Monday, February 10, 2020

Event Update For 2020-02-10

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

2020-02-10 - Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1000 according to the 'official' figures:

Quote: "The death toll in China climbed above 1,000, as the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned that the spread of cases outside of China could be 'the spark that becomes a bigger fire' and said the human race must not let the epidemic get out of control.A total of 108 new coronavirus deaths were reported on the mainland on Monday, up from 97 on the previous day, the country's health authority said on Tuesday. The total number of deaths on the mainland has now reached 1,016, the National Health Commission said."

2020-02-10 - Coronavirus cases spreading outside China ‘could be the spark’ that becomes 'bigger fire,' WHO says:

Quote: "World Health Organization officials are concerned about new coronavirus cases confirmed in France and the U.K. that were transmitted without any travel history to China."

2020-02-10 - Coronavirus cases nearly double on cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "The number of people with coronavirus on a cruise ship in the port of Yokohama nearly doubled to 135 Monday, prompting imperiled crew members to plead for help and setting off debate among experts over whether the more than 3,700 people quarantined aboard should be taken ashore or left on the ship."

Quote: "Passengers aboard the ship are confined to their rooms, most of which range from 168 to 354 square feet. They are let out for short periods to get some fresh air on the decks, where they try to keep their distance from one another."

2020-02-10 - Interview with director of crematorium in Wuhan (China):

Note: To summarize, this crematorium is handling 4-5 times the normal workload, they've had to modify cars and vans to transport more corpses, they're burning 100+ corpses per day at this ONE crematorium (and there are at least 14 in this city alone), they're working 24 hours per day burning bodies, and 60% of the bodies are coming from homes, not hospitals. So the 'official' numbers are clearly lowballed BS...

2020-02-10 - US government turning 11 military bases inside the US into quarantine camps:

2020-02-10 - RV trailer goes up in flames just before 1 AM and kills man while parked on 4th Street in Marrero (Louisiana):

2020-02-10 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, near Rotorua (New Zealand):

Quote: "A witness told the Rotorua Daily Post there were 'lots of old cars piled up' at the site. 'You can hear all the tyres going bang.'"

2020-02-10 - Recycling center erupts in flame just after 5 AM, fire gets big, in Saltend (Britain):

2020-02-10 - Four fishing boats destroyed by fire in coastal Hub (Pakistan):

2020-02-10 - Yacht 'Kiva' bursts into flame off coastal Isla Mujeres (Mexico):

Quote: "A boat that caught fire over the weekend was reduced to ashes in the Bay of Isla Mujeres. The burning boat Kiva was reported to authorities Sunday around 11:20 a.m. which triggered elements of Armada de México and personnel from Protección Civil to the scene. According to preliminary reports, boat personnel requested the intervention of authorities to control the flames to prevent nearby vessels from also catching fire."

2020-02-10 - Boats, tractors, RV trailers and barn destroyed by fire in the Town of Hounsfield (New York):

Quote: "When fire swept through a large barn in the town of Hounsfield over the weekend, it also destroyed boats, campers, tractors and trailers."

Note: These are the 263rd, 264th, 265th, 266th, 267th, 268th and 269th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020, and these are the 192nd and 193rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-02-10 - Two transit buses destroyed by fire while parked in Nagpur (India):

2020-02-10 - Passenger bus bursts into flame while parked in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Note: These are the 57th, 58th and 59th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-02-10 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on Abule Oshun Road in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Morehead City (North Carolina):

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway in Hopkinsville (Kentucky):

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on FM 2818 in Brazos County (Texas):

2020-02-10 - Two semi tractors destroyed by fire while being towed by semi tractor on I-30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard (Texas):

Quote: "A tractor truck fire closed all four lanes of the eastbound Interstate 30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard Monday afternoon. The tractor, which was towing three other tractors, was in the outermost lane, but first responders blocked all lanes of traffic around the vehicle until the fire was tapped out. Firefighters eventually used the department's boat to douse the fire with lake water."

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Trans-Canada Highway near Austin (Canada):

2020-02-10 - Tractor bursts into flame near Chittlehampton (Britain):

Note: These are the 194th, 195th, 196th, 197th, 198th, 199th, 200th and 201st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-02-10 - Dump truck bursts into flame off Ferry Access Boulevard in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "2020-02-10@9:39pm–#Bridgeport CT– Tonight’s vehicle fire is a fully engulfed dump truck on Kiefer which is off Ferry Access Boulevard."

2020-02-10 - Truck bursts into flame on Long Road in Trumpington Ward (Britain):

2020-02-10 - RV bursts into flame at 3 AM while parked at mobile home, fire spreads to home, in Pueblo West (Colorado), several pets killed:

Quote: "Pueblo West Fire Department responded to E. George Drive around 3 a.m. this morning. Upon arrival, crews found an RV fully engulfed in flames. The fire reportedly extended to the mobile home next to it."

2020-02-10 - RV bursts into flame while parked in Forth (Australia):

Note: These are the 40th and 41st RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-02-10 - Van bursts into flame on the M11 near Harlow (Britain):

2020-02-10 - SUV bursts into flame at gas station on Lockoford Lane in Chesterfield (Britain):

2020-02-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Rocky Meadow Road in Big Spring (Maryland):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Burger King in Muncie (Indiana):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 in coastal Carpinteria (California):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame near Kingston Avenue and Carroll Street in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on West 2nd Street in Chillicothe (Ohio):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame just before 7 AM while parked at home on Euclid Avenue in Winnipeg (Canada):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame near newspaper business in Yellowknife (Canada):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on the Northern Motorway in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on Purewell Cross Road in Christchurch (Britain):

2020-02-10 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 in Surrey (Britain):

2020-02-10 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-43 in Waukesha County (Wisconsin):

2020-02-10 - Two RV trailers destroyed by fire while parked on Cronier Avenue in coastal Long Beach (Mississippi):

Quote: "When crews arrived, there were actually two camper trailers that were on fire. Both were destroyed."

2020-02-10 - Two vehicles, motorcycle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

Quote: "The Cedar Rapids Fire Department said a garage, two vehicles and a motorcycle are destroyed after a fire Monday night."

2020-02-10 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in Mechanic Falls (Maine):

2020-02-10 - Barn destroyed by fire on West Main Street in Fletcher (Ohio):

2020-02-10 - Barn destroyed by fire in Staverton (Britain):

2020-02-10 - Tire fire erupts at tire business on Losee Road in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2020-02-10 - Storage building damaged by fire in coastal North Miami Beach (Florida):

2020-02-10 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire at 11:45 PM near Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2020-02-10 - Restaurant destroyed by fire just after 1 AM in Metcalfe (Canada):

2020-02-10 - Church destroyed by fire at 12:08 AM in Conway (South Carolina):

2020-02-10 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Mad River Township (Ohio):

2020-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire on East Johnson Avenue in Southington (Connecticut):

2020-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire near East 11th Street and South Sheridan Road in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2020-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Jefferson Street in Rochester (Pennsylvania), 3 injured:

2020-02-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours in coastal Bourne (Massachusetts), 2 injured:

2020-02-10 - Home destroyed by fire in Cerro Gordo (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-02-10 - Home destroyed by fire on NW Fourth Street in Abilene (Kansas):

2020-02-10 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on East 7th Street in coastal Manhattan (New York), 5 injured:

2020-02-10 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on McRae Way in Yuba City (California):

2020-02-10 - Three apartment buildings destroyed by fire at 11 PM on Hancock Street in Rumford (Maine), 6 injured:

2020-02-10 - Deadly fire burns home just after 2 AM in Clintonville (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-02-10 - Deadly fire burns home in Madisonville (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2020-02-10 - Deadly fire destroys home at 11:50 PM on Salmon Creek Road in Bodega (California), 1 killed:

2020-02-10 - Race horse drops dead on training track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia (California):

Quote: "The 6-year-old gelding, Double Touch, suffered what was described as a 'sudden death' on the training track on Saturday, according to an incident alert on the race track's website."

2020-02-10 - Two elephants die separately in coastal Sabah (Malaysia):

Quote: "Tuuga has yet to rule out foul play in both incidents but he noted that there were no external wounds on the animals."

2020-02-10 - Two brothers, 13 and 17, die in river in Afikpo (Nigeria):

2020-02-10 - Baby suddenly dies before 4:30 AM in pickup truck in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "A woman who identified herself as the mother of the deceased infant told CBS Austin reporter Fred Cantú that the baby died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

2020-02-10 - Man found dead in the water off coastal Marathon Key (Florida):

2020-02-10 - Man, 24, drops dead at City Station Apartments on 6th Avenue in Troy (New York):

2020-02-10 - Man, 48, has 'medical issue' at jail, dies shortly later, in Green Bay (Wisconsin):

2020-02-10 - Man, 20, found dead in jail cell at Ross County Jail in Chillicothe (Ohio):

2020-02-10 - Man found dead near Bayview Lake in Jefferson County (Alabama):

2020-02-10 - Man, 80, dies in submerged car in Salmon Lake (Montana):

2020-02-10 - Man, 65, found dead along Columbia Nitrogen Road in Augusta (Georgia):

2020-02-10 - Man found dead in the water off Cherry Hill Park in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2020-02-10 - Man found dead at home on Lantzville Road in coastal Nanaimo (Canada):

2020-02-10 - Man, 27, found dead in the water near pier in coastal Hobart (Australia):

2020-02-10 - Man, 28, found dead in the water at beach in coastal North Wollongong (Australia):

2020-02-10 - Driver has 'medical issue', car crashes into building, in New Boston (Texas):

Quote: "According to the New Boston Police Department, the crash was an accident. The driver had a medical issue and accidentally hit the accelerator."

2020-02-10 - Small plane crashes during takeoff at airport in Fort Smith (Arkansas), engine failure:

2020-02-10 - Small plane crashes at airport in Merritt (Canada), 1 injured:

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-83 in Parkton (Maryland):

2020-02-10 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-70 near Wheeling (West Virginia):

2020-02-10 - Van veers off road, crashes into tree, in Brighton (New York), 1 injured:

2020-02-10 - Minivan veers off road and overturns on I-87 in Bethlehem (New York), 1 killed:

2020-02-10 - Car slams into pickup truck and building in Battle Creek (Michigan), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officers believe the man may have suffered a medical problem and lost control of his car."

2020-02-10 - Family pit bull attacks and kills 5-year-old boy at home in Oro Grande (California):

2020-02-10 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills man at temple in Shamirpet (India):

2020-02-10 - Person has 'medical emergency' at home in coastal Freshwater on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Quote: "Retained firefighters from Freshwater have gained entry to a property in the West Wight in response to a medical emergency."

2020-02-10 - Volcano Piton de la Fournaise erupts again on Reunion Island (France):

2020-02-10 - Tropical Cyclone Uesi strengthening near New Caledonia:

2020-02-10 - Torrential rain hits the US Southeast as forecast warns of spring flood:

2020-02-10 - Heavy rain and flooding hit New South Wales (Australia):

2020-02-10 - Even the mainstream media is now admitting that humanity is facing 'a perfect storm':


  1. Good morning Jonny and all your readers! Here we are at midweek with a big bag of troubles all around us.

    [morning music from Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois [turn it up]
    Silver Morning

    So we have a young race horse, 2 elephants, a baby and a long list of people just keeling over. Unsuspiciously!

    This Coronavirus Outbreak Is Really Starting To Take A Very Serious Toll On The Global Economy

    Factories all over China have been shut down, global supply chains have been hit by an unprecedented shock, the Baltic Dry Index is absolutely collapsing, the tourism industry is being absolutely devastated, and companies all over the globe are warning that sales will be lower than anticipated this quarter. This coronavirus outbreak is already taking a very serious toll on the global economy, and experts are warning that we could still be in the very early chapters of this crisis. If this outbreak ultimately evolves into a horrifying worldwide pandemic that kills millions of people, what will the global economy look like a few months from now? [more]

    Wednesday, 12 February 2020
    China Grinds to a Halt as Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000

    Chris Martenson - report on coronavirus

    Coronavirus - the potential for a vaccine and understanding the cytokine storm! [~ 23 min.]

    Hubei Reports Another 94 Deaths, Bringing Global Total To 1,112; Another 39 Infected On Cruise Ship


    Two inmates at a UK prison are being tested for coronavirus and have been restricted to their cells
    13th case diagnosed in San Diego was evacuee rescued from Wuhan, she was briefly accidentally released
    Latest numbers bring the global totals for cases and deaths to 44,753 cases and 1,112 deaths.
    CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on China's sluggish 'return to work'
    Hong Kong building residents quarantined over fears virus spread via pipes
    Cruise ship with 0 nCoV cases refused entry to fourth port, in danger of running out of food
    Beijing fires top health officials in Hubei, summons others to Beijing for an explanation
    Scientists in Hong Kong and the mainland present vastly different takes on virus
    2 Japanese men test positive but were accidentally released
    President Xi says China will be 'more prosperous' after outbreak
    Experts suspicious about how Indonesia hasn't reported any nCoV cases
    Xi also reportedly warned top officials that efforts to contain the virus had gone 'too far'
    CDC admits lab "mix up" led to coronavirus patient being briefly released back to quarantine
    Another citizen journalist goes missing in China
    Hilton warns travel numbers could be impacted for up to a year after Under Armor saw shares plunge on sales warning
    Bullard warns virus still major "tail risk" for US economy and markets
    Germany confirms 2 more cases bringing total to 14
    WSJ publishes harrowing stories showing China's coronavirus tests aren't very accurate
    Cruise ship quarantined in Japan announces 39 more cases

    Update (2000ET): Prepare for the Phase 1 Trade deal to collapse due to "force majeure": according to White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, China’s agricultural purchases from the first phase of a trade deal may not be as large as the Trump administration had hoped due to the coronavirus. [more]

    [2nd part next]

  2. China Stops Sales of Cough Medicine to Flush Out Coronavirus Patients

    China is turning to potentially risky measures to track down more patients of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 1,000 people.

    They are now stopping the sales of cough medicine to flush out coronavirus patients as the number of infections from the new virus soared to cross 45,000 as of Monday (Feb. 10). [more]

    [some more fudged "official" numbers]
    Coronavirus: Day 44: Feb 12th: China official figures anomaly: Today, confirmed cases 44,653, (Daily increase down to 4.7% and falling). Seriously ill people 8,204, (Slight increase!). Deaths, 1,113, (Stable!).

    Coronavirus could kill 45 MILLION people and infect SIXTY PER CENT of the global population if it cannot be controlled, top Hong Kong medical official claims Mail Online [more]

    [bad move]
    Flights from China still landing in New Zealand despite ban

    [attaway to tempt fate - this is NUTS!]

    [as soon as i read about the flooding i thought this]
    Australian Bushfires Create Risk of Drinking Water Contamination: Australians are facing another threat to their most precious commodity, toxic algae bloom from the bushfires.

    Catastrophic Locust Invasion in East Africa Reaches Full-Blown Crisis as the Billions of Devastating Locusts Spread and Could Become the Most Devastating Plague in Living Memory

    An outbreak of billions of locusts is currently invading East Africa, devouring everything on its path. [more]

    Caspian Sea Turns Blood Red in Kazakhstan

    The water and ice along the shore of Aktau, Kazakhstan, have turned blood red, worrying locals. [more]

    [part 3 below]

  3. Here comes the next one: After storm Ciara blows its way across Eastern Europe after devastating the UK and Ireland, Storm Dennis is developing in the North Atlantic and will impact the UK on Saturday

    As storm Ciara blows its way across Eastern Europe today Ireland and the UK are left to pick up the pieces, however, the next storm, Storm Dennis is developing in the North Atlantic and is barreling Eastwood and will impacting Ireland and the UK on Saturday. The rains and storms started in late September when Storm Lorenzo battered the British Isles, the storms and floods have been hitting the Brits hard since then.

    Half-a-million insect species face extinction – Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline – “The current insect extinction crisis is deeply worrying. Yet, what we know is only the tip of the iceberg.”

    Half of the one million animal and plant species on Earth facing extinction are insects, and their disappearance could be catastrophic for humankind, scientists have said in a “warning to humanity”. [more]

    Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

    The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. [more]

    Fire erupts at ExxonMobil refinery in Louisiana [45 sec. news spot - no sound]

    There Are Rivers in the Sky Drenching the U.S. Because of Climate Change

    Atmospheric rivers are narrow ribbons of concentrated moisture that originate in the Pacific and can flow thousands of miles before dropping rain and snow on land. Scientists are ramping up their research into the systems this winter fearful that warmer temperatures tied to climate change will boost the moisture they carry, supercharging them moving forward. [more]

    N. Hemisphere faces 4-fold rise in extreme heat periods: study

    Bumblebee Decline Linked With Extreme Heat Waves

    they will face challenges in a warming world, and new research by scientists at the University of Ottawa suggests that extreme heat waves have already driven some local North American and European bumblebee populations to the edge of extinction. [more]

    Penguins’ plastic peril: Scientists warn of growing threat to endangered birds from toxic fibres polluting the ocean

    A study in Antarctic has found that over three quarters of the penguins surveyed in South Georgia had microfibres in their stomachs. [more]

  4. [some midweek headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, February 12, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Experts fear IMF no longer has firepower to be world's lender of last resort

    Gold Consolidates Near Six Year Record Highs At $1574/oz; WHO's 'Tip of the Iceberg' Virus Warning

    The coronavirus fallout is 'battering' African economies, Capital Economics says

    Steepest 2-Month Plunge in Job Openings Ever (US) [no effect on unemployment numbers]

    Dunkin To Close 450 Stores [no effect on unemployment #s]

    Marines Plan to Cut Thousands of Personnel, Cull Fleets of MRAPs and AAVs [no effect on unemployment numbers]

    Boeing scores no January orders for first time since 1962

    Trump budget requests $46 billion for nuclear weapons programs

    US, Afghan Troops Ambushed in Insider Attack

    'Slow death': Israeli dams flood Gaza crops ahead of harvest

    More than 100 U.S. troops diagnosed with TBI after Iran's attack at al-Asad: Report [keeps going up]

    US Navy looks to hire thousands more sailors as service finds itself 9,000 sailors short at sea

    The US Navy wants more ships but can't afford them, admiral says

    Pentagon Seeks $705 Billion Budget for 2021

    NATO's image worsens sharply in France, United States, study shows

    Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact
    Abbas rejects U.S. peace plan at U.N. Security Council meeting

    Climate activists invade BlackRock office in Paris [nice!]

    Note to EIA: Major shale operator sending cash elsewhere

    Trump budget proposes $150 million for creation of uranium reserve

    Food prices skyrocket in China amid coronavirus outbreak

    Utah sends employees to Mexico for lower prescription prices

    Germany Reports Outbreak Of "Highly Pathogenic" H5N8 Bird Flu Virus

    Vietnam's coronavirus cases climb to 15, baby infected

    Scientists worry coronavirus could evolve into something worse than flu, says quarantined expert

    China's Fatal Dilemma
    Ending the limited quarantine and falsely proclaiming China safe for visitors and business travelers will only re-introduce the virus to workplaces and infect foreigners.

    CDC confirms 13th case of coronavirus in the United States

    Thailand reports new case of coronavirus, total now 33

    Thailand refuses entry to cruise ship with no coronavirus cases

    China reports the most coronavirus deaths in one day as total surpasses 1,000

    The coronavirus appears to be sparing one group of people: Kids [really? babies aren't kids?]

    Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities and Businesses

    Julian Assange Wins 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award

    If the economy is good, why do so many big American companies look so unstable?

    Trump's $4.8 trillion budget likely to get thumbs-down from Congress

    Trump Budget Cuts Funding Of Medicaid, Food Stamps; Adds $2 Billion For Border Wall

    Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan [Guido for VP!]

    The Clinton Machine Will Do Anything to Stop Bernie Sanders

    Comparing the cost of living from 2000 to 2020: Inflation is a lot higher than you think and your purchasing power is declining.

    Household debt jumps the most in 12 years, Federal Reserve report says

    Michigan County Sued For Stealing Cars From Innocent Car Owners Via Civil Forfeiture

  5. Check this out hydrogen Sulphide has started killing people.

  6. Permian’s Gas-Flaring Is Much Worse Than Previously Thought

    The burning and releasing of vast amounts of natural gas into the atmosphere in America’s top shale basin is much bigger than previously thought when processing plants are included, Rystad Energy found.

    Research on the controversial practices of flaring and venting -- described by shale pioneer Scott Sheffield as a “black eye” for the Permian Basin -- has typically focused on emissions by oil producers at the wellhead.

    But gas-processing facilities in the region are receiving more gas than they can handle, so they burned off or released about 190 million cubic feet per day of the fuel last year, raising the total by 30% to roughly 810 million, data from Oslo-based Rystad shows. That’s almost enough gas to supply 5 million U.S. homes. [more; just pissing it away . .]

    [man helping out]
    Two dolphins found with gunshot and stab wounds in Florida

    Two dolphins with gunshot and stab wounds washed up on two Florida beaches last week, officials said. Federal authorities are offering a $20,000 award for help figuring out what happened. [more]

    Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing

    [getting run over by trains along with other factors]

    Dog remained by side of owner killed by falling tree branch during Storm Ciara

    A loyal dog remained at the side of its owner after he was killed by a falling tree branch as he walked the pet during high winds caused by Storm Ciara.

    The man, aged in his 60s, was hit by a falling tree branch in Black Wood, Woolton, Liverpool, on Tuesday and later died in hospital.

    A police spokesman said the dog, who was not injured in the accident, was still at the man’s side when emergency crews arrived at the scene. [more]

    After 13 days at sea and refusal by 5 ports, passengers aboard the Westerdam cruise ship are slated to disembark in Cambodia

    Passengers aboard the Westerdam luxury liner received good news on Wednesday: they will be able to disembark in Cambodia.
    [more; cue Procul Harem's Salty Dog]

    [people out spreading the "good news"]
    Hunt to track down 12 patients who came into contact with GPs diagnosed with coronavirus

    Hunt to find patients who came into contacted with infected GPs

    Worthing Hospital staff member confirmed to have coronavirus

    Two prisoners at HMP Bullingdon in isolation over fears they are infected [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  7. BP boss Looney sets out to 'reinvent' oil giant with zero carbon goal

    ["OH, we'll keep spilling oil and probably never clean up the Gulf of Mexico from the last time, but ah, ya know, zero emissions!" This is the biggest bunch of bullshit - see, THEY won't be accused of carbon emissions, but all the drivers using their product will be the guilty emitters!]

    [here's more utter stupidity]
    Plant a trillion trees: Republicans offer fossil-friendly climate fix

    Republican lawmakers on Wednesday will propose legislation setting a goal for the United States to plant a trillion trees by 2050 to fight global warming, a plan intended to address climate change by sucking carbon out of the air instead of by cutting emissions.

    The proposed legislation reflects an acknowledgement in the Republican party of rising voter demand for action on climate change, even as it seeks to preserve the economic benefits of an historic drilling boom that has made the United States the world’s biggest oil and gas producer. [more]

    Storm Dennis could bring snow, snow and more snow, says Met Office

    The yellow warning could mean that the blustery weather will affect travel and that more rural places could find themselves cut off. [more]

    Indonesia says nothing to hide after no coronavirus cases detected

    Indonesia is not hiding anything over the coronavirus, the health minister said on Tuesday, after some medical researchers expressed concern that cases may have gone undetected in the world's fourth most populous country.

    While the virus has quickly spread from China throughout much of the rest of the region and beyond, the sprawling Southeast Asian country of more than 260 million people has not recorded any cases so far. [more]

    [3rd piece next]

  8. People around the world are helping scientists in the fight against climate change by photographing this year's incredible, extreme high tides

    A network of volunteer photographers is capturing pictures of the "king tides" in an effort to help scientists, city planners, and policymakers to study and prepare for the effects of climate change.

    The King Tide Project, which was first created in 2009, can show where flooding might occur and where it is safe to build new housing. [more; 'where it is same to build new housing' - "there's yer sign . .."]

    [New York City emergency response example: 'ey - wake up so you can suffah some-moa.]
    Mom Wakes Up from Coma 2 Months After New Zealand Volcano Eruption to Learn Her Family Has Died

    An Australian woman who survived a volcano eruption in New Zealand has woken from a coma to the tragic news that her loved ones died in the blast.

    The mother of one — who was vacationing with her family when a volcano on White Island erupted on Dec. 9 — had suffered burns to 60 percent of her body, according to The Australian.

    “It took her a while for it to sink in and then she just kept saying she can’t believe they have died,” a representative for the family told the Adelaide Advertiser.

    “She remembers it exploding and then telling everyone to run,” the spokesperson said. “She then recalled how rocks were falling everywhere and hitting her on the back. She remembers thinking ‘when are they going to come and rescue us?’ The next thing she knows is she is in hospital and wondering where she was.”

    “We’ve got to be careful with anything we say to her because she’s very traumatized by what happened and it’s quite emotional,” Lisa’s father-in-law Brian Dallow told the outlet, adding that the mom is “not entirely out of the woods.” [more]

    Attention Attenborough (and Trump), Greta Thunberg gets a BBC series

    BBC Studios will produce a documentary series about the “international crusade” of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. The series will include a look at the “journey into adulthood” for the high-profile school-skipper who has sailed the world and talked openly about her autism, the studio confirmed in a Monday release. Thunberg has a growing following and books major events, including addressing the financial heavyweights at Davos. Such promotion brings out a fair share of detractors, including U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged “anger management” for the teen, suggesting she should “chill.” Legendary English documentarian and naturalist David Attenborough has met with the young activist via Skype and commended her for “waking up the world.” [more]

  9. [evidence that the global economy is slowing]

    OPEC Slashes Oil Demand Forecast On Coronavirus Crunch

    Perhaps buoyed by speculation that oil demand in China is set to plunge as much as 20% if not more on the coronavirus "demand shock", on Tuesday OPEC slashed it forecast for global oil demand by almost a quarter million barrels per day as the coronavirus pandemic cripples fuel use in China, leaving the cartel facing a renewed glut despite its recent production cuts. [more; uh-oh, approaching stall speed!]

    Deutsche Bank: coronavirus may drag Germany into recession

    The coronavirus outbreak could cause the German economy to fall into recession this year, according to a study published by Deutsche Bank Research.

    “We expect the coronavirus to dampen gross domestic product by 0.2 percentage points in the first quarter, making a technical recession highly possible in the winter half-year," the study says. [more]

    Coronavirus updates: The latest from around the world

    The coronavirus outbreak remains contained largely in mainland China and its immediate regions, though other parts of the world are being affected.

    China’s senior medical advisor said on Tuesday that the number of new infections are slowing, and that the outbreak may be over in April. [more; we'll see]

    Japanese man who believes in smiling is world's oldest

    A Japanese man with a sweet tooth who believes in smiles has become the world's oldest male at 112 years and 344 days old, according to Guinness World Records.

    Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born in Niigata in northern Japan in 1907, received a certificate for his accomplishment on Wednesday at a nursing home in the city.

    The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, another Japanese, died last month. The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman. [more]

    Fears grow for British backpacker missing in New Zealand

    A search is underway for Stephanie Simpson, a 32-year-old British woman who has gone missing while hiking in New Zealand.

    It has been reported that heavy flooding in the area has caused rivers to swell and walking routes to be closed. Two hikers were found dead in a river in the area on Friday, although the case is unrelated. During the worst of the weather last week, 200 hikers became stranded. [more]

    Coronavirus Casualties Hit Grim Milestone Even as China Fudges Numbers

    As of noon on Tuesday, the official coronavirus death toll passed a milestone, topping 1,000 after 97 people died on Sunday and 108 on Monday—the highest daily counts so far. Globally, more than 42,700 have been infected, though virologists around the world and doctors in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, believe those numbers are in fact much higher. And now, the government has quietly adjusted definitions to reduce the recorded casualties. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  10. [doubling down on it]
    Thai army chief: Gunman wasn't treated fairly in land deal

    Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted.

    The gunman killed his superior officer and the officer's mother-in-law, stole weapons and a vehicle and headed to a popular shopping mall in a northeastern city where he holed up for hours before security officers killed him. [more]

    Singapore's DBS sends 300 staff home after one contracts coronavirus

    [that's 300 more that should be quarantined for 3 weeks]

    [ninja grammaw]
    Robber jailed after shopkeeper, 82, fought him off with her walking stick

    The judge also awarded Ms Turner £250 from the High Sheriff for her bravery. [more]

    [he'll never live it down in prison]

    2 patients in Russia with COVID-19 have fully recovered

    Two Chinese nationals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Russia last month have fully recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals this week, officials said.

    A tourist from China hospitalized in the Zabaykalye region in eastern Siberia was discharged on Wednesday after a series of tests revealed that he was no longer infected. He is “completely healthy and poses no danger to people around him,” local health officials said.

    On Tuesday, a hospital in the Tyumen region in western Siberia discharged a female student who was also diagnosed with COVID-19. Both patients, officials said, suffered from a mild form of the disease. [more]

    [oh great! next thing you know my mailman will have it or some shit]
    Philadelphia Health Department investigating possible coronavirus case; Montco athlete returns home from China [~ 2.3 min. video]

    [from Celebrity Deaths]
    'Nanny McPhee' actor Raphael Coleman dies at 25

    Raphael Coleman, one of the children who starred in the 2005 Emma Thompson movie Nanny McPhee, has died at 25.

    His death was announced by family members, both his mother, Liz Jensen, and his step-father, Carsten Jensen, on social media. The latter disclosed, “He collapsed without prior health problems in the middle of a trip and could not be restored,” according to The Daily Mail. [more]

    [3rd part below]

  11. WikiLeaks? US counter-intel agency adds 'public disclosure groups' to same threat list as al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iran

    The US National Counterintelligence and Security Center has warned in its latest report "public disclosure organizations" and hackers are dire spy threats on the level of Islamic State terrorists, Al-Qaeda, and Iran.

    "Ideologically motivated entities such as hacktivists, leaktivists, and public disclosure organizations" pose "significant threats" to the US at the same level as non-state terrorist organizations like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Qaeda, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's biannual National Counterintelligence Strategy report, released on Monday.

    The report carefully avoids mentioning WikiLeaks by name, but pointed references to the "unauthorized disclosures of US cyber tools" — i.e. the Vault 7 leaks that revealed the CIA is able to disguise its own cyber-intrusions as "foreign hacks" — suggest the platform launched by hacker-turned-publisher Julian Assange (now incarcerated in the UK) has gotten deep under the intelligence community's skin. [more; how about we just DISBAND "the organization"]

    UC Global director at center of Assange spying accusations claims ambassador ordered espionage

    David Morales, the owner of the Spanish security firm that spied on Julian Assange while he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, testified in court on Friday that Ecuador's former ambassador to the United Kingdom, the recently deceased Carlos Abad, asked him to record the cyberactivist's conversations during his stay in the embassy. [more; gee, how conVEEEEEEENient!]

    Deaths in China exceed 1,000, but number of new COVID-19 virus cases continues to fall

    China's National Health Commission reported 97 new coronavirus deaths on February 11 for the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities nationwide to 1,113.

    The total number of confirmed cases of the illness in mainland China stands at 44,643. However, the number of new cases -- 2,015 -- has declined for a second day.

    [i think they use the same firm that tallies the U.S. unemployment figures]

    The mortality rate for the illness remains at around 2 percent. [more; yeah, sez you!; and SOTT buys it, according to their comment, thinks it's just going to fizzle out]

    [4th section next]

  12. [hey, how's yer man in Venezuela doin'?]
    'Murderer!' Protests and fights erupt as Guaido arrives at Venezuelan airport, gets booed and doused with water

    Chaos broke out at an airport in Venezuela's capital Caracas, when Juan Guaido, who was declared interim president by the opposition, returned from an overseas trip.

    On Tuesday, Guaido arrived at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas after completing a support-seeking tour abroad, during which he attended US President Donald Trump's annual State of the Union Address in Washington.

    The tensions first erupted when the politician was passing immigration control. As he was talking to an immigration officer, Guaido was suddenly confronted by an angry woman who accused him of "selling out the country." She was wearing a bright red T-shirt, often sported by the supporters of Guaido's chief opponent, President Nicolas Maduro.

    A heated argument ensued, during which the woman doused the opposition leader with water.

    Meanwhile, around 200 protesters gathered outside the airport, chanting "Murderer." This led to scuffles between the two groups when Guaido was leaving the airport flanked by his supporters. He managed to get into a car safely and drive away, while pro-government activists were punching and kicking the vehicle, as well as throwing traffic cones at it. [more]
    Meteorite hits factory compound in Alwar, Rajasthan, India: Reports of 20-feet deep crater [incl. 2.5 min. news bit]

    A meteor shower, that took place at 5:11 am in Itarana Industrial area in Alwar, Rajasthan was captured in videos on Tuesday. Earlier reports had suggested that the meteorite caused a 20-feet deep crater in the factory compound, however, no damage was caused to people living in the vicinity. [more]
    4 dead mel­on-head­ed whales wash up in Trinidad

    Man dies following attack by his own pit bull terrier in Plainfield, Illinois

    Extremely low pressure stops air traffic over northern Norway for first time ever

    Extremely low pressure brought down air traffic over northern Norway Airline company Widerøe has in its almost 90 year history never experienced this kind of weather.

    The past months have seen extraordinarily rough weather along the north Norwegian coast. Early this week came another extreme. The air pressure dropped to a level not seen in several decades.

    According to the Norwegian meteorological institute, the air pressure across major parts of the region was below 940 hectopascal, a level that makes flying unsafe. [more]

    [5th part follows]

  13. Storm Ciara latest: Six dead across Europe as hurricane-force winds sweep through the continent

    northern Europe.
    Six people across Europe have died because of hurricane-force winds brought by Storm Ciara after it reached the UK and northern mainland Europe on Sunday.

    Casualties have been reported across the UK, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

    The storm has also caused hundreds of flight and train cancellations, as well as left thousands of homes without electricity. [more]

    India, Pakistan should brace for 'twin invasion' of locusts from Horn of Africa & Iran, UN warns

    Cure for All Viruses? Scientists discover holy grail which could lead to Universal Vaccine

    Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US have uncovered the 'Achilles' heel' of most viruses which plague mankind, and could soon develop a universal vaccine. Vaccine research, development and testing takes a long time, as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has shown, but that is because researchers devote their time, attention and resources to targeting specific viruses one-by-one. But now scientists at MGH have located what may prove to be a game-changing breakthrough for humanity, which could strengthen our bodies and make them impervious to most viruses.

    "The goal is to understand how our immune system works in order to create treatments that work against a range of viruses, not just vaccines against a particular one," said Kate Jeffrey, head of the study, in a hospital press release. The so-called 'Achilles heel' (or vulnerable point) of most viruses is actually just a simple protein named AGO4, which has been shown to have unique antiviral effects in mammalian cells. [more]

    Indian authorities propose use of homeopathy to prevent coronavirus

    [we'll see how well this works when it gets there]

    The Indian government's Ministry of AYUSH, which promotes alternative medicine systems in the country, released a health advisory on January 29 that advocates the use of homeopathy and traditional remedies, such as Indian systems of medicine, to ward off infections of the newly circulating 2019-nCoV coronavirus. This includes the use of a homeopathic preparation called Arsenicum album 30C and two drops of sesame oil in each nostril each morning for prevention, and Unani medicines (treatments based on the teachings of Hippocrates and Galen) to mitigate symptoms of coronavirus infection. While AYUSH cites centuries of practitioners' experiences with these products as evidence behind its advice, the media and the scientific community criticized the guidance as being counterproductive in dealing with a serious health emergency.

    Strung-out population: 70% of Americans' donated blood found to contain Xanax

    Scientists testing a small but random sample of donated blood ready for transfusion have discovered that 70 percent contained traces of Xanax. [more]