Friday, March 13, 2020

Event Update For 2020-03-12

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

2020-03-12 - Auto auction site hit by fire in the wee hours, 39 cars burn, on US 70 in Clayton (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to Wilson's Mills Fire officials, only 39 of the approximate 10,000 salvaged cars on the lot were burned."

2020-03-12 - Coronavirus confirmed in 4 firefighters in San Jose (California), dozens of others exposed:

Note: Just mentioned this possibility in a comment not more than a couple of days ago. That didn't take long!

2020-03-12 - Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Missouri, in Springfield:

2020-03-12 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 1,016 with 15,113 infections in Italy:

Quote: "The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has jumped in the last 24 hours by 189 to 1,016, a rise of 23 percent, the country's Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday. The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 15,113 from a previous 12,462, an increase of 21.7 percent."

2020-03-12 - Coronavirus closes all K-12 schools in Ohio, Maryland and Michigan:

Quote: "Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and the large urban school districts of Seattle and San Francisco are shutting down all K-12 schools as part of a sweeping attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The actions are the first wave of widespread school closures in the U.S., and they stand to upend school and family routines for millions of children."

Note: The FIRST wave of widespread school closures in the US...

2020-03-12 - How delays in testing set back the US coronavirus response:

2020-03-12 - Man, early 50s, finishes surf race, gets out of the water and goes into cardiac arrest, in coastal Mount Maunganui (New Zealand):

Quote: "Immediate and effective cardiopulmonary resucsitation (CPR) averted tragedy at the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships yesterday when a competitor in the Masters events collapsed on the beach. Lifeguards in the immediate vicinity, including doctors and nurses, sprang into action and began CPR on the man, who had suffered a heart event. They used an AED (portable defibrillator) to restart the man's heart, and saved his life. The man, in his early 50s, is from the Bay of Plenty. He had just finished the surf race when he collapsed."

2020-03-12 - Polar ice caps melting SIX TIMES FASTER than in 1990s:

Quote: "The ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica is tracking the worst-case climate warming scenario set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists say."

2020-03-12 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 5:30 AM, pile of scrap metal burns, in Guadalupe County (Texas):

Quote: "A scrap metal fire had firefighters from several area departments working to put out the flames on Thursday morning. The fire was reported about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday at Commercial Metals Company, a company spokesperson said in an email."

2020-03-12 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos Islands):

2020-03-12 - Boat, RV, several cars and shop destroyed by fire at home in Granger (Washington):

Quote: "A fire in Granger destroyed a large shop, a boat and several cars and an RV, according to Yakima County Fire District 5. Firefighters received a report of a brush fire at 331 Nelson Rd at about 2:26 p.m. The 911 caller said numerous cars were on fire and the flames were threatening a house."

Note: This is the 329th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020, and this is the 74th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-03-12 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Hyderabad (India):

2020-03-12 - Passenger bus bursts into flame next to N4 toll road in Malalane (South Africa):

Note: These are the 101st and 102nd buses to burn in 2019...

2020-03-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 near Salina (Kansas):

2020-03-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Hume Highway near Holbrook (Australia):

2020-03-12 - In separate incidents, 3 tractor trailers burst into flame in and around Warrington (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters from the Warrington area had a busy day on Thursday tackling three lorry fire incidents."

Note: These are the 388th, 389th, 390th, 391st and 392nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-12 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Moore Road in Greenbrier (Tennessee):

2020-03-12 - RV bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to home, in Westfield (Massachusetts):

Note: This is the 75th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-03-12 - Van bursts into flame while parked on street, fire spreads to car, in coastal Yuen Long, Hong Kong (China):

2020-03-12 - Car bursts into flame while parked near business on Webster Street in Dayton (Ohio):

2020-03-12 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-03-12 - Car bursts into flame on I-64 in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2020-03-12 - Car bursts into flame at fire and ambulance station in Aranda (Australia):

2020-03-12 - Car bursts into flame on the M62 near Huddersfield (Britain):

2020-03-12 - Large vehicle bursts into flame on High Green Hill Road in Longtown (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle Fire, Longtown(Carlisle) 12 Mar 2020 At 15:17 hours on the 12th march 2020 three fire engines from Carlisle East, Carlisle West and Longtown attended a large vehicle fire on high green hill road. Crews used two hose reel and 1 breathing apparatus whilst they were in attendance at the scene of the fire. Crews were in attendance for approximately one hour and ten minutes."

2020-03-12 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 2:34 AM on High Street in Spetisbury (Britain), near the River Stour:

2020-03-12 - ATV bursts into flame at same time as man has 'medical issue' at home in Payson (Arizona):

Quote: "A man, who had been doing excavation work on the property, reportedly started a side-by-side ATV parked in a metal shed around 6:30 p.m. The man experienced a non-life-threatening medical issue and walked away from the shed. When he looked back, the ATV was on fire, according to a Payson Fire Department battalion chief."

Note: Assume the odds that an ATV would burst into flame on any particular day is 1 in 1000 - that's no doubt higher than the actual odds, else most ATVs would go up in flames within 3 years. Assume the odds that this guy would have a medical issue on any particular day at 1 in 1000 too, though that's more variable. So the odds that his ATV would burst into flame on the same day as he has a medical issue would be one in a million. But the odds that the man would have a medical issue in the same MINUTE as the ATV bursting into flame - IF both events occur on the same day - is 1 in 1440, so now the odds that these two events happen on the same day AND at the same time are 1 in 1.44 BILLION. So either that was one MONUMENTAL coincidence or it wasn't a coincidence at all and 'something' caused BOTH events. Given those two possibilities, obviously the latter possibility is BY FAR the more likely scenario...

2020-03-12 - RV trailer bursts into flame on County Road 4185 near US 79 South between Henderson and New Summerfield (Texas):

2020-03-12 - Skid steer destroyed by fire, barn damaged, in Johnson County (Missouri):

Quote: "Both the barn and skid steer were extinguished with the skid steer being considered a total loss and the barn having structural damage to the roof."

2020-03-12 - Car and garage destroyed by fire shortly after 4:30 AM at home in Big Lake Township (Minnesota):

Quote: "A garage and vehicle were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning in Big Lake Township."

Quote: "Responding firefighters arrived to find a garage fully involved in fire. A vehicle was on fire inside the garage."

2020-03-12 - Auto shop destroyed by fire on West Street in Weirton (West Virginia):

2020-03-12 - Barn destroyed by fire on 134th Avenue NW in Williston (North Dakota):

2020-03-12 - Barn full of hay goes up in flames in Great Langton (Britain):

Quote: "Great Langton Time of call: 08:14 Crews from Northallerton, Bedale, Richmond, and Colburn have attended a barn fire full of hay bales. Crews used two main jets and a hose reel jet whilst establishing a open water supply to fit the fire. A crew remained at the incident all day and maintained a watching brief."

2020-03-12 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire in Washington Park (Illinois):

2020-03-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:30 AM on North Main Street in Dayton (Ohio):

2020-03-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1 AM at North Eighth Street and West Washington Street in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

2020-03-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Ketchum Hill Road in Port Crane (New York), near the Chenango River, nobody there:

2020-03-12 - Duplex damaged by fire on Laird Street in Otterbein (Indiana):

2020-03-12 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire shortly after 3:30 AM on Woodland Street in Manchester (Connecticut), 2 dogs feared dead:

2020-03-12 - Apartment building damaged by fire in coastal North Miami (Florida):

2020-03-12 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Montana Avenue in Cincinnati (Ohio), 4 injured:

2020-03-12 - Deadly fire burns home on East 7th Street in Rector (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2020-03-12 - Vacant building destroyed by fire before 6 AM near Woodhill Road and Stoughton Avenue in Cleveland (Ohio):

2020-03-12 - Vacant convenience store destroyed by fire in Oakhurst (Oklahoma):

2020-03-12 - Two men, 36 and 50, found dead near the River Clyde near Clydebank (Scotland):

2020-03-12 - Two men, 26 and 28, die in the River Cauvery in Yadadore (India):

2020-03-12 - Woman drops dead before 6:30 AM in yard in Dover (Ohio):

Quote: "Dover police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Thursday morning. She was in the front yard of a home in the 700 block of East Avenue. There were no obvious signs of trauma on the deceased, according to police Detective Jason Peters. She was found lying on her stomach."

2020-03-12 - Man, 42, found dead in coastal Liberty Bay near Poulsbo (Washington):

2020-03-12 - Man, 67, found dead in pond near Sandersville (Georgia):

2020-03-12 - Woman found dead on Dixon Drive near Lake Lanier (Georgia):

2020-03-12 - Deputy Constable, man, 62, has 'medical emergency' and suddenly dies in Fayette County (Kentucky):

Quote: "Authorities say a Fayette County constable died suddenly Thursday after suffering a medical emergency."

2020-03-12 - Person found dead in the North Canadian River in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-03-12 - Man, 40, found dead in pickup truck off Route 11 in Ashtabula County (Ohio):

2020-03-12 - College student, man, 23, dies in canal in Haveli (India):

2020-03-12 - Boy, 13, dies in the Brahmani River In Odisha (India):

2020-03-12 - Woman found dead in the water near marina in coastal Swansea (Britain):

2020-03-12 - Woman, 56, found dead on Fisherman's Beach on the island of Herm (Britain):

2020-03-12 - Driver has 'medical emergency', SUV slams into tractor trailer, on I-85 in Gwinnett County (Georgia), 1 injured:

Quote: "The SUV’s driver suffered an apparent medical emergency before the crash, leading to the wreck, the GSP said. The person drove under the big rig’s trailer."

Quote: "On Wednesday, a similar wreck took place within the same two-mile stretch of I-85."

2020-03-12 - Man has 'medical episode' at 11 PM, car crashes into garage at apartments, smokes up apartments, in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "A man crashed his vehicle into an apartment complex Thursday night while having a medical episode, leading to the complex evacuating. Houston officials say the man was driving around 11 p.m., when he drove into the garage wall of the complex at Briar Hollow and Sam Felipe. We're told firefighters arrived to the complex to find the man knocked out with his foot still on the gas peddle, causing his wheels to spin and send smoke all throughout the complex, setting off fire alarms and causing the building to evacuate."

2020-03-12 - Small plane crashes into tree in Danvers (Massachusetts):

2020-03-12 - Tractor trailer crashes on I-49 bridge over Dry Fork Creek near Carthage (Missouri):

Quote: "The semi has taken out guardrails on both sides of the roadway. This is on a bridge partially over Dry Fork Creek."

2020-03-12 - Tractor trailer crashes into median on I-295 in coastal Falmouth (Maine):

2020-03-12 - Dump truck veers off road, crashes into residential building, on Hampden Street in the Roxbury area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-03-12 - Car veers off road at 2:20 AM, crashes into woods, bursts into flame, on I-95 in Mansfield (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2020-03-12 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in San Angelo (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-03-12 - Car veers off road at 12:30 AM, crashes into trees, bursts into flame, in Maury County (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2020-03-12 - Suspected wolf attack injures 21 people in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2020-03-12 - Sinkhole opens on street in Albany (New York):

2020-03-12 - Sinkhole opens on street in Janesville (Wisconsin):

2020-03-12 - Landslide kills 2 in the Solomon Islands, 6 more missing:

2020-03-12 - Heavy rains, flooding and landslides hit Rwanda, 60+ killed, more than 1,000 homes damaged:

2020-03-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Egypt, 21+ killed:

2020-03-12 - Meteor filmed over Wigan (Britain):

2020-03-12 - Fear of the coronavirus is causing a stock market apocalypse:

2020-03-12 - New Large Hadron Collider (LHCb) analysis still finds deviations from the Standard Model, nobody knows how this mystery will turn out:


  1. Good morning Jonny (who's been up all night collating, organizing, and publishing this fantastic blog post). Enjoy your sleep-in Saturday everyone.

    Your analysis of that dual event only underscores how viable JJFH is. It's vanishingly close to impossible for it to happen by chance in nature. i don't think there are any large water sources around there, so where did the H2S come from? It's probably wafting around in the air (as we've seen on the coasts) in other parts of the interior now, but i don't know.

    [start off with insight from my favorite news reporter]
    Coronavirus: Survival of the Richest! [~ 5.25 min.]

    [Dragon storm hits Egypt]
    Worst storm since 1994 hits Egypt, causing widespread flooding and sandstorms

    A powerful cyclone began affecting Egypt on Thursday, March 12, 2020, causing widespread flooding and sandstorms in which at least 5 people lost their lives, authorities confirmed on Friday. Widespread damage has been reported, as well as water and power supply disruptions, road accidents and closures. Meteorologists noted that such an intense storm has not affected the country since 1994.[more]

    [check out this short anomaly report from MrMBB333]
    7 Buoys MYSTERIOUSLY Activate Into "Event Mode" Spanning 8000 MILES in S Hemisphere! [~ 7 min.]

    Saturday, 14 March 2020
    More world leaders succumb to coronavirus

    NZ First MP Tracey Martin self-isolating, not being tested for Covid-19

    Oranga Tamariki minister and NZ First MP Tracey Martin met with Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton during a Five-Eyes partners meeting in Washington DC.

    Dutton had no symptoms of the coronavirus at the time but woke up with a temperature and sore throat yesterday.

    Dutton has since revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in hospital.

    A spokesperson said Martin did not shake Dutton's hand while she was overseas.

    A statement today said the Minister is feeling fine and has been told she does not need to be tested for coronavirus although she is self-isolating as a precaution. [more; including Tru-News video]

    Virus Infects Five Eyes’ Leaders [~ 145.5 min. podcast]

    MIT Ph.D. in Biological Engineering: Coronavirus Fear Mongering Is Massive Fraud to Push Mandated Medicine

    As an MIT PhD in Biological Engineering who studies & does research nearly every day on the Immune System, the #coronavirus fear mongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest fraud to manipulate economies, suppress dissent, & push MANDATED Medicine! [more; notice he did NOT say it's that the virus is a HOAX, which some other internet idiots say]

    [2nd part follows]

    1. Jonathon Pie is now my favorite reporter. Lol! Brilliant.

  2. 'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

    Although exploitation is like shooting a lone fish in a tiny barrel 1,000 miles away

    Buried deep inside modern Intel chipsets is what's called the Management Engine, or these days, the Converged Security and Manageability Engine (CSME). We've written about this a lot: it's a miniature computer within your computer. It has its own CPU, its own RAM, its own code in a boot ROM, and access to the rest of the machine.

    Like a digital janitor, the CSME works behind the scenes, below the operating system, hypervisor, and firmware, performing lots of crucial low-level tasks, such as bringing up the computer, controlling power levels, starting the main processor chips, verifying and booting the motherboard firmware, and providing cryptographic functions. The engine is the first thing to run when a machine is switched on.

    One of the first things it does is set up memory protections on its own built-in RAM so that other hardware and software can't interfere with it. However, these protections are disabled by default, thus there is a tiny timing gap between a system turning on and the CSME executing the code in its boot ROM that installs those protections, which are in the form of input-output memory-management unit (IOMMU) data structures called page tables.

    During that timing gap, other hardware – physically attached or present on the motherboard – that is able to fire off a DMA transfer into the CSME's private RAM may do so, overwriting variables and pointers and hijacking its execution. At that point, the CSME can be commandeered for malicious purposes, all out of view of the software running above it.

    It's like a sniper taking a shot at a sliver of a target as it darts past small cracks in a wall. The DMA write race can be attempted when the machine is switched on, or wakes up from sleep, or otherwise when the CSME goes through a reset, which resets the IOMMU protections. You'll need local, if not physical, access to a box to exploit this.

    Crucially, the boot ROM is read-only: it cannot be patched. The IOMMU's reset defaults can't be changed either without replacing the silicon. So, Intel chipsets out in people's computers are stuck with the vulnerability. [more; whatever the fuck all that means . ..]

    [environmental signs]
    Mexico: Monarch butterflies drop 53% in wintering area

    The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday.

    Some activists called the decline “heartbreaking," but the Mexico head of the World Wildlife Fund said the reduction “is not alarming.” [more; especially if you don't give a shit]

    [advice to shoppers]
    How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping

    One option people are turning to is grocery delivery services.
    [great, unless the driver has it]

    Wash nonporous containers. Simple rubbing with soap and water can kill the coronavirus because it tears apart its outer barrier. So use dish soap on plastic, glass, and metal before putting them away. If that's not practical, wash your hands well after putting away all packaging, including paper boxes and bags. "It all comes down to hand hygiene," says Liz Garman, a spokesperson for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in Arlington, Va.

    It also doesn't hurt to wash your hands after opening the containers and using their contents. [more]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. [in Oil news]
    Prepare For Bankruptcies, Layoffs And A Drilling Slowdown

    [You've Got a Friend to PROTECT You]
    Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup hits possible snag

    Four companies are ratcheting up their fight to downsize the Portland Harbor Superfund site cleanup.

    Evraz Inc., Gunderson LLC (a Greenbrier Cos. unit), Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. and Vigor Industrial LLC made their case in a letter this week to Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in a 123-page petition to the agency.

    The four are all potentially responsible parties liable for the cost of cleaning up portions of the site. [more; EPA - protecting POLLUTERS in the U.S.A.]!
    Snowstorm to pummel northwestern US through the weekend

    [GREAT for the snow pack in the Sierras! ~ 3 min. weather report]

    [one environmental effect of side-lining humanity]
    Air pollution clears in northern Italy after coronavirus lockdown, satellite shows

    Air pollution over northern Italy fell after the government introduced a nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus, satellite imagery showed on Friday, in a new example of the pandemic's potential impact on emissions.

    China, where the outbreak started, showed a marked reduction in pollution after the government imposed travel bans and quarantines, and the data from Italy, which was hit hard several weeks later, suggested a similar pattern. [more]

    Trump reportedly rejected aggressive coronavirus testing in hopes it would help his re-election

    The U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been "much, much worse than almost any other country that's been affected," Ashish Jha, who runs the Harvard Global Health Institute, told NPR on Thursday. "I still don't understand why we don't have extensive testing. Vietnam! Vietnam has tested more people than America has." Without testing, he added, "you have no idea how extensive the infection is," and "we have to shut schools, events, and everything down, because that's the only tool available to us until we get testing back up. It's been stunning to me how bad the federal response has been."

    There are a lot of reasons why the U.S. lags other countries in testing for the new coronavirus — defective early tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the decision not to adopt an effective German test adopted by the World Health Organization — but Politico's Dan Diamond told Fresh Air's Terry Gross on Thursday that politics also seems to have played a role, along with mismanagement and infighting between, for example, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Seema Verma, the Medicare chief. [more; incl. ~ 7.5 min. interview by Stephen Colbert]

    [4th installment next]

  4. Bats, gene editing and bioweapons: Recent DARPA experiments raise concerns amid coronavirus outbreak

    DARPA recently spent millions on research involving bats and coronaviruses, as well as gene editing "bioweapons" prior to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Now, "strategic allies" of the agency have been chosen to develop a genetic material-based vaccine to halt the potential epidemic.

    However, while many of these theories are clearly speculative, there is also verifiable evidence regarding the recent interest of one controversial U.S. government agency in novel coronaviruses, specifically those transmitted from bats to humans. That agency, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), began spending millions on such research in 2018 and some of those Pentagon-funded studies were conducted at known U.S. military bioweapons labs bordering China and resulted in the discovery of dozens of new coronavirus strains as recently as last April. Furthermore, the ties of the Pentagon's main biodefense lab to a virology institute in Wuhan, China — where the current outbreak is believed to have begun — have been unreported in English language media thus far. [more; hmmmmmmmm]

    China's coronavirus: A shocking update. Did the virus originate in the US?

    In fact the origin was for a long time unknown but it appears likely now, according to Chinese and Japanese reports, that the virus originated elsewhere, from multiple locations, but began to spread widely only after being introduced to the market.

    A new study by Chinese researchers indicates the novel coronavirus may have begun human-to-human transmission in late November from a place other than the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan. [more]

    Scientist claims prevailing winds are spreading coronavirus, after it came to Earth on meteor

    Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology has alleged that the meteor that exploded over China in October released viral particles.

    Once in the upper stratosphere, the virus either fell to Earth or got caught up in the stratospheric air currents that circle the Earth, he told MailOnline.

    From here, the virus has spread along 'a global band of between 40-60° latitude north', with all the 'main strong cases' appearing 'exactly along that range', he said.

    The astrobiologist is a proponent of 'panspermia' — the theory that life is seeded across the universe by travelling on meteors, comets and space dust.

    'It's an interesting connection to take note of, I suppose, but it certainly doesn't prove that that's the way that it took place necessarily,' Professor Wickramasinghe admitted. [more]

    [5th (and probably last) section follows]

  5. [SOTT finally coming around to reality]
    Coronavirus and the sun: A lesson from the 1918 influenza pandemic

    Fresh air, sunlight and improvised face masks seemed to work a century ago; and they might help us now. [more]

    'Dead Sea Scrolls' at the Museum of the Bible are ALL forgeries

    the Washington, D.C. museum has confirmed a bitter truth about the fragments' authenticity. On Friday, independent researchers funded by the Museum of the Bible announced that all 16 of the museum's Dead Sea Scroll fragments are modern forgeries that duped outside collectors, the museum's founder, and some of the world's leading biblical scholars. Officials unveiled the findings at an academic conference hosted by the museum.

    The authentic Dead Sea Scrolls trace back to 1947, when Bedouin herders found clay jars in Palestine's Qumran caves that held thousands of parchment scrolls more than 1,800 years old, including some of the oldest surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible. [more]

    6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region

    Landslide due to heavy rainfall kills 3 in Darjeeling, India

    Lightning bolt kills 3 in Bihar, India

    Solar minimum: Atmospheric radiation up 12% in 3 years

    Radiation appears to be increasing at nearly all altitudes--even in the range 25,000 ft to 40,000 ft where airplanes fly. Polar flight crews and passengers are therefore absorbing ~12% more cosmic radiation than they did only a few years ago. [more]

    Torrential rains cause flooding in Syria's capital

    Especially in the nearby towns of Yabrud and Bloudan, north of Damascus, there were roadblocks and landslides due to the continuous rainfall that began to diminish in the night hours of this Friday.

  6. Joe Rogan's recent interview of epidemiologist Michael Osterholm is very good. Just the first ten or twelve minutes is all you need to hear.

  7. News Links, March 14, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Fed to pump in more than $1 trillion in dramatic ramping up of market intervention amid coronavirus meltdown

    Six million low-income earners to receive $750 cash under Coalition's coronavirus stimulus

    First Enron of 2020: Muddy Waters' Short-Target NMC Health Just "Discovered" $2.7 Billion Undisclosed Debt

    A Year After The Second MAX Crashed Boeing Is Faced With Ruin

    US flight attendants seeing financial strain due to coronavirus outbreak, union president says

    Airlines seek cost cuts and aid to survive coronavirus

    Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

    United Airlines in talks with U.S. officials about financial support

    Delta slashes flights by 40% — the most in its history — as virus cripples global travel

    As Trump stumbles in war on Coronavirus at Home, He Bombs Shiites in Shiite-Ruled Iraq

    US keeping two carriers in Mideast, moving Patriot missile batteries into Iraq as Iran tensions mount

    Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

    Iraq's military condemned the airstrikes, saying they were in breach of the country's sovereignty.

    US Moves Patriot Missiles To Iraq - Outraged Baghdad Says "Consequences" Coming After Airstrikes

    Britain backs Putin idea of five-way summit of world powers - UK embassy

    Why Is The U.S. Launching A New War On Iraq?

    U.S. Shale Drillers Ask Service Providers For Major Price Cuts

    The global oil price war is pushing highly indebted US shale companies toward default, an event that could trigger 'financial contagion'

    Saudi Arabia floods markets with $25 oil as Russia fight escalates

    Nuclear War Could Devastate US, Even if No One Shoots Back

    Washington could only safely use a fraction of its arsenal without
    killing Americans with an unintended adverse series of cascading environmental effects.

    Fatal Fungal Disease Linked to Millions of Bat Deaths Confirmed in Texas

    Coronavirus could weaken climate change action and hit clean energy investment, researchers warn

    Scientists figure out how new coronavirus breaks into human cells

    Pacific nations employ island fortress tactics to combat coronavirus spread

    Nepal closes Mount Everest for climbers because of coronavirus fears
    Mormon Church halts all public gatherings worldwide

    Russia Moves to Cancel Major Events as Coronavirus Looms

    Egypt reports 13 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 93

    Europe is now the 'epicenter' of the coronavirus pandemic, WHO says

    News-Nugget About The Coronavirus Pandemic [READ THIS]

    Coronavirus Telecommuting To Further Highlight Shoddy US Telecom Market

    UK coronavirus cases rise 35% to 798 in a day

    FDA worried about blood shortage as donation drives are canceled amid coronavirus concerns

    Trump shakes several guests' hands at coronavirus press conference, despite repeated advice not to

    The Fed to start buying Treasurys Friday across all durations, starting with 30-year bond

    The One-Choice Election

    As Everything Bubble Implodes, Frazzled Fed Rolls Out Fastest Mega-Money Printer Ever, up to $4.5 Trillion in Four Weeks

    NYC Mulls Unprecedented Scaling Back Of Subway Service As Ridership Plummets

    • Coronavirus
    Rep. Katie Porter Makes Trump's CDC Director Look Like a Fool (video) [WATCH THIS!]

    Medical providers, fearing equipment shortages, tap into secret national supply network

    US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

    Ideology Getting in the Way of a Coronavirus Response

  8. Hey Mike, i'm confused. According to Dr. Boyle, COVID-19 is definitely a bio-weapon engineered in NC and brought to China (he did the research and found the Chinese connection) - couldn't possibly happen naturally with the sequencing splices it's made from.

    This guy Dr. Osterholm says it's a naturally occurring virus that probably came from pangolins. Later in the video he talks up the wet-market meme and says it came from bat soup.

    Who do you believe and why? The Chinese think it's a bio-weapon made in the U.S. and delivered to them through infected troops playing war games nearby.

    Joe Rogan also believes in vaccines (across the board i guess) where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says they're unsafe because of the mercury (thimerasol) in them and they've been shown to cause autism. Again, we have confusion. Both are right to some degree.

    For example, my wife gets a flu shot every year and i don't. She believes they'll do her some good (because she has a compromised immune system), whereas i see how and why they're produced (they fucking GUESS which version will crop up in the next flu season and make up a bunch of that vaccine; then when the real thing shows up, SOMETIMES they get it right, or close enough, and others LIKE THIS YEAR, their vaccine didn't do SHIT because it wasn't the strain that showed up!) and decline the FREE vaccines.

    Biblical Floods Kill at Least 21 in Egypt and Israel (Videos)

    Storms and floods of biblical proportions have engulfed Egypt, Israel and the Middle East for the second day in a row on Friday. [more]

    Foods to Boost The Immune System

    When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use When diet is correct, medicine is of no need [more]

    Earthquake Swarm on Fish Lake Valley Fault Zone in Nevada Prompts Fear About A Big One in Las Vegas (Video)

    One dead, several injured as Moscow battered by wild windstorm

    [2nd part below]

  9. Here's The Difference Between Coronavirus And COVID-19

    ‘Coronavirus’ actually refers to a handful of diseases

    COVID-19 is what experts are calling this particular disease

    In the case of COVID-19, the virus was passed from an animal to a human. This is what the World Health Organization calls “a spillover event.”

    “Every once in a while, one of these animal viruses gets rogue and jumps species from the animal species to the human,” William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center [more; so he backs up Osterholm]

    In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration suspended an 82-year-old road safety law for some truck drivers, showing how much coronavirus is pressuring retailers and hospitals to maintain cleaning and medical supplies

    The hours-of-service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work and have been in place for truck drivers since 1938, are suspended at a federal level for the first time in history.

    As of Friday evening, truck drivers who are moving medical supplies and consumer goods like masks and hand sanitizer do not have to follow HOS. [more]

    Trump says he has the right to dismiss or demote Fed Chairman Powell

    President Donald Trump’s fury at the Federal Reserve again spilled into public view on Saturday when the president asserted he had the power to demote or even dismiss the central bank’s chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he selected for the role.

    “I think I have the right to remove. I have the right to also take him and put him in a regular position and put somebody else in charge. And I haven’t made any decisions on that,” Trump told reporters during a coronavirus briefing at the White House.

    Legal scholars say that Powell can only be removed or demoted “for cause” and that this must involve something more serious than a disagreement over policy. [more]

    [this is one of my questions about policy in these times]
    Workers Laid Off Over Coronavirus Look For A Lifeline

    People in the service industry are going to get slammed,” said Seth Goldstein, a business representative for the Office of Professional Employees International Union Local 153, which represents the cafeteria workers.

    The House passed a relief package early Saturday that creates a temporary safety net to mitigate the economic fallout. The bill provides two weeks of sick leave for some workers who are quarantined or must care for someone at home during the crisis, to be funded by the federal government. It also allows some workers to take paid family medical leave and receive two-thirds of their normal pay.

    Some workers face the possibility of losing their employer-sponsored health coverage in the middle of a public health crisis. [more]