Monday, September 30, 2019

Event Update For 2019-09-30

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

2019-09-30 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "Albuquerque Public Schools has lifted an evacuation at Jimmy Carter Middle School after there were reports of a gas smell on Monday morning."

2019-09-30 - Person found dead in burning vehicle at midnight at boat entrance off Shelton Beach Road at Chickasabogue Park in Prichard (Alabama):

Quote: "A body was found in a burning vehicle at the Chickasabogue Park boat entrance off Shelton Beach Road Monday at approximately 12 a.m."

2019-09-30 - Car goes up in flames and kills man in his 30s on coastal road near coastal Portesham (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "We were called at 12pm on Monday September 30 to reports of a vehicle fire in Bramdon Lane on the B3157 coast road near Portesham. 'Very sadly the body of a man was found in the vehicle. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Efforts are underway to confirm the identity of the man and inform his next of kin.'"

2019-09-30 - Cellphone explodes in bed and kills 14-year-old girl at home in Bastobe (Kazakhstan), near the Karatal River:

2019-09-30 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, near Dock Street along the River Tees in Middlesbrough (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blow manhole cover off in Taunton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "This is at least the seventh manhole fire TMLP has experienced since 1985, with four of those occurring in just the past three years."

2019-09-30 - Wildfires continue raging in Indonesia, haze causing respiratory problems:

2019-09-30 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits  Lake Forsyth (New Zealand):

Quote: "It's the earliest seasonal algal bloom warning issued for Lake Forsyth in more than 10 years."

2019-09-30 - Thousands of ships fitted with 'cheat devices' to divert poisonous pollution into sea:

2019-09-30 - Boat bursts into flame in Burnham Harbor in Chicago (Illinois):

Note: This is the 834th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-30 - Transit bus bursts into flame just before 11 PM on I-10 in El Paso (Texas):

2019-09-30 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 7 AM on street in the Mulund area in coastal Mumbai (India):

2019-09-30 - Passenger bus and five trucks go up in flames at 11:30 PM while parked at auction yard in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 476th, 477th and 478th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours on I-65 in Maury County (Tennessee):

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-94 near Hysham (Montana):

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 in Bannock County near Pocatello (Idaho):

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours on the North Loop in Houston (Texas):

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 401 east of Grafton (Canada):

2019-09-30 - Tractor bursts into flame in Onchan on the Isle of Man:

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Orson Leys in Rugby (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Tractor bursts into flame in Upper Minety, Malmesbury (Britain):

Note: These are the 1757th, 1758th, 1759th, 1760th, 1761st, 1762nd, 1763rd and 1764th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-30 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Marshall Avenue in Roanoke (Virginia):

2019-09-30 - Dump truck bursts into flame at 6 AM on I-84 in East Hartford (Connecticut):

2019-09-30 - Utility truck bursts into flame then crashes into ditch, in Roseburg (Oregon):

2019-09-30 - Horse truck bursts into flame at 1:01 AM at property in Wykey (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Campervan bursts into flame on street in Ipplepen (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home on Marlene Drive in West Goshen Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-30 - Minivan taxi bursts into flame on Mandeville Road in Saffron Walden (Britain):

2019-09-30 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home in Tomahawk (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Two people called in a vehicle fire Monday afternoon after their Jeep unexpectedly burst into flames while parked in the driveway of their home in Tomahawk."

2019-09-30 - SUV bursts into flame on I-805 in coastal Chula Vista (California):

2019-09-30 - SUV bursts into flame on the A30 between Pattesons Cross and Iron Bridge (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Pickup truck and car destroyed by fire while parked on Plains Road in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

2019-09-30 - Six cars destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM while parked in parking lot in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame just before 2 AM while parked inside garage at home in Youngstown (Ohio):

Quote: "A garage was damaged and a car destroyed after a fire broke out Monday on Youngstown’s west side. Crews were called just before 2 a.m. to the 400 block of Bon Air Avenue where a vehicle was on fire inside a garage."

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on the Bay Bridge over coastal San Francisco Bay (California):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on Lakeville Highway in Sonoma County (California):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 ramp in Petaluma (California):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame at 11:14 PM on Bexhill Road in coastal St Leonards-on-Sea (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on Lancaster Avenue in Dawley, Telford (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on the A386 in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on the A380 in coastal Exeter (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Car bursts into flame on Peverell Avenue West in Poundbury (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 12:50 AM on road near Clawton (Britain):

2019-09-30 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home on Sneddon Way in Carson City (Nevada):

2019-09-30 - Barn destroyed by fire in the Town of Buena Vista (Wisconsin):

2019-09-30 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on street in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2019-09-30 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck near Dulles International Airport in Dulles (Virginia):

2019-09-30 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Kelowna (Canada):

2019-09-30 - Coating business destroyed by fire on Quarry Road in Niagara Falls (New York):

2019-09-30 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 12:15 AM, 3 more businesses heavily damaged, on North Coast Highway 101 in coastal Leucadia (California):

2019-09-30 - Winery heavily damaged by fire just after 6 AM in Prince Frederick (Maryland):

2019-09-30 - Warehouse destroyed by fire in Attalla (Alabama):

2019-09-30 - Nursing home destroyed by fire on Lee Street in Augusta (Georgia):

2019-09-30 - Foam factory devastated by massive fire in Bareilly (India):

2019-09-30 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire just before 5:30 AM on Washington Street in Morristown (New Jersey):

Quote: "It is the second third alarm fire in Morristown Monday. Another fire broke out at 65 Ridgedale Avenue just after 1 a.m."

2019-09-30 - Gas station damaged by fire at 12:35 AM on Jennings Station Road in Pine Lawn (Missouri), nobody there:

2019-09-30 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Mullowney Lane in Billings (Montana):

2019-09-30 - Home damaged by fire on Camellia Drive in Royal Palm Beach (Florida), near the coast:

2019-09-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire on West 2nd Street in Rio Linda (California), 3 dogs killed:

2019-09-30 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Glenside Avenue in Halfway (Maryland), 4 pets killed, nobody there:

2019-09-30 - Home destroyed by fire on Jackson Street in Weston (West Virginia):

2019-09-30 - Apartment building damaged by fire just after 11 PM on Palm Street in Nashua (New Hampshire):

2019-09-30 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM near Rutgers University in New Brunswick (New Jersey):

2019-09-30 - Condo complex heavily damaged by fire on North Corona Avenue in Valley Stream on coastal Long Island (New York):

2019-09-30 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in North York (Canada):

2019-09-30 - Vacant home burns, fire spreads to occupied home, in Toledo (Ohio):

2019-09-30 - Vacant home burns just after 1 AM on Curdes Avenue in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2019-09-30 - Another humpback whale found dead off coastal Long Island (New York):

Quote: "Another dead humpback whale was found floating off the shore in Long Island on Monday, marking the 8th large whale death reported by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society this year."

2019-09-30 - Thousands of fish found dead in lake in Adiyaman (Turkey):

2019-09-30 - Many fish wash ashore dead in Ha Tinh (Vietnam):

2019-09-30 - Tens of thousands of fish found dead in reservoir in Antioquia (Colombia):

2019-09-30 - Three teen boys die in the Meena River in Ambegaon (India):

2019-09-30 - Man in his 30s or 40s found dead in harbor near power plant in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2019-09-30 - Man, 25, dies after being pulled from the water in coastal Vero Beach (Florida):

2019-09-30 - Man, 36, has 'medical emergency' at jail, dies shortly later, in Cobb County (Georgia):

Quote: "Mr. Wingo experienced a medical emergency Sunday morning while in custody and was transported by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital, where he later died..."

Quote: "A Cobb County jail inmate died Sunday morning, marking at least the fourth death of a prisoner there in the last 12 months."

2019-09-30 - Boy, 15, flees cops, jumps into creek and dies, in Florissant suburb of St. Louis (Missouri):

2019-09-30 - Man found dead in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Stickney (Illinois):

2019-09-30 - Man drops dead in ditch at homeless camp in San Antonio (Texas):

2019-09-30 - Man found dead in the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass (Texas):

2019-09-30 - Man, 40, loses consciousness in jail cell, dies shortly later, in Passaic County (New Jersey):

2019-09-30 - Man, 44, found dead in apartment building in Shelbyville (Indiana):

2019-09-30 - Man, 45, found dead in canal in Corentyne (Guyana):

2019-09-30 - Man, 85, found dead in canal in Yerevan (Armenia):

2019-09-30 - Man in his 30s found dead along Rooley Moor Road in Rochdale (Britain):

2019-09-30 - Transit bus driver has 'medical emergency', bus crashes into tree, on Lake Shore Drive near Lake Michigan in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "At least four people, including a CTA bus driver, were taken to hospitals Monday afternoon after a CTA bus crossed from one side of Lake Shore Drive to the other and crashed into a tree near Uptown when the driver suffered a medical emergency, officials said."

2019-09-30 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into home, on Edgewater Avenue in Ridgefield (New Jersey), 1 injured:

Quote: "According to witnesses, the truck drove into a house on Edgewater Avenue in Ridgefield on Monday afternoon, after the driver of the vehicle suffered an apparent medical emergency."

2019-09-30 - Driver has 'medical event', car crashes into pole, in coastal Whakatane (New Zealand), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police say initial reports indicate the vehicle's occupant suffered a medical event."

2019-09-30 - Small plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), landing gear problem:

2019-09-30 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns at 12:48 AM near Dayton (Washington), 1 killed:

2019-09-30 - Dump truck veers off road, crashes into tree, in West Carrollton (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "The driver of a dump truck was taken to a hospital after driving through an Infirmary Road yard and hitting a tree. A coworker on the scene said the incident may have been the result of a medical issue."

2019-09-30 - Pickup truck veers off road, plunges into canal, in Wellington (Florida):

2019-09-30 - Car crashes through median, hits van head-on, on I-485 in Charlotte (North Carolina), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-09-30 - Car slams into barrier wall on I-215 near Taylorsville (Utah), 1 killed:

Quote: "Sgt. Street said a woman in her 40s driving a black Honda Accord drifted to the left and hit the barrier straight on at freeway speeds. It is not known if she died as a result of the crash or if she possibly suffered a medical incident prior to hitting the wall."

2019-09-30 - Bridge collapses over bay, tanker truck falls onto boats, fire erupts, in coastal Nanfangao (Taiwan), 4+ killed, 2 missing:

Quote: "Taiwanese authorities say four bodies have been found and two people are missing after three fishing boats were hit by an oil tanker truck that fell off a collapsing bridge."

2019-09-30 - Bar and grill partially collapses in Toluca (Illinois):

2019-09-30 - Volcano Poas erupts in Costa Rica:

2019-09-30 - Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Canary Islands (Spain):

2019-09-30 - Five earthquakes in less than an hour rattle the New Madrid Seismic Zone in southeast Missouri:

2019-09-30 - Huge 245-square-mile iceberg cracks off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica:

2019-09-30 - Typhoon Mitag approaches Taiwan, schools closed:

2019-09-30 - Record-breaking September snowstorm dumps 4 feet of snow on parts of Montana:

2019-09-30 - Dryness in Argentina hits corn and wheat outlook:

2019-09-30 - Unusually high temps head toward the US Northeast to start October:

Quote: "The hot air that has been baking the Southern states for weeks will surge northeastward from Monday to Wednesday, bringing a resurgence of high temperatures in the 80s and 90s F. Such temperatures are 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit above the rapidly falling normal highs at this point in the year."


  1. Starting the day reading JJFH is the most important news one can find. On your way to work, realize at any moment a car, truck, pick-up, SUV, bus or other vehicle can swerve across multiple lanes and smash into to you before you even have a chance to react. Even worse, YOU can have a "medical episode" and smash into guardrails, medians, other vehicles, buildings, trees, power poles, fences, open fields, ditches or water sources. You could be behind a car hauler, bus, dump truck, tractor trailer or other vehicle (including FIRE TRUCK or AMBULANCE) and have big problems as a result.

    It just ain't safe out there anymore.

    But neither is it safe at home minding your own business, since homes explode now, fires routinely start for no apparent reason and people just drop dead too.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.1.19 XR & Greta inspire change and criticism [~ 12.6 min.]

    Typhoon "Mitag" about slam into South Korea, residents warned to take extra precautions against landslides and flooding

    After lashing Taiwan and parts of eastern China with heavy rains and strong winds, Typhoon "Mitag" is now approaching southern South Korea. Landfall is expected around 12:00 UTC on October 2, with maximum sustained winds of 90 km/h (58 mph) and very heavy rain. After exiting into the Sea of Japan on October 3, Mitag will head towards Japan where it is expected to make landfall on October 4.

    Mitag is expected to have a stronger influence on the country than Tapah, which left at least 3 people dead, because it will 'come directly over us,' an official with the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said. [more]

    Major floods prompt evacuation and rescues in the UK

    The Environment Agency in England has issued more than 250 warnings and alerts in the early hours of Tuesday, October 1, 2019, following torrential rains across parts of the United Kingdom. Major floods caused damaged roads, travel disruptions, and evacuations. [more]

    Aviation Color Code Red, ash emissions intensifying at Etna volcano, Italy

    Ash emissions at Italy's Etna volcano are intensifying on October 1, 2019, INGV reports. The Aviation Color Code has been raised to Red. [more]

    Shiveluch Volcano Erupts Strongly in Kamchatka – Ash Plume Rises to 30,000 ft Into the Air – Pyroclastic Flow (Video)

    Shiveluch volcano, situ[a]ted in Kamchatka, Russia, had a large eruption on October 1-2, sending a plume of ash to 30,000 ft into the air. [more]

    A U.S. Economic Slowdown Has Been Confirmed, And We Are Being Warned That “More Damage” Is Ahead

    We just witnessed the worst month for U.S. manufacturers in more than 10 years, and nobody seems optimistic that things are going to get much better any time soon. In fact, one expert is warning that “more damage” is coming if the trade war is not resolved, and unfortunately it does not appear that a resolution will be possible for the foreseeable future. As I have been detailing for months, the entire global economy has been steadily slowing down, but some shocking new numbers that we just got indicate that our economic problems are really starting to accelerate. So hold on to your hats, because it looks like things are about to get really crazy.

    [continued below]

  2. WTO lowers global outlook again amid trade conflicts and volatility

    CIA, climate and conspiracy: more notes from the edge of the narrative matrix

    Take off the revolutionary's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the terrorist's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the news man's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the filmmaker's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the professor's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the billionaire's mask, and it's the CIA.
    Take off the whistleblower's mask, and it's the motherfucking CIA.
    These monsters are raping our sensemaking faculties.

    Never call anyone from the CIA a "whistleblower" unless they are actually whistleblowing on the CIA, without the CIA's permission, in a way that inconveniences the CIA. [more]

    Farmers banned from selling produce after French authorities admit Rouen inferno burned 5,200 tons of chemicals

    A whopping 5,253 tons of assorted chemicals, mainly oil and fuel additives, have been destroyed in a major blaze at a chemical plant in Rouen that prompted fears of potential health harm and environmental damage last week. [more]

    Eight more countries join Instex to trade with Iran, circumvent sanctions

    Eight EU countries have joined INSTEX, the mechanism set up to trade with Iran while circumventing US sanctions, and another two are set to follow, according to an aide to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. [more]

    Alien probes spying on Earth? Scientist warns of possible 'lurkers' in our solar system

    [why are we worried about aliens spying on us when WE DO IT TO OUR OWN?!]

    C/2019 Q4: ANOTHER interstellar object to pass through our solar system

    Man attacked by black bear 3 times in northwestern Ontario

    A Winnipeg man says he is lucky to be alive after suffering severe bites from a bear that attacked him three times near his cottage in northwestern Ontario.

    Dave Schwab, who is 69, says he was finishing his walk near Kenora last Thursday when he spotted a black bear about 100 metres ahead of him in some bushes.

    Schwab, an experienced hiker, says he made noise and the bear seemed to walk away, but it didn't leave the area and started following him before it attacked and bit his thigh and arm.

    A kick to the bruin's belly scared the animal away but it came at him twice more, only this time Schwab fended it off by clubbing it on the snout with a birch log and his foot. [more]

    Daytime fireball meteor explodes over Queensland emitting a deafening sonic boom

  3. Decker Fire activity increases south of Salida, Colorado

    Due to crowning, extreme fire behavior, and rapid growth a Type 1 Team has been ordered

    Firefighters have been herding around the Decker Fire that has been burning since September 8 five miles south of Salida, Colorado. (see map) But 16 percent relative humidity and strong winds gusting out of the south at over 40 mph Tuesday afternoon caused the fire to spread toward the north and northeast. Late Tuesday afternoon a very large plume of smoke could be seen by a satellite moving northeast in the general direction of Denver 95 miles to the northeast.

    A mapping flight Monday night determined that the fire had burned 2,206 acres. [more]

    [wildfire risk map for Oct., Nov. & Dec.]
    California and the Southeast expected to have above normal wildfire activity

    [in another case of instant karma]
    Timber thieves foiled by bees ignite 3,300-acre fire

    [coupla cheatin' losers behind bars and paying big fines]

    Record-Setting Hurricane Lorenzo Takes Direct Aim at Ireland

    Hurricane Lorenzo, the largest storm ever to roam the Eastern Atlantic, is forecast to strike the heart of Ireland’s west coast within days carrying tropical-strength winds, driving rain and a huge storm surge. [more]

    Antarctica now has more than 65,000 'meltwater lakes' as summer ice melts

    During the Antarctic summer, thousands of mesmerising blue lakes form around the edges of the continent’s ice sheet, as warmer temperatures cause snow and ice to melt and collect into depressions on the surface. Colleagues of mine at Durham University have recently used satellites to record more than 65,000 of these lakes.

    Though seasonal meltwater lakes have formed on the continent for decades, lakes had not been recorded before in such great numbers across coastal areas of East Antarctica. This means parts of the world’s largest ice sheet may be more vulnerable to a warming climate than previously thought. [more]

    US Shale Production Is Set For A Steep Decline

    U.S. oil production fell in July, another worrying sign for the shale industry.

    The latest EIA data shows that oil output fell sharply in July, dipping by 276,000 barrels per day. The decrease can be chalked up to outages related to a hurricane that forced oil companies to temporarily idle operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore Gulf of Mexico production plunged by 332,000 bpd in July.

    As a result, the dip in output might easily be dismissed as a one-off aberration. However, U.S. output has stagnated in 2019, ending several years of explosive shale growth. Compared to December 2018, total U.S. production was only up 44,000 in June 2019, which essentially means that despite heady forecasts and lots of hype, U.S. shale has plateaued this year. [more]

    [next piece follows]

  4. Iraq and Syria open border crossing closed since 2012

    Iraq and Syria on Monday opened a key border crossing between the two neighboring countries, seven years after it was closed during Syria's civil war and the battle against the Islamic State group. [more]

    Police and wildlife authorities arrest four individuals in poached elephant investigation

    [shoot them 70 times, cut off their noses and dump them in a river - JUST LIKE THEY DID to the pygmy elephant!]

    [in Cute Overload news]
    Elsa the Koala Joey Enjoys Tummy Scratch and Feed at the Australian Reptile Park


    Former Thomas Cook employees stage protests over being 'abandoned' by the Government

    Former Thomas Cook workers are staging protests in Westminster and at the Tory party conference in Manchester amid claims they were "abandoned" by the Government.

    Out of work staff will hand in petitions to 10 Downing Street and the Business Department, calling for a full inquiry into the travel giant's collapse and for the company's directors to pay back their bonuses.

    The workers will also call on Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom to make sure they receive their unpaid wages. [more]

    4 EU nations seek endorsement for 'fast-track' migrant plan

    Four European Union nations will seek endorsement next week from their EU partners for a "fast-track system" for getting migrants off boats in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea and distributing people aboard who want to seek asylum among countries willing to take them.

    Germany, France, Italy and Malta want approval for a process that would screen migrants, relocate asylum-seekers and return people who don't apply or qualify, all within four weeks, according to a statement obtained by the civil liberties watchdog Statewatch. [more]

  5. Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

    Most of the plastic bottles washing up on the rocky shores of Inaccessible Island, aptly named for its sheer cliffs rising from the middle of the South Atlantic, probably come from Chinese merchant ships, a study published Monday said.

    The study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans, which have sparked much consumer hand-wringing in recent years, are less the product of people dumping single-use plastics in waterways or on land, than they are the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton. [bullshit, countries are dumping their trash in the ocean - but that's slightly less problematic than Fukushima dumping radioactive wastewater and particles from the unrecovered cores in the ocean]

    Farther out in the oceans, the garbage patches contain fragments of objects of unclear origin, as well as items used by cargo ships and fishing fleets: not just the bottles emptied by the ships' crews, but also nets, ropes, buoys, crates, barrels and floats. [more]

    'The Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

    [since ships and countries continue using the ocean as a dump, this job will NEVER be complete, even if they had 100 of these clean-up ships]

    Eventually, Slat has said he wants to create a far bigger, 100-kilometre (60-mile) long V-shaped barrier made up of large, rubber pillow-shaped buoys. [more]

    Teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s pronouns launches legal action

    A Virginia high school teacher has filed a lawsuit after being fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns, arguing he is being discriminated against for his faith.

    Peter Vlaming, who worked as a French teacher at West Point High School, Virginia, said he would use the student’s chosen name – as well as a French equivalent they had picked out – after his parents revealed their son’s transition to the school.

    However the teacher refused to refer to [HER] using male pronouns, while continuing to use female pronouns when talking about them to other students and members of staff.

    The filing for Vlaming v West Point School board, which repeatedly refers to the student using female pronouns, adds: “It is Mr Vlaming’s sincerely held belief that referring to a female that referring to a female as male is untruthful and prohibited by his faith and conscience”.

    his legal representation claims the government has forced Mr Vlaming “to express ideas about human nature, unrelated to the school’s curriculum, that he believes are false”, and to “take sides in an ongoing public debate about gender dysphoria”.

    The complaint adds: “Defendants gave Mr Vlaming an ultimatum: use male pronouns for this female student or lose your job.

    “Mr Vlaming could not violate his conscience, and it cost him his job”. [more]

    [fucking whack jobs - why work in education when it's "guided" by complete idiots and fools?]

    Back home, at-risk Democrats face voters' partisan divide on impeachment

    The increase was mostly attributable to Democrats, 74% of whom said Trump should be impeached. Underscoring the partisan nature of the issue, only 13% of Republicans said they supported impeachment.

    The overwhelming majority of House Democrats support the impeachment inquiry. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. [more]

    [more follows]

  6. Drillers in Permian Basin Continue to Remove Oil Rigs

    Rigs engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the United States totaled 860 in the week through Sep 27, lower than the prior-week count of 868. The current national rig count is also below the prior year’s 1054. [more]

    Russia ditches half of its US dollar holdings, while boosting gold, yuan and euro

    Chinese currency saw the biggest boost in Russian foreign reserves with yuan holdings surging from 5 percent to 14.2 percent.

    The euro accounted for 30.3 percent of Russia's international holdings at the end of March, rising by 8.1 percent year-on-year.

    Meanwhile, gold reserves jumped from 17.2 percent to 18.2 percent. [more]

    Russian energy minister warns 'black swans' all around us can seriously weigh down oil markets

    According to Novak, in the past two years, the impact of trade wars on oil consumption has been noticeable. [more]

    [United States of Bankruptcy]
    40 States are now drowning in debt - just like the federal government

    As the United States government continues to pile up debt, most states are following in its footsteps. Total state government debt now stands at $1.49 trillion with 40 states lacking sufficient funds to pay their bills according to Truth in Accounting's (TIA) Financial State of the States report.

    Unfunded pension liabilities are the primary factor driving the pileup of state debt. According to the report, "One of the ways states make their budgets look balanced is by shortchanging public pension and OPEB (another post-employment benefit) funds. This practice has resulted in an $824 billion shortfall in pension funds and a $664.6 billion shortfall in OPEB funds."

    TIA Founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg said for many states, there is no easy way out of their fiscal mess. "Many of these state governments have no hope of achieving a budget recovery barring significant program cuts or tax hikes," said Weinberg. And don't expect any states to begin cutting back. Instead, you will be expected to pay for whatever the government demands in the form of higher taxes. Enjoy your freedom.[more]

    Gourmet 'cannabis oasis': America's first 'dine and dab' cafe opens in Los Angeles

    In a clear sign of the post-prohibition times we live in, the first-ever cannabis café in the United States opened Tuesday to the eager cannabis connoisseurs of Los Angeles, California.

    [last part below]

  7. 7 days of Tropical Storm Narda leaves a trail of damage on Pacific coast of Mexico, killing at least 2 [incl. videos]

    The storm claimed the lives of two people in Oaxaca: a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy who were swept away by floodwaters while trying to cross rivers in the municipalities of San Pedro Mixtepec and San Jerónimo Coatlán respectively.

    About 300 homes and at least 11 schools were damaged in the southern state as was the hospital in Tutupec, a municipality halfway between Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional.

    At least nine rivers broke their banks, scores of trees fell, access to 47 Oaxaca municipalities was cut off and more than 800 people took refuge in shelters.

    Federal transportation official Jaime López Carillo said that sections of three federal highways in Oaxaca collapsed due to heavy rain brought by Narda. [more]

    Earthquake swarms impact Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and The New Madrid fault zone

    There is a whole lotta shaking going on in America right now, and many people are concerned about what that could potentially mean. Could it be possible that the U.S. is entering a more seismically active time? This week alone, we have seen earthquake swarms in Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and the New Madrid fault zone. Of course earthquakes happen every day, but to see so many earthquake swarms happen in such diverse places within such a compressed period of time is definitely unusual.

    For those that don't know, southeastern Missouri sits right along the New Madrid fault zone, and in the early portion of the 19th century this part of the country was shaken by four of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history...[more]

    Pentagon Official [Shay Assad] Fired After He Mentioned Billions of Dollars in Waste and Fraud

    Trump tweeted ‘billions of dollars’ would be saved on military contracts. Then the Pentagon fired the official doing that.

    within two years of Trump’s entrance into the White House, [Shay] Assad would find himself removed from his job, and his efforts to save money and recover hundreds of millions of dollars in potentially fraudulent spending tabled. [more]

    China displays new hypersonic nuclear missile on 70th anniversary

    [oh, swell]

    [so much for recycling]
    Wyoming landfill begins burying turbine blades – Burial site “to last hundreds of years”

    [why not just dump 'em in the ocean?]

    One wind farm in Glenrock and two from the Saratoga area have partnered with the Casper Regional Landfill to dispose of their old wind turbine blades.

    More than 900 blades will be brought to the landfill beginning now until the end of next spring.

    The Casper Solid Waste Manager, Cynthia Langston, said that though most turbine blades can be reused, there are some that are simply un-recyclable.

    “Ninety percent of the turbines are completely reclaimed, recycled, and reused, but there is ten percent that is fiberglass, so those are coming to us from three different farms in the state.” [more]

  8. [mid-week headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, October 2, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Forever 21 files for bankruptcy [no affect on unemployment #s]

    Ron Paul: US interest rates are going negative, and the Fed can't stop it

    US Dollar Status as Global Reserve Currency Slides

    Deere to lay off 163 U.S. workers as trade war dents equipment demand [no affect on unemployment lies, er .. rate]

    Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 — from a pony farm [it's JUNK!]

    Yemen's Houthis Rout Saudis; Hundreds Killed, Thousands Captured

    Russia Delivers New Batch of Weapons to Central African Republic

    Turkey 'downs' unidentified drone on Syria border

    Map Shows "Four Times As Many Jihadist Militants" Around The World Than Before 9/11
    Taking the fight to the terrorists? -- RF

    North Korea, US nuclear talks to resume this weekend

    Somali Militants Raid American Military Base Near Mogadishu

    Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, says he prefers political solution

    Saudi Arabia has sent messages to Iran's president: Iran government

    'Coal is still king' in Southeast Asia even as countries work toward cleaner energy

    Farmers not being made whole by Trump's trade wins
    the Chinese market is proving almost impossible to replace

    U.S. farm bankruptcies rise as trade war drags on

    Pig Ebola Has Cost China Over $140 Billion As Locals Get Angry At Record High Pork Prices

    Ontario is Sacrificing Wolves, Coyotes, and Moose to Appease Hunters

    Impeachment…or CIA Coup? (Ron Paul)

    Could Pricey Urban Meccas become Crime-Ridden Ghost Towns?
    Absolutely. Collapse is baked into the cake. -- RF

    Many elderly, disabled Americans are going hungry, study finds

    Nearly 30,000 children under age 10 have been arrested in the US since 2013: FBI

    There Goes The Second Tech Bubble: 2019 Set To Be The Worst Year For IPOs In History

    Chicago PMI contracts for third time in four months in September

    Nearly half of the U.S.'s homeless people live in one state: California

    Manufacturing ISM Worst Since 2009 on Severe Contraction of Export Orders

    FBI Agents Find Fentanyl at DC Government Office

    1,015,736,491,184 reasons to have a Plan B [read this!]

  9. So what's up with the moon? Since Monday it has been rising more southwest than the east as I'm used to. Anyone else notice this?

  10. Good observation, Fran. i haven't noticed it, but the indigenous people of Alaska mentioned a while back that the Sun's position as having shifted as you describe, so i don't doubt it at all.