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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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Hawaiian TMT protesters found not guilty of obstructing the road they obstructed

The law for thee but not for me: An Hawaiian judge has ruled that the protesters of the Thirty Meter Telesecope (TMT) who had obstructed the access road to the top of Mauna Kea are not guilty of obstructing that road.

[I]n announcing her verdict, the judge noted that during the trial, officials testified that the access road was closed and there were no permits issued for oversized vehicles. “Evidence that Mauna Kea access road was closed or restricted to the public, coupled with no permits, equals no obstruction,” Laubach said. “There would be no unreasonable inconvenience or hazard.”

The state failed to meet its burden beyond a reasonable doubt, she said.

This ruling is a joke. The reason the officials closed the road was because the protesters were there. The officials did not want anyone hurt by the oversized trucks that had legal permission to drive through carrying TMT construction equipment.

Such a ruling however is not a surprise. From top to bottom Hawaii’s government in controlled by the Democratic Party. The judge almost certainly was a Democrat. The Democrats favor the bigoted anti-white and anti-technology agenda of the protesters, and have gone out of their way to help them in their protests.

In general, protesters for Democratic Party causes can loot, burn, kill, obstruct traffic, and do all sorts of violent things — including physically attacking women and children in a park in Portland — and are either never arrested, quickly released on dropped charges, or found innocent.

Be a conservative and spend a dozen minutes inside the Capitol Building taking a few selfies, however, and you will find yourself imprisoned for months, with no charges brought and no sign they ever will be brought. You are guilty, and you will be punished. How dare you do anything that opposes the Democratic Party and its storm trooper thugs?

TMT is never going to be built in Hawaii. In fact, I am beginning to doubt it will ever be built anywhere. Considering the increasing difficulty that ground-based astronomy is going to have dealing with the many satellite constellations now being launched, it is very possible the support for the telescope will begin to dry up. And maybe this failure will be a signal to astronomers that they should finally begin spending their money on space-based optical telescopes.

Meanwhile, Hawaii has become a place hostile to science, to new knowledge, and even to tourism. The dark age there has come quite quickly.


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  • Gary in Transit

    There is no scale of justice and for the left it is the easiest branch of government to subvert.
    I have a native Hawaiian friend and for them, this is a religious crusade. I don’t know about elsewhere, but the current resistance will not abate.

  • Gary in Transit: Reread the last sentence of my post.

  • David K

    Just launch an eight meter telescope into orbit and be done with it. Why would you want to worry about things like clouds anyway?

  • Cluebat

    I’m pretty sure they still like the Asian tourists.

    They can afford to restrict haoles.


  • Edward

    This reminds me of the song “Alice’s Restaurant,” in which there were twenty-seven eight by ten color glossy photographs, with circles and arrows, and a paragraph on the back of each one, explaining what each one was, to be used as evidence.

    I wonder who had to clean up after the protesters.

  • Ray Van Dune

    “The dark age there has come quite quickly.”

    As a young serviceman while stationed stateside I became close friends with a military Hawaiian and his wife. I assumed they would have nothing but good to say about their state. But they cautioned me that I should never consider moving there, because I would be discriminated against both by native individuals and the State Government because of my Caucasian ethnicity, and nothing I ever did would change that.

    That was fifty years ago.

  • Marcus

    My family and I visited the big island of Hawaii earlier this summer and we had the pleasure of visiting the top of Mauna Kea to see the telescopes and watch the sun set, followed by some fabulous star gazing from near the visitor center.

    I was very surprised though by how visible the current telescopes are from around the island. The weather was very clear while we were there, but I never expected to see the telescopes so clearly from so far away. If built, the TMT would certainly stand out, as a monument to science and learning, or as a sore thumb, depending on one’s perspective. I was left wondering if a little camouflage would have been useful, similar to the way some cell phone towers are disguised as trees. It’s not meant to fool anyone, but for those looking for an experience in nature it can make the unnatural tower or telescope perhaps less distracting. I think “out of sight, out of mind” should be the goal and the current telescopes are definitely not out of sight. Maybe even the locations could have been chosen better so they just aren’t soooo visible. I guess no one worried about hiding them from view at the time.

  • Icepilot

    Cluebat – Having been stationed in Hawaii a couple of times & passed thru many times (USN), I’ll never forget the surprise of walking down Makalapa & being completely ignored for the 1st time by the working girls.

  • Cluebat/Ray … they may not like haoles, but they have liked having the US Navy with all its haoles there.

    But it wouldn’t surprise me that the Powers That Be might, in the future, want to have Pearl Harbor go the way of Subic Bay … might make their socialist buddies in the CCP more comfortable to come there .

    Would they like us to “deport” all those haoles at the USS Arizona, and the Punchbowl, from their state too?

  • Greg the Geologist

    Marcus – I see those cell towers all the time, and at some places it looks like someone goofed. Coastal southern California, palm trees everywhere, and the cell tower is dressed up to look like a ponderosa pine. That stands out. Not fooling anybody. Mostly around here, they’re unusually symmetrical “palm trees”. A better example may be some of the recent dams – I can think of at least two that were stained to appear fairly similar to the surrounding rock color, to avoid the contrast of a blinding white concrete dam. But like Mauna Kea, the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar can be seen from every direction, for many tens of miles.

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