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June 8, 2019

This is not right

Filed under: Family,General,Legal — dknights @ 6:56 am
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Story here.  As the father of two adopted daughters, I can’t tell you how wrong this is.  Please tweet this story to your elected representatives and the President and ask them to get this changed.

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Nobody left

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:23 am
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At this rate, there will be no one left in Venezuela in 8 more years.  Something has to give.

June 4, 2019

Shades of 2007/2008

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:12 am
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This is up in Canada (BC), which is having its own special issues with the housing market, mostly related to foreign money driving a real estate bubble (an now a crash), but this is a microcosm of what was going on all over the US, particularly in FL, AZ, NV and CA in 2007 which led to the great crash of 2008.  These people are playing with fire, and because of the government bailout the last time, I fear that no one has learned any lessons.  I am not a great fan of increased government regulation, but this is one area where I make an exception.

May 29, 2019

Venezuela update

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:45 am
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Its been a while since we reviewed the situation in Venezuela.  Frankly, its like passing a car accident on the road.  You slow down and look. You don’t want to, but you do.  If you are like me every time you do you say a quick silent prayer for the safety of those involved.  The same goes for Venezuela. On one level, it is fascinating to watch a country fall apart in real time.  Also, while watching it happen, you have to remember that the Venezuelan people got themselves into this mess by voting for “free stuff”.  That doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking.

UPDATE:  It is even tough on the criminals

May 26, 2019

The breakdown of civilization

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:18 am
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Big cities governed by politicians who are unwilling to enforce laws lead to societal breakdownThis is another indication of such a breakdown.  A similar thing happened in 1970s New York.  People living in close proximity to each other require a more strict adherence to agreed societal norms backed by law enforcement.  See also.

And this is how you go about these things.

May 24, 2019

Freedom of the Seas

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:44 am
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More freedom of the seas exercises by the US in and around the South China Sea.

May 22, 2019

Turkey

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:09 pm
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Does Turkey want out of NATO?  It seems that way from this type of behavior.  Frankly, though it has a strategic location useful to the US for Mideast operations, I am not sure they are worth the trouble.  Not sure the Russians are thinking this one through either, as adding another majority Islamic nation to their orbit might not be wise given their internal troubles in the south of Russia.

The Chinese Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:39 am
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A nice top level analysis of the current Chinese Navy and where they are heading.

May 21, 2019

The paper bear flexes its muscles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:55 pm
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4 Bears and 2 Su-35s off the coast of Alaska.  Nothing new about this other than Vlad seeming to want to do it more often to convince people that his military isn’t a hollowed out shell.

May 18, 2019

States tax policy

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:35 am
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I expect that we will see states with high income taxes get even more aggressive in attempting to claim residents really haven’t left the state for income tax purposes.  Ultimately they won’t be successful which will lead to tax increases and an ever more vicious cycle of rich people leaving.

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