Thursday, June 20, 2019

Event Update For 2019-06-19

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

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on highway in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "A Thane businessman was charred to death after his car caught fire on the Mumbai-Goa highway and then exploded on Wednesday morning. The hatchback is suspected to have caught fire due to a short circuit, said the police."

Quote: "Khed police inspector Suvarna Patki said, 'Kamble was driving alone. As soon as a short-circuit led to a fire, the car's doors locked due to the centralised lock system and Kamble was trapped. The vehicle exploded and he was charred to death inside.'"

Note: I've warned about that problem any number of times. Clearly he didn't get the memo!

2019-06-19 - Unknown odor hits Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "This is not the first time a mystery smell has plagued residents. In August last year residents in Emersons Green reported a mysterious sewage odour and in July people living in Avonmouth and Shirehampton reported a similar smell that was believed to have been a result of the hot weather."

2019-06-19 - Global warming is pushing microbes into damaging climate feedback loops and raising health risks:

2019-06-19 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the Macintyre River from Toomelah to Goondiwindi (Australia):

Quote: "People are advised to avoid direct contact with the water along the Macintyre River from Toomelah to Goondiwindi, after a red alert warning for toxic blue-green algae was issued. WaterNSW issued the red alert for the Macintyre River at Boggabilla, Toomelah and Goondiwindi on Wednesday afternoon."

Note: Cyanobacteria seem to be thriving as the planet heats up. The ancient anaerobic archaea and bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide are surely doing quite well in the oceans too, as the oceans heat up and lose oxygen and the dead zones continue to spread. These are ancient kinds of life that are awakening as the planet reverts to its more primordial anoxic hothouse state, and most of these ancient microbes are very hostile to human life...

2019-06-19 - Himalayan glacier melting has doubled since 2000:

2019-06-19 - Heatwave bakes Yemen, 7+ killed:

Quote: "A severe heatwave hit Yemen's southern provinces controlled by the government, killing seven citizens within a week, a medical official told Xinhua on Wednesday."

2019-06-19 - India's sixth-largest city, coastal Chennai, now almost entirely out of water:

Quote: "Chembarambakkam and the three other reservoirs that have traditionally supplied Chennai are nearly all dry, leaving the city suffering from an acute water shortage, said Jayaram Venkatesan, an activist in the city."

2019-06-19 - Government setting up 'smoke shelters' to provide breathable air during wildfires in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick smoke hanging over the city from summer wildfires, which officials and scientists have unequivocally connected to the slow-motion of the effects of climate change."

2019-06-19 - Recycling center goes up in flames in Pomona (South Africa):

2019-06-19 - Around 500 homes destroyed by massive fire south of Mount Sinjar (Iraq):

2019-06-19 - Wildfire break out in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (China):

2019-06-19 - Fishing ship 'Tío Antonio' bursts into flame near coastal Castellón (Spain):

Quote: "On June 19, 2019, around 10 a.m. the 'Tío Antonio' caught fire about ten miles east of Oropesa (Castellón) while fishing. The crew of three fled into a life raft and was safely reovered by the trawler 'Blay' which was nearby. At 12.30 p.m. they were dropped off in them around 12.30 in Peñíscola, the base of their trawler which continued to drift in the sea, being completely ablaze."

2019-06-19 - Boat bursts into flame in canal near coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Note: These are the 512th and 513th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 near El Paso (Texas):

Note: Also see the parked car that went up in flames at a home and burned the home in El Paso on this day...

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 in Smith County (Texas):

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-8 near Dateland (Arizona):

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6:04 AM on I-75 in Crisp County (Georgia):

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 74 near Shelby (North Carolina):

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 62 near Tahlequah (Oklahoma):

2019-06-19 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel near Bluefield (West Virginia):

Note: These are the 1013th, 1014th, 1015th, 1016th, 1017th, 1018th and 1019th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-06-19 - Heavy truck bursts into flame near Monroeville (Pennsylvania):

2019-06-19 - Utility truck bursts into flame on Route 15 in coastal Stratford (Connecticut):

2019-06-19 - RV, vehicle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Waterford (California):

Quote: "A fire destroyed a garage, a motor home and another vehicle in Waterford on Wednesday evening."

2019-06-19 - RV bursts into flame while parked in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Note: These are the 208th and 209th RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-06-19 - Campervan bursts into flame, fire spreads to fuel tank and building, on Toft Road in Bourn (Britain):

Quote: "On arrival, crews found a fire in a campervan had spread to a nearby fuel tank and building."

2019-06-19 - Van bursts into flame on M40 near Gaydon (Britain):

2019-06-19 - Van bursts into flame while parked near beach on the island of Gan (Maldive Islands):

2019-06-19 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at business in Waterloo (Iowa):

2019-06-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Hawarden (Iowa):

2019-06-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road in Cairo (New York):

2019-06-19 - Three cars go up in flames just after 2:30 AM while parked at home on Drayton Landing Drive in Chesterfield County (Virginia):

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "The El Paso Fire Department tells ABC-7 that a car in their carport caught fire — and it spread to the home."

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame at Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick (Maryland):

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours on the Florida Turnpike near Orlando (Florida):

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-25 north of Monument (Colorado):

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame in parking lot off Cosens Bay Road in Coldstream (Canada):

2019-06-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A1 near Boroughbridge (Britain):

Quote: "A1 near Boroughbridge – Time of call 14:26 Crews from Boroughbridge responded to a car fire on the A1, fire was out on arrival and crews used a thermal imaging camera to inspect."

2019-06-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 11:47 PM on Grange Lane North in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Grange Lane North, Scunthorpe. Wed 19 Jun 2019 23:47 (No:13079) Vehicle fire. One breathing apparatus and one hose reel in use."

2019-06-19 - Moped bursts into flame at 4:16 AM on Fraser Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Fraser Street, Eleanor Street, Grimsby. Wed 19 Jun 2019 04:16 (No:13011) Moped fire; extinguished by resident prior to arrival using bucket of water. No action by Fire Service."

2019-06-19 - Tire business damaged by fire in Macon (Georgia):

2019-06-19 - Storage unit damaged by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2019-06-19 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire on Morocco Avenue in Chelmsford (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2019-06-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Summit Avenue in Macon (Georgia):

2019-06-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly before 5:30 AM in Englewood area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 injured:

2019-06-19 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours on East Fifth Street in Kennett (Missouri), nobody there:

2019-06-19 - Home destroyed by fire in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2019-06-19 - Home destroyed by fire near Beloit (Wisconsin):

2019-06-19 - Three homes go up in flames on Warburton Avenue in coastal Yonkers (New York):

2019-06-19 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Homewood (Alabama):

2019-06-19 - Condo building heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM, home destroyed, near beach on coastal Perdido Key (Florida), 2 injured:

2019-06-19 - Vacant home burns on Grove Avenue in Radford (Virginia)., 2300 feet from the New River:

2019-06-19 - Man found dead in the water at beach in coastal Juhu, woman, 19, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Versova (India):

Quote: "A man and a woman were suspected to have drowned at Juhu and Versova beaches on Tuesday. Due to the similarities in both the cases, the police have initiated investigations to find out if there is a link between the deaths."

2019-06-19 - Man, 51, found dead in 52-inch-deep swimming pool at home on Gail Road in Merrimack (New Hampshire):

Quote: "Upon arrival, fire crews found an adult male unresponsive in a 52-inch-deep above ground pool, they said. The man, whose name was not released Wednesday, was pulled out and CPR was performed. After repeated resuscitation attempts, which failed to produce a pulse, efforts to revive the man were halted and he was pronounced dead."

2019-06-19 - Man, 56, found dead in swimming pool at apartments in Palm Springs (California):

Quote: "Upon arrival first responders found an unresponsive 56-year-old male adult in the apartment complex’s swimming pool. Life saving efforts were attempted but unable to revive the male and he was pronounced deceased at the scene."

2019-06-19 - Soldier, man, 20, found dead in barracks at Fort Wainwright (Alaska):

Quote: "The discovery of Bodey’s body follows the deaths of at least three other soldiers in their living quarters in Alaska in the past year. In January, Sgt. Jorden Thomas Williams was found dead in his home in North Pole during a welfare check by law enforcement officers. Spc. Porfiro Gutierrez Jr. died in his barracks in September at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The body of Pfc. Ruben Gonzalez III was found in his barracks at Fort Wainwright in May last year."

Note: As the number of people randomly dropping dead climbs, the number of soldiers (or any other subset of the general population) that randomly drop dead will also rise...

2019-06-19 - Teen boy has 'medical issue' and dies at BMX race near the Rock River in Rockford (Illinois):

Quote: "Stoffel died after suffering a medical issue while racing in the USA BMX Midwest Nationals in Rockford, Illinois on Sunday."

2019-06-19 - Man, 70, has 'medical emergency' while driving and dies, pickup truck veers off road, in coastal Port Charlotte (Florida):

Quote: "A 70-year-old man died after having a medical emergency while driving in Charlotte County early Wednesday morning."

2019-06-19 - Man, 76, found dead in the Mattaponi River, empty 'ghost boat' found too, near Walkerton (Virginia):

Quote: "Around 9:30 a.m. Melton’s empty boat was found drifting down river roughly 2 miles from the bridge near Walkerton. 'The boat was found in good condition,' said Sgt. Frank Spuchesi with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 'The boat was in a patch of lily pads down river. It was empty with fishing gear on board.'"

2019-06-19 - Person found dead on beach at coastal Border Field State Park (California):

2019-06-19 - Man found dead near Burger King on Lake Street in Mount Shasta (California):

2019-06-19 - Man, 63, found dead in Joe's Pond in West Danville (Vermont):

2019-06-19 - Man found dead in lake in Fairbanks (Alaska):

2019-06-19 - Man, 54, found dead in submerged SUV in swamp in Paynes Prairie (Florida):

2019-06-19 - Man, 51, found dead in Gullrock Lake (Canada):

2019-06-19 - Man has 'medical event' on dive boat and dies near coastal Patea (New Zealand):

Quote: "A man has died following an incident off the coast of Patea on Thursday afternoon. Emergency services received the call at 1.57pm of a diver suffering a medical event on a boat off the coast of the South Taranaki town. 'The matter is being treated as sudden death and has been referred to the Coroner,' a police spokesperson said in a written statement."

2019-06-19 - Woman dies shortly after returning from honeymoon trip to coastal Punta Cana (Dominican Republic):

2019-06-19 - Man found dead in the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Blackburn (Britain):

2019-06-19 - Passenger has heart problems on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "A passenger jet flying from the US to Europe was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Dublin Airport early this morning after a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack over the North Atlantic."

2019-06-19 - Freight train carrying munitions and hazardous materials derails in Elko County (Nevada):

2019-06-19 - Two tractor trailers and some cars crash, huge fire erupts, on I-41/94 in Mount Pleasant (Wisconsin), 2 killed:

2019-06-19 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-5 near Flume Creek (California):

2019-06-19 - Van veers over centerline, hits semi head-on, in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-06-19 - SUV veers off road, plunges into Mahoning Creek, in Lehighton (Pennsylvania):

2019-06-19 - Pickup truck crashes into restaurant, bursts into flame, in Houston (Texas):

2019-06-19 - Car crashes into bridge and tree, bursts into flame, in coastal Sarasota (Florida), 3 killed:

2019-06-19 - Car veers off road, crashes into embankment, near Radium Hot Springs (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "At this point in time, they are looking at possibly a driver-sustained medical emergency that caused him to go off the road..."

2019-06-19 - Dog attacks and injures 5-year-old girl, face attack, in coastal Topsham (Maine):

2019-06-19 - Stray dogs attack and kill 5-year-old boy in Basilan (Philippine Islands):

2019-06-19 - Sinkhole opens on road in Rainham (Britain):

2019-06-19 - Woman has 'medical emergency' and loses consciousness in the water at Cape Ann's Marina Resort in coastal Gloucester (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A woman was rushed to a hospital by ambulance after a medical emergency at Cape Ann Marina & Resort on Wednesday afternoon."

Quote: "'I thought he was pulling in ropes,' he said. 'As I got closer, I saw he was holding a woman's head up over the water.' McNamara said he helped get the unresponsive woman out of the water and called 911. The 911 operator instructed him on how to administer chest compressions until the police arrived."

2019-06-19 - Shallow magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes the Kermadec Islands, 4th major event in 4 days, 5th for the region:

2019-06-19 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes along the coast of West Papua (Indonesia):

2019-06-19 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Azores:

2019-06-19 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Trabzon (Turkey), 10 dead or missing:

2019-06-19 - Illinois farmers have given up on planting:

Note: Soon people are gonna have to give up on eating...

2019-06-19 - FEMA admits it’s ‘short a few thousand employees’ as hurricane season begins:

Note: Sorry, no money for disasters. That's in part where all the money that went to rich people came from...

2019-06-19 - They are calling this a 'bloodbath' for the $800 billion trucking industry as US economic activity dramatically declines:


  1. As the reports of a dramatically slowing economy increase the DJIA just goes up and up and up.

    Actually Harry Dent seems to be the only one who is forecasting the markets and economy correctly. Months ago he said the DJIA will get very close to 30,000 and may even top it by this fall. Looks like this is happening. Of course it will cause euphoria and more people will jump in just as it takes a huge crap. Then we go into the deepest depression in the history of mankind. Sorry Trump, the timing couldn't be worse for you. Bwahaha...

    Of course Dent goes on to forecast what happens on the other side of the historic depression. That's where he is off track. He doesn't know that everyone will be too dead to invest soon.

  2. Hot off the press:

    Yes literally hot off the press.

  3. Another one hot off the press:

    This is only a mile or even less from me. Ruh-roh!

    1. This fire has now been classified as arson...

  4. Wow, that refinery explosion was humongous. That's the biggest refinery on the Eastern Seaboard too. Boomshakalaka!

  5. Sorry for the late start. i was unavoidably detained.

    Thanks for another installment of the way things are - the TRUTH of our continuing slide toward extinction, Jonny. As we can see, looking at the pattern of events both here in this report and the long list of previous days, people are being subjected to noxious gases in the atmosphere and water that incapacitate them, fires erupt when these gases contact anything electrical or with certain metals (even RUST), and these gases also cause damage to infrastructure (causing concrete to disintegrate over time, for example). Secondly, we're being overwhelmed by natural events, ie. rainstorms are much more potent, winds are wreaking havoc, and the resultant landslides occur more frequently. Now that we can't keep up, all damage done by hurricanes, earthquakes and the like probably won't be completely "cleaned up" before another round does even more destruction.

    [nothing from Kevin or Margo today, and another UFO site was taken down by you-tube]

    Thirdphaseofmoon: YouTube Demonetizes UFO Channel with Over 700,000 Subscribers [~ 5.5 min. video; links]

    US Defense: Senators get classified briefing on UFO sightings

    Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft. [more]

    [so when the gov't. wants to take over a topic, other sites may be derailed]

    Storm puts 1/4 MILLION in blackout! - Incredible GIGANTIC hail falls from Sky [MrMBB333 video] [12.75 min.]

    [mentions Philly and environs]

    Over 200 000 without power, evacuations and high-water rescues as severe thunderstorms hit U.S.

    Severe thunderstorms hit the eastern United States on June 20, 2019, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Some areas received more than 1 month of average June rainfall in just 48 hours. Storms also affected other parts of the country since June 19, causing floods and landslides.
    The worst affected states were North and South Carolina where 145 000 customers lost power. As of 09:00 UTC on June 21, 14 613 customers were without power in South Carolina, 11 845 in North Carolina, 10 057 in Virginia and 35 902 in Arkansas.

    Columbia, SC registered wind gust of 127 km/h (79 mph) and Duck [and cover!], NC 125 km/h (78 mph).

    Philadelphia, PA registered 121.9 mm (4.8 inches) of rain in 48 hours to 19:00 EDT, June 20, bringing its monthly total to 195.8 mm (7.71 inches). Its average rainfall for the entire month of June is 87.1 mm (3.43 inches). [more]

    Another earthquake swarm hits New Zealand's L'Esperance Rock with 56 high magnitude quakes including 6 major quakes (mag 6 or higher) in just 6 days

    Last month was the 4th hottest on record for the globe and the 43rd consecutive May as well as 413 consecutive month with above-average temperatures

    [it's clear now that SOTT is off-base with their agenda]

    Woodbury Fire causes evacuations at Roosevelt, Arizona

    Wednesday night the fire was mapped at 50,595 acres. [more]

    Smoke from fires in Arizona affects New Mexico and Texas

    Elevated wildfire danger in the Southwest today and tomorrow

    The wildfire danger is elevated in the Southwest United States today and will be higher on Friday. [more; see map]

    [more below]

  6. [interesting historical story]

    Soldiers Without Guns

    A peace keeping contingent of soldiers, men and women, actually properly named “peace keeping,” led by New Zealand and including Australians, traveled to Bougainville, and brought no guns with them. Had they brought guns, they would have fueled the violence. Instead, with Papua New Guinea offering amnesty to all fighters, the peace keepers brought musical instruments, games, respect, and humility. They did not take charge. They facilitated a peace process controlled by Bougainvilleans. They met people on foot and in their own language. They shared Maori culture. They learned Bougainvillean culture. They actually helped people. They literally built bridges. These were soldiers, the only ones I can think of throughout all human history, whom I’d actually like to “thank for their service.” And I include in that their leaders, who — remarkably to someone used to seeing people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo on TV — were legitimately not blood-thirsty sociopaths. Also remarkable in the story of Bougainville is the lack of involvement by the United States or the United Nations. How many other parts of the world might benefit from such lack of involvement? [more]

    Refugees at “the highest level” seen by UN agency in its nearly 70-year existence – Record displacement shows “we’re almost unable to make peace”

    A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.

    Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates.

    Of 41.3 million internally displaced people in 2018 – at a rate of 37,000 a day –some 13.6 million were newly displaced last year.

    This included nearly 11 million individuals who were uprooted inside their country and 2.8 million new refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR’s data shows, as well as the fact that while richer countries hosted 16 per cent of refugees in 2018, least developed nations sheltered one in three. [more]

    [continued below]

  7. Friday, 21 June 2019
    Trump gets cold feet?

    Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

    Conflicting agendas: Trump tells team to tone down tough talk on Iran

    The president has previously said he is less hawkish on Iran than some of his advisers and this week, in a Time magazine interview, said the attacks on the tankers were "very minor."

    India responds to Pakistan's offer of talks, hopes for "environment of trust"

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to an offer to renew diplomatic talks by his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, expressing hope for peace between the two nuclear-armed powers and prosperity on the subcontinent. [more]

    Nuclear weapons America's new military doctrine

    [includes GREAT clips of Dr. Strangelove movie]

    Yet another very strong earthquake (magnitude 6.3) hits the Kermadec Islands - 5th in 6 days, 6th for region

    [as predicted by Global Warming]
    Water vapor concentrations in the mesosphere at highest levels

    "The mesosphere is quite wet," she says. "Water vapor concentrations are at their highest levels for the past 12 years." [more]

    Angler revives exotic oarfish in rare encounter off Baja California Sur, Mexico

  8. [some news headlines from the links at Rice Farmer]
    News Links, June 21, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Happy summer solstice!

    Value of debt with negative yields nears $12 trillion
    Austrian and French 10-year bond yield tipped into negative territory for first time in history.

    No, Rate Cuts Were Not Discussed: ECB Insiders Out Draghi as Fabricator & Schemer, and Talk to Reuters

    Global Oil Market Surprisingly Oversupplied

    Japan exports slide for 6th month as trade troubles knock demand, weaken outlook

    Global Economy Propped Up By U.S. Shale Oil Ponzi Scheme

    It's official. Governments and businesses are trashing 100 years of progress.

    Whether It's the New NAFTA or the Old NAFTA, It Serves the 1 Percent

    Italy's Public Debt Hits New High Of $2.66 Trillion In April - Central Bank

    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Currency war is next phase of global conflict and Europe, the chief parasite, is defenseless

    What's the future for cash? Target register outages prove physical loot still has its place [yes, but when the lights go out for good, that too will end]

    American Airlines' pilots union 'concerned' about fixes for Boeing 737 Max after crashes

    Boeing's Newest Problem: Pilots Are Too Weak To Use The Cockpit Hand-Crank
    A hand crank... which requires great upper-body strength to turn... and this could be crucial in preventing a crash?! A 21st-century airliner depends on a hand crank and strong man. Do they also have duct tape, rubber bands, and stovepipe wire on board? -- RF

    Sully sounds off on what Boeing 737 Max needs to get back in the air

    Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July: NTV

    Dramatic Video Shows Russian Fighter Intercept Of US B-52 Bomber Near Crimea
    [The newly released 1 min. footage is from the cockpit of one of the Su-27 jets sent to intercept a B-52 flying from the West.]

    Israel's Secretive Nuclear Facility Leaking as Watchdog Finds Israel Has Nearly 100 Nukes

    Annexation: Israel Already Controls More Than Half of the West Bank
    Annexation would only formalize a situation in which almost two-thirds of Palestinian territory is controlled by Israel and settlers live as Israeli citizens.

    Iran at the center of the Eurasian riddle (Pepe Escobar)

    Russia's S-400: Turkey, India 'on same page' amid US pressure

    Plan to Deploy 1,000 More Troops to Counter Iran Faces Growing Opposition

    Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for US military action as some in administration question aggressive policy

    Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking Iran

    US Official Pressed to Say Iran Not Behind 9/11 as Congress Warns Against War

    Did Venezuelan coup leaders pocket $70 million from Citgo's stolen US assets?

    'Wheat is a weapon': US gov-funded, Democrat-linked think tank proposes starving Syrian civilians to weaken Assad

    Mexico's border crackdown sends some Central American migrants heading back south

    Rich countries only took in 16% of the world's refugees in 2018

    U.S. targets families for deportation to discourage migrants

    U.S. Border Faces 'Overwhelming' Strain, Agency Chief Says

    Greenpeace protesters storm Philip Hammond's speech shouting 'this is an emergency'

    Protesters try to storm Georgia parliament in Tbilisi as thousands gather for anti-govt rally

    Protesters urge ASEAN leaders to ban trash imports

    India confronts unprecedented water crisis

    [next piece below]

  9. Americans are paying more than ever to store deadly nuclear waste
    Nuclear power: the gift that keeps on giving. -- RF

    Waste crisis looms as thousands of solar panels reach end of life

    California's Solar Energy Problem

    Rocket Strikes Target Foreign Oil Firms in Southern Iraq

    Oil jumps 5% on Iran tension, potential U.S. fed rate cut

    Torrential Rain Of Biblical Proportions Is Causing Immense Devastation For Midwest Farmers

    'It was the yellow beak that gave it away': Pennsylvania woman finds dead bird in canned spinach

    Sprouts recalls frozen cut spinach leaves after listeria bacteria found in product

    After years of war and drought, Iraq's bumper crop is burning

    US Farmers Call For Third Farm Bailout If Trade War Intensifies: Lobby

    Is Big Oil's Plastic Bet Going Sour?

    India may have curbed its fertility rate, but it is still too high

    US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year, survey finds

    The cost of climate change: US seawalls to cost $416 billion

    Russia warns of "cyberwar" following report the US attacked its power grid

    Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list

    'Credible evidence' links MBS to Khashoggi's murder: UN report

    FacebookCoin is a Trojan Horse of Corporate Oligarchy

    Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump 'Terrifying' Mass Domestic Spying Powers
    "The Democrats who voted against this common sense amendment just threw immigrants, LGBTQ folks, activists, journalists, and political dissidents under the bus by voting to rubberstamp the Trump administration's Orwellian domestic spying capabilities."

    DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud
    The department seeks a new platform to identify people using fingerprints, irises and faces, and eventually DNA, palm prints, scars and tattoos. [what could go wrong?]

    The Omnipresent Surveillance State
    Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality. [Minority Report, anyone?]

    Top scientist slams OPCW leadership for repressing dissenting report on Syria gas attack

    [one more follows]

  10. Once Again Pompeo Displays Hopeless Ignorance of Sunni & Shiite, Iran and Taliban

    The unforeseen trouble AI is now causing

    MH17 disaster: Mahathir Mohamad claims Russia was scapegoated for Malaysia Airlines plane crash that left 298 people dead

    Saudi Arabia buys $300m spyware from Israel

    10,000 Of The 'World's Best' Spies Operating In Washington DC

    John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange

    UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates

    Propaganda for renewables: a critique of a report by Oil Change International

    What's Wrong With Modern Buildings? Everything, Starting With How They're Made
    But the biggest problem is that these buildings will become unusable without electricity. Further, all buildings need constant maintenance, but no one will maintain them once they're useless. Window panes, cladding, chunks of concrete, and other debris will start falling into the streets. -- RF

    As US-Iran tensions increase, Tulsi Gabbard calls her 2020 candidacy a 'threat to the foreign policy lies sold to the American people'

    A Senator is introducing a bill that would blow up the business models for Facebook, YouTube, and other tech giants ['Wall-DO-IT mon, an' na-mar slackin' ahf!' McTavish, Caddy Shack]

    Conspiracy of silence: After atomic blasts, a dangerous cleanup scarred troops for life

    Boeing Out, Raytheon In: Shanahan Quits as Acting SecDef

    "Miracles Aren't Coming" - Surefire Recession Signals Everywhere
    Don't expect miracles. The next recession is baked in the cake.

    Amtrak Riders Report Mass Train Delays Across Northeast; Power Outage Blamed

    America's Suicide Epidemic

    Obama's Clean Power Plan To Never See Light of Day

    Vowing Not to 'Demonize' the Rich, Biden Tells Billionaires 'Nothing Would Fundamentally Change' If He Was Elected

    Brick-and-Mortar Meltdown Gets Costly for Big Retailers, and Results May Vary

  11. Yeah, that refinery fire is big news today. Jeez, Philly big in the news this week with largest cocaine bust in U.S. history and now this.

    Sun spotless for 33 days straight - airline travelers being exposed to up to 70 times more radiation

    [that'll be me shortly]

    Study finds high arsenic levels in bottled water

    High levels of arsenic in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, study says. [more]

    [here's one from MO]
    'No explanation': Flying objects over Kansas City leave locals suspecting aliens

    Hungary has no evidence of Huawei threat, plans rapid 5G rollout

    [Oh good - another "lab" we can watch.]

    US military gets lost on way to war games, 'invades' small Romanian village, blames weather

    [F-Troop reporting for duty!]

    Trump: Troops will leave Afghanistan 'soon', drop numbers to 8K as US-Taliban talks approach

    [Mission Accomplished redux]

    Oil prices surge following Hormuz drone attack, could lead to global recession say experts

    [I get the feeling all this political stuff is designed for just that purpose]

    Racine County, Wisconsin, semi crash, explosion leaves 2 dead, multiple injured; NB lanes of I-94 remain closed

    [< 2 min. news spot]

  12. Car and Driver Contributor Davey G. Johnson Found in Northern California

    UPDATE 6/21/19: Searchers from the Calaveras County (California) Sheriff's Department found Car and Driver contributing editor Davey G. Johnson's body in the Mokelumne River on June 20, victim of a presumed accidental drowning. He'd been missing since June 5. Funeral plans are pending with the family. [more]

    Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery fire contained but not under control

    [~ 3.5 min. news clip]

    Pollution from refinery blasts and fire could irritate asthma, COPD sufferers

    health experts say the pollution released by it could affect some people for days. [more]

    Philadelphia Refinery Explosion Sends Gasoline Prices Higher

    Philadelphia Refinery Explosion Sends Gasoline Prices Higher

    [of course!]

    [Gonna be a while til that ol' refinery gets fixed - if ever!]