Friday, January 24, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-23

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

2020-01-23 - Unknown odor hits large area near Lake Ontario in and around Webster (New York):

Quote: "Many Webster residents are wondering what is causing the smell in Webster. The Webster Highway Department says it seems to cover a large area, from Route 250 to Whiting Road, as far north as Lake Ontario. Officials in Webster want to reassure residents that they are investigating to try and find out what the smell is and if it’s harmful."

2020-01-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Woodland (California):

Quote: "A natural gas odor that spread through part of Woodland Thursday morning is currently unexplained."

2020-01-23 - Atmospheric CO2 level expected to experience one of the largest annual increases on record:

Quote: "Catastrophic wildfires in Australia are pushing global carbon dioxide levels to new highs, scientists have warned. The UK’s Met Office predicted 2020 would see one of the largest annual jumps of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since records began, with the raging bushfires blamed for up to a fifth of the increase."

Quote: "The historic wildfires in Australia likely unleashed about 900 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equivalent to nearly double the country's total yearly fossil fuel emissions, according to scientists."

Quote: "Similar concentrations of CO2 were last seen in the Earth's atmosphere between 3 million and 5 million years ago, scientists say. Back then, sea levels were 10 meters to 20 meters (33 feet to 65 feet) higher than today, with temperatures some 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer."

Note: The 'catastrophe curve' continues to steepen. This is a chain reaction in action. The wildfires spew huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, which causes more and bigger fires, which spew even more CO2 into the atmosphere, which causes even more and even bigger fires, etc, etc, until everything on the surface of the Earth that CAN burn has burned. We've still got a ways to go though. There are still plenty of unburned homes, businesses, vehicles, fields and forests to provide fuel as the planetary burnathon continues to escalate...

2020-01-23 - Chinese coronavirus death toll rises to 25, infections spreading, public health emergency declared:

Quote: The number of cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus as of January 23 has gone up to 830, while the death toll from the virus has risen to 25, the National Health Commission announced on Friday."

Quote: "The first-level public health emergency envisages mobilization of personnel, government departments and enterprises in fighting against the outbreak, as well as using all necessary materials and resources. In order to prevent the spread of the outbreak, local governments may cancel public events, temporarily suspend the operation of companies and educational institutions, restrict access to potentially dangerous areas, make temporary requisitions for houses, cars, equipment and other resources.Local authorities may also restrict the freedom of movement and migration, institute epidemiological screening for people and transport, put residents into quarantine if they are suspected to have contracted the virus."

Note: Looks like they're heading toward martial law, soldiers on the streets and complete lockdown. The death rate is now a little over 3 percent according to those stats. Getting closer to the low-end estimate (4 percent) of the 1918 Spanish flu death rate...

2020-01-23 - Virologist who helped identify SARS on deadly new coronavirus outbreak says 'This time I'm scared':

2020-01-23 - Truck bursts into flame and burns person to death on Highway 31 in Islampur (India):

Quote: "According to locals, the lorry was travelling towards Siliguri when it suddenly caught fire on Highway 31 in Islampur. The driver of the lorry immediately escaped, but the associate driver, who was sleeping at the time, could not get out of the vehicle in time."

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame in garage at home and almost burns man to death in Manoa area in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

Quote: "KHON headed to the scene and spoke with the homeowner, Howard Sato, whose car caught fire. He said he was sitting in his car when it happened. He had been running his car as he waited for his son when it suddenly burst into flames."

2020-01-23 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire on Turtle Lake View Path in Stokes Township (Minnesota), 200 feet from Turtle Lake, 2 killed:

Quote: "Authorities reported that 'a loud bang was heard and then the fire occurred.'"

Note: This is the 8th residential explosion in 2019...

2020-01-23 - Plastic pallet business erupts in flame near Bush Airport in Harris County (Texas):

Quote: "The business where the fire happened refurbishes plastic pallets, according to the chief."

2020-01-23 - Cargo ship 'BW Acorn' disabled by fire in the Gulf of Aden:

Quote: "UK-flagged Capesize bulk carrier BW ACORN is reported on fire, ship is disabled, drifting since around 2300 UTC Jan 23 in Gulf of Aden."

2020-01-23 - Houseboat bursts into flame in coastal Alappuzha (India):

Note: These are the 186th and 187th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-23 - School bus bursts into flame on Linwood Road in coastal Renfrewshire (Scotland):

2020-01-23 - School bus bursts into flame on street in Old Bewick (Britain):

Note: These are the 10th and 11th school buses to burn in 2020, and these are the 36th and 37th buses to burn in 2019...

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 between Clearfield and Penfield (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-278 in coastal Linden (New Jersey):

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 near West Salem (Wisconsin):

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 near Pocatello (Idaho):

2020-01-23 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on Highway 27 near Soddy Daisy (Tennessee):

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-44 near Lebanon (Missouri):

2020-01-23 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near intersection in Fairfield (Ohio):

2020-01-23 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside shed at the Port Of Tyne in coastal South Shields (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Tractor bursts into flame on road in Sperry Cross, Upton (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Tractor bursts into flame on road near the A30 in Tedburn St Mary (Britain):

Note: These are the 117th, 118th, 119th, 120th, 121st, 122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th and 126th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-23 - Garbage truck bursts into flame in Corona del Mar (California):

2020-01-23 - Box truck bursts into flame at apartments on Ivystone Drive in Socastee (South Carolina):

2020-01-23 - Box truck bursts into flame on highway near San Cayetano (Spain):

2020-01-23 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Sioux City (Iowa):

Quote: "The camper was damaged in the front near the engine. Officials said the camper is probably a total loss."

Note: This is the 22nd RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-23 - Campervan bursts into flame at 3:30 AM while parked in Balsall Common (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Campervan bursts into flame on Verwood Road in St Leonards (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Van bursts into flame at gas station on Marston Road in Frome (Britain):

2020-01-23 - SUV bursts into flame on I-279 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame at liquor store in West Roxbury area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame at intersection in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame on State Road 26 in Newberry (Florida):

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame on I-49 in Fayetteville (Arkansas):

2020-01-23 - Car bursts into flame on Elm High Road in Wisbech (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Vehicle bursts into flame in carpark on Herons Way in Chester (Britain):

2020-01-23 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 11:48 PM on Lawrence Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Lawrence Street, Grimsby. Thu 23 Jan 2020 23:48 (No: 001457) Vehicle fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-23 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at RV park on Homerun Road in Pasco (Washington):

2020-01-23 - Barn heavily damaged by fire in Pepperell (Massachusetts):

2020-01-23 - Lumber business damaged by fire on Potter Road in Allegany (New York), nobody there:

2020-01-23 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire at 5:30 AM in the Little Havana area in coastal Miami (Florida), nobody there:

2020-01-23 - Church destroyed by fire on Amity Street in Homestead (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-23 - Church heavily damaged by fire on West Slaughter Lane in Austin (Texas):

2020-01-23 - Home damaged by garage fire on West Richards Way in Peoria (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-01-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 4 AM on Triangle Drive in East Haddam (Connecticut), 2 injured:

2020-01-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5:15 AM on Bay Lake Road in Orange County (Florida), 19 dogs killed:

2020-01-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Citrus Drive in coastal Bonita Springs (Florida):

2020-01-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:30 AM on 21st Street in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-01-23 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:05 AM on Davis Street in Longview (Texas), nobody there:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire burns home at East Pleasant Street and Saxonia Avenue in Lawrence (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire burns home on East Locust Street in Tarpon Springs (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:45 AM on Kenyon Road in the Town of Mexico (New York), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire burns home on Dartmouth Avenue in Bessemer (Alabama), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire destroys home in Kalkaska Township (Michigan), 2 killed:

2020-01-23 - Deadly fire destroys home on Mountain View Road in Wise (Virginia), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Thousands of fish wash ashore dead on beach in Gandia (Spain):

2020-01-23 - Two boys, 10 and 11, die in dam reservoir in coastal Bani (Philippine Islands):

2020-01-23 - Firefighter, man, drops dead at home on Greystone Avenue in Haverhill (Massachusetts), 1600 feet from the Merrimack River:

2020-01-23 - High school football coach, man, 37, has 'medical event' and drops dead at school in Gwinn (Michigan):

2020-01-23 - Man, 71, dies after being pulled from the water at beach in coastal Ko Olina (Hawaii):

2020-01-23 - Man dies after being pulled from the Potomac River in coastal Washington DC:

2020-01-23 - Man found dead in the Neches River in Cherokee County (Texas):

2020-01-23 - Man found dead in greenbelt in Elk Grove (California):

2020-01-23 - Person found dead near Dollar Tree store in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2020-01-23 - Man found dead and naked in field in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Police say they found a naked man in a field, along with a wallet and some clothes. Police believe the body may have been there since 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Thursday morning."

2020-01-23 - Man, 62, found dead outside home in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2020-01-23 - Man, 26, dies while swimming at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre in Champion Lakes (Australia):

2020-01-23 - Man, 55, dies after swimming off coastal Kudahuvadhoo Island (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "A 55-year-old has drowned in Kudahuvadhoo island of Dhaalu atoll. Maldives Police Service (MPS) revealed that the man was discovered from the reef on the west-side of the island at around 6pm on Thursday and he was rushed to the hospital immediately."

2020-01-23 - Man, 29, dies while diving in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Quote: "A Navy trained professional diver has drowned at Blue Rock Adventure Park in Somerset West, the adventure park confirmed on Thursday.  "

2020-01-23 - Woman has 'medical emergency' at train station, topples onto tracks, gets hit by train, in coastal Arlington (Virginia), 1 injured:

Quote: "Metro Transit Police say the victim experienced a medical emergency moments before falling off the platform at around 5:16 p.m., according to a preliminary review of video footage. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."

2020-01-23 - Man, 55, has 'medical event', tractor trailer crashes off road, in Claymont (Delaware), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police said they believe a 'medical event' caused the wreck."

2020-01-23 - Man, 25, has 'medical episode', van crashes into hillside, in Allegheny Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A 25-year-old Vandergrift man was driving a van Thursday night along Route 56 in Allegheny Township when he suffered a medical episode, lost control and crashed into a hillside, police said."

2020-01-23 - Driver has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into HVAC unit at school in Knightsville (South Carolina):

Quote: "A driver had a medical emergency Thursday morning and just avoided crashing into an elementary school in Dorchester County."

2020-01-23 - Tractor trailer crashes into tow truck, fire erupts, on the QEII near Penhold (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - SUV veers off road at 6 AM, crashes into pole, on Route 30 in Tolland (Connecticut):

2020-01-23 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Spokane (Washington), 1 killed:

2020-01-23 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, on University City Boulevard in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2020-01-23 - Car veers off road at 12:19 AM, crashes into tree, in North Avondale (Ohio), 1 injured:

2020-01-23 - Teen boy jumps into the water and disappears at St. Clair Beach in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand):

Quote: "It is understood a teenage boy jumped into the water and did not resurface."

2020-01-23 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2020-01-23 - Scientists found 28 new virus groups in a melting glacier:

2020-01-23 - Scientists discovered four new species of sharks that walk:

2020-01-23 - Trump rolls back water protections in the US to allow mining and agricultural industries to pollute our water more:

Note: Nothing wrong with a little cyanide in the water from gold mines!

2020-01-23 - Burst of gravitational waves hit Earth, scientists don't know where it's coming from:

2020-01-23 - China releases huge batch of amazing Chang'e-4 images from moon's far side:

2020-01-23 - Not ready for economic collapse, only 41 percent of Americans have $1000 to cover an emergency:


  1. As expected, Jonny, this new virus is raging out of control and could become a global pandemic this year. There are probably hundreds of infected people (fellow passengers of infected people that got through the flimsy airport security checks) who show no signs of illness, due to the incubation period of this thing, walking around spreading it unknowingly.

    Every day the number of infected and dead people rises. Listen to Kevin's latest BBN episode where he talks about it.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Trump erodes water protections-Wuhan Coronavirus update [~ 21.25 min.]

    Saturday, 25 January 2020
    An update on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China

    Strangely enough, Hal Turner came up with the same material independently. I am seeing material that confirms the general picture that is so dystopian that I can understand people not believing it. [~ 25 min. RW video]

    [some of the topics, links provided for each at seemorerocks]

    Desperation of medical staff in Wuhan - many died,no one is removing corpses, social order on verge of collapse

    Coronavirus Comes To Australia After Fucking Stupid Government Lets Plane From Wuhan Land Here

    Teachers and students from Wuhan to visit New Zealand while deadly coronavirus spreads [more]

    Desperation of medical staff in Wuhan - many died,no one is removing corpses, social order on verge of collapse [~ 1 hr Hal Turner podcast]

    Saturday, 25 January 2020
    The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola: Coincidence? Had annual safety drill days before outbreak!

    A "conservative guess" is more than 150,000 are yet unaware they are sick as the incubation period is 5-to-10 days.

    The Coronavirus has arrived in Europe with 8 suspected cases in France

    Health experts issued an ominous warning about a coronavirus pandemic 3 months ago. Their simulation showed it could kill 65 million people.

    Almost 50 million people in lockdown

    US biosafety experts warned in 2017 that the "virus" could 'escape' the facility WUHAN [more]

    [2nd part next]

  2. Coronavirus – Inside Info and Discussion [~ 72 min.]

    Saturday, 25 January 2020
    Coronavirus Update: Simulation it could kill 65 million people: Arrives in Europe: Virus escaped lab in Wuhan? More than 150,000 unaware they are sick as the incubation period is 5-to-10 days. [incl. ~ 12 min. video]

    Hundreds of thousands of dead fish (as far as the eye can see) wash up on Spanish beaches after the breakage of facilities in a fish farm during this week's incredible Storm Gloria

    The beach of Xeraco and part of the l'Auir in Gandia have woken up to the gruesome site of hundreds of thousands of dead fish. Everything seems to indicate that the fish have reached the coast of the Safor after the breakage of the facilities of a fish farm in Sagunto. The first effects of this break were noted a few days ago in Perellonet Beach, and now we have the same image in Xeraco. The fish that have appeared dead in Xeraco belong to several commercial species such as sea bass, sea bass or sea bream, and even a dolphin calf [more]

    6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Eastern Turkey - EMSC

    Deadly M6.7 Earthquake Hits Turkey: At Least 14 Dead, Collapsed Buildings and People Running for Their Lives in Impressive Videos

    A powerful M6.7 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Friday, January 24, 2020, leaving at least six people dead, causing 4-5 buildings to collapse and sending people running for their lives in the streets.

    The shallow earthquake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) and was widely felt in neighboring countries. [more]

    [3rd piece follows, continuing the topic]

  3. Saturday, 25 January 2020
    Turkey quake: 19 people killed, and 553 injured and 30 people trapped under rubble: 60 aftershocks: Quake significant, no fewer than four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India, and Africa)

    19 people were killed, and 553 others were injured after a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked the eastern Turkish province of Elazığ on Friday evening. [more]

    At least 22 killed and 1 030 injured after M6.8 earthquake in eastern Turkey

    At least 22 people have been killed and 1 030 injured after a shallow M6.8 earthquake hit near the town of Sivrice in eastern Turkey's Elazig province at 17:55 UTC (20:55 local time) on January 24, 2020. [more]

    U.S. says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

    The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced.

    President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran's attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members. [more; even that number is probably way low]

    Report: DOI manipulated wildfire science data to justify increased logging

    A former petroleum geologist at the USGS asked scientists to “gin up” emissions figures for him [more]

    [hat tip to Mike D.]
    Massive Explosion Rocks Houston: 2 Dead and Widespread Damage (Videos)

    A massive explosion rocked parts of Houston early Friday, around 4:15 a.m. local time.

    The powerful blast killed at least 2 people, shaked the city and damaged homes even miles away. [more]

    TruNews in Davos: Frail George Soros Denounces President Trump and Predicts Revolutions and Wars [~ 83.5 min.]

    Today on TruNews we discuss the predictions of war and revolution made by infamous billionaire revolutionary George Soros and Historian Yuval Harari. We also address the Coronavirus epidemic and and the guillotine protest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we exclusively report a jacobin connection to Democratic socialist U.S. presidential candidate Bernie “off with their head” Sanders. [more]

    [part 4 below]

  4. Sea Ice Update with Margo (Jan. 23, 2020) [~ 48 min.]

    Hospital staff in Wuhan are wearing adult diapers because they don't have time to pee while caring for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients

    The outbreak is taking a toll on patients and doctors alike as medical staff live in fear of contracting the disease themselves as they care for infected people. [more]

    Wuhan, China, faces such a shortage of coronavirus test-kits that people say getting one is like 'winning the lottery'

    The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, is spread from person to person and has killed 26 people and infected more than 870 as of Friday morning.

    Access to test kits has been reserved for those with the most severe symptoms, and reports suggest hospitals in affected areas outside Wuhan also have limited access to them.

    The reports come as doctors say they face a "flooding" of patients and not enough protective gear, and the city of Wuhan scrambles to build a brand new hospital in just six days to treat the virus. [more]

    Scientist who simulated the global impact of a coronavirus outbreak says ‘the cat’s already out of the bag’ and calls China’s efforts to contain the disease ‘unlikely to be effective’

    The number of infections has risen to at least 881, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Chinese state-run broadcaster China Central Television. On top of that, the official death toll has risen to 26 from 17 yesterday. The Journal also reported that the outbreak was overwhelming China’s local-area resources and hospitals.

    Beijing has shut down parts of the Great Wall, as well as 16 cities, restricting movement of some 46 million people, and canceling events related to the Lunar New Year, one of the busiest periods of travel and consumerism in the country. [more]

    [East coast] Groundhog Day storm brewing? Forecasters monitoring the situation closely

    [it's just a bunch of rain here in SE PA]

    [how about 1 piece of good news?]
    A rewilding triumph: wolves help to reverse Yellowstone degradation

    Twenty-five years ago this month, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, America’s first national park and an ecosystem dangerously out of whack owing to the extirpation of its top predator.

    This monumental undertaking marked the first deliberate attempt to return a top-level carnivore to a large ecosystem. Now scientists are celebrating the gray wolves’ successful return from the brink of extinction as one of the greatest rewilding stories the world has ever seen. [more]

  5. Well it looks like mum is going to be the word on the student at Texas A&M from Wuhan, China. Like a guy I regularly watch on Bitchute said yesterday on the developing pandemic..."Prepare for information blackout". Yep.

  6. Thanks for the update, Mike.

    Elephant kills 2 persons in Odisha, India - record 102 such deaths for the year in state

    The man- elephant conflict in Odisha seems to be worsening by the day with a district in Odisha on Friday declaring shutting down of about 600 schools in a mineral-rich district after a stray tusker [roll the final r] killed 2 persons on Thursday evening.

    As the agitated villagers tried to drive it away lighting torches and bursting firecrackers, the tusker ran into Sankachila village where it tossed 62-year-old Chintamani Ram and trampled upon the head of 55-year-old Iswar Das, both of them snacks sellers from a nearby village. Both of them immediately died. At least 10 other villagers were also injured in the stampede as the elephant rampaged through.[more]

    Floods and landslides kill at least 14 in Minas Gerais, Brazil - highest rainfall ever in Belo Horizonte

    The disaster comes just days after the deadly floods in Espirito Santo on 17 to 18 January, where 6 people died.

    Minas Gerais Civil Defence reported 14 people have died in the Greater Belo Horizonte area . . Civil Defence added that 7 people have been injured and around 3,500 evacuated or left homeless.

    Roads were turned to rivers as flood water raged through streets of the Greater Belo Horizonte area. Flooding and landslides damaged or destroyed buildings, including a city hospital. Belo Horizonte Civil Defence said that teams attended over 470 incidents of landslides and flooding across the region on 24 January, 2020. [more]

    NEW 5.1 earthquake hits already quake-devastated E. Turkish province

    A 5.1 magnitude quake has struck Turkey's Elazig province, one day after a 6.8 tremor leveled buildings and killed at least 22 people.

    A 6.8 magnitude quake on Saturday claimed at least 22 lives and left more than 1,000 injured, Turkish authorities said. In addition to the human cost, the quake felled concrete buildings in several towns. [more]

    [from There Goes The Food!]
    Storm Gloria causes major damage to agriculture in Spanish regions of Murica and Valencia

    Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall.

    The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the harvesting tasks. For many producers, it will be impossible to enter the fields in the next few days, so delays in harvests and shipments are expected.

    The intense cold and the cloudy days are slowing down the vegetative growth, which is taking a toll on the supply. This is significant, taking into account that Murcia is the main producer for this type of vegetables in Europe during the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower prices are the ones that have risen the most so far since the temperatures started falling. [more]

    [2nd part below]

  7. Will they stay? Hell yes! US general says troops to remain in ME for 'quite a while'

    In the last eight months, US troop levels in the Middle East have increased by one-third, and new arrivals can expect to be there "for quite a while," a top US general said earlier this week.

    "A decrease in our investment now may result in the need for the United States to reinvest at many more times the cost down the road," leading members of the House Armed Services Committee said in a January 16 letter to Esper obtained by Defense News.

    [SOTT]Comment: An 'increased investment now' will unequivocally ensure the 'need to reinvest many more times the cost down the road'. Who are they kidding? [more]

    [and we thought just Boeing is bad]
    Why a U.S. Senator Is Calling for an Investigation Into the C-130

    Senator Chuck Grassley has asked the Department of Defense to look into claims Lockheed Martin instructed employees to work under chemically toxic conditions.

    The senator claims employees were told to improperly apply chemicals, leading to health issues.

    Whistleblowers allege the company ignored health and safety laws. [more]

    Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

    China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. [more]

    Pictured: Three children found dead in house near Dublin after 'unexplained' incident

    Irish police continue to treat the sudden deaths as “unexplained” pending the outcome of post-mortem examinations on Saturday afternoon.

    It is understood it was not immediately obvious to officers how the children had died when they attended the scene.

    It is also understood gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident. [more]

    China’s Coronavirus Keeps Spreading but the WHO Still Won’t Declare a Global Emergency