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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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Hail Armageddon

“Hail Armageddon.”

The Obama administration has every incentive to make the sky fall, lest we suffer that terrible calamity — cuts the nation survives. Are they threatening to pare back consultants, conferences, travel and other nonessential fluff? Hardly. It shall be air-traffic control. Meat inspection. Weather forecasting.

A 2011 Government Accountability Office report gave a sampling of the vastness of what could be cut, consolidated and rationalized in Washington: 44 overlapping job training programs, 18 for nutrition assistance, 82 (!) on teacher quality, 56 dealing with financial literacy, more than 20 for homelessness, etc. Total annual cost: $100 billion-$200 billion, about two to five times the entire domestic sequester.

Are these on the chopping block? No sir. It’s firemen first. That’s the phrase coined in 1976 by legendary Washington Monthly editor Charlie Peters to describe the way government functionaries beat back budget cuts. Dare suggest a nick in the city budget, and the mayor immediately shuts down the firehouse. The DMV back office, stacked with nepotistic incompetents, remains intact. Shrink it and no one would notice. Sell the firetruck — the people scream and the city council falls silent about any future cuts.

After all, the sequester is just one-half of 1 percent of GDP. It amounts to 1.4 cents on the dollar of nondefense spending, 2 cents overall.

The only reason sequestration will cause a shut down of government services will because Barack Obama and his administration choose to do so. Keep that in mind if you discover that lines at the airport have suddenly grow to hours.

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4 comments

  • JGL

    In reality when you are confronted with cutting costs by 2% you take account of what you can

    do without and you make your adjustments.

    In Washington a “cut” means that you are willing to only spend 15 Billion dollars more this year.

    Then I read the paper this morning and I see that Dennis Rodman is hanging out with Kim Jung

    Un, there is a cop on trial in N.Y. for planning to kid nap, cook and eat women, the Japanese are

    living in “coffin” apartments, the vice president suggests women getting shot guns and just

    shooting through doors when threatened, government officials flying around on 60 million

    dollar jets, a mother is selling the naming rights to her baby, the U.S. government purposely

    allows 2000 plus high powered weapon sales to Mexican drug cartels, I could go on and on, this

    is reality. If you wrote it up for a movie script you would be shown the door because it would be

    too unbelievable.

    I must admit that when I saw Dennis Rodman’s picture this morning sitting and laughing with

    KJ Un I laughed out loud but upon thinking about it I can see him actually doing some good

    having a relationship with his new friend. He is now the go to guy when trying to convince

    Un to not set off a nuclear war. Who would have thunk it?

    Armageddon? What comes after Armageddon?

    And if I were to have to choose

  • Jim

    Another point you and I have some agreement, Bob. Lets face it, we are used to this. Here in New York, we traditionally would have the “blue flu” whenever the policeman’s contract was debated. Their way of saying see what happens when you cut our budgets. So I am fearful of what you suggest. Let see…I will be as angry as you if it happens.

    I’m tired of excuses, from both parties. Both signed off on the sequester, and it is their job to make it work.

  • JGL,

    I really really really appreciate your comments on my website. I just have one very minor nitpick. Why do you continually insert line spaces in your comments. It makes it very hard to read what you write. The way you type your text it is almost as if you are treating the computer like an old-fashioned typewriter, whereby when you get close to the right margin you hit the enter key to start a new line. This is completely unnecessary, and creates formating problems that makes it hard to read what you write.

    Computers will automatically wrap you around to the next line. When you get to the right margin just keep typing. Let the computer do the work.

  • JGL

    It is an edit and organization technique, I have to constantly reread what I write and the space makes it easier for me.

    Thank you for the feed back, I will take your advice.

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