[ExI] Hawaii telescope protests

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Wed Jul 24 16:21:22 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 11:38 AM Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com>

>>They have already delayed by 4 years what would have been the largest
>> optical telescope in the world, and now after they lost in court and
>> astronomers tried to resume construction they acted illegally and not only
>> stopped all new construction they shut down 13 of the most important
>> telescopes in the world that were telling us fascinating things about the
>> universe.
> *> The analogy is a little stretched here since the protestors are not,
> say, seeking to wipe out knowledge or scholarship.*

They are not just seeking they have already successfully delayed our
finding out new things about the universe, thanks to them the Thirty Meter
Telescope has already been delayed by 4 years and now, despite a recent
favorable court ruling, it will almost certainly be canceled entirely. I
just hope the mob someday allows the 13 existing telescopes at the most
important observatory in the world to resume operation, but even that is
far from certain.

Where is the anger (and yes righteous anger) that any civilized person
should feel at these horrible developments? I don't see it. And that's not
good, I find it downright frightening that even on the Extropian List for
reasons I can't even pretend to understand most feel a moral obligation to
make excuses for obvious barbaric behavior. It just doesn't bode well for
the future of Civilization.

 John K Clark

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