Saturday, July 4, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-03

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2020-07-03 - Unknown nerve agent suspected as the cause of hundreds of elephants dying in Botswana:

Quote: "'They often die so quickly that they fall onto their chest and front legs, like they had been shot in the brain by a hunter. The fact that some living elephants were seen to be losing their motor functions seems to indicate that this toxin, whatever it is, is affecting their nervous system,' Dr McCann added. "

Note: Hydrogen sulfide fits all the symptoms and all the criteria. The dying 'like they had been shot in the brain by a hunter' part sounds like the way hydrogen sulfide can kill in concentrations higher than 1 part per 1000. You take one breath and die so fast that you're dead before your body hits the ground, usually falling forward and face-planting as your knees buckle. That's called the 'slaughterhouse sledgehammer effect'...

2020-07-03 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Thessaloniki (Greece):

Quote: "The ministry said the crew had reported a fire, but a Ryanair spokeswoman said the emergency had been triggered by an 'unidentified odour in the cockpit and cabin' and that there had been no fire."

2020-07-03 - Smoke from raging Siberian wildfires blows 5,000 miles and hits the Pacific Northwest:

Quote: "The smoke from wildfires raging in Siberia have drifted into the Pacific Northwest this week, causing haze in the skies. KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky said upper level winds are picking up the smoke from the fires and pushing it 5,000 miles across the North Pacific and into our skies."

2020-07-03 - Woman burns to death in sleeping bag near Inglewood (California):

Quote: "Deputies from the South Los Angeles station and Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a fire call in the 11800 block of Aviation Boulevard, south of the Century (105) Freeway, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday and found the victim, who was in a sleeping bag and on fire, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."

2020-07-03 - Extreme high-precipitation events happening more often and with greater intensity as the world continues warming:

Quote: "'The devastating floods that we have seen are consistent with an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change,' said Liu Junyan, a Greenpeace East Asia campaigner."

2020-07-03 - Fossil fuel industry leaking massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere:

Quote: "Reuters has reported that satellites by the European Space Agency have detected huge plumes of methane leaking from the 2,607-mile-long Yamal pipeline that transports natural gas from Siberia to Europe."

Note: This may be a self-reinforcing feedback of a sort. The methane causes warming, the warming melts the permafrost, and the subsiding ground destroys pipelines and buildings, which causes more leaks, which causes more warming, and so on and so on. Melting permafrost just caused a huge fuel storage tank to collapse in this same area last month, which dumped 20,000 tons of fuel into a nearby river, with estimates that it will take a decade for that river to recover. So it's not just methane leakage occurring, but infrastructure is deteriorating generally, and some of that deterioration is causing huge methane leaks, and other environmental calamities too...

2020-07-03 - Grain terminal explodes and burns at port in coastal Tilbury (Britain):

Quote: "The roof of a grain store has been partially destroyed in a 'massive explosion' at Tilbury Port in Essex."

2020-07-03 - Fireworks factory explodes and burns in coastal Sakarya Province (Turkey), 4 killed, 97+ injured:

2020-07-03 - Wildfire breaks out near Spirit Lake (Idaho):

2020-07-03 - Brush fire breaks out in San Bernardino National Forest near Runnings Springs (California):

2020-07-03 - Houseboat destroyed by fire on Lake Don Pedro (California), 1 injured:

2020-07-03 - Boat bursts into flame on Smith Lake (Alabama):

Note: These are the 588th and 589th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-03 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on the A90 near coastal Peterhead (Scotland):

Note: This is the 164th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-07-03 - Tractor and barn destroyed by fire on West Weston Road in Franklin Township (Michigan):

Quote: "It was full of hay and also had a tractor inside..."

Note: This is the 950th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-03 - RV bursts into flame on West Iowa Avenue in Ridgecrest (California):

Note: This is the 207th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-03 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 33 near Bellefontaine (Ohio):

2020-07-03 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Route 11 in Vienna Township (Ohio):

2020-07-03 - Two police cars destroyed by fire while parked in police garage next to City Hall in Virginia (Minnesota):

Quote: "Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. told KBJR-TV that one squad car caught fire in the police garage shortly before 11:30 a.m. He said the fire then spread to another squad car, destroying both vehicles and all the equipment and weapons inside. The garage is attached to City Hall, which the mayor said was closed for the holiday weekend and no one was inside."

2020-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-39 near Kronenwetter (Wisconsin):

2020-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on State Highway 46 near Seguin (Texas):

2020-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on I-15 in Yermo (California):

2020-07-03 - Four cars destroyed by fire while parked at Blackwood Gate Retail Park in Blackwood (Britain):

2020-07-03 - Car bursts into flame on the M20 near Ashford (Britain):

2020-07-03 - Quad bike bursts into flame at 3:53 AM in Minsterley (Britain):

2020-07-03 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked on property near the South Thompson River in Kamloops (Canada):

2020-07-03 - Twelve vehicles and cleaning business destroyed by fire just after 3 AM in Liberty Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A fire engulfed a building and destroyed 12 vehicles in Liberty Township overnight. A fire broke out at the Marpac Corporation building along Amsterdam Road just after 3:00 a.m. Friday morning. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they said the building was fully engulfed in flames and 12 vehicles were also on fire."

2020-07-03-  Vehicles and barn destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM on Oak Orchard Road in Frederick County (Maryland):

2020-07-03 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire on West Linebaugh Avenue in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2020-07-03 - Restaurant and mixed-use building go up in flames on Mission Street in coastal San Francisco (California):

2020-07-03 - Home damaged by fire on East Locust Street in Davenport (Iowa):

2020-07-03 - Home damaged by fire at 4:12 AM on 18th Street in Two Rivers (Wisconsin), 500 feet from the West Twin River:

2020-07-03 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Kimberly Lane in coastal Glen Burnie (Maryland):

2020-07-03 - Home destroyed by fire on East Main Street in New Waterford (Ohio), nobody there:

2020-07-03 - Two homes and two garages go up in flames on Harvard Boulevard in the Koreatown area in coastal Los Angeles (California), 2 injured:

2020-07-03 - Apartment building damaged by fire at River's Edge Apartments in Rockford (Illinois), 700 feet from the Rock River:

2020-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in the Mattapan area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-07-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire shortly before 3 AM in the Little Havana area in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-07-03 - Townhome complex under construction heavily damaged by fire at 11:47 PM on Willow Pass Road in Concord (California), near the coast:

2020-07-03 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Phoenix (Arizona), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-07-03 - Vacant home burns at 6:15 AM in Lawton (Oklahoma):

2020-07-03 - Vacant restaurant burns on North Oxnard Boulevard in coastal Oxnard (California):

2020-07-03 - Fin whale washes ashore dead on beach in Baja California (Mexico):

2020-07-03 - Around 130,000 Saiga Antelopes have died this spring bringing the total to more than 350,000 in the last 5 years, experts unable to agree on cause:

2020-07-03 - Boy, 6, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at resort in coastal Wildwood (New Jersey):

Quote: "A 6-year-old boy from Philadelphia has died after being pulled from a pool at a Jersey Shore resort. Wildwood police and firefighters responded to the Beachside Resort on the 3700 block of Atlantic Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. Friday for a possible drowning. They arrived to find witnesses performing CPR on the child and took over the resuscitation efforts. The boy was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later."

2020-07-03 - Man, 49, dies after being pulled from Petite Lake near Lake Villa (Illinois):

2020-07-03 - Boy, 10, found dead in pond in Brookings (South Dakota):

2020-07-03 - Man, 28, jumps into the water and dies in Lake Russell (South Carolina):

2020-07-03 - Man found dead in irrigation ditch near Somerton (Arizona):

2020-07-03 - Person drops dead in apartment on Lake Brook Boulevard in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2020-07-03 - Man, 43, found dead in Camp Far West Reservoir (California):

2020-07-03 - Woman, 75, found dead in Madill City Lake in Madill (Oklahoma):

2020-07-03 - Man found dead in the Mississippi River near Latsch Island in Winona (Minnesota):

2020-07-03 - Woman, 36, found dead in Winnipeg (Canada):

2020-07-03 - Woman, 53, dies after losing consciousness during scuba diving course in coastal Gordon's Bay (Australia):

Quote: "A woman has died in a diving accident off the coast of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The 53-year-old woman was reportedly pulled from the water unconscious before bystanders tried to save her life with CPR. She had been diving off Gordons Bay near Clovelly about 9.30am this morning"

2020-07-03 - Man, 63, teacher, found dead in rented room in Siem Reap (Cambodia):

2020-07-03 - Woman found dead in the Meghna River in Lalmohan (Bangladesh):

2020-07-03 - Driver has 'medical episode' just before 7 AM, tractor trailer crashes into billboard and median, on I-35 near Elm Mott (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "Just before 7 AM, a tractor-trailer was traveling south on IH-35 when the driver experienced a medical episode that caused the driver to swerve onto the service road and into a ditch where they hit a billboard. The driver then came back onto IH-35 and hit the median wall."

2020-07-03 - Man, 69, has 'medical issue', car crashes into signs and ditch, near Sheboygan (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

Quote: "The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office says it appears a driver suffered a medical issue before a crash at State Highway 23 and Sunset Road Friday afternoon."

2020-07-03 - Driver has 'medical episode', car crashes into home, in Wells (Britain), 2 injured:

Quote: "It appears that it is linked to a medical episode."

2020-07-03 - Small plane crashes in American Fork Canyon (Utah), 4 killed:

2020-07-03 - Small plane crashes into field in Leduc County near Edmonton (Canada), 3 killed:

2020-07-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-26 near Hendersonville (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-07-03 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-65 in Warren County (Kentucky), 1 injured:

2020-07-03 - Van and car collide head-on, fire erupts, in Hathras (India), 3 killed, 4 injured:

2020-07-03 - Two pickup trucks collide head-on at 11:31 PM in the Town of Osceola (Wisconsin), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-03 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3:30 AM, crashes into trees, bursts into flame, near Kelso (Washington), 700 feet from the Cowlitz River, 1 injured:

2020-07-03 - Car and truck collide head-on at 3:30 AM, fire erupts, in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand), 2 killed:

2020-07-03 - Sinkhole opens on street in Louisville (Kentucky):

2020-07-03 - Man has 'medical issue' while working on truck in Emporia (Kansas):

Quote: "Emporia Fire was called to the Walmart parking lot, 2301 Industrial, around 11:30 am. Battalion Chief Bill Harmon says a man was in the process of working on a truck when he suffered an apparent medical issue. He then got himself wedged at least somewhat under the truck afterward."

2020-07-03 - Hospitals reach full capacity in Starr County and Hidalgo County (Texas), residents urged to stay home:

Quote: "Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with county judges urging residents to shelter in place. Judges in Starr and Hidalgo counties sent out emergency alerts Friday, warning residents that local hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley were at capacity."

2020-07-03 - Magnitude 4.6 and 4.3 earthquakes rattle East Hawaii:

2020-07-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Mississippi and Tennessee:

2020-07-03 - Heavy rain and flooding continue in China, 106+ killed, 15 million affected:

2020-07-03 - Meteor explodes in the sky over Tokyo (Japan):

2020-07-03 - US says leaking nuclear waste dome is safe, Marshall Islands leaders don't believe it:

2020-07-03 - BP and Shell write off billions in assets, citing COVID-19 and climate change:

2020-07-03 - The western white-throated sparrow song that swept North America:


  1. Yo Jonny, everyone - the heat is ON around here in s/e PA.
    Lots of people headed to beaches (including ponds, lakes, streams and rivers) all up and down the east coast for the Independence Day weekend. Over the next few days we may see watery death numbers from these locations. Stay tuned.

    That woman burning to death in her sleeping bag is, ya know, KINDA suspicious . ..

    The fireworks factory explosion must have been impressive!

    Sunday, 5 July 2020
    Locust swarm reaches Nepal: East African swarms charging West: Swarms from Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are expected to migrate westwards through Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Mauritania

    Trillions of locusts stretching thousands of miles [more]

    The Plagues Of Iran 2020 Update: Under attack? Another fire at a power station in Southwestern Iran on Saturday is the latest of several recent fires and explosions which have hit sensitive sites in the Islamic country

    A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. [more]

    Arctic plants may not provide predicted carbon sequestration potential

    The environmental benefits of taller, shrubbier tundra plants in the Arctic may be overstated, according to new research involving the University of Stirling.

    our research identified an acceleration in the rate of loss of carbon from soils, back into the atmosphere.

    we may be [ARE] underestimating future climate feedbacks from Arctic ecosystems.” [more]

    Big Oil confronts possibility of terminal demand decline

    Although crude prices have rebounded from coronavirus crisis lows, oil execs and experts are starting to ask if the industry has crossed the Rubicon of peak demand. [more]

    Arctic Oil Infrastructure Faces Climate Karma

    rising Arctic temperatures strike at the heart of the Russian economy, which is largely built upon the extraction of oil and gas. Rising temperatures are melting the permafrost and impairing its ability to support structures built on it. The changes threaten the “structural stability and functional capacities” of oil industry infrastructure, according to the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate report adopted in September by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    If the northern latitudes continue warming as they are, the implications will be grave for all of us. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  2. A heat wave forecast for much of the US has scientists alarmed

    The coming heat is projected to affect huge stretches of the U.S., from eastern New Mexico and Colorado across the Central Plains and into the Northeast. [more]

    A sustained blast of heat is expected to bake much of the United States with hotter-than-usual temperatures this holiday weekend, and forecasts suggest that the heat and the humidity could linger for several weeks. [more]

    Lost in Oil’s Rally: $2 Trillion-a-Year Refining Industry Crisis

    the world’s refining industry today is in pain like never before.

    “Refining margins are absolutely catastrophic,” Patrick Pouyanne, the head of Europe’s top oil refining group Total SA, told investors last month, echoing a widely held view among executives, traders and analysts.

    What happens to the oil refining industry at this juncture will have ripple effects across the rest of the energy industry. The multi-billion-dollar plants employ thousands of people and a wave of closures and bankruptcies looms. [more]

    Station Casinos, Red Rock Resorts president dies in July 4 watercraft accident

    Station Casinos, which owns 20 gaming properties across Southern Nevada, announced that Richard J. Haskins — president of Red Rock Resorts Inc. and Station Casinos — died Saturday, July 4 in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan.
    [more; no details given]

    Green-Energy Companies Have a Human-Rights Problem

    Land seizures. Dangerous working conditions. Mistreatment of native populations. For decades, such practices were associated in the public mind with the oil and gas industries. That perception in turn undermined confidence in fossil fuels and, as climate change worsened, helped set the stage for a widespread boom in the renewable-energy business. Now that business is itself under scrutiny — and for some of the same practices. [more; meet the new boss - same as the old boss]

    [3rd part next]

  3. [the ever-changing coronavirus story]
    The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

    The World Health Organization changed its coronavirus timeline to say that its China office first found out about the novel coronavirus from local reports on the "viral pneumonia," rather than from Chinese officials.

    The revision, published June 30, comes as multiple reports found that China withheld key information about the coronavirus outbreak from the public and the WHO for several days. [more]

    Fire season could bring complications to states already battling Covid-19

    As states begin to hit their peak wildfire season, experts and officials are warning about another level of concern this year: air pollution that threatens to increase Covid-19 in states already struggling with an explosion in cases.

    Above normal significant large fire potential is expected in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest as states enter their peak season, which begins in July and lasts through August, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The Southwestern region, including Arizona, is also expecting above average fire activity.

    “What is important for people to know is because Covid-19 primarily affects the lungs, then people are going to be more likely to develop severe symptoms if they have certain types of respiratory diseases,” said Marcia Castro, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “And those respiratory diseases can be made much worse because of pollutants due to fires.”

    Firefighters Work Overnight To Contain Brush Fire In San Bernardino Mountains [38 sec. news spot]

    How to Store Corn on the Cob (Plus How to Pick the Sweetest Ears)

    1. Don’t shuck before you buy. [see why for each topic]
    2. Do give the ear a squeeze.
    3. Don’t go for dry silk.
    4. Do look at the husk.
    [storing and freezing also covered in the article]

    Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home

    The number of fatalities is expected to rise, with national broadcaster NHK reporting another 20 people in a state of "cardio-respiratory arrest" - a term used in Japan before a doctor officially certifies death.

    The prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima have been worst hit.

    Footage shows a bridge over the Kuma river washed away, with other pictures of submerged cars and houses. [more]

    Major Flooding Overflows Streets of Newport Beach, California

    Major flooding hit Newport Beach, California, on July 3, with the National Weather Service issuing a high surf advisory for the area.Footage of the flood shows water streaming through the street and reaching up to garages [more]

    This popular travel destination is the deadliest state for lightning strikes

    The lightning council has been successful in reducing the number of lightning-related deaths, but Florida is still number 1 in the category. [more]

  4. [not the first to claim this]
    Leader of ultra-right militia The Three Percenters General BloodAgent predicts end of America by 2021 and warns of new civil war

    I’ve lost all trust in medical research – the financial muscle of Big Pharma has been busy distorting science during the pandemic

    “A secretly recorded meeting between the editors-in-chief of The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine reveal both men bemoaning the ‘criminal’ influence big pharma has on scientific research. [more]

    North Korea says no need for talks with US as they’re nothing more than ‘shallow trick’ to make Trump look good

    Breakthrough in dark matter mystery as neutral hydrogen from other galaxies detected for first time

    In a development that could finally shed light on dark matter, an international team of scientists have detected neutral hydrogen atoms, from a galaxy other than our own, for the very first time.

    The breakthrough FAST observation indicates the contribution of dark matter and illustrates the potential to study the mysterious matter in galaxies through neutral hydrogen. [more]

  5. [this should make everyone shit-scared]
    Woman, 23, tells her terrifying story of being struck by lightning inside her home

    The 23-year old resident of Bellingham was working from home in an enclosed porch that juts out of her house and into the backyard. When she reached to turn on the light, the jolt sent her flying backwards.

    [beside extreme pain] She said that the shock gave her carpal spasms in her hands and feet, and she has also suffered from some memory loss.

    Perhaps most shockingly, no visible damage was dealt to the home. However, 18 years ago, a lightning strike triggered a small fire at the same home, [more]

    [it's not just India anymore]

    Heavy rain lashes Saurashtra, 11.4 inches of rain in 2 hrs floods Khambhaliya

    Vikram Rahevar, 33, a farmer from Tidana village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar district, was struck by lightning at 9.45 am when he was working on his agricultural field near Umrada village. "He died on the spot," Muli police said. [more]

    Japan Flooding Kills As Many as 35 People; A Dozen Missing

    More than 2,000 homes remained cut off on Sunday. [more]

    Since May 15, lightning strikes have killed 315 in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

    There were 26 deaths on Thursday in Bihar alone from such strikes (or flashes as they are called scientifically). On Friday, 15 people were killed in lightning strikes in different districts of the state. Another 21 people lost their lives and over 40 were injured due to lightning amid heavy rain and thunderstorms in seven districts of Bihar on Saturday. And at least 253 more people have lost their lives to lightning strikes and 49 have been injured in the past one and half months with 90% of the deaths recorded in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar