Monday, July 20, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-19

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

2020-07-19 - Man, 37, has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool and collapses at Sandcastle Waterpark, dies shortly later, in West Homestead (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Witnesses recalled the terrifying moment when a man suffered said medical emergency at one of the pools. 'All of a sudden we heard screaming and yelling,' said Tony Talarico. 'It was a panic. It was really sad and scary.' According to Sandcastle, the man collapsed as he was exiting the pool around 3:15 p.m."

Quote: "Paradise said the man was walking to get out of the pool in the shallow end when he collapsed."

2020-07-19 - Man, 72, has 'medical event' in swimming pool and dies in North Andover (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The 72-year-old man who was found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool at a home on Gavin Circle Sunday afternoon has died. According to Carrie Kimball, the director of communications for the Essex County District Attorney, the man is believed to have passed away from a 'medical event' while in the pool."

2020-07-19 - Man, 47, has 'medical emergency' while skydiving and dies, near coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "An experienced skydiver suffered an apparent medical emergency midair and died east of Chula Vista on Sunday, according to authorities and a manager at the company that facilitated the jump. The skydiver was identified as a 47-year-old man, but his name was not released."

Note: If you fall through an invisible cloud of hydrogen sulfide then you may very well have a medical emergency and die. That's most likely to happen in coastal areas, like where this man died. Basically the same as the people dropping dead while walking, driving, swimming or boating, except it happened while he was parachuting. Sometimes this happens to people BEFORE they open their parachute and then they just smash into the ground at full speed...

2020-07-19 - Man, 42, strips naked at 12:56 AM, enters someone's home, has 'medical episode' and dies, in coastal Patchogue (New York):

Quote: "Officers responded to a 911 call at 12:56 a.m. Sunday about an unknown man who had taken off all his clothes, was talking to himself and asking for help in the backyard of a Brook Street home, Suffolk police said.  When officers and a Patchogue ambulance crew arrived at the scene, according to Suffolk police, the man, later identified as Rountree, fled and ran into an unlocked house on nearby South Ocean Avenue. The occupants of the South Ocean Avenue home, who did not know Rountree, yelled for help. Officers then entered the home and handcuffed Rountree, police said. Officers and ambulance personnel performed CPR and provided other aid to Rountree, who appeared to be in medical distress, police said."

Note: About 1700 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2020-07-19 - Landfill fire breaks out on Giles Lane in Austin (Texas):

2020-07-19 - Wildfire breaks out, burns 3,000 acres, closes I-15, in Washington County (Utah):

2020-07-19 - Volcano Stromboli erupts, spits fireballs, on the coast in Italy:

2020-07-19 - Home explodes on Jones Avenue in Leslieville (Canada), 1 killed:

Note: This is the 61st residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-19 - Boat bursts into flame at marina on the Mississippi River in St. Charles (Missouri):

Quote: "Boaters in the area of Two Branch Marina and Highway C in St. Charles Saturday night took a video of a boat fire before Central County Fire and Rescue were on the scene."

2020-07-19 - Boat bursts into flame at 5 AM at Marina Cortez in coastal San Diego (California):

2020-07-19 - Boat bursts into flame in Torquay Harbour in coastal Torquay (Britain):

2020-07-19 - Boat bursts into flame off coastal Swanage (Britain):

Note: These are the 654th, 655th, 656th and 657th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-40 in Hickman County (Tennessee):

2020-07-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near mobile home park in Soledad (California):

2020-07-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 near Empire Junction (Colorado):

2020-07-19 - Semi tractor bursts into flame on Wentz Road in Manchester (Maryland):

Note: These are the 1021st, 1022nd, 1023rd and 1024th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-19 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-90 near North Bend (Washington):

Note: This is the 224th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-19 - SUV bursts into flame on the Howard Frankland Bridge over coastal Old Tampa Bay (Florida):

2020-07-19 - SUV bursts into flame on the Coquihalla Highway near Merritt (Canada):

2020-07-19 - Six cars destroyed by fire, another damaged, at Walmart in coastal Cranston (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Cranston Police say seven vehicles caught on fire at a Walmart parking lot this afternoon. Police say six of those cars were engulfed in fire on Plainfield Pike and they are currently investigating."

Note: A man just died after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a home in Cranston the day before too, mentioned in the 2020-07-18 update...

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Portland (Maine):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on the Florida Turnpike in coastal Martin County (Florida):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn (New Jersey):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in Pooler (Georgia):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-64 in Raleigh County (West Virginia):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on bypass near coastal Seria (Brunei):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Singapore:

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame in driveway at home in Derril (Britain):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame at 2:03 AM on the A1101 near Welney (Britain):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A303 near Wincanton (Britain):

2020-07-19 - Car bursts into flame on the B3181 near Willand (Britain):

2020-07-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Kanan Dume Road in Los Angeles County (California):

2020-07-19 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed, on Route 11 near Liberty (Ohio):

2020-07-19 - Classic car and garage destroyed by fire at home on Brabrant Road in the Town of Ulster (New York):

2020-07-19 - Vehicle and home go up in flames on Windemere Avenue in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-07-19 - Barn destroyed by fire at 2:45 AM on Scullton Road in Rockwood (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-19 - Church damaged by fire on Old Dixiana Road in Pinson (Alabama):

2020-07-19 - Two outbuildings destroyed by fire at 11 PM on East Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2020-07-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM on Flower Drive in Folsom (California), dog killed:

2020-07-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 11 PM on Plainfield Street in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2020-07-19 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 3:20 AM on Shelton Street in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-07-19 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire, vehicles burn too, on South Promenade Drive in Cottonwood Heights (Utah):

Quote: "Vehicles were also damaged."

2020-07-19 - Triple-decker home heavily damaged by fire on Potters Avenue in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2020-07-19 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Alison Road in Horsham (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-19 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:50 AM on Jean Street in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - Deadly fire burns home in Woodward (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:

2020-07-19 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Linda (California), 3 killed:

2020-07-19 - Deadly fire rips through apartment building at 11:30 PM on 3rd Avenue North in coastal Texas City (Texas), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2020-07-19 - Vacant home destroyed by fire on Canyon Street in New Castle (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-19 - Vacant warehouse burns in Thomasville (North Carolina):

2020-07-19 - Man, 41, found dead in swimming pool at home in Jackson (Mississippi):

Quote: "The Jackson Police Department is investigating the death of a man found in a pool behind a home on Sunday morning. According to police, the victim was found at the bottom of the pool by a family member. The victim was identified by his sister, La’Trenica Bradfield, as 41-year-old Kelvin Bradfield."

Quote: "Bradfield’s sister said the 41-year-old had no problem swimming. He’d served in both the Army and Navy."

2020-07-19 - Man found dead near canal on North Road in Loxahatchee Groves (Florida):

2020-07-19 - Man in his 50s found dead near viaduct in Ashland (Kentucky):

2020-07-19 - Woman, 30, found dead in Lake Somerville (Texas):

2020-07-19 - Man, 65, dies after being pulled from Fort Gibson Lake (Oklahoma):

2020-07-19 - Man, 19, found dead in pond near Blacklick  (Ohio):

2020-07-19 - Man, 22, found dead in the Catawba River in Gaston County (North Carolina):

2020-07-19 - Man, 27, found dead in Bear Lake in North Beach State Park (Idaho):

2020-07-19 - Person found dead in the Kern River in Kern County (California):

2020-07-19 - Man, 55, found dead in Wappapello Lake (Missouri):

2020-07-20 - Man, 78, found dead in Cazenovia Lake (New York):

2020-07-19 - Man, 31, found dead in Great Sacandaga Lake in the Town of Day (New York):

2020-07-19 - Firefighter, man, 69, has heart attack at scene of barn fire and dies in Sproat Lake (Canada):

Quote: "A Sproat Lake volunteer firefighter died of a heart attack after arriving to tackle a large barn fire."

2020-07-19 - Man, 55, dies while diving in West Hawk Lake (Canada):

Quote: "A scuba diver was pulled from the water around 3:30 p.m. yesterday, and they were unconscious and not breathing, according to Falcon Lake RCMP. Upon arrival, members of the local fire department and bystanders were attempting to resuscitate the male diver. Despite their efforts, the 55-year-old male from Winnipeg was pronounced dead on scene."

2020-07-19 - Woman, 30 to 40, found dead in the water in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2020-07-19 - Man, 65, has 'medical episode' and loses consciousness, car crashes, in Hopkinsville (Kentucky), 1 injured:

Quote: "A medical episode likely caused a single-vehicle injury accident Sunday afternoon at East 21st and Walnut Street in Hopkinsville."

2020-07-19 - Person has 'medical episode' while riding bicycle near Wanborough (Britain):

Quote: "A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious medical episode near Wanborough. Wiltshire Air Ambulance landed metres from the scene in a field next to the unnamed country lane between Upper Wanborough and Foxhill where the male casualty was being treated. Two ambulances and two ambulance rapid response vehicles were also in attendance at 11.30am. The man was flown to John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment; his condition is unknown. It is believed the patient suffered a cardiac arrest but this has not been confirmed."

2020-07-19 - Small plane crashes in Wellington (Florida), 1 injured:

2020-07-19 - Freight train derails in Coaling (Alabama):

2020-07-19 - Passenger bus veers off road, crashes into woods, near Harrison (Idaho), 5 injured:

2020-07-19 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into overpass column, on I-70 in Columbia (Missouri), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - SUV veers off road, crashes into pedestrian and building, on West Nuevo Road in Perris (California), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Wallum Lake Road in Burrillville (Rhode Island), 1 injured:

2020-07-19 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3 AM and overturns in Carson County (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - Car veers off road, crashes into parked pickup truck and RV trailer, bursts into flame, in Portland (Oregon), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - Car veers off road at slow speed, crashes into guardrail, in coastal Lusby (Maryland), 1 killed:

Quote: "At this time, this collision is being investigated as a possible medical emergency."

2020-07-19 - Car veers off road just after 4 AM, crashes into tree, on Laurel Street in Buffalo (New York), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - Motorcycle crashes off Ohio River bridge at 1:30 AM in Huntington (West Virginia), 1 killed:

2020-07-19 - Woman, 34, goes missing while diving in the Gulf of Mexico near coastal Destin (Florida):

Quote: "Emergency crews are searching for an Alabama woman who went missing the Gulf of Mexico near Destin, Florida, Sunday morning."

2020-07-19 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Brown (South Carolina):

2020-07-19 - Lightning strikes kill 10 people in Bihar (India), 160 such deaths in 3 weeks for the state:

2020-07-19 - Devastating flooding in China disrupting global supply chains:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. Late start today.

    It appears that zombie behavior precedes outright death from H2S. Just enough time to think: wtf was . .

    Mostly young people dropping dead on this day. Out and about.

    Lotsa structure and vehicle fires. Nice spread in the unusual accident list - airplane & freight train to bus and tractor trailer to cars, pick-ups & motorcycle.

    [Mr. Snyder is still prepping]
    A List Of 50 Things You Should Get Right Now To Prepare For The Chaotic Events Of The Next 12 Months

    [this assumes an awful lot]

    To me, the four primary priorities for preparing for an emergency scenario are food, water, energy and shelter. Once you have got those four basic areas covered, you can certainly build on that foundation by addressing other considerations.

    In the title of this article I use the phrase “the next 12 months”, but I do not mean to imply that everything will be fine after those 12 months are over. In fact, I am convinced that our problems are only going to intensify as time rolls along. [more; exactly, so what's the point?]

    8 killed in landslides triggered by incessant rains in Nepal - at least 23 dead in 5 days

    Eight people, including two children, were killed in landslides triggered by incessant rains in Nepal, home ministry officials said here on Tuesday.

    Several landslides along the Prithvi and Siddhartha highways either blocked the roads or damaged their portions, disrupting transportation service.

    At least 23 people died and several others went missing in various districts across the country in the past five days as landslides and flood triggered by heavy monsoon rains hit parts of Nepal.

    Twenty districts have been affected by the landslides and flood.

    The home ministry has issued alert in all the seven provinces of the country. [more; 3 videos]

    Tunisia floods due to heavy rains

    It rained unusually in July in Tunisia. [more; video]

    Tuesday, 21 July 2020
    Competing narratives on vaccine - on the SAME DAY

    The UK’s Vaccine Taskforce chair has cautioned against over-optimism that a Covid-19 vaccine will be found.


    Hopes of ending the Covid-19 pandemic with a vaccine grew today after promising data revealed Oxford University's experimental jab is safe and provokes an immune reaction that lasts for at least two months. [more]

    [part 2 awaits]

  2. Unusual media coverage of Arctic methane clathrates
    Further Evidence suggests Arctic Ocean Methane Storage getting Unstable

    Global methane emissions soar to record high

    Arctic conditions for Methane release become more favorable

    “The very shallow water column and weakening permafrost” could lead to the doubling of methane in the atmosphere in “a matter of decades,” Shakhova suggested. [more]

    Unhinged. A chain of events has unhinged the structure of our world in just 203 days: If you were a man of faith, you would be forgiven if you have come to the conclusion that the Fiery Red Horse of the Apocalypse has been released and just maybe it has

    We will be in a physical and spiritual lockdown, locked up in our homes not daring to venture outside for fear of criminals, the military and Covid-19, we will be living a dystopian movie. [more]

    Powerful Seismic Swarm near Juneau, Alaska is Glacier related

    The swarm of earthquakes near Mt. Ogden and Wright Glacier, about 40 miles east of Juneau, picked up starting on July 10, 2020… And are probably related to [melting] glaciers. [more]

    [here they come!]
    Biblical Swarms of Voracious Locusts Jump From Argentina to Brazil, Threatening Winter Crops – Devastating Plague Heading North With Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize Already Reporting Insects – Mexico and the U.S. Next?

    Weather conditions may be forming to send a cloud of locusts in northern Argentina over the border to Brazil, threatening winter crops.

    That would add even more pressure on the already collapsing global food network. [more]

    Wave of Sludge Flowing From Arizona’s Bighorn Fire Burn Scar Floods a Dry River in the Desert (Video)

    A video posted by Pima County Thursday shows the Bighorn Fire affecting the community in a way you might not expect.
    Debris flows like this one from the Bighorn Fire in Arizona can be deadly. [more]

    Hog Fire burns more than 5,000 acres west of Susanville, CA

    Mandatory evacuations are in effect [more]

    Boeing Faces Financial Drag From Dozens of Undelivered 787 Jets

    Boeing Co. is running out of space to stash newly-built 787 Dreamliners, with jetliners seemingly tucked onto every available patch of pavement on airfields near its factories in Washington and South Carolina.

    Dozens of the planes are sitting on the company’s premises, according to people familiar with the situation. Uresh Sheth, a much-followed blogger who meticulously tracks the Dreamliners rolling through Boeing’s factories, puts the total somewhere above 50. That’s more than double the number of jets typically awaiting customers along Boeing’s flight lines.

    Swollen river inundates hundreds of homes, capital Kathmandu cut off as death toll surpasses 130, Nepal

    At least 105 houses were flooded in Nepal's Jhapa rural municipality after the Kankai River's eastern embankment was breached due to heavy rains on July 20, 2020. Several landslides hit Prithvi Highway on July 20 and 21, cutting off capital Kathmandu from most of the country. Since June, when the rainy season began in Nepal, more than 130 people were killed. 48 others remain missing. [more]

  3. [some Tuesday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 21, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Global Real Estate Investment Plunges Amid Covid Pandemic

    India vehicle sales plunge 51% in June

    Nigeria's inflation rises to 12.56%, food prices surge

    CEO of major Asian bank says 'a big, big challenge' is looming for the global economy

    Recovery of Collapsed Air Passenger Traffic in the US Backtracks

    Global Air Passenger Slump to Last Until 2023, Moody's Says

    Number of American troops in Afghanistan drops to 8,600 as Taliban make big changes ahead of expected talks

    Navy chief: US warship's fate uncertain; damage extensive

    US tech giants exposed if China takes Taiwan

    Protesters hit with gas as locals demand feds leave Portland

    'Whatever it takes': Thousands of workers could join Strike for Black Lives, walking off jobs Monday to protest racial inequality

    U.S. Fracking Services Pioneer Files For Bankruptcy

    Failing Africa's Farmers
    New report shows Africa's Green Revolution is "failing on its own terms."

    Nigeria, 24 countries to face hunger in coming months – UN report

    Aid Groups Call for Worldwide COVID-19 Bailout Amid Fears of Mass Hunger

    'We need to close down' — Florida reports more than 10,000 new virus cases for fifth day

    Coronavirus: US State department cables show concerns over rules and training at Wuhan lab
    Recently released documents from 2018 show US officials were concerned about shortages of trained staff, but not the research being carried out at the facility

    A risky bet by America's mall owners: Plucking retailers out of bankruptcy to salvage a pandemic-hit industry

    Donald Trump refuses to commit to accepting presidential election results if Joe Biden wins
    If Trump loses, will he refuse to hand over the White House? Will the two rivals duke it out on the South Portico to see who gets to occupy the Oval Office? -- RF

    Trump plans to send federal law enforcement personnel to Democratic-led U.S. cities

    The Real Unemployment Rate is 21%--and Heading Higher

    DHS Goes Full Gestapo In Response To Ongoing Protests In Oregon

    How Trump's Covid Handling Wrecked His Election Chances
    [bullshit, who ya-gonna vote for - Biden? fuggetabotit!]

  4. Workers Escape Injury as Houses Collapse in South Philly

    Two vacant row homes under construction collapsed Tuesday afternoon in South Philadelphia.

    The properties along Mercy Street, near South 7th and Snyder streets, were being worked on when they collapsed around 12:10 p.m., Philadelphia police said.

    All the workers safely escaped the collapse, police said.

    PECO, PGW and Licenses and Inspections responded to the collapse site.

    The cause of the collapse is being investigated. [more]

    #ExeterSully: Young Pilot Hailed a Hero After Landing Plane on Pa. Highway

    The pilot of a small plane is being hailed a hero, compared to “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, after managing to land safely on a Pennsylvania highway.

    All three people on the Cessna survived the emergency landing late Monday night on Route 422 in Exeter Township, Berks County, township police said.

    The young pilot – who hasn’t been named – “saved the life of his two passengers when the engine failed,” police said in a Facebook post.

    He managed to bring the plane down on the roadway, striking a car along the way, but only causing minor damage, police said. [more; no comparison]

    Flames Tear Through NJ Egg Farm; Hundreds of Thousands of Chickens Die

    The cause of the fire remained under investigation by state and local authorities.

    This wasn't the first time this farm caught fire. The fire chief said it also went up in flames while a smaller facility decades ago. [more; snakebit]

    [hot again here today, 90s]

  5. Florida teachers union files lawsuit against state over school reopening order

    The Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, said Monday it's filing a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state over their push to reopen Florida's schools as COVID-19 cases rise.

    The FEA lawsuit is one of at least two to have been filed against the state's plans to reopen schools. Both are asking a judge to intervene and stop schools from reopening in just a few weeks.

    The union said in a survey of its members that 39 percent of teachers said they will not go back to school if they're forced to be there five days a week. [more; so most want to go back to work]

    Waterspout hits Sochi, Russia

    (Translated from Russian): At noon, the tornado approached the beach area in the Imeretinskaya lowland and disintegrated when it came ashore. None of the people were hurt. Beach equipment was damaged by gusts of wind. A storm warning was announced at the resort in advance, and the beach was closed. [more; video]

    Three nomads and hundreds of animals killed by lightning strike in Surankote, India

    They added that many animals including goat and sheep, whose number is believed to be in several hundreds, also got perished in the incident. [more; SOTT comment follows]

    Comment: A lightning bolt also killed 16 goats in Pakistan on July 20.

    [2nd part below]

  6. Capitalism may not survive 2020 global crisis, which will cut deeper and last longer than many predict

    Five crises

    Here are the five converging crises. Each country will exhibit its own mixture of some or all of them. The United States suffers them all, and this partly is why its economic crash and coronavirus pandemic are so extreme.

    The first is climate change (rising air and water temperatures, floods, droughts, fires, etc.) that disrupts the world economy in multiple ways.

    The second is inequality. As French economist Thomas Piketty and countless others have shown, capitalism worsens inequality of wealth and income continuously unless and until the mass of impoverished revolt or threaten to.

    The third is racism. [topic discussed]

    The fourth is instability, the periodic crashes that accelerate inequality and reinforce racism.

    And the fifth is the viral pandemic. Private profit calculations lead private corporations almost everywhere to NOT produce and stockpile the means to contain viral pandemics. Because governments pander to the idea that private, profit-maximizing capitalists are paragons of "efficiency," they mostly failed to compensate for the private capitalists' failure.

    The major governmental weapon has been massive increases in monetary stimulus. This has utterly failed to revive economies in terms of employment and production. Instead it has fueled stock market/asset inflation that both worsens the already extreme inequality and also confronts mass suffering with rapid wealth accumulation of the already extremely wealthy. Almost no one believes in the long-term sustainability of this gross divergence between the stock market and the underlying economy.

    A different roadmap for the post-pandemic world has to face the need to NOT return to the pre-pandemic "normal." Instead, major structural changes in national economies, world trade, and finance need to be decided and implemented. Chief among these is a much less unequal global distribution of wealth and income. Moreover, this must include changes in enterprise organization so that modern capitalism's tendency to deepening inequalities of wealth and income is not allowed to resume its socially divisive functions. Likewise, there must be a much more coordinated global movement to achieve such changes. Otherwise national variants of the five converging crises in the US mentioned at the beginning of this essay will be our global future. [more; fat chance]

    Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile shut down Trump campaign texting program

    Politico reported on Monday that Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T flagged "potential regulatory problems" with the Trump campaign's messaging operation. Within "Trump's orbit," many continue to speculate that big tech companies "are looking to influence the election" against the president. [more]

    Dog Soup? Discover Caged Puppies Ahead of their Slaughters to be Turned Into Traditional South Korean Broth

    South Korea’s dog-eating season began Sunday and will continue in to August.

    Traditional boshintang soup contains farmed dogs and stray pooches. [more; heartbreaking to me]

    [this too]
    Japan Opens Whale Hunting Season… Again!

    Pictures have emerged of a freshly-caught whale being skinned, gutted and chopped up in Japan, a year after the country resumed whaling. [more]