Thursday, October 24, 2019

Event Update For 2019-10-23

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

2019-10-23 - Unknown odor evacuates building at university in Gainesville (Florida):

Quote: "UF’s Hernandez Hall was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a student reported feeling light-headed and smelled an odor in the building. Students were back in classrooms about an hour later."

Quote: "The building reopened at about 1:30 p.m. after Gainesville Fire Rescue was unable to find any hazards."

2019-10-23 - Melting glaciers reveal five new islands in the Arctic in Russia:

Note: This area is west of parts of Siberia, so it makes sense that a glacier here would be melting away. The permafrost in Siberia is melting now, destabilizing the ground across millions of acres and causing massive explosive methane outgassing events that leave gigantic craters in the ground. Vast amounts of ancient frozen carbon - dead animals and plants - have begun to rot in Siberia as the ground thaws. That smell is from methane and hydrogen sulfide, the byproducts of anaerobic digestion of biomatter by bacteria and archaea. That entire area is basically becoming one gigantic outgassing event spanning millions of acres. Methane is boiling out of the East Siberia Sea now too. Some of the residents of Siberia have used the phrase 'the end of the world' and they're not wrong. But on the plus islands!

2019-10-23 - Study confirms fear that intense ocean acidification portends ecological collapse:

Quote: "We have been warned."

2019-10-23 - Landfill fire breaks out in Irkutsk (Russia):

2019-10-23 - Energy facility damaged by fire at 12:30 AM outside Columbia Falls (Montana):

2019-10-23 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in North Andover (Massachusetts):

Quote: "'He was just lucky, had he driven it another two feet, he wouldn’t be here with us,' Ambrosino said. 'As soon as he got out, it exploded and it just engulfed in flames.'"

2019-10-23 - Four cars go up in flames at auto shop in New Britain (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Three cars and garage destroyed by fire at home on Hillside Avenue in San Anselmo (California):

Quote: "Three vehicles were in the garage, including a Ferrari, a sports car that appeared to be a Lamborghini and a third vehicle that looked like the Batmobile from the ’60s television series Batman."

Note: 'Need to pick up some groceries. Do I take the Lambo, the Ferrari or the Batmobile?!'

2019-10-23 - Tanker ship 'Epic Balta' bursts into flame on the Mississippi River near coastal Venice (Louisiana):

Quote: "The US Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi river from the miles three to seven due to a fire in the engine room of the 'Epic Balta' on Oct 22, 2019. The fire has been contained and the river closure was not anticipated to last much longer. The tanker berthed in Venice, Louisiana, at 6.35 p.m. It had sailed from Kingston, Jamaica, on Oct 17."

Note: This is the 881st boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-23 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Noida (India):

Note: This is the 525th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-10-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near West Wausau Avenue and 32nd Street in Wausau (Wisconsin):

2019-10-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Walker Road in North Platte (Nebraska):

2019-10-23 - Two semi tractors destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM while parked at towing business in Carmel (Maine):

2019-10-23 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Yuma (Arizona):

2019-10-23 - Tractor bursts into flame near coastal Hokitika (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 1883rd, 1884th, 1885th, 1886th, 1887th and 1888th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-23 - Garbage truck bursts into flame near Hobbs Lott Bridge near March (Britain):

2019-10-23 - RV bursts into flame while parked at property on Ormsby Place in Washoe Valley (Nevada):

Note: This is the 378th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-10-23 - Van bursts into flame on the M5 near coastal Exeter (Britain):

2019-10-23 - Van bursts into flame on the A27 near Lewes (Britain):

2019-10-23 - Van bursts into flame in Daun Penh (Cambodia):

2019-10-23 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road north of Tucson (Arizona):

2019-10-23 - Car bursts into flame on Mendenhall Boulevard in coastal Juneau (Alaska):

2019-10-23 - Car bursts into flame inside tunnel in coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

2019-10-23 - Three cars go up in flames at 12:57 AM while parked at home in Brackenfield, Telford (Britain):

2019-10-23 - Two cars go up in flames at 12:55 AM while parked in carpark in Brindley Ford, Telford (Britain):

2019-10-23 - Car bursts into flame on Steel Street in Holmes (Britain):,accidental-car-fire-at-holmes_33890.htm

2019-10-23 - Car bursts into flame on West Chiltington Road in Pulborough (Britain):

2019-10-23 - Car bursts into flame on Astral Way in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Astral Way, Hull. Wed 23 Oct 2019 20:39 (No:23641) Car fire, burnt out on arrival of Fire Service. Inspection carried out, vehicle battery disconnected and car moved to a safe location."

2019-10-23 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Coquihalla Highway near Merritt (Canada):

2019-10-23 - RV trailer destroyed by fire at 2 AM while parked at home on North Kerth Avenue in Evansville (Indiana):

2019-10-23 - Pickup truck and outbuilding destroyed by fire at property on Highway 140 in Utica (Kentucky):

2019-10-23 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck at Texas A&M in College Station (Texas):

2019-10-23 - Huge 10-story treehouse (!) destroyed by fire at home in Crossville (Tennessee):

2019-10-23 - Home damaged by garage fire in the wee hours on Dean Street in coastal New Haven (Connecticut), nobody there:

2019-10-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire at midnight on Cypress Landing Drive in coastal Atlantic Beach (Florida), 2 dogs and kitten killed:

2019-10-23 - Home destroyed by fire on Bedell Road in Berlin Center (Ohio), dog killed, nobody there:

2019-10-23 - Several homes under construction destroyed by huge fire in the Ashlyn Creek area in Mooresville (North Carolina):

2019-10-23 - Deadly fire burns home on Bentley Avenue in Norwich (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2019-10-23 - Deadly fire burns home in Madison (Minnesota), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Deadly fire burns home on North Tillotson Avenue in Muncie (Indiana):

2019-10-23 - Vacant apartment building destroyed by massive fire in Youngstown (Ohio):

2019-10-23 - Man, 52, found dead in swimming pool at home in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "Prasad’s wife grew suspicious as he was not answering her phone calls. She rushed back home only to find him dead in the swimming pool around 10 a.m., Mr. Srinivas said."

2019-10-23 - College student, man, found dead in Logan Canyon (Utah):

2019-10-23 - Man found dead in Hyde Park in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2019-10-23 - Man found dead in canal in Lauderhill (Florida):

2019-10-23 - Woman, 58, drops dead at hotel on Riverside Drive in Macon (Georgia), 1350 feet from the Ocmulgee River:

2019-10-23 - Man found dead in wooded area near Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

2019-10-23 - Woman found dead in the Stones River in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-10-23 - Man found dead under Tuolumne River bridge near Empire (California):

2019-10-23 - Man, 23, has 'medical emergency' after domestic violence incident, dies shortly later, in coastal Stamford (Connecticut):

Quote: "At police headquarters the man had a medical emergency. He was taken to the hospital where he died."

2019-10-23 - Boy, 12, suddenly sickens and dies on cruise ship near coastal Cagliari (Italy):

Quote: "A 12-year-old German boy died suddenly aboard the 'MSC Divini' which was sailing from Palermo to Calgliari on OCt 21, 2019."

Quote: "The boy's parents and two brothers were taken to hospital in Sardinia where they were placed in quarantine as a precautionary measure. It was not immediately clear how long they would be in quarantine. Authorities had been alerted to the boy's death but no investigation was launched as medics had determined the cause of death had been natural."

Note: A man and woman, 21 and 25, also just dropped dead separately in the wee hours on the same cruise ship in coastal Tallinn (Estonia), mentioned in the 2019-10-20 update...

2019-10-23 - Man found dead in parking lot in Couthuin (Belgium):

2019-10-23 - Person found dead on small island at the mouth of the River Spey (Scotland):

2019-10-23 - Woman, 53, has 'medical episode', car crashes into cars, in Haring Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

Quote: "The woman was believed to have suffered from an unknown medical episode."

2019-10-23 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car drives wrong way, cop gets car stopped, near Black Lick (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A state trooper pulled over a car going the wrong way on Route 119, stopping the driver, who was having a medical emergency, before anyone else was hurt."

2019-10-23 - Man in his 60s has 'medical event' and slumps over on motorcycle, motorcycle crashes, in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand), 1 killed:

Quote: "A motorcyclist has died following a suspected medical event at a Christchurch racecourse."

2019-10-23 - Small plane crashes into field near Frederickson (Washington), engine failure:

2019-10-23 - Small plane crashes into river in Madero (Mexico), 5 killed:

2019-10-23 - Helicopter crashes near Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas (Nevada), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Two tractor trailers crash at 5:50 AM, fire erupts, on I-80 between Utica and Ottawa (Illinois), 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Box truck veers off road, crashes into ditch, in Forsyth County (Georgia), 1 killed:

Quote: "A man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Forsyth County on Wednesday morning might have had a medical issue that caused the accident, according to authorities. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Desmond Hugh Smith, 64 of Dekalb County."

2019-10-23 - SUV crashes four stories off parking garage in Indianapolis (Indiana), 2 killed:

2019-10-23 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, in Centralia (Washington), 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in Laguna Hills (California), 1 killed:

2019-10-23 - Man shoots deer, deer attacks him, man dies, near Yellville (Arkansas):

Quote: "The commission is not certain that the antler wounds are the official cause of his death. They say he may have died from a heart attack or another medical issue."

2019-10-23 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean:

2019-10-23 - Earthquake swarm strikes near Petatlan, Guerrero (Mexico):

Quote: "In the last hours a series of earthquakes have been registered in Guerrero called by the National Seismological Service (SSN) as a 'seismic swarm'. In a special report, the SSN reported that from Monday, October 21 until Wednesday, October 23 a 'seismic swarm' has been recorded with 39 tremors of magnitudes ranging between 3.5 and 4.9 degrees, with an epicenter near Petatlan, Guerrero."

2019-10-23 - Lightning strike kills 20 cows in Castilla y León (Spain):

2019-10-23 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Karnataka (India), 12+ killed:

2019-10-23 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Egypt, 8+ killed:

2019-10-23 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit the island of Sri Lanka, 5+ killed:

2019-10-23 - Death toll rises to 18 from flooding in central Nigeria, 41,000 displaced:

2019-10-23 - Zimbabwe struggles with hyperinflation and poverty:

2019-10-23 - Rats learn how to drive little cars and scientists learn from their poop:

Quote: "Rats have learned how to drive and steer their own tiny cars in exchange for Froot Loops. That's a feat on its own. But the real discovery in the study -- and its wider implications for human mental health treatment -- was found in their poop, per new findings published in Behavioural Brain Research."


  1. Dang! People dropping dead on the same cruise ship - not a good sign.

    Last update for that fatal accident near where i live (3 min. away): it was caused by a 28 y.o. drunk driver who was apprehended.

    Why Rising Acidification Poses a Special Peril for Warming Arctic Waters

    Those same cold waters and unique environmental conditions make the Arctic especially susceptible to the rapidly shifting ocean chemistry wrought by that excess carbon. The result: rising acidity, which eats up the minerals vital to shell-building creatures, as well as posing other dangers to Arctic marine life.

    Acidification is underway throughout the world’s oceans, according to a new Oceans and Cryosphere report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But the various ocean regions will respond differently to the same amount of carbon dioxide, says Alessandro Tagliabue, a University of Liverpool biogeochemist and one of the lead authors on the ocean changes chapter of the report. As our carbon emissions continue to soar, acidic conditions will race across the high latitudes first, according to the report. And Arctic ecosystems and people — already stressed by rising temperatures, vanishing ice, and the myriad other effects of climate change — are particularly threatened by acidification’s impacts. [more]

    What You Think Is Controlled By What You Watch, And What You Watch Is Controlled By The Elite

    Why do you believe what you believe? Some people have a really solid answer to that question, but much of the population never thinks much about deeper questions such as this. In fact, for most Americans it is simply easier to let others do their thinking for them. Today, most of us spend multiple hours each day absorbing information through a screen, and most of the content that is fed to us through our televisions, phones, tablets and computers is controlled by the elite. And if you allow anyone to feed information into your mind for several hours every day, it is going to have a dramatic impact on how you view the world. [more; so-called "education" which is more like INDOCTRINATION, also plays a large role in this]

    Israel's endgame: Make Gaza uninhabitable

    "Israel has ignored warnings by the United Nations that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, starved and abused indefinitely. Now crises are unfolding on all fronts - social, economic, political and humanitarian - and Israel is running out of time to find solutions." - AMEU (September-October 2019) [more; sounds like that IS the solution]

    [more below]

  2. New Civil War: Rebellion Against Slavery of Our Minds [~ 97.5 min. video]

    [beneath that article is this]
    White House Considering Syria Reversal: May Leave 500 Troops, Deploy Dozens Of Battle Tanks

    [from our It's About Time!]
    Friday, 25 October 2019

    The probe into the origins of the Russia collusion narrative, which is being conducted by Inspector General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, has been changed from an administrative review into a criminal investigation. [more]

    [see this article below that one]
    Major Status Change in Classification of Russia Probe Investigation

    NBC News has learned that the probe into the origins of the Russia collusion narrative, which is being conducted by Inspector General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, has been changed from an administrative review into a criminal investigation. The change was first reported by the New York Times.

    Designation as a criminal investigation will allow Durham to subpoena witnesses, documents, appoint a grand jury and indict people on criminal charges. It is unclear when the change in designation occurred. [more; Hillary, you're goin' down!]

    29 dead in floods and landslides after abnormally heavy rains across Kenya

    The floods have damaged infrastructure of unknown value rendering key roads and bridges in Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa, Lamu, Kwale, and Mombasa impassible. [more]

    Thousands displaced by flooding rivers in Central African Republic

    Over 6,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the capital, Bangui. Local media reported that the Ubangi (Oubangui) river broke its banks last week after a period of heavy rain. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills 8 cows in Ondo, Nigeria

    Tens of thousands evacuated as 70mph winds fuel California wildfires

    Over 52,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes as rapidly spreading brush fires fanned by strong gusts scorch towns across California, leaving dozens of houses in ruins.

    Quickly consuming nearly 16,000 acres in Sonoma County since starting late Wednesday night, one of the fires has chased 2,000 residents from their homes as emergency responders struggle to hold back the flames. [more]

    Severe storms hit parts of southern Europe, fatalities reported in France, Spain and Italy

    Severe storms swept through parts of southern Europe, including France, Italy, and Spain over the past few days, bringing very heavy to record rain. After two days of heavy rainfall, travel warnings have been issued in Spain and France while Italy remained under alert. Several flood-related casualties have also been reported. [more]

    [more later]

  3. [some end of the week news headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, October 25, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Caterpillar reports earnings that badly miss the Street, cuts forecast again

    China's Growth Much Worse Than Reported, What About the US?

    SpaceX To Build Cities On Mars And Moon, Lead Engineer Confirms
    Good luck with that. -- RF

    Russia and China Are Buying Gold, Not Bitcoin: Gabelli Analyst
    Remember: No electricity + no internet = no cryptocurrencies. -- RF

    The Demographic Depression Will Overwhelm Central Bankers Over The Upcoming Decade

    Lion Air crash investigators tell victims' families 737 MAX design flaws linked to accident

    Boeing is 'hopeful' planes will be part of China trade deal as lack of orders forces production cut

    Boeing Revenue Tumbles 20% As Cash Burn Soars Most In 9 Years; 787 Production Throttled

    Airline chiefs grow frustrated as 737 Max grounding costs near $1 billion

    Software under scrutiny in Airbus A220 engine failures

    Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China

    Oil Choke Points vulnerable to war, chaos, terrorism, piracy

    Russia Vows to Forgive Ethiopia's Debts Amid Growing Push for Influence in Africa

    Syrian government says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops

    Jordan's 25-year peace with Israel 'cold and getting colder'

    Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn (Pepe Escobar)

    Iran's $280 Billion Sanction Skirting Scheme

    Backlog Of U.S. Immigration Cases Reaches Record High, Tops 1 Million!

    A world on fire: Here are all the major protests happening around the globe right now

    How to Survive Riots and Civil Unrest [run and hide]

    Chicago schools to close for 6th day; union plans civil disobedience training

    How Renewable Energy Models Can Produce Misleading Indications

    California's Electric Vehicle Dream Is Turning Into A Nightmare

    Africa's Largest Oil Nation Is Facing A Major Crisis

    [continued below]

  4. Pork Recall: George's Prepared Foods Calls Back 6,444 Pounds Of Sausage Products On Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Boosting Your Immune System: 6 Things You Need to Be Eating

    Thailand to ban glyphosate and other high-profile pesticides

    Obesity may be upping rates of pancreatic cancer worldwide

    'Rewilding:' One California man's mission to save honey bees

    Amazon rainforest 'close to irreversible tipping point'

    Coca-Cola Most Littered Brand In The World According To Massive Audit Of Plastic Waste [make them pay!]

    Want to delete Facebook? Read what happened to these people first

    Educational spyware company to school boards: hire us to spy on your kids and we'll help you sabotage teachers' strikes

    Google employees are raising alarms about a new tool that keeps tabs on their internal meetings, but the company says it's nothing to worry about

    Edward Snowden Reveals How Smartphones Are Used To Spy & Collect User Data

    • War on Julian Assange
    Assange Is The Only One To Abide By The Law

    Space collisions a growing concern as Earth orbit gets more crowded

    Venezuelans buy gas with cigarettes to battle inflation
    Instead of laughing at the Venezuelans, smart people will take note of how they cope under such circumstances. -- RF

    Tons of waste from Typhoon No. 19 now drifting ashore

    Japan PMI manufacturing dropped to 48.5, lowest since June 2016

    Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido

    The Next Big Seller Are Chinese Firms, Looking To Offload Western Companies

    Hong Kong parking space sells for nearly $1 million

    "Brink Of Collapse": Hong Kong Businesses Struggle To Survive Amid Violent Protests

    Chicago's Death Spiral: There's No Can Left to Kick

    Trump promotes pulling U.S. from Paris climate accord in speech touting 'America First'

    Bernie Sanders Pledges to End Practice of Prosecuting Whistleblowers Under the Espionage Act

    Ford cuts full-year profit outlook as third-quarter profit dips

    Forecast points to deepening Illinois budget deficit

    Russian 'agent' Maria Butina to be released from US prison

    Manufacturing Alarm Bells Ring on Unexpected Weakness

    Hundreds told to flee, almost 200,000 without power in California wildfires

  5. 17 Malware-Infested Apps You Need to Delete ASAP

    China to ask U.S. to remove tariffs in exchange for agricultural buys in Friday talks - sources

    Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials will discuss plans on Friday for China to buy more U.S. farm products, but in return, Beijing will request cancellation of some planned and existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, people briefed on the talks told Reuters. [more]

    Sen. Bernie Sanders Lays Out Plan To Legalize Marijuana

    “We’re going to legalize marijuana and end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said in a statement announcing his proposal. “It has disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans.” [more]

    [SOTT will have a field day with this]
    The Old Farmer's Almanac Predicts an Alarming Number of Snowstorms Will Happen This Winter

    Not long after the Farmers' Almanac suggested it would be a "freezing, frigid, and frosty" season, the *other* Farmer's Almanac has released its annual weather forecast—and it's equally upsetting.

    While the first publication focused on the cold temperatures anticipated this winter, the Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that excessive snowfall will be the most noteworthy part of the season.

    The Old Farmer's Almanac, which was founded in 1792, says that the upcoming winter "will be remembered for strong storms" featuring heavy rain, sleet, and a lot of snow. The periodical actually used the word "snow-verload" to describe the conditions we can expect in the coming months. [more; see map]

    Tick Fire crosses the 14 freeway forcing more evacuations

    The Tick Fire near Santa Clarita jumped across the 14 freeway at about 2:30 Friday morning, requiring it to be closed in both directions, north-bound from Golden Valley and south-bound from Escondido Canyon. Additional evacuations have been ordered. [more]

    Smoke affects northwest U.S.

    Thursday morning there were very few wildfires producing large quantities of smoke, however the Kincade Fire 63 miles north of San Francisco has the potential to become an air quality problem for residents in northern California especially on Friday. [more]

    Kincade Fire forces evacuation of Geyserville, California

    New mapping shows the fire has burned 19,529 acres [more]

    The Trump administration didn’t like my agency’s research. So it sent us to Missouri. – “They can’t tolerate it when scientists present hard truths they don’t like”

    California can expect blackouts for a decade, says PG&E CEO – Power outage in Fall 2019 could cost California economy more than $2 billion

    [i'd say PG&E can expect to be taken over by the state first, with the CEO going to jail]

  6. How the desirable became undesirable! More than half of Southern California's largest wildfires have occurred in the last 15 years as new fires explode across the State.

    Wind gusts of 70 mph, 113 km/h have caused wildfires in Northern and Southern California to explode causing power cuts to almost a quarter of a million people with a further 50,000 ordered to evacuate.

    The fires have erupted on dry terrain littered with dead trees across California and the extreme weather conditions are expected to continue well into the weekend bringing the likelihood of more power outages as power companies try to prevent [the shoddy way we hung our] electrical lines [which could have been buried] sparking more fires. [more]

    Hurried evacuations as wildfires rage in California

    The blaze -- known as the Tick fire after the road near where it started on Thursday -- has spread to 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) and is only five percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday.

    It threatens 10,000 homes and has forced local schools and colleges to close. [more]

    Someday, They'll Be Amazed We Didn't Impeach Trump Over the Climate Crisis [From Esquire]

    In fact, as David Wallace-Wells detailed this year for New York magazine, the fire season never really ends anymore. Both scientists and firefighters have suggested dropping the "season" term. It is always fire season, and fire season is always getting worse, because it is always getting hotter and drier. About half of the 88 cities in Los Angeles county are classified as "Very High Fire-Hazard Severity Zones," raising the prospect that in the future, the gleaming jewel of the West—our great American dream factory—will come to resemble a very particular kind of hell. After all, as Wallace-Wells tells us, some of these fires grow an acre a second. Some grow three times faster still. You cannot outrun fire traveling 60 miles per hour on the Santa Ana winds. [more]

    [next part follows]

  7. Russian Circus Bear Mauls Trainer As Shrieking Spectators Flee

    [29 sec. reality check, JEEZ!]

    Four dead in landslides, floods weeks after typhoon hit Japan

    Four people were killed and another person was missing in landslides and floods on Friday, local officials and news reports said, as Japan was hit by heavy rains just two weeks after a deadly typhoon barrelled through the country. [more]

    Heavy rains dousing South as tropical disturbance looms

    Parts of the drought-parched South were under flood watches and warnings Friday with forecasters saying as much as 10 inches of rain could fall. [more]

    Rare phenomenon spotted cruising off of Australia coast - 1000 MILE wide! [~ 11 min. MrMBB333 video]

    [here's one where the author of the article doesn't know what the future holds and assumes another generation will follow]
    Only half of U.S. Gen Xers have a retirement account, and that’s a disaster in the making

    Millennials may bear the brunt of bad press, but Gen X is arguably in worse financial shape.

    Insider recently teamed up with Morning Consult to survey 2,096 Americans about their financial health, debt, and earnings for its new series, “The State of Our Money.” Of the total respondents, 566 were Gen X, defined as ages 39 to 54 this year. [more; once again, way too small a sample for this kind of statement]

    Images reveal Iceland’s glacier melt – “We saw a staggering difference in a very short amount of time”

    A photography project has highlighted the extent of ice loss from Iceland’s glaciers.

    A team from Scotland and Iceland compared photographs taken in the 1980s with present-day drone images.

    They focused on the south side of the Vatnajökull ice cap, which covers about 7,700sq km of land.

    Dr Kieran Baxter, from the University of Dundee, said: “We saw a staggering difference in a very short amount of time.”[more]

    [last part below]

  8. [from our: Nuclear, The Gift That Keeps On Giving segment]
    Shutdown of nuke plant has a surprising stinging consequence

    The shutdown of one of the nation's oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the nation's most fragile.

    The environmental group Save Barnegat Bay held a conference Wednesday where scientists noted the increase of tiny jellyfish near the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant.

    The stinging sea nettles that had been sucked into the plant and killed by heated water are now thriving and multiplying.

    The influx has some worrying about swimming conditions in the area, while other say the plant closure should begin to restore conditions to where they were before the plant became operational in 1969. [more; nah, sorry, we're out of business]

    Navajo company shuts coal mine in dispute over sovereignty

    One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. was indefinitely shuttered Thursday in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs.

    The Navajo Transitional Energy Company blamed the state of Montana for the impasse over the Spring Creek Mine near Decker. Its executives said they were standing up for the company's sovereign rights as an entity wholly-owned by the Navajo Nation.

    State regulators contended it was the company's decision to shutter the mine. They said the state had been open to a short-term waiver of immunity so mining could go on while negotiations continued.

    But officials also made clear the company would not be approved to run the 275-worker mine over the long-term without a waiver of immunity. [more]

    [from our Mis-labled Headlines grab-bag]
    'Chaos map' charts global deaths from water, food and fuel disruption [so you'd think JJFH would be their go-to source!]

    As the planet warms, deadly conflicts over water, food and fuel shortages and price hikes for those essentials are expected to start increasing dramatically, including in relatively stable parts of the world like Europe, researchers warned on Thursday.

    A new interactive "Chaos Map" from Britain's Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) displays 1,300 deaths from violent social unrest and suicides linked to water, food and fuel insecurity over a 13-year period from 2005 to 2017.

    Researchers said it would help predict future tensions over disruptions to key resources. [more]

    [sheeeet, mahn - i kin give 'eem a liss a mahl long a deaths aroun' watta ALONE! tell me some bu-shit thirteen hunnit in 13 yeez - go-'ade mah' @'s way low, you trippin']

    [Nah, mahn sayusly - we prolly dun @ since January - faREEL!]