Half of U.S. beaches are contaminated with poop ZME Science
New blazes bring number of active wildfire fronts to 79 Kathimerini. Greece, roughly the size of Alabama.
Video from Milan:
A Milano un #Tornado in Brianza Nella mia città fiumi di ghiaccio per le strade. Dopotutto Gigi d’Alessio cantava “le domeniche d’agosto quanta neve che cadrà”, quindi non serve preoccuparsi del #CambiamentoClimatico è tutto normale…. pic.twitter.com/80b9fZ6j9F
— emmy (@_addictedtolou_) July 21, 2023
For those who don’t like that the y-axis keeps changing, I made this version: pic.twitter.com/2zTDrTDiFy
— Leon Simons (@LeonSimons8) July 20, 2023
More than 220K people kicked off Medi-Cal in its first checkup since COVID ABC10. By “since Covid,” they mean first of the month.
Solar Car Challenge cut off, mid-race, because of COVID-19 outbreak The Orange County Register
What is happening in India’s Manipur? Al Jazeera
DIGGING INTO INDIA’S CRITICAL MINERALS DASH Carbon Copy
If China fails to intervene in North Korea, US will take action, says Antony Blinken South China Morning Post.
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine is in ruins. Its latest counteroffensive achieved nothing.
In the last three weeks, an estimated 26,000 Ukrainian soldiers died in pointless attacks against world-class Russian defenses.
— Douglas Macgregor (@DougAMacgregor) July 21, 2023
Storm clouds gathering in the Black Sea Indian Punchline
Russia armed Belarus to the teeth: S-400s, Tor-M2s, Su-35s, Mi-35s Bulgarian Military
From Stalinism to the ‘Most Avoidable War in History’ Consortium News. An interview with Geoffrey Roberts. For more, read “Stalin: History and Criticism of a Black Legend.” Needs a better translation though.
US hits Kyrgyzstan with war sanctions. Intellinews
War with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh ‘very likely’: Armenia PM Al Mayadeen. If a peace treaty is not signed.
Washington-Paris-London Calling The Polycrisis
The waning days of the ‘special relationship’ 972 Magazine
South of the Border
Venezuela: President Maduro Delivers House Number 4.6 Million Telesur. Public housing “despite the problems caused by the U.S. blockade.”
More Unoccupied Toronto Homes Are Catching Fire The Deep Dive
Imperial Collapse Watch
The military-industrial complex enters orbit Nonzero Newsletter
If you’re this guy’s commander or 1SG, you suck pic.twitter.com/Ke5EW6VAAV
— ex-Lethality Jane🌻 (@LethalityJane) July 21, 2023
Donald Trump’s trial to go ahead in the middle of 2024 election campaign The Daily Telegraph
Tim Scott closes in on Ron DeSantis in Iowa Washington Examiner
Democrats en déshabillé
‘This Is a Really Big Deal’: How College Towns Are Decimating the GOP Politico. The new coalition of the ascendant?
FTC Pulls Back From Prior Support for Pharmacy Benefit Middlemen Bloomberg Law. Nobody can ever quite get rid of these guys. Drunks with a ton of cash?
Police State Watch
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
AFP under investigation over its use of Auror surveillance technology Crikey. AFP=Australian Federal Police.
OpenAI, Google will watermark AI-generated content to hinder deepfakes, misinfo Ars Technica. “Voluntary.” “Hinder.” Problem solved….
This free watermark removal tool is surprisingly effective against stock images The Verge. An AI-powered watermark remover. From Jan. 26.
And what about adding watermarks to “misinfo”?
The workers at the frontlines of the AI revolution Rest of World
Fighting eviction to build class power Canadian Dimension
Risk and Revolution The Baffler
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.