Dear friends,

After a gruelling 16 hours on the road, I have safely arrived in southern Virginia.  I am safe and comfy, just with a slow Internet connection.  Thanks for your concern and good wishes.  I will stay put up here at least until Tuesday and, depending on the conditions, it might take me 2 days go get back down to Florida.  So being back to work on the blog on Friday is a best case scenario.  Scott and Herb will take care of the blog until then, I will try my best to help, of course, but with a slow Internet connection this might be hard.

One request: unless this is BOTH urgent AND important, please do not email me: replying to 100+ emails per day on a small screen is really a major pain.  I will read all the comments posted here below in the comments section, even if I do not always reply.

Finally: during my absence all moderation decisions will be final.  Please do NOT email me to complain.

Kind regards to all, hugs and cheers,

The Saker

The Essential Saker: from the trenches of the emerging multipolar world