David Knights' Weblog

February 15, 2019

Interesting discovery

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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An amazing discovery at a constructions site in NY.  It appears that the bodies of 11 patriots have been found, soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War.  The news report seems to indicate that it is being handled with the respect that the discovery deserves.

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This one is for Jim

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:07 am
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This story fascinates me.  It has been going on for years.  I recently spoke with friend of the blog, Jim Bates, who lives in the area, and surprisingly he had never heard anything about it.

February 14, 2019

WTF?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:55 am
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Story here.  I am not above believing this is a cover story to convince Iran that the defection is real while actually planting a spy.  Interesting.

February 6, 2019

Interesting story of the day

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:05 pm
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Didn’t hear anything about this.  Was he a student tourist who made a mistake or a spy who got sloppy and got caught.

Boeing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:59 am
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I think Boeing is an amazingly well-run company.  I think their decision not to compete with the A380 and instead develop the 787 was strategic genius.  However, I doubt the wisdom of developing a supersonic business jet.  I am just not sure the market is big enough to justify the investment.

February 5, 2019

SpaceX tests a new engine

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:37 am
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Story here.  I’ve been posting a lot of space related news lately.  Frankly, I am thrilled.  The fact that there is news every few days in regard to innovation and exploration of space I something that was a regular feature of the news when I was growing up in the 60s.  Back then we thought we’d have a base on the moon in the 80s and regular space travel by 2000.  Then, the late 70s took all the air out of space travel and exploration.  That lasted more or less for 30 years.  Now thanks to several super-wealthy billionaires, private space companies are stepping in and filling the void.  Thank goodness.  I just hope this continues and even accelerates. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

 

February 1, 2019

Falcon Heavy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:05 pm
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Looks like the second Falcon Heavy shot will take place around March 7th.  This is good news for the future of space, especially as it moves us further and further away from reliance on the Russians. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

 

January 31, 2019

RAF drone gets new missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 am
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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

January 30, 2019

Great gold heist?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:10 pm
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Is Russia about to move gold reserves out of Venezuela?  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the link)

First KC-46 delivered

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 am
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First KC-46 delivered.  Two years late and $3 billion over budget.  The Air Force needs these aircraft desperately.

 

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