Monday, July 6, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-05

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

2020-07-05 - Train car hauling pickup trucks bursts into flame at rail yard near the Mississippi River in East St. Louis (Illinois):

Quote: "A spokeswoman for Alton & Southern Railway Co. said the fire was contained to one car carrying pick-up trucks."

2020-07-05 - Warehouse of antique cars, auto shop and home destroyed by fire in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "A major fire destroyed an auto repair shop and warehouse of antique cars on the southwest side."

2020-07-05 - A heat wave forecast for much of the US has scientists alarmed:

2020-07-05 - Arctic oil infrastructure faces climate karma:

2020-07-05 - Apocalyptic locust swarms reach Nepal:

2020-07-05 - Two men, brothers, 34 and 42, die while diving in Portroe Quarry (Ireland):

Quote: "It is understood they were in the water for around half an hour when one of the brothers got into difficulty around 1.30pm. His brother went to his assistance but he got into difficulty, too. He surfaced and raised the alarm but went unconscious and died a short time later."

Quote: "It is understood both men were experienced divers."

2020-07-05 - Person falls off hotel and dies at beachfront resort on South Ocean Boulevard in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), possible toppler:

Quote: "Police said a person has died after falling from a balcony at a resort in Myrtle Beach Sunday morning, WPDE reported. Authorities responded to the Bluewater Resort on South Ocean Boulevard."

2020-07-05 - Man, 49, has chest pains and difficulty breathing on boat off coastal Oak Island (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Coast Guard medevaced a 49-year-old man reportedly suffering from chest pains and shortness of breath approximately 14 miles south of Oak Island, North Carolina, Sunday morning."

2020-07-05 - Wildfire breaks out and closes the 14 Freeway near Agua Dulce (California):

2020-07-05 - Brush fire breaks out and closes the San Diego (405) Freeway in Hawthorne (California):

2020-07-05 - Boat bursts into flame while parked at home in Mesa County (Colorado):

Quote: "The boat was parked at the residence when it caught fire. The fire spread to trees and the surrounding landscape, but no homes were destroyed."

2020-07-05 - Boat bursts into flame in the Strait of Bosphorus near coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

Quote: "A fire broke out on a boat off Besiktas in the Bosphorus for an unknown reason."

Note: These are the 595th and 596th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-05 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Rome (Italy):

Note: This is the 165th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-07-05 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on road in Multnomah County (Oregon):

2020-07-05 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-465 in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Note: These are the 952nd and 953rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-05 - Eight microbuses destroyed by fire at 3 AM while parked in garage in Kathmandu (Nepal):

2020-07-05 - RV bursts into flame on Marine Drive in coastal Astoria (Oregon), 250 feet from the coast:

2020-07-05 - RV bursts into flame next to motel in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "Firefighters say all occupants and two dogs are safe following a fire south of downtown Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon. According to firefighters an R-V caught fire next to a motel."

2020-07-05 - RV bursts into flame on road near Crookston (Minnesota):

2020-07-05 - RV, cars and home destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM on Virginia Lane in Haines County (South Dakota):

Quote: "The original structure was a total loss, along with a recreational vehicle, passenger vehicles, and minor extension to a neighboring structure."

2020-07-05 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 6 near Ospwagan Lake (Canada):

Note: These are the 210th, 211th, 212th, 213th and 214th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-07-05 - Campervan, car and barn destroyed by fire in Greenville (Ohio):

Quote: "Along with the barn, the losses associated with the fire include a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad, classic auto parts and memorabilia, vintage drum sets, and original Star Wars collectibles. A camper van parked near the structure was also destroyed in the fire as well."

2020-07-05 - Van bursts into flame on Montgomery Road in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2020-07-05 - Van bursts into flame on the A47 near Bretton (Britain):

2020-07-05 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in the Millcreek area in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "A public information officer for UFA said the fire started with a car and trailer parked beneath a carport near the home. Flames spread to the carport, then to the home."

2020-07-05 - SUV bursts into flame on Old Waterbury Road in Southbury (Connecticut):

2020-07-05 - SUV bursts into flame on I-275 in Miami Township (Ohio):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Ann Arbor (Michigan):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame on Bridge Street in Chillicothe (Ohio):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame on Sturdee Crescent in Monash (Australia):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame on Matapihi Road in coastal Mount Maunganui (New Zealand), 1600 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-05 - Eight cars and 53 motorcycles destroyed by fire at 5:05 AM while parked at apartments in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

Quote: "Fifty-three motorcycles and eight cars were razed in an early morning fire at a People’s Housing Project (PPR) car park in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur. In a statement, the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department said it dispatched fire engines to the site after receiving a distress call at 5.05am."

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot on Isbister Road in coastal Kirkwall (Scotland):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame on street in Sandhurst (Britain):

2020-07-05 - Car bursts into flame at 12:53 AM in Cherrington (Britain):

2020-07-05 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-07-05 - RV trailer bursts into flame on I-69 near Lansing (Michigan):

2020-07-05 - Four cars and auto shop destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM in Kennewick (Washington):

Quote: "The Kennewick Fire Department responded to a fire early Sunday morning that destroyed a building, and four cars inside."

2020-07-05 - Van, other vehicles and mobile home destroyed by fire in Didsbury (Canada):

2020-07-05 - Barn destroyed by fire on Benson Road in Skaneateles (New York):

2020-07-05 - Barn destroyed by fire in Earlville (Illinois):

2020-07-05 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire on North Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-07-05 - Church destroyed by fire shortly after midnight in Brazos County (Texas):

2020-07-05 - Zoo damaged by fire next to Birnie Loch in Ladybank (Scotland):

2020-07-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:21 AM on Brookhaven Drive NW in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2020-07-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:12 AM on Gathings Drive in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2020-07-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Santa Cruz Road in Desert Hot Springs (California):

2020-07-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5:40 AM on Terry Drive in Idaho Falls (Idaho), 6 injured:

2020-07-05 - Home heavily damaged by fire on South West Avenue in Waukesha (Wisconsin):

2020-07-05 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM on Smythe Street on coastal Daniel Island (South Carolina):

2020-07-05 - Two homes damaged by garage fire on Walden Avenue in Appleton (Wisconsin):

2020-07-05 - Two homes destroyed by fire shortly after 3 AM on Byrnes Street in Marshall (Texas):

2020-07-05 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at Crystal Lake Apartments in Hilliard (Ohio):

2020-07-05 - Two women, 31 and 34, found dead at home in coastal Tacoma (Washington):

2020-07-05 - Man, 30, and boy, 13, die in Croatan Sound on coastal Roanoke Island (North Carolina):

Quote: "Officials say two swimmers drowned in the Croatan Sound on Roanoke Island Sunday morning. Dare County EMS Chief Jennie Collins told WITN they received a 911 call shortly after 11 a.m. for two missing swimmers at the Old Swimming Hole off Airport Road in Maneto. Once rescue crews got there, divers from the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department pulled a 13-year old boy, and a 30-year old man from the water."

2020-07-05 - Two boys, 17 and 18, die in the River Sindh in Kangan (India):

2020-07-05 - Man, 42, slumps over dead near dental office in Chico (California):

2020-07-05 - Woman in her 50s found dead in the water at marina in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2020-07-05 - Woman found dead in canal in coastal Pompano Beach (Florida):

2020-07-05 - Man, 27, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan at beach in Zion (Illinois):

2020-07-05 - Man, around 30, dies after being pulled from Lake Winfield in Plymouth (Connecticut):

2020-07-05 - Man, 56, found dead in Sparks Marina Park Lake in Sparks (Nevada):

2020-07-05 - Man found dead in Lake Carlos near Alexandria (Minnesota):

2020-07-05 - Man found dead in Eagle Lake near Willmar (Minnesota):

2020-07-05 - Man jumps in the water and dies in Lake Melissa (Minnesota):

2020-07-05 - Man, 49, found dead in the Spring River in Sharp County (Arkansas):

2020-07-05 - Man, 25, dies after being pulled from pond near Hendricks Lane in Peosta (Iowa):

2020-07-05 - Man, 23, found dead in Crystal Lake in Manchester Township (New Jersey):

2020-07-05 - Man, 25, has 'medical emergency' at jail and dies in Manassas (Virginia):

2020-07-05 - Man, 20, dies in the Ottawa River at Britannia Beach in Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "The group watched the man go underwater, police said, and he never resurfaced."

Quote: "This is the second such incident this weekend. The search continued on Sunday for the body of a 14-year-old boy who was presumed to have drowned in the Ottawa River after jumping from the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night with a group of friends."

2020-07-05 - Man, 20, cyclist, goes into cardiac arrest and dies in Wortegem-Petegem (Belgium):

Quote: "Belgian cyclist Niels De Vriendt has died at the age of 20. The amateur, who rode for the VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT team, was taking part in a practice race ahead of the season restart when he collapsed. De Vriendt was racing Wortegem-Petegem at the time, and quickly received medical attention after falling ill, including 40 minutes of resuscitation efforts, but passed away. The cause of De Vriendt's death has been attributed to heart failure, according to his team."

2020-07-05 - Man found dead in stream at Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline (Scotland):

2020-07-05 - Man, 55, found dead in the River Ouse near York (Britain):

2020-07-05 - Two small planes collide mid-air then plunge into Lake Coeur d’Alene (Idaho), 8 killed:

Quote: "Two victims, both deceased, were recovered from the air crafts before they sank, Higgins said. The remaining six victims are still unaccounted for but are believed to be dead, Higgins said. They include adults and children but no further details were available."

2020-07-05 - Small plane makes emergency landing on road in Sedona (Arizona):

2020-07-05 - Small plane makes emergency landing at university in Fort Collins (Colorado):

2020-07-05 - Gyroplane makes emergency landing in field in Putnam County (Indiana), engine failure:

2020-07-05 - Van veers over centerline, hits bus head-on, in Tututepec (Mexico), 15 killed, 30 injured:

2020-07-05 - SUV overturns, bursts into flame, on US 101 in Atascadero (California), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-07-05 - Pickup truck crashes off road, bursts into flame, in Barrio Logan (California), 1 killed:

2020-07-05 - Car veers off road at 2:25 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, near Water Works Park in Des Moines (Iowa), 4 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-05 - Car veers off road, plunges into Bourne’s Pond, in coastal Falmouth (Massachusetts):

2020-07-05 - Car crashes into ditch near Highway 6 near Regina (Canada), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2020-07-05 - Bear attacks and injures man and dog in Simsbury (Connecticut):

2020-07-05 - Alligator attacks and injures woman in Okatie (South Carolina):

2020-07-05 - Lightning strike kills 9-year-old girl in Moultrie (Georgia):

2020-07-05 - Lightning strike injures 2 men at Clearwater Beach (Florida):

2020-07-05 - Lightning strikes have killed 315 people since May 15 in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (India):

2020-07-05 - Florida is the most popular state to be struck and killed by lightning:

2020-07-05 - Meteor spotted over Seville (Spain):

2020-07-05 - Grain output down after driest spring since 1847 in Ireland:

2020-07-05 - Arctic plants may not provide predicted carbon sequestration potential:

Note: The millions of acres of forests burning right now in Siberia sure aren't providing any carbon sequestration!

2020-07-05 - Big Oil confronts possibility of terminal demand decline:

2020-07-05 - Breakthrough in dark matter mystery as neutral hydrogen from other galaxies detected for the first time:


  1. Yessiree Jonny, wake and bake!

    [here's a look at yesterday's weather here]

    Lightning strike kills 2, injures 2 others in Granville Township, Pennsylvania

    Two people are dead after they were hit by lightning in Granville Township on Monday afternoon.

    There's no word on the condition of the two people who were taken to the hospital. [more]

    Cars plow through floodwaters as roads become rivers [~ 30 sec. video]

    Heavy rain on July 6 caused streets to flood in Hamilton, New Jersey. Large hail was also reported in the storm.
    [there were trees down, accidents and flooding in s/e PA too]

    Tuesday, 7 July 2020
    The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful magnitude 6.6 struck Indonesia and a magnitude 6.2 struck Micronesia: Brings total for the year to 59

    The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful and deep magnitude 6.6 struck 93km North of Batang, in Indonesia and a shallow, 12km deep, magnitude 6.2 struck 254km North of Fais, Micronesia, no tsunami warnings have been issued. Both quakes rattled the Pacific Ring Of Fire. [more]

    [grouchy] Fauci warns that COVID-19 vaccine protection may be ‘finite’

    What the world desperately wants and needs is a COVID-19 vaccine, but it may not be the home run that everyone is hoping for. [more; no, that's what we DON'T need or want]

    Crews fight Northern Calif. brush fire by highway

    Firefighters were battling a brush fire on Monday in Northern California. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said on Twitter that the "grass fire" had burned about 60 acres. (July 6) [70 sec. news video]

    The 2020 coronavirus and 1918 Spanish influenza pandemics share many similarities, but they also diverge on one key point.

    “A major difference between Spanish flu and COVID-19 is the age distribution of fatalities,” according to Deutsche Bank

    For COVID-19, the elderly have been overwhelmingly the worst hit. For the Spanish flu of 1918, the young working-age population were severely affected too. In fact, the death rate from pneumonia and influenza that year among 25-34-year-olds in the United States was more than 50% higher than that for 65-74-year-olds. A remarkable difference to Covid-19.”

    “So we have an interesting situation at the moment, where rapidly rising cases in the U.S. are slowing reopenings (negative) but the death rate is falling (positive). This may eventually give us more faith that we are now better at living with the virus,” the bank said. [more; a bank, rather than the medical establishment?]

    [2nd section below]

  2. [i wanna know who's gonna clean it up?]

    the looming shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline that carries more than a third of the region’s oil to market threatens to keep the play from booming ever again. [more]

    Coronavirus slams Poland's already-troubled coal industry

    The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder to extract the source of 75% of the nation’s electrical power.

    Of Poland's more than 36,000 reported COVID-19 cases, about 6,500 are miners — making them nearly a fifth of all confirmed infections in the country, even though they make up only 80,000 of the country's population of 38 million.

    The virus hot spots, centered in the southern Silesia region, have paralyzed an already-troubled industry, forcing many to stay home from work and triggering a three-week closure of many state-run mines that are only now reopening. [more]

    Rockslide Comes Crashing Down on Idaho Highway

    Local media reported that the highway remains blocked, and added that there was no estimate on how long it would take to be cleared. [more; 49 sec. video]

    China raises emergency level as heavy rain triggers floods

    China raised its national emergency response level on Tuesday as days of torrential rain triggered flood warnings across the country, killing more than 100 people and disrupting the first day of national college exams.

    State television reported the Chinese government's office for flood control raised the response level to III from IV on its four-tier scale, and said 13,117 emergency response and rescue staff had been deployed to deal with the floods.

    As of last Friday, there were 119 people dead or missing nationwide as a result of the rainstorms, while the emergency ministry estimated economic losses to be in excess of 40 billion yuan ($5.7 billion). [more]

    Oil Markets Starved of Essential Russian and Saudi Barrels

    Like the wine industry, the oil market has its own vintages: global refiners seek their barrels much like connoisseurs covet bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Urals of Russia and Arab Light from Saudi Arabia are normally two of the most widely consumed -- think Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe a Merlot. But in today’s oil market, such crude is in increasingly short supply due to record output cuts by the two nations and their allies. [more]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. ‘Pink ice’ in Alps sparks global warming fears

    The ice is thought to be caused by the algae, which is similar to plants found in Greenland and at Earth’s poles.

    But experts fear the plant could actually accelerate the effects of climate change, Biagio Di Mauro of Italy’s National Research Council told The Guardian. [more]

    [Celebrity Death notice]
    Disney Channel star Sebastian Athie dies at 24

    No word on what caused Althie’s death. [more]

    U.S. government awards Novavax $1.6 billion for coronavirus vaccine

    The U.S. government has awarded Novavax Inc $1.6 billion to cover testing, commercialization and manufacturing of a potential coronavirus vaccine in the United States, with the aim of delivering 100 million doses by January 2021.

    It will also cover the cost of running a large Phase III trial - the final stage of human testing, which could begin as early as October.

    The Novavax vaccine works in conjunction with an adjuvant - a substance that boosts the immune response to help the body build a robust defense against the virus. [we've read about adjuvants recently]

    Novavax did not start human safety trials until late May.

    One reason for the delay is that the vaccine is grown in insect cells, a process that can take 30 days before company scientists can start purifying it and making it in bulk. [EW!]

    By early next year, the company expects to be able to make 50 million doses a month in the United States. [more; KEEP IT!]

    [4th part next]

  4. U.S. Sends Major Military Muscle to the South China Sea

    The exercise included two carriers, USS Reagan and USS Nimitz, and a B-52H Stratofortress heavy bomber.

    China pushed back, accusing the United States of “militarizing” the sea. [more; not a good sign]

    GRAPHIC-Where COVID-19 is spreading fastest as U.S. cases rise 27% in past week

    he United States saw a 27% increase in new cases of COVID-19 in the week ended July 5 compared to the previous seven days, with 24 states reporting positivity test rates above the level that the World Health Organization has flagged as concerning.

    Nationally, 7.5% of diagnostic tests came back positive last week, up from 7% the prior week and 5% two weeks ago, according to a Reuters analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.

    The WHO considers a positivity rate above 5% to be a cause for concern because it suggests there are more cases in the community that have not yet been uncovered.

    Arizona's positivity test rate was 26%, up from 24% last week; Florida's rose to 19% from 16%, and Mississippi was 17%, up from 13%, according to the analysis. [more]

    Coronavirus update: US numbers go from bad to worse as states pull back on reopenings

    The coronavirus continued its relentless march across the globe on Monday, with the U.S. recording its worst daily totals to date over the long holiday weekend, with domestic deaths closing in on nearly 130,000.

    The pandemic has now infected around nearly 11.5 million Monday. Meanwhile, the world’s largest economy is in the throes of a wave of new cases that has cemented its status as global epicenter, and forced states and localities to hit pause on relaxing some lockdown measures. Over 2.8 million Americans have now been diagnosed, and the sharp resurgence has public health experts worried about the lack of a cohesive federal strategy. [more]

    [Ya THINK?!]
    U.N. expert deems U.S. drone strike on Iran's Soleimani an 'unlawful' killing

    The January U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Monday. [more; but what can they do about it?]

    [this was supposed to be at the top . ..]
    Philadelphia Weather: Flash Flood Warning [~ 2.75 min. weather spot from 7/6]

  5. [some Tuesday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 7, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    One fifth of German firms fear for their survival amid pandemic: Ifo

    Oil Price Crash Causes Major Recession In Russia

    Trump's New Nafta is a Proven Failure Already

    India accelerates weapons purchases in wake of border clash with China

    Climate change impacts on agriculture

    Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought

    Modern consumption harms environment, health and animal life

    Climate change 'fuelling deadly India lightning strikes'

    Study: World's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

    WHO reviewing report urging new guidance over airborne spread of coronavirus

    U.S. coronavirus response still crippled by lack of testing, Dr. Scott Gottlieb says

    Immunity to the coronavirus is 'fragile' and 'short-lived,' immunologist warns

    What Makes You Think the Stock Market Will Even Exist in 2024?

    Southwestern Japan hit by more heavy rain as death toll rises to 49

    More than 220,000 renters at risk of eviction after falling into rent arrears during pandemic, charity warns

    Coronavirus: 13 UK universities 'could go bust without bailout'

    Shoppers across the country are retreating again as coronavirus cases surge

    Americans leave large cities for suburban areas and rural towns
    If they're smart, they'll dig up their backyards and learn how to grow food. -- RF

    California Enters Deadly Wildfire Season With Over Half Of Inmate Firefighters Under COVID Lockdown Choices (America's one-party system)

  6. Airbus diverts following nose damage caused by hailstorm over New York

    A Delta A319 traveling from West Palm Beach to New York, La Guardia, last night was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after suffering damage. The crew reported issues with the navigation system onboard, and when you see what the plane looked like when it landed, that's no big surprise. [more]

    1-year-old girl dies in pit bull attack at July 4th party in Joliet, Illinois

    Coronavirus herd immunity may be 'unachievable' after study suggests antibodies disappear after weeks in some people

    A major new study in one of Europe's worst affected countries for the coronavirus finds no evidence of widespread immunity to the virus developing.

    The study suggests people who experience mild symptoms do not have long-lasting protection.

    Another scientist involved said: "In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable." [more; which makes vaccines irrelevant]

    White House Wants Stimulus by August Recess With $1 Trillion Cap

    The White House wants Congress to pass another stimulus package by the first week in August, before lawmakers head home for their annual summer recess, and to keep the cost at $1 trillion or less, according to Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide.

    Second Stimulus Might Include Direct Payments — Here's What That Means

    It’s also, predictably, much less generous than the plans called for by the bolder wing of the Democratic Party, many of which proscribe $2,000 monthly payments until the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. [more]

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Who Repeatedly Downplayed COVID-19 Threat, Tests Positive For Virus

    Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    He made the announcement himself on Brazilian television Tuesday, according to CNN and other outlets. [more]

    [2nd piece awaits]

  7. How the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became 'world's fastest growing religion'

    the purpose of it is really that all religions are made up. They all have their Genesis story. They all have similar characteristics.

    The entire Pastafarianism movement was in fact born out of satire. In response to debates being held in Kansas over the teaching of intelligent design in biology classes, then-24-year-old Oregon State student Bobby Henderson composed a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. It claimed that if creationism was being taught side-by-side with evolution in schools, so should his beliefs in Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, which Henderson argued was just as legitimate and provable as intelligent design. [more]

    [Rent Matters!]
    Around 20 million renters could face eviction by the end of September because of the pandemic —with the impact falling heavily on Black and Hispanic renters

    As the federal moratorium on evictions nears its expiration, experts are worried there could be a homelessness crisis.

    Twenty percent of the 110 million Americans who live in rented homes are at risk of eviction by the end of September, The Aspen Institute reported. [more]

    [thought this was a ballet dancer's disease]
    Rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, linked to COVID-19

    Given the occurrence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in prior pandemics with other corona viruses like SARS and MERS, we are investigating a possible link between Guillain-Barre Syndrome and COVID-19 and tracking published reports to see if there is any link between Guillain-Barre Syndrome and COVID-19.

    Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks and injures the nerves outside of the spinal cord or brain – the peripheral nervous system. Most commonly, the injury involves the protective sheath, or myelin, that wraps nerves and is essential to nerve function.

    Without the myelin sheath, signals that go through a nerve are slowed or lost, which causes the nerve to malfunction.

    The first reports of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in COVID-19 pandemic originated from Italy, Spain and China, where the pandemic surged before the U.S. crisis.

    Though there is clear clinical suspicion that COVID-19 can lead to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, many important questions remain. [more]

  8. Lightning Apocalypse: 2 Dead in Pennsylvania and One in Georgia, 315 Deaths in India, More Than 300,000 Strikes in 24 Hours Over Australia – The Sky Is Going Crazy

    Perth residents witnessed an amazing display from 22,000 lightning strikes off the coast as the weekend drew to a close, but those in the South West saw a cracking 313,000 strikes across all of Sunday. [more]

    21 killed after bus carrying students crashes into lake amid widespread flooding in China - death toll reaches 119

    Security camera footage shared on social media by CCTV showed the vehicle veering across at least five lanes - cutting into oncoming traffic - to plough through barriers on the other side of the road.

    Local authorities pledged an investigation into the cause of the accident. [more]

    'No lives matter' launched by atheists [this is supposed to be humor]

    A group of atheists, along with some agnostics, announced on Tuesday a new sociopolitical movement consistent with their worldview called No Lives Matter.

    The organization's mission statement defines the group as "people motivated by the belief that all human lives are equally meaningless."

    "Since we are just random accidents of evolution, and our so-called moral truths are just biochemical reactions in our brain, no human lives, or any lives at all, actually matter," said prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, speaking for NLM. "Anyone who says Black Lives Matter, or Blue Lives, or whatever lives, has to believe in a higher moral code given by a creator. You can't say in one breath that lives matter, and in the next breath claim that God is a human invention and all truth is relative."

    "We're just trying to be logically consistent," he added.

    The movement quickly fell apart, though, when leaders had trouble convincing followers that the No Lives Matter movement mattered. [more]

    [strange shit]
    Woman perplexes social media with video of mysterious ‘alien-like’ animal: ‘Please tell me that’s not real’

    [it doesn't move and could be a hoax, but . . take a look!]

    [2nd installment follows]

  9. Summer heat won’t kill the coronavirus, but it can change it, experts say

    Although there is no evidence that summer heat can kill the virus in a way that leads to less infections and deaths, it can mutate it, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    such mutations have only been observed in laboratories, leaving doubt if they would occur in natural settings.

    One study found that after 30 minutes under 133 degrees Fahrenheit, coronavirus particles were no longer viable, according to a paper published in April in the journal The Lancet Microbe. [more; pfff - neither are WE!]

    Fresh outrage as well-connected firms nab US loans

    A centerpiece of US President Donald Trump's economic relief program was under renewed scrutiny Tuesday following revelations it aided white-shoe lobbying firms and businesses linked to Kanye West and other billionaires.

    Besides West's Yeezy brand and law firms connected to famed trial lawyer David Boies and Trump defense attorney Marc Kasowitz, recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans included the PF Chang's restaurant chain and businesses linked to several members of Congress, according to US media reports.

    The recipients include the Church of Scientology, various businesses connected to the family of Jared Kushner, a White House advisor and the husband of First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and Foremost Group, a shipping business owned by the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to reports in US media.

    Also receiving funds were several entities that rent space in buildings belonging to the Trump Organization, as well as a company whose investors include the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who leads the Democratic opposition to Trump in Congress. [more; OF COURSE!]

    Helicopter crashes while working on the Polles Fire in Arizona

    The helicopter crashed north of the main fire and caused a new fire which was suppressed by firefighters and other aircraft.

    As of Monday night the Polles Fire had burned 580 acres 11 miles west of Payson, Arizona.

    The fire started July 3 from lightning. It is only accessible by helicopter. [more]

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  10. Evacuations southeast of Minden, NV for Numbers Fire

    Residents directed to evacuate from the Numbers Fire are being directed to motels, rather than more conventional evacuation centers such as fairgrounds or sports facilities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The fire has burned 7,500 acres 17 miles south of Carson City, Nevada and 5 miles southeast of Minden. [more]

    Think Covid-19 Disrupted the Food Chain? Wait and See What Climate Change Will Do

    In the months since Covid-19 convulsed the globe, the world's food system has undergone a stress test—and largely failed it.

    Critics point out that there's an enduring history within the department of lopsided support for large-scale agriculture at the expense of small-scale farmers or conservation, and that the Trump administration has continued that pattern.

    a growing number of researchers say risks to the world's food supply need to be better tracked and managed and that building resilience should be the job of a single agency or effort, rather than the diffuse, piecemeal approach that now exists.

    Extreme rainfall, destructive floods hit parts of western India

    Southwesterly monsoon has brought heavy rains and destructive flooding to parts of western India over the past days, resulting in two fatalities each in Gujarat and Karnataka. Numerous towns recorded more than 100 mm (4 inches) until Monday evening, July 6, 2020, while as many as 70 people were evacuated from the Saurashtra region where 17 dams started overflowing. Power was cut to at least 123 villages after 537 power lines were downed. [more]

    Deadly landslides and flash floods hit Nepal

    At least nine people have lost their lives after heavy downpour over the past days triggered flash flooding and landslides in central and western Nepal. Rescue efforts continued on Monday, July 6, 2020, but were hampered due to blocked roads and severe weather conditions. [more]