Monday, August 17, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-16

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

2020-08-16 - Temp hits 130F (54.4C) in Death Valley (California), possibly the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet:

Quote: "One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century and possibly ever has been reached at Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert, where it has soared to 54.4C. An automated observation system in the valley’s sparsely populated Furnace Creek reported the record at 3.41pm on Sunday at the crest of an extreme heat wave, a more frequent occurrence due to climate change."

Quote: "A temperature of 56.7C was recorded in Death Valley in July 1913, and Kebili, Tunisia, is said to have hit 55C in July 1931, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. But recent research by Christopher Burt, an extreme weather expert, has led some meteorologists to view these older records as the results of observer error."

Quote: "All these records arrive as global climate conditions rapidly deteriorate. For instance, the Arctic is ablaze with wildfires for the second year in a row, which scientists worry means we have entered a global 'fire regime' that even pessimistic climate change models didn't anticipate arriving until around the 2050s, according to The Post."

Note: Maybe the most pessimistic climate change models didn't anticipate a 'global fire regime' arriving until around the 2050s, but *I* warned about that in 2012. From the full hypothesis: "Probably the most noticeable effect [of this extinction event] will be fires and explosions sweeping across the planet." I warned about the planet going up in flames before the deadly California wildfires, before the deadly forest fires in Portugal, before massive wildfires ripped across Australia and killed 3 billion animals, before the giant peat fires began in Indonesia, before the Arctic started going up in flames, before the deadliest high-rise fire in British history, before wildfires began burning above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, before car-carrier ships began going up in flames. I knew what was going to happen, I said what was going to happen - because I thought my fellow human beings deserved a heads-up - and what I said was going to happen IS HAPPENING...

2020-08-16 - Algae-tainted waters also pump toxins into the air:

2020-08-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Damariscotta Lake (Maine):

2020-08-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Thetis Lake near Vancouver (Canada):

2020-08-16 - Wildfire grows to 81,107 acres near Grand Junction (Colorado):

2020-08-16 - Person collapses and goes into cardiac arrest at marina in Friday Harbor on coastal San Juan Island (Washington):

Quote: "On Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2020, emergency responders from San Juan Island Fire and Rescue, San Juan Island EMS, and Airlift NW responded to a 911 emergency call reporting an unconscious person who was not breathing at the Roche Harbor Marina."

2020-08-16 - Iowa's Republican governor asks for billions of dollars in federal aid after storm causes devastation:

Note: Why Governor Reynolds, federal aid is socialism - why should MY tax dollars bail YOUR citizens out? *cough*Hypocrite*cough*

2020-08-16 - Home destroyed by explosion on East Washington Street in Joliet (Illinois), 2+ injured:

2020-08-16 - Home explodes and burns on East Catawba Street in Lincolnton (North Carolina), 2 injured:

Note: These are the 70th and 71st residential explosions in 2020...

2020-08-16 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Minnetonka near Long Lake (Minnesota):

2020-08-16 - Boat explodes into flame on Cheat Lake (West Virginia), several injured:

2020-08-16 - Boat explodes into flame on Lake of the Ozarks near Point Randall Resort in Lake Ozark (Missouri), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 744th, 745th and 746th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-16 - Jet ski bursts into flame off coastal Ringstead (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M1 Pacific Motorway in Somersby (Australia):

2020-08-16 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in coastal Färjestaden (Sweden):

2020-08-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on street in Bhadrak (India):

Note: These are the 1192nd, 1193rd and 1194th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 6 in Robertson County (Texas):

2020-08-16 - Car bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at apartments on McIntosh Avenue in Chilliwack (Canada):

2020-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on Canberra Avenue in Forrest (Australia):

2020-08-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage in coastal Temuka (New Zealand):

2020-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on the A380 in coastal Paignton (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Car bursts into flame on the A1 near Worksop (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame at shopping center on Route 26 in coastal Ocean View (Delaware):

2020-08-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame at midnight on I-480 in Omaha (Nebraska):

2020-08-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Cleveland Road near Houston (Missouri):

2020-08-16 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed on the Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg (Canada):

2020-08-16 - Heavy truck, three grain trucks, two cars, UTV, two snowmobiles and shed destroyed by fire near Soda Springs (Idaho):

Quote: "The fire destroyed his father's refurbished 1928 Model-T Ford touring car, a 10-wheeler filled with wheat seed, a 1957 Chevy car, three grain trucks, a new Razor and two snowmobiles."

2020-08-16 - Two vehicles, UTV, small tractor, UTV, lawnmower and garage destroyed by fire, home heavily damaged, near Kellnersville (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A cost estimate for the damage is not known yet, however firefighters say at least two vehicles, a lawnmower, UTV, snowmobile and a small compact tractor were lost in the fire."

2020-08-16 - Barn, machinery and 100 tons of straw destroyed by fire at 1:28 AM in Sutton on Trent (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Milling business damaged by fire near Watsontown (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2020-08-16 - Home damaged by fire on Glenwood Avenue in Ypsilanti Township (Michigan):

2020-08-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Waldron Street in coastal Dorchester (Massachusetts):

2020-08-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Broad Street in Groveland (Massachusetts):

2020-08-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North 49th Street in Washington Park (Illinois), nobody there:

2020-08-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Iris Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), nobody there:

2020-08-16 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM, second home damaged, on North Midler Avenue in Syracuse (New York), nobody there:

2020-08-16 - Deadly fire burns home on Woodland Circle in DeLand (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Deadly fire burns home in Midland (Texas), 3 killed:

2020-08-16 - Deadly fire burns home on Creamery Road in Union (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Deadly fire burns Lake Shore Tower Apartments in Cudahy (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Elephant found dead in Chhattisgarh (India):

2020-08-16 - Trucker, man, slumps over dead in truck at fairgrounds in Victorville (California):

2020-08-16 - Man drops dead near homeless encampment in Victorville (California):

2020-08-16 - Person found dead in canal in Golden Gate (Florida):

2020-08-16 - Man in his 40s falls off boat into the water and dies in Lake Conway in Belle Isle (Florida):

2020-08-16 - Man, 73, found dead in the water at Indian Lake State Park (Ohio):

2020-08-16 - Man, 55, found dead in creek in Doniphan County (Kansas):

2020-08-16 - Man, 60, found dead in Lake Nighthorse (Colorado):

2020-08-16 - Person found dead on Canyon Springs Road near Centennial Park in Twin Falls (Idaho):

2020-08-16 - Boy, 17, jumps into the water and dies in the Portneuf River at Lava Hot Springs (Idaho):

2020-08-16 - Man, 30, drops dead in jail cell in Piedmont (Alabama):

2020-08-16 - Man, 65, found dead in lake in Dhanas (India):

2020-08-16 - Man, 37, found dead in Caitiosbhal Loch on the Isle of Lewis (Scotland):

2020-08-16 - Woman drops dead at apartments in Salford (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Man, 54, found dead in coastal Dorset (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Man has 'medical issues' on boat near coastal Shelly Beach (South Africa):

Quote: "A local fisherman, who experienced some medical issues while out at sea yesterday, was assisted by NSRI Shelly Beach."

2020-08-16 - Young woman has seizure, SUV plows into three parked vehicles, in Terre Haute (Indiana), 1 injured:

Quote: "A young female driver was transported to a local hospital after experiencing a medical condition while driving Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute."

Quote: "The woman reportedly suffered a seizure and lost control of Chevrolet SUV on S. Third Street, striking three parked vehicles in the Steak N' Shake parking lot."

2020-08-16 - Driver has 'medical episode', car plows through bus stop, in suburb of coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "The driver of the car had reportedly sustained a medical episode and was later taken to hospital."

2020-08-16 - Small plane crashes and burns near Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach (Missouri), 2 killed:

2020-08-16 - Small plane crashes into ditch in Frankenmuth Township (Michigan), 2 injured:

2020-08-16 - Tractor trailer veers off road and crashes, on I-287 in Somerset County (New Jersey):

2020-08-16 - Car crashes off bridge, slams into minivan, in Andover (Kansas), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-08-16 - Car crashes on I-280 in Santa Clara County (California), 1 killed, 6 injured:

2020-08-16 - Car veers off road, plunges into pond, in coastal Naples (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Car veers off road and overturns in the Town of Saratoga (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Car crashes on Princess Anne Road in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia), 1 killed:

2020-08-16 - Car veers off road at 3 AM, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Derry Hill (Britain), 4 killed:

2020-08-16 - Chunk of cliff collapses into the ocean in coastal Sidmouth (Britain):

2020-08-16 - Building collapses in coastal Alexandria (Egypt), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-08-16 - Lightning strike kills 3 women, injures 4 people, in Chhattisgarh (India):

2020-08-16 - Lightning strike kills 30+ sheep in Sorogain (Spain):

2020-08-16 - Intense lightning storm hits the Bay Area (California):

2020-08-16 - Heavy rain and flooding damages crops in North Korea:

2020-08-16 - Powerful dust storm engulfs cars between Tucson and Casa Grande (Arizona):

2020-08-16 - As Canada curbs methane emissions, new measurements show problem bigger than thought:


  1. Good Tuesday morning to you Jonny, everyone.

    Yep, Jonny - you've been most accurate in your writing about the direction and intensity of our situation. You GROK!

    Nothing suspicious about 2 JJFH events in the same location
    (Victorville, CA), eh?

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020
    Methane Hydrates Tipping Point threatens to get crossed

    The July 2020 ocean temperature anomaly on the Northern Hemisphere was 1.11°C or 2°F above the 20th century average, the highest July anomaly on record.

    The July 2020 ocean temperature anomaly on the Northern Hemisphere was well above the latent heat tipping point of 1°C above the 20th century average, threatening to soon reach the methane hydrates tipping point of 1.35°C above the 20th century average.

    These are only two of ten tipping points that are hitting the Arctic, as described in a earlier post, while additionally there are further tipping points that do not specifically hinge on what happens in the Arctic, e.g. the ozone layer is very vulnerable, as described in an earlier post. [more]

    The Pacific Ring Of Fire shook back to life last night when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocked San Pedro, in the Philippines. Last nights quake was the 6th major quake (magnitude 6 or higher) of August 2020 and the 75th major quake of this year

    Very strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Samar, Philippines

    A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Samar, Philippines at 00:03 UTC (08:03 LT) on August 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 21 km (13 miles). [more]

    [from NO HUMOR ALLOWED news]
    Twitter 'accidentally' suspends satirical site Babylon Bee after it mocked Kamala Harris and USPS conspiracies

    The Bee went dark around 6 pm on Monday. Archives showed that their last tweet was a story about President Donald Trump "riding around in an SUV" smashing mailboxes "to make it impossible for people to mail in their ballots."

    The tweet before that one was about Harris proposing a "housing plan" where "everybody gets free 10'x10' room and three meals a day" - a clear reference to prison, as Harris had been a prosecutor before getting elected to the Senate.

    Summer storms hit Ibri, Oman [2 videos (less than 10 min. total time)]

    [2nd section below]

  2. Housing Crash 2: We Have Never Seen Mortgage Delinquencies Rise This Fast In U.S. History

    If our economic numbers were going to improve substantially, now would be the time for it to happen. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have hit a plateau for the moment, the civil unrest in our major cities has been reduced to a dull roar, and millions of Americans that originally lost their jobs have now gone back to work. If we are going to get some glimmers of hope for the economy, this is when we should see them, because the environment does not look promising once the summer ends. Unfortunately, the numbers that we keep getting just continue to directly contradict the narrative that any sort of a “recovery” is taking place. In fact, the Mortgage Bankers Association is reporting that the delinquency rate on residential mortgages shot up a whopping 386 basis points last quarter…

    During the first quarter, the delinquency rate on FHA loans was 9.7 percent, but by the end of the second quarter that number had shot up to 15.7 percent…

    Of course the reason why there are so many delinquencies is because tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs in 2020.

    Sadly, most Americans simply do not understand what is happening.

    Most Americans still seem to think that everything is going to turn out just fine somehow.

    What they don’t realize is that the whole system is starting to steadily unwind, and things are going to get really ugly as we continue down this road. [more]

    Almost 15 million affected, around 850 dead due to this year's monsoon in India [3 videos]

    Common mutation of coronavirus more infectious but less harmful

    Malaysia's Noor Hisham said the D614G strain detected there was 10 times more infectious and that vaccines currently in development may not be effective against this mutation.

    But Tambyah and Maurer-Stroh said such mutations would not likely change the virus enough to make potential vaccines less effective. [more; can't agree on anything about Covid-19]

    [didn't they try this at Fukushima? (it didn't work)]
    An oil company wants to use giant chillers to refreeze the ground that climate change is thawing in order to drill for more oil — which will ultimately accelerate global warming

    ConocoPhillips, one of the nation's largest oil companies, has proposed a large drilling project in northern Alaska, where climate change is causing the permafrost to melt.

    The company is planning to use chillers called thermosyphons to prevent the ground from thawing underneath key infrastructure, according to an environmental impact statement published last Friday.

    Melting permafrost could damage ConocoPhillips' infrastructure, the Bureau of Land Management said Friday. The agency approved the plan.

    Burning oil produces carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that fuels global warming. [more]

    [3rd part coming up]

  3. Trump says he will pardon a 'very important' person on Tuesday

    President Donald Trump said on Monday he would pardon a "very, very important" person on Tuesday, but added it would not be leaker Edward Snowden or former national security adviser Michael Flynn. [more]

    A Broken Supply Chain Means These 10 Products Could Be Out of Stock Soon

    Laptops Medical Supplies Pharmaceutical Products iPhones
    Garlic Vapes Toys Diet Soda Specialty Food Items Apparel
    Products That Are Already Out of Stock Disinfectants Yeast
    Freezers [more; explanations for each topic]

    Texas Just Hit 10,000 COVID Deaths, and It’s ‘Flying Blind’

    Last week, Texas hit the grim milestone of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths.

    That is, it did if you went by local news outlets and the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The Texas Department of State Health Services didn’t report a similar figure until around 5 p.m. Eastern time on Monday.

    That small, seemingly modest inconsistency might be easily brushed off—especially in the context of divergent COVID-19 stats across the country—if it weren’t for the fact that the state has endured weeks of data woes, sowing distrust across Texas. State officials have blamed coding errors, system upgrades, backlogs, changes in methodology, and closures of testing centers for a recent surge of red flags in its coronavirus stats.

    Regardless of the cause, the deluge of questions about figures ranging from infection rates to total deaths have made it difficult to get a clear picture of what’s happening in the virus-ravaged state, public health experts told The Daily Beast. That would be concerning in its own right, but it’s especially glaring given the state is using that data to make decisions about reopening schools and other facilities as summer turns to fall. [more]

    Heat wave still threatens California power grid with outages

    California’s power grid operators avoided a third day of rolling blackouts but kept a wary eye on the thermometer Tuesday as an ongoing heat wave continued to stress the electrical system. [more]

    Experts fear warming climate could lead to more heat waves and Dust Bowl-like conditions [~ 8 min. lead-in video]

    In the middle of a major heat wave, experts fear climate change could bring about more extreme weather. Desert-like conditions are much more likely on a compromised planet. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli spoke with historian Donald Worster and scientist Tim Cowan about the possibility of another Dust Bowl.

    [4th part awaits]

  4. ‘Remarkable’ study suggests antibodies do protect against second coronavirus infection

    A “remarkable” study suggests coronavirus antibodies do help to ward off a second infection.

    Antibodies are immune-fighting proteins that circulate in the bloodstream after an individual has overcome a pathogen (a bacterium, virus or other microorganism that can cause disease).

    Although these help to prevent an infection taking hold for a second time, concerns have been raised about how effective or long lasting they are when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak.

    “This is a very significant finding,” said Professor John Edmunds from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    “It suggests neutralising antibodies can protect against infection. This has not been previously demonstrated in humans.

    “The numbers are small and we don’t know how long any protection might last, so some caution needs to be applied. [more]

    Congress Has a Chance to Fix the Student-Loan Mess

    Congressional negotiators trying to craft a new fiscal-stimulus package have been discussing how to help the nearly 45 million Americans with student-loan debt. In March, the CARES Act excused borrowers from making monthly payments until the end of September. By executive action, President Trump has extended relief for most borrowers (though the details aren’t yet clear) through the end of this year.

    With unemployment still extremely high and millions of Americans under severe financial stress, it’s right to extend the reprieve. But this is not a long-term solution. Now would be a good time to fix the underlying student-loan system once and for all. [more; don't count on it]

    Plane Crashes Into House in Groton, Connecticut

    A plane crashed into a house in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday, August 17.The aircraft landed in a house on Ring Drive, according to several reports.Emergency services were on scene but were yet to give a statement regarding the crash at the time of writing. [40 sec. news video]

    Coronavirus pandemic now driven by younger adults: WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was concerned that the novel coronavirus spread was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of whom were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups. [more]

  5. [some Tuesday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, August 18, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Is the Dollar About to Crash?

    Shocking End to US Dominance in the Mideast

    President Trump Says Stolen Iranian Fuel Sent to Houston

    Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

    North Korea's leader is tapping his own private food reserve to feed the country, and it could be a worrying sign

    China drought, heavy rains spark concern over grain supply as Xi Jinping launches campaign against food waste

    Food Waste in America in 2020 — Statistics + Facts

    How climate change could expose new epidemics

    Amazon blazes burn forest, farmland and threaten homes

    North American cold-climate forests are already absorbing less carbon, study shows

    Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

    300 U.S. Pizza Hut restaurants will close after franchisee bankruptcy

    Trump says he'll send feds if NYC can't stop bloodshed

    Apartments for rent: Americans don't want yearlong leases amid the pandemic, neither do landlords

    The Election is Already Over and You Lost
    As usual, Americans get to choose between the two War Party candidates. For many, voting is a matter of holding their noses and choosing the "lesser evil" in order to keep the greater evil out of the Oval Office. -- RF

    The 'V' Is Over - Empire Manufacturing Survey Slumps In August As New Orders Decline

    It's Do-or-Die, Deep State: Either Strangle the Stock Market Rally Now or Cede the Election to Trump

    How Montana Is Cleaning Up Abandoned Oil Wells

    Mall of America tries to return to normalcy as owners continue to struggle

  6. Tuesday, 18 August 2020
    Geoengineering News - 15 August, 2020

    Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, August 15, 2020, #262 (Dane Wigington) [51.3 min. podcast]

    Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs

    Microplastic and nanoplastic particles are now discoverable in human organs thanks to a new technique.

    Microplastics have polluted the entire planet, from Arctic snow and Alpine soils to the deepest oceans. People are also known to consume them via food and water, and to breathe them in, but the potential impact on human health is not yet known.

    The scientists, whose work is being presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society on Monday, said their technique would enable other researchers to determine contamination levels in human organs around the world. [more]

    Pine Gulch Fire grows to 87,209 acres - almost third-largest wildfire in Colorado history

    The Pine Gulch Fire has grown to more than 87,000 acres, fire officials announced Tuesday morning. [more]

    Very bright meteor fireball illuminates night sky over Shandong, China

    "The meteor illuminated the whole earth and shook the landscape with a loud sound," reports CMMO staff member Zhou Kun. "The flash of light, which peaked at 22:59 pm local time, was widely observed across the Shandong and Jiangsu provinces of China." [more]

    Torrential rains slam China's normally dry Gansu province, trapping over 10,000 people

    Gansu province, normally one of China's driest regions, has been hit with nearly a week of torrential rains that have triggered mudslides, swept away bridges and snapped power lines. State television footage shot August 17, 2020, shows mudslides and rising water that swept away bridges, damaged power lines and trapped more than 10,000 local residents in Longnan, a city in the county of Wenxian in the northwestern province. [more; 78 sec. video]

    [2nd part follows]

  7. Sichuan Province in China braces for yet more severe flooding - likely worst for 70 years [incl. ~ 5.6 min. video]

    The rainstorm covered 12 percent of Sichuan Province, causing 41 rivers in the territory to exceed the warning level. [more]

    Massive, growing weak spot in Earth's magnetic field about to split in two says NASA

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is tracking an immense, growing, and slowly splitting "dent" in the Earth's Magnetic field. [more]

    A car-sized asteroid made the closest EVER Earth flyby - NASA 'didn't see it coming'

    A newly discovered car-sized asteroid just made the closest-known flyby to Earth without hitting our planet.

    On Sunday (Aug. 16), the asteroid, initially labeled ZTF0DxQ and now formally known to astronomers as 2020 QG, swooped by Earth at a mere 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) away. That gives 2020 QG the title of closest asteroid flyby ever recorded that didn't end with the space rock's demise. [more]

    BNSF Closes Maintenance Facility In Montana

    BNSF Railway ]has closed a maintenance facility in Glendive, Montana, amid customers' changing business conditions and lower demand projections for railcars to ship commodities such as coal and energy.

    The facility closed on July 7, impacting 85 jobs, BNSF confirmed. About 70 positions will remain in the community, the privately-owned railroad said. [more]

    Semi truck splits in half after bridge collapses into a Missouri river, photos show

    A semitrailer split in half after a bridge collapsed into a Missouri river, photos show.

    The semi truck driver was attempting to cross the one-lane bridge over the Maries River in Osage County on Monday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    The truck was hauling 40,000 pounds of feed, and the weight limit of the bridge was 10,000 pounds, police say. It broke as the truck began to drive over it. [more; stupid]

    Loyalton Fire near Nevada-California border heading towards 395

    The Loyalton Fire is now 39,723 acres and 10% contained. The cause of the fire was lightning, according to the US Forest Service for the Tahoe National Forest. [more; short video]

    Mathematicians Solve Part of the Weirdest Open Problem Ever

    The Erdos-Turan conjecture in additive combinatorics is one of the longest lasting unsolved problems.

    Two mathematicians say they’ve untangled the first part of Paul Erdos’s famously thorny and unproven conjecture.

    The proof is over 70 pages long, and it must be combed through carefully by a variety of peers both for intellectual muster and because the unsolved problem it chips at is so huge. Making progress on progressions, too, happens just an increment at a time. [more]