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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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Tapping the Maple tree

An evening pause: A fascinating look at the world’s maple syrup industry.

Hat tip Sayomaya.


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  • BSJ

    I grew up eating Log Cabin syrup. Then I moved to Vermont!

    If you’ve never tried REAL maple syrup, you’ve got no idea what you are missing.

    Nectar of the gods! If I may be so bold…


    Log Cabin = corn syrup

    Maple syrup is great but expensive.

  • wayne


    They have switched from high fructose corn syrup, but not sure if they use sugar now or what. But, zero actual “maple-syrup” content.

    Help me out on this– I sorta recall Log Cabin having something like “15%” “maple-syrup,” in the late 60’s/early 70’s. (and it came in these log-cabin shaped metal tins.)
    That’s an old brand, Minnesota region I think, but no clue who owns them now.

    We have some limited scale maple-tapping going on in Michigan but nowhere near the scale of Vermont. (We do however, grow a lot of Cherries/Apples & assorted fruit-tree crops.)

    I thought the “Canadian Strategic Maple Syrup Stockpile,” was hilarious…

    Anyway… yes, the real-stuff definitely has a distinct maple taste, unlike any of the synthetic-flavorings one normally encounters.


    Sorry, I can’t help you with that info on LogCabin, wayne. But I do remember a story about SueBee Honey pushing through some kind of legislation that allowed them to call their product 100% SueBee Honey if the contents were at least 51% honey.
    I still fondly remember a school field trip to the Bailly Homestead, which was making maple syrup in the traditional way, including actual horse-powered production and period clothing. And ever since that day, I would always complain to my mother for trying feed us that ‘maple glue’ crap.

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