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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.

 
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“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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The Cranberries – Zombie

An evening pause: In watching this passionate 1999 performance of this anti-war song, I couldn’t help thinking that the only zombies present were the audience and the singers, locked into simplistic 1960s messages without thought. Nonetheless, it is a great performance and song.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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12 comments

  • wayne

    I like this song!

    Mr. Z., — I thought the subject matter was the Irish Republican Army vs. British conflict?
    “same old thing since 1916… ” the Easter Uprising and all. (I get that from the video that had heavy MTV rotation.)

    Does anyone remember when they first appeared on Saturday Night Live? -they finished the song and then Dolores went on a brief anti-Pope screed outa nowhere. Can’t readily locate the clip, it’s probably been demonetized & erased.

    Zombie ‘official video’
    Cranberries
    https://youtu.be/cWfZjV4i2Nk
    4:16

    (incidentally- directed by the same guy who did Nirvana’s, Heart Shaped Box video, used the same surrealistic backgrounds & effects.)

  • wayne

    ah…. search “Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, IRA Warrington bomb attack 1993.”

  • TimArth

    Wayne – Yes it is definitely about that. Of course, it could easily be re-interpreted to be about something else like any song, book, movie, etc can be.

    Also, for those that do not know, unfortunately lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away recently at a relatively young age – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_O%27Riordan

  • wayne

    TimArth-
    thanks for that, and I would concur.

    you might like this….
    Choir! Choir! Choir!
    sings The Cranberries “Linger”
    in honor of Dolores O’Riordan
    January 2018
    https://youtu.be/vm0kyrI-B-I
    3:53

  • Ron

    I saw her play at a small venue in Nashville (about 150-200 people) 5-6 years ago, it was amazing! Loved this band. Passed too soon.

  • wayne

    Ron-
    very cool!

  • Kirk

    Wayne> … and then Dolores went on a brief anti-Pope screed outa nowhere …

    Are you thinking of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Fight the real enemy.“, or did Ms. O’Riordan do something similar?

  • Matt Ponas

    I think ‘Bad Wolves’ do a right tribute to Dolores O’Riordan and the Cranberries with their rendition of the song. They’re donating all proceeds from the song to her family. It shows class in an industry where it’s sorely lacking..

    Just my 2 cents.

  • wayne

    Kirk–
    Thanks for that!
    You are right & I stand corrected. I was co-mingling Sinead & Dolores. (

    Matt Ponas–
    Thanks for that info as well. I wasn’t sure what that connection was.

    Dolores O’Riordan –
    “Go your own way”
    studio acoustic, 2007
    https://youtu.be/Qlw4NohB678
    3:19

  • Tom

    TBT .. that song did nothing for me on any level. Keep trying though!

  • Stevo

    Robert Zimmerman understands the conflict in Ireland as well as he does the greenhouse effect and climate.

    Which is to say, not very well.

  • Stevo: It sure is easy to throw quick insults, but a lot harder to explain yourself thoughtfully, with facts. I am always willing to learn. It is your job to educate, not denigrate those you disagree with, a technique that surely will persuade no one of your position.

    My commentary here was about the simplistic nature of these kinds of songs. If anything, these types of songs are no different than your comment, devoid of content and aimed merely at pushing emotional buttons. Ireland’s conflicts, as well as the climate, require a lot more than that for a reasonable understanding.

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