Thursday, March 19, 2020

Event Update For 2020-03-18

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

2020-03-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame and kills person in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "At the scene, fire crews found a tractor-trailer with a fire coming from the engine of the truck. After putting out the flames, fire crews found the body of an adult in the sleeping area of the tractor-trailer."

Note: This is the 405th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-18 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off and shatters windows in Carroll (Iowa), near the Middle Raccoon River:

Quote: "An explosion in an underground utility vault in downtown Carroll shattered the windows of Wilkie Clothiers Wednesday morning and propelled a manhole cover far into the air. 'It had to be a pretty massive explosion,' store owner Wade Wilkie said."

2020-03-18 - Extremely high levels of methane, up to 2902 ppb, reported in the Arctic:

Quote: "High levels of methane, colored in magenta, show up over the oceans at high latitudes north, especially around Greenland and around Svalbard."

2020-03-18 - Rare and unusually large ozone hole develops over the Arctic-Canadian region:

Quote: "'What really got our attention, was the overall reduction of ozone, in early March, when the values should actually be going up slowly,' said SWE. 'Something was off, and this time it was not just a quick low spike from a mini ozone hole, but a proper ozone destruction process.'"

Note: Methane levels in the atmosphere are rising, especially in the Arctic. Methane reacts away ozone - a 'proper ozone destruction process' you might say. Methane levels rising, ozone layer disappearing, those two things are very likely related...

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus infections near 200,000 worldwide, two US Congressmen infected:

Quote: "Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, announced Wednesday night he has tested positive for coronavirus, little more than an hour after Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart became the first member of Congress to test positive."

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 140+ with 9,345 infections in the US:

Quote: "An outbreak of the novel coronavirus that began in China about three months ago has now infected more than 9,345 people across all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. COVID-19, a respiratory illness which began in China about three months ago, has killed at least 140 people in the United States, according to ABC News' count."

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus kills first person in Missouri, infection count rises to 24:

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus kills first people in Pennsylvania, infection count rises to 130:

Quote: "Coronavirus cases confirmed in Pennsylvania exceeded 130 as of Wednesday, rising by 37, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. "

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 5 with 427 infections in New Jersey:;-2-more-deaths-/6026759/

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus infection count hits 85+ in Maryland:

Quote: "Baltimore City cases: 1 patient in 60s, 1 in 70s, 3 people in their 20s."

Quote: "The state said that the majority of cases are patients between 18 and 64 years old."

Note: Say, the majority of people are between 18 and 64 too - what a coincidence!

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 475 in one day to 2,978 with 35,713 infections in Italy:

Quote: "Barring a miracle, Italy will surpass China in the number of coronavirus deaths in just one more day. On Thursday, Italy saw a record new high in the numbers of infections and deaths reported, adding more than 4,200 new cases for a total of 35,713 infections. Another 475 people died, bringing Italy's death toll to 2,978."

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 175 in one day to 1,135 with 17,361 infections in Iran:

2020-03-18 - Coronavirus outbreak in San Jose fire department may be early sign of danger for first responders:

2020-03-18 - HIV drug combo fails as treatment for severe COVID-19 in China:

2020-03-18 - Fishing boat bursts into flame at The Quay in coastal Brixham (Britain):

Note: This is the 336th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 12:01 AM at bus station in coastal Rhyl (Britain):

Note: This is the 104th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-03-18 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on road near coastal Bintulu (Malaysia):

Quote: "A trailer carrying eight brand new cars caught fire along Mile 16, Sebauh Junction along the Bintulu-Miri road today. Six cars were destroyed in the 2.16pm incident, said Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) station chief Christus Buson. The cars involved were the trailer truck itself, one Honda Civic, three Proton Sagas and two Honda City’s."

Note: This is the 13th car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-03-18 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on road in Thane (India):

2020-03-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 in Cleveland (Ohio):

Note: These are the 406th, 407th and 408th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-18 - Garbage truck bursts into flame at 5:51 AM, fire spreads to several more vehicles, in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Seven vehicles caught fire Wednesday morning when a garbage truck went up in flames outside an apartment complex and spread to nearby parked cars."

2020-03-18 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on Route 151 in coastal Falmouth (Massachusetts):

2020-03-18 - RV bursts into flame on road near Normanna (Texas):

Quote: "The lone driver of the motor home, Lyle Sanders, reported that he was driving the RV because he planned to show it to a potential buyer later in the day. The motor home was listed for $260,000, Kissee said."

Note: This is the 80th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-03-18 - Van bursts into flame on Main Street South in Woodbury (Connecticut):

2020-03-18 - Van bursts into flame while parked at Waters Dental Laboratory Ltd in Regina (Canada):

2020-03-18 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at storage facility in Leeds (Utah):

2020-03-18 - Van bursts into flame on Andersonstown Road in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2020-03-18 - In separate incidents, parked SUV bursts into flame in Ibrag, and parked car bursts into flame in Mosta, on the island of Malta:

Quote: "Three cars were destroyed by fire in Ibrag and Mosta on Wednesday-Thursday night. The first incident involved an Audi e-tron electric SUV which caught fire while it was parked in F. Vidal Street, Ibrag, on Wednesday night. No one was injured and there was no damage to property. The fire was put out by fire-fighters from the Civil Protection Department. A few hours later, a car caught fire in St Mary Street, Mosta, with the flames spreading to another parked car."

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Forest Street in West Bridgewater (Massachusetts), 150 feet from stream:

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside auto shop at Riverland Community College in Albert Lea (Minnesota):

Quote: "One sprinkler head had activated and helped keep the fire contained to the car."

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame on Forest Links Road in Ferndown (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame at 1:27 AM on Beacalls Lane in Shrewsbury (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame at 12:06 AM on Thorne Lane in Brympton, Yeovil (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Car bursts into flame at 1:07 AM on the M5 near Cullompton (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-64 near Bragg (West Virginia):

2020-03-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Sprite Lane in Billinghay (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Auto parts business damaged by fire on Richmond Terrace in coastal Mariners Harbor (New York), 200 feet from the ocean:

2020-03-18 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on Marsh Green in Wigan (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Business heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours near 21st Street and Harvard Avenue in Tulsa (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2020-03-18 - Building under construction damaged by fire on East Dedham Street in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-03-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Bitternut Court in Catonsville (Maryland):

2020-03-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire on West Second Street in Xenia (Ohio), 1+ injured:

2020-03-18 - Home destroyed by fire on West Hill Road near Harristown (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-03-18 - Home destroyed by fire on Watson Road in Norway (Maine):

2020-03-18 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours on Crawford Avenue in the Harrisburg area in Augusta (Georgia):

2020-03-18 - Home destroyed by fire near North Maple Avenue and West Sawyer Street in Decatur (Illinois):

2020-03-18 - Home destroyed by fire on Shaw Road in Limestone County (Alabama), 1 injured:

2020-03-18 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire at 4:30 AM on Willow Avenue in Salem (Massachusetts):

2020-03-18 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Hillside Avenue in Hartford (Connecticut), 2 injured:

2020-03-18 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 4:52 AM on Parkside Avenue in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2020-03-18 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire on Michigan Avenue near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri), 2 injured:

2020-03-18 - Deadly fire burns home at 11 PM on Hapeman Street in Lansing (Michigan), 2 killed:

2020-03-18 - Man dies after being pulled from submerged vehicle in Lake Gregory (California):

2020-03-18 - Man, 45, drops dead at jail in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "Burks had been in custody since June 2019 and was last seen 'jovial and vibrant,' according to staff. There were no signs of foul play, and Burks did not appear to have a fever or sickness at the time."

2020-03-18 - Man, 26, found dead in Grand Lake St. Marys (Ohio):

2020-03-18 - Man, 42, found dead in the Ohio River in Owensboro (Kentucky):

2020-03-18 - Man, 22, found dead in wooded area in Littlestown (Pennsylvania):

2020-03-18 - Teenager has 'medical event' in the water and dies at Lake Rotoma (New Zealand):

Quote: "While snorkelling at Lake Rotoma a student suffered a medical event and was attended to by St John's ambulance. We are deeply saddened to inform you that the student has since passed."

2020-03-18 - Man found dead in the water neat coastal Jaywick (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Man found dead near sleeping bag in coastal Wirral (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Woman found dead in coastal Runswick Bay (Britain):

2020-03-18 - Man has 'medical emergency', SUV overturns and hits cars, in coastal Santa Barbara (California), 2 injured:

Quote: "According to responders on scene, the driver that caused the incident had a medical emergency and lost control of the Chevy Tahoe."

2020-03-18 - Small plane crashes near Morrow-Rossburg Road in Harlan Township (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-03-18 - Small plane crashes and burns in Eagle Creek (Oregon), 1 injured:

2020-03-18 - Small plane lands at airport, nose gear collapses, in Camarillo (California):

Quote: "Kip Turner, director of airports for Ventura County, said the plane's nose wheel failed during landing and the aircraft hit the runway."

2020-03-18 - Tanker truck overturns on Highway 371 in Baxter (Minnesota):

2020-03-18 - Tractor trailer overturns on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-03-18 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on the Wantagh State Parkway on coastal Long Island (New York):

2020-03-18 - Pickup truck veers off road at 2 AM, crashes into business, in Socastee (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-03-18 - Car veers off road, crashes into creek, in Anderson County (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-03-18 - Historic home collapses in Nashville (Tennessee):

2020-03-18 - Man has 'medical episode' on Wimborne Road in Winton area in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "Police and ambulance crews were called to Wimborne Road in Winton this morning after concerns about a man suffering a suspected medical episode. Emergency services were called at 7.24am and the man was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital."

2020-03-18 - Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes near Magna (Utah):

2020-03-18 - Dengue fever cases soaring in Latin America:

2020-03-18 - Oil price drops to lowest level since 2003 as demand for energy weakens due to slowing global economy:

2020-03-18 - The US government is preparing for an 18-month pandemic and critical shortages:


  1. Good morning everyone. I am officially on day 4 of self isolation due to having symptoms of this respiratory illness but as of Tue, the closest place to get a test was OKC. No clinic or is even offering it and I was diagnosed with severe bronchitis, given 2 shots, charged $245 for the pleasure, then walmart rx charged $120 for doxycycline and the proair inhaler. As a CNA in a LTC facility, I am screwed. I haven't been there long enough to get insurance and the upper management nurses tend to be assholes to ill staff. The facilities in my area were scary before covid-19, now it's just plain clusterflukery. I'm not afraid, my temp has been normal for 24 hours and I feel my symptoms were exacerbated by the bleach fumes the housekeeping was using to disinfect the place with,(I think that was my catalyst). Anyway, in this county the number of 60+ people is big and they ARE afraid yet very confused thanks to their dependence on fox news.
    Last weekend started our screening process and the threat of abandonment charges if we try to leave once the facility is placed in lockdown. We're force to the doctor if we have: fever, cough, SOB....(over half of my patients have these symptoms too).... so, here's to all the low level heroes NO ONE is talking about, stay safe and just remember, UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS!.....

    1. Oh to be ill in 'Murica. We do it right don't we?

      Hope things get a lot better for you.

  2. TGIF Jonny, everyone. Not that any sort of wild celebration is immanent, but a nice bowl of something medicinal promoting appetite, meditation and a calm spirit could be in the works by day's end. [smoke 'em if ya got 'em]

    Will This Be “Just A Recession” Or Will It Be “The Next Great Depression”?

    As America slowly but surely shuts down from coast to coast, everyone is acknowledging the fact that we are heading into a very serious economic downturn. Originally, many experts were warning that this coronavirus pandemic could spark a recession, but now some are actually starting to use the “d” word. Yesterday, I wrote about the government planning document that envisions an 18 month pandemic, multiple “waves” of infections, and “critical shortages” of important supplies. If that scenario actually plays out, what we will experience will be far, far worse than the “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009. So let us hope that a way can be found to slow down the spread of this virus.

    At this point, many of our top minds are fearing the worst. On Thursday, former White House economist Kevin Hassett warned CNN that we could actually see a repeat of the Great Depression… [more]

    Meanwhile Russia and China Want To Annex Antarctica And Its 513 Billion Barrels Of Oil

    US senators sold stock after coronavirus briefings in January

    Four U.S. senators sold stock after receiving sensitive briefings in late January about the emerging threat of the coronavirus, sparking concerns that they put safeguarding their private finances before their duty to protect public health. [more]

    Russia testing MULTIPLE prototype Covid-19 vaccines

    Long Phased-Out Refrigeration and Insulation Chemicals Still Widely in Use and Warming the Climate

    New study concludes that “banked” CFCs have greenhouse gas impacts equal to all registered U.S. cars and slow the shrinking of the ozone hole. [more]

    Q&A: A Harvard Expert on Environment and Health Discusses Possible Ties Between COVID and Climate

    Air pollution makes people more vulnerable to respiratory infections; climate change brings people in closer contact with animals that can spread disease. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  3. Signs and Wonders: It is the same locust God used against the Egyptians in the epic Bible Book of Exodus and the biggest swarm in 30 years which is about to attack the Middle East for Passover but will miss the 'Holy Land'

    The Plague of locusts is set to descend upon the Middle East in time for Passover but will skip the Holy Land. [more]

    Conservationists Say Salmon Fishing Plan Imperils Whales

    The government allowed salmon fishing in Alaska at rates its own reports said will push endangered Southern Resident killer whales closer to extinction, environmental groups claim in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. [more]

    The Lesson U.S. Shale Refuses To Learn

    It feels like 2014 for the oil industry all over again, except this time, things could get even worse.

    Most U.S. shale wells have a breakeven well above today’s current oil prices. The result will be that the shale industry in the United States will be hit - and hard. Why is U.S. shale not prepared for this low-price environment?

    If someone would have conducted a survey among U.S. shale producers about whether they expected the price of oil to sink below $30 a barrel just five years after the last crash, most of them likely would have said “no way”. But this is today’s ugly reality: West Texas Intermediate dropped to nearly $20 a barrel earlier this week and at the time of writing was trading at a little over $25. Brent crude has sunk to $30 a barrel. And this is really bad news for U.S. shale because it is much lower than the breakeven price for most wells. [more]

    What COVID-19 symptoms look like, day by day

    After being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, it can take as few as two and as many as 14 days for symptoms to develop. Cases range from mild to critical. The average timeline from the first symptom to recovery is about 17 days, but some cases are fatal. Here's what it looks like to develop COVID-19, day by day. [~ 5.25 min. public service spot]

    Ethicists agree on who gets treated first when hospitals are overwhelmed by coronavirus

    Different moral theories, same answer The decision to prioritize those with good survival odds is reinforced by several moral theories. Utilitarianism, for example, argues that morality is determined by the consequences of actions, and so we should strive to create the maximum good for the maximum number of people. If we give scarce treatments to those who don't stand to benefit (and have a high chance of dying anyway), then not only will they die, but those with higher likelihood of survival (but require ventilator support) will also die,” says Lydia Dugdale, professor of medicine and director of the center for clinical medical ethics at Columbia University. [more; behind paywall]

  4. [some end of the week headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, March 20, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Investor Ray Dalio estimates the corporate losses in the US from coronavirus will top $4 trillion

    By the end of May, most world airlines will be bankrupt

    Coronavirus Crash Reduces 18 Major Companies To Penny Stocks

    Textron Aviation announces furlough of thousands of workers

    Governments scramble to prop up airlines as virus forces more flight, job cuts

    Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff With Consequences
    Amnesty International on Wednesday rebuked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over new comments bashing the International Criminal Court and threatening court staff—and their family members—investigating alleged war crimes committed by United States forces in Afghanistan.

    New Armed Group Takes Credit for Recent Attacks on US Forces in Iraq

    Migrants fear getting stuck in Mexico as Trump hints at border restrictions

    FDA officials reassure Americans no food shortages exist
    There's no shortage... until there is. -- RF

    The IPCC's Worst Case Scenario
    Here's the horrifying truth: The combined rate of ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica averaged 89 billion tons per year in the 1990s. Yet, by the 2010s (if standing, please sit down) the average rate exploded to 523 billion tons per annum.

    Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons of Ice Last Summer, Raising Sea Levels, NASA Study Finds

    Grim milestone: Italy's coronavirus deaths surpass China's

    'A generation has died': Italian province struggles to bury its coronavirus dead

    Coronavirus infects faster and lasts longer than Sars, raising new containment challenges, Chinese studies suggest
    Researchers found that on average, infected people expel virus particles from their bodies for a relatively long period of 20 days, even before symptoms appear

    Brazil records 7th coronavirus death, closes land borders

    Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions[we used to help]

    Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China

    Mass move to work from home in coronavirus crisis creates opening for hackers: cyber experts

    Exposing a Biden Staffer's Connections to Troubled Israeli Spyware Firm

    Israel Joins Totalitarian States Using Coronavirus to Spy on Citizens

    Nine Thoughts On COVID-19 And What's Coming

    Movie theater owners need help too, request bailout to keep industry afloat [yep, gotta bail out everyone!]

    ICE to stop conducting most arrests during COVID-19 crisis

    FDA halting of foreign drug factory checks during pandemic raises concerns

    'Complete chaos': How the coronavirus pandemic is upending the criminal justice system

    Three pillars of Trump's case for reelection are collapsing all at once

    Fed Boosts Daily QE By 66% Overnight To Record $75 Billion In One Day [Monopoly money]

    Spiking U.S. coronavirus cases could force rationing decisions similar to those made in Italy, China

    Pennsylvania Hospitals are Rationing Protective Gear Like Respirators and Gowns as Coronavirus Cases Spread

    DOD says it is following CDC guidelines and limiting coronavirus testing for troops [ye-cain't he'p 'stupid']

    Fearing outbreaks and riots, nation's prison and jail wardens scramble to respond to coronavirus threat
    Prisoners are literally trapped inside cells as the virus spreads, experts say.

    Coronavirus: NYC has 3,615 confirmed cases, including an inmate at Rikers Island, Mayor de Blasio says

    80% of US coronavirus deaths have been among people 65 and older, a new CDC report says — here's what it reveals about the US cases

    Colleges offering dorms as hospital overflow for virus cases


    A nice read.

    1. Love that Caitlin! What a wise young gurl. Okay woman.

    My local situation as of last night.....good luck everyone!

  7. Gettin' real, Fran! Those seem like reasonable steps to take, outlined in that emergency declaration. My local theater (one block away) now has on their marquee: 'Closed. Stay healthy!' Literally a sign of the times.