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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Jim Gaffigan – 4 Kids

An evening pause Some good stand-up comedy to lighten the first half of the week.

Hat tip Tim Vogel, who emailed to say “One of our friends sent this to us because we are having a 4th ourselves.”


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  • wayne

    Tim Vogel:
    Hilarious! (and congrats on the forthcoming Child!)

    -Only had 1 daughter & only have 1 g-daughter, myself. We tried consciously not to be those stereotypical helicopter-parents, but I really have no clue how it feels to have 2, 3, or 4 kids. We were “hyper-vigilant” for the first 2-3 years, but that gradually wore off.

  • TimArth

    Thanks, Wayne. We had our first 3 in California, and as Gaffigan mentioned, people start to look at you funny after 1 or 2, or they outright makes comments to you that that is just too many. We are back in the midwest now where people on average seem to appreciate it more.

    Anyway, yes, it is easy to want to help the kids with everything and make sure no harm comes to them, but kids need adversity. We work hard to have them try most things themselves before we do help. And when they do fall down or hurt themselves, we give them a few moments to let them experience the situation on their own before helping. I will even ask them to do things that I know they can’t do just to get them to think a bit about how they might do it.

    There is a good and funny series of commercials from one of the diaper companies that shows a mom after she has her first baby and then jumps forward to her after her second child. After the first child she makes anyone that wants to hold the baby sanitize themselves. After the second baby, while at an oil change shop, she basically thrusts her new baby into the greasy arms of a mechanic while she pays the bill. Its funny, slightly exagerrated, but basically true.

  • TimArth

    On the lighter side, for anyone that might appreciate this, our 4th one arrived today (10/11/16). A baby girl. All three kids are exited about their new sister. Everyone is healthy. All is well.

  • wayne

    Good deal on the new baby daughter! (I have the same b-day.)

  • TimArth

    Thank you, Wayne. Happy belated birthday!

  • wayne

    I like to think “it’s always October 11th,” somewhere in Space-Time geometry.

    >Daughters are cool. Only had the one so I am biased, but no complaints.

    I’m a firm believer that everyone should own a Mint-Set or Proof-Set, from the year of their birth. (and, a local newspaper from the day.)
    >Check out the US Mint Silver Proof-Set for 2016. 13 coins total, & the dime, quarter, and half are 90% silver.

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