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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How Do They Knit a Chain-Link Fence?

An evening pause: Hat tip Phill Oltmann.

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  • Eric Elsam

    Worst informative video I have ever viewed. As an engineer, I am appalled.

  • pzatchok

    I liked how they plastic coated it.

    We used to paint arrows with a machine very similar.

  • wayne

    You might enjoy this:

    “Master Hands”
    (Jam Handy 1936)

    “A beautiful dramatization of how the master hands of Chevrolet craftsmen form the patterns, tools and dies, and control the huge machinery that fashions the modern car.”

  • Christopher LANDRUM

    Take a look at AMA with Julie Gautier, one of t he world’s premier free divers. The music is “Rain in my black eyes”, done in the Y40 pool….40 meters deep in Milan.

    Its one of my favorites in YouTube.

  • wodun

    Very carefully…

  • Gary Westfal

    I suggest Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die. There is a live version on Youtube that is outstanding. I also wonder that if you attempted to post the lyrics on Facebook if they would be blocked as hate speech or other violation of its ‘community standards’

  • Gary Westfal: Thank you for the suggestion, but you are the second person who apparently didn’t read what I wrote. I specifically asked that people not mention their suggestion here, but to only say they have one. I will email you for the suggestion.

    I like the pauses to be a surprise. By describing it here, you make that somewhat difficult.

  • Ben K

    Interesting video, although I am curious how often human intervention is required in the process, either for maintenance or correcting something that goes wrong.

    Are you still seeking evening pause suggestions? If so I’d like to submit something for consideration.

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