• Escape Velocity: Inertia

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jan 30, 2015
    Newton’s 1st Law teaches that an object will tend to continue at rest or in motion, unless forced to change. Also, an object in motion will continue moving along a straight line unless forced to change.  We might call that conservation of direction, and the first two cases may be thought of as conservation of rest or motion. Question: out of all the possibilities, why did he choose this as his 1st Law of Motion? I don’t know the answer.  I am, however, inspired to offer my...
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  • Escape Velocity: Inertia

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jan 30, 2015
    Newton’s 1st Law teaches that an object will tend to continue at rest or in motion, unless forced to change. Also, an object in motion will continue moving along a straight line unless forced to change.  We might call that conservation of direction, and the first two cases may be thought of as conservation of rest or motion. Question: out of all the possibilities, why did he choose this as his 1st Law of Motion? I don’t know the answer.  I am, however, inspired to offer my...
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  • UPDATE: VMT– Vehicle Mileage Tax; Will Someone Please Challenge The Premise?

    by Rodney Rants | Jan 29, 2015
    It's in the news again: Falling Gas Tax Revenue Has California Lawmakers Considering Mileage Tax Plan - Here's what Rodney has to say on the subject: Riddle me this: What is the most inefficient, bureaucratic, out-of-touch with reality, monetarily unaccountable organization in this country? Government! Who thinks that that hard-earned folding green stuff in your wallet is not yours, but belongs to them? Government! Who is adept at taking your tax dollars and pissing them away on worthless,...
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  • Lessons Learned from the Day the Northeast United States Wasn't Obliterated

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jan 28, 2015
    In the past few days, the clamor over Winter Storm Juno's imminent devastation of New England grew to a level of outright hysteria. Blizzard conditions would consume the Northeast, our sage and trusted government officials warned us, and in a few short hours, homes and streets throughout the region would be crushed under the two to three feet of pounding snow that would be Juno's tragic legacy. Nearly 8,000 flights in the region were cancelled. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised his...
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  • Behavior 2 – Depend on a strong and loyal support staff

    by David Schneider | Jan 27, 2015
    On duty almost around the clock with Churchill was a strong and loyal support staff. That support staff consisted of personal secretaries and typists who quickly learned their boss’ mannerisms and helped manage details for the most busy executive of the time. This support staff clearly understood what their role was—they were not advisers; they were there to make their boss’s life easier. They were successful because they knew their boss and understood his needs. From the start...
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  • Are Certifications Important?

    by David Schneider | Jan 26, 2015
    There are different kinds of certifications. “Are you a certified nut?!?” asked a co-worker years ago when I suggested that our group do something counter-intuitive to address an ongoing problem.  While they questioned my sanity, they overlooked something that I thought was far more insane, to continue to run the same process expecting the results to improve.  I was able to persuade the team to “try it”, and it worked. “Are you certified to do...
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  • Escape Velocity: Propulsion, Part 2 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jan 23, 2015
    Propulsion is a means of creating Force leading to Movement. Space Shuttle Columbia – with its solid fuel boosters – on a successful mission in 1981. In Latin, and for our purposes, Pro = Forward, Pellere = To Drive, or Driving; thus, Propulsion = To Drive Forward; or Driving Forward.  And when it comes to Escape Velocity, Forward = Upward, away from the Gravitational Pull that holds us Down. Work with the logic a bit further.  Motion is the result.  Propulsion is...
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  • Throwback Thursday: Centralize For Control, Decentralize for Execution

    by Mike Starling | Jan 22, 2015
    LET ME ASK YOU: What is the benefit of centralizing the management and control of your transportation operations and expense requirements vs. decentralization? If your transportation operations direct-spend (for hire transportation and/or private fleet) is a significant percentage of your overall operating expense, someone SHOULD be responsible for managing and controlling the OVERALL EXPENSE. Do you have it under control? All too often the responsibility for transportation operations and...
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