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September 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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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.  
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  • Ron


    Am I being to sensitive in my reaction to this article from Reuters?

    To me, this article is so littered with envy and class warfare junk that it misses the historic accomplishment almost entirely. Small words like ‘affluent benefactor’ mentioning ‘billionaires’ several times derail the article…unless that was point?

    Am I wrong here?

  • Mark

    Ron & Bob,
    Around 3 years ago, on this site Mr. Zimmerman wrote this about how our cultural elites denigrated American achievement in Space:
    “The filmmakers for the Neil Armstrong biography film, First Man, made a conscious decision to hide or obscure the American flag in certain situations.
    This new information has been provided to me by a Washington consultant who, because of his own outrage over their decision to not show the planting of the American flag during the lunar landing, had been given the opportunity to see selected clips from the movie as well as ask questions to the production team.”
    The media network Reuters considers itself part of the information network of the global cultural elite. Therefore great achievements coming out of America are denigrated, while these same elites praise Chinese high speed rail, Chinese gleaming airports, and Chinese 5G and these elites conveniently downplay the corrupt to the core financing of those Chinese ‘achievements’.
    The American public has suffered from the propaganda narratives of Reuters and other globalist media since the 1990s. Only recently are some waking up.

  • Ron. In a word, no. You are not wrong. You describe the true sickness that is poisoning western civilization, not the flu-like respiratory disease that kills less than 1% of those who get sick, and even then generally focuses its mortality mostly among the elderly and sick.

  • Alton

    Being Elderly and an Sicko

    Rock On Z-Man……

  • Doubting Thomas

    Ron & Others – Share your observations. Looked around the Reuters site and could find no “Letters to the editors” button. Decided to use the Corrections button and this is what I submitted. Encourage others to do the same.

    I suggest you look hard at your article entitled SpaceX capsule with world’s first all-civilian orbital crew set for splashdown By Steve Gorman.

    Corrections Request to Thompson Reuters
    Regarding your article SpaceX capsule with world’s first all-civilian orbital crew set for splashdown
    By Steve Gorman. I suggest you look carefully at it and correct errors and misleading statements.

    First the claim: “He had paid an undisclosed but reportedly enormous sum – put by Time magazine at roughly $200 million – to fellow billionaire Musk for all four seats aboard the Crew Dragon”. It would not take you long to find out that $100 million of that $200 million was a charitable donation to St Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital.

    Secondly. “The Inspiration4 crew had no part to play in flying the spacecraft, which was operated by ground-based flight teams and onboard guidance systems, even though Isaacman and Proctor are both licensed pilots” In fact, a little investigation on your part, will show that Issacman and Proctor operated the space capsule in an identical manner that each of the professional astronaut crews of both operational Commercial Crew flights of Dragon to the ISS. Again, a specification for the Commercial Crew contract calls for both SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsules to be automated.

    Third, your article fails to point out that during the flight the crew conducted medical research looking at the ability of non-specialized and selected people to go into space. On several occasions, Mr. Musk pointed out that the Inspiration4 flight opens the doors for not just wealthy tourists but for companies, universities or consortiums to fly independently for research and development..

    Finally, your article reeks of class envy and seems to avoid the laudable efforts of Mr Issacman and his fellow crewmates to use the flight to raise substantial funds for St Jude and to highlight the work that St Jude does. Further, the flight by Mr Issacman precisely supports the hope of NASA that commercial private space missions by private companies using the Commercial Crew vehicles will lower the costs for NASA and the nation to put human beings into low earth orbit.



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