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January 23, 2019

Jamaican military moves

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:26 am
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Jamaica’s small military force has recently been active in supporting the national police in fighting a mostly drug-related crime wave that threatens the peace and importantly the tourist industry that Jamaica depends on.  As part of this move, the Jamaica Defense Forces (JDF) are redeploying one of their two active infantry battalions to new barracks on the north side of the island next to the Sangster (Montego Bay, MBJ) airport.  Given the importance of this airport to the island’s tourist industry, this move seems prudent.  The state of emergency which saw the military supporting law enforcement operations ends at the end of January, but the 2nd Bn will remain permanently in barracks in Montego Bay.

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January 22, 2019

Failed mutiny?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:19 pm
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As regular readers know, I have a special interest in watching the developments in Venezuela.  I’ve predicted for a while now that the situation cannot last and that either internal or external pressure would build and bring down the government.  Apparently an abortive uprising of national guardsmen has been put down.  I will be interested to see if this is the spark of a new revolt or the crushing of one in its cradle.

January 17, 2019

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.

 

January 10, 2019

American history

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:53 am
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American history is filled with interesting stories.  I stumbled across this one recently.  Instead of another comic book movie, someone in Hollywood should turn this story into a movie.

January 9, 2019

Wonder how these got there?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:47 pm
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In England a couple of unfired 5 inch artillery rounds found in a garden.  Story here.

Two seemingly unrelated stories

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:27 am
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But they are.

USN doing more freedom of navigation trips in the South China Sea

and

China’s population declines for the first time in 70 years.

December 29, 2018

USN pregnancy problem

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:09 am
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An interesting article.

December 28, 2018

Do-23

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:41 am
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I’ve always liked the look of the Do-23, ever since I saw a picture of it in a book as a teenager.  Given its relative lack of historical aviation importance, I never thought I’d see a kit of it.  I was wrong apparently.

South China Sea

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:16 am
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The Chinese are stepping up their military technology in the South China Sea region.  This will not end well.

 

As I’ve said before….

 

December 1, 2018

Good God, has it come to this?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:08 am
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We are now firing commanders because their subordinates do “stick drawing” phallus as pranks on each other while deployed.

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