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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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Mentour Pilot – SAS flight 751-the Gottröra Miracle

An evening pause: Hat tip Björn Larsson a.k.a. LocalFluff. who adds,

This stuff is more complicated than I thought. You could pick your favourite(!) airplane crash. The fantastic Hudson river landing for example. My favourite is this one, with a happy ending, because it crashed near to where I lived as a kid back then. The crash site, a potato field, was then locally called The Gottröra International Airport. Someone even put up a sign with that name at the bus stop nearby.


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  • Concerned

    Mentour pilot is really good, I’ve been subscribed to his YouTube channel for a while. He’s a real professional.

  • mpthompson

    Agreed regarding Mentour Pilot. I’ve been watching him for a few years now.

  • Localfluff

    I like how he describes how the crew handled it. Traditionally Swedish. A colleague pilot was transported as a passenger and enters the cockpit to help out with the check list when both engines had stopped. “So that you can concentrate on flying the thing”. Not much is said at all as the sound recording shows. Everyone knows what is to be done anyway, no point in talking about it. When the wheels hit the tree tops the pilot calmly informes ground control:
    “- This is SK751. We are crash landing now.”

    (Now I am adding stuff to make a joke, but then the pilot walked out of the broken hull and told the passengers that coffee is free now, the machine still works).

    I happened to live nearby when it happened. Some guy put up a sign on the bus stop next door reading:
    “Gottröra International Airport”. We could joke about it because everyone miraculously survived. It was Christmas time.

  • Jeff Wright

    I never liked the loss of the flight engineers. Bob Welsh cost cutting nonsense that hurt aviation.

  • Third (I think) for Mentour Pilot. The guy knows his stuff, and looks to keep up on the art.

    An amazing outcome. No deaths. A real credit to everyone involved.

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