Monday, January 6, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-05

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

2020-01-05 - Woman, 35, bursts into flame and burns to death while walking down street in coastal Chennai (India):

Quote: "'At around 8 pm, we were sitting by the road when Leema came to the grocery store in the street. She was speaking on the phone as she walked past the electric box. Suddenly, she froze as though she had suffered an electric shock and within moments we heard a loud noise, saw sparks and she was engulfed in flames. People from the grocery store rushed and covered her with a blanket to put out the fire,' said P Aruna, who saw the tragedy unfold as she was feeding her child."

Quote: "When asked about the incident, a Tangedco official said, 'We have asked the police for CCTV footage for clarity. Theoretically, there is no possibility of a leak from the underground wire that would lead to a blast of fire. The wire was not protruding from the ground and it was sufficiently buried to avoid a leak. There is no possibility for electrocution as the woman was wearing slippers.'"

Note: Not buying the electrocution angle. The electric company there says that couldn't happen and they've never seen this before - I believe them. She didn't touch anything. Could the ground have been electrified? Sure, maybe, but A) she was wearing shoes and was insulated from the ground, and B) if that was the problem then the people who rushed to her aid would have gotten electrocuted and burned too, but they didn't. Sooooo...what does that leave? The one thing she did come into contact with was the atmosphere. So I suspect that something electrical in the area ignited the AIR ITSELF, a small pocket of it anyway, which then ignited her clothes and burned her to death. But the air isn't flammable, you say? It is if there's enough methane in it, and nobody would smell that because it's odorless. When the gas storage site in Aliso Canyon was belching methane into the atmosphere in California, the government halted all flights in that area because they were scared something electrical in planes or helicopters would ignite that gas. The only other possibility I can see in this case is that this woman's clothes had become unknowingly saturated with methane (again, it's odorless, so she'd never know) and static electricity from her clothes ignited the methane in her clothes, which ignited her clothes and burned her to death. She's not the first person to burst into flame and burn to death while walking down a street either, though she might be the first I've seen this happen to in India. Usually people burn to death in India when their cars burst into flame while they're driving.

Also, none of these events are 'spontaneous combustion' of PEOPLE. People are mostly water so it's hard to ignite our bodies. What's happening is spontaneous combustion of clothing and occasionally hair. But when your clothes are saturated with methane then the fire will burn very hot, hot enough to kill you. One guy who burst into flame on his morning walk in coastal London was burned so badly that his internal organs were burned. It was winter when he burst into flame and burned to death though, so he was undoubtedly wearing lots of thick winter clothing. Anyway, it's clothing that's the problem in these incidents...

2020-01-05 - Pile of clothes bursts into flame outside restaurant in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "According to fire crews on the scene, a pile of clothes somehow caught fire behind the El Chilaquil restaurant in the 1800 block of W. Commerce St."

2020-01-05 - Man's clothes ignite at 3:28 AM on Whitby Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Whitby Street, Hull. Sun 5 Jan 2020 03:28 (No: 000248) Male with clothing on fire, fire extinguished by neighbour using bucket of water prior to arrival of Fire Service. Fire Service provided first aid to male until arrival of paramedics. Electricity and gas to premises isolated by Fire Service personnel. Smoke detector fitted and activated. Incident left with Police and ambulance."

2020-01-05 - Wildfires continue raging across Australia, skies turn blood red over parts of southeast Australia:

Quote: "Skies turned blood red above parts of southeast Australia on Sunday as residents sought refuge from deadly bushfires, and a senior firefighter described the previous 24 hours as 'one of our worst days ever.' Photographs of Pambula, in the state of New South Wales, showed an eerie, smoke-filled landscape, with deserted streets illuminated by an otherworldly, blazing red sky."

2020-01-05 - Wildfire may have destroyed entire species on coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia):

Quote: "Heidi Groffen, an ecologist and coordinator for the nonprofit Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife, said the mouse-like marsupials [dunnarts] are too small to outrun wildfires and the population of around 300 may have been wiped out."

2020-01-05 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "Crews were on scene of a structure fire in the Florence area on Sunday. Firefighters were dispatched around 5:16 p.m. to the American Steel and Recycling Center off West Lucas Street near Florence, according to West Florence Fire Marshal Dwight Mobley."

2020-01-05 - Steel business hit by fire, building destroyed, in Portland (Pennsylvania), near the Delaware River:

Quote: "The fire broke out at the Portland Steel property in the 300 block of North Delaware Avenue around 7:30 p.m."

2020-01-05 - Waste facility damaged by fire in the Holmesburg area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-05 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2:30 AM near the island of Saint Croix (US Virgin Islands):

2020-01-05 - Tractor dealership destroyed by massive fire before 6:50 AM in Clinton (Missouri):

Quote: "Firefighters battled a fire Sunday morning destroying a business in Clinton, Mo. The fire ignited at Golden Valley Tractor on North Second Street. Crews closed Second Street from Rives Road to Hillcrest Drive to battle the large fire."

2020-01-05 - Man has seizure in car, revs engine, car bursts into flame, in Lexington Park (Maryland), less than a mile from the ocean:

Quote: "On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at approximately 1:20 p.m., firefighters and emergency medical services responded to the area of Hillside Drive and Poplar Ridge Road in Lexington Park, for the vehicle fire reported out, with one male having active seizures. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle in the roadway with smoke showing from the trunk, and an elderly male laying in the roadway having active seizures."

2020-01-05 - Fishing boat bursts into flame while docked at the Port of Los Angeles in coastal San Pedro (California), nobody aboard:

Note: This is the 8th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-05 - Passenger train generator car bursts into flame in Kanpur (India):

2020-01-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-64 near Versailles (Kentucky):

2020-01-05 - Seven semi tractors and trailer destroyed by fire while parked at transport business in Pasco (Washington):

Quote: "In total, officials say seven semi trucks were destroyed. Two tankers attached to them were threatened, but thankfully were not damaged. Firefighters say the damage is close to a $1 million loss."

2020-01-05 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on street in Jefferson City (Missouri):

Quote: "Cole County fire fighters responded Sunday evening to a semi truck on fire in Jefferson City. Crews were dispatched to Rainbow Hills Road and Westhaven Drive just before 6 p.m."

Note: These are the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-05 - RV bursts into flame while parked in wooded area, fire spreads to shed, near airport in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "On Twitter, fire officials wrote just before 11 a.m. the fire had completely engulfed a recreational vehicle (RV) before spreading to a nearby shed. The blaze was sparked in a wooded area between Hudson Street and Harold Court, according to Austin Fire Department officials."

Note: This is the 7th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-05 - Campervan bursts into flame in Halshanger Cross, Ashburton (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Van bursts into flame while parked at property on Tilley Green in Wem (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Van bursts into flame on the M40 near Wheatley (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Pickup truck bursts into flame in the wee hours on Rock Island Road in Lauderhill (Florida):

2020-01-05 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-87 near New Baltimore (New York):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Myrtle Avenue in Ansonia (Connecticut):

Quote: "Today’s vehicle fire is on Myrtle Avenue with the fire extending to the house next to the car."

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked near store on Smallwood Drive in Waldorf (Maryland):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame at 12:34 AM along Chestnut Street in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame at 4:15 AM while parked at auto shop, fire spreads to shop, in coastal Mountain View (California):

Quote: "A car that caught on fire at an auto repair shop in Mountain View early Sunday morning caused an estimated $300,000 in damage, according to the city’s Fire Department."

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame on the M50 near coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame on the A1 near Grantham (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame on Cherry Tree Drive in St Martins (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM on Habrough Court in South Killingholme (Britain):

Quote: "Habrough Court, South Killingholme. Sun 5 Jan 2020 02:30 (No: 000243) Car fire. Two hose reels and two BA in use."

2020-01-05 - Vehicle bursts into flame at Trask Parkway and William A. Campbell Road in Yemassee (South Carolina):

2020-01-05 - Vehicle bursts into flame on High Point Church Road in Conway (South Carolina):

2020-01-05 - Dune buggy bursts into flame during race near coastal Jeddah (Saudi Arabia):

Quote: "A racing buggy burst into flames just 65 kilometers into its first race as its driver and navigator managed to escape unscathed. The incident took place during Stage One of the Dakar 2020 rally between Jeddah and Al Wajh, Saudi Arabia, earlier today."

2020-01-05 - KCRA television station damaged by fire shortly after midnight in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "California emergency officials reported there were no injuries when an early morning fire at television station KCRA forced staff evacuations."

Note: First on the scene was KCRA News!

2020-01-05 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2020-01-05 - Dog grooming business and apartments destroyed by fire in Staunton (Illinois):

2020-01-05 - Grocery store and five homes go up in flames in coastal Queens (New York), 8 injured:

2020-01-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Fitzpatrick Run in Millstone (New Jersey):

2020-01-05 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on West Glenda Street in Valley Center (Kansas):

2020-01-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Fairlawn Drive in Rantoul (Illinois), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-01-05 - Firefighter's home destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in Fairfield (New York), nobody there:

2020-01-05 - Home destroyed by fire on Deer Run Road in Peculiar (Missouri), firefighter killed:

2020-01-05 - Home destroyed by fire on South 13th Avenue in Hopewell (Virginia), dog killed:

2020-01-05 - Home destroyed by basement fire on Benton Street in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2020-01-05 - Home destroyed by fire on Vermont Route 44A in Windsor (Vermont):

2020-01-05 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Cayuga Street in Fulton (New York), 860 feet from the Oswego River:

2020-01-05 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Santa Rosa (California), 1 injured:

2020-01-05 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on West Villa Maria Road in Bryan (Texas):

2020-01-05 - Apartment building destroyed by fire at Pebble Brook Apartments on Walworth Street in Genoa (Wisconsin):

2020-01-05 - Five-star Black Forest Hotel devastated by fire shortly after 3 AM in Baiersbronn (Germany):

2020-01-05 - Deadly fire burns home just before 2 AM on South 9th Avenue in Maywood (Illinois), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-05 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:30 AM on Post Office Hill Road in Granville (Vermont), 1 killed:

2020-01-05 - Deadly fire burns multi-family home in Fitchburg (Massachusetts), 2 killed:

2020-01-05 - Vacant home burns at 6:30 AM on Laurel Street in Buffalo (New York):

2020-01-05 - Hundreds of tons of fish suddenly die in fish farms in coastal Lampung (Indonesia):

2020-01-05 - Hundreds of fish wash ashore dead on the Society Islands (French Polynesia):

2020-01-05 - Many fish wash ashore dead in coastal Sao Francisco de Itabapoana (Brazil):

2020-01-05 - Man and woman found dead in bathtub at resort 1900 feet from the Demerara River in West Bank Demerara (Guyana):

Quote: "The management of Aracari Hotel and Resort at Versailles, West Bank Demerara discovered the bodies of a couple in a bathtub Sunday at about 18:00hrs. Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean, told the News Room that the couple who lived on the East Coast of Demerara, was both found dead in a bathtub in the room they rented at the hotel. 'Roughly about 18:00hrs we were informed that two bodies were found in a room at Aracari, a male and a female,' the Commander said. The bodies showed no sign of violence."

2020-01-05 - Man and woman drop dead at private school in Peshawar (Pakistan):

Quote: "According to officials of the Gulbahar police station, both the persons had died under mysterious circumstances. They said that as per the initial investigation, the dead man was owner of the private school while the woman was its principal. The police officials said that investigation had been initiated in the case while the cause of their death would be ascertained after the autopsy of the bodies. There was no sign of torture on their bodies, the officials said."

2020-01-05 - Six people die in water in two incidents in Madurai (India):

2020-01-05 - Man, 33, dies while snorkeling in coastal Kapalua Bay (Hawaii):

Quote: "According to a press release from the fire department, the man was snorkeling in 'calm' ocean conditions before he was found."

2020-01-05 - Police officer, man, has 'medical emergency' while driving, car lightly crashes, man dies, in Elgin (Illinois):

Quote: "The sheriff’s office said the man had a 'serious medical condition' and suffered a 'fatal medical emergency.'"

2020-01-05 - Man, 31, collapses at police station and dies in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

Quote: "A 31-year-old man was found dead in a Milford Police holding facility on Sunday morning, according to a press release."

2020-01-05 - Man has 'medical emergency' at mansion, dies shortly later, in Winter Park (Florida):

Quote: "Police said they were called to the home along Genius Drive near Henkel Court for a medical emergency. They said a man inside the home was taken to the hospital, where he later died."

2020-01-05 - Man, 57, found dead in submerged vehicle in pond along Pinto Lane near Enfield (North Carolina):

2020-01-05 - Man in his 50s found dead in Hell Canyon in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2020-01-05 - Woman, 60, drops dead along Determine Lane in Louisville (Kentucky):

2020-01-05 - Woman, 26, found dead in Lake Hamilton in Garland County (Arkansas):

2020-01-05 - Woman, 40, found dead near Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction (Colorado):

2020-01-05 - Person found dead in Maplewood Pond in Wichita Falls (Texas):

2020-01-05 - Person found dead near shopping center in Carmichael (California):

2020-01-05 - Man, 36, dies while swimming at coastal Kuta Beach on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2020-01-05 - Man, 58, dies while snorkeling off coastal Guana Island (British Virgin Islands):

2020-01-05 - Woman, 30, found dead on beach in coastal Dakhla (Morocco):

2020-01-05 - Boy, 9, dies in creek in Mandaluyong (Philippine Islands):

2020-01-05 - College student, man, 21, found dead in canal in Vilvoorde (Belgium):

2020-01-05 - Boy, 15, found dead in coastal Warrenpoint (Ireland):

2020-01-05 - Man, 57, found dead near Forres (Scotland):

2020-01-05 - Man in his 60s dies while cave diving in Lancaster Hole on Casterton Fell near Kirkby Lonsdale (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Man, 45, found dead in the River Thames in Datchet (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Man drops dead in carpark at medical center in Nottingham (Britain):

2020-01-05 - Woman, 73, has 'medical emergency', SUV slams into rock bluff, in St. Charles County (Missouri), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Troy woman was killed in a fatal crash in St. Charles County after she suffered a medical emergency while driving and her vehicle hit a rock bluff."

2020-01-05 - Small plane crashes at Cullman Regional Airport in Vinemont (Alabama), 2 killed:

2020-01-05 - Small plane crashes into woods in Rutherford County (North Carolina), 4 injured:

2020-01-05 - Tour bus, three tractor trailers and a car crash at 3:40 AM on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 5 killed, dozens injured:

Quote: "'That bus went up an embankment, rolled over and then was subsequently hit by two tractor-trailers,' Limani said. 'Another tractor-trailer came and collided with those two-tractor trailers.' Another passenger vehicle also hit the wreckage in what Limani described as a 'chain-reaction type crash.'"

Quote: "'I haven’t personally witnessed a crash of this magnitude in 20 years,' Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo told WTAE, calling it the worst accident in his decades-long tenure with the turnpike."

2020-01-05 - Tanker truck overturns on Route 118 in Eden (Vermont):

2020-01-05 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-77 near Sharon (West Virginia), 1 injured:

2020-01-05 - Minivan veers off road at 4 AM, crashes into mobile home, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 2 injured:

2020-01-05 - SUV overturns at 1 AM on Almaville Road in Smyrna (Tennessee), 2 injured:

2020-01-05 - SUV veers off road, crashes into guy wire and tree, near Tyler (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-01-05 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into auto shop, in Ferguson suburb of St. Louis (Missouri):

2020-01-05 - Car veers off road, crashes into utility pole, in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Tucson Police say the driver possibly had a medical episode and struck a power pole causing the lights at the intersection to go out."

2020-01-05 - Car veers off road at 3 AM, crashes into utility pole, on Sport Hill Road in Easton (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2020-01-05 - Shark attacks and kills man off Cull Island (Australia):

2020-01-05 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures 7 people on trail in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2020-01-05 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures 15 people in Hosahalli (India):

2020-01-05 - Rail station building partially collapses in Bardhaman (India), 1 killed, several injured:

2020-01-05 - Death toll rises to 60 from flooding in Jakarta (Indonesia), humanitarian crisis developing:

2020-01-05 - Millions of people in the Central US and Eastern US to experience record-challenging warmth this week:

2020-01-05 - California eyes climate bond to prepare for disasters:

2020-01-05 - The decade in which everything was great but felt terrible - in the 2010s, the US middle class shrank, longevity fell, a whole generation fell behind:

2020-01-05 - How the Pentagon was duped by contractors using shell companies:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone! Lots of weird stuff is happening now, in the sky, on the ground, in the ocean, inside and outside homes, and in vehicles on land water and in the air. Bizarre sounds, strange clouds, luminescent skies, water of all different colors, and strange lights.

    Here's one to start of today:
    Mysterious Wandering Ball Lightning Glowing Orb (Video)

    Look at this glowing orb crossing railway tracks… What the heck is that? [take a look @ this ~ 23 sec. video!]

    Tuesday, 7 January 2020
    The first major quake of the decade belongs to Indonesia! Appalling start to 2020 continues: Mag 6.2 - Sinabang, Indonesia strikes as torrential rain kills 60 with 200,000 in shelters

    Two countries have had an appalling start to 2020, one, of course, is Australia with its unprecedented bushfires and crippling heatwave, the other is Indonesia.

    Indonesia is suffering flooding, among the deadliest in years, causing chaos in parts of Southeast Asia’s biggest city and capital Jakarta. A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia as the death toll from torrential rain rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters. Full story This morning they suffered the first major quake of 2020 and the new decade. [more]

    Whole lotta' shakin goin on: A very powerful mag 6.6 reduced to a mag 6.5 by USGS rocks Puerto Rico after a mag 5.8 foreshock: Comes just hours after a powerful mag 6.2 struck Indonesia

    A very powerful shallow (shallow quakes are the most powerful) mag 6.6 reduced to a mag 6.5 by USGS has rocked Puerto Rico after a swarm of smaller quakes struck earlier today and yesterday along with a powerful magnitude 5.8 and just hours after a powerful shallow magnitude 6.2 struck Indonesia’s province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra. [more]

    Climate Science Discoveries of the Decade: New Risks Scientists Warned About in the 2010s

    A decade of ice, ocean and atmospheric studies found systems nearing dangerous tipping points. As the evidence mounted, countries worldwide began to see the risk. [more]

    Earth's Hottest Decade on Record Marked by Extreme Storms, Deadly Wildfires

    As global warming intensified, people and ecosystems felt the climate changing, from the hurricane-ravaged coasts to the fast-warming Arctic. [more]

    Oil Lobby Takes On Democrats’ Climate Plans: Campaign Update

    The oil industry’s top lobbying group on Tuesday is launching a campaign to counter attacks from 2020 Democratic hopefuls vowing to phase out fossil fuels.

    Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have called for banning fracking and curbing the use of fossil fuels as part of efforts to combat climate change. Other candidates have also outlined ambitious environmental plans.

    The American Petroleum Institute will air advertisements that highlight the industry’s role in paring greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change while encouraging a truce in heated political debates over energy. [more; yeah, a "truce" so they can keep doing what they're doing!]

    [2nd part below]

  2. Eat This, Meat Loaf: Greta Thunberg Serves Up Facts To Rocker's 'Brainwashed' Slam

    In a Daily Mail interview published Jan. 1, Meat Loaf, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, noted that he simply does not believe in climate change. Thunberg “has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change, and there isn’t,” said the 72-year-old singer. “She hasn’t done anything wrong, but she’s been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true.”

    Climate change activist Greta Thunberg responded Monday to American rocker Meat Loaf’s condescending suggestion last week that the Swedish teen has been brainwashed into believing there’s an environmental crisis.

    Thunberg, 17, declared that the issue of climate change comes down to “scientific facts” — not brainwashing.

    “It’s not about Meatloaf. It’s not about me. It’s not about what some people call me. It’s not about left or right,” she tweeted. “It’s all about scientific facts. And that we’re not aware of the situation.” [more]

    Mahathir Likens U.S. Killing of Iran General to Khashoggi Murder

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has drawn parallels between the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident and columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Both killings took place “across boundaries,” were in breach of laws and constituted immoral acts, Mahathir told a press conference in the administrative capital of Putrajaya Tuesday. “We are no longer safe now,” he said. “If anybody insults or says something that somebody doesn’t like it’s alright for that person from another country to send a drone and perhaps have a shot at me.” [more]

    Bushfires Reap What Australia’s Carbon Exports Have Sown

    Australia isn’t what the world thought it was.

    A country that markets itself on the basis of its wide-open blue skies, azure waters and huggable wildlife is suddenly presenting a different face: Tourists in holiday towns, huddled on beaches to get away from the impending fire front; cities choked by orange smoke and falling ash; kangaroos and koalas incinerated as they try to flee paddocks and woodlands.

    If there was any doubt that this antipodean paradise is being lost, even the town of Eden was evacuated this week with the approach of an inferno reminiscent of the fires of hell. [more]

    [the candidates for U.S. president are revealing themselves]
    Elizabeth Warren's Support For Trump Trade Deal Chafes Climate Allies

    Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is facing criticism from climate advocates over her decision to back President Donald Trump’s updated deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

    While lamenting that “we really need trade negotiations going forward that make sure anyone who wants access to our markets is actually helping us in the fight against climate change,” the Massachusetts senator said Friday that she will vote for the latest version of the agreement dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

    She had previously panned an earlier version of Trump’s deal as “NAFTA 2.0” and vowed to oppose it in the Senate, saying it “won’t stop the serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers.”

    The announcement marked a split with Warren’s main progressive rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who said he opposed the deal during last month’s televised primary debate. (Sanders did grant that Trump’s pending deal was “a modest improvement over what we have right now.”) [more]

    [3rd part follows]

  3. [collateral damage]
    Death Toll Rises in Stampede at Soleimani’s Funeral: Iran Update

    At least 40 people died and 213 were injured in a stampede at the funeral for Qassem Soleimani, the influential Iranian commander killed in a U.S. drone strike last week, state TV reported. The burial in Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman in southeastern Iran was postponed indefinitely. [more]

    Pesticide in pet shampoo, lice treatment and mosquito repellent 'raises the risk of an early death by 56%'

    Exposure to a pesticide found in pet shampoos, lice treatments and mosquito repellents may lead to an early death, research suggests.

    Scientists from the University of Iowa looked at the health impact of a controversial class of insecticides called pyrethroids.

    In a study of more than 2,000 people, the team found those with markers of the pesticides in their urine were 56% more likely to die over the next 13-to-16 years.

    Their risk of dying from a heart-related cause specifically was three times higher, the results show. [more]

    [trouble in the oil patch]
    Creditors of Bankrupt Oil Driller Allege Fraud, Want CEO Out

    A group of MTE Holdings creditors want its Chief Executive Officer -- real estate developer Mark Siffin -- replaced by a court-appointed official amid accusations of fraud and mismanagement at the bankrupt oil driller.

    Three stakeholders in the Chapter 11 case -- Natixis SA, Riverstone Credit Management LLC and a group of drilling service providers -- have asked Judge Christopher Sontchi to appoint a trustee to replace Siffin during bankruptcy.

    Lawyers for Natixis criticized MTE’s operating subsidiary, MDC Energy LLC, in court papers for “a near complete lack of transparency” and “gross mismanagement,” while Riverstone alleged MTE leadership has “exhibited fraud, dishonesty, and incompetence.” [more; nooo .. really?]

    Turkey’s Energy Agenda Puts The Entire Region At Risk

    The East Mediterranean has become a highly contested region due to the discovery of major hydrocarbon reserves which has triggered a scramble for energy wealth. According to the United States Geological Survey, the Levant basin contains 3.6 trillion cubic meters and the Nile delta basin 6.3 trillion cubic meters of gas. [more; leave it there!]

    [in WWIII news]
    All the U.S. Military Hardware Headed to the Middle East

    The death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has brought threats of retaliation against U.S. forces and interests in the region.

    In response, the Pentagon is pouring forces into the region, including air, ground, and sea forces.

    The deployments include Army Rangers, an elite infantry unit, and a battalion of U.S. Marines. [more]

    [last part next]

  4. Sacha Baron Cohen Burns Mark Zuckerberg At Golden Globes For Spreading 'Nazi Propaganda'

    British stealth comedian Sacha Baron Cohen delivered the biggest burn of the Golden Globes when he called out Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday.

    “The hero of this next movie is a naive, misguided child who spreads nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends. His name is Mark Zuckerberg. Sorry this is an old intro for Social Network” [more]

    [better watch out for a drone strike]
    Britain, France, Germany meet in Brussels for crisis Iran talks

    The British, French and German foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday to hold urgent talks over Iran as they prepare their reaction after Tehran's decision to scrap the nuclear enrichment limits under a 2015 accord. [more]

    Military Contractors Raytheon, Lockheed Martin See Stock Prices Soar Amid Iran Crisis

    War. Motown singer Edwin Starr claimed it was nothing but a heartbreaker and good news only for the undertaker. But another group rubbing their hands at increased tensions with Iran are military contractors, who saw their stock prices soar at the increased chance of conflict.

    Lockheed Martin, famous for its fighter planes, helicopters and missiles, saw its stock price spike to over $416, a jump of seven percent almost overnight. Other defense corporations like Raytheon and General Dynamics saw similar increases in their companies’ value. Meanwhile, Northrop Grumman saw a nine percent rise in its share price, as the stock market rushed to buy a piece of a highly profitable company. [more]

    Chaos over U.S. troops in Iraq as Pentagon insists they WON'T withdraw despite general leading anti-ISIS coalition saying they'll move 'out of Iraq' in draft letter released by mistake amid anger over attack that killed Qassem Soleimani

    [corporate world news]
    The Humble Office ID Badge Is About to Be Unrecognizable

    Plastic cards may soon give way to biometric systems, microchip implants, gait recognition and other technologies that aim to improve security, generate health data and monitor workers. [more]

    Meteorologist explains the weather that is driving the bushfires in Australia

    Rob Carlmark, a meteorologist at Sacramento TV station ABC10, explains the weather that has created the current unprecedented bushfire situation in Australia.[218 sec. video]

  5. So Paradise burned down in California and now fire has evacuated Eden in Australia. Shangri-La, wherever you are, you better start worrying!

  6. i couldn't have said it better, Jonny.

    In an act of cowardice, Soleimani assassination puts US-Israeli fear of Iran on full display

    In what can only be described as one in a long series of reckless, thoughtless and short-sighted acts that serve only the narrowest interests, the Trump administration assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. This assassination, which was an act of cowardice, one may safely assume was concocted by Benjamin Netanyahu, another corrupt, reckless coward who is fighting for his political life. This, like the rest of the Trump administration's Mideast and Iran policy, had to have been prescribed by the Prime Minister of Israel.

    Both Israel and the United States are terrified of an all-out war with Iran. Neither country has faced a well-organized, well-armed, well-trained and motivated military force in many decades. There can be no doubt that the military leaders of both countries know this and appreciate that a war with Iran will be tantamount to suicide.

    While both the US and the Israeli armies are well equipped and the hardware at their disposal includes vast quantities of the most cutting edge weapons on earth, both are large and cumbersome, and while they can bomb and destroy almost any country from the air and sea, neither has fought a long ground war and neither is capable of sustaining such a war. In addition, neither the Israeli soldiers or US forces can possibly be expected to be as motivated as the Iranian military would be in the event of an attack. [more]

    [We haven't really won a war since Grenada! Viet Nam - our veterans who can, are leaving the U.S. to live there - better quality of life! Iraq - we're still there, as with all the other places we have troops deployed, so that's not a WIN - we haven't convinced anyone to join 'our side' in the ME.]

    China won't hike grain import quotas for U.S. trade deal: Caixin

    China will not increase its annual low-tariff import quotas for corn, wheat and rice to accommodate stepped-up purchases of farm goods from the United States, senior agriculture official Han Jun said on Tuesday, according to local media group Caixin.

    The move could make it harder for Beijing to meet import commitments in a Phase 1 trade deal due to be signed next week. U.S. President Donald Trump said last month the agreement would likely double China's $24 billion in pre-trade war purchases to $40-$50 billion annually.

    China has not confirmed the amount. [more]

    Financial N-option? Trump's oil war of 'divide and rule' may be over

    On foreign soil, as a guest nation, US has assassinated a diplomatic envoy whose mission the US had requested. The bombshell facts were delivered by caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, during an extraordinary, historic parliamentary session in Baghdad on Sunday.

    Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani had flown into Baghdad on a normal carrier flight, carrying a diplomatic passport. He had been sent by Tehran to deliver, in person, a reply to a message from Riyadh on de-escalation across the Middle East. Those negotiations had been requested by the Trump administration.

    So Baghdad was officially mediating between Tehran and Riyadh, at the behest of Trump. And Soleimani was a messenger. Adil Abdul-Mahdi was supposed to meet Soleimani at 8:30 am, Baghdad time, last Friday. But a few hours before the appointed time, Soleimani died as the object of a targeted assassination at Baghdad airport. [more; that's seriously an act of war]

    [more follows]

  7. [oh, and Iran's ally RUSSIA isn't sitting still]
    Putin makes surprise visit to Syria, discusses security situation with Assad

    During their meeting, Putin told Assad that "the signs of peaceful life are visible to the naked eye on the streets of Damascus," Peskov said.

    He also pointed out that it can now safely be said that "a huge distance has been passed on the way to restoring Syria's statehood and territorial integrity." [more]

    SOFIA Telescope captures detailed images of the center of the Milky Way

    Among the features coming into focus are the jutting curves of the Arches Cluster containing the densest concentration of stars in our galaxy, as well as the Quintuplet Cluster with stars a million times brighter than our Sun. Our galaxy's black hole takes shape with a glimpse of the fiery-looking ring of gas surrounding it. [more]

    [from our Nyaah-aaaaaah! dept.]
    Jupiter not a shield but is flinging comets toward Earth says new research

    Some astronomers believe that Jupiter, instead of protecting Earth from dangerous comets and asteroids, is actively flinging objects into the inner solar system. New research now demonstrates this complex process in action. [more]

    [Let's declare war on Jupiter!]

    "Our simulations show that Jupiter is just as likely to send comets at Earth as deflect them away, and we've seen that in the real solar system."

    To be clear, this was a very good thing when the Earth was young, as comets and asteroids delivered the essential ingredients required for life. Today, however, these impacts are most certainly not good, as they could trigger mass extinctions similar to the one that extinguished non-avian dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. [more]

    [last part next]

  8. 6.0-magnitude quake hits 131km ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

    Storms, floods and heavy snowfall strike across Turkey, 2 dead

    A mix of storms, strong winds, rain and snow took its toll on daily life from the western to the southern regions. In the Mediterranean province of Mersin, two people were killed in floods and landslides. [more]

    Weird 'electrical surge' detected running through ground in northern Norway - Auroras follow [more; another example of my 1st comment]

    Yesterday, Jan. 6th, something unexpected happened in the soil of northern Norway. "Electrical currents started flowing," reports Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. This chart recording shows the sudden surge around 1930 UT [see chart]

    "It seemed to be some kind of shockwave," says Stammes. "My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents and our local magnetic field. It really was a surprise."

    NASA's ACE spacecraft detected something as well. About 15 minutes before the disturbance in Norway, the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth abruptly swung around 180 degrees, and the solar wind density jumped more than 5-fold. Earth may have crossed through a fold in the heliospheric current sheet--a giant, wavy membrane of electrical current rippling through the solar system. Such crossings can cause these kind of effects.

    While currents flowed through the ground, auroras filled the sky. [more]

    [some local good news!]
    Bee population recovering due to regenerative farming, producers say

    Elmy says the mixture of different crops, which bloom at different times and grow at different rates, replenishes the nutrients and bacteria necessary for the soil to be fertile. And he says that the flowers have encouraged the bees to repopulate.

    "Ultimately, to move into the 21st century, to be able to cope with the big challenges we have we need a healthier soil base," he said, referring to soil depletion and sustainability.

    "All of these practices can be implemented whether you're in Texas or Saskatchewan." [more; Be Loyal To The Soil]

    Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

    [great, but probably too late]

    Big Pharma empire behind opioid epidemic now profiting from overdose cure

    [of course!]