Monday, November 2, 2020

Event Update For 2020-11-01

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

2020-11-01 - Climate crisis breaks open generational rifts in US families:

2020-11-01 - Smoke cloud from Australia’s wildfires was three times larger than anything previously recorded:

Quote: "Smoke from the summer of 2019-2020 blocked sunlight from reaching Earth to an extent never before recorded from wildfires..."

Quote: "The university researchers found the smoke cloud created by the Australian fires exceeded the previous record created by the 2017 Canadian wildfires and was 'on par with the strongest volcanic eruptions in the past 25 years'."

Note: More stuff we haven't seen before. There's a lot of that going around these days...

2020-11-01 - Earthquake death toll rises to 81 in Turkey:

Quote: "The overall death toll in Friday's quake reached 81 after teams found more bodies overnight amid toppled buildings in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city."

2020-11-01 - Typhoon Goni kills 22+ people and displaces at least 775,000 people in the Philippine Islands:

2020-11-01 - 'Crossroads of the climate crisis', swing state Arizona grapples with deadly heat:

2020-11-01 - Transformer explodes and burns in Easthampton (Massachusetts):

2020-11-01 - Barn and 2,400 bales of hay destroyed by massive fire in Heidelberg Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "'I've never seen this much hay in a barn,' said Rabenstine. 'These aren't your normal sized bales, these are big ones, too.'"

2020-11-01 - COVID-19 sweeping across Russia, hospitals buckling under the strain:

2020-11-01 - Home explodes on Waddington Road in Stratford (Britain), 1 killed:

Note: This is the 99th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-11-01 - Boat explodes into flame off coastal Huntington Beach (California), 6 injured:

Note: This is the 1047th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-01 - Eight semi tractors destroyed by fire while parked inside business in Saskatoon (Canada), nobody there:

Quote: "Fire officials said there were eight semi-tractor units in the building."

Note: These are the 1538th, 1539th, 1540th, 1541st, 1542nd, 1543rd, 1544th and 1545th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-01 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Rocky Road in Sheridan (Wyoming):

2020-11-01 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 near Sidney (Maine):

2020-11-01 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Newbridge (Australia):

Quote: "Crews were responding to reports of a car fire but the blaze had spread to the house on the property."

2020-11-01 - Car bursts into flame on the M77 in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-11-01 - Car bursts into flame on the A380 near coastal Teignmouth (Britain):

2020-11-01 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:52 AM near gas station in Lake Village (Arkansas), 200 feet from Lake Chicot:

2020-11-01 - Barn destroyed by fire at 4:43 AM in Sandoval (Illinois):

2020-11-01 - Bottle and can redemption center damaged by fire in coastal West Haven (Connecticut):

2020-11-01 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 5:01 AM on Valley View Avenue in Wheeling (West Virginia):

2020-11-01 - Greenhouse heavily damaged by fire in coastal Delta (Canada):

2020-11-01 - More than a dozen shops destroyed by fire at market in Guwahati (India):

2020-11-01 - Mixed-use building heavily damaged by fire on Howard Street in Hibbing (Minnesota), 2 injured:

2020-11-01 - Home damaged by fire on 16th Street NW in Roanoke (Virginia):

2020-11-01 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on Colonial Road in coastal Bristol (Rhode Island):

2020-11-01 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours near Sperry (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

2020-11-01 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just before 4 AM on West Bradley Place in the Lake View area in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-11-01 - Deadly fire burns garage at senior living community in North Natomas area in Sacramento (California), 1 killed:

2020-11-01 - Deadly fire burns home on Monsoon Lane in Columbia (Missouri), 1 killed:

2020-11-01 - Deadly fire burns home in Cerro Gordo (Illinois), 1 killed:

2020-11-01 - Deadly fire burns duplex at 4:53 AM on Bellview Street in Benton Harbor (Michigan), 3 killed:

2020-11-01 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 1:20 AM off Cumming Highway NE in Buford (Georgia):

2020-11-01 - Man and two sons found dead in pond in Soeng Sang District (Thailand):

2020-11-01 - Woman, 18, dies after scuba diving in Lake McDonald (Montana):

Quote: "The woman, 18, of Missoula, was declared dead Sunday after first responders failed to resuscitate her, the National Park Service said in a news release."

2020-11-01 - Man has 'medical emergency', drives to former hospital and drops dead, in Humboldt (Tennessee):

Quote: "Police say it appears the man died as a result of a medical emergency."

2020-11-01 - Man, around 60, found dead in the Erie Canal in Fairport (New York):

2020-11-01 - Man, 29, found dead in Toledo Bend Lake (Louisiana):

2020-11-01 - Man found dead in car at grocery store in West Hollywood (California):

2020-11-01 - Man found dead in the White River near downtown Indianapolis (Indiana):

2020-11-01 - Woman, 23, found dead in the Vakabuli River in coastal Lautoka (Fiji Islands):

2020-11-01 - Man, 39, found dead in reservoir at Kwena Dam near Lydenburg (South Africa):

2020-11-01 - Woman, 74, found dead near Loch Lomond (Scotland):

2020-11-01 - Woman, 31, found dead on Murchison Street in coastal Wick (Scotland), 1,000 feet from the ocean:

2020-11-01 - Man in his 40s dies at home at 3:30 AM in Carlow (Ireland):

2020-11-01 - Man has 'medical event', van plows into storage garage, in Tonawanda (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "A Clarence man was hospitalized after suffering from a medical event in the City of Tonawanda. Police tell News 4 the medical event caused his 2008 Ford van to leave the road and crash into the Life Storage garage at 521 Young Street in the city."

2020-11-01 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into trench, in Big Lake (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "Firefighters and rescue crews in Big Lake, Minnesota saved a driver after they suffered a medical issue and their vehicle went into a 25-foot trench, nearly hitting a main gas line."

2020-11-01 - Driver, 62, has 'medical emergency, car crashes into home, in Glen Rock (New Jersey):

Quote: "The crash occurred on Lincoln Avenue, directly across from Van Winkle Avenue, after the 62-year-old driver appeared to suffer some type of medical emergency just after 11 a.m. Sunday, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said."

2020-11-01 - Small plane goes missing near airport in Jamestown (New York):

2020-11-01 - Small plane crashes into paddock in Woolumbool (Australia), 1 injured:

2020-11-01 - SUV veers off road, plunges into Smith Mountain Lake, in Hardy (Virginia), 1 injured:

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road, crashes into storage facility, bursts into flame, on East Ovilla Road in Red Oak (Texas), 2 killed:

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road at 12:38 AM, crashes into tree, in Kentwood (Michigan), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-11-01 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, on the West Shore Expressway on coastal Staten Island (New York), 4+ injured:

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole and trees, near the Julington Creek Bridge in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "The driver was traveling south on San Jose towards the Julington Creek Bridge when the car left the roadway striking a utility pole along with some trees, according to JSO. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene."

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road just after 2:45 AM, crashes into sign post, bursts into flame, in Kansas City (Missouri), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road at 5:05 AM, crashes into pole, on Rock Springs Road in Hesperia (California), 1 injured:

2020-11-01 - Car veers off road just before 6 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Grand Island (Nebraska),1 killed:

2020-11-01 - Motorcycle crashes in coastal Port Latta (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "They said the man may have suffered a medical episode before the crash."

2020-11-01 - Shark attacks and injures teen boy at Town Beach in Port Macquarie (Australia):

2020-11-01 - Railroad bridge collapses in coastal Tianjin (China), 7 killed, 5 injured:

2020-11-01 - Invasive iguanas may be growing more tolerant to the cold, and that's bad news for Florida:

2020-11-01 - Earth-sized planet sighted careening through the galaxy:


  1. Election Day 2020 Jonny. i'm sure you and all your readers (except me, perhaps) are planning on exercising your right to vote for one of two clowns to pilot the Titanic into the iceberg and sink the whole shebang within the next 4 years. i'm with Carlin on voting - i don't want to encourage this type of behavior (politics) and won't be responsible for picking the patsy, whoever "wins."

    The summaries you provide at the end of each month (and the on-going pictorial) seems to indicate we may be in some sort of trouble . . .

    The boat fires are a particularly long list, this past month.

    Looking at today's list of destruction, the barn fire in PA with the 2400 large hay bales going up in flames must have been a sight!

    Speaking of summaries, here's another interesting one:

    American Meteor Society fireball video compilation for October 2020 [~ 2 min.]

    BBN: Arizona Grapples With Deadly Heat [~ 26.75 min.]

    'Catastrophic' hailstorm and a month's worth of rain in an hour slam Queensland, Australia

    A catastrophe has been declared in Queensland after severe thunderstorms, tennis ball-sized hail, and flash flooding pounded the state's southeast on October 31, 2020, with Brisbane receiving a month's worth of rain in an hour of 80 mm (3 inches), according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). It was the first catastrophe declaration for the 2020/21 natural disaster season, with insured losses estimated at 60 million dollars, thousands of emergency calls reported, and 42 000 people left without power. [more; ~ 30 sec. video]

    [so, how are people coping with yet another "lockdown?"]
    Death by lockdown

    On March 28 - very early in the pandemic - AIER published an article that I felt at the time received far too little attention. "Drugs, Suicide, and Crime: Empirical Estimates of the Human Toll of the Shutdown" by economists Audrey and Thomas Duncan cited empirical literature on the human toll of economic devastation.

    This article forecasted more than 100,000 excess deaths due to drug overdoses, suicide, alcoholism, homicide, and untreated depression - all a result not of the virus but of policies of mandatory human separation, economic downturn, business and school closures, closed medical services, and general depression that comes with a loss of freedom and choice.

    These two economists demonstrated that as bad as a virus is, policies that wreck normal social functioning will cause massive and completely unnecessary suffering and death. Because the article was so well-cited, with references to all the available literature, I thought it would make a difference. But after it appeared, it was crickets. I was amazed. Here you have a beautiful piece of research that perfectly forecasted the nightmare being created by politicians and their advisers and it made no dent in the national narrative.

    Here we are seven months later and the worst has come true. These two economists should be considered prophets. Sure enough, the Centers for Disease Control has documented a shocking number of excess deaths not from Covid.

    Hispanic: 40% excess deaths NOT Covid related
    Black: 46% NOT Covid related
    White: 38% NOT Covid related
    25-44: 77% excess deaths NOT Covid related
    65+: 39% NOT Covid related

    The most startling data concerns the age group 25-44. This is a group with a Covid-related infection fatality rate of 0.0092%, which is to say barely a disease at all for nearly everyone in this group. And yet they are dying at a rate far above what is expected, and mostly from issues not related to Covid. There should not be any excess deaths. Instead we find people dropping dead in ways that are shocking. [more]

    [thread continues in 2nd section]

  2. T-cell study adds to debate over duration of COVID-19 immunity

    A small but key UK study has found that "cellular immunity" to the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus is present after six months in people who had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 - suggesting they might have some level of protection for at least that time.

    Scientists presenting the findings, from 100 non-hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Britain [jeez, that's all?], said they were "reassuring" but did not mean people cannot in rare cases be infected twice with the disease.

    "While our findings cause us to be cautiously optimistic about the strength and length of immunity generated after SARS-CoV-2 infection, this is just one piece of the puzzle," said Paul Moss, a professor of haematology at Britain's Birmingham University who co-led the study.

    "There is still a lot for us learn before we have a full understanding of how immunity to COVID-19 works." [more]

    The ten worst Covid decision-making failures

    1. Lack of a clear aim
    2. Wasted efforts
    3. Failure to develop a validated test and use it in a meaningful way
    4. Closure of activities on the basis of no evidence
    5. Failure to learn from mistakes - our own and those of other countries
    6. Reliance on forecasting
    7. Secrecy and multiple data sources
    8. Tunnel vision
    9.Science has gone Awol
    10. Humility [more; and more on each topic]

    Fauci's Pandemic: How He Caused It and Uses It. [~ 8.5 min. video]

    Based on the in-depth scientific and historical report, "Fauci's COVID-19 Treachery with Chilling Ties to the Chinese Military" on in the Coronavirus Resource Center. The video and the scientific report that will change how you think about COVID-19.

    [part III awaits]

  3. Canadian police probe 'suspicious' fires that destroyed two churches located just 10 minutes apart

    About six hours later, news emerged that the St. Andrew's Anglican Church in the town of Muncey was burning as well. And just like in Strathroy-Caradoc, the shrine was completely engulfed in flames by the time the firefighters arrived at the scene. There were no injuries in either incident. [more]

    Tuesday, 3 November 2020
    The Left's Election Day plans exposed

    A leaked zoom call from far-left leaders EXPOSES their Election Day plans

    A recently leaked zoom conference call shows far-left leaders from organizations like ShutDown DC, the Sunrise Movement, and BLM discussing their terrifying Election Day and post-Election Day plans to spread chaos in the streets. One participant encourages followers to shut down federal buildings (like the White House) and to harass members of Congress who arrive in D.C. to work. [more; ~ 2.25 min.]

    RED ALERT: Dems collude with CIA to launch intelligence operation that ALTERS voting machine results in Pennsylvania and other swing states

    Dave Janda of Operation Freedom ( has unleashed a bombshell story with huge implications for Tuesday’s elections. Janda’s guest in his latest broadcast is a former high-level intelligence official (Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney) who warns that the Dems and the CIA have put in place a mechanism which can alter the voting results of electronic voting machines in key swing states (like Pennsylvania) that will determine the outcome of the election.

    This covert technology is called Operation Scorecard, and it was built by the CIA to surreptitiously steal elections in targeted countries. Now, that technology is being turned against the United States of America and is about to be activated on Tuesday to steal the election for Biden, explains Janda’s guest. [more; of course the CIA is involved]

    George Soros's Plan B if Trump wins the election

    George Soros's Plan B If Biden Loses

    Billionaire George Soros is spending big—$70 million at last report—to evict Donald Trump from the White House. The radical philanthropist vilifies Trump as nothing more than “an impostor and a con man and a would-be dictator.” He considers America’s 45th president a "danger to the world" who would like to establish a “mafia state” here at home.

    Which is why Soros is determined to oust the president and push the "Big Guy"—aka Joe Biden—over the finish line in first place on Nov. 3. But what if Biden loses? Well, don't expect Soros to give up and go home. [more]

    [4th selection below]

  4. [the show is all planned out]


    Truth Media Revolution video exposes the Zionists in key power positions within the Trump Administration, and the Zionist "All For Israel" oligarchs that placed Donald Trump in power. (Posted for Posterity) in the new age of Orwellian Internet censorship and government mass surveillance. [more]

    Climate scientists gravely concerned about a second Trump term [~ 4.25 min. video]

    [they should be TERRIFIED ANYWAY!]

    Scientists are calling the 2020 election a make-or-break moment for fighting climate change. That's because President Trump has rolled back or attempted to reverse hundreds of climate change initiatives and environmental protection policies in his four years in office. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli speaks with 15-year-old climate change activist Alexandria VillaseƱor, climate scientist Michael Mann, and environmental activist Erin Brockovich about what four more years could mean for climate action. [more; M. Mann is a shithead]

    Woman dies, man injured while scuba diving at Glacier National Park

    The release said a 22-year-old man who suffered shortness of breath in the dive was flown to Seattle to be treated with hyperbaric oxygen, a therapy for decompression sickness.

    It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the incident, which the National Park Service said was under investigation. Neither diver was identified. [more]

    Exclusive: China seizes more territory from Nepal with troops constructing buildings over the border

    China has annexed more than 150 hectares of Nepal, politicians from the tiny Himalayan nation have told the Daily Telegraph, months after deadly border clashes between Chinese and Indian troops. [more]

    A few heavy storms cause a big chunk of nitrogen pollution from Midwest farms

    Plants can’t use all of the nitrogen in fertilizer because fertilizers are usually applied in excess. This excess can wash off farm fields into local rivers and lakes, degrading water quality and stimulating algae blooms. Traveling down the Mississippi River, it contributes to the yearly formation of a dead zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico, covering several thousand square miles; oxygen levels there are so low that fish and shellfish cannot survive.

    Excess nitrogen in drinking water also threatens public health. Ingesting high levels of nitrate, a nitrogen compound, can reduce red blood cells’ ability to transport oxygen, a condition that is especially dangerous for infants. [more]

    Gulf storm damage causes polling place moves, power outages

    Elections officials in the Deep South spent election eve tending to lingering problems from Hurricane Zeta and other storms that damaged buildings or left polling places without power ahead of Tuesday's election.

    Storm destruction caused polling places to be moved in Louisiana, and utility companies and election officials scrambled to restore power, or make sure generators were available, at polling places in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Election officials expressed confidence that the sites would be operational Tuesday. [more]

    [5th part next]

  5. [i may have posted this yesterday]
    3 dead after plane that took off in North Carolina crashed in New York, officials say

    Wreckage of the twin-engine aircraft was found Monday morning, hours after the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said in news releases.

    In a preliminary statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said a Grumman American GA-7 crashed after leaving Burlington Alamance Regional Airport, roughly 20 miles east of Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Chautauqua Sheriff James B. Quattrone said weather may have played a role in the crash, which federal officials are investigating, according to Western New York News Now’s footage of a press conference. [more]

    How the F@!# Did This Giant Whale Tail Save a Derailed Train?

    On Monday morning, a Dutch train narrowly escaped a disastrous fate, when a sculpture of a whale tail quite literally held the whole thing together.

    It's unclear what caused the train derailment, and an investigation is underway.

    In a story that's at once bizarre but also somehow exactly right for this very weird moment in time, a giant plastic sculpture of a whale's tail stopped a metro train from barreling off a set of elevated tracks early this morning in the Netherlands. [more]

    [in not so good news concerning the economy]
    2 mall owners with 130 locations across the US are filing for bankruptcy ahead of the holiday shopping season

    The owners of a combined 130 malls just filed for bankruptcy, CNN reported.

    CBL & Associates, based in Tennessee, and PREIT, based in Pennsylvania, both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday as the retail world continues to suffer the results of the pandemic and lockdowns. Both mall chains will remain open during financial restructuring. [more]

    [6th installment follows]

  6. [this sounds like some bullshit]
    Cold air allergy [?!] nearly kills man stepping out of shower in Colorado, study says

    The rush of cold air that comes after stepping out of a hot shower isn’t a pleasant feeling for most, but it was nearly enough to kill a Colorado man, according to a recent study.

    After collapsing in the bathroom, the 34-year-old man was rushed to the emergency room, struggling to breathe. His body was caught in the throes of anaphylaxis, a violent allergic reaction that was triggered, in this case, by cold air.
    [it couldn't POSSIBLY be due to JJFH, right? i never heard of a "cold air allergy" - the air would have been ROOM TEMP!]

    Mitchell Willetts
    Mon, November 2, 2020, 3:35 PM EST

    The rush of cold air that comes after stepping out of a hot shower isn’t a pleasant feeling for most, but it was nearly enough to kill a Colorado man, according to a recent study.

    After collapsing in the bathroom, the 34-year-old man was rushed to the emergency room, struggling to breathe. His body was caught in the throes of anaphylaxis, a violent allergic reaction that was triggered, in this case, by cold air.

    He was treated, stabilized and transferred to the ICU for monitoring, according to the study published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

    The man’s family told researchers he had a history of apparent allergic reactions to the cold, and would sometimes break out into hives — but he had never experienced anything life-threatening before, Science Alert reported. According to the man’s family, his allergies began after moving from tropical Micronesia to Colorado, a significantly colder environment.

    Doctors diagnosed him with Cold urticaria, a condition characterized by allergic reactions to cold air, objects and substances. [more]

    [here we go again]
    Truth Is The Only Client: The Official Investigation Of The Murder Of John F. Kennedy [1.5 min. video & text]

    [as soon as something is labelled "official" i get suspicious]

    No trace of 19-year-old woman two weeks after she disappeared from Home Depot in Sacramento

    Veta Belford was last seen on October 17, 2020. Easter told Dateline that their father drove Veta to work at the Home Depot on Truxel Road in Sacramento, California for her shift that started at 2 p.m. When their mother drove to the store around 11:30 p.m. to pick her up, Veta was nowhere to be found. [more]

    [in drug manufacturing news - where SAFETY is #1]
    Another two lots of a diabetes drug recalled for having too much of a carcinogen

    Nostrum Laboratories announced Monday that two lots of its version of Type 2 diabetes drug metformin has too much of the carcinogen NDMA. [too bad it isn't MDMA - ecstasy!]

    Nostrum becomes the latest of many drug makers, most recently Marksans Pharma Limited of India last month, to recall their metformin because the NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine) content surpasses the FDA’s daily limit. [more]

    [from Costa Doin' Bidniss news]
    Bayer takes $10 billion writedown, flags higher Roundup settlement bill

    Bayer is facing a double hit from a higher legal bill for claims relating to weedkiller Roundup as well as 9.25 billion euros ($10.82 billion) in impairments on agriculture businesses, much of it related to its Monsanto deal. [more]

  7. America after the election: The new boss will be the same as the old boss

    The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us.

    Yet no matter who wins this presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we — the permanent underclass in America — will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.

    Police militarization will continue.

    Overcriminalization will continue.

    Jailing Americans for profit will continue.

    Poverty will continue.

    Endless wars that enrich the military industrial complex will continue.

    Police shootings of unarmed Americans will continue.

    SWAT team raids will continue.

    The government's war on the American people will continue.

    Government corruption will continue.

    The rise of the surveillance state will continue.

    The erection of a suspect society will continue.

    Government tyranny under the reign of an Imperial President will continue.

    The government's manipulation of national crises in order to expand its powers will continue.

    The bottom line is this: nothing taking place on Election Day will alleviate the suffering of the American people. Unless we do something more than vote, the government as we have come to know it — corrupt, bloated and controlled by big-money corporations, lobbyists and special interest groups — will remain unchanged. And "we the people" — overtaxed, overpoliced, overburdened by big government, underrepresented by those who should speak for us and blissfully ignorant of the prison walls closing in on us — will continue to trudge along a path of misery. [more]

    Pete Townsend acoustic Won't Get Fooled Again [~ 5.3 min.]

    Wildfire potential expected to remain above normal in parts of California

    The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued November 1 by the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center predicts wildfire potential will remain above normal in parts of California through November. The potential in the Southern Plains is likely to be above normal December through February. [more; see maps]

    [2nd section ahead]

  8. John Sessions, actor and comedian, dies aged 67

    his agent Alex Irwin said that Sessions had “died at his home in South London from a heart condition”. [more; JJFH?]

    [how not to do home renovations]
    Luxury Basement Extension Turns Townhouse into $13M Sinkhole

    One multi-million dollar London townhouse wasn’t enough, so they bought the multi-million dollar London townhouse next door to knock them together.

    Still, that wasn’t enough.

    So they called in contractors to dig out a huge basement to extend the living space of the fine Chelsea Georgian homes below ground—a trend that is rampant in London’s richest neighborhoods where the wealthy compete to build the most lavish subterranean gyms, pools, home theaters and even showrooms for their collections of classic cars.

    On Monday night, one such extravagant basement dream turned into a nightmare: a $13 million sinkhole in one of London’s most expensive and desirable residential streets. The two townhouses which were being subjected to extensive basement works collapsed into rubble. [more]

    3 Major Cruise Lines Cancel Operations Until the New Year amid New CDC Order

    Their decision to extend the pause comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated conditional sailing order on Friday, lifting their no-sail ban and replacing it with a list of new health protocols and a "framework of actionable items" for cruises to follow beginning Nov. 1. [more]

    Hurricane Eta explodes into Category 4 storm ahead of catastrophic Central America landfall

    Hurricane Eta has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane as it heads toward a potentially catastrophic landfall in Nicaragua Tuesday.

    Eta just intensified from 35kt to a 115kt cat-4 in 36 hours. Only ONE storm was stronger after 36 hours … You remember Hurricane Delta? [more; the hits just keep comin']

    Shark found dead on Libyan beach with an 11-inch swordfish ‘blade’ stuck in its back

    The 11.8-inch blade is said to have punctured the shark’s heart. [more; my oldest son was on a fishing boat off of NJ (when he was a teen working with his uncle for the summer) and witnessed a pissed off swordfish puncture the 4" thick hull of the boat (above the water line)!]

    Mysterious sounds and vibrations rattle villagers and crack homes in India

    Strange loud sounds accompanied by rumblings and vibrations emerging from the ground are rattling residents of India since the beginning of last month.

    The villagers report feeling frequent loud sound from beneath the ground, followed by vibrations/mild tremors for five to six seconds that have already cracked many mud houses in the area.

    After being only rattled every 2-3 days, now the weird phenomenon occurs on a daily basis. People even start sleeping outside their homes, fearing a major tremor. [more]

    Legendary investor Jim Rogers foresees Great Depression 2.0

    Seeing that the world is buried under an unprecedented mountain of debt that is requiring more and more central planner intervention to keep from imploding on itself, Jim says history is clear on what happens next.

    A clearing of the debt either via massive default, or destruction of the currency it’s denominated in. [more]