Marching On Together


Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games... Swansea City 0 v 1 Leeds United, 4 points needed from 3 games...

The Big Wobble Headlines: Quick Read



World Pandemic: Coronavirus
Ball Of Confusion: Why do nearly all the people I talk to know of no one who has Covid-19 yet 12 million people have the virus and 550,000 of them have died? And where did all the hate suddenly come from as if it were also a virus?
Yesterday, 210,000 new cases of Covid-19 were registered around the world which is extremely worrying bringing the total to over 12 million people. 550,000 of them have died from the virus, however, the most startling statistic was the new record total recorded in the US. Tuesday's total of more than 60,000 new cases blew away the old record recorded last week by more than 5,000 cases.

The US just passed three million cases, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The death toll stands at 132,362. Here in Holland, we have just passed 50,000 cases, however, only 17 million people live here so it's not surprising we have a lower count. I walk my dog every day so I meet many other people during my walks and the most surprising thing is, only three people I have spoken to since the Virus became a pandemic know of anyone who has had the virus. In six months only three people? I find that quite amazing.

Bugaloo 2020
You would be correct if you were to think the world is going mad it is, figuratively and literally: Obesity diets rich in fat and sugar, processed foods, smoking, alcohol and drugs, medications, pollution, pesticides, industrial chemicals and radiofrequency radiation are destroying our DNA
In recent weeks I have often wondered what has happened to the world in 2020 in what has been an incredible escalation in all things bad. Since the Covid virus was announced on New Year's Eve, 2019 the world has quickly spiralled into a Hollywood Esque zombie movie filled with anarchy, hate, spite, ugliness and violence which has exploded into unprecedented levels leaving the US on the verge of another civil war and the world on the brink of WWIII. Just ten minutes on your Facebook timeline or Twitter will shock you into believing the world has actually lost its mind. Evil is out there and it appears to be mutating at a similar speed as the Covid-19 virus infecting people with hate and anger.

A reader on TBW left a poignant comment on the blog last week, Green Sleeves wrote in regarding the sickness which has left her husband reeling:

2020 Locust Plague
China is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of countries being devastated by locust invasions stretching 3 continents including South America, Africa the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar all struggling to control trillions of locusts.
If you thought the locust swarms around the world were over because it is not mentioned on MSM anymore, think again. The 2020 locust invasion just keeps on growing. China is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of countries being devastated by locust invasions. Swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have destroyed about 26 square miles of fields in Pu'er after raiding the city from China's border with Laos, the local government said.

The Pu'er forestry authority yesterday issued an early warning, predicting a potential locust 'disaster' in China's southern border regions after the spread of the pests 'accelerated'. The authorities identified the insect to be yellow-spined bamboo locust that inhabits in south-eastern Asia. 

Volcanoes
It's exciting, it's an old friend and it's the highest active volcano in Eurasia! The latest eruption of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Russia's Kamchatka spews ash 7,000m into the skies
It's exciting, it's an old friend and it's the highest active volcano in Eurasia!

The eruption of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Russia's Kamchatka has created spectacular scenes, producing rivers of lava and massive smoke clouds – but scientists worry that the resulting ash cloud could disrupt air traffic. The latest activity within the steep symmetrical cone of the volcano – the highest in Eurasia – blew ash some 7,000 meters into the air on Monday, the Emergencies Ministry said. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, at 4,649 meters in height, was effectively inactive for three years before it started spewing lava again last October – and the smouldering eruption has continued to some degree ever since.

Major quakes
The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful magnitude 6.6 struck Indonesia and a magnitude 6.2 struck Micronesia: Brings total for the year to 59
The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful and deep magnitude 6.6 struck 93km North of Batang, in Indonesia and a shallow, 12km deep, magnitude 6.2 struck 254km North of Fais, Micronesia, no tsunami warnings have been issued. Both quakes rattled the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

A minor stream of solar wind was buffeting Earth's magnetic field yesterday, stirring geomagnetic unrest around the poles. The gaseous material is flowing from a northern coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere. Some scientists believe solar activity around the Earth's magnetosphere can produce seismic and volcanic activity here on our planet.

Extreme Weather
Almost 40 people feared dead with at least 13 missing and 200,000 evacuated as more torrential rain hits Japan: Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions in Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan and the Far East in June and early July.
Almost 40 people are either confirmed or feared dead including 14 people at a nursing home after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, over the weekend. At least another 13 people are missing, a further 200,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as torrential rains continued to hit Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu, with river banks at risk of bursting on Monday morning and new evacuation orders put in place.

Evacuation centres are under pressure maintaining social distancing preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Hurricanes and cyclones
“I have never seen such a cyclone in my life. It seemed like the end of the world. All I could do was to pray." Death toll approaches 100 as “Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan hits India and Bangladesh
The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade has killed 84 people with many missing after a powerful cyclone tore through coastal areas and neighbouring Bangladesh, a state chief minister said on Thursday. The cyclone struck the state of West Bengal on Wednesday evening, devastating villages, tearing down power lines, and leaving large tracts of land underwater. State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the death toll stood at 84 with most caused by electrocution and falling trees. Bangladesh, where the cyclone moved on to, has so far reported 10 deaths. 

Spaceweather
Signs and wonders: Comet NEOWISE: The incredibly beautiful Comet Neowise is now visible to the naked eye and can best be seen just before dawn but by mid-month, it will shift to evening skies
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) on July 7, 2020, from Landers, California, United States, credit Dbot3000
Signs and wonders: The incredibly beautiful Comet Neowise is now visible to the naked eye and can best be seen just before dawn. According to Spaceweather.com, Comet Neowise is currently shining about as brightly as a 2nd magnitude star. Its core and part of its tail are easy naked-eye objects from dark, clear sites.
Framed by the colours of sunrise, it is arguably the most beautiful comet in many years. But... The last truly Great Comet was Hale-Bopp in 1997. Shining 10 times brighter than Comet NEOWISE does now, Hale-Bopp was visible to the unaided eye for an astonishing 18 months, and its tail stretched as much as 45 degrees across the sky. Comet NEOWISE doesn't come close to those thresholds of splendour.

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
The deluge continues: Incredible amounts of rainfall in countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan since early June have killed hundreds and affected tens of millions of people.
The deluge continues, stretching thousands of miles torrential downpours have been dumping incredible amounts of rainfall in countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan since early June and in some areas, the rains are increasing.
It is estimated more than 60 people have died with more missing after landslides triggered by incredible amounts of rain have devasted Southwestern Japan this week. A further 250,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as torrential rains continued to hit Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu, with river banks at risk of bursting and more rain forecast for today with new evacuation orders put in place. Evacuation centres are under pressure maintaining social distancing preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Disease
A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan. The situation is described as very grim: Meanwhile, an unknown disease has killed 130,000 Saiga antelope.
A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan.  Since the start of the year, 1,772 people have died of pneumonia in the country. In June alone, there were 628 fatalities, including Chinese citizens, a statement on the embassy’s website.

Between Covid-19 and the pneumonia outbreak, the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.”

While the Chinese embassy described the illness as “unknown pneumonia”, Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as “unknown” or what information it had about pneumonia. The embassy’s website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe and the city of Shymkent have reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June. 

Animal Die-Offs
Another magnificent beast in danger: 130,000 Saiga Antelopes have died this spring bringing the total to more than 350,000 in the last 5 years with experts not able to agree on the cause of deaths.
Back in 2015, 200,000 wild saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in Kazakhstan from a bacterial infection, more than two-thirds of the entire global population, NB, Covid-19, African Swine Fever and Avian Flu are viruses, not bacterial. Scientists found that there were unusually warm temperatures and high humidity in the days leading up to the wildlife deaths. The same was found for two previous mass die-offs of antelopes in 1981 and 1988, when 400,000 died in central Asia, according to Prof Richard Kock of the Royal Veterinary College London. Saying, "The whole thing was really extraordinary," he said. "It's very very likely to happen again."
And it has, during May and early June 2020, researchers have discovered more than half of the country's herd, around 130,000 have died. The extent and speed are really unheard of according to veterinarian Steffen Zuther who believes bacteria is to blame for the death of the saigas.

Environment
The 3,500-mile-long, (5,600 km) cloud, dubbed the “Godzilla dust cloud,” travelled 5,000 miles (8,047 km) and has now arrived in the southern US where COVID-19 cases have recently spiked causing concern among doctors.
On June 23, 2020, the GOES-East satellite viewed the Saharan Air Layer (or SAL) over Cuba, while a storm erupted through its dusty haze. During this time of year, the SAL often blows westward from Africa’s Saharan Desert and can travel thousands of miles away. The SAL’s activity usually results in reduced severity--- or in some cases entirely inhibits the formation of---Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes.

'The Godzilla dust cloud' which left the Shara earlier in the month has arrived over the U.S. Southeast, raising health concerns. Forecasters are expecting a thick brown haze raising more health concerns in states where the coronavirus crisis is worsening. 

Wildfires
Early wildfires are raging across Arizona and California as the trinity of wildfires, drought, heat and gusty winds are converging once again creating ideal conditions for rapid spread. Alaska using dogs to protect firefighters from bears
Another horror show has arrived which could well take our minds off Covid-19, Civil war or WWIII and it's earlier than usual.
Here we go again and this year they are early with a long hot summer ahead. On November the 8th 2019, California's biggest and most ruinous wildfire of the year, a wind-driven blaze that scorched 120 square miles (310 square kilometres) was declared fully contained and extinguished, however, a new horror show was just beginning in New South Wales, Australia.
According to authorities at the time, an "unprecedented" (90) number of emergency-level wildfires were streaking across New South Wales, Australia in drought-affected areas aided by gusty winds and 35 deg C (95 deg F) heat. 

Religion
Tik-Tok: The hour is late, according to the seventh one in line from Adam, E╩╣noch, mankind would have 7,000 years of history: 1,000 of them years will come after Armageddon and the other 6,000 are almost up!
God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (KJV) illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries

In the book of Jude, the last book of the Bible before A Revelation to John, one of Enoch's many prophecies is mentioned, Enoch is also mentioned in Genesis.

Enoch made many prophecies which proved to be accurate about the flood which happened in Noah's time and the fire judgment which is coming and, the two comings of the Messiah, the first being 2,000 years ago as we know. Enoch teaches us that the Messiah is the Son of God and that He will shed His blood to redeem mankind. All this was written 1,000 years before the flood. 

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.