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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 suspends production of its Falcon 1 rocket

SpaceX suspends production of its Falcon 1 rocket.

As much as I am a fan of Elon Musk and SpaceX, and though I realize that they have been focusing on getting Falcon 9 and Dragon off the ground — the payoff there is greater and a failure of Falcon 1 during this time could be very politically painful — this action contradicts SpaceX’s years of claims that they had a slew of signed contracts to launch Falcon 1.

I will be attending Elon Musk’s luncheon speech today at the National Press Club, and hope to ask him about this and other things.

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5 comments

  • Chris L.

    Could this just be a case where the newer rocket (Falcon 9) is competing with the older one and the older onw lost?

  • Joe2

    Robert,

    I appreciate the equal opportunity skepticism.

    Kind of makes you wonder about all those non NASA launches they say they have lined up for the Falcon 9 doesn’t it?

  • Kelly Starks

    I remember musk saying years ago that he was surprised that the high demand for Falcon-1 sized launches they expected didn’t materialize, and the market was more interested in the heavier Falcon-9. Course he also said he wasn’t building for the government market (and still says if COTS or CCDev have to start using FAR contracting rules SpaceX will drop out), and was focused on a huge commercial market – but his manifest shows half his paying flights are NASA or DOD.

  • @KELLY STARKS AND BEYOND your words ring truth.

  • the fact is, as far as NASA launch and human space flight is, these and other programs along with the proposed “liberty” program are all a hidden funneling of monies to propel the actual device they are building

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