-17 - South Africa's deterioration worst among nations not at war:

2019-04-17 - China to build huge collider to study 'God particle', the Higgs boson:

2019-04-17 - Yale scientists restore brain function to 32 clinically dead pigs:

Note: Freaky science-fictiony stuff!


  1. ah c'mon! NOT THE WINE!!

    Don't ya just love it when the common person does what he thinks is the right thing to do - like the mechanic (from PA) who disconnected a Tesla from its battery to prevent car fire, only to have the vehicle burst into flames for a 2nd time? Oh, and how about all the firefighters falling over dead either during or after an assignment? Let's not forget all the children (and others) being pulled unconscious from swimming pools, some who later die - and we haven't even reached summer yet! More and more vehicle drivers are suffering untimely "medical emergencies" and passing our or dying, too. Then we get to all the vehicle fires, barns, homes and other buildings flaming out or collapsing suddenly for no apparent reason. Things are gettin' worse by the day.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 4.18.19 Flight attendants know the real job killer isn't the Green New Deal [~ 19.5 min.]

    Earthquake Preparedness & Earthquake Report with Margo (April 18, 2019) [70.5 min.]

    Amazing PINK MOON set to rise over Earth on Good Friday

    The full pink moon is expected to occur on Good Friday at 12:12 BST (07.12 EST). Despite having the name, the moon will not actually appear as the colour pink. Its name is derived from a flower that blooms at the same time in Spring annually.

    M6.1 earthquake jolts Taiwan, causing highrises in Taipei to sway violently and school children to flee their classrooms
    Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Hualien, Taiwan

    A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Taiwan's CWB as M6.1 hit Hualian, Taiwan at 05:01 UTC (13:01 LT) on April 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 18.8 km (11.7 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles); EMSC M6.1 at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles). [more]

    Australia’s legendary inland sea, Lake Eyre, is filling, greening the desert and attracting wildlife and tourists from far and wide

    Lake Eyre in northern South Australia is Australia’s biggest lake and the thirteenth largest in the world when full. It is also the lowest geographical point of the island nation at 15m below sea level. The usually dry lake system in the state of South Australia – believed by early European settlers to be home to an enormous inland sea – is about 500km from the coast and only fills about four times a century. [more]

    [Let Us Try, the Army Corps of Engineers (buffoon theme song)]
    After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking

    11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of the largest public works projects in world history, the agency says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years because of rising sea levels and shrinking levees. [more; hey thanks a lot . ..]

  2. News Links, April 19, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Wall Street banks under pressure to make deeper cost cuts

    IBM Tumbles After Reporting Worst Revenue In 17 Years As Cloud Hits Air Pocket

    Power shortages could cut 2019 GDP growth (South Africa)

    Nissan to slash production by 15%

    More store closings coming: Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 more stores

    Africa as Colonial as Ever: US "New Africa Strategy" Old Oil in New Bottles

    American War Is Off the Charts

    Navy's $128 Billion Nuclear Sub Project Faces Audit Over "Unreliable Cost Estimates"

    Air Force Secretary: US Needs to Prove Ability to Use Force in Space [pffft, with what your junk F-35?]

    North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon

    North Korea demands Pompeo's removal from US nuclear talks

    Hundreds Dead, Injured As Fighting Escalates In Oil-Rich Libya

    Trump's Sanctions Kill Iranian Reforms

    Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela?

    U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren't Built for Climate Change

    The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries

    U.S. Soybean Exports Plunge, No Recovery In Sight, Farmers Are Concerned About Tariff Man

    Colonialist economics – the contrast with indigenous land care principles

    Farmers Nervous As Major Northwest Crops Are Weeks Late In Planting (US)

    Central Illinois farmers ready to get in the fields, but wet weather isn't helping matters

    Chicken often contains fecal bacteria, lawsuit against USDA claims [it's chicken shit report if you ask me]

    The World's Glaciers Are Sponging Up Loads of Nuclear Fallout, But You Shouldn't Worry — Yet

    Switzerland to monitor potential health risks posed by 5G networks

    Six-decade plankton study charts rise of ocean plastic waste
    Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s

    The Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Close to Becoming a Global Emergency

    Silver Lining as New, 97% Effective Ebola Vaccine Saves Lives in The Current Outbreak

    Report: Going 100% renewable power means a lot of dirty mining

    CRISPR gene editing has been used on humans in the US

    VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal To Interview Assange

    Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis

    A hacker has dumped nearly one billion user records over the past two months

    Facebook unintentionally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users

    The Assange Poop Smear Was Concocted to Cover Ecuador's $4.2 B IMF Loan

    Julian Assange's Nightmarish Future

    First Julian Assange, Then Us

    From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State

    Ecuador says it faced 40 million cyberattacks after giving up Assange [thanks Anonymous!]

    (How) American Collapse Resembles Soviet Collapse
    Six Ways America's Collapse is Eerily Like the Soviet Union's Last Days.

    Tax Day trauma: Paying for our massive national debt
    An average taxpayer is going to have to fork over more than $2,000 this year just to cover their share of the interest on the national debt. It's a huge sum going purely to finance the spending and borrowing of the past.

    Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

    Truck drivers see orders, miles fall in latest U.S. slowdown signal

    U-Turn in Trucking: Cass Truck Shipment Index Down 4th Consecutive Month

    FCC set to block China Mobile bid to provide U.S. services

    Beige Book Drivel: Slight to Moderate Growth

    Fed's Evans says low inflation may freeze interest rates through most of 2020

    IHS Markit PMI shows slowest U.S. economic growth in 31 months

    60% Of Millennials Don't Have $500 In Savings Ahead Of Next Recession [savings? wtf?]

  3. [more cowbell]

    Man attacked by bobcat on Connecticut golf course

    A bobcat that attacked a golfer in Connecticut was beaten off by golf clubs before environmental police tracked it down and killed it, authorities said. [more; oh, of course]

    [soon to be banned completely]]
    NYC proposes ban on glyphosate as public awareness of its toxicity grows

    [in HR News today]
    Veterans Affairs whistleblower 'protection' office being investigated for retaliation against whistleblowers

    [well, who do you think we're protecting, sir?]

    Sleeping toddler dragged from camper van by dingo on Fraser Island, Australia - third attack on a child this year

    A Brisbane father has saved his son from a dingo attack in Queensland after the animal dragged the sleeping child from a campervan. [good ON-ya mite!]

    The 14-month-old was asleep with his parents on a remote part of Fraser Island when the dog entered the vehicle and bit the toddler's neck on Thursday night. [ged-dem]

    The toddler began crying when the dingo dragged him away, alerting his parents. [wool YA!]

    The child's father fought off the dog, snatching him from its jaws before chasing off several other dingoes. [atta-wye DED!]

    The boy's skull has been fractured, he also suffered two deep wounds to his neck and some minor cuts on his head. [more]

    [ah nah - eel be aight in a die a-too]

    [and now from UH-OH]
    Shallow 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Western Indian Antarctic Ridge

    Unusually high level of landslides worldwide - Over 1000 fatalities so far this year

    Sun halo seen over Norfolk, England

    Search for more dead in Papua New Guinea's highlands landslide continues after 8 killed

    The devastating slip burst through at least two remote villages in Enga province on Monday, destroying homes and crops. [more; Mother Nature is NOT fuckin' aroun']

    New CDC report shows Autism is still on the rise

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), released Thursday, offers little good news. It estimates that about one in every 59 children nationwide has the complex developmental disorder, a figure that seems unchanged from its previous estimate a year ago. But, for a few reasons, it's likely that this is an underestimate. [more]

    [global environment is TOXIC, what do you expect?!]

    [from our Corruption in Government desk]
    Recording reveals oil industry execs laughing at Trump access – “We have unprecedented access to people that are in these positions who are trying to help us, which is great”

    [wasn't that guy in Animal House? syrysly]

    [more below]

  4. Jet stream change driving California’s floods and wildfires – “Recent California fires during wet North Pacific Jet extremes may be early evidence of this change”

    Prior to modern fire suppression, the paleoclimatic reconstruction showed no cases of a high-precipitation year coupled with a high-fire year. If warming continues, as is the scientific consensus, then significant wet season rain and snow may not ensure a quiet fire season afterward.

    “Recent California fires during wet NPJ extremes may be early evidence of this change,” the paper states.

    Besides fire risk and its associated health and economic impacts, such a change could alter species distribution, forest composition, and ecosystems. [more]

    U.S. church membership down sharply in past two decades – Percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue, or mosque at all-time low, averaging 50 percent in 2018

    As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. [more]

    [well, pedophilia-addicted religious leaders kinda put a damper on "worship"; 2. they never really help; and c) it's all a racket]

    N.J. Is Warming at An Alarming Rate and It’s Making Our Air Harder to Breathe

    Since 1970, New Jersey has experienced a 3°F increase in annual average temperatures, making it one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, Climate Central analysts found when examining temperature records. The last 20 years have seen 11 of the state’s 15 hottest summers, according to state climate records that date back to 1895. The state’s warming is largely the result of greenhouse gas-driven climate change and urban development.

    ozone resting near the Earth’s surface is synonymous with smog. It forms when gases from tailpipe and smokestack pollution mixes in the air and combines in hot, sunny conditions. Ozone attacks the lungs—some people describe ozone pollution as “sunburn for the lungs.” [more]

  5. Furious steppe fires in the Baikal Region, Russia, leave 240 people homeless as their homes and cattle burn down – State of Emergency

    Fires is going out of control due to strong winds. Several villages have almost completely burned down during steppe fires in Transbaikalia. Just on April 19, 2019, more than 240 people, including 25 children, were left homeless as the fire torched 71 houses and 21 buildings in eight settlements. [more]

    Earthquake swarm hits Santa Cruz Mountains, near the San Andreas Fault in California – Less than 20 seconds between the two largest quakes

    A cluster of earthquakes shook the Santa Cruz Mountains on Thursday afternoon. Less than 20 seconds separated the two largest quakes, which hit about 2:35 p.m. near Boulder Creek.

    Three world-class climbers presumed dead in Canadian avalanche

    Three renowned professional alpinists are missing and presumed dead after an avalanche in Canada's Rocky Mountains, Parks Canada said on Thursday. [more]

    Analysts Estimate Exxon Mobil (XOM) to Report a Decline in Earnings: What to Look Out for

    The market expects Exxon Mobil (XOM) to deliver a year-over-year decline in earnings on lower revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended March 2019. [more]

    Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

    Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

    This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes it among the longest seen since the government started tracking flu season duration more than 20 years ago.

    Some experts likened the unusual double waves to having two different flu seasons compressed, back-to-back, into one. [more]

    [more below]

  6. College professor bought 1-way ticket to Rome before St. Patrick’s Cathedral arson attempt, police say

    A part-time philosophy professor was charged with attempted arson on Thursday after he entered a historic cathedral with gasoline and lighter fluid, investigators said.

    Marc Lamparello, a former director of music at a New Jersey Roman Catholic Church, was arrested at the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Wednesday night after security stopped him with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, police said. [more]

    Former White House economist: U.S. 'shooting ourselves in the foot' in trade war

    A former White House official believes that President Donald Trump’s art of the deal is akin to “shooting ourselves in the foot” when it comes to the U.S. economy

    As the U.S.-China trade negotiations drag on without a firm end date, “the Trump administration's gotten themselves into a bit of a fix where the options don't look terribly good,” Chicago Council on Global Affairs senior fellow Phil Levy told Yahoo Finance’s On The Move (video above). “This all has to do with their desire to keep their options open to strike at the Chinese whenever they want, or whenever they think the Chinese have done something wrong.” [more]

    GSK cutting employees at its R&D unit in Collegeville

    Months after new research and development head Hal Barron announced a new strategy for his unit, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has laid off employees in its two main R&D hubs — Collegeville, Pa., and Stevenage in the U.K.

    A GSK spokeswoman declined to provide specifics on the number of impacted employees, though British outlet Endpoints News, citing sources familiar with the situation, said the number could be as high as 250 and will include a heavy concentration on chemists. But the R&D group is hiring and could wind up with the same headcount when the restructuring is completed.
    [more; but then again, maybe not . . b/s non-info story]

    Sears Lawsuit Alleges Billions in Assets Were Transferred to Ex-CEO & Shareholders Ahead of Bankruptcy

    [that's how we roll]

    Powerful storms, tornadoes hit southern US, killing at least 3 people

    A powerful storm swept through the southern United States on April 18, 2019, leaving more than 100 000 customers without power and killing at least 3 people. [more]