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.


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LA Speed Check

An evening pause: The story is being told by Major Brian Shul, USAF (retired), a former SR-71 Blackbird pilot.


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  • wayne

    Great story!

    The Major sorta has an Arlo Guthrie ‘thang going on, really enjoyed his delivery.
    – I would love to see this turned into a Folk Song, in that same style.

  • Joe

    Very cool video, big brass ones required to fly that bird!
    I never had a need to ask atc my speed across the ground, flying around in trainers and 172/182’s, you knew the winds and could figure out in your head what the speed should be, if you were to get a briefing from flight service.

  • pzatchok

    Actually got to refuel one of those once. Just once.

    It was a hot pit quick turn and she kept her far engine on.

    She was on the ground fueled and gone again inside of 15 minutes.

  • wayne

    very cool.
    How much fuel do these hold?

  • “We’re showing a little closer to 2000.”

    Game, set, match.

  • wayne

    Good one! -It “sings.”

    I’ll say it again– (in my head) this tale would transmogrify, into an excellent acoustic folk-song type presentation.
    Do we have any musicians out there?

  • wayne

    I’m really liking the Major, big time! (I was totally unaware of him. Highly appreciate this clip!)

    Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71
    November 2016
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    “In this talk at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vietnam-era attack pilot and retired Air Force major Brian Shul, author of “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet,” reveals fascinating details of piloting the SR-71.”

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