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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.  
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“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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Big money offered to protest Trump

Advertisements in two dozen cities offered protesters a $2,500 monthly retainer plus $50 per hour to be professional protesters against Donald Trump.

Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on seeking “operatives.”

“Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad. “We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” the ad continues. “We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.” The job offers a monthly retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” as well as health, vision and dental insurance for full-time operatives.

Though the article does not say where the money is coming from, it really doesn’t matter. It proves that the protests we will see are generally fake, and not expressing a real undercurrent of protest. Congressional Republicans and Trump should thus ignore them.



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  • ken anthony

    Trump should send his own people to volunteer! Imagine the fun he could have?

  • Insomnius

    As H.A. Goodman said on youtube. The democrats deserve Trump for at least 4 years, at least, for just backing Hillary!

  • wodun

    It’s all a dark web of money laundering for the Democrat party. It is party organized and controlled. Our media turns a blind eye to how these groups exist and their violence. The media actually celebrates their violence in most cases.

  • Edward

    The largest private grassroots support organization in the United States? An organization that no one has ever heard of is grassroots and large? And rich?

    It seems unlikely.

    It seems top down, not grassroots.

  • Joseph

    This is a hoax. A representative was exposed on the Tucker Carlson show on the Fox network (1/17/17). He was asked to provide proof of his identity with a credit card, license, etc. He was also hammered with questions that yielded responses that had me rolling on the floor, laughing. It is definitely worth viewing if a video gets posted on the web. Even the representative expressed surprise that he was able to get away with the prank for as long as he did.

  • Garry

    Thanks for the heads-up Joseph.

    I particularly liked when the representative causally said something to the effect of “that’s why, 30 minutes ago, we changed our mission from protesting Trump to protesting the Trump protesters.”

  • wayne


    I totally gave up network/cable news— so, this is an entirely fake operation?

  • PeterF

    I would LOVE to see Tucker Carlson make this kind of expose’ a regular feature of his show! It was hilarious! Much better that he treated the performance artist with humor rather than as an adversary. And the guy was a good sport about it when he finally just had to admit the truth. Bill O’Reilly better watch out because Tucker just might end his dominance as the top show on television.

  • PeterF

    By the way, I’m a big supporter of Peyton Manning too! I even like Papa John’s pizza! When it looked like Tom Brady might have to retire because of injuries, Peyton happened to be available to replace him. When I mentioned that he might come to Foxboro, my mom nearly had a stroke. But I think that anyone that can laugh at himself on “nationwide” television can’t be all that bad. I would like to see Peyton and Tom eventually team up as game announcers/ color commentators.

  • Garry

    Wayne, watch the video I linked (about 7 minutes). The whole thing is a hoax, but the reasons are obscure. If I were to guess, I’d say that the guy just likes trolling and may be trying to make a point about how easy it is to manufacture “news” and be taken seriously by bug media. It’s unclear whether he’s conservative, liberal, anarchist, or none of the above, but he does a pretty good performance art as the caricature of a liberal.

    PeterF, it’s been years since I haven’t watched news regularly, but I really like what little I’ve sen as Tucker Carlson. He gets right to the truth of things, and, as you said, he has a sense of humor. We don’t have enough of the “Happy Warriors” these days.

    Tucker’s specialty seems to be interviewing extremists from the other side, sticking to very basic questions, and making them look silly. This clip shows that he has a sense of perspective and isn’t an overzealous bulldog; perhaps this guest was trying to paint him that way.

  • Garry: As amusing as this guy is in his interview with Tucker Carlson, his identity remains unknown. In fact, my impression of him is one of a very smart dude who quickly scrambled to avoid Carlson’s attacks and thus disarm him. I remain curious and unconvinced. The ads were paid for, they did appear, and contacts will be made because of them.

  • Garry

    I agree; I’m puzzled by why he would go to the expense to put the ads up.

    Is he trying to promote anti-Trump protests?
    Is he trying to scare people from protesting against Trump?
    Is there some kind of scam involved where he takes money from people who answer ads?
    Is it just a way to get contact info he can sell?
    Is he just trying to get exposure on the national media, for whatever reason?

    It’s all a big mystery, but if nothing else we got some amusement out of it. Who knows if we’ll be laughing or crying about it later, but at least for now we can laugh a little.

  • Des

    The Washington post has now updated the article to say that it was a hoax. It’s possible that there are nutters on both the left and right who would stoop to such low tactics but you would hope they would be a bit more subtle!

  • Edward

    I’m not puzzled. The guy intended to expose the gullibility of the press. Fact checking seems to be a long lost art, but Fox News still practices it. How embarrassed are the rest of the news outlets? Only the ones that still have shame are embarrassed.

  • Garry

    I think that’s a safe bet, but why does he want to do that?

    Is he a Clinton supporter who wants to sustain the idea that “fake news won the election”?

    Is he a Trump supporter who wants to de-legitimatize Trump protesters?

    Is he just up to mischief, with no political agenda?

    Does he plan to do anything with the names and other info he gets in response to his ads?

    It seems to me that he went through a lot of trouble and expense to do this, and I’m curious about all his reasons.

  • Garry and all: Good journalists who specialize in this sort of stuff should be digging right now very hard to answer all of Garry’s questions about this guy and the advertisements. Most important of all, they should be digging to find out who this guy really is.

    Sadly, I do not expect that to happen. The political wing of journalism is very corrupt and incompetent these days. And I include all cable stations, including Fox. They dug a little bit to find out that the guy was not telling us the truth about who he was, but they seem to have stopped their investigation there. Just because he was lying does not mean that he is a hoax. Not at all.

  • Edward

    Garry asked: “I think that’s a safe bet, but why does he want to do that?”

    I don’t know, and I may not care. He seemed to have had fun doing it, having a hard time keeping a straight face at times, but he got in a good smile near the end.

    It didn’t cost him much money. He didn’t even bother to dress in a suit to do the Fox interview.

  • Cotour

    An interesting British read on Trump, much like my own, from Piers Morgan who I have not in the past had a very high opinion of. I now must give him two thumbs up.

    As of this writing its about 15 hours to Trump, and just as important its about 15 hours to Obama vacating the presidency,. It all boils down to these next few hours that I have waited (and survived) for eight years. Thats a long time to wait.

  • wayne

    13 hours and 20 minutes or so, to go!

    Hillary is so Vain
    (parody song)

  • Edward

    With 12 hours to go, yet another delicate snowflake plea: (3 minutes)

  • Cotour

    1 hour and 50 minutes to go and Trump is once again proven 100% correct!

    The Mexicans really do send their murderers and drug dealers to the United States! Literally!

  • wayne

    Have my C-span feed all ready to go.

    (Cotour– if we want to crush the Cartel & bankrupt Mexico… abolish the DEA!)

  • wayne

    Yow— leftist agitators are on a vandalism-fest in DC!

    (and there is some crazy video from protesters attempting to disrupt the “DeploraBall,” last night.)

    “Interstate travel in furtherance of a Riot, is a Federal crime.”

  • Cotour

    11:46, the invocation has occurred, and Allah or Mohamad has not been mentioned!

    When during the prayer it was asked for God to protect Donald J. Trump as the new president I uncontrollably started to smile and laughed out loud, and a tear appeared in my eye.

    Today is a good day.

    (But now Charles Schumer speaks and he annoys me.)

  • wayne

    Enjoyed the speech very much.
    I would quibble with specific content, but I’m having too much FUN reveling in the Moment!

  • wayne

    Conservative Review TV, is live-streaming today, >for free.

    Currently, Michelle Malkin & Dan Bongino are engaged in constructive banter & DJT clips. (good stuff. They are enjoying the Moment, as well. ) Steven Crowder is coming up next for some humorous commentary…

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