The final week of my annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black has begun. I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, including numerous donations and a surge of new subscribers willing to commit to donating anywhere from $2 to $25 per month. Wow! The numbers are too many to send out individual thank you’s, so please forgive me for thanking you all with this one announcement.


The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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Herman’s Hermits – There’s A Kind Of Hush

An evening pause: This live performance is from 1999. The song was a hit in 1966.

Hat tip Roland.

I am in need of evening pause suggestions. Those that have suggested before know the routine. Those that haven’t should note their interest in participating in the comments here, and I will contact you with the guidelines. Do not post your suggestion here however.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.


  • janyuary

    The sadness I feel from hearing songs that were heard all day and evening long, seared into my memory of sunny, happy days and sparkling sun and calm bay, prosperous fishermen and healthy independent folks, every morning a new adventure awaited, so many friends and family, family you loved, embracing … these songs bring those memories back in super-fine focus and it hurts, because I can smell the eucalyptus against the coast breeze, feel it on my hair, feel the catch of excitement of the day ahead, week ahead … hearing it now makes me sad.

    I know this will pass and the songs will make me smile instead of weep. We were all pretty lucky to have grown up when we did, we old farts.

  • Foxbat

    Hermans Hermits on Tour was the first record I bought.

  • eddie willers


    A few years ago you put up an Evening Pause with a local copy band from the Atlanta area. It was a father that started a side gig with a few of his regular band members when his daughter had turned 15 and sang such great harmony with him at home. They recruited a 16 year old friend of hers from the church choir and had fun playing as Foxes & Fossils (old males playing the instruments with the two young girls singing wonderfully and without any of the vocal histrionics that seem so popular with today’s young)

    The older female singer, Maggie, went off to college, but Tim (the band leader father of daughter Sammi) actually found another 15 year old girl (with pipes like Mama Cass) and kept the gigs going for a few more summers during school vacation. And that was it. It was over, except their stuff sat there on YouTube being found by people like you (and me) as the young girls went off to college and life. Well if college taught them one thing it was being able to read analytics from YouTube. So many people had discovered the 10 ~ 5 year videos that they decided to get together again (now with the third girl, Chase) and give it another go. The pandemic put some crimps in some of the plans, but by the miracle of the Internet and sent files, etc. they have made new videos that are really very good. They now have over 115K subscribers and many of their videos have over a million views.

    So, if I may, I’d like to suggest you revisit them. One I think your readers would enjoy is their version of the Mamas and the Papas “Dedicated To The One I love”, but they have many new videos…all great quality.

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