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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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For the past two years NASA and JPL have been under heavy hacker attack from China, according to NASA’s inspector general.

For the past two years NASA and JPL have been under heavy hacker attack from China, according to NASA’s inspector general.


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  • Pzatchok

    The Chinese people seem to have a low opinion of patent or copy rights.

    They also have a different opinion of imagination in general. I have heard a few Chinese students say that they don’t have to have an imagination they just have to pass the tests and get a job. Inventing something new is just not normal in their culture.

    I have heard Chinese businessmen actually say. “Why invent something new when they can make just as much money copying and selling something someone else did already.” Stealing and idea is not really stealing.

    So of course their government would reflect this philosophy.

    Why invent when you can steal it.

    Its easy enough to stop. Just have each government organization set up a dummy computer network and fill it with wrong information. The same can be done with every company out there.
    Eventually they will stop because they have no way to find out what is good info or bad.

  • I don’t know why they’d want to hack NASA, they have a more capable space program than we do. I’d think that they’d be more interested in our superior welfare-check printing technology.

  • Pzatchok

    There is some evidence that the Chinese culture is not an innovative culture.

    They invented stamps to use in printing, but in over a thousand years never invented movable type.

    They invented gun powder but after 1500 years never invented the cannon or hand gun.

    They invented paper, and a seismograph but they never put the two together.

    They used the square sail which has a very hard time sailing against the wind. They also knew of the lateen sail from the middle east and India which moved against the wind and turned very well but didn’t make great power. In 5 hundred years they never combined the two.

    They are doing what they have always done. Copying only what they know works.

  • mike shupp

    Three years. The report Keith Cowling points to at NASA WATCH came out last year (“February 29”).

    It’s obnoxious. I trust we’re responding tit-for-tat and taking punishing countermeasures.

    OTOH, maybe this is the modern age’s equivalent of the code breaking that governments engaged in back in the 1930’s and 1940’s? We’re all under increased scrutiny these days, with each of our actions, each of our emails, each of our phone calls, each of our store purchases being examined for hints that we are tax evaders, terrorists, Palmolive soap users, pederasts, gun nuts, rude to American Indians, salacious toward cheerleaders, etc. Why should corporations and government organizations expect less rigorous examination?

  • wodun

    There are some people who think that China is not a threat and that we are not competing with them but incidents like this show that they are and we are.

    The astonishing part is that they had full access to JPL for two years. We should have known and done something about it.

  • wodun

    Ya, it would be naive to think that we are not also engaging in this type of behavior.

  • I remember Chinese hackers trying to get into the company I worked for which had no great secrets. I just think it’s very common. What are a few billion young guys to do without any girlfriends?

  • Pzatchok

    What the hell are we going to get off of them?

    What have they developed on their own in the last 20 years?

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