Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-18


The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2020-05-18 - Heatwave baking the Arctic and kickstarting ice melt season, wildfires erupting:

Quote: "It wouldn’t be spring in the climate change era without a massive heat wave in the Arctic. Freakishly warm air has billowed up from Siberia over the Arctic Ocean and parts of Greenland, and the heat will only intensify in the coming days. The warmth is helping to spread widespread wildfires and to kickstart ice melt season early, both ominous signs of what summer could hold."

Quote: "Last month was the hottest April on record for the globe, driven by high Arctic temperatures that averaged an astounding 17 degrees Fahrenheit (9.4 degrees Celsius) above normal, according to NASA data."

Note: The melting permafrost in the Arctic with the methane exploding out of the ground, the escalating wildfires raging across Siberia, the methane clathrates beginning to boil from the sea - the entire far northern area is a carbon bomb which is now detonating. By the time it is done detonating, there will be no human beings left alive on the surface of the Earth. It's too late to defuse the bomb. You can't wait until a bomb has begun detonating to defuse it. As Bill Paxton's character said so eloquently in the movie Aliens, 'Game over, man! Game over!'

2020-05-18 - Record-setting heatwave broils countries around the Mediterranean Sea:

2020-05-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "Omaha crews fought a fire at a different U-Pull-It location in February."

2020-05-18 - Metal recycling center rocked by explosion and fire in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-05-18 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes near Toquerville (Utah):

2020-05-18 - Wildfire rages toward coastal Poole and coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "And there are concerns about smoke inhalation affecting health as clouds of ash and smoke drift towards large nearby towns like Poole and Bournemouth. There are some reports of ash falling from the sky onto cars."

2020-05-18 - Wildfire burns over 71,000 acres east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (Canada):

2020-05-18 - Fishing ship bursts into flame at marina in coastal French Creek (Canada), nobody aboard:

2020-05-18 - Boat bursts into flame on the Jolly River near coastal Fernandina Beach (Florida):

Note: These are the 443rd and 444th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Gujarat (India):

2020-05-18 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

Note: These are the 131st and 132nd buses to burn in 2020...

2020-05-18 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the 10 Freeway in Chiriaco Summit (California):

Quote: "The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway west of Hayfield Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The two-level car carrier was fully involved with fire when firefighters arrived, fire officials said. Flames were out about 10 p.m. and nine vehicles and the big rig sustained significant damage, but no injuries were reported."

Note: This is the 24th car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-05-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked at loading dock at business on Summitview Road in Tieton (Washington):

2020-05-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, driver pulls over, truck overturns, on US 35 in Putnam County (West Virginia):

Quote: "Fire officials say the truck was hauling paper when the truck caught fire. The driver tried to pull over but rolled over the hill."

2020-05-18 - Tractor bursts into flame near Steinbach (Canada):

Note: These are the 688th, 689th, 690th and 691st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-18 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Bristol Road in Walpole, Bridgwater (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Truck and six cars destroyed by fire at farm in Ottershaw (Britain):

Quote: "A fire has engulfed six cars and a lorry at a farm in Ottershaw."

2020-05-18 - RV bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked on West Fall Avenue in San Antonio (Texas):

Note: This is the 150th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-05-18 - Van bursts into flame on Norton Lane in Bath (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home on Raymond Street in Schenectady (New York):

2020-05-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-70 near Pocahontas (Illinois):

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame at 4:20 AM while parked at home on Independence Lane in Bolingbrook (Illinois):

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Walmart in Hope (Arkansas):

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame on I-380 near North Liberty (Iowa):

Quote: "Iowa State Patrol tells Iowa's News Now a vehicle had a mechanical issue and caught on fire between the Penn Street exit and the Shueyville exit."

Note: So not a crash, just another vehicle bursting into flame...

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame near school in Windsor Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 178 near Bodfish (California):

2020-05-18 - Car bursts into flame on Bowes Gate Road in Bunbury (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Likelike Highway near coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2020-05-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 3:11 AM on I-10 near Greenville (Florida):

2020-05-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame in Brompton, Northallerton (Britain):

Quote: "Brompton, Northallerton – Time of call 1322 Northallerton crews attended and extinguished a fire to a vehicle. One hose reel used to extinguish."

2020-05-18 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Teign Road in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Forklift bursts into flame on Mannaberg Way in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Mannaberg Way, Scunthorpe. Mon 18 May 2020 10:25 (No: 008958) Forklift fire, extinguished by staff using CO2 and foam extinguishers prior to Fire Service arrival. Inspection only by Fire Service."

2020-05-18 - Truck, baler, 60 tons of straw and barn destroyed by fire on Hatches Lane in Hughenden Valley (Britain):

2020-05-18 - SUV destroyed by fire, home heavily damaged, on Boundary Way in Wolverhampton (Britain):

Quote: "Flames destroyed a car parked on a driveway next to the house with debris scattered outside. The blaze had also burst through the roof of the house sending tiles tumbling to the floor."

2020-05-18 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Mount Joy Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-18 - Food mart destroyed by fire at 11 PM on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis (Missouri):

2020-05-18 - Feed business destroyed by fire at 6 AM in Kawkawlin Township (Michigan):

2020-05-18 - Clothing store destroyed by massive fire in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-05-18 - Garage destroyed by fire just before 4 AM at home on East Church Street in Bradford (Ohio):

2020-05-18 - Home destroyed by fire on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls (New York):

2020-05-18 - Home destroyed by fire on Hilton Road in Whitefield (Maine):

2020-05-18 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in St. Paul (Minnesota), 1 injured:

2020-05-18 - Deadly fire burns home at 1 AM on Edgemont Street in the Port Richmond area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-18 - Whale washes ashore dead on beach on Cape Douglas (Australia):

2020-05-18 - Two men die separately in Temple (Texas):

2020-05-18 - Two women found dead at seaside cliffs in coastal Peaceheaven (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Man found dead in coastal San Diego Bay (California):

2020-05-18 - Firefighter, woman, 34, dies suddenly in Hebron (Ohio):

2020-05-18 - Man, 23, dies while swimming at boat ramp on Lake Ferguson (Mississippi):

2020-05-18 - Person found dead under Salt River bridge near Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-05-18 - Man found dead in the water at Brantley Lake State Park (New Mexico):

2020-05-18 - Man, 71, found dead along Buck Pond Road in Echols (Georgia):

2020-05-18 - Man, 39, found dead in Centralia (Illinois):

2020-05-18 - Man falls into the Green River and dies near Black Diamond (Washington):

2020-05-18 - Man, 20, dies in the water at quarry in Amherstburg (Canada):

2020-05-18 - Man, 30, dies while snorkeling in coastal Turquoise Bay (Australia):

Quote: "A 30-year-old man has drowned while snorkelling off the Exmouth coast during a camping trip with friends. The Carnarvon man was with a group of five at Turquoise Bay, 63 km from Exmouth, on Saturday when he went missing around midday. Police and the Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue were called when the man was found face down in the off the reef."

2020-05-18 - Person found dead in the Whakatane River (New Zealand):

2020-05-18 - Woman in her 60s drops dead on beach in coastal Christchurch (Britain):

2020-05-18 - Man, 51, has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into pole, in Campbellsville (Kentucky), 1 injured:

Quote: "51 year old Daniel W. Massman of Erlanger, Kentucky was operating a 2015 GMC Sierra and suffered a medical emergency, causing him to leave the roadway and strike a traffic light support pole."

2020-05-18 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into tractor trailer, at coastal Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Patuxent River (Maryland), 1 injured:

Quote: "On Monday, May 18, 2020, at approximately 7:45 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to Naval Air Station Gate 1, for a medical emergency that resulted in a motor vehicle collision with a tractor trailer."

2020-05-18 - Dump truck's brakes fail, truck crashes into home, in Hawthorne (New Jersey):

2020-05-18 - SUV slams into construction vehicle on Route 3 in Rutherford (New Jersey), 5 killed:

2020-05-18 - SUV veers off road and overturns in Chesterfield (Virginia), 1 killed:

Quote: "A medical emergency is being considered as a possible factor in the crash that killed a 60-year-old man on Monday afternoon."

2020-05-18 - SUV veers off road, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in Omaha (Nebraska), 1 killed:

2020-05-18 - Pickup truck and SUV collide head-on near Whispering Pines (North Carolina), 3 injured:

2020-05-18 - Cars crash, fire erupts, on I-295 in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2020-05-18 - Car veers off road at 11:40 PM, crashes into pole, in coastal North Port (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-05-18 - Car veers off road at 12:40 AM, crashes into tree, in Dallas Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-05-18 - Volcano Sakurajima erupts on the coast in Japan:

2020-05-18 - Category 5 Cyclone Amphan to push massive storm surge toward eastern India and Bangladesh:

2020-05-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sri Lanka, 2+ killed:

2020-05-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Samarinda (Indonesia):

2020-05-18 - Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says:

Note: More energy in 'the system' resulting in more energetic storms, makes sense...

2020-05-18 - Climate change makes repeat 'Dust Bowl' twice as likely:

2020-05-18 - Is your city reopening after coronavirus lockdown? Scientists say avoid these places:


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., Terry, LL, FezzedOne and Panther (and anyone else reading JJFH this morning). [If my comment doesn't include a salutation to you, it's not my first comment.]

    Car haulers burning on consecutive days, that's rare.

    Some pretty scary accidents - SUV slamming into giant construction equipment killing everyone in the car, dump truck crashing into home, jeez.

    Big hint from JJFH: stay out of the water!

    Second Waves Of Coronavirus Infections Are Pretty Much Guaranteed
    https://www.peakprosperity.com/second-waves-of-coronavirus-infections-are-pretty-much-guaranteed/ [~ 56.3 min. video]

    Fire in southern New Jersey expected to burn 2,100 acres

    Fire officials with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service expect the Big Timber Fire in the southern part of the state to burn about 2,100 acres by the time the fire is contained within planned control lines.

    The fire is 31 miles northwest of Atlantic City and 13 miles northeast of Vineland. [more]

    We are shafted: Our world as we know it has gone: Thousands of farms folding every day: Pigs being used as compost: Biblical Locust swarms: Another billion mouths to feed this decade and we don't know how Covid-19 will end

    The locusts that are swarming the middle east are compared to being 20 times the size of a normal locust.

    Millions of Pigs are being destroyed with many being used for compost in the US this year

    The UK, Europe, The US and Australia, all had a disastrous 2019 for the farming industry with 2020 set to be much worse.

    According to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the 2020s are set to be a decade of dramatic economic and social upheaval.

    Locust swarms are currently invading the poorest and most food-insecure people on the planet and the swarms are expected to increase 5 fold by June. [more]

    Doubts raised over Oxford coronavirus vaccine after ALL of the monkeys that took part in the trial are found to have contracted the disease

    This suggests the treatment, which has already received in the region of £90million in government investment, may not halt the spread of the deadly disease. [more]

    Wednesday, 20 May 2020
    What IS the PCR test they use for covid19

    The person who invented the PCR test has said IT SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR VIRUSES [more; full page]

    [i said this yesterday]
    Is it true that carbon emissions have fallen with the lockdowns?

    Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global arbon emissions. Really??

    This is the reality of CO2 levels at Mauna Loa - it is HIGHER than it was a year ago. [more]

    Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine's Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion "Quid Pro Quo" To Fire Burisma Prosecutor
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/05/obamagate-details-1-billion-quid-pro.html [Zero Hedge]

    Leaked phone calls between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explicitly detail the quid-pro-quo arrangement to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin - who Poroshenko admits did nothing wrong - in exchange for $1 billion in US loan guarantees (which Biden openly bragged about in January, 2018). [contains the following article]

    When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting. [more]

    'A bright ball crossed the sky': Falling meteor spotted in Siberia

    Some local media reported that witnesses also heard a "loud bang." [more]

    [2nd section next]

  2. [some stuff from my first disappeared comment yesterday]
    Indonesian miners eyeing EV nickel boom seek to dump waste into the sea

    companies building the nation’s first factories to produce the elements that power electric vehicles are seeking permission to dump billions of tons of potentially toxic waste into the waters of the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of corals and reef fishes anywhere on the planet.

    In January, two companies presented plans to use the method, known as deep-sea tailings disposal, or DSTD, to Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, according to presentation documents seen by Mongabay. [more]

    [radioactive crap, toxic metals and acids - dump it in the ocean!]

    10 000 forced to evacuate amid 'catastrophic dam failures' in central Michigan

    The Edenville and Sanford dams in central Michigan were breached on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, following days of heavy rainfall, forcing about 10 000 residents to evacuate. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood emergencies along the entire Tittabawassee River in Midland County on May 20, as threats of dangerous flooding continue.

    EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Meets with an Outpouring of Protest on Last Day for Public Comment

    Among those opposing the proposed rule were nearly 40 top scientific organizations and academic institutions which jointly submitted a letter to the agency.[more; not listening]

    Coronavirus pandemic reaches dozens of indigenous groups in Brazil, felling Chief Messias Kokama – Hospitals on brink of collapse as Bolsonaro does pushups with supporters

    In Amazon city, indigenous chief felled by COVID-19 buried with dance and singing [more]

    Climate change is turning Antarctica green, study finds

    Although often considered devoid of plant life, Antarctica is home to several types of algae

    "A lot of people think Antarctica is just snow and penguins. In fact when you look around the fringe there is a lot of plant life." [more]

    Twilight actor Gregory Tyree Boyce and girlfriend Natalie Adepoju found dead in Las Vegas home

    TMZ was the first outlet to report the tragic news, stating that 30-year-old Boyce and Adepoju, 27, were found dead in their apartment.

    “the incident was not criminal” but offered no further details. [more]

    [3rd part below]

  3. Coronavirus patients who tested positive twice cannot pass on virus, South Korean study finds

    Patients who tested positive for Covid-19 after recovering from it could not then transmit coronavirus, according to a study by South Korea's disease control centre.

    Tests carried out on almost 300 patients strongly imply that they have acquired immunity after becoming infected, in a major boost to hopes of overcoming the pandemic. [more]

    Fans Are Worried About Ryan Seacrest After Last Night’s 'American Idol' Finale
    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/fans-worried-ryan-seacrest-last-152900337.html [74 sec. video]

    Trump administration signs up new company to make COVID-19 drugs in U.S.

    U.S. President Donald Trump's administration awarded a contract worth up to $812 million for a new U.S. company to manufacture drugs and drug ingredients to fight COVID-19 on American soil, aiming to end dependence on other countries.

    Coronavirus will never be eradicated and is 'almost uncontrollable', top scientist warns

    A top scientist has told the government that coronavirus may never be fully eradicated as he warned that the disease is “almost uncontrollable”.

    Professor David Robertson, head of viral genomics and bioinformatics at the of University of Glasgow, told the House of Lords science and technology committee that COVID-19 could be around for years to come. [more]

    Pilot Survives F-22 Raptor Crash, But Cause Remains Unknown

    A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor crashed at Eglin Air Force Base.

    The pilot safely ejected and was taken to the base hospital for observation.

    A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet crashed during a training flight over a military base in Florida. [more]

    US Air Force F-35 crashes during ‘routine’ training flight in Florida, 2nd loss for base in several days

    A US Air Force F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft was lost during a training mission in Florida. The incident comes just days after another military jet crashed near the same airbase.

    An investigation has been launched into the incident.

    The F-35 project has a troubled history, with numerous delays in production, and a myriad of design and performance flaws uncovered during testing. [more]; JUNK!]

    Elgin Streets Under Water After Near Record-Breaking Rainfall

    According to reports, more than 7 inches of rain fell across Elgin since Wednesday, May 13, which caused the Fox River to overflow onto city streets.

    May 2020 ranks as the third-rainiest May in Chicago history, topping numbers seen in May 2018 and May 2019, the report said. [more; there's a trend there somewhere]

  4. [some midweek headlines from RF]
    News Links, May 20, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Long-lasting global recession likely due to COVID-19, says World Economic Forum report

    America's Zombie Companies Are Multiplying and Fueling New Risks

    Australia faces 'unprecedented' economic hit from coronavirus: RBA minutes

    Russian Economy Shrank by Quarter in April, Early Data Shows

    Police: Man angry about virus closure attacks 2 with machete

    Coronavirus in Spain: Social unrest feared as draconian lockdown cripples economy

    Chile protests over lockdown food shortages

    The Oil Rally Is Running On Fumes

    EIA Predicts A Record Drop In U.S. Shale Oil Production

    Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry

    Oil Industry Faces Looming Threat Of Involuntary Outages

    Russian Oil Majors Want Bailout From Moscow

    Lebanese are despairing over their next meal as the economic crisis worsens

    But it's a dry heat: Climate change and the aridification of North America

    Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases

    India coronavirus infections surge past 100,000, deaths top 3,000

    Brazil sees 674 new coronavirus deaths, world's third highest number of infections

    The Pandemic's Geopolitical Aftershocks Are Coming

    The American Empire Is in Decline. Time for a New Economic System

    Our Fate Is Sealed, Vaccines Won't Matter: Four Long Cycles Align

    Pier 1 to go out of business and close all 540 stores

    Housing Starts Plunge a Record 30 Percent

    Food for Thought - US Population, Employment, Debt, NIRP, Monetization

    Social Security Benefits Have Lost 30% of Their Buying Power Since 2000

    During the Last Financial Crisis, Even Ecommerce Sales Plunged. Not This Time

    American dream: This Illusion Is Alive And Well

    The Dem's $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Can Not Brace Us for the Coming Shock

  5. Good afternoon extinction fans, let's see what the day brought:

    Asteroid NY65 - Another close call to occur in June

    it will fly past the Earth on the early morning of 24 June at a distance of 3.7 million kilometres. [more; high and outside]

    'Anomalous seismic activity' and a tornado hit eastern Cuba

    More than 20 earthquakes, some of them perceptible, and a tornado that caused material damage, were reported this Sunday in eastern Cuba. [more]

    Sweden suffers one of its strongest earthquakes at Arctic iron ore mine

    Sweden has recorded its biggest ever earthquake caused by mining in the Arctic.

    The quake measured magnitude 4.1 and forced the Kiruna mine, which is more than 100 years old, to be closed until further notice. [more; you're OUTTA HERE!]

    Death toll in SW China earthquake rises to four

    The death toll in a 5-magnitude earthquake that struck Qiaojia County in southwest China's Yunnan Province late Monday has risen to four, with 24 others injured, local authorities said Tuesday. [more]

    [more News You Won't See on SOTT]
    Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate

    Modelling studies had already indicated that wetbulb temperatures could regularly cross 35°C if the world sails past the 2°C warming limit set out in the Paris climate agreement in 2015, with The Persian Gulf, South Asia and North China Plain on the frontline of deadly humid heat.

    Our analysis of wetbulb temperatures from 1979-2017 did not disagree with these warnings about what may be to come. But whereas past studies had looked at relatively large regions (on the scale of major metropolitan areas), we also examined thousands of weather station records worldwide and saw that, at this more local scale, many sites were closing in much more rapidly on the 35°C limit. The frequency of punishing wetbulb temperatures (above 31°C, for example) has more than doubled worldwide since 1979, and in some of the hottest and most humid places on Earth, like the coastal United Arab Emirates, wetbulb temperatures have already flickered past 35°C. The climate envelope is pushing into territory where our physiology cannot follow. [more; the flames are licking around the pot as the frogs bask in warmth]

    A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears – and much more

    Opponents of the mine say much is under threat – a sizable fishing industry, the tens of thousands of tourists who visit the area each year, the health of prized salmon and one of the last corners of the world where significant numbers of bears live harmoniously around people. [more]

    [2nd section to come]

  6. [from What, We Gotta Tell Ya How To Do Ya JOB Now! news]
    Court rules U.S. environment agency must protect states from upwind air pollution

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it denied a request from Maryland and Delaware to tighten air pollution controls at power plants in upwind neighboring states.

    The decision by the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could force the EPA to impose new curbs on some coal-fired power plants, even as the administration of President Donald Trump seeks to help the industry by slashing environmental regulations. [more]

    Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

    Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. [more]

    He opposed public lands and wildlife protections. Trump gave him a top environment job

    In July 2017, William Perry Pendley, a crusading conservative attorney, delivered a speech to a group of rightwing activists in North Carolina in which he was completely candid about his ideological commitments.

    He accused “the media” of selling “their soul to the greens”. And after criticizing the Endangered Species Act, he made light of killing endangered species.

    “This is why out west we say ‘shoot, shovel and shut up’ when it comes to the discovery of endangered species on your property,” he said, according to an audio recording of the event obtained by the Guardian. “And I have to say, as a lawyer, that’s not legal advice,” he added, as some in his audience quietly snickered at the reference to the illegal extermination, and the burial, of endangered animals.

    It has been almost three years since he gave those remarks, and Pendley is now the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, a powerful agency that oversees more than 240m acres of federal land belonging to the American people, manages mineral resources and is required to comply with environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act.

    Pendley has helped turn BLM into what one high-level employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, called “a ghost ship” in which “suspicion”, “fear” and “low morale” abound, despite the best efforts of career civil servants to support each other. [more]

    [3rd comment below]

  7. This amphibious electric boat and tricycle that triples as shelter you can sleep in at night was created for 'expeditions around the world'

    Latvian design studio Zeltini created the Z-Triton, an amphibious tiny home.

    The electrically powered vehicle can travel over land or water, and has a tiny kitchen and room to sleep.

    The vehicles will be available to rent starting next year.

    The Z-Triton is designed as a tiny home, tricycle, and boat all in one. [more]

    JPMorgan Chase shareholders defeat call for greater climate-change disclosure at world’s largest oil funder

    Shareholders of JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, +3.00% on Tuesday narrowly defeated the call for greater company disclosure around lending activities that affect climate change.

    The proposal was one of six resolutions, all opposed by the company, that were defeated by shareholders at the annual meeting. The environmental resolution received a preliminary 48.6% of the votes from investors in the bank that is the leading lender to the oil patch.

    Despite the defeat, environmental activists argued that the close call reflected increased interest on the part of shareholders that the bank increasingly recognize the risks associated with accelerating man-made climate change. [more; no, what it shows is that they still don't fucking care!]

    Nearly 200 people arrested, two shot during 'Go Topless Jeep Weekend'

    A raucous Texas beach event known as "Go Topless Jeep Weekend" ended with two people hospitalized following a shooting and nearly 200 others arrested on various charges.

    Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said two men were airlifted to the hospital after both of them were shot in the torso during the annual event on Bolivar Peninsula, which brings together thousands of Jeep lovers and 4-wheeler enthusiasts.

    A group of men and women were arguing when the fight escalated and gunshots rang out, Trochesset told NBC News. The conditions of the two men who were hospitalized haven't been released.

    Authorities are looking for a third man who fled, the sheriff said Tuesday. No arrests were made in the shooting, and the investigation is ongoing.

    By the time the gathering ended, more than 180 attendees had been taken into custody on numerous unrelated charges. The sheriff said charges included assault, driving without wearing a seat belt, DWI and public intoxication. Most of those who were arrested have since bonded out.

    More than 100 people were also arrested at last year's event.[more; helluva party!]