Friday, August 7, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-06

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

2020-08-06 - Much of the last intact ice shelf in Canada collapses:

Quote: "Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country's last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of the Canadian Ice Service noticed that satellite photos showed that about 43% of it had broken off. She said it happened around July 30 or 31. Two giant icebergs formed along with lots of smaller ones, and they have already started drifting away, White said. The biggest is nearly the size of Manhattan — 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) and 7 miles long (11.5 kilometers). They are 230 to 260 feet (70 to 80 meters) thick."

2020-08-06 - Unusually warm temps destabilizing glacier, people evacuated from the town of Courmayeur (Italy):

Quote: "The movement of the glacial mass was due to 'anomalous temperature trends', the experts said."

2020-08-06 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to Norwich (Britain):

Quote: "Smoke was smelt on board but we don’t know where it was coming from."

2020-08-06 - Small plane bursts into flame on the runway at airport in Novato (California):

Quote: "A small plane caught fire Thursday morning at the Marin County Airport in Novato, triggering a temporary closure of the runway."

Note: These are the 37th and 38th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 1:15 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, 2 homes destroyed, 3 more damaged, in coastal Ocean Isle Beach (North Carolina):

Quote: "The fire is believed to have started from a car parked underneath the home."

Quote: "At least one person was injured Thursday when a second massive fire ravaged several homes at Ocean Isle Beach only days after the first."

Quote: "Mayor Debbie Smith said two homes were a total loss and three were damaged."

2020-08-06 - Massive landfill fire rages in Jackson (Alabama):

2020-08-06 - Wildfire breaks out in the Andes Mountains near Cusco (Peru), 7 killed:

2020-08-06 - Home destroyed by explosion and fire on Roger Road NW in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 67th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-08-06 - Boat bursts into flame off coastal Queens (New York):

Note: This is the 706th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-06 - School bus bursts into flame on Old Furnace Road near Georgetown (Delaware):

Note: This is the 35th school bus to burn in 2020, and this is the 187th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-24/I-59 in Dade County (Georgia):

2020-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 4:30 AM on I-95 in White Marsh (Maryland):

2020-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Long Island Expressway in coastal Great Neck (New York):

2020-08-06 - Two semi tractors destroyed by fire while parked at business in Budd Lake (New Jersey):

2020-08-06 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame at 3:12 AM on Herkstead Lane in Steeple Bumpstead (Britain):

Note: These are the 1125th, 1126th, 1127th, 1128th, 1129th and 1130th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-06 - Box truck bursts into flame while parked at woodworking business, fire spreads to building, in Topsfield (Massachusetts):

2020-08-06 - FedEx truck bursts into flame on street in New Haven (Indiana):

2020-08-06 - RV bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked at motel in Missoula (Montana):

Note: This is the 249th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-08-06 - SUV bursts into flame on Highway 290 in Brenham (Texas):

2020-08-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at restaurant, fire spreads to restaurant, in Pendleton (Indiana):

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame in driveway at home in Casa Grande (Arizona):

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Highway 62 on the Morongo Grade (California):

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-565 in Huntsville (Alabama):

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 11:30 PM on Curraheen Road in coastal Cork (Ireland):

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Angle Street in Burnley (Britain):

Quote: "Crews from Burnley and Nelson were called out at 10-30pm to Angle Street where they found the flames from the car had spread to the first floor of the adjacent property."

2020-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at gas station along the M54 in Telford (Britain):

2020-08-06 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 11:30 PM on Tangier Way in Taunton (Britain):

2020-08-06 - Two SUVs and garage destroyed by fire at home, home heavily damaged, on Crescent Lane in Washington Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-06 - Vehicles and building destroyed by fire at commercial complex in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

Quote: "Firefighters noticed vehicles inside the building when they arrived. Part of the structure collapsed after firefighters were told to evacuate, O'Connor said."

2020-08-06 - Barn destroyed by fire in Middlebury (Indiana), 240 calves killed:

2020-08-06 - Barn destroyed by fire just after 7 AM in the Town of Onondaga (New York):

2020-08-06 - Barn damaged by fire on Hilltown Pike in Hilltown (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-06 - Tree stump ignites along Responso Avenue in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Responso Avenue, Grimsby. Thu 6 Aug 2020 12:07 (No:014359) Tree stump on fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-08-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 7 AM on Dawnview Lane in Powell (Tennessee), 3 injured:

2020-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:55 PM on Impounding Dam Road in West Manheim Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2020-08-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 1:30 AM on Linden Street in coastal Everett (Massachusetts):

2020-08-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire on John Mooney Road in coastal Revere (Massachusetts):

2020-08-06 - Deadly fire burns home just before 11:15 PM on Roundhill Road in Oak Grove (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2020-08-06 - Deadly fire burns home near Lake Conroe in Conroe (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-08-06 - Deadly fire rips through hospital in Ahmedabad (India), 8+ killed, more injured:

2020-08-06 - Vacant home burns just before 7 AM on Sheppard Street in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-08-06 - Vacant home destroyed by fire shortly before 3 AM on Tilden Street in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2020-08-06 - Two men found dead in separate submerged pickup trucks in retention pond in coastal Freeport (Texas):

2020-08-06 - Man and boy, 44 and 11, die in the Columbia River in Hood River (Oregon):

2020-08-06 - Woman, 22, dies after being found unconscious in Lake Waukewan in Meredith (New Hampshire):

2020-08-06 - Person collapses dead into ditch in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2020-08-06 - Man, 48, dies after being pulled from submerged SUV in the Hackensack River in River Vale (New Jersey):

2020-08-06 - Man, 22, found dead in Lake George (New York):

2020-08-06 - Man found dead in Lake Pontchartrain in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2020-08-06 - Man, 38, found dead in the Hudson River in Hadley (New York):

2020-08-06 - Man in his 20s or 30s found dead in train car in Crows Landing (California):

2020-08-06 - Person found dead in the Napa River in Napa (California):

2020-08-06 - Man, 39, found dead in pond near Tillsonburg (Canada):

2020-08-06 - Man, 57, found dead in pond at university in Ranchi (India):

2020-08-06 - Woman found dead in the water near coastal Islandmagee (Ireland):

2020-08-06 - Man in his 60s has 'medical incident' and dies while riding bicycle in Swindon (Britain):

Quote: "Police working to identify an unknown cyclist who died after a medical incident in Swindon this evening are appealing for help from the public."

2020-08-06 - Driver has 'medical episode', car crashes into restaurant, in coastal North Port (Florida):

Quote: "The driver, who was not charged, appears to have had a medical episode and was evaluated by the fire department, according to NPPD."

2020-08-06 - Small plane crashes while landing at airport in coastal Hurghada (Egypt), 2 killed:

2020-08-06 - Tractor trailer overturns on Highway 99 in Tulare (California):

2020-08-06 - Minivan crashes into pickup truck in Willmar (Minnesota), 1 killed:

Quote: "Authorities in Willmar say a driver may have had a medical emergency before a fatal crash Thursday morning."

2020-08-06 - SUV veers off road, crashes into parked trailer, bursts into flame, in coastal Great Kills (New York), 1 injured:

2020-08-06 - Car and SUV collide head-on, fire erupts, in Mineola on coastal Long Island (New York), 3 injured:

2020-08-06 - Two cars crash, fire erupts, in Thousand Oaks (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-08-06 - Car veers off road and overturns on the 57 Freeway in Fullerton (California), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2020-08-06 - Huge sinkhole opens on street in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam):

2020-08-06 - Flooding worsens in Bihar (India), 6.6 million people currently affected:

2020-08-06 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Mumbai (India):

2020-08-06 - Great Lakes hit by first waterspout outbreak of 2020:

2020-08-06 - Food prices rise to dangerous levels as second wave of layoffs hits the US economy:


  1. Good morning Jonny, everyone. Rained late in the day (thunderstorm, lost power for ~ 15 min.) and overnight (light rain) here in s/e PA. i see in today's report that house burned about and hour and 45 minutes up the road from me.

    [Auntie Em it's a twister!]
    Massive tornado touches down in Virden, Manitoba

    A storm chaser witnessed an unexpected tornado touching down in Virden, Manitoba, on August 7. [more; video]

    M4.9 earthquake creates large fissures in ground and damages buildings in Algeria

    A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit eastern Algeria on Friday, toppling three houses, damaging others and sending panicked people rushing into the streets but there were no reports of casualties, the civil protection service said.

    The quake, which was followed by a 4.5 aftershock, hit Mila province, some 350 km (215 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

    Three homes, including a four-storey villa completely collapsed while 31 other apartments partially collapsed, civil protection said. [more; pics, tweets, video]

    [Thor at it again]
    Lightning strikes kill man and 68 livestock in Mongolia

    Massive sandstorm engulfs Jaisalmer, India [~ 3.2 min. video]

    [it's all going according to the plan]
    Saturday, 8 August 2020
    Historical context: 7 wars in 5 years planned in 2003 [~ 2.25 min. video and text]

    "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!" [more]

    Mike Adams issues a WARNING of collapse
    TIME’S UP! Health Ranger warns we’ve reached the “tipping point into a collapse spiral” that cannot be halted

    I don't think Mike Adams gets the half of it because he ignores (and denies) ecological collapse. [RW]

    (Natural News) This is it, folks: We’ve triggered a tipping point that’s now plunging America into a self-reinforcing collapse spiral that cannot be halted. The weaponized lockdowns were maliciously extended month after month in a deliberate effort to crush the U.S. economy, cause widespread business failures and reckless levels of unemployment. This was all carried out by Democrat mayors and governors as a deliberate assault on Donald Trump’s America.

    There are plenty of fools who think this can all be undone after the election, but that’s a tragic miscalculation. The destruction of business infrastructure, food supply lines and economic opportunity was carried out on such a grand scale that it has now reached a “snowball effect” tipping point of self-reinforcing economic destruction.

    We are beyond the point of no return.

    Tens of millions of new homeless before the end of the year
    [more; ~ 32.5 min. video]

    [2nd section coming up]

  2. [map of cyclone 10 days out - there goes the Arctic ice!]
    Another Arctic cyclone coming in ten days time? [conjecture]

    Trump’s Cryptic Warning: Now You See Me…Now You Don’t

    Something Weird is Going On: White House Staff Gathers to Watch President Depart [Hal Turner]

    Today, as President Trump boarded his helicopter to travel to Ohio, almost the entire White House Staff gathered outside the White House to watch him leave !

    I've never seen that before.

    Something is up.


    [oh, NOW you want the cops!]
    Portland mayor blasts rioters for ‘attempted MURDER’... because it could help re-elect Trump?

    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler castigated rioters who tried to torch a police station while barring its exits, calling it nothing short of attempted murder while warning that violence would only fuel Donald Trump’s reelection bid.

    The mayor’s warnings apparently had little effect, however, as protesters again descended on the East Precinct on Thursday night. As the demonstration continued into Friday morning, Portland PD said it believed “the intention of the crowd outside East Precinct is to vandalize or attempt to burn down” the building, though it’s unclear if another effort was actually made.

    Wheeler said he anticipates “additional planned attacks on public buildings” in the coming days, urging residents to keep away from areas prone to rioting. While the city saw a brief window of calm after the withdrawal of federal police agencies, which were deployed there to defend government property in July, the unrest has picked up again, seeing renewed clashes between activists and state and local police. The Department of Homeland Security has vowed to redeploy federal agents to Portland’s streets should the rioting continue, though for now they remain on standby. [more]

    Facing our Demise

    This documentary has given me cause to reflect and I have had a long discussion about this film which includes someone who should be in the discussion but isn't because of a fatal flaw in their character [Guy McPherson, who Robin dislikes after Guy apparently snubbed and ghosted him].

    Living in the Time of Dying [~ 53.75 min. video]

    Interviews include: Author of " Deep Adaptation" Professor Jem Bendell[,] Dharma teacher and author of "Facing Extinction "Catherine Ingram [,] Journalist and author of "The End of Ice" Dhar Jamail Elder, [and] teacher, author and Citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, Stan Rushworth [more]

    Climate Point: Big Oil is tumbling, and California wants to remove a giant dam [a hodgepodge of corps and issues discussed]

    U.S. toilet paper companies have been destroying world's largest intact forest for decades: Report

    A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council alleges that major U.S. toilet paper manufacturers, from Procter & Gamble to Kimberly-Clark, are destroying Canada’s boreal forest. The report claims that the use of virgin pulp to produce popular toilet paper brands is threatening millions of acres of the ancient forest, which is home to over 600 indigenous communities and is essential to fighting climate change. [~ 5.3 min. video]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. [update]
    Kerala plane crash: 18 dead after Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut

    An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.

    The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.

    The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

    Dozens of people were injured, 156of them seriously, officials say. [more; pics]

    Rare, enormous fish species washes up on Australian shore: ‘It looks like an alien’ [42 sec. video & text]

    the animal wasn’t an alien, but rather an ocean sunfish. The species, which is considered vulnerable, can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. [more; pics]

    Tropical wave on track to approach the mid-Atlantic

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure as it continues make its way across the Atlantic.

    The odds of its formation into a tropical cyclone, which is a rotating storm system that could strengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane, stood at 10% over the next 48 hours, according to the latest public advisory. It is during this time frame that conditions are most conducive for its development, the NHC said Friday. [more]

    Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

    Five environmental groups joined a tribe and a local water-rights holder in filing state administrative protests in April of the mine’s water rights application as part of its plan to dig below the water table and pump water out of nearby wells to keep the open pit dry. [more]

    Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be at 14 year high

    Preliminary official data published Friday indicate that deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region over the past 12 months could be at a 14-year high, adding to concerns that President Jair Bolsonaro has failed to rein in destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

    The Brazilian Amazon lost 9,205 square kilometers (3,554 square miles) of vegetation in the 12 months ending in July, according to data from the country's space agency. That was largely due to a surge of fires in August and September last year.

    The overall loss was 34% greater than the prior 12-month period. [more]

    [4th part below]

  4. Problems plagued U.S. CO2 capture project before shutdown: document

    A $1 billion project to harness carbon dioxide emissions from a Texas coal plant suffered chronic mechanical problems and routinely missed its targets before it was shut down this year, according to a report submitted by the project's owners to the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The Petra Nova plant's performance was seen as a major test of emerging efforts to capture planet-warming gases and store them below ground, a technology considered crucial to companies and governments hoping to fight climate change.

    The joint venture project between NRG Energy Inc and Japan's JX Nippon had received a $190 million grant from the U.S. government. Before being mothballed, it was the only U.S. project capturing carbon from a coal-fired power plant. [more]

    Vaccine Expert Has A Grim Prediction Of What Coronavirus Will Do 'For Years And Years'

    Vaccine expert Dr. Peter Hotez on Friday predicted the coronavirus will continue to plague the United States “for years and years, even after vaccines are out and we get people vaccinated.” [more; "gain of function"-enhanced bio-weapon!]

    Why are some people with coronavirus asymptomatic — and why are they so contagious?

    Asymptomatic transmission ‘is the Achilles’ heel of COVID-19 pandemic control,’ one study says

    The World Health Organization currently estimates that 16% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and can transmit the coronavirus, while other data show that 40% of coronavirus transmission is due to carriers not displaying symptoms of the illness.

    The infectiousness of asymptomatic individuals relative to those who are symptomatic is 75%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on studies of “viral shedding” dynamics — that is, how much of the virus they transmit through talking or breathing.

    Not everyone responds the same to COVID-10 infection. “The different host immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection may partially explain why males and females, young and old persons infected with this virus have markedly distinct disease severity,” these Chinese researchers wrote.

    As of Saturday, COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, had infected at least 19.4 million people globally and 4.9 million [out of ~ 330 million] in the U.S. It had killed over 721,762 people worldwide and at least 161,365 in the U.S., according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. [more; that isn't very many statistically]

    [5th part next]

  5. India landslide: Dozens feared dead after flooding in Kerala

    At least 22 people have been killed after monsoon-season floods triggered a landslide in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

    Houses in Idukki district were swept away after torrential rain and flooding late on Friday night.

    Rescuers have been recovering bodies from under debris but 44 people remain missing, Idduki MP Dean Kuriakose told the BBC.

    The landslide happened at a settlement for tea workers in the Rajamalai area, around 25km (15 miles) from the tourist town of Munnar.

    Local reports say as many as 20 houses of tea-plantation workers and their families were buried under the debris. [more]

    Dad saves kids from 600-pound alligator in Texas [short video]

    Bodies of 8 U.S. service members recovered after assault vehicle sank off California

    The bodies of seven Marines and a Navy sailor missing and presumed dead have been recovered, the military said Friday, a week after the amphibious assault vehicle they were in sank during training in California. [more]

    Mark Zuckerberg joins Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates in centibillionaire club after his net worth passes $100bn

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg became a centibillionaire on Thursday, after his fortune passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time. [more]

    California county will pay people diagnosed with coronavirus $1,250 to stay home

    A California county has approved a pilot programme that will provide residents who test positive for coronavirus a stipend of $1,250 (£957) to stay at home.

    Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors has set aside $10m (£7.6m) for the programme, which will enable it to provide payments to 7,500 people in the area.

    The board said they made the decision after they found that many residents were concerned about how they would pay for food, rent and other essential bills if they tested positive and could not work. [more]

    Next coronavirus aid package probably won’t become reality this month after better-than-expected July jobs report, analyst says

    The July employment report ‘will further complicate negotiations on the next fiscal stimulus package,’ say other analysts

    “While today’s report is certainly better than expected, from a medium-term perspective it is possibly the worst outcome,” he wrote.

    “It doesn’t intensify the pressure on politicians in Washington to compromise on a new fiscal deal, which means that the US$600/week unemployment benefit that ended last weekend will not be replaced with anything for at least another week, so 31 million people will continue to experience a considerable drop in their incomes at a time when job availability is becoming more scarce.” [more]

    McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast-food packaging contains toxic 'forever chemicals,' according to a new report

    A new study found PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in packaging at chains including McDonald's, Burger King, and Sweetgreen.

    PFAS are chemicals that can linger in water and air for thousands of years and have been linked to cancer, liver damage, and other health issues.

    Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration announced it had reached a voluntary agreement with three major producers of food packaging to phase out the use of PFAS.

    McDonald's, Burger King, Sweetgreen, and other chains say they are examining removing some or all PFAS from packaging. [more]

  6. [some Saturday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, August 8, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    U.S. Borrowing Breaks Fresh Records, Shifting Focus to Fed

    Barbarous relic: US Dollar Devalues by 99% vs Gold in 100 Years—Gold Price Crosses $2,067

    Huge Spike in Long-Term Unemployment (US)

    The Nightmare Scenario For The World

    Russia-China "Dedollarization" Reaches "Breakthrough Moment" As Countries Ditch Greenback For Bilateral Trade

    Job cuts announced by U.S. companies jump 54% in July: report
    [so much for the "jobs report"]

    Delta urges 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave, shorter schedules to avoid furloughs

    Egypt flouts sanctions as Russian Su-35 fighters arrive

    Iran Says US, Israel Are Nuclear 'Threat' to Region

    China, US militaries in crunch talks to avoid conflicts in Taiwan and South China Sea

    Can Renewables Fully Sustain Our Current Way Of Life?

    Why Is The U.S. Importing So Much Russian Fuel Oil?
    America shoots itself in the foot with its own sanctions. -- RF

    U.S. Shale Remains In Survival Mode For Another Year [DIE!]

    Publix, Giant Eagle stores added to nationwide onion recall, as more states report salmonella cases

    Researchers warn of climate repercussions if Brazilian highway through the Amazon is paved

    COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Barely Reduce Global Warming, New Study Finds

    Twitter Posts Show That People Are Profoundly Sad – and Visiting Parks to Feel Happy

    Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

    Second COVID-19 wave has already hit Germany, warns doctor's union

    Dr. Anthony Fauci says chance of coronavirus vaccine being highly effective is 'not great'

    Inexpensive, accessible device provides visual proof that masks block droplets

    U.S. pandemic worse than Mexico, Lopez Obrador says after travel warning

    U.S. military surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases

    One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU care, CDC says

    Disbelief as Trump Appoints Disgraced Iran-Contra Criminal Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy

    U.S. businesses in China face uncertainty as White House bans WeChat

    Lebanon sees possible 'external interference' in port blast

    Yet another U.S. fighter jet loses a part mid-air over Okinawa

    Number of People on State or Federal Unemployment Insurance Jumps to 32.1 Million, Second Highest Ever: Week 20 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse
    Some people returned to work, but 1.64 million newly-out-of-work people filed for state or federal unemployment insurance. Labor market at essentially the same level of terribleness for months.

    Millions of Workers Suffering From Repeat Layoffs

    Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren't coming back

    COVID-19 stressing out U.S. more than other nations, survey says

    U.S. Postal Service chief warns of 'dire' finances, adopts manager hiring freeze

    'I'm too old to find a new career': More than half of Americans fear job losses

  7. The Gig Economy Is Failing. Say Hello to the Hustle Economy.

    Unemployed teachers, cooks, dancers are turning to Patreon, Twitch, and OnlyFans

    Tech investors have dubbed this the “passion economy,” a place where anyone can profit doing what she loves. But because that term risks both exaggerating the payoffs of this work and obscuring its ties to the gig economy, the last great labor “disruption,” we might better call it the “hustle economy:” an online labor market in which platform-dependent workers create and monetize their own digital products. Like Uber drivers or Instacart shoppers, workers in the hustle economy need a platform to succeed. But their work is individualized, self-directed, and on their own schedule — one “creator” can’t substitute for another. [more; last step down before chaos]

    [hey, look who woke up! cue Welcome Back Cotter theme song]
    Mount Sinabung erupts after more than a year of inactivity, Indonesia

    Indonesian Sinabung volcano started erupting at 18:58 UTC on August 7, 2020, for the first time since June 2019. Authorities are during residents and tourists to stay outside a 3 km (1.8 miles) radius from the crater. The Alert Level remains at III (Siaga/Alert). [more]

    More than 13 million affected, 771 dead as widespread floods continue across India

    Extensive flooding from severe monsoon rains continues to impact much of India, with more than 13 million people affected and 771 fatalities as of August 7, 2020. More than half a million people have been evacuated in West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. [more; videos]

    Additional evacuation warnings issued for Apple Fire

    The fire has burned over 29,000 acres north of Beaumont, California [more; pics]

    [2nd part below]

  8. Extreme droughts in central Europe likely to increase sevenfold

    Extreme droughts are likely to become much more frequent across central Europe, and if global greenhouse gas emissions rise strongly they could happen seven times more often, new research has shown.

    The area of crops likely to be affected by drought is also set to increase, and under sharply rising CO2 levels would nearly double in central Europe in the second half of this century, to more than 40m hectares (154,440 sq miles) of farmland.

    Central Europe suffered its biggest and most damaging drought on record in 2018 and 2019, which had two of the three warmest summer periods ever recorded on the continent. The summers were also much drier than average, and more than half of the region suffered severe drought conditions. [more]

    Canada’s last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses – “This was the largest remaining intact ice shelf, and it’s disintegrated, basically”

    The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday.

    The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

    BBN: The Arctic Is Collapsing [~ 31 min.]

    [yeow - DON'T look at the pic!]
    There Is Currently A Mysterious Outbreak Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Buruli Ulcer In Australia

    There’s a place in Australia where there’s suddenly a whole bunch of cases of flesh-eating bacteria.

    There is currently an outbreak of a tropical disease called Buruli ulcer, which has been centered along a portion of Australia’s southern coast, more precisely in the serene beachside suburbs of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula.

    since 2017, more than 100 people have been infected with this type of flesh-eating bacteria that is rarely seen in this part of the world.

    The bacterium not only damages the tissues it inhabits, but also is able to prevent the immune system from mounting a defense.

    That’s the same genus of microorganisms that cause tuberculosis and leprosy, among other illnesses. [more]

    Another one: Huge fire strikes agriculture feed market in eastern Saudi Arabia, no casualties reported

    A huge fire has erupted at a fodder market in eastern Saudi Arabia causing material damage, but no casualties, local media say. [more]