Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Event Update For 2019-07-31

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

2019-07-31 - Hydrogen sulfide stench hits Palm Springs (California):

Quote: "There's an unmistakable smell in the air. One that creeps into the Coachella Valley during the hot, sticky days of summer. The sulfuric odor typically shows up when the mercury and humidity are high, and levels of hydrogen sulfide spike in the Salton Sea."

2019-07-31 - Unknown stench hits downtown area near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "An odd stench permeated through downtown St. Louis Wednesday night. On social media, many aren’t holding back, saying its 'the most horrid smell ever.' Some said it smelled like feces, vomit or dog food."

Note: Didn't smell it, but then again, I'm 7 miles from the riverfront, and in a relatively high area altitude-wise, which in Missouri means 'a small hill'. But I have smelled rotten egg odor from time to time in my neighborhood too, and twice I've also smelled the sickly sweet stench of a non-trivial concentration of hydrogen sulfide. I'm not surprised that the riverfront area would get hit by a foul smell. Well, nobody dropped dead, this time, so that's a plus!

2019-07-31 - Rising ocean temperatures have killed one third of the coral reefs near Guam:

Quote: "Rising ocean temperatures have killed one-third of coral reefs near Guam, University of Guam researchers said Monday. Their study found that between 2013 and 2017, Guam experienced warm water that killed off 34 percent of coral."

2019-07-31 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-07-31 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Astoria area in coastal Queens (New York):

2019-07-31 - Electrical substation damaged by massive fire in Corpus Christi (Texas), 14,000 homes go dark:

Quote: "Thousands of Corpus Christi residents are without power after a massive fire broke out at the Rodd Field AEP Substation Wednesday afternoon. AEP says more than 14,000 customers are affected."

2019-07-31 - Refinery damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Baytown (Texas), 66 injured:

Quote: "Residents were urged to shelter in place for several hours after an explosion and fire broke out Wednesday at a massive ExxonMobil plant in Texas, injuring 66 people, officials said. The injuries were non-life threatening, plant manager Jason Duncan told reporters. Most involved minor, first-degree-type burns, with the victims treated at a local clinic, he said. Most were ExxonMobil employees or contractors."

2019-07-31 - Deadly fire burns oil and gas site in Weld County near Windsor (Colorado), 1 killed:

2019-07-31 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4:15 AM in Nieuwegein (Netherlands):

2019-07-31 - Maintenance facility damaged by HVAC fire at airport in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Fire officials announced on Twitter that the fire was contained at about 8:20 a.m. and that appears to have started accidentally in a heating and air conditioning unit on the roof."

2019-07-31 - Massive wildfire continue raging in the Arctic across Siberia (Russia), Putin orders military to help:

Quote: "Russia's military will join the combat against wildfires raging in Siberia as they rip through several remote regions, Kremlin officials said. The fires are affecting Arctic snow, a climate expert told DW."

2019-07-31 - Wildfire breaks out south of Provo (Utah):

2019-07-31 - Train cars and 10 tons of garden waste go up in flames in Market Drayton (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Ferry ship 'Karahasan 2' bursts into flame in the Dardanelles Strait:

Quote: "The 'Karahasan 2' (414 gt, built 1999) suffered a fire in the engine room in the Dardanelles Strait on July 18, 2019. The passengers reached the coast in fishing boats. Coastal tugs extinguished the fire. The reason of the fire was undetermined."

2019-07-31 - Fishing boat 'Alecrim' bursts into flame off coastal Isla Mujeres (Mexico):

Note: These are the 674th and 675th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-31 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Mumbai (India):

Note: This is the 363rd bus to burn in 2019...

2019-07-31 - Huge mining truck bursts into flame on road near Maple Hill (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-31 - Car-hauler bursts into flame before 5:15 AM on I-95 near Bunnell (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "All southbound lanes are shut down on I-95 south at the US 1/ Bunnell exit -- near the St. Johns County and Flagler County line due to a semi car carrier catching fire. St. Johns County deputies say it was carrying nine vehicles at the time of the fire."

2019-07-31 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-10 near Seguin (Texas):

Quote: "A trailer carrying several vehicles unexpectedly erupted into flames Wednesday afternoon causing I-10 to shut down for several hours."

Note: These are the 39th and 40th car-haulers to burn in 2019...

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-87 near Nanuet (New York), separate crash too:

Quote: "A tractor-trailer fire caused midday delays today on Interstate 87 northbound in Rockland County. The fire broke out shortly before noon between Exits 13 and 14 near Spring Valley and Nanuet. A separate crash also occurred between Exits 13 and 14."

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on I-78 near Lenhartsville (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 1:30 AM on I-80 near Lewisburg (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Rockcastle County (Kentucky):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 near Halfway (Maryland):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road in Rancho Santa Margarita (California):

2019-07-31 - Semi tractor bursts into flame at 12:15 AM while parked inside porta-potty business, fire spreads, business heavily damaged, in Muskegon Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Firefighters say a semi inside the business caught fire, causing widespread damage to the building."

2019-07-31 - Semi tractor bursts into flame just before midnight near airport in Kelowna (Canada):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A377 near Barnstaple (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Tractor bursts into flame in Watercombe, near Dorchester (Britain):

Note: These are the 1304th-1315th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-31 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in the Bixby Knolls area in coastal Long Beach (California):

2019-07-31 - RV bursts into flame while parked inside storage facility on Caballero Boulevard in Buena Park (California):

2019-07-31 - RV bursts into flame on I-15 in Victorville (California):

Note: These are the 280th and 281st RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-07-31 - Van bursts into flame on the A90 near coastal Dundee (Scotland):

2019-07-31 - SUV bursts into flame in layby along the A37 between Dorchester and Yeovil (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Pickup truck explodes into flame at 12:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Gaines Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Witnesses say they heard an explosion, saw a truck catch on fire and the flames spread to the house."

2019-07-31 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 4:30 AM on Highway 97 near Vernon (Canada):

2019-07-31 - Car bursts into flame on Route 101 in Candia (New Hampshire):

2019-07-31 - Car bursts into flame on street in Mangaluru (India):

2019-07-31 - Car bursts into flame at 4:46 AM on Sherwood Vale in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Sherwood Vale, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe. Wed 31 Jul 2019 04:46 (No:16703) Car fire. One hose reel, one BA in use."

2019-07-31 - Vehicle bursts into flame on street near Summerville (South Carolina):

2019-07-31 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Kentmere Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Kentmere Close, Hull. Wed 31 Jul 2019 11:52 (No:16724) Vehicle involved in fire. Two hose reels, one BA in use."

2019-07-31 - Vehicles and workshop destroyed by fire in Indio Hills (California):

Quote: "Firefighters say it was confined to a 2,000 square foot workshop, on a four acre plot of land, and included multiple vehicles."

2019-07-31 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at home in McLean (Virginia), nobody there:

2019-07-31 - Van and 3 cars destroyed by fire at 10:58 PM, van, SUV and auto shop damaged, in Frome (Britain):

Quote: "On arrival the crews confirmed a small garage unit measuring approximately 10 metres by 10 metres containing cars was well alight. Additionally vans parked outside were also affected by the fire."

2019-07-31 - Barn destroyed by fire on West Beeler Road in Lake City (Michigan):

2019-07-31 - Barn destroyed by fire in the wee hours in Fort Atkinson (Iowa):

2019-07-31 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on coastal Cape Cod (Massachusetts):

2019-07-31 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire at 3:51 near Lake Itasca in Lake Hattie Township (Minnesota):

2019-07-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire before 7 AM on Bimbler Boulevard in coastal Ocean Township (New Jersey):

2019-07-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Plum Street in St. Paul (Minnesota), nobody there:

2019-07-31 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM on Blackwell Street in Memphis (Tennessee), nobody there:

2019-07-31 - Home destroyed by fire on Educational Park Drive in coastal San Jose (California):

2019-07-31 - Two homes destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM, two more homes damaged, on Millstead Drive in Ashburn (Virginia), nobody there:

Note: Aptly-named town!

2019-07-31 - Deadly fire burns home before 5 AM on Monument Avenue in Alton (Illinois), 1 killed:

2019-07-31 - Vacant home burns on  O Street in Rio Linda (California):

2019-07-31 - Vacant commercial building burns at 2:55 AM on Lucksinger Lane in Austin (Texas), firefighter shocked:

2019-07-31 - Vacant commercial building burns in Brighton (Colorado):

2019-07-31 - Vacant pool and tennis club destroyed by fire in Middletown (Connecticut):

2019-07-31 - Dozens of birds drop dead from sky in coastal Kaliningrad (Russia):

2019-07-31 - Thresher shark washes ashore and dies on beach in coastal Manzanita (Oregon):

2019-07-31 - Hundreds of fish and eels found dead in canal in coastal London (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Tens of tons of fish suddenly die in West Bandung Regency (Indonesia):

2019-07-31 - Thousands of fish found dead in Surabaya (Indonesia):

2019-07-31 - Many fish found dead in canal in Reynosa (Mexico):

2019-07-31 - Thousands of fish found dead in the Arno River (Italy):

2019-07-31 - Two sisters, both 16-20, found dead in swimming pool on the island of Rhodes, and girl, 8, dies in swimming pool on the island of Crete (Greece):

Quote: "Two French sisters aged 17 and 20 drowned in a hotel pool in Rhodes on Wednesday evening, and an 8-year-old girl drowned in a hotel pool in Crete, police officials said on Thursday. The sisters were found unconscious in one of the pools at a holiday complex on the island. They were taken to hospital by ambulance where their death was confirmed, one of the officials said."

2019-07-31 - Two college students, men, 20 and 18, die within an hour in the Korotoa River in Bogura Sadar (Bangladesh):

2019-07-31 - Boy, 14, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at home in Bel Air (Maryland):

Quote: "A 14-year-old boy who was recovered from a pool Wednesday afternoon in Bel Air was pronounced dead at 5:51 p.m. at a local hospital, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday night."

2019-07-31 - Man, 42, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at motel in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

Quote: "Officers with the Myrtle Beach Police department are on the scene of a possible drowning. According to MBPD Cpl. Thomas Vest, officers were called to the Sand Dollar Motel at 401 6th Ave North for a possible drowning. One person was taken to the hospital. Horry County Coroner Robert Edge tells us that person later died at the hospital."

2019-07-31 - Man, 37, has 'medical episode' on boat, topples into Cedar Lake, boat keeps going, man dies, in Porter Township (Michigan):

Quote: "A man is dead after drowning and the sheriff’s office believes a medical episode caused him to fall off into a boat and into the water."

2019-07-31 - Girl, 16, has 'medical event' at carnival, dies shortly later, in coastal East Hampton (New York):

Quote: "Erika, 16, attended a local carnival on Friday with family and friends. She experienced what was called a medical event there and did not regain consciousness, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her name."

2019-07-31 - Woman, 27, drops dead in apartment in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Scarpone’s body showed no signs of trauma, and she had no history of drug use or known medical conditions, police said. There was no obvious indication that she had committed suicide and no signs of forced entry into her apartment, an NYPD spokesman said Wednesday."

2019-07-31 - Man, 43, high school football coach, found dead at home in coastal Ocean Beach (California):

2019-07-31 - Man, 18, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Queens (New York):

2019-07-31 - Man, 24, found dead in the Russian River at Monte Rio Beach (California):

2019-07-31 - Man, 47, found dead in the Edisto River near Cottageville (South Carolina):

2019-07-31 - Man, 40, falls into the Housatonic River and dies in Salisbury (Connecticut):

Quote: "Officials couldn't say if the victim hit his head or had a medical episode. They do believe he knew how to swim."

2019-07-31 - Man, 50, drops dead in break room at business in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

Quote: "George Merritte, 50, was found unresponsive a break room at Heck Industries on Adams Avenue behind Choctaw Drive by another employee, said East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Col. Bryan White."

2019-07-31 - Man found dead in pond in Foley (Alabama):

2019-07-31 - Man, 73, has heart attack while driving, pickup truck plunges into canal, man dies, in Saginaw County (Michigan):

Quote: "He said the man had a heart attack, and lost control, causing his vehicle to become completely submerged in the water of a canal off Swan Creek."

2019-07-31 - Person found dead near LeBauer Park in Greensboro (North Carolina):

2019-07-31 - Man, 56, dies while diving in the Maldive Islands:

Quote: "A scuba diver has died after getting into difficulties at a popular diving spot off Gozo. The 56-year-old Swiss man was diving at Dwejra on Wednesday morning, police said. His companions lifted him to shore but he was certified dead at the scene."

2019-07-31- Man found dead in park on Timber Pond Road in Rotherhithe (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Man, 52, has 'medical emergency', SUV clips SUV then hits car head-on, in Augusta County (Virginia), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Investigators believe Melton may have suffered a medical emergency."

2019-07-31 - Man, 68, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into tree, in Jay (Maine), 1 injured:

Quote: "A local man was injured Wednesday afternoon after he suffered a medical emergency and his car went off Route 156 and struck a tree, according to Sgt. Russell Adams of the Jay Police Department."

2019-07-31 - Man has 'medical event' and goes into cardiac arrest while riding bicycle in Newtown (Connecticut):

Quote: "A bicyclist's's life was saved after bystanders and emergency responders performed CPR after he had a medical event."

2019-07-31 - US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet crashes in Death Valley National Park (California), 1 killed, 7 injured:

Quote: "The pilot of a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet was killed when the plane crashed in California's Mojave Desert during a training mission, officials confirmed Thursday."

2019-07-31 - Unmanned 'ghost boat' found in Bayou Terrebonne (Louisiana), person missing:

Quote: "The 16-foot vessel was seen in Bayou Terrebonne without any passengers around noon, according to the Coast Guard. Search crews were called in an hour later after a good Samaritan reported seeing the vessel earlier in the day with a person on board."

2019-07-31 - Woman has 'medical episode', car crashes off road, hits embankment, in coastal Cardiff (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "It is understood that one vehicle has gone up the embankment on the onslip of the road at around 11.45 pm as a result of a medical episode."

2019-07-31 - Tanker truck overturns on I-81 in Roanoke (Virginia):

2019-07-31 - Two tractor trailers crash on I-80 near Scranton (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

2019-07-31 - Two tractor trailers crash, fire erupts, on Highway 281 near Hico (Texas), 2 killed:

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into drainage ditch, on the 10 Freeway in Ontario (California), 1 killed:

Note: In other more positive news, lots of truck driver jobs are opening up!

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer veers off road at 3:30 AM, crashes into bridge, bursts into flame, on I-35 in Norman (Oklahoma):

2019-07-31 - Tractor trailer overturns on US 50 near Sacramento (California):

2019-07-31 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River, 1 injured:

2019-07-31 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Woburn (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Police think the driver of a navy blue Honda Accord may have had a heart attack before crossing over the center line, hitting a Cadillac head-on."

2019-07-31 - Car veers off road at 3:30 AM, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1 killed:

2019-07-31 - Car crashes off Miller Creek Bridge, lands on railroad tracks, in Batesville (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2019-07-31 - Naked man, 35, assaults two people, crashes car into pickup truck, in Polkton Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Dispatchers were told a nude man arrived at a home on Garfield Street and assaulted the caller’s husband, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. While deputies were on the way, the suspect moved his car and was walking up to a second home, police say. Shortly after, the nude man had entered the second home and assaulted an older woman. He then drove east on Garfield Street and 48th Avenue, according to a news release. When deputies arrived, authorities say they found out the man had intentionally crashed his vehicle into another car, which caused the suspect’s vehicle to be inoperable."

2019-07-31 - Dog attacks and injures child, face attack, on Starling Drive in Rand (West Virginia):

2019-07-31 - Sinkhole closes street in Oxford (Britain):

2019-07-31 - Sinkhole closes road in coastal Tauranga (New Zealand):

2019-07-31 - Bridge over South Table Creek collapses, freight train derails, in Nebraska City (Nebraska):

2019-07-31 - Bank partially collapses in Karmala (India), 1 killed, 20 injured:

2019-07-31 - Building collapses in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2019-07-31 - Man has 'medical problem' in swimming pool and almost dies in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "The man, according to Salt Lake City Police Lt. Mike Hatch, was taking part in some diving and other life-saving exercises with a group of people in the pool at the Fairmont Aquatic Center, 1044 Sugarmont Dr., when he seemed to suffer from a medical problem."

2019-07-31 - Arctic sea ice gone by September 2019?

2019-07-31 - The UK's hottest ten years have all occurred since 2002, and none of the UK's ten coldest years occurred after 1963:

2019-07-31 - Water shortage and high temperatures are causing a dramatic situation for forests in Germany:

2019-07-31 - Mount Kerinci erupts on Sumatra Island (Indonesia):

2019-07-31 - Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes near coastal Heraklion on the island of Crete (Greece):

2019-07-31 - Mysterious red rain sporadically falls in Sri Lanka and Kerala (India):

2019-07-31 - Woman wakes from coma to find legs and arms partially amputated after infection from dog saliva:

2019-07-31 - White House undercutting evidence of climate crisis, says analyst who resigned:

Note: Hah, well, good luck undercutting REALITY! People who try that always lose. Always...

2019-07-31 - Trump picks opponent of the nation's public lands to oversee them:

Note: Mr. Fox, the henhouse is yours!

2019-07-31 - Woman finds enormous huntsman spider in her home in Townsville (Australia):

Quote: "A terrified woman has told how she returned home to find an enormous huntsman spider the size of a saucepan in her living room. Laree Clarke found the spider lurking on her ceiling in Townsville, Australia, and turned to social media in a plea for help."

Note: Whoa, that thing was huge!


  1. Wow, what a month! This just might be the inflection point to the exponential curve of global heating, where each year after this is MUCH hotter. We'll find out shortly.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.1.19 Theme park mascot dies after dancing in costume during heatwave [~ 19.5 min.]

    July to be announced the hottest month ever: Doctored Data and cooking the books show we might be warming or cooling but something strange has happened to the weather

    If we were shocked 10 years ago at 30 deg C and again this year, 40 deg C was certainly shocking, dare we predict just what temperature will be reached in 2029?
    So for me anyway, it comes as no surprise when a preliminary analysis of global temperature data for July suggests it may have "marginally" become the warmest month ever. [more]

    [the author is still confused by the misinformation of the denialist camp - "cooking the books," old email exchanges from supposed climate scientists, placement of thermometers - it's all designed to cast doubt on the REALITY that it isn't getting cooler GLOBALLY by any means!]

    [some news of the economy]
    New Tariffs, Stocks Plunge, Manufacturing Falls Again And More Layoffs – But Everything Is “Fine”?

    Things are starting to go downhill rather quickly now. A day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, we received a whole bunch more bad economic news. Most Americans don’t realize it yet, but our economy is in serious trouble. We haven’t seen anything like this since the last recession, but most people seem to think that since stock prices are still very high that everything must be fine. No, everything is definitely not “fine”, and as I noted yesterday, a lot of prominent names are loudly sounding the alarm. Many analysts are expecting things to really start breaking loose as we get deeper into the second half of this year, and what we witnessed on Thursday certainly didn’t make the outlook any brighter. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Elevated wildfire potential expected in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California

    On August 1 the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for August through November. The data represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit.

    If NIFC’s analysis is correct, areas in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California will have elevated potential for wildfires in August and September. With the monsoons moving into the Southwest there are no areas east of those four states that NIFC identified as having high wildfire potential between August and November. [more; yeah - so flooding!]

    Red Flag Warnings and Lightning strikes, August 2, 2019

    [looking at the map, SE PA is in the red zone]

    “Sticker shock” for California wildfire areas as insurance rates double, and policies are dropped – “It’s time to address the impact that more severe weather is having on Americans instead of fighting about climate change”

    "..It’s reaching a point where it’s a daily conversation in my office as to whether insurance rates are going to kill real estate in California.” [more]

    New York Area Fire Commissioners Make History, Call for New 9/11 Investigation

    They started off by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Ten minutes later, they were reading the text of a resolution claiming the existence of “overwhelming evidence” that “pre-planted explosives . . . caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings.” [more]

    [from MrMBB333]
    Central Florida man STUNNED at how fast it fell from the Sky! [10.75 min.]

    [5 inches of rain in 45 minutes in Lakeland FL! wtF?!]

    [even MORE WTF next!]
    Man in AWE as he watches a ARMADA of lights fly through the sky towards YELLOWSTONE! [~ 10.5 min.]

  3. [some of the headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, August 2, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Steel industry to suffer major losses from rising carbon prices and climate regulations, report says

    ECB's NIRP-Forever Policy "Destroys Banks' Profitability
    Equation": Bankia CEO. Spanish Banks Reel. Problems Stack Up

    Factory pain spreads through Asia, Europe; stimulus expected

    Carmaker Aston Martin swings to a half-year loss

    South Africa unemployment hits record 29 percent

    Apple and Samsung earnings show most people don't want $1,000 phones

    Central Banks Will Unleash Inflation and Gold is Headed Above $5,000 Says Peter Schiff

    Watch out, America: China and Russia are stockpiling gold
    This could be the start of those countries' attack on the dollar

    Negative-Yielding Debt Hits Record $14 Trillion as Fed Cuts

    $100 bill surpasses $1 bill in circulation for first time in U.S. history [inflation much?]

    Trump: U.S. to levy new 10% tariff on $300B of Chinese goods

    Lowe's lays off thousands of workers

    Ryanair announces plan to cut hundreds of jobs

    More US Military Power Needed in Antarctic to Deter Malign Activity, General Says

    Pompeo Backs Away From Talk of Afghan Drawdown Before 2020 Vote

    US-Russia Arms Control Treaty to Expire Friday

    Allies Push Back Against US Waffling on New START

    Dow drops 280 points, giving up big earlier gain after Trump says US adding more tariffs on China

    Mexico's dependence on U.S. demand spells trouble for weak economy

    Many Europeans Can't Afford A One-Week Holiday

    Trump Disappoints Hawks With Plan to Renew Nuclear Waivers on Iran

    Germany will not join U.S.-led mission in Strait of Hormuz: Maas

    Oil Tankers' Tracking Signals Are Vanishing in the Strait of Hormuz

    Eastern Europe going cold on nuclear power

    The U.S. Corn Ethanol Boondoggle: Producing 1 Million Barrels Per Day Of Unprofitable Energy
    It's just crazy. Nuclear power: unprofitable. Ethanol: unprofitable. And these losers are supposedly environmentally friendly energy sources will save industrial society. What's more, shale oil: unprofitable. The US (not to mention other countries) is dependent on a failing energy regime, and that's the main reason for the desperate gambits to take control of oil fields in Venezuela and Iran. -- RF

    [next part below]

  4. Exxon Refinery Goes Up In Flames

    Creaking Grid Is Jamming Up Australia's Switch to Green Energy

    Your Leafy Greens May Not Be Safe Even Though They Haven't Been Recalled

    Don't give your dog pig ear pet treats, FDA says, warning of salmonella outbreak

    Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply

    12 killed as flooding paralyses Pakistan's Karachi

    Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe's hospitals

    'Bomb Trains,' a New Book on the Deadly, Ongoing Threat of Oil by Rail

    Just 'Days' Left to Save 6 to 19 Remaining Vaquitas

    Superbugs found lurking in London underground and hospitals

    'Facebook is at the point of no return': These 17-year-olds are very clear about what they love and hate about social media

    Facebook takedowns of 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' in 2019

    Satellites are starting to watch your every move

    Critics question 'Five Eyes' push to expand spies' telecoms access

    Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

    State Department Issues Manipulated Photo As B-Team Pushes Trump Towards War On Iran

    Propagandists Are Freaking Out Over Gabbard's Destruction Of Harris

    Antiques Road Show: The Real State of the US Military

    Endgame: Starting In 2024, All US Debt Issuance Will Be Used To Pay Only For Interest On Debt [doubt we'll be here by then]

    Secret McCabe Texts With MI-5 Counterpart Emerge, Spotlighting UK's Early Role In 'Russiagate'

    Chicago PMI in Steep Contraction Plunging to Worst Reading in 4.5 Years

    Why The Fed Is Compelled To Cut Rates. Housing, Housing, Housing

    The Giant Sucking Sound of Financial Repression

    U.S. Nuclear Arms Plant Files Reported Missing

    Trucker Bust Begins As Oversupply Plagues Freight Industry, Spot Rates Crash

    Competition (With China) IS The New Deterrence, US Military Leaders Say

    The retail apocalypse is shutting down flagship stores

    Sears Employees' Life Insurance Payments Could Amount To Just $135 Per Person

  5. Special Report on July Garbage Truck Fires and Hull, UK JJFH Incidents

    July was an unbelievable month. Highest number of garbage truck fires in both days (13) and number of trucks (16) combined with an unprecedented number of Hull, UK JJFH incidents (21) and days (13 also). Not only that, on an astounding 6 days BOTH happened simultaneously AND on the last 2 days of the month this occurred on back-to-back days!

    Holy Crap! These are supposed to be rare and random events!

  6. [Hey, let's cook out!]
    Lightning Strikes Tree, Injures 2 Men Grilling Outside in Delaware, Neighbor Says
    Lightning Injures 2 Men Grilling Outside, Neighbor Says

  7. Mexico gas pipeline leak causes evacuation of 2,000

    A gas leak apparently caused by an illegal pipeline tap led authorities to evacuate about 2,000 people Friday in a rural community just north of Mexico City.

    The leak sent large plumes of gas billowing into the air and into the surrounding fields. A highway that runs just 150 yards (meters) away from the leak was closed to traffic, as was a train line nearby. [more]

    'It was terrible': 1 dead, up to 7 missing after natural gas line explosion in Kentucky

    A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky, causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said.

    The 30-inch wide pipeline (!) moves natural gas under high pressure (!!), so the rupture at about 1 a.m. caused a tremendous amount of damage in the immediate area, authorities said. Firefighters were still working to douse the flames hours later, with trucks repeatedly refilling their tanks and returning to the scene. [more; holy SITH!]

    Scientists link this summer’s record-smashing Europe heat wave to man-made global warming

    'Dead zone' reduced by Hurricane Barry but still 8th largest

    [8th! Ah-cahm-ahn, ya-kin do better'n aht, shirley!]

    Walloped by heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt

    The area of the Greenland ice sheet that is showing indications of melt has been growing daily, and hit a record 56.5% for this year on Wednesday, said Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist with the Danish Meteorological Institute. She says that's expected to expand and peak on Thursday before cooler temperatures slow the pace of the melt.

    More than 10 billion tons (11 billion U.S. tons) of ice was lost to the oceans by surface melt on Wednesday alone, creating a net mass ice loss of some 197 billion tons (217 billion U.S. tons) from Greenland in July, she said. [more]

    [next piece follows]

  8. 150 Acre Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations in Southern California [~ 1 min. news spot]

    UN chief: Data shows July equaled or surpassed hottest month

    The latest data from the World Meteorological Organization shows the month of July "at least equaled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history" — and it followed the hottest June ever, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

    The U.N. chief told reporters that "this is even more significant because the previous hottest month, July 2016, occurred during one of the strongest El Nino's ever," which was not the case this year. [more]

    [below the lede @ seemorerocks today]
    MASSIVE denial of what is happening in Siberia from Russian government and media

    The latest from the Siberian fires – a tragedy for Russia and for the planet.

    [is this; with no separate link, from Siberian Times]

    Massive wildlife tragedy as bears and foxes flee taiga, while smaller animals suffocate in smoke

    All they can do is to flee and seek food elsewhere, with local residents trying to do all they can to help. Pictures - here and below with a rabbit - were taken in Yakutia
    by photographer Natalia Negnyurova who said she aimed to attract attention to the threat that wildfires

    Wild animals are turning to humans as they escape gas-chamber-like woods,
    with wildfires continuing to rage across almost 3 million hectares.

    Even the Arctic is on fire, with smoke blanketing an area larger than the European
    Union, and a state of emergency declared in several large areas of Siberia.

    And a dire warning has been sounded about a major change in climate in Siberia. [more; and the planet!]

    Woman Suffers Second-Degree Burns To Her Neck After Phone Charger Zaps Her Chain Necklace

    [overheard @ the NSA: IT WORKS!]

    she suffers second-degree burns to her neck after her charger conducted an electrical current through her chain necklace.

    Giant Earth Crack Drains Lake in Iceland Which Then Reappears Years Later

    [~ 3 min. video with text; no explanation about re-emergence]