Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event Update For 2020-09-21


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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2020-09-21 - Arctic sea ice extent shrinks to 2nd-lowest level on record:

Quote: "Arctic sea ice has already lost two-thirds of its volume over the past four decades, part of an alarming trend in polar warming that that is already seeing impacts across the globe."

2020-09-21 - Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water:

2020-09-21 - The climate refugees are here, and they're Americans:

2020-09-21 - Large percentage of beaches could be gone by mid-century in Oahu (Hawaii):

Note: A number of scientists have predicted human civilization will have collapsed by then. In which case, disappearing beaches will be the least of peoples' concerns, assuming anyone's still alive by then...

2020-09-21 - Landfill fire breaks out on the main island in the Seychelles:

2020-09-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in Kiev (Ukraine):

2020-09-21 - Apple CEO Cook hopes wildfires, hurricanes, flooding will prove climate change to people:

Note: The wildfires, hurricanes and flooding are all going to continue to get worse and worse. They'll get plenty bad enough to wake people up, or kill them, whichever comes first. The Earth will sort the wheat from the chaff with catastrophes and misery...

2020-09-21 - North America facing huge explosion in population of feral hogs:

Quote: "I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb. They multiply so rapidly. To go from a thousand to two thousand, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to four million, then eight million."

2020-09-21 - Home explodes and burns at 1:15 AM on Stags Leap Trail in Jefferson County (Colorado), 1 killed:

Quote: "At 1:15 a.m. Monday, JCSO deputies and fire agencies responded to a report from neighbors of the house explosion. When they arrived on scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames, according to the release."

Note: Charred van or SUV in the burned-out garage in one of the pics...

2020-09-21 - Home explodes and burns on Lower Church Street in Chepstow (Britain), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 85th and 86th residential explosions in 2020...

2020-09-21 - Ferry ship 'Moli' bursts into flame at 5:30 AM while docked in coastal Šibenik (Croatia):

Quote: "The 'Moli' caught fire in the port of Šibenik in the morning of Sep 20, 2020, at 5.30 a.m. Smoke billowed from the interior of the ship which has been anchored at the old waterfront for several years and the owner of which was wanted, arrived at the 112 Center at around 5.30 a.m. The fire could not be localized inside the cabin, and the firefighters could hardly put it out due to the high temperature inside the ship. They were cooling the hull of the ship and trying to prevent the fire from spreading to other rooms at 2 p.m."

Note: This is the 831st boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-21 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Inanda Road in coastal Durban (South Africa):

Note: This is the 281st bus to burn in 2020...

2020-09-21 - In separate incidents, two tanker trucks burst into flame in coastal Port Harcourt (Nigeria):

Quote: "Two petrol tankers loaded with petroleum products have been razed by fire at Rumuolumeni area of Port Harcourt. The two tankers cut fire on different occasions Erico area of Rumuolumeni on Monday and another at a Heritage Filling Station, on St. John in the same area. It was gathered that both fire incidents that started on the packed tankers in two different petrol filling stations also affected nearby buildings."

2020-09-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-72 in Pike County (Illinois):

2020-09-21 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 near Butte La Rose (Louisiana):

Quote: "Callers to KATC say the fire involves a tractor trailer."

2020-09-21 - Tractor bursts into flame at farm near Fyvie (Scotland):

2020-09-21 - Tractor bursts into flame near Putlowes Road in Fleet Marston (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame in Oswestry (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Nafferton Road in Wansford (Britain):

Quote: "Nafferton Road, Wansford. Mon 21 Sep 2020 12:44 (No:017732) One combine harvester on fire. One hose reel and Thermal Image Camera in use."

Note: These are the 1371st, 1372nd, 1373rd, 1374th, 1375th, 1376th, 1377th and 1378th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-21 - Dump truck bursts into flame on I-270 near Germantown (Maryland):

2020-09-21 - USPS mail truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina):

2020-09-21 - Truck bursts into flame on the A17 near Kirkby la Thorpe (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Truck bursts into flame on the A45 in Northampton (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Two pickup trucks go up in flames near Wilbur Street in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame at 2 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Bar K Lane in Nipomo (California), 9 miles from the coast:

Quote: "At about 2am., a 911 caller reported a vehicle fire at 431 Bar K Lane, according to Cal Fire. KSBY reports the vehicle became engulfed in flames, and the the blaze then spread to a home."

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at home on Taylor Street in Davenport (Iowa):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 63 near Jasper (Texas):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame on Route 8 in Shelton (Connecticut):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame at 12:15 AM on Tantangara Street in Duffy (Australia):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame in North Deniliquin (Australia):

2020-09-21 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the A417 near Elkstone (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-70 in St. Louis (Missouri):

2020-09-21 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 1:05 AM on Meaux Road in Wawne (Britain):

Quote: "Meaux Road, Wawne. Mon 21 Sep 2020 01:05 (No:017709) Vehicle fire. One hose reel and one BA in use."

2020-09-21 - Auto parts business destroyed by fire at 4:27 AM in Indiana (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-21 - Barn destroyed by fire on Helias Spur in Taos (Missouri):

2020-09-21 - Barn goes up in flames just after 2 AM on Triangle Drive in Hobart (Wisconsin):

2020-09-21 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Madison Avenue in Cheyenne (Wyoming):

2020-09-21 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire on NW Nutwood Court in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2020-09-21 - Home damaged by fire at 5:30 AM in Tulsa (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2020-09-21 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:01 AM on North Drake Street in Titusville (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-21 - Three homes heavily damaged by fire, two more damaged, on Wickens Street near Bloomington (Indiana):

2020-09-21 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire before 2:30 AM in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2020-09-21 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Village Lane in Sun Prairie (Wisconsin):

2020-09-21 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Trenton Avenue in coastal Bremerton (Washington), 1 injured:

2020-09-21 - Deadly fire burns mobile home just before 3 AM on Armstrong Lane in coastal Machias (Maine), 2 killed:

2020-09-21 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 11 PM on Calgary Drive in Corryton (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2020-09-21 - Deadly fire burns condo building on Mariposa Drive in Austin (Texas), 4200 feet from the Colorado River, 1 killed:

2020-09-21 - Apocalyptic scene as dozens of birds fall from sky and lie scattered around streets in Balakovo (Russia), near the Volga River:

Note: Avian flu wouldn't make dozens of birds fall from the sky at virtually the same time. Flying into a cloud of poison gas would cause that though...

2020-09-21 - At least 90 pilot whales die after stranding on beach in Tasmania (Australia):

Quote: "At least a third of 270 whales stranded off the coast of Australia's Tasmania have died and more are feared to be dying, rescuers say. The mass stranding on the west coast of the island was discovered on Monday. Marine biologists are scrambling to save the remaining pilot whales in a tricky operation likely to take days."

2020-09-21 - Man and woman, 33 and 38, found dead in apartment in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2020-09-21 - Man, 36, drops dead along Griswold Road in Elyria (Ohio):

2020-09-21 - Man, 49, jumps into the water to retrieve fishing pole and dies at Weiss Dam (Georgia):

Quote: "Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton said that 49 year old Gary Wayne Houston was fishing and dropped his pole into the water while attempting to reel in a catch; he jumped in to retrieve his fishing rod and never resurfaced."

2020-09-21 - Man, landscaper, falls into retention pond and dies near Orlando (Florida):

2020-09-21 - Man found dead in the Missouri River at LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek (Missouri):

2020-09-21 - Man, 57, has heart attack and drops dead at home on Marin Hollow Drive in Helotes (Texas):

2020-09-21 - Man found dead in car at library on Lakeshore Boulevard in Cleveland (Ohio):

2020-09-21 - Man found dead along 11th Street near Covington (Louisiana):

2020-09-21 - Man, 24, dies while snorkeling off coastal Malé City (Maldive Islands):

Quote: "An individual who went snorkeling off the western coast of Maldives capital Malé City has been found dead. Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) revealed that Shaffan Rasheed, 24 had gone snorkeling off the coast of the West Park region in the capital city at around 11am on Monday."

2020-09-21 - Man, 34, found dead near McCaig’s Tower in coastal Oban (Scotland), 1,000 feet from the ocean:

2020-09-21 - Man in his 40s found dead at home on Peartree Avenue in coastal Southampton (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Man, 21, found dead near Abbotts Ann (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Employee has 'medical emergency' in car wash, pickup truck crashes into vehicles, in Rohnert Park (California), 2+ injured:

Quote: "Officers learned an employee was driving a Ford F-150 truck that belonged to a customer out of a car wash when he had the medical emergency, Marshall said."

Quote: "An Oil Stop employee was seriously injured in Rohnert Park Monday afternoon after he was pinned between two cars, one of which was driven by a coworker who was experiencing a medical emergency when he rammed into the business, authorities said. A second employee was also struck, though that man’s injuries were less severe, said Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jerrod Marshall."

2020-09-21 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into vehicle then plows into restaurant, in Bel Air (Maryland), 1 injured:

Quote: "The Infiniti driver suffered a medical emergency, hit another vehicle, then drove into Little Caesars, according to WBAL, which reported the driver was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment."

2020-09-21 - Man, 25, has seizure and loses consciousness, car crashes into pole, on Moulton Spring Road in Erwin (North Carolina):

Quote: "Twenty-five-year-old Dakota Lee Hodge was driving southwest on Old Post Road with three passengers around 2:40 p.m., when he had a seizure and passed out, according to a wreck report. The car then left the roadway and traveled up a utility pole on Moulton Spring Road. The car became entangled in power lines and came to rest on its rear bumper."

2020-09-21 - Small plane crashes into wooded area near Hilliard (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-09-21 - Small plane crashes near Honea Path (South Carolina), 2 injured:

2020-09-21 - Small plane crash-lands on farm in Richmond (Rhode Island), engine failure, 1 injured:

2020-09-21 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 in Orange (Texas):

2020-09-21 - Tractor trailer overturns, bursts into flame, on the Trans-Canada Highway near Headingley (Canada):

2020-09-21 - Truck veers off road at 6:10 AM, crashes into creek, near coastal Petersburg (Alaska), 1 injured:

2020-09-21 - SUV and tractor trailer crash just before 2 AM, fire erupts, on I-87 in Suffern (New York), 2 killed:

2020-09-21 - Car veers over centerline, hits pickup truck head-on, on Highway 13 in Barksdale (Wisconsin), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-09-21 - Car veers off road just before 6 AM, slams into pharmacy, on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2020-09-21 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in coastal South Kingstown (Rhode Island), 1 killed:

2020-09-21 - Car veers off road, overturns into watery ditch, in Bifrost (Canada), 2 killed:

2020-09-21 - Residential building collapses in Maharashtra (India), 8+ killed:

2020-09-21 - Woman in critical condition after being pulled from lake at Pype Hayes Park in Birmingham (Britain):

2020-09-21 - Lightning strike kills 15 cows in Nigeria:

2020-09-21 - Tropical Storm Beta brings heavy rain and flooding to Texas and Louisiana:

2020-09-21 - 2020 has been a nightmare year for America, and the economic fallout is just getting started:

2020-09-21 - Defense Secretary pledges to add billions to Navy shipbuilding budget:

Note: US billionaires have increased their wealth by hundreds of billions during the pandemic. Have them pay for it!


  1. Happy Humpday Jonny, everyone.

    That's 2 car wash incidents this week! Trending?

    We're making HISTORY! [see 1st 3 articles below]

    An update on the whales stranding in Tasmania just got a lot worse.

    380 pilot whales die after getting beached in Australia, 50 saved by rescuers in largest such incident in state’s history (PHOTOS)

    A total of 380 whales have died, local media reported, citing officials. Teams of rescuers managed to save 50 by towing them to deeper water, where they were released, while around 30 more remained beached and fighting for their lives as of Wednesday afternoon. Each animal weighs around three tons. [more]

    [meanwhile, we're worried about the upcoming "election"]
    The Stage Has Been Set For The Most Chaotic Election In U.S. History

    If you are deeply concerned about what is going to happen in November, you are definitely not alone. Experts on both sides of the political spectrum have been warning that it is very likely that we will not know the winner of the presidential election until well after November 3rd, and everyone pretty much agrees that the period of uncertainly that we will be forced to endure will not be good for our nation. Those of us that are old enough clearly remember the pain that the election of 2000 caused. The outcome hinged on the results from the state of Florida, and the endless recounts were finally brought to a conclusion after 36 very stressful days with George W. Bush up by just 537 votes. Unfortunately, some are saying that we are potentially facing “the 2000 election on steroids” because vote counting will be going on in multiple swing states long after election night is over.[more]

    August Complex of fires in Northern California has burned 846,000 acres

    It is the largest fire in California’s history — by far

    Four wildfires burning in California are so extraordinarily large that it takes two or more of the largest and highest qualified Incident Management Teams (IMT) to organize and supervise the suppression of each these monster fires.

    One of those, the 846,898-acre (that is not a typo) August Complex in Northern California has three Type 1 teams– CAL FIRE 5, Great Basin 2, and Alaska 1. This monster of a fire is 63 miles long (north to south) and at its widest point is 47 miles, east to west. The blaze is divided into three zones, West, North, and South Zones. The fire is the result of 37 fires that started on August 17, burning together on the Mendocino National Forest 32 miles southwest of Redding.[more]

    [2nd section follows]

  2. Tropical Storm "Dolphin" nears Japan, very strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas expected

    Tropical Storm "Dolphin" formed well south of mainland Japan on September 22, 2020, as the 12th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season.

    According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Dolphin is expected to travel close to the areas from eastern through northeastern Japan on September 24 and 25, bringing strong winds, heavy rain, and rough surf. [more]

    Massive floods leave widespread destruction, displace 140 000 people in Afar, Ethiopia

    More than 240 000 people have been affected and 144 000 displaced as widespread floods hit Afar, Ethiopia, the government stated in a press release on September 21, 2020. More than 80 localities have been hit in what authorities described as the worst flood the region has ever seen. Floodwaters left up to 41 000 ha (101 300 acres) of crops damaged and at least 21 000 animals perished. [more]

    Post-tropical cyclone Teddy forecast to produce destructive waves, heavy rain and strong winds across Nova Scotia, Canada

    Hurricane "Teddy" has transitioned into a strong post-tropical cyclone and is now approaching Nova Scotia, Canada, producing destructive waves, heavy rain, and strong winds. [more]

    Wednesday, 23 September 2020
    The African migratory red locusts continue to destroy grazing areas and crops extensively in the Zambezi region and are spreading further to other areas. Not to be confused with the unprecedented dessert locust plagues of 2020 which stretched from East Africa to West Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Eastern China

    The African migratory red locusts continue to destroy grazing areas and crops extensively in the Zambezi region and have now reportedly started to spread further to other areas. The locusts were spotted early this month in the flood-prone areas of Kabbe North and South as well as Katima Rural. However, Zambezi regional governor Lawrence Sampofu yesterday said more locusts are being reported in different areas and the situation is getting out of control. [more]

    'They're suffering now': Californians scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis

    Americans around the country – if they have the resources – are dedicating more of their income to living with extreme weather fueled by climate change. The most vulnerable are being left behind, in the absence of government aid. [more]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. Map: State-by-state breakdown of coronavirus travel restrictions

    While all of the Northeast and most of the mid-Atlantic states have implemented statewide travel restrictions, more than half the states, including two of the biggest, California and Texas, have no such restrictions. [more; see map]

    This Popular Steakhouse Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy

    The latest victim of this year's turmoil in the food service industry is Sizzler USA. One of the oldest and most affordable steakhouse chains is declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to try and reduce the debt accumulated by "long-term indoor dining closures and landlords' refusal to provide necessary rent abatement," according to the company's statement. [more]

    Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires

    Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty.

    The flames that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least nine people also encroached on beloved state parks, scorched some of Oregon's best-known hiking trails and raged through a whitewater rafting mecca. [more]

    [i think this fire has impacted Kevin's ability to post BBN]
    Near Record Heat, Winds On The Way For L.A. As Bobcat Fire Rages On

    As of 8 p.m., the Bobcat Fire had scorched over 112,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest and was just 17% contained. That containment number has barely moved over the past week as the fire moved into the communities of Cima Mesa, Juniper Hills, Pearblossom and Devil’s Punchbowl in the Antelope Valley and San Gabriel Valley foothills. It has destroyed or damaged 29 structures, with authorities fearing the number could rise to 85. The blaze is already the third-largest ever recorded in Los Angeles. [more]

    Rebuild or leave? Future uncertain for US communities in fire zones

    Deadly blazes raging across the western United States have again destroyed thousands of homes nestled in forested areas this year -- with months of the fire season still to come in a region perilously exposed to climate change.

    With many insurers now refusing or charging exorbitant rates to cover at-risk houses, some homeowners are questioning what the future holds for their exhausted communities.

    Populations of settlements built on the forested margins of cities -- officially known as the wildland–urban interface (WUI) -- have exploded in recent decades, and now total some 50 million households. [that shouldn't have been built there!]

    Insurance companies -- who have lost millions of dollars underwriting homes in fire zones, but are obliged to extend policies for 800,000 at-risk homes by California state law -- could financially incentivize customers to make modifications to their properties.

    "For people who are already living in harm's way, there aren't many options to get out without losing a big chunk of the value of your assets," said Amy Bach of NGO United Policyholders, which looks after the rights of insured homeowners. [more]

    [4th part next]

  4. Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide

    "What we're seeing with fires in California and elsewhere around the world is that fire is really responsive to climate change," said Jennifer Balch, a fire ecologist at the University of Colorado Boulder. [more; duh]

    [drowning in our own trash]
    Trash tsunami blights Honduras beach
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trash-tsunami-blights-honduras-beach-111435040.html [72 sec. news video]

    Bobbing in the ocean and piled on the beach the trash is mostly made up of plastic refuse

    The eyesore has also hit tourist-dependent beaches economically Honduras authorities said the garbage came from the Motagua River in neighboring Guatemala [more]

    RBG’s replacement could undermine the most important climate ruling

    Next month, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a suit brought last year by a group of mostly Democrat-led states against the administration’s effort to roll back Obama-era regulations on carbon emissions from power plants. Under the Obama regulations, states would face a limit on power-sector emissions, and be able to choose from a variety of options on how to meet the limit. For many states, the rules mean retiring coal-fired power plants and replacing them with natural gas and renewables. [more; bullshit, they BOTH already trash the planet for resources and pollute it with constant RADIOACTIVITY, not to mention greenhouse gases]

    Air Force Two with Mike Pence on Board Forced to Land Minutes After Take Off After Possible Bird Strike

    As Air Force Two was taking off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire, it hit a bird, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The pilot reportedly turned the plane around out of caution. [more]

    [here we go again with the "clocks"]
    Climate Clock in New York City counts down to global deadline

    the Climate Clock displays a deadline of sorts: the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds left to curb greenhouse gas emissions enough to give the Earth a two-thirds chance of staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, as compared to pre-industrial times. [more; we're already passed that!]

    Arms depot of Iran-backed Hezbollah explodes in Lebanon, source says

    An arms depot of the Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, a security source said, injuring several people and sending a new shockwave across a nation grappling with its deepest crisis in three decades.

    The security source said the arms depot blast, which sent a huge column of black smoke into the sky, was caused by a "technical error". [more; yeah, sure . . how about ISRAEL!!]

    Active 2020 hurricane season could last months more
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/active-2020-hurricane-season-could-002202806.html [~ 6.6 min. news video]

    Tropical Depression Beta has dropped at least a foot of rain over the Houston area. It's the 23rd tropical cyclone to hit the Atlantic this year and there's still more than two months left in the hurricane season. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN to explain.

  5. [some midweek headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, September 23, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    The Debt Crisis Is Mounting For Oil Economies

    Hit from All Sides, European Bank Stocks Swoon to 1988 Low

    New Lockdowns Could Lead Europe to Economic Depression

    Global banks defy U.S. crackdowns by serving oligarchs, criminals and terrorists [yep, that's what banking is for]

    Bed Bath and Beyond to close 63 stores by year's end

    Will Jet Fuel Demand Ever Recover?

    House Stopgap Bill Includes $1.6 Billion For Columbia-Class Submarines

    USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll: A majority of Americans say cities under siege by protesters [formerly called RIOTERS]

    Humans Destroyed Intact Ecosystem Land the Size of Mexico in Just 13 Years [doesn't take us long to kill everything]

    Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19 [yeah, if you get Dengue you DIE, so no Covid!]

    Mexico surpasses 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, actual toll unknown

    Kidney damage caused by COVID-19 increases risk for death, study finds

    Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14

    The War on Assange is a War on Truth (Ron Paul)

    Inflation and "Socialism-Lite" Are Just What the Billionaires Want
    After a bout of inflation and "socialism-light", we could end up with even more extreme inequality when the whole rotten structure collapses.

    Trump Threatens an Executive Order to Prevent Biden from Becoming President [HAH!]

    Middle-aged Americans report more pain than seniors

    National Institutes of Health staffer to 'retire' after being outed as author of online attacks against Dr. Anthony Fauci

    200,000 dead: COVID-19 is creating ruinous economic damage that will take years to repair

  6. [Kevin's BACK]
    Sifting Through The Wreckage [live, as of 2 p.m. eastern]

    Arctic Sea Ice Reaches a Low, Just Missing Record

    A “crazy year” in the Arctic has resulted in the second-lowest extent of sea ice in the region, scientists said Monday.

    Researchers with the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the minimum was most likely reached on Sept. 15, with 1.44 million square miles of ocean covered in ice.

    Since satellite measurements of sea ice began four decades ago, only 2012 has had a lower minimum, when 1.32 million square miles were measured. The 2020 minimum was nearly a million square miles less than the average annual minimum between 1981 and 2010.

    This year also continues an alarming streak: The 14 lowest ice years have occurred in the past 14 years. Many scientists expect that the Arctic could be devoid of ice in summers well before midcentury. [more]

    Mystery after 'unbelievably loud bang' heard over Suffolk, England

    An "unbelievably loud bang" woke up residents across Suffolk this morning, prompting questions over its origin.

    The noise was heard by a number of people in towns and villages across the east of the county shortly after 6.30am today.

    Residents in Framlingham, Kettleburgh and Saxmundham have all reported hearing the mysterious bang, which sounded "like an explosion".

    One dog walker said the noise scared her dog so much it was left shaking.

    Another person described the noise as "unbelievably loud" and said it made his house shake. [more]

    Beta makes landfall in Texas, tying century-old record for named storms in a year

    "significant flash and urban flooding" is still expected in parts of Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
    [more; 5 videos]

    380 whales dead in worst mass stranding in Australia's history

    on Wednesday morning a further 200 whales about 10km away in the same harbour were discovered from a helicopter. Officials later confirmed all had died.

    The stranding is likely one of the largest on record globally and is the worst in Australia's history. [more; video]

    [next one is 2nd]

  7. Lightning kills airplane technician at Hanoi airport, Vietnam

    An airplane maintenance worker was fatally struck by lightning Tuesday while working at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport.

    He was checking a Vietnam Airlines plane which was preparing to leave Hanoi for Vinh in central Vietnam when a bolt of lightning struck the right wing of the plane and knocked him out.

    He died on the way to hospital. [more]

    Hundreds of dead birds found in Eagle County, Colorado and also in New Mexico well before snowstorm struck on September 9

    [so it wasn't that; which was doubtful anyway]

    Ornithologists say hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds have been lost over the past month. [more]

    Former Fox News Regular Joe diGenova Claims Network Is Beholden to George Soros

    Long-time Trump ally and former Fox News regular Joe diGenova lashed out at the conservative-leaning network on Wednesday, claiming Fox News “fears George Soros” and wondering aloud what the liberal philanthropist “has on” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

    For more than a week now, right-wing media outlets and pro-Trump pundits have railed against Fox News for an on-air segment that featured multiple hosts shutting down Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just as he began a conspiratorial rant against Soros—who has long been the target of anti-Semitic tropes from the right. After Gingrich asked if the topic was “verboten,” the discussion ended in a long awkward silence.

    [this one shows the difference between a pro and an amateur]
    Pro Kayaker Stages River Rescue for Missing Kayaker After
    Search Teams Pause Efforts

    When Corey Lilly saw on Facebook that an empty kayak was floating aimlessly along the Kanawha River and there were fears for its owner’s safety, he knew exactly what to do — and where to find him.

    Keeping in mind his own expertise as a professional kayaker, Lilly rallied two of his friends and launched a successful rescue, hours after local search and rescue teams had ended their efforts.

    Sam Davis was kayaking alone on the West Virginia river on Sunday when he lost his boat

    after briefly swimming out of it [wtf!!],

    ABC affiliate WOAY reported. [more; incl. ~ 3 min. news spot]

  8. October to begin with widespread Arctic outbreak across the East

    AccuWeather forecasters say a massive shift in the weather pattern is on the way for North America next week. Summerlike heat is expected to build over the western United States as a surge of Arctic air is projected to plunge into the eastern half of the nation. Both high and low temperature records could be broken amid the extreme weather setup.

    An outbreak of the coldest air since last spring will sweep across much of the eastern half of the U.S. next week.

    temperatures are forecast to be 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal during the height of the cold shot. [more]

    It's Alive! 25-Ton Gundam Robot Moves for First Time in Yokohama

    A 25-ton robot, inspired by the popular 1970s anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, has made its first moves in Yokohama, Japan. [more; ~ 2 min. video]

    Firefighters Double Containment On L.A.’s Massive Bobcat Fire As Mexican Firefighters Are Brought In – Updated

    As a result the fire, which was 17% contained on Tuesday night, was 38% contained by Wednesday morning. The accomplishment is all the more remarkable given that, in the previous week, containment varied very little — between 13 and 17%. The blaze only grew 1,000 acres [!] overnight, to 113,000 acres.

    It is now threatening structures on the north side as it continues to spread in the foothill communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and towards Big Pine, where is has already destroyed some homes. The communities of Littlerock and Wrightwood “will be impacted soon,” says the ANF morning update. [more]

    [a little chin music]
    An RV-size asteroid will zip by the Earth Thursday, closer than the moon and some satellites

    An asteroid about the size of an RV or small school bus will zoom past the Earth on Thursday, NASA announced, passing within 13,000 miles of the Earth's surface.

    That's much closer than the moon and is actually closer than some of our weather satellites.

    The space rock will be speeding by at roughly 17,200 mph, NASA says. [more; high and inside, ball two]

    WWE legend Road Warrior Animal dead at 60

    Pro wrestling legend Road Warrior Animal, real name Joseph Laurinaitis, died at the age of 60, his family and WWE confirmed on Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately known or released. [more]

    Senior Dog Gets Adopted After Spending Days Abandoned in Car Following Owner's Death

    Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville sprung into action this week when a local resident discovered an abandoned dog trapped inside a vehicle.

    The woman contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, who were able to figure out that the dog's name was Banks and that his owner had recently passed away, the office shared on Facebook. [so nobody checked after finding the dead guy?!]

    the black-and-white pooch was about 15 years old. [more; jeez]