Here’s Why the F-35 Won’t Be Coming to Taiwan

The new proposal will push for the release of sixty-six F-16V Block 70 fighters, with an additional six aircraft to replace crashed F-16A/B Block 20s (seventy-two total aircraft).

by Wendell MinnickThe National Interest

Key point: There are also suspicions in Taiwan that opposition to the sale of a fifth-generation fighter would be raised in Washington over secrecy issues, as mainland Chinese espionage on the island is rampant.Read the full article.

Duke Ellington – Switzerland ’59 3/7 [Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm]

Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm

Solos: Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Quentin Jackson

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra:

Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Andres Merenguito, Ray Nance – trumpets
Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Booty Wood – trombones
Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (as, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Jimmy Hamilton (ts, cl), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl) – reeds
Duke Ellington, (p)
Jimmy Woode (b)
Jimmy Johnson (d)… Read the full article.

Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry

by Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press — Associated Press

Handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. AP file photo

When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office.… Read the full article.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theory Claims Thanos Isn’t Quite Who You Think He Is

A Reddit user speculates about the villain’s true identity


By now, it’s pretty much accepted by Marvel fans that the Avengers will have to utilise some form of time travel in order to collect the Infinity Stones and retroactively kill off Thanos in Endgame

All other details are up in the air thanks to iron-tight grip on leaks and spoilers, meaning that outlandish fan theories abound on Reddit.… Read the full article.

The Navy’s Secret Fear: Could the Mighty Aircraft Carrier Be Too Big To Fail?

What would be the reaction if a U.S. carrier were attacked and sunk?

by Henry HolstThe National Interest

If aircraft carriers are being eclipsed by various A2/AD weapons systems and asymmetric strategies, the military-industrial inertia behind the carrier program is a strategic disadvantage to the United States.Read the full article.