Saturday, January 18, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-17

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

2020-01-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to Manchester (Britain):

Quote: "A British Airways jet was forced to divert to Manchester after the pilot alerted Air Traffic Control about reports of smoke in the cabin."

Note: This is the 4th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 5:15 AM, hundreds of scrap cars burn, in Larksville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Crews were dispatched to James Tabit and Sons Scrap Metal and Auto Parts at 1151 Washington Ave. around 5:15 a.m. Friday to a report of a fire burning several hundred yards inside the facility, Larksville Fire Chief Mike Petriga said at the scene. At least 200 scrapped vehicles were burning, drawing a massive response from firefighters across the county, he said."

2020-01-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Cheap Street in Sherborne (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Transformer explodes into flame in Noida (India), 5 injured:

2020-01-17 - Worst outbreak of locusts in 25 years spreading across East Africa and devouring crops:

Quote: "The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang like shimmering dark clouds on the horizon in some places. Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them."

Quote: "One swarm measured 37 miles long by 25 miles wide in the north-east of the country, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said in a statement. 'A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre,' it said."

Note: So that one megacity-sized swarm could contain more than 350 billion locusts!

2020-01-17 - Alarm over climate change rising among Americans, survey shows:

Quote: "A majority of Americans now say they are 'concerned' or 'alarmed' about climate change, with those 'alarmed' increasing almost threefold in the last five years, according to research by Yale University."

Note: It's just a matter of time until the only people who AREN'T alarmed are corpses...

2020-01-17 - Man, 48, Wiggles member, collapses and goes into cardiac arrest at relief concert in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Original Wiggles member Greg Page collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at a bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Friday night."

2020-01-17 - Person goes into cardiac arrest on St Peters Road in coastal Sheringham (Britain), 1300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: 'We were called at 11.02am on Friday, January 17 with reports of a person in cardiac arrest in St Peters Road, Sheringham.'"

2020-01-17 - Yacht bursts into flame off coastal Dubai (UAE):

Note: This is the 36th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-17 - Luxury bus bursts into flame in the wee hours on street in Thane (India):

Note: This is the 31st bus to burn in 2019...

2020-01-17 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-684 near Katonah (New York):

Quote: "Late Thursday evening, Katonah Fire Department was dispatched for a reported motor vehicle fire on I-684 SB south of Jay Street. Engine 115 and Tanker 6, along with Car 2211, were soon enroute. Units were informed that the vehicle was a car carrier, with six cars on its trailer, and the trailer was fully involved."

Note: This is the 2nd car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-01-17 - In separate incidents, tanker truck bursts into flame at 2:30 AM in Onitsha and tractor trailer bursts into flame near Enugu (Nigeria):

Quote: "The state Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol with no registration number, caught fire about 2:30 am on Friday."

Quote: "A similar incident happened, on Thursday, when a truck loaded with goods going to Enugu caught fire along UNIZIK Main Gate, Awka-Enugu Expressway about 2:30 pm."

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 51 in Portage (Wisconsin):

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-94 in St. Croix County (Wisconsin):

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 103 on bridge in Nacogdoches County (Texas):

2020-01-17 - Semi tractor and home destroyed by fire in Hermitage (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The house, garage and semi truck without a trailer in front plus the inside contents were a total loss. Flynn estimated the monetary loss to be about $350,000."

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 11 near Gravenhurst (Canada):

Note: These are the 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 95th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-17 - RV bursts into flame at Walmart on Redwood Drive in Rohnert Park (California):

2020-01-17 - RV bursts into flame on East 93rd Street in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Note: These are the 19th and 20th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-17 - Van bursts into flame on State Highway 1 in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2020-01-17 - Van bursts into flame at port in coastal Tauranga (New Zealand):

2020-01-17 - Van bursts into flame at 12:12 AM on Scotsmill Gardens (street) in the Blackburn area in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2020-01-17 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at restaurant in Mishawaka (Indiana):

2020-01-17 - Two cars destroyed by fire while parked at home in Chillicothe (Ohio):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked near bank in Brockport (New York):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame on the 10 Freeway in City Terrace (California):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 69 near Lindale (Texas):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame on street in Laredo (Texas):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame near Oakwood Trace Apartments in Champaign (Illinois):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Richmond (Canada):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame at 6:30 AM while parked at supermarket on Wheeler Street in Maidstone (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame at 6:19 AM near the Bridge End Roundabout in Wrexham (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Car bursts into flame at 5:13 AM on Limekiln Lane in Arleston, Telford (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway in Sycamore Township (Ohio), gawkers cause crashes:

Quote: "A vehicle fire was reported about 7:40 a.m. followed by chain-reaction crashes by motorists who were looking at the fire, dispatchers say."

2020-01-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked in underground parking garage at building in Kingston (Canada):

Quote: "A vehicle fire in the underground parking lot at the City Place 2 building resulted in the evacuation of the entire building, Kingston Central Ambulance Communications Centre."

2020-01-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame in Milnthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle Fire(South Lakeland) 17 Jan 2020 At 21:30 hours on 17th January 2020, two fire engines attended an incident in Milnthorpe. The fire involved a vehicle, Firefighters found that the vehicle was well alight on arrival. Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Crews remained on scene for approximately 30 minutes."

2020-01-17 - Barn destroyed by fire in coastal Seaton (Britain):

2020-01-17 - Riverfront restaurant destroyed by fire just after 5 AM on the Sandy River in Troutdale (Oregon), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Strip mall damaged by fire shortly after 7 AM on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento (California):

2020-01-17 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Florence County (South Carolina), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home damaged by garage fire on Peony Street in Osceola (Indiana), dog killed:

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 2 AM on Prairie Du Chien Road in Iowa City (Iowa):

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1 AM on Cronston Street in the Belle Harbor area in coastal Queens (New York):

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Route 9 in Champlain (New York):

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on First Street in Port Kent (New York), near Lake Champlain, nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on South Louis Street in Cape Girardeau (Missouri), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Yorkshire Terrace in coastal Hampton (Virginia), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Vani Court in coastal Westport (Connecticut), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North Hartwell Avenue in Waukesha (Wisconsin), 2 dogs killed, nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:15 AM on West Mount Vernon Drive in coastal Los Angeles (California), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:19 AM on South Willowbrook Road in Coldwater (Michigan), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Bartlett Road in Sidney (Maine), nobody there:

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Town Lyne Road in Sherborn (Massachusetts):

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire at Greensburg Road and Old Leechburg Road in Plum (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on North 30th Street in Kansas City (Kansas), 2 injured:

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire just after 3:30 AM on East Elm Street in Lima (Ohio):

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 5 AM on Old Route 53 in Cooper Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Canterbury Hill Road in Rome (New York):

2020-01-17 - Apartment building, former cloth plant, destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on East Lloyd Street in Shenandoah (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-17 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2:53 AM on Fabry Street in Oconto (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan, 4 killed:

2020-01-17 - Deadly fire destroys home on Weston Avenue in Niagara Falls (New York), 1 killed:

2020-01-17 - Deadly fire destroys home on East Hack Road in Brownsville (Kentucky), 2 killed:

2020-01-17 - Vacant home burns at 2 AM on East Irving Street in South Bend (Indiana):

2020-01-17 - At least 28 buzzards and eagles found dead in coastal Cerro Cabezon (Mexico):

2020-01-17 - At least 75 seabirds, 3 penguins and a sea lion found dead in coastal Concon (Chile):

Quote: "The first reports of Sernapesca indicated that 'none of the animals showed physical damage or presence of contaminants with the naked eye.'"

2020-01-17 - Dozens of tons of fish die in fish farm in Banjar (Indonesia):

2020-01-17 - Two people found dead in submerged pickup truck in the Trinity River in Fort Worth (Texas):

2020-01-17 - High school boy, 16, has 'medical emergency' in car at Cane Bay High School and dies in Summerville (South Carolina):

Quote: "One Cane Bay High School student in Summerville, South Carolina died Friday in what officials called a 'medical emergency' that placed the school on lockdown for several hours."

2020-01-17 - College student, man, found dead at campus residence in Stanford (California), near the coast:

2020-01-17 - College student, man, found dead at 6:30 AM at construction site on campus in Columbus (Ohio), possible toppler:

2020-01-17 - Woman, 71, found dead along canal near golf course in Alhambra (California):

2020-01-17 - Man, 75, found dead in canal in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2020-01-17 - Man found dead in the Mississippi River near Kimmswick (Missouri):

2020-01-17 - Person found dead at home in Manila (Arkansas):

2020-01-17 - Woman, 52, found dead submerged car in the Salem River in Salem County (New Jersey):

2020-01-17 - Man, 64, found dead at home in coastal Erin on the island of Trinidad:

2020-01-17 - Passenger, 61, has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

Quote: "A Thai Airways Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, made an emergency landing at Istanbul Airport Friday after a passenger on board had a medical emergency."

2020-01-17 - Small plane crashes into field in Oakwood (Ohio), 1 injured:

2020-01-17 - Small plane makes emergency landing on Cottonwood Road near Feliz Road in Bakersfield (California), engine failure:

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer overturns at 1:15 AM on I-20 in Ranger (Texas):

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-20 near Columbia (Louisiana):

2020-01-17 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns in Sumter County (Georgia):

2020-01-17 - SUV veers over centerline, hits tractor trailer head-on, on Highway 16 in Farmhaven (Mississippi), 1 injured:

2020-01-17 - SUV veers off road, crashes into trees, in Stony Brook on coastal Long Island (New York), 1 killed:

2020-01-17 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, near Stockton (Kansas), 1 killed:

2020-01-17 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into building, in coastal Portland (Maine):

Quote: "They say one person was hospitalized, but it's unknown if it was for medical reasons or for injuries from the crash."

2020-01-17 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into home and parked car, in Clarksville (Tennessee), 3 injured:

2020-01-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into fence, in coastal Delray Beach (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-01-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Roanoke (Virginia), 3 injured:

2020-01-17 - Car veers off road at 2 AM, crashes into pole, in Leominster (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2020-01-17 - Shark attacks and injures man at Windang Beach (Australia):

2020-01-17 - Coyote attacks cop in Columbus (Ohio):

2020-01-17 - Sinkhole opens near the University of Georgia Recreational Sports Complex in Athens (Georgia):

2020-01-17 - Four-story building under construction collapses onto home in Swat (Pakistan), 4 killed:

2020-01-17 - Three-story building under construction collapses in coastal Lagos (Nigeria), 1+ injured:

2020-01-17 - Seismic swarm continues in Puerto Rico, residents on edge:

2020-01-17 - Meteor disintegrates in the sky over Puerto Rico:

2020-01-17 - Heavy rain, flooding, landslides and lightning hit Bolivia, 6+ killed:

2020-01-17 - Blizzard slams Newfoundland (Canada):

2020-01-17 - Exorcism ritual by religious sect leaves 7 people dead and 15 people tortured in Panama:

Quote: "The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama where members of a religious sect were believed to be performing exorcisms, officials say."


  1. NO one expects THE INQUISITION!!! That last story got me laughing, Jonny - thanks. The shit people do in the name of religion continues to baffle me. There's an article below from seemorerocks you'll wanna check out, too.

    That enormous swarm of locusts that came outta nowhere is downright biblical! Talk about There Goes The FOOD, WTF! This thing is MILES wide and long, JEEZ!

    Sunday, 19 January 2020
    In defence of Max Igan [~ 38.6 min. Igan video lead-in; links and more]

    He refers to the "parasitic mind" (is this similar to the Archons in David Icke's explanations?) and why the "truth movement" is a declaration that leads to "the motherboard" and mind-control rather than the Truth.

    He did a reading of Carlos Castaneda on the parasitic mind.
    [this knocked me on my ass, because i was a HUGE fan of Castenada, but never connected it with what Igan claims]

    Carlos Castaneda, "The Predator of Man"; Free Download: David Icke, "The Biggest Secret"

    "The Predator of Man"
    by Carlos Castaneda
    [article includes 15 min. Icke video]

    Upon close examination, the teachings of Don Juan, developed in nine books by Carlos Castaneda from 1968 to 1998, contain numerous distinct parallels with Gnostic instruction.
    The new sorcery introduced by Castaneda is an extension and make-over of traditional knowledge of the "old seers" of the Toltec tradition of ancient Mexico. It differs from the old sorcery largely in its lack of concern for intricate power-games, feuds, sinister pacts with non-human powers, and control over others. Its aim is freedom for the spiritual warrior, rather than control over anyone or anything. [more]

    [more of the stupidity of man on display in Australia]
    Submission to Aus parliament states logging endangered forests would supply Japan's wood-fired energy needs.

    This information comes from Mark Anning in Australia and Dr. Naomi Wolf. [more]

    Wildfires may permanently alter Australian landscape, scientists warn

    Scientists say the Australian landscape is being permanently altered by the nation’s wildfire crisis as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent.

    Heat waves and drought have fuelled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, with some 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometres) scorched so far this fire season.

    While blazes continue to rage in the country’s south-east, government officials are drawing up plans to re-seed burned areas to speed up forest recovery that could otherwise take decades or even centuries.

    But some scientists and forestry experts doubt that reseeding and other intervention efforts can match the scope of the destruction. Since September, the fires have killed 28 people and burned more than 2,600 houses.

    Before the recent wildfires, ecologists divided up Australia’s native vegetation into two categories: fire-adapted landscapes that burn periodically, and those that don’t burn. In the recent fires, that distinction lost meaning — even rainforests and peat swamps caught fire. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. What the China Trade Deal Means for U.S. Oil Producers

    On the face of it, the Phase One trade deal signed between the U.S. and China last week looks set to provide a big boost to American oil and gas producers who need to develop new export markets. Just how well they fare against exporters who are much closer to the world’s biggest energy importer may depend as much on economics as on politics. [more]

    The first Space Force uniforms have reached the Pentagon, and people are making fun of the camouflage print

    The United States Space Force debuted the first ever uniforms for members of the newly created unit.

    A tweet sent from the offical Space Force account pictured the camouflage uniform with the "U.S. Space Force" nameplate and "United States Space Command" patch.

    Twitter users immediately began to poke fun at the uniform's print, questioning why space troops wouldn't wear black uniforms if they wanted to blend into their surroundings.[more; duh]

    These are the biggest risks facing our world in 2019 – “Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe”

    What keeps you up at night?

    For leaders surveyed for the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, environmental threats dominate the list for the third year in row – both in terms of impact and likelihood.

    The report offers a unique perspective on the threats facing our world, by looking at not only those risks that are most likely, but also those that would have the biggest impact.
    [more; see top 10]

    [4th part below]

  3. [not even ON that list]
    Sunday, 19 January 2020
    Taal Volcano Update No 4: A larger eruption, which is increasingly expected, could conveniently cool the global climate and cause "A Year Without Summer."

    Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said more than 900 villagers who fell ill have been treated, mostly for exposure to volcanic ash, in evacuation sites since the volcano began erupting in Batangas province near Manila, the capital, last weekend. About 125,000 people fled from ash-blanketed villages and crammed into hundreds of emergency centres in Batangas alone and many others took shelter in relatives' homes, disaster-response officials said, appealing for masks, bottled water, portable toilets, food and sleeping mats."It's really massive because you're talking of more or less 100,000 evacuees in evacuation centres, so the infrastructure and services needed are really huge," Duque said.

    "This is not going to be for the short term, but for the medium if not long term."

    Sulfur dioxide is what causes the yellowish-brown pollution seen in the air after an eruption, and can be hazardous to people, plants and animals. When an eruption is big and strong enough to send massive amounts of it into the stratosphere, which starts about six miles above Earth, it turns into an aerosol that can be disbursed around the globe and reflect the sun's rays. "The more SO2 is emitted, the more likely it is that the eruption will impact climate," Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Technological University, told in an email Thursday. "The SO2 is critical because it converts over time into sulfate aerosol (small droplets of sulfuric acid and water), and it is these aerosol particles that reflect incoming solar radiation (sunlight) and reduce temperatures." [more]

    Eruptive activity resumes at Shishaldin volcano, lava flows on the NE flank, Alaska

    Eruptive activity at Shishaldin volcano resumed on January 18, 2020, with lava flows visible on the NE flank. The Aviation Color Code remains Orange and Alert Level Watch since January 7. [more]
    Scientists found a new way to get 'forever chemicals' linked to cancer out of our water. They're in the bloodstreams of 99% of Americans.

    Researchers at Clarkson University are working with the US Air Force to remove a group of "forever chemicals" from water.

    The chemicals, known as PFAS, have been associated with cancer, liver damage, and developmental issues.

    They're found in food packaging, cookware, outdoor gear, and firefighting foam.

    The researchers found a way to zap the chemicals in a plasma reactor, effectively destroying the bond that allows them to stay in the body for life. [more; wouldn't it be more cost effective to AVOID them (like ban them!)]

    [5th part continued below]

  4. Rep. Adam Schiff [pronounced 'SHIT'] sued by physicians for censoring vaccine debate

    On Jan 15, 2020, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, along with Katarina Verrelli, on behalf of herself and others who seek access to vaccine information, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant Adam Schiff has abused government power and infringed on their free-speech rights.

    "Who appointed Congressman Adam Schiff as Censor-in-Chief?" asks AAPS General Counsel. "No one did, and he should not be misusing his position to censor speech on the internet."

    In February and March 2019, Rep. Schiff contacted Google, Facebook, and Amazon, to encourage them to de-platform or discredit what Schiff asserted to be inaccurate information on vaccines. He then posted the letters and press release on the website.

    Within 24 hours of Schiff's letter to Amazon dated Mar 1, 2019, Amazon removed the popular videos Vaxxed and Shoot 'Em Up: the Truth About Vaccines from its platform for streaming videos, depriving members of the public of convenient access.

    Toxic Hangover: The EPA is aggressively approving very dangerous pesticides

    As reported by U.S. Right to Know last May, court documents showed that a domestic policy advisor at the White House said, 'We have Monsanto's back on pesticides regulation.'

    In a new and unsettling report from the Center for Biological Diversity, we now have confirmation that this promise is being kept. [more; evidence of corporate take-over of govt]

    America's most widely consumed oil, soybean oil, causes genetic changes in the brain

    Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock, soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In all likelihood, it is not healthy for humans. [more; that's according to the research that is cited in this article]

    [from our There Goes The FOOD desk]
    African Swine Fever and Bird flu: Avian Flu, New Europe outbreak feared: 200,000 birds dead or culled in the first 2 weeks of 2020: African swine fever have been confirmed in nine EU countries

    [includes Mass Animal Deaths 2020, to try to keep up]

    [6th part follows]

  5. Aussie Bushfire Update No 25: "I would not be surprised that it’s wiped out every fish in at least 100 kilometres of the river,”: Wet period brings relief but fire debris to kill fish by the millions

    Although the rain is bringing much relief for people and animals alike the floods are bringing new disasters of their own. Ash, mud and fire debris are being swept into rivers which threaten the lives of millions of fish and freshwater wildlife.

    “The stench was overwhelming – it stank that much it made you heave. It’s the dead fish, the rotting vegetation and the ash from the fires and maybe the fire retardant. It is just like brown sludge. “I’ve been fishing the river for 50 years and I have seen fish kills before, but nothing of this magnitude. This will be happening in every east coast river that’s been hit by bushfires.” [more; Australia heading for uninhabitable]

    The rumbling methane Enigma

    Scientific opinion runs the gamut: (1) high risk- methane bursts will bury civilization with runaway global warming - a dreadful, deadly risk (2) not to worry, it's low risk because almost all of the massive deposits of undersea methane will stay put (3) not to worry, low risk because any methane seepage via undersea permafrost is oxidized and dissolves within the seawater and not a threat to runaway global warming.

    Unfortunately, recent events in the high Arctic lean towards option number one as the more likely outcome. In that regard, I recently met with Dr. Peter Wadhams, world-renowned Arctic expert, to discuss the issue (more on that follows).

    The East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) alone is the size of Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan combined and jammed full of methane trapped beneath underwater permafrost that is rapidly thinning. (N. Shakhova) [more]

    Sepsis kills nearly 5 times as many Americans as breast cancer each year and is responsible for a fifth of worldwide deaths, study finds

    One person every three seconds dies from the condition worldwide, which accounts for almost a fifth of global deaths, say researchers. [more]

    Everyone’s Talking About Carbon Offsets. But How Do They Actually Work?

    [they don't - it's a work-around to keep up bus. as usual]

    Sea urchin population explodes off West Coast [~ 4.2 min. video]

    [and, finally news about Chuck 'what the fuck' Schumer]
    Does Chuck Schumer Have an AOC Problem?

    Amid talk of a primary challenge, the Senate Democratic leader cast a surprising vote against the USMCA trade deal, bucking most of his party.

    The revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal which the Senate passed Thursday, drew the support of more than 80 percent of Democrats in Congress, handing President Donald Trump a signal bipartisan accomplishment.

    Yet perhaps the most surprising vote came in opposition: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who spurned a deal negotiated by his governing partner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. [more; it's probably a bad deal anyway, they all seem to be]

  6. Hmm, it appears one comment got disappeared, according to your numbering, if you still have it and want to resend it. Also, I like that numbering stuff - that let me detect the missing comment immediately, whereas without that numbering, I'd never know. I checked spam and unapproved folders - nothing there. Sorry!

  7. No worries. It's just more bad news.

    Police Investigate as Body Is Found on Stretch of I-295
    Police Investigate as Body Is Found on Stretch of I-295

    A stretch of Interstate 295 in Bucks County was closed for hours Sunday morning as police investigated a body on the road.

    Pennsylvania State Police found the remains, identified as that of a male, on the eastbound lanes of the highway, near Mile Marker 0.2, around 2 a.m., a state trooper told NBC10.

    The road was closed as police put up crime scene tape and investigated the area before finally reopening lanes around 7:30 a.m.

    Police did not immediately announce any arrests or identify the body as they continued their investigation.

  8. Heh, turns out I miscounted, Jonny.
    That's right, a college level math instructor can't count (due to not recalling how many times I broke up my long morning comment; sometimes it takes multiple times to fit stuff on the page, blogger limit to # of characters). Gettin' old sucks.

    Supercell Thunderstorm Savages Melbourne With Giant Hailstones, Damaging Homes, Flooding Supermarkets and Bringing Major Freeways to Standstill

    Melbourne has been hit with huge hailstones, forcing motorists to pull over and causing a supermarket ceiling to collapse. [more]

    Strong M6.0 Earthquake Hits Near Arzak, China

    A strong earthquake hit 91km ENE of Arzak, China on January 19, 2020.
    The first quake was followed by two M4.9 aftershocks… And probably many more just not reported by the mainstream earthquake monitoring systems. [more]

  9. I understand, bit of a pain in the ass, the character limit!

  10. Glad we don't have to use Twitter.

    Heavy snow hampers search for missing S. Korean, Nepal trekkers

    Avalanches, heavy snow and poor visibility hampered the search Sunday for four South Koreans and three Nepalis caught in an avalanche in the popular Annapurna region of the Himalayas, officials said

    The missing group was near the Annapurna base camp around 3,230 metres (10,600 feet) above sea level when the avalanche struck after heavy snowfall on Friday.

    "Our team reached the area but could not proceed with their search because of more avalanches. We are exploring ways to move the operation forward," said Mira Acharya from Nepal's tourism department. [more]

    Microsoft plans to become 'carbon negative'

    Microsoft announced plans to become "carbon negative" by 2030, seeking to erase its entire carbon footprint since the company's founding in 1975 and begin removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. [more; lil' late there Sparky]

    Storm Gloria batters Spain with high winds and snowfall

    Powerful Storm Gloria lashed parts of Spain on Sunday with high winds, heavy rain and snow, forcing the closure of Alicante airport and killing one man in the northern region of Asturias. [accident: hit while putting on chains on icy road]

    In Barcelona, authorities warned people to stay away from beaches to avoid being swept away by surf. [more]

    [oh NOW they start getting it right]
    New flight-control problem crops up in 737 Max: Could it add to Boeing's delays and woes?

    Boeing has uncovered a new problem with the 737 Max, raising the possibility it could further delay the grounded jetliner's return to the air.

    The new problem, disclosed Friday, involves a feature of the flight computer.

    The trouble can occur as the flight computer is powered up. Software is supposed to be able to check on itself to make the system is glitch-free. If it detects a problem, it sends a message saying maintenance is required. But it was found that one of these monitors wasn't kicking in as it should.

    Boeing is hoping it can fix the latest problem and at least two others that it has acknowledged, meaning it would add little or no time to the task of trying to get the 737 Max re-certified to carry passengers. At present, major operators of the 737 Max have pushed it's expected return back to June, though some observers think that time frame is optimistic.

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  11. Is This The Death Knell For Nuclear?

    It’s nearly impossible to discuss climate change and the future of the energy industry without discussing nuclear energy. Nuclear energy produces zero carbon emissions, it’s ultra-efficient, it’s already in widespread use, and could be scaled up to meet much more of our global energy needs with relative ease, but it is, and will likely always be, an extremely divisive solution.

    For all its virtues, nuclear energy certainly has its fair share of drawbacks. It may not emit greenhouse gases, but what it does produce is deadly nuclear waste that remains radioactive for up to millions of years and we still don’t really know what to do with it other than hold onto it in ever-growing storage spaces. And then there are the horror stories that keep civilians and politicians alike wary if not outright antagonistic toward the technology. Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island loom large in our collective doomsday consciousness, and not without good reason.

    Because of all of these reasons, as well as financial burden, nuclear energy has been on the decline in much of the world (with some notable exceptions in the nuclear-friendly administrations in China and Russia). This is not new news. Now, however, Chatham House, the UK's Royal Institution of International Affairs, has taken things a step further by taking the official stance that nuclear will never be a serious contender as a solution to catastrophic climate change.

    As paraphrased by environmental news site EcoWatch, the energy experts at Chatham House “agreed that despite continued enthusiasm from the industry, and from some politicians, the number of nuclear power stations under construction worldwide would not be enough to replace those closing down.” The consensus was that this is nuclear’s swan song, and we are now unequivocally entering the era of wind and solar power.

    These conclusions were arrived at during a summit convened to discuss the findings of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019, which concluded that “money spent on building and running nuclear power stations was diverting cash away from much better ways of tackling climate change.” [more]

    [another great idea from Elon Musk!]
    Germans are slamming Elon Musk's plans to clear 740 acres of forest for a $45.6 million Tesla factory

    Tesla is gearing up to clear 740 acres of forest near Berlin, Germany for its fourth Gigafactory.

    But some Germans, who have seen their native forests threatened by droughts and fires in recent years, don't want the factory in their native land. [more]