Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-21

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

2020-01-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in Bucharest (Romania):

Quote: "A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 had to return to its departure airport earlier today as the cabin was filled with smoke. The aircraft, already a replacement for the scheduled service, landed safely back at Bucharest Otopeni Airport in Romania."

Note: This is the 8th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-21 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows open vault on North Main Street in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2020-01-21 - Landfill fire breaks out at 2:15 AM on the island of Velidhoo (Maldive Islands):

2020-01-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Kedah (Malaysia):

2020-01-21 - Recycling center hit by fire, 50-ton pile of waste paper burns, in Coalville (Britain):

2020-01-21 - Smoke ring mysteriously appears in the sky over Lahore (Pakistan):

2020-01-21 - Chinese coronavirus continues spreading, first case hits the US, death toll rises to 9:

Quote: "The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to nine, as dozens more cases were reported across China and as far afield as the western United States sparking fears of a possible pandemic."

Quote: "Officials in Washington state confirmed the first case on US soil Tuesday. Cases have also been reported in South Korea, Thailand and Japan, and suspected cases detected in Australia."

Note: The Yahoo story is a little misleading. The current death rate is 2%. The Spanish flu death rate was 4-10%, so this current flu isn't as deadly as the Spanish flu. But a 2% death rate is still pretty high, and the sample size is still low, so that 2% could change, for better or worse. In 1918 there were far fewer people flying - and far fewer people period - yet 500 million people were still infected by the Spanish flu. So who knows how far this new virus could spread in the modern era if it spreads unchecked. It's certainly not under control now. And nothing says it won't mutate into a more virulent form either...

2020-01-21 - Factory heavily damaged by massive fire near airport in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "A huge fire has broken out near the Qantas Terminal at Sydney Airport. Fire authorities were called to a factory on Coward Street in Mascot at about 7pm on Tuesday after it went up in flames."

2020-01-21 - Update on boat and barn fire in Hamilton (Canada), 44+ boats destroyed:

Quote: "Between 44 and 55 boats were destroyed in a Hamilton barn fire on Sunday, Jan. 19, according to local media. The late-afternoon blaze ultimately spread through two barns at 2275 Golf Club Rd. where the boats were stored, Hamilton Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief John Verbeek told The Hamilton Spectator. The approximately 200-by-60-foot, single-storey barn was fully ablaze when crews called just before 4 p.m. arrived, he said."

Note: I only counted it as 3 at the time, so this is at least 41 more boats burned in this fire. These are the 144th-184th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-21 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

Note: This is the 35th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-01-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 in Columbus (Ohio):

2020-01-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at midnight on I-70 near Bentleyville (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-91 near Putney (Vermont):

2020-01-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on I-80 near Dexter (Iowa):

2020-01-21 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Waipara (New Zealand):

Quote: "The fire began by a combine harvester in a paddock, west of Waipara, about 60 kilometres north of Christchurch."

Note: These are the 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th and 113th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-21 - Truck bursts into flame while parked in maintenance garage at business in St. Cloud (Minnesota):

Quote: "A fire department spokesman says part of the building is used as a maintenance garage, and the fire started in a truck that was parked inside the building."

2020-01-21 - Snowcat tracked vehicle bursts into flame at Keystone Ski Resort in Keystone (Colorado):

2020-01-21 - Van bursts into flame on the A40 near Bancyfelin (Britain):

2020-01-21 - Van bursts into flame in Ripon (Britain):

Quote: "Ripon –Time of call 18:15 Crew from Ripon were mobilised to a report of a van on fire. The fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, resulted in 100% fire damage to the engine bay and cab. Crews extinguished the fire, cooled the vehicle and also cooled the surrounding properties."

2020-01-21 - SUV bursts into flame at bank in Chickasaw (Alabama):

2020-01-21 - SUV bursts into flame on I-40 in Memphis (Tennessee):

2020-01-21 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Kensington on coastal Prince Edward Island (Canada):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on I-380 near North Liberty (Iowa):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on street near Orange City (Iowa):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on street near Echo Park Lake in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in coastal Queens (New York):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on Seabank Road in coastal Invergordon (Scotland), 500 feet from the ocean:

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on Bedford Road in Northampton (Britain):

2020-01-21 - Car bursts into flame on the M3 in Surrey (Britain):

2020-01-21 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Moor Lane in Carnaby (Britain):

Quote: "Moor Lane, Carnaby. Tue 21 Jan 2020 22:33 (No: 001314) Vehicle fire. One breathing apparatus and one hose reel in use. Incident left with Police."

2020-01-21 - ATV bursts into flame along NW 25th Street in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2020-01-21 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 4:20 AM on Apollo Walk in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Apollo Walk, Hull. Tue 21 Jan 2020 04:20 (No: 001255) Motorcycle fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-21 - Moped bursts into flame on access road in coastal Immingham (Britain):

Quote: "Access Road Behind, Talbot Road, Immingham. Tue 21 Jan 2020 23:30 (No: 001317) Moped on fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-21 - Two vehicles and garage go up in flames at home, home scorched, on Dahlia Avenue in coastal Imperial Beach (California):

Quote: "The flames badly damaged the home’s garage and two vehicles parked in the driveway, according to French and Vega."

2020-01-21 - Snowmobiles, ATVs and garage destroyed by fire at home in the Town of Kirkland (New York):,90657

Quote: "Several snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles were destroyed in a garage fire on Martin Drive Monday night. Clinton Fire Chief Jim Scoones said the unattached garage at 12 Martin Drive is a total loss. It contained at least two snowmobiles and two four-wheelers, he noted."

2020-01-21 - Barn destroyed by fire in Haldimand County (Canada), 148 cows killed:

2020-01-21 - Popcorn machine bursts into flame on ferry ship in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2020-01-21 - Commercial building containing 10 businesses heavily damaged by fire on Washington Street in Bloomfield (New Jersey):

2020-01-21 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 1:37 AM at golf course in Fairbanks (Alaska), nobody there:

2020-01-21 - Textile market heavily damaged by massive fire in the wee hours in coastal Surat (India):

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Cynthia Drive in Cahokia (Illinois):

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Gardner Street in Wisconsin Rapids (Wisconsin):

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly after 6 AM on Kendall Avenue in Fort Smith (Arkansas), 1 injured:

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:30 AM on Porterfield Highway in Abingdon (Virginia):

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Privet Place in Bakersfield (California), 3 injured:

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Cranberry Bog Road in Killingly (Connecticut):

2020-01-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Gregory Street in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2020-01-21 - Home under renovation destroyed by basement fire on Fargo Avenue in Skokie (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-01-21 - Home destroyed by fire on Vadney Road in Delmar (New York), nobody there:

2020-01-21 - Home destroyed by fire on Caitlin Drive in Union (Kentucky), woman unaccounted for:

2020-01-21 - Home destroyed by fire on Pikake Street in Keaau (Hawaii), near the coast:

2020-01-21 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM on Cottonwood Road in San Ysidro (California), dog killed:

2020-01-21 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at Sherry Lake Apartment Homes on Butler Pike in Whitemarsh Township (Pennsylvania), pet killed:

2020-01-21 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Kappock Street in coastal Bronx (New York):

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on East Weddel Drive in coastal Sunnyvale (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire burns home near South Harvard Avenue and East 21st Street in Tulsa (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire burns home on Swift Road in Framingham (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire burns home on State Line Road south of Allensville (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire destroys home on Bowman Avenue in Lower Price Hill (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 2 AM on Tree Top Court in Hampstead (North Carolina), 3 miles from the coast, 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Hammerhead shark washes ashore dead at beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Mr Morales says there weren't any obvious signs of what caused the death - no bruises or blood – just a bad, lingering smell. He said it’s quite sad to see a second dead shark at the same beach in a matter of months."

2020-01-21 - Man, woman and boy die in lake in Pune (India):

2020-01-21 - Boy, 15, collapses into knee-deep water in swimming pool at home and dies in Middelburg (South Africa):

Quote: "Janco had been removing tiny fish from a neglected swimming pool on Sunday at a family member’s home when he suddenly collapsed. The dirty water in the pool was only knee-deep. Another of Janco’s uncles, André du Toit, was standing on the pool’s edge when he saw Janco collapse. 'At first he thought it was a prank,' Johann tells YOU. 'But when his head disappeared under the murky green water, André realised something was seriously wrong and went to help Janco.' André lay the teen down on the pool’s steps and immediately started CPR until emergency services arrived. Janco was declared dead at the scene."

2020-01-21 - Firefighter, man, found dead at fire station in Roswell (Georgia):

2020-01-21 - Man, 60, drops dead in Bill Jones Alley in coastal Annapolis (Maryland), 600 feet from the coast:

2020-01-21 - Man falls into vat of acid and dies at business in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Dayton Fire believes the man may have had a medical emergency that caused him to fall."

2020-01-21 - Person found dead near Lavin Lane in coastal North Fort Myers (Florida):

2020-01-21 - Person found dead in vehicle at Sunset Park in Salina (Kansas):

2020-01-21 - Man, 35, drops dead before 2 AM in jail cell in Ascension Parish (Louisiana):

2020-01-21 - Man, 24, found dead near parking lot in Avon (Colorado):

2020-01-21 - Woman, 22, found dead in Upper Hager Creek in Burlington (Canada):

2020-01-21 - US sailor, man, 22, loses consciousness while snorkeling and dies in coastal Guam:

Quote: "A sailor died last week in Guam after he was found unresponsive in the water while snorkeling with friends, Navy officials confirmed Wednesday. Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Daniel Perez, 22, had gone snorkeling with friends at Fish Eye Marine Park on Jan. 11, according to Lt. Cmdr. Rick Moore, a spokesman for Joint Region Marianas. Perez was transported to Naval Hospital Guam where he was declared dead, Moore said."

2020-01-21 - Man, 29, falls off jet ski into water in canal and dies in West Bank Demerara (Guyana):

2020-01-21 - Woman, 75, loses consciousness, car crashes into drainage pond, in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that Martin appeared to be unconscious as her 2013 Toyota went out of control and over the median to the westbound lanes from the eastbound. The car continued over a sidewalk and into a drainage pond."

2020-01-21 - Woman, 24, has 'medical episode', car crashes off road and overturns, on I-70 in Rostraver (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

Quote: "Carley N. Folle-Toman, 24, was taken by ambulance to Mon Valley Hospital after the 6:40 p.m. crash at mile marker 44.5, police said. Troopers said she suffered a 'medical episode' and lost control of the car she was driving."

2020-01-21 - Man has 'medical issue', car crashes into pole, on the Trans-Canada Highway near Dunmore (Canada):

Quote: "A motorist involved in a series of accidents early Tuesday morning, including driving westbound in the eastbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway and crashing into a power pole, did so as a result of a 'medical issue,' police say."

2020-01-21 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Fairbanks (Alaska), engine failure:,132799

2020-01-21 - Small plane crashes into woods near airport in Tallahassee (Florida), engine failure, 2 injured:

2020-01-21 - Helicopter crashes at airport in Independence (Iowa), 1 injured:

2020-01-21 - Pickup truck crashes, bursts into flame, on I-280 near Millbrae (California), 1 killed:

2020-01-21 - Car slams into garbage truck in Dallas Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Quote: "An autopsy was pending to determine whether a medical issue could have played a role, Higgins said."

2020-01-21 - Thousands of US bridges vulnerable to damage from climate change:

Quote: "Bridges built after World War II are susceptible to temperature variations, making them more likely to fail because of climate change, two civil engineers have found."

2020-01-21 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Southcrest (California):

2020-01-21 - Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia suffer biggest locust swarm in 70 years, India, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen also seeing substantial breeding activity:

2020-01-21 - Nearly 16 million pounds of meat and poultry recalled in 2019 for containing metal or plastic:

2020-01-21 - Monty Python star Terry Jones dies from dementia at age 77:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone.

    Thursday, 23 January 2020
    Deadly Storm Gloria batters Spain and France killing 9 with winds of up to 90 mph (144kmh) and waves up to 13.5 metres (44 feet) high. (spectacular video)

    An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 81 kilometres (50 miles) west of the city of Adak and 250 miles from the active Shishaldin volcano in Alaska: The 9th major quake of 2020

    An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 81 kilometres (50 miles) west of the city of Adak and 250 miles from the active Shishaldin volcano in Alaska, according to the USGS. The powerful quake was at a depth of 10 km. [more]

    Connecting the dots: Christmas 1957 our sun goes ballistic worries experts: Two prominent scientists suddenly die: NASA launched: The Space Race Begins: Climate Change arrives

    Millions of tons of toxic particulates thrown into the atmosphere during the last 60 years
    The number of sunspots witnessed on the Sun during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1957 (503), alarmed scientists
    Rockets punch a hole in the ionosphere dumping massive amounts of particulates into our atmosphere
    Harry Wexler warned in 1962 that rockets are burning holes in the ionosphere, destroying the ozone layer, and modifying weather on a global scale
    He warned chlorine and bromine were destroying the ozone eventually disrupting the jet stream which in turn would cause world-wide weather chaos such as we are witnessing today.
    Global temperatures begin to rise in the early 60s [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Not Ready For Economic Collapse: Only 41 Percent Of Americans Have $1000 To Cover An Emergency

    We better hope that the U.S. economy holds together in 2020, because if there is any sort of major economic crisis much of the country is going to be broke almost immediately. Today, close to half of all Americans are living on the edge financially. For many, it is out of necessity, but for others it is a conscious choice. Way too many people out there see no need to build up a substantial financial cushion because they have a tremendous amount of faith in the system. They don’t think that things will ever get too bad in this country, and so there is no urgency to put funds away for a rainy day. But even if authorities could somehow prevent an economic downturn from ever happening again, individual emergencies are taking place all around us on a constant basis. Cars break down, people get sick, and accidents happen. Unfortunately, most Americans are completely unprepared for some sort of an emergency to strike. In fact, a brand new survey has discovered that just 41 percent of Americans could cover a $1,000 emergency expense using their current savings…[more]

    4 killed in plane crash at Southern California airport

    Four people were killed when a small plane crashed at the Corona Municipal Airport in California, authorities said Wednesday.

    As the single-engine plane was taking off, the plane was unable to get airborne. The plane then crashed through a fence and hit a barrier to the east of the airport. The plane, carrying 80 gallons of fuel, then flipped over and caught on fire, causing a brush fire that officials later extinguished.

    "He [the pilot] didn't pull back and he was too fast on the runways," pilot Dorothy Voll, who witnessed the crash, told CBS LA. "Then he flipped, and then everybody was running, and it started on fire, and then it had two explosions which probably were the fuel tanks."

    Another pilot Walt Snyder, estimated the plane may have been traveling at 90 mph.

    There was no immediate word on a cause or model of the plane.

    U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': environment watchdog

    The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group.

    The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. [more]

    [more later]

  3. Thursday, 23 January 2020
    THE REALITY: no government can stop the spread of coronvirus

    SOMEONE is serious about this.

    Masks and airport checks for Chinese SARS-like virus are there to keep population calm – no government can stop its spread now

    As the Chinese coronavirus spreads rapidly around the globe, governments worldwide are making a show of doing something. But are their measures effective, or just exercises in population control?

    On Wednesday, the World Health Organization deliberated on whether to declare the disease an international public health emergency, postponing the decision for a lack of clear data.

    Whatever decision is taken in the coming days will greatly affect the response of both the Chinese government and others in dealing with the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV virus that has already infected hundreds and killed nine.

    But the course of the epidemic will not be decided by officials in conference rooms. [more]

    Passengers arriving in Sydey given leaflets telling them to "see a doctor" if they suffered from symptoms of coronavirus

    The last flight from Wuhan: Plane full of passengers from coronavirus epicentre lands in Sydney as death toll soars to 17 and China QUARANTINES city of 11m

    China's National Health Commission said the virus had been mutating, making it more difficult to control. [more]

    Indications that the coronavirus situation in Wuhan, China is way more serious than we are being told about.
    If you do not think this is DEADLY SERIOUS you are not paying attention.

    [take this with a 5 lb bag of salt]
    Claims that 62,408 already dead from Coronavirus in Wuhan China

    Hal Turner is reporting on his website and on his radio program that according to his sources (whatever they may be) the situation is MUCH, much more serious than Is being revealed.

    He is saying that:

    14% of a city of more than 11 million has been infected (1,551,200 infected)

    Four percent (4%) of those infected (that is 62,408 already dead).

    “Two years ago, in January 2018, China formally openned its first Level-4 Bio-Lab . . . in Wuhan. The lab was criticized PRIOR TO ITS OPENING, that it did not have the proper protocols to assure the non-escape of viral pathogens. China certified the lab anyway and it began operations.

    First suspected case of coronavirus in Australia [more]

    [they keep claiming the infamous Spanish Flu had a 1% mortality rate]

    [2nd part below]

  4. [another Hal Turner report]
    TRAPPED !!! China Locks-Down City of Wuhan over Virus; Police Blocking ALL ROADS In & Out.

    The food market where China's deadly virus surfaced was a smorgasbord of exotic wildlife ranging from wolf pups to species linked to previous pandemics such as civets, according to vendor information and a Chinese media report. [more]

    CO2 emissions reach 415 ppm; this time last year they were 413 ppm.

    "This is phenomenal. To reach the highest ever recorded measurement of CO2 in the atmosphere in January - a full 3 months before the annual maximum is expected. The previous record was 415.70 ppm on 15 May 2019." [more]

    Sydney to hit 41 degrees as NSW bushfire danger returns

    NSW residents are warned recent rainfall has not extinguished bushfires burning across the state, and there is no room for complacency with high temperatures and elevated fire danger about to return. [more]

    Three Americans killed in crash of C-130 air tanker battling Australian wildfires

    A spokesman for Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority said the aircraft went into a valley to drop the retardant and
    didn't emerge, according to the Reuters news service. [more]

    The Iraqi Parliament has decided to ask for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country


    The Iraqi Parliament has decided to ask for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country for violating the terms of their presence. The US has broken its contractual obligations to the government of Baghdad and affronted the sovereignty of Iraq, jeopardising its stability. Sources at the Prime Minister’s office said “the request for withdrawal is imminent. US forces have violated the agreement. Therefore, the agreement is now null and void. The agreement had stipulated that US forces were to be given one year’s notice for withdrawal, but since the US broke the terms of the agreement, this time horizon no longer applies.” [more]

    [from our "Possible Toppler" list]
    Man apparently jumps from cruise ship docked in San Juan and dies

    The body of a man the U.S. Coast Guard says apparently jumped from a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico was recovered Wednesday night.

    surveillance footage from the ship showed the man going overboard. He said the footage showed what appeared to be a "clean jump" from about 177 feet up.

    Investigators were tying to determine what motivated the man.

    [lastly, from my twp]
    2 Pipe Bombs Found Half a Mile Apart in Caln Township

    An investigation is underway after two pipe bombs, one of which had been detonated, were found in a two-day span and less than a mile away from each other in Caln Township, Pennsylvania [more]

  5. Pentagon racks up $35 trillion in accounting trickery in a year - a total greater than the entire US economy

    The Pentagon made $35 trillion in accounting adjustments last year alone -- a total that's larger than the entire U.S. economy and underscores the Defense Department's continuing difficulty in balancing its books.

    The latest estimate is up from $30.7 trillion in 2018 and $29 trillion in 2017, the first year adjustments were tracked in a concerted way, according to Pentagon figures and a lawmaker who's pursued the accounting morass.

    The figure dwarfs the $738 billion of defense-related funding in the latest U.S. budget, a spending plan that includes the most expensive weapons systems in the world including the F-35 jet as well as new aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines.

    "Within that $30 trillion is a lot of double, triple, and quadruple counting of the same money as it got moved between accounts," said Todd Harrison, a Pentagon budget expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    The Defense Department acknowledged that it failed its first-ever audit in 2018 and then again last year, when it reviewed $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities. While auditors found no evidence of fraud in the review of finances that Congress required, they flagged a laundry list of problems, including accounting adjustments. [more]

    Iraqi parliament gives US forces one year to leave, Trump threatens sanctions unless they compensate them for "expensive" bases

    [which they never asked for!]

    "We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that's there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it [...] We will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before ever. It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame," Trump noted. [more]

  6. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says Greta Thunberg can criticize 'after she studies economics'

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed Greta Thunberg’s call for private and public sector divestment from fossil fuel companies, telling Yahoo Finance at a press briefing: “After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”

    Mnuchin also joked about 17-year-old climate activist: “Who is that? Is she the chief economist?”

    Thunberg responded on Twitter, stating: "It doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up."

    [Perhaps, Mr. Mnuchin, you should go and study climate science and see how well your BULLSHIT, MADE-UP economics squares with a DEAD PLANET, you FUCKING MORON! (is what i would have said)]

    Mnuchin noted that the Trump administration did have concerns about the environment, but had other plans for it. [more; yeah, like DESTROY IT!!]

    [He-ya-go Steve, let's see what the head of the IMF has to say]

    IMF chief 'couldn't sleep' after reading climate report: 'What have we done?'

    The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said she couldn’t sleep after reading a landmark report into climate change and its effects last year.

    Kristalina Georgieva said during a session at Davos on Thursday: “The big eye opener was when last year I read IPCC report. I tell you, I could not sleep that night.”

    The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 published a landmark report warning that there are just 12 years left to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees this century. [yeah, and THAT'S a fuckin' lie too!]

    The report, which took two years to compile, warned that warming above this threshold would severely increase the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty.

    “All I could think of was my 8-year-old granddaughter,” Georgieva saiad. “What have we done? By the times she’s 20 there could be 100 million more poor people because of climate change. By the time she’s 40 there could be over 100 million climate refugees. If she lives to be 90 and the temperature is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, this planet will be barely liveable.”
    [more; mostly wrong - the population is going to DROP precipitously in the near future - TO ZERO by like 2026]

    [so ya see Steve, your bogus 'economics' is what's making the planet unlivable - CAPICHE?]

    [from our Dis I Gotta See feature]
    Exclusive: BP's Looney goes all-in on climate goals and explores overhaul

    Change is afoot at BP. Incoming Chief Executive Bernard Looney plans to expand the company's climate targets and is considering overhauling the structure of the oil and gas major in one of the biggest shake-ups in its 111-year history.

    The 49-year-old Irishman plans to adopt broader carbon emissions reduction goals that will likely include emissions from fuels and products sold to customers rather than just the far lower emissions from BP's own operations, according to four sources with knowledge of internal discussions with the new CEO. [more; sounds good, but won't happen soon enough]

    [2nd piece next]

  7. Coronavirus: ‘Likely’ that deadly infection will be confirmed in UK in the next few weeks

    A medical expert has said it is only a matter of time before a case of coronavirus is confirmed in the UK.

    Four people are currently being tested for the deadly virus in Scotland after contracting respiratory symptoms after travelling from China. [more]

    Who is most likely to catch China's coronavirus?

    China’s coronavirus is spreading fast, with cases rising “by the minute”.

    The death toll stands at 18, with all fatalities occurring at the epicentre of the outbreak in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

    Chinese authorities state 630 people are battling the virus, however, one expert claims numbers could be as high as 9,700 in Wuhan alone.

    The new strain, 2019-nCoV, has the potential to infect anyone.

    “Novel viruses spread much faster because we have no immunity,” Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said. [more]

    Philippine Authorities Release Aerial Video Showing Devastation Caused by Taal Eruption

    A new video released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) shows the devastation caused by the Taal volcano eruption on January 12.

    A level 4 alert remains in place for the volcano, indicating a “hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.” [more]

    Nepal ends search for missing South Korean trekkers, guides

    Nepalese authorities decided Thursday to end the search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were buried by an avalanche on a popular trekking route.

    It could take weeks or months for the snow to melt and for the bodies to surface. [more]

    EX-CIA Lawyer: The Soleimani Hit Was a Homicide Under U.S. Criminal Law

    In bragging that he ordered a successful hit on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Trump has admitted to killing a senior government official of a sovereign state, Iran, while he was traveling in another sovereign state, Iraq. On its face, his conduct and intent satisfy the elements of premeditated murder under Section 1116 of Title 18 of the United States Criminal Code, "Murder or manslaughter of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons." [more]

    Spain declares climate emergency, gets climate plan ready

    Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal [meaningless] first step toward enacting ambitious measures [in the distant future when it's already too late] to fight climate change. [65 sec. video]

    [from our Pipedream section]
    Boeing CEO expects to resume 737 MAX production before mid-year

    Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told reporters on Wednesday the U.S. planemaker expects to resume 737 MAX production months before its forecasted mid-year return to service and said it did not plan to suspend or cut its dividend.

    The company announced a production halt in December, when the global grounding of the fast-selling 737 MAX following two deadly crashes in five months looked set to last into mid-2020 -- a timeline pushed back after Boeing endorsed new simulator training for pilots.

    Calhoun said the company is not considering scrapping the MAX and expects it will continue to fly for a generation. "I am all in on it and the company is all in on it," Calhoun said, adding Boeing will not launch a marketing campaign to get customers to get back on 737 MAX planes. [more; and no one with any choice or brains WILL get back on one]

  8. China releases huge batch of amazing Chang'e-4 images from moon's far side

    The newly published photos cover nearly a year of pioneering exploration on the far side of the moon, where no previous mission has landed.

    The China Lunar Exploration Program made the data available online at a dedicated website for the country's moon missions.

    [see 45 plate slideshow, link provided]

    The Chang'e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover have completed 13 lunar days on the moon. The solar-powered duo awaken between 24 and 48 hours after sunrise over the mission landing site and power down about 24 hours before sunset. Searing-hot lunar days and the brutally cold nights each last around 14 Earth days.

    the rover and lander have now exceeded their design lifetimes of three months and one year and continue to operate with all science payloads in a healthy condition, according to the China National Space Administration. [more]

    New high-energy gamma-ray sources found in the galaxy

    Researchers have discovered nine new sources of high-energy photons in the Milky Way, including some of the most energetic gamma rays ever detected. [more; 90 sec. video and text]

    [more on this]
    Burst of Gravitational Waves Hit Earth But Scientists Don’t Know Where It’s Coming From

    A mysterious cosmic event might have ever-so-slightly stretched and squeezed our planet last week.

    On January 14, astronomers detected a split-second burst of gravitational waves … but researchers don’t know where this burst came from. [more; the FORCE, Luke]

    Asteroid fireball explodes over the Great Lakes

    The shattered remains of an asteroid now lie on the floor of one of North America's Great Lakes after travelling from beyond Mars to rain down on Earth in a blaze of fire.

    Numerous eyewitnesses reported seeing the raging fireball streak across the sky on Tuesday night and experts calculate that it travelled nearly half a billion kilometers before coming to rest in its watery grave on the floor of Lake Huron.

    [2nd part next]

  9. 'Tapping for data'? Big Tech joins Big Bro to turn private health information into $38B 'public treasure'

    Big Tech is poised to rake in tens of billions of dollars from a new healthcare recordkeeping standard that scorns privacy for convenience, creating massive opportunities for extortion and other abuses by criminals and government.

    "Wouldn't life be easier if you could view your full medical history with a few taps on your smartphone?" an upbeat piece touting Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) - a new data standard for healthcare patient data - asked, somewhat rhetorically, on Tuesday in Kaiser Health News. This oversimplified, no-downside spin on a truly ominous technology neglects to warn anyone who's ever used a health clinic that the medical details of their private life are about to get a lot more public, data-privacy laws be damned, and there will be no putting this particular genie back in the bottle.[more]

    Where Did the New Coronavirus Come From? Snakes

    A new study suggests snakes may be the source of the new coronavirus causing an outbreak in China.
    The new deadly virus may have ‘jumped’ to humans from snakes.

    The new study analyzed the genetic sequence of the new virus, 2019-nCoV, and compared it with the genetic sequences of more than 200 other coronaviruses from around the world that infect various animals. Surprisingly, they found that the snakes are the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for this virus.
    [more; of course it's still mutating]

    More U.S. troops leave Iraq over potential injuries as Trump downplays brain risk

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 U.S. service members in Iran's recent attack on a base in Iraq to be serious, as the American military moved more troops out of the region for potential injuries. [more]

  10. [I may have missed this one]

    Thursday, 23 January 2020
    Chinese Mystery Disease Update No 6: 2nd city shut down: 20 million quarantined: 3rd city closes train stations: incubates in a person for 5-to-10 days: Thousands walking around not knowing they are sick

    Huanggang is the second city to shut-down as authorities try to halt the spread of the newly-discovered virus. With a population of more than seven million people, it's a major population centre. The city is situated about 70km from Wuhan, which was the first city to be put on lockdown, that means nearly 20 million people are now quarantined.