What to expect from London, Los Angeles, and Moscow in 2040, 2070, and 2100.

“We are getting furious because of the horrible sounds of dozens of fighter jets that depart for bombing out beautiful lands… It’s very hard to describe the feeling of reading that someone you know is killed from the newspapers nearly every day.”

Excerpt of a two-page letter that jailed Turkish artist Zehra Doğan snuck out to Banksy.

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The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map catalogs the borough's illegal stations, from Caribbean to Orthodox Jewish.
When a bar or restaurant has an "artisanal ice program,” it adds $0.60 to $0.80 to the cost of a drink.

Absent serious reductions in global emissions, the most extreme, once-in-25-years heat waves would increase from wet-bulb temperatures of about 31 C to 34.2 C. “It brings us close to the threshold” of survivability, and “anything in the 30s is very severe.”

By the end of the century, the heat in South Asia may be so high that people will die after a few hours of exposure.

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Many women in India avoid drinking water during heatwaves to prevent being sexual assaulted while urinating.
Thousands of Amazon employees across Europe strike on "Prime Day" to protest grueling working conditions.

Sometimes I think I understand why we women increasingly read novels. Novels, when they work, use lies to tell the truth. The information marketplace, battling for an audience, tends, more and more, to transform intolerable truths into novelistic, riveting, enjoyable lies.

Elena Ferrante finds keeping up with the news “an extremely difficult task.”

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A troubled aid program in Indonesia, wracked by corruption, was fixed with a simple solution: postcards.
The Statue of Liberty was never about fully open borders. To some, its torch and stance said, "Go back home."
This summer's heatwave is revealing forgotten landscapes in the UK normally kept hidden by grass and crops.
Recent studies of low-skilled Chinese immigrants show salaries increasing as they get farther from New York City.

Equivalences astutely analyzed include feel = am (‘I hate when I do that. I feel so disloyal’); but = because (‘I’m behind on all my projects but I don’t like to stress out about it’); and should = won’t (‘Oh, you’re a poet? Yeah. You know, I really should read more poetry’).

“Evasion English” studies those throwaway words by which “we reveal what we mean, no matter how hard we try not to.”

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A dedicated amateur historian finds a cemetery in Texas: 95 black prisoners forced into a slavery-style system.
Comparing the taste of food in the 17th century and the taste of food now is a test of "culinary false friends."
The US counties with the highest and lowest savings potential, calculated as median income minus cost of living.
On the rise of MAGA thirst traps: selfies as political weapons meant to stir outrage, or support.
The top US voting machine maker changes its story, now admitting it installed remote access software on its systems.
Citroën's new eyewear reduces motion sickness by creating an artificial horizon in primary and peripheral vision.