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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.


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Crew Dragon successfully tests SuperDraco engines

Capitalism in space: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, planned for a launch abort test in December, has successfully completed a set of static fire engine tests of two of its SuperDraco launch abort engines.

They next plan a static fire test of all eight engines, followed by that launch abort flight. If all goes well with both, the only thing blocking SpaceX from launching its first manned mission early in 2020 will be the paperwork NASA is demanding they fill out prior to flight.


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  • Milt Hays, Jr.

    As James Oberg once let slip in a radio interview, NASA’s “real” job is, in effect, to keep ordinary people OUT of space. As I recall, this broadcast was in the late 1990s, on the Jeff Rense program. I do not have the exact air date.

    Mr. Oberg was discussing the fact that The Powers That Be at NASA / The Pentagon really didn’t want to allow just anyone access to space and, in particular, to their military hardware up there; the agenda being to exclude everyone but the carefully vetted with security clearances, etc. God knows what would happen if just “anybody” were allowed up there…

    Comes now Mr. Musk, totally upsetting NASA’s apple cart, making space accessible for commerce and even for travel and recreational purposes. The horror. The horror. (The fact that SpaceX makes NASA’s in-house efforts at rocket building look obsolete and beside the point doesn’t help much, either.) This is, once again, a wonderful example of Mr. Orwell’s point that just because NASA says that it is a “space agency,” this doesn’t automatically mean that its purpose is to actually put people into space. Maybe once upon a time, but if we judge them by their actual performance over the last five decades…


  • It seems there is more than a slight conflict of interest in having the National Aeronautics and Space Administration oversee it’s direct competitors. Perhaps if Congress wasn’t poking sticks under rocks to find *anything* that would provide rear-end balm to some Members, they could get interested in an anti-trust investigation that would provide actual benefit to the people.

  • Richard M

    Meanwhile, former NASA associate administrator for exploration systems and paid Boeing consultant Doug Cooke is back at it again today in his latest give-Boeing-all-your-money campaign, taking a hard shot at Crew Dragon for being behind schedule – though he somehow neglects to mention the even bigger schedule delays on Boeing’s Starliner, or even, indeed, Boeing’s SLS core, even despite the far greater funding both of these vehicles have received.

    Surprised that SpaceNews initially let this slip in without a statement of his status with Boeing – though they did, belatedly, correct that earlier today. Usually they’re pretty good about that.

    I’m sure Doug Cooke is a nice guy. But if you want to see what the swamp looks like in action, here’s a prime example.

  • Col Beausabre

    When the weight of the completed paperwork exceeds that of a fully loaded vehicle, approval is given for launch

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