Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Event Update For 2020-12-07


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

2020-12-07 - Last month was the hottest November ever recorded:

Quote: "The world experienced its hottest November on record, according to data from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Globally, November temperatures were almost 0.8 degrees Celsius above the average for 1981- 2010 and 0.1 degrees higher than last year. This warming comes despite the cooling effect of the La Niña weather system."

Quote: "Copernicus data shows that in addition to November being the hottest recorded, 2020 as a whole could be the hottest year on record. So far, it is on par with 2016, the warmest year on record, and is likely to equal the record or marginally exceed it unless temperatures drop this month."

Note: Just as global warming easily overrode the minor cooling of solar minimum, global warming is also overriding the somewhat more significant cooling of La Niña. And even though the pandemic slowed industry a bit across the world, atmospheric greenhouse gas levels have continued to break records, so there's much more warming ahead of us. Warming lags greenhouse gases by decades, so the climate destabilization we're seeing now is because of what we did decades ago. So no matter what we do now, there will be vastly more warming in the years to come and the climate will continue to destabilize.

Once the climate destabilization becomes extreme enough, crops will regularly fail, widespread famine will ensue and civilization will collapse. Some scientists estimate we have until 2050 until civilization collapses. Maybe they're right, but that seems overly optimistic to me considering how fast the climate is destabilizing now. I wouldn't recommend having kids. If you have any kids, you might want to buy them a recipe book on how to cook people because that's apt to be what they're gonna be eating unless someone eats them first...

2020-12-07 - Fish suffocating along big stretch of the Hudson River near coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Dead fish have been washing up along a 60-mile stretch of the Hudson River, reaching as far north as Putnam County — and advocates fear they are suffocating to death following a similar mass fish fatality over the summer."

Quote: "'Observers took videos of fish gasping for air while swimming in circles and dying in the waters off the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Horan’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow,' the group wrote on its blog."

Quote: "Bayonne public information officer Joe Ryan told the publication that the mass die-off is usually due to a lack of oxygen in the water — a climate change-linked problem that caused hundreds of fish to suffocate in July."

Note: The warmer the waters of the planet get, the less oxygen the water can hold. Hundreds of dead zones have been spreading across the oceans. As with the Permian-Triassic extinction event, the oceans will die off hardest in the current extinction event too, but most land-based species will also die off, especially species that reproduce slowly, like human beings...

2020-12-07 - Pickup truck and truck camper go up in flames and kill man and dog in Wenatchee (Washington):

2020-12-07 - Famine is 'knocking on the door':

2020-12-07 - Volcano Piton de la Fournaise erupts for the third time this year on the island of Reunion (France):

2020-12-07 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire on Victoria Road in coastal Gladesville, Sydney (Australia):

Note: This is the 112th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-12-07 - Fireworks factory destroyed by fire and explosions in coastal Rostov-on-Don (Russia):

2020-12-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in Orange County (Florida):

2020-12-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 10 near Orangeville (Canada):

2020-12-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near Thirlmere Reservoir (Britain):

Note: These are the 1679th, 1680th and 1681st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-07 - Box truck bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on I-93 in Milton (Massachusetts):

2020-12-07 - Street sweeper truck bursts into flame on street in Davenport (Iowa):

2020-12-07 - Garbage truck bursts into flame in Taplow (Britain):

2020-12-07 - Truck bursts into flame on the M5 near Gloucester (Britain):

2020-12-07 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home on Monroe Street in Mandeville (Louisiana):

2020-12-07 - RV destroyed by fire at home in Modesto (California), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 365th and 366th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-12-07 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 280 near Columbus (Georgia):

2020-12-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Seymour Highway in Wichita Falls (Texas):

2020-12-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on highway near Mount Vernon (Iowa):

2020-12-07 - Three cars destroyed by fire while parked at school in Lincoln (California):

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 near Templeton (California):

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame on Route 11 in Vienna Township (Ohio):

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame off Lakeshore Parkway in Birmingham (Alabama):

2020-12-07 - In separate incidents, car bursts into flame on the M1 near Mt Ousley, and car bursts into flame on College Avenue in Blackbutt (Australia):

Quote: "It is the second car fire in the Illawarra in as many days. On Monday a man had a lucky escape after the car he was driving caught fire on College Avenue at Blackbutt."

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame on the Werrington Parkway in Peterborough (Britain):

2020-12-07 - Car bursts into flame on Mill Street in Bridgnorth (Britain):

2020-12-07 - Car and garage go up in flames at apartment building in St. Clair (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, a fire broke out in the back of an apartment building’s garage, burning the car inside."

2020-12-07 - Barn destroyed by fire at 7:10 AM in Spencer (Wisconsin):

2020-12-07 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire at 5 AM on Taylor Mill Road in Independence (Kentucky):

2020-12-07 - School heavily damaged by fire in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2020-12-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 7 AM on 5th Avenue in Des Moines (Iowa), 1 injured:

2020-12-07 - Home destroyed by fire just after 3:30 AM on Center Street in Van Wert (Ohio):

2020-12-07 - Duplex destroyed by fire, another duplex heavily damaged, on Skidmore Street in Plains Township (Pennsylvania), 5 dogs killed:

2020-12-07 - Triplex apartment building damaged by fire on Brady Street in Davenport (Iowa):

2020-12-07 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-12-07 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just after 6 AM on Felton Street in Hudson (Massachusetts):

2020-12-07 - Apartment building destroyed by fire in the wee hours on Provost Street in Lachine (Canada):

2020-12-07 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire at Pondview Townhomes in Woodbury (Minnesota):

2020-12-07 - Deadly fire burns home just before 6:30 AM in St. Martinville (Louisiana), 2 killed:

2020-12-07 - Deadly fire burns home shortly before 4:30 AM on East 55th Street in coastal Los Angeles (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-12-07 - Vacant home burns on Edward Smith Boulevard in Middle Smithfield Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-12-07 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 1 AM on Millview Street in Uniontown (Pennsylvania):

2020-12-07 - Vacant car dealership burns in the wee hours on Fernandina Road in Irmo (South Carolina):

2020-12-07 - Two girls, 12 and 13, found dead in the Vaigai River in Madurai (India):

2020-12-07 - Man, 18, has 'medical emergency', topples into Ridley Creek and dies, in Chester (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A body was reportedly found in Ridley Creek Monday after an 18-year-old man fell in the river after suffering a medical emergency Saturday."

2020-12-07 - Man, 31, found dead at Elvins Park in Park Hills (Missouri):

2020-12-07 - Police officer man, 49, has 'medical emergency' and dies in Calumet City (Illinois):

Quote: "A Calumet City, IL, police officer died of an apparent medical emergency early Monday while on duty in the south suburbs. Officer Adam Zieminski, a 22-year department veteran, was transporting a detainee to the Markham Courthouse when he suffered the medical emergency, according to a statement from Calumet City, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The detainee alerted nearby Cook County sheriff’s officers, who responded but were unable to revive Zieminski, 49, the city said in its statement."

2020-12-07 - Man slumps over dead in car at bank in Jackson (Georgia):

2020-12-07 - Man, 45, goes hunting, next seen dead in swampy area in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest (New York):

2020-12-07 - Man found dead in the Manawatu River near Foxton (New Zealand), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

Quote: "A body has been found in the search for a man in the Manawatu River Loop near Foxton. About 4.15pm on Monday the police dive squad found a man’s body after an unmanned boat with a running motor was found in the morning."

2020-12-07 - Man has 'medical event', SUV crashes into building, in Winnipeg (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police believe the crash happened because of a medical event."

2020-12-07 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into gate, in the Woodlawn area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 injured:

Quote: "A driver crashed into a gate near an Amazon Hub in the Woodlawn neighborhood after a medical emergency."

2020-12-07 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes, in Annsville (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "During an interview, it was determined that the driver, who was not identified, was eastbound when they experienced a medical emergency."

2020-12-07 - Van crashes into pickup truck and parked vehicle in Selden (New York), 1 killed:

Quote: "Swanson may have suffered a medical event while driving, detectives said."

2020-12-07 - SUV veers off road just before midnight, crashes, bursts into flame, on Highway 55 in Rockford (Minnesota), 1+ killed:

2020-12-07 - Two cars collide head-on in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut), 2 killed:

2020-12-07 - Car veers off road at 5:30 AM, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in San Antonio (Texas):

2020-12-07 - Car crashes into ditch near Pemberton (Canada), 2 killed, 2 injured:

2020-12-07 - Car veers off road, crashes into business, in coastal Center Moriches (New York), 1 injured:

2020-12-07 - Bear attacks and kills 4 people in Chhattisgarh (India):

2020-12-07 - Coyotes attack and injure family dog at home in Barrie (Canada):

2020-12-07 - Sinkhole opens in park in coastal Dorchester (Massachusetts):

2020-12-07 - Snowstorm dumps as much as 10 feet of snow on the Alps in Europe:

2020-12-07 - EPA overrides scientists' calls for tougher pollutant limit:

2020-12-07 - This is going to be the worst winter for the US economy in modern times:

2020-12-07 - Asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer, was found in eye shadow and a children's makeup kit:

2020-12-07 - Schools confront 'off the rails' numbers of failing grades:

2020-12-07 - Legendary pilot Chuck Yeager, first to break sound barrier, dies at age 97:

Quote: "His exploits were told in Tom Wolfe’s book 'The Right Stuff,' and the 1983 film it inspired."


  1. Happy Humpday, Jonny and everyone reading JJFH.

    On this day we have the rare street sweeper going up in flames along with a garbage truck (among a long list of burning vehicles) and a bunch of residences (two of them vacant).

    [thinking about Fran]
    Bracing For A Very Painful Year: 38% Of Americans Say That They Will Spend 2021 In “Survival Mode”

    If nearly 40 percent of the entire nation anticipates spending the next 12 months in “survival mode”, that is not a good sign for what the coming year will bring. Traditionally, Americans have looked forward to the turn of the year with tremendous optimism, but this time around things are very, very different. 2020 brought us the COVID pandemic, tremendous violence and civil unrest in our major cities, and the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Sadly, a large chunk of the country is anticipating more difficulties in the coming months, because one recent survey found that 38 percent of all Americans plan to spend 2021 in “survival mode”…

    The biggest reason why so many anticipate being in “survival mode” is because of the financial problems that they experienced this year. According to that same survey, a whopping 68 percent of all Americans say that they experienced some sort of “financial setback” in 2020…

    Some industries that were absolutely devastated by the first round of lockdowns are officially in panic mode at this point. For example, we have already permanently lost approximately 17 percent of all of the restaurants in the entire country, and the National Restaurant Association is warning that 10,000 more could permanently shut down “in the next three weeks”… [more]

    Wednesday, 9 December 2020
    The highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu which has been exploding in Europe and Asia has now spread to France: The poultry industry is on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds.

    The French farm ministry said on Tuesday that highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu had been found on a duck farm in the southwest of the country, confirming France's first farm outbreak of the virus this year. The outbreak was first reported on Monday but at the time it was unclear what strain of the virus it was. Bird flu has been spreading rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds. [more]

    Warning over UK vaccine rollout as two NHS staff given jab suffer 'anaphylactic reaction': Regulators urge people with history of 'significant' allergies NOT to have Pfizer injection - just 24 hours after Britain's mass inoculation kicked off

    The UK's world-first Covid-19 vaccine rollout has hit problems within 24 hours after anyone with a serious allergy to medicines or food was told not to have the Pfizer jab because two NHS staff who need EpiPens fell ill just after being vaccinated on V-Day [V for Victim!]. [more]

    Ask The Experts (Covid-19 Vaccine) - Now Banned on YouTube and Facebook [run or owned by Google and the CIA]
    https://brandnewtube.com/watch/ask-the-experts-covid-19-vaccine-now-banned-on-youtube-and-facebook_qIsNohSIeSgfz2J.html [~ 28 min.]

    [2nd piece follows]

  2. My Long Time Friend and ‘Learn The Risk’ Founder Brandy Vaughan Found Dead

    Brandy had written me over the years stating that she was fearful for her life and asked me if I was and even said she was afraid of being poisoned. I have all this in writing although usually the authorities don’t come to me when my friends and holistic doctors are found dead on a regular basis.

    Alas, I don’t think they’ve ever come to me although I’ve had some good conversations with the authorities contacting them about the continued deaths that don’t seem to stop. I do not know the cause of Brandy’s death, and I am only stating factual information. [more]

    Censored! Most Recent Covid Video Banned By YouTube

    Youtube took down my [Chris Martenson] most recent video which merely went through the most recent data on Ivermectin. [more]

    [3rd part awaits]

  3. Double bomb cyclone slams Alaska – Bombogenesis explodes in New England – Explosive cyclogenesis buries Alps in meters of snow

    It’s not even winter and we are experiencing extreme stormy blizzards and cyclonic depressions in most parts of the world. It’s as if we had entered the ‘geologic timescale’ of weather warfare.

    Now, do you feel it? Do you feel how they try to control the weather? Here the latest examples of weather modification! Over the weekend, two weather bombs blasted Alaska (a double bombogenesis!) and New England, while a third vicious blizzard is currently dropping meters of snow on the Alps across Europe. [more]

    [just a heads up on the prospective Biden administration]
    Caitlin Johnstone: Biden's prospective new defense secretary is another professional war profiteer

    [so all the neo-liberal agenda will be re-upped with Biden; endless war, medical tyranny, gender confusion nonsense and more - is that what people voted for?]

    Joe Biden's possible new secretary of defense pick may be celebrated by the MSM, but his nomination only serves to underline the grim truth: corporations are running America's war machine, and they're doing it for profit. [more; OF COURSE!]

    As has become the standard ritual for Biden's cabinet picks, the mass media are holding a parade to celebrate the fact that Austin would be the first black chief of the US war machine, while virtually ignoring the murderous agendas he has facilitated throughout his career. As head of Central Command, Austin actively campaigned to resurrect the Pentagon's spectacularly failed program of trying to arm "rebels" in Syria to fight ISIS, and in 2014 he backed immunity for US troops from war crimes prosecutions by the government of Afghanistan. He helped spearhead the Iraq invasion, and he is a member of the same private equity fund which invests in defense contractors as Flournoy and Biden's warmongering pick for secretary of state, Tony Blinken.

    Austin is also a member of the board of directors for the war profiteering corporation Raytheon, where he went immediately after his military career. Raytheon spends millions of dollars a year actively lobbying the US government to advance policies which are beneficial to the multibillion-dollar arms manufacturing giant, which of course means lobbying for military expansionism and interventionism. The previous secretary of defense, Mark Esper, also worked for Raytheon, spending years as one of the top corporate lobbyists in DC under the position of 'Vice President for Government Relations'.

    Seriously, why not? Why shouldn't the head of the US murder machine come from a corporation which has made billions of dollars facilitating war crimes in Yemen? Why shouldn't the most depraved and bloodthirsty regime on this planet have its depravity and bloodshed advanced by a professional war profiteer? The mass military slaughter of the US and its allies has only ever been about power and profit, so why not be honest about it?

    It's absolutely insane that our world is being dominated by war profiteers who actively push for more violence and bloodshed because they make money selling the weapons used to perpetrate it. It's no less evil than if plutocrats were cruising the world murdering people and selling their skins for money; the same number of people would be killed for the same profit incentive, yet people who would recoil in horror at that idea pay no mind to the fact that functionally the same thing is happening with corporate powers like Raytheon. [more]

    [4th part next]

  4. More than 200,000 lightning strikes recorded across Mackay, Australia

    Ergon Energy said more than 200,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the region since Tuesday afternoon.

    "Mackay and surrounds ... in a 100-kilometre radius it was more than 76,500 lightning strikes," spokeswoman Emma Oliveri said.

    Moranbah recorded 35,000 and Airlie Beach clocked up 30,000.

    Power substation damage [more, incl. 2 videos]

    The world's first DNA 'tricorder' developed

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists developed the world's first mobile genome sequence analyzer, a new iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a handheld DNA sequencer, users can create a mobile genetics laboratory, reminiscent of the "tricorder" featured in Star Trek. [more]

    [Bullshit headline of the day]
    The World Is Headed for 3 Degrees of Warming This Century, U.N. Report Warns—But a Green Pandemic Recovery Could Offer Hope

    there is an opportunity to turn that looming lump of coal in our future—a global climate catastrophe—into a gift, if governments turn their post-Covid recovery plans green. Think of it as the ultimate sendoff for 2020, turning the horrors of the past year into a vaccine for a new, more resilient era where the planet is protected along with the humans that live on it. [more; NO, FUCK YOU!]

    [yesterday my son in CA sent me a high surf warning for 25 foot waves all along the northern coast, and it was 80 degrees!]
    Frequent storms to slam northwestern US beginning this weekend

    Up until Tuesday, precipitation was scarce to come by across the region as storm systems were steered to the north into southeastern Alaska and western British Columbia during the first week of December.

    Nuisance rain and snow will linger over parts of the Northwest through Friday before a change in the atmosphere brings heavier precipitation into the area. [more]

    Leaked Government Photo Shows ‘Motionless, Cube-Shaped’ UFO

    An unclassified image that’s reportedly been circulated among U.S. intelligence agencies shows what appears to be unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), the Pentagon’s term for unidentified flying objects. The object in the photo has been described by U.S. officials as silver and “cube-shaped,” according to a report from The Debrief, which first shared the image.

    The leaked photo dates back to 2018, when it materialized in an intelligence report from the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) official unit that investigates UAP sightings. [more]

    [5th installment below]

  5. Shark attack halts Pipe International

    "We are announcing today right now that there is going to be no competition at the Maui Pro following a shark incident that happened in the bay with a recreational surfer this morning.

    The man suffered injuries to his lower body and was given CPR on the beach by the water safety team. [more]

    Sea level rise could [WILL] flood thousands of Miami’s affordable housing spots, research shows

    [the last sentence explains WHY it's "affordable"]

    This spring, Guerra, a 53-year-old supervisor at a medical center, had to room with a relative for nearly three months while her landlord renovated the ruined one-story building. Since then, the apartment has flooded twice more.

    “As soon as it starts to rain I almost can’t work or think straight, because I’m already bracing myself for a flood,” said Guerra, who’s lived there for six years. While flooding was always a regular occurrence on her street, it’s the first year that the water has seeped in under the door and gushed up from the bathtub and toilet, making the place uninhabitable for days on end.

    New research shows that Miami’s affordable housing — already in short supply — is at risk of flooding from sea level rise in the coming decades. The University of Miami found that more than half of all affordable housing in Miami-Dade county lies below Miami’s average elevation of seven feet above sea level. [more]

    [for the stargazers]
    The Geminid meteor shower, known for producing fireballs, peaks this weekend

    In addition to the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, skywatchers this month will also get to enjoy the Geminid meteor shower, which is considered to be one of the best showers of the year.

    The Geminids are expected to peak on the night of Dec.13-14 (Sunday evening until dawn Monday), according to EarthSky. [more]

    Giraffes make watery escape from Kenyan island

    When flood waters stranded eight giraffes on an island in Kenya - putting them in danger of drowning - conservationists had to come up with a novel rescue plan. Their solution? A custom made steel barge to transport the Rothschild's giraffes four miles to their new home, a sanctuary in the Ruko conservancy. [more; 71 sec. video]

    Fiji, Vanuatu may be threatened by first South Pacific tropical cyclone of the season

    The first tropical cyclone of the season is brewing across the South Pacific, and it can bring impacts to Fiji and Vanuatu through the weekend.

    Through the end of the weekend, while the heaviest rain and strongest wind from the developing cyclone are expected to remain across the waters between Fiji and Vanuatu, bands of squally showers and thunderstorms can sweep across each country. In addition, potential cyclone can stir up dangerous waves and lead to strong rip currents. [more]

  6. [oh lookie here! Biden picks his AgSec, surprise!]
    Progressive Dems miffed at Biden's reported pick for Department of Agriculture: Tom Vilsak is reviled as 'Mr Monsanto'

    Biden's appointment of Vilsack fits his publicly stated intent to reassemble the administration of President Barack Obama, in which he served as VP. Vilsack was Obama's agriculture secretary for all eight years, and spent the previous eight governing Iowa [more]

    Vilsack was rumored to be among the candidates for Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, but a coalition of environmentalist groups backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the nomination denounced him as "Mr Monsanto" who was beholden to industrial agriculture and favored the notorious maker of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

    Upon the news of Vilsack's nomination, Shadowproof editor and progressive journalist Kevin Gosztola brought up the secretary's "Mr Monsanto" past, accusing him of "caving in" to Monsanto in 2011 to approve their GMO alfalfa without restrictions.

    Vilsack also supported Monsanto's merger with the German biotech giant Bayer, which Gosztola said ignored how it would result in rising seed prices for farmers. [more]

    Unusual deep space signals in Antarctica defy explanation

    Last spring, a report from the world's largest neutrino telescope — a sprawling grid of detectors woven into Antarctica's ice — coincided with a blaze of hyperbolic headlines. They teased the possibility of an anti-universe where, from our point of view, time runs backward and the Big Bang represents an end, not a beginning. While it's too soon to start searching for our reverse-aging, other-handed doppelgängers, physicists are still wrestling with strange signals coming in from space that, to date, have defied easy explanation.

    The signals were flagged by a NASA-funded collection of horn radio antennas held aloft over Antarctica by a giant balloon. The device, called the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA), picks up radio signals produced when high-energy particles coming from deep space encounter our atmosphere. Some waves skim the Earth before they hit ANITA, and others bounce off the ice. ANITA can tell the difference. During its first float in 2006 and again in 2014, the device picked up anomalous signals that resembled the kind that skim the Earth — but strangely, they seemed to be coming from the surface.

    "That means they had to pass through a huge chunk of the Earth," says physicist Stephanie Wissel of Penn State, who works on the ANITA experiment. [more]

    Severe floods hit Uberlândia, Brazil
    https://www.sott.net/article/445514-Severe-floods-hit-Uberlandia-Brazil [3 videos]

    Newsom issues double stay-at-home order where you have to stay in a smaller house inside your original house
    https://www.sott.net/article/445508-Newsom-issues-double-stay-at-home-order-where-you-have-to-stay-in-a-smaller-house-inside-your-original-house [The Babylon Bee]

    In an attempt to fight another spike in COVID-19 infections in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has issued the first ever double stay-at-home order. With the new order, people aren't only ordered to stay in their homes no matter what, but also aren't free to wander around their homes. Instead they have to stay inside smaller houses inside their regular homes.

    "If staying home makes you safe," Newsom told the press. "Then staying inside an even smaller home inside that home would make you double-safe. This is just basic science, as any scientist would tell you." [more]

    [2nd part coming up]

  7. Help at last! House relief bill will provide free 'going out of business' signs to small business owners
    https://www.sott.net/article/445492-Help-at-last-House-relief-bill-will-provide-free-going-out-of-business-signs-to-small-business-owners [The Babylon Bee]

    After weeks of partisan bickering in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have announced that a bipartisan relief bill is finally ready for Trump's signature. The bill will include stimulus to replenish Pelosi's ice cream freezer, more money for the Congressional Sexual Harassment Legal Defense Fund, and free "Going Out Of Business" signs for small business owners. [more]

    [a few years ago you couldn't find much msm coverage of climate change - now it's all over the place with their little hopium spice added; this one is pretty good, in that it tells it straight]

    "Extraordinary" rate of change as the Arctic warms, NOAA says
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/extraordinary-rate-change-arctic-warms-013700334.html [~ 3.3 min. lead in news video]

    The cause of the rapid warming is straightforward and well understood: It is human-caused climate change. But in the Arctic, the pace of warming is 2 to 3 times the global average — a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification. [more; ~ 4 min. Arctic Report Card 2020 video]
    Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

    Matter is what makes up the universe, but what makes up matter? This question has long been tricky for those who think about it – especially for the physicists. Reflecting recent trends in physics, my colleague Jeffrey Eischen and I have described an updated way to think about matter. We propose that matter is not made of particles or waves, as was long thought, but – more fundamentally – that matter is made of fragments of energy.

    Using newer mathematical tools, my colleague and I have demonstrated a new theory that may accurately describe the universe. Instead of basing the theory on the warping of space and time, we considered that there could be a building block that is more fundamental than the particle and the wave. Scientists understand that particles and waves are existential opposites: A particle is a source of matter that exists at a single point, and waves exist everywhere except at the points that create them. My colleague and I thought it made logical sense for there to be an underlying connection between them.

    For the math and physics aficionados, it is defined as A = -⍺/r where ⍺ is intensity and r is the distance function.

    Using the fragment of energy as a building block of matter, we then constructed the math necessary to solve physics problems. The final step was to test it out. [more]

    [this sounds all pretty, but it's an indication of the stripping away of Earth's protective shield]
    Massive Solar Storm Means the Northern Lights Are Heading for the States

    While it sounds terrifying, a severe geomagnetic storm that’s coming for the northernmost reaches of the contiguous United States could provide a rare treat for the people who live there: a chance to glimpse the Northern Lights, usually only viewable from the Northernmost parts of the planet.

    The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued geomagnetic storm watches for the next three evenings: a minor watch (G1) tonight, a strong watch (G2) tomorrow, and a moderate watch (G3) on Friday. The coming storm is the result of a wave of electromagnetic radiation that erupted from a coronal mass ejection (a solar phenomenon similar to a solar flare) in the direction of the Earth. It will force the aurora ring at the North Pole as far south as parts of northern Illinois and Pennsylvania. [more]

    [3rd section follows]

  8. 'Net zero' climate targets? Read the fine print

    The worldwide effort to prevent Earth from becoming an unlivable hothouse is in the grips of "net zero" fever.

    More than 110 countries have committed to becoming carbon neutral by mid-century, including major greenhouse gas emitters such as Britain, Japan and South Korea, according to the United Nations.

    The European Union has taken the vow, as has incoming US President Joe Biden. [so you KNOW it's bullshit]

    "In many cases, net-zero pledges are an improvement, but in others the 'net' provision is a black box that can conceal all sorts of problems," Duncan McLaren, a professor at Lancaster University's Environment Centre, told AFP. [more; Kevin @ BBN talks about this]

    Climate Change: The Emissions Gap [today's BBN video]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOuPu7vdzUE&t=166s [~ 30.5 min.]

    Human-made materials now outweigh Earth’s entire biomass

    The giant human footprint stamped across the world in 2020 is greater than the impact on the planet of all other living things, research suggests.

    The amount of plastic alone is greater in mass than all land animals and marine creatures combined, the study estimates.

    Their research shows that human activity including production of concrete, metal, plastic, bricks and asphalt has brought the world to a crossover point where human-made mass – driven mostly by enhanced consumption and urban development – exceeds the overall living biomass on Earth.

    On average, every person in the world is responsible for the creation of human-made matter equal to more than their bodyweight each week, the paper published in Nature says.

    The research found that the stamp of humanity has been increasing in size rapidly since the beginning of the 20th century, doubling every 20 years. [more; and this DOESN'T INCLUDE WASTE!]

    [sky news]
    Total solar eclipse of December 14, 2020

    [part 4 awaits]

  9. A total solar eclipse will take place at 16:13 UTC on December 14, 2020, and be visible from the South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, and the South Atlantic. Observers from southern South America, the Pacific, and those currently in Antarctica will experience a partial eclipse. The event takes place on the peak day of the Geminid meteor shower. Just 7 days later, on December solstice, the two biggest planets in our solar system -- Jupiter and Saturn -- will appear closer in our night sky than they have since 1226 -- the Great Conjunction. [more]

    How cold did it get in Florida? Below freezing, and Miami saw ‘sluggish iguanas’

    That’s what happens to iguanas when temperatures hit the 40s.

    And that’s what temperatures did. Try 46 degrees in Pompano Beach, reported CBS4 meteorologist Craig Setzer.

    Homestead, West Kendall, Opa-locka, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines woke to 48 degrees, he reported.

    Miami saw 51, said Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School. [more]

    [farming news]
    Farmers should plant mustard in their fields to stop beetles eating their crops, scientists discover

    [oh, ya mean NOT PESTICIDES?]

    Farmers should plant mustard among their crops in order to protect them from damaging insects, scientists have found.

    Powerful pesticides which were often used for oil seed rape plants, called neonicotinoids, were banned by the EU in 2013. This caused farmers to desert the crop, because they could not protect it from the flea beetle, which feasts on the plant.

    The agricultural industry will also have to find new ways to protect crops from pest bugs without using pesticides, as the government slowly phases them out for environmental reasons. [more]

    Emissions hit new record, put world on track for 3C warming -UN

    Emissions have, however, grown by an average 1.4 percent per year since 2010, with a steeper increase of 2.6 percent last year due, partly due to a large increase in forest fires.

    Total 2019 emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) hit a new record of 59.1 gigatonnes. [more]

    [5th part last]

  10. [NOW we're talking!]
    American trophy hunter scared off by Turkish ethnic group that considers goats sacred

    An American trophy hunter’s hopes of shooting wild goats in the mountains of Turkey have been thwarted by locals who insist the animals are sacred.

    The hunter was initially awarded an eight-day licence by the authorities to hunt the long-horned ibex in the province of Dersim in eastern Anatolia.

    But after a local outcry, the licence has been revoked and the hunter has had to cancel his trip.

    The region is home to people of the Alevi faith, a branch of Shia Islam, who believe that all living things must be protected. [more; yeah, that's what i'm talking about!]

    Artificial Intelligence Just Revealed a Potential Concern for COVID Vaccine Makers

    Machine learning and artificial intelligence are solving problems that we never thought possible. Just this week, a unit of Alphabet-owned Google -- DeepMind -- used the approach to solve a mystery about how proteins fold that had vexed scientists for 50 years.

    Another use of the powerful algorithms that doesn't get as much publicity is simulating complex systems to avoid problems that we didn't even know were there. That appears to be what researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have done. And it raises questions about the reported efficacy of the celebrated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX), Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA), AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN), and others.

    It turns out we don't all react to the spike protein the same way. [more]

    Russian police hunt thieves who plundered top secret 'Doomsday Plane'

    Police in Russia said on Wednesday they were searching for thieves who plundered technical equipment from a top-secret military aircraft known as the Doomsday Plane that is designed for use during a nuclear war.

    The robbery, which raises questions about the security of sensitive military-related installations, took place as maintenance work was being carried out on the Ilyushin Il-80 plane. [DUH!]

    The theft came to light earlier this week in reports by Russian media, including the REN TV channel, which said signs of a break-in via the cargo hatch had been spotted last Friday and that 39 electronic units had been removed. [more]