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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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An evening pause: As John Adams predicted right after ratification of the Declaration of Independence, Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

It was a declaration for freedom. And even if freedom dies here in this country, the idea will live on, as long as the individual soul of any human beats strong.

As an aside, check out this old post, before I moved to Arizona, when I used to participate on a fireworks team.

Hat tip Willi Kusche.

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5 comments

  • wayne

    For fireworks, I must highly recommend:

    “Thunder Over Louisville”
    2018
    https://youtu.be/b-eCtUQSkew
    28:29

    -Largest annual firework display in North America. Once you’ve seen this, nothing comes close.

  • If that doesn’t make you smile, you’re dead. Very cool.

    @Wayne: I notice that over on Google “Thunder Over Louisville” ranks #4 in the world. That is worth seeing.

  • Edward

    when I used to participate on a fireworks team.

    That is wonderful! My brother used to know a guy who did this, and I was invited to help, one night. What fun it was, as we got to sit pretty close to underneath the show. I don’t quite remember how far the audience has to be from the firing tubes, but it is something like 50 feet per inch diameter of the largest shell. This is why the sound takes longer to get to the audience for each shell size in the video.

  • wayne

    Edward–
    interesting factoid!

    Blair–
    “Thunder over Louisville,” is incredible. There is something exploding, literally every second, non-stop, for 30 straight minutes. Once you seen this, any other firework display is sick in comparison. (they utilize 4 barges in the river and shut down the interstate bridge temporarily)
    –Not sure of the current budget, but historically they’ve used around $20+ million in fireworks, all of which is corporate sponsored.

  • wayne

    Saturday April 13, 2019
    Thunder over Louisville
    https://thunderoverlouisville.org/

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