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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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Some quick and easy evidence proving masks are unhealthy

The video below illustrates very simply and quickly the reasons masks are generally a bad idea, especially for anyone with any chronic respiratory disease that causes reduced lung function. What it shows that within your mask the levels of oxygen are routinely below OSHA’s recommendations. While a healthy person will not suffer significantly, wearing a mask for a long period of time will certainly lead to headaches and diminished function. For a person with asthma or chronic pulmonary disease the low levels of oxygen, combined with the higher levels of CO2 (which you are rebreathing) will eventually cause serious harm.

The video comes from this link, which includes similar demonstrations.

Wearing a mask is simply not supported by the science. There is no clear evidence it stops or even slows the spread of the Wuhan virus, and it carries with it negative medical consequences.

The negative social consequences need not be discussed. They are beyond counting.


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  • Tom Biggar

    I’m not a proponent of masks, but I have to question his methodology. If we believe this proves a problem, why do doctors not pass out during surgery? Why do industrial workers not have problems wearing the n95 masks for hours?

  • Tom Biggar

    In watching it again, I wonder if this isn’t just a reaction to the first breath after holding their breath while installing the tester under the mask. The normal reaction would be to hold your breath, reducing the O2 content below normal. Since the meter is reading peaks, it would alarm at the first, low O2 exhale.

  • Andrew_W

    In about 10 seconds on the internet I discovered that 16% O2 in exhaled breath is considered normal. (Multiple sources).

  • Andrew_W: Thank you for confirming what this video demonstrates: When you wear a mask long term, you are continuously breathing air that is seriously deficient in oxygen. This in turn makes the mask a very unhealthy thing to wear, especially for those with chronic respiratory problems.

  • Andrew_W

    Mr. Zimmerman, there’s a serious flaw to your theory: the volume of air retained in these masks between breaths is small compared to lung volume and the volume of air in someones wind pipes. Probably the implications of this will be incomprehensible to you.

    As Tom points out, the meter was set to read the peak, the implication should be obvious given that normal exhaled breath has only 16% O2.

    At the end of the video he demonstrated, according to his methodology, that his exhaled breath was 20.9% O2, probably the implications of this will also be beyond your understanding.

  • Mr Zimmerman,
    Thank you for rationally taking on the mask issue, the attitudes we are seeing above are all too typical these days. In addition to the lower oxygen concentration recirculation, some of us also suggest that recirculating the virions within the mask environment is also a danger. As the virus propagates in the nasal and throat passages recirculation within the mask confinement alters the otherwise equilibration with the surrounding free air thus enhancing its accumulating presence. The virulence of the Covid disease is a function of the viral load taken on; after all, as is increasingly being proven, many or virtually all of us have encountered or inhaled some level of the Covid-sars2 virus but individual response is a significant function of the load insitu. The greater presence of the disease in densely populated environments is indicative. The complex statistical analysis of that personal in situ recirculation will never be rigorously solved but proactively our own emphasized strategy is primarily distancing, in which case masks have no function whatsoever except that their use is harmful (and, as you say, socially beyond debate). They do of course have relevance in dense worker/service venues.

    Incidentally without intending to be too acerbic the term “social distancing” is confusing, as I can be “socially distanced” from an adjacent seated occupant at the opera, but rather would be “physically distanced” if we were seated at whatever is the current vogue, e.g. six feet. Thank you also for a great informative and rational website. (“The Age of No Reason”)

    John S.

  • Cotour

    While I appreciate the general spirit and point of this experiment I think it would have been a bit more substantial if more time was taken and they had a subject blood oxygen level reading before, during and after the test was performed. I would think that blood oxygen level is the primary point here and would indicate a healthy or non healthy condition. That is if the health of the wearer is the primary point.

    To demonstrate the efficacy of a mask constructed of anything but the respirator type and or powered air flow type that effectively filters out a biological entity that is much, much smaller than a bacteria I would think would be a major undertaking. So again, the mask in this instance is more for the wearer attempting to limit their contaminating others than visa versa. (Just wash your hands and generally stay away from people for the duration of this contagion event)

    Symbolism to me is just the now famous “Virtue” signaling, and I reject such schemes. I look for what is effective, rational and somewhat proven. That being said IMO being conscious of washing your hands, not touching your face and staying away from others as a general rule are the best preventative measures to be taken at this point in time. And if you are forced to be in close contact with others in relatively still air, outdoors or indoors you could / should wear a mask.

    (Being aware when you are being forced in relatively still air, inside or outside to be within 6′ of others or there abouts. Use your common sense if it still exists in the minds of the American public that is. Darwinian theories should apply here and those who are determined to win the Darwin award and can not be stopped from their sloppy and ignorant behavior should not be denied their “victory”. It may be best in the long term for us all. Government is not your daddy, and many see it as such and are a danger to themselves and others because of that. Educate yourself or make it a point to talk to someone that you know has more sense than you on the subject and take the necessary steps that you have determined to be effective)

    In my observations and seeing what the public is doing in the real world, way more than 50 percent of people wearing masks are wearing them improperly and they are mal fitted and / or on their chins.

    (And government can do NOTHING about that other than transforming into a dictatorial form and arrest and lock away, or worse, those who will not comply with their specifically laid out must do rules of mask wearing and existence.)

    And I would say that a higher percentage of minorities use the mask in this improper manner, and Caucasians are not far behind. And I see and deal with an even count of both every day to arrive at my conclusions.

  • PAndrews88

    The problem with arguing whether masks are useful is that it concedes the real issue: whether masks are *necessary.*

    They aren’t.

    Why did we start wearing masks, I ask my mask pushing friends?
    1) it was posited this virus had unusually high asymptomatic spread; it doesn’t. No more than any other virus.
    2) it was posited this virus could survive both in the air and on surfaces for anywhere from a month to eternity; it cannot. It’s totally normal* in this regard as far as members of the coronavirus family go.

    This usually results in: if they make people feel more safe/comfortable we should do it.
    My question is then why should their feelings carry more weight than the feelings of those who differ?

    *One big failure I notice in this whole debacle is that we knew this was a coronavirus. Someone needed to ask Fauci what reason there was to believe, as a member of the corona family of viruses, that this particular strain would behave *drastically* differently than any other coronavirus. Coronaviruses are notoriously slow mutators and most behave similarly, relatively speaking.
    Aside from this being a new strain, which would naturally be more infectious to a degree, because our bodies lack a known why to fight it, there was no logical or empirical reason to hypothesize doom.

  • Edward

    I see the mask enthusiasts the same way I see a carpenter who only has a hammer. To them, everything looks like a nail. The mask and the hammer have specific uses, but abusing them can have equal negative effects.

    Surgeons and their staffs understand the uses and limitations of masks and gloves as well as how to use them properly and how easily they can be abused and contaminated. The general public has not been taught any of this stuff, just that we should or must wear use them. At the same time, we are unable to buy all the disposable masks that we need daily, nor do we have enough reusable masks to use them properly, either.

    Meanwhile, billions of people around the world are analogously pounding screws into wood using hammers, thinking that they are doing good. In the end, the construction looks good, but it is a death trap waiting to collapse.

    Good luck to us all.

  • wayne

    Edward (and previous 3 posts above)-
    Good, stuff!

  • Alex Andrite

    O2 …. where are you ?
    Come on O2 ….. I am attempting to breath ….
    where are you …?

    Oh, right … ok …. take the thing off of my face ….
    But O2, if I take the thing off of my face …..
    They will scold me. Even beat me up.


  • Edward

    It looks like YouTube terminated the account for this video. Do they terminate accounts of people they disagree with?

  • Cotour

    To your point:

    And have no doubt, and this is why they must be regulated or their liability protection needs to be eliminated.

    But remember, they have all the money that is required to have that not happen.

    And there is only one person in power at the moment that is willing to take them on in a serious manner. And we know who that is.

  • wayne

    Linking to Alex Jones.
    We are living in interesting times….

    “If You’re Listening to This, You Are the Resistance”

  • wayne

    “COVID 1984”
    Paul Joseph Watson
    May 2020

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