Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-12


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

2019-08-12 - Unknown foul smell blows through large area near coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "West London was baffled by an enduring smell of poo in the air yesterday. All throughout Monday (August 12), residents in areas as far apart as Ickenham and Kensington were relieved to discover that other people could also smell either human or animal poo, meaning they could stop checking their shoes."

Quote: "However, the Met Office was today able to confirm that 'the air [yesterday] came from a south-westerly direction across Hampshire and the Home Counties', meaning Europe cannot be blamed. It was also suggested by some that low air pressure could be allowing air to drift up from the drains, creating a widespread odour of sewage."

Note: From the southwest, they say. Southwest of there is Worthing, where unknown poison gas just blew in off the ocean and sickened some people the day before, mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update. Maybe this is the same cloud of poison gas, now significantly more diluted but also much bigger, and it took a day to blow from the coast at Worthing up to this area near London. And a smell like sewage is indicative of hydrogen sulfide, which is commonly called 'sewer gas'...

2019-08-12 - Pallets of recyclables go up in flames at business in New Brunswick (New Jersey):

Quote: "Upon arrival it was discovered that the fire started in pallets that contained plastic materials bound for recycling purposes, Bradshaw said."

2019-08-12 - Car-recycling center hit by fire, giant pile of scrap burns, on Trenton Avenue in Williamsport (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The Williamsport fire chief says it was a scrap pile that caught fire, and that pile was the size of a football field and four stories high. 'This scrap pile contains everything from vehicles to machinery, hydraulic equipment, plastics, vinyls, you name it,' said Williamsport Fire Chief Todd Heckman."

2019-08-12 - Rideable Power Wheels car for kids bursts into flame at 5:15 AM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to building, in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "According to the fire investigator's report, the fire started in the southeast corner of apartment 15 and was caused by an electrical/mechanical malfunction of a Power Wheels motorized car."

2019-08-12 - Utility pole bursts into flame near PETA headquarters in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), 40 feet from the coast:

2019-08-12 - Advertising billboard bursts into flame on pedestrian bridge in coastal Muscat (Oman):

2019-08-12 - State of the Climate in 2018 - 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, behind 2016, 2015, and 2017:

2019-08-12 - Heatwave bakes Italy:

2019-08-12 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Prospect Lake (Colorado):

Quote: "A second round of testing Monday at Prospect Lake revealed levels of a toxic algae strong enough to kill dogs, Colorado Springs officials announced."

2019-08-12 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the West Reservoir at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands in coastal Harwich (Massachusetts):

2019-08-12 - Huge fire breaks out and causes evacuations in suburb of Athens (Greece):

2019-08-12 - Cargo ship 'Cape Henry' bursts into flame at 3:30 AM while docked in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Fire erupted on board of US ro-ro cargo ship CAPE HENRY early in the morning Aug 12, at Pier 96 in San Francisco. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 0330 LT, and extinguished fire in just some 15 minutes. Judging from photo, fire was somewhere in superstructure."

2019-08-12 - Offshore support ship 'Coastal Jaguar' destroyed by deadly fire in the Bay of Bengal (India), 1 killed:

Quote: "One person died while 28 crew members were rescued after a fire broke out in Coastal Jaguar, an offshore support vessel in Bay of Bengal, on Monday."

Note: These are the 717th and 718th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-12 - School bus bursts into flame at bus garage in Leavittsburg (Ohio):

Note: This is the 104th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 386th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-12 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Balasore (India):

Note: This is the 387th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-12 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside building in Millerton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "At 3:20 PM on Monday, Mansfield & Big Elm Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 1741 Pumpkin Hill Road for a tractor fire inside a building."

2019-08-12 - Tractor and field go up in flames along Butler Hill Road in Knoxville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "At 1:30 PM on Monday, Firefighters have been dispatched to 717 Butler Hill Road for a tractor & field on fire."

2019-08-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the Newhall Pass in Los Angeles County (California):

2019-08-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on McNiel Avenue in Wichita Falls (Texas):

2019-08-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M7 near coastal Sydney (Australia):

2019-08-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 1:15 AM on the M1 near Loughborough (Britain):

Note: These are the 1388th, 1389th, 1390th, 1391st, 1392nd and 1393rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-12 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Mill Lane in Upton (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Box truck bursts into flame just before 2 AM in coastal North Long Beach (California):

2019-08-12 - RV bursts into flame at Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-12 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Gibralter Road in Redding (California):

2019-08-12 - RV bursts into flame at campground near Cottonwood (Arizona):

2019-08-12 - RV bursts into flame on High Fawr Close in Oswestry (Britain):

Note: These are the 298th, 299th, 300th and 301st RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-08-12 - Van bursts into flame while parked in carpark at leisure center in Cheltenham (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Van bursts into flame at roundabout in Norwich (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Minivan bursts into flame on I-15 in the Cajon Pass (California):

2019-08-12 - SUV bursts into flame while parked in parking lot on Sun County Boulevard in Tucson (Arizona):

2019-08-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark at high-rise on Rainey Street in Austin (Texas), 350 feet from the Colorado River:

2019-08-12 - Pickup truck and RV trailer go up in flames while parked at home on Willow Street in Baxter (Tennessee):

2019-08-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Pentz Road near Lake Oroville Marina in Paradise (California):

2019-08-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 114 near Gould (Arkansas):

2019-08-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 30 in Tuscarawas Township (Ohio):

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center in Wrentham (Massachusetts):

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame on Loop 202 near Scottsdale (Arizona):

2019-08-12 - Taxi bursts into flame outside the Bank of Ireland in Longford (Ireland):

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame shortly before 11 PM on street in Croydon (Britain), 2 people sickened by smoke:

Quote: "Paramedics took a baby who had been sleeping inside the front room of a Spa Hill home to hospital, understood to be linked to the smoke from the car, and a resident two doors down reported feeling ill from the pervasive smoke the next day."

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame at home on Newleaze (street) in Hilperton (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame on the M11 in Duxford (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Car bursts into flame on Hardington Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hardington Close, Hull. Mon 12 Aug 2019 16:50 (No:17746) Car fire. One hose reel in use."

2019-08-12 - Vehicle bursts into flame in Chop Gate (Britain):

Quote: "Chop Gate TOC: 0821 Crew were mobilised to a report of a vehicle on fire. On arrival crews found 1 vehicle well alight, extingusihed using 1 hose reel, spreaders and small tools. Cause is believed to have been due to an electrical fault."

2019-08-12 - Motorcycle bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in coastal Marstons Mills (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a motorcycle fire that cause heavy damage to a garage in Barnstable Monday, fire officials said."

2019-08-12 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 3 AM while parked at home on Izod Road in Rugby (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Two cars and waterfront home destroyed by fire on the Kickemuit River in Warren (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Here’s what’s left of the waterfront home destroyed by a morning fire. Ash."

2019-08-12 - Two cars and home destroyed by fire on Perryville Road just outside of Danville (Kentucky):

Quote: "Broyles said he was told that the cause of the fire may have been from a Mercedes parked in the garage which then spread to another vehicle, and then subsequently to the structure."

2019-08-12 - Barn destroyed by fire on Snyder Creek Road in Bloomfield Township (Pennsylvania), some cattle killed:

2019-08-12 - Four barns destroyed by fire at 4:40 AM near Steinbach (Canada), 800 cows killed:

Quote: "A massive fire at one of Manitoba's largest dairy farms has destroyed multiple barns that held about 1,000 cows, of which only 200 animals survived."

2019-08-12 - Tuxedo business warehouse destroyed by fire in Macon (Georgia):

2019-08-12 - Shopping center damaged by fire in the Fruitvale area in coastal Oakland (California):

2019-08-12 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Jacksonville Road in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

2019-08-12 - Home damaged by fire just before 3 AM in Albany (New York):

2019-08-12 - Home damaged by garage fire at 2 AM on Sandamont Drive near Hidden Valley Lake in Lawrenceburg (Indiana), 1 injured:

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on East State Street in Trenton (Ohio):

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:30 AM on 30th Street in New Auburn (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by utility room fire at 3 AM in Gainesville (Florida):

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM on Fairmount Avenue in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6 AM on Zerega Avenue in coastal Bronx (New York):

2019-08-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire on George Wilson Court in James City County (Virginia), nobody there:

2019-08-12 - Home destroyed by fire on Farm View Drive off Lost Pavement Road in Wood County (West Virginia):

2019-08-12 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 2:30 AM on Cardiff Court in Henrico County (Virginia):

2019-08-12 - Deadly fire burns home on East Street in East Lumberton (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2019-08-12 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2:30 AM on Amethyst Drive in the Huff Creek area in Gillman Bottom (West Virginia), 1 killed:

2019-08-12 - Deadly fire destroys home in Jeffersonville (Georgia), 1 killed:

2019-08-12 - Vacant home burns at 4 AM on Pope Street in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2019-08-12 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 2:35 AM, fire spreads and destroys occupied home too, in Marshall (Texas):

2019-08-12 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM on East Hampshire Street in Piedmont (West Virginia), near the North Branch Potomac River:

2019-08-12 - Vacant home destroyed by fire shortly after midnight on Preston Place in Scranton (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-12 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 2 AM, second fire in 7 hours, on Byrneland Street in Fitchburg (Wisconsin):

2019-08-12 - Humpback whale found dead in the water off Sea Bright (New Jersey):

2019-08-12 - Three teens, 16, 17 and 18, die while bathing in the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2019-08-12 - Two men, 24 and 28, die in the Ghaghra River in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2019-08-12 - Man, 31, found dead in swimming pool at home in Cherokee County (Georgia):

Quote: "The woman discovered the body of Michael Patrick Duchene, 31, of Kennesaw in her pool on Sunday afternoon when she went into her backyard looking for someone’s shoes, sheriff’s office Capt. Jay Baker confirmed to AJC.com."

2019-08-12 - Man has 'medical event' in swimming pool and dies at Wanaka Recreation Centre in Wanaka (New Zealand), 1 mile from Lake Wanaka:

Quote: "Wanaka Recreation Centre’s aquatic facility was closed yesterday after a man died in the swimming pool. The death was believed to be due to a medical event."

2019-08-12 - Boy, 6, dies after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool at villa in coastal Cabo Roig (Spain):

Quote: "A boy has died in Spain after being found unconscious in a swimming pool. The youngster, believed to be on holiday from Ireland, was found shortly after 8am local time by a passersby."

2019-08-12 - Man, 72, dies after being found face-down in the water at beach near coastal Duxbury (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A 72-year-old man who was found face down in the water near Duxbury has died, the District Attorney said Monday afternoon. Two kayakers found the man off Shipyard Lane Beach hours earlier. With the help of a paddleboarder, the kayakers pulled the man to shore where the three took turns performing CPR, police said. The man may have had a medical emergency."

2019-08-12 - Man, 66, dies after being pulled from 4 feet of water in Chippewa Lake (Michigan):

Quote: "Authorities say a Mecosta County man who drowned in Chippewa Lake may have suffered a medical issue beforehand."

Quote: "The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says 66-year-old Kenneth Allen Roebuck was near the swimming area on the south side of the lake when he went under in about 4 feet of water. Nearby swimmers pulled him from the lake and tried to revive him, but the Mecosta man died at the scene."

2019-08-12 - Man, 49, drops dead in bathroom in building at Wayne State University in Detroit (Michigan):

2019-08-12 - Woman drops dead before 6:30 AM in parking lot on Laurel Street in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2019-08-12 - Man found dead in car at Walmart in Glendora (California):

2019-08-12 - Man found dead in the Mississippi River near Tom Lee Park in Memphis (Tennessee):

2019-08-12 - Person found dead in the Cumberland River near downtown Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-08-12 - Man, 53, jumps in the water and dies in American Falls Reservoir (Idaho):

2019-08-12 - Boy, 15, dies in the Sandy River at Oxbow Park in Gresham (Oregon):

2019-08-12 - Man, 21, found dead in the Intracoastal Waterway near coastal Pawleys Island (South Carolina):

2019-08-12 - Firefighter, man, 54, works shift, goes home, has heart attack, dies shortly later, in coastal Bronx (New York):

Quote: "Lt. Brian J. Sullivan, 54, of Squad Company 41 in the Bronx suffered the heart attack at his home in Monroe the morning after completing a 24-hour tour of duty. Sullivan had nearly three decades of service with the department."

2019-08-12 - Trucker found dead in big rig at Pilot Truck Stop in Hesperia (California):

2019-08-12 - Girl, 9, dies after being pulled from the Ross River in Aitkenvale suburb of coastal Townsville (Australia):

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Rossiter Park, on the bank of the Ross River at Aitkenvale, just after 4.30pm yesterday to reports of a child failing to resurface after going swimming."

2019-08-12 - Man, Cameroon's ambassador to Ethiopia, found dead in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia):

2019-08-12 - Woman, 19, sickens after 2 AM and collapses at graduation event, dies shortly later, in Ballinasloe (Ireland):

Quote: "A Gardai spokesman said: 'Gardaí are investigating a sudden death incident involving a 19 year female that occurred in the early hours of Monday 12th August 2019 at a hotel in Ballinasloe, County Galway. After being informed the female felt unwell, an ambulance was called and she was taken to Portiuncula Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.'"

Quote: "Jessica took ill sometime after 2am, she said to her friends that she wasn't feeling well and then collapsed."

2019-08-12 - Man dies unsuspiciously near canal in Goole (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Woman found dead on the shore near coastal Maryport (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Woman sickens on cruise ship near coastal Tilbury (Britain):

2019-08-12 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into minivan, in Plainville (Connecticut), 2 injured:

Quote: "The driver of an Acura MDX, heading south toward Broad Street, had an unknown medical issue before veering off and colliding with a Dodge Grand Caravan, which had been heading the opposite way, police said."

2019-08-12 - Woman has 'medical episode', car crashes into tree, in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River, 1 injured:

Quote: "Police say a woman was headed northbound on N. Alpine when she had a medical episode, went through four lanes of traffic and hit a tree."

2019-08-12 - Man has 'medical episode', car crashes into parked car, in coastal Ryde on the Isle of Wight (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "It is thought he suffered a medical episode at the wheel."

2019-08-12 - Passenger plane engine disintegrates, rains down debris, near Rome (Italy):

Quote: "One witness told Italian newspaper, Il Messaggero: 'They were like bullets. My shirt was on fire!' And another said: 'It looked like a strong hailstorm but it was sunny. I went out on the balcony and saw it was a storm of steel and iron. I screamed and ran into the house.' According to municipal sources, 25 cars and 12 homes were damaged. One 54-year-old man was hit by a splinter but was not badly hurt. He said he felt 'lucky to be alive'."

Note: 'This is your captain. If you'll direct your attention to the left, you'll see our engine falling apart!'

2019-08-12 - Small plane crashes and burns near Kooskia (Idaho), 2 killed:

2019-08-12 - Small plane lands at airport, runs off runway, in Reno (Nevada):

2019-08-12 - Small plane crash-lands in paddock in Traralgon (Australia), engine failure:

2019-08-12 - Passenger bus and tractor trailer collide head-on in Damba (Nigeria), 11+ killed:

2019-08-12 - Tanker truck crashes onto railroad tracks in Clairton (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-12 - SUV crashes off seaside cliff onto beach in coastal San Pedro (California), 1 injured:

2019-08-12 - Alligator attacks and injures woman along pond in Sun City (South Carolina):

2019-08-12 - Sinkhole opens on street and swallows two cars in Yogyakarta (Indonesia):

2019-08-12 - Tourist has 'medical emergency' at campsite on Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming):

Quote: "Also on Sunday, park rangers helped a tourist who had a medical emergency at a backcountry campsite on Leigh Lake."

2019-08-12 - Woman goes into cardiac arrest at the seafront in coastal Eastbourne (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesperson for the ambulance service SECAmb said, 'We sent three response cars and two ambulances to a suspected cardiac arrest outside Fort Fun. Air Ambulance, Police and Fire also supported the incident. The patient has not been conveyed to hospital and police are dealing.' Sussex Police confirmed officers attended a medical incident involving a woman."

Note: About 29 miles as the gas blows from where an unknown gas blew ashore the day before and sickened people at a beach in coastal Worthing (Britain), mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update...

2019-08-12 - Lightning strike kills bear in tree in Woodland Park (Colorado):

2019-08-12 - Tornado touches down in New Plymouth (New Zealand), 1 injured:

2019-08-12 - Heavy rain and flooding kills 24 people, 6+ missing, in Vietnam:

2019-08-12 - Drive-in sex booths proposed for historic Tempelhof Airport in Berlin (Germany):

Quote: "Basically, if Stephan von Dassel, the mayor who represents the Green party, gets his way — drive-in style booths will be installed so people can meet sex workers while still in their car."


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., Terry, LL, Panther, FezzedOne and any other readers of JJFH here today.

    Our atmosphere is similar to a closed garage. We keep running the engine of industrial civilization (at full speed) and thereby increasingly pollute said atmosphere with DEADLY gases. Yet, people seem surprised at the number of deaths each year attributed to air pollution. Add to that what's happening to the oceans of the world (toxic algae, dead zones, overfishing, and coral reef decimation, to name a few) and the land (soil biome degradation, land fill pollution, etc.) and it's CLEAR that we're in for bad times from here on out.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.13.19 Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Act
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x9m9DWt_1Q [~ 15.3 min.]

    Mexico's mighty Popocatépetl volcano erupts twice in a morning

    A One Day Stock Market Plunge Of 48%! A Major Financial Crisis In Argentina Is Happening Right Now

    We are watching a complete and utter financial meltdown unfold in Argentina, and many are concerned that the panic could start spreading elsewhere. When you go into way too much debt and you just keep devaluing your currency, this sort of thing is inevitably going to happen, and this is why I am endlessly criticizing the path that the United States is currently on. If we do not reverse course, we will end up just like them. On Monday, we witnessed the second largest one day stock market decline that we have seen anywhere in the world since 1950. It is hard to believe, but the most important stock market index in Argentina actually plummeted 48 percent in a single trading session…

    This is what a financial implosion looks like, and it wasn’t supposed to happen. [more]

    Hat-trick! Krosa will be the third storm to hit Japan in only 10 days after super typhoon Lekima hit late last week and typhoon Francisco made landfall on Aug 6

    A severe tropical storm may make landfall in western Japan on Thursday, bringing torrential rains, violent winds, and rough seas. [more]

    Large Tropical Storm "Krosa" to make landfall over southern Japan

    A large and dangerous Tropical Storm "Krosa" is heading toward Japan, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Landfall is expected in southern Shikoku around midnight UTC, August 15. This will be the third tropical cyclone to hit mainland Japan after Nari on July 27 and Francisco on August 6. [more]

    [more below]

  2. A total of 56 wildfires burning out of control in parts of Greece as smoke from the Evia fire covers Athens and strong winds fan the flames

    A total of 56 forest fires broke out around the country in a 24-hour period spanning Monday night and Tuesday. [more]

    Climate change and plastic blamed for the death of more than 200 people and more than a million displaced due to monsoon rains in India
    http://www.thebigwobble.org/2019/08/climate-change-and-plastic-blamed-for.html [check out the pic]

    The Gary Null Show – The rise in censorship to marginalize and silence those who challenge the medical status quo – 08.08.19
    http://prn.fm/gary-null-show-rise-censorship-marginalize-silence-challenge-medical-status-quo-08-08-19/ [~ 1 hr]

    Navy quietly shut down climate change task force

    The Navy has quietly stood down its Task Force Climate Change, created in 2009 to plan and develop "future public, strategic, and policy discussions" on the issue.

    The task force ended in March, a spokesperson said, and the group's tab on the Navy's energy, environment and climate change website was removed sometime between March and July, according to public archives.

    There is still a climate change link in the lower right corner of the site that led, at last check, to an empty page titled "Climate Change Fact Sheets." [more; sure, why bother?]

    [sign of the times]
    ‘Back-to-School’ Firearms Sale

    A gun store and shooting range in Texas had a very weird idea over the weekend to promote a sale.

    Katy gun store faces backlash over back-to-school sale sign

    The internet has erupted with fears about the magma under Yellowstone Park, but mountains to the west pose the true dangers

    The series of powerful earthquakes that shook Southern California in July prompted understandable concern about whether the region is prepared for a period of possibly more active seismic shifts. [more]

    China’s Soaring Food Prices Will Lead to War

    The global food crisis is slowly ramping up…
    China’s food prices jump 9.1% in July to surge to a 7-year high.

    Chinese fruit supply has been hurt by severe weather that hurt crop production this year, sending prices of apples up sharply. China is the world’s largest producer and a major consumer of the staple fruit. [more]

    Radioactive Interstellar Dust Found in Antarctica or Another Cover-Up?

    An international team of researchers has analyzed recent snow deposits in Antarctica and discovered the presence of a material that comes from outside our Solar System.
    And the collected interstellar dust contains Iron-60, a slightly radioactive isotope, decaying with a half-life of 2.6 million years. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. Four pilot whales stranded in Iceland, three saved - 3rd such event locally within a month

    Pilot whale pods have been seen close to shore very often this summer in West and Southwest Iceland. Around 50 pilot whales stranded near Garður, Southwest Iceland just earlier this month. Rescue workers managed to save 30 of them. [more]

    [SOTT comment lists others]

    At least 6 killed in flooding triggered by heavy rain in Sudan

    At least six people were killed Tuesday in flooding triggered by heavy rain in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and elsewhere in the country, said state-run news agency SUNA.

    In the nearby village of Zarqa, at least 15 houses were destroyed, and at least one person died, the agency said.

    Power outages have also hit several areas in Jazeera province, SUNA reported. [more]

    [around here in SE PA we received a little rain, no heavy wind and no severe weather, despite the weather reports on Tuesday]

    Calf recovering after falling into sinkhole in Luther, Oklahoma

    [i wonder how far away the nearest fracking operation is]

    The Mohr family of Luther said holes have been popping up on the property over the years due to an underground pipeline, and people, vehicles and now the calf have fallen in. [more]

    Huge sinkhole threatens to swallow pub in Amiens, France

    A large sinkhole has emerged right outside a pub in northern France.

    Part of the venue in Amiens was left dangling over the edge of the 16ft deep hole after it suddenly emerged overnight yesterday. [more; nyaaaah-aaaaaaaaah]

    Moscow on track for coldest August on record, dating back 150+ years

    According to www.hmn.ru, the beginning of August in Moscow has been characterized by unusual weather in terms of not only the cold, but also of abundant rainfall and a lack of sunshine.
    [more; no mention of historic Siberian wildfire smoke]

    [from Monday]
    Meteor lights up sky, shakes homes in southwest Missouri

    [being color-blind, i can't see the "neon green" light in the 15 sec. video]

    Some people reported seeing pieces of it breaking off. In Missouri it, rattled windows in Long Lane and shook homes in Monett and Pierce City.

    The boom caused birds to fly from rooftops as far away as Eureka Springs, Arkansas. [more]

    Wednesday, 14 August 2019
    Rapid changes in the Arctic - 13 August, 2019

    It is raining at the North Pole today

    Large areas of ice have broken up and melted within the 80 deg N parallel [more]

    [next piece follows]

  4. [it ain't just Detroit]
    Newark handing out bottled water as filters appear to fail to protect residents from lead

    More than eight months after officials in Newark, New Jersey, began handing out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents from elevated levels of lead, tests of three homes containing filters earlier this month showed that elevated lead levels in the water remained.

    In a letter to Newark officials issued Friday, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) said bottled water should be provided to residents "as soon as possible." [more]

    Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues

    Stifling heat smothered states from Texas to South Carolina on Tuesday with temperatures that felt like 120 degrees (49 Celsius), making it difficult to be outside for long, much less work or play. [more]

    [from our I Feel Your Pain files]
    Farmers Reel After Sonny Perdue Mocks Them As 'Whiners' Amid Trade War Bankruptcies

    America’s farmers have apparently been demoted by the Trump administration from “great patriots” to “whiners,” according to a tone-deaf joke by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Farmers, struggling with plunging income and bankruptcies amid President Donald Trump’s trade war, were stunned. [more]

    Trump order could weaken protections for monarch butterflies

    The Trump administration's new order weakening the Endangered Species Act could well make things worse for the monarch, one of more than 1 million species that are struggling around the globe. [more]

    Brazil will let hunters shoot endangered jaguars, parrots and monkeys in rainforests under new law, warn conservation experts

    Trophy-hunters may be allowed to shoot jaguars and other endangered wildlife “for sport” in Brazil’s critically important rainforests, conservationists are warning.

    Parrots, otters and monkeys could also be killed or captured alive – even in nature reserves – in the country that is the world’s richest in biodiversity, according to opponents of the plan.

    A bill that would legalise hunting, breeding and selling animals could mean commercial hunting grounds being set up for the first time in more than half a century, critics say.

    They fear private hunters would be allowed to either shoot their targets dead or sell them to wildlife centres and zoos under the plan being considered by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. [more]

    [another from our continuing Nyaaaah-aaaaaaah! series]
    Philippine boy eaten by croc in latest attack

    A boy was killed after being snatched from a boat by a saltwater crocodile in the southern Philippines, as the reptiles' shrinking habitat leads to repeated attacks, authorities said Wednesday.

    The 10-year-old was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water.

    His father failed to find the boy after an overnight search, but a fisherman discovered the child's half-eaten remains late Monday in a mangrove swamp, a police report said. [more]

    Large rope tornado touches down during severe storm

    Storm chaser Reed Timmer caught this large rope tornado forming in the High Plains just outside of Yuma, Colorado, on Aug. 13. [20 sec. storm-chaser video]

  5. [some midweek headlines from Rice Farmer]

    News Links, August 14, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    The US budget deficit is up 27% and getting closer to $1 trillion

    Bankruptcy filings rising across the country and it could get worse (US)

    Israel's Ben Gurion airport descends into CHAOS as baggage system fails

    US, Taliban Talks End Without a Deal, More Talks Expected

    History and the Logic of Empires

    Trump Pushes Venezuela To The Brink

    Declining Quantity Of Consumers Vs. Increasing Energy Consumption?!?

    The Average U.S. Farm Is $1,300,000 In Debt, And Now The Worst Farming Crisis In Modern History Is Upon Us

    Norwegian discovery puts climate change in new light: It has become warmer than scientists thought [unless you're SOTT]

    Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet's reefs [yeah, right]

    Human impact on oceans doubled during last decade

    Ebola could be curable, clinical trial in the Congo shows for the first time

    North Korea drought intensified in July, agency says

    It's raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains [and probably everywhere]

    Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died
    One of Epstein's guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the night he died was reportedly not a regular corrections officer.

    Emails Show FBI and Police Are Monitoring Oregon Anti-Pipeline Activists

    Pentagon could offer up its bases as 5G test beds [good idea!]

    Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio: Bloomberg

    Facial recognition software mistook 1 in 5 California lawmakers for criminals, says ACLU [inaccurate, 5 of 5 ARE]

    Rich's Ghost Haunts the Courts (Ray McGovern)
    It is verboten to utter his name, but a lawsuit and possible declassification of NSA documents could get to the bottom of the Seth Rich controversy.

    Fewer Americans believe children can prosper, learn in U.S., poll shows

    Illinois' Shrinking Tax Base: Residents Are Leaving & Taking Their Incomes With Them [can't blame 'em]

    Feeling the squeeze, American parents struggle to afford child care and student loan debt

    Past-due student loans, credit card debt could weigh on U.S. growth

  6. Good evening Jonny, everyone.

    Amid an on-going gun battle on the streets of Philly, we have this

    Dow drops 800 points, marking worst day for stock market this year

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 800 points on Wednesday, as investors suffered their worst day of the year as new concerns arose over data on global economic growth. [more]

    U.S. scientist to file whistleblower complaint after agency halts his climate work

    A climate scientist for the Trump administration's health protection agency who was ordered by his agency to drop work on climate issues will file a whistleblower complaint this week with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, his lawyers said on Wednesday.

    George Luber, who ran the climate and health program at the Centers for Disease Control, is an expert on the health impacts of climate change including risks to hospitals and public health infrastructure and of diseases borne by mosquitoes and ticks as they increasingly move into northern regions as temperatures rise.

    Luber has been a contributor to U.S. government reports including the National Climate Assessment, that last year warned that climate change could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

    The CDC offered Luber the top job at the merged program, but he attracted attention for complaining that the combination of the offices would result in an illegal blending of $10 million the U.S. Congress had set aside specifically for climate work.

    The CDC then filed papers charging Luber with misconduct including that he failed to renew ethics clearance paperwork five years earlier, and that he wrote a book in 2013 without agency authorization, moves his lawyers said were retaliation for complaining.

    Although those were the first charges against Luber, who has worked at CDC for 16 years, the agency stripped him of his badge and keys. He now works from home reviewing CDC science papers unrelated to climate, must be accompanied by an armed guard to visit his old office and is prohibited from contacting former colleagues who did climate work, his lawyers said.

    "As our climate spins out of control, bureaucrats eager to please the Trump administration have worked feverishly to destroy the reputations of climate scientists who stand in its way," said Kevin Bell, a lawyer for Luber at the watchdog group the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, who is filing the complaint.

    The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    [next part follows]

  7. Greenland's ice is melting at the rate scientists thought would be our worst-case scenario in 2070

    Greta Thunberg Explains Why She Won't 'Waste Time' Talking To Trump

    “Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?” Thunberg told CBS in an interview shared online Tuesday. “I can’t say anything that he hasn’t already heard.”

    The 16-year-old was asked in the clip (below) how she would rate America’s efforts to combat climate change. It’s “not very high,” she said. [more]

    Japan urges more than 300,000 to evacuate as storm Krosa nears

    The Climate Crisis Is Not Evenly Distributed, But It's Already Here

    Chris Mooney and a team of reporters and analysts at The Washington Post have produced the most important piece of climate journalism that we've seen in a very long time. It is a detailed account of how the most extreme consequences of the climate crisis are already here in the United States, and where they at this moment are having the most serious impact. (Also, for the benefit of uninformed dunces like myself, there's an even a one-click feature that converts temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit.) Needless to say, the information is an insanely detailed accounting of how thoroughly fcked we already are. [more]

    [i don't know where this guy has been, but]
    Opinion: Trump has turned the government against the middle class

    [arguably "every president since Kennedy"]

    Administration cut taxes for the rich, raised costs for the working people [more]

    Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study

    Paris (AFP) - Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.

    From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes got 50 percent more ink than an equal number of top scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal. [more]