Monday, June 1, 2020

2020 - MAY - Spotlight Stories

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2020-05-01 - New way of measuring ice melt in Antarctica and Greenland sounds alarm about global sea level rise:

Quote: "Scientists found that Greenland’s ice sheet lost an average of 200 gigatons of ice per year and Antarctica’s ice sheet lost an average of 118 gigatons of ice per year [since 2003]. One gigaton of ice can fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. "

2020-05-01 - Sliding glaciers a new threat as global warming melts ice:

2020-05-01 - Wildfire breaks out near Hayden (Colorado):

2020-05-01 - Wildfire rages in coastal Goseong (South Korea):

2020-05-01 - More than 13,000 graves being dug in Sao Paolo, many more in Manaus (Brazil):

Quote: "In Brazil, the health service is ill-prepared; in truth it is already overwhelmed. They can't fight this virus - instead they are digging thousands upon thousands of graves in the city of Sao Paulo. The pictures filmed for Sky News by cameraman Eduardo Duwe at the Vila Formosa cemetery, the largest in Latin America, are simply staggering."

Quote: "More than 13,000 graves are being dug. From the air, the enormity of this digging operation is astonishing. Grave after grave stretches as far as the eye can see."

2020-05-01 - Mysterious blood clots are COVID-19's latest lethal surprise:

2020-05-01 - Florida officials are no longer publishing the state's medical examiners' coronavirus death data:

2020-05-01 - About one fifth of all US jobs are already gone, and this economic depression is just 6 weeks old:

2020-05-01 - Hungry seagulls killing pigeons and rats as coronavirus lockdown deprives them of food in Rome (Italy):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

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2020-05-04 - Red tide and rotten egg odor hit coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Along the entire San Diego coastline, the smell has been causing problems for San Diego Gas & Electric. People have called them saying that they smelled gas, but it turns out it’s just the red tide."

Note: People thought they smelled gas because they smelled a rotten egg odor, but it was hydrogen sulfide. People are confusing the smell of hydrogen sulfide with the smell of the odorant added to natural gas, at low concentrations anyway. At high concentrations, people don't confuse hydrogen sulfide with anything, because they're too busy dying. The hydrogen sulfide is from ancient bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide eating the dying red tide bacteria and anything that was killed by the red tide. This is the same thing that's been happening with blue-green algae and sargassum seaweed around the world. It wasn't until last year that France realized that people and animals were being killed by hydrogen sulfide along the Normandy Coast there. And right across the English Channel from France's Normandy Coast, an unknown poison gas blew ashore last year in Britain and sickened a bunch of people at a beach. That wasn't the first time that an unknown poison gas blew ashore and sickened people on beaches in Britain in recent times either...

2020-05-04 - Gigantic algae blooms disrupting fisheries in the Arabian Sea:

2020-05-04 - Fish, mussels and seabirds dying in the Oslo Fjord off coastal Oslo (Sweden):

Quote: "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."

2020-05-04 - April 2020 was tied with 2016 for warmest April on record:

2020-05-04 - Wildfires rage through 5 million acres in a month in Siberia (Russia):

Note: Siberia again, where the permafrost is melting, the ground is liquefying across millions of acres, ancient carbon is rotting and flammable methane is exploding out of the ground...

2020-05-04 - Brush fire breaks out at 3:40 AM and threatens homes in Kunia (Hawaii), near the coast:

2020-05-04 - Risk of spread of COVID-19 up to 30 times higher at one meter away from infected person rather than two:

2020-05-04 - Red orbs and UFO sightings from Virginia to Nevada:

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2020-05-05 - Billions of people could be living in areas too hot for humans by 2070, study says:

Note: They're assuming billions of people are still going to be alive by then...

2020-05-05 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked at Tennessee Hills Campground in Manchester (Tennessee):

Quote: "North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call about a motor home on fire at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday. The occupant was inside when the fire started. He later succumbed to the injuries. The man was living in a motor home in the Tennessee Hills Campground."

Note: This is the 132nd RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 11th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-05-05 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Sharjah (UAE), 7 injured:

Quote: "The 48-story high-rise Abbco Tower in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) caught fire Tuesday evening, sending flames shooting up the sides of the building. The structure, located in Sharjah, had flaming debris falling off of it into the parking lots below, according to The Associated Press. At least seven people suffered minor injuries. The 623-foot tower is among the tallest buildings in Sharjah, one of the seven sheikhdoms that are a part of the UAE."

Quote: "The UAE, including skyscraper-studded Dubai, has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises in recent years."

2020-05-05 - Underground explosion and fire blow manhole covers off in Woolton Hill (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters are currently tackling a blaze in Woolton Hill this evening. Several nearby residents reported hearing a 'huge explosion' that blew manhole covers into the air."

2020-05-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, warehouse destroyed, on East 10th Street in Kansas City (Missouri):

2020-05-05 - Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus appears to be more contagious than the original:

Quote: "The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote. In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned."

2020-05-05 - Wendy's is reportedly out of beef at almost 20 percent of its US restaurants:

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2020-05-06 - Chemical recycling plant explodes and burns in Garcia (Mexico):

2020-05-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 2:45 AM, scrap cars burn, in coastal Richmond (Canada):

Quote: "He said initial reports were of an explosion and fire in a large pile of scrapped cars."

2020-05-06 - Pallet yard fire rages just before 11 PM in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2020-05-06 - Mulch fire erupts at landfill in coastal Dennis (Massachusetts):

2020-05-06 - Recycling center fire breaks out at 3:27 AM in coastal West Thurrock (Britain):

2020-05-06 - Wildfire breaks out and rips through homes near coastal Choctawhatchee Bay (Florida):

Quote: "'The fire has gone from the (Choctawhatchee) Bay to 30A,' Dobridnia said. The fire has burned over 500 acres and damaged some homes, while destroying others."

Quote: "The fire, which started near the bay, swept down to County Road 30A in the area of Thompson Drive, according to Corey Dobridnia, spokesperson for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office."

2020-05-06 - Coronavirus could worsen death toll of summer heat waves, health officials warn:

2020-05-06 - Three charts predicting future waves of coronavirus cases show why we should worry about September:

2020-05-06 - The number of jobs lost in April alone was more than double the total number of jobs lost during the Great Recession:

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2020-05-07 - Hydrogen-sulfide-spewing sargassum again accumulating on coastal Ambergris Caye (Belize):

Quote: "Due to COVID-19, 2020’s tourism season might be considered over, but the sargassum will still affect the health of people and wildlife on the island. The algae can deprive the marine life of oxygen, causing their death. As it rots, sargassum emits hydrogen sulfide gas or H2S, a colorless, poisonous gas with a highly unpleasant rotten-egg odor."

2020-05-07 - Magnesium plant heavily damaged by fire near the Mississippi in Madison (Illinois):

2020-05-07 - Pallet yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, spreads to buildings and bus garage, in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "Fornell said the Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 11:30 a.m. and found a pallet yard, about half a block wide and two stories high, totally involved in flames. Firefighters remained on the scene at 7 p.m., extinguishing hot spots. 'Fire spread to a vacant house and garage to the east, a vacant commercial building across Beaufait, the roof of a building on Bellevue Street one block west, to a bus storage yard on Bellevue Street, where it involved a bus and two trailers, and embers set fire to a vacant building at Helen and Mack, four blocks east,' Fornell said."

2020-05-07 - Pallet business heavily damaged by fire on Dry Fork Road in Whitewater Township (Ohio):

Quote: "The fire broke out at MJD Pallet Liquidation on Dry Fork Road."

2020-05-07 - Multiple wildfires send people fleeing along the Emerald Coast near coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2020-05-07 - Drought worsens on the North Island (New Zealand), water restrictions announced:

2020-05-07 - Another 3.2 million people file for unemployment in the US:

2020-05-07 - New evidence suggests COVID-19 was likely spreading in the US and France as early as December:

2020-05-07 - New research shows coronavirus found in semen, raising questions of sexual transmission:

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2020-05-08 - Pallet fire erupts at 3:30 AM in Bordentown (New Jersey):

2020-05-08 - Wildfires continue raging on the Florida Panhandle along the Emerald Coast near coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2020-05-08 - Marsh fire breaks out and burns barn and home in coastal Revere (Massachusetts):

2020-05-08 - Mulch fire breaks out and ignites palm trees near La Quinta (California):

2020-05-08 - Dozens of children sicken with rare COVID-related inflammatory illness in New York, 2nd death possibly linked:

2020-05-08 - Severe vitamin D deficiency appears to be related to COVID-19 mortality rates:

Quote: "After studying global data from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates."

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2020-05-09 - Explosion and fire injures person on Maryport Drive in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2020-05-09 - Garbage truck destroyed by fire at landfill in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida):

2020-05-09 - RV bursts into flame while parked inside storage building in West Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "Crews arrived to find a multi-bay storage unit with heavy smoke coming from the front of the building. After forcing entry, they found an RV on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, Truck Service of Florence responded with a wrecker to remove the RV from the building, the release said."

Note: This is the 139th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-05-09 - Ducks sickening and dying in pond at Girard Park in Lafayette (Louisiana):

Quote: "Letitia Labbie runs Acadiana Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation. She said the ducks are showing neurological issues and said what's happening at the park is unusual. 'These birds are in critical condition,' Labbie said. 'They're unable to use their legs, they are showing neurological signs. They can use their wings, but can't use their legs. They're panting, gasping for air.'"

2020-05-09 - Woman, 45, found dead in swimming pool at home in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "The body of a woman who was found dead in a swimming pool in North Charleston Saturday evening has been identified. Lori Weber, 45, was found in a swimming pool at her home on the 100 block of Old Dominion Road by her father, according to the Dorchester County Coroner’s Office."

2020-05-09 - Man found naked on US 19 in Pinellas Park (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "Multiple people reported a male subject walking into traffic on US-19 near Mainlands Boulevard in Pinellas Park at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020."

2020-05-09 - Shark attacks and kills 26-year-old man off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay (California):

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2020-05-10 - Unknown sulfury rotten egg odor hits large region in and around Paris (France):

Quote: "But on Sunday night, residents in the northern part of the city and its suburbs noticed a strange smell of sulphur hanging in the air. Firefighters received a large volume of calls about the smell and by Monday morning reports were coming in from as far as Melun and Meaux, around 50km south and east of Paris respectively. There were even some calls from the Hauts-de-France and Pays-de-la-Loire areas."

Quote: "'It's more likely to be a local source of odour, even though it affects a large part of the region. This is in line with the sewage pipes.' The heavy rain in the city on Sunday night could have stirred up hidden gases from the bottom of rivers overflow areas in the city."

Note: If they're suspecting a gas that causes a rotten egg odor that came from river bottoms or sewers then what they're saying is that they think this was hydrogen sulfide...

Quote: "The foul odor might have been emitted by a part current in wastewater, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), however which isn’t a part of Airparif's surveys."

Note: So they suspect it was hydrogen sulfide but they're not testing for hydrogen sulfide. Maybe they'll start testing for hydrogen sulfide during events like this once a big concentrated cloud hits Paris and kills tens of thousands of people. Time will tell! Also, the Normandy Coast in France is where seaweed has been washing ashore, rotting, and releasing hydrogen sulfide, which has been killing people and animals. The Normandy Coast in France is also right across the English Channel from Britain, where unknown poison gas has blown ashore on beaches, sickening people and sending them fleeing from the beaches...

2020-05-10 - Minivan goes up in flames before 5 AM and kills man on State Route 94 in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Raw video shows San Diego firefighters dousing a vehicle fire with no signs of a collision before finding a deceased male inside early Sunday morning."

Quote: "Witnesses reported that an elderly man was trapped inside the burning vehicle and that there was no sign of a crash."

Note: So not an accident, just another vehicle bursting into flame and burning the driver to death...

2020-05-10 - COVID-19 death toll rises to 1,915 and infection count surpasses 200,000 in Russia:

2020-05-10 - Divers, man and woman, die while diving off coastal Cape Lookout (North Carolina):

Quote: "The divers — a man and woman — were underwater when crews on a boat noticed that bubbles from their scuba diving equipment had stopped surfacing. A third diver was sent down to check on the divers, who were found unresponsive underwater, according to Hodges."

Note: So they both stopped breathing at the same time despite wearing separate scuba gear. So it had to be something that affected them both at the same time, like, say, the water they were both in...

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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:

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2020-05-12 - Rotten egg odor blows in off the ocean and hits large area near coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Residents in communities north of Los Angeles reported a strong gas-like odor Tuesday morning. The Southern California Gas Company said it began received calls from people in Valencia, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Simi Valley and nearby communities around 7 a.m. Social media posts also indicated a strong odor in parts of the San Fernando Valley."

2020-05-12 - Atmospheric CO2 level hits record 418 ppm:

Note: So the planetary lockdown didn't do anything to slow it down. It's out of control now. We're more or less irrelevant and before too long we'll be extinct and entirely irrelevant except as fertilizer...

2020-05-12 - Ocean temps rising at an alarming rate, 9F increase in just seven years off the coast of New England:

Quote: "Recorded temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are increasing at an 'alarming' rate, according to one scientist, and forcing fisherman to confront a seafood industry primed for disruption. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts recorded 2017 as the warmest year on record for water temperatures in the Northeast. Glen Gawarkiewicz, a senior scientist at the institution, said 2019 was equally 'disturbing,' adding that over the past seven years, water temperatures off southern New England have increased by nine degrees Fahrenheit, faster than any region outside of the Arctic."

Note: That's insane, a 9F temperature rise in just seven years. That's not like air temperatures. It takes vastly more energy to heat up water than it does to heat up air. I can only think of a couple of possibilities that could explain that drastic an increase in temperature in the ocean in that span of time: 1) subsurface volcanism off the East Coast; and/or 2) a slowdown in the ocean current that transports heat from the Gulf of Mexico across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, causing heat to backup and accumulate off the East Coast. It's probably the current slowing down, possibly due to the massive amount of ice cold fresh water pouring into the upper Atlantic as increasingly enormous amounts of ice melt in Greenland, which affects both the ocean temperature and salinity. In any case, regardless of what is causing this, anybody involved in the fishing industry in New England ought to start looking for a different job...

2020-05-12 - Scientists warn sea level rise could be much worse than current predictions:

2020-05-12 - Landfill fire breaks out in Nicosia on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2020-05-12 - Tire fire erupts at business on 410th Street in Ireton (Iowa):

2020-05-12 - Wildfire rages out of control near Kitimat (Canada):

2020-05-12 - Only government garbage truck on the island bursts into flame at 4:30 AM on the island of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos Islands):

Quote: "The public is advised that on Sunday 10 May, 2020 at approximately 4:30 a.m. it was reported that the refuse collection truck in Grand Turk was on fire. The flames were extinguished at 5:28 a.m. by the Domestic Fire Services. As this is the only Government refuse collection vehicle on the island in Grand Turk, the Environmental Health Department (EHD) will be seeking quotations from refuse collection contractors to continue collecting refuse in Grand Turk to prevent vector borne diseases outbreaks."

2020-05-12 - As Trump urges reopening, thousands of people are getting sick on the job:

2020-05-12 - Coronavirus cases rise by record amount in Russia, Putin says it's time to end lockdown:

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2020-05-13 - Five school buses go up in flames while parked at middle school in Lake Cormorant (Mississippi):

Note: These are the 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th school buses to burn in 2020, and these are the 122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th and 126th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-05-13 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home in Hawthorne (New Jersey):

2020-05-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, on Audrey Drive in Washington Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Mutter said homeowner Michael Renninger discovered the fire when he returned from work and opened the garage doors to find the engulfed car inside."

2020-05-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked inside train car in Albany (New York):

Quote: "A vehicle being transported inside a rail-car caught fire- but the train kept going- reportedly causing several smaller fires to break out in its wake."

2020-05-13 - Underwater volcano shaken by earthquake swarm off the Big Island (Hawaii):

2020-05-13 - Huge invasive 4-foot Argentine tegu lizards spreading through southern states in the US:

Quote: "The Argentine tegu lizard is spreading through several southern states, feasting on the eggs of ground-nesting birds and other reptiles, such as American alligators and the endangered gopher tortoise, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Believing that the lizards spread after pet owners released them into the wild, the reptiles are now considered to be 'established' in parts of Florida and Georgia, the DNR warns."

2020-05-13 - Giant invasive Asian gypsy moths could bring serious widespread damage to the US:

2020-05-13 - Coronavirus death toll approaches 87,000 in the United States:

Note: That's an undercount as the excess death statistics show. But even taken at face value, we're now past 1/8th of the total death toll from the 1918 Spanish Flu, and we're just getting started. At this point in the progression, the death toll from COVID-19 is on par with the death toll from the Spanish Flu when it was just a few months into its progression and still in its first wave. If we're LUCKY, we're about 20% of the way through this pandemic.

Part of the reason so many (675,000) died in the US during the Spanish Flu is that people got frustrated with the social distancing, and they got complacent as the first wave started to wane somewhat, so they opened things back up in some places. Then the Spanish Flu came roaring back for round 2 and really chewed through lives. One can see obvious parallels here with COVID-19. Those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them...

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2020-05-14 - Unknown odor causes evacuation on the Rickenbacker Causeway in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Fire rescue units responded Thursday to reports of an unknown hazardous odor on the Rickenbacker Causeway, resulting in the evacuation of several bystanders. The incident took place around noon, according to a City of Miami Fire Rescue officer. A hazmat team was on the scene investigating the unknown odor, and bystanders were offered shelter as the investigation unfolded."

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

2020-05-14 - Car goes up in flames and kills man on Back River Drove along the River Brue in Glastonbury (Britain):

Quote: "An Avon and Somerset police statement reads: “We were called to attend a car fire in Back River Drove, Glastonbury, at about 6pm on Thursday (May 14). Sadly, a man was found inside the car and despite the efforts of paramedics, he died from his injuries. His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.'"

2020-05-14 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-05-14 - Wildfires rage through at least 8,500 acres and close I-75 in coastal Naples (Florida):

Quote: "The two biggest fires merged and are currently at an 8,500-acre spread that was 10% contained as of 7:15 p.m. Thursday, per Florida Forest Service."

Quote: "Several homes were damaged or destroyed, according to WINK."

Quote: "The year has been exceptionally torrid, with South Florida seeing June-like temperatures in April."

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out near coastal Rotonda West (Florida):

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal East Providence (Rhode Island):

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out near the Jordan River in Murray (Utah):

Quote: "The fire happened near the Jordan River at 4500 South and 700 West in Murray, according to fire officials."

Note: Also see the vacant warehouse that went up in flames in Murray on this day...

2020-05-14 - California now faces overlapping threats, coronavirus and fire season:

2020-05-14 - Jilin city in China goes into partial lockdown over coronavirus cluster that appeared after 73 days of no new cases:

2020-05-14 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near Tonopah (Nevada), felt hundreds of miles away:

Note: This was one of the ten biggest Nevada quakes ever recorded and the biggest since at least 1954...

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2020-05-15 - Arctic temps and Gulf of Mexico temps were extremely high in April:

Quote: "The image below shows that the April ocean temperature anomaly in the Gulf of Mexico in 2020 was 1.71°C or 3.08°F higher than the 1910-2000 average, and the highest on record."

Note: And recall that the ocean temps off the New England coast have risen by NINE degrees (F) in just the last seven years, mentioned in the 2020-05-12 update. If the ocean current that transports heat from the Gulf of Mexico is slowing down then less heat will be carried across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and heat will start backing up along the US East Coast and possibly all the way into the Gulf of Mexico. The temps in the Gulf of Mexico are high. The temps off the New England coast are VERY high. The ocean's heat transport mechanism may be having some serious issues…

2020-05-15 - Chemical plant heavily damaged by fire and explosion in coastal Venice (Italy), 2 injured:

2020-05-15 - Chemical plant damaged by fire near the River Elbe in Lauenburg (Germany):

Quote: "An automatic alarm system alerted at about 7:30 a.m. that flames were sweeping through a plant in the Lauenburg industrial area near the northern bank of the river Elbe."

2020-05-15 - Warehouses destroyed by huge fire, fire spreads to another warehouse, in Barking area in coastal London (Britain):

2020-05-15 - Another year of devastating wildfires begins in Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "Spring wildfires across Siberia have Russian authorities on alert for a potentially devastating summer season of blazes after an unusually warm and dry winter in one of the world’s climate-change hot spots. Some of the April fires in eastern Russia have already dwarfed the infernos at this time last year, which ultimately roared through 7 million acres in total — more than the size of Maryland — and sent smoke drifting as far as the United States and Canada."

Quote: "Russia’s emergency situations minister, Yevgeny Zinichev, described the recent fire situation in Siberia as 'critical.' In Krasnoyarsk, about 2,500 miles east of Moscow, recent fires were 10 times larger than this time last year, he said. Farther to the east, in the Transbaikal Territory, the fires were three times larger."

2020-05-15 - Several US Navy sailors who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 test positive again after returning to aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam:

Quote: "Eight additional sailors aboard the coronavirus-stricken carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have now tested positive for the virus according to a defense official. These eight sailors had previously tested positive and were removed from the ship in order to self-quarantine. They had all tested negative twice before being allowed back on board before this latest incident of testing positive again for the virus."

2020-05-15 - Talking creates lingering droplets in the air that may spread coronavirus:

2020-05-15 - Coronavirus death toll rises by 107 to 3,156 with 76,845 cases in California:

Quote: "California counties reported 107 new COVID-19 fatalities on Friday, making it the second-deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. The state has now recorded 3,156 deaths from the virus. California also reported 2,030 new cases yesterday for a total of 76,845, according to data compiled by this news organization."

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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."

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2020-05-17 - Yacht bursts into flame in the Intracoastal Waterway in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida), 2 injured:

Quote: "Two people are in the hospital after a massive boat fire in Fort Lauderdale, which caused the Intracoastal Waterway to shut down. Images showed the 60-foot fishing boat consumed by flames. The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Sunday behind Shooters Waterfront Restaurant, located just south of Oakland Park Blvd."

Note: Two yachts burst into flame separately before 2 AM less than a mile from each other in Fort Lauderdale the day before too, mentioned in the 2020-05-16 update The day before that, yet another boat burst into flame in Fort Lauderdale, about 6 miles as the gas blows from the double yacht fires, mentioned in the 2020-05-15 update. This is the 442nd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-17 - Massive tire fire breaks out near coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

2020-05-17 - Wildfire burns through hundreds of acres around Morphou Bay on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2020-05-17 - Man, 42, found dead in swimming pool at home on Waltann Lane in Glendale (Arizona):

Quote: "A 42-year-old man was fond dead in a pool Sunday, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. It happened in the 5200 block of Waltann Lane early Sunday morning. He was found unresponsive in the pool and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews."

2020-05-17 - Man, 31, dies after being found face-down in swimming pool at home in Theodore (Alabama):

Quote: "Mobile Police say 31-year-old Brock Livingston was first seen sitting on the side of the pool by himself, later on, someone found him face down in the pool. He was pulled from the water unresponsive and not breathing. Police say Livingston was transported to the hospital where he died. There were no signs of foul play and the investigation is ongoing."

2020-05-17 - Man, 38, jumps into water, has 'medical event' and dies in pond in Hopewell (New York):

Quote: "The Ontario County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Barber, 38, jumped in a private pond near County Road 4 in Hopewell after seeing the accident. Deputies say Raymond Foster, 36, and an 8-year-old boy had been thrown from the jet ski. When rescue crews arrived at the scene, they found Barber unresponsive. Authorities believe he died from a medical event that happened when he entered the water and not by drowning."

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2020-05-18 - Heatwave baking the Arctic and kickstarting ice melt season, wildfires erupting:

Quote: "It wouldn’t be spring in the climate change era without a massive heat wave in the Arctic. Freakishly warm air has billowed up from Siberia over the Arctic Ocean and parts of Greenland, and the heat will only intensify in the coming days. The warmth is helping to spread widespread wildfires and to kickstart ice melt season early, both ominous signs of what summer could hold."

Quote: "Last month was the hottest April on record for the globe, driven by high Arctic temperatures that averaged an astounding 17 degrees Fahrenheit (9.4 degrees Celsius) above normal, according to NASA data."

Note: The melting permafrost in the Arctic with the methane exploding out of the ground, the escalating wildfires raging across Siberia, the methane clathrates beginning to boil from the sea - the entire far northern area is a carbon bomb which is now detonating. By the time it is done detonating, there will be no human beings left alive on the surface of the Earth. It's too late to defuse the bomb. You can't wait until a bomb has begun detonating to defuse it. As Bill Paxton's character said so eloquently in the movie Aliens, 'Game over, man! Game over!'

2020-05-18 - Record-setting heatwave broils countries around the Mediterranean Sea:

2020-05-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "Omaha crews fought a fire at a different U-Pull-It location in February."

2020-05-18 - Metal recycling center rocked by explosion and fire in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-05-18 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes near Toquerville (Utah):

2020-05-18 - Wildfire rages toward coastal Poole and coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

Quote: "And there are concerns about smoke inhalation affecting health as clouds of ash and smoke drift towards large nearby towns like Poole and Bournemouth. There are some reports of ash falling from the sky onto cars."

2020-05-18 - Wildfire burns over 71,000 acres east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (Canada):

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2020-05-19 - Minivan bursts into flame and burns person to death in Logan County (Oklahoma):

Quote: "On Monday afternoon, the Orlando Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire, only to find a burned body. Logan County Sheriff, Damon Devereaux said the badly burned vehicle with a body inside it was found near the fire. Initially investigators suspected foul play, but later decided that wasn't the case. The Minivan was discovered on a rarely traveled road, which made the situation seem suspicious to investigators. Devereaux said the Dodge Minivan that burned is what they think started the fire."

2020-05-19 - Car bursts into flame at 3:30 AM on Windfall Road in Campbell County (Virginia), 1 injured:

Quote: "An early morning car fire in Campbell County endangered three people — and even hospitalized one — on Tuesday."

2020-05-19 - Scrap vehicles and dozens of porta-potties destroyed by fire at auto salvage yard in coastal San Jose (California):

Quote: "One of our crews was initially brought out here for a smoke investigation, and they found 100-foot flames in the auto yard, where there’s probably 30 or so Porta Potties and a bunch of dismantled cars..."

2020-05-19 - Scrap metal fire breaks out at landfill on the island of St. Croix, 11th fire in the last year:

Quote: "A fire was observed in the scrap metals section of Anguilla Landfill and reported to Fire Services around 2:36 p.m. Monday afternoon. Landfill operations have not been affected, but the scrap metal section is closed until further notice, according to a release from the Waste Management Authority."

Quote: "This is at least the 11th fire at the St. Croix landfill in the past 12 months and the sixth since the year began."

2020-05-19 - Wildfire breaks out in Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Hammonton (New Jersey):

2020-05-19 - Driver has 'medical episode', transit bus slams into pedestrians and parked cars, in coastal Brooklyn (New York), several injured:

Quote: "Around 6:30 p.m, the driver of the B12 bus heading eastbound reportedly suffered a medical episode while driving on East New York  Avenue, at Rockaway Parkway, right by the park. The bus first took down a light pole, then continued to strike four pedestrians at the corner of East 98 Street, then onto the next block where it hit multiple parked cars, the NYPD told us."

2020-05-19 - Global CO2 emissions to drop 4-7% in 2020, but will it matter?

Note: So the amount of greenhouse gases that humanity emits this year will drop from staggeringly monumental levels to only incredibly high levels, but that slightly lower amount is being added to the humanity-ending amount already in the atmosphere. We don't matter much anymore. The wildfires that torched a goodly amount of Australia last year belched more carbon into the atmosphere in six months than the human race in Australia did in the entire year. And that was just ONE of the apocalyptic fires that occurred last year. There were more in Africa, in Indonesia, in Brazil and Peru and in Siberia, among other places. Even if the human race were to completely halt emissions, the amount of carbon being emitted by methane belching from melting permafrost and by the escalating fires would more than compensate for our reductions. But we won't halt emissions, so things will simply continue to get worse at an accelerating pace until we have all been exterminated. And after humanity has been wiped out then things will get REALLY bad, but that'll be a problem for the bacteria and cockroaches and rats and jellyfish that will still be around after we're gone...

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2020-05-20 - Car explodes into flame and kills man in front of home on Gipsy Drive in Harrison Township (Ohio):

Quote: "One person is dead after a car fire in Harrison Township. The incident happened Wednesday night around 8 pm in the 2300 block of Gipsy Drive in Harrison Township. The Montgomery Coroner’s Office was called to the scene. A neighbor called 911 and told dispatchers a man’s car blew up in front of his house and was in flames. The caller also said the victim was an 'older man and doesn’t drive that much.'"

2020-05-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Shreveport (Louisiana):

2020-05-20 - Recycling plant heavily damaged by huge fire in Newton-le-Willows (Britain):

2020-05-20 - Mobile crane bursts into flame at port in coastal Durban (South Africa):

2020-05-20 - Global warming now pushing heat to levels that humans cannot tolerate:

Quote: "Once the wetbulb temperature crosses about 35°C, the air is so hot and humid that not even sweating can lower your body temperature to a safe level. With continued exposure above this threshold, death by overheating can follow."

2020-05-20 - Freak storm springs up out of nowhere and pounds Geelong (Australia):

2020-05-20 - Coronavirus will never be eradicated and is 'almost uncontrollable', top scientist warns:

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2020-05-21 - Rising temperatures turning the snow green with algae in Antarctica, making the snow more heat-absorbent:

2020-05-21 - Van bursts into flame on overpass and burns man to death in Delhi (India):

Quote: "The incident took place on Thursday (May 21) at a flyover in Delhi's Mangolpuri area. The driver of the van, a 50-year-old man was killed in the accident. The blaze spread so quickly that the driver did not get a chance to escape. The van was loaded with plastic and as soon as it was on the flyover it ignited, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained."

Note: It's not just the United States and Britain where vehicles are bursting into flame and burning people to death...

2020-05-21 - Two cars go up in flames while parked at home on Ice Pond Road in Kaysville (Utah):

Quote: "A Tesla and Porsche caught on fire on Ice Pond Road in Kaysville on Thursday."

Note: Don't you hate it when your Tesla AND your Porsche go up in flames while sitting outside your house?!

2020-05-21 - Waste transfer station erupts in flame in Goodyear (Arizona):

2020-05-21 - Recycling center fire breaks out on Market Avenue in El Paso (Texas):

2020-05-21 - Tropical Cyclone Amphan visits destruction on India and Bangladesh, dozens killed:

2020-05-21 - Unemployment claims rise by another 2.4 million in the US as states struggle to reopen:

Quote: "A total of 38.6 million workers have now applied for unemployment assistance over the past nine weeks."

2020-05-21 - Coronavirus spreading in South Africa:

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2020-05-22 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in Kurkumbh (India):

2020-05-22 - Forklift bursts into flame while parked inside auto shop in Streator (Illinois):

2020-05-22 - Auto shop devastated by massive fire on Ferry Street in Easthampton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Chief Mottor told us this is one of the biggest fires the city of Easthampton has seen in years."

2020-05-22 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Central Avenue in coastal Hull (Massachusetts), 900 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Investigators believe it ignited outside the home, possibly in some mulch, then spread to the inside, causing significant damage to the kitchen. It took firefighters two hours to contain the blaze that caused over $250,000 worth of damage."

2020-05-22 - Passenger plane crashes into residential area, explodes into flame, in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), dozens killed:

Quote: "In an audio recording of aircraft communications obtained by CNN, from a Pakistani government source, the pilot can be heard speaking with air traffic control about his approach before saying, 'We are proceeding direct, we have lost engines.'"

2020-05-22 - Volcano Etna erupts in Italy:

2020-05-22 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean off the western coast of Mexico:

2020-05-22 - Brazil industriously digging mass graves as COVID-19 death toll hits 21,116:

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2020-05-23 - Unknown stench hitting Condon (Australia), near the coast:

Quote: "Some residents compared the smell to that of a dead body while others think it smells like raw sewage."

2020-05-23 - The temp was 80F above the Arctic Circle this past week and 86F in Siberia:

Quote: "It was 80 degrees Fahrenheit above the Arctic Circle this week. A little farther south, in Siberia — you know, the region of world we reference when we want to connote something cold — it was 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Arctic sea ice in the neighbouring Kara Sea took the deepest May nose dive ever recorded. Oh, and random swaths of the region are on fire. Things are extremely wrong."

2020-05-23 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and cars burn, in Rochdale (Britain):

Quote: "The fire has burned through a large area containing scrap metal and cars which includes a 100m by 20m single storey workshop, which was consumed by the flames."

2020-05-23 - Historic Pier 45 heavily damaged by massive fire at 4:17 AM in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "Pier 45 has 4 big warehouse buildings. The building next to us is gone and has collapsed. The fire is probably 50 feet from our building. So far we have lost about 15k in equipment and 3 trucks. I may have damage to most of our vehicles."

2020-05-23 - Landfill fire breaks out in Presque Isle (Maine):

2020-05-23 - Oil well erupts in flame in Morgan Township (Ohio):

2020-05-23 - Recycling center heavily damaged by huge fire at 4:26 AM in Wrexham (Britain):

2020-05-23 - Mississippi Delta marshes in a state of irreversible collapse:

2020-05-23 - Microplastic pollution in oceans vastly underestimated:

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2020-05-24 - Scientists believe 'zombie fires' have been burning the Arctic underground for months and are now reactivating:

Quote: "If these are zombie fires and they are quite widespread in areas that were burning last summer, then, under the right environmental conditions, there may be a cumulative effect of the previous fire season feeding into this coming season and leading to large-scale and long-term fires across the region again."

Quote: "Zombie fires used to be so rare that there was no official record kept of them. That changed four years ago, when 16 were recorded in Alaska alone."

Note: This is another one of those things where once you see it happen once, it's likely to happen over and over again with increasing frequency and intensity. These fires release prodigious amounts of greenhouse gases, which will warm things up more, which will cause and exacerbate more fires, which will release more greenhouse gases, and so on and so on, another self-reinforcing feedback. This is more evidence that the Arctic carbon bomb is now detonating. By the time it's done detonating there will be no human beings left alive on the surface of the Earth...

2020-05-24 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked on Grange Road in Green (Oregon):

Note: This is the 154th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 12th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-05-24 - Septic tank explodes in Narayanganj (Bangladesh), 4 injured:

2020-05-24 - Factory heavily damaged by fire near docks in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2020-05-24 - HVAC unit bursts into flame at home on Joanne Drive in the Mariner’s Cove area off Long Neck Road in coastal Millsboro (Delaware):

2020-05-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Fairgrove Road in Columbus (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "Martin said the fire started as a car fire, then spread to the home."

2020-05-24 - Wildfire grows to nearly 12,000 acres near Trinidad (Colorado):

2020-05-24 - Man strips naked and goes nuts at train station in Moscow (Russia):

2020-05-24 - Toxic blue-green algae hits Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis (Minnesota), dog dies:

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2020-05-25 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Broadhempston (Britain):

Quote: "Fire control received multiple calls from members of the public who could see lots of black smoke in the area of Broadhempston. 2 fire appliances were initially mobilised from Ashburton and Buckfastleigh to investigate but information from further calls soon confirmed this was in fact a fire at a scrapyard involving scrap vehicles."

2020-05-25 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Milpitas (California), near the coast:

2020-05-25 - Pallet warehouse destroyed by fire just after 4 AM on Findlay Road in Lima (Ohio):

Quote: "A fire has forced the demolition of a Lima warehouse. The Lima Fire Department was called out to NOLO Pallets located at 405 Findlay Rd. just after 4 a.m."

2020-05-25 - Fire truck bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in Chouteau (Oklahoma), separate medical call at the same time:

Quote: "He said firefighters had recently went out on a medical call, and they weren’t in the fire station when the alarm went off. The police officers were nearby and jumped to action, grabbing a fire hose and ventilating the fire station. Perryman said he’s been told the truck is likely a total loss, but they’ll probably be able to save the specialized equipment on the truck’s bed."

2020-05-25 - Woman, 69, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at home in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "A woman drowned in a Phoenix backyard pool and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Monday night. The woman, initially reported as 80 years old by police, was identified as 69-year-old Wendy McDonald."

Quote: "Earlier on Memorial Day, a man died after he was found unresponsive and floating in a backyard pool in Buckeye."

2020-05-25 - Man dies after being found unconscious in swimming pool at home in the Buckeye suburb of Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "A man died after he was found unresponsive and floating in a backyard pool Monday night in Buckeye. Police responded about 6:30 p.m. when the man was found floating in a backyard pool in the Blue Horizons neighborhood on 198th Drive, according to Donna Rossi, a Buckeye Police Department spokeswoman. A woman was holding the man’s head above water in the shallow end of the pool when Buckeye police arrived. The woman told police she found him floating in the pool when she woke up from a nap, according to officials."

2020-05-25 - Why your reduced carbon footprint from lockdown won’t slow climate change:

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2020-05-26 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Richmond Terrace in coastal Mariners Harbor (New York), 100 feet from the ocean:

2020-05-26 - Fire truck bursts into flame at scene of an accident in Milford (New Hampshire):

2020-05-26 - FedEx delivery truck bursts into flame on State Highway 130 in Pflugerville (Texas):

2020-05-26 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home on Dukes County Avenue in coastal Oak Bluffs (Massachusetts):

2020-05-26 - Around 1,000 tomato crates or pallets go up in flames just after 5 AM at packing plant on Waterloo Road in Stockton (California):

2020-05-26 - SWARM satellite group detects Earth's magnetic field is mysteriously weakening, causing chaos for satellite-based communication:

2020-05-26 - Fist-sized hail pounds Nueva Rosita, Coahuila (Mexico):

2020-05-26 - America's meat problems are about to get worse:

2020-05-26 - Study indicates COVID-19 death rate among those who show symptoms is 1.3%:

Quote: "Is COVID-19 more deadly than the flu? It's a lot more deadly, concludes a new study by the University of Washington published May 7 in the journal Health Affairs. The study's results also project a grim future if the U.S. doesn't put up a strong fight against the spread of the virus. The national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus -- SARS-CoV-2 -- that causes COVID-19 and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%."

Note: That seems about right. An average flu season kills about 37,000 people in the US, although CONFIRMED flu cases is less than half of that. COVID-19's already killed almost 3 times as many people as an average flu year, including unconfirmed flu deaths, and it's done it in 4 months, with 8 months left to go for the first full year. Seeing as the standard flu has a mortality rate of between 0.1% and 0.2%, and COVID-19 is killing people at about 8 times the rate that the flu kills people, the 1.3% mortality rate lines up pretty well. If the average pace of deaths for the first 4 months extends across the next eight months then COVID-19 will have killed around 300,000 people in the US in the first year. That'd be surprisingly close to being on par with the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu, which killed 675,000 people in the US over TWO years. Maybe it won't be that bad. But the number of infections is still rising in 20 states AND people are now letting down their guard in states where the infection count is declining, so who knows. Time will tell!

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2020-05-27 - Car goes up in flames at shopping center and burns man to death in Lutz (Florida):

Quote: "The incident took place at about noon in a parking lot of a shopping center in the 3900 block of Van Dyke Road, near the intersection of N Dale Mabry Highway. Bystanders called 911 and tried to rescue the man, officials said. Firefighters arrived, extinguished the fire and found the man dead inside."

2020-05-27 - Man found dead in burning SUV at 5:30 AM near 13th Avenue and Embury Street in Regina (Canada):

Quote: "Regina police and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service are investigating after they say a man was found dead inside a burning vehicle on Wednesday morning. Officers found a burning vehicle in the area of 13th Avenue and Embury Street around 5:30 a.m. The Regina Fire Department was also called to the scene. Police say there was a person inside the vehicle, who was pronounced dead at the scene."

Quote: "Regina Police say the death of a man in a burning vehicle Wednesday morning does not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature."

2020-05-27 - Series of underground electrical explosions rocks Bluefield (West Virginia):

2020-05-27 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Lowell (Massachusetts):

2020-05-27 - Landfill fire breaks out in Carson City (Nevada):

2020-05-27 - Permafrost in the Arctic can thaw faster than presumed:

2020-05-27 - Temperature hits 50C (122F) in India:

Note: And it's still not summer yet!

2020-05-27 - Coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 in the United States, first country to reach that level:

Note: We've now passed the death toll from the 1968 Hong Kong Flu pandemic, in just four months. The Hong Kong Flu had a mortality rate of 0.5%, so either COVID-19 has a substantially higher mortality rate than that or it has infected many more people in a much shorter period of time, or some combination. We're averaging around 900 deaths per day so far. If that rate persists, we'd pass the death toll from the 1918 Spanish Flu in 21 months. Seeing as many pandemics last a couple of years (even 4 years in the case of the 1968 Hong Kong Flu, which returned for its final wave in 1972), that's not out of the question...

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2020-05-28 - Ozone layer erosion caused mass extinction 360 million years ago and scientists warn it could happen again:

Quote: "Lead researcher Professor John Marshall said: 'Current estimates suggest we will reach similar global temperatures to those of 360 million years ago, with the possibility that a similar collapse of the ozone layer could occur again.'"

Quote: "Study authors warned that the Earth could reach similar temperatures, triggering a possible extinction event on the same scale - if something isn't done to slow the pace of climate change."

Note: I believe that it is highly likely that this has already begun. There is much circumstantial evidence that this is the case.

There was an event in 2010-ish where a bunch of students went on an INDOOR field trip to another school in the WINTER in Louisiana. They were only exposed to the sun for short periods of time as they moved to and from their bus, with a side trip to McDonald's on the way back. They turned purple with severe sunburn and their parents were very concerned. That was the first event that made me think there was something seriously wrong going on with the Sun and UV levels. The next incident involved several hundred acres of wheat suddenly withering away and dying at a farm in Oregon. And I mean suddenly - the crops were fine one day and withered and dead the next day. The only plants that survived were those located along a stone wall. At first I thought maybe hydrogen sulfide had blown through and killed all the plants not protected by the wall, but then I realized that the wall would have shielded those plants from a brief burst of intense UV from the sun too.

Some other events involved me personally. I went on a 3-week freak-out trip to California in early 2011 when I realized the world was coming to an end. During that journey I went on a short hike to a plateau in New Mexico. I wore a hat, long sleeves and sunglasses and I wasn't out in the sun very long. When I got back to my rental van, every part of my body that had been exposed to the sun was significantly sunburned. I'd never gotten that burned that fast before. Also on that trip I encountered a national parks worker who was seriously purple with sunburn, a veritable walking poster boy for skin cancer. On the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado I encountered an Air Force pilot and we had a conversation in passing where I mentioned how incredibly fast the snow was melting and he said, 'Yeah, that UV is really baking it away.' That made me wonder just how much he knew. I wanted to pump him for information, but I was also maintaining a low profile and trying not to attract attention, so I let it go and went on my way.

People around the world have been recording high levels of UV-B and UV-C hitting their areas, which is what you would expect if we are being exposed to increasing amounts of UV radiation. Not all areas all the time, but alarmingly high UV levels in some areas some of the time. Plenty enough to see that there's a problem. Last year dozens of people got seriously sunburned in India. They blamed that on a heatwave. But heatwaves don't cause sunburns - UV does. During the BP oil spill, dolphins and whales were washing ashore dead with lesions from terrible sunburns.

A couple of months ago, in March, a huge hole opened in the ozone layer in the Arctic, three times bigger than Greenland, bigger than any ever seen before. They blamed that on weather patterns causing naturally-occuring ozone-depleting chemicals to accumulate and wipe out the ozone layer over the area. Okay, that sounds possible, but isn't that what a planetary ozone collapse event would look like before it's gotten bad enough to wipe out most life? Isn't that what those articles linked above suggest is what happened 360 million years ago - naturally-occurring ozone-reactive chemicals wiping out the ozone layer? And what naturally-occurring chemicals do they mean anyway? Hydrogen sulfide and methane?

Does the Sun look the same to you as it did, say, 30 years ago? It doesn't look the same to me, not at all. It looks much more blindingly glaringly WHITE to me than it did in the past. When I was a kid, you could look at the sun for a moment or two, and it was more yellowish. Now it looks more white and more intense. More white means more 'blue' light - that's UV radiation, what you would expect to see if Earth's protective ozone layer is thinning.

There's no reason to expect that a planetary ozone collapse would occur all at once everywhere on the planet. More likely it would start small and slow. The color of the sun would change over time from yellow to white. There'd be weak spots in the protection, holes in the atmosphere sprouting up here and there with no ozone, and if the sun were to shine through one of those holes and hit, say, some kids on a field trip in Louisiana or some cropland in Oregon or some dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, then it might fry those kids or those crops or those dolphins. Over time though, those holes would tend to get bigger, maybe a lot bigger, maybe three times the size of Greenland. And then, eventually, the problem would become so noticeable and so devastating that most life on this planet would die.

Both methane and hydrogen sulfide react away ozone. Both are generated during warming events on this planet. Methane levels have been rising for years and are at the highest concentrations in the northern hemisphere, particularly in the far north, where that giant ozone hole opened in the Arctic. Hydrogen sulfide levels in the atmosphere aren't practical to measure (if even possible) because it tends to accumulate on the ground and accumulate in clumps in low-lying areas, but MANY coastal areas, schools and even PLANES have been hit by unknown and unexplained rotten egg odors in recent years. These things all fit together. From the full hypothesis: "Though it is a heavier-than-air gas, hydrogen sulfide is nevertheless being blown up into the upper atmosphere sometimes, where it is reacting away both the ozone layer and hydroxyl radicals. The loss of the ozone layer will probably eventually result in lethal levels of UV radiation baking the surface of the planet. The rising UV levels are already damaging DNA and RNA and causing increases in the frequency of genetic defects such as albinism and polycephaly (two-headedness) and genetic chimeras."

Planetary ozone collapse, atmospheric and environmental poisoning by hydrogen sulfide and methane-induced firestorms sweeping the surface of the Earth would all explain the large investments governments have made in recent times in terms of expanding their underground facilities.

Don't expect 'the authorities' to tell you or anyone how dire things are, how close to the end humanity actually is. It wouldn't benefit them to do so. Nevertheless, the sand in our hourglass continues to dribble away.

2020-05-28 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands at airport in Middletown (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "An American Airlines Piedmont flight from Philadelphia to Detroit landed at Harrisburg International Airport because of smoke in the cockpit. An HIA spokesperson said the plane landed safely just before noon Thursday."

Note: This is the 23rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-05-28 - Antarctic ice sheets capable of much faster melting than we thought:

2020-05-28 - Man has 'medical issue' while fishing and falls into the Great Miami River in Moraine (Ohio):

Quote: "Authorities with Moraine police and fire departments tell 2 NEWS that just before 3 p.m., three people were fishing near East River Landing on East River Road. A man began experiencing a medical issue and fell into the water. The other two individuals jumped in to rescue him but were not able to pull themselves out of the water. They were able to hang on to a nearby tree until help arrived."

2020-05-28 - Man, 56, has 'medical event' while fishing, falls into the water and dies, at Long Beach Town Park in coastal St. James (New York):

Quote: "'[The man] appeared to have a medical event while fishing and the death is believed to be non-criminal,' police told Patch."

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2020-05-29 - Heat wave scorches parts of the US and India as Siberia experiences record high temperatures:

Quote: "It’s not just the U.S. facing staggering temperatures. Montreal on Wednesday had its second hottest day on record with temperatures reaching 98 degrees."

Quote: "Russia averaged nearly 11 degrees above average temperatures January to April this year — the largest anomaly ever seen in any country’s national average during that time period, according to Berkeley Earth lead scientist Robert Rohde."

2020-05-29 - Person found dead in burning car at 6 AM on Forest Street in Oconomowoc (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Police and firefighters on Friday found a body in a burning car they were dispatched to extinguish. According to a news release from the Oconomowoc Police Department, the incident occurred at 6 a.m. 'With the assistance of the Western Lakes Fire District, the fire was quickly extinguished,' the release stated. 'Upon checking the vehicle, a body was located on the driver's seat.'"

2020-05-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 100 ton-pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Newport (Britain):

2020-05-29 - Waste facility hit by fire, 200-ton pile of waste burns, on Devon Street in South Bermondsey (Britain):

2020-05-29 - Waste processing site erupts in flame on Gladstone Road in Farnworth (Britain):

2020-05-29 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Donville-les-Bains (France):

2020-05-29 - Train cars full of garbage go up in flames in Darien (New York):

2020-05-29 - Hydropower plant rocked by explosion in Yunnan Province (China), 6 killed:

2020-05-29 - Building destroyed by explosion and fire at defense plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec (Canada):

2020-05-29 - Earthquake swarm strikes near Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming):

2020-05-29 - Asian giant hornet found for the first time in Langley (Canada):

Quote: "One of the extra-large invasive insects dubbed 'murder hornets,' has been found in Langley, according to the province’s top bee official. Paul van Westendorp, the B.C. apiarist, said that a specimen of Asian giant hornet was found in Langley Township, around 208th Street and 32nd Avenue. This is the farthest east that the hornets have been found in B.C."

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2020-05-30 - Two men, 48 and 50, killed by hydrogen sulfide in well in coastal Bang Saray (Thailand):

Quote: "Two Bang Saray men died of apparent hydrogen sulfide poisoning while dredging a well behind their house. Khet Udomsak and Sattahip rescue divers recovered the bodies of Nared Pilan, 48, and his cousin Komkid Pranut, 50, from the 30-meter-deep well in Napaphan Land Village May 29."

2020-05-30 - Medical plane bursts into flame after landing at airport in coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

Quote: "AN-2 aircraft of Kazakhstan’s Taraz Zhana Alem private airline caught fire today, May 30, 2020, Trend reports with reference to the Civil Aviation Committee. The incident happened at 15:31 as the plane has landed following a performed medical flight TJA5221 on the route Semey – Urjar. The committee said that the airplane landed at 15:25."

Note: This is the 24th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-05-30 - Iron works warehouse heavily damaged by fire at 12:07 AM in El Paso (Texas):

2020-05-30 - Waste transfer station erupts in flame in coastal Barnstable (Massachusetts):

2020-05-30 - Brush fire breaks out and burns through buildings in Cave Creek (Arizona):

2020-05-30 - US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high:

2020-05-30 - US southwest in grip of historic megadrought:

2020-05-30 - Iran faces worst locust plague in 50 years, recent attacks unprecedented:

2020-05-30 - Rioting and looting break out across the US over killing of man by police in Minneapolis (Minnesota):

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2020-05-31 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in coastal Miri (Malaysia):

Quote: "A MASwings-owned ATR aircraft carrying 29 passengers on a flight from Miri International Airport to Labuan has to turn around when smoke emanated from the cabin this afternoon."

Note: This is the 25th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-05-31 - Car fire ignites 4,000-acre brush fire along I-17 near Cordes Lakes (Arizona):

2020-05-31 - Several RVs destroyed by fire at RV and boat dealership in Clairmont (Canada), nobody there:

Quote: "Fire was spotted coming through the roof of the service bay area east of the main showroom with several RVs also on fire, according to the first arriving unit."

Note: These are the 166th, 167th and 168th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-05-31 - Large pallet fire breaks out at business, fire spreads to buildings, in Halesfield (Britain):

2020-05-31 - Brush fire breaks out at Belfast Harbour Estate in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2020-05-31 - Evictions loom in the US as state freezes on rent payments expire:

2020-05-31 - Pandemic effects could leave 54 million Americans without food:

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