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Works at Issyroo Farms LLC.
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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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Hey brother can you give me a call. 505-307-9763.
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We seem to be getting there... slowly.  One right, one market, and one state at a time.
 
The state of Georgia just opened the door for solar power.  New legislation makes Georgia the most solar power friendly of the southern states.  +SolarCity looking forward to seeing you operate in our state.
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I built a dog house yesterday with some interesting features and got some good experimental data.  The design makes use of construction scrap and upcycled materials where possible, filling the gaps with new materials.  The base is a recycled pallet (HT), the door is reused from our previous house and the mat in front is an Ikea floor sample.  Should anyone want plans to build this, let me know and I will be glad to make them available.

The roof is designed to pivot on the front wall and has two stable positions where the weight of the roof passively holds it; fully open and closed.  This is to allow us to muck out the house occasionally, particularly when she sheds her winter coat in the spring.  The overhang not only acts as a counterweight for the roof, it also keeps the sun, snow, and rain off the food.

The construction method used was experimental as well.  Each wall was completed and set aside.  Once this was done, they were assembled and simply screwed together.  An exception to this is the roof which was assembled in place using a standard tar, paper, and asphalt roll roof sandwich.  The reason to do this is so that the walls can be built in a controlled environment and transported whole to the building site speeding the remote work and eliminating the need for power tools during construction.

I expected some issues with this new method, but the only trouble I had was a mis-measurement which was caught immediately.  Also, some overlap of the wallboard was a little off, having failed to take into account the thickness of the sheathing of the perpendicular wall.  Structurally, this is a non-issue, and can be covered with trim.  The fit of the walls is tight enough that the last wall needed a good kick to seat it; it was a perfect tight (interference) fit with no gaps at all.  The hinged roof closes and seals like a vault.

The reason for this experiment (besides to build a dog house) is to validate the method before I build more structures... it was a prototype.  Next on the build agenda is to build a greenhouse using a similar method for the side walls and back.  More on this later, particularly since the greenhouse plans will be released as open hardware.  For now the experiment is determined to be a success; it worked well, and the dog loves her new home.
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For those who know what's going on in our family, today's Zen Pencils illustration should be especially poignant.  http://zenpencils.com/comic/shakespeare/

I'm gonna go cry now.
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As usual Gav over at +Zen Pencils is the master of timing.  Jon Sudar, my father in law, passed away quietly at 5:20 this morning. Thanks to all for the kind words, thoughts, and prayers.  The last frame of the comic is the take-away thought; life goes on, and we must be there to meet it.
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+SpaceX made another successful launch, but while the first stage landed on the droneship, it was too hard.  Keep it up guys, you'll get it dialed in shortly. :)
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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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Wasn't going to share this till I found out how it works. Well NOW I want one. 
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Price point on solar panels here in the western US is about $1.00 per watt.  Different companies and states pay at different rates, so the payback is quite variable... there are still places here in the US that do not allow grid intertie at all.  In my home town, you must pay $200 to start a grid intertie account and $27.89 per month worth of fees over and above the normal fees associated with the power bill.  These go to the connection costs as well as a second meter to measure the power supplied.  The rate at which the power company pays the producer for power is half of the wholesale rate.

This means that one must pay back all the power used (assessed at the full rate of 15 cents per kW/h) plus all of the fees and taxes (approximately $52) , while receiving less than 6 cents per kW/h.  We would need to produce a surplus of 867 kW just to break even, or around 4 kW worth of output dedicated to the grid to pay fees and taxes.  On the average US home, this means that installing 10 kW of grid intertie will zero your power bill, but never see much net revenue; payoff would occur in about 7-10 years.  Doubling the size of the system does not help at all.  The extra $10,000 buys $48.00 return per month from the power company, yielding a 17 year payoff.  

The best bet is to disconnect from the grid and spend some extra money on batteries.  This would save about $140 per month (average) and cost about $7000, yielding a payoff of a little over 4 years.  Better still, cut your power consumption, then size the system accordingly with both wind and solar.  The resulting cost for our system is only about $3700, and the payoff compared to the average home's consumption is 2 years, 2 months, and 13 days.  This is where that capacitor comes in. :)
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This pretty much sums up the arguments of those opposed to cleaning up mankind's act.
 
~ ~ ~ ~    Happy Earth Day, Googlesphere!   ~ ~ ~ ~

"We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." - Navajo proverb

#earthday2015   #earthday  
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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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I build things that makes science fiction a reality.
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Electronic, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering / Economics, Workforce, and Economic Development
Employment
  • 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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