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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

Steve Cutts – This is our world

An evening pause: This animation expresses well what I often feel and think, as someone who does not use a “smart” phone.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace, who sent it from his own smart phone, which left him “not feeling very high and mighty.”


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  • wayne

    This animation style, reminds me of the work of Basil Wolverton.

    pivoting humorously….
    “Look at this Instagram”
    (Nickelback Parody)

  • Michael

    I have had people come into the store I am at and walk around for 20 minutes and never hang up once.

    There is much more truth to this video than not and I am so happy to identify with the kid. I have nothing against cell phones personally but I do despise what they do to people.

  • Garry

    If you enjoy shows that examine this theme, I highly recommend the British anthology Black Mirror; the title refers to what cell phones have become to many. Like any anthology, the quality of episodes can be hit or miss, but there are enough good, thought-provoking episodes to make it worthwhile. I personally can’t watch more than 1 or 2 episodes at a time; some of them are too intense.

    A good introduction is the episode Nosedive, which follows social media to its logical conclusion. It’s one of the few episodes that has a measure of humor in it; most are pretty grim. One of my favorites is called White Christmas. Hated in the Nation is long enough and produced well enough to stand on its own as a movie. I specifically do not recommend watching the first episode first; if I had, I never would have watched any other episode.

    The episodes are not connected, except for subtle references, such as a newspaper headline that references another episode. A typical episode involves a new technology of some sort, usually one that’s plausible in the near future (if not now), and illustrates how the new technology allows man to abuse his fellow man.

    I haven’t watched any episodes from the latest season.

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