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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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FlippinDingDong – Trailer Annie

An evening pause: Hat tip Jim Mallamace, who rightly added, “No clue what this means, but I’m certain the student animators had fun making it.”

Fun to watch too. They might have done it on a computer, but it sure has the feel of hand-drawn animation.


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  • Col Beausabre

    “The General” is Douglas MacArthur with his trademark sunglasses and corncob pipe

  • eddie willers

    Kinda strange seeing a cartoon with the line, “To help defeat the sappy Jappies would be great!” made by a Sony division.

  • Col Beausabre

    “Kinda strange seeing a cartoon with the line, “To help defeat the sappy Jappies would be great!” made by a Sony division.”

    :Late in WW2. the US public began regarding the Empire and its troops with disdain, so, “The Japs are saps’ is probably the the sort of thing on could hear. The Army decided that the country needed a reminder of reality, particularly in view of the anticipated casualties of Operation DOWNFALL.

  • JC Collins

    That’s a period cartoon. I’m not saying that I remember it from that time, but I remember it from the 1960s. Spike jones!

  • JC Collins: No, what you remember is Spike Jones’ music, which is of that time. The animation is new.

  • Phil Berardelli

    Right you are, Bob. But did you notice that the animation features wobbly registration, such as would result whenever a film had been run through a projector a number of times? Or the incidental dust bits and “scratches” on the supposed film stock? Amazing that I spent so much time and effort trying to preserve film and prevent degradation and now sophisticated young animators can apply those aspects artificially.

    Here’s another growing trend in film-presentation technology, which I think will create new existence for historical material. Peter Jackson did this with “They Shall Not Grow Old” in 1918, and it’s appearing more and more frequently. Fascinating!

  • wayne

    Those films at your link, are amazing! I do object however, with the added colorization & sound.
    Q: what software is used to stabilize the picture?

    “John Carter of Mars”
    Test Animation
    Bob Clampett

  • Phil Berardelli: Your observations note a re-definition of ‘reality’. If film-makers can make a film look ‘period’, then what are researchers 300 years hence to think? What is a ‘real’ film from a given era, and what has been ‘manufactured’. Even the media won’t give much of a clue, as many older films have been issued on modern media. It will be a bit of a mess.

  • Edward

    Phil Berardelli,
    Thank you for your time and effort to preserve films. I used to go to the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto to watch many of the old movies on the big screen. I may have seem some that you helped to preserve.

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