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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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Earth spacecraft on Mars fires its laser for the first time.

War of the Worlds! The Earth invading spacecraft on Mars has fired its laser for the first time!

Forgive me the hyperbole. I have this childhood vision from that moment when I first read H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, when the Martian tripod first rose up and fired its death ray at a crowd of curious humans. And here we are, a century after Wells penned that classic science fiction novel, and humans have put a spacecraft on Mars, Curiosity, capable of firing lasers! The laser isn’t a death ray but a scientific tool, but nonetheless the ironies remain delicious.


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  • JGL

    Did I hear correctly that Curiosity has a nuclear battery?

    Do you know what powers it, what its output is and how long it will last?

    Its amazing, I sit hear at my desk and log on to a web site and get a beautiful 360′ view of a crater on the planet Mars.

    There is power in the everyday person being able to see in almost real time what our robot is up to on another planet.

    This is the tip of the iceberg, if only we can get back to business and extricate ourselves from this socialist stink we have on our country at the


  • You are not reading Behind the Black as closely as you should. :)

    I posted this link, “How Curiosity’s nuclear power plant works,” on August 10.

    Everyone, pay attention! There will be a test!

  • And it will be on 6 November.

  • JGL

    Thank you, I missed that one, very interesting, whats old is new again, now I just just have to convince you to deal with the E-cat issue, you

    know I will be reading that ;)

    If you havn’t noticed I have been pretty well obsessed with politics and our Constituion of late.

    I appreciate all of the articles you post (both political and technical) and your opinion, we are very solidly on the same page.

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