Monday, May 4, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-03

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

2020-05-03 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion, thousands of homes go dark, in Cleveland (Tennessee):

2020-05-03 - Brush fire breaks out at airport in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2020-05-03 - Freight train bursts into flame at Monument Parkway and West Beachline Expressway in Orange County (Florida):

2020-05-03 - As many as a third of coronavirus patients are ages 30 to 59:

Quote: "Yukhayev's experience of getting severely ill is common in hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Patients between 30 and 59 made up roughly a third of hospital admissions evaluated by Northwell Health, the health system Yukhayev's a part of, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association."

2020-05-03 - Nursing homes seek protection from lawsuits in the US as coronavirus kills tens of thousands of residents:

Quote: "Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation’s nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care."

2020-05-03 - What happens if - as has happened before with other viruses - a vaccine is never developed for COVID-19?

Quote: "In 1984, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announced at a press conference in Washington, DC, that scientists had successfully identified the virus that later became known as HIV -- and predicted that a preventative vaccine would be ready for testing in two years. Nearly four decades and 32 million deaths later, the world is still waiting for an HIV vaccine."

2020-05-03 - Coronavirus could change Florida's hurricane planning - hotels, Lyft, Uber all in play:

2020-05-03 - Does nicotine protect from Covid-19? Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to become seriously ill from the virus:

2020-05-03 - Boat, two RV trailers and utility trailer go up in flames near Rome (Georgia):

Quote: "According to McCords Fire Chief Rich Lindsey, firefighters quickly arrived on the scene to find two campers fully involved, a boat and utility trailer on fire, and other structures and vehicles endangered."

Note: This is the 412th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 near Colfax (California):

Quote: "For the second time in three days, a trailer hauling pork products was destroyed by fire on westbound Interstate 80."

Note: If this sounds familiar, it's because another tractor trailer burst into flame on I-80 near Colfax two days before too, mentioned in the 2020-05-01 update...

2020-05-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-35 in Waco (Texas):

2020-05-03 - In separate incidents, two tractor trailers burst into flame 6 miles apart on I-80 near Clearfield (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "According to a Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company Facebook post, crews are on scene at two separate commercial vehicle fires on Interstate 80 eastbound."

2020-05-03 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked inside industrial shed in Gunnedah (Australia):

Quote: "There was thick black smoke billowing from the industrial shed and a power saw was needed to gain entry. It then became clear that a truck was the source of the blaze. READ ALSO: 'Once in offensive attack of the blaze, the BA team reported a prime mover and trailer fully involved in fire, with another prime mover starting to succumb to the flames,' a post on Fire and Rescue NSW Station 314 Gunnedah’s Facebook page read."

Note: These are the 619th, 620th, 621st, 622nd and 623rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-03 - RV bursts into flame on Blue Slough Road in Cosmopolis (Washington):

Note: This is the 131st RV to burn in 2020...

2020-05-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on River Road near marina in coastal Port All, Port Alberni (Canada):

Quote: "Port Alberni fire chief Mike Owens said a report of a vehicle fire came in after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. The blaze started at the River Road and Beaver Creek Road intersection near Clutesi Haven Marina."

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame inside garage at home on Contoocook Valley Avenue in Antrim (New Hampshire):

Quote: "The fire began when a resident attempted to start a car that was inside the garage, and the engine compartment ignited, Gale said."

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame at 30th Ave South and South 176 Street in coastal Seatac (Washington):

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame on US 59 near Tenaha (Texas):

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame at 3:34 AM on Daintree Crescent in Kaleen (Australia):

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Real Housewives of Auckland's Anne Batley Burton says she was 'lucky to make it out alive' after her car burst into flames last night. The reality TV star took to Instagram to share the terrifying event. 'I can't believe it. My dad's beautiful big black Bentley burst into flames tonight,' she wrote."

2020-05-03 - Car bursts into flame at 5:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Roberts Road in High Wycombe (Britain):

2020-05-03 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-64 in Raleigh County (West Virginia):

2020-05-03 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home on East Maple Street in Shelley (Idaho):

2020-05-03 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at building in Santa Maria (California):

2020-05-03 - Construction business heavily damaged by fire near Northwest Fifth Street and Virginia Avenue in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-05-03 - Plastic and foam manufacturer destroyed by fire shortly after midnight in Eddystone (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-03 - Garage goes up in flames at home on Bovino Way in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-05-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Creswell Road in Bel Air (Maryland):

2020-05-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Martin Drive in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2020-05-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on White Pine Drive NE in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), nobody there:

2020-05-03 - Home destroyed by fire on Hill Street in Smithfield (Ohio), nobody there:

2020-05-03 - Beach home destroyed by fire on coastal Carova Beach (North Carolina), dog killed:

2020-05-03 - Home destroyed by fire on Cleveland Street in Evanston (Illinois):

2020-05-03 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home on Walnut Trail in Bartow County (Georgia), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-03 - Vacant building destroyed by fire in the wee hours in Loris (South Carolina):

2020-05-03 - Vacant home burns at 6:54 AM on Wilkinson Street in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2020-05-03 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Waterford Way in Norway (Maine):

2020-05-03 - Hundreds of fish found dead in the River Phalguni at Dadelu (India):

2020-05-03 - Two teens, 15 and 17, die in Caney Lake in Webster Parish (Louisiana):

2020-05-03 - Woman, 30, pop and country singer Cady Groves, suddenly dies at home near Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Cady Groves, a pop and country singer and songwriter, died over the weekend at her home in Tennessee, Camus Celli, CEO of Vel Records, told CNN. She was 30. 'Her death appears to be from natural causes, pending a final coroner's report. Foul play and self-harm have both been ruled out by the coroner,' Celli said in a statement on Monday."

2020-05-03 - Middle-aged man slumps over dead in car at auto shop in coastal Galveston (Texas):

2020-05-03 - Man in his 20s found dead in Lake Travis at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood (Texas):

2020-05-03 - Man, 20, found dead in pond or lake in Crane Hill (Alabama):

2020-05-03 - Man jumps into the water and dies at Cedar Ponds Waterfall in Monroe (Washington):

2020-05-03 - Man, 41, falls into the water and dies while tubing at Lake Norman (North Carolina):

2020-05-03 - Person found dead outside grocery store on Wisconsin Street in Sparta (Wisconsin):

2020-05-03 - Man found dead and face-down in the Mahoning River in Youngstown (Ohio):

2020-05-03 - Man found dead in the Ohio River near Marshall County (West Virginia):

2020-05-03 - Man, 29, found dead in submerged car in Twelvepole Creek in Wayne County (West Virginia):

2020-05-03 - Man, 33, drops dead on Queen Street in Niagara Falls (Canada):

2020-05-03 - Person found dead in the Lakeville area near Weisner Road outside of Moncton (Canada):

2020-05-03 - Man drops dead at home on Nunburnholme Avenue in North Ferriby (Britain), 2300 feet from the coast:

2020-05-03 - Man in his 20s found dead in apartment on South Street in Sheffield (Britain):

2020-05-03 - Man, 59, goes missing from boat off coastal Port Douglas (Australia):

Quote: "It is believed the man may have suffered a medical episode and fallen from the pontoon into the water."

2020-05-03 - Man, 42, goes missing from boat on the Cape York Peninsula (Australia):

Quote: "Authorities began searching for Anthony Vanharen after his 4.8-metre boat washed ashore at Mission River on the Cape York Peninsula about midday on Sunday. Police said a helicopter, a rescue vessel and State Emergency Service volunteers were called in to help search for Vanharen over thick bushland, swamp and river areas."

2020-05-03 - Man, 43, has 'medical episode', SUV crashes into restaurant, in Arlington Heights (Illinois), 5 injured:

Quote: "According to an independent witness and preliminary on-scene investigation, the vehicle was being driven westbound on Algonquin Road and approaching Arlington Heights Road when the driver apparently suffered a medical episode."

2020-05-03 - Small plane crashes at airport in Delta (Colorado), 1 killed:

2020-05-03 - Small plane lands at airport then flips over, in coastal Shirley (New York):

2020-05-03 - Freight train derails, fire erupts, in Knox County (Missouri):

2020-05-03 - Tractor trailer overturns into median at 3:40 AM on Highway 36 near Chillicothe (Missouri):

2020-05-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into building, in Dade City (Florida):

Quote: "The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is looking into what may have caused a Dade City woman to crash into a building Sunday. According to the FHP, the 34-year-old was driving westbound on Clinton Ave when a possible medical episode caused her to lose control of her pickup truck."

2020-05-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Frederick (Maryland), 1 killed:

2020-05-03 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, near McGregor (Iowa), 1 killed:

2020-05-03 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, on Newton Street in Norwich (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2020-05-03 - Ground suddenly collapses and almost takes out homes on on Middletown Road in Waterford (New York):

2020-05-03 - Heavy-lift crane collapses on offshore wind farms construction vessel in Rostock (Germany):

2020-05-03 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Ryukyu Islands (Japan):

2020-05-03 - Hailstorm wreaks havoc on fruit crops across north Kashmir (India):

2020-05-03 - Strange triangle-shaped UFO seen in the sky over Texas:

2020-05-03 - Unimpressed by online classes, college students seek refunds:


  1. Good Tuesday morning teh-yeh, Jonny and everyone.

    In CA on I-80 a tractor trailer went up in flames, while on the east coast in PA, 2 tractor trailers burst into flames on I-80, 6 miles apart. Interesting.

    Tuesday, 5 May 2020
    Mahan Airlines, a private company with links to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has continued to the spread of Covid-19 across the Middle East and other countries in the world

    several countries prevented flights from Iran in February and March, after they became the epicentre of the Coronavirus epidemic in the Middle East but flights continued around the world, including Europe. [more]

    Now Imagine the Smell: Largest Landfill in Bogota Bursts Open and Spills 60,000 Tons of Trash and Dirt Down the Mountain in Colombia

    The Dona Juana landfill, the largest landfill outside Bogota burst open on Tuesday night.

    The Colombian capital’s largest trash dump spilled 60,000 tons of trash and dirt down the side of the mountain south of the city. OMG! Imagine the smell! [more]

    Red Orbs and UFOs Sightings From Virginia To Nevada [~ 2.5 min. video compilation]

    Asteroid 2020 JJ flew past Earth at just 0.03 LD on May 4 -- the closest of the year and 6th closest on record

    A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JJ flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.03 LD / 0.0000896 AU (13 403 km / 8 328 miles) at 12:05 UTC on May 4, 2020.

    This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the second of the month. This is also the closest asteroid flyby since October 31, 2019 (2019 UN13), and the 6th closest asteroid flyby on record. [more; close one]

    Major floods submerge 22 000 homes in West Java, Indonesia

    Major flooding affecting West Java, Indonesia since April 30, 2020, submerged 21 888 houses -- affecting up to 81 088 residents -- in five sub-districts of Bandung District, according to the West Java Disaster Mitigation (BPBD). [more]

    More than 75 000 evacuate after dam failure leads to severe flooding in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

    More than 75 000 people evacuated their homes in the border areas of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan following a reservoir dam failure, which resulted in widespread flooding on May 1, 2020. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  2. A deadly derecho slammed Nashville with 70 mph winds, snapping trees and knocking out power

    "The word 'widespread' doesn't even begin to cover the amount of damage we had," said Scott Unger, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Nashville. The storms knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers, and the local power company is warning residents they could be without electricity for up to two weeks due to the extent of the damage. [ah cah-mahn!]

    An off-duty firefighter was killed by a falling tree limb in Spring Hill, south of Nashville. Two others in the Nashville area were injured. The same complex of thunderstorms pummeled parts of southwest Missouri with hail the size of baseballs.
    [you get any of that, Jonny?]

    "In my 14 years here, I've never seen something so widespread with snapped trees and uprooted trees. It was like every fifth house I drove past had a tree that was snapped or uprooted."

    Up to 30 minutes of hail the size of golf balls to tennis balls was reported in Purcell, Mo., located in Jasper County near the city of Joplin. Tennis ball-sized hail or larger managed to sneak into north central Arkansas as well before the storms merged into a line. [more]

    Oslo Fjord ailing as birds die, fish gone

    Something is seriously wrong with the Oslo Fjord and no one seems to fully understand why. Both fish and mussels have been disappearing, while the fjord's characteristic seabirds known as ærfugl (common eider) have been found dead from Agder in the south to Østfold farther north.

    Newspaper Dagsavisen has reported that the dead birds are believed to have simply starved to death. [more]

    Wildfires in Siberia are so large you can see them from space

    Wildfires in the Siberian countryside began late last month and have now burned 5million acres of fields and forests, sparking what Russian officials have called a "critical situation."

    The infernos were caused by a mix of unusually hot weather triggered by climate change and Russian citizens flouting lockdown rules, according to Sergei Anoprienko, head of the federal forest agency Rosleskhoz. [more]

    Storms and flooding slam Oman [2 videos]

    Flash flood kills 4 persons in north Afghanistan

    Four persons were killed and several houses destroyed as a flash flood swept parts of Tala-o-Barfak district in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Saturday, district governor Abdul Ahmad Barfaki said Sunday. [more]

    [3rd part follows]

  3. Germany's coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than numbers reported, study claims

    As Germany reopens the doors to churches, hair salons and museums after more than a month of closures, a new study suggests that the number of residents infected by COVID-19 may be as high as 10 times the number confirmed by officials.

    The study, conducted by the University of Bonn researchers but not yet peer-reviewed, found that as many as 1.8 million people in Germany may have been infected by coronavirus, as opposed to the 160,000 cases confirmed by officials, Reuters reported. Additionally, the researchers said that as many as one in five of those who contracted the novel coronavirus were asymptomatic. [more]

    Tuesday, 5 May 2020
    Possible war between America and China?

    China Warns Of Possible Armed Conflict With US Over Coronavirus Backlash

    An internal report presented to Chinese President Xi Jinping and other top leaders concludes that global anti-China sentiment is at a level not seen since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, and recommends preparing for a worst-case scenario of armed conflict with the United States, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the content of the document. [more]

    Dr. Fauci's record on "vaccine safety"

    2009 H1N1 Vaccine Caused Brain Damage in Children. Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Vaccine Safety” Issues

    In 2009, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci was firmly in support of a multibillion dollar H1N1 vaccine project.

    Today he is an avid supporter of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    What he fails to acknowledge is that the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine caused brain damage in children.

    It was developed by Glaxo Smith Kline which today is at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine initiative. [more]

    America is OVER TIME
    MAKE A PLAN OR USE YOUR PLAN [~ 10.3 min. video & 2 others; also this]

    AT&T Cellular Users Tracked Continuously - Even When Phone TURNED OFF [Hal Turner provides ~ 9.3 min. video proof]

    'Like watching a train wreck': The coronavirus effect on North Dakota shale oilfields

    [4th section awaits]

  4. Photographer takes 'clearest-ever' photo of moon by combining phases into one image

    Coronavirus: Amazon vice-president quits over virus firings

    A vice-president at Amazon has quit "in dismay" at the internet giant's crackdown on workers who criticised it over coronavirus safety measures.

    Tim Bray described the firing of protesters as "evidence of a vein of toxicity running through the company culture".

    Workers have criticised Amazon for not doing enough to protect warehouse staff against the virus.

    Amazon declined to comment, but has previously defended its actions. [more]

    [cue The Police's: Don't Stand So Close To Me]

    Coronavirus: Risk of spread 'up to 30 times higher' at 1m distance from infected person than 2m

    The risk of coronavirus spread is up to 30 times higher when someone is 1m away from an infected person than 2m, the government’s chief scientific adviser has said.

    Sir Patrick Vallance, giving evidence to the Commons health and social care committee, emphasised the importance of abiding by the 2m distancing guidelines set out by supermarkets and other essential shops during the lockdown.

    He also said the risk of transmission outdoors is “really low”. [more]

    3 charged in killing of store security guard over virus mask

    A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn't wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. [more]

    Park ranger pushed in lake after enforcing social distancing [41 sec. video]

    Massive U.S. stock bounce stokes doubts, provokes bears

    Investors are treating the U.S. equity market’s blistering rally with a dose of caution, socking away cash, staying on the sidelines or buying insurance against a reversal even as markets scream higher in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Fund managers and corporations have deployed over $1.1 trillion into money markets while the S&P 500 mounted a nearly 30% bounce from its March lows. Assets in such funds grew to a record $4.73 trillion in April.

    "There are a number of investors that think that maybe we have gone a little too far, a little too fast," said Mark Stoeckle, chief executive officer of Adams Funds. [more; ya think?!]

    Hydrogen-breathing aliens? Study suggests new approach to finding extraterrestrial life

    The first time we find evidence of life on a planet orbiting another star (an exoplanet), it is probably going to be by analysing the gases in its atmosphere. With the number of known Earth-like planets growing, we could soon discover gases in an exoplanet’s atmosphere that are associated with life on Earth.

    But what if alien life uses somewhat different chemistry to ours? A new study, published in Nature Astronomy, argues that our best chances of using atmospheres to find evidence of life is to broaden our search from focusing on planets like our own to include those with a hydrogen atmosphere. [more]

  5. [some Tuesday morning headlines from RF]
    News Links, May 5, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Pandemic slams Asia's factories, activity hits financial crisis lows

    Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China: officials

    Payday Lenders Are Charging Up to 780% Interest Amid Coronavirus Panic [always a rip-off]

    Corporate debt in China, Singapore and South Korea is rising fast as coronavirus hits revenue

    Deluge of Debt Is Making Corporate America Riskier for Investors

    Oil Price Crash Forces Algeria To Cut State Budget By 50%

    China, EU join 19-member temporary global trade dispute system, but US, UK, Japan, India not included

    Oil flows spell deep depression

    Ethanol Is Taking A Beating In The COVID-19 Crisis [Good!]

    Coronavirus pandemic could place hundreds of thousands of jobs in wind, solar energy at risk

    Coronavirus will constrain U.S. meat supply despite Trump order: Tyson Foods

    Do we need farmfree food? [lab-grown food won't work]

    Mountain gorillas in Africa on lockdown amid coronavirus

    Global warming fuels algal bloom disrupting fisheries in Arabian Sea

    Coronavirus: WHO says US has provided no proof on Wuhan lab claims

    Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million amid underreporting fears

    COVID-19 vaccine hunt heats up globally, still no guarantee

    Total coronavirus cases in Brazil rise above 100,000

    Assange's U.S. extradition case to resume in September, London court rules [he may be dead by then]

    OPCW Insiders Denounce Latest Syria Report

    Normal Was Killing Us

    We need a new normal and there has never been a better chance to create one.
    But rest assured that governments will spare no effort or expense in a desperate attempt to bring back the old normal. -- RF

    City ends face-mask rule for shoppers after store employees are threatened

    The 'Great Repression' is here and it will make past downturns look tame, economist says

    If Trump is a Pathological Liar, What Type of Liar is Biden?

    Will international travel resume this year? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says it's 'too hard to tell'

    J. Crew store closings possible as retailer files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules

    JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Fossil Fuel Industry Get Bailed Out Under Fed's "Main Street" Lending Program
    Americans need to sit up and pay attention to what's going on here because the U.S. Treasury has committed $75 billion of taxpayers' money to support this program under the illusion that it's going to mom and pop operations on a typical Main Street in America.

    Light Vehicle Sales Slump to Lowest in Decades

    Kudlow says third round of PPP small business loans might be needed as demand soars

    Trump order to buy U.S.-made medical supplies coming soon: Navarro

    Neo-Nazi "Reopeners" would Kill nearly as many Americans as died in All US Wars

  6. April 2020 tied for warmest on record: EU climate service

    Last month tied 2016 for the hottest April on record worldwide, with particularly high temperatures over western Europe and north-central Asia, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Tuesday. [more]

    The country that probably saw the warmest April compared to the past was Switzerland, where the thermometer last month rose a blistering 5C above the 1871-1900 average.

    Siberia, central and northwest Africa, western Australia and Mexico all saw a warmer-than-usual April, as did the Arctic Ocean and the coast of Alaska. [more]

    [they keep skirting around the edges, getting closer to the truth]
    Billions of people will live in ‘barely survivable’ conditions within 50 years due to climate change

    Billions of people (around a third of the human race) will live in ‘near unlivable’ conditions within half a century unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

    Researchers from America, China and Europe predict that 3.5 billion people will live outside the ‘normal’ climate humans have lived in for 6,000 years. [more]

    ['within half a century' means ANYTIME up to 50 years, like THIS YEAR could be significant]

    Destruction of Amazon rainforest accelerates amid coronavirus

    Last week Brazil's health ministry reported a record single-day increase in coronavirus cases — 6,276 more infections in a 24-hour period — bringing the country's confirmed total to more than 107,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University database. More than 7,300 have died. Some of the worst hit areas are inside the Amazon rainforest, where researchers say the spread of COVID-19 is exacerbating another crisis: destruction of the Amazon rainforest. [more]

    Strange new theory of what caused ‘world’s biggest impact’ over Siberia 100 years ago

    More than a century ago, something exploded in the sky above Siberia, breaking windows and creating a shining ball of light - but was it a meteor impact?

    A new Russian study suggests a very strange alternative.

    The Tunguska event, in 1908, is described as the largest impact event in recorded history, destroying 80 million trees over an area of 800 square miles in the Siberian forest.

    But mysteriously, no impact crater was ever found, even though there are fragments of rock which could be meteoric in origin, Science Alert reports.

    “We argue that the Tunguska event was caused by an iron asteroid body, which passed through the Earth’s atmosphere and continued to the near-solar orbit.” [more]

    [2nd segment next]

  7. Wendy's is reportedly out of beef at almost 20 percent of its U.S. restaurants

    The financial firm Stephens on Tuesday estimated that about 18 percent of Wendy's restaurants in the United States are not selling hamburgers after running out of beef during the coronavirus crisis, CNN reports. This was based on an analysis of their online menus. [more]

    We created the Anthropocene, and the Anthropocene is biting back

    About 12,000 years ago, human domestication of the natural world began in earnest with the intentional cultivation of wild plants and animals. Fast forward to today and our dominion over the planet appears complete, as 7.8 billion of us multiply across its surface and our reach extends from the deep-sea beds, which are being mined, to the heavens, where we are, according to Donald Trump, dispatching a space force.

    Yet as has been made clear by a recent litany of disasters – from the coronavirus pandemic to America’s deadliest wildfire in a century – there are forces that cannot be domesticated. Indeed, our interference with the natural world is making them more liable to flare up into tragedy. We created the Anthropocene, and the Anthropocene is biting back. [more]

    Drone discovers mass grave of Islamic State victims at bottom of gorge in Syria

    Islamic State fighters used a stunning gorge in north-eastern Syria as a mass grave for their victims, a human rights group has revealed, after it deployed a drone to confirm the suspicions.

    In a new report, Human Rights Watch said the terror group dumped the bodies of people it had abducted, tortured and executed in al-Hota gorge, near Raqqa.

    It is one of around 20 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas that were formerly held by the so-called Islamic State (IS). [more; hey, didn't we finance those guys?]

    [on to the F-35 of vaccines!]
    Gilead's breakthrough coronavirus drug sparks concerns over how much it'll cost

    With Gilead Science’s (GILD) anti-coronavirus drug now available for hospitalized patients and getting emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday, expectations for related treatments are growing.

    Yet exactly what those treatments will cost — for both health insurers and out-of-pocket for patients— remains to be seen. The subject of drug prices has been a political hot potato for years, and the COVID-19 crisis is putting new pressure on big pharma to contain price inflation related to potential treatments and vaccines. [more; uh - get the price FIRST]

    [3rd part follows]

  8. Drive-Thru Strip Club Serves Up Sexy (And Safe) Solution For Coronavirus Blues

    Here’s how the new drive-thru works: You pay $30 to enter and can order any food item off the menu. Once inside the tent, you’re treated to a full show, from a group of (masked, of course) dancers. They do a song or two for each car, and then they send you on your way with your food. There are tip buckets set up inside, and the dancers even have devices normally used to collect trash that allow them to collect tips from a distance. [more]

    Melting snow in Himalayas drives growth of green sea slime visible from space

    Melting snow in the Himalayas has led to enormous growth of a ‘green slime’ in the Arabian sea, swirls of which are now visible from space.

    Research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports used NASA satellite imagery to track the growth of the planktonic organism Noctiluca scintillans in the Arabian sea.

    It was unheard of 20 years ago, but the huge blooms have grown to such an extent that it has disrupted the food chain and could threaten fisheries which sustain 150 million people.

    The millimeter-size planktonic organism has forced out the photosynthesising plankton that used to support life in the area. [more]

    Scientists look to 'canary in the coal mine' for ozone layer recovery

    The hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole shrank to the smallest it's been in 30 years in 2019, and this year, scientists are eagerly watching and waiting to see what 2020 means for the ozone layer's ongoing recovery over that part of the world. [more]

    How Sweden suppressed infection rates without a lockdown

    Denmark locked down hard and early, shutting schools, borders, cafés, restaurants and shops. Sweden has taken a light-touch approach, shutting none of these things, and instead relying on the public's "common sense behaviour".

    Last Wednesday, the two countries' health agencies both published their report cards, giving estimates on what difference their contrasting approaches had made to the rate at which the infection is spreading - the famous 'R number'.

    The result? Not that much. [more]

    [4th piece below]

  9. Venezuela: Two US citizens arrested after beach invasion aimed at capturing Nicolas Maduro, says regime

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that authorities have captured 13 "terrorists", including two US citizens he described as mercenaries, over allegations that they were involved in a failed plot to invade the country and oust him. [more; he probably staged it, like Trump would have]

    This could be the end of the stock market as we know it, but that may not be a bad thing, strategist suggests

    ‘What if I suggest the coronavirus, and the consequences of the response, will spell the effective end for financial asset markets — bonds and equity? What if I think that’s probably a good thing?’

    That’s the provocative question Bill Blain, strategist at London-based Shard Capital, posed to investors in a Tuesday “Morning Porridge” blog post.

    The argument, he wrote, is simple.

    “The repression of interest rates to zero and negative real yields has become an absolute disincentive to invest in them,” Blain explained. “The search for yield has pushed investors to take more risk — buying increasingly high-risk corporate debt at lower and lower yields. The effect has been to make businesses less and less efficient as they gorge and grow flabby on cheap debt, while pushing up their stock prices through buy-backs.”

    His suggestion: Bypass the stock and bond markets and invest directly into the real economy. “The returns will be better,” he wrote. “And it’s honest.” [more; why, we can't have THAT!]

    [5th comment coming]

  10. Lightning bolt kills 3 children in Jharkhand, India

    Three children died when they were struck by lightning at Khura Khurd village in Palamu district on Monday afternoon.

    Chainpur OC Sunit Kumar said Akash Oraon (11), Mohit Kumar (9) and Vikas Thakur (12) were playing in an abandoned shed when the incident occurred. [more]

    Missing 411? Body of Iowa 18-year-old who vanished after leaving store found in river, cause of death unknown

    "There was no traumatic injury observed during autopsy," police said. The cause of death is still under investigation.

    "As investigators started looking into the case, one of the things that stood out right away was absence of video evidence. We had really two shots of him walking out of Target," said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek in a video posted on the department's Facebook page Monday. "We were able to determine that he voluntarily left the store, but after that it was just one question after the other."

    He said they didn't consider it strange for an 18-year-old to not be where he said he would be when he called his mother to pick him up, "but as we started looking a little bit closer at Abdi's history, his personality, we realized pretty quick that this was out of his character. [more; Paulides chimes in!]

    Lightning kills over 100 animals belonging to nomads in Kashmir

    A few nomadic families of Bakerwal community, en route seasonal migration towards hilly areas, suffered a major loss on Tuesday after more than a hundred sheep and goats were killed in the lightning and thunderstorms in a village of Rajouri. [more; it all belongs to Mother Nature]

    Softball-sized hail pounds parts of Northwest Arkansas shattering windshields

    Softball-sized hail pounded parts of Northwest Arkansas on Monday morning, shattering windshields and denting cars, said Pete Sydner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa. [more; videos]

  11. The Wendy's slogan 'Where's the beef' suddenly takes on its literal meaning!