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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.  
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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Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

An evening pause: Performed on televsion, 1956.

Hat tip Edward Thelen, who added, “per LocalFluff’s request.”


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  • LocalFluff

    I wonder if Elvis was so “sexy” because he was so obviously uninterested in the theater of wearing ridiculous clothes and uninterestedly reading out stupid lyrics. Stuff that others picked out for him, about which he doesn’t seem to have cared much. He always acts like an unattainable uninterested guy. Which might the point here, he just was himself, with no commitments to anything.

    Anyway, he was the founder of Rock. And that is appreciated.

    Or is it just because of the ugly sideburns? Something women cannot grow themselves and thus consider a very valuable resource, inexplicably. Maybe sideburns is the final Elvis explanation.

  • wayne

    >It was all those amphetamines & barbiturates he consumed on a daily basis.

  • LocalFluff

    wayne, Did he, that early on already? He appears to be innocent and benevolent. Sedated indeed, but wasn’t that a natural talent for him? He should’ve run against Carter, Elvis would’ve become president. Ending the cold war by doing nothing.

    My Elvis theory needs some working on, but I think he was perceived a bit like Jesus. A good guy. And I heard that he might still be alive! Elvis, not Jesus. I saw him myself recently, on a photograph, but anyway.

  • wayne

    Not a huge Elvis fan myself, but I shouldn’t make total lite of his eventual downfall or his talent.
    [Last spotted at a Burger King in Kalamazoo, Mi., in the late ’80’s, if I recall, and if one is into that sort of thing.]
    As I understand the Tale, he developed a taste for amphetamines & barbiturates after he got out of the Army and/but, managed quite well, into the late 60’s, where as they say “..behind the scenes things were going terribly wrong…”
    Colonel Parker, I believe, didn’t entirely have Elvis’s best interests in mind, to put it lightly.

    tangentially– you might enjoy the HBO series “Vinyl”
    [Vinyl] Richie meets Elvis
    –it’s all fiction but entertaining & with a historical-esque/stylized-bent.

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