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December 14, 2018

Venezuela news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:32 am
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The slow motion disaster that is Venezuela is fascinating to watch from afar. Up close, I am sure it is a dystopian hellscape.  The concept of paying laid off workers in tires is just amazing.

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December 5, 2018

China’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:56 pm
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Looks like China might be having trouble coming up with the money to pay for its next carrier.  Frankly I think the current US administration is using trade pressure as one way to deprive the Chinese of money to invest in their defense.  I think this is a wise move, even if it means more expensive goods here.

November 14, 2018

Taxing online

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 10:33 am
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Looks like Chicago is going the extra mile to squeeze every last ounce of revenue from its beleaguered citizens.  What a bunch of crooks.

November 13, 2018

The decline of Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:33 pm
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Russia continues to lose population.  My prediction is this leads to an attempt by China to grab part of the Russian far east at some point.

October 26, 2018

The price of beer

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 8:31 am
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A report on the price of a pint of beer in different cities all over the world.  I am surprised that the second most expensive was Oslo.

July 31, 2018

Tar and feathers

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 1:58 pm
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Any bureaucrat who shuts down a kid’s lemonade stand needs to be tarred and feathered.

February 20, 2018

Where do bookstores go from here?

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 11:14 am
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B & N is laying off hundreds of employees to try and stave off losses.  However, as this article points out, more than at a lot of other retail companies, the employees are an integral part of a bookstore’s success.  Is this the end of the mass market book chain store?  Will we be left with just independents and online?

February 6, 2018

Starving Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:51 pm
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This op-ed talks about the financial difficulties that the Russian armed forces are facing.  Regular readers of this blog will remember that I previously mentioned this problem in a post.

January 30, 2018

Russian Military collapse

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:41 pm
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I’ve been saying this for a number of years.  Russia wants to be a superpower, but it doesn’t have the money to do so.  That is why I said the other day on Facebook that I doubted that the Russians would really follow thru on plans to build 36 new Tu-160s.  They can’t afford them.

December 18, 2017

Communists are idiots

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:31 pm
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but you read a story like this and you almost think they might have a point.

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