Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-06


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

2020-01-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits police station in Alamo (Texas):

Quote: "The Fire Department, Hazmat and CPS Energy crews investigated the smell, which was compared to raw sewage, rotten eggs, and burning hair. Employees evacuated the building while crews tested the smell and tried to identify it. The fire crew said there was no sign of a gas leak, carbon monoxide, or any other dangerous gas. They helped ventilate the building, but never found the source of the smell."

2020-01-06 - SUV goes up in flames and kills person on I-75 in Weston (Florida):

Quote: "A car fire left one person dead along Interstate 75 in Weston. The burning vehicle was found 'completely engulfed' in flames on the right shoulder of the interstate’s southbound lanes near Royal Palm Boulevard just before Monday morning’s rush hour was set to begin, according to the Florida Highway Patrol."

2020-01-06 - Scrap metal fire breaks out at auto salvage yard in Otay Mesa (California):

2020-01-06 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Stanton (California):

2020-01-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in San Luis Obispo (California):

Note: A 29-year-old woman just dropped dead before 6 AM on a sidewalk in San Luis Obispo too, mentioned in the 2020-01-04 update...

2020-01-06 - Maps comparing size of Australian wildfires to the US and Europe go viral:

2020-01-06 - Wildfire smoke from Australia blows across the ocean and hits South America 7,500 miles away:

2020-01-06 - Earth's hottest decade on record marked by extreme storms and deadly wildfires:

2020-01-06 - The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in everyday weather, study finds:

2020-01-06 - SOTT Earth changes summary for December 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2020-01-06 - Home explodes and burns on County Road 35460 in Chicota (Texas), 2 injured:

Note: This is the 2nd residential explosion in 2019...

2020-01-06 - Yacht 'Verita' bursts into flame, burns and sinks, in the Maldive Islands:

Quote: "Maldives National Defense Force's firefighters at the location of an Australian yacht that caught fire in the Maldives on January 6, 2020. The yacht eventually sank after sustaining damage from the fire."

Note: This is the 9th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-06 - Transit bus bursts into flame at 6:23 AM in Newtown Square (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-06 - Passenger bus bursts into flame in coastal Kadiköy, Istanbul (Turkey):

2020-01-06 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at shop on Port Road in coastal Visakhapatnam (India):

2020-01-06 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Hagen (Germany):

2020-01-06 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on Road Four in Winsford (Britain):

Note: These are the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-01-06 - Car-hauler bursts into flame at 6:15 AM on the New Jersey Turnpike in Bordentown (New Jersey):

Quote: "A car carrier truck loaded with vehicles caught fire Monday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike in Burlington County, causing lane closures as firefighters battled the blaze, authorities said."

Note: This is the 1st car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-79 near Bridgeport (West Virginia):

2020-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly before 4 AM on Route 11 in Canfield (Ohio):

2020-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway near Wardner (Canada):

Note: These are the 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-06 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Lannimore Close in Lincoln (Britain):

2020-01-06 - Several trucks and cars destroyed by fire at business on Derby Road in Heanor (Britain):

Quote: "'This incident is fire involving several lorries and cars. Firefighters are using water from five main jets and wearing breathing apparatus. We will be detained here some considerable time dealing with this incident.' Firefighters said they left the scene at around 12.30am."

2020-01-06 - RV bursts into flame while parked at Walmart in Yakima (Washington), 2 dogs killed:

Note: This is the 8th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-06 - Campervan bursts into flame at 5:08 AM on Sands Lane in coastal Bempton (Britain):

Quote: "Sands Lane, Bempton. Mon 6 Jan 2020 05:08 (No: 000316) Campervan severely damaged by fire. 1 hose reel and 1 BA."

2020-01-06 - Van bursts into flame while parked at apartments in coastal Federal Way (Washington):

2020-01-06 - Pickup truck and garage burst into flame just before 7 AM at home on Oakridfe Drive in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Crews were dispatched to a truck fire in the 4000 block of Oakridge Drive in Dayton just before 7 am Monday. While fighting the truck fire outside, firefighters noticed another fire in the garage."

2020-01-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station in Greenburgh (New York):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Gaithersburg (Maryland):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame inside garage at home, fire spreads, 3 more cars and garage destroyed too, in Roanoke County (Virginia):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame inside garage at home, fire damages home, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A fire damaged a Westside house Monday afternoon after the homeowner said his Corvette ignited inside the garage."

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM at Centrepark Plaza off Australian Avenue in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2020-01-06 - Car burst into flame on I-10 in Bermuda Dunes (California):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on South Road in coastal Taranaki (New Zealand):

2020-01-16 - Car bursts into flame at 12:59 AM on Marldon Close in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame at 11:18 PM on Cross Lanes in St Martins (Britain):

2020-01-06 - Car bursts into flame on Hobart Close in High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Monday 6 January, 7.40am Car fire, Hobart Close, High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus."

2020-01-06 - Several vehicles and RV trailer destroyed by fire shortly before 3 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, in Concord Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A fire destroyed several vehicles and damaged a home in Concord Township, Delaware County, early Monday. The fire started before 3 a.m. outside the home along Summit Avenue. A camper and several vehicles went up in flames at the home, the township's fire chief told NBC10. The intense flames spread to the garage of the home as well."

2020-01-06 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Don Holt Bridge over the Cooper River in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-01-06 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Knightscourt in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Knightscourt, Hull. Mon 6 Jan 2020 18:17 (No: 000372) Motorbike severely burnt out by fire. One hose reel in use. Heat damage caused to street lighting, Council informed."

2020-01-06 - RV trailer bursts into flame on SW Interstate Avenue in Chehalis (Washington):

2020-01-06 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire at 6:28 AM on Bull Lane in Edmonton (Britain):

2020-01-06 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on street in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2020-01-06 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire at 3:01 AM on North Reservoir Road in Polson (Montana), 300 feet from Pablo Reservoir:

2020-01-06 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours in coastal Essex (Connecticut):

2020-01-06 - Home damaged by fire at 1:30 AM on 205th Street West in Lakeville (Minnesota):

2020-01-06 - Home damaged by fire shortly after 1 AM on South Quincy Street in Green Bay (Wisconsin):

2020-01-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Bay Avenue in coastal Highland Beach (Maryland), nobody there:

2020-01-06 - Home destroyed by fire on Jordan Rae Lane in Charlotte (North Carolina), several pets killed, nobody there:

2020-01-06 - Home destroyed by fire shortly before 5 AM on South Elmview Avenue in Springfield (Missouri):

2020-01-06 - Home destroyed by fire shortly before 3:30 AM on Antler Drive in Spring Lake (North Carolina):

2020-01-06 - Mansion destroyed by fire on Murfield Way in coastal Oldsmar (Florida):

2020-01-06 - Multi-family home destroyed by fire at Albion Street and Main Street in Holley (New York):

2020-01-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire shortly before 1:30 AM on Donald Ross Drive in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2020-01-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Maplewood Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-01-06 - Apartment building destroyed by fire on Fairways Drive in Vicksburg (Mississippi):

2020-01-06 - Hotel damaged by fire on Bangor Mall Boulevard in Bangor (Maine):

2020-01-06 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on West Valley Highway in coastal Kent (Washington), 2 killed:

2020-01-06 - Deadly fire destroys two mobile homes at 1:30 AM on Reihs Drive in Guthrie (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2020-01-06 - Deadly fire burns home on Westchester Trail in Chesterland (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-01-06 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:45 AM in Ogden (Utah), 1 killed:

2020-01-06 - Deadly fire burns home in the Holme Circle area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2020-01-06 - Vacant building burns in Desert Hot Springs (California):

2020-01-06 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM on Oak Knoll Road in Atlanta (Georgia):

2020-01-06 - At least 25 sea turtles die in coastal Bengkulu (Indonesia):

2020-01-06 - Thousands of fish die in canal in Nardo (Italy):

2020-01-06 - Man, 30, found dead in swimming pool at villa in coastal Ungasan on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

Quote: "French tourist found dead was found dead in the pool of a villa in Ungasan, Bali. The 30 years old Adrien Matthieu dead during his swim on Monday (6/1) at 11.00 AM. His body was found floating by his friend Viktor Van Der Valk from the Netherlands."

2020-01-06 - Man, 49, drops dead near his home in Columbia (South Carolina):

2020-01-06 - Man, 72, found dead in the water at marina in coastal Annapolis (Maryland):

2020-01-06 - Woman slumps over dead in car at grocery store in Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

2020-01-06 - Principal, man, 52, has 'medical issue' and dies in Bristow (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Brian Burden, the principal at Bristow Middle School, died suddenly Monday morning at age 52. The cause of his death has not been determined, though it is believed to be an unexpected medical issue."

2020-01-06 - Man, 27, billionaire's son, found dead at home in Beverly Hills (California):

2020-01-06 - Woman, 52, found dead near Maples Street in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2020-01-06 - Man, 39, drops dead near creek in Rochester (Minnesota):

Quote: "His body was located near a creek."

2020-01-06 - Woman found dead near church in Lawton (Oklahoma):

2020-01-06 - Man, 44, drops dead beneath bridge in Hopkinsville (Kentucky):

2020-01-06 - Person found dead in the Ship Canal in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2020-01-06 - Woman found dead along the banks of the Missouri River near the Downs Marina Peninsula in Pierre (South Dakota):

2020-01-06 - Man in his 20s found dead near South Park Road in Okolona (Kentucky):

2020-01-06 - Boy, 10, dies after being pulled from temple pond in Mangaluru (India):

2020-01-06 - Man in his 30s found dead in pond in Oshakati (Namibia):

2020-01-06 - Person found dead on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland):

2020-01-06 - Man, 47, has 'medical incident', minivan crashes into home, in Lansford (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Investigators also believe the driver had a medical incident prior to the crash."

2020-01-06 - Small plane crashes into woods near Newborn (Georgia):

2020-01-06 - Small plane crash-lands near I-64 in Montgomery County (Kentucky), engine failure:

2020-01-06 - Passenger bus crashes off road near Madulsima on the island of Sri Lanka, 6 killed, 30+ injured:

2020-01-06 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-285 in Atlanta (Georgia):

2020-01-06 - Tractor trailer overturns just after 2 AM on Highway 145 in Guntown (Mississippi):

2020-01-06 - SUV veers off road, crashes into embankment, overturns and hits fence, near Hot Springs (Arkansas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-06 - Car veers off road, overturns, bursts into flame, in Greene (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "New York State Police said a vehicle was traveling north on state Route 12 just before 10 a.m. when it inexplicably crossed into the southbound lane. The vehicle proceeded to travel off the roadway where it rolled onto its roof, then caught fire. Investigators have not determined why the vehicle crossed the southbound lane or went off the roadway."

2020-01-06 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Mountlake Terrace (Washington), 1 killed:

Quote: "The incident unfolded near 44th Avenue W and 220th Street SW at around 7:45 a.m., when a vehicle veered off the roadway, sheared off a power pole, plowed through a fence and slammed into the house, said Leslie Hynes of South Snohomish Fire & Rescue. Flames broke out, gutting the vehicle and spreading to the home. Police and fire crews responded and found the driver dead inside the burning vehicle."

2020-01-06 - Five-story building partially collapses in coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), 8+ injured:

2020-01-06 - Building under construction collapses on Liverpool Street in Benoni (South Africa), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-01-06 - Building under construction collapses in Wuhan (China), 6 killed, 5 injured:

2020-01-06 - Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Puerto Rico:

2020-01-06 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Israel, a fifth of yearly rainfall in 2 hours:

2020-01-06 - Tropical Cyclone Blake forms off northwestern Australia:

2020-01-06 - Sub-alpine savannas replace forests in the Victorian Alps as global warming drives fire frequency:

2020-01-06 - Big Pharma empire behind opioid epidemic now profiting from overdose cure:

2020-01-06 - Alcohol killing more people than the opioid epidemic:

2020-01-06 - SOFIA Telescope captures detailed images of the center of the Milky Way:

2020-01-06 - Samsung's NEON revealed, leaked trailer shows software-generated people that look perfectly human:


  1. This year is beginning with a bang, Jonny. We have the threat of nuclear war (by us and maybe Israel on Iran, but who knows how it will escalate), a continent on fire (with large fires on others), and so far 5 days in a row of JJFH events in Hull, U.K.!

    Blake hits Western Australia, new tropical system forming near Northern Territory expected to make landfall between Maningrida and Croker Island

    Tropical Cyclone "Blake" made landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia on January 7, 2020 with winds up to 85 km/h (53 mph) and heavy rain. Blake is the first named storm of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Meanwhile, another tropical cyclone is brewing near the coast of Northern Territory. It is forecast to approach and most likely cross the north coast early on Friday between Maningrida and Croker Island, then continue towards the Darwin area or the Tiwi Islands while gradually weakening. [more]

    Wednesday, 8 January 2020
    Shishaldin Volcano Alaska's colossus shot a cloud of ash more than 5 miles high for the second time this week and raining volcanic particles onto a nearby community

    An Alaska volcano shot an ash cloud about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Tuesday, prompting flight delays and cancellations and raining volcanic particles onto at least one nearby community, officials said. It is the volcanoes second eruption this week. Last Friday Alaska's colossus shot a cloud of ash more than 5 miles high. Shishaldin Volcano is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, a towering ice-covered cone in the Aleutian Islands. [more]

    Aussie Bushfire Update No 21: Rain!: 10,000 camels to be slaughtered: Almost 10 million hectares consumed: Arson isn't climate change: Revised animal death toll now at one billion

    The revised animal death toll now at one billion with 8 hundred million in New South Wales (1News)

    Professional shooters will hunt 10,000 feral camels from helicopters in drought-ravaged South Australia because the animals drink too much water. [oh, real smart, let's ADD to the billion animals killed, that'll help! Don't shut down your coal operations that use WAY more water . .]

    Almost 10 million hectares consumed.

    The Australia bush fires are generating vast areas of violent weather [more]

    Cyclone Blake Brings Heavy Rain to Broome in Western Australia

    More than 140 millimetres of rain fell in less than 24 hours as Tropical Cyclone Blake brought a deluge to Broome in Western Australia on January 6. [more]

    A mega-swarm of Biblical proportion: Yesterday's mag 6.5 in Puerto Rico was only 1 of 4,000 quakes in the area since January 2019 and almost 1,000 since Dec 28th

    More than a hundred aftershocks have been recorded by USGS along the Southcoast of Puerto Rico since yesterday's powerfull mag 6.5 quake [more]

    [Boeing - the "can't do anything right" company]
    NASA, Boeing probe software glitch that stopped astronaut capsule from reaching space station

    NASA is opening an independent investigation with Boeing over a software glitch that prevented its unmanned astronaut capsule from reaching the International Space Station in December, the agency said on Tuesday. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. The sad truth about our boldest climate target – Limiting global warming to 1.5˚C is almost certainly not going to happen. Admitting this need not end hope.

    No graphic I’ve ever seen better captures humanity’s climate situation. If we had peaked and begun steadily reducing emissions 20 years ago, the necessary pace of reductions would have been around 3 percent a year, which is … well, “realistic” is too strong — it still would have required rapid, coordinated action of a kind never seen before in human history — but it was at least possible to envision.

    We didn’t, though. We knew about climate change, there were scientists yelling themselves blue in the face, but we didn’tturn the wheel. Global emissions have only risen since then. Humanity has put more CO2 in the atmosphere since 1988, when climate scientist James Hansen first testified to Congress about the danger of climate change, than it did in all of history prior. [more; and now "we're FUCKED!"]

    Damage bill soars as Australian firefighters prepare for more scorching conditions

    The Insurance Council of Australia said the estimated damage bill had doubled in two days, with insurance claims reaching $700 million ($485 million).

    In New South Wales (NSW), 130 fires were still burning on Tuesday, around 50 of which were uncontrolled. [more]

    [America: winning hearts and minds]
    France and EU ready to respond to US threat of new tariffs

    France has warned it will retaliate with the full backing of the European Union if the United States imposes tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French products, including Champagne, Roquefort cheese, handbags, and lipstick.

    The U.S. is considering 100% tariffs on some French goods in response to France's decision to tax the local digital business of major tech companies like Google and Facebook. With a decision on the tariffs expected in coming days, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire met Tuesday with EU trade chief Phil Hogan in Paris.

    “We believe that the American project of sanctions against the French digital tax is unfriendly, inappropriate and illegitimate," Le Maire said.

    If U.S. tariffs were to be imposed, “we would bring the case to the World Trade Organization and we would be ready to react," Le Maire said. [more]

    Trump Administration Quietly Goes After Disability Benefits

    [just don't tax the mega-rich!]

    Some Americans could lose Social Security Disability Insurance benefits under a recent Trump administration proposal ― a change that could affect thousands of people but that has received little attention since it was first floated in November.

    Under the proposed change, the government would look more closely at whether certain disability insurance recipients still qualify as “disabled” after they’ve already been awarded those benefits. While recipients already have to demonstrate their continuing disability every few years, the proposal would ramp up the examinations, potentially running still-eligible beneficiaries out of the program. [more]

    [last part below]

  3. [news about mercenary piece of shit Guaido]
    Guaido Bursts In to Reclaim Venezuela’s National Assembly

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday reclaimed the National Assembly that he heads, pushing past armed guards two days after President Nicolas Maduro’s loyalists blocked him from attending his own re-election. [more]

    Stowaway found dead at Paris airport after Ivory Coast flight: airline

    The body of a stowaway has been found in the landing gear of an aircraft that landed in Paris after a flight from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, carrier Air France said on Wednesday.
    [more; no details]

    No U.S. Casualties in Iranian Strike on Iraq Base: Iran Update

    (Bloomberg) -- Iran on Wednesday fired missiles at airbases jointly used by the U.S. and Iraq in retaliation for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, roiling financial markets and disrupting air traffic but causing no casualties. [more]

    Wednesday, 8 January 2020
    A second wave of missile attacks
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-second-wave-of-missile-attacks.html [updates from Hal Turner]

    A second series of rockets have been launched toward US targets in Iraq, shortly after dozens of missiles struck US military facilities in the area earlier this morning, according to Iranian media reports.

    Reports coming in now say between 70 and 123 US Troops have been KILLED so far. [more]

    Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran's capital, killing 176

    A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board.

    Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical issue brought down the 3½-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ukrainian officials initially agreed, but later backed away and declined to offer a cause while the investigation is ongoing. [more; incl. ~ 2.25 min. news report]

    Another major US dairy, Borden, seeks bankruptcy protection

    The U.S. dairy industry, the largest in the world, is under severe pressure as the consumption habits of Americans shift.

    Borden Dairy Co. filed for bankruptcy protection, the second major U.S. dairy to do so in as many months. Borden produces nearly 500 million gallons of milk each year for groceries, schools and others. It employs 3,300 people and runs 12 plants across the U.S. [more]

  4. [some headlines from Rice Farmer]

    News Links, January 8, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    The Concept of a U.S Dollar Collapse Goes Mainstream

    Hallmark cutting about 400 jobs, mostly in Missouri

    Pier 1 cuts staff and weighs bankruptcy plan; stock plunges

    SunPower to Cut 3% of Global Workforce

    Macy's is reportedly closing more than a dozen stores. Is your location on the list?

    America Escalates Its "Democratic" Oil War in the Near East (Michael Hudson)

    US eyes sanctions over growing Russian support for Venezuela

    Israeli minister says too early to say if Iran on path toward nuclear weapon
    What irony! Here's the dude with the huge nuclear arsenal talking. -- RF

    Sanctions threat against Iraq 'not very helpful', German minister says

    Iraq could become 'very dangerous' as US-Iran tensions ramp up, says former ambassador

    Pompeo: US May Attack More Iranian Leaders

    Trump Repeats Threat to Commit War Crimes

    Iran's New Top Military Commander Vows To "Remove America From The Region" As Vengeance For Soleimani

    Iran, energy and war

    Thousands of Marines with 26th MEU end exercise, head to Mediterranean Sea amid rising Middle East tensions

    Russia Proposes To Secure Iraqi Airspace With S-400 Air Defense

    Global 5G Protest Day

    Extinction Rebellion protesters occupy Shell gas rig to stop it heading out to North Sea

    Massive Strikes In France Block Exxon Oil Refinery

    Anti-War Conservatives Join Protests Against Trump's Iran Confrontation

    Trump's Soleimani Assassination: It's All about the Oil

    U.S. Shale Struggles To Ride Out The Storm

    Droughts, floods hinder U.S. wheat production

    Closing coal plants saves lives, boosts crop yields

    Trump to Exclude Climate Crisis Impacts From Infrastructure Planning

    India suffers hottest decade on record

    66 Dead After Rapidly-Sinking Jakarta Pummeled By Worst Monsoons This Century

    War With Iran (Chris Hedges)

    Soleimani Was in Baghdad on Mission for Saudi Peace

    Iranian Revenge Will Be a Dish Best Served Cold (Scott Ritter)

    The Axis Of Resistance Announces The Project That Will Avenge Qassem Soleimani (MoA)

    Fake Noose? '60 Minutes' Shreds Epstein Suicide Theory
    Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani (Craig Murray)

    Pompeo tiptoes away from talk of 'imminent' attack planned by Iran's Soleimani

    Financial N-option will settle Trump's oil war (Pepe Escobar)
    On foreign soil, as a guest nation, US has assassinated a diplomatic envoy whose mission the US had requested

    Blowback From The Soleimani Assassination Increases As Iraq Reveals How Trump Tried To Steal Its Oil

    Pompeo's Falsehood-Laden Briefing Echoed Uncritically by Media Outlets

    Chinese Paddlefish Extinct, Scientists Say

    Pier 1 to close nearly half its stores as losses widen and bankruptcy rumors persist

    US firms and consumers, not China, paying for Trump's tariffs

    2019 was one of the decade's worst years for job cuts in the US

    Trump handed big business a massive tax cut, and all he got in return was embarrassment
    The undisputed winners here are big corporations. After the cut passed, the number of companies paying zero in taxes has roughly doubled, according to research from the Center for Public Integrity.
    It's called the art of the deal. -- RF

    US New Car & Truck Sales in 2019 Fell Below Year 2000 Level, 3rd Year in a Row Below 2016 Peak

    Corporate Social Responsibility Is a Scam

    A lasting US-Iran conflict would cause 'broad economic, financial shock,' Moody's says

    Out-of-pocket childbirth costs in U.S. jump by 50 percent

    Another Stupid War

  5. Rooftop cameras capture another meteor fireball over Madison, Wisconsin

    Major quake strikes near Iranian nuclear power plant on crucial day

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck 10km southeast of Borazjan in Iran with a magnitude of 4.9. [6 is the threshold for "major" category]

    Lightning bolt kills 1 person, 20 cattle in Zimbabwe

    One person was killed while several homesteads were gutted by fire when a "mysterious" bolt of lightning struck a village under Chief Njelele in Gokwe South last Tuesday evening.

    At least 20 head of cattle belonging to three families were killed in the incident that witnesses said occurred at about 6 pm.

    "It was just hot and some dark clouds gathered and the next thing, lightning struck and killed a woman. There were also about 20 beasts which were killed," said Chief Njelele.

    He said the lightning bolt left many with questions.

    "Insignificant showers fell soon after the lightning strike but everyone was left shell-shocked. I have visited the affected people and everyone was still in shock," he said.

    One of the affected villagers, Mr Timothy Mlambo said he was inside his kitchen hut when it suddenly caught fire.

    "There was a huge bang and the next thing I realised that my hut was on fire. When I dashed out, I discovered that three or four houses belonging to my neighbours were also on fire but it was not even raining," he said. [more]

    The Flu Season May Yet Turn Ugly, CDC Warns

    The United States may be headed into a bad flu season, according to figures recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    As of the last week of December, “widespread” flu activity was reported by health departments in 46 states. More ominously, a second measure — the percentage of patients with flu symptoms visiting medical clinics — shot up almost to the peak reached at the height of the 2017-18 flu season, which was the most severe in a decade.

    This year’s flu vaccine may not be particularly effective against the strain of the virus now widespread in the United States, experts said. But even so, it’s worth getting the shot: People who are vaccinated fare better if struck by the flu than those who are not. [more; bullshit, how could they know that, when they just admitted it doesn't work?]

    [another way to ward off flu besides iffy vaccine inoculation]
    Elderberry compounds directly inhibit flu virus entry and replication in human cells

    In their new paper, Australian scientists describe how elderberry compounds directly inhibit the flu virus's entry and replication in human cells, while also strengthening the body's immune response to influenza. [more; 2 - 3 great tasting gummies a day]

    [2nd half below]

  6. [Let's Go Skiing!]
    Idaho resort looks for skier after avalanche; 2 others die

    Officials were searching Wednesday for a missing skier at an Idaho resort where a series of avalanches killed two skiers and injured five others the day before.

    The Silver Mountain Resort was closed Wednesday "to focus all available resources on the search,'' the resort said on Facebook.

    The resort said it received a telephone call Wednesday morning from a concerned family member of the missing skier.

    “This person has been confirmed to be skiing yesterday at Silver during the time of the avalanche,'' the resort posted on Facebook. "An intense search is currently underway with Silver Mountain Ski Patrol as well as multiple teams and dog units from various agencies." [more]

    [from News You Won't See @ SOTT]
    2019 second hottest year on record: EU

    2019 was the second hottest year on record and ended the hottest decade in history, the European Union's climate monitoring service said Wednesday.

    Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures last year were second only to 2016, in which temperatures were boosted by an exceptionally strong El Nino weather event. [more]

    [from our occasional Hey, Why Not? dept.]
    Louisiana greenlights huge pollution-causing plastics facility in 'Cancer Alley'

    The state of Louisiana has issued a series of key air quality permits for a gargantuan proposed petrochemical complex that would roughly double toxic emissions in its local area and, according to environmentalists, become one of the largest plastics pollution-causing facilities in the world. [more]

    Australia’s Wildfire Crisis: Key Numbers Behind the Disaster

    Fire-Ravaged Australia Sees Only Mild Relief After Hot, Dry Year

    Australia’s fire-ravaged east isn’t expected to see immediate relief after the nation suffered the hottest and driest year on record.

    Rainfall in the nation’s most-populous region is expected to be average or less for the coming months, while above-normal temperatures will continue to sear the world’s driest inhabited continent, the Bureau of Meteorology said Thursday in its annual climate statement. It also confirmed that 2019 was the hottest year in temperature records since 1910 and the driest in data going back to 1900. [more; also not @ SOTT]

    Why the rain in Australia makes it harder to fight wildfires

    With more than 100 fires still burning in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, rain would seem like a welcome relief.

    But for firefighters battling the blazes, the wetness makes it nearly impossible for them to properly put the flames out -- leaving little solace in an already devastating situation.

    The spotty rain hitting the region does not allow firefighters to back burn, which is the essential process of setting fires to control the progress of the bushfire and, in turn, putting a stop to them entirely, Inspector Ben Shepherd with New South Wales Rural Fire Service told ABC News' chief meteorologist Ginger Zee on Tuesday. [more]