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Disclaimer:  I normally do not get involved in politics other than encouraging others to vote and dealing with local and state issues.  I am a registered Republican and abide by the laws of this land, expecting others to do so regardless of political affiliation or lack thereof.  This situation is different.  In order to undermine the current executive branch and probably the Democratic party prior to an election year, some people very clearly broke the law and should be punished.

On March 9th of this year, 47 US senators sent an open letter to the leadership of Iran.  This letter can be read in it's entirety, with verifiable signatures, here:  http://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/150309-Cotton-Open-Letter-to-Iranian-Leaders.pdf  The trouble with this letter is that it is not only designed to undermine the diplomacy of our duly elected president, it is also a criminal violation of US Law.  The Logan Act of 1799 is one of the underpinnings of the separation of powers in the US.  In short, it states (in part): 

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both". (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2010-title18/pdf/USCODE-2010-title18-partI-chap45-sec953.pdf)

In 2006 bill HR 6253, which was to substantially revise the Logan Act failed, and thus the original act, and the criminality of violating these measures remain in full effect to this day.  This principle was tried by the supreme court in UNITED STATES v. CURTISS-WRIGHT EXPORT CORPORATION, 299 U.S. 304 (1936):

"Not only, as we have shown, is the federal power over external affairs in origin and essential character different from that over internal affairs, but participation in the exercise of the power is significantly limited. In this vast external realm, with its important, complicated, delicate and manifold problems, the President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it".  (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?navby=CASE&court=US&vol=299&page=304)

"It is important to bear in mind that we are here dealing not alone with an authority vested in the President by an [299 U.S. 304, 320]   exertion of legislative power, but with such an authority plus the very delicate, plenary and exclusive power of the President as the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations-a power which does not require as a basis for its exercise an act of Congress, but which, of course, like every other governmental power, must be exercised in subordination to the applicable provisions of the Constitution. It is quite apparent that if, in the maintenance of our international relations, embarrassment-perhaps serious embarrassment-is to be avoided and success for our aims achieved, congressional legislation which is to be made effective through negotiation and inquiry within the international field must often accord to the President a degree of discretion and freedom from statutory restriction which would not be admissible were domestic affairs alone involved. Moreover, he, not Congress, has the better opportunity of knowing the conditions which prevail in foreign countries, and especially is this true in time of war."  (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?navby=CASE&court=US&vol=299&page=304)

Iranian officials have seen the senator's letter for what it is, thanks to the US educated Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister (http://en.mfa.ir/index.aspx?siteid=3&fkeyid=&siteid=3&fkeyid=&siteid=3&pageid=1997&newsview=330948).  It should be noted that the man's PhD is in International Law and Policy from the University of Denver.  The condescending tone of the letter was not lost on this man, who probably knows more about US and international law than the 47 senators who signed the letter combined.  Just to put some icing on the cake, his PhD thesis is entitled "Self-defense in International Law and Policy", and is available here:  http://www.worldcat.org/title/self-defense-in-international-law-and-policy/oclc/223874634.  

The bottom line is that in their haste to harm efforts by the Obama administration for their own benefit and that of their political party, 47 US senators violated US criminal law, and by neither knowing their audience, US, or international law, these senators have made a laughing stock of this nation.  Ironically, the primary occupation of most of these men prior to being elected to office was the legal profession.  They should know better, and if they did, are guilty of criminal acts.  If they didn't, they are still guilty, but it begs the question of why are they in a position to influence the laws of the land when they do not understand them?  Either way, they should not walk free.  If you agree, please consider signing this petition:  

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-charges-against-47-us-senators-violation-logan-act-attempting-undermine-nuclear-agreement/NKQnpJS9
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Well, in theory what they do is they determine whether or not the action is legal and if it is legal and it has the signatures required they act upon it.
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Can we run this through again to see if we can get half a million signatures?  It is only at 287,242 of the required 100,000 at present.
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Okay, this "Day After Tomorrow" crap needs to stop right now.
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...and you thought the Net Neutrality discussion was over with the FCC ruling, didn't you?  Direct from the party that brought you the snowball, the laughingstock in a dress, and the swallow a pill gyno exam, here comes "I don't like it, so we're going to change the rules".
 
"Republicans were already planning a rewrite this year of the Communications Act, and you can be dead certain that effort will be rekindled with a keen and aggressive eye on making regulators as ill-equipped as possible when it comes to doing anything about the nation's stagnant telecom duopoly. You know, for the health of the Internet." (Techdirt):

https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150302/08162630183/hysterical-facts-optional-assault-fccs-new-neutrality-rules-has-commenced.shtml
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Geez, my way or the highway seems to be their agenda. 
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Today I got a good picture of why I live where I do. :)
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Sir Terry Pratchett, a prolific fantasy author, has died in his home at age 66.  He will be missed.
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Progress report on the state of Mach 30.  While most reports meetings are dull, we have been playing with the format of our monthly reports hangout to good effect.  This month's reports hangout is well worth the time required to watch.

This month, we have a report on +Alicia Gibb book Building Open Source Hardware (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0321906047) in which some Mach 30 members and projects are featured.  We had some HUGE news in the form of contributions to open source design software and great strides on simplifying export control compliance for open hardware projects. 

For many of these topics, there will be periodic updates, and these will be covered in the new and improved monthly reports hangouts at Mach30, so STAY TUNED!  http://youtu.be/l-g3cqyizp8  
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Companies and U.S. agencies scramble to fix a newly discovered security hole. Hundreds of thousands of sites such as Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov are vulnerable.
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I have been silent, almost in mourning really, over the downfall of several prominent men who did great and mighty works, yet fell short in the areas of common sense, empathy, and a greater general sense of morality.  While I cannot condone the misconduct of people committing sexual harassment or worse, I also cannot condemn the censorship of a worthy body of work, particularly when it benefits humanity in a substantial way, simply because of the misdeeds of the author.  

To wit:  Bill Cosby's Natural Child Birth is still hysterical to all fathers, not because of the allegations against the man, but rather because of the humor in a situation we can relate to.  To take the hard line stance of committing all positive memory of the person and his works to the deep, not only makes posterity only remember the bad, it also impoverishes us all by forcing society to forget the good.  How are we different than the ISIS extremists trashing artifacts which arguably belong to the world when we delete publicly available resources on the basis of a man's sin?

Walter Lewin, even though the man apparently committed some pretty substantial violations of sexual harassment policy and common sense, created a body of work as an educator that is without question some of the finest physics lectures since Feynman and Sagan.  Lewin, a Dutch national, was a member of MIT's physics department faculty for 43 years before his retirement in 2009.

The situation pained me twice.  First that a man I respected, and whose works I have used to teach others about physics and electromagnetism (including my own family) would commit these acts is a violation of trust I will not soom get over.  The greater loss and pain is that we lost the benefit of the man's existence to the general public when MIT took down all the videos of his lectures from YouTube used in MITx coursework.  This leaves only the hurt, the error, and the heinous act as the man's contribution to society, and thus we are all impoverished by the removal of the publicly available material, no matter how justified.

Fortunately, there are other sources of these videos on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCliSRiiRVQuDfgxI_QN_Fmw, and you can search for more.  The videos were released as Creative Commons, and thus may still be found.  Cosby's works are copyrighted, and thus may be taken down if the holder of the copyright feels morally obligated to do so.  This will mean that the only record of the man, and his contribution to the world, will either be in private hands, illegal collections, or be limited to the pain and negativity of news reports. 
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All homework, exams and solutions + lecture notes and 143 short videos (help sessions) of 8.01, 8.02 and 8.03 are now available on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEHVhv0SBMpP75JbzJShqw
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I build things that makes science fiction a reality.
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Electronic, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering / Economics, Workforce, and Economic Development
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  • Issyroo Farms LLC.
    Technical Lead, 2012 - present
  • Ahead Research Corporation
    CTO, Chief Designer, 1988 - 2013
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Walsenburg, CO
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Cut Bank, MT - Bozeman, MT - Tucson, AZ - Carmichael, CA - Worms, Germany - Hampton, VA - Nashville, TN - Lacey, WA - Cocoa Beach, FL - Mobile, AL - London, UK - Kalgoorlie, WA - Christchurch, NZ
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Per scien et fortitudae ad plurum mundi inter astra.
Introduction

My name is Aaron Harper, and I am self-employed. If this sounds like an Alcoholics Anonymous or other support group introduction, perhaps it is. What started out as a plan to create my own business has become a source of incredible opportunities.

As a young boy, my father took me to see the last Apollo launch. I can still remember feeling rather than hearing those five F-1 engines light off and watching those three brave men being accelerated through the night sky on a pillar of flame. So began my obsession with aerospace. I earned a degree in Electronic Engineering specializing in communications and robotics. During the eighties NASA wasn't doing much that I was qualified for and civilian aerospace didn't exist the way we know it now. I started a small aerospace company to address the needs of the civilian aerospace companies that I knew were just around the corner... but that took another 15-20 years to materialize. In the mean time, the closest I could get to space was the Air Force, so I joined. Up to this point, the business was largely used as an intellectual property holding company.

After I left the military, I moved to a sleepy little southern Colorado town in 2002. I brought that little aerospace firm with me and shifted gears. We reorganized in order to manage and develop the intellectual property I and others in the organization had worked on over the years.  The low prices in the area allowed us to expand more than we would have otherwise, using several buildings and resources in the area for office, lab, and test facilities. Once testing started we quickly discovered that the relative isolation of the town was a boon to research. Things progressed much more quickly than we had even hoped. Preliminary tests of our assemblies were overwhelmingly positive, and even the couple of catastrophic failures we had in the lab and on the pad gave us much more data than they cost.

Soon after, I was appointed to the regional Colorado Workforce Investment Board to represent my region to state leadership. While performing my duties I proposed “out of the box” solutions with clear and measurable results. I was elected chairman of the South Central Colorado Workforce Investment Board, and currently serve on the Colorado Rural Workforce Development Council on the Executive, Economic Development, and Technology committees.  During this time I studies economics, ran an IT shop, cultivated the aerospace business, and home-schooled my daughter through her high school years.

Finding that I need the knowledge of a Space Studies Degree, I enrolled in American Public University's Space Studies program. Over the next five years I will fully develop the aerospace products we have designed over the years into products and service offerings that will make spaceflight less expensive, less risky, and commonplace. My goal thereafter is to retire by age 60, which is coming up much faster than I had planned.  

In retrospect I find that I'm not doing all of this for my ego, nor am I motivated by money. When my state's unemployment numbers drop it makes me smile, thinking I was responsible for some small part of that. When a project I have been working on for a long time works better than I had dreamed, it puts spring in my step. These all pale to the times when my sixteen year old daughter, who is a biology major in college now, looks at me and says “Daddy, I am proud of you”. That makes it all worthwhile at the end of the day.

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  • American Public University System
    Space Studies, 2012 - present
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Electronics Engineering, 1985 - 1986
  • University of Arizona
    Electrical Engineering, 1986 - 1988
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