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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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New map outlines the river basins of the US

A new map has been released that clearly outlines every river basin within the continental United States.

Trust me, click on the link. It is definitely worth looking at.


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  • Localfluff

    I’m not a river person. People who grew up next to a river on the country side have the river as phenomena in their memory and traditions. When I worked in a small African country there was a geological exhibition and a geologist explained the many colored rivers of a map on the wall:

    “- The red rivers are where gold has been found. The blue rivers are where diamonds have been found.”

    I had to ask:
    “- What are the green rivers?”
    “- Oh, that’s where we’ve found both gold AND diamonds!”

  • Frank

    This is a stunning image and informative. Thank you Bob!

  • TimArth

    This is not meant to be confrontational or “troll-y”, but I do not understand the point of Localfluff’s post. Could you clarify?

  • PeterF

    Kind of looks like doodle art.

    Notice the chunk of the Louisiana purchase the Canadians stole from us?

  • Edward

    I like the real story much better. Most of the US-Canadian border is the only border that is agreed to by a handshake. As the two countries were reaching westward and the border as defined by the Great Lakes came to an end, the two countries got together to figure out where each one ended and the other began. After some discussion, they decided upon the 49th parallel — and, yes, some of the Louisiana Purchase went to Canada.

    However, there were a few people just north of the Minnesota-Canadian border who insisted that they were US citizens, so the border was modified to include them, which is why Minnesota has a small portion that juts up into Canada.

    Canada wanted a port on the Pacific, so Alaska is not a contiguous state with the lower 48. When the US bought Alaska from the Russian government, the Russians claimed the coastal territory from Alaska all the way down to their colony of Fort Ross, California.

    Except for treaties after the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, most of the Candaian-US border was established through peaceful discussions and treaties that merely resolved confusion over where one territory ended and another began.

    It’s a really nice story. I once had a history teacher who taught history as a series of stories (sometimes with class participation, sometimes with props, but always with sound effects), and those are the most memorable history lessons I have ever had.

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