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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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The Fixx – Red Skies

An evening pause: Hat tip Joe Griffin.


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  • wayne

    Nice selection—I totally forgot, about these guys! Heavy rotation on MTV at the time. (Back when they actually played music & had very little advertising.)

  • Rene Borbon

    Without leftist politics too

  • Joe

    I think Wayne grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff i did, finally back in the country after a wedding in the Caribbean!

  • wayne

    Good deal on the wedding trip.
    I suspect we’ve heard quite a bit, of the same music.

    We had MTV on our cable system from day one. It was amazing to actually see “music video” 24/7.
    Definitely had more of an alternative FM radio feel, for the first few years. (I couldn’t however, tell you when the last time I actually watched MTV or VH1– must have been the mid 90’s.)

    MTV Launch
    August 1, 1981

  • BSJ

    Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to figure out the name of one of their songs for a couple years now! Kept getting sidetracked because I thought it was by Yes…

    Stand or Fall. “Red or blue, what’s the difference?”

    She’s a Beauty was the first video I ever saw on MTv. Didn’t have cable at the time. Saw it at a Holiday Inn.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.
    (Stand or Fall is, pretty good. I’ll restrain myself from linking to it.) They do have a distinct sound, but I empathize with co-mingling them with a band like Yes.

    I ended up wasting a bit of time reviewing early 80’s music, jogged the memory quite a bit!
    It was definitely a transitional time period.

    Har…I distinctly recall the “wow, this hotel has MTV,” feeling!

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