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As a truly miserable 2021 comes to an end, I want to send a very big and hearty thank you to all my readers and the many people who support my work here. I could not do this daily if I did not know that others were interested in what I did.

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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.  
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  • Jeff Wright

    Happy New Year!

  • LocalFluff

    Happy new year to ya all!
    I think things are looking up, actually. That the military tension in Eastern Europe is for the good. As is the recent developments in US domestic politics. And inflation will reverse central banks’ policies. And above all, literally, JWST will make history next year.

    On a personal note, where I live the clouds are dense and go all the way to the ground as a thick fog. People are still using their fireworks to the effect of diffuse lights in the half transparent darkness. At least the noise is still there, and that’s what counts, right?

    I have a bottle of cognac and a deck of card after having eaten great food that my neighbor cooked. God created me to drink cognac!

  • Joe

    Happy New Year. May 2022 exceed all expectations.

  • May 2022 be the year that ordinary people stop selling themselves short, and take back decision-making authority over their lives … moving their nations away from social technocracy and towards rights-respecting/responsibility-expecting governance.

  • V-Man

    Happy New Year to the host and all readers, from up here in lockdown Quebec. Hard to see how 2020.2.0 will be better than 2020.1.0, but hope springs eternal…

  • Lee Stevenson

    A very happy new year to each and every reader here! ( And especially to our host! ) , I’m hardly confident that 2022 will improve on last year, but let’s all keep fingers crossed!!!

  • sippin_bourbon

    Have a safe and blessed New Year, one and all.

  • Col Beausabre

    Happy New Year, Bob! And to all my fellow members of this Blog

  • Ron Desmarais

    Happy New Year Bob, thank you for all that you do. Hopefully in 2022 caving will continue to be a hobby and not an address!?

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    I will second that thought.

  • Andi

    I’ll third it. Happy New Year everyone!

  • Happiest of New Years to everyone!

  • Joe Rosario

    Thank you for an informative and entertaining 2021 and here’s to an even better 2022! God bless you and your family, Bob!

  • James Street

    And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
    “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

    And he replied:
    “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
    That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

    – Minnie Louise Haskins

  • Gary H

    Happy New Year. This is the year that the people will remind the politicians.;

    “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

  • Phil Berardelli

    Happy New Year, Bob. Congratulations on all of your fine reporting in 2021, especially on COVID and First Amendment issues. Best wishes for 2022!

  • Mitch S.

    Hip hip, Happy New Year to y’all.

    May the Omicron sweep out the covid panic.
    May the JWST unfurl successfully.
    May the Starship/SH get to orbit (and back – I think the heatshield might be the biggest headache).
    May the SLS have a successful launch and then the program be retired to a museum.
    May The Woke go back to sleep (or better yet, really wake up).
    May Putin and Ji decide Biden is too demented to risk messing with!
    May Eric Adams develop a stiff enough backbone to follow up on his promises regarding crime in NYC

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