The Big Wobble Headlines: Quick Read



World Pandemic: Coronavirus
Covid-19: Day 96, Apr 4: 60,000 dead: Confirmed cases 1,102,555: US accused of ‘piracy’ over mask ‘confiscation’: Cases in U.S. top 250,000: PANDEMIC ALTERS WORLD ORDER: 1.9 MILLION Brits could have Covid-19: Civil unrest looming
Confirmed cases yesterday, more than 80,000. Total confirmed cases 1,102,555 with almost 30,000 of them in a critical condition. Almost 60,000 people have died at a rate of 5.36%, the highest rate to date.
The US accused of ‘piracy’ over mask ‘confiscation’The US has been accused of redirecting 200,000 Germany-bound masks for its own use, in a move condemned as "modern piracy". The local government in Berlin said the shipment of US-made masks was "confiscated" in Bangkok. 
KISSINGER: PANDEMIC ALTERS WORLD ORDER. The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order The U.S. must protect its citizens from disease while starting the urgent work of planning for a new epoch. 
Civil unrest looming: Store owners boarding up buildings across Manhattan. NEW YORK - A growing scene for those who venture out into the streets of Manhattan these days is boarded up storefronts

Monthly Report
Into the unknown March 2020: The Month Our World Changed Forever. Record-breaking rain warmth and cold: Billions of dead wildlife: Swine Fever and Avian Flu Rampant: Biblical locust plague grows: Worldwide lockdown
Mar 1st: Trillions lost: The factory of the world stumbles, Covid-19 could affect 42 % of China's economy losing $ 200 billion a month as the virus grabs a hold.Countries affected worldwide is now 64. Confirmed cases, 86,980 with 7,365 critically ill. The death toll is now 2,979 at a rate of 3.42%. 
Tuesday, 3 March 2020.
BOOM! Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Tuesday, spewing sand and pyroclastic material, sending massive smoke-and-ash column 6,000 meters (19,680 feet) high into the sky. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Tuesday, spewing sand and pyroclastic material, sending massive smoke-and-ash column as high as 6,000 meters (19,680 feet) into the sky. The eruption of Mount Merapi on the main island of Java also unleashed searing gas clouds 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) down its slopes.

2020 Locust Plague
2020 Locust plague update: More swarms continue to form in the Horn of Africa; We’re looking at an insect that multiplies 20-fold with each new generation every three months
Severe rains and cyclones are ideal conditions for locust breeding. As climate change is making extreme weather more common, preventing locusts from becoming swarms is increasingly important. @FAO/Sven Torfinn
Most of the countries below have been or is suffering record rainfall which is helping the locusts breed in unprecedented numbers.
It is the same species of locust God used against the Egyptians in the epic Bible Book of Exodus. The Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria),  and they are the most destructive migratory pest in the world. The massive Plague of locusts is set to descend upon the Middle East in time for Passover, however, the swarms are expecting to miss the Holy Land. 

Volcanoes
Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.
Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.

Ash and sand-covered areas several kilometres (miles) away from the peak of the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta. But authorities did not raise Merapi's alert level.

"There have been no reports of damage from the eruption. We urge people to stay calm and not panic," national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.

Merapi erupted earlier this month, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres in the air. That eruption coated Yogyakarta and neighbouring city Solo with grey dust and forced an airport closure.  

Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of 280,000 residents. That was Merapi's most powerful eruption since 1930, which killed around 1,300 people, while another explosion in 1994 took about 60 lives.

Major quakes
March 2020 ends with a bang as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattles north of Boise. It comes after 650 foreshocks have rocked the area in the last 2 weeks: Yesterday's quake was the 8th major quake of March and the 30th of 2020 so far.
March 2020 ends with a bang as a major magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled north of Boise, Idaho last night. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centred 73 miles (118 kilometres) northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. According to Reuters, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming in from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Marcus Smith, an emergency room health unit coordinator at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, said the hospital, about 65 miles (104 kilometres) south of the epicentre, shook but the quake didn’t interfere with the treatment of any patients. 

Extreme Weather
Records tumble in parts of Queensland as 2 years worth of rain falls in just 2 days and making this month the wettest March ever in just 2 days: Young children see rain for their first time
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) parts of Queensland have recorded more rain in two days than their rainfall total for the past two years. "So far in March, Thargomindah airport has seen 201 millimetres. This is also making it the wettest month on record at this station," a BOM spokesman said. "Thargomindah airport, the past two years, has seen a combined total of 166mm of rainfall, so it's already eclipsed that just in two days." The wettest March had previously been in 2010 with 199mm.
Mr Kennedy said it was a similar story at Birdsville. "The past two years, its combined rainfall was 130mm and just in two days it's seen 125mm, so substantial rainfall." Rivers are experiencing major floods and homesteads are cut off as records tumble across the region.

Hurricanes and cyclones
Tropical Cyclone Uesi to strengthen as it heads to the Vanuatu Islands and could potentially make an Australian landfall near Brisbane at the end of the week
The still image above was captured by the NOAA-20 satellite's VIIRS instrument, which scans the entire Earth twice per day at a 750-meter resolution.

Winds close to the centre of Tropical Cyclone Uesi are estimated at 125KM/HR. according to the Vanuatu Met office. In the past 12 hours, the system has moved in a south southeasterly direction at a speed of 12KM/HR. The potential for the system to recurve and move towards Vanuatu is low. Seas will remain very rough with heavy to phenomenal swells over coastal and open waters to the west of the Vanuatu group. Severe weather warning for heavy rainfalls for northern, central and southern provinces, while Marine strong wind warning for all coastal waters are current.

Spaceweather
Solar Cycle 25 Begins. New Sunspot Numbered "AR2758," with switched polarities is confirmation after 2019 was the quietest sunspot activity in years with a total of 281 days spotless at (77%)
Solar Cycle 25 Begins. New Sunspot Numbered "AR2758," with switched polarities is confirmation. Photo Credit, Spaceweather.com

An exciting event on our star is developing suggesting Solar Cycle 25 is about to begin. A small sunspot is emerging in the sun's southern hemisphere, and it looks like a member of the new Solar Cycle 25. Numbered "AR2758," the sunspot is inset in this magnetic map of the sun's surface from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Last year Solar Cycle 24 reached its solar minimum. In 2019 a total of 281 days (77% of the year) recorded zero sunspot activity, the quietest in years, so far this year, 50 days (72%) has been without sunspot activity.

Manmade disasters
Great Signs and Wonders: Let's look at the big picture: Less than two months into 2020 and an unprecedented explosion of disease and disasters are threatening to bring the global economy to its knees
The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown a wrench into the second biggest economy in the world, bringing the Chinese economy to its knees and dragging down global growth with it.
The locust plagues are destroying crops and economies of the worlds poorest nations
The African Swine Flu outbreak (“There just isn’t enough pork in the world to fill the gap.”)
Aussie bushfire outbreak ( An incredible 66% decrease in summer crop production down to 878,000 tonnes.)
Storm Ellen is likely to be the 4th "Once In A Life Time Storm" to hit Ireland and the UK in less than two months this weekend costing billions to the insurance companies
Avian Flu, New Europe outbreak feared: 200,000 birds dead or culled in the first 2 weeks of 2020

Climate Change
Has the Coronavirus put Al Gore, Greta Thunberg et al into an embarrassing corner: As the world scrubs itself of Carbon Dioxide emissions will our planet cool down?
We have a very interesting scenario developing around the world ladies and gentlemen. Al Gore, Greta Thunberg et al, are going to be left with egg on their faces as the use of carbon dioxide emissions drop drastically (which they blame for global warming) due to the global Convid-109 lockdown, as factories and fuel emissions decline world-wide. March brought a substantial (more than 45 %) drop in global commercial air traffic. According to their mantra, as co2 use drops so will the temperature of our planet.

Will the planet keep on warming? I personally think so, already NOAA is predicting above-average temperatures across the US, this spring, as well as above-average precipitation in the central and eastern United States. Significant rainfall events could trigger flood conditions on top of already saturated soils. 2019 was the wettest year in the U.S., in many years devasting crops the whole year through.

Disease
Dear readers and friends. If you are waiting for reports or updates, well I got sick this weekend I have pneumonia from a bacteria and NOT a virus: Hope to be back in the saddle sometime later this week.
E medicine health

Dear readers and friends. If you are waiting for reports or updates, well I got sick this weekend and a scare too, a 39.6 fever, along with breathing difficulties, a headache and aching muscles led me to believe I had, contracted the coronavirus...

I was tested on Monday at home and the doc said I had contracted pneumonia, from a bacteria and not a virus, I am slowly improving but very weak but I  hope to be back in the saddle sometime later this week. Thanks once again for your wonderful support.

Animal Die-Offs
40 days Into 2020 and already, untold billions of species have died due to man, disease and pollution: The true story will never be known because 99% of the carnage never gets reported
We are just 40 days into 2020 and the world is in the grip of a global coronavirus threat which could out-kill the Spanish Flu epidemic which started back in 1918 and killed between 50 to 100 million people. Them numbers are minuscule to the billions of animals which have died in the first 40 days of 2020.
Below is a "small" list, showing deaths of animals killed by disease, pollution or man in the first month and a half of 2020 and let me tell you, I have hardly scratched the surface,  many millions of more deaths don't get reported. As for marine life, most of the dead sink to the bottom, or the birds, die out at sea, so you see, below is just a tiny per cent of the real carnage

Environment
The story of how a small plague of locusts grew into billions in just over 12 months stretching from China sweeping all the way to Botswana in South Africa
On January the 11th, 2019, the holiest site in Islam was swarmed by a plague of locusts, forcing cleaners into action to drive the insects out. The Great Mosque in Mecca, which hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims every year and is the holiest site in Islam was the birthplace of a plague which in just over 12 months would grow into billions, stretching from the western border of China sweeping through Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, through Arabia the Middle East, northern Africa and all the way down to Southern Africa.

On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, after unprecedented floods killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed 100,000 homes, Iran is now bracing its self for swarms of locusts. 

Wildfires
Aussie Bushfire Update: Astonishing and astounding: “A globally unprecedented scale of burning." 21% of Australia's temperate forests consumed during 2019/20 season
As the worst bushfire season ever recorded comes to an end in Australia the true extent of consumed forestry is found to be truly astonishing. Researchers at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment have analysed historic data on the extent of Australia’s extraordinary forest fires and found that the area burned in Australia during the 2019-2020 forest fires was an astounding 21%. Previous "major fire" seasons have historically been around 2% of Australian forests consumed by fire.

“We analysed the major forest biomes across Australia, Asia, Africa, Oceania and North and South Americas to determine the extent of annual areas burned by forest fires”, said Associate Professor Matthias Boer, lead author of the study and lead scientist of the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub node at Western Sydney University. 

Religion
So what caused our sun to go ballistic on Christmas 1957: Was it the modern-day version of the tower of babel: We will never know but was Xmas 1957 the beginning of our planet's demise
Sixty years ago, on April 1, 1960, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched TIROS-1, the world’s first successful meteorological satellite. It was a great success for the fledgeling NASA which had been formed on July the 29th after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be successfully placed in orbit around Earth on October 4, 1957, which, resulted in the space race between the USA and the Soviet Union. That is the official story, however, the true story is shrouded in intrigue and mystery.

Two months after Sputnik 1 was launched an event on our Sun occurred which left the science community at the time very worried. The USSR launched Sputnik 1, their first artificial satellite in space on October 1957, followed by Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958, the first satellite launched by the United States. However, a month earlier, something happened on our Sun on the 24th and 25th of December 1957 which defies logic, defies physics and science to this day, our Sun went crazily ballistic.

Photo of the day
A letter from Holland: Unusual skies this week in the Amsterdam region as the world enters lockdown: Libertine, tolerant and free Amsterdam is at this moment just like the rest of the world, empty as the Covid-19 threat takes hold
This time of the year where I live, just north of Amsterdam on the Dutch West Coast we are usually inundated with tourists from all over Europe but not this year. Libertine, tolerant and free Amsterdam is at this moment just like the rest of the world, empty. The cannabis selling coffee shops, sex-shops and bars have all been closed down due to the coronavirus, these places are only used by tourists anyway.

As I walk my dog every day I come across only occasional other dog walkers or runners who are only too ready to distance themselves from me, eying me with caution. Empty busses pass me by as do the occasional automobile, however, Holland wouldn't be Holland without bicycles and scooters and, this is the mode of transport at the moment, especially for the kids.