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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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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World – Then & Now

An evening pause: A fun look at the outdoor locations shot for the 1963 movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and how they look today. It is actually surprising how little change has occurred at so many of these places.

Hat tip Wayne Devette.


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  • Kevin R.

    We saw that in a theater just a couple of years ago. It really is a fun movie.

  • MDN

    The static wind turbines in the modern Palm Springs clip are a hilarious reflection on today’s green movement.
    : )

    The loss of the big “W” palms is very sad, with just an angled stump remaining.
    : (

  • Jay

    No one calls it 29 Palms, it’s 29 Stumps.

  • born01930

    Every location was much more verdant than in the past.

  • wayne

    Good deal!
    It’s sorta the “The Longest Day,” for comedy films. (in that it has a “cast of thousands.”)

    I noticed both those things myself, excellent eye!

    Great word!
    I’m going to incorporate that (“verdant”) into my daily speech!

    This is worth a view– focuses on “Hogan’s Heroes,” but gives a good overview of the “40 acre’s back-lot,” home of Mayberry RFD, Gomer Pyle, and the Andy Griffith show. Not to mention the outside scenes from the Star Trek episode “Miri.”
    Sold in 1976 and turned into office building’s.

    Culver City; Desilu Studios “40 Acre’s back-lot”

  • janyuary

    BORN01930 … I noticed that too! I’m first-hand familiar with pretty much every place in that video and a whole lot of the state where it was filmed … I finally recognized that the reasons those places were so much more verdant (other than the mature trees) is because the later pictures were taken in the spring!

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