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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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Yawn: Rogozin tweets threats to Musk, Musk shrugs

In yesterday’s non-news Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos which runs Russia’s entire aerospace industry, issued a threat against Elon Musk for supplying the Ukraine Starlink service in its war against the Russian invasion, and Musk responded with an almost cheerful quip.

On Sunday (May 8), Musk posted on Twitter a note that he said Rogozin, the head of Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos, had sent out to Russian media. The note claimed that equipment for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet system had been delivered to Ukrainian marines and “militants of the Nazi Azov battalion” by the U.S. military. “Elon Musk, thus, is involved in supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipment,” Rogozin wrote, according to an English translation that Musk posted. (He also tweeted out a Russian version.) “And for this, Elon, you will be held accountable like an adult — no matter how much you’ll play the fool.”

This sounds very much like a threat, as Musk acknowledged in a follow-up tweet on Sunday. “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” he wrote. Musk’s mom, Maye, didn’t appreciate that glib response, tweeting, “That’s not funny” along with two angry-face emojis. The billionaire entrepreneur responded, “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.” (It was Mother’s Day, after all.)

Musk’s light-hearted response only stands to reason, considering Rogozin’s loud-mouthed track record. Nothing he says really matters, so why should Musk care that much. Musk probably posted Rogozin’s comments out of amusement more than anything else..

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8 comments

  • geoffc

    Did you see Musk at the Met Gala? When asked why he was there, his mom jumped in and said because she wanted to and asked him. And he was happy to say he went because his mom wanted to.

    Wealthiest man in the world, about to blow 44 billion dollars, took the time to do something with his mom that she wanted. How nice.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Well, there goes the old “You never want to be seen with me.” gripe! Next thing you know she’ll want to be nose art. At least it would be on a real rocket, not an upside-down bungee ride.

  • Ian C.

    geoffc,

    “took the time to do something with his mom that she wanted.”

    Overbearing moms are holy. Do you think he would run SpaceX and Tesla w/o his mom’s blessing? Who are you kidding…

  • Col Beausabre

    Jewish mothers are famous for this. One of my fraternity brothers claimed he once got a telegram from his mother reading, “Feel guilty. Details to follow.”

  • Chris Lopes

    I suppose it’s progress that the head of Roscosmos now knows that Musk and SpaceX exist. At the beginning of the Russian “adventure” in the Ukraine, this same dude seemed to think he had NASA over a barrel and could deny the agency access to the ISS by not allowing American astronauts to fly on Russian rockets. “Let them fly on broomsticks” I believe was the quote. That worked out well.

  • Patrick Underwood

    Broomsticks and trampolines, oh my!

    Russia… the most schizophrenic nation on this entire planet.

  • Rogozin is just following the Communist stylebook in his statement … might have taken a cue from these guys …

    https://boingboing.net/features/northkorea/?traitor=Elon+Musk

    Next, he’ll be calling Musk an “imperialist running dog” …

  • Steven Carleton

    Hehe, Russia blaming E. Musk for providing space-tech to Ukraine?! NATO has covertly provided Ukraine with GPS and real-time communications and intel. Surely the brilliant Putin expected this, no? His build-up gave us the time needed to fully “wire-up” Ukraine. Now we just keep turning the grinder handle to see how much Vlady can tolerate. I pity the poor unwitting souls swept up in this outrage!

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