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July 16, 2019

Cleveland’s missiles

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 6:11 am
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I didn’t realize that so many Nike missiles were deployed around Cleveland. (h/t to Jim Bates for the pointer)

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AC-130U Spooky retires

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 12:09 am
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The USAF is retiring their AC-130U  aircraft and replacing them with new-build AC-130J aircraft.  The new AC-130Js are getting some new armament as well.

July 13, 2019

Unsustainable

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:59 am
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Japan is in demographic free-fall.  At this rate China won’t have to take any action, they’ll just wait until Japan is to weak to respond.  Given that Japan is the strongest US ally in the region, this has a long-term impact on US policy as well.

 

July 12, 2019

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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JAXA, the Japanese space agency (their version of NASA) has just landed a satellite on an asteroid in order to sample it and better understand its composition.  This is a tremendous achievement and is good news for all of us hoping to see a more vigorous exploration of space.  ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who passed away 5 years ago this week)

Turkey crosses a line

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:14 pm
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They have started receiving S-400 SAMs from Russia.  This means they won’t be getting F-35s.  Frankly, given its current government, I don’t see Turkey staying in NATO.  I am not sure they were ever really a good fit to begin with.

July 4, 2019

Way to go Sweden

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:30 pm
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While I think the Russians are a paper tiger, this is nothing but good news.

July 3, 2019

South China Sea

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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More great news from the region most likely to start a hot war.  The Chinese have put anti-ship missiles on the man-made islands in the South China Sea.  This was the inevitable end of the Chinese behavior in the region.  Where do we go from here?  Who knows?

July 2, 2019

Speaking of aliens . . .

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:03 pm
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The scientists at UKs SETI program want to get the public’s input on how we should respond to alien contact.

A new AAM

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:00 am
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The AIM-260 appears to have entered service.

July 1, 2019

UFOs and stuff

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:07 pm
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OK, stay with me for a few minutes.  As you know, UFOs have been in the news lately.  I blogged about the Navy’s new rules regarding reporting by pilots.  Well, recently, searching for something to watch, I came across Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying saucers on Netflix or Amazon Prime (I forget which).  Of course, I had heard of Lazar before.  He’s been a staple of the UFO community for years.  Frankly, I’m not particularly convinced by his stories.  Yet, watch that documentary, and then read this article, and tell me if it doesn’t sound, at least somewhat, like what he is describing.

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