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January 23, 2019

Jamaican military moves

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:26 am
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Jamaica’s small military force has recently been active in supporting the national police in fighting a mostly drug-related crime wave that threatens the peace and importantly the tourist industry that Jamaica depends on.  As part of this move, the Jamaica Defense Forces (JDF) are redeploying one of their two active infantry battalions to new barracks on the north side of the island next to the Sangster (Montego Bay, MBJ) airport.  Given the importance of this airport to the island’s tourist industry, this move seems prudent.  The state of emergency which saw the military supporting law enforcement operations ends at the end of January, but the 2nd Bn will remain permanently in barracks in Montego Bay.


January 22, 2019

Failed mutiny?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:19 pm
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As regular readers know, I have a special interest in watching the developments in Venezuela.  I’ve predicted for a while now that the situation cannot last and that either internal or external pressure would build and bring down the government.  Apparently an abortive uprising of national guardsmen has been put down.  I will be interested to see if this is the spark of a new revolt or the crushing of one in its cradle.

January 20, 2019

Jamaica news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:07 am
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Jamaica had the best performing stock market in the world last year.  Interesting to see the turn around in the Jamaican economy.

January 18, 2019

Yellow vests

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:38 pm
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An interesting take on the Yellow Vest movement in France and its causes.

More on French speed cameras here.

January 17, 2019


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:58 pm
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Just heart-wrenching.  How many times does man need to learn the lesson of socialism’s failures?

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.


January 12, 2019


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:01 pm
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I have spent a fair amount of time lately on the crisis in Venezuela, but we should not forget the other socialist hellhole in the western hemisphere, Cuba.  Here is an article on how folks scrape by there.

January 9, 2019

Two seemingly unrelated stories

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:27 am
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But they are.

USN doing more freedom of navigation trips in the South China Sea


China’s population declines for the first time in 70 years.

January 7, 2019

Venezuelan Supreme Court

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 4:04 pm
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Looks like one of the Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices has fled the country and denounced President Maduro.  I suspect the end is coming soon for the current government.  It can’t come soon enough to end the suffering of the people.

January 3, 2019

Space news-China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:01 pm
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The Chinese have soft landed a probe, with rover on the far side of the moon.  This is a further demonstration that China intends to compete with the US in all strategic realms.  NASA needs to wake up and kick it into high gear.

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