Thursday, July 9, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-08

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

2020-07-08 - Man found dead and on fire at 4 AM on porch of vacant mobile home in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2020-07-08 - Oil facility rocked by explosion near the coast in southern Nigeria, 7 killed:

2020-07-08 - Fireworks factory explodes and burns in Deyang (China), 6 injured:

2020-07-08 - Record number of intense fires burning above the Arctic Circle as exceptionally high temperatures bake the region:

Quote: "An estimated 3.4million acres are burning - an area about half the size of Massachusetts - according to Russia's forest fire agency. Around 1.1m acres were ablaze at the end of June, meaning that the fire zone has tripled in roughly a week."

Quote: "The fires have led to the highest-estimated emissions since records began 18 years ago, according to the EU's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). In June, an estimated 59 megatonnes of CO2 were released into the atmosphere, an increase from June 2019’s 53 megatonnes."

Quote: "The record warming in Siberia is a warning sign of major proportions..."

2020-07-08 - Arctic sea ice at record low for time of year:

2020-07-08 - Recycling business heavily damaged by fire in Vigo County (Indiana):

2020-07-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Boksburg (South Africa):

2020-07-08 - Scientists warn of potential wave of brain damage linked to COVID-19:

Quote: "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."

2020-07-08 - SOTT Earth changes summary for June 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2020-07-08 - Boat bursts into flame on Black Lake at campground in the Town of Draper (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 604th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-08 - Fire truck bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in Zion National Park (Utah):

2020-07-08 - Tanker truck bursts into flame in Hurricane (Utah):

2020-07-08 - Tanker truck bursts into flame near Thames River bridge in Prairie Siding (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-95 near coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road near Marathon City (Wisconsin):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near the intersection of Highway 34 and 213th Street near Fairfield (Iowa):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Willow Creek Road in Prescott (Arizona):

2020-07-08 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites wheat field, in Hampton Township (Michigan):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 430 near Corner Brook (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame near school in Oakville (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A4074 near Crowmarsh Gifford (Britain):

2020-07-08 - Tractor bursts into flame in Great Barugh (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 14:13 Location: Great Barugh, Malton Crews from Pickering and Malton responded to reports of a tractor on fire in a field in the Great Barugh area. On arrival the tractor was well alight. Crews used 3 Breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel jets and small tools to extinguish the fire."

Note: These are the 964th-974th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-08 - Box truck bursts into flame at university in Canton (New York):

2020-07-08 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Boise (Idaho):

Quote: "Boise Fire crews went to the call around 3pm Wednesday afternoon. Crews say the fire started in an RV on Cherry Lane near South Hervey Street, and spread to a nearby tri-plex house."

Note: This is the 215th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-08 - Van bursts into flame on the A78 in coastal Skelmorlie (Scotland), 50 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-08 - Van bursts into flame on the A39 Bath Road in Knowle, Bridgwater (Britain):

2020-07-08 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Fifth Avenue in Scottsbluff (Nebraska):

2020-07-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments on Howard Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-07-08 - Car bursts into flame on Three Notch Road in coastal California (Maryland):

2020-07-08 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township (New Jersey):

2020-07-08 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M4 near Chippenham (Britain):

2020-07-08 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 3:21 AM along Dundalk Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2020-07-08 - RV trailer and shed destroyed by fire at 5 AM at auto shop in Redding (California):

2020-07-08 - Auto shop explodes into flame in the Tsz Wan Shan area in coastal Hong Kong (China):

2020-07-08 - Commercial building destroyed by fire on Hueco Avenue in El Paso (Texas):

2020-07-08 - Office building destroyed by fire at 2:05 AM on Columbia Road in Hanover (Massachusetts), nobody there:

2020-07-08 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire on Willowdale Drive NW in the Oak Ridge area in Edmonton (Canada), cat killed:

2020-07-08 - Home damaged by garage fire at 5:30 AM on Meadow Creek Drive in Austin (Texas):

2020-07-08 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Southport (New York):

2020-07-08 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:25 AM on Main Avenue East in Barnesville (Minnesota):

2020-07-08 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire on East Eighth Street in coastal North Vancouver (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 12:46 AM on Sokol Road in Somers (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2020-07-08 - Vacant funeral home burns in White Center (Washington), near the coast:

2020-07-08 - Three girls die in the Indus River near Mithiani (Pakistan):

Quote: "Of late, a rise has been observed in the incidents of drowning, most notable of which was reported on June 5 when seven children drowned in Indus River in Thatta."

2020-07-08 - Man, 68, dies while diving in Merritts Mill Pond in Marianna (Florida):

Quote: "Captain Virgil Watson with the Jackson County Sheriff’s department also told News 13 the diver was not inexperienced. 'From my understanding, he dives almost every day here,' Watson said. 'I think he’s been diving for close to 20 years to my understanding.'"

2020-07-08 - Man, 64, falls off dock into the water and dies in coastal Charleston (Oregon):

Quote: "At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Coos County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received several reports of a subject who had fallen into the bay at the docks in Charleston and was unresponsive."

2020-07-08 - Man has 'medical episode' on bicycle on the Salado Creek Greenway, falls off bike and dies, in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Two hikers found a man dead in the middle of a greenway Wednesday afternoon. According to SAPD spokesperson Doug Greene, the man in his 50s was riding his bike when he apparently suffered a medical episode. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was riding his bike on the Salado Creek Greenway near Hardberger Park around noon. Greene said the man suffered the medical episode, fell off his bike and may have hit his head."

2020-07-08 - Man, 55, drops dead along road in Guadalupe County (Texas):

2020-07-08 - Man, 37, found dead in Camp County (Texas):

2020-07-08 - Woman, 33, 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera, presumed dead after disappearing at Lake Piru (California):

Quote: "Rivera went to the lake Wednesday afternoon and rented a boat with her young child. Both were seen going out on the lake together, Sheriff's Capt. Eric Buschow said at a news conference. About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with the child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team."

2020-07-08 - Woman, 33, found dead in small pond near Green Bay (Wisconsin):

2020-07-08 - Person found dead on beach in coastal Robbinston (Maine):

2020-07-08 - Man in his 30s drops dead near business in Joplin (Missouri):

2020-07-08 - Man slumps over dead in car at Walmart in Ashland (Virginia):

2020-07-08 - Man found dead in Woods Creek in Buckhorn Island State Park (New York):

2020-07-08 - Man, 79, found dead in Schoharie Creek in Florida (New York):

2020-07-08 - Man, 75, found dead in marshy area in Valparaiso (Indiana):

2020-07-08 - Woman, 26, found dead in her car in Richmond (Virginia):

2020-07-08 - Man, 58, slumps over dead on toilet in jail in Cochise County (Arizona):

2020-07-08 - Man in his 60s slumps over dead in RV in West Kelowna (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Man found dead in Lake Bunyonyi in Nyinanyundo (Uganda):

2020-07-08 - Man in his 60s, experienced diver, dies after being pulled from the water while diving in coastal Fiskebøl (Finland):

2020-07-08 - Man has 'medical episode, car crashes, on the M56 in Cheshire (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man has been taken to hospital after a medical episode on the M56 in Cheshire."

2020-07-08 - Small plane crashes into yard at home on Genesis Lane in South Kitsap (Washington), 1 injured:

2020-07-08 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-88 in Otego (New York):

2020-07-08 - SUV veers off road and overturns in Leon County (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-07-08 - Pickup truck and box truck collide head-on near coastal Boynton Beach (Florida), 2+ injured:

2020-07-08 - Pickup truck and SUV crash at 1:30 AM, fire erupts, on I-85 in Gwinnett County (Georgia), 1 killed:

2020-07-08 - Pickup truck's brakes fail, truck crashes, in Newtown (Connecticut):

2020-07-08 - Car overturns several times, bursts into flame, on I-90 in Marengo (Illinois), 2 killed:

2020-07-08 - Building collapses in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

2020-07-08 - Volcano Nishino-shima erupts in Japan:

2020-07-08 - Bihar surpasses average annual lightning death toll in the first few days of 2020 monsoon season in India:

2020-07-08 - Tornado touches down near Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-07-08 - Four tornadoes touch down in Alberta (Canada):

2020-07-08 - Incredible amounts of rain since early June hit countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan, millions affected:

2020-07-08 - Heavy rain and flooding kill 8 people and 7,000 animals in Mongolia:

2020-07-08 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sofia (Bulgaria):

2020-07-08 - Stunning 'jellyfish' sprites filmed over mountain range in France:

2020-07-08 - Flying robot can shapeshift midair to fit through any kind of opening or space:

2020-07-08 - Physicists report discovery of new particle, the tetraquark:


  1. Rainy Friday morning here Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., Terry, LL, FezzedOne, Panther and all readers of JJFH today. Tropical storm Fay rollin' up the coast dumping rain with gusty winds. No wind here yet.

    Tropical Storm "Fay" forms just off the coast of North Carolina, bringing heavy rains and strong winds to Mid-Atlantic coast and New England

    Tropical Storm "Fay" formed at 21:00 UTC on July 9, 2020, just off the coast of North Carolina, U.S. as the 6th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The center of Fay is forecast to move near the Mid-Atlantic coast today and move inland over the mid-Atlantic or the northeast United States late tonight or on Saturday, July 11, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. [more]

    [from You Gotta Be Effing Kiddin' Me news]
    Southern Norway enters July with record 10 m (32 feet) of snow

    More than 10 m (32 feet) of snow accumulated in parts of southern Norway by July, according to the BKK energy company, who is conducting clearing operations to prevent flooding in the mountains. The region is currently so cold that the snow is hardly melting, but the situation could change with heavy rainfall, causing rapid melting. [more]

    The Andes - "Experts say it has never snowed that much" - Over 13 FEET deep

    The Andes continue accumulating snow, up to 4 meters (more than 13 feet).

    Snowfall has also left 1.5 meters (5 ft) in Mendoza (Las Leñas, Argentina). With just 15 days after the start of winter, experts say it has never snowed that much in just 10 days. "The abnormal thing is that it has not snowed like this in years, so now it seems strange to us," confirmed the Climatology Department of the Argentine National Weather Service. [more; videos]

    [we're in for a world of hurt]
    Job Losses, Bankruptcies And Store Closings Are All At Apocalyptic Levels As The U.S. Economic Collapse Rolls On

    The last four months have been an unending nightmare for the U.S. economy. Businesses are shutting down at a pace that we have never seen before in American history, the “retail apocalypse” has reached an entirely new level that none of the experts were anticipating prior to this pandemic, and we are in the midst of the greatest spike in unemployment that the United States has ever experienced. On Thursday, we learned that another 1.3 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, and that number has now been above one million for 16 consecutive weeks. Things were supposed to be “getting back to normal” by now, buy that hasn’t happened. Instead, we continue to see a tsunami of job losses that is absolutely unprecedented in American history.

    Up to this point, the emergency measures that Congress put in place to help unemployed workers have definitely eased the pain for millions upon millions of people that have lost their jobs, but a number of those emergency measures are about to expire… [more]

    [2nd part below]

  2. [and Big Media keeps up the censuring of social critics]
    Max Igan, The Crowhouse, Removed from YouTube [21.5 min. video]

    Friday, 10 July 2020
    A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan. The situation is described as very grim: Meanwhile, an unknown disease has killed 130,000 Saiga antelope. Link?

    A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan. Since the start of the year, 1,772 people have died of pneumonia in the country. In June alone, there were 628 fatalities, including Chinese citizens, a statement on the embassy’s website.

    Between Covid-19 and the pneumonia outbreak, the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.”

    Why the Bill Gates global health empire promises more empire and less public health

    Behind a veil of corporate media PR, the Gates Foundation has served as a vehicle for Western capital while exploiting the Global South as a human laboratory. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to intensify this disturbing agenda. [more]

    [i may have posted this yesterday]
    Spectacular tornadoes rip through western Minnesota - At least 1 dead, 2 injured
    Lightning map, July 9, 2020

    China Points to Shrimp as Virus Carrier After Salmon Debacle

    China said samples of imported shrimp tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions again over whether the pathogen can spread through food or frozen products.

    The virus tested positive on both the inside and outside of the shrimp packaging, said China’s General Administration of Customs. The samples were from three Ecuadorian plants, and imports from those processors will be halted, it said. [more]

    Botswana gets first test results on elephant deaths

    Botswana said on Friday it had received test results from samples sent to Zimbabwe to determine the cause of death of hundreds of elephants but is waiting for more results from South Africa next week before sharing findings with the public.

    Wildlife officials are trying to determine what is killing the elephants about two months after the first bodies were discovered. They have ruled out poaching and anthrax among possible causes.

    Officials told reporters near the Okavango Delta on Thursday that they had now verified 281 elephant carcasses and that the deaths were concentrated in an area of 8,000 square km that is home to about 18,000 elephants. [more]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land

    The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction. [more; uhm - it's ALL of the U.S.!]

    Virus tricks the body into attacking brain; common heartburn drugs linked to coronavirus risk

    Coronavirus tricks the body into attacking the brain

    Heartburn drugs tied to higher coronavirus risk

    Inflammation of organs not necessarily tied to viral load in fatal COVID-19

    Obesity increases respiratory failure risk in COVID-19 [more]

    'Broken heart syndrome' on the rise during coronavirus pandemic

    “Broken heart syndrome” is on the rise amid the coronavirus outbreak, research suggests.

    Scientists from the Cleveland Clinic have reported a significant increase in the number of people experiencing stress cardiomyopathy.

    Known as broken heart syndrome, this can occur when emotional distress triggers dysfunction of the heart muscle.

    Amid the pandemic, people around the world are mourning the loss of loved ones, with the death toll exceeding 550,000. Others are battling anxiety that they or those they care about may catch the infection.

    Months of lockdown has also triggered an economic fallout that has left many scared for their jobs, while the vulnerable may be enduring loneliness brought on by isolation.

    Early research suggests the coronavirus is mild in four out of five cases, however, it can trigger a respiratory disease called COVID-19. [more; also blood and brain problems, organ trouble, inflammation, and more]

    [4th section coming up]

  4. Coronavirus update: Florida sees deadliest day yet as US cases spike, economy jitters grow

    U.S. states saw yet another day of record coronavirus casualties on Thursday, led mostly by a relentless surge in the stricken Sun Belt region that amplified concerns about bending the curve of new infections.

    Over 12 million worldwide have now been infected by the novel coronavirus, with more 3 million diagnosed in the U.S. alone. America’s woes come as markets are being whipsawed between data suggesting the economy has stabilized, and a stream of data suggesting more people are falling prey to the virus.[more]

    U.S. Daily Cases Top 60,000; Record Texas Deaths: Virus Update

    New U.S. virus cases topped 60,000 in a day for the first time. Texas, California and Florida all reported a record number of deaths, while Arizona added 4,057 new cases, the most in six days. [more]

    ‘The wave has already begun:’ Evictions surge as cities suspend moratoriums

    “A lot of the tenants are living in fear, day to day, not knowing if they’re going to receive a stimulus check, not knowing if they’re going to receive an unemployment check,” Paulson said. “They know that date is coming, when legally they know their landlord will be able to get a court order to officially evict them. They know they’re not going to be able to pay that money.”

    States that have already lifted the moratorium have seen a dramatic spike in eviction cases. In Memphis, Shelby County courts faced a backlog of 9,000 eviction cases when hearings resumed last month. In Milwaukee, eviction filings spiked 15% since the city’s moratorium was lifted, according to data from the Eviction Lab. Columbus, Ohio, converted the city’s convention center into a socially-distanced housing court to prepare for the impending wave of evictions and homelessness.

    “In many ways, the wave has already begun. We need to work to stop it from becoming a tsunami and we're running out of time,” said Diane Yentel, President of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. “We're seeing now a really frankly horrifying confluence of increasing evictions in states where new coronavirus cases are surging.” [more; ~ 4.75 min. video]

  5. [some Friday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 10, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Pakistan on brink of Covid-19 financial collapse

    S&P Forecasts $2.1 Trillion In Global Bank Credit Losses Over Next Two Years

    Once a Fiscal Stalwart, Canada Suddenly Looks Vulnerable

    83% Of German Firms With International Exposure Warn of Collapsing Revenues

    Harley-Davidson to cut hundreds of jobs as part of turnaround strategy

    No V-Shaped Recovery for Airlines

    Renewable Natural Gas Isn't a Green Solution for Climate Change

    Yellowstone grizzly bear hunting ban upheld in US

    Deadly 'Bunny Ebola' Virus Spreading Rapidly In The US

    Right whales are one step from extinction as warmer waters push them northward into boat traffic

    COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching 'full speed'

    Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

    WHO warns the coronavirus is 'getting worse,' continues to accelerate

    Biden's vision for Venezuela is virtually indistinguishable from Trump's [America's One Party system]

    As Long As Mass Media Propaganda Exists, Democracy Is A Sham

    You Are Now Leaving FantasyLand: The Losses Will Be Taken By Somebody [read this!]

    The billionaires and country clubs that received small business loans from the government

    U.S. recovery in limbo as retail traffic falls in virus hot spots

    Ford could shut plants in U.S. due to lack of Mexican engines: U.S. Ambassador

    How police militarization became an over $5 billion business coveted by the defense industry

    'Shark Tank' investor Herjavec: We're about to see biggest exodus from cities in 50 years

    State Claims Decline But All Unemployment Claims Are on the Rise

    Depression and the Great American Exodus

    US Budget Deficit Hits A Record $863 Billion In June, A 100X Increase

    More Than 9,200 Stores Are Closing In 2020 So Far—A Number That Will Surely Rise

  6. Tropical Storm Fay sets sights on mid-Atlantic coast, New England

    Tropical Storm Fay slightly picked up speed and strength as it moved closer to land Friday, and forecasters decreased projections for rain totals and flooding.

    Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. That's down from earlier forecasts of about 3 to 5 inches of rain.

    A tropical storm warning remained in effect from Cape May, New Jersey, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The warning area includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in New York, forecasters said.

    Fay is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Franklin on July 22, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted. [more]

    A Rare Heat Wave Will Reach 120 Degrees in Some Areas This Weekend

    Parts of California and Arizona will reach record high temperatures upwards of 126º F this week, according to the National Weather Service.

    The record heat wave will impact all 48 contiguous states in the U.S. this month.

    Health experts are warning people to keep an eye out for heat exhaustion and dehydration, as well as reducing COVID-19 risks as the pandemic rages on.

    In fact, the National Weather Service is forecasting that more than 75 different record temperature highs will be smashed in the second weekend of July alone, CBS reports. But the concerning aspect of the heat wave for most Americans won't be how hot it gets in a single day — it'll be how long the weather pattern holds for relentless heat and humidity across the nation. "The heat wave will be very long-lived, lasting multiple weeks in some areas with only a few days of near-normal temperatures during that span," Jeff Masters, Ph.D., founder of Weather Underground, told CBS News. "This will increase the odds of heat illness, and heat-related deaths."[more]

    NYPD forced to impose limit on officers filing for retirement amid 400% surge of personnel trying to quit

    The New York Police Department (NYPD) has reportedly limited the number of retirement applications it will allow, after it saw a surge in requests in the last couple of months.

    The NYPD announced on Wednesday that 179 officers filed for retirement between 29 June and 6 July – a 411 per cent increase on the 35 who retired in the same time period in 2019. [more; oh the times, they are a-changin' . .]

    [part two next]

  7. [we're so well loved around the world . . ..]
    Canadians Say ‘Keep It’ To U.S. Congress Calls For Reopened Border

    A bipartisan group of United States politicians is pushing for the U.S.-Canada border to reopen.

    But Canadians are having none of it, and they aren’t sorry they feel this way. [more]

    An NYU pathologist says blood clots were found in 'almost every organ' of coronavirus patients' autopsies

    A Greener Way to Make Hydrogen Emerges in France

    As the European Union launches a new push to make hydrogen one of the clean fuels of the future, two French industrial giants say they’ve found the right project to rapidly scale up the nascent industry.

    Engie SA and Air Liquide SA want to build solar farms big enough to power 450,000 homes in France’s sun-drenched Provence region, with enough electricity left over to produce hydrogen by electrolyzing water. Some of the clean-burning gas would be sold to refineries and chemicals makers in Fos-sur-Mer, curbing their emissions of carbon dioxide. [more]

    Dan Aykroyd explains how his lifelong belief in the paranormal led to 'Ghostbusters': 'This stuff is real'

    Dan Aykroyd is arguably pop culture’s most prominent proponent of the paranormal.

    “Most places in Canada you'd see Look magazine or National Geographic or Life magazine all stacked up,” Aykroyd says. “In my house, it was the American Society for Psychical Research magazines, Fate magazine, British Society for Psychical Research, all of these publications that studied the paranormal. So I just grew up with it. … There was no way out of it.”

    Aykroyd’s steadfast belief in the paranormal hasn’t faded a bit, evidenced by his new gig as narrator of the Travel Channel series Hotel Paranormal. Through reenactments, interviews and sometimes real footage, the series depicts incidents of spine-chilling paranormal experiences at one specific type of venue where they frequently occur: hotel and motel rooms. [more]

    [3rd section below]

  8. Flooding and downed trees reported across Toronto after severe summer storm

    A severe thunderstorm has caused widespread power outages and flooding across the city of Toronto. Fire crews are responding to over a hundred calls including downed power lines and trees. [more; videos]

    At least 24 pygmy killer whales found dead in S. Taiwan since April

    A total of 26 pygmy killer whales have been found stranded on southern Taiwanese coasts since April.

    The number doubles that of 2019, when only 13 whales were stranded throughout the year. The number in 2018 was 30, which also indicates that whales are more likely to be stranded in southern Taiwan coastal areas during spring and summer. [more]

    More deadly floods, landslides in Nepal - 7 killed and 20 missing in the last 2 days - Nearly 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

    Authorities reported flooding and landslides in 2 locations of Barhabise municipality of Sindhupalchowk district (also Sindhupalchok) of Bagmati Pradesh Province on 09 July. As of 10 July, at least 2 people have died, 20 are still missing and 5 people injured. Sixteen homes have been completely destroyed.

    According to media reports, the floods and landslides have also damaged the Araniko Highway in several locations. The highway is an important road connecting the country to a border point with China. [more]

    Comet NEOWISE has "supersized" nucleus, sprouts another tail

    For Comet NEOWISE, the future looks bright. Its large nucleus is a reservoir of dust and gas that should continue to fill the comet's double tail with visible material for weeks to come. Observing tips: Wake up about 90 minutes before sunrise, find a place with a clear horizon, and look northeast. The comet is visible to the naked eye as a fuzzy patch with a tail. Binoculars are recommended for full effect. [more]

    Climate could warm by 1.5C soon, but temporarily [til it goes higher] [96 sec. enviro - b/s piece]

    Global warming could start rising over the limit scientists warn could be catastrophic over the next few years, but only temporarily. That's according to the World Meteorological Organization. ["could?!" it's already HERE!]

    A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus. But feds and makers won't act, scientists say

    It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine.

    Scientists have devised a way to use the antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors for an upper-arm injection that they say could inoculate people against the virus for months. [more]