Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-13

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

2019-08-13 - Unknown chemical smell evacuates building in coastal Surfside (Florida), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A Surfside building was evacuated for a time Tuesday after people complained of a chemical smell. The building is located at 90 Street and Collins Avenue. 'Just before 10 a.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to reports of a strong chemical smell coming from a loading dock near Collins Avenue and 90 Street,' said a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is located at 9011 Collins but it was not clear if the hotel was affected. 'More than 15 units along with hazmat units responded to investigate a possible chemical leak and evacuated the structure as a precaution,' said a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Four people were treated on the scene but no one was taken to the hospital, according to the agency. 'Upon our arrival we found there was a smell of a chemical,' Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Baena said. 'Our hazmat team was called in to come and meter the building. After two hours, our Hazmat team found nothing on their meters.'"

Quote: "The symptoms were minor, fire-rescue Lt. Kirsten MIller told WPLG Local 10. The hazardous materials team entered and metered the hotel to check for chemicals. They didn’t find anything. But Miller told the station there was some kind of smell outside when crews arrived but it dissipated."

2019-08-13 - Unknown odor hits Phillips Lane at 5:34 AM in Laceby (Britain), 4 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Phillips Lane, Laceby. Tue 13 Aug 2019 05:34 (No:17782) Caller reporting an unusual smell in the area. Investigation carried out, no smell identified. Advice given and follow up visit to be arranged."

2019-08-13 - Arctic permafrost is thawing fast and spewing methane and CO2 into the atmosphere:

2019-08-13 - Heatwave bakes the US South from Texas to Georgia:

2019-08-13 - Heatwave bakes Southern California:

2019-08-13 - Huge wildfire sends people fleeing as it roars across the island of Evia (Greece):

Quote: "More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated."

Quote: "Last year, more than 100 people died when a fast-moving forest fire broke out in a seaside area northeast of Athens and raged through a nearby settlement of mainly holiday homes."

2019-08-13 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Drummer Kellum Road in coastal Jacksonville (North Carolina):

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits at least five bodies of water across Massachusetts:

Quote: "A notice on the state’s Department of Public Health website, last updated Friday, states that cyanobacteria blooms have been found at Billington Sea in Plymouth, Crystal Lake in Newton, Devol Pond in Westport and Barnstable’s Long Pond Marstons Mills and Shubael Pond."

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits at least nine lakes across Indiana:

Quote: "On Friday, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management said sampling revealed high levels of blue-green algae in nine different locations."

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Needwood and Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park (Maryland):

Quote: "Blue-green algae released the toxin microcystin in Lake Needwood and Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park."

2019-08-13 - The changing face of Planet Earth:

2019-08-13 - Home explodes and burns in Brampton (Canada), 4 injured:

Note: This is the 122nd residential explosion in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Transformer explodes and burns on Long Hill Road in Guilford (Connecticut):

2019-08-13 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Depew (New York):

2019-08-13 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Calgary (Canada):

2019-08-13 - Recycling center fire breaks out on the island of Barbados:

2019-08-13 - Cruise ship 'Holy Russia' goes up in flames on the Volga River near the town of Bor (Russia):

2019-08-13 - Four boats destroyed by fire at 3:15 AM at marina in coastal Mattituck (New York):

Quote: "A fire ripped through four boats in the boat yard at Strong's Water Club & Marina in Mattituck early Tuesday, firefighters said. According to firefighters at the scene, a call went out about 3:15 a.m. regarding a boat fire, with Southold Town Police indicating that four vessels were fully involved."

2019-08-13 - Boat bursts into flame near McNears Beach near coastal San Rafael (California):

2019-08-13 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Kaiolohia Beach (Hawaii):

2019-08-13 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Fort Phantom (Texas):

Note: These are the 719th, 720th, 721st, 722nd, 723rd, 724th, 725th and 726th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-13 - School bus bursts into flame on Route 12 in the Town of Trenton (New York):,80993

Note: This is the 105th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 388th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Moosapet (India):

Note: This is the 389th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Hollywood (Florida):

Note: This is the 45th car-hauler to burn in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 in Clanton (Alabama):

2019-08-13 - Tractor (backhoe) and storage building destroyed by fire in Lake Oswego (Oregon):

Quote: "The cause of the fire was still unknown as of Tuesday afternoon, and no injuries were reported. A backhoe was also destroyed in the fire, the LOFD announced in a press release Tuesday, and damages totalled $365,000 between the building and its contents ($225,000) and the backhoe ($145,000)."

2019-08-13 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Romsley Lane in Alveley, Bridgnorth (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Tractor (combine) goes up in flames on Chestnut End in Halton (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 13 August, 3.12pm Combine harvester and about 100 square metres of stubble alight, Chestnut End, Halton. One appliance and crew from Aylesbury and one from Tring attended. Firefighters used two hose reels and one set of breathing apparatus."

Note: These are the 1394th, 1395th, 1396th, 1397th and 1398th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Ambulance bursts into flame at hospital in coastal Malacca (Malaysia):

2019-08-13 - RV bursts into flame on Table Rock Road in Medford (Oregon):

Note: This is the 302nd RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-13 - Ice cream van bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads to business and apartment, in Smethwick (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Van bursts into flame on Helpston Road in Glinton (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-95 in the Fort McHenry Tunnel in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2019-08-13 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-20 in Bossier City (Louisiana):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home on Victoria Lakes Drive in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame and burns driver on street in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "The driver of a red Porsche convertible was hospitalized with burn injuries after the car caught fire in San Francisco’s Financial District Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. An adult was transported to a burn center with moderate burns, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. The car caught fire around 1:42 p.m., and it was not involved in a collision, according to San Francisco police."

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame at Woburn Street and Lakeway Drive in coastal Bellingham (Washington):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame at 5:45 AM on Highway 100 ramp in Golden Valley (Minnesota):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame on Hunter Court in Kelowna (Canada):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 near Tiverton (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Barlow (Britain):

Quote: "Barlow TOC:1828 Crew were mobilised to a report of a car fire at the rear of a property. This was 1 car well alight, extinguished by crews usisng 2 breathing apparatus and 2 hose reels. Cause is believed to have been due to an engine fault."

2019-08-13 - Car bursts into flame on Lime Avenue in Northwich (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Moped bursts into flame on Churchill Avenue in Aylesbury (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 13 August, 6.25pm Moped on fire, Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury. One appliance and crew from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used one hose reel."

2019-08-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 1:25 AM while parked inside auto shop in Linden (New Jersey):

Quote: "Crews arrived at the scene found smoke and flames coming from the establishment with a vehicle inside burning according to officials."

2019-08-13 - Three vehicles and auto shop go up in flames in Loretto (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

2019-08-13 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2019-08-13 - RV trailer, shed, garage and home destroyed by fire at 3:25 AM at home on Lake Elmo Drive in Billings (Montana):

2019-08-13 - Barn destroyed by fire on Anchor Hope Lane in coastal Port Deposit (Maryland):

2019-08-13 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM in Sackets Harbor (New York), near Lake Ontario:

2019-08-13 - Tire business heavily damaged by fire on High Street North in the Manor Park area in coastal London (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Cloth market heavily damaged by massive fire in Delhi (India):

2019-08-13 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire in Omaha (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2019-08-13 - Home damaged by fire just before 2 AM on Norcroft Drive in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2019-08-13 - Home damaged by basement fire near Corbett Field in Minot (North Dakota), dog killed, nobody there:

2019-08-13 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on Princeton Drive in Elizabethtown (Kentucky), 1 injured:

2019-08-13 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 3:50 AM, garage destroyed, on Red Maple Court in Caledonia (Wisconsin):

2019-08-13 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:25 AM on Newbury Street in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2019-08-13 - Home destroyed by garage fire at 6:30 AM on Pontius Lane in Circleville (Ohio):

2019-08-13 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM on East Donald Street in South Bend (Indiana), 2 injured:

2019-08-13 - Two homes go up in flames at 6 AM on North Walnut Street in Mount Carmel (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-13 - Apartment building under construction damaged by fire in Sparks (Nevada):

2019-08-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Palm Desert (California), cat killed:

2019-08-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Oak Court in Cedar Springs (Michigan):

2019-08-13 - Six-unit apartment building destroyed by fire on Harrison Street in Taunton (Massachusetts):

2019-08-13 - Deadly fire burns home on Rolyat Street in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida), 1 killed:

2019-08-13 - Vacant building burns on Clive Sullivan Way in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Clive Sullivan Way, Hull. Tue 13 Aug 2019 20:56 (No:17847) Fire inside derelict building. Risk assessment carried out. No action by Fire Service. Fire left to burn out."

2019-08-13 - Vacant home burns in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2019-08-13 - Vacant home burns on West Indiana Street in Evansville (Indiana):

2019-08-13 - Fin whale washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Penmarch (France):

2019-08-13 - Fish dying, water turns bright green, in the Salt Fork River (Illinois):

2019-08-13 - Many fish dying along coastal Penang (Malaysia):

Quote: "If thousands of farmed fish dying in Teluk Bahang was not bad enough, there are signs that the entire marine ecology along the coastline has suffered massive damage. Tens of thousands of wild fish washed up dead two days after strong winds flayed the sea and over 50,000 fish trapped in aquaculture cages here floated belly up. The wild fish washed ashore included juvenile croakers of just 5cm long, middling catfish and various other palm-sized bottom feeders."

Quote: "Penang Nature Tourist Guides Association chairman Fauzi Mohd Yacob said more dead fish was spotted washed ashore until Tuesday on Monkey Beach too. 'There were more dead fish along the Teluk Bahang beach near the entrance to Penang National Park. I have been guiding here for seven years, and have never seen fish deaths like this,' he said."

Note: The entire marine ecology of the PLANET is suffering massive damage...

2019-08-13 - Sea life being devastated by dead zone in coastal Chesapeake Bay (Maryland):

2019-08-13 - Two men, 22 and 26, die in pond in Mandsaur District in Madhya Pradesh (India):

2019-08-13 - Two teen boys die in pond near Katraj (India):

2019-08-13 - Woman, 18, found dead in swimming pool at villa in Alaró on the island of Majorca (Spain):

Quote: "The teenager daughter of a British millionaire has died in a swimming pool in Mallorca. Josie Clacher, 18, was found dead at the bottom of the pool, outside her holiday villa in Alaro, at around 7am on August 13."

Quote: "Josie's death came as three other Brits died while in the Spanish Isles, all within 48 hours of each other."

2019-08-13 - High school student has 'medical episode' at school, dies shortly later, in Palm Beach Gardens (Florida), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A William T. Dwyer High School student died Tuesday as the result of a medical episode, the Palm Beach County School District reported."

2019-08-13 - Girl, 16, goes into cardiac arrest at school and dies in Jonesboro (Georgia):

Quote: "Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services Battalion Chief Laura Richardson said CCFES personnel responded to a cardiac arrest call at 5:52 p.m. for a 16-year-old female inside the school Tuesday evening."

2019-08-13 - Man drops dead before 6:30 AM on street near bus stop in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "Shortly after 6 a.m., a DART bus driver saw a man unconscious lying on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, police said. Dallas police officers and Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said. "

2019-08-13 - Man, 49, found dead in the Mascoma River in Lebanon (New Hampshire):

2019-08-13 - Woman, 19, dies in Long Lake in Porter Township (Michigan):

2019-08-13 - Man, 28, falls off boat and dies in Wilson Lake near Florence (Alabama):

2019-08-13 - Person found dead in Blind Pony Lake near Marshall (Missouri):

2019-08-13 - Man, 60, slumps over dead in car in Monett (Missouri):

2019-08-13 - Man, 31, drops dead between two homes in Union (Missouri):

Quote: "A man found dead between two homes in Union, Missouri, had no signs of trauma, an autopsy found. A press release from the Union Police Department said 31-year-old Michael Mitchell was found between two homes on the 900 block of North Church Street at around 6:05 Tuesday morning."

2019-08-13 - Man, 19, dies in pond at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in Waterford (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-13 - Man, 73, found dead in Philpott Lake (Virginia), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

2019-08-13 - Man, 57, drops dead in jail cell before 6:30 AM in Kingman (Arizona):

2019-08-13 - Man, 23, found dead in Island Lake in Garden Hill (Canada):

2019-08-13 - Man, 75, found dead on coastal Clifton Beach in Hawke's Bay (New Zealand):

2019-08-13 - Man, 38, dies after being pulled from the water at beach in coastal Matsue City (Japan):

2019-08-13 - Girl, 17, dies on the island of Tenerife (Spain):

2019-08-13 - Man in his 60s has 'medical emergency' and drops dead on Tolver Place in coastal Penzance (Britain), 1900 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Three ambulances, paramedics and police were called to a 'medical emergency' at Tolver Place on Tuesday night. Officers have confirmed that a man in his 60s sadly died at the scene."

2019-08-13 - Man in his 60s found dead on beach in coastal Broadstairs (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Man, 54, found dead in pond in Feltham (Britain):

2019-08-13 - Man has 'medical episode', truck crashes into brick wall, in Twickenham (Britain), 1 killed:

Quote: "A man, thought to have suffered a 'medical episode', has died after a lorry crashed into a brick wall in Twickenham."

2019-08-13 - Man has 'medical fit', SUV crashes and overturns multiple times, on the M1 near Figtree (Australia), 3 people injured, dog killed:

Quote: "A Mount Druitt man was travelling south with two passengers, a woman aged in her 30s and an 11 year old boy, when it is believed he had a medical fit and lost control of his white Mitsubishi ASX at about 10.55am near the Figtree exit ramp."

2019-08-13 - Man, 62, has 'medical episode', car crashes off waterfront into the ocean, in coastal Summerside (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Driver suffered medical emergency, say police..."

2019-08-13 - Small plane crashes along the Escambia River in coastal Santa Rosa County (Florida), 1 injured:

2019-08-13 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns, on US 71 in Mena (Arkansas), 1 killed:

Quote: "Conditions were clear and dry when the crash happened."

2019-08-13 - Tractor trailer overturns into median on I-91 in Cromwell (Connecticut):

2019-08-13 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-95 in Halethorpe (Maryland), 1 injured:

2019-08-13 - SUV crashes into guardrail, bursts into flame, on I-35 in Waco (Texas):

2019-08-13 - Car and pickup truck collide head-on at 6:30 AM in Fair Oaks (California), 1 killed:

2019-08-13 - Naked woman scuffles with cops and bites at least one in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "A naked woman allegedly bit an officer during her arrest in Houston's Near Northside neighborhood late Tuesday night. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was found naked around 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of McNeil and Chapman, which is inside a neighborhood close to Hardy and Quitman. As officers approached her, she allegedly started to fight with them. During the scuffle, she managed to bite at least one officer, police said."

2019-08-13 - Shark attacks surfer, bites chunk out of his board, near Makaha Beach (Hawaii):

2019-08-13 - Portuguese man-of-wars sting dozens of people at beaches in Oahu (Hawaii):

Quote: "Thousands of Portuguese man-of-wars invaded beaches across Windward and east Oahu on Tuesday, in what’s believed one of the largest influxes of the creatures in years. By 2:15 p.m., lifeguards reported treating more than 200 stings on Oahu."

2019-08-13 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills man in coastal Freeport (Bahamas):

2019-08-13 - Sinkhole swallows calf in Luther (Oklahoma):

2019-08-13 - Warehouse collapses in New Albany (Mississippi):

2019-08-13 - Five-story building collapses in Ulhasnagar (India):

2019-08-13 - Water main breaks, sinkhole forms, in Parkville (Maryland):

2019-08-13 - Man has 'medical episode' while walking on path, collapses into the River Wey, in Guildford (Britain):

Quote: "Police officers at the scene have confirmed to a Surrey Live reporter that the large emergency service presence is due to a man suffering a medical episode while walking on the towpath next to the river. A statement from Surrey Police has confirmed that the man was found in the River Wey. The man has been taken by ambulance to the hospital."

2019-08-13 - Volcano Popocatépetl volcano erupts twice in a morning near Mexico City (Mexico):

2019-08-13 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sindh Province (Pakistan), 26 killed:

2019-08-13 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sudan, 6+ killed:

2019-08-13 - Dengue fever death toll continues to rise in Bangladesh:

2019-08-13 - Romans afraid to walk the dog or take the kids to the swings as wild boar encroach on the capital:

2019-08-13 - Meteor lights up sky and shakes homes in southwest Missouri:

2019-08-13 - Food prices soaring in China:

2019-08-13 - Middle-class death spiral, consumers have never been more in debt, bankruptcies surging:

2019-08-13 - Earth just got blasted with the highest-energy photons ever recorded, but scientists don’t understand what created them:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone - the hostage/barricade situation in N Philly (Nicetown section, yeah right . ..) has been resolved as the perp finally gave himself up to police around midnight. Nobody died. [seemorerocks lede story today]

    Back to our regular content, everyday brings more evidence of global climatic/atmospheric calamity as increasing amounts of H2S and CH4 (as well as CO2 and other gases) from mostly Arctic sources (but also Russia and wildfires in Greenland) permeate the air. People are getting sick from it, and it's probably killed some but they remain undocumented officially.
    As Jonny points out, it's only going to get worse.

    It looks like we're witnessing the "stairstep" collapse in many areas (especially economic and weather-related, so by extension, politically and socially), which looks and feels "slow" but in reality is happening rather quickly.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.14.19 Cutting pollution won't cause global warming spike, study finds [~ 12 min.]

    [this is misleading, since it's a study about clouds and NOT the aerosol masking effect]

    We Just Witnessed The 4th Largest Single Day Point Decline In U.S. Stock Market History

    You had better buckle up, because it looks like we are in for a bumpy ride. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down a whopping 800 points. Not only was that the worst day of 2019, but as you will see below, there have only been three days in U.S. history that have been worse. An inversion of the yield curve sent investors into panic mode, and the selling was fast and furious. And of course back on August 5th we witnessed a 767 point decline. So this is now the second historic decline that we have seen so far this month, and the month is only about half over. Could it be possible that we are on the verge of a major stock market meltdown?
    [more; note "two weeks" - a recurring theme today]

    The Major Market Indicator That Preceded the Last Seven US Recessions Just Happened Again

    A closely followed market indicator has flipped both in the US and Britain, a change usually taken as a signal that a recession is on its way.

    Technically described as yield curve inversion, the indicator has preceded the past seven recessions in the US.[more; video]

    Japan hit with Biblical amounts of rain! Total rainfall could surpass 1200 mm (47 inches) in 24 hours which is more than 10 times their August average

    . 1,200 millimetres is more than 10 times the average Japanese rainfall for August and in ft and inches, weighs in at nearly 4ft or 47 inches, which of course is well over 1 metre.
    . Krosa is 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.
    . at least 200 people have died and a further 40,000 hospitalised from confirmed or suspected heatstroke this summer [more; one PER WEEK!]

    Floods and Landslides Kill 270 And Displace One Million in India in Two Weeks

    floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people in India this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states [in India]

    [more below]

  2. [more on plastic pollution, from yesterday]
    The Plastic Apocalypse Has Now Reached the Arctic and the Alps

    Plastic particles are literally falling from the sky with snow in the highest latitudes as well as on the highest peaks of Europe. [more; 100 sec. video]

    Anomalous Weather Phenomena That Wouldn’t Be Out of Place in US South Are Happening in the Far North And That’s Pretty Scary!

    . Sea ice is running neck and neck with 2012 for the lowest values on record for this time of year.
    . Wildfires are ringing the Arctic, pouring more carbon dioxide into the air than in any comparable period in 17 years of satellite observing.
    . Alaska saw its hottest month by far in almost a century of recordkeeping.
    . And a surge of warm air with origins in last month’s record-devouring European heat wave pushed across Greenland at the end of July, melting 55 million tons of sea ice in five days. That’s an unprecedented rate in satellite records, and more than three times the average melt rate for 1981-2010.[more]

    [from our Who's In Charge Here? segment]
    Woodland, NC, Rejects Solar Farm Amid Worries of Cancer And It Would “Suck Up All The Energy From The Sun” [wtf?]

    the town of Woodland, North Carolina has rejected a proposal to rezone a section of land just outside its borders for the use of a solar farm using these arguments. [more]

    UK to release Iranian oil tanker in Gilbraltor

    Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday - Sun newspaper

    [but wait, there's more]
    US moves to seize Iranian oil supertanker

    The United States has applied to seize an Iranian oil supertanker, according to the government in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory where the ship was due to be released Thursday from detention after being impounded by authorities last month.

    The U.S. action is the latest move in a standoff between Iran and Washington after President Donald Trump withdrew from an international nuclear accord with Tehran and reimposed sanctions. Tensions in the Persian Gulf have been on the rise ever since.

    "The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered,” Gibraltar's government said in a statement. It said the matter would be reviewed by a court at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). [more]

    [continued below]

  3. [from our Google Is NOT Your Friend desk]
    Thursday, 15 August 2019
    Whistleblower engineer reveals inner workings of Google
    Current Sr. Google Engineer

    Goes Public on Camera: Tech is “dangerous,taking sides

    Insider: “It’s time to decide, do we run the technology, or does the technology run us?”
    “I really don’t buy the idea that big tech is politically neutral.”
    “Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?”
    “I look at search and I look at Google News and I see what it’s doing and I see Google executives go to Congress and say that it’s not manipulated. It’s not political. And I’m just so sure that’s not true.”
    “I have a PhD, I have five years’ experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are. They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do.” [more; 2 videos]

    Who Protected Epstein for Decades, and Why?

    Wouldn’t the NSA, CIA and FBI know of Epstein’s activities and connections to a foreign intelligence service? Of course they would. So at a minimum, we can infer the NSA, CIA and FBI enabled Epstein’s operation to continue for some benefit, perhaps relating to “honeypot” blackmail and control of “assets,” unwilling or willing. [more]

    [Update; if it was even his actual body]
    Epstein death: Broken neck bones in autopsy raise questions about apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker

    Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island is erupting for the fourth time this year

    3km exclusion zone after Mt Merapi spews lava in Indonesia

    Volcano in Russian far east emits ash to 5 km

    The Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East emitted ash to an altitude of 5 km Wednesday, according to the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    Record-breaking hailstone in Colorado: 'Big hail like this can easily kill people'

    Monster hail fell from the sky and hammered areas of the central United States on Tuesday, shattering a state record. Earlier on Tuesday before the storms developed, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warned that Colorado's state hail record could be in jeopardy given the intensity of the storms that he saw developing.

    His prediction came to fruition on Tuesday afternoon when a hailstone with a maximum diameter of 4.83" fell in Bethune, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon. The record was confirmed on Wednesday evening by the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service office in Goodland, Kansas. The previous state record in Colorado was 4.5 inches.

    The weight of the record-breaking hailstone came in at 8.5 ounces. [more]

    [next piece follows]

  4. Corporate free speech precedents allow corporations to legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels

    Cheerios has so much glyphosate in it, it should be labeled as toxic. Corporate free speech precedents prevent that. [more]

    Border Fire threatens to burn from Mexico into U.S.

    A large wildfire in Mexico west of Tecate is very close to the U.S. border and threatens to burn into California about 23 miles southeast of San Diego. It is spreading to the east, generally toward the city of Tecate which has a population of 102,000 in its metropolitan area. [more]

    How The Animals Of Chernobyl Are Surviving And Thriving After The Disaster

    [note: long, slide-show article where many animals are thriving - i list the exceptions]

    Mousseau notes that small birds like barn swallows and Parus majors have pronounced mutations after the disaster. These birds are born with deformed beaks, with lesions on their faces, cataracts, and smaller brains.

    After noticing that some spiderwebs in Fukushima looked a little less like their Charlotte’s Web counterparts, Mousseau began photographing spiders in the evacuated Chernobyl region.
    He noticed there was ‘less structure to the webs in radioactive areas’ and that these webs can serve as a ‘biomarker’ for the amount of radiation in the region.

    Like the animals on this list, the trees in the exclusion zone were also affected by the disaster. Trees form rings for every 4 seasons they’re alive and when there’s a disruption that year from an illness, injury, or pollution, they express it on their rings.

    the trees turned red from all the radiation they absorbed and their leaves are so radioactive they have yet to decay.

    The Mushrooms These Boars Are Eating Are Making Them Radioactive

    One of the most radioactive elements released into the environment after the explosion was the radioactive isotope cesium-137. Exposure to cesium-137 dramatically increases the amount of radiation in the body and can cause burns, radiation poisoning, cancer, and death.

    Cesium-137 found its way into the surrounding vegetation which found its way into, you guessed it, cows and cows’ milk. In 2018, a study reported that cows’ milk in affected Ukrainian villages had 12 times the safe amount for children. [more]

    [last bit below (i think)]

  5. [so how's the weather across the pond, then?]
    UK weather: Britain to be battered by 'a months worth of rain' and gale force winds this weekend

    Forecasters predict the weekend downpours, which in some places will exceed a “months-worth of rain”, will “become widespread and heavy at times” throughout Friday.

    conditions are expected to warm up shortly after. [more]

    [from our continuing Interesting Ways to Die series]
    Man dies after competing in amateur taco eating contest during Grizzlies game, Saturday's Championship cancelled

    Identical pictures taken seven years apart show shocking effects of climate change

    Is a global food crisis avoidable?

    Damage caused by human exploitation of natural resources and by climate change may combine to create a global food crisis in the future, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

    The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries, warns that current land use practices — including deforestation, chemical fertilizers and destructive farming techniques — have already made massive swaths of the planet unsuitable for food production. Even more land mass will either be dried out or rendered unusable by severe weather due to climate change, the report states.

    As a result, there may not be enough fertile land for mankind to produce the food it needs to feed its expanding population. The report warns that food scarcity may be concentrated in certain areas, which could cause a massive immigration crisis in number of places around the globe. [more]

    [they list various "solutions" - none of which is being implemented (and probably won't be - for example scientists can't design plants to be hail resistant)]

    Climate change threatens US West [Colorado] river despite wet winter

    Climate change means the region is still getting drier and hotter. [more]

    [What's Up in the air?]
    Kremlin lauds 'hero' pilots after emergency landing near Moscow

    The Kremlin lauded two Russian pilots as heroes and said they would be handed state awards after they landed an airliner carrying 233 people in a cornfield outside Moscow after striking a flock of birds during take-off. [more]

    Irish teen died of ‘upper intestinal bleeding’ with no signs of violence or rape, says autopsy

    Medical officials detailed that there were no signs of violence, abduction or rape on the young girl’s body, though tests are still ongoing.

    Police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told a press conference that the autopsy took nine hours, and that doctors suggested that the intestinal bleeding that killed her could have been caused by prolonged starvation, or stress.

    The postmortem also concluded that the teen had been dead for two or three days before her body was found in a stream near a waterfall that she had been looking forward to exploring.

    No injuries were found on her body, save for a bruise to her leg. [more]

  6. NYPD officer kills himself amid rash of police suicides

    A New York Police Department officer killed himself Tuesday in Yonkers, the eighth NYPD officer to die by suicide this year. [more]

    Irish airport flights suspended after runway plane fire

    Flights were suspended at Shannon Airport in western Ireland for several hours on Thursday after fire broke out on the undercarriage of an aircraft on the runway, an airport spokesman said.

    The Boeing aircraft is owned by Omni Air International, a US charter carrier that specialises in military and government transport flights.

    The airport resumed flights a few hours later, with delays expected to continue for the rest of Thursday. [more]

  7. 'Something out of a horror movie': Man saves family attacked by wolf during camping trip

    In the harrowing incident, the family said a wolf entered their tent as they were asleep and attacked them during a visit to Banff from New Jersey.

    "It was like something out of a horror movie," Elisa Rispoli wrote in a Facebook post. She described how her husband, Matt, shielded her and her sons as the wolf "ripped apart our tent and his arms and hands."

    Jon Stuart-Smith, a wildlife management specialist with Parks Canada, told the Star Calgary the animal was severely underweight, had worn teeth and was in poor health, which likely contributed to it attacking the family. [more]

    Deadly flash floods hit Taiwan - nearly 8 inches of rain in 2 hours

    Fracking prompts global spike in atmospheric methane – “This recent increase in methane in massive”

    As methane concentrations increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell research published 14 August 2019 in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. [more]

    No end to crisis in sight as drought grips India’s Chennai – “The civil strife in this country will start from water, not from religion”

    One result is rising communal tensions. Rural residents living near Chennai have staged violent protests to draw attention to complaints that their wells are being drained dry to supply the city by members of a “water mafia” [more]

    Amid drought, plants in Chennai guzzle 21 million liters of groundwater per day – “We are moving towards a groundwater disaster. On one hand, the surface water resources are being destroyed, and on the other groundwater resources are being over-exploited.”