Solving the Problems of Traffic Congestion

Yes, I’m a really smart guy.  No, I’m not a traffic engineer.  I have, however, conducted extensive studies involving both aerial and seaport throughput and transloading operations for the United States military.  You don’t even get to do that unless you’e a pretty smart guy (or gal), so someone thought I had enough smarts and experience to put me in a serious position of responsibility where I’d gain a whole lot more knowledge and experience.

I will comment extensively on these at a later date.  For now, they serve as placeholders:

  1.  A very good, science-based look at the fundamental physics of traffic:
  2. An incredibly non-scientific and decidedly ass-backwards look at what drives traffic congestion:
  3. U.S. Department of Transportation’s The Seven Sources of Highway Congestion and Unreliable Travel:

Bottom line:  While many state legislators are busy with legislation based on the mind-turds I call “articles found in Wired Magazine,” others prefer to source from decades of exquisite science that, if use properly, can greatly alleviate traffic congestion on America’s highways while costing just pennies on the dollar as compared to adding more lanes.  Keep in mind, however, there’s a point where minimizing causing factors while facilitating throughput will have reached its peak, and adding just one more car to the road will precipitate the traffic wave that cuts throughout in half.

Traffic Wave Experiment:

More Detailed Analysis of the experiment above:


Traffic Waves, Explained in Detail, including how variable speed limits and actually slower speeds can mitigate the appearance of traffic waves:

WH Press Secretary on 2018 Government Shutdown

2018 Government Shutdown
WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
January 18, 2018

Reporter: Sarah, does the president think it’s acceptable for Republicans or Democrats to allow a government shut down at the end of the week? You have, obviously, different options here, but does he think it’s acceptable for a shut down to occur this week?

Sarah: The President certainly doesn’t want a shutdown and, if one happens, I think you only have one place to look, and that’s to the Democrats, who are holding our military and national security hostage by trying to push through other policies that have nothing to do with the budget. We would like to, again, get a budget deal done, a two-year budget deal, a clean budget deal, and then focus on negotiations following that deal with finding a permanent solution to DACA and responsible immigration reforem. We’ve said that many times before. Our position has not changed.

Reporter: But Republicans control congress, they contol the White House…

Sarah: It takes 60 votes, and Republicans don’t have 60 votes, so, Democrats either need to decide that they’re going to come here to do their jobs, and they’re going to govern and they’re going to put our national security ahead of their own personal political agendas, or they’re not. It’s really simple and that’s a decision you’re going to have to ask the Democrats, “What’s more important?” National security or political agendas. I can’t answer that for you.

Complete Press Conference (the comments above commence at 27 minutes into the briefing):

Editorial:  I love the fact that Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn’t mince words.  She cuts to the chase, getting to the Crux of the matter, while preventing satanic liars from derailing her efforts.  Frankly, that’s a very rare skill.

I find that to be AWESOME!

Bottom Line:  The 2018 shutdown of the U.S. federal government was orchestrated by Democrats for no other reason than to fund their pet programs, which We the People don’t want, and have nothing to do with the ongoing operation of our government.  By holding our nation’s military, seniors and others hostage, the Demoncraps are committing political terrorism.  Our Founding Fathers never planned for this because they never imaged that any elected government officials could ever stoop to such henious, if not hellacious depths of moral depravity as Schumer and ALL Demoncraps in the U.S. Senate did on Friday, January 19, 2018.

The last government shutdown, orchestrated by Obama and the Democrats in 2013 as nothing more than a loser’s temper tantrum, cost the United States economy $24 BILLION dollars.  That’s not chump change.  That’s enough to bring our military back into a normal state of readiness, one which collapsed under incessant funding cuts over the last eight years.

Instead of doing what’s right, however, the Demoncraps are throwing yet another temper tantrum while slashing away at our economy like spoiled little children who didn’t get their way.

Oh, wah, you spoiled little Demonbrats.  GROW UP.  You’re not three years old any more.  Keeping our nation running is a very serious responsibility.  Stop avoiding your singularly important responsibility of passing a budget and get our government back on track.  NOW.

Demoncraps Caught Trading DACA Slaves For Money

“Trump says Democrats ‘just want to talk’; don’t really want deal for young illegal immigrants”
Demoncraps have long had problems with proper political negotiations. They think everything, including that which they claim to support, is up for negotiating some kind of personal gain. Let’s see if this is the case, here…
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military…”
Ahhh… There it is! It’s not about the kids, other than as a means to a different end. Demoncraps want the money, funds that keep our military strength sufficient to avert most wars, and provide for less costly, decisive victories when wars cannot be avoiding.
They’re just using the kids as bargaining chips, HOSTAGES, if you will, in order to get their money. This was never about the Demoncraps’ little illegal immigrant slaves, as they see them. It was only about Demoncraps getting to play with more money!
The Demoncraps would rather have play money in their pockets now than avoid very costly wars in the future. Hell! They’re willing to trade our nation’s national security, “the security of our free state,” down the toilet just so they can play around with OUR money on THEIR shiny new mega-million dollar bobbles.  To them, DACA children are nothing more than bargaining chips.

The question is, “Why?” Could it be related to the trillions of dollars which “disappeared” out from under Obama’s nose while he was in office? How many of you would like to bet the Demoncraps have an entire INDUSTRY of money-sucking connections throughout government for the sole purpose of augmenting their salaries?

Then there are the simple-minded Demoncraps who think they’re “saving the kids.”  Well, here’s some DACA Stats they’re certainly ignoring:

DACA Stats

The fact is, the vast majority of “dreamers” are nothing but a bunch of THUGS.

Here’s the full article:

What the Liberals are saying about President Trump’s Tax Cuts Plan

I recently spotted a typical liberal response to President Trump’s Tax Plan:
“I have an MBA, and these tax cuts will have little to no effect on the economy.” – Jess*

Well, Jess,* I have two degrees in business, two degrees in science, and two degrees from which I graduated summa cum laude, one of which is my own MBA, so with all due respect, I’ll see your MBA, raise you two science degrees and two SCLs, and recommend you spend more time studying economics.

I see Ivanka Trump graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2004. Do you she that might have some input into President Trump’s tax plan?  I’ll bet she did.  I’m also willing to bet that both of them knew enough not to solely trust their education and experience, but instead solicited input from dozens of top experts in a variety of fields.

Perhaps it was on the advice of the Reagan-era policies of Milton Friedman, who held a PhD in Economics from Columbia University, and was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, whose “tax cuts increase the economy” advice to President Reagan absolutely resulted in both tax cuts as well as the resulting strong economy throughout the 1980s and well into the 1990s.

That may not mean much to you, but this and tons of repeating history very strongly confirm that President Trump’s tax cuts are precisely the right move. Indeed, the economic jumped yet again after the bill passed, a very strong indication it’s the right thing for our economy.

*Not his real name.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Madam Secretary, the 25th Amendment and the Removal of Donald Trump

Washington Post headlines read, “We really do need to deploy the 25th Amendment.”  “The fictional White House in “Madam Secretary” will provide viewers with a crash course in the implementation of the 25th Amendment — the mechanism for removing the president from office — in the CBS drama’s next episode, titled “Sound and Fury.”
 President Trump and Vice President Pence
They’re absolutely certain to get it wrong, as all the talk I’ve seen to day fails to mention the fact that only Vice President Pence can invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment.
I’ve provided a short outline, below, taken directly from the 25th Amendment. I highly encourage you all to print it out, watch the episode, and see how close to (or far away from) reality the writers, directors, actors, and producers actually come.
My contention is that the 25th Amendment is NOT “the mechanism for removing the President from office” as stated by the producers of Madam Secretary.  More specifically, the 25th Amendment is not the mechanism by which anyone who dislikes the President could remove him from office.  That venue lies with impeachment, not the 25th.
Before we continue, let’s examine the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution in its entirety, as preserved and reported by our nation’s Library of Congress:
Amendment XXV - LOC
 Sections 1, 2, and 3 simply confirm that it is the Vice President, and no one else, who assumes the duties and responsibilities of the President if the President should the latter no longer be able to do so due to death, illness, injury, or mental incapacitation. Obviously, the line of secession is much longer, but that’s Congressional legislation, not the 25th Amendment.
Section 4 is where the VP and a majority of either:
– a majority of the principal officers of executive departments (cabinet)
– majority of the principle officers of Congress
may declare in writing that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and present that declaration to both the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Upon such declaration, the Vice President shall immediately assume assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.  The key, however, is that those other entities cannot accomplish this on their own.  It absolutely requires the Vice President’s complete and unreserved involvement.
Here’s where it gets a little sticky.
The elected aka original President can then write a counter-declaration to the same two heads of Congress saying that no such inability exists, at which point he shall immediately resume the powers and duties of his office.
So, here’s what we have so far:
VP and either cabinet or Congressional officers declare the President is unfit to the two head of Congress. VP assumes the office.
But if the President counter-declares, then he resumes his office.
Are you with me so far? Ok. Now it gets even stickier:
If the VP still thinks the President isn’t fit, then he, along with a majority of the cabinet or officers of Congress can, within 4 days, present their case again, at which point all of Congress assembled within 48 hours and makes a decision within 21 days to decided who either remains or becomes president: The original President or the Vice President. If they fail to make a decision, the powers and duties remain with the original President.
Did you notice what’s required throughout this scenario? That’s right: The VICE PRESIDENT, the President’s right-hand man. Without the VP, NONE of this happens. Congress cannot initiate this action. The cabinet cannot initiate this action. The Supreme Court cannot initiate this action. CNN cannot initiate this action, and neither can the Demoncraps or a TV show named “Madam Secretary.”
In fact, Rolling Stone magazine reaffirmed this finding in their excellent article covering this very issue.  They even provided a handy graphic Rolling Stone Graphicshowing how many entities must concur before it’ll happen.
I find the claim that “The fictional White House in “Madam Secretary” will provide viewers with a crash course in the implementation of the 25th Amendment — the mechanism for removing the president from office — in the CBS drama’s next episode, titled “Sound and Fury” “to be dubious, if not spurious, and highly misleading of the public.
In fact, it borders on,  if not crosses, the line of “inciting a riot.”
Rather, they will probably paint a very false picture about how, if enough Demoncraps raise hell, and infuriate Congress enough, then Congress can *SOMEHOW* make the decision, even without the VP’s input, a point which I hope the 25th Amendment itself has made abundantly clear simply cannot happen.
In other words, “wrong,” so sayeth our Constitution, “the supreme Law of the Land.” – Article VI.  Clause 2.
That’s just not reality, there, Hollywood.  The reality is that it’s an AMENDMENT, not merely federal law, and the 25th Amendment DEMANDS the Vice President’s concurrence. Furthermore, as an Amendment, no emergency session of Congress, even with the three-quarters vote required for repealing an Amendment can overturn it, not without first being properly ratified by three-quarters of the States, which will take several years.
So, Demoncraps and libtards, if it makes you happy to keep barking up that dead tree, be my guest.  Go ahead and waste your time.  I think the rest of America, however, might not consider you to be so blitheringly idiotic if you simply read the Constitution, including, in this case, the 25th Amendment itself.

National Security Strategy of the United States of America

America’s National Security Strategy is a very important effort.  For the last year, some rather dim individuals and groups have been criticizing President Trump for “not having a national security plan.”

Actually, he has always had a national security plan: “Define the objective, then let the Generals do their job.”  It’s been simple, straightforward, smart, and effective, and precisely what any non-military civilian leader should do.  President Trump is to be commended for his wisdom!

A year and a lot of learning and hard work later, President Trump publishes our new National Security Strategy with four key focus areas:

  1. Protect the American People, the Homeland, and the American Way of Life
  2. Promote American Prosperity
  3. Preserve Peace through Strength
  4. Advance American Influence

I am providing links to both the summary as well as the full plan towards the bottom.

In the meantime, let’s examine the reaction to President Trump’s NSS as compared to their opinions on his Foreign Policy.  As you can see, there is great positive feedback about his NSS than his FP, which is more negative than positive.


Fox News Coverage:  “Trump unveils national security strategy:  ‘America is going to win.’

White House Announcement and Summary

National Security Strategy of the United States of America – OFFICIAL

Spectre and Meltdown – What you REALLY need to know

I’m putting my IT hat back on for a minute and sifting through the confusion in the media to bring you a clear set of 5 key points and 2 recommendations for your consideration.  Feel free to distribute.

Here’s the lowdown on the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel and other chips (links to supporting articles will follow):

1. Yes, Spectre and Meltdown are real. They affect Intel, and to a lesser extent, AMD processors. “Flaws buried deep in the architecture of most modern CPUs have presented a golden opportunity for bad actors to access priveleged information held in memory. Most computers contain iron-clad spaces where data can pass securely in an unencrypted, visible form. These work by limiting the access to that data from other applications and pocesses. But Meltdown and Spectre undermine these safeguards. If exploited, they could result in an adversary accessing things like passwords and privileged data.”

2. There were no known instances of the vulnerabilities actually being exploited.

3. Intel has begun releasing updates. The problem is, the updates can adversely affect performance. “The performance impact of these updates is highly workload dependent,” though that “some workloads may experience a larger impact than others.”

4. Microsoft’s initial attempts to patch machines through Windows updates have actually bricked (broken) some of the AMD machines. Microsoft has halted those updates until they’ve fixed their own bugs.

5. Apple’s 11.2.2 iOS update will deliver the patches to its flock.

My two recommendations:

1.  With respect to key point 2, above, I would NOT go hunting down a fix.  It’s likely to be premature, buggy, and as per key point 4, it could very will brick (permanently break) your machine.

2.  If you’re in the market for a new computer, I would definitely wait long enough to be absolutely certain your new computer uses a post-Spectre/Meltdown processor, one specifically built to NOT have the flaws.

For details supporting the above five key points, I have provided links to the relevant articles from which I sourced the information, here:

Intel will have Meltdown and Spectre fixes for 90 percent of recent products within a week