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April 6, 2020

Screw the CCP

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 5:22 am
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Story here.

February 11, 2020

Iran won’t be firing missiles at Israel anytime soon

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:24 am
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At least not until they get their rockets to work.  Story here.  While space launch failures usually sadden me, I can’t say that this story brings anything but joy to my little heart. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party is not our friend

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:42 am
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Given the more normalized relations with China since Nixon’s visit in the early 70s, I think we’ve become numb to the danger the CCP poses. We defeated Soviet communism in the 90s and 30 years later we have a society where the young don’t know what communism is or the continuing horrors it represents.  These are the people Orwell was warning us about.  Story here.

January 22, 2020

We need to be more aware of this

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:26 pm
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The US should not be letter in so many students to study at US universities, especially from countries that are hostile to our interests.  This goes for military personnel in light of the Pensacola terror attack.

January 14, 2020

China launches new heavy rocket

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:33 pm
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At the end of 2019, China launched a new heavy lift rocket.  This rocket is said to form the basis of the Chinese plans to have their own space station as well as launch missions to Mars.  The US better stop dragging its feet. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 10, 2020

Paper tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:37 pm
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As I’ve said, generally Russia is a paper tiger.  However, that doesn’t mean they still can’t do something stupid and get a bunch a people killed. That will happen if they keep this up.

January 9, 2020

Iran 1 Airliner 0

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:09 pm
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Looks like Iran may have shot down the Ukrainian Airlines 737.  The pentagon says an SA-15 Gauntlet was the missile involved.  It is criminally stupid to allow airliners to be flying while your air defenses are on high alert.

 

UPDATE: There now appears to be video evidence to confirm that the airliner was hit by a missile.

January 2, 2020

Germany gives up

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:20 am
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Apparently Germany has given up the idea of even having a functioning military. Report here.  I know that many of these non-ready assets are actually functional in an emergency (being “down” because of a non-essential system failure) but Germany has been free-riding in NATO forever in order to prop up its welfare state and now seems to have given up altogether.  While I am on record that Russia is in many respects a paper tiger, that doesn’t mean that a country the size and importance of Germany shouldn’t have a functioning military.

December 26, 2019

Russian spy ship

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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A Russian intelligence gathering ship is off a US sub base off the coast of South Carolina.  This is just more of Putin trying to look like he is flexing muscles.  As I’ve repeatedly said Russians doing things like this is a sign of their weakness, not their strength.

December 23, 2019

Espionage

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:58 am
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Story here.  We should be much more careful than we have been regarding foreign students in the US.  US Universities have a strong financial incentive to allow in as many students as possible.  However, a thorough vetting and monitoring program in necessary to protect US interests.

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