Sunday, January 26, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-25

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

2020-01-25 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 56 in China, people transmitting disease before showing symptoms:

Quote: "China's president Xi Jinping warns of 'grave situation' as killer coronavirus accelerates, doctor dies and US evacuates its citizens from hotspot Wuhan after death toll jumps to 56 with 1,372 cases and 56 million on lockdown..."

Quote: "But Marty, who spent 31 days in Nigeria leading an international team helping to combat the Ebola outbreak, said what's more alarming to her is the fact that new studies have revealed people are spreading the virus before they manifest symptoms. 'Somebody who doesn't know that they're exposed and is not symptomatic, looks and feels great, may already be shedding virus to their neighbours,' she said."

2020-01-25 - Scientist who simulated global impact of coronavirus outbreak says the cat’s already out of the bag', says China’s efforts to contain disease unlikely to be effective:

2020-01-25 - RV trailer goes up in flames before 1:30 AM and kills person while parked at home in Omaha (Nebraska):

2020-01-25 - Car dealership heavily damaged by fire in coastal Nelson (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Landfill fire breaks out near coastal Whangarei (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Vehicles and trucking business go up in flames at 4 AM on May Road in Peru (Illinois):

Quote: "According to WLPO radio in LaSalle, the building was filled with vehicles and tires."

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame just before midnight while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on State Avenue in coastal Fall River (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Our NBC 10 News crew who was at the scene said it appeared the car caught fire in the driveway, and the flames spread to the single-family home."

2020-01-25 - Boat bursts into flame in shallow water near the Weedon Island Preserve in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2020-01-25 - Boat bursts into flame while parked at boatyard in coastal Campbell River (Canada):

2020-01-25 - Boat bursts into flame at boating club in coastal Kawhia (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 193rd, 194th and 195th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Millennium Road in Preston (Britain):

2020-01-24 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:59 AM on the A50 near Blythe Bridge (Britain):

Note: These are the 131st and 132nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-25 - USPS mail truck bursts into flame on street in Waterbend Cove (Texas):

2020-01-25 - RV and garage destroyed by fire at home in coastal San Jose (California):

Quote: "Eight people were displaced from their home and a dog was resuscitated by firefighters Saturday night when fire destroyed a garage and a motor home parked nearby, San Jose Fire Department firefighters said."

2020-01-25 - RV bursts into flame at Hiller Road and McKinleyville Avenue in coastal McKinleyville (California):

Note: These are the 25th and 26th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-01-25 - Minivan bursts into flame at 12:30 AM on Chester Road in Northwich (Britain):

2020-01-25 - SUV bursts into flame on US 101 near coastal Refugio State Beach (California):

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage in Rochester (New York):

Quote: "Multiple fire engines and AMR were called to a vehicle fire in Rochester on the 1200 block of Park Avenue inside a detached multi-car garage on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters said the garage was occupied by three additional vehicles."

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame at Highway 231 and Highway 27 in Ozark (Alabama):

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home and fence, on Butt Close in Puddletown (Britain):

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame at 6:35 AM on Broadway in coastal Newport (Britain):

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame on the A2070 near the M20 in Ashford (Britain):

2020-01-25 - Car bursts into flame on Upperthorpe Road in Westwoodside (Britain):

Quote: "Upperthorpe Road, Westwoodside. Sat 25 Jan 2020 19:03 (No: 001597) Car fire. Crews extinguished using one hose reel and two breathing apparatus."

2020-01-25 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 10:50 PM on Bradley Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Bradley Road, Grimsby. Sat 25 Jan 2020 22:50 (No: 001618) One motorcycle on fire. Extinguished using one hose reel jet."

2020-01-25 - RV trailer destroyed by fire, fire spreads to field, near Billings (Montana):

2020-01-25 - Car and home destroyed by fire on Villagewood Drive in Harrison (Tennessee):

Quote: "Firefighters worked hard to stop the fire inside the home and a car that was next to the home."

2020-01-25 - Cars and barn destroyed by fire at 4:54 AM in Hastings Charter Township (Michigan):

Quote: "The hut was holding multiple cars, car parts, tires, gas, oil and other miscellaneous items."

2020-01-25 - Barn and workshop destroyed by huge blaze at 1:44 AM on McMahon Avenue in Wildwood (Canada), chickens killed:

2020-01-25 - Animal boarding business heavily damaged by fire at 6 AM in Kirbyville (Missouri), 2 dogs and 2 cats killed:

2020-01-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 4:30 AM on Ruth Street in coastal New Bedford (Massachusetts):

2020-01-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North Broadway Avenue in Springfield (Missouri):

2020-01-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Armstrong Circle in Henderson (Nevada), 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM on North 9th Street in Philipsburg (Pennsylvania), pets killed, nobody there:

2020-01-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Kingsbury Drive in Portage (Michigan), 2 dogs and cat killed, nobody there:

2020-01-25 - Home destroyed by fire on 21st Street in Vienna (West Virginia), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-01-25 - Home destroyed by fire in Weston (West Virginia), nobody there:

2020-01-25 - Home destroyed by fire in Sikeston (Missouri):

2020-01-25 - Home destroyed by fire on Seventh Street in Parkersburg (West Virginia):

2020-01-25 - Home destroyed by fire on McCauley Lane in Mechanicsville (Virginia), 3 dogs killed:

2020-01-25 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Willow Avenue in Plymouth (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-25 - Deadly fire burns mobile home in Montrose (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-01-25 - Deadly fire burns home on Audrey Avenue in Plainview (New York), 1 killed:

2020-01-25 - Deadly fire burns home on Wensley Avenue in coastal Hull (Britain), 2 killed:

2020-01-25 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 3 AM on Grafton Avenue in Dayton (Ohio), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Vacant home burns at 1:40 AM, fire spreads to occupied home, on Sweet Avenue in Buffalo (New York):

2020-01-25 - Vacant industrial steel building destroyed by fire near the Ottawa River in Toledo (Ohio):

2020-01-25 - Police dog has 'medical issue' and dies in Auburn (Maine):

2020-01-25 - Woman, 51, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at Crystal Hot Springs in Honeyville (Utah):

Quote: "A woman was declared dead at a Tremonton hospital Saturday after struggling and possibly drowning in a public swimming pool in Honeyville, the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office said. Others in the pool noticed the woman, 51, of Cache County, was in trouble in the large outdoor pool at Crystal Hot Springs and called for help, the sheriff’s office said in a press release."

2020-01-25 - Man, 67, has 'medical episode' while driving, pulls over and dies, in coastal Toms River (New Jersey):

Quote: "Toms River Police Spokesperson Jillian Messina confirmed that officers believe the 67-year-old man suffered a medical episode and may have pulled over to seek help before passing away."

2020-01-25 - Man, 35, found dead in canal in Grand Junction (Colorado):

2020-01-25 - Man found dead in creek outside of Shady Point (Oklahoma):

2020-01-25 - Man, 49, found dead near 15th Street and Hazel Avenue in Coeur d'Alene (Idaho):

2020-01-25 - Woman, 25, found dead at home in Kennewick (Washington):

2020-01-25 - Boy, 14, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Man, 23, dies in the Hokitika River (New Zealand):

2020-01-25 - Man, 67, dies after being pulled from the water at beach on the island of Dharavandhoo (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "A Chinese tourist has drowned off Dreamland Resort in Baa atoll. Maldives Police Service (MPS) revealed that the incident was reported to them on Saturday afternoon, when a 67-year-old Chinese tourist died while out swimming in the four-star resort. He was rushed to the Health Center in Dharavandhoo island of the same atoll a little past 3pm on Saturday, revealed authorities. Police cited doctors having said that the 67-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at the center."

2020-01-25 - Woman dies after being pulled from pond at Collett Park in Shepton Mallet (Britain):

Quote: "Photos emerged of Collett Park in Shepton Mallet being closed this morning (January 25) as police and ambulance services have converged on the park. An initial report from a person at the scene has suggested the cause may be a person having been found in a pond in the park. Avon and Somerset Police has now confirmed a woman was found in the pool in the park, and that the woman has died after being removed to hospital."

2020-01-25 - Man in his 50s found dead in the River Yare on the outskirts of Norwich (Britain):

2020-01-25 - Man found dead along coastal road near coastal Prestatyn (Britain):

2020-01-25 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane diverts to coastal Nadi (Fiji Islands):

Quote: "The flight initially diverted to Nadi owing to a medical emergency on board. Then, owing to crew duty limits, the same flight diverted to Auckland where it terminated and passengers were put onto other flights."

2020-01-25 - Small plane crashes into woods in Senoia (Georgia), 2 killed:

2020-01-25 - Small plane crashes into residential area, bursts into flame, in Lake City (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-01-25 - Cement truck overturns on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Marin County (California):

2020-01-25 - SUV veers off road, crashes into pole, near Cool Springs (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-01-25 - SUV overturns in the wee hours in Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Car veers over centerline at 3:45 AM, hits tractor trailer head-on, outside Falfurias (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-01-25 - Car veers over centerline at 1:25 AM, hits car head-on, in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Two cars collide head-on at 5:30 AM in coastal Queens (New York), 3 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Car veers off road, crashes into restaurant, in Arlington (Texas):

Quote: "Investigators are checking if a possible medical issue was the cause of the crash."

2020-01-25 - Elephant attacks and kills man in Chhattisgarh (India):

2020-01-25 - Elephant attacks and kills two people in Odisha (India):

2020-01-25 - Wolf attacks man, wife fights it off with axe, in Mongolia:

2020-01-25 - Building under construction collapses in New Delhi (India), 5 killed:

2020-01-25 - Building under construction partially collapses at airport in Bhubaneswar (India), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-25 - Man collapses in the town center in Blackburn (Britain):

Quote: "Paramedics are treating a man who collapsed in Blackburn town centre. Three emergency response vehicles were called to Ainsworth Street near Gregg's at around 2pm."

2020-01-25 - Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes in eastern Turkey:

2020-01-25 - Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near coastal Guayanilla (Puerto Rico):

2020-01-25 - Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near coastal Vancouver Island (Canada):

2020-01-25 - At least 50,000 earthquakes struck last year in Alaska, second-highest number ever recorded:

2020-01-25 - Heavy rain and flooding devastate Malaga (Spain), cars thrown onto each other:

2020-01-25 - Meteor explodes over Sannine (Lebanon):

2020-01-25 - US says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike:


  1. Good Monday morning Jonny, everyone.

    Sure looks like New Zealand is having big JJFH problems.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: Red Tide In Mexico Kills Nearly 300 Endangered Green Sea Turtles [~ 17.5 min.]

    32-foot asteroid just skimmed Earth from VERY CLOSE by shortly after discovery

    A tiny space rock has just scraped past Earth in what was the closest asteroid encounter not only of 2020 so far, but also in quite a long time. The teeny rock was one of the smallest to traipse through our cosmic neighborhood in recent months — and managed to creep in closer than any other asteroid has done in the past year.

    According to a report released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the space rock approached Earth shortly after midnight, swooping past us at 12:11 a.m. ET. At the time, the asteroid was traveling at an incredible speed of 22,800 mph and buzzed Earth from only 37,200 miles away.
    The interesting thing about asteroid 2020 BH6 is that it almost slipped past NASA's radar. The object was only discovered yesterday — less than 24 hours before its close flyby of Earth. The asteroid is estimated to measure no more than 32.8 feet in diameter, per NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). [more]

    49-foot asteroid will scrape past earth on Tuesday - 2nd such close approach by space rock in 3 days

    The object is not particularly large but is incredibly fast, and is hurtling through space at formidable speeds of more than 45,000 mph. The rock will skim Earth from a very short distance, flying nearly as close as the moon.

    Size-wise, the near-Earth asteroid fares somewhat on the smaller side. The rock — which was discovered a mere two days ago — is estimated to measure no more than 49 feet in diameter. [more; for comparison, a .22 cal. bullet traveling at 3000 ft/sec is only going ~ 2045.5 mph]

    Mount Etna spews lava again after spectacular explosions [1.5 min. video]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Vaccine for the China virus—the planet is the guinea pig for a vast experiment

    The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching a rush program to develop a vaccine against the China coronavirus.

    NIH is partnering with a US vaccine company, Moderna, Inc.

    The vaccine is a new type called RNA.

    Funded by CEPI.

    "CEPI was founded in Davos by the governments of Norway and India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Economic Forum."

    And there you have it. The vaccine that is being tapped by the US government... under its National Institutes of Health...through drug company Moderna...HAS NEVER BEEN USED ON THE PUBLIC BEFORE. IT IS NOT LICENSED FOR PUBLIC USE.

    RNA vaccines and the technology they use are entirely experimental.

    And this is the type of vaccine being rushed into existence in 90 days.

    What in the world could possibly go wrong?

    One way to find out is to unleash it on millions of people, stand back, and see.

    The PHG Foundation at the University of Cambridge gives us a substantial clue: "... better understanding of [RNA] vaccine adverse effects is needed - these can include inflammation or autoimmune reactions."

    Autoimmune reactions — the human immune system attacks healthy elements and processes of the body itself. The body goes to war with itself.

    I'm sure you would volunteer for a test run of the vaccine, right? You would certainly offer up your child for a grand experiment, wouldn't you?

    And if you're a doctor reading this, you'll definitely inject the vaccine into unsuspecting patients, won't you? Conscience is such an annoyance, isn't it? [more]

    [3rd part below]

  3. China reporting 17 new cases of Sars-like mystery virus - UPDATE: [*official*] Death toll hits 80

    China Crisis: Impossible to contain: Actual number infected thought to be up to 200,000: Virus can spread before symptoms show: Towns around Wuhan barricading roads and motorways to stop people entering

    With almost 3,000 confirmed cases, the actual number of infected people is probably near a quarter of a million, with many of them not even knowing at this stage they are sick.

    Monday, 27 January 2020
    A powerful magnitude 6.3 has rocked the Solomon Islands: Today's quake is the 12th major quake (magnitude 6 or higher) of January 2020.

    [from our Health desk]
    America’s most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain

    New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression.

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

    [i've spoken about this in the past; knew the facts years ago when protesting fracking in PA]
    America’s Radioactive Secret

    Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America

    [anywhere you dump it, the by-product is deadly - contaminating the ground, water and even the air]

    Radium, typically the most abundant radionuclide in brine, is often measured in picocuries per liter of substance and is so dangerous it’s subject to tight restrictions even at hazardous-waste sites. The most common isotopes are radium-226 and radium-228, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires industrial discharges to remain below 60 for each. Four . . . samples registered combined radium levels above 3,500, and one was more than 8,500.

    “All oil-field workers,” says Fairlie, “are radiation workers.” But they don’t necessarily know it. [more]

    [4th piece next]

  4. UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

    Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

    The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s diseases, likely because of exposure to more air pollution such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter [like brake dust, another pet peeve]. [more]

    Warden who was in charge when Jeffrey Epstein died behind bars is quietly given a top job at 'Club Fed' prison - despite Bill Barr ordering him assigned to a lowly desk job

    Major floods and landslides leave at least 57 people dead after heaviest rains since records began, Brazil

    At least 57 people were confirmed dead on Monday, January 27, 2020, after days of intense downpour struck southeastern Brazil, triggering massive floods and landslides. Belo Horizonte city registered 171.8 mm (6.7 inches) of rain on Friday, January 24-- the highest precipitation in the city since records began in 1910. [more]

    More from PeakProsperity's Chris Martenson on the coronavirus outbreak

    It turns out Chris is singularly qualified to talk about this as he has a PhD in toxicology

    Scientist Challenges Chinese Coronavirus Data - Chris Martenson (Update #3) [11.75 min. video]

    [article also includes text and this ~ 38.25 min. video]
    PODCAST: Everything We Know So Far About The Coronavirus

    Here’s an interview he just recorded hours ago on the TMFR Podcast, which gives a good breakdown of what we know so far about the unfolding situation (as of Saturday, Jan 25, 2020).

    Over And Over Again The Mainstream Media Hasn’t Been Telling Us The Truth About This Coronavirus Outbreak

    Ever since this coronavirus outbreak first began, the mainstream media has been feeding us fake news over and over again. Initially, we were repeatedly told that there was very little to be concerned about because it was very unlikely that human to human transmission was happening. But now we know that this virus spreads very, very easily between people. Another thing that we were repeatedly told by the mainstream media was that a victim had to start showing symptoms before they could spread the disease. Unfortunately, now we know that is completely and totally false. As you will see below, Chinese officials have confirmed that even those showing no symptoms at all can spread the disease. But perhaps the biggest fraud of all has been the “official numbers” that the Chinese government has been putting out. According to the latest count, there are now 2,051 confirmed cases and the death toll has risen to 56, but at this point it has become clear that those numbers are completely divorced from reality. [more]

    A very informative presentation on coronavirus


    [among a LOT more articles and videos on this @ his site]
    An update on the fast-moving “coronavirus” pandemic – 27 January, 2020 [~ 29.5 min. Robin Westenra video]

  5. [start of the week headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, January 27, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Goldman Sachs: The Vampire Squid's Alum Control Two Fed Banks, the U.S. Treasury, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England

    Why the record $1.2 trillion pile of junk-rated debt coming due is a worry

    Era of mega-funded, money-losing unicorn start-ups is coming to an end

    "Cash Is Trash" In 2020, Hold Gold In a Diversified Portfolio – Dalio at Davos

    How China Overtook the U.S. as the World's Major Trading Partner [so if their economy falters due to coronavirus . .]

    World's Richest Are Stashing 'Large Sums' Of Cash In Vaults As Swiss Bankers Rage Against Negative Rates [can't eat money]

    The next fronts in the US trade war shift to Europe, UK

    Financialization & Central Banking Have Cemented Declines in Fertility Rates, Births, & Eventually Depopulation

    Will Coronavirus Crater Hopes Of A Global Recovery As World Trade Tumbles?
    A global recovery is doomed. The coronavirus is just an extra dollop. -- RF

    Boeing is considering another cut to 787 Dreamliner production

    Financier doubts add to Boeing's MAX headaches

    FAA tells U.S. airlines it could approve MAX return to service before mid-year -sources

    Survey: Nearly half of Afghans want US troops out after Taliban peace deal

    US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes

    US Envoy Warns Soleimani's Successor Faces 'the Same Fate'

    With Trump backing for Apartheid, Israel's Complete Annexation of Palestine is Around the Corner

    The US is committed to Syria mission, says top American general in the Middle East

    20,000 US Troops Have Surged Into Mideast Since Last Spring To 'Counter Iran'

    10 Ways Trump's Aggression Against Iran Hurts Americans and the Region

    Fresh Rocket Attack Scores Direct Hit On US Embassy In Baghdad

    Climate Refugees Cannot Be Sent Back Home, U.N. Rules in Landmark Decision

    'Withdraw or Prepare Coffins': Iraqi Protesters Demand US Troops Exit

    U.S. Shale Patch Sees Huge Jump In Bankruptcies

    [continued below]

  6. Why Angry Alberta Landowners Want To Cut Off Power To Oil Drilling Sites

    When wood once again becomes our main energy source, how long will it last?

    Fungus attacks, destroys part of Florida strawberry crop

    As sea level rise reshapes U.S. coast, residents will be pushed inland

    Lower number of shark bites off Florida coast may not be good news. Here's why.

    The Biggest Problem Facing The $2.7 Trillion Space Industry

    Storm Gloria leaves path of destruction, 13 dead in Spain

    E-cigarettes don't help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

    January's spring-like warmth kicks off growing season early

    • Coronavirus
    Singapore confirms two more Wuhan virus cases, taking tally to three

    France confirms first three cases of coronavirus in Europe

    Nepal confirms first case of new coronavirus

    Australia declares first confirmed case of coronavirus

    Malaysia confirms fourth case of coronavirus infection

    China coronavirus: Hong Kong has its sixth patient

    The Coronavirus - No Need To Panic (MoA)

    Wuhan mayor expects 1,000 more cases of coronavirus in China

    Fifth US case of coronavirus confirmed in Arizona, health officials say

    Canada identifies first case of coronavirus

    Twitter tells facial-recognition app maker to stop collecting its data

    Assange moved out of solitary in UK prison [YAY!!]

    In Zeal to Cover up Crimes against Palestinians, are Israel Lobbies determined to End Free Speech in the West?

    The Troubling Decline of International Law (Craig Murray)
    If governments don't observe the law, how can they expect anyone else to? -- RF

    Hospital group fights drug shortages by making needed meds
    U.S. hospitals fed up with shortages of critical generic medicines have banded together

    US to ask Japan for more money to host its forces [just say no]

    Wuhan leaders blamed for spread of China coronavirus as hospitals beg for supplies, death toll rises

    46 Million People in 16 Chinese Cities Now Locked In

    How coronavirus is beginning to hit China's economy

    More Trade Wars? British Prime Minister Boris Johnson To Threaten US, EU With Tariffs To Speed Up Trade Deals

    The Corporate Debt Bubble Is A Train Wreck In Slow Motion

    How Washington Is Ramming REAL ID Down Our Throats

    Store closings pile up: With 1,200 closures already announced, retailers face another grim year

    Union Pacific Cut 17% of its Workers, Will Cut 8% in 2020. Revenue Fell 9.5%, Income 10%

    The 1%: Illinois' Pension Millionaires
    More than 129,000 Illinois public pensioners will see expected payouts of $1 million or more during retirement. [bet they won't]

    Crystal Geyser Water Pleads Guilty to Dumping Arsenic into California's Ecosystem

    The Dawn of the Dead on Wall Street

    The 'Golden Age Of Plastic'? Banks Are Quietly Raising Credit Limits For Freespending Borrowers

  7. UK's RAF will unseal entire UFO archives, records to go online 'within first quarter of 2020'

    The RAF's entire UFO sightings archive is to be declassified this year. The air force's "X-files" are expected to be listed on a dedicated web page by Easter. [more]

    Cannabis compound found to wipe out superbugs

    A compound made by cannabis plants has been found to wipe out drug-resistant bacteria, raising hopes of a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.

    Scientists screened five cannabis compounds for their antibiotic properties and found that one, cannabigerol (CBG), was particularly potent at killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most common hospital superbugs.

    Tests in the lab showed that CBG, which is not psychoactive, killed common MRSA microbes and "persister" cells that are especially resistant to antibiotics and that often drive repeat infections. The compound also cleared up hard-to-shift "biofilms" of MRSA that can form on the skin and on medical implants. [more]

    NASA: 2 asteroids currently heading for close encounter with Earth

    The first asteroid that will approach Earth tomorrow has been identified by CNEOS as 2020 BN3. According to CNEOS, this asteroid is currently traveling towards Earth at an impressive speed of almost 65,000 miles per hour. The agency estimated that the asteroid is about 167 feet wide.

    Trailing behind 2020 BN3 is an asteroid known as 2020 BY4. As indicated in CNEOS' database, this asteroid has an estimated diameter of about 115 feet. [more]

    Six legal arguments: Why US extradition of Julian Assange should be denied

    [a good read, if interested]

  8. On today's coronavirus update Chris Martenson says this is now definitely a pandemic....

    And as Tom noted yesterday Chris has a PhD in Toxicology

  9. CDC Splits With China on Coronavirus Spread as Possible U.S. Cases Hit 110

    As authorities in China scrambled to handle a coronavirus that has killed at least 81 people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday described a surging potential crisis even as they pushed back on the latest thinking from Beijing about just how easily it spreads.

    Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, confirmed to reporters that the total number of cases stateside had reached five—and that there were 110 additional “persons under investigation” for the virus in 26 states. [more]

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Worse Than Ever in 2019

    Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate negotiations began in 1990 to address the problem. [more]

    Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

    China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81.

    Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they would bar entry to visitors from the Chinese province at the center of the outbreak following a warning by medical officials that the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding to the rising economic losses.

    U.S. Air Force plane crashes in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

    The Taliban claimed it had downed the plane soon after the images surfaced suggesting it was a U.S. aircraft, but the insurgent group has previously tried to take ownership of events it actually had nothing to do with. [more]

    [2nd part next]

  10. Australia's rainy respite from bushfires seen ending

    A recent respite for Australian firefighters that brought rains and cooler weather is set to end, meteorologists warned on Monday, with hot conditions forecast for later this week raising a risk that blazes may start spreading again. [more]

    Arctic Ice Loss Is Not as Scary as the Giant Stirring in the South

    A record start to summer ice melt in Greenland this year has drawn attention to the northern ice sheet. We will have to wait to see if 2019 continues to break ice-melt records, but in the rapidly warming Arctic the long-term trends of ice loss are clear.

    But what about at the other icy end of the planet?

    Antarctica is an icy giant compared to its northern counterpart. The water frozen in the Greenland ice sheet is equivalent to around 7 metres of potential sea level rise. In the Antarctic ice sheet there are around 58 metres of sea-level rise currently locked away.

    Like Greenland, the Antarctic ice sheet is losing ice and contributing to unabated global sea level rise. But there are worrying signs Antarctica is changing faster than expected and in places previously thought to be protected from rapid change. [more]

    Oh no! Climate change threatens world's wine supply, study says

    Now this is getting serious.

    Many of the world's prime wine-growing regions could shrink dramatically due to human-caused climate change, a study released Monday suggests.

    This is because wine grapes are extremely sensitive to the changes in temperature and season that come with climate change. [more; also we've seen unpredictable frost damage]

    US Oil Drillers Add Rigs Despite Conservative Capital Budget

    In its weekly release, Baker Hughes Company BKR reported a decline in the number of drilling rigs in the United States. While there has been an increase in the tally for oil rigs in the domestic shale plays, natural gas drillers removed rigs which resulted in the decline in the total rig count. [more]

    Volcanic Alert at Mt. Thorbjorn, Iceland After Unusual Inflation and Intense Seismic Swarm Hit Reykjanes Peninsula – Aviation Color Code Raised to Yellow

    Unusual and sudden land uplift accompanied by a seismic swarm are being recorded by GPS and seismometers around Mt. Thorbjorn. This indicates that magma accumulates and underlines the possibility for an upcoming eruption at Þorbjörn volcano. Meanwhile, the aviation color code has been raised to Yellow. [more]

    Aging Iran airliner crash-lands on highway, injuring only 2

    An aging Iranian passenger airliner carrying 144 people crash-landed on a runway and skidded onto a major highway next to an airport Monday, the latest crash in the Islamic Republic as U.S. sanctions bar it from parts or new aircraft.

    No landing gear could be seen in pictures of the plane after the crash, but it was not immediately clear if it failed to deploy or somehow collapsed as the jet hit runway at about 7:35 a.m. local time. The accident is under investigation, officials said. [more]