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April 3, 2020

It would take a heart of stone

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:02 am
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not to laugh.  Socialist can’t even do piracy correctly.

March 30, 2020

Cold war spying

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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It amazes me how thoroughly the British intelligence serves had been penetrated during the cold war.  Story here.

March 18, 2020

WTF, NASA?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:23 pm
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How in God’s name has NASA forgotten how to do something it was able to do in 1969?  This is freaking embarrassing. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who is probably rolling over in his grave.)

Intelligence gathering

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:22 pm
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It is a dirty job.  A great read.

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 12, 2020

China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:28 am
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The Chinese government has been making great efforts to steal US technology.  As part of that they have been paying professors at american universities.  It is amazing the number of academics who have been willing to sell themselves and their talents.  I am glad to see the government cracking down on this.

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.

March 3, 2020

US/India space cooperation

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:51 am
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During his recent visit, the President praised the recent accomplishments of the Indian space agency and pledged greater cooperation between the countries.  This was the right move for several reasons. The Indians are rightly proud of their achievements in space, particularly in regard to lunar exploration.  Cooperation between the world’s democracies will lead to quicker advancements in space, which we need. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 2, 2020

Bump stocks

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 5:23 pm
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The administration’s change in the regulation regarding bump stocks came to the Supreme Court on a cert. petition.  That petition was denied.  However, the issue is far from over.  In fact, the matter is likely to come back before the Court very soon, and I am not sure that it will stand review.  As for me, I think that any change has to be handled by legislation, not regulation.

February 19, 2020

Good news?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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After the series of USN procurement screw-ups, I am not confident about anything they do, but this seems like good news.  Lets hope they don’t boondoggle it.

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