Megadroughts Could Soon Return to CA ; Abraham Lincoln's 'Red Streak' ; and More Picks 7/29

Apple Contractors Regularly Hear Confidential Details on Siri Recordings (Russ)

The author writes, “Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or ‘grading,’ the company’s Siri voice assistant.”

They Survived Internment in WWII. Now They Protest Migrant Detentions at Border. (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Tsuru for Solidarity, as the ad hoc group is called, began with a protest at the South Texas Family Residential Center in March. Since then, they have organized twice at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in anticipation of a federal plan to house 1,400 migrant children in the same installation that held 700 Japanese immigrants in 1942. In their most recent trip, they joined a national coalition of activist organizations, with representation from Native American tribes, Black Lives Matter Oklahoma, and the local American Civil Liberties Union, according to The Oklahoman.”

California Megadroughts Vanished After 1600 but May Return Soon, Study Finds (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “For centuries, California and the rest of the southwestern United States have been spared the multi-decade megadroughts that afflicted the region before 1600. But the Southwest’s lucky streak could soon run out, a new study finds.”

Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn (Chris)

From Inside Climate News: “Pacific salmon that spawn in Western streams and rivers have been struggling for decades to survive water diversions, dams and logging. Now, global warming is pushing four important populations in California, Oregon and Idaho toward extinction, federal scientists warn in a new study.”

On Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Red Streak’ (Chris)

The author writes, “The first Republican president … was surrounded by socialists and looked to them for counsel.”