Sunday, May 5, 2019

Event Update For 2019-05-04

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

2019-05-04 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills woman while parked in Smith County (Texas):

2019-05-04 - Ship hit by fire, 7,000 tons of scrap metal burn, in coastal Southampton (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters from across Hampshire were called to a large ship fire at Southampton Docks last night. The incident involved a ship carrying around 7,000 tonnes of scrap metal."

Note: This is the 375th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-04 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4 AM in Pickens County (South Carolina):

2019-05-04 - Wastewater treatment building damaged by fire at 1:20 AM at industrial business in Charleston (Tennessee):

2019-05-04 - Six cars and home destroyed by fire at 3:41 AM on Sunnybank Drive in Chelan (Washington):

Quote: "Chief Tim Lemon said crews arrived on scene at 4045 Sunnybank Drive and found the residence fully involved along with six vehicles in a carport."

Note: Around 400 feet from Lake Chelan. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-05-04 - SUV veers off road at 1:20 AM, crashes into tree, on Sea World Drive in coastal San Diego (California), 1 killed:

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-05-04 - Up to a million species facing extinction as the Sixth Extinction accelerates:

Quote: "The future of humanity is under threat from the widespread destruction of the Earth’s plants and animals by people, leading scientists will warn in a dramatic report. Loss of biodiversity threatens the human race just as much as climate change, the experts believe, with up to a million species facing extinction in the world’s sixth mass die-off."

Note: Too late to do anything about it now. These kinds of planetary-scale events accumulate massive amounts of momentum over time and this extinction event has been underway for at least five decades and probably more. Hundreds of feedbacks are in play now, each amplifying itself and the others as everything accelerates toward a Crescendo of Doom. We aren't remotely powerful enough as a species to alter the course of things at this point, even if we had the will to do so, which we don't. The End.

2019-05-04 - Recreational fishing boat disabled by fire near coastal Ponce Inlet (Florida):

2019-05-04 - Boat bursts into flame at marina on Lake of the Ozarks in Gravois Mills (Missouri):

Quote: "Firefighters in Gravois Mills said a boat is a total loss after it caught fire while docked at Millstone Marina off Highway O just before 10 p.m. Saturday."

Note: These are the 376th and 377th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-04 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

Note: This is the 26th car-hauler to burn in 2019...

2019-05-04 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame while being towed, on Fiddlers Ferry Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

Note: These are the 723rd and 724th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-05-04 - Flatbed truck hauling car bursts into flame on Reservoir Road in Erdington (Britain):

2019-05-04 - SUV bursts into flame at 12:55 AM while parked at home in Ocala (Florida):

2019-05-04 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads to building, in Henderson (Kentucky):

Quote: "Authorities say the 911 call was initially for a vehicle fire, but the fire spread to the building at the Northeast corner of Fifth and Ingram Streets."

2019-05-04 - SUV bursts into flame at Clifton Moor shopping center in York (Britain):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Miami Gardens (Florida), near the coast:

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours near Northwest 19th Avenue and 45th Street in coastal Miami (Florida):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame on I-65 in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Highway 14 in Los Angeles County (California):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame on I-55 exit ramp in Arnold (Missouri):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame at grocery store in Yate (Britain):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame on the A38 near Chudleigh Knighton (Britain):

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame on Springwell Field Access Track in Goodmanham (Britain):

Quote: "Springwell Field Access Track, Goodmanham. Sat 4 May 2019 03:06 (No:09495) Car fire. 2 BA, hose reel and tic in use."

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame in Selby (Britain):

Quote: "Time of call: 09:45 Carlton, Selby Selby crew attended following a report of a car fire. Crew extinguished the car using two hose reel jets."

2019-05-04 - Car bursts into flame on Hurricane Way in York (Britain):

Quote: "Time of call: 11:41 Hurricane way, York Huntington crew attended following a report of a car fire. Crew extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet."

2019-05-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-24 in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-05-04 - ATV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Golden Gate Estates (Florida):

2019-05-04 - Barn destroyed by fire in Buck Creek Township (Indiana), 2 horses killed:

2019-05-04 - Barn destroyed by fire on Poplar Hill Road near York Springs (Pennsylvania):

2019-05-04 - Barn and farm machinery destroyed by fire on Tout Lane in Charlton Mackrell (Britain):

2019-05-04 - Commercial building heavily damaged by fire at 5 AM near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

2019-05-04 - Home damaged by fire on Marino Drive in Colerain Township (Ohio):

2019-05-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire near Hidden Springs Drive in Boise (Idaho), nobody there:

2019-05-04 - Home destroyed by fire on North Butternut Avenue in Broken Arrow (Oklahoma):

2019-05-04 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 12:57 AM in Danville (Virginia):

2019-05-04 - Deadly fire burns home in Oshkosh (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2019-05-04 - Deadly fire destroys home on Alex Way in Asheville (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2019-05-04 - Humpback whale washes ashore dead at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Massachusetts):

2019-05-04 - Dolphin washes ashore dead in Lynn, near Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Massachusetts):

2019-05-04 - Thousands of fish wash up dead at dam reservoir at Satthanur Dam in Tamil Nadu (India):

Quote: "The mysterious death of fishes in the Sathanur dam in Tiruvannamalai district has left fishermen shocked. After noticing the dead fishes that were washed ashore on Friday, the fishermen alerted the authorities of the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation (TNFDC), following which an official team rushed to the spot."

2019-05-04 - Two people die unsuspiciously in car near Main Street and Llewelyn Avenue in West Orange (New Jersey):

2019-05-04 - Man and 3 grandkids die in pond during swimming lesson in Peddapalli District (India):

Quote: "A summer day for a swimming lesson to a village tank led by a grandfather, turned tragic with three of his grandkids as well as the 70-year-old grandfather, drowning in the Kolanur village tank in Peddapalli district on Saturday evening."

2019-05-04 - Boy, 14, dies after being pulled from swimming pool in Hyderabad (India):

2019-05-04 - Soldier, man, 29, has 'medical episode' during routine training and dies in Broken Bow (Nebraska):

Quote: "After experiencing an unexpected medical episode during routine training, a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard died Saturday. Staff Sgt. Trevor J. Kurtzhals, 29, of Lexington, Nebraska, was a member of Nebraska Army National Guard's 1075th Transportation Company."

Note: Another person 'dropping out of the labor force'...

2019-05-04 - Man, US Marine, 28, dies in the water at beach on coastal Emerald Isle (North Carolina):

2019-05-04 - Man, 25, dives into the water and dies in Big Bear Lake (California):

2019-05-04 - Person found dead in the water near Collier Park in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2019-05-04 - Person found dead in the Hudson River near Albany (New York):

2019-05-04 - Man in his 30s slumps over dead in car at supermarket in Schenectady (New York):

2019-05-04 - Man, 59, found dead in Lake Havasu (Arizona):

Note: An RV and an RV trailer just went up in flames in separate incidents the day prior in Lake Havasu City too, mentioned in the 2019-05-03 update...

2019-05-04 - Man found dead in Fort Loudoun Lake (Tennessee):

2019-05-04 - Man, 31, collapses in jail cell, dies shortly later, in Stark County (Illinois):

2019-05-04 - Woman, 25, found dead in Devon (Canada):

2019-05-04 - Infant girl has 'medical episode' and dies at Voyager Park in coastal Huskisson (Australia):

Quote: "A family is in mourning today after the shock death of a three-month-old girl at Voyager Park in Huskisson. NSW Police said they, along with other emergency services, were called to the park after the girl suffered a medical episode at 11.50am. 'Despite treatment, the girl died at the scene,' a police spokesperson said. 'The death is not being treated as suspicious. A brief will be prepared for the coroner.'"

2019-05-04 - Man dies while diving near coastal Waipatiki Beach (New Zealand):

2019-05-04 - Man in his 40s found dead on coastal Tanjong Beach on the island of Sentosa (Singapore):

2019-05-04 - Sailor, man, 21, found dead on ship in coastal Mumbai (India), possible toppler:

2019-05-04 - Boy, 17, dies in the water at quarry near Chakan (India):

2019-05-04 - Man has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane diverts to coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "A transatlantic flight was forced to divert to Shannon Airport early on Saturday morning after the crew declared a medical emergency."

2019-05-04 - Man in his 30s has 'medical emergency', car crashes into four cars, in Monongahela (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

Quote: "A man suffered a medical emergency and crashed through a parking lot of a grocery store in Washington County on Saturday evening, according to police. Police said the man, who is in his 30s, crashed through a gate and into the Foodland parking lot in Monongahela, hitting four cars. He and his mother were flown to a hospital."

2019-05-04 - Driver has 'medical issue', car crashes into home, in Loves Park (Illinois):

Quote: "The driver had a medical issue, and crashed into the house."

2019-05-04 - Small plane crashes near Smithers (Canada), 3 killed, 1 injured:

2019-05-04 - Helicopter crashes into coastal Chesapeake Bay near Bloody Point (Maryland), 2 killed:

2019-05-04 - Helicopter crashes in field, fire erupts, near coastal Oxnard (California), 1 injured:

2019-05-04 - Helicopter crashes in field in New Caney (Texas), engine failure:

2019-05-04 - Venezuelan military helicopter crashes near Caracas (Venezuela), 7 killed:

Quote: "President Nicolas Maduro was in Cojedes on Saturday to watch a series of army drills, which, in televised speeches, he said demonstrated Venezuela’s military readiness against what he called the threat posed by the US."

Note: That should strike fear into the hearts of any potential invaders - fear of getting hit by crashing helicopters!

2019-05-04 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-20 in Vicksburg (Mississippi):

2019-05-04 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, on I-95 in Colleton County (South Carolina), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-05-04 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes 80 feet onto the banks of the Grand River, near Leroy Township (Ohio), 1 killed:

Quote: "A 34-year-old Painesville man was driving eastbound in a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup when he drove off the left side of the roadway and into the median. The truck drove between two bridges, which go over the Grand River, and plummeted approximately 80 feet into the riverbank."

2019-05-04 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, in Stoughton (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2019-05-04 - Three cars crash at 12:30 AM, then charter school bus crashes into them, fire erupts, in coastal San Francisco (California), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2019-05-04 - Car veers off road shortly after 2:30 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Plainfield (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2019-05-04 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Rotherham (Britain), 2 injured:

2019-05-04 - Car veers off road, overturns into watery ditch, in Orting (Washington), 1 killed:

2019-05-04 - Dog attacks children, charges cop, cop shoots it dead, in Topeka (Kansas):

2019-05-04 - Bridge over drainage ditch collapses in Sand Springs (Oklahoma):

2019-05-04 - Man goes missing while diving in Lake Pleasant (Arizona):

2019-05-04 - Tornado touches down and causes damage on Wilmington Island (Georgia):

2019-05-04 - Rising river levels bring flooding to St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "The city of St. Louis encourages residents to make an emergency plan and pack supplies in their home and car. Residents should plan to have enough supplies in case they are not able to leave their home, but they should also plan where they and their pets will go if they have to evacuate their home."

Quote: "The high waters are already having an impact north of the city. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District advises people to avoid contact with flood waters in the area after it was forced to shut down the Watkins Creek pump station in Spanish Lake, which means untreated water will flow downstream into the Mississippi River."

Note: Congratulations, Tennessee - you're now Missouri's emergency toilet!

2019-05-04 - Reducing air pollution may worsen droughts globally:

Note: When a civilization's pollution is the only thing saving it from the immediate and catastrophic consequences of its pollution, that spells the end of that civilization...

2019-05-04 - North Korea fires several short-range missiles into the sea:

2019-05-04 - Robots edge closer to unloading trucks in Amazon-era milestone:

Note: Soon they'll be doing everything. Maybe even shopping! 'Robots who purchased Human-Eradication Poison Gas Module also purchased Human-Sized Liquefaction Barrel.'


  1. Note to your note on Robots:

    Soon they'll be doing everything is right. For men they are even starting to replace women as sex partners. I'm sure some women are starting to consider Robot sex too.

    I wonder how long it will be until a Robot has a hit pop single? Can't be any worse than many of the "artists" who pose as pop stars today. Most of their voices are digitally enhanced anyway.

  2. i'm startin' to get the feeling Wall-e was a visionary movie.

    The heavy rain came and went here in SE PA, and it's nice today, sunny and cool (high of 58 predicted).

    Tell me you don't have to bug out from your compound, Jonny, with all that flooding going on.

    Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 5.5.19 Lost world: UN report shows Nature at death's door [~ 22.5 min.]

    Nostradoomus’ Methane Update, Methane & EQ Report with Margo (May 5, 2019) [~ 58 min.]

    Sea turns ORANGE, kills fish on Kent beaches, sparking fears water is toxic

    Dead fish, up to two feet, are washing up on Kent beaches after the sea turned orange — leading to fears the area is toxic. Environment Agency chiefs are analysing the liquid, which has also been spotted off Essex. Officials and residents are left baffled! [more]

    The terrible truth about Alexa: It is made to spy on us

    This week, I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee. This is all to make Alexa better, the company keeps saying. However, to many people, it’s not immediately obvious how humans interacting with your seemingly private voice commands is anything other than surveillance. Alexa, these people say, is a spy hiding in a wiretapping device. [more]

    [from our Short Term Thinking dept.]
    New technologies: We need to prepare for a future of asymmetric warfare and multi-domain insurgencies

    Increasingly available, affordable dual-use technologies will re-shape the tactics and strategies of insurgencies in the coming decades. Now, we need to prepare for a future of asymmetric warfare and multi-domain insurgencies, and that nations will need to develop new tactics of their own to counter them. [more; once sudden collapse happens, this will all be moot, as will any kind of "prepping"]

    [oh, hey - here's a BIG step in that direction!]
    Trade talks with China collapse: “This has all the makings of a complete disaster that could lead the stock market to crater this week”

    Chaos has returned to global financial markets, and it does not appear that there will be an easy fix this time. For the first four months of 2019, the mainstream media told us over and over again that a great deal of progress was being made on a trade deal with China and that negotiations would soon reach a final conclusion, but now it has become clear that those news reports were fake news. For a variety of reasons, the Chinese have been slow playing negotiations all along. Once they got the Trump administration to suspend the implementation of any new tariffs while negotiations were ongoing, the Chinese no longer had any urgency to reach an agreement. In fact, if the Chinese could have run out the clock all the way to the 2020 election, they surely would have done so. They would very much prefer to negotiate with someone else, and I think that President Trump has finally figured out that he was being played. On Sunday, in a very angry two part tweet Trump announced that he is going to slap China with huge new tariffs… [more; farmers' facepalm!]

    [more below]

  3. Reform capitalism or face revolution, billionaires are told at Milken Conference

    “It’s not whether we should be capitalist or socialist. It’s how do we make sure that capitalism is working the way it has in the past,” said Alan Schwartz, a managing partner at global investment firm Guggenheim Partners, who warned of “class warfare.”

    He noted that salaries and wages as a percentage of the economic pie are at a postwar low of 40%, prompting a “throw out the rich” mentality that would require some form of income redistribution to head off. [more; there's no "fix" - the damage is done]

    Japan Leads the Way in Child Health: No Compulsory Vaccines. Banned Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

    In the United States, many legislators and public health officials are busy trying to make vaccines de facto compulsory—either by removing parental/personal choice given by existing vaccine exemptions or by imposing undue quarantines and fines on those who do not comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) vaccine edicts. Officials in California are seeking to override medical opinion about fitness for vaccination, while those in New York are mandating the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for 6-12-month-old infants for whom its safety and effectiveness “have not been established.”

    The U.S. has the very highest infant mortality rate of all industrialized developed countries, with more American children dying at birth and in their first year than in any other comparable nation—and more than half of those who survive develop at least one chronic illness. [more]

    Tucker Carlson: Facebook's Zuckerberg Dictating Which Political Opinions You're "Allowed To Have" [~5.5 min. video/text]

    Monday, 6 May 2019
    The Economy is Tanking

    John Williams – The Economy is Tanking [~ 44 min. video]

    Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist John Williams, founder of [more]

    [new format @ Desdemona Despair]
    Poll finds world negative experiences remained at record-high level in 2018 – Anger increased by two points, hitting a new high

    Gallup’s Positive and Negative Experience Indexes measure life’s intangibles — feelings and emotions — that traditional economic indicators such as GDP were never intended to capture. Each index provides a real-time snapshot of people’s daily experiences, offering leaders insights into the health of their societies that they cannot gather from economic measures alone.

    The 2019 Global Emotions Report presents the results from Gallup’s latest measurements of people’s positive and negative daily experiences based on more than 151,000 interviews with adults in more than 140 countries in 2018. [more; mighty small sample size for > 7B people]

    Hurricane Michael: A harvest on hold for a generation [~ 23 min. podcast]

    (The Weather Channel) – Hurricane Michael ripped through the Southeast U.S. six months ago. The damage at the coast was unreal, but inland, another astounding loss: pecan, timber and row crops. While row crops can be planted again this year, it’ll be a decade before farmers can grow pecans and earn an income. Join Kait as she goes on a journey through the hard-hit farmland of the South to find out if it’s not just hurricanes, but climate, that’s making it even more difficult to farm. [more]

    [continued below]

  4. Iran wasn’t ready for these huge floods, but they should get ready for more in the future – “Entire villages were washed away in a matter of minutes”

    Since March, Iran has been ravaged by record rainfall and unprecedented flash flooding. At least 26 of 31 provinces have been impacted by the deadly floods.

    One city received 70% of its annual rainfall in a single day. Dozens of people have died.

    “This is the largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years,” Zahra Falahat, the Iranian Red Crescent’s under secretary general for international affairs and international humanitarian law, said in a statement. “Entire villages [were] washed away in a matter of minutes, countless homes and buildings [were] damaged and completely destroyed. [more]

    The rise of surveillance capitalism and big tech utopianism

    Zuboff points out in her brilliant book that all pervasive, stealthy and omnipresent surveillance capitalism has exploited human experience to collect free raw material for translation into behavorial data. The behavorial surplus - our emotions, fears, our voices and our personalities-is then fed into thinking 'machine intelligence', and then reconfigured into predictive products. Products specifically designed to anticipate what you will do today, tomorrow, and next week by means of behavorial modification. But not only does surveillance capitalism predict it also nudges us, influencing our behaviour through personalised and intrusive targeted advertising. [more]

    [from our Work-Arounds desk]
    ran switches to the "grey market" vowing to continue selling oil despite US sanctions

    Speaking about the "grey market" scheme of selling Iranian oil the deputy minister stressed that it in no way can be viewed as "smuggling" as it's merely a measure to counter sanctions that are neither "just" nor "legitimate". [more]

    41 dead as Russian Superjet-100 crash-lands, bursts into flames at major Moscow airport - UPDATES

    The fire engulfed the aircraft's tail within moments. 78 people were on board the aircraft, including 73 passengers and five crew members. Now the investigators say an "updated" toll shows only 37 of those on board have survived.

    Earlier, the Russian Investigative Committee confirmed the deaths of 13 people, including two children.

    "The usual culprit is electronic cables short-circuiting, so this could very well be an electronic fire caused by that," he told RT. Hali added that an electrical fire is one of "the most horrifying" things that a pilot can experience, as it can bring down communications capability.

    "If you have lost total communication then you are on your own," he added. [more]

    [last bit below]

  5. NASA prepares for "God of Chaos" asteroid to come

    NASA is already beginning preparations for the arrival of the asteroid called "The God of Chaos." The asteroid is said to be approaching Earth and will come close to our planet in 2029.

    The asteroid's official name is 99942 Apophis. It is a 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named after the Egyptian god of chaos. It will fly as close to the Earth as some of the orbiting spacecraft panicking scientists. [more; humanity may be gone by then]

    Lab grown meat backed by Bill Gates to hit shelves in first US state this summer

    The San Leandro, California-based Memphis Meats company's lab created meat products, which have historically been made with GMO yeast, will be available on store shelves in Mississippi this summer. [more]

    Genetic sequencing science breakthrough: Measles 'outbreaks' are caused by the measles vaccine

    The entire fear mongering campaign surrounding measles outbreaks in the United States centers around a "big lie" that's pushed by vaccine propagandists. All measles outbreaks, they falsely claim, are due solely to unvaccinated children. Thus, the answer to outbreaks is more vaccines, they say.

    But a science paper published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, entitled, "Rapid Identification of Measles Virus Vaccine Genotype by Real-Time PCR," has discovered something that vaccine fanatics don't want the public to know. As it turns out, a large number of measles outbreaks are actually "vaccine reactions" from the measles vaccine itself (MMR vaccines). [more]

    Yellow Vests mobilize for 25th weekend of protests

    Free speech under attack: Man faces year in prison for telling police they are 'pissing on the Constitution'

    Institute attorneys argue that the Texas law under which Ogle was charged, which makes it a crime to send "annoying," "alarming" or "harassing" electronic messages, is so overbroad that it could be used to punish a negative review of a restaurant posted online or caustic Facebook posts. [more]

    We no longer have a functional eco-system as the world's biodiversity is vanishing fast: The UN's Global Assessment report released later today

    We no longer have a functional eco-system as the world's biodiversity is vanishing fast with one in four of all species is disappearing at an unprecedented, frightening rate.

    Later today, the world's most comprehensive, and damning, report on the state of nature will be released on Monday in Paris. [more; expect food shortages THIS YEAR]

  6. No probs with flooding in my area. My area is called 'The High Point'. It's not really THAT high (Missouri's pretty flat everywhere), but if *I* flood then two-thirds of Illinois and Missouri will be underwater. In other words, if I flood, there won't be much else on the news!

  7. Looks like 2019 is shaping up to be the "Year of the Flood" with all of the torrential rains happening all over the world, especially in North America.

    We had some flooding here in central Texas on Friday. All of our lakes are full to over full. The biggest lake has one flood spillway open. And let me give the next seven day forecast here:

    Today 40% chance of rain
    Tuesday 80%
    Wednesday 80%
    Thursday 70%
    Friday 50%
    Saturday 50%
    Sunday 40%

    There will be some catastrophic flooding in this area this week. Enough to make the property insurance companies say "SHIT!".....again. And enough to make those without insurance to say even more colorful words.

  8. Stay high and dry, Mike!

    Swarm of earthquakes hits Pacific Ocean off Northern California coast

    At least five small earthquakes rattled the Pacific Ocean southwest of Eureka off the Northern California coastline Saturday and Sunday. The largest had a magnitude of 4.8, and there were no reports of any damage associated with the quakes. But today, the map of >2.5 earthquake is blank… Pretty weird, no? [more]

  9. Upper Darby High School athletic trainer dies during Broad Street Run

    [~ 2 min. news clip]

    Brian Smart, 24 suffered a fatal heart attack just after mile eight of the 10-mile race course.

    "He was in great shape, was running at a good pace for the Broad Street Run. He wasn't showing any signs of any laboring, from what I was told. [more; hmmmmmm]

    [from our sporadic God Speaks Through Action segment]
    Large, heavy stones tumble from facade of Fishtown church

    This is the second time this year that large stones have tumbled down the facade of Saint Laurentius Catholic Church on the 1600 block of East Berks Street.

    The 130-year-old church has been in disrepair for years now.

    officials said some the stones have weighed close to 700 pounds. [more]

    News Links, May 6, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Uber's Big Problem: It's a Zombie Corporation That Can't Make Any Money

    German Car Registrations Fall 1.1% As Global Auto Recession Continues

    MMT: The Cure More Dangerous Than The Disease?

    Mortgage delinquencies mount as more borrowers find their home is worth less than their loan (Australia)

    The Crash In US Economic Fundamentals Is Accelerating

    Trucking Skids into Downturn after Phenomenal Boom (US)

    The Rich Get Richer when Central Banks Print Money

    Trade Deal Dead: Trump Says 10% China Tariff Rising To 25% On Friday, Another $325BN In Goods To Be Taxed

    Turkey calls international community to act on 'disproportionate actions' by Israel

    Turkey says it will not bow to U.S. sanctions over S-400 deal

    Strikes Escalate as Israel Threatens Invasion of Gaza Strip

    Fed up Canada tells U.S. to help with China crisis or forget about favors

    Behold the breathtaking weakness of the Empire!

    Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro

    Pentagon Setting Military Options for Attacking Venezuela

    Armenia Is The World's 'Angriest' Country

    US Oil Exploration Drops by 95 Percent

    Turkey Can't Fill Oil Void Left By U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    Boon Times For Auction Houses As American Farmers Go Bankrupt

    10 Million North Koreans Face Food Shortages After Bleak Harvest

    [continued below]

  10. Almost Half Of College Students Are Going Hungry: Survey (US)

    The Company Store Leaves Almost Nothing To Live On

    'Superbugs' Could Kill 10 Million Annually Without Urgent Action, Warns New Report

    Buzz Aldrin: It's time to focus on the great migration of humankind to Mars
    Good luck with that. -- RF

    EPA Says Glyphosate Is Safe, But Lawsuits Loom and Bayer's Woes Mount

    Is 5G Worth the Risks? [NO!]

    Brazil's Bolsonaro Green-Lights 150+ Pesticides This Year

    Lost world: UN report shows Nature at death's door

    Africa's disappearing forests

    CBP, ICE Have No Idea If Their Thousands Of Warrantless Device Searches Are Actually Making The Country Safer

    Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again

    Ukrainian Embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016

    WaPo, CNN Virtually Silent After NYT Reveals 2nd FBI Spy Sent To Infiltrate Trump Campaign

    Did the CIA Orchestrate an Attack on the North Korean Embassy in Spain?

    Having Admitted to "Lying" and "Cheating" while CIA Director, Pompeo Drops Another Whopper after Failed Venezuelan Coup
    The lack of scrutiny given by the mainstream media to Bolton and Pompeo's claims is yet another troubling sign of the transformation of many mainstream media outlets into faithful government stenographers.

    How long do civilizations last?

    Business Majors at Flagship Universities See Dwindling Returns

    $2 trillion infrastructure plan will require mega metals

    Trump administration's California fracking plan is 'dangerous,' environmental groups say

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    Boeing has claimed that a safety warning light packaged as an optional extra on the 737 MAX 8 was not "necessary for safe operation," even after the light's absence had been blamed for two fatal crashes.

    Boeing's 737 MAX 8 has been involved in two deadly crashes in less than six months, killing a combined 346 people. In both cases, investigators have blamed incorrect 'angle of attack' (AOA) sensor data for pitching the planes downwards to their doom. A functioning warning light could have alerted pilots to this malfunction.

    While Boeing shipped the aircraft with a light fitted as standard, it would not work unless airlines had opted to buy a separate AOA indicator, the company revealed in a statement on Sunday.

    Boeing engineers discovered this problem in 2017, but conducted an internal review and concluded that the dummy alarm "did not adversely impact airplane safety or operation." Only after the crash of Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610 last November did the company issue a bulletin revealing that the light did not work as advertised. [more]