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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 successfully tests core stage for June Falcon Heavy launch

Capitalism in space: SpaceX has successfully completed a static fire test of the core stage that it will use in its next Falcon Heavy commercial launch, now set for June.

This launch will be for the Air Force, and will place 23 satellites into a variety of different orbits. It will also help the Air Force certify the Falcon Heavy for future military launches.


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  • David

    Tom, is there a good reason for posting that old news here, as opposed to the actual capsule explosion thread, where it already is? Or are you just one if those people who can’t resist a chance to spread anti SpaceX fud?

  • Irv

    Dear Bob,

    It’s a genuine pleasure to listen to you and John. I particularly like the way John tries to “guide you”. But we both know he can’t do that.

    A couple questions if you ever get the time.

    1. I understand that the data is coming back at 1 kbs but is that the best picture they have? Perhaps Ultimaus really looks like the photo but it seems blurry to me. Is it my impatience or is that a poor photo.

    2. Jaxa photos are nothing to phone home about but are they being very cautious moving forward or are they concerned about overtime?

    Constructive criticism: I listen to you very closely because you have excellent insight but a the end your comments your voice fades away or drops off. Right as you are making your point. Fortunately I can replay it but even with the volume up the sound isn’t there. My point is I really really want to hear your words but they aren’t there.

    Nevertheless keep up the good work. Perhaps you get John to loosen up.



  • Tom


    Why, yes, there was a good reason to post that “old news” as it was the first video I’d seen that, reportedly, showed the actual event. If that was posted earlier on BtB, I missed it completely and apologize for offending your obviously keen sensibilities. We all know that SpaceX and NASA have not exactly been the font of information regarding this event. I did see the original thread but couldn’t locate it at the time I found the video. Being a huge fan of SpaceX, and Behind the Black, I don’t shy away from transparency regarding honest mishaps as they are truly lessons learned; especially when no one gets hurt. And, Yes! I can resist those chances to “spread anti SpaceX fud?”. In fact, I can assure you that I’ve never spread a fud in my entire life.


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