Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Event Update For 2019-12-02


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

2019-12-02 - New effort to understand huge methane craters in the Arctic caused by warming:

Quote: "In July of 2014, images of an enormous crater in the Siberian tundra captivated scientists and the public, alike. Others were soon found, and a cause proposed: climate change. Specifically, the finger was pointed at an underground build-up of methane released as permafrost thaws. But this was not a climate change impact that anyone had anticipated."

Quote: "When the news broke, climate scientist Sue Natali of Woods Hole Research Center was at a remote field station in Alaska, on the other side of the Arctic. At first, she wasn’t sure whether the photos were even real. 'I didn't expect it then, and I still don't expect it now,' said Natali. 'It's not something that any Arctic scientists talk about for this to happen on land - to have land explode because of a buildup of methane below the ground. It still surprises me now.'"

Quote: "Still, Natali says there are more unanswered questions: How many are there? Do they form anywhere permafrost thaws, or only in certain areas?  To answer those questions, Natali has teamed up with geospatial analyst Greg Fiske, also at Woods Hole Research Center. The plan is to mine a new, high-resolution elevation data and satellite imagery made available by University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center."

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame at 4:13 AM and kills man in carpark at supermarket in Maidstone (Britain):

Quote: "A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: "We were called to St Saviours Road in Maidstone to reports of a car alight, and it was discovered a man had sadly died at the scene. Two fire engines attended along with Kent Police. 'Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, which is not being treated as suspicious.'"

2019-12-02 - Person found dead in burning car in carpark at home improvement store on Lyons Way in coastal Worthing (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Wildfires continue to rage across New South Wales and Queensland (Australia), hazardous smoke again blankets Sydney:

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, just outside Springfield (Missouri):

Quote: "Duane Compton, Fire Chief of Republic, says the fire started in a car in the garage. Compton says the homeowner couldn’t get the car out in time and the fire spread to the house. Authorities say no one was hurt but the house is a total loss."

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Anna Court in Selkirk (New York):

Quote: "A parked vehicle on a Selkirk residence driveway caught on fire at around 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, according to Bethlehem police. The residence is at 22 Anna Court and the cause of the fire remains unknown although police reported that it 'is not suspicious.'"

2019-12-02 - Australian PM denies climate change amidst dying cattle, fish dying in the millions, massive crop losses, devastating heatwaves, droughts and wildfires:

2019-12-02 - Apartment building explodes and collapses in Middletown (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "Snively called the incident an 'obvious explosion,' but did not specify what caused it. He said air reading outside have shown no signs of natural gas, but officials with Duke Energy are currently on scene."

2019-12-02 - Guest home explodes just before midnight in Santa Fe (New Mexico), nobody there:

Note: These are the 179th and 180th residential explosions in 2019...

2019-12-02 - Car carrier ship 'RCC Passion' bursts into flame near coastal Ushant Island (France):

Quote: "Car carrier RCC PASSION reported fire in engine room at around 1700 UTC Dec 2 in Celtic sea some 40 nm WNW of Ushant Island, said MRCC Corsen, France. Firefighters team was transferred on board of car carrier by helicopter, crew meanwhile, fought fire by own means."

2019-12-02 - Cargo ship 'Vafa 2' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Astrakhan (Russia):

Quote: "Fire erupted in superstructure of Iranian general cargo ship VAFA 2, berthed at Astrakhan Port, Russia, Caspian sea, at 1120 Moscow time Dec 2. The ship was loaded with sawn timber, but fire was restricted by cabin or cabins, and didn’t spread further."

2019-12-02 - Large 85-foot fishing boat 'Miss Pacific' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Brookings (Oregon), nobody aboard:

2019-12-02 - Boat bursts into flame on Stanley Street along the River Derwent in Workington (Britain):

Quote: "Boat Fire(Allerdale) 2 Dec 2019 At 10:49 hours on 2nd December 2019, two fire engines attended reports of a boat on fire on Stanley Street, Workington. On arrival crews found one boat well alight and extinguished this using two breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and small tools. Crews were in attendance for approximately forty minutes."

Note: These are the 967th, 968th, 969th and 970th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-02 - Transit bus bursts into flame outside shopping center in coastal CancĂșn (Mexico):

2019-12-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway near Charlapally (India):

2019-12-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway between Krasnodar and Yeysk (Russia):

Note: These are the 574th, 575th and 576th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-12-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 near Jasper (Indiana):

2019-12-02 - Tractor (bulldozer), car, two motorcycles and garage destroyed by fire at home in Glade Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Homeowner Victor Lauffenburger, who was home when the fire broke out, said a car, two motorcycles, and a dozer were inside the structure."

Note: These are the 2059th and 2060th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-02 - Six garbage trucks destroyed by fire while parked at business in Chelsea (Oklahoma):

Quote: "A fire at a Chelsea trash service company destroyed all but one truck. It happened Saturday night at John’s Refuse Service. Manager Crystal Miller said six of the company’s seven trucks were destroyed. The company serves all of Chelsea and parts of rural Rogers County."

2019-12-02 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Route 52 in Santee (California):

2019-12-02 - USPS mail truck bursts into flame near Elk Grove Florin Road in Sacramento County (California):

2019-12-02 - Van bursts into flame on the A38 near Ashburton (Britain):

2019-12-02 - SUV bursts into flame on street in Schenectady (New York):

2019-12-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home on Hickory Street in Bristol (Connecticut):

2019-12-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Davis Street in Bradford (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on Leff Street near Broad Street in San Luis Obispo (California):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 82 near Starkville (Mississippi):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on Coast Road in coastal Pevensey Bay (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on street near Wiltshire College in Salisbury (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on the A17 near Holbeach (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on the M11 near Stansted (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on Colliers Way in Telford (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Car bursts into flame on Kingsfold in Bradville, Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 2 December, 10.20pm Car fire, Kingsfold, Bradville, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used one hose reel."

2019-12-02 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on street in Canca (India):

Quote: "Passers-by said the fire started while the motorcycle was still in motion, but the rider managed to escape unhurt."

2019-12-02 - Electric bicycle bursts into flame at 12:29 AM on Midsummer Boulevard in Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 2 December, 12.29am Electric bicycle on fire, Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters isolated the battery and used buckets of water."

2019-12-02 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 4:09 AM while parked at property on Kershaw Court in Folsom (California):

2019-12-02 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at property on Geddings Lang Road in Huntsville (Alabama), nobody there:

2019-12-02 - Barn destroyed by fire near Whitehouse (Texas):

2019-12-02 - Barn destroyed by fire at 11:34 PM off Gascoignes Lane in Cann (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Lumberyard building destroyed by massive fire in Wedgewood-Houston area in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-12-02 - Garage destroyed by fire in the wee hours at home near Celeste Court and Saint Francis Drive in Springfield (Illinois):

2019-12-02 - Home damaged by garage fire on Keene Road in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

2019-12-02 - Home damaged by fire at 5:30 AM on Rose Street in coastal Bath (Maine):

2019-12-02 - Home damaged by garage fire just after 2 AM on South Culberhouse Street in Jonesboro (Arkansas), 2 pets killed:

2019-12-02 - Home heavily damaged by carport fire at 5:30 AM on Emporia Avenue in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia), pets killed:

2019-12-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 4 AM on East Quincy Avenue in Knoxville (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2019-12-02 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire on North Main Street in Naperville (Illinois):

2019-12-02 - Home destroyed by fire on Abbey Road in East Hampton (Connecticut):

2019-12-02 - Home destroyed by fire, another home damaged, in Lake Oswego (Oregon):

2019-12-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Washington DC, 3 injured:

2019-12-02 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Shenyang (China):

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns home on O'Reilly Street in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Clara Lane in Peters Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Blanche Drive in St. Charles (Missouri), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Wind Chase Court in Austell (Georgia), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 1 AM on 48th Avenue in coastal Oakland (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire destroys home on West Jefferson Street in Frankfort (Indiana), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Deadly fire burns apartment building just after 4 AM on Nostrand Avenue in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 1 killed, several injured:

2019-12-02 - More crows found dead at Anasagar Lake (India):

2019-12-02 - Penguin food source could be reason some populations are dwindling:

2019-12-02 - Family of three, 57, 51 and 26, mysteriously found dead at home in Chiang Rai (Thailand):

Quote: "With no suspects, no motive, no obvious causes of death and no apparent weapons, investigators Monday were trying to explain the mysterious deaths of Udom Kimsee, 57, Natcha Kimsee, 51, and Sawaros Kimsee, 26, whose bodies, according to Khaosod, were found in Chiang Rai city at about 9am."

2019-12-02 - Two men, 25 and 26, die after being pulled from manhole in coastal Surat (India):

2019-12-02 - Woman, 57, found dead on coastal Scarborough Beach in Narragansett (Rhode Island):

2019-12-02 - Person found dead along East Market Street in Springettsbury Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-02 - Woman found dead at softball field on Officer Thomas Catchings Sr. Drive in Jackson (Mississippi):

2019-12-02 - Person found dead at construction site on Kitty Hawk Road in South Jordan (Utah):

2019-12-02 - Trucker, man, 66, found dead in his truck in coastal Sibu (Malaysia):

2019-12-02 - Woman, 64, found dead in pond in Kolhapur (India):

2019-12-02 - Man, 34, found dead on beach near coastal Skegness (Britain):

2019-12-02 - Tow truck driver, man, 61, has 'medical incident' and goes into cardiac arrest, truck crashes into tree, in Marine Park area in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "An NYPD tow truck driver died after he crashed his truck Monday night in what cops called a 'medical incident.'"

2019-12-02 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes, in Bushkill Township (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

Quote: "Two people were injured Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash caused by the driver’s medical emergency, police said. Emergency personnel were called at 9:24 a.m. for the crash in the 200 block of Daniels Road in Bushkill Township."

2019-12-02 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck plows into building, on Carolina Beach Road in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police at the scene told WECT that they believe that the driver may have driven off the road after suffering a medical emergency."

2019-12-02 - Driver has 'medical episode', car crashes into seaside oyster bar, in coastal Panama City (Florida), 1 injured:

Quote: "Workers say police on scene say the man driving the car may have had a medical episode."

2019-12-02 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes, in Mount Auburn (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officers were on scene at Highland Avenue and William Howard Taft where a driver reportedly experienced some sort of medical emergency which caused a minor crash at the intersection. Rescuers have taken that driver to the hospital."

2019-12-02 - Small plane crash-lands in field in coastal Vero Beach (Florida), engine failure:

2019-12-02 - Tanker truck crashes off road at 4:45 AM and overturns on the 5 Freeway in Lebec (California):

2019-12-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-81 in Scott Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Van veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, fire erupts, near Kanab (Utah), 3 killed:

2019-12-02 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into watery slough, on US 101 in coastal Eureka (California):

2019-12-02 - Car crashes and bursts into flame after lightning strike on I-35 near Hutchinson (Kansas):

2019-12-02 - Car and box truck crash on Route 30 in Vernon (Connecticut), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-12-02 - Car veers off road, crashes into parked truck at home, fire erupts, spreads to home, in Parker (Florida), 1 injured:

2019-12-02 - Car veers off road and crashes at 2 AM in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2019-12-02 - Car overturns on Swannanoa River Road near Asheville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2019-11-02 - Huge sinkhole opens, swallows street sweeper and electric bike, in Guangzhou (China), 3 people missing:

Quote: "Three people including a father and a son are missing after a giant sinkhole swallowed a street sweeper and an electric bike before filling with water. CCTV footage from captured the moment a sanitation lorry carrying a driver, 51, and his son, 26, disappeared into the ground in Guangzhou, southeast China."

2019-11-02 - Algae bloom in Lake Fort Phantom Hill and Hubbard Creek Reservoir causing bad-tasting and bad-smelling water in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "Have you noticed Abilene's drinking water currently tastes a little funny? Director of Water Utilities Rodney Taylor said the 'offensive taste and odor' is due to the algae bloom in lake Fort Phantom and Hubbard Creek Reservoir."

2019-12-02 - Buddhist temple under construction collapses in Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 killed, 13 injured:

2019-12-02 - Apartment building collapses in Aleppo (Syria), 5 killed:

2019-12-02 - Hole opens on bridge over Rapid Creek in Rapid City (South Dakota):

2019-12-02 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Flour Bluff (Texas):

2019-12-02 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2019-12-02 - Earthquake swarm shakes Mount Rainier (Washington):

2019-12-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit France:

2019-12-02 - Heavy rain and snow hit Jammu and Kashmir (India):

2019-12-02 - Heavy snow hits the Victorian Alps (Australia):

2019-12-02 - Heatwave brings 40.1 C (104F) temp to Perth, earliest summer day to ever pass 40C in Perth (Australia):

Quote: "The end of the week is set to be a scorcher across much of the country, but nowhere more so than in Brisbane and Perth where it could top out at 41C. Darwin is also sweltering through a heatwave but the highs will likely reach a mere 35C. That would be the second time the mercury has powered past 40C in Perth this week. Yesterday, the WA capital hit 40.1C, the earliest ever summer day in Perth to surpass the 40C mark."

2019-12-02 - Tropical storm Kammuri rapidly intensified before hitting Philippines, more than 100,000 evacuated lahar-prone areas:

2019-12-02 - Earth was hit by a mysterious ‘mini-moon’ fireball asteroid, scientists reveal:

2019-12-02 - Another large asteroid, discovered last week, to make fly by Earth on Friday:

2019-12-02 - 47 percent of GDP, this is the scariest corporate debt bubble in US history:

2019-12-02 - Doctors bring a dead heart back to life during groundbreaking surgery:

Quote: "The heart was successfully transplanted into a recipient, a win that suggests far more will be eligible for donation in the future as doctors are able to beat the clock and keep the organ alive for outside of a body."


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. On that last story, my son who works as a perfusionist in the OR every day says that process is called Exvivo and allows transplants of organs without having to rush them to the site. i didn't remark that this just sets them up to die another way a little later.

    Hey, how about 7 garbage truck fires in one day (making up for the lull last month)!

    Hope For A U.S.-China Trade Deal Is Completely Dead, And Wall Street Is Starting To Panic

    The reality of what we are now facing is starting to sink in for Wall Street investors, and they are starting to panic. Hope that the U.S. and China would be able to agree to a trade deal had fueled a tremendous stock market rally over the last couple of months, but of course it just turned out to be a cruel mirage. There isn’t going to be a trade deal prior to the 2020 presidential election, and at this point even President Trump is telling us not to expect one before November 2020. [more; "mirage" my ass - it was a LIE]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Sanders's Climate Ambitions Thrill Supporters. Experts Aren t Impressed.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnucKskuX6Q [~ 23.25 min.]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: UN emissions report - World on course for more than 3 degree spike.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXYU1IQ6Dyc [~ 12.6 min.]

    Global Uprising: Will 2020 be a Global Spring resonating with the historic Arab Spring uprisings in 2011? World’s 26 richest own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population

    [open season on the rich coming up next year]

    Around 350,000 people in evacuation centres along with 10 dead and many missing: Powerful Typhoon Kammuri leaves a trail of disaster as it exits the Philippines

    The death toll from the monster Typhoon Kammuri that hit provinces south of the Philippine capital Manila rose to 10 with many missing, disaster agencies said on Wednesday, pointing to precautions and compulsory evacuations as key in preventing more casualties. Winds gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph) damaged homes and structures and tore down trees and signage as it barreled through central islands south of the capital. [more]

    Wednesday, 4 December 2019
    Signs of climate change
    The Stunning Toll of Climate Change
    Climate change is a story told in decades.

    Here are seven transformations that NASA has captured. [more]

    Current decade heading for new temperature record, UN says

    The UN's weather agency says that the current decade is likely to set a new 10-year temperature record, adding further evidence that the world is getting hotter. [more]

    [but, but GSM! Mini-Ice Age!]

    [more later]

  2. [some midweek headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, December 4, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    US Dominance in Global Services Now in Doubt\

    U.S. manufacturing contracts further, tempers economic growth hopes

    Many firms have no contingency plans should US-China trade war worsen, DHL survey says

    US vows 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax

    Pipeline Crisis Forces Canadian Oil Giants To Cut Jobs

    Halliburton Slashes 800 Oklahoma Jobs As Shale Slowdown Bites

    South China Sea tensions hot and getting hotter

    Trump administration approves over $100M for Lebanon military

    Demanding South Korea pay more for US presence drives wedge between allies, House leaders say

    Guaido rocked by corruption claim against allied MPs

    Pentagon Report Predicts Rise of Machine-Enhanced Super Soldiers [like in the movie Avatar]

    American Exceptionalism Is Killing the Planet
    To be fair, it's certainly not the only thing killing the planet. -- RF

    We Have A Problem: The surplus energy that powers the world is declining

    Economists and climate change: Building castles in the sky

    Even Shale Veterans Don't Buy The Bullish Production Forecasts

    A spike in food prices may not cause a recession, but it could spark a humanitarian crisis: Nomura

    Making seeds to withstand climate change is getting harder

    A french fry shortage could be coming after weak potato harvest (US)

    Study: Air pollution may increase glaucoma risk

    Two Ebola treatments yield 'substantial decrease' in mortality, landmark trial shows

    Climate crisis has reached 'point of no return', UN chief says

    Russia to upgrade homegrown encyclopedia after Putin pans Wikipedia

    Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

    Cops Are Running Ring Camera Footage Through Their Own Facial Recognition Software Because Who's Going To Stop Them

    Ring Coyness About Adding Facial Recognition Tech To Its Cameras Doesn't Extend To Its Marketing Materials
    Dress better, citizens. Otherwise, your image might be uploaded to Ring's snitch app, Neighbors, where local randos can collectively gin up fear and sic the cops on you.

    Pompeo: We'll Help 'Legitimate' Latin America Govts Prevent Protests From "Morphing Into Riots" [and the opposite]

    Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV's security

    U.S. homeland security proposes face scans for citizens

    FBI says Russian FaceApp is 'potential counterintelligence threat'

    Huawei plans to shift research center from US to Canada, founder Ren Zhengfei says

    After His Mysterious Death, the Media Scrambles to Get its Story Straight About White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier

    China plans new coal plants, trims support for clean energy

    Amazon warehouses are 'cult-like' sweatshops run by robots: ex-employee

    1 in 18 teens carries a gun to school, study says

    Another Recession Warning: ISM Contracts 4th Month

    US Manufacturing is in a Dour Mood

    Pondering Today's Gigantic Miss on Construction Spending

    Builders are building cheaper homes because no one can afford anything else.

    63 Percent Of All U.S. Jobs Created Since 1990 Have Been Low Wage Jobs

    More Than 100 Military Bases Now at Risk of Water Shortages, GAO Finds

    U.S. has not ruled out imposing tariffs on imported autos: Commerce chief

    "Inherently Unstable" US Pension System Will Require Federal Bailout, Former Illinois Pension Chief Says

    Could America Survive a Truth Commission?
    A nation that's no longer capable of naming names and reporting what actually happened richly deserves an economic and political collapse to match its moral collapse.

  3. [It's fitting that on the last day of class (teaching math, no less) i find this article.]
    How Dumb Have We Become? Chinese Students Are 4 Grade Levels Ahead Of U.S. Students In Math

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey given to 15-year-old students around the world every three years, which tests the core subjects of reading, mathematics, and science. In 2018, 79 countries and economies participated, representing about 32 million 15-year-olds.

    When your sample size is 32 million students, I think that it is safe to say that the results of the survey should be taken seriously. [now THAT'S a sample!]

    We used to have the best education system in the entire world, but now we have become a nation of drooling idiots that can’t even think straight.

    We were once a great light to the rest of the world, but today a large chunk of our population can barely read, write, speak or function in society.

    [here are a few of his examples]

    #1 One recent survey found that 74 percent of Americans don’t even know how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights.

    #2 An earlier survey discovered that 37 percent of Americans cannot name a single right protected by the First Amendment.

    #3 Shockingly, only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government.

    [well, they stopped teaching Civics DECADES ago]

    #5 North Carolina is considering passing a law which would “mean only scores lower than 39 percent would qualify for an F grade” in North Carolina public schools. [lower the bar!]

    #7 According to the Pentagon, 71 percent of our young adults are ineligible to serve in the U.S. military because they are either too dumb, too fat or have a criminal background.
    [oh, great - kill off all the "smart" ones!]

    #9 One study discovered that one-third of all American teenagers haven’t read a single book in the past year. [READ?!]

    #13 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach. [grrrrr]

    #15 Every 24 hours, more than a third of all Americans eat fast food.

    #18 Today, the average college freshman in the United States reads at a 7th grade level. [they're all eye-openers]

    Educating our children properly is one of the most basic things that needs to be addressed, but unfortunately the left has total control of our public schools now, and that means that there is no hope of a major turnaround any time soon.
    [more; it wasn't any better under Bush (No Child Left Behind), there Mikey]

  4. Persistent Carbon Emissions Signal Global Climate Goal Is Out of Reach

    While global carbon emissions growth is slowing, the persistent rise is a warning that governments aren’t doing enough to stave off the worst consequences of climate change, according to a new report.

    Carbon-dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels likely increased by 0.6% this year, down from 2.1% in 2018, according to a report from the Australia-based Global Carbon Project. Declines in the U.S. and Europe were offset by increases in the fast-growing economies of China and India, it said. [more; well, they're slowing down too]

    'Atmospheric river' sweeps in behind bomb cyclone as heavy rains batter California, Arizona

    [my wife visiting in CA says she's never seen this much rain]

    As if last week's bomb cyclone wasn't enough, an "atmospheric river" began its assault Wednesday on parts of California and Arizona as the late-arriving wet season continued to pound the drought-plagued region with a barrage of water. [more]

    North America's bird shrinkage documented, with a crash and a splat

    The results suggest that a warming climate is driving down the size of certain bird species in North America and perhaps around the world, the researchers said. They cited a phenomenon called Bergmann's rule, in which individuals within a species tend to be smaller in warmer regions and larger in colder regions, as reason to believe that species may become smaller over time as temperatures rise.

    The study focused on 52 species - mostly songbirds dominated by various sparrows, warblers and thrushes - that breed in cold regions of North America and spend their winters in locations south of Chicago. The researchers measured and weighed a parade of birds that crashed into building windows and went splat onto the ground.

    Over the four decades, body size decreased in all 52 species. The average body mass fell by 2.6%. Leg bone length dropped by 2.4%. The wingspans increased by 1.3%, possibly to enable the species to continue to make long migrations even with smaller bodies. [more]

    [more below]

  5. The EPA’s Pernicious Attack on Science

    William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, died last week. Ruckelshaus laid the foundation for environmental rules that have improved the quality of our air and water, and made science the cornerstone of the EPA. Yet his legacy, and our environment, are now in grave peril.

    Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s EPA administrator, is working to demolish the edifice that Ruckelshaus built by destroying the scientific foundation on which it stands. In November, the New York Times revealed that Wheeler is seeking to undermine the role of science in the process by which environmental standards are established and safeguarded. A draft EPA proposal would require medical studies used by the EPA to include raw data, including confidential medical records of study subjects. Otherwise the EPA could not act on a study’s conclusions. [more]

    [oh, ya mean like THIS?]
    EPA ignores health benefits of coal rule it plans to weaken: economists

    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken a rule on coal plant pollution fails to consider billions of dollars in health benefits for Americans, economists from universities including Harvard and Yale said on Wednesday.

    The six economists said the proposal to change the rule on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants ignores an Obama-era estimate that it would slash U.S. healthcare bills by $33 billion to $90 billion per year. The rule would save billions of dollars in healthcare costs because it requires plants to not only cut emissions of mercury, but also fine particulates that cause heart and lung illnesses, they said.
    [more; they don't care about people's health - it's MONEY!]

    I've seen mass tree-planting projects go awry around the world – UK politicians should take note

    These tree-planting pledges are certainly a step in the right direction, but there’s a problem. Everything being said is big on rhetoric but light on practicalities. As I know from many years of being involved with mangrove afforestation in the tropics, it’s a lot easier to plant seeds than it is to grow trees. So what lessons does the UK’s next government need to learn before it sends planters all over the countryside?

    planting projects are often victim to inappropriate targets in which planters are incentivised by numbers of trees or the total area planted, rather than, say, survival rates after one year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has led to mass plantings in unsuitable places with no follow-up care.

    Yet even before you talk about incentivising planters, you need to address the reasons why trees are not already growing in an area. Assuming the site is ecologically appropriate for the trees in the first place, you need to ensure you have the right social and economic context for them to survive. [more]

    [continued below]

  6. South Korea to use radiation detectors, food from home at Tokyo Games

    South Korea's Olympic committee plans to buy radiation detectors and ship homegrown ingredients to Japan for its athletes at the Tokyo Games because of worries local food may be contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. [more]

    Floods predicted to uproot 50 mln people a year as climate heats up

    [still using the old "by the end of the century" canard]

    [uhm . . . it's spreading!]
    African swine fever kills more than 20 wild boar in Poland

    An outbreak of African swine fever in Poland near the German border has killed 21 wild boar, the agriculture minister said Wednesday. [more; this is really bad news]

    [but wait, there's MORE really bad news]
    Ocean microplastics are a million times more abundant than previously thought, study shows

    This is alarming, Brandon says, because the plastic will continue to break down into smaller pieces, but won't go back into the ecosystem. When species begin to ingest the plastic, it could work its way up the food chain, potentially becoming small enough to enter the human bloodstream — a concern considering the effects of plastic on health are relatively unknown. [more; they've already found them in human feces]

    [how about CLEAN natural gas?!]
    Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019

    Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday. [more]

    [emergency - pfff, you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet]

  7. [from our Possible Toppler list]
    Texas Dad Hanging Christmas Lights With Son and Wife Dies After Falling From Roof

    An ambulance soon came to take Gallegos to Medical City Denton, where his family learned he’d suffered a skull fracture, brain bleeding and a chest fracture. Flick said he was rushed into emergency surgery, but didn’t make it. [more]

    Willie Nelson says he's given up marijuana for his health

    Willie Nelson is known for many things, from his iconic lyrics — having written for artists such as Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan — to his own powerhouse performances of odes to life on the road. But he is also well known for his habitual use of marijuana.

    However, the 86-year-old musician and activist has reportedly put his rolling papers down.

    Nelson credits switching to marijuana with saving his life.

    "I wouldn’t be alive. It saved my life, really. I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old. I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people," Nelson told Rolling Stone this year.

    The news of Nelson quitting smoking cannabis may be shocking to his fans, as he has been a longtime advocate for the legalization of weed, and serves as the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The artist also worked with a New York-based private equity firm to develop Willie's Reserve in 2016, marketed as a "premium cannabis lifestyle brand," which is sold where recreational use of marijuana is legal. [more; ah come on, the guy's 85 and still going strong! Weed didn't hurt him, it was the other crap like LEGAL CIGARETTES.]

    Thousands of animals sacrificed in Nepal Hindu ritual amid outcry

    [religious bullshit - fucking idiot people believe anything]

    Clinton Donors Charged in Massive Campaign-Finance Scheme

    [yeah, but when are the CLINTONS goin' down?]