Oyster top-up: vending machines on the cards for French seafood sellers Guardian
Bottom of the canal: Pfizer’s billion-dollar tax ploy Sydney Democracy Network
17 States Investigate Dicamba Damage Complaints Spanning 2.5 Million Acres Ecowatch. Holy moley!
Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis Reuters
The credit crisis landed hundreds of people in jail FT. Senior Wall Street executives prosecuted: 0.
EuroFX: UK pyramid scheme collapses after thousands of Asian investors allegedly scammed International Business Times
Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees EU Business
Everything is random: Why history’s overrated for risk management American Banker
The Body Language of Power Handelsblatt
Britain prepares to show its Brexit hand Politico
Welsh and Scottish governments demand UK-wide Brexit meeting BBC
It’s official – there’s a £200m hole in the Brexit bus NHS promise New Statesman
‘Genuine’ convergence key for Hungary’s euro adoption Budapest Business Journal (MT).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Michael Brenner – The Linear Mindset In U.S. Foreign Policy Moon of Alabama
Enhancing the Understanding of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon in Syria (PDF) United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (MT).
U.S. troops are on the ground in Yemen for offensive against al-Qaeda militants WaPo
U.N. decries excessive force in Venezuela’s crackdown on protests Reuters
Venezuela’s ties with US rivals grow as crisis intensifies FT
What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution? NACLA
US sends pair of supersonic bombers in show of force after second ICBM test Stars and Stripes. From Guam.
Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S. NYT
Did Donald Trump accidentally threaten nuclear war out of a penchant for hyperbole?: Analysis The Star
Cautious Congressional Response to Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ With North Korea Roll Call
North Korea Threatens to Launch Missiles at Guam WSJ
Canadian envoy arrives in Pyongyang, North Korean media says CNN
China prepared to pay the price of North Korea sanctions – foreign minister Asian Correspondent
Trump appears to grant China banks sanctions reprieve after UN deal Reuters
Alaska governor ‘concerned’ about missile hitting state Politico
America no longer sees Kim Jong Un as a joke McClatchy
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Diplomacy That Will Live in Infamy NYT. On Teddy Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize.
David Frum gives a history lesson:
For the record, and since it will arise, here’s GW Bush in 2002. Statement of plans. No threats. pic..com/enBP4Gmexw
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 8, 2017
“Axis of evil” totally not a threat.
Trump Intel Chief: North Korea Learned From Libya War to “Never” Give Up Nukes The Intercept
Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ Viewers Completely Lose It During The Show’s First, Glorious Dragon Battle Chicagoist. The flames from the sky come about twenty seconds after 2:20. They really light up the room.
Western firms are coining it along China’s One Belt, One Road The Economist
What is China’s PLA doing in Laos? Asia Times (Re Silc).
Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court Foreign Policy
McDonald’s plans to nearly double restaurants in China AP
Book Review: Confucius and the Chinese Way, by H. G. Creel Ian Welsh (MR).
GA Language Log. GANGA.
Who Will Win the Great China-India Naval War of 2020? Foreign Policy
India Builds Highway to Thailand to Counter China’s Silk Road Bloomberg
Big names figure among shell firm list; Companies deny tag Financial Express
Manufacturing flocks to new corners of Asia FT
New Cold War
The emerging unholy alliance between hawkish Democrats and neoconservatives WaPo. Emerging?
Republic of Macedonia Eyes NATO to Ward Off Russian Interference Bloomberg
The Enormous Folly of Arming Ukraine The American Conservative
The Functions and Potential (but Fixable) Flaws of the “Protect Mueller” Bills Take Care
Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago Andrew Bacevich, The Unz Review. The nukes of August….
Stock on Trumponomics Michael Hudson
Trump deportations lag behind Obama levels Politico. See, but Obama’s deportations were classy.
These frightening new survey results describe a Congress in crisis Vox
‘May you die in pain’: Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health-care town hall WaPo. Left: #MedicareForAll Liberals: Lol no.
Huge fentanyl and heroin bust on Upper West Side ABC7NY (BC).
N.H. Files Suit Against Purdue Pharma for Alleged Role in Opioids Crisis NHPR
Fixing Law Reviews, NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-29 SSRN
Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports? Outside. “By flooding the consciousness with gnawing unpleasantness, pain provides a temporary relief from the burdens of self-awareness.”
Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions Bloomberg. Not The Onion.
Contaminated Childhood: The Chronic Lead Poisoning Of Low-Income Children And Communities Of Color In The United States Health Affairs
Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart NYT
Monopoly power and the decline of small business: big business vs democracy, growth & equality Boing Boing
Most of what you think about inequality is wrong MarketWatch
The media cannot reform itself until it acknowledges its power Mainly Macro
When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism The Atlantic
A call for less automation, more transparency in digital advertising Kaiser Fung (MT).
Apple staffers reportedly rebelling against open office plan at new $5 billion HQ Silicon Valley Business Journal
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