Conscious Choice cover

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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Did fueling procedures cause Falcon 9 launchpad explosion?

This Wall Street Journal article today speculates that “problematic fueling procedures” might have caused the September 1 Falcon 9 launchpad explosion.

Company officials have said it is too early to arrive at definitive answers, though one person familiar with the investigation said initial concerns about potentially substandard welds have been relegated to a low priority. If testing bears out early findings focusing on problematic fueling practices instead of hardware flaws, SpaceX likely will avoid a major redesign effort or extensive quality-control checks that could drag on for months.

Caution must be exercised here. The article depends on unnamed sources, and does not provide any details describing how fueling procedures could have caused the explosion.

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5 comments

  • Frank

    The WSJ article is behind their subscription paywall.

  • Frank: Interesting. When I click on the link I am able to access the entire article. I do not have a subscription, and in fact, am usually unable to access their articles.

  • wayne

    >They don’t put everything behind their paywall, all the time, for all web-visitors.
    They want you to buy the content but not all the content is pay-walled.

    It was in the Midwest print edition Friday morning. I checked it (through the link above) last night to see if they had added any new information, and I had to log myself in to see it. (I do have a subscription to the WSJ but don’t often read it on-line.)

    This morning, after seeing Frank & Mr. Z’s comments, I checked it again, not logged in, (and with my browser cache cleaned) and they are now showing the article in full.

    (occasionally, you can end-run the paywall by doing a search from the home-page, but that is not guaranteed to work.)

    Tangentially– this brings up an interesting Topic;
    -Not everyone ‘sees’ the same Internet, as everyone else does, pay-walls or not. Depending on your ISP & whether you are logged in any social-sites, how you access certain sites, and if you are following search-links, what you see has been “delivered” (they say “customized”) to you.

  • Frank

    I just tried it again and the full article comes up. I guess the lesson is keep trying.

  • Insomnius

    I was able to read the whole article too. I used to use http://bugmenot.com/ for situations like this, but it’s not as useful as it used to be.

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