Thursday, September 26, 2019

Event Update For 2019-09-25

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

2019-09-25 - Unknown rotten egg odor closes City Hall in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2019-09-25 - Passenger plane's landing gear ignites, plane makes hard landing in Barnaul, Siberia (Russia), 49 injured:

Quote: "Forty-nine passengers were injured as a Boeing 767 plane with 344 people aboard touched the ground with its landing gear on fire in Siberia."

Quote: "According to witnesses, the right landing gear of the plane caught fire just before landing."

2019-09-25 - Three small planes, car and motorcycle destroyed by fire while parked in hangar at airport in Caddo Mills (Texas):

Quote: "Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire, which was brought under control after about two hours. However, Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill says no foul play is suspected in the fire that destroyed three aircraft, an automobile and a motorcycle were destroyed. A Piper Cub, a Beachcraft Bonanza and a Cirrus were the planes destroyed according to Caddo Mills Airport Manager  Phil Eaton."

Note: These are the 108th, 109th, 110th and 111th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-25 - Motorcycle dealership devastated by fire shortly after 5 AM, around 40 motorcycles destroyed, in St. Michael (Minnesota):

Quote: "The owner told WCCO’s Kate Raddatz the damage to the bikes alone could top $1-million."

Quote: "The first thing he did when he got on scene was ask firefighters to try to save any motorcycles in the service shop. 'These are customers’ motorcycles that were in the dealership,' Kauth explained. While these five Indian motorcycles may ride again, Kauth thinks he lost around 40 bikes, worth 10 to $30,000 thousand each."

2019-09-25 - Underground electrical explosion and fire cause blackouts in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame on the I-10 Bayway in Mobile on this day...

2019-09-25 - Metal container facility damaged by fire at 3 AM in Arnold (Missouri):

2019-09-25 - Silver plant heavily damaged by fire on Epco Road in Dandridge (Tennessee):

2019-09-25 - Landfill fire breaks out on Reichs Ford Road in Frederick (Maryland):

2019-09-25 - Fishing ship 'Bukhta Naezdnik' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Tromsø (Norway):

Quote: "Fire erupted on board of Russian trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK, berthed at Brevik harbor, Tromso, Norway, at around 1100 LT Sep 25. Fie engulfed area fore of superstructure, with a lot of billowing smoke."

Note: This is the 825th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-25 - Train car bursts into flame at Joint Base Cape Cod in coastal Bourne (Massachusetts):

2019-09-25 - Fire truck bursts into flame at fire station in Strasburg (Colorado):

Quote: "According to an incident report obtained by 9NEWS, the ladder truck, known as a quint, was returning from a house fire on Friday evening. As it arrived at the station, another driver ran up to the window of the truck and said 'your truck is on fire.'"

2019-09-25 - Two more transit buses burst into flame in Rome (Italy):

Quote: "The flames had barely been extinguished in yesterday's bus fire in Rome when another vehicle caught fire in the city this afternoon."

Quote: "Rome's second bus fire in 24 hours, today's blaze nudged the total number of such incidents in Rome this year up to 24."

Note: I last had the count in July at 15 buses that had burst into flame in Rome in 2019, so that means there are NINE more buses that have gone up in flames since the 2019-07-12 update, including these two in the last 24 hours...

2019-09-25 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Cwmffrwdoer (Britain):

Note: These are the 460th-469th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-09-25 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on US 95 near Bonners Ferry (Idaho):

2019-09-25 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead (Britain):

Quote: "A picture Tweeted by Herts Fire and Rescue Service seemed to show flames engulfing a car transporter."

Note: These are the 54th and 55th car-haulers to burn in 2019...

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:30 AM on street in Moab (Utah):

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Alachua (Florida):

2019-09-25 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites field fire, near Holland (Indiana):

2019-09-25 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites field fire, near Marshall (Missouri):

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 20 in Sainte-Eulalie (Canada):

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Scarborough (Britain):

Quote: "Scarborough – Time of call 1540 Crews from Scarborough were mobilised to a report of a HGV on fire. Crews used 1 HR and a TIC to extinguish the fire."

Note: These are the 1727th, 1728th, 1729th, 1730th, 1731st, 1732nd, 1733rd and 1734th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-25 - Dump truck bursts into flame near Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield (Virginia):

2019-09-25 - Flatbed truck bursts into flame in coastal Sandown on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Truck bursts into flame at 6 AM on the New York State Thruway in Nyack (New York):

2019-09-25 - RV bursts into flame on Main Street in Potter Valley (California):

Note: This is the 345th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-09-25 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home on Herring Lane in Walker (Louisiana):

2019-09-25 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at business in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2019-09-25 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street near Carl Junction (Missouri):

2019-09-25 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Race Track Road near Mena (Arkansas):

2019-09-25 - At least five cars go up in flames while parked at towing company on Clarks Lane in Bryan (Texas):

Quote: "At least 5 vehicles were damaged in a lot at R&J Towing and Recovery in the 2400 block of Clarks Lane just before 5:00 p.m. Thick smoke could be seen for miles coming from the yard after the fire quickly spread from one vehicle to the next."

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage near hospital in Roanoke (Virginia):

Quote: "An early-morning car fire has temporarily closed the Terrace View Parking Garage, which is across Belleview Avenue from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke."

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home in Stoughton (Wisconsin):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame as man works on it at gas station, fire spreads to gas station, in Mansfield (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses told WBZ-TV that as the garage went up in flames, employees sprung into action to rescue the employee who was trapped. They helped him escape, but the man was engulfed in flames as he ran from the building."

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame before 6:51 AM on the I-10 Bayway in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame on Glenmore Drive in Norfolk (Nebraska):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame at business in Fort Gratiot (Michigan):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame on Pimbo Lane in Upholland (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to van and home, on Paradise (street) in Newton Longville (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 25 September, 2.30am Car fire spreading to van and also causing fire and heat damage to house, Paradise, Newton Longville. One appliance and crew from Bletchley, one from Great Holm and an officer atended. Firefighters used two hose reels, one set of breathing apparatus and a fan."

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame outside hotel in Wicklow (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame on the A50 near Sudbury (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Car bursts into flame in carpark at business on Gargrave Road in Skipton (Britain):

Quote: "Gargrave Road, Skipton time of call: 21:07 Crews from Skipton have extinguished a car fire within in a car park of a commercial property. Crews found the fire was confined to the rear of the vehicle and extinguished prior to arrival. Crews used one hose reel to dampen down."

2019-09-25 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-41/94 near 7 Mile Road in Racine County (Wisconsin):

2019-09-25 - Car and home destroyed by fire in Marshfield (Wisconsin), nobody there:

Quote: "The house was a complete loss, including the car inside the garage."

2019-09-25 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on Chester Road in Frodsham (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

2019-09-25 - Commercial building heavily damaged by massive blaze shortly after 5 AM in Santa Ana (California):

2019-09-25 - Home damaged by garage fire on Toll Gate Lane in Silvercreek Township (Ohio):

2019-09-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Main Street in Remsen (New York):

2019-09-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Handy Hollow Road in the Town of Caton (New York):

2019-09-25 - Home destroyed by fire on Forest Grove Road in Franklin Township (New Jersey), nobody there:

Quote: "A 64-year-old firefighter from Landisville Fire Company was taken to the hospital after experiencing a medical condition. He’s listed in critical but stable condition."

2019-09-25 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 2 AM on Hueston Street in coastal Yarmouth (Canada), nobody there:

2019-09-25 - Lakefront mansion under construction destroyed by fire on Lake Keowee (South Carolina):

2019-09-25 - Three homes go up in flames on Andy Circle in Sacramento (California):

2019-09-25 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 6:55 AM on Roughlock Lane in Spearfish (Idaho), 1 killed:

2019-09-25 - Deadly fire burns home on Oakwood Road in Brimfield (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2019-09-25 - Deadly fire burns condo building before 6:30 AM on Victory Lane in Sterling Heights (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-09-25 - Vacant home burns on Orange Street in Albany (New York):

2019-09-25 - Vacant home burns at 2:40 AM on Davis Street in Aliquippa (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-25 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 5 AM on Howard Street in Florence (South Carolina):

2019-09-25 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Coraopolis (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-25 - Vacant store burns in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2019-09-25 - Pilot whales strand, 15 die, on/near St. Catherines Island (Georgia):

Quote: "The Department of Natural Resources says about 26 short-finned pilot whales stranded on or near St. Catherines Island, leaving 15 dead."

2019-09-25 - Five people die suddenly in coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "An investigation has been launched after two Irishmen died just days apart in New York. Keith Lynch, 45, from Co Tipperary and Edward Lynch, 40, from Co Cavan, tragically passed away last week. The two men were among five people to die suddenly in New York over the weekend."

2019-09-25 - Three teen boys die in pond near Ariyalur (India):

2019-09-25 - Man, 28, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at hotel in coastal Pattaya (Thailand):

Quote: "Twenty eight-year-old Saurabh Sharma, who was in Pattaya along with a friend for his bachelor party, was found dead in a swimming pool."

2019-09-25 - Man, 35, drops dead at Esplanade Beach in coastal Pacifica (California):

Quote: "Officers determined the person, initially described as a man in his 30s, was dead. He did not appear to have any traumatic injuries and foul play is not suspected, police said."

2019-09-25 - Man falls off boat and dies off coastal Long Island (New York):

2019-09-25 - Woman, 51, has 'medical issue' and slumps over dead on charter bus in Schenectady (New York):

2019-09-25 - Man, 59, has 'medical event' and drops dead while hunting, in Elbridge Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Friends reported that they spoke with the victim during the day on Monday, deputies said, and they believed he was headed to put up a new tree stand for bow hunting season. Deputies said they believe Gauld had some type of medical event while putting up his tree stand."

Note: Drop-dead-while-hunting season continues...

2019-09-25 - Man, 59, found next to wheelchair in pond at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville (Alabama):

2019-09-25 - Man, 24, Olympic judo hopeful, dies unexpectedly in Wakefield (Massachusetts):

2019-09-25 - Man, 24, jumps in the water to retrieve volleyball and dies in Lake Erie in Cleveland (Ohio):

2019-09-25 - Person found dead in submerged car in lake in Whitfield County (Georgia):

2019-09-25 - Man found dead in tent in Ladson (South Carolina):

2019-09-25 - Person found dead at Van Sise Reserve in Silver Lake (Ohio):

2019-09-25 - Man found dead in the San Joaquin Delta south of Orwood (California):

2019-09-25 - Man found dead on sidewalk in Azusa (California):

2019-09-25 - Man, 42, collapses at jail, dies shortly later, near Redding (California):

2019-09-25 - Man, 44, drops dead in jail cell in Columbia County (Georgia):

2019-09-25 - Man, 32, expert diver, dies while diving off coastal Acmac (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "Esconde, was an expert diver, the barangay chair added."

2019-09-25 - Man, 45, found dead in canal near Kandrakota (India):

2019-09-25 - Man found dead in canal in Cuttack (India):

2019-09-25 - Man, 56, dies while hiking in coastal Montgo Natural Park (Spain):

2019-09-25 - Man in his 20s or 30s slumps over dead while charging electric car in Milton Keynes (Britain):

2019-09-25 - Driver loses consciousness, tanker truck veers off road, drives 500 feet, hits garage at home, fire erupts, near Logansport (Indiana), 1 injured:

Quote: "We have not had the chance to interview him yet for the crash investigation to determine exactly what happened, but we do know that he traveled off the roadway over 500 feet before he struck the garage..."

Quote: "The driver of the semi lost consciousness while driving south on SR 25 and apparently regained consciousness as the truck plowed through a corn field on the east side of the road. Unable to stop the vehicle, it collided with the LP tank at 4746 E. CR 875 N around 10 a.m."

2019-09-25 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in coastal Oxnard (California):

2019-09-25 - Two tractor trailers crash, both go up in flames, on I-80 near Waverly (Nebraska):

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer overturns at 3:20 AM on I-395 in Webster (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-5 near Elk Grove (California):

2019-09-25 - Tractor trailer blows tire and crashes into ditch near Woodville (Alabama):

2019-09-25 - RV and tractor trailer crash, fire erupts, on I-95 in Yulee (Florida):

2019-09-25 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Hicksville on coastal Long Island (New York), 2 injured:

2019-09-25 - SUV crashes into canal near Baker City (Oregon), 1 killed:

2019-09-25 - SUV veers off road, crashes into pole, in Rockland County (New York), 1 injured:

2019-09-25 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, on Driftpile Road in Big Lakes (Canada), 1 killed:

2019-09-25 - Car crashes across median, hits car which hits another car, in Great Falls (Montana), 1 killed, more injured:

Quote: "Great Falls police said Wednesday afternoon that the initial emergency call indicated that the victim was passed out behind the wheel of the car, possibly due to a medical condition, but the cause is still under investigation."

2019-09-25 - Car crashes on Ellis Boulevard NW in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), 1 injured:

2019-09-25 - Shark attacks and injures teen boy at Satellite Beach (Florida):

2019-09-25 - Coyote attacks 5-year-old girl at home in Villa Park (Illinois):

2019-09-25 - Man collapses on street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hull. Wed 25 Sep 2019 16:55 (No:21742) Fire Service assisted male casualty that had collapsed in the street until arrival of paramedics."

2019-09-25 - Young girl has 'medical episode' at McDonald's in Thornbury (Britain):

Quote: "Ambulance crews are dealing with a suspected medical episode at a Mcdonald's branch in Thornbury. Emergency services were called out to the fast food chain at 4.52pm over reports of a young girl falling ill."

2019-09-25 - Tornado touches down and causes destruction in Chippewa County (Wisconsin):

2019-09-25 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Western India, 11+ killed:

2019-09-25 - IPCC report paints catastrophic picture of melting ice and rising sea levels, and reality may be even worse:

2019-09-25 - Carbon taxes won’t do enough to slow global warming:

Note: Neither will anything else...

2019-09-25 - Here’s what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming:

2019-09-25 - Sea creatures are moving towards the poles at a rate of 32 miles per decade:

2019-09-25 - Deadly fungal infection that spreads through dust is on the rise in the southwestern US, and scientists warn the north may be next:

2019-09-25 - Voracious swamp rodents swarming California and endangering water supply:

2019-09-25 - Century-class Solar Minimum in progress:

2019-09-25 - Are dogs conscious? How about computers? Brain scientist Christof Koch takes on deep questions:


  1. Another week of informative posts, Jonny. Great work, man.
    Looks like we made it through again as the situation continues to deteriorate all around us, whew.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 9.26.19 Global Strike imminent while Trump Circus takes up all oxygen [~ 15.75 min.]

    A Shocking New Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Completely Unprepared For The Next Recession

    [yeah, by design!]

    Just like in 2008, most Americans are living right on the edge financially, and so any sort of an economic downturn is going to be extremely painful for tens of millions of American families. When you have not built up a financial cushion, any sort of a setback can be absolutely disastrous. During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because most of them were living paycheck to paycheck a lot of them suddenly couldn’t pay their mortgages. In the end, millions of Americans lost their homes during the “subprime mortgage meltdown”, and today the housing bubble is even larger than it was back then. Sadly, the reality of the matter is that many of us are just barely scraping by from month to month, and that is a very dangerous position to be in. [more]

    M 6.1 - 40km W of Villa La Angostura, Argentina

    2017 Chiapas Earthquake Triggers 1-Year-Long Slow Slip Event on San Andreas Fault 1,900 Miles Away

    A high-resolution map of surface displacements indicates that the 2017 Chiapas earthquake caused substantial creep along a segment of the San Andreas Fault. [more]

    Mysterious 'pocket' of underwater gas could contain millions of tons of natural gas or CO2

    new research from Japan reminds us, enormous, miles-wide reservoirs of greenhouse gases lurk in untouched pockets just below the seafloor.

    In a study published Aug. 19 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a team of researchers discovered one such pocket at the bottom of the Okinawa Trough, a massive submarine basin sitting southwest of Japan where the Philippine Sea plate is slowly sinking below the Eurasian plate. Using seismic waves to map the trough's structure, the team found a huge gas pocket stretching at least 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) wide and potentially containing more than 100 million tons (90.7 million metric tons) of CO2, methane or some combination of the two. [more]

    [the ocean is clearly dying]
    Mass stranding of 134 melon-headed whales on Cape Verde's Boa Vista island

    A group of melon-headed whales died in a mass stranding on Cape Verde's Boa Vista island, Thursday, September 26. [more]

    15 pilot whales dead in Georgia's 2nd stranding since July

    Roughly two dozen pilot whales beached themselves on and near a Georgia barrier island, leaving 15 dead in the whale species' second mass stranding along the state's coast since July, wildlife officials said Thursday.
    About 26 total pilot whales were spotted in the area, George said, and crews were searching the nearby waters for signs of any more strandings.

    It's been just over two months since at least 47 pilot whales swam perilously close the shore on St. Simons Island, where beachgoers scrambled into the water in an effort to nudge the confused whales back toward the open ocean. Three of those whales died. [more]

    [more below]

  2. [from our Don't Look Now, But . . section]
    Hurricane Lorenzo becomes a rare eastern Atlantic Ocean category 4

    At least 20 die after shallow 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Maluku islands (UPDATE)

    Historic early-season snowstorm threatens Northern Rockies, USA

    An early-season snowstorm which could bring record-breaking impacts is threatening portions of the Northern Rockies. Such storm has not occurred in the area since 1934, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Winter Storm Watches have been issued across portions of northwestern Montana. The heaviest snow and most extreme conditions are forecast to occur on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 29, 2019. [more]

    [The Farmers' Almanac predicts a bad winter, as did a woman who raises horses and donkeys here, who said when these animals get their winter coats early (as they have this year), it'll most likely be a bad (unusually cold and maybe snowy winter.]

    [from our Always A Work-Around desk]
    Oil-Sands Crude Sails From B.C., Sidestepping Federal Ban

    Two Calgary-based companies, Melius Energy and BitCrude, are exploiting a loophole in the law passed this summer — by shipping semi-solid bitumen mined from oil sands on a cargo ship rather than in liquid form on an oil tanker. [more]

    Mont Blanc: 250,000 Cubic Meters of Ice Are in Danger of Collapsing – Evacuations and Road Closing

    authorities warn that there is no “alert system” in place.[more]

    [more later]

  3. Friday, 27 September 2019
    Chris Trotter: What god has Greta Thunberg offended?

    The Curse Of Cassandra.

    Unheeded: What god has Greta Thunberg offended, I wonder, to be afforded so many opportunities to deliver so many chilling warnings of climate catastrophe to so many world leaders – to so little effect? Like the Trojan seeress, Cassandra, she looks into the future and sees the ruin that awaits her generation, bears witness fearlessly to the truth, and is viciously derided for her trouble. [from Robin Westenra]

    What sort of spell could possibly be powerful enough to bind the whole of humanity: commoners as well as kings? To that question Greta’s speech also contained an answer:

    “People are suffering. People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth”.

    Ah, yes – the money. And more than the money. The dream of wealth without consequences; power without restraint. That is the spell, Greta. That has always been the spell. And we cannot break it. [more]

    Crisis in the Real Economy

    "Chaotic Mess:" Global Shipping Industry Rattled By US Sanctions On China Tanker Firms

    The global shipping industry was thrown a curveball on Wednesday when the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Chinese entities and people who it accuses of deliberately purchasing oil from Iran in violation of Washington's sanctions against Tehran, Bloomberg reported.

    The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions on five Chinese nationals and six entities, including a unit of COSCO Shipping Corp., who were knowingly violating restrictions on purchasing Iranian petroleum.

    And the probabilities of a trade deal between the U.S. and China this year continue to move lower as China has explicitly said it wouldn't tolerate increasing duties and or sanctions, indicating that the only way to make a deal is the complete removal of all duties and or sanctions. [more]

    Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

    NBC News commissioned laboratory tests of knock-off marijuana vapes that found a pesticide linked to hydrogen cyanide in 10 out 10 products. [more; don't buy shit carts!]

    Climate activist: Why tout development if there's no future?

    An Indian girl who was among the 16 young activists filing a complaint at the United Nations accusing countries of inaction on climate change has taken that step before.

    Ridhima Pandey, now 11, filed a petition in 2017 at India's National Green Tribunal, which oversees environmental concerns, for not taking serious enough steps to combat climate change. It was dismissed, but she escalated it to the Indian Supreme Court.

    Pandey was among the activists including Swedish teen Greta Thunberg who criticized Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey for failing to uphold their obligations to young people under the U.N.'s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    [from our Health Watch section]
    Woman says she contracted deadly flesh-eating bacteria after getting a manicure at a nail salon: 'I'm just lucky to be alive'

    A woman in Tennessee claimed she almost lost her hand due to contracting flesh-eating bacteria after getting a manicure at a nail salon in Knoxville.

    Jayne Sharp told CBS affiliate WTVF that she didn't think anything of it when she "got poked in the thumb," but a couple of hours after she left the salon, her thumb started throbbing. From there, the infection only escalated. [more]

  4. [and, finishing out another week with RF headlines]
    News Links, September 27, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    A long-despised and risky economic doctrine is now a hot idea
    Helicopter money, MMT, and whatnot are doomed to failure because, as I've pointed out, giving people more money doesn't increase the total amount of energy at society's disposal. -- RF

    Trump's Unwinnable Trade War: Gold Explains Why

    U.S. business investment much weaker in second-quarter than previously estimated

    What's next for Condor Airlines after Thomas Cook Airlines collapse?

    Investigators: Boeing didn't anticipate how pilots would handle multiple alerts on 737 Max

    US Navy warships roaming Arctic waters

    The Coup Has Begun – The Empire Strikes Back Everywhere
    Brits and Americans alike are learning the terrible lesson that it is time to put away childish things like representative government and that elections matter.

    Iran president warns of a region 'on the edge of collapse'

    US Slaps More Sanctions On Venezuela, But Cuba Continues To Get Some Oil

    "Too Much Too Fast" Gas Glut Crushes Shale Drillers

    Who Is To Blame For The Decline In Permian Production?

    Secret Survey: U.S. Shale In A State Of 'Deep Anxiety'

    Fatal Explosion Slams South Korea's Hydrogen Future

    3 more suspected African swine fever cases reported in South Korea

    Plastic tea bags add billions of 'microplastics' to hot drinks, study says

    As 2020 election looms, Facebook says it will let politicians post without fact-checking [fuck Farcebook and Sucker-berg]

    Facebook says 'tens of thousands' of apps suspended over privacy issues

    Oracle says investigators have asked it for information about Google

    Norway will not ban Huawei from 5G mobile network: minister

    Amnesty International issue warning to travellers to America

    'Everybody's Overworked:' String of Suicides Raises Questions About Sailors' Stress Levels

    Forty States In The U.S. Do Not Have Enough Money To Pay Their Bills

    Gabbard qualifies for fourth presidential debate

    Employer Healthcare Costs Jump to $20,000 - Not Inflation?

    How Employees & Employers Get Bled by Health Insurance

    Stress of politics taking mental, physical toll on Americans

    Special Report: New frontier in health fraud - Genetic tests of the elderly

    You're Footing The Bill For Bankrupt Shale Drillers

    A wave of oil and gas wells abandoned by bankrupted drillers could cost the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The Democrats' Impeachment Attempt Against Trump Is A Huge Mistake

    California's pension debt cannot be ignored

    Miami Real Estate Is About To Collapse… This is About Condos, and it Would Be Funny if it Weren't so Serious

    United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education [and it SHOWS!]

  5. Massive "Wheel in the Sky" | Mysterious HUGE "Ship" above Yosemite - Men stop car to record enigma! [15.25 min.]

    Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for 'unimaginable' water crisis

    * Some regional Australian towns have trucked in drinking water

    * Several towns forecast to hit 'day zero' next year

    * The drought is party driven by warmer sea and air temperatures

    * Farm production is declining, hurting Australia's economy

    City hit by explosions a year ago sees gas leak, evacuations

    A gas leak forced the temporary evacuation Friday of hundreds of residents from a Massachusetts city still reeling from a destructive series of gas explosions and fires a year ago.

    By Friday afternoon, electricity and gas were gradually being restored, and the majority of residents were allowed to return to their homes.

    Another, smaller gas leak was also reported Friday afternoon. It was quickly resolved and not related to the larger morning episode, Rivera said.

    "It's a strange thing to be back talking about gas only a year after this thing happened," he remarked at one point. [more]

    Melting ice is slowing down the Atlantic ocean's circulation system. Yes, that's similar to what happens in 'The Day After Tomorrow.'

    The ocean current system in the Atlantic Ocean, called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), is responsible for western Europe's warm temperatures. But according to a new report from the United Nations, rising water temperatures and changes to the salinity of the world's oceans is causing the AMOC to weaken. Other recent research has found that the AMOC could slow significantly if enough fresh water from melting ice enters the ocean. Weaker current circulation could bring more extreme weather to the Northern Hemisphere. A version of this scenario is depicted in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," though the film isn't scientifically accurate. [more]

    Borneo pygmy elephant found dead in Malaysia

    A pygmy elephant has been found dead in a river on the Malaysian part of Borneo island, an official said Friday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish. [more]

    [next piece below]

  6. Climate change threatens first peoples, body and soul

    When global warming swallows up the postage stamp island of Warraber, forcing its 300 residents to find a new home, "it will not just be the loss of our land, but also a piece of us that is washed away," says Kabay Tamu.

    Tamu, 28, is likely to see that traumatic transition during his lifetime, according to a landmark UN report on oceans and Earth's frozen regions, released this week. [more]

    [that would be THIS report, ICYMI]
    Friday, September 27, 2019
    IPCC Report Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

    The IPCC has issued another special report: The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

    Sea ice decline makes that less sunlight gets reflected back into space and more heat gets absorbed by the ocean. The report also mentions latent heat changes and increased water vapor and increased cloudiness over the Arctic Ocean. Furthermore, as the temperature difference between the North Pole and the Equator narrows, the Jet Stream changes, which makes it more likely that a large influx of hot, salty water can enter the Arctic Ocean. [more]

    2 Mexican Gray Wolf Pups, a Highly Endangered Species, Die of EEE Virus at Michigan Zoo

    Two Mexican gray wolf pups have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Binder Park Zoo [Michigan State Prison for Animals] in Battle Creek, Michigan, announced Wednesday.

    For the mosquito-spread virus to infect “canines is very, very rare,” a staff veterinarian at the zoo said in a statement.

    [further down the page is another article about this that contains the following]

    EEE kills a third of the people it infects


    EEE can also affect animals, and horses are especially susceptible [more]

    Indonesia quake death toll lowered to 19: disaster agency

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia's remote Maluku islands was revised downwards to 19 on Friday, the disaster agency said, lowering its previous figure of 23 killed.

    National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said the death toll had been lowered after officials realised some of the deceased has been double-counted.

    More than 100 people were also injured and at least 15,000 had to flee because their houses were damaged by the strong jolt, Wibowo said.

    Hundreds of houses, offices, schools and public facilities have also been damaged in the disaster. Authorities have set up emergency tents and public kitchens for the evacuees in several districts. [more]

    Report: 58% of Europe's native trees face extinction threat

    An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction.

    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in a new report Friday that 58% of the continent's 454 native trees are threatened and 15% are "critically endangered" - one step away from extinction. [more]

    [in other news, Lumber Liquidators is having a sale!]