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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Long March 4C launches Earth observation satellite

China today used its Long March 4C rocket to launch a new Earth observation satellite into orbit.

No word on whether the first stage had parachutes or grid fins to control is crash landing in the Chinese interior.

The 2022 launch race:

3 SpaceX
2 China
1 Virgin Orbit


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  • Joe

    So far this number of launches makes for a great start to the 2022 launch year. Two more launches planned this week as well. Love it.

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    The Chinese Olympic Games are upcoming, so each Chinese launch is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of a CCP led China.

    I ask all BehindTheBlackers to consider Boycotting watching the Olympics, and to explain to family and friends why you are personally doing that. Reasons can include the Chinese malfeasance of the Wuhan Lab leak, the Internments and Repression of Uyghurs, and to show the CCP that Americans will not ignore that they having been waging low level war against us.

    Also please consider clicking on the below link and making a stand with Petitions and Emails to your political representatives:

    For more information on the conventional, ideological, and existential threats emanating from the CCP, check out the website of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

    In addition, we can slow financial flows to China by supporting those politicians that support economic decoupling. Here is an op-Ed by Senate candidate David McCormick:

    I hope you’ll join me in all of the above.

  • Jay

    BtB’s Original Mark,
    I agree with you. Of course I always boycott the games due to NBC’s terrible coverage.

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