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My February birthday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black it now over. I sincerely and with deep gratitude thank all those who donated. Without your support I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work. For those who did not contribute during the campaign, please consider adding your vote of support to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, in any one of the following ways:


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Arion Press – Making books by hand

An evening pause: Hat tip Cotour, who notes, “Understanding where we came from,” but asks “But where exactly are we going?”

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • mpthompson

    Fascinating video. Thanks to Cotour for sharing.

  • John

    Oh I know where we’re going!!! We could burn them!

  • Cool video. I lost touch with a friend in San Francisco decades ago. His name: Jeff Raymond. That _could_ be him. I just can’t tell.

  • wayne


    Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
    “We must burn the books, Montag. All the books”

  • Michael

    When I was a kid we had a friend who owned a print shop. He did printing of brochures and leaflets and such by hand. He had a hand powered press and millions of letters he used for making documents. I don’t think he ever did full books. Every once and a while he would let me help put a page together. Lots of work.

  • Jeff Wright

    I would like to see all metal books…with each back ” page ” reversed to use as a printing plate.

  • wayne

    Great Idea!
    (So– whom remembers mimeograph machines?)

    ->on the other end of the spectrum, entirely–

    The First Serious Problem Solved by AI: Protein Folding
    PSW Science Meeting 2,445 (September 24, 2021)
    John Moult University of Maryland

    “A reliable general method for accurately predicting protein two and three dimensional structure from one dimensional amino acid sequence information is something of a holy grail in protein science that has long eluded the best and most creative approaches of scientists. The recent success of AI programs to do better at this not only provides a powerful new tool to researchers, it also is a dramatic example of the rapid acceleration on the power of AI programs.”

  • Wayne

    “(So– whom remembers mimeograph machines?)”

    I am appalled that you did not link to the scene in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High” ( 1982 Heckerling) where tests are passed out and all the kids start sniffing the paper (alcohol from the mimeograph). Yeah, that was me, and everyone else.

    Some teachers had mimeograph machines in the ‘back room’ off the classroom, and you had to let the ink dry a bit, or it smear.

  • wayne

    holy cow, can’t believe that clip didn’t come to mind!

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