Thursday, September 17, 2020

Event Update For 2020-09-16

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

2020-09-16 - Unknown stench hits large area including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Walsall (Britain):

Quote: "Thousands of people across the Midlands were left gagging by a mystery smell hanging over the region last night. The unidentified odour, described as 'like bad vomit', was reported across a 50-mile area, including in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Walsall. After a hot day, with highs of 82.4F (28C) in Birmingham, the region was hit by the sickening smell as the sun set."

2020-09-16 - Trucks and warehouses destroyed by massive fire shortly after midnight in the port area in coastal Ancona (Italy):

Quote: "Explosions and a huge fire ripped through the port area of the Italian city of Ancona early Wednesday, destroying warehouses and lorries, but there were no casualties, firefighters said. The flames created vast mushroom clouds of smoke in the city on Italy's Adriatic coast. The explosions sparked the fire shortly after midnight."

2020-09-16 - Wildfire smoke from fires burning on the US West Coast reaches Europe:

Quote: "Data collected by the European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service found smoke from the fires had traveled 8,000 kilometers (almost 5,000 miles) through the atmosphere to Britain and other parts of northern Europe."

2020-09-16 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns, blows crater in the road, near Piedmont (Oklahoma):

2020-09-16 - Hurricane Sally rolls ashore and dumps mammoth amount of rain on Florida and Alabama, 1+ killed:

2020-09-16 - Climate crisis to cause decline in quality of the environment:

Quote: "Roughly 162 million Americans will likely see a decline in the quality of their environment as the climate crisis continues to cause natural disasters all across the country, ProPublica reported. The crisis would lead to migration across the US, but as Americans try to avoid one disaster in one part of the country, they may be walking into another crisis in another region."

Note: It'll take people a while to figure out that no matter where they run to, it's still gonna be the end of the world there too. It's hard to run from a planetary extinction event while remaining on the planet where it is occurring...

2020-09-16 - Cargo ship bursts info flame off coastal Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia), 1 killed, 4 missing:

2020-09-16 - Boat bursts into flame on Skaha Lake (Canada):

2020-09-16 - Boat bursts into flame in Knysna (South Africa):

Note: These are the 822nd, 823rd and 824th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-16 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame on Grantham Road in Greylees (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Another transit bus bursts into flame on street in Peshawar (Pakistan):

Note: These are the 233rd and 234th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-09-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Riversville Road in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

2020-09-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road near Nebraska City (Nebraska):

2020-09-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-57 near Ullin (Illinois):

2020-09-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Shearston Lane in North Petherton (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M62 near Selby (Britain):

Quote: "M62 West Cowick Depot Between Junction 34 And Junction 35 Of, East Riding Of Yorkshire. Wed 16 Sep 2020 07:44 (No:017324) Hgv involved in fire. Two hose reels and one BA in use. Incident left with Police and highways."

2020-09-16 - Tractor bursts into flame in the Colyton Hill area in Whitford (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Tractor bursts into flame in Carlton (Britain):

Quote: "Vehicle fire – Carlton Time of call: 1740 Crews from Richmond, Colburn and Darlington attended a Tractor on fire in a field. The fire caused 100% damage to the vehicle and approx 30sqm of stubble. Crews extinguished the fire using 2 breathing apparatus and 2 hose reel jets. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault."

2020-09-16 - Tractor bursts into flame on Pottergate Road in Fulbeck (Britain):

Note: These are the 1342nd, 1343rd, 1344th, 1345th, 1346th, 1347th, 1348th and 1349th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-16 - Dump truck bursts into flame near Sandys Moor (street) in Wiveliscombe (Britain):

2020-09-16 - RV bursts into flame on North Boulevard in coastal San Leandro (California), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 303rd RV to burn in 2020...

2020-09-16 - Campervan bursts into flame at gas station in Burnaby (Canada):

2020-09-16 - Van bursts into flame on the M50 near coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2020-09-16 - Van bursts into flame on the M6 in Preston (Britain):

2020-09-16 - SUV bursts into flame on Leesville Road in Altavista (Virginia):

2020-09-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at shop near Dewey (Oklahoma):

2020-09-16 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Emlenton Clintonville Road in Scrubgrass Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in Raymond (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, Raymond firefighters were dispatched to an initial report of a vehicle fire extending to a garage fire in the 10000 block of Eight Mile Road."

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame on Route 30 in Latrobe (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame near Carmi Mountain (Canada):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame on the A725 in Blantyre (Scotland):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M53 in coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame on the M54 at Whitchurch Drive in Ketley (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Car bursts into flame at 10:55 PM on Bradley Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Bradley Road, Grimsby. Wed 16 Sep 2020 22:55 (No:017400) Fire involving one car, extinguished using one hose reel and one breathing apparatus."

2020-09-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Rushton Drive in Middlewich (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Bradley Road in Trowbridge (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Barn destroyed by fire near Port Trevorton (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Barn destroyed by fire at 5 AM on Payne Road in Medford (Oregon):

2020-09-16 - Garbage bursts into flame in garbage truck in coastal Great Kills (New York):

2020-09-16 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Shirley Drive near Pittsview (Alabama):

2020-09-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Colonial Avenue in Monaca (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North Penn Street in Allentown (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Canal Drive in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2020-09-16 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly before 3 AM in Orangeville (Illinois), 3 killed:

2020-09-16 - Vacant home burns on Singer Place in Wilkinsburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-09-16 - Two people found dead in the water at Hammarsdale Falls (South Africa):

2020-09-16 - Man, 64, has 'medical event' and dies while driving at 12:46 AM, car crashes and bursts into flame, in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), 550 feet from creek:

Quote: "Medical examiners determined Colson suffered a severe medical event while operating the vehicle that caused the crash and his death."

2020-09-16 - Man, 70, has 'medical event', pickup truck drives into Blackfoot Reservoir, man dies, in Caribou County (Idaho):

Quote: "The sheriff's office said Boring was leaving the boat dock when he apparently suffered a major medical event, which caused the vehicle to proceed forward at a high rate of speed. Local sportsmen fishing just north of the boat dock location witnessed the Ford truck driving at a high rate of speed, come off the top of an eight foot embankment and then proceed out into the reservoir. The truck became mired in the mud and was in about two feet of water. The sportsmen rushed to the location to render aid and found Boring was not responsive and called 911 for help."

2020-09-16 - Man, 71, has 'medical event', stops SUV and dies, SUV rolls into bushes, near Tumwater (Washington), near the coast:

Quote: "A 71-year-old Tumwater man driving a yellow 2014 Jeep Wrangler was northbound on 105 and had stopped due to a medical event and the vehicle had rolled across the fog line and ended up in the bushes. The driver, the only occupant was deceased at the scene."

2020-09-16 - Man, 34, has 'medical emergency' before 5 AM and dies at jail in coastal Everett (Washington):

Quote: "The corrections deputy who found him immediately called a medical emergency and jail staff began lifesaving efforts. Medical aid units responded to the jail and took over lifesaving efforts but attempts to resuscitate the inmate were unsuccessful. There were no apparent signs that indicated an obvious cause of death, O'Keefe said."

2020-09-16 - Man, 67, found dead in Angle Lake in coastal SeaTac (Washington):

2020-09-16 - Man, 67, found dead in grain bin in Wabasha (Minnesota):

2020-09-16 - Person found dead near Mojave Drive in Victorville (California):

2020-09-16 - Person found dead near State Street in Westerville (Ohio):

2020-09-16 - Woman slumps over dead on doorstep of vacant home in Regina (Canada):

Quote: "The initial report was that a person was slumped on the doorstep and not breathing. EMS confirmed the woman was dead."

Quote: "A dead man was found on the shore of Wascana Lake on Sunday. On Monday, a man was found near Sixth Avenue and Park Street by the CP tracks. He was later declared dead. Police say there's no indication foul play is involved in those deaths."

2020-09-16 - Woman, 24, found dead in the water near coastal Portland (Britain):

2020-09-16 - Passenger has 'medical incident' on ferry ship in coastal Torpoint (Britain):

Quote: "At 7.42am the committee said a medical incident occurred on one of its ferries, with a second ferry suffering a fault."

2020-09-16 - Driver has 'medical event', cop jumps onto tanker truck and gets it stopped, near Clinton (Canada):

Quote: "Police suspect the driver suffered a medical event but are still investigating."

2020-09-16 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into store, in Orléans (Canada), near the Ottawa River:

Quote: "Police say the driver of the vehicle suffered a 'medical issue,' causing the vehicle to crash into the building."

2020-09-16 - Woman, 64, has 'medical event', pickup truck crashes into YMCA, in Manchester (Maine), near Cobbosseecontee Lake, 1 killed:

Quote: "The Kennebec County Sheriff's Office believes the 64-year-old woman suffered a medical event."

2020-09-16 - Woman has 'medical issue', car crashes into home, in Rome (Georgia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A vehicle struck a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Main Elementary at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday after the driver began experiencing a medical issue."

2020-09-16 - Small plane crashes into bean field near Montgomery City (Missouri), engine failure:

2020-09-16 - Helicopter crashes and burns in Lantawan (Philippine Islands), 4 killed:

2020-09-16 - Minivan veers off road, crashes into tree, on Crestline Drive in Jamestown (New York):

2020-09-16 - SUV overturns on road in Maricopa (Arizona), 3 injured:

2020-09-16 - Car overturns, bursts into flame, near Neenah (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2020-09-16 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on Upper Fords Creek Road in Clearwater County (Idaho), 1 killed:

2020-09-16 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, on Greeville Avenue in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina):

2020-09-16 - Sinkhole opens on McMillan Road in Dacula (Georgia):

2020-09-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the Mad River (California):

2020-09-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Black Lake (Michigan):

2020-09-16 - Rising sea levels creating ghost towns in the Fiji Islands:

Quote: "Villages near the sea are becoming abandoned as creeping tides submerge homes and resources, forcing residents to move inland to higher, safer ground."

2020-09-16 - Lightning strike kills 7 people in Madhya Pradesh (India):

2020-09-16 - Lightning and rain kill 42 people in 24 hours across two states in India:

2020-09-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Indonesia, 4+ killed:

2020-09-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cape Verde:

2020-09-16 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit northern Vietnam, 2+ killed:

2020-09-16 - Five tropical cyclones are in the Atlantic Basin at the same time for the second time ever:

2020-09-16 - Water shortages in US West likelier than previously thought:

2020-09-16 - Frosty air to visit portions of the US Midwest and Northeast:

Note: Sounds good to me!

2020-09-16 - RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%:


  1. Yessiree, Jonny - fall coming ahead of schedule (but we may still get an Indian summer situation before it gets really cold). i wish everyone well.

    PA all over today's post. Ports seem to be having a hard time lately with fires, people dropping dead, cranes going up in flames, explosions and sea level rise.

    Teddy strengthens into Category 4 hurricane, forecast to approach Bermuda this weekend

    Tropical Storm "Teddy" formed at 09:00 UTC on September 14, 2020, as the earliest 19th Atlantic named storm on record. The previous record for the 19th named storm was October 4 (2005) -- this was initially an unnamed storm, added in post-season reanalysis. Teddy strengthened into a hurricane at 06:10 UTC on September 16 -- the 8th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season to date. Only 3 Atlantic hurricane seasons on record have had 8 hurricanes by September 16 -- 1893, 2005, and 2012.

    Powerful storm Aila brings destructive winds and heavy rains to Finland, over 90 000 homes left without power

    A powerful autumn storm named Aila swept through Finland's central and southwestern regions late Wednesday into Thursday, September 16 to 17, 2020, bringing winds of up to 125 km/h (77 mph), high waves up to 5.8 m (19 feet), and heavy rains up to 60 mm (2.3 inches) mainly in Kajaani -- equivalent to the area's average rain for the whole month. Ferry traffic was disrupted on the northern part of the Baltic Sea, material damage was reported, and more than 90 000 households were left without electricity. [more]

    West Coast wildfires continue to rage with 11 states reporting 87 large fires

    So far the fires have burned an estimated 4.8 million acres, with a majority of the damage occurring in California, Oregon, Washington, and now Idaho. [more]

    Friday, 18 September 2020
    From the fires in Oregon

    Talent-Phoenix OR Fire Catastrophe - 1,000 Homes, 100s Businesses Gone [~ 20.3 min. video]

    Oregon Fire Fighter Catches Individuals Wearing Gas Masks Starting Fires [~ 2 min. video followed by ~ 45 sec. one]

    WHO now says your child's presence in school counts as 'informed consent' for vaccination - parental presence 'not required'

    [another reason to stick with home-schooling]

    The World Health Organization, which is the medical epicenter of the depopulation lobby, now considers your child's presence in school informed consent to vaccinate that child. Depopulation by vaccination us now fully outside the law and will sterilize, sicken and dumb down every child on earth but the children of the depop lobby members who don't vaccinate their children. [more]

    [2nd section below]

  2. Dane Wigington chronicling the sudden death of frogs in Northern California

    Into The Wild, With Dane Wigington, September 16, 2020, #2 (Geoengineering Watch) [2 videos: ~ 5 & ~ 9.75 min.]

    Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg testifies in Assange's defense, said WikiLeaks exposed 'war crimes' in 'public interest'

    Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg - whose 'Pentagon Papers' leak exposed illegal US bombing during the Vietnam War - said Julian Assange would not see a fair trial if extradited to the US, comparing the publisher's case to his own.

    Testifying at Assange's extradition hearing on Wednesday, Ellsberg said the WikiLeaks co-founder would be denied a chance to defend himself if sent to the US for a trial, noting that, like in his own case, Assange would not be permitted to argue his publications were in the 'public interest. [more]

    Unusual Mediterranean cyclone 'Ianos' hits Western Greece

    The rare cyclone Ianos 'hit' the islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca on Thursday evening.

    Greece's national meteorological service issued a top level Red Alert for winds, rain and storm conditions. [more]

    25,000 affected by heavy rainfall, floods and landslides across Guatemala - 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

    In a statement of 16 September, the country's National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) said that over 25,000 people have been affected by floods, landslides or rain-related incidents. As of 16 September, 11 people were evacuated and over 100 homes damaged but no fatalities were reported.

    At least 15 people have died and 1.2 million affected by floods, landslide and other rain-related incidents in Guatemala since the start of the rainy season in May this year. [more; 4 videos & 3 tweets included]

    Heavy snow and high winds shut down French ski resorts as Storm Eleanor reaches the Alps

    As well as high winds causing chairlifts and gondolas to be closed for safety reasons, heavy precipitation - both snow and rain - raised the avalanche warning to level 5, denoting the highest level of risk, in many French destinations. [more]

    Ben Swann: Vaccine study halted over "serious adverse side effects" [~ 8.75 min. video]

    In this episode of Reality Check, host Ben Swann looks into the recent AstraZeneca Covid vaccine study that had to pause the trial due to one participant coming down with serious side effects from the vaccine. The experimental vaccine is drawing scrutiny after a participant in clinical trials was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare neurological condition associated with viral infections in which the spinal cord is inflamed. [more; oh boy, sign me up!]

    [part 3 follows]

  3. Friday, 18 September 2020
    If you thought climate change would be a slow phenomenon well, think again. Climate change arrived like a thief in the night and by 2020 had reached "WHAM-BAM-THANK-YOU-MAM" proportions: Joking aside, 2020 has been the year when even the most stoic optimist would have begun to see the glass half empty.

    [yup ABRUPT, IRREVERSIBLE climate change (ie. global warming)]

    The whole year so far reads of devastation of record-breaking weather events across the entire globe, costing governments billions. Every continent on our planet has suffered record weather devastation in 2020. Unfortunately, most of the weather news this year didn't make it to your TV screens because of other huge events happening around the world, Covid-19 for instance with 13 million people infected and almost 1 million deaths. Civil unrest among many countries has also taken our eye off the weather and of course the very colourful and entertaining build-up to the American Election.
    [more; see ~ 4 min. video regarding Siberia & ~ 8.3 min. one on yesterday's update from CalFire @ the bottom of article]

    [some bravery here]
    How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires

    These are the men and women of the "Hillbilly Brigade" - about 1,200 in all who came together this past week to fight the state’s biggest fire in a century. They are credited with saving the mountain hamlet of Molalla, an hour’s drive south of Portland, after its 9,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

    In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 34 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a miracle in the thick forests around Molalla in recent days, residents and fire officials say.

    They organized and deployed themselves with little or no help from a small and overwhelmed local fire department - which focused on protecting the town center - or from state and federal agencies that were deployed elsewhere.

    "We were left on our own to stop this," said West, a 36-year-old ranch hand, as she briefly paused her dozer late Wednesday afternoon. "There wasn't anybody coming from the state to save us. So we had to save ourselves." [that's exactly it!]

    The brigade formed quickly, amassing people who knew one another well and knew the difficult terrain all around them better than any outsider. They were lumberjacks and dairy farmers, friends and neighbors, cobbling together rudimentary equipment.

    “It seemed like about everybody dropped everything and showed up by dawn," Price said. "Even if it was just them and a shovel. They came to help."

    The sky was black and purple. The wind drove the firestorm directly toward his house. Price had never seen anything like it. “It’s beyond scary,” he said.

    On Wednesday, Matt Meyers, a 41-year-old power company employee, emerged from the fire’s haze on a mountainous patch called Elk Prairie. He had a chainsaw on his shoulder and a week’s worth of grime caked to his face.

    Meyers and his crew were on their ninth straight day[!] of battling blazes for more than 20 hours a day[!!]. He explained that he was acting as a type of scout, pushing ahead into the forest ahead of the dozers. He cut down "snags" - dead trees that could quickly fall onto the machinery and drivers - and blazed the initial trails into the forest.[more; awesome read]

    [4th installment coming up]

  4. Latest: Southern California forest fire burns near homes

    A stubborn, growing wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles is moving toward homes.

    Evacuation warnings were issued Thursday evening for the small forest town of Wrightwood on the fire’s northeast side. Earlier in the day residents were ordered to leave the community of Juniper Hills in foothills on the north flank of the San Gabriel Mountains. [more]

    So many young adults living with parents will have ‘serious consequences’ for financial markets: Deutsche Bank [~ 2.75 min.]

    Mostly as a result of being priced out of the housing market, the majority of young adults under 30 are living with their parents.

    While this trend was evident prior to the coronavirus shutdown, the pandemic has exacerbated that trend by packing the one-two punch of making it harder for young college graduates to land a job in a recession while simultaneously triggering layoffs that disproportionately impact them. [more]

    [this doesn't mean that the story is untrue]
    A Chinese virologist claimed the coronavirus was 'intentionally' released. Turns out, she works for a group led by Steve Bannon.

    Yan and her coauthors work for groups cofounded by the former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. He directed the groups before his arrest in August. [more]

    Wilfred might form in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. It’s the last name on the list.

    A well-defined low-pressure system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Depression 22, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The tropical depression is forecast to become Tropical Storm Wilfred by Friday afternoon, forecasters said. This would be the 21st named storm — and the last name on the list for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Any other storms that form would then be named after the Greek alphabet, beginning with Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. [more]

    AccuWeather increases hurricane season forecast

    As hurricane season continues to be an active one in the Atlantic Basin, AccuWeather has updated its hurricane season forecast. [1.25 min. video]

    [classic JJFH example here]
    Family escape devastating blaze after Dad thought noise of fire was son having midnight snack

    The 44-year-old cycling coach said that he heard a "small noise" and thinking eight-year-old William had sneaked into the kitchen for a late-night snack, he decided to get up and see what the noise was.

    "It was a very small noise,” he said.

    "I walked towards the kitchen, the whole side of the kitchen was bright orange flames, as high as you could see.

    Despite having four smoke alarms in the house, there was not one in the loft where it is believed the fire started. [more]

    [part 5 next]

  5. Snow Fire Sparks to Life Near Palm Springs, California, Forcing Evacuations [~ 2 min. video]

    An evacuation order was put in place for residents around Snow Creek village near Palm Springs, California, on Thursday evening, September 18, after a wildfire, dubbed the Snow Fire, sparked to life.According to Riverside County Fire Department, the fires had burned 1,200 acres and was 0 percent contained by 11 pm on Thursday evening. The fire was first reported at 2:38 pm that afternoon, according to the department.Devastating wildfires have been sweeping across the West Coast in recent weeks, burning millions of acres and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. [more]

    Carnival Cruises Cancels Trips Into Spring 2021, Will Sell at Least 18 Ships

    The cruise line, which has been financially crippled due to the ongoing pandemic, announced in a press release on Wednesday that additional voyages would be canceled into the spring of next year.

    Four ships — Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Spirit — have all been delayed voyage until between March and May 2021. [more; who's gonna cruise?]

    [news of the lab-released bio-weapon]
    Lung damage could be permanent for some coronavirus patients, but new scans show significant healing after 12 weeks

    many patients saw their CT scans improve after 12 weeks, which could be a sign that their lungs will heal over time.

    [But], once scarring occurs, the damage can't be undone.[more]

    As fires burn, Bolsonaro touts Brazil's environment [~ 2 min. news video]

    [just so you know]
    In a facial recognition bill backed by Microsoft, three words stand between citizens and their civil rights

    In Washington, the first US state to pass a law regulating facial recognition, it’s legal for government agencies to use facial recognition to deny citizens access to basic rights and services—under one condition. The AI-powered systems must be subject to “meaningful human review.”

    Under the law’s definitions, so long as a trained human being has power to overturn the machines’ decisions, governments can use facial recognition systems to deny people access to loans, housing, insurance, education, jobs, healthcare, food, water, or their civil rights. The law leaves private companies’ use of facial recognition unregulated. [more]

  6. "China, which embarked on the mission of becoming a superpower by showing its economic and military might to the world, now may be brought to its knees over a shortage of food. Reduction in overall domestic food production; a recent deluge in the Yangtze River basin, the rice bowl of China; and a slash in imports, mostly aggravated by deteriorating diplomatic relations, has caused Beijing to hit the panic button...."

  7. Well, that doesn't sound good, a nuclear power on the brink of widespread famine. All the other nuclear powers will be following them into the land of 'gastronomic discipline' at some point too, but with 1.4 billion people, if China's the first, I wouldn't be surprised.

    1. I think they will soon move on Taiwan and thus dare us to stop them. We'll see haw that plays out. I think they'll wait until after our election, but they could invade it by Jan 1. I think 2021 is a definite safe prediction to make.

  8. Lighting bolt kills 6 family members, injures 4 more in Cambodia

    A family holiday ended in tragedy yesterday after a lightning strike killed six people and injured another four in Battambang. [more]

    Massive flooding in Misurata, Libya [~ 2 min. video and 3 pics]

    Brucellosis outbreak in China linked to animal vaccine factory sickens thousands

    According to Chinese authorities, the biopharmaceutical plant had used expired disinfectants for producing Brucella vaccines for animals between July and August last year. This indicated that the bacteria was not eradicated in the factory exhaust.

    * Subsequently, the contaminated gas from the factory formed aerosols containing the bacteria, which was then carried by wind to a nearby Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute. This resulted in infecting close to 200 people there as well in December last year.

    There are 3,245 people who have contracted Brucellosis, according to health officials in Lanzhou. Another 1,401 people also tested as an early positive for the disease, news agency AFP reported. The total positive cases also included 20 students and faculty members of Lanzhou University, some of whom had been to the institute.

    * Brucellosis, caused by brucella bacteria, is often caused by close contact with infected animals or animal products that can bring about fevers, joint pain and headaches. [more]

    Water shortages in US West likelier and spreading faster than previously thought

    After a relatively dry summer, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released models on Tuesday suggesting looming shortages in Lake Powell and Lake Mead — the reservoirs where Colorado River water is stored — are more likely than previously projected. [more]

    BBN: Green Gaslight For Everyone [~ 22.3]

    Were ghosts caught on film at Gettysburg Civil War memorial?

    "We were driving along one night, and we started hearing noises," Yuelling told the paper. "I heard things to the left, and my uncle heard things to the right, and there was a fog — but the fog was weird. It was only in one patch, not dispersed."

    It got weirder.

    "Then we saw these shapes moving in the darkness. They were the size of humans. One of them ran right through the cannon," he recalled to the paper.

    Yes, video was rolling — and faint shapes can be seen apparently moving on the grass near the cannons before slithering away.

    Yuelling called the whole ordeal "scary" and "crazy" — so much so that his spooked-out uncle quickly rolled up the window, the paper said.

    "We went back, and watched the videos over and over again, and then we blew them up on the big screen to get a closer look," he told the paper.

    Bad idea.

    "That made us even more freaked out," Yuelling noted to the Sun.

    Things didn't improve after hours, either, as he told the paper he couldn't shake "this strange, ominous feeling, like something was telling me to go back there."

    (You know the plot of "Pet Sematary," don't you?)

    Sleep wouldn't come for Yuelling that night, he told the Sun — but he wouldn't go back to the spot of the apparent apparitions, either: "I was creeped out, so I didn't go."

    [2 below]

  9. Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns leaf arrangements continue to stump popular models for plant growth, including the Douady and Couder equations (known as DC1 and DC2) that have dominated since the 1990s. A team led by University of Tokyo researchers studying a shrub known as Orixa japonica found that earlier equations couldn’t recreate the plant’s unusual structure, so they decided to rethink the model itself. Their updated model, described in a 2019 study in PLOS Computational Biology, not only reproduces the once-elusive pattern, but it also may describe other, more common arrangements better than previous equations, authors say. [more, if interested]

    Lightning kills 7 in Cambodia, storm hits land in Vietnam

    A tropical storm made landfall in central Vietnam on Friday, killing one person, while seven people died in a lightning strike in neighboring Cambodia.

    The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday evening. The dead included a family of four and three other relatives [more]

    Will we be wearing masks forever? Here's what experts think

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