Monday’s news links – June 28, 2021

Deadly Collapse of Illusions in Miami Manuel Garcia Jr

In another report, I read that the development-friendly local and state authorities had freed the Miami real estate industry from “excessive” regulations by only requiring building inspections every 40 years! …

By now it is clear that the cause of the collapse was the softening of the ground under the building by the infiltration of seawater over the years since the building’s construction. Because such a large building is very heavy, especially in comparison to a simple beachside bungalow, the weight of the structure put tremendously higher downward pressure on the ground below its foundation, diminishing the integrity of the increasingly soaked soil, and thus speeding its ultimate loss of cohesion.

Developers of doomed Fla. tower were once accused of paying off officials: report NY Post

The Lost Graves of Louisiana’s Enslaved People NYTimes

Your city is more segregated than it was in 1990, new study shows Grist

Climate change

‘Not fun’: Northwest heat wave builds, all-time records fall AP

Over 90% of Western U.S. gripped by drought during unprecedented heat wave Salon

Lethal Heat Hits the Planet CounterPunch

The news does not get much worse than a recent scientific report that the planet is trapping twice as much heat as it did only 14 years ago.

#COVID19

The last–and only–foreign scientist in the Wuhan lab speaks out Bloomberg

Highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant spreading fast in California LA Times

Delta variant triggers dangerous new phase in the pandemic Science

The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated New Yorker

Why U.S. labs need to be investigated for COVID-19 origins Global Times

Afghanistan

Civil War in Afghanistan Will Threaten Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Vijay Prashad

Julian Assange

Snowden declares ‘end of case against Julian Assange’ after newspaper reveals LIES by key witness in US extradition case RT

Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment Stundin

Assange Prosecution Relied On False Testimony From A Diagnosed Sociopath And Convicted Pedophile Caitlin Johnstone

Emmanuel Macron’s party is wiped out in French local elections that also see Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party fail to break through Daily Mail

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