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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SpaceX launches Turkish communication satellite

SpaceX today successfully completed the first launch of 2021, placing a communications satellite built by Airbus for Turkey.

The first stage successfully completed its fourth flight. Both fairings were also used, having flown previously.

At the moment, SpaceX is the only one to launch in 2021, so it leads the world at the moment.


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  • Mitch S.

    I figure 10 years ago a Turkish sat built by Airbus would have been a lock to launch on a European rocket (Ariane) .
    Things have changed.
    Musk is just declared world’s wealthiest man, ArianeSpace seems to be launching more Soyuz rockets than their own, and NASA mutters maybe they can launch SLS by the end of the year, or maybe not.

    PS: Bob, several weeks ago my kid got a cold – sore throat, sniffles, headache. She was fine in a couple of days.
    Then I got the same but after a few days the sore throat got better but I felt achy and tired – got tested, Covid detected.
    I’m fine now (it was like a moderate flu) but I also suggest you get tested. Also recommend Vitamin D3 if you’re not getting a lot of sunshine (really should have your blood level checked).

  • geoffc

    And the next flight, Transporter-1 is due to launch Jan 14 (before any delays) will be using core B1051 on its 8th flight! First booster to 8. (I checked – about 90 days since last flight, so no turn around record).

    8 is NOT enough.

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