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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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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.

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  • 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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