Sunday, May 17, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-16

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

2020-05-16 - Small plane starts smoking then crashes into yard in Windella (Australia), 1 killed:

Quote: "Smoke was seen trailing from an aircraft minutes before it crashed at West Maitland on Sunday morning, killing its 44-year-old pilot."

Note: This is the 22nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-05-16 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 40 scrap cars burn, in Ballymun suburb of coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "The fire that spread to around forty scrap cars is thought to have started accidentally around 1pm, at a yard near Sillogue Green in Ballymun."

2020-05-16 - Landfill burns for a month in coastal Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic):

2020-05-16 - Pallet fire erupts at business in Riverside (California):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at home, fire damages two homes, in Racine (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Fire officials responded to a car fire at a residence near De Koven Avenue and Taylor Avenue around 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 16. The vehicle was engulfed in the driveway between two houses causing exterior damage to the siding of both."

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home on Ironridge Court in Fontana (California):

Quote: "The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a car fire in the 6900 block of Ironridge Court in the northern part of Fontana on May 16. At about 10:07 p.m., the firefighters quickly extinguished a fully involved car fire that was in the garage of a two-story, single family home."

2020-05-16 - Boy, 5, has problems breathing in swimming pool, 25-year-old woman jumps in to help, both of them die, at home on Mansfield Street in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Jodi Silva, a Houston police spokeswoman told the Chronicle the boy was swimming in the pool when he started having trouble breathing. The woman then went in after him."

Quote: "The family is still questioning the circumstances of Lartigue’s death because she was a good swimmer, Brandon said."

2020-05-16 - Wildfire breaks out in Castlewellan (Ireland):

2020-05-16 - Two yachts burst into flame separately at 1:50 AM less than a mile apart in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "Firefighters in Fort Lauderdale had to battle two separate yacht fires early Saturday morning. The vessels were less than a mile apart, but required a large collection of first responders to extinguish the flames. 'Each fire had over 50 firefighters on scene, in order to battle the blaze at each one,' said Stephan Gollan, Battalion Chief, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue."

Quote: "According to Gollan, rescue workers received a call at approximately 1:50 a.m. Saturday, regarding a large yacht on fire at Lauderdale Marine Center. That's where crews found a 93-foot Benetti yacht, called 'Prince Ville' on fire, with flames coming out of the vessels bow. Thankfully no one was hurt in that blaze, but just a short time later, firefighters received another call. 'While we were battling that fire, a second fire came in located about a mile down the river from this one,' Gollan said. 'And that was a 98-foot vessel.'" Crews say that yacht, named 'Tigers Eye,' had flames coming out of its upper deck."

Note: Another boat burst into flame the day before in Fort Lauderdale too, about 6 miles as the gas blows from these yacht fires, mentioned in the 2020-05-15 update...

2020-05-16 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

Note: These are the 439th, 440th and 441st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-16 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Route 7 near coastal Ashdod (Israel):

Note: This is the 130th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-05-16 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on I-95 at Churchsmans Marsh near Christiana (Delaware):

Quote: "Firefighters from the Christiana and Minquas Fire Companies are responding to I-95 SB at Churchsmans Marsh for a car carrier fire. Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles and the trailer are on fire."

Note: This is the 23rd car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-05-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in coastal North Fort Myers (Florida):

2020-05-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-10 in Banning (California):

2020-05-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 401 near Ingleside (Canada):

Note: These are the 682nd, 683rd, 684th and 685th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-16 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Newton Road in Northampton (Britain):

2020-05-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Route A near Chillicothe (Missouri):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on I-78 in Union (New Jersey):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Augusta (Georgia):

2020-05-16 - Eleven cars destroyed by fire in the wee hours while parked at shop in coastal Kozhikode (India):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame at 1 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Whitacre Lane in Stonnall (Britain):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame on Hawkwood Crescent in St John’s, Worcester (Britain):

2020-05-16 - Car bursts into flame at 6:11 AM on Cedar Close in Wawne (Britain):

Quote: "Cedar Close, Wawne. Sat 16 May 2020 06:11 (No: 008799) Car fire. 1 BA, 1 hose reel and RTC gear in use. Car severely damaged by fire. Heat damage to adjacent car shell undergoing renovation."

2020-05-16 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on I-14 near Fort Hood (Texas):

Quote: "A motorcyclist escaped serious injury Thursday night when he bike burst into flames while he was riding near the Fort Hood exit on U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 Killeen. Police responded just before 10 p.m. Thursday. The man told officers he laid the bike down when he saw the flames. He escaped with minor injuries."

2020-05-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in Lebanon (Oregon):

2020-05-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked along Highway 111 in the Little River area in Horry County (South Carolina):

2020-05-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked in New River (Arizona), 1 injured:

2020-05-16 - Tree stump ignites in Park Grove in Macclesfield (Britain):

2020-05-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Sheldon Drive in Oildale (California):

2020-05-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Greyfield Drive in Montgomery (Alabama):

2020-05-16 - Home destroyed by fire on Russel Street in Combs (Kentucky), nobody there:

2020-05-16 - Apartment building devastated by massive fire just after 3 AM on South Main Street in coastal Los Angeles (California), 2+ injured:

2020-05-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Memphis (Tennessee), 2 killed:

2020-05-16 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 6:30 AM in Scranton (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2020-05-16 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on Guilder Drive in Scarborough (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-05-16 - Four men found dead in cave in coastal Loutraki (Greece):

Quote: "Authorities in the seaside resort of Loutraki are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of four people in a cave, in the area of Ano Karbounari on Saturday. The four men, aged 35, 37, 49 and 72 were found early on Saturday morning five-meters deep inside the Karbunari cave. According to authorities, the four men were found with a power generator and various other tools. An autopsy has been requested to determine the exact causes of death, while the firefighters who found the bodies said they observed no landslides in or near the cave."

2020-05-16 - Man found dead in shallow water at coastal Carolina Beach (North Carolina):

Quote: "Town officials said the Carolina Beach Police Department, Carolina Beach Fire Department and New Hanover County EMS were dispatched to the beach, just before 8 a.m., in reference to a man that was not breathing in shallow waters along Scallop Lane. On arrival, emergency responders attempted to resuscitate the man but determined the person was dead."

2020-05-16 - Man, 27, found dead in the Appomattox River in Chesterfield (Virginia):

2020-05-16 - Man found dead in the Susquehanna River in Upper Paxton Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-16 - Man, 37, drops dead near his home on Summer Drive in Dover Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A man was found dead near a curb Friday morning in Dover Township, according to the York County Coroner. The coroner was dispatched in the area of Summer Drive and Fox Ridge Drive East for a report of an adult man found unresponsive. The man was identified as 37-year-old Richard Borda. Borda had reportedly been outside with his dog prior to his death, according to officials."

Quote: "He was found near his home on Summer Drive. The coroner says there does not appear to be any signs of trauma; the final autopsy results could take up to three months."

2020-05-16 - Woman found dead near a creek off Springdale Boulevard in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2020-05-16 - Person found dead on the banks of the Little River near Indian Valley Road in Montgomery County (Virginia):

2020-05-16 - Person found dead on the shore of the Mississippi River near Bellevue (Iowa):

2020-05-16 - Man, 35, found dead in swampy area in Chesterfield Township (Michigan):

2020-05-16 - Man found dead in well in Karauli (India):

2020-05-16 - Man in his 20s dies while snorkeling off the island of Embiez (France):

Quote: "A young man in his twenties died on Saturday morning during a snorkeling excursion in the sector of the Embiez islands, in the Var, learned 20 Minutes from the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean."

2020-05-16 - Man in his 50s has 'medical incident' and drops dead in Worcester Park in coastal Greenhithe (Britain):

Quote: "A man has died after police were called to a medical incident in a park. Officers and paramedics went to Worcester Park, Greenhithe, at 4.55pm yesterday."

2020-05-16 - Small plane lands at airport, runs off runway, crashes into woods, near Vass (North Carolina):

2020-05-16 - Small plane crashes in Ceara (Brazil), all 4 aboard killed:

2020-05-16 - Passenger bus overturns in Chengdu (China), 6 killed, 20 injured:

2020-05-16 - Tractor trailer crashes into guardrail shortly after 11:30 PM, bursts into flame, on I-95 in Liberty County (Georgia), 1 killed:

2020-05-16 - Tractor trailer veers off road at 5 AM, crashes into home, in Waterloo (Indiana):

2020-05-16 - Truck crashes into stationary truck near Auraiya (India), 23 killed, 20 injured:

2020-05-16 - SUV veers off road and overturns at 12:45 AM on Gaddy's Mill Road in Dillon County (South Carolina), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-05-16 - Pickup truck crashes off cliff, bursts into flame, near Cañon City (Colorado), 1 killed:

2020-05-16 - Car veers off road at 4 AM, crashes into ditch, bursts into flame, near Table Grove (Illinois), 1 injured:

2020-05-16 - Car crashes off road at 3:20 AM, bursts into flame, on I-5 near Des Moines (Washington), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2020-05-16 - Dog attacks and injures 5-year-old, face attack, in coastal Brewster (Massachusetts):

2020-05-16 - Landslide buries vehicles in Kashmir (India), 2+ killed:

2020-05-16 - Volcano Semeru erupts in Indonesia:

2020-05-16 - Volcano Kilauea has growing lake that could lead to explosive eruption in Hawaii:

2020-05-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Santa Lucía (El Salvador):

2020-05-16 - Saudi oil rush threatens to disrupt stabilizing US market:


  1. Dang, Jonny - TWO simultaneous JJFH events in today's report!
    This trend may begin to appear more often now that the gases are increasing in concentration and spread.

    East Desert Fire burns hundreds of acres north of Phoenix

    In an 11 p.m. update on Sunday Arizona State Forestry reported that the East Desert Fire north of Phoenix has grown to approximately 1,000 acres. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered, including 6 hotshot crews and 10 engines. Aircraft have been requested to be on standby for Monday morning. [more]

    Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates

    New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers. [more; not so much imho]

    Max Igan on the coronavirus "plandemic" [~ 47.5 min.; article includes]

    Celeste Solum - "Insight Into DARPA's Hydrogel" – Update 4/10/20 [~ 33.3 min.]

    US Biowarfare Act Author: Vaccines, Corruption, Coverups & Secret Bioweapon Programs [~ 62.5 min.]

    In this interview Spiro is joined by the author of the US Biowarfare Act Professor Francis Boyle to discuss the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, the source of the virus and the corrupt interests involved.

    Professor Boyle also outlines two reports which he claims confirm his position on the origins of the virus. One, from a Nobel Peace Prize winning scientist in France. The second, a leaked memo from the 5 Eyes intelligence alliance. [more]

    Federal Government Buys Riot Gear, Increases Security Funding, Citing Coronavirus Pandemic

    Bill Gates and the Population Control Grid [~ 36.75 min.]

    Italian lawmaker demands Bill Gates arrest for crimes against humanity

    Days after it was revealed in an intercepted human intelligence report that Bill Gates offered $10 million bribe for a forced Coronavirus vaccination program in Nigeria, now an Italian politician has demanded the arrest of Bill Gates in the Italian parliament. Sara Cunial, the Member of Parliament for Rome denounced Bill Gates as a "vaccine criminal" and urged the Italian President to hand him over to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. She also exposed Bill Gates' agenda in India and Africa, along with the plans to chip the human race through the digital identification program ID2020. [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Pharmacy Board loosens restrictions on Hydroxychloroquine prescriptions, reversing course

    On March 20, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy issued a new rule that no prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin could be dispensed without a diagnosis "consistent with evidence for its use."

    "Never before have we had to turn in a diagnosis with a prescription," Lozano told The Texan. Lozano has seen about five to six patients per week for coronavirus. "They see a dramatic improvement within six to eight hours," Lozano said.

    Additionally, he is concerned about "collusion between the pharmacy board and pharmaceutical companies who want to prevent the use of an inexpensive drug while they develop a new, expensive drug." [more]

    Deep state, Agenda 21, Bill Gates, Chamber of Deputies May 14, 2020, Italy (English subtitles) [~ 7 min. lead-in video; then this]

    Italy Blows the Lid Off Vaccine Scam. Will No Longer Poison Citizens with Globalist Eugenics [9 min.]

    YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown

    Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation's current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus' existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.

    Wittkowski's argument is a minority opinion among his colleagues, but still well within mainstream thought and currently is the basis for Sweden's non-lockdown approach to the pandemic.

    The embattled WHO, however, is not a fan, with the group's executive director of health emergencies, Mike Ryan, this week calling it "a really dangerous, dangerous calculation." [more]

    Will Coronavirus burn itself out 'naturally' before a vaccine is ready? Former WHO oncologist thinks so

    Covid-19 could be "petering out by itself" before the world comes up with any vaccine, a leading academic, formerly the World Health Organization's (WHO) top oncologist has said. Karol Sikora, the dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school, wrote on Twitter [more]

    British PUBLIC To Be VACCINATED 1ST IN WORLD COVID19 [~ 2.5 min. video]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. [and now, back to 5G]
    USA: Feds warn of attacks on 5G Infratructure [article includes this ~ 96.5 min. video]

    The 5G Trojan Horse (Documentary)

    WTF?!? "You Have NO Right NOT to be VAXXED!!" - Alan Dershowitz [~ 21.5]

    Monday, 18 May 2020
    Focussing on 5G. No evidence for "conspiracy theories"??
    Right across the globe there are stories that build on
    each other, all using the exact same language - terms such
    as "bogus", "conspiracy theory" (and now "terrorism").

    We are at war with this dangerous technology and its proponents. [links to ABC News article]

    Cell phone tower attacks 'putting lives at risk'

    Three attacks on towers over the weekend mean there have now been 17 suspected attacks over the past two months. [more; +]


    [this long article contains Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Biological Effects + Damage From Wi-Fi]

    2 dead after heavy rainfall and floods in Sri Lanka - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

    At least 2 people have died in severe weather in Sri Lanka over the last few days

    Flooding and heavy rain have also affected parts of Kurunegala District in North Western Province. DMC said 6 homes were damaged and 467 people affected.

    Strong winds and lightning strikes were reported in other parts of the country, including Rathnapura district, where 1 person died when a tree collapsed. Thousands have been left without power. [more; ~1.5 min. video]

    'Like a bomb!': Massive boom causes homes to shake in East Yorkshire, England

    People reported feeling their houses shake and a loud noise over East Yorkshire on Thursday in what was thought to be a sonic boom.

    One man said: "Everything shook! Like a bomb!" [more]

    Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan [~ 2.25 min. video]

    Severe flooding, torrential rains hit Samarinda, Indonesia [~ 2.25 min.]

  4. [some Monday morning headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, May 18, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Third Mega-Crisis in 12 Years: Eurozone Economy Plunges at Fastest Rate on Record
    First the Global Financial Crisis, then the Euro Debt Crisis, now the Big One.

    Coronavirus could deliver $8.8 trillion hit to global economy without government intervention, ADB says

    Residents of Bogota slum facing eviction despite quarantine

    Pandemic Bills Are So Big That Only Money-Printing Can Pay Them

    Amazon Hit From All Sides As Crisis Highlights Growing Power

    Monetary metals will soar as currencies are printed to oblivion

    Post-coronavirus travel 'will be as enjoyable as open-heart surgery,' Dubai Airports CEO says

    Why a microwave-beam experiment will launch aboard the Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane
    This is also likely a test of high-powered microwaves as a space-based weapon. The military would like to have something which could fry a whole city or military base. -- RF

    Iran Warns Against US Acts of Piracy on Shipments to Venezuela

    Congress enables Israeli impunity at ICC

    Trump says US will beat out Russia and China with 'super duper missile'

    Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement

    ReOpen Maryland protesters demand full opening of state

    'Reopen California' Protesters Plan Demonstration Outside Gov. Newsom's Home

    End Game for Green Utopia

    Giant oil field decline rates and peak oil

    Refrigerated trucks used as morgues during coronavirus pandemic can transport food again, FDA says

    'Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics'

    Iran may use military against locusts threatening crops [pfff]

    'Ozone Friendly' Chemicals Are Polluting the Environment

    Trump administration reportedly set to restore partial funding to World Health Organization

    Tropical Storm Arthur? Conditions set stage for early start to season

    Antibiotics: Big Ag's Can of Worms

    Do the Most Severe Lockdowns Coincide to the Highest COVID-19 Death Rates?

    Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots

    As death toll passes 300,000, US-China discord hampers search for Covid-19's origin

    Trump Unveils Plan That Would See Big Pharma Reap Massive Profits from COVID-19 Vaccine
    President Trump has revealed a plan to mobilize the US military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country, coupled with Operation Warp Speed, a "Manhattan project-style" race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Russia's Coronavirus Cases Rise By 9,200, Signaling Potential Slowdown

    Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil

    Sergey Young: Will Technology Save Us?

    The Long Winter: Number of people filing for unemployment insurance hits 36.4 million and unemployment rate at highest level since the Great Depression

    The Fed Hasn't Spent a Dime Yet for Main Street Versus $735 Billion for Wall Street

    Powell Warns Recovery May Stretch to the End of 2021

    Pompeo fires State Department watchdog critical of Trump moves

    Fed warns of 'significant' financial vulnerabilities from pandemic

    How Can Trump Still Win The Election?

    Oil Price Crash Leads To Large Drop In U.S. Fixed Investment

    The Trump administration has recently removed 4 inspectors general. Here are the ousted watchdogs

    Economic Virus Shock Crushes America's Working Poor, Fed Finds

    It's trying times for U.S. auto suppliers as plants reopen — the industry needs at least $20 billion

    FDA suspends Gates-backed at-home COVID-19 testing program

    New COVID-19 cases in New York coming from people leaving home, Cuomo says

  5. 10 Numbers That Show The U.S. Has Fallen Into A Horrifying Economic Depression

    The last recession was really, really bad, but it was never like this. It is time for us to face reality, and that means admitting that the U.S. economy has plunged into a depression. This is already the worst economic downturn that America has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and we are right in the middle of the largest spike in unemployment in all of U.S. history by a very wide margin. Of course it was fear of COVID-19 that burst our economic bubble, and fear of this virus is going to be with us for a very long time to come. So we need to brace ourselves for an extended economic crisis, and at this point even Time Magazine is openly referring to this new downturn as an “economic depression”. Needless to say, there will be a tremendous amount of debate about how deep it will eventually become, but everyone should be able to agree that our nation hasn’t seen anything like this since before World War II.

    In order to prove my point, let me share the following 10 numbers with you…

    [after his devastating ten points]

    I think that politicians all over America are going to deeply regret overreacting to COVID-19, because nobody is going to be able to put the pieces back together now that our economic bubble has burst. [more; the collapse is expanding]

    The Head of the Hydra: Rise of Robert Kadlec

    Last Friday, a group of Democratic Senators "demanded" that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Robert Kadlec, "accurately disclose all his personal, financial and political ties in light of new reporting that he had failed to do so previously" after it was revealed that he had failed to note all "potential conflicts of interest" on his nomination paperwork. [more; oh yeah!]

    NASA tracker detects 3 asteroids approaching Earth, fly-by on Monday

    NASA has spotted a total of three near-Earth asteroids that will fly past the planet on Monday (May 18). According to the data collected by the agency, one of the approaching asteroids is almost as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    the asteroid will fly past Earth from a distance of 0.00564 astronomical units or about 524,000 miles away. This is equivalent to about twice the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

    Trailing behind 2020 JE2 is a massive asteroid known as 2020 HG9. As the biggest asteroid in the group, 2020 HG9 measures about 394 feet wide, making it significantly bigger than the Statue of Liberty.

    The third asteroid that will fly past Earth tomorrow is called 2020 KA. . . the asteroid will be about 0.00512 astronomical units from the planet's center, which is equivalent to around 476,000 miles away. [more]

    [2nd section awaits]

  6. Category 5 Cyclone Amphan to push massive storm surge toward eastern India and Bangladesh

    After a spectacular bout of rapid intensification on Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Amphan poses a grave storm-surge threat to the highly vulnerable coastline of the upper Bay of Bengal. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Amphan to the equivalent of Category 5 strength at 2 am EDT Monday, with top 1-minute sustained winds estimated at 140 knots (160 mph).

    On the scale used by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Amphan was upgraded at 3 am EDT Monday to the highest possible level: super cyclonic storm. [more]

    Grounded in Arizona: Flights arrive but don't leave as ailing airlines park fleets

    A week ago Friday, 10 Delta Airlines jetliners flew into a remote desert airstrip between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Not one flew out.

    So far this past week, planes owned by Avianca Ecuador, Air Canada and its regional carrier Jazz Aviation, and a contract carrier from Bangor, Maine, have arrived at Pinal Air Park near Marana.

    They carried no passengers and only a skeleton crew, usually just a pilot and a first officer, and those planes, too, never left, reports The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

    In the last 10 days more than 50 jetliners have filed final flight plans to the converted World War II training base.

    They are part of a wave of ghost flights landing at an unprecedented rate at desert airstrips all over the Southwest near places like Marana and Kingman in Arizona, Mojave and Victorville in California, Roswell, New Mexico, and Abilene, Texas.

    The planes will sit in storage at the airstrips as airlines deal with the economic shocks of the COVID-19 crisis. Since Feb. 20, airline passenger traffic is down an estimated 95%, and industry stocks have lost two-thirds of their value.[more]

    How an Inmate Serving a Murder Sentence Made a Huge Math Discovery

    A new number theory paper comes from three academic researchers and, astonishingly, one prison inmate.

    Earlier this year, a first-time academic author published a new mathematical study in the journal Research in Number Theory. The twist? The researcher, Christopher Havens, is also serving a 25-year sentence in the Washington Department of Correction following a murder conviction.

    In their paper, Havens, Cerruti, and two other mathematicians study a linear transformation of an infinite continued fraction and draw conclusions from their findings. Then they apply those findings back to (relatively speaking) famous continued fractions. [more; he's KILLIN' it! no, wait . .]

    [3rd comment below]

  7. Climate change makes repeat 'Dust Bowl' twice as likely

    Due to global warming, the United States is today more than twice as likely to endure a devastating "dust bowl" scenario than during the Great Depression, researchers said Monday.

    Her warning is backed up by research published in March which shows that a multi-year Dust Bowl-type drought in the US could deplete US grain stores and have a cascading effect through the world's food system.

    "A four-year decline in wheat production of the same proportional magnitude as occurred during the Dust Bowl greatly reduces both wheat supply and reserves in the United States and propagates through the global trade network," a team led by Alison Heslin at Columbia University reported in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

    By the fourth year of such an event, US wheat exports would fall by half, and the country would exhaust 94 percent of its reserves, they calculated.

    The year 1936 still holds the record for the hottest year in the continental United States, but the country is tracking toward ever-warmer summers. [more]

    Ken Osmond, ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Who Played Eddie Haskell, Dies at 76

    The cause of death is unknown. [more]

    The Largest Arctic Science Expedition in History Finds Itself on Increasingly Thin Ice

    [interrupted expedition]

    Canada Snowbirds show jet crashes

    A jet from the Canadian air force's Snowbirds exhibition team crashed into a residential neighborhood in the city of Kamloops northeast of Vancouver on Sunday after the pilot ejected.

    The air force confirmed on Twitter that one of its Snowbirds had crashed, but gave no details.

    Local media reported at least one house was on fire in a neighborhood in Kamloops, a city with a population of more than 90,000. [more]

  8. [mini-Ice Age! Grand Solar Minimum!]
    Virus-confined Med states wilt in record heat wave

    [caption under opening pic]
    People cool off in the water despite a warning sign prohibiting bathing along the Mediterranean off Israel's coastal city of Netanya. [Netanya who?]

    Across the Mediterranean with its tantalising beaches, a record heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus.

    The mercury has shot above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the suffocating heat since the weekend is forecast to run for several more days.

    "We are used to heat waves in May, but the difference this year is that it's lasting a week... and coinciding with temperatures of up to 37 degrees," the weather department head at Beirut airport, Abdel Rahman al-Zawawi, told local television. [more]

    Man slashes married couple with machete, says he was angry over coronavirus lockdown

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after an unprovoked and random machete attack on a married couple has left them in critical condition and clinging to life.

    “The investigation … shows that Edwards, who is homeless, had a bin at Public Storage, which apparently contained the machete,” the Metro Nashville Police detailed in a press statement. “In an interview … Edwards spoke of his anger over the COVID-19 shutdowns and his inability to get into the Rescue Mission. It appears Edwards retrieved the machete from his bin and explained that he decided to demonstrate his anger in the violent attack on the Crafts, who he did not know.”

    After the attack, Edwards then allegedly walked out of the storage facility, threw the machete down and stood in the street raising his hands as the authorities approached him to place him under arrest. [more; wheeee!]

    Most Dangerous Storm Season Since Katrina May Be Ahead

    As Tropical Storm Arthur moves up the U.S. coastline, forecasters worry that it is just the first domino to fall in a hurricane season that has the potential to mirror the worst ever. [more; can we get to Zeus!]

    Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says

    Human-caused global warming has strengthened the wind speeds of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones around the globe, a new study released Monday said.

    Scientists studied 40 years of satellite images to reach their conclusions. [more]

    [gettin' more dystopian by the week]
    Pole dancing and hand sanitizer: Wyoming strip club reopens with 'masks on, clothes off' party [woo-who?!]

    [2nd part coming up]

  9. He thought the coronavirus was 'a fake crisis.' Then he contracted it.

    A Florida man who thought the coronavirus was "a fake crisis" has changed his mind after he and his wife contracted COVID-19.

    Brian Hitchens, a rideshare driver who lives in Jupiter, downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus in Facebook posts in March and April.

    In a lengthy post on May 12, Hitchens said that he was once among those who thought the coronavirus "is a fake crisis" that was "blown out of proportion" and "wasn't that serious."

    That changed when he started to feel sick in April and stopped working, he wrote.

    Hitchens said he "had just enough energy" to drive himself and his wife to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on April 19, where they both tested positive for the virus.

    "They admitted us right away and we both went to ICU," he wrote. "I started feeling better within a few days but my wife got worse to the point where they sedated her and put her on the ventilator." [more]

    Powerful Cyclone Amphan To Slam Central Asia This Week

    A powerful cyclone that formed in the Bay of Bengal over the weekend is making a beeline for the India-Bangladesh border, bringing with it the potential for major destruction. [more]

    PG&E's bankruptcy plan wins support from wildfire victims

    The current bankruptcy case, which began early last year, will require PG&E to pay out about $25.5 billion to cover the devastation caused by its neglect. It's the second time in less than 20 years that PG&E has filed for bankruptcy.

    The backing for PG&E's plan isn't a surprise, even though some of the roughly 80,000 wildfire victims had been trying to rally resistance to what they consider to be a deeply flawed plan. The misgivings mostly center on the massive debt that the utility will take on to finance the plan and uncertainties about the fluctuating value of the $6.75 billion in company stock that comprises half of the $13.5 billion promised them.
    [more; they'll get gypped out of it]

    Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes

    "We just eat once a day now. I wish the government could give us food to feed my family," Pamire said. [more]

    Is your city reopening after coronavirus lockdown? Scientists say avoid these places

    New peer-reviewed research says coronavirus droplets caused by talking remain in the air for 8-14 minutes

    Talking spreads coronavirus — and likely plays a part in its contagiousness. [more; jstfu!]

    Heavy rains turn streets into rivers in Chicago [~ 3 min. news spot]