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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.

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February 12, 2019

McConnell

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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While I am not a personal fan of the senior senator from Kentucky, the man is clearly one of the great politicians of his time.  Up there with Tip O’Neil and Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan.

Political graphic design

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:57 am
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Jonathon V. Last of the Sub-Beacon (nee Standard) fame is doing a series of articles at the Bulwark on the graphic design aspects of all the candidates campaign logos.  I will admit that, like Mr. Last, I geek out on this stuff.  I find his analysis really interesting.

February 11, 2019

More Freedom of the Seas

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:12 pm
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The US conducted another Freedom of the Seas exercise in the South China Sea.  The USN has really been doing this a lot lately.

February 7, 2019

Taxes, how do they work?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:31 am
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If a state has high income taxes, and the federal government stops subsidizing them by limiting the federal deductibility of SALT taxes, comedy ensues.

 

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.

Venezuela on the brink

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:17 am
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This report suggests that Maduro may be losing his grip on his internal security force.  IMHO, that is the only way he will be deposed.  Time will tell.

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)

January 22, 2019

Failed mutiny?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:19 pm
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As regular readers know, I have a special interest in watching the developments in Venezuela.  I’ve predicted for a while now that the situation cannot last and that either internal or external pressure would build and bring down the government.  Apparently an abortive uprising of national guardsmen has been put down.  I will be interested to see if this is the spark of a new revolt or the crushing of one in its cradle.

January 18, 2019

Yellow vests

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:38 pm
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An interesting take on the Yellow Vest movement in France and its causes.

More on French speed cameras here.

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