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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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Journey To The Edge Of Space

An evening pause: The 360 degree view, from a high altitude balloon.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.


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  • Anthony Domanico

    I’ve been skydiving twice and I still can’t believe I actually did it. I’m afraid of heights and that video portrays the look from 14,000 feet pretty well! Wooooo

    I’ll never jump out of a functional aircraft again. The last time I had the pleasure of watching my friend’s malfunctioning ‘chute fly away like a big useless bed sheet. By this time I was out of the aircraft myself. Fortunately, his spare parachute wasn’t a dud. I recall being a little ill by the time my feet touched the ground…

  • wayne

    -I’ll never jump out of a functional aircraft, with a conscious pilot, in the first instance!
    (need one of those purple Xanax, just thinking about it, ha.)

    But seriously– good for you.!
    If we’re absolutely (101%) going down, you’ll probably have to push me out the hatch. (I’ll scream, but I will go…)
    Just in case this ever comes up– how does one stop oneself, from tumbling?

    As I recall– we have a number of folks here, who enjoy Newtonian physics, up close & personal. I’m more of table-top demonstration guy. (That and film!)

    I do occasionally watch that Felix Baumgartner (spell?) video, when he jumps from 140K feet. That’s enough vicarious-thrill for this old dog.

  • wayne

    good video. Gives a nice sense of height & three-dimensionality.

    I can’t resist.
    (they all landed safely…)

    Folksam Insurance
    “Parachuting Cats” [English]
    (Those whacky Swedes!)

  • Anthony Domanico


    I get that response a lot and for the record, if I ran into my past self I would say the same thing. Its pretty amazing how much I’ve changed as I aged.

    Regarding the question of how to stop tumbling, its all about the aerodynamics relative to the center of mass (you move your arms and legs to a certain position). Its the same principle as a badminton shuttlecock or birdie, it always flies with the dense part pointing in the direction of flight. As an interesting side note, on my second jump my instructor said we would do one flip then stabilize and I went along with the plan reluctantly. Execution of said plan was not successful. We did multiple flips and I rapidly became disoriented before he finally got us stabilized. That may have contributed to my nausea and my decision to never go again.

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