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October 9, 2019

The NBA sucks

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:43 pm
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I hate NBA basketball.  While I enjoy the college game, the NBA is boring.  Not only is their product boring, but now the NBA has shown itself to be cowardly money-grubbers.  With the current controversy over the NBA, China and Hong Kong, this happened last night, not in China but in Philadelphia. 

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September 30, 2019

Someone has some explaining to do

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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This story doesn’t make much sense to me. Given the sophistication of the Saudi military equipment, I would have thought that the Saudis would have a big advantage in this conflict, especially as they are not restrained by western sensibilities about civilian casualties.

September 17, 2019

Guns

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 3:11 pm
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The great equalizer for women.

September 16, 2019

Cuba

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:37 pm
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Looks like oil is getting scarce in Cuba.  I don’t think, despite what the government says, that this problems is temporary or will go away.  As PDVSA produces less and less oil, lless and less of it will make its way to Cuba.

September 12, 2019

Kentucky politics

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:31 am
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Like most states, Kentucky has its share of crazy politicians.  Why can’t we get people to run who aren’t either crazy, or politicians who are related to other politicians?

September 9, 2019

Walking the dog #1

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:00 am
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I’ve been a cat person most of my life.  While, my family had a small dog or two when I was younger, I’ve never really been a dog person, until recently.  About a year or so ago, my older daughter’s desire for a dog could be put off no longer and the modelwife and the girls adopted Charlie, who is a very good dog.

Charlie

One thing that comes with dog ownership is walking the dog.  It has the virtue of getting me out and moving when the weather is nice and getting me the exercise that I might not otherwise get.

Well, as I was walking the dog the other night, I was thinking about the recent incident in Russia wherein an explosion took place and radiation was released.  As I’ve said before, I think that Russia is, pretty much, a paper tiger, though one with nukes.  Russia doesn’t have the money to maintain the forces it does have, much less a bunch of extra money to pour into weapons development.  This makes the attempt to develop a hypersonic, nuclear powered cruise missile all the more irrational, or does it?

This is the thought that occurred to me as I was walking Charlie.  Because Russia is so cash starved, deep down they know that they can’t keep up conventionally.  In fact, their attempt to prop up their man in Syria is a drain on their meager resources.  Given this situation, investing in “Hail Mary” types of technological leaps makes a certain sense.  Very similar to what Germany did in the latter stages of WWII, pouring money into the V-1, V-2, etc.  It is even possible, but unlikely that one of these long shot investments might pay off and result in a great leap forward that staves off impending Russian military irrelevance.  I doubt it, but you can’t completely discount the possibility.  Viewed in that light, the recent radiological incident makes a bit of sense.

September 4, 2019

I laughed

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 2:44 pm
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I did.

August 26, 2019

Russian nuclear accident

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:29 pm
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The folks over at The Drive are staying on the story of the recent radiological accident associated with a possible failed missile test.  As I’ve said previously, we may never know what really happened but I am glad to see at least some news sites continuing to follow the story.

Maybe all is not lost

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:19 pm
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This is a good sign.  Maybe the current generation isn’t as hopeless as we think.

August 19, 2019

I have questions

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:20 pm
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So many questions.

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