This flight attendant has enough money saved to retire at 44, but she wants to keep working

She hit her ‘FIRE number,’ saving 25 times her cost of living

By ALESSANDRA MALITO, REPORTER | MarketWatch

Bianca, a flight attendant living in Denver, has flown relatively quickly into financial independence, but she’s not ready to give up her job — and she thinks many people misunderstand that about the FIRE movement.… read the full article

That Story of American F-15s Intercepting a Pilotless Soviet MiG-23 in German Airspace

Fascinating.

by Dario Leone | The National Source

As Col Skurigin descended safely to the ground via parachute, the MiG — its load lightened and CG shifted aft by the sudden absence of the pilot and heavy ejection seat and its Tumansky still running at a reduced power setting — pitched up slightly and began a climb.read the full article

Prepare for a More Authoritarian China

China may be getting richer, but that’s not making it freer.

by Ted Galen Carpenter | The National Interest

With the onset of China’s economic reforms in the late 1970s, a widespread belief took hold in the United States and throughout the Western world that establishing robust economic relations with the “new China” would lead to gradual political liberalization.… read the full article

Sink 2 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: How China Conquers the South China Sea?

Hello World War III?

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Admiral Lou, who holds an academic military rank — not a service role — said China should “use its strength to attack the enemy’s shortcomings. Attack wherever the enemy is afraid of being hit.read the full article

Russia’s Military Admits It Needs Western Technology

Like what?

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

When Western nations imposed economic sanctions after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Moscow had an answer: Russia would substitute domestic products for foreign imports.

But Russia’s defense industry is still using imported parts despite the government ban, according to Russia’s top prosecutor.… read the full article