Thursday, August 29, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-28

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

2019-08-28 - Unknown foul odor hits school, schools closed, in Donna (Texas):

Quote: "The Donna Independent School District is canceling classes at one of their elementary schools because of a foul odor. In a Facebook post, the district said a strong smell was detected in the front office area of J.P. LeNoir Elementary school. The Donna police and fire department are currently assessing the building to determine the source. Students are being dismissed."

2019-08-28 - Worst fires in Russian history continue burning in Siberia, fires could free vast amounts of methane:

Quote: "Massive Siberian forest fire could melt permafrost, freeing massive methane stores..."

Quote: "It is not just the Amazon rainforest that is burning. More than 21,000 square miles of forest caught on fire in Siberia this month. That means that Russia is on track for its worst year on record for wildfires."

2019-08-28 - Pile of scrap metal erupts in flame at salvage yard in South Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Investigators were looking into the cause of a fire in a pile of scrap metal Wednesday morning at a salvage yard in Lehigh County."

2019-08-28 - Landfill fire breaks out in Archuleta County (Colorado):

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Hopkinton Reservoir at Hopkinton State Park (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Swimmers and dog owners are being urged to avoid the water at Hopkinton State Park amid a toxic blue-green algae bloom, according to state officials. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation said they have found high levels of Cyanobacteria in the reservoir and beach areas."

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits pond in Roosevelt Wilson Park in Davidson (North Carolina):

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Kitsap Lake (Washington):

2019-08-28 - Man crosses 3,000 miles of Pacific Ocean by paddleboard and sees plastic pollution every day:

2019-08-28 - Heatwave broils the Las Vegas Valley (Nevada):

Quote: "The temperature reached 110 degrees Wednesday in the Las Vegas Valley, tying a record high for the date, and an excessive heat warning was extended into the weekend. A heat warning that was set to end at 9 p.m. Wednesday will now last until 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are set to stay well above the average of 100 degrees for this time of year, and the valley will be 'seeing little relief at night,' meteorologist Barry Pierce said Wednesday night. Wednesday high tied a record set in 2017. Wednesday also tied a record for the highest minimum temperature of 86 for the day, also set in 2017, meteorologist Alex Boothe said."

2019-08-28 - Person has 'medical emergency' at beach in coastal Walton-on-the-Naze (Britain):

Quote: "A person has been rushed to hospital after suffering a medical emergency at the beach. Emergency services were called to Walton-on-the-Naze beach at around 2.15pm today (Wednesday, August 28) following reports of an incident."

2019-08-28 - Megafire grows to 158,042+ acres on the Kenai Peninsula near Sterling (Alaska):

Note: Whew, that IS some apocalyptic footage there!

2019-08-28 - Timber yard heavily damaged by massive fire at 2:25 AM in coastal Mumbai (India):

2019-08-28 - Passenger ship 'European Seaway' damaged by fire in coastal Dunkirk (France):

Quote: "In the night of Aug 25, 2019, the 'European Seaway' had a small fire in one of her generator rooms. The local fire brigade was called to tackle the blaze."

2019-08-28 - Yacht bursts into flame in coastal Porto-Vecchio (France):

Note: These are the 760th and 761st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-28 - Private bus bursts into flame at bus stand in Baramunda (India):

Note: This is the 423rd bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-68 in Hancock (Maryland):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 31 in Barnesville (Minnesota):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the 14 Freeway in Agua Dulce (California):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours on Highway 61 in Dubuque (Iowa):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 82 in Grayson County (Texas):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-90 in Vantage (Washington):

Note: Also see the RV that burst into flame on I-90 near Moses Lake on this day, about 40 miles from this big rig fire...

2019-08-28 - Tractors, RV, pickup truck, classic cars, golf cart and barn destroyed by fire in Buchanan (Virginia):

Quote: "The golf cart is now part of the pile of debris. Just about everything that was inside the barn now charred and useless. 'This was a 94 Chevy pick-up,' said Paskiet, 'I just used [it] to plow snow, it was really a nice clean truck.' He also lost lawnmowers, tractors and his 2004 motorhome. But his biggest loss was his classic car collection."

Note: This is the 316th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-28 - Tractor bursts into flame near slurry lagoon in Brampton (Britain):

Note: These are the 1530th-1539th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-28 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Rock Dell Township (Minnesota):

2019-08-28 - RV bursts into flame on I-90 near Moses Lake (Washington):

Note: This is the 317th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-28 - Campervan bursts into flame at coastal Burton Bradstock Beach (Britain):

2019-08-28 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at mobile home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Apache Junction (Arizona):

Quote: "A fire that started in a vehicle extended to two mobile homes Aug. 27 in the 1100 block of North Delaware Drive in Apache Junction."

2019-08-28 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home on Audubon Drive in Columbia (Missouri):

2019-08-28 - SUV bursts into flame on I-39 near Kronenwetter (Wisconsin):

2019-08-28 - SUV bursts into flame on the A180 in near coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "A180. Wed 28 Aug 2019 17:12 (No:19246) Car fire. 2 hose reels, 2 BA and small tools in use. Car 100% destroyed by fire."

2019-08-28 - Two cars go up in flames while parked at apartment building, fire spreads, apartment building heavily damaged, in San Jacinto (California):

Quote: "When officials arrived they reported finding a fully engulfed carport with two cars burning and fire spreading to a two story apartment complex."

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame on street in Millcreek Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame on I-90 near Whitehall (Montana):

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame on Hal Rogers Parkway near Manchester (Kentucky):

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame on the M4 near coastal Cardiff (Britain):

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 near Sowton (Britain):

2019-08-28 - Car bursts into flame at 11:01 PM on Bradley Road in Bradley (Britain):

Quote: "Bradley Road, Bradley. Wed 28 Aug 2019 23:01 (No:19277) Car fire. Two hose reel jets in use."

2019-08-28 - Vehicle bursts into flame at Second Street and Studebaker Road in coastal Long Beach (California):

2019-08-28 - Pickup truck, car and home destroyed by fire at 3 AM in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

Quote: "Donghia spoke hours after the fire that consumed the home and two vehicles."

2019-08-28 - Several cars and shed destroyed by fire in coastal San Jose (California):

2019-08-28 - Battery-powered skateboard bursts into flame in dorm at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2019-08-28 - Electric scooter bursts into flame in apartment building, fire spreads to building, near coastal Oslo (Norway):

2019-08-28 - Air mattress battery explodes and burns in home in Eugene (Oregon):

2019-08-28 - Tree trunk ignites on Anlaby Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Anlaby Road, Hull. Wed 28 Aug 2019 16:39 (No:19243) Tree trunk on fire. One hose reel in use."

2019-08-28 - Tree stump ignites at property on Ganstead Lane in Ganstead (Britain), just outside Hull:

Quote: "Ganstead Lane, Ganstead. Wed 28 Aug 2019 06:36 (No:19209) Tree stump on fire, extinguished by occupier using garden hose. Inspection only by Fire Service."

2019-08-28 - Meat market damaged by fire in the wee hours in Troy (Ohio), nobody there:

2019-08-28 - Home damaged by fire at 3 AM, garage and shed destroyed, on Jefferson Street in Billings (Montana):

2019-08-28 - Home heavily damaged by fire near Portageville (Missouri):

2019-08-28 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Fifth Street in Petaluma (California), nobody there:

2019-08-28 - Vacant home burns in Cataula (Georgia):

2019-08-28 - Vacant home burns at 5:49 AM on Southeast Francis Street in Portland (Oregon):

2019-08-28 - Vacant lumber mill full of mattresses destroyed by fire at 12:45 AM near Snohomish (Washington):

2019-08-28 - Five dogs have seizures in a week, three of them die, in Wicksburg (Alabama), just east (downwind) of the Choctawhatchee River:

Quote: "Five dogs have had seizures, and three have died, all within a week in an Alabama community, according to WTVY, and no one is quite sure why."

2019-08-28 - Great white sharks mysteriously disappear from False Bay (South Africa):

Quote: "Between 2010 and 2016, spotters recorded an average of 205 great white shark sightings per year at their operating beaches during the spring and summer period. However, in 2018 the total number of shark sightings recorded fell to only 50, and this year there has not been a single confirmed sighting by the spotters."

Quote: "Great white sharks are top apex predators and we do not know how their absence from False Bay would impact the ecosystem. Neither do we know the causes for their disappearance."

Quote: "They added that there were no traces of bite marks on any of the whale carcasses the city had removed from False Bay this year, which usually indicate feeding patterns."

Note: Maybe whatever killed those whales also killed the great white sharks...

2019-08-28 - Man found dead in the San Sebastian River in coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

2019-08-28 - Teacher, woman, 38, has 'medical emergency' at school, dies shortly later, in Kennewick (Washington):

Quote: "Winans, 38, had a medical emergency as she was at Ridge View Elementary preparing for the upcoming school year Monday morning."

2019-08-28 - Boy, 13, collapses at football practice, dies shortly later, in Saranac (Michigan):

2019-08-28 - Man, 77, found dead in the Nishnabotna River, empty 'ghost boat' found first, in Fremont County (Iowa):

Quote: "Gibson's family had reported him missing Monday when they found his vehicle on the boat ramp and his unoccupied boat about a mile down river."

2019-08-28 - Woman found dead in Brays Bayou in Houston (Texas):

2019-08-28 - Girl, 16, found dead in the Des Plaines River in Joliet (Illinois):

2019-08-28 - Woman found dead in the Grand Canal in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-08-28 - Person found dead on vacant lot in Lake Tapps (Washington):

2019-08-28 - Woman found dead in submerged car in Griffin Lake near Revelstoke (Canada):

2019-08-28 - Girl, 15, found dead at home in Tarouba on the island of Trinidad:

2019-08-28 - Man, 20, loses consciousness in the water at beach, dies shortly later, in Croatia:

Quote: "Felix Lewis was swimming when he appeared to become unresponsive in the water."

2019-08-28 - Man dies while diving, another man missing, off coastal Palermo (Italy):

Quote: "A scuba diver died off Palermo Wednesday and another one was missing. The two men dived into the sea off Isola delle Femmine, on Palermo's western coast. Fire brigade divers are taking part in the search. The dead man's body has been recovered by a harbour master vessel and taken to the local marina. The two divers were fishing, police said."

2019-08-28 - Driver has 'medical issue', dump truck crashes into tree, on I-64 in coastal Hampton (Virginia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A dump truck driver went off the highway and slammed into a tree. Virginia State Police said the driver suffered a medical issue before going off the road."

2019-08-28 - Man, 49, has 'medical episode', pickup truck veers off road, drives into the surf at Minot Beach in coastal Scituate (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A Cohasset man drove his pickup truck onto the shore at Minot Beach in Scituate on Wednesday morning while he was having a 'medical episode,' police said. Scituate police Chief Michael Stewart said the 49-year-old man drove onto the beach, off Glades Road, where his truck became stuck in the sand near the edge of the water. Firefighters determined the man was having a 'medical episode' and carried him off the beach, Stewart said. He was taken to South Shore Hospital."

2019-08-28 - Driver has 'medical episode', pickup truck crashes into vehicle and postal van, in Abilene (Texas), 5 injured:

Quote: "Police at the scene told KTAB and KRBC the driver of the black pickup truck had a medical episode which caused them to crash into an initial vehicle before slamming into a USPS truck."

2019-08-28 - Woman has 'medical issue', car veers off road, plunges into the Floyd River at bridge, near Merrill (Iowa), 1 injured:

Quote: "Van Otteloo says the driver was female, and it appears the driver may have suffered from some sort of medical issue that lead to the accident."

2019-08-28 - Small plane crashes and burns near the McKenzie River east of Eugene (Oregon), 2 killed:

2019-08-28 - Small plane runs off runway, crashes onto road, in Broomfield (Colorado), 1 injured:

2019-08-28 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on I-70 in Denver (Colorado), 1 injured:

2019-08-28 - RV overturns, bursts into flame, on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2019-08-28 - Van veers off road, crashes into ravine, in Camdenton (Missouri), near Lake of the Ozarks, 1 killed:

2019-08-28 - SUV hits pickup truck on bridge and plunges into Tampa Bay near coastal St. Petersburgh (Florida), occupants missing:

Quote: "St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Steve Lawrence tells the Tampa Bay Times that no occupants were found in the vehicle or seen coming out of the water."

2019-08-28 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into pole and tree, bursts into flame, in Little River County (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2019-08-28 - Car crashes into embankment and overturns, in East Hopewell Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2019-08-28 - Man, expert beekeeper, demonstrates how to keep bees, bees attack and kill him, in Adumasa (Ghana):

Quote: "The deceased was said to have trapped some bees on a string to demonstrate to the farmers on the proper method to keep the insects when a swarm of bees invaded the demonstration site and attacked them. In the process the farmers fled for their lives, but luck eluded the deceased when he fell down and the insects rushed on him. Mr Yakubu said other volunteers helped him from the ground but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Busunya Health center."

2019-08-28 - Sinkholes open in Eastpointe and Fraser (Michigan):

2019-08-28 - Sinkhole opens on Cobb Road near Cerulean (Kentucky):

2019-08-28 - Building collapses in Siberia (Russia), 1 killed, 9 more buried under rubble:

2019-08-28 - Apartment building collapses in Drohobych (Ukraine), 8+ killed:

Quote: "The rescue operations in a four-story building, where the entrance collapsed the night before in the city of Drohobych (Lviv region), have been completed, and bodies of eight people have been found, the removal of debris is underway, the press service of the Emergencies Service of Ukraine has reported."

2019-08-28 - Water main breaks on North Laurel Street in Hazleton (Pennsylvania), school closed:

2019-08-28 - Man collapses and stops breathing in Bury St Edmonds (Britain):

Quote: "It is understood the alarm was raised after a man was thought not to be breathing."

2019-08-28 - Woman in her 60s has 'medical episode' near where man fires gun at cops, in Swindon (Britain):

Quote: "A woman fell ill outside the property and was taken to hospital due to a 'medical episode', not as a result of an injury sustained during the shooting, the spokesman added."

2019-08-28 - Volcano Stromboli erupts powerfully and sends people running for cover in Italy:

Quote: "A spectacular explosion from an Italian volcano Wednesday sent locals and tourists running for cover to avoid a shower of rocks and ash. The eruption of Stromboli, on a small island off the coast of Sicily, sent a gigantic plume of smoke billowing into the sky."

2019-08-28 - Dorian becomes Category 1 hurricane as it hits the US Virgin Islands, heads toward Florida:

Quote: "Dorian became a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, with forecasters saying it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend."

2019-08-28 - Worst drought in four decades brings misery to Zambia:

2019-08-28 - Drought afflicts Australia, farmers suffering:

Quote: "Mr Stariha described the drought as 'relentless' and said much of the cattle from the area was being sold out west but this would eventually have to give. 'There's a lot of people now that have already sold off all their heard,' he said."

Note: I herd that!

2019-08-28 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Morocco, 7+ killed:

2019-08-28 - Trump's EPA moves to roll back regulations aimed at preventing methane releases:

Note: The Kill Humanity Train speeds up. Choo choo, next stop, the cemetery!

2019-08-28 - Surge in young Republicans worried about the environment:

Note: Sorry, too late, nobody gets off the train now!

2019-08-28 - Trump orders aides to seize private land and disregard environmental rules in order to build wall, offers to pardon criminal activity:


  1. Amazing just how quickly we're circling the drain, isn't it Jonny? World "leaders" like Trump and Bolsonaro (and others) helping Nature to rid itself of us pesky humans. Way to go!

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.29.19 Hurricane Greta Comes Ashore [~ 18 min.]

    “Monster” Hurricane Dorian Is Projected To Be “A Very Big Hurricane, Perhaps One Of The Biggest”

    Well, that certainly escalated quickly. On Wednesday we were told that Hurricane Dorian would only be a Category 3 storm when it hits the Florida coastline, but now we are being told that it will be a Category 4 storm. Hurricane Dorian is rapidly gaining strength over very warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean, and the latest forecast has it making landfall somewhere along the east coast of Florida on Monday. If it is officially a Category 4 storm when it arrives, it will be the most powerful storm to hit the east coast of Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Dorian is being described as a “monster hurricane”, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in the state of Florida. [more; we'll see]

    Red Flag Warnings and lightning in the West

    Red Flag Warnings issued Thursday for areas in Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado [more]

    Rising sea levels and catastrophic storm surges could displace 280m people, UN warns

    The damage caused by catastrophic “superstorms” combined with rising sea levels could increase by a hundred-fold or more, displacing hundreds of millions of people from coastlines around the world unless more is done to limit greenhouse gas emissions, according to a draft report by the United Nations.
    [more; you can skip the "unless more is done" part]

    20 cows killed by lightning bolt in Spain

    neighbours claimed it is uncommon for lightning to strike cattle. [more]

    3 people injured after "substantial" rockfall in Utah's Zion National Park

    Visitors were trapped for well over an hour as shuttles were forced to wait for the dust to settle. [more]

    [more later]

  2. FBI Studies Two Broken Cameras Outside Cell Where Epstein Died: Source

    Two cameras that malfunctioned outside the jail cell where financier Jeffrey Epstein died as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges have been sent to an FBI crime lab for examination, a law enforcement source told Reuters.

    Epstein's lawyers Reid Weingarten and Martin Weinberg told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan on Tuesday they had doubts about the New York City chief medical examiner's conclusion that their client killed himself.

    The two cameras were within view of the Manhattan jail cell where he was found dead on Aug. 10. A source earlier told Reuters two jail guards failed to follow a procedure overnight to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes.

    He had been taken off suicide watch prior to his death. [more]

    Afghanistan: Has the war cost America $500bn?

    So, according to the US Department of Defense, the total military expenditure in Afghanistan (from October 2001 until March 2019) was $760bn.

    That's significantly more than the figure given by the Afghan president [$500 billion].

    But an independent study carried out by Brown University's Cost of War Project argues that the official US figures for Afghanistan are a substantial underestimate.

    It says they do not include spending on war veterans' care, money spent on other government departments for war-related activities and the cost of interest on debt incurred to pay for the war.

    It estimates the total cost, factoring in these additional elements, is closer to one trillion US dollars. [more]

    [we could have used that for much needed infrastructure repair, health care, education and drug treatment programs]

  3. [some end of the week headlines from Rice Farmer]

    News Links, August 30, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    U.S. cotton industry quietly faces crisis from China trade war

    New recession warning: The rich aren't spending

    The World's Big Export Engines Turn Gloomier by the Day

    Pension funds reel from falling yields

    TSA Launches Facial Recognition Pilot at Las Vegas Airport

    Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay after Afghanistan withdrawal

    Saudi Arabia Acknowledges Defeat In Yemen - Starts To Sue For Peace

    Iraq's Latest Oil Plan Could Upset The Entire Middle East
    Crimea Offers To Help Ship Iranian Oil

    Global fossil fuel production and forecasts

    BP Is The Latest Major Oil Company To Shutter Operations In Alaska

    Experts Brace For An Apocalyptic Future As Earth's Forests Burn To The Ground

    Dissent Is Being Criminalized Right Under Our Noses

    Americans' approval of labor unions reaches 16-year high

    Sub-Prime Auto Credit Deteriorates In July, Says Report

    The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

    "We Are Going Up In Flames": New Jersey In "Worse Shape Than Any Other State" Senate President Admits

    Massive cuts to Social Security: This is the 'wall' Americans should worry about

  4. [from our Wait, WHAT? file]
    New Jersey Woman Fell Asleep in Her Parked Car, Woke to Find It Missing

    Police in New Jersey say a possible carjacker apparently removed a sleeping 80-year-old woman from her parked car before stealing the vehicle and leaving her in the driveway.

    Hamilton police say the woman told them she'd fallen asleep in her parked car in a driveway around 9 p.m. Wednesday, but woke to find the vehicle missing at around 4 a.m. on Thursday.

    Police say the woman didn't remember what happened and had a bruise and abrasion on her face.

    Authorities found the empty vehicle Thursday afternoon in Trenton.

    No arrest had been made as of midday Thursday.

    Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef condition outlook to 'very poor'

    Australia has downgraded the outlook of the Great Barrier Reef’s condition from “poor” to “very poor”, due to climate change. [more]

    Trump made up phone call with China at G7 summit, White House aides admit

    [omg, now he's makin' shit up!]

    The mystery behind a confusing phone call Donald Trump claims he had with "China" has been revealed: the president simply made it up to try to boost the market. [more; oh ok, here's more good news]

    UPDATE 3-China CO2 emission targets at risk from U.S. trade war - official

    [yeah, sure, it's the trade war when the result is CLOSED factories in China, but they continue to rely on coal]

    [it's the Californification of Germany!]
    Thirsting, ill and ablaze, Germany's forests in critical state, minister says

    Forest fires, drought and insect infestations have left Germany's forests in a critical state, agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner said after forest owners demanded 2.3 billion euros in emergency aid to tackle the crisis.

    "Anybody touring Germany's forests at the moment is seeing something dramatic," she said after meeting forestry associations. "We've lost over 100,000 hectares," she said, adding that an area equivalent to 3,300 soccer fields had been lost to forest fires. [more]

    [another piece follows]

  5. Dear Trump Advisors: Prop the Market Up Now and Lose in 2020, or Let the Market Crash and Win in 2020

    At the end of the cycle, the counter-intuitive plan is the winning strategy: crash the market now so a recovery can be engineered going into the election season. The ideal moment to crush the stock market is now: push it over the cliff and let it wallow for a few months, then ride to the rescue with some hope-inspiring coups (a China Trade Deal, for example) that re-start “animal spirits” a few months before electioneering gets serious.

    Trying to stop the financial tides at the end of the cycle is a guaranteed way to lose an election. [more]

    Can we survive extreme heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

    [this is exactly what McPherson said years ago]

    In Chester’s view, a Phoenix heat catastrophe begins with a blackout. It could be triggered any number of ways. During periods of extreme heat, power demand surges, straining the system. Inevitably, something will fail. A wildfire will knock out a power line. A substation will blow. A hacker might crash the grid. In 2011, a utility worker doing routine maintenance near Yuma knocked out a 500-kilovolt power line that shut off power to millions of people for up to 12 hours, including virtually the entire city of San Diego, causing economic losses of $100 million. A major blackout in Phoenix could easily cost much more, says Chester.

    But it’s not just about money. When the city goes dark, the order and convenience of modern life begin to fray. Without air conditioning, temperatures in homes and office buildings soar. (Ironically, new, energy-efficient buildings are tightly sealed, making them dangerous heat traps.) Traffic signals go out. Highways gridlock with people fleeing the city. Without power, gas pumps don’t work, leaving vehicles stranded with empty tanks. Water pipes crack from the heat, and water pumps fail, leaving people scrounging for fresh water. Hospitals overflow with people suffering from heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If there are wildfires, the air will become hazy and difficult to breathe. If a blackout during extreme heat continues for long, rioting, looting, and arson could begin.

    And people will start dying. How many? “Katrina-like numbers,” Chester predicts. Which is to say, thousands. Chester describes all this coolly, as if a Phoenix heat apocalypse is a matter of fact, not hypothesis.

    “How likely is this to happen?” I ask.

    “It’s more a question of when,” Chester says, “not if.” [more]

    Hurricane Dorian to hit Florida as a category 4+ monster! Third straight year the U.S. has endured a landfalling major hurricane – a streak not accomplished in nearly 60 years

    [i wonder if my former neighbors are going to regret their move?]