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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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Private Snafu – Coming!!

An evening pause: This was the first of a World War II cartoon series directed by Chuck Jones, voiced by Mel Blanc, and written by Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss and designed to with humor raise the work ethic of soldiers and officers.

Hat tip Lazurus Long, who adds that “it was a bit racy and [thus] popular with the servicemen.”

Today our military authorities probably consider our servicemen and women to be too fragile for such stuff. And hopefully this evening pause will air before Google’s YouTube decides it must be banned.

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6 comments

  • wayne

    some quick factoids (subject to revision)

    -Disney originally bid on the contract (and demanded to own all licensing rights in perpetuity) but the Chuck Jones group underbid them by 30%.
    -The military approved the initial story-boards but o/w did not exert micro-managed control.
    These were not exhibited on the home-front. (I’m fuzzy on this– one may have been released commercially in 1944/1945.)
    -Making these allowed the animation-studio(s) to be specified as essential war-industries

  • wayne

    I’ve been waiting for this to vanish down the memory-hole

    “What’s this I hear about you whipping slaves?” scene
    “Southern Fried Rabbit” 1953 Warner Bros.
    https://youtu.be/H8D93Awa434
    0:51

  • Jeff Wright

    I had some “Sad Sad” comics as a kid. I guess the two of them met their ends as dud finders with Mac’s Morons. “Here are some hammers-now go tap those shells.”
    Navy types love to call round divots left behind in old teak decks from the fall of spent casings evidence of the Red Cockaded Deck-Pecker….to watch reporters nod their heads.

  • wayne

    Chuck Jones: Extremes and In Betweens –
    “A Life in Animation”
    2000 (transfer from VHS)
    https://youtu.be/–GDvwU8I4g
    1:24:58

    and….

    (very well put together….)

    “The Rise of Porky, Daffy and Termite Terrace”
    The Merrie History of Looney Tunes (part 2 of 8)
    https://youtu.be/nFtWZJrdIEc
    55:08

  • Col Beausabre

    My impression was this series was shown along with the cartoons, newsreel and double feature at post theaters. The series was designed to be a fun way of “getting the word out to troops” by reminding them of certain topics (BTW, in my experience, there was in every unit, God love him, a Private SNAFU). Those of us in the TV and later generations have no concept of how important filmed entertainment was in the Thirties and Forties. In my generation the same technique was used in PS (Preventive Service) Magazine, which taught how to properly maintain our equipment, featuring, Connie, Bonnie and Old Sarge , drawn lovingly by the great Will Eisner. My first encounter was as a freshman cadet when I was issued this as well as the more staid manuals in their tan (Army wide) and gray (ROTC – cadet gray, get it….) covers. This was before the era of the “How to Fight” manuals with their camo covers, so I’m truly ancient. Anyway, this was issued on a priority basis to everyone in the US Army when problems developed with the M16A1 in Vietnam

    https://www.amazon.com/M16A1-Rifle-Operation-Preventive-Maintenance/dp/1616088648

  • Re: “Southern Fried Rabbit”

    I have to say, I LOL’d. Remember seeing this as a kid, and not since. Bug’s first appearance in the clip is heart-attack inducing. And it did make me uncomfortable. It is not a good way to portray people.

    But if you’re going to ‘cancel’ whipping references, then the movie ‘Glory’ (1989 Tristar) would have to have a major scene revision (winner of the NAACP Image Award).

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