Conscious Choice cover

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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, used their private email accounts to illegally transmit confidential tax information.

Working for the Democratic Party: IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, used their private email accounts to illegally transmit confidential tax information.

“[W]e have uncovered a troubling pattern of IRS officials sending official documents to non-official email accounts as well as the use of non-official email accounts to conduct official business,” the September 30th letter to acting IRS Commissioner Dan Werfil reads. “In some instances, IRS officials have sent taxpayer protected information to non-official email accounts.” The officials were identified as then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, Lois Lerner, who headed the office at the center of the scandal, Judith Kindall, and Nikole Flax, who worked in Lerner’s office.

In the letter to Werfil, Issa said that the committee had found over 1,600 pages of emails and documents related to official business in non-official email accounts. Nearly 30 pages of the material contained confidential tax information. The revelation raises serious questions about privacy and the security of the confidential data transmitted to the private email accounts. There is also a question of what might have been done with the data after it was sent to the private accounts. Those records would not be subject to the normal rules of transparency or freedom of information requests.

The only reason I can think of for these IRS officials to do this is because they wished to hide what they were doing, which also suggests that what they were doing was downright wrong.


Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Your support is even more essential to me because I keep this site free from advertisements and do not participate in corrupt social media companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook. I depend wholly on the direct support of my readers.

You can provide that support to Behind The Black with a contribution via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:


Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652


  • Pzatchok

    They knew it was wrong.

    Otherwise why use a non government email?

    The more I see stuff like this happening even outside Washington the more I am getting the idea that we need a HUGE purge of government personnel when the Republicans take over everything in the next election.

    Urge friends to write down incidents and dates including the names of ANY local offenders and any Washington offenders and be prepared to make a large data base of those who need to be fired. If the state or federal government unions cry about a few obviously partisan employees being fired just remind them of the air traffic controllers and what they got.

    Send a trusted unknown collage kid into the local democratic party offices to “help out”. They would stand a good chance of finding the goods as they are sent from higher ups. They can quit just before election time.

  • Having worked as a federal worker, I can tell you that the system is rigged against us. It is very difficult to fire a government worker. Witness Lois Lerner, for example. She wasn’t fired, she decided to retire.

    The air traffic controllers took a clear action that was directly in violation of the law. Being a partisan Democrat, even in the performance of your duties, is far less clear. Not only will it be difficult to get these hacks fired, I expect them to use the system (as they have for years) to sabotage any conservative efforts to rein them in.

  • Pzatchok

    The we make it less likely they would like to stay in their jobs.

    Remove any and all automatic wage increases. Remove guaranteed vacations. Remove health and retirement benefits.

    The only reason to want a government job should be the fact that you have a very low chance on being fired or laid off when the rest of the country goes to hell.
    Government jobs should not compete with or be equal to civilian jobs. They are not solders risking their lives for us, so we should not be paying them better than solders.

    Back in the 30’s,40’s and 50’s being a government worker meant that you couldn’t find a good civilian job and had to settle for a government one. Or you were a wounded solder and that was all you could find.

    As for firing them.
    All we need is ANY evidence they were breaking any employment rules. Like campaign work on government time or equipment. Including phones and computers. If we still can not fire them then fine them and charge them with theft of government property and or lying on their time cards.

    No civilian employer would put up with you doing work for someone else on their time and equipment and neither should we.

    When the fines hurt this BS WILL stop.

  • R. Cotour

    This current administration would never fire a loyal drone doing the unspoken will of the collective. Never. Think of the doubt and precedence it would create in the minds of the loyal drone doing the unspoken will of the administration. They would never undermine their work like that.

    Let me restate that. They would fire them as a sacrifice if it served the collective. There are plenty of loyal drones / supporters that have been strategically run over by the Obama bus.

  • Don

    Kill these agencies and they have no job. Plus a hiring freeze in other agencies is what is needed, death by attrition. Of course the IRS is hiring thousands just to cover Obamacare compliance.

  • Pzatchok

    This administration doesn’t have to do a thing but continue on their illegal way.

    The next Republican administration can file any and all charges as long as they have evidence.
    Arm them. Remember each person and their offense, document as much as possible.
    Elect those who want to take this track. Those who see the advantage and are willing to do it when elected.

    This is war, don’t fire until you are sure of a hit, don’t make the hit until your sure of a kill, don’t make the kill until your sure you can take advantage of the situation your making.

    Firing people now only gives this administration the chance to fill those spots with their own people. Which does NOT diminish their power but does give them an opportunity to gather even more.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *