Thursday, September 12, 2019

Event Update For 2019-09-11

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

2019-09-11 - Massive pallet fire erupts at pallet business in Haltom City (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters discovered a large fire outside the building. Officials said the flames were at least 40- or 50-feet tall, and numerous pallets were involved."

2019-09-11 - Waste facility hit by fire, huge pile of garbage burns, in Utica (New York):,82625

2019-09-11 - Train car bursts into flame in train yard in coastal Mumbai (India):

2019-09-11 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) found in High Rock Lake in Davidson County (North Carolina):

2019-09-11 - Boy, 14, loses consciousness in swimming pool at school, dies shortly later, in Gary (Indiana):

Quote: "Witnesses say after football practice on Wednesday, the coach allowed the players into the school pool to cool off. The teen collapsed and headed toward the bottom of the pool."

2019-09-11 - Man, 49, found dead at 6 AM in swimming pool at Naiharn Beach Resort in coastal Phuket (Thailand):

2019-09-11 - Rare brain-infecting virus spread by mosquitoes kills 3 people in the US:

2019-09-11 - A vast liquidation of public lands is underway in Alaska:

Note: Taking land away from the people and giving it to corporations to abuse - what's not to like?!

2019-09-11 - Home explodes and burns at 11:30 PM on Jacqueline Drive in Delhi Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

2019-09-11 - Home explodes and burns at 6 AM in Tecumseh (Oklahoma), nobody there:

Quote: "They tell us no one was inside when it caught on fire... saying it’s a vacant home and has been on the market for a while."

Note: If you're in the market for a pre-exploded home, this is the property for you!

2019-09-11 - Apartment building explodes and burns in Duesseldorf (Germany), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "Fire services say one person has died and two people were injured in an explosion and a subsequent fire in a residential building in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Officials said Wednesday that the cause of the explosion in the small apartment block overnight, which sprayed debris across the road, is still unclear."

Note: These are the 136th, 137th and 138th residential explosions in 2019...

2019-09-11 - Boat bursts into flame at marina in coastal Oak Bluffs (Massachusetts):

Note: This is the 794th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-11 - School bus bursts into flame near Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights in St. Louis County (Missouri):

Note: This is the 125th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 439th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-09-11 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the M5 near Avonmouth (Britain):

Quote: "All the lanes were shut on the motorway earlier today (Wednesday, September 11) when a car transporter caught fire between junctions 14 and 15. Photos show how the flames left cars burnt out and warped."

Note: This is the 51st car-hauler to burn in 2019...

2019-09-11 - Four tanker trucks destroyed by fire at fuel depot in Ibadan (Nigeria):

Quote: "According to Tribune, four fuel tankers were also gutted by fire during the incident. One of the tankers on loading point was said to have caught fire before spreading to other parts of the terminal."

2019-09-11 - FedEx tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 near Bartonsville (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-255 in St. Louis County (Missouri):

Quote: "MoDOT said the tractor-trailer was carrying 72,000 pounds of chocolate."

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-5 in Stanislaus County (California):

Quote: "Firefighters say they have stopped the forward progress of the Stuhr Fire. About 160 acres have burned, Cal Fire says. No one has been reported injured. Investigators say a tractor-trailer that caught fire is to blame for starting the blaze."

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 in Lewis County (Washington):

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 4:53 AM on Route 22 in Bridgewater (New Jersey):

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 12:30 AM on US 35 near Jackson (Ohio):

2019-09-11 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked in hay shed on East Cub River Road in Preston (Idaho):

Quote: "Fire destroyed a small shed containing a tractor and bales of hay in Franklin County. Firefighters were called to 5300 East Cub River Road at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday morning. 'We got called to a tractor fire and they told us it was in a hay shed,' according to Franklin County Fire Chief Randon Naegle."

2019-09-11 - Tractor bursts into flame on Evesham Road in Alcester (Britain):

Note: These are the 1611th-1623rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-11 - Box truck bursts into flame while parked at home, fire scorches home, in Concord (North Carolina):

2019-09-11 - RV bursts into flame at business on Boy Scout Road in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

Note: This is the 333rd RV to burn in 2019...

2019-09-11 - Van bursts into flame on St Johns Road in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

2019-09-11 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at Target store on Alpine Avenue in Walker (Michigan):

2019-09-11 - Pickup truck bursts at scenic overlook near Quincy (Michigan):

2019-09-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Dirksen Parkway in Springfield (Illinois):

2019-09-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on the M1 Princes Motorway near Helensburgh (Australia):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame at 3:15 AM on I-805 in the City Heights area in coastal San Diego (California):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on Florida Avenue in coastal Coconut Grove (Florida):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on St. James Boulevard in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on US 10 in Midland County (Michigan):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame at 6:40 AM in carpark at school in Lapford (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on The Nettlefolds (street) in Hadley (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on the M60 near Trafford Park (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Car bursts into flame on the A1245 near Rayleigh (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-41 in Winnebago County (Wisconsin):

2019-09-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Ridgewood Road near Willits (California):

2019-09-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-75 near Perrysburg (Ohio):

2019-09-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A303 near Salisbury (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 1:53 AM on Minehead Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Minehead Road, Hull. Wed 11 Sep 2019 01:53 (No:20321) Vehicle fire. Two hose reels, one breathing apparatus in use."

2019-09-11 - Five cars and garage destroyed by fire at 12:10 AM in Big Clifty (Kentucky):

Quote: "A large garage fire in Big Clifty has destroyed five vehicles and resulted in ammunition being set off as firefighters battled the blaze."

2019-09-11 - Barn destroyed by fire in Somers (Connecticut):

2019-09-11 - Around 100 tons of straw go up in flames in Ford, Shrewsbury (Britain):

2019-09-11 - Commercial building damaged by fire in coastal Washington DC:

2019-09-11 - Workshop destroyed by huge fire in Apopka (Florida), 2 rabbits killed:

2019-09-11 - Tavern destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM on West 10th Street in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2019-09-11 - Bar destroyed by fire in the wee hours in coastal Egg Harbor City (New Jersey):

2019-09-11 - Cabin destroyed by fire in the Town of Lanark (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2019-09-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Plantation Road in Lancaster (South Carolina):

2019-09-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 5 AM on Wentworth Street in Chesterfield (Virginia):

2019-09-11 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:40 AM on Queens Way in Kunkletown (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-11 - Man and girl, 21 and 17, found dead in submerged car in Bass Lake (California):

2019-09-11 - Two boys, 10 and 13, found dead in lake in Irumbedu (India):

2019-09-11 - Man, 69, has 'medical emergency' and dies while hunting near Hayden (Colorado):

Quote: "A man who was out hunting in Slater Park north of Hayden Wednesday morning was pronounced dead after experiencing a medical emergency, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. The 69-year-old man, whose identification has not yet been released, was having difficulty breathing while in the field, according to Routt County Undersheriff Doug Scherar. A call for emergency assistance came in at around 7:30 a.m. from his location."

Note: And dropping-dead-while-hunting season begins!

2019-09-11 - Woman, 64, disaster planner, collapses during presentation, dies shortly later, in coastal Port Angeles (Washington):

Quote: "Jamye Wisecup died a day after she collapsed while giving a presentation to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, said Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Cameron as he informed county staff in an email Thursday."

2019-09-11 - Woman, 69, has 'medical emergency', car veers into ditch, woman dies, in Frankenmuth (Michigan):

Quote: "Police say a woman who died Tuesday evening after her vehicle crashed into a ditch in Frankenmuth likely suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel. The Frankenmuth police and fire departments responded to the crash on Gera Road just south of Roedel Road around 7:15 p.m. A 69-year-old woman from Reese was found dead inside her car. Police say she veered off Gera Road into a ditch, but little damage was done to her car."

2019-09-11 - Woman slumps over dead in tent in Modesto (California):

2019-09-11 - Girl, 16, found dead near Macoby Creek Park in Upper Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-11 - Girl, 5, has 'medical episode' and dies in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Officials are investigating the death of a 5-year-old child who suffered an unspecified medical episode early Wednesday."

2019-09-11 - Person found dead in wooded area in Tarpon Springs (Florida):

Quote: "Police say a person fishing found the body and called them around 5:10 p.m."

2019-09-11 - Person found dead in the Santa Ynez Riverbed near Lompoc (California):

2019-09-11 - Man dies in the water while surfing at Moonlight State Beach in coastal Encinitas (California):

Quote: "The man was still attached to his board with a surf leash."

2019-09-11 - Woman found dead in creek in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2019-09-11 - Man found dead in creek in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2019-09-11 - Man, 63, found dead with submerged car in Hillsdale Lake near Kansas City (Kansas):

2019-09-11 - Person found dead near university in Tuscaloosa (Alabama):

2019-09-11 - Man has 'medical event' and slumps over dead in car in coastal Waitara (New Zealand):

2019-09-11 - Person found dead at beach in coastal Porirua (New Zealand):

2019-09-11 - Man dies after being pulled from the water at Karon Beach in coastal Phuket (Thailand):

2019-09-11 - Man found dead in drain in coastal Lautoka (Fiji Islands):

2019-09-11 - Man, 37, dies in the Abary River (Guyana):

2019-09-11 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane diverts to the island of Bermuda:

Quote: "A JetBlue flight on its way to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico diverted to Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport today [Sept 11] due to a medical emergency."

2019-09-11 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into home, in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police say a medical emergency caused a driver to crash into a Winston-Salem home."

2019-09-11 - Twin-engine cargo plane crashes into vehicles outside auto business shortly after 2:30 AM, bursts into flame, in Toledo (Ohio), 2 killed:

2019-09-11 - Private jet blows tire at airport, wheel well bursts into flame, in coastal Oakland (California):

2019-09-11 - Small plane crashes at airport in coastal Boca Raton (Florida), 2 injured:

2019-09-11 - Small plane runs off runway and overturns at airport in coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

2019-09-11 - Tractor trailer veers off road before 5 AM, crashes into pillar, in San Antonio (Texas):

2019-09-11 - Car crashes into railing on bridge over the Missouri River in Cedar County (Nebraska), 1 killed:

Quote: "Joshua Hauger of Yankton was pronounced dead at the scene following the one-vehicle accident on U.S. 81 on the Discovery Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River."

2019-09-11 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Magnolia Springs Highway in Baldwin County (Alabama), 1 injured:

2019-09-11 - Car veers off road and crashes in the Town of Brighton (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police believe Novak may have suffered a medical emergency before the crash."

2019-09-11 - Car veers off road, crashes into school, bursts into flame, in Cassville (Missouri), 1 injured:

2019-09-11 - Dog attacks and injures two women, charges cop, cop shoots it dead, in Pearland (Texas):

2019-09-11 - Hippo attacks and kills fisherman in Lake Naivasha (Kenya):

Quote: "A fisherman was yesterday killed by a hippo in Lake Naivasha, bringing to 11, the number of those killed in similar manner this year."

2019-09-11 - Sinkhole opens on street in coastal Kill Devil Hills (North Carolina):

2019-09-11 - Heavy rain and flooding kills 14+ people in Laos, hundreds of thousands displaced:

2019-09-11 - Around 2500 people missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian:

2019-09-11 - Swedish scientist suggests the climate crisis could lead people to consider eating human flesh:

Note: Hannibal Lecter was ahead of his time!

2019-09-11 - 60 percent of Americans believe a recession is coming but consumers continue ramping up debt:

2019-09-11 - EPA to significantly reduce chemical testing on lab animals:

Note: Does the fine print say, 'All future testing will be done on human beings via the marketplace and without their knowledge or permission'? Just askin'!


  1. Great job, Jonny - and happy Friday everyone! Made it through another week, woo-hoo!

    MO incidents all over the place here today! 36 tons of chocolate melted all over the road - that's a mess.

    The Carolinas and CA representing many JJFH events too, and Britain is pretty much always on the list.

    Friday, 13 September 2019
    Pentagon 9/11 video released

    Pentagon 9/11 Video
    Released Via FIOA [should be FOIA] Exposes Long Told Lies [~ 8.6 min. video]

    World ‘losing battle against deforestation’

    A historic global agreement aimed at halting deforestation has failed, according to a report. [more]

    [from our Join The Club segment]
    Dolphins in English Channel being poisoned by toxic chemicals

    Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel have some of the highest levels of toxic mercury in their skin and blubber ever recorded among the species, scientists have found.

    They being poisoned by chemicals banned as far back as the 1970s and 1980s because of the risk they posed to wildlife and humans. The chemicals, known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), were commonly used as a refrigerant and are extremely durable, remaining in ecosystems for decades and passing up the food chain. [more]

    [from our What Can I Fuck Up Today? desk]
    Trump Administration to Roll Back Clean Water Protections

    The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. [more]

    M3.7 Earthquake Hits New Madrid Fault Zone in Arkansas – More Than 2500 Reports From Missouri and Arkansas

    A 3.7 magnitude earthquake rumbled parts of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas early Thursday, Sept. 12.
    The quake hit at 1:42 a.m. near Gassville, Arkansas, around the Missouri border. [more]

    Just Another Huge Sinkhole Swallowing Up a Taxi

    A taxi driver had to sprint to freedom from his cab moments after it was swallowed up by an enormous sinkhole.
    The cabbie, named Guo, ran from his car after the 13ft deep chasm opened up in Ningxia, northern China. [more; video]

    Methane Bubbling From Seafloor Near Gisborne, New Zealand Linked to Submarine Landslides and Tsunami

    A rare concentration of methane seeps from the sea floor off the Gisborne coast is being studied to understand their role in underwater landslides. [more]

    Biblical Deluge Floods Valencia Region in Spain, Killing 2, Washing Away Hundreds of Cars and Spawning Destructive Tornadoes

    Torrential rain that has been falling in Spain’s Mediterranean area left two people dead in Caudete, Valencia province. [more]

    Another tropical system is expected to hit the Bahamas islands slammed by Hurricane Dorian [~ 1 min. weather brief]

    [more later]

  2. Friday, 13 September 2019
    Ugandan farmers displaced for Scandanavian carbon trading

    The new colonialism in the name of climate action

    Evicted for Carbon Credits: Norway, Sweden, and Finland Displace Ugandan Farmers for Carbon Trading

    Evicted for Carbon Credits implicates Green Resources’ new majority shareholders, the public development institutions of Norway and Finland—Norfund and Finnfund—which rescued it from bankruptcy in July 2018. These institutions are aware of the land grab, yet continue to finance the project despite Green Resources’ abuse against the communities at Kachung.[kaching!]

    The report also exposes the complicity of three prominent international certification bodies—the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)—that are supposed to verify the company’s compliance with environmental and social standards. Evicted for Carbon Credits analyses how several of their monitoring and assessment reports omitted or downplayed the impacts of the land grab. [more; corruption abounds]

    [there goes another newspaper via "security services"]
    The decline of the Guardian

    In the period since Snowden, The Guardian has lost many of its top investigative reporters who had covered national security issues, notably Shiv Malik, Nick Davies, David Leigh, Richard Norton-Taylor, Ewen MacAskill and Ian Cobain. The few journalists who were replaced were succeeded by less experienced reporters with apparently less commitment to exposing the security state. The current defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, started at The Guardian as head of media and technology and has no history of covering national security.

    “It seems they’ve got rid of everyone who seemed to cover the security services and military in an adversarial way,” one current Guardian journalist told us. [more]

    The effect of sudden stratospheric warming on Australia
    Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ weather

    The Arctic is on fire. Now, Antarctica is suddenly experiencing a heatwave. And that means a looming rainfall apocalypse for Australia.

    According to a recent report by senior researchers from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, we're in for higher than normal spring temperatures. And less rain.

    It's all because of record warm temperatures in the air swirling above Antarctica.

    It's producing a domino effect.

    The stratospheric "polar vortex" has been disrupted. It could even reverse direction.

    It's pushing stormy Southern Ocean wind streams over Tasmania, New Zealand's South Island and South America's Patagonia. This is away from its regular route over the Australian mainland.
    And that means NSW and southern Queensland - already in parts devastated by bushfires so early in the season - are set to face worsening conditions and an even more catastrophic bushfire season. [more]

    [more below]

  3. Warm water, fresh water, wind and tides – ice or no ice
    around Svalbard?

    As climate change is leading to strong warming in the Arctic, both in the ocean and in the atmosphere, and to a drastic decline in sea ice extent in all seasons, less sea ice is transported into the northern Barents Sea, and local freshwater volume decreases. This, in turn, allows the upper ocean to warm dramatically from below, contributing to the fastest temperature increase and greatest winter sea ice decline yet observed in the Arctic. North of Svalbard, the sea ice is thinning and melting faster than before, enabling the Atlantic Water to stay at the surface further east than it used to. Prolonged ice-free periods will enable more direct influence of the wind on mixing in the ocean. At the same time, the efficiency of tides in redistributing heat might change as stratification weakens. [more]

    Tropical Storm Humberto threatens the Bahamas

    Hurricane-Pummelled Bahamas in Crosshairs of New Tropical Storm

    To the south of the Bahamas, a new tropical formation seems to be in the works. Dubbed Invest 95L, the storm could grow into Tropical Storm Humberto by the weekend, posing a serious danger to an area of the globe recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian. [more]

    [long article on 9-11 if you aren't already up to speed]

    The "Dancing Israelis" and 9/11

    The Dancing Israelis: FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks [videos and text, links]

    [and TODAY]

    Not the Russians, not the Chinese - ISRAEL spies on the White House


    Mark LaGanga's WTC 9/11 Video (Full HD 60fps)
    [~ 29 min. video]

  4. [some of the end of the wor' - er, WEEK RF headlines]
    News Links, September 13, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    US Federal Budget Deficit Tops $1 Trillion—With No End In Sight

    Hold gold, global currency debasement looms - Blackrock

    Billionaires hurt economic growth and should be taxed out of existence, says bestselling French economist

    Brokerage Charles Schwab says to cut about 600 jobs

    Video game retailer GameStop closing 180 to 200 stores globally

    CEOs Abandon Ship: Record 159 CEO Exits in August as Overall Layoffs Surge

    Harley Davidson to lay off 40 employees in Wisconsin

    Coney Island to cut 285 jobs, sell rides

    BAT plans to cut 2,300 jobs by Jan 2020

    Boeing CEO: Global aviation regulators may not clear 737 Max to fly at the same time

    Cathay Pacific swings axe in response to sharp drop in passenger numbers

    Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

    Just 5% of Europeans trust Trump, damning poll finds

    Polling also finds Europeans want to stay neutral between US and Russia

    Stronger Than Ever, Taliban Vows to Fight On in Afghanistan

    U.S. Considering Sanctions Over Turkey's S-400 Purchase

    Raytheon anticipates international boom in counterdrone sales

    USGC: Ethanol is fastest growing US agricultural export
    I can't believe anyone buys this crap. As I've observed, all it accomplishes is shoving around piles of money: GDP and trade statistics go up, so Mission Accomplished! But it does nothing to sustain industrial society. -- RF

    Air conditioning for all? Hotter world faces risk of 'cooling poverty'
    "By the end of the century, global energy demand for cooling will be more than it is for heating," said Radhika Khosla, who leads an Oxford Martin School program on future cooling. But not everyone will be able to afford to beat the heat.
    By the end of the century, if anyone has space cooling at all, it will be limited to a few elites. -- RF

    Staying fit preserves brain structure, improves function, study says
    New research suggests that staying in good shape may help preserve brain structure, boost memory, and improve the ability to think clearly and quickly.

    Shale Boom Cools As Employment In Oil And Gas Jobs Tumbles

    Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?

    15 million people worldwide may have died by suicide with pesticides

    As 9/11 health problems mount, an uncertain future for students in lower Manhattan

    The 3 major security threats to AI
    Adversarial examples, trojans and model conversion

    Hundreds arrested worldwide in cyber scam crackdown

    Email wire fraud is so simple for criminals to pull off, it's cost companies $26 billion since 2016, says FBI

    U.S. social media firms to testify on violent, extremist online content

    [next part below]

  5. Democratic Think Tank Center for American Progress Isn't Fooling Anybody

    We are all hostages of 9/11 (Pepe Escobar)
    After years of reporting on the Global War on Terror, many questions behind the US attacks remain unresolved

    More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative
    Evidence continues to mount that the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative of September 11, and it becomes ever more clear that the media remains committed to preventing legitimate questions about that day from receiving the scrutiny they deserve.

    FBI Finally Agrees To Name Saudi Official Who Helped 9/11 Attackers

    Facebook Knows When You're Boffing Thanks To App Used By Millions Of Women

    • War on Julian Assange

    Is Orwell's Ministry of Truth Alive? Why Don't We Hear Much About Julian Assange?

    It's Not a Mystery Why America's Biggest Cities Are Losing Population

    Our Energy and Debt Predicament in 2019

    The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy

    Dear Mr. President, why is it a good thing if a 10-year Treasury note is worth less than a bag of dirt?
    Economists don't think Trump grasps that negative rates are a sign of economic weakness

    The Inevitable Bursting of Our Bubble Economy

    Census: Number of Americans without health insurance increased in 2018

    Men's "Real" Earnings Below 1973 Level: Census Bureau
    Top 20% households made out like bandits, bottom 40% got crushed.

    U.S. wants tribes' lawsuit blocking Keystone pipeline dismissed

    Medical Debt is Crushing Many Americans. Is the Health Care System on the Verge of Collapse?

    "Core" Inflation Rises Most Since Sep 2008, Powered by Services and Now Even the Peculiar Case of Durable Goods

    The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good

    Lawmakers want to give Americans back their right to sue companies

    Used-Car Market Profits from Carmageddon. For Many Americans, New Cars Cost Too Much

    Trump White House hasn't held a traditional press briefing in 6 months

    New California "Gig Economy" Law Could Crush Uber's Already Wildly Unprofitable Business Model

  6. Musical interlude:

    Stanley Clarke - Stanley Clarke (1974) full Album [~ 40.6 min.]

    Lightning bolt kills 8 youths in Jharkhand, India

    The eight youths, hailing from Pasi Tola under Mjhiyon police station, were playing out in the open when the lightning strike killed six out of them on the spot. [more]

    Six earthquakes in five days reported near Cherokee, North Carolina

    Lightning bolt kills 23 cows near Annona, Texas

    A lightning bolt has killed 23 cows after it hit one and then traveled along a metal fence the others were standing next to.

    Rancher Bobby Woody III said it was one of the 'wildest and craziest' things he had ever witnessed.

    'When the lightning hit, it had such strong voltage, it basically jolted one cow in the middle of the field,' Woody wrote on Facebook. [more]

    [banner pic for Fri. 13th submission]
    Orange alert as Villarrica volcano rumbles in southern Chile

    [ya look up 'ominous' inna dictionary, dey got dis pic!]

    Huge sinkhole swallows two cars after opening up in Shanxi, China

    A huge sinkhole opened up on a road in northern China's Lvliang, swallowing two cars. In the video, filmed on September 11, two cars can be seen upside-down inside a 50-metre-long and 10-metre-wide sinkhole as water poured in from the road. According to the witness, people in the two cars have been evacuated and no one was injured. [more]

    Hippo kills fisherman in Lake Naivasha, Kenya - 11th such death for the locality this year

    Double feature: Not one but TWO asteroids set to fly by Earth this weekend

    "These asteroids have been well observed — once since 2000 and the other since 2010 — and their orbits are very well known."

    New clues in understanding near-death experiences

    Accounts of NDEs are remarkably consistent in character and content. They include intensely vivid memories involving bodily sensations that give a strong impression of being real, more real even than memories of true events. The content of those experiences famously includes memories of one's life "flashing before the eyes," and also the sensation of leaving the body, often seeing one's own face and body, blissfully traveling through a tunnel toward a light and feeling "at one" with something universal.

    Instead, that commonality suggests that NDEs might arise from something more fundamental than religious or cultural expectations. Perhaps NDEs reflect changes in how the brain functions as we approach death. [this view is not new]

    DMT is a hallucinogen found in South American plants and used in shamanistic rituals. It caused experiences like NDEs and is also made in the brain, leading to speculation that endogenous DMT may explain NDEs. It is not known, however, whether levels of DMT change in a meaningful way in the human brain near death, so its role in the phenomenon remain controversial.
    [more; they talk up ketamine as an NDE inducer]

  7. The Trump administration is going to reveal the identity of a Saudi official who allegedly helped the 9/11 terrorists

    The Trump administration is planning to provide the identity of a Saudi official who allegedly helped the 9/11 hijackers to family members of victims of the terror attacks that occurred 18 years ago. [more]

    Sword-Wielding Man Arrested at Empire State Building After Acting Erratically
    Sword-Wielding Man Arrested at Empire State Building After Acting Erratically

    The 35-year-old man went into the Midtown tourist destination with no shirt on and wearing pajama pants, with the sword concealed in a cane, according to police sources. Police said the weapon is called a sword-stick.
    Police identified the suspect as Matthew Dixon of Lorton, Virginia. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

    Dixon was sitting on a bench in the Observatory of the building when he began acting erratically, placing the sword to his chest, law enforcement sources told NBC New York. [more]