Monday, August 19, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-18

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

2019-08-18 - Salton Sea belches up hydrogen sulfide in Riverside County (California):

Quote: "An odor advisory was issued Sunday for the Salton Sea area in Riverside County due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to state air regulators. The advisory was issued for the Coachella Valley and will remain in effect until at least Monday because of winds from the south, with peak concentrations of hydrogen sulfide emissions occurring in the morning hours, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a statement."

Quote: "Hourly average concentrations of hydrogen sulfide peaked [Sunday] morning at 239 parts per billion immediately downwind of the Salton Sea..."

Note: You can subscribe to email alerts for Salton Sea hydrogen sulfide monitoring at this website. I've been subscribed for quite some time. This last week the level surpassed 100 ppb for the first time since I've been watching and it's surpassed that level numerous times since then, and the next day it then surpassed 200 ppb too. So the Salton Sea's hydrogen sulfide emissions appear to be on the rise. Ignore the info saying these levels are harmless, blah blah blah, for two reasons: 1) these levels are possibly harmless if you only experience them ONCE, but nobody knows what the health effects are for people who breathe this particular poison gas regularly, even in small concentrations; and 2) as a heavier than air gas, hydrogen sulfide will flow into low-lying areas (ditches, basements, streams, etc) and concentrate. If it concentrates enough then one breath can kill you, even if the original cloud of poison gas that blew past the detectors was not concentrated…

2019-08-18 - Wildfires continue to rage across the island of Gran Canaria (Spain), thousands of people sent fleeing:

2019-08-18 - Several wildfires break out and cause evacuations, 50 structures burned, in coastal Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Alaska):

2019-08-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport, plane evacuated, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "A plane headed from Auckland to Napier has been evacuated after reports of smoke in the cabin."

Note: This is the 91st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Update on the car that burst into flame and killed a little girl in Plainview (Texas):

Quote: "Cantrell reportedly told the officer he drove to the Vape shop to buy a coil for a vaping pen but his daughter fell asleep as he pulled in. He said he left his daughter in the vehicle and ran inside the store to get the part. Another customer entered the store and announced that a car in the parking lot was on fire. Cantrell reportedly told the officer he couldn’t get into his vehicle because it was locked and couldn’t reach in to get his daughter because of the fire. The warrant does not indicate what caused the fire."

Note: They're charging him with criminally negligent homicide. Gotta say, this just looks like another car randomly bursting into flame. A number of children have burned to death the very same way, but this is the first time I've seen them threaten to send the parent to prison for it. If I were him, I'd fight it, and tell the prosecutors that I'd be showing JJFH to the jury, with info about all the other car fires that have killed people, and that'd be my defense. Since the authorities would never allow JJFH info to reach a jury, the charges would be dropped before the case ever went to court. Of course, this guy doesn't know what's going on and has never heard of JJFH, and that's likely to be the case for his lawyer too, so he'll probably be spending some time in prison...

2019-08-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Abiquiu Lake at Abiquiu Lake State Park (New Mexico):

2019-08-18 - Apartment building damaged by explosion in Aztec (New Mexico):

2019-08-18 - Home damaged by explosion on Cook Lake Trail near Plymouth (Indiana):

2019-08-18 - Home explodes in coastal George Town (Malaysia), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 125th, 126th and 127th residential explosions in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Oil well site damaged by fire near Alamo (North Dakota):

2019-08-18 - Gas station explodes and burns in Siem Reap (Cambodia), 1 killed, 13 injured:

2019-08-18 - Wildfire breaks out and grows rapidly to 3,000 acres, firenado spotted, near Paducah (Texas):

2019-08-18 - Wildfire breaks out on the slopes of Mount Merapi (Indonesia):

2019-08-18 - Trash storage building goes up in flames at waste facility in Charlevoix (Michigan):

2019-08-18 - Landfill fire breaks out in Lowellville (Ohio):

2019-08-18 - Industrial estate erupts in flame in coastal Cork (Ireland):

2019-08-18 - Boat 'ForePlay' explodes into flame on the Mississippi River near Alton (Illinois):

2019-08-18 - Boat bursts into flame while docked in Trenton (Canada):

Note: These are the 736th and 737th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Fire truck bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in Woodbridge (New Jersey):

2019-08-18 - School bus bursts into flame shortly after 1 AM while parked at facility on Route 57 in Washington Township (New Jersey):

Note: This is the 107th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 394th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Private bus, pickup truck and garage destroyed by fire, home damaged, in Callaway County (Missouri):

Note: This is the 395th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-80 in Placer County near Newcastle (California):

2019-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on State Route 87 near Payson (Arizona):

2019-08-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Naas Road in Rathcoole (Ireland):

2019-08-18 - Two tractor trailers go up in flames at 12:06 AM while parked at Pool Road Industrial Estate in Nuneaton (Britain):

Quote: "On arrival crews confirmed 2 HGV’s well alight and used breathing apparatus and hose reels to extinguish fire."

Note: These are the 1424th, 1425th, 1426th, 1427th and 1428th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

Quote: "Once on the scene, police observed a Ford Econoline Van, parked and unoccupied in front of the garage, engulfed in flames. According to John Novak, Fire Inspector for the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, the fire extended from the van to the outside wall of the garage with some extension into the attic. "

2019-08-18 - Van bursts into flame on Bronwydd Road in Carmarthen (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Van bursts into flame on the A39 near Dorchester (Britain):

2019-08-18 - SUV bursts into flame along Highway 168 in Palmyra (Missouri):

2019-08-18 - SUV bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Queensferry (Scotland), man burned:

2019-08-18 - In separate incidents, parked pickup truck bursts into flame in shed, and parked car bursts into flame at home at same time car bursts into flame on I-5, in/near Winlock (Washington):

Quote: "At 6:46 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters went to the 1400 block of King Road in Winlock on report of a burning lean-to building. Kevin Anderson with the fire district said the building and all of its contents were a total loss. The fire was threateningly close to a full-sized shop that contained a business, said Anderson, but it was halted before it reached the area. Preliminary investigation revealed the fire was started by a pickup truck that caught fire as it was sitting in the structure."

Quote: "At 4:17 p.m. Sunday, District 15 crews were dispatched to the 2700 block of Highway 603 where a vehicle caught fire, and was threatening to spread to a nearby residence. Crews were able to extinguish the fire before it caused any serious damage to the house, Anderson said. At roughly the same time, a vehicle fire was reported near exit 60 on Interstate 5, but the call ended up falling to nearby Lewis County Fire District 2."

Note: So that was actually three vehicle fires, but this fire department only handled two of them. But the latter two car fires occurred at the same time. What are the odds of two cars, one parked and one driven, going up in flames at the same time in the same area? Very extremely unlikely unless they shared some common causal factor. But what COULD they have in common? Only the atmosphere...

2019-08-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Route 16 in North Conway (South Carolina):

2019-08-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Walmart in Vincennes (Indiana):

2019-08-18 - Car bursts into flame at 4:24 AM on Beech Road in Tiverton (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Car bursts into flame on the A36 in Salisbury (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Car bursts into flame on the M1 near Leicester (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-95 near Joppa (Maryland):

2019-08-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 97 east of Chetwynd (Canada):

2019-08-18 - Motorcycles, lawnmowers and garage shop destroyed by fire in the Town of Turtle (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Contents included lawn mowers, motorcycles, numerous tool chests, and gasoline and propane fuel containers."

2019-08-18 - Cars and auto shop destroyed by fire at 1:45 AM on Rankin Avenue in Dunlap (Tennessee):

Quote: "Officials say the business was being used as an automobile repair but was formerly operated as Smith’s Home Center and Building Supply. Dunlap police arrived first to find the structure fully involved with the roof already collapsed and several cars on fire."

2019-08-18 - Barn and farm equipment destroyed by fire in Linn County (Iowa):

2019-08-18 - Barn goes up in flames at 11:48 PM in Washfield, near Tiverton (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Manufacturing business damaged by fire at 1:10 AM on Lott Road in Penn Hills (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-18 - Home under renovation heavily damaged by fire on Hamlin Road in Buffalo (New York), nobody there:

2019-08-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Willoughby Avenue in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2019-08-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6 AM on West Demarest Avenue in Englewood (New Jersey), dog killed:

2019-08-18 - Home destroyed by fire off Highway 301 in Trenton (Georgia), nobody there:

2019-08-18 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:12 AM on Huron Street in Jackson (Mississippi):

2019-08-18 - Apartment building devastated by carport fire on Backer Avenue in Fresno (California):

Quote: "Fresno Fire Department officials say the fire seemingly started in the car port area and spread to the units at the MapleWood Apartments."

2019-08-18 - Hostel heavily damaged by fire in suburb of coastal Sydney (Australia):

2019-08-18 - Deadly basement fire destroys home on Kennedy Street NW in coastal Washington DC, 1 killed, 2 injured:

2019-08-18 - Thousands of fish found dead in the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County (Alabama):

2019-08-18 - Large number of fish wash ashore dead on beach in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "A large number of dead fish on Sunday surfaced along Clifton beach in Karachi, ARY News reported."

2019-08-18 - Hundreds of fish found dead in Alder Lake in New Dundee (Canada):

2019-08-18 - At least 1000 fish found dead in the River Hundred by Kessingland Sluice near coastal Lowestoft (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Thousands of fish found dead in Lake Rautalampi (Finland):

2019-08-18 - Thousands of fish found dead in reservoir in Villalba de los Barros (Spain):

2019-08-18 - Thousands of wash up dead at reservoir in Bursa (Turkey):

2019-08-18 - Around 50,000 fish dead in fish farm in Penang (Malaysia):

2019-08-18 - Around 5,000 TONS of fish dead in the Dong Nai River (Vietnam):

2019-08-18 - Man, 25, found dead in swimming pool at apartments in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

Quote: "A man drowned Friday morning in the community pool at Timberlake at Three Oaks in Fort Myers, according to the San Carlos Park Fire Protection & Rescue Service District."

2019-08-18 - Man, 22, dies after being pulled from swimming pool in Thergaon (India):

Quote: "A 22-year-old software engineer working with a Hinjewadi-based software company died of drowning at a PCMC-run swimming pool at Thergaon on Saturday evening."

2019-08-18 - Man, early 20s, found dead in ditch at 7 AM near Walmart in Cleveland (Texas), near the San Jacinto River:

Quote: "Cleveland Police responded to a call around 7 a.m. and found the body of a male who appears to be in his early 20s. Detectives were unable to determine the cause of death, and the body was sent to Beaumont for an autopsy."

2019-08-18 - Man, 28, goes out on jet ski, next seen dead in Lake Ray Hubbard (Texas):

2019-08-18 - Man. 45, found dead on rock in the James River in Richmond (Virginia):

2019-08-18 - Man, 51, dies after being pulled from reservoir at Grand Bayou Resort in Red River Parish (Louisiana):

2019-08-18 - Man, 56, found dead in Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

2019-08-18 - Man, 19, found dead in pond in Auburn (Indiana):

2019-08-18 - Man, 33, dies in Lake Mohegan in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

2019-08-18 - Woman, 54, drops dead in alley in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1350 feet from Fall Creek:

Quote: "Detectives were unable to identify any immediate signs of trauma on the body and are looking for witnesses who may shed light on what happened to her."

2019-08-18 - Man, 19, dies in the Susquehanna River near Pineknotter Park in Northumberland (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-18 - Man, 20, found dead in Lake Keowee (South Carolina):

2019-08-18 - Man, 71, swims after drifting boat and dies in Lake Michigan in Emmet County (Michigan):

2019-08-18 - Man found dead in the River Raisin in Monroe Charter Township (Michigan):

2019-08-18 - Man found dead in the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway in Tishomingo County (Mississippi):

2019-08-18 - Man found dead in Quinn's Pond in Boise (Idaho):

2019-08-18 - Man, 25, found dead in Lake St. Clair in Essex County (Canada):

2019-08-18 - Man, 33, soccer player, found dead at home in coastal Male’ City (Maldive Islands):

2019-08-18 - Man dies after being pulled from pond in Gran Couva on the island of Trinidad:

2019-08-18 - Man, 20, rugby player, found dead in hotel in Toulouse (France):

2019-08-18 - Woman, late teens, dies unsuspiciously at hotel in Manchester (Britain):

2019-08-18 - Man, 36, has 'medical incident', pickup truck crashes into golf cart, in Burleson (Texas), 4 injured:

Quote: "Investigators found that the driver of the Silverado, a 36-year-old man, lost control of the vehicle after having a medical incident. This caused the Silverado to crash into a golf cart. The driver of the Silverado was injured, along with three people on the golf cart."

2019-08-18 - Man, 59, has 'medical event', motorcycle crashes into culvert, near Rockingham (North Carolina), 1 killed:

Quote: "There is no suspicion of impairment and troopers believe Plant suffered 'some kind of medical event.'"

2019-08-18 - Boy, 17, has 'medical issue', SUV crashes off road, in Hamilton (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Hamilton police have determined a medical issue to be the cause of a single-vehicle collision on the Kenilworth Access Saturday."

2019-08-18 - Twin-engine plane crashes into woods near I-95 in New Castle County (Delaware), 2 killed:

2019-08-18 - Seaplane crashes near coastal Chandeleur Sound (Louisiana), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2019-08-18 - Passenger bus and heavy truck collide head-on near Nimgul (India), 10 killed, 20 injured:

2019-08-18 - Tanker truck crashes into vehicle, bursts into flame, in Ruburizi District (Uganda), 20+ killed:

2019-08-18 - Tractor trailer overturns, bursts into flame, on I-24 in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-08-18 - Tractor trailer overturns, leaks acid, on I-24 in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2019-08-18 - Van and tractor trailer collide head-on at 4:10 AM in Wang Sombon (Thailand), 11 killed, 4 injured:

2019-08-18 - Pickup truck veers off road, overturns several times, in Jefferson County (Kansas), 2 killed, 2 injured:

2019-08-18 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into culvert, in Salamonie Township (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "It is unknown why the truck left the road, but authorities believe Thomas, 67, might have experienced a medical event, the release said."

2019-08-18 - Man, 38, strips mostly naked at 5:30 AM, behaves erratically, goes into 'medical distress' and dies, in Bowie (Maryland), 7 miles from the coast:

Quote: "When police arrived, they found a man, identified as 38-year-old Kevin Jessie, of Bowie Md., wearing only socks and underwear sitting on the porch of a home. Police said they located articles of clothing strewn along the street."

Quote: "A 38-year-old man died early Sunday morning while in police and EMS custody after going into ‘medical distress’, police said."

2019-08-18 - Alligator attacks and injures man in the Three Fork Marsh Conservation area west of Palm Bay (Florida):

2019-08-18 - Cliff collapses at coastal Solana Beach (California):

2019-08-18 - Boy, 17, has two seizures in Bruin Lake, in critical condition, in Lyndon Township (Michigan):

Quote: "A group of people helped rescue a boy from drowning near the public access area of Bruin Lake in Lyndon Township on Friday, Aug. 16. The 17-year-old boy appeared to have been suffering from a possible seizure by the time the Chelsea Area Fire Authority arrived around 5 p.m., firefighter Tyler Mutter said."

Quote: "The boy appeared to have another seizure before he was removed from the water and other rescue units arrived, Mutter said."

2019-08-18 - Underwater volcano erupts near Fonualei Island in the Tonga archipelago:

2019-08-18 - Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near coastal Hualien (Taiwan):

2019-08-18 - Drought devastating Zimbabwe, more than 2 million people at risk of starvation as crops wither:

2019-08-18 - Heavy rain and flooding wash away 20 homes in Uttarakhand (India), 18 people missing:

2019-08-18 - Plague-infected prairie dogs shut down parts of Denver:

2019-08-18 - In the US, a transportation recession has already officially arrived:

Quote: "Freight shipments within the US by all modes of transportation – truck, rail, air, and barge – fell 5.9% in July 2019, compared to July 2018, the eighth month in a row of year-over-year declines..."

Note: The same thing happened before the Great Recession in 2008 too...

2019-08-18 - Millions of Americans with employer health care are still spending a fortune:


  1. You're the best, Jonny! What a great idea, having JJFH be a LEGAL DEFENSE! It would either work as you suggested, or - IF the jury was allowed to hear about it, went into deliberation and looked up the many YEARS of evidence you've compiled, especially on parked car fires, would more than likely have REASON TO DOUBT that the man was negligent. It would be even better if a parked car AT THE TRIAL burst into flame while they were in session.

    [Lending more credence to your "heat from below" argument]
    Fossil fuel drilling could be contributing to climate change by heating Earth from within

    Almost all scientists agree that burning fossil fuels is contributing to climate change. But agreement is less clear cut on how exactly it’s influencing rising global temperatures.

    The world is now 1°C warmer than it was in pre-industrial times. Is this solely down to emissions of greenhouse gasses such as CO₂? Meteorologist Hubert Lamb, regarded as the father of modern climatology, argued that CO₂ levels alone couldn’t account for all of the global warming that’s been observed.

    His attention turned instead to the role of thermal emissions. Burning fossil fuels doesn’t just produce greenhouse gases, it also generates a lot of heat, which leaks out to the atmosphere. Nuclear tests and volcanic eruptions are some examples of other large heat sources.

    Back in 2009, two scientists in Sweden argued that thermal emissions were more important than CO₂ for raising global temperatures. A few years later, two Chinese scientists suggested that heat from the earth’s interior could be contributing to rising temperatures. They argued that fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas in layers and crevices beneath the Earth’s surface act as an insulating blanket, trapping heat from the planet’s interior. As these deposits have been emptied by fossil fuel extraction, more of that heat could be reaching the surface. [more]

    [Kevin has two short videos today]
    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.19.19 They think thou doth protest too much [~ 7.3 min.]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.19.19 Delicious Microplastics Everywhere [~ 5.5 min.]

    McKinley Fire burns 50 structures south of Talkeetna, Alaska

    The McKinley Fire along the Parks Highway in Alaska burned at least 50 structures Sunday afternoon as firefighters and other emergency responders worked furiously to evacuate and rescue residents threatened by the fire. [more]

    Boeing 757 passenger plane landed so roughly its fuselage was bent out of shape by the impact

    The ‘hard landing’ happened on flight number 414 from New York’s JFK Airport as it arrived at its destination of Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Sunday morning. No-one was injured in the rough landing, but photos shared on Twitter showed the jet’s roof and fuselage towards the front of the plane badly crumpled. One of the plane’s wings was also damaged, and appeared to have a large ‘wrinkle’ running along its strong metal length. [more; see pics]

    [we're getting close to environmental collapse now]
    More than half a billion bees dropped dead in Brazil within 3 months

    More than half a billion bees dropped dead in Brazil within just three months, according to Bloomberg. Researchers say the main cause of death is pesticides, which could [WILL] end up effecting more than the bees. [more]

    [more below]

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  2. Worldwide Water Crisis: Water Is Inaccessible and Unaffordable in Developing Megapoles Around the World

    Developing economies across Asia, Africa and South America, known as the Global South, are steadily running out of drinking water. [more; we're next]

    Bizarre happenings in the Arctic: Lightning, tropical moisture, and more

    9-year-old girl fatally mauled by 3 dogs in Detroit; pet owner arrested

    Three dogs fatally mauled a 9-year-old girl Monday afternoon on Detroit's west side, authorities said.

    Police arrested the dogs' owner, a 33-year-old man, following the 4 p.m. attack in an alley but were still trying late Monday to piece together what happened.

    "When we first got on the scene, the girl was laying in the alley, and the father was performing CPR," Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said. "Our first arriving unit jumped in and started CPR.

    "At that point, the neighbors were shooting at the dogs. We were performing EMS under gunfire." [more]

    Mountain lion attacks Colorado hunter armed with just a pocket knife, officials say

    Thunderous mystery boom rattles central Maryland

    [link to actual camera recording of it (@ 19 sec. mark)!]

    no definitive cause for the noise has been disclosed by local officials

    The sound was not accompanied by a flash of light, such as from lightning. [more; SOTT thinks it's a meteorite]

    [continued below]

  3. Russian pensioner 'eaten alive' by brown bear after joking about being mauled by one

    A pensioner has been eaten alive by a bear just hours after joking about being attacked and killed by one.

    Alexander Korneyev was out picking wild mushrooms when a brown bear savagely mauled him in eastern Russia, just outside the village of Suluk, about 5,300 miles east of Moscow.

    The 66-year-old had only a penknife to try and defend himself against the powerful animal, but was unable to do so and was 'eaten alive'. [yeah, that pocket-knife defense might work on some big cats, but BEARS don't fuck around]

    When the retired railway construction worker was found, it's said that not a single spot was left untouched.

    After discovering Mr Korneyev's corpse, locals hunted the bear down and shot it dead. It's said the animal still had the man's remains inside its stomach.

    Residents were horrified at the brutality of the attack and were especially shocked as it is an area where bears 'have never attacked humans' in living memory.

    Speaking about the attack, the head of the village council Sergey Ryabov said: "There was blood everywhere. His penknife was broken in half, and there were signs of a fight.

    Mr Korneyev's death was made even more tragic as he had called his wife before the attack and reportedly joked about being killed by a bear.

    He is said to have told her: "I'm going to pick mushrooms. If I don't call you again by 10am, it means I've been eaten by a bear." [more]

    'Experienced' hiker goes missing in Northern California mountains, search begins - Update

    Komins is an emergency medical technician, and was reported missing by his girlfriend on August 14 after failing to return home. Officials said Komins is an EMT, and had a cellphone and GPS tracker with him.
    Update 8/17/19

    Sadly, Komins remains were found as stated in the following, somewhat vague, report:

    the body of Daniel Komins . .was located after a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew spotted what appeared to be a backpack and search efforts narrowed in on the area.

    he "may have fallen in the steep and rocky terrain." [more]

    [the 'hits' just keep coming - this was an early one]
    Pioneering UN leader Dag Hammarskjold was assassinated, new data suggests

    In 2017, the UN commissioned a new investigation of the crash, while the 2019 documentary Cold Case Hammarskjöld explores the long-running theory that Belgian or South African mercenaries may have shot down Hammarskjold's plane to stop his diplomatic activities in the Congo, possibly even with the backing of U.S. and British intelligence. [can't have any PEACE interrupting the military/industrial complex]

    When Patrice Lumumba, the republic's first democratically elected prime minister, appealed to the Soviet Union for military support, the Congo crisis also became a proxy battle in the Cold War. Lumumba was kicked out of office and assassinated (with the help of Belgium and the CIA [!]) in early 1961. Shortly before his death, Hammarskjold was in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) meeting with his successor, Cyrille Adoula, when he learned that U.N. forces had launched an aggressive attempt to expel foreign mercenaries from Katanga

    The crash's sole survivor, U.N. security officer Harold Julien, also spoke before he died of an explosion on board the plane [whoa!], but the authorities assumed he was too ill and sedated to be taken seriously. [more]

    [one from MrMBB333]
    Its starting to get OBVIOUS Earth's Sky is Changing - Mind Bending Photos/Vids! [~ 13.6 min.]

  4. Nice to hear from you Mike! Just waitin' our turns on the big wheel of death. [cue Led Zeppelin's Your Time Is Gonna Come, where the narrator is Mother Nature singing to Humanity]

    [This is news to me]
    Paging Big Brother: In Amazon's bookstore, Orwell gets a rewrite

    In George Orwell's "1984," the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words," one true believer exults.

    Now some of the writer's own words are getting reworked in Amazon's vast virtual bookstore, a place where copyright laws hold remarkably little sway. Orwell's reputation may be secure, but his sentences are not.

    Over the last few weeks I got a close-up view of this process when I bought a dozen fake and illegitimate Orwell books from Amazon. Some of them were printed in India, where the writer is in the public domain, and sold to me in the United States, where he is under copyright.

    Others were straightforward counterfeits, like the edition of his memoir "Down and Out in Paris and London" that was edited for high school students. The author's estate said it did not give permission for the book, printed by Amazon's self-publishing subsidiary. Some counterfeiters are going as far as to claim Orwell's classics as their own property, copyrighting them with their own names.

    What unites all these books is that none of them paid the author anything, which means they could compete with legal Orwell titles as a lower-cost alternative. After all, if you need a copy of "Animal Farm" or "1984" for school, you're not going to think too much about who published it. Because all editions of "1984" are the same, right?

    Not always, not on Amazon. [more]

    US warns Greece: Any aid to Iranian tanker could be "material support to terrorism"

    [how do you say FUCK YOU in Greek?]

    With the Grace 1 now released after two failed attempts of Washington to bring the Iranian tanker under US custody, since renamed the Adrian Darya and flying the Iranian flag, Tehran officials are still refusing to confirm its ultimate destination where it will offload its 2.1 million barrels of oil.

    [SOTT]Comment: It appears the US huffed and puffed over a non-existent situation, but then, that is what bullies do. Iran has made no request to dock in Greece: Sputnik reports [more]

    12 killed after rain triggers floods and landslides in north Pakistan - 221 such deaths since July 1

    According to NDMA figures, 221 people have now died in flood- and rain-related incidents in Pakistan since 01 July this year. [more]

    [more follows]

  5. Lightning bolt kills shepherd, 19 buffaloes in western Indonesia

    Authorities say lightning struck a livestock cage in western Indonesia, killing a shepherd and 19 water buffaloes. [more]

    6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes east of Solomon Islands

    There have been no immediate reports about casualties or damage caused by the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued. [more]

    Severe storms hit Germany, disrupting transport networks
    Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hailstones caused flooding and trees to fall, affecting rail and air travel in central, eastern and southern regions of the country. [more]

    DTP vaccine associated with increased rate of total mortality in low-income countries - report

    [now why would income have anything to do with the results, ie. the drug's effectiveness?]

    This echoes the conclusion by Peter Aaby - a highly acclaimed scientist renowned for studying and promoting vaccines in Africa - that "all currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis. Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections."

    "it is the duty of a manufacturer of a drug or vaccine to demonstrate in randomized trials that it works and has a positive benefit to harm balance. This has not been done for the DTP vaccine." [more; oh?]

    [throw another study on the barby cooking humanity]
    Breaching carbon threshold could lead to mass extinction – Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger “reflex” in global carbon cycle, with devastating consequences

    In the brain, when neurons fire off electrical signals to their neighbors, this happens through an “all-or-none” response. The signal only happens once conditions in the cell breach a certain threshold.

    Now an MIT researcher has observed a similar phenomenon in a completely different system: Earth’s carbon cycle.

    Daniel Rothman, professor of geophysics and co-director of the Lorenz Center in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, has found that when the rate at which carbon dioxide enters the oceans pushes past a certain threshold — whether as the result of a sudden burst or a slow, steady influx — the Earth may respond with a runaway cascade of chemical feedbacks, leading to extreme ocean acidification that dramatically amplifies the effects of the original trigger.

    This global reflex causes huge changes in the amount of carbon contained in the Earth’s oceans, and geologists can see evidence of these changes in layers of sediments preserved over hundreds of millions of years. [more; "we are so fucked"]

    [wave goodbye to the Amazon rain forest]
    Image of the Day: Satellite view of forest-clearing fires in the Amazon, August 2019

  6. A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked him

    Florida wildlife officials say a man was attacked last month by a kinkajou, a small, raccoon-like animal native to Central and South America.

    Michael Litersky, 37, noticed the exotic creature outside his girlfriend's home in Lake Worth on the night before the attack and left it some watermelon, according to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission. When he opened the door to leave for work the next day around 5:45 a.m., the kinkajou was waiting for him.

    "The Kinkajou immediately attacked him, biting him on the ankles." [more]

    China could ‘render US military bases useless’ within hours of conflict in Asia, report says

    China’s military could use missiles to overwhelm American military bases in Asia within hours, a think tank has warned.

    The US defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is “in the throes of an unprecedented crisis”, according to a report from the United States Studies Center, at the University of Sydney in Australia. [more]

    [so lemme get dis straight: ya got da mose '$pen$ive military, but yer planes are junk en yer ships don' woik?]