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Ban Fossil Fuel Ads To Save Climate, UN Chief Says (Maria)

The author writes, “The world’s fossil fuel industries should be banned from advertising to help save the world from climate change, the head of the United Nations said on Wednesday. UN Secretary General António Guterres called coal, oil and gas corporations the ‘godfathers of climate chaos’ who had distorted the truth and deceived the public for decades. … His remarks were his most damning condemnation yet of the industries responsible for the bulk of global warming. They came as new studies showed the rate of warming is increasing and that global heat records have continued to tumble.”

New York Man Goes Down the New York Way (Gerry)

The author writes, “What comes up over and over again in coverage of both the Manhattan hush-money case ― as well as two federal cases against Trump, and one election-related case in Atlanta ― is that the prosecution and conviction of a former president is without precedent. The theory goes that these prosecutions are so divisive, in such a politically volatile moment, that they should force us to weigh the pursuit of justice against political stability. Yet, for journalists who looked at the Manhattan courtroom, Trump sat there like many other New York politicians and political influencers whose criminality brought them down.”

Pakistan Temperatures Cross 52 C in Heatwave (Laura)

From Reuters: “Temperatures rose above 52 degrees Celsius (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh, the highest reading of the summer and close to the country’s record high amid an ongoing heatwave, the met office said [last week]. Extreme temperatures throughout Asia over the past month were made worse most likely as a result of human-driven climate change, a team of international scientists have said. In Mohenjo Daro, a town in Sindh known for archaeological sites that date back to the Indus Valley Civilization built in 2500 BC, temperatures rose as high as 52.2 C (126 F).”

Dying Behind Bars: At Least 220 People Died in Ohio Jails Over 4 Years (Sean)

From The Cincinnati Enquirer: “[Maggie] Copeland is among at least 219 Ohioans who died in the past four years in the custody of county jails. Ohio began requiring jails to report deaths and other critical incidents in 2020 but there is no penalty for failing to report. Some deaths in the past four years were not included in the state database. More than 75% of those who died — 166 people — had yet to be tried for the crime for which they were being held. Some didn’t last 24 hours behind bars. A Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, and USA Today Network Ohio investigation found that jail personnel ignored serious medical conditions and injuries, withheld life-saving medicine and equipment, failed to stop the flow of illicit drugs that inmates later used to overdose, and did not adequately monitor prisoners at risk for suicide.” 

Elon Musk Begs Tesla Shareholders to Vote for His $56 Billion Pay Package (Reader Jim)

From Futurism: “Elon Musk wants to award himself with a boatload of money. The pay package he’s trying to push through at Tesla is valued at up to $56 billion in stock options — which would be more than any corporate CEO in the United States by an astounding margin. But before that can happen, the automaker’s shareholders need to give it their seal of approval. And so Musk is doing his best to get out the vote, offering shareholders the opportunity to win a tour of the Tesla Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, that’s personally led by him and chief designer Franz von Holzhausen — a very glad-handing way of securing approval.”

Giant Venomous Flying Spiders With 4-Inch Legs Heading to New York Area as They Spread Across East Coast (Mili)

The author writes, “First came the spotted lanternflies, then the cicadas — and now, the spiders? The Northeast U.S. is bracing for an invasion of giant venomous spiders with 4-inch-long legs that can parachute through the air. Earlier this year, New Jersey Pest Control warned of the incoming spiders, saying Joro spiders will be ‘hard to miss’ as females have a leg span of up to 4 inches and are known for their vibrant yellow and grey bodies. ‘What sets them apart, however, is their ability to fly, a trait uncommon among spiders,’ the company said. ‘While not accurate flight in the avian sense, Joro spiders utilize a technique known as ballooning, where they release silk threads into the air, allowing them to be carried by the wind.’”


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