Conscious Choice cover

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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BBC Earth – Hamsters!

An evening pause: Boy, does this guy make a great caver!

Hat tip Tom Biggar.


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  • Phill O

    That spot to get through to the second drop in Crystal comes to mind for that bendy spine!

  • I am trying to get rid of rats on the property, so the first thing I see on BtB is a rodent staring me in the face.

    Fun video. I had no idea hamsters could store and transport that much food. And, I can understand, popular in a cave.

    “Hey, you got s spit-free nut?”


  • wayne

    My daughter had a hamster when she was younger. We had one of those plastic hamster-balls so the little guy could navigate the living room without undo attention from the Cat.
    Long story short– those hamster-balls are not 100% cat-proof.

    ref your rodent problem–don’t let things get out of hand!

    “Willard” (1971)

  • Joe

    Cats. Cats are good for rat problems.

    I used to raise hamsters. They are amazing creatures, but prefer their solitude rather than socializing in groups. Rats, on the other hand, tend to be more social animals and can develop depression if they are alone.

  • Phill O


    You just explained Washington and Ottawa.

  • wayne

    that, is hilarious.


    Chief Mouser –
    The Downing Street Cats
    A Mark Felton Production
    “Since 1929, the British Prime Minister has employed an official cat called The Chief Mouser to exterminate vermin at 10 Downing Street.”

  • Joe

    Phill O

    That was funny. Good thing I wasn’t drinking or I would be down a keyboard right now.


    A chief mouser. I might have to get me one of them.

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