Thursday, July 16, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-15

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

2020-07-15 - More hydrogen-sulfide-spewing sargassum seaweed inundates beaches on the island of Antigua:

Quote: "From its putrid 'rotten egg' stench to its destruction of household appliances, vast swathes of sargassum seaweed washed up on several of Antigua’s beaches are once again causing headaches for residents. The loathed brown algae swarmed a handful of beaches in the north of the island over the weekend, repelling householders with the toxic gases it emits as it rots. Shell Beach, Jabberwock and Fitches Creek are among the areas worst affected by the latest deluge."

Quote: "Alison Archer likened the thick mat carpeting the sea outside her Fitches Creek home to a 'soup bowl'. 'The gas gives me a heavy head and makes me feel listless,' she told Observer. 'It invades my house and I’ve had to cover various items with towels and plastic to stop them being corroded. In the past, it has destroyed my flatscreen TV, my camera and stereo to name a few. Anything that’s metal, it’s as if it eats it. I have been told it’s dangerous for my health and am thinking of staying with friends until it goes again,' Archer added."

Quote: "Beached sargassum begins to decompose around 48 hours after washing up. It then releases hydrogen sulphide gas and ammonia. Breathing these in may cause respiratory, skin and neurocognitive problems, experts say. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, vertigo, headache, and skin rashes."

Note: Also seizures, convulsions, cardiac events, respiratory arrest, coma, brain damage, kidney damage and death!

2020-07-15 - Unknown foul odor hits Newark-on-Trent (Britain), near the River Trent:

Quote: "An unpleasant smell around Newark is lingering and the source of the odour — described by residents as a mix between sewage, cannabis, vomit or sugar beet — is an ongoing mystery. Clueless and fed-up residents across the district have made complaints about the smell to Newark and Sherwood District Council, but the authority also has no idea where it is coming from."

2020-07-15 - Two deepwater beaked whales wash up and die on the coast in Maine:

Quote: "But to the surprise — and alarm — of ocean biologists, two have washed up on Maine shores — one last month in York, a dead 14-foot, 2,200-pound Blainville’s beaked whale, and the other in Phippsburg, where a 1,700-pound female Sowerby’s beaked whale died after being saved from a mudflat in Atkins Bay on Saturday, the Times Record reported."

Quote: "It’s troubling that no cause of death has been identified in either case, said Lynda Doughty, director of Bath-based Marine Mammals of Maine."

2020-07-15 - Woman has 'medical issue', collapses and hits her head on a rock, at boat ramp at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada (Oregon):

Quote: "The woman fell after she had a medical issue around 6 p.m., according to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies and rescue crews reached the woman by boat and brought her back to the ramp, from which she was taken by helicopter to a hospital."

2020-07-15 - Man has 'medical incident' on George Street in coastal Weymouth (Britain), 500 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A man was treated by paramedics after suffering a medical emergency at a Weymouth cafe. The owner of Thyme Out Cafe in Great George street said a customer suffered a 'fit' inside the premises."

Quote: "Meanwhile the air ambulance landed on nearby Weymouth Beach."

2020-07-15 - Woman has 'medical emergency' and collapses on Park Street in coastal Weymouth (Britain), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A woman suffered a medical emergency at Park Street in Weymouth and was treated at the scene by paramedics. An ambulance was called to the incident at around 12.30pm yesterday. Resident Mike Taylor said 'It looked like a woman collapsed at a doorway in Park Street; two paramedics there.'"

Note: The above two incidents were literally one block from each other and they happened within 70 minutes, one at 11:20 AM and one at 12:30 PM...

2020-07-15 - Wildfire breaks out and burns 11,000 acres near Coalinga (California):

2020-07-15 - Wildfire grows to 7,800 acres near Worland (Wyomind):

2020-07-15 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Strathcona County (Canada):

2020-07-15 - Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard burns for a fourth day in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "The fire was reported first in its lower area where armored vehicles are parked and where heavy-duty cardboard boxes, rags and other maintenance supplies were being stored. It traveled upward to the well deck — a wide hangar type area — and took off from there, Navy officials have said."

2020-07-15 - Seven ships go up in flames in shipyard in coastal Bushehr (Iran):

Note: These are the 642nd, 643rd, 644th, 645th, 646th, 647th and 648th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-17 near Stoneman Lake Road near Sedona (Arizona):

2020-07-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before midnight on the Hume Highway in New South Wales (Australia):

2020-07-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:59 AM on highway near Bintangor (Malaysia), near the coast:

Note: These are the 1007th, 1008th and 1009th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-15 - RV bursts into flame on the E4 just outside coastal Sundsvall (Sweden):

Note: This is the 221st RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-15 - Campervan bursts into flame while parked on Wallace Street in Hope (Canada):

2020-07-15 - Minivan bursts into flame on Highway 36 near the Van Duzen River Grange in Carlotta (California):

2020-07-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at County Road 9 and Gills Road in Victor (New York):

2020-07-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road near Plattsmouth (Nebraska):

2020-07-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Kartal, Istanbul (Turkey):

2020-07-15 - Several cars go up in flames at 3 AM while parked at car dealership in Bartlett (Tennessee):

Quote: "Several cars caught on fire overnight at the parking lot of Wolfchase Chrysler Dodge."

2020-07-15 - Three cars destroyed by fire shortly before 1:30 AM while parked at hotel in Cary (North Carolina):

2020-07-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-25 near Monument (Colorado):

2020-07-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on West Broad Street in coastal Stratford (Connecticut):

2020-07-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame in Bratton Fleming (Britain):

2020-07-15 - Motorcycle and scooter destroyed by fire near Hillrise Avenue in Binstead on the Isle of Wight (Britain), 3900 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-15 - Vehicles and huge stacks of plastic pallets go up in flames at packaging business in Toledo (Ohio):

Quote: "Dispatched as large building fire, quickly found to be plastic pallets stacked 25-30ft high involved. Several vehicles damaged/destroyed."

2020-07-15 - Car, two snowmobiles, four-wheeler and garage destroyed by fire at home in Hampton Township (Michigan), nobody there:

Quote: "Prieur said it’s also believed one car, two snowmobiles, and a four-wheeler were inside the garage."

2020-07-15 - Vehicles destroyed by fire and apartment building damaged in Indianpolis (Indiana), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Several vehicles were destroyed and four apartments were heavily damaged."

Quote: "Firefighters say the fire did originate in a south garage on the lower level."

2020-07-15 - RV trailer and garage destroyed by fire in Thunder Bay (Canada):

2020-07-15 - Barn destroyed by fire on Harper Road in Darien (Illinois):

2020-07-15 - Barn destroyed by fire on Delisle Fourman Road in Darke County (Ohio):

2020-07-15 - Barn destroyed by fire on McCowan Road in Markham (Canada):

2020-07-15 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Tolland (Connecticut):

2020-07-15 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on Coastal Road in coastal Ainsdale (Britain):

2020-07-15 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck on Northampton Road in Bromham (Britain):

2020-07-15 - Sawmill destroyed by fire in West Mahoning Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-15 - Museum damaged by fire along the Vltava River in Prague (Czech Republic):

2020-07-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Wactor Street in Sumter (South Carolina):

2020-07-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire before 1 AM on Ivy Hill Road in Cockeysville (Maryland):

2020-07-15 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 4:30 AM on Balmoral Street in Winnipeg (Canada), nobody there:

2020-07-15 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:05 AM on Gurley Road in Waterford (Connecticut):

2020-07-15 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in Youngstown (Ohio):

2020-07-15 - Apartment building damaged by basement fire on East Park Avenue in Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin):

2020-07-15 - Deadly fire burns garage on Iris Drive in Walterboro (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-07-15 - Deadly fire burns home at 5:02 AM in Menominee (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-07-15 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after midnight in Arvada (Colorado), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-15 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 4 AM on 110th Street North in coastal Seminole (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-07-15 - Two women, 32 and 43, found dead in swimming pool at residential building in Juffair suburb of coastal Manama (Bahrain):

Quote: "Two European females, aged 32 and 43, passed away after drowning in a swimming pool in a residential building in Juffair area. This was announced by the Ministry of Interior on its official social media accounts."

2020-07-15 - Two brothers, 35 and 48, found dead in pond in Khairighat (India):

2020-07-15 - Man, 29, drops dead in bathroom at gas station in Aspen Village (Colorado):

Quote: "An autopsy performed on a 29-year-old man found dead in an Aspen Village gas station bathroom Wednesday evening did not discover a cause of death, a Pitkin County coroner said Thursday. The man was identified as Armando Zamudio of Rifle, who was on his way home with his father when he didn’t come out of the bathroom, said Eric Hansen, assistant coroner. His father and two cousins had been waiting at the gas station for his son to return from the bathroom, a Pitkin County detective said. No paraphernalia or indication of drug use was found in the bathroom, Hansen said."

2020-07-15 - Man, 39, found dead and face-down in the water in Toledo Bend Reservoir (Louisiana):

2020-07-15 - Man, 18, found dead in Beaver Lake at boat ramp in Benton County (Arkansas):

2020-07-15 - Man, 71, found dead in Ned Lake in Spurr Township (Michigan):

2020-07-15 - Man, 82, found dead in shallow water in Ridgway Reservoir (Colorado):

2020-07-15 - Woman, 30, found dead at Galt Gardens in Lethbridge (Canada):

2020-07-15 - Woman, 71, found dead in pond at golf course in the Bahamas:

2020-07-15 - Man found dead in pond at plant in Mondipatti (India):

2020-07-15 - Boy, 11, has 'medical issue' and drops dead at home in coastal Ballybunion (Ireland):

Quote: "GardaĆ­ are investigating the sudden death of a child in Ballybunion. The 11-year-old boy died suddenly this morning. A post-mortem is due to take place this afternoon in University Hospital Kerry and a file will be prepared for the coroner. It’s understood that the child died as a result of a medical issue and it’s not being treated as suspicious."

2020-07-15 - Man in his 50s has 'medical issue', car slams into home, in Trenton (Michigan):

Quote: "Steven Voss, director of police and fire services, said a white man in his 50s had a medical issue that appears to have caused him to veer off the road."

2020-07-15 - Man has 'medical incident' in car on Connaught Road in coastal Dover (Britain), 2500 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-15 - Twin-engine plane makes emergency crash-landing in field near Vaughn (New Mexico), engine failure:

2020-07-15 - Boat capsizes off coastal Cannon Beach (Oregon), 1 killed:

Quote: "Officials think the uncle may have had some kind of medical incident which caused him to jerk the rudder while steering the boat, causing the craft to capsize in the surf. Both men had been wearing life jackets but the uncle was said to be unresponsive from the moment he entered the water."

2020-07-15 - Passenger train and freight train collide in Prague (Czech Republic), 1 killed, dozens injured:

2020-07-15 - Tanker truck crashes, explodes into flame, in Saratoga Springs (New York):

2020-07-15 - Two tractor trailers overturn separately within 11 miles on I-55 in Lincoln County (Mississippi):

2020-07-15 - Tractor trailer overturns at 5:30 AM on US 220 in Henry County (Virginia):

2020-07-15 - Tractor trailer overturns on Highway 2 in Dieppe (Canada), 2 injured:

2020-07-15 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Osage County (Missouri), 2 killed:

2020-07-15 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-07-15 - Car overturns, hits church, bursts into flame, on Verplanck Street in Buffalo (New York):

2020-07-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into pizzeria, in Coraopolis (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

2020-07-15 - Sinkhole opens and swallows SUV in Chicopee (Massachusetts):

2020-07-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in Lewisburg (West Virginia):

2020-07-15 - Building collapses in Polo (Missouri):

2020-07-15 - Building collapses in Dehradun (India), 3 killed, 3 injured:

2020-07-15 - Sewer line collapses, sinkhole opens, in Evansville (Indiana):

2020-07-15 - Man has 'medical episode' at bus station on Lichfield Street in Hanley (Britain):

Quote: "One ambulance attended and treated a male patient following a medical episode."

2020-07-15 - World population set to shrink rapidly triggering 'radical power shift', warns new bombshell report:

2020-07-15 - Volcanic activity heating up around the world with more than 39 erupting volcanoes:

2020-07-15 - Earthquakes in Southern California last year increased the chances of 'the big one' on the San Andreas fault, research suggests:

2020-07-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Iran, roads to 50 villages cut off:

2020-07-15 - Meteor lights up the sky over Florida:

2020-07-15 - Coastal flooding in the US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says:

2020-07-15 - Doctors in France record the world's first case of an unborn child contracting COVID-19 from their mother while inside the womb:

2020-07-15 - Tropical Brown Booby seabird turns up on the coast of Ireland:


  1. Jeez Jonny, three garbage fires in waste hauling trucks! That used to be a rare event. Two people in the same town having medical episodes on the same day, large wildfires, lots of people dropping dead and bizarre accidents - all suggest the methane/hydrogen sulfide concentrations are increasing rapidly now.

    The Housing Crisis Of 2020: Millions Of Americans Missed Their Last Rent Payments, And Tens Of Millions Could Soon Be Evicted

    Week after week we continue to get economic numbers that are absolutely horrific, and it appears that we are heading for a housing crisis that will be even worse than what we witnessed in 2008. Back then, millions of Americans lost their homes, but this time around it could be tens of millions. I know that a statement like that may sound overly dramatic, but I believe that many of you that feel that way may change your minds after reading this entire article.

    In order to make rent and mortgage payments, Americans need paychecks coming in, and right now people continue to lose jobs at a pace that is hard to believe.

    On Thursday, we learned that another 1.3 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. That was worse than expected, and it represented the 17th week in a row when the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits exceeded one million. [more]

    At Least 2 Dead After Apocalyptic Storm Causes Biblical Flooding in Palermo, Italy

    Flash floods engulfed Palermo after the most violent rainstorm in 200 years hit the Sicilian capital on July 15, 2020.
    At least two deaths reported while rescue teams searched overnight and into Thursday morning for people feared to have drowned after the apocalyptic flooding on Wednesday night.[more]

    [Jonny cited this event yesterday]
    Counties in Arizona and Texas Bring in Refrigerated Trucks as Morgues Are Overwhelmed by Corona Deaths

    With skyrocketing coronavirus hospitalizations in several states…

    Hard-hit counties in Arizona and Texas are preparing for the worst by bringing in refrigerated trucks as morgues fill up.

    The US coronavirus outbreak hit nearly 3.5 million total infections Thursday morning and more than 137,000 reported deaths. [more; based on faulty tests and padded numbers]

    Discovery of the Largest-Known Meteorite to Have Landed in Germany… In a Garden

    The out-of-this-world find is being hailed as a “scientific sensation.”

    The meteorite was first dug up in 1989 and sat in a garden for decades before the homeowner shared his unusual rock with researchers. [more]

    [war breaking out all over the place]
    Friday, 17 July 2020
    War between Egypt and Turkey over Libya?
    BREAKING: Egypt Readies War With Turkey In Libya In Pro-Haftar Alliance With Russia, France

    The Egyptian armed forces are preparing a large-scale invasion of neighboring Libya, where the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Faiz Saraj and in league with the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, continues to attack the free city of Sirte and the Jufra air base, which have previously been liberated by the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by one-time Gaddafi ally Marshal Khalifa Haftar. [more]

    Israel Prepares for All-Out War with Iran [~ 12 min. video + 2nd article:]

    At least 7 Iranian ships in flames at Bushehr port. New US warning

    [2nd part coming up]

  2. Almost 50% Of All COVID Deaths In The US Are In Three States Near Fort Detrick, Maryland [~ 7 min. video]

    A powerful magnitude 7.0 quake, reduced to a magnitude 6.9 by USGS rocks the Western coast of Papua New Guinea: It is only the 3rd major quake, (magnitude 6 or higher) of July and the 60th of 2020

    [i've been a home-school evaluator for years]
    Back To School? "No Thanks" Say Millions Of Newly Homeschooling Parents [includes ~ 2.75 min. video]

    With dehumanizing COVID-19 restrictions awaiting students at schools, many parents are opting to keep on homeschooling...

    Many parents are balking at back-to-school, choosing instead to homeschool their children this fall. [more]

    NEW - Digital UV - Ultra Violet Higher in BC, Canada than Arizona - JULY 16, 2020 [~ 1 min.]

    George Soros Funding BLM Style Racial Movements To Topple Donald Trump

    Open Society Foundations, an organization established by George Soros is funding $220 million to BLM (Black Lives Matter) style groups focused on ‘Racial Justice’. The public records disclosed that Soros will double his 2016 election’s expenditures to defeat Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. The Open Society Foundations is funding emerging powerful groups like Black Voters Matter, Repairers of The Breach, Circle For Innovations and also the Equal Justice Initiative.

    Meanwhile, in an investigation it has been found that 99.64% of the Black Lives Matter’s ‘Defund the Police’ donations go to Joe Biden via ActBlue, a Democrat fundraising platform that is the top donor to Biden for President campaign. [more]

    Stop Pretending The BLM Protests Were Peaceful

    Trump or no Trump, the lack of adequate coverage is the true affront. It should be more widely known that large swathes of a major American metropolis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, still lies in rubble over a month after the riots. And the main perpetrators of this destruction — namely those who committed the most incendiary arson attacks — were, by many accounts relayed to me directly, white Left-wing activists. Refusing to seek out and accurately present this information reflects the mainstream media's propensity to operate under predetermined, politicised assumptions that are antithetical to any rightly-understood conception of journalism. [more]

    [3rd section below]

  3. Federal officers use gas to clear protesters in Portland

    Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters in Oregon, hours after the the head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland and called the demonstrators “violent anarchists.”

    Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local officials have said they didn’t ask for help from federal law enforcement and have asked them to leave. [more; limp lefties let this happen]

    [so of course it goes too far]

    Unidentified federal agents in camo and rented minivans are grabbing people off Portland's streets

    President Trump has sent an unknown number of federal agents to Portland, Oregon, ostensibly to project federal property amid weeks of protests against racism and police brutality. But federal officers "are also detaining people on Portland streets who aren't near federal property, nor is it clear that all of the people being arrested have engaged in criminal activity," OPB reported Thursday evening. One civil rights lawyer, Juan Chavez, described the federal tactics as "like stop and frisk meets Guantanamo Bay" and "more like abduction" than lawful arrest. [more]

    Massive sea tornado appears off the coast of New South Wales, Australia

    The weather phenomenon, generated by strong winds, came as wild weather lashed the state's coastline. [~ 1.6 min. video]

    Ten metre waves pummelled beaches across Sydney on Tuesday, with the peak height reaching 11.6 metres overnight. [more]

    Large waterspout spins off Louisiana's Black Bay [~ 1 min. video]

    A waterspout was seen spinning off Black Bay in Plaquemines County, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 14. [more]

    [from There Goes the FOOD news]
    Hailstones up to baseball-size destroy thousands of acres of crops in Western Minnesota

    a hail storm last weekend did significant building and crop damage from Kandiyohi County to Nicollet County. Wind speeds reached 50 miles an hour and at times the storm dropped baseball-sized hail. It was a blow for farmers when commodity prices are already down.

    "We had a wonderful crop. Best we've had in this area in five years," said Curt Burns, farmer and crop consultant. [video]

    "This affected thousands of acres of corn, soy beans, kidney beans, sugar beets, peas, sweet corn, and alfalfa," said Burns.

    Acres upon acres were impacted and millions of dollars were lost. [most]

    [large scale farming may have to resort to covered raised beds as expensive and crazy as that might seem]

    [4th installment next]

  4. Farmland once again inundated in Tangail, Bangladesh - 50,000 hectares of crops damaged

    About 1,320 hectares of fresh farmland have once again been inundated amid the ongoing flooding situation, triggered for a second time by incessant rains and water level rise of the major rivers in Tangail.

    Previously, during the first phase that ended a few days ago, around 27,000 farmers incurred losses as crops on 3,839 hectares were inundated, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Tangail.

    "Young plants, sesame and vegetables sustain the most damage in floods," said Ahsan, adding that most of the crops would not have to deal with much harm.

    Meanwhile, 84,712 people in Elenga municipality of Kalihati upazila were marooned as of Tuesday afternoon.
    [more; < 2 min. video]

    Flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi rises to 24, 69 missing

    The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday. [more; 2 videos]

    Covid-19 & SARS immunity discovered in recovered patients - also in over 50% of subjects who were never infected

    A Singapore study has uncovered the presence of virus-specific T cell immunity in people who recovered from COVID-19 and SARS, as well as some healthy study subjects who had never been infected by either virus.

    "Our team also tested uninfected healthy individuals and found SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells in more than 50 percent of them. This could be due to cross-reactive immunity obtained from exposure to other coronaviruses, such as those causing the common cold, or presently unknown animal coronaviruses. [more]

    [Part V awaits]

  5. German abattoir scandal puts cooling systems under COVID spotlight

    1,500 coronavirus cases at one Toennies meatpacking plant

    * Company forced to upgrade cooling system before reopening

    * Expects whole of meat industry to be forced to upgrade

    * New WHO brief says airborne COVID-19 transmission a concern

    It had to install high-efficiency HEPA filters typically used in hospitals and on airplanes before being allowed to reopen on Friday. [more]

    6 major changes to the coronavirus rules announced today [UK article]

    Coronavirus Is Surging All Over Asia and the Pacific. Here’s What the Rest of the World Can Learn

    On Thursday, both Tokyo and Hong Kong hit daily records for new coronavirus cases. And a growing outbreak in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, forced the state of Victoria back into lockdown on July 8, with residents mostly required to stay home. On Friday, Australia hit the second-highest daily rise in cases, 438, with all but 10 in Victoria. [more]

    China's mighty Yangtze nears crest again, new floods feared

    Engorged with more heavy rains, China’s mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction, as the seasonal floods that already have left 141 people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. [more]

    [yes the big-wigs always get the "golden shower" - hahaaa!]
    On eve of bankruptcy, U.S. firms shower execs with bonuses

    Nearly a third of more than 40 large companies seeking U.S. bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic awarded bonuses to executives within a month of filing their cases, according to a Reuters analysis of securities filings and court records. [more]

    STEVE makes unusual summertime appearance, record breaking solar minimum update

    On July 14th, the geomagnetic phenomenon appeared over Canada, streaking the sky with mauve ribbons of light. Harlan Thomas of Calgary, Alberta, reports: "I was out shooting the comet when I noticed a mauve-looking cloud. Wow!" I thought. "STEVE has come to visit NEOWISE. How cool is that?"

    STEVE is a recent discovery. It looks like an aurora, but it is not. The purple glow is caused by hot (3000°C) ribbons of gas flowing through Earth's magnetosphere at speeds exceeding 6 km/s (13,000 mph). It appears during some geomagnetic storms, often alongside a type of green aurora known as the "picket fence," also shown in Thomas's photo.

    Statistics suggest that STEVE appears most often in spring and fall. What summoned STEVE in mid-summer? It may have been a CME that grazed Earth's magnetic field on July 13th. As our planet passed through the CME's magnetized wake on July 14th, hot currents and plasma waves rippled through Earth's magnetosphere. STEVE was the result. [more; pics]

    CDC confirms that coronavirus already spreading in New York City when European travel ban went into effect in March

    Most strains found in the city early on were traced back to Europe [more; yep, took too long to decide what to do]

  6. [some Friday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 17, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Global debt hits record high of 331% of GDP in first quarter: IIF

    Europe Has Been Preparing a Global Gold Standard Since the 1970s
    Research reveals that European central banks have prepared a new international gold standard. Since the 1970s, policies that paved the way for an equitable and durable monetary system have gradually been implemented.

    All Continued Unemployment Claims Top 32 Million Again (US)

    American Airlines warns 25,000 employees about potential job cuts as coronavirus continues to sap demand

    Key U.S. lawmakers back unions' call for new airline bailout

    Destroyer Pinckney challenges Venezuela's maritime territorial claims

    Seven Boats in Iran's Bushehr Port Burn in Latest Report of Sabotage

    U.S. Congress readies $740 billion defense bill covering far more than bullets [if the money goes worthless you got nuttin]

    Civil Unrest (US)

    The Biofuel Boom Was Doomed From The Start
    Of course it was. Biofuels can be seen as fossil fuels that humans make, which means they are stuck doing all the work themselves. And using fossil fuels to do it. -- RF

    Largest California Oil Driller Files for Bankruptcy

    Solar panel recycling has a long way to go, and silicon may be the key

    'I never thought I would have to come here': crisis drives French to food banks

    Russian wildfire smoke chokes Siberian cities

    New map for radioactive soil contamination in Western Europe

    Patients Stranded in Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Fill Up (US)

    Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff

    Julian Assange Extradition Farce (Craig Murray)

    Bolton's Book is Not the "Bomb" as Advertised

    2020 Is The Year The Unseen Becomes Seen

    No Tokyo Olympics likely means no Beijing Winter Games either, says Pound

    New Jersey governor says state economy will be recovering from virus 'for years'

    Fed balance sheet rises to $7.01 trillion, weekly data shows

    Virus surges. Work hours plateau. U.S. may be flattening the wrong curve

    6 Macy's execs get combined $9M in bonuses after cutting 3,900 jobs

    32 Million People on State & Federal Unemployment, 2nd Highest Ever: Week 17 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse
    Torrent of 2.4 million new claims under state & federal programs this week. PUA claims by gig workers now 45% of 32 million in total unemployment. Many people are hired back, but many people are newly laid off. Labor market recovery remains hard to discern.

    California's Top Oil Driller to Wipe Out Shares in Bankruptcy

    Kroger Stops Giving Customers Change As Nationwide Coin Shortage Worsens

  7. Portland police say protesters threaten to burn down the precinct for clearing occupied Parks

    The standoff comes less than a day after law enforcement cleared out two parks that had been claimed as part of an "autonomous zone" by protesters. [more; go somewhere else]

    Bright meteor fireball flashes over Michigan [3 sec video]

    Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Iquique, Chile

    Almost 4 million people and 3.3 million animals affected by ongoing floods in Assam, India - over 13 million hectares of crops damaged

    According to officials at Assam Disaster Management Authority, the ongoing flooding has affected 3,218 villages and damaged cropland spreading over 13 million hectares, besides affecting over 3.3 million animals.

    On Thursday, the floods claimed five lives, which took the death toll to 71. [more]

    According to officials, the incessant rains have also triggered landslides in several areas, wherein also 26 people were killed. [more]

    The floods have fully damaged 20 houses and partially damaged 224 others.

    According to officials, 76 animals perished in floods, while 121 were rescued. [more]

    [wild weather in the southern hemisphere]
    Snow 23 FEET deep in the Andes - international crossings closed [lots of videos]

    ‘Overwhelmed and Terrified’: Las Vegas’ Reopening Backfires Terribly

    “Las Vegas continues to have [a] concerning rise in cases,” the report said, noting that its county is one of the top three in the state with the highest COVID-19 cases. (Clark County, Washoe County and Elko County represent 97.9 percent of the new cases in Nevada.)

    In order to combat the surge, the White House document suggested Nevada—and 17 other states—limit large gatherings, close down indoor establishments, and issue a mask mandate.

    A suspect has been arrested in the gory New York murder of the CEO of a Nigerian startup

    Three days after New York police discovered his body, a suspect has been arrested and is due to be charged for the murder Fahim Saleh, the Bangladeshi-American CEO of Gokada, a Nigerian bike-hailing startup.

    Tyrese Devon Haspil, Saleh’s 21-year old erstwhile personal assistant, is expected to be charged with second degree murder and other crimes as local police announce the arrest at a news conference later, New York Times reports. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  8. Chuck Woolery, who said 'everyone is lying' about COVID-19, reveals son tested positive [~ 1.75 min. video]

    The coronavirus has apparently hit close to home for Chuck Woolery. The former game show host, whose controversial tweet that “everyone is lying” about COVID-19 was retweeted by President Donald Trump, revealed one day later his son tested positive. Then his Twitter account disappeared. [more]

    Yes, you may be reading the wrong horoscope. No, it isn't NASA's fault your zodiac sign changed.

    Writer Phil Plait wrote a frustrated article in response to the initial backlash to the 2016 NASA post, saying that NASA really hasn’t discovered anything new.

    “The article — well worth your time to read — talks about how the zodiac constellations are defined, and how, over time, they’ve changed,” Plait wrote in a 2016 New Scientist article. “Apparently, someone didn’t read it very carefully, or didn’t understand it, and wrote that NASA had changed the zodiac. So, yeah. Wow.” [more]

    [we'll have to get the details about this car accident]
    Undefeated boxer Travell Mazion dies at 24

    Mazion died in a car crash outside his hometown of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday evening, Boxing Scene reports. One other person died and two others were injured in the collision, according to the report.

    Mazion, nicknamed “Black Magic,” was 17-0 with 13 knockouts, nine of which came in the first round. [more]

    The biggest US banks have some bad news about the American economy

    First the good news: The biggest US banks have had time to brace themselves for a wave of losses.

    The bad news: They are still bracing themselves to withstand a wave of losses. Their earnings this week suggest the worst is yet to come for the American economy, and that Washington may need to provide even more support for workers and businesses.

    Six of the biggest lenders all expect heavy credit defaults and soured loans, as shown by their loan loss provisions, which jumped 43% from the already hair-raising totals in the first quarter to a combined $36 billion in the second quarter.
    [more; it's all going to collapse - any month now]

    [3rd part next]

  9. Nearly a third of Florida children taking a coronavirus test are positive — and no one knows why

    [because the tests are bogus!]

    Health officials in Florida say that of the 54,022 kids who have been tested for COVID-19, 16,797 — or roughly 31% — have tested positive.

    The average positivity rate for COVID-19 among all ages in Florida is about 11%.

    Infectious disease specialists say the number of children who have tested positive is inarguably high, but it's still not clear whether children easily spread the disease. [more]

    Health officials in Florida say that of the 54,022 kids who have been tested for COVID-19, 16,797 — or roughly 31% — have tested positive.

    The average positivity rate for COVID-19 among all ages in Florida is about 11%.

    Infectious disease specialists say the number of children who have tested positive is inarguably high, but it's still not clear whether children easily spread the disease.
    The man from Los Angeles allegedly submitted loan applications and obtained millions before heading to the casinos and investing in stocks

    Authorities said Mr Marnell, who was due back in court next Tuesday, faces up to 30 years in prison on the bank fraud charge. [more]

    Millions of Americans face unemployment cash cliff with no sign of congressional deal

    [well all the corporations that used to sell to these people will begin to feel the pain too as they go out of business]

    3 Women Arrested For Attacking Spirit Airlines Employees [~ 2 min. news video]

  10. FYI, that story about 99.4% of BLM donations go to elect Joe Biden is just right-wing propaganda bullshit. Either it's disinformation (e.g. they're lying on purpose) or it's misinformation (they're too stupid or lazy to understand how ActBlue works).

    ActBlue is an umbrella organization that only acts as a conduit to transfer money donated to a cause to that cause. Anybody can set up an account to receive donations through ActBlue. ActBlue doesn't alter the destination of any of the donations. You could set up a 'Tom Needs Cash Quick' account and all money donated to that cause would go to that fund. Similarly, all money donated to BLM goes to BLM and all money donated to the re-elect Biden campaign goes there.

    Robin's either a part of the radical right trying to deceive people, or - at best - he's a tool being used by them to propagate misinformation and disinformation. One or the other.