Sunday, January 19, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-18

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

2020-01-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame at airport in Novosibirsk, Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "Passengers watched in horror as the engine on their packed flight burst into flames moments before take-off in Russia. Video footage shows flames engulfing the Airbus A321 engine as it sits on the runway at Tolmachevo airport, in the city of Novosibirsk."

2020-01-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Olbia (Italy):

Quote: "Panic on an Air Italy flight Olbia-Rome. According to what was reported to the AGI by a passenger on board, the plane filled with smoke shortly after take-off and made an emergency landing in Olbia."

Note: These are the 5th and 6th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-18 - RV trailer and vehicles go up in flames at 2:49 AM and kill person on Lincoln Road in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Firefighters found multiple vehicles and a travel trailer on fire, the release said. After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found a dead body inside the trailer, according to the fire department."

2020-01-18 - Wildfire rages out of control on coastal French Island (Australia):

Quote: "A fire has been burning out-of-control on French Island at Western Port in southern Victoria."

Quote: "On the bushfire front, fire trucks had to be carried across to French Island on barges, which could only hold two vehicles at a time. Firefighters had to painstakingly wait at the mainland dock, watching on as the island burned."

2020-01-18 - Brush fire breaks out near Saratoga Boulvard in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2020-01-18 - Transformer destroyed by fire at electrical substation on Plane Road in Spartan (South Africa):

2020-01-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home in the Village of Belle Aire (Florida), golf course maintenance building burns separately too:

Note: Golf course maintenance building probably means golf carts, riding mowers and/or tractors...

2020-01-18 - Hoverboard bursts into flame inside home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Volcano Shishaldin continues erupting in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2020-01-18 - Around 99 boats and boat dealership building destroyed by mammoth fire at Marina Fortin in Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix (Canada):

Quote: "The building was completely destroyed and housed upward of 100 boats at the time the fire broke out."

Quote: "According to the marina's website, it sells and stores medium-sized boats to yachts. Just last week, it was named a top boat dealership to work for in North America, according to a press release from the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas."

Note: Some boats outside the building went up in flames too, so it's possible that the number of boats destroyed was more than 100, but I'll just call it 99 so I don't have to change the size of the text field background to make a three-digit number fit. Heh. These are the 37th-135th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-18 - US Army Stryker armored vehicle bursts into flame on road near Gorzekaly (Poland):

Quote: "A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle caught fire in Poland Saturday afternoon. The incident according to an eyewitness happened near Gorzekaly village in northern Poland on 18 January. As firefighters arrived, they found a Stryker armored vehicle involved in flames, according to Orzysz 998 volunteer fire brigade."

2020-01-18 - Tanker truck bursts into flame while parked at business in Springfield (Florida):

2020-01-18 - Tractor (backhoe) bursts into flame while parked inside garage, fire spreads, garage destroyed, on Goose Pond Road in Canaan (New Hampshire):

Quote: "A garage and several pieces of equipment inside were destroyed in a fire in Canaan on Saturday morning. The fire was reported just after 7 a.m. at 335 Goose Pond Road, Canaan Fire Chief Bill Bellion said. It started in a backhoe that was plugged into a block heater and inside a carport."

2020-01-18 - Tractor (telehandler) bursts into flame on Drinker Lane in Emley (Britain):

Note: These are the 96th, 97th and 98th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-18 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Westbrook Road in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Note: This is the 21st RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame at 5:30 AM while parked at warehouse in Mount Olive (North Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame on the MacArthur Causeway in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Throgs Neck (New York):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame on I-88 in Colesville (New York):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at townhome in Burlington (Canada):

Quote: "Two people were forced from their home after a car became fully engulfed in flames inside a townhouse garage in Burlington on Saturday, Halton police say."

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at tavern in Somerset (Britain):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Portsea (Britain):

2020-01-18 - Car bursts into flame on the M6 between Wigan and Leyland (Britain):

2020-01-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Olive Hill Road in Bonsall (California):

2020-01-18 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on West Common Lane in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "West Common Lane, Scunthorpe. Sat 18 Jan 2020 19:27 (No: 001105) Motorcycle on fire. Scotty Back Pack in use."

2020-01-18 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Thompson Street in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Thompson Street, Scunthorpe. Sat 18 Jan 2020 16:51 (No: 001093) Motorcycle on fire.Crews extinguished using one hose reel."

2020-01-18 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 12:58 AM on Millers Way in Hodge Lea (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 18 January, 12.58am Motorbike on fire, Millers Way, H2, Hodge Lea. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used a hose reel."

2020-01-18 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:01 AM while parked at home on County Road SS in the Town of Liberty (Wisconsin):

2020-01-18 - Church destroyed by fire at 1:35 AM on Old Parrottsville Highway in Cocke County (Tennessee):

2020-01-18 - Printing factory heavily damaged by fire in Ludhiana (India):

2020-01-18 - Home damaged by fire at 1:15 AM on Southern Knoll Drive in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "The wife was taken to a local hospital as a precaution for unrelated medical reasons, Evans said."

2020-01-18 - Home damaged by fire on Swamp Creek Lane in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Home damaged by fire at 4:59 AM on Pine Street in Galesburg (Illinois):

2020-01-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on Labaree Street in Watertown (Wisconsin):

2020-01-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Clinton Springs Avenue in North Avondale area in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2020-01-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM on Constance Road in Manchester (Connecticut):

2020-01-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4:37 AM on Waverly Place in Utica (New York):

2020-01-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire near Eldred Road and Shirley Street in Chino Valley (Arizona), 4 pets killed, nobody there:

2020-01-18 - Home under renovation destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on Camellia Circle in Gaffney (South Carolina), nobody there:

2020-01-18 - Home destroyed by fire just after 4 AM on South Drive in Columbus (Indiana):

2020-01-18 - Home and barn destroyed by fire near Brown Hill Road and Farrarville Road in Belmont (New Hampshire):

2020-01-18 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in the Riverside area in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), nobody there:

2020-01-18 - Apartment building damaged by fire in the wee hours on Trellis Point Drive in Holly Springs (North Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Apartment building destroyed by fire at 11:04 PM on New Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro (Tennessee):

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire burns home on Park Avenue in Nutley (New Jersey), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire burns home on Inlet Street in New Carrollton (Maryland), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire burns home just before 1 AM on Nugget Lane in Dayton (Nevada), 1 killed:

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire burns home in Portage Township (Michigan), 2 killed:

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 2:30 AM on Front Avenue in St. Paul (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-01-18 - Deadly fire destroys home just after 1 AM on Hardaway Drive in Goodlettsville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2020-01-18 - Vacant building burns on Lombard Street in Buffalo (New York):

2020-01-18 - Vacant home burns on Hemlock Drive in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2020-01-18 - Vacant home destroyed by fire near coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2020-01-18 - Man and woman in their 20s die suddenly at home on Claragh Court in coastal Strathfoyle (Ireland), 1200 feet from the coast:

Quote: "Police are investigating after two young people died suddenly in Londonderry on Friday evening. The man and woman, both thought to be in their 20s were discovered at a property in Claragh Court in Strathfoyle on Friday."

2020-01-18 - Two college students die in the water at waterfall in Sambalpur (India):

2020-01-18 - Brother and sister, both 8, found dead in pond near home in coastal Chachoengsao (Thailand):

2020-01-19 - Man in his 20s dies after being pulled from swimming pool at the Lakeline East Apartments on Lakeline Boulevard in Cedar Park (Texas):

Quote: "A man has drowned in a pool at an apartment complex in Cedar Park, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Medics were called to the 2800 block of Lakeline Boulevard at 4:03 a.m. on Saturday. Emergency workers performed CPR on the man, aged in his 20s, as they attempted to resuscitate him. However, their lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:02 a.m., EMS said."

2020-01-18 - Man has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, dies after plane lands in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "A passenger has died at Auckland International Airport after suffering a medical event on a Jetstar flight from Australia. The man was on board flight JQ131 from the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon when he suffered a medical emergency."

2020-01-18 - Firefighter, man, 66, loses consciousness in fire truck and dies in the wee hours near coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

Quote: "Delongchamp had been in a fire truck when he lost consciousness. He was given CPR for an hour before the firefighter was pronounced dead around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a written release by Alaska State Troopers."

2020-01-18 - Man, 71, folk singer David Olney, has heart attack and dies during performance in coastal Santa Rosa Beach (Florida):

Quote: "Folk singer-songwriter David Olney has died after he suffered an apparent heart attack Saturday while performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a fellow performer said. Olney was 71."

2020-01-18 - Woman found dead in shallow water in Oyster Creek in coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

2020-01-18 - Man found dead near Gammino Pond in Seekonk (Massachusetts):

2020-01-18 - Man, 71, found dead in submerged pickup truck in the Amite River near Maurepas (Louisiana):

2020-01-18 - Person in their 40s slumps over dead in car at McDonald's in Blooming Grove (Wisconsin):

2020-01-18 - Man drops dead under bridge at viaduct in South Bend (Indiana):

2020-01-18 - Soldier, woman, 35, dies while diving off the island of Gozo (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "A 35-year-old woman died while diving in Gozo on Saturday morning. The accident took place at around 10.30am near Mgarr ix-Xini, the police said. Units from the police and army responded to a call about a diver in distress. The woman, from Victoria, was brought to shore but was pronounced dead on site. She has been named as Christine Gauci, a soldier with the Armed Forces of Malta."

2020-01-18 - Person has 'medical episode' and drops dead on Woodbridge Road East in coastal Ipswich (Britain):

Quote: "A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said they were called at 7.22am to Woodbridge Road East, near Playford Road, to a sudden death in the area of the public highway. It is believed the person died as a result of a medical episode, rather than a road traffic collision."

2020-01-18 - Man, 34, has 'medical emergency' on cruise ship off the coast of Puerto Rico:

2020-01-18 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into creek, in Jackson (Missouri), 1 injured:

2020-01-18 - Car and truck collide head-on near coastal Thoothukudi (India), 4 killed:

2020-01-18 - Car and truck collide head-on in Hartselle (Alabama), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-18 - Three cars crash, fire erupts, on Highway 90 in Conway (South Carolina), 1 killed, more injured:

2020-01-18 - Two cars collide head-on, on East Andrew Johnson Highway in Hamblen County (Tennessee), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-01-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into business, in Centerville (Massachusetts), near the coast:

2020-01-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, in Rector (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2020-01-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into trees, in Erin (New York), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2020-01-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, on Forest Avenue in coastal Swampscott (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2020-01-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into wall, bursts into flame, in Pleasanton (California), 1 killed:

2020-01-18 - Sinkhole opens on street in Fulham (Britain):

2020-01-18 - Building collapses in coastal Surat (India), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-01-18 - Man has 'medical emergency' at leisure center in Banbury (Britain):

Quote: "While the nature of the medical emergency has not been confirmed yet, speculation on social media suggested that a gentleman was rescued from the pool."

2020-01-18 - Woman has 'medical episode' at home in coastal Shanklin on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Quote: "An ambulance service spokesperson said paramedics were helping a female patient following a medical episode."

2020-01-18 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near the coast in Papua (Indonesia):

2020-01-18 - Tropical Cyclone Tino brings strong winds and heavy rain to Fiji and Tonga:

2020-01-18 - New SARS-like virus in China has affected hundreds of people:


  1. Good Monday morning Jonny. Very cold here now (18F currently and only expected to hit 30), but the small snow event we had here has melted away with only icy spots left to deal with.

    There's a lot going on now - from Max Igan explaining what many have already known: ALL THE ANSWERS ARE WITHIN, to the destruction of our Earth [possibly so the predators can reincarnate us to another world where we'll repeat the process of trying to find a way out (when it's INWARD), which Max says is what FEEDS them - that spark of awareness energy, and on it goes], corrupted governments, corrupted institutions and the entire Truth Movement being a TRAP.

    Meanwhile, i'll continue posting evidence that backs up Jonny's claim that H2S & CH4 (among many other factors now too) are going to make the planet uninhabitable in a very short time. So start meditating folks, go inside and find your peace with the universe, just let go (of our egos and any association with the outcome) and be. Apparently we've been at this for a very long time.

    [Another "project" to check out - link posted @ seemorerocks]

    Special Feature: SAFIRE PROJECT 2019 UPDATE [~ 48.5 min.]

    Monday, 20 January 2020
    A magnitude 6.1 rocks Bristol Island in the South Atlantic Ocean: The 7th major quake of January and 2020 and the third major quake to strike in the last 36 hours

    Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 3: 139 new cases of mysterious virus in two days: 3rd death: 2 cases in Thailand 1 in Japan: Actual cases now probably in the thousands, British Prof

    Chinese authorities have reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, marking the first time that the infection has been confirmed in the country outside of Wuhan city. The new cases were identified in the cities of Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen. The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from respiratory illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases rose because of "increased searching and testing". The new coronavirus strain first appeared in Wuhan in December and has already spread abroad, with two cases in Thailand and one in Japan.

    The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been 45 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. The Biggest Stock Market “Melt Up” In U.S. History Has Pushed Stock Prices To The More Overvalued Levels Ever

    Over the past several months, we have witnessed one of the greatest stock market rallies in American history. The S&P 500 has gone 70 days in a row without a 1 percent loss, and most weeks we have seen one daily surge after another. If stock prices were exploding because the underlying U.S. economy was performing extremely well, we would have reason to celebrate. Unfortunately, that is not the case at all. In fact, last week I shared 12 signs that the economy is actually slowing down substantially. Instead, this stock market “melt up” is being largely fueled by reckless intervention by the Federal Reserve. The Fed’s balance sheet has been ballooning once again, and investors know that stock prices tend to go up significantly when that is happening. So right now Wall Street is in the midst of a raucous party, and everything will be wonderful as long as stock prices continue to move in the right direction.

    Unfortunately, no stock market rally lasts forever, and a day of reckoning is coming. At this point, stock prices have become so absurd that even the New York Times is saying that we should “worry” about what is ahead. [more]

    Monday, 20 January 2020
    Important data on sea ice thickness is UNAVAILABLE

    The US Navy site on Arctic ice is unavailable

    Methane Update with Margo (Jan. 19, 2020) [~ 20 min.]

    Discovery of unused disaster supplies from Hurricane Maria angers Puerto Rico

    People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. [more; way to go FEMA!]

    [3rd part next]

  3. Australia bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation

    More than 10.7m hectares of land have burnt so far in Australia’s bushfires – larger than the total area of South Korea, or Portugal, and 1.3 times the size of Scotland.

    The ongoing and unprecedented bushfire crisis has spread across six states and multiple months.

    In New South Wales alone, the Gospers Mountain megafire, north of Sydney, is 512,626 hectares in size – larger than Long Island and Manhattan combined. Last week, fires across the north-east of Victoria merged with fires in the NSW Snowy Valley, creating a huge complex of fires across the state border.

    Here are nine images, before and after the fires, that show the devastation from beach to bush, farm to forest, across NSW and South Australia.

    Many more fires are still burning – especially in Victoria’s East Gippsland and the NSW south coast – and the full visual aftermath will only be known when weather conditions improve.

    Record summer heat in Alaska wiped out at least 100,000 Kuskokwim salmon in Bristol Bay – “I’ve never seen a salmon that is still ocean-bright acting in such a way”

    “Based on the catch rates we normally see and the escapement we normally see, well over 100,000 fish died in the river,” Sands said.

    By early July, biologists were expecting an average of 15,000 fish to swim upriver every day.

    Instead, Sands said, “We saw 714 fish go up the Igushik by the tower on July 8. The lack of fish moving up the Igushik River definitely was abnormal.” [more]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Locusts swarm into Kenya as UN warns of 'extreme danger' to food supply [20.25 min.]

    Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

    Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this season torching some 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers), an area about as big as Ohio.

    With blazes still raging in the country’s southeast, government officials are drawing up plans to reseed burned areas to speed up forest recovery that could otherwise take decades or even centuries. [more]

    [4th part below]

  4. Nine killed, one missing after flash flood destroys bridge in Bengkulu, Indonesia

    Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020. [more]

    Two Struck by Lightning in Sydney After Apocalyptic Thunderstorm Hits Canberra With Huge Hail, Damaging Homes, Cars and Smashing Birds Down Trees

    Two people have been struck by lightning in the Blue Mountains near Sydney as enormous thunderstorms swept across the east coast of Australia on January 20, 2020, local time. [more]

    Incredible Moment Biblical Dust Storm Engulfs Parkes, NSW, Turning Day Into Night

    Look at the amazing moment the town of Parkes NSW was engulfed by a monster biblical dust storm on January 19, 2020, turning the day into night. [more; video]

    UN Warns of Extreme Weather Ahead After Declaring Hottest Decade in Recorded History

    The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.​

    The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.​

    Avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort kills one

    At least one skier is dead and another injured [more]

    Snowmobiler dies after buried 6 feet by avalanche in Farmington Canyon, Utah

    An 18-year-old died after being caught and buried in an avalanche in Farmington Canyon on Saturday afternoon. [more]

    [5th piece (probably last one) next]

  5. UK approaches highest atmospheric pressure reading since 1957

    Atmospheric pressure continues rising across central Europe and the Balkans where 1047-1049 mbar has been reported this morning. Very high near record-breaking values also across Benelux!

    According to the Met Office, the station in Mumbles Head, Wales has recorded the highest pressure of 1050.5 mbar last night, just shy below the record of the 1050.9 mbar recorded at Benbecula on Jan 16th, 1957. The UK record is held at 1053.6 mbar in Aberdeen (Scotland) on Jan 31st, 1902!

    The surface pressure has peaked over western Europe and is now is gradually weakening trend while pressure readings continue to rise over central Europe and the Balkans. There, it will peak tonight and could locally push the highest records into 1048-1050 mbar range as well [more]

    [confirming that there's no safe dose of radiation]
    Low doses of radiation used in medical imaging lead to mutations in cell cultures

    Common medical imaging procedures use low doses of radiation that are believed to be safe. A new study, however, finds that in human cell cultures, these doses create breaks that allow extra bits of DNA to integrate into the chromosome. Roland Kanaar and Alex Zelensky of Erasmus University Medical Center and Oncode Institute and colleagues report these new findings in a study published 16th January in PLOS Genetics. [more]

    Bees absolutely love cannabis and it could help restore their populations

    The researchers also discovered that hemp, a major cash crop with multiple applications, can support no less than 16 different varieties of bees in the northeastern United States.

    the pollen produced by male flowers is highly attractive to the 16 bee subspecies in the study for reasons that remain unknown.

    Female flowers — the kind that humans like to smoke for its intoxicating and soothing effects — are basically ignored by bees since they don't produce any actual flowers. [more]

    The elephant in the room!

    Visitors to a Sri Lankan hotel had to contend with an unexpected guest when a wild elephant took a stroll through the lobby.

    The hotel was built on a popular walking track for the elephants, leading straight to a copse of mango trees, and the elephants just continued as they always had.

    The elephants regularly make an appearance and the phenomenon has become a major drawcard for the resort. [more]

  6. [some of the news headlines from RF to start the week]
    News Links, January 20, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    China Posts Slowest Growth in 29 Years But Still Overstated

    US Industrial Production Suffers Worst Year Since 2015

    UK consumers cut back on spending again, adding to economic gloom

    The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip

    Russia's $40 billion gold-buying binge is slowing down

    IMF boss says global economy risks return of Great Depression

    The Population Collapse Behind Interest Rates, Debt, & The Asset Price Explosion (Econimica)
    Even without war, mass starvation, pandemics, and other causes of human depopulation, net energy decline is doing one heckuva job. Growth gurus are going to be shocked by these graphs. Now just wait for the next world war, global financial collapse, food shortages, and other causes that will exert crushing downward pressure on world population. -- RF

    Capitalism 'will fundamentally be in jeopardy' if business does not act on climate change, Microsoft CEO says

    'Your Pension Is Being Looted' – Robert Kiyosaki Says Gold & Silver Will Protect You From Coming Pension Crisis

    An intensifying climate crisis threatens more than half of the world's GDP, research says

    Retail Carnage Continues: Bose Lays Off 100s, Shutters All Retail Stores

    Intel layoffs? Reports of cuts amid a reorganization of Intel's data center group

    J.C. Penney closing more stores and a call center

    Internal Boeing Emails Claim 777X Shares MAX Problem

    Skymark Airlines still using Windows XP

    Screenings to detect new coronavirus to begin at three U.S. airports

    The United States' main allies are abandoning Trump as his threats to world leaders backfire

    Global Hawk drones: A look at Nato's new spy tool

    US hit on Soleimani plays into Kremlin's hands

    Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration
    Coming decade could see the US take on Russia, China and Iran over the New Silk Road connection

    Saudi Arabia Paid US $500 Million to Cover Troop Costs, Pentagon unable ["unwilling" is more like it] to confirm

    UN's warning that Gaza will not be a "liveable place" by 2020 has been realised

    Trump Vastly Overestimates America's Readiness for War
    Shocking. The military is grossly overstretched. -- RF

    [2nd part next]

  7. US Forces In Tense Showdown With Russian Convoy On Blocked Syrian Highway

    How the US Wages War to Prop up the Dollar

    Assessing Israel's tactical laser breakthrough

    The B-52 Will No Longer Carry Certain Nuclear Weapons. Here's Why

    Key Architect of 2003 Iraq War Is Now a Key Architect of Trump Iran Policy

    Russia says Iran shot down passenger plane after US jets were sent to its borders

    Iran Backtracks on Plan to Send Flight Recorders to Ukraine

    Doug Casey: Tensions With Iran Can't End Well

    The Murder Of Qassem Soleimani Will Deter No One

    Migrant surge into Guatemala reaches 3,500, heads for Mexico

    Civil Unrest Threatens Miners Across The Globe

    Almost 40% of the world's countries will witness civil unrest in 2020, research claims

    Brazil's tribes stride into digital age to defend their culture, forests

    "You're stealing our water": Germans protest against Tesla gigafactory

    Big three oilfield services firms start year with asset sales -sources
    Schlumberger, Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Co have kicked off the new year by putting units up for sale, as the three largest names in oilfield services seek to reshape their businesses and adjust to falling demand.

    US allows Chevron to keep drilling in Venezuela for 3 months

    Germany Just Agreed To A $44 Billion Plan To Ditch Coal

    14 states sue to block Trump administration's food stamp cuts

    Trump administration proposes further rollbacks of school lunch standards

    'You have this burden that you carry': For dairy farmers struggling to hold on, depression can take hold

    Texas cattle ranchers face tough decision to cull or sell herds as drought deepens

    Almost 44,000 animals on Australia's Kangaroo Island have died from fire

    Floods, road closures in Australia as storms lash some bushfire-hit regions

    Bayer could be close to Roundup settlement, mediator says

    How climate change influenced Australia's unprecedented fires
    The climate factors contributing to Australia's bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.

    Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case

    Putin's Now Purged the West from the Kremlin

    US Girds for Cyber Threats from Iran as Military Clash Fears Ebb

    Amazon reportedly wants to turn your hand into a credit card

    Western media coverage of Russia as an exercise in propaganda

    'A new world disorder': Global leaders head to Davos 2020 in search of stability

    If Promoting Wealth Inequality and Social Breakdown Is Evil, The Fed Is Evil

    One third of 18-34 year olds living at home with parents and student debt rages out of control to $1.6 trillion.

    Americans Aren't Volunteering or Giving to Charity Because They're Broke

    Manufacturing Has Peaked This Economic Cycle
    Manufacturing employment, shipping, industrial production, and the PPI are all screaming the same word. In case you missed the word, here it is: Recession.

    Railroad Pain: CSX Revenues Fall Below 2014. Workforce -7%. But Hey, $3.4 Billion in Share Buybacks

    Why Manhattan's Skyscrapers Are Empty
    In Manhattan, the homeless shelters are full, and the luxury skyscrapers are vacant.

    Falling Through The Cracks - America's Poverty Crisis Hits Home

    DoD Restricts Firearms, Base Access, and Travel for Foreign Military Students Training in the US

    GDPNow Estimate Tumbles on Weak Retail Sales

    How Trump Rebelled Against The Generals
    With all three sides of the triangle of power inclined to favor him or neutralized, Trump seems to have a good chance to win the next election.

    Trump Nominates Gold Advocate Judy Shelton for the Fed

  8. [The SAFIRE project is linked at Cryptogon, not Seemorerocks]

    Plastic bags have lobbyists. They're winning.

    The plastic shopping bag has long been hunted by state and local policymakers pushing for its extinction. But still it thrives, thanks to the deep-pocketed chemical industry that birthed it and the political influence of retailers and restaurants. Only eight states ban single-use plastic bags. Nearly twice as many have laws protecting them. [more]

    Oil Drillers Add Rigs in Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale

    [just when we thought it was moving in the right direction]

    Total US Rig Count Increases: Rigs engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the United States totaled 796 in the week through Jan 17, higher than the prior-week’s count of 781. The current national rig count is, however, below the prior year’s 1050. [more]

    Bulgaria's government faces no-confidence vote over water crisis

    Bulgaria's government faces a no-confidence motion next week after thousands of people have been left with water shortages over the past two months, leading to public protests. [more]

    ‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate

    [members of his family have gotten rich due to his influence]

    Biden has a big corruption problem and it makes him a weak candidate. I know it seems crazy, but a lot of the voters we need – independents and people who might stay home – will look at Biden and Trump and say: “They’re all dirty.” [more; yep]

    [2 from our Up And Down Weather desk]
    Milder days ahead for Midwest, Northeast following bitter cold

    The midwestern and northeastern United States will gradually emerge from a deep freeze as Arctic air retreats northward by late week. [more]

    Unsettled weather pattern to return to Northwest after tranquil start to the week

    the next Pacific storm will take aim farther south, bringing wet weather back to the Northwest Monday night through Tuesday.

    "Snow levels will be higher than with previous storms, so precipitation along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Northern California will fall in the form of rain," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said. [more]

    [from our Open Season On The Rich feature]
    Oxfam: World’s 2,153 billionaires richer than 60% of global population

    British charity Oxfam has released a report ahead of the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos this week claiming that global economic inequality is “out of control.”

    The “Time to Care” report says that the wealthiest 1% of the world’s population have more than twice the wealth of the rest of the 6.9 billion on earth. In 2019 the world’s 2,153 billionaires had more wealth than 4.6 billion people, 60% of world’s population. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  9. Quake causes damage, injuries in China's Xinjiang region

    A strong earthquake damaged buildings and injured at least one person seriously in China's far west Xinjiang region, the government said Monday. [more]

    Are the Mystery Drone Swarms Lingering Near Nuclear Missile Silos?

    UN's decarbonisation target for shipping to cost over $1 trillion - study

    At least $1 trillion of investment in new fuel technology is needed to enable the shipping industry to meet U.N. targets for cuts in carbon emissions by 2050, a study published on Monday showed.

    The global shipping fleet, which accounts for 2.2% of the world's CO2 emissions, is under pressure to reduce those emissions and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea. [more]

    [from our NO SHIT, Sherlock! desk]
    Central banks can't save the world from climate change, BIS says

    Central banks can't be expected to save the world from climate change, a new book by the Bank for International Settlement said on Monday, urging instead global co-ordination ranging from government policy to financial regulation. [more; that won't work either]

    Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result

    Canadians who cannot afford regular meals are more likely to die early, according to a study released on Monday, showing that people are dying from hunger even in wealthy countries.

    [JJFH meets Wind Power]
    Wind Turbine Bursts Into Flames Near Germany's Bodenwerder

    A fire in a wind turbine in Germany’s Lower Saxony on January 18 prompted warnings from local authorities to keep windows and doors closed in nearby areas while authorities tackled the blaze.

    A photo released by local police shows the blaze 100 meters up at the top of the tower supporting the turbine near Bodenwerder. This video captures the fire and shows flaming debris falling to the ground.

    The fire broke out around 5 pm, authorities said. The cause was not immediately known, but police said it was likely triggered by a “technical defect.” [well of COURSE they're going to say that . .]

    [3rd (last?) piece next]

  10. Climate activists march on Davos

    Climate activists urged politicians and big business to clean up their act as they set off on a three-day march ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos [more]

    Big oil is the new big tobacco. Congress must use its power to investigate

    Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case.

    Insanely, the Australian government remains in denial – ignoring the science, downplaying the seriousness and subservient to coal. The fossil fuel industry, meanwhile, is busy greenwashing and gaslighting: Chevron is boasting about its $1m donation – 0.00667% of its annual earnings – to the Australian Red Cross, and Exxon Australia just wants everyone to “Stay safe and have fun”. All this is set to a backdrop of mutually reinforcing rightwing new outlets, online bots and trolls, which are distracting and misinforming the public about the science and politics of climate-catalyzed fires.
    [more; well, what did you expect?]

    Trump's Russia adviser 'escorted from White House' amid investigation

    Is This The End For Big Oil Dividends?

    The largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world have been “living beyond their means” for years. [more]

    [more from the worst polluters on Earth]
    Pentagon causing toxic pollution by burning foam, campaigners say

    The Department of Defense is polluting the environment with toxic chemicals by continuing to incinerate a vast stockpile of firefighting foam in a move environmentalists say is in breach of new regulations. [more; so watch Trump change them]

    [fucking obvious - like nuclear energy being "safe"]
    Obama was right, Alito was wrong: Citizens United has corrupted American politics

    Ten years ago this week, a narrow majority of the Supreme Court overturned a century of campaign finance law, giving wealthy donors and corporations nearly unlimited ability to influence our elections. In his State of the Union address a week later, President Barack Obama said the controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision “will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.” Justice Samuel Alito famously shook his head, mouthing “not true.” [more; SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is corrupt - surprise!]

    Bosnian protesters hold anti-pollution protest in Sarajevo

    Dozens of people on Monday gathered for a protest in Sarajevo because of dangerously high levels of air pollution in the past few weeks in the Bosnian capital. [more]

    Climate change cited as Antarctic penguin population collapses

    One nearby island, actually called Penguin Island, has seen its chinstrap population plunge by nearly 75% over the past four decades. The numbers have dropped across the region as average temperatures have soared by more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3° Celsius) over 50 years. That increase is about five times the global average. [more]

  11. Your banners have been off the charts, Jonny. The close-up of the locust was special. Thanks for always steppin' it up!

    Breaking: 162 Billionaires Have Same Wealth As Half Of Humanity [BBN] [~ 6.6 min.]

    Wondrous Sun Pillar Awes Skywatchers Across Wisconsin

    Firefighters in Victoria — photos

    [Harry Shearer's Le Show for 1/19/20] [~ 1 hr]

    Pentagon makes ludicrous claim that US invasion made Iraq 'more secure and prosperous'

    [recent post via SOTT]
    Seven hikers missing in avalanche after heavy snowfall in Nepal

    "There is no way that anyone buried in that pile could have survived," he said. [more]

    If everyone ate an American diet 'we would need another planet'

    A new online calculator has shown the shocking impact of meat-heavy Western diets - and what would happen if everyone ate the diet of people in the US.

    If everyone on the planet consumed an American diet, some 138% of the planet’s surface would be needed to produce the food, scientists found. [nah, nah - vertical farming! . ..]

    Researchers at the Omni Calculator Project checked over 1,500 studies and consolidated data from over 38,000 farms in almost 130 countries. You can calculate your own environmental impact using the Omni Calculator tool.

    In the last 50 years, the amount of meat eaten globally has quadrupled, exceeding 320 million tonnes per year, the researchers said. [more]

    Platypuses at risk of extinction

    With rivers drying up, many platypuses are becoming stranded and a new study led by University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney's Centre for Ecosystem Science has examined the risks of extinction for the unique mammal. [more]

    Australia's wildfires will lead to GDP falloff in the billions, AccuWeather predicts

    The Australian wildfires that have scarred more than 20 million acres of land also figure to damage the country's economy. AccuWeather predicts Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020 will fall nearly one percent from a previously forecasted 2.75 percent growth, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia, to 1.90 percent because of the negative economic impact of the wildfires. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  12. Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc for millions [1.5 min. news spot]

    At least two people were killed, 750 flights canceled and hundreds of miles of highways were closed due to high winds and blinding snow.

    Capitalism ‘does more harm than good’ — global survey reveals

    Global leaders clustering at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week may disagree, but the latest survey from US public relations firm Edelman found that over half of people think that capitalism has failed them. [more]

    [oh this is great, pit the sports against each other]
    Tennis-Sports need to do more to combat climate change - lobby group

    [US?! How about BASEBALL or FOOTBALL fer kry-sake!]

    The US Air Force recently acquired a new $64 million Gulfstream private jet for VIP government officials — see inside

    The US Air Force's 89th Airlift Wing provides travel for top government employees including the President of the United States

    The wing primarily uses a fleet of modified civilian aircraft including the Boeing 747-200 used as Air Force One.

    Its newest aircraft, a military variant of a Gulfstream G550, was delivered to Joint Base Andrews in late December [more]

    [thank you for segregating them away from me!]

    Australian Open: Weather to threaten more delays this week following Monday's washout

    The weather has already proven disruptive for the Australian Open, which kicked off on Monday, Jan. 20, with poor air quality and wet weather plaguing the Melbourne region.

    The first day of the tournament had significant impacts from the weather as a storm that passed through southeastern Australia brought showers and thunderstorms.

    Dry conditions will continue into Wednesday, while a north to northeasterly wind will help temperatures reach 32 C (89 F). The normal temperature for the middle of January is 26 degrees Celsius (around 78 degrees Fahrenheit). [more]

    Pyrenees glaciers 'doomed', experts warn

    Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending ecosystems while putting local economies at risk, scientists say. [more]