Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-11


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

2020-05-11 - Large pile of metal construction waste erupts in flame in Tampere (Finland):

Quote: "A large pile of metal construction waste caught fire in the Rusko industrial area in the city of Tampere on Monday, covering the neighbourhood in a thick, potentially hazardous cloud of smoke and fumes."

2020-05-11 - Underground electrical fires break out at 1:50 AM and cause blackouts in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-05-11 - Recycling center hit by fire, pallets and 20 tons of paper burn, in coastal San Jose (California):

2020-05-11 - Excess death statistics indicate COVID-19 death counts may be underestimated by thousands in New York City (New York):

Quote: "Between March 11 and May 2, about 24,000 more people died in the city than researchers would ordinarily expect during that time period, the report said. That’s about 5,300 more deaths than were blamed on the coronavirus in official tallies during those weeks."

2020-05-11 - COVID-19 deaths pass 80,000 in the United States:

2020-05-11 - Navajo Nation now has more known COVID-19 cases per capita than any state:

2020-05-11 - New coronavirus outbreaks hit South Korea, Germany and China as they try to reopen:

2020-05-11 - How coronavirus spreads through the air, what we know so far:

2020-05-11 - With the world distracted by COVID-19, the Amazon rainforest continues to burn:

2020-05-11 - Trump dismantles environmental protections under cover of coronavirus:

2020-05-11 - US to face hotter-than-average summer:

2020-05-11 - Wildfire burns through 36,355 acres southeast of Mesquite (Nevada):

2020-05-11 - Tanker ship 'Jag Leela' explodes into flame while drydocked in coastal Belawan (Indonesia), 7+ killed, 22+ injured:

Note: This is the 429th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-11 - Train car carrying rolls of paper bursts into flame at 5:30 AM in Richmond (Virginia):

2020-05-11 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on Mummasburg Road in Gettysburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked along Southeast 180th Avenue Road in East Marion County (Florida):

2020-05-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 12:05 AM on I-40 near Altus (Arkansas):

2020-05-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 11 PM on the M1 near Toronto (Australia):

2020-05-11 - Tractor bursts into flame in Dewlish (Britain):

2020-05-11 - Tractor bursts into flame on Roves Lane in Swindon (Britain):

Note: These are the 658th, 659th, 660th, 661st, 662nd and 663rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-11 - Box truck bursts into flame on Castillo Street in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2020-05-11 - Box truck bursts into flame at gas station in Newbridge (Scotland):

2020-05-11 - Truck bursts into flame near gas station on Bluff Springs Road in Austin (Texas):

2020-05-11 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Marion County (Oregon):

Quote: "Crews responded to a motor home fire Monday that extended into a mobile home in rural Marion County north of Salem."

2020-05-11 - RV bursts into flame at 2:54 AM on North De Garmo Avenue in Sun Valley (California):

2020-05-11 - RV bursts into flame on US 95 near Viola (Idaho):

Note: These are the 141st, 142nd and 143rd RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-05-11 - Van bursts into flame on street in coastal Cork (Ireland):

2020-05-11 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Port Huron (Michigan):

2020-05-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked on Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux (Louisiana):

2020-05-11 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-05-11 - Car bursts into flame in underground carpark at supermarket in Santa Venera on the island of Malta:

2020-05-11 - Two semi trailers full of tires destroyed by fire while parked at business in Bedford Township (Michigan):

2020-05-11 - Pile of railroad ties goes up in flames on High Street in coastal Oakland (California):

2020-05-11 - Dollar store heavily damaged by fire off Clark Lane in northeast Columbia (Missouri):

2020-05-11 - Three mobile homes destroyed by fire before 6 AM on South Major Street in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2020-05-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Canal Street near the Mystic River in Medford (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Officials said the fire broke out at about 3:15 p.m. Monday at 86 Canal St., a two-family residence located near the Mystic River."

2020-05-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 4:30 AM on Berthe Avenue in Callaway (Florida):

2020-05-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Dunford Street in Jefferson City (Missouri), 1 injured:

2020-05-11 - Home destroyed by fire on Nashville Highway in Maury County (Tennessee):

2020-05-11 - Home destroyed by fire on Hugh Cox Road in Gray (Tennessee):

2020-05-11 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM on Scottswood Drive near Urbana (Illinois):

2020-05-11 - Beach home destroyed by fire, two more damaged, on Ocean Boulevard West in coastal Holden Beach (North Carolina), nobody there:

2020-05-11 - Fourplex apartment building damaged by fire at 11:30 PM on Wooddell Court in Kirkwood (Missouri):

2020-05-11 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 1:30 AM on B Street in Yuba City (California):

2020-05-11 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire shortly before 3 AM on Lincoln Avenue SW in Lakewood (Washington):

2020-05-11 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on North Barrett Lane in Bear (Delaware):

2020-05-11 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 3 AM in Corbin (Kentucky), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-05-11 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 11:30 PM on Dias Avenue in Stockton (California):

2020-05-11 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM on US 62 in Robertson County (Kentucky), 2 killed:

2020-05-11 - Deadly fire burns condo building on Sullivan Way NE in Columbia Heights (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-05-11 - Vacant school destroyed by fire near Knoxville (Tennessee):

2020-05-11 - Vacant home burns in the wee hours in the Brewerytown area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-11 - Dozens of tons of fish wash up dead on river in Vinh Phuc Province (Vietnam):

2020-05-11 - Many fish die in the Montelindo River (Paraguay):

2020-05-11 - Hundreds of fish found dead in river in Spain:

2020-05-11 - Thousands of fish washing up dead in rivers in Taipei (Taiwan):

2020-05-11 - Two men, 51 and 35, found dead at home on Peggy Drive in Henderson (Kentucky):

2020-05-11 - Two people found dead in waterways in coastal Amsterdam (Netherlands):

Quote: "Amsterdam rescue workers responded to two different calls on Monday morning about bodies found in the city's waterways. The first was found in the water near Oosterdok in the city center on Monday morning, the Amsterdam fire department confirmed to NL Times."

2020-05-11 - Man, 30, found dead in the water at Lost River Cave in Bowling Green (Kentucky):

2020-05-11 - Man, 54, found dead in Lake Texoma in Bryan County (Oklahoma):

2020-05-11 - Man, 26, dies in the water at Turner Falls (Oklahoma):

2020-05-11 - Man, 21, drops dead at jail in coastal Santa Cruz (California):

2020-05-11 - Man, 56, dies after being found unconscious at prison in Sunflower County (Mississippi):

2020-05-11 - Man found dead in lake in Meridian (Mississippi):

2020-05-11 - Woman, 88, found dead in submerged SUV in Elephant Butte Reservoir (New Mexico):

2020-05-11 - Ship's master, man, 52, slumps over dead in chair on cargo ship in coastal Cilacap (Indonesia):

Quote: "Master of a bulk carrier AURORA CHRISTINE, berthed at Cilacap, southern Java, died on May 10 sitting in his chair. Understood 52-year old Master died from some kind of stroke or attack, and so-called coronavirus has nothing to do with it."

2020-05-11 - Infant suddenly dies at home on Norton Road in Stockton (Britain):

2020-05-11 - SUV veers off road, plunges into pond, in Horry County (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-05-11 - SUV veers off road, crashes into home, on Edgell Road in Framingham (Massachusetts):

2020-05-11 - SUV crashes at grocery store in Hamilton Township (New Jersey):

Quote: "A bystander reported it looked like a person had a medical episode prior to the accident in front of the store."

2020-05-11 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Butler County (Kentucky), 1 killed:

2020-05-11 - Pickup truck overturns several times near Los Alamos (California), 1 injured:

2020-05-11 - Car slams head-on into parked big rig shortly after midnight, bursts into flame, in Pittsburg (California), 1 killed:

2020-05-11 - Car veers off road at 1:46 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg (Virginia), 2 killed:

2020-05-11 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, in coastal St. John's (Canada):

2020-05-11 - Black bear attacks and injures man and dog in Creswell (Oregon):

2020-05-11 - Magnitude 3.3 earthquake shakes Rome (Italy):

2020-05-11 - As if COVID-19 was not enough, other virus outbreaks are erupting around the world:

2020-05-11 - US federal debt jumps $1 trillion in just 28 days, tops $25 trillion for the first time:

2020-05-11 - X-37B space plane's microwave power beam experiment is a way bigger deal than it seems:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. The end is in sight, with grades due Friday for my students who kept up with the on-line assignments and testing. The college decided they'd offer a T grade, whereby students have 8 more weeks to finish their coursework, expecting me to work those 8 weeks UNPAID, so i tendered my resignation. i'm officially retired now. [Who's going to hire a 70 y.o.? Maybe i'll find out.] It was a long, interesting run. i'm still in good health.

    That dry-docked ship fire pic is amazing! As we see in today's report, the gases are spreading and increasing in concentration in the atmosphere. People dropping dead all over, massive marine life die-off, residential and industrial fires erupting out of the blue, underground electrical explosions and fires, crazy accidents - what's the common factor? The atmosphere.

    [perhaps one reason i couldn't be paid by my Catholic college]
    Coronavirus drains Vatican coffers as income falls, deficits loom

    Late last month, the Vatican announced the coronavirus pandemic had forced Pope Francis to postpone an annual fund raising campaign among Catholics worldwide to help him carry out his ministry.

    The delay of "Peter's Pence" by more than three months to the first weekend in October has come at a particularly bad time, as other revenues, notably from the Vatican Museums, slow to a trickle.

    The pandemic has wreaked havoc with the Vatican's finances, forcing it to dip into reserve funds and implement some of the toughest cost control measures ever in the tiny city-state.

    He estimated that Holy See income would fall between 25 and 45 percent because of the coronavirus, depending on how well cost-cutting measures worked. [more; start selling off those pricey items they have: art, real estate, literature, etc.]

    [well, i won't be alone]
    US unemployment will still surge to 25% and growth is poised to be worse than feared: Goldman Sachs

    The worst is far from over for a U.S. economy reeling from COVID-19 pandemic devastation, but Goldman Sachs believes light is starting to appear at the other end of the tunnel.

    U.S. GDP will crash by a 39% annualized rate in the second quarter, worse than a prior forecast for a 34% decline, Goldman strategists led by Jan Hatzius wrote in a note Wednesday. GDP in the third quarter is expected to snap back to 29% growth annualized, improved from a previous estimate of 19%. For the full year, Goldman sees growth falling by 6.5%.

    A Taste Of What Is Coming – Food Prices Just Increased By The Most That We Have Seen Since 1974

    Get ready to pay much more for groceries. I have been warning that the flood of new money that the Federal Reserve and Congress have been pumping into the system would have very serious consequences, and I have also been warning that food prices would be shooting higher. When things start getting really crazy, demand for food and other basic essentials goes way up, and meanwhile this pandemic has significantly disrupted production of certain products. So even though most of the economy is currently still in a deflationary phase, food prices are beginning to spike. In fact, the U.S. Labor Department says that we just witnessed the largest one month increase since February 1974… [more]

    [2nd part coming up]

  2. 6.6-magnitude quake hits 169 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

    Chunks of China's Powerful Rocket Fall Back to Earth, Narrowly Missing NYC

    The large core stage of China's Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth's atmosphere and plummeted out of control to the surface earlier this week. At 100 feet long and 16 feet wide, it's the largest piece of space junk to fall uncontrolled from low-Earth orbit in almost 30 years.

    Initial reports suggested the almost 20-ton rocket stage had fallen into the Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of Africa. But new reports from social media and some African news organizations suggest pieces of the rocket may have been strewn across parts of Cote d'Ivoire. [more]

    Severe storms spawn damaging tornadoes and hail in northern Mexico

    Parts of northern Mexico were struck by hail and tornadoes as storms hit over the past few days-- one twister ripped through Apodaca in Nuevo Leon on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020, and another in Juarez, Chihuahua, on Monday afternoon, May 11. Two fatalities, at least five injuries, and extensive damage were reported, as well as landslides and flooding that led to road closures. [more]

    We could all be General Michael Flynn tomorrow

    The Obama national security team's outrageous abuse of power mirrors the underbelly of our prosecutorial system at large.

    The Department of Justice's case against retired Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has exposed an ugly reality involving the abuse of power at the highest levels of the Executive Office all the way down the justice system this country ostensibly holds so dear.

    Plea bargains are an unfortunate reality of an American system of justice which finds merit in coercing people to admit guilt for crimes they didn't commit in order to avoid the expense of a trial and to prevent friends and family from potential legal liability. If the purpose behind such procedural abuse of power is to fight actual crime, the American people have grown accustomed to turning a blind eye. But if the purpose is to exact political revenge on someone who has incurred the disfavor of those in power, then the plea bargain system is a direct assault on the Constitution that should insult every American, regardless where they stand on the respective merits of the case. General Flynn's case falls firmly in the latter category. [lots more - illustrating that there is no justice]

    Meteor fireball seen streaking across the sky in Natchez, Mississippi

    Flash flooding kills 2 sisters, ages 7 and 3, in Utah canyon

    3 dead after heavy rain causes landslides and floods in Guatemala

    Three people have died after days of heavy rainfall in Guatemala triggered flooding, landslides and caused buildings to collapse. [more]

    29 killed in hailstorm, rains in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh, India

    At least 38 districts of the state have been affected by the rains and hailstorm. [more; 2 short videos]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. Floods in Gironde and Landes after rain lashes south west France - up to 10 inches in 36 hours

    Around 90 roads have been flooded, 21 of which are still closed. [more; ~ 2.25 min. video]

    Ohio had 6 coronavirus cases in 5 counties in January - Health Director

    The state knows of the cases now only because of antibody testing, which will begin ramping up this week. [more]

    TC "Ambo" (Vongfong) to make landfall over the Philippines -- the 2020 Pacific typhoon season's first named storm

    Tropical Depression "Ambo" -- the first named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season -- has developed east of Mindanao, Philippines, on May 10, 2020. As of 02:00 UTC (10:00 LT) on May 12, the storm is almost stationary with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h (34 mph) near the center and gusts up to 70 km/h (44 mph). It is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm (international name Vongfong) over the next 24 hours and make landfall over Catanduanes, Bicol on May 14 with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph). [more]

    Destructive floods and mudslides claim 72 lives in Rwanda

    Heavy rains lashing Rwanda over the past few days have led to destructive floods and mudslides in which at least 72 people lost their lives. Officials confirmed extensive damage to infrastructure, livelihood, and properties.

    Extensive damage was reported to infrastructure, including five bridges and several main roads connecting the capital Kigali to remote rural provinces, blocking people's access to essential services while also disrupting their livelihoods. Livestock and farmlands were also severely hit. [more]

    Woman Who Illegally Entered Yellowstone Suffers Burns Near Old Faithful

    A woman who illegally entered Yellowstone National Park had to be airlifted to an Idaho hospital after she fell into a thermal feature and suffered burns.

    Park officials confirmed to NBC Montana that the unidentified woman did not have permission to enter park, which has been closed to visitors since March 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The woman was reportedly taking pictures near the famous Old Faithful geyser and fell into a thermal feature while backing up, according to The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. [more]

    Coronavirus: Boy, 14, with no underlying health conditions dies from rare syndrome linked to COVID-19

    A teenage boy with no underlying health conditions has died from a Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus.

    The 14-year-old was part of a cluster of eight cases treated at the Evelina London Children's Hospital over a 10-day period in April.

    He spent six days in intensive care at the Evelina and tested positive for COVID-19 following his death, his medical team reported.

    His main symptoms on being admitted to the hospital were a temperature over 40C, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and headache.

    [4th section below]

  4. These States May Already Be Doomed for a Second Lockdown

    As states rush to reopen after pandemic-triggered lockdowns, public health experts say new surges could soon warrant a second set of stay-at-home orders.

    Of course, it remains far from clear that some of these same states’ governors—who were often slow to lock down in the first place—will be willing to do it. The political pressure to restart economies and release people from isolation has been fierce. But failing to act again, however painful, could see the same states overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

    Entire countries have already been forced to lock down a second time, like Lebanon announced it would on Wednesday, after case numbers jumped from 750 on May 5 to 870 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, more than four in five Americans have said they are concerned or afraid of a potential second wave of cases, according to a CNN-SSRS poll.

    among the areas with the largest reported spikes were Amarillo, Texas, and Central City, Kentucky, the latter of which recorded a whopping 650 percent increase in confirmed cases compared to the previous week. The documents were created by the data and analytics unit of the task force, according to NBC. [more]

    Putin announces end to coronavirus lockdown as Russia posts record-high number of new cases

    Vladimir Putin told Russia it should go back to work on Tuesday, a day after posting almost the world's highest daily growth in new coronavirus cases, second only to the United States.

    Russia has been under lockdown for a little over six weeks, and although the number of new cases has hovered around 10,000 per day for a week now, an addition of new 11,656 cases on Monday broke the country’s record. [more]

    Endangered Species May Be Yet Another Virus Victim

    Social distancing may save human lives, but it's wreaking havoc on some of the world's most threatened species.In Botswana, which depends heavily on tourism, poachers have taken advantage of suddenly empty wildlife reserves to kill at least six endangered rhinos during the coronavirus pandemic. In South Africa's North West province, at least nine more were killed as sightseers stayed home. Fears are rising that tigers, elephants and countless lesser-known species might soon face similar threats. [more; fucking human scum]

    Companies are dropping big hints about the 'new normal' once coronavirus lockdowns end

    it's widely acknowledged that social distancing protocols that enforce small crowds — and require the use of face masks in public — will remain in effect.

    Already, a range of big and small businesses around the country are actively implementing the post-lockdown “new normal.”

    From cashless transactions, to smaller office footprints with fewer on-site workers, to cleaner hotels and less crowded casinos (alas, with no buffets), the post-lockdown era will be characterized by changes to public life that will be both subtle and dramatic. [more; wait til people realize there's no going back and that we're about to collapse into chaos..]

    Chinese coronavirus vaccine could be tested, manufactured in Canada

    China's CanSino Biologics Inc, the company behind one of the few coronavirus vaccine candidates already in clinical trials, is collaborating with Canada's National Research Council to "pave the way" for future trials in Canada, the research council said on Tuesday. [more; test it on the Canadians!]

    “If Seoul falls, the country falls”: 8,500 Korean police are moving to quash a new Covid-19 cluster

  5. [some mid-week headlines from RF]
    News Links, May 13, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Oil Price War Puts Entire Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia At Risk

    Coronavirus: Italy's industrial production collapses by 28% as economy shuts down to deal with pandemic

    Norway Takes $41 Billion From Oil Fund To Bolster Economy

    Brazil services activity falls a record 6.9% in March - IBGE

    Hyatt to restructure and lay off 1,300 employees

    U.S. airlines tell crews not to force passengers to wear masks

    Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time

    Boeing goes another month without a single airliner order

    Bulging deficits may threaten prized Pentagon arms projects

    Some F-35 suppliers are having trouble delivering parts on schedule, and Turkey's departure could make that worse

    Zarif: US has proven to be untrustworthy negotiation partner

    Some Shale Drillers Restart Shut-In Wells

    Coal Is Collapsing Faster Than Ever, Leaving U.S. Power Cleaner

    Costlier Food Hits Latin America's Poor and Adds to Unrest Risk

    Rising temperatures to accelerate growth of damaging plant pathogen [but, but . . mini-Ice Age, GSM!]

    Zika virus linked to significant developmental delays

    Gap between urban, rural heart disease death rates doubles

    Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body

    Brazil cities lurch to lockdowns amid virus crisis red flags

    UK's COVID-19 death toll tops 40,000, worst in Europe

    Coronavirus epidemiologist Q&A: 'We're just in the second inning of a nine-inning game'

    Smoking, COPD as much as double risk for severe COVID-19

    New lockdown in Iran after coronavirus spike: Live updates

    Brazil's President Bolsonaro must 'drastically change course' on Covid-19, says The Lancet

    Dr. Anthony Fauci says there's 'virtually no chance' that COVID-19 will be eradicated

    US Risks Losing 5G Standard Setting Battle To China, Experts Say

    Venezuelan TV Exposed Failed Incursion Over a Month Before It Happened

    Guaido advisers quit following bungled Venezuela raid

    Mercury rises as Japan sees midsummer heat in May

    Patients testing positive again for COVID-19, baffling experts
    [it's a gain of function enhanced bio-weapon!]

    U.S. reports record $738 billion budget deficit in April

    Once taboo, investors begin to imagine negative U.S. rates

    Coronavirus crisis leads to largest U.S. consumer price decline since 2008

    White House directs federal pension fund to halt investments in Chinese stocks

    The Bailout Is Working — for the Rich

    Is A Depression On The Way? What US Fed Officials Say About The Long-Term Impact Of Closures

    There is no American exceptionalism. The pandemic proves it.

    Another study shows drug touted by Trump doesn't help coronavirus patients, but it can raise heart attack risk

    More than 50 kids in New York City have coronavirus inflammatory syndrome, mayor says

    Leaked data from the White House shows virus cases are spiking in clusters across the US, contradicting Trump's claims

  6. [in case you missed it, like i did, from May 4th]
    Very High Greenhouse Gas Levels

    On May 3, 2020, NOAA recorded a daily average carbon dioxide (CO₂) level of 418.12 ppm at Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

    By comparison, the highest daily average CO₂ level recorded by NOAA in 2019 at Mauna Loa was 415.64 ppm [more]

    New York City, Boston could break century-old cold weather records

    Wednesday morning will feature one more record-cold morning across the East, where record lows could be set for cities like Boston, Buffalo, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island.

    Should records fall Wednesday in Boston and New York City, they will break old-standing records from the late 1800s. Boston's record-low temperature to beat Wednesday is 38 degrees, which was set in 1882, and New York City's is 39 degrees, set in 1895.

    There's finally light at the end of this cold, wintry tunnel with just 24 more hours of this May chill before temperatures warm rapidly into the weekend. [more; yeah, once the jet stream wobble moves on, we'll experience the aerosol masking effect loss as air travel is severely cut and factory production is very low]
    [how 'bout some good news?]
    Stormy pattern will help to ease drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest

    This storm is forecast to track across the northwestern United States through the rest of the week. Rounds of coastal rain are expected through Thursday night, with showers and isolated thunderstorms farther inland continuing into Saturday. A lack of moisture will keep many valley areas largely dry.

    Any thunderstorms that develop could have the ability to bring gusty winds and hail through the afternoon and evening hours each day.

    Flash flooding can develop in areas that are on the receiving end of prolonged periods and multiple rounds of steadier rain. Low-lying and poor-drainage locations will be the most at risk. [more; ok, partially good news, then]

    Forget murder hornets. Giant gypsy moths could bring 'serious, widespread damage' to the US.

    Now we've got giant gypsy moths from Asia to worry about.

    "If established in the United States, Asian gypsy moths could cause serious, widespread damage to our country’s landscape and natural resources," the U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning. [more; another gift from China]

    [2nd part awaits]

  7. [shit gettin' say-us inna boar-room]
    Investor Legal & General to vote against Exxon chair re-election over climate

    British investor Legal & General said on Wednesday it would vote against re-electing the chair of Exxon Mobil at a shareholder meeting on May 27, saying the U.S. oil giant had not done enough to tackle climate change.

    Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which has $1.5 trillion under management and owns about 0.5% of Exxon or shares worth about $1 billion, said the U.S. company had not disclosed its full greenhouse gas emissions and had failed to set company-wide emissions reduction targets.

    U.S. majors lag European rivals such as Royal Dutch Shell or BP in making climate-related commitments. [more; they're all lying]

    [snack time!]
    4 Bears Break Into a Cabin Stealing Snacks and Beer: 'It Was Just Almost Surreal'

    Two women on vacation got more than what they bargained for when four wild bears broke into their rental home and walked away with their food and drink.

    Michelle Eberhart was hanging out with a friend in a mountain cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Friday afternoon when a black bear managed to open a locked door and make its way inside, according to CNN.

    "She just looked up, and she was kind of making some motion and I couldn't figure out what was going on," Eberhart told the outlet. "So I kind of moved a little bit and saw what she was freaking out about."

    Eberhart said she and her friend immediately ran upstairs to safety as the bear rummaged around the cabin. As if that wasn't scary enough, three other bears showed up during this time and began wandering around on the porch.

    Eberhart told ABC affiliate WATE that the bears out away with some of their provisions — including "5 pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a pound of M&M’s and two pounds of Sour Patch Kids and two bags of potato chips."

    She also said that the bears took "two beers and two Diet Cokes," as well as some of her allergy medicine. [more]
    ["Mind if we dance wif' yo dates?" Animal House scene]

    Fact check: The coronavirus pandemic isn’t slowing climate change

    “Hey so it turns out that the people of earth accidentally did a global experiment to see if every individual could course correct climate change through mass personal change of habits, and it turns out, no! We can't!" [more; too late!]

    Democrat Ocasio-Cortez to lead Biden climate change panel with Kerry

    [cue Circle Jerks - When The Shit Hits The Fan (Repo Man)]
    Social Security Changes for 2020: Raises, COLA, Taxes, Benefits

    Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase by 1.6% in 2020. According to the Social Security Administration, the 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020.

    For the average retired worker, the increase is about $24 a month [more]