Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-20

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

2019-08-20 - Hydrogen sulfide from the Salton Sea continues blowing around in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory extended:

Quote: "Sorry to say, but the 'rotten egg' smelling, hydrogen-sulfide levels, expected to dissipate, again are elevated in region, officials said."

2019-08-20 - Another huge oceanic garbage patch discovered, in the Sargasso Sea off the US East Coast:

Quote: "Greenpeace scientists say they found 'extreme' concentrations of microplastic pollution in the Sargasso Sea, although they are still reviewing their findings. In one sample, they discovered almost 1,300 fragments of microplastic -- more than the levels found last year in the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

2019-08-20 - Man in his 20s or 30s dies after being found on fire outside townhome in Tarpon Springs (Florida):

2019-08-20 - Pickup truck bursts into flame and kills 22-year-old man on Del Manso Crescent in Edmonton (Australia), 3.5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Police say they may never know what caused an intense car fireball which killed a man in Edmonton yesterday. The 22 year-old victim was sitting inside his step-father’s utility, which was parked in Del Manso Crescent, when the vehicle burst into flames."

Quote: "This was a very significant fire that occurred in that car quite suddenly."

2019-08-20 - Recycling center destroyed by fire in North Andover (Massachusetts):

2019-08-20 - Yard waste facility goes up in flames at 1 AM in Dayton (Ohio):

2019-08-20 - Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning:

2019-08-20 - Wildfire grows to 5,000 acres and threatens coastal Levelock (Alaska):

2019-08-20 - Wildfire smoke blankets coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2019-08-20 - Wildfire continues burning across the island of Gran Canaria (Spain):

Quote: Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Tuesday to bring under control a forest fire on one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, as the blaze forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people. Luis Planas, Spain’s agriculture minister, said the fire was the country’s worst this year."

2019-08-20 - Four huge wildfire break out on the Aegean coast in Turkey:

Quote: "Huge wildfires have ravaged thousands of acres of land near popular holiday resorts along Turkey's Aegean coastline. The blazes broke out in four regions including one huge inferno near the beach resort of Bodrum and another on the outskirts of the tourist hotspot of Izmir."

2019-08-20 - Atmospheric vapor deficit causing worldwide loss of vegetation:

2019-08-20 - Breaching a carbon threshold in the oceans may lead to cataclysmic carbon release and rapid extinction:

Quote: "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."

Quote: "Rothman looked through these geologic records and observed that over the last 540 million years, the ocean’s store of carbon changed abruptly, then recovered, dozens of times in a fashion similar to the abrupt nature of a neuron spike. This 'excitation' of the carbon cycle occurred most dramatically near the time of four of the five great mass extinctions in Earth’s history."

2019-08-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Deerfield Road in March (Britain):

2019-08-20 - Recycling center hit by fire, 20 tons of refuse burn, on Abbey Road in Park Royal (Britain):

2019-08-20 - Wildfire burns 3,000 acres west of San Angelo (Texas):

2019-08-20 - Insurers dumping people as fire risk grows across the US West:

Quote: "Insurers are quietly reducing their exposure to fire-prone regions across the Western United States, putting new pressure on homeowners and raising concerns that climate change could eventually make insurance unaffordable in some areas. Officials in California, Washington, Montana and Colorado are getting more complaints from people whose insurance companies have refused to renew their coverage. The complaints follow years of record-setting wildfires in both size and cost, a trend that scientists expect to continue as global warming accelerates."

2019-08-20 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Michigan in Racine (Wisconsin):

2019-08-20 - Boat bursts into flame off coastal Port Adriano, burns and sinks, near the island of Majorca (Spain), 1 injured:

2019-08-20 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Ermioni (Greece):

Note: These are the 740th, 741st and 742nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-20 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 5 AM on I-95 in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Note: This is the 405th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-20 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-81 near Avoca (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Part of Interstate 81 south in Luzerne County was shut down Tuesday night after a tractor-trailer hauling vehicles went up in flames. It happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday near the Avoca exit."

Note: This is the 46th car-hauler to burn in 2019...

2019-08-20 - Fourteen tractor trailers destroyed by fire while parked at trucking business in Holland (New York):

Quote: "A large barn style building housing 14 tractor trailers was engulfed in flames, and the building collapsed onto the burning vehicles."

Quote: "Several pumper trucks drew water from Cazenovia Creek and nearby ponds, he added."

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 11 PM on I-90 near North East (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on West Penn Street in Lenhartsville (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly after 2 AM on I-40 in Crittenden County (Arkansas):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 395 on the Sherwin Grade south of Whitmore Hot Springs (California):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 11:16 PM on I-80 in Hall County (Nebraska):

2019-08-20 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on Grand Avenue in Clarion (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Clarion County 9-1-1 received a call around 9:09 a.m. for a report of a semi-truck on fire on Grand Avenue in Clarion Borough."

2019-08-20 - Tractors trailers, generators, other farm equipment and shed destroyed by fire at 11:20 PM in the Town of Sigel (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Property owners said tractors, trailers, generators, wagons and other farm equipment were destroyed. Officials said the building was a complete loss."

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the N3 near Butlersbridge (Ireland):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer hauling crushed cars and metal bursts into flame on the M62 in Humberside (Britain):

Quote: "Mw M62. Tue 20 Aug 2019 15:03 (No:18348) Deep seated fire within a load of crushed cars and metal on a lorry. Initial attempts to extinguish fire at roadside unsuccessful. Lorry escorted to nearby transwaste site where load was dropped and split apart to allow better access to fire. Two hose reels, two main lines, two BA and short extension ladder in use."

2019-08-20 - Tractor bursts into flame on Church Lane in Misterton (Britain):

Note: These are the 1447th-1472nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-20 - Hot oil truck bursts into flame at well site in Midland County (Texas):

2019-08-20 - Box truck bursts into flame on the A46 near Haddington (Britain):

2019-08-20 - Van bursts into flame at 12:44 AM on Stoke Road in Newton Longville (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 20 August, 12.44am Van on fire, Stoke Road, Newton Longville. One appliance and crew from Bletchley, one from Great Holm and one from Broughton attended. Firefighters put a water shuttle in place and used one set of breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets, small gear, and a thermal imaging camera. The fire affected five other vehicles, a garage, and on-site storage facilities. "

2019-08-20 - SUV bursts into flame on I-10 in Santa Rosa County (Florida):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame while parked on street in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame on the Sagtikos State Parkway in coastal Bay Shore (New York):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame on I-49 in Lafayette (Louisiana):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame on Georgia 400 in Buckhead (Georgia):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame on I-495 in Milford (Massachusetts):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame shortly after 11 PM on Hamilton Road in Grantham (Britain):

2019-08-20 - Car bursts into flame on the M40 near Stokenchurch (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 20 August, 10.52am Car engine on fire, hardshoulder of M40, Junction 5 Stokenchurch to Junction 4 High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe, one from Slade Park, Oxford and one from Watlington attended, along with an officer. The fire was out when they arrived. Firefighters used one hose reel to damp down the engine."

2019-08-20 - Vehicle bursts into flame near Todhills, Blackford (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle Fire, Todhills(Allerdale) 20 Aug 2019 At 18:09 on Tuesday 20th August Firefighters were called to a vehicle fire near Todhills, Blackford. Firefighters used one hose reel jet and a CO2 extinguisher to extinguish the fire. Crews were in attendance for approximately thirty minutes."

2019-08-20 - Tree stump ignites on Chapel Hill in Welton (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Chapel Hill, Welton. Tue 20 Aug 2019 14:59 (No:18347) Tree stump on fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2019-08-20 - Aquatic research facility damaged by fire in coastal Hampton (New Hampshire):

2019-08-20 - Only convenience store in town destroyed by fire at 1:45 AM in Naschitti (New Mexico):

Note: Sounds pretty schitti…

2019-08-20 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Scanlon Court in Powell (Tennessee), nobody there:

2019-08-20 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 6:50 AM on Alma Drive near Altamonte Springs (Florida), 10 injured:

2019-08-20 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM on Fagan Road in Winnsboro (South Carolina):

2019-08-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5:45 AM on Walnut Street in Mahwah (New Jersey):

2019-08-20 - Home destroyed by fire on Misty Springs Drive in San Antonio (Texas), nobody there:

2019-08-20 - Home destroyed by fire on Sycamore Terrace in Wayne (New Jersey):

2019-08-20 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 2:18 AM in Gassville (Arkansas):

2019-08-20 - Deadly fire burns home at 3 AM on West Pine Street in Selmer (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2019-08-20 - Two vacant homes go up in flames just before 6 AM on East 12th Terrace in Kansas City (Missouri):

2019-08-20 - Vacant commercial building burns on South Main Street in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2019-08-20 - Vacant school burns in coastal Newport on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2019-08-20 - Heat killing off fish across Alaska:

Quote: "From the Koyukuk River to the Kuskokwim, to Norton Sound, to Bristol Bay's Igushik River, unusually warm temperatures across Alaska this summer led to die-offs of unspawned chum, sockeye, and pink salmon. Warm waters also sometimes this summer acted as a 'thermal block' - essentially a wall of heat salmon don't swim past, delaying upriver migration."

2019-08-20 - Five dolphins strand and die at Roebuck Bay beach in Broome (Australia):

2019-08-20 - Couple in their 40s drops dead in mobile home in Gregg County (Texas):

Quote: "No obvious signs of foul play were detected at the scene where two people were found dead Monday afternoon, according to an official. Gregg County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson says the deceased had been in the trailer for a number of days. Officials believe the bodies are those of a man and a woman who may have been in their 40s."

2019-08-20 - Man, 82, found dead in swimming pool at home in Palm Springs (California):

2019-08-20 - Infant stops breathing and dies at 4:21 AM at home in Haugen (Wisconsin):

2019-08-20 - Man has 'medical problem' in knee-deep water, collapses into the water and dies, in coastal Patchogue (New York):

Quote: "A man in East Patchogue died while he was clamming with his friends Tuesday. It happened in the Great South Bay behind Grove Avenue. Suffolk police say the man had a medical problem while he was out on the water. They say he was in knee deep when he dropped and fell into the water."

2019-08-20 - Woman, 29, Air Force captain, takes fitness test, dies shortly later, at coastal Eglin Air Force Base (Florida):

Quote: "An Air Force officer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, died early Saturday morning from health complications following a fitness test Friday."

2019-08-20 - Man, 52, dies after being pulled from Lake Ballinger in Mountlake Terrace (Washington):

Quote: "The man showed signs of distress and went under water, but it wasn’t clear if he was drowning or experiencing a medical emergency, Hynes said."

2019-08-20 - Boy, 14, dies in Lacamas Lake in Clark County near Camas (Washington):

2019-08-20 - Man found dead in the water near the Packers Bay Marina on Shasta Lake (California):

2019-08-20 - Man found dead in Lake Champlain near Alburgh (Vermont), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

Quote: "A fisherman has been found dead after a six-hour-long search on Lake Champlain. It happened between Alburgh and North Hero. Emergency crews started looking for the man on Tuesday around 2 PM when they received a report that his boat was found with his personal belongings on it, but he was nowhere in sight."

2019-08-20 - Man, 67, found dead in submerged car in Otter Creek near Swamp Road and Creek Road in Cornwall (Vermont):

2019-08-20 - Man, mid-30s, slumps over dead in car at McDonald's in Dublin (Ohio):

2019-08-20 - Man, 25 to 35, found dead in pond in Overland Park (Kansas):

2019-08-20 - Man found dead in Lake Michigan near beach in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-08-20 - Man in his 40s found dead in canal in Vidor (Texas):

2019-08-20 - Man, 25, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Tel Aviv (Israel):

2019-08-20 - Man in his 20s drops dead on Broad Street in coastal Fraserburgh (Scotland), 300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Broad Street in Fraserburgh at around 9.50am after concern was raised for a man in his twenties. Despite the best efforts of paramedics he died at the scene – it’s thought it’s a medical matter."

2019-08-20 - Man has 'medical issue', SUV crashes through garage at home, in Brandywine Hundred (Delaware):

Quote: "Police say the driver suffered some type of medical issue behind the wheel and crashed through a couple's garage and into their backyard, leaving a path of destruction."

2019-08-20 - Driver has 'medical emergency', at 4:15 AM, pickup truck crashes into home, on River Road in Eugene (Oregon), 1 injured:

Quote: "Eugene police told KEZI 9 News the driver is believed to have suffered a medical emergency which caused the driver to crash into the home."

2019-08-20 - Driver has 'medical issue', car crashes into business, in Moorhead (Minnesota):

Quote: "According to police, the driver was experiencing a medical issue and his vehicle left the road, hopping several curbs before crashing into a business."

2019-08-20 - Man has 'medical emergency', car crashes into home, in Avon Lake (Ohio):

Quote: "Police believe the driver had a medical emergency."

2019-08-20 - Man has 'medical incident' at ferry terminal, car crashes into two parked cars, in coastal Horseshoe Bay (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "A driver suffered a 'medical incident,' causing him to drive through the toll booth at a ferry terminal, according to BC Ferries. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Bay, when the driver suddenly accelerated his vehicle, jumped the curb and hit two parked cars, authorities said."

2019-08-20 - Man, 44, has 'medical episode', car mows down pedestrians, in coastal Brisbane (Australia), 4 injured:

Quote: "Parts of Brisbane’s CBD are closed after a driver reportedly suffered a 'medical episode' and hit pedestrians near the city’s casino."

Note: I bet they weren't gambling on that!

2019-08-20 - Twin-engine plane lands at airport and blows tire in Rochester (Minnesota):

2019-08-20 - Small plane crashes at airport in Howell (Michigan), 2 killed:

2019-08-20 - Small plane crashes and burns in field near Schoenchen (Kansas), 1 killed:

2019-08-20 - Small plane crashes into the ocean near coastal Half Moon Bay (California):

2019-08-20 - Small plane runs off runway in Jenks (Oklahoma):

2019-08-20 - Small plane makes emergency landing at airport in Palmyra (Wisconsin), engine failure:

2019-08-20 - Helicopter crashes in Montrose County (Colorado), 1 injured:

2019-08-20 - Gyroplane crashes and burns in Viroqua (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer crashes into median on the 405 Freeway in coastal Long Beach (California):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer overturns on US 501 in Galivants Ferry (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-35 in San Antonio (Texas):

2019-08-20 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns, on I-20 in Arlington (Texas):

2019-08-20 - Pickup truck veers off road, overturns several times, bursts into flame, on Millbrook Road in Isabella County (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-08-20 - Taxi crashes into pedestrian in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland), 3 injured:

Quote: "A taxi has struck a pedestrian on the pavement in Queen Street this afternoon after the driver suffered a possible 'medical incident' at the wheel."

2019-08-20 - Car veers off road at 5:35 AM, crashes into pole, in Las Vegas (Nevada), 1 killed:

Quote: "Investigators at the scene said they believe the driver may have suffered a medical episode."

2019-08-20 - Car veers over centerline, hits tanker truck head-on, in Woodland Hills (Utah), 1 killed:

2019-08-20 - Shark attacks and injures woman in Kealakekua Bay (Hawaii):

2019-08-20 - Landslides hit Sichuan Province (China), 9 killed, 35 missing:

2019-08-20 - Water supply contaminated by lead in Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "A state lawmaker is calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to declare a state of emergency in Newark as the city's escalating lead water crisis has forced thousands of residents to rely on bottled water. Assemblyman Jamel Holley, D-Dist. 20, sent a letter to Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Tuesday, pleading that the state issue an emergency declaration to take over management of Newark's water system and to dispatch the National Guard to handle the distribution of bottled water, among other requests, according to a copy of the letter obtained by NJ Advance Media."

2019-08-20 - Power outage blacks out more than 10,000 homes during triple-digit heat in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2019-08-20 - Two residential buildings collapse separately in Jigawa (Nigeria), 5 killed:

2019-08-20 - Teen boy collapses and goes into cardiac arrest during football practice at Trojan Field in Worthington (Minnesota):

Quote: "A GoFundMe Page has been created for Tristan Sauerbrei, a teenager who experienced a serious medical issue at a Tuesday football practice. First responders reportedly performed CPR on Sauerbrei, who collapsed just before noon Tuesday on Trojan Field."

2019-08-20 - Scientists have been underestimating the pace of climate change:

2019-08-20 - Heatwave broils Phoenix (Arizona), temp hits record 113F for the day:

2019-08-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits two ponds at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (California):

2019-08-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits 60 bodies of water in the last two weeks all across New York:

Quote: "With the peak of the algae bloom season yet to come, 60 blooms have been reported in the past two weeks in New York state. The blooms were discovered across the state, from Long Island to Western New York, and in water bodies ranging from small park ponds to a bay off Lake Ontario. Some of the blooms were confined to small areas, while others were spread across large bodies of water. Four Finger Lakes are on the list -- Canandaigua, Honeyoye, Keuka and Otisco."

2019-08-20 - Water drying up in major cities around the world:

2019-08-20 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in the ocean east of Solomon Islands:

2019-08-20 - Lightning strike kills shepherd and 19 buffalo in western Indonesia:

2019-08-20 - Eleven reasons why so many experts believe that a US recession is imminent:


  1. Jeez, Jonny - big day for tractor trailer fires! The list of people dropping dead isn't slowing up and small planes continue having problems. Lotta wildfires too (see MrMBB333 videos, first on tap below)!

    Nobody is sure WHY this is happening - Never before seen in RECORDED history! [10.25 min.]

    Earth's Inner Core is Doing SOMETHING Weird! - IS it Causing Surface Anomalies? [~ 13.3 min]

    [HUGE wildfires]
    Wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest hit record number of 72,843 fires, an increase of 83% compared to 2018 - the highest since records began

    Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, according to research carried out by Brazil's space research centre (INPE). It cites 72,843 fires, marking an increase of 83% compared to 2018 - the highest since records began in 2013. Since Thursday, INPE said satellite images spotted 9,507 new forest fires in the country, mostly in the Amazon basin, home to the world's largest tropical forest, which is [once was] seen as vital to countering global warming. [more]

    Positive feedback on steroids: Fires in Amazon visible from Space

    Amazon fires size latest: Rainforest fires covering half of Brazil are visible from SPACE

    [this picture is very disturbing]
    Thursday, 22 August 2019
    Image of the day
    I post this without comment because words fail me [RW]

    5.4 million hectares ablaze in Siberia – “Almost four million hectares that are burning now are impossible to extinguish with any group of forces”

    Territory covered with wildfires across Russia has reached its peak for the year so far, with some 5.4 million hectares ablaze mostly in Siberia and the country’s far east.

    The total land destroyed by flames will soon exceed 2018 with weeks of the burning season still to go. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Affordable housing crisis spreads throughout world

    Cities around the world, from New York to London to Stockholm to Sydney, are struggling to solve growing affordable housing crises. [cf. How the 2008 financial crash made cities unaffordable worldwide – Property markets in the world’s major cities have “synchronised”, leaving behind nations and citizens. –Des] [more]

    Phoenix Back-To-Back Record-Breaking Temperature on Wednesday with a high of 114 degrees

    Phoenix broke a high-temperature record for the third time in 2019 on Wednesday after breaking a record on Tuesday as well.

    Chantal forms as the third named storm of the unusually slow 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

    Tropical Storm "Chantal" formed in the North Atlantic Ocean, south of the Newfoundland at 03:00 UTC on August 21, 2019, as the third named storm of the unusually slow 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. [more]

    1 058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India

    The number of people killed in floods, landslides and other weather-related incidents since the start of this year's monsoon season in India has reached 1 058. [more]

    [under Infrastructure Collapse]
    Always Dangerous To Cross Bridges

    The bridge on Hutchinson Ferry Road just inside Gadsden County, Florida has collapsed.

    Two accidents occurred during the collapse around 5:10 a.m.

    [just a quick note on one of our fine, upstanding priests]
    Priest stole $98K from his church, spent it on beach house, travel, relationships with men: DA

    A Chester County priest is facing charges after authorities say he stole more than $98,000 from his church.

    Father Joseph McLoone funneled these funds from the donations of the parishioners of Downingtown’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and used the money for a beach house, travel, dining and to spend on adult men with whom he had sexual relationships, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced today. [more]

    [guess they'll be taking up a collection]

    One Of The Largest “Too Big To Fail” Banks In America Boldly Declares That “The Wheels For A Slowdown Are In Motion”

    Now even one of the biggest banks in the entire country is openly admitting that a “slowdown” is upon us. . .

    In a note that was just published, Morgan Stanley’s chief economist unequivocally stated that “the wheels for a slowdown are in motion”… [more]

  3. A few times I have said that I think Harry Dent is my favorite economic forecaster because I think on the whole he's proven to be more consistently correct than most. Now he has gone from being a climate change skeptic to believer.

  4. I doubt that Mr. Dent is as much safer down there in Puerto Rico as he apparently thinks he is. But that's a reasonable guy there. For intelligent people, it just gets too hard to ignore the facts. Partisanship can't beat reality no matter how hard it may try.

  5. Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour

    The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat of violence was made during a phone call from an angry farmer.

    U.S. farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. They are also frustrated about unsold crops due to the trade war with China, falling farm income and tighter credit conditions. [more]

    [rising anger and resentment, what a surprise . ..]

    A woman caught a fish with two mouths and the photo is just as shocking as you would expect

    A woman in upstate New York surely found the "catch-of-the-day" when she reeled in a fish that looks like it has two mouths. [more; see pic]

    [both mouths are saying: thanks Fukushima!]

    [add to the Planes in Trouble file]
    Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

    OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said.

    The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

    The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and "all were accounted for, no injuries," said Joe Deal, Oroville's fire and police chief.

    The jet had complications during takeoff that resulted in its catching fire, he said.

    It slid off the end of the runway, sparking a fire in dry grass. [more]

    [from our Breakdown of Society segment]
    Los Angeles County deputy sheriff hit by sniper targeting cops

    A sniper opened fire at a Los Angeles County sheriff's station on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a deputy and sending police SWAT teams hunting for a gunman on the loose in buildings nearby.

    The deputy, Angel Reinosa, 21, was shot in the chest as he walked outside the Lancaster City, California, station about 2:45 p.m. (2145 GMT), headed for his car parked near the station's helicopter landing pad.

    However, body armor deflected the bullet, which grazed his shoulder, sheriff's spokesman Marvin Crowder said.

    "We're very fortunate that he is going to be all right," Crowder said. "But this is a very, very dangerous situation."
    [more; that was from Wednesday]

    US environmental groups sue over wildlife protection rollbacks

    US environmental groups have sued the administration of President Donald Trump over rollbacks that weaken the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving iconic species from the bald eagle to the grizzly bear.

    Non-profit Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club in a federal court in northern California on Wednesday.

    [next piece follows]

  6. Stephen King has a very bleak prediction for how Trump's presidency will affect the U.S.

    [his next best selling horror story!]

    Last night, Stephen King — who once basically predicted the rise of Donald Trump in a 1979 novel — took to Twitter to share a fairly bleak forecast for the future.

    Questions of Trump's possible impeachment aside; questions of his possible re-election aside; he has besmirched and devalued the American Presidency so severely it will take at least a generation to recover. [more]

    Killer smog: Even small amounts of air pollution linked to risk of early death, study finds

    "The smaller the airborne particles, the more easily they can penetrate deep into the lungs and absorb more toxic components, causing death,” said study lead author Yuming Guo from Monash University's School of Public Health in Melbourne, Australia. [more]

    Particulate matter is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. [more]

    Tensions rising: Alleged Israeli airstrike on ammo depot in Baghdad a 'declaration of war' - Iraqi lawmaker

    Abu Mahdi Mohandes, deputy chairman of PMF, said earlier this week, citing leaked intelligence data, that the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to operate in Iraqi airspace and target facilities belonging to Shia militias. [more]

    [more still]

  7. Missing 5yo girl rescued in Russia after spending NEARLY THREE DAYS alone in a forest

    Five-year-old Zarina Avgonova disappeared around 2pm on Sunday. Reports say she may have wandered off from the village of Stepanovka in Nizhny Novgorod Region, 460km from Moscow, to a forest nearby while looking for relatives who went mushroom picking.

    It was also feared that the girl, who had only been wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and rain boots, was exposed to the cold at night. She could also have been attacked by wild animals. In fact, a bear appeared in the area at one point, prompting the rescue teams to leave the forest. Helicopters and drones were then called in to cover more ground, and search dogs and heat sensing cameras were also used.

    After being missing for more than three days, Zarina was finally discovered on Wednesday evening. A video from the scene shows the search party patrolling with flashlights in the pitch black forest until they finally track down the little blonde girl, who remained rather quiet as she was being rescued. Initial reports indicate that she was unharmed but severely exhausted.

    "When the team found the girl, she was quite active and conscious," the coordinator of one of the search parties, Nadezhda Yermolayeva, said. "She asked for sweets. She said she wanted 'some water and cake.'"

    The girl was apparently wandering in the forest alone and was about 2km from her village. She was airlifted away to receive medical assistance. [more]

    [A coming Boeing out of business sale?]
    Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense contract with Boeing

    The announced reason for canceling the Boeing contract, effective Thursday, was that the project's design problems were so significant as to be either insurmountable or too costly to correct. [more]

    [SOTT]Comment: And yet the Pentagon went through with Lockheed's F-35. This Boeing project must have been a monumental failure. Maybe it's fair to blame Russia in this instance: their hypersonic missiles make many American defense systems obsolete, so it's back to the drawing board for American weapons manufacturers attempting to establish full spectrum dominance. But we should thank the Russians. When American military leaders are convinced they have "first strike capability", they tend to lose their minds.

  8. Nice that Harry gets it. Like Kevin said the other day: "it's not a matter of believing or not believing, it's a fact."

    Busy day for animal attacks.

    Boy mauled by kangaroo in New South Wales, Australia

    Mountain lion attacks deer hunter near Kremmling, Colorado

    Musician killed by grizzly bear on sound gathering trip in Northwest Territories, Canada

    Four killed, over 30 injured by lightning strikes in Poland's Tatra Mountains

    Florida panthers suffering from mysterious disorder affecting their ability to walk

    Boy attacked by mountain lion in Bailey, Colorado