The US National Weather Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irma's magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Florida. (Lots of good pre/post photos and details)
My Cuban Physician friend, Manuel, who stayed in his hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, says that they were not hit as badly as some other islands. He's on-call today. It will be another long day, and a long week. I'm glad he's ok. I wonder what his apartment will look like when he gets back to it.
Two South Florida Nuclear Power Plants have not begun preparations to shut down for the storm yet. (This won't be like Fukushima. Completely different...)
Hurricanes, Climate Change and the Deep State (good article, actually)
Unidentified hacking network gains control access to US Electrical Grid, and just waits. This is the pattern of a nation-state actor, just keeping dry ammo to retaliate against an American attack. Wonder who... (It's a stabilizing factor, I suppose, just not for Americans. Could be national blackmail, too...) Thanks Jeanine.
Multipolar world Fall-Preview! Pepe Escobar's excellent presentation:
“Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies. We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.”... The new triad of oil, yuan and gold is actually a win-win-win. No problem at all if energy providers prefer to be paid in physical gold instead of yuan. The key message is the US dollar being bypassed.
Mish Shedlock looks at the lead up to secession referendum vote October first. Catalonia will declare independence from Spain October third, if the voters say that's what they want. Separate language; separate history, better economy.
In a move many people thought would never happen, the Catalan parliament approved a referendum that would allow a vote on the region’s independence from Spain. The central government seeks intervention from the Constitutional Court. But short of invasion who is going to stop the vote?
"Politically Uncivilized People" presents two very brief and revealing instances of how Afghans and North Koreans see America. (This peek is not for you. Don't look!)