David Knights' Weblog

June 8, 2019

This is not right

Filed under: Family,General,Legal — dknights @ 6:56 am
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Story here.  As the father of two adopted daughters, I can’t tell you how wrong this is.  Please tweet this story to your elected representatives and the President and ask them to get this changed.

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Nobody left

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:23 am
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At this rate, there will be no one left in Venezuela in 8 more years.  Something has to give.

June 7, 2019

Gambling

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:07 pm
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A really good article on sports betting.  Fascinating.

RC-135

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Interesting article on the loss of an RC-135 50 years ago.

June 6, 2019

Another D-Day account

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Read the whole thing.  Great Churchill story at the beginning, but the meat of the story is the interview after.  Read it and be in awe.

Blue Steel

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:49 pm
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I’d considered buying an Airfix Victor B.1 to get the Blue Steel missile that comes with the kit.  It turns out that Air Graphics is going to produce a Blue Steel in resin.  Yea.

Spaceflight

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:42 pm
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A big part of routine spaceflight is about economics.  This isn’t well appreciated by the general public.  This column summarizes some of the advances that SpaceX is making in regard to those issues.  If SpaceX can routinely fly reusable rockets on a weekly basis, then a fleet of even 5 rockets translates into 260 launches a year.  More launches= lower costs= a truly fast development of this new frontier.  What a time to be alive.

June 6th, 1944

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:12 am
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As we remember the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this column makes a very good point that, in addition to a lot of combat bravery, there was an incredible logistical challenge that had to be overcome.  Everyone alive today owes these folks a debt of gratitude.

 

B-1 problems

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:05 am
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Story here.  The B-1 has a troubled history.  Since we can’t go back and make different decisions, our only choice now is to invest in keeping the B-1 operational (while speeding up its replacement.)

June 5, 2019

Heartbreaking story

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Story here.  IMHO the Feres doctrine has been applied to broadly and this would be a great case for the Supreme Court to limit it.

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