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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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Lower Waterholes Canyon, Arizona

An evening pause: Waterholes Canyon is a side canyon leading down into the Colorado River, north of the Grand Canyon. The people canyoneering here are caving friends of mine. The video was created by Kimberly Franke, whom you pretty much only see in the opening still shot, since she was wearing the camera most of the time. Her husband Kevin Franke is also a fellow caver who is the person with the white helmet and thick whitish beard. The woman in the red helmet doing the very long drop near the end is Belinda Norby, also a fellow caver. The music is “Point of No Return” by Roger Subirana Mata.

The world is filled with amazing things to see. This video does a nice job of highlighting just one of them.

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6 comments

  • Wow.

    Noticed the rope grooves in the rock. How is the order of people for first traverse of a pitch determined?

  • Blair: I’m not sure I understand your question. I can tell you that on trips like this, generally everyone is pretty experienced and capable, and so the order is not that important. Usually the first person ready, with their gear, is the first to start down (or up, which doesn’t happen in canyoneering but does when caving). Sometimes it is merely who wants to go next. And the order will change from drop to drop. Kim’s video only shows some of the trip. From what they told me, there were a number of other rappels not shown.

  • danae

    Our beautiful Earth, as most of us never see it. The colors and shapes are wonderful, and your friends’ athleticism and spirit of adventure inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • wayne

    Yes, this is very cool!
    We don’t have any Mountains or Canyon’s in Michigan, we do however have magnificent sand-dunes.
    http://www.thinkdunes.com/

  • Robert,

    Question answered. Thanks.

  • Wayne

    Absolutely not to detract from Waterholes Canyon, for those of us who can’t travel out West–I will shill for Michigan sand dunes.

    “The Legend of the Sleeping Bear”
    (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)
    4 minutes
    https://youtu.be/TFz_qvakGWY

    And especially for Cotour–
    – Chef Mario from GMA, refers to the area as “The Mayberry of Michigan.” (!) (I’m not in Mayberry, but it’s apparently closer, than I thought!)
    :)

    “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Most Beautiful Place in America 2011”
    https://youtu.be/Ulkt6ac7bD4

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