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December 14, 2018

Venezuela news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:32 am
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The slow motion disaster that is Venezuela is fascinating to watch from afar. Up close, I am sure it is a dystopian hellscape.  The concept of paying laid off workers in tires is just amazing.


December 12, 2018

I saw this coming

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Of course, who didn’t. Japan is going to buy 100 additional F-35s, including F-35Bs which can operate from the country’s two helicopter carriers.  Makes perfect sense.  Also, Japan is ramping up its defense spending.  The South China Sea is going to become a more interesting place that it already is.

December 6, 2018


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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The country that has more proven oil reserves than any other in the world and it is a socialist hellhole.  Unbelievable.

December 5, 2018

China’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:56 pm
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Looks like China might be having trouble coming up with the money to pay for its next carrier.  Frankly I think the current US administration is using trade pressure as one way to deprive the Chinese of money to invest in their defense.  I think this is a wise move, even if it means more expensive goods here.

December 4, 2018

This story is nuts

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:09 pm
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A royal princess escapes her family’s kingdom and she’s kidnapped back off the high seas.  How is this story not a top story right now?

November 26, 2018

Things heat up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:18 pm
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Looks like Russia has decided to flex its muscles against someone it doesn’t think will be able to respond.  The western countries need to band together and take steps that inflict enough pain on Moscow to cause them to change their behavior.  Anything else will simply encourage Putin.

November 14, 2018

Taxing online

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 10:33 am
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Looks like Chicago is going the extra mile to squeeze every last ounce of revenue from its beleaguered citizens.  What a bunch of crooks.

November 6, 2018

The German military

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:27 pm
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is a mess.  I’ve noted this before.

November 5, 2018

The Bear flexes his muscles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:23 pm
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Story here.  I am not overly concerned with Russian behavior like this.  It is more a sign of weakness than strength.

Correct analysis

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:35 pm

I think this analysis is correct.  While normally I would encourage apologies, I believe we’ve gotten into a culture where demands for an apology is used as a weapon.

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