Thursday, April 16, 2020

Event Update For 2020-04-15

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

2020-04-15 - Paper mill damaged by huge explosion and fire in Jay (Maine), several injured:

2020-04-15 - Mobility scooter bursts into flame while parked outside home on Norfolk Road in coastal Weymouth (Britain):

2020-04-15 - Motorcycles and motorcycle shop go up in flames, fire spreads to mobile homes, in Bastrop County (Texas):

Quote: "Josh Gill, fire chief of Bastrop County ESD No. 2, said the fire was at a motorcycle shop with two mobile homes and outbuildings nearby. When crews arrived, they saw multiple motorcycles were on fire and it had spread to the mobile homes."

2020-04-15 - What does COVID-19 do to your brain?

2020-04-15 - Many coronavirus survivors who were on ventilators then suffer delirium and hallucinations:

Quote: "Delirium is fairly common among ICU patients even in normal times. But the coronavirus pandemic is like a 'delirium factory,' said Dr. Wes Ely, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who specializes in ICU delirium. 'If you had to design an experiment to make delirium as big of a problem as you could in an ICU, Covid is it,' he said."

2020-04-15 - Scientists confirm first case of COVID-19 transmitted from a corpse:

2020-04-15 - U.S. debt to exceed the size of the economy in 2020 with deficits totaling more than $3.8 trillion:

Note: That comes out to around $12,000 added to the US debt per person in just this one year. A whole lot of that money is going to bail out big corporations that spent all their profits on stock buybacks to enrich their executives while leaving nothing for rainy day emergencies. And now that a rainy day has arrived, we're bailing them out. If we spent this amount on nationalized healthcare, nobody would have to worry about paying for healthcare and everybody would have healthcare. This is socialism just as much as nationalized healthcare is. The only difference is what We The People get for our money. In this case we're getting richer rich people instead of healthcare for everyone...

2020-04-15 - Global economy set to suffer the worst year since the Great Depression:

2020-04-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the West Virginia Turnpike near Ghent (West Virginia):

2020-04-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 in Bakersfield (California):

2020-04-15 - Tractor (loader) bursts into flame on West Cloud Street in Saline (Kansas):

2020-04-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M6 near Holmes Chapel (Britain):

2020-04-15 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on Moorland Road in West Yeo, near Bridgwater (Britain):

Note: These are the 541st, 542nd, 543rd, 544th and 545th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-04-15 - RV bursts into flame at Greater Ottumwa Park Campground along the Des Moines River in Ottumwa (Iowa):

Note: This is the 98th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-04-15 - Van bursts into flame on Mikuni Avenue in Northridge (California):

2020-04-15 - Van bursts into flame in North Cave (Britain):

Quote: "North Cave. Wed 15 Apr 2020 07:42 (No: 007100) Fire involving engine compartment of transit van. Access gained to engine using small tools, one hose reel used to extinguish fire."

2020-04-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on 501 in Aynor (South Carolina):

2020-04-15 - Car bursts into flame on Stump Road in Plumstead Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-04-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-41 in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin):

2020-04-15 - Car bursts into flame on street in Holmdel (New Jersey):

2020-04-15 - Semi trailer bursts into flame on train car in The Dalles (Oregon):

2020-04-15 - Barn, farm equipment and hay destroyed by fire in Arlington Township (Michigan):

2020-04-15 - Garage destroyed by fire at home near South 72nd East Avenue and East 78th Street in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

2020-04-15 - Garage destroyed by fire before 2 AM in Dilton Marsh (Britain):

2020-04-15 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire on Southeast Tejon Street in coastal Stuart (Florida):

2020-04-15 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Tidewater Drive in Lake Placid (Florida), nobody there:

2020-04-15 - Home damaged by fire on Cedarwood Village Lane in coastal Ferry Pass (Florida):

2020-04-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Newtonville Avenue in Fitchburg (Massachusetts):

2020-04-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Omaha (Nebraska), 2 injured:

2020-04-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire at Wright Avenue and Hoyt Street in Kingston (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2020-04-15 - Home destroyed by fire at 3 AM near West Sims Way and Mill Road in coastal Port Townsend (Washington), nobody there:,68884

2020-04-15 - Home destroyed by fire, other homes heavily damaged, in coastal Belfair (Washington):

Quote: "One person was taken to the hospital for medical issues, but firefighters said it was not due to the fire."

2020-04-15 - Home destroyed by fire near Curie Drive and Manila Way in coastal San Jose (California):

2020-04-15 - Three homes go up in flames on First Street in coastal Jersey City (New Jersey):

2020-04-15 - Duplex damaged by fire on Weeks Avenue in Superior (Wisconsin):

2020-04-15 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 2:30 AM on Clarion Avenue in Evanston (Ohio):

2020-04-15 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 12:30 AM on Bethlehem Church Road in Shelby County (Alabama), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-04-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire just before 4:30 AM on Poca River Road in Putnam County (West Virginia):

2020-04-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 6:10 AM near Williamstown (Missouri):

2020-04-15 - Harbour porpoise washes up dead at beach in coastal Whitstable (Britain):

2020-04-15 - Three people enter well and die in Kano (Nigeria):

2020-04-15 - Detention officer, man, has 'medical episode' and dies at jail in Tulsa County (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that one of its detention officers died after suffering a 'medical episode' while on duty at the Tulsa County jail."

2020-04-15 - Man, 31, dies after losing consciousness at jail in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2020-04-15 - Man, 31, has 'medical episode' and dies at jail in Clark County (Nevada):

2020-04-15 - Man, 43, found dead near the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

2020-04-15 - Man, 50, found dead in Spring Creek in Springdale (Arkansas):

2020-04-15 - Woman, 28, found dead in car in Chikaming Township (Michigan), near Lake Michigan:

2020-04-15 - Man, 19, dies after being pulled from submerged car in canal at 2:22 AM in Pittsburg (California):

2020-04-15 - Man turns blue and dies in tent near Walmart in Durango (Colorado):

Quote: "Smith was found unconscious, not breathing and blue in color about 2:50 p.m. Sunday in a tent behind Walmart, said Cmdr. Jacob Dunlop with the Durango Police Department."

2020-04-15 - Man found dead on Royce Avenue in Beloit (Wisconsin):

2020-04-15 - Man has 'medical emergency', SUV crashes into car dealership, in Pocatello (Idaho), 1 injured:

Quote: "Pocatello police said the driver was an employee of the dealership who apparently suffered a medical emergency and crashed the SUV into and through one of the dealership's garage doors and then struck another garage door on the other side of the dealership before the vehicle came to a stop."

2020-04-15 - Military helicopter crashes near Tarbes (France), 2 killed, 5 injured:

2020-04-15 - Tractor trailer blows tire and overturns on I-10 in Casa Grande (Arizona):

2020-04-15 - Minibus and truck collide head-on, in Mkuranga (Tanzania), 18 killed, 15 injured:

2020-04-15 - Minibus taxi and truck collide head-on, on the N2 in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), 11 killed:

2020-04-15 - Pickup truck and SUV collide head-on in West River (Maryland), 3 injured:

2020-04-15 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits car head-on, on Illinois 166 near Creal Springs (Illinois), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-04-15 - Car veers across median before 7 AM, crashes head-on into SUV and two cars, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-04-15 - Car hits pickup truck head-on at 5:30 AM in Beaverton (Oregon), 3 injured:

2020-04-15 - Two cars crash, fire erupts, just outside Round Rock (Texas), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-04-15 - Stag attacks and kills man in Makarewa (New Zealand):

2020-04-15 - Sinkhole opens on Route 82 in Howland (Ohio):

2020-04-15 - Residential building collapses in Kano (Nigeria), 4 killed:

2020-04-15 - Severe thunderstorms lash Thailand, thousands of homes damaged:

2020-04-15 - 7.5 million small businesses are at risk of closing, report finds:

2020-04-15 - Fear of impending car-price collapse grips auto industry:


  1. TFIF Jonny, everyone. PA been representin' hard da las' few daze. The town i live in had to issue a curfew because too many people of color were gathering outside in groups of 5 or more without masks, for their own good! Protests are going on in many states, demanding an end to the lock down.

    Martenson's latest is about the coming FOOD crisis. Farmers continue to destroy excess crops that they can't get to their usual market (and no logistical way to move them to where they are needed), while the lines at food banks continue to grow.
    This virus is clearly illustrating our inherent societal problems, and making them worse.

    Are There Lockdown Protests? - Questions For Corbett[~ 14.5 min. video]

    This Is The Worst Employment Collapse In U.S. History By A Very Wide Margin

    We have never seen an “employment apocalypse” in the United States like we are witnessing right now, and it is not going to end any time soon. Over the past several days, “coronavirus shutdowns” have officially been extended all over the nation, and the longer these shutdowns last the more jobs our economy is going to lose. And because most Americans were living paycheck to paycheck before this pandemic hit us, many unemployed workers are already unable to pay their bills. Yes, our authorities may be slowing down the spread of the virus, but in the process they have absolutely killed the economy. On Thursday, I was stunned to learn that another 5.2 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week. That brings the grand total for the last four weekly reports “to a staggering 22 million”… [more]

    [can't hide the phony unemployment numbers now!]

    Facebook 'Fact Checker' Worked At Wuhan Biolab; Ruled Out Virus-Leak While 'Debunking' Articles

    Danielle Anderson, who works at Duke University's NUS Medical School lab in Singapore, also contributes to Science Feedback - which Facebook has been using to slap "False Information" labels on articles claiming that COVID-19 may have originated at the Wuhan institute - where Anderson worked with bat coronavirus.

    A quick search of Anderson's publications reveals no fewer than nine collaborations with Dr. Peng Zhou - a Wuhan scientist experimenting on bat coronavirus (the mention of whom may result in a Twitter ban). [more]
    The Swine Flu Vaccination Fraud of 1976 [~ 6 & 16 min. videos]

    [2nd part coming up]

  2. [Meanwhile, at least we don't have THIS to worry about]
    Friday, 17 April 2020
    While the eyes of the world are on Covid-19, East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Southwest Asia and Pakistan continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: Growing mega-swarms of ravenous locusts.

    [Muh Naytcha: i don' need no steeeeeeen-kin' lab!]
    Six Novel Strains Of Coronavirus Detected In Bats

    Six previously undescribed strains of coronaviruses have been detected in Myanmar bat populations.

    Though it is unclear whether the new strains are capable of jumping between species or infecting humans, the viruses are not closely related to coronaviruses that cause SARS, MERS, or COVID-19. [more]

    The Parched West is Heading Into a Global Warming-Fueled Megadrought That Could Last for Centuries

    Warmer temperatures and shifting storm tracks are drying up vast stretches of land in North and South America. [more]

    Assessment of the possible radiological impacts caused by wildfires around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

    On April 15, 2020, French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks -- Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) -- issued a new information report which provides an assessment of the possible radiological impacts for the responders as well as for the inhabitants of capital Kiev, Ukraine during wildfires within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in early April 2020.

    [instrumentation issue]
    it should be noted that these measurement devices are only capable of detecting major radiological accidents.

    "The radioactivity released into the atmosphere by the fires was therefore not high enough to be detected by these devices. On the other hand, much more sensitive measurements have been carried out by various Ukrainian scientific bodies that have published airborne 137Cs activities from aerosol samplings."

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. [since the Arctic is inundated with HEAT and pushing the jet stream SOUTH, we have had this for the past few years now]

    Cold outbreak smashes hundreds of records in U.S., heavy snow continues for central region

    A severe cold outbreak has gripped wide swaths of the U.S., breaking hundreds of all-time records, particularly the worst-hit states in the Midwest. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heavy snow will continue in the Central Rockies before streaking across the Central Plains to Upstate New York through Friday, April 17, 2020. A few record lows are also forecast from the Front Range of the Rockies into the Midwest through Saturday, April 18. [more]

    [while everyone is distracted by the pandemic]
    Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner

    Climate change could result in a more abrupt collapse of many animal species than previously thought, starting in the next decade if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a study published this month in Nature.

    The study predicted that large swaths of ecosystems would falter in waves, creating sudden die-offs that would be catastrophic not only for wildlife, but for the humans who depend on it. [gee, where have i heard that before?]

    The latest research adds to an already bleak picture for the world’s wildlife unless urgent action is taken to preserve habitats and limit climate change. More than a million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction because of the myriad ways humans are changing the earth by farming, fishing, logging, mining, poaching and burning fossil fuels.

    When they examined the projections, the researchers were surprised that sudden collapses appeared across almost all species — fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals — and across almost all regions. [more]

    Greenland ice sheet shrinks by record amount – climate study

    Greenland’s ice sheet shrank by more than at any time since record-taking began last year, according to a study published on Wednesday that showed the risk that climate change could cause sharp rises in global sea levels. [more]

  4. [some end of the work-week headlines from RF]

    News Links, April 17, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Coronavirus: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos adds $24bn to fortune

    Overcapacity / Oversupply Everywhere: Massive Deflation Ahead

    'Severe and unprecedented': IMF warns Asia's economy will not grow at all in 2020 because of coronavirus

    Markets on edge amid horrific economic data

    Canada Economy Shrank Most on Record in 1Q, Early Data Show

    Half of the world has asked the IMF for a bailout, chief says

    Delusional: Investors are underestimating the economic shock the world is facing
    The most certain way to turn this crisis into a depression is to give up too soon, as Spain is already doing, and Donald Trump is itching to do.

    Banks brace for big loan defaults by US, global customers

    Bloomberg starts to admit that only gold is real and markets are illusions [you can't eat gold, so that too is illusory]

    United cuts May flights by 90%, tells employees to brace for job cuts

    Royal Caribbean sheds 26% of U.S. workforce as coronavirus hits travel [keep adding to unemployment numbers]

    U.S. rejects most Spirit, JetBlue requests to halt additional flights

    Russian jet buzzes Navy P-8 Poseidon within 25 feet, intercept lasts 42 minutes

    11 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels harass US warships in the Persian Gulf

    US Navy Tries to Hype 'Dangerous' Encounter With Iranian Boats

    Coronavirus is accelerating the advance of nationalism over globalization

    After 5 years, Saudi Arabia is finally on the verge of defeat in Yemen

    $20 Oil Could Crush Brazil's Offshore Oil Boom

    Trump's New Idea: Pay Drillers Billions to Leave Oil in the Ground

    Why oil prices will never recover

    [2nd part next]

  5. Coronavirus Economic Impact: Virus Could Cost US Farmers $20 Billion

    Global Food Supply Chains Beginning to Erode, Crisis Looms?

    Beef farmers bracing for 'desperate crisis' if more plants close

    2020 expected to be Earth's warmest year on record, scientists say

    WHO expert warns of four deadly waves

    Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds

    US military chief: 'Weight of evidence' [propaganda] that Covid-19 did not originate in a lab
    The Pentagon's top general has said that US intelligence has looked into the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak could have started in a Chinese laboratory, but that the "weight of evidence" so far pointed towards "natural" origins.

    Russia's Coronavirus Cases Rise By 3,448 in 5th Consecutive One-Day Record

    Coronavirus US Death Toll Hits 27,940; World COVID-19 Cases At 2.06 Million

    Coronavirus Throws A Curveball: New Mutation Can Make Current Vaccine Research 'Futile': Study [RIGHT!]

    The Recovery Will Not Be V-Shaped

    North Korea hacking threatens U.S. and global financial system: U.S. officials
    Nancy Pelosi called Zoom 'a Chinese entity,' but it's an American company with an American CEO

    West must do more to stop China buying up technology: former UK spy chief

    Where art thou Supreme Leader Kim? Five theories

    Collapse: The Coronavirus is not a Cause, it is a Trigger
    Even if the virus doesn't precipitate collapse, it will be another leg down in the ongoing march toward collapse. There won't be any return to the pre-virus state. -- RF

    The US economy has erased nearly all the job gains since the Great Recession

    With confidence shattered, the road to a 'normal' U.S. economy looks long

    Protests draw thousands over state stay-at-home orders during coronavirus pandemic

    U.S. weekly jobless claims seen underscoring deepening economic slump

    Housing Starts Plunge 22% and It Will Get Worse

    Trump's Job Approval Surge Fades Into the Dust

    Government's $350B small business rescue fund out of money

    Week Four of the U.S. Labor Market Collapse

    So much is unknown about the pandemic because the government keeps a lid on it

    Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti says large gatherings, such as sporting events, might not return until 2021

    'A very scary idea': How Google and Apple's COVID-19 tracing could turn sick people into pariahs

    Unless we Halt Trump's War on the Environment, the next Pandemic is coming for Us

  6. Dangerous weather pattern developing for one region of US in coming weeks

    As cold air retreats and opens the door for warmer days, frequent storm systems will continue to roll along and could spark rounds of severe weather every few days in the southern United States -- and forecasters say the stormy pattern won't be quick to dissipate.

    The period from late April to May typically brings a major uptick in severe weather and tornadoes. However, the weather pattern this spring is already showing signs of being more robust and active than average in terms of violent weather.

    Attorney General Barr refuses to release 9/11 documents to families of the victims

    In a series of filings just before a midnight court deadline on Monday, the attorney general, William Barr; the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell; and other senior officials insisted to a federal judge in the civil case that further disclosures about Saudi connections to the 9/11 plot would imperil national security.

    But the administration insisted in court filings that even its justification for that secrecy needed to remain secret. Four statements to the court by FBI and Justice Department officials were filed under seal so they could not be seen by the public. An additional five, including one from the CIA, were shared only with the judge and cannot be read even by the plaintiffs' lawyers. [nothing like transparency, eh?]

    "The extraordinary lengths that they're going to here suggest that there must be some deep, dark secret that they're still trying very hard to hide after almost 20 years," said a lawyer for the families, Steven Pounian. "But who are they protecting? Something might be a Saudi government secret. But how can these be secrets that still need to be kept from the American people after all this time?" [more]

    "Poisoned an entire generation of Americans": RFK Jr. drops bombshells on Dr. Fauci for medical cover ups and fraud

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed disturbing information about Dr. Anthony Fauci's medical career in the government, calling out the celebrated physician for a history of disturbing practices ranging from costly cover ups to outright fraud.

    "Tony Fauci didn't want the American public to know that he has poisoned an entire generation of Americans," Kennedy said, alleging Fauci targeted a whistleblower who was trying to uncover the blood supply in the country was tainted with deadly strains.

    Kennedy said Fauci ruined the physician's career and covered up the crucial research.

    Kennedy also targeted Bill Gates, Big Pharma, the media, and more in this exclusive interview. [~ 160 min. podcast]

    [2nd part next]

  7. Meteor fireball? Mystery burning object leaves smoky trail for 20 minutes over Cambridgeshire, UK

    A large flaming object was spotted spiralling in the sky at around 8pm [~ 20 sec. video]

    This was coming down very slowly and spiralling. It started to glow orange as you can see in the pictures. [more]

    [cue Dust In The Wind]

    Dust storm hits Ghana: Meteo Agency warns of rise in sore throat, cough in the north [~ 45 sec video]

    The Ghana Meteorological Agency has warned of a rise in cough, sneezing, catarrh and sore throat in the north of the country following a dust storm that is currently sweeping across the Upper Regions.

    Residents of the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions woke up to an atmosphere choked with dust particles that has impaired visibility and settled on every available surface.

    Dust storm hits Kyiv, Ukraine [3 videos]

    Kyiv and the region were covered by a dusty veil. After the Chernobyl fire, which has not been completely extinguished yet, people are now worried about the new phenomenon. [more]

    Skier killed in avalanche north of Silverthorne, Colorado

    Lighting bolt kills 2, injures 3 in Zambia

    The two who are bricklayers and have been identified as Patrick Muposha, 27, and Peter Mundere, 29, met their fate while constructing a house on Tuesday. [more]

    Lightning kills expectant mother, injures two others

    More fatalities after heavy rain, floods and landslides in Pakistan and Afghanistan

    More heavy rain in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has had devastating consequences, with at least 5 fatalities

    Floods and landslides have blocked roads in several districts, with Chitral among the worst affected. Heavy rain and flooding has also damaged crops. [more; incl. two ~ 2 min. videos]

    Alarms ring as Greenland ice loss causes 40% of 2019 sea level rise

    [oh, so NOW you're concerned!]

    A net loss of 600 billion tonnes from the Greenland ice sheet was enough to raise the global watermark 1.5 millimetres in 2019, about 40 percent of total sea level last year.

    The Greenland icesheet -- which, until the end of the 20th century accumulated as much mass as it shed -- holds enough frozen water to lift the world's oceans by seven metres.

    In all, Greenland has shed about four trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2018, causing the mean sea level to rise by 11 millimetres, according to a study in December 2019 study in Nature. [more; they haven't added in the Arctic and Antarctic]

  8. Israeli TV: US intel warned IDF, NATO of coronavirus threat November 2019; claims dismissed by...US intel

    American intelligence passed an early warning about the coronavirus to Tel Aviv and NATO as far back as November, Israel's Channel 12 claims, even after a top US medical intel officer dismissed a similar report just last week.

    The broadcaster aired a story on Thursday alleging that the US intelligence community shared classified information about a new viral outbreak in China with the Israeli military and senior NATO officials. With nobody willing to go on record to confirm the report, however, the story is based on murky anonymous sourcing, leaving it a mystery where the claim originated. The Channel 12 broadcast said, as cited by i24 News.

    A similar report from ABC last week stated that the Pentagon's National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) warned that an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan could become a "cataclysmic event" in a document compiled last November. But the story was swiftly shot down by NCMI director Colonel R. Shane Day, who insisted "No such NCMI product exists" and that the report was simply "not correct." [more; + Trump denial]

    China denies coronavirus coverup: Death toll count revision is common practice

    The new numbers take China's national death toll to 4632 - an increase of 39 per cent. [still WAAAAAY off]

    [from SOTT comment:] The US has had its own spike in Covid-19 deaths due to re-evaluation of previous cases. New York this week added 3,778 earlier deaths to its tally, including people "presumed" to have died from the infection based on symptoms and medical history rather than positive tests. [more]

    Snowiest winter on record for Boulder, Colorado

    [yeah? wool we-gah NUTTIN' ova he', aight?!]

    Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer

    Preliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight, providing evidence from controlled tests of what scientists believed — but had not yet proved — to be true. [yeah, but that's in a controlled situation]

    A briefing on the preliminary results, marked for official use only and obtained by Yahoo News, offers hope that summertime may offer conditions less hospitable for the virus, though experts caution it will by no means eliminate, or even necessarily decrease, new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The results, however, do add an important piece of knowledge that the White House’s science advisers have been seeking as they scramble to respond to the spreading pandemic. [here i thought we were REJECTING science]

    While that may provide some good news about the outlook for outdoor activities, the Department of Homeland Security briefing on the results cautions that enclosed areas with low humidity, such as airplane cabins, “may require additional care to minimize risk of transmission.”

    In a statement to Yahoo News, the DHS declined to answer questions about the findings and strongly cautioned against drawing any conclusions based on unpublished data. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  9. A possible new clue in coronavirus transmission

    Sweeping testing of the entire crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt may have revealed an important clue about the pandemic: A majority of the sailors who tested positive for COVID-19 showed no symptoms.

    The Navy found that out of the 48-hundred member crew - about 600 were positive for the virus. 60 percent of those were asymptotic.

    Earlier this week - One sailor from the Roosevelt died - the first active member of the military to succumb to the virus. Five other members of the crew remain hospitalized. [more]

    Shooting stars will light up the night sky this week — here's how to watch

    The Lyrid meteor shower, which has made an appearance every April for the past 2,700 years, is set to put on a spectacular show in the sky this week.

    This year, the Lyrids are expected to peak between late Sunday, April 19 until the early morning of Wednesday, April 22, according to EarthSky's guide. The best time to watch is when the sky is fully dark. EarthSky recommends anytime between midnight and dawn, no matter where you are on Earth.

    [the laughable "unless . ."]
    US to have major floods on daily basis unless sea-level rise is curbed – study

    [it's already happening!]

    The research finds major cities such as Honolulu, New Orleans and Miami will become increasingly vulnerable to elevated high tides and stronger storms fueled by the global heating caused by human activity [and heating from below]. Beach and cliff erosion will exacerbate this situation. [more]

    [3rd segment next]

  10. Fossil fuels are propelling Covid-19—and the next pandemic

    We tend to notice the connection between coronavirus and oil only when the energy markets collapse. But as history reveals, since the 19th century, pandemics have depended on fossil fuels to go global.

    The novel coronavirus and rapid spread of the Covid-19 respiratory disease is no exception. In fact, this pandemic involves oil-fueled global connectivity that dates back to the 19th century. [more]

    Coronavirus: Doctor claims 9.8 million people dying could be ‘worthwhile payoff’ if schools are reopened

    Dr Mehmet Oz had called reopening schools amidst the coronavirus outbreak a very “appetising opportunity,” accepting there would be a two to three per-cent increase in deaths as a result.

    “I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us two to three per-cent, in terms of total mortality,” Dr Oz said in an interview on Fox News.

    The doctor did not make it explicitly clear whether he thought the increased rates of mortality would apply directly to school children or the entire general population. [more]

    The age of stability is over, and coronavirus is just the beginning [uh, yer a lil late if yer jes noticin'-iss]

    Humanity has only recently become accustomed to a stable climate. For most of its history, long ice ages punctuated with hot spells alternated with short warm periods. Transitions from cold to warm climates were especially chaotic.

    Then, about 10,000 years ago, the Earth suddenly entered into a period of climate stability modern humans had never seen before. But thanks to ever accelerating emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, humanity is now bringing this period to an end. [we've KNOWN that this would be the result for CENTURIES! Big Oil knew in the 1960's!]

    This loss of stability could be disastrous. [COULD BE?!]

    Climate scientists tend to focus on slow changes with their climate predictions. But how much the weather becomes more chaotic is notoriously difficult to predict with climate models. We also have only a very superficial understanding of how vulnerable our modern society is to climate chaos and unexpected climate-related events.

    Instead of seeing the climate problem as one felt by the next generations, we need to start focusing on what could happen tomorrow, or next year. To do that, we must better understand, appreciate and acknowledge the vulnerability of modern society – and address this vulnerability at its core. [more; sure]