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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New sharp images of Ceres from Dawn

The Lonely Mountain on Ceres/>

Cool image time! The Dawn science team has released new images of Ceres, including one of a single mountain they have dubbed the Lonely Mountain.

The mountain, located in the southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 kilometers) high. Its perimeter is sharply defined, with almost no accumulated debris at the base of the brightly streaked slope with bright streaks. The image was taken on August 19, 2015. The resolution of the image is 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel.

I have cropped the image and posted it on the right. Be sure to look at the full resolution version. Not only does the mountain have no debris at its base, it truly is lonely. There are no similar features anywhere near it. It almost looks like someone took a shovel of material out of the ground to create the crater immediately to the south and then dumped that material to create the mountain.

Note that the mountain is more like a mesa, with a flat top, which suggests it is the remains of a higher elevation surface that eroded away in the distant past. The geological processes that could have done this however remain quite puzzling at this point.


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  • Cotour

    Unrelated but Mars related:

    If this is a genuine NASA picture, what is this item? Forget the story, what is the item?

  • 1. There is no link to the image source. It is likely a Curiosity image, but with no easy way to see the original, this fact remains unconfirmed. Moreover, there is no way to check to see if it has been modified.

    2. Even if it is real and the object is real, it certainly isn’t a Star Wars ship. To think so is to push your fantasies to absurd limits. It looks to simply be an angular rock in which the angle of the light and shadows have help make it stand out. That’s all.

  • Cotour

    I said, forget the story (the “hook”). It is just a very interesting picture given the nature of the surrounding terrain and the object, if it is an original and un doctored picture.

    This is a modern problem, can we be sure of any information we have access to and who knows what is disinformation or a straight out prank ? This applies to the media in general and the government specifically.

    PS: I in general do not to indulge in fantasies.

  • Edward


    The item in your linked photograph is a rock. I zoomed in, and it still looks like a rock.

    If you look around that photo, you can see all kinds of items. Even a dirt road.

    It is kind of like looking for images in clouds.

  • Cotour

    I zoomed in on it and it certainly does not look specifically like a rock typical to its surroundings. It is, what ever it is, rock or otherwise different. How can you say that? And I see no “dirt roads” either.

  • Edward

    The rock does not look like something (or anything) else. The shadows are not straight enough for it to be a spaceship (Star Wars or any other kind).

    The roadway is that squiggly path atop the ridge that is just above the clearly visible pair of tire tracks that are just above the rock that someone thinks is a Star Wars spaceship. And what about all those shuffling footprints (which look like they were made by Verbal in “The Usual Suspects”) just to the right of the tire tracks?

    All it takes is a little imagination, and you can see all kinds of things in that image. Apparently, a little imagination is too much imagination, for now I am seeing a bizarre, multi-legged, creepy-crawly, space-alien creature rearing its head and slithering down the hill, in that largish, dark, shadowy rock above the roadway. (I won’t be sleeping well tonight!)

  • Cotour

    The point of my comment that apparently evaded your detection is that manipulation and narrative related to pictures like the one I posted and other observed and recorded anomalies both here on this planet and on other worlds are becoming undetectable.

    With the level of technology that exists today and in the future it will be very hard indeed for the general public to detect what is real and what is being presented as real. And from that point of deception alternate realities can be fabricated and people can be manipulated.

  • Cotour

    To my point :)

    How can we be sure?

  • I had thought I had posted this on BtB years ago, but can’t find it now. No matter, it is obvious evidence that we must accept at face value, without question. Anyone who expresses any doubts must be labeled a denier and should be silenced immediately.

  • Cotour

    In science as in politics, burn the witch!

    That chicken illustrates the point perfectly, I do remember seeing it somewhere, probably here.

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