Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-26


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

2019-08-26 - Salton Sea continues belching hydrogen sulfide in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory extended yet again:

Quote: "An odor advisory issued last week for the Coachella Valley to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide that smell like rotten eggs was extended again on Monday, this time for another two days. It is now set to expire Wednesday afternoon. The advisory had already been extended three times since Aug. 18 due to the stench emanating from a sparsely populated area immediately downwind from the Salton Sea."

2019-08-26 - Unknown odor sickens people at bank in New Castle (Delaware):

Quote: "Hazmat crews determined an unusual odor reported by employees at a PNC Bank in New Castle was not dangerous, officials say."

Quote: "Four people complained of feeling sick from the odor, but officials say they did not need to be hospitalized. Crews placed the incident under control around 1:15 p.m. on Monday. It’s unclear what the odor was."

Note: Impossible to be sure something's not dangerous without even knowing what it is. It was dangerous enough to sicken four people...

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame at restaurant and seriously burns man in coastal Aiea (Hawaii):

Quote: "Bystanders pulled a seriously injured man from a burning car in Aiea this morning, Honolulu fire officials said. Three units with 10 firefighters responded to a fire in front of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at the Westridge Shopping Center at 98-150 Kaonohi St. shortly before 9 a.m. Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said bystanders pulled the man out of the vehicle. Emergency Medical Services personnel treated the man, who was described to be in his 30s to 40s, for burns to his upper body as well as inhalation burns. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Firefighters brought the fire under control just after 9 a.m. and extinguished it at about 9:25 a.m. Seguirant said the fire started in the vehicle’s engine and spread toward the passenger side."

2019-08-26 - SUV goes up in flames at 11:50 PM, 14-year-old boy ignites, doesn't remember why, in Bronzeville area in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "A 14-year-old boy was seen running from a burning vehicle in Bronzeville Monday with his hair on fire, according to Chicago police. Officers saw the burning vehicle about 11:50 p.m. in the first block of East 29th Street, police said. Moments later, they saw the boy running across the street with his hair on fire. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital to be treated for burns, police said. His condition was stabilized. The boy told officers he does not remember why his hair was on fire or why he was running, police said. Police sources said the vehicle appears to be registered to one of the boy’s relatives, though no charges are pending at this time."

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck bursts into flame 20 feet from creek in Fort Worth (Texas), injured man found lying in creek:

Quote: "Fire crews found the pickup fully engulfed around 9:15 p.m. in a wooded area about 100 yards off Oak Grove Road, just north of Interstate 20 and near I-35W. The grass around it was also burning, but the blaze was quickly extinguished. The victim was found lying in a creek about 20 feet in front of the pickup. He was hospitalized in stable condition."

2019-08-26 - Passenger plane pilot, man, 40, loses consciousness en route to the island of Madeira, off-duty pilot helps land the plane in coastal Porto (Portugal):

Quote: "An off-duty pilot reportedly stepped in to carry out an emergency landing after the original pilot fainted."

2019-08-26 - Wildfires burn through at least 2 million acres in the Amazon forest in Bolivia:

Quote: "The world is focused on Brazil as the fires in the Amazon rainforest continue to burn — but neighbouring Bolivia is fighting fierce blazes of its own. The fires are burning unabated across vast swaths of hilly tropical forest and savannah near Bolivia's border with Paraguay and Brazil. Citing officials, Reuters reported that at least one million hectares were impacted as of Sunday, with no signs of slowing down."

Quote: "Experts say that it will take at least two centuries to repair the ecological damage done by the fires, while at least 500 species are said to be at risk from the flames."

Note: Two centuries to repair the damage. Well then, we should leave a note for the rats and cockroaches to let them know they should be working on that after we're gone!

2019-08-26 - Amazon rainforest fires spew enormous cloud of carbon monoxide:

Quote: "As the Amazon rainforest burns at an unprecedented pace, new satellite imagery from NASA shows an enormous cloud of poisonous carbon monoxide rising from the devastation."

2019-08-26 - Fire erupts and causes blackouts at coastal San Antonio Harbour on the island of Ibiza (Spain):

2019-08-26 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2019-08-26 - Wind turbine bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Mulberry Canyon (Texas):

Quote: "A motor on a wind turbine caught fire and is blamed for sparking a wildfire Monday in Mulberry Canyon in southwest Taylor County that has burned about 250 acres."

2019-08-26 - Buffelgrass fire burns dozens of saguaros in Arizona:

Quote: "According to U.S. Forest Service officials, it was the first known fire in the Catalinas primarily fueled by buffelgrass, an invasive plant that has taken hold across the range and throughout Southern Arizona."

2019-08-26 - Boat bursts into flame at property on Merchants Way in coastal Barnstable (Massachusetts):

2019-08-26 - Fishing boat 'Elvis Too II' bursts into flame in coastal Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), 1 injured:

2019-08-26 - Boat bursts into flame at Sugarloaf Marina on Lake Erie in Port Colborne (Canada):

2019-08-26 - Boat bursts into flame off coastal Hon Mun Island (Vietnam), 2 injured:

Quote: "On August 26, Huynh Binh Thai, head of the management board of Nha Trang Bay announced that the incident occurred at 9.15 am on the same day. The boat led by Nguyen Van Tan and carried 25 people to Hon Mun Island. After the tourists went ashore, the boat near Hon Mot Island suddenly burst into flame. The boat was still within the registration period and good to use."

Note: These are the 754th, 755th, 756th and 757th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-26 - In separate incidents, two transit buses burst into flame on streets in Hinjewadi (India):

Quote: "Two PMPML buses caught fire in two separate incidents on Monday. The spot where both the incidents took place, however, were the same — Hinjewadi. There were no casualties reported."

Note: These are the 415th and 416th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-08-26 - Crane truck bursts into flame at port in coastal Visakhapatnam (India):

2019-08-26 - At least two parked semi tractors and a tire yard go up in flames in El Paso County (Texas):

Quote: "It appears a at least two semi-trucks caught fire, and then the fire spread to a tire yard."

2019-08-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly before 3 AM on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

2019-08-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Bryan Boulevard in Greensboro (North Carolina):

2019-08-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 2 AM on I-64 in Lexington (Kentucky):

2019-08-26 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:30 AM on the Pacific Highway in Collombatti (Australia):

2019-08-26 - Tractor bursts into flame near the Reddaford Water (river) in Devon (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Tractor bursts into flame in Rievaulx (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Tractor and baler destroyed by fire on Stoke Gabriel Road in Brixham (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Tractor and baler destroyed by fire in Melverley (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Welton Road in Low Hunsley (Britain):

Quote: "Welton Road, Low Hunsley. Mon 26 Aug 2019 10:28 (No:18955) Combine harvester smouldering following a fire previous night. One hose reel, Thermal Image Camera and small tools in use."

2019-08-26 - Tractor (combine) goes up in flames near Holston Road in coastal Hornsea (Britain). 2700 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Rolston Road, Hornsea. Mon 26 Aug 2019 14:02 (No:18973) Combine harvester and approx 20 acres of standing crop involved in fire. Two hose reel jets and one BA for comfort in use."

Note: These are the 1505th-1517th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-26 - Food truck bursts into flame at 2:50 AM while parked on Kewaunee Street in Racine (Wisconsin):

2019-08-26 - RV bursts into flame on I-405 in coastal Renton (Washington):

Note: This is the 314th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-26 - Van bursts into flame just before 2 AM while parked near home on Avenue C North in Saskatoon (Canada):

2019-08-26 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 460 in Roanoke (Virginia):

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage and shed, in Uhrichsville (Ohio):

Quote: "A 1999 Ford pickup truck caught fire, which spread to a garage at the residence, according to Uhichsville Fire Capt. Nathan Crouse. A door and siding were also damaged at a nearby storage shed. Crouse said damage was estimated at $15,000 and that the fire is considered accidental and of an undetermined nature."

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 6 AM while parked on Jackson Street in Billings (Montana):

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours in South Bend (Indiana):

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame on Hickory Street in Silver Creek (New York):

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame on road near coastal Takaka (New Zealand):

2019-08-26 - Two cars go up in flames while parked at industrial estate in Perth (Scotland):

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 in Staines (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A180 in Humberside (Britain):

Quote: "A180. Mon 26 Aug 2019 16:46 (No:18991) Vehicle fire. One hose reel and one Thermal Image Camera in use. Incident left with Police."

2019-08-26 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed, on I-90 near Ellensburg (Washington):

Quote: "For the second time in less than a week, a recreational vehicle burst into flames in Central Washington, this time on Interstate 90."

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck and barn destroyed by fire, mobile home damaged, on Albion Road in Unity (Maine):

2019-08-26 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire in Oroville (California):

2019-08-26 - Courthouse damaged by AC fire at the Hall of Justice in Springfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A fire from an air conditioner damaged an office at the Hampden County Hall of Justice this weekend."

Note: Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice...

2019-08-26 - Mobile home damaged by fire off Monterey Road in coastal Stuart (Florida):

2019-08-26 - Home damaged by garage fire, garage destroyed, in Omaha (Nebraska), nobody there:

2019-08-26 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Woodfin Road in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2019-08-26 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:20 AM on Van Camp Avenue in Omaha (Nebraska), nobody there:

2019-08-26 - Home destroyed by fire near Lake Winola in Overfield Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2019-08-26 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on Railroad Avenue in Dexter (Maine):

2019-08-26 - Two homes go up in flames on Jefferson Avenue in Portage (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-26 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Batavia (New York), 1 injured:

2019-08-26 - Apartment building damaged by fire in East Walnut Hills (Ohio):

2019-08-26 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Millcreek (Utah):

2019-08-26 - Deadly fire burns home at 1 AM on 8th Avenue in Parkersburg (West Virginia), 2 killed:

2019-08-26 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire at 1:47 AM near Bithlo (Florida):

2019-08-26 - Whale washes ashore dead in coastal Tathra (Australia):

2019-08-26 - Dog dies after swimming in Lake Tahoe (California):

Quote: "On August 21, a person reported that their dog had died after swimming in the lake near Tallac Historic Site on the South Shore. The incident happened on August 18. The dog was reportedly on a leash while swimming. On August 22, officials retrieved samples from the lake. Officials said usually the harmful blue-green algal bloom is usually visible on the water’s surface. They said no signs of the algal could be seen on the surface."

2019-08-26 - Man and woman, 21 and 20, die in the Tamirabharani River in Arugankulam, near Palayamkottai (India):

2019-08-26 - Man, 57, found dead in swimming pool at home on Swanson Drive near South Bend (Indiana):

2019-08-26 - Man found dead in East Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud (Florida):

2019-08-26 - Man, Marine Corp recruit, has 'medical emergency' during fitness test, dies shortly later, in Frederick (Maryland):

Quote: "An 18-year-old Marine recruit died after suffering from a medical emergency during his Initial Strength test in Frederick, Md. The test is a physical fitness exam consisting of pull-ups, maximum crunches in two minutes and a mile-and-a-half run."

2019-08-26 - Man, 35, soccer player, has apparent heart attack and dies, possibly in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Colin Clark, who played for the Houston Dynamo from 2010 to 2012, died of an apparent heart attack Monday night at the age of 35."

2019-08-26 - Man, 58, has 'medical emergency', van runs off road into field, man dies, near Trinity (Florida):

Quote: "According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at 12:06 p.m., Timothy Johns was driving a Chevrolet Express east on State Road 54, west of Black Lake Road, when he appeared to have had a medical episode that caused him the pass out. He was seen weaving in between lanes, driving onto the center median and then heading west at a slow speed in the eastbound lanes of S.R. 54. Two drivers pulled over to try to assist Johns but Johns continued on, striking other vehicles before driving off the road into a barbed wire fence and coming to a stop in a field. Johns was taken to Medical Center of Trinity where he was pronounced dead."

2019-08-26 - Man found dead in the water off coastal Massapequa (New York):

2019-08-26 - Man, 62, has 'medical emergency' on hike near near Owl’s Head Mountain, dies shortly later, in Franconia (New Hampshire):

2019-08-26 - Man, 39, found dead in Claytor Lake (Virginia):

2019-08-26 - Man, 24, found dead in Lake Okoboji (Iowa):

2019-08-26 - Man, 30, found dead in pond along Willie Moore Road in Tifton (Georgia):

2019-08-26 - Man, 80, found dead in Doanevelle Pond in Griswold (Connecticut):

2019-08-26 - Man found dead in wash near 45th Avenue in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-08-26 - Person found dead at 7 AM on Hemlock Street in Memphis (Tennessee):

2019-08-26 - Man, 63, falls off tractor and dies in Cedar Falls (Wisconsin):

Quote: "No foul play is suspected, Bygd said. The Dunn County Medical Examiners office is still investigating whether a medical event caused the fall."

2019-08-26 - Woman, 64, falls off cliff onto beach and dies along coastal Conception Harbour (Canada), possible toppler:

2019-08-26 - Man dies after being pulled from the River Trent in Nottinghamshire (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Man in his 30s found dead in tent at beach in coastal Eastbourne (Britain):

2019-08-26 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup crashes into van, both go over cliff, on Highway 1 in coastal Big Sur (California), 5 injured:

Quote: "There have been scary situations on Highway 1 in Big Sur, where three cars have gone over a cliff in in a three day time span. The most recent happened Monday afternoon, when a driver hit two other moving vehicles on Highway 1 near Big Creek Bridge."

Quote: "It started when the driver of a silver gray pickup had a medical emergency. The driver then collided head-on with a black van, carrying a family of five inside. 'The driver that suffered the medical emergency kept his foot on the accelerator. That's based on witnesses that saw the accident and basically pushed the black vehicle through the gate and over the cliff,' Harris said."

Quote: "The person suffering the medical emergency was stabilized and airlifted to the hospital. An additional four people were also transported. Officials said children were in one of the cars that went over the cliff."

2019-08-26 - Man, 33, has 'medical issue', pickup truck veers off road and overturns 5 times, near Forks (Washington), 1 injured:

Quote: "State Patrol: Crash caused by medical issue..."

2019-08-26 - Driver has 'medical issue', pickup truck veers off road, hits vehicle which hits home, in Thomasville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officers on the scene said the driver of a pickup truck suffered a medical issue that caused him to lose control of the truck and hit another vehicle. The vehicle that was hit then struck a front porch at a home on Joe Moore Road."

2019-08-26 - Fighter jet crashes into the ocean off coastal La Manga (Spain), 1 killed:

2019-08-26 - Small plane crashes near airport in Reno (Nevada), 3 injured:

2019-08-26 - Passenger bus overturns in Guangdong Province (China), 7 killed, 11 injured:

2019-08-26 - Several tractor trailers and cars crash, fire erupts, on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge at coastal Whiskey Bay (Louisiana), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck crashes off I-75 overpass at Akers Mill Road in Cumberland (Georgia), 1 killed:

2019-08-26 - Car crashes into car, guy wire and sign then goes airborne and crashes into parked cars, in Killeen (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses who caught a glimpse of a car crash in Killeen today may have thought they were watching a game of pinball. News 10 reports a car crash early this afternoon involved a vehicle that bounced off a car, hit a utility pole guy wire, hit a sign, then went airborne and slammed into several parked cars."

Quote: "Police suspect the woman may have been suffering from a medical incident at the time of the crash."

2019-08-26 - Car veers off road, plunges into watery ravine, driver resuscitated, in Clinton (Mississippi):

Quote: "A vehicle flipped off I-20 into a ravine full of water in Clinton at Norrell Road Monday morning. According to Clinton PIO Mark Jones, the crash happened at 8:15 a.m. The driver was pulled out by the fire department and had to be resuscitated and transported to a local hospital."

2019-08-26 - Car veers off road, plunges into pond, on West Pond Road in Okemos (Michigan), 1 injured:

2019-08-26 - Car veers off road, crashes into woods, in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia), 1 killed:

2019-08-26 - Two dogs viciously attack and injure man in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-26 - Sinkhole opens and threatens mobile home in coastal Largo (Florida):

2019-08-26 - Sinkhole causing problems at food bank in Evansville (Indiana):

2019-08-26 - Sinkhole opens on street in Etterbeek (Belgium):

2019-08-26 - Utility pole collapses onto apartment building, fire erupts, building heavily damaged, in Dallas (Texas):

2019-08-26 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts mightily, blasts ash 70,000 feet into the atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2019-08-26 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts, spews ash nearly a mile into the atmosphere, near Mexico City (Mexico):

2019-08-26 - Heatwave bakes south-central Texas:

2019-08-26 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Kirkmans Cove Recreation Area (Nebraska):

2019-08-26 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits four lakes in Wyoming:

Quote: "Woodruff Narrows Reservoir is one of four Wyoming lakes to contain cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae. The harmful bacteria have left two dogs dead after swimming in another Wyoming lake and prompted warnings from state agencies."

Quote: "Three other Wyoming lakes are currently reported by the DEQ to contain cyanobacteria, including Eden Reservoir (Sweetwater County), Toltec Reservoir (Albany County) and Leazenby Lake (Albany County). Recently, two dogs have been reported to have died after swimming in Leazenby Lake."

2019-08-26 - Tropical Storm Ivo leaves two dead and causes widespread flooding in Mexico:

2019-08-26 - Tropical Storm Dorian nears the Caribbean, Barbados braces for impact:

2019-08-26 - The Farmers’ Almanac predicts a frigid winter:

2019-08-26 - Strange 'jet sounds' heard in the skies of Iasi (Romania):

2019-08-26 - Two asteroids to fly past Earth Wednesday, including one discovered only last week:

Note: The URL doesn't match the story...

2019-08-26 - Massachusetts woman dies of rare mosquito-borne illness, 4th person infected in August:

2019-08-26 - Two-headed cow born near Hilario Ascasubi (Argentina):

2019-08-26 - Trump skips G7 talks on climate crisis and Amazon wildfires, Trump team calls global warming a 'niche issue':

Note: Well yeah, but the niche is the percentage of the population that would rather be alive than dead. I guess he doesn't care about THOSE people...

2019-08-26 - Preparing for a financial apocalypse, insiders are selling $600 million in stocks per day in August:

Note: Usually, if not always, it is 'the consumer' that is the last to realize the economy is going downhill. Manufacturing is ALREADY in recession, bankers are warning recession is coming, CEOs are warning recession is coming, freight shipping is declining, farmer bankruptcies are rising, car loan defaults are rising, yada yada yada. There are lots of signs that things are not nearly as rosy as they have been portrayed. Make of that what you will...

2019-08-26 - DEA to expand marijuana research after years of delay:


  1. Anyone notice that smiley Moon last night? That's not normal. Let NASA explain why:


    You only see the smiley Moon in the winter because of the tilt of the Earth and the seasons - January to February. You never see that Moon in AUGUST. And yet, there it was. There aren't a ton of explanations for that, and they're all mind-blowing.

    So, let's start with the conspiracy theory explanation - the whole sky is fake, Project Bluebeam, etc, etc, and someone wants us to think there's something wrong for some reason. I don't buy that explanation, personally.

    Now let's list the other explanations, in order of improbability.

    The most improbable explanation is that the Sun has teleported to another location in space. Obviously very effing unlikely, and people on the sun side of the planet would have noticed that if it had happened.

    The next most improbable explanation is that the Earth and the Moon have teleported locations or drastically changed their orbit around the Sun. Extremely unlikely for lots of reasons.

    That leaves one final explanation: the tilt of the Earth has changed. This is BY FAR the most likely explanation for that smiley Moon showing up in August instead of in the depths of winter. This would explain all kinds of other things besides that smiley Moon too - the Eskimos noticing the stars in the wrong place in the skies, the tree I planted to shade a particular spot on July 4 now no longer casting a shadow on that spot, the widespread destruction of sundials across the planet, and much more.

    1. I can't believe the G7 leaders didn't discuss the changing tilt of the Earth! Someone tell Greta Thunberg! We must act now!!!

  2. So what's that, like 4 days in a row of extended H2S watch for the Coachella Valley area? Jeez, might be time to MOVE if you live there, since it's not going to get any better (in the long run).

    Your analysis of the newly tilted Earth makes sense because of the sheer volume of water sloshing around in the world's ocean combined with the rotation of the planet, tends to send the "bulge" to the middle over time. i believe our days are now slightly longer too, for the same reason.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.27.19 Fox News is Catching the Climate Change Bug
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VogUkJhg6cg [~ 12 min.]

    [volcano uptick]
    Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Aviation Color Code Red, Italy

    A major paroxysmal eruption took place at Stromboli volcano, Italy at around 10:17 UTC on August 28, 2019. [more]

    Lightning in the forecast for some western states

    Wildfire smoke forecast [see map]

    An Indicator With A 100% Perfect Track Record Of Predicting Recessions Says That Another One Is Coming

    You can believe that we will somehow beat the odds this time if you want, but history is completely against you. One of the biggest reasons why there is so much anxiety on Wall Street right now is because of how the yield curve is behaving. [more]

    100-ft-deep sinkholes appear with deafening noise in Andhra Pradesh, India

    The mysterious formation of huge sinkholes with deafening noise at Eppenta and Bayanapalle villages on Sunday caused panic among villagers. The emergence of 100-feet-deep sinkholes in irrigation tanks is giving sleepless nights to villagers. [more]

    Record rain in south Japan brings flood chaos, kills at least two

    More than twice the usual rainfall for the whole of August has fallen over parts of the southern island of Kyushu over the past 48 hours, washing away roads, causing rivers to burst their banks and forcing the suspension of train services.

    One man was killed when his car was swept away in Saga prefecture, while another man in Fukuoka prefecture died after being dragged away by flood waters when he got out of his stalled car, NHK national broadcaster said.

    A woman in Saga was found without signs of life - a term Japanese authorities use to describe people yet to be officially confirmed as dead - in her car after it fell into a waterway. [more]

    [more below]

  3. 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands

    Hurricane Watch In Puerto Rico for Dorian

    Trump signs emergency declaration for Puerto Rico as it braces for tropical storm

    US President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico, instructing federal agencies to handle all disaster relief efforts on the island as it is about to be hit by tropical storm Dorian.
    The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been authorized to coordinate the disaster relief efforts “which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population,” the declaration states. [more]

    [maybe he learned from the paper towel roll throwing last time]

    The Australian drought - only in local media

    Farmers hit breaking point as no water, feed prices bite

    18-year-old triple murder suspect arrested naked while trying to flee from police

    Matthew Bernard, 18, of Keeling, Virginia, was arrested on three counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office. He is believed to have shot and killed three relatives at a home in Keeling, an unincorporated area near Virginia's southern border with North Carolina.

    ABC affiliate WSET of Lynchburg, Virginia, was in a media staging area at the scene in Keeling that afternoon when suddenly Bernard, who wasn't wearing any clothes, ran out from a nearby wooded area and attacked a church groundskeeper then took off again. Authorities chased Bernard down the street and were able to apprehend the teen, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to WSET. [more; hmmmm]

    Mexico border wall: Trump orders aides to seize private land and disregard environmental rules

    President Donald Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars' worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.

    He also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said. [more]

  4. On an unrelated note....Well just as more and more people in our society are losing their minds and acting out with aggression and violence, the Texas legislature and governor decided this is the perfect time to legalize brass knuckles. Oh yeah....this will work out well.

    I wonder if the reconstructive surgeons lobbied for this bill?


  5. Ah, that's GREAT, Mike! Jeez, don't you already have open-carry laws on the books in TX? So brass knuckles is kind of a non-issue, comparatively speaking. Next up, blackjacks!

    Tropical Storm Dorian Could Flood Puerto Rico, Then Florida

    Tropical Storm Dorian passed through the Windward Islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and Martinique in the past couple of days. The storm dumped heavy rain, knocked out power and blew down trees. A still uncertain long-term track has the storm near Florida this coming weekend, but right now it's moving over the open waters of the eastern Caribbean Sea. [more]

    Man crosses 3,000 miles of Pacific Ocean by paddleboard and sees plastic pollution 'every day'
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-crosses-3-000-miles-140153623.html [~ 1 min. video and text, pics]

    National-Security Concerns Threaten Undersea Data Link Backed by Google, Facebook

    U.S. firms and Chinese partner have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into Los Angeles-Hong Kong cable project

    U.S. officials are seeking to block an undersea cable backed by Google, Facebook Inc. and a Chinese partner, in a national-security review that could rewrite the rules of internet connectivity between the U.S. and China, according to people involved in the discussions. [more; paywall]

    The Fantasy of Central Bank “Growth” Is Finally Imploding

    In effect, central banks added a zero to “money” and anticipated that this trickery would generate ten times more of everything: ten times more productive investments, ten times more consumption, ten times more people borrowing ten times more money, and so on.

    But the trickery failed, and all we have is $200,000 houses that cost $1 million, a year in college that costs $50,000 instead of $10,000, and so on.Having destroyed discipline and price discovery, central banks attempted to replace reality with fantasy, and now the absurd fantasy is imploding. The financial system and the real-world economy have both been destabilized by this fantasy, and now both are fragile in ways few understand.

    The only “policies” central banks have is to issue more credit at negative interest rates, i.e. doing more of what’s failed spectacularly, until the entire rickety travesty of a mockery of a sham collapses. [more]

    [2 from Monday]
    Severe storms pummel Spain with hail and sheets of rain - Two tornadoes touch down near Malaga

    Dozens of videos have captured the moment a tornado ripped through Malaga.

    It comes after eight litres of rain fell in just one hour [!], while other areas of Spain have flooded this evening. [more]

    New Orleans streets flood again - 5th serious episode in 2 years

    Thunderstorms snarled afternoon traffic and brought high water rushing down streets in parts of New Orleans on Monday.

    Two major roadways were also closed in neighboring St. Bernard Parish, the Associated Press reported. [more]

  6. [midweek look at some of the news headlines, see how we're 'progressing']

    News Links, August 28, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Singapore Slams Tesla For Offering Lifestyle, Not Solution To Climate Change

    Asia's 20 Richest Families Control $450 Billion

    Globalization Just Peaked

    Trump Says China "Called", Wants To Restart Trade Talks; China Denies, Has No Idea What Trump Talking About

    After 24 Hours, China Still Unaware of Calls Mentioned by Trump

    World Trade Skids for First Time Since Financial Crisis
    Exports by China, Japan, and Eurozone under pressure — in part because of globally weak demand for new vehicles, which transcends the trade war.

    Iceland's Purple Planes Are Grounded, and With Them, Its Economy

    Boeing Faces First Customer Lawsuit Over 737 MAX

    Air China Plane Catches Fire at Beijing Airport

    Coalition of Iraqi lawmakers calls for US troops to withdraw, Israeli strikes a 'declaration of war'

    Turkey to receive second batch of S-400 missile system this week

    Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

    Half of Venezuela's oil rigs may vanish if U.S. sanctions waivers lapse

    Trump signals thaw in US-Iran tensions, says he's willing to meet Rouhani

    Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let's talk

    Iran Says It Sold The Oil Aboard The Tanker Gibraltar Released

    Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden to protect commercial vessels

    The New Trail of Tears: How climate change is forcing the relocation of species, including our own

    19 states, District of Columbia, sue Trump administration over migrant detention

    Oil Sector Going from Gloomy to Gloomier

    Shale Stock Carnage: August Was A Bad Month For Frackers

    The Coming Copper Peak

    Oil Pipeline Vandalism In Nigeria Soars 77%

    Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry

    Solar panels could be cash crop for farmers
    The day will come when people will opt for food over electrons. We can only hope that these installations will be built so that they can be easily removed without the use of heavy machinery. -- RF

    Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm

    As ice caps melt, Singapore a hot spot for sea-level rise

    Palm oil: Indonesia and Malaysia push back as EU clamps down

    How Europe's war on plastics is affecting petrochemicals

    Microplastics in rain, snow, drinking water heighten concerns
    Glut of global plastic trash leads to microscopic particles in foods, beer, salt, studies show.

    Regulator bans imports of elephants caught in African wild

    American And Chinese Cities Lead The World In Spying On People

    A Third of Known Computer Security Flaws Have No Solution

    Facial recognition: ten reasons you should be worried about the technology

    Hackers Could Have Breached US Bioterrorism Defenses for Years, Records Show

    Millions Of Biometric Records Collected By Companies And Governments Left Exposed On The Web

    Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites
    The world's Jewish and Muslim communities are both in the firing line of far-right groups forged in the historic bowels of Nazism.

    Inside the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail

    Surveillance Video Outside Epstein's Cell Deemed 'Unusable'

    Breaking The Media Blackout on the Imprisonment of Julian Assange

    The Benefits of a Profoundly Shattering Recession

    American Apocalypse (John Whitehead) [read this one]

    Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees

    While "The World Is on Fire,' DNC Kills Resolution for Climate Forum

    Did North Dakota Regulators Hide an Oil and Gas Industry Spill Larger Than Exxon Valdez?

  7. 245 rescued from burning ferry in Philippine waters, 3 dead

    Fishing boats and passing ships rescued 245 people from a ferry that burned overnight in choppy waters in the southern Philippines but at least three people perished, including a child, coast guard officials said Wednesday.

    The fire apparently started in the engine room, coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said. [more]

    Dorian gathers strength, heads for U.S. mainland

    Power outages and flooding were reported across the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after Dorian hit St. Thomas as a Category 1 storm. [more]