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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

An expedition financed by Jeff Bezos has recovered two Saturn 5 F-1 engines from the ocean bottom.

An expedition financed by Jeff Bezos has recovered two Apollo-era Saturn 5 F-1 engines from the ocean bottom.


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  • That would be the coolest living room display ever.

  • Steve mac

    Wow! at ~12 ‘diameter, and 18 feet tall you’ve a pretty impressive living room.

  • jwing

    I’m surprised NASA doesn’t claim them and ask Jeff to return them to Cape Canaveril. They do that for all other Apollo related artifacts.

  • I’m sure the founder of could find the room.

  • US admiralty law is rife with contradictions, but my understanding is that a) the derelict is not within the territorial waters of the US (so the 1987 Abandoned Shipwreck Act doesn’t apply), and b) the original owner (US government) has so effectively abandoned the derelict so as to quit claim on it. The last part depends on act and intent. It’s demonstrable that the government never intended to recover the engines, as they were part of a disposable rocket stage, and have lain at the bottom of the ocean for 40+ years. The US government has also never acted to recover any part of the Saturn vehicle except the crew capsule. This is why Mel Fisher, for example, couldn’t just snag a Shuttle SRB and claim salvage.

    I’m sure Mr. Bezos consulted with maritime counsel before undertaking the expedition, but it’s very cool that we may have the opportunity to see a flown F-1 engine.

  • jwing

    Thanks for the imformative reply. Your’re right on the mark since NASA is currently charged with muslim outreach anyway, and it really doesn’t have the time or money (sequestration) to badger Bezos about fishing out those nasty polluting, CO2 producing space garbage rusting on the bottom of the Atlantic. :)

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