Monday, July 13, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-12

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

2020-07-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to the island of Réunion (France):

Quote: "On Saturday, an Air France Boeing 777-300 had to turn around and head back to Réunion after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight was heading from Saint-Denis de La Réunion to Paris Charles de Gaulle when the crew made the discovery. Fortunately, the aircraft landed safely back in Reunion 4:45 hours after departure, and the flight was postponed until the next day."

Note: This is the 34th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Amphibious assault ship 'USS Bonhomme Richard' explodes into flame at coastal Naval Base San Diego (California), 21+ injured:

Quote: "Twenty-one people were injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said. 'Seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital,' the US Navy said in a statement."

Quote: "The ship could burn for days, 'down to the water line,' San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN's Erica Hill Sunday afternoon."

Quote: "When the fire was first reported Sunday morning, it was said to be in the lower vehicle storage area..."

Note: This is the 616th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Train car hauling vehicles bursts into flame at train yard in North Platte (Nebraska):

Quote: "Fire crews battled a blaze that consumed a rail car loaded with automobiles at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, officials there said."

Quote: "No one was injured, but all of the vehicles loaded on the rail car were destroyed."

2020-07-12 - Florida breaks one-day national record with over 15,000 new COVID-19 cases, more than most countries:

Note: Floridoom!

2020-07-12 - Beachfront home destroyed by explosion and fire on Marentette Beach on Lake Erie near Point Pelee in Leamington (Canada), 2 killed:

Note: This is the 59th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Biodiesel plant rocked by explosion in Dongbao (China), 2 injured, 3 missing:

2020-07-12 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Ishpeming (Michigan):

2020-07-12 - At least eight boats go up in flames at marina on Lake Tuscaloosa in North Port (Alabama), police boat sinks while towing one:

Quote: "While investigating, officers discovered that eight to nine boats docked at the nearby Blue Heron Marina had burned during an overnight fire."

2020-07-12 - Ten boats destroyed by fire shortly before 3 AM at Green Turtle Bay Resort on the Cumberland River in Grand Rivers (Kentucky):

Quote: "Ten boats were destroyed by the fire, and a dock suffered some damage as well."

2020-07-12 - Boat bursts into flame at Goodby's Creek Boat Ramp in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2020-07-12 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Oleta River State Park in North Miami (Florida):

2020-07-12 - Boat bursts into flame off coastal Västervik (Sweden):

Note: These are the 617th-637th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on road in coastal Sarawak (Malaysia):

Note: This is the 170th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked near building on Lyon Drive in North Lyon County (Kansas):

2020-07-12 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-90 near Lockwood (Montana):

2020-07-12 - In separate incidents, tractor trailer and RV burst into flame in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Authorities responded to a vehicle fire near Washington Avenue and I-15 Sunday afternoon. It's the second vehicle fire to happen across the valley in one day after a semi caught fire on the I-515/U.S 95 freeway."

Note: These are the 988th, 989th and 990th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020, and this is the 219th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Truck bursts into flame on the A30 near Middlemoor (Britain):

2020-07-12 - Campervan bursts into flame on the A30 near Merrymeet (Britain):

2020-07-12 - Van bursts into flame on I-87 in Sloatsburg (New York):

2020-07-12 - SUV bursts into flame on the A378 near Curry Rivel (Britain):

Quote: "This was the latest in a number of car fires reported over the last few days..."

2020-07-12 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Brookside Boulevard in Grants Pass (Oregon):

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame on Brown Road in Little Suamico (Wisconsin), 2 injured:

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 2 near Fisher (Minnesota):

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame at 3:46 AM while parked at home on White Rock Road in Gaspereau (Canada):

Quote: "An early morning car fire was knocked down before it could cause significant damage to a nearby Gaspereau home on Sunday. At 3:46 a.m. July 12, Wolfville firefighters were paged to a car fire in the 1,900 block of White Rock Road. Todd Crowell, Wolfville’s fire chief, said when officers arrived, the fire was spreading from a four-door sedan to the nearby home."

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame on Ashburner Street in Higgins (Australia):

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame on road in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "Traffic delays have been reported on Sheikh Zayed Road on Sunday after a car caught fire."

Quote: "A spokesperson for the Dubai Civil Defence confirmed there are no injuries."

Note: Also see the minibus that crashed and burned and killed 2 people on this day on this same road...

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame on Vicarage Road in Clun (Britain):

2020-07-12 - Car bursts into flame in Cossington, Bridgwater (Britain):

2020-07-12 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 49 near Brookland (Arkansas):

2020-07-12 - SUV and garage destroyed by fire at 7 AM at home in Glendale (Arizona):

2020-07-12 - Two cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

Quote: "A garage and two cars were destroyed in a blaze in the Glenville section of town Sunday afternoon, fire officials said."

2020-07-12 - Car and shed go up in flames at home in Lubbock (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters arrived to find a shed and a car on fire. Shortly after, fencing and trees ignited in the backyard."

2020-07-12 - Pickup truck destroyed by fire, two homes damaged, in Hillsboro (Texas):

Quote: "A fire in Hillsboro on Sunday damaged two homes and destroyed a pickup truck. The fire injured one person, who was in one of the homes, and it also led to a Hillsboro police officer to suffer from heat exhaustion."

2020-07-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM on Maple Drive in South Park (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-12 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Wendell Street in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2020-07-12 - Beachfront home destroyed by fire on Bayberry Drive in coastal Duck (North Carolina), nobody there:

2020-07-12 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on North 50th Street in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2020-07-12 - Deadly fire burns home just after 3 AM on Buffalo Valley Road in Baxter (Tennessee), 1 killed:

2020-07-12 - Deadly fire burns home at 2 AM on Collinsburg Road in Rostraver (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:

2020-07-12 - Deadly fire burns home in Cooper City (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-07-12 - Deadly fire burns home on Sacramento Street in coastal San Francisco (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-12 - Several tons of fish die in Lake Sebu in South Cotabato (Philippine Islands):

2020-07-12 - Two people found dead in submerged car in Lake Rotoma near Rotorua (New Zealand):

2020-07-12 - Man, 46, found dead in swimming pool at home in upscale Ladue suburb of St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "The Ladue, Missouri Police Department is confirming the death of a 46-year-old Mt. Vernon, Illinois businessman Sunday morning."

Quote: "Reports indicate Beal was found dead in a swimming pool at the Ladue home he shared with his wife Erin."

Note: Around 4.6 miles from me as the gas blows...

2020-07-12 - Man, 22, falls off hotel and dies in coastal Ocean City (Maryland), 600 feet from the ocean, possible toppler:

Quote: "Caleb McCurdy, 22, of Ocean City was flown to Shock Trauma where he was pronounced dead. Police believe the fall was accidental, McCurdy’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for an official cause and manner or death."

2020-07-12 - Boy, 17, dies in Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-12 - Girl, 9, dies after being pulled from lake at Lakeshore Camp Resort in Portage (Indiana):

Quote: "The girl the second girl to die in the water at an Indiana beach in the past week. On Thursday, the body of Jerail C. Lee Jr., 12, was pulled from the water off Marquette Beach in Gary."

2020-07-12 - Soldier found dead at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio (Texas):

2020-07-12 - Man found dead in the Trinity River in Dallas (Texas):

2020-07-12 - Police cadet, man, 28, has 'medical emergency' after run, dies shortly later, in Harris County (Texas):

Quote: "The Harris County Sheriff's Office has temporarily suspended physical training at its academy after a cadet suffered a medical emergency and died. According to the sheriff's office, 28-year-old Cornelius Anderson had just completed a mile and a half run on Friday, when supervisors noticed he was in distress. The supervisors called 911, and Anderson was taken to a hospital where he died just a few days later, on Sunday."

2020-07-12 - Man, 40, found dead in the Red River near Nocona (Texas):

2020-07-12 - Woman, 65, dies after being pulled from the water at beach near coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2020-07-12 - Man, 18, falls into the Black River and dies in Butler County (Missouri):

2020-07-12 - Man found dead in Piney Creek in Raleigh County (West Virginia):

2020-07-12 - Woman has 'medical issue' and drops dead near the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "They say it appears to have been a medical issue that led to her death."

2020-07-12 - Man falls into lake and dies at Cesar Chavez Park in Laveen Village area in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-07-12 - Man, 31, falls into water and dies along the Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail in Madera County (California):

2020-07-12 - Man, 51, found dead in Lake Anna in Louisa County (Virginia):

2020-07-12 - Man, 26, found dead in the Blackwater River near Brooks Mill Road in Glade Hill (Virginia):

2020-07-12 - Woman, 41, dies in Lake Harding (Alabama):

2020-07-12 - Man, 66, falls off boat into the water and dies at Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area (Illinois):

2020-07-12 - Man found dead in car near 28th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-07-12 - Man, 51, found dead in jail cell in Mecklenburg County (North Carolina):

2020-07-12 - Man, 21, jumps in the water and dies at quarry near Great Falls Dam in Manitoba (Canada):

2020-07-12 - Woman has heart attack and drops dead on beach in coastal Yaverland on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Quote: "A woman was pronounced dead today (Sunday) following a suspected heart attack suffered on Yaverland beach on the outskirts of Sandown."

2020-07-12 - Man has 'medical episode' and drops dead at Coastfields Holiday Village in coastal Ingoldmells (Britain), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: 'There was a sudden death there following a medical episode. No suspicious circumstances.'"

2020-07-12 - Man, 72, has 'medical issue', pickup truck crashes into pole and fence, in Queensbury (New York):

Quote: "A medical issue caused the driver of a truck to crash into a light pole and fence at the Ambrosia Diner on Saturday morning, police said Monday."

2020-07-12 - Small plane crash-lands in field near Marlborough (Britain):

Quote: "Location: A166, Holtby Time: 1456 Crews from Acomb, Huntington and Tadcaster were called to reports of a light aircraft that had to make a crash landing in a field. The sole occupant who was the pilot had managed to safely leave the plane unharmed and was able to stem a fuel leak. Fire crews used a thermal image camera to check the plane over. No further action was required."

2020-07-12 - Tractor trailer crashes off bridge at 1:09 AM, bursts into flame, on I-81 in Wythe County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2020-07-12 - Minibus crashes into highway barrier, bursts into flame, in coastal Dubai (UAE), 2 killed, 12 injured:

2020-07-12 - SUV crashes into bridge barrier, bursts into flame, on Coastal Highway in coastal Milford (Delaware), 7 injured:

2020-07-12 - Car veers off road, crashes into woods, bursts into flame, in Pleasant Hill (North Carolina), 3 killed:

2020-07-12 - Car veers off road, crashes into woods, bursts into flame, on Bear Creek Road in Galice (Oregon), 2 injured:

2020-07-12 - Car veers off road at midnight, crashes into building, bursts into flame, in coastal Pensacola (Florida), 2 killed:

2020-07-12 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, on Taggan Point Road in Danbury (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2020-07-12 - Car slams into toll booth on I-90 in Arlington Heights (Illinois), 1 killed:

Quote: "Illinois State Police believe Gank may have suffered a medical event when he lost control of his car and struck the toll booth."

2020-07-12 - Car crashes into man in parking lot in Manchester (New Hampshire), 1 injured:

Quote: "After investigating, they determined the man may have suffered a medical event in the parking lot before being struck by a 2012 Lincoln MKS driven by a 51-year-old Manchester man."

2020-07-12 - Leopard attacks and kills woman in Nainital (India), second attack in two weeks:

2020-07-12 - Iceland earthquake swarm reaches over 10,000 quakes, largest in 40 years:

2020-07-12 - Severe hailstorm and flooding hit Pachuca (Mexico):[2%20videos]

2020-07-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Brazil, 2+ killed:

2020-07-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Fuenlabrada (Spain):[video]

2020-07-12 - Major COVID-19 outbreak hits two US Marine bases in Okinawa (Japan), Japan not pleased:

2020-07-12 - COVID-19 deaths take long-expected turn for the worse in the US:

Note: The deaths lag the infections, so with infections spiraling out of control, the rise in deaths was inevitable. The question is how bad will it get. Already hospitals are running out of hospital beds in Texas and Florida. After that happened in New York, they ended up forklifting pallets of corpses into semi trailers and digging mass graves for all the bodies. Is that same scenario coming soon to Texas and Florida?

2020-07-12 - COVID-19 survivor still can’t smell or taste 4 months later:

2020-07-12 - Tyson Foods is ramping up development of robots that can cut meat in response to coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking plants:

2020-07-12 - Why the next market crash could happen this month:

2020-07-12 - Huge Templar-esque crop circle appears in France:


  1. Good Tuesday morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., LL, Terry, FezzedOne, Panther and anyone reading JJFH today.

    This day looks like boat burn day! It amazes me that almost 5 dozen residences exploded into smithereens so far this year. You'd think there'd be some lead-up circumstances, like the smell of gas or something electrical.

    More crazy vehicular accidents that burst into flame, small planes having big problems and the usual long list of people keeling over or dying in or near water. JJFH should be mandatory reading for police, fire and EMT personnel.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2020
    Methane emissions at the beginning of the season already EXCEED their 2019 maximum [includes ~ 72 min. Margo report]

    The methane emissions last year peaked at 1885 ppb in mid-OCTOBER last year.

    Yesterday's figures exceed that and we are only in mid-JULY.

    This shows clearly the alarming melting away of ice that was once 20 feet thick. [more]

    [from the other pole]
    New warnings over rapid melting at Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’

    Scientists have issued new warnings over a glacier in Antarctica that is described as “the doomsday glacier” because its collapse could lead to rapid sea-level rise.

    Even now, ice draining from Thwaites Glacier into the Amundsen Sea accounts for about 4% of global sea-level rise – but scientists fear it could collapse.

    If it collapses it could raise sea levels about 65cm as it melts, and could also trigger a runaway collapse across the western half of Antarctica that could lead to a sea level rise of up to 6ft, scientists told the Financial Times.

    Such a rise would be catastrophic for coastal cities around the world. [more]

    Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado prompts evacuations

    Residents of 1,000 homes ordered to evacuate [more]

    Climate denial spreads on Facebook as scientists face restrictions – Company overrules scientific fact-checking group, which had flagged information as misleading

    A climate scientist says Facebook is restricting her ability to share research and fact-check posts containing climate misinformation.

    Those constraints are occuring as groups that reject climate science increasingly use the platform to promote misleading theories about global warming.

    The groups are using Facebook to mischaracterize mainstream research by claiming that reduced consumption of fossil fuels won’t help address climate change. Some say the planet and people are benefitting from the rising volume of carbon dioxide that’s being released into the atmosphere. [more]

    [2nd section follows]

  2. “Lockdown 2.0”: This New Wave Of Lockdowns Will Ensure The U.S. Remains In An Economic Depression Through The 2020 Election

    Another wave of lockdowns has begun, and that is really bad news for the U.S. economy. The first wave of lockdowns resulted in the permanent closing of more than 100,000 U.S. businesses, colossal lines at food banks around the nation, and the loss of tens of millions of jobs. Needless to say, this new wave of lockdowns will make things even worse, and some are speculating that this is precisely what Democrats want. If the U.S. economy continues to fall apart as we approach the election in November, the thinking is that this will make President Trump look bad and will make it more likely that people will cast votes for Democrats. But there is also the possibility that this could backfire in a huge way for the left. If millions of Americans start to identify the Democrats as “the party of the lockdowns”, that could actually greatly help President Trump in November. [more; no choice]

    NHS consultant says staff are being silenced over covid-19

    Here lies an anonymous statement from an A&E consultant in a major hospital in Surrey, in relation to the criminal gagging of all levels of NHS staff, who have been threatened that they will lose their jobs if the speak out about the COVID-1984 scamdemic.

    all staff , no matter what grade, at all hospitals have been warned that if they give any media interviews at all or make any statements to either the Main Stream Press or smaller, independent press /social media we may, immediately be suspended without pay.

    In my opinion, and that of many of my colleagues, there has been no Covid Pandemic, certainly not in the Surrey region and I have heard from other colleagues this picture is the same throughout the country.

    The few Covid cases that we have had , get repeatedly tested, and every single test counted as a new case. Meaning the figures reported back to ONS / PHE (Office for National Statistics & Public Health England) were almost exponentially inflated. It could be that Covid cases reported by hospitals are between 5 to 10x higher than the real number of cases. There has been no pandemic and this goes a long way to explain why figures for the UK are so much higher than anywhere else in Europe.

    The fact is that regardless of what you actually die of in hospital, it is likely that Covid-19 will feature on your death certificate. [more]

    More deadly flash floods in north east Turkey after 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

    At least 2 people lost their lives in flooding and landslides in Çayeli district of Rize Province in north eastern Turkey on 13 July. [more; videos]

    Tornado filmed in San Juan, Mexico

    [here we go again]
    48 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo, WHO declares it an 'active outbreak'

    There was previously a separate outbreak of Ebola in Ituri and North Kivu provinces of eastern Congo that was declared over last month. That epidemic, the second largest on record, saw 3 463 confirmed and probable cases and 2 277 deaths over two years. [more]

    [3rd wave down]

  3. [not looking good for school opening in the fall in CA]
    Newsom orders statewide reclosure of indoor dining, limits on church services, salons

    L.A. Unified will not reopen campuses for start of school year amid coronavirus spike

    California is largely closing again amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state, as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced statewide restrictions Monday to again halt all indoor dining and close bars, zoos and museums.

    At the same time, most counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside, will be forced to shutter gyms, houses of worship, hair salons, malls and other businesses under the new order, which is effective immediately and remains in effect indefinitely. In addition, offices with nonessential workers in those counties must close. [more]

    Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer

    Preliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight, providing evidence from controlled tests of what scientists believed — but had not yet proved — to be true. [more]

    [It's a big club, and you ain't in it!]
    Amid pandemic, wealthy U.S. families approved for government loans

    Private investment firms that manage the fortunes of wealthy individuals and their kin were approved for millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded relief loans designed to help small businesses weather the coronavirus lockdown, according to a review of recently released government data.

    The companies - often referred to as “family offices” - approved for the forgivable loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) included those that oversee money for the family that co-owns the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings; the former manager of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund firm; and a serial Las Vegas entrepreneur. [more]

    For First Time Since The Great Depression, Americans Must Wait

    Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus

    President Trump has called many things hoaxes over the years — the investigation into his 2016 campaign’s dealings with Russia, his impeachment, global warming — but on Monday he called into question the existence of an epidemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans. [1st 2 of which WERE]

    “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” wrote Woolery in the message promoted by Trump. “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most ,that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.” [more]

    Why a Second Wave of COVID-19 Could Be Financially Disastrous for Social Security Retirees

    This is obviously terrible news because it means hundreds of thousands of more people could get sick and even die. It's also very bad news for the economy, as states that started to reopen reverse course, and businesses are shut down again. But as bad as the effects of a second wave could be for everyone, Social Security beneficiaries especially are at risk of facing long-term financial consequences if a second wave happens now.

    That's because this quarter is a key one that determines if the'y'll see an increase in their benefits next year. [more]

    [4th piece below]

  4. [won't bring the rain forest back]
    Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

    Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation.

    Lubia Vinhas was the general-coordinator of Brazilian space agency Inpe’s Earth Observation Institute, which is an umbrella for divisions that monitor the Amazon and panels to debate climate change with civil society organizations.

    It’s unclear whether the removal of Vinhas from her position was connected to the data. Her subordinate who heads the division directly overseeing satellite monitoring of Amazon deforestation remains employed. Inpe said in a statement posted to its website Monday night that the change was part of a shake-up at the agency to improve synergies. [more]

    Armenia Bombarded by Hail

    A freak hailstorm hit the city of Gyumri on July 13, 2020.

    The thunderstorm triggered widespread flooding and traffic chaos as some roads were buried in up to a meter of hail.
    Many homes and businesses have been flooded during the extreme weather event. You even see people shoveling their basements buried in a thick layer of ice. [more; videos]

    Very Bright Green Meteor Fireball Disintegrates in the Night Sky Over Sydney, Australia (Videos)

    A meteor has been spotted roaring over New South Wales on July 13, 2020 at around 5:30 p.m. local time [more]

    Woman ends up in hospital after mysterious object falls from the sky: ‘Just found a new fear’

    [bird dropped a fish on a woman's head, she got a concussion]
    Record floods raise questions about China's Three Gorges Dam

    As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam - designed to help tame the Yangtze river - has come under fresh scrutiny.

    Amid some of the heaviest rainfall on record, the Chinese government says the world's biggest hydroelectric plant has reduced flood peaks, minimised economic losses and slashed the number of deaths and emergency evacuations.

    But critics say the historically high water levels on the Yangtze and its major lakes prove the Three Gorges Dam isn't doing what it was designed for. [more; due to release of H2O]

    [hero of the day nominee]
    Woman races across 4 lanes of traffic, dives into canal to save child, Oregon cops say

    An Oregon woman raced across a highway to save a toddler from drowning in a canal, the Redmond Police Department said.

    On July 7, a 2-year-old child fell into a canal and was rescued by a woman who had been driving on Highway 97, the department said in a statement. The woman saw the child’s father trying to flag down cars and saw the toddler run across the highway and fall into a canal.

    The woman, later identified as Bailey Vardanega, pulled her car over, ran across four lanes of traffic to jump into the canal and saved the child from drowning, KTVZ/CNN reported.

    “My legs were faster than I’ve ever run, and I swam more aggressive than I ever swam,” Vardanega told KTVZ. “God’s in control. He had me in the right place at the right time, and I allowed him to use my body as he needed.” [more]

    [5th part next]

  5. How to watch for spectacular Comet Neowise – before it disappears for 6,800 years

    The comet has been getting brighter and brighter in the early morning sky, AccuWeather said, and in the coming days, it will make an appearance in the evening after sunset. [more]

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

    No matter what machine you use to work from home, McAfee Multi-Access has you covered. It works on PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones—and one account even serves multiple devices. You’ll get warnings against risky websites and dangerous downloads, as well as the opportunity to wipe your mobile device if it’s lost or stolen. [more]

    [Celebrity Death +]
    Nicole Thea, Pregnant YouTube Sensation, Dies at 24

    Nicole Thea, the YouTube personality who was chronicling her pregnancy for fans, died along with her unborn baby on Saturday morning, her family announced on Thea’s Instagram page. She was 24.

    No cause of death has been announced. [more]

    Colorado man speaks out after fighting off bear in kitchen

    A Colorado man said he is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a bear inside an Aspen home.

    Dave Chernosky, 54, who is recovering from severe cuts to his face, said he woke up around 1:30 a.m. on Friday after hearing sounds coming from the kitchen.

    "So I went to the kitchen, saw [the bear] there. He was already in the fridge and cupboards and stuff like that."

    Chernosky, a father of two, said the family was staying at a friend's house when he confronted the massive black bear.

    "My kids were in the basement, so I wanted to make sure he stayed upstairs," said Chernosky, who described the bear as dark brown and estimated it was close to 450 pounds.

    Chernosky said by making loud noises, he was able to lure the bear to the garage, but when opening the garage, the loud sound upset the bear, which swiped Chernosky's face.

    "...As soon as we looked at each other, he just smacked me … and after I got out of the way and started yelling, he left," said Chernosky, who has severe cuts on his face and neck after the attack. "Luckily, [the bear] wasn't really after me."
    Chernosky told "GMA" that he was taken to a hospital for surgery and now has a series of stitches along his cheek, jaw, ear and back, but was told he would make a full recovery.[more]

    [this won't last long]
    Oil prices to go up again tomorrow

    After a slight sigh of relief last week, oil companies are back jacking up prices again as fuel values increase across the board starting tomorrow. [more; a few cents more]

    [work arounds]
    Report: New players help Maduro evade tanker sanctions

    As U.S. sanctions scare away the world's largest shippers from Venezuela's oil industry, new players are willing to brave the heightened risks and help keep socialist leader Nicolás Maduro afloat, according to a new report. [more]

    Navy Helicopters Drop Water on USS Bonhomme Richard as Ship Burns for Second Day

    The cause of the three-alarm fire remained under investigation

  6. [some Tuesday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, July 14, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    U.S. Budget Deficit Explodes in June: 100 Times Greater Than Last June

    The World Is Drowning In Debt

    Coronavirus bringing record $1 trillion of new global corporate debt in 2020: report

    Southwest sounds alarm on jobs in 'very bad environment,' American preparing furlough warnings

    U.S. shale oil output to drop to two-year low of 7.5 million bpd in August: EIA

    The Wave Of Big Oil Write-Downs Is Far From Over

    Shale CEO: U.S. Has Passed Peak Oil

    Northern Fish Are Tough, but No Match for Climate Change

    Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa

    WHO sounds alarm as coronavirus cases rise by one million in five days

    Moscow attributes 3,408 deaths to coronavirus in June

    Covid-19 - New Quick Tests Are Coming, Cootiestan, A Lack Of Lockdown Death

    Trump's ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says U.S. has 'inexcusable' problems with COVID-19 testing

    Hacking attacks on hospitals for patient data increase during coronavirus pandemic

    How Do We Change the Leadership of our Quasi-Sovereign Big Tech Neofeudal Nobility?
    You better bow low and pay up, peasant, or your voice in the digital world will disappear just as quickly as your democracy's control over Big Tech.

    The Ten Best Long-Term Predictions in History

    Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-19 sound a death knell for office buildings?

    The 9-5 day is 'out of the question': Here's what going back to work in an office will be like

    The "Too Big To Fail" Banks Are Getting Ready For Their Worst Quarter Since The Financial Crisis

    Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

  7. [good thing we're in Grand Solar Minimum]
    Powerful eruptions on the Sun might trigger earthquakes says new research

    new research, published July 13 in Scientific Reviews, asserts the first strong — though still disputed — evidence that powerful eruptions on the Sun can trigger mass earthquake events on Earth.

    "Large earthquakes all around the world are not evenly distributed ... there is some correlation among them," says Giuseppe De Natale, research director at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome and co-author of the new study. "We have tested the hypothesis that solar activity can influence the worldwide [occurrence of earthquakes]." [more]

    Mysterious new invasive algae smothering Hawaii's coral reefs

    "By 2019 the seaweed had covered large expanses on the northeast side of the atoll with mat-like, extensive growth of entangled thalli," the abstract from the study reads. "Specimens were analyzed using light microscopy and molecular analysis and were compared to morphological descriptions in the literature for closely related taxa. Light microscopy demonstrated that the specimens likely belonged to the rhodomelacean genus Chondria, yet comparisons to taxonomic literature revealed no morphological match."

    In short, it appears that the alga is likely to be an unknown species. That's a problem, because the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is uninhabited, remote, and pristine — which makes it susceptible to invasive species like this one.

    "This seaweed is not closely related to any known Hawaiian native species," the abstract continues, "and is of particular concern given its sudden appearance and rapid increase in abundance in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument."

    Japan hammered by record-breaking torrential rains and deadly floods, 3 inches of rain per hour - A metre in 3 days

    A week of torrential rain pounded southwestern and central Japan, triggering severe flooding and landslides that have killed at least 68 people in the region.

    Strong winds, lightning, and tornadoes were also added to the weather warning. The Ministry of Land reported 282 mudslide disasters across 27 prefectures with the largest number, 52, in Kumamoto prefecture.

    Floodwaters reportedly reached as high as 4.3 meters in some areas, damaging about 10,000 homes and also washing away cars, railway lines, and a bridge.

    Local heavy rains are expected to continue for 12 to 15 days.

    Search and rescue efforts for 13 missing people, mainly in Kumamoto, are being hampered by intermittent heavy rains.[more; 4 short videos]

    [2nd part awaits]

  8. India floods, landslides leave at least 77 dead in Assam state [4 videos included]

    Six more people have died in floods and mudslides in northeastern India's Assam state, officials said Tuesday, taking the death toll to 77 from more than two weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia's largest rivers to overflow.

    Thousands of people were taking shelter Tuesday on a raised river embankment after being displaced from their submerged homes in central Assam's Morigaon district.

    "Our villages and all nearby villages have been under chest-deep water for about a week now," said Nilima Khatun, who was clutching her 2-year-old child. "We are passing days in misery with no relief coming our way from the government." [more]

    Third of Bangladesh underwater, at least 1.5 million people affected

    "This is going to be the worst flood in a decade," Bangladesh's Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre chief Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told AFP.

    In Assam, northeast India, more than 2.1 million people have been affected since mid-May.

    At least 50 people have died so far -- 12 in the past week as floodwaters surged -- with tens of thousands of mostly rural residents evacuated to relief camps, officials said.

    In Nepal, at least 50 people have died in landslides and floods triggered by the monsoon rains, with homes swept away and roads and bridges damaged. [more]

    Flash flood kills 15 in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

    A flash flood in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province left at least 15 people dead and an unknown number missing, an official said Tuesday.

    Mud and other materials carried by the floodwaters covered roads and thousands of houses [more; 1 video]

    New studies show glyphosate causes reproductive health damage

    In stunning revelations from a study on female mice from the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University it was revealed that ovarian weight and follicle number were altered at a glyphosate dose level of 2 mg/kg and that chronic low-level exposure to glyphosate altered the ovarian proteome, which could ultimately impact ovarian function.

    Argentinian Studies Show Glyphosate is an Endocrine Disruptor and Causes Infertility

    Rat Study Shows Infertility in Next Generation

    Weed resistance to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) has been on the rise, leading to increased herbicide applications. This, in turn, has led to increased glyphosate residues in feed." [more]

    [3rd piece below]

  9. A weed killer that's been linked to cancer was found in six types of hummus. Here's what you need to know.

    New research from EWG found traces of the weed-killing chemical glyphosate in multiple samples of non-organic hummus.

    Glyphosate has been linked to cancer previously, though experts are conflicted on how much glyphosate in food is dangerous to human health.

    EWG and EPA have different recommendations for how much glyphosate in food is safe for humans to eat. [NONE!]

    Those [tainted] samples came from the following brands:

    Sabra Classic Hummus

    Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus

    Whole Foods Market Original Hummus

    Whole Foods Market organic-label Original Hummus

    Cava Traditional Hummus

    Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Market Traditional Artisan Hummus [more to article]

    Air pollution exposure linked to higher COVID-19 cases and deaths – new study

    One factor that could partially explain this is air pollution. Research has shown that long term exposure to pollutants such as fine particulate matter (often called PM2.5, as these are particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres), nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and sulphur dioxide (SO₂) can reduce lung function and cause respiratory illness. These pollutants have also been shown to cause a persistent inflammatory response even in the relatively young and to increase the risk of infection by viruses that target the respiratory tract. [more]

    Coronavirus: The 13 major developments that happened on Tuesday

    It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down

    [eh - so don' go dey]

    Having your car break down is never pleasant, but it’s probably much worse when it’s 128 degrees outside. [more]

    “During the heatwave that peaked with that record, five consecutive days reached 129° F (54°C) or above,” NPS said. “Death Valley holds the record for the hottest place on earth.” [more]

    Coronavirus phase 4 stimulus bill coming, Kudlow says 'conclusively' [incl. ~ 8.5 min. video]

    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday he could "conclusively" confirm a phase 4 coronavirus relief package is on its way as many Americans' financial futures remain uncertain because of coronavirus. [more]
    [it will never be "cleaned-up"]
    A 20,000-tonne oil spill is contaminating the Arctic – it could take decades to clean up

    After a storage tank in Norilsk, northern Russia, collapsed in late May, 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel was released into the environment. Strong winds caused the oil to spread more than 12 miles from the source, contaminating nearby rivers, lakes and the surrounding soil.

    the spill was a major disaster with serious implications[more]

    Investigators say pilot in Texas cargo crash made errors

    A cargo plane crashed into a Texas bay last year after the co-pilot became disoriented and pushed the nose down because he mistakenly thought that the jet was about to stall, investigators said on Tuesday. [more]

  10. [Update]
    Naya Rivera Helped Her 4-Year-Old Son to Safety in Her Final Moments

    Glee star Naya Rivera’s death has now been confirmed by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who recovered her body on Monday morning. In a press conference discussing the circumstances of Rivera’s death, Sheriff Bill Ayub revealed heartbreaking new details about the star’s final moments with her 4-year-old son Josey. According to the account given by Josey himself, Rivera used her final moments of strength to push him to safety before sinking below the surface. While the exact cause of her drowning has not yet been identified — and may remain a mystery — it seems that Rivera was thinking only of her young son in those final moments. [more]

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