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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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Four more boys rescued from cave in Thailand

Link here.

Keep your fingers crossed. What I did not mention yesterday in describing the dangers of cave diving was the truly courageous work of the divers to find these boys. Caving diving is mostly done blind. The first person in can sometimes see, but very quickly the silt reduces visibility to zero. To make sure divers can find their way back, they lay a lifeline as they go.

There had not been a lifeline to the passages where the boys were found, prior to this rescue effort. To have laid out a lifeline in passages almost two-thirds of a mile long, so quickly, speaks volumes for the courage and skills of the cave divers here. It is also why I am not surprised one diver died in the effort.

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4 comments

  • Phill O

    Is cave diving not the most hazardous of all recreational activities?

  • wayne

    rough death-rate per activity–

    Maternal death in pregnancy: 1 in 8,200 maternities
    Surgical anesthesia: 1 in 185,000 operations
    Hang-gliding: 1 in 116,000 flights
    Scuba Diving: 1 in 200,000 dives
    Rock climbing: 1 in 320,000 climbs
    Canoeing: 1 in 750,000 outings
    Fairground rides: 1 in 834,000,000 rides
    Rail travel accidents: 1 in 43,000,000 passenger journeys
    Aircraft accidents: 1 in 125,000,000 passenger journeys..

    pivoting tangentially–
    Who used to watch “Sea Hunt?”

  • wayne

    “Summary of cave-diving fatalities using 1997 & 1999 data”
    http://www.iucrr.org/fatalities.pdf

  • wayne

    “Basic Cave Diving: A Blueprint for Survival”
    Sheck Exley
    https://nsscds.org/blueprint-for-survival/

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