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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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California Tesla factory reopens, defying local officials

Go get ’em! As he promised, Elon Musk has reopened his California Tesla factory, defying the demands of local officials who wanted it to remain closed until June.

Not only did he institute some stringent employee rules in connection with the Wuhan flu, he also as promised had Tesla initiate a lawsuit against those local officials.

Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County on Saturday after the Fremont plant was shuttered amid the statewide lockdown on March 23. The suit claims that county officials ignored Gov Gavin Newsom’s allowances for ’16 crucial infrastructure industries,’ including transportation, to continue operating.

Personally I think the company’s stringent new health rules are ridiculous, but Musk has to play this “feel-good” game while fighting to survive against this government power-grab.

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5 comments

  • MDN

    He also has to protect himself from the near certain lawsuits that will arise when some employee eventually comes down with a case of Chicom-19.

  • Joe

    If the employees are given a choice of going to work or staying at home, then I say open it up. Good for Elon Musk standing up for what he believes in. He is following the rules to the best he can and that is a good thing.

  • Edward

    I heard on the radio, an hour ago, that the county will let Tesla open for limited manufacturing until it presents an employee protection plan. It sounds to me that the county is caving in a face saving way.

  • wayne

    A repeat from me in another thread, but I’ll toss this in here for anyone interested–

    Joe Rogan Experience #1470
    Elon Musk
    May 7, 2020
    https://youtu.be/RcYjXbSJBN8
    2:00:08
    ( 10.5 million views already)

    Unfortunately, Joe asks very few questions on ‘current events.’ (I like Joe, but he’ not very effective at getting Musk to open up beyond a very basic level.)

  • pzatchok

    I have worked through this whole thing. Never missed a day.

    Our company has adopted all of the possible restrictions.
    All contact surfaces as cleaned and sterilized every day if not every shift.
    Everyone wares a mask and gloves.( we make our own surgical masks and donate the extras)
    Only one way in and must pass a temp check.
    6 foot distancing everyplace in the facility.
    If you come in contact with anyone with the virus you get 2 weeks off. One fully paid by the company the next on you.
    As many people as possible working from home.
    And when possible all meetings are done by internet. No more flying to meetings.
    All restrooms converted to touchless fixtures.

    We have been doing this since our Chinese plants closed down. They are all back up and running now.
    ( we also just announced we sold all the China plants off).

    The only thing that will really change for me if we lift the restrictions is I will not have to social distance so much and I will no longer have to ware a mask.

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