In the 1910s, our system of Checks and Balances was changed. This article discusses the consequences of that change.
Kirchoff's Current Law is often phrased as all the currents entering a node sum to 0. So, in the figure below showing a node of a circuit where three wires come together, i1 + i2 + i3 = 0. If any individual current entering a node is positive, then at least one other of the currents … Continue reading A Restatement of Kirchoff’s Current Law
Not that long ago, to watch a new movie, one would first have to go to a merchant. I spent many Friday and Saturday evenings in my youth perusing the aisles of the movie rental shop. Movies were imprinted on physical cartridges, those cartridges were distributed throughout the world to physical stores, employees in those … Continue reading The Distribution of Fuel
I have found that those times I succumbed to the seductive urge to judge a person have been far less enjoyable and pleasant than those times when I have permitted myself to experience without the burden of judging others. I remember watching a movie as part of a test group; at the end of the movie, … Continue reading How Often We Judge
On January 19th of this year, Senator Bernie Sanders asked Tom Price (Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services) whether healthcare was a human right. In the exchange that followed, Sanders declared "We are not a compassionate society!" . In May of 2011, a United Nations report declared that access to the Internet is a … Continue reading The Implications of Human Rights
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask a question of (former) California senator Barbara Boxer in a public forum. What follows is a transcript of our exchange. (I recorded the audio with my phone, but it turned out poorly. Nevertheless, you can hear the exchange here: https://soundcloud.com/user-568960187/2017-05-10-0746a.) Me: Senator Boxer, I'm Nick. I'm an engineer. … Continue reading A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility
There was a time when college was only for the rich. It was a luxury afforded to very few who wanted to study rather than apprentice or work. John Adams, our second president, was able to go to college as the eldest child of a Deacon farmer (since his father had enough children to help him work … Continue reading Chasing Rich People