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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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Musk settles with SEC, pays fine, reduces control at Tesla for 3 years

Elon Musk and Tesla have negotiated a settlement with the SEC, agreeing to each pay a fine of $20 million while Musk reduces his role with the company for the next three years.

Musk and Palo Alto-based Tesla agreed to pay a total of $40 million to settle the case, and he will give up his chairmanship for at least three years. The electric-car maker also is required to install an independent chairman and two new board members, though Musk will remain on the board, according to terms of the settlement.

Musk and Tesla will each pay $20 million to settle the case; both reached the deal without admitting wrongdoing.

I suspect this will not reduce Musk’s influence on Tesla very much. To me, this whole kerfuffle was the SEC acting like a bunch of mobsters, pulling its weight against someone it apparently doesn’t like. “Nice business you have there, Elon. Sure would be a shame if something happened to it.”


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  • Des

    I am a huge fan of Elon Musk and Spacex. However, the tweet caused large swings in the Teska price and caused some people to gain and lose millions. I think the SEC action was appropriate.

    Elon has been worryingly erratic on Twitter recently.

  • wayne

    Optimistic And Wrong
    ft. Elon and Kira

  • wodun

    The SEC tends to take a dim view on stock market manipulation. I doubt this had anything to do with personal animosity.

  • OM

    White South Africans are being oppressed in their country and in ours!

  • wayne

    That’s brilliant! Good one.

  • wayne

    Might not be “personal,” but it is highly selective of them.

  • wayne

    If you are an average person, you commit roughly 3 felonies a day.

    “When Everything is a Crime”
    Harvey Silverglate on the Overregulation of Ordinary Life
    Reason TV, 2016
    [Silverglate is the co-founder of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), author of “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.]
    “The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the Laws.”
    “The Government doesn’t want their laws obeyed, they want them broken. There’s no way to Rule innocent people, the only power they have is to crack down on “criminal’s,” and when there aren’t enough of them to justify their insane budgets, they create them.”

  • Col Beausabre

    Wayne – It was also highly public , a bunch of investors have filed lawsuits (which means Musk may be on the hook for more $) and a bunch of Wall Street pros have lost all trust in him with this coupled with his erratic behavior. So don’t be a Musk Fanboy, the SEC had to take notice and compared to what could have happened, his punishment is mild – $20M is unimaginable to us, it’s pocket change to him.

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    (highly enjoy your comments, btw)

    yes– predominately true, and I don’t necessarily disagree with you. but….

    (definitely not a fan-boy, I like his rockets, everything else– not so much. He has a crony-esque element to him, it’s not his main motivation by far, but he does take advantage.)

    Musk has talked about his bi-polar disorder in the past (unless I’m totally mistaken(?). I do think he’s “overworked” and has a hard time “turning his brain off.”

    Again, not a fan boy, and except for his recent (orbit the moon) press conference and his recent Joe Rogan interview, I have not really listened or watched him, in depth, at length.

    He does strike me as a creative & technical genius, with autistic spectrum traits, and if he does have bi-polar, (no matter how well controlled) it wouldn’t surprise me if he “thinks a LOT, about everything, all the time.” (and occasionally, “speaks out of turn”– I’d be surprised if he didn’t.)

    No love for the SEC. “Wall Street” is professional-money (“they” predominately hate-his-guts as it is) and they are big boys, if they can’t stand the heat….and all. And if they weren’t trying to trade by the millisecond and skim, coming & going, they wouldn’t be getting burned.

    It’s Risk & Ruin. Widows and Orphans don’t own Tesla stock, and if they do, they were ripped off by their regulated investment advisors.

    (of course, the minute big-money does lose or see an opening, they crawl to the Government and demand the contents of the federal cookie jar, or some sanction against their competitors, or… just because they can.)

  • Cotour

    I agreed with John Bachelor 100% the other night when Musk was brought in his interview of you. Seems that you were very defensively putting the cart way before the horse with your knee slap reaction about who and what was behind Musks fines and troubles.

    The SEC and anyone else was invited into to Musks world to screw with it………………………by Musk himself with his acting out, for what ever emotional or psychological reason. Musk must be stressed to the max and is doing things to somehow control or mitigated the crazy nature of the existence that he finds himself.

    Musk is Musks problem, not the SEC.

    (“Twitta”, classic tell that your from NYC)

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