Conscious Choice cover

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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SpaceX raises another $850 million in investment capital

Capitalism in space: SpaceX last week successfully raised another $850 million in investment capital in order to fund both its Starlink and Starship projects.

The article does not detail how the company plans to use the money, though it does also indicate this was not all that was raised.

In addition to SpaceX further building a war chest for its ambitious plans, company insiders and existing investors were able to sell an additional $750 million in a secondary transaction, one of the people said.

If I understand this correctly (which I admit I might not), this means SpaceX now has an additional $1.6 billion on hand in addition to the $2 billion it has previously raised.

Even if it only raised $850 million, that gives it a war chest of almost three billion for both Starlink and Starship. With Starlink already bringing in some earnings, the company should have enough to get done what it aims to do.


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  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    ref– “company insiders and existing investors were able to sell an additional $750 million in a secondary transaction..”
    That indicates those people & entities were able to sell their pre-existing Shares and cash-out. At the stated valuation, it represents about 1.7 million shares.

  • John Fisher

    Space X cash flow from Starlink is going to be challenged for a while. Based on publicly available information the ground terminal costs Space X about $2400 / unit in quantities of a million (link below). Now based on my 30 years of doing phased arrays for military systems that is amazing but it still leaves Space X with 19 months before cash flow from a new subscriber turns positive.

  • LocalFluff

    @John Fisher
    The world is now a “planned economy” (which is an ironically joking expression) run by the central banks’ accelerating debt creation at zero or even negative interest rates. Business market viability n the real economy means nothing and hype means everything. The Emperor gives what he takes to his friends. Since Elon Musk has ridiculously disguised his Mars colonization project as a politically correct climate change project, the emperor counts him as his friend. Thus he has free access to limitless amounts of monies. Elon Musk became the world’s richest man this winter after Tesla’s stock price nine folded in a year of lock down. Tesla’s stock is now priced at $1 million per car ambitiously expected to be manufactured this year. His net worth is estimated to be $180 billion. That’s about the sum of the last ten years of NASA’s budgets. If NASA had done nothing but focus on colonizing Mars for ten years in a row, even they would’ve done it. And Elon Musk is a much more efficient entrepreneur, and hype rider. So this little day dream of his has become a piece of cake for him.

    Your analysis is based on rationality and knowledge. But that stuff doesn’t matter in the court of the arbitrary Emperor.

  • LocalFluff

    This text editor doesn’t like the dollar sign. It molests the font. I’ll try to remember to never use it here.

    Those of you who see a sequence of tiny letters in the middle of my post above, it reads:

    priced at “1 million (dollars) per car ambitiously expected to be manufactured this year. His net worth is estimated to be” 180 Billion (dollars).

  • Jeff Wright

    That’s why he doesn’t sell Tesla-he is hoping for gov’t money-but that will go to the Apple DRIVE or whatever name their little pod will be called.
    Hey Elon!
    Sell it to China-then take some of that bank to fund union men to seize that foreign asset and sell it to GM for one dollar.
    He can make bank-GM gets help-and Apple-car gets a punch to its gut. Sell Starlink to oil sheiks if the regs get thick-but give the operating codes to Parler and say it was hacked. Those froze windfarms and gas lines mean we need Starship launched solar powersats as part of another long stimulus package with a trebling of NASA budgets as a rounding error that won’t get noticed-opposed like the one percent for space stand alone bill. President Henry Blake signs anything, right? Just give that mega brain Sheilia Jackson Lee some bank and she will have President Harris slide that little nothing right across the desk to get the crayon there at the group home. You libertarian pro-space innocents-let me tell you how how to get things done.
    Oh, and Zubrin! Quit playing house at Devon island. Pay some hookers and private eyes to blackmail Mars missions into place. Talk about how the treasure fleet was stupidly burned and replaced buy that Trumpian Great Wall-that’s how you talk up space to Columbus haters.

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