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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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A Millennial Job Interview

An evening pause: The future, or maybe sadly, already the present.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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13 comments

  • wayne

    “Nice resume, Mr. Hendrix, but are you Experienced?”
    https://www.lovethispic.com/uploaded_images/193110-Nice-Resume-Mr.-Hendrix…but-Are-You-Experienced-.jpg

  • Mitch S.

    “I work best in the morning about 10:45”
    Hey, she could be President!

  • I try to hire people over 30; 35 is better. No one else knows how to work.

  • Skunk Bucket

    My young adult children report that a lot of their coworkers are like this. One got high at lunch on her first day and was indignant when she got fired upon her return. These kids have been taught that the world revolves around them and are gobsmacked when they find out that it isn’t. Scarier is that, out of desperation, some employers are accommodating this kind of crap.

  • wayne

    Spent a major part of my mental-health career in vocational-rehabilitation, and specifically in job-development and employment-training. (in brief, I found competitive employment for people with disabilities.) ((‘productivity is only limited by the division of labor’)) The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities is somewhere north of 80% on a good day.
    Personally, I wouldn’t hire the girl in the film, to feed my cat.

    Door to Door (2002)
    https://youtu.be/uYQdXvo469c
    1:30:44

    The true story of Bill Porter (1932-2013) an individual born with cerebral palsy. He convinced the Watkin’s Company to hire him for a 7 mile door-to-door salesman route in Portland Oregon. He became their top salesman and worked for Watkin’s for 45 years.

  • Col Beausabre

    Wayne, I can remember reading in National Geographic as a child that the majority of the personnel in the Quality Control Department of Timken Roller Bearing were blind. Their sense of touch was so refined that they could detect imperfections in the bearings that their sighted colleagues couldn’t. The one concession to the lack of sight was that they wore red baseball caps so if there was an emergency, sighted employees could spot them and guide them to safety. Even at my tender age, my reaction was, “What a great idea!” As an adult I think even better of it, providing the dignity of work to those people.

  • john hare

    “”As an adult I think even better of it, providing the dignity of work to those people.”””

    Totally agree. I have known so many people that overcome problems with just minor help that I have quite low tolerance for those professing helplessness. I think some of the “helpless” should be provided the dignity of hunger, and the motivation it brings.

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    (Spent my first 5 years in mental-health working at a sheltered-workshop; we had 70 client-employees, and none of them worked at anywhere near the ‘industrial-norm.’ We broke the tasks down into as many steps as was necessary.)

    –can’t find the exact film I want to reference, but the one below is typical from WW-2, “all hands on deck,” was not just a platitude.

    “Employing Disabled Workers in Industry”
    https://youtu.be/FiHdnQRSCn4
    19:20

  • Chirs

    About 30 years ago I worked with an individual who ran a software company. He was bound to a powered wheel chair but showed up everyday in a suit. When he got to work he reached down to his partially lifted hand to grab it with his teeth and drop it on his keyboard. He cranked out code, and was an expert in all things Microsoft. (Had I listened to him and invested in Microsoft then I would have retired earlier than I did)
    When I say ran a company above I do mean a company. Although this person did design, write and debug his code, he also ran employees, kept books, did sales calls, …etc. His wife helped with the business in her field(s) as well.
    Although this person was stricken with Muscular Dystrophy he never felt low (that showed) and never, never quit.
    He was an inspiration to me and others.
    The world was a better place because he kept moving.

  • wayne

    “No Help Wanted: The Employment of Disabled Workers”
    (1946)
    https://youtu.be/xtMPWv-9W8A
    10:31

    “…he does not want your sympathy…”

  • Related:

    Heard on the radio that Walmart of Mexico will not be bringing back baggers. Apparently, it is a societal tradition in Mexico for older folks to work as baggers in stores. Interviews suggest that the folks appreciate the dignity of useful work, and the opportunity to earn a few coins. Walmart De Mexico claims that customer no longer want others handling their purchases. COVID-19.

    I’ve noted that societies prior to the welfare state found useful employment for even their meanest members. Everybody was encouraged to help out, because there weren’t that many people around. Now a societal solution to a problem is being circumvented by false fear and corporate fear of liability.

  • Michael

    “Walmart De Mexico claims that customer no longer want others handling their purchases. COVID-19”

    How do they suspect the stuff got on the shelves?

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