Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Is the Jones Act a help or hindrance in confronting China?

06/05/2020. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .

If China is assumed to be a grave geopolitical threat, is the 100-year-old Jones Act an asset? If the United States and China are on a collision course – be it a Cold War-style confrontation or worse – does the Jones Act leave the United States better prepared or at a disadvantage?

The Jones Act of 1920, introduced by Senator Wesley Jones, is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States, requiring goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by United States citizens or permanent residents.

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More money for more Patriot missiles

01/05/2020. Category: Military. Topic: , .

The Patriot missile was designed way back in 1969 by Raytheon and Hughes and launched a decade later as, what was thought at the time, the ultimate Defense-and-Defeat weapon.

Alas, for years the program was surrounded by controversies and plagued by mishaps, basically meaning it did not perform as it said it would on the label.

The first model, the MIM-104 Patriot, was quickly upgraded with Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-1) technology and followed by the MIM-104B and later models up to – as in 2020 – the MIM-104F (PAC-3).

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Car of the Year 2020

22/04/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

There were some interesting choices for the Car of the Year awards for the 2019/2020 season.

Motor Trend, who coined the phrase Car of the Year (COTY) way back in 1949, named the exciting Chevrolet Corvette C8 as their 2020 winner, calling it “a mid-engine masterpiece.”

Good choice! Since its introduction in 1953 with the C1 model, the Corvette has consistently been one of the coolest muscle cars on the road.

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Best adventure motorcycle for self-isolation tour

05/04/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Health organizations advise that people keep a 6 feet distance between them during the coronavirus pandemic: “either 6 feet away or 6 feet under.”

The further the better. How about 6 miles? Or 60? Or 600 miles?

There are many far-away open roads out there. Getting on your motorcycle would be ideal.

There are a bunch of great cruiser or touring motorcycles that will suit the need: Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Indian Roadmaster, Yamaha Star Venture, Honda Gold Wing, BMW K1600GT or R1250RT.

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How China built a Twitter propaganda machine then let it loose on Coronavirus

29/03/2020. Category: Media. Topic: .

ProPublica analyzed thousands of fake and hijacked Twitter accounts to understand how covert Chinese propaganda spreads around the globe.

Kalen Keegan, a college student at the University of Nebraska Omaha, immediately noticed when her Twitter account unleashed a torrent of posts in Chinese. “My other account got hacked??,” the soccer player posted on a replacement account. The new author tweeting as @Kalenkayyy had strong views on geopolitics — all aligned with the Chinese Communist Party. It was obsessed with the protests in Hong Kong, offered uncritical praise of the Hong Kong police and accused demonstrators of fomenting a “color revolution” backed by an “anti-Chinese American conspiracy.”

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Wilder vs Fury II

27/02/2020. Category: People. Topic: .

After a controversial split draw of their first match in December 2018, professional boxing heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury faced each other again on February 22, 2020.

Up to this night, both were unbeaten. “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder was at 40-0-1 and “Gypsy King” Fury at 29-0-1.

Wilder had held the WBA belt since 2015 and boasted a 98% knockout rate with 20 knockouts in the first round.

Fury held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring and lineal titles after defeating long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 but after a bout of depression and alleged cocaine abuse relinquished the titles in 2016, returning to the ring in June 2018.

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All-new 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 – more torque, less weight

06/12/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

The torque of the Triumph Tiger 900 increased to 64ft-lb (87Nm) from 58ft-lb (78Nm) on the Tiger 800 but weighs about 11 pounds (5kg) less. Horsepower output remains at 95bhp but is delivered lower in the rev range, peaking at 8,750rpm instead of 9,250rpm.

The Tiger 900 is an all-new design, with a new 888cc triple engine, new quickshifter, new airbox design, twin radiators, new modular frame, new bolt-on rear subframe, new suspension, new LED lights, new 7-inch TFT dash, narrower seat, new fuel tank.

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KTM 390 Adventure

08/11/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

KTM launched the much-anticipated KTM 390 Adventure at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show. Note, this is the model without the “R” meaning the KTM 390 Adventure R should follow soon.

Details from the KTM press release –

The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success.

A breezy, agile, and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the ‘adventure’ sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading.

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Canelo vs Golovkin – First fight

17/09/2017. Category: People. Topic: .

Golovkin vs Canelo poster

The Canelo Álvarez vs Gennady Golovkin purse paled against that of The Money Fight between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor but the match did not.

While the Mayweather vs McGregor match turned out to be a circus on August 26, 2017, on September 16, Canelo and GGG returned glory to the boxing ring by delivering one of the best superfights in modern boxing history.

On the night, two of the greatest boxers of our time boxed in style, gave their all and earned every penny.

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Does pot make you dumb? Probably a tiny bit.

15/08/2017. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

smoking weed

For years, the image of the silly, spaced-out stoner seemed to embody marijuana use in popular culture. But with new, relaxed marijuana policies becoming law in many states, the picture is changing. High-functioning executives, government officials and even grandparents are openly discussing smoking pot.

Still, the question remains: Does marijuana negatively impact intelligence? Researchers have long disagreed. A new study using many years of data tries to settle the debate. Read more…

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