Friday, July 10, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-09

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

2020-07-09 - RV explodes into flame and kills man on Leesburg Road in Eastover (South Carolina):

Note: This is the 216th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 13th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Car goes up in flames just after 4 AM and kills person on South Decatur Street in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "Police are investigating a death that resulted from a car fire early Thursday morning. Crews from the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Denver Fire Department (DFD) were conducting their investigation in the 1600 block of South Decatur Street, according to a tweet from DPD."

Quote: "At 10 a.m., DPD tweeted that the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature."

2020-07-09 - Car collection and barn destroyed by fire on Route 405 in Wolf Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A barn fire in Lycoming County Thursday morning wrecked a car collection. Neighbors spotted flames coming from the barn along Route 405 in Wolf Township, near Hughesville."

2020-07-09 - Update on small plane that crashed in Round Rock (Texas), plane was on fire before crashing:

Quote: "A small twin-engine plane appeared to have an engine fire and was flying low and erratically before crashing into a Central Texas field, federal officials said Friday. The Cessna 320 crashed at about 1 p.m. on July 1 near Round Rock, killing its pilot and lone occupant."

Note: This is the 33rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Algae outbreaks accelerating like not seen before in mountain lakes in the western US:

Quote: "Global warming is turning clear mountain lakes green in the western United States because of an increase in algae blooms 'without historical precedent', researchers reported on Tuesday."

2020-07-09 - NASA warns conditions are ripe for a severe Amazon fire season:

2020-07-09 - Last 12 months tied for the warmest 12 months on record and June tied for the warmest month ever recorded:

2020-07-09 - Heat wave expected to bring 120F+ temps to some areas in the US:

2020-07-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap car parts burns, on Milbocker Road in Gaylord (Michigan):

Quote: "According to investigators, a large pile of scrap car parts caught fire."

2020-07-09 - Landfill fire breaks out at Steuben County Landfill in Bath (New York):

2020-07-09 - Transformer explodes and burns near rail yard in Buffalo (New York):

2020-07-09 - Golf carts and warehouse destroyed by fire at marina on J Percy Priest Reservoir in Hermitage (Tennessee):

2020-07-09 - Offshore supply ship 'Brompton Sun' bursts into flame in the Okhotsk Sea off coastal Sakhalin Island (Russia):

Quote: "Offshore crew supply ship BROMPTON SUN with 42 passengers on board, offshore oil rig platform personnel, suffered fire in engine room in the afternoon Jul 9 in Okhotsk sea off central Sakhalin Island coast, while sailing to an oil rig."

2020-07-09 - Seven boats destroyed by fire at marina on Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin (Tennessee):

Quote: "A total of seven boats were completely damaged, according to the Gallatin Fire Department. No injures or fatalities have been reported. The fire is said to have started in the cabin of a houseboat whose owners were not there at the time, according to a fire official."

Note: These are the 605th, 606th, 607th, 608th, 609th, 610th, 611th and 612th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Four buses, truck, two cars and RV trailer go up in flames while parked at property in Lincoln Park area in Duluth (Minnesota):

Quote: "According to authorities the fire department responded to a report of camper on fire near an alley on 17th Avenue West between West Superior and West First streets. The fire then spread to three small buses, two cars, a truck, and a Volkswagen bus."

Note: These are the 166th, 167th, 168th and 169th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on US 65 just south of Branson (Missouri):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard near Concord Lake Road in Kannapolis (North Carolina):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Marion County (Florida):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Monroe County (Georgia):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 2:11 AM on Highway 299 near Willow Creek (California):

2020-07-09 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Blakeslee (Ohio):

Note: These are the 975th, 976th, 977th, 978th, 979th and 980th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Utility truck bursts into flame at FedEx facility in Bethpage (New York):

2020-07-09 - RV, structure and outbuildings destroyed by fire on Nogales Street in Del Paso Heights (California):

Quote: "Firefighters are investigating a fire that burned at least one structure and several outbuildings in Del Paso Heights. The two-alarm fire happened on the 1200 block of Nogales Street Thursday evening and also burned an RV and personal belongings in the yard of the property."

Note: This is the 217th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-09 - SUV bursts into flame on I-27 access road near Rockwell Road in Randall County (Texas), 1 injured:

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame inside auto shop on Webster Street in Hudson (New Hampshire):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame at car dealership in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame on US 101, ignites brush fire, on the Cuesta Grade near San Luis Obispo (California):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame at mall on Dufferin Street in Perth (Canada):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center in coastal Surfers Paradise (Australia):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame on the A921 near coastal Dalgety Bay (Scotland):

2020-07-09 - Car bursts into flame on the A64 in High Hutton (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 21:24 Location: A64, High Hutton Crews from Malton and Huntington responded to a report of a car fire, on arrival crews found a BMW well alight, 2 hosereel jets, 2 breathing apparatus, small tools and lighting were used.  The cause could not be established."

2020-07-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 3:30 AM on I-75 in Bay County (Michigan):

2020-07-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville (New Jersey):

2020-07-09 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-215 near Salt Lake City (Utah):

2020-07-09 - Pickup truck, garage and barn destroyed by fire on Ruppert School Road in Pike Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire companies responded Thursday to a fire in Pike Township involving a vehicle, garage and barn."

2020-07-09 - Barn destroyed by fire at 4:10 AM just outside Amarillo (Texas):

2020-07-09 - Barn destroyed by fire near Atlantic (Iowa):

2020-07-09 - Barn destroyed by fire off Onion Lake Road in Thunder Bay (Canada):

2020-07-09 - Factory destroyed by huge fire on Church Road in Moorebank (Australia):

2020-07-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 1 AM on Lee Road in Lincoln (Maine):

2020-07-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Grayson Avenue NW in Roanoke (Virginia):

2020-07-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 11:30 PM off Route 108 in Cambridge (Vermont):

2020-07-09 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Cottage Avenue in Miamisburg (Ohio), nobody there:

2020-07-09 - Home destroyed by fire on South Serenade Circle in coastal Jacksonville (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-07-09 - Two homes go up in flames in Millcreek (Utah):

Quote: "On Sunday, another home on the same street near 3100 East 3300 South burned when a vehicle caught fire and spread to the home."

2020-07-09 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on South Willard Avenue in coastal San Jose (California), 2 dogs killed:

2020-07-09 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:21 AM on Barkdoll Road in Ringgold area in Hagerstown (Maryland), 1 killed:

2020-07-09 - Vacant commercial building burns at 2:30 AM on East Lake Mead Boulevard in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2020-07-09 - Bacteria never seen before in the state killing fish in California:

Quote: "In measures that are hard not to compare the coronavirus pandemic ravaging America, around 3 million rainbow trout and other species have been quarantined as scientists try to understand the novel pathogen that has resisted treatments to cure it. Fish pathologists do not know where the bacteria came from in the first place."

2020-07-09 - Two men, 47 and 57, enter manhole and get gassed to death by hydrogen sulfide in Sour Lake (Texas):

Quote: "One man went inside the manhole for an unknown reason, according to Sour Lake Police Chief Aaron Burleson. The man inside was overcome by sewer gas, H2S. The other worker went inside the manhole to help the man, Burleson says. Officials say the second worker was also overcome by the sewer gas, and the two men died."

2020-07-09 - Two men, both 23, die in pond near Mannington (West Virginia):

2020-07-09 - Man, 53, dies while floating on inner tube on the Nishnabotna River near Essex (Iowa):

Quote: "A woman called 911 in Page County, Iowa, early Thursday to report that a man with whom she had been floating on the Nishnabotna River was unresponsive. When crews found the two a couple hours later, the man was dead. Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said that just after 1:10 a.m., a 44-year-old woman reported that she and the 53-year-old man had been on inner tubes on the river since about 8 p.m. She said they were north of Essex, Iowa, which is about 40 miles northeast of Nebraska City."

2020-07-09 - Man, 52, dies after being pulled from Lake Huron at Lakeport State Park (Michigan):

2020-07-09 - Boy, 12, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan off Marquette Beach in Gary (Indiana):

2020-07-09 - Man, 41, found dead in the Ohio River in Catlettsburg (Kentucky):

2020-07-09 - Man, 59, drops dead at home in Saugus (Massachusetts):

2020-07-09 - Man drops dead under bridge in Grand Junction (Colorado):

2020-07-09 - Man, 71, jumps in water to retrieve hat and dies in Deer Creek Reservoir (Utah):

2020-07-09 - Person found dead along the Okanogan River outside Tonasket (Washington):

2020-07-09 - Man, 75, drops dead on roof at senior facility in Auburn (New York):

2020-07-09 - Man, 48, found dead in Chippewa Creek in North Bay (Canada):

Quote: "Isaac is the third 48-year-old male found dead this week. Stephen Aultman was also found dead in North Bay Monday after going missing on Friday and Garry Poulin had gone missing Saturday and was found July 6 as well. Police have said no foul play is suspected in any of the three cases."

2020-07-09 - Man found dead on the Iron Horse Trail in Kitchener (Canada):

2020-07-09 - Man, 44, found dead in canal in Pakhoke (India):

2020-07-09 - Woman, 55, found dead in or near canal in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2020-07-09 - Man, 49, has 'medical episode', tractor trailer crashes into median, on the M60 near Manchester (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "It is believed the man driving a HGV tractor unit suffered from a medical episode before crashing into the central reservation just past junction 13 on the clockwise carriageway of the M60."

2020-07-09 - Man, 61, has 'medical issue', pickup truck plunges into Upper Twin Lake (Nevada), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Las Vegas man appears to have had a medical issue that resulted in his driving a pickup into Upper Twin Lake on Wednesday. The driver was identified as Gerald Christopher Simmons, 61, by Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun. According to the California Highway Patrol, Simmons was driving on Twin Lakes Road around a mile west of Charlie Day Road with a passenger. The passenger said Simmons grabbed his chest just before he veered off the road, down an embankment and into the lake.

2020-07-09 - Woman, 39, has 'medical issue', car crashes into building, in Willmar (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police say a woman had a medical issue before veering off the roadway and crashing into a building in Willmar Thursday afternoon."

2020-07-09 - Driver has 'medical event', car crashes, near the Waterview Tunnel in coastal Auckland (New Zealand), 1 killed:

Quote: "A driver has died after suffering a medical event before crashing near the Waterview Tunnel in Auckland."

2020-07-09 - Car-hauler crashes, bursts into flame, on the Florida Turnpike near The Villages (Florida):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-80 near Floriston (California):

2020-07-09 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns, on I-240 Asheville (North Carolina):

2020-07-09 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Marguerite Road in Unity (Pennsylvania), 1 injured:

2020-07-09 - Pickup truck crashes off road at 6:10 AM, bursts into flame, on Highway 101 near Halfmoon Bay (Canada), 1 injured:

2020-07-09 - Car veers off road at 6:15 AM, crashes into tree, on Highland Avenue in Scarborough (Maine), 1 killed:

2020-07-09 - Car slams into pole in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River, 1 injured:

Quote: "A medical episode is suspected as the cause of the crash."

2020-07-09 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, on I-8 near Jacumba (California), 2 killed:

2020-07-09 - Sinkhole opens on street near Paterson (New Jersey):

2020-07-09 - Sinkhole opens on turnpike in Edison (New Jersey):

2020-07-09 - Sinkhole opens along street in Penrhiwceiber (Britain):

2020-07-09 - Building collapses on Main Street in Franklin Borough (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-09 - Building partially collapses in coastal Manhattan (New York), 1 injured:

2020-07-09 - Deck collapses at home on Saratoga Lake (New York), several injured:

2020-07-09 - Deck collapses at home on Sandfiddler Road in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2020-07-09 - Water main breaks, sinkhole partially swallows minivan, in The Villages (Florida):

2020-07-09 - 2020 is our last best chance to save the planet:

Note: That ship has sailed, burst into flame and sunk!

2020-07-09 - Lightning strikes kills at least 12 more people in Bihar (India), death toll rises to 150 in 2 weeks for the state:

2020-07-09 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit China, 14+ killed:

2020-07-09 - Around 13 feet of snow hit the Andes in ten days:

2020-07-09 - With no end in sight to the coronavirus, some teachers are retiring rather than going back to school:


  1. Sweet sleep-in Saturday, Jonny, everyone. The rain departed and it's sunny now (and for the next week) around here.

    Amid all the vectors trying to take us out, i hope you're all safe and healthy.

    So now it appears you don't even have to get wet to die while tubing on a river! We've long suspected this through JJFH's many accounts of people fishing, walking along water ways and more suddenly dropping dead for no apparent reason.

    Saturday, 11 July 2020
    Record bankruptcies in the United States

    1. Victoria's Secret declared bankruptcy.
    2. Zara closed 1,200 stores.
    3. La Chapelle withdrew 4391 stores.
    4. Chanel is discontinued.
    5. Hermes is discontinued.
    6. Patek Philippe discontinued production.
    7. Rolex discontinued production.
    8. The world's luxury industry has crumpled.
    9. Nike has a total of $23 billion US dollars preparing for the second stage of layoffs.
    10. Gold's gym filed for bankruptcy
    11. The founder of AirBnb said that because of pandemic, 12 years of efforts were destroyed in 6 weeks.
    12. Even Starbucks also announced to permanently close their 400 stores.
    13. WeWork isn't in a great spot either

    Nissan Motor Co. may close down in USA

    1. Biggest Car Rental company (Hertz) filed for bankruptcy - they also own Thrifty and Dollar
    2. Biggest Trucking company (Comcar) filed for bankruptcy - they have 4000 trucks
    3. Oldest retail company (JC Penny) filed for bankruptcy - to be acquired by Amazon for pennies
    4. Biggest investor in the world (Warren Buffet) lost $50B in the last 2 months
    5. Biggest investment company in the world (BlackRock) is signalling disaster in the world economy - they manage over $7 Trillion
    6. Biggest mall in America (Mall of America) stopped paying mortgage payments
    7. Most reputable airline in the world (Emirates) laying off 30% of its employees
    8. US Treasury printing trillions to try to keep the economy on life support
    9. Estimated no. of retail stores closing in 2020 - 12,000 to 15,000. The following are big retailers that have announced closing:

    - J. Crew
    - Gap
    - Victoria's Secret
    - Bath & Body Works
    - Forever 21
    - Sears
    - Walgreens
    - GameStop
    - Pier 1 Imports
    - Nordstrom
    - Papyrus
    - Chico's
    - Destination Maternity
    - Modell's
    - A.C. Moore
    - Macy's
    - Bose
    - Art Van Furniture
    - Olympia Sports
    - K Mart
    - Specialty Cafe & Bakery
    and many many more

    Unemployment claims reached an all-time high of 38+ million - unemployment is over 25% (out of 160 million of work force, close to 40 million are jobless). With no income, consumer demand is falling drastically and the economy will go into a free fall. This is just USA...

    [what does this tell us?]
    De Blasio Says BLM Protests Can Continue While Canceling All Other Large Events

    New York City’s mayor has banned all large gatherings this summer - apart from Black Lives Matter rallies. In a crowded field, this just might be the most nakedly political move of the pandemic.

    Bill de Blasio has decided that summer is cancelled for New Yorkers… unless they’re campaigning for BLM. The New York City mayor has announced that all big events for the summer season in the Big Apple are called off in order to tame Covid-19, the only exception being if those gatherings are in the name of social justice.

    Regardless of whether you are the biggest coronavirus bedwetter convinced everyone is going to die from the disease, or one of those who believes the whole thing is a hoax cooked up to control the population, De Blasio’s actions make no sense. [more]

    [part 2 below]

  2. [mask demonstration showing they are indeed DANGEROUS!]
    Del Bigtree tests a mask on his son

    THIS LIVE MASK TEST SHOCKS VIEWERS [includes ~ 4.5 min. video]

    [remember the tests are faulty! But 5 in row negative?]
    NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Tested Positive For COVID After Network Followed His Alleged Recovery

    After NBC News extensively followed the COVID-19 case of its own on-air contributor Dr. Joseph Fair, the virologist and epidemiologist revealed he tested negative for coronavirus as well as negative for the WuFlu antibodies, meaning he never had the virus.

    Fair however, had already tested negative for the virus at least five times according to Steve Krakauer of the Fourth Watch Newsletter and said this week his illness from two months ago “remains an undiagnosed mystery” following the results of a negative antibody test.

    “I had myriad COVID symptoms, was hospitalized in a COVID ward & treated for COVID-related co-morbidities, despite testing negative by nasal swab,” Fair told followers on Twitter.

    Despite having appeared on NBC and MSNBC almost a dozen times to discuss his recovery from the virus, neither network has still released a correction on air. As Krakauer points out, this story about Fair’s illness still has yet to be corrected.

    Fair said he planned to take another antibody test. [more]

    Red Flag warnings in four states, July 10, 2020

    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for July 10 in areas of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. [more]

    Lake Turns Red in Paraguay

    A small lake located between Loma Plata and Filadelfia, Paraguay, turned RED, surpris[i]ng local residents. [more]

    Incredible rainfall continue across Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and Japan which sterted in early June and have affected untold millions of people and killed hundreds

    Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions of people, displaced hundreds of thousands and killed hundreds after torrential rainfall swamped Asia from early June to the middle of July. The deluge continues, stretching thousands of miles torrential downpours have been dumping incredible amounts of rainfall in countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan since early June and in some areas, the rains are increasing. [more]

    China is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of countries being devastated by locust invasions stretching 3 continents including: South America, Africa the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar all struggling to control trillions of locusts.

    The forestry authority of Pu'er city in Yunnan province of south-western China issued a disaster control warning Thursday after the insects started attacking crops in local farmland.

    Ships Hit Smaller Sea Animals More Often than Researchers Thought

    The danger to whales and other large marine mammals from oceangoing vessels’ propellers and bows has long been recognized. And efforts are in place to track and curb such ship strikes. But a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science finds that ships are also hitting large numbers of smaller marine animals—which are suffering severe injuries or dying at higher rates than previously thought. [more]

    [3rd section follows]

  3. Deforestation ‘out of control’ as Brazil’s Amazon sees record levels of destruction

    The Brazilian Amazon saw its highest level of deforestation in 2020 since records began, new figures have revealed.

    According to official data, deforestation increased by 25 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2020. [more]

    ‘Alien-like’ creature resembling E.T. discovered in ancient area of Pacific seafloor

    A marine creature that resembles the alien E.T. has been found growing in a prehistoric area of eastern Pacific seafloor rock.

    The “E.T. sponge” has been classified as a new species and genus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday as it announced the discovery.

    The creature was found in “an extraordinary seascape” 7,875 feet down, where strange looking creatures appeared to be growing from the rocky seafloor, NOAA says.

    This “Forest of the Weird” — nearly 850 miles southwest of Hawaii — included an “alien-like community” of glass sponges that appeared to look back at the deep sea explorers with pink faces, NOAA reported. [more]

    Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

    Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. [more]

    Hundreds of US Postal Service delivery trucks are catching fire as they continue to outstay their 24-year life expectancy

    [it's not because they're old, necessarily]

    When you think of a typical United States Postal Service delivery truck, you're probably thinking of the Grumman Long Life Vehicle — the boxy thing with right-side steering wheels and driver's seats so letter carriers can more easily access mailboxes. In recent years, however, hundreds of them caught fire — possibly due to age [all of them?] and a budget crisis, according to this new Vice story. [more; they don't read JJFH i guess]

    Heat advisory issued as South Florida prepares to break temperature records

    The National Weather Service in Miami issued a heat advisory that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday to warn of heat index values that will make temperatures feel 109 degrees.

    The worst of it — unless you love to scorch — will be felt in inland, coastal and metro Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and also in far South Miami-Dade, like Homestead and Florida City.

    The hot temperatures along with high humidity could cause heat illnesses, the weather service said.

    The hot spell that broke heat records in Miami and Fort Lauderdale on Thursday will stick around in the weekend and linger early into next week, too. [more]

    [4th piece coming up]

  4. More floods expected in Japan as death toll rises

    Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly floods and mudslides were bracing for more pounding rains through the weekend.

    The death toll has risen to 66 as of Friday morning, with 16 others still missing, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

    Most of them are in prefectures on Kyushu, Japan’s third-largest main island.

    The damage has spread beyond Kyushu into central Japan’s scenic mountain villages known for hot springs and hiking.

    China cities declare flood 'red alerts' as extreme weather threats surge

    Four cities along China's Yangtze river have declared top-level flood warnings over the past two days after torrential rain triggered landslides and inundated roads and farmland, with parts of the river threatening to burst its banks. [more]

    A scary new scam is targeting work-from-home employees — here’s what you need to know

    If you work from home, you could be a target of the new Russian ransomware scam

    “Russian hackers are attacking work-from-home employees in record numbers,” confirmed Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of Cyberscout, to Yahoo Life. A Russian hacking group called Evil Corp. is at the helm of the scam, which aims to infiltrate remote workers’ vulnerable WiFi networks. [more]

    [it ain't just department stores!]
    Thousands Of Parents, Students Shocked As New York Catholic Schools Close [~ 2.25 min. video]

    Thousands of parents and students in New York were in shock Thursday after they were told their Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. Officials say fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is to blame [more]

    England risks running out of water within the next 20 years unless ‘urgent action’ is taken [pfffff - yeah, right]

    Brain-eating amoebas are thriving in US rivers and lakes. The problem is getting worse every year.

    The brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri can be found in warm, freshwater lakes around the world.

    Human infections have historically been rare, but cases may increase as climate change warms waters.

    If this single-celled organism enters someone's nose, it travels up to the brain to feed on brain tissue.

    Only four of the 145 Americans infected by N. fowleri have survived. [more; WOW!]

    [5th installment next]

  5. Bear Opens Front Door, Attacks Homeowner In Aspen

    A black bear entered an Aspen home through the front door early Friday and severely injured the homeowner, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. [more; short video]

    Texas gov. warns of potential lockdown if Texans don't wear masks

    As coronavirus cases in Texas continue to skyrocket, Governor Greg Abbott warned Friday that he may have to implement a lockdown if the numbers don't come down. The governor has reiterated several times this week that his statewide mask order must be followed. [more; yet masks are NOT SAFE!]

    Australia Warns of Vaccine Wait; U.S. Bases Hit: Virus Update

    U.S. military facilities in Okinawa have found a total of at least 50 coronavirus cases, NHK said. New infections in Tokyo exceeded 200 for a third day, though fell short of Friday’s record, Kyodo reported. Masked fans returned to baseball in Japan, making the country among the first to restart major sport with spectators. [more]

    Russia's Nornickel fights cover-up accusations over Arctic oil spill

    Pressure is mounting on Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel over an Arctic oil spill that has wiped about 17% off its share price, left it with a hefty compensation bill and exposed it to accusations of covering up the full extent of the damage.

    Nornickel , as it is better known, denies the cover-up allegations by green campaigners, a regional governor and a former official at Russia's environmental watchdog, who have spoken out publicly and, in some cases, published tests, photographs and witness accounts to support their allegations.

    Their evidence, which Reuters has been unable to verify, shows diesel has spread into a lake and, according to witnesses, into a river that feeds into the Arctic Ocean. [more]

    [this won't have any effect on crime stats, right?]
    California Gov. to Order the Release of 8,000 Prisoners Amid COVID-19 Surge

    As Millions Suffer From Unemployment, The Catholic Church Gets $1.4 Billion In Relief Funds

    The U.S. Roman Catholic Church successfully lobbied government officials to make an exception from federal rules to include the church in the Paycheck Protection Program, despite not meeting specific requirements. Because of this exemption, at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid has been awarded to the church. And, there is reason to believe that the total payout may have exceeded $3.5 billion, making the global religious institution one of the biggest recipients in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts. [more; yet Catholic schools in NY suddenly closed for no reason]

  6. [some Saturday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, July 11, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    United, pilots union reach tentative agreements for early retirements and voluntary furloughs

    American Airlines tells Boeing: No financing, no 737 Max deliveries

    The Great American Shale Oil & Gas Massacre: Bankruptcies, Defaulted Debts, Worthless Shares, Collapsed Prices of Oil & Gas

    Crude Oil Shortages Beginning To Bite In Key Markets

    Shell Idles Unit At Texas Refinery Due To Demand Crash

    U.S. Bank Set to Lift Ban on Supporting Nuclear Power

    Climate change forcing tough choices for farmers dependent on snowmelt [but it's GSM and mini-Ice Age innit?]

    Outbreak of dengue fever in Southeast Asia is 'exploding' amid the coronavirus fight

    Colombia lost forest area the size of Sao Paulo in 2019: report

    The Pandemic Reveals The Real Disease Of Our Societies
    Sewage Treatment

    WHO says it's 'very unlikely' countries can eradicate the coronavirus right now

    WHO Says Coronavirus Is Likely Airborne ['bout time]

    If everyone wears a mask, 58% of Covid-19 deaths could be prevented by fall, study says

    The End of Empire, and what it means to your little ones

    Unemployment Claims Hit New Record: 32.9 Million State & Federal. Week 16 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse

    Cash-strapped New Jersey to borrow up to $9.9 billion under deal

    'Epic failure': U.S. election officials warn of November chaos due to budget crunch

    Retail bankruptcy filings keep coming, coffee habits change
    It Takes 3 Weeks to Escape Illinois
    Why 3 weeks? That's how long it takes to reserve a one-way U-Haul outbound. "Everyone is leaving. No one is coming," a U-Haul agent told us a few weeks ago.

    Covid-19 Is Bankrupting American Companies at a Relentless Pace Avalanche (Richard Heinberg)

  7. Whatever De Blasio does or doesn't do, the protests are going to go on. Recognizing this is the reality, then, leaves the following choices: 1) let the protests go on; 2) ban the protests but do nothing about them when they occur and look weak; or 3) go all Trump on them and start tear gassing and beating peaceful protesters. Out of that menu of choices, which one looks least unappealing? I'm not sure it had as much to do with politics as it had to do with picking the least unappealing choice - e.g. pragmatism. Wouldn't you make the same choice?

  8. Also, this isn't happening only in cities with a Democratic mayor. The protests are occurring in cities with Republican mayors too. So they have also decided on either choice 1 or choice 2 - let the protests go on. So it's not like it's JUST De Blasio who's made that call, it's every mayor everywhere. If it's politics, it's totally bipartisan politics - everybody agrees that what Trump did, you definitely don't wanna do THAT! Heh.

  9. Right, Jonny - it's a no brainer. i was thinking about it from the "health" advisory standpoint - everyone else stay safe but you protestors knock yourself out! Kinda like a "Black Lives Don't Matter" message from authorities . ..

    See imho all this racial crap is stoked by the media at the behest of their owners - the ultra wealthy who want to keep everyone else fighting among themselves while they laugh all the way to the bank.

    [The other day a black man saved a (white) child from hitting the ground after being thrown from the balcony of a burning apartment. Here's another one.]

    Man saves cop from burning vehicle despite his history with police

    McLee said he rushed here after hearing a huge crash: "There was just a lot of screaming, a lot of chaos. Ah man, I get chills when I think of it."

    It was a bad traffic accident involving a police car. An officer trapped inside. A gas tank leaking. Flames spreading toward the cabin. Another officer who responded to the crash tried to rescue his colleague but couldn't get the door open, and that's when a lone bystander, McLee, stepped toward the burning wreckage.

    "I don't know how I got that door open, and I grabbed him out."

    "All of a sudden the door just gets ripped open," said Jay Hanley, the officer McLee rescued.

    "I want people to start to look at everybody as Americans and not, 'He's White, he's Black, he's Asian.' We're people - and when we start realizing that, things should get better."[more]

    [2nd part below]

  10. [We just saw this with lemurs]
    North Atlantic Right Whales 'One Step From Extinction,' Report Warns

    The conservation organization chalked up the species’s decline to lower reproduction rates and more deadly encounters with ships and fishing gear. Climate change is fueling the latter, as warmer temperatures drive the whales farther north, where they’re more likely to wind up entangled in fishing lines and ropes or to be struck by ships.

    Underwater noise poses another threat to the species because it interferes with the animals’ ability to communicate with one another. [more]

    Floods, landslides kill 40 in Nepal, many missing

    Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 40 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

    Twenty people were killed and at least 13 others were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said. [more]

    4 Flight Attendants Evaluated At BWI After Spirit Airlines Flight Reports Medical Emergency [25 sec. news blip]

    [from Friday, i may have already posted this]
    Houses carried away by floodwater after dam bursts following heavy rain in Ruza, Russia
    Man walking to work severely mauled by bear in Kashmir, India

    The shocking incident last Thursday is the latest in a series of bear attacks in the Jammu and Kashmir district in recent weeks. [more; open season on HUMANITY]

    Lightning bolt kills 3, injures 7 others in West Bengal, India

    "All those working in the fields that time were seriously injured when lightning struck them and they were immediately taken to the Raiganj Medical College & Hospital, where three of them were declared dead," a police officer at the Raiganj police station said today. [more]

    Wildfires kill at least five in Ukraine's Luhansk region

    Forest fires have killed 5 people and destroyed over 100 houses in Luhansk Oblast, some 20 kilometers north of the front line of Russia's war against Ukraine. [more]