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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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SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites

Capitalism in space: SpaceX tonight successfully put two commercial satellites for another customer plus another 57 of its own Starlink satellites into orbit, using a Falcon 9 rocket that was reusing a first stage flying for the fifth time.

This brings the total number of Starlink satellites now in orbit to 595. They also successfully landed the first stage, making it now available for a sixth flight.

19 China
12 SpaceX
9 Russia

The U.S. has retaken the lead from China in the national rankings, 20 to 19.


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  • LocalFluff

    This is happening too frequently for me to keep up with it. It’s like the bus time table. And the sleepwalkers chew their bamboo and hope that nothing will ever change. NASA human space flight division is a plant. SLS will never lift.

  • Richard M

    Really amazing how routine SpaceX is making all this. They’re basically launching every other week. And a couple hiccups this winter notwithstanding, they’re always landing the rockets. Even when they’ve been flown five times.

  • Richard M

    And you know, it occurs to me that, by most key metrics, SpaceX by itself is a greater spacefaring power than Russia is now.

    It’s not just that that they launch a lot more than Russia does. Theyhave a more capable and reliable orbital launch fleet. They have as many launch pads as Russia does. They can now launch humans into space, and more of them, too. They send cargo ships that deliver several times as much cargo per year as Russias Progress ships do. They have three times as many satellites in Earth orbit as Russia does!

    And all this is before Starship reaches operational status.

  • Jay

    I read your post and I thought it was a poem. I started to count the words to see if it was a haiku.

    Excellent observation. SpaceX has now outpaced a major space power, and the first one too!

  • sippin_bourbon

    Haiku contest?

    Capitalist rise
    Enterprise freely flies
    Socialists weeping

    Did I mention I was an expert in bad poetry?
    Not as bad as the Vogons.

  • LocalFluff

    “- Mr. Musk!
    – Musk is now my title, not my name.
    – Okay… Musk, we’ve launched a load of satellites already. What about stepping down to NASA rate and take it easy for a couple of decades?
    – I want launch for breakfast, I want satellites everywhere like a corn flakes box pinata style. I’ve hired you to watch how every bone in your body MOVES!”

  • pzatchok

    You have really captured the Vogonity of the situation.

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