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December 4, 2017 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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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  • wayne

    the evil captain Janeway…
    “The Warship Voyager”
    Season 4, Episode 23

  • Wayne: What a bad television series Voyager was. This clip only remained me of that.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z.-
    Have an opinion on ST: Discovery?

    “In A Mirror Darkly” intro
    ST: Enterprise (evil captain Archer variant) [se4ep18 & 19]

  • Wayne: No opinion. Haven’t seen it, and actually have very little interest in seeing it.

  • Richard M

    VOYAGER really was a major disappointment.

    It was bad enough, as Ronald D. Moore (who bailed out after just a couple episodes and went on to helm BATTLESTAR GALACTICA instead) objected at the time that they took an intriguing premise and basically tossed it aside to fall back into a typical TREK template of monster-of-the-week with ship and crew intact and unchanged as if they’d just been back to spacedock for repair and R&R. But even that might have been worth watching if they’d bothered to write some appealing characters. Which they did not.

    Trek was successful above all because of its main characters – Kirk-Spock-McCoy in TOS, and to a somewhat lesser degree, Picard-Data in TNG. But the VOYAGER characters were pretty much unwatchable. At that point, TREK was dead to me.

    P.S. Great podcast as always, Bob. The Russians are in a world of hurt, and it is only going to get worse.

  • wayne

    Have an opinion on ST: Enterprise?

  • Wayne: I can tell you that I found Enterprise to refreshing and a joy to watch, once they decided to do what they called a 26 hour single episode. The first season was annoying and bad. The second season improved. And then the third and fourth seasons became great, telling a single overarching story with muscle and intelligence. It was a shame the series was cancelled after only four seasons, just as they were beginning to pick up steam.

    They still ended it nicely however. The final moment of the last episode was perfect.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z.–
    If you are referring to the “temporal cold-war” story line, I would completely agree.

    -Captain Janeway would have agonized endlessly over every decision and gotten everyone killed and/or enslaved, across all of space & time. (Her lingerie would have been in a state of constant upheaval.)
    -I don’t like Scott Bacula as an actor, so it took me awhile to warm up to his character, but definitely, Enterprise over Voyager. Archer over Janeway.

    -There’s ‘like 500+ hours of Star Trek across the variants & movies, so there’s a bit of “blah-bah-blah” going on. As well, I’m biased toward the original series (which holds up incredibly well over time, but does have a lot of the Monster-of-the-Week going on) and while I don’t like Captain Sisko, I’m partial to DS-9 over Next Gen.

    The First Captain Janeway
    (Genevieve Bujold)

  • Wayne: While Kate Mulgrew is definitely not as good an actress as Genevieve Bujold, the problem here was not the actress, but the writing. Had the writing of Voyager been any good at all, Mulgrew could have risen to perform it. The writing however was not good.

    My wife and I last year completed watching, in order, Star Trek, Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise. We had previously seen Deep Space Nine. Without question, the original series stands out as having the best writing and ideas. The later stuff is saddled with political correctness and liberal politics, and thus often has trouble telling stories with muscle.

    I have no interest in seeing the newest stuff, a decision I made after watching Star Trek Into Darkness, one of the stupidest, most predictable, and boring films possibly ever made. It combined all the worst problems of the later Star Treks while adding all of the typical cliches of all modern actions films. Yuch. What a waste.

  • Edward

    It may be that the reason we liked the original series is because it was morality plays. It would ask a question of when is it acceptable to do something not so moral — questions that were topical then and often continue to apply now. The logical character and the emotional character would debate the issue, then the command character would make a decision, but it up to us to consider whether it was a good idea to break or follow The Prime Directive, or whatever rule or moral code.

    The other Star Trek versions devolved into mostly space ships and aliens, with the occasional good story line.

    This is why I so much like “The Measure Of A Man” in the Next Generation series. It asked a question that we are now beginning to ponder, when is an artificial intelligence its own person rather than property, like a toaster, and deserves Saudi Arabian citizenship ( ). The episode uses a combination of logical and emotional arguments to make its point.

    [!!! *** SPOILER ALERT *** !!!]

    The following clip gives away the ending of the episode: (7 minutes)

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