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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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December 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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To listen to all of John Batchelor’s podcasts, well worth your time, go here.


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  • Localfluff

    It was exciting to watch the launch of the JWST onboard the most sexy rocket in the world, Ariane 5, just now. I hope you didn’t miss it. The countdown as the very last Vulcain engine ignited on the Devil’s Island:
    “- Cinq, quatre, trois, dö, UNITÉ, feu! Allumage! Décolage!”

  • Questioner


    I think the devil rides you! We cannot wish for Ariane 5 to fail tomorrow. Don’t be evil, aren’t you also interested in the scientific results of the James Webb telescope?

  • Localfluff

    I am hysterically hopeful for the JWST’s success. And I am truly hopeful! Ariane 5 hasn’t failed in 15 years. And it is the most beautiful rocket. And as to the telescope, everything with it has already failed, and has been fixed safely here on the ground! There remains nothing more to fail, again. It cost $10 Billion and was delayed by 14 years for a reason. It has been fixed. It was difficult. I mean, try doing it yourself! Hands off. Everything is double plus okay now. It’s as with the LIGO gravitational observatory. When I first heard of it I thought that this cannot work, and payd no more attention to it. But it worked! Fantastically! Their famous paper had a thousand authors. Do I think that I am smarter than a thousand physicists who signed this Nobel Prise winning paper? It was a crazy idea. But it worked, and that’s enough. Not anymore. I learn. That’s also a way to use ones brain, it is good at it if one tries. And I am deeply impressed.

    JWST will see the first star that ever lit up our worlds. At the same time as it lits up! Through a quirk in spacetime. How can we do that? What are we? The answer will not be a slip up on the launch pad. Ariane 5 will do its do, as it has always have done. Or it will add to the English grammar in comparativum:
    Horrible. Terrible. JWST.

    The astronomer asks his creation:
    “- Mirror mirror in the sky, tell me what is furthest away!”
    And is answered by the Heavens, with:
    “- Furthest away from reality of all is your mind. You’re MAD!”

  • Jeff Wright

    I liked Ariane 4 the best-looks wise, with Saturn IB.

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