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I am now in the second week of my July fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black, celebrating its 14th anniversary. Thank you to everyone that donated so generously last week. I hope week two will do as well.

 

Your donations and subscriptions have allowed me the freedom and ability to analyze objectively the ongoing renaissance in space, as well as the cultural changes -- for good or ill -- that are happening across America. Four years ago, just before the 2020 election I wrote that Joe Biden's mental health was suspect. Only in the past two weeks has the mainstream media decided to recognize that basic fact.

 

Fourteen years ago I wrote that SLS and Orion were a bad ideas, a waste of money, would be years behind schedule, and better replaced by commercial private enterprise. Even today NASA and Congress refuses to recognize this reality.

 

In 2020 when the world panicked over COVID I wrote that the panic was unnecessary, that the virus was apparently simply a variation of the flu, that masks were not simply pointless but if worn incorrectly were a health threat, that the lockdowns were a disaster and did nothing to stop the spread of COVID. Only in the past year have some of our so-called experts in the health field have begun to recognize these facts.

 

Your help allows me to do this kind of intelligent analysis. I take no advertising or sponsors, so my reporting isn't influenced by donations by established space or drug companies. Instead, I rely entirely on donations and subscriptions from my readers, which gives me the freedom to write what I think, unencumbered by outside influences.

 

Please consider supporting my work here at Behind the Black.

 

You can support me either by giving a one-time contribution or a regular subscription. There are five ways of doing so:

 

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Week two of my annual July fund-raising campaign

Scroll down for the most recent posts. See also this post about the new print edition of Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8.

We are now in the second week of the July fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black, celebrating its 14th anniversary. Thank you to everyone that donated so generously last week. I hope week two will do as well.

Your donations and subscriptions have allowed me the freedom and ability to analyze objectively the ongoing renaissance in space, as well as the cultural changes — for good or ill — that are happening across America. Four years ago, just before the 2020 election I wrote that Joe Biden’s mental health was suspect. Only in the past two weeks has the mainstream media decided to recognize that basic fact. Fourteen years ago I wrote that SLS and Orion were a bad ideas, a waste of money, would be years behind schedule, and better replaced by commercial private enterprise. Even today NASA and Congress refuse to recognize this reality.

In 2020 when the world panicked over COVID I wrote that the panic was unnecessary, that the virus was apparently simply a variation of the flu, that masks were not simply pointless but if worn incorrectly were a health threat, that the lockdowns were a disaster and did nothing to stop the spread of COVID. Only in the past year have some of our so-called experts in the health field begun to recognize these facts.

Your help allows me to do this kind of intelligent analysis. I take no advertising or sponsors, so my reporting isn’t influenced by donations by established space or drug companies. Instead, I rely entirely on donations and subscriptions from my readers, which gives me the freedom to write what I think, unencumbered by outside influences.

Please consider supporting my work here at Behind the Black. There are five ways of doing so:

1. Zelle: This is the only internet method that charges no fees. All you have to do is use the Zelle link at your internet bank and give my name and email address (zimmerman at nasw dot org). What you donate is what I get.

2. Patreon: Go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. Patreon takes a 12% cut.

3. Donate by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman and mailed to:

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

4. Paypal: You can use the Paypal options in the tip jar elsewhere on the page to either donate or subscribe. Of all the options, Paypal takes the largest cut, about 16%.

You can also support me by buying one of my books, as noted in the boxes interspersed throughout the webpage or shown in the menu above. And if you buy the books through the ebookit links, I get a larger cut and I get it sooner.

This post will stay at the top of the page for the next month. Scroll down to read the most recent posts.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 

The print edition can be purchased at Amazon. Or you can buy it directly from the author and get an autographed copy.

 
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.


The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
 

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News

8 comments

  • Bosco Bob

    I’d like to suggest that you pay for your hobby yourself.

    Why should anyone support your tax deductible website where you sell your books 24/7/365 days a year.

    Quit begging and pay your own bills.

    As soon as you write something worth paying for I’ll send money.
    Don’t hold your breath.

  • James Street

    That escalated quickly
    https://t.ly/XqobD

  • Gary M.

    Say the best, think the rest.

    You can’t brighten your day by blowing out someone else’s candle.

  • F

    Bosco Bob,

    Why? Because the site provides interesting information, mostly about space exploration efforts, but also about a number of other topics.

    Why? Because the owner very obviously appreciates and respects his audience, and he is willing to engage with it regularly.

    Why? Because the owner, through Cool Images and Evening Pauses, keeps the site entertaining, and not simply informative.

    Why? Because the owner has common sense.

    Such a site is, indeed, worth visiting and worth supporting.

  • Bosco Bob

    F

    You are correct, Bob does publish interesting info occasionally. He also spreads russian propaganda. I assumed Putin was financing the site.

    Respects his audience?
    You must be new here.

    I have seen vile behavior from Bob in the comments directed at people who disagreed with him. It doesn’t happen every day but it’s childish behavior from someone old enough to know better.

    I’m sure Bob at some point in his life had
    common sense but if you read his rantings about covid it is obvious he has no medical expertise and he proves it over and over and over and over. Read the external links when he provides them. He has in the past linked to retracted papers, and he really likes to link to preprint papers that have not yet been peer reviewed, that is, if the title sounds like it supports his point. If this kind of cherry picking the data seems OK to you, enjoy! But that’s not how science works.

    He apparently seems to think he knows something about climate science too, he read a book once. Same cherry picking data, same lack of any expertise, you can believe that too if you like.

    If you enjoy his disinformation by all means please send him all your money.

    I have no problem with Bob publishing whatever he desires, true or not.

    I just think he should pull himself up by his bootstraps and quit being a Marxist freeloader.

    Pay your own bills like a good little conservative should.

  • F

    Bosco Bob,

    Maybe you’re correct, and I’m “new” here . . .

    Then again, I have been visiting the site, just about every day, for well over a year, and I have not been triggered in the same manner that you apparently have.

    I wonder, if the site and its owner are so bad, why are YOU here? Do you believe you are working to “save” its readers from its owner and his common sense?

    Actually, I really don’t care whether or not you answer these questions. If you are dumb enough to believe the site is owned by a Marxist or a Putin promoter, your opinion isn’t worth my time.

  • wayne

    Cotour-
    Hilarious!

    James Street-
    Too quickly, someone needs their meds tuned-up.

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