Thursday, January 16, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-15

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

202-01-15 - Car goes up in flames in parking lot and kills person on Lake Forest Drive in Blue Ash (Ohio):

Quote: "Police responded to a car fire in Blue Ash parking lot Wednesday night. The car fire reportedly happened around 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot along Lake Forest Drive near Glendale Milford Road. Police found the body of a deceased person in the car when the arrived."

2020-01-15 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 6:35 AM and burns man to death on Cuevas Town Road in Hancock County (Mississippi):

2020-01-15 - Passenger plane engine shoots flames, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Note: This is the 3rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-15 - Airport erupts in flame in coastal Alicante (Spain):

2020-01-15 - The former prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, rants about the self-destructive idiocy of climate denialism:

2020-01-15 - Flooding and fires made 2019 the worst agricultural disaster in US history:

Quote: "During the 2010s, the nation saw a trend of an increasing number of billion-dollar inland flooding events. Even after adjusting for inflation, the U.S. experienced more than twice the number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters during the 2010s (119) as compared with the 2000s (59)."

2020-01-15 - Marine heatwave called 'The Blob' killed nearly a million sea birds along the Pacific Coast in North America:

Quote: "John Piatt, lead author of the study and a research biologist at the US Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Centre, said the 'magnitude and scale' of the die-off is without precedent."

Note: The heat killed off what the birds eat, so they starved to death. Rising heat, escalating fires, droughts and flooding will eventually do the same thing to human food production and human population will experience similar mass die-offs. These birds got hit early, but what happened to them is a harbinger of humanity's future...

2020-01-15 - Home damaged by explosion and fire in Aylmer (Canada), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 4th residential explosion in 2019...

2020-01-15 - Wildfire smoke stokes serious health fears in Australia:

Note: They should eat healthy food like broccoli!

2020-01-15 - Wildfires causing broccoli shortages at supermarkets in Australia:

2020-01-15 - Astronaut photographs Australia nearly 70% covered in wildfire smoke:

2020-01-15 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Dauphin Island (Alabama):

Note: This is the 34th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-15 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Cancun (Mexico):

Note: This is the 27th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-01-15 - At least four tanker trucks destroyed by fire at oil recycling business in Doral (Florida):

Quote: "7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where heavy black smoke and flames could be seen coming from one tanker. Within minutes, the flames spread to several other oil tankers in the lot."

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 7 AM on the Florida Turnpike near coastal Palm City (Florida):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM on I-80 near Lawrence Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:20 AM on I-71 in Clinton County (Ohio):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on East Valley Boulevard in the City of Industry (California):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road in Lac la Biche (Canada):

2020-01-15 - Tractor (excavator) and waste station go up in flames in Te Awamutu (New Zealand):

Quote: "A digger is visible in the pit where the fire is burning."

2020-01-15 - Tractor bursts into flame in Two Bridges, Devon (Britain), near the River Dart:

Note: These are the 72nd-82nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-15 - Truck bursts into flame on the Hume Highway at Sutton Forest (Australia):

2020-01-15 - RV and two homes go up in flames on Norris Street in Anderson (South Carolina):

Quote: "According to Travis Poore with the department, there were two homes on fire and an RV in flames Wednesday afternoon."

2020-01-15 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in coastal Santa Rosa Beach (Florida):

Note: These are the 15th and 16th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Harber Road east of Albany (Oregon):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home on Metolius Street in Culver (Oregon):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame while being towed by RV, on I-90 in Roscoe (Illinois):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-90 in Ellensburg (Washington):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame on Route 490 near Chili (New York):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame at the Gresford Roundabout in Wrexham (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame on Hobgate Road in Heath Town (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame on the A10 near Puckeridge (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame at Teesside Park in Thornaby (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Car bursts into flame on London Road in High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 15 January, 8.37am Car on fire, London Road, High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. Firefighters used one set of breathing apparatus, and one hose reel jet. One man was suffering the effects of breathing in smoke, and was cared for by South Central Ambulance service."

2020-01-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on bridge over the Arkansas River in Fort Smith (Arkansas):

2020-01-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M65 near Accrington (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 12:05 AM on Primrose Lane in Yeovil (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Cart full of linens bursts into flame outside laundry business in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "A fire started in a cart of freshly laundered linens outside an Omaha commercial laundry building late Wednesday night. According to a report from Omaha fire investigators, it started accidentally due to 'spontaneous combustion' around 10:30 p.m. near 16th and William streets."

2020-01-15 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire at 3:30 AM in Doraville (Georgia):

2020-01-15 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Venada Plaza Drive in Bernalillo (New Mexico):

2020-01-15 - Home damaged by fire just after 1:30 AM on South Nolting Avenue near Battlefield (Missouri):

2020-01-15 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in Harrisville (Utah):

2020-01-15 - Lakeside home destroyed by fire shortly after midnight on Lake Norman near Troutman (North Carolina), nobody there:

2020-01-15 - Home destroyed by fire on Franklinville Road in Upper Falls (Maryland), dog killed:

2020-01-15 - Home destroyed by fire at 7:04 AM on West Cumberland Road in Bluefield (West Virginia):

2020-01-15 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 1:20 AM on Morris Avenue in coastal Bronx (New York):

2020-01-15 - Deadly fire burns mobile home shortly before midnight on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2020-01-15 - Deadly fire burns home on David Drive in Shreveport (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2020-01-15 - Vacant home burns on Coral Drive in Charleston (West Virginia):

2020-01-15 - Vacant home burns on Onley Road in Salisbury (Maryland):

2020-01-15 - Birds wash ashore dead in coastal Alameda (California):

2020-01-15 - Rain washes ash into the Macleay River and kills huge number of fish in New South Wales (Australia):

Quote: "Thousands of fish have died after rain washed ash from bushfires into the Macleay River on the NSW mid-north coast. Bellbrook resident Arthur Bain said tens of thousands of dead fish lined a 60-kilometre stretch of the river northwest of Kempsey on Saturday. He said heavy rain which fell at the Apsley River near Walcha earlier in the week washed ash and sediment through the catchment and depleted oxygen levels."

Quote: "It could be tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands..."

2020-01-15 - Dolphin washes ashore dead on Elmer Beach in coastal Bognor Regis (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Shark washes ashore dead on Narrow Neck Beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2020-01-15 - Man, 48, loses consciousness on passenger plane, dies after plane makes emergency landing in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A man who became unresponsive on a flight prompted an emergency landing at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The Southwest Flight was heading from New York to Chicago when it had to make an emergency medical landing at Pittsburgh International Airport Wednesday. The medical examiner says 48-year-old Thomas Guziak from Illinois became unresponsive during the flight. He was taken off the plane by first responders and rushed to the hospital where he later died."

2020-01-15 - Person found dead in submerged pickup truck in Lake Sam Rayburn (Texas):

2020-01-15 - Man, 51, falls off boat into the water and dies in coastal Portland (Maine):

2020-01-15 - Man, 60, found dead in wooded area in Porter Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-15 - Air Force soldier, man, found dead in Cascade County (Montana):

2020-01-15 - Man, 24, found dead in the Sebec River in Milo (Maine):

2020-01-15 - Person drops dead in room at The Plaza Hotel in downtown Kingston (Canada):

2020-01-15 - Person has 'medical event' while driving at 5:40 AM and dies, car veers off road, in Galatea (New Zealand):

Quote: "A person has died after suffering a medical event that caused their car to go off the road in Galatea this morning. A police spokeswoman said officers were called to Galatea Rd about 5.40am after a car was found off the road. It appeared the person had suffered a medical event and had died as a result, she said. Police were not treating the incident as a crash."

2020-01-15 - Man, 59, goes out on kayak, next seen dead in Lake Ellesmere (New Zealand), empty 'ghost kayak' found first:

2020-01-15 - Man slumps over dead in car at supermarket near the River Thames in Kingston upon Thames (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Person found dead at housing development site on Stoneley Road in Crewe (Britain):

2020-01-15 - Woman has 'medical emergency' and crashes off I-55 in St. Louis (Missouri), 1 killed:

Quote: "Authorities say a female driver lost control of her vehicle while suffering a medical emergency striking several road objects coming to rest in a grassy area near the interstate."

2020-01-15 - Woman, 48, has 'medical emergency', SUV slams into car and home, in Modesto (California):

Quote: "A Modesto woman, 48, was driving the Honda Pilot when she suffered a medical emergency, Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear said. She accelerated into a Ford Taurus driven by another Modesto woman, 78."

2020-01-15 - Woman, 58, has 'medical issue', car crashes into tree, in Parke County (Indiana):

Quote: "Police said Wigley suffered a medical issue while driving, causing her to lose control of the car."

2020-01-15 - Woman has 'medical issue', car plows into 7-Eleven, in Saginaw (Michigan):

Quote: "About 2 p.m. Wednesday, a woman with a medical issue crashed into the building, located at 614 S. Washington Ave, according to Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth."

2020-01-15 - Small plane crashes and burns in residential area in Roy (Utah), 1 killed:

2020-01-15 - Small plane crash-lands at airport in Bulverde (Texas):

2020-01-15 - Gyrocopter crashes at airport in Nashua (New Hampshire), 1 lightly injured:

2020-01-15 - Tanker truck overturns, bursts into flame, on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge (New Jersey):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer overturns in the wee hours and takes down utility poles, in Richlands (North Carolina):

2020-01-15 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 near Beaumont (California):

2020-01-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into restaurant, in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The crash is one of several in recent weeks in the city where cars have gone off the road and made contact with a home or business."

2020-01-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Portland (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-01-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into bush, in Warren (Ohio):

Quote: "Police said the driver may have had a medical emergency, which caused her car to go over a curb and into a bush."

2020-01-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into building, in coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 injured:

2020-01-15 - Sinkhole opens on road near Kittrell (Tennessee):

2020-01-15 - Sinkhole opens on road in Saugatuck Township (Michigan):

2020-01-15 - Residential building collapses in coastal Washington DC:

2020-01-15 - Person has 'medical episode' and collapses unconscious in King's Lynn (Britain), near the River Great Ouse:

Quote: "One person has been taken to hospital after a medical episode in King's Lynn this morning (15th Jan). Paramedics were called to Broad Street at 10:47am after reports that a person who was unconscious."

2020-01-15 - Dangerous levels of smog hitting cities in the Balkans:

2020-01-15 - Amazon deforestation could speed up in 2020:

2020-01-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Oman as temp drops to -2C/28F:

2020-01-15 - Extreme cold hits British Columbia (Canada):

2020-01-15 - Flame retardants, more damaging than lead or mercury, negatively affecting the brains of children in the US:


  1. Here we are at week's end, Jonny. The weekend is predicted to bring a "slopstorm" to my neck of the woods, as the temps fall below avg and the wind has been blowing crisply for a few days already.

    [Let's start with some headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, January 17, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Germany Reports Its Slowest Economic Growth in Six Years

    German Industry "Stuck In Recession," No Signs Of Bottom, Warns BDI

    Global debt-to-GDP ratio has now hit an all-time high of 322%
    Debt from all sectors — ranging from household to government to corporate bonds — has surged

    US Freight Shipments Plunge at Fastest Rate since 2009, Hit 2011 Level: This is Getting Surprisingly Ugly

    Gold Price $2,000 Forecast as Fed Swears Off Fighting Inflation

    The world's trust in the U.S. just hit a 'record low'

    Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

    Nutty Bond Wonderland in Europe Just Reached New Heights of Madness

    Foreigners sold U.S. Treasuries for 4th straight month in November

    China Pilot Testing its Digital Currency: Will the Digital Renminbi Challenge the US Dollar in the Currency Wars ?

    Malaysia Airlines suspends Boeing 737 MAX deliveries due to jet's grounding

    Labor Movement Eyes 'Dark Corner Of The Airline Industry'

    The World Spends $3 Trillion a Year on Arms

    US government officials are encouraged to lie about progress in Afghanistan, special inspector general says

    Fully Autonomous Weapons Pose Unique Dangers to Humankind

    The US Wants to Intimidate China with Hypersonics, Once It Solves the Physics

    How Israel tortures Palestinians

    Marine Commandant: 'The Farther You Back Away From China, They Will Move Toward You'
    That works both ways. -- RF

    Turkish Jets Violate Greek Airspace A Record 91 Times In A Single Day

    U.S. threatened Europe with auto tariffs over Iran nuclear program - Washington Post
    The Trump administration has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on European automobile imports if Britain, France and Germany do not formally accuse Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed European officials.

    Iraq PM Backs Off Expelling US Troops
    After repeated threats from President Trump to sanction Iraq, to seize its primary bank account, and cut all military aid, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi has backed away from calls to expel US troops from Iraq. [which means troops are TARGETS now]

    17 Years After 'Liberation,' Iraq Again Designated US 'Enemy' (Ron Paul)
    17 years of war and we're back to square one.

    Sadr calls for 'million-man march' against US presence in Iraq

    [2nd half follows]

  2. 'Massive Improvement' In Accuracy Of Iran Missiles Over Scud-B

    Iran rejects idea of a new 'Trump deal' in nuclear row

    Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

    Army May Send Missile-Defense Systems to Middle East to Counter Future Iran Strikes [pfff - they don't work]

    Iran and the US are now trading barbs on China's Weibo amid censorship on other platforms

    Feds: Smugglers ferry Chinese migrants to Florida in yachts

    Amazon tribes gather to plan resistance to Brazil government

    Indigenous group vows peaceful pipeline opposition as Canadian police clamp down

    U.S. Gas Giant Downgraded To Junk Status

    The U.S. Natural Gas Boom Is On Its Last Legs

    The Cannabis Industry's Dirty Energy Secret
    [T]he growing of pot is so power-intensive that its ecological footprint is quickly becoming an environmental nightmare.

    Number Of DUC Wells Plunges In Latest Sign Of Shale Distress
    Is Iraq Too Risky For Oil Majors?

    Million solar roofs might not be enough: Austrian environmentalists

    Record 45 million people in Southern Africa face hunger: UN

    UN warns more extreme weather ahead after hottest decade on record

    Dark smoke from Australia fires is circling the Earth, NASA says

    UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction [it'll all be OVER by then!]

    Like Adding 'Five to Six Hiroshima Bombs of Heat Each Second,' Study Shows Oceans Warming at Record Rate

    Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste

    Criminals are using 'Frankenstein identities' to steal from banks and credit unions
    So-called synthetic identity fraud is the fastest-growing financial crime, according to the Federal Reserve, driven in part by lending moving online. It's also one of the hardest to detect.

    Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement
    Nearly a billion dollars a year is flowing into the organized climate change counter-movement

    Anticipating Collapse

    18 Signs That The Social Decay In America Is Worse Than It Has Ever Been Before

    Record snowless winter in Japan

    China's 'market condition' caveat on U.S. ag purchases adds to trade deal doubts

    China's middle class frets the 'good times' are over amid sliding house prices, stagnant wages

    Are 5G-Enabled "Smart Ambulance" Tests Contributing to Multiple Deaths of UK Ambulance Workers? [YES!]

    Being wealthy adds nine years to life expectancy, says study
    [for now - as food becomes scarce, it won't make a difference]

    The Zombification Of America - Over 40% Of Listed Companies Don't Make Money [they load up on expenses to avoid taxes]

    Student debt is over $1.6 trillion and hardly anyone is paying down their loans

    Cass Year-Over-Year Freight Index Sinks to a 12-Year Low
    Year-over-year, the Cass shipping index turned in its worst performance since the Great Recession.

    No Matter How Much Money the Fed Prints, We Still Can't Afford Nice Things

    US Demand for Electricity Declined in 2019 & Stagnated for a Decade, but 2020 Capacity Additions Are Wild

    Debt Eruption Coming: Kudlow Says "Tax Cut 2.0" Will Be Unveiled Later This Year

    Shocking number of young Americans say other countries are better [yep, but they're all in the same sinking boat]

    Farmers skeptical China will make good on promised crop purchases

    Number of U.S. drug deaths may be twice as high as thought

    The Fed "Just Let The Cat Out Of The Bag", Admits Being Forced To Fuel Asset Bubble
    What a surprise. -- RF

  3. [news from our friend, TEPCO]
    Friday, 17 January 2020
    TEPCO says new leak has spilt 20,000 litres of radioactive coolant at the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Plant: It is now almost 7 years since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared everything is "under control,"

    The utility firm, TEPCO, says it found coolant leaking at three locations from components that connect pipes in the wall. The company had noticed a reduction in coolant in its tank earlier this month and was searching for the cause. TEPCO says it believes 20,000 of 1.1 million litres of the coolant has leaked, but that this will not affect the operation of the wall. The company says it will replace the components in the wall and repair another leak that was found in December. [more]

    The Mysterious New “SARS-Like Virus” That Is Killing People In China Has Now Spread To Japan

    On top of everything else that has happened so far in 2020, a very mysterious “SARS-like virus” that doctors have never seen before is causing grave concern among global health officials. It has been identified as “a coronavirus”, but that category covers a very broad range of illnesses. If you have a common cold right now, it was caused by a coronavirus. But SARS and MERS also came from the same virus family, and those two outbreaks made headlines all over the world. In 2002 and 2003, SARS infected more than 8,000 people worldwide, and more than 700 of them ended up dying. Global health officials are hoping that what we are now facing won’t be any worse than that, but at this point they just don’t know enough about this mysterious new virus to make any firm projections. [more]

    A second person has died in China from a mystery virus that has stricken dozens and has appeared in Thailand and Japan: Human-to-human transmission "cannot be excluded"

    The insane Atlantic continues its angry broil! Atlantic waves smashed train windows in the UK: 200 flood alerts in place across the UK: Another explosive cyclogenesis over the Northwest Atlantic today

    The insane Atlantic continues its angry broil! Hurricane strength winds on both sides of the Atlantic with worse to come over the weekend.

    Shocking moment huge wave smashes train window on Dawlish rail line as dozens of flood alerts are issued across the UK and forecasters warn that temperatures are set to PLUMMET [more]

    Taal Volcano Update No 3: Two people have been killed and the number of evacuees reached almost 100,000 after the eruption of the Taal volcano in the Philippines: Existing fissures widening

    An increase in seismic activity concerns scientists.

    Scientists fear that something much bigger is coming from the volcano!

    Existing fissures are widening

    Receding of the shoreline has been observed around the whole of Taal Lake

    A hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days [more]

    [a bit of distraction]
    A Week of Royal Headlines [~ 3.25 min.]

    [more below]

  4. [and now, THE OLYMPICS!]
    The United States of Amnesia, and its incredible asbestos pants: 'Drugs for me but not for thee' in international sport

    As I have reiterated elsewhere and often, the United States of America is the cheatingest nation on the planet where professional sports is concerned, because winning matters to Americans like nowhere else. Successful Olympic medal-winners and iconic sports figures in the USA are feted like victorious battlefield generals, because the sports arena is just another battlefield to the United States, and there's no it's-not-whether-you-win-or-lose-it's-how-you-play-the-game in wartime. Successful American sports figures foster an appreciation of American culture and lifestyle, and promote an image of America as a purposeful and powerful nation. Successful sports figures anywhere, really; not so very long ago Olympic gold medalists were merely given an appreciative parade by a grateful nation, and featured in lucrative advertising contracts if they were photogenic. More recently, some nations have simply paid athletes by the medal for winning. This includes most nations, with the notable exceptions of the UK, Norway and Sweden. So the pressure is on to win, win, win, by whatever means are necessary.

    Since Russia is in second place only to Germany for all-time medal rankings in the Olympics, and since Russia eventually made it back up to Public Enemy Number One in the USA - after a brief hiatus during which it looked like a combination of Boris Yeltsyn and teams of Harvard economists were going to make a respectful pauper of it while it became a paradise for international investors - the USA spares no effort to beat Russia at everything. On occasions where it is not particularly successful, as it was not in the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, it has turned to other methods - screaming that the Russians are all dopers who benefit from a state-sponsored doping scheme, and implementing bans to prevent as many Russian athletes as possible from competing.

    Not a single athlete accused was found to have participated in a state-sponsored doping program administered by Russian sports officials acting under orders of the Russian government. The appeals of a further 3 Russian athletes were not heard by the date of release of the statement, and were stayed until a later date.

    American athletes routinely fail drug tests, but are waved ahead to compete anyway. [more]

    [next part follows]

  5. If Soleimani was a 'terrorist' why was he fighting ISIS?

    the current US president claimed to have the answer in August 2016 - Donald Trump said his predecessor Barack Obama was the "founder of ISIS".

    Trump claims he wants to fight ISIL, and even claims he is willing to work with Iran to do so, but then he assassinates the leader of the anti-ISIL fight and falsely brands him a "terrorist"?

    Calling anti-terror hero Soleimani a "terrorist" is obviously a desperate way to falsely brand all of Iran as "terrorists", but the world now knows the real truth better than ever. Washington, in their imperialist arrogance, believes that we do not.

    Newsweek, Obama, the Clintons and Trump do not care for Iraq or about stopping ISIL, not like Soleimani and Iran.

    No amount of Orwellian, mind-erasing doublespeak from Washington will ever change that, and no matter how much they aid ISIL by assassinating its enemies. [more]

    ISIS resurgent in Libya

    Pentagon Confirms ISIS Resurgent In Libya At Moment Turkey Transfers 2,000 Syrian Fighters

    Though again long ignored in the media (which has by and larged "moved on" after Obama and Hillary's so-called "liberation" of the country from Gaddafi), the Libya War 2.0 is set to possibly be 2020's biggest conflict alongside the potential for the Iran situation to explode further. [more]

    170 sickened at Yosemite; park confirms 2 cases of norovirus

    Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Thursday.

    The National Park Service began investigating after visitors and employees started reporting illnesses this month. Most cases occurred in early January.

    The origin of the outbreak was unclear. Park officials also haven't determined whether people who became ill contracted something inside or outside of the park. [more]

    Climate change is cost of society’s ‘addiction to coal and oil,' says Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Environmental advocates have sounded an urgent alarm about the climate crisis for decades. In recent days, the business community voiced a similarly strident tone, as BlackRock (BLK) CEO Larry Fink warned climate change will reshape global finance and a World Economic Forum survey of hundreds of businesspeople put the issue at the top of a list of current economic risks.

    In a newly released interview, longtime environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. warns it’s nearly too late. [more; i've said this many times - "no-body cays"]

    'We can't wait': Maldives desperate for funds as islands risk going under

    The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said. [more; there's no fighting a relentless sea level rise]

    [thanks again, China!]
    Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

    The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year, according to a Penn State study released Thursday. [more]

    [continued below]

  6. Methane Rules Are Good for the Energy Industry

    Everywhere you look, it seems there’s another ad trying to persuade people that natural gas is the key to a clean energy future. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is running a seven-figure campaign touting its climate benefits, despite the fact that natural gas is a fossil fuel with a significant carbon footprint.

    The industry conducts misleading campaigns like this one because pressure to reduce greenhouse emissions is building. People are coming to realize that we need a 100% clean economy, and they increasingly want pollution-free energy.
    [more; which, so far, is impossible]

    [here's some monumental bullshit]
    Hundreds of dead birds found in Wales 'hit the earth fleeing a bird of prey'

    [it supposes that birds don't know how to fly . ..]

    Wildlife experts believe they have solved the mystery of why hundreds of starlings died after smashing into a road.

    It appear the flock of starlings was swooping in formation to avoid a bird of prey.

    More than 300 starlings dived to dodge the predator but failed to fly back up in time. [more; yeah, right]

    [this too, is probably a fucking lie]
    Eleven U.S. troops injured in Jan. 8 Iran missile attack in Iraq

    [and here's how your government works]
    Top Democrat Asks FBI to Refuse to Cooperate With GOP Senators’ Ukraine Investigation

    [partisan politics, not truth, is the underlying motive]

    Dog pack suspected in woman's death at Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

    First killer whale in nearly 2 decades washes up on UK coast

    The 15-foot-long orca was discovered with a stomach full of plastic in the salt marshes on the eastern coast, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, according to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP). [more]

    Rare beaked whale washes ashore in Ostend, Belgium

    [still more, hopefully last part next - busy Jan. isn't it?]

  7. Powerful magnetic explosion '3 times closer than normal' discovered on Earth's doorstep

    From the always excellent comes the news that on December 20, 2015, a powerful 'explosion' occurred closer to Earth than anyone had seen before.

    It has taken researchers more than 4 years to fully wrap their minds around what happened, and their results were published just this week in the January 13, 2020 edition of Nature Physics.

    "On December 20, 2015, however, we observed a reconnection event only 30,000 miles away-more than 3 times closer than normal." [more]

    New study definitively shows Glyphosate and Roundup disrupt the gut microbiome by inhibiting the shikimate pathway

    The study provides firm evidence that these pesticides disrupt the gut bacterial populations (microbiome) at doses assumed by regulators to be safe, through a particular metabolic pathway (that is, a series of chemical reactions) found in gut bacteria. The study also shows that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides cause fatty liver disease and death of liver tissue at the same doses.[3] [more]

    Ocean Warming Is Speeding Up, with Devastating Consequences, Study Shows

    Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan

    Heavy snow, rain, and frigid temperatures across Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan continue to trigger avalanches that have brought the death toll to at least 170, as of Thursday, January 16, 2020. [more]

    [nope - last part below]

  8. [Let's Go To RIO!]
    Friday, 17 January 2020
    54.8C measured in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro Recorded Heat Index of 54.8ºC on Saturday

    Those who were at Santa Cruz station, in Rio de Janeiro, around 12:45 PM on Saturday, felt as if the temperature was 54.8ºC, slightly over 130ºF. This was the Heat Index registered, on Saturday, January 11th, in the Marvelous City.

    Australia: "Keep quiet or else"

    Australians Are Losing Their Basic Freedoms, Global Monitor Warns

    “Freedom of the press is particularly under threat,” asserted CIVICUS, as it hearkened back to the June AFP press raids that targeted the Sydney ABC offices, along with the Canberra residence of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst.

    The global monitor underscored that the “intimidation” of Smethurst related to her reporting on a Home Affairs proposal to expand the surveillance powers of the Australian Signals Directorate, so it could turn its gaze towards its own citizens, rather than just focusing on foreign threats.

    The Australian government’s current crackdown on whistleblowers is another repressive move CIVICUS tipped its hat to. And this list is long. It contains Witness K, Bernard Collaery, David McBride and former ATO employee Richard Boyle, who are all under attack for exposing corruption. [more]

    News from the Australian bushfires
    Government to maintain kangaroo cull despite bushfires

    Despite estimates that over a billion animals have been killed by bushfires, the NSW government has given no indication it will cease commercial kangaroo culling.

    A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) told Yahoo News Australia that a significant portion of the fire activity in NSW was in the non-commercial management zone along the coast.

    “Our goal is to ensure that kangaroo populations remain ecologically sustainable.”

    “There’s no wildlife left now, we’re killing the last of them.”

    “Unless a sophisticated aerial count is done, there’s absolutely no way the minister for the environment should allow any slaughter of any kangaroo for any purpose,” he said.

    “That doesn’t matter whether it’s commercial, mitigation, or recreational.

    “The government should move to ceasing all harm to them.”[more]

  9. Puerto Rico’s 2019-2020 Seismic Swarm Continues and Leaves the Island on Edge

    The largest earthquake in Puerto Rico in 100 years struck on a fault discovered only several years ago.
    The swarm-like earthquake sequence, with a M5.8 foreshock and two large aftershocks so far, caused extensive damage and, unfortunately, is not over.

    Lightning Hot Spots In The US And Around The World
    According to the 2019 Annual Lightning Report, bolts were detected more than 2.3 billion times worldwide last year.
    Parts of the Great Plains, Gulf Coast and Florida had the most lightning in the U.S. But the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa beats everyone. [more]