Thursday, March 26, 2020

Event Update For 2020-03-25

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

2020-03-25 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 1,031 with 68,572 cases in the United States:

Quote: "The death toll now stands at 1,031. The most deaths have come in New York state, with 366, well ahead of Washington state, with 133. The U.S. has also had at least 68,572 confirmed cases."

2020-03-25 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 8 with 356 cases in Missouri, governor asks for federal major disaster declaration:

Quote: "Gov. Parson announced that there are now 356 cases and eight deaths in Missouri. There are 101 more cases than reported Tuesday."

2020-03-25 - Coronavirus rises by record 738 to 3,434 in Spain:

Quote: "Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world. The number of deaths rose by 738 in 24 hours - a daily record - to 3,434, higher than the 683 announced in Italy. By comparison, China has officially reported 3,285 deaths, while Italy – the worst affected country – has 6,820."

Note: So they're seeing a person die from COVID-19 every 2 minutes. Italy hit that rate last week...

2020-03-25 - Sudden loss of smell and/or taste may indicate that you've contracted COVID-19:

2020-03-25 - Scientists in Iceland have already found 40 mutations of this coronavirus:

2020-03-25 - Experts warn Britain's Prime Minister that food rationing must begin immediately:

Quote: "Food rationing must be introduced immediately to prevent the UK running short of fresh fruit and vegetables, three experts have warned Boris Johnson."

2020-03-25 - Countries starting to hoard food, threatening global trade:

2020-03-25 - Train car full of railroad ties bursts into flame in Leonore (Illinois):

Quote: "The fire involved a rail car full of railroad ties, said Leonore Fire Chief Don Miller."

2020-03-25 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2020-03-25 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Cancun (Mexico):

Quote: "For the second time in a week, a bus is completely gutted after catching fire. A transport bus in Cancun is the second in less than a week to catch fire and burn due to a short circuit. The incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. in Region 235 of Cancun Wednesday. The driver of the bus said he was traveling along the roadway when he began to smell burning. Moments later, he said flames began to shoot out of the console of the bus, so he called emergency 911."

2020-03-25 - Transit bus bursts into flame at 4 AM on street in Rome (Italy):

Note: These are the 110th and 111th buses to burn in 2019...

2020-03-25 - Tanker truck explodes into flame near gas station in Lahore (Pakistan), 7 injured:

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-95 near Fellsmere (Florida):

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 in Pelahatchie (Mississippi):

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:15 AM on US 30 near Indianapolis (Indiana):

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 5 near Merritt (Canada):

2020-03-25 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame at construction site in Phnom Penh (Cambodia):

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A130 near Chelmsford (Britain):

Note: These are the 434th, 435th, 436th, 437th, 438th, 439th and 440th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-25 - SUV bursts into flame on Preston Road in Plymouth (Connecticut):

2020-03-25 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked near Windmill Lane and White Street in coastal Southampton (New York):

2020-03-25 - Car bursts into flame at 6:50 AM on State Route 315 in Columbus (Ohio):

2020-03-25 - Car bursts into flame on West Highway 158 in Midland County (Texas):

2020-03-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home on Lincoln Road in coastal Port Macquarie (Australia):

Quote: "Fire and Rescue NSW teams were alerted to a car on fire in Lincoln Road, Port Macquarie around 5.35pm on Wednesday, March 25. Station officer Geoff Peacock said crews attended a community housing block to find a car alight inside a garage."

2020-03-25 - Vehicle bursts into flame on H-1 in coastal Waipahu (Hawaii):

2020-03-25 - Quad bike bursts into flame at 3:27 AM on Cottage Beck Road in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Cottage Beck Road, Scunthorpe. Wed 25 Mar 2020 03:27 (No: 006050) Quad bike on fire. One hose reel and one breathing apparatus in use."

2020-03-25 - Three cars, two RV trailers, trailers and barn destroyed by fire just before 4 AM near Attica (Iowa):

Quote: "The barn was fully engulfed in flame when crews arrived. Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but the barn is a total loss. Also destroyed were two campers, three cars, and some trailers that were nearby."

2020-03-25 - HVAC system bursts into flame in underground parking garage at high-rise in coastal San Diego (California):

2020-03-25 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire at 2:45 AM in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2020-03-25 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in Olney (Montana):

2020-03-25 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Ward Drive in Chubbuck (Idaho):

2020-03-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Florrie Avenue in Las Vegas (Nevada), 1 injured:

2020-03-25 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Cyclone Drive in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

2020-03-25 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours, fire spreads to 2 more homes, on North 14th Street in Richmond (Indiana):

2020-03-25 - Deadly fire burns home near East Dartmouth Avenue and South Laredo Street in Aurora (Colorado), 1 killed:

2020-03-25 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:01 AM on Highway N near Arkansaw (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-03-25 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2 AM on Linder Road in Hawkinsville (Georgia), 1 killed:

2020-03-25 - Vacant restaurant destroyed by fire at 1 AM on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn (California):

2020-03-25 - Vacant strip mall burns on Bascom Avenue in coastal San Jose (California):

2020-03-25 - College student, man, football player, 22, found dead at home in Pullman (Washington):

2020-03-25 - College student, 20, found dead in off-campus residence in Bloomington (Indiana):

2020-03-25 - Woman, 49 or 50, found dead in water channel near Pistakee Lake near her home in Fox Lake (Illinois):

Quote: "Neighbors told detectives that Skinner often took walks near the channel in the morning, Lee said."

2020-03-25 - Man, 52, has 'medical emergency' and dies while driving pickup truck at home on Crowndale Court near coastal Pensacola (Florida):

Quote: "Darren Burns Downing, 52, was backing up his Ford F-150 at the end of Crowndale Court at about 8:49 a.m. when he suffered a medical emergency with the vehicle still in motion, the Florida Highway Patrol said. It appeared he may have been backing into a driveway at the time. The rear bumper of the truck collided with a small group of trees, but the FHP said his death was not related to the collision."

2020-03-25 - Man, 31, drops dead in motel room in Rochester (Minnesota):

2020-03-25 - Woman, 21, drops dead in motel room in Baldwin Park (California):

2020-03-25 - Person drops dead at Heymann Park in Lafayette (Louisiana):

2020-03-25 - Person found dead in the Sabine River in Lakeport (Texas):

2020-03-25 - Person found dead in canal near Cougar Park in Socorro (Texas):

2020-03-25 - Man drops dead outside home on Fair Drive in North Knoxville (Tennessee):

2020-03-25 - Person found dead in the Grand River in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2020-03-25 - Man, 39, collapses at jail, dies shortly later, in Lexington (Kentucky):

2020-03-25 - Person found dead at home on Division Street in Hamlin Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-03-25 - Person has 'medical event' and drops dead on street in coastal New Plymouth (New Zealand):

2020-03-25 - Man, 47, found dead on Ashley Road in coastal Poole (Britain):

2020-03-25 - Man, 43, crewmember, has heart attack aboard cruise ship near coastal Cape Canaveral (Florida):

Quote: "A crew member aboard a Disney cruise ship anchored near Cape Canaveral was rescued on Wednesday by the Coast Guard. Coast Guard officials said a 43-year old man on the Disney Fantasy had a heart attack Wednesday morning."

2020-03-25 - Man has 'medical episode', pickup truck crashes around on I-15, trooper gets him stopped, near Kaysville (Utah):

Quote: "A man suffered a medical episode while driving on I-15 Wednesday, and a Utah Highway Patrol trooper was able to stop him by using a PIT maneuver."

2020-03-25 - Driver, 30, has 'medical episode', car plows into bus shelter, in Chicago (Illinois), 6 injured:

Quote: "Driver suffering medical episode crashes into Chicago Lawn bus shelter, striking 5 people..."

2020-03-25 - Small plane crashes at WestRidge Golf Course in McKinney (Texas), engine failure:

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer slams into stopped traffic in Cairo (Egypt), 15 killed, 12 injured:

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer crashes into pole, bursts into flame, on Route 17 in Paramus (New Jersey):

2020-03-25 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-94 near Maple Grove (Minnesota):

2020-03-25 - SUV veers off road, crashes into electrical substation, in Saskatoon (Canada), 1 injured:

2020-03-25 - Pickup truck crashes into cliff, bursts into flame, near Placerville (Colorado), 1 injured:

2020-03-25 - Car veers off road, crashes into mortuary, bursts into flame, on Bellingrath Road in Theodore (Alabama), 1 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses found the driver inside of the vehicle, wavering in consciousness, and described as 'foaming at the mouth.'"

2020-03-25 - Magnitude 7.2+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Kuril Islands (Russia):

2020-03-25 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cartagena (Spain), 4th such event in 7 months:

2020-03-25 - Late heavy frost damages produce in Poland:

2020-03-25 - Astronomers just found the edge of the Milky Way galaxy:


  1. Great Airplane quote in Skully and Molder, Jonny!

    In fact one of the characters in that movie is Johnny [some scenes of his:]

    (McCrosky: "Hey Johnny, how about some more coffee?" Johnny: "No thanks!")


    Jonathan Pie: LOCKDOWN episode 2 [~ 6 min.]

    Friday, 27 March 2020
    Pacific Ring Of Fire has been shaking while the world looks away: 7 major quakes have rattled the Pacific Ring Of Fire during the last 9 days as the world watches Covid-19

    Strong eruption at Merapi volcano -- ash to 7.8 km (25 500 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Indonesia

    A moderately strong eruption took place at Indonesia's most active volcano -- Mount Merapi, on Friday, March 27, 2020, ejecting ash up to 7.8 km (25 500 feet) above sea level and forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code from Green to Red. This is Merapi's second major eruption this month. [more]

    Utah seismologists probe aftershocks following historic M5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City, U.S.

    Salt Lake City in Utah, U.S. was hit by an M5.7 earthquake on March 18, 2020-- the largest since M5.9 near St. George in 1992. Following the event, seismologists from the University of Utah began closely examining hundreds of aftershocks to learn more about the tremor, investigate its 'virtually unknown' fault, and assess the severity of future jolts.[more]

    5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles West Texas: 'Like the vibration of a train, but bigger'

    A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled West Texas on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    The quake epicenter was about 27 miles west of Mentone, Texas, and was located 3 miles below the surface. It hit at 10:16 a.m CDT.

    Residents of El Paso, about 175 miles west of the reported epicenter, felt the quake, which was originally rated at 4.7 magnitude.

    The El Paso region isn't accustomed to being rattled by earthquakes, and incredulous residents wondered aloud on social media about what they had just felt. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Covid-19: Day 88: Mar 27th: Only 7 countries world-wide unaffected more than 500,000 cases: The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases: Virus could kill 80,000 in the U.S: US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait : Spine-tingling UK nationwide tribute to health workers.

    Only 7 countries of the 195 in the World are unaffected from the coronavirus as total cases break through a half-a-million people with a total of confirmed cases reach 532,641, 12,000 of these are in a critical condition. Total deaths at 23,828, this is quickly becoming a very dubious number.

    Coronavirus could kill 81,000 in the U.S., subside in June -Washington University analysis. The coronavirus pandemic could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June, according to a data analysis done by the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus The CDC fumbled its communication with public health officials and underestimated the threat of the coronavirus even as it gained a foothold in the United States, according to hundreds of pages of documents ProPublica obtained. [more]

    Focus on China
    [among the articles and videos is this one]
    Coronavirus and secret Chinese information by Dr Paul Cottrell
    [~ 10.75 min. LISTEN!]

    Coronavirus pandemic could have caused 40 million deaths globally if left unchecked – “Health systems in all countries will be quickly overwhelmed”

    The outbreak of COVID-19 would likely have caused 40 million deaths this year in the absence of any preventative measures.

    This is one of the findings of a new analysis by researchers at Imperial College London, which estimated the potential scale of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, highlighting that failure to mitigate the impact could lead to huge loss of life.

    The report is the twelfth to be released by The WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Modelling within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (GIDA), Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA). [more]

    World passes 500,000 coronavirus cases – U.S. overtakes Italy and China with most cases globally

    The world reached an unhappy milestone today, as the number of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2, aka novel coronavirus, exceeded a half-million. More than 23,000 deaths have been reported globally. [more]

    Prof Who Predicted 500K UK Deaths Now Says Under 20K Will Die, Peak In Two Weeks

    Imperial College London's Neil Ferguson - who originally estimated 500,000 deaths in the UK due to Coronavirus, now says that the virus will peak in just two or three weeks, and that UK deaths from the disease are now unlikely to exceed 20,000, according to NewScientist. [more; misleading headline]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. Coronavirus Could Infect Privacy And Civil Liberties Forever

    Coronavirus has infected more than just individuals and their bodies. It’s also infected society, which is adapting drastically in order to reduce the number of lives the COVID-19 pandemic claims. Not only are governments adopting new economic and public health measures to fight the coronavirus and its impact, but they're harnessing big data in ways that, while potentially saving lives, will also reduce our privacy and civil liberties. [more; never let a pandemic go to waste!]

    Trump’s EPA Fast-Tracks a Controversial Rule That Would Restrict the Use of Health Science

    [opinion over facts!]

    Researchers and environmental groups have called the proposal “reckless” and “unconscionable” in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. [more]

    Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

    The Prime Minister said he has developed mild symptoms and is self isolating in Downing Street. [more]

    Coronavirus: the latest from Hal Turner [~ 1 hr podcast]


    [supposed "final word" on novel coronavirus origin]
    Sorry, conspiracy theorists. Study concludes COVID-19 'is not a laboratory construct'

    Conspiracy theories claiming COVID-19 was engineered in a lab as part of a biological attack on the United States have been gaining traction online in recent weeks, but a new study on the origins of the virus has concluded that the pandemic-causing strain developed naturally.

    Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health [so much for their credibility], supported the study’s findings, writing on his blog, "This study leaves little room to refute a natural origin for COVID-19." [more; "(cough)bullshit!" - sounds like "cover-up"]

    [4th section next]

  4. The Airlines Most in Danger of Going Under During the Crisis

    Airlines could lose a quarter of a trillion dollars in revenue this year, according to the International Air Transport Association, as travel comes to a standstill with countries locked down to fight the coronavirus. Most carriers will go bankrupt by the end of May if they can’t find support, Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation said last week. [more]

    Exclusive: Brazil scales back environmental enforcement amid coronavirus [what enforcement?!]

    Brazil will cut back on efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, an official at environmental agency Ibama told Reuters, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a spike in deforestation. [more]

    Coronavirus is a fast-forward version of what will happen with climate change

    The United States will shortly become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic, if it isn't already. At time of writing some 60,653 American cases have been confirmed, and 784 people have died. It's going to get much, much worse before it gets better — especially if President Trump goes ahead with his evident plan to open the country back up before the virus is controlled. [more]

    [everybody's gettin' into the act! (J. Durante)]
    Deforestation risks rise as coronavirus hinders SE Asia protection

    Southeast Asia's rainforests face a heightened threat from illegal loggers and poachers as coronavirus restrictions hamper conservation efforts, green groups warned on Thursday. [more]

    AccuWeather predicts the US regions at the highest risk for flooding in 2020

    AccuWeather's long-range forecast team expects moderate to possibly severe flooding for an area from eastern Texas to the Tennessee Valley. Rainfall, already above normal in several Southern cities, will continue to be above average from the central Gulf coast to parts of the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians during the period during April and May. This includes the areas of the Tennessee Valley, Pearl River Basin and the southern Appalachians and Piedmont. [more]

    TruNews on coronavirus - 26 March, 2020


    Today on TruNews we detail the evil revolution in the previously pro-life party, toward an endorsement of extermination for those deemed unfit to survive the coronavirus pandemic. We also discuss the brewing scandal around Mick Mulvaney’s secret coronavirus tests and address the continued impact on New York and Italy, as those regions bear the brunt of a sin monster that may soon devour large swathes of the unrepentant Western world. [more]

  5. [some end of the week headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, March 27, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Jeff Bezos, World's Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees
    A man worth over $100 billion, who makes, on average, $230,000 per minute calling on the public to help his own impoverished employees was not met well by many.

    IMF, World Bank call for suspending debt payments by poorest nations

    Coronavirus crisis could destroy far more than 25 million jobs - ILO official

    Caterpillar withdraws 2020 outlook, suspends some operations, amid pandemic

    In the Pacific, a COVID-19 outbreak sidelines deployed aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt

    Fast-Charging Stations Damage Tesla Car Batteries After Just 25 Cycles, New Study Shows

    Pennsylvania grocery store loses estimated $35K in food after woman's 'twisted' coronavirus prank, co-owner says

    As virus leaves borders shut, European farmers sound alarm

    Study reveals where marine species are moving as oceans warm

    U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak

    Italian scientists investigate possible earlier emergence of coronavirus

    More Bits On The Corona Crisis (MoA)

    Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users

    Assange loses bid to be bailed over coronavirus

    How the coronavirus crisis is ushering in a 'survivalist' economy

    Why Trump's call to restart the economy in April is being derided as 'totally nuts'

    'There is no gold.' Bullion dealers sell out in panic buying

    House members introduce resolution to pin coronavirus blame on China [of course!]

    Anxiety, depression on the rise in U.S. teenagers

    'They're putting us all at risk': What it's like working in Amazon's warehouses during the coronavirus outbreak

    Small businesses face 'nightmare' cash crunch from coronavirus pandemic

    A Word About the Horrid Spike in Unemployment Claims and Why it's Even More Horrid Than it Appears

    Hoping to escape coronavirus, city dwellers are fleeing to California's deserts and mountains

    How Will Coronavirus Lockdowns Impact the US Housing Market? First Data Points Are Out. They're Ugly

    Is There Wasteful Spending In The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill? (Spoiler: Yes.)

    Disaster Looms As Millions Of Americans Set To Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

    Coronavirus: White House health advisor Fauci says US needs to be prepared for second cycle

    False or just misleading? Trump claims U.S. has tested 'far more' for coronavirus than any other country. [b/s]

    New York says hospitals overwhelmed under almost any coronavirus scenario

    New York Nurses Out of Medical Gowns Wear Trash Bags

    Over 3,000 NYPD Officers Out Sick as Hundreds Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Very informative video.

  7. Thanks, Fran!

    2,000 renewable energy projects shown to have negative biodiversity impact

    Researchers have claimed that more than 2,000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and could be negatively impacting local biodiversity.

    “Energy facilities and the infrastructure around them, such as roads and increased human activity, can be incredibly damaging to the natural environment. These developments are not compatible with biodiversity conservation efforts.” [more]

    E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a sweeping relaxation of environmental rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing power plants, factories and other facilities to determine for themselves if they are able to meet legal requirements on reporting air and water pollution.

    the agency will not issue fines for violations of certain air, water and hazardous-waste-reporting requirements. [more]

    We Made So Much Progress On Plastic Bags. Coronavirus Could Undo It All.

    There are very few winners in a global pandemic, but it seems that the plastics industry might be one.

    Less than six months ago, Massachusetts was on the verge of passing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. At least 130 towns and cities across the commonwealth had already limited their use, and in November the bill banning these bags passed the state senate by an overwhelming margin. It seemed like everything was on track for Massachusetts to become the sixth state in the country to ban this major source of plastic pollution ― one that requires millions of barrels of oil to produce and kills an estimated 100,000 marine animals each year.

    All that, however, was before the coronavirus. Instead of signing a plastic bag ban, this week Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, empowered by a state of emergency, signed an order that bars shoppers from bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and overrides all municipal restrictions on single-use plastic bags.

    While public health officials believe that the disease is primarily transferred by person-to-person contact, the possibility that the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on surfaces for long periods of time convinced the governor that the risk was simply not worth it. [more]

    [2nd part continues]

  8. Trump’s Sprint to Relax Regulations Must Clear Virus Hurdles

    The Trump administration is racing against the clock to lock in pieces of the president’s first-term deregulation agenda before an obscure law makes it easier for congressional foes to reverse his policies.

    Regulators are rushing to finish work as soon as next week on some top Trump initiatives, including relaxing fuel economy standards for vehicles and eliminating the legal basis for restricting mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. The haste is necessary to prevent the measures from being killed by Congress next year if President Donald Trump loses re-election and Democrats retake the Senate. [more]

    Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak

    The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But for millions of people across the country, that’s not simple at all: They lack running water in their houses due to service shutoffs prompted by overdue bills.

    The Rev. Roslyn Bouier remembers when children began to show up at the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry on Detroit’s northwest side, clutching empty pitchers. It was the summer of 2014 and the kids were parched. But their thirst didn't come from playing outside — they had no water at home.

    “In this pandemic, it’s the people who are living on the margins of society and the poorest of our society that's being the most adversely impacted,” Bouier said. [more]

    After Coronavirus ‘War,’ Bretton Woods-Style Shakeup Could Dethrone the Dollar

    so many commodities such as oil, copper and gold are priced in dollars, leaving producers including Russia, Brazil and South Africa at the mercy of foreign-exchange markets.

    Bank of England President Mark Carney floated the idea of a “synthetic hegemonic currency,” possibly based on new digital-asset technologies, to reduce the dollar’s “domineering influence” on global trade. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been pressing forward with a digital version of its yuan that might be used more widely in global trade. Facebook, the social network, proposed last year to create its own payment token, libra. Bitcoin, launched in the throes of the 2008-09 financial meltdown, offers another alternative.

    “Eventually we’re going to get past this crisis,” said Tim Shaler, a former portfolio manager at the bond fund Pimco who now serves as chief economist for iTrust Capital, which allows clients to buy cryptocurrencies and physical gold through their retirement accounts. “If there’s a possibility to create some digital currency not tied to any domestic economy, there might be an opportunity for somebody to figure that out.” [more; i don't think we're going to return to what was once normal]

    Coronavirus: Car industry pivot to ventilators isn't the miracle solution to global shortfall

    The car industry has inadvertently been positioned as the answer to how to plug the gaping hole in the world’s ventilator supply.

    As the coronavirus pandemic rages across the US and Europe, hospitals are facing a serious shortage of medical equipment, especially ventilators, which offer life-saving support to those whose lungs have been damaged by the respiratory illness. Respirators — masks that protects medics — are in equally short supply.

    While carmakers’ offers of help may be laudable, they simply might not have the time and the ability to retool factories, already set up for very specialised car manufacturing, and get up to speed to make machines like ventilators. [more]