Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Event Update For 2020-11-02


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

2020-11-02 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Lima (Ohio):

2020-11-02 - Gas storage facility damaged by fire in coastal Beihai (China), 5 killed, 3 injured:

2020-11-02 - Wildfires doubled year-over-year in October in the Amazon:

2020-11-02 - Category 4 Hurricane Eta spirals toward Nicaragua:

Quote: "Eta was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) late Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centred about 45 miles (75 kilometres) east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and moving west-southwest at 7 mph (11 kph). The centre said Eta was likely to strengthen further and could reach Category 5 before running ashore by early Tuesday in Nicaragua, where it could bring rains measured in feet rather than inches."

Quote: "Eta, the fifth major hurricane of 2020, is now the strongest Atlantic hurricane in November in 12 years, since Paloma in 2008, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach. He noted that if Eta becomes a Category 5 storm, it would be only the second to occur in the Atlantic in November. The only storm of such magnitude recorded thus far in November is the Cuba Hurricane of 1932, which hit the island with 175-mph winds and killed over 3,000 people."

2020-11-02 - Woman has 'medical episode' and topples off pier into the ocean in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A woman was pulled from the ocean Monday after falling off the Daytona Beach Pier, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials. The woman suffered some sort of medical episode and fell off the Main Street Pier, officials said. Beach safety rescued her from the water. She was semi-conscious and taken to the hospital."

2020-11-02 - Lung damage found in COVID-19 dead may shed light on 'long COVID':

Quote: "In a telephone interview, Giacca said that, while his research team found no overt signs of viral infection or prolonged inflammation in other organs, they discovered 'really vast destruction of the architecture of the lungs', with healthy tissue 'almost completely substituted by scar tissue'."

Quote: "'It could very well be envisaged that one of the reasons why there are cases of long COVID is because there is vast destruction of lung (tissue),' he told Reuters. 'Even if someone recovers from COVID, the damage that is done could be massive.'"

Note: If that's the case then the 'long-haulers' may NEVER recover...

2020-11-02 - Outdoor kitchen explodes and burns at home on Riverwalk Drive in Porter (Texas), near the San Jacinto River, 3 injured:

Note: This is the 100th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-11-02 - Tour boat bursts into flame near coastal Naxos (Greece):

Quote: "A fire of unknown cause broke out on a tourist boat with three people on board (two men, a woman) in the sea area between Naxos and Schinoussa. The woman suffered minor burns from the fire. All three passengers were picked up by a fishing boat and transferred to a local clinic in Koufonissi for precautionary examinations."

Note: This is the 1048th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-02 - School bus bursts into flame at bus garage in North Mankato (Minnesota), 2 injured:

2020-11-02 - Two school buses destroyed by fire while parked at business in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "A spokesperson for EPS Southeast Division said an exact cause had not been declared, but he believed the fire was started by an electrical problem, and was not suspicious."

Note: These are the 54th, 55th and 56th school buses to burn in 2020, and these are the 319th, 320th and 321st buses to burn in 2020...

2020-11-02 - Double-decker bus bursts into flame shortly after 6:30 AM on street in Chichester (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame at 5:24 AM on the A48 near coastal Pontarddulais (Britain):

Note: These are the 322nd and 323rd buses to burn in 2020...

2020-11-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-86 near the Raft River near American Falls (Idaho):

2020-11-02 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Range Road in Sandoval (Illinois):

2020-11-02 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Bryan (Ohio):

2020-11-02 - Five tractors, three cars, two ATVs and barn destroyed by fire in Clay Village (Kentucky):

Quote: "The Gilberts lost 200 bales of hay, a 1956 Thunderbird, a 1965 Mustang GT convertible, a 1965 Mustang fastback, two 4-wheel ATVs and five antique and old tractors."

Note: These are the 1546th, 1547th, 1548th, 1549th, 1550th, 1551st, 1552nd and 1553rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-11-02 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Gouverneur (New York):

2020-11-02 - FedEx truck bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2020-11-02 - Van bursts into flame near hardware store in Independence (Iowa):

2020-11-02 - Van bursts into flame on Bridlington Road in Fraisthorpe (Britain), 3500 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Bridlington Road, Fraisthorpe. Mon 2 Nov 2020 13:34 (No:020680) Van fire. One BA and one hose reel in use. Incident left with Police and vehicle owners."

2020-11-02 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on McKinley Avenue in Ashtabula (Ohio):

2020-11-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 299 near Blue Lake (California):

2020-11-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Fenwood Avenue in Terre Haute (Indiana):

2020-11-02 - Car bursts into flame on Port Arthur Street in Lyons (Australia):

2020-11-02 - Car bursts into flame on the A519 in Newport (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Car bursts into flame on Chilvester Hill (street) in Calne (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Car bursts into flame at 1:27 AM on Huntingdon Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Huntingdon Street, Hull. Mon 2 Nov 2020 01:27 (No:020651) Car fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-11-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US 79 in Henderson (Texas):

2020-11-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 6:50 AM on Highway 401 in Quinte West (Canada):

2020-11-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M77 in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-11-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M62 near Eccles (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A38 in Plympton (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Barn destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Morse Lake Avenue in Alto (Michigan):

2020-11-02 - Gas station destroyed by fire on Maryville Highway in Seymour (Tennessee):

2020-11-02 - Mattress store heavily damaged by fire on Dorchester Road in coastal North Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-11-02 - Mobile home destroyed by fire near East Van Buren Street and North 32nd Street in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-11-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 5:30 AM on West 9th Street in Wilmington (Delaware), 1 injured:

2020-11-02 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 6:30 AM on Izlar Lane in Ooltewah (Tennessee), nobody there:

2020-11-02 - Home destroyed by fire on Henry Hawkins Drive in LaFayette (Georgia):

2020-11-02 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:33 PM on Ellis Lane in Hawkins County (Tennessee):

2020-11-02 - Two beachfront homes destroyed by fire at 6 AM, two more damaged, on Driftwood Drive in coastal Hudson (Florida), 50 feet from the ocean, 1 injured:

Quote: "Several cars have also been damaged, too."

2020-11-02 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire on Brookwood Drive in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2020-11-02 - Two triple-decker homes go up in flames on Cargill Avenue in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2020-11-02 - Deadly fire burns converted garage just before 4 AM on Gladys Avenue in Rosemead (California), 1 killed:

2020-11-02 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 4 AM on Beacon Road in Mount Pleasant (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2020-11-02 - Deadly fire rips through apartment building at 3:15 AM on Bernice Avenue in Lansing (Illinois), 1 killed:

2020-11-02 - Vacant office building burns on 8th Street in West Des Moines (Iowa):

2020-11-02 - Dolphin washes ashore dead on beach on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2020-11-02 - Man dies after being found unconscious near the shore in coastal Atlantic Beach (New York):

Quote: "According to detectives, a 911 call was dispatched to officers for an unidentified man who was discovered unconscious near the shore in the vicinity of the Silver Point Beach Club, police said. Upon police arrival, the man was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead by a staff physician."

2020-11-02 - Police lieutenant has 'medical issue' and dies at 5:45 AM in coastal Pleasant Point (Maine):

Quote: "A lieutenant at the Pleasant Point Police Department died on Monday. Lt. David Chapais died at 5:45 a.m. 'after a brief battle with a medical issue that happened on duty',” Police Chief Roger Newell said on the department’s Facebook page."

2020-11-02 - Man, 37, found dead and face-down in Black Rock Hot Springs (New Mexico):

2020-11-02 - Woman, 60, found dead in the Maumee River at marina in East Toledo (Ohio):

2020-11-02 - Infant found dead at home in the St. Albans area in coastal Queens (New York):

2020-11-02 - Woman found dead along Northeast Mershon Road near Troutdale (Oregon):

2020-11-02 - Man drops dead under I-84 overpass in Hartford (Connecticut):

2020-11-02 - Person found dead in Grove Creek in Kenansville (North Carolina):

2020-11-02 - Boy, 14, found dead in the Werribee River (Australia):

2020-11-02 - Man found dead in canal in Faisalabad (Pakistan):

2020-11-02 - Boy found dead in well in Meerpet (India):

2020-11-02 - Man, 32, dies in dam reservoir near Bramhanoli (India):

2020-11-02 - Man collapses at restaurant near the seafront and dies in coastal Hastings (Britain):

Quote: "A man has died after collapsing at a restaurant in Hastings on Sunday afternoon (November 1). Emergency services were called to The Regal Restaurant in East Sussex at around 4pm. Paramedics confirmed they had been called to the restaurant in East Parade near the seafront after it was reported the man had collapsed. Every effort was made to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene."

2020-11-02 - Man, 63, has 'medical incident', SUV crashes into guardrail, on I-75 in coastal Hernando County (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "A 63-year-old Hawaii man died after he lost control of his SUV during a medical incident and ran into a guardrail on Interstate 75 in Hernando County, the Florida Highway Patrol said."

2020-11-02 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV crashes into ditch, in Chesterville (Canada):

Quote: "SD&G OPP Const. Tylor reported that the involved driver 'had a medical issue causing the vehicle to leave the roadway.'”"

2020-11-02 - Man, 63, has 'medical condition', pickup truck crashes into vehicles and business, in Clayton (North Carolina), 1 killed:

Quote: "Clayton Police said the 63 year-old Four Oaks man had an unknown medical condition that caused him to lose consciousness while driving in the Food Lion parking lot Sunday afternoon. He struck a Lexus, Ford SUV and Jeep before colliding with the Jiffy Lube building at 10141 Highway 70 West."

2020-11-02 - Woman has 'medical episode', two cars crash, in Queensbury (Britain):

Quote: "A female is believed to have suffered a medical episode and ambulance were called to the scene."

2020-11-02 - Small plane crashes near Ellicott in Chautauqua County (New York), 3 killed:

2020-11-02 - SUV veers off road, crashes into building, in Wichita (Kansas), 2 injured:

2020-11-02 - Car veers across median just before 6 AM, hits tractor trailer head-on, on I-5 in Tehama County (California), 1 killed:

2020-11-02 - Car crashes around in Basom (New York):

Quote: "A driver who possibly suffered from a medical issue was reported to be driving erratically by several callers to dispatch."

2020-11-02 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures mother and two children near 23rd Avenue and Rose Garden Lane in Phoenix (Arizona):

2020-11-02 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills two siblings, 10+ people injured, in Awutu (Ghana):

2020-11-02 - Man has 'medical episode' on Ainsworth Road in Radcliffe (Britain):

Quote: "A man is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a 'medical episode' in Radcliffe. Emergency services were called to Ainsworth Road shortly before 9.35am this morning (Monday, November 2) following a report of concern for the welfare of a man. Police believe the man had suffered from a medical episode."

2020-11-02 - Drought casts shadow over prime Moroccan farming land:

2020-11-02 - Mini November heat wave will send temps soaring in parts of the US:

2020-11-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Singapore:

2020-11-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Thailand, 2 missing:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. Any rioting or chaos from the election in your area? Nothing here (so far), but all the votes haven't been tallied. A nice warm day on tap here for today through next week (according to the weather people). Could reach 70s by the weekend.

    [another site deplatformed]
    https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/11/bitchute-deplatformed.html [~ 8 min. video]

    Some of Alberta’s largest wildfires from 2019 were extinguished this fall

    The Chuckegg Creek Fire in the northwest part of the province burned 820,000 acres according to Wikipedia. It apparently burned for about 18 months. Fires burning in heavy fuels can sometimes continue smoldering in roots or stump holes under a blanket of snow throughout the winter, then emerge in the spring or summer. [more]

    [from Witches Brew news]
    Was Plastics Being Mixed With Oil In Mauritius Spill To Produce A Horror ‘Frankenstein Fuel’?

    Fresh concerns have been raised by international experts about the type of oil spilled into the coral lagoons of Mauritius in August, and which continues to impact marine life in the region.

    Leading international scientists from both France and the United States late last week highlighted the highly ‘complex,’ ‘unusual’ and ‘surprising’ traits of the oil, which they have never seen in a major oil spill before. They have urgently called for samples of the original oil from the Wakashio to be sent to laboratories for further testing.

    [..]given the acute toxicity that has led to over 50 whales and dolphins dying along Mauritius’ coast in the days following the oil spill, and thousands of sea creatures turning up dead along Mauritius’ coast.

    One new theory emerging is that this could be an experimental form of the new Plastics-to-Fuel oil. If that was the case, the health and environmental consequences could be devastating to those in Mauritius who were in contact with these experimental chemicals. This would be much more serious than just an oil spill as it involves hazardous new and unknown chemicals. [more; lovely . ..]

    Vaccine with a 'nanoparticle' - not a conspiracy theory

    Scientists say they have developed an experimental coronavirus vaccine candidate that is far more potent than others currently being investigated.

    In trials conducted in mice, the team from the University of Washington School of Medicine said its vaccine triggered a 10-times stronger immune response to the infection than seen in COVID-19 survivors.

    What's more, it also provoked a strong memory cell response, in which the body remembers the invading virus to produce antibodies more quickly if infected.

    The team says its vaccine does not require freezer storage like those being made by other companies, which makes it easier to produce and ship across the globe.

    'We hope that our nanoparticle platform may help fight this pandemic that is causing so much damage to our world,' said Dr Neil King, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the UW School of Medicine.

    However, future human studies are needed.

    According to KIRO 7, the vaccine is being licensed to two biotech companies to be mass-manufactured, and clinical trials are expected to begin by the end of the year. [more]

    [2nd section awaits]

  2. Get an idea of what is coming from this: [~ 19.75 min. video]
    Possible Leaked Roadmap for the Next Phase of the Agenda

    Glenn Greenwald: "If Biden wins it's gonna be an enormous problem for the Democrats"

    Glenn Greenwald's Guide to the US Election's Most Uncomfortable Truth
    https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/11/glenn-greenwald-if-biden-wins-its-gonna.html [~ 10 min. video]

    Election Disaster: Half the nation mourns & the whole nation loses
    https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2020/11/sage-words-from-chris-martenson-on.html [~ 18.3 min. Martenson video]

    Whether Biden or Trump wins, the nation loses. I am a studious avoider of left-right politics preferring the up-down axis.

    Neither party has advanced meaningful ideas for any of our biggest and most vexing problems and predicaments.

    #1: there's no comprehensive energy policy that comports with reality. Nothing. It's the biggest oversight of them all. It leaves us all horribly unprepared for the future

    #2: The US sick care system bankrupts more than 600,000 US families each year even as the US spend more than 2x as much per capita as other nations (who also enjoy better outcomes). Why no protests over this vile way we treat ourselves here in the US? Ever think about that?

    #3: Monetary and fiscal policy. Neither party is going to do anything but more of the same. And where has that gotten us? to the largest fiscal deficits on record, the largest amount of money printing ever, and the widest wealth gap ever.

    This all leads to one rock-solid conclusion. No matter how this turns out, we all lose. So you'd better be working on your personal and community resilience.

    [BBN] Dystopian Headlines 11.3.20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvHjuAgxis [~ 7 min.]

    [BBN] Election Talk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmrL_dMGAY0 [65.5 min.]

    Biden looks screwed even if he wins

    if Biden is victorious, it will be under radically curtailed circumstances from what Democrats had assumed.

    Biden lost ground with Black voters and Latinos, though he gained some ground with white voters. Realignments are generally built around concrete ideas and specific policy platforms. But this campaign was always a referendum on Trump, rather than an affirmative endorsement of Biden and his agenda. That dynamic already cut against Biden claiming a strong positive mandate. He needed a crushing rejection of Trump to strengthen his case.

    He also needed the Senate.

    As John Harris argues, whatever the final numbers, Trump’s appeal to half the country has proven to be durable. Even a narrow Biden victory would generate a larger debate about Trump’s harm to Republicans, but the full-scale de-Trumpification of the GOP required a landslide. [more]

    [3rd part(y) below]

  3. Man swept away in flood waters in Trinidad: 'Worst floods ever,' says councillor [~ 4.6 min. video included]

    33% excess rainfall in extended monsoon season for the Indian state of Karnataka

    Setting a record of sorts, Karnataka received 33 per cent excess rainfall, as the south-west monsoon extended till October from September, causing even flash floods, an official said on Monday. [more; more rain regarded as favorable]

    The Great Reset for Dummies
    Where do we go from here?

    The Great Reset is a massively funded, desperately ambitious, internationally coordinated project led by some of the biggest multinational corporations and financial players on the planet and carried out by cooperating state bodies and NGOs. Its soul is a combination of early 20th century science fiction, idyllic Soviet posters, the obsessiveness of a deranged accountant with a gambling addiction—and an upgraded, digital version of “Manifest Destiny.”

    The mathematical reason for the Great Reset is that thanks to technology, the planet has gotten small, and the infinite expansion economic model is bust—but obviously, the super wealthy want to continue staying super wealthy, and so they need a miracle, another bubble, plus a surgically precise system for managing what they perceive as “their limited resources.” Thus, they desperately want a bubble providing new growth out of thin air—literally—while simultaneously they seek to tighten the peasants’ belts, an effort that starts with “behavioral modification,” a.k.a. resetting the western peasants’ sense of entitlement to high life standards and liberties (see awful “privilege”).

    The psychological reason for the Great Reset is the fear of losing control of property, the planet. I suppose, if you own billions and move trillions, your perception of reality gets funky, and everything down below looks like an ant hill that exists for you. Just ants and numbers, your assets.

    Thus, the practical aim of the Great Reset is to fundamentally restructure the world’s economy and geopolitical relations based on two assumptions: one, that every element of nature and every life form is a part of the global inventory (managed by the allegedly benevolent state, which, in turn, is owned by several suddenly benevolent wealthy people, via technology)—and two, that all inventory needs to be strictly accounted for: be registered in a central database, be readable by a scanner and easily ID’ed, and be managed by AI, using the latest “science.” The goal is to count and then efficiently manage and control all resources, including people, on an unprecedented scale, with unprecedented digital anxiety and precision—all while the masters keep indulging, enjoying vast patches of conserved nature, free of unnecessary sovereign peasants and their unpredictability. The king’s world feels far more predictable and relaxed when the chaos of human subjectivity is contained for good.

    Plus, as a potentially lucrative aside, a bunch of these tightly managed “assets” can be also turned into new financial instruments and traded. Game on! [more]

    A68 iceberg on collision path with South Georgia

    The world's biggest iceberg, known as A68a, is bearing down on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

    The Antarctic ice giant is a similar size to the South Atlantic island, and there's a strong possibility the berg could now ground and anchor itself offshore of the wildlife haven.

    If that happens, it poses a grave threat to local penguins and seals. [more]

  4. Ok, here's the Harvard professor who is working on reflecting sunlight back into space according to Guy McPherson. He does a good job explaining how it COULD work, but i have a sneaking suspicion there's something he's missing. Give the ~ 70 min. video a listen sometime tonight, Jonny, anyone else interested.

    [from Nature Bats Last radio show]

    On 23 October 2020 the NBL team interviewed Dr. Ye Tao of Harvard University’s Rowland Institute. Pauline Schneider and Guy McPherson discussed with Dr. Tao the MEER:ReflEction Project directed by Dr. Tao, including questions submitted by Kevin Hester. The first few minutes of the conversation were included in the 3 November 2020 NBL radio show. The entire conversation lasted more than an hour and is embedded below.
    Conversation with Ye Tao on the MEER Reflection Project

    A Biden presidency might essentially be over before it can begin

    The 2020 presidential election is a cliffhanger, and we may not know the final results for days. But Democratic nominee Joe Biden has pulled ahead in the critical states of Michigan and Wisconsin with plenty of blue-leaning mail ballots to count. Because he won Arizona as well as Nebraska's second congressional district and leads narrowly in Nevada, President Trump has probably been defeated. The real question is whether Biden adds Pennsylvania and Georgia to the tally or whether we are looking at the closest outcome in the Electoral College since 2000. Even if Trump were to wave a magic wand to stop ballot counting everywhere, at the moment he would still lose. Biden will win more votes than any presidential candidate in history and could still end up winning nationally by 6 points or more.

    I don't know how to describe a Biden presidency facing a hostile Senate and a 6-3 Supreme Court majority as anything but a nightmare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will feel rightly emboldened that his endless hardball maneuvering has delivered the courts to the GOP for a generation, with the threat of court expansion now at least temporarily in the rearview. If the Roberts court invalidates the Affordable Care Act, Biden and the Democrats will have no legislative route to a fix. Congress will be unable to pass laws protecting reproductive rights if Amy Coney Barrett and her pals overturn or gut Roe v. Wade. The Court is also likely to dramatically constrain Biden's ability to direct the executive branch, setting the stage for multiple constitutional crises. You should go ahead and Google the GOP's long and now very plausible plot to dismantle what they call "the administrative state."

    And that's just the beginning. McConnell could hold up all Biden appointees to the federal judiciary just as he did during the last two years of the Obama presidency. We will return to the painful, nonstop budget showdowns of the later Obama years, only this time Democrats will be squaring off against an even more radicalized Republican Senate, full of Trump acolytes and a GOP that will unapologetically return to rigid austerity politics after four years of letting trillion-dollar deficits pile up under Trump. There will be no coronavirus relief package that remotely meets the needs of the moment, and Americans will just have to pray that the economy's underlying resilience can overcome the unforgivable refusal of the U.S. government to help people.

    There is a Democratic majority in this country, but it will be wearing the straitjacket of minority rule for at least two more years. Confronting that reality and finding a path forward will soon be the most important challenge facing Biden and the Democrats. [more]

    [2nd piece below]

  5. [some good news]
    Kenya enjoys elephant birth boom

    [now if we can just declare open season of POACHERS . ..]

    So far, 207 elephants have been born, a number unseen in the park's 48 years of existence. And it could continue to rise.

    Kenya's elephant population has more than doubled since 1989, reaching nearly 35,000 by the end of 2019. The country's government credits the rise to successful efforts to halt poaching, which includes stiffer fines and prison sentences for poachers. [more; let the elephants KILL THEM!]

    Michigan's election has more than 77,000 spoiled ballots. Here's what that means.

    The Michigan Secretary of State's Office says there were 77,483 spoiled ballots associated with the presidential election in Michigan as of Tuesday morning.

    But the number, which drew attention when it was reported by CNN, requires some context, said Tracy Wimmer, a spokesperson for the agency. It includes ballots spoiled because of printing errors and ones voters intentionally spoiled so they could fill out their absentee ballots again, she said.

    "We do not have a breakdown on spoiled reasons, but the biggest thing to focus on is that spoiled does not mean rejected," Wimmer said. "In no instance with a spoiled ballot does that mean someone did not vote, unless they actively chose not to." [more; so it doesn't mean shit]

    McConnell calls for coronavirus package before end of the year

    “We need another rescue package,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election and I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” [more]

    'Our land has been captured': Villagers attest to Chinese annexation of Nepalese territory

    [hey, dat's how da Chinese do bidniss!]

    China's annexation of 150 hectares of Nepal - dismissed by the Foreign Ministry in Beijing as "rumours" - has been corroborated by fresh testimony from Nepalese villagers.[more]

    ExxonMobil Announces US Job Cuts

    ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) has announced that it plans to reduce staffing levels in the United States, primarily at its management offices in Houston, Texas.

    The company anticipates around 1,900 employees will be affected through voluntary and involuntary programs. ExxonMobil noted that the staff cuts are the result of ongoing reorganizations and work-process changes that have been made over the past several years to improve efficiency and reduce costs. [more]

    [3rd part follows]

  6. Flash of luck: Astronomers find cosmic radio burst source

    A flash of luck helped astronomers solve a cosmic mystery: What causes powerful but fleeting radio bursts that zip and zigzag through the universe?

    Scientists have known about these energetic pulses — called fast radio bursts — for about 13 years and have seen them coming from outside our galaxy, which makes it harder to trace them back to what's causing them. Making it even harder is that they happen so fast, in a couple of milliseconds.

    Then this April, a rare but considerably weaker burst coming from inside our own Milky Way galaxy was spotted by two dissimilar telescopes: one a California doctoral student’s set of handmade antenna s, which included actual cake pans, the other a $20 million Canadian observatory.

    They tracked that fast radio burst to a weird type of star called a magnetar that’s 32,000 light-years from Earth, according to four studies in Wednesday’s journal Nature.[more]

    This Unidentified Plane Flew Over California. The Air Force Won't Admit It Exists.

    According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, the aircraft “was flying in a racetrack pattern at an estimated altitude of 20,000 [feet].”

    The photo, along with a magnified version of the image, appeared on Instagram. The post was later taken down, but archived and reposted on Twitter, as seen above. “Until I dot the 'I's and cross the 'T's!!”, Rob Kolinsky (@sundownerstudios) wrote, “then the picture will return!”

    The mystery aircraft, as Kolinsky points out, does indeed look like the new B-21 Raider bomber. The B-21 Raider is a new strategic bomber under development by Northrop Grumman.

    The B-21 will eventually replace the B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit stealth bombers (but not the B-52) in Air Force service. The first aircraft is reportedly under construction and won’t fly until 2022. [more; it features a kick start engine (like a motorcycle), and once we get the bugs out it will actually be able to fly AND do some other stuff, mkoi?]

    Dow soars by 600 points as investors bet on clear election winner and swift passing of stimulus bill

    [live it up while you can, it's all down-hill from here]

    [4th section next]

  7. Don’t Rejoice In America’s Reckoning — It Will Come At The Expense Of Black & Brown People

    For anyone hoping for a clear and unyielding repudiation of President Donald Trump and his administration — or, at the very least, political punishment for the administration’s abject failure to properly handle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the 2020 presidential election is nothing short of a disappointment. As November 3 turned into November 4, voters watched Florida go from blue to red to blue before Trump secured its 29 electoral votes — the byproduct of Democrats treating the Latinx vote as a monolithic throwaway. Texas stayed red; Senator Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell secured re-election. And now, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan are all too close to call.

    In response to another painful reminder that this country relies on the systematic disenfranchisement of Black and brown people to thrive, many righteously angry voters took to Twitter to call for a national reckoning. “America deserves to burn,” some said. “The United States has some reckoning to do with itself,” others claimed.

    any “reckoning” that comes as the result of either a Donald Trump re-election — or a narrow and sure-to-be-legally contested Joe Biden victory — will come at the expense of Black people, brown people, poor people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants. Those who need to learn the lessons borne out of the 2016 and 2020 elections won’t. And if they do, it will be far too late.

    It was too late for the over 230,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 — the majority of whom are Black, Latinx, and living in communities that lack access to adequate health care. While white voters prioritize the economy over public safety, Black and brown people make up the majority of essential workers. And while white parents protest school mask mandates, Black and brown parents are fearful of sending their children to school due to the disproportional rate COVID is ravaging their communities. [more]

    Hurricane Eta causes massive flooding in Honduras
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane-eta-causes-massive-flooding-010035047.html [44 sec. live video]

    Massive storm causes intense flooding in Ontario, Canada
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-storm-causes-intense-flooding-140508391.html [32 sec. live video]

    Marijuana legalization measures pass in 5 states
    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/marijuana-legalization-measures-pass-3-044900012.html [75 sec. news spot & text]

    [now we're talkin'!]
    What the magic mushroom market in the US could look like

    Presidency aside, psychedelics clearly won the US election.

    On Nov. 3, the state of Oregon voted to legalize psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use, a first for the nation. And residents of Washington DC [not far from Havre de Grace, MD] passed a ballot initiative that would decriminalize magic mushrooms and other psychedelics. [more; YAY!]