Monday, January 13, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-12

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

2020-01-12 - Mysterious flash in the sky spotted over Bethel (Ohio):

Quote: "'In the video you’ll see it slowly, slowly, and then it gets really bright like dusk or a firework or lightning in the background,' Tim explained. The father-daughter duo admit it scared them at first. They also say, despite the bright colors and length of the incident, they never heard a sound."

Quote: "We also asked an astronomer if this could be a meteor. He says no, because a meteor would flash above the clouds rather than below. As for lightning, the nearest strike was hundreds of miles away. We know what it wasn’t. But as of now, what this flash was remains a mystery."

Note: That could have been flammable gases in the atmosphere igniting and burning off in a big 'flash fire'. A man saw something like that off the coast of Washington a year or so ago too, a big expanding ball of fire in the sky, with no noise...

2020-01-12 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills person on Candy Street in Kyle Canyon (Nevada):

2020-01-12 - Wildfires have now burned nearly half of coastal Kangaroo Island (Australia):

2020-01-12 - Australian wildfires are probably one of the greatest animal disasters since the ice age:

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

2020-01-12 - Two apartment buildings under construction destroyed by massive fire in Bound Brook (New Jersey):

Quote: "Firefighters from throughout the area were battling a six-alarm fire downtown Sunday night. The blaze, reported around 8 p.m., tore through two apartment buildings under construction near Church and Main streets."

2020-01-12 - Apartment building under construction destroyed by inferno at 4:25 AM in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A massive, pre-dawn fire destroyed a four-story apartment building under construction on the Southside of Jacksonville."

Quote: "'It just totally burned into the ground. ... It’s totally disintegrated,' Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers told Timers-Union news partner First Coast News at the scene. The fire also burned the Fusion parking garage, firefighters said."

2020-01-12 - Volcano Taal erupts powerfully in the Philippine Islands, ash blows into Manila:

2020-01-12 - Volcano La Cumbre erupts on unpopulated Fernandina Island:

2020-01-12 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Port Elizabeth (South Africa):

2020-01-12 - Wildfires changing Canada’s boreal forest, fewer trees, less undergrowth:

2020-01-12 - Two houseboats destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Sandys (Bermuda):

Quote: "The BFRS said, 'At 6:27pm the BFRS received a call reporting a house boat on fire at the Dockyard in Sandys. The BFRS responded with 6 appliances and a total of 14 firefighters. On arrivals firefighters found two vessels approximately 50’ in length completely involved in flames.'"

Quote: "The Bermuda Police Service said the it was believed the fire started on one of the boats and spread to the second, which was moored next to it."

Note: People still park boats next to other boats?!

2020-01-12 - Boat bursts into flame on trailer while parked on coastal Hout Bay (South Africa):

Note: These are the 29th, 30th and 31st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-12 - Three school buses go up in flames just before 2:30 AM while parked at facility in Bethel (Connecticut):

Note: These are the 4th, 5th and 6th school buses to burn in 2020, and these are the 20th, 21st and 22nd buses to burn in 2019...

2020-01-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 in Eugene (Oregon):

2020-01-12 - Two tractors and shop destroyed by fire near Groton (South Dakota):

Quote: "The shop appeared to be one in use and had a couple tractors in it."

2020-01-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 7 AM on the M1 near Derbyshire (Britain):

Note: These are the 55th, 56th, 57th and 58th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-12 - RV bursts into flame at 12:57 AM on Westbrook View in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

Note: This is the 14th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-12 - Campervan bursts into flame in layby on the A38 near Ivybridge (Britain):

2020-01-12 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire scorches home, on Hidden Shores Lane in coastal South Dennis (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The Dennis fire and police departments responded at 9:31 p.m. to 14 Hidden Shores Lane to find a 2002 Ford Explorer engulfed in flames. The fire had spread to the 1849 house owned by Edward Baker."

2020-01-12 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 53 near Palatine (Illinois):

2020-01-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while being towed by RV, on US 101 near Myers Flat (California):

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked at townhomes in Riverside (California):

Quote: "Flames from a car fire threatened to spread to a row of townhouses in Riverside Sunday before firefighters managed to douse the blaze."

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame shortly after 2 AM on Brambleton Avenue in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 in Arroyo Grande (California):

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame on Commercial Street in Malton (Britain):

2020-01-12 - Car and garage go up in flames at home on Kings Road in Madison (New Jersey):

Quote: "Flames were contained to an attached garage and car, which was parked in the driveway of the Kings Road home when firefighters arrived after 8 a.m."

2020-01-12 - Car, two scooters and fence go up in flames at 2:57 AM on Withernwick Road in Great Hatfield (Britain):

Quote: "Withernwick Road, Great Hatfield. Sun 12 Jan 2020 02:57 (No: 000701) One car, two scooters and fencing on fire. One jet, one hose reel, two BA, Thermal Image Camera and lighting in use."

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame on the A1 near Boroughbridge (Britain):

Quote: "Car fire Time: 19:18 Location: A1 northbound between J48 Boroughbridge -J49 Dishforth Crews from Boroughbridge and Knaresborough responded to reports of a car on fire on the A1 North bound close to junction 49. The crews used 2 breathing apparatus and 1 hose reel jet to extinguish the fire with the cause believed to be accidental."

2020-01-12 - Car bursts into flame on Whaddon Road in Nash (Britain):

Quote: "Sunday 12 January, 8.49pm Car on fire, Whaddon Road, Nash. One appliance and crew from Bletchley attended. Firefighters used one set of breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera."

2020-01-12 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-78 in Warren (New Jersey):

2020-01-12 - RV trailer bursts into flame just before 1 AM while parked off East Raccoon Valley Drive in Knox County (Tennessee):

2020-01-12 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home on Holt Street in Kamloops (Canada):

2020-01-12 - Barn destroyed by fire on Bell Gin Road in Georgetown (Texas):

2020-01-12 - Barn destroyed by fire near the A10 outside Milton (Britain):

2020-01-12 - Alteration business damaged by fire at 1 AM in shopping center in coastal San Diego (California), nobody there:

2020-01-12 - Shop building goes up in flames at Georgia Veterans State Park in Sumter County (Georgia):

2020-01-12 - Bedding factory destroyed by huge blaze in Kalasin (Thailand):

2020-01-12 - Garage destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM at home near Lake Minatare (Nebraska):

2020-01-12 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on 16th Avenue in North Palm Springs (California):

2020-01-12 - Home damaged by fire on Nelson Road in coastal Cape Coral (Florida), nobody there:

2020-01-12 - Home damaged by fire on Forest Street in Kalamazoo (Michigan):

2020-01-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly before 6 AM on East Summerwood Drive in Layton (Utah):

2020-01-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:40 AM on East 4th Street in Waterloo (Iowa), 2 injured:

2020-01-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire, fire spreads to second home, on Washington Street in Columbia (South Carolina):

2020-01-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire on East 12th Street in Streator (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-01-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Hopi Trail in Temple (Texas), nobody there:

2020-01-12 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM on Old Amherst Road in West Knoxville (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2020-01-12 - Home destroyed by fire on Fetteressa Avenue in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-01-12 - Home destroyed by fire on Loretta Drive in Foley (Alabama):

2020-01-12 - Apartment building damaged by fire just before 1:30 AM on Chili Avenue in Chili (New York):

2020-01-12 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Garden Drive in Danville (Illinois):

2020-01-12 - Apartment building destroyed by fire on Middle Creek Road in Many (Louisiana):

2020-01-12 - Deadly fire burns home on South Dick Dowling Street in San Benito (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-01-12 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on East Oak Street in Albany (Indiana), 1 killed:

2020-01-12 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 11 PM on Byers Street in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2020-01-12 - Dolphin washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Sussex (Britain):

2020-01-12 - Two men, 63 and 68, found dead on houseboat on Lake McClure (California):

Quote: "Deputies arrived to the houseboat and while attempting to make contact found Dennis and 63-year-old Myles Correia, both dead inside. No foul play is suspected at this time."

2020-01-12 - Police chief, man, 48, has 'medical event' and dies in Sandy (Utah):

Quote: "Officers in the department say his passing was a complete surprise, and that he looked completely healthy before it happened."

2020-01-12 - Woman, 74, found dead in submerged car in Claytor Lake (Virginia):

2020-01-12 - Person found dead in submerged car in pond in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2020-01-12 - Trucker, man, 64, slumps over dead in tractor trailer on I-80 in Clinton Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-12 - Man, 47, has 'medical event' while driving, car lightly crashes, man dies, in Augusta (Georgia):

Quote: "47-year-old Gary Scott Anthony of Aiken died after what the Coroner's Office believes was a medical event that caused the crash. They say there was minor damage to the car."

2020-01-12 - Woman slumps over dead in tent near the Kansas River in North Topeka (Kansas):

2020-01-12 - Person drops dead near church in Decatur (Illinois):

2020-01-12 - Man found dead at swimming hole west of Alice Springs (Australia):

Quote: "A man has drowned at the popular Ellery Creek Big Hole, 90 kilometres west of Alice Springs, NT Police has confirmed."

2020-01-12 - Man in his 40s falls off raft and dies in Lake Leschenaultia near coastal Perth (Australia):

Quote: "Investigations into the death are ongoing and authorities will assess if the man suffered a medical episode at the time."

Quote: "On New Years Day in 2017 a 24-year-old man drowned in front of dozens of swimmers after reportedly having a seizure in the water."

2020-01-12 - Person, 21, found dead on beach in coastal Wennapuwa on the island of Sri Lanka:

2020-01-12 - Person found dead at beach in coastal Madeira (Spain):

2020-01-12 - Man in his 40s dies after being pulled from the water at beach in coastal Lahinch (Ireland):

2020-01-12 - Woman in her 30s found dead at home on Barrow Street in St Helens (Britain), 7 miles from the coast:

2020-01-12 - Driver, 58, has 'medical episode', minivan crashes into pole, in Upper Saddle River (New Jersey), 1 injured:

Quote: "A crash that stretched utility wires across Route 17 Sunday morning in Upper Saddle River occurred when a 58-year-old Paterson driver suffered a medical episode, authorities told Daily Voice."

2020-01-12 - Man has 'medical emergency', car crashes into barrier, in Midland (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "The male driver who suffered a medical emergency while driving crashed into a barrier."

2020-01-12 - Small plane crashes north of Billings (Montana), 4 killed:

2020-01-12 - Small plane makes emergency landing in Otaika Valley (New Zealand), engine failure:

2020-01-12 - Freight train derails just outside Knapp (Wisconsin):

2020-01-12 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into home, on Thunderbird Road in Benton Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-12 - Pickup truck crashes into median at 1:30 AM, hits tree, bursts into flame, on I-55 in Lincoln County (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2020-01-12 - Pickup truck crashes into Chick-Fil-A in Jefferson County (Alabama):

2020-01-12 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, on US 35 in Beavercreek (Ohio), 1 injured:

2020-01-12 - Car veers off road at 4:05 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Mountainside (New Jersey), 2 killed:

2029-01-12 - Car veers off road at 3:47 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in coastal Chula Vista (California), 1 killed:

2020-01-12 - Building collapse incidents rose by 122% from 2018 to 2019 in Nigeria:

Quote: "The number of building collapse incidents in Nigeria more than doubled last year compared to 2018, just as more people died and a greater number sustained injuries, findings by Daily Trust have shown."

2020-01-12 - Erratic jet stream is causing chaos on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest:

2020-01-12 - Snowfall hits South Sinai (Egypt):

2020-01-12 - Cyclones becoming more frequently associated with extreme precipitation:

2020-01-12 - Climate at mercy of politics in 2020, experts warn:

2020-01-12 - Rising number of farmers committing suicide in Kansas:

2020-01-12 - Twelve signs that the economy is seriously slowing down as 2020 begins:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. College classes begin today, so i don't have a lot of time this morning.

    Tuesday, 14 January 2020
    Almost 600 quakes of all magnitudes up to a 6.5 struck Puerto Rico in the last 7 days with 1,500 since Dec 28th 2019: Thousands still sleeping outside: Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria

    Taal Volcano Update: Almost 500,000 told to leave the area, another 30,000 were evacuated after Sunday's eruption: Experts are worried a much larger eruption is just around the corner

    81 dead and many missing after avalanches, flash floods and snow hit Pakistan and Afghanistan: Almost a 1,000 villages cut off without electricity and water by unprecedented snow in India

    Will It Be Enough To Put The Fires Out? Five Days of Rain Storms Forecast For NSW and Australia

    Australia’s east is set to receive its most significant rainfall in months this week, bringing some much-needed relief to bushfire-ravaged communities and firefighters.
    Rain is expected for much of New South Wales from Tuesday, including firegrounds across the Snowy Mountains, southwest of Sydney and along the south coast, and is predicted to hang around until the weekend. [more]

    U.S. firefighters describe an intense assignment in Australia [~ 4 min. video]

    [more later]

  2. Six killed as huge sinkhole swallows bus in Xining, China

    [mega-precip event]
    UAE rainfall breaks 24-year record

    Severe storm, flooding and heavy snowfall strike Hawaii - 22 inches of rain in 24 hours, snowdrifts at least 4 feet deep

    Wild animals in Zimbabwe attack more humans due to drought

    [somehow they know we're responsible]

    [some of these we've seen]

    At least 36 people were killed by wild animals in Zimbabwe in 2019 up up from 20 in 2018.

    The Zimbabwean further reports that the authorities recorded 311 animal attacks on people last year, up from 195 in 2018.

    This increased attack on people has been blamed on the extreme drought in the country which is driving wildlife into human settlements in search of nourishment. [more]

    Heavy snow in Uttarakhand, India leaves over 900 villages without electricity and water

    Traffic is blocked on around 100 highways across the state."

    [idk about all this, but maybe it's good news]
    Heartening photos show how the Australian bush is already regrowing after wildfires

    [life finds a way]

    "Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again."

    [from our Health desk]
    Boswellia serrata and bromelain extracts useful in mitigating osteoarthritis symptoms

    [more later]

  3. The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Going To Take Over Millions Of Jobs

    When we get to a point where literally just about everything can be done more cheaply and more efficiently by robots, the elite won’t have any use for the rest of us at all. For most of human history, the wealthy have needed the poor to do the work that is necessary to run their businesses and make them even wealthier. In this day and age we like to call ourselves “employees”, but in reality we are their servants. Some of us may be more well paid than others, but the vast majority of us are expending our best years serving their enterprises so that we can pay the bills. Unfortunately, that paradigm is rapidly changing, and many of the jobs that humans are doing today will be done by robots in the not too distant future. In fact, millions of human workers have already been displaced, and as you will see below experts are warning that the job losses are likely to greatly accelerate in the years to come.

    [and don't think it will only be the low end of the job market where this will occur. They've already shown that robots can read x-ray charts better and faster than most doctors, surgery can be done more efficiently too, it's said, though i don't buy it when operations go south and you have to scramble to keep the patient from crashing. Air traffic control, and many other highly skilled jobs can also be done by robots. i read somewhere that robots can build houses now too.]

    [take a look at this, Jonny]
    Tuesday, 14 January 2020
    The mysterious tiny moon Phobos: A potato-shaped moon orbiting Mars in a way scientists insist is not possible: A Soviet "Close Encounter" and a mysterious Monolith (extraordinary videos)

    It's Greek name Phobos is a personification of a fear held to possess armies and cause their defeat.
    It is a potato-shaped moon orbiting Mars in a way scientists insist is not possible and is also the smallest moon in our Solar System. Scientists claim the moon's orbit is so close to Mars it should have succumbed to the planet's gravity long ago. It has a beaten-up appearance and looks like it has been involved in a battle and has tiny crater chains on its surface which resemble stress lines but the most astonishing fact about Phobos is, it has a monolith, see below. [shades of 2001 movie!]

    Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks the public would be interested in the monolith on Phobos, and leading Russian scientists believe Phobos is man-made.

    On March 28th 1989 Russian ground controllers suddenly and unexpectedly lost contact with their spacecraft which was shadowing Phobos. The last photograph taken by the spacecraft contained an object close to Phobos which should not have been there, the picture below. [more; videos and pics]

    [more below]

  4. [previously posted, this is from Yahoo]
    Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China

    Beijing (AFP) - An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said Tuesday.

    Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle -- jutting into the air -- sank into the ground.

    Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.

    [i hadn't heard about the explosion]

    The collapse left an 80-square-metre (860-square-foot) pit in the street outside a hospital.

    The 16 injured were taken to hospital and are in a stable condition, Xinhua added, citing a local emergency management official.

    Xinhua said earlier that four people were missing, although CCTV did not specify how many remained unaccounted for as of Tuesday night. [more]

    Oceans were hottest on record in 2019

    Man, 38, dies on Air Canada flight to Australia while flying with his family

    A father of five died on an Air Canada flight bound for Australia while flying with his family.

    Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu after the jet was diverted to Hawaii.

    Kira Paiva-Kimura, an administrative services officer for the Honolulu medical examiner's office, announed his death on Monday and said an autopsy is set to be conducted. [more]

    [more later]

  5. Explosion Levels Home in Buckingham Township Neighborhood

    A home was leveled after an apparent explosion rocked a Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania, neighborhood Tuesday morning.

    The blast happened at 9:35 a.m. along the 4200 block of Biddeford Circle.

    The two-story single family home was reduced to a pile of splintered wood and insulation in the wake of the explosion. Authorities said they had reports of the blast being felt and heard from two miles away. [~ 1.5 min. news report]

    Graphic: Crude exports boom on U.S. Gulf Coast, allaying bottleneck fears

    U.S. crude exports from Corpus Christi, Texas, have surged to a record in recent weeks, often surpassing hubs such as Houston and Beaumont, Texas, thanks to faster-than-expected infrastructure additions.

    The infrastructure boom at Corpus Christi helped push crude exports there to a weekly record of 1.59 million barrels per day (bpd) in late December, more than doubling levels that held for the first eight months of last year, and above Houston's 2019 peak of 1.36 million bpd, according to vessel-tracking firm ClipperData.

    The heavy flows suggest that fears of a bottleneck that would impede U.S. exports have not materialized.

    Analysts had expected a crude bottleneck in the Permian Basin to shift to the Gulf Coast as three new pipelines opened last year. New flows out of the nation's biggest oil field were expected to overwhelm export capacity in Corpus Christi and weigh on regional prices. [more; ooh, we're all sooooo glad the oil company can make more money while the planet's on fire]

    [more below]

  6. 'Normal' Human Body Temperature Has Changed In the Last Century

    since 1871, “normal” has meant 98.6°F (37°C). That number was determined by a German physician, based on millions of readings from 25,000 German patients, taken by sticking thermometers under their arms. When doctors in the U.S. and Europe repeated the experiment in local populations, they came up with the same number, so it stuck.

    But in a paper published last week in eLife, researchers at Stanford University reported that the normal human body temperature has dropped since that time. And that means the standards that doctors have been using to define normal temperature and fever might need to be reworked.

    Julie Parsonnet, a professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and her team analyzed data from three large databases involving more than 677,000 temperature readings from nearly 190,000 people, collected between 1862 and 2017. The first dataset is drawn from health information collected on Union Army soldiers from 1862 to 1930. The second, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, comes from U.S. population-wide data from 1971 to 1975. The third is the most recent, and includes measurements taken by the Stanford Translational Research Integrated Database Environment study from 2007 to 2017.

    The team found that average body temperatures in the earliest database, from the Union Army veterans, were higher than the temperatures recorded in each of the latter two periods. On average, the temperatures dropped by 0.03°C and 0.29°C per decade for men and women, respectively, over the 150-year span. To address the issue of whether thermometers were less accurate in earlier times, or whether previous generations of doctors measured temperature differently, the scientists also compared body temperatures within a single population, to minimize any potential measurement bias. Within the Union Army population, for example, the trend remained strong; temperatures were higher among those born earlier than among those born later, by about 0.02°C per decade. [more; now THAT'S a survey! possibly the .29 should be .029, very close to the men's temp., otherwise it's 10 times higher!]

    Flood-hit Jakarta residents sue over deadly disaster

    [Govt. @ trial: "It was an act of Allah!" and rest their case]

    More than 200 flood victims are seeking a total of 43 billion rupiah ($3 million) in compensation in the class action, which was filed Monday in Jakarta district court.

    The suit claims Governor Anies Baswedan was responsible for failing to provide the megacity with a proper early-warning system and effective emergency measures to minimise deaths and financial losses.

    Whole neighbourhoods in the capital -- a megalopolis home to around 30 million people -- were submerged by floodwaters that forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters after torrential rains that began on New Year's Eve.

    It was the city's deadliest flooding in years, with Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency saying downpours that sparked floods and landslides were the heaviest in the capital since record-keeping began in the 19th century. [more]

    [next part follows]

  7. Avalanches kill dozens in Kashmir

    At least 55 people were killed when avalanches tore through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, bringing the death toll from a severe winter weather in Afghanistan and Pakistan to more than 130.

    Imran Khan, prime minister, called in troops to help rescue efforts after avalanches destroyed at least 20 houses. [more]

    The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves

    "Anyone who has ever tried to do anything with their hands and fingers in the cold knows that it is hard to do when wearing gloves, because that degrades dexterity 50 to 80 percent," Castellani says. "And taking off the gloves helps, but then the hands get really cold and cannot work well anymore because of the lack of blood flow to the fingers."

    [the prototype device heats the forearms which raises the temp in fingers by about 3 C]

    [from our 'No SHIT, Sherlock' desk]

    New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

    New climate models show carbon dioxide is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood [!], a finding that could [WILL] push the Paris treaty goals for capping global warming out of reach, scientists have told AFP. [are the new models as underestimating as the old ones? we'll see soon enough]

    Developed in parallel by separate teams in half-a-dozen countries, the models -- which will underpin revised UN temperature projections next year -- suggest scientists have for decades consistently underestimated the warming potential of CO2.

    Vastly more data and computing power has become available since the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections were finalised in 2013. [more]

    Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus

    Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus.

    Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – with serious pre-existing health problems – has died. The WHO has also just announced the first case outside China. A traveller from Wuhan, now in Thailand, has been confirmed by the WHO to have contracted the virus.

    The World Health Organisation has urged countries around the world to enhance their surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections, although no travel restrictions have been advised. There is no licensed vaccine or specific treatments for the new virus. [more]

    PG&E’s $1.7 Billion Fire Settlement Could Mean Big Tax Break

    PG&E Corp.’s $1.68 billion settlement agreement with California over wildfires sparked by its power lines could save the bankrupt utility about $470 million in taxes.

    [how does that help the people who lost EVERYTHING (and must still pay their mortgages) in the fires PG&E's equipment caused?]

    [continued below]

  8. [hey! look who's getting in on the act!]
    Kentucky miners block coal train over missed paychecks

    Some Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on train tracks Monday to prevent a train loaded with coal from leaving, saying they had worked since Dec. 16 without being paid.

    The tracks lead from Quest Energy in Pike County. A CSX crew went to the tracks to get the engine and left the loaded train cars there, WYMT-TV reported.

    Miners told the station they expected to be paid Friday, then were told to wait until Monday, when the date was pushed back again.

    Quest Energy was closed for the day and couldn't be reached for comment later Monday. [more]

    Iran floods kill at least three: reports

    Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least three people and left hundreds of villages cut off following days of heavy rainfall, official media reported on Tuesday. [more]

    [and now, something completely different]
    'The most amazing shot in the history of snooker'

    The snooker world was left absolutely stunned at the Masters 2020 when Scot Stephen Maguire hit an incredible shot, which ultimately backfired. Maguire was taking on Aussie Neil Robertson in the opening round of the Masters when the Scot stepped up to complete an incredible comeback. But everyone in the building, including Robertson and the commentators, were left gobsmacked after Maguire sunk the red and white ball in a near impossible shot. Looking to sink the red in the corner pocket, Maguire hit the white with pace forcing the red ball to go into the pocket and shoot back out straight in the air. However, the red ball had such tremendous back spin it spun straight back in after bouncing. But the shot didn’t pan out as the cue ball hit the lip of the middle pocket and somehow kept spinning and fell into the far pocket resulting in a foul. “Incredible, you will never see anything like that again,” Joe Johnson said in Eurosport commentary. Robertson’s face was one of bewilderment and he even cracked a slight smile, while Maguire lapped up the applause from the crowd.
    [see the shot!]
    Maguire completed a stunning comeback after falling behind 5-1 to eventually defeat the former world champ 6-5. [more]

    [if this is true, Prof. Hoffman's work just got a huge boost]

    [The Case Against Reality | Prof. Donald Hoffman on Conscious Agent Theory]

    Evolution is often seen as a mysterious process, but it’s actually predictable, and if life on Earth evolved again it would come out the same way.

    That’s the conclusion of an ambitious scientific analysis of 10,000 different birds, which compared the features they have evolved with their lifestyles.

    The researchers found that birds with similar lifestyles evolved similar features - even if they were on different sides of the globe.

    The finding could help scientists predict how bird species will respond to climate change, and how the loss of one particular species will affect larger ecosystems. [more]

    [so it's true for ALL SPECIES?! idk . . ]

    [last part follows]

  9. [as usual]
    The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret

    By age 9, she says, she’d been raped by one of her older brothers. By 12, she’d been abused by her father, Abner*, a chiropractor who penetrated her with his fingers on the same table where he saw patients, telling her he was “flipping her uterus” to ensure her fertility. By 14, she says, three more brothers had raped her and she was being attacked in the hayloft or in her own bed multiple times a week. She would roll over afterward, ashamed and confused. The sisters who shared Sadie’s room (and even her bed) never woke up—or if they did, never said anything, although some later confided that they were being raped too.

    It wasn’t until now that Sadie decided to speak up, to reveal the darkness beneath the bucolic surface of her childhood. She’s tired of keeping quiet.

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