Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-28

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

2020-07-28 - Woman, 52, ignites then jumps in pond, dies shortly later, in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "The woman who was found Thursday in Shreveport's Duck Pond with severe burns has died, the Shreveport Police Department confirmed on Tuesday. The Caddo Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 52-year-old Tracy Seward, of Shreveport."

2020-07-28 - Person burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car at 1:30 AM at Ray-Pec High School in Peculiar (Missouri):

2020-07-28 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, near coastal Lizard (Britain):

2020-07-28 - WHO says coronavirus will spread in one big wave and won’t go away as seasons change:

2020-07-28 - Naked man, 36, chases woman's car at 3:30 AM, gets combative with cops, gets tased, dies shortly later, in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "UTEP police said their officers had responded to 'a 911 call from a female motorist driving in the 3000 block of Sun Bowl Drive reporting a nude man who ran after her car to the intersection at North Mesa Street.' Officers on scene said the naked man was combative and they had to use a taser to subdue him and take him into custody. Then, police said the officers called for medical help and EMS crews determined the man to be 'unconscious and unresponsive.' The nude suspect, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead a short time later at University Medical Center."

2020-07-28 - ‘Zombie’ cicadas infected with psychedelic fungus can survive without most of their bodies:

Quote: "A mind-controlling fungus is spreading among the insects across the South and eating away at their bodies while still allowing them to fly about, according to researchers at West Virginia University."

2020-07-28 - Scientists revive microbes from 100 million years ago:

Quote: "Mr Morono said the new finding shows that some of Earth's simplest living structures 'do not actually have the concept of lifespan'."

2020-07-28 - Two boats destroyed by fire at marina on Lake St. Clair in St. Clair Shores (Michigan):

Note: These are the 686th and 687th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-28 - Transit bus bursts into flame at 4:45 AM on ramp from I-85 to I-285 in DeKalb County (Georgia):

2020-07-28 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on bridge in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2020-07-28 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on Bridgnorth Road in Stourton (Britain):

Note: These are the 177th, 178th and 179th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-07-28 - Eight tanker trucks destroyed by fire in truck park in Kermanshah (Iran):

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 35, driver pulls over, fire spreads to barn, in Mason County (West Virginia):

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame shortly after midnight on I-240 in Shelby County (Tennessee):

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 6:30 AM on US 264 in Zebulon (North Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Tractor bursts into flame near Wedmore (Britain):

2020-07-28 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on Brickyard Road in Aldridge, Walsall (Britain):

Note: These are the 1065th-1077th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-28 - Truck bursts into flame on the M1 near Leicester (Britain):

2020-07-28 - RV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-15 in San Diego County (California):

Note: This is the 236th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-07-28 - Van bursts into flame at 3:30 AM in parking lot on Germain Street in coastal Saint John (Canada):

2020-07-28 - SUV bursts into flame just before 4 AM while parked in parking lot on Pawtuxet Terrace in West Warwick (Rhode Island):

2020-07-28 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home in Albion (New York):

2020-07-28 - Pickup truck bursts into flame in rest area along Route 6 in coastal Harwich (Massachusetts):

2020-07-28 - Car bursts into flame on the 60 Freeway near Moreno Valley (California):

2020-07-28 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in Lexington (Massachusetts):

2020-07-28 - Car bursts into flame on the A361 in Knowstone (Britain):

2020-07-28 - Car bursts into flame on Station Approach in Westbury (Britain):

2020-07-28 - Car bursts into flame on Aldersey Road in Crewe (Britain):

2020-07-28 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 3:18 AM while parked along Ross Road in Anderson County (South Carolina), nobody there:

2020-07-28 - Car and garage go up in flames at home on East 163rd Court in Brighton (Colorado):

Quote: "The garage was badly damaged along with a car. The house itself had minor damage."

2020-07-28 - SUV and garage destroyed by fire at home in Grand Island (Nebraska):

2020-07-28 - Barn destroyed by fire on Douts Hill Road in Martic Township (Pennsylvania), 42,000 chickens killed:

2020-07-28 - Barn destroyed by fire on State Route 47 in Wayne Township (Ohio):

2020-07-28 - Six commercial buildings devastated by massive fire at 6:30 AM in coastal San Francisco (California):

Quote: "The business has been around since 1947 and contains many flammable materials, including building material, lumber, wooden palettes, and cardboard boxes."

Quote: "Among the commercial buildings that burned was a roofing supply company, an auto parts shop and a Sheriff's Department field operations building."

2020-07-28 - Restaurant destroyed by fire in Des Moines (Iowa):

2020-07-28 - Home damaged by fire at 11:24 PM on Winward Road in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), 1 injured:

2020-07-28 - Home destroyed by fire on West Parrish Drive in Benson (North Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Home destroyed by fire on Mohawk Street in La Mesa (California):

2020-07-28 - Beach home destroyed by fire, three more homes damaged, on coastal Oak Island (North Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Triple-decker home heavily damaged by fire on Park Street in the Dorchester area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-07-28 - Deadly basement fire burns home on Marroni Street in Montreal (Canada), 1 killed:

2020-07-28 - Migratory river fish populations plunge 76% in the past 50 years:

2020-07-28 - Three people found dead in mobile home in Ontario (California):

2020-07-28 - Man and woman found dead at home on North 18th Street in Camden (New Jersey):

2020-07-28 - Man and boy, 23 and 17, fall off air mattress into the water and dies in the East Mountain Reservoir in Waterbury (Connecticut):

2020-07-28 - Firefighter, middle-aged man, suddenly dies at home in Center Point (Alabama):

2020-07-28 - Woman, 22, found dead in the Intracoastal Waterway near Little River Drive in Little River (South Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Person found dead in canal in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2020-07-28 - Man, 37, found dead along Pine Tree Road near Tar Heel (North Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Person found dead in the Lumber River in Pembroke (North Carolina):

2020-07-28 - Man, 25, found dead in Lake Sebago at Harriman State Park (New York):

2020-07-28 - Man found dead in Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-28 - Man, 43, found dead near train tracks in Wayne Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-28 - Man found dead near Stafford Way and Silver Sage Drive in Carson City (Nevada):

2020-07-28 - Man found dead in the Mississippi River near Scott City (Missouri):

2020-07-28 - Man, 20, found dead in Stafford Lake near Coaldale (Canada):

2020-07-28 - Woman, 30, found dead in the water at quarry in Tiruchirappalli (India):

2020-07-28 - Man, 37, found dead in lake in Jamshedpur (India):

2020-07-28 - Man found dead in the water at beach in coastal Kokkola (Finland):

2020-07-28 - Man, 41, has 'medical emergency', SUV plows into transit bus, in Wichita (Kansas), 1 injured:

Quote: "Dramatic video shows several witnesses attempting to rescue a man after he crashed and accelerated into the back of a city bus amid a medical emergency. Rene Steven Brand recorded most of the incident which took place on July 28 in Wichita, Kansas."

2020-07-28 - Man, 53, has 'medical event', SUV crashes into tree, near Elma (Washington), 1 injured:

Quote: "The driver, a 53-year-old Lacey man, suffered a medical event and his vehicle drifted off the road to the right striking a tree. The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries."

2020-07-28 - Man, 26, has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into home, in Pittsfield (New York), 1 injured:

Quote: "According to Police, Alexander Colvin of Pittsfield was driving west on Elm Street, when he suffered a medical emergency which caused him to drive off the road and hit the porch of 233 Elm Street. Extensive damage was caused to both the home and vehicle."

2020-07-28 - Man has 'medical event', car mows down pedestrian then crashes into ditch, on River Road in Bucksport (Maine), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Police tell TV5 that the driver, who is from Orland, likely had a medical event causing his vehicle to cross the centerline and into the breakdown lane before coming to rest in a ditch. As it traveled toward the ditch it hit a 47-year-old Minnesota man who was walking along the road. The driver was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries."

2020-07-28 - Small plane crashes near Stapleton (Alabama), 2 killed:

2020-07-28 - Small plane crashes into residential area shortly before 2 AM in Houston (Texas), engine failure, 2 injured:

2020-07-28 - Small plane crashes near Highway 417 near Arnprior (Canada), 2 injured:

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-10 in Coachella (California):

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer overturns at 5:35 AM on Highway 17 near Los Gatos (California):

2020-07-28 - Tractor trailer crashes shortly before 1 AM, bursts into flame, on Highway 401 in Mississauga (Canada):

2020-07-28 - Car veers off road, crashes into building, in Lewiston (Idaho), 1 injured:

Quote: "Authorities said they believe the driver, a 21-year-old woman from Lewiston, might have had a medical incident while driving."

2020-07-28 - Scooter veers off road, crashes into pole, in Rego Park area in coastal Queens (New York), 1 killed:

2020-07-28 - Dog attacks and injured two girls at park in Bay City (Michigan):

2020-07-28 - Bridge collapses in Jalpaiguri (India), 2 killed:

2020-07-28 - Hotel collapses in Sanaa (Yemen), 4 killed, 3 injured:

2020-07-28 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, homes flooded, in Woburn (Massachusetts):

2020-07-28 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Sand Point (Alaska):

2020-07-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Chebacco Lake (Massachusetts):

2020-07-28 - Lightning strikes kill 11 people in West Bengal (India):

2020-07-28 - Lightning strike kills two brothers in Chhattisgarh (India):

2020-07-28 - Lightning strike kills tourist in the Rodnei Mountains (Romania):

2020-07-28 - Second straight year of flooding threatens another year of crops for farmers in Mississippi:


  1. Yeah, not lookin' good here on Thursday, Jonny and all readers of JJFH.

    Still hot here, though some relief is expected "soon."

    i wonder if that fungus the cicadas are infected with will follow them into their 13 year hibernation, so that if or when they emerge the fungus continues?

    Zombie behavior once again, and PA on today's report.

    Among the many people dropping dead we see yet another firefighter keeling over, this time at home. Toxic smoke or water related? We'll never know.

    The new normal is that we're definitely on our way out. Let's start with the economic news.

    Economic Nightmare: Nearly 50 Percent Of All The Jobs Lost During The COVID-19 Pandemic “May Be Gone Permanently”

    When millions of Americans were losing their jobs at the beginning of this pandemic, we were told not to worry because the lockdowns were just temporary and virtually all of those workers would be going back to their old jobs once the lockdowns ended. Well, now we are finding out that was not even close to true. Over the last 18 weeks, more than 52 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits, and a very large percentage of them are dealing with a permanent job loss. In fact, one brand new survey discovered that 47 percent of all unemployed workers now believe that their “job loss is likely to be permanent”.

    Yelp reported 71,500 businesses that were listed on their site have closed for good since March 1.

    • 80% of independent restaurants aren’t sure they’ll survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Nearly half of all small-business members of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce lost 100% of their sales or closed down completely. [more]

    [climate change proceeding faster than expected]
    Thursday, 30 July 2020
    Record-breaking 2020 hurricane season ramping up: Tropical Storm Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-ee-ahs) is the earliest "I-storm" on record in the Tropical Atlantic, breaking the record previously held by Irene, which formed on Aug. 7, 2005.

    Five of the first eight named storms this season are new record holders for the earliest-named storm for their letter. This trend looks like it may continue in the Atlantic basin, perhaps even before the calendar closes in August. With Hanna burying itself in the mountains of Mexico. [more]

    [2nd part below]

  2. South Florida still fully in forecast path of what is expected to be Tropical Storm Isaias

    The storm still lacks a well-defined center of circulation, but it is expected to become a tropical storm Wednesday night, Senior Hurricane Specialist Daniel Brown wrote in the latest forecast discussion describing the meteorological conditions of the storm.

    All of Florida remains in the forecast cone, but the projected path of the storm has been teetering back and forth. Whereas the center of the cone on Tuesday was aiming for Florida’s southeastern Atlantic Coast, that center on Wednesday morning veered slightly west to Florida’s Gulf Coast and then shifted back east later in the day. [more]

    [this was reported on yesterday]
    A Scene From Hell! Train Derailment, Massive Fire on Bridge Over Tempe Town Lake, Arizona

    It’s not clear what caused the derailment and subsequent bridge collapse and fire, but according to Union Pacific’s website, the bridges are inspected every 30 days.
    tempe train derailment fire bridge collapse, tempe train derailment fire bridge collapse video, tempe train derailment fire bridge collapse pictures, tempe train derailment fire bridge collapse july 29 2020 [more; 12 min. news video]

    Flood situation deteriorates in Bihar, India - 36 killed in 24 hours, 3 million affected

    In Bihar, flood situation has further deteriorated following heavy rains in catchment areas of Nepal. 36 people lost their lives in flood related incidents during the past 24 hours.

    Met department has forecast widespread rain across the state in the next 48 hours. Floods have affected 30 lakh people in 12 districts. Over 11 lakh people of Darbhanga are reeling under the impact of flood. [more; videos]

    [marine die-off news]
    10 dead whales found on Indonesian beach, one saved by locals

    Ten whales were found dead on an Indonesian beach Thursday, officials said, with images showing locals rushing to push a still-living member of the stricken pod back into the sea.

    Last week, a giant 23-metre blue whale washed up near a beach near East Nusa Tenggara's capital city Kupang. [more]

    [i think Jonny got this one already, but just in case]
    16-year-old boy killed on land by crocodile in Odisha, India

    The crocodile came out of the river and pounced on him, a forest official said.

    It has been observed that adult crocodiles, under normal circumstances, do not leave their territory to chase human beings on land, unlike terrestrial predatory animals such as tigers. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills 3 women in Odisha, India

    20,000 affected by floods in Mandalay region of Myanmar (Burma)

    Update, 30 July 2020:

    Myanmar state media reported on 30 July that the Ayeyarwady (also Ayeyawady and Irrawaddy) River burst its banks in Sagaing Region, prompting the evacuation of 6,516 people from 1,451 households. [more]

    [3rd section follows]

  3. [wavy jet-stream events]
    Record-challenging, triple-digit heat to sear portions of Pacific Northwest

    After several days of temperatures in the 90s over interior portions of the Pacific Northwest, meteorologists say that the highest temperatures are yet to come.

    As the jet stream lifts farther north and high pressure builds over the West, temperatures are forecast to soar over 100 degrees in some locations on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures that high are likely to challenge records in several cities.
    [more; how about some more rioting while it's HOT!?]

    [SOTT of course with their global COOLING bullshit]
    Parts of Sweden shivering through coldest summer since 1962 - Don't tell Greta

    "We have simply not had a favorable flow for hot air to find its way up from the continent," explains SMH meteorologist Carolin Wahlberg. "It has been the low pressures that have controlled the weather, which has also given us cooler and more unstable weather." [more; flow meaning from jet-stream]

    Air pollution 'greatest risk' to global life expectancy

    Nearly a quarter of humanity lives in the four most polluted countries, all in south Asia [more; move!]

    Trump says coronavirus stimulus checks, direct payments may be more than $1,200

    [but then again, they MAY be significantly below that]

    President Donald Trump says he wants the next coronavirus relief package to be "very generous" with direct stimulus payments to Americans that are potentially more than $1,200.

    "It may go higher than that, actually," Trump said in an interview on Wednesday with ABC affiliate KMID in Texas during a trip to the state. [more; sure, Don . .]

    [here's a price range for the poison they're going to inject]
    Report: Moderna Sets Price Range for Coronavirus Vaccine

    Considered by many observers to be the leader in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine, Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) has apparently settled on a price for its potential blockbuster product. Citing "people familiar with talks between the company and potential buyers," the Financial Times reported Tuesday that the company aims to sell its vaccine at roughly $50 to $60 per two-dose treatment course. [more; KEEP IT!]

    [part 4 coming up]

  4. [more confusion and nonsense]
    New research suggests COVID-19 can spread via aerosol transmission -- and might affect tall people more

    A new survey has found more evidence to suggest that people can become infected with COVID-19 through aerosol transmission, which could be prevented by wearing a mask.

    Carried out by data scientists in the UK, Norway, and the US, the study is one of the first to investigate which personal and work-related factors can lead to COVID-19 transmission.

    After surveying 2,000 people in the UK and US, the researchers found that the data from both countries suggests that aerosol transmission of the virus -- via microdroplets which are so small that they remain suspended in the air for several hours -- is very likely.

    Moreover, they say that taller individuals appear to be at a higher risk. Individuals over 6ft tall seem to have more than double the chance of having a COVID-19 medical diagnosis or testing positive. [more; don't get tested!]

    [water troubles]
    Azerbaijan villagers plead for water as vital river dries up

    The Kura river in Azerbaijan has shallowed dramatically this summer in what experts say is an unfolding ecological disaster

    "Our animals are dying. We don't get water in time," said farmer Maryam Hasanova, as she waited for a truck to deliver water.

    Residents in two southern regions have suffered acute water shortages for months, and people like Hasanova -- who have smallholdings with crops and cattle -- have been particularly affected.

    Wide expanses of cracked grey silt can be seen above the waterline of the river near the village.

    "The drop in water levels in the Kura this summer is unprecedented," reaching nearly two metres (six feet) in some regions, said the director of the Baku's Institute of Geology, Ramiz Mammadov. [more]

    Nile dam row: Egypt fumes as Ethiopia celebrates

    a military option has never been explicitly ruled out. [more]

    Routine gas flaring is wasteful, polluting and undermeasured

    I am an atmospheric scientist studying trace gases – chemicals that make up a small fraction of Earth’s atmosphere, but can have significant effects on the environment and human health. In several recent studies with graduate and undergraduate students, I have shown how routine flaring is inaccurately assessed and creates a sizable source of air pollution. [more]

    [5th installment next]

  5. Wild bee decline threatens major US crops: study

    "Our findings show that pollinator declines could translate directly into decreased yields or production for most of the crops studied, and that wild species contribute substantially to pollination of most study crops in major crop-producing regions," the authors said. [more]

    Eastern Asia on alert for tropical downpours, more flooding concerns

    A tropical low developed just east of the Philippines during midweek, and meteorologists expect it to track over the nation's northern island of Luzon, which is the largest and most populated island of the country, through late this week before it emerges and eyes other recently flooded areas. [more]

    What's shakin'? Earthquake sensors detect northern lights in Alaska

    “What’s captivating for me is that a seismometer – designed to record the motion of the ground – can actually record variations arising from auroral variations seen in the Alaska night sky, emanating from 62 miles high.” Tape said. “A scientifically curious person might pause to try to understand how this could be possible, and that’s part of the goal of the work.” [more]

    Archaeologists have solved a longstanding mystery about Stonehenge: the origin of the monument's iconic sandstone boulders

    Archaeologists traced one stone type — the smaller bluestones — to a site in Wales. But the origins of Stonehenge's massive sandstone boulders, called sarsens, remained a mystery.

    A new study showed most of the 25-ton sarsens came from a woodland area 15 miles (25 kilometers) away. [ok, so how'd these "primitive" druids haul and erect them, eh?]

    Nash said it was likely Stonehenge's builders used some sort of roller or dragged the sarsens on a slippery surface like vegetation or frosty ground.

    "There's no evidence they used animals to do it, but we don't know," he said. [more; or they vibrationally levitated them]

    [6th part awaits]

  6. Why some Americans say they'll never wear a mask — and what that says about the U.S.

    This behavior, Wright says, is influenced by a sense of distress and a lack of understanding of why the masks are necessary. It was also made worse by the fact that officials at the World Health Organization, in an effort to ensure that face masks went first to frontline health care workers, declared that masks were not recommended for everyone.

    “You’ve got this huge sense of distrust of the government,” Wright said, “whether it’s local or federal. You’ve got distrust in the science. And then you have this really unfortunate situation where the science changed — science does that, especially in certain situations that are so novel and uncertain, but that’s really confusing for people.”

    “I don’t think the masks are effective at all,” Dieker, 34, told Yahoo News via Facebook. He said he knows of only one person with a confirmed case of the coronavirus. That person had mild symptoms, Dieker said. “I’m not concerned about COVID-19 because everything I see adds up to inflated numbers and overhyped panic. I believe it’s no worse than a new influenza strain.”

    Dieker pointed to what he described as misreported case numbers, inaccurate tests and mainstream news articles he believes are untrue.

    “If I’m lied to several times,” he said, “why would I continue to believe the source of the lie, especially when the narrative doesn’t add up?”

    Experts warn that the same issues surrounding mask compliance could create problems for promoting a vaccine. [more]

    100,000 without power as storm barrels through Caribbean

    A powerful storm is barreling through the Caribbean tonight prompting warnings in the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico where about 100,000 are already without power. [~ 30 sec. vid]

    More Than 60% of Americans Are Worried About Social SecurityTaxes. They're Right to Worry

    For Americans who work hard all their lives and pay Social Security via payroll taxes, it can be frustrating to get to retirement and find out benefits are taxable too. [more]

    Coronavirus infectiousness wanes by day 9; long ICU stays linked with nerve damage

    The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

    COVID-19 patients likely not infectious beyond 9 days

    Survivors of severe COVID-19 face nerve, muscle problems

    New T-cell data may point way to longer-lasting vaccines
    [but they can also add nanochips, mercury or whatever else!]

    Beware of the reach of coronavirus "superspreaders" [more]

  7. [some Thursday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, July 30, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    It Is Time to Abandon Dollar Hegemony

    Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery

    Boeing slashes aircraft production plans, warns on new job cuts as coronavirus devastates travel

    Boeing CEO confident in defense spending, no matter who wins the 2020 election
    Defense industries know that one of the two War Party candidates always wins. -- RF

    The feds say they won't leave Portland until the violence stops. Privately, they concede they're fueling that violence.
    [the rioters started it all, so that's bullshit]

    Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands

    U.S. Refiners Brace For Ugliest Losses In A Decade

    Ocasio-Cortez Could Deal A Fatal Blow To U.S. Oil Pipelines

    The yield potential of wheat grown in controlled-environment vertical farms
    Suggesting once again that we should not count on vertical farming for our food. -- RF

    Plastic found lining UK seabird nests on a worrying scale

    Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

    Storm lashes Australian coast threatening homes

    'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself?

    A UK hearing and a trial in Spain suggest it's not Assange who should be facing prosecution

    Our Slide into Social Psychosis and Breakdown

    GM swings to an $800 million loss as coronavirus shuttered factories and devastated sales in the second quarter

    Caldwell fire burns 67,789 acres; Gold Fire, Hog Fire nearly 70% contained

    Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support protests against racial injustice [PEACEFUL protest yes, RIOTS no]

    U.S. small businesses face mass closures without more pandemic aid

    New York police officers force protester into unmarked van, video shows: 'NYC is taking after Portland'
    Plain clothes and unmarked vehicles... who are these people? If no uniforms, insignia, or marked vehicles are required, then theoretically anyone could get away with this. -- RF

    Pandemic Sent U.S. Energy Consumption Plunging To 30-Year Low

    Absentee Ownership: How Amazon, Facebook, and Google Ruin Commerce Without Noticing

    Banks Slash Credit Card Limits As Economic Crisis Not Over
    Who Will Fund $24 Trillion in New Government Debt?

  8. We're rapidly approaching the point at which civil society breaks down. The measly payment the powers that be want to BRIBE the rest of us into continued debt serfdom isn't going to work for long.

    The educational system, like pro sports, isn't going to return to any kind of normal. Education itself is about to implode, especially with massive unemployment. We who have no work don't get our piece of shit cars fixed, mow our weed dominated "lawns" or feel like paying exorbitant school taxes to a government enforced broken system. We're witnessing the collapse of civilization! It's only going to get worse, more complicated, dysfunctional so that eventually the lights go out, there's no food and the local nuke plant Fuk's us up.

    It's going to be chaotic, violent and maddening. Social psychosis. Nothing will work, nobody will be able to grow food or keep livestock (because it will be too hot, wet, stormy, dry . .). On the global scale, we're already seeing water wars, land grabs, border fights, refugee issues, environmental destruction of critical rain forest and other former "off limit" zones, etc.

    It'll all seize up shortly, then we'll see what humanity is all about. Doesn't look promising.

    Seattle police say explosives found in abandoned van at protests over weekend

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best revealed at a Wednesday news conference that police discovered explosives, smoke bombs and other weapons in a van stationed at the weekend protests.

    Saturday's demonstration, promoted by the Youth Liberation Front in support of protesters in Portland, erupted in violence. Best said over the weekend that officers used blast balls, pepper spray and 40mm sponge-tip rounds, while some in the crowd of protesters broke windows and started fires. At one point, she said, someone threw an explosive that blew an 8-inch hole through a wall of the Police Department's East Precinct. [more; see? peaceful protest gets hijacked by rabid elements, the CIA or billionaire-sponsored mayhem - just stay out of my town, all a ya]

    Feds won't leave Portland 'until there is safety': Trump rejects Oregon governor's claim that 'occupying force' is leaving city

    In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump said Governor Kate Brown "isn't doing her job" and insisted that protesters must be cleared out and "in some cases" arrested. "If she can't do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!" he wrote.

    In her announcement, Brown called the Homeland Security agents an "occupying force" and blamed them for bringing "violence" to the city. [more; oh, right . . rioting is conflated with free speech]

    [2nd mess next]

  9. Heavy rains flood western Georgian regions washing away roads and bridges

    Upper Racha province was hit worst, with a dozen villages in Oni municipality with their 2,000 inhabitants being cut off from the rest of the world, said Archil Japaridze, the Governor of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region.

    The Roads Department noted that the flood in Racha damaged 10 bridges and eight sections of central Kutaisi-Alpana-Mamisoni pass road. The flood caused power outages in the said 12 villages, while 400 families were left without water supply.

    Flooding damaged roads, agricultural fields, and electrical wires in Guria region on Georgia's Black Sea coast.

    Moscow-backed authorities in east-central Georgia's Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia have reported that mudflows damaged the only road connecting the region with the Russian Federation.
    [more; videos]

    Tropical Storm "Isaias" impacts the Caribbean on its way toward Florida, U.S.

    Tropical Storm "Isaias" formed at 03:00 UTC on July 30, 2020, as the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Isaias continued record early storm formations in the basin and is now the earliest 9th Atlantic named storm formation on record. The previous record was held by Irene which formed on August 8, 2005. According to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, Isaias is the 5th Atlantic named storm formation in July 2020, tying it with 2005 for the most Atlantic named storm formations on record (since 1851) during July. [more]

    Phillies Cancel All Activity at Ballpark After Two More Staffers Test Positive for COVID

    The Phillies have cancelled all activity at their ballpark, Citizens Bank Park, after two more staffers tested positive for coronavirus.

    No Phillies players have tested positive, the team said.[more]

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  10. The pandemic may cause 40 million Americans to lose their homes

    Even as unemployment levels remain at historic highs and cases of the virus show no sign of abating, statewide eviction moratoriums in more than 30 states have lifted and the protections for renters in the CARES Act have also run out.
    As a result, the coronavirus pandemic may cause as many as 40 million Americans to lose their homes. [more; see map]

    These 13 states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts

    if the Harvard experts had their way, 13 states would lock down right now. Another 22 would be considering lockdowns.

    In contrast, the Harvard group says that “at the red level, jurisdictions have reached a tipping point for uncontrolled spread and will require the use of stay-at-home orders and/or advisories to mitigate the disease.”

    Right now, that would mean 13 of the Trump task force’s 21 red-zone states returning to lockdown: Florida (with a staggering 48.1 new daily cases per 100,000 people), Louisiana (46.2), Mississippi (43.5), Alabama (39.1), Arizona (36.6), Tennessee (34.1), Georgia (33.8), Nevada (33.0), South Carolina (30.1), Texas (27.9), Idaho (27.5), Arkansas (26.4) and Oklahoma (25.6).

    The other eight task force red-zone states — California (23.5), Missouri (22.0), North Dakota (18.2), North Carolina (18.1), Utah (17.9), Iowa (16.3), Wisconsin (15.7) and Kansas (14.2) — would fall into Harvard’s orange zone.

    So do an additional 14 states, including several — such as New Mexico (15.6), Nebraska (15.1) and Maryland (14.6) — that seem to be getting worse fast. [more; who's checking the #s?]

    Herman Cain, former presidential candidate, dies from coronavirus

    U.S. solar power plant backed by over $700 mln in govt loans goes bust -filing

    The owner of a big Nevada solar-thermal power plant that received $737 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Energy filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, according to a court filing, potentially leaving U.S. taxpayers with a whopping bill.

    The project's failure is a blow to the DOE renewable energy loan program, which had already been criticized by Republicans as a waste of money after it backed failed solar panel maker Solyndra during the Obama administration.

    Tonopah Solar Energy LLC still owes $425 million on its DOE loan, but reached a settlement under which the department will recover at least $200 million, it said in court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. [more]

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    Firefighters Battle Massive Apartment Fire in Pottstown

    The fire started at the Ashwood Apartments on 782 Worth Road shortly before 7:45 p.m. Thursday night.
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