Blue Revolution Hawaii website.
Wall Street Journal plead yesterday from the living Republican Secretaries of State (Henry Kissinger, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, George Schultz, James Baker) to pass that damn legislation. The Republicans, you see, are opposing passage. By the way, Democrats have long been in the affirmative. The motivation was that the developing Group of 77 felt that the developed nations should share the ocean with the rest of the world. Much of this initially had to do with seabed minerals. The matter is not unlike religion. It's all in what you believe. And the views all contradict. Thus, lobbyists fighting ratification, they fund Republicans, go back to 1983 when President Ronald Reagan promulgated (meaning edicted), that the USA has an EEZ and it's ours. We basically don't wish to share our rights and technology. My guess? The LOS treaty will not be ratified, this year, nor anytime soon.
Myron Nordquist shared more anecdotes, including that true tale about the Glomar Explorer and the Russian K-129 submarine with nuclear weapons, at 18,000 feet northwest of Oahu, partially salvaged by the ship in secret. While the various stories were funny, the reality had everything to do with what Seasteading would be faced with in terms of maritime law. For example, it was exactly 50 years ago when the Republic of Minerva attempted to form a nation on a reef in the Pacific. The Tongan government got concerned and the rest is history, although recent highlights include Fiji fencing with Tonga about that same reef and utopia. That's a Minerva coin to the right above.
The day ended with lightning rounds:
John Trepl (Marine Hydroelectric Company): a simple wavepower system, really.
Mike Doty (Delishus Fishes): poly fish culture
Michelle and Thrond Toftely (Res Judicata): a better way to handle government services
Gabriell Rothblass (Terasem): intelligent design and pharming for Seasteading
Tim Potter (Bamboo: (Nature's Aluminum Poles): he talked about the decline of bamboo
Henry Mariano (Harvest Energy): power generation by force, like on roads and through mooring
Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones (Live Fuel): fuels from algae (phosphorus is important and the sea is the solution (above)
Neil Sims (IMAGn Project): geoengineering of the ocean through mariculture
Neil deserves a full photo because he closed the program for the day, although Jonathan Cain, President of the Thiel Foundation, provided the final word:
Jonathan is important because he provides funds for this type of thing.