Friday, August 30, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-29

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

2019-08-29 - Unknown foul odor evacuates school in Enfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "The second day of classes brought about the first building evacuation of the new school year at Enfield High School Thursday, as a foul odor was detected."

2019-08-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "Billowing smoke could seen for miles from a big scrap metal fire in Detroit. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at Ferrous Processing and Trading Company on John Kronk, between Wyoming and Lonyo, just south of I-94 The company's website claims it is one of the nation's largest scrap metal processors and traders."

Quote: "Deputy Detroit Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said the fire started in a big pile of scrap metal, including chopped up pieces of old appliances and car parts."

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame on I-75 in Detroit on this day...

2019-08-29 - Car-crushing business hit by fire, pile of crushed cars burns, in Conway (South Carolina):

Quote: "HCFR says the large fire involved a pile of crushed cars behind the business."

2019-08-29 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Paignton (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Wildfire breaks out on seaside cliff in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits lake at Hinckley Park in coastal South Portland (Maine):

2019-08-29 - Can we survive extreme heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come:

2019-08-29 - Europe warming faster than climate models projected, research suggests:

2019-08-29 - Rising sea levels and catastrophic storm surges could displace 280 million people, UN warns:

2019-08-29 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes near Molt (Montana):

2019-08-29 - Battery factory heavily damaged by massive fire in Mehatpur (India):

2019-08-29 - Three superyachts go up in flames at shipyard near coastal Doha (Qatar):

Quote: "A building at Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) just north of Doha burned and collapsed on three motoryachts on Aug. 11, according to sources known to The Triton. No injuries were reported in the incident, and assessments are underway on the level of damage to M/Y Constellation, an 80m Oceanco, M/Y Maracunda, a 52m CRN, and M/Y Al Adaid, a 36m Riva. According to a story by IBI, the yachts are believed to have been destroyed."

Note: These are the 762nd, 763rd and 764th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-29 - Passenger train bursts into flame in Haryana (India):

2019-08-29 - School bus bursts into flame on Ivydale Road in La Follette (Tennessee):

Note: This is the 117th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 424th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-29 - Tour bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Dubrovnik (Croatia):

Note: This is the 425th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-29 - Tanker truck explodes into flame on highway near Livingston (Montana), 1 injured:

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer explodes into flame on I-5 in coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 injured:

Quote: "A witness told KOMO News their friend, a former firefighter, was first on the scene and helped pull the driver from burning truck. Van Cleave said apparently the truck cab exploded and began burning."

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 1:54 AM on I-24 near Pleasant View in Robertson County (Tennessee):

Note: Hot chocolate!

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway in La Grange (Texas):

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer hauling trash bursts into flame at 3 AM on Highway 401 in Cambridge (Canada):

2019-08-29 - Tractor and 3 quad bikes destroyed by fire near coastal Oamaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "The three [bays] that were open, there was a tractor there and three quad bikes, which are totally gone and half of the shed was burnt down."

2019-08-29 - Tractor bursts into flame on the A272 Lewes Road in Haywards Heath (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Tractor bursts into flame in Talkin, Wetherall (Britain):

Quote: "Tractor Fire Talkin(Carlisle) 29 Aug 2019 At 11:25 Hours on the 28th of August 2019, 2 Fire Engines were mobilised to reports of a building fire in Talkin, Wetherall. On arrival crews found a tractor well alight and used one breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extingquish the fire. Crews were in attendance for approximately 40 minutes."

Note: These are the 1540th, 1541st, 1542nd, 1543rd, 1544th, 1545th, 1546th and 1547th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-29 - Garbage truck bursts into flame at 12:40 AM at waste transfer station in Madras (Oregon):

2019-08-29 - Heavy truck bursts into flame at shopping center on coastal Long Island (New York):

2019-08-29 - Dump truck bursts into flame on I-93 in Medford (Massachusetts):

2019-08-29 - Campervan bursts into flame on the M1 near Sheffield (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Campervan bursts into flame on Etton Road in South Dalton (Britain):

Quote: "Etton Road, South Dalton. Thu 29 Aug 2019 17:32 (No:19327) Camper van totally destroyed by fire. 1 hose reel and 1 BA."

2019-08-29 - Van bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at takeout restaurant in Meiers Corners on coastal Staten Island (New York):

2019-08-29 - SUV bursts into flame on road near airport in Henderson (Nevada):

2019-08-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 10 in Amber Township (Michigan):

2019-08-29 - Car bursts into flame, man bails out, car keeps going, hits two more cars, in Joplin (Missouri):

Quote: "A single male occupant of a vehicle turned off of the 500 block of East 50th due to smoke and flames coming from under the hood. He abandoned the car when the fire was too intense. After becoming fully engulfed it began to roll downhill. Joplin Area Youth Football practice and Joplin Area Youth Cheerleader practice was happening within sight of the 'rolling fireball' as one youth described it to us."

2019-08-29 - Car bursts into flame on I-75 in Detroit (Michigan):

2019-08-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, in the Deep Cove area in coastal North Vancouver (Canada):

2019-08-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage and home, on Warburton Road in Canford Heath (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Canford Heath residents watched in shock as a huge car fire spread to a garage and house this afternoon."

2019-08-29 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near Staines (Britain), another car overturns separately:

2019-08-29 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-95 ramp in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2019-08-29 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Mayflower Drive in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Van, shop and chicken coop destroyed by fire at 4 AM at home outside Lolo (Montana):

Quote: "'It was a long driveway back to the shop, and the shop was relatively close to the home, about 50 to 60 feet away and there was another shop behind it, but the shop in question was fully involved in fire, along with a chicken coop that was behind it,' said Newman. 'There was, I believe, a van parked right next to it that was also fully involved in fire.'"

2019-08-29 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM at home, home heavily damaged, in Sammamish (Washington):

Quote: "A resident told KIRO 7 there were three people inside and everyone got out safely, but damage to the home is significant, the garage was destroyed and a car inside it burned as well."

2019-08-29 - Six vehicles and portable cabin destroyed by fire at auto shop in Waltham Abbey (Britain):

Quote: "When fire crews arrived they reported that one portable cabin and six vehicles were on fire."

2019-08-29 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

2019-08-29 - More than 300 huge cotton bales destroyed by fire near coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2019-08-29 - Around 4,000 tons of hay go up in flames on Heatley Lane in Broomhall (Britain):

Quote: "On arrival crews found that the fire involved approximately 4,000 tonnes of hay and the plastic sheeting over the top of it."

2019-08-29 - Around 300 tons of hay go up in flames on Rickstones Road in Rivenhall (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Home damaged by fire at 2:08 AM on Sheridan Road in Somers (Wisconsin), 500 feet from Lake Michigan:

2019-08-29 - Home damaged by fire on Fawn Court in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2019-08-29 - Home heavily damaged by fire on East Street in Walpole (Massachusetts):

2019-08-29 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Ware Wolf Lake Road in Wolf Lake (Illinois), nobody there:

2019-08-29 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM on Donta Road in Ashland (Kentucky), nobody there:

2019-08-29 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours on Apple Valley Road in Brookhaven (Georgia):

2019-08-29 - Three homes destroyed by fire in Klamath Falls (Oregon), person has 'medical issue':

Quote: "Firefighters quickly searched the homes for victims while trying to stop the fire's spread. KCFD1 said that one person was taken to the hospital for a 'medical issue,' but no firefighters were injured."

2019-08-29 - Fourplex apartment building destroyed by fire shortly after 2:30 AM on Southwest 17th Street in Beaverton (Oregon):

2019-08-29 - Vacant barn destroyed by fire at 6:01 AM on Braxted Park Road in Great Braxted (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Melon-headed whale calf washes up dead, ten whales strand, four euthanized, on the island of Maui (Hawaii):

2019-08-29 - Man and woman found dead at home in coastal London (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Man and two children die in the Karatoa River (Banglasesh):

2019-08-29 - Three children, 10, 13 and 14, die in pond in Jaipur (India):

2019-08-29 - Man and two children die in well in Nagpura (India):

2019-08-29 - Man, 62, dies after being pulled from Lake Powell (Utah):

2019-08-29 - Woman, 65, falls off apartment building and dies in Arlington Heights (Illinois), possible toppler:

2019-08-29 - Man, 23, theft suspect, flees cops, gets caught, has 'medical event' and dies, in Texarkana (Texas):

Quote: "When the suspect arrived at the Bi-State he apparently underwent a 'major medical event,' she said."

2019-08-29 - Woman in her 30s found dead on embankment near Whalley Avenue in coastal New Haven (Connecticut), possible toppler:

2019-08-29 - Man, 51, drops dead near Lawton Hill in Sidney (New York), 400 feet from Carrs Creek:

2019-08-29 - Woman, 64, slumps over dead in van in Aberdeen (South Dakota):

2019-08-29 - Person drops dead in home on Teakwood Place in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2019-08-29 - Man, 33, found dead on Tacilevu Beach in coastal Savusavu (Fiji Islands):

2019-08-29 - Woman in her 50s dies after diving off the coast of Cornwall (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Man, 50, soccer manager, drops dead after his teams wins first game ever, in Sleaford (Britain):

Quote: "A footie manager collapsed and died moments after his side won their first-ever win in a competitive match. Sleaford Rangers boss Jim Pacey, 50, was walking back to the changing rooms when he suddenly collapsed and died."

2019-08-29 - Driver has 'medical issue', car crashes into home, in Mount Pleasant (Wisconsin), 2 injured:

Quote: "It appears that a medical issue by one of the vehicle’s occupants led to the crash, Keiser said."

2019-08-29 - Passenger plane hit by 'loud boom', engine failure, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Merimbula (Australia):

Quote: "'There was a loud bang,' Mr Deveril said."

2019-08-29 - Small plane crashes into field near St. Ignatius (Montana), 3 killed:

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer blows tire, veers across median, hits vehicles, crashes off road, fire erupts, near Littleton (Colorado), 2 killed:

Quote: "The semi was hauling gravel and dirt when it veered through the median and into oncoming traffic. The truck then struck the shoulder barrier and went over the wall onto the bike trail below."

2019-08-29 - Tractor trailer crashes off overpass at 1:30 AM, falls 40 feet, in Lufkin (Texas), 1 injured:

2019-08-29 - SUV hits another SUV then veers off road and crashes into Dairy Queen, near Semmes (Alabama), 2 injured:

2019-08-29 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, on China Aster Court in Germantown (Maryland):

2019-08-29 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, on Beach Road in Chesterfield County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2019-08-29 - Man, 32, axes mother to death then fries her up, in Chattisgarh (India):

Quote: "A 32-year-old man was arrested for killing his mother and then frying her bits in a pan in Raipur district of Chattisgarh."

2019-08-29 - Sinkholes claim several buildings at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion (South Africa):

2019-08-29 - Rockfall injures 3 people at Zion National Park (Utah):

2019-08-29 - Sewer spews tens of thousands of gallons of sewage into Huntington Harbour in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

2019-08-29 - Man has 'medical episode' and collapses near school in Peru (Illinois):

Quote: "Right about the time school was starting a 9-1-1 call went out about a man lying in 21st Street after a medical episode."

2019-08-29 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts, spews ash 34,000 feet into the atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2019-08-29 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in the ocean west of Coos Bay (Oregon):

2019-08-29 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean off Aomori Prefecture (Japan):

2019-08-29 - Hurricane Dorian strengthening as it heads toward Florida, people stock up on supplies:

Quote: "Hurricane Dorian is strengthening and taking aim at Florida, where residents and tourists are bracing for a possible Category 4 landfall on Monday afternoon. Dorian is forecast to make landfall somewhere between Melbourne and Miami, but everyone on the east coast of Florida is urged to be prepared for life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and over 1 foot of rain."

Quote: "If Dorian makes landfall on Florida's east coast with winds of 125 mph, it would be the strongest hurricane to hit the east coast of Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992."

2019-08-29 - Tornado tears across Hainan Island (China), 8 killed, 2 injured:

2019-08-29 - Climate change leading to more severe flooding in Yorkshire, study finds:

Note: Also lots of other places!

2019-08-29 - Tropical seabird seen for the first time ever off Cornwall (Britain):


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., LL, Terry, FezzedOne, Panther and any other readers of JJFH here this morning on sleep-in Saturday.

    Dorian is turning into a real threat to FL, possibly more east coast states over the coming week.

    The cyanobacteria spread continues, and wildfires aren't slowing down either, with another one linked below.

    It's rare when even 1 superyacht goes up in flames, we have 3 here today!

    Reading this blog let's one know exactly how dangerous it is to drive. You could be driving along, observing the speed limit, and suddenly a tractor trailer in the opposite lane comes crashing through the "barrier" between the opposing roadways, smashes into you and others as it careens wildly across the road, and you're dead! But it's more than that. Say you're working your shift at the Dairy Queen, when suddenly an SUV out on the highway, veers wildly into another SUV, and like billiard balls, forces the hit vehicle into your building! Jeez! Or it could be YOU driving along and suddenly you black out and the next thing you know you're in a flaming car, trying to get out, breathing smoke, up against a tree or into a building, with no recollection of how you got there. If you're lucky, you get out alive.

    Fire at Bountiful Utah forces hundreds to evacuate

    The Gun Range Fire was reported at about 1 a.m. on Friday [more]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.30.19 Raising Climate Awareness [~ 19.25 min.]

    Saturday, 31 August 2019
    There is FRAUD in the reporting on the Arctic sea

    This is a case of data being used to HIDE reality rather than shine a light on it.

    Whereas the world media has had quite a lot to say about the record melting in Greenland there has been silence about the disastrous melt of the Arctic sea ice.

    As in previous years, after a fierce melting during July once again we are seeing a reversal of the trend in August.

    Or according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in any case. [more; with lots of links]

    [something to keep an eye on]
    Russian telecom giant MTS teams with Huawei to blast population of several Russian cities with 5G technology

    [SOTT]Comment: While Russia has shown foresight in banning GMOs, it clearly has not fully evaluated the the risks of subjecting an entire population to 5G. Russians will likely see an explosion of disease and debilitating conditions as 5G blankets these test cities. [more]

    [from our There Goes the Food desk]
    Latest storms in Spain severely damage summer fruits, grapes and peppers

    Other autonomous regions have also recorded severe damages. It's the case of the Aragonese county of Calatayud, where fruit trees and wine grapes have been the most damaged crops. In Andalusia and Extremadura, vegetable producers expect significant losses. [more]
    Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind, G2 - Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch in effect

    Our planet has entered a stream of fast-moving solar wind flowing from a large positive polarity coronal hole. A G1 - Minor Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect for August 31 and G2 - Moderate for September 1. [more]

    Bolivia loses 1.2 million ha (3.2 million acres) of forest land this year as wildfires continue

    Forest fires continue raging across Bolivia's forests, damaging almost 1.2 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of land this year. [more]

    [continued below]

  2. The Latest: Officials say Utah wildfire is 10% contained

    Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida

    Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state's east coast or inflict a glancing blow.

    The storm's winds rose to 130 mph (215 kph) and then, hours later, to a howling 140 mph (225 kph) as Dorian gained strength while crossing warm Atlantic waters. The hurricane could wallop the state with even higher winds and torrential rains late Monday or early Tuesday, with millions of people in the crosshairs, along with Walt Disney World and President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

    Though Dorian is growing in intensity, some of the more reliable computer models predicted a late turn northward that would have Dorian hug the coast, the National Hurricane Center said. [more]

    Hurricane Dorian update shows storm slowing, but still hitting Florida as Category 4 [1.25 min. weather feature]

    INTERVIEW-Ocean treaty needed to tackle 'deep trouble', says UN envoy

    The world's seas are increasingly threatened by global warming, acidification and pollution, making it crucial to agree on a global treaty to protect them, the U.N. oceans envoy said.

    Peter Thomson warned in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the oceans were "in deep trouble".

    "It is worse than we think and there are no easy solutions," he said at World Water Week in Stockholm this week, as the latest round of talks on a treaty wound up in New York.

    The first global ocean treaty is due to be agreed in the first half of 2020. But on Friday environmental group Greenpeace said the negotiations were "disappointing" so far, blaming a lack of political will to secure a "progressive outcome".[more; a) too late, 2) fat chance all countries will agree; and iii) we haven't stopped polluting it and won't]

    Spiders are threatened by climate change – and even the biggest arachnophobes should be worried

    Don’t be afraid of spiders – be afraid for spiders [more]

    [next piece follows]

  3. Antibiotic resistance 'could wipe out humanity before climate change does'

    Brace for food wars: science writer issues warning to world

    The world must act now to avoid conflict over food, land and water spreading from hot spots such as Syria to power centres like London and New York, according to a top science writer.

    "We think supermarkets will always be full of food… But the world only has about three months supply of grain in store at any one time," said Cribb.

    The world's food systems are coming under increasing strain from a combination of climate change, water scarcity and soil and biodiversity loss, he said.

    Yet if harvests were to fail in a major grain-growing region, prices of grain and bread would spike, he said.

    "Supermarkets can be emptied in 24 hours, if people panic. We are far closer to hunger than most of us suspect," said Cribb, whose book 'Food or War', published by the Cambridge University Press, comes out in October. [more]

    [oh, it's lots worse than that]

    [more stupid Trump moves]
    Trump tweets big news for ethanol; Pacific Ethanol shares rise

    2 people found dead on beach in Southern California [< 30 sec. news spot, developing story]

    'World's Chillest Man' Doesn't Let Armed Robber Kill His Buzz

    A St. Louis bar patron is being called the “world’s chillest man” for the unfazed way he dealt with an armed robber on Monday.

    Tony Tovar was at a neighborhood bar called Behrmanns when a gunman entered. The robber demanded all the customers and staff get on the ground and hand over their cash and phones, according to NBC News.

    However, Tovar didn’t flinch or do much of anything else.

    Surveillance video obtained by “Inside Edition” shows Tovar continuing to sit at the bar, sipping his beer and checking his phone.

    Tovar didn’t even flinch when the gunman stuck a weapon into his side and tried to grab his phone. Instead, he pulled it back and then calmly lit a cigarette.

    “I wasn’t really concerned,” Tovar told local station KSDK-TV. “I just had a really good feeling he wasn’t out to harm anybody. He just wanted drug money.” [more]

    [FYI: there's a new Terminator movie coming out]

  4. About Dorian, I saw a couple of stories saying it could veer north then spiral away from the coast. I remember a hurricane a couple of years ago that did exactly that. I'm not saying it will do that, and I'm not saying it won't - I don't know, and I don't think it's easy to make those predictions even for professionals. If I were in Florida, I guess I'd go by the old rule of thumb: hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Either way, we'll know soon enough how it shakes out.

    1. The latest consensus for now is that it will almost come ashore near W. Palm Beach as a Cat 4, then track north right along the coast line all the way up to Georgia and even South Carolina. If this happens then it will be like a huge bulldozer taking out the beaches of east Florida, as well as the communities near them. But, of course this is a very fluid situation and the modeling will change all the way up until late Monday or early Tuesday.

    2. Seems to me that that could be the absolute worst scenario. Then it could hit the entire coastline with hurricane-force winds and storm surges while still sucking energy off the water and maintaining some or all of its strength. A direct hit where it just blows across Florida and weakens as it goes might actually be better than that.

  5. Hey Jonny, Mike. In McPherson's latest on NBL he actually links to a story back in 2015. The comments section was still up and running then and you can see a lot of the commenters, including me. From there, i followed other links to posts, where eventually i found this:

    November 5, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for the blast from the past Guy.

    Just another of the many unusual events becoming increasingly normal:

    Woman sitting on park bench ‘spontaneously combusts’ and is now fighting for her life

    Witnesses said the victim, aged in her 40s, was relaxing on Monday evening when she suddenly burst into a ball of flames

    [and further down]

    November 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    A small smattering of incidents, each with news story cited at JJFH (form the 4th):

    2015-11-04 – Man in his 40s ignites while lighting cig, severely burned, outside Walgreens in coastal New Castle (Delaware)

    2015-11-04 – Underground electrical explosion and fire rocks Gaslamp area in coastal San Diego (California)

    Quote: “Patrons at San Diego Water Grill reported hearing an explosion and then seeing smoke and flames coming from a manhole cover near the restaurant on J Street near Sixth Avenue about 7 p.m…”

    2015-11-04 – Underground electrical fire at 6:55 AM hits Dallas (Texas), third in two weeks, blackouts ensue

    2015-11-04 – Underground electrical fire breaks out on Priests Lane in Brentwood (Britain)

    2015-11-04 – Electrical substation erupts in flame in Garthamlock area in coastal Glasgow (Scotland)

    2015-11-04 – Landfill hit by fire in Belconnen (Australia)

    2015-11-04 – Three boats go up in flames, several more smoke-damaged, at boat storage facility in New Windsor (New York)

    2015-11-04 – Passenger train bursts into flame in Rawa Buntu (Indonesia)

    2015-11-04 – School bus bursts into flame on street in Darlington County (South Carolina)

    Note: This is the 186th school bus to burn in 2015 and the 705th bus to burn in 2015

    2015-11-04 – Two parked passenger buses and a car go up in flames in Howrah (India)

    2015-11-04 – Five adjacent row homes go up in flames in Columbia (Pennsylvania)

    2015-11-04 – Vacant garage burns at vacant home in Fairfield (California)

    2015-11-04 – Ecosystems dying off around coastal Long Island (New York)

    2015-11-04 – Woman killed when RV ignites just before 7 AM, near Roy (Washington)

    2015-11-04 – Person found dead in burning car just before midnight in Worcester (Massachusetts)

    2015-11-04 – Man, mid-20s, slumps over dead in work truck on street in LaSalle (Canada)

    2015-11-04 – Girl, 16, found dead at 6:30 AM in field near vehicle, near Mankato (Minnesota)

    2015-11-04 – Woman, 27, goes missing, found dead in Nuuksio National Park (Finland)

    2015-11-04 – A dozen children sickened by unknown cause at school in Calgary (Canada)

    2015-11-04 – Toxin from vast algae bloom off West Coast found in wildlife

  6. Deadly floods and landslides in eastern region of Uganda

    Local media reported that 5 people were missing, feared dead, after landslides buried houses and flooding from the River Kajere. Uganda Red Cross confirmed that 1 person had died in Bukhatisi village, Bulago sub county in Bulambuli District.

    Lightning bolt kills 200 sheep in Himachal Pradesh, India

    Lightning bolt kills 250 sheep in Jumla, Western Nepal

    Snowfalls and lightning have been causing a huge loss to the sheep farmers for the past few years. In winter last year, hundreds of sheep were killed due to heavy snowfall. [more]

    [so it isn't just hard to grow plants anymore, but also to raise livestock]

    [just effing WOW - lightning all over the news]
    Stunning satellite imagery shows Hurricane Dorian sparkling as it approaches US

    As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the US, a meteorologist has shared stunning satellite snaps of the "extremely dangerous" storm's brightly colored lightning eruptions amid swirling clouds that look like a fireworks display.

    Meteorologist Dakota Smith shared the footage on Twitter and explained that the flashes seen in the storm's inner core are "associated with deep convection that kicked off after sunset." [more; chillingly beautiful]

    In the doghouse: Canine car crash culprit caught behind the wheel

    A dog's ruff ride has gone viral after he crashed his owner's car into a wall after being left unattended inside the vehicle, and was pictured behind the wheel at the scene of the crime.

    Duke the dog was left alone in his owner's Mercedes in Aptos, San Francisco, and managed to get his leash stuck on the gear shift. As the canine moved around in the front of the vehicle, the leash pulled the car into neutral, sending it rolling backwards down the street, where it came to a stop after smashing into a retaining wall, taking out a mailbox and some trash cans on its way.

    Luckily, Duke wasn't injured in the smash, and police aren't looking for new leads at this time. [more]

    [more follows]

  7. Fierce Category 4 Dorian strengthens en route to Bahamas

    The National Hurricane Center's advisory released at 8 a.m. Saturday EDT warned the possibility of "strong winds and life-threatening storm surge" is increasing along Georgia and South Carolina's coasts. [more; stay tuned]

    Hurricane Dorian changes course, strengthens to Category 4

    Monstrous Hurricane Dorian changed course slightly on Saturday and put itself on a possible track to hit the Carolinas rather than Florida as previously forecast, after a dangerous blast through the Bahamas.

    Meteorologists said Dorian has grown into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it heads toward land with great potential for destruction.

    "There's been a notable change overnight to the forecast of #Dorian after Tuesday," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Twitter.

    Dorian will keep moving westward through the weekend but is then forecast to turn northward, towards Georgia and the Carolinas, as it approaches the east coast of Florida early next week, the center said. [more; turn and go out to sea!]

    [talk about climate change refugees]
    Indonesia plans to relocate 10 million people from the sinking city of Jakarta

    September is the worst month for stocks — and it’s even gloomier after a downbeat August

    August is typically a weak month for stock market performance, and September is the only month that, on average, is worse for equity-market prices.

    Since 1937, the average September performance of the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.06% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.16% is a 1% decline, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% has seen an average fall of 0.5%, according to Dow Jones Market Data. [more]

    The Trump Administration Has a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Make the Planet Uninhabitable

    From Esquire

    If you ever wondered what it would look like for someone to go Jim Jones on the human race, look no further than the United States of America in the Year of Our Lord 2019. People who study this kind of thing believe we have to cut our heat-trapping emissions in half by 2030 to stand a chance of staving off the worst effects of the climate crisis, and avoid the feedback loops that will send the issue beyond our control. Believe it or not, however, the administration of Donald Trump, American president, is not proving particularly helpful in this regard.

    While the Fox News Grandpa has periodic spasms of insanity on Twitter and the White House lawn, the termites of the state his regime has ushered into power are hard at work dismantling regulations aimed at curbing our climate emissions. The latest example arrived Thursday courtesy of the New York Times.

    The Trump administration laid out on Thursday a far-reaching plan to cut back on the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change.

    The Environmental Protection Agency, in its proposed rule, aims to eliminate federal requirements that oil and gas companies install technology to detect and fix methane leaks from wells, pipelines and storage facilities. It will also reopen the question of whether the E.P.A. even has the legal authority to regulate methane as a pollutant. [more]

    Malibu fire: Brush fire erupts along hillside near Pacific Coast Highway [67 sec. news piece]

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    China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover has discovered an unusually colored, 'gel-like' substance during its exploration activities on the far side of the moon

    A modest proposal indeed: Academia considers cannibalism

    The thought-leaders and philosophers of the Western world have recently turned their attention to a rather radical method of reducing our carbon footprint and self-regulating the Earth’s population. [more]

  9. Scientists are vindicating JJF.About time.however you knew this is where we were heading twords years ago.

  10. I am looking at Ventusky's projection of Dorian and if it ends up being correct then the area between Miami and W. Palm Beach will be majorly effed. It barely comes onshore and straddles the coast line and then barely moves for a long time. Almost a day before moving north finally. In the past I've noted that Ventusky isn't 100% accurate, but it's pretty good over all.;-81.9;5&l=rain-3h&t=20190904/0000

  11. Good catch, Panther! Yeah, scientists are sooooo sloooow, at least about this. I mean glacially slow. I don't know why that is, but it is the case. Still, just like I said would inevitably happen, they continue to creep closer to what I've been saying all along.

    What they should have done 7 or 8 years ago is aggressively attack JJFH. That's what you do in science, attack theories. The correct ones survive, the incorrect ones are eliminated. It sounds brutal, but that's the way it works, and I would not have been offended in any way if they had done that, since I understand that the goal is to root out fallacious theories. They could and should still do that. But I guess they haven't even caught up enough yet, after all this time, for that to happen.

    A few people in the beginning tried to attack ME, personally. That's not science, attacking the messenger. But that backfired and blew up in their face, so they quit trying that, and most people have since pretty much just ignored everything I've said.