Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-13


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

2020-07-13 - Unknown sewage smell hitting coastal Calpe (Spain):

Quote: "Currently staying in the area near the Hotel Esmeralda, Olive was curious to discover the cause of a bad but intermittent smell of sewage. Asking at the Tourist Info office, they suggested that a subterranean watercourse could be the culprit, an original-sounding theory offering little hope of a rapid solution. Olive told us that her landlady who lives in the Olta mountain area said that she has noticed a bad smell there too. 'In fact, everybody you ask has noticed it but nobody knows where it is coming from,' she said."

2020-07-13 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in coastal Visakhapatnam (India), 4 injured:

Quote: "The incident is said to have occurred in the Coastal Waste Management Project, a unit of Ramky Solvents, according to sources."

2020-07-13 - Wildfire breaks out along Upper Bear Creek Road near Evergreen (Colorado), evacuations ensue:

2020-07-13 - Eight cars destroyed by fire while parked in tow yard on East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2020-07-13 - Fire continues raging on the amphibious assault ship 'USS Bonhomme Richard' in coastal San Diego (California), injury toll rises to 57:

Quote: "More than 400 sailors are working to put out the massive fire that continues to rage aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego and Navy officials are unclear how long the blaze might continue to burn. The fire has brought down the amphibious assault ship's forward mast and caused other damage to the ship's superstructure that rises above its flight deck."

Quote: "Firefighting teams in San Diego, Calif., worked through the night and into the morning to extinguish a fire that continued to burn aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, as the Navy on Monday raised the injury toll to 57 people."

2020-07-13 - Man, 50, dies after collapsing into the water at Grinnell’s Beach in coastal Tiverton (Rhode Island):

Quote: "A Bristol man has died after collapsing into the water at Grinnell’s Beach Monday afternoon, according to Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones. Jones tells Eyewitness News the 50-year-old man was visiting the beach with his girlfriend when witnesses saw him staggering while walking into the water. Shortly thereafter, witnesses said the man fell into the water and did not resurface."

2020-07-13 - Two boats destroyed by fire while parked at marina in coastal West Sayville (New York):

Quote: "Arriving firefighters found two boats heavily involved in a fire, but were able to keep the flames from spreading to other boats in the near vicinity."

Note: These are the 638th and 639th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-13 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Wetherby Road in Harrogate (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 15:49 Location: Wetherby Road, Harrogate 2 Harrogate appliances extinguished a fire within a bus engine. The fire was contained to the engine compartment, crews used a foam extinguisher, hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera at this incident. The cause of the fire was due to an electrical fault."

Note: This is the 171st bus to burn in 2020...

2020-07-13 - Car-hauler hauling tractors bursts into flame on Belair Road in Augusta (Georgia):

Note: This is the 29th car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-07-13 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 near Stockton (California):

2020-07-13 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on I-78 in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-13 - Tractor, three vehicles and garage destroyed by fire at home in Dexter (Iowa):

Quote: "The cause of the fire is undetermined, and Vry says three vehicles and a tractor were also a loss."

2020-07-13 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on road in Ngongotaha (New Zealand):

Note: These are the 991st, 992nd, 993rd, 994th and 995th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020, and this is the 219th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-13 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on I-80 near Tannersville (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-13 - RV, pickup truck and two homes destroyed by fire at Tobin Lake (Canada):

Quote: "'There were no injuries, I’m happy to report,' Balding told northeastNOW. 'But sadly both summer homes are a complete loss, as was one RV and one truck.'"

Note: This is the 219th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-13 - SUV bursts into flame at gas station in Overton (Nevada):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments, fire spreads to building, on Macarthur Road in Waukesha (Wisconsin):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame at home on Olive Avenue near Archer (Iowa):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame on East Ferry Road near Hydesville (California):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame on I-39 near Rochelle (Illinois):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame on Stoke Road in coastal Paignton (Britain):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame on the A35 near Morcombelake (Britain):

2020-07-13 - Car bursts into flame near coastal Seaton Down (Britain):

2020-07-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame in Crewkerne (Britain):

2020-07-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M11 near Harlow (Britain):

2020-07-13 - Multiple cars and multiple homes go up in flames in Clyde (Texas):

Quote: "Officials at the scene say the fire has burned multiple houses and cars."

2020-07-13 - Auto shop destroyed by fire at 1 AM in Oswego (Illinois):

2020-07-13 - Barn destroyed by fire on Bloomingrove Road in Williamsport (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-13 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2020-07-13 - Office building damaged by fire at 2:47 AM at medical center on New Vision Drive in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2020-07-13 - Food market destroyed by fire at 4 AM on NE 6th Avenue in Oakland Park (Florida):

2020-07-13 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire at 6 AM in East Stroudsburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-13 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM on Bethany Lane in Ellicott City (Maryland):

2020-07-13 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Englishoak Drive near Lake Arlington (Texas), 1 injured:

2020-07-13 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire just before 4:30 AM on East Casper Drive in Spokane (Washington):

2020-07-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire just before 3:30 AM on Aldine Mail Route in Houston (Texas):

2020-07-13 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on East Loudon Avenue in Lexington (Kentucky):

2020-07-13 - Motel heavily damaged by fire just before 5 AM on Aurora Avenue North in coastal Seattle (Washington), 7 injured:

2020-07-13 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on Colley Street in Waterbury (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2020-07-13 - Fish dying in Long Lake, Cross Lake, Square Lake and Madawaska Lake (Maine):

2020-07-13 - Man, 64, found dead in the water at Scarborough State Beach in coastal Narragansett (Rhode Island):

2020-07-13 - Man, 65, found dead and face-down in the water at beach in coastal Duck (North Carolina):

Note: A beachfront home was just destroyed by fire in Duck too, with nobody there, mentioned in the 2020-07-12 update...

2020-07-13 - Boy, 14, jumps into the water and dies in Tellico Lake (Tennessee):

2020-07-13 - Man, 68, falls off boat and dies in Lake Pueblo (Colorado):

2020-07-13 - Man jumps in the water and dies in Tims Ford Lake (Tennessee):

2020-07-13 - Man drops dead on Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland (Ohio):

2020-07-13 - Man found dead near Ogeechee Road in coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2020-07-13 - Man found dead in pond along Holloway Street in Durham (North Carolina):

2020-07-13 - Man found dead near Harbor Street and Piney Way in coastal Morro Bay (California):

2020-07-13 - Man, 52, has 'medical emergency' and drops dead on hiking trail on Sugarloaf Mountain (Maryland):

Quote: "According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the 52-year-old man suffered a medical emergency while on a hiking trail. Witnesses on the trail saw the man collapse and began CPR until EMS responders arrived, deputies say."

2020-07-13 - Man, 28, dies after being pulled from Lake Erie near Wheatley Provincial Park (Canada):

2020-07-13 - Woman found dead at Thunderchild First Nation (Canada):

2020-07-13 - Man found dead in the Wyong River north of Sydney (Australia):

2020-07-13 - Man, 59, slumps over dead on sofa at home in coastal George Town (Malaysia):

2020-07-13 - Driver has 'medical episode', SUV slams into pole, in Monson (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police say the driver of the crash experienced a medical episode right before the collision."

2020-07-13 - F-16 fighter jet crashes while landing at Holloman Air Force Base (New Mexico), pilot ejects:

2020-07-13 - Small plane lands at airport and flips over in coastal Port Townsend (Washington):

2020-07-13 - Tanker truck overturns just before 6:30 AM, bursts into flame, on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Rutherford (New Jersey):

2020-07-13 - SUV veers off road, crashes through garage, in Merrillville (Indiana), 1 injured:

2020-07-13 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, on I-5 in Douglas County (Oregon), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-13 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, in Chatsworth (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-13 - Coyote attacks dog in yard, scratches woman, on Briggs Street in Erie (Colorado):

2020-07-13 - Lightning strikes kill 5 people in Jharkhand (India):

2020-07-13 - Tornado filmed in San Juan (Mexico):

2020-07-13 - Freak hailstorm brings 3 feet of hail to Gyumri (Armenia):

2020-07-13 - Worst flooding in decades continues devastating China, 38 million affected, 141 dead or missing:

2020-07-13 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Artvin Province (Turkey), 4+ killed:

2020-07-13 - Record temperatures, long lines and increasing scarcity will test the patience of Americans this summer:

2020-07-13 - Ebola breaks out again in the Congo:

2020-07-13 - Researchers suggest cannabis-derived CBD could help reduce deadly COVID-19 lung inflammation:

2020-07-13 - Trump inquired about selling Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island:

Quote: "President Donald Trump inquired about the possibility of 'selling' Puerto Rico after the island was pummeled by Hurricane Maria, his one-time head of homeland security told The New York Times."


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone - another Humpday.

    Firefighters making progress on Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado

    Firefighters are making progress on the Elephant Butte Fire burning on steep terrain two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake, Colorado. The update from the Jefferson County Sheriff Tuesday morning indicated the fire had not grown overnight and was still 50 acres. [more]

    Mineral Fire burns thousands of acres west of Coalinga, CA

    The Mineral Fire, reported at about 3:30 p.m. July 13, is burning in a remote area 7 miles west of Coalinga, California east of King City. So far it has remained north of Highway 198 and is on both sides of S. Coalinga-Mineral Springs Road.

    Evacuations are in progress.

    Our very, very unofficial estimate of the size of the fire, based on heat detected by a satellite at 1:24 p.m. MDT July 14, 2020, puts it at approximately 6,500 acres. [more]

    Fawn Creek Fire spreads rapidly southwest of Meeker, CO

    The official size reported Monday evening was 930 acres but satellite data from 2:54 a.m. Tuesday indicates that it could be several times that size. [more]

    Climate change, COVID-19 stoke wildfire's economic risk, Fed says

    Wildfires threaten the economy of the western United States to a greater extent than the rest of the country, and the coronavirus pandemic and climate change will only make that worse, according to research from the San Francisco Fed on Monday. [more]

    There Are Nationwide Shortages Of Aluminum Cans, Soda, Flour, Canned Soup, Pasta And Rice

    Apparently the big reason why there is a shortage is because people are consuming far more beverages at home than usual, and this has created a huge demand for canned drinks.

    Right now, Coca-Cola and Pepsi are primarily focusing on using their limited supplies of aluminum cans to produce their core products, and this has made less popular flavors very difficult to find…

    Unfortunately, we aren’t just facing a shortage of aluminum cans.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, some of the biggest food manufacturers in America are admitting that there are nationwide shortages of “flour, canned soup, pasta and rice”…
    [more; ah ca-mon! Not PASTA & RICE fer crysakes!]

    I think that millions of Americans can sense what is coming, and they are gathering supplies while they still can.

    Meanwhile, the nationwide coin shortage continues to get even worse. [more; in a CA dispensary they round your bill up to the next $5 or $10 amount to make change in dollars]

    [2nd section follows]

  2. Volcanic Activity Is Heating Up Around the World: More Than 39 Erupting Volcanoes and 100s of Earthquakes Hitting Near or Under Lava Craters

    The volcanic unrest is increasing around the world.
    There are currently 26 volcanoes erupting around the world and 13 showing enhanced activity. More than 100 earthquakes have been reported near or at volcanic peaks… Well the Ring is on Fire! [more]

    Bubonic Plague in Colorado

    Public health officials have announced that a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague.
    This is the first case of plague in the town of Morrison, Colorado, in Jefferson County, which is just west of Denver.
    [more; da-fuk? how'd a squirrel get bubonic plague?]

    Shocking Sargassum Invasion in the Caribbean – As Far as the Eyes Can See!

    Every year the same… But every year more intense! [more]

    [from No Brainer news]
    Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says

    "Nuisance" or "sunny day" high-tide flooding is becoming more commonplace across the US, and a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that such flooding will worsen in the decades to come as seas continue to rise. [more]

    ['everybody's gettin' inta-de act']
    Armenia claims it shot down Azerbaijani drone as fierce border clashes continue into third day

    The fierce clashes erupted over the weekend and continued into Tuesday morning. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry accused Armenia of violating a 1994 ceasefire dozens of times and of shelling Azerbaijani positions with mortars and grenade launchers.

    Armenia's Defense Ministry, however, said the fighting started after Azerbaijani soldiers tried to cross the border and later shelled Armenian positions using tanks and mortars. [more]

    [3rd piece below]

  3. [from Shaddap and Stay In Yer Lane news]
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to appeal Dakota Access shutdown

    [from the people who gave us the New Orleans disaster]

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday it would appeal a federal judge's decision to shut down the Dakota Access oil pipeline, bringing the Trump administration into a fight already being waged by the owners of the pipeline. [more]

    Lightning Bursts Through Clouds as Storm Approaches Central Minnesota
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/lightning-bursts-clouds-storm-approaches-084720440.html [40 sec. video]

    Trump: ‘More White People’ Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it Bad

    Studies have shown that Black men are about 3.5 times more likely than white men to die in police custody. White men were killed by the police in the highest numbers between 2013 and 2017, but white people account for a greater percentage of the U.S. population than Black people, according to a Harvard study. [more]

    Heat, humidity to make comeback in Northeast late this week

    Following last week's prolonged stretch of heat and humidity in much of the Northeast, lower temperatures and humidity levels arrived over the past weekend and persisted into the beginning of this week. However, forecasters say that is likely to change by later this week. [more]

    Methane emissions rise nine percent in decade

    [instead of a banner pic of cows they should use PERMAFROST]

    Emissions of methane -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by mankind's insatiable hunger for energy and food, a major international study concluded Wednesday.

    Methane (CH4) has a warming potential 28 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period and its concentration in the atmosphere has more than doubled since the Industrial Revolution.

    Over a 20-year period, it is more than 80 times as potent.

    While there are a number of natural methane sources such as wetlands and lakes, the team behind the study concluded that 60 percent of CH4 emissions are now manmade. [more]

    Earthquakes in Southern California last year increased the chances of 'the big one' on the San Andreas fault, research suggests

    The Ridgecrest earthquakes that struck Southern California last July may have increased the chances of a large quake along the San Andreas fault, new research shows.

    The San Andreas fault line runs through 800 miles of the California coast. A major earthquake — referred to as "the big one" — would devastate Los Angeles and other cities.

    The chances of such a disaster are still low, but the researcher who calculated them wants residents to be prepared.

    This time last year, a series of powerful earthquakes struck Southern California, culminating in a magnitude 7.1 temblor and a set of aftershocks. Buildings caught fire. Gas lines ruptured, and power went out. Deep fissures opened in the ground. A rockslide blocked off a highway. [more]

    You’ll Be Able to See Five Planets and the Moon Without a Telescope This Weekend

    Here’s something to look forward to this weekend: Before sunrise on July 19, five planets–Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn–and the crescent moon will all be visible in the sky at the same time. And better yet, you won’t even need a telescope to see them! [more]

  4. [some Wednesday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 15, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    U.S. economic growth is slowing down, Dallas Fed's Kaplan says

    Boeing 737 MAX cancellations top 350 planes in first half of 2020

    China, Iran deal eyes a future decoupled from US

    US Targets Maritime Industry in Economic War on Venezuela

    US warship sails contested waters in South China Sea after White House rejects China's maritime claims there

    As Syria Struggles Under COVID-19 Lockdown, America's Scorched Earth Policy Ensures Food Insecurity

    Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh U.S. sanctions grip

    Exporting Toxic Chemical Waste to Poor Countries Must End, Says UN

    Could America Have a French-Style Revolution?
    America's elites and institutions have only one systemic response to crisis: do more of what's failed spectacularly.

    Fed officials warn on 'thick fog' ahead for U.S. economy as recovery concerns deepen

    California's new lockdown dims outlook for U.S. growth in pandemic

    Subprime Auto-Loan Delinquencies, After April Fiasco, Miraculously Healed by "Forbearance" & Stimulus Money
    "Extend and pretend" works wonders for a little while. But with auto loans, it gets dicey in a hurry. And then what?

    Study: 5.4M Americans lost health insurance amid pandemic

    Moving the Iron amid Sagging Demand: Tesla Cuts Prices, Other Automakers Offer Record Incentives

    The Pentagon wants a $10B defense industry cash injection. Is Congress listening?

    Coronavirus updates: Almost half of all states are spiking at a faster rate than in the spring

    If The US Was Japan, The Fed's Balance Sheet Would Be $25 Trillion

    Biggest Muni-Sales Wave Since Covid Crash Tests Surging Demand

  5. [3 p.m. edition]

    Native American tribes to oppose temporary Dakota Access oil line stay order, lawyers say

    Native American tribes will file a response by next week opposing a U.S. court's order that allows the Dakota Access oil pipeline to keep flowing, lawyers representing them said on Wednesday.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted Dakota Access an administrative stay on Tuesday while it considers whether the line, long opposed by local tribes and environmental activists, should be shut to address permitting issues dating to 2017.

    Tuesday's ruling means Energy Transfer LP can keep oil flowing through the 570,000-barrel-per-day pipeline, which runs from North Dakota's oil production fields to Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries. This order, however, is meant to be short-term in nature, and attorneys for the tribes are expected to file a response opposing a longer-term emergency stay motion by next week. [more; get ready for oil spill here this week]

    Postal Workers Are Dying In Heat Waves. It’s Only Going To Get Hotter.

    Michelle Tigchelaar, a climate scientist at Stanford University, analyzed how much more vulnerable letter carriers will be to extreme heat as global warming worsens. Factoring in clothing, work pace and access to shade, Tigchelaar’s data assumes a day in which the heat index hits 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit constitutes a danger to carriers. Her findings show that workers would face far more unsafe working days under an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), let alone 4 degrees (7.2 F).

    The new working environment will be much worse in the South and Midwest. For instance, a letter carrier in Detroit now faces about 10 days a year in which the heat index hits 94.5. But under a 3.6-degree F increase, that jumps to 43 days a year. Under a 7.2-degree increase, it shoots up to 79 days a year. In places like Miami, Phoenix and Houston, more than one out of every three days each year would pose a heat hazard.

    And unlike, say, agricultural work, which will shift geographically as the climate changes, parcels will still need to be delivered in the most oppressively hot regions. Even though there will be fewer heat waves in mild climates like Seattle, the workers in those areas will be less physiologically prepared when the temperature does soar.[more]

    [2nd piece follows]

  6. Decapitated, dismembered body of tech CEO found in New York City apartment

    The body of a decapitated, dismembered tech CEO was found inside a Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday afternoon — sorted in plastic bags right next to a power saw, sources told The Post.

    Police came upon the grisly scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., after a cousin of the dead man requested a welfare check at the man's East Houston Street building and called police, the sources said.

    An electric saw was found near the body, which was described as that of a 33-year-old man. The victim's arms and legs below the knees were removed, and body parts were found in plastic bags found in the apartment, the sources said.

    Police sources believe the victim was Fahim Saleh, a venture capitalist and CEO of the Nigeria-based motorbike startup Gokada.

    One law enforcement source said the crime scene looked like a "professional" killing because almost no blood was left behind and the apartment was not looted.

    Saleh was a Bangladeshi American who founded and invested in several transportation-related startups, according to his LinkedIn page.

    In 2015, he co-founded Pathao, a ride-hailing company in his parents' home country of Bangladesh.

    Roughly two years later, in December 2017, he co-founded Gokada, an on-demand motorbike-hailing company in Lagos, Nigeria, and took over as its CEO in April last year. He most recently oversaw the company's transition to delivery service during the coronavirus pandemic.

    He also launched the venture capital firm Adventure Capital in New York in 2018.

    "We used to call him the Elon Musk of the developing world. He was like the Energizer Bunny," a longtime friend told The Post. [more]

    Flood inundates villages in northwest Iran - roads to 50 cut off

    Roads to some 50 villages have been cut near Meshkinshahr, Ardebil Province, due to the heavy rain and flooding.

    Necessary measures are underway to reopen the roadways to the areas.

    Two villagers have gone missing after the flash floods and a search operation is underway. [more]

    [3rd selection below]

  7. Southern South Korea hit by devastating downpours - almost 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

    Some 200 millimeters of rain pounded South Korea's southern regions on Monday, leaving several people dead and causing traffic accidents, flooding and destruction of roads, houses and facilities, officials said.

    In Hamyang of South Gyeongsang, 330 kilometers southeast of Seoul, two men -- a farmer and an excavator engineer -- were found dead Monday morning after being swept away by rapids while conducting irrigation-ditch repair work.

    In Daegu, 300 km southeast of Seoul, a 64-year-old man died after falling off a 5-meter cliff while descending a mountain amid heavy downpours Sunday afternoon.

    A pileup of five cars, including a 25-ton cargo truck and an SUV, occurred on a section of the Seoul-Busan expressway in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, at around 7:33 a.m. amid heavy rain, killing the SUV driver and injuring two, including the truck driver. [more; 2 videos]

    Trump To Gut Key Environmental Law That Gives Communities Of Color A Voice

    Amid a national movement for racial justice and a pandemic that’s disproportionately impacting communities of color, the Trump administration is set to finalize a sweeping overhaul of one of America’s most important environmental laws in order to fast-track infrastructure projects and cut the public out of the democratic review process.

    The new rule will change how the federal government implements the National Environmental Policy Act, a 50-year-old law that safeguards air, water and land by requiring federal agencies to conduct detailed environmental assessments of major infrastructure projects. President Donald Trump will announce the change during a visit to a UPS facility in Atlanta on Wednesday. [more; incl. ~ 1.5 min. video]

    [4th part awaits]

  8. [that'll teach 'em!]
    Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

    Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country's judiciary said Tuesday. It was the second such execution in the past month. [more]
    'Turned out not to be a fish': Alligator rams kayaker into water on NC river

    A kayaker in North Carolina got a heart-stopping surprise Sunday when an alligator rammed him and knocked him into the river.

    Video of the incident shows an alligator lurking up then powering its head and body into Peter Joyce's kayak while he was out paddling on the Waccamaw River.

    "I thought I heard a fish jump to my left — turned out not to be a fish," Joyce told WECT "About three feet from the kayak I made out the head of the gator and that was it, I had no time to react."

    Joyce, who works as a firefighter and paramedic, told CNN he's an experienced kayaker who has seen alligators before — just never one that charged him. [more]
    Larry Elder says Black Lives Matter movement is 'bogus,' urges voters to look at Trump's results

    Radio talk show host and bestselling author, Larry Elder, discusses the real issues plaguing the Black community in America today. [~ 2.5 min. video]

    Photo shows Arizona's governor without a mask at party with no social distancing days before telling constituents to 'arm yourself with a mask'

    [an employee of a grocery store i frequent had to be hospitalized after wearing a mask for 8 hrs every working day - she developed pleurisy from it]

    Arizona's governor was caught socializing at a party without wearing a mask or observing social distancing

    The Grand Canyon State is nearing 124,000 total COVID-19 cases, weathering over 3,000 new cases per day on a seven-day rolling average after their record was set at 4,797 on June 30.

    "I think Doug Ducey is one of the bad actors he warned about that led to the rise in cases we're seeing right now," Carter Santini, the 23-year-old who posted the photo, told Insider. "I want Doug Ducey to resign and hand control to someone who cares about us." [more]

  9. [oh don't worry, it'll happen to you - just not this way]
    The Surveillance State: How to disappear

    To create effective privacy shields, it is first necessary to deconstruct your current web of digital networks. In addition, there are also a number a new tools at your disposal. [more]

    Tropical Brown Booby seabird turns up on the coast of Ireland

    The large seabird is usually found fishing in tropical waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. [more]

    [3rd warmest June on record globally i just heard on Weather World]

    Exceptionally bright meteor fireball in the skies of southwest and central Florida

    The reports largely covered a triangle from Naples through Sanibel and Sarasota to Tampa Bay and across the I-4 corridor through Polk County to Leesburg, Sanford and DeLand.

    Experts have ruled out both the Comet NEOWISE, which was supposed to be potentially seen later this week, and the upcoming Perseids. [more; video]

    Man, Covid-19 Just Keeps Getting Worse...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfDpuouYUFc&feature=emb_rel_end [~ 41.5 min. Martenson video]

    One Thing Is Clear: Solar Minimum Is Here, and it’s one of the Deepest in a Century

    [yeah, yeah . . and it's still too hot]

    14 Tweets That Sum Up How Teachers Feel About Going Back To School During A Pandemic

    [1st Covid-19 cases will bring law suits]

    . Folks disregard face masks guidance because they “don’t like it.” Folks are flocking to bars and restaurants because they’re sick of sitting at home. And government officials and leaders have decided that instead of listening to the science, they are going to send students and teachers into the lions’ den of in-person school.

    It’s mind-boggling and maddening and downright terrifying.

    So baseball players will get tested for COVID-19 every two days. How often will teachers and students be tested?

    If school boards are still meeting remotely to discuss kids going back to school — kids probably shouldn’t be going back to school in person only a few weeks from now. [more]

    [2nd section coming up]

  10. CNBC’s Jim Cramer uses this chart to predict the exact date the stock market could hit the skids

    Bulls, enjoy the next couple of weeks.

    Why? Well, according to “renowned trading expert” Larry Williams and his reading of this chart, the end of the month could also mean the end of the rally. [more]

    Can you reuse a disposable mask? Yes, if you follow these steps

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus, but for those who wear disposable masks, there's a frequent question: Can disposable masks like N95 and surgical masks be re-worn?

    In short? Yes, but only if you take care of them correctly.
    [more; take it off and leave it off as you can]

    CDC director predicts this fall and winter will be 'one of the most difficult times we've experienced in American public health'

    During a Tuesday webinar, CDC Director Robert Redfield said he was worried about coronavirus infections coinciding with flu cases this fall.

    "I do think the fall and the winter of 2020 and 2021 are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we've experienced in American public health," Redfield said.

    Research suggests that colder temperatures could minimally boost coronavirus transmission, but the greater threat is hospital overcrowding during flu season. [more]

    Three ways the coronavirus pandemic is affecting women more than men [this is a UK article]

    1. Childcare 2. Job losses 3. Investment in male-dominated industries [more; each topic has explanation]

    Amazon said it lets warehouse workers wash their hands and miss quotas without being penalized. Workers suing the company say they were never told.

    Amazon is being sued by six Staten Island warehouse workers who claim the company didn't do enough to protect them against the coronavirus.

    Amazon says it takes the health of its workers seriously, and as part of its defence it claims it told workers they could take time to go wash their hands without fearing reprisal.

    Amazon also on Monday sent an email to workers at the Staten Island warehouse telling them hand-washing wouldn't count as idle "time off task," and they wouldn't be penalized for not hitting their quotas. Its lawyer said this has been a policy since March.

    The employees bringing the lawsuit claim they were never informed of this. [more]

    [part 3 below]

  11. 'They rigged the system': DeVos sued by California and Massachusetts attorneys general over troubled borrower defense rule

    Attorneys general of 23 states, led by California and Massachusetts, are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her revision of an Obama-era rule that was meant to help defrauded students of for-profit colleges seek debt relief.

    “Once again, it shouldn't surprise you,” California AG Xavier Becerra said on a call with reporters. “It's sort of a bad old B-movie again. The Department of Education, Secretary DeVos didn't follow the rules in trying to promulgate this new rule — they didn't follow the administrative procedures act requirements.”

    The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, argues that the Education Department (ED)’s decision to repeal the Obama-era regulations “violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)” and also asked the court to “require ED to reimplement the Obama-era processes and protections.” [more; ~ 7.75 min. video]

    Banks Stand to Make $18 Billion in PPP Processing Fees From CARES Act

    Banks will make out with $18 billion in fees for processing small business Paycheck Protection Program relief loans during the pandemic, according to calculations by Amanda Fischer, policy director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank.

    That’s money taken directly out of the overall $640 billion pot of funding Congress allocated to the program it created as part of the CARES Act. “If we did it through a public institution, there would be [more than] $140 billion left,” Fischer noted, as opposed to the $130 billion still up for grabs. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is releasing an analysis of the government response to the pandemic as soon as this week. [more]

    Trump says he will direct the federal government to intervene if cities do not restore law and order
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-direct-federal-government-131117158.html [~ 3.6 min. video]

    [bring in the Brown Shirts!]

    [from Come Fly The Friendly Skies news]
    Flight delay melee: Spirit passengers arrested after kicking and punching employees and tossing phones, food and shoes at them

    Nobody likes flight delays but a trio of Spirit Airlines passengers had a violent reaction when their flight from Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia was delayed late Tuesday.

    Three female passengers from Philadelphia, all in their early 20s, started assaulting five Spirit employees at Gate G14, according to police reports from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

    "The defendants intentionally struck the victims against their will with miscellaneous items, such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food,'' according to police reports from the Broward County Sheriff's Office. "The victims were also punched and kicked in different sections of their bodies numerous times by the listed defendants.'' [more]

    [IV next]

  12. Doctors in France have found the world's first recorded case of an unborn child contracting COVID-19 from their mother while inside the womb

    Doctors in France have reported the first confirmed case of an unborn baby contracting COVID-19 from their mother while still in the womb.

    The case was published in Nature Communications journal on Tuesday. [more; poor kid]

    Bubonic plague outbreak in Inner Mongolia

    Chinese public health officials urged travellers to the rural areas and grassland in Inner Mongolia to step up personal protections after a city in the autonomous region reported a case of bubonic plague over the weekend. [more]

    BOE / Blue Ocean Event: Is There a New Dark Mode for the Arctic?
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/07/discussion-on-possible-blue-ocean-event.html [~ 40.5 min. video]

    Guy, Pauline & Kevin interview Jeff Gibbs of Planet of the Humans [~ 51.6 min.]

    Coronavirus: the lessons from the 14th Century Black Death
    Like The 14th Century Black Death, Coronavirus Could Turn Sovereign Nations Into Colonies Of MNCs

    Back in June 1348, people in England began reporting mysterious symptoms of some unknown illness. What started off as mild and vague: headaches, aches, and nausea was then followed by painful black lumps, growing in the armpits and groin. This was what gave the disease its name ‘The bubonic plague’. The last stage of this unknown new illness was high fever, and then death.

    General economic devastation accompanied the massive number of deaths. The crops could not be harvested because almost a third of the workforce was dead and the communities fell apart. One among every ten villages in England (and in Tuscany and other regions) were lost and never came into sight again. Houses not looked after as it was a crisis fell to the ground and were covered by grass and earth. Only the church was safe and left behind.

    The present situations are drastically similar to the ones that occurred during the Black Death. Certain large organisations are utilizing the opportunities provided by Covid-19 to their advantage. In many countries across the world, the market for food, general retail and entertainment has gone online, and cash has almost disappeared. [more]

    MEGA Spies: Israeli Espionage in America from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump - TruNews - 10 04 19
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-history-of-israeli-spying-in-united.html [~ 16.3 min. & a 2nd]

    Hundreds of labs found faking covid-19 test results

    Today there is news breaking nationwide that hundreds of covid-19 testing labs have been routinely faking lab test results, reporting 100 percent positive rates, regardless of the actual test results. This is happening in Florida and elsewhere. [more; this just compounds the issue - it's real, but just not as bad as they're saying & using false data to make daily updates]

  13. At least seven ships catch fire in Iranian port of Bushehr (VIDEOS)

    The vessels appear to be small civilian fishing boats

    According to preliminary data, no one was injured during the incident, yet the vessels appear to have sustained severe damage. [more]

    [Oh ho! What have we here?!]
    World population set to shrink rapidly triggering ‘radical power shift’, warns new bombshell report

    While predictions of a potentially catastrophic population explosion have abounded for years, new research suggests a major impending contraction by 2100 [more like by 2026], at which point the elderly will outnumber the young.

    The report predicts that the world population will peak in 2064 at 9.7 billion people, before dropping precipitously to 8.8 billion by 2100. [more]