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I’m not a robot

An evening pause: Everything about this gives me the creeps.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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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  • wayne

    good selection.

    This is creepy on a number of levels.

    One thing I have noticed here at BtB; I normally run CCleaner 3-4 times an hour when I’m on line, if I don’t run it or don’t clean my browser cache all day, & do more than a few reCAPTCHA’s, it stops challenging me entirely.

    The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon The Robot

    “If you were a robot and I knew, but you didn’t, would you want me tell you?”

  • wodun

    Google collects a lot of data there that can be used for things other than telling if you are human enough to post a comment. They are very insidious.

    I’ve noticed that when I am on a tablet, no captcha but on my PC there is one every time. Sometimes, I even have to go through several sets of images. I wonder how anal these systems are. If there is a sliver of a car or sign in a picture, does that count?

    Considering how well the Google Machine performed, I am flattered to not be considered a human. Oh wait, Google doesn’t consider me a human, that isn’t such a great thing!

    Edit: They must have read my comment because it took about 15 clicks to select all the cars…

  • LocalFluff

    Soon one needs a robot to prove that one is human.

    – Free ponies for all Americans! And it will be a federal pony identification program where you will need to have your pony with you at all times.

    – Besides the ponies, what other government entitlement programs do you support?

    – Just that one. That’s enough.

  • wayne

    good stuff.
    “Insidious” is a great word.

    I would put forth the proposition;
    Standard Oil Corporation, was barely a monopoly on a good day. Alphabet is absolutely a monopoly, and I have no problem unleashing the Administrative State against them.

  • ken anthony

    That zombie energy plan has potential with all the lefties in America!

  • wayne

    Rick and Morty
    “Slavery, with Extra Steps”

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