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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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Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To Build A Dream On

An evening pause: Performed live in 1962.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.


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  • Lee Stevenson

    Apparently this video contains content from SVT ( I’m presuming that is the Swedish TV corp ) and I can’t watch it due to copyright reasons….. ( I’m in Sweden… Your guess is as good as mine???),
    One direct for you Bob…. I don’t know if it is his own or not, but I just heard Neil deGrasse Tyson remark on Apollo 8, “They went to the moon, but discovered the Earth”, which I think is wonderfully poetic. You have probably heard it before, but thought it worth sharing anyway.

  • Lee Stevenson: Tyson is quoting my book.

  • Lee Stevenson

    @Bob…. I had a sneaking suspicion…. It’s a compliment to your writing skills that it’s made the journey into general use….. It’s a wonderful turn of phrase. It’s a shame he didn’t give you credit.

  • Lee Stevenson: Actually, I should be more precise. Tyson is quoting from my book a quote from astronaut Bill Anders. I didn’t write it, I only conveyed what Bill Anders had said on his way back from the Moon.

  • Lee Stevenson

    I guess whatever the origen, it’s a beautiful, and very thoughtful and thought provoking phrase. The photos from Apollo 8, and from Voyager 1’s “pale blue dot” picture throw our planet into remarkable context, and anything that helps keep these perspectives in the eye of our future generations is all for the good!
    I’m not the kind of guy that gets wet eyed easily, but the late great Carl Sagan’s monologue regarding the voyagers photo always fills me up
    Here we stand at the entrance to a new year and a new beginning in many different ways, I hope we can all overcome our differences, and perhaps work together, world wide, to get off this rock, and start to migrate.

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