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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NASA’s headquarters sold

The building that has been NASA’s headquarters for 26 years is being purchased by a South Korean company for about $400 million.

It doesn’t appear NASA is moving, since their lease continues until 2029. This deal appears to be simply a real estate deal between different office building companies.


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  • S. Kaye

    Why is NASA’s headquarters not owned by the government? I was shocked to hear your report this on the radio.

  • S. Kaye

    What does subscription provide? Do you get notifications via email?

  • S. Kaye asked, “What does subscription provide? Do you get notifications via email?”

    Assuming you are asking about subscriptions to Behind the Black, the only true benefit is that you get the joy of supporting my effort. It ain’t much, but trust me, I’m not getting rich doing this. In fact, I have been getting poor for years due to my passion for space, science, and exploration.

    Nonetheless, the support and donations I have getting from my readers and the people who hear me on the John Batchelor Show and other radio venues has been deeply appreciated. And this support has been growing, which is increasingly allowing me to focus my efforts more on the webpage rather than other more mundane writing work.

    So, if you choose to support me, I will be grateful. If not, I will understand completely.

  • Wayne

    S. Kaye–

    I believe Washington DC is the second largest market for office-space in the Country. (outside of NYC) ((It’s a boom-town, which is a huge problem in and of itself, but a topic for another day.))

    You don’t really want the Fed’s to actually own the buildings they use– it’s more efficient & less-costly for the Feds to lease space from private developers, and they in-turn assume all the risk of being a landlord to the Feds.
    (as long as the GSA pays market-rate rent & there aren’t any sweetheart crony deals, everything is actually OK and nothing devious is going on.)

    >Boston Properties Inc., (Mort Zuckerman) was the original developer/owner, although I don’t know if they are the ones who sold to the S. Koreans.
    (I’d be willing to bet, your Pension Fund owns bits of Boston Properties & other real-estate investment trusts, who lease space to Local/State/Federal government operations.)

    >As to Behind the Black— what you get for donating to Mr. Z is high-quality Space, Exploration, & Political items/discussion, a clean website with minimal advertising (interruptions), and no hidden agenda. You can comment without logging-in, and he’s not trying to harvest your email address & sell you junk.

    For me, those are valuable things, which is why I do donate, and I’d encourage you to at least think about it.
    I’m not scientist myself, just an interested civilian, and I’m always amazed at the high-quality brain-power & diversity of professions of the audience here. I literally learn-something-new, every day.
    Or… you could always buy a book, Christmas is coming!
    Personally– I’d highly recommend “Genesis, the Story of Apollo 8,” for yourself, and possibly getting the “Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space,” as a reference-book. (Bought a copy for my G-Daughter.)

    Either way– hope to see your name pop up in the discussion thread going forward!

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