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Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

An evening pause: Some engineering solutions are simply beyond prediction.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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.  
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4 comments

  • Scott M.

    Apologies for the thread hijack, but is anyone watching the Starliner demo launch? Sounds like the spacecraft’s engines didn’t fire, it might be coming back in rather than getting to ISS.

  • $0.25 each in lots of 5000 on Alibaba. Shipping in 15 days. The product description notes bird control and chemical reaction abatement as primary uses. The description appears to reference the LA Reservoir directly:
    “. . . pouring a nice blanket of dark spheres over a reservoir prevents that hot California sun from breaking through, . . .”

    And: ” . . . shade balls reduce water loss by about 300 million gallons a year, which is pretty good for a side gig.”

  • Col Beausabre

    I bet it drove the Russian an Chinese recon satellite operators absolutely knuts….”What are those crazy Americans doing NOW ?!”

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