Monday, October 7, 2019

Event Update For 2019-10-06

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

2019-10-06 - Unknown odor blows through Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "Officials are investigating the source of a strange scent that drifted through Eugene Sunday morning. According to Eugene Springfield Fire, people began calling in about the smell at around 10:30 a.m. Residents who reached out to KEZI 9 News described the smell as a strongly chemical or petroleum-like."

2019-10-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at midnight and causes blackouts in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2019-10-06 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in coastal San Jose (California):

2019-10-06 - Many electric bikes and scooters destroyed by fire in warehouse in Spokane Valley (Washington):

Quote: "Officials in the city of Spokane Valley says hundreds of Lime bikes and scooters were burned in a fire at a warehouse. The Spokane Valley Fire Department says the Sunday night fire likely destroyed the bikes and scooters, which were in the warehouse awaiting maintenance."

Quote: "About 15 percent of Lime's Spokane fleet was charred in a warehouse fire Sunday night."

2019-10-06 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame on the A9 in Perthshire (Scotland), bus breaks down too:

Quote: "The A9 at Cairnie Brae in Perthshire has been shut northbound due to a vehicle fire. Traffic Scotland are reporting that all northbound lanes will be restricted for up to 30 minutes. This is the second vehicle fire to be reported in Perthshire this afternoon after a car also caught fire about one-mile from the Broxden earlier today. The Broxden fire occurred at a similar time to a broken down bus on the roundabout causing huge tailbacks."

2019-10-06 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes west of I-80 in American Canyon (California):

2019-10-06 - Brush fire breaks out near Pacheco Pass in rural far southeastern Santa Clara County (California):

Quote: "The fire was first reported about 4:25 p.m., and may have started as a car fire, to which the California Highway Patrol responded."

2019-10-06 - Diseases like West Nile, EEE and flesh-eating bacteria are flourishing due to climate change:

Note: 'Hey, don't forget us!' said brain-eating amoebas...

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside building, fire spreads to more cars, building destroyed too, in Plainfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "Plainfield Fire Chief Travis Irons told Channel 3 the building is a large storage facility that houses several cars. One of the cars caught on fire, he said. The fire spread to multiple cars and the building. Chief Irons said the building is a total loss."

2019-10-06 - Offshore supply ship 'Isla Ciari' disabled by explosion and fire at 3:45 AM in the Gulf of Mexico north of Ciudad del Carmen (Mexico), 2 injured:

Quote: "Explosion on cargo deck of offshore supply ship ISLA CIARI badly injured two people, understood crew members, at around 0345 LT (UTC -5) Oct 6 in Gulf of Mexico, north of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. The ship was positioned at AKAL C8 platform side, when explosion occurred, followed by fire. The ship started to drift, understood disabled by explosion and fire."

2019-10-06 - Boat, five vehicles and two homes destroyed by fire on coastal Ono Island (Alabama), nobody there:

Quote: "In all, two homes, five vehicles and a boat were destroyed. Saturday’s fire and two fires in June, one also on Ono Island and a massive fire in Perdido Key which destroyed nearly 20 condominiums had several contributing factors. All were along the coast where strong sea breezes fueled the fires."

2019-10-06 - Boat bursts into flame in coastal Port Charlotte (Florida):

Note: These are the 847th, 848th and 849th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-06 - Train locomotive bursts into flame near coastal Lautoka (Fiji Islands), 2 injured:

2019-10-06 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Adiyaman (Turkey):

Note: This is the 491st bus to burn in 2019...

2019-10-06 - Tanker truck bursts into flame at gas station in Bihar (India):

2019-10-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 near Rensselaer (Indiana):

2019-10-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road near Hayti (Missouri):

2019-10-06 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside barn in Bradworthy (Britain):

Quote: "One tractor involved in fire within a barn measuring 20m x 10m."

Note: These are the 1812th, 1813th, 1814th and 1815th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-06 - RV bursts into flame at coastal Weirs Beach (New Hampshire):

Note: This is the 349th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-10-06 - Van bursts into flame while parked near Wendy's on Island Highway in coastal Colwood (Canada):

2019-10-06 - SUV bursts into flame on I-91 in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2019-10-06 - Police car bursts into flame on Andover Drive in Middletown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A Middletown police car was burnt to a crisp Saturday night. The newer-model Dodge Charger caught fire on Andover Drive at Farleigh Court in the Tareyton Estates neighborhood."

2019-10-06 - Two cars destroyed by fire while parked inside garage at home in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "A fire at an east valley home burned through two vehicles before it was put out on Sunday, officials said."

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home in Columbia (Missouri):

Quote: "A car caught fire inside the garage, according to the fire marshal on scene. It's not clear what sparked the flames."

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame on Colonial Boulevard in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame on Coy Smith Highway in coastal Mobile County (Alabama):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-93 in Manchester (New Hampshire):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame at 3:18 AM while parked on Waldegrave Close in coastal Weston (Britain), 500 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "It comes just days after a car fire on Ashurst Close in Weston."

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked on St Huberts Road in Great Harwood (Britain):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame on the M40 near Thame (Britain):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame in Leaton (Britain):

2019-10-06 - Car bursts into flame at 12:33 AM on Spyvee Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Spyvee Street, Hull. Sun 6 Oct 2019 00:33 (No:22449) Motorcar fire. One hose reel and one breathing apparatus in use."

2019-10-06 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Cotterill in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

2019-10-06 - Vehicles and cottage destroyed by fire at 6 AM at hotel in coastal Cambridge (Maryland):

Quote: "Bunde said there were no injuries and the hotel only sustained damage to the 1,400 square-feet cottage as well as a small number of vehicles parked in the parking lot behind the building."

2019-10-06 - Pony Creek Pub destroyed by fire near Lake Poygan in Tustin (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2019-10-06 - Home damaged by garage fire, garage destroyed, on Elaine Street in coastal Hampton (New Hampshire):

2019-10-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:50 AM on Cantrell Street in Irving (Texas), dog killed:

2019-10-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on 15th Street in Niagara Falls (New York), pets killed:

2019-10-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Watersedge Boulevard in Land O' Lakes (Florida), 1 injured:

2019-10-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Eugenia Street in coastal Suffolk (Virginia), nobody there:

2019-10-06 - Home destroyed by fire in Cottage Grove (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2019-10-06 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:15 AM on Munger Lane in Forward Township (Pennsylvania), cat killed:

2019-10-06 - Duplex damaged by fire at 3:45 AM on Merrow Street in Manchester (New Hampshire):

2019-10-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Ann Street in Easton (Pennsylvania):

2019-10-06 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on Shaw Road in Carrollwood (Florida), 1 killed:

2019-10-06 - Deadly fire burns home at 3 AM on Giles Place in Sterling (Virginia), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-10-06 - Deadly fire burns home just before 4 AM on West 5th Avenue in Gary (Indiana), 2 killed:

2019-10-06 - Vacant historic schoolhouse destroyed by fire in Jersey (Georgia):

2019-10-06 - Vacant energy facility burns in Springfield (Ohio):

2019-10-06 - In separate incidents, man, 40 to 50, found dead in the water near boats, and person found dead in wash, in/near Lake Havasu (Arizona):

Quote: "On Saturday at 9:15 a.m., the body of a dead man was found floating face-down between two rental boats near Island Inn Hotel at Lake Havasu. The deceased is described as an Asian male, 5’ 6” to 5’ 10” tall, approximately 200 lbs, dark graying hair, who is thought to be between 40-50 years old. He was found with no obvious signs of trauma, and was fully clothed with his shoes on."

Quote: "Later that day, at 1:30 p.m., human remains were found in a wash near a residential area."

2019-10-06 - In separate incidents, man, 55, has 'medical episode' and dies while diving, and man dies after being pulled unconscious from the water at beach, on the New South Wales Coast (Australia):

Quote: "A man who died scuba-diving at Catherine Hill Bay on Sunday was among three fatalities inside 72 hours on the NSW coast. The 55-year-old, who was diving with his 16-year-old son south of Catherine Hill Bay jetty, is understood to have suffered a medical episode in the water."

Quote: "Urunga Patrol Captain Garry Howe was the IRB driver and said when they got to the river mouth, there was a crowd on the beach pointing to where the man was floating. He was unconscious and they pulled him into the IRB and commenced CPR."

2019-10-06 - Couple, 34 and 33, die in the water at beach in coastal Zambujeira do Mar (Portugal):

2019-10-06 - In separate incidents, college student, man, 20, dies in swimming pool, and college student, woman, drops dead, in coastal Port Elizabeth (South Africa):

Quote: "NMU SA Students Congress regional secretary Athi Sityata confirmed the deaths. 'It all happened in unrelated incidents,' he said. 'In one of them, a male student drowned at about 3.30am in the swimming pool at the Veritas Residence on south campus. In the other, a male student [allegedly] stabbed his roommate at their off-campus residence in Govan Mbeki Avenue. In the last incident, a female student collapsed at the South Point residence, also offcampus in town.'"

2019-10-06 - Man, 56, drops dead after loading boat onto trailer at boat ramp on Lake Orion (Michigan):

Quote: "Another man who had helped him load the boat told police he saw the man collapse."

2019-10-06 - Man found dead in the water at Glass Bottle Beach in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-10-06 - Man found dead in Lake Michigan near Rogers Park in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-10-06 - Man found dead in canal in Missouri City (Texas):

2019-10-06 - Man found dead on the banks of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in St. Georges (Delaware):

2019-10-06 - Woman, 38, found dead at 6:41 AM along South Chester Avenue in Bakersfield (California):

2019-10-06 - Man, 87, found dead in irrigation canal near his home in Redding (California):

2019-10-06 - Woman, 28, found dead in ditch along Whispering Pines Lane in Stafford County (Virginia):

2019-10-06 - Woman found dead on Faulkner Lake Road near Sand River Road in Pulaski County (Arkansas):

2019-10-06 - Man, 53, found dead in pond along Siloam Road in Greene Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-10-06 - Man goes hunting, falls out of tree stand and dies, in German Township (Pennsylvania), possible toppler:

2019-10-06 - Man, 60, goes hunting, next seen dead near the Curtis Creek drainage in Baker County (Oregon):

2019-10-06 - Woman, 22, dies while diving on the island of Ko Phi Phi (Thailand):

Quote: "A 22-year-old Israeli woman died in a diving accident on the island of Ko Phi Phi while on vacation with her family in Thailand, the Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday."

2019-10-06 - Runner has 'medical emergency' during half marathon and dies in coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "A runner has died in hospital following a medical emergency after taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon 2019."

Quote: "The incident is the third death at the Cardiff half marathon in two years. Last year Ben McDonald, 25, from Cardiff, and Dean Fletcher, 32, from Exeter, died after taking part in the race. They both went into cardiac arrest and collapsed after crossing the finishing line within minutes of each other. A coroner’s investigation ruled they had both died from natural causes."

2019-10-06 - Man has 'medical episode' and dies while riding bicycle near Haydon Bridge (Britain), 1450 feet from the River South Tyne:

Quote: "A man died after suffering a 'medical episode' near Haydon Bridge on Saturday."

2019-10-06 - Man, 51, has 'medical incident', U-Haul truck slams into tree, on I-40 in Sequoyah County (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to an accident report by Oklahoma State Police, a medical incident caused the collision."

2019-10-06 - Woman, 29, has 'medical condition' at 7 AM, SUV crashes into shed, bursts into flame, in Uniondale on coastal Long Island (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police say the female driver suffered a medical condition behind the wheel, causing her to crash into a shed on Nostrand Avenue. The SUV then caught fire. The 29-year-old was taken to the hospital."

2019-10-06 - Small plane crashes in Ambrosetown (Ireland), 2 killed:

2019-10-06 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field in Nchalo (Malawi):

2019-10-06 - Two passenger buses collide head-on near Kwekwe (Zimbabwe), 10 killed, dozens injured:

2019-10-06 - SUV crashes into canal in Middletown (Delaware), 3 killed, 1 missing:

2019-10-06 - SUV veers off road shortly before midnight, crashes into pole, in Arlington (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-10-06 - Two cars collide head-on, on Highway 70 in Ascension Parish (Louisiana), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2019-10-06 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, in Salado (Texas), 1 injured:

2019-10-06 - Unemployment rate drops from 3.7 percent to 3.5 percent:

2019-10-06 - Bear attacks and kills 2 people in Yeruu (Mongolia):

2019-10-06 - Home partially collapses in Greater Noida (India), 1 killed:

2019-10-06 - Man, 30, found unconscious in swimming pool in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

Quote: "Lawn maintenance workers found Darian Welch-Weaver, 30, unresponsive in a pool on Yulee Drive around 5:30 p.m., Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said in a news release."

2019-10-06 - Runner has 'medical emergency' during 10-mile run near Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Quote: "A runner had a medical emergency while running the Twin Cities Marathon Sunday morning."

2019-10-06 - Trump’s border wall endangers Arizona’s wildlife amid drought:

2019-10-06 - Trump administration rejects new protections for iconic Alaska tree:

2019-10-06 - Lightning strike kills 4 family members in Chandpur (Bangladesh):

2019-10-06 - Britain braces for 'coldest winter for 30 years':

Note: There was just an article the other day about how cold fresh water from the ice in Greenland melting is causing the Atlantic Ocean's circulation system to slow down. One sign that that is happening would be colder weather in Europe, since it is that circulation system that transports heat from the Gulf of Mexico across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Much of Europe is at the same latitude as Siberia and it is only that 'conveyor belt' transporting oceanic heat to the area that keeps the climate in Europe as mild as it has been. So the more that circulation system slows down, the colder it will get in Europe, offset to some degree by the overall warming that the planet is experiencing...

2019-10-06 - Meteor seen from Indiana to Pennsylvania:

2019-10-06 - UFO? Lantern? Mysterious light seen on the coast in Lincolnshire (Britain):

2019-10-06 - A full Hunter’s Moon is coming on October 13, here's how to see it:

Note: Here's how to watch a full moon, the short version. Step 1: Look up.

2019-10-06 - Dengue fever cases surge 200% in 2019 in Mexico:

2019-10-06 - Two-headed calf with five legs born in Malaysia:

2019-10-06 - Brain-shrinking fungus that can kill if touched found in Australia:

2019-10-06 - 2,000 atoms exist in two places at once in unprecedented quantum experiment:


  1. Great job, Jonny. In your climate controlled lab with banks of computers and monitors humming with feeds from all over, you're able to find the nuggets that make this blog so important. Where else are we to read about all the people dropping dead, or the on-going "foul odors" wafting over towns and evacuating office buildings and schools, all the weird accidents (many involving a vague "medical event" that too many people keep having) and vehicles bursting into flame - even when PARKED and not in use?!

    i'm gonna skip commenting on the unemployment number dropping amid all the layoffs going on. It's like the stock market - the whole thing is fiction and it's only a matter of time before reality plays the last card.

    What’s Holding Up the Market?

    the primary prop under stock valuations are corporate buybacks
    which total in the trillions of dollars since the 2008-09 Global Financial Meltdown and the Fed’s “rescue of the rich,” which continues to this day. [more]

    America’s Financial Suicide: The Budget Deficit Rises 26% In 1 Year As Federal Spending Spirals Wildly Out Of Control

    We are in the process of committing national financial suicide, and most Americans don’t seem to care. As you will see below, the federal budget deficit for the fiscal year that ended on September 30th was the largest in 7 years. In fact, it was actually 26 percent larger than last year. Federal spending is wildly out of control, and “non-discretionary spending” is projected to go through the roof in the years ahead. Under our current system, it is literally going to be impossible to turn things around. As the Baby Boomers continue to retire, the amount of resources demanded by Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs is going to continue to escalate dramatically. Meanwhile, the biggest bureaucracy in the history of the world just continues to get even larger with each passing year, and neither political party seems interested in trying to do anything about it. Our national debt will shortly hit 23 trillion dollars, but we will never actually pay it off. Instead, we will just keep piling on more debt until this entire charade comes crashing down like a house of cards. [more]

    Photo gallery: Flooding in India during heaviest monsoon rainfall in 25 years

    India received the heaviest monsoon rainfall in 25 years, the weather department said.

    [more below]

  2. Fires still being set in blazing Bolivia – Up to 18 million wild animals killed, including 500 rare jaguars – “Bolivia needs to rethink its agricultural strategy, as the future of its immeasurable biodiversity is at stake”

    Despite over six weeks of firefighting, the infernos destroying Bolivia’s forests continue to spread. 5.3 million hectares (about 13.1 million acres) — an area larger than the whole of Costa Rica — have been destroyed, and about 40 percent of that area was forest. [more]

    Worst drought in 60 years kills at least 106 000 farm animals in Chile

    Approximately 106 000 farm animals have perished so far due to drought in Chile, reports confirmed on October 5, 2019. This year's dry spell is the country's worst in six decades, leaving crops destroyed and dead animals in the field.

    Briceburg Fire burns hundreds of acres north of Mariposa, CA

    The fire is burning on both sides of Highway 140 that leads to Yosemite National Park [more]

    In the Mountains, Climate Change Is Disrupting Everything, from How Water Flows to When Plants Flower

    The melting of glaciers and loss of snow has a cascading effect for ecosystems, agriculture and billions of people downstream. [more]

    U.S. Marines reserve units activated for “emergency within the United States” which “will come with little warning” – cites “threats in the Homeland”

    Many observers are concerned that with Democrats like Rep. Tlaib openly talking about which prisons to use for imprisoning President Trump and his cabinet, and with Hillary Clinton positioning herself to run for president, and with the IG’s FISA abuses report set to drop in a few weeks, the deep state Democrats have reached a point of desperation where they may attempt to initiate a “hot coup” (kinetic engagement, arrest or execution of the President and his Cabinet) to avoid going to prison themselves. [more; or martial law being imposed, or civil war breaking out . . .]

    The Aerosol Masking Effect: A Brief Overview

    [from Dredd Blog, this past April, a talk by Dr. Rignot]
    Eric Rignot - How Ice is Melting and What We Should Do About It [~ 25.5 min.]

  3. Something LARGE entered the atmosphere and NOBODY saw it.....except for THIS camera! [MrMBB333 video] [~ 12 min.]

    Invasive Treefrogs Have Snuck Into Louisiana and They Are Not Good Neighbors

    Keep an eye on your toilet bowl (seriously).

    Cuban treefrogs, which can grow as big as the palm of your hand, compete with native treefrogs for shelter and are create a number of nuisances for people. “They get into the plumbing sometimes and people will find them in their toilets, which is always a surprise,” says Glorioso, an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. [more]

    Power may be shut off for more than 700,000 customers in California to prevent wildfires

    Two California utilities say they may shut off power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in parts of more than 35 counties for several days to reduce the risk of wildfires.

    Pacific Gas & Electric said power shutdowns to more than 600,000 customers across parts of northern, central and coastal California could begin early Wednesday and last through Thursday midday. Southern California Edison said more than 100,000 customers could be affected in seven counties it serves, including more than 30,000 in Los Angeles County.

    [that's gonna have a great effect on business!]

    [some follow-up]
    Doomed Kiribati ferry crew drunk, victims died horribly: official report

    Crew members of an overloaded Kiribati ferry which sank in the Pacific claiming 95 lives were drunk, leaving passengers to die slow deaths from starvation and hypothermia, a damning report has found.

    The report gives the first official account of the loss of the ferry MV Butiraoi, which sank in January last year after setting off from Nonouti island bound for the capital Tarawa.

    It details a string of failures that led to the sinking and also gives a glimpse of the horrors endured by victims, who were missing in the vast ocean for eight days before the alarm was raised.

    "Most, if not all, victims died from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia," it found.

    "One died while giving birth in (these) most unhealthy and extreme conditions," it said.[more; hey, welcome to Earth!]

    [continued below]

  4. [and a quick look at the state of American "education"]
    Seattle schools proposal wants to teach students math is oppressive against people of color - 'who gets to say an answer's right?'

    Two plus two may equal four, but if the student says five, you better not correct them, oppressor! Math, in Seattle schools, will become a social justice course. But that's not all. The U.S. government will be posited as a racist institution that must be destroyed. If this is taught to students, it's indoctrination at its most destructive.

    An Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC), under the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, published a preliminary Math Ethnic Studies framework document populated by district representatives that explains math as a racist study used to oppress students — and if you correct a student's faulty math logic, you're guilty. [more]

    [ok then, how about we up our morale by checking in on the military! YEAH! USA, USA!]
    Air Force pilot safely ejects from F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Germany

    The plane went down in an uninhabited area, a few miles south of Spangdahlem and north of the city of Trier, the statement said. Police cordoned off the area and shut down several roads.

    There were unconfirmed reports of large spills of aviation fuel near the scene of the crash.

    Spangdahlem is conducting a base readiness exercise this week, testing its ability to function in a wartime environment.

    Tuesday's crash was the fifth involving planes out of the base in Germany's Rhineland-Pfalz region since 2002. [more]

    Glaciers on Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, are melting rapidly due to climate change, expert says [~ 3.75 min. news video and text]

    [just below that story, on the same page (scroll down)]
    Tonight's Draconids meteor shower is set to be a spectacle

    [LOOK UP!]

    [from our It's About Time unit]
    Nearly a month's worth of snow hits southern Yukon

    According to environment Canada, 16 cm of snow fell at the Whitehorse airport. The average snowfall for October is 18.6 cm, meaning the city got nearly a full month's worth of snow in a single day. [more; ~ 6.3"]

    [some more follows]

  5. Chile's unprecedented drought affects 37,000 farmers

    The driest southern winter in six decades has left a complex balance: 6 of the 16 regions in Chile are suffering the effects of the rainfall deficit, which in the case of Valparaiso and Santiago reached 77%. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there are about 37,000 farmers at risk. In addition, nearly 106,000 animals in the regions between Atacama (north) and Maule (south) have died due to lack of water and food, according to data from the ministry. [more]

    [and from NO WONDER! today]
    Massive new study links pollution to assaults and domestic violence

    ‘The results suggest that a 10% reduction in daily [pollutants] and ozone could save $1.4 billion in crime costs a year’

    A massive study of daily air quality across nearly 400 U.S. counties finds a direct connection between dirtier air and higher rates of violent crime, including assault and domestic violence.

    Researchers used eight years’ of data — from 2006 to 2013 — on crime rates, pollution, wildfire smoke and weather to calculate the correlations. These included crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Incident Based Reporting System; pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality System network of monitors and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hazard Mapping System; and weather data from Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group.

    The air quality was measured for the amount of PM 2.5, meaning pollutant particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers, and ozone, a gas formed when sunlight reacts with pollutants emitted by various sources including factories, power plants and cars. [more]

    Storm front set to deliver drenching rains to the East Coast

    [short weather segment]

    A snowstorm will wallop central US this week, plunging temps as much as 60 degrees in one day

    Forget fall. Portions of the central U.S. will feel downright winterlike over the next few days as a potent snowstorm and bitter cold takes aim on the region.

    The powerful system is expected to produce heavy snow, as much as 12 inches, from the north-central Rockies into the northern Plains, the National Weather Service said. Winter storm warnings and watches are already widespread across the region, all the way from Idaho to Minnesota. [more]

  6. The Extinction Rebellion Returns [~ 7 min.]

    UFO seekers are flocking to a huge Buddha statue in Thailand saying it is home to a wormhole that aliens use to travel to different dimensions

    A group of Buddhist worshippers on a remote hilltop in Thailand believe that aliens communicate with people in the area.

    Khao Kala in Nakhon Sawan — which translates to "City of Heaven" — is located just three hours north of Bangkok and has become a hotspot for tourists looking to experience the supernatural.

    The remote area is located on a hill among a sugar cane plantation. Believers say the hill hides a secret wormhole that allows aliens from Pluto and elsewhere to travel between different dimensions.

    As alien seekers flock to the area, local police are becoming increasingly frustrated. Officers have recently raided the area and expressed concern that the influx of tourism could endanger the protected forests.

    There is no substantive evidence that the site has supernatural or alien qualities. [it's a TOURIST lure!]

    Several news outlets, including CNN and Vice, have recently traveled to the area, where some people believe humans can telepathically communicate with aliens.

    According to local daily Khao Sod, a member of UFO Khao Kala predicted that World War III would break out by 2022. Wassana told CNN that aliens have promised to take care of a select few "survivors" in the event of such fallout. [more; why?]

    [from our Mission Accomplished page]
    U.N. chief warns may not have enough money to pay staff next month

    The United Nations may not have enough money for staff salaries next month if member states don't pay what they owe, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday.

    He told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly's budget committee that if he had not worked since January to cut spending then the "we would not have had the liquidity to support" the annual gathering of world leaders last month.

    "This month, we will reach the deepest deficit of the decade. We risk ... entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls," said Guterres. "Our work and our reforms are at risk."

    The United States is the largest contributor - responsible for 22 percent of the more than $3.3 billion regular budget for 2019, which pays for work including political, humanitarian, disarmament, economic and social affairs and communications.
    [more; ok then, there go all those "protected areas" etc]

    [next piece follows]

  7. What Happens When Your Town Dries Up? [~ 8 min. video and text]

    California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States—it yields a third of the produce grown in the country and is the world’s largest supplier of canned tomatoes. But a seven-year drought has threatened the viability of the valley’s farmland, and many rural communities have suffered greatly as a result. [more]

    Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of ancient oasis

    Curiosity scientists described the scene in an article in "Nature Geoscience" published earlier this week. Researchers analyzing data from the Rover are extrapolating from the data that rocks enriched by mineral salts are evidence of briny ponds that went through periods of drying out and overflowing. Those deposits serve as a watermark made by climate fluctuations as Mars' climate changed from a wet one to the current frigid ice desert it is today.

    The next step in their research is for scientists to understand how long the transition took and when it happened, according to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

    The Gale Crater is the leftover geological formation from an impact that changed the surface of Mars. [more]

    ['night y'all, i'm hittin' the hay]