EPIC. One year on Earth, as seen from NASA’s EPIC camera. “EPIC takes a new picture every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes, capturing the ever-changing motion of clouds and weather systems and the fixed features of Earth such as deserts, forests and the distinct blues of different seas. EPIC will allow scientists to monitor ozone and aerosol levels in Earth’s atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth.”
MEREDITH MELVER. Trump employee takes fall for plagiarized speech.
DONALD TRUMP. Alarm bells go off in Europe after Trump suggests he won’t defend NATO allies: “During a 45-minute conversation, he explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance. Mr. Trump re-emphasized the hard-line nationalist approach that has marked his improbable candidacy, describing how he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.”
AIR KISS. So this happened.
— CNN (@CNN) July 21, 2016
MICHAEL MOORE. Trump is going to win: “I’m sorry to have to be the buzzkill here so early on, but I think Trump is going to win.”
DEATHS. Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai dies: “Takai, 49, announced in May he would not seek re-election after recently learning that his pancreatic cancer has spread. Takai had planned to serve the rest of his term, which would have ended in January 2017.”
HB2. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks: “It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
TUNISIA. Gay rights activist Ahmed Ben Amor in coma after second suicide attempt: “We were with him at his house following the first attempt. He asked if we could leave him alone for some time. He took advantage of that to swallow all the pills the doctors had given him.”
BRITISH COLUMBIA. Transgender rights to be added to Human Rights Code.
SAN FRANCISCO. 9.000 people hit the streets for world’s largest Pokemon Go gathering: “With starting points around the city and no fixed route, it was impossible to tell how many people actually participated, but the city certainly felt like it was swarming with a surprising number of exotic creatures.”
A very impressive Pokemon catching outfit pic.twitter.com/DPhAYiGudP
— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) July 21, 2016
JERUSALEM. Tragic moment hangs over Gay Pride Parade: “Exactly a year ago, Yishai Schlissel stepped out of a supermarket and went on a stabbing rampage during the Pride parade, wounding seven people and killingShira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was there to support her friends. Schlissel, 40, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had just been released from prison for stabbing marchers at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade a decade before that. For his latest crimes, he was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay restitution to his victims.”
REBIRTH. Adam Goldberg goes full frontal.
HUMPBACK WHALES. When they get this close, it’s kind of terrifying.
THE BLACK CAP. Efforts to turn LGBT pub into a straight venue fail. “A group of campaigners known as the Black Cap Foundation have been tirelessly fighting the plans, and it seems as though their hard work has paid off: in a statement to the Camden New Journal, the managing director of the venture-capital company, Sarah Weir said “we are unfortunately going to have to take our investors and their money, and my time and energy, and invest it somewhere else”. This withdrawal is the second to occur after the Breakfast Club gave up on converting the site last year.”
CHOSEN FAMILY. Troye Sivan teases his “Wild” video featuring Alessia Cara.
THE SOUND TRAVELER. Munich, Germany, in the rain.
THIRSTY THURSDAY. Shanghai’s Immense Ray.