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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?

November 25, 2016

Chinese currency woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:48 pm
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Story here.  The Chinese will lose more and more control over their currency the deeper they move into the international market.

April 22, 2016

I approve

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:50 pm
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Good choice.

May 20, 2014

More Canadian craziness

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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I can’t figure out if this is real or parody.

May 28, 2013

Maple money

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:03 pm
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Those wacky Canadians.  What more do I need to say.

November 14, 2012

Greece is well and truly broke

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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as if anyone didn’t know.  Stare into our future and tremble.

September 7, 2012

Tar and feathers

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:38 am
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Tar and feathers.  Nothing else will teach them.

May 4, 2012

Rant on….

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:29 pm
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From time to time on modeling forums like Hyperscale, you’ll have someone occasionally post a complaint about model kit prices.  I hate those.  My attitude is generally, if you don’t like the price, don’t buy the kit.

Therefore, I feel a little funny about writing this post.  However, some recent kit releases have gotten me thinking.  In 72nd scale the Sword J2M3 has  come out at $31.  The Sword Ki-44 at $29.  The Cyberhobby D3A1 at $32 and the Cyberhobby SB2C at a whopping $39,  At the same time, in the last year, Airfix has released two great Spitfire kits at $7, a very nice P-40, also at $7 and the Swordfish for $15.

Why are we getting these recent releases of 72nd scale, single engine WWII aircraft at these expensive prices?  I understand the dollar is weaker.  I understand that oil is more expensive.  However, these recent kit releases come with an eye-popping price.

Back in 1970, you could buy a nice (for the time) Airfix kit for $2.00.  I used an inflation calculator I found on the net to determine what the current value of the $2 in 1970 would be today.

The price of something costing $2 in 1970 into today’s dollars.

As you can see, the current crop of Airfix kits are a bargain even today.  Meanwhile I am at a loss to explain the current price of the recent Cyberhobby and Sword kits.

December 10, 2010

Is this what they mean by irony?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:28 am
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The full story is here.  We can’t even print money correctly?  This just makes the federal government look more incompetent, as if that was possible.

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