Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-06


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

2020-07-06 - Car goes up in flames and burns woman to death on the A690 in Willington (Britain), near the River Wear:

Quote: "A woman has died in a car fire in County Durham. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle in flames on the A690, at the junction of Willington High Street and Stony Bank, shortly before 13:45 BST. Firefighters tackled the blaze and found the body of the driver inside the car. There were no passengers."

2020-07-06 - Jet lands on highway and bursts into flame in Quintana Roo (Mexico):

Quote: "A jet aircraft suspected of carrying illegal drugs has been destroyed by fire after landing on a highway in southern Mexico. A lorry packed with 390kg of cocaine was found nearby in the state of Quintana Roo, military officials said."

Note: This is the 32nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-06 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame at 2 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-07-06 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 5,400 acres, destroys 2 homes, near Gilroy (California), evacuations ensue:

2020-07-06 - Heatwave trends accelerate around the world:

Quote: "'Not only have we seen more and longer heatwaves worldwide over the past 70 years, but this trend has markedly accelerated,' said lead author Dr Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes."

2020-07-06 - Noctilucent clouds seen as far south as southern Europe:

Quote: "Much of the moisture needed to form the clouds comes from methane, a potent greenhouse gas that produces water vapour when it breaks down in the upper atmosphere. And as methane pollution has increased, so noctilucent clouds have grown more common and more widespread."

Note: More methane entering the atmosphere in the north creates more noctilucent clouds as it breaks down into CO2 and water vapor at high altitude, and the weakened and wavy jet stream is pulling them farther south than we've seen before...

2020-07-06 - Think a 'mild' case of Covid-19 doesn’t sound so bad? Think again:

2020-07-06 - Home destroyed by explosion in Chippewa County (Wisconsin), 2 killed:

Note: This is the 56th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-06 - Landfill fire breaks out near Cedar City (Utah):

2020-07-06 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-06 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in Kano State (Nigeria):

2020-07-06 - Offshore supply ship 'Wilson Arctic' damaged by fire off coastal Zeeland (Netherlands):

Quote: "Offshore supply ship WILSON ARCTIC suffered fire in engine room, which started at around 1300 UTC Jul 6 in North sea, N of Domburg, Zeeland, Netherlands."

2020-07-06 - Boat bursts into flame at marina on Lake Superior in Duluth (Minnesota):

2020-07-06 - Boat bursts into flame while parked at home in Trenton (New Jersey):

2020-07-06 - Boat bursts into flame in Bolles Harbor near Monroe (Michigan):

2020-07-06 - Container ship bursts into flame in coastal Bushehr (Iran):

Quote: "A container ship caught fire on Monday in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, official media reported, citing the head of the protection department of the Bushehr Ports and Maritime Organisation."

2020-07-06 - Fishing boat bursts into flame at 2:43 AM while moored in coastal Fishguard (Britain), nobody aboard:

Note: These are the 597th, 598th, 599th, 600th, 601st and 602nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-8 near Lakeside (California), 41,000 pounds of meat destroyed:

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at business, fire spreads to building, in Cordorus Township (New York):

Quote: "A tractor-trailer fire spread to a nearby building in Codorus Township Monday evening, a York County 911 supervisor confirmed."

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 in Chili (New York):

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 in Columbia (South Carolina):

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-380 near Center Point (Iowa):

2020-07-06 - Tractor bursts into flame near Campbell Road and Karen Avenue in Sidney (Ohio):

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly before 7 AM on the M6 near Great Barr (Britain):

Note: These are the 954th, 955th, 956th, 957th, 958th, 959th and 960th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-06 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on Highway 401 in Lakeshore (Canada):

2020-07-06 - Van bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to home, in Hampstead (Maryland):

Quote: "A fire that started in a van spread to a nearby home under construction in Hampstead, bringing more than 100 fire service personnel to the blaze Monday evening, according to a fire company official."

2020-07-06 - Van bursts into flame at gas station in Lansing (Michigan):

2020-07-06 - Van bursts into flame at gas station in Gujranwala (Pakistan):

2020-07-06 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to garage, in Broadstone (Britain):

Quote: "Four fire crews attended a blaze which had spread from a van to a garage in Broadstone."

2020-07-06 - Van bursts into flame on Coronation Road in Corby Glen (Britain):

2020-07-06 - SUV bursts into flame on highway in Kanawha County (West Virginia):

2020-07-06 - Pickup truck with camper destroyed by fire while being towed, in Lebec (California):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-26 in Columbia (South Carolina):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on the M25 near Waltham Abbey (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 between Worcester and Droitwich (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on Rossmore Road East in coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on North Walsham Road in Crostwick (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Car bursts into flame on the A30 near Fraddon (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Barn destroyed by fire on Jacobson Road in Edinburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-06 - Towing business damaged by fire in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2020-07-06 - Truck stop damaged by fire in the wee hours in Seymour (Indiana):

2020-07-06 - Roofing and sheet metal business heavily damaged by fire in the Esplen area in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-06 - Landscaping business heavily damaged by fire on North Cherry Street Extension in Wallingford (Connecticut):

2020-07-06 - Timber factory heavily damaged by massive fire in coastal Dubai (UAE):

2020-07-06 - Mobile home destroyed by fire off Scarborough Road in Harris County (Texas), 2 dogs killed, nobody there:

2020-07-06 - Home damaged by fire on Whitman Avenue in coastal Pawtucket (Rhode Island):

2020-07-06 - Home damaged by fire at 5 AM on Minnow Drive on coastal Pawleys Island (South Carolina):

2020-07-06 - Home damaged by fire on Buckingham Avenue in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2020-07-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Shelbyville Road in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2020-07-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 6:22 AM on North Mulford Road in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2020-07-06 - Several homes under construction destroyed by fire near the Highline Canal in Douglas County (Colorado):

2020-07-06 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 1:50 AM on Linden Boulevard in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 2 killed, 8 injured:

2020-07-06 - Vacant home burns in Red Bluff (California):

2020-07-06 - Antarctic leopard seal found dead on beach in coastal Port Elizabeth (South Africa):

2020-07-06 - Boy, 17, found dead in Greers Ferry Lake (Arkansas):

2020-07-06 - Woman in her 30s falls off boat and dies in Conneaut Lake (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-06 - Man, 40, has 'medical incident' and dies at ski resort in Keystone (Colorado):

Quote: "A 40-year-old Lakewood man died at Keystone Resort on Sunday, according to a statement from the resort. On July 5, ski patrollers responded to the top of Dercum Mountain, where the man suffered a serious medical incident. He was pronounced dead at the scene by St. Anthony Summit Medical Center staff, according to the resort."

2020-07-06 - Man found dead in vehicle near Corwin Road and Rimrock Road in Apple Valley (California):

2020-07-06 - Man, 31, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan at beach in Evanston (Illinois):

2020-07-06 - Man found dead in the Des Plaines River near Channahon (Illinois):

2020-07-06 - Man, 47, jumps into the water to retrieve jet ski and dies in Grand Traverse Bay (Michigan):

2020-07-06 - Woman, 44, found dead in duck pond in Memorial Park in Cushing (Oklahoma):

2020-07-06 - Man in his 50s found dead in Lake McMeekin in Hawthorne (Florida):

2020-07-06 - Man, 55, jumps into the water to help son and niece and dies himself, in coastal Clearwater Beach (Florida):

2020-07-06 - Man, 34, found dead in pond at Otter River State Forest in Templeton (Massachusetts):

2020-07-06 - Man, 37, found dead in the Pend Oreille River (Washington):

2020-07-06 - Man, 47, found dead in Agnew Lake in Baldwin Township (Canada):

2020-07-06 - Man, 78, dies after being pulled from the water while diving off coastal Wied iz-Zurrieq (Malta):

2020-07-06 - Man in his 50s has 'medical incident' at home and dies, on Cabot Drive in Swindon (Britain):

2020-07-06 - Man found dead near Mount Pleasant Road in Pudsey (Britain):

2020-07-05 - Small plane crashes into field near Pauls Valley in Garvin County (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

2020-07-06 - Freight train derails in Oostburg (Wisconsin):

2020-07-06 - Tanker truck veers off road at 2:30 AM, crashes into disabled car, on I-64 in coastal Hampton (Virginia), 1 killed:

2020-07-06 - Tanker truck overturns, bursts into flame, between Barranquilla and Santa Marta (Colombia), 7 killed, 40 injured:

2020-07-06 - Tractor trailer overturns into median on I-64 in James City County (Virginia), 1 injured:

2020-07-06 - Truck crashes off bridge at 12:45 AM, plunges into Bodcaw Creek in southern Lafayette County (Arkansas), 1 killed:

2020-07-06 - SUV veers off road just before 11 PM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in East Bethel (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-07-06 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, on I-96 in Detroit (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-07-06 - Car veers off road, drives through tennis courts, fence and yard, hits parked car, in Goshen (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "Village police say a motorist who drove through tennis courts, a fence and a yard before striking a parked car may have suffered a medical emergency that led to the crash."

2020-07-06 - Pit bull attacks and kills 1-year-old girl in Joliet (Illinois):

2020-07-06 - Rockslide blocks road between Riggins and New Meadows (Idaho):

2020-07-06 - Shopping center under construction collapses near Moscow (Russia), 3 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-06 - Volcano Fuego erupts in Guatemala:

2020-07-06 - Lightning strikes and kills 2 people, injures 2 more, in Granville Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Lightning from a strong electrical storm Monday afternoon struck 4 people, killing two 2 of them. It happened around 2 p.m. in Granville Township, Bradford County, near Troy, Pa., as WNEP-TV reports."

2020-07-06 - Winter thunderstorm unleashes 313,000 lightning strikes around the southwest coast of Western Australia:

2020-07-06 - New research has identified the most (and least) effective face masks for coronavirus:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. A meteotsunami in the Chesapeake Bay was caused by that large storm system that hit the east coast on Monday afternoon. Much more importantly, Arctic ice is at record low for this time of year.

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020
    Arctic Sea Ice at Record Low for Time of Year

    Arctic sea ice looks set to reach an all-time record low in September 2020. A Blue Ocean Event (BOE) is one of the many tipping points threatening to get crossed in the Arctic. A BOE occurs when sea ice extent gets below 1 million square km, which is important regarding the amount of sunlight absorbed/reflected in the Arctic (albedo feedback).

    As illustrated by the image on the right, sea ice is getting very thin, which threatens the latent heat tipping point to be crossed, meaning there is no buffer of sea ice left underneath the surface of the sea ice to absorb ocean heat. [more]

    Rare Storm-Driven Tsunami Forms in Upper Chesapeake Bay

    According to folks at Tolchester Marina, the storm was extremely intense. Cathy Bramble, marina president, tells Bay Bulletin the rain came down sideways and wind gusts were so strong that Tolchester’s 20-foot steel flagpole was bent. Bramble says the wind also blew a sign right into the marina’s palm tree, where it became lodged in the trunk.

    Boaters at the marina saw hail and one sailboater’s wind instrument clocked a gust at just under 70 miles per hour.

    the actual waves would have been hard to catch for those looking out at the water, since the heavy wind and rain already caused rough seas. In the case of some meteotsunamis, the water can be seen pulling back from the shore and waves pulling back in. [more]

    The deluge continues: Incredible amounts of rainfall in countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan since early June have killed hundreds and affected tens of millions people.

    It is estimated more than 60 people have died with more missing after landslides triggered by incredible amounts of rain have devasted Southwestern Japan this week. A further 250,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as torrential rains continued to hit Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu, with river banks at risk of bursting and more rain forecast for today with new evacuation orders put in place. Evacuation centres are under pressure maintaining social distancing preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
    [more; things are harder during a pandemic]

    [2nd part below]

  2. Bad weather affects food production all over Italy
    https://www.sott.net/article/437726-Bad-weather-affects-food-production-all-over-Italy [3 videos included]

    "Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd. Some stones were as large as golf balls and weighed over 80 grams," explains Simone Venzi, a grower from Sarsina (Forlì-Cesena).

    Late apricots were also lost."

    Strong winds that exceeded 100 km/h swept the Ferrara province, damaging greenhouses and fruit orchards. There were problems also in the Milan province as watermelon, melon and tomato crops were lost in the Abbiate Grasso, Cusago and Gaggiano municipalities.

    "In Caserta, the heavy rain compromised the quality of summer fruit such as peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. Fruits are in fact almost ripe, so much so that we were almost ready to harvest. The high humidity will inevitably cause mold and rot

    Other producers from Pontelatone, Formicola and Caianiello in the Caserta province report that a heavy hailstorm affected the Annurca apple, plum and apricot crops causing cracking and microlesions. It seems that the apple productions were the least affected so far.

    The Taranto area in Puglia was also heavily affected as "it took just 5 minutes to destroy 3 hectares of watermelons which were ready to be harvested. 13 hectares of citrus fruits (oranges and clementines) were also damaged. The hail and strong winds massacred our productions" reported Michele Policarpo, a young entrepreneur from Palagiano (Taranto).

    Antonio Laghezza, a producer from Castellaneta, reports that "almonds, lemons and persimmons were also affected [more]
    Nishino-shima volcano, Japan erupts to 27,230 ft (8.3 km) - Its highest since 2013

    The worldwide volcanic uptick associated with the next Grand Solar Minimum is continuing. We can now add Nishino-shima volcano to the list after its ongoing effusive-explosive, high-level eruptions which started in mid-June. [more]

    Summer floods devastate Serbian crops and raspberry orchards

    the Moravica River flooded and destroyed more than a thousand hectares of raspberry orchards in Western Serbia. Between 2-3 thousand hectares of potato and corn plantations, vegetable gardens and pastures have been flooded, stated President of the Association of Raspberry and Blackberry Producers in Serbia Dobrivoje Radovic.

    Even if raspberry growers were to plant new raspberries today, they would only bear fruit in two years' time. [more]

    Warnings of brain damage from [Covid]-19
    Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage

    Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium.

    A study by researchers at University College London (UCL)described 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects.

    The research adds to recent studies which also found the disease can damage the brain. [more]

    [3rd piece coming up]

  3. News from the Russian Arctic - -07/07/2020

    ‘This is by far the one of the worst, if not the worst year we’ve ever had with wildfires’, said Nikita Zimov, director of the Pleistocene Park near the town of Chersky.

    ‘There is a fire just 15 km away from our scientific station.

    ‘It was a thunderstorm and lightning that started the fire. Dry and hot weather combined with wind helped it grow big in no time at all.’ [more; full page with many articles]

    [here's one of them]
    Climate explained: What the world was like the last time
    carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm

    The last time global carbon dioxide levels were consistently at or above 400 parts per million (ppm) was around four million years ago during a geological period known as the Pliocene Era (between 5.3 million and 2.6 million years ago). The world was about 3 degrees Celsius warmer and sea levels were higher than today. [more]

    BBN: Will We Ever Stop Flying
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPki09Fn_b8 [~ 31 min.]

    [Martenson's latest]
    Covid-19: Vindication! HCQ+ & Ivermectin Work!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plkwhi5KUE [~ 43.3 min.]

    Florida teen who died of COVID-19 attended large church gathering, was given hydroxychloroquine at home

    A Florida teenager who died of complications from COVID-19 had attended a church event with a hundred other children two weeks before her death and was given hydroxychloroquine by her parents, health officials said.

    She did not wear a mask and social distancing was not followed, the report states. [more; died in hospital, put on ECMO too late to help]

    Once in a lifetime: Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) shines bright, joins the ISS and noctilucent clouds - observing tips, live show

    Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has survived its close encounter with the Sun and is currently observable from the northern hemisphere with the naked eye. To receive this celestial gift, get up before dawn, look to the NNE and see it before the Sun takes over, or wait a week or so to start seeing it in the night sky. Observing tips and live show info at the end of the article. [more]

    [4th exciting section follows]

  4. Bihar surpasses average annual lightning death toll in the first few days of 2020 monsoon season, India

    Lightning strikes have killed 147 people in 10 days [JEEZ!] in northern India during the annual monsoon rains, with Bihar being the worst hit as this year's toll in the state already surpassed the total deaths recorded annually over the past years. Authorities urged citizens to pay attention to weather warnings, remain indoors during thunderstorms, and avoid taking shelter under trees and getting near bodies of water.​

    The U.S. Economy Hasn’t Experienced Anything Like This Since The Great Depression Of The 1930s

    The recession of 2008 and 2009 was bad, but it was nothing like this. Even though this new economic downturn is only a few months old, we are already seeing numbers that we haven’t seen since the worst parts of the Great Depression of the 1930s. More than 48 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits over the past 15 weeks, well over 100,000 businesses have permanently closed their doors, and civil unrest has turned quite a few of our major cities into war zones. But not all areas of the country are being affected equally. For example, there are rural areas that haven’t really seen a lot of COVID-19 cases where life seems to have changed very little from six months ago. On the other hand, some urban areas that have been hit really hard by COVID-19 have been absolutely devastated economically. For example, the New York Times is reporting that a million jobs have been lost in New York City, and the unemployment rate for NYC “is hovering near 20 percent”… [more]
    [bizarre accident and grisly find]
    Golf Pro Sean Fredrickson and His Three Kids Die in Plane Crash

    The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has said that the tragic accident occurred when two planes collided [WHAT?!] and crashed into the water. According to authorities, eight people were aboard the planes and there are no known survivors. [more]

    Cops investigating human head found by road [!]

    Homicide detectives in Florida are investigating a shocking discovery in St. Petersburg: a human head that was found in the street.

    A jogger informed St. Petersburg police officers of the remains at the intersection of 38th Ave. S and 31st St. around 7 a.m. local time, according to a police spokeswoman. Detectives arrived at the scene and closed off the street to traffic as they conducted their investigation, according to the spokeswoman. [more; jeez]

    [5th segment below]

  5. Line in the sand crossed as Zimbabwe reaches a deal with evicted white farmers

    [paying for past "mistakes"]
    Zimbabwe has agreed to pay nearly £3bn in compensation to white farmers who had their land taken from them nearly two decades ago in a significant new agreement.

    After ten years of politically charged negotiations, on Monday an agreement was finally struck.

    The Zimbabwean government agreed to pay about 50 per cent of the value of the capital assets such as buildings, livestock and machinery on their farms, which amounts to some £2.8 billion spread out between 3,200 evicted farmers.

    The agreement is expected to be signed within weeks, but it is being treated with caution. Zimbabwe is bankrupt and is suffering from high inflation rates and food shortages. The government in Harare is currently unable to get international loans, or import enough fuel for its population.

    Twenty years ago they were violently chased off their farms by government supporters, and several farmers and some of their workers were killed and their homes torched in brutal raids.

    Over the next five years, nearly all productive white-owned farms were invaded and often destroyed., with much of that old land still unused to this day.

    Notably, the deal does not include any compensation for the value of the land itself. The Zimbabwean government says that Britain must pay evicted white farmers for the land as it was originally taken from locals without payment, mostly by British settlers. [more]

    US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

    [now if we can get rid of Fauci and Gates . ..]

    The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the decision on his first day in office if elected.
    [more; sleepy Joe, all about corruption]

    [it's ok, we're all playing with funny money now]
    Canadian dollar falls as worries rise about renewed virus lockdowns

    The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as investors grew more worried about renewed coronavirus lockdowns slowing economic recovery, with the loonie pulling back from a near two-week high the day before.

  6. [some mid-week headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 8, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    EU sees deeper recession, less steep rebound for euro zone

    Cuts to basic services loom as coronavirus ravages local economies and sends states into fiscal crisis (US)

    World's Largest Pension Fund Loses $165 Billion in Worst Quarter

    'Beyond worst nightmares': Argentina's child poverty rate soars amid pandemic

    'Falling off a cliff': Lebanon's poor borrow to buy bread

    Dunkin' will close hundreds of convenience store locations by end of 2020

    Levi's sales fall 62% in second quarter, to cut 15% of corporate workforce

    How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift to a cashless society

    United warns about COVID-19 surge as U.S. airlines move toward federal loans

    14 Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants test positive for COVID-19

    The Planes are Safe, It's the People Who Aren't [pollution?]

    Three reasons India can't quickly distance itself from China despite the border clash

    France-Turkey tensions mount after NATO naval incident

    China Withdrawing In Ladakh, Tents Gone, Troops Reduced

    The Collapse Of The U.S. Oil Drilling Rig Count Spells Big Trouble Ahead

    Air Conditioners Contribute to 'Energy Poverty,' New Study Finds

    Venezuela's Oil Riches Are Quietly Falling Under Russian Control

    COVID-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants are hitting minorities hard

    Microplastic pollution harms lobster larvae, study finds

    Hospitalizations jump 50% in California as coronavirus infections soar

    Sweden's Covid Experiment is Now a Certified Failure

    Assange's lawyer named French minister

    The Merging of US and Israeli National Security States is Accelerating Amid COVID-19

    Fed policymakers see economy plateauing, risks ahead

    U.S. faces bleak summer as coronavirus infections surge

    3.9 Unemployed Workers For Every Job Opening Despite Record Hiring Surge: JOLTS [how's 'em unemployment #'s lookin'?]

    The New Boomerang Kids Could Change American Views of Living at Home

  7. Australian man fights off deadly snake that attacked him in his car while he drove down the highway

    Police in Queensland, Australia, said in a news release published Tuesday that a 27-year-old, identified only as "Jimmy," was driving down the highway at 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour when he noticed the highly venomous eastern brown snake near his legs.

    Jimmy ["McGyver"] said in the news release, which said the incident happened on June 15 near the town of Calliope, that he fought it off with his seatbelt and a knife.

    Eastern brown snakes are considered one of Australia's most dangerous snakes, and the species is responsible for the most snakebite deaths in Australia. [more; pics]

    [JJFH Celebrity Death]
    Alex Pullin: Australian world-champion snowboarder dies

    Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed.

    Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on Wednesday.

    He was treated by paramedics at the scene but could not be revived, authorities said.

    A snorkeler had spotted Pullin unconscious underwater on an artificial reef, local media said.

    Lifeguards brought him to shore and called paramedics about 10:30 local time [more]

    Skywatcher Captures Rare Image of Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane

    [then the NSA showed up and he disappeared]

    Skywatcher and satellite tracker Ralf Vandebergh of the Netherlands recently caught a rare glimpse of the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane.

    Vandebergh said he'd been hunting for the robotic spacecraft for months and finally managed to track it down in May. But it took a bit longer to get photos of the vehicle. [more; it's a streak in the sky, you can't see shit]

    Flying robot can shapeshift midair to fit through any kind of opening or space

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo created DRAGON, a flying robot. The name loosely stands for “Dual-Rotor embedded multilink Robots of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformation.” DRAGON is an indoor drone that can shape-shift in midair. [more; perfect for robbing museums, etc.!]

    [Hey, let's talk about unemployment ...]
    United Airlines sending 'gut punch' furlough warnings to 36,000 workers

    [how's that recovery coming along?]

    United Airlines said on Wednesday it was preparing to send notices of potential furloughs to 36,000 U.S.-based frontline employees, or about 45% of staff, as travel demand hit by the coronavirus pandemic struggles to recover. [more; oh, UA will be taken care of with billion$ in PPP, but the personnel, well - "yer on yer own."]

  8. SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs
    https://www.sott.net/article/437766-SOTT-Earth-Changes-Summary-June-2020-Extreme-Weather-Planetary-Upheaval-Meteor-Fireballs [~ 22.3 min.]

    Ex-wide receiver catches 3-year-old thrown from burning building in Phoenix, Arizona

    Phillip Blanks, a former college football player and ex-Marine, made the greatest catch of his life when he saved a child thrown from a burning building over the weekend.

    "Instinct. There wasn't much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it," he told the station.

    While the child's life was saved, his 30-year-old mother died in the fire. Her final act was to fling her son to safety while she was already engulfed in flames.

    "She's the real hero of the story," Blanks said. "Because she made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children."

    Investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire.
    [more; video]

    The turning point for capitalism: Full employment, demand for workers, increased salaries

    Unemployment creates exploitation of workers

    Employers favour unemployment because unemployed workers have to accept poorly paid jobs to be able to feed their families. A higher unemployment rate produces cheaper labour. Unemployment is not difficult to maintain because employers most often do not necessarily need to hire employees. Big employers support political parties that keep unemployment through economic policy. It starts with importing cheap labour and ends with rising interest rates. This is how unemployment becomes a state policy and how state policy maintains the exploitation of workers. All the exploitation of workers has its origin in unemployment. [more]

    [2nd piece follows]

  9. Japan flooding kills at least 60 people - 550,000 told to evacuate - 4 inches of rain in an hour (UPDATE)

    The victims include 14 residents of a nursing home that was flooded when a river overflowed its banks. Another 50 residents and 30 caregivers were rescued by boats on Sunday.

    More than a dozen people were missing, and more than 2,000 households remained cut off in eight municipalities in Kumamoto prefecture on Japan's southwestern Kyushu island, the Kyodo News agency reported.

    The floodwaters cut off roads and washed away buildings. A Kyodo helicopter flew over an area where the words "rice, water, SOS" could be seen spelled out on the ground.

    More than 4,650 homes in Kumamoto prefecture remained without power on Sunday afternoon, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.

    The heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday in Kumamoto totaled nearly 20 inches in Minamata and nearly 16 inches in Kuma, Yunomae and Amakusa, according to the Meteorological Agency.

    Update: ARIRANG NEWS reports on July 7:

    Torrential rain storms that triggered flash floods and mudslides in Japan's Kyushu region have left 60 people dead or missing.

    Hundreds of thousands have also been evacuated to safer areas. [more; videos]

    Summer storm and floods in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Flash floods kill 8 people and 7,000 animals in Mongolia

    NEMA also reported 2,360 homes were flooded in Zuunmod in Töv Province (209 homes flooded), parts of Khövsgöl Province (253) including Murun, and Kherlen in Khentii Province (1,971). Flooding caused damage to livestock, with 7,000 animals killed in the flooding including 5,000 in Töv.

    This is the second spate of flooding in the country in recent weeks. [more]

    19,380,000 people now affected by the flooding across China

    At least 121 people were reportedly dead or missing. [more; video]

  10. Astronomers spot four mysterious, UNIDENTIFIED circular objects in outer space

    Astronomers in Australia have discovered four unexplained circular objects, each with an unusual glow, that defies current understanding and may represent a new type of phenomenon hitherto unseen by humanity.

    The brightly-edged, ring-shaped objects, dubbed odd radio circles, or ORCs for short, were discovered by astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope.

    He happened upon the unexplained phenomena while mapping the night sky as part of the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) project. [more]

    Tropical Storm Fay to Bring Flooding Threat to Philly, Strong Winds to Jersey Shore
    Tropical Storm Fay to Bring Flooding Threat to Philly, Strong Winds to Jersey Shore

    After a hot and muggy Thursday, a tropical storm is expected to bring heavy rain Friday and the potential for flooding throughout the region as well as powerful winds to the Jersey Shore.

    We are in for heavy rainfall along with gusty winds for Friday afternoon. With stormy conditions, temperatures will stay in the 70s all day.

    The storm will pull away from our area around 9 p.m. and then it's back to heat and humidity with a chance of storms this weekend. Highs Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia are expected in the low 90s.[more; we can use the rain]

    Footage captures teenage Russian footballer being struck by LIGHTNING in freak accident that reportedly left him in COMA (VIDEO)

    Shocking footage has emerged of the moment when Ivan Zaborovsky, of Znamya Truda in the third tier of Russian football, was struck by lightning during a training session in a freak accident that hospitalized the teenage goakeeper.

    With no-one around him, the 16-year-old is suddenly seen being engulfed by a puff of dark smoke as he approaches the ball on the edge of the penalty area.

    Zaborovsky was transported from Orekhovo-Zuev to a hospital in Lyubertsy, where he is continuing to be monitored.

    A club update reproduced the clip and said that Zaborovsky was in a stable but not life-threatening condition, having returned a normal cardiogram after suffering "severe burns".

    "There was a clear sky, albeit overcast - neither rain nor wind," he explained.