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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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Jean Mitry – Pacific 231

An evening pause: I would never sit through a performance of the music played during this 1949 short film showing the power of the steam locomotive. Juxtapositioned with the powerful images of the train in motion, however, this music works splendidly. The film itself is an example of the kind of short avant garde films produced during the 1950s and 1950s, and well worth watching.

Hat tip Blair Ivey.


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  • wayne

    Good selection, (even if it is French!)
    -I like this sorta stuff, as long as it doesn’t involve Mimes.

    In a similar vain, but without the existentialistic angst, and 13 years earlier. (Derogatorily referred to as “Capitalist Realism,” by fellow-travelers & useful idiots the world over, but just a solid Jam Handy Industrial Film.) Starts out kinda slow, until they literally fire up the boiler at the 3:00 mark.)

    Master Hands (1936)
    Chevrolet- A Jam Handy Film
    “A beautiful dramatization of how the master hands of Chevrolet craftsmen form the patterns, tools and dies, and control the huge machine that fashions the modern car.”

  • Joe

    Great video Blair, the music works with the filming very well, said a fan of motive power in any configuration.
    Wayne, that six cylinder had something like a fifty or sixty year run, and was even copied by another auto maker nice video.

  • wayne

    Yes, the sound is synced up quite nicely, in Blair’s video selection.

    Highly recommend watching the higher-definition version(s) of “Master Hands” hosted at the Internet Archive. They have multiple crisp & clean files available. (everything is free, no registration, the embedded player works well & they make it easy for you to download the original files.)
    (just look at the “download options” box, and select “show all” to see available formats.)

    You could get totally lost in their massive selection, including… motive power in any configuration.

  • Mitch S.

    Love this stuff.

    Here’s a Chrysler factory tour from the 1950’s:

    And here’s a historical perspective leading to some of the automotive engineering and science that soon drove the “arsenal of democracy”:

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