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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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Commercial space unhappy with proposed regulations

An industry advisory panel has expressed strong objections to the proposed new regulations for commercial remote sensing that were intended to streamline the space bureaucracy.

The proposed rule is intended to streamline how such systems are licensed by NOAA as the volume of license applications the office receives increases. However, many [advisory council] members argued that proposal missed the mark and could create new burdens for companies. “I find, at the moment, that the draft rule is wanting across the board, and it’s not close,” said Gil Klinger, chair of [the advisory council] and a Raytheon vice president who spent most of his career at the Defense Department and the intelligence community.

It appears that the government’s proposed revisions don’t accomplish much, and in fact might make things worse.

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One comment

  • Edward

    From the article: “but we’re concerned that a lot of restrictions and conditions that we had expressed concerns about remained in the draft proposal,”

    I would be concerned, too, since the Commerce Department demonstrated that they are not listening to the concerns of the industry or the public. Clearly, Commerce did not explain why they left in restrictions and conditions that concerned the industry, so no one knows why they are still in the draft proposal. Do they not care about public concerns, or do they not have reasonable explanations for keeping them in the proposal? Either way, it seems that expressing concerns is a fool’s errand.

    I don’t know whether these updates came from the ridiculous complaint that came from the Earth in the background of the Tesla launch, last year, but I am seeing a whole new problem develop: I am allowed to photograph the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge without the owner’s permission or a 30-day advance notice to the government, but I can’t photograph space objects as freely? And I can’t use infra-red, ultraviolet, or radio frequencies? And what constitutes a space object, because the last I checked, the Moon was an object in space. So are the planets, asteroids, and stars. So much for Hubble, astronomy, and radio astronomy.

    The article fails to inform us as to what the risks are that concerns NOAA. A high risk or low risk of what? A risk of photographing space debris or the Eiffel Tower without the owner’s permission or 30-day governmental notification? Collision with another space object? Radio frequency interference? Catching measles?

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