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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Cake – Short Skirt, Long Jacket

<An eveing pause: I have to admit that I almost didn’t schedule this, since I don’t particularly like the song. However, that’s my taste, and besides, the trumpet player makes up for it.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.


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  • wayne

    Excellent suggestion Edward! Thanks.
    >Totally forget about these guys, they had 3-4 tunes that were pretty good, and in that same stylized lyrical-construction.

  • Cotour

    How about an 82 year old retired aerospace engineer / Navy pilot who fixed the Hubble space telescope singing really hard head banging rock. Does anyone here know this guy?

  • wayne

    HAR! Starts out great… but he can’t sing! (I can’t sing either, so not being critical.)
    If however, he’s doing an Andy Warhol-esque caricature of himself, as the 82 year old retired aerospace engineer doing Drowning Pool cover’s, then he’s definitely onto something!

  • Cotour

    He seemed appropriate to Behind The Black.

  • Calvin Dodge

    To me the best thing about this song is that it was used as the theme tune for “Chuck”. It also provided some of the inspiration for “Close, But No Cigar”.

  • I like this song a lot, but the sound on the clip is terrible. Either that’s a horrible venue, or these guys benefit much from sound production: the song is much better on the album (and in airplay). To me the song evokes imagination. I’ve imagined the girl’s name is Cheryl: Karen doesn’t seem to quite cover it. Short skirt; long jacket.

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