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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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Ten scientific benefits of owning a cat

News you can use: Ten scientific reasons owning a cat will improve your life.

I especially like #4.


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  • PeterF

    Obviously biased study. Everybody knows you don’t “own” a cat! You “own” a dog, you “feed” a cat.

  • Dogs have masters, cats have staff.

  • wayne

    Yeah– “Cats have staff.”
    My front door mat says– “The Cat & it’s housekeeping staff, reside here.”
    (I like dogs, just happen to have a Cat.)

  • wayne

    Interesting historical factoid–
    -Newton is often credited with “inventing” the “cat-door” or “cat-flap.” –I can’t vouch for it’s authenticity, but it’s a good tale.
    -Many old Churches in Europe have an inconspicuous “cat-door,” often located at the base of their main front-door, for easy ingress/egress of the resident Cat.

    I can’t resist….
    Retirement of “Eric the Red”
    >Rodent Control Officer, CSS Acadia.
    (He spent 16 years keeping the ship rodent-free.)

  • wodun


    If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, it’s better to own a cat than a dog. A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog over the course of its life create the same eco-footprint as that of a Land Cruiser. Meanwhile, cats—which eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than corn- or beef-flavored products—only have the approximate carbon footprint of a small hatchback.

    Unless you let them roam outside then they genocide the bird population.

  • BSJ

    One negative is Toxoplasmosis

  • jburn

    “Unless you let them roam outside then they genocide the bird population”
    Not in my neighborhood; they quickly discover they aren’t at the top of the food chain.

    Wiley Coyote does appreciate the easy meal to be had from these fat, sluggish, pampered, spoiled and socialized creatures. There’s probably a metaphor in there somewhere……..

  • Maurice

    I just like them around. They are fierce and playful when young, then turn into cheap heaters for my yorkie, and generally remind me what happens when you lose your fur and develop opposable thumbs – you get to go to work and they get to sleep the day away :-)

  • LocalFluff

    AFAIK, cats were created by the ancient Egyptians to protect their Nile harvests from vermin such as rats and birds. I suppose cat psychology still expresses the attitude of being employed as guardian of wealth by the Sun God on Earth.

  • TimArth

    Another interesting historical factoid-

    Centuries ago, in Europe, cats were, for a variety of reasons including the powerful catholic church declaring them evil, routinely exterminated. Of course, when the cat population dwindled, the rats flourished. When the rats flourished, the plague flourished. After a while, people started to notice that families who chose to keep cats weren’t getting infected by the plague at the same rate as other families and the cats made their comeback.

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