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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Glen Campbell & Roy Clark – Ghost Riders in the Sky

An evening pause: May they both rest in peace.

Make sure you watch the guitarist in the background near the end, shaking his head in disbelief at what he is hearing.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.



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  • m d mill

    What a guitar prodigy was Campbell, who never learned to read musical notation… he didn’t need it.

  • danae

    Outstanding performance. Thank you for a reminder of two exceptionally gifted musicians.

  • wayne

    m d mill –
    -a surprisingly large number of extremely well accomplished players, can’t read music. (As you opined– they don’t need to!)

    You might enjoy this as well. Les Paul & Mary Ford playing those new-fangled electric-guitars! (If you want to know where Jimi Hendrix picked up some of his improvisational techniques, it was Les Paul.)

    Les Paul & Mary Ford
    The Colgate Comedy Hour (live! not choreographed, and the guitars are plugged in.)
    march 21, 1954 (cued to the middle, but a lengthy uncut scene)
    (9:15 total)

  • wayne

    pivoting slightly, cuz’ this is really good:

    Young kid sings the blues in a guitar shop….
    “Just Another Day” traditional

  • jburn

    An interesting documentary created in 2008 called “The Wrecking Crew” highlighted early aspect of Glen Campbells career. If you’ve ever wondered why there was a common texture to some of the music in the late 1960’s, this will answer the question…..

    The documentary might still be available on Netflix.

  • wayne

    Interesting, thanks!

  • Peggy Heath

    May their memories live forever.

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