Conscious Choice cover

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.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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A collection of pertinent emails from Climategate 2

A collection of pertinent quotes from Climategate 2.

I come to two conclusions as I read these and earlier emails.

  • The IPCC process has nothing to do with science and should not be considered a valid reference source.
  • The scientists involved are as unsure of the science as the skeptics, but don’t want anyone to know.

Both of these facts are important to recognize in order to decide what sources of information are reliable in studying this issue. And obviously, this means that almost any reports or press announcements coming out of Durbin this week are untrustworthy.


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  • Jim

    Speaking of reliability of sources, how is it that supposedly there were over 200,000 emails. The released number is 5,000.
    Who decided to hold back 195,000 of those emails, and why?
    Why be selective?
    I would question any source that decides FOR ME what I can read.

  • ZZMike

    Meanwhile, they’re at it again in Durban:

    Durban: Protests ahead of UN climate convention

    “Durban: More than 6000 people gathered in Durban to ask for climate justice ahead of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. ”

    Some creative financing:

    UN climate conference: In Durban, Pakistan wins ‘Robin Hood’ award

    That’s not a slam, it’s supposed to be a compliment:


    Pakistan won the ‘Robin Hood’ award at the UN climate talks for proposing financial transaction tax (FTT) as an innovative source of financing the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on Saturday.
    . . . .
    …the FTT is easy to implement and monitor and can raise money in hundreds and billions,”
    . . . .
    The Financial Transaction Tax, also known as the Robin Hood tax, is a small levy of 0.01%-0.05% imposed on the trade of stocks, derivates, currency, and other financial instruments.”

    As usual, there are a few unresolved bits:

    “It is also not clear at this stage how this fund will be used and what areas will be specifically addressed through it. There seems to be some debate over distribution too, if it gets materialised.”

    “Robin Hood” is a good reference. He stole from the rich, took his cut, and gave the rest away.

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