It's hot and miserable again here in Northern Cape. I've got some plans to mitigate the heat, though, starting with painting my roof white, and maybe even the walls on the outside as well. They get so much heat during the day that they're warm to the touch hours after the sun goes down. I might even try attaching some insulation to the underside of the roof as well. Though I am more of a winter person, I have to say I'm looking forward to some rain. We haven't had any to speak of since April and it's overdue. The spectacular sunsets should return with the clouds as well—and though it is hot, at least it's a dry heat, which is exponentially easier to handle than a humid one.
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