Friday, May 1, 2020

2020 - APR - Spotlight Stories

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2020-04-01 - Large amounts of methane leaking from gas facilities around the world:

2020-04-01 - Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020:

2020-04-01 - Indian Air Force cargo plane's engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in Agra (India):

Quote: "Indian Air Force Pilots safely landed Avro aircraft at Agra airbase on Tuesday after one of its engines caught fire at an altitude of around 250 feet, according to IAF sources."

Note: This is the 19th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-04-01 - Auto wrecking yard hit by fire, more than 300 crushed cars burn, in Mojave (California):

Quote: "Ultimately, officials estimate more than 300 crushed cars were burned in the blaze when firefighters left the scene in mid-afternoon."

2020-04-01 - Landfill fire breaks out at 6:23 AM near Bridgwater (Britain):

2020-04-01 - Car bursts into flame on Cumberland Road in coastal Devonport, Plymouth (Britain):

2020-04-01 - Car bursts into flame on Madden Road in coastal Devonport, Plymouth (Britain):

Quote: "The dramatic incidents unfolded not far from each other in Devonport this lunchtime with firefighters saying both blazes were 'accidental'..."

2020-04-01 - Coronavirus death toll rises by a record 1,040 to 5,116 in the United States:

Quote: "The U.S. topped 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time Wednesday, a daily death toll more than double that of two of America's most deadly illnesses – lung cancer and the flu."

Quote: "The previous high mark for a single day in the U.S. was Tuesday, with 504 deaths."

2020-04-01 - Coronavirus death toll rises rapidly to more than 1900 in New York:

Quote: "New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis."

2020-04-01 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 37 with 1,378 cases in Mexico:

2020-04-01 - Officials warn that the coronavirus death toll may be as high as 240,000 in the US even if people stay home and limit contact:

2020-04-01 - Mask-wearing recommendation under 'very serious consideration':

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2020-04-02 - Rare ozone hole opens over the Arctic, likely the largest in history:

Quote: "The depletion of the ozone layer in the Arctic has only been recorded twice-- in 1997 and 2011. 'There are some indications that it might be worse than in 2011,' said Gloria Manney, an atmospheric scientist with NorthWest Research Associates."

Note: So this had never happened before 1997, then it happened again 14 years later and now again, 9 years later after the second occurrence. That's a small sample size, but ozone depletion events in the Arctic appear to be increasing in frequency. That timeframe also coincides with the rise of methane in the atmosphere, especially in the Arctic. Methane reacts with ozone to form H2O and CO2. The depletion of ozone will speed up ice melt and permafrost melt as more solar radiation hits the ground, which will increase the amount of methane entering the atmosphere, which will decrease the amount of ozone in the atmosphere, and so on and so on...

2020-04-02 - The next pandemic could arise from melting permafrost as the Arctic continues warming:

2020-04-02 - Landfill hit by fire, maintenance facility and heavy equipment destroyed, in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

Quote: "Chief Michael Barakey said arriving crews found heavy fire showing through the roof of the operations building, which includes administrative offices and a maintenance facility. Heavy equipment located within the maintenance facility were also fully engulfed in flames."

2020-04-02 - UK looking for cold storage warehouses to store corpses:

Quote: "The U.K. government has begun a search for cold-storage warehouses to handle a possible overflow of dead bodies from the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the situation."

2020-04-02 - US Navy relieves aircraft carrier captain of duty for sounding alarm over COVID-19 spread on the USS Theodore Roosevelt:

Note: He was relieved of command because he made someone higher up than him look bad...

2020-04-02 - Coronavirus may pose an extra danger along coasts:

Quote: "Kim Prather—an atmospheric scientist who specializes in viruses and bacteria that discharge from the ocean—has said people should refrain from surfing, swimming, walking, or biking along the coast, TMZ reports. She explained that the virus could enter the water and spray back into the air. 'Surfers are saying that they’re safe if they stay 6 feet away from other people, but that’s only true if the air isn’t moving,' Prather told The San Diego Union-Tribune. 'Most of the time, there’s wind or a breeze at the coast. Tiny drops of virus can float in the air and get blown around.'"

Note: Even if that's not true, there are other dangers on coasts that can leave you dead...

2020-04-02 - Another 6.6 million people file for unemployment in the US after 3.3 million people did so the week before:

Quote: "The last three weeks have marked one of the most devastating periods in history for the American job market, as first-time claims for unemployment benefits have surged more than 3,000% since early March. Businesses continue to lay off and furlough workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. 6.6 million US workers filed for their first week of unemployment benefits in the week ending March 28, according to the Department of Labor — a new historic high."

Note: The total for the past two weeks is 9,955,000 people filing for unemployment, so just shy of 10 million people. The US has never seen so many people lose so many jobs so quickly, not even in the Great Depression...

2020-04-02 - Lightning strike kills 20 people in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo):

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2020-04-03 - More than 3500 cars destroyed or damaged by massive blaze near airport in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

Quote: "There were 3,516 cars destroyed or damaged by the fire and 3,850 remained undamaged, Moreland said."

Note: This is the new record for most non-junk cars to burn in one fire. The previous record was 1460 cars that burned when the car-carrier ship 'Auto Banner' went up in flames in coastal Incheon (South Korea), mentioned in the 2018-05-21 update. Moving down to third place is the fire that destroyed 1400 cars in a waterfront parking garage in coastal Liverpool (Britain) on New Years Eve in 2017, mentioned in the 2017-12-31 update. So this new fire was bigger than the previous two biggest car fires combined!

2020-04-03 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 1:16 AM, vehicles burn, on Overton Road in Ludlow (Britain):

Quote: "Fire involving quantity of vehicles in small salvage yard crews used 2 breathing apparatus and 2 hose reel jets to extinguish."

2020-04-03 - Pallet factory destroyed by massive fire in the wee hours in Juarez (Mexico):

Quote: "A massive fire broke out in Juarez factory near the Zaragoza bridge early Friday morning. The flames and smoke are visible from miles away in El Paso's Lower Valley and the east side. ABC-7 first noticed the fire on Texas Dept. of Transportation cameras just after midnight. El Diario de Juarez reported that it was a factory that makes wooden pallets."

2020-04-03 - CDC issues new guidelines recommending that everyone cover their face with something when leaving the house:

Quote: "President Donald Trump announced new guidelines that call for everyone to wear makeshift face coverings such as T-shirts and bandannas when leaving the house, especially in areas hit hard by the pandemic, like New York."

2020-04-03 - Coronavirus death toll rises by more than 1,000 to 6,921 with 261,438 cases in the United States:

Quote: "The United States on Friday recorded at least 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, a sad milestone in the nation’s war to stop the spread of the novel virus, according to figures maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The figure increased the national death count to 6,921 as of early afternoon Pacific time. Nationally, there are more than 261,438 confirmed cases. That figure is higher than what any other country has confirmed, although U.S. officials believe China and some governments may be underreporting case numbers."

2020-04-03 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 53 to 210 with 8,904 cases in Illinois:

Quote: "Illinois' coronavirus cases increased by more than 1,200 with 53 additional deaths Friday, the largest jump in both categories in one day. There are now 8,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases across Illinois, including 210 deaths, state health officials announced Friday."

2020-04-03 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 170 with 10,268 cases in Florida:

Quote: "According to the health department, there are now 10,268 total confirmed cases in Florida with 9,925 Florida residents who have tested positive and 170 deaths total."

2020-04-03 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 102 with 3,437 cases in Indiana:

Quote: "Indiana's death toll from the novel coronavirus eclipsed 100 Friday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The total number of cases surged from just over 3,000 to 3,437. A map on the ISDH website that updates at 10 a.m. daily shows 102 deaths in the state. People over 70 account for only 22% of confirmed cases but over 70% of deaths."

2020-04-03 - Coronavirus infection count rises to 2,113 in Missouri, governor issues statewide stay-at-home order:

Quote: "Missouri’s COVID-19 case count recorded its fourth day of more than 250 new infections and the number of total cases rose to 2,113 on Friday."

2020-04-03 - All beaches and pools to be closed this summer in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Quote: "Minneapolis beaches and pools will not open this summer due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. These closures impact all outdoor aquatic facilities such as beaches, wading pools, waterparks and the Webber Natural Swimming Pool."

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2020-04-04 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 20 cars burn, on Calder Road in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury (Britain):

Quote: "Crews are currently in attendance at a large fire involving 20 cars in a scrap yard. 3 large jets and 1 ground monitor in use. Two fire engines from Dewsbury, one from Mirfield and one from Cleckheaton are present. Due to a large amount of smoke local residents are advised to keep windows and door closed."

2020-04-04 - Metal business damaged by fire in Plum (Pennsylvania):

2020-04-04 - Landfill fire breaks out near Peters Road near the Hudson River in Gansevoort (New York):

2020-04-04 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in Leeds (Britain):

2020-04-04 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 19 with 2,113 cases in Missouri:

2020-04-04 - Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters:

2020-04-04 - Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task force:

2020-04-04 - How long does coronavirus live in the air? Here's what we know:

2020-04-04 - Morgues scrambling to deal with increase in customers:

Quote: "With U.S. medical experts and even President Donald Trump now estimating the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could reach 240,000 nationwide, the sheer practicalities of death — where to put the bodies — are worrying just about everyone as cities, hospitals and private medical groups clamor to secure additional storage."

2020-04-04 - North Atlantic Ocean’s capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests:

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2020-04-05 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 11:35 PM and kills man while parked at home on Georgia Street in Merrillville (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Jason Morris, 37, of Merrillville, was found dead inside the RV parked in the driveway after fighters doused the flames, according to fire officials and the Lake County coroner's office."

2020-04-05 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Kiev (Ukraine):

2020-04-05 - Plastic recycling center erupts in flame near Saltburn (Britain):

2020-04-05 - Recycling warehouse heavily damaged by fire in Melton (Britain):

2020-04-05 - Wildfire breaks out near Chernobyl (Ukraine), radiation spikes:

2020-04-05 - Interactive map of coronavirus cases in the US, updated every 10 minutes:

2020-04-05 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 4,159 with 122,031 cases in New York:

2020-04-05 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 221 with 12,350 cases in Florida:

2020-04-05 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 189 with 5,675 cases in Connecticut:

2020-04-05 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 75 with 2,267 cases in Wisconsin:

2020-04-05 - First COVID-19 case confirmed among indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon:

2020-04-05 - Tiger infected with coronavirus at zoo in the Bronx (New York):

Quote: "A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday."

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2020-04-06 - Atmospheric methane levels increased in 2019 by the highest amount in five years to a new record high:

Quote: "The average level of methane in the atmosphere increased last year by the highest amount in five years, according to preliminary data released Sunday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that the average level of methane in the atmosphere increased by 11.54 parts per billion (ppb) in 2019 over the level of methane in the atmosphere in 2018. This is the largest increase since 2014, when the average level of atmospheric methane increased by 12.72 ppb. Drew Shindell, an earth science professor at Duke University, called the 2019 increase 'alarmingly high.'"

Note: CO2 levels are still increasing too. The coronavirus collapse hasn't changed that either. Our civilization was the match that lit the fuse, but the fuse is now burning on its own and the metaphorical bomb is going to explode and wipe us out, even if we blow out the match now. In other words, we're not particularly relevant anymore. The Earth is now irrevocably heading toward a hothouse phase that will be unsurvivable by human beings regardless of what we do or don't do at this point. The best we can hope for now is to delay our extinction by a little bit...

2020-04-06 - Metal recycling business heavily damaged by fire and explosions in Estevan (Canada):

2020-04-06 - Landfill fire breaks out in Rutherford County (Tennessee):

2020-04-06 - More than a dozen brush fires break out across Maine:

2020-04-06 - COVID-19 patients suffering heart damage:

2020-04-06 - New York City plans to temporarily bury coronavirus victims in a park:

2020-04-06 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 727 with 17,221 cases in Michigan:

2020-04-06 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 91 with 4,045 cases in Maryland:

2020-04-06 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sickened by coronavirus, admitted to intensive care:

2020-04-06 - Massive locust swarms exploding in population in East Africa:

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2020-04-07 - Scientists report unprecedented bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reef:

Quote: "Surveys conducted by scientists at Australia’s James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show that a summer of extreme heat has caused the reef, which is a World Heritage Site, to suffer a mass bleaching of unprecedented scale. Corals from the far north to the southern tip of the 1,400 mile-long ecosystem are experiencing severe impacts."

Quote: "This year, corals from the north to south have been negatively affected. Scientists agreed this indicates the reef is growing closer to annual bleaching events."

2020-04-07 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal St. John's (Canada):

2020-04-07 - Recycling center heavily damaged by fire in Denny (Scotland):

2020-04-07 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 731 to 5,489 with 139,875 cases in New York:

Quote: "New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The state’s death toll grew to 5,489."

2020-04-07 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 296 with 14,747 cases in Florida:

2020-04-07 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 78 to 240 with more than 14,550 cases in Pennsylvania:

Quote: "Pennsylvania has smashed its single-day high for reported coronavirus-related deaths, recording 78 more fatalities. The count was more than double the previous single-day high of 34 deaths, and it boosted the statewide death toll to 240. The Department of Health also confirmed Tuesday that the state has nearly 1,600 more cases of COVID-19 and every county now has an infected resident. That raised the statewide total to more than 14,550 cases."

2020-04-07 - Coronavirus can live on a surgical mask for 7 days, cloth for 2 days, and paper for 3 hours:

2020-04-07 - Four mild coronavirus symptoms you need to watch out for:

Note: Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which one should not put!

2020-04-07 - Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November:

2020-04-07 - Crops could face double trouble from insects and a warming climate:

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2020-04-08 - Entire ecosystems could abruptly go extinct within this decade:

Quote: "If emissions continue to rise and the planet continues to warm, tropical oceans could reach temperature thresholds that cause ecosystem-wide collapse as early as 2030."

Quote: "Our study suggests that exposure of species to potentially dangerous temperatures is already underway in the tropical oceans, a finding consistent with the mass bleaching of coral reefs that we are now seeing on an almost yearly basis such as on the Great Barrier Reef..."

Note: Arguably the devastation of the coral reefs around the planet is the beginning of ecosystem-wide collapse. It will get worse, of course, MUCH worse, but it seems to me that it has already begun. And it's not just the reefs - INSECTS are disappearing from the planet. There could hardly be a more ominous sign of impending apocalyptic biosphere collapse than that...

2020-04-08 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Temecula (California):

2020-04-08 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near theater in Bradford (Britain):

2020-04-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Keene (New Hampshire):

2020-04-08 - US now has nearly a third of all coronavirus cases in the world:

2020-04-08 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 757 to 14,555 in Spain, but real toll may be higher:

Quote: "The health ministry said 757 people died over the past 24 hours, up from 743 the previous day, marking the second daily rise in a row and bringing the total death toll to 14,555 - the world's second-highest after Italy."

Quote: "There is increasing suspicion, however, that the official toll is under-estimating a more traumatic reality. In Madrid, the difference between the number of burials reported in the last two weeks of March and the death toll from the virus was substantially higher than the number who died over the same period in 2018. That suggested some casualties of the epidemic were not reflected."

2020-04-08 - New research links air pollution to higher coronavirus death rates:

2020-04-08 - Talking drones used to enforce social distancing in Elizabeth (New Jersey):

2020-04-08 - French Navy flagship and only aircraft carrier 'Charles de Gaulle' cuts Middle East op short as dozens of sailors come down with COVID-19 symptoms:

2020-04-08 - Unknown orbs filmed in the sky over Tomsk in Siberia (Russia):

Note: Check out the video. See the one orb phasing in and out? Whatever these are, I and a number of other people watched a swarm of these for a solid week on multiple live cameras around volcano Sakurajima when it was erupting vigorously in Japan, in 2011 I think, and some of them would phase in and out just like that, especially the ones hovering around the top of the cone. Sometimes more would show up and others would leave or simply disappear, as if they were working in shifts doing whatever it was they were doing at the volcano. And at the base of the volcano, partially embedded in the ground, was a HUGE orb, like a mothership orb. At night you could see two or three orbs patrolling along the coast at the base of the volcano too. During that week, not one plane came anywhere near the volcano. That could be because no aircraft made by humans could possibly remain in the air amidst all of the ash spewing from the volcano. The orbs had no problem though.

Whatever these orbs are, they are guided by intelligence and they operate with purpose, even if it's not easy to tell exactly what the purpose is. At the time, because the volcano was erupting, I thought maybe they were hostile and they were INDUCING the volcano to erupt. Later I realized that the reverse could easily be true, that they were there to MITIGATE the eruption, by manipulating Earth's magnetic field or something. That's what I tend to believe now. These orbs have been seen all over the world, sometimes just a few orbs at a time like this event in Siberia, sometimes in much larger swarms involving dozens of orbs or more...

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2020-04-09 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2020-04-09 - Workers in hazmat suits burying corpses in mass grave on Hart Island (New York):

Quote: "Workers wearing hazmat suits have been spotted burying caskets in a mass grave on New York's Hart Island - as the number of burials quadruples amid the coronavirus pandemic and the city's death roll rises to more than 4,200."

2020-04-09 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 42 to 245 with 6,351 cases in Indiana:

Quote: "In the latest data released from the Indiana State Department of Health, 42 more Hoosiers died from the novel coronavirus and 400 more people tested positive for the virus. The state health department reports 6,351 people have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 245 people have died."

2020-04-09 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 881 to 7,978 in Britain:

Quote: "The British government says the U.K. has recorded 881 new deaths of people with the coronavirus. The number is lower than in the previous 24 hours, in which 938 deaths were recorded. As of Thursday, 7,978 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the U.K."

2020-04-09 - Staggering surge of people dying in their homes suggests coronavirus fatalities being undercounted in New York City (New York):

Quote: "To alleviate pressure on hospitals, last week the council that oversees emergency responders told paramedics and EMTs to try to revive a person whose heart has stopped beating in the field. If they can’t do so, the person is not taken to a hospital for further care."

2020-04-09 - Another 6.6 million people file for unemployment in the US, at least 16.5 million jobs lost in three weeks:

2020-04-09 - Schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year in Missouri:

2020-04-09 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

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2020-04-10 - Early heatwave brings temps up to 30C (86F) to parts of Europe:

2020-04-10 - Man goes up in flames outside convenience store in coastal Portland (Maine), 3200 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Around 1 p.m. on Friday, the Portland Police and Fire Departments were called to the 7-11 store at 704 Congress Street for the report of a man that was on fire. Police say bystanders had begun to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher from the gas pumps before the fire department arrived. The man was seriously injured and was treated on scene by medics from the Portland Fire Department and then transported to the Maine Medical Center."

2020-04-10 - Refinery damaged by explosion and fire at 1 AM along the Mississippi River in Meraux (Louisiana), 1 injured:

Quote: "An explosion at the Valero plant in St. Bernard Parish rocked the area and could be felt across the river in Algiers as homes shook and some car alarms were set off. St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone said one of the units at the plant in Meraux exploded around 1 a.m. and they were battling what he called a small fire throughout the morning."

2020-04-10 - Electrical substation rocked by explosion and fireball in Burbank (California):

Quote: "An explosion at a power substation sent heavy smoke and a massive fireball into the sky in Burbank on Friday. The blast was reported around noon at Burbank Water and Power, located near the 5 Freeway."

2020-04-10 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame on East First Street in Dayton (Ohio):

2020-04-10 - New second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first enormous wave arriving in Africa:

Quote: "Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years. Now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving. Billions of the young desert locusts are winging in from breeding grounds in Somalia in search of fresh vegetation springing up with seasonal rains."

Quote: "The locusts are 'invading the Eastern Africa region in exceptionally large swarms like never seen before,' the Nairobi-based Climate Prediction and Application Center said."

2020-04-10 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 1,953 to 18,637 with 500,399 cases in the United States:

Quote: "The US had 1,953 coronavirus deaths today -- the biggest single-day jump in deaths since the pandemic began. That brings the national death toll to 18,637, according to data from Johns Hopkins University."

Note: That's one American dying from COVID-19 every 45 seconds in the US now...

2020-04-10 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 980 to 8,958 in Britain:

Quote: "Britain’s official death toll of people with the coronavirus leapt by 980 Friday to 8,958 — a bigger daily increase than was seen in Italy and Spain, the two European countries with the greatest number of fatalities. Italy recorded a high of 969 deaths on March 27 and Spain 950 deaths on April 2. The figures may not be directly comparable, however. The U.K. deaths reported each day occurred over several days or even weeks, and the total only includes deaths in hospitals."

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2020-04-11 - Atmospheric CO2 level hits record 418 PPM:

2020-04-11 - Semi trailers and pallets destroyed by massive fire just before 12:30 AM on Tulane Road in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "MFD says 21 18-wheeler trailers and the building were damaged. Multiple pallets were destroyed."

2020-04-11 - Ambulance bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in Ranson (West Virginia):

2020-04-11 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 20,071 in the United States, highest in the world:

Quote: "The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italy's for the highest in the world Saturday at more than 20,071, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in victims and moved to snuff out smoldering hot spots of contagion before they erupt."

2020-04-11 - Hospitals running out of body bags and wrapping corpses in sheets in Britain:

2020-04-11 - Recovered coronavirus patients test positive again in blow to immunity hopes:

2020-04-11 - Nearly half of severe COVID-19 cases showed neurological symptoms:

2020-04-11 - Volcano Anak Krakatau erupts in Indonesia:

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2020-04-12 - Atmospheric methane levels hit record high and they're rising fast:

Quote: "A preliminary estimate from NOAA finds that levels of atmospheric methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, have hit an all-time high."

Quote: "'Here we are. It’s 2020, and it’s not only not dropping. It’s not level. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growth rates we’ve seen in the last 20 years,' said Drew Shindell, a climate scientist at Duke University."

Note: Methane reacts with ozone and forms H2O and CO2. Hopefully all of this methane entering the atmosphere won't cause any gigantic not-seen-before ozone holes 3 times the size of Greenland to open!

2020-04-12 - Arctic ozone hole 3 times the size of Greenland, the largest ever recorded, opens over the North Pole:

2020-04-12 - Auto salvage yard destroyed by fire near coastal Eureka (California):

2020-04-12 - Scrap vehicles go up in flames in Oldbury (Britain):

Quote: "Thirty firefighters are tonight at the scene of a major blaze in the Black Country. Six crews from West Midlands Fire Service were sent to Upper Chapel Street in Oldbury just before 6pm on Sunday, April 12. The 999 organisation said scrap vehicles were ablaze, along with temporary structures."

2020-04-12 - Landfill fire spews toxic gas in coastal Surat (India):

2020-04-12 - High-rise residential building under construction heavily damaged by fire in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

2020-04-12 - Coronavirus death toll passes 10,000 in New York, Governor Cuomo says worst may be over:

2020-04-12 - Coronavirus caused many people to lose their sense of smell weeks ago, and they're still waiting for it to return:

2020-04-12 - Coronavirus infection may cause lasting damage throughout the body, doctors fear:

2020-04-12 - Bread lines erupt across the US as lockdowns crush America's working poor:

2020-04-12 - Trump reportedly weighed letting COVID-19 wash over the US, but was warned of grim toll:

Note: Spending the crucial initial six or eight weeks telling Americans that it was a Democratic hoax and that it was all under control and that soon there would be 0 cases basically DID let it wash over the US. Trump couldn't face reality. The countries that DID face reality and acted swiftly and decisively are in waaaaay better shape than the US. As Trump says, he went with his gut. That's the same gut that led him into bankruptcy after bankruptcy in business and failed marriage after failed marriage in his personal life. Now many Americans are dying unnecessarily. Ironically, because his supporters skew older, many of them will be among the dead, body bags the reward for their support...

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2020-04-13 - Person found dead in burning car at 2:33 AM in used car lot on Parade Street in Erie (Pennsylvania):

2020-04-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Yekaterinburg (Russia):'s-Yekaterinburg-due-to-smoke-in-cockpit-317915

Quote: "MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. A passenger jet en route to Moscow from Yekaterinburg has been forced to emergency land in the airport of departure due to smoke in the cockpit, the emergency services told TASS."

Note: This is the 20th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-04-13 - Huge wildfires spread to within one kilometer of abandoned nuclear plant in Chernobyl (Ukraine):

Quote: "Greenpeace Russia said the situation is much worse than Ukrainian authorities believe, and that the fires cover an area one thousand times bigger than they claim. On 4 April, Ukrainian authorities said the blaze covered an area of 20 hectares, but Greenpeace cited satellite images showing it was around 12,000 hectares in size at that time. 'According to satellite images taken on Monday, the area of the largest fire has reached 34,400 hectares,' it said, adding that a second fire, stretching across 12,600 hectares, was just one kilometre away from the defunct plant."

2020-04-13 - Landfill fire breaks out in Moncks Corner (South Carolina):

2020-04-13 - Landfill fire breaks out on Warren Lane in Stanway (Britain):

2020-04-13 - Electrical recycling plant damaged by fire in St Helens (Britain):

2020-04-13 - Coronavirus death toll surpasses 23,000 in the US:

2020-04-13 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 717 to 11,329 in Britain:

2020-04-13 - Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research amid US-China row on virus origin:

2020-04-13 - China's new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high:

2020-04-13 - Top pork producer shuts key plant and warns of meat shortfall:

Note: We haven't even begun to tap our stores of long pork...

2020-04-13 - Leaked emails show top public health experts raised alarm about the Trump administration's botched coronavirus response:

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2020-04-14 - March was the second-hottest on record, 2020 also the second-hottest year on record so far, behind 2016:

2020-04-14 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Washington DC:

2020-04-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, on South Wyoming Avenue in Edwardsville (Pennsylvania), 900 feet from the Susquehanna River:

2020-04-14 - Recycling plant erupts in flame at Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth (Britain):

2020-04-14 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 40 to 302 in Maryland:

2020-04-14 - Coronavirus death toll rises by record 2,405 to 26,033 with 609,240 cases in the United States:

Quote: "The daily death toll was 2,405 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases, bringing the total number of US deaths to 26,033. At least 609,240 people have been infected with the virus in the US."

Note: That daily death toll in the US is ten times the number of dead as South Korea has experienced TOTAL. In other words, we're exceeding South Korea's TOTAL death toll every THREE HOURS in the US. That's pretty amazing considering we both started with just a few cases when the WHO declared a global health emergency in January. Now South Korea is getting ready to resume some semblance of normality, albeit with precautions and lots of testing, whereas who knows how long we'll be shut down here in the US. That dichotomy shows how smart leadership at the top during a crisis - or lack of it - makes all the difference in the world...

2020-04-14 - US may have to endure social distancing until 2022 if no vaccine is quickly found:

Note: I'm not too awfully confident that a vaccine will EVER be found. I mean, there's vast financial incentive for someone to develop a vaccine for the common cold, which is also a coronavirus, yet nobody has ever been able to do it, and not from lack of trying. Will COVID-19 be different? I suppose it's possible, but I certainly wouldn't count on it...

2020-04-14 - Coronavirus could attack immune system like HIV by targeting protective cells, warn scientists:

2020-04-14 - Coronavirus can survive long exposure to high temperature, a threat to lab staff around world:

2020-04-14 - Restarting the economy doesn't mean life will return to normal, and here are 5 plans that offer a glimpse of a dystopian future:

Note: Just taking things one dystopian day at a time in the PRESENT right now, thanks!

2020-04-14 - Paris climate goals failure could cost world $600 trillion:

Note: When nobody is left alive, the term 'cost' will have no meaning, so we've got that to look forward to!

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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:

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2020-04-16 - Person dies in burning car at car dealership in Cherry Hill (New Jersey):

Quote: "A death investigation is underway in Camden County, New Jersey after a body was found inside a charred vehicle on Thursday night. The discovery was made at an auto dealership off Rt. 70 at 9:20 p.m. in Cherry Hill. According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, a person was found dead inside a vehicle after the car went up in flames."

2020-04-16 - Kazakh Air Defense Forces MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jet bursts into flame mid-air then crashes into field, in Karaganda (Kazakhstan), pilots eject:

Quote: "Kazakh Air Defense Forces MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor crashed shortly after takeoff today after suffering an engine fire. The two crew members successfully ejected before the plane crashed and burned in a field. The MiG-31 had taken off from an airbase in the country's eastern Karaganda region before the accident occurred, according to an official statement from the Kazakh Ministry of Defense. Bystanders below watched as the aircraft, clearly on fire, plummeted into the ground."

Note: This is the 21st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-04-16 - Antique cars, racing cars and commercial warehouse devastated by massive fire near the Mississippi River in Sauget (Illinois), smoke blows into St. Louis:

Quote: "Nations Food Service Equipment and Design and BCL Auction both occupied warehouse bays. Sauget Police Chief James Jones said an auto repair service and “racing car outfit” also were using the space. 'They were totally destroyed because of the heavy flames that ripped through them,' said Burns. 'The roofs collapsed. The walls collapsed. There were lots of antique cars in there as well as some racing cars.'"

2020-04-16 - Wildfires continue burning near Chernobyl, smoke blankets Kiev (Ukraine):

2020-04-16 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 141 with 6,262 cases in Tennessee:

2020-04-16 - Newly discovered coronavirus mutation could threaten vaccine race, study says:

2020-04-16 - Jobless claims increase by 5.2 million this week to more than 22 million in the last month in the US:

2020-04-16 - Outdoor pools closed for summer 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic in New York City, beaches likely shut down too:

2020-04-16 - Wildlife collapse from climate change is predicted to hit suddenly and sooner:

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2020-04-17 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Truro, coastal Penzance and coastal Newquay (Britain):

Quote: "Glenn Thorne, Wales & West Utilities gas emergency service manager for Cornwall, said: "We were alerted to reports of the smell of gas at several places in Cornwall including Truro, Penzance and Newquay yesterday (April 17). We immediately sent out engineers to investigate. 'On arrival, our engineers conducted all the necessary gas safety checks and we found no evidence of a gas leak in any of these places.'"

2020-04-17 - Unknown sulfury stench randomly blowing through coastal Sheffield and coastal Salt Rock (South Africa):

Quote: "An acrid, sulphur-like stink has been recurring at Sheffield and Salt Rock, irritating residents and raising fears of respiratory ailments. According to residents, wind conditions bring the stench into their homes at random hours of the day and night, on some occasions being so disruptive that they have been woken up by the strong smell. Sheffield resident Ken Davidson said the sulphur-like smell has been lingering for many months and worsened over the past two weeks."

2020-04-17 - Girl, 13, goes to use washroom, next seen dead and burned near home, in West Tripura (India):

Quote: "The charred body of a 13-year-old girl was found near her house in the Durgabari area in West Tripura district on Friday, police said. Around 6.30 am the girl told her mother that she was going to the washroom, which is a bit far from the house, but she did not return, said Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO), New Capital Complex, Priya Madhuri Majumder. 'The family members started looking for her as she did not return even after three hours and found the body about 150 meters away from the house,' the officer said. Most part of the body was burnt, she added."

2020-04-17 - RV goes up in flames and kills person on Sunset Road in Joshua Tree (California):

Note: This is the 100th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 7th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-04-17 - Wildfire breaks out in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2020-04-17 - 2020 expected to be Earth's warmest year on record, scientists say:

2020-04-17 - Alarms ring as Greenland ice loss causes 40% of sea level rise in 2019:

2020-04-17 - US to have major floods on a daily basis since sea-level rise is unstoppable:

2020-04-17 - Megadrought emerging in the western US might be worse than any in 1,200 years:

2020-04-17 - US will see an exponential explosion in COVID-19 cases if it relaxes lockdown measures too early, MIT model predicts:

2020-04-17 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 668 with 17,432 cases in Georgia:

2020-04-17 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 142 with 6,589 cases in Tennessee:

2020-04-17 - Sunlight destroys virus quickly, tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer:

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2020-04-18 - Lagoon suddenly and mysteriously turns pink in Zacatecas (Mexico):

2020-04-18 - Climate change brings record-breaking summertime heat to Florida’s early spring:

2020-04-18 - WHO unsure antibodies protect against COVID-19, little sign of herd immunity:

2020-04-18 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 156 to 1,560 with 36,372 cases in Massachusetts:

2020-04-18 - Coronavirus killing thousands of people in Ecuador:

2020-04-18 - Coronavirus infects more than 1,000 people on French aircraft carrier:

2020-04-18 - Universities begin considering canceling in-person classes until 2021:

2020-04-18 - Computer modelers estimate how much longer coronavirus shutdowns should last in US states:

2020-04-18 - Don’t bet on vaccine to protect us from COVID-19, says world health expert:

2020-04-18 - Testicles may make men more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women:

2020-04-18 - Officials dumbfounded as beaches reopen 3 days after death spike in Florida:

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2020-04-19 - Pollution regulation rollbacks sickening people on the Gulf Coast in Texas:

Quote: "'They’re basically killing us,' says the 37-year-old, who herself has been diagnosed with respiratory problems since moving to the community after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. 'We don’t even know what we’re breathing,' she says."

2020-04-19 - Recycling center erupts in flame in El Paso (Texas):

2020-04-19 - Pallet yard fire breaks out at 3:33 AM on Procter Avenue in the City of Industry (California), 1 killed:

2020-04-19 - Volcano Klyuchevskoy erupts on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2020-04-19 - WHO warns that there is no evidence that COVID-19 survivors have immunity:

2020-04-19 - Thousands of businesses that have been shut down in the US will never open again:

2020-04-19 - How effective is cloud brightening for managing climate change?

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2020-04-20 - Warmest oceans on record add to hurricane and wildfire risks:

2020-04-20 - World Health Organization head warns the worst of coronavirus pandemic is still ahead:

2020-04-20 - What are 'COVID toes' and why are dermatologists seeing an 'epidemic' of them in kids?

2020-04-20 - Naked man jumps on woman's car, assaults her, throws himself onto police car, gets arrested, in coastal Beverly (Massachusetts), 650 feet from the coast:

Quote: "According to a press release issued by the Beverly Police Department, officers who arrived on the scene encountered a naked man. A witness told officers that the naked man had jumped on the hood of a female’s vehicle before he assaulted the woman. The male witness then drew his firearm on the naked man in an effort to stop the assault. As more officers arrived on scene, the naked man took off at a sprint pace and launched himself into the windshield of a responding officer’s parked police vehicle. The naked man, whose name is being withheld until he is released from the hospital, had to be tased by officers in order for them to place him into custody. He was then transported to Beverly Hospital for evaluation."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2020-04-20 - Landfill fire breaks out in Aberdeen (South Dakota):

2020-04-20 - Mount Etna erupts in Sicily (Italy):

2020-04-20 - Magnitude 6.1+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near Fukushima (Japan):

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2020-04-21 - Person found dead in burning car just before 2 AM near home on Herbert Street in Syracuse (New York):

2020-04-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, nearly 100 vehicles burn, in Johnson County near Sitka (Kentucky):

Quote: "Members of W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue responded to Green's Auto Parts on KY 201 in Sitka Tuesday morning. Nearly 100 junk vehicles caught fire which spread to nearby brush."

2020-04-21 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in Lianyungang (China):

2020-04-21 - Temps 5C above average in the Arctic:

2020-04-21 - North Pole heading toward ice-free state in the summer:

2020-04-21 - Coronavirus has mutated into at least 30 different strains, new study finds:

2020-04-21 - Winter wave of coronavirus could be worse than initial outbreak, CDC director warns:

2020-04-21 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 2,751 to 44,845 in the United States:

Quote: "The coronavirus death toll in the United States -- the country with the most fatalities in the pandemic -- has climbed by 2,751 in the past 24 hours, the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University showed Tuesday. The US has recorded more than 800,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Baltimore-based university, with 44,845 deaths. Nearly 40,000 new cases were reported between Monday at 8:30pm local time, and Tuesday at the same time, the university said."

Note: That's almost one person dying every 30 seconds from COVID-19 in the United States...

2020-04-21 - Fever-sensing and cough-detecting drones to be tested in Westport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Westport police are going to be testing a 'pandemic drone' that can monitor people’s temperatures from 190 feet away and detect sneezing, coughing and heart and breathing rates amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Westport police said they are working with Draganfly, a drone company, to test technology in an effort to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. A news release from Draganfly said the pandemic drone will be equipped with a specialized sensor and computer vision systems that can display fever/temperature, heart and respiratory rates, as well as detect people sneezing and coughing in crowds, and wherever groups of people may work or congregate."

2020-04-21 - Coronavirus pandemic could spark famines of biblical proportions:

Note: We are faminely!

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2020-04-22 - Car goes up in flames at 3 AM and kills man at hotel in Greenville (South Carolina):

Quote: "According to the sheriff's office, the fire was reported around 3:00 a.m. at the Extended Stay America located in the 3700 block of Pelham Road. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. At that time, deputies say an adult male's body was discovered in the driver's seat of the car."

2020-04-22 - RV bursts into flame and kills person at Acorn Mobile Village in South Sacramento (California):

Quote: "One person is dead after an RV caught fire at the Acorn Mobile Village in South Sacramento Wednesday evening."

Note: This is the 107th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 8th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-04-22 - Compost fire erupts at landfill in Colonie (New York):

2020-04-22 - Landfill fire breaks out on Launders Lane in Rainham (Britain):

2020-04-22 - Wildfire burns 23,922 acres in Crockett County (Texas):

2020-04-22 - Wildfires rip through Biebrza National Park (Poland):

Quote: "Wild fires are devastating Poland’s largest national park and causing a natural catastrophe for wildlife. Firefighters and volunteers are fighting night and day to save an area the size of 2,000 football pitches in the Biebrza National Park in north-east Poland."

2020-04-22 - Giant locust armies of biblical proportions threaten to cause mass starvation in Africa:

2020-04-22 - Coronavirus can survive in the human eye, Chinese doctors report:

Quote: "The report claimed that the virus can replicate even when it is no longer detectable, meaning the infection potential exists even when patients seem to be healthy."

2020-04-22 - Reopening after coronavirus is a much bigger job than most Americans realize, Harvard study finds:

2020-04-22 - Missouri sues China over coronavirus outbreak:

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2020-04-23 - RV bursts into flame at 6:38 AM and kills person while parked at home in Milton-Freewater (Oregon):

Note: This is the 109th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 9th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-04-23 - RV trailer explodes and burns and kills person at RV storage facility in Calgary (Canada):

2020-04-23 - Brush fire breaks out and burns 400 acres in coastal Kawaihae (Hawaii):

2020-04-23 - Another 4.4 million people file for unemployment in the US, total rises to 26.6 million in 5 weeks:

Quote: "The new report, which covers the week ending April 18, lent plausibility to economists' prediction that the unemployment rate will by summer be within range of the 25 percent peak recorded in 1933 during the Great Depression."

2020-04-23 - Coronavirus causes sudden strokes in young adults:

2020-04-23 - Coronavirus killing many people in Manaus (Brazil), corpses being buried in mass graves:

Quote: "Bodies are piling up in refrigerated trucks outside overwhelmed hospitals. Doctors are in short supply. Bulldozers are digging mass graves at cemeteries. And the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. Welcome to Manaus, the now chaotic and desperate riverside capital of vast Amazonas state as it grapples with the highest coronavirus mortality rate of any such city in Brazil."

2020-04-23 - New coronavirus outbreak causes another huge city to be locked down in China:

2020-04-23 - There’s less than a decade left before climate change becomes irreversible, say activists:

Note: Activists are wrong. There's not a decade left. We're significantly more than a decade past the point of no return...

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2020-04-24 - Beachfront restaurant heavily damaged by fire on Dickinson Street in coastal Dewey Beach (Delaware):

2020-04-24 - Around twelve RVs destroyed by fire at 1:39 AM while parked at Camping World in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

Note: These are the 110th-121st RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-04-24 - Pickup truck bursts into flame shortly after 1 AM while parked at home on North Bradley Road in Santa Maria (California):

2020-04-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to garage, on Bethards Drive in Santa Rosa (California):

2020-04-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on 42nd Avenue in Spokane (Washington):

2020-04-24 - Massive forest fire rages in Qingdao (China):

2020-04-24 - Super-polluting methane emissions are twice federal estimates in the Permian Basin, study finds:

2020-04-24 - Record-breaking heat brings 95F temp to airport in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "As temperatures climbed to 95 degrees Friday, the daily heat record was broken at the Austin-Bergstrom International airport."

2020-04-24 - Coronavirus vaccine research speeding along, human trials under way, but there are risks:

2020-04-24 - Scientists fear the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine will fail and we will all have to live with the constant threat of COVID-19:

2020-04-24 - Volcano Sakurajima erupts, spews lava bombs and ash, on the island of Kyushu (Japan):

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2020-04-25 - Hundreds of birds drop dead from the sky onto cruise ship:

Quote: "Hundreds of birds were discovered dead on a cruise ship open deck by the crew, yesterday morning. A crew member who wishes to remain anonymous recorded a video of the sight which appears as if the birds had dropped down dead from the sky."

2020-04-25 - Chicken processing plants running out of healthy workers causing depopulation of chickens in Delaware and Maryland, meat shortages loom:

Quote: "Two million chickens on several farms in Delaware and Maryland will be 'depopulated' -- meaning humanely killed -- due to a lack of employees at chicken processing plants, according to a statement from Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. The reduced employee attendance at the company's plants is a result of 'additional community cases of COVID-19, additional testing, and people practicing the 'stay home if you're sick' social distancing guidance from public health officials,' the statement reads."

Note: And some meat plants have closed in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri too, at least. All of these kinds of places, where employees work in close proximity to each other, are going to have problems as the people who sicken are quarantined, leaving too few healthy employees to continue functioning properly, if at all. A lot of 'non-essential' businesses will face this same problem too, although they haven't yet simply because all of their employees are already at home under lockdown. Once the employees at non-essential businesses are allowed to return to work, they'll start infecting each other similarly and then many of them will also end up being sent back home. Ergo, don't expect a return to normalcy anytime soon, if ever, whether everything is 'opened up for business' or not.

In the US we're already a little past the halfway mark of the death toll from the 1968 Hong Kong Flu (H3N2) pandemic, which killed 100,000 people in the US and a million people worldwide, but that includes deaths from when it returned in 1969, 1970 and 1972. So in two months we're more than halfway to the death toll from all four waves across 4 years in the last pandemic. At 3 times deadlier than the common flu, the Hong Kong Flu pandemic was obviously not nearly as bad as this COVID-19 pandemic. No hospitals overflowed, no refrigerated trucks were needed to store corpses from overflowing morgues and there were no mass graves.

Ominously, in many pandemics the first wave is not the worst...

2020-04-25 - World’s biggest wheat supply dries up when some want it most, wheat shortages loom:

Note: Farm workers at fruit and vegetable farms are having problems too...

2020-04-25 - Study finds coronavirus could be more contagious than previously thought:

Quote: "Scientists in Italy now say coronavirus has been detected in particles of air pollution, which allowed it to be carried over long distances."

2020-04-25 - Fewer than half of working Americans will have a paycheck in May as devastating coronavirus layoffs persist:

2020-04-25 - People living in a collapsing civilization do not usually know that their civilization is collapsing:

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2020-04-26 - RV goes up in flames and kills person near Bluff Springs Road and Slaughter Lane just outside Austin (Texas):

Quote: "Travis County Fire Rescue said around 6:30 p.m. firefighters extinguished the RV fire near the intersection of Bluff Springs Road and Slaughter Lane just south of the city limit. An investigator was requested after one person was found dead. Two vehicles were also caught fire in the blaze, firefighters said."

Note: This is the 123rd RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 10th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-04-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Kaukauna (Wisconsin), nobody there:

Quote: "Upon arrival, crews found heavy black smoke on the top of a pile of scrap/recycling metal spanning 100 feet in width and 30 feet into the air. The facility was closed at the time and there were no employees on scene."

2020-04-26 - Underground electrical explosion blows pavement apart in Carlisle (Britain):

2020-04-26 - The food supply chain is breaking and we're being warned that meat shortages are imminent:

2020-04-26 - Violent hailstorms destroy crops and damage homes and cars across the world:

2020-04-26 - COVID-19 may cause serious brain damage in some patients:

Quote: "The paper recounts a recently conducted study on the brain scans (CT and MRI) of a patient infected by COVID-19 virus that shows a rare encephalopathy called ANE, which leads to brain dysfunction with seizures and mental disorientation. It indicates that in the presence of human ACE2 receptors in CNS, the brain may be infected by the virus through the olfactory bulbs and also through other peripheral nerve terminals or simply blood circulation and may breach the blood-brain barrier to innervate and attack CNS. The scientists said that it may also completely destroy the medulla oblongata of the hindbrain, which regulates breathing, heart, and blood vessel function."

2020-04-26 - Naked man, 22, crashes through glass at apartment building, chases woman, in Northampton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "When officers arrived residents directed them to the third floor of a building where they located a 22-year-old man who was allegedly covered in blood and being restrained by a resident. Kasper said officers spoke with a victim who said she had been inside her basement apartment knitting when she heard a loud sound from another room and saw a naked man running at her window trying to break the glass with his body. After multiple attempts, he allegedly broke the glass, fell into her room, and chased her out of her apartment."

2020-04-26 - What is happening now is how a civilization collapses:

2020-04-26 - Strange blue and purple lights glowing in the night sky across the world baffle skywatchers:

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2020-04-27 - Pentagon officially releases real-deal UFO videos that had been previously leaked:

Quote: "The Pentagon has officially released three short videos showing 'unidentified aerial phenomena' that had previously been released by a private company."

Quote: "In 2017, one of the pilots who saw one of the unidentified objects in 2004 told CNN that it moved in ways he couldn't explain. 'As I got close to it ... it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds,' said retired US Navy pilot David Fravor. 'This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.'"

Note: What he's saying is that the craft was going in one direction and then INSTANTANEOUSLY it began going in a completely different direction. That would look like a ping pong bouncing off an invisible wall. What the beings responsible for these craft have figured out is the God Particle, by which I mean the Higgs Boson and the Higgs Field, which give everything in the universe mass. So they can decrease the mass of their craft to zero. With zero mass their craft don't need to make TURNS to change direction, like everything humans make. They can change direction instantaneously, because without mass they also have no inertia keeping them going in the original direction. And with zero mass, they can accelerate at unthinkable speeds too, disappearing from view within seconds or less.

The ability to manipulate the Higgs Field is civilization-transforming technology. That's why all the supercolliders on Earth are doing Higgs research. Once a civilization figures this technology out, they are no longer shackled by the chains of gravity and can easily expand to other planets or perhaps even other stars. Harvesting asteroids for resources, relocating manufacturing to distant moons, gigantic spacefaring city-ships, all of that and much more becomes easily possible once a civilization figures this technology out. Even ships in Star Trek don't have this technology. On Star Trek you hear captains saying things like, 'Bring the ship around!' That phrase would sound positively quaint to a civilization with the technology to manipulate the Higgs Field.

The good news is that they cannot possibly be hostile, else we'd already be dead or enslaved or whatever they might want to do to us. If they wanted to destroy humanity then they could do so with ten minutes of effort from one ship. Zip over to a dinosaur-killer-sized asteroid, change its mass to zero, change its trajectory and speed to hit the Earth wherever and whenever they want, let its mass revert to normal, then kick back and wait until it hits and the impact wipes out humanity. Whatever civilization controls these craft, they are as far beyond our fighter jets and aircraft carriers as our fighter jets and aircraft carriers are beyond cavemen...

2020-04-27 - Gas station explodes and burns in Earling (Iowa), 2 injured:

2020-04-27 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, on Marfleet Lane in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Marfleet Lane, Hull. Mon 27 Apr 2020 18:21 (No: 007779) Car fire which spread to nearby garage. One hose reel, one hay drag, one BA and Thermal Image Camera in use."

2020-04-27 - Southwestern North America is in the grip of an epic megadrought:

2020-04-27 - Doctors are testing whether estrogen could help men fight COVID-19:

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2020-04-28 - NOAA says 2020 already has a 75% chance of being the hottest year ever and it's still only April:

2020-04-28 - Transformer explodes and burns at plant in coastal Port Neches (Texas):

2020-04-28 - Wildfire breaks out near Seabee Base in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2020-04-28 - Wildfire breaks out in coastal St. Lucie County (Florida):

2020-04-28 - Landfill fire breaks out for at least the 10th time in a year on the island of St. Croix:

Quote: "This is at least the 10th fire at the St. Croix landfill in the past 12 months and the fourth since the year began less than four months ago."

2020-04-28 - In two separate incidents, four yachts go up in flames at the same time in coastal Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "At around 2.30pm today, a yacht moored at Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter caught fire. Smoke was seen billowing from the vessel and many residents in Kowloon Bay and Hong Kong Island saw the fire and called police for help. Fireboat arrived at the scene to put out the flames. The boat subsequently sunk into the sea at 3.40pm after firemen put out the flames. Moments later, another 2 yachts moored next to it also caught fire and firemen put out the flames, two boats sunk into the sea while the third boat sunk halfway. At around 5pm, the half-sunk boat caught fire again and firemen returned to put out the flames again."

Quote: "Meanwhile, a boat in Lung Kwu Tan in Tuen Mun also caught fire at around the same time. Fireboat arrived at the scene to put out the flames."

2020-04-28 - Two fishing boats go up in flames in coastal Bandar Abbas (Iran):

2020-04-28 - Boat bursts into flame in coastal Havant (Britain):

Note: These are the 398th, 399th, 400th, 401st, 402nd, 403rd and 404th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-04-28 - Half of the world’s workforce could lose their livelihoods due to COVID-19, UN agency warns:

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2020-04-29 - Heatwave broils the US Southwest:

2020-04-29 - Car goes up in flames shortly before 4 AM and kills man on Chatsworth Street in coastal Sunderland (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Chatsworth Street in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, shortly before 4am this morning to reports of a vehicle on fire. After crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the blaze, the body of a man was found inside a Vauxhall Astra car."

2020-04-29 - Car goes up in flames at home and kills man in Nairobi (Kenya):

2020-04-29 - SUV goes up in flames and seriously burns man near Mohawk Boulevard and Creek Drive in Tulsa (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Tulsa police and fire crews are investigating a car fire that injured one person. Authorities say a passerby called 911 after seeing a car on fire near Mohawk Boulevard and Creek Drive. The victim was found outside the burning vehicle. Authorities say the victim has life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital."

2020-04-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-04-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, several cars burn, in Round O (South Carolina):

2020-04-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 1:06 AM, at least 12 cars burn, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Fire and Emergency NZ northern shift manager Carren Larking said multiple calls were received about the fire since 1.06am. 'Some people said it was just a grass fire, some said it was a transformer on fire but on arrival we found 12-15 cars on fire in a car wrecker's yard.'"

2020-04-29 - US buys 100,000 body bags to add to the 100,000 requested from the Department of Defense:

2020-04-29 - Coronavirus deaths and infections surge in Germany as lockdown restrictions are eased:

Quote: "Germany faces the prospect of returning to a stricter lockdown after a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths."

Note: Easing restrictions right after deaths and infections start declining is like surrendering right after you turn the tide of battle in your favor. 'We're winning! Time to surrender!'

2020-04-29 - IMF chief says coronavirus could cause economic crash worse than the Great Depression:

2020-04-29 - Torrential rains from Kenya to Pakistan continue to fuel the biggest locust plague the world has ever seen:

Category: Variety Pack

2020-04-30 - Car goes up in flames and kills person in parking garage at Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights (Maryland):

Quote: "One person was found dead when firefighters responded to a car fire outside Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, on Thursday. The Prince George's County fire department responded to the 3700 block of Branch Avenue, the site of a parking garage at the Iverson Mall, at about 11:25 a.m Thursday."

2020-04-30 - RV trailer goes up in flames shortly after midnight and kills man at home on Bluebonnet Street in Bryan (Texas):

2020-04-30 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Washington Park (Illinois):

2020-04-30 - Air conditioner explodes into flame and ignites shop in Dhaka (Bangladesh), 3 injured:

2020-04-30 - Wildfire breaks out along the Arkansas River near John Martin Reservoir State Park (Colorado):

2020-04-30 - Another 3.8 million jobless claims push total to 30.3 million unemployed in the US in the last six weeks:

Quote: "Americans filed 3.8 million new jobless claims last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, pushing the six-week claims tally to 30.3 million as the coronavirus pandemic battered the economy."

2020-04-30 - Excess death statistics show that COVID-19 death counts are very likely significant undercounts:

Note: By 'excess deaths' what they mean is that in a particular area you normally have X deaths per month, but now the number is much higher than that. The difference is 'excess deaths'. Since there's nothing particular going on other than COVID-19, the deaths above the average are probably attributable to COVID-19, though not necessarily directly...

2020-04-30 - Airlines increasingly requiring passengers to wear face masks:

2020-04-30 - Coronavirus pandemic may lead to social unrest and revolutions:

2020-04-30 - Report predicts up to two more years of pandemic misery:

2020-04-30 - Russian Prime Minister Mishustin tests positive for coronavirus as national total tops 100,000 cases:

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