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Meet the future of real estate. From Wikipedia

People buying a home ask questions like “How good is the local school?”, “How safe is the neighborhood?”, and “How high is the electric bill?”.  Having purchased multiple homes, I find that real estate agents don’t know the answers to these questions or are banned by state law from answering. This is quite dangerous. My first neighborhood had two murderers and multiple pimps, but my real estate agent never said anything.

HPIM0618It looked like a great starter home…until the police lights showed up

I think real estate agents are crooked, and robots should replace them.

Some will say “But buying or selling real estate is too complicated for a robot!” I don’t buy it. In fact, I bet my robot real estate agents would provide superior customer service.

I’d name my robot agent Johnny. Johnny would take your desires (price, bedrooms, etc.) and show you homes. His programming would prevent him from pushing a home on you above your budget or without enough bedrooms. While human agents typically scan MLS, Johnny could look through hundreds of databases to find you a home.

mlsEvery real estate agent, ever.

If you asked Johnny about safety, he could pull crime databases and estimate crime rates in your neighborhood. Johnny could reach into your state’s testing database for local school information. He could even find electric and gas bills.

schoolsWhen your local real estate agents laugh about you after work

Worried about a “title search?” Johnny could do that. All you need now is a lawyer for signing forms, but with robot lawyers coming online soon, Johnny might do that too.

I, for one, would welcome our new robot real estate overlords.


The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.


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Official map of China from the Ministry of Education. To be disseminated to all educational facilities and government offices in the People’s Republic of China. August 26, 2014.

China plans to control Hawaii and Antarctica.

Far-fetched?  Not entirely.  China’s Ministry of Education published a new world map with extensive Pacific Chinese, and is already starting the narrative about discovering Antarctica.

If it seems crazy, it’s not. Just how Donald Trump’s seemingly random declarations mask his master persuasion campaign, China has a deliberate strategy to slowly march over the world:

  1. China declares a territory as “contested” or “disputed,” no matter how dubious.
  2. China begins using non-combatants to challenge territorial sovereignty.
  3. China then stations military units nearby to shift the balance of power.
  4. China will then create a scenario where another nation “provokes” China.
  5. Once provoked, China militarily seizes control and establishes a perimeter.
  6. China normalizes territorial control over time.


Chinese-fishing-vessel-clamsPhilippine Navy photo of Chinese fishermen illegally harvesting giant clam by Scarborough Shoal, from Inquirer.net.

China worked this process with Scarborough Reef, which caused the Philippines to seek a United Nations ruling that recently came back in their favor.

In the South China Sea (SCS), China is on step four.  The recent deluge of Chinese propaganda about defending against aggression in the SCS isn’t for show; it’s a setup for step four to have “justification.”  Just wait until a Chinese fisherman collides with a US Navy destroyer and a selectively edited film appears on Chinese TV.


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Notice that Subi, Fiery Cross and Mischief create a triangle that can support branching out against all other outposts. Guess where the most reclamation has been? Image from South China Morning Post.

China even tested this on the mobile drilling platform Haiyang Shiyou 981 in 2014.

And now China is on Step 1 with Hawaii, Micronesia and Antarctica.  And should the United States continue to show weakness, China could keep employing this strategy until it reaches our borders.


The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.


NG36B is a military blogger who regularly blogs at The Navy’s Grade 36 Bureaucrat. If you love your kids and America, you should buy his Kindle book about the Navy and read it to them every night.

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The real question is…why don’t the numbers add to 100%?

Turkey’s response to the recent coup attempt has been particularly brutal.  Over 200 are dead and 45,000 in jail, and many will likely be executed and buried in traitor cemeteries.  A YouGov poll indicated that a surprising number of people would see themselves supporting a military coup in the United States, due to more trust in military officers than government officials.  With a large professional military and similar government setup, Turkey isn’t unlike the United States.

But a coup is unlikely.  Sorry YouGov pollers.

First, our military doesn’t have the strong sense of personal loyalty to its admirals and generals.  After World War Two, we separated military branches and eventually split our forces into Combatant Commands, which meant the President had multiple four-star generals and admirals reporting to him.  Fragmenting the military means it is unlikely that any particular general will have sway over a majority of forces.

Unified_Combatant_Commands_mapMy Turkish Naval Officer friends don’t understand this setup. Frankly, neither do I.

Plus, our elected officials in Congress keep our officer corps apolitical, first by banning military members from running for office or actively campaigning.  Congress also owns the overwhelming number of nominations to service academies, which ensures that the President cannot build an officer corps loyal only to him.

Most importantly, we lack a domestic distraction.  Turkey can easily blame problems on the Kurds, which you will see more of post-coup attempt.  We don’t have a version of Kurdistan in the United States (although the southern border may feel like that at times).

No matter who wins in November, don’t expect a coup.


The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.


NG36B is a military blogger. If you liked this post, and you like Star Wars, you should check out why Darth Vader is an Operational Genius.

UPDATE DTG: amusing Irony via Instapundit:

When asked whom they would vote for during the 2016 campaign, 78% of servicemembers picked “other.” Nearly all then chose “military coup” from a list of options that also included Joe Biden, Ted Cruz, Jill Stein and “a massive earthquake that wipes out life in North America.”

Yeah parody is fun.

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A dirty look.  That’s what I saw flash from an older lady towards a mom of two who had stopped in the mall to breastfeed her youngest child.  I wouldn’t have noticed had my cousin not previously complained on Facebook about how she was asked to cover up for publicly breastfeeding.  Sure enough, the more women I asked, the more stories I received about public breastfeeding shaming.

What we men haven’t recognized is that this is another slight against traditional family values.  Breastfeeding is about the healthiest thing a mother can do, both for her child and for her.  But strangely enough, despite a society devoted to organic, pesticide-free and other labels, we have a large number of people who would rather force our mothers to formula feed.

Somehow this avoids exposing breasts in the mall, even under one of the displayed underwear models.

Gentlemen, if this continues, our wives will be shamed into staying home or making unhealthy choices.  Public breastfeeding is also a gentleman’s fight.  We need to start advocating for our wives and the wives of others.  We can’t say we hold traditional values if other trample on our family rights right in front of us.

My story has a good ending.  I walked past the scowling woman and asked the young mother “Can I help you with anything?”  Sure enough, her older son had dropped a toy.  I retrieved it while her hands were full.  By the time I turned back, the old hag was gone.

NG36B is a husband, father to four kids and an active duty Navy Officer.  He blogs regularly at The Navy’s Grade 36 Bureaucrat.


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