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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.  
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“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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Doc Severinsen And The Tonight Show Band – Ode to Billie Joe

An evening pause: Another selection from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, from 1974.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.

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4 comments

  • wayne

    Looked up Doc to see if he was still with us—

    Doc Severinsen:
    United States Coast Guard Guardians Big Band
    “I Want To Be Happy” (2020)
    https://youtu.be/AWj6IEjGN-I
    3:21

  • Wow. Had forgotten why Carson was so good. Snap, Crackle, Pop with grown -up (not ‘adult’) humor.

    Always liked Doc Severinsen; trumpet was my primary instrument.

    Can’t say I care for the arrangement. ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ has been a favorite: because it is dark and deliberate, because much is implied, because Bobbie Gentry is performing it.

    The Orchestra’s (Band’s?) version is like Paul Simon’s take on Simon & Garfunkle’s ‘Sound of Silence’.

  • Captain Emeritus

    When Johnny Carson left the stage, he took “class” with him.
    BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
    DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER!

  • I didn’t even recognize Ed until he said he’d been introducing the band as an orchestra. I also didn’t recognize the music under all the, uh, “creative stylings”.

    On the whole, I’m glad the 1970s are over, but that was fun.

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