The Sucker, the Sucker! London Review of Books. Ever wonder what it’s like to be an octopus?
Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She’s Late To Feed Them Bored Panda. Cool video.
Plumbing discovery reveals the rise and fall of the Roman Empire Ars Technica
Would you take a ride in a pilotless sky taxi? BBC
South Carolina couple starts class action lawsuit against Amazon over eclipse glasses MarketWatch. Yet more crapification.
Musharraf declared fugitive as Bhutto murder trial ends in Pakistan Guardian
New Cold War
U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes Reuters
Treasury inspector general to review Mnuchin’s flight to Fort Knox WaPo
Putin says putting pressure on North Korea is a ‘dead-end road’ CNN
Failed objectives: RBI report has demolished the government’s many claims about demonetisation Scroll.in
Watch: ‘Demonetisation Has Been Very Bad for the Indian Economy’ The Wire
Liam Fox accuses EU of trying to ‘blackmail’ UK over Brexit deal Guardian
South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction did little to end poaching (and could even worsen it) Scroll.in
FDA Recalls 465,000 Pacemakers on Hacking Fears Fortune
Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States MIT Technology Review
Trump just took a big step in undermining Obamacare Business Insider
Kill Me Now
VIP tickets for Hillary Clinton’s book tour could cost you more than $2,000 Aol.com Wake me when the latest tour is over.
Clinton Email Tarbaby
GOP senators: Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before her interview Politico
Wells Fargo’s Reputation Crisis Deepens, Fake Accounts And Sexual Harassment International Business Times. David Sirota et al.
Wells Fargo’s Testimony Left Some Feeling Shortchanged NYT. Gretchen Morgenson
How Liverpool’s ‘New Chinatown’ became black hole for Asian money Asia Times
Has Medicaid’s expansion fueled the opioid epidemic? New GOP theory is challenged Stat
Trump Sells Snake Oil on Opioids The Marshall Project
How Elite Financial Networks Rule the World INET
Macron’s government unveils controversial labour reforms Agency France-Presse
Arizona Accuses Insys of Fraudulently Marketing Fentanyl Painkiller WSJ
Want to understand how dominant tech companies have become? Look at the number of issues they lobby on. WaPo
Drone footage: man flees Surf City police by swimming a mile out to sea, pursued by shark Port City Daily
Police State Watch
We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: the Militarization of Domestic Police Counterpunch
Mumbai building collapse death toll rises to 34 The Hindu
Hong Kong on standby for third typhoon in two weeks, as Mawar approaches SCMP
Cat 2 Irma Rapidly Intensifying in Eastern Atlantic; Big Long-Range Questions Weather Underground. martha r: “irma has been upgraded to cat 3.”
Fire, Dust Storms, and Scorching Heat: This Year’s Burning Man Sounds Like the End of Days Gizmodo
Bakers trapped inside Houston bakery made bread for two days straight Treehugger
Houston Was Left to Drown Jacobin
Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules International Business Times
Pruitt Delayed Emergency Rules for Chemical Plants Weeks Before Toxic Fires Erupted in Houston Truthout. Quelle surprise: Gutting regs has consequences.
Car Owners Inundate Insurers With Claims After Hurricane Harvey NYT
Why they’re rescuing bats in Houston Treehugger
BEFORE HARVEY, HOUSTON SOUGHT FUNDING TO MITIGATE FLOODS — BUT CONGRESS REFUSED The Intercept
Public health threat from Hurricane Harvey just beginning Houston Chronicle
It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’ FiveThirtyEight
Harvey aftermath hits a third of US oil refineries FT
NOW COMES THE UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTION: WHO GETS TO REBUILD AFTER HARVEY? The Intercept
How NASA kept the ISS flying while Harvey hit Mission Control The Verge
Trump Weighs Tying Debt Limit Increase to Harvey Aid Bloomberg
Trump Quietly Promises Billions in New Nuke Contracts The American Conservative. Scott Ritter.
Senate panel expected to hold hearing on immigration visas The Hill
Republicans Want to Sideline This Regulator. But It May Be Too Popular NYT
Mattis goes on offensive to say he backs Trump Politico
In GOP Primaries, Candidates Battle to Be the Trumpiest WSJ
In the ‘Graveyard of Empires’, the US Military Presence Is on Life Support The Wire
Turkish security officials indicted by US grand jury Jurist
When did protest against the Assad government turn to war in Syria? Independent. Robert Fisk.
Nikki Haley Fails In Amateurish Attempt To Change UNIFIL Mandate Moon of Alabama
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.