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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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Navy temporarily relieves commander from ocean collision

The Navy has temporarily relieved the injured commander of the U.S.ship involved in a major ocean collision with a cargo ship in mid-June.

The investigation is on-going, and they say this action is because he is injured, not because of any decision based on the investigation. I personally do not expect this commander to ever get a command again.

For those that want to read a detailed discussion on Behind the Black of this incident, see this thread.


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  • Cotour

    Comment made by an Admiral in an interview on the subject: “I expect the executive officer and his subordinates will be fired.”

    And so it begins.

    Human error or what appears to be in-attendance late at night ON A WAR SHIP (?), crazy to me. But thats humans.

    Q: What would HAL 2000 have done?

  • Garry

    As I wrote elsewhere, this case is very puzzling, and I don’t know who is to blame (I suspect there was a cascade of bad decisions, with many people to blame). I’ll be interested to read the findings that come out.

    However, as soon as I read the news, I had no doubt that the captain would be relieved and his career effectively ended, regardless of who was at fault.

    Part of this is due to the culture of the captain always being responsible, but part is because the Navy, more than any other service, always finds a scapegoat. I always thought it fitting that the Navy mascot is indeed a goat.

    One of the most high-profile examples of this was the captain of the USS Indianapolis, which delivered the atomic bomb and was then sunk by a Japanese submarine. Several SOS messages were sent out, but one captain thought it was a ruse, another had ordered that he not be disturbed, and a third was drunk. As a result, he rescue ships came after 5 days, with the men facing shark attacks and insanity. Captain Quint from Jaws was a fictional survivor of this incident.

    In the end the Captain was court martialed, unfairly found guilty, and after discharge he suffered mental health problems (which were not helped by constantly receiving letters and phone calls from angry relatives of sailors who had died) to the point where he eventually offed himself.

    None of this means the captain wasn’t a root cause of the disaster, but I think his relief doesn’t tell us anything about his culpability.

  • SteveC

    In the peace time navy, being off duty, asleep in bed when your ship gets dinged is no defense.

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