SEASON OF SMOKE The Intercept. Naomi Klein.
Voynich manuscript: the solution Times Literary Supplement
Remembering Attica Jacobin
A ‘China First’ Strategy for North Korea Project Syndicate
The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor Independent. Robert Fisk.
Trump’s Approval Rating Is Up A Tick FiveThirtyEight
Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress American Conservative. Yes, I know this is Pat Buchanan.
TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP BY THE OFFICE 1843 Magazine
Dr. Pfau’s Leprosy Miracle Truthdig
Democrats in Disarray
Hillary Hates Again Counterpunch
Kill Me Now
Jamie Dimon ventures beyond Wall Street to have a say in Washington Reuters. Don’t tell me he’s testing the waters too.
Sarbanes-Oxley, Bemoaned as a Burden, Is an Investor’s Ally NYT. Gretchen Morgenson.
Police State Watch
Journalists bristle at a new police policy in Vermont Columbia Journalism Review
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
The Most Deadly Atlantic Hurricanes Of The Last 50 Years vs. Irma International Business Times
Irma Slams the Keys; Florida’s Southwest Coast at Risk of Major Storm Surge Weather Underground
Hurricane Irma: Rich can sit pretty while poor wait and pray Irish Times (martha r). Despite the warnings, the poor may not be able to flee….
Hurricane Irma Smashes Into the American Dream Daily Beast
Scramble to flee Hurricane Irma underscores rich, poor divide Tampa Bay Times (martha r)
I’ve seen the reality of what happens after disasters like Hurricane Irma – it’s different to what you’ve been told. Independent. Patrick Cockburn. The deck: Because of an over-focus on empty gestures and a queasiness about money, the response to natural disasters in the US is all too often inadequate. The army and the National Guard are on standby in South Florida – but if Hurricane Andrew taught us anything, it’s that they aren’t as much use as you’d think
Houston councilman tells residents not to donate to Red Cross Houston Chronicle:
Houston City Councilman Dave Martin, who represents hard-hit Kingwood, had a message for the public about the American Red Cross.
“I beg you not to send them a penny,” he said at Wednesday’s council meeting. “They are the most inept unorganized organization I’ve ever experienced.”
And, reader BC writes:
If you have been following the adjustments to the predicted track of Hurricane Irma, you will know that it’s predicted track has shifted substantially westward. Several days ago, it appeared to be headed straight towards Miami. Many predictions had variances along a more eastward trajectory. If you are a ship at sea, these predictions are often the the basis of bets you place your life on.
Over the past days and hours, I have been monitoring how sea traffic and air traffic have changed due to Hurricane Irma. For sea traffic there is an app called MarineTraffic that collects the transponder beacons of all large ships globally. The change in Irma’s track seems to have horrifying ramifications for three cruise ships that all had been in the Miami path of the storm and chose to steam at full speed to the west. Using the app you can also verify the paths of each. There are three cruise ships that are in great danger from Irma seen below (in blue) in a capture made at 7pm Eastern time.
God speed and prayers to all souls onboard.
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.