Sunday, May 3, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-02

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

2020-05-02 - Hundreds of towering hydrothermal chimneys belching superheated liquid warmed by magma discovered on the seafloor off Washington:

2020-05-02 - Car recycling plant erupts in flame, fire gets big, in coastal Avonmouth (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 200-ton pile of scrap metal burns, in Birmingham (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Brush fire breaks out and closes I-17 near New River (Arizona):

2020-05-02 - Wildfire breaks out near coastal Titusville (Florida):

2020-05-02 - Invasive Asian giant hornets found in Washington State:

Quote: "According to CNN, the Asian giant hornets are an invasive and potentially deadly species. They say researchers nicknamed it the 'murder hornet' because its powerful venom can kill a human if stung several times."

Note: As if things weren't bad enough, now we've got murder hornets!

2020-05-02 - Coronavirus kills record 2,909 people in one day in the US as states begin to reopen:

Quote: "The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization. The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday. That’s the highest daily Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. yet, based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports."

Note: That's a little more than two coronavirus deaths per minute. The virus should be quite pleased with us for reopening while daily death counts are still climbing. And I see why they ordered another 100,000 body bags!

2020-05-02 - Boat explodes and burns on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), 1 killed, 3 injured:

Note: This is the 411th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-02 - Semi tractors go up in flames while parked at loading dock at produce business in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "'Thirty-eight firefighters extinguished fire in the cabs of multiple tractor-trailers in 22 minutes,' Stewart said."

2020-05-02 - Tractor bursts into flame along Irvin Cobb Road in Murray (Kentucky):

Note: These are the 616th, 617th and 618th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-02 - Four garbage trucks go up in flames while parked at waste business in Durham (North Carolina):

Quote: "Four trash trucks were destroyed in Durham after they exploded. The trash trucks were at Durham Waste Facility on Stone Park Court, and caught on fire after the explosion."

2020-05-02 - Van bursts into flame at 1:50 AM in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame east of Dawn (Missouri):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Palm Desert (California):

Quote: "A vehicle fire spread to a mobile home on Saturday afternoon in Palm Desert, authorities said."

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Walmart in Erie (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-05-02 - Two cars go up in flames while parked in garage on Meadowsweet Way in Horton Heath (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on the Shavington Bypass in Crewe (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame on the A4361 at Elms Crossroads in Broad Hinton (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame near Southwick (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark on the A64 in Jinnah (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 19:33 Location: A64, Jinnah Crew from Huntington responded to reports of a car on fire in a car park. The crew extinguished the fire using 2 breathing apparatus, 1 hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera. The cause is belived to have been an electrical fault."

2020-05-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-40 in Johnson County (Arkansas):

2020-05-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 4:41 AM in Glastonbury (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Auto shop destroyed by fire at 5:45 AM on Jefferson Street in Danville (Virginia):

2020-05-02 - Barn destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM near Royal City (Washington), 10 horses killed:

2020-05-02 - Garage goes up in flames at home on Wheeler Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-05-02 - Home damaged by garage fire in Panorama City (California):

2020-05-02 - Home damaged by fire at 5:58 AM on Peach Road in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-05-02 - Home damaged by fire on Aquarius Court in the Indian Lakes area in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2020-05-02 - Home damaged by fire at 5:29 AM on Highway 129 in Galivants Ferry (South Carolina):

2020-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Stardust Lane in the Flour Bluff area in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2020-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Machesney Park (Illinois):

2020-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Rhodes Street in New Britain (Connecticut):

2020-05-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire on 18th Avenue Southwest in Rochester (Minnesota):

2020-05-02 - Home destroyed by fire on Pokai Bay Street in coastal Waianae (Hawaii):

2020-05-02 - Apartment building damaged by fire on East 70th Street in coastal Manhattan (New York), 3 injured:

2020-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:30 AM on Wayland Road near Washington (Iowa), 2 killed:

2020-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:30 AM on North Main Street in Lexington (Illinois), 3 killed:

2020-05-02 - Deadly fire burns home on Stearns Avenue in Haysville (Kansas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-02 - Vacant water park burns at 5:30 AM on California Avenue in Redlands (California):

2020-05-02 - Gray whale washes ashore dead at beach near coastal Ventura (California):

2020-05-02 - Two men, 57 and 61, slump over dead on subway trains in coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "Both men are believed to have died of natural causes, officers said, adding that no foul play is expected but a medical examiner will determine the cause of death."

2020-05-02 - Man and boy, 32 and 13, die in the Pavana River in Pune (India):

2020-05-02 - Woman and niece die in dam reservoir at Harabhangi Dam (India):,-niece-drown-in-dam/42466998

2020-05-02 - Man, 29, dies after being pulled from swimming pool in coastal Al Fateh (Bahrain):

Quote: "An Asian national drowned in a swimming pool yesterday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The 29-year-old was found in a pool at his residence in the Al Fateh region. He was later pronounced dead."

2020-05-02 - Man falls into the water and dies in coastal Titusville (Florida):

2020-05-02 - Man, 32, found dead in swamp in Fort Lee (Virginia):

2020-05-02 - Boy, 10, found dead in the water near coastal Crystal Beach (Texas):

2020-05-02 - Man, 30 to 60, found dead in the Little River in Hopkinsville (Kentucky):

2020-05-02 - Person found dead in the Des Moines River in Des Moines (Iowa):

2020-05-02 - Woman found dead in the Wabash River north of Newport (Indiana):

2020-05-02 - Man found dead in picnic area at Jastro Park in Bakersfield (California):

2020-05-02 - Man dies before 6 AM in his cell in jail in Haskell County (Oklahoma):

2020-05-02 - Man, 77, found dead and partially submerged in pond on his property on Broadway Road in Darien Center (New York):

2020-05-02 - Man, 22, found dead in stairwell at apartments in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-05-02 - Woman found dead in the South Rukuru River (Malawi):

2020-05-02 - Man in his 40s found dead in lobby at apartment building in coastal Dublin (Ireland), 1300 feet from docks:

2020-05-02 - Man, 39, found dead in the River Clyde in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-05-02 - Woman, 25, found dead at home in the Possilpark area in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-05-02 - Woman found dead in car on Sandwich Road in St Neots (Britain):

2020-05-02 - Man, 69, has 'medical issue', car crashes into trees, in Dalton Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

Quote: "The Muskegon County Sheriff's Office says they believe a man killed in a crash was having a medical issue when his car left the road Saturday night. Police say he was wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol does not seem to be the cause of the crash."

2020-05-02 - Bolivian Air Force place crashes and burns in marshy area on the outskirts of Trinidad (Bolivia), 6 killed:

Quote: "A Bolivian air force plane flying a humanitarian mission crashed minutes after takeoff in the Amazonian region, killing all six occupants, including four Spaniards who were being ferried to catch a flight to their homeland, the Defense Ministry said Saturday. The Beechcraft Baron, a twin-engine propeller plane, went down in a marshy area on the outskirts of Trinidad, a city in the northeast of the country, the announcement said."

2020-05-02 - Small plane crashes at Zelmer Memorial Air Park in Palmyra (Illinois), 1 killed:

2020-05-02 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field in Gastonia (North Carolina):

2020-05-02 - Small plane crashes into Georgian Bay (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-05-02 - Small plane crashes near Yakum (Israel), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-02 - Small plane crashes and burns in field in Slobozhanske (Ukraine), 2 killed:

2020-05-02 - Police helicopter crashes shortly before 2 AM in Houston (Texas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-02 - Freight train derails near Boissevain (Canada):

2020-05-02 - Tanker truck overturns on street in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-05-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on Route 8 in Seymour (Connecticut):

2020-05-02 - Pickup truck veers off road at 5:10 AM, crashes into trees, near coastal Gig Harbor (Washington), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-02 - Pickup truck overturns on Amargosa Road in Victorville (California), 1 injured:

2020-05-02 - Car crashes off ramp at 3:53 AM, bursts into flame, in Columbus (Ohio), 1 killed:

2020-05-02 - Stray dogs attack and kill 4-year-old girl in Andhra Pradesh (India):

2020-05-02 - Sinkhole opens on highway near Beloit (Wisconsin):

2020-05-02 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Crete (Greece):

2020-05-02 - Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Ponce (Puerto Rico):

2020-05-02 - At least four tornadoes filmed in Puebla (Mexico):

2020-05-02 - Severe hailstorm hits Shahrood (Iran):

2020-05-02 - Honeybees risk being wiped out by a disease that is sweeping Britain, scientists reveal:

2020-05-02 - German economy may need at least eight years, best case, to recover from COVID-19 recession, report says:


  1. Small plane (reg. plane and helicopter) destruction day here on JJFH, jeez! Fly the friendly skies my ass!

    Apple Data Shows Shelter-In-Place Is Ending, Whether Governments Want It To Or Not

    Bye-bye shelter-in-place. Hello re-opening.

    Apple’s Mobility Trends report shows that traffic in the US and other countries like Germany has pretty much doubled in the past three weeks. It had been down up to 72%. And location data provider Foursquare says that gas and fast food visits are back to pre-COVID-19 levels in the American Midwest.

    Rural areas are following the same pattern. [more]

    [too bad we don't have "herd immunity" to stupidity]

    Here Is Why The U.S. Economy Would Continue To Crash Even If All The Lockdowns Were Lifted Immediately…

    COVID-19 has created an enormous amount of fear, and that fear is doing far more damage to the economy than the actual virus is. In an environment of fear, financial institutions become a lot tighter with their money, and that inevitably causes economic activity to slow down. For example, just consider what happened in 2008. Mortgage lending standards suddenly became much more strict, and that greatly contributed to the horrific housing price crash which left millions upon millions of Americans underwater on their mortgages. Unfortunately, this coronavirus pandemic has created a wave of fear that is far greater than what we experienced during the last recession, and that has enormous implications for the months ahead.

    Extremely loose lending standards helped create debt-fueled “booms” throughout our economy in recent years, but now lending standards are going in the complete opposite direction very rapidly. [more]

    Scientists conclude people cannot get coronavirus twice

    A number of reported cases of coronavirus patients relapsing after overcoming the disease were actually due to testing failures, South Korean scientists say.

    Researchers at the South Korean centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) now say it is impossible for the COVID-19 virus to reactivate in human bodies.

    There have been more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea, with 245 deaths - a 2.3% fatality rate, which is lower than the 3.4% average as stated by the World Health Organisation.

    A total of 277 patients in the country were believed to have fallen ill for a second time, as had patients in China and Japan.

    This prompted concerns that the virus could be mutating so quickly that people were not necessarily immune to catching it again.

    However, genetic analyses of the virus have not found any substantial changes which would effectively disguise it from the immune system.

    South Korea's CDC has found that the test results for the suspected relapsed patients were false positives, and warned the test it used was not able to distinguish between live traces of the virus and the harmless dead samples which remain after patients have recovered. [more; mutations still happen]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. DARPA: US 'germ warfare research' to create Covid-19 test; identify carriers before they are infectious

    Scientists working for the US military have designed a new Covid-19 test that could potentially identify carriers before they become infectious and spread the disease, the Guardian has learned.

    In what could be a significant breakthrough, project coordinators hope the blood-based test will be able to detect the virus's presence as early as 24 hours after infection - before people show symptoms and several days before a carrier is considered capable of spreading it to other people. That is also around four days before current tests can detect the virus.

    The test has emerged from a project set up by the US military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aimed at rapid diagnosis of germ or chemical warfare poisoning. It was hurriedly repurposed when the pandemic broke out and the new test is expected to be put forward for emergency use approval (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within a week. [more]

    Thousands hit by floods in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

    Flood water was up to 2 metres deep in some areas. As of 02 May, 21,888 homes had been submerged, affecting 81,088 residents (24,898 families). Schools, places of worship and other public buildings have also been flooded. [more]

    Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan

    Six out of 7 bodies found after police officers killed by raging floodwaters in Kenya

    Seven officers were swept downstream while five managed to jump to safety. [more]

    Heavy rain leaves 8 dead, homes destroyed by floods and landslides in Rwanda

    According to Meteo Rwanda, more heavy rain is expected in Kigali city, Northern Province and Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Muhanga and Ruhango districts over the next 7 days, increasing the risk of further floods and landslides. [more]

    Cell towers collapse during storm in Pune, India

    High winds cause cell towers to collapse in Pune, Maharashtra, India. May 1st 2020. [more]

    Two dead as landslides hit after 10 hours of heavy rainfall in Kigezi, Uganda

    Two people have died and 31 houses have been destroyed following landslides that hit Kigezi sub region.

    The floods resulted from a heavy downpour that started on Saturday morning at around 2.00am and lasted for over 10 hours.

    Harry Shearer's Le Show for Sunday, May 3rd [~ 1 hr]

    [3rd piece coming up]

  3. Coronavirus leaves Washington farmers with a big problem: What do you do with a billion pounds of potatoes?

    The notice on Facebook was small and nondescript: “Free potatoes donated by Washington Potato Growers.” But that’s all it took.

    Last Wednesday, the giveaway caused a massive traffic jam in Ritzville, a tiny Eastern Washington farming town.

    Farmer Marvin Wollman had filled a tractor-trailer with 40,000 pounds of russet potatoes packed into 15-pound bags, and they were gone in nearly three hours.

    The next day, Wollman brought another 40,000-pound load to the city of Moses Lake, and the line of cars stretched two and a half miles.

    Wollman was moved by the response, but this was much more than charity.

    The coronavirus pandemic has left Washington's farmers with at least a billion pounds of potatoes they can't sell, a new crop growing without any buyers and millions of dollars in debt they have no way to pay. [more]

    Microplastics disrupt hermit crabs’ ability to choose shell, study suggests

    When it comes to moving home, hermit crabs are experts, often swapping shells for the optimal abode.

    But now researchers have found that exposure to microplastics disrupts this key behaviour. The finds are the latest to suggest such pollution could be having an impact on the world’s marine creatures. [more]

    [for tomorrow's report]
    Asteroid 2020 JA to flyby Earth at 0.62 LD on May 3

    A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JA will flyby Earth at a safe distance of 0.62 LD / 0.00160 AU (239 356 km / 148 729 miles) at 20:01 UTC on May 3, 2020. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, 13th since April 1, and the first so far this month. [more]

    "I'm starving now": World faces unprecedented hunger crisis

    The coronavirus pandemic has left the world facing an unprecedented hunger crisis. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation – double last year's figures. [more]

    [Fear - Let's Have A War!]
    Exclusive: Internal Chinese report warns Beijing faces Tiananmen-like global backlash over virus

    An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters. [more]

    The architect of Sweden's decision not to have a coronavirus lockdown said he still isn't sure it was the right call

    Sweden has only introduced a handful of rules and left places like parks and restaurants open, but its death toll is much higher than neighboring countries. [more]

    [4th section below]

  4. Reopening states will cause 233,000 more people to die from coronavirus, according to Wharton model

    New data from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that relaxing lockdowns across U.S. cities and states could have serious consequences for the country’s battle to contain the coronavirus, which has infected over a million people while killing more than 66,000 people.

    According to the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), reopening states will result in an additional 233,000 deaths from the virus — even if states don’t reopen at all and with social distancing rules in place. This means that if the states were to reopen, 350,000 people in total would die from coronavirus by the end of June, the study found. [more; i'll be watching]

    Temperatures to tumble dramatically in Northeast during first full week of May

    After the first weekend of May provided a quick break from chilly air dominating the Northeast, the start of the workweek will send temperatures tumbling once again.

    While April left much to be desired for warm weather fans across the region, temperatures rebounded on Saturday and again on Sunday. [more; see map]

    [quick break from doom and gloom]
    Discover the Serene Beauty of Japan's Most Gorgeous Gardens

    [which way do you wanna die?]
    Coronavirus could change Florida's hurricane planning: Hotels, Lyft, Uber all in play

    Emergency managers pleaded with willful Floridians in 2016 to flee as Hurricane Matthew hurtled toward the East Coast with one infamous entreaty querying the supply of body bags to motivate stalwarts.

    If a hurricane threatens this season, some evacuation requests may be replaced by stay-at-home orders as officials struggle to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

    Details could include requiring people in hurricane-fortified homes to stay put through a storm. [more]

    [this is impacting me right now]
    Unimpressed by online classes, college students seek refunds

    [colleges thought - "we'll just make all classes on-line!"]

    They wanted the campus experience, but their colleges sent them home to learn online during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, students at more than 25 U.S. universities are filing lawsuits against their schools demanding partial refunds on tuition and campus fees, saying they’re not getting the caliber of education they were promised. [not to mention that they didn't sign up for on-line classes to begin with & i'm working WAY more than i used to, this way]

    The suits reflect students’ growing frustration with online classes that schools scrambled to create as the coronavirus forced campuses across the nation to close last month. The suits say students should pay lower rates for the portion of the term that was offered online, arguing that the quality of instruction is far below the classroom experience.

    Colleges, though, reject the idea that refunds are in order. Students are learning from the same professors who teach on campus, officials have said, and they’re still earning credits toward their degrees. Schools insist that, after being forced to close by their states, they're still offering students a quality education. [more; bullshit - it wasn't "quality" to begin with! Am. higher ed. is a dead horse that leads nowhere since there are no jobs and the economy is crashing]

    [5th installment next]

  5. [THIS is amazing]
    Irish dig deep to support virus-hit native Americans, repaying 150-year-old debt

    Donations to native American tribes who have been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis are flooding in from Ireland as they repay a debt dating back to the 19th-century potato famine.

    At least 41 people have fallen victim to Covid-19 in the Navajo nation, with the spike in cases partly attributed to a water crisis. An estimated 40 percent of the Navajo do not have running water at home, and a drought in the south-west has exacerbated the difficulties.

    As the crisis intensified, the Navajo and Hopi families set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise cash to pay for bottled water.

    Already more than $1.3 million has been raised with donations flooding in from Ireland. The generosity dates back to a gesture made in March 1847 when the Choctaw Tribe, which was gradually re-establishing itself in Oklahoma having been ousted from its ancestral lands in Mississippi, heard news of the Irish Potato Famine across the Atlantic.

    Meeting in a building in Skullyville, Oklahoma, the Choctaw were asked to dig deep for people thousands of miles away they had never met. They did, and donations poured in.

    Now, 173 years later, the gesture has been repaid with donors from Ireland opening their wallets to help.

    "The Choctaw and Navajo First Nation people helped the Irish during the Great Famine, despite their own suffering," wrote Michael Corkery, who donated $200.

    "When I learned about it, I never forgot it; they know all people are the same in the end, and showed such decency and humanity. It's history now, but we are still grateful. Thank you!"

    Younger adults are getting seriously sick and ending up in the hospital because of the coronavirus, and it's alarming doctors

    Doctors on the frontlines say they're astonished at how many relatively young people are becoming severely ill from the novel coronavirus. [more]

    [6th part awaits]

  6. Calif. Official Ousted After Saying Herd Immunity Killing Elderly and Homeless Would Fix ‘Burden on Society’

    A northern California city official took to Facebook to extol what he sees as the virtues of herd immunity to solve the coronavirus pandemic. But not too long after he hit “post,” he was ousted for his cold-hearted words. [more; just stfu!]

    Powerful storm drenches Arkansas [~ 20 sec. news spot]

    With a second wave of coronavirus in the fall, there could be one big problem for workers who get laid off again

    Some public-health experts say there could be a second wave of coronavirus infections on the horizon, possibly even worse than the first. So what will come of workers who remain reliant on unemployment-insurance benefits at that time? And what about those who find a job, only to lose it during the next economic shutdown?

    benefits expire at the end of July. “My worry is that if we open up too soon, and it’s sort of a false start and we have to pull back and there’s another wave of layoffs — basically this second wave — those workers will not be covered for very long under these expanded benefits,” Dynan said. “It’s possible that Congress will extend that.” [more; confounding problems]

    Food banks struggle to keep pace with immigrant communities hit hard by pandemic

    Texas food banks are struggling to meet unprecedented demand and many Texans seeking help are leaving empty-handed, internal Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) documents reveal.

    As the coronavirus pandemic has hit – and large swathes of the US economy have shut down – food banks across the US have seen a huge rise in demand. But as food supplies dwindle, many in Texas are being turned away and experts and community workers say that the food crisis is hitting the state’s large immigrant population especially hard. [more]

    A meteor shower is lighting up the night sky on Cinco de Mayo

    The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks each year during early May as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet (1P/Halley). The Orionids meteor shower in October also originates from this comet. [more]

    Four million Italians go back to work amid confusion and frustration over new rules

    Millions of Italians head back to work today amid mounting frustration and confusion over the government’s “Phase 2” plan for easing lockdown restrictions.

    On Sunday, the government issued guidelines to law enforcement agencies urging “prudent and fair” policing of new rules and restrictions on movements, which start today and will remain in place until May 17.

    But as regions pass their own tailor-made regulatory acts, Italians complain of an increasingly complicated patchwork of “do’s and don’ts.”

    Italy has one of the world's highest death tolls, with almost 29,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the outbreak began in mid-February. [more]

  7. [starting off the first week of May with some headlines from RF]
    News Links, May 4, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    European Banks Reveal Scale & Complexity of Crisis. Shares Hammered Back to 1987 Level
    They haven't gotten over Financial Crisis 1 and the Euro Debt Crisis. Now there's a new crisis. Deutsche Bank's CEO going on TV to soothe nerves didn't help matters.

    IMF Approves Emergency Loan For Ecuador

    Greece spent 10 years thinking that things couldn't get any worse, then the coronavirus hit

    Why Assets Will Crash
    This is how it happens that boats that were once worth tens of thousands of dollars are set adrift by owners who can no longer afford to pay slip fees.

    Spain Seeks Another Bailout as Deficit Skyrockets

    U.S. Steel Layoffs: 2,700 Workers Cut, 6,500 Could Be Let Go

    NRA cutting staff and salaries amid coronavirus pandemic

    U.S. aviation sector cuts more jobs amid travel meltdown

    Berkshire sells entire stakes in U.S airlines: Buffett

    North and South Korea exchange gunfire across border at guard post
    Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro

    Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again

    May Day protests across U.S. call for reopening, worker protections

    More than 500 protesters gather on beach to protest California's stay-at-home order

    Riots, Escapes and Pepper Spray: Virus Hits Juvenile Centers

    Chevron Doesn't Plan To Exit Venezuela

    Canada's Oil Patch Struggles To Survive The Worst Recession Ever

    Where's the beef ... and the chicken: Should we worry about a meat shortage?

    Amid meat shortage concerns, Kroger to limit purchases of beef and pork

    Food rationing confronts shoppers once spoiled for choice

    Pandemic Gardens Are Trending: Fears Over Food Shortages Lead First Timers to Get Growing
    Don't wait until the last minute. -- RF

    Nearly 900 workers at Indiana meat plant test positive for coronavirus as food shortage fears grow

    Wasted milk, euthanized livestock: Photos show how coronavirus has devastated US agriculture

    Facing meat shortages, some Americans turn to hunting during pandemic

    The Bizarre Blindspot in "Planet of the Humans"

    [2nd part follows]

  8. The Dirty Truth About Delivery Drones
    A new study by researchers from the Martin Luther Universitat in Halle-Wittenberg made the shocking discovery that delivery drones will use 10 times more energy than standard delivery vans.

    Building heat, gusty winds may fuel wildfire concerns in California

    Locusts, pandemics, floods: East Africa can't catch a break

    Brazil is letting the coronavirus run wild with little intervention, and the results are strikingly bad

    France reports 135 more deaths from COVID-19, taking toll to 24,895

    Russia's coronavirus cases hit new high, Moscow warns of clampdown

    Assange's partner says his life is in danger in London prison

    US investigating University of Texas links to Chinese lab scrutinized over coronavirus

    Official linked to anti-Iran pressure group breaks ranks, says Iran should get all the help it needs to fight COVID-19

    Why You Should Oppose The Censorship Of David Icke (Hint: It's Got Nothing To Do With Icke)

    SELCO: This Is a Time of Massive Change and the Direction We're Going Is Not Good

    Massive Unemployment Surge Creates Challenge Ahead

    From Houston to New York, America's Muni Finances Are in Tatters

    U.S. Public Debt Increases More In April Than During Entire 2019

    Coronavirus pandemic tanks US auto sales in April

    April's jobs report showing millions out of work looms large in the week ahead

    Bone-Chilling WTF Charts of the Collapse in US Demand for Gasoline, Jet Fuel, and Diesel

    U.S. coronavirus stimulus went to some healthcare providers facing criminal inquiries

    Fed Drastically Slashed Helicopter Money for Wall Street. QE Down 86% From Peak Week in March

    Marriage rate drops to record low

    Subway closure 'outright disaster' for the homeless who have few safe shelter options, advocates say

    'When is my career going to start?' College grads face one of the bleakest job markets in history

    Police agencies are using drones to enforce stay-at-home orders, raising concerns among civil rights groups

    Biden Is Everything The Democrats Are: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

    Rocket Lab CEO: The space industry is entering at least 'a year and a half slog' due to coronavirus

    Analysis suggests states need to plan for second wave of COVID-19

    Health official says US missed some chances to slow virus
    [thanks, Capt. Obvious]

    Advocates demand stronger federal action as nursing homes engulfed by pandemic

    Coronavirus spares one neighborhood but ravages the next. Race and class spell the difference.

    The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO

    Faced with 20,000 dead, care homes seek shield from lawsuits

  9. [smoke 'em if ya got 'em]
    Does nicotine protect from Covid-19? Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to become seriously ill from the virus

    A QUARTER OF French adults smoke. Many people were surprised, therefore, when researchers reported late in April that only 5% of 482 covid-19 patients who came to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris between February 28th and April 9th were daily smokers. The ratios of smokers to non-smokers in earlier tallies at hospitals in America, China and elsewhere in France varied. But all revealed habitual smokers to be significantly underrepresented among those requiring hospital treatment for the illness. Smokers, the authors of the report wrote, "are much less likely" to suffer severely from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. Rarely, they added, is such a result seen in medicine.

    What seems to be happening is that infected smokers are less likely to develop symptoms, or, if they do develop them, are more likely than non-smokers to have symptoms which are mild.

    All this suggests that something in tobacco smoke is having a protective effect. [more; seems to works for what i smoke]

    [Lest We Forget: cue Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Four Dead in Ohio crank it up!]

    50 years ago today: Kent State massacre cover-up continues

    Abby Martin talks to Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, about the Kent State massacre and subsequent cover-up by the federal government. [8 min. interview; 3 more vids]

    Quick-Moving Row Home Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt [1 min. news spot]

    The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Monday.

    Nuclear Is Getting Hammered by Green Power and the Pandemic

    Generating power without harmful carbon emissions has never been more urgent, yet one of the biggest sources of clean power is struggling to turn a profit.

    The nuclear industry has been vying for a role as the perfect partner to the surging, but intermittent, renewables sector for years, citing its role as a stable source of emissions-free power. Nations around the world have set tough targets to reduce greenhouse gases with the help of clean energy to meet commitments set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. [more]

    [that's the bullshit argument that Sierra Club & Bill McKibben used; but nuclear is anything BUT "clean" as it relies on fossil fuel power for construction, maintenance and back-up power, not to mention "demolition" and re-purposing of site; then there's the "what do we do with the 'spent' fuel?" question, which has yet to be answered in the long-term]

    [trine-a teh-yeh]
    The Trump administration is privately estimating the daily coronavirus death rate will double in the next month

    Publicly, the Trump administration is pushing for states to let businesses reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Privately, it's forecasting a very disturbing future. [more]

    [2nd comment coming]

  10. [though i have to work til JUNE to officially end the semester, if feel bad for everyone else who has it worse]

    Thousands of seafarers are stranded aboard ships, with no end to their shift in sight

    At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, there was much attention on the plight of cruise tourists. Governments around the world closed their ports to cruise ships and refused to allow passengers to disembark. While all cruise passengers are now ashore, those who work on cruise ships are not, with an estimated 100,000 cruise ship workers currently stranded.

    The same is true of workers on cargo ships. There are an estimated 1.6 million seafarers working onboard various types of ships. These men and women are responsible for transporting 90% of the world’s trade. From the food that we eat to the clothes that we wear, pretty much everything we own was transported by a seafarer.

    These workers live and work onboard for months at a time, driving the ship, maintaining its machinery and loading and discharging cargo at ports around the world. With an average crew size of just 23 people, seafarers are used to social isolation.

    On the surface, all seems well: goods are still flowing. But the men and women who are transporting these goods are struggling. In a normal month, approximately 100,000 seafarers leave their ships and are replaced by others, but these crew changes have been cancelled. Over a month ago, Maersk, the world’s largest container line, suspended all crew changes and then recently announced an further extension to the crew change suspension. Other shipping lines have also suspended crew changes. It is estimated that 150,000 seafarers are currently waiting to go home. [more; jeez . .]

    More Big Oil Companies Likely to Cut Dividends, Goldman Says

    Royal Dutch Shell disappointed Wall Street last week by cutting its dividend for the first time in 80 years. The company reduced the payout to about $5 billion from $15 billion, a 66% cut . It will give the company more room to pay down debt and otherwise prepare its balance sheet for a prolonged downturn in oil prices. But the action also removed one of the most compelling reasons to buy the shares. [more]

    [3rd part follows]

  11. PPP loans put some workers and business owners in tough positions [~ 4 min. news video]

    Nearly 400 employees at a Missouri pork plant tested positive for COVID-19. All of them were asymptomatic.

    All employees at Triumph Foods in Buchanan County, Missouri, were offered COVID-19 testing.

    As of Sunday, 374 employees tested positive for the coronavirus, but none of them were showing symptoms [yet].

    Employees who tested positive were asked to isolate at home and will be paid, the company's CEO said. [more]

    [hey, howa-dem unemploy-mint nummers doin'?]
    GE Aviation to cut workforce by up to 13,000 jobs, or 25%

    Here’s how to see the Super Flower Moon, the very last supermoon of the year

    Though the world seems like it’s completely off-kilter these days, one thing will always remain constant: the moon and its phases. On Thursday, May 7th, we’ll be treated to the Super Flower Moon, the last supermoon of the year. Though it won’t be as big or bright as the two supermoons before it, the Super Flower Moon will still appear larger and brighter than any full moons remaining in 2020. So, this is a lunar event you won’t want to miss.

    Thursday’s full moon will peak at 6:45 a.m. EDT—meaning those of us on the East Coast may not be able to actually see it at its brightest, as it will already be lighter outside. However, the Flower Moon will appear super bright the night before (Wednesday, May 6th) and will remain fairly big and bright during the night of May 7th. [more]

    ['EY, it's a mask, inn-it?]
    California Shopper In Ku Klux Klan Hood Alarms Customers, Officials

  12. The Bakersfield Doctors are back in a new video. I'm betting that it won't be allowed to stay up for long...