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Comment Re:eminent domain for nice [public] things (Score 1) 112

Actually his controversy is about using eminent domain for private development, which is not at issue here. The TMT site was on a 52-acre 'telescope reservation' that has existed by contract since 1960, and where a number of other instruments are already located.

Comment Re:Unhelpful Whining (Score 1) 112

Since this controversy started, I've been following the state news closely, and I from what I can see the response to the native oppositions is...lukewarm indifference. I see a few positive comments in newspaper story response threads, sandwiched between huge blocks of misspelled but fervent screeds from the religious opposition. Where are the business organizations like Rotary and Chamber of Commerce? Where are the counterprotests? Where are the academics at UH and other schools?

I get the impression that the natives have been weaponized by ethnic studies programs that nobody ever bothered auditing for historical accuracy.

Comment Re:Fuck you, protesters (Score 2) 112

"That was certainly the historical case, and going back into pre-Western-contact days, the ruling class (ali`i) were so elite that if a commoner even looked at them the commoner was subject to death."

And in particular, only the ali'i were permitted to go above the treeline on Maunakea. The kãnaka, or commoners, would be clubbed to death for venturing up to where the telescopes are now.

Yippee! Macrons work now. Thanks for the encoding fix, new owners!

Comment Re: This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 112

"That's why private property is a good idea. If the natives owned the property (the last monarch's corruption makes it worth a separate argument) , they'd probably want the rent."

That would be true if the real opposition were just the natives, but the Greens will stall projects on private land just as surely as on public land. In a case like this, they are just using the natives as a weapon.

How long has it been since we could build a nuclear plant, even on land the utility owns outright?

Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 3, Insightful) 112

"A tiny pressure group can stop virtually any big project, by filing court action after court action,"

The real opposition to TMT came from the Deep Greens, who tried the same tactic in the Nineties to stop telescope construction in Arizona. Republicans (astronomy is a major "industry" in AZ) beat them back by the skin of their teeth, but the Green victory in Hawaii means that the US is through as a location for any major project of this kind, barring some major political reformation.

It's an election year, so write your candidate. It can't hurt.

Comment Re:Unhelpful Whining (Score 2) 112

"If the telescope doesn't get built it will be because the people who want to build it aren't willing to make the compromises that are required as part of a democratic process."

Hawaii doesn't want astronomy, and it is not the job of astronomers to convince them otherwise. Even if they were to start the 7-14 year permitting process over again, it wouldn't change the opposition. Start construction right away at an alternate site.

Sierra San Pedro Mártir in Baja California is a site on the original list for the TMT, but all of the other sites other than Maunakea were in Chile, which is now the location for its southern hemisphere sibling. The TMT needs another northern hemisphere site. Given the current social situation in Mexico, can the safety of construction and operation be assured? If not, I have suggested that qualified site on the Tibetan Plateau, even though it was not on the TMT's original list because that list was composed before China became a partner in TMT. China is one place where the project will be insulated from its real opponents, the Greens.

Comment Re:fast growth (Score 1) 236

It all started so innocently as a push for "diversity." Programming has always been diverse - I remember when the Indians arrived, and then the Russians arrived - but the big push recently has been the increasing number of women. But that's not enough for Nicole Sanchez. She explicitly labels white women as "barriers to progress."

Unfortunately, Sanchez' outpourings are not a fantasy at all. She is really saying those things.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 3, Insightful) 239

Gonna go out on a limb and say maybe that boat left port sometime around March 2014.

Already sailed for Bitcoin, you mean. The time to get into any cryptocurrency is at the beginning, when its units are easy to mine without owning your own silicon fab and power station, and before its transaction system starts to break down as users discover it won't scale.

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