Saturday, January 11, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-10

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

2020-01-10 - Van bursts into flame then crashes into rickshaw and ignites that too, in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), 9 killed:

Quote: "Meanwhile, a bomb disposal squad ruled out the possibility of the fire erupting due to explosives. No trace of explosives were found from the van, the team declared. They suspected that a short-circuit could have ignited a spark which led to a fire breaking out, that was further intensified by CNG leakage and petrol cans kept inside the van. In his statement given to police on Friday night, the affected rickshaw driver, Murad Baig, said that he was passing by the site of the incident when he saw a burning vehicle heading his way through his rickshaw’s rearview mirror. He said that he had not even overcome the shock of such a sight when the van crashed into his rickshaw. However, he quickly jumped out of the rickshaw, which was instantly engulfed by the flames and gutted."

2020-01-10 - Man found dead at the site of burning dumpster at 5:30 AM on Middle Street in Lowell (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A body was found in Lowell on Friday after fire crews were called to extinguish a dumpster fire. The fire was reported at 5:30 a.m. in a dumpster on Middle Street, police said. A man was found dead after the flames were extinguished. Officials said no foul play is suspected."

2020-01-10 - Chemical plant explodes and burns at 6:44 AM in Walkerburn (Scotland), near the River Tweed, 2 injured:

2020-01-10 - Two wildfires merge to create one monstrous 2300-square-mile (1,472,000-acre) megafire, in New South Wales (Australia):

Quote: "A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a "megafire" engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California."

Note: This one fire is bigger than Delaware and almost half the size of Connecticut!

2020-01-10 - Tens of thousands of climate change protesters rally in Sydney and Melbourne (Australia)

Quote: "More than 30,000 protesters brushed off hot and humid conditions to voice their displeasure at the federal government's handling of the bushfire crisis and its attitude towards climate change. The event in Sydney's CBD was set up a few weeks ago by Uni Students for Climate Justice, in conjunction with Extinction Rebellion."

2020-01-10 - Western Antarctica being melted from below by geothermal heat:

Note: The above articles are stating that it is ONLY geothermal heat that is causing West Antarctica's melt and nothing we're doing has any effect at all, that heat from the heat engine known as human civilization somehow cannot possibly affect West Antarctica because heat from below is there. Nothing says that it can't be melting from global warming AND from geothermal heat from below. They are not in any way mutually exclusive factors. In fact...

2020-01-10 - Changing wind patterns bringing warmer water to Antarctica and contributing to the melting of West Antarctica:

2020-01-10 - Four boats go up in flames while parked at business in Lawrenceville (Georgia):

Quote: "Authorities said the fire originated from one of the boats in the lot and spread to the other three that were located in close proximity. The damaged boats were all customer-owned and were reportedly at the shop for repairs."

2020-01-10 - Three boats and netting business go up in flames just before 12:30 AM in coastal Fernandina Beach (Florida):

Quote: "It’s interesting because a year ago there was a fire across the street at the other marina, so I don’t know what’s happening up here with these marinas..."

2020-01-10 - Boat starts taking on water then bursts into flame near coastal Little Barrier Island (New Zealand):

Quote: "Two adults and one young adult were on board the boat when it started taking on water near Little Barrier Island about 6pm on Friday, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trusts spokesman Lincoln Davies said. Those on board were wearing lifejackets and managed to swim to another vessel nearby. The sinking boat then caught fire and was 'fully engulfed in flames' when the ARHT crew arrived, he said."

Note: These are the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked at warehouse in Milton (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 6 in coastal Bourne (Massachusetts):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on Highway 99 in Sacramento (California):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on I-75 near Caryville (Tennessee):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6:15 AM on First Avenue in Nitro (West Virginia):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the New York State Thruway between Utica and Westmoreland (New York):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 22 in Jefferson County (Ohio):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 126 east of Piru (California):

Quote: "The fire began in the cab of a stopped semi truck."

2020-01-10 - Tractor (telehandler) bursts into flame at 2:23 AM outside store on Northwich Road in Weaverham (Britain):

Note: These are the 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-10 - Dump truck bursts into flame on Univeter Road in Cherokee County (Georgia):

2020-01-10 - Verizon truck bursts into flame on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell (New Jersey):

2020-01-10 - RV bursts into flame while parked near Lamesa (Texas):

2020-01-10 - RV bursts into flame in parking lot at mall in coastal Panama City (Florida):

Note: These are the 12th and 13th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-10 - Campervan bursts into flame on Klondyke Road in Okehampton (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Minivan bursts into flame on Christian Hill Road in Great Barrington (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2020-01-10 - SUV bursts into flame on North Summit Street in Bloomington (Indiana):

2020-01-10 - SUV bursts into flame in front of West Cedar Elementary School in Waverly (Iowa):

2020-01-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to home, in North Liberty (Iowa):

Quote: "Officials said a truck caught on fire in the garage of a home and then spread, damaging a townhome."

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on I-195 near coastal Wareham (Massachusetts):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in Lauderhill (Florida):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on Route 10 in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on the Merritt Parkway near coastal Westport (Connecticut):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on Route 15 in North Haven (Connecticut):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on US 431 in Phenix City (Alabama):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on street in Gurugram (India):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame on St Alban's Avenue in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame at 6 AM at roundabout in Maidenhead (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Car bursts into flame in Flixborough (Britain):

Quote: "Flixborough. Fri 10 Jan 2020 21:19 (No: 000634) Car fire. Crews extinguished using one hose reel and one breathing apparatus."

2020-01-10 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Bondane (street) in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Bondane, Hull. Fri 10 Jan 2020 19:21 (No: 000629) Motorcycle on fire. One hose reel."

2020-01-10 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-270 in Columbus (Ohio):

2020-01-10 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-64 in coastal Hampton (Virginia), 3 separate accidents too:

Quote: "Sgt. Michelle Anaya confirmed there was a vehicle fire on eastbound I-64 at J. Clyde Morris Boulevard around 1 p.m. There were no injuries reported. She said two separate vehicle accidents then occurred behind the location of the fire. VDOT said another accident happened at mile marker 260 in the westbound lanes."

2020-01-10 - RV trailer bursts into flame on Allen Creek Road in Grants Pass (Oregon):

2020-01-10 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at Knox Butte RV Park in Albany (Oregon), near the Willamette River:

2020-01-10 - Pickup truck and car destroyed by fire at 4 AM, another car and two homes damaged, in Red Bluff (California):

Quote: "In addition to the structures, there were three vehicles in the carport area. A white sedan had some damage to the front. Two other vehicles, including a pickup that was partially inside the garage, were completely destroyed, Barber said."

2020-01-10 - Pickup truck and home go up in flames in the wee hours on East 23rd Street in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-01-10 - Lawn tractors, lawn mowers and building destroyed by fire at business in Wichita Falls (Texas):

Quote: "A Berend employee told the Times Record News that the storage facility housed such items as mowers, lawn tractors and other inventory."

2020-01-10 - Trucking business destroyed by fire in the Town of Schodack (New York):

2020-01-10 - Storage facility damaged by fire on Dominion Boulevard South in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-01-10 - Strip club destroyed by fire in coastal Sayreville (New Jersey), nobody there:

2020-01-10 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Southwest 87th Place in Ocala (Florida):

2020-01-10 - Home damaged by fire on Hampton Avenue in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2020-01-10 - Home damaged by garage fire in the Mira Mesa area in coastal San Diego (California):

2020-01-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire near East 43rd Street and Euclid Avenue in Kansas City (Missouri):

2020-01-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Big Lake Road in Land O' Lakes (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2020-01-10 - Home destroyed by fire on Jenks Avenue in Central Falls (Rhode Island):

2020-01-10 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:20 AM on North Summit Place in Prescott Valley (Arizona):

2020-01-10 - Home destroyed by fire on East Berlin Road in Reading Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-10 - Fourplex apartment building damaged by basement fire on Grove Street in Chicopee (Massachusetts):

2020-01-10 - Apartment building under construction heavily damaged by fire just before midnight in Ashland City (Tennessee):

2020-01-10 - Deadly fire burns home on Francis Drive in Marple Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2020-01-10 - Deadly fire burns home in the wee hours in Salt Lake City (Utah), 1 killed:

2020-01-10 - Deadly fire burns home on Saint Francis Drive in Broomall (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-10 - Deadly fire burns home near Rolla (Missouri), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-10 - Vacant commercial building burns on South Orange Avenue in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2020-01-10 - African swine fever spreading around the world and killing pigs:

2020-01-10 - Infant twins die after being found unconscious in separate bassinets at hotel in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "Twin infants died after they were found unresponsive by their father at a hotel in Queens, police sources said. The father of the 2-month-old children told police he put them down for naps in separate bassinets around noon on Friday, two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told NBC New York."

2020-01-10 - Rising number of people dying in water, but not from drowning, along the coast in Queensland (Australia):

Quote: "A total of 21 people lost their lives along the Queensland coast in 2018-19, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland. That was three times the number that died in similar circumstances last statistical year, a spokesman said yesterday."

Quote: "But what was surprising, he said, were that many of the deaths involved a 'suspected medical episode' other than drowning, things like heart attacks and strokes."

2020-01-10 - Couple found dead in lake at golf course in Dededo on the island of Guam:

Quote: "A couple was registered and ready to hit the links--and then something went terribly wrong. 'Shortly before 10 o'clock this morning officers from the Dededo Precinct Command responded to the Guam International Country Club relative to two bodies found in one of the lakes around the golf course,' police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said."

2020-01-10 - Fire chief, man, 59, drops dead in his office in Homewood (Alabama):

2020-01-10 - Hiker goes into cardiac arrest and dies in Griffith Park in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Los Angeles: At 1:17 p.m., Friday, Jan.10, 2020, a hiker was reported to be in distress in Griffith Park. When LAFD arrived, the hiker was found to be in cardiac distress."

2020-01-10 - Man found dead in the Truckee River in Reno (Nevada):

2020-01-10 - Man, 69, goes out on boat, next seen dead in Lake Hartwell in Anderson (South Carolina), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

2020-01-10 - Man found dead near building in Wheeling (West Virginia):

2020-01-10 - Man, 64, found dead in in a creek off of Indian Creek Road in Indian Creek (West Virginia):

2020-01-10 - Man, 63, drops dead in home on Redding Road in Easton (Connecticut):

Quote: "Easton police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a Redding Road home Friday. Police said the 63-year-old victim was found around 1 p.m. and they are calling the death untimely."

2020-01-10 - Man, 45, found dead under porch in Waterbury (Connecticut):

2020-01-10 - Man found dead near Long Branch Park in Bethesda (Maryland):

2020-01-10 - Man found dead at 5:30 AM near De Tonty Street in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "Officers received a call around 5:30 a.m. for a 'sudden death' in the 4000 block of Shaw. When officers arrived at the area, they found a man dead in an alley in the 4000 block of De Tonty Street. The man’s cause of death is currently unknown."

2020-01-10 - Man drops dead in garden at home in Ballingry (Scotland):

2020-01-10 - Man, 37, found dead at Arthur's Seat in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

2020-01-10 - Man found dead in vacant shop on Chapel Street in Llangefni on the island of Anglesey (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Woman, 24, found dead in parkland near Waste Lane in Balsall Common, Coventry (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Driver has 'medical episode', car and SUV crash, in Hatfield (Britain), 2 injured:

Quote: "South Yorkshire Police has confirmed that the driver of one of the vehicles had a ‘medical episode’ while they were at the wheel and was taken to hospital."

2020-01-10 - Passenger bus and truck crash, fire erupts, near Kannauj (India), 20+ killed, 21 injured:

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer overturns shortly before 2:30 AM, bursts into flame, on I-75 in Hernando County (Florida):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer overturns at 4 AM on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-01-10 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-90 near Kellogg (Idaho):

2020-01-10 - Minivan veers off road just after 4 AM, crashes into pole and trees, in Columbiana County (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-01-10 - SUV veers off road just after midnight, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Springdale (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-10 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits minivan head-on, in Bluffton (Indiana), 1 killed, 4+ injured:

2020-01-10 - Car veers over centerline just after 6 AM, hits tractor trailer head-on, in Clark County (Illinois), 1 killed:

2020-01-10 - Car veers off road, crashes into creek, bursts into flame, in Highland County (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-01-10 - Car veers off road, plunges into creek, in Oak Cliff (Texas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-10 - Snowmobile crashes in Stewartstown (New Hampshire), 1 injured:

Quote: "A California man may have suffered a medical emergency just before he crashed his snowmobile on a trail here Friday night, authorities said."

2020-01-10 - Pit bull attacks and kills man at home in Conway (Kentucky):

Quote: "A pit bull is thought to have fatally mauled a man in Kentucky, authorities said. Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens told news outlets he was called to a home in Conway on Friday for a reported fatal dog attack."

2020-01-10 - Woman's dog attacks and kills her at training center in Lausanne (Switzerland):

2020-01-10 - Coyote jumps six-foot fence and kills family dog at home in Broken Arrow (Oklahoma):

2020-01-10 - Alligator attacks and injures college student on trail in Everglades National Park (Florida):

2020-01-10 - Huge chunk of seaside cliff collapses in coastal Trimingham (Britain):

2020-01-10 - Assistant hockey coach, man, 39, has 'medical emergency' in dressing room, game cancelled, in Cedar Park (Texas):

Quote: "Friday night’s AHL matchup between the Toronto Marlies and Texas Stars was cancelled moments before puck drop due to a medical emergency suffered by Marlies’ assistant coach Rob Davison."

Quote: "The Marlies decided to forfeit the game. Texas was awarded a 1-0 win."

2020-01-10 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes on the southern coast of Puerto Rico:

2020-01-10 - Tornado touches down and destroys two homes in Logan County (Arkansas):

2020-01-10 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Israel, most rainfall in decades:

2020-01-10 - Brazil plans to allow mining in Amazonian Indigenous Reserves:

Note: I'm sure the indigenous people living in those areas didn't get a vote on this...

2020-01-10 - Job losses galore across the energy sector, what lies next?

2020-01-10 - Women now outnumber men in the US workforce for the first time since the Great Recession:


  1. Mornin' Jonny, everyone. Windy and warm here, a little rain.

    There's another one of those 'unsuspicious' [twin] deaths in separate places at the same address, not to mention the couple dead in the water at a golf course.

    It's nice to see that the Australians are beginning to look at the fact that a significant number of people are having medical incidents in the water and dying NOT by drowning.

    That's the FIRST rickshaw to go up in flames in 2020!

    Powerful eruption at Taal volcano, volcanic ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l., Philippines

    Taal volcano in the Philippines started erupting at 06:04 UTC on January 12, 2020, for the first time since 1977. The volcanic ash cloud is reaching up to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level, according to data provided by the Tokyo VAAC.

    PHIVOLCS said it strongly recommends Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas be evacuated due to the possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.
    Tall has produced some of the Philippines' most powerful eruptions. Powerful pyroclastic flows and surges from historical eruptions have caused many fatalities. Its last eruption took place in 1977 (VEI2). [more]

    Tropical cyclones causing billions in losses dominated the natural catastrophe picture of 2019 – “Cyclones are becoming more frequently associated with extreme precipitation”

    820 natural catastrophes caused overall losses of US$ 150bn, which is broadly in line with the inflation-adjusted average of the past 30 years. A smaller portion of losses was insured compared with 2018: about US$ 52bn. This was due, among other things, to the high share of flood losses, which are often not insured to the same extent as wind damage in most industrial countries. [more]

    Kansas state steps in as farmers die by suicide – “The increase in suicide rates among farmers and ranchers is alarming”

    The tendency among farmers, he said, is “you just don’t like to talk about your difficulty. You put your head down and go to work and deal with it.” [more; yeah, until you can't . .]

    Sunday, 12 January 2020
    The Australian bushfires: one of the worst or largest animal disasters in history since the ice age

    "To give it some context, the Australian fires [are] probably one of the worst or largest animal disasters in history since the ice age,"

    Kiwi volunteers jump the ditch to help fire-affected Australian animals

    "Look, it's absolutely devastating, this is an absolutely catastrophic event and the fires are still going and they'll continue to go for days if not longer." [more]

    [next part below]

  2. Surveillance Plane Joins Intensifying Hunt For Mystery Drones Over Colorado And Nebraska (Updated)

    Initial eyewitness reports from just before Christmas last year suggested that the drones appeared to be roughly between three and six feet across and featured bright and strobing lights in various colors. Estimates suggested the drones flew only a few hundred feet in the air at speeds between 30 and 40 miles per hour. Some witnesses even claimed that some of the drones appeared to hover in place for long periods of time.

    The drone sightings have continued and grown remarkably throughout Colorado and Nebraska, recently being spotted in several more counties in southwest Nebraska and on the outskirts of the metro Denver area. There is no mystery as to if the drones are actually being seen. Law enforcement and other officials have seen them and, apparently, they are almost laughably easy to see yourself. Case in point: on Jan. 7, local NBC affiliate WOWT in Omaha went out looking for the drones and readily caught them - or some sort of plane they misconstrued as one - on camera outside Mead, Nebraska, flying low with their engines easily heard. Make sure to watch WOWT's video report by clicking here.

    Onlookers on the ground also told WOWT that when they pulled out their cameras to photograph the aircraft, the drones turned off their lights and maneuvered away from onlookers below. Many witnesses have described the craft as shaped somewhat like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, while others like Carlton Britton, Sheriff of Sedgwick County in Kansas, bizarrely described one of the drones as a rectangular "black box" with lights on its sides.

    Both Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, and the state's Governor Jared Polis have publicly called for an investigation into the sightings. The drone mystery has gotten serious enough that the FAA and sheriffs from several Colorado counties recently held a closed-door meeting to discuss the incidents with other government officials and form a task force to begin formally investigating these unexplained aircraft. [more]

    [last part next]

  3. [ah-HAH!]
    U.S. Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled, Study Says

    More Americans are ordering more rounds, and that's leading to more funerals, according to a new study on alcohol-related deaths.

    Looking at data from the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers estimate deaths from alcohol-related problems have more than doubled over the past nearly 20 years.

    Death certificates spanning 2017 indicate nearly 73,000 people died in the U.S because of liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses. That is up from just under 36,000 deaths in 1999. [more; compare that with vaping deaths!]

    Missing 411? Woman mysteriously leaves hotel room in middle of night, body found in lake days later

    A woman visiting South Florida from Salt Lake City, Utah, was found dead near the hotel where she was staying.

    Police were seen early Saturday afternoon removing a body from a large lake that is adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale Westin, located at 400 Corporate Drive.

    Authorities later confirmed that the deceased woman was Kelly Glover, who was in South Florida on business and staying at the Westin.

    Glover's husband, Adam Bremer, told Local 10 News on Friday that her disappearance was very bizarre.

    "Her friend went to bed early (Wednesday)," Bremer said. "My wife was still up. Her friend woke up around 4 a.m. (Thursday), and my wife was nowhere to be found, and the door was left open."

    Hotel surveillance footage shows Glover was barefoot, going down a stairwell at 2 a.m. on Thursday. Bremer said Glover doesn't have a history of sleepwalking.

    the exact cause of death has not yet been determined by medical examiners. An investigation is ongoing. [more]

    Crude Oil Price Forecast – Crude Oil Markets Drift Lower

    The WTI Crude Oil market dropped a bit during the trading session on Friday, testing the 50 day EMA again. It is currently hanging around the $59 level, but what’s even more important in my estimation is that the Thursday candlestick was in fact a hammer. That’s a very bullish sign and if we can break above the top of that hammer, the market is likely to bounce towards the $62.52 level. However, if we break down below the bottom the hammer from the Thursday session, it’s likely that we could go down to the 200 day EMA underneath, which is currently at the $57.82 level. However, you should wait on a daily close one way or the other before putting money to work. [more; place your bets, place your bets!]

    Sunday, 12 January 2020
    The erratic jet stream is causing chaos on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest: UK and Ireland expect another violent windstorm: Massive storm in the Gulf kills 11

  4. That fleet of mystery drones is pretty wild. If that was 30 cars driving around Denver without license plates, they'd be pulled over, the driver asked for license and registration and asked where the hell their license plates are. But because they're flying, apparently there is no mechanism in place at all to find out who's 'driving' them, or deploying them, or what their purpose is - nothing. We seem to have no airspace security at all. Seems to me that that is a serious flaw. All drones should automatically respond to some kind of radio frequency ping, to provide some basic information, like owner, contact information, license information (if we're gonna go that route like we do with cars), elevation, speed, direction, mass. And anything that DOESN'T respond to the ping request should be shot down.

  5. Yeah, it's not as if they disappeared when they were first spotted - they've expanded their footprint, according to the article!

    Firefighter killed on bushfire in Victoria, Australia

    The bushfires in Australia have claimed the life of a fifth firefighter. It occurred Saturday January 11 while a firefighter was working on a fire in the Omeo area of Victoria, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has confirmed.

    Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said, “Bill Slade was working as a member of a task force at the Anglers Rest area and he was struck by a tree.”


    Arizona firefighters are staffing engines and hand crews in Australia

    In Australia's Burning Forests, Signs We've Passed a Global Warming Tipping Point

    'Nobody saw it coming this soon,' one scientist said. 'It’s likely the forests won’t be coming back as we know them.'

    As extreme wildfires burn across large swaths of Australia, scientists say we're witnessing how global warming can push forest ecosystems past a point of no return.

    Some of those forests won't recover in today's warmer climate, scientists say. They expect the same in other regions scarred by flames in recent years; in semi-arid areas like parts of the American West, the Mediterranean Basin and Australia, some post-fire forest landscapes will shift to brush or grassland.

    At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan

    Afghanistan is no stranger to extreme winter weather, during which various warring groups in the country have historically ceased hostilities, but this year has been particularly harsh, according to the country's metrological department.

    The officials said the death toll could rise further, with Afghanistan's Natural Disaster Management Authority still trying to compile a total figure.

    "We were not expecting such a bad cold wave in the country," Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management team told Reuters.

    Saturday's deaths bring the number of casualties from this year's cold snap to at least 24, as temperatures in parts of the country dropped to minus 12 degrees Celsius (10 Fahrenheit). [more]

    [continued below]

  6. [more evidence of wavy jet stream]
    Snowfall hits South Sinai, Egypt

    The head of the municipality council of the city, Talaat al-Anani, said that all roads are open and that this snow has brought great exhilaration to the city.

    The city of Saint Catherine is located in the Sinai peninsula at an elevation of about 1600 meters from sea level, at the foot of the Sinai High Mountains.

    It is a popular tourist attraction, as it features the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the world built on a site revered by followers of the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. [more]

    [reprint of an old article - a good short read]
    The story of the camel, the lion, and the child: Nietzsche's three steps to a meaningful life

    Nietzsche developed his own doctrines that serve as a toolkit for people who seek to become what the philosopher called the "Übermensch" - "overman" - those who have mastery over their emotions, who take joy in simply existing and who create above all else. [more]

    Coconut oil improves brain function in Alzheimer's patients

    I Tried a Chinese Deepfake A.I. App [~ 13.5 min.]

    'Worst Flooding I've Ever Seen': Waves Topping 20 Feet Slam Chicago's Lakefront

    Winds brought on by a winter storm caused severe lakeshore flooding in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, January 11. A lakeshore flood warning was in effect through 6 am Sunday.

    According to the flood warning, wind gusts up to 50 mph built waves to 14 to 18 feet, with some waves reaching 23 feet high.
    [more; see 3 min. weather report]

  7. Accumulating snow likely for Seattle, Portland as new storm clashes with bitterly cold air

    The train of storms that has brought periods of heavy rain and mountain snow to the northwestern United States will continue through this week. But, this time, some of the major cities could get in on the snow. [more; see maps]

    Report: Feds to bill fire victims if utility doesn't pay $4B

    Federal officials are prepared to bill wildfire victims for a portion of the nearly $4 billion the government says it's owed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., if the debt isn't resolved as part of the utility's bankruptcy case, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked for reimbursement from PG&E to cover costs from the government’s response to destructive fires in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Under PG&E’s current plan to resolve its bankruptcy, any payment to FEMA would have to come from the $13.5 billion the utility intends to reserve primarily to settle claims from wildfire victims, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    Victims’ lawyers are fighting FEMA’s claim, which would take up nearly 30% of the settlement. But FEMA told the Chronicle it is compelled to seek compensation from PG&E. Otherwise, individual victims would be responsible if they get settlement funds that duplicate money already paid by the federal government, according to Bob Fenton, the agency’s regional administrator. [more]

    Puerto Ricans Unable to Reach Earthquake Shelters Say They’re Getting ‘No Help from Government’

    [from our Giant Waste of Time segment]
    Climate at mercy of politics in 2020, experts warn

    - 2020 is the most crucial year yet for humanity's plan to dodge the bullet of catastrophic global warming, experts said Saturday, warning that the narrow path to safety was riddled with pitfalls, from the US election to Brexit.

    When nations struck the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to limit temperature rises under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), they agreed on five-year periods in which climate action could be implemented, assessed and boosted.

    2020 is the year the landmark deal goes into effect, yet almost three decades of diplomatic wrangling has fallen far short of what science says is needed to avert disastrous climate change. [more; the usual "nothing" will happen]

    [more below]

  8. [from our Sports Deaths desk]
    Motorbike racer Paulo Gonçalves dies during Dakar Rally

    Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Gonçalves died on the Dakar Rally after crashing in the Saudi Arabia desert on Sunday. He was 40.

    Gonçalves fell and suffered cardiac arrest [?] about halfway through the 546-kilometer (339-mile) seventh stage, south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Australian rider Toby Price then Argentina's Kevin Benavides stopped to help, and a medical helicopter arrived on the scene within eight minutes of being alerted, rally organizers said on their website.

    He was flown to nearby Layla hospital, where he was pronounced dead. [more; they probably got that backwards]

    [as Jonny stated in today's post]
    West Antarctica Melts From Below by Geothermal Heat and From Above Via Changing Wind Patterns

    Two new research studies confirm that geothermal heat flow is the dominant cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS).
    Meanwhile, another study says West Antarctic ice loss is influenced by internal climate variability.

    On the surface of the icy continent, ice seems to disappear due to changing wind patterns.

    But everything happening on the surface of the continent is more controversial. Heat from below will not melt ice on the surface… It’s too thick. They are not in any way mutually exclusive factors… [more]

    Biggest 'black swan' event for oil markets is disruption in the Strait of Hormuz - expert

    The biggest black swan event in the oil market is a disruption to the most critical chokepoint in the Middle East, according to an analyst from S&P Global Platts.

    "The market is extremely exposed to any disruption to vessel traffic in the Strait of Hormuz," Dave Ernsberger, the firm's global head of commodities pricing, told CNBC's "Capital Connection" Thursday.

    The Strait of Hormuz is a crucial channel that oil producers use to transport crude from the Middle East to markets around the world. It is 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and, in 2018, around 21 million barrels were transported via the waterway daily, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    "If we were to see the temperature change and somebody start to disrupt this traffic, that would be the kind of event that would send the markets into the kind of panic we haven't seen for 10 or 15 years," Ernsberger said. [more]

  9. Chinese invented a clay mixture to remove algae and red tide.