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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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Two dead at U.S. Antarctic station

An accident of some kind has apparently killed two individuals at the U.S. McMurdo station in Antarctica yesterday.

The National Science Foundation says two technicians working on a fire-suppression system at an Antarctica scientific station were found unconscious and died.

The foundation said Wednesday the two had been working in a building at McMurdo Station, which is on Ross Island. It says they were found on the floor by a helicopter pilot who had landed after spotting what appeared to be smoke from the building.

Nothing more is as yet known.

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7 comments

  • wodun

    Hmmm, did they see a dog running around?

  • Cotour

    This unfortunately sounds like a malfunction or a misfiring of the system that they were installing, if I were to take a wild guess. Fire suppression systems starve fire of oxygen and any thing else that is enveloped by it.

    ????

  • Chris

    Are there not far better alternates to halon?
    I forget the product name (Novek?) but I remember a product that suppressed the fire but did not remove the all the O2. It was also nonconductive- you could submerse a laptop in it without fear of shorting it out.
    Perhaps halon is required in the cold of Antarctica but the risks are well known and I think alternatives exist.

  • Gene Shipp

    Wodun

    good one.

  • wayne

    Chris–
    (thanks for that tidbit!)

    here we go…. ( it’s a fluoroketone, “developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative.” )

    “3M Brand Novec 1230” Fire Protection Fluid
    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/novec-us/applications/fire-suppression/
    (with embedded video)

    “Novec 1230 fluid extinguishes a fire before it starts by rapidly removing heat. In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurized with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds. Novec 1230 fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water. In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and read where you left off.”

  • wayne

    “The Thing” (1951)
    -excerpt-
    https://youtu.be/tp1UPGesJCE
    1:46

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