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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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February 24, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • LocalFluff

    Good point about the Shuttle’s main engines now “failing” on the SLS. I’ve always only heard and read good reviews of the RS-25 engines. Very good. They flew 133 Shuttles, all crewed, without a flaw. Three engines at a time so that makes 400 engine launches, reused, perfectly every time. And refired in orbit. I bet there were half a dozen guys in NASA’s control room prepared every time they were about to fire, watching their screens trained to react on any kind of malfunction from lots of extensive simulations of whatever could go wrong and what to do about it. And never did they see a single pixel with the color red on their screens.

    But now the SLS fraudsters can’t make up a better excuse than to blame those engines for why they won’t deliver anything ever. And the fools walk like donkeys who never will get to bite the carrot dangling in front of them. Because that’s their masters’ dinner.

  • Jay

    I believe there was one failure of one of the main engines in the shuttle during flight, STS-93. The mission was still successful.

    It is a great engine, I agree. This was the first component that was already to go for Constellation/SLS on day one of the project and now they are having problems with it.

    Side-note: Years ago, I wanted to know how many engines were going to be available for Ares-V/Jupiter/SLS. I created a spreadsheet with all the engines, right down to the serial numbers. The ones they wanted to use were the Block 2 and 2A models. I was surprised that they only selected twelve engines, when it showed they had enough Block 2/2A engines for two more rockets (the Jupiter and SLS four engine model not the five engine Ares-V). I wish I kept that list.

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