Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Event Update For 2021-02-01


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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2021-02-01 - Massive number of oysters mysteriously die off in coastal Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana):

Quote: "Early this month, millions of pounds of oysters in leases that line Plaquemines Parish's west bank — creatures that had been healthy and alive the week before — were found dead, their mouths open. It's unclear why."

Quote: "'It's just a mystery,' said Jurisich, who also chairs the state's advisory Oyster Task Force. 'I've never seen anything like this.'"

Quote: "It's 'puzzling' to Matt Van Meter, a first-generation harvester who lost about 70% of his crop. He did have some oysters that survived outside the affected areas, but they likely won't reach market size this year, he said. 'Oysters don't die this time of year,' said Van Meter. In the winter, oysters are usually healthy and fat, making them more resilient. 'I look at myself as the next generation of fisherman, and it's very troubling.'"

Quote: "The mass die-off affected both young and mature oysters in two areas about five miles apart, impacting hundreds of leases stretching from Port Sulphur to Buras. One of the affected areas is five to six miles long, while the other is a little shorter, at three to four miles long."

Quote: "The stench of rotting bivalves filled the air. 'That's the smell of death,' Jurisich said."

2021-02-01 - Wildfire smoke may carry ‘mind-bending’ amounts of fungi and bacteria, scientists say:

2021-02-01 - Recycling center fire breaks out on Milltown Street in Radcliffe (Britain):

2021-02-01 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at high school in coastal Juneau (Alaska), 200 feet from the coast:

Quote: "The vehicle, a 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty, was parked and shut off for roughly 20 minutes while the driver was inside the high school before onlookers saw flames from the engine compartment at approximately 9:30 a.m, Jager said."

2021-02-01 - Volcano Cumbre Vieja rumbling in the Canary Islands:

2021-02-01 - Brazil guts agencies, sabotaging environmental protection in the Amazon:

2021-02-01 - Woman, 49, and man, 53, die while diving in Werbellinsee Lake (Germany):

Quote: "As the police announced on Monday, they did not appear on Sunday after diving with other recreational divers to a wreck at a depth of 35 meters. The other divers discovered the 53-year-old and the 49-year-old, motionless, at a depth of about six meters and recovered them."

2021-02-01 - Home explodes and burns on River Hills Road in River Falls (Wisconsin), 1000 feet from the Kinnickinnic River, 2 injured:

Note: This is the 18th residential explosion in 2021...

2021-02-01 - Cargo ship 'MV Roger Blough' bursts into flame while docked at shipyard on Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay (Wisconsin):

Note: This is the 52nd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-02-01 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the A38 near Alfreton (Britain):

Quote: "According to traffic information company Inrix, the vehicle which caught fire was a car transporter."

Note: This is the 7th car-hauler to burn in 2021...

2021-02-01 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Long Point Road in coastal Mount Pleasant (South Carolina):

2021-02-01 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6:30 AM on the M50 near Tallaght (Ireland):

Note: These are the 125th, 126th and 127th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-02-01 - Dump truck bursts into flame at 7 AM on I-90 near Cheektowaga (New York):

2021-02-01 - Heavy snow plow truck bursts into flame on street in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

2021-02-01 - RV bursts into flame in parking lot on East Broadway Avenue in Moses Lake (Washington):

Note: This is the 30th RV to burn in 2021...

2021-02-01 - Van bursts into flame near Station Road in Midhurst (Britain):

2021-02-01 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Route 118 in Litchfield (Connecticut):

2021-02-01 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Pershing Street in Hamden (Connecticut):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on South Exchange Street in Emporia (Kansas):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame on High Street in Naugatuck (Connecticut), near the Naugatuck River:

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame on road near Alice (Texas):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame on Mastic Road in coastal Mastic (New York):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame on Dunsdale Road in Selkirk (Scotland):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame while parked at store in Motherwell (Scotland):

2021-02-01 - Car bursts into flame on North Street in Scarborough (Britain):

Quote: "08:23 North Street, Scarborough A crew attended a car on fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical fault in the dashboard area. They used breathing apparatus, hose reel jet, foam and thermal imaging camera. The car suffered 90% fire damage."

2021-02-01 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US 1 at Pico Creek Road in coastal San Simeon (California), 300 feet from the ocean:

2021-02-01 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury (New Jersey):

2021-02-01 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Winston Avenue in coastal Poole (Britain):

2021-02-01 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at property on Curr Well Lane in Benson (North Carolina):

2021-02-01 - Box truck and tires go up in flames at tire business in Casa Grande (Arizona):

Quote: "At 4 p.m. firefighters were still on the scene fighting the fire. According to the Casa Grande Fire Department only tires and a nearby truck were on fire, not the structure."

2021-02-01 - Auto business heavily damaged by fire on Rowe Road in Skowhegan (Maine):

2021-02-01 - Auto parts business damaged by fire in coastal Estero (Florida), nobody there:

2021-02-01 - Barn destroyed by fire on Pearce Street near Emily Court in Collinsville (Texas):

2021-02-01 - Furniture business destroyed by fire in Jemison (Alabama):

2021-02-01 - Hospital heavily damaged by fire in Cuttack (India):

2021-02-01 - Home damaged by carport fire in the wee hours on East 36th Street in Tucson (Arizona):

2021-02-01 - Home damaged by fire shortly after 6 AM on Oval Street in Kannapolis (North Carolina):

2021-02-01 - Home destroyed by fire at 4 AM on Adams Street in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

2021-02-01 - Home destroyed by huge fire on South Tropical Trail on coastal Merritt Island (Florida):

2021-02-01 - Home destroyed by fire just after midnight on D Street in Bakersfield (California):

2021-02-01 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM in Milford (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2021-02-01 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 2:42 AM, fire spreads to 3 more mobile homes, on US 1 in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida), 1 killed:

2021-02-01 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM on Berry Avenue in Natchitoches (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2021-02-01 - Deadly fire burns home on North Kerbs Avenue in the Sauganash area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed:

2021-02-01 - Deadly fire burns home just before 11 PM on LeBaum Street SE in coastal Washington DC, 1 killed:

2021-02-01 - Deadly fire burns home shortly after 6 AM on Latchington Court in Charlotte (North Carolina), 2 killed:

2021-02-01 - Vacant home burns at 2:24 AM on West Virginia Street in Evansville (Indiana):

2021-02-01 - Man and woman, 33 and 22, die after being pulled from submerged car in canal near coastal Pahokee (Florida):

2021-02-01 - Man in his 50s and woman in her 70s found dead at home in Ponciau, Wrexham (Britain):

2021-02-01 - Person has 'medical event' at beachfront swimming pool and dies in coastal Eastbourne (New Zealand):

Quote: "A rahui has been put in place after a person died at a Lower Hutt pool. The person suffered a medical event in the pool building at Eastbourne Summer Pool on Monday."

Note: A 43-year-old man just had a 'medical event' and died while surfing in Eastbourne too, mentioned in the 2021-01-30 update...

2021-02-01 - Person suddenly dies in the water at beach in coastal Petone (New Zealand):

Quote: "A body has been found in the water in the Lower Hutt suburb of Petone. A police spokeswoman confirmed police were notified of a sudden death in the water about 2.20pm on Monday, near the Esplanade and Jessie St."

Note: Petone is less than 5 miles from Eastbourne, so that's THREE people suddenly dying in water in this general area within 48 hours...

2021-02-01 - Woman, 42, dies after being pulled from the water while snorkeling off coastal Key West (Florida):

2021-02-01 - Woman, 27, found dead on creek bank near South West End Boulevard in Cape Girardeau (Missouri):

2021-02-01 - Man, 21, found dead at Lower Sioux Indian Reservation (Minnesota):

2021-02-01 - Woman found dead near Gurden Avenue and White Avenue in Bastrop (Louisiana):

2021-02-01 - Man, 19, dies in Thonnur Lake (India):

2021-02-01 - Woman in her 50s found dead at beach at Heads of Ayr in coastal Ayr (Scotland):

2021-02-01 - Man in his 50s found dead on beach near St Margaret's Bay in coastal Dover (Britain):

2021-02-01 - Woman, 65, has difficulty breathing and loses consciousness on ship near coastal Neah Bay (Washington):

Quote: "A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a woman who was experiencing breathing difficulty and temporary unconsciousness from a ship near Neah Bay."

2021-02-01 - Tractor trailer overturns in the wee hours on US 82 near Wichita Falls (Texas):

2021-02-01 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into dental office, on Highway 501 in Conway (South Carolina):

2021-02-01 - Pickup truck crashes off bridge near Swamp Street in Wayne Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

2021-02-01 - Car veers off road at 1:40 AM and crashes onto coastal Thornhill Broome Beach in Ventura County (California), 1 killed:

2021-02-01 - Car veers off road, crashes into trees, on William Nobles Road near Aynor (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2021-02-01 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, near Helvetia (West Virginia), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2021-02-01 - Car veers off road, vaults off bridge, lands in Holle Creek, near Brenham (Texas), 2 killed:

2021-02-01 - Swarm of bees attacks 18 students in Mariveles (Philippine Islands):

2021-02-01 - Sinkhole opens on road in Bellevue (Pennsylvania):

2021-02-01 - Sinkhole opens on road in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2021-02-01 - Building collapses in Jerusalem (Israel):

2021-02-01 - Lightning strike kills 4 people and injures 3 more in Malawi:

2021-02-01 - Hundreds of 'highly cannibalistic' huntsman spiders invade teen's bedroom in Australia:


  1. Now that last story is truly frightening, Jonny, jeez!

    Another dozen residential fires on this day, as well as another big bunch of watery deaths.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2021
    The first major quake of February belongs to the Easter Island area of Chile: A powerful, very shallow, (6km deep) magnitude, 6.9 reduced to a mag 6.6 is the first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of February and the 13th of 2021

    The Exact Same Thing That Is Happening To GameStop Is Eventually Going To Happen To The Stock Market As A Whole

    A stock is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it at a particular moment in time. Sadly, this is a lesson that many GameStop traders are learning right now. Just a few days ago, GameStop had surged above $300 a share and a lot of investors that had gotten caught up in the frenzy thought that they were suddenly rich. But you only make money in the stock market when you get out. Those that sold at the peak of the bubble were extremely fortunate, but most GameStop investors are determined to hold on to the bitter end, and the end will definitely be quite bitter indeed. [more]

    UK variant has mutated again and gets nastier

    Coronavirus variants are becoming increasingly concerning as they mutate.

    Samples of the more transmissible B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, which was first detected in the UK, have acquired a mutation that will help them evade immune protection

    It’s the same mutation already present in the B.1.351 variant in South Africa, which is now spreading worldwide.

    Local transmission of the B.1.351 variant has been confirmed in the US, several European countries including the UK, Israel and much of sub-Saharan Africa. It isn’t yet clear if B.1.351 is more transmissible, but it is certain that it can partly evade the immunity we develop from natural infection by other coronavirus variants and from vaccines. The big worry is that it could evolve further and completely evade immunity, undermining vaccination efforts. [more; the bio-weapons labs have been busy churning this shit out and distributing it around the world]

    In Order To Have A “Tolerant Society”, The Elite Believe They Must Be Intolerant Of All Dissenting Views

    When information becomes a “threat”, even thinking the wrong thing can be dangerous. Over the past several weeks, I have heard the word “misinformation” uttered in the same sentence as “terror” or “terrorists” countless times. In the old days, the “extremists” and the “terrorists” were on the other side of the globe, but now we are being told that they live among us. So how can we identify them? Well, we are being told that “the bad guys” can be identified by what they believe. Those that do not embrace the propaganda that big tech and the corporate media are relentlessly pushing are being systematically “deplatformed”, “canceled” and pushed to the fringes of society. But apparently that is not nearly enough, because the New York Times is now asking for the Biden administration to appoint a “reality czar” that will be given authority to deal with “misinformation” and “extremism”.

    So exactly what will be done to those that are guilty of committing “thought crimes” against the government?

    Sadly, I think that we are eventually going to find out. [more]

    [2nd section below]

  2. Yellowstone hotspot powering volcano system shocks researchers — by millions of years

    A hotspot that powers the Yellowstone volcanic system could be much, much older than scientists originally thought.

    For years, scientists have thought the Yellowstone hotspot, the source of heat that powers the area’s volcanoes, was about 17 million years old, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    New research, however, suggests the hotspot is millions of years older. It could even be more than 50 million years old, USGS said.

    Oil And Gas Pipelines Set To Suffer Under Biden

    When U.S. President Joe Biden killed a high-profile, controversial oil pipeline project on his first day in office, he set the stage for more complicated and lengthy environmental reviews for all oil and gas infrastructure.

    President Biden’s decision to scrap the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline was not entirely unexpected, considering the campaign promises and the focus on clean energy and strengthened environmental policies.

    The killing of Keystone XL and the climate executive orders that followed in President Biden’s first ten days in office are sending a message to the oil and gas industry: energy infrastructure with poor environmental credentials will not fly in this Administration.

    At risk are not only proposed pipeline projects, but also operating pipelines with steel in the ground, such as the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline, analysts say. [more]

    Appeals court refuses to stop construction of oil pipeline

    he Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request by two American Indian tribes to shut down construction of a contentious crude oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota.

    Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, led by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, said in their petition that construction would destroy land that is protected by treaty agreements and would violate cultural and religious rights.

    Enbridge said the petition had no merit and did not “recognize the exhaustive and meticulous review” of the project.

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 9 denied the tribes' motion to halt construction and on Dec. 23 denied a petition for reconsideration of that decision. Other cases seeking to halt the project remain in the appeals court and the tribes had asked the court to intervene in the meantime. [more]

    2 California supermarkets closing after city orders pay hike

    Kroger Co. will close two Southern California supermarkets in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic.

    The decision announced by the company Monday follows a unanimous vote last month by the Long Beach City Council mandating a 120-day increase of $4 an hour for employees of supermarkets with at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 15 in Long Beach.

    Kroger said it will close a Ralphs market and a Food 4 Less on April 17, the Press-Telegram reported. [more]

  3. Lightning strike kills 9 children while playing football in Uganda

    One died instantly, while the others died shortly after being transferred unconscious to the regional referral hospital in Arua.

    Avalanche death toll in the Alps continues to climb with over 50 so far this season - already half the annual average

    There has been another fatal avalanche in Switzerland taking the death toll to 17 this season. Overall in the Alps it is now more than 50 - already half the annual average. In the latest incident 1 person has died & police said others may be buried under the snow, but no other victims have been found so far. It follows 4 deaths in the Tirol over the weekend. [more]

    Evacuations as rivers rise in north and south west France - half a month's worth of rain in 24 hours

    More than half a month's worth of rain fell in parts of France in 24 hours from 31 January to 01 February, according to Meteo France. River levels are high and as of 02 February, 18 departments were under Orange level (3 of 4) warnings for flooding, including 3 departments in the north and 15 in the south west. [more; 3 videos]

    Massive snow fall in Scotland leaves 4x4 covered to roof with snow- and there's more to come

    The country has been battered by bad weather with more set to come this week. [more; 4 videos]

    One dies as torrential rain causes flash floods in Turkey's Izmir - entire February's rainfall in just 8 hours

    "I have been living here for 30 years and have never seen such a disaster," Mehmet Akyol, a resident of Çetin Emeç neighborhood in Balçova district where a stream was clogged with debris and cars drifted by floodwaters piled up on each other, told Anadolu Agency (AA). Indeed, authorities announced that the rainfall, equivalent to what is normally seen over the entire month of February, battered the province in just eight hours. [more; 2 videos]

    [from Jan. 31st]
    Storm kills 3 and sets fire to oil plant in Paraguay

    The rapids and the overflowing of streams also caused landslides and floods in several municipalities of the metropolitan area

    Police sources confirmed the death of three people, a grandmother and her two grandchildren, aged 6 and 8, after the displacement of land from a ravine that buried the precarious [?] home they occupied in the La Chacarita neighborhood of Asuncion. [more; video]

    [2nd section next]

  4. Lockdowns & hysteria over 'hyper hygiene' could have long-term health impacts - study

    [SOTT]Comment: Masks have little to no effect on the spread of viruses - and, can excessive handwashing and distancing be said to 'work', when on the very next line the author admits that it actually makes one more susceptible to illness? [more]

    Lancet study finds Sputnik V more than 91% effective against Covid-19, 100% in preventing severe cases

    In a major breakthrough for Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has published preliminary Phase III trial results showing it is highly effective - notably, for all age groups. [what about SIDE EFFECTS?!]

    [SOTT]Comment: While the vast majority don't need a vaccine of any kind against the harmless coronavirus - with their innate immune system being much more reliable, effective, and safe - check out the following article for insight into why the West is so dead set against Russia's offering, see: The Inanity of RNA Vaccines For COVID-19

    And for those who have had to suffer any of the vaccines, see: COVID Mass Vaccination Experiment: Prepare For The Worst With This Health Protocol more; links to these articles]

    Objective:Health - Protecting Yourself Against Vaccine Side Effects
    https://www.sott.net/article/448101-Objective-Health-Protecting-Yourself-Against-Vaccine-Side-Effects [~ 47.5 min. video]

    [for Fran and others]
    Wednesday, 3 February 2021
    Care workers threatened with the sack if they refuse the covid-19 vaccine

    Coronavirus: High-risk workers who don't get vaccine could lose job - employment lawyer

    Healthcare and border workers who don't get the COVID-19 vaccine could lose their job - and such dismissals would be legally justified in some cases, one employment lawyer says.

    Aged care facility operators Ryman Healthcare, Oceania Healthcare, and Arvida will require all new employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but existing employees can decline. [more; GREAT!]

    Wednesday, 3 February 2021
    Vaccine Deaths in Nursing Homes: Conspiracy Theory or Deadly Reality?

    This is what Helen Pertousis-Harris opined in articles in the NZ media over the weekend.

    "Serious vaccine reactions do happen, but they’re rarer than being struck by lightning."

    Is this the start of compulsory euthanasia or is it all part of a "virus of disinformation"?

    You be the judge.

    P.S. Just in case you missed it here is Ms. Pertousis-Harris' wisdom. [more; see video if you can stand it; followed by a video by an American nurse for contrast]

    [3rd piece awaits]

  5. [the bloated, wasteful military budget on display]
    Top Marine General: We Need to Get Comfortable with 'Throwaway' Equipment

    The U.S. military flies and maintains decades-old planes and helicopters -- sometimes well beyond the planned years of service for the aircraft.

    But as the Defense Department works to counter fast-paced military advancements from China and Russia, it needs to think differently about investments, Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday.

    "The path we have been on, which we could afford to be on because we were not paced by anybody else -- everything was manned, everything at the most exquisite and highest level of capabilities that technology could give us -- [worked] because we didn't have a peer adversary," Berger said at the National Defense Industrial Association's virtual conference. "We're going to have to get comfortable with throwaway things." [more; sure, why not?]

    The US Navy is planning to 'recycle' one of its first supercarriers. Here's what's next for USS Nimitz.

    over the next five years, Nimitz will be retired, stripped down, and have its reactor removed.

    The Navy is beginning to "recycle" the venerable aircraft carrier after a half-century in service.

    On December 9, the Navy released its 30-year shipbuilding plan. With the ambitious goal of building a 546-ship fleet by 2051, the plan calls for 404 new vessels to be built as 304 are retired.

    Fourteen of those 304 vessels are nuclear-powered and will be recycled as part of the Navy's Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, a unique effort dedicated to the safe disposal of decommissioned nuclear-powered vessels. [more]

    [how far can they push you to wear a fucking useless mask?]
    A man is accused of stabbing someone during a face-mask dispute and then trying to hit cops with baseball bats

    A 53-year-old man in Nashville was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man during a face mask dispute, and then brandishing metal baseball bats at police officers.

    The man, Jerry Cowan, is facing several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, records show. Cowan was involved in an argument with a man at an apartment building on Sunday because Cowan was not wearing a face covering, Nashville's WSMV-TV reported. [more]

    [4th part below]

  6. [from Shoot First, Ask Questions Later news]
    Death of Maryland man shows continued out-of-control nature of SWAT, no-knock raids

    Maryland, a state that has wrestled with some of the most egregious SWAT and no-knock cases in the country, remains mired in controversy.

    The state has a long record of SWAT debacles. After police wrongfully raided a mayor’s house and killed his dogs in 2008, Maryland required police to report every SWAT raid. Between 2010 and 2014, police in Maryland conducted more than 8,000 raids, killing nine people and injuring almost a hundred civilians.

    Despite controversies, statistics were no longer collected after 2014. Strong police unions have blocked numerous efforts at legislative reform. As a result, Marylanders continue to be vexed by the same kind of deadly no-knock debacles that killed Breonna Taylor last March in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Lemp lived with his parents in a sedate neighborhood in Potomac, Maryland. According to the county report, a no-knock raid was justified “due to Lemp being ‘anti-government,’ ‘anti-police,’ currently in possession of body armor, and an active member of the Three Percenters,” a far-right paramilitary group that discussed government resistance.

    Belonging to a group is not illegal. And while the group spoke out against actions by white supremacists during the 2017 deadly riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, they were also known to show up at protests to push back against efforts by Black Lives Matter. Many of those efforts focused on saving the lives of people caught in confrontations with police — similar to the situation Lemp found himself in.

    Lemp's views on gun ownership and the fear of tyranny seem to have driven his activism. One of his last tweets declared, “The Constitution is dead.” A little over two months later, police killed him. [more; no opposing views tolerated]

    Apaches' fight over Arizona copper mine goes before US court

    A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday from a group of Apaches that has been fighting a proposed copper mine in eastern Arizona.

    Apache Stronghold recently sued the U.S. Forest Service to try to stop the agency from turning over a parcel of land to Resolution Copper, a joint venture of global mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP. [more]

    [5th segment follows]

  7. [here we go again]
    Biden signs 3 executive orders advancing immigration reform agenda

    President Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday that reverse some Trump-era immigration policies. They aim to reunite children and families separated at the border, review current asylum and border policies, and create a clearer path to U.S. citizenship.
    [more; welcome MS-13 members!]

    Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

    More than 2 million miles of natural gas pipelines run throughout the United States. In Appalachia, they spread like spaghetti across the region.

    Many of these lines were built in just the past five years to carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where hydraulic fracturing has boomed. West Virginia alone has seen a fourfold increase in natural gas production in the past decade.

    Such fast growth has also brought hundreds of safety and environmental violations, particularly under the Trump administration’s reduced oversight and streamlined approvals for pipeline projects. While energy companies promise economic benefits for depressed regions, pipeline projects are upending the lives of people in their paths.

    If residents do not want pipelines on their land, they can pursue legal action against the energy company rather than taking a settlement. However, this can result in the use of eminent domain.

    Eminent domain is a right given by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to companies to access privately held property if the project is considered important for public need. Compensation is decided by the courts, based on assessed land value, not taking into consideration the intangibles tied to the loss of the land surrounding one’s home, such as loss of future income. [more]

    [6th installment coming up]

  8. Climber sets off rockslide that sweeps him past friends to his death, CA officials say

    A climber stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide that killed him, Death Valley National Park officials said.

    “The incident occurred while Ibershoff was descending a steep, rocky slope to the top of the third rappel anchor,” park officials said. “He apparently stepped on a rock that moved, triggering a rockslide that swept him past two companions and over the edge of the 95-foot-tall dry fall.” [more]

    Millions of Americans could lose their homes despite President Biden's eviction moratorium order

    Millions of Americans could face eviction under President Joe Biden's executive order extending federal protections for renters through March 31.

    About one-third of all Americans, roughly 107 million people, are renters. Nearly 40 million have been protected by some form of an eviction moratorium since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the scattershot collection of local, state and federal protections has made navigating the bureaucratic process nearly impossible for the average tenant.

    Housing experts and advocates said loopholes within the executive order must be addressed to keep millions safely in their homes in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

    "Renters can also be evicted for reasons other than nonpayment, and landlords can choose not to renew certain leases," he said. [more]

  9. Major bushfire destroys at least 71 homes in Perth Hills, threatening 2 more suburbs, Australia

    A fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 71 homes on the outskirts of the city of Perth, Western Australia, on February 2 and 3, 2021, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes as hot and windy conditions continue hindering efforts to contain it. The fire is spreading toward Shady Hills View and Bullsbrook. This is one of Western Australia's worst fires in recent years. Meanwhile, a Tropical Low is threatening NW parts of Western Australia​.

    This fire is not contained or controlled, said Craig Waters, Department of Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner.

    "It will take a huge effort from everyone to get it under control," Waters said. [more]

    Europe braces for significant continent-wide cold outbreak

    After the Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event at the beginning of January 2021 and the Polar Vortex collapse, weather patterns across the northern hemisphere became very dynamic and progressive. This has set the stage for a potentially quite significant cold outbreak across the European continent over at least the next three weeks.

    Destructive flash floods hit Izmir after more than a month's worth of rain in just 6 hours, Turkey

    Destructive flash floods lashed the Turkish Aegean coastal province of Izmir on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, resulting in heavy damage, one fatality, and another person missing. Authorities called the situation a disaster, advising residents to stay indoors and only leave their homes when necessary. [more]