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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

New data suggests Sun undergoing fundamental changes

The uncertainty of science: New data, when compared with similar data collected over decades, suggests the Sun’s solar cycle is undergoing some fundamental changes.

In work just published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the team shows that the interior of the Sun has changed in recent years, and that these changes persist in the current cycle. In combination with theoretical models, the observations suggest that the magnetic field distribution in the outer layers may have become a bit thinner. Other seismic data shows that the rotation rate of the Sun has also undergone some changes in the way the Sun rotates at different latitudes.

“Again, this is not how it used to be and the rotation rate has slowed a bit at latitudes around about 60 degrees. We are not quite sure what the consequences of this will be but it’s clear that we are in unusual times. However, we are beginning to detect some features belonging to the next cycle and we can suggest that the next minimum will be in about two years,” says Elsworth.

First, they don’t know what will happen because of these changes. Second, their data confirms that the solar minimum will occur in about two years, which would make this cycle only 9 years long, one of the shortest but also one of the weakest that has been observed, two things that previously had never gone together.


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  • ken anthony

    Ignore that ball of gas that makes life possible. Options? We don’ need no stinkin’ options!

    It’s not as if state changes can happen suddenly. Why would we need to have our eggs in more than one basket?

    Stellar ages are long, so nothing happens in a moment, right? eh, guys?

    News flash. The sun just exploded. Lights out in 8 minutes.

  • Phil Berardelli

    I keep going back to that article I wrote for ScienceNow in 2010 (, in which solar scientists were speculating that the sun was displaying a pattern that suggested the approach of a new Maunder Minimum, a period last scene several hundred years ago and popularly called the Little Ice Age. Now, seven years later, those speculations seem increasingly valid. If they prove true, I think two things will happen: 1) Humanity will experience a mild taste of what life would be like during the next ice age, and 2) Assertions about runaway, human-caused global warming (such as the latest ridiculous statement by, of all people, Stephen Hawking) will quickly die out; with them efforts to curb CO2 “pollution,” to impose punitive carbon taxes and wealth transfers, and the credibility of all who have derisively referred to appropriately skeptical scientists and other individuals as “deniers.” In short, much good will result from the annoying and unpleasant but relatively mild effects of a reduction in solar activity.

  • Phil Berardelli

    Apologies for the spellcheck incongruity. That phrase “last scene several hundred…” should have been “last seen several hundred years ago…”

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