Scroll down to read this post.


My February birthday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black it now over. I sincerely and with deep gratitude thank all those who donated. Without your support I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work. For those who did not contribute during the campaign, please consider adding your vote of support to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, in any one of the following ways:


1. Zelle: This is the only internet method that charges no fees. All you have to do is use the Zelle link at your internet bank and give my name and email address (zimmerman at nasw dot org). What you donate is what I get.


2. Donate through Gabpay, using my email address zimmerman @ nasw dot org.

3. Patreon: Go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation.

4. A Paypal Donation:

4. A Paypal subscription:

5. Donate by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman and mailed to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

Georgia voters kill Camden spaceport project

The residents of Camden County in Georgia yesterday voted by a margin of 72% to 28% to end the county’s project to build a project there.

There are hints that county officials might still try to proceed, having already spent more than $10 million on the project. There are also strong indications that if they do, they will be blocked legally on many fronts.

What this vote suggests is that Americans continue to be uninterested in more commerce, and are easily convinced to put environmental claims first in any political battle. The opponents of the spaceport had said that the spaceport threatened local wildlife — something that clearly doesn’t happen based on more than a half century of data at Cape Canaveral — and the voters in Camden were quick to agree. The voters also probably had a bit of not-in-my-backyard behind their vote as well.

Whether Camden would have succeeded as a spaceport of course is unknown. There are a lot of such facilities being proposed and built, and it is unclear if their number fits the actual launch demand.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • Ryan Lawson

    Who wouldn’t want to be able to take a short drive to watch the occasional rocket launch into space from their own community!? What kind of boring buzzkills live in Camden?

  • Jeff Wright

    Bored housewives afraid a few rumbles will ruin their spring-taculars where they can swap lawn-boys along with their mint julips.

    Little better than NASCAR fans-you know…evil smelling…beer swilling, foul-mouthed shirtless drunks….and their husbands.

  • Alton


    We welcome them all to celebrate ? in Virginia to watch Rockets Fly ?

    And stop for the annual Assateague Island pony ? swim, all near Wallops Island Launch Complex. Some say the ponys have been around here since the Spanish lost them in the 1500s.
    Great Nature Areas both under USG and Commonwealth protection.
    Whose Environmental record meets that of the Cape Complex in Florida.
    Wallops first use July 4, 1945 for an American built & designed ? rocket

    Our Great Eastern Shore Awaits !!!

  • Steve Richter

    Very strange. A spaceport would clearly benefit the area economically. Would raise the value of every homeowners property.

  • Jeff Wright

    But you forget these homeowner associations get bent out of shape if your mailbox is too big-let alone fly a rocket. Hillbilly Hamptons.

  • Henry Lee

    As a lifelong Georgian and a resident of a semi-rural county, let me say that the objections to the spaceport are most likely not about the environment. Probably, the objections are more about the disruption of their lives. There’s a similar resistance to a huge electric vehicle factory in Morgan and Walton counties. Sometime, read about what happened in Seattle when Apple landed there. The entertainment value of a spaceport doesn’t compensate for the daily impact on their lives.

  • John Donigan

    Henry Lee, do you mean Microsoft rather than Apple?

  • Jason Miller

    Or maybe they looked at the boondoggle faux “space port” built in New Mexico and asked themselves why taxpayers should be paying for such a thing.

    This wasn’t about a private company wanting to build a spaceport at their own expense, it was about the county paying for it and hoping that customers would show up. I believe it would have been oriented toward small, expendable small-sat launchers (at least to start with), which is a dubious market niche likely to be completely destroyed by Starship, Neutron, and/or others.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Jeff Wright,

    What is the matter?

    You do not like when the unwashed masses do not accept what their governing betters decide for them?

    Local rejected it because it was their tax dollars being invested, for a site that could, just could, see 12 launches a year. That’s not much. Hard to see the ROI in a,reasonable time. I doubt noise was a an issue, as they used to do engine testing there. Beside noise, there are a few houses down range. While Boca Chica residents tolerate occasion evacuations, it seems these residents do not care for it. It is their house. Their choice.

    It also tends to royally annoy voters when efforts are made to circumvent their rights to decide things. Major efforts were made to block the vote from happening. In the end that cost them. They went about it the wrong way.

    But you stick with you’d ad hominems. I am sure your right…

  • Col Beausabre

    What’s wrong with swilling beer? As a fraternity brother, I take exception. Or racing cars? (I still hold a SCCA competition license – yes, I’m a qualified race car driver. Raced Triumphs and Mustangs). Your post shows you to be ignorant and bigoted. Why not just call them Deplorables and be done with it?

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *