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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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Martina McBride – Blessed

An evening pause: For Thanksgiving.

I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed, oh yeah
I have been blessed, oh yeah, yeah

Hat tip Dan Morris.


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  • wayne

    “A Day of Thanksgiving” (1951)
    Centron Films, Lawrence Kansas

    “An American family unable to afford a Thanksgiving turkey reviews the things for which they feel thankful….”

    Approximate retail price for turkey in 1951 = $0.49/lb. which equates to $5.21/lb. in today’s money.

  • wayne

    “A Day of Thanksgiving” (1951)
    Centron Films, Lawrence Kansas

    “An American family unable to afford a Thanksgiving turkey reviews the things for which they feel thankful….”

    Approximate retail price for turkey in 1951 = $0.49/lb. which equates to $5.21/lb. in today’s money.

  • wayne

    –sorry ’bout that double-post–need to replace my mouse.

  • “Approximate retail price for turkey in 1951 = $0.49/lb”

    Wow. The cheapest turkey I could find (online) is $1.39/lb, or $0.13/lb in 1951 dollars. I can understand why Turkey has traditionally been a Big Deal: it was expensive. Now, what does a Goose go for on Christmas Day. . . ?

  • wayne

    –yeah, a medium sized turkey would have cost him the equivalent of $50, out of his 1951 paycheck.

    Goose, great question– I’m seeing $7-9/lb for “commercial domestic goose, whole-medium 10lb average” but that appears to be highly regional compared to turkey, which is fairly ubiquitous. [Publix supermarkets has them at select locations.]
    Our regional huge-box grocery chain had delivery delays, but eventually offered store-brand ‘generic’ at $0.33/bl & $1.29/lb. but you could drop $7+/lb for The free-range organic brand-name….
    Whole domestic (frozen) Duck was in plentiful supply at $6.99/lb.

  • Localfluff

    I’m not American, I’ve never eaten a turkey, the naming of which bird is a misunderstanding. In the town where I live we have a company, Aimpoint, that manufactures parallax free sights for rifles used to hit their throats. As it was explained to me that turkeys are hunted. If one hits the almost empty birdy bodies they just run away before they die. It has something to do with a laser dot in the optics, I can’t figure out how it works. But I ate fried Baltic Herring today (I think it’s called in English, the naming of them is confused in Sweden too). One simply use nets or hooks to catch them. Although dynamite would probably also work.

    I saw this talk that is a resumé of the Mars rovers with nice imagery explained by a guy who’s involved with those vehicles far away:

  • Alton

    Virginia at Kroger’s:

    Whole frozen duck $ 2.49/lb

    About $15 a 🕊️ bird.

  • wayne

    serendipitously— had a flock of Turkey walk (trot?) down my road this afternoon, I stopped counting at 30.

    If I’m recalling correctly, Turkeys are only native to North America and parts of Mexico, and they were an early contender for our National Bird.

    This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von Number 367
    Turkey Farmer Robert Hupman

    thanks for that, good price.
    Have you ever had a Turduckin? (chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey)

  • wayne

    “Theo Von’s Owl Moment”
    Joe Rogan Experience 1225

  • Alton

    No never had a turkducken but always wanted to try one;
    But several times I have travelled home on a Friday by Washington DC, many times I would stop at Chinatown, there was a small shop that cooked several dozen ducks each weekend, many for parties in the Capital.
    They were delicious doubled!!

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