Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Event Update For 2019-12-09


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

2019-12-09 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits courthouse in coastal Bellingham (Washington):

Quote: "Captain Dave Pethick told The Bellingham Herald that the odor was reported throughout the building, but firefighters could not locate a source."

2019-12-09 - With 39 wildfires burning out of control, temps set to soar past 40C (104F) in New South Wales (Australia), beaches turn black from ash:

Quote: "There were almost 90 fires burning across NSW on Monday evening with 39 of those out of control. The RFS is forecasting a 'severe' fire danger for Greater Sydney, Illawarra-Shoalhaven, the Greater Hunter, the ACT and the southern and central ranges on Tuesday."

Quote: "Some of the city's commuter ferries were also cancelled 'due to thick smoke' and school kids were kept inside at breaktime as pollution levels soared far above 'hazardous' levels."

2019-12-09 - Passenger plane hit by smoke on approach to airport in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "According to officials, the CRJ jet landed due to reports by the pilot of smoke in the cockpit during the final approach to the D.C. airport, which landed safely at 9:40 a.m."

2019-12-09 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, windshield cracks too, plane lands at airport in Windsor Locks (Connecticut):

Quote: "A plane has landed safely at Bradley International Airport after there was smoke reported in the cockpit. Emergency crews were responding to Bradley after the crew reported the windshield had cracked and there was smoke in the cockpit."

Note: These are the 149th and 150th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Tent goes up in flames and kills person along the Truckee River in Reno (Nevada):

Quote: "Reno Police confirm that one person was found dead inside a tent that had caught fire Monday, December 9, 2019 at approximately 8:30 AM. The tent was set up near North Edison Way at the Truckee River."

2019-12-09 - Waste site hit by fire at 4:50 AM, 250-ton pile of waste burns, on Cringle Street in Paddington area in coastal London (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Mulch bursts into flame outside home, fire spreads to home, on Aireys Road in coastal Cambridge (Maryland):

2019-12-09 - Ten vehicles and car dealership destroyed by fire at 3:37 AM in Edson (Canada):

Quote: "A Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in Edson was destroyed by a fire Monday morning."

Quote: "Three new vehicles in the showroom were destroyed, as were seven customer vehicles in the service area."

2019-12-09 - Truck repair shop destroyed by fire in Wayne (New Jersey):

2019-12-09 - Four vehicles, forklift and flooring business destroyed by fire in Alto (Georgia):

Quote: "Numerous chemical components, wood flooring, four vehicles, and a forklift were burned in the structure."

2019-12-09 - Metal finishing plant heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours in Schomberg (Canada):

2019-12-09 - Tugboat 'General Jackson' bursts into flame in the Strait of Malacca:

Quote: "The 'General Jackson' with five crew members on board, suffered an engine room fire in the Malacca Passage in position 54 05 08.4 N, 130 18 00.6 W, on Nov 30, 2019, at 7.30 p.m. The tug was towing a loaded chip barge."

2019-12-09 - Boat bursts into flame on Ferry Road in coastal Eastney (Britain):

Note: These are the 980th and 981st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Three more transit buses burst into flame on streets in Rome (Italy):

Quote: "Three more Rome buses have caught fire in the last three days, two belonging to the city's public transport company ATAC and the other belonging to Roma TPL, the capital's suburban bus company. There were no casualties in the three separate incidents which occurred in the suburbs of Nuova Ponte di Nona, Tor Vergata and Mostacciano between 6 and 9 December. The phenomenon of Rome's buses bursting into flames while in service - known by Romans as 'flambus' - is nothing new, with the number at 29 so far this year."

Note: These are the 587th, 588th, 589th, 590th and 591st buses to burn in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on street in Dunfermline (Scotland):

2019-12-09 - Personnel bus bursts into flame near Saltillo (Mexico):

Note: These are the 587th, 588th, 589th, 590th and 591st buses to burn in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Two tractor trailer and a utility truck destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM while parked at home near Yuba (California):

Quote: "Two semi tractor-trailers and a utility truck were discovered on fire in the yard of a home on Whitesbridge near Yuba, about nine miles from Kerman, at around 2:30 a.m."

2019-12-09 - Two semi tractors destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM while parked at business, dump truck burns too, in Shelby (Michigan):

Quote: "Two semi trucks were destroyed by a fire in the parking lot of NJ Fox and Sons, Inc. early Monday morning, Dec. 9. A Burnette Foods Inc. dump truck also burned in the blaze, but it was not immediately known if it was totally destroyed."

2019-12-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the 5 Freeway near Castaic (California):

2019-12-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 near Meridian (Mississippi):

2019-12-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-57 in Marion County (Illinois):

2019-12-09 - Tractor, riding mower, several vehicles and building destroyed by fire on Plum Church Road near LaGrange (Texas):

Quote: "However, destroyed in the blaze were: several vehicles, a tractor, a riding lawn mower and numerous tools."

2019-12-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 4 AM on Oak Point Highway near Winnipeg (Canada):

2019-12-09 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame in coastal Whangaparaoa (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 2087th-2096th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on street in Pentagon City area in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

2019-12-09 - Vacuum truck bursts into flame at 6:24 AM while parked at business in coastal Corpus Crispy...er Christi (Texas):

Quote: "When firefighters arrived at the scene, they realized the black smoke coming from the top of the Texas Lube and Oil Service building in the 200 block of Villa Dr. was coming from a large vacuum truck that had caught fire."

2019-12-09 - RV bursts into flame at RV business in Amber Township (Michigan):

2019-12-09 - RV bursts into flame while parked along Esplanade Street in coastal Nanaimo (Canada), 800 feet from the ocean:

Note: These are the 440th and 441st RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-12-09 - Van bursts into flame while parked near Avenue U and South Edgewood Street in coastal Seaside (Oregon), 1100 feet from the ocean:

2019-12-09 - Van bursts into flame on Kingsway North in Warrington (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Van bursts into flame on road near Coldridge (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home on West 2nd Street in Sioux City (Iowa):

2019-12-09 - SUV bursts into flame at home on Long Rapids Road in Alpena (Michigan), 1100 feet from Lake Winyah:

2019-12-09 - SUV bursts into flame on street in Socastee (South Carolina):

2019-12-09 - SUV bursts into flame on US 101 near coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2019-12-09 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-295 in coastal Yarmouth (Maine):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked on street near salon in Riverton (Wyoming):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame in the Lincoln Tunnel near coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "A car burst info flames Monday morning inside the Lincoln Tunnel, shutting down the Hudson River span for about an hour, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said."

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame on street near Naples Square in coastal Naples (Florida):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame on I-89 in South Burlington (Vermont):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame at apartment complex in Guelph (Canada), 1 injured:

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame at 1 AM while parked at home on Queens Road in Accrington (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame on St Michaels Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame on the A27 near Chichester (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame just before 2 AM on Richard Street in Brierfield (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Car bursts into flame at 1:22 AM on Anson Drive in Leegomery, Telford (Britain):

2019-12-09 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Caistor Drive in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Caistor Drive, Grimsby. Mon 9 Dec 2019 20:12 (No: 027639) Motorbike fire. Crews extinguished using one hose reel."

2019-12-09 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at home in Breckenridge (Minnesota):

Quote: "The fire is believed to have began at approximately 4?p.m., when it was reported that a garage and vehicle were on fire in Breckenridge’s south end."

2019-12-09 - Three cars and garage go up in flames, fire spreads to home, in Bexar County (Texas), several pets killed:

Quote: "The Converse Fire Department — which has a contract to provide fire services to this part of the county — said crews found three cars on fire and the garage area on fire when they arrived."

2019-12-09 - Car and garage destroyed by fire, home damaged, on Ridgewood Drive in Wooster (Ohio):

2019-12-09 - Two cars, garage and home destroyed by fire in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "The gutted frame of a vehicle could still be seen in the home’s garage and in the driveway."

2019-12-09 - Home damaged by fire at 6:30 AM on South Fourth Street in Columbia Borough (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2019-12-09 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 6:30 AM on Keepsake Way in Columbia (Maryland):

2019-12-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after midnight on Fifth Street near Canal Drive in Madison (Illinois):

2019-12-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Love Road in San Carlos Park area in coastal Fort Myers (Florida), nobody there:

2019-12-09 - Home destroyed by garage fire in Hackensack (Minnesota):

2019-12-09 - Home destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM on Dover Drive in Cross Lanes (West Virginia), 1 injured:

2019-12-09 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire on Cardinal Drive West in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2019-12-09 - Fourplex apartment building damaged by fire at Fort Wainwright (Alaska):

2019-12-09 - Apartment building damaged by fire before 5:40 AM on New Mexico Avenue Northwest in coastal Washington DC:

2019-12-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire along the River Clyde in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2019-12-09 - Deadly fire burns home near North 4th Street and Walnut Avenue in Charleston (Illinois), 1 killed:

2019-12-09 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on Silver Street in Great Barrington (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-12-09 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on Tech Avenue in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2019-12-09 - At least 15 dolphins and a seal found dead on beach on coastal King Island (Australia):

2019-12-09 - Man, 62, dies after snorkeling, man, 38, drops dead at beach resort, and tourist, 62, dies while swimming, in the Maldive Islands:

Quote: "Maldives Police Service (MPS) has begun investigating the death of three tourists while on vacations in three different resorts. Police revealed the reports of three tourist deaths to media, revealing that the death of a 62-year-old American tourist in Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Resort while out snorkeling. The report was received close to 2pm on Monday, revealed police. The 62-year-old has been taken to Gaaf Alif Atoll Hospital. Further, MPS revealed that they received the report of a 38-year-old Indonesian tourist’s death in Lily Beach Resort, where he worked. Report have it that he went to sleep, and never woke up. The third case was of a 62-year-old Chinese tourist who died while out swimming in Fihaalhohi Resort. Police received the report at 10:34am on Monday."

2019-12-09 - Two men found dead in shallow water in the Kabul River in Saro (Pakistan):

Quote: "It could not be ascertained as to how the two men drowned."

2019-12-09 - Woman found dead in bathtub at home on Tunnelton Road in Bedford (Indiana):

2019-12-09 - Soldier, man, 29, dies after being found unconscious at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (Indiana):

Quote: "A soldier with the Indiana National Guard died this weekend at an urban training facility in the southeast part of the state. Cpl. Larry Litton Jr., 29, was found unresponsive at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center on Saturday."

2019-12-19 - Man, 59, drops dead along Bullseye Lake Road in Valparaiso in Porter County (Indiana):

2019-12-09 - Deckhand, woman, 30, falls into Lake Michigan and dies at the Port of Indiana in Porter County (Indiana):

2019-12-09 - Man in his 40s slumps over dead in pickup truck at convenience store in Gap (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-09 - Woman, 54, drops dead in hotel room in Glenview (Illinois):

2019-12-09 - Woman, 24, found dead in car at Gross Reservoir (Colorado):

2019-12-09 - Woman in her 20s found dead along Miner Road in coastal Boynton Beach (Florida):

2019-12-09 - Woman, 57, found dead in the water near pier in coastal Mount Pleasant (South Carolina):

2019-12-09 - Woman, 77, found dead near her vehicle at Pocket Park in Colonie (New York):

2019-12-09 - Man, 32, jumps in the water and dies in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Quote: "Bystanders explained that the man went into the water and never surfaced again."

2019-12-09 - Man, 73, found dead in the River Tay in Fife (Scotland):

2019-12-09 - Man found dead in burn (stream) at Dalmuir Park in Clydebank (Scotland):

2019-12-09 - Driver has 'medical issue', dump truck runs off road into field, near Hopkinsville (Kentucky):

Quote: "A medical issue was likely a factor in a Hopkinsville Solid Waste Authority dump truck wrecking Monday morning on Madisonville Road. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Sanderson says the driver was northbound when the medical issue caused him to run off the left side of the road."

2019-12-09 - Driver sickens, car crashes through median, in coastal Ipswich (Britain):

Quote: "A car has smashed through the central reservation at a busy Ipswich junction after a driver became ill at the wheel."

2019-12-09 - Chilean C-130 transport plane carrying 38 people disappears en route to Antarctica:

Quote: "Chile's air force said it lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight Monday evening to the country's base in Antarctica. It said the military had declared an alert and activated search and rescue teams."

Quote: "General Mosqueira said the aircraft would have been about halfway to the Antarctic base when it lost contact. No emergency signals had been activated, he said."

Note: So it was over the ocean when it disappeared...

2019-12-09 - Small cargo plane crashes in Victoria County (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-12-09 - Freight train derails at midnight, mammoth fire erupts, near Lanigan (Canada):

2019-12-09 - Tractor trailer crashes off overpass, bursts into flame, in Callahan County (Texas), 1 injured:

2019-12-09 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Pinellas Bayway near coastal Ft. DeSoto Park (Florida):

2019-12-09 - SUV crashes into business in Santa Maria (California):

2019-12-08 - Car careens off road, overturns several times, lands near bridge over Salem Creek, in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "Winston-Salem police have identified the driver of a car that careened off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Monday night, flipped several times and landed down an embankment below the road’s Salem Creek Bridge."

2019-12-09 - Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tons, beating last year's record high:

2019-12-09 - Extreme heat hitting rich and poor countries harder, global climate index shows:

2019-12-09 - Vaping-illness cases still growing, now in all 50 states, CDC says:


  1. Hello Jonny, everyone.

    [some midweek headlines from Rice Farmer]

    News Links, December 11, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    Recession Ahead: An Overview of Our Predicament

    World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

    Credit Suisse shocking call: Fed will launch 'QE4' before year-end to stem Street cash crunch

    Morgan Stanley is cutting jobs due to uncertain global environment, sources say

    Boeing deliveries halved in first 11 months of 2019

    SIPRI: Weapons boom shows no signs of slowing

    Why Lockheed Martin gets billions in taxpayer money each year

    Rockets land near Baghdad airport as US blames Iran for recent attacks

    The U.S. Campaign To Weaken Iran's 'Axis Of Resistance' Is Failing

    Pentagon Shifts Focus Ahead Of Next War, Wants To Relocate Troops To Indo-Pacific Region

    Defense policy deal creates Space Force, sidesteps border wall controversy

    Here's How US Space Force Will Be Built

    Russia, Ukraine leaders agree on cease-fire, prisoner exchange by year's end

    Turkey Ready To Deploy Troops In Libya Against Haftar Offensive: Erdogan

    Carbon capture could require 25% of all global energy

    Rystad Energy believes the oil peak will be reached in less than ten years

    Early Winter Kick in the Gut for Natural Gas Prices

    US Moves To Sanction Russia-led Gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2

    Clean and green? Tossing Old Solar Panels Into Landfill Is Greener Than Recycling Them
    Sooner or later, all waste comes back to haunt us. The attempt to justify landfilling is a trick to make the poor energy return on renewables look better. -- RF

    Giant waves in the jet stream threaten global food production

    Chinese inflation hits eight-year high as pork prices double

    CDC: Salinas company salad kits linked to another E. coli outbreak

    Meat Prices Spike 8% In Brazil, Threatening A Holiday-Gathering Mainstay For Many

    Hot weather linked to rise in early childbirth: study

    Air pollution exposure worsens lung function in current, former smokers

    Diabetes patients turning to black market as costs skyrocket

    [continued below]

  2. What We Can Learn from the Romans about Ignoring Climate Change

    'Superbug' risk poses greater threat to health, crops than thought

    Severe drought — Once mighty Victoria Falls dries to a trickle

    Greenland is melting seven times faster than it was 20 years ago

    Brucellosis infection spreads to northeastern China, report says

    Google Maps tracks everywhere you go. Here's how to automatically delete what it stores

    Some Truth About The War On Afghanistan

    Afghanistan war metrics were manipulated to highlight battlefield success, according to bombshell WaPo report

    The Campaign to Lie America Into World War II
    Before Pearl Harbor, there was an elaborate British influence operation of forged documents, fake news, and manipulation.

    Three Major Imbalances – Financial, Trust and Geopolitical

    The Taxonomy of Collapse
    The higher up the wealth-power pyramid the observer is, the more prone they are to a magical-thinking belief that the empire is forever, even as it is crumbling around them.

    Industrial-age barbarism: The 2019 Black Friday Video Hall of Shame [11.25 min.]

    Watching The World's Soybean Vessels Signals China Has Ditched US For South America

    China says pork prices surged 110% in November

    "Unprecedented" China Auto Market Collapse Heads Into Third Year After November Sales Drop 4.2%

    "It's About To Get Very Bad" - Repo Market Legend Predicts Market Crash In Days [more on this in following comment]

    Jobs of the future are clustering in a handful of U.S. cities, study finds
    Jobs of the future will include farming, blacksmithing, farming, woodworking, farming, hunting, farming, and highway robbery. And did I mention farming? -- RF

    Accounting Fraud & Freight Recession Topple Celadon, Largest Truckload-Carrier Bankruptcy in US History
    Creditors trying to repossess trucks over the weekend. Thousands of drivers on the road, some stranded. Employees left in the dark. Shares plunge 93% this morning from nearly nothing to practically nothing.

    Investors are terrified of something a year from now and they're placing bets to hedge themselves

    Attorney General To Law Enforcement Critics: Good Luck Getting A Cop When You Need One

    Congress Has Released Its $738 Billion Defense Budget. Here's What's Inside

    The Great American Shakedown (Chris Hedges)
    The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed, even after their defeat in the 2016 presidential election, to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

    Diesel Demand Slump Signals Manufacturing Recession Is Still Raging

    US Productivity Slumps Most Since 2015

  3. Methane and climate update - 10 December, 2019

    Methane, Sea Ice, Climate & EQ Update with Margo (Dec. 10, 2019)
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2019/12/methane-and-climate-update-10-december.html [~ 86 min.]

    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    Alaska in the news again for all the wrong reasons! Monday, December the 9th was the warmest December day ever recorded: Unprecedented warmth is killing Alaska's fragile ecosystem.

    "Burn baby burn, when are we gonna learn?" 2019 was the year when country-size fires became the new normal around the entire planet!

    Climate pledges 'misleading', Greta tells UN meet

    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday accused wealthier nations of inventing ways to avoid slashing their greenhouse gas emissions, branding their climate action "misleading" at a summit in Madrid.

    The UN climate forum tasked with saving the world from runaway global warming has become an "opportunity for countries to negociate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition" to act on climate, the 16-year-old told delegates.

    "Countries are finding clever ways around having to take real action." [more; she learns quickly]

    U.N. head demands bolder climate action or 'we are doomed'

    [maybe after THIS COP mtg, people will get it - we're DONE!]

    [from our Financial desk]
    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    Ron Paul on global financial crisis

    Why Are Central Banks Panicking? Global Crisis Ahead?
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2019/12/ron-paul-on-global-financial-crisis.html [~ 19.25 min.]

    Repocalypse! Former Fed Repo Czar Warns Possible Banking Crisis Within Days - TruNews 12 10 19
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2019/12/ignore-this-at-your-peril.html [~ 32.6 min.]

    The Market is On The Edge of the Abyss -- Meltdown before Christmas [~ 10.3 min.]

    Bill Holter - Confidence Going to Break Biggest Debt Bubble in History [~ 35.5 min.]

    YouTube Is Broken
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/2nDDdNPlquQ/ [~ 17.5 min.]

    Lake Peigneur Disaster: Largest Man-Made Sinkhole Creates Biggest Waterfall in Louisiana

    The Lake Peigneur drilling disaster is unbelievable!
    That catastrophic man-made event drained an entire lake, swallowed up eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land into a salt mine shaft, creating the biggest waterfall of Louisiana. [more; way to go!]

    White Island: Significantly increased volcanic tremor, new eruptions likely, New Zealand

    The volcanic tremor has significantly increased at Whakaari/White Island on the morning of December 11, 2019 (LT), indicating that volcanic gas pressures remain high. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3 and the Aviation Color Code Orange. The death toll has risen to 6 and the number of missing people to 9. 30 people are still in hospitals. 25 of them are critical with the remainder stable but serious. [more]

    [more below]

  4. Major floods hit the city of Pretoria, South Africa

    Heavy rains caused widespread severe floods across parts of the city of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa on Monday morning, December 9, 2019, engulfing roads and stranding residents. Pretoria is located 55 km (34 miles) north of Johannesburg. The same weather system affected other north-eastern provinces over the past week, resulting in heavy rain and flooding. It is expected to move out of the country on Wednesday, December 11. [more]
    White Island Volcano erupts in New Zealand: Five people killed with eight missing presumed dead; 27 of the 31 survivors suffer horrific burns - UPDATES

    Burn centers across New Zealand are full to capacity as more than two dozen victims are being treated for horrific wounds suffered in a volcanic eruption on White Island, leaving many with burns on over 70 percent of their bodies.

    At least 27 of the 31 people injured in the volcanic blast that rocked the island on Monday suffered severe burns covering over two-thirds of their skin, the government said in a statement, noting the possibility that some of the injured will not survive.

    "All our burns units are full to capacity. Our plastic surgeons, hospital, anesthetists are doing their best to treat the many who have sustained injuries," said acting Ministry of Health adviser Dr Pete Watson. "Twenty-seven of the 31 have suffered greater than 71 percent body surface burns."

    With five already confirmed killed, police said eight people are still missing and likely did not make it, leaving only those who were able to flee immediately among the survivors.

    "I would strongly suggest that there is no one that has survived on the island," New Zealand Deputy Commissioner John Tims told reporters, adding: "We are doing everything we can to get back to that island."

    Meanwhile less than a day after the volcanic eruption a strong 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand's North Island.[more]

    [last part follows]

  5. Giant sinkhole swallows cars in Brasilia, Brazil

    A giant sinkhole swallowed up at least four cars in the capital of Brazil, Tuesday, December 10.[short video]

    Mystery on as up to 300 dead starlings found along road in Anglesey, Wales

    Miss Stevens said she had initially seen the "massive flock" flying overhead before landing and appearing to eat something in the road.

    An hour later they were dead.

    Mr Edwards said: "There's easily more than 300 of them.

    "I counted 150 last night but I gave up as there's just hundreds of them littered everywhere.

    "It's as if they just dropped down dead from the sky. [more]

    Australia's raging bushfires intensify: Sydney engulfed in 'extremely' hazardous smoke

    [my thoughts are with our Australian commenter(s)]

    Rare tornado forms at 13,200 feet in Bolivia - Possibly one of the highest-altitude tornadoes ever observed
    The US government knew war in Afghanistan was UNWINNABLE but lied to the population

    PROOF: US Government Lying to Americans About Afghanistan
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-us-government-knew-war-in.html [~ 155 min. video and next article]

    Secret papers belied US public view of Afghan War

    Afghanistan Papers’ obtained by Washington Post show publicly optimistic officials knew war was unwinnable [more]
    [2 more videos follow, ~ 17 min. & ~ 5 min.]

    Bombshell: CNBC anchor admits building 7 brought down in 'controlled implosion' on 9/11
    [~ 3.5 min. video]

    Parade of storms to cause misery through Christmas

    The weather pattern isn't likely to produce powerhouse storms or intense Arctic outbreaks, but AccuWeather meteorologists warn that neither of those factors is needed to bring a moderate to heavy snowfall and a buildup of ice. Moderate storms meeting up with just enough chilly air can create conditions conducive for a wintry mess and difficult travel.
    [more; we'll see; got some overnight snow here - on the grass]

  6. [once again, Andrew Glickson delivers]
    The portent of runaway greenhouse warming

    Carbon, the essential element underpinning photosynthesis and life, is transformed into toxic substances in the remnants of plants and organisms buried in sediments. Once released to the atmosphere in the form of CO₂, CO and methane, in large quantities these gases become lethal and have been responsible for mass extinctions of species (Fig. 1). [he's leaving off one of the most important ones H2S]

    Given amplifying feedbacks from land and oceans triggered by rising temperatures, the concept of an upper limit of warming determined by limitation on carbon emissions alone is unlikely, since, under a rising high greenhouse gas concentration, amplifying feedbacks triggered by methane release, bushfires, warming oceans and loss of reflectivity of melting ice, temperatures would keep rising. As an example, findings show that warmer ocean water is melting hydrates and releasing methane into the sediment and waters off the coast of Washington state, at levels that reach the same amount of methane from the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Carana (2019) finds a potential for abrupt warming of 18°C or 32.4°F (Fig. 2).

    Attempts at CO₂ drawdown (sequestration), if urgently applied on a global scale, may conceivably be able to slow down further warming. This article refers to natural methane reservoirs and human-induced methane emissions, indicating that, once temperatures supersede a critical level, a further rise in methane release would result regardless of restrictions of emissions.

    According to Kelley (2003) a planetary “runaway greenhouse event” may be triggered when a planet overheats due to absorption of more solar energy than it can give off to retain equilibrium. As a result, the oceans may boil filling its atmosphere with steam, which leaves the planet uninhabitable, as Venus is now. Planetary geologists think there is good evidence that Venus was the victim of a runaway greenhouse effect which turned the planet into the boiling hell we see today. According to Hansen (2010): “If we burn all fossil fuels, the forcing will be at least comparable to that of the PETM, but it will have been introduced at least ten times faster. [. .] The warming ocean can be expected to affect methane hydrate stability at a rate that could exceed that in the PETM, where the rate of change was driven by the speed of the methane hydrate climate feedback, not by the nearly instantaneous introduction of all fossil fuel carbon.” In a critical review of the theory of runaway greenhouse warming, Goldblatt and Watson (2012) state: “We cannot therefore completely rule out the possibility that human actions might cause a transition, if not to full runaway, then at least to a much warmer climate state than the present one.” [more]

  7. MBARI: Thousands of holes discovered on seafloor off California coast

    Researchers have discovered thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor — measuring 36 feet across and three feet deep on average — off Big Sur, California.

    A team led by Eve Lundsten from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered the so-called "micro-depressions" during a survey of North America's largest pockmark field.

    Pockmarks are similar to micro-depressions albeit much larger, measuring around 600 feet across on average and 16 feet deep in this particular field. Since 1999, MBARI scientists have uncovered more than 5,200 of these almost-circular and evenly-spaced pockmarks across an area of around 500 square miles off Big Sur. [is that where the UFO's park?]

    For their latest survey, the Lundsten and colleagues wanted to investigate this pockmark field because there are proposals to build a wind-energy farm in the area.

    It was during this survey that the team identified the never-before-seen micro depressions (MDs) using autonomous underwater vehicles. They identified roughly 15,000 MDs scattered throughout the area, some of which are found inside the pockmarks themselves. The sides of the micro-depressions tend to be steeper than those of the pockmarks and they are often elongated in one direction.

    In research presented at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, the researchers say it is unclear how the pockmarks and MDs were formed. [more]

    Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar killing 9 and making 1,400 homeless

    Cyclone Belna has hit northern Madagascar, with nine dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials.

    The storm's winds blew off or dislodged the roofs of 80 per cent of the town's residences and government offices, said Soalala's member of parliament Naina Randriamisa, who said water is rising across the city. [more; 20 sec. news spot]

    Anomalous cold weather kills hundreds of fish in Samut Prakan, Thailand

    The cold weather in Thailand is beginning to have an effect on local wildlife and fish as hundreds of fish were found dead floating in a lake in Prueksa Village this morning.

    Aquatic experts stated that the temperatures which have been around 18C in the area are highly unusual for the fish and have caused a mass die-off.

    Local fisherman stated to the media that if the cold weather continues for an extended period of time it could have serious effects on their livelihoods.

    For now, the current cold snap is expected to last at least through Tuesday. [more]

    [more below]

  8. Cyclone in Iceland: Heavy snowfall, power outages and avalanche warnings

    Near-Earth asteroid numbers grow

    All up, 2019 has been a bumper year for asteroid-spotters. ESA reports that sky-gazers found the largest haul of new objects ever - recording 2144 since New Year's Day, 175 of them in November alone.

    That number is sure to grow in the last couple of weeks of the year, pushing the overall total even higher.

    For the record, therefore, at the time of writing, the ESA has logged 21,429 asteroids and 108 comets close enough to be classified as near-Earth objects. There is no need for panic, however. Only 982 of them will ever come close enough to hit us. [more; ONLY 982?! it only takes ONE!]

    'Giant UFO' or drones over California town?

    The object could have been taken for a drone or a skydiving vehicle, if not for a combination of facts: it didn't move and emitted no sound whatsoever. [more]

    [from our Celebrity Deaths page]
    Child actor and ballet dancer Jack Burns dead at 14

    Jack Burns, a child actor who appeared on TV shows In Plain Sight and Retribution, has died at age 14. Burns, dubbed "the next Billy Elliot," was found dead at his Greenock, Inverclyde home in Scotland. Authorities told Metro U.K. they are not treating his death as suspicious, but the cause has not been revealed. [more]

    Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate, NOAA says
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/arctic-ice-melting-alarming-rate-221544569.html [~ 1 min. video]

    Crane snaps in half as strong winds batter Britain ahead of polling day washout

    A crane partially collapsed on Tuesday as strong winds lashed much of the country.

    Pictures from a building site on Fassett Road, south London, show the top of the crane snapped and bent out of shape, looming over the ground below. [more]

    [from our Just In Time segment]
    World’s first ‘human composting’ site to open in 2021 to turn people into soil

    Bodies are placed inside the vessels, covered in wood chips and allowed to rot in a process

    Recompose describes as ‘natural organic reduction’.

    The company says, ‘Bodies are covered with wood chips and aerated, providing the perfect environment for naturally occurring microbes and beneficial bacteria.

    ‘Over the span of about 30 days, the body is fully transformed, creating soil which can then be used to grow new life.’

    A body turns into around a square metre of soil, some or all of which families are encouraged to take home, ScienceAlert reports. [more]

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  9. UN Investigators Unable to Trace Saudi Aramco Attack to Iran

    United Nations investigators dispatched to Saudi Arabia after drone and missile attacks on state oil company Aramco in September determined they couldn’t yet verify U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran was behind the strikes. [more; that's good enough for the U.S. to declare WAR!]

    The $20 Trillion Threat That Could Trigger The Next Financial Meltdown

    Trillions of dollars of market value could go up in smoke due to climate change.

    The damage hits the global economy in multiple ways. The first is the most obvious. Physical damage from more powerful natural disasters is on the rise. 2017 and 2018 were the costliest back-to-back years for economic losses related to natural disasters, according to risk and reinsurance firm Aon.

    But the danger grows worse when the physical damage starts to reprice portions of entire asset classes. One glaring example is the real estate market along coastlines, which will see both physical damage and a dramatic repricing as the threat becomes increasingly clear. That happens through a variety of mechanisms – people move away, zoning ordinances restrict building, insurance companies withdraw support, investors withdraw capital, etc. [more; pffff - you ain't seen nothin']

    [from Time's Person of the Year for 2019]
    Greta Thunberg Says Almost Nothing Is Being Done About Climate Change

    [and she's RIGHT!]

    $738 Billion Defense Bill Authorizes Space Force and New Benefits for Federal Workers

    The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced late Monday an agreement on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision that would establish a new, independent Space Force within the Air Force. The conference report also sets a topline spending level of $738 billion for defense spending in 2020, and includes a provision providing a new benefit to federal employees. [more]

    Northeast bracing for storm expected to bring snow and bitter cold
    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/northeast-bracing-storm-expected-bring-212434956.html [42 sec. weather spot]