Monday, May 31, 2021

Event Update For 2021-05-31

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

2021-05-31 - Atmospheric methane levels rocketing upwards, biosphere collapse likely:

2021-05-31 - Satellites may have been underestimating the planet’s warming for decades:

2021-05-31 - Iceland's glaciers melting away at escalating pace from global warming:

2021-05-31 - Melting glaciers in Greenland polluting coasts with shocking amounts of mercury:

2021-05-31 - Record-breaking heatwave forecast for Spokane (Washington):

2021-05-31 - Serious drought hits California, lake beds turn to dust, photo essay:

2021-05-31 - Stripped down car mysteriously bursts into flame at metal recycling center near Santaquin (Utah):

Quote: "'He was on the excavator, picked up the car -- it already had the gas tank removed, all the fluids, battery -- and as he flipped it over to smash it, it actually spontaneously combusted. No reason,' Chief McMullin said.

2021-05-31 - Wildfire breaks out in Santa Fe National Forest (New Mexico):

2021-05-31 - Live Asian giant hornet, 'murder hornet', found in Ireland:

Quote: "She said that there have been 19 sightings of the insect being located and removed in the UK since 2016, and the first live specimen in Ireland was discovered in Dublin last week."

2021-05-31 - Person has 'medical incident' at pier in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "We were tasked at 10.51pm by the joint rescue co-ordination centre by to a medical incident at Bournemouth Pier and to assist South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and provide a helicopter landing site for Helimed."

2021-05-31 - Cargo ship 'Salar' hit by cargo hold scrap metal fire at port in coastal Landskrona (Sweden):

Quote: "Fire erupted in cargo hold of general cargo ship SALAR at around 1200 UTC May 31 at Landskrona port, Sweden. Scrap caught fire, understood the ship is loading scrap at Landskrona."

2021-05-31 - Boat bursts into flame on Moses Lake (Washington):

Quote: "According to the article, a boat caught fire on May 30 with three people on board after it allegedly circled another vessel that was flying LGTBQ pride flags. However, fate wasn’t too kind to the alleged bullies after their boat erupted into flames, forcing them to abandon the vessel."

2021-05-31 - Tourist yacht bursts into flame, burns and sinks, near coastal Giftun Island (Egypt):

Note: These are the 317th, 318th and 319th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-05-31 - Several buses and cars go up in flames at wrecking yard in Puyallup (Washington):

Quote: "Crews put out a large fire at a wrecking yard in Puyallup’s South Hill neighborhood on Monday afternoon. The fire closed 128th Street at Woodland to 126th Street. Several cars and buses were burned."

Note: These are the 199th, 200th and 201st buses to burn in 2021...

2021-05-31 - Seventeen semi tractors go up in flames while parked at truck repair business in Addison (Illinois):

Quote: "Firefighters said that the fire began with two trucks but spread quickly to other vehicles after tanks containing diesel fuel caught fire. The Addison Fire Protection District says that at least 17 semi trucks were damaged in the fire."

2021-05-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 1:30 AM on I-75 in Lexington (Kentucky):

2021-05-31 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 near Baker (California):

Note: These are the 1158th-1176th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-05-31 - RV bursts into flame on Fort Hall Reservation (Idaho), separate fire too:

2021-05-31 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home on Terrebonne Road in Broussard (Louisiana):

2021-05-31 - RV bursts into flame on Trina Lane in Sulphur (Louisiana):

2021-05-31 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Silver Eagle Road and Western Avenue in Sacramento (California):

Note: These are the 214th, 215th, 216th and 217th RVs to burn in 2021...

2021-05-31 - Campervan bursts into flame on the A361 near Tiverton (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Campervan bursts into flame, ignites gorse fire, in Dartmoor National Park near Yelverton (Britain):

2021-05-31 - FedEx delivery van bursts into flame on St. Charles Street in coastal Victoria (Canada):

2021-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on the R676 in County Waterford (Ireland):

2021-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on the A12 in Farnham (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on the M11 near Harlow (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Car bursts into flame on the M62 near Denshaw (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-74 in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2021-05-31 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-96 in Lansing (Michigan):

2021-05-31 - Scooter bursts into flame on Leypark Close in coastal Exeter (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Electrical supply warehouse heavily damaged by fire in Draper (Utah), nobody there:

2021-05-31 - Storage facility damaged by fire before 2:30 AM in Kenton County (Kansas):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in the wee hours on Rainbow Avenue in Arden Arcade (California):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Monroe Street in Springfield (Illinois):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Northwood Drive in Easton (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Brookwood Road in Mink Shoals (West Virginia):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Broad Street in Lansdale (Pennsylvania):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3:30 AM on Boston Road in Lexington (Kentucky):

2021-05-31 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Yacht Club Lane in coastal Gloucester Point (Virginia):

Quote: "Crews arrived to find a working house fire and then asked fire boats from Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue and York County to also respond due to the home’s proximity to the water."

2021-05-31 - Home destroyed by fire on McArthur Drive in Greensburg (Pennsylvania):

2021-05-31 - Home destroyed by fire on 134th Street Court NW in the Wauna area in coastal Gig Harbor (Washington):

2021-05-31 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Wooten Park Drive in Austin (Texas):

2021-05-31 - Apartment building destroyed by fire on Preston Park Drive in unincorporated Duluth (Georgia):

2021-05-31 - Beachfront Ocean East Resort Club hotel heavily damaged by fire on Atlantic Avenue in coastal Ormond Beach (Florida):

2021-05-31 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on Folsom Lane in Leon (West Virginia), 1 killed:

2021-05-31 - Deadly fire burns home on Hague Street in Rochester (New York), 1 killed, 8 injured:

2021-05-31 - Man and woman die unsuspiciously at home on Wendy Circle in Ragland (Alabama), 500 feet from the Coosa River:

2021-05-31 - Infant boy dies at home in the Township of Calumet (Wisconsin):

2021-05-31 - Man, 49, found dead in Lake Mohawk in Tippah County (Mississippi):

Quote: "Tippah County Coroner Chris McCallister identified the body pulled from the lake as Stanley Horton, 49, of Tippah County. The coroner classified the death as a freshwater drowning; however, he’s not ruling out a medical issue."

2021-05-31 - Man drops dead near Teichert Pond in Chico (California):

2021-05-31 - Man, 35, drops dead at jail in coastal San Diego (California):

2021-05-31 - Man dies after being pulled from the American River in Sacramento (California):

2021-05-31 - Man found dead in Silverwood Lake (California):

2021-05-31 - Man found dead in the Salt River in Phoenix (Arizona):

2021-05-31 - Man, 29, drops dead at jail in Tucson (Arizona):

2021-05-31 - Man found dead on the banks of canal in Harlingen (Texas):

2021-05-31 - Man, 35, found dead in shallow water at Squantum Point Park in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts):

2021-05-31 - Man, 77, falls into the water and dies in Rinquelin Trail Lake in Maries County (Missouri):

2021-05-31 - Man found dead outside apartment building in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2021-05-31 - Person falls off bridge and dies near Elk Creek in Clarksburg (West Virginia), possible toppler:

2021-05-31 - Person found dead in the Spokane River in Spokane (Washington):

2021-05-31 - Man found dead in Bells Rapids Lake north of Bancroft (Canada), empty 'ghost boat' found first:

2021-05-31 - Man has 'medical episode' and dies on yacht, yacht washes ashore, in coastal Bundeena (Australia):

Quote: "He is believed to have suffered a medical episode."

2021-05-31 - Man, 30, found dead in water tank in coastal Pune (India):

2021-05-31 - Woman found dead in the River Thames near pub in Maidenhead (Britain), boy missing in the river too:

2021-05-31 - Man, 24, found dead in lake in Haslington (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Man, 49, has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into pole, in Rochester (New York), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "They say the 49-year-old man crashed into a light pole, and the investigation has led them to believe he suffered an unknown medical issue while driving, which caused the crash."

2021-05-31 - Man, 46, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into sign and home, in Hillsboro (Tennessee), 1 killed:

Quote: "A medical emergency seems to be the cause of a death during a traffic accident in the Hillsboro area."

2021-05-31 - Small plane makes emergency landing on US 101 near Westlake Village (California):

2021-05-31 - Tanker truck overturns on I-12 near Slidell (Louisiana):

2021-05-31 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on Highway 160 in Doddridge (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2021-05-31 - Box truck veers off road, crashes into ditch, bursts into flame, on Egremont Drive in London (Canada), 2 injured:

2021-05-31 - SUV overturns, bursts into flame, on North Mulford Road in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River, 1+ injured:

2021-05-31 - SUV overturns on Route 28 in coastal Falmouth (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2021-05-31 - Car crashes into care facility, bursts into flame, in Langhorne Manor Borough (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2021-05-31 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, at Roman Road and Red Bluff Road in Loris (South Carolina):

2021-05-31 - Car veers off road, crashes into ravine, bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Highway 371 in Anza (California), 1 killed:

2021-05-31 - Dog attacks and seriously injures woman, hand partially amputated, in Katy (Texas):

2021-05-31 - Sinkhole opens in parking lot in San Antonio (Texas):

2021-05-31 - Sinkhole opens near Arbourthorne Pond in Sheffield (Britain):

2021-05-31 - Huge sinkhole 220 feet across opens in the town of Juan C. Bonilla in the state of Puebla (Mexico):

2021-05-31 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near Chickaloon (Alaska):

2021-05-31 - Tropical Storm Choi-wan forms near the Philippine Islands:

2021-05-31 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Dzerzhinsk (Russia):


  1. Waterlogged Wednesday Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., Terry, LL, FezzedOne and Panther, among any other readers of JJFH.

    Another pithy Skully and Molder panel.

    That sinkhole you posted is now HUGE and growing:

    Gigantic 100-meter large sinkhole near Puebla and highway collapse in Michoacan – Earth is tearing apart in Mexico (videos and pictures)

    A giant sinkhole has opened up in fields near the municipality of Santa María Zacatepec, Mexico. The now 100-meter-large (328 feet) and 20-meter-deep (66 feet) crater continues growing, alarming residents living in the area.

    Officials describe the hole in the ground as “a matter of enormous risk.” [more]

    [in Fight Of The Day news]
    17-Year-Old Girl Fights A Bear To Protect Her Dogs

    [she just ran right at it and shoved the bear off the wall, grabbed her smallest dog and split before the bear came back]

    A 17-year-old California girl was caught on video shoving a large bear off her fence after the animal took a swipe at her dogs.

    “The dog that the bear grabbed, she’s the baby,” Hailey Morinico told NBC News. “I have to protect the baby.”

    The black bear had been walking with two cubs atop a fence at the home in Bradbury, east of Los Angeles and in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Footage from the yard showed the family’s four dogs running out to yap at the bears.

    Although the cubs bolted and mama bear turned to follow, she also began to swipe at the dogs below.

    That’s when Morinico ran out. [more]

    Iran's largest warship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman

    The largest warship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, the latest calamity to strike one of the country’s vessels in recent years amid tensions with the West.

    State media reported 400 troops on board fled the vessel, with some 20 suffering injuries. [more]

    [from Incremental News]
    Britain could [WILL] become ‘inhospitable’ to native species if [no "if," rather BECAUSE] climate change goals missed

    Britain faces becoming "inhospitable" to native species such as bluebells, bumblebees and hares if climate change goals are breached, the WWF has warned. [more; no - like every other country, NOBODY is doing ANYTHING to curb fossil fuel use or give up their lifestyles so the beat goes on; see articles below]

    [2nd comment next]

  2. China drives rise in coal-fired power plants

    The number of coal-fired power stations granted approval globally has risen for the first time since 2015 – with China making up two thirds of all plans for the heavily polluting plants.

    Despite international pledges to drastically cut carbon emissions, 20GW of coal-fired power plants were approved for investment last year, up from around 18GW in 2019. China alone approved 13GW of coal-fired plants, a 45pc increase on 2019 levels. [more]

    Enbridge's Line 3 replacement construction resumes

    The number of workers handling the roughly 340-mile pipeline project — which is 60% complete — is expected to jump from around 1,000 during the pause to 4,000 this month, Mike Fernandez, senior vice president at Enbridge, told Axios.

    Enbridge says the project is an economic boon to northern Minnesota, but Indigenous and environmental activists continue to fight against it. [more]

    [guess who's side the government is on (in "red" states)]
    Lawmakers Are Firing Back At Fossil Fuel Divestors

    As divestment from emissions-heavy fossil fuels and boycotting of the oil sector gain traction in both the public and private sector, a major backlash is brewing around the United States. Lawmakers in more than a dozen red states around the nation are attempting to push through laws that would pull funding from state-run and large financial institutions that take steps to decarbonize their own investment portfolios. In short, the message is simple: “if you divest from coal and oil, we divest from you.” [more]

    [humanity on display in the following article]
    Bangladesh police arrest notorious poacher 'Tiger Habib' after he slaughters 70 endangered Bengals

    A notorious poacher accused of killing at least 70 endangered Bengal tigers has been caught in Bangladesh after evading arrest for 20 years.

    Mr Talukder is believed to have links with gangs that operate across Sundarbans, poaching wild animals and profiting from selling their pelts, bones, teeth, and raw meat in the black market, Mr Abadin said. [more; he'll get a slap on the wrist and be sent home]

    A cargo ship carrying chemicals that has burned for 13 straight days off Sri Lanka is now sinking, and could create a devastating oil spill

    A cargo ship that had been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka is now sinking, the government said.

    It could now cause a huge oil spill.

    It has already created a huge environmental disaster, spilling chemicals and microplastics. [more]

    [3rd piece awaits]

  3. [let's check in on our economy]
    U.S. labor market worse than it appears, Fed paper suggests

    U.S. labor market signals are conflicting to an "unprecedented" degree, but those suggesting labor market slack should be given more weight than those pointing to tightness, according a paper published Monday by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

    The paper looked at 26 labor market measures that typically move in tandem and found that during the current recovery they are giving wildly divergent signals about the health of the job market.

    The job openings rate, for instance, suggests the job market is much tighter than the unemployment rate; the labor force participation rate points to much more slack than detected in the unemployment rate.

    Because the pandemic has forced so many people out of the workforce, "negative signals such as the low labor force participation rate provide a better read than do the positive signals," the researchers argued. "Overall, our findings reveal that the labor market situation is worse than some headline numbers suggest." [more]
    [but, but . . they're EFFECTIVE!]
    Israel sees probable link between Pfizer vaccine and myocarditis cases

    Israel's Health Ministry said on Tuesday it had found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked to their vaccination.

    Pfizer has said it has not observed a higher rate of the condition, known as myocarditis, than would normally be expected in the general population.

    In Israel, 275 cases of myocarditis were reported between December 2020 and May 2021 among more than 5 million vaccinated people, the ministry said in disclosing the findings of a study it commissioned to examine the matter.

    Most patients who experienced heart inflammation spent no more than four days in the hospital and 95% of the cases were classified as mild, according to the study, which the ministry said was conducted by three teams of experts.

    The study found "there is a probable link between receiving the second dose (of Pfizer) vaccine and the appearance of myocarditis among men aged 16 to 30," it said in a statement.According to the findings, such a link was observed more among men aged 16 to 19 than in other age groups. [more; sounds like BULLSHIT and protecting Big Pharma]

    [4th section continues the thread]

  4. Vaccine researcher admits 'big mistake,' says spike protein is dangerous 'toxin'

    New research shows that the coronavirus spike protein from COVID-19 vaccination unexpectedly enters the bloodstream, which is a plausible explanation for thousands of reported side-effects from blood clots and heart disease to brain damage and reproductive issues, a Canadian cancer vaccine researcher said last week.

    "We made a big mistake. We didn't realize it until now," said Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist and associate professor at University of Guelph, Ontario, in an interview with Alex Pierson last Thursday, in which he warned listeners that his message was "scary."

    "We thought the spike protein was a great target antigen, we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic protein. So by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin," Bridle said on the show, which is not easily found in a Google search [OF COURSE!] but went viral on the internet this weekend.

    the Japanese data showed that the infamous spike protein of the coronavirus gets into the blood where it circulates for several days post-vaccination and then accumulated in organs and tissues including the spleen, bone marrow, the liver, adrenal glands, and in "quite high concentrations" in the ovaries. [more]

    [from last month]
    Former Pfizer VP Tells RFK, Jr.: Young, Healthy People Shouldn’t Be Coerced Into Taking ‘Experimental’ Vaccines

    Dr. Mike Yeadon, former vice president of Pfizer, expressed his uncertainty about the safety of mRNA vaccine technology in an interview with Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on the “RFK Jr The Defender Podcast.”

    COVID vaccines are “a completely novel technology” that should not be called vaccines, according to Dr. Mike Yeadon, former vice president and chief scientist for allergy and respiratory at Pfizer.

    “I was intrigued as to what they’ve done to fix the difficulties, which are safe delivery, really safe delivery of a message into a cell that will allow it to then copy that message and do something useful without in any way being harmful. I don’t really understand how they’ve succeeded because those were always the problems in the lab. Can’t get it into cells without hurting them to do what you want. Of course, I’m not sure they have succeeded.” [more]

    [i'm not the only one who believes that the whole PLANDEMIC was about the fucking 'VACCINES' all along - problem, reaction, solution, as usual from our overlords]

    Renowned Texas Professor and Doctor: COVID-19 Shots are “Bioweapons thrust upon the Public!” [see video in article if interested]

    You won’t find this on his YouTube channel, for obvious reasons, but he also publishes on Rumble now, and you can find both the edited summary version and the full version on his Rumble channel. [more; there are 2 versions, a long one (1.75 hrs) and a 17 min. one]

    Another above-normal hurricane season is expected — here’s how climate change intensifies storms and how you can prepare

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November, and at least one major forecasting body predicts an above-normal season. [more; behind paywall - all you can do is run away]

    [5th installment below]

  5. Biden Administration To Suspend Trump-Era Oil Leases In Arctic Refuge

    The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended all Trump-era oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending its own review of how fossil fuel drilling would impact the remote landscape. [more; good!]

    [a look at the weather]
    National weather forecast: Central US faces more flooding as West continues to swelter

    Thunderstorms and downpours will cause additional flooding in the Mississippi Valley on Wednesday, while residual flooding is still occurring across the Southern Plains due to runoff from heavy rain over the last few days.

    Scattered storms will move into the Eastern third of the country tomorrow.

    Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect from portions of the Southwest through interior California and the Northwest as afternoon highs in the 90s and 100s continue for a couple more days. [more]

    Tropical Cyclone "Choi-wan" (Dante) to make landfall over Batangas Province, Philippines

    Tropical Cyclone "Choi-wan" will make landfall over Batangas Province, Philippines at around 09:00 UTC (17:00 LT) on June 2, 2021, and traverse western and central Luzon over the next 2 days. Prolonged heavy rains have already flooded parts of Mindanao, leaving 3 people dead and one missing. DOST-PHIVOLCS has issued lahar advisory for Mayon volcano on June 1, and Taal and Pinatubo volcanoes on June 2, 2021. [more]

    Rare Level 5 warning for disruptive snow issued for parts of South Africa

    The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a rare Orange Level 5 warning for disruptive snow over the Drakensberg regions for June 2, 2021, with mountain passes expected to be closed. A Yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rain is expected over extreme eastern parts of the Eastern Cape and the southern half of KZN on June 2. Flooding of susceptible roads, informal settlements as well as low-lying bridges can be expected. [more]

    Negro river reaches record highs in Manaus, Brazil

    The Negro River (Rio Negro) at Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas in northwestern Brazil, reached a record high of 29.98 metres on 01 June 2021, the city government announced.

    This is the highest level ever measured at the at the port's measuring station, beating the previous record high of 29.97 metres set during the floods of 2012. [more; 2 videos, pics]

    [see 6th part]

  6. Severe thunderstorms, strong winds, floods and record-breaking rains hit many places in Guangdong, China - almost 16 inches of rainfall in 3 HOURS

    In last two days, thunderstorm, strong winds and heavy rains fell in many places in Guangdong, and the prolonged drought in eastern Guangdong ushered in large-scale rainfall. The Pearl River Delta, western Guangdong and other cities began to experience large-scale heavy rainfall in the afternoon of May 31. It is expected that such rainfall will continue in the next few days. In the face of flooding and other risks, Guangdong has issued a level IV emergency response to flood prevention.

    The Guangdong Meteorological Observatory predicts that heavy rainfall in Guangdong will continue in the next 5 days

    On May 31, Longhua Town, Longmen, Guangdong, ushered in a heavy rainstorm that broke the historical record. The accumulated rainfall in 3 hours reached 400.9 mm, breaking the historical record of 3-hour rainfall in Guangdong. [more; video]

    Floods prompt rescues and evacuations in south-central regions of Chile - up to 5 inches of rain in 20 hours

    Landslides and flood have wiped out roads, leaving communities isolated in Melipeuco, Pucón and Collipulli. [more; 2 videos]

    [missed this on Sunday]
    Locust swarm of billions in Qassim, Saudi Arabia [video]

    14 common types of cognitive biases and how they affect you and your relationships

    Career and life management consultant, Ruth Schimel, Ph.D. .. says that biases are our way of finding comfort and predictability in the world. Sometimes, they are all we know.

    Note that there are many different types of bias, but these are 14 of the most common ones that may be impacting your life.

    managing biases can be achieved almost entirely by critical thinking .. 'Think against yourself [more]

    [7th segment coming up]

  7. Welcome To The DarkSide: Why The Biden Administration Will Not Define The Pipeline Attack As Terrorism

    Below is my column on the recent Colonial Pipeline attack. President Joe Biden and his Administration (as well as the media) has referred to the actors as “criminals” and “hacker” but notably not “terrorists.” Many cyberattacks are forms of extortion. They seek money from businesses to release data. This is different. This was an effort to coerce a population; to cause economic chaos.

    For the moment, cyber terrorism works and the success of this attack is not going to lead to a unilateral ceasefire from cyber gangs.

    After the ransom was widely reported as having been paid and gas began to flow again, President Biden gave a “no comment” when asked if he was aware of the payment. It was a curious response since the media apparently knew. The company certainly knew, and, most importantly, DarkSide knew. Yet, the White House wanted to portray itself as a pure observer to a private decision on how to handle “hackers.”

    The reason is obvious: Colonial just paid a ransom to terrorists. Moreover, gas pipelines are not just “a private company” but a highly regulated industry that closely follows the government’s directions.

    The fact is that most of Washington wanted the company to pay off the terrorists because our East Coast was rapidly melting down over shortages.

    For those of us who have long opposed expansive definitions of terrorism, there remains a danger of converting everything from extortion to identity theft into terrorism.

    It may be true that the Biden administration concluded we are defenseless to cyber terrorism despite years of ransomware attacks and hundreds of billions of dollars in cybersecurity programs. If that is the case, the public should be informed. The failure of Congress and our government to defend against such terror attacks is a national security failure of breathtaking proportions. The Colonial Pipeline attack was the cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor. In both cases, we were caught unprepared and unable to deal with a threat we knew was coming.

    What the Biden administration seems to fear most is public recognition that it is afraid — afraid of the vulnerability of our infrastructure, afraid that the public will learn what cyber terrorists already know.

    We need to call DarkSide what it is — a terrorist organization — and to acknowledge what we did: We paid off terrorists. Then, perhaps, we can get some answers as to whether our country remains only days away from another meltdown due to a failure to defend against ransomware. [more]

    [8th and last comment for now]

  8. Go To The Stores And Stock Up Now Because Things Are About To Get Really Crazy

    prices are never going to be lower than they are at this moment. Even more importantly, we are also being warned that the widespread shortages in our economy are about to get even worse. In fact, the largest meatpacker in the entire world was just hit by a cyberattack, and this has forced it to stop activity “at its plants in several U.S. states”…

    The Biden administration is once again blaming Russia for this latest cyberattack. Whether that is true or not, relations between the U.S. and Russia will continue to rapidly deteriorate, and many are deeply concerned about where all of this hostility will eventually take us.

    You may have noticed that products are increasingly going “out of stock”, and this trend isn’t going away for the foreseeable future.

    Meanwhile, inflation threatens to spiral wildly out of control. [more; JBS is up and running again as of today]

    13-mile chase ends when driver comes face to face with ‘Bovine Unit,’ Wisconsin cops say

    A herd of dairy cows is credited with helping authorities nab a suspect after a 13-mile chase Monday night in Wisconsin.

    The police pursuit began in Barron and continued through the rural area until it ended on a farm with the driver coming face to face with the cows, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

    Chacour Koop
    Tue, June 1, 2021, 1:04 PM

    This wasn’t your typical roadblock.

    A herd of dairy cows is credited with helping authorities nab a suspect after a 13-mile chase Monday night in Wisconsin.

    The police pursuit began in Barron and continued through the rural area until it ended on a farm with the driver coming face to face with the cows, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

    “We would be remiss if we didn’t thank the Barron County Bovine Unit for jumping into the fray when the vehicle came into their patrol area,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

    The sheriff’s office couldn’t resist a pun.

    “That little Cavalier that could during the chase ran out of steam encountering this moooving blockade,” the sheriff’s office said.

    Social media users had jokes, too.

    “Boy, the Sheriff’s Department is udderly milking their press release...,” one said.

    “Holy Cow,” another person wrote. “Those cows were outstanding in their field.”

    Neither humans nor cows were injured in the chase, officials say. The driver was taken to jail, but the reason for the pursuit wasn’t released Tuesday. [more]