Sunday, August 16, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-15

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

2020-08-15 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame and burns 1 person to death, 3 more injured, in Firozabad (India):

Note: This is the 196th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-08-15 - Electrical substation damaged by fire at 1:28 AM on Hill Street in coastal Poole (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Plastics recycling center goes up in flames in Metamorfossi (Greece):

2020-08-15 - Wildfire grows to 20,000 acres and spawns firenado near Loyalton (California):

Quote: "The National Weather Service issued its first-ever tornado warning for a twister spawned by fire early Saturday afternoon after a wildfire in Northern California produced a towering, flaming vortex."

Note: Some of these firenado stories say they can be destructive and mention the 2018 firenado in California. None of them mention the fact that BEFORE 2018 there had NEVER been a firenado like that one, which was equivalent in force to a powerful EF-3 tornado. That was something new, not seen before. I said back then that now that we'd seen something like that, we were likely to see more of it. That tornado ripped across a valley, tearing trees out of the ground and sucking up vehicles, then igniting them and throwing them for miles. It was like something out of a Sifi Channel apocalypse movie. And now for the first time the National Weather Service has issued a firenado warning. That's not been seen before either.

Pay attention to things happening that haven't happened before or which are now occurring at rates never seen before, like the fires raging in the Arctic, the flesh-eating bacteria events, the increasing numbers of cyanobacteria blooms, the algae spreading and discoloring the snow in the Arctic and Antarctic, the escalation in hydrogen-sulfide-spewing sargassum seaweed events, the melting of the ice at both poles, the rise in deadly heatwaves across the planet, including 100F temps above the Arctic Circle, the increasing number of megaflood events, the melting of the permafrost in Canada, Alaska and Siberia, and on and on...

2020-08-15 - Record heatwave broils 10 states in the US:

2020-08-15 - Huge rats the size of rabbits multiplying in Liverpool (Britain):

Quote: "Rats the size of rabbits have taken over the Litherland section of Liverpool, England, and residents say the brazen creatures are multiplying and getting bigger and bigger."

2020-08-15 - Naked man, 31, breaks into office building at 3 AM and ransacks lobby in Erie (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A rather strange event took place on State Street early Saturday morning. Police were called out to the Highmark Building over at 717 State Street at 3 a.m. this morning. According to Erie Police, they arrived to find a 31-year-old man standing naked inside the lobby of the Highmark office. The man entered the building after smashing the front door and continued to ransack the lobby. The suspect is currently in an area hospital undergoing psychiatric evaluation."

2020-08-15 - Boat bursts into flame in coastal Seeb (Oman), 4 injured:

Note: This is the 743rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-15 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on I-285 in DeKalb County (Georgia):

2020-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours on I-94 in Kalamazoo County (Michigan):

2020-08-15 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 401 near Ingersoll (Canada):

2020-08-15 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Centreville (Canada):

Note: These are the 1188th, 1189th, 1190th and 1191st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-15 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in coastal Georgetown (Guyana):

2020-08-15 - Hay truck bursts into flame on US 97 north of Terrebonne (Oregon):

2020-08-15 - SUV bursts into flame on US 60 in Surprise (Arizona):

2020-08-15 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-490 in Rochester (New York):

2020-08-15 - Four cars go up in flames while parked near home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "Four cars were destroyed in a fire that spread to a two-story house on Melrose Avenue, but Jacksonville firefighters were able to put out the fire before it did too much damage to a neighboring two-story structure that houses four apartments."

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments in Charleston (West Virginia):

Quote: "The Malden Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Eagle View apartment complex with a report of a car fire. When they arrived on scene, the car was fully involved. Firefighters said the fire did cause some damage to the apartments it was parked near."

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on State Route 99 in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame at gas station along the Florida Turnpike in Okeechobee County (Florida):

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-93 in Somerville (Massachusetts):

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on I-94 near Libertyville (Illinois):

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on the M6 near Croft (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Car bursts into flame on Central Expressway in coastal Runcorn (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 410 in Mississauga (Canada):

2020-08-15 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on street in Pocatello (Idaho):

2020-08-15 - RV trailer bursts into flame on Northwest Wild Rye Circle in Bend (Oregon):

2020-08-15 - Garage destroyed by fire, two homes damaged, on Centennial Road in Bismarck (North Dakota):

2020-08-15 - Home damaged by fire on 15th Street SE in Roanoke (Virginia):

2020-08-15 - Home destroyed by fire on Adams Lane in Holbrook (Massachusetts):

2020-08-15 - Home destroyed by fire, another home damaged, on Little Deer Creek Road in Indiana Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-15 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Mary Street in Utica (New York), 8 injured:

2020-08-15 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Pinegrove Drive in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2020-08-15 - Deadly fire burns mobile home on Nyberg Road in Bristol (New Hampshire), 1 killed:

2020-08-15 - Deadly fire burns home on Barcelona Street in Las Vegas (Nevada), 1 killed:

2020-08-15 - Vacant home destroyed by fire shortly after 4:30 AM in Topeka (Kansas):

2020-08-15 - Vacant school burns in coastal Kirkcaldy (Scotland):

2020-08-15 - Man, woman and boy die in submerged car in Lake Monroe (Indiana):

2020-08-15 - Man, 42, jumps into the water in swimming pool and dies at hotel in Onitsha (Nigeria):

2020-08-15 - Man in his 50s dies while diving for lobsters in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

2020-08-15 - Man, 27, jumps into the water and dies in Lake Conroe (Texas):

Quote: "This is the fifth drowning at Lake Conroe this year and the second to occur in the Atkins Creek area in the past two months."

2020-08-15 - Man, 28, jumps into pond to retrieve remote controlled boat and dies in Hartford (Wisconsin):

2020-08-15 - Man, 36, found dead in the Hudson River near Fort Edward (New York):

2020-08-15 - Man, 36, found dead in the Meramec River near Bourbon (Missouri):

2020-08-15 - Soldier, man, 36, dies during training exercise in Fort Hood (Texas):

2020-08-15 - Man in his 40s or 50s found dead in Benicia State Park in Benicia (California):

2020-08-15 - Man, 60, drops dead in jail cell in Lee County (Florida):

2020-08-15 - Man, 48, found dead along the Lehigh River in Freemansburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-15 - Man found dead in Lake Ontario in Scarborough (Canada):

2020-08-15 - Man, 35, actor, dies in his sleep on vacation in coastal Puerto Vallarta (Mexico):

Note: He was probably in the water at a beach, in a pool or in a shower sometime during the day before he died. Beaches are why people go to Puerto Vallarta...

2020-08-15 - Woman, 40, found face-down and dead in the Codjue River in Glengoffe on the island of Jamaica:

2020-08-15 - Man, 75, dies after being pulled from the water in coastal Sydals (Denmark):

2020-08-15 - Person found dead in the River Kelvin in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-08-15 - Off-duty police officer, man, falls off jet ski into the water and dies in coastal Pwllheli (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Man in his 20s found dead near the Dartford Crossing (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Small plane crashes near Eagle Lake (California), engine failure, 2 killed:

2020-08-15 - Small plane crashes and burns in Brandon (Minnesota), engine failure:

2020-08-15 - Tractor trailer veers off road at 6:17 AM, crashes into sign, bursts into flame, on I-70 in Springfield (Ohio), 1 injured:

2020-08-15 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Madison Avenue in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2020-08-15 - Car veers over centerline, hits pickup truck head-on, on Route 17 in Jefferson (Maine), 2 killed:

2020-08-15 - Car veers off road at 4:41 AM, crashes into sign and tree, bursts into flame, in Gaithersburg (Maryland), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-08-15 - Car veers off road at 2:11 AM, crashes into parked cars, in coastal Del Mar Heights (California), 1 injured:

2020-08-15 - Car veers off road, crashes into medical building, in Richmond Heights suburb of St. Louis (Missouri), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Note: About 3500 feet from me...

2020-08-15 - Car slams into wall at 5:48 AM, bursts into flame, in coastal Cape Town (South Africa), 4 killed:

2020-08-15 - Landslide hits Jugal Rural Municipality (Nepal), 18 killed, 21 missing:

2020-08-15 - Sinkhole opens near home, dog falls in, in Earl Shilton (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Sinkhole opens on street in Cheltenham (Britain):

2020-08-15 - Historic building collapses in Cairo (Egypt), 5 injured:

2020-08-15 - Tornado hits Santa Catarina (Brazil):

2020-08-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Jaipur (India), 3+ killed:

2020-08-15 - Pentagon establishes new task force to investigate UFOs:


  1. Mornin' Jonny, all.

    The social situation is deteriorating "faster than expected" globally, locally and personally. We're in the position of watching our out-of-control vehicle of state running off the road of civilization, no one in charge, careening from impossible policies that have to change instantaneously to be of any use, to the abandonment of law and order with thugs and chaos waiting in the wings. Many now predict a serious step down in the coming month and another, probably worse one in November. The dollar is on the way out, our country is divided six ways to Tuesday (financially, by race and gender, militant and peace loving, sick and well, Dem./Rep., conservative and progressive, etc.), the food supply is compromised, the global economic system is falling apart, natural disasters are increasing as the methane bomb is exploding, wars and coming and in progress, families and people are disintegrating and splintering, homelessness is becoming an epidemic, there's very little trust in anything, and everyone is being overwhelmed by it all.

    There's an on-going exodus from big cities like New York and San Francisco, many to Texas.

    [My son, living in one of the most affluent communities in CA, had a 4 - 6 hour long rolling black-out hit over the weekend (late afternoon into the night). The hospital he works for has two wings of Covid patients.]

    [learn while you laugh]
    Le Show for Sunday, August 16 [~ 1 hr.]

    Non-stop lightning and Red Flag Fire Warning issued during most widespread and violent summer thunderstorm event in memory for Bay Area

    A rare August severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday.

    People across the Bay Area woke to a wild mix of thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain early Sunday morning.

    This is probably the most widespread and violent summer thunderstorm event in memory for Bay Area.

    The National Weather Service on Sunday extended a red flag fire warning for the entire Bay Area until 11 a.m. Monday morning. [more; my son mentioned the HUGE surf rolling in]

    France considers making masks compulsory at work - New cases mostly young people WITHOUT symptoms

    Despite the rise in new cases, the latest figures show only 29 new admissions to hospital and nine more intensive care patients. France now has 4,857 Covid-19 cases in hospitals, including 376 in intensive care.

    Many of the new cases are younger people under 45 who tend not to have symptoms.

    French government messages urging people to follow the rules in order to avert the need for a second lockdown may have backfired. According to public health experts, the warnings may have unintentionally encouraged the young to view the summer as a window of opportunity for fun before another lockdown.

    The young have been blamed for fuelling France's alarming spike in new infections by holding beach parties and packing into bars without maintaining social distancing or wearing face-masks.

    "The strategy of fear doesn't work," said Fran├žois Alla, professor of public health at the main Bordeaux teaching hospital.

    [SOTT]Comment: Although governments are giving it their best shot, it's just the propaganda does not reflect the real, everyday experiences of people. [more]

    [2nd section awaits]

  2. GM crops: Experts debunk claims of success

    [it was always a lie]

    According to Prof Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Dr Hans R Herren and Dr Peter E Kenmore, internationally renowned agricultural researchers, the pieces reported "sweeping unsupported claims" about the benefits of and need for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and related technologies in agriculture in India.

    The three academics felt that "a responsible and factual response" was required and have written a letter - containing what could be described as the definitive analysis of Bt cotton in India - to Dr Ramesh Chand, Dr Rajiv Kumar (Niti Aayog Vice Chancellor) and Dr Amitabh Kant (Niti Aayog CEO).

    Chand is reported as saying that there is no credible study to show any adverse impact of growing Bt cotton in the last 18 years in the country (India's only officially approved GM crop). This is simply not the case. Moreover, Gutierrez et al argue that all of the credible evidence shows any meagre increases in cotton yield after the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002 were largely due to increases in fertiliser use.[more]

    Massive tornado-like waterspout seen over Bristol Channel, UK

    The spiralling cloud was visible for around 15 minutes, according to onlookers, and appeared to create a spray from the sea. [more; video]

    Rare August thunderstorm gives intense lightning display across San Francisco's Bay Area

    [lots of pics & tweets & a lead video]

    Nearly 5,000 dead fish off Barrington shore, Rhode Island

    Marine Fisheries found nearly 5,000 dead fish off of Bullocks Cove and Allen's Cove on Friday, the Department of Environmental Management said.

    The DEM responded to a report of two fish kills in West Barrington and across the bay in Warwick Friday morning.

    The fish covered about a 50-yard stretch of the beach, according to DEM Chief Public Affairs Officer Michael Healey.

    Healey said although they have not determined an official cause yet, they believe the deaths relate to low levels of dissolved oxygen (DO) in the bay due to the heatwave. [more]

    First ever firenado warning in California as wildfires rage into third day

    The Loyalton Fire, which remains largely uncontained as of Saturday evening, has been burning since Friday and has reportedly grown to more than 2,000 acres. Freakishly hot weather responsible for rolling blackouts across California along with gusty winds and dry conditions have allowed the flames to spread rapidly. These types of conditions are becoming more common due to the climate crisis, leading to larger and more destructive wildfires across the West. Despite that, firenados remain thankfully rare (for now). [more]

    [3rd part below]

  3. Hurricane slams Sipacate, Guatemala [~ 4.3 min. video]

    Lightning strike kills 3 women, injures 4 others in Chhattisgarh, India

    A group of women was working in a paddy field at Hardi village under Sarangarh police station when they were struck by the bolt from sky around 11 am, said Raigarh superintendent of police Santosh Singh. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills over 30 sheep in Sorogain, Spain

    A lightning strike has killed over 30 sheep, a cow and a ram in Sorogain, in the Valley of Erro. [more]

    Latest storms and hail in Spain caused severe damage to several crops - 360,000 hectares affected

    According to estimates by the Spanish Group of Combined Agricultural Insurance Entities (Agroseguro), the storms and hail registered recently in various parts of Spain have damaged a total of 24,000 hectares of crops.

    In the province of Ciudad Real, hail has caused plenty of damage to almond trees (just at the beginning of their harvest season) and to summer vegetables (melon, watermelon, tomato and onion). In Albacete, the hail storms have hit similar crops, as well as other like corn or lettuce, as revealed by Agroseguro data.

    In the case of Extremadura, a region also strongly affected, the greatest damage has been reported in the Las Vegas Altas region, in the province of Badajoz, especially in fruit trees (some plum and peach varieties) and in crops such as tomatoes.

    So far this year, 360,000 agricultural hectares have been affected by inclement weather. [more]

    22 people dead and almost 40,000 hectares of farmland damaged after 2 weeks of heavy rains and flooding in North Korea

    Over 20 people have died in North Korea after two weeks of heavy rains and flooding. Thousands of homes and wide areas of farmland have been damaged or destroyed.

    The country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that floods had damaged or destroyed 39,296 hectares of farmland, 16,680 homes and 630 public buildings across the country. [more; video]

    [4th part follows]

  4. At least 10 tornadoes reported across Minnesota [2 videos and text]

    Frontline nurse Erin Marie Olszewski speaks out about lethal Covid protocols

    In this interview, retired Army combat veteran Erin Marie Olszewski, a nurse who for several months treated COVID-19 patients at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, a public hospital in Queens, New York — the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.

    She has now written a book, "Undercover Epicenter Nurse: How Fraud, Negligence, and Greed Led to Unnecessary Deaths at Elmhurst Hospital,"1 which details her experiences. [more]

    39 dead or missing after major landslide hits Nepal

    A major landslide hit the district of Sindhupalchok in Nepal early Friday morning (LT), August 14, 2020, leaving at least 39 people dead or missing. Sindhupalchok is about 130 km (81 miles) east of Kathmandu. The district is among the worst-hit areas in the massive M8.1 earthquake of April 25, 2015, which claimed more than 8 700 lives and left the already delicate local geography destabilized. [more]

    [i've been watching a lot of mud-flood reset videos recently - check out these world-wide strange repeating occurrences]

    BBN: Good Old Time Global Warming [~ 28 min.]

    A Mass Exodus Away From Big Cities On Both Coasts

    In all of U.S. history, we have never seen anything like “the mass exodus of 2020”. Hundreds of thousands of people are leaving the major cities on both coasts in search of a better life. Homelessness, crime and drug use were already on the rise in many of our large cities prior to 2020, but many big city residents were willing to put up with a certain amount of chaos in order to maintain their lifestyles. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and months of civil unrest have finally pushed a lot of people over the edge. Moving companies on both coasts are doing a booming business as wealthy and middle class families flee at a blistering pace, and most of those families do not plan to ever return.

    Los Angeles is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Once upon a time it attracted wealthy and famous people from all over the globe, but in 2020 it is “a city on the brink“…

    Almost half of the entire homeless population of the entire country now lives in the state of California, and a large proportion of them are addicted to drugs. Needless to say, this has created a nightmarish environment… [more]

    Death Valley hits 130 degrees, thought to be highest temperature on Earth in over a century

    Temperatures in Death Valley skyrocketed to a blistering 130 degrees on Sunday — possibly the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913. [more]

    Greenland's melting ice sheet has 'passed the point of no return,' scientists say, dooming it to disappear

    In their study, published Thursday in the journal Nature, the scientists reviewed 40 years of monthly satellite data from more than 200 large glaciers that are draining into the ocean across Greenland.

    "What we've found is that the ice that's discharging into the ocean is far surpassing the snow that's accumulating on the surface of the ice sheet," Michalea King, the study's lead author and researcher at Ohio State University's Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, said in a press release. [more]

    Oil Companies Wonder If It’s Worth Looking for Oil Anymore

    [in short: NOPE!]

  5. [some Monday headlines from RF]
    News Links, August 17, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Massive Surge In U.S. Gold Imports Signals BIG TROUBLE Ahead For The Financial System

    Turkey's 2nd Financial & Currency Crisis in 2 Years Blossoms

    Hong Kong cuts GDP forecast for 2020 after economy contracts 9% on-year in the second quarter

    EU Lost 5.5 Million Jobs In Second Quarter, Prepares For Worse Cuts As Furlough Programs Expire

    FedCoin Will Replace the Paper Dollar

    Air traffic will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024: IATA [nope, it'll NEVER return to those levels]

    A flood of job losses looms as airline industry struggles in pandemic

    Flight attendants turn to dog walking, contact tracing for extra income as they brace for job cuts

    UN rejects Iran arms embargo extension, crisis looms
    Iran: "Isolated" US Regime must learn from its Humiliation at UN, as Trump rejects Putin Plan

    US Threatens 'Snapback' Sanctions on Iran

    Experts Expect US Arms Sales to UAE to Soar After Israel Deal
    Modi warns China over border tensions

    Number of migrants landing in Italy more than doubles in past year

    California begins rolling blackouts after first Stage 3 emergency since 2001

    US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

    Bakken shale registers drop in drilling activity amid substantial decline in oil prices, says GlobalData

    U.S. oil & gas rig count falls to record low for 15th week – Baker Hughes

    Shale Executives Make Millions As Their Company Goes Bankrupt

    US Groups Invest Billions in Industrial Ag in Africa. Experts Say It's not Ending Hunger or Helping Farmers

    Bloody Chicken: Inside the American Poultry Industry During the Time of COVID

    Ravenous fall armyworm threatens Japan's key crops

    Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

    Farmers across the world worried about climate change impacting their crops

    Why more heatwaves endanger our health and ability to work

    Business as Usual Equals Many Extra Deaths from Global Warming

    Dead Zones: Industrial Agriculture versus Ocean Life

    Could a Solution to Marine Plastic Waste Threaten One of the Ocean's Most Mysterious Ecosystems?

    Electric Cars Not As Green As Thought, But Cleaner Than Gas Powered Vehicles

    1 in 2 Russian Doctors Distrust New Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll

    Chaos in Assange case management hearing

    Imperialists Run The Same Tired Old Script Day After F***ing Day

    Discussion of Wikileaks or any "Hacked Information" Banned Under New YouTube Rules

    Mental Health Of Young People And Minorities Has Plummeted During The Pandemic

    One-Third Of US Renters, Homeowners Behind On Housing Payments In August As Federal Aid Stalls

    US Corporate Bankruptcies May Reach 10-Year High As Pandemic Shuts Down Wide Swaths Of Businesses

    The nation's biggest public transit system is facing ruin. Will Congress save it?

    Is Covid Coming For Your Job?

    Affluent Californians could face the nation's first wealth tax

    Emergency medical technicians are quitting their jobs — COVID-19 makes it too dangerous

    Six members of Congress form Sound Money Caucus

    Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Set Uninspiring Pace

    Subprime Auto Nation: American Households now Carry $1.34 Trillion in Auto Loans on an Asset that Depreciates While Covid-19 Creates Demand Destruction.

    Thinking about leaving the U.S. for good? Here are some easy (and affordable) options

  6. California Lake fire gains strength and is burning out of control [~ 2.3 min. video]

    Swarm of earthquakes in Mexico shakes parts of Southern California, Arizona, USGS says

    A swarm of earthquakes shook parts of California and Arizona, including San Diego and Yuma, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

    At least seven earthquakes have hit Baja California, Mexico, about 120 miles from the U.S.-Mexico Border, in the past 24 hours.

    The largest was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake, according to Earthquake Track [more]

    An Invasive Asian Longhorned Tick Is Slowly Spreading Throughout the U.S.

    An extremely tiny, invasive Asian longhorned tick—known for killing livestock and carrying disease-causing pathogens—has been discovered in Ohio. The tick was found on a stray dog in Gallia County, which was later sent to a nearby shelter, per officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). The tick was then sent to a federal lab, where the species was confirmed.

    This tick was first identified in New Jersey in 2017 and can be found in typical tick habitats, such as grassy or wooded areas. [more]

    [these are all over the place around here]
    States urging residents to be on the lookout for destructive invasive species

    Officials across multiple states are urging people to be on the lookout for an invasive species that can have a devastating impact on agriculture.

    In recent weeks, officials in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey have been sounding the alarm about the spotted lanternfly, which currently is in its prime feeding season and can wreak havoc on crops.

    For the first time, live spotted lanternflies were also found on Staten Island, New York, state authorities announced Friday. [more]

    [2nd part below]

  7. Mountain road ‘washed away’ during downpours in North Carolina, dramatic photos show

    A road crumbled on a North Carolina mountainside, sending pieces of pavement over its steep edge, dramatic photos show.

    “Massive slide has resulted in over half the roadway washed away,” Broad River Fire & Rescue warned Saturday afternoon in a Facebook post.

    The ground gave way near Black Mountain, in an area roughly 25 miles southeast of downtown Asheville. [more]

    A spectacular image reveals the electrical tentacles of red jellyfish sprite lightning in the skies above Texas

    The phenomenon is a rare sighting: It lasts just tenths of a second and can be hard to see from the ground since it's generally obscured by storm clouds. But Stephen Hummel, a dark-skies specialist at the McDonald Observatory, captured a spectacular image of one of these sprites on July 2 (shown above) from a ridge on Mount Locke in Texas. [more; wow!]

    Millions of Beetles Are Wiping Out Forests All Across the World

    A plague of tiny mountain pine beetles, no bigger than a grain of rice, has already destroyed 15 years of log supplies in British Columbia, enough trees to build 9 million single-family homes, and are chewing through forests in Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. Now, an outbreak of spruce beetles is threatening to devour even more trees in North America just as similar pests are decimating supplies in parts of Europe, creating a glut of dead and dying logs. [more]

    More toxic hand sanitizer recalls (at Dollar Tree, Family Dollar) and Do Not Use updates

    All Day Hand Sanitizer, which states its active ingredient contains methanol, has been recalled nationwide while 10 other hand sanitizers join it on the FDA’s Do Not Use list. [more]

    [and we thought it was just bad for fish]
    Florida’s algae-tainted waters also pump toxins into the air. Scientists study health risks

    Last month, the scientists and health experts trying to figure out how to combat Florida’s persistent blue-green algae bloom problems discussed how to do a better job of informing the public when toxins are detected in waterways.

    One recommendation included posting signs in multiple languages advising against swimming or drinking the water — though green slime on a lake, canal or river is also it’s own warning sign.

    But keeping people and pets out of the water is only part of the concern about blue-green algae — particles can also waft invisibly into the air, carrying toxins with them. Scientists across the state are now studying the potential long-term health risks from blue-green algae toxins inhaled into the lungs, where they might enter the bloodstream. Some initial findings suggest the impact could extend far beyond the waterfront.

    The research is in its early stages and there are no answers yet, but so far scientists have found that many Floridians may already be well-equipped to protect themselves if the airborne toxins are dangerous. They’ve found that N95 face masks and disposable surgical masks, familiar headwear during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can filter most algae toxins from the air.

    “We know it’s getting in the air, we know people are breathing it in, but we don’t know what risk that represents,” said Mike Parsons, a harmful algae bloom expert with The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. [more]

    [3rd segment coming up]

  8. There are 2 tropical waves in the Atlantic and both are forecast to turn into depressions

    Forecasters are watching two fast-paced tropical waves in the Atlantic early Monday that could turn into tropical depressions later this week. [more]

    [this wasn't in the training manual]
    An angry bull chased a crew of firefighters down a Los Angeles road while they were responding to the Lake Fire

    An angry bull chased several firefighters down a California road on Friday while they responded to the Lake Fire.

    The Ventura County Fire Department called the bull "Ferdinand," and said firefighters had been clearing the roads when the bull gave chase.

    No one was injured, and Ferdinand "went about his day," the fire department said.

    Factbox: Oil refiners shut plants as demand losses seen continuing

    Oil refiners are permanently closing processing plants in Asia and North America and facilities in Europe could be next as uncertain prospects for a recovery in fuel demand after the coronavirus pandemic triggered losses. [more]

    As Canada curbs methane emissions, new measurements show problem bigger than thought

    Reported greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oilpatch have more than doubled in the year's first half as changes to how they are measured revealed a more extensive picture of environmental damage, previously unreported industry data show. [more; yeah, big surprise . ..]

    Authorities near Chicago are searching for a United Airlines executive who was last seen 11 days ago

    Authorities in Illinois are searching for Jake Cefolia, a United Airlines executive who was last seen on Thursday, August 6.

    On Friday, more than 100 people and dogs searched a forest preserve near Chicago where Cefolia's car was found, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

    Cefolia is United's senior vice president of worldwide sales and has been with the airline since 2007. [more]

    Dust storm engulfs cars in Arizona [short video]

    A dust storm engulfed traffic in Arizona on Sunday (August 16) as Phoenix broke heat records with a high temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The orange-brown clouds of dust blanketed Picacho Peak causing low visibility on roads between Tucson and Casa Grande. The storm brought the traffic to a halt. Areas along interstate 10 south of Phoenix were slammed with the thick clouds of blowing dust, reducing the driving visibility, when it approached the valley at around 5:30pm. "The storm was so bad I had to stop at ELOY. My children were also frightened by the outside scenes" said Graham, one of the motorists caught in the dust storm.

    [4th piece next]

  9. [what is this, Puerto Rico?]
    'Iowans are hurting': 75,000 still don't have power one week after derecho; governor requests $3.9B

    More than 75,000 Iowans are still without power one week after a derecho destroyed trees, damaged homes and brought down power lines across the state.

    The storm knocked out power to more than 400,000 Iowans. Winds exceeded more than 100 mph in parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in a news release Sunday that she formally requested an expedited Presidental Major Disaster Declaration after the Aug. 10 derecho storm.

    Reynolds requested about $3.9 billion in funding for recovery from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance Program for 27 counties.

    The request also includes funds for debris removal and infrastructure repair for several counties. [more]

    Mink at two Utah farms test positive for COVID-19

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday that mink at two farms in Utah tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first such confirmed cases in the animal in the country.

    People who had contact with the animals have also tested positive for the virus, which causes COVID-19 in humans, the agency said. [more]

    [my son sent pics of the fire in the distance from his work]
    River Fire prompts evacuations south of Salinas, California

    Monday morning at 6 a.m. PDT CAL FIRE reported that the River Fire five miles south of Salinas has burned 2,800 acres and threatens 1,500 structures. Five structures have been damaged but none destroyed. Four firefighters have suffered heat-related injuries [more]

    Monday, 17 August 2020
    21st Century Wire on the Agenda under the pretext of a supposed ‘global pandemic,’

    ‘The Agenda is Real’ [91 min. podcast]

    [from yesterday]
    PLANDEMIC �� MOVIE �� World Premiere LIvestream AUGUST 18th 12 NOON EST on DIGITAL FREEDOM PLATFORM [~ 4.75 min. intro video]


    What is the chance of this sky-reaching, debt-mountain providing a plausible excuse for Governments to declare insolvency? Legally, this would trigger a fire sale as all remaining state-assets were gobbled by money-lender creditors.

    With the last vestiges of national sovereignty dismantled, even the illusory democracy we have lived under would seem utopic; the biggest global debt trap ever built snaring the world. Elites would own everything from the macrocosmic to the molecular. [more]