It's been running for the last two days. Since the last storm, it dried up and then came back during a clear blue sky. My host family tells me that the drainage is enormous, that the water is coming from Vryburg (about 200 km away in Northwest province). Whatever the reason, I love it. I walked in the drainage on my weekly visit to Laxey even though it probably doubled my trip time and had me scrambling in the brambles and thorn bushes. Something about water, especially muddy water, makes me happy.
So Reality Winner, former NSA contractor, is in federal prison for leaking classified information — for five years and three months, the longest sentence of any whistleblower in history. She gave documents on how Russia had attempted to hack vendors of election machinery and software to The Intercept , which completely bungled basic security procedures (according to a recent New York Times piece from Ben Smith, the main fault lay with Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito ), leading to her capture within hours. Winner recently contracted COVID-19 in prison, and is reportedly suffering some lingering aftereffects. Glenn Greenwald has been furiously denying that he had anything at all to do with the Winner clusterfuck, and I recently got in an argument with him about it on Twitter. I read a New York story about Winner, which clearly implies that she was listening to the Intercepted podcast of March 22, 2017 , where Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill expressed skepticism about Russia actually b