What Radar Systems? Bend Over, Tie Your Damn Shoelaces. Salary Cap. Anchorman. He Will Not Lose Any Sleep. How About Monday, Wednesday and Friday?
I don’t know too much about defense contractors, for example Raytheon. What I do know is the the U.S. military, along with many other countries, spend hundreds of millions of dollars with Raytheon on radar systems. Some of these advanced radar systems can track aircraft, missiles, and ships from hundreds of miles away. Some of these radar systems have the ability to establish an ‘electronic fence’ in a perimeter of up to 100 miles. The technology used for these systems is mind-boggling and ever expanding including radar systems used from space. So can someone with military and technology experience please explain to me how a $100.00 drone can shut down one of the busiest airports in the world for 72 hours? Can these radar systems, costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars, not detect and more importantly shut down the signals the drone operator sends to these flying machines? Someone please explain this to me as the use of drones is growing exponentially. I can only hope most of them are being used for the right reasons.
Funny (maybe not?) factoid from Nike: first introduced years ago, the Portland-based sporting goods manufacturer is re-introducing their self-lacing basketball shoes at a “much more reasonable retail price of $350.00”. A bargain considering these shoes for the lazy were first introduced at $700.00 a pair. Seriously?
The Chinese, because they have nothing better to do, have introduced artificial intelligence (AI) to television networks. They have developed AI technology that mimics a human being, specifically an anchor person, to deliver the news, sports and weather. The networks in China are looking to cut costs so what better way than to cut down on the salaries they pay their news anchors. Sources out of NYC tell me that Chris Cuomo, Al Roker, and David Muir have updated their CV’s.
FC Cincinnati, Major League Soccer’s new expansion team, have the distinct pleasure of being Atlanta United’s home opening opponent on March 10 at Mercedes Benz Stadium. I am sure Greg Garza, traded by United to FC Cincinnati two weeks ago, is already thinking about his match up with the right side of Atlanta United’s attack……can you say Tito Villalba and Franco Escobar? All United fans enjoyed and appreciated Garza during last season’s championship run but March 10 will be a different story. On another Atlanta United note: welcome back Michael Parkhurst….you might be sitting down with your new Dutch manager very soon.
I won’t go politics in this blog but many posts ago I wrote about my appreciation for General James T. Mattis, who up to four days ago was the United States Secretary of Defense. He resigned, for reasons of his own, and I am sure he will move on to a consultancy role with a defense contractor or major television network. Last week I posted some of my favorite quotes. I forgot one, a quote from General “Mad Dog” Mattis: “I don’t lose sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word”.
With $71 billion in revenue that yields a $4 billion LOSS, the United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the U.S. Federal Government and one of a few government agencies explicitly authorized by the U.S. Constitution. I guess if you run a business from your home or receive prescription medication, daily postal delivery, including Saturday’s, may be important. With all of that said would any of you care if your mail was delivered only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? Call me crazy but I am definitely okay if my mail service is cut back to two days a week. Can you say privatization?
Adios, have a Funday Sunday, and a safe and Merry Christmas!