Thursday, July 18, 2019

Event Update For 2019-07-17

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

2019-07-17 - In 3 separate incidents, underground electrical fires break out in coastal Brooklyn (1) and coastal Queens (2) in New York City (New York):

Quote: "In Queens, there were explosions on 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst, where Con Ed said a transformer fire led to a manhole fire around 9 p.m. Wednesday. In Maspeth, there was another manhole fire."

2019-07-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 15-20 cars burn, in Wellston in North St. Louis County (Missouri):

Quote: "Several scrapped cars at the Scrap Solutions lot near Page and Sutter Avenues caught fire, sending smoke into the air. 'We had one firefighter who pretty much almost passed out,' said Mid-County Fire Protection District Chief Sean Mahoney. He said the call came in as a couple of scrapped cars on fire but when firefighters arrived, they found approximately 15-20 of the junked cars were on fire."

2019-07-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 6:35 AM, several cars burn, on Anderson Mill Road in Cedar Park (Texas):

Quote: "AFD tweeted at 6:35 a.m. that multiple salvaged cars at the yard were on fire."

Note: A transit bus just burst into flame the day before near Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park, the second transit bus to burn in the area this month, mentioned in the 2019-07-16 update...

2019-07-17 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Kearny (New Jersey), fire visible from high-rises in New York City:

Quote: "A large rubbish fire burning at a landfill in Kearny could be seen for miles Wednesday night, according to fire officials and Twitter users."

2019-07-17 - Recycling center erupts in flame just before 6:30 AM on Elm Street in Hatfield (Massachusetts):

2019-07-17 - Wildfires continue raging across Alaska:

2019-07-17 - Heatwave bakes Egypt, state of emergency declared in several governates:

Quote: "Several Egyptian governorates declared on Wednesday a state of emergency due to increasing temperatures. Governing bodies requested increased levels of readiness in hospitals with the expectation that individuals will be affected by sunstroke and heat stress."

2019-07-17 - Scorching heat is increasingly common at sporting events, creating risks and challenges for athletes

Quote: "It’ll be the hottest Summer Olympics in history..."

2019-07-17 - Trump's drilling leases on public lands could release more carbon than all 28 EU countries emit in a year:

Note: If you're gung ho about yourself and everyone you care about suffering/dying in the shortest possible amount of time then you couldn't ask for a better president!

2019-07-17 - Unknown planet-sized object gets hit by solar flare near the Sun:

Note: Maybe that IS a planet - it's the right size, it's the right shape, and it's obviously massive since that huge solar flare didn't even budge it. If something looks like a planet and acts like a planet then in the vast majority of cases it's a planet. And if it is then we might see an uptick in seismic activity like, say, California being shaken by the biggest quake in decades. This isn't the first planetary-sized object to zip by the Sun in recent years. A much bigger one came by in 2011, also very close to the Sun, and it was thoroughly enveloped by a gigantic flare. That one was very near the Sun about two months after the gigantic Fukushima earthquake, so it may have been in the vicinity of the Earth around the time of the Fukushima quake as it was inbound...

2019-07-17 - 10 cars go up in flames in Jerusalem (Israel), wildfires cause evacuations and destroy homes:

Quote: "A fire broke out mid afternoon in a parking lot in Jerusalem's Malha neighborhood, setting 10 cars aflame."

2019-07-17 - Pallet business heavily damaged by huge fire in Kirkby (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "It is believed that the fire broke out at a wood pallet plant inside the estate on Charleywood Road, sending plumes of thick black smoke billowing for miles across Merseyside."

2019-07-17 - Boat bursts into flame at marina at the Golden Nugget Casino in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 633rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-17 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Note: This is the 343rd bus to burn in 2019...

2019-07-17 - In separate incidents, two tractor trailers burst into flame on I-68 in Allegany County (Maryland):

Quote: "No injuries were reported Wednesday in two fully-involved tractor-trailer fires that occurred Wednesday evening on Interstate 68 in Allegany County. The first incident occurred about 6:35 p.m. on eastbound I-68 east at the top of Martins Mountain in the Flintstone area. The second was about 9:20 p.m. near the Vocke Road exit at LaVale."

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at gas station in Hillsboro (Texas):

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 19 in Fayette County (West Virginia):

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at Walmart in Mexico (Missouri):

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A4 near Bruck an der Leitha (Austria):

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at Waymills Industrial Estate in Waymills, Whitchurch (Britain):

Note: These are the 1197th, 1198th, 1199th, 1200th, 1201st, 1202nd and 1203rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-17 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on highway in Boise (Idaho):

2019-07-17 - Rental truck bursts into flame at 6:30 AM while parked at Ryder truck rental business in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2019-07-17 - Truck bursts into flame on Route 130 in Robbinsville (New Jersey):

2019-07-17 - Truck bursts into flame on I-287 in Piscataway (New Jersey):

2019-07-17 - Truck bursts into flame on Highway 51 near Tomahawk (Wisconsin):

2019-07-17 - Two RVs and two vehicles go up in flames while parked at auto shop in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Two RVs and two vehicles caught fire at the repair shop, the Sacramento Fire Department said."

2019-07-17 - RV bursts into flame while parked at property on Kessler-Cowlesville Road in Monroe Township (Ohio):

Note: These are the 258th, 259th and 260th RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-07-17 - Minibus bursts into flame on the M53 near coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2019-07-17 - Van bursts into flame on Dartford Road in Dartford (Britain):

2019-07-17 - Van bursts into flame on Eaton Bank in Duffield (Britain):

2019-07-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at Eagle’s Landing in Elma (Washington):

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Austin Avenue in coastal Bridge City (Texas):

Quote: "Officials believe the fire started from a car fire and spread to the house."

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Trotters Park Street in Ypsilanti Township (Michigan):

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame at business on Forest Avenue in Maysville (Kentucky), 1600 feet from the Ohio River:

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame in parking lot at bank on Route 59 In Airmont (New York):

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame on Southwest 17th Place in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2019-07-17 - Car bursts into flame on Main Street in Roos (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Main Street, Roos. Wed 17 Jul 2019 20:24 (No:15556) Car fire. Two hose reel jets, two BA, Thermal Image Camera and hand tools in use. Fire Service also disconnected vehicle battery."

2019-07-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Salisbury Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Salisbury Street, Westbourne Avenue, Hull. Wed 17 Jul 2019 22:01 (No:15563) Vehicle fire. One hose reel, one BA in use."

2019-07-17 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Bradley Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Bradley Road, Grimsby. Wed 17 Jul 2019 16:12 (No:15527) Motorbike involved in fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2019-07-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at home in coastal West Sayville (New York):

2019-07-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home near Friedensfeld (Canada):

2019-07-17 - Mobile billboard trailer destroyed by fire at 1:41 AM on Hems Lane in Halesfield (Britain):

2019-07-17 - Two RV trailers and garage destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM at home in New Lebanon (Ohio):

Quote: "The garage and two campers are considered total losses."

2019-07-17 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Norwich (Connecticut):

2019-07-17 - Business damaged by fire shortly before 6 AM on Main Street in Kalispell (Montana):

2019-07-17 - Feed store heavily damaged by fire in coastal Bellingham (Washington):

2019-07-17 - Lumber business heavily damaged by massive fire in Bracebridge (Canada):

2019-07-17 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Dayton (Ohio):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly after 1:30 AM on Malta Avenue in Ballston Spa (New York):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11:37 PM on First Street in Gloversville (New York):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:22 AM in coastal St. Lucie County (Florida):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on West Shore Drive in Longs (South Carolina), 5 miles from the coast:

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on Cleary Road in Henrico County (Virginia):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM on Picholine Way in Chico (California):

2019-07-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 3 AM on Caughdenoy Road in Clay (New York):

2019-07-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Surfside Court in coastal Port Charlotte (Florida):

2019-07-17 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire at 5 AM on Miller Street in Meriden (Connecticut):

2019-07-17 - Triple-decker home heavily damaged by fire on Elliot Street in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2019-07-17 - Condo complex devastated by massive fire at 3:08 AM on Devonshire Lane in Crystal Lake (Illinois):

2019-07-17 - Vacant commercial building destroyed by fire on Freeport Boulevard in South Sacramento (California):

2019-07-17 - Vacant gas station burns in Park Ridge (Illinois):

2019-07-17 - Woman and toddler, 36 and 2, found dead in apartment in Mountain View area in coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2019-07-17 - Woman, 85, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool at home in Marlboro Township (New Jersey):

2019-07-17 - Man, 45, dies after diving off coastal Islamorada (Florida):

Quote: "A man from Arkansas died during a scuba diving trip in the Florida Keys. Monroe County Sheriff’s officials say 45-year-old Charles H. Boone of Quitman, Arkansas, fell unconscious when he got back aboard a rental boat after diving 112 feet (34 meters) off Islamorada on Tuesday afternoon. People onboard the boat brought Boone to shore and he was taken to a hospital. He was then airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead later Tuesday."

2019-07-17 - Man, 29, has 'medical issue' at business, dies shortly later, in Jonesboro (Arkansas):

Quote: "A 29-year-old man died after suffering a medical issue Wednesday while working at a Riceland facility in Jonesboro, officials said."

2019-07-17 - Man, 25, dies after being pulled from the water at beach near hotel in coastal Clearwater Beach (Florida):

2019-07-17 - Man, 58, dies after being pulled from the water at coastal Revere Beach (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The facts and circumstances of the death, including whether Mr. Burns drowned or suffered a medical incident while in the water, remain under investigation..."

2019-07-17 - Man, 20, found dead in the Hudson River in Albany County (New York):

2019-07-17 - Man in his 30s found dead in the Naugatuck River in Torrington (Connecticut):

2019-07-17 - Person found dead in pond in Noxen Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-17 - Woman in her 40s drops dead at Matheson Park in Taylorsville (North Carolina):

2019-07-17 - Man, 34, dies after being pulled from Lake Tahoe near South Lake Tahoe (California):

2019-07-17 - Woman dies in the water in the Bahamas:

2019-07-17 - Man in his 20s found dead in Lake Pichola in Udaipur (India):

2019-07-17 - Woman in her 70s has 'medical episode' and drops dead at Manor Leisure Centre near the Briggate River in Whittlesey (Britain):

2019-07-17 - School bus driver has 'medical emergency', bus crashes around and hits cars before being stopped, near Granite Falls (Minnesota):

Quote: "A Sheriff’s deputy and a passerby teamed up to stop a runaway bus piloted by a driver having a medical emergency near Granite Falls, Minn. Wednesday. According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, multiple 911 calls came in around noon saying a Renville County West School District bus was driving on the wrong side of the road and had hit several cars on Hwy. 212."

2019-07-17 - Man, 63, has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into two poles, in Mullett Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

Quote: "A 63 year old Cheboygan man was taken to the hospital after he had a medical issue behind the wheel of his vehicle and crashed."

2019-07-17 - Woman has 'medical issue', car crashes into parked car and home, in Albany (New York):

Quote: "According to Officer Steve Smith, a driver had a minor medical issue while driving, which caused her to hit a parked car and crash into a home on Delaware Avenue."

2019-07-17 - Man, 68, has 'medical episode', car crashes into trees, on River Road in Burke County (Georgia), 1 killed:

Quote: "68-year-old Carl Thomas Wall is from McCormick, S.C. He had just gotten off of work from Plant Vogtle when he suffered a medical episode. The vehicle hit several trees head-on before coming to a stop."

2019-07-17 - Twin-engine plane crashes, bursts into flame, Mesquite (Nevada), 1 injured:

2019-07-17 - Small plane crash-lands in field near Ennis (Montana):

2019-07-17 - Small plane crashes near White Oak Swamp Road in Dunlap in Sequatchie County (Tennessee):

2019-07-17 - Tanker truck overturns on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced (California):

2019-07-17 - Tractor trailer overturns at 1:49 AM on Highway 30 in Tama County (Iowa):

2019-07-17 - Dump truck crashes into guardrail, bursts into flame, on I-55 near Batesville (Mississippi):

2019-07-17 - SUV crashes on bridge over Coon Creek near Harrisburg (Missouri), 1 killed:

Quote: "Antoinette Knight, 32, died in the crash, which happened near Stidham Road and on the bridge over Coon Creek at about 7:30 a.m., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol."

2019-07-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into culvert and tree, in Nassau County (Florida), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-07-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into embankment, overturns, bursts into flame, in Chattanooga (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2019-07-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree and pole, on Howe Springs Road in Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "Officers say the crash may have been caused by a medical issue."

2019-07-17 - Naked man runs around in road, jumps on cars, flees cops, jumps in lake, gets captured, in La Grange (Kentucky):

Quote: "According to the arrest report, officers received reports of a naked man running in the roadway and jumping on cars in the 400 block of North First Street Wednesday."

2019-07-17 - Seal attacks and injures person at Shoalstone Pool, near Brixham (Britain):

2019-07-17 - White River bridge closed, concrete deteriorating, in Newport (Arkansas):

2019-07-17 - Water main breaks, street floods, in Newton (Massachusetts):

2019-07-17 - Woman contracts flesh-eating bacteria in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Most people get the potentially lethal bacteria after being in the water, and it usually enters through small cuts or burns. But in Guastucci’s case, she doesn’t know how she got it. She told the station she had not been in the water recently. 'I wasn't near water. I retraced my steps and it's still a mystery to the origin,' Guastucci said."

Note: Hmmm, maybe it's getting into the water supply or the rain?

2019-07-17 - Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone - the big heat is also gonna be felt in Europe next week. How anyone can deny what's going on with abrupt climate change is beyond me - you'd have to be seriously delusional or mentally impaired to think it's global COOLING.

    June 2019 hottest on record for the globe: Nine of the 10 hottest Junes have occurred since 2010: June was the 414th consecutive month with above-average global temperatures

    June 2019 was the hottest June in 140 years, setting a global record, according to the latest monthly global climate report released on Thursday by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    On June 27th, Kuwait recorded the hottest temperature in the world this year, with the mercury hitting 52.2 degrees Celsius (126 deg F)

    On the same day, France recorded its highest temperature ever as a continuing heatwave pushed the mercury toward 45 deg C, (113 deg F)

    On the 28th of June, the mercury reached a high as 35.8 C (96 deg F) in the UK breaking the previous record sparking the biggest beach and barbecue rush of the year. The UK was hotter than the Caribbean and Hawaii. [more]

    [i'm not posting Kevin's BBN episode because it's ridiculous; i left a comment telling him it was a wasted show and why]

    Earthquake Report with Margo (July 18, 2019) [~ 25.5 min.]

    Red Flag Warnings issued for five western states

    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for elevated wildfire danger on July 18, 2019 for areas of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. As you can see on the map most of them expire Thursday night, with the exception of the warning in northwest Colorado that is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday. [more]
    [from MrMBB333 yesterday]
    NEW "Strange Sounds" from Sky - MORE "Crafts" in the Clouds [~ 17 min.]

    “Committed” CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals – Existing, planned fossil fuel-burning infrastructure must be retired early, replaced – “Without such radical changes, we fear the aspirations of the Paris agreement are already at risk”

    [why bother worrying about the sham Paris Climate Agreement?]

    The nations that have signed agreements to stabilize the global mean temperature by 2050 will fail to meet their goals unless existing fossil fuel-burning infrastructure around the world is retired early, according to a study [pdf] – published today in Nature – by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions. [more; pffff]

    [more below]

  2. A Bank With 49 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives Is Melting Down Right In Front Of Our Eyes

    Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next “Lehman Brothers moment”? Deutsche Bank is the most important bank in all of Europe, it has 49 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives, and most of the largest “too big to fail banks” in the United States have very deep financial connections to the bank. In other words, the global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes. For years I have been warning that this day would come, and even though it has been hit by scandal after scandal, somehow Deutsche Bank was able to survive until now. But after what we have witnessed in recent days, many now believe that the end is near for Deutsche Bank. On July 7th, they really shook up investors all over the globe when they laid off 18,000 employees and announced that they would be completely exiting their global equities trading business…[more]

    [last night, just before i fell asleep i got a news ping about a highrise fire in Philly at one of the many low income "projects" - this story is from there]
    WATCH: Man Climbs 15 Stories Down West Philly High-Rise During Fire

    A death-defying escape was captured on video as a man scaled 15 stories down a West Philadelphia high-rise during a fire Thursday night.

    Officials have not yet revealed what caused the blaze. [more]

    Extreme Heat This Weekend: The Hottest Temps We've Felt in Years Are Here

    Temps will soar this weekend with highs reaching the triple-digits by Saturday. [more; see ~ 3 min. weather report; probably similar conditions from where y'all are]

    [starting at the top of today's post]

    Manholes in Berkeley will now be called 'maintenance holes'

    [we're going extinct, but we MUST be gender-neutral in calling anything by what it USED to be called, say pc people; there's a whole list of this unbelievably stupid shit at the link]

    That unknown planet sized object passing the Sun might be the trigger for the many volcanoes, earthquakes and supervolcanoes currently building up stress.

    We've had 3 days of garbage truck fires IN A ROW, which is rare.

    Gonna be a long Swimming Pool Deaths end of the month review!

    So now anyone can get flesh-eating bacterial infections for no apparent reason. Swell.

  3. [finish out the week with a few of the headlines at Rice Farmer]

    News Links, July 19, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    The news on semiconductors is bad, and it will likely get worse

    Insanity: Now Even Junk Bonds Have Negative Yields

    Wall Street's Trading Desks Endure Worst First Half in a Decade

    U.S. leading economic index posts biggest drop since 2016

    Home prices grew 4 times faster than income: Study (US)

    4 Ways Employers Respond to Minimum Wage Laws (Besides Laying Off Workers)

    Carmageddon Continues: EU Car Registrations Crater In June

    Dressbarn to close 53 stores in August, saying the wind down of the business is 'on target'

    Hong Kong Airlines Crew Seriously Injured By Turbulence

    Climate change is making flights more turbulent, meteorologist says. Here's what to do about it [DON'T FLY!]

    East Coast US Navy aviators to see their flight hours slashed for the rest of fiscal year [drug cartels take note]

    Esper: F-35 Won't Hit 80% Readiness, Cites Stealth Parts
    [now they have a new problem - the canopies aren't "stealth"]

    Trump administration plans to divert $40 million in aid to Venezuela's opposition [wasting more money on a failed coup]

    Europe Circumvents U.S. Sanctions On Iran [they NEED the oil]

    In Major Threat To Dollar's Reserve Status, Russia Offers To Join European SWIFT-Bypass

    A US Led Naval Coalition In The Persian Gulf Will Raise The Threat Of War

    What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain? [exactly!]

    Pompeo's Nuclear Deal Nonsense

    U.S. shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

    Iranian Forces Reportedly Seize Foreign Oil Tanker, Crew

    Pentagon to deploy additional 2,100 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

    Triple-digit temperatures could bring blackouts in New York City, DC and Chicago

    Washington, DC power restored after huge outage Monday night

    Fall armyworms spread to 10 Asian countries, threaten 20% of crops

    Ground bison meat responsible for E. coli outbreak in 7 states: CDC

    Pita Pal Foods hummus products recalled over possible Listeria contamination

    European Power plants are burning American forests

    Study links congenital heart disease to oil, gas development

    Herbal drug Kratom may cause serious side effects

    A.I. has a bias problem and that can be a big challenge in cybersecurity
    Chelsea Manning's Daily Fines for Grand Jury Resistance Increase to $1000

    Russia fines Google for failing to filter search results

    "It's Going To Be Staggering": Epstein Associates Prepare For Worst As Massive Document Dump Imminent

    The Roots of Evil: Right-Wing Israeli Settler Group Accuses Palestinians of Land Theft

    Rainy weather affecting Tokyo vegetable prices

    No room at the inn: Where will visitors to Tokyo stay next summer?

    Okinawa files another lawsuit over U.S. base landfill work

    Scotland has worst drugs problem in Europe as death rate soars

    U.S. housing market stuck in a rut even as mortgage rates fall

    Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

    Junk Bond Bubble in Pictures: Deflation Up Next

    Florida city uses children's music to deter homeless from downtown pavilion

    New York City removed 110 trash cans. Now garbage is overflowing and the rats are 'running wild'

    Los Angeles, California cities 'overrun by rodents' that pose public health epidemic, study says

    Should Low-Income Military Families Get a Food Allowance? White House Says No

    New Legal Settlement Allows OC To Immediately Arrest Homeless In Certain Areas [Great, free room and board!]

    Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) Unexpectedly Dive Into Negative Territory

    Dwight Eisenhower's Worst Nightmare Has Come True

  4. Athens residents flee as strong M5.3 earthquake shakes Greek capital

    Dozens of dead beached pilot whales found in West Iceland - 2nd recent mass stranding globally

    Waterspout tornado caught on camera on Lake of the Woods, Manitoba

    Large waterspout spotted during tornado warning for New Orleans East

    Europe: Galileo GPS system is back online after a six-day outage failure

    The magnetic pull of that large object passing by the Sun is having much more of an effect on us than that mini-Ice Age we're going through.

  5. The Latest: [WI]Capitol, courts close due to power outage

    All state court system offices in downtown Madison have closed because of fires at two transmission stations that left more than 11,000 customers without power. [more]

    New power outages reported in parts of Staten Island

    The fire broke out at a substation on South Railroad Avenue, causing outages for more than 2,000 customers in New Dorp, Grant City and Oakwood. [more; ~ 6 p.m. last night]

    America will roast for 4 days

    Tens of millions of Americans will feel triple-digit heat between Thursday and Sunday. [look at the map, JEEZ!]

    The National Weather Service (NWS) noted that 20 to 30 high temperature records could fall between the Rockies and the East Coast. There will be little relief even at night: The weather agency expects 123 records for the warmest daily low temperature to be either broken or tied this week. The Midwest will see many of the highest extremes on Thursday and Friday, while the East Coast will feel its most intense heat on Saturday. [more]

    Bangladesh floods worsen after breach, death toll nears 100 in India

    One of Bangladesh's main rivers breached an embankment, flooding a northern district and forcing thousands from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the toll from monsoon rains in neighbouring India climbed to 97 in two flood-hit states.

    Several million people are living in camps and makeshift settlements in India's eastern state of Bihar and northeastern Assam, officials said, with heavy rains and flooding since last week driving even animals to seek shelter in people's homes. [more]

    Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake

    Iran denied Friday it lost a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the United States said it had "destroyed" an Iranian drone that was threatening a U.S. ship.

    "We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) by mistake!," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Twitter. [more]

    Flying ants swarm into Britain in colossal hordes seen from space

    Once a year, hordes of flying ants invade Britain – and this year was no exception.

    The insects swept the southern part of the country early Wednesday morning in swarms so large they could be seen from space, according to the U.K. Met Office, which is the country's national weather service.

    The flying ant invasion was picked up by a weather radar that mistook them for rain. [more; like the swarm of butterflies from Oct. 2017]

    'My entire world was gone': floods devastate northern Pakistan

    Once a small cluster of houses stood along a gentle stream in Pakistani Kashmir. Now only jagged rocks and a few damaged homes remain after torrential rains wreaked havoc on the picturesque mountain village in the Laswa Valley.

    More than 270 people have been killed in recent days across South Asia as monsoon rains deluged large swathes of the subcontinent, flooding waterways and destroying communities.

    On Sunday evening, the normally quiet stream running through the valley morphed into a raging current -- uprooting everything in its path.

    Twenty-three people are missing, presumed dead by officials.

    Seven others were injured, while 150 houses and businesses were destroyed and about 50 buildings damaged in the seven hamlets spread across Laswa. [more]

    [more below; if i dbl posted anything it's 'cause i'm dizzy wit' da heat]

  6. [Big Joke Underestimate of the Week]
    Climate change to shrink global GDP by only 7%: JPMorgan

    [JPM clearly doesn't understand extinction, collapse or famine]

    Weather woes hit French vineyards: wine production seen falling this year

    In its first estimate for 2019, the ministry forecast production in a range of 42.8 million to 46.4 million hectolitres, down 6-13% from 49.4 million in 2018. [more]

    [here's another laugher]
    Humanity's climate 'carbon budget' dwindling fast


    Republicans introduce resolution to designate Antifa 'domestic terrorist organization'

    The resolution, introduced on Thursday by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), cites numerous instances of intimidation and outright violence by left-wing radicals as the basis for their formal designation as domestic terrorists. In particular, it mentions recent clashes in Portland, Oregon, that saw far-left Rose City Antifa facing off with far-right Proud Boys and police. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills 8, injures another 8 in Bihar, India

    Dozens of dead beached pilot whales found in West Iceland - 2nd recent mass stranding globally

    Dozens of beached pilot whales were detected on Löngufjörur beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, yesterday

    [SOTT]Comment: Interestingly around the same time 47 individuals of same species were found beached on St. Simon Island in Georgia. [more]

    Boom heard, felt across four western Illinois counties remains mystery

    "It sounded like a jet or something that blew up," Joe Harwick of White Hall said. "It echoed for some time." [more]

    A new significant heat wave with peak temperatures 35-40 °C forecast
    *HEAT WAVE* A new significant heat wave with peak temperatures
    35-40 °C is becoming increasingly likely next week

    Friday, 19 July 2019
    Signs that humanity is losing its marbles
    Peak Insanity

    Is there any limits to plans that range from the mad to the stark-raving bonkers?

    There is so many of these types of stories that I am wondering if I should keep this as a permanent feature.

    This definitely gets a gold medal

    [a list of preposterous ideas presented in recent articles]

  7. [Breaking news]
    Small Earthquake Rattles Berks County
    Earthquake Rattles Berks County

    A small earthquake rattled Berks County, Pennsylvania, Friday afternoon.

    The magnitude-2.2 temblor hit at 12:11 p.m. about 1.4 miles north-northwest of Spring Ridge, which is about 6 miles west of Reading, at a depth of 1.2 miles, the USGS reported.

    Dozens of people reported feeling the quake, the USGS said.

    The Pennsylvania Geological Survey said that it was a relatively shallow quake and could have been audible. Some people reported hearing a loud bang.

  8. Getting to be a national epidemic of fires that cause power outages: