Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Event Update For 2020-12-08

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

2020-12-08 - Unknown chemical odor sends 4 people to the hospital in Brookline (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A hazmat incident Tuesday afternoon involving a chemical odor sent four Brookline Department of Public Works employees to the hospital, officials said. First responders were sent to the town’s Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. shortly after 12:30 p.m. for a report of a chemical odor, according to a statement from Brookline Fire Chief John F. Sullivan."

2020-12-08 - Greenhouse gas emissions hit new record, put world on track for 3C warming:

Quote: "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."

Note: So not only are we contending with our own emissions, but now the Earth itself is increasing its own emissions as the planet goes up in flames. We aren't decreasing our emissions as fast as the Earth is increasing its own and it is highly doubtful that we will until civilization collapses. That'll solve the problem!

2020-12-08 - Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic:

2020-12-08 - Chemical plant explodes and burns on West Dupont Avenue in Belle (West Virginia):

2020-12-08 - Thermal plant damaged by fire on Bassett Avenue in Lansing (Michigan):

2020-12-08 - Man runs around half-naked on street, tries to get into cars in traffic, in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2020-12-08 - Shark attacks and kills man at Honolua Bay (Hawaii):

Quote: "Maui Memorial Medical Center has confirmed that a 56-year-old man who was surfing at Honolua Bay on Tuesday has died."

2020-12-08 - More than a third of Americans say that they will spend 2021 in survival mode:

2020-12-08 - Home explodes and burns on Dixon Road in Whitburn (Scotland), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 113th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-12-08 - Tanker ship 'Marquess' disabled by fire off coastal Orchid Island (Taiwan):

Quote: "Fire erupted in engine room of Aframax crude oil tanker MARQUESSA in the morning Dec 8 some 17 nm east of Orchid island, southern Taiwan. Tanker reported fire and sent distress call at 1030 LT (UTC +8), she’s obviously, disabled and adrift."

Note: This is the 1296th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-08 - Tractor trailers and trucking company go up in flames at 1:45 AM on North Dixie Highway in Bowling Green (Ohio):

Quote: "Not only was the building on fire but so were semi-trucks and trailers outside. Diesel fuel and oil flowing across the drive also was burning, he said. 'It was a moat of fire,' Moorman said."

2020-12-08 - Tractor trailer hauling trash bursts into flame on Highway 427 in Toronto (Canada):

Note: These are the 1682nd, 1683rd and 1684th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-08 - SUV bursts into flame on M-115 in Antioch Township (Michigan):

2020-12-08 - SUV bursts into flame on the Trans-Canada Highway in the Cowichan Valley (Canada):

2020-12-08 - SUV bursts into flame on flyover in Lucknow (India):

2020-12-08 - SUV bursts into flame on highway in Vijayawada (India), 2 injured:

2020-12-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground parking garage in coastal Boca Raton (Florida):

Quote: "At 3:44pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Boca Raton Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire located in the parking garage under the businesses at 5499 N Federal Highway in Boca Raton."

2020-12-08 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked near hotel in Singleton (Australia):

2020-12-08 - Car bursts into flame on Thorne Road in Sandtoft (Britain):

Quote: "Thorne Road, Sandtoft. Tue 8 Dec 2020 19:29 (No:023128) Car fire. One hose reel, two BA and Thermal Image Camera in use."

2020-12-08 - Van and home destroyed by fire on Gunbarrel Lane in the Chief Cliff area between Elmo and Dayton (Montana):

Quote: "One of the major items the family lost was a seven-seat, four wheel drive passenger van."

2020-12-08 - Truck dealership heavily damaged by massive fire in New Florence (Missouri):

2020-12-08 - Car wash destroyed by fire on Charles Avenue in Dunbar (West Virginia):

2020-12-08 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Tyler (Texas):

2020-12-08 - Commercial building destroyed by huge fire in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2020-12-08 - Commercial building destroyed by fire on Main Street in Colfax (Washington):

2020-12-08 - Home damaged by fire on Wilbur Avenue in Youngstown (Ohio):

2020-12-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire near Hunlock Creek (Pennsylvania):

2020-12-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Scenic Drive in Hollister (Missouri):

2020-12-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire near Springdale (Washington), nobody there:

2020-12-08 - Home destroyed by fire in Laredo (Texas):

2020-12-08 - Home destroyed by fire on Neely Street in Gibraltar (Michigan), dog killed:

2020-12-08 - Home destroyed by fire on Howard Street in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire burns home on East Prospect Avenue in Mount Vernon (New York), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:30 AM on Thornton Street in coastal Revere (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire burns home at 5:46 AM on Welton Street in Colesville (New York), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire burns home on Arnault Branch Road in Cadet (Missouri), 2 killed:

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire burns home at 4:30 AM in Ary (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - Deadly fire destroys home on Flynn’s Creek Road near Williamsburg (West Virginia), 5 killed:

2020-12-08 - Porpoise washes ashore dead at coastal Cuckmere Haven Beach (Britain):

2020-12-08 - Man drops dead at Coffill Park in Sonora (California):

2020-12-08 - Person goes into cardiac arrest and dies while driving, car crashes, on Viewpoint Drive in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The crash took place off the roadway. It is currently believed that the driver suffered cardiac arrest, causing the crash. The patient was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash."

2020-12-08 - Person found dead in I-10 underpass in Beaumont (Texas):

2020-12-08 - Infant found dead in apartment in coastal Bronx (New York):

2020-12-08 - Man, 21, drops dead near Garvey Road in coastal Palm Bay (Florida):

2020-12-08 - Man, 61, falls into the water and dies in Lake Berryessa (California):

2020-12-08 - Woman, 71, found dead in swampy area near drainage canal in Destrehan (Louisiana):

2020-12-08 - Woman in her 50s found dead in watery ditch in Wasaga Beach (Canada):

2020-12-08 - Person found dead near Long Lake in Sudbury (Canada):

2020-12-08 - Person dies while swimming at McLaren Falls (New Zealand):

Quote: "Police received reports about 12.20 pm that a person who was swimming needed medical attention at McLaren Falls, in Soldiers Road, Lower Kaimai area. Emergency services attended and the person was recovered from the water. Attempts to revive the person were unsuccessful, and they died at the scene, a police statement said."

2020-12-08 - Man, 41, dies while snorkeling at coastal Sisters' Islands Marine Park (Singapore):

2020-12-08 - Man found dead on beach in coastal Mallorca (Spain):

2020-12-08 - Man loses consciousness, tractor trailer overturns, on the Kansas Turnpike near Topeka (Kansas):

Quote: "A semi driver told authorities he blacked out behind the wheel, sparking a wreck on the turnpike south of Topeka Tuesday."

2020-12-08 - Man, 56, has 'medical issue' at 5:30 AM, car crashes off road, on I-12 in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "A man who died after his car crashed early Tuesday morning on Interstate 12 likely had a medical issue while driving, which caused him to crash, Baton Rouge police said. The man was identified as Dereck Hudson, 56, of Baton Rouge."

2020-12-08 - Person has 'medical event' and falls off bicycle in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Quote: "A cyclist is in a critical condition after suffering a medical event while riding."

2020-12-08 - F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet crashes near Hiawatha National Forest (Michigan)

2020-12-08 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii), engine failure:

2020-12-08 - Small plane crashes near South Railroad and Mike Avenue in Hitchcock (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - Helicopter crashes near Bonvillard in the French Alps (France), 5 killed:

2020-12-08 - Tractor trailer crashes into bridge, bursts into flame, near McCool Junction (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2020-12-08 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on I-85 near Gaffney (South Carolina):

2020-12-08 - SUV and car crash in coastal Newport Beach (California), 2 killed:

2020-12-08 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on East Maple Lane in La Prairie Township (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, on Railroad Avenue in coastal Seabrook (New Hampshire), 1 killed:

2020-12-08 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes through building, on Main Street in Sturbridge (Massachusetts):

2020-12-08 - Car veers off road, goes airborne, hits tree, near West Battle Lake (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office believed the driver may have experienced a medical issue when she failed to negotiate a curve on the southeast side of West Battle Lake, left the roadway, hit a stop sign, went airborne over 227th Street and struck a tree."

2020-12-08 - Man has 'medical emergency' at home on Station Road in coastal Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea (Britain):

2020-12-08 - Extremely rare winter tornado hits Trieste (Italy):

2020-12-08 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, 18+ killed:

2020-12-08 - Meteor reported over Ontario (Canada):

2020-12-08 - Trump admin seeks to allow polar bear disturbance for oil in Alaska refuge:

2020-12-08 - US air pollution monitoring network falling into disrepair:

2020-12-08 - Thieves break into Russian doomsday plane and steal radio equipment at air base in Taganrog (Russia):

Quote: "Thieves have targeted a Russian 'doomsday' plane, the military aircraft that would be used by top officials, including Vladimir Putin, in case of a nuclear war."

Quote: "The thieves managed to open the highly classified aircraft’s cargo hatch and make off with 39 pieces of radio equipment. They have not been caught."

Note: Ya can't just leave your doomsday planes unattended!


  1. Yo Jonny, everyone. Lots of bleak news here today - long list of deadly residential fires, a subset of all the house fires listed (including another home explosion). Along with the weird chemical odor sending people to hospital, the odd car wash fire joins the list of commercial structures going up in flames while garbage burns in the back of a truck and some guy in Scotland went zombie. Another "interesting" day here at JJFH.

    The F-16 crash in Michigan is supposedly the result of being SHOT DOWN by CHINESE TROOPS (on maneuvers in Canada purportedly)!

    Thursday, 10 December 2020
    Hal Turner reports on an F-16 jet downed in Michigan ALLEGEDLY by Chinese troops [via ~ 2 hour Hal Turner Show]

    The Wednesday night radio show was attacked and knocked off the Internet as Hal began reporting the F-16 downed in northern Michigan last night was DOWNED BY CHINESE TROOPS making an incursion into the USA from Canada. This is a FREE archive so you can hear the whole show.

    The pilot has still not been found and is believed to have been taken prisoner by Chinese troops, and forcibly taken back into Canada where those Chinese troops are deployed. [more]

    REVEALED: Trudeau invited Chinese troops to train at Canadian military bases

    SECRET MILITARY DOCUMENTS: Trudeau invited Chinese troops to train at Canadian military bases [~ 31.5 min. video lead-in]

    Justin Trudeau invited China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to send its troops for cold weather training at CFB Petawawa in Ontario — and Trudeau raged at the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for cancelling the training after China kidnapped Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

    This is only one of many bombshell revelations in The China Files, a 34-page access to information document released by the Trudeau government to Rebel News, seen below. [more]

    Important information on vaccines that you cannot afford to ignore

    Covid-19 vaccines contain genetically engineered prions designed to cause brain damage that leads to death.

    All the data below was sent to me by an anonymous contact. Though there is much yet to be uncovered and revealed, given all that we do know, given the known science stated in the equation outlined below, given the gravity and immediacy of the unfolding climate / environmental collapse, given the now total desperation of the power structure, the conclusions cited below are certainly plausible at minimum.

    ---Dane Wigington [uh, what happened to chem-trails, Dane?]

    The first covid-19 vaccine victim to have suffered brain damage has been reported in India [more]

    [part ii coming up]

  2. The trillion ton gigantic iceberg the size of Delaware - dubbed A68a is on a collision course with the South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic and it could be just days away: Scientists say a collision could devastate wildlife including penguins, seals and albatross

    An enormous trillion ton iceberg is heading towards South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic, where scientists say a collision could devastate wildlife including penguins, seals and albatross is imminent. Scientists have spent weeks watching this climate-related event unfold, as the iceberg - about the same size as the island itself - has meandered and advanced over two years since breaking off from the Antarctic Peninsula in July of 2017. [more; years of free fresh water delivered!]

    [this op-ed from cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek]
    Zizek: There will be no return to normality after Covid. We are entering a post-human era & will have to invent a new way of life

    It’s time to accept that the pandemic has changed the way we exist forever. Now the human race has to embark on the profoundly difficult and painful process of deciding what form the ‘new normality’ is going to take. [more]

    Flawed paper behind Covid-19 testing faces being retracted, after scientists expose its ten fatal problems

    A publisher admitted it is urgently re-investigating research, following revelations that the PCR test it extols is defective, giving too many false-positives. The news comes as a new group plans a legal challenge over the checks.

    Last week I reported on an astonishing review conducted by a group of senior scientists on a paper on which most Covid testing is based. It comprehensively debunked the science behind the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to detect Covid, finding 10 fatal flaws, including major failings in the operating procedure and potential conflicts of interest among its authors. [more]

    Did The WHO Just (Accidentally) Confirm COVID Is No More Dangerous Than Flu?

    The World Health Organization has finally confirmed what we (and many experts and studies) have been saying for months – the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu.

    The WHO’s top brass made this announcement during a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board on Monday October 5th, it’s just nobody seemed to really understand it.

    In fact, they didn’t seem to completely understand it themselves.

    The global population is roughly 7.8 billion people, if 10% have been infected that is 780 million cases. The global death toll currently attributed to Sars-Cov-2 infections is 1,061,539 [which in itself is wrong, as it's been documented that co-morbidity (and false testing - see above article) is being lumped in with COVID cases.]

    That’s an infection fatality rate of roughly or 0.14%.

    Right in line with seasonal flu and the predictions of many experts from all around the world.

    0.14% is over 24 times LOWER than the WHO’s “provisional figure” of 3.4% back in March. This figure was used in the models which were used to justify lockdowns and other draconian policies. [more]

    [another paper claims no scientific evidence that masks protect anyone from this engineered virus]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. [tangentially related]
    Billionaires’ ‘pandemic profits’ alone could pay for $3K stimulus checks to EVERY American – report

    American billionaires made so much money during the Covid-19 pandemic that their profits since March are enough to give every US resident a $3,000 check without cutting into their pre-virus wealth, a new report shows. [more; but of course THAT ain't happenin']

    Bernie Sanders: Dems Delayed Covid Relief [~ 32 min. BBN video]

    Why Small Businesses Should Stay Closed Forever! [~ 7.5 min. video]

    [from Oopsy! news]
    SpaceX Starship prototype EXPLODES during attempted landing (VIDEO)

    Elon Musk’s ambitious Starship project seems to have suffered a setback after the SN8 prototype underwent a rapid unscheduled disassembly event while attempting to land following a high-altitude suborbital flight test in Texas.

    At first everything went well, with the vehicle launching successfully, reaching the apogee and flipping over to begin its descent… only to end in a fiery crash as it just missed the landing pad. [more; tweets]

    The most controversial Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore will decide who is president for the next 4 years

    The mainstream media and many on the left are greatly underestimating the importance of the election case that was put on the Supreme Court docket this week, and that is a tragic mistake on their part. Just like Bush v. Gore in 2000, Texas v. Pennsylvania will be “outcome determinative”. In other words, the Supreme Court is about to decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be president for the next four years. Very late on Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a suit that alleged that voting procedures in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin violated the U.S. Constitution. [more; they still use that?]

    [tornadoes are appearing all over the world now]
    Tornado confirmed to have caused freak weather damage in Horsham, Australia

    Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Diana Eadie said it had been classified as an EF1 event, which means top wind speeds of between 138 and 177kph. [more; video]

    [4th section awaits]

  4. Ship loses record number of containers while crossing the Pacific - hit by waves 16 meters (52.5 feet) high

    An update places the number of containers either lost or damaged at 1,816 units, of which 64 are believed to be Dangerous Goods containers.

    Weather maps around the time of the incident show significant wave heights of up to 16 meters associated with the low pressure system. [more]

    [so, while Michael Snyder claims the Supreme Court will decide who is president for the next 4 years, there's this from yesterday]

    The Breakdown - Supreme Court denies Trump election lawsuit [~ 25.25 min. news video; guess they decided!]

    [how much MORE damage is this COVID bullshit going to cause?]
    The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine could hurt the dairy and cheese industries due to an increase in dry ice demand

    The Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines must both be kept in extremely cold conditions, necessitating the use of dry ice to deliver and store the vaccines. [there's an article explaining why it must be kept so cold - i'll try to find it]

    Dry ice is also heavily used in the cheese-making industry where dairy cultures must be kept cold to avoid spoilage.

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced on Wednesday that he would be appropriating up to $3.25 million in funding from the CARES Act to support the state's nine ethanol plants. Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of the ethanol creation process and can be turned into dry ice. [more]

    [here it is]
    Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold

    “We don’t normally store vaccines at that temperature [-70F for Pfizer's and -20F for Moderna's!], so that definitely is a challenge.”

    One reason RNA is much less stable than DNA is due to an important difference in the sugars that make up the molecules’ backbones.
    “DNA can survive for generations,” Mishra says, but RNA is much more transient.

    While the details of each company’s approach aren’t known, they both probably fiddled slightly with the chemical letters of the mRNAs in order to make it easier for human cellular machinery to read the instructions. The companies also need to add additional RNA — a cap and tail — flanking the spike protein instructions to make the molecule stable and readable in human cells. That tampering may have disrupted or created secondary structures that could affect the RNA’s stability, Mishra says. [more; advanced bio-chem stuff]

    U.S. biofuel coalition escalates legal attack on EPA blending waivers

    A coalition of U.S. biofuel groups announced on Tuesday it had filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Trump administration's decision in 2019 to grant 31 oil refineries exemptions from U.S. biofuel [= JUNK] blending obligations. [more]

    General Electric Signs a Deal to Recycle Wind Turbine Blades

    General Electric (NYSE:GE) has announced a multiyear agreement with Veolia Environnement to recycle GE's onshore wind turbine blades based in the U.S. The deal involves Veolia processing blades that have been removed for upgrade purposes for use in cement production.

    According to the press release, "nearly 90% of the blade material, by weight, will be reused as a repurposed engineered material for cement production." As such, GE hopes to recycle the majority of blades replaced during the upgrade process. [more; creating even MORE pollution via cement production - brilliant!]

  5. I don't think the vaccine or COVID-19 have anything to do with prions or depopulation. Sounds like scary bullshit.

    But prions THEMSELVES may pose a threat. It does not seem implausible that the changing climate could be more conducive to prions, like the brain-eating amoebas and flesh-eating bacteria and the like. In fact, thinking back, I have noticed many more news stories involving the prion disease that affects deer.

    Prions themselves are just incredibly interesting. Are they life? Or, if not, then how do they reproduce and evolve? Aren't those two things one of the criteria for something to be alive? And they do reproduce and they do evolve too. But the word 'prion' itself is derived from 'proteinaceous infectious particle' - PARTICLE. Which sounds like something not alive.

    Quote: "In 2015, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that plants can be a vector for prions. When researchers fed hamsters grass that grew on ground where a deer that died with chronic wasting disease (CWD) was buried, the hamsters became ill with CWD, suggesting that prions can bind to plants, which then take them up into the leaf and stem structure, where they can be eaten by herbivores, thus completing the cycle. It is thus possible that there is a PROGRESSIVELY ACCUMULATING NUMBER OF PRIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENT." [Capitalization added.]

    So conspiracy theories aside, it seems to me that prions may be becoming an increasing threat all on their own, possibly due to the changing climate, as with a number of others forms of life hostile to human beings.

  6. So building on some of that, let's say a person gets Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. They won't know at first, so they go camping, take a dump in the woods. Some plants growing nearby absorb that person's CJD prions. Then a deer eats that plant, and a hunter later kills that deer then takes it home and the family has some fresh venison and they all get infected. They're a 'green' family and they compost their own waste then spread it on their green bean fields. The green beans absorb their CJD prions. The family harvests their crop and takes it into town at their regular farmers' market, where a few hundred people buy their fresh green beans and take the green beans home for dinners with THEIR families.

    Maybe this is one of the things 'they' are hiding from us: that in time our environment will become so prion-rich that the human race dies off because all of our brains progressively turn to mush. Possible? I don't know.

  7. I like the way you think,Jonny.

    It's probably one of the reasons why the governments of the world aren't really doing anything significant about climate change - because they aren't doing anything about POLLUTION (of all kinds)! Radiation, run-off (toxic soup), plastic, heavy metals, toxic gases from manufacturing and energy production, methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, biological waste, landfills, coal ash waste, pig farm sludge ponds, superfund sites - the list gets bigger every time I look!

    There's nothing to be done. We're drowning in our own waste as a completely unsustainable civilization.
    This can't go own much longer.

    Thanks again for your work, I appreciate it (as I'm sure your less 'vocal' readers do).

  8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
    ― Yogi Berra

    We had a brief warm up around here with temps reaching the balmy 50's. i jumped on the chance to get started on Spring clean-up, then prepped the lawn tractor for winter storage. Made for a pretty productive day, it felt good outside (no mask), and it'll please the boss when she gets home from work that i didn't lay around depressed all day.

    Six Alaskan volcanoes may be part of one massive supervolcano

    Six stratovolcanoes comprising the Islands of Four Mountains in Alaska's central Aleutian Islands may not be separate volcanoes, but instead a part of one enormous volcanic caldera system, according to scientists who presented the evidence at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting on December 7. [audience reaction HOLY SHIT!]

    The data, taken together, convincingly point to the existence of a caldera about 20 km (12 miles) across [!]. The volcanoes' peaks are arranged in a ring and a bathymetric ocean flood mapping, mostly from the 1950s, shows arc-shaped ridges and a 130 m (426 feet) deep depression in the ring's center.

    These are pieces of evidence that the volcanoes are linked by one massive caldera, an enormous crater that forms when a very big magma chamber in a volcano erupts and empties. [more]

    Climate Change: More Coal For Your Stocking [~ 50 min. BBN video]

    Eleventh-hour Trump actions prolong “scorched earth” policy threatening western public lands

    Today, the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed its final actions to fast-track approvals and eliminate public input and review on clearcutting of native forests and shrubs across western public lands.

    With the announcement of its final “pinyon-juniper categorical exclusion” and “salvage logging categorical exclusion,” the BLM has now pushed through five regulatory changes and large-scale initiatives to expedite the removal of native forests and sagebrush shrublands across the intermountain West. [WHY?]

    The BLM’s actions today with regard to vegetation removal and clearcutting represent a broader push by the Trump administration to gut protections in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), take the public out of public land management, serve extractive industries, and downplay science in decision-making.

    These proposals will allow the BLM to conduct large and controversial vegetation removal projects without notifying or inviting input from the public including the scientific community. Specifically, these proposals would allow the BLM to plan and execute vegetation removal actions without detailed NEPA review and public comment, undermine an already fragile public trust, and effectively shelve the critical role of science in some of the most unproven and controversial projects taking place on public lands today. [more]

    “We Hadn’t Really Thought Through the Economic Impacts” ~ Melinda Gates

    In a wide-ranging interview in the New York Times, Melinda Gates made the following remarkable statement: “What did surprise us is we hadn’t really thought through the economic impacts.” A cynic might observe that one is disinclined to think much about matters tha[t] do not affect one personally. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  9. [the Danes aren't as bright as they used to be]
    'Zombie mink' mass grave may have contaminated Danish ground water

    Decomposing mink buried in dirt pits in Denmark following a nationwide cull may have contaminated groundwater . .

    The Danish government ordered a cull of some 17 million mink in early November after outbreaks of coronavirus hit hundreds of farms and authorities found mutated strains of the virus among people.

    A government agency report said groundwater in the area may already have become contaminated and urged authorities to take swift action

    Before the interring of the dead mink, authorities had said the burials would not pose a risk to drinking water or protected areas.
    [more; that's what they always say!]

    Ship that lost containers in Pacific storm docks

    Nearly 2,000 containers aboard the ship managed by NYK Ship management of Japan were lost or damaged when it was hit by stormy weather in the Pacific Ocean, according the company's statement earlier this week. Dramatic footage shot by a YouTuber and obtained by Reuters showed ONE Apus carrying collapsed containers and docking at Kobe, one of the world's busies port cities. [more]

    Oregon just decriminalized all drugs – here's why voters passed this groundbreaking reform

    Oregon became the first state in the United States to decriminalize the possession of all drugs on Nov. 3, 2020.

    Measure 110, a ballot initiative funded by the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group backed in part by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, passed with more than 58% of the vote. Possessing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. [more; that shit'll kill ya! - use natural mushrooms!]

    A meteor every minute expected from Geminid shower this weekend. Here’s when to look

    The Geminids can be seen every year as Earth passes through a trail of meteors and debris left by 3200 Phaeton, which is either an extinct comet or an asteroid, according to NASA, though scientists aren’t sure which.

    Either way, the bits and pieces left behind burn up brightly in Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in “the best annual meteor shower a stargazer can see,” lasting from Dec. 4 to Dec. 17, NASA says.

    But this year is particularly special as the shower’s peak will coincide with a new moon — basically the opposite of a full moon — meaning darker skies, and clearer viewing of the meteors streaking overhead. [more]

    2 workers still missing in wake of Ohio power plant collapse

    Two members of a demolition crew remained missing Thursday following the collapse of a shuttered power plant in southern Ohio, authorities said.

    The Killen Generating Station near Manchester, in Adams County, Ohio, closed down two years ago and was being prepared for demolition before it collapsed at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, officials said.

    "Demolition crews have been working here forever," Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said. "It was in the process of being torn down. These were demolition crews."

    In the hours following Wednesday's collapse, authorities said five workers were missing. Three were found and taken to hospitals but two were still unaccounted for by Thursday morning, officials said.

    It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collapse and the investigation is ongoing. [more]

    [part 3 follows]

  10. Dog Playing With Bear Cub Is Too Adorable For 2020

    Video of an Alaskan malamute playing with a female bear cub at a Siberian zoo in Irkutsk, Russia, on Wednesday [more]

    Gun restrictions face uphill battle even under Biden

    [waddiya mean "even under" war-mongering Biden?]

    The gun debate in America will soon enter a new chapter with a Democrat in the White House after four years under President Donald Trump in which gun control advocates developed a long wish list for reform amid a spate of large-scale mass killings [probably staged for that purpose by YOUR LIBERAL GOVERNMENT] in places like Las Vegas, El Paso and Parkland, Florida [don't forget Sandy Hook!].

    But any hope that Joe Biden will usher in a new era of restrictions on firearms is highly unlikely because of the same polarization in Washington that has tripped up similar efforts under past administrations. [more]

    Australia Excluded From Global Climate Talks as Policies Lag

    Around 70 world leaders including China’s Xi Jinping and Pope Francis will use a global climate summit this weekend to outline new pledges to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who supports fossil fuels, will be conspicuously absent. [more; ye - why den cay 'bout alla that bollocks]

    Biden's latest Cabinet picks slammed for lack of relevant experience

    President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday he'll nominate Denis McDonough to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and will name Susan Rice his head of the White House Domestic Policy Council. And while both of the nominees have lots of Washington experience, they're receiving criticism for their lack of experience in the departments they've been named to. [more]

    Mortgage Applications Drop Again. Are Buyers Tired of Inflated Home Prices? [no, nobody can afford a house now because COVID]

    With mortgages rates sitting at record lows, many buyers have rushed to apply and get a piece of the action. But home loan applications actually decreased 1.2% for the week ending Dec. 4, reports the Mortgage Bankers Association. That's the second week in a row we've seen a decline, which could indicate that buyers are fed up with the state of the housing market. [more; no they're fed up BEING BROKE]

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  11. Air pollution back to or exceeding pre-Covid levels despite continued lockdowns

    Air pollution is back to or exceeding pre-pandemic levels in 80 per cent of the UK despite continued lockdowns, according to a new study.

    The research, based on data from Government air monitors, showed that a sharp drop of 38 per cent in nitrogen dioxide in the April lockdown has been followed by a resurgence in pollution with 39 of the 49 cities and towns surveyed reporting a rise or plateauing compared with pre-pandemic levels. [more; blamed on private car use]

    NASA and Boeing set do-over Starliner orbital test flight for March 2021

    NASA and Boeing are looking to March 29, 2021 as the earliest possible date for their Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), a key qualifying demonstration mission in their ongoing Commercial Crew spaceflight program. Boeing is the second company selected by NASA to build and qualify a human space launch system for transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station, and it's still working toward certifying its vehicle, while SpaceX, the other company selected, has already flown its first active service mission. [more]

    Extinction: Conservation success set against 31 lost species

    The European bison has moved a step back from the brink of extinction, according to an update of the official extinction list.

    he recovery is regarded as a "conservation success" story.

    But 31 species of plants and animals have gone extinct in the latest tally.

    They include frogs, fish, several plants and a bat.

    The extinction list by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation for Nature) assesses the survival prospects of plants, animals and fungi. [more; temporary success at best]

    Shutdown a possibility as Rand holds up defense bill

    The Kentucky Republican is objecting to swift passage of the annual defense policy bill, effectively forcing senators to remain in Washington for an extra day as he filibusters the $740 billion legislation. But the government needs to be funded past Friday — and the short one-week spending bill can't be passed before then without agreement from all 100 senators to vote.

    Paul, no stranger to filibusters, said in an interview Thursday that he opposes a provision in the bill that would hamstring the president’s ability to draw down American troops from Afghanistan.

    St. Martin reports fatal shark attack, 1st in recent history

    A fatal shark attack was reported in the French Caribbean territory of St. Martin on Thursday, shocking many in the eastern Caribbean region where such attacks are rare.

    The attack occurred in Orient Bay, a popular beach located in the northeast part of the island that St. Martin shares with the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten. No details on the person's identity or nationality were immediately released, although local media reported the victim was an unidentified woman in her 40s. [more]