Thursday, July 30, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-29

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

2020-07-29 - Arctic climate goes further off the rails this summer with massive fires and record warmth:

2020-07-29 - Wild bee decline threatens major US crops:

2020-07-29 - These 13 US states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts:

2020-07-29 - Pandemic may cause 40 million Americans to lose their homes:

2020-07-29 - Nearly half of all jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic may be gone permanently:

2020-07-29 - Record-breaking 2020 hurricane season ramping up:

2020-07-29 - Hundreds of toxic superfund sites imperiled by sea-level rise, study warns:

2020-07-29 - Freight train derails on bridge over Tempe Town Lake, huge fire erupts, bridge partially collapses, in Tempe (Arizona):

Quote: "A freight train traveling on a bridge that spans a lake in a Phoenix suburb derailed Wednesday, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Video images showed huge flames and thick black smoke rising into the air and three train cars in a park next to Tempe Town Lake."

Quote: "With burning cars on a bridge over water, firefighters struggled to get close to the flames."

2020-07-29 - Home destroyed by explosion at 4 AM on Sunset Drive in Viola (Illinois), nobody there:

Note: This is the 64th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-29 - Yacht bursts into flame while docked at marina in coastal Haulover Beach (Florida):

2020-07-29 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Cabbage Key (Florida):

Note: These are the 688th and 689th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-29 - Two passenger buses destroyed by fire while parked in bus yard in coastal Dunedin (New Zealand):

2020-07-29 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on the A259 in Chichester (Britain):

Note: These are the 180th, 181st and 182nd buses to burn in 2020...

2020-07-29 - Car-hauler bursts into flame in the wee hours on US 79 near DeBerry (Texas):

Note: This is the 33rd car-hauler to burn in 2020...

2020-07-29 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 3:20 AM on I-68 in Allegany County (Maryland):

2020-07-29 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Veteran’s Way and Blind Line in Amaranth (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame inside grain warehouse, fire spreads, gets huge, at Foyle Port in coastal Londonderry (Ireland):

Quote: "A massive fire at Foyle Port in Derry yesterday is believed to have been started when a digger caught fire in a grain shed."

2020-07-29 - Tractor bursts into flame on the A947 in Fyvie (Scotland):

2020-07-29 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame at 5:55 AM on Priory Road in Hintlesham (Britain):

2020-07-29 - Tractor bursts into flame on Chilton Road in Chilton Polden, Bridgwater (Britain):

Note: These are the 1078th, 1079th, 1080th, 1081st, 1082nd, 1083rd and 1084th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-29 - Box truck bursts into flame off East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2020-07-29 - Van bursts into flame on Ollerton Road in Little Carlton (Britain):

2020-07-29 - SUV bursts into flame on Bywater Road in coastal Annapolis (Maryland):

2020-07-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-90 in West Springfield (Massachusetts):

2020-07-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at the Henry Grube Centre in Kamloops (Canada), 300 feet from the Thompson River:

2020-07-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame near Melfort (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame in parking lot at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City (South Dakota):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame inside garage at apartments on South Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins (Georgia):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame near Erie Canal Village in Rome (New York):,101560?

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame on Cherokee Road in Alexander City (Alabama):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame on street in Seneca (South Carolina):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame on the Coquihalla Highway near Fraser Valley (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame at 2:26 AM on Minehan Place in Calwell (Australia):

2020-07-29 - Car bursts into flame on Newton Road in Kingsteignton (Britain):

2020-07-29 - Semi trailer bursts into flame while parked at business in coastal South Dennis (Massachusetts):

2020-07-29 - Van and mobile home destroyed by fire on Pine Run Road in Wolf Township (Pennsylvania), 2 dogs killed:

Quote: "The fire destroyed the couple's van and all of their belongings."

2020-07-29 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in Foxborough (Massachusetts):

2020-07-29 - Church heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM near Godfrey (Illinois):

2020-07-29 - Cold storage warehouse heavily damaged by fire on Southbridge Street in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2020-07-29 - Industrial business heavily damaged by fire on North Huron River Drive in Rockwood (Michigan):

2020-07-29 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Mossy Head (Florida), 2 dogs killed:

2020-07-29 - Duplex damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Clinkscales Road in Columbia (Missouri), separate house fire too:

2020-07-29 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Lake Street near the Fox River in Aurora (Illinois):

2020-07-29 - Hotel damaged by fire on Arsenal Road in Manchester Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-29 - Deadly fire destroys home outside Tarboro (North Carolina), 2 killed:

2020-07-29 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena (California), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-07-29 - Vacant duplex burns at 11:41 PM on Summer Street in Gloversville (New York):

2020-07-29 - Man, 60, found dead in swimming pool at home on Stagecoach Road in coastal Cape May Court House (New Jersey):

Quote: "Police were dispatched to a residence on Stagecoach Road in Middle Township shortly after 9 p.m. for reports of an unresponsive man. Emergency medical responders pulled 60-year-old Harry R. Velli from the pool and were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

2020-07-29 - Diver, man, 57, dies after diving near coastal Gloucester (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The death of a West Boylston diver found in the ocean off Gloucester is not considered suspicious, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. Thomas Cooke, 57, was discovered in the water off Rowley Shore Road Saturday morning at about 11:50 a.m. wearing a wet suit, according to Gloucester Police Chief Edward Conley. Conley said police recovered Cooke from the water. He was later pronounced dead."

2020-07-29 - Woman, 46, has 'medical emergency' in bathroom at gas station and dies in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "Police said Angela Jolley, 46, suffered a medical emergency this morning (July 29) in Omaha. She was taken to a hospital where she died. Her daughter, Alexis, 19, was with her."

2020-07-29 - Person found dead in creek bed in North Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The death of a person whose body was found Wednesday morning in a North Austin creek bed is not suspicious, Austin police said."

2020-07-29 - Person found dead in canal near Calleros Court in El Paso (Texas):

2020-07-29 - Man drops dead on sidewalk near coastal Lake Worth Beach (Florida):

2020-07-29 - Man found dead in the Niagara River in Erie County (New York):

2020-07-29 - Person found dead in the Susquehanna River near Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-29 - Person found dead in the Passaic River in Garfield (New Jersey):

2020-07-29 - Man, 30, dies after being pulled from the Burntwood River near Thompson (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Man, 25, found dead in the water at beach on the Grand River in Woolwich Township (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Woman, 41, found dead on the shore of the Restigouche River (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Man, 20, dies after being pulled from Alta Lake at Rainbow Park in Whistler (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Man, 72, found dead in the French River near Nipissing (Canada):

2020-07-29 - Man found dead in estuary in Mazatlán (Mexico):

2020-07-29 - Man, 55, found dead on hospital grounds in Paisley (Scotland):

2020-07-29 - Man has 'medical episode' and drops dead on St Peter’s Street in St Albans (Britain):

2020-07-29 - Man, 63, strokes out on fishing boat off coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Coast Guard crew members and a San Diego paramedic rescued a passenger showing symptoms of a stroke on a fishing boat 75 miles off the San Diego coast Wednesday morning. The medical evacuation of the passenger happened after crewmembers aboard Searcher, an 84-foot commercial fishing boat, reached out about 10:20 a.m. and asked for help for the ailing 63-year-old man, the Coast Guard said in a news release."

2020-07-29 - Driver has 'medical issue', RV crashes, on I-70 in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Initial reports indicate that a camper is in the middle of the road and that the incident was related to a medical issue."

2020-07-29 - Woman has 'medical episode', car crashes into trees, in Manahawkin (New Jersey), near the coast, 1 injured:

Quote: "A driver suffered a medical episode and crashed her vehicle Wednesday. Officials took her to Southern Ocean Medical Center for treatment."

2020-07-29 - Driver has 'medical episode', car crashes into car and wall, in St Helens (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A car crashed on a busy main road after the driver suffered a medical episode behind the wheel. Police closed Kirkland Street in St Helens today, July 29, following a crash between an Audi A3, a wall and an Audi A4."

2020-07-29 - FedEx cargo plane makes emergency landing at airport in Albuquerque (New Mexico), engine failure:

2020-07-29 - Fighter jet makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2020-07-29 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field near Castlewood (South Dakota), engine failure:

2020-07-29 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into overpass column, in Anthony (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-07-29 - Box truck veers off road at 5:40 AM, crashes into tree, on Commercial Street in La Porte City (Iowa), 1 killed:

2020-07-29 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits tractor trailer head-on, in Longview (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "Longview Police say a man driving a pickup north on the loop drifted across traffic and struck an 18-wheeler going southbound. Police say the driver of the pickup may have had a medical issue that caused him to hit the 18 wheeler head-on."

2020-07-29 - Family dog attacks and severely injures toddler near Newcomb Beach in coastal Wellfleet (Massachusetts):

2020-07-29 - Sinkhole opens in parking lot at restaurant in Asheville (North Carolina):

2020-07-29 - Building collapses in Kano State (Nigeria), 1 injured:

2020-07-29 - Lightning strike kills 3 women in Badatelenpali (India):

2020-07-29 - Unprecedented electrical storm brings more than 125,000 lightnings strikes in just two hours to Washington DC:

2020-07-29 - Bushfire-ravaged towns now hit by severe floods in in Australia:


  1. Good last July morning, Jonny, everyone. Once we hit mid-summer, the year just seems to fly by. The weather people keep promising us rain (most of PA is in a drought, but not the s/e part so far), but it doesn't materialize. Maybe today. Still hot yesterday (in the 90s).

    What's up with Canada all of a sudden, with JJFH events all over there!

    Well, now there's new evidence that SARS-Co-2 can hide in or behind your EARS! Oh come on!

    Coronavirus can HIDE in human EARS, new research finds

    Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19 hiding in an unexpected place – inside and behind the human ear.

    Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19 hiding in an unexpected place – inside and behind the human ear.

    A team of otolaryngologists and pathologists discovered that the coronavirus can comfortably settle in the middle ear and the mastoid region of the head behind the ear, which contains several hollow spaces believed to cushion it against trauma and protect the middle and inner ear.

    Doctors autopsied three patients who had tested positively for coronavirus and were symptomatic for Covid-19 prior to their death.

    They noted that there may be many other factors and comorbidities that affect the colonization of the mastoid and middle ear with coronavirus and these may differ in the living host. “There may be significant differences between dying from COVID-19 vs dying with COVID-19,” they said.

    Violent hailstorm hits central Slovenia - Europe's first giant hail event in 2020

    A violent supercell storm produced severe hailstorm over central Slovenia on Wednesday evening, July 29, 2020. Ice stones up to 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter left enormous damage along its path in what is now the first giant hailstorm event of 2020 in Europe. [more]

    Bahamas bracing for Hurricane "Isaias"

    Tropical Storm "Isaias" -- the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season -- has strengthened into a hurricane at 03:40 UTC on July 31, 2020. At the time, its center was located about 110 km (70 miles) ESE of Great Inagua Island, Bahamas, moving NW at 30 km/h (18 mph). NHC forecast calls for the center of Isaias to move near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Friday, July 31, 2020. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Future forecast track remains uncertain at this time, but there is a notable chance of a hurricane moving close to the U.S. East Coast. Heavy rains associated with Isaias may begin to affect South Florida and east-Central Florida beginning late tonight (LT), potentially resulting in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas. [more]

    [2nd piece awaits]

  2. We Are Experiencing Economic Devastation On A Scale That America Has Never Seen Before

    For a very long time we have been warned that a U.S. economic collapse was inevitably coming, and now it is here. Fear of COVID-19 and unprecedented civil unrest in our major cities have combined to plunge us into a historic economic downturn, and nobody is exactly sure what is going to happen next. On Thursday, we learned that U.S. GDP was down 32.9 percent on an annualized basis last quarter. That officially makes last quarter the worst quarter in all of U.S. history, and many people believe that this new economic depression is just getting started. But of course not all areas of the country are being affected equally. According to USA Today, states such as Hawaii, Nevada, Michigan and New York were hit particularly hard last quarter…

    For example, the Labor Department just released some new numbers that were more than just a little bit startling. If you can believe it, another 1.434 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. That was an increase over last week’s revised number, and it represents the second week in a row that initial claims have risen.

    Overall, new claims for unemployment benefits have now been above one million for 19 weeks in a row. [more]
    ‘The biggest fraud: Part 1 – The hocus “science” behind lockdown’

    ‘The biggest fraud: Part 2 – The vaccine swindle’

    [concludes with]
    We now know that there was no credible “science” behind lockdown and whilst its imposition may have originally been motivated by the precautionary principle, the perpetuation of the “Spanish Flu” narrative has been a uniquely destructive, particularly considering the exclusion of healthcare provision for non-COVID illness,120 prolonged absence of child education121, and the well-documented economic devastation122. Although our understanding of COVID is by no means complete, we now know that its mortality risk can be best mitigated by the management of infection within the care home and hospital environment, better immediate treatment of hospitalised patients and sensible social distancing measures. None of this required lockdown. Nor does it require a vaccine. The degree of intentionality behind the actions taken by governments, the media and the pharma industry is an unknown, but this continued perpetuation of that narrative in contrast to the empirical evidence is arguably the biggest fraud of all. [more; both articles are a good read, linked and footnoted]

    Coronavirus stimulus: Mitt Romney and other GOP senators propose 11th hour extension of extra unemployment benefits [~ 7 min. news video + text]

    Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen

    The blue crab may be pretty but it is a menace along Albania's coast.

    A source of daily anguish for Balkan fishermen struggling to make ends meet, the invasive species is upsetting the region's ecosystems. [more; start crabbing instead! problem solved]

    [part 3 below]

  3. [for the More Unusual Vehicular Accidents column]
    1 US Marine is dead, and 8 are missing, after an amphibious assault vehicle accident off Southern California

    One US Marine has died and eight service members are missing after an amphibious vehicle accident off Southern California on Thursday.

    The accident occurred during a routine training exercise near the island of San Clemente, the US Marine Corps told Business Insider in a statement.

    The Navy and Coast Guard are leading the search for the missing Marines. [more; no cause listed]

    [more $hit that doesn't work]
    Nasa: Mars spacecraft is experiencing technical problems and has gone into hibernation, space agency says

    Nasa's Mars spacecraft is experiencing technical problems and has sent itself into hibernation, the space agency has said.

    The spacecraft was sent to space Thursday in a launch that had no technical problems – even despite an earthquake that struck just before liftoff, and a preparation period that came during the coronavirus outbreak. Shortly after it was launched, Nasa announced that it had received its first signal from the spacecraft.

    But soon after it was in space and headed towards Mars, it became apparent that something had gone wrong with the craft. After that initial signal, mission controllers received more detailed telemetry or spacecraft data that showed there had been a problem. [more]

    Hypersonic Weapons Testing Faces a Big Problem: Killer Whales

    Washington state officials are seeking to have the Navy modify a training schedule that could harm local marine mammals.

    Marine mammals are protected by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

    A list of activities officials seek to modify include testing the Navy’s new Hyper Velocity Projectile, which reportedly travels at Mach 7. [more; so test them elsewhere, jeez!]

    [water wars]
    Vehicles burned in Mexico to protest US water payment

    Demonstrators in northern Mexico have burned several government vehicles, blocked railway tracks and set afire a government office and highway tollbooths to protest water payments to the United States.

    Mexico has fallen behind in the amount of water it must send north from its dams under a 1944 treaty, but farmers in the northern state of Chihuahua want the water for their own crops. [more]

    Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in lungs

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about "mold" in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the novel coronavirus. [more]

    [4th part continues the thread]

  4. [here's what's coming - snitching neighbors calling cops]
    Florida pair arrested for breaking COVID-19 quarantine order

    Jose Freire Interian was walking his dog near his Key West home when a neighbor began recording him on her cellphone. Hours later, police came knocking on his door with an arrest warrant and whisked Freire and his wife to the county jail.

    The charge: violating quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

    In May, a Kentucky woman infected with the virus was arrested while shopping for groceries. Authorities accused her of “wanton endangerment” and “criminal mischief."

    That same month, a coronavirus patient was chased down and arrested in Nashville after being placed under quarantine by public health officials.

    In Hawaii last month, 21 travelers were arrested for breaking the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. None tested positive for the coronavirus. [more; DON'T GET TESTED!]

    Two women arrested for avoiding quarantine as Australia suffers worst day of coronavirus cases

    Two Australian women with Covid-19 who returned to Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney and avoided quarantine by concealing their point of origin had attended an illegal party in Victoria, it was revealed Thursday.

    The women, aged 19 and 21, who attended work and a number of other sites after returning to Queensland but before testing positive, were at a gathering of at least 20 people in Melbourne which was shut down by police. [more]

    [then there's the other side]
    A woman who destroyed a Target mask display stand says we aren't paying enough attention to pandemic mental health

    Melissa Rein Lively's name spread across the internet in early July after she posted a thread of Instagram videos where she destroys a Target mask display stand.

    The Arizona woman yelled obscenities as she ripped off masks from the stand.

    Lively claimed to be the spokesperson for QAnon. Police later apprehended her at home to take her to a mental health facility.

    She now says she regrets her actions, and her public outburst reflects a growing mental health problem during the pandemic.

    Lively's anti-mask meltdown led to her being hospitalized for a week, all of her public relations clients dropping her, and her husband filing for divorce according to USA Today.

    Her breakdown is a public example of the mental health issues people are facing during the pandemic. [more; yeah, well once the fuckin' LAW gets ya, it cost$]

    [from Get A Life news]
    Man fires 'warning shots' in Miami hotel lobby after telling guests 'you all aren't social distancing'

    A 29-year-old man was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after firing "four warning shots" and telling a mother and her son that they weren't social distancing in a Miami hotel lobby. The shots didn't result in any injuries. [more]

    [5th section follows]

  5. In just days, Vietnam shifts from virus-free paradise to panic

    There had been so few coronavirus cases in Vietnam that every patient was known by a number: Patient 17 brought the virus back from Europe after an initial wave of infections from Wuhan. Patient 91, a British pilot, almost died.

    Now there is a new number that has become an unwelcome marker.

    Patient 416, a 57-year-old man in the central city of Danang, tested positive for coronavirus last week after more than three months without a new infection in the Southeast Asian country.

    In just over a few days, a total of 47 people linked to Danang have tested positive, signalling the start of a third, untraceable and more concerning wave of infections in a country that had reopened faster than most of the world, confident it had beaten the disease.

    The surge has spread to six cities and provinces in six days, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands.
    [more; yeah, so tell me that they aren't purposefully spreading this shit! Plus, that's a very tiny infection rate]

    Roads turned into rivers amid heavy rain [14 sec. video]

    [more evidence of global employment collapse]
    India’s IT giants are shedding thousands of jobs as they enter “survival mode”

    [Canadian border troubles]
    COVID-19 in Canada: Canada finds way to crack down on Americans using 'Alaska loophole', Ontario reveals back-to-school plan [47 sec. news video]

    [6th segment next]

  6. CDC: Hundreds sick, 1 dead in nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to chicks, ducklings

    Chicks and ducklings kept in backyards are the likely source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed one person, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

    Reported cases have grown four-fold in a matter of days, increasing from 212 last Friday to 938 Tuesday. Sick people range in age from 1 to 94-years-old, and more than 150 people have been hospitalized.

    Every state except Hawaii and Rhode Island has now reported at least one case, the CDC says. Kentucky and Tennessee are currently the hardest hit states. [more; Covid! Covid!!]
    Jumbo jet used to fight California wildfire [51 sec. news video]

    ['education' news]
    Coronavirus: Remote learning turns kids into zombies because we're doing it all wrong

    Nothing can take the place of high-quality in-person engagement where the cadence of conversations and nonverbal signs deepens our connections and enhances learning. And there certainly needs to be more choice involved in making the decision to return to classrooms this fall, in addition to greater clarity, feedback, and flexibility regardless of the choices we make. But if we’re intentional about using technology as a tool to extend our reach and amplify our connections during distance education, our kids may have taught us how to level up learning not just during the uncertain times of COVID-19 but for an entire generation of learners. [more; sounds good, doesn't work in real life]

    [wear a mask]
    'A war against COVID and stupidity': Houston doctor

    In Houston, Texas, a city recently devastated by COVID-19, Dr. Joseph Varon, chief medical officer of United Memorial Medical Center, says it’s like he's fighting a war on two fronts. "A war against COVID and a war against stupidity. And the problem is that the first one I have some hope about winning. But the second one is becoming more and more difficult to treat. Why do I say that? Because people are not listening. Whether it's backed up by science or just plain old common sense, people are not listening throughout the country." [more]

  7. [some Friday headlines from RF]
    News Links, July 31, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    A $10 Trillion Corporate Debt Bomb Is Waiting to Explode the U.S. Economy

    Renault handed 'wake-up call' with record 7 billion euro loss

    Confession Time for Big Banks in Europe: Banco Santander Reports $12.7 Billion Loss

    Auto industry set to put brakes on central Europe's COVID-19 recovery

    Ford posts profit, but expects full-year 2020 loss

    Ravaged by coronavirus, Mexico's GDP falls record 17.3% in second quarter

    Dunkin' to close 800 U.S. stores

    Peter Schiff: Gold 'Harder to Confiscate' Than Bitcoin as Searches Spike
    Both sides of the argument miss the obvious: Sooner or later, the internet and power grids will go down. Of course that means gold is the winner. -- RF [winner of WHAT? can't eat it]

    Going to Be Tough for Airlines, Full Recovery Moved to 2024: IATA
    International air passenger volume still down 96.8%.

    Lawmakers say airline contractors laid off more than 9,000 despite $728 million in federal aid

    United warns it could furlough more pilots, extends voluntary leave deadlines

    Delta CEO sends staff memo thanking 17,000 employees for leaving, says it gets airline closer to 'minimizing furloughs'

    Trump's military shuffle in Europe will take time and be costly

    Protesters say they were attacked in 'planned ambush,' blast police response

    The World Is Facing A Solar Panel Waste Problem
    The idea that we should just toss old panels into landfills is the same irresponsibility that created our current problem of a planet drowning in waste, much of it toxic. -- RF

    End game for oil? OPEC prepares for an age of dwindling demand

    Exxon prepares spending, job cuts in last ditch move to save dividend

    Lawsuit filed against Fresh Express after FDA says tainted lettuce infected 641 people
    COVID-19 pandemic threatens global food security, researchers say

    Austin, Texas, identifies 'probable human case' of West Nile virus

    Brazilian Amazon Has Lost Millions of Wild Animals to Criminal Networks, Report Finds [humans SUCK!]

    WHO urges countries to support 'COVAX' vaccine scheme [no]

    'America's Frontline Doctors' may be real doctors, but experts say they don't know what they're talking about

    Covid-19 Update - Heart Damage And Aerosols

    Banning TikTok Will Accomplish Nothing. Fix Our Broader Security & Privacy Problems Instead. [all headed for the dump]

    How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of 'ghosting' in the age of surveillance

    EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyberattacks
    Note that all the supposed attacks are said to be "alleged" or "suspected"; no evidence whatsoever is offered. Punishment is now meted out without the need for establishing guilt. -- RF

    New Reports Suggest Libyan Warlord Khalifa Haftar is Working with Mossad

    Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

    U.S. Officials Disseminate Disinformation About 'Virus Disinformation'

    The Next Leg Down: The Top 10% Are About to Take a Hit

    Police Departments Benefit From Police Militarization Program, but at What Cost to Communities?

    Congress grills tech CEOs in wide-ranging hearing on monopoly, political bias, China and more

    Landlord-leaning eviction courts are about to make the coronavirus housing crisis a lot worse

    The persistently weak jobs market is worrying economists, who say a recovery could take years

    No, GDP Didn't Plunge "32.9%" in Q2, it Plunged a Still Terrible 9.5%: Time to Kill "Annual Rates"
    This 9.5% plunge in Q2 from Q1 was still the steepest decline in nearly 70 years of quarterly data, which began in 1947.

    Unemployment Claims Rise For the First Time Since May

    U.S. renters owe $21.5 billion in back rent

    Over 62 Million People Had No Pay Last Week

  8. One killed and at least 50 people injured in high-speed train derailment in Portugal

    [2nd day in a row with train derailments]

    A high-speed train and a maintenance machine crashed on Friday in Portugal's central region, leaving one person killed and at least 50 people injured.
    [more; headline says it derailed - before or after collision not clear]

    Astronomers capture close-up images of breathtaking SPACE BUTTERFLY

    Newly taken pictures show an interstellar phenomenon fluttering its ethereal wings in stunning detail. The spectacular display comes from a highly symmetrical gas nebula known as NGC 2899.

    Peering into deep space through the ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers enjoyed a view of the huge bubble of glowing gas, in a near-symmetrical shape resembling a butterfly, between 3,000 and 6,500 light years away from Earth. [more]

    [update on humongous fire in Pottstown]
    Fire Rips Through Chester Co. Apartments Displacing 100 People, Injuring at Least 7

    North Coventry Township police say in a statement that three firefighters and four residents were taken by ambulance to hospitals for injuries. At least one firefighter could be seen being taken away on a stretcher. [more]