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Editorial
Has the 21st Century destroyed Darwin's Theory of Evolution forever? Why isn't our world a teeming oasis full of shiny happy people and sparkling healthy wildlife?
According to, ‘Our World In Data,’ one in five of the world’s population, which now stands at around 7.7 billion, have mental health issues at any given time and are popping anti-depressant pills like Smarties, however, this does not include the millions of people who walk around with a cellphone stuck to their nose, or, the millions of other people shuffling around, sleeping in their shoes. Millions more are hooked on so-called recreation drugs, alcohol, tobacco, junk-food and sick pornography.  If then, Darwin's Theory of Evolution, which, is the widely held notion that all life will undoubtedly improve through natural selection, why isn't our world a teeming oasis full of shiny happy people and sparkling healthy wildlife?

Climate Crisis
Climate Crisis: Sydney and Adelaide blanketed by smoke: Record rain hits Las Vegas: Mysterious disease killing American beeches: Propane shortages rock midwest states
Code red: Fire emergencies, dust storm, heatwave, smoke haze in SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland as bushfire danger continues. Melbourne has experienced its hottest November day in more than a century as the state battled strong winds and up to 60 bushfires that destroyed at least two properties. Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Kevin Parkyn said the thermometer hit 40.9, a couple of degrees higher than the forecasted maximum, in Melbourne on Thursday the last time the mercury crept that high November in 1894. More than 80,000 Victorian households are currently without power as extreme weather brings catastrophic fire conditions to the state, schools are closed and strong winds have triggered storms blanketing cities in dust.

Monthly Report
September 2019: Record-busting Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian. Forgotten Sept 11 Hurricane Erin: Historic wildfires: Typhoons and a rush of major quakes!
Record Busting Hurricane Dorian, credit NASA

As we headed into September, four potential tropical depressions were forming in the Atlantic and the Gulf with Hurricane Dorian becoming the multi record-breaker. The record-busting Cat 5 Hurricane was confirmed as the second-strongest Atlantic storm on record with top sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts hitting 220 mph (350 KMH). At this point, Miami was warned of a possible storm surge that could push destructive waves higher than many roofs in the islands as Dorian approached. the Bahamas. Full Story

Volcanoes
Japan's colossus, the Sakurajima volcano spews smoke and ash 5.5 km (3.4 miles) high with the biggest eruption in more than three years
On September 13, 2016, a team of experts from Bristol University and the Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre in Japan suggested that the above volcano could have a major eruption within 30 years. The volcano has been highly active, erupting more than 100 times just this year.
The Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported. 

Major quakes
A total of 3 major quakes shake the ring of fire on Wednesday: M 6.1 rocks Laos at its border with Thailand: A mag 6.3 shakes Russia and a mag 6.3 Mexico, struck earlier in the day.
An earthquake measuring 6.1 in magnitude rocked Laos at its border with Thailand. The earthquake struck close to Muang Nan near northern Thailand by the Laos border on Wednesday night. There have been no reports of damages or casualties, however, reports of Bankok's high-rise towers swayed for 30 seconds. The quake struck at a depth of 10km. Yesterday's quake was the 3rd major quake in 24 hours after a magnitude 6.3 - 267km NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia and a magnitude 6.3 - 111km SW of Puerto Madero, Mexico, struck earlier in the day.

Extreme Weather
Venice braces for more devastating flooding today: Almost 150 flood warnings across Britain after more heavy rain: Heavy snowstorms causes havoc across the southeast of France
The NOAA-20 satellite captured this image of Venice, Italy, on Nov. 14, 2019, after devastating floods disrupted essential services and seasonal tourism within the city. A local ordinance declared a state of emergency for the city and suspension of municipal services after Venice experienced a tide of 70 inches on the evening of Nov. 12. On Nov. 14, the Tidal Forecast and Reporting Center of Venice tweeted that it was experiencing a 47-inch tide at 10:36 a.m. local time and that they expect a tide of nearly five feet for Friday at 11:20 a.m. due to sirocco winds (hot, humid winds from Northern Africa) coming across the Adriatic Sea. The Tide Bulletin in Venice added that “abundant rainfall in the central-northern areas on Friday will give way to possible cyclonic precipitation on Saturday; the evolution of exact weather patterns remains uncertain.” 

Hurricanes and cyclones
Two million evacuated as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into the Bay Of Bengal while Vietnam prepares for Tropical Storm Nakri landfall tonight
Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the Bay Of Bengal yesterday afternoon after more than 2 million people had earlier been evacuated.

According to Reuters, several coastal districts were expected to register wind speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour (74.5 miles per hour) and heavy or very heavy rainfall, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in its latest forecast. It said low-lying areas and islands were likely to see storm surges between five and seven feet (1.5-2.1 meters) higher than normal maximum tide levels.

Spaceweather
A mag 6.3 in the Atlantic could be a precursor to heavy seismic and volcanic activity after a cavernous hole on our sun spews solar wind toward earth's magnetosphere
A mag 6.5, reduced by USGS to a mag 6.3 near the North Ascension Island, Atlantic Ocean is the 3rd major quake of a very quiet October, which brings the 2019 total to 112, see USGS map below.  The earthquake did not generate a tsunami.
We can expect more major seismic activity in the coming days as a massive coronal hole is spewing huge amounts of solar wind toward the Earth's magnetosphere from our sun causing geomatic storms which are known to cause seismic and volcanic activity.
This hole (properly called a "coronal hole") is an old friend. It has been spinning around with the sun for more than 4 months, strobing Earth with solar wind at approximately 26-day intervals.



Manmade disasters
Imagine if the human population fell by 60%: Two-thirds of all animal and insects extinct by 2020: One in five of the world’s plant species threatened
Behold a pale horse: noun, representation of Death, as in literature or the Bible.
Just this week, The Big Wobble reported on the millions of small dead sea birds which are been reported dead annually since 2015. This year the Short-tailed Shearwaters are dying in record amounts but in recent years puffins, murres, and auklets have been dying in unprecedented numbers thought to be due to starvation due to lack of fish along the Westcoast, however, the Alaskan problem pales into significance after a new report was released this week. Full story Dr Ken Rosenberg from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Bird Conservancy was the first to "run the numbers" on bird populations. "We knew some species were declining," he told BBC News, "but we thought that, while rare birds were disappearing, the more generalist birds - and those better adapted to human landscapes - would be filling in the gaps."

Climate Change
The 2020s are set to be an economic and social upheaval: Europe losing 1000 small farms a day: America's 2019 crop failure is a "disaster": Asia millions of pigs slaughtered
Credit BBC
A crisis is emerging across three continents as extreme weather conditions and disease are beginning to bite the farming industry and world banks warning the 2020s are set to be a decade of dramatic economic and social upheaval as another billion mouths will need to be fed. Meanwhile, Europe loses 1000 small farms a day, due to a crop decline in replanting leading to price rises. Officials are using the word 'disaster' to describe the widespread crop failures happening all over America. In Asia pork prices this year have almost doubled after a quarter of the pig population has been slaughtered due to swine fever.

Disease
20 Congolese boys were tested for Ebola in Texas back in April as ISIS armed militias are killing health care workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo World Bank/Vincent Tremeau Health Workers treat a 15-year-old who is suspected of being infected by Ebola, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (2019) 

The UN health agency yesterday identified a 5-year-old Congolese boy as the first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda.
Despite numerous previous alerts in Uganda, this is the first instance in which the virus has been identified outside DRC during what has become the worst-ever outbreak in its history.

Animal Die-Offs
Monday, 18 November 2019 "It's the tip of the iceberg" Thousands of short-tailed shearwaters migrating from Alaska have been washing up on Sydney's iconic beaches but death rate of Alaskan seabirds is unprecedented
Photo Credit Daily Mail
Thousands of short-tailed shearwaters migrating from Alaska have been washing up on Sydney's iconic beaches, with who knows how many more dying out at sea in what could be confirmation of incredible fish shortages in the Pacific Ocean. The corpses have been spotted at several shorelines including Bondi, Manly and Cronulla. The birds are migrating back to southern Australia to breed after spending the summer in Alaska. But, according to experts, a higher number than usual are dying on the way due to a lack of food. The birds need to be at full strength to make the 14,000km trip over the Pacific but the krill and other fish they feed on have apparently dwindled due to sea temperatures rising.

Environment
Highly toxic metals like arsenic, selenium, copper, and DBT is creating a major public health concern as California's Salton Sea has become an environmental disaster
The Salton Sea is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. Tuesday morning, News Channel 3's Madison Weil got a bird's eye view of the environmental disaster in the making at the Salton Sea. Will Worthington, a volunteer pilot for Lighthawk, a company that works with a conservation group educating people on the changing landscape of the sea. "To go up in the air and share with other people that view. It's a very unique view from above," Worthington said.  Salton Sea Program Director Frank Ruiz served as the guide for this trip. Ruiz says the Salton Sea is receding at an alarming rate, about 6-inches a year, exposing toxic lake bed which is evident from the air.

Wildfires
Hellfire! Australia's worst bushfire season ever with summer hardly started: Fire conditions expected throughout the summer months of December, January and February
It is an unprecedented bushfire event New South Wales has ever seen with more than 80 fire fronts with 36 of them burning out of control. People are trapped in their homes, two people are known to be dead, however, many homes have burnt down with firefighters not able to reach so the death total is expected to rise significantly.

According to Reuters, two people have died, five are missing and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) confirmed two people had been killed by a fire near Glen Innes, more than 550 km (340 miles) north of Sydney. 

Photo of the day
Picture of the day: Very tame Blackbird lays two beautiful blue eggs just 1 meter above our dining table
Photo Credit Marjan Walton

Earlier this month we noticed a female Blackbird hanging around under our conservatory in the back garden.
She was incredibly tame and totally unfazed by being around humans and we soon realised she was building a nest just 1 meter above our dining table, see picture below.
She soon delivered two beautiful blue eggs.
She stayed with us for a week or so sitting in her nest while we all went about our business and she was obviously very comfortable living among us.
Unfortunately one morning we came downstairs to see our lady friend in her nest with broken eggshells and behaving in a distressed manner, we think the nest was attacked by Magpies earlier that morning.
She is still to be found in our garden however and she is still very tame.