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May 26, 2019

The breakdown of civilization

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:18 am
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Big cities governed by politicians who are unwilling to enforce laws lead to societal breakdownThis is another indication of such a breakdown.  A similar thing happened in 1970s New York.  People living in close proximity to each other require a more strict adherence to agreed societal norms backed by law enforcement.  See also.

And this is how you go about these things.


May 24, 2019

Is the aircraft carrier obsolete?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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That is the question addressed in this article.  The author’s conclusion is an emphatic no.

May 18, 2019

States tax policy

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:35 am
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I expect that we will see states with high income taxes get even more aggressive in attempting to claim residents really haven’t left the state for income tax purposes.  Ultimately they won’t be successful which will lead to tax increases and an ever more vicious cycle of rich people leaving.

May 16, 2019

Trade war

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:16 am
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An interesting perspective on the current US-China trade spat.  Tyler Cowen is a well respected economist who thinks deeply on issues like this.  I think his longer term perspective here is correct, which is why eventually China will yell Uncle…..Sam.

May 15, 2019

Keeping the pressure on North Korea

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:26 am
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I suspect we will see more of this as the US ramps up the pressure on North Korea. The question is ultimately can they be starved into submission? I don’t think we have any choice but to try.  North Korea can’t be allowed to maintain nukes.

May 13, 2019

Wouldn’t it be funny

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:57 pm
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Wouldn’t it be funny if the problems in Venezuela caused problems in Cuba while Cuba tried to prop up Venezuela?  Could be happening.  I will be keeping an eye on this.

May 9, 2019

Latest F-35 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:29 am
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Looks like they are getting even cheaper.

Also, they are getting more weapons carriage capability.

Things are coming up roses all over for the F-35.

May 6, 2019

New York wiped out

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:44 pm
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At least in an asteroid impact simulation.  Frankly, it is comforting to know that there is at least some attention being paid to this issue.

May 3, 2019


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:25 pm
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It was a dumb idea.

April 30, 2019

Venezuela–Is this the end?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:17 pm
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It looks like it might be.  I hope for the people of Venezuela that it is.

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