Go anywhere in five hours for a $100

Boom supersonic aircraft

We believe at Boom very strongly that faster travel matters—the ability to do more things in a day, go more places in a day, and yet be home with loved ones—and so we’re working on the first supersonic aircraft that a lot of people are going to be able to afford to fly.

Tracinski: What exactly are the capabilities that you’re looking to create in the aircraft?

Scholl: Ultimately, we would like the ability to go anywhere in the world in five hours for a hundred bucks.

via The Supersonic Age | RealClearFuture.

It’s the Sun!

The sun with no spots on 1/10/17
The sun with no spots on 1/10/17

Pravda: ‘Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age’ As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia

I have been saying this for well over a decade, the sun is the dominate factor in the Earth’s climate.

This is not at all new, Russian scientists have been making this prediction for at least as long as I have.

The Pravda report summarizes Liu’s paper as follows:

CO2 has nothing to do with it, rather the influence of the sun is the dominant factor: less sunspots, weakening of the earth’s magnetic field, impact on the jet stream are decisive factors that can quickly lead our climate into an ice age.”

via Pravda: ‘Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age’ As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia | Climate Depot.


Trumpism: What Is It? Tradition, Populism, American Greatness, for Starters | National Review

This is from an excellent article  by Victor Davis Hanson. Worth the time to read the whole thing.

The summary:

In sum, it’s an America that emulates (even if hypocritically so) the lost culture of the 1950s; exploits fossil fuels; is run by deal makers who make money ostensibly to achieve a GDP that can fund the niceties of American civilization; opposes unfettered free trade and is united by race and class through shared material success; assesses winning as what’s workable rather than what’s politically correct or doctrinaire; makes “tremendous” cars, air-conditioners, and planes; has the largest and most powerful and least-used military; and is loyal to our allies and considerably scary to our enemies. All that seems to be Trumpism (at least for now).

Continue reading Trumpism: What Is It? Tradition, Populism, American Greatness, for Starters | National Review

Krauthammer: Trump’s Cabinet a ‘reassertion of basic constitutionalism’ | Washington Examiner

Krauthammer: Trump’s Cabinet a ‘reassertion of basic constitutionalism’
By Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) • 12/16/16 12:06 PM

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, said the choices he’s made so far to fill out his Cabinet represent a more constitutional approach to governing.

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Critics on the Left have charged that Trump is appointing department heads that will undo environmental, education and energy regulations put in place under the Obama administration.

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Krauthammer said that Democrats and liberals criticizing Trump’s nominees for his Cabinet — including Rick Perry for the Energy Department, Rex Tillerson for State and Betsy DeVos at Education — are under delusions that the Constitution dictates what each department is supposed to do.

“The left has been in equally high dudgeon that other Cabinet picks appear not to share the mission of the agency which they have been nominated to head,” he wrote. “The horror! As if these agency missions are somehow divinely ordained. Why, they aren’t even constitutionally ordained.”

Continue reading Krauthammer: Trump’s Cabinet a ‘reassertion of basic constitutionalism’ | Washington Examiner

The Trump Economy | Power Line

Trump is reviving the “animal spirits” necessary for an economic boom [below] are some survey results that bolster the point

National Federation of Independent Business’s Optimism Index

There are several more good charts in the article Continue reading The Trump Economy | Power Line