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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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Josh Groban – Try To Remember

An evening pause: A song that looks back at September, from the cold fading days of December.

From The Fantasticks.


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  • danae

    It must be nearly impossible to find a finer performance of this song on YouTube. I should know; I spent several hours last weekend viewing other presentations, and the best I could come up with was Jerry Ohrbach’s. Thanks, Bob, for sharing this one.

  • danae: Heh. As I think I’ve written to you before, great minds think alike. I was listening to one of our cds digitized from some old cassettes of mine that were recorded off the radio back in the 1980s, and heard this song again, sung magnificently by an unidentified woman. I decided I had to post it as an evening pause.

    I think it means more to me now, in my sixties, thinking back at my youth, what was and what could have been.

  • wayne

    “Try to Remember”
    Paul Shanklin

  • danae

    I like the “great minds” principle, especially when it produces delightful finds. Many beautiful songs with memorable messages came out of earlier musicals with egregiously loopy plots; Candide, Pippin, and many of Sondheim’s works have been goldmines for me.

    You have no idea how my still-playable music collection has grown since I stumbled across BTB (and thank you!) I’d need nine lives and much more ambition to digitize the old tape and vinyl hand-me-downs. Hats off to you for converting your own.

  • danae: I actually digitized our last record only two weeks ago. The project started in 2004 when we lived in Maryland but died off after three years. I picked it up again last year, and after thirteen months got all our cassettes and records on CDs. Twas a lot of fun, as it had me listening to a lot of good music I hadn’t heard in decades.

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