A distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Gordon G. Chang, is warning that China’s “social credit” system soon will be applied to international corporations and visitors. In fact, everyone. The “social credit” system uses computers, algorithms, hundreds of thousands of spy cameras operating around the nation and more to assign to every person “a constantly updated score based on observed behaviors.”
via Experts: China’s social-credit scheme to go worldwide
The FBI swooping in on a Blackhawk means that "time" was a factor in the "effectiveness" of their response. That the FBI shut down the post office is really interesting. Makes me think someone (unidentified) was trying to get the word out, about something, and the FBI was called in to rapidly shut down efforts to communicate beyond the observatory. Shut down the post office and check all the mail, shut down RF comms (guys on the antenna) and go over the facility with a fine tooth comb to find any memory stick or any "virus" program hiding in a computer somewhere ready to send data out to the web when reactivated.
via "They Just Evacuated Us": Conspiracy Theories Run Wild After FBI Shuts Down Solar Observatory | Zero Hedge
The numbers may seem small compared with the roughly 40,000 utility workers mobilized to provide assistance, but drones can provide faster access to find problems in flooded or otherwise dangerous areas. Local providers including Duke Energy Corp. and Southern Co. are deploying aerial equipment fitted with infrared and high-zoom sensors that can inspect substations, locate malfunctioning solar panels and even help to restring power lines.
via Drone Army Is Ready to Swoop in for Florence Power Recovery Bloomberg
Far from being the biggest threat facing the US coastline this hurricane season, Florence will be followed by several other storms that rapidly strengthening in the Atlantic. As one veteran meteorologist remarked, "in my 35 years forecasting the weather on TV, I have NEVER seen so much activity in the tropics all at the same time."
via "Everyone Is Panicking": Hurricane-Force Winds Slam Outer Banks As Florence Reaches Carolina Coast | Zero Hedge
Officials declared a state of emergency in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in preparation for significant rainfall, flooding storm surge and damaging winds. "Strength, track and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding," said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "We expect the eye of Hurricane Florence to reach the coast near Wilmington, North Carolina, early Friday morning," according to Kottlowski.
via Reports: Conditions deteriorate, over 100,000 without power as Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas