Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Event Update For 2020-03-02


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

2020-03-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits large area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The Philadelphia fire department now says they cannot confirm the mercaptan release at the refinery as the origin of the odor. 'After an investigation at PES, the PFD Hazmat Task Force cannot confirm the initial report of a mercaptan release at the refinery. PES did clean equipment today, but the actual source of the smell remains undetermined,' the department wrote on Twitter."

Quote: "'Despite some initial reports that perhaps some cleaning work they were doing on a tank down there was the source of the odor. We actually went in and checked that vessel or hazmat taskforce did, and did not find that to be the source of the odors,' said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel."

Quote: "According to Theil, the PES Refinery did have a reading on their fenceline monitoring system that suggests some type of product went across their facility, from an unknown location around 7:30 to 8 a.m."

Quote: "We were evacuated at 1500 Mkt. The smell was overwhelming. Scary not knowing where it was coming from."

Note: So 'something' that smelled like rotten eggs did blow across the refinery there but it came from an unknown location and nobody knows what it was. They initially thought that maybe the rotten egg odor was mercaptan from a tank being cleaned, but they ruled that out...

2020-03-02 - Unknown rotten egg and/or sewage odor continues regularly blowing through Delaware County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Now, in early March, residents are still smelling the odor. One resident in the Media area said he has notice a 'really bad smell,' saying it was similar to raw sewage. Another in Haverford said she smells gas all the time outside her home. 'PECO has been here many times but say it's all ok,' she said."

2020-03-02 - Private bus bursts into flame at 2 AM and burns man to death while parked in Kumily (India):

Quote: "Initial reports say short circuit is the reason for the incident. A detailed investigation will be conducted. The bus was operating service on Kumily-Kottayam route. The bus was stationed near the Kumily petrol pump after service. As usual Rajan was sleeping in the bus."

Note: This is the 83rd bus to burn in 2019...

2020-03-02 - FEMA prepping for possible coronavirus emergency declaration:

Note: I won't be surprised if an emergency is declared, followed by martial law, followed by presidential elections being canceled until COVID-19 is eradicated, which, as has been mentioned, may never happen. Dictators seizing and consolidating power during emergencies is a time-honored tactic that dates at least as far back as the Roman Empire. All the ingredients are there: 1) a leader who wants to be a dictator; 2) a judiciary stacked by that person to provide a semblance of legitimacy; 3) a following that prioritizes him over truth, justice or their own country; and 4) an emergency. Plus, the federales may be waiting to arrest Trump for bank fraud, tax fraud and obstruction of justice if he were to lose the election. But if there IS no election, problem solved!

2020-03-02 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 6 in Washington State, 12 more people infected:

2020-03-02 - CDC confirms two cases of coronavirus in Florida:

Quote: "Official confirmation just came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The affected patients are from Manatee and Hillsborough counties."

2020-03-02 - Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Georgia:

Quote: "The governor urged residents that there is no reason to panic about tonight’s announcement."

2020-03-02 - South Korea reports 123 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 4335:

2020-03-02 - Coronavirus death toll hits 66 with 1,501 cases in Iran, senior official one of the deaths:

2020-03-02 - Three cases of coronavirus reported on the islands of Saint-Barthélemy and in Saint-Martin:

Quote: "Panic is spreading across the French Overseas Territories where three cases of coronavirus have already been confirmed in Saint-Barthélemy and in Saint-Martin."

2020-03-02 - Radiologist and healthcare management expert expects explosion of coronavirus cases in the US, says the numbers may look gruesome:

2020-03-02 - Airlines facing huge losses due to coronavirus pandemic:

Quote: "Industry experts say airlines worldwide could lose as much as $30 billion in revenues this year, with Chinese carriers facing the brunt of the loss with an estimated $12.8 billion deficit."

2020-03-02 - Amazon reports two employees infected with coronavirus:

2020-03-02 - Home explodes and burns on Witt Avenue in Riverside (California), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 21st residential explosion in 2019...

2020-03-02 - Natural gas facility erupts in flame in Weld County (Colorado), 2 injured:

2020-03-02 - Underground fire breaks out in Ardmore (Pennsylvania):

2020-03-02 - Ferry ship 'Karamürsel' damaged by fire at shipyard in coastal Yalova (Turkey):

Quote: "In the night of March 1, 2020, a fire broke out aboard the 'Karamürsel' which which operates on the Eskihisar-Topçular route and was currently under maintainance and repairs at the shipyard area of Yalova's Altinova region. The passenger section and living area of the vessel was damaged. The Altinova firefighters were able to put out the fire in about 45 minutes."

Note: This is the 312th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-02 - School bus bursts into flame on street in Alton (Texas):

Quote: "This is not the first time a La Joya ISD school bus has caught fire. In Nov. 2019, a school bus transporting students from a basketball game erupted into flames. None of the students were injured in that incident."

2020-03-02 - Charter school bus bursts into flame on street in Halkyn (Britain):

Note: These are the 22nd and 23rd school buses to burn in 2020, and these are the 84th and 85th buses to burn in 2019...

2020-03-02 - Double-decker tour bus bursts into flame while parked in storage yard in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2020-03-02 - In separate incidents, two transit buses burst into flame near Dehradun (India):

Quote: "In the second case in two days, a Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) bus caught fire on Monday. The bus was travelling from Dehradun to Mussorrie."

Quote: "'It is shocking that buses are catching fire during their run. The weather isn’t even hot yet. There is something wrong and it has to be investigated,' said Meena Negi, a resident of Dilaram Bazar."

2020-03-02 - Soccer team bus bursts into flame on road near Makurdi (Nigeria):

Note: These are the 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th buses to burn in 2019...

2020-03-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 3 AM near Lake Tahoe (Nevada):

Quote: "A big rig heading west on US50 near the state line on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe caught on fire just after 3:00 a.m. Monday, March 2."

2020-03-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-196 in South Haven Township (Michigan):

2020-03-02 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame while parked in machine shed, shed destroyed, near Jackson (Nebraska):

2020-03-02 - Tractor and building destroyed by fire in Brazos County (Texas):

2020-03-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:15 AM at business in Belleville (Canada):

Quote: "Belleville fire investigators are probing the cause of a transport fire that happened at Procter and Gamble early this morning. Firefighters were called to 355 University Avenue at 5:15 a.m. for the report of one tractor-trailer fire."

2020-03-02 - Tractor, truck and shed destroyed by fire at home in Tay Township (Canada):

Quote: "A fire in Tay Township has claimed a small shed, a truck, and a tractor. Fire crews were called out to a home on Old Fort Road near the Highway 12 off-ramp shortly before 2:00 Monday afternoon, to find a shed engulfed in flame. Fire Chief Brian Thomas says the shed and all the equipment inside were a total loss."

Note: These are the 340th, 341st, 342nd, 343rd, 344th and 345th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-02 - RV bursts into flame at 11:52 PM while parked in lot on 87th Avenue in coastal Oakland (California):

Note: This is the 64th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-03-02 - Police SUV bursts into flame and injures police dog in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 was taken to an animal hospital after a state government vehicle caught fire Monday. Our Action News Jax cameras were rolling moments after firefighters were called to a vehicle, fire with a dog in the vehicle, just before 1:30 p.m. Monday in western Duval County."

2020-04-02 - SUV bursts into flame at gas station in Langhorne (Pennsylvania):

2020-03-02 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 74 near coastal Harbour Grace (Canada):

2020-03-02 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 97 near Summerland (Canada), near Okanagan Lake:

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground parking garage at office building in Stockton (California):

Quote: "A car fire in the garage underneath a downtown office building that houses a school, county offices and the Stockton Fire Department administration sent people scurrying to safety for several minutes Monday afternoon until the all-clear was given."

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-90 in Spokane (Washington):

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-64 in Huntington (West Virginia):

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Lowestoft (Britain):

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame on the M6 near Middlewich (Britain):

2020-03-02 - Car bursts into flame on A64 slip road near Copmanthorpe (Britain):

2020-03-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Stroud Crescent East in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Stroud Crescent East, Hull. Mon 2 Mar 2020 18:53 (No: 004638) Vehicle fire. One breathing apparatus and one hose reel in use."

2020-03-02 - Vehicles and garage destroyed by fire at 2:45 AM at home on North Adams Street in De Pere (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Fire officials said a detached garage and vehicles were on fire when crews arrived, and flames were spreading to nearby trees."

2020-03-02 - Vehicle destroyed by fire, home damaged, on Stones Dairy Road in Bassett (Virginia):

2020-03-02 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked on Orange Avenue in Mossy Head (Florida), nobody there:

2020-03-02 - Three RV trailers and a structure destroyed by fire at resort at Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

2020-03-02 - Pickup truck and home destroyed by fire at 11 PM on Virginia Meadows Drive in Attleboro (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A pickup truck at the home also burned."

2020-03-02 - Auto shop damaged by fire near Randallstown (Maryland):

2020-03-02 - Barn destroyed by fire in St. Albans (Vermont):

2020-03-02 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck at Bel Air Drive and South Ocean Boulevard in coastal Highland Beach (Florida), 400 feet from the ocean:

2020-03-02 - Home damaged by fire on South Missouri Avenue in Morton (Illinois), 2 dogs killed, nobody there:

2020-03-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Dolley Madison Boulevard in McLean (Virginia):

2020-03-02 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire in Canton Township (Michigan), dog killed, nobody there:

2020-03-02 - Home under construction destroyed by fire near University Drive and Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation (Florida):

2020-03-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM, fire spreads to second home, near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-03-02 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Stamford (Connecticut):

2020-03-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Michigan Avenue near North Side Beach in Sheboygan (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-03-02 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 11 PM near Willow Drive North and Sixth Avenue in Long Lake (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-03-02 - Vacant building destroyed by fire at St. Clair Avenue and Addison Road in Cleveland (Ohio):

2020-03-02 - Around 1,000 birds found dead in Sikeston (Missouri):

2020-03-02 - In separate incidents, man, 58, dies after diving, and man, 64, dies after snorkeling, off the coast of Kauai (Hawaii):

Quote: "At about 8:15 a.m. Monday, Hugh Morris, 58, was scuba diving in an area known as 'Amber’s Arches' as part of a tour with Bubbles Below, according to a preliminary report. Although he was initially anxious, he eventually decided to get into the water with an instructor via a mooring line. About 10 minutes into the dive, however, he signaled that he wanted to go back up, returned to the surface and started to swim back to the boat. En route, he began to exhibit signs of distress, and became unresponsive before reaching the boat."

Quote: "Thomas Bossert, 64, of Minnesota was snorkeling with family in waters fronting the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club at about 11:30 a.m. Monday when they became separated. A Koloa resident swimming in the same area found Bossert motionless and unresponsive in the water, and waved for help from lifeguards at the closest tower."

2020-03-02 - Toddler girl found dead at home on Stanton Road just west of the Village of Stanton in Montcalm County (Michigan):

2020-03-02 - Man has 'medical emergency' during run on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over coastal Tampa Bay, dies shortly later, in coastal St, Petersburg (Florida):

Quote: "A man who participated in Sunday's Skyway 10K has passed away. The man, whose name has not been released, suffered a medical emergency at approximately mile five of the race, according to race organizer James Judge. Judge said first responders and runners with medical training provided immediate first-aid within seconds until emergency medical personnel arrived. The man was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital.  Judge said he was informed Monday morning that the runner died."

2020-03-02 - Firefighter, man, suddenly drops dead in Florida:

Quote: "The city's Fire Department is mourning the loss of Lt. Lorne Farrell after he collapsed and died in Florida while playing a game with his family Sunday. Farrell was playing pickleball, a paddleball sport, with his adult children when he died."

2020-03-02 - Man, 35, found dead in Chesapeake Bay near coastal Annapolis (Maryland):

2020-03-02 - Man found dead in the Missouri River near Great Falls (Montana):

2020-03-02 - Man, 42, found dead in the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2020-03-02 - Person found dead in Bray’s Bayou in Houston (Texas):

2020-03-02 - Woman slumps over dead in car at gas station along I-185 in Harris County (Georgia):

2020-03-02 - Person found dead in car at grocery store in Memphis (Tennessee):

2020-03-02 - Man, 24, found dead in the Murray River in Mildura (Australia):

2020-03-02 - Woman, 36, dies after being pulled from Lake Jindabyne (Australia):

Quote: "A woman has died after she was pulled from a lake in New South Wales' Snowy Mountains region. Emergency services were called to a boat ramp on Kosciuszko Road at Lake Jindabyne just before 5.30pm yesterday. Witnesses told police she was swimming and then disappeared under the water and failed to resurface."

2020-03-02 - Girl, 6, dies in the Navatuvula River in coastal Tailevu (Fiji Islands):

2020-03-02 - Man in his 20s or 30s found dead on beach in coastal Blackpool (Britain):

2020-03-02 - Driver has 'medical emergency', tanker truck crashes, bursts into flame, on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Fire fighters say the fatal incident is still being investigated, but a preliminary analysis revealed that the driver suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel, which caused the accident and lead to the fire."

2020-03-02 - Driver has 'medical event' and loses consciousness, tractor trailer crashes into woods, in Girard Township (Michigan), 1 injured:

Quote: "Investigators say the driver had a medical event that caused him to black out, which sent the semi off the road, through a small wooded area and onto a large rock pile."

2020-03-02 - Man has 'medical event', pickup truck crashes into car, in Sioux Falls (South Dakota), 1 injured:

Quote: "Sioux Falls Police say a man is in 'stable, but critical condition' following a medical event and accident."

2020-03-02 - Man, 71, has 'medical issue', pickup truck crashes into tree, near Bismarck (North Dakota), 1 killed:

Quote: "Authorities say the victim suffered a medical issue which led to the crash."

2020-03-02 - Man, 55, has 'medical episode', car crashes into pedestrians, cars and hair salon, in The Villages (Florida), several injured:

Quote: "Two pedestrians were critically injured when 55-year-old Steven Read of Oxford suffered the medical episode at 4:25 p.m. Monday and his silver 2008 Mercedes-Benz two-door convertible ended its abrupt rampage when it struck the front of Salon Jaylee, which is next door to the Publix liquor store at Southern Trace Plaza."

2020-03-02 - Small plane makes emergency belly-landing at airport in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-03-02 - Passenger bus crashes down embankment near Butterworth (South Africa), 25 killed, 62 injured:

2020-03-02 - Tractor trailer crashes into bridge abutment, bursts into flame, on I-287 in Bridgewater (New Jersey), 1 injured:

2020-03-02 - Tractor trailer overturns at 2:44 AM on I-70 in Bond County (Illinois), 1 injured:

2020-03-02 - Dump truck veers off road and crashes in Kelowna (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "Mounties are saying that the driver of a dump truck that veered off the road today may have suffered a medical emergency before it happened."

2020-03-02 - Two cars crash, fire erupts, on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-03-02 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, in Fanwood (New Jersey):

2020-03-02 - Coyotes surround woman and dog in Southborough (Massachusetts), husband chases them off:

Quote: "The coyotes were not intimidated by either the woman or her dog and began to form a pack around them, according to police. The animals were chased off with a broom by the woman’s husband."

2020-03-02 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures 50 people at funeral in Gorakhpur (India):

2020-03-02 - Volcano Klyuchevskoy erupts and spews ash 20,000 feet into the atmosphere on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2020-03-02 - Winter temperature average exceeds freezing for the first time ever in Moscow (Russia):

2020-03-02 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), 3+ killed:

2020-03-02 - Wettest February on record caused widespread flooding across the UK:

2020-03-02 - Meteor spotted over Ohio:

2020-03-02 - China's animal shelters can't cope with the number of pets abandoned due to COVID-19:

2020-03-02 - Scientists found a billion-year-old fossil believed to be an ancestor of Earth's very first plants:


  1. Good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., LL, Terry, Panther and FezzedOne among any other readers of JJFH this morning. The Hal Turner show has some good recommendations for combating COVID-19 with food supplements, vitamins and other edibles (like coconut in almost any form). It also states that the virus crosses the blood-brain barrier and causes the infected person to stop breathing (like the many scenes of people collapsing on the street).

    Underground fire in my old hometown of Ardmore (i've walked and driven over that manhole many times in the past).

    [Let's start with a Celebrity Death]
    Nicolas Portal dies of heart attack at 40

    "It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved teammate, colleague and friend Nico Portal who died suddenly this afternoon at his home in Andorra," the statement read.
    [more; he had some arrhythmia in 2009, and stopped bike racing 2010]

    The Unstoppable Coronavirus vs. The “All-Powerful” Federal Reserve

    Has the Federal Reserve finally met an opponent that it won’t be able to defeat? Ever since the last financial crisis, unprecedented intervention by the Fed at key moments has kept the economy and the financial system relatively stable. No matter what has come along, it has seemed like the Federal Reserve has always had an answer, and this has created an environment that has enabled the most ridiculous stock market bubble in U.S. history to grow to epic proportions. But now COVID-19 is perhaps the greatest challenge that the Fed has faced in modern times. No matter how low interest rates are pushed, and no matter how much helicopter money the Fed drops from the sky, it isn’t going to cause fearful Americans to go shopping, take trips or start businesses. And nothing that the Fed can do will be able to mitigate the severe disruptions to global supply chains that we are currently witnessing. [more]

    Wednesday, 4 March 2020
    Brainstem heavily infected in coronavirus victims

    Evidence that coronavirus invades the central nervous system inducing neurological diseases
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/03/brainstem-heavily-infected-in.html [~ 1 hr Hal Turner show]

    Second case of coronavirus confirmed in New Zealand

    The people who have been DENIED testing for coronavirus

    So. Who does qualify? Those who have been out of the country in the last 14 days, and those who have had contact with one of the few people who have been tested and come up positive. That's it. [more]

    Australian officials admit it’s now impossible to keep coronavirus out of the country… while U.S. administration still lying to the public by claiming it’s all under control

    Is Donald Trump the only one who is insane?

    BoJo proudly announces he has shaken hands with coronavirus patients

    “I was at a hospital where there were a few #coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know. And I continue to shake hands,” ---Boris Johnson.

    I would cancel the weekly audience if I were the Queen.[short video]

    A man wearing a mask apparently collapsed on a Flushing street in NYC

    Was VP Pence exposed to coronavirus in Florida

    Pandemic Pence? VP Possibly Exposed to Coronavirus in Florida

    [2nd part follows]

  2. BBC Publishes Leaked Iran Footage Showing Bagged Bodies Of Covid-19 Victims Piling Up

    23 members of Iranian parliament now have the virus. 835 new cases and 77 confirmed deaths in Iran, including some members of national government. [more]

    Covid-19: Day 65: Mar 4th: CDC COVER-UP, removed numbers: Seattle, 'ghost town,': Protective gear ‘rapidly depleting’: UK, one in every five workers go off sick: Tensions escalate in the US

    Countries affected 81 with the total of confirmed cases at 93,111 of which 7,054 are in critical condition. Deaths, 3,203 at a rate of 3.44%.

    CDC COVER-UP: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed a running tally of the number of people tested for coronavirus in the US. The deletion comes amid questions over the number of people tested in the US, and suggestions that the low number of tests could limit the countries' response to the spread of the disease.

    Cabin Fever: Being quarantined during the coronavirus outbreak could have a long-lasting psychological impact. [more]

    5G Is an Untested Application of a Technology That We Know Is Harmful – In Academics This Is Called Human Subjects Research

    Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period.

    The effects of 5G are seen in all life forms; plants, animals, insects, microbes.

    In humans we have clear evidence of cancer now; there is no question.

    We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects…

    5G is an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful; we know it from the science. [more]

    Mount Meager Volcano in British Columbia, Is Cracking, Collapsing and Threatening the Safety Thousands of People

    Scientists argue that the current big wobble experienced across the world is destabilizing volcanoes. [more]

    [here we go]
    Mandatory Evacuations Ordered as Wildfire Tears Through Norco, California

    Over 1,500 people, and 400 homes, were placed under evacuation orders on March 3 in Norco, California, as a wind-driven brush fire broke out and quickly grew to 100 acres, according to reports.

    The fire, named locally as the Mann Fire, was concentrated in the Santa Ana River bottom, the Corona Fire Department said. [more; REALLY? The CORONA FD?!]

    [3rd piece next]

  3. Japan lifts evacuation order for part of disaster-hit Fukushima town

    Japan on Wednesday lifted an evacuation order for parts of Futaba, one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, ahead of an Olympic torch relay in the region.

    The whole of Futaba, formerly home to some 7,000 people, was designated a mandatory evacuation zone after a massive quake-triggered tsunami in 2011 hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant, damaging the power supply and cooling system and eventually causing a meltdown.

    With the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order in a northern part of the town, workers will be able to stay in the area near the main railway station.

    But residents will not be able to return to the town immediately because of a shortage of running water and other infrastructure, a town official told AFP. [more; yeah, well - YOU FIRST!]

    A Super Worm Moon will light up the sky next week

    March's full Worm Moon, also known as the Crow Moon, Sap Moon and Lenten Moon, will appear on 9th March 2020, peaking at 18:00pm GMT. Typically the last full moon of the astronomical winter, this moon is linked to the start of spring, when earthworms surface and migrating birds return as the temperatures warm up. [more]

    Esther targets Sydney, Melbourne with flooding rainfall late-week

    Moisture from Esther has survived over a week after the former tropical cyclone made landfall in northern Australia. Now, meteorologists say its heavy rainfall will make it all the way New South Wales. [more]

    Mile-wide asteroid to fly by Earth next month, according to Nasa tracking data

    A large asteroid will fly close to but won't hit Earth next month, according to NASA data.

    CNN reports that the asteroid, predicted to be between 1.1 and 2.5 miles wide is scheduled to fly past Earth on 29 April at 4:56am ET.

    First spotted in 1998, the asteroid named 52768 (1998 OR2) will come within 3,908,791 miles of Earth. [more]

    Health experts warn coronavirus could be the 'Hurricane Sandy of epidemics'

    "This is potentially a very significant event, the Hurricane Sandy of epidemics," Dr. Bryan Lewis, a professor at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia, told AccuWeather, invoking the superstorm that ravaged parts of the East Coast in 2012.

    "This pathogen has all the signs of being ‘the big one,'" said Lewis, who is among those at the Biocomplexity Institute who works in a research partnership with AccuWeather. "When current estimates for COVID-19 are compared to the 1918 pandemic, they are eerily similar. The outcomes will likely be different given modern medicine; however, the impact on society and its functioning is likely to be significant." [more]

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

    Global Recession Now Baked in the Cake

    U.S. bank lobby economist predicts global rate cut coming ... this Wednesday

    Global growth plunging into downturn over coronavirus, OECD says

    U.S. manufacturing growth nears standstill amid coronavirus outbreak

    Coronavirus: Italian economy takes a body blow

    Coronavirus: Panic buying Australians clear supermarket shelves

    Dow plummets despite Fed's emergency rate cut over coronavirus

    Just How Bad Is It Going to Get for US Airlines?

    Are Oil Majors Facing A Terminal Decline?

    Huge Red Flag For Oil: Global Economic Growth Could Be Cut In Half

    Hydrogen fuel cell cars are a waste of time and money, and explosive

    The Age Of Canada's Huge Oil Sands Projects May Be Over

    Desert Locust situation update (FAO)

    'Bees are sentinels': mass bee die-offs signal the wider impact of Brazil's pesticide boom [guess they never read Silent Spring]

    Shrinking shores: Half the world's beaches could disappear because of climate change, study says

    More than 80% of Indian Ocean dolphins may have been killed by commercial fishing, study finds [jes' tryin'-a he'p!]

    New study shows ocean currents are shifting toward the poles

    South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan are greatest virus concern: WHO

    Germany confirms at least 28 new coronavirus infections

    WHO says new coronavirus cases outside China are 9 times higher than inside over last 24 hours [bullshit, China is lying]

    World Bank Pledges $12 Billion To Combat Virus Outbreak [not enough]

    Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state, which reported first two deaths in U.S. [DUH!]

    [inept] CDC says US coronavirus cases jump by 17 in a day, topping at least 108 [yeah, no thanks to CDC!]

    [2nd part below]

  5. Heckuva Job, Pencie! A US ruled for and by the Rich leaves Workers at Risk for Coronavirus

    Litany of Blunders: Treatment of Coronavirus Patient Highlights Russia's Shortcomings

    Boris Johnson warns that thousands will catch coronavirus across Britain [as he spreads the disease through handshakes]

    Spain reports first coronavirus death in Valencia

    Chinese cybersecurity company accuses CIA of 11-year-long hacking campaign [as we have accused them]

    Key Defense Supplier Hit by Ransomware
    The hackers also allegedly stole sensitive documents from Visser Precision, which makes parts for Lockheed, Boeing, and SpaceX.

    The Armoured Glass Box is an Instrument of Torture (Craig Murray)

    Assange's Trial Echoes Stalinist Tactics (video; Chris Hedges)

    Press freedom on trial: Chronicles from the Julian Assange extradition hearing

    How America's extreme 'survivalists' are preparing for a worst-case coronavirus epidemic — 'beans, bullets and Band-Aids'
    [what a crock - they'll be using quarantine to impose Martial Law]

    Honda to cut production at two Japan plants amid parts shortage: Nikkei

    Japan's factory activity shrinks at fastest pace since 2016 on coronavirus hit: PMI

    Foxconn says China factories operating at 50%

    British economy 'to grow 0.16% at best under US trade deal'

    Scotland says 250,000 could be hospitalised if coronavirus spreads

    Mike Pence Wiped His Nose With His Hand Before Shaking Doctors Hands At Coronavirus Press Conference

    The Official Numbers on the Coronavirus Are Wrong, and Everyone Knows It
    Because the U.S. data on coronavirus infections are so deeply flawed, the quantification of the outbreak obscures more than it illuminates.

    Covid-19 Containment Efforts Appear to Have Failed: What Happens Next?

    Coronavirus pandemic would spark deep recession and pose a 'significant threat' to Trump's re-election, economist says

    U.S. manufacturing sector stalls as coronavirus hits supply chains

    Why US hospitals are shutting down (video)

    'This is not sustainable': Public health departments, decimated by funding cuts, scramble against coronavirus

    US currently has 10% of face masks needed for a 'full-blown' coronavirus pandemic, HHS official says

    Here's why the coronavirus may clobber your retirement plans

    Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency

    Gabbard Urges Trump: Don't Drag Us Into War At Bidding Of Islamist Dictator Of Turkey

    Bloomberg tells AIPAC he'll 'never impose conditions' on military aid to Israel

    American Fuhrer: Delusionary, Dictatorial Donald Trump Is Drunk on Power (Ralph Nader)

  6. Severe winter weather kills over 55,700 livestock in the province of Khuvsgul, Mongolia

    Extreme wintry weather, known as dzud in Mongolia, has killed more than 55,700 livestock animals in the northwestern province of Khuvsgul alone since late last year, the provincial agricultural department said Monday. [more]

    Alarming rise in dolphins washed up dead on Irish beaches - at least 37 so far in 2020

    The dead dolphin was reported to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who confirmed to The Southern Star that the numbers of dead dolphins found stranded on beaches in West Cork and Kerry has increased alarmingly in recent times.

    'Prior to 2011, it would have been normal to have 20 - 25 common dolphin strandings per year, but since then, numbers have risen rapidly and last year we recorded 104 (this excludes unidentified dolphins),' he said. Mr O'Connell said that an examination of vessel finders online show a lot of fishing taking place by large pelagic trawlers west of the Blasket Islands.

    Dr Simon Berrow of the IWDG said: 'While there are many causes of death, certainly fisheries bycatch is a significant cause. [more]

    Residents horrified as wildfire consumes all around them in nightmarish scenes in Argentina

    High temperatures in recent days rendered conditions perfect for such a bushfire to break out and the nearby highway Route 259 was closed temporarily as flames encroached on that main transport artery. [more]

    Massive sinkhole opens up in Toms River, New Jersey

    The road is expected to be closed for about 10 days, but the timeline may change as the work progresses, Messina said. [more]

    Elderly woman dies in vicious dog attack in Kerala, India

    It was a woman of the neighbourhood who found her in an unconscious state with severe dog bite injuries all over her body. [more]

    At least 18 people killed by floods and landslides after 11 inches of rain in 12 hours in São Paulo state, Brazil

    Roads have been blocked by fallen trees or landslides and houses damaged or destroyed. Dozens of people have been displaced . . .
    Civil Defence said that as many as 30 people are missing, raising fears the toll could rise further. [more]

    [2nd part next]

  7. Researchers explore the ethics of who we think should be saved in an automated vehicle accident

    Of near-universal importance was the desire to save humans before animals, the young before the old, and as many lives as possible.

    But also evident was a preference for saving the lawful, for saving executives before the homeless, women before men, and the fit before the overweight.

    From this research it seems our moral judgements reflect deep inequalities between different sectors of society. [more]
    Dungeness crabs shells dissolving as a result of climate change: report

    A new report finds that Dungeness crab shells are dissolving as a result of ocean acidification, which is a direct consequence of climate change. According to experts, this could have a devastating impact on the fisheries industry in British Columbia, where Dungeness crabs are a huge resource. [more]Sheriff: 3 dead, no survivors in Georgia small plane crash

    There were secondary explosions upon the plane's impact, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday. There were no injuries reported to anyone outside of the plane, or damage to nearby structures, the sheriff added. [more;"secondary" explosions?]

    Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa – and why we can expect more

    The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is a frightening reminder of the imminent global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. [IT'S A FUCKING BIOWEAPON! MANUFACTURED DEATH! GET IT?]

    EPA administrator criticizes inspector general's conclusions on former head Pruitt's alleged abuses

    On Tuesday morning Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, offered an unexpected defense of Scott Pruitt, the onetime administrator of the agency who was once a potent symbol of corruption within the Trump administration, faulting his own inspector general for his conclusions. [more; AHH - Cronyism, right there!!]

    [3rd piece below]

  8. Diminishing tropical forests mean climate breakdown is 'decades ahead of even the most pessimistic' models, carbon study shows

    As tropical forests dwindle as a result of deforestation and climate change, the Earth is losing one of its strongest safeguards against pollution. [more; among many other attributes]

    Climate Change Nightmare: Canada Has a Gas Leak Problem

    One of the issues the oil and gas industry faces is the leakage of gases from wellbores — the holes drilled into the ground to look for or recover oil and natural gas. Methane leakage from wellbores has become an important issue because this greenhouse gas is far more potent than carbon dioxide.

    My colleagues and I recently examined a database containing information about 21,525 active and abandoned wells located in the four main shale gas formations of northeastern British Columbia: the Montney, Horn River, Liard and Cordova basins. This represents almost all of the conventional and shale gas wells existing in the region.

    We found that almost 11 per cent of all oil and gas wells had a reported leak, together releasing 14,000 cubic metres of methane per day. This is more than double the leakage rate of 4.6 per cent in Alberta, which may have less stringent testing and reporting requirements. [more]

    [turned the corner on THAT, then . ..]
    Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source: study

    The world's tropical forests are rapidly losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions, with the Amazon rainforest at risk of turning from carbon sink to source within 15 years, researchers warned Wednesday.

    Tropical forests provide humans with medicine, food, shelter and water and currently account for around half of all terrestrial carbon absorption. [oh, so by all means - cut it down! idiots]

    They found that while there was some forest gain owing to increased CO2 levels -- since trees grow faster in carbon-rich environments -- the sink this provided was more than cancelled out by tree loss due to extreme heat and drought. [more]

    Scientists create bendable concrete that could better withstand earthquakes

    The concrete is made from coal plant waste and synthetic fibers.

  9. So now we have a suspected Covid-19 infected person IN PHILLY!!! Though I've been taking elderberry for a while, I'm going to start taking more vitamin c and coconut oil as a precaution.

    I may not finish the semester - because it may be called off beforehand.

    Everyone is talking about it, but nobody knows how lethal it can be.

    According to TruNews, seniors (like me)
    won't be tested (unless we recently returned from China or associated with someone who has) and (those in nursing homes) won't be treated until the case becomes critical! If that's the case, it may be concluded that this is a definite attack on the most vulnerable in order to drop the population.

    So the best course of action is to prepare your body with any helpful preventative supplements, be very conscious of your surroundings (as far as what you touch and how close you are to others), staying away from anyone with a cough or who is sneezing (almost impossible in classrooms), hand washing etc. That's the best I can do - hey, if I get this thing and die, I had a good life.

    Man’s sick friend: First reported case of human-to-animal transmission suggests people may infect dogs with Covid-19

    You’ve heard of animal-to-human coronavirus transmission, but how about the other way around? In a world first, a case has been reported of a dog possibly infected with coronavirus – who seems to have contracted it from its owner. [more]

    California reports 1st coronavirus death, putting US total at 11[00?]

    Officials said the victim was most likely exposed to the virus during a trip from San Francisco to Mexico in mid-February, on board a Princess cruise ship. [more; notice they don't actually KNOW]

  10. Troopers Pull Man From Burning Truck Moments Before Blast
    Troopers Pull Man From Burning Truck Moments Before Blast
    https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/troopers-pull-man-from-burning-truck-moments-before-explosion/2313924/ [~ 2 min. news spot]

    The truck struck a guardrail and bridge abutment before catching fire. [more]

    [listen to the video, where it's said that the truck driver had a medical event before crashing]


  11. NJ Officials Believe State Has 1st Positive Case of Coronavirus

    A man who sources say was in contact with at least one of the coronavirus cases in New York is believed to be the first positive case of COVID-19 in New Jersey, according to officials. [more]