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!
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
The Body Language of Power Handelsblatt
‘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).
US sends pair of supersonic bombers in show of force after second ICBM test Stars and Stripes. From Guam.
China prepared to pay the price of North Korea sanctions – foreign minister Asian Correspondent
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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.twitter.com/enBP4Gmexw
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 8, 2017
“Axis of evil” totally not a threat.
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.
What is China’s PLA doing in Laos? Asia Times (Re Silc).
Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court Foreign Policy
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
Big names figure among shell firm list; Companies deny tag Financial Express
New Cold War
The Enormous Folly of Arming Ukraine The American Conservative
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.
‘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).
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.
Most of what you think about inequality is wrong MarketWatch
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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