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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Belle & Sebastian – Piazza, New York Catcher

An evening pause: Performed live in 2015.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.


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  • Scott jolley

    Hi Bob. I have a cool evening pause for you.

  • LocalFluff

    The Eurovision Song Contest is a yearly event where each country has nominated a musical performance to a final pan-European vote. Now the new European country The Islamic State will participate with ABBU from their province Sweden. The melody is taken from a gay band of the 1980s.

  • wayne

    “Taken from the Israeli comedy show ‘Eretz Nehederet’.”

  • LocalFluff

    The last Karman lecture was great, I recommend it to us who are nerdy about these things. By Williford who is deputy science manager of Mars 2020. With such intelligence and presence and intensity in charge, I think this looks very good. Finally I got an explanation for the dropping off of sample tubes, and I’ve watched a whole conference about this issue without getting the point at all. Some bad ideas about this have been proposed. But the samples will be dropped all in the same location, in order to allow for the rover to then risk going into inaccessible terrain. Suddenly it sounds rational. And he also explains why it isn’t possible to send the many tons heavy and complex and maintenance intensive lab equipment needed to detect life, to Mars.

    This Mars rover is a Rube Goldberg machine. But I suppose that it has to be, because Mars isn’t our ordinary back yard. Yet.

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