Lessons learned from my latest trilogy

Over at Mad Genius Club, I’ve written a fairly long article outlining some of the lessons learned (so far) from the publication of my latest trilogy, “Cochrane’s Company“, at approximately 30-day intervals.   The article is oriented towards writers more than readers, but if the subject interests you, click over there to get a feel for the state of the independent author market today. While on the subject of the trilogy, may I once again ask those of you who’ve read it to please leave a review of each book on Amazon.com?  Reviews are the life-blood of independent authors, as

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California’s public sector unions, money, and politics

The California Political Review calculates the money taken in every year by public sector unions in that state, and shows how it gives those unions a powerful say in the running of the state. In the wake of the Janus ruling, it is useful to estimate just how much money California’s government unions collect and spend each year. Because government unions publicly disclose less than what the law requires of public corporations or private sector unions, only estimates are possible. . . . In summary, subject to the limitations in the available data and what appear to be reasonable assumptions,

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Russian military tactics and operations in Ukraine

I’m obliged to Solomon for posting this video of a talk by Dr. Phillip Karber, given at West Point Military Academy, on “The Russian Way of War”.  It’s just over an hour long, and examines the conflict in Ukraine.  For those interested in the subject – particularly what US forces might have to face in a major confrontation – it’s very informative (not to mention deeply worrying, considering how many of the abilities exhibited by Russian forces have been ignored or allowed to atrophy by our own armed forces). Very thought-provoking.  Recommended. Peter

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Deploying a braking parachute BEFORE landing?

This seems weird, but it also seems to work.  According to The Aviationist, this Polish Sukhoi Su-22 strike aircraft was filmed deploying a drogue braking parachute in the air, before touching down, as a deliberate maneuver to slow down faster when landing on a very short or damaged runway.  It apparently allows the aircraft to stop within about 1,000 feet.  The pilot appears to retain full control in the air, despite the additional drag. That’s all very well . . . but if the chute doesn’t deploy properly, and the aircraft is committed to a landing without enough room on

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Will SCOTUS rein in activist judges in lower courts?

One of the most interesting aspects of this week’s travel ban decision in the Supreme Court is Justice Thomas’ carefully-reasoned opinion on the lower-level court injunction that led to the decision.  His views are provided in pp. 46-56 of the judgment (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. I write separately to address the remedy that the plaintiffs sought and obtained in this case. The District Court imposed an injunction that barred the Government from enforcing the President’s Proclamation against anyone, not just the plaintiffs. Injunctions that prohibit the Executive Branch

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