Thursday, December 5, 2019

Event Update For 2019-12-04

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

2019-12-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates Arroyo Del Oso Elementary School in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "Arroyo Del Oso Elementary School was briefly evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a strong smell of gas. APS tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that the gas smell was in the main building. By 2:00 p.m., the evacuation ordered had been lifted and students were allowed to return to class. APS has not said what caused the smell."

2019-12-04 - Study shows lake methane emissions should prompt rethink on climate change:

Quote: "The research team from the University's College of Science analysed Lake Stechlin in north-eastern Germany and found that a significant amount of methane was being produced there in the well-oxygenated surface layer. It was also discovered that as the methane gas is produced at the surface in direct contact with air, the levels of emissions that travel directly into the atmosphere are also significant."

2019-12-04 - Early climate modelers got global warming right, new report finds:

2019-12-04 - Man burns to death while burning leaves in drainage ditch in Lake of Egypt (Illinois):

Quote: "Crews learned that the fire was started to clear leaves from a drainage ditch. The fire burned out of control and spread to a nearby golf cart and a vehicle at a neighbors house. The person burning the leaves died from injuries sustained in the fire."

2019-12-04 - Mysterious explosions alarming people in the coastal San Juan Islands (Washington):

2019-12-04 - Underground explosions blow out windows at building(s) in Brookline (Massachusetts):

2019-12-04 - Transformer explodes and burns, car ignites, at university in Nairobi (Kenya):

2019-12-04 - Huge wildfire causes emergency warning on the outskirts of coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "An emergency warning has been issued for the 230,000-hectare Gospers Mountain blaze on Sydney's northwestern outskirts as firefighters brace for a 'long and challenging day'. Strong westerly winds have been fanning the Gospers Mountain fire, with the possibility it could merge with the 6000-hectare Three Mile blaze near Wisemans Ferry."

Quote: "The actor Sam Neill tweeted that there was a sense of 'the end of days' about the country seen from the air, as his plane approached on Tuesday."

Note: Check out the map in the tweet. Around 80-90 percent of the fires are clustered along the coast. The further from the coast you go, the fewer fires there are, and vice versa. Sydney is virtually surrounded by fires...

2019-12-04 - Ocean microplastics are a million times more abundant than previously thought, study shows:

Note: It's in the oceans, it's in the rain, it's in animals, it's in our poop, it's everywhere!

2019-12-04 - Home explodes and collapses at ski resort in Szczyrk (Poland), 4+ killed:

Note: This is the 181st residential explosion in 2019...

2019-12-04 - Foam panel business heavily damaged by massive fire in Bentonville (Arkansas):

2019-12-04 - Fishing trawler 'Galatis' bursts into flame at 5:21 AM while docked in coastal Båtsfjord (Norway):

Quote: "On Dec 4, 2019, at 05.21 a.m. the Finnmark police received a report of a fire aboard the 'Galatis' which was berthed at the Neptune Quay in Båtsfjord. All three people on board saved themselves from the trawler."

Note: This is the 973rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-78 near Pohatcong Township (New Jersey):

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while crossing the Alabama River near Monroe County (Alabama):

Quote: "An 18-wheeler truck caught on fire Wednesday while crossing the Alabama River near Monroe County."

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M25 near Potters Bar (Britain):

Note: These are the 2071st, 2072nd and 2073rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-04 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on I-55 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain near Ruddock (Louisiana):

2019-12-04 - RV bursts into flame at property on Tapia Canyon Road in Castaic (California):

Note: This is the 429th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-12-04 - Van bursts into flame on the A30 near coastal Newquay (Britain):

2019-12-04 - SUV bursts into flame at Arsenal Street intersection in Watertown (New York):

2019-12-04 - SUV bursts into flame at 2:15 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Sunderland (Britain):

2019-12-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartment building, fire spreads to building, in Fayetteville (Arkansas):

Quote: "Emergency crews are on the scene of a vehicle fire that has spread to an apartment building in the 2400 block of W Sycamore St. in Fayetteville. 5NEWS crews arrived on the scene to find the fire out and little damage to the building and car."

Note: An SUV burst into flame on street the day before in Fayetteville too, mentioned in the 2019-12-03 update...

2019-12-04 - Car bursts into flame then crashes into fence near school in coastal Delray Beach (Florida):

Quote: "According to Delray Beach firefighters, a Hyundai crashed into a fence near Pine Grove Elementary after the driver said her console caught fire."

2019-12-04 - Car bursts into flame on Graveley Road in Offord Darcy (Britain):

2019-12-04 - Car bursts into flame on County Road North in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "County Road North, Hull. Tue 3 Dec 2019 22:34 (No:HDH02) Car fire. 2 hose reels in use."

2019-12-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-295 in Bowdoinham (Maine):

2019-12-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-10 at Mississippi River bridge near Lafayette (Louisiana):

2019-12-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Long Valley Drive in Plato (Missouri):

2019-12-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 18 in Brainerd (Minnesota):

2019-12-04 - Utility trailer bursts into flame at 7 AM at business on Tranquille Road in Kamloops (Canada), 1200 feet from the Thompson River:

2019-12-04 - Trailer dealership heavily damaged by fire on US 1 in coastal Hobe Sound (Florida):

2019-12-04 - Barn destroyed by fire in Mount Albert (Canada):

2019-12-04 - Christmas tree business destroyed by fire at 4:45 AM on North Druid Hills in DeKalb County (Georgia):

2019-12-04 - Mobile home damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Plumosa Lane in coastal Lake Park (Florida), nobody there:

2019-12-04 - Home damaged by fire on Kevin Court in Bent Creek (North Carolina):

2019-12-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Brown Avenue in Holyoke (Massachusetts):

2019-12-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 3 AM near Cabool (Missouri):

2019-12-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Garden Crest Road in Sleeper (Missouri), nobody there:

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM on Joysan Terrace in Freehold Township (New Jersey), nobody there:

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Walker Avenue in Edison (New Jersey), nobody there:

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by huge blaze on unset Court in Woolwich Township (New Jersey):

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by garage fire which rekindles in coastal Palm Coast (Florida):

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by fire on North Washington Avenue in Centereach on coastal Long Island (New York):

2019-12-04 - Home destroyed by fire on Shadow Hill Drive in Anderson County (South Carolina):

2019-12-04 - Apartment building damaged by fire on South Vandeventer Avenue in St. Louis (Missouri), 1 injured:

2019-12-04 - Condo building destroyed by fire at 12:55 AM at Sable Ridge Condominiums in Dallas (Texas):

2019-12-04 - Hotel heavily damaged by fire just before 3 AM on High Street in Brentford area of coastal London (Britain):

2019-12-04 - Deadly fire destroys home at 1:30 AM on Pelton Hill Road near New Albany (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2019-12-04 - Deadly fire burns duplex in Marion (Kansas), 1 killed:

2019-12-04 - Deadly fire burns home on Chase Street in coastal Novato (California), 1 killed:

2019-12-04 - Vacant home burns on South Smallwood Street in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2019-12-04 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just after 1:30 AM near Terron Road and Roland Avenue in San Antonio (Texas):

2019-12-04 - Fish found dead in coastal Kingston Harbour at the island of Jamaica:

2019-12-04 - Hundreds of thousands of hermit crabs dying from plastic pollution:

2019-12-04 - Man and woman, 75 and 71, found dead at home in State College (Pennsylvania):,1481961/

Quote: "The State College Police Department has identified the man and woman found dead in the State Colege home as 75-year-old Hal Hallock and 71-year-old Natalie Hallock. The State College Police Department and Centre County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate these deaths. As of now, police report there is still no foul play suspected."

2019-12-04 - Two men in their 60s die unsuspiciously on boat on the River Ouse in York (Britain):

Quote: "Police say they have been called to the River Ouse in York where the bodies of two men were found on a boat. Both men were in their 60s according to police. The deaths do not appear to be suspicious at the moment."

2019-12-04 - Man and son, 45 and 10, found dead in well in Warvand (India):

2019-12-04 - Police officer, man, 57, has 'medical episode' and slumps over dead in patrol car in Lakeland (Florida):

Quote: "A Lakeland police officer was found unresponsive in his patrol car on Wednesday. Authorities with the Lakeland Police Department said they weren't able to get in touch with Officer Ken Foley, 57, on the radio. Officers said they think Foley suffered a medical episode while on break sitting in his car."

2019-12-04 - Boy, 14, found dead in submerged SUV in the Intracoastal Waterway in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2019-12-04 - Man found dead in river near Point State Park in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-04 - Middle-aged man found dead in the Red River in Bossier Parish (Louisiana):

2019-12-04 - Woman, 34, found dead at property on Huaala Street in Kailua-Kona (Hawaii), 2.6 miles from the ocean:

2019-12-04 - Man, 65, falls and dies at cement plant in Holly Hill (South Carolina), possible toppler:

2019-12-04 - Person found dead at home in suburb of coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2019-12-04 - Man, 64, found dead in Railadevi Lake in Thane (India):

2019-12-04 - Person found dead in the water near pier at the Port of Belize in coastal Belize City (Belize):

2019-12-04 - Man drops dead on street in Wells (Britain):

2019-12-04 - School bus driver has 'medical emergency' and loses consciousness, bus crashes into parked car, in Monroe (Louisiana):

Quote: "Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine said no children on the bus were injured.  The driver apparently lost consciousness due to a medical emergency."

2019-12-04 - Woman has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into restaurant, in coastal Saanich (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police currently suspect the driver had a medical issue while driving at around 8:40 a.m."

2019-12-04 - Man has 'medical issue', pickup truck crashes into two fences and a tree, in Abilene (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "An Abilene man was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after suffering a medical issue behind the wheel."

2019-12-04 - Man has 'medical episode', pickup truck rolls through fence and hits building, in coastal Panama City (Florida):

Quote: "Police say the man driving the vehicle had a medical episode, causing his truck to roll through a fence and hit the building."

Note: A 20-year-old man just fell off a beachside resort and died in nearby Panama City Beach the day before too, mentioned in the 2019-12-03 update...

2019-12-04 - Driver has 'medical event', car goes airborne and sails over cars at dealership, hits 3 cars, in coastal Crystal River (Florida):

Quote: "A vehicle sailed over multiple cars at a Citrus County car dealership on Tuesday after the driver suffered a medical event, and the entire ordeal was captured on video."

2019-12-04 - Small plane makes emergency crash-landing along I-22 near Potts Camp (Mississippi), engine failure, 1 injured:

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, on US 23 in Ann Arbor (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer overturns on the Chickahominy River Bridge in New Kent County (Virginia):

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer overturns into the median on I-95 in Colleton County (South Carolina):

2019-12-04 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-22 near Blue Springs (Mississippi):

2019-12-04 - Van crashes, bursts into flame, in Calverton (New York), 1 injured:

2019-12-04 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into pole, in Moon Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2019-12-04 - Car crashes on I-395 near the Pentagon in coastal Arlington (Virginia), 1 killed:

Quote: "A medical emergency might have been the cause of a fatal crash last night on I-395."

2019-12-04 - Sinkhole opens on road and damages cars in Kitchener (Canada):

2019-12-04 - Home collapses on Ridge Avenue in Canonsburg (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-04 - Building partially collapses on Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo (New York):

2019-12-04 - Magnitude 2.1 earthquake strikes near nuclear power station near coastal Plymouth (Massachusetts):

2019-12-04 - Current decade heading for new temperature record, UN says:

2019-12-04 - Powerful Typhoon Kammuri leaves a trail of disaster as it exits the Philippine Islands:

2019-12-04 - 'Atmospheric river' sweeps in behind bomb cyclone as heavy rains batter California and Arizona:

2019-12-04 - The EPA’s pernicious attack on science:

2019-12-04 - EPA ignores health benefits of coal rule it plans to weaken:


  1. Well here we are nearing the end of another week. Evidence pours in every day prompting us to "rethink" what was previously either unknown or, if known to some extent, more information is provided to alter what was previously thought to be the case.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Discussion w/ ValhalaFiveSix - Conscious Agent Theory and Other Things [81 min.]

    [this was posted by FezzedOne on #general created by Jonny]
    The outflow of hydrogen from bowels of the Earth: Sasovo and Chernobyl. Safety of Nuclear Power Plants [ 18 Jan 2012 ]


    In our opinion, everything that happened in Sasovo was caused by hydrogen degassing of the Earth. To read our version in detail follow this link: “Hydrogen seeps have been discovered in the central area of the Russian Platform”.

    The data we obtained leaves no doubt that hydrogen seeps from the bowels of the planet right now. It is also clear that this phenomenon spreads to new territories, the ones that recently haven’t had any traces of adverse effects associated with hydrogen, i.e. hydrogen degassing hasn’t stabilized yet, and it is clearly intensifying. Some facts indicate its cyclical nature and most likely we are witnessing the beginning of a new cycle, the one that has begun about 150 years ago and will last for the next several thousand years.

    Since hydrogen degassing is a global phenomenon, catastrophes similar to Chernobyl disaster can take place all over the world, in places where nuclear reactors are located in areas with similar geological profile of sedimentary rocks. It is especially distressing to know that right now hydrogen degassing is intensifying (in terms of human, not geological, time). And it is not always possible to find hydrogen anomalies using satellite imagery. [more]

    Severe Tropical Storm "Belna" heading toward Mayotte and Madagascar

    Tropical Cyclone "Belna" formed December 5, 2019, as the second named storm of the 2019/20 Southwest Indian Ocean tropical season. The cyclone is intensifying and is expected to reach intense tropical cyclone status before making landfall over Madagascar.

    Inhabitants of the outer islands of Seychelles (Farquhar, Aldabra), east of Comoros, Mayotte then of the northern coast of Madagascar should closely monitor the progress of this system, Meteo France warns. [more]

    The Indian Ocean is putting on a show: Five (5) tropical systems have developed: The storms are forecast to erupt this week with torrential downpours, damaging winds

    A pretty impressive and rare tropical activity is currently ongoing in the Indian Ocean. Five (5) tropical systems have developed or still developing and can be seen live on the satellites! The two northernmost systems (Tropical cyclones 06A and 07A) are already supporting tropical storm strength, while the southernmost systems (91S and 92S) are both tropical depressions. The easternmost system (92B) is still developing. [more]

    [next part follows]

  2. Friday, 6 December 2019
    New Report: More than 140,000 die from measles as cases surged worldwide in 2018: 2019 set to be even worse: Nearly 10 million cases estimated this year

    [you've heard of "too big to fail"; the natural world version]
    It's called a "mega blaze" and parts are "too big to put out"it is now in close proximity to major population centres of Greater Sydney: 45 deg C, (113 deg F) Temps for QLD

    A 60-kilometre fire front is ravaging areas north of Sydney, as more than 100 blazes take hold amid deteriorating weather conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned "some fires were too big to put out" and the level of smoke was such that it was showing up on its radar as rain. The cause and the effect. They are all in a 60-kilometre stretch that runs from the Colo area in the Hawkesbury, north of Sydney, all the way up to near Singleton. There is just fire that whole way.

    More than 680 homes have been destroyed by bushfires in NSW this season, the RFS confirmed. Almost 250 houses have been damaged, while more than 2,000 outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged. The updated totals came as the blazes burning north-west of Sydney joined to create what has been dubbed a "mega blaze" on Friday morning. [more]

    U.S. and Canada send firefighters to Australia

    A total of 42 firefighters from North America will be assisting with the suppression of bushfires [more]

    [i would have expected more like 4200; 42 won't help much]

    Tropical Storm "Pawan" about to make landfall over Somalia

    Tropical Cyclone "Pawan" is slowly weakening on its way toward Somalia. Landfall is expected late November 6 into November 7, south of Eyl, an ancient port town in the northeastern Nugal province. Pawan is the 8 named storm of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. [more]

    Impressive rapid intensification of Tropical Cyclone "Ambali" in South Indian Ocean

    An impressive rapid intensification of Tropical Cyclone "Ambali" is currently in progress in the South Indian Ocean.

    2.8 million affected, more than 280 killed in heavy rains caused by exceptionally strong Indian Ocean Dipole, Eastern Africa

    At least 280 people have died and over 2.8 million others have been affected by the unusually heavy rains, landslides, and severe flooding across Eastern Africa, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The extreme weather conditions are driven by exceptionally strong Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). [more]

    [another piece next]

  3. At least 38 killed after series of landslides hit Cibitoke, NW Burundi

    Officials in NW Burundi confirmed on Thursday, December 5, 2019, that at least 38 people died after heavy rains caused landslides in the country's Cibitoke province on December 4.

    At least 47 dead or missing after new wave of landslides hit Uganda

    7 people are confirmed dead and more than 40 others are missing after a new wave of landslides hit Ugandaon December 3, 2019. Locals said at least 47 people were buried in Namasa and Naposhi villages in Bushika Sub-county, Naroko village in Bunabutiti sub-county, Bududa District and Bunagisa village in Zesui sub-county in Sironko district. [more]

    Global Uprising! US says Iran may have killed 1,000 protesters in a government crackdown: Crippling strikes begin in France: Iranians Have Broken Barrier of Fear

    Are the recent escalation of riots and protests against corrupt and week governments around the world this year, a precursor to a global version of the Arab Spring, which caused governments to fall, causing millions of deaths from three deadly civil wars and sending even more millions of refugees into Europe? Below is an update to pressure points around the world. [more; and how much of this is due to the CIA?]

    A patent for "altering a region in the earth's atmosphere"
    US Patent 4686605 - Operation Chemtrail

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for altering at least one selected region normally existing above the earth's surface and more particularly relates to a method and apparatus for altering said at least one region by initially transmitting electromagnetic radiation from the earth's surface essentially parallel to and along naturally-occurring, divergent magnetic field lines which extend from the earth's surface through the region or regions to be altered. [more]

    [It's not just microplastics that have become pervasive]
    Aluminum, is it really in our air, water and why?

    This is from Dane Wigington and
    Aluminum Poisoning of Humanity From Geoengineering, The First
    Science Publication Goes Live

    My gratitude to geoscientist/physicist Marvin Herndon for his courage in directly addressing the issue of geoengineering when the vast majority of climate science community is cowering in the shadows.

    Aluminum Poisoning of Humanity and Earth's Biota by Clandestine Geoengineering
    ​Source: PR Newswire, article by Marvin Herndon, Ph.D.
    SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In a scientific article in Current Science (Indian Academy of Sciences), San Diego geoscientist, J. Marvin Herndon discloses: "Globally, for the past decade or more, with dramatically increasing intensity, our planet is being deliberately and clandestinely exposed to a non-natural substance which releases toxic mobile aluminum into the environment .… But there has been no public admission, no understanding, no academic investigations, no informed consent, and no disclosure as to the nature of the toxic substances being dispersed into the air." [more; BOOM!]

    [continued below]

  4. Climate engineering no longer a conspiracy theory

    In short, the large-scale deployment of climate control may benefit certain populations at the expense of others. [more]
    [this is short-sighted, bone-headed thinking]

    Deutsche Bank Meltdown

    $250 Trillion Debt -- Be Ready For Economic Collapse & Stock Market Crash [~ 17.5 min. video and text]

    Rumors have it that Deutsche Bank is the zombie bank causing the Fed's repo market crisis.

    If Deutsche Bank goes down, it all goes down. It's like a house of cards. Because it is heavily interlinked via derivatives with the big banks on Wall Street, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. It has become a dark cloud on the horizon.

    [from What Trump Is Doing To Help]
    Trump administration again reauthorizes wildlife-killing ‘cyanide bombs’ despite strong opposition

    The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people. [more]

    Two die, one injured in Lagos pipeline explosion

    The PUNCH gathered that the three victims were having a bath in a stream in the area to cleanse themselves spiritually when the fire started and subsequently burned two of them to death.

    According to residents in the area, the pastor conducting the spiritual cleansing, upon sighting the fire, ran away and abandoned the victims.

    The PUNCH had reported that the fire incident was caused by the activities of suspected vandals who ruptured the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation's pipeline in the area in a bid to steal fuel.

    The ruptured pipeline was said to have been spilling fuel continuously, leading to the fire incident that razed four locations in the community. [more]

    [reiteration of a previously posted article]
    Two of the biggest US earthquake faults might be linked

    A controversial study argues that at least eight times in the past 3,000 years, quakes made a one-two punch off the west coast of the United States. A quake hit the Cascadia fault off the coast of northern California, triggering a second quake on the San Andreas fault just to the south. In some cases, the delay between the quakes may have been decades long. [more]

    Video shows stunning meteor fireball light up sky over Houston, Texas

    Wolves kill close to 20 dogs in recent months in Estonia

    "Dog attacks have grown significantly over the past few years," said Aimar Rakko, head of the hunting and aquatic life bureau at the Environmental Board said.

    "Why wolves are attacking and killing dogs now is hard to say.

    the animals' character has changed for whatever reason. [more]

    SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs [~ 19.75 min.]

  5. [some end of the week headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, December 6, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    China and Russia forge deeper ties thanks to their common enemy: the United States

    Germans in favor of 'reducing reliance' on US

    Is Iran's Military the Model for America's Adversaries?

    Pull US Troops Out of Turkey: Former EUCOM Deputy

    Pirates Hijack Fully Loaded Supertanker Off Nigeria

    Trump May Send Another 14,000 Troops To Middle East To "Deter" Iran

    Near-record number of migrants make Channel crossing in one day

    Hundreds of fuel stations in France run dry as oil depot blockade continues

    Shale's Debt-Fueled Drilling Boom Is Coming To An End

    An introduction to the state of energy storage in the U.S.

    Renewables Can't Offset Growing Need For Fossil Fuels

    Tesla Owners Wait In Half-Mile-Long Line To Charge Their Cars On Black Friday

    World food prices surge in November, lifted by meat, vegetable oils: U.N. FAO

    U.S. Annually Uses 388 Million Pounds of Potentially Fatal Pesticides Banned in the EU, China and Brazil

    Trump administration unveils rule dropping 688,000 from food stamp program

    E. coli outbreak linked to California romaine lettuce expands with more than 100 ill

    Fuji Food Products recalls ready to eat sushi for potential listeria contamination

    'If you're poor, you're dead': Video shows British are astonished at U.S. health care costs

    Leading climate researchers: we are in a climate emergency, facing existential risks

    Samoan Government Shuts Down Offices After Measles Kills 55, Infects 2% of Population

    If Factory Farm Conditions Are Unhealthy for Animals, They're Bad for People Too

    Calving to leave Thwaites Glacier increasingly vulnerable to collapse

    Early climate change models were pretty accurate, study finds

    Medical Doctors Protest Failure of UK Home Secretary to Act on Assange; Call Secretary of State for Justice to Intervene

    Former Deutsche Bank Executive Who Oversaw Trump's Loans Dies by Suicide

    Twitter bans Project Veritas ads over old video exposing platform's shadow-banning

    Catabolism: Capitalism's Frightening Future

    Crunchtime: When Events Outrun Plan B

    Billionaire apocalypse bunkers

    Capitalism's Suicidal Trajectory

    Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace [clean, SAFE, too cheap to meter]

    China capex growth hits three-year low as weak economy, trade war drag

    China gives little indication US trade talks are progressing

    Norovirus forces NHS England to close 1,100 hospital beds

    Factbox: Trump has upended relationships with nine of 10 top U.S. trading partners

    New York City dumping homeless in New Jersey to live in decrepit buildings: Lawsuit

    Illinois' unfunded pension liability rises to $137.3 billion

    Special Report: 2020 U.S. census plagued by hacking threats, cost overruns

    U.S. economy's huge service sector slows again in November, ISM finds

    Costs Are Spiraling Out of Control

    Trucking "Thrives on Stability, But We're Now on a Rocky Road"

    One in ten seniors, 6 percent of adults use opioid painkillers in U.S.

    Graphic: Gazing into the recession crystal ball

    Petrochem Plant Gas Forces Texas Town To Evacuate

    What Worries me About "Hedonic Quality Adjustments"

  6. [clear example of many conjoining problems: radiation, corporate concern for worker safety, corporate concern for the environment, and more]
    Fukushima Liquidators Are Real

    The robotic equipment failed. So they sent up humans for 4 days to finish the job.

    Tepco needs a serious review over the initial dismantling plan for Fukushima.

    Fukushima: Tepco sends workers to repair where robots failed. High radiation.

    On December 3, workers were sent to the top of the exhaust stack (about 110 meters high) standing beside the Unit 1 and 2 buildings to finish cutting a cylinder body with an electric tool after the robotic infrastructure failed.

    The workers at the top of 110-m high Fukushima Dai-ichi vent stack were exposed to an estimated 810 μSv, making this action an emergency response.

    But officials first said radiation would not be above 300 μSv

    According to TEPCO, the workers cut 1.1 meters out of the remaining 1.3 meters. The work resumed on Dec. 4 early morning due to forecast of strong winds.

    Within the six hours of work, the workers were wearing masks covering their entire face to protect them from radioactive substances. According to officials, they were exposed to a maximum dose of 0.47 mSv.

    Meanwhile Fukushima radiation dust is still coming in… And that’s not good for the Olympic Games 2020 [more]

    Beachgoers Swim in Toxic Foam in Chennai (Video)

    Despite official warnings and thinking the ocean foam – actually accompanied by a smell of putrefaction – was natural, children and adults continued to play and take pictures.

    Doctors say playing in it could cause skin irritation and other issues. Ingestion could cause digestive ailments. [more]

    [obviously India's dumping toxic chemicals into the ocean]

    [more below]

  7. [a few articles from our Health desk]
    Study links permanent hair dye to increased risk of breast cancer, particularly among black women

    A new study from the National Institutes of Health finds that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer — and the risk is particularly high for black women. [more]

    US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

    The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.

    An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. [more]

    There are different types of flu viruses, and the one causing illnesses in most parts of the country is a surprise. It’s a version that normally doesn’t abound until March or April.

    [so they couldn't POSSIBLY have guessed at the correct strain to make the current vaccines, so they're worthless and probably dangerous too]

    In both of the previous two flu seasons, the flu vaccine performed poorly against the nasty predominant virus. It’s too early to say how well the vaccine is performing right now, Epperson said. [more; yeah, that's bullshit Mr. Epperson!]

    Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

    Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations.

    Dank Vapes was the brand used by 56% of the hospitalized patients nationwide.

    Dank is not a licensed product coming from one business, it is empty packaging that can be ordered from Chinese internet sites. Illicit vaping cartridge makers can buy the empty packages and then fill them with whatever they choose.

    Other product names at the top of the list from CDC were TKO (15%), Smart Cart (13%) and Rove (12%).

    “It's not likely that a single brand is responsible for this outbreak,” said Brian King, a senior CDC official on the investigation. [more]

    Another 1,000 truck drivers lost their jobs in November, and it's a chilling sign for the economy

    Woman punches mountain lion in face as it attacks her miniature schnauzer

    "I think she went out first, and she saw the mountain lion and her dog charged under her legs toward the mountain lion, and the mountain lion snapped it up."

    The owner reportedly then tried to fend off the animal by punching it and trying to pry its jaws open.

    Brian added: "She jumped on the mountain lion and tried to pry its jaws open to save her dog because she loves her dog so much.

    "The whole time, she could hear her baby dying."

    After attacking Pumbaa, the lion growled at the woman and she managed to escape. [more; brave woman got away with a minor cut]

  8. @ The Soundbank listening to Hambone Relay out of Philly with a guest guitarist from Baltimore. We're talkin' funky tonight!