Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-14

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

2020-07-14 - New warnings over rapid melting at doomsday glacier in Antarctica:

Quote: "Cutler said Thwaites Glacier is losing ice faster and faster, and that the process seems to be accelerating. 'The big question is how quickly it becomes unstable,' he said. 'It seems to be teetering at the edge.'"

Quote: "Teams of scientists are drilling into Thwaites Glacier to find out if it’s about to collapse. The glacier is 74,000 square miles, the size of Great Britain, and thought to be particularly susceptible to climate change."

Quote: "The latest warning over Antarctica’s melting glaciers comes amid a record heatwave on the other side of the planet in the Arctic."

Note: It will be catastrophic when Thwaites Glacier goes. We'd better hope atmospheric methane levels don't soar to a record high and hasten the process!

2020-07-14 - Atmospheric methane levels soar to record high:

2020-07-14 - Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa:

2020-07-14 - Postal workers are dying in heatwaves and it’s only going to get hotter:

2020-07-14 - Landfill fire breaks out near Graettinger (Iowa):

2020-07-14 - Transformer exploded and burns at power station in coastal Cancun (Mexico):

2020-07-14 - Mystery as Argentine sailors infected with coronavirus after 35 days at sea:

2020-07-14 - Looming evictions may soon make 28 million people homeless in the US:

2020-07-14 - Home and car destroyed by explosion and fire in Kettle River, near Moose Lake (Minnesota), 2 injured:

Quote: "The home appears to be destroyed. A nearby car was also on fire."

Note: This is the 60th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-14 - Wildfire breaks out near North Mountain Road in North Ogden (Utah):

2020-07-14 - USS Bonhomme Richard burns for another day in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Hundreds of sailors are fighting to save a Navy warship ravaged by fire while the military prepares for the worst: The USS Bonhomme Richard going down in flames, and its million gallons of oil on board spilling into San Diego harbor, resulting in a major environmental disaster."

Quote: "Some military experts believe the Bonhomme Richard can’t be saved, and if that’s the case, the mini-aircraft carrier — it was being retrofitted to deploy the latest-generation fighter jets — would be among the largest Navy ships ever lost."

2020-07-14 - Boat explodes into flame on Lake Erie near Conneaut Township Park (Ohio):

Quote: "'This is the second [boat explosion] we’ve had [this year],' Lee said."

2020-07-14 - Boat bursts into flame on coastal Lopez Island (Washington):

Note: These are the 640th and 641st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after midnight on I-80 near Meander Reservoir in North Jackson (Ohio):

Quote: "It happened just after 12 a.m. Tuesday in the westbound lanes, just west of the Meander Reservoir."

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites grass fire, on US 84 near Coleman (Texas):

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Ali Ghan Road in Cumberland (Maryland):

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on Highway 70 near Roswell (New Mexico):

2020-07-14 - Tractor bursts into flame on Sunset Road in Brookings (South Dakota), 200 feet from Lake Campbell:

2020-07-14 - Tractors, motorcycle and barn destroyed by fire at 3:11 AM on Doorley Hill Road in Hornellsville (New York):

Quote: "Smith said the barn housed equipment, various stored items, tractors and a motorcycle."

2020-07-14 - Tractor and baler destroyed by fire on road near Barndarrig (Ireland):

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A15 near coastal Hull (Britain):

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M5 near Worcester (Britain):

2020-07-14 - Tractor and trailer burst into flame on Storrs Lane near Carnforth (Britain):

Note: These are the 996th-1006th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-14 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on I-65 in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2020-07-14 - RV bursts into flame on Leicester Street in Auburn (Massachusetts):

Note: This is the 220th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-14 - Van bursts into flame on State Highway 6 near Motueka (New Zealand):

2020-07-14 - SUV bursts into flame on Pamrapo Court West in Glen Rock (New Jersey):

2020-07-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Pine Junction (Colorado):

2020-07-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 400 near King (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Several calls from residents and a quick response by Bridgeport firefighters helped stop a fire in an underground parking garage from spreading early Tuesday morning. The vehicle fire broke out in an underground vehicle garage in the 200th block of Wheeler Avenue."

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame and almost burns woman to death on road in Rowan County (North Carolina):

Quote: "The elderly driver of the car was not able to get out, telling Simmons that she was not able to open the door. Simmons got the woman out of the car just before the car was fully engulfed. 'As I was getting closer, you could see the fire getting more intense,' Simmons added."

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame at liquor store in Yellowknife (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame on Dorchester Road in Maiden Newton (Britain):

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 near Oldbury (Britain):

2020-07-14 - Car bursts into flame on the M60 near Bury (Britain):

2020-07-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-170 in St. Louis (Missouri):

Note: About 4 miles from me and also not far from where the 46-year-old man was just found dead in his swimming pool at home, mentioned in the 2020-07-12 update...

2020-07-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-690 in Syracuse (New York):

2020-07-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 4:45 AM on Aikins Street in Winnipeg (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Riding mower bursts into flame at Topham Elementary School in Langley (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Barn destroyed by fire just before 6 AM on West Road in Constableville (New York):

2020-07-14 - Barn destroyed by fire in New Prague (Minnesota):

2020-07-14 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire on North Myrtle Avenue in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

2020-07-14 - Laundromat destroyed by fire at 12:40 AM on East First Street in the Boyle Heights area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2020-07-14 - Nail salon destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-14 - Pub damaged by fire just before 3:30 AM on West Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek (Michigan):

2020-07-14 - Four businesses destroyed by fire in Gardiner (Montana):

Quote: "The fire Tuesday destroyed the Two Bit Saloon, Yellowstone Raft Co., Rosie's Bistro and Red's Blue Goose Saloon, officials said."

2020-07-14 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on County Road 350 North west of Muncie (Indiana), several injured:

2020-07-14 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on North Whatley Road in White Oak (Texas), 2 dogs killed, nobody there:

2020-07-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2:08 AM in the Pico-Union area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2020-07-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire after 11 PM on 22nd Street in coastal Newport News (Virginia), 3 injured:

2020-07-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire on South Quincy Street in Green Bay (Wisconsin), nobody there:

2020-07-14 - Fourplex apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Southwest Mission Road in Lee's Summit (Missouri):

2020-07-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

2020-07-14 - Hotel damaged by fire shortly before 5 AM in Santa Maria (California), 1 injured:

2020-07-14 - Vacant building burns just before 7 AM in Fresno (California):

2020-07-14 - Vacant home burns on 17th Street in coastal San Diego (California):

2020-07-14 - Vacant barn destroyed by fire in Oakville (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Vacant church burns on Third Avenue East in Twin Falls (Idaho):

2020-07-14 - Woman, 89, dies after being found unconscious in swimming pool at home in Hanover (New Jersey):

2020-07-14 - Man, 34, dies after being pulled unconscious from the water at coastal Jones Beach (New York):

Quote: "At about 3 p.m., lifeguards and police administered CPR to the 34-year-old man found in the ocean off of Field 2's beach. The victim was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m. Later on in the evening, another swimmer was airlifted off the beach, but that person's status is not known."

2020-07-14 - Man, 63, found dead in Lake Heloise in Windham (New York):

Quote: "It was not immediately clear if the man’s death was due to drowning. His death may have been caused by a medical condition, Brainard said."

2020-07-14 - Woman, 49, dies after being pulled from the water at coastal Atlantic Beach (South Carolina):

2020-07-14 - Man, 74, found dead in the water after empty 'ghost boat' found in coastal Buzzards Bay (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The Coast Guard and the Buzzards Bay Task Force say a 74-year-old man has been found unresponsive after his empty boat was found. Crews had been searching for Robert Griffith in the vicinity of Slocum River. His 18’ Carolina skiff was located on Barneys Joy Point, the Coast Guard said. A fishing pole and coolers were in the boat. On Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard said he was recovered unresponsive by the Buzzards Bay Task Force."

2020-07-14 - Man has 'medical episode' and dies while driving in Henderson (Nevada):

Quote: "A man died Tuesday morning after suffering an apparent medical episode while driving in Henderson, police said."

2020-07-14 - Man, 60, found dead in lake at Mormon Island State Recreation Area (Nebraska):

2020-07-14 - Man, 28, jumps in the water and dies in Lake Lanier (Georgia):

2020-07-14 - Woman, 28, drops dead in gazebo at Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area near Crosslake (Minnesota):

2020-07-14 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV veers off road, crashes into fence, in Newmarket (Canada):

Quote: "'Apparently, the driver had a medical issue,' Sgt. Andy Pattenden said."

2020-07-14 - Twin-engine plane lands at airport, landing gear collapses, fire erupts, in Beledweyne (Somalia):

Quote: "A Bluebird Aviation de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration 5Y-VVU performing a charter freight flight from Djibouti (Djibouti) to Beledweyne (Somalia) with 3 crew, landed in Beledweyne but apparently suffered a gear collapse and subsequently burst into flames."

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer crashes into home in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2020-07-14 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-85 near Clemson (South Carolina):

2020-07-14 - Box truck crashes into highway barrier, bursts into flame, on I-24 in Trigg County (Kentucky):

2020-07-14 - SUV slams into parked tractor trailer shortly before 5 AM, fire erupts, in coastal Cocoa (Florida), 2 killed:

2020-07-14 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, bursts into flame, in Richland Township (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

Quote: "It appears there was no braking or evasive action by the vehicle..."

2020-07-14 - SUV veers off road, plunges into the Wicomico River, in Salisbury (Maryland), 1 injured:

2020-07-14 - Car veers off road, crashes into lamppost, in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand), 1 injured:

Quote: "A police spokeswoman said the male driver may have had a medical event and police had taken him to Dunedin Hospital by car after the 11.50am crash."

2020-07-14 - Shark attacks and injures woman making shark documentary off Cairns (Australia):

2020-07-14 - Dog attacks and injures woman, dog shot and killed, in Newtown (Ohio):

2020-07-14 - Mudslide hits Higashihiroshima (Japan), 2 missing:

2020-07-14 - Oil pipeline ruptures, massive inferno ensues, near Cairo (Egypt), 17+ injured:

Quote: "A ruptured crude oil pipeline set off a monstrous blaze on a desert highway in Egypt on Tuesday, injuring at least 17 people, local authorities said. Firefighters battled to contain the towering pillars of fire, which burned several cars. Video circulating on social media showed clouds of dense, black smoke billowing over the desert road that stretches from the capital, Cairo, to the city of Ismailia, on the Suez Canal."

2020-07-14 - Building partially collapses in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2020-07-14 - Man collapses on street in Langley City (Canada):

2020-07-14 - Devastating flooding hits Bangladesh, a third of the county underwater, at least 1.5 million people affected:

2020-07-14 - Heavy rain, landslides and flooding continue in Assam (India), death toll rises to 77:

2020-07-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit South Sulawesi (Indonesia), 15 killed, more missing:

2020-07-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Rize Province (Turkey), 2 killed, 11 injured:

2020-07-14 - Meteor disintegrates in the sky over Sydney (Australia):

2020-07-14 - Swiftly waning COVID-19 immunity poses vaccination challenge:

2020-07-14 - Nearly 1 in 4 US teachers at risk of severe illness from coronavirus:

2020-07-14 - Missouri sets new record for daily COVID-19 cases:

2020-07-14 - Squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague in Morrison (Colorado):


  1. Arizona and Texas counties hit hard by coronavirus bring in refrigerated trucks as morgues fill up:

    And awaaaaay we go! Same as happened in New York. Totally predictable.

  2. Hello Jonny, everyone. It's cooled off around here some (81 the high today) and the humidity has dropped to reasonable.

    HUGE changes coming via climate change, the shamdemic (and associated "decisions" by "our leaders" to wear masks when out - ruining people's health - and potentially locking down large parts of the country again, which will cause even more economic pain), natural disasters and upcoming weather trouble (see first article below). Besides Thwaites Glacier melting, the Arctic melt continuing, Greenland melt accelerating and the methane releases from permafrost and the Arctic seas, we're in for FOOD problems before long.

    Thursday, 16 July 2020
    Paul Beckwith on crop failures and thunderstorms in the High Arctic Cascading Simultaneous Crop Failures a HUGE Risk from Unfortunate Jet Stream Resonances with Earth [3 15-min. videos]

    Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, July 11, 2020, #257 (Dane Wigington) [~ 54.3 min. podcast - more PROOF Covid-19 was MADE IN A LAB]

    Crazy weather continues: Death Valley in California records a temperature of 128 deg F, (53 deg C). Unprecedented rainfall contributing to growth of unprecedented locust swarms: Untold millions affected as 2020 could be hottest ever

    June 2020 tied as Earth’s 3rd hottest on record. The first half of this year saw near-record warmth for the globe. Earth’s persistent warming trend last month vaulted June 2020 to the third-hottest June on record — a tie with 2015. Warm temperatures from January-through-June pushed the year to date to second highest in the 141-year climate record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. [more]

    Soon, You Will Need To Wear A Mask To Enter Virtually Every Major Retail Store In America

    If you are adamant about not wearing a mask, you are not going to like this news one bit. Coming into this week, Costco, Starbucks, Best Buy and Panera Bread were requiring customers to wear masks to come into their stores, but most other major retailers were still giving people the freedom to choose whether they wanted to wear a mask or not. I know that a lot of people appreciated this freedom to choose, but it is about to come to an abrupt end. On Wednesday, Walmart and Kroger announced that they will be starting to require consumers to wear masks in all of their stores, and the National Retail Federation is pushing all of the rest of their members to do the same thing. In the days ahead it is expected that most of them will follow suit, and that means that soon there will be very few major retail stores that you are able to enter without wearing a mask. [more]

    [2nd piece awaits]

  3. Climate Science Has a Blind Spot When it Comes to Heat Waves in Southern Africa

    The lack of detailed information on extreme heat impacts hinders disaster response and preparedness. [more]

    The Wood Pellet Business is Booming. Scientists Say That’s Not Good for the Climate.

    Trump’s EPA is expected to propose a new rule declaring burning biomass to be carbon neutral, as industry looks to expand its domestic markets. [more]

    Three large wildfires in southwest Utah

    Three large wildfires are burning in southwest Utah.

    At least one home has burned in the 2,618-acre Veyo West Fire which is very close to Veyo, Utah and 18 miles northwest of St George, Utah. [more]

    Incident Management Team ordered for the Neiber Fire south of Worland, WY

    Wednesday it had grown to 7,800 acres according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire is in Pistol Draw 13 miles south-southeast of Worland, Wyoming. [more]

    Mineral Fire Burns Over 14,000 Acres in California's Fresno County [short video]

    A run on cents: Why coins are disappearing from cash registers across the country

    The apparent absence of enough coins in the nation's marketplace has so alarmed the federal government that last month the Federal Reserve established a U.S. Coin Task Force to "mitigate the effects of low coin inventories caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."

    The 22 members of the task force were announced Friday, representing government agencies, banks and businesses, and they will meet this month with the goal of sharing recommendations in early August to identify "actionable steps that supply chain participants can take to address the current coin circulation issue."

    Daniel Soques, an assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, called the situation a "perfect storm" of circumstances born out of the pandemic, during which businesses that deal heavily in coins, such as laundromats, may have closed, while the fear of getting the coronavirus by touching currency may have spurred people to avoid physical monetary transactions altogether. Coinstar, which operates about 22,000 coin-cashing kiosks nationwide, said volume slowed amid state and city lockdowns. New coin production was also hampered at the U.S. Mint's production facilities in March and April.

    And when the economy started tanking with record losses in the spring, it was enough for some people to "start hoarding coins and hoarding money in general," Soques said. [more]

    [3rd part follows]

  4. UN official: Catastrophe looming from oil tanker off Yemen

    The U.N. environment chief said Wednesday that “time is running out” to avert an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe from a deteriorating oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen. [more; just another rust bucket]

    Greta Thunberg demands 'crisis' response to climate change

    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg urged European leaders on Thursday to take emergency action on climate change, saying people in power had practically "given up" on the possibility of handing over a decent future to coming generations. [more]

    The Problem With Trump Stripping The CDC Of COVID-19 Data Is Obvious, But Still Terrifying

    On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services shared that all further hospital data on coronavirus patients will be sent directly to the Trump administration starting July 16. The information previously went through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first, reports CNN.
    [more; gee, what could go wrong?]

    Governor Wolf imposes new restrictions in Pennsylvania as COVID-19 cases surge [~ 1 min. news bit]

    [more confusion regarding masks]
    Doctor shares video explaining how face masks don’t reduce your oxygen intake

    Wearing a face mask in shops and supermarkets will become compulsory in England from 24 July, with those failing to comply to the new rules facing fines of up to £100.

    The coverings are already compulsory on public transport in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    While Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it would “give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops”, others have questioned whether wearing a mask regularly will be good for their oxygen intake.

    A doctor has shared a video on Instagram explaining why face masks don’t reduce your oxygen intake in the hopes of putting people’s minds at ease. [more; yet another recent video MEASURED the INCREASED amount of CO2 you breathe in when wearing a mask!]

    [4th section below]

  5. [from Don't Even Think About It news]
    Ben Carson on second coronavirus economic shutdown: ‘You do that again, and you completely destroy the financial infrastructure’

    A second shutdown of the U.S. economy would destroy the country’s financial system, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson told Yahoo Finance.

    “When you look at the damage that was done the first time, you do that again, and you completely destroy the financial infrastructure, and a lot more people would...die than would ever die from the virus,” said Carson. [more; ~ 14.6 min. vid]

    [SURF'S UP!!]
    Huge Waves Draw Daredevil Surfers to Sydney Beach

    Huge waves off Shelly Headland in Manly, Sydney, attracted some daredevil surfers and bodyboarders on July 15, despite warnings of hazardous conditions.The surf was well and truly up, as winds gusting up to 100 km/h were reported locally, bringing waves of almost 12 meters. [~ 8 min. video!]

    Here's Which Schools Say They're Not Reopening in Fall of 2020

    So far, some major school districts have already announced that they won’t be reopening in any capacity — and sticking to online instruction only — for the fall of 2020. Those school districts include San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, California, which will start the school year on August 31 from home. Their neighbors, the Los Angeles Unified School District, will also start the school year online, citing a lack of conclusive research on COVID-19 in schools, lack of resources to reopen buildings safely, and rising cases in the state. [more]

  6. [some Thursday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 16, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    J.C. Penney to cut 1,000 jobs, close 152 stores

    U.S. withdraws from five bases in Afghanistan, reduces forces to 8,600 troops

    US, world population to shrink after midcentury, study suggests
    World population is certain to dive before mid-century because of war, climate change, environmental degradation, famine, and other causes. -- RF [it's obvious]

    Forging Greater Israel: The Annexation of Palestine isn't one Event, it is Ongoing

    Oil & Gas Methane Leaks Responsible For Rise In Emissions

    Most air conditioning systems don't protect against the coronavirus. In some cases, they can actually facilitate spread

    Companies Are Selling Cops Access To Personal Data Harvested From Malicious Hacking And Data Breaches (US)

    Trump Authorized CIA To Wage Cyberwar On Iran And Others

    This Is a Financial Extinction Event
    The lower reaches of the financial food chain are already dying, and every entity that depended on that layer is doomed.

    Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

    It Starts: Mortgage Delinquencies Suddenly Soar at Record Pace

    Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says [duh]

    US has sustained 10 billion-dollar weather disasters already in 2020 [!]

    Trump vs Fauci? Undermining Science for Cult of Personality Politics is Taking America Down

    Fauci calls White House criticism of him bizarre, says 'let's stop this nonsense' and fight coronavirus

    Spring's coronavirus surge was bad, but 32 states are doing much worse now

    Work-from-Home & Covid Resurgence Maul Office Occupancy

  7. Towards a complete failure of fiat money this year

    Banking Crisis This Month & Fiat Failure This Year | Alasdair Macleod [~ 50 min.]

    "Probably By Year End" - Alasdair Macleod Warns "The Dollar Is On Its Way To Zero" [~ 37 min. Greg Hunter interview of him]

    ‘This is the beginning of the greatest financial crisis in US history’: Peter Schiff makes dire predictions to Boom Bust

    “The bull market is clearly over, just look at the numbers,” says the veteran stock broker.

    “This is the beginning of the greatest financial crisis in US history,” Schiff says, adding “The financial crisis of US of 2008 will pale in comparison as with the severity of this recession. We are going to have a much greater recession than the one that we had in 2008.” [more]

    BBN: When Is Peak Population [34 min.]

    4 killed, dozens trapped in rubble as 2 buildings collapse in India's Mumbai (VIDEOS)

    A search for survivors is underway in India's financial capital of Mumbai after two buildings collapsed amid heavy rainfall, killing at least four people and trapping dozens more under the debris.

    The first collapse occurred at around noon in the city's Fort area, where part of a six-story building went down. At least two people were killed in that incident and two others critically injured, ZeeNews reported.

    Earlier in the day, a three-story building collapsed in the Malad suburb of Mumbai, killing two people and trapping many others. A rescue operation saw 15 people extracted from the rubble. They were sent to hospital, with most being discharged later. [more]

    [more confusion - sunlight rapidly kills corona virus, yet]
    Why didn't summer kill the coronavirus? Experts explain what White House officials were missing

    Rachel Baker, a postdoctorate fellow at the Princeton Environmental Institute, was one of three authors of a study published May 15 in the journal Science on how SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — may be affected by climate. In it, she and her colleagues concluded that summer was unlikely to have a major effect on the spread of COVID-19. Their findings did not inherently contradict Bryan’s; they too found that the virus may be weakened by sunlight and warmth. But their research contained a pivotal missing piece: that a virus with zero immunity is more powerful than both.

    “When you have a new virus and the population lacks any immunity to that virus, it’s just going to spread really well, and the climate is not going to matter much,” Bakers tells Yahoo Life. “We made that prediction in May and are now seeing all the cases come up in Florida and Texas, these places that are very warm, have lots of UV light, all these kinds of climate variables that people were saying might slow down the virus. But that ended up not being the case. It was sort of sad but interesting to see those predictions come true.” [more]

    [2nd section next]

  8. Navy says ship fire in San Diego is now out; cause unknown

    The Navy believes a spark from an unknown source first ignited heavy-duty cardboard boxes, rags and other maintenance supplies that were being stored in the lower vehicle storage area. [more]

    Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19

    The economy has still taken a serious hit, however, and now Sweden is being seen as a cautionary tale on the risks of allowing businesses to reopen too early.

    The country's mortality rate from the coronavirus is now 30% higher than that of the United States, when adjusted for population size. [more]

    America Is on Track for a Million Coronavirus Cases a Day, and at Least 800,000 Deaths, by the End of 2020

    If someone had suggested five months ago that we would be seeing more than 3 million cases and 135,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by mid-July, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    But now it’s distinctly possible that, five months from now, half of all Americans could have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, and more than 800,000 Americans may die in this extraordinary outbreak. That is what many of our most prominent public-health experts now expect. [more]

    Americans Tear Up Old Eating Habits, Forcing Farms to Raze Crops

    U.S. consumers, whose previous food preferences were stable enough that farmers could often make reliable planting decisions years in advance, have shifted their habits at a torrential pace during the coronavirus pandemic. That includes cooking more at home, buying more organic food, purchasing in bulk, forgoing brand-name treats and eating smaller meals due to fewer trips to restaurants with their often oversized portions.

    Even one of those changes by itself could throw a wrench in the global food supply chain. Add all five together, and some suppliers are finding they can’t adapt fast enough to keep pace with all the changing consumer demands. Farmers like Jack Vessey, a lettuce grower in California, have been forced to destroy crops after restaurant demand dried up, while Oreo-maker Mondelez International Inc. is cutting its product offerings by 25% to simplify logistics.

    “The entire food supply chain has been put on its head,” said Kevin Kenny, chief operating officer at Decernis, an expert in global food safety and supply chains. “Nobody can really do a post-mortem because we are still in the middle of it.” [more]

  9. [hero of the day nominee]
    ‘If someone had to die it should be me’: Heroic 6yo boy bitten IN FACE by dog while shielding sister named honorary World Champ

    Heroic 6-year-old Bridger Walker, who required 90 stitches to his cheek after being bitten in the face when defending his little sister from an onrushing dog, has been named ‘honorary world champion’ by the World Boxing Council.

    “On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog,” the boy’s aunt wrote in the post, which has received over a million likes.

    “After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.”

    The dog clamped its jaws around the left side of Bridger’s face, slicing open his cheek and leaving him needing a two-hour surgery and 90 stitches to close the wound. [more]