Nation’s DIME 1839

There is so much going on this week in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic worlds.

In the Diplomatic arena,

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have gripped the nation. This all comes down to who you believe. Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh gave very impassioned speeches. Senator Lindsey Graham gave the most fiery speech of the hearings. The vote was along party lines to move his confirmation to the floor with one caveat from Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a limited FBI investigation. There are a number of takeaways from these hearings.

In the Informational area,

Earlier this week I received a Facebook IM from a General I used to work for. I knew something was wrong. Another security breech! This time it looks like Facebook has been the victim. There is a way to tell if your FB account has been hacked. I found this TedTalk very informative. Pablos Holman shows how easy it is to break into networks. Cyber and network attacks are part of the military’s toolkit. 

In the Military realm,

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought pictures to the UN on Thursday of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile build up. The Israeli Air Force continues to attack Iran’s infrastructure in Syria, but are under fire after a Russian IL-20 spy plane was shot down by an S-200 missile. The Russians are giving Syria additional S-300 systems to defend against more IAF attacks. Russia also sent their newest electronic warfare vehicle to the base at Khmeimim near Latakia.  Israel has the next move.

The Economic trends are both good and bad depending on where you are…

The US strong economy and dollar continues to break new records and is very strong and will remain so.

On the other side of the world, the Turkish Lira has taken big hits, and the Russian Ruble has tumbled too. Venezuela continues to sink deeper from years of socialism. The European outlook for the rest of 2018 seems to be stable but their may be issues.

There is much more I could write about but you get the picture. Have a great weekend.

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Have a great weekend!

Sluggo Sends!

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