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February 21, 2018

Syrian flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:03 pm
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Regular readers of this blog know that I keep highlighting the growing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.  I still think that is the place in the world most likely to be the focus of a great power conflict.  However, recent reports out of Syria indicating that US forces killed 100+ Russian mercenaries working for the Syrian government may raise an alternate flashpoint.  While I don’t think Russia is the treat that China is, Russia still has formidable capabilities and could inflict serious losses on US forces, at least in the short term.  (h/t Jeff Groves.)

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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 19, 2018

UFOs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:21 pm
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An interesting report on a recent UFO encounter that prompted an F-15 scramble.  I wonder what it was?

February 13, 2018

Louisville- Top 10 beer destination

Filed under: General,Kentucky — dknights @ 11:38 pm
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So this articles says.  I can’t believe 12 additional breweries will open here next year.

February 3, 2018

South China Seas happenings

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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The US continues to assert its rights to freedom of navigation.  China is on track to create 50 or so artificial islands in the next 20 years in the South China Sea.

January 26, 2018

This is outrageous

Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 7:59 pm
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Story here.  The Indonesian government needs to actively pursue those who desecrate these sites.  Frankly, the US Navy should be authorized to attack and sink any vessel involved in such activity.

January 20, 2018

Poland increases the size of its army by 50%

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:30 am
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Poland is expanding its army from a 100,000 man force to 150,000.  I think this is smart, thought I suspect that Putin is more likely to try to destabilize Poland politically and foment a revolt.  If I was a Polish citizen, I’d be nervous.

January 17, 2018

Meteoroid crashes to earth in Michigan

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Well, it apparently broke up before impact, but it was way cool. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 15, 2018

NASA report

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 pm
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Read the NASA report on risk tolerances on upcoming manned missions.  I find it pretty depressing reading. NASA still seems to be prioritizing risk avoidance at the cost of progress. (H/T to Jeff Groves for the link) (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 4, 2018

Russians lose personnel and aircraft in Syria

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:50 pm
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A militant attack on a Russian airbase in Syria has apparently lead to the loss of several Su-24 and Su-35s as well as an Mi-24.  The helicopter crew was apparently killed.

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