Saturday, January 4, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-03

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

2020-01-03 - Car goes up in flames and kills person near Frederick Creek outside Boerne (Texas):

Quote: "A person was found inside a burning car near Frederick Creek outside Boerne early Friday afternoon, police said. That person has died as a result of the fire, Boerne Police Chief Jim Kohler confirmed to KENS 5."

2020-01-03 - Wildfire kills 2 people on coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia), firenado spotted, death toll rises to 23, army reserves called up:

Quote: "Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the death toll from Australia's bushfire crisis has risen to 23, and he has enlisted the help of the army reserve. Thousands of Australian Defence Force Army reservists have been called on and will be deployed across the country."

Quote: "Two people have been killed in a bushfire on Kangaroo Island. South Australian police say they believe the pair was travelling in a car on the Playford Highway when their vehicle was overrun by fire."

Quote: "Mr Marshall said the fire had destroyed the majority of the Flinders Chase National Park in the southwest of the island — Australia’s third-largest. 'The fires that occurred (on Friday) were significantly worse than in 2007 in Flinders Chase because it took out all of the building infrastructure within this national park,' he said."

2020-01-03 - Australia's largest ever peacetime evacuation continues with hundreds of people rescued from beach:

Quote: "Australia’s navy rescued hundreds of people stranded on a Victoria beach Friday as more than 200 wildfires continue to rip through the nation’s eastern states, prompting the largest peacetime evacuation in the country's history."

2020-01-03 - Recycling center destroyed by fire on Route 434 in Apalachin (New York), 450 feet from the Susquehanna River:

2020-01-03 - Recycling center fire breaks out at 7 AM at 32nd Street and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-01-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame at NE 4th Street and Bath Avenue in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-01-03 - Landfill fire breaks out in Castlemain (Australia):

2020-01-03 - Three people die unsuspiciously in separate apartments in the same apartment building in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "Upon arrival, police discovered the bodies of three people inside separate apartments, according to authorities. Police have not confirmed if the deaths are related and there are no immediate reports of suspicious activities. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office have not confirmed a homicide investigation at this time."

2020-01-03 - Boat bursts into flame at dock in coastal Geelong (Australia):

2020-01-03 - Houseboat bursts into flame in coastal Coodanup (Australia):

Note: These are the 4th and 5th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-03 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 3 AM on highway in Gilgil (Kenya):

Note: This is the 2nd bus to burn in 2020...

2020-01-03 - Three tanker trucks destroyed by fire while parked near depot in Buipe (Ghana):

Quote: "A Friday night inferno has razed three fuel tankers close to a depot of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) at Buipe in the Savannah Region."

2020-01-03 - Tractor bursts into flame at feed business in Hooker (Oklahoma):

Note: These are the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-03 - Forklift truck bursts into flame at business in Linden (New Jersey):

Quote: "The fire began on a fork-lift truck and spread toward chemical transport tanks stacked nearby, Guenther said."

2020-01-03 - Truck bursts into flame on Lent Rise Road in Taplow (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 3 January, 3.05pm Lorry fire, Lent Rise Road, Taplow. One appliance and crew from Maidenhead, two from Slough and one from Langley attended. The fire was out on arrival."

2020-01-03 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Newcomb (Maryland):

2020-01-03 - RV and mobile home destroyed by fire at 4:15 AM on Ramsey Road in Gerber (California):

Quote: "An early morning fire in Gerber Friday destroyed a double-wide mobile home and recreational vehicle. Cal Fire responded to calls of a structure fire in the 100 block of Ramsey Road around 4:15 a.m. and was able to contain the fire to the mobile home and RV by around 5 a.m, said Tehama County Fire Marshal John Berglund."

Note: These are the 4th and 5th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-03 - Campervan bursts into flame while parked at property, fire spreads to barn, in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

Quote: "A road on the outskirts of Weymouth has been closed after a campervan fire spread to a barn, writes Ellie Maslin."

2020-01-03 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home on Gillespie Street in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2020-01-03 - Van bursts into flame on the A354 near coastal Weymouth (Britain):

2020-01-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Waldorf Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage at Penn State University in State College (Pennsylvania):,1482204/

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Waccamaw Boulevard in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-287 near Port Chester (New York):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Route 2 in Acton (Massachusetts):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Audubon Parkway in Henderson County (Kentucky):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage in coastal Singapore:

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Butts Green Road in Hornchurch (Britain):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame on Pickmere Lane in Wincham (Britain):

2020-01-03 - Car bursts into flame at 3:55 AM on Oakington Garth in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Oakington Garth, Hull. Fri 3 Jan 2020 03:55 (No: 000122) Car fire. Extinguished by occupier using buckets of water."

2020-01-03 - Vehicle bursts into flame near the A31 in St Leonards (Britain):

2020-01-03 - Electric bike bursts into flame at transit station in coastal Singapore:

2020-01-03 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at home in Middleton (Canada):

2020-01-03 - Barn destroyed by fire in Otsego Township (Michigan), 300,000 chickens killed:

2020-01-03 - Two businesses destroyed by fire just before 2:30 AM at shopping center on Unionville Road in East Marlborough Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-03 - Post office destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM in Ismay (Montana):

2020-01-03 - Garage goes up in flames at home in Nevada (Iowa), nobody there:

2020-01-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Berachah Avenue in South Nyack (New York), near the Hudson River:

2020-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM in Shumway (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire on Broadway Street in Harrison (Ohio), nobody there:

Quote: "According to the Harrison Fire Department, the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. He was out celebrating his 56th birthday, which is Saturday, when the home ignited."

2020-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 5:30 AM on South Gosser Hill Road in Leechburg (Pennsylvania), dog killed:

2020-01-03 - Home destroyed by fire on East Northampton Street in Bath (Pennsylvania), pet killed:

2020-01-03 - Several homes go up in flames on Hunter Street in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-03 - Apartment building damaged by fire on West Avenue Drive in Columbia (South Carolina):

2020-01-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 2:50 AM on Scott Adam Court in Laurel (Maryland), 4 injured:

2020-01-03 - Deadly fire burns home on Arroyo Drive in coastal Encinitas (California), 1 killed:

2020-01-03 - Deadly fire burns home on Vanderveer Avenue in Holland (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2020-01-03 - Deadly fire burns apartment building just before 2 AM on Islandview Court in coastal Bayonne (New Jersey), 450 feet from the coast, 2 killed:

2020-01-03 - Vacant home burns on West Main Street in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2020-01-03 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on Cass Street in Comstock Township (Michigan):

2020-01-03 - Pilot whales strand, four die, at coastal Matarangi Spit (New Zealand):

2020-01-03 - Three men enter river, two die and one has breathing problems, at Berowra National Park (Australia):

Quote: "Two men have died, and a third man is in hospital after a group entered a river in Sydney’s north last night. About 7.30pm (Friday 3 January 2020), emergency services responded to reports that two men were missing, and another had been pulled from the water with breathing difficulties in the Berowra National Park."

2020-01-03 - Man and woman found dead in submerged car near pier in coastal Marugame (Japan):

2020-01-03 - Man, 32, falls into swimming pool and dies at condo building in coastal Tulum (Mexico):

Quote: "A tourist of Brazilian nationality died Friday after drowning in the pool of a Tulum condominium. The drowning happened on the roof of a three-level condominium on Solo Oriente Street just before 9:00 a.m. Other condominium visitors pulled the man from the pool, but called emergency 911 when he failed to respond. The victim, later identified as José Josías de Sousa, 32, is said to have fallen into the pool which was located on the roof of the three-level condominium complex. Paramedics arrived only to confirm his death."

2020-01-03 - Woman dies on passenger plane en route to the Cook Islands:

Quote: "Speaking to Cook Islands News on condition of anonymity, a man on the flight praised the quick and professional actions of the airline’s cabin crew in attempts to revive the woman, who is understood to have been travelling with her husband and a young person."

2020-01-03 - Man, 37, has 'medical emergency' at ski area and dies, in Alta (Utah):

Quote: "A 37-year-old man has died after suffering a medical emergency at Alta Ski Area, according to Alta Town Marshal Mike Morey. The victim was found unconscious and unresponsive in the Sunspot area of the resort Friday afternoon."

2020-01-03 - Man, 63, goes into cardiac arrest trying to help woman in burning SUV, dies shortly later, woman dies too, in Marion County (Florida):

Quote: "The tragedy unfolded about 2 p.m. when a woman driving south on County Road 225A near Northwest 39th Loop left the roadway for an unknown reason and slammed into a line of pine trees, causing her SUV to burst into flames, according to the FHP. A man driving a water tanker truck happened to be driving northbound at about the same. He stopped and turned on a sprinkler-type system that sprayed water from his tank, but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop the vehicle fire, according to Whitney Mahloch, who witnessed the crash. Before the driver could help any further, he collapsed and died."

Quote: "Investigators are trying to determine whether a medical event caused Scott to crash."

Note: So this could have been two deaths resulting from two different people having 'medical events' within a minute or two in the same place...

2020-01-03 - Person drops dead near school in the Roxbury area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-01-03 - Man found dead in pond near Fish Lake in La Porte County (Indiana):

2020-01-03 - Man found dead in canal near South H Street in Bakersfield (California):

2020-01-03 - Man, 21, found dead and half submerged in Johnson Creek in Lyndonville (New York):

Quote: "They found the body of Jared Fearby, 21, of Kent, half submerged in the water. Deputies say the two had been fishing since about 10 a.m., and had gotten separated."

2020-01-03 - Man, 70, found dead in the Salmon River in Lemhi County (Idaho):

2020-01-03 - Woman has 'medical episode' at jail, dies shortly later, in Darlington County (South Carolina):

Quote: "The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office says a female inmate died at the hospital following a medical episode at the county jail."

2020-01-03 - Man in his 30s drops dead at home in Castlerea (Ireland):

2020-01-03 - Man in his 70s found dead at beach in coastal Sutton on Sea (Britain):

2020-01-03 - Trucker, man, 50, has 'medical issue', tractor trailer veers off road and overturns, in Moberly (Missouri):

Quote: "The 50-year-old driver Charles Smith of Huntington, Tennessee drove southbound when he experienced a medical issue, traveled off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median, crossed the northbound lane of Highway 63, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned."

2020-01-03 - Driver has 'medical condition', pickup truck crashes through fence into ditch, near airport in Horseheads (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "Firefighters tell WENY News they believe the driver suffered a medical condition, causing the crash. The truck reportedly drove through the fence and came to a rest in a ditch near the runway."

2020-01-03 - Man has 'medical emergency' and falls over in car, car lightly crashes, in Des Moines (Iowa):

Quote: "Witnesses say the driver fell over in the car and it rolled through the intersection. His car came to rest at the Tub Shine Bath Restoration. Police said it was likely a medical emergency that led to the crash."

2020-01-03 - Police officer, man, has 'medical episode', police car crashes into parked car, in Stratford (Canada):

Quote: "A Stratford Police officer will have to undergo additional medical testing after police say he suffered from an unknown medical episode while on patrol in Stratford Friday night and collided with a parked vehicle. According to Insp. Mark Taylor, the officer was making a left turn from Downie Street onto George Street in downtown Stratford at around 7 p.m. when he briefly lost consciousness. 'He either passed out or had a small seizure or something,' Taylor said Saturday morning."

2020-01-03 - Man, 52, has 'medical episode', car crashes into bollards, in Sheffield (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old male, is being taken to hospital after suffering a ‘medical episode’ and crashing into the bollards."

2020-01-03 - Military plane crashes in West Darfur (Sudan), 18 killed:

2020-01-03 - Military plane crashes and burns in Haputale (Sri Lanka), all 4 aboard killed:

2020-01-03 - Passenger bus hit by brake failure, bus slams head-on into car, near Myawady (Myanmar), 19 killed, dozens injured:

Quote: "Myanmar Social Rescue Group vice-chairman Aung Myint said that the express bus had been travelling from Yangon on Friday morning when it careered into an oncoming car after its brakes failed."

2020-01-03 - Freight train derails along the Mississippi River in LeClaire (Iowa):

2020-01-03 - Tractor trailer and car crash, truck plunges into canal, in coastal Palm Beach County (Florida), 2 injured:

2020-01-03 - SUV crashes on highway ramp at 12:30 AM, bursts into flame, in Chicago (Illinois), 1 injured:

2020-01-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into home, on Freedom Drive in Charlotte (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-01-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into trees, in Berkeley County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-01-03 - Car veers off road, crashes into building, bursts into flame, in Sulphur (Louisiana), 2 injured:

2020-01-03 - Elephants kill 21 people in 12 months across Goalpara District in Assam (India):

2020-01-03 - Landslide hits two passenger buses and a UTV in Taft (Philippine Islands):

2020-01-03 - Seven-story building under construction collapses in coastal Kep (Cambodia), 36+ killed, 23 injured:

Quote: "Thirty-six people were killed and 23 more injured when a tourist guesthouse under construction in Cambodia collapsed, trapping workers under rubble, officials said on Sunday."

2020-01-03 - Hiker has 'medical emergency' and loses consciousness at Towsley Canyon in Newhall (California):

Quote: "Around 1:15 p.m. Friday, first responders received reports of a hiker who lost consciousness at Towsley Canyon in Newhall, said Austin Bennett, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department."

2020-01-03 - Lightning strikes killed 95 people in 2019 in Cambodia:

2020-01-03 - Flooding death toll rises to 43 in Jakarta (Indonesia):

2020-01-03 - Powerful winter storm with hurricane-strength winds develops over the Norwegian Sea and northern Scandinavia a day after record warm temperatures:


  1. Hey Jonny and all your loyal fans! See, now 3 people dying at the same apartment building, SEPARATELY, at roughly the same time frame is the kind of JJFH event that statistically makes no sense whatsoever. Say the chances of dying by natural causes at any one time during the day is some very low fraction (say 1/100), then the probability that 3 people in the same place at the same time die is (1/100)^3 or 1/1000000.
    Statistically it's a "remotely rare" event (ie. not likely).

    i may start counting submerged car incidents this year.

    People will wonder why there's a shortage of chicken, beef, pork, fish and grains soon, while in one incident 300,000 chickens are burned to death on this day, who knows how many fish are dying, the avian swine flu continues to decimate pigs, and grain (to feed cattle) keeps going up in flames.

    Let's see what's going on.

    Wildfires Are Raging Outside Every Major City in Australia

    Wildfires claim 22 lives, destroy 2 500 buildings and scorch 5.9 million ha (15 million acres) -- extreme fire weather warning, Australia

    Bushfires in Australia have killed at least 22 people since August 2019 and destroyed more than 2 500 buildings, including over 1 400 homes. In addition, 28 people are still missing in the state of Victoria. Half a billion animals have been killed, including a third of the local koala population.

    Strong, dry, northwesterly winds will cause ongoing fires to flare up yet again over the coming weekend, threatening communities that have already experienced widespread devastation. [more]

    Total evacuation of Eden ordered as bushfires close in – “There is no safe place here”

    [updated summary of damage to each state included (so far)]

    Sunday, 5 January 2020
    The Portuguese Man O’ War, continues to wash ashore in unprecedented numbers along the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago: Jellyfish are fast becoming the “NEW KINGS OF THE OCEAN”

    What comes out of the ocean will inevitably show the health of the ocean it came from.
    Jellyfish are taking over, fast becoming the “NEW KINGS OF THE OCEAN,” The rapid growth over the last few decades of these creatures is a sign of the planet's deteriorating marine health Jellyfish are thriving because their predators are dead. Reports of Jellyfish invasions are commonplace worldwide these days. [more; good luck on summer vacation by the sea!]

    Aussie Bushfire Update No 20: Australian government warned of a catastrophic blaze back in 2015! NSW and Victoria bushfires crisis has 'months to go' Farmers shooting injured sheep

    NSW and Victoria bushfires crisis has 'months to go'

    Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?

    Farmers shoot injured sheep after 'unfightable' bushfire ravages SA island

    'Unprecedented' plumes turn skies orange as smoke hits NZ

    Bushfire scientist David Packham warned the Australian government of a huge blaze threat back in 2015! [more]

    [as usual, nobody listens when there's money to be made]

    By January 6, 155 firefighters will have been deployed from the U.S. to Australia

    The first volcano eruption of 2020 belongs to Alaska! Shishaldin Volcano Alaska's colossus shot a cloud of ash more than 5 miles high on Friday

    [continued below]

  2. How the Pentagon Was Duped by Contractors Using Shell Companies

    Shell companies have come under attack for obscuring illicit money flowing into real estate. But it turns out they’re also a problem for the Pentagon.

    Some Defense Department suppliers have used such front companies to fraudulently win manufacturing bids, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office study of Defense Department contractors. [more]

    US Contractors Accused of Funding Taliban Attacks Against American Troops

    Nearly 400 people who were either wounded while serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan or are family members of service members who died in the conflict sued a group of companies on Friday they say helped fund attacks against Americans by making protection payments to the Taliban.

    “Defendants supported the Taliban for a simple reason: Defendants were all large Western companies with lucrative businesses in post-9/11 Afghanistan, and they all paid the Taliban to refrain from attacking their business interests,” the 288-page complaint filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday states. “Those protection payments aided and abetted terrorism by directly funding an al-Qaeda-backed Taliban insurgency that killed and injured thousands of Americans.” [more]

    $21 Trillion Missing – U.S. Government a Criminal Enterprise – Catherine Austin Fitts

    Investment advisor and former Assistant Secretary of Housing Catherine Austin Fitts says you can add $21 trillion of missing federal money on top of the $20 trillion U.S. deficit. It’s all in a new explosive report on Fitts explains, “This is $65,000 for every man, woman and child resident in America. In addition, it is now more than the outstanding official debt on the U.S. balance sheet. . . . We know that the U.S. government has been run like a criminal enterprise from a financial standpoint.” [more; still missing]

    How Long Will It Take For The US To Collapse?

    What we are witnessing today is the beginning of a new crash, and the final phases of a collapse of our way of life. The economic boom narrative among conservatives is a farce designed to trick us into complacency. The bubble that we warned about under the Obama Administration has been popped under the Trump Administration. Nothing has changed in the ten years since the 2008 crash except that the motivation for keeping the crash hidden is quickly disappearing. [more]

    [more below]

  3. “Shit-Life Syndrome,” Trump Voters, and Clueless Dems

    Will Hutton in his 2018 Guardian piece, “The Bad News is We’re Dying Early in Britain – and It’s All Down to ‘Shit-Life Syndrome’” describes shit-life syndrome in both Britain and the United States: “Poor working-age Americans of all races are locked in a cycle of poverty and neglect, amid wider affluence. They are ill educated and ill trained. The jobs available are drudge work paying the minimum wage, with minimal or no job security.”

    The Brookings Institution, in November 2019, reported: “53 million Americans between the ages of 18 to 64—accounting for 44% of all workers—qualify as ‘low-wage.’ Their median hourly wages are $10.22, and median annual earnings are about $18,000.”

    For most of these low-wage workers, Hutton notes: “Finding meaning in life is close to impossible; the struggle to survive commands all intellectual and emotional resources. Yet turn on the TV or visit a middle-class shopping mall and a very different and unattainable world presents itself. Knowing that you are valueless, you resort to drugs, antidepressants and booze. You eat junk food and watch your ill-treated body balloon. It is not just poverty, but growing relative poverty in an era of rising inequality, with all its psychological side-effects, that is the killer.”

    Shit-life syndrome is not another fictitious illness conjured up by the psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex to sell psychotropic drugs. It is a reality created by corporatist rulers and their lackey politicians—pretending to care about their minimum-wage-slave constituents, who are trying to survive on 99¢ boxed macaroni and cheese prepared in carcinogenic water, courtesy of DuPont or some other such low-life leviathan. [more]

    Taiwan's military chief among eight dead in helicopter crash

    The reasons for the crash, in the wake of a forced landing, were unknown, the military said in a statement, adding that the chief of general staff, Air Force General Shen Yi-ming, had died, while five of the 13 aboard survived. [more]

    Terrifying Demonic Face Appears in the Smoke of Victoria Inferno

    [people see things that aren't there, or are they?]

    The demonic apparition in right hand corner of the blaze can’t be unseen. [more; you know it's just smoke and light playing tricks on your eyes, but still . . .]

    The demon face appearing in the smoke may be a pure product of pareidolia.

    But similar to the burned baby kangaroo stuck in wires [remains of a burnt fence], the spooky apparition becomes a haunting symbol for the disastrous and deadly Australian fires. [more]

    [last part next]

  4. World Gone Wrong: an Environmental Diary of 2019

    The ultimate Faster Than Expected (or perhaps Worse Than You Can Possibly Imagine) list to sum up the awfulness of 2019. READ IT!

    A sampler:

    + There are fewer North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world than sitting members of Congress. They may well go extinct in our lifetimes.

    + The Arctic is now warming so quickly that 14,000 tons of melted ice is gushing into the oceans every second.

    + At least 305 wolves were killed in Montana in 2017-18, nearly 36% of the entire population. Now a pair of bills offering bounties to encourage people to kill even more wolves. [more; READ IT and weep.]

    ‘Silent death’: Australia’s bushfires push countless species to extinction

    “The habitat is decimated.” [more]

    Premier of New South Wales: “We can’t pretend this is something we have experienced before. It’s not.”

    The Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, gets very real here, as she talks about exactly what the state is facing:

    “We can’t pretend our state is in charted territory.

    “The extent of this bushfire season in living memory, and many experts have been around much longer,than I have, who fought fires and observed circumstances, all agree – we’re in uncharted territory. [more]

    [ok, NOW the last part follows, jeez]

  5. The decade in which everything was great but felt terrible: in the 2010s, the U.S. middle class shrank, longevity fell, and a whole generation fell behind

    The central economic dynamic of the 2010s was that no matter how well the market was doing, no matter how long the expansion lasted, no matter how much the economy grew, families still struggled. It was a decade that strained America’s idea of what economic growth could do, and should do, because it did so little for so many. [more]

    Scientists detect "fingerprint" of human-induced climate change on weather

    Scientists said they can now distinguish between human-induced weather patterns from naturally occurring events. [5 min. vid]

    [a look at "reality tv"]
    Former Deadliest Catch Star Rescued After Fishing Boat Capsized, 5 Others Feared Dead

    A crab boat capsized off the coast of Alaska Tuesday with five people missing and two survivors, including a former member of the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch.

    The crabbing vessel — called the Scandies Rose — was carrying loads of crabbing pots to kick off the winter season and was traveling in an area with unsafe weather conditions, according to the Associated Press.

    There were reportedly warnings of strong winds and heavy freezing spray, however, the boat continued to depart from Dutch Harbor and sail south.

    According to the AP, the 130-foot boat was last seen 170 miles southwest of Kodiak Island and sank around 10 p.m. Tuesday.[more]

    The first meteor shower of 2020 is here and ‘you don’t want to miss it,’ according to an astronomer

    he good news? “There are meteor showers coming in 2020 that you don’t want to miss,” Jackie Faherty, PhD, senior scientist and senior education manager jointly in the Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Here are the four biggest meteor showers of 2020: The New Year kicks off with the Quadrantids meteor shower, which takes place on January 3 and 4, 2020, and is best viewed in the northern hemisphere. It will have more than 100 meteors per hour, notes Faherty. “Definitely worth it to get out there and try and see some of these fireballs in the sky,” the astronomer says. [more; next one in May]

    [things go better with Coke!]
    Coca-Cola tractor-trailer crashes into Quakertown home [~ 1 min. news spot]

  6. In every category we measure, the numbers went DOWN in 2019.

    Residential explosions were the lowest since we began counting in 2016, at 190.

    Marine Craft dropped to 1012, also the lowest in 4 years.

    Buses were second lowest this year at 635.

    Tractor Trailers were 2nd lowest at 2181.

    RVs were 2nd highest at 459.

    Car Haulers: 2nd lowest at 67.

    Planes/Aircraft also was 2nd highest this year at 159.

    The 4 year averages work out to the following:
    Residential Explosions: 316.75 per year or ~ 26/month

    Marine Craft: 1210/yr or ~ 3.3/day

    Buses: 729.5/yr or about 2/day

    Tractor Trailers: 2196.75/yr or about 6/day

    RVs: 444.5/yr or about 1/day

    Car Haulers: 67.75/yr or about 5.65/mo.

    Aircraft: 154.75/yr or about 12.9/mo.

    [i discovered that i missed one garbage truck fire on 12/28 making: 21 trucks in 12 days for Dec; 142 trucks over 97 days for the year 2019 or ~ 1.46 trucks per day avg.]

    This just in:

    5 dead, dozens hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash

    At least five people were killed and dozens were injured in a crash early Sunday involving multiple vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a transportation official said.

    The fatal crash involving a tour bus, two tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles also injured at least 60 people, according to Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo. He said in a tweet the tour bus flipped on its side.

    DeFebo said a coroner confirmed five fatalities at the scene, which happened in Westmoreland County, around 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.

    There were 25 victims, ranging in age from 7 to 52 years old, transported to Excela Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Excela Health spokeswoman Robin Jennings said. Nine of those patients are under the age of 18. [more]

  7. Yeah, we had a good year! Or did we? Maybe most of the bad stuff happened last year in areas that don't speak English. There's another more insidious possibility too. The 'authorities' control the search engines. What if they're hiding news stories from showing up there? Not all of the news stories all the time, but enough to control things to make things look more normal. They also know who gets how much traffic, in terms of news sources, and how much traffic they HAVE gotten, so they could hide stories from places that are otherwise gaining traffic, and then the fact that some don't show up would then go pretty much unnoticed. There are other methods they could use to accomplish the goal too, but they all hinge on the fact that it's the government that controls the search engines and other sources of information distribution (Facebook and Twitter for example). By 'the government' I don't mean Trump - I mean the people who are REALLY running things and who understand what's happening, the people above the president, the people who decided that Trump wouldn't be told what's happening, the people who will still be running things when Trump is gone, the people in charge of the planes making tic-tac-toes in the skies.

    But they can only hide the little things that way - individual truck fires and such. They can't hide big things like continents going up in flames.

  8. Also, you may wonder, what then is the point of me tracking anything? Well, I would answer that A) it gives me something to do and it isn't difficult; B) I'm sure I'm right about things so eventually that will be known; C) when it DOES become widespread knowledge that I'm correct about 'things' then what I will then have been measuring, in a general sense, is the strength of the storm of deception with which people are being assailed in order to obscure reality from peoples' perception and people may find that information interesting; and D) even if people don't find that interesting, I do.

  9. I'm with you all the way, Jonny.

  10. Also, Australia is the 1st continent to burn in 2020. Heh.

  11. Indeed it is!

    "The 2020s Open as a Dark Moment For the World's Rainforests": Mongabay's Rhett Butler [~ 34.25 min.]

    Collapse Chronicles

    In the opening Mongabay roundup for 2020, I check in with Rhett Butler for the latest laundry list of assaults against this planet as the 2020s arrive with a thud. [more]

    Reality Report Round 8 Archived [~ 89.6 min.]

    On 4 January 2020 I was interviewed by Paul Maginley and Brian Weinstein of the Reality Report. The archived video is embedded below, and it is followed by links to our previous recorded discussions. [more]

  12. A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia's capital Jakarta as the death toll from torrential rain rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters

    A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia's capital Jakarta as the death toll rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters across the massive urban conglomeration after whole neighbourhoods were submerged from torrential rain. Thousands of people are unable to return to water-logged homes with more torrential rain to come.

    Flash floods in Indonesia's capital city have left more than 40 people dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. The worst monsoon rains in more than a decade deluged Jakarta, and rising rivers submerged at least 182 neighbourhoods. Jakarta is the world's fastest-sinking city, caused by rising sea levels and extreme weather - both worsened by climate change. [more]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Australia fires - Cashless economy collapses as ATMs fail, supermarket looted [~ 22.5 min.]