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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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Six Turnin and Four Burnin

An evening pause: From the 1955 Jimmy Stewart film Strategic Air Command. The B-36, with both propeller and jet engines, was soon superseded, but the takeoff, as captured so well in the movie, is impressive. It was a big plane.

Hat tip again to Phil Berardelli, author of Phil’s Favorite 500: Loves of a Moviegoing Lifetime.


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  • Dale Martin

    As an Air Force brat in Ft Worth, I watched some of the filming of this fine film. The B-36 Bombers flew over our house on Garza St, all the time, and one gets used to the noise. My Father was a Flight Engineer on these aircraft, so once, on a Sunday my Dad took me and my Brother to the Plant, to get a tour. It was most interesting, and later that day, we got to try our skill with tail gunner simulator, which is most likely the first video game ever produced!! I got two Migs!

  • Phil Berardelli

    Nice post, Dale! Thanks for sharing.

  • PeterF

    They had a B36 on display at Chanute AFB as well as a number of other rare aircraft. The B36 dwarfed the B52s.

  • Dale Martin

    Phil: The filming was a big deal, they held up traffic at the East Gate for some shots of the Gate Scene, they would let the traffic pass and try again. I think they finally did it on a Sunday. As kids we got to climb thru and sit in the crew positions of the new B-36 Bombers parked at Convair, keep in mind, in those days, Military Brats did mind their elders!! My Dad was assigned to the Convair side, doing the acceptance flights, not the active SAC side at Carswell. I did see the B-25 that was used to do the aerial filming parked on the Air Force side once or twice, I think that Paul Mantz or someone like him used the surplus bomber for the shots. It was the first and last time I saw a B-45 Tornado in the flesh, parked out on the ramp with the civilian B-25. I think this is visible in the film during the DC-3 landing scene with the Armored Car and the Air Police. One of my favorite films, ever!!

  • Phil Berardelli

    Great stuff, Dale! Thanks for this as well.

  • bkivey

    “The B36 dwarfed the B52s.”

    That’s saying something!

  • bkivey

    A manly movie featuring a manly aircraft. My favorite scene is when Stewart’s character expresses concern about getting home on time, and his CO promises just one takeoff and landing. Of course, it’s a bomber mission. . . Fighters make headlines; bombers make history.

    I’m not an Air Force brat (Army), but when we had a job in Honolulu directly adjacent to the airport, our intern would stop and watch every time a C-5 went by. I understood the attraction. That’s a lot of metal.

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