Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-27


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

2020-07-27 - Arctic sea ice could disappear completely within two months:

Quote: "Arctic sea ice fell by 3.239 million km² in extent in 25 days (i.e. from July 1 to 25, 2020). Melting will likely continue for another two months. If it continues on its current trajectory, the remaining 6.333 million km² of Arctic sea ice could disappear completely within two months' time."

2020-07-27 - Nearly 3 billion animals were affected by the megafires in Australia:

Quote: "It is the worst single event for wildlife in Australia, among the worst in the world and is likely to push some species into extinction, according to the study, funded by WWF Australia."

Quote: "The wildfires destroyed more than 11 million hectares across the Australian southeast – an area of land equal to about half of the size of the UK."

2020-07-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire, junk cars and tires burn, in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Assistant chief fire officer Darren Conlin said the fire was fuelled by a 'load of rubber tyres and really old disbanded cars'."

2020-07-27 - High-rise commercial building heavily damaged by fire in Ankara (Turkey):

2020-07-27 - Rising ocean temps helping jellyfish reproduce, sending jellyfish washing up in Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "Jellyfish are beginning to wash up on Virginia Beach as warmer ocean temperatures create a breeding ground, officials said."

2020-07-27 - Police officer has 'medical issue' and collapses at 6:30 AM at complex in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

Quote: "A Providence police officer was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning due to an unspecified medical issue. A rescue crew responded to the Providence Public Safety Complex around 6:30 a.m. for a report of an officer down."

2020-07-27 - Great white shark attacks and kills woman off Bailey Island (Maine), first ever fatal shark attack in Maine:

Quote: "Her death marked Maine’s first fatal shark attack."

2020-07-27 - Yacht bursts into flame while parked at business on North Grove Street in Anaheim (California):

2020-07-27 - Boat bursts into flame on the Miami River in coastal Miami (Florida):

2020-07-27 - Boat bursts into flame at marina in coastal Lantana (Florida):

2020-07-27 - Boat, ATV and department of conservation building destroyed by fire in Monett (Missouri):

Quote: "'An ATV that the department owns its a total loss,' said Shores. 'It’s been used on numerous search and rescues for people who get lost in the National Forest during deer season. When hikers get lost, it’s also used on ATV patrol during deer season. It’s all a total loss.' A boat was also lost in the fire."

2020-07-27 - Five boats destroyed by explosion and fire at marina on Shuswap Lake (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "'Unfortunately, the boat on fire drifted into four others, igniting them on fire as well as the surrounding dock where the boats were moored,' said Shirley, adding five boats were totally destroyed while another sustained minor damage."

Note: These are the 677th, 678th, 679th, 680th, 681st, 682nd, 683rd, 684th and 685th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-27 - School bus bursts into flame near Fatehgarh Sahib (India):

Note: This is the 34th school bus to burn in 2020, and this is the 176th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-07-27 - Crane truck bursts into flame on M876 slip road near Falkirk (Scotland):

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-91 in Meriden (Connecticut):

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 in Palm Springs (California):

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-40 near Ludlow (California):

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on State Road 350 at Mt. Sinai Road in Aurora (Indiana):

2020-07-27 - Tractor bursts into flame along Vine Springs Road in Columbia (California):

2020-07-27 - Tractor bursts into flame in Kyneton (Australia):

Note: These are the 1058th, 1059th, 1060th, 1061st, 1062nd, 1063rd and 1064th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-27 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Scottsdale (Arizona):

2020-07-27 - Box truck bursts into flame in parking lot off Route 18 in East Brunswick (New Jersey):

2020-07-27 - Truck bursts into flame in tunnel at recycling center in Moraine (Ohio):

2020-07-27 - RV bursts into flame while parked off Chapel Lane in Rapid City (South Dakota):

2020-07-27 - RV bursts into flame on I-77 in Bland County (Virginia):

2020-07-27 - RV bursts into flame on Highway 96 between Jasper and Kirbyville (Texas):

Note: These are the 233rd, 234th and 235th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-07-27 - Van bursts into flame on street in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-07-27 - Van bursts into flame at 2:45 AM in carpark in coastal Singapore:

2020-07-27 - Van bursts into flame at 11 PM on Malcolm Road in Glenrothes (Britain):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Redmond High School in Redmond (Oregon):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Cuyahoga Drive in Bartlett (Illinois):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Joaquin Court in Longview (Texas):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame at 3:16 AM while parked at home on Green Street in Racine (Wisconsin):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at pharmacy on Birch Avenue in 100 Mile House (Canada):

2020-07-27 - Police car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Nishinomiya (Japan):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame at 3:14 AM in Birchmore (Britain):

2020-07-27 - Car bursts into flame at the Halfway Inn in Aylesbeare (Britain):

2020-07-27 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the Zilwaukee Bridge over the Saginaw River in Zilwaukee (Michigan):

2020-07-27 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-39/90/94 near County Highway CS in Columbia County (Wisconsin):

2020-07-27 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 1:22 AM on Burns Avenue in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-07-27 - Golf cart bursts into flame before 4 AM while parked inside pool house at home, fire spreads, pool house destroyed, on Royal Woods Drive in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2020-07-27 - SUV and home destroyed by fire on 7th Street in Rio Linda (California):

Quote: "Firefighters report that there were other items nearby that also caught fire, including an SUV, according to a statement from Sac Metro Fire Dept."

2020-07-27 - Home damaged by fire on Greenwood Avenue in Battle Creek (Michigan), nobody there:

2020-07-27 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Cottondale Road in Montgomery (Alabama):

2020-07-27 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:16 AM on East Pasadena Road in Oak Ridge (Tennessee), nobody there:

2020-07-27 - Home destroyed by fire in Wytheville (Virginia):

2020-07-27 - Home destroyed by fire on Hanna Street in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts):

2020-07-27 - Two homes destroyed, two more damaged, on Passaic Street in Passaic (New Jersey):

2020-07-27 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire at 4:21 AM on Leavitt Street in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2020-07-27 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by massive fire at 2:40 AM in the Stoney Creek area in Hamilton (Canada):

2020-07-27 - Deadly fire burns home at 6:15 AM on Fourth Court West in Birmingham (Alabama), 1 killed:

2020-07-27 - Deadly fire burns home shortly after 12:30 AM near Main Street South and Clarence Street in Brampton (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-07-27 - Deadly fire burns duplex on North Fair Street in Allentown (Pennsylvania), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Cellphone video shows flames shooting from the home as well as a burning air conditioning unit falling to the ground."

2020-07-27 - Vacant home burns shortly before 4:30 AM on North Main Street in Dayton (Ohio):

2020-07-27 - College student, man, 20, vomits and dies at frat house in Lincoln (Nebraska):

Quote: "The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 20-year-old Luke Weiland, of Green Oaks, Illinois, was found Friday afternoon in his room at Delta Tau Delta fraternity. UNL Police Capt. John Backer said Monday that a preliminary investigation showed Weiland had asphyxiated on his own vomit. Investigators did not find any signs of alcohol consumption or foul play."

2020-07-27 - Man, 73, found dead and face-down in reservoir while playing golf at golf course in coastal Waldport (Oregon):

Quote: "A group of golfers told the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office they were at the third hole at Crestview Golf Club on S Crestline Drive when they noticed a golfer at the next hole. He was standing near the edge of a manmade water feature on the west side of the course. When the group moved on to the fourth hole, they noticed an empty golf cart but didn’t see the man who had been there. They eventually found him floating face-down in the reservoir, deputies said. First responders pronounced the man dead at the scene."

2020-07-27 - Woman dies after being pulled from Chesapeake Bay in the Ocean View area in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2020-07-27 - Person has 'medical emergency' at 6:10 AM and dies along Eastport Boulevard in Henrico (Virginia):

2020-07-27 - Man, 34, drops dead before 5 AM in parking lot at hotel in Rochester (Minnesota):

Quote: "The body of a 34-year-old man was discovered in the parking lot of the hotel at 1517 16th St. SW. The man is believed to have been staying at the hotel since May, likely in town working on a construction project, police said. Police said there were no signs of physical trauma, adding that he may have died due to a medical issue."

2020-07-27 - Trucker, man, slumps over dead in his big rig at I-70 rest stop near Morristown (Ohio):

2020-07-27 - Man, 31, found dead in pond at apartments in Las Cruces (New Mexico):

2020-07-27 - Man, 33, found dead in the Ouachita River in Monroe (Louisiana):

2020-07-27 - Person found dead in Mountain Lake in coastal San Francisco (California):

2020-07-27 - Woman, 48, found dead in the Snake River in Idaho Falls (Idaho):

2020-07-27 - Woman, 26, dies in the water at Peebles Island State Park (New York):

2020-07-27 - Man, 77, found dead in Echo Lake at Plymouth State Park (Vermont):

2020-07-27 - Man found dead in the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Rapids (Wisconsin):

2020-07-27 - Man, 65, found dead in pond at the Vallee-du-Richelieu golf club in Sainte-Julie (Canada):

2020-07-27 - Person found dead in Lake Erie in Pottahawk (Canada):

2020-07-27 - Man, 68, found dead in the water at beach in coastal Ocho Rios on the island of Jamaica:

2020-07-27 - Woman in her 30s found dead in apartment on Exeter Street in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-07-27 - Man drops dead in park in Lisvane (Britain), near the coast:

2020-07-27 - Man, 50, has 'medical emergency', car crashes into vehicles, in Orange (Texas), 1 killed:

Quote: "Willie Charles Johnson, 50, had a medical emergency while driving east on Edgar Brown when he hit two other vehicles stopped at an intersection according to a news release from the Orange Police Department."

2020-07-27 - Man in his 30s has 'medical episode', car crashes, on the M5 near Oldbury (Britain), 1 killed:

Quote: "A driver has died after suffering a 'medical episode' on the M5  - just hours after a woman was killed in another smash on the M6."

2020-07-27 - Person has 'medical incident' while driving in Nottingham (Britain):

Quote: "Reports have said there has been a crash at the junction but police have described it as a 'medical incident'."

2020-07-27 - Small plane crashes near Parkston (South Dakota), 1 killed:

2020-07-27 - Small plane makes emergency landing on I-5 near coastal Camp Pendleton (California):

2020-07-27 - Small plane crashes near Stave Lake (Canada), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-27 - Military bus overturns in Mersin Province (Turkey), 6 killed, 10 injured:

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer overturns, fire erupts, on Highway 152 near the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County (California):

2020-07-27 - Tractor trailer overturns at 6 AM on I-10 in Cabazon (California):

2020-07-27 - Dump truck crashes into median and overturns on I-65 in Scott County (Kentucky), 1 injured:

Quote: "Investigators believe Stidham may have suffered a medical emergency, which may have been a contributing factor in the crash."

2020-07-27 - Car veers off road and overturns at 2 AM on Ocean Parkway near coastal Gilgo Beach (New York), 1 killed:

2020-07-27 - Car crashes into 7-Eleven on Ocean Street in coastal Santa Cruz (California):

2020-07-27 - Crocodile attacks and kills boy along the Kharasrota River in Parimukundpur (India):

2020-07-27 - Lightning strike kills man at Stampede Reservoir (California):

2020-07-27 - Lightning strike kills two women soccer players, injures three more, in Tlahuac (Mexico):

2020-07-27 - Heavy rain and flooding continue in Karachi (Pakistan), dozens killed:

2020-07-27 - Heavy rain and flooding continue in Assam (India), death toll rises to 100:

2020-07-27 - Four asteroids to fly past Earth in one day, astronaut warns there are a million out there that can hit us:


  1. Jeez Jonny, bad day for boats, buses, planes, vehicles of all kinds, residential structures, and people keeling over!

    People think "how can we be killing off 200 or more species a day?" Then ya read that 3 BILLION creatures were killed in ONE megafire event (nobody ever tallied up how many died in the various CA megafires) and it all becomes clear (it's an AVERAGE number, with some days WAY over that).

    Well, the marine die-off continues.

    Migratory river fish populations plunge 76% in past 50 years

    Populations of migratory river fish around the world have plunged by a “catastrophic” 76% since 1970, an analysis has found.

    The fall was even greater in Europe at 93%, and for some groups of fish, with sturgeon and eel populations both down by more than 90%.

    researchers fear there will be hundreds of fish extinctions in the coming decades. [more]

    Symbolic Signs in the Sky: More Than 125,000 Lightnings Strike Washington DC in Just Two Hours During Unprecedented Electrical Storm

    Powerful thunderstorms consolidated over the D.C. area Thursday evening, releasing a dramatic and memorable outburst of thunder and lightning while also dispensing tremendous rainfall. [more]

    A year of extremes: Bushfire-ravaged towns in Australia now hit by severe floods

    Coastal towns ravaged by unrelenting bushfires just six months ago are now suffering severe floods after days of wild weather.

    Australia's unprecedented summer bushfires burned through 18.6 million hectares of bushland, destroyed about 3,500 homes, claimed the lives of 34 people and is estimated to have killed more than one billion animals. [more; short news video]

    [today's confusion regarding Covid-19 and mask wearing]

    New CDC and WHO Study Proves 'No Evidence' Facemasks Prevent Virus

    Facebook's so-called "fact checkers" have struck again, claiming that my report on the science that proves that wearing facemasks, especially in non-medical settings does almost nothing to prevent the spread of a virus, is false... citing that it was based on old information.

    Now, I'm reporting on a new study created in conjunction with the World Health Organization and published by the CDC from less than 60 days ago that once again proves that there is no evidence that wearing face masks in public prevents the spread of flu-like viruses. I'm also going to show you why the Facebook fact-checking system cannot be trusted. [more]

    Wearing a Mask Might Protect the Wearer From Severe COVID-19, a New Study Says

    Experts have been recommending face masks as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus; the wearer of the face mask can protect people around them because the mask blocks respiratory droplets, which have been identified as a main means of COVID-19 transmission. But could wearing a face mask also protect the wearer? It's a possibility, according to a new paper from researchers at the University of California - San Francisco and John Hopkins, which will be published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

    The paper draws on "virologic, epidemiologic, and ecologic evidence" to make the argument that wearing a face mask could result in a lower "viral dose," or amount of coronavirus particles, taken in by a wearer exposed to the virus. And according to several studies cited by the researchers, a lower viral dose can lead to less severe symptoms, or even no symptoms at all, of a given illness, including COVID-19.[more]

    [2nd facet below]

  2. As Covid-19 Surges, California Farmworkers Are Paying a High Price

    A survey of workers in 21 counties found the coronavirus is devastating them directly and indirectly, with farm hubs having the highest infection rates in the state.

    The collapse of food service demands when most businesses and institutions shut down has cut farm jobs statewide by 20 percent, or 100,000. Many farmworkers who are still working have had their hours or days reduced, sometimes without warning. Lockdowns have also cost workers second jobs they needed to make ends meet. They are juggling bills and going hungry. [more; no farm WORKERS, no food]

    [some news on the breakdown of civil society]
    Now Americans Are Rioting Over Mini-Golf And Bagels

    People are becoming violently angry even over very trivial matters, and you never know when someone might erupt.

    The mainstream media deserves a lot of the blame for this. Over and over they keep telling us that the riots that are happening in our major cities each night are “peaceful”, but everyone can see that they are not.

    If it is perfectly acceptable for rioters to attack police officers, destroy buildings and commit other acts of violence because they are “offended” by the system, then a lot of other young people out there are going to give themselves permission to violently erupt when they are “offended” by something as well. [more; lots of examples with links]

    [here's another example, though this is typical]
    MLB roundup: Benches clear in Dodgers' win over Astros

    [i'm sure they all displayed social distancing . ..]

    Wednesday, 29 July 2020
    The (Evil) Empire Strikes Back

    "Lies Spread Faster Than The Truth On Social Media" - Gates Slams COVID-19 Vaccine "Conspiracy Theories"

    Bill Gates insisted last week that 'conspiracy theories' involving the Gates Foundation and the Microsoft founder's alleged hidden agenda to use vaccines as a cover for his nefarious micro-chipping project were utter nonsense. Apparently, Gates failed to grasp that this is exactly the kind of denial that a villainous billionaire might give. [more]

    Doctors' press conference SUPPRESSED on all social media
    American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation with Capitol Hill Press Conference
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/07/doctors-press-conference-suppressed-on.html [2 ~ 45 min. videos]

    US surgeon general says national mask mandate isn't necessary

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoed President Trump, saying he does not think a national mask mandate is necessary, but at the same time urged all Americans to continue to wear face coverings.

    What Trump has said: In an interview with Fox that aired Sunday, President Trump said he does not feel a national mask mandate is necessary because he wants people to "have a certain freedom"

    Trump said over the weekend that he does not believe the disease will go away if everyone wears masks. [more]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. Hundreds of Toxic Superfund Sites Imperiled by Sea-Level Rise, Study Warns

    The Union of Concerned Scientists, faulting Trump for ignoring climate change, says flooding there could wash deadly chemicals into nearby communities. [where they usually wash into the ocean, so nobody cays!]

    A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that more than 800 hazardous Superfund sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding in the next 20 years, even with low rates of sea level rise. [more]

    Cyclone over the Beau[f]ort Sea

    Major cyclone over the Arctic Basin

    By comparison the Great Arctic cyclone of 2012 was 962

    Strong Arctic cyclone (971 mb) over the Beaufort Sea today. We will wait and see how much damage this does to sea ice in the region. [more]

    [when the shit finally hits the fan, your personal party escape vehicle]
    Forget a Boat—You Can Rent This Floating Party Pod That Can Sail Around the World

    Anthénea is a luxury, floating hotel suite and a water-based mobile home. It’s designed by architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, whose inspiration for the vessel came from James Bond’s floating pod in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

    The floating habitat runs off of solar energy and releases clean water back into the ocean using black and gray water stations. It uses sand screw anchoring to avoid any damage to the underwater ecosystem and environment. Inside, the dome-shaped vessel offers 360-views of the ocean. The bedroom includes an extra large round bed with an overflow round bathtub that can be filled with sea or freshwater. There's also a small living area with kitchen necessities and fiberglass windows that allow you to see into the ocean. On top, the pod has an open, outdoor seating area that accommodates up to 12 people. [more; take a look!]

    Flames Engulf Commercial Buildings in San Francisco

    Several commercial buildings were burning early on July 28 in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, fire officials said.The San Francisco Fire Department said on Twitter the five-alarm fire was burning at Folsom and 13th streets. Around 150 firefighters were at the scene. Power in the area was cut to aid the response, the department said.A number of residents were displaced and emergency medical responders were at the scene, they said. [34 sec. video]

    R.E.M., Rolling Stones, Elton John and Dozens of Artists Send Letter Demanding End to Unauthorized Political Use of Music

    What do Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Courtney Love, Panic! at the Disco, Pearl Jam, Sia, Aerosmith, Lorde and Linkin Park have in common? Among probably many other things, one definite is a desire for politicians to keep their grubby hands off their music. (Unless, perhaps, they ask nicely.) [or pay them for its use, or hire them to create a theme song for their campaign . .]

    Those and dozens of other artists have put their signatures to an open letter from the Artist Rights Alliance, addressed to to the Democratic and Republican national, congressional and senatorial committees, asking all parties to put an end to appropriating popular songs for political purposes without authorization. [more]

    [4th section below]

  4. [ah hey, thanks Paul!]
    Paul Krugman: 'One Way Or Another, The Economy Is Going To Lock Down Again’

    “One way or another, the economy is going to lock down again,” warned Paul Krugman on Tuesday night.

    “This is where we’ve gotten to,” the noted economist lamented to CNN’s Don Lemon. “We squandered the chance to actually bring this thing (the coronavirus) under control,” he said, pointing to the premature reopening of states (encouraged by President Donald Trump), which led to a devastating resurgence of COVID-19.

    Krugman predicted a new lockdown would come about either “because governors and hopefully the president finally says ‘OK, we screwed it up, we need to do it over again’ or just because people are too afraid” to go out and resume business as usual. [more; right, and just doing that KILLED the economy, so a longer lockdown or a new one will finish it off]

    New York Swelters With Heat Challenging 19th Century Records

    [here in s/e PA it was only supposed to be in the hi 80s, but reached into the 90s yesterday]

    New York and the U.S. Northeast will get a string of hot days this week, with temperatures Monday that may topple daily records in Manhattan and Boston dating to the 19th century.The high in New York’s Central Park was forecast to reach 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius), one degree shy of the record for the date set in 1869, said Bob Oravec, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Boston is set to tie its high of 98 for July 27 set in 1872.“The hottest days are going to be Monday and Tuesday,” Oravec said. “Monday has the potential for a lot of records in areas of the Northeast.” At 2 p.m., the temperature in New York had risen to 92 in Central Park. [more]

    [nuclear on steroids]
    The World's Largest Fusion Reactor Finally Begins Assembly

    Assembly is scheduled to take five years, with a brief plasma demonstration in 2025. [more; probably won't happen or be completed]

    [OF COURSE they did]
    Column: GOP slips an attack on Social Security into its coronavirus relief bill

    Social Security advocates who breathed a sigh of relief when Senate Republicans rejected President Trump's demand to place a payroll cut in the latest coronavirus relief bill exhaled too soon.

    The version unveiled Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) incorporates a provision even more menacing for Social Security (and Medicare too). [more]

    [further erosion of the retail sector]
    McDonald's to close 200 U.S. restaurants. Here's where some of the closures are expected

    McDonald's is permanently closing 200 of its 14,000 U.S. locations this year with "low-volume restaurants" in Walmart stores making up over half of the closures. [more]

    [5th installment next]

  5. 'Unimaginable loss': Chicago police deputy chief dies by apparent suicide in department facility

    A newly-promoted Chicago police officer and father of two has died by suicide, city officials said Tuesday – at least the second officer this year to die by suicide in a department that has long struggled with officers taking their own lives.

    Police officers, in general, are at particularly high risk of alcohol abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, posttraumatic stress disorder and other challenges, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 1 in 4 officers has thoughts of suicide at some point in their life. [more]

    The Texas COVID-19 Death Surge Is Here, and It’s Terrifying

    Six months ago this week, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, Texas had zero cases—and few reasons to expect it would become one of the hardest-hit areas in the world.

    But as hospitalizations and deaths have surged in recent weeks, its departure from successful public health responses in the rest of the country—and the world at large—has only grown more stark.

    After a brief lockdown, Texas was one of the first states in the U.S. to reopen, at lightning speed. And after weeks of skyrocketing case totals—with local officials clashing with state leaders on everything from the reopening of bars to mask mandates—the inevitable surge in fatalities has arrived.

    As of Monday, according to state health data, Texas had 385,924 total cumulative cases and 5,713 deaths. Just a week earlier, on July 20, Texas passed 4,000 deaths from the disease. To be clear, that means 20 percent of all deaths in the state happened in just six days. [more]

    Europe's last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna

    Europe's last dictator, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, on Tuesday said he had COVID-19 but has already recovered.

    "Today you are meeting a man who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. Doctors came to such a conclusion yesterday. Asymptomatic," Lukashenko said.

    Lukashenko previously dismissed fears over COVID-19 as a "psychosis" and recommended drinking vodka to stay healthy.

    [see 6th section]

  6. Hundreds to quarantine after COVID-19 case linked to Florida high school graduation ceremony

    Nearly 300 recent Florida high school graduates and their guests have been asked to quarantine after health officials said an attendee at Saturday's Bayside High School commencement ceremony had COVID-19.

    Families were notified about the case Monday in a letter from the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County.

    The individual tested positive for the virus "shortly after attending," said Anita Stremmel, the department's assistant county health director, in an email to FLORIDA TODAY.

    "The Florida Department of Health was notified about the positive case by Brevard Public Schools and we confirmed the positive result in our lab reporting system," Stremmel said.

    "We are advising anyone who attended the graduation ceremony to self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms for 14 days," she said. [more]

    Trump Campaign Adviser Jenna Ellis: Separation of Church and State Is a Liberal Lie

    The notion that the United States observes a separation of church and state is a lie, according to President Donald Trump’s senior campaign legal adviser.

    “The left is going to tell you there’s this separation of church and state, and that’s just nowhere in the Constitution, nowhere in American law,” Jenna Ellis declared Monday evening during a Zoom event hosted by Asian Pacific Americans for Trump. “That’s nothing that our founding principles ever, uh, derived whatsoever.”

    The concept of a firewall between church and state authorities, Ellis claimed, is a mere “twisting a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Church that was simply talking about the three tiers of authority that God himself ordained—the church government, the civil government, and the family government.” [more; they don't pay taxes but get million$]

    Coronavirus: Hong Kong on verge of 'large-scale' outbreak, says Carrie Lam

    Hong Kong's hospital system could face "collapse" as it grapples with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the city's leader Carrie Lam has warned.

    She said the city was "on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak" and urged people to stay indoors.

    New regulations, including mandatory face masks and the closure of dine-in restaurants, kicked in on Wednesday. [more]

    Why do so many COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell? Scientists now know.

    Scientists have figured out how COVID-19 causes many people to lose their sense of smell. And they have good news: The loss appears to be temporary because the actual cells in the nose that detect smell aren’t harmed.

    Temporary loss of smell is called anosmia by doctors. It's one of the earliest and most commonly reported indicators of COVID-19. In fact, studies suggest it’s a better predictor of infection with the disease than fever and cough.

    In a paper published Friday, researchers found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, instead attacks the cells that support those smell-detecting neurons but not the neurons themselves. [more]

  7. [some humpday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 29, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Desperate hunt for yield forces investors to take 'extreme risk'

    Greyerz – Brace For Collapsing Global Stock Markets And Skyrocketing Gold Prices

    Gold & Silver Melt-Up Continues In Asian Trading

    King dollar's decline ripples across the globe

    Victoria's Secret parent L Brands to slash 15% of corporate workforce

    The United States Faces Irreparable Damage in a Cold or Hot Conventional War with China and its Allies

    Coal Consumption Plunged to Lowest Since at Least 1973. Why There's No Hope for Coal

    Iraq's Oil Exports To China Up 27.5% During First Half of 2020

    Once Canada's oil relief valve, rail shipping grinds to near halt

    High and dry: developed Cambodian wetlands raise flood risk

    Report links world's top meat firm to deforestation

    Indonesia virus cases pass 100,000 under 'new normal' policy

    Coronavirus: UK confirms first case of 'very rare' infection in pet cat

    Worsening coronavirus outbreaks in Florida, Texas add to gloomy U.S. picture

    Did Trump Bomb Syria on False Grounds? [yep]

    The Nation Is Falling Into the Abyss Between Wall Street and Main Street

    25% of cars in the U.S. are at least sixteen years old as vehicle age hits record high [most can't afford new cars!]

    A Significant Decline Is Coming For The U.S.

    U.S. gunmaker Remington files for bankruptcy again

    US companies looking to return home from China face significant problems

    Starbucks swings to a loss as cafe closures, pandemic costs weigh on profits

    Americans have downsized their views of what it takes to be rich and financially comfortable

    America's war on its own democracy
    The military-industrial complex' appetite for endless conflict eats away at freedom and representative government

  8. Fire, Bridge Collapse After Train Derails in Arizona

    A bridge over Tempe Town Lake has caught on fire and partially collapsed after a train derailed.

    Tempe Fire Department officials say the derailment happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday and involved a Union Pacific train. At least 90 firefighters are on the scene.

    So far, there have been no reports of any injuries.

    Local TV station footage showed huge flames, plumes of thick, black smoke and train cars lying on the ground below the bridge. [more]

    Detectives Investigate After 2 Found Dead in Camden Home
    [~ 1 min. news video]

    Authorities were investigating after two people were found dead in a home, the Camden County prosecutor said.

    Authorities said both appeared to have been dead for some time.

    Detectives were working to identify the couple and were trying to determine how they died. A county spokesman said the deaths didn't appear suspicious. [more]

    FDA Issues New Warning About 86 Dangerous Hand Sanitizers

    "Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects," said the FDA release. [more]

    Virus Updates: Studies Find Heart Damage in Recovered Patients; Fla. Sets Death Toll Record [~ 1.6 min. video]

    There is new evidence that COVID-19 can have lasting effects on heart health, which may go undetected in patients who assume they have recovered from the infection, NBC News reported.

    Two studies from Germany, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Cardiology, show how the virus can linger in the heart for months, even without producing symptoms. [more]

    Japan – Evacuations After Floods in Yamagata

    Heavy rain has been falling in northern area of the country since 27 July. Several locations in Yamagata recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 28 July, including Tsuruoka, Nishimura, Oguni and Nagai, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). [more]

  9. [WE'RE #1, U S A, U S A!]
    US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

    Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year.

    A huge plunge in consumer spending as people stayed home and avoided shopping, traveling or gathering in crowds as the virus raged is estimated to have sent the economy sinking at a roughly 32% annual rate in the April-June quarter. That would be more than triple the previous worst quarterly economic fall, a 10% drop set in 1958. Depressed activity in such areas as business investment, home construction and government spending also likely contributed to the worst quarterly contraction on records dating to 1947.

    On Thursday, the government will issue its first of three estimates of economic activity, as measured by the gross domestic product, for the April-June quarter. [more]

    [from Don't Get Your Hopes Up news]
    Trump Says Republicans, Democrats Are Far Apart on Stimulus

    President Donald Trump said that Republicans and Democrats aren’t close to resolving their differences over a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Congress may need to pass some stopgap measures to prevent aid from running out.

    “We ought to work on the evictions so that people don’t get evicted, to work on the payments to the people and the rest of it,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House before leaving on a trip to Texas. “We’re so far apart we don’t care.” [more]

    [of course they don't care, they're all millionaires]

    Republicans want to replace extra $600 unemployment benefit with 70% replacement wages — here’s why that could take months to implement

    ‘So many people receiving unemployment benefits are self-employed or are gig workers’ [more; oh, hey take your time, by all means, let's just let the whole pile of shit collapse!]

    [oh, but the IMPORTANT, connected people]
    The fashion influencer who fled NYC for the Hamptons while infected with COVID-19 received up to $350,000 in government PPP loans, report says

    [FASHION!? We'll all be wearing rags in a year!]

    Officials think mysterious packages from China containing seeds are part of an online scam
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/officials-think-mysterious-packages-china-194946681.html [~ 1.6 min. video]

    Unsolicited packages sent from China containing mysterious plant seeds have been showing up at homes across America. Officials now think these packages may be part of a fake product review scam. [more]

    [2nd bunch of crap follows]

  10. [yeah sure, NOW they tell us . .]
    Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses 'circulating in bats for decades'

    [bullshit, it's just as likely that humans infected THEM at this rate]

    Research suggests one of the closest known ancestors of the virus that causes Covid-19 emerged in bats between 40 and 70 years ago.

    It has been poised for human crossover for some time, the scientists said. [eh, wool fuck you Doc, yer late on 'at one]

    He said that while Sars-CoV-2 (the [so-called] pandemic coronavirus) is genetically very close to the nearest known bat viruses, they are separated in time by several decades.
    [well it doesn't have HIV sewn in 'air, now does it?]

    "We really do need to understand where or how the virus has crossed into the human population. If we now believe there's this generalist virus circulating in bats we need to get better at monitoring that." [more; IT WAS CREATED IN A LAB, Doc! ya know - GAIN OF FUNCTION and all . . ..]

    Neil Young says he's changed his mind about suing Donald Trump: 'I am looking at it again'

    "I am changing my mind about suing Donald Trump," Young wrote online Monday. "I am looking at it again. There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue."

    Young suggested his change of heart was inspired by Trump's deployment of federal agents to curb civil unrest

    "Trump has no respect for our military," Young wrote. "They are not to be used on the streets of America against law abiding citizens for a Political charade orchestrated by a challenged President." [uhm, hol' up thar Neil - these are fucking RIOTS and THEY are the thugs, mkoi?]

    On July 3, Trump spoke at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota . .
    During his appearance, the president played Young's songs to the crowd.

    "This is NOT ok with me," Young wrote on Twitter at the time. "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me." [more; okay THAT i can support]

    [the dwindling world of pro sports]
    A team-by-team look at which NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns

    [3rd trache of stories next]

  11. [college is going away]
    College Campuses and Towns Have No Good Choices

    College life this fall is going to be a potential source of trouble -- both on campus and for the towns where colleges are located. Meeting friends, dorm life, socializing and attending classes are among the highest-risk activities in terms of spreading Covid-19 because they involve prolonged indoor personal contact. A study from South Korea shows that young people in their late teens and early 20s spread the virus faster than people of other ages.

    So many colleges are likely to risk coronavirus outbreaks in order to save their pocketbooks. But ironically, they may end up getting the worst of both worlds. Just as premature reopenings of bars, stores and restaurants ended up causing big Covid outbreaks and hurting business activity in many Sun Belt states, virus outbreaks on campuses could cause a stampede away from universities eroding trust in universities as responsible stewards of young people’s health and safety. And at the same time, enough classes are online, and enough students are staying home, that a long-term shift toward distance education is unlikely to be staved off simply by having kids on campus in the fall.

    So one way or another, a big hit to university tuition is coming -- on top of the big hits from state budget cuts and the decline in foreign students. That triple whammy will end up closing many colleges that are barely profitable -- a trend that began before the pandemic -- and will force many others to cut salaries and services. [more]

    [flying is rapidly becoming a thing of the past]
    All Those Jets Stuck in Storage Could Experience Engine Failure

    Hundreds of commercial airliners have been grounded since March, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning that the long idle time is having corrosive effects on some engine and other airplane parts.

    In some ways, the problems are like any other vehicle left to sit for months without being started, let alone operated. But airplanes bring some unusual and surprising kinds of damage in addition to the usual, and Boeing has issued a new order to inspect 2,000 737 airliners that could have a damaged engine valve. [more; Boeing will be out of business before long]