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March 18, 2020

Wuhan Flu

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:24 am
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I know we are all over-saturated with information regarding the Wuhan Flu. This analysis is very interesting.  The sample may be to small to be statistically significant, but it may indicate that things aren’t as bad as they might seem.

March 8, 2020

Murder in Jamaica

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 4:07 am
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Story here.  It is very unusual for tourists to be harmed in Jamaica, especially on the north side of the island where the locals depend on the tourist-related economy.  While Jamaica has been dealing with an uptick in violence (mostly gang-related) violence against tourists is nearly unheard of.  I’ll be interested to see what happened here.

January 23, 2020

More warfare by other means

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:56 pm
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I posted this yesterday.  Well, here is another case.  Unfortunately the universities involved have little incentive to crack down on this type of behavior.  The USA needs to restrict foreign students from some countries and incentivize the universities to monitor for this type of espionage.

January 22, 2020

We need to be more aware of this

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:26 pm
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The US should not be letter in so many students to study at US universities, especially from countries that are hostile to our interests.  This goes for military personnel in light of the Pensacola terror attack.

December 26, 2019

China’s financial woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:05 am
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China has some very dicey financial problems.  Story here.  Almost inevitably the Chinese economy will crash at some point. How that affects the rest of the world will depend on how entangled each country’s economy is with China.  As such, it is quite possible that the current administration’s move on Chinese trade may have an unintended beneficial effect.

December 17, 2019

An interesting question

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Where is all the missing cash?

December 15, 2019

It happens again

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:23 pm
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Looks like the Russians are having more naval problems.

November 22, 2019

Trade war

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:15 am
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The administration might have been right that the US held the stronger hand if a trade war developed between the US and China. Story here.  Of course many people have made the same point for years and have wondered why previous administrations haven’t used the same leverage.

November 13, 2019

Tightening the screws

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:36 am
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The US is exerting more influence to tighten the sanctions on Iran.  Latest here.  The US needs to continue to press other countries to takes these actions.  The same goes for North Korea.  The common thread in this is that China is assisting in thwarting these sanctions.  There is where the real screw tightening needs to occur.

November 7, 2019

Holy mother of God.

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:06 pm
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This story.  How could any American do this to their country? (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves.)

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