Links 9/1/17

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

Guillotine Watch

Treasury inspector general to review Mnuchin’s flight to Fort Knox WaPo

North Korea

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

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

After 3 rounds of Brexit talks, a gaping divide Politico

South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction did little to end poaching (and could even worsen it)

FDA Recalls 465,000 Pacemakers on Hacking Fears Fortune

Health Care

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 Wake me when the latest tour is over.

Clinton Email Tarbaby

GOP senators: Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before her interview Politico

Wells Fargo

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

Class Warfare

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

Hurricane Harvey

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


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


How NASA kept the ISS flying while Harvey hit Mission Control The Verge

Trump Transition

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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