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October 16, 2019

Leverage

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:51 pm
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Pigs, it turns out, could lead to the denuclearization of North Korea.  The present US administration has made a resolution of the North Korea problem one of its top priorities.  North Korea teeters on the edge of starvation, at least for the vast majority of its population.  Now, North Korea has apparently been hit with “pig ebola” that has already struck neighboring China.  North Korea gets 80% of its protein from pork.  If this hits North Korea as hard as it has hit China, then it may provide an opening for the US to trade pigs for denuclearization.  Time will tell.

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October 15, 2019

Still playing with nukes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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The USAF is still testing an developing aircraft dropped nuclear weapons.  Story here.  While an air dropped nuke may seem anachronistic in this day and age, it is worth keeping more options available.  The more options we have, the less chance we end up having to use one of them.

October 10, 2019

They need us…

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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…more than we need them.  This has been obvious for a while now, but only in the current administration have we begun to use this leverage.  It discomforts many companies in the US with strong interests in China (i.e. NBA, Nike) but that should not be our governments concern.

October 9, 2019

The NBA sucks

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:43 pm
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I hate NBA basketball.  While I enjoy the college game, the NBA is boring.  Not only is their product boring, but now the NBA has shown itself to be cowardly money-grubbers.  With the current controversy over the NBA, China and Hong Kong, this happened last night, not in China but in Philadelphia. 

An interesting story

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:50 am
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...from the end of the cold war.  I recall that the Israelis did something similar stealing an entire SA-2 or SA-3 SAM radar unit from the Egyptians back in the 70s.

October 7, 2019

China

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:43 pm
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In light of this….

This is flat out amazing.  This isn’t the first time the guys from South Park have been ahead of the curve.

October 1, 2019

China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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China held a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the communist revolution.  Lots of interesting photos of drones and missiles and stuff.

 

September 30, 2019

Someone has some explaining to do

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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This story doesn’t make much sense to me. Given the sophistication of the Saudi military equipment, I would have thought that the Saudis would have a big advantage in this conflict, especially as they are not restrained by western sensibilities about civilian casualties.

September 20, 2019

Sharp Sword

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:59 am
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Looks like the Chinese are testing a drone to operate off their first indigenously produced aircraft carrier.  We need to stop dumping our money into China which only ends up in the state coffers for weapons development.

September 19, 2019

Hotspot

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 am
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As you know the South China Sea is a hotspot I watch closely.  However adjacent to it, in the  Sea of Japan (North China Sea) a little tussle is developing between North Korea and Russia.  These two nuclear armed, third-rate powers are apparently scrapping over fishing in each other’s waters.  Both countries are economically desperate and North Korea simply has to have as much protein as they can find so I could easily see this one flaring up.  Stay tuned.

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