Saturday, November 21, 2020

Event Update For 2020-11-20

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

2020-11-20 - Home destroyed by methane explosion in Signal Hill (California):

Quote: "While investigators think it’s a methane leak, no one has confirmed that or determined a possible source of the gas, he said. His team is waiting for it to be safe to conduct an investigation at the home, but it’s not clear how long it will take for the methane to dissipate, especially if they don’t know where it’s coming from."

Note: This is the 105th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-11-20 - Record high levels of CO2 and methane measured in the atmosphere over Norway for the 19th year in a row:

Quote: "When it comes to methane, the annual average was measured to 1961,2 parts per billion (ppb) at Birkenes, and 1952,9 ppb at Zeppelin. Compared to 2018-levels, this represents an increase at Zeppelin of 14,3 ppb, the highest annual increase ever registered."

2020-11-20 - Thawing Arctic permafrost releasing long-frozen microorganisms with consequences that are still largely unknown:

2020-11-20 - A look back at record-breaking warmth in 2020:

2020-11-20 - US West Coast residents struggle with psychological burden of repeated evacuations as wildfire seasons worsen:

Quote: "The year has seen record-breaking natural disasters, with storms that have battered the Atlantic and blazes that have scorched the West Coast. Scientists have tied the ever-worsening weather events to climate change, with warnings that the catastrophes will worsen without serious action to reduce the burning of coal, oil and gas."

Note: The catastrophes will worsen no matter what we do. There's a huge lag time before what we do shows up in the climate. The catastrophes we're seeing now are because of what we did decades ago, so the catastrophes will continue to worsen for at LEAST decades more into the future, even if we were to suddenly stop emitting any greenhouse gases. There's nothing we can do at this point to prevent the ongoing extinction event from wiping us off the face of the planet. At best we could slow things down somewhat, but we're not even making much of an effort to do that. Just as the people living at the end of the Roman Empire had no idea that they were living at the end of the Roman Empire, the people living on this planet right now have no idea that they're living at the end of human civilization. Earth's been providing plenty of clues, but apparently they haven't been forceful enough yet to jolt people out of their collective slumber. No need to worry about that though. Earth will get a WHOLE LOT more forceful with clues that this is the end as time goes on...

2020-11-20 - The 10 countries most likely to survive the imminent threats of climate change:

2020-11-20 - Paper bales erupt in flames at plant in Niagara Falls (New York):

2020-11-20 - Several boats destroyed by fire shortly after 3 AM while docked at marina on Lake Norman in Cornelius (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to a Facebook post from the fire department, while several boats were charred, the fire did not 'devastate' the marina."

Note: These are the 1072nd, 1073rd and 1074th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-40 in Roane County (Tennessee):

2020-11-20 - Tractor trailer telecommunications truck bursts into flame near Regina International Airport in Regina (Canada):

2020-11-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:51 AM in truck yard in Palmerston North (New Zealand):

2020-11-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Great Belt Bridge between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen (Denmark):

Note: These are the 1621st, 1622nd, 1623rd and 1624th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-20 - Truck bursts into flame at tire factory in Stoke-on-Trent (Britain):

2020-11-20 - RV bursts into flame on I-75 on the Zilwaukee Bridge over the Saginaw River in Zilwaukee (Michigan):

2020-11-20 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home in Belleville (Canada):

Quote: "Reports on social media indicated a motorhome had caught fire and spread to the structure at 96 Lywood."

Note: These are the 351st and 352nd RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-11-20 - Pickup truck and RV trailer destroyed by fire on Southeast Ravensdale Way in Ravensdale (Washington):

2020-11-20 - Car bursts into flame while parked at grocery store in Lehigh Acres (Florida):

2020-11-20 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-691 in Cheshire (Connecticut):

2020-11-20 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Ladysmith Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Ladysmith Road, Grimsby. Fri 20 Nov 2020 11:16 (No:022086) Vehicle fire. One hose reel in use to extinguish. Small tools in use to make vehicle safe by disconnecting battery."

2020-11-20 - Forklift bursts into flame on Hollywood Boulevard in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2020-11-20 - RV trailer explodes near the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center in Cottonwood Heights (Utah):

2020-11-20 - Van, two cars and two garages destroyed by fire before 5 AM, home damaged, in coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "In the main garage was a Tesla, and a Chrysler Pacifica electric van that was being charged at the time. Both were destroyed. A classic BMW was destroyed in the second garage."

2020-11-20 - New car and barn destroyed by fire at home in Brasher Falls (New York):

Quote: "A fire in a barn being used as a garage destroyed what was described as a new car Friday morning."

2020-11-20 - Numerous vehicles, trailers and building destroyed by fire in Sheboygan County (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A fire destroyed a large building containing 'numerous' vehicles and trailers in southwestern Sheboygan County Friday evening, the sheriff’s office reports. The 911 call came shortly before 6 P.M., reporting a vehicle with a fire underneath it."

2020-11-20 - Gas station destroyed by huge fire in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2020-11-20 - Convenience store heavily damaged by fire shortly before 5:30 AM on Industry Road in Elizabeth Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-11-20 - Winery hit by fire in the wee hours, building destroyed, in Fort Washington (Pennsylvania):

2020-11-20 - Church heavily damaged by fire in Center Point (Alabama), nobody there:

2020-11-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Jeanette Drive in Poca (West Virginia):

2020-11-20 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire on Kenmore Street NE in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), 1 injured:

2020-11-20 - Home destroyed by fire on Maple Lane in Marcola (Oregon):

2020-11-20 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Roxbury (Massachusetts):

2020-11-20 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 1:40 AM in coastal San Francisco (California), 5 injured:

2020-11-20 - Deadly fire burns home in the wee hours on Old Robin Hood Road in coastal Havre de Grace (Maryland), 1 killed:

2020-11-20 - Deadly fire burns home on Gregory Road in Aiken (South Carolina), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-11-20 - Deadly fire burns home on Hooven Avenue in Hamilton (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-11-20 - Deadly fire destroys home on Mount Calm Drive near Glade Spring (Virginia), 2 killed:

2020-11-20 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on North Holland-Sylvania Road in Toledo (Ohio):

2020-11-20 - Two men die in Lake Wylie (North Carolina):

Quote: "Lester Cook, III, 40, was identified as one of the victims. Witnesses said he drowned after falling off the pier he was working on. The second victim was seen jumping from his boat, possibly due to engine troubles, and began swimming to shore, authorities said. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is leading the investigation."

2020-11-20 - Woman, 71, found dead in Lake Oconee (Georgia):

2020-11-20 - Man in his 70s found dead in pond at his home in Thornhill (Canada):

2020-11-20 - Man, 70, found dead on beach on the island of Vaikaradhoo (Maldive Islands):

2020-11-20 - Assistant dean at university, man, 60, found dead at home in coastal Georgetown (Guyana):

2020-11-20 - Girl, 5, found dead in pond in Hapur (India):

2020-11-20 - Man found dead in field near Westley (Britain):

2020-11-20 - Woman, 49, found dead in apartment on Westfield Avenue in Cupar (Scotland):

2020-11-20 - Man has 'medical emergency' and dies while driving tractor trailer on the M5 in West Bromwich (Britain):

Quote: "A driver has died on the M5 after 'suffering a medical emergency' behind the wheel."

2020-11-20 - Man has 'medical emergency' at 5:56 AM, car crashes into tree, on Wake Green Road in Moseley (Britain), 1 killed:

Quote: "Ambulance crews said, at this stage, he appeared to have suffered a medical emergency whilst driving."

2020-11-20 - Small plane crashes into woods near Arlington (Washington), 1 killed:

2020-11-20 - SUV crashes into drainage culvert and overturns in Lexington (Kentucky), 1 killed:

Quote: "Investigators aren’t sure if the driver had a medical issue or if some other factor caused the accident."

2020-11-20 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, on Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton (New York), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-11-20 - Car crashes shortly before 6 AM, bursts into flame, on the Venetian Causeway off coastal Miami Beach (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-11-20 - Car veers off road, crashes into building, on South Broadway near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

2020-11-20 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, on Suncoast Parkway in Brooksville (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-11-20 - Car overturns into ditch at 5:14 AM in the Town of Underhill (Wisconsin), 2 killed:

2020-11-20 - Sinkhole opens on street in Toronto (Canada):

2020-11-20 - Person has 'medical incident' just before 4:45 AM on Nelson Road Central in coastal Great Yarmouth (Britain), 1600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "The county council confirmed that two crews and the aerial ladder platform were sent out to 'assist the ambulance service with a medical incident'."

2020-11-20 - Destructive EF-3 tornado and severe hailstorm hits South Africa, 6+ killed:

2020-11-20 - Missouri considering using National Guard help with COVID-19 surge as hospitals approach capacity:

Quote: "State and local officials, scrambling to prepare for an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 patients, are in talks to stem the tide, including options such as building a field hospital, canceling all but the most urgent medical procedures and deploying the Missouri National Guard to relieve health care staffing shortages."

Quote: "Hospital leaders are even discussing how to choose which patients to serve first when resources are limited. They hope it never reaches that point, St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force chief Dr. Alex Garza said on Friday. But task force projections show the region's hospitals maxing out intensive care units in a matter of days."

Quote: "The seven-day average of statewide hospitalizations has hit new records every day for more than six weeks."

Note: I recently noticed some new refrigerated semi trailers at the hospital near me which look suspiciously like the 'mobile morgues' they've deployed at hospitals in El Paso to help with corpse overflow conditions there...

2020-11-20 - Invasive black and white tegus continue spreading across the US Southeast:

2020-11-20 - Dad-of-two jailed for having sex with chickens at farm in Accrington (Britain):


  1. Skully and Molder was a hoot, Jonny! Let's hear it for dying in or by the water in yer 70's! WOO . . ...(um)..hoo(?) Heh, i'll be 3 blocks from the Pacific tomorrow morning.

    Psychological burden from stress? Sheee-mah, we jes wahmin' up! We-all 'bout ta have PHYSICAL and financial pain too.
    Thanks for reminding everyone of the lag time from greenhouse gas emissions to environmental effect, Jonny - just so they know we have more in the pipeline and to not be too surprised.

    [from Bill Gates news]
    Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility
    Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine [from Global Research] [~ 3.25 min. soundcloud opening]

    When injected as a vaccine to a non-pregnant woman, this Beta HCG sub unit combined with tetanus toxoid develops antibodies against tetanus and HCG so that if a woman’s egg becomes fertilized, her own natural HCG will be destroyed rendering her permanently infertile. In this situation tetanus vaccination has been used as a birth control method. [more]
    [incl. ~ 5 min. video at the end]

    Sunday, 22 November 2020
    Prof Susan Krumdieck: 'Sustainability is wishful thinking'

    'Sustainability is wishful thinking': get ready for the energy downshift

    The problem with “sustainability” is its implication that economic growth can still continue on blithely in a world of zero carbon and a green energy transition. But expect a rude shock.

    She spins around a 1981 edition of National Geographic to read the headline. “Special report: Facing up to the problems, getting down to the solutions.” Then chuckles again.

    Her point is that we have known how an exponential rise in the consumption of fossil fuels was going to end ever since she began her career as a young researcher at the University of Colorado.

    And now we have way overshot the mark. Any action is going to have to be drastic. Talk of “sustainability” no longer cuts it.

    That has become a feelgood weasel word, says Krumdieck. What does it say to the public except economic growth can be continued under a new carbon-friendly regime?

    We will simply switch out the fossil fuels – the coal, oil and gas – and replace them with clean and green renewables.

    More hydro. More wind, solar, geothermal and biodiesel. Then the completely new technologies exciting folk, like hydrogen fuel cells.

    Anyway, from an engineering perspective, the sustainability strategy looks to amount to a straight swap of what sits under the hood of the economy. Green power to replace fossil fuel power.

    Do that pit stop, throw in some energy efficiency measures, and get motoring again.

    Krumdieck shakes her head. Sadly, this is her area, and she has crunched the numbers. It’s not going to work, she says.

    Renewables can’t deliver in this way so energy abundance is about to become energy poverty. And we need to get ready.[more]

    [2 below]

  2. 50 people killed by animals so far in 2020 across Uttarakhand, India - 24 by leopards

    Eight people have died due to attacks by elephants, two each by bear and wild pig attacks and one after being attacked by a crocodile.

    The maximum attacks were by bears, which struck 71 times this year in the state, followed by 58 leopard attacks, 38 wild pig attacks, 35 snake bites and eight elephant attacks. [more]

    [extreme precip news]
    Northwestern US snowpack now 200 - 400% above normal - Mt Baker, Washington gets nearly 8 feet of snow in 8 days

    Ski area is open and they've had almost 8 feet (228 cm) of new snow in the last 8 days alone [more]

    Man killed in shark attack off Western Australia - 8th such fatality for the country in 2020

    The incident happened at Cable Beach in the Kimberley region's popular tourism destination of Broome about 8.45am local time (12.45am GMT).

    It is understood that the 55-year-old man had been bodyboarding when he was bitten. [more; ~ 2.3 min. news vid]

    6.2 magnitude earthquake hits off Chile coast - USGS

    There has been no tsunami alert issued as a result of the quake. [more]

    [from There Goes The Food!]
    Dutch authorities have culled another 190,000 chickens after a highly contagious strain of bird flu broke out at least two poultry farms bringing total to almost 500,000 this month: On Friday 1 million chickens were culled in Japan as disease spreads

    Dutch authorities have culled some 190,000 chickens after a highly contagious strain of bird flu broke out at least two poultry farms, the agriculture ministry said Sunday. Health workers slaughtered around 100,000 hens at a poultry farm at Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks were culled at Witmarsum, in northern Friesland.

    In both cases "a highly contagious strain of the H5 variant" was suspected, the ministry said in a statement. There were no other poultry farms within a one-kilometre radius of the outbreaks, it added."Both farms were cleared to prevent further spread of the disease," the ministry said. [more]

    Billionaire UK investor aims to force hundreds of companies to act on climate

    British billionaire Chris Hohn is aiming to force hundreds of U.S. and European companies to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by enlisting global investors to demand an annual vote on their climate plans at shareholder meetings.

    Hohn, who has emerged as a major investor voice on climate change, set a precedent last month by using a shareholder resolution to force Spanish airports operator Aena to draft a new climate plan and submit it to an annual vote. [more]

    [3rd section awaits]

  3. 'Choked, Strangled, Drowned': Report lays out severity of plastic harming endangered marine life

    When Charles Innis, lead veterinarian at the New England Aquarium, cut into a 400-pound leatherback sea turtle that washed up dead on Sandy Neck in November 2015, he was looking for the cause of its demise, signs of disease or parasites.

    What the necropsy team encountered was a 3-foot-square sheet of plastic lodged in the animal's stomach.

    The turtle had experienced the worst that mankind could dish out. Deformities and X-rays revealed extensive fractures of the shell and vertebrae from a collision with a vessel. Heavy abrasions and lacerations around the front flippers indicated it had been entangled in fishing gear, the likely cause of death.

    The plastic, which when floating in the water resembles the jellyfish that are the leatherback’s favorite food, would have killed it by blocking its intestine, Innis concluded. [more]

    [may i NOT experience this]
    American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Reportedly Strikes Cockpit Window

    An American Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cockpit window began to crack.

    CBS Chicago reports the incident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. CST, shortly after American Eagle Flight 3408 had departed from Chicago. The airline said the plane, which was bound for Cleveland, had "experienced a mechanical issue with the windscreen" during takeoff and was immediately forced to turn back to O'Hare International Airport, where emergency personnel was waiting.

    Sources told TMZ that the "mechanical issue" was seemingly caused by a bird that made contact with the windshield. And judging by the photos, the impact was severe. [more]

    China Is Set to Eclipse America as World’s Biggest Oil Refiner

    Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell Plc pulled the plug on its Convent refinery in Louisiana. Unlike many oil refineries shut in recent years, Convent was far from obsolete: it’s fairly big by U.S. standards and sophisticated enough to turn a wide range of crude oils into high-value fuels. Yet Shell, the world’s third-biggest oil major, wanted to radically reduce refining capacity and couldn’t find a buyer.

    As Convent’s 700 workers found out they were out of a job, their counterparts on the other side of Pacific were firing up a new unit at Rongsheng Petrochemical’s giant Zhejiang complex in northeast China. It’s just one of at least four projects underway in the country, totaling 1.2 million barrels a day of crude-processing capacity, equivalent to the U.K.’s entire fleet. [more; Covid damage to blame, of course]

    [part 4 follows]

  4. Florida man saves his dog from the jaws of an alligator; wildlife cam films the dramatic rescue

    Newly released footage shows a Florida man rescuing his dog from the grasp of an alligator, an unexpected moment captured on film by a project designed to monitor local wildlife.

    The dramatic video shows the man jumping into waist-deep pond water after the alligator dragged the dog underwater. The man submerges his whole arm to bring the small dog to the surface, with the small alligator still latched on.

    The dog yelps as the man struggles to free it from the gator's grasp, loudly grunting from the strain. After about 12 seconds, the man succeeds in freeing his pet, and it scampers ashore. [more]

    Gati rapidly strengthens before making landfall over Somalia

    Tropical activity is ramping up across the northern Indian Ocean with the development of Gati in the Arabian Sea. More development may be on the horizon as a disturbance continues to organize in the Bay of Bengal.

    The first system to form in the basin this week was Gati. This system first developed into an area of low pressure on Thursday, according to India's Meteorological Department (IMD). By early Sunday morning, local time, the system strengthened into a depression. Just a few hours later, the system became a deep depression and then strengthened even further into Cyclonic Storm Gati. Development of this system exploded on Sunday and around 12 hours after first becoming a depression, Gati was a severe cyclonic storm. [more]

    You're gonna need a bigger marsh: Wayward blue shark spotted in Cape Cod [66 sec. live video]

    Unemployment: Stay-At-Home Order Starts Tonight With No Stimulus In Sight

    Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, things have never looked gloomier for Southern California.

    A state and local stay-at-home order goes into effect late tonight, but exempts film and TV production workers. Still, many of those people are still without employment, dating from the spring shutdowns, and the already struggling ancillary businesses that support them are about to be damaged even more by another round of restrictions.

    The bad news is enhanced unemployment benefits and other programs established with the CARES Act in March are going to expire by the end of the year. A study released this week says 12 million people will lose their federal and state unemployment Dec. 26. [more]