Gravitational Slingshot

In astrophysics and orbital mechanics, there is a pretty common technique used to magnify the propulsion of a space vehicle. It is called a “gravitational slingshot” or a “gravity assist” maneuver. It’s been used since the Mariner 10 probe in 1973. Using the relative movement (e.g. orbit around the Sun) and gravity of a planet…

Hiyo, Trigger! Away!

The “trigger warnings”, the “safe spaces” and these many protests are simply examples of adult children closing their eyes, holding their hands over their ears and yelling so they won’t have to face the reality in front of them. Calling normal people racists, bigots, homophobic, and Islamophobic are but different aspects of the same effort…

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Flying the Friendly Skies

If you want to understand why collectivism will never work, the next time you fly somewhere just pay attention to the behaviors at the gate. I was stuck at JFK for a few extra hours today and observed about a dozen flights go out from my perch in the SkyClub in Concourse B…mostly small regional…

Love and Fidel-ity

I have developed a law regarding progressives. Call it the Smith Law of Diminishing Progressive Intelligence. It states:   If a liberal hasn’t said something illogical, self-contradictory, physically or financially impossible, historically inaccurate or just outright stupid, you just haven’t listened to them long enough, Therefore; Have patience and wait, they will eventually hang themselves…

Reaganism Lives

Regarding American politics, there are these three rules to remember:   Correlation is not causation, There is always the yin and the yang and, Politics is temporary. Nothing lasts forever (except principles).   Rule 1: Correlation is not causation. Events must be dissected to find the true root cause. For example, America is faced with…

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The Super Soaker Election

Human nature is an interesting thing. Certain aspects of it never change, no matter how old we get. We are, at our root, creatures of habit and many (if not most) of our reactions to events are generally predictable. I can remember watching the kids play at a summer family gathering many, many years ago…

The Loss Function and the Alt Right

As a young engineer, I was washed over by the first waves of Six Sigma and the teachings of W. Edwards Deming to break on US shores back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Prior to and during this revolution in manufacturing, I worked for a defense subcontractor – my first job was a…